What Gainey Has Done for the Habs

I can’t help but notice that everywhere in the internet community that most fas are very disappointed with the way that General Manage Bob Gainey handled the off-season. Does anyone remember last season? Does anyone remember anything else other than the fact that the team did not make the playoffs?

I think that as habs fans we should all remember that during the first half of the season, the team was fighting for 3rd spot in the conference and was even close to catching up with Buffalo at some point? Does anyone remember that the Habs were one of the very few teams that could play with the Sabres, at the same speed? In fact it seems to me that we are very quick to forget the good points of the season when the team fails to qualify for the playoffs.

Fortunately for all of us who are way too hasty to trade everyone away, Gainey remembers these points from the last season. He remembers that there really wasn’t much missing for the team to qualify for the playoffs and that one of the major issues – as explained by Gainey at the end of the season – was an imbabance within the team. Now, Gainey is much better placed than any of us to know what needed fixing to correct that problem. I believe that his off-season moves (and even his in-season move of trading Rivet) may all have been in the hopes of attempting to correct the imbalance problem. I think that the Rivet trade was an attempt to remove a body that took too much place in the room. I think that the not resigning Bonk and Johnson was a way to remove possible dissention within the ranks. I think that resinging Higgins, Komisarek, Plekanec to two year deals were Gainey’s way to tell these three that they are the core of hiw team for a long time to come (remember that Gainey is not a fan of the long term deals because he believes (rightly so) that they tend to always leave one side unhappy. I think that the signing of Hamrlik is nothing short of brilliant since Souray wasn’t coming back. I think that Smolinski will bring a nice amount of experience to the group of youngsters. And I think that bringing in Kostopoulos is going to bring a lot of positive energy in the room and on the ice (in fact you can ask Michel Therrien – the penguins’ coach – what he thinks of Kostopoulos having coached him in the Q and liking him so much to make him the team captain).

And more youngsters may be coming in this year. It is very exciting to see it happening people. In fact I see only one possible issue with this team right now and it is the coach. If Carbo doesn’t start talking to his players better, I’m araid that the same thing as last year could happen again. But I have faith that the genius of Gainey will prevail and that he’ll help his rookie coach get better and better.

The future is bright for Habs fans! Gainey has done a great job making this team a better one and while we may not have the big names like Briere and Smyth, I for one am much happier to see that Gainey is trying to build a team and not a powerhouse of 2 players witrh a supporting cast of 19 mediocre players.

98 Responses to What Gainey Has Done for the Habs

  1. habsoverserver says:

    i think you might as well save your breath.  too many fans on this site grew up with horrible and are too excited by mediocre.

  2. DoubleDown says:

    whoa, i never said that. i know he threw money at briere and others. i'm saying that the fact that he didn't go to ten years, $80 million, NTC etc. is a good thing. he had a number, it didn't work, and he moved on. but the people whining about are ridiculous. briere would have been a coup for sure, but it didn't work out.

    but it's always something in montreal. gainey is blasted for not overpaying excessively for briere. now hes ripped for overpaying for hamrlik, never mind that we were extremely desperate for a $3 D. i'd rather overpay on the UFA market than send a kostitsyn or grabovski away…

    but the people saying we got weaker this offseason didn't watch much of this team past December. we couldn't have been much worse, and we reshaped our roster a bit. so, did we get stronger? i'm not sure. but to unequivocally say that we got weaker is baseless whining…

  3. Have2BeLeaf says:

    Nah…but I am much more intelligent than you.

  4. Have2BeLeaf says:

    Perry and Getzlaf just finished their 2nd season not their first. Big difference.

  5. Have2BeLeaf says:

    Must be……

  6. Have2BeLeaf says:

    Like it matters…this is a Habs topic.

  7. Have2BeLeaf says:

    No they signed him because he is filler…

  8. Have2BeLeaf says:

    Feel free to blow me anytime queer.

  9. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    Nah, you're stupid beyond beleaf!

  10. Have2BeLeaf says:


  11. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    You’re asking a guy blow you and you’re calling them queer?!?!?
    Look here, you effeminate troll, your sexual preference is your own business, but do us all a favour and stick to hockey while you’re on this site and refrain from trying to pick up guys.

  12. seb_benny says:

    Fair enough.. But just for the sake of argument how many d-mans have come out of hamilton for the Habs???

  13. RealisticNick says:

    So they were rookies at one point were they not?  How else do you think players get into the league.

  14. RealisticNick says:

    Well as far as AHL as they were not always in Hamilton, Komisarek, Bouillion, Markov, Rivet, Robidas.  Hainsey, Beauchemin, came up but were taken by Colubus off of wavers, damn you MacClean.  So ya, nothing too spectacular, that's why they have been drafting so many in the last couple of years, 10 in the last two, some of them have to work out…or else, well, crap.

  15. RealisticNick says:

    Yes they are going to waste 2 Million on a "filler" when they could have had a rookie or found someone cheaper to "fill" a spot. Do you even think before you write?  If they pay someone that then they likely have some skill(s) that the team wants.

  16. RealisticNick says:

    Actually it was the term, Gainey was not going to sign a player for 7 or 8 years. He signs all the RFAs for 1-2 years, that way they have to earn their contract each year. Why sign a guy for that long then have the burden of the contract later. I.e Yashin

  17. RealisticNick says:

    Haha, Nice

  18. DJTOKid says:

    The cap will NEVER go down. At worst it won't move just stay the same.

  19. openclose says:

    i would ratherhave bonk.  no joke. he was one of the better players on montreal last year. Don't just point out his stats… his play in both the offensive zone and especially in the D zone were tremendous.

  20. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    I thought Bonk did a great job playing against the other team's best line, killing penalties and winning faceoffs on a regular basis. Plus he did chip in the odd goal. Smoke is a similar player, maybe not as strong defensively, but with a higher offensive upside, IMO, it all evens out.

  21. Have2BeLeaf says:

    predictable….French fries unite!

  22. Have2BeLeaf says:

    that's why the Habs will be bad next year…

    rookies need time and go through growing pains.

  23. Have2BeLeaf says:

    need a shoulder to cry on?

    ask your momma, maybe she'll care.

  24. Have2BeLeaf says:

    he was signed because he was the only one willing to play in that hockey hell hole…

  25. Have2BeLeaf says:

    yeah…maybe ten years ago…

  26. Have2BeLeaf says:

    blow it out your ass French fry.

  27. sheam316 says:

    Yet again another montreal canadiens article that has no rumors on it. I'm a habs fan to but I do you really have to post your opinions every moment. Isn't this site hockeytraderumors.com. And before you leaf fans get all gitty your the same way. I mean I don't mind the odd Opinion thread. But Montreal hasn't had a good rumors thread in like days if not weeks.

  28. flamingsenator says:

    hahahahahaha….man u just got told

    sit down and shut up

  29. flamingsenator says:

    haha wow….ur a moron

    all i can say about u is that ur filling this gap we got on this forum

  30. loco42 says:

    That’s probably your smartest post by far. I don’t mind the leafs, but leaf fans like you….

  31. loco42 says:

    Dude, last I heard, Toronto has not built a Stanley Cup winning team since what, 40 years ago? You are just some nonsense kid trying to be the “CENTER” of the universe. Seriously, if there is a hell hole, it’s Toronto. Anyway, go follow your leafs for another disappointing year. GO JFJ 😛

  32. loco42 says:

    Yeah, how old are you? Damn, it’s cause of people like you that make me hate Leafs fan. Ignorant, no-hockey, childish comments. Dude, finish your elementary school before posting here.

  33. Have2BeLeaf says:

    like the gap in between your teeth from all the dick you suck?



  34. Have2BeLeaf says:

    are you sure that's not cum on your upper lip and not left over poutine?

  35. Have2BeLeaf says:

    you would like that wouldn't you? i bet you would like me to lick my lips and bend over to wouldn't ya you homo! sicko

  36. Have2BeLeaf says:

    you do that and while you're at it don't forget to  pay your tax, must be nice living in a box on laval street.

  37. Have2BeLeaf says:

    you jizz poutine? wow that's magic!!!

  38. loco42 says:

    hahaha, what makes you say I’m a french canadian? Listen, you are a poor excuse of a hockey fan, you know nothing. I’m not even going to get involved in a battle of wits with you. You are wasting everyone’s time here. Concentrate on getting your elementary diploma instead. Leave the hockey talk to us grown-ups. You go play along with your friends now at the daycare.

  39. loco42 says:

    hahaha, you are not even worth it anymore. By little piggy.

  40. loco42 says:


  41. DoubleDown says:

    anyone else get the feeling that this guy might be Darcy Tucker?

    oh, oh wait…i feel another clever clever poutine joke…wait for it…

  42. loco42 says:

    Ask him if his jaw still hurts from being hit by kovalev of all people lol

  43. rcichard03 says:

    ok we all f*cking know hockeys future really under rates the leafs farm system
     the leafs have plenty of kids who can come up and play for them …. so sftu frogs

  44. loco42 says:

    sorry, I can’t hear you, I am surrounded by 24 Stanley cups.

  45. avsjoendryan says:

    N.O.T.H.I.N.G hes a peice of sh!t

  46. DoubleDown says:

    haha…sure ya do. sure ya do.

    stralman and tlusty? the makings of a dynasty i tell you, a dynasty!

    go clean the meatball stains off your Domi jersey tool.

  47. nychabfan says:

    The question discussed is how to rate Gainey's performance as a GM. I don't take all this crap about 5-yaer plan,this is a hockey team,not a socialist econmical plan.I wouldn't blame Gainey for lack of trying to get Briere, but obviously he doesn't have a clout to bring decent players to his team.They don't want to play for him because they know perfectly well that they going to be surrounded by low-skill plumbers who Gainey openly adores,and sings and drafts them eagerly.Briere doesn't want to play with Murrays,Downies and Johnsson[last year)and Kostopulos,Smolinski,etc.Players like Briere see the tendency who Gainey signs and drafts and stay away from the team destined for mediocrity for forseeble future as long as Gainey is a GM. How cold he not draft either Esposito nor Cherepanov and just ONE player from QMJHL?How could he NOT trade Surray at the trade dead line and reap alot of prospects and/or picks wersus loose him for nothing,ditto for Bonk and Jojnson and other potential UFA's.He traded Rivet who loved to play in Mtl,and he became the best D-man for a good Sharks team,who signed him to 4-year deal.Any GM could miss once in a while,but missing all the time?Remember Samsonov,and now Hamrlik,hugely overpaid and 4-years? 35-year old Smolinski instead of younger and chipper Robitaille?And who needs Kostopulos,whose onlly ability is to keep the room loose,when there vis Ferland for half the money ,your own pick and nuch younger.Too many misse.Bring back Andre Savard! 

  48. 1551 says:

    if i was bob gainey i would have signed peter forseburg,jason allison,jason blake or paukaria. man it sucks i think we might finish 6th just a guess.

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