HEFTER: Habs buyers or sellers?
As the NHL trade deadline approaches, don't count me among those who want to see general manager Pierre Gauthier blow up this team and start from scratch.
Never mind whether or not you think Gauthier should still be in charge at this point. The fact of the matter is: He IS. And as long as the Canadiens are alive and kicking in the race for a playoff spot in the East, I think Gauthier should go out there and do everything he can to improve this team's prospects for this season.
And that does NOT include going into "fire sale" mode.
That's not to say Gauthier shouldn't trade veteran talent for prospects and/or draft choices. It's still important for the GM to keep the big picture in mind, but the big picture includes the "here and now."
I am NOT ready to watch Gauthier throw up his hands in frustration and give up on this season. I am NOT ready to watch Gauthier go into panic mode and trade his best players (after all, those are the only ones with some serious market value) in an effort to re-build for the future.
Because there is absolutely no guarantee that this team will be any better off.