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Peter Forsberg in Montreal?

  • The Peter Forsberg rumors are the strongest they’ve been all year. With Montreal apparently one of the top contenders for Forsberg should he leave Philadelphia.

    Forsberg is meeting with Flyers Management today to discuss his future.

    Forsberg in Montreal? Is it worth it? At what price? What will it take and will the price be too high for what is essentially a rent-a-player? No one honestly thinks Forsberg is going to come and have a mini career in Montreal do they?

    Who or what would you give up for Forsberg?

101 Comments
  1. #1 HAB-DAB-A-DO says:
    February 12, 2007 at 11:21 am

    GARTH MURRAY TO TAMPA BAY FOR ST. LOUIS, I THINK IT COULD WORK. LOL

  2. #2 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 12, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Forsberg, for me would be a good compliment player on any team (if healthy), but I do not think Montreal is his #1 choice. It would be too risky for him and us. I say this because of the situation that exists in Montreal currently. We are dropping in the standings and possible out of the playoffs.

    So why would he move to a team that struggling for a playoff spot come April? Forsberg is in the later stages of his career, so you would think a team like Detroit which NOT looking for a leader or savior, but more of a compliment to their existing system. He could add to an already successful team without all that added pressure that he would face in Montreal. If he was not the impact player Detroit wanted, he would move on without major controversy or exile from the city. He would tip-toe back to Philly and continues on collecting a hefty paycheck. Montreal would lynch him and hang him out to dry and possibly question his ability to stay in the league.

    Next, why would he endanger his self worth in the NHL? As free agent next year coming off a season riddled with injury with the worst team, why would he gamble on a struggling Habs team that possible would use him as the fall guy for not making the playoffs? His expectations to be a goal scorer would be unimaginably high… when even at his very best in previous years; he had been 30 goal scorer. He does make people around him look good and would possibly be an asset to boost production from the likes of a Samsonov type player, but that’s a major gamble???

    Where would he fit and how would the teams leaders react? Do we send Koivu or Pleks Bonk to the 4th line? Would Kovalev and Forsberg be paired together being to big playmaker type players? He might fit with Higgins and Sammy???

    Last, would Gainey risk failure with Forsberg in the volatile situation they’re in at the moment? Coming off two costly disappointments’ in the likes of Sammy and Nimmi, would he risk a 3rd potentially very costly mistake in Forsberg? Would he put himself under the Ax with a gamble on a veteran rental player that could cost future prospects or players that could prosper in a different setting?

    Not putting a lot of stock that Forsberg would be coming to Montreal. His size and abilities with the puck are great, but I think the deck would be stacked against him moving here.

    Good luck Bob… I wish you and Carbs the best to put us from this current tailspin. A healthy Markov and Begin definitely made an impact Saturday but how long will their rejuvenated energy last on this team that is playing with a defeated attitude? 15 days to trade deadline.

    Go Habs and Win one… do it convincingly!

  3. #3 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 11:53 am

    For those who don’t or can’t read the Montreal Gazette, this is from Jack Todd this morning… HE’S BANG ON! Read on:

    We’ve been sitting here scratching our heads, wondering how a team that appeared to be about to challenge Buffalo for the Eastern Conference lead now appears capable of challenging Philadelphia for the basement.

    Maybe the Canadiens are just finding their level. When you stumble for five or 10 games, it’s a slump. When you get 17 points in 22 games, more than a quarter of a season, maybe that’s what you are – not very good.

    Why aren’t the Habs winning? It isn’t exactly an Agatha Christie whodunit. They aren’t winning because their top forwards and their goalies aren’t getting it done.

    Saku Koivu has been in a deep funk in the second half of the season, Alex Kovalev is still circling somewhere over Irkutsk, Michael Ryder is a minus-21, Cristobal Huet has looked all too mortal and David Aebischer hasn’t been much better, especially not on Saturday night, when the Habs lost 5-3 to Ottawa despite outshooting the Senators 40-30.

    Meanwhile, down in Hamilton: Andrei Kostitsyn has 47 points and is a plus-23 for the Bulldogs, but can’t get a call-up.

    Then there is Jaroslav Halak. Six shutouts in 27 games, a goals-against average of 1.89, a save percentage of .936. It all starts in goal. Bob Gainey knows this. Guy Carbonneau knows this.

    The Canadiens have 25 games to go, plenty of time to salvage this season. But they can’t fritter away another dozen games waiting for Huet or Aebischer to get hot again.

    It would probably require dealing Aebischer to make room for Halak. But when you’re in danger of falling out of a playoff spot, it’s time to act.

  4. #4 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Like a lot of us have said, instead of trading to plug holes, TRADE to create holes so we can call up some infusion of youth and energy!!! Halak, Kotstitsyn, Grabovsky, Chipchura!!!

  5. #5 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 11:57 am

    “Six or seven weeks is not a slump, it’s a pattern of play,” forward Mike Johnson said after the latest loss.

    DUH!

  6. #6 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 12, 2007 at 11:59 am

    #49 – THM is that a list of your Ex-Boy friends. Were not looking for one of your boy toys from the Sens, expert in your exchanging bodily “fluid skill” that you’re offering. Enjoy you brief stint at the top because we all know in the end you guys will revert back to the bottom because of your submissive nature! Go back to the Sens site (if there is one) where you guys can have long talks about elephant walks and pillow fights you enjoyed over the weekend.

  7. THM,YOU A FUNNY GIDGET,ARN’T YOU!

  8. Neither Forsberg nor the AHL will provide any solution to the current problems.

  9. This might help the team at least get started.

  10. Or, you could trade for Eric Lindros & Eddie Belfour. Then you’ll at least be somewhat closer to having the beginnings of a hockey team.

  11. Which one of you is Celine Dion?

  12. #12 R habs 4 real says:
    February 12, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Hey THM: come back to this site when your team is eliminated in the 1st round, AS ALWAYS!

  13. Ok, we’ll let you know what it feels like to be in the playoffs.

  14. #14 doggone R habs says:
    February 12, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Lorenzo: Do you think just getting into the playoffs is such a great feat? Well, let me tell you that under previous GM’s, like Savard, WE GOT INTO THE PLAYOFFS! No big deal. And as far as Gainey being a great player, yes he was, but great players don’t necessarily turn into great GM’s. As far as personal tragedies, do you think he is the only one to lose a loved one? I lost both my parents, but I don’t see anyone shedding a tear for me.
    Lorenzo, you’re probably not old enough to understand life, but I’ll try explaining anyways. In the 70′s we had a dynasty here, and passionate fans, like myself, watched all of it. I’ve supported this team thru all the highs and lows. We’ve been at a low for 13 years now, and this team has not gotten better for the past 13 years. We are tired of being a mediocre team! We want changes, and we aren’t willing to wait another 13 years for a cup. This is the city of champions, and we demand improvement! You get frustrated,sick and tired of losing. The only thing I said negative about Gainey, is that he has not made any significant changes for this team to get better. He’s now on the job for 3 years, and it’s time! This team is now going backwards, instead of forwards. Carbo said he should have had a conversation with Samsonov 2 months ago. This a perfect example of waiting too long, until the dam bursts. I know Gainey was preoccupied with a personal loss, so maybe he can’t handle mentally this situation. If that is the case, let Gauthier take over, because we can’t wait any longer, or we will end up in the basement. Is that what you want?
    So before you call me disrespectful, or give all these accolades to Gainey as a GM, LOOK aT THE STANDINGS! THAT IS WHAT GAINEY HAS ACCOMPLISHED!

  15. #15 doggone R habs says:
    February 12, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    THM: we know what it’s like to be in the playoffs. WE HAVE 24 STANLEY CUPS TO PROVE IT! How many does your team have?

  16. #16 PACTUM SERVA says:
    February 12, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    Dallas got nagy so we can put that rumour to rest

  17. #17 R habs 4 real says:
    February 12, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    I should stop talking about Forsberg, because it is useless, and so is he. He doesn’t want to come here, and he would be more of a hindrance than help us.
    Concentrate on team out of the playoffs, and needing to dump salaries. Personally, I don’t care if we sell off half of the team. If we get top draft picks in return, to build on, ok. I say that because we need to start from the bottom up, and restructure like Pittsburgh did. It is possible, but unfortunately it will cost us, in terms of not making the playoffs. So, do we go for the short term fix, or the long term glory?

  18. doggone R habs: how many of those are in the last 10 years? Your logic is funny. question: since Rome once ruled the whole of the civilized world, does that mean “Italy Rocks, dude!”?

  19. #19 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Did any of you want Ladislav Nagy and his 8 goals on the Habs?? Didn’t think so… got ‘im in the Pool though, so I hope he lights it up in Dallas!

  20. #20 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Gotta re-tool this team around Higgins, Latendresse and the incoming Bulldogs in the next couple of years… dump the Russians now though!

  21. #21 R habs 4 real says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    We won a cup in 1993. has your team won a cup, since cars were invented, or since color tv was invented? When you win a cup, come back here, because until that happens, there will be no respect for your team.
    and it has nothing to do with the present habs. We’ve had our glory, where is yours? Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to disrespect anyone, especially such a hallowed franchise?

  22. you mean such a hilarious franchise? I repeat: how many in the last 10 years? Same as all the rest of your friendly neighbourhood teams.

  23. #23 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Smiler – I think with the exception of Markov. He’s been pretty solid…
    Sadly I am getting fed up with Kovalev and his ways. Especially his lack of effort in the hussle department, following up on his shots, getting back on D after a give-away, and hogging the puck in the Offensive zone are starting to outweight his positives. Most nights he is one of the most gifted players on the ice but has developed awful habbits that he probably will not ever be able to break. He is trying to set up plays but lately he is holding the puck too long our causing our players to be out of position by the time he pulls the trigger or loses the puck. Sammy not worth talking about. He looked better Saturday, but even after playing on PP or the Koivu line didn’t make a difference.

  24. #24 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve never been in love with Andrei Markov, I could take him or leave him, I’d rather lose him than Sheldon Souray.

  25. #25 R habs 4 real says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Since you want to talk about hillarious teams, let’s also talk about hillarious cities, like Ottawa. HA HA Ha. that city would put anyone to sleep. how boring. Try the big city dude. Montreal with it’s cosmopolitan ambience, restaurants and hallowed hockey team and tradition. Did you know that only the New York Yankees have won more sports franchises than the Montreal Canadiens. And how was your team, the sens their first 3 years? How about your Rough Riders? how many times did they fold? what a joke. So bud stay in bordemtown where you belong, and leave the big city life to the big boys like us!
    And, yes, exactly what does it feel like to be eliminated in the 1st round every year? hmm…….?

  26. #26 HAB-DAB-A-DO says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    NAGYS NOW A STAR, TO LATE FOR THE HABS

  27. #27 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    I’m sure Alexei Kovalev’s teammates are pissed at his ways too… who knows maybe Samsonov would be better off without Kovalev?

  28. #28 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Ottawa boring? Try Toronto! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  29. R habs R gay: I’ll let you look at our playoff record over the past 10 years. You’ll find our team has fared much, much better. You’ll also note that most of your Cups came while we were taking a rest from the NHL. You’re welcome.

    As for cities (can’t defend your team very well, so may as well go attack a city… soooo weak), I’m quite content living where I do. I get to go to Montreal to f*ck your girlfriends (exactly what I was doing to some poor Hab’s fan’s chick on Saturday) and return home to fresh air and nice people.

  30. #30 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    February 12, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    smiler – Seeing things in Hindsight, I am sure Sammy’s production would have been better if he were playing with the likes of a strong driving power forward (such as a Joe Thorton type) that can create holes to the net. But same goes for Kovalev if he were playing with such a player because he is more of a sharp passing playmaker best suited with guy that can handle the heat in front of the net for rebounds, tip-ins, or create havoc in front goalies (as he did with the likes of a Lemieux). Our guys seem to be circling away from the net giving net minders clear sight of the puck and without having any positioning for rebounds. Koivu tries to step in but he takes a beating and reverts to dirty play to make up for his lack of size. Our style of play does match our capabilities. We’re like a small NFL team trying to pound our running game, when maybe we should be playing a west coast offensive style?

  31. #31 R habs 4 real says:
    February 12, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    So disrespectful to talk about women that way. But I’m married so I don’t have to go after whores, like you do. You’re a total degenerate. Sickening!
    Hey guys, look how this pervert talks. Let’s kick him off our blog.

  32. R habs: I think they’re still called “Civil Unions”, but I fully support your right to say you’re married.

  33. #33 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    coutNY…
    Yeah, this bunch -offensively speaking- are perimeter players afraid to go to the net (don’t know why, the defence can’t touch you)… and when they did head to the net on SuperBore Sunday vs. Pittsburgh, they got goals! Whatever eh…

  34. #34 JohnnyD says:
    February 12, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    THM STANDS FOR “THE HAIRY MOLE” that he’s got on his chin alomg w/ all the other inbread looking fans from ottawa. Theres more Canadiens fans than Senators fans at the games when they play each other!! Says it all right there, try selling out your home games before you come and run your mouth!! GO BACK ON YOUR OWN BLOG FN BLOKE!!!

  35. I love you guys. You have such skill with the caps-lock button and I really, really admire that in a hockey fan.

  36. #36 smiler2729 says:
    February 12, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Everyone’s a tough guy behind a keyboard eh…

  37. #37 scotia says:
    February 12, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Ok, are we all done pushing the pacic button…now take a deep breath. I’m not so sure the situation is as dire as everyone thinks it is. Granted the HABS barely resemble the legitimate Stanley Cup contender team they were before Christmas, but now its time to @*^! or get off the pot. There’s definitely a few moves to be made in the next two weeks but all in all not a major overhaul. Montreal has a lot of good but inconsistent talent, a couple of has beens, a little slow but gritty defence, no defined #1 goaltender, and a whole wack of guys who don’t want to assume the burden of responsibility. I know the guy is never mentioned as a leader but Steve Begin played the best hockey I’ve seen any Montreal Canadien play in two months on Saturday night against Ottawa. Quite simlpy, he looked like he wanted to be there, diving in front of pucks, blocking shots, and hitting… makes you wish it was contageous like the flu bug that ran through the team. Hockey players and former hockey players(GM’s and coaches) are emotional individuals by design and rather than pussy foot around the issues at hand it may be time personally call some of them out two weeks before the trade deadline to see who really wants to be there and who’s there for a paycheque:

    Kovalev: GROW A SET!! Exactly what is it you do in Montreal. The guy driving the zamboni deserves a bigger paycheque than you. There is no question you still have great hands, but I’m pretty sure standing there with your thumb in your ass is not what they were made for.

    Samsonov: Why can’t you finish little man. Tell me honestly Sergei, is it because your lost? Or maybe your just so happy to have a job that you get a little over excited and skate around in circles half the night. Go to the net shoot the puck stop trying to make highlight reels

    Souray: WOW do you have a shot. It’s like a cannon… it all makes sense now. That’s why it takes you so long to get back to the defensive zone because of the extra weight involved in dragging a cannon. Word to the wise, take your points on the PP but even strength just play smarter.

    Koivu: It’s been a rough couple of years for you but now its time to step up. This is your team dude and right now your probably not getting a whole lot of help with that whole motivating the team thing. It’s your resposibility to get these young guys fired up and make them be proud to wear the sweater. But taking stupid penalties isn’t really leading by example.

    Ryder: Was goin on bye? Micheal me son…whats wrong witcha? You should know about hard work your a Newfoundlander start acting like the pride of Bonavista.

    Carbonneau, Muller, Jarvis: WHAT EVER IT WAS YOU HAD… GET IT BACK!!

    Melanson: Have we already forgotton HUET’s performance last year. Seems to me it was around this time last year Huet started to ignite just in time for the playoffs.

    Mr Gainey’s: Why not go after Forsberg what do have to lose except your shirt when he pulls his groin in two weeks and he’s gone for the season, and for that matter how’s Bertuzzi’s back. All I’m saying is don’t wait until your left with injury prone veterans to make a move. Get it while the gettin is good. Lot of tough and talented stretch drive guys out there who could open up a lot of ice for some of your underacheivers…. might shake things up enough to light a collective fire under their asses.

  38. I have to say that Doggone R Habs is now officially not a Habs fan anymore. Hey, weren’t you the person who went by the name High4Habs and now you have changed your name here? Why are you so against the Habs? Just because they are in a slump does not mean you should give up on them. What type of a Habs fan are you? I hope we can start winning so then we can all see what you have to say about all of this. I agree we need to make changes but we also need to be patient with the team and let them get better over time. They WILL win ï½? Stï½?nley Cuï½? sï½?ï½?etiï½?e in the next 2 ï½?r 3 yeï½?rs, just wï½?it ï½?nd see.  They ï½?re building sï½?ï½?ething gï½?ï½?d fï½?r the future,ï½?ï½?rk ï½?y wï½?rdsï¼?

    Zi��n

  39. The C�n�diens �re the gre�test h�ckey te�� �f �ll�ti�e,�ny �f y�u �n this site w�uld �gree with �e �n this �ne. Well, w�uldn't y�u �ls� �gree with �e th�t they will win � St�nley Cu� in the next 2 �r 3 ye�rs?  W�tch �nd see� We will make the playoffs this season and then we will be a contender in the next couple of years!

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  40. Another thing, I have used some profanity on this site here lately but I only want what is best for the Canadiens. I want them to win and I hope Gainey does everything in his power to make sure we win in the future. We want them to be successful like they used to be. I hope some of you people are not too hard on me because I just get upset when some of you criticize Gainey and the rest of the team when we are struggling. I know we have played poorly the last couple of months but we still have time to get over this and turn things around and I hope Gainey goes and makes a trade that can help our team catch Ottawa and Pittsburgh and try and get home-ice advantage in the first round. We can still catch the Sens and Pens so we should make our move soon!

    Ziman

  41. #41 habs phan says:
    February 12, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    I think the habs need to do whatever they can to increase their chances of staying in the playoff hunt. If that means letting go of a key player to get someone else then they have to do it. It’s getting cut throat right now and our conference is way to tight to sit back and relax. I hope for nothing but the best for the habs but sleeping at the wheel is only gonna cause a wreck, which is pretty much what carbo and gainey are doing right now. Make a move now before everyone else beats you to the punch. Time is ticking away. Please before it’s too late. Good luck tomorrow nightwe need a win bad. Let’s get back on track boys. Go habs go

  42. #42 chrisguy says:
    February 12, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    THM.
    How’s the last 40 years been?
    We pity idiots like you.

    I live near TO, maybe we can meet for a pint?
    Or are you a typical TO cowardly puss?

    Do you remember Dave Keon? I’m sure you’ll wipe a tear tomorrow! LOL

    You loser!

  43. #43 chrisguy says:
    February 12, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    THM.
    How’s the last 40 years been?
    We pity idiots like you.

    I live near TO, maybe we can meet for a pint?
    Or are you a typical TO cowardly puss?

    Do you remember Dave Keon? I’m sure you’ll wipe a tear Saturday! LOL

    You loser!

  44. THM is a sens fan. Do you remember Patrick Roy? because at the rate that the habs are going people will start bringing him up soon enough to remind fans that the Habs’ time has passed.

  45. Guys, Gainey knows what he is doing…We do not want Forsburg..We have enough of those guys on our team( guys that have potential to get us 30 goals)Let the Wings get Forsburg and then Gainey will sweep in and take Robert Lang off their hands. Wouldn’t Lang look better than Forsburg in HabLand

  46. #46 les canadiens says:
    February 13, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    First off I’d like to say that THM is probably the biggest loser I’ve ever come across in my days. The guy is probably a little bitch 15 year old fag who’s balls haven’t even dropped yet so he’s still rubbing them on his f*cking teddy bear for pleasure. I really like his arguement that the habs are no good because we haven’t won a cup in the last ten years… Well the city of Toronto must have no concept of time because every time they turn on thier TV the trainers are picking Darcy Tucker up off the ice. I’m pretty sure the last time the leafs won a cup they were still riding thier bikes to the rink. So “Torontonians” just assume it was all Deja vu and continue on with thier pointless lives only to be shot by some homeless guy in the street.
    Next Habs 4 life: I’m dissapointed in your posts, your name says habs for life but all you do is put them down. Are you typing this up post mordom or what.. Learn how to be loyal!… The habs Will make the playoffs and they don’t need to trade anyone.. We all know they have a good team and can beat anyone! They are in a slump, and I’d rather have them in a slump now then right before the playoffs or going into the playoffs…There is still 25 games left and anything can happen. WE don’t need forsberg, he’s more of a burden anyways. What we need to do is get this slump over with and play the hockey we know we can. If we have to trade someone away , Gainey will now what to do.. If you guys think that habs are such a tier 2 team then go cheer for a different team and stop saying you root for the habs and then put them down.. If you hate them so much go live with your parents, jerk off to gay porn and naked pictures of Sundin because thats what a loyal leafs fan does..
    Habs will make the playoffs while toronto is trading away thier team and firing ferguson..

  47. #47 les canadiens says:
    February 13, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Sorry about the language

  48. Hey, someone deleted my comment about how a lot of you can’t spell Forsberg!

    A lot of you can’t spell Forsberg

  49. #49 buffybot says:
    February 17, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    I think they should exchange Kovalev because he sucks..really… I don’t think he’s usefull to the team anymore. As long as they keep Souray and Bégin in Montreal, I’m happy as a fish in water!!! :D :D:D

  50. #50 Jean Francois Parent says:
    February 20, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    imho i dont think we need new trade, we have got is from hamilton or other organisation like canadiens have picked up from drafts maxime lapierre and guillaume latendresse is doing fine and chris higgens and many of them have been doing a good job for the canadiens but we can pick other player just one big stronger center that can product enough to feed off for wings or score, like lecavalier and others like that but i like peter forsberg of course but how is his injury ? just like kovalev he is not fully healed maybe peter is same thing ? we need is strong center and young i dont like samsonov too much complain and dont give us enough win with his points, i think Gainey is keeping secret from us because he have plan already for a trade. oh ya i dont want souray to be traded off. and my opinion is for second team like kovalev and samsonov are bad idea i dont care if he get paid but make him go to fourth team and shut him up or go back home and sit and watch the tv and listen to don cherry. kovalev and samsonov is good for trade in my opinion. very good trade for picking up strong center for second team. that s the only problem for canadiens. and goalie im begining to worry now. but with the team and with new center for second team goalie will be ok ;) cheers

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