Habs Rant

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey hasn’t given up on upgrading his team through free agency. Gainey confirming to CJAD’s Abe Hefter that although the Habs lost out on the Brendan Shanahan sweepstakes, he believes there’s talent remaining out there that could help the Canadiens, up front. Gainey, at the Martin Lapointe Arena to watch the prospects take to the ice, says it became pretty clear that unrestricted free agent economics would prevent the Canadiens from signing more than one player. And with plenty of wiggle room left within the salary cap, there’s money to spend — for the right player, added the GM.

Now that we know Bob is still shopping, I just wanna know for who and when he’ll drop the bomb. As each day goes by the Marquee free agency window closes and players of the likes of Samsonov, Sykora, GAGNE eventually sign on with other teams and the habs are left sitting an wondering why them and not us?

I’ll tell you why, lack of agression, both on and off the ice. We are not agressive in pursuing anyone of substancial caliber. How many all-stars do we have on our team???? Koivu, Kovalev, Souray’s bionic wrists.

I was almost certain Shanahan was gonna sign, but instead he elected to go with the Rangers stating that he was looking forward to a new “challenge”. New York a challenge??? There is nothing more challenging than playing right here in the media sespool of Montreal, where you can go from hero to zero back to hero in one hockey game, now if you ask me thats a challenge, but i digress from why I am leaving this post.

The Habs need to do something big and soon. Gagne wants out of Philly, the down side is that he is restricted, otherwise you know he would have signed elsewhere. I suggest a trade, Aeibischer, Bulis and a 2nd round draft pic for Gagne straight up, if Clarke doesn’t like that offer toss in Zednik and keep the draft pick.

Now if I am not mistaken Samsonov and Peca are UFA’s, Hello Bobby???? One thing to say,

Samsonov – Koivu – Kovalev = at least a 40- 50 goal scorer ( likely Kovy Or Sammy as Koivu is a set up man ) as for Peca, place him on a line with Perezhoginadn Pleanec.

Another thing I just noticed is on the Habs active roster there are 6 centermen, 5 Right wingers, 1 left winger and 7 defencemen??? Is it just me or do we need to do something about that.

Look I know I sound like i’m complaining but I just don’t want the habs to a) have the most cap room at the beginning of the season and have no proven goal scorer and b ) have one of our biggest rivals aquire a player we have been pursuing or mentioned wanting… i.e. Sykora, Gagne, Samsonov.

Thanks fro reading and remember THE DRIVE FOR 25 IS ALIVE!!!!!


9 Responses to Habs Rant

  1. magnifikko says:

    ok….

    1st off…gagne doesnt want to leave Philly, he already stated that of the Habs make an offer philly would equallize it.

    2nd….bulis is a free agent, u cannot trade him to Philly…

    3rd…ur trade is stupid…no one wants Zednik, and why would they want aebisher?? they got nitimaky(sorry spelling)

    4th..Gainey already expressed his idea of leaving 1 rooster spot to a rookie.

    5th…U cannot sign someone just for the heck of it..if ur player isnt there then just wait to find another one that u want, not just some garbage.

    Anyways…ur post is ur opinion…

  2. habsoverserver says:

    Patience. There will be better deals at the trade deadline.

  3. Les-Habitants says:

    While magnifikko did mention some of the holes in your post, I think your opinion represents a number of Habs fans. Yes, we wanted to see some change as a lot of us felt that one or two aquisition could shore up our team.

    But let Gainey do his thing. While he admitted that he had been pursuing two different players who opted to go elsewhere (speculated to be Elias and Shanahan), there are still players whom he is in discussion with.

    Also, a lot of teams have put themselves up against the cap space without even a full team i.e. New Jersey. Look for some trades, at which point the cap space will work in out advantage.

  4. shanahan1014 says:

    Honestly man if the Habs want Gagne they will have to give up probably Aebischer if Philly wants him since Esche and Nittymaki are shaki but Anterro will turn into a great goalie in a few years so i doubt it meaning we will have to give them proabably Souray, Ribeiro or Zednik a top prospect like Latendresse, Chipchura or Segei Kostitsyn and probably a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

  5. shanahan1014 says:

    Honestly man if the Habs want Gagne they will have to give up probably Aebischer if Philly wants him since Esche and Nittymaki are shaky but Anterro will turn into a great goalie in a few years so i doubt it meaning we will have to give them probably Souray or Aebischer depending on if they want a goalie or not, Ribeiro or Zednik a top prospect like Latendresse, Chipchura or Segei Kostitsyn and probably a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

  6. habs_fan_in_korea says:

    I feel the same way, we are one player away for the drive for 25.

  7. LuckyLuc98 says:

    Habs rant is all about Gainey doing his job. Again our Gm has sneeked out a trade no one had any speculation of, I’m talking about Mike Johnson heading to yea you guessed it Montreal. Althought this didnt come without a salary dump, which meant the sacrifice of Zednik he’s headin back where he came from, Washington! Now why don’t you rant on that!

  8. Eh-Oh says:

    Per rds.ca:

    To Montreal: Mike Johnson

    To Phoenix: 4th round pick

    To Washington: Richard Zednik

    To Montreal: 3rd round pick

    http://rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/208393.html

  9. lesglorieux says:

    and we got Samsonov!!

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