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Sergei Samsonov signs with Montreal

  • Bob Gainey saved the best for last on the most eventful swapping and signing day in Canadiens recent history.

    Gainey signed speedster Sergei Samsonov to a 2 year deal. Financial terms haven’t been disclosed yet.

    Gainey had been heavily criticized after not signing any rumored big names when the free agent market opened for business. After being snubbed by various players not wanting to play in Montreal, Gainey has now secured a ‘name’ player.

    Samsonov is a familiar foe from his years with Boston who posseses incredible speed and skill. In the new NHL those are the ingredients of a potential superstar.

    The Canadiens roster adding another Russian who should fit in well with Kovalev and Markov.

    Maybe Valeri Bure and Oleg Petrov are looking to make a comeback in Montreal.

64 Comments
  1. #1 Kamilsky says:
    July 19, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    The last touch would be to trade Ribeiro and maybe throw in Perezhogin for Robert Lang. Then we would truly have a first line.

  2. #2 Habs says:
    July 20, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    In my opinion, I think that Simon Gagne from the Philly Flyers would be a great UFA to sign since the time limit is over. He is fast, canadian, young, he has heart, he has a sniper shot, and he could get an easy 30 goals in a season with the habs.

    Imagine a line of Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Samsonov, and Gagne. WOW thats a goal scoring line for sure !!

  3. #3 Habs says:
    July 20, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    i think edmonton is going to suck next season…no pronger…no spacek..no samsonov..no laroque…no Peca…and Hemsky is a FA now…wow

  4. #4 Kamilsky says:
    July 20, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    Gagne plays left-wing, not center.

  5. #5 Habs#1 says:
    July 20, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    Habs you don’t seem to understand. Gagne and Hemsky are not UFA’s. They are RFA’s until a certain age. The only way they could have become UFA’s is if they weren’t extended qualifying offers or if the teams decide not to pay what the Arbitrator deems worthy.

    If they don’t accept they’re qualifying offers it dosen’t meen jack all accept that they don’t have a contract yet. They’re still the property of their respective until the age of UFA status.

  6. #6 Brian says:
    July 20, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    so who do you guys think the habs are going to try and get or trade for ?

  7. Gainey has already said on rds.ca he will not go after Gagne. He thinks it’s a dirty way to do business. Meaning he and Clarke are buddy, buddy’s.
    We should try to get Lang and maybe give Allison a shot. Gomez might be to expensive,
    however the cup sure would look a lot closer with Gomez in the line up.

    We should pay more attention to defense, plenty of offense is coming up through the system.
    Let’s sign UFA’s like Markov and Desjardins. Desjardins would be a great roll model for some of the youth.

  8. #8 PACTUM SERVA says:
    July 20, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    Ok i think what you see is what you get for now.This will be the team that starts the season.Gainey will make adjustments from there.We have two new players added and some rookies who may have a shot at making this team this year.Two many changes all at once may not be a good thing.We are a better team now then we were in the playoffs imo.Having said all that we still need a second line center and a solid d-man and i think gainey knows that to but when he fixes the problem god only knows

  9. We can’t go into the season without another center. He are too thin at that position. What happens if Koivu gets injured? We all know how injury prone he is. I do believe he will go and get Perreault or Ruzinsky. They are the most logical choices, and because of their ages, fairly cheap.

  10. #10 kazmojo says:
    July 21, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    One possible solution to the 2nd line centre dilemma is to place Higgins back there. It’s where he started. That leaves a left wing position open, but maybe Perezhogin is ready to step up. Or Kostitsyn or even Latendresse.

    Another more likely scenario is to bump up the centres from each line: Plekanec between Kovalev and Samsonov and Bonk between Johnson and Perezhogin. And then Begin moves between Murray and Downey. Plekanec showed some real offensive instincts in the playoffs and in the Olympics, and he’s certainly better than Ribeiro.

  11. #11 Habs#1 says:
    July 23, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    TSN.ca is reporting that Micheal Ryder has re-signed with the Habs and it’s a one year, 2.2 million dollar deal. Ryder would have been ripped apart in Arbitration by Gainey since his defensive play and on ice vision leave something to be desired.

    That being said he is their best goal scorer and it’s great news that he’s back under contract and he did deserve that raise.

    By the way Bob, there’s no way the Sabres can afford that 5 million Briere was awarded by the Arbitrator so jump all over that will ya. Ribeiro and a good prospect will pry him out of their( Plekanec, Latendresse, Emelin) and maybe and denfenceman.

  12. #12 habsfan says:
    July 26, 2006 at 11:09 am

    habs #1: or just sign briere as a ufa…he is from quebec so i assume he would want to come play for the habs

    he might also take less money doing that

    only time will tell

  13. #13 habsfan says:
    July 26, 2006 at 11:09 am

    GAINEY: DON’T GIVE UP ANY PROSPECTS!!

  14. Trade Samsonov for Havlat

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