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Game 28: Habs/Sens

  • The Habs will try to avenge the last meeting between these two teams tonight as they face the Senators with the same lineup that won against the Sharks on Saturday afternoon. Much has been said about the issue of PK Subban sitting for his third consecutive game, though I honestly don’t think its that big of an issue.

    Would I like to see Subban in the lineup? Absolutely.

    Do I want to remove Weber after the two games he’s played since he got the opportunity to play defense? Not a chance.

    At some juncture, Martin will get PK back into the lineup, and I have no doubt that the kid will be fine. He’s too good not to be. In the interim the coaching staff is getting a good look at another fantastic defensive prospect. The team is winning. So why is the sky still falling in Montreal?

    At some point before July 1, 2011 Pierre Gauthier is going to have to make a tough decision regarding our defense corps. With PK, Weber, and Picard knocking on the door (and don’t forget about Alexi Yemelin in Russia), Montreal will need to decide who it is that will be playing for the Habs next season. While it is crazy to think about where Montreal would be without Roman Hamrlik and Hal Gill – I could easily see one if not both gone next season (depending on Cap hits for their contracts). If we assume that Montreal will do everything in its power to resign Gorges and Markov (the latter is admittedly a question mark), you can see that there is little room.

    Markov, Subban, Weber,  Yemelin (I would do anything at this point to bring him over) Specek, Picard.. There is potentially room for 1 more defender. Letting Picard, Subban and Weber play this year is critical to making the proper choice this summer. So PK sits.. But he’ll be back. That you can take to the bank.

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    December 7, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Well all indicates are that they want both Gill and Hamrlik back. I think that if anyone goes it will be Spacek as long as they can sign Gil and Hamrlik. As far as Yemelin is concerned I doubt if he makes the transition to the NHL next season, he will need a year in Hamilton to get use to the NHL rinks and the game which is some much different. I do not believe in rushing a defenceman, you can make or break him in his first year. So I see Weber taking Spacek’s place Hamrlik signing for 1 or 2 years at 4M and Gil at 2M for one year.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    December 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Both Hamrlik and Gill know that signing for one or two years will probably be there last contracts because based on what had happened with the UFA this year a lot did not get signed. Now if the Habs went through to the cup final or won the cup the whole picture changes.

  3. #3 Senet1 says:
    December 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I did not realize that Yemelin is 24 which means that he had to make the move next year if he ever expects to play in the NHL. He has decent height but his small frame needs to file out. He does play agressive though.

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