Pre-Season Review Season Line-up

Pre-Season Review

Record: 3-4-1

The Leafs seemed to struggle still 5 on 5. The signings of Kubina, Gill and Peca was supposed to improve Toronto’s even strength play, yet it seems this isn’t the case.

O’Neill had an average camp and it seems that he has played his last game with the Toronto Maple Leafs after being scratched for the last two preseasons games vs. Detriot. He will more than likely be placed on waivers. Will another team take a chance with the struggling forward? If he does clear waivers he wont report to the Marlies.

Nik Antropov, who many fans believed he will quiet possibly breakout this year with a great end to the 05/06 season, has stuggled in the preseason and will probably find himself on the third line.

The Gill signing seems like a bigger mistake than than I had thought. He is horribly slow… slower than Allison! Other Leaf players who struggled during the preseason: Stajan, Steen & Kilger. Stajan played every single preseason game and struggled in the first couple games but did improve in the most recent games. Steen only accounted for one point in 4 preseason games.

Peca has fit in really well. He’s been playing really strong as the Leafs second line center thus far. Other players who have played well: Suglobov, Pohl, Wozniewski, Battaglia and Ponikarovsky. If the preseason is any indication of how Ponikarovsky will perform this year, he’ll easily improve on his 05/06 point total. Wozniewski along with pohl and suglobov have been the biggest surprises. They played their way onto the team… Suglobov is one of the reasons O’Neill is likely hitting the road.

Wellwood, Ponikarovsky and Sundin seem to have developed some chemistry and it seems like Maurice will likely stick with this unit for the opening game against Ottawa Senators.

Aubin was the best goaltender out of the three battling for jobs in the preseason, though Raycroft showed some flashes of excellence. Tellqvist has lost his job and will likely be picked off of waivers or traded.

Like last year, the leafs have useless players who I consider dead weight and a waste of salary cap. The list includes Gill, O’Neill, Tellqvist & Antropov.

Some suggestions:

Tellqvist to Philadephia for a mid-round pick. Philly is in need of a cheap goaltender.

place O’Neill on waivers.

Antropov to Carolina for mid-round pick. Stillman is out for the beginning of the regular season

Gill to whoever!

Season Opening Line-up

Wellwood – Sundin – Ponikarovsky

Steen – Peca – Tucker

Kilger – Stajan – Suglobov

Battaglia – Pohl – Antropov

Scratches: Belak

Kaberle – McCabe

Kubina – Wozniewski

Gill – White

Scratches: Harrison

Injuries: Kronwall, Colaiacovo & Bell

Raycroft

Aubin

Scratches: Tellqvist


37 Responses to Pre-Season Review Season Line-up

  1. Turnbull says:

    TOP 5 PRE-SEASON PERFORMERS

    1. Ian White

    -Not very big, but always makes a smart play with the puck. Has been invaluable at helping the leafs gain some much needed speed through the neutrral zone.

    2. Wellwood

    -Quick, smart and a great set of hands. He’ll be a very effective part of the leafs powerplay this season.

    3. Ponikarovsky

    -He’s definetely ready to take the next step in his development this season. He’s skating and shooting the puck very well. I think Poni will come close to 25-30 goals this year if he stays on the top line.

    4. Peca

    -In addition to his defensive skills, Peca’s playmaking abilities as well as his effective forechecking have really helped the leafs maintain some prolonged pressure in the offensive zone at times. Peca, Steen, and Tucker should form a very effective 2nd line.

    5. Suglobov

    -Definetely needs to work on his defensive play, but his offensive skills have bempressed me so far. I could see him getting alot of PP time this season. He seems to play well with Stajan who could really help him with the defensive side of his game.

  2. Turnbull says:

    TOP 5 PRE-SEASON PERFORMERS

    1. Ian White

    -Not very big, but always makes a smart play with the puck. Has been invaluable at helping the leafs gain some much needed speed through the neutrral zone.

    2. Wellwood

    -Quick, smart and a great set of hands. He’ll be a very effective part of the leafs powerplay this season.

    3. Ponikarovsky

    -He’s definetely ready to take the next step in his development this season. He’s skating and shooting the puck very well. I think Poni will come close to 25-30 goals this year if he stays on the top line.

    4. Peca

    -In addition to his defensive skills, Peca’s playmaking abilities as well as his effective forechecking have really helped the leafs maintain some prolonged pressure in the offensive zone at times. Peca, Steen, and Tucker should form a very effective 2nd line.

    5. Suglobov

    -Definetely needs to work on his defensive play, but his offensive skills have bempressed me so far. I could see him getting alot of PP time this season. He seems to play well with Stajan who could really help him with the defensive side of his game.

  3. Turnbull says:

    TOP 5 PRE-SEASON PERFORMERS

    1. Ian White

    -Not very big, but always makes a smart play with the puck. Has been invaluable at helping the leafs gain some much needed speed through the neutrral zone.

    2. Wellwood

    -Quick, smart and a great set of hands. He’ll be a very effective part of the leafs powerplay this season.

    3. Ponikarovsky

    -He’s definetely ready to take the next step in his development this season. He’s skating and shooting the puck very well. I think Poni will come close to 25-30 goals this year if he stays on the top line.

    4. Peca

    -In addition to his defensive skills, Peca’s playmaking abilities as well as his effective forechecking have really helped the leafs maintain some prolonged pressure in the offensive zone at times. Peca, Steen, and Tucker should form a very effective 2nd line.

    5. Suglobov

    -Definetely needs to work on his defensive play, but his offensive skills have bempressed me so far. I could see him getting alot of PP time this season. He seems to play well with Stajan who could really help him with the defensive side of his game.

  4. Aetherial says:

    Listening to Paul Maurice this morning, it did not sound like O’Neill was leaving town any time soon… although you never know. I think he believes O’Neill will be fine once his conditioning is up to speed.

    I would just as soon see him go.

    I don’t think Maurice likes the idea of keeping Suglobov instead.

    I believe Gill can be sent to the minors.

    Antropov, I think is done. Without Quinn to stand by against all evidence, I don’t think he will be around long. The market for him is very limited though.

    I think Philly can get a goalie off of waivers if the Leafs let one go, and they are interested?? Why trade anything for him.

  5. 92-93 says:

    most of what is said here could be qualified with a comma and the statement … ‘but it was only preseason.’ so the 5-on-5 analysis is pointless.

    at the same time the preseason IS important as this article has suggested because of who performed well and who didnt.

    1) it is clear the leafs must carry 3 goalies and trade one of them in the next few weeks – most likely Tellqvist.

    2) Maurice’s standards are higher than Quinn’s, hence Ferguson knowing this fact and buying out Domi (imagine Maurice sitting Domi for most of the season), and O’Neill being held to a high standard as well (quinn sat these guys but grudgingly – maurice has no problems sitting players who dont perform).

    3) O’Neill will NOT be sent to the Marlies at any point and will be given one last crack at the leafs this year.

    4) Antropov might actually end up on the fourth line as well.

    5) the ‘struggles’ of Stajan and Steen are over-rated, the struggles of Gill are always underrated. the leafs spent 2.1 million on a player who is more useless – even physically – than Aki Berg. Luke Richardson looks like Scott Stevens compared to Gill.

    6) The Sens will NOT dominate the leafs this year. sure the leafs will only pull out 2 or 3 wins, but no lopsided scores – certainly not to the extent of last year. Maurice will not stand for it.

    7) to compare this year with previous years or last year in terms of dead weight is simply wrong. yes there is dead weight this year but for the most part the fat has been trimmed very well by JFJ. the list should NOT include Antropov (how is a point every two games for 1 million and a one year contract considered dead weight???) or Telly and SHOULD include Gill, O’Neill (who could turn it around), and WADE BELAK.

    8) Gill should be traded at the deadline or whenever. no question about it. other possible trades at this year’s deadline include Peca, Tucker, O’Neill, and even Sundin (god forbid).

    9) Players who should make this team – on the forward lines: Suglobov, Pohl, Ondrus, Battaglia, and Williams all deserve a shot but Williams was sent down and I see Ondrus getting sent down too. Belak should also be going to the Marlies so that the Leafs can fit Pohl, Suglobov, and Battaglia on the team including one of them as an extra forward.

    On defence White and Woz have had the strongest, injury-free camps. Coliacovo will likely start with the Marlies to get back into shape, while Kronvall, Bell, and Brown will be starting with the Marlies after the latter 2 recover from injuries. Kronvall will likely be the first call-up after Coliacovo (both are injury-prone though).

  6. 92-93 says:

    most of what is said here could be qualified with a comma and the statement … ‘but it was only preseason.’ so the 5-on-5 analysis is pointless.

    at the same time the preseason IS important as this article has suggested because of who performed well and who didnt.

    1) it is clear the leafs must carry 3 goalies and trade one of them in the next few weeks – most likely Tellqvist.

    2) Maurice’s standards are higher than Quinn’s, hence Ferguson knowing this fact and buying out Domi (imagine Maurice sitting Domi for most of the season), and O’Neill being held to a high standard as well (quinn sat these guys but grudgingly – maurice has no problems sitting players who dont perform).

    3) O’Neill will NOT be sent to the Marlies at any point and will be given one last crack at the leafs this year.

    4) Antropov might actually end up on the fourth line as well.

    5) the ‘struggles’ of Stajan and Steen are over-rated, the struggles of Gill are always underrated. the leafs spent 2.1 million on a player who is more useless – even physically – than Aki Berg. Luke Richardson looks like Scott Stevens compared to Gill.

    6) The Sens will NOT dominate the leafs this year. sure the leafs will only pull out 2 or 3 wins, but no lopsided scores – certainly not to the extent of last year. Maurice will not stand for it.

    7) to compare this year with previous years or last year in terms of dead weight is simply wrong. yes there is dead weight this year but for the most part the fat has been trimmed very well by JFJ. the list should NOT include Antropov (how is a point every two games for 1 million and a one year contract considered dead weight???) or Telly and SHOULD include Gill, O’Neill (who could turn it around), and WADE BELAK.

    8) Gill should be traded at the deadline or whenever. no question about it. other possible trades at this year’s deadline include Peca, Tucker, O’Neill, and even Sundin (god forbid).

    9) Players who should make this team – on the forward lines: Suglobov, Pohl, Ondrus, Battaglia, and Williams all deserve a shot but Williams was sent down and I see Ondrus getting sent down too. Belak should also be going to the Marlies so that the Leafs can fit Pohl, Suglobov, and Battaglia on the team including one of them as an extra forward.

    On defence White and Woz have had the strongest, injury-free camps. Coliacovo will likely start with the Marlies to get back into shape, while Kronvall, Bell, and Brown will be starting with the Marlies after the latter 2 recover from injuries. Kronvall will likely be the first call-up after Coliacovo (both are injury-prone though).

  7. 92-93 says:

    sorry about the double post above.

    also, i am trying to figure this out – does anyone know why my text is getting all bunched up. any breaks in the text i make doesnt show up when i preview and post my comments.

  8. 92-93 says:

    I dunno about Antropov.

    Gill is an absolute catastrophe.

    and the feeling i am getting from Raycroft is a sinking one. mind you, its still very early but all those goals he is giving up in the top corner are making me feel sick (why did we choose to trade Rask over Pogge?!?!).

  9. toronto77 says:

    I dun care what the leafs do with the line-up as long as suglobov and white make the team…..i dun know why maurice doesn’t like him.

    he is doing good in the pre-season and in the playoffs with the marlies he had, 6pts in 5 games.

  10. x_FarFromFreedom_x says:

    typical Leaf Bashers .. The season hasn’t even started and your all crying like little babies .. “Gill is too slow” “Stajan looked Horrible” C”MON its PRE-SEASON!! Ive watched every single pre-season game and last time i checked Gill has looked pretty damn good .. yeah its obvious hes slow but he makes up for it with long reach and good positioning!! .. if anything Stajan looked pretty good to me .. People .. stop putting high expectations on forwards like stajan .. hes not gonna go out and get 60 points .. hes a 30-40 point guy if anything .. hes more of a defensive forward and hes looked good. O’niel isnt going anywhere until he gets a few solid games in during the season .. his work ethic isnt up to par .. hes coming off shoulder surgery and the Steen comment .. C”MON theres no doubt hes gonna have a breakout year along with Wellwood .. so why bash? He was the best player on the ice playing with Peca last night and im sure hes gonna be on a line with Peca opening night. FINALLY Raycroft .. hes come up with big saves and key times in the hockey games .. yes hes gone down to early .. but he was even like that in his rookie season .. Im a Bruins fan aswel as a Leafs fan .. so ive watched a lot of Raycroft. Believe me some nights Raycroft wont be up to par .. but most nights .. you’ll notice him with his fine glove saves and key saves at right times .. and btw .. those 2 shots then went over his shoulder were deflected .. can blame him on those.

  11. 92-93 says:

    Gill looked good?!?!

    and why are you conflating critiquing and analyzing your favourite club in a reasonable manner with ‘bashing’???

    yes it is just preseaosn – as i stated above – but there were some pretty negative signs (as well as positive ones). to just focus on the positives and ignore the negatives doesn’t exactly give you rounded view on your team.

    i mean, you might as well be a hab or a senator fan then (yeah that is a generalization).

    Raycroft looks awesome … on shots that are below his elbows. he is great protecting the bottom of the net but looks horrible with shots going up top. in any case, having a Raycroft-Aubin tandem doesn’t look too bad compared to last year. BUT, some of us leaf fans are thinking long term as well (re: seeing Rask going to Boston, which i am sure you must love).

  12. wingedim says:

    After watching the pre-season game of the Marlies and Bulldogs on Saturday, the Marlies are in for a long row to hoe this year too.

    Pogge, didn’t look that good as he let in 3 VERY soft goals. Unfortunately, Racine just sat on the bench so I don’t know how well he’ll fit in if Pogge loses the job.

    The only players that seemed to show up was Tlusty he was all over the ice and so was John Mitchell. Westrum and the others who had just been sent down, didn’t really seem to want to be there and showed it. I realize they had just been ‘cut’, however, they should’ve show up to show why they were the late cuts.

  13. leaflova says:

    i agree on gill, all he does it collect penalties and well that what were trying to stop!but i disagree on raycroft, he has been saying that one season wont make him a horrible goalie for the rest of his life and well i agree and he may not make the highlight reel beacause he makes the hard saves look easy

  14. leaflova says:

    omg GILL IS PLAYING LIKE CRAP you gotta admit all he does is take penalties and he’s slowwwwwwwww

  15. leaflova says:

    i have to admit i like these lines!

  16. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Lose Kubina, he’s about to be suspended. Lose Antropov, he’s injured.
    Nitty won’t require surgery so he might even be back for philly’s season opener.

  17. leaflova says:

    what if, we get rid of o’neil, antropov,telly get bondra for a resonable price and get williams from the marlies?? and have a lil more cap room good or no good?

  18. leaflova says:

    oh and loos gill too, and well of course get a marlie or another d for cheaper..i hope

  19. koolcracker says:

    Woww, what top corner goals? Are you talking about the deflections? because let me tell you, flukey plays are not on the list of things that make me feel nautious.

  20. koolcracker says:

    What? Gill is playing good as far as I can see. and what penalties? McCabe takes exponentially mroe penalties, and makes more giveaways than Gill.

  21. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    then when more guys get injured we…

  22. Hoondog2 says:

    I’m sensing a lot of panic in Leaf land…..I’m not saying there is no reason to worry, but people are jumping the gun a little….

    First of all I dont want to say the preseason means nothing because it does ……for the players trying to make the team or trying to make a good first impression…..We have yet to see Mats in full stride as well as Tucker, Steen, Stajan, McCabe, Kaberle. Its a little early to panic on that front.

    Second, this is a completely different system for all of these players, and the preseason was far more intense than these players are used to. An adjustment period should be allowed. This would explain some of the problems with 5 on 5 scoring and penalty kill……The powerplay is virtually the same and it shows!

    Third, goaltending will work itself out for better or for worst….the jury is still out.

    Ten games into the season we’ll have a better idea what this team is capable of……..much longer than that and they could be in trouble, but lets not jump the gun just yet.

    Go Leafs

  23. leaflova says:

    good point never though of that…

  24. 92-93 says:

    yeah well his rep seemed true in the preseason – re: he cant handle the top corner shots …

    and if letting high shots in the net on a consistent basis is considered ‘flukey’, then i guess i have to brush up on the definition of ‘fluke’

  25. 92-93 says:

    McCabe will also put up 60 pts. Gill Won’t.

    but no, McCabe does NOT play as bad as Gill in his own end. Gill is useless.

  26. 92-93 says:

    ok, there is no need to panic………….see, people ‘panic’ when they have high expectations and forsee disaster for their team. for leaf fans, there should be NO HIGH EXPECTATIONS WHATSOEVER this year in terms of them finishing in the top-6 of their conference or raising the cup this year. so therefore, there is no need to panic……………….critiquing the team coming out of the gate is not equivalent to panic. it is a critique. nothing more,nothing less. ………………the leafs will be fine this year, probably won’t make the playoffs, but will rely on a whole new set of guys this year and will have a new attitude and atmosphere in place that they havent had in a long time. one that is necessary for being a regular cup contender in the future………… the prospect that some leaf fans will be disappointed after the season is over and ask ‘what went wrong’ (like they did last year) is a laughable one if your expectations of the team are low. all i demand of the leafs this year is that they compete hard and get rid of the guys that don’t perform (my early picks are Gill, O’Neill, Belak … and maybe Antropov or Telly ………but it is waaay too early to tell).

  27. mojo19 says:

    Maybe someone can shed some light for me. How serious is the injury to Antropov? I cant find anything anywhere except that its “a lower leg injury”. How long are they expected to have him out? And for the record, I want him back in the line-up soon, he will be missed.

  28. mojo19 says:

    you’ve been hard on Gill since the day they signed him, I hope you eat your words buddy.

  29. 92-93 says:

    yeah i hope i eat my words too.

    but i know i won’t and i had and still have every reason to be ‘hard’ on him. it amazes me how some leaf fans think that a player can put a leafs jersey on and just not be sucky anymore. it just doesn’t work that way. from the games i’ve been too and what i’ve seen (and from what i’ve seen from Woz, Harrison, White, etc), Gill is the biggest mistake the leafs have made in a long time.

  30. lukeleim says:

    trade proposals:

    Nik Antropov, Carlo Colaiacovo, Mikael Tellqvist & Robbie Earl to the Philadelphia Flyers for R.J. Umberger, Alexandre Picard & the Flyers’ 6th round pick of 2007.

    Hal Gill, Jeff O’Neill & the Leafs’ 3rd round pick of 2007 to the Montreal Canadiens for Mike Komisarek & Matt D’Agostini.

    Coach: Paul Maurice

    Kyle Wellwood – Mats Sundin – Alexei Ponikarovsky
    Alexander Steen – Michael Peca – Darcy Tucker
    Chad Kilger – Matt Stajan – R.J. Umberger
    Bates Battaglia – John Pohl – Aleksander Suglobov
    ———————————————–
    Nikolai Kulemin – Erik Westrum – Jeremy Williams
    Ben Ondrus – Jiri Tlusty – Matt D’Agostini

    Tomas Kaberle – Bryan McCabe
    Pavel Kubina – Mike Komisarek
    Andy Wozniewski – Ian White
    ————————————
    Staffan Kronwall – Jay Harrison
    Brendan Bell – Wade Belak
    Phil Oreskovic – Alexandre Picard

    Andrew Raycroft
    Jean-Sebastien Aubin
    ———————
    Justin Pogge
    J.F Racine
    Todd Ford

  31. lukeleim says:

    trade proposals: Nik Antropov, Carlo Colaiacovo, Mikael Tellqvist & Robbie Earl to the Philadelphia Flyers for R.J. Umberger, Alexandre Picard & the Flyers’ 6th round pick of 2007.

    Hal Gill, Jeff O’Neill & the Leafs’ 3rd round pick of 2007 to the Montreal Canadiens for Mike Komisarek & Matt D’Agostini.

    Coach: Paul Maurice

    Kyle Wellwood – Mats Sundin – Alexei Ponikarovsky

    Alexander Steen – Michael Peca – Darcy Tucker

    Chad Kilger – Matt Stajan – R.J. Umberger

    Bates Battaglia – John Pohl – Aleksander Suglobov

    ———————————————–

    Nikolai Kulemin – Erik Westrum – Jeremy Williams

    Ben Ondrus – Jiri Tlusty – Matt D’Agostini

    Tomas Kaberle – Bryan McCabe

    Pavel Kubina – Mike Komisarek

    Andy Wozniewski – Ian White

    ————————————
    Staffan Kronwall – Jay Harrison

    Brendan Bell – Wade Belak

    Phil Oreskovic – Alexandre Picard

    Andrew Raycroft

    Jean-Sebastien Aubin

    ———————

    Justin Pogge

    J.F Racine

    Todd Ford

  32. mojo19 says:

    Actually, I thought Gill was a good player before he was a leaf. I remember him being just an absolute beast behind the net and in the corners. Hes tough man.

  33. 92-93 says:

    Looking specifically at the leafs …..

    Will this be the year Coliacovo plays regularly for the team without injury? The fat (Domi and Belfour’s contracts, Belak, O’Neill?, Lindros/Allison, Gill) will need to be trimmed for the next year when hopefully they’ll have a shot at a younger UFA winger or trade for one. But as in past years, the leafs – although they have defensive depth – will be struggling in their own end with the speedier and more skilled forwards of other teams.

    They paid too much for too little this offseason (Gill, Kubina) and its going to hurt them for the next couple of seasons. By the end of the year, Ferguson will be fired and will hopefully not making anymore moves that are going to hurt the team in the long-run. However, when a guy knows he is on his way out, sometimes he does things out of desperation (i.e. – signing a guy like Kubina for 5 million and for 4 years). The next GM is going to have a difficult time trying to unload the mistakes that Ferguson has made in the last few months (McCabe’s no movement clause, Kubina and Gill’s signing, etc.).

    THE KEYS FOR THE LEAFS’ SCHEDULE
    As for what the leafs need to do with their schedule, it is quite simple – beat Montreal and Boston. No easy task considering the improvements both teams made. But one must assume that the Leafs won’t win much against the Sens and Sabres.
    Although I have predicted elsewhere – and continue to predict – that the leafs will finish between 8th and 12th with 76-86 points, if the Leafs actually make the playoffs they must get at least 40 wins and 94 points IMO. Therefore, I am going to put the magic record at 40-28-7-7. Although I don’t think the Leafs have the team to get this record, here is a breakdown of what the Leafs need to do for their 82-game schedule:

    DIVISIONAL TEAMS – total of 14 wins and 33 points (out of a possible 64 points).
    1) Defeat the Sabres and Sens at LEAST 4 times and acquire a total of 1 OTL or SOL for a total of 9 pts.
    2) Defeat the Habs at least 5 times and 2 SOLs or OTLs for a total of 12 pts. That means contain their wingers, stay out of the 5-on-3s and hope the refs will finally adapt to the Habs’ diving, not to mention Raycroft/Aubin must outplay Huet/Aebeshier.
    3) Defeat the Bruins at least 5 times and 2 SOLs or OTLs for a total of 12 pts. Again, the Bruins are an improved team and I pick them to finish ahead of the Leafs this year.

    SOUTHEAST DIVISION TEAMS – total of 12 wins and 27 points (out of a possible 40 pts)
    1) Defeat the Carolina Hurricanes at least once and acquire at least one SOL or OTL for 3 pts.
    2) Defeat the Panthers (twice), Caps (3 times), Thrashers (4 times), and Lightning (twice) and acquire at least 2 SOLs or OTLs against these teams.

    ATLANTIC DIVISION TEAMS – total of 10 wins and 24 points (out of a possible 40 points)
    1) Defeat the Rangers at least once and acquire at least one SOL or OTL for 3 pts.
    2) Defeat the Devils and Flyers at least 4 times and at least 1 SOL or OTL for 9 pts.
    3) Defeat the Pens and Isles at least 5 times and at least 2 SOLs or OTLs for 12 pts.

    WESTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS – total of 4 wins and 10 points (out of a possible 20 points)
    1) Cgy: Lose
    2) Col: Win
    3) at CBJ: Win
    4) at Det: Lose
    5) at Chi: OTL or SOL
    6) Minny: Lose
    7) Van: Win
    8) at Nsh: Lose
    9) at St.L: OTL or SOL
    10) Edm: Win

    Therefore, the Leafs must maintain an above .500 record against not divisional conference teams and improve big time over their record last year against Western Conference teams with at least a .500 record there.

  34. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    2 losers that could clear waivers without a problem for an up-and-coming, hard-hitting defenseman like Komisarek? Please tell me when Milbury was hired as GM of the Habs. Oh yeah, I forgot, it was Komisarek’s boy hood dream to play for the leafs. Sorry about that.

  35. Huge_Polar_Bear says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    I’m sorry I had to read the post 3 times, why in the world would Gainey go for that trade? Montreal need a #1/#2 center (and some size) O’Neil has size but is NOT a #1or #2 center. Why would the Habs need another winger (since O’Neil has played on the wing as well). And I’m sorry I know you all want to get rid of Gill as fast as possible but as I Hab fan we don’t want him either… send him to the west coast for a pick or something but leave the Habs out of the rumors involving him.

  36. 92-93 says:

    just wait and see.

  37. mojo19 says:

    He looked pretty damn good opening night vs. Ottawa. So far I’m impressed with the guy.

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