According to several sources the Canadiens have acquired Alex Tanguay in exchange for their 25th pick and a second round pick in 2009.
we will just have to see if Gainey makes us contenders or AGAIN, pretenders.
A repeat of off season non activity by Gainey will be doom and gllom for the habs.
I think that Sundin will be a hab if Montreal still has cap space when he finally makes up his mind what he wants to do. Montreal is his best destination. I think it’s a great fit for him on this team.
Unfortunately, Gainey can’t wait on him.
If, however, Gainey can’t sign a big name such as Hossa he may stay with what he has or add a few character and less expensive players. With this method he’ll replace players that won’t be back like Brisebois, Smolinski, etc. and still have room for Sundin when he (Sundin) finally wakes up and makes a decision.
If there’s no Hossa or Sundin tomorrow, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a player like a Cory Stillman, or even Shanahan. Recchi wouldn’t even surprise me.
Recchi is done like toast, and Shanahan couldn’t keep up with his linemates, and too old. Tucker would be cheap, or Bertuzzi? Anyways it would have to be a 2nd or 3rd tier player, you know, someone crappy.
I also have to wonder if Montreal will be going into next season with Halak as the backup. Might be better if they could deal him and bring in a fairly cheap backup like Denis, Conklin, or Kolzig.
I agree that Recchi and Shanahan are older and slower. But players who are strong in the dressing room are needed on this young team. These guys can still put up some points. Either one could do more than Smolinski.
Montreal shuld just get Tucker. He’s been here before and Hossa wouldn’t help us at all. Bertuzzi hasn’t done much and he’s like 4 Mill. I would actually like to see Denis in Montreal. If Price goes down I rather have a guy with lots of heart(Denis being a hab fan) to back up Price just in case something happened. I love Halak but he needs more ice time.(AHL) Sundin probably won’t make up his mind until August! Get some french or Canadian guys, If ur going to get more russians get Zhitnik or Federov lol. but guys I would just eep it simple. Hossa probably wants a whopping 8 Mill for 7 years! Sundin would be fine though because he’s only a 1 year kind of guy. but hey guys, Shneider will be traded, maybe to Montreal where he won the cup? Trade Francis Boullion and a prospect/pick for him.
Gainey will wait for Sundin — as well he should. Sundin is the best available this off-season. I don’t think Hossa is the player for Montreal, especially if he wants a long-term contract. My top 3 choices for power forward, in order, are Fedorov, Bertuzzi, and Shanahan. If we can’t get any of those 3, I would get Laracque, and put him on a line with Grabovski, who would then have more room to operate. I would like to see Grabovski get a legitimate chance to play in Montreal.
roberts here for 1 year and 1mill seemed good to me but now he in TB too:D
I rather see Chipchura play instead of Grabovski because Chipchura is more rough and has alot more heart. Lapierre actually has some offensive touch. and guys, don’t forget about Gregory Stewart!!! lol I agree with Laraque.If things aren’t going great just trade for some one big at the T, don’t get a crapp Hossa like player now! Sundin would get us all set and ready to go though lol Shanahan would come here for 1.5 Mill but I like my idea of having 1 guy form the 93 team Matheu Snhieder
Denis and Shanahan would be great! And I agree, Chipchura should play the whole year. He’s going to be a great player.
Well, if you guys think Chipchura can be that good, we don’t need another forward. Just sign Mats, and we’re ready to party. That would give us 4 very solid forward lines as follows:
1st Line: Sundin between the 2 Kostitysn boys;
2nd Line: Koivu between Tanguay and Kovalev;
3rd Line: Plekanec between Higgins and Latendresse;
4th Line: Lapierre between Chipchura and Kotsopolous/Begin/or Stewart
This would even allow us to trade one of our forwards, and re-sign both Gorges and Streit. Streit coming back will help with the development of Yannik Weber, who is also from Switzerland and a huge fan of Streit’s.
Hossa is not coming. He’s going to Boston for $100 mil for 10 years. Unbelievable! but they way he produces every year, could give the bruins many years of great scoring. Gainey would never have the balls to give out that kind of money. That’s why habs will never win a cup with Gainey as GM.
guys come on Bob Gainey is a great GM. We came 1st place last year guys, but we were just too inexpierienced but now nothing can take the habns down. If we took away Tanguay I stil though we could win the cup. But we should get 1 guy from the 93 cup winning team. Snheider would be easy to get trade Francis Boullion and something else lol. I don’t think gainey is getting Sundin, Gainey is too smart and won’t take a risk. He’s going to have an offer for anyone, and if no one takes it, Mats is coming to town.lol but I’m really excited for this and theres so many guys could help s out. even Hossa, Hossa might be a pussy, but just like the pens, It would just be way too much and no one would be able to handle us. lol
I doubt very much that Montreal is interested in Streit. Just like Souray he is overrated based on a few stats. The facts are that he got so may points for a defenceman simply because he was playing forward.
His points are impressive whatever he played, but he proved soft at times at forward and is ineffective at the front of the net when playing defence.
Everyone thought Montreal would be terrible without Souray and look what happened. Streit to me is not as important as many people think and would be better replaced with a Jason Smith or Mike Commodore. That type of a defenceman would be a better help to Price as well.
Habs need to forget about Sundin and pursue some other fine talent (ie. Brian Rolston now that he’s told TB to shove it). Sundin will just keep them on a string until all the other talent is already signed elsewhere. Forget him and move on while you still can get someone else.
Is it possible that a team that has Marcel Hossa would have a better chance of landing Marian?
I agree 86&93. Rolston would be much cheaper than Hossa, provides more two way play and grit and would leave salary for Sundin down the road if needed.
I also think Montreal will be needing cap room for a backup goalie. I still think Denis or Kolzig.
lol yeah guys, I just noticed that Rolston is going on to the UFA lol (kinda late) ummm I think Rolston would get us the cup. put him on the 1st line 3rd line would be the belarus line!:)
Habs need Sundin or Rolston, but NOT Hossa, who has NO leadership impact.
Rolston was rated the most under estimated UFA by Bob M from TSN.
Awefully quiet day altogether…anyone hearing anything? Anything at all?
well Montreal hasn’t done anything but Edmonton got Gilbert Brule and Erik Cole
Nothing ? OMG NOTHING !!!
We dont need to panic we have a good team and we are all ready better with Alex in and Michael out, lets see where we are at the end of the day.
Gainey needs to push and be super aggressive to try and land Rolston. A power center like that, cheaper than Sundin is exactly what the habs need. Promise him a 3 year deal, but GET IT DONE BOB!!!!
I say we can look at alot of players and end up a better team for it,but we are not alone in the league and all the other teams are making offers as well,its not as easy as sitting here saying we should do this and that.I trust Bob will do what he can to better this team.
I think we’ll end up with nobody, same as last year, and the year before, and the year before…. and so on and so forth. Some things never change.
Montreal will get some one. The last couple of year Montreal sucked ass and no one wanted to go on a canadiens losing team. But now Montreal wants the cup more than any team and I bet if we gave Rolston 5.5 or 6 Mill he would come.
Anyone know if Gainey has any interest in Laracque. He would give them some needed toughness, and with a guy like Rolston, a down low presence they lacked against Philly.
TB just signed Vrbata. TB will win the cup this year because they’re aggressive, unlike Gainey!
hab faithful, why so negative? And why so anti-Gainey?? If you think paying Hossa $100 million — that’s ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS!!! — is the way to a Stanley Cup, you are sadly mistaken.
oh Hab Faithful you are so silly, with no goaltending or defense I`m pretty sure they will win the cup.
is it really important that we pick someone up to you(I don`t think so) we did pretty well last year with no impact player wouldn`t you agree, first in our divison 2nd round in the playoffs for a team that was suppose to finish 14th…..it`s Canada Day go outside and enjoy the day
Hab Faithful doesn’t sound very “faithful” to me!!!
I love the habs but don’t like our GM. He’s all talk and never signs any UFA’s. He’s way too passive. I’m not saying we’ll have a bad team. They’be be good, but not great, and not cup contenders. I just don’t see him getting the job done. Just my opinion. If you think he’s signed alot of significant UFA’s, more power to you.
And if you think Tampa’s winning the cup this year you’re just crazy!
change your name to hab unfaithful, I think Tampa Bay has a blog why don`t you get on that one, and I see you didn`t take my advice by enjoying Canada day…
I think our GM is very good, for what he did in the past 5 years by rebuiding this team and the loss of his daughter what more do you want from him…all the UFA this year are worth nothing to me.
So hab faithful don`t be to upset today when no one is signed on and we get 1st overall in our divison and we take a shot at the cup…
Habs sign Andrei Kostitsyn for 3 yrs at an estimated $3.25M per !!
Canucks offering Sundin $10M a year!!
Remember Gary Bettman saying on Draft night that if teams talk to any impending free agents, they will be charged with “tampering?” Well, it seems to me that ALL the teams were tampering — how else do you explain the fact that there were so many free agent signings on the VERY FIRST DAY??? It takes DAYS to iron out a contract, not minutes. This is proof positive that these teams were talking to the UFA’s even prior to July 1.