Any GM who builds a first line around Saku Koivu has only a passing interest in winning or has zero alternatives. If Gainey doesn't care about winning then you are spitting in the wind. If Gainey has no alternatives then he's just tired of spitting in the wind. Either way, Montreal will win when they can put together a first line that has complementary skillsets more suited to the post lockout NHL.
The team has some degree of respectibility and depth. Gainey's trades and signings generally hurt the team as much as help it. He is best off doing nothing and waiting the 3-4 years until most of the semi-decent draft choices are contributing. I think there is a slim but actual possibility this team will be more competitive in a few years.
In the meantime, management doesn't care and neither should you.]]>