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Slump

  • We all knew the Canadiens would eventually hit a slump, and they have.

    The Habs have dropped 4 out of 5 and looked pretty awful at times over that stretch.

    Will it get worse before it gets better?

    Flashback to last year, the Canadiens had a strong start followed by a late December collapse. Lost all confidence and played mediocre hockey until the very last game. A loss that left them out of the playoffs.

    All things considered, the Coach and staff and players should all be more experienced this year. Now is the time to step it up and do something to not repeat the past.

    Are the Canadiens as a whole ever going to improve? Or fall back to their normal rummaging for points at the end of the season ways?

    Confidence is low, the #1 goalie is injured and it won’t get easier as the Canadiens face the league leading Red Wings tonight.

21 Comments
  1. #1 habs2010 says:
    December 4, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Who said Huet is our #1 goalie? he’s not. PRICE IS!

  2. #2 groundworking says:
    December 4, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Omg. This game is telling. I heard Gaigney before the game re: not wanting to make any trades, but the real problem isn’t just effort, it’s skill. Mark Streit is on the first line. Nothing against the guy, but he is not a first line player. Then again, neither is Ryder, even at his best. Frustrating. It’s been decades since Montreal has had a good team–enough with the incest!

  3. well guys It looks like were loosing this one. hey the leafs will be only 2 pts behind eh. It’s too bad we don’t have a good team anymore like the 80′s and early 90′s. Either than Price coming up what good has gainey done?

  4. #4 habs2010 says:
    December 4, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    To be honest, I stopped watching this game at the end of the 2nd period. What’s the point? they had no energy, just going thru the motions. It really loked like the wings were toying with the habs. I feel sorry for Price. He has no D in front of him. Too bad what this franchise has become. I think we should try and get some high draft picks and rebuild like Chicago did. That’s the only solution. Also, trade Koivu go a contender. he deserves that much.
    the rest-Bouillon, Brisebois,Smolinski, Ryder,Begin, WAIVE!

  5. I agree with you but mtl has the young guys coming up. Trade Ryder Now!!!! I know that since he’s not doing great It might be hard but, we have to do something.Trade Huet and Ryder for Tanguay!!! I’ll do anything, just to see the habs winnig again!!!

  6. Yike’s ,we got killed tonite,only positives …Dandy’s flying tackle…I loves it! We need a trade badly BOB…S.O.S..S.O.S..S.O.S..S.O.S…L.O.L.And bring UP some SIZE,LETS ATLEAST WIN A FIGHT,DAM!

  7. #7 johnnyhab says:
    December 4, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    It’s last December all over again. Please Mr Gainey do something now. I cant handle another year like last season with no moves to improve the team when it needed help dont let another season pass by!

  8. #8 callupallbulldogs says:
    December 4, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    by far the worse game seen them play this year. it looked like a peewee team playing Detroit..at least Dandy was showing some heart near the end. other then that it was a waste of a good sheet of ice..”A TRADE IS WHAT WE NEED”

  9. #9 Iceberg14 says:
    December 4, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    All you Huet/Bashers aka ignorant fans who think Price is our answer are in for a big wake up call….You guys are right…Huet is NOT our #1 goalies.He was supposed to be..he was called our #1, he has #1 stats maybe even allstar stats but #1 goalies don’t split starts with their back-ups….how was huet supposed to gain his confidence? How is he supposed to get in a groove? He can’t//Look at Lunogo….he lets 5-6 goals all the time the first 2 months but the coaches are smart enough to recognize it’s not his fault and he gets great every year….we did the same thing last year to Huet….
    I love Price.he is ourfuture but he’sgonna find out how truly badly this team sucks from the Gm/coach on down….
    Are we gonna make some trades…waive some people? pick up someone? how about recchi? he’s available and don’t tell me we don’t have room…he couldn’t be worse than our other moves cause we don’t have any
    this is the same as last year….wasting our time fighting for a playoff spot we don’t deserve…..Poor Huet only guy I feel sorry for..and now Price too

  10. #10 habs2010 says:
    December 4, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    If this team continues to lose, I’m going to stop watching their games. It hurts too much to lose, and I’m just so tired of losing, without changes!

  11. #11 Habs#1 says:
    December 5, 2007 at 12:18 am

    If the Habs are in the division cellar by the deadline(early febuary I believe or is it late febuary? Anybody know?)The I think Carbo will have been fired already and Koivu will have demanded a trade out of town. Kovalev will be a commodity to be dealt along with Ryder(who got booed whenever the puck touched his stick in the third), Huet and some team may even take a flyer on Smolinski. There has to be a major problem in the dressing room of some kind cause this is three years(yes three. First year out of the lockout they collapsed to but they barely made the playoffs thanks to Huet and Gainey taking over as coach) in a row they’ve collapsed. I love Saku as much as the next guy, but it’s plainly obvious his days as a #1 centre and the leader of the canadiens are over. That marriage needs to end for both sides.

    With the cap room generated by this(13.5 million extra) and hopefully some first round draft picks in return(this years first round is being compared to that of 2003 where most of the young up and coming superstars (ie. Perry, Getzlaf, Phaneuf, Staal, Horton, Vanek, Michalek, Bernier, Suter, Carter, Richards, Dustin Brown, Seabrook, Parise, were all drafted). People will probably say this is premature cause it’s only December 4th, but unlike past years I see no light at the end of the tunnel here. It’s time to cut of the head of this rotting corps that is the roster.

  12. I see my comments have been deleted………….

  13. #13 danger_horn says:
    December 5, 2007 at 1:24 am

    i think the anger of montrealers are being under estimated ,and our love for the game over estimated , all i can say to the team manger , remember the expos
    long losing streak , better and new sports attract the fans
    and before you know it
    the canadiens will be bankrupt and sold ( can you imagine Quebec without a team )
    may be i am going nuts ,or i am just a student of history
    all we have left to be proud of in this damn city is the soccer impact

  14. #14 jessef says:
    December 5, 2007 at 1:37 am

    Price did crap every goal he let in was weak!!!!!!!!!

  15. #15 habs2010 says:
    December 5, 2007 at 11:36 am

    O’Byrne and Lapierre have been recalled. Grabovski has been sent to Hamilton.
    what took so long?

  16. Hey,coach Carbo ,got yourballs back eh!Good onyou man!KEEP IT UP,LET THEM KNOW WHO IS BOSS AND MORE CHANGES WILL BE MADE IF THIS HORSESHIT CONTINUES!!! yOU ARE BACK IN MY GOOD BOOKS GUY!!!

  17. I would like to point out a post last year I made CONSERNING Burtuzzi,when I, WHO SAW THEGAME and kNEW THE vANCOVER COACH HAD DIRECTeD HIM TO AN ATTACT ON MOORE,and for all those people that tryed to lamblast me,BLOW ME!!!!!!!lol.I know my Hockey real good!!!!Yo , and I still say we need Bertuzzi,fool!!!!lol……

  18. #18 habs2010 says:
    December 6, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Well Carbo has done it again. Now he’s putting Smolinski on the 1st line with Koivu and Higgins. Unbelievable! And get this: Brisebois and Bouillon will be paired. Either Carbo has mush for brains, or he just wants to see lots of goals scored on Briseby and Bouillon, and how slowinski can be half a step behind Koivu and Higgins. Panic and stupidity have overcome Carbo.

  19. I think Ryder should be scratched tonight. Latendresse has been scratched. I think Carbo is just way to eager to see Ryder return to his play. I bought a ersey last year and I had a decision to make(Higgins or Ryder.) my dad said Ryder is really consistent and Higgins isn’t very.I ended up choosing Higgy over Ryder-thank god!!!lol

  20. #20 orilliaborn says:
    December 6, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Guy Lafleur was right.

  21. #21 Donnie says:
    December 8, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    No one on this team is really playing good offensive hockey. Maybe Kovy. So why is Ryder the only one being disciplined?? Whats Koivu doing?? He’s the captain, he’s the leader, and once again, as like every year he’s been there, severley low output. I’ve seen every game this year, and the last 10 or 12 games for sure, the guy is invisible. So wheres the great leadership qualities?? Bottom line is, the team is offensively null…theres not enough skill there to be anything else…and it seems Carbo is trying to mold a team full of himself. Any team only want 2 or 3 defensive forwards…not 2 or 3 lines…who’s gonna score Guy?? Rolling 4 lines is hurting also. Every time you look, Begin, Chipchura, Kostopolous, guys like this are on there. Should be 3 or 4 shifts a period and almost exclusively on the PK, just like the sucessful teams in the league (with the exception of the top 2 teams whose 3rd and 4th lines can actually score somewhat regularly. If theres not enough skill there Bob…trade man !!!!! Ryder is obvoiusly not welcomed with open arms. Easy to tell by the singling out of him for punishment this year, and the pitiful contract the teams top goal producer recieved. Hows about at least trying for Marleau? Might sound crazy but word is he’s not getting along very well with the powers that be in San Jose. Hows about these 2 in a trade…straight up. Someone who can score when coached right like Ryder would probably be welcomed in San Jose with there recent struggles. Throw him out with Thornton, let him become a good player again. And Marleau can do it…he’s proved this…except this year…maybe a change of pace would work out for him also. Put him with Koivu, see if this can bump up the output for both of them. Gotta try something Bob, we all know where a team that can’t score ends up at years end. Remember last year? I sure do. Let offensive players be offensive Guy…would a team full of “you” won either Cup in 86 or 93 ??? Limit the 3rd and 4th lines ice time, and try sniffing out a good trade. Come on guys, lets get this team back on top where they belong. Enough of the frustrations. GO HABS GO !!!!

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