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BOB GAINEY (2003-2010)

Bob
Gainey

2003 -
Date of birth December 13th, 1953
Place of birth Peterborough, ON, CAN
Seasons - MTL 6
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
TOTALS 470 241 176 7 46 535
2003-2004 82 41 30 7 4 93
2005-2006 82 42 31 0 9 93
2006-2007 82 42 34 0 6 90
2007-2008 82 47 25 0 10 104
2008-2009 82 41 30 0 11 93
2009-2010 60 28 26 0 6 62
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
RESULT Result
TOTALS 33 11 22  
2003-2004 11 4 7 Conference semifinals
2005-2006 6 2 4 Conference quarterfinals
2007-2008 12 5 7 Conference semifinals
2008-2009 4 0 4 Conference quarterfinals
After a dozen seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars, Bob Gainey returned home in May 2003.

Team captain for eight of his 16 seasons in Montreal, Gainey took over from Andre Savard as General Manager.

The team was in a rebuilding phase and, for the first time since the mid-1990s, the Habs had a solid stock of prospects in place.  Gainey inherited an offense led by captain Saku Koivu, Richard Zednik and Yanic Perreault and a defense that boasted rising star Andrei Markov, Sheldon Souray and Craig Rivet.

Gainey stayed the course ahead of the 2003-04 season.  He would put his first stamp on the team in March 2004.  To this day, in one of the biggest trades he’s made as Habs GM, Gainey acquired Alex Kovalev from the New York Rangers in exchange for Jozef Balej.

While Kovalev’s impact on the team wasn’t evident through the end of the regular season, the veteran winger showed exactly why Gainey acquired him that spring, helping the Canadiens reach the second round of the playoffs.

Despite a lockout-cancelled 2004-05 campaign, Gainey continued to put his mark on the club at the 2005 draft.  Holding the fifth overall selection, the team selected goaltender Carey Price, even though Jose Theodore was still in the fold.  It wouldn’t be long before his decision would prove to be the right one.

The return of hockey for the 2005-06 season saw a number changes in personnel.  Mathieu Dandenualt, Radek Bonk and Cristobal Huet made their Canadiens debuts, while youngsters Christopher Higgins, Tomas Plekanec and Mike Komisarek, among others, were given the opportunity to break through.

The youth movement continued over the next few seasons, with Mike Ribeiro, Michael Ryder, Sheldon Souray and Craig Rivet making way for Andrei Kostitsyn, Sergei Kostitsyn, Guillaume Latendresse and Josh Gorges.

In 2007-08 and 2008-09, Gainey looked to both the free agent and trade markets for three key additions – defenseman Roman Hamrlik, heavyweight George Laraque and left-winger Alex Tanguay.

On February 8, 2010, Gainey stepped down as Habs GM and was replaced by Pierre Gauthier.