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What should the Habs do in the off-season?
Thu, June 5, 2008

Having a big, tough team suits some NHL clubs, but isn't the top priority of the Montreal Canadiens.

So don't look for general manager Bob Gainey to dismantle his smooth-skating club after their playoff defeat to the bruising Philadelphia Flyers.

Gainey and Carbonneau met with the media to discuss the season that just ended, in which the unfancied Canadiens finished first in the Eastern Conference and in goal-scoring in the 30-team league.
Full story: Gainey will be busy in the off-season

What do you think Gainey should do with Canadiens over the summer?



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Tonights win is why we were the best team in the east. Anyone who says otherwise are just sore Toronto and Ottawa losers. Europeen or Canadian, we have a great team of young enthusiastic hopefuls and skilled veterans that combined offer more than teams that are getting by on only a few players that are skilled.

Carey Price will be better than Patrick Roy, Koivu plays better on a comeback and every other player on the team wants to win.

Our city, French and English feel the cup this year. We back them 100%. What other city has 1 out of 3 cars proudly driving their HABS flag?

Go Habs Go.
TNT, 2008-04-21 22:46:43

I just hope that you Habs-hating losers bet on the Bruins tonight!
JJ, 2008-04-21 22:13:05

OK So there are too many euros and yanks, and OH Yeah - they got no heart.

Game 7 5-0 Habs. Scoring...

A.Kostitsyn 2 goals (euro) S.Kostitsyn 1 goal(euro)

Streit 1 goal (euro)

Komisarek 1 goal (yank)

Assists...Kovalev 2, Koivu,

S. Kostitsyn, Hamrlik, Plekanec... Honorable mention to Higgins who helped the 1rst line by going into the corners and behind the net hitting and digging.

The shutout goes to the rookie who will probably crack under pressure - Carey Price.

They weren't 1rst in the conference for nothing, and while the Bruins served notice that they will be better in the future.

Les Canadiens advance to next round and for Boston -it's Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye!
Andy V., 2008-04-21 22:10:52

I concur...the Habs had a fine year. Just because Price looked human for a couple of periods...well, I'm NOT prepared to jump off yet! And Saku may as well be Canadian. Courageous, lots of heart...and the fans will help them bring it home tonight!

GO HABS GO!

BoHutch
bohutch, 2008-04-21 14:15:17

Well what team has won a cup with a european captain ? Its not being anti europe its just a fact. It wasnt anything against Saku he plays like a Canadian, with a big heart like all Finnish players do, they play a Canadian style of hockey.

Its Kovalev the pretend to be hurt from a tap on the wrist that cost the Habs a game 7 with his childish act.

The Habs had success in the regular season because it is more wide open than the playoffs. Now that its a tighter checking more physical style of play the talented teams get run out of the building, look at the Habs the last few games.

I guess Gainey and the coaches thought that the Habs could win the cup on power plays alone lol. Yes they had the best power play in the regular season but now its the worst of the playoff teams.
Wayne, 2008-04-21 11:11:41

Teams can't win with Euros leading them? Sounds like Don Cherry talking. Saku came back prematurely and restarted the teams moribund offense. Even hobbled by a not yet healed foot, he was a spark on the ice. Let's face it, the team plays better with him in the line up.

Gainey made mistakes? Only the Pope can make the claim of infallibility and look at where his organization is today. No, Gainey is not perfect but in building a talented, speedy team with a very bright future, I am willing to cut him some slack.

No one, except the blindly obsessed Hab fan expected this team to make the playoffs this year. That they did, and with the flair and panache in doing so has given this fan of 60 years some unexpected gratification and pride.

Will they win tonight? It's a 50/50 proposition, but if home ice advantage and history have anything to do with it, they will prevail.

GO HABS.
Geezerfan, 2008-04-21 09:33:10

I agree with Vince from Ottawa a win is a win, a tie is a tie and if you lose you get squat. Why should teams be rewarded for getting a tie then an extra point for an OT or shootout win.You can't have it both ways,if you want the shootout and a clear winner keep the same format, OT (5 min.)then a shootout(3 players only) THEN award a tie if no one scores. This way the tie only kicks in after the game is completely over. So now we're back to 2 points for a win, 0 for a loss and 1 for a tie. None of this being rewarded for a tie and loss garbage.

Also if your going to have OT and shootouts to decide games all year long have it the same way in the playoffs too. I personally hate this format but as they say "LIVE BY THE SWORD, DIE BY THE SWORD".

Oh and one more thing they play all year long to get points and top teams(most points) get in, not just because you won your division like Washington did . They should be seeded according to their point totals.

The best thing to do is go back to the original way.

ps... are the Habs overachievers? ...guess we'll find out tonight.


kw, 2008-04-21 08:33:59

The Habs' playoff performance goes to show how skewed the regular season record is. Points for ties, points for overtime losses, only show how misleading the whole exercise is. Montreal finished in 1st place and Boston finished in eighth place. Montreal went undefeated in the regular season against Boston this season.

In Gary (Peewee) Bettman’s new NHL everybody wins! There were only two teams from the Eastern Conference and Two teams from the Western Conference that had a losing record! 26 friggin teams had a winning record! What's up with that? The NHL is the only professional League on the planet where everybody wins! It’s run like a children house league. Nobody gets his feelings hurt. What a farce!

Anaheim is out, Ottawa is out, and New Jersey is out. Soon it may also be possible that Montreal will be out. Equality? No. Smokescreen? Yes!


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-04-21 00:55:36

The Habs look like they are intimidated by the bigger and more physical Bruins.

The Bruins are playing playoff style hockey and making the Habs forwards pay the price with hits every time they touch the puck.

Price is starting to look human, for whatever reason he doesnt seem like he is 100 % into the game. Not that the team in front of him is playing any better.

The last few games the Bruins have been the better team even though they have less talent. They want to win more and it shows with there effort.

Bruins do the Habs and there fans a favour and put them out of there misery with a whooping.

Habs dont have the leadership ( Kovalev are you kidding me ) or the heart to do anything it takes to win.

You need a Canadian to lead the team if you want to win in the playoffs. Just look at the captains of the teams that have won the cups, Sakic, Neidermayer, Lecalvier, Brindamour, Yzerman. Enough said. Europeans dont understand what the stanley cup means to us north americans, there stanley cup are the world championships and olympics.


John L, 2008-04-20 22:57:56

As a real Habs fan, I won't give up - there is a game 7. I am disappointed in Kovalev's bailout clearing attempt leading to the winning goal.

This is the playoffs and Kovalev's been there before so he should know better.

What is even more frustrating is why Carbonneau has Montreal sitting on 1 goal leads. They won during the year by bringing it to the opposition all game long.

Certainly the momentum is with Boston, but the Habs can overcome this if they are willing to pay the price - that means skate, hit and make plays.

The Habs are scoring 5 on 5

but the PP has been neutralized, so even more reason NOT to sit back with a 1 goal lead.

Boston have been playing well. They can hit but if we skate, they are slower and this is what we have to exploit.

Go Habs - Ruin the Bruins!
Andy V., 2008-04-20 21:12:32

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