I thought he handled the offseason pretty well so far. Sure, he overpaid for Hamrlik, but Hamrlik is still a quality #2 defenseman. Smolinski was a great pickup, and a vast upgrade over Bonk. Not too much was neede here, as the youth is arriving in droves and they're pretty good.
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Yesterday I saw that the Canadiens had made an offer to (gulp) Patrice Brisebois for 700K. My first thought? NONONONONONONONONONONO. This guy was booed out of Montreal. His inability to play defense, supposedly his position, drove fans like me bonkers for years. Gainey, you putz, you just got rid of Niinimaa, now you're bringing in the same problem times three. If Breeze By accepts this offer, he better be placed in Hamilton for the whole year, like Jamie Rivers is likely to be, but it's debatable if he can be any good there. Patrice, you sucked in Montreal, you sucked in Colorado, hang them up. That, or sucker the Oil or Leafs into overpaying you.
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