1) Gainey has never publicaly spoken about his plans. Thus making it out of character for him to publicly state that he was going after an impact player before the trade deadline.
2) Gainey didn't end up getting the impact player despite his "supposed" best efforts as the asking price was too steep.
Was it "Actually" Gainey's intention to get an impact player in the first place. This team is being built for the long-run in mind. Was the only reason he said he was looking for a game breaker was to put the media and fans in a frenzy?
He wanted to increase the asking price and making it steeper for his opponents who were gunning for Hossa, namely Ottawa, Pittsburgh and others. And sure enough the Penguins paid a steep price for a rental player.
Mission accomplished! In the next few years it will hurt the Penguins for making such a deal while Montreal continues to stack up draft picks and prospects as they near maturity.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008