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Abby-horrent

  • What can you say about a game like that? It’s the same story every night. Penalty after penalty….or weak goaltending…never a full 60 minutes of hockey…or all of the above.

    The Canadiens score 5 goals and still lose. They allow 8. Eight goals.

    Was every single goal Aebischer’s fault? No, but this is the race to the playoffs and goaltending is incredibly important. David Aebischer is not playing like a professional goalie. He is not making the saves, not keeping his team in games and certainly not building ANY confidence on the team.

    The whole point we had David Aebischer all year earning in the millions, was if Cristobal Huet went down with injury or just didn’t get the job done we’d have a ‘reliable backup’ to come in. Someone who’s been on winning teams, experienced and ready to play.

    Face it, Aebischer is another Habs bust. He hasn’t done what he’s supposed to. The Canadiens post season hopes now rest on an untested rookie and another AHL journeyman. The sad thing is they might come in and save the day. At this point the coaching staff has no other options but to turn to them. Halak will start tonight in Boston.

    If you said at the beginning of the year the Canadiens would start the playoffs with Jaroslav Halak or Michael Leighton you’d be met with stares and laughs no doubt.

    Cristobal Huet may be back in time, but if the team doesn’t pull it together fast Huet’s return will be to the golf course and not the rink.

70 Comments
  1. #1 smiler2729 says:
    March 3, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Dude… it’s spelled Aebischer. Not that it matters.

  2. #2 smiler2729 says:
    March 3, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Rookie goalie Jaroslav Halak shuts out the Boston Bruins as superstar winger Alex Kovalev sets up Sergei Samsonov for 5 goals in a 7-0 Montreal Canadiens romp! Defenceman Janne Niinimaa chips in with a goal and 4 assists as the Habs leap frog back into a playoff spot as ecery other Eastern team loses…

    Sorry, daydreaming.

  3. #3 chitownhabsfan says:
    March 3, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    Ever notice that when the Habs score 4 or more goals in one game, the next game they only score one or less??

    I predict the Bruins will win the game tonight and La Sainte Flanelle will only score one goal, if that much!!

    Sorry Hab fans, but that is the way it is!! Bruins 3 or more, Habs 1 or less.

  4. #4 smiler2729 says:
    March 3, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    The Habs own the chowderheads. We’ll even beat them at golf in the spring.

  5. #5 smiler2729 says:
    March 3, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Anyone here taking bets that David Aebischer ends up in Hamilton to get his shit together? Montreal still wins the Theodore/Aebischer swap hands down $5.5 million to $1.2 million in a classic trade of former number one goaltenders that can’t even hack being a backup.

    Like I said, Abby’s game is one of guessing where the play and the puck are going to be rather than using reflexes to stop where it’s going. This butterfly robot style is pretty annoying as more goalies just hope the puck hits them in their positioning rather make an actual save. Huet’s like that too but he manages to keep his head cool where it looks like Abby panics.

    Where are the one-leg-shooting-out-kick-saves or stack-both-pads-at-the-side-of-the-net-saves of yesteryear’s style of goaltending? Only Martin Brodeur plays that style now.

    Once a goalie’s head is so messed up that he fears the puck consistently, it’s game over, bonjour la visite! Other netminding ‘sensations’ to disappear due to this condition include U.S. Olympian Jim Craig in the ’80s, Peter Ing and Allan Bester in Toronto, Jimmy Waite, Jim Carey, John Blue, Blaine Lacher as well as the much documented demise of Jose There’sthedoor of the Avalanche.

    Happens in baseball too, Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel had to switch to the outfield cuz he couldn’t get his head around the fact that a pitch had to be over the plate. And then there’s the Mets’ catcher, Mackey Sasser, who for some reason suddenly got a mental block and could never throw the ball back to the pitcher’s mound properly, ended up being a DH for a bit then disappeared.

    “90% of the game is half mental”
    -Yogi Berra

  6. #6 missthegoodoldays says:
    March 3, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    If I see Aebischer start another game this season, I’m going to freak out! The only thing I like about him is the fact that we were able to unload Jose thanks to him. But, he needs to be threatened to smarten up by being sent down to Hamilton. Halak and Leighton have something to prove. We’re desperate at this point. Let them battle out the rest of the season to see who wins the chance to be Huet’s back-up in ’07-’08.

    It’s not worth giving Aebischer another chance. He’s had all season and hasn’t had one spectacular game.

  7. #7 TaLoN says:
    March 3, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Qoute “5 smiler2729
    Posted on March 3rd, 2007 at 1:21 pm. About ‘Abby-horrent’.

    Anyone here taking bets that David Aebischer ends up in Hamilton to get his shit together?”

    Aebischer is a one way contract, meaning if hes dropped then he is put on waivers or fired, but the remainder of his contract still has to be paid out. Only other choice is to scratch him, which takes away a valuable scratch slot, each team is only allotted so many players on the roster including scratched players.

    SOO, if too many guys are hurt,sick, healthy scratches then there may not be any room to scratch Aebischer leaving 1 of 2 options, fire him as I dont think after the trade deadline that you can put a guy on waivers, or leave him in as back up.

    Goalies are fickle creatures, and I believe Aebischer has lost his Mojo, at least for his time with the habs.

    Either way Aebischer is in a bad state, and cannot play another game for us. Not that I actually have a say in what coaching decides. But we must play Halak and have this new kid as backup, even if he never starts. Halak may not have the greatest amount of experiance, but he has shown calm and consistancy so far.

  8. #8 johnnyhab says:
    March 3, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Why did he get the start last night? when is Huet back?

    If it was my call Halak would play the remainder of the games until Huet is back and if he gets tired i’d play Leighton…Abby the piece of swiss cheese that he has become should get sent to the minors dont worry about anyone picking him up who would?

  9. #9 Guy#10 says:
    March 3, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    He should start tonight.
    To buld up his confidence

  10. #10 meekster says:
    March 3, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    iam a big hab fan . i think that you should go get cory price he do the job.

  11. #11 johnnyhab says:
    March 3, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Cory Price is not ready! why would you start a Jr Goalie he will be with the habs when he is ready giving him time to develop. its going to be 2 to 3 years b-4 its time it would be a huge mistake to bring him up b-4 its time.

  12. #12 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Where are ya Rob? What, too busy managing your Laffs blog?

    We have the basics, it is a few players we need to get rid of, namely Kovalev, Koivu, Dandenault, Boullion, Ninnima, Samsonov. This core seems to not take part.

    In the game on Friday you could see most of the team trying. They almost had the right moves. It is a shame Gainey did not trade at least Kovalev away.

    Without a good defense, and a weak offense the habs are probably headed to finish tenth.

    By the way Rob, I still cheer for the habs. As a winner I want them to win. However you are happy when the habs lose cause then that gives you ammunition to crap on those who complain about the losses!

  13. #13 Kev_in_Dorval says:
    March 3, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Who’s Cory Price? Carey Price is the name of our franchise goalie of the future.

  14. #14 johnnyhab says:
    March 3, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    thanks kev just replying to the post

  15. #15 R habs 4 real says:
    March 3, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    I was just watching ” SPORTS 360″, a local sports show in Montreal.Demers is a regular on the show. He doesn’t understand why GEORGES wasn’t dressed for the game against the Rangers, considering all our injuries. He also said, that since RIVET was benched, the habs started going downhill. RIVET apparently was best friends with Koivu. Also stated on the show, why didn’t we pick up a veteran goalie? GOALTENDING IS THE REASON HABS CAN’T WIN. THEY HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN AEBISHIT , AND IT SHOWS!

  16. #16 LeBeau says:
    March 3, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    I agree with Johnnyhab. As much as I would love to see Carey Price come and turn things around, ht would be a huge mistake for sure! If he’s our future, he has to be just that…our future. You can’t put him between the pipes and risk killing his confidence that quickly.

    Go with Halak for the rest of the season. Get him ready to contend for the back-up job for next season.

  17. #17 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    What is it with Ryder, he always gets the crap checked outta him, he is worse than Johnson, who at least fights back every now and then. So where is this great forward that was supposed to save us? Ninnima was his name I think. And what about these great defensemen that are supposed to shine? Dandenault and Boullion, or so Carbo said in one interview.

    The Bruins I think have done the wrong thing, they woke up Sheldon and now the rest of the team is gonna step up hopefully….GO HABS GO!!!!

  18. #18 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Well maybe I’m wrong there, I forgot, now Carbo’s gonna tear them to bits in the dressing room and basically take away what ever morale that Souray set up. You could see it in Carbo’s eyes going into the break. He hates his own players and they hate him, what is Carbo still doing behind the bench?

  19. Melanson must be responsible for this goalie bullshit,nobody can catch lately.

  20. #20 R habs 4 real says:
    March 3, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    All Boston. No offense, AS USUAL from habs.

  21. I’m pleasantly supervised it’s a close game still.Fun game to watch ,eh!

  22. #22 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Hey at least Lapierre and Latendresse are hitting back. Gorges is a good fit with them. All Carbo has to do is put Kosty with Milory to finish this rookie line. Koivu I think is having his fair share of bad bounces. Same with Kovalev, come to think of it, they seem to not know how to handle the puck no more, almost as if they are doing that on purpose…anyone else notice?

    The Bruins are playing dirty, like the dive that cause Souray a penalty, or trying to murder Plekanec there…

  23. Stick side,again ,shit,shit,shit……..

  24. #24 R habs 4 real says:
    March 3, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Komisarek just gave up the puck, and caused Boston to score.
    Habs will be shutout tonight. Didn’t show up, AGAIN. No offence, and no defence. The season is OVER! WE WILL FINISH IN 12 TH PLACE, AND I HIGHLY DOUBT WE WILL WIN ANOTHER GAME THE REST OF THE SEASON. I think this is the worst habs team in their modern history! It certainly is the worst team I have seen in 40 years! Everything about this team stinks. For the rest of the season, my mise au jeu bets will include betting against the habs very single game! I’m fed up. I’m tired of the losing, and LACK OF EFFORT! They just don’t give a sh@#$%t! It’s so obvious! I really think Florida will finish higher than the habs. I guess we’re trying for a low # draft pick!

  25. #25 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    What is Dandenault doing on the team even? If we need Quebec born players there are better bigger faster Quebecers that could be there. Honestly.

    Not making a trade really shows. None of the players are fast enough for Kovalev when he decides to play. No wonder he disappears as soon as he tries, no one on the habs are up to his calibre, except for Kosty maybe, but Carbo has him on another line. Grabby was there for Kovalev though, but where is Grabby?

  26. Holly shit Souray,I’ve never seen that before !!!The leader has woken!

  27. #27 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Holy crap Milroy and Kosty are great! Isn’t it funny how some other cities mock Montreal with our own songs when they are in the lead? Like Buffalo fans mock sing that Montreal FaGot Song ” Oh aye oh Aye” and Boston sings the song we never hear thanks to Koivu and Kovalev..SHANANANAH…

    Definitely Montreal needs to free up some serious money for the summer so they can go after Smythe!

    Yup, we have Gorges, now we just need some more, get rid of Boullion and Dandenault and the team could rock with just a couple of minor changes. Definitely no Downie or Ninnima or keep Abby off the ice too…

  28. #28 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    That was a pathetic power play by Koivu, and Johnson is playing his usual drunken self, I am convinced Johnson plays most games totally wasted….someone should check him in for serious rehab of some type…he spends more time crawling than he does skating…

    That was a stupid pass by Dandenault, every pass he makes is crap and they always in end up in scoring chances on Halak!

  29. If the Habs threw Mathieu Biron :60 g-7 g-26 a-+11 and a big bastard ,with Dan Janievski: 61 g- 4 g- 20 a +18 aiso a big M.F. and center Kyle Chipchura, it would change every thing for the good.

  30. #31 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Phoquen Dandenault’s pathetic passing and horrible give up and rotten passes and then screening Halak, geezuz christ Dandenault really sucked big time this game, even more rotten then he usually is, the same with Johnson!

    I agree, bring up butterfly Biron, Janievski and Chipchura and keep the rookies where they are, send down Johnson, Dandenault and Boullion! Bring up Leighton and send Abby down while we are at it!

  31. #32 R habs 4 real says:
    March 3, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Even with Huet we were lousy. Huet, in his last 17 starts, was 5-12. pathetic! And Halak is no better. N O G O A L T E N D I N G, NOne, None, None!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Great minds think alike

  33. #34 R habs 4 real says:
    March 3, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Wonder what excuse Carbo will use for this loss. And what will the excuse be when we lose to Atlanta? and the game after that, after that, and so on, because were NOT going to win a game the rest of the season! our record for the remaining games will be: 0-14. Time to wave the white flag, and hope for good draft picks.

  34. #35 Guy#10 says:
    March 3, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    IS IT REALLY ALL OVER.

  35. Habs still have a chance at this,they should make those moves tonite !Plus O what fun with those changes when playing the Sens and Pens…..

  36. #37 R habs 4 real says:
    March 3, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    I’ve never seen a team go into the tank like this team! Aren’t they tired of losing? And Kovalev, that prima donna piece of SH@#$T! Did you see all his giveaways, and bad passes? I would trade him for NOTHING, just to get rid of him. We’re so sick of losing! And the players don’t give a sh@#$%t!
    I hope the habs get booed for all their remaining games at the bell center. If I had a ticket for free, I would love to go there, just to boo them. That’s exactly what they deserve! I hope their attendance is very low for the remaining games. I HATE THIS TEAM! I REALLY DO!

  37. #38 R habs 4 real says:
    March 3, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Hey guys, have you ever seen a habs team this bad? How come they don’t care?
    And they play with NO EMOTION! I feel sorry for Gainey. I really do. What an enormous task he has. But, 1 guy who looked ok was KOSTITYN. Why can’t we just let our Hamilton team play instead?

  38. Starting to sound like F@CKING HABS BLOG,LOL

  39. #40 Joshtm says:
    March 3, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Hey Rob where are you buddy? Are you off giving Dick Cheney those reassuring tips on how things are going great in Baghdad? Come back buddy, tell us everything is going great in Montrealdad…..yes I can hear Rob….”can you hear the sound of Gainey rebuilding like he did in Dallas?”…. what Rob you want us all to come back in 14 years and see his great miracle? Oh the slow sound of rebuilding the team…..at this rate we are gonna have to wait for Gainey to die of old age….come on Rob we wanna hear your reassuring speeches….”yes, the habs are losing for the better good, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette….”any other great euphemisms you wanna throw our way? Jack Todds excuse of Rivet having a flu don’t make it anymore cause hey Rivet is busy having a flu with the Sharks…

  40. Keller,won’t play for me ,but I’ll take your word for it.

  41. Rob’s still waiting for Kovalev to catch fire so he can say “I told you so!”

  42. #43 LeBeau says:
    March 3, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    chitownhabsfan
    Posted on March 3rd, 2007 at 12:56 pm. About ‘Abby-horrent’.

    “Bruins 3 or more, Habs 1 or less.”

    I’ve never been more embarassed to be a Habs fan. I hate to give up on this team, and I won’t. But, for shit’s sake, I want to see a couple of guys out there put their freakin’ hearts into the game! They’re getting so used to losing that they’re going into the games expecting to give the 2 points away.

  43. LeBeau,don’t be embarrassed about being the most important part of the most glory est team ever in hockey,keep being the opinionated and educated fan that you are,cause with out people like you there’s nothing there.It’s all about : the owner,management,players and most importantly ,us Fans. It’s all THE SAME,we the team,the best hockey team ever,ever,ever……..never forget that. That’s why that fuckin Ryan Smythe”how ever U spell it”, would be such a perfect fit.Rest assured we fans will make it rite,passion is part of life and life is a black hole without passion !! Realisticly ,we’re not that far off cause there’s so many teams ,its fine tuning and input.It will be done,we all have to give her,game on!!!

  44. #45 R habs 4 real says:
    March 4, 2007 at 1:01 am

    chitownhabsfan: I agree totally. This team is emotionless. they’re just going thru the motions. Where is the heart, desire, and grit? There just isn’t any effort on their part.
    They just want to collect their paycheck, and they could care less if they win or lose. No wonder Carbo is so frustrated and angry.
    You know the old saying:” you can bring the horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink.” I honestly wish we could trade the complete team, and every single underachieving,unworking, and uncaring heartless piece of crap!
    I’m at the point of not wanting to watch any more of their games. Why should I care, if they don’t ? I just don’t need the aggravation. I have never been so embarrassed and ashamed of this organization. They are now the laughing stock of the league, and for good reason.
    If they would at least try, but no, not them. I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR THIS TEAM!

  45. #46 smiler2729 says:
    March 4, 2007 at 5:50 am

    Decent performance by Halak wasted by emotionless Habs… again.

  46. #47 smiler2729 says:
    March 4, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Is it the coaching staff? No, they’re in their first season and had this team rolling until New Year’s. Is it the G.M.? No, the roster looks great on paper with talented snipers like Kovalev & Samsonov complimenting the playmaking of Koivu & Plekanec, the checking of Bonk & Johnson and the hustle of Begin and Murray, not to mention the dynamic duo of Souray and Markov leading a solid quick core of defencemen and finally, in goal, the unflappable Cristobal Huet and his capable backup Aebischer.

    What the hell happened to strip the team of its guts? There’s injuries and slumps but every team gets through those… Was it one moment? One loss somewhere? Nobody from the players to the coaches can pinpoint why it’s happened or how to right the ship.

    We all dream that this team could somehow have that magical run at the Cup… yeah, it’s a dream but in realistically we want them to be competitive and entertaining and with the first half performance we know they can be.

    This team doesn’t know how to win anymore… so subtle changes to the core are coming this off-season.

    The hardest part is remaining a true fan to these lost boys.

  47. #48 johnnyhab says:
    March 4, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Looking forward to a good pick in the upcoming draft!

  48. #49 R habs 4 real says:
    March 4, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    I copied this off of SPECTOR’S TRADE BLOG:

    WHY ISN’T MONTREAL ATTRACTIVE TO UFAs?

    The sight of the Montreal Canadiens struggling yet again has left some disgruntled Habs fans raising questions about Bob Gainey’s ability to manage the team.

    In a recent post on my blog defending Gainey’s moves as the Habs GM (Go. Read. Join the debate), the inability to sign a talented unrestricted free agent (UFA) player was mentioned by one of the detractors.

    The lack of UFAs stampeding to sign with Les Canadiens hasn’t been unique to Gainey’s tenure as the team’s general manager. Since unrestricted free agency as we know it was introduced into the NHL following the 1994-95 lockout, the Canadiens have not landed a single player that could be considered a marquee UFA talent.

    There were various reasons for this, which I’ll touch on shortly. In recent years, however, it certainly hasn’t been for lack of trying on Gainey’s part.

    Last summer, for example, he is believed to have had serious interest in Patrik Elias, and made a multi-year offer to Brendan Shanahan, who took instead a one-year contract for roughly the same money to sign with the NY Rangers.

    Perhaps the biggest “name” UFA player to sign with the Canadiens over the past dozen years was Sergei Samsonov in 2006. Habs fans were thrilled at that signing, but Samsonov’s subsequent poor performance has many of those same fans now wishing Gainey had just saved his money.

    No one can say for certain if Gainey will come up short in future UFA markets, but the team’s inability to attract the top players is indeed puzzling.

    “Who wouldn’t want to play for the Montreal Canadiens, the most storied franchise in NHL history?”, ask legions of Canadiens fans (of which I am one).

    One reader suggested the team may not be marketing itself properly. That may have been the case in the late-1990s, but certainly doesn’t appear to be that way nowadays as Gainey’s recent attempts to pursue UFA talent would suggest.

    Money is obviously an issue. In the late 1990s, the team was either unable or unwilling to pay out the big bucks for top UFA talent. While the Habs certainly didn’t struggle with payroll like Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, the lower value of the Canadian dollar at that time certainly had an impact.

    At the turn of this century, the Canadiens were sold to its current owner, George Gillet, and while he was willing to pay to retain almost all of the Habs best players, the club still didn’t land any major UFA talent.

    This could be explained away by claiming the Canadiens couldn’t compete with free-spending rivals under the previous CBA.

    Since the salary cap levelled the playing surface under the new CBA, the Canadiens have demonstrated a willingness to spend on UFA players, but two years into the new CBA, the Canadiens have, with the exception of Samsonov (considered a second-tier UFA star), failed to sign a free-agent impact player.

    If money is perhaps no longer the significant stumbling block it once was, other factors may be at work here.

    One is the tax hit for NHL players to live and work in Montreal. Canadiens players pay more taxes than their peers, which doesn’t help to attract top unrestricted free agents.

    Another is the Canadiens status as a rebuilding franchise. If the Habs were still a perennial Stanley Cup contender as they were throughout the glory days from 1944 to 1993, they’d probably be more enticing to UFA players.

    Many UFAs want to sign where they can get the most money, but a good number of them also want to sign with teams they feel stand a good chance of winning the Stanley Cup.

    Unfortunately for Les Canadiens, that hasn’t been the case since 1995, and their uneven performance this season isn’t likely to have the agents for this summer’s top UFAs putting Gainey’s cell number on speed dial.

    Another deterrent is the fishbowl existence that comes with being a Canadien.

    Sure, players in other major hockey towns face pressure from their fans, but nothing compares to the intense demands a Canadien faces every day.

    Each season’s version of the Habs are automatically held to comparison with the dynasties of the past. Expectations are high, and as the 1993 Cup championship fades a little more into history, the natives grow a little more impatient and demanding, stoked by a constantly critical local media.

    Language is also an issue. For many English-speaking players, the notion of playing in a Francophone province isn’t attractive. It’s not bigotry, but rather the uncomfortable thought of having to learn a new language, of having to live and work in a culture that, in their eyes, is a foreign one, something they wouldn’t encounter in any other NHL market.

    Family matters also come into play on this as well. The player might be willing to come to Montreal, but if the wife and kids aren’t keen about living in a city where they’d have to learn French, he will scratch the Habs off his list.

    The French media are also very demanding when it comes to language. A perfect example occured during last spring’s playoffs, when a Francophone reporter took Habs captain Saku Koivu to task last spring during a press conference over the status of his injured eye.

    Koivu has been the heart and soul of the Canadiens for years, beloved by their fans, yet the fact he still hasn’t fully mastered French was a more important issue for that reporter than the status of Koivu’s injured eye. That didn’t go unnoticed.

    There’s a misconception amongst some in the English media, and even some hockey fans, that Quebec-born players pine to play for Les Canadiens, and would sign with them if only the Habs would break out their chequebooks.

    Sure, many Quebec-born NHL’ers probably grew up dreaming of playing for Les Canadiens, but once they become eligible for UFA status, they’re just like everyone else; they want to sign for big bucks, preferably with a winner.

    It’s also interesting that we rarely, if ever, hear of Francophone UFA stars publicly stating their intent to play for the Canadiens. Sure, JP Dumont said last summer he’d love to play for the Habs, but by the time he was available (mid August) as a UFA after the Buffalo Sabres rejected his arbitration award, Gainey had already spent his available cap money on Samsonov and in re-signing other key Habs.

    Dumont, however, has been a rarity. For all the chatter of Francophone stars supposedly dreaming of signing with the Habs, I can’t recall many other than Dumont publicly stating that intent.

    Perhaps the “hometown boys” don’t consider the Montreal fishbowl, taxes and the thought of playing for a rebuilding team as attractive options.

    All these circumstances present Gainey with significant obstacles in attracting UFA talent that his peers don’t have to face.

    Given those factors, I long ago realized that it was pointless in counting on the Canadiens to sign a signficant UFA star every summer or two.

    Besides, it may also be that Gainey and company are more committed to the players they’re developing than in having their cap space gobbled up by the salaries of one or two expensive stars.

    If the Habs are to become a Cup champion again, they’ll have to do it the old fashioned way, via the draft and shrewd trades, and by retaining their stars who have gotten used to live in the Montreal fishbowl and are willing to stay.

    Big name help from the UFA market ain’t coming.

    -

  49. Nice article ,heard those excuses before,it’s like saying Souray won’t sign in the off season when he will,that’s why he’s still a Hab. In life ,as long as the sun rises in the morning anything is possible and that’s a fact Jack !!!Allso money talks and bullshit walks in pro sports,so Gainey has to sign the right UFA and “SHOW HIM THE MONEY’S” and hope the f@cker don’t get injured. This time lock in the rite UFA , BOB!!!

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