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  1. Here we go! Time to see what these players have. If there is ever a rock bottom to a season, last week must have been it. If there is ever a great chance to pull yourself out of a hole in a season, tonight has to be it. An in your face meeting. Two reflection period. A great period of time to finally let go of the losing atmosphere. THe Panthers aren't the worst team in the league but they are certainly not the worst team to face trying to break a slump. A win tonight is a must. Koivu, Higgins, Souray, Huet, Plekanek, Begin and Markov must come up a big. As they go everyone else wil
  2. The team is going to have to settle the top 2 lines eventually. Lats has shown he doesn't hurt his linemates on the top lines and with his size and ability to battle in the corners and maintain the puck, he should stay on the top 2 lines. With Higgins coming back in the next 15 days or so, Carbo will have the opportune time to find a winning combination like Gainey did once he placed Higgs on Koivu's line last year. It's obvious Kovy isn't happy with Pleks and from recent games it appears that he and Koivu MIGHT have re-kindled some of their chemistry they showed in the '04 playoffs. Car
  3. Agreed. But considering, unless something goes array, Koivu will be around for another 2 more years and will be captain until at least 2009, by then Higgins will have 4 years under his belt and, if he continues his pace, a major player on the team (and maybe consistent Selke nominee). If Koivu would not be here today, it would be Rivet, I believe, or Souray (my preference). Or would the team want to pin it on a guy that is certain to be around beyond this season (Kovelov). Without a doubt, Higgins has the most potential of all the players to take over when Koivu leaves (if he leaves on
  4. So he talked about the Leafs in his segment on the TSN preview show, but check out Damian Cox's comments on about the Canadiens, from his article about all 6 Canadian teams: MONTREAL LAST YEAR: 93 points, 7th in East, lost in 1st round. OFF THE ICE: Bob Gainey hands over the coaching reins to Guy Carbonneau, with Kirk Muller as an assistant. They will almost certainly produce an excellent defensive team. ON THE ICE: No. 1 goalie Cristobal Huet took the league by storm, but he played only 36 regular season games. With a big new contract, he'd better be the real deal. ... The same defen
  5. Regular Season: Pacific: San Jose, Pheonix, Anaheim, Dallas, L.A Central: Nashville, Detroit, Colombus, Chicago, St. Louis Northwest: Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota, Vancouver, Colorado West Final Standings NSH CAL SJ DET EDM PHO ANA DAL ---- CLB MINN VAN COL CHI LA STL Southeast: Carolina, Atlanta, Florida, Tampa, Washington Atlantic: New Jersey, Rangers, Philly, Pittsburgh, Islanders Northeast: Ottawa, Montreal, Buffalo, Boston, Toronto Eastern Final Standings NJ OTT CAR NYR MTL BUF PHI ATL ---- BOS FLA TB TOR PITT I
  6. Carbo said that this pick will also be an organizational choice. Here's what must be considered: - The new UFA and arbitration ages are irrelevent. Top players will get top money regardless how; if not you will alienate the player and when he won't forget it when he is an actual UFA (ask Keenan and Luongo). The Habs will have 4 years after the initial contract to set up a long-term deal that will extend into his UFA years. - Lats' age is no longer an issue. It might have been last year; but he's shown he has the maturity necessary. He's spent 5-6 weeks now with professionals (last 2
  7. I think that shows what Carbo has it mind: Give Kosty a chance to show him if he can play with Kovy and Ribs, if he can and he is picked, its that line and Sammy plays on the third. If Kosty can't, then he won't be picked, i think and Lats starts on the third, but I wouldn't be surprised if he switches with Sammy so the Habs really can have 3 balanced offensively-dangerous lines.
  8. I'd like to see the line-up tonight, apparently only bubble players that will be in the line-up are Lats, Zhog and Jansveski. That tells me that Chips (not surprisingly) will be sent down and so will Kots (probably more due to the play of Lats and Zhog's one way contract that his not-too-dissapointing play). For tonight I'd like to see: Higgins Koivu Ryder (no reason to touch this) Lats Ribeiro and Kovy (kovy likes to carry the puck, ribs has shown chemisty with Kovy last year and Lats last night; could be interesting) Sammy Pleks and Johnson (sammy likes to carry the puck, pleks som
  9. Good move by Carbo...While most is on the brink of panic with only a week left in training camp, Carbs sets his team up to perform. Puts the major parts of the team in, with some youngster and observe how everyone reacts with what will probably a representative distribution of ice time. Not to mention the games on TV, so it gives back to the fans who have been following all over the province. Interesting is though, Ribeiro is not playing tonight RDS report It'll be the Koivu line intact with Locke centering the Russions, not Ribs. Letendresse plays with Bonk and Murray. I think t
  10. Whether he plays in Mtl or not this season, Latendresse needs to be signed. Teams have until June 1st, two years after the draft year to sign a prospect or that prospect goes back into the draft. So I can go either way about playing him in Mtl this season, but I do want him signed. Giving him a 10-day trial and then sending him back to the Q has 2 major drawbacks: 1- It brings Latendresse one year closer to arbirtration rights (and given the high decisions this summer, that isn't a marginal thing) 2- Brings Latendresse one year closer to UFA status, as it will count as a service yea
  11. Finally got connected online, got 3 tix for Leafs game on the 28th! Got in for the opener too, but my hands were moving too quickly and I didn't "follow the ordering procedure" so I got kicked. Has anyone ordered online before. I didn't get a confirmation page after I clicked process...
  12. Carter wasn't between them, Hendrik was between him and brother Daniel. Did you see what Carter did the two seasons prior to that?? Was his season only a product of the Sedins finally jelling at the NHL level?
  13. Amen KoZed! I've been building a similar arguement for days now. Some seems to let their dislike for what they see the guy as hide the progress that Ribeiro has made and what he can still make. Ribeiro can be a great compliment to Kovelov, we saw that at the last quarter of the season. If Ribs has a 90 point season, even tho its just one season, next year this time, everyone will find another guy to pounce on.
  14. I know Ribeiro's faults and what people criticize him about, but I would still give him one more shot with Kovelov straight from training camp with a consistent winger to their left and see what he can do. We saw with a consistent line in 03-04 he can put up 60 odd points and one of the wingers was Dags. Are there better options in the league? definitely. But you'll have to give up other assets in return, meanwhile you have a guy here who wants to play in Montreal, loves to play in front of the crowd, likes the pressure here, can communicate well with the media and is still maturing. Bri
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