In Bob We Trust? The Long Road into February…

When does a coach lose control of a team?
When does the team stop picking up what he is metaphorically putting down?
No matter how good a coach you have, if he cannot get a team on board. He has to go.

I remember the very moment that Marc Crawford lost control of his team. It was about five minutes after the Bertuzzi-Moore incident, which Crawford could have easily prevented from happening. Guys like Naslund and Linden. Both veterans, lost total respect for the coach, while physically still sitting on the bench.
Jacques Demers. You can only be everyone’s best friend for so long before the inmates start running the asylum.
Mike Keenan…pick an era.
Mario Trembley – 5 minutes after he was hired.
Kevin Constantine – The first time he sat Spezza.
Etc

Guy Carbonneau is on that precipice.
He is a fantastic student of the game. He has learned from the best and has developed his own style along the way. He is a good coach and he is a brilliant mind.
Having said that, after Saturday’s 5-2 lose to the lowly Leafs…. Something has got to give. He is no longer in charge of this team. Period. Kovalev is.

Price looked pissed off at his D the entire night and simply gave up trying in the third.

Bouliion used to bowl over guys twice his size. He is no longer effective in the strength department. He simply gets beat down low way too often and he missed a gaping wide net. It would have put the Habs up 1-0 and made for a brand new game.

Has anyone seen all-star Mike Komisarek block a shot in the last month or two? He used to lead that catagory. Yet, he is always the first one to proclaim to the media that everyone needs to be accountable. Guess what Mike… You are not an all-star until you get voted in legitimately. The NHL.com voting fiasco will not happen next year. Mark my words.

Higgins, Plekanec, Sergei / Andrei Kositsyn and Andrei Markov can not hit the side of a barn wall with the puck right now. They, collectively, must have missed the net 20 times on Friday and Saturday.

And… Alexei Kovalev. trade him, trade him, trade him! For a man who claims to be trying very hard to get his game back…. here is one suggestion… Alex, if you can’t score, try helping out your goalie once and a while. He will apreciate it and you might even create some turnovers. Kovy has become the 2009 version of Pavel Bure. Remember him? Circle around your own blue line while your goalie gets pelted and if it squirts out, you have a clear breakaway. Most importantly, he is not even remotely interested in what Mr. Carbonneau has to say.

Bob Gainey is the final culprit in this debate. He didn’t exactly send warm and fuzzy feelings through the dressing room when asked about the “impending” trade with Tampa for Vinny Lecavalier. He said to one reporter…
“We don’t really talk about trade rumors. If I don’t talk about them, our players don’t hear about them and that’s likely the best way to go about it. What happens in any of these situations, whether it’s Marian Gaborik or [Jay] Bouwmeester, those names come up for different reasons, and if we’re involved, we like to do it quietly and be able to announce when something happens, rather than talk about it endlessly.”
“At this time of year, we’re working with the team we have now,” Gainey continued. “We’re looking to maybe reinforce our team according to the analysis and information we get from our club. We’re always available. There’s a price for everything. And if we have a chance at an impact player, we would evaluate the cost and see what happened.”.
Not exactly a vote of confidence. Since this comment, the team has been horrific.
So, Bob your options have now changed. At this point he should either…
a) Give your goalie a vote of confidence (he needs it right now)
b) Give your coach a vote of confidence (This sends a strong message to any detracters on the team)
c) Make a trade. This team needs a shake-up. I am in favour of patience before turning into a Mike Milbury, but Bob… Are you still alive?

Reports out of Montreal through La Presse indicate that Guy Carbonneau is fed up. He booked a day-off practice in Brossard at their wonderful new faciity and bag skated them for 15 minutes today. He originally wanted to skate them hard for an hour, but was talked down by Bob and the rest of the training staff.

When the veterens stop listening to the coach, it is really hard to get through to guys like Pacioretty, D’Agostini and Jorges. Monkey see, Monkey do…

Here is what I think is going to happen…

Forget Vinny. He is too expensive in terms of picks and future players. He is playing well right now and Montreal’s players’ values are going down day by day.

Boumeester will be coveted by every team in the league. This leads to a bidding war. Montreal at this point hasn’t got the roster players to give up to allow Florida to continue a drive towards the playoffs. Anything less than the playoffs this year for Florida will be catastophic.

So… Here are the possible scenarios

1) They are going to go on this road trip and show some signs of hope. The players’ value goes up, thus a trade will be made. My guess coming out of Vancouver is Ohlund for Jorges and Ben Maxwell. They will get a long hard look at Ohlund on the current trip and Maxwell is from Vancouver.

2) They go out on this road trip and don’t show any signs that they are coming together as a group. Guy is met at the airport by Bob Gainey and George Gillett. Bob takes over coaching the team.
Kovalev is traded away for far less than he is worth as a player, but far more than he is worth as a teammate. My guess, Mason Raymond, Keith Tchachuk or Skippy the Wonder Clown. Plekanec is sent packing for someone who will actually stand in front of the net. Cole or Langenbrunner. Price sees some time in the AHL for (Conditioning) and Montreal squeaks into the playoffs.

Roster Guys you don’t trade –
Lapierre, Pacioretty, Latendresse, Halak (Price is a head case again) , Price (After seeing a shrink he should work out his Kovalev-induced anger management issues), Markov, Komisarek, Kostopolous & D’Agostini.

Roster Guys you do –
Kovalev, Higgins, Plekanec, Georges Laraque (I love this guy, but nobody will fight him), O’Byrne, Boulion, Sergei Kositsyn, Steve Begin (He is slowing down) & Dandenault.

Guys you bring up.
Chipchurra, Maxwell and Weber.

It all should become clear in the next coming weeks, but this cannot and will not continue.

C


71 Responses to In Bob We Trust? The Long Road into February…

  1. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Schenn was drafted ahead of Filatov, and you think schenn and a 1st for Filatov is a good deal. What I find amazing is that you THINK that, and at the same time think I'm irrational when it comes to trades. the pot most certainly is calling the kettle black my friend.

    Do leaf fans make insane trade proposals? abesolutely. but Hab fans are just as guilty if not moreso, and YOU specificly are guilty of such.

  2. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    "Please you could throw your mother in the mixt and still that wouldn't get you VRD or Filatov!"

    You're right, but that certainly doesn't mean you're not a complete idiot guilty of the same thing you are charging.

    "Even the Toronto MPL Manager knows Antropov isn't worth sh-t"

    Again, I have both statistically, and Logically pointed out that Antropov is Valuable. Is he Filatov or VRD valuable? nope. But is he late 1st round pick valuable? absolutely. If you don't believe me, you have to look at the many players who have gone for a 1st or more at the deadline (Ryan Smyth went for 3 1sts, and he's never scored 70 points in a season). I'm not saying Antropov is better than Smyth, I'm saying you have to look at history and see that players like Antropov are valueble assets at the trade deadline.

  3. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    "your not going to get much for antropov!"

    whats your basis for this claim, and what do you think he will get? In 06-07 Tkachuk scored 20 goals and 43 points (Antropov is on pace for 25 goals and 55 points) and was dealt for Metropolit, and a 1st,2nd,3rd. By that comparison you have to believe Antropov can fetch at least a 1st round pick no?

    "if we want bouwmeester i can promise you that we could out bid you guys for his services!"

    Good, I hope the habs go after him. I get giddy thinking of the prospects and picks the habs will lose on a guy who wont bring them the cup and will walk on July 1.

    "it's funny you guys say no one wants higgins but you guys almost had him last year as a packge for sundin"

    Dont forget the leafs once almost acquired a 5th round pick for letting Calgary talk to Cujo. Its not like the trade was Higgins for Sundin.

    "if we go after kaberle he's certinly be part of the deal"

    HAHA, If Higgins is so great why are you so anxious to get rid of him? I assure you that habs will most likely not acquire kaberle, and if they do it will cost them a lot more than Higgins, halak, Plecs, and all the other guys you think can quantitativly get you a superstar.

  4. ICELIZARD says:

    The Habs biggest problem is the absence of a "real" defenceman coach.  Captain Kirk is probably good buddies with carbo, but that doesn't make him an expert with the defensive aspect of the game.  Their are lots of former d-man that would fit the bill…  Just with the extended Canadiens family, their is:
    – Eric Desjardins
    – Larry Robinson
    – Guy Lapointe
    – Chris Chelios (if he ever decides to retire)
    – Etc.

    All of whom would bring instant credibility to the d-man core and with it an actual system and proper defence technics. 

    Will a d-man coach solve all the wowes the Habs are presently experiencing?  NO, of course not.  But you need to start somewhere!  Rome wasn't built in a day, neither is a Stanley Cup champion.

    I'll close by saying just a few weeks ago, the red wings lost 6 games in a row…  Yet, they are still one of the most feared teams in the league and didn't proceed with trading their top scorers that were not producing at the time.  People tend to forget that at one point, Montreal was playing with 7 regulars out of the lineup, including what was their #1 line (Koivu-Tanguay-Higgins).  Presently, they are playing without Lang (best center to this point), Tanguay and Latendresse, whom with Lapierre was playing great until his injury.  Yes, D'Agostini & Pacioretty are doing a good job for the Habs.  But, when it's gut-check time, you want your veterans to be your best players.  Yes, down the stretch, it will be up to Koivu, Kovalev, Markov & Hamrlik to carry this team and lead by example.  The Habs will only go as far as these four players will take them.

  5. ICELIZARD says:

    The Habs biggest problem is the absence of a "real" defenceman coach.  Captain Kirk is probably good buddies with carbo, but that doesn't make him an expert with the defensive aspect of the game.  Their are lots of former d-man that would fit the bill…  Just with the extended Canadiens family, their is:
    – Eric Desjardins
    – Larry Robinson
    – Guy Lapointe
    – Chris Chelios (if he ever decides to retire)
    – Etc.

    All of whom would bring instant credibility to the d-man core and with it an actual system and proper defence technics. 

    Will a d-man coach solve all the wowes the Habs are presently experiencing?  NO, of course not.  But you need to start somewhere!  Rome wasn't built in a day, neither is a Stanley Cup champion.

    I'll close by saying just a few weeks ago, the red wings lost 6 games in a row…  Yet, they are still one of the most feared teams in the league and didn't proceed with trading their top scorers that were not producing at the time.  People tend to forget that at one point, Montreal was playing with 7 regulars out of the lineup, including what was their #1 line (Koivu-Tanguay-Higgins).  Presently, they are playing without Lang (best center to this point), Tanguay and Latendresse, whom with Lapierre was playing great until his injury.  Yes, D'Agostini & Pacioretty are doing a good job for the Habs.  But, when it's gut-check time, you want your veterans to be your best players.  Yes, down the stretch, it will be up to Koivu, Kovalev, Markov & Hamrlik to carry this team and lead by example.  The Habs will only go as far as these four players will take them.

  6. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    The word is that he overdosed on some statistics, was saved, enrolled in a detox facility for a 28-day stay, relapsed after watching his beloved Pens crash and burn and was last seen pushing a shopping cart along the interstate mumbling to himself:

    "But we have Crosby, Malkin and the Flower", over and over again.

  7. LeafsNation91 says:

    Yay, Antropov scored again tonight!

  8. LeafsNation91 says:

    Yay, Antropov scored again tonight!

  9. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    I believe he said first it was Kaberle which makes it somewhat close maybe needing tweaking. Whatever way you slice it it is still better than the Higgins or Pleks plus the Kostitsyn's for every team's best player rumors that I hear going around. Even one clown of a habs fan suggested Kostitsyns plus Lang who is out for the entire season and possibly his career for Malkin a top 3 player in the world! As for Nik, Burkey may not feel that he is as bad as he mentioned him to be (though he must think that to a certain extent.) I think it's just a case of making everyone accountable like Ron Wilson has done from the start. He's trying to light a fire under him and look he scored a goal. We'll see what happens.

  10. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    Coming from a guy who seems to idolize one of the most ignorant men in hockey history this means a lot.

    Antropov can put up probably at the very least 55 – 60 points a season and if he reaches his full potential (no 16 game slumps) he could reach at least 70. Even if he never reaches it, to get a guy who can put up around 60 points, can intimidate guys when he wants to just based on size, and is one of the better players in the deflections/screens department. Tons of teams would want a guy like that unfortunately now that Burke has called him out it will take a monster performance from now until March 4 to get him out of here, most teams will wait till free agent season.

    Filatov for Schenn AND a 1st? Schenn is already a full time NHL defenseman while Filatov has struggled to find a place in COLUMBUS!!! Schenn was also drafted ahead of him. He is a future captain and more valuable to our team than Filatov. As for Bouwmeester you can take him. While you trade your whole future away (you won't get J-BO with your roster players) we will be trading FOR the future. As for Pleks, the guy is a 3rd liner who can only put up 2nd line numbers when guys like Kovalev are really on their game. We're seeing this year what he is really capable of when his linemates aren't being superstars. To call him one of your better centers shows that you aren't much better off than the Leafs.

  11. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    About Higgins I would have been glad to accept him for the rights for Montreal to talk to him because you would have given him to us for free. Higgins is a decent guy certainly a good enough guy to get for free. We all knew Sundin wasn't coming back and he certainly wasn't signing in Montreal. So we would have had Higgins for the right for you to be the first one shut down by Mats. Higgins is okay but he's not worth any of the top guys in the league, not even close.

  12. arigold says:

    Hey, I hate to say i told you so, but as i predicted quite some time ago, the wheels have come off this bus.

    Remember back to the beginning of last year, when even Habs fans were confident they were going to miss the playoffs.  Next thing you know, yet another shot in the dark attempt at a goalie seems to work for a while in Price, and then these dumbass Habs fans are calling for a Cup.  Get F'n serious. 

    Kovalev is a headcase who can't be counted on.  Laraque was a stupid signing because no one fights in the playoffs, which is where the Habs got roughed up anyways.  Lang and Tanguay were desperate attempts at improvement.  Combine that with Carey Price's off season surgery to remove the horseshoe from his ass, and there you have it.

    Listen, I'm a Leafs fan, and I know we suck right now.  I don't have a problem admitting it.  But if I have to listen to retarded fans from other teams like the Habs talk about how great they are when they are actually shitty, i don't think thats fair.

    At the end of this season, the Habs will have probably 15 more points than the Leafs, they may or may not make the playoffs, and the huge list of Free Agents will leave them up shit creek for next year. 

    Oh, and by the way, i wonder how everyone thinks Bob Gainey is doing, this being the 5th year of his 5 year rebuilding plan for the Habs.  I'm willing to say that if his plan was in fact to be the 12th best team in the NHL, then he's definitely succeeded. 

    Habs, what a joke.

  13. bigscoup says:

    You say you know your team sucks now.My question is……When haven't you sucked.The joke is a team that in 40+ years can not build a winner!!!!!!!

    L osers
    E ven
    A fter
    F orty
    S easons

  14. argonacon says:

    i dont like kovalev and i hve never liked kovlev. he is a wimp and a winer and a little crybaby. it was nice last season when he was scoring all those goals but what was i saying last year? trade him trade him trade him!!! his value had never been higher! and now, look at this pathetic team. they would be far better without him. imagine if they sent him away for a decent defenseman and a #1 pick. they probably would have gotten that last year. koivu is the heart of the team and youll see that he'll be the one leadin this team out of this current slump. it'll be koivu and higgins and lapierre and komisarek and price that will play themselves
     sick to get out of this mess….

    but kovalev is a cancer. he is like ribeiro but worse! i know he is a good player in dallas right now but he was a cancer fr the habs in the dressing room at the time and while that trade miht seem lopsided now, he had to ggo and so does kovalev. i havent always agreed with carbo as a coach, but if i were to pick between gettin rid of kovalev or getting rid of carbo, i would choose carbo everytime.

    here's what i say we do….trade kovalev to a team who needs an extra push to make the playoffs. a team that will need a bit more of a veteran pressence. we've all heard it before: youth gets you to the playoffs, and the old vets are the ones that bring you the cup. so, i say trade kovi to say, florida panthers, or maybe the blackhawks….or even edmonton? if ales hemsky needs his winger, they may work out very well together. kovalev might be what they need to make the playoffs. it's already been suggested that pittsburgh might be a destination. vancouver might really benifit from his help. the blue jackets are really trying to make a push for the playoffs and he might help them. i know this will sound crazy, cause la's big problem has for years been the net, but quick is looking alright right now, and heck, he could be the veteran pressence they need to squeak into the playoffs…..

    so, i say this: trade kovi for a 2nd and a 4th. most of those teams i just listed have good prospect depth, and could use the veteran pressence. could use a talented winger. and most of them wouldnt mid giving up those two draft picks for a player like kovalev. the habs draft really well, and that will land them some more players for the future, or trade bait for a future deal, and they'll get kovi out of the dressing room so the true leaders on the team can start to show the world what they're made of instead of loin to hotshop mvp to be saved, baptized, married and burried. kovalev will do well too because i think getting him out of montreal and off the habs is exactly the kind of grounding move that will light a fire under his ass. i say it works out well for any team involved.

    now, i know some people will cry foul when  say kovy for a 2nd and a 3rd. maybe he's worth a 1st straight up…or a 1st and a 3r. there are certainly some teams who may be willing to pay that for him. maybe even through in a prospect! and it would be AMAZING to trade kovy for a 1st and a solid 2nd line d-man who can pick minute off sluggish hammer and to prevent o'bynre from playing on the team. but one can only hope.

    o'bynre will be a good dman one day. he needs more time to develop. i say keep him in hamilton, and the summer will do him good, shake the cobwebs, and next year he'll be playing like gorges was the beggining of this summer.

    anyways, that's my take on this situation. it's a kovalev ego problem, get him out for whatver you can gain for him and youll be better off. a team taking on troublesome kovalev for the next few months will robably benifit greatly from his talents. he has proven himself to be a solid playoff player and is definately one of the most talented wingers in the game. he really deserved the allstar mvp just as much as anyone else who would have gotten it if it hadnt been held in montreal this year, really. i know the mvp game isnt a gauge of a players regular talent nescesarily, but just look at his puck control, and his skating ability. players on other teams are terrified of him. he can just….BOOM and skate circles around everyone an before anyone knew what happened, he's weaved his way through 3 players and the puck is in the net.

  15. argonacon says:

    i dont like kovalev and i hve never liked kovlev. he is a wimp and a winer and a little crybaby. it was nice last season when he was scoring all those goals but what was i saying last year? trade him trade him trade him!!! his value had never been higher! and now, look at this pathetic team. they would be far better without him. imagine if they sent him away for a decent defenseman and a #1 pick. they probably would have gotten that last year. koivu is the heart of the team and youll see that he'll be the one leadin this team out of this current slump. it'll be koivu and higgins and lapierre and komisarek and price that will play themselves
     sick to get out of this mess….

    but kovalev is a cancer. he is like ribeiro but worse! i know he is a good player in dallas right now but he was a cancer fr the habs in the dressing room at the time and while that trade miht seem lopsided now, he had to ggo and so does kovalev. i havent always agreed with carbo as a coach, but if i were to pick between gettin rid of kovalev or getting rid of carbo, i would choose carbo everytime.

    here's what i say we do….trade kovalev to a team who needs an extra push to make the playoffs. a team that will need a bit more of a veteran pressence. we've all heard it before: youth gets you to the playoffs, and the old vets are the ones that bring you the cup. so, i say trade kovi to say, florida panthers, or maybe the blackhawks….or even edmonton? if ales hemsky needs his winger, they may work out very well together. kovalev might be what they need to make the playoffs. it's already been suggested that pittsburgh might be a destination. vancouver might really benifit from his help. the blue jackets are really trying to make a push for the playoffs and he might help them. i know this will sound crazy, cause la's big problem has for years been the net, but quick is looking alright right now, and heck, he could be the veteran pressence they need to squeak into the playoffs…..

    so, i say this: trade kovi for a 2nd and a 4th. most of those teams i just listed have good prospect depth, and could use the veteran pressence. could use a talented winger. and most of them wouldnt mid giving up those two draft picks for a player like kovalev. the habs draft really well, and that will land them some more players for the future, or trade bait for a future deal, and they'll get kovi out of the dressing room so the true leaders on the team can start to show the world what they're made of instead of loin to hotshop mvp to be saved, baptized, married and burried. kovalev will do well too because i think getting him out of montreal and off the habs is exactly the kind of grounding move that will light a fire under his ass. i say it works out well for any team involved.

    now, i know some people will cry foul when  say kovy for a 2nd and a 3rd. maybe he's worth a 1st straight up…or a 1st and a 3r. there are certainly some teams who may be willing to pay that for him. maybe even through in a prospect! and it would be AMAZING to trade kovy for a 1st and a solid 2nd line d-man who can pick minute off sluggish hammer and to prevent o'bynre from playing on the team. but one can only hope.

    o'bynre will be a good dman one day. he needs more time to develop. i say keep him in hamilton, and the summer will do him good, shake the cobwebs, and next year he'll be playing like gorges was the beggining of this summer.

    anyways, that's my take on this situation. it's a kovalev ego problem, get him out for whatver you can gain for him and youll be better off. a team taking on troublesome kovalev for the next few months will robably benifit greatly from his talents. he has proven himself to be a solid playoff player and is definately one of the most talented wingers in the game. he really deserved the allstar mvp just as much as anyone else who would have gotten it if it hadnt been held in montreal this year, really. i know the mvp game isnt a gauge of a players regular talent nescesarily, but just look at his puck control, and his skating ability. players on other teams are terrified of him. he can just….BOOM and skate circles around everyone an before anyone knew what happened, he's weaved his way through 3 players and the puck is in the net.

  16. lafleur10 says:

    and you think antropov is? my god man! take a good look in the mirror! you say he's intimadating good one! he's intimidating alright imtidating to watch because of his size and how he just doesn 't have it! he's not a natural scorer is talent and skill is very limited hence the career high 56 points! that says alot right there!i think your grasping at straws alot to think he cold hit 60-70 points! he couldn't do it playing with sundin and he's gone now and playing with guys alot less talented than sundin! you bring up schenn and where he was drafted, ahead of filatov,that has no bearing on where they were drafted,it is eachothers future and impact that they wil have! schenn won't produce alot of offence in his career it's not his game,his game will be in the shut down role,as where filatov projects as a superstar potentially and if he develops like this teams don't trade those guys unless they get guys like schenn + that was the point i was tryng to make!

  17. lafleur10 says:

    go back and show us where we've supposedly offered this kind of stuff! i've seen it time and again under the leafs trade rumors from leafs fans! but almost never seen it under habs trade rumors unless it was dandoeagle posting them!haha burke feels the same as the rest of us and he's your g.m. antropov isn't his kind of player and he knows that antropov isn't that good! if he was then burke wouldn't have called him outlike that and said those things about him! he stopped short of saying like i do that he's a stiff!

  18. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    Oh so he is a late bloomer so that makes him a bad player? Up until last season he didn't have a chance to realize his talents because he never got to play consistently because of injuries. But he has been improving since the lockout and this year is still improved on last season, while most of the habs like Kovalev, Higgins, Pleks are having much worse seasons than last year and worse seasons than Antropov as well. why couldn't he hit at least 60? He is on pace for 59 and all it takes is one multi-point game to bring him to on pacer for 60, and a few good multi-point games (which is possible) could bring him to at least 65 this season. Next season if he continues his play and doesn't go for a 16 game goalless drought then you can't deny that the number of extra points he gets could possibly land him in the 70 point range. I think around 70 is his max potential and not everyone reaches their full potential but he still has a few years until he completely hits his peak so it can happen. Nik's 6'6" frame can be intimidating to anyone if he plays the aggressive game and not many people are better on the tough goals right in front of the net and jamming it in. As for the comments about playing with Sundin, have you noticed his numbers are even better than last year's without any real offensive help now? He's proving he can do it on his own, something guys like Plekanec and Higgins can't do.

    As for Filatov, have you ever heard the saying that defense wins games. Sure Filatov is going to be an offensive star but the leafs don't need to give up their best defensive defenseman and a future captain. Something tells me Filatov won't ever have the leadership to be a captain, but Schenn has already shown he is mature beyond his years and already has alot of leadership qualities at just 19. Simply put, Schenn is already in the NHL making a name for himself as a devastating shut down d-man, and Filatov is playing in Syracuse half of the time. Okay so yeah I agree you don't get talent unless you trade it away but to say we would have to add in a 1st rounder is absolutely ridiculous!

  19. HABSSTAR says:

    Yep there are a lot of biased Hab fans.  But I would say the ratio is no different then biased leafs fans.  All in all it wasn't the point of my previous post.

  20. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    Calling out players isn't always pointing out that they are horrible, but you are trying to give the guy some motivation. Wilson tried it on Blake, even scratched him from some games, and now he is tearing it up, and arguably one of the hottest players over the last month and a half.  I saw an article from some habs fan a few days back (check the habs articles you'll find it) and the whole purpose was to mention a trade of Lang and both Kostitsyns for Malkin, and there are a few other ignorant habs fans that reply all over the boards expecting that they can trade for superstars without giving up guys like Komisarek, high draft picks, and top prospects like Patches, D'Agostini, Subban and such. You will have to trade guys like that to get top players in return.

  21. lafleur10 says:

    posviero! you are a loser just like the leaf!1 your opinions on the habs meaning nothing! go back to lemming nation and cheer for thos habitual loser from toronto because as they say onec a loser, always a loser,and we'll see how good brian burke does in lemming nation which i think will be average at best because nobody's built this team for him like e's had done for him in his stops stops! don't worry about bob gainey he's 10x the g.m. that burke is or ever will be!when gainey took over 5 years ago he said that this team will be competitive and have a chance to win the cup we are right on that plan in his 5 years!we'll finish more than 15 points head of the leafs we are that now even on this losing streak!also if we lose some free agents will be o.k. that's why you draft and have scouts to build from within and have a farm system to  have guys step in and be ready something lemming nation knows nothing about keep trading away your picks that'll really help you guys, that's why they haven't won in over 40 years! and willl continue to lose for many years to come!

     the leafs are to the canadiens,what,keith and brent gretzky are to wayne!

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