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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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After years of frustration and praying they just make the playoffs the Habs have finally finished rebuilding and now have the depth on both the Montreal and Hamilton teams to compete with any team in the league. They may not bring the Cup home this year but they will compete now and in the near future. Other teams should wake up and and finally take notes and not spend for today but invest foir tomorrow.
John, 2008-04-08 20:13:30

Clearly all the "people" cheering for the pathetic Habs are just that, pathetic. It's pretty sad when a franchise that failed to send anyone to war, reaped the rewards of that and won most of their cups when there were 6 teams in the league. Pathetic fan base, pathetic province and most of all, anyone from English Canada that would cheer for the Scabs is not truly English at heart. How can you cheer for a team that won't drop the gloves, but will drop out of the first round. Scabs suck...
John, 2008-04-08 20:03:40

Mike, this is not about English and French. This is about hockey. The Habs have world wide appeal and respect for their achievements. Don't forget, only the Yankees hold more championships than the Canadiens. So just remember the excitement about the Habs possibilities isn't restricted to a people or area, it's worldwide and spoken about in many different languages.

Go Habs Go! Bonne Chance Les Glorieux!
Andy V., 2008-04-08 19:53:21

Goaltending may come into question, bhut 2 years ago Cam Ward stood on his head to beat the oilers, maybe mr. Price can do the same thing...go habs go!!!!!!
jimf, 2008-04-08 17:57:30

There is no certainty in the playoffs but at the start of the year the knock on Montreal from all the so called hockey guru's was they were too small upfront, couldn't score 5 on 5, lost Souray so the PP would suck, and just didn't have enough talent. Well lets see, all of that except for being small upfront has been debunked. The only thing they lack is a playoff hardened goalie (like Joseph who never won anything) and 'toughness' has now been thrown in. Yeah lots of fights in the playoffs. They can hit just as good as anyone else with Begin, Kotsopolous, Dandenault, Lappierre and the hit king Komisarek. So can they go deep? Just as deep as the other 8 teams BELOW them after the regular season.
Sanman_11, 2008-04-08 14:57:38

Keep dreaming Sean, 1993 and counting. Yes alot of Leaf fans are bitter about not making the playoffs, but still love the Leafs me included. Most Leaf fans hate the Habs and will not get behind them no matter, again me included. Enjoy mediocrity Sens fans hope you will be able to keep your team in Ottawa. Montreal's fair weather fans should enjoy 1 possibly 2 rounds. Fail Habs Fail
Mike, 2008-04-08 14:29:51

If they can get past the Caps in whatever round they meet they will have a fair chance.

I'm a die hard Sens fan but have no problem getting behind the Habs when and if the Sens are golfing with the Leafers in a couple weeks.

Well put Sean.
Trev, 2008-04-08 13:11:34

Well.. let me see.. don't think they'd be in the playoffs if they weren't ready for them.. Just a simplistic thought I know, but makes sense, doesn't it?

Don't know that they will bring Stanley home, but they sure have my support. Go Habs Go!!

Sophia
Sophia, 2008-04-08 12:04:19

I have to say that I think the Habs will take Stanley home this year. Unlike Ottawa's poor performance this year, the Habs have really played hard and worked together as a team.

Mike's bitterness at the Leaf's inability to win games due to the Goons they keep recruiting shows what calibur of fan he is. When the Leafs clean up their act, and start playing Hockey instead of no holds barred gooning, maybe they'll start to win more games. While they had a chance to knock out the Sens from the play-offs, watching that goon Mark Bell throw that cheap shot elbow to the head of Alfredsson when they were down 7-1 made me want to puke. A good hockey brawl is a face to face fight, not that cheap shot bs that the Leafs tend to throw around. As much as I have to admit that the Sens most certainly do not deserve to be in the play-offs thsi year, I am happy that they punked the Leafs 8-2. Seriously though Mike, if you haven't the class to accept defeat gracefully, at least have the class to shut your mouth when your team is playing golf during the Play-offs.

Go Habs go!
Sean, 2008-04-08 10:13:27

Mike,

how about you talk hockey? and not about the fans. Bright idea, no?!?!
sulibonito, 2008-04-08 09:49:25

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