Bob Gainey: Does He Deserve To Keep His Job?

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2009

MONTREAL - JANUARY 25:  Former Montreal Canadien Bob Gainey waits to drop the puck for the opening ceremonial faceoff of the 2009 NHL All-Star game at the Bell Centre on January 25, 2009 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Mr Bob Gainey is a very intelligent hockey man, but as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens he has made some mistakes.

Mr. Gainey has been in this position for six years, and what has he accomplished?

He came to the Canadiens saying he would build the Habs through the Draft.

His highest draft pick thus far has been Carey Price, and the jury is still out on that one.

His biggest free agent signing was George Laraque, who has spent more time in the press box than on the ice.

Mr. Gainey's biggest trade has been for Alex Kovalev, and that can be good or bad on a game-to-game basis, as you never know what you're going to get from Alex consistently.

He has also fired two coaches—Claude Julien, who may be the coach of the year this season, and Guy Carbonneau, who was runner-up to coach of the year last season.

Bob is a very quiet man who came from a very simple background in Peterborough Ontario.  His father was a soldier in the second world war, and a Quaker Oats employee. Bob was and is one of the best hockey prodigies to ever come out of Peterborough area. 

Bob, as the general manager for the Canadiens, was also a star hockey player for them. He played 16 NHL seasons for the Habs, from 1973 to 1989, and was consider one of the best all-around players in the game.

So what does any of this background have to do with his ability as G.M. and Vice President of the Canadiens?

The answer of course is nothing, but life makes or breaks the man. Bob has had many things happen to him both as a husband and a father. He lost his wife Cathy to cancer 1994 and was left to raise his children Colleen, Laura, Steven, and Anna, who were aged 10 to 17 when she died.

In 2006, Mr. Gainey lost his daughter Laura when she was swept over board off the coast of Cape Cod. Difficulties in his life seem to be many but he continues on his chosen path, being both a Dad and hockey team's general manager.

He claims that a lot of his life chooses where made by what his parents instilled in him in his youth, especially his father. I know that Canadiens fans don't want questions or history of the man Bob Gainey, they want answers, and I feel this information is all part of who Bob Gainey is both as a player and a G.M.

I suppose we can blame Bob for all that has happened to the Habs since the calendar changed from 2008 to 2009.  That is the simplest thing to do. But until someone better comes along and they are few and far between, lets not lynch Mr. Gainey up just yet, because I cannot do a better job.  Can you?

So let the season play itself out, as there only nine games left and then make our decision, when the time comes. Ours will not make any difference in the big picture, so just cheer for the Canadiens and let sleeping dogs lie.