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A complete and total reinvention of the Habs was Gainey's approach during the offseason, and he has definitely accomplished this.
Gainey picked up Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Jaroslav Spacek, and Hal Gill. The Canadiens lost Higgins and Konisarek in the process.
Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta are former teammates on the New Jersey Devils. They seemed to work well with each other for the Devils, and I think Gainey is banking on this same chemistry for his club.
Mike Cammalleri is a very smart addition to the Montreal Canadiens. Cammalleri played very well for the Flames last season recording over a point a game and scoring nearly 40 goals.
This is something that the Habs desperately need.
On defense Spacek and Hal Gill are safe picks. Spacek is good offensively on the blue line, and Gill is good on the defensive end. Both are solid picks.
The Canadiens still have room to sign more players, and could work their way back into contention.