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  • The Habs are in the Big Apple tonight to take on the Rangers. A win tonight would give the Canadiens a very respectable 9 points of out 12 on their 6 game road trip.

    More impressive is the Habs tally of 10 goals in their past 2 games.

    The Rangers are plaing back to back coming off a 6-1 thrashing of the Maple Leafs.

    Cristobal Huet gets the start again between the pipes.

28 Comments
  1. #1 habsofthefuture says:
    December 30, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Well i get a kick out you guys that want kovalev,koivu and huet gone.I must be on acid or watching a different montreal canadiens hockey team because when we play good its normally those guys who make it happen,wether its drawing a penalty,making a nice play or making a nice save, these guys are worth more than one power foward,if we did that we would end up lookin like tampa or washington a bottom ranked team depending on the player not the team.

  2. #2 bbr 4ever says:
    December 30, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    I have to agree with habsofthefuture. One look at Atlanta, Washington, Tampa, or even Pittsburgh will show you that spending too much money signing a big name will get your team nowhere fast. Gainey gets a lot of criticism, some of it deservedly so, but he’s being smart about building a team of young committed talented and passionate players who want to stay here. Look at the Stanley Cup winners for the last 10 years. There’s an obvious recipe for success that emerges.

    1/ Solid goaltending
    2/ A couple of marquee talents, but no real superstars
    3/ A solid group of utility players who will play their hearts out and put their bodies on the line in exchange for ice time.

    The Habs are closer than most people think to having all the right pieces for a serious playoff run. By serious I mean not just making the playoffs in 7 or 8th spot and dying out in the 1st or 2nd round. We just need maybe 1 power forward.

    1 tough guy who can play hockey wouldn’t hurt either. I’m tired of seeing our players mugged on the ice and Komisarek being the only one that can say anything about it with his fists. That’s not his role to play, he’s a big kid but he’s gonna get really hurt and we can’t afford to lose a star defenceman.

    GO HABS GO

  3. anyone know why Corey Locke was called up today? Chipchura is in to cover for Streit who had to move back to D to cover for yesterdays injury to O’Byrn ( spelling?)

  4. I just read about Locke, I have no idea though. Good analysis by bbr 4ever; the Habs have done it before with no major superstars. You never know, maybe we’ll surprise some people this spring!

  5. hABSOFTHEFUTURE,the reasons I mentioned Kovelev ,Ryder and Huet are simple: 1) Kovalev is having a very good year,but not so good last year.Anywho,he’s got a new contract coming to him and he ain’t getting youger,so…..2)Ryder ??????????? who cares!3)Huet’s stock has gone up nicly in a N.h.l. with a good goalie shortage and we already have two very good up and comers in Price and Halak ,neither who I would like to see traded (AND with Halak rumored to be asking for a trade)whats a G.M. to do?Plus again new contract are in store for Huet and Ryder,so how much more are they asking???Anyone think less??? NOT I SAY’S ME.

  6. #6 habsfreak says:
    December 30, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Maybe koivu’s out for locke???????????????????????????

  7. yep,Koivu is gone and Kovalev is wearing the C for today.

  8. It’s funny, Locke couldn’t make it to the game.lol

  9. WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPEND TO THE GAME????????????????????????????????????????????

  10. #10 habs2010 says:
    December 30, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    How do you spell an overtime or shoutout loss? HUET IN GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!
    How do you can into a defensive style play for the entire 3rd period and expect to win????????????
    The habs tried to protect ONLY A 1 GOAL LEAD and played NOT to lose, instead of trying to win! They just never learn their lesson. every time they try and protect a lead, THEY LOSE!

  11. The Habs and Huet can not and will not win no more than 2 games in a row for the rest of the year.

    Habs Please prove me wrong……..I dare you…..

  12. Even though Shanahan was given a gift breakaway by Souray,I mean Hamerlicker,when nearing Huet…did Huet even move?Me thinks Huet’s getting tired again and I aways get that feeling when he looks like a picture of himself ,froozen in net with those deer in your headlite’s look.

  13. #13 Dancan81 says:
    December 30, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Relax all of the above. Hamerlicker? Souray? You’re actually gonna bash our best defenceman? As for Huet, not a great goal, but he’s our best goalie right now and the reason we just won tow in a row. Look at the shots against and hi #1 save % in the league. Stop acting like the sky os falling after every loss. 8pts outta 12 on the road is pretty effin good so chill out chicken littles.

  14. Dancan81,it wasn’t Ryder that cost us the game it was Hammer,and Huet fell apart and it’s not his first time.Huet is no Brodure or Loungo,he’s a little above average that it thats all,and did I mention he can be a REAL CHOKE ARTIST!

  15. this was a good road outing. Probably didn’t cash in on some opportunities that they have in the Florida area. And unfortunate that Huet didn’t respond maybe he was caught off guard by his team leaving Shanahan all alone. I would have liked to see him challenge but what can we do?? The part that the team played not to lose really upsets me and like usual they do lose/collapse. So mine as well go for the throat and try to win the game handedly.

    Contracts for both Kovalev & Ryder….I would think that they are better to trade them than to resign both. Are they here for any longer time?? Do they make a dent in the future plans? I can’t see that and will Gainey. This is the time for a blockbuster trade. Shop them now, if they haven’t already.

    Still a good effort but can’t play this way against Detroit, Anaheim, New Jersey, Ottawa, San Jose…The intensity and finishing off of goal opportunities is their achilles heel. Let’s go!! Gotta pick it up!! Go Habs Go!

  16. #16 habs2010 says:
    December 31, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Bottom line: this team always tries to protect a lead, rather than be aggressive, and try to win. THEY CONSTANTLY TRY NOT TO LOSE, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO WIN! And that’s not something that comes with age or experience. It’s the coach’s fault! When you don’t play 60 minutes, you don’t win!

  17. #17 habs2010 says:
    December 31, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    as long as Gainey is GM here, don’t expect a trade of any magnitude – EVER!

  18. #18 Dancan81 says:
    December 31, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Nothing to do with Gainey habs2010. All to do with the tax rate in Mtl and the media, bottom line peeps dont want to play there.

  19. #19 habs2010 says:
    December 31, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    we can’t get UFA’s here, but there’s no reason why Gainey can’t make a trade!
    s

  20. I don’t know about a trade…when we’re playing well we’re really on fire and some of our young guys (Higgins, Latendress, at al) have some serious potential. Ryder is a liability right now but the past couple of games have been a bit better for him. Kovalev is the only real superstar we have right now, watching him puckhandle his way around the ice to make those great plays gives me heart.

    Koivu was out tonight too; I saw we take our eight road points, hope for better then usual at home, and call it a day. We’ve got a few days to prep for Thursday’s game so we’ll see what happens.

  21. #21 Habs4ever says:
    January 2, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Kovalev is having a good year, he has one every time his contract is due up,
    the he slides back into oblivion.

    I hope Bob doens’t fall for that, get rid of him while has some trade value.

  22. To get something we have to have bait….that means Kovalev, Koivu, Halak & I wouldn’t necessarily go there but Huet in combination. Of course, this would mean we get something solid in return. What that is sits on Bob Gainey’s desk. I still say Marleau for Ryder or some combination. Include some stiffs (Smolinski, Brisebois, Dandenault, Bouillon) and strike the deal. Tampa’s ripe for the picking…goalie troubles and flimsy attack versus aggressive forchecking teams. Got to get in their face. Let’s go… Go Habs Go!!

  23. #23 PACTUM SERVA says:
    January 2, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Kovalev is still under contract for the 2008-2009 season. His contract has nothing to do with the way he is playing now.

  24. I’m all for a good stomping of Tampa tomorrow with a good show from some of our second and third liners. Throw in Huet with a top forward (Kovalev, Koivu, Higgins, Plekanec – take your pick) and we get Vinny :)

  25. #25 habsofthefuture says:
    January 2, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    This blog is making me pissed off,why would anybody want to trade a allstar goalie and one of our top guys for Vinny.Wake up guys it is not going to happen and nor should it happen.Price isnt ready yet and dont come back and say his performance in New york shows why we should get rid of him because even giguere kiprosoff and luongo even have there bad nights but the truth is he is a number goalie with top stats.

    Ps Iam starting to think some of you guys have little shrines of vinny in your room,lit up with candles.

  26. Don’t get me wrong…having a big centre (Lecavalier) or anyone else for that matter is the missing piece. But it has to be someone with heart the likes of Beliveau, Howe, Hull, Esposito, Dornhoefer etc. These guys would not hesitate for the benefit of the team. Of the big guys around today, which would be available (the list gets smaller). Besides he fits the French issue and could become a superstar/legend status if he should ever lead the Habs to taste the Champagne off of Lord Stanley.

    Thornton, Selanne, Datsuyk, Cammaleri (missed this one), Cole, E. Staal, Ovechkin, Crosby (either of the last two would be grand) could fit in….
    how to make that happen is all another matter.

    So nothing against shrines per say the Habs shrine but not until a player becomes a Hab does he get that attention from me.

    Let’s go after Tampa….get those points now!!! Go Habs Go!!

  27. #27 patrick says:
    January 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    wow, I sort of agree with you, but I actually don’t think Tampa would trade Vinnie for Huet and one of our forwards, because that would be retarded. He is one of the top 5 players in the world. Huet is good, but he’s going to be a UFA. What needs to be debated is what type of trade its should be. What if the status quo remains and in a couple of months the Habs are among the large glut of teams separated by 6 points, are they buyers or sellers? To land a big name player it will have to be a package deal (we have youth on our side), or we sell off Kovalev, Hamrilik, and/or Ryder. What would you do?

  28. With the D they have in Tampa Huet wouldn’t last a week!

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