Bob Gainey's press conference is currently ran live on RDS moments ago, and he stated that Atlanta was looking for 4 elements from Montreal in return for Hossa, 3 of which will be in the lineup tonight vs. the Thrashers.
He also said that the decision was unanimous amongst the group of directors that the deal would in fact hurt the Habs more than it would favor them, therefore the deal fell through.
On Huet: He felt that the quality of young goalies in Price and Halak made the impending UFA Huet expendable at ANY cost, and also stated that the decision was made last night that whatever the highest offer would be for Huet, the deal would be made, stating that even a (5th or 6th round draft pick offer" would have been accepted. He believes that Halak has earned a spot on the team as his save % is tops in the AHL for two years running now, and that the healthy competition between the youngster will benefit each other, and hopes that one day they can develop to their potential in the same way that AK 46 and Tomas Plekanec have this year.
On Ryder: Gainey admits that the year hasn't been easy for Ryder, but he is a good player, drafted and molded by the Habs, and they have confidence in him. He compared him to an 8 cylinder engine currently running on 6 cylinders.
Gainey also went on to state that he is satisfied with the makeup of his 3rd and 4th lines, and of his 5th, 6th and 7th defensemen. They all know their roles, and are more than capable of achieving their goals.
On Pittsburgh's offer for Hossa: When asked if he felt his offer was better than that of Pittsburgh's: "Well, we always feel that our own offers are better than others, of course, but the decision was made by Don Waddell and Atlanta that the better cogs were in place on Pittsburgh's behalf." He also confirmed that he had no priorities in talking with Hossa's agent Rich Winter prior to acquiring him.