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  1. Was a joke, I'm like you in that it wasn't specific players but the team that got me into hockey. The Habs of that era was the first squad I became deeply invested in, and it was funny to remember how much I cared about these scrubs.
  2. Radek Bonk: Solid defensive C who sadly never got the Selke consideration that was his due. Mike Johnson: The Robin to Bonk's Batman. Jan Bulis: 4-goal game! Who could forget. Steve B├ęgin: All heart. Mathieu Dandenault: Mastery of all positions on the ice, up and down the lineup (mostly down). Should have gotten a shot to fill in at goalie to cement his legendary status.
  3. For some reason I had my hopes up about this guy about a year ago... can't recall why. Hopefully he's another Lekhonen.
  4. In this uncertain moment we're experiencing, it calms me greatly to know that the Habs have Alex Belzile under contract for next season.
  5. No need to rush Caufield, especially after we apparently rushed Kotka.
  6. Game 6 was a dominant 1-0 game where we were completely stifled and outclassed physically. Overall, there were 3 games where the Rangers were clearly better, two OT games that were split, and one game where we were better with our backs against the wall down 3-1 at home. We got to game 6 which was as far as we deserved. The revisionist history is saying that we lost because Price was hurt when Tokarski stood on his head and we couldn't score in the final game.
  7. That's heartening, hopefully the guy we saw at the WJC's is the real Romanov.
  8. I maintain that we were clearly outclassed by the Rangers in the Kreider year and it's homer revisionist history to blame the loss on Price's injury. Tokarski stepped in and stood on his head so we didn't miss Carey that much - we were losing that series either way (and would have gotten steamrolled by LA in any case). That was a clear illustration in my mind of the divide between almost elite and elite; we were perhaps only one player - a true #1C - away from elite, but it was obvious we weren't there. In the Halak year, most people forget that we barely squeaked into the playoffs with 88 points and a negative goal differential. That was a mediocre squad that was eventually stopped by a forgettable 7th-place Philly team. So yes, that year we caught lightning in a bottle and outperformed expectations after making the dance, but we were among the worst conference finalists of this era of the league.
  9. Is Romanov back to playing 6 minutes a game in Russia? It's a weird trajectory for a prospect to knock it out of the park at two consecutive World Juniors but we barely hear from him the rest of the year.
  10. Fun ending even if it hurts the tank. Lindgren with the last second glove stop to force OT, Petry our 3-on-3 killer. I'm rooting for a rematch of last year's series in the Metro, so a point for Carolina helps as well.
  11. The Sharks have twice as many deep runs in the playoffs, along with a Presidents Trophy and a finals appearance, and had a murderers' row of forwards that eventually aged out of their prime. We're closer in achievement and league-wide profile over this period to teams like Philly or the Rangers that had a deep run or two, along with a bottom-out or two, but are an afterthought when considering the era in the NHL. And those teams actually made the finals.
  12. The Shaw trade sure looks better now, the justification was always his injury history and it looks like that scenario is coming to fruition.
  13. San Jose is in the category of the Sedin Canucks or the Alfie Sens that were legitimate juggernauts over a decade plus that became playoff flameouts. The Caps were in that category as well until they slayed the dragon. The Habs have never been near that. We were mostly a bubble team, with a few years that were almost elite but never truly a top contender (one look at Pleks-Desharnais as our top C's was enough for most people).
  14. We need to make sure we're at 7 or 8 and not 10-12. We should rest the vets and play the kids more. Give Price every other game off, play Weber less and give him games off, ditto for Petry and Gallagher. We should have been doing this on some level for a couple months now.
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