Well you know what they say, you can’t judge a draft until 10 years down the road. The 1996 draft wasn’t the best draft ever, Chris Phillips was the #1 selection to Ottawa. 11 total first round picks did not even play 82 games or a full NHL season. And there were some steals, big time late in the draft.
The Montreal Canadiens organization isn’t exactly one known for giving roster spots to 19 year olds. in fact, you’d have to look as far back as 1984 when Petr Svoboda, then 18, cracked the Habs lineup after defecting from Czechoslavakia. Before Svoboda, go all the way back to 1974, when Mario Tremblay skated for the habs as an 18 year old. The Montreal Canadiens trademark, where their prospects have been concerned, has been exercising patience, allowing them to season in the junior leagues and then the farm, presently in Hamilton. That’s why the decision to give Guillaume Latendresse a roster spot on the current edition of the Canadiens, raised more than a few eyebrows, to be sure.
Rumors and talks have been going around that Ryan Malone and possibly Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins will be sent to the New York Rangers for an exchange of Petr Prucha.
Malone at 6-4, 216 lbs. Has the potential to be a very good power forward. But yet I think still this has to be remain to be seen. Yes he has done very well at times that is of course at the beggining of his career. But Most of the time, as a fan watching. I believe he’s lazy at times doesn’t really go for the puck. And may seem out of position alot. You’ll often see him playing on the line with Crosby and Reechi. But has seemed to fail at being at the right place at the right time. But on the positive note he has been playing alot more physical then normally.
I am writing this because I believe I was not as specific in the moves I suggested as I should have been in my first part.
So what the Rangers won Satuday vrs. Boston… Some said that if they won that game that moves would not be made. So now a few more days have passed, the first place devils are continuing to extend their lead, and the Rangers remain “just good enough” in Sathers mind to not have to make changes. I want to make it clear that I like the majority of the players on the team now and would not like to see people moved, but it is something that clearly needs to happen. By Renneys’ frustration lately, it seems that he would welcome some new tools to work with as well.
L.A. Kings down 2 goalies, Montreal Canadiens probably the team with the most depth in goal…. A huge oppurtunity for the habs?
Hossa vs. Heatley a season and a half later, A trade that shocked hockey fans. At the time of the trade the many people felt it was an equal trade, but in the end the Sens won the deal. But a season and a half later the votes are swinging the other way with Hossa having an early season MVP type season.(with all due respect to Greg De Vries)
The Montreal Canadiens recent woes (4-7 in their last 11 games) have served only to magnify a couple of problem areas that Bob Gainey will soon have to address. Although the Canadiens put together a strong first half of the 2006-07 season, it has been largely due to outstanding goaltending by Christobal Huet and phenominal special teams play which currently sees the Habs rank 2nd in the league in powerplay proficiency and 4th on the penalty kill. Unfortunately, when Huet is merely mortal and when the powerplay isn’t clicking, the Habs are a very ordinary team.
After that embarassing loss against the Sens on saturday, Montreal needs to shake something up. It seems that alot of players aren’t playing with much heart. Give Samsonov one more chance and put him on a line with Koivu and Latendresse. If that doesn’t work after 2-3 games I say put him on waivers and hope someone picks him and his contract up. Try Bonk with Kovalev and Ryder. Dandenault seems to be in a daze. Rivet is giving the puck up too much and Bouillon isin’t playing physical anymore. Somethings gotta give.
I’m not saying Raycroft is the best goalie in the league, but he’s also not the worst. I must voice my opinion on the distasteful treatment of Raycroft at home games. I believe that Raycroft can be and will be a solid goalie if he’s behind a solid team. Booing him at the end of the games will not help this players development, nor will it make the players in front of him really want to perform on home ice. It will also lead to second-guessing of potential F.A. signings.
Yeah, it’s true no Jagr, or Kariya, or either Sedin, or Afinogenov, or Vanek, or Langkow, or Bergeron, or Jokinen, or Frolov, Malkin, or Mcdonald or Savard, or Straka, or even Rod Brind’Amour, but hey atleast we get to watch Bill Guerin, Johnathan Cheechoo (fans fault on that one), Rick Nash (who accually is good, but shouldn’t be at the game), and Henrik Zetterberg (same thing as Nash).
Being that we are mid-season, it is a good time to talk about all that has been good and bad for the Penguins so far this season, and related Penguins subjects that have been touched upon on this site, but with a general focus on how players and the team have performed. I originally thought of leaving anything related to the arena away, but I decided to put a footnote, although it is not anything that people are used to reading about the subject. And without further do, here we go…
The good news:
Okat why do they call it “Hockey night in Canada”? Let’s look at some facts, and find out why it should be called “Hockey night in Toronto”.
Colorado, to me, looked like a good team before the season started. But then there was Konowalchuk’s retirement, Turgeon’s injury, Leopold’s injury and Theodore’s below average play. Halfway through the season and things still don’t look good. Turgeon is back, Leopold is still out, Theodore is the backup, Liles is injured. I propose Colorado makes some HUGE trades; I think I’m being extremely fair. You be the judge.