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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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I am a proud English-speaking western Canadian and I don't care much for the Eastern teams. But fact is, the Habs have a great team and are a lot of fun to watch. So I'd love to see the Habs make it to the finals.
Russ, 2008-04-11 13:28:40

John

Just read your garbage diatribe. If you hate the French so much, take your ancestry back to jolly old England and watch them play field hockey. You're a racist jerk.
Joe, 2008-04-11 11:35:55

The only way Toronto fans will see the cup In Toronto will be to go visit it at the hall of fame, that the real reason why they chose to put the hall of fame there.

That said will go to the finals but I can't say for sure they will win or not, one thing is for sure they have a better chance at a cup they the Laffs will ever have. For those Toronto fans who hate the Habs and Sens your just not use to cheering for a winner but with a little help you could get off the addiction of cheering for a losing team all the time.

Go Habs Go
Claude, 2008-04-11 10:53:43

Rob

MMMMMMMM poutine, if I wasn't all the way on the other side of the country I be there in a heart beat.

People are funny with their sports though, Myself I'm like you any canadian team over an american team. Granted there are canadians and americans on all the teams throughout the league. I think though that the habs will go quite far this year. They sure seem to be getting off to a good start.
Dwain, 2008-04-11 10:53:28

hmmm let's think three of the best ever defensive forwards ever to play the game as coaches (muller,jarvis and carbonneau) and probably the best ever in a GM Gainey) and playoff time where defense is at a premium as well as all the players buying into a system .....the sky or cup is the limit,....watch out


TIM, 2008-04-11 10:08:21

Granted that I rarely see the Bruins play against anyone other than the Habs but, for the life of me, I can't figure out how that team made the playoffs. It certainly wasn't due to style points; the Devils are a thrilling team to watch when compared with Boston!

Excellent post, Rob. I don't doubt that Don Cherry's idiotic babbling must have been the driving force behind the invention of the mute button. I look forward to the day that Ron MacLean finally says, "Enough!", and punches Cherry right in his fat mouth!
Roy, 2008-04-11 08:55:01

Sad we can't stay away from politics even when it comes to hockey. Why does it always end up being a french or english thing?

"If you're truly proud of being english Canadian, you can never get behind the french Habs!" Who the hell are you, Don Cherry?

I am a true Canadian, I speak both official languages, have native blood, was born in Toronto, raised in Quebec, married a gorgeous Quebecoise and strangley enough hope that any Canadian team goes farther than their American counterparts.

Ok, I am red white and blue to the bone, and when push comes to shove, I'll jeer Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. But I love the game too much to be hung up on the little things that only matter when a few guys have had too much Molson and start writing their names in yellow in front of the house in a 6 foot snow bank.

Isn'T it kinda like when your neighbour wins the 649? You might be a little jealous, but deep down you really want to be his friend. LET 'S ALL BE FRIENDS DAMNIT!

Instead of bickering, let's lace 'em up, and I'll meet ya for a pick-up game at the local rink. Bring the pizza and beer, and I will bring enought poutine for everyone!

GO HABS GO!
Rob, 2008-04-11 07:47:24

Go Leafs Golf! We'll sit back and enjoy a team that knows how to play, a GM that knows how to build a team, and a coaching staff with cups in their blood ... add to that a great young goalie and you have the making of a good team with some play-off potential!
DP, 2008-04-11 06:25:02

To all of you wonderful HABS fans that set John straight - well done!! I've been a fan for 50+ years and the reason I loved them as a kid growing up in Alberta is the same reason I love them now - through the years they have played the game with speed, artistry and heart. Even in the dark years of Rejean Houle and Mario (the coach) Tremblay, they gave their all because we HABS fans cannot tolerate anything less.

To the pundits (nearly all of them) who said we wouldn't make the playoffs - they have not followed what Bob Gainey has been doing for the past 5 years - he has now overcome the mess he inherited and re-stocked this team with great young talent that play the game OUR WAY!! And, oh yes, who can match the motivational value of our coaching staff - Carbo and Muller who never quit one game dring their careers, and oh yeah, Doug Jarvis whose ironman record will never be broken - if they don't inspire you, your not breathing - GO HABS GO!!!
Commodore, 2008-04-10 17:47:52

Les Canadiens are ready and I’m so looking forward to see them play and not have to watch the soap opera of the blue and white. Now here is a history lesson to the jerk who thinks he knows it all. I’m getting sick and tired of the war years mentioned. Here are the Stanley Cup winners starting the year Hitler invaded Poland: 38-39 Boston Bruins, 39-40 NY Rangers, 40-41 Boston Bruins, 41-42 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (can that be right? I thought they were all in the trenches), 42-43 Detroit Red Wings,, 43-44 Montreal Canadiens (the Nazis were defeated and the war in Europe was over), 44-45 The friggin Leafs again so they ceratinly weren't in the Pacific. So John, get your facts straight or shut up. Montreal’s best years were in the 50s and 70s.
Sig, 2008-04-10 15:51:05

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