Well, this is my first "blog" on MyHockeyBuzz, so bare with me.
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So for my first blog, I want to talk about what Mr. Gainey has done so far this off season.
The first day of free agency (as well as the day before) Gainey went on a spending spree improving this hockey team. There are some that believe that Gainey "overpaid" for the players that he brought in. But, when you are in a market like Montreal is, to improve your team you have absolutely no choice but to overpay. Almost every player that Gainey acquired is an improvement on who we used to have. Let's compare:
Gomez > Koivu
Cammalleri > Tanguay
Gionta = Kovalev (as long as he produces with Gomez like he did in New Jersey)
Spacek > Schneider
Gill = Komisarek (Slight edge to the Johnny Damon of hockey for his shot blocking)
At the end of the day, did Gainey overpay? Yes, he probably did. As previously mentioned, in a market like Montreal with ridiculously high income tax rates, the french language and insane media coverage (as well as EXTREMELY passionate fans) he had to overpay to get the players he wanted. Did Gainey improve the team with his moves? Yes he absolutely did.
There are still a couple of holes on this team that need to be filled. One would be a veteran goalie to help take Carey Price under his wing. One would be another top six forward, preferably a center (to me, Plekanec just doesn't cut it). Another would be a top four defenseman, preferably someone like a Francois Beauchemin.
The off season fun is just getting started. Let's wait and see if Bob has any more tricks up his sleeve.
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