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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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Well said Mitch!

Amen to that.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-04-02 09:01:20

The Habs are a little banged up but so are most other teams.They are peaking at just the right time and they will surprise a lot of skeptics. They will go far into the playoffs but may run out of steam near the end.Heres wishing them the best to go all the way !!
Johnny, 2008-03-31 11:30:50

The habs are fine tuned now.The playoffs bring out the best in the red,white,blue. It's fire wagon hockey time people. Skeptics be warned, les habitants have arrived. Congrats to management. You deserve the parade on St. Catherine street.Looking in from Seattle.
brody, 2008-03-29 00:54:51

I have been a Hab fan for 55 years (18 Stanley Cups and 3 long dynasties) and have watched every game this year. Like anything in sports predicting an outcome is normally a fool's game (remember the New England Patriots?) so all I will say is that the odds are good that the Habs are ready and able to go deep in the playoffs.

For all those people who say that they have no depth, there are 6-7(?) Habs who have 50 points or more, they are leading the whole league in scoring, their very young goaltenders have led them to a 7-2-1 record since Huet was traded away, they have crushed the Senators and New Jersey, their perennial bogeymen, they have the best PP in the league, according to at least some observers and opposing players, as a group Markov, komisarek and Hammrlik are three of the best in the league, their core of youngsters are beyond reproach, they are healthy and most important of all, they have fantastic team chemistry. This team, will be a dominating force for the foreseeable future.

Like Rick L. says, I have not felt this good and this confident about the Habs in 15 years. The Cups will come. It's too bad that the Leafs aren't up in the same echelon as the Habs because to me hockey in springtime is always about the Habs beating on all comers especially the Leafs. Oh yeah, there was that one goal series of 41 years ago.
Habnut, 2008-03-27 09:55:06

I see a lot of people saying that they the habs aren't ready yet for the playoffs. I think they are if they can get good goaltending. They weren't supposed to make the playoffs either! Right? I see another cup!!
Adam, 2008-03-27 09:37:32

They look a bit like the Sens did a couple years ago lots of Europeans and a great season record. The Caps could be their Leafs.

Hopefully we get to see the Habs and Sens in the Conf final.
Trev, 2008-03-27 08:51:28

I've been a Habs fan for four decades now. I think this might be the first time in years that I've felt this good about the club and their chances in the playoffs.

I think we're only now seeing damage being repaired that was caused when Ronald Corey appointed Rejean Houle and Mario Tremblay to GM and head coach respectively. And I believe the Habs would still be marking time if it weren't for Bob Gainey.

Is this team ready for the playoffs? Yes, they are, or at least as best the can be for the team they have now. If they have one Achilles Heal, it has to be inexperience. We saw it here and there over the course of the season, but more recently in the third period in the last game they played against the Senators. They let up, took some bad penalties and basically apologized to their goaltender, Carey Price, instead of mobbing him in a post-game scrum.

Gainey has a clear vision for his hockey team and if we look at his hockey team, we'll see that it has been put together for the long haul.

Bringing the club back to respectibility has taken a long time. I don't see a Cup for them this year; heck, I was one of those who figured them not making the playoffs.

But, as so many Sens' and Leafs' fans have pointed out, anything can happen in the playoffs. Why not the Habs too?

Chapeau!!!
Rick L, 2008-03-27 07:52:37

Goober, didn't the Sens just get bitch slapped by both the lowly Leafs and the habs also!! Come to think of it, alot of teams have been bitch slapping the Sens since Christmas. Your reasoning stinks like the Sens.

GO HABS GO!!
tacful, 2008-03-27 07:15:27

Out in the first round, nuff said.
Len, 2008-03-26 22:53:01

While I may not always agree with other comments on this site,I still enjoy reading about other people's input on the game.Bashing/insulting someone,just because he/she may not agree with your own views,just goes to show you how desperate and insecure,some people have become.Do us all a favor Pete,GROW UP for havens' sake! If you're lucky,you will get older too,and hopefully,wiser..to the joy of us all.Amen!
Mitch, 2008-03-24 09:02:02

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