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Game 66: Habs/Lightning

  • I’m writing this from a very comfy couch in Costa Rica where hockey should be the farthest thing from my mind. But tonight the Habs face what could end up being their first round opponent in the playoffs: the Tampa Bay Lightning. I won’t be able to catch the game as I’ll be on a plane headed back to Canada tonight, but I’m very interested to see how the Canadiens fare against a team that has traditionally given them all sorts of trouble thanks mainly to the incredible play of Martin St Louis, Vinny Lecavalier and more recently Steven Stamkos. The next two games will be played at a much higher intensity than was witnessed in Sunrise – which I’m hearing was something of a sham NHL game with Florida having packed it in for next season (or some season thereafter).

    I’m hoping that at some point in time (preferably sooner than later) the ayers making the serious cash on this club (Gomez, Gionta, Cammy, and Plekanec) get their act in gear together and start leading the club offensively. The Canadiens are lucky to be able to rely on their youth at the moment (which is a change from seasons prior), but at some point the guys making the coin need to lead the way.

    Here’s hoping for good news popping up on my iPhone when I land later tonight. Go Habs Go!!!

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    March 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Mat’s you must be following me around, I was in Costa Rica two weeks ago.

    We had a great win tonight and as bad as we think our team is we are only 7 points out of first place.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    March 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Here is something to consdier for next year. With UFA’s on our team here is a guy who may be interested in coming to the habs.

    Weber is a RFA next year but does not want to return to the Predators which will force them to trade their All-star defenceman after the NHL season is over.

    Weber would like to play in a bigger hockey market, preferably in Canada.

    Look for the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Candiens to make a big push for Weber.

  3. #3 Senet1 says:
    March 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Not sure why this did not happen:

    Sources are saying the Phoenix Coyotes have contacted the Montreal Canadiens about Forward Scott Gomez.

    Gomez has just not been comfortable in a Habs uniform. The pressure of playing in a big hockey market is hurting his game. Gomez has been downright awful this year. 29 points in 55 games and a -15!

    GM Don Maloney feels Gomez can be a 70 -80 points player on his Coyote team. He is willing to take on his big contract. Gomez has a $7.3 million cap hit till 2013-14. Ouch.

    This would be more of a salary dump for Montreal and they would not get much in return. The Habs would then focus on trying to trade for center Stephen Weiss from Florida.

    With the excellent play of Keith Yandle and the recent trade of Michael Rozsival, defenceman Ed Jovanovski would be sent back to the Canadiens with a conditional draft pick.

  4. #4 stuo11 says:
    March 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    hey guys im wondering, with gorges and markov, is there any chance theyre back like say they make it far in the playoffs or?

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