Canadiens Almost Ready for October
With hockey approaching rather quickly, teams are getting last minute signings and trades to try and start the season on a winnning note. The Canadiens have been rather quiet and still NEED to ink Jose Theodore. The Canadiens main priority is to sign Jose Theodore, reports have it he is seeking a one year deal worth 6-6.5 million. It is more than likely he will remain in a Habs jersey. It still remains unclear on the possibility on Doug Gilmour coming back to lead the team once again with Saku Koivu still may be recovering from chemo therapy treatments for Abdominal cancer.
The look of the team looks like a possible playoff contender by adding some grit, speed and offensive skills. They made sure they kept some size by resigning big forward Chad Kilger just days ago. Today the Habs brought back the coaching staff by resigning head coach Michel Therrien and Assistant coaches Rick Green and Roland Melanson. Melanson has done a great job in his part in developing Jose Theodore into a great butterfly goalie and superstar.
Fourth liners Shaun Van Allen and Arron Asham will not be returning next year. Van Allen was signed by Ottawa and should boost thier penalty kill. Asham left as part of the deal that sent Mariusz Czerkawski to Montreal, Asham will boost thier aggresion and can add some goals when given ice-time. Czerkawski on the other hand was brought in to boost Montreal’s much needed offense. They also added grit with the addition of veteran grinder Randy Mckay.
Another key signing this off-season was the signing of thier # 1 draft pick in 2001 defenseman Michael Komisarek. Komisarek chose to leave the University of Michigan to try professional hockey and will probably splitt the year in the NHL and AHL.