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.


17 Responses to Canadiens Almost Ready for October

  1. titans says:

    Les Habs puer!!!

  2. Avalanche114 says:

    I think the Canadiens are more than ready for next year, however they do need to sign Theodore soon, but i doubt that he will go elsewhere. I heard Doug Gilmour was done, i wasn’t aware that was still an issue.

  3. habs_88_4life says:

    N it is still an issue he is un-restricted and is waiting t making his decision soon based on the look of the team.

  4. PeterPuck says:

    Gilmour will be returning next year. Theo will be signed. and the Habs will have saku better than ever, sort like Lance johnson, Saku has been training very heavily this summer to make up for lost time. Don’t except alot in return for Hackett when he goes, it will be more of a salary dump, maybe a 2nd /3rd rounder and a big forward with cement hands

  5. YingYan says:

    Someone said that when you criticise so many french dudes in a thread it had to be you using another alias, hope he was wrong.

    ;p

  6. titans says:

    Huh??? What the hell are you talkin about?

  7. Habfan1234 says:

    I read on TheFourthPeriod.com that Gilmour is coming back for one more year with the Habs. He has been training like he will play another season. Theo and Zednik will be signed and hopefully the team will be relativley injury free this season. They have 4 decent lines and this is what they may look like:

    Czerkawski-Koivu-Audette

    Zednik-Gilmour-Petrov

    Dackell-Perrault-McKay

    Kilger-Juneau-Lindsay/Odjick/Hossa/Riberio

    The defensive pairings will stay relativley the same with the addition of Ron Hainsey.

    For the first time in many years the Canadiens can boast about having a team with depth. The canadiens will be better and may move up to become one of the top six in the East.

  8. titans says:

    I think you got Perrault and Gilmour mixed up didn’t you? Perrault is your second line center isn’t he?

  9. McCabe_24 says:

    Where’s Jan Bulis in your lineup? I think he’ll be 4th line for sure.

  10. bluntman says:

    lets just get this point across, without Theodore the habs are on the rebuilding list. and surely after his amazing playoff workout, i’d say there are alot of teams eyeing him. hey, maybe pat quinn will get his head outta his ass and sign this kid. he only has 10 million in spare change. but once again, what’s the chances of seeing Theodore in the blue and white, meh, problably slim to none. at least try mr. quinn

  11. Habfan1234 says:

    Perrault was suposed to be the teams second line centre but Gilmour played so well with Zednik and Petrov. Because of Gilmour’s great play in the latter part of the season and the playoffs he is the teams second line centre.

  12. Habfan1234 says:

    If and when Gilmour announces that he is playing another season the Habs would have 11 of thier 12 spots already filled and I think that Lindsay played well enough to merrit being the teams 12th foreward. Jobs are going to be hard to come by for the fringe players on the Habs (Bulis is now one) because of the added depth. The only foreward that I want Montreal to find a spot for is Marcel Hossa.

  13. leafs123212000 says:

    And what, have a 7 million dollar drunk back up goalie?

  14. habs_88_4life says:

    What are you talking about they have to trade for him 1st which isn’t gonna happen the leafs have noone good enough for Theodore. Plus Montreal wouldn’t trade him for antone !!!

  15. Lint07 says:

    Theo is a RFA. No need for any team to trade for him. They only have to make an offer, and then Montréal can match it.

    If not Montréal will receive the next 5 first round draft pick of the other team.

    You can bet your mom it won’t happen.

  16. zednik says:

    The Leafs should try picking on a team who doesn’t have the payroll to match the offer.

    There is no team in the NHL that needs a goaltender that bad to risk their top 5 picks for him. The Leafs have much bigger issues now then golatending and I think the Leaf Brass may frown on having a 6.5 MIllion dollar back-up goalie.

    -Z

  17. Nevermind says:

    Theodore is a huge part of the team, but Hackett can hack it. If Theodore wants to ruin his career by asking for too much money at his young age, he can go bury it elsewhere. With new depth at defence and a more reliable offence, Hackett will be more than enough to do better than last year.

    Hackett took like 10 years (I’m not sure exactly how long the guy as been in the leauge anymore) to make up to 4 million a year and in only about 4 to 5 years Theodore wants 6?!! That’s crazy…

    I’ll be a little disapointed if he doesn’t sign but I have faith in Hackett and the rest of the team…

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