I’m sure there’s not a lot that hasn’t already been said in the Bob Gainey saga which unfolded yesterday in Montreal. He’s stepping down as General Manager of the Canadiens, to be replaced by Pierre Gauthier.
You know this. I just wrote it to fill up space.
The question for me is, was it office politics that raised its ugly head or was it just time for all concerned? Did Gainey call it quits because he wants to hang out at the cottage more, or did he quit because there was pressure from within to do so because everyone wasn’t quite on the same page?
Maybe the question has already been tossed around, I don’t know. I haven’t been reading the papers. But one thing in particular jumped out at me when I read and heard the official statement from Pierre Gauthier.
Gauthier stressed that both Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price would remain on the team. Period.
This goes against everything we’ve heard for three months now. We’ve heard, almost on a daily basis, that one goalie will be moved, one goalie must be moved, and which goalie will it be? Who will give the better return in a deal, Halak or Price? Every analyst, reporter, blogger, and eight million Habs fans around the world have all tossed this around.
It was decided that Price has more value, even though Halak has played much better. It was concluded that Halak would fetch a top-six forward in a trade. It was the voice of many that maybe Price isn’t the young miracle worker everyone thought he’d be and should be traded now for someone who might jumpstart the struggling Habs into the playoffs.
Speculation ran rampant, and Bob Gainey said nothing to dispel the rumours.
And now, minutes into being the new GM, Gauthier made the point of saying they are keeping both goaltenders. He said it before the microphone had a chance to get warm. It’s like Gauthier wanted this all along, but Gainey didn’t. Price and Halak will continue to wear the pads in Montreal. End of story.
Why didn’t Gainey say this earlier? Like about a month ago? Was he keeping his options open? Then why isn’t Gauthier keeping his options open now? What if a dazzling offer came in for Price tomorrow? But Gauthier has put the whole thing to bed with just a couple of sentences, and I’m happy about it and agree with the decision. I thought they should keep both all along. It isn’t rocket science. One has a hot hand, the other may grow into a superstar. And every team carries two goalies, even though the price tag for these two will be a little higher than they’d like.
It seems like it’s two men with two different philosophies. And it looks like Gauthier’s philosophy won.
And maybe Jean Beliveau has a furnished suite in his house that Price can move in to for a year ot two.