Be An Analyst : Komic-J on the Montreal Canadiens and Trade Deadline.

Well, now that the trade deadline is behind us, it’s time for us, fans, to speculate about our favorite team’s chances in the playoffs. Living in Montreal, my favorite team is, of course, the Montreal Canadiens and, hopefully, they’ll be in the playoffs this year. Are they in good shape ? Are they going far ? Could they have done more ? What’s wrong, what’s good…here’s what I have to say;Where are they now ?

First, let’s look at the standings. The Eastern Conference race is pretty tight, and each days, teams are switching places, so it’s pretty hard to see which team will the Canadiens meet in the first round. They managed to add 16 points in 9 games recently, which pushed them to believe they still have a realistic shot at the Northeast Division title. However, with teams like Toronto, Ottawa and Boston, it might be pretty hard for the Habs to clinch that spot.

Montreal still has 11 more games to play, and their schedule isn’t too bad. Seven at home, only four on the road. Six of these games are against teams directly competing with them, such as Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Philadelphia and Long Island, and they also meet New Jersey and Buffalo twice. I think it’s realistic to believe that Montreal can add about 15 more points until the end of the season. We heard that a lot, but I think Montreal really has «its destiny in hands».

Will that be enough to be in the playoffs ? Yes…

Will that be enough to beat Long Island ? Yes…

Will that be enough to catch the Devils ? Maybe…

Will that be enough to clinch the Northeast Division title ? I think it won’t…

Having said that, Montreal would have better chances to make it to the 2nd Round if they meet free-flowing, fast skatting hockey teams like Tampa Bay or Ottawa.

What do they have in store ?

Gainey finally evaluated the team, and added four players since he’s in charge. Earlier this year, he claimed an energic Steve Begin, and enforcer Darren Langdon. Both of them did their job fairly well, especially Begin who’s already a fan favorite here. Langdon, despite a low ice-time average, is doing his job, and protects the small players of Montreal.

Was it enough ? Gainey didn’t think it was. He officially started the «Trade Deadline Frenzy» when he traded young prospect Jozef Balej and a 2nd Round Pick in 2004 to the New York Ranger for All-Star winger Alexei Kovalev. Kovalev is a proven scorer in the NHL, and could really get back on track with a center like Saku Koivu. The Canadiens sure hope he’ll be the same kind of player he was in Pittsburgh. Gainey then went in Minnesota to get center Jim Dowd who, just like Steve Begin, is an energic player, who will take some pressure away from a not-so-young Joe Juneau.

Besides Kovalev and Koivu, Montreal is counting on Richard Zednik, who finally got his scoring touch back in the last couple of games, as well as Mike Ribeiro and young right-winger, and legitimate Calder Trophy possible winner Michael Ryder to lead the offense. Players like Yanic Perreault, now playing on left-wing, Jan Bulis, who’ll get back from a knee injury soon, and left-winger Pierre Dagenais will also have to produce in order to help the Canadiens get success in this year’s playoffs. Jason Ward and Niklas Sundstrom will also have their fair share of work, having to play mostly against the other team’s big line with Dowd, Begin, Juneau and Dackell.

On defence, the Canadiens are pretty well set with a returning Sheldon Souray, who was having a superb season before he got injured. The left side is completed by young Andrei Markov, who seems to be back on the right track after a difficult start, and a small but surprising Francis Bouillon. On the right side of the D-Squad, the Canadiens are counting on veterans Craig Rivet, Patrice Brisebois and Stephane Quintal. One of the brightest organisation’s prospect, Mike Komisarek could also be seen in the playoffs, as he’s seen by Montreal as the next «Big Man» on the blueline.

But once again, Montreal success will depend on José Théodore’s ability to keep puck away from the net. Théo, after struggling last year, is back to his «Hart-&-Vezina Trophy» shape that helped the Canadiens to eliminate Boston two years ago. With a 2.16 GAA and 0.923 SAV%, pressure will again be placed on Théo’s shoulder to bring the Canadiens as far as he can.

A Bright Future…

Montreal’s scouts were severly bashed by the fans a few years ago, collecting flops like Terry Ryan, Brent Bilodeau and Lindsay Vallis in first rounds. However, the situation has greatly improved since, and Montreal is now ranked number one by «Hockey’s Future» website.

Left-wingers Andrei Kastsitsyn and Marcel Hossa, centers Chris Higgins and Tomas Plekanec, right-winger Alex Perezhoggin and defenceman Ron Hainsey are all future regular, and chances are the one or two of these players may become a real good player in the near future for the Habs. Add to that list the previously mentioned Mike Komisarek and Michael Ryder, and you can see why the Montreal Canadiens a ranked number one.

Trade Deadline : The Montreal Way…

The Canadiens were looking for three things to add to their team at trade deadline. First, they wanted to add a quality scoring foward to their first line, and Gainey got him. Will Kovalev be re-sign in the summer ? We’ll have to wait…

Then, Montreal needed to add some weight on the second line, and probably find someone else to pair Ribeiro and Ryder with. Dagenais isn’t really a 2nd line left-winger, and I think Gainey wasn’t really comfortable with the idea of going in the playoffs with him on the 2nd line. Did they managed to land that kind of player ? We thought so at one point, when Gainey and Rutherford had a meeting about Carolina’s winger Jeff O’Neill. It didn’t work…and Gainey couldn’t get what he was looking for…

Gainey also said he was looking to add another left-handed defenceman. Brendan Witt is the name we heard the most in Montreal, but again, Gainey couldn’t get this to work.

Now, what could have been done ? What could have been offered to Washington’s general manager to get a player like Witt ? He was asking a lot for him, and that maybe wasn’t a deal after all.

But what about other guys that were rumored to be traded, and finally didn’t. Guys like Atlanta’s Shawn McEachern, Minnesota’s Andrew Brunette or even Washington’s Bates Battaglia ? What about players that were traded elsewhere ? New Jersey getting Viktor Kozlov, Calgary getting Chris Simon, Los Angeles getting Anson Carter, Colorado getting Matthew Barnaby ? Don’t you think Gainey could have made a better offer than what some of these teams gave for them ? And the list goes on…Grier, Sanderson, etc…

Want a left-handed defenceman ? What about Carolina’s Bret Hedican ?

This could be Gainey’s only mistake…not to go outhere to bring some size of the second line, especially after the Los Angeles game, in which Ribeiro and Ryder were thrown around by Ian Lapperriere and Sean Avery.

The Offseason…

How long is gonna be the offseason anyway ? One year ? Two Years ? Whatever, some of the players will be released. Look for Joe Juneau, Andreas Dackell, Karl Dykhuis and possibly center Yanic Perreault and defenceman Stephane Quintal not to be back next year. This will leave some spot open for a prospect or two.

Also, don’t be surprised if Gainey tries to make a move for a strong left-winger…and he might be about to move young goaltender Mathieu Garon, who’s seen by many analyst as the best backup goaltender in the NHL right now. The kid is probably ready for a starting job elsewhere.

Finally, some Trade Deadline Notes…

They Might Lose Now, But What Will It Be Later ?

Washington will have a bright future, collecting two 1st Round Pick in 2004, one 2nd Round Pick in 2004, one 2nd Round Pick in 2005, one 2nd Round Pick in 2006, one 4th Round Pick in 2006. They also acquired young promising defenceman Shaone Morrisonn, and prospects Jared Aulin (3rd), Tomas Fleischman (4th), Jakub Klepis (5th) andBrooks Laich (7th). Add that to players like Steve Eminger, Alexander Semin, Brian Sutherby, Eric Fehr, Nolan Yonkman and Maxime Ouellet…that could be interesting to see.

Best Overall Trade

Nashville getting Steve Sullivan from Chicago

Calgary getting Miikka Kiprusoff from San Jose

Square-And-Fair Trade

Philadelphia getting Danny Markov, Carolina getting Justin Williams

Tampa Bay getting Darryl Sydor, Columbus getting Alexander Svitov

Stupid Trades

Edmonton trading goaltender Tommy Salo to Colorado…a Conference Rival…for…well…nothing really !!!

It’s a steal !!!

Toronto getting Ron Francis for a 4th Round Pick !!!

Well that’s it for me…feedbacks are welcome. Let’s get ready for the playoffs now !!!

Cheers !!!

40 Responses to Be An Analyst : Komic-J on the Montreal Canadiens and Trade Deadline.

  1. skandelousHABSfan says:

    Good analysis as far as i can see. One or two problems i saw is that you didn’t mention that Dagenais was also an acusition by Gainey, but thats not so important.

    I think that its good we didn’t make too many moves, we haev very good chemistry going on and adding too much, and therefore taking stuff away, could really mess things up.

    Still, adding a big player on the second line would have helped the team a lot. I understand that the Habs were very interested in getting Eric Daze from Chicago. that would have been a great fit assuming he stayed health. He is really big, and has the scoring touch. But i assume that Chicago was looking for good prospects for him, and Gainey thoughit was too much to spend. However, he is a free agent at the end of the eyar, and i wouldnt be surprised to see him come home to montreal.

    I think the Habs are looking good, and might even be the surprise of this years playoffs. Lets not get our hopes up too high, considering the strength of the eastern conferance this year, but it would be nice to see a 25th banner wouldnt it???

  2. PurpleHelmet says:

    Spector said it best when he suggested that the Montrealers lace their hot dogs with magic mushrooms.

    You guys are living in LA LA land. Your team did nothing while everyone else who was better before got even better. Tampa or Ottawa??? Have you checked the news lately???? Montreal is in the top of the second tier of the Eastern Conference but have no match for Tampa or Ottawa or Boston or Philly or Toronto.

    Your team sucks. Begin and Langdon, hahaha. Your offence is too small and will not be able to make it through a physical series. Kovalev, Koivu…give me a break, they will be skating around with sticks in their asses. The only reason that they have as many points as they do is because the league is a watered down joke with so many shit teams in it, that a mediocre team like Montreal can have as many points as they do.

    The only surprise is going to be how fast they go out. My prediction is 5 GAMES no matter who they are playing. They don’t deserve to be there, they are a joke. Montreals stupid requirement for French Canadian players on their team is the reason why they will NEVER win another cup. Bon Voyage Les Habitants! AHHHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA AHHHHHHHHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  3. bubbakazoo says:

    You must be from Toronto with that shit talk. ***** you and die you *****ing s***** bag. Here’s hoping that team of old men from Toronto don’t have heart attacks, you *****ing dipshit.

  4. PurpleHelmet says:

    Where the hell have you been?

  5. Sunnyg says:

    you’re an idiot….

    don’t get me wrong, i don’t think that montreal has much of a chance in the playoffs against elite teams in the eastern conference such as tampa, ottawa and toronto either.

    but your comment that the only reason they have a good record is because they are beating up on the shit teams is garbage…in case you are too dumb to notice, the habs have won 8 out of their last 9 games and in that time they beat Ottawa, New Jersey, and Boston. so they have showed that they can compete with some of the “big boys” in the east.

    also, what is with that comment about the habs requiring french players??? you know, quebec likes local homegrown players just like anywhere else (don’t you hear don cherry always commenting on good old ontario boys?). but people are making it out to be more than what it is…the old days of montreal being divided between the french and the english are long gone.

    in case you haven’t noticed, the captain of the habs (koivu) is not french, yet he is well respected in the city…the GM (bob gainey) is not french, and he has always been very well respected in the city aswell in fact, much more so than the previous french GMs that were there before him such as Andre Savard and Rejean Houle).

    meanwhile, one of the most unpopular players on the team (brisebois) is a local French guy!!!

  6. cgolding says:

    Personally I think that of the teams not really involved in the bottle-neck at the top of the Eastern Conference the Canadiens are a very intruiging and possibly dangerous first round opponent for whoever matches up with them, currently my Flyers(but i think the flyers and devils will wind up together in a 3 v. 6 matchup due to the injury situation that continues to be bothersome for both teams).

    The Canadiens clearly have some scoring present in their lineup, a nice dose of youth and veterans, and a goalie that quite frankly scares me as an opponent. Do I think that Theodore is capable of taking the Habs to the Cup Finals this year? No. However, I do think he’s very capable of stealing a series from one of the “Big 6.”

    However, it gets more interesting from there because the first round in the East is clearly going to claim some casualties. One certainty is that one of Ottawa/Toronto/Boston will not be there, and if I were to pick the four teams that “should” be in the final four of the east I’d prolly give all three a bid and a healthy flyers team the fourth spot. I truly believe that Tampa Bay is for real and a very good team, but their points are padded by the fact that they play in an extremely weak division and prolly would be behind those three in the Northeast, and perhaps even fall behind New Jersey in the Atlantic if they were with better competition on a regular basis. Of course they’ve handed the flyers their a$$es on numerous occasions this year, so that might just be speculation from a philly perspective.

    So, the 2nd round will have the survivor of the Ottawa/Toronto/Boston 4 v. 5 matchup who will in all liklihood be extremely banged up at this point after a hard won series, especially a Boston/Toronto series which could be particularly physical on a scale similar to the Philly/Toronto series last year. I think Tampa Bay will get through to the 2nd round, but as I said, Montreal is definitely capable of an upset, and there is no guarantee that the 3 seed will be able to beat the 6 seed which will in liklihood at the moment be the Devils, but could be the Flyers as well.

    (Assuming Montreal Wins and so forth)

    So then you got Montreal v. Tampa Bay in the 2nd round…. and Philly/NJ v. Ottawa/Toronto/Boston in the other match-up… you seeing how this is working out for the habs yet? if they can get past Tampa Bay at that point, Khabi does have a history of choaking from Phoenix in the playoffs, they could then be facing a very wounded team in the conf. finals.

    You have to imagine, in my scenario, that a Flyers/Devils first round matchup will be very rough on whoever wins. likewise the survivor of the 4 v. 5 will be banged up… then the winner of the Atlantic v. Northeast will once again be extremely rough, especially considering how loaded up these teams have become. And as I said, Tampa Bay is a good team, but they do not have near the physical presence that Philly/Boston/Toronto bring to the table, Montreal might be able to come into the Conf. Finals a much fresher and healthier team. Then, you just gotta show up and it is anyone’s game.

    The Kovalev pick-up if he starts to play is what really makes the Habs interesting, but they need some stuff to work out for them to make it far in the east this year, but I think it possible the way the series are going to line-up if their chips fall right, Theodore comes to play and the other powers knock each other around before Montreal has to deal with their physical presence.

    nevermind the bullox,


  7. PurpleHelmet says:


  8. cgolding says:

    According to, I’m at work don’t have a real dictionary…

    bul·lock ( P ) Pronunciation Key (blk)


    A castrated bull; a steer.

    A young bull.


    [Middle English bullok, from Old English bulluc. See bhel-2 in Indo-European Roots.]

    1 entry found for bollocks.


    v : make a mess of, destroy or ruin [syn: botch, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, blunder, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, ***** up]

    so the NOUN is bullocks (nevermind the bullox(must be noun here))

    the VERB is bollocks… note above.

    and BALLOCKS according to is not a word.

    Even more fun is their explanation from OLD FRIGGIN ENGLISH that the word comes from BULLUC and MIDDLE FRIGGIN ENGLISH BULLUK…

    nevermind the bullox,


  9. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    you just dont get it, awnser me this : are you using the phrase that was made popular by the sex pistols?? (ill awnser for you) YES, in which case your spelling it wrong you moron. man your a retard, do you have disabilitys?

  10. platinumx15 says:

    im actually starting to respect the habs as opposed to my views at the beginning of the season. they are actually earning their respect with their recent play. however, their biggest weakness remains their size which i see going against them if/when they play a series against toronto or philly. with both those teams having big forwards and huge depth, i dont see montreal having much of a chance against them. even if they do manage to get by one of those teams, they will be worn out and will be eliminated in the next round

  11. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    “”don’t get me wrong, i don’t think that montreal has much of a chance in the playoffs against elite teams in the eastern conference such as tampa, ottawa and toronto either.””

    funny how you left out the Flyers and Devils, youve been smoked by the flyers all year, and cant get past these two teams in the recent playoffs….i see your ignorance, dope.

  12. PurpleHelmet says:

    KUBLI is right here. You are a retard. Look at what you wrote. It simply means stop the messing around. How the hell can you explain to mean what nevermind the castrated bull is referring to? Your a retard.

  13. cgolding says:

    i ACTUALLY use it cuz strongbad used it in a cartoon… has nothing to do with the sex pistols directly. and no, no disabilities thank you very much.

    nevermind the bullox,


  14. cgolding says:

    so says the wordsmith of the site,

    i actually didn’t invent the expression, the british did, disregarding any spelling questions that people might raise… so ask them to explain it’s origin. but the understanding i have is that it is basically nevermind the BS…

    nevermind the bullox,


  15. PurpleHelmet says:

    Whenever you are ready you can suck and suck and suck until you rip the blue and white ***** out of my balls bubba-bizatch. You can pass it on to your kids.

    Heart attacks???? We’ve bent you over all year. When’s the last time Montreal was ever top of the conference? Oh Yeah, the beggining of the season before anybody else wins. Watch and learn shitmouth and ask Detroit about all the years of heart attacks they had when they won the cup. Brisbois and Koivu, hahahahahahahaha!

  16. Viller says:

    I’m beginning to respect montreal as a team now, they are finnaly showing they can do it. But I still think they should of went out and get a big center, kinda like Chris Gratton…

    good arcticle too…

  17. Habfanforever says:

    Habs do obviously lack size. I believe they can take the first round, whoever it may be, without it having to be an upset. But futher than that will be luck because I’m not sure they have enough depth to make it through 2nd or 3rd rounds.

  18. Aetherial says:

    You are telling us that if they beat Boston, Tampa, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Ottawa, Toronto…

    those things would not be upsets.

    Yeah, sorry, they would and the Canadiens will play one of those teams.

  19. Aetherial says:

    Well, I think the Canadiens have done a nice job of having a good seasons and a bright future.

    They are not serious contenders though, sorry. The East is just too strong. Even if they manage to upset one of the East powerhouses… they won’t upset 3.

  20. habs_punk says:

    lets see, montreal is 5 back of boston, 9 back of tampa, 1 back of new jersey, 8 back of philly, 6 back of ottawa, and 6 back of TO. when its that tight, even a 9 point difference isnt a big upset if the lower team wins, and certainly not if it was new jersey who is one point ahead of them.

  21. Jack_Laviolette says:

    It’s MONGOLOID, you empty headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! You mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

  22. habs_punk says:

    and i’ll ask you when was the last time the leafs were at the top of the league when the playoffs were over?

  23. habs_punk says:

    flyers i can see you talking about, but the devils are only one point ahead of the habs, whats so “elite” about them?

  24. Jack_Laviolette says:

    Yes, welfare and freedom of speech is a dangerous mix sometimes. Some people just can’t handle it, like you and your cousin Kubli. How about you getting out of your mother’s basement and taking a shot at life? It might be scary at first, but for you, it’s definately worth it. Who knows, you could meet a girl and find something you’re good at, maybe even make some friends?

  25. Montrealsdogg says:

    the irony of the statement.. trying to sound smart when you don’t know that YOU ARE in short is spelt you’re not your.. get real as well please

  26. Montrealsdogg says:

    yet again another one that does not know that YOU ARE in short is you’re not your…

  27. Montrealsdogg says:

    people will only take you seriously the day that Stanley parks in Toronto… anybody willing to bet it’ll be as long as Boston have been waiting for a World Series?

  28. Montrealsdogg says:

    Montreal should have gone and get a big forward, and a steady d-man but with the top 4 center spots taken, i don’t think Gratton would have fit the need.

    i think Witt and Grier from Washington would have/could have been good fits, but perhaps the price was a bit much.

  29. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    when a guys wrong hes wrong, Ive got no problem with the habs, I actually like them, they are a part of hockey history, there is no question. I also respect the Leafs and all Canadian teams for that matter….its the birthplace of this great sport for Christ sake and the history behind it. My quam is with the BOLLOCKS reference, nothing more. Your taking it as an attack at the Has when its not…..

  30. telavian says:

    …. and I unclog my nose in your direction, sons of a window dresser. I’ll wave my private parts at your aunties, you English bed-wetting types. I burst my pimples at you, you tiny-brained whoppers of other peoples bottoms! Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

  31. Jack_Laviolette says:

    I appreciate the credit you give to the Habs, however my rant was about the senseless name-calling and childish provocation that’s going on around here on a regular basis. I myself would prefer to see ‘bullocks’, out of respect for the Sex Pistols, but that doesn’t justify calling someone a retard, and I don’t beleive anybody comes here for the quality of written english. If you can’t express yourself without insulting people, like local clown PurpleAnnoyance, don’t expect much sympathy from me.

  32. Jack_Laviolette says:

    Go and boil your bottoms, son of a silly person!

  33. kingbobert says:

    Quintal and juneau are probably retireing after this season…quintal might play one more unless there’s a lockout

    now on to that purple monkeyd toronto fan…

    As far as i know the main goal in a an nhl season in order to be considered and succesful season is to win lord stanleys cup…

    that being said…toronto is so mighty and big right??? wrong…i dont care how good you are in the regular season when you cant win a cup for 37 years let alone make to the finals…

    montreal is on a 10 year drought…

    B) with the lockout, if there is one, toronto will lose half it’s players…if not they’ll lose the to old age…while montreal will part with oldies like quintal and juneau…wait thats it…and will be replaced by komisarek and higgins or an other prospect what will toronto do? rely on stajan and coliacovo?…..

    ya…good stuff…

    win a cup first and then brag all you want

  34. kovalev says:

    Thats what they said about Boston, but Montreal did get by them

  35. kovalev says:

    Yeah, but Detroits players might be old, but they are good, The Leafs are old and there players are crap.

    and you can go ahead and laugh abouit Koivu and Brisebois all you want, I laugh everytime I see Marchment because I remember Rivet punching him out

  36. Sunnyg says:

    hey dispshit,

    1. the main reason that i didn’t mention the flyers and devils is because of their current injury situation…the loss of players such as JR, primeau, desjardins etc… is significant.

    the reason i didn’t mention the devils is that they are nowhere near as strong without a healthy stevens and rafalski…they don’t know when/if stevens is coming back, and rafalski is already playing on a slightly injured knee.

    without these players, i think the flyers and devils may be a slight notch below some of the other teams in the conference….obviously, if these players come back, they are both definitely among the favourites out of the east.

    2. the flyers have NOT been “smoking” the habs all year long (in your words)…in case you are too dumb to realize otherwise, the flyers won the first game 5-0, the habs won the last game 4-1 and the flyers won the other game by one goal in the final 2 minutes of play (3-2)…that is hardly what i would refer to as a one-sided season series.

    so who’s the ignorant dope now?

  37. 24cups says:

    Kovalev will play with Ribeiro and Rydey tonight…

    …I can’t wait to see that!!!

  38. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    uh, i was talking about Toronto……….and the Devils are the defending champs…………….and those players you mentiond that the flyers were missing will be back soon……………….uh….uh…uh…….just thought it was funny how you left them out considering they have been atop or within a point or two of the top of the NHL ALL SEASON, and im the ignorant dope? better check yourself………..(not just for skid marks)!

  39. nelsog says:

    Here’s the way I see the first round matching up for the Habs.

    I don’t see anyone taking the Lightning out of the First spot by the end of the year and the neither the Isles nor Buffalo will take the 7 spot from the Habs (pray for no breakdowns).

    That leaves Philly (NJD will not take the Atlantic and probably will not get past the first round-shaky all around) and the Northeast Contenders. Let’s face it the Habs will not take this title. But for anyone else it’s up for grabs. Ottawa will probably come out on top here, Boston is not strong enough to hold on with their upcoming schedule and Toronto has some very tough games coming up.

    If Ottawa takes the Division I think they will take the #2 seat from Philly (they have looked very shaky lately). This leaves us with an Ottawa-Montreal match-up. I’m sorry, I know all Canadian fans hate two Canadians teams playing in the first round but I think it’s the way it will all come together.

    This series will be tough to win for the Habs but they could do it. The one variable that matters most here is goaltending as Komic-J said. Theodore will be forced to make some huge save to win games. But on the other side Lalime has not looked up to par this year and has looked down right pathetic at times. None the less, he is still a solid goalie who can be expected to save the shots he should. As for stealing a game, I don’t think he has the ability like Theodore. Ottawa is tough on D and speedy up front and Lalime will probably not be called on to steal a game against the Habs. Montreal must play their defensive game and wait for opportunities to open up (Lalime gives up some of the juiciest rebounds in the game. As long as Zednick, Dagenais,Ryder and the rest can keep themselves in front of the net they will be given some good opportunities to score. This (theoretical) series is going to be tough but I think Montreal can win.

    Second round-Isles or Buffalo will be gone and the Habs will take on Tampa. The Habs have had a tough time with both Florida teams this year and I’m not going to speculate on this series.

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