Gainey Finished as GM by Markus Noé
After seven seasons as the Montreal Canadiens G.M, Bob Gainey has decided to step down. Assistant GM Pierre Gauthier will take over on an interim basis. This was a make or break year for the former Hab’s player turned GM. His five year plan failed to materialize.
Gainey faced heavy criticism by letting key players like Alex Kovalev and Saku Koivu leave through free agency and receive nothing in return. Expectations for Gainey’s signings were enormous, and even though Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez have been great additions, the team has been battling consistency issues all year.
The three year long goalie controversy between Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price has been a major distraction to the organization, which Gainey has done nothing about. He has also been unable to sign a big top six forward during his run as GM, which will likely turn out to be his biggest downfall.
Gainey has seen minor success as the Canadians have been to the playoffs 4 out of 5 full seasons with Gainey as G.M. Also he will leave with a respectable (241-176-7-46) record. The very critical Montreal fans will remember Gainey as the man who drafted and hyped up the underachieving Carey Price as the next Patrick Roy. Gainey will also be remembered as the GM who was unable to get them past the second round of the playoffs.
At the end of the day the Montreal Canadiens organization and fans were expecting to compete for the cup during their centennial year. When Gainey was unable to deliver last year, it all but marked the end for him as GM.
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