No one can refute that it has been a very interesting past month if you are a loyal follower of the Montreal Canadians. In fact, after the first day of free agency, my initial feelings were ones of fear and nervousness for the risks that Bob Gainey undertook to rebuild this team from scratch. So daring, so risky, so...unlike anything Bob Gainey has done before. This led me to think, "we are a month into free agency and our team is actually starting to look very good". Lets face it, no team is perfect, but i have a good feeling about how are team is shaping up. Which led to the obvious next question. "Did Bob have a plan, and if so what was it????" So, this is my feeble attempt to dive into the thought process of the GM of the most storied team in NHL history.
The first thing that he would need are top end forwards. These are the players that win you games (any toronto fans listening) and are most important. On the day before free agency, the habs received Gomez from New York. this was the first step in replacing the first line previously held by Captain K.
Then, at the toll of the bell on Canada day, he went after top end wingers/ defense men. He was successful in wooing in Spacek, Cammalleri, Gionta, and of course every ones favourite Hall Gill (ahem,). Why he went after these players is unknown but they are all great players as well as great team players and play with grit. In essence he got two things in one(or 4 for that matter). This would give Montreal a good offensive force and he could worry about the depth players later.
And he did. the next type of players he went after were the character depth players(Moen and Mara). This would give Montreal more size and grit but also a good team oriented system.
All he has to do is tweak the roster here and there and with the improvement of some prospects, The habs should be quite the force to reckon with come next fall! Bob Gainey had a plan and he worked it to a T. Now we will have to wait to see if it worked.