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NHL on TSN Quiz: What was Gainey's best move as Habs' GM?

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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers from TSN's hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your! Call feature.

Question #1: Which of Bob Gainey's moves as GM of the Montreal Canadiens will be remembered most? Mike Cammalleri and all those signed in the summertime, Alex Kovalev, Georges Laraque or Carey Price?

Bob McKenzie: I'll go with Price, absolutely. He could turn out to be a franchise goaltender and if he does, Gainey gets the kudos for that. Price, at some point, could be the guy who doesn't turn out to be the franchise goalie, and he'll get the credit or blame for that as well.

Darren Pang: I'm going to take Laraque, and with all due respect to Bob, I think this really signalled the fact that the NHL players were maybe a little bit away from him. Signing Laraque to the contract that he signed him to, to me said that he was very distant from the game and the players at this point.

Bobby Clarke: I think Kovalev. Kovalev was traded for, brought in to be a star and helped the Canadiens get better. He didn't deliver, and when his contract expired, Gainey said goodbye.

Question #2: If Canada were to meet Russia at the Olympics, who's the best right defenceman to match up against Alex Ovechkin? The choices are Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Brent Seabrook and Shea Weber.

Pang: I'm going to go with Doughty. Based on the fact that they played this year, both players - Ovechkin and Doughty - played 26 minutes in the game, and the L.A. Kings came out on top. Team Canada obviously took notice of that. Doughty can play an overall game. Right now he may very well be the best defenceman going into the Olympics for Canada.

Clarke: I would say Weber. I like the size, the speed and the aggression. You can throw Ovechkin off his game by taking some runs at him, and if Weber does that, he's going to get hit back but I think it's worthwile.

McKenzie: I'll go with Doughty for the same reasons that Darren did. I'll take the brains over brawn. He's got a great stick, he has great positioning and one of the coming out parties for him was at the World Championships when he went one-on-one and did a tremendous job with Ilya Kovalchuk. That's when they knew this kid was for real.

Question #3: Who might Canada wind up missing the most at the Olympics? Jay Bouwmeester, Mike Green, Martin St. Louis or Steven Stamkos?

Clarke: I love Stamkos. I think this is a great young player and he scores on the power play. At the Olympics, the winning team is going to score on the power play. It's too hard to score goals if you don't score on the power play.

McKenzie: I agree with that but let's go and give some love to Green, because he's a dynamic offensive defenceman. I realize there are some defensive liabilities there, but if Canada ends up not coming up on the power play from the bombers on the point, then Green will be missed.

Pang: I agree and I like Green, but I'm going to go with a big defenceman, I'm going to go to the left side because that's where Bouwmeester is. You know that he was close on that panel as well - the big body. You know that Scott Niedermayer's not a very big body, Pronger's a little on the older side and Pronger's taken a lot of penalties at the international hockey level, and then there's Duncan Keith. He might have that wide-eyed look as well. This is a big stage for him, so I'll go with the big body in Bouwmeester.

Question #4: Should the NHL adopt the IIHF shootout style that permits teams do use the same shooter as many times as it wants after starting with three different shooters?

Pang: Holy jumpin', no! No, no, no! I don't even like the shootout, for crying out loud, let alone having the same guy go three times. No, that's too much pressure on one guy in that situation.

Clarke: I think you use your best player and use him again and again and again. Why would you put a lesser player out there? You're trying to win the game. You don't use five defencemen on the power play hoping they don't score.

McKenzie: I will say no. Yeah, it's a skills competition that settles hockey games, but you're going to turn it into even more of a skills competition if you only allow the one guy to shoot over and over and over again. I think they should change to the IIHF rule that says Gretzky has to shoot, Crosby has to shoot, Ovechkin has to shoot.

As always, have your say in the Your! Call feature below.

Bob Gainey (Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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