Four points in four first NHL games: sent back down…

On first glance it looks crazy that the Habs have sent rookie Maxime Lappierre back to Hamilton after he scored three goals and an assist in his first four NHL games, and looked great doing it.

However with Steve Begin coming back from injury, either Garth Murray or Aaron Downey would have had to go, except there is a holiday freeze on transactions. Meaning they stay temporarily with the team and the only guy who doesn’t have to clear waivers, Lappierre, goes down.

Worry not Habs fans, who drool at the chemistry Lappierre shows with Latendresse; as soon as the freeze is lifted, he will be swapped with Murray or Downey. Mark my words. 🙂

16 Responses to Four points in four first NHL games: sent back down…

  1. HabsRUs says:

    Exactly. Lappierre will be back before we know it. I guess this just goes to show how much depth we really have.

  2. Komic-J says:

    I actually wouldn’t mind losing Garth Murray. In fact, I would be praying for another team to take him on the waivers, even if we have to pay half of his salary, which would be around $250,000.

    I know Lapierre’s gonna come back, he played too well not to be called back in Montreal. But honestly, can we really expect to get something in return of Garth Murray ?!?

  3. Habroller says:

    It would still be better to have a 7th round pick rather than covering half of his salary.

    I’d prefer keeping him in the organisation, though. The guy is still very young and showed interesting things last year. I’d still prefer him in Hamilton than any other places…

  4. moosehockey says:

    They sent him down because he doesn’t have to clear waivers and and the freeze on transactions doesn’t allow them to send players down but you can still call them up at any point… so if for any reason Begin cannot play they can still call him up.

  5. robinson19 says:

    Strangely, when Gainey traded Marcel Hossa for Murray, it turned out to be a great trade last year: Murray brought it every night and contributed energy, two things Hossa never did. But now it seems like he’s regressed a little….

  6. robinson19 says:

    which is awsome..

  7. mtl_prince says:

    he didnt get 4 points in his first 4 games. he played his first nhl game last year and didnt register a point.

  8. Les-Habitants says:

    Yah, I noticed that too on but I don’t think he got any ice time, was kinda just on the bench in case or something…if he did, it was minute

  9. openclose says:

    yes that is true. and also one of his goals was an Empty net. But he did bring hustle and that youthful ambition to prove himself.

  10. Freak says:

    I liked Garth Murray a lot last year, but I also wouldn't be sad to see him go. Not a huge loss if he goes. Plus Lapierre , Begin and Latendresse could be a killer 4th line, a pure energy, and physical line. Murray seems like the odd man out, cause we gotta keep Downey who's a great locker room and morale guy.

  11. TheDonkey says:

    I have not had the opportunity to see much of the Habs.  I am sure this will be a pretty biased post site, but where is all this depth coming from?  Are these guys that deep or are they going to come back to Earth sometime soon?

  12. robinson19 says:

    If I'm not mistaken he never dressed…

  13. habswinthecup-again says:

     How many emptynet goals did Gretzky score? about 75 and the still count.

  14. rojoke says:

    He did dress.  He played one game, about three minutes, went 1-1 in the faceoff circle and was -1.

  15. habsfan09 says:

    I'm still a fan of Murray. He's a great forechecker, terrific speed, never lets us down on D, and drops the gloves with anyone. He's never going to put up significant offensive numbers but he always puts in a great effort when he's called upon.

  16. RealisticNick says:

    Go to that is where the depth is, Montreal is and has been ranked high for years, their prospects are starting to come in now from 2001, 2002, and 2003, look out cause 04,05 contain guys like Price, Chipchura, S.Kostsitsyn and Grabovsky.

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