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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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The Habs got a touch lucky last night, but then again you gotta be good to have good luck.

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Go Habs Go !
Andy V., 2008-04-13 07:56:51

I am a Habs fan, born in Eastern Ontario, now a US citizen since 2001. Oh, by the way, I am french speaking and still do in my job in Seattle Wa. The only regret is that I didn't learn more languages when I was younger.To read the bigot remarks here in these blogs reassures me that the decision to depart from my hyphenated status in Canada to this melting pot in the good old USA was in fact a travesty of justice...God bless les Habitants...
brodywa, 2008-04-13 02:46:03

I think the french slur was probably written by some frustrated Leafs fan...it has nothing to do about the english and the french..Grow up !!!!
Sam, 2008-04-12 21:51:31

Claude, you know well enough that the Habs haven't had a team worth cheering for in years. This year, it's amazing how all of a sudden people who abandoned the team 10 years ago(when they really started sucking), are back in the picture, belittling the fans of other teams.

They are also the classless fans that chant, "Hey, hey, goodbye", in game 1 of a series.

I won't be associated with this scum.
Loser's since '93, 2008-04-12 19:02:08

It is the league's fault that the Maple leafs haven't won a cup in 41 years. Why did they expand from the original six?

We should scrap the present format and cut the league down to the leafs and one other team.

Then it would only take 21 years to win again!
Spider, 2008-04-12 18:01:25

Pete

Yes it is the french vs english. That is what makes this rivalry what it is. Especially in the eyes of the french. They like nothing better than stick it to us english speaking any chance they get.
Tim, 2008-04-12 12:20:37

Montreal will go as far as their offence takes them. We all know they have a great defence and goalie in Price, but they need to be able to pot some goals (which they've done so far) to be a serious threat against Pittsburgh, New York and Washington.
gordholio, 2008-04-12 05:18:28

Thanks Pete.

A bit of humble pie and I've learned something.
Andy V., 2008-04-11 22:33:55

It's not so much a French/English issue as much as it is a Toronto/Montrel rivalry on and off the ice, with Ottawa in between. As luck would have it Ottawa ends up being the punching bag for both the Leafs and Habs. Love em or hate em that's the way it is, passionate Canadian hockey fans. Gotta love it.
Pete, 2008-04-11 14:23:28

Andy V. I would suggest you do your homework before chastizing others. Not all teams of the original six had their own territory. In fact Montreal, Toronto and Detroit had a clear advantage. I offer you the following excerpt: "Some criticize the era as having a playoff system which was too easy (only two teams were eliminated after the regular season) and featuring too many dominant teams (Montreal never missed the playoffs between 1949 and 1967 and Detroit and Toronto only missed three times each, leaving the other three teams to compete for the one remaining berth). Boston, Chicago and New York were at a competitive disadvantage since each team had exclusive rights to promising local players within 200 miles of its home ice (Detroit was less affected by this as Southern Ontario was part of its local talent pool). In practice, all six teams recruited players from Canada by sponsoring junior and amateur teams." Further more, Though 1942 is the widely accepted year for the beginning of the Original Six era, it was not until the 1959-60 NHL season that every active player had played for Original Six teams only. The last player who did not fall into this category, former Brooklyn Americans player Ken Mosdell, retired after the 1959 Stanley Cup Playoffs. A measure of the dominance of Detroit, Montreal and Toronto in the era can be seen in that between the Bruins' Stanley Cup wins in 1941 and 1970, every single Cup (save for Chicago in 1961) was won by the Red Wings, the Canadiens or the Maple Leafs, and those three teams failed to make the playoffs only eight times combined in the era.

Enough said!
Pete, 2008-04-11 14:15:43

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