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  • If the Canadiens want to be seriously considered in the same class as Ottawa, and challenge for the Division and Conference, all they have to do is beat them.

    Prove it on the ice. Show Ottawa you are for real and you’re coming for them.

    If the Canadiens are not fired up for this game then they don’t deserve to be where they are.

    The Habs have two meetings with the Senators in five days and things could get very interesting.

  1. Lappiere is a great faceoff man

  2. #2 patrick says:
    February 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Okay question: If we took on Perrault where would he play? Kov/Plek/Kos line cannot be broken up under any circumstances, Perrault will not replace Koivu as first line center, so are we saying that smolinksi is out on the third line? I don’t know if that is really an upgrade. Oh and Ice Man which has beens are you referring to?

  3. #3 Shut UP says:
    February 6, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    THe only real trade that makes sense right now is Hossa. Put him with Higgins and Koivu and you have yourself two real good lines. ALthough S kost has some great upside Im not sure if he is ready for line 1 duties. However he brings a great dynamic to teh Lats and Laps line. JOkinen would not make sense unless he plays on the wing and we deal Koivu in teh off season. Maybe a depth d man as well although I am happy with our top 6 right now. Gorges is very solid!!!

  4. #4 Shut UP says:
    February 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Clive Chive Hive Bumble Bee BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  5. #5 Don Carnage says:
    February 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Carey Price will start in goal on Thursday when the Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Price is 3-0 against Toronto this season. While Guy Carbonneau did not tip his hand to the line combinations, Saku Koivu practiced with Guillaume Latendresse and Sergei Kostitsyn, while Michael Ryder was plugged in with the line of Steve Begin, Bryan Smolinski and Tom Kostopoulos. Chris Higgins played with Maxim Lapierre and Mathieu Dandenault. – TSN

    Okinen makes perfect sence he is exactly what we need … and Hossa either one or dream on ( both ) lol but either one will do

  6. #6 Don Carnage says:
    February 6, 2008 at 6:28 pm


  7. Anyone talking on the blog right now?

  8. anybody heard if O’Byrne will play this weekend? I heard he got his cast off and practicing today with the club.
    I think Hossa would be a great fit, big, and strong, just what Koivu needs to get going, provided we don’t give up alot of our young kids to get him.

  9. isn’t Hossa terrible come playoff time? or is that someone else from the sens?

  10. nope, that’s hossa.

  11. #12 Ice Man says:
    February 7, 2008 at 8:58 am

    #1. Ryder is a healthy Scratch again tonight.

    #2. Hossa will not be comming to Montreal. All this trade talk is just RUMOURS. It was confermed by Welland himself.

  12. #13 Ice Man says:
    February 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    That should read Waddell

  13. #14 Don Carnage says:
    February 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Thats normal for him to say he is trying to sign Hossa to a multi year deal , they will know early next week if that is possible , until that time do not expect the owner of the Caps to say ummm yeah no problems he can talk to other teams… Of course this will all change as soon as they see they cannot sign him then they will be looking at the other options … make sence eh?

  14. #15 Jaker1 says:
    February 7, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    According to TFP the Thrashers will be looking for a top forward in return for Hossa as well as prospects and they named Chris Higgins as the top forward. Gainey is holding all the cards and I think some minor tweaks could be made with maybe Ryder and Halak as bait but I really think he should not mortgage the future for Hossa or Jokinen. Chris Higgins has more heart than either one of them. Mike Milbury suggested that Jokinen is a problem player. Gainey has to think of Chemistry.

  15. If Gainey were to trade Higgins it would be a bigger mistake than trading Ribeiro”huge”. And if we still had Micky Ribs I don’t think we would be having this topic of conversation.

  16. How Ironic that the name we’ve been hearing lately is Hossa, and that the trade deadline is Feb 26th… Check out the habs schedule on the 26th.

    And people, please give it up with Ribeiro, he would of still su cked in Montreal. He was a party animal and always in clubs, nights before games, getting smashed. The Best place he could of ended up is in Dallas where he can’t do those stupidities and go out. All he as too do now is Play hockey work out and take care of his kids. Mike was not suited for Montreal.

  17. #18 Donnie says:
    February 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you Ice Man….it’s what I’ve been saying all year. Why is Ryder the only one being thrown to the wolves so to speak, and Koivu’s and Higgins lack of presence and production on the ice being ignored with no “punishment”.

    Higgins is NOT on pace for 60 pts, and Koivu MIGHT make it there, but with all the extra ice time these 2 get over Ryder, they should be ahead of Ryder in pts. PP, PK and regular shifts, along with the fact they have 6 and 7 more full games played then Ryder…and Higgins only has 16 more points than Ryder. It’s a no-brainer they should be ahead of Ryder….but it’s ridiculous they’re not ahead of him by more. Higgins needs a point a game to reach 60…anyone really think thats gonna happen? And like I said, Koivu might make it there, but that still not number for a “first” line center. The extra time and games account for the extra points…nothing else. These guys are still playing horribly and a non-factor in most games.

    You ask me why Koivu and Higgins aren’t producing….I think it’s partly guilt..Guilt that none of the 3 are producing, and their linemate, and Higgins good friend and roommate is the only one being wrongly targeted and punished for the downslide of all 3. The line is just not clicking, and it’s insane that Ryder is being blamed for the downfall of Koivu and Higgins…and like I said, these 2 players no it also.

    I’m a diehard Habs fan….but it’s time to move on Ryder and start scoring like you can again somehwre else…sadly, you’re not being given a fair shake in Montreal. Meanwhile, keep on winning boys, Kovy’s line gotta keep producing or we’re in deep…cause other than Streit and Markov, we’re not getting it from anywhere else. Pound the Leafs tonight….GO HABS GO !!!

  18. I`m surprised nobody mentioned that trade that’s appears to be “in the bag” (so to speak). If you’re francophone and watched RDS last night (the show is called 110%), it looks like we may be seeing Ryder and O’Byrne being traded for Alex Tanguay.

    It was also suggested that Ryder has quite the alcohol issues that may be contributing to his subpar performance this year.

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