If i Were Gainey

OK well lets start…Gainey made a great move by signing Samsonov…we all know that. We also know that he didnt adress the issues that needed to be adressed (big Center, stay at home d man).

Gainey i HIGHLY doubt will go get Gomez considering we cant afford him and and we already have too many small guys. At this point Gainey should: (in my opinion)

1-trade Radek Bonk to pittsburgh or Washington-since they need to add 10 or 14 million to reach the league minimum

2-Trade Aebisher, Ribeiro,2nd or 3rd pick to Detroit-for Robert Lang

3-Trade a little youth and Dendenault to someone for a stay at home d man such as Witt.

This would make Montreal a great team:

1-Lang-Samsonov-Kovalev

2-Koivu-Ryder-Higgins

3-Plekanec-Johnson-Perezhogin

4-Begin-Murray-Latendresse

Note: rookies might move around depending on performance.

The Lang trade would be essential because samsonov needs protection…hes god on open ice but in the corners he gets raped.

just my opinion on what i would do…let me know what you think.


18 Responses to If i Were Gainey

  1. bobsUruncle says:

    It sounds good, and I agree it would be great if Bob could rid himself of burdens such as Ribeiro and Bonk…but they won’t be easy to get rid of.

    Florida could maybe take Bonk (given Martin’s experience with him. Although I don’t think he liked him very much LOL)

    In order to get rid of lose ends…unfortunately it will most likely mean having to lose some value also. The other GMs don’t necessarily want our garbage either.

    Ribeiro and/or Bonk will be add ons to any deal.

    Ideally…I would love to see Bob deal Abby and Ribeiro (and something to sweeten the pot) for Bowmeester.

    Then send Souray to San Jose for Bell (who they just picked up). A dreamer would try to send souray and Ryder for Marleau…but unlikely to happen

    All I know is it’s so much fun trying to speculate what could and could not happen!!!

  2. mike11 says:

    i definetly agree on going after Witt, we should have signed him July 1st, but hey roumers are sayin the Islanders GM Smith might have never really signed a contract (highly unlikely), but if true, Witt could be an unrestricted free agent again.

    As for Radek Bonk, dont just give him up for nothin..he was looking a lot better towards the end of the year and could be a half-decent defensive forward.

    Lang deal is not going to happen though. Detroit will not give him up for as little as that. Just keep Abby, you never know what will happen with Huet this year. Not that i dont believe hes a good goalie, but anyone remmeber Theos callapse after his Hart and Vezina season…how about Gigures horrible year after his playoff MVP performance….and my favourite, Raycroft!!? I cant wait for Sammy to light him up 8 times this year.

  3. mike11 says:

    i definetly agree on going after Witt, we should have signed him July 1st, but hey roumers are sayin the Islanders GM Smith might have never really signed a contract (highly unlikely), but if true, Witt could be an unrestricted free agent again.

    As for Radek Bonk, dont just give him up for nothin..he was looking a lot better towards the end of the year and could be a half-decent defensive forward.

    Lang deal is not going to happen though. Detroit will not give him up for as little as that. Just keep Abby, you never know what will happen with Huet this year. Not that i dont believe hes a good goalie, but anyone remmeber Theos callapse after his Hart and Vezina season…how about Gigures horrible year after his playoff MVP performance….and my favourite, Raycroft!!? I cant wait for Sammy to light him up 8 times this year.

    ~GO HABS GO~

  4. leafssuck67 says:

    K WELL I PRETTY MUCH AGREE WITH EVERYONE

    FIRST OFF, I DONT THINK WE SHOULD GET RID OF BONK. HIM AND BEGIN WERE THE BEST LAST YEAR ON PK. TOGETHER DID THEY NOT REMIND U OF CARBONNEAU AND GAINEY? HELLUVA 4TH LINE IF U ASK ME. THROW CHIPCHURA OR MURRAY ON THE WING AND ITS AN INCREDIBLE CHECKING LINE. BONK WAS TO REPLACE JUNEAU AND IN MY OPINION, DID AN OK JOB…BESIDES, HOW MANY VETERANS DO WE HAVE?

    SECOND, NOBODY HATES RIBEIRO MORE THAN I DO…BUT THIS IS HIS YEAR, I PROMISE U. jUST LIKE ZED PLAYIN WITH OVECHKIN AND WASHINGTON,RIBS IS GONNA CENTER A LINE WITH SAMMY AND KOVI…THAT WILL MASSIVELY IMPROVE HIS GAME AND YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THAT.

    THIRD, AEBISCHER IS ALWAYS DEBATEABLE. HE IS NOT A BAD GOALIE, BUT HES NO ROY EITHER. HONESTLY, I WANT HUET TO REPEAT AND WIN THE VEZINA, WHO DOESNT? BUT U NEVER KNOW(RAYCROFT, GIGUERE, CASEY…GOES ON FOREVER)….THEN AGAIN, LOOK AT ROY, DRYDEN, MAYBE HE’S JUST FALLING INTO PLACE WITH THE PAST GREATS….BUT THEN AGAIN AGAIN HES IN HIS 30’S AND WON’T BE AROUND FOR MUCH LONGER….IN MY OPINION, AEBIESCHER WILL FINISH THE SEASON FOR THE HABS….BUT I SURE HOPE NOT

    IN ANY CASE, BOTH GOALIES WANNA BE NUMBER ONE BADLY THEY WILL BOTH GIVE 110%….SO I SAY WAIT BEFORE TRADING AEBISCHER…

  5. parker says:

    I think that if you were Gainey you’d not make such stupid comments and dream about players you wished were on your team. Brendan Witt was signed… period. If he wanted to come to Montreal he’d have done it. It’s like you people always seem to forget that players have to want to come to your city.

    You don’t just sign players. It’s not like they’re sitting on a shelf and you buy them. It goes both ways.

    Also, what’s all this Bonk bashing business. Look, I’m disappointed that he wasn’t a scoring sensation also, but he’s a defensive specialist these days. He kills penalties as well as anyone on that team, possibly better. He proved he was a playoff performer. Plus, he’s playing for BOB GAINEY which means that defensive assets will be held on to. Gainey was one of the best defensive forwards in NHL history. He’s not going to ditch a guy because fans think he won’t score. Not all your players can be Kovalev.

    Second of all, this power forward nonsense is getting out of hand. Were you not all watching last season? Really? Iginla didn’t have that great a year. Bertuzzi didn’t either. These guys are premiere power forwards. You can be as big as you want but if you’re not fast in the new NHL it doesn’t matter.

    And finally, the Canadiens Defense will get better. With defensive experts running the team, we don’t need to go out and overpay for a UFA who will need as much work as the guys we have. I’m not sure you noticed, but the available defencemen in this league have pretty much dried up.

    Just let gainey do his thing. have faith in him. he’s not going to make a stupid move just to please fans, which is why he’s so great. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

  6. Mtlkid says:

    Lang Is over the hill, I would pick up Anson carter.

  7. Les-Habitants says:

    1) There is no point in simply dumping Radek Bonk, I don’t understand why people continualy suggest Gainey do that. He played really well as a defensive player, was a great 4th line center. Yes, he is overpaid, since when we got him we thought he was going to be that big, 2nd line center ppl are always drooling about…however, he has filled another void. The Habs have no need to dump salaries right now, and he is a great PK to boot.

    2) Detroit doesn’t want to trade Lang, and I really can’t see Gainey giving that much for him either. While he would be a good addition, he is a bit overrated in my mind. However, that trade is out of this ball park, but I don’t think it’ll happen…maybe though, but I think Gainey by giving Ribeiro that raise indicated he was giving him another chance…and I think he’s worth another chance in Montreal.

    3) Our youth is our biggest asset, and I can’t see us trading it for a stay-at-home defenceman. Dandenault did improve last season, and I’m pretty content with our entire team as it stands right now. Witt just signed as a UFA with another team, and I highly doubt they are going to trade him just like that. If we had wanted that defenceman, we could have gotten it plus there are still good d-men avaliable (Danny Markov being one, surprisingly).

    So, I’d have to completely disagree with you. Bonk should stay, Lang is good but he’s not worth 2 good players plus draft picks, and Gainey already stated that he is happy with our blue line.

  8. Les-Habitants says:

    For Lang, I meant to say this trade isn’t out of this ball park…I would like to have Lang, but I just don’t see it happening.

  9. HabsAK27 says:

    first of all why does every one like lang so much …i dont see him fitting anywhere in montreal….who we should get is That Big Kozlov from New jersey…he would be perfect with samsonov and Kovvy,,,and we shouldnt get rid of Bonk yet …but other than that i agree

  10. PolO780 says:

    1) you can’t just trade Bonk because his salary is huge and a team would have to be run by Morons to trade for him. Hey wait, maybe the Islanders? HA HA HA.

    All jokes aside, Bonk won’t get traded because no one wants him, the Islanders won’t trade Witt as they just signed him but you #2 could happen. Lang is like 34 years old though.

  11. TheStryker says:

    I think Bonk is going to have a descent year. I think people are expecting too much from him. If you can get 10 goals and 40 points out of him I think it’s a sucess. He’s a big strong center and under Carbo I think he will be our top shut down guy along with Begin and Murray.

  12. Les-Habitants says:

    I’m really hoping he rebounds this year. Begin is underrated with his offensive potential, simply because he has great energy and is willing to chance any pucks, and murray can make room, Bonk could reach 40 pts, maybe even 50.

  13. habsfan2006 says:

    first of all Bonk is a great defensive forward but not worth the close to 3 million we pay him

    second- i didnt say go get witt i said a guy like witt (stay-at0home-defence)

    third-its not about a power forward cause they arent beeter than speed palayers its just logic (that you dont have) SAMSONOV NEEDS PROTECTION HES 5’8 AND GET KILLED ON THE BOARDS

  14. saku_rulz says:

    wel, i agree that it would be a good move but to see if it’s realistic we have to take a look at it from the other side :

    if im ken holland(detroit’s gm), do i give robert lang for abby and ribs?

    abby : yes. ribs : no.

    why would i want ribeiro on my team? i already have jason williams who could play on a 2nd line center…so i don’t need ribeiro. plus, i REALLY don’t need him as a 3rd or 4th centerman, especially at 1.9M and he doesn’t even bring anything to the team except for losing pucks! however, let’s hope that gainey does in fact trade ribeiro(or even get rid of him) because he is the weak link in the offense right now…

    so, as fun as it is to play being a GM, we have to be objective and not forget there are 29 other GMs who want to improve their team, not just montreal!

    also, for the lines you created, i don’t think we can expect higgins to score more than 15-20 goals because it’s not his natural position. he is a 3rd liner and his best quality is protecting the puck, playing defensively. so yes he had a breakout season last year but that doesn’t mean he will repeat it every year…and i also think that since it’s the first time that montreal has 2 good potentital wingers, we should maybe think of koivu. in the 10 years he spent here he never had good wingers. the best he got before the lockout was …recchi and savage?so maybe we should give our captain 2 good wingers for the first time in his career…

  15. habsfan2006 says:

    the whole point of trading bonk to pittsburgh or washington is the fact that they need 15 million more to reach the cap minimum of $28 million

  16. camerak says:

    Ever hear of capslock, turn it off

  17. shanahan1014 says:

    Hey buddy first off Samsonov, Johnson, and Ryder will not play center this year. It will be Koivu, Plekanec, Ribeiro and Bonk becasue Ribs aint going anywhere and I highly doubt Bonk will either Gainey is happy with the team once we resign Ryder were gonna be rerally close to the cap.

    I havnt fully given up on Ribs and Bonk yet they both had bad years but I fully expect em to bring it around. And how on earth could Ribs screw up playing with Kovy and Samsnonv lol

  18. passionch says:

    That line-up is perfectly what I would have wanted in the exception that Murray should be replaced with Bonk who should have a bounce back from last season.

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