Montreal Canadiens: After Gomez's Injury Gainey Should Just Let The Kids Play

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Montreal Canadiens: After Gomez's Injury Gainey Should Just Let The Kids Play

While nothing is official yet, both Scott Gomez and Travis Moen remain game time decisions for tonight's contest between the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre.

If either player turns out to be injured for a period of time, it would be yet another crippling blow to a Canadiens team that has dealt with more than its fair share of injuries throughout the first quarter of the season.

And it started right off the bat: in the first game in Toronto Andrei Markov's left ankle was sliced by Carey Price's skate, leaving the "power play" out for four months.

Just dumb luck, but that dumb luck just might be the reason for the Canadiens' struggles so far.

And that rotten luck has continued, as Ryan O'Byrne, Georges Laraque, Hal Gill, Brian Gionta, and now Gomez and Moen have all been bitten by the injury bug. The losses of Gionta, Gomez, and Moen in such a short period of time could prove to be catastrophic for the Canadiens.

So now the man that runs this show, Bob Gainey, needs to find a solution.

That solution is to not find a solution.

Although many fans in Montreal might never accept that, this season could very well be a rebuilding year for the Habs.

Instead of frantically trading key assets away in an attempt to make the playoffs by the skin of the teeth again, Gainey would be wise to test his organizational depth.

He could then make a fairer assessment of his youngsters, as it is certain that Ben Maxwell will get the call if Gomez were to go down.

The entire roster would then be comprised mainly of younger call-ups. What better way to test your youngsters then by giving them a baptism by fire?

Obviously, there would be a few drawbacks.

Many people would probably start referring to the Habs as the Montreal "Bulldogs", and it's unlikely that the Canadiens would make the playoffs.

But in the end, a season of misery might just be what the doctor ordered for the Canadiens.

A top ten draft pick wouldn't be out of question, and the farm system would receive a significant boost.

That's not to say that the Habs don't have any other players besides the ones that are injured.

Tomas Plekanec showed us again last night in Washington why Bob Gainey needs to sign him now, with a three-point performance. Andrei Kostitsyn seemed alive, and provided some much needed offense.

Mike Cammalleri remains one of the best goal-scorers in the league, and Ryan O'Byrne seems to have transformed since last year.

So the cupboard isn't bare in Montreal, but the point is that a string of trades to make the playoffs would be ruinous to the organization.

Bottom line: Gainey needs to let the kids play.

 

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