I for one thought the team would respond a bit better to having Gainey behind the bench.
I was “flabbergasted” (or whatever) while watching the Islanders game where we could say that so many were minor leaguers out hustle and outplay the Canadiens. I simply couldn’t believe how well the Islanders seemed to play against my beloved Canadiens.
And wow…. Mark Streit, he’s having a great year. Anyone thinking that he wouldn’t have the numbers because he would be on a “worse” team were wrong.
It hurts to see a guy like Streit walk away for nothing. It really does. Same thing has happened with a few guys in recent history and I have a feeling that a few will walk away again.
Now I know that being in Gainey’s position at trade deadline would have been a hard one, if he was thinking about letting guys walk for nada… and I’m sure one of the reasons why no one was really moved was the fact that missing the playoffs is unacceptable. At least that’s the mark that’s been set.
So coming into the Rangers game tomorrow night it’s a must win. In fact, it’s a bit more then a must win in my eyes. These guys have to play playoff hockey and they have to start playing it now. Because they’re now in a position where every game counts so so much.
We’ll also get to see the “new look” Sean Avery.
I’ll be watching and hoping.