Gainey could look like a genius!

Bob Gainey could come out of the off-season Free Agent Frenzy looking like a genius. Now that is not to say that he has become somewhat heightened in his intelligence level but rather more likely a stroke of luck with the current econmic turmoil in the world.
Teams after the lockout were originally timid coming out of the gate when it came to signing free agents. This was fueled partially by the fact that they had to learn some of the new rules regarding the salary cap. That did not last long though as the G.M’s quickly reverted back to their only known way of doing their jobs by over paying for perhaps overhyped talent. They did this mostly to save their own skins in the short term and not in the long term Team interests.

Bob Gainey whether he tried or not was never successful in outspending his counterparts and could never land the Big-Fish. (His other legacy will be the fact that he let a lot of talent simply slip away without getting much or anything in return!) Despite this he could still come out smelling like a rose. He has (count them!) 10 potential free agents in the off season. Everyone is jumping all ove the fact that he could lose players like Komisarek, Kovalev and others without getting anything in return should he stick with his players and make a run for the playoffs with pretty much the same roster. This will probably not lead to the land of Stanley Cup banners to add to the Bell Centre rafters, but still is the more likely scenario given the current salary cap situation in Montreal and elsewhere.
The salary cap is the sticking point next season. It is likely to drop down to the 50 million range and that will leave a lot of teams that have over paid for pretty good (but again over hyped talent) and locked their players up in multi-year contracts.

Gainey will be one of the few general managers that will be able to evaluate his team in the off season without being in the cap crunch most others will be in. He can then window shop around the league at all the teams that are over the cap (read: desperate to dump salaries) to the point where Gainey will be able to set the terms. Yes he may lose some players that are good talents, but in the new world economy they may find they are not nearly worth what they thought they were, when many other talented players are being offered up for less.

Brian Burke in Toronto will have much the same luxury as they have dumped most of their over priced contracts over the past two season.

It is likely to be an interesting off season like we have not seen in a long time with a lot of Big names being offered up in deals. Should be fun to watch while we are sipping our beers and standing over the BBQ’s in the summer heat!

4 Responses to Gainey could look like a genius!

  1. Habfan17 says:

    From what I have been reading in the media, the cap will not be affected much for next season. It was reported that it may stay the same or drop a couple of million. It is the 2010 season that it may drop substantially depending on the economy. Either way, I do agree it could be a different off season than we are used to. The fact that Murray has said that the only players off limits on the Sens are those with no trade /no movement clauses. Everyone else is in play. Pierre McGuire keeps saying that the Habs problems stem fro Gainey not negotiating contracts during the season and the fact that he has so many pending RFA's and UFA's. I don't agree with Pierre! The players know the way Gainey operates, so I doubt they are concerned. Besdies if you read what most hockey people write, a player in the last year of their contract usually elevates their play in order to obtain the best deal going forward! I think Pierre is way off base!

    It would be nice if Gainey could make a splash at the deadline that would help the team out with a cup run, as long as it didn't mortgage the future.
    One other poster thinks Mtl should trade Higgins and Kovalev and a mid evel prospect for Staal of Pitts. I think that Higgins and a 2nd round in 2010 for Staal would be plenty and still may be too much. Staal has excelled os a thir line centre, but who knows if he could handle being the number one! Higgins on the other hand would compliment Crosby very well. He doesn't mind crashing and banging, is fast, and can score!

  2. HABSSTAR says:

    I still have nightmares about LeClair to Philly.  I hope Gainey doesn't trade anyone to an Eastern Team.  LOL!

  3. Habfan17 says:

    Thank god Gainey wasn't GM then!! However, when I hear people throw names like Pacioretty and Subban out there, I do worry that a big mistake would be made! I would rather hold on to those guys and be competative for years, than trade them for a " stud " and have a shot this year, and then watch those guys become stars somewhere else.

  4. micky says:

    Its evident that Pierre McGuire is simply jealous of the Habs.  Remember when he applied for the GM's job and was simply turned away without even an interview?? Ultimately the job went to Gainey, and Pierre hasn't gotten over the fact that his "favourite team" doesn't consider him knowledgeable enough…in the US he may be considered "savy" and "exciting", however here in Canada his act is simply wearing thin…all sizzle, no steak! Have you ever seen a bigger kiss ass?? Perhaps a career in wrestling will be more suited to his bombastic approach.

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