2 – Sergei definetely is all those things, he would make a great center, you just have to watch him play and pay attention to the details and you can tell. In my opinion he is a better and more complete player than his brother Andrei. But by making him a center, you move Koivu … never gonna happen, lets be realistic. You move Koivu and thats a lack of respect and a big message you send. He would be traded before that happened.
There's no way the captain is leaving his position and if anyone goes to center, its Higgins ( natural center). Kostitsyn is a natural left winger like his brother.
Maybe as a 3rd center for an offensive flavoured 3rd line.
Latendresse – Kostitsyn – Lapierre
I would prefer a better right winger but at least Lapierre has the speed. Latendresse needs to fill out his role of power forward a little more and should hit hard along the boards then obstruct the goalie.
Cant wait for Pacioretty though. Next step for upcoming years … acquiring right wingers !
3 – Samsonov … in montreal ?! Are you insane !!!!!!! It'll be a cold day in hell before Sammy steps foot in montreal.
4 – Chipchura is most likely remaining in Hamilton. I think the organization wants him to gain a little more experience first. Smolinski isnt doing his job all that well but to bringg in Chips at this point, I doubt thats a move they'll make. Persoanlly though, I would. Get rid of Smolinski for 3 hockey sticks for all I care. He may be of worth in the post season though, we'll see. At least he has experience.
5 – We need Streit for the powerplay and he'll play on offense for the sheer sake of giving him ice time. He's only good to us on the PP with 30 of 39 points coming from there. He is not great on D, he makes more and more mistakes as of late. I would not move O'byrne. The better and more confident O'Byrne gets, the more offensive chances Hamrlik can afford to take.
Gorges has been playing great hockey. He's an excellent 6th D man and Carbo loves his attitude. A real team player. Always shows up and never complains.]]>