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What's Happened To The Habs ?? (2008)

Cast: Bob Gainey, Carbo, Muller jarvis, Koivu, Kovalev, Higgins, Ryder, Plekanec, S. Kostitsyn, A.Kostitsyn, Grabovski, Latendresse, Lapierre, Begin, Dandenault, Streit, Smolinski, Kostopoulos - aka. Cantstandzya, Markov, Komisarek, Hamrlik, Bouillion, Gorges, O'Byrne, Brise-by, Price, Halak and the 2nd round pick we got for Huet!

Director(s): George Gillett

Language: English

Genre: Science Fiction

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Synopsis

A youth movement has bolstered the Montreal Canadiens into true contenders. What gives?

 

Deril wrote on February 27, 2008, 2:40 pm
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Enough about the loser Sens, let's talk about God's REAL team, The Habs !!

Montreal has been a sub-par team for about 10+ years now, and it's starting to look like they can really start making a serious run at a deep playoff outing for the first time in years.

We have less experience than ever, but these young kids have talent, and Carbo must be doing something right to have the best PP in the league 2 years running.

1) How successful will this team be this year?
2) Was it wrong to move Huet?
3) Should Carbo get Jack Adams consideration (best coach)

4) other areas of discussion.

let's hear Mike shit all over them now :)

Jefferygn wrote on February 27, 2008, 6:55 pm
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Go Habs Go!

(what does PP mean? In THIS context please...)

motleymitch wrote on February 28, 2008, 10:30 am
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(PP means Power Play, Jeffy. Oh, remember the days when Jeff was all sporty gung-ho for the Expos and John Elway and Bret Barberie and the Montreal Machine and hockey riots? Then he reads one Chomsky book and gives up his jock life! What gives? But I digress....)

Okay.
1) The Habs definitely are over-achievers this year. I knew they had a good team with potential chemistry, but the emergence of the young guns showcasing their talent (the Kostitsyn brothers, Plekanec, Price), Kovalev back on his game and a mentor/leader, and stellar chipping in from lesser known sources (Streit, Lapierre, Komisarek), has really made this team dangerous and a contender.

2) The more I think about the Huet deal, the more it makes sense. Yes, it would've been nice to get more than a 2nd round pick, but I guess if it's the best offer that was out there, whaddaya gonna do? Huet's stats were similar to Price's, he tends to let in at least one soft goal per game, and he coulda walked in the summer for nothing, so best to hand the reins over to Price right now and tell him to run with it.
This could go in 2 extremely different directions; either the Habs'll make good with a decent playoff run, Price will shine and get some good experience out of it, and Gainey will look like a genius, or they head for an early exit and have a long summer to retool, possibly with Gainey's job on the line (but not likely).

3) All along, I was hoping the Habs would pick up Jokinen before the deadline. He didn't go anywhere. Hossa was never that appealing to me - sure he's great and has solid points in the regular season, but he always disappears come playoff time, even when surrounded by fine talent like he was in his Ottawa years. He did nothing last year and Atlanta was swept in the 1st round by the stinkin' Rangers. Pittsburgh gave up WAY too much for this guy (who could walk in the summer), so let the baby have his bottle.
Montreal's chemistry goes undisrupted and they can all breathe a sigh of relief and get on with more confidence.

4) All 4 lines are contributing now. It's taken a while, but it seems the Koivu-Higgins-Ryder line is finally back to form. If this can be sustained into the post-season, there's no team we can't beat. We beat Atlanta 5-1 the other night with Price in nets and without any points from Kovalev-Plekanec-Kostitsyn. Pretty impressive. There's also the fact that Carbo has his foot soldiers who, interchangeable as they are, can all come in and out of the line-up any given game, therefore ensuring a well-rested team (Begin, Kostopoulos, Dandeneault, Smolinski, Lapierre, Latendresse). A BIG plus is have TWO players who can go back and forth between defense and forward (Streit & Dandeneault) - few teams have such a luxury to play with.

5) Carbo-Muller-Jarvis know their shit.

Anyways, the next few weeks will be very telling for all teams on all counts. Only TAAAIIIME will tell!

p.s. - and another one for the history books: Youppi! is the first mascot who ever crossed over from one sport to another! Another triumph!

Papamikey wrote on February 28, 2008, 10:46 am
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1) The Habs definitely are over-achievers this year. I knew they had a good team with potential chemistry, but the emergence of the young guns showcasing their talent (the Kostitsyn brothers, Plekanec, Price), Kovalev back on his game and a mentor/leader, and stellar chipping in from lesser known sources (Streit, Lapierre, Komisarek), has really made this team dangerous and a contender.

Mikey: MY spin? Montreal is on a hot-streak right now...the same players at the beginning of the season looked average at best. They, like Ottawa, are in dire risk of bowing out in the first round if their UNPROVEN youth gets punched in the face. The playoffs are literally a whole different game. Though, I admit, they have positioned themselves well to become a BETTER team in the coming years.

2) The more I think about the Huet deal, the more it makes sense. Yes, it would've been nice to get more than a 2nd round pick, but I guess if it's the best offer that was out there, whaddaya gonna do? Huet's stats were similar to Price's, he tends to let in at least one soft goal per game, and he coulda walked in the summer for nothing, so best to hand the reins over to Price right now and tell him to run with it.
This could go in 2 extremely different directions; either the Habs'll make good with a decent playoff run, Price will shine and get some good experience out of it, and Gainey will look like a genius, or they head for an early exit and have a long summer to retool, possibly with Gainey's job on the line (but not likely).

Mikey: THIS I agree with. My initial reaction to the trade was:

1) Outright laughter...
2) Exclaiming: "WHHHHAAAAAA....?????"
3) Setting up that picture on the "This Just In" on the home page.

But the more I digest it, the more it seems to make sense, especially in Darrell's context on his Sens rant: they're putting 100% confidence in ONE goalie and not making it a wishy-washy who's the #1. It's like going ALL-IN in Texas Hold-Em, sometime you gotta know when show'em...

It is a gamble, though.

Wish Ottawa would do the same.

3) All along, I was hoping the Habs would pick up Jokinen before the deadline. He didn't go anywhere. Hossa was never that appealing to me - sure he's great and has solid points in the regular season, but he always disappears come playoff time, even when surrounded by fine talent like he was in his Ottawa years. He did nothing last year and Atlanta was swept in the 1st round by the stinkin' Rangers. Pittsburgh gave up WAY too much for this guy (who could walk in the summer), so let the baby have his bottle.
Montreal's chemistry goes undisrupted and they can all breathe a sigh of relief and get on with more confidence.

Mikey: I said to my co-worker, "Wasn't the trades a little anti-climatic?" I mean, it's JUST Hossa...it's not like they were dealing for Ovechkin, Crosby or someone who could REALLY make a true difference to a team. Then again, super-stars sometime DON'T make a difference (cough *Jagr* cough). The Penguins basically just sold their future out for a semi-deep run into the playoffs, if that..

4) All 4 lines are contributing now. It's taken a while, but it seems the Koivu-Higgins-Ryder line is finally back to form. If this can be sustained into the post-season, there's no team we can't beat. We beat Atlanta 5-1 the other night with Price in nets and without any points from Kovalev-Plekanec-Kostitsyn. Pretty impressive. There's also the fact that Carbo has his foot soldiers who, interchangeable as they are, can all come in and out of the line-up any given game, therefore ensuring a well-rested team (Begin, Kostopoulos, Dandeneault, Smolinski, Lapierre, Latendresse). A BIG plus is have TWO players who can go back and forth between defense and forward (Streit & Dandeneault) - few teams have such a luxury to play with.

Mikey: Blah, blah, blah...the team's on a high right now so EVERYONE's looking brilliant (coaching staff included). When they begin to faulter, and they will, then we'll talk. (LOL - sour grapes, I know!)

5) Carbo-Muller-Jarvis know their shit.

Mikey: (no comment)
motleymitch wrote on May 3, 2009, 2:07 am
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Funny to re-read this thread now, a year later.
Oh the Clippers prophecy has been foretold!

So, now that the team is um, restructuring, again, more rumours pop up: Does Jacques Lemaire come in as new coach? Also, depending how well the Canucks do in the current playoffs, there has been talk of where the Sedins will wind up. If they DO get traded or re-signed somewhere else (at a double hefty price, no doubt), the talk right now is Toronto, NYR, or MTL. As much as I find them creepy, there ARE good players, and I wouldn't wince too much if they ended up as Habs...but that's just speculation right now.
(Also, are they bound by contracts to stay together? How good would they be on separate teams? If one is injured, does the other feel his pain? Which is the evil twin?)
Because the Habs failed so miserably this year, and there are so many free agents on the team heading into the summer, they could look a WHOLE lot different by September.....
Papamikey wrote on May 3, 2009, 8:48 am
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HEY!

What's Spartakat doing without his stick??!

And WHY does he look like he's just ahd one of Derek's pateted "ACUD SKUNNY" sandwiches, ifyaknowwhattamean?

I always felt bad for Youppi...such a retarded mascot and dealt off as sloppy seconds in a sport he neither supported nor condoned.

Has Avery nailed him, too??

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