Ken Campbell is playing NHL GM here by throwing names out there but realistically Gainey would be very hesitant to trade his captain and completely disturb the team’s great chemistry on and off the ice. Gainey is a great believer in not disrupting the dressing room and stated such during his pre-jersey retirement talk with the press yesterday, “We’re not looking to disrupt a good group that’s improving individually and collectively”. He also comes from an era when the locker room atmosphere was as important as the on ice chemistry.
I can remember during the Ronald Corey days when we went through captains (Keane, Muller, Carbonneau……) like Brittany Spears goes through underwear……..whoooo!!!! sorry……I forgot that she doesn’t wear underwear!!!…..my mistake!!!
Anyhow, all that to say that Gainey isn’t Corey and will want to keep things constant…….unless he’s blown away by an offer he can’t resist, Capt. Koivu will lead the Habs into the playoff and probably be one of their best players…….like his boss!!!