Half-Sized Habs Taking Wrong Direction

Steve McSweenSenior Analyst IJuly 13, 2009

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 28: Sergei Samsonov #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes goes head to head with Brian Gionta #14 of the New Jersey Devils during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on April 28, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Hurricanes defetaed the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There wasn't much to cheer about in Montreal's 100th-year celebration, in fact it was the first time les Canadiens didn't win a Stanley Cup in a new decade, and if the recent moves by Bob Gainey are any indication this team won't be hoisting the Cup anytime soon.

The Habs haven't seemed to learn their lessons over the past few seasons being pushed around in the playoffs by bigger clubs, so much so that they spent most of their cap money on three players all under six feet.

Three players whom competition level is nowhere near that of former captain Saku Koivu, whom was considered too small at 5'10" 182 lbs.

Yes Mike Cammalleri had a tremendous season in Calgary, but there is a reason the Kings let him go for a 17th overall pick in the draft last year, and a reason the Flames signed Jay Bouwmeester instead of throwing a contract his way.

Scott Gomez turned out to be a bust in the big apple and is not anywhere near worth the $51 million the Rangers gave him over seven years. If he is not booed outta the building in a couple years in Montreal I'll eat my hat.

The fact is the Canadiens revamped their roster, but definately not for the better. Aside from getting smaller up front they threw money at three defenceman whom are on the downward spiral in Mara, Spacek and Gill.

It makes me wonder if Bob Gainey has any hockey sense at all?

There are too many problems with this club to point the finger at one, but Gainey's tenure in Montreal could be coming to a hault if this team comes out of the gate like I believe they will.

Until then I guess we will have to watch as another great Canadian franchise struggles to find an identity, which seems to be the norm now-a-days.