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  • Guy Carbonneau is trying to do something with the options he has available.

    Michal Ryder, scratched, finally. Will it make a difference?

    Maxim Lapierre and Ryan O’Byrne have been called up and will start tonight. Hopefully their eagerness to play will bring some energy to a team lacking in many departments.

    Good news is tonight they play Boston, a team which they’ve dominated recently. The Bad news Boston’s continually improving and have 1 more point then the Habs with one game less played.

    The log jam in the Eastern Conference is starting to form, with 8 teams all within 4 points of each other. All teams excluding maybe Washington are still very close to 8th.

  1. #1 groundworking says:
    December 6, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Sitting Ryder is an important first step. But I still think that confidence, rather than punishment, is what he needs. And my hunch is that that confidence would come from a few games in the AHL, though that probably means that they’d have to waive him (in which case salary room is freed up…but for whom?)

    I hope you’re right about the new energy. It’s been a lack of energy that’s been the most noticeable different from my standpoint between the Habs of October and the Habs of right now.

  2. #2 callingallbulldogs says:
    December 6, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    So far so good. In his first game O’BRYNE has more points then Bouillon…god fight by him though …showing good heart which is what this team needs..LETS KEEP IT UP…..

  3. ok O knew we would win this one. So I don’t really care. I will if the habs can beat the Canes on Saturday.GO HABS GO!!!

  4. I bet the Habs will beat the Canes, they aren’t too hot right now, and the Habs have done pretty well against Carolina lately.
    Finally they scratch Ryder… And groundworking… Mark Recchi

  5. #5 groundworking says:
    December 7, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Recchi will probably retire–I doubt that he’ll report or that anybody will pick him up. His stats this year aren’t that impressive and he’s clearly an offensive forward. Sort of like what P and M said about Ryder: you get nothing from Ryder on the fourth line.

    I doubt they’ll make any moves b/c I still think that they are building for the future. One good think this year has been the play of Tomas Plekanac. And O’Byrne did very well last night, and so did Lapierre, though Lapierre has to learn to keep his mouth shut–it’s one thing to get under the other team’s skin, and it’s another thing to motivate the other team when they are losing 3-0.

    The second period was brutal last night, but the first and third were quite impressive.

  6. #6 MrBigTime says:
    December 7, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Recchi says he going to play for sure…it’s just a matter of where… and where should not be Montreal… we need someone who can grow with the team… not someone who could be the father of half the players on the team…

  7. Everyone, I know It’s a dream but I would really love it if Vincent Lecavelier could come here. He’s 6-4 too. We need size up from and we don’t have that at all.

  8. Big test tonite,GO HABS GO….

  9. #9 patrick says:
    December 8, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Stuart-SB77, comment might be shortened to: the best player in the world we don’t have that at all.

  10. #10 soulattack says:
    December 8, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    The issue is the Habs of October were playing with ALOT of Energy alot of grit. And the truth is that yes playing that way can win you games, the issue is how long can a team KEEP playing as if they are in the playoffs???

    You see formations with Talent don’t need to pressure themselves as much… plus with an 82 game season NO Talent means fatigue/ fatigue means lossing games, means lossing confidence..

  11. #11 habman says:
    December 10, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Ok here we go in the hell do you get ahold of Carboneau anyway…i srongly suggest that he go down to the Sherwood factory in Quebec and scape up the last remaining “WOODEN”,,hockey sticks he can get so that those defencemen can use them when killing the power play…once again i see a broken stick costing the candiens the game because of the “quote”..Guy lafluer(618 goals guyz!),,”composite sticks are crap”..You get an extra 20 miles per hour from them but what good is it when yopur 50 feet wide of the net!”…ok you tell him hes wrong or show me your stats!,,thatll keep the big mouths shut ..anyway..even if the woooden stick breaks at the shaft it can be used “unfragmented”..yes you get the picture penalty for using a “half shaft”….givem their “crap”..back when the penaltys over….man,,…CBC,,its your fault i had to watch the canadiens when i was a kid!…lol

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