Present Future

As I was watching the Montreal / Ottawa game I began to think about Montreal’s future with Saku Koivu. Not so much about still having him on the team but who will be their to take his spot as #1 center in the next few years.

Also some thoughts on the game…

Habs/Sens Game:

Was this a Must Win for Ottawa? The answer is….was yes. Ottawa looks to be back in shape and they look like the team people witnessed last year. Spezza seems to love playing against Montreal, he completely dominates this team. Ottawa’s blue line shut down Montreal’s offense and kept them to the outside and that is how they got blanked.

Montreal simply didn’t play as well as they did against New Jersey. Power Play seems flat the last two or three games. Does it really matter that they lost? Not really. Montreal just needs to play .500 hockey to keep pace with Pittsburgh, New Jersey & Ottawa for the race to finish 1rst. Is it a confidence blow to the team? We’ll see on Saturday. Can’t put the blame on Carey Price though, Montreal just got out skated and Ottawa’s transition game in the neutral zone was dominant.

Koivu Subject:

So Saku Koivu has 1 year left on his contract and the big question I asked myself is “Who will take the #1 center job in Montreal?”

No Doubt Montreal has an abundance of young talent and the crazy thing is there is more on the way but out of all the young prospects Montreal has their isn’t really one that can do the job like Saku. Obviously time is needed to develop the talent but I’m sure Bob Gainey has a plan for that. I’m pretty sure some Hab fans are already putting a trade together to get Vinny Lecavalier, but seriously…what do you think will happen with Montreal’s center postition?

Not suggesting Bob Gainey trades or doesn’t re-sign Saku Koivu but age is catching up to him and he cannot be there forever, I’d say there is another 2-3 years left in Saku Koivu before he calls it quits.

Montreal was always missing that big Power Forward Centerman and nobody on the roster now fits that description. Should Bob Gainey make a play for the #1 draft pick?(Stamkos) Or a #1 Center man? (At the end of the season)

There was rumors before the deadline that Montreal had their sights set on Sundin & Jokenin so Bob Gainey already knows he needs to address the issue for a scoring center for the coming seasons.

What would you suggest?


44 Responses to Present Future

  1. Bure96 says:

    "Should Bob Gainey make a play for the #1 draft pick?"

    If he wants to trade Carey Price…

  2. Habfanforever says:

    If the Habs were to look in their own system, they will find that there isin’t many centers to chose from, even less with #1 quality. As a matter of fact, Ben Maxwell and Brock Trotter have #2 potential at best. Olivier Fortier, Kyle Chipchura and Ryan White all have #3 and #4 labeled on them and only 1 of of those 3 has just barely turned pro. Corey Urquhart and Mathieu Aubin have all but faded into oblivion. Ryan Russel and Corey Locke might have pro quality abilities but their sheer lack of size makes them far away from #1 center potential.

    If a trade or UFA signing is out of Gainey’s reach, they must look at the draft table where it seems that there is a few good centers out there. Colin Wilson, Joshua Bailey, Cody Hodgson and Kyle Beach are high reward picks although some of them might require a move up in draft position but at a lesse cost still than what it would take to get the Stamkos pick.

  3. morrissey says:

    I'm not worried at all – Gainey has a ton of options to work with. Kovalev also has only 1 year left on his contract and depending on his results (and demands) could be gone too.

    That would leave a core group of forwards that looks pretty good right now and in 2 years should be much better:

    S. Kostitsyn
    A. Kostitsyn
    Plekanec
    Higgins
    Latendresse
    Pacioretty
    Lapierre
    Chipchura

    Gainey has a ton of youth to use as trade bait if he wants to aquire a centre, any one of the top notch defensive prospects they have could be traded as the current defense is pretty well locked in long term:

    Markov/Komisarek/Hamrlik/Gorges/Streit/O'Bryne/McDonough/Emelin/Valentenko/Fisher
    … 1 or 2 will be moved.

    Halak or Price could be traded in 2 years also as I don't see there being room long term for 2 young goaltenders. And I believe they are both potential #1 goalies in the NHL.

    Then there is the F/A market: not re-signing Koivu and Kovalev frees up close to $10 million bucks, that will get you just about any centre in the league.

    The future looks bright, I'm not worried – Gainey has assembled a great core group of young talent, building smartly from the net out, that #1 centreman is the last of my concerns.

  4. habsrock99 says:

    This is weird because I was actually thinking about this myself yesterday during the Isles game. I don't think Montreal has to worry about this because Koivu isn't really the #1 Centre anymore but his roster spot is possibly the most important on the team because he's a scoring threat at any given time and he's the Captain. Koivu's 34 and has shown signs that his age and past health issues are finally catching up to him so I believe he will retire in about 2-3 years like you said. Now, as far as a replacement goes, the Habs have a few guys who could take over that #2 Center role.

    Theirs:
    Chris Higgins- Natural Center
    Mikhail Grabovski- He has the talent now he just needs to harness it
    Kyle Chipchura- Better suited as the 3rd line Shutdown Center
    Brock Trotter- Was highly sought after when he turned Pro, NCAA Star
    Ben Maxwell- Has the talent but needs to stay healthy
    Ryan White- He's been putting up Power Forward type #'s in the WHL

    As you can see Montreal does have good talent up the middle and they really don't need to look too far to find a 2nd line Center. Once Koivu hangs them up, the ideal situation would be to have Higgins as the 2nd line Center(maybe even Captain) with Latendresse and Sergei Kostitsyn as the Wingers. And when Kovalev hangs them up, move Kostitsyn too Plekanec's line and by this time Max Pacioretty will be NHL ready and you can have him as the LWer for Higgins and Latendresse.

    What I don't understand is why everyone thinks we absolutely need a Big Centerman. It's something we could use but not something we absolutely need. Our biggest players when we won the Cup in 1993 were John LeClair and Todd Ewan (both 6'3"). Our Centermen that year were Damphousse(6'1), Muller(6'0), Lebeau(5'10), Carbonneau(5'11) and DiPietro(5'8).

  5. habsrock99 says:

    It's not Halak or Price could traded, it's Halak will be traded if neccessary. Montreal's not going to make the same mistake twice by trading the Franchise Goalie. Halak's good but Price is twice the goalie he is.

  6. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    The number 1 centre in any organization should be a dominant force and the engine that drives the team.  Success depends on the quality of that centreman as well as the supporting cast around him. 

    In Toronto's case – a mediocre team – you have a big and skilled player surrounded by journeymen which means that only Sundin is a scoring threat on his line and can only cause damage if he scores or if he makes the perfect pass which is the reason the Leafs will never be competitive.  They must start from scratch.

    On teams such as SJ, your #1 centre is complemented by quality linemates who can create their own scoring chances, so focusing on one player will not necessarily get the job done if you're trying to keep the Sharks off the scoreboard.  Theirs is the template that Bob Gainey should be trying to emulate.

    The Habs have a lot of depth – or they would not be fighting for 1st in the Eastern conference – but lack that dominant pivot.  What they do have – besides Kovy and to a lesser extent Koivu – are an abundance of speedy, skilled and young forwards who create their own chances through sheer determination and speed.  Until we address this glaring hole in our lineup it will be difficult for us to run with the big dogs of the West.

    I'm going on record as stating that, when the 2010 regular starts, Lecavalier will be wearing the CH on his chest.  He will have fulfilled his dream of winning the Cup with the team that drafted him, but he will want to end his career and be able to hoist it once again, this time wearing the "Bleu, Blanc, Rouge" in his hometown.

  7. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    I think depth would certainly be preferable.

    Look at Tampa Bay, they have a bug number 1 center, and where are they now?

    But if you have depth, say three number 2 centers, you've got it made. For 8-10 million you have a number one center who can score 30-50 goals and 90-110 points. That takes up 1/5 of your cap space on one player.

    Or you can use that cap space to sign 2 number two centers. Add that to the number two center you would have to sign either way, and that's three (obviously)

    You now have three guys with 20-30 goals and 50-70 points. That adds up to 60-90 goals and 150-210 points.

    You have no clear number one guy, but your strong down the middle, if one gets injured or cold, you have two more of similar talent.

    Montreal already has Plekanec and Koivu, and Higgins is a natural center. So you can either add another second line center via free agency, or put Higgins at center and go for some wingers.

    I could see something like this as Montreals forward line-up next year:

    A. Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Kovalev
    Latendresse-Koivu-
                     -Higgins- S. Kostitsyn
    Lapierre-Chipchura-Begin/Dandenault/Kostopolous

    That way, you can go after some second line scoring wingers. Or put Higgins on the Koivu line and go after a second line center and left winger to play with Sergei. That way you have incredible scoring depth..no stars, no one spectactular, but great depth. You also have a very able checking line.

                 –

  8. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    I meant big number 1 center. I was in no way calling Lecavalier, Sundin and Jokinen insects.

  9. sanj91 says:

    have you all forgotten of a certain player named plekanec?? he's playing top line now isnt he….its no tlike he's going to get WORSE…i dont understand ur trouble….we are set….IN ALL POSITIONS,..we've got size speed and grit….we've got two of the most promising goalies….we've got gainey and timmins who will continue to draft quality talent…we've got the best goalie coach…we've got carbo and muller who will continue to improve as coaches…they are also areguably the best face off specialists ever….WHAT DO WE LACK…other than experience…but lucky for us…experience is very easy to get….

  10. morrissey says:

    I disagree that we need a centreman that badly, in a few years time we could have the top goaltending tandem and the top defensive corps in the league – that will run with any dogs you got, that will win playoff series.

  11. habsoverserver says:

    Monteal leads the NHL in scoring but the top teams in the West load up on All-Star defensemen.  That's where Montreal could use a top free agent. 

  12. BruMagnus says:

    I agree.
    Check out all the Hart and Conn Smythe winners. They are almost always a center, frequently a Captain, and usually a Canadian.
    The center position along with the goalie are the two most important factors in winning a Cup.

  13. BruMagnus says:

    Are you asking for this summer? Or when Koivu is a UFA after next year?

    If the latter, why not target Lecavalier?

    If the former, it'd take a lot to get Jokinen.

    How about Fedorov? haha

    You could try to get someone from the Wild, like Rolston or Demitra… maybe too old though, again?

    Give Plekanec's a chance.

  14. BruMagnus says:

    how about having three number 1 centers ala Crosby, Malkin, Staal?
    If the habs had these three centers and no Plekanec, Koivu and Chipchura, they'd be the true favorites of the East, and maybe of the League.

    Habs better hope to hell they win the division, otherwise they're losing first round to Pittsburgh, Devils or Sens.

  15. Clearly says:

    You'll be paying a lot if you expect a top 10 draft pick for Wilson or Beach. I expect the Leafs to take one of them, if not Filatov; who'll probably stay in Russia.

  16. LeafsNation91 says:

    It would be hard to make a play for the top pick, it will cost you Carey Price and probably you're whole team because Stamkos is one of those players that can alter a franchise. And a team like Tampa Bay or Los Angeles(especially LA) needs a player to restart their franchise. Their is no reason to rip on Koivu, yes, he might not be able to score points like others, but he is a great leader and leads the Habs. Why would you wnat to F*** up the Habs and get rid of him when he has greatly led this team back to the playoffs.

  17. lafleur10 says:

    sorry bru,but i disagree! i think we'd beat pittsburgh,newjersey and eventually ottawa in the playoffs!we might not have the crosby's or malkin's but we have more balance and more depth on offence and can outscore almost anyone and if we play you guys  i think we match up well with your penguins!!i think we have the better defence too!!and of course i'll give the edge in goaltending to us !! just a slight edge!!but anyhow bru,i think it would be a hell of a series!and newjersey doesn't scare me because they have little to no offence and no depth and there defence isn't what it used to be!i mean there's no more niedermayer or stevens on that blueline!and we've given newjersey fits with our speed and depth they can't match us! i know bru,it's broduer in net for the devils but all as we have to do is score first and the devils are done!asa evidence in our 3 straight wins especially the 4-0 win over them! and with ottawa's questionable goaltending i like our chances!especially if they play the coke sniffer(emery)

  18. lafleur10 says:

    why does everyone think what when the habs want to trade all these other teams fans like leafs fan for example always think we'd have to give up  carey price! CAREY PRICE IS THE MOST UNTOUCHABLE PLAYER ON THIS TEAM!! but you leafs fans think you can go and make these ridiculous trades with L.A.AND TAMPA BAY OR ATALANTA!!and offer a stiff like antropov and kubina and think that they're going to get the #1 pick from the kings!!well news flash L.A. isn't going to hand you guys stamkos or anybody else for stiffs like those!!i mean really wake up and give your head a shake!if the habs would have to part with price as you guys keep saying we will!if you guys are going to try and get stamkos from the kings it will cost you kaberle,1st r.d pick in 09(tavares) draft,steen,tlusty and stralman!!remember you said this guy(stamkos)is a franchise player!!and why with us would L.A.want price when they have jonathan bernier coming up!!but if we made a deal for the #1 pick we could do it without giving up price!i guarantee it!!also we have more talented and better stuff to give up than the leafs!to make this happen so if i was a leafs fan i'd be worried that gainey will come in and steal the stamkos pick away from whoever is trying to deal for it!!

  19. DandoEagle says:

    The habs have the best future of all the teams in the NHL

    they have a top 5 player in Price in goal and another ready starter in halak

    they have the deepest D in the league with markov and komisarek in tehir prime and studs like obryne, gorges, subban, valaetenko, carle, fischer, weber and mcdonaugh mr hockey in minesota on the way

    and with the kostysins, perezhogin, plekanec, higgins, lapierre, latendresse, pacioretty, lahti, locke, milroy, trotter, urquhart, maxwell, white, chiphura up front, there is no team with deeper talent

    getting stamkos would be awesome.

    if tampa or st louis win the lottery then a deal of halak, valetenko, perezhogin and the habs 1st should easily get the habs the top pick

    if its LA or atlanta then if the habs replace halak with latendresse considering niether of those teams need a young goalie i am sure that would bring plenty of interest.

    no team can put together a better package.

  20. BruMagnus says:

    I said it back in January in the If the Playoffs Started Now post when Pitty and Habs were 4th and 5th that that series would easily be the most exciting first round series in the entire playoffs (first round) with the home team likely taking it in game 7.

    The Pens have way more experience though (Sydor, Hossa, Gill, even Fleury and the young Pens with 5 games vs. the inexperienced Habs, only Koivu, Kovalev, Markov) and the current better goaltender.

    Fleury, btw, is something like .951 in this last 6 starts, with a 4-1-1 record.

  21. HABSSTAR says:

    My thoughts exactly! 2010 is going to see Vinny come home.  It would be great to see that guy in a Habs jersey.  The only question is what # would he have?   

  22. Clearly says:

    Stop using explanation marks twice in a row. Or even better, just stop using explanation marks. I think he was saying that in reference to an earlier post which suggested Montreal going after Stamkos. That would cost them Carey Price, as nobody on the team is valuable enough for Stamkos.

    Stop with stupid posts, please. Gainey isn't God, as much as you'd like to believe.

  23. HABSSTAR says:

    My thoughts exactly! 2010 is going to see Vinny come home.  It would be great to see that guy in a Habs jersey.  The only question is what # would he have?   

  24. Clearly says:

    Hmm.. Why aren't they rated #1 in Hockey Futures then?

    St. Louis has much better young talent, as well with Chicago. Only thing Montreal can top Chicago with is goaltending. Chicago has Kane and Toews, then Keith and Seabrook on the back end.

    I'd also pick San Jose over Montreal in terms of youth talent. Their defense is amazing, and young. Cambell, Vlasic, Wishart, Ehrhoff, Carle?

    Up front they have the likes of Setoguchi, Goc, Clowe, Pavelski, Michalek. Cheechoo is still very young as well.

    Minor leagues, you have names like Greiss. But what about Tyson Sexsmith? Great WHL goaltender, leading the league with a 1.91 GAA.

    Logan Couture has a bright future.

  25. nhlmaster says:

    yes i agree. but we dont have size  at all… we need size and expierence.  size is our biggest flaw… like what u said expierence come

  26. LuoungoisGod121 says:

    I agree with the Tampa/St Louis deals obviously netiher of the teasm have a starter the like of Halak (who has shades of Luoungo in him) but if it's LA or Altanta that win I think they need to consider adding emElin to the deal, I've herd that this kid has sick slick skills and he's big but wont' p lay for MOntreal so why not get a tanglible assit in return?

    Latendresse will be pottng 45 -50 next seasno just like Shannann.

    But the Habs do have the greatest depth of prospects ever assembled in League history so they can make any deal for any player based on prospects alone!

  27. LuoungoisGod121 says:

    #4 Beliveau already said he's wiling to take it down from the rafters.

  28. LeafsNation91 says:

    lafleur10, you are clearly making yourself look more stupid everytime you write something. I said to acquire Stamkos you would have to trade Price, because no one would give up a player of that caliber for a 29th pick and Chris Higgins or Saku Koivu. And I never said that Toronto was going to get Stamkos, but Toronto I belive would have a better shot then Montreal though. They can give up their top pick, estimated top 8 and trade a player for Stamkos. The other team would get a player and a top pick still. And ANtropov has proven he is not stiff, having more points then most Montreal Canadians. Oh yeah, Leaf fans say you need to trade Carey Price in a trade because your trades are ridiclous. Michael Ryder for Vincent Lecalvier, BOY does that seem fair. Lets trade Mats Sundin for Ovechkin. Lets see if Washington will do that. You will not get that #1 pick because you have nothing to give up.

  29. LeafsNation91 says:

    lafleur10, you are clearly making yourself look more stupid everytime you write something. I said to acquire Stamkos you would have to trade Price, because no one would give up a player of that caliber for a 29th pick and Chris Higgins or Saku Koivu. And I never said that Toronto was going to get Stamkos, but Toronto I belive would have a better shot then Montreal though. They can give up their top pick, estimated top 8 and trade a player for Stamkos. The other team would get a player and a top pick still. And ANtropov has proven he is not stiff, having more points then most Montreal Canadians. Oh yeah, Leaf fans say you need to trade Carey Price in a trade because your trades are ridiclous. Michael Ryder for Vincent Lecalvier, BOY does that seem fair. Lets trade Mats Sundin for Ovechkin. Lets see if Washington will do that. You will not get that #1 pick because you have nothing to give up.

  30. DandoEagle says:

    your crazy!

    the hawks and blues and sharks have good young talent, but overall the depth is hardly even close to montreal's

    and while those teams have stars, no star is higher than prices. goalie is the most important position in hockey. price will have a more better impact than anyone you listed.

  31. hockey_lover says:

    In the last 20 years, only 7 centerman have won the Conn Smythe (and 13 since 1965). Defenseman have also won it 7 times in the last 20 years (11 since 1965). In fact, goaltenders have won it 14 times since 1965 .. one MORE than the centerman that "almost always" win it.

    As for it "frequently" being a captain, by my count, in the last 20 years, only 8 captains have won the Conn Smythe. Perhaps it is simply our definition of "frequently" that differs.

    You did get that they were usually Canadian though. Only 2 out of the last 20 have not been Canadian. Excellent work.

    However, the Hart trophy is where the centerman excels. However, your logic is flawed. The Hart trophy is awarded to the player deemed most valuable to his team during the regular season. The award has no bearing on playoffs. Thats the Conn Smythe.

    I hope you are man enough to say you stand corrected and were so very wrong.

    I'm sorry if I sounded harsh, but I'm just sick of all the uninformed opinions going around.

  32. BruMagnus says:

    You got me!

    I was in fact thinking about the Hart Trophy, I should have made an aside about the Conn Smythe. You are also totally right that the Hart has little bearing (but I'd say some, certainly more than 'no') on the playoffs.

    What I was in fact thinking about, and sorry for my error, was how many Canadians have won the Award(s). Or rather, I think it was how many Captains in the NHL have been non-Canadian and won the Cup. I think it was only 2 (Brian Leetch and….)

    I do think someone like Lidstrom, or Sundin on the right team, has what it takes to win it. But until that day, I'll take Crosby or Staal or Iginla over a Yashin or potential future Captain in Ovechkin.

    I stand corrected.

  33. Habfan17 says:

    I really don't know how realistic it is to go after the #1 pick to get Stamkos. There is no doubt that he appears to be a superstar of the future, but who knows for sure. A lot of people thought Daigle would be too! There are quite a few players that were taken in the top 5 that were thought to be can't miss… and guess what?

    Right now I think that Mtl is developing just fine. I wouldn't want to give up a bunch of talented players unless it was for the " right " player.

    There is only one guy that comes to mind, Lecavalier!! With the 100 year anniversary coming, and as you mentioned Saku starting to reach the twilight of his career, Vinny would be perfect! He would give Mtl size and relative youth at center. He is classy like Beliveau, but has a bit of a mean streak like Richard! Since a lot of hockey folks are saying that the 2009 draft is even better than the upcoming one, I think Mtl would be wise to stay the course and see what happens. With Tampa doing so poorly, they could just end up winning the draft lottery and picking first, or very close to the top.

    If Tampa could get their hands on Stamkos, then trading Vinny to Mtl doesn't seem like such a stretch. Tampa needs a goalie and the way Halak has been playing, the fact that he is mature at 22 years of age, and was the best Goalie in the American league all play in Mtl's favour. Add in Fischer, Grabovski, Gorges, and the 2nd round pick and I think Tampa would go for it. They really needs a goalie and some defensive depth. Two young guys in Gorges and Fischer ( who is probably closer to making the NHL ) would really help them. There is also Perezhogin if he would agree to come back and play. Grabovski won't have much of a chance to play centre with Plekanec, Koivu and Chipchura sure to make it next season.

    The alternative is to wait and see if Lecavalier decides not to sign a new contract with Tampa. He may be fed up with the situation there and want to play in Mtl. The he would be free and would give Mtl some other chips to tade to build a strong surrounding cast! The fact that Mtl is headed up might make Vinny consider it more!!
     
    I don't think Saku would have a problem being the third line centre behind Lecavalier and Plekanec. He is a team guy and it seems he really wants to help bring a cup to Mtl. He has unfinished business to attend to!!

  34. careyprice31 says:

    clearly obviously your not seeing the picture clearly. Stop being jealous or stop writting stupid posts. And yes Bob Gainey is a god !!!

  35. Habfan17 says:

    Very good point about the size of the players on the last cup winner. By the waym Lecalair was listed as 6' 1" and 210 lbs in the Mtl media guides for Mtl. He grew 2" and around 15lbs in Philly…go figure!!

    Mtl does have a lot of talented centers on the way, but they haven't had a true Marquee player since Lafleur retired. As much as I don't think it has to be  French Canadien, Lecavalier would fit the bill. He is not a premadonna, has class, and just happens to have some size.

    Having said that, Kovalev is awesome this year and has always been one of the top talented players.

    I am not one who believes in trading a slew of talented players for one, but if Mtl didn't have to trade it's core players and Tampa finishes low enough to be in the draft lottery and win! Then they could afford to trade Vinny to shore up some key areas where they are lacking. Goaltending is one area and defence. Offering Halak, Gorges, Fischer, Grabovski and Perezhogin would not hurt the nucleus of Mtl, but it would certainly address the problem positions in Tampa and set both team up to be contenders for years! The Tampa fans should be okay with trading Vinny if they have Stamkos! I would even throw in Boullion! I love his work ethic and heart, but there are a lot of talented d-men coming that would add some size.

  36. lafleur10 says:

    your a dickhead and a total moron!!antropov is no where near having more points than the montreal canadiens take a look at the stats before you comment  you look like an idiot when you say that!kovalev,plekanec,a.kostitsyn,markov,streit, koivu all have more points and higgins,lattendresse s.kostitsyn will all have more points than that stiff at the end of the year!where did i ever say that we'd trade ryder for lacavalier!show me,show me you assclown! we could get that pick (#1 overall)before your laffs because ifanybody has nothing to give up it's your shitty team!what they have a bunch of 3rd liners that teams will be getting in line to get for a first r.d.pick (1st overall)give your head a shake and wakeup if you are going to discuss hockey with any intelligence! because you clearly are an unintelligent hockey fan that knows nothing other than your garbage leafs!btw teams would take higgins over antropov anyday of the week!also the habs have twice the assests to give up for a stamkos trade more than what the make me laffs could offerand i9f you don't think so then your dummer i think you are!you also mentioned that toronto could give up their pick possible #8 and a player ask yourself this what player do you think you guys can offer?

  37. lafleur10 says:

    good luck to the penguins bru,i really hope we meet you guys in the 1st r.d. and we can finally put this debate to bed it'll like you said and i agree with 100% that it would be the best and most exciting match up of the first r.d.

  38. LeafsNation91 says:

    I'm sorry, I just got used to ignoring you're points because you make no sense when you speak. It's like giving a 4 year old a computer and asking him to write a very angry message. Wow, you need to grow up. Also, no one gives a shit about Higgins. Teams want high draft picks. Which the Leafs have. A top pick as well. Which teams would be looking at. Not some crappy 20th pick overall. Also, alot of teams wanted Antropov at the deadline, but as Cliff Fletcher said, he wanted to build this team around Antropov and Kaberle. Which is great in my opinion. Because this has been a career year for Nik and it looks like he is a late bloomer in the NHL. So were having a bad year, you have seem many of thoughs in the early millenium, haven't you! And you will see them again…

  39. Canadiens81 says:

    If no one gives a crap about Higgins how come whenever there was a trade rumor of a team wanting to trade with Montreal Higgins was the first name to come up.  The Toronto Sun even said Toronto wanted Higgins.  And Higgins is better than Antropov and way younger.  This is Antropov first alright year and how old is he?

  40. lafleur10 says:

    MORE BAD YEARS COMING IN THE MILLENIUM?ARE YOU  DOPE?you guys are going to have the long early millenium!!we are a long way from those days and our future just keeps getting brighter and brighter as where yours is dim and getting darker!enjoy being out of the playoffs for the next 3-5 years!!41 years and counting!watch this team(the habs) and watch the playoff run we go on see you in the stanley cup final!

  41. LeafsNation91 says:

    I never said now you moron, I say one day Montreal will see a fall again. All teams do, it is mostly part of a cycle. Don’t worry. Toronto will be back, so what if it takes years, we will have a playoff team again. MLSE looks like they are now looking for a top tier GM, so when we get that, we will one day be as good as we were in the new millenium.

  42. BruMagnus says:

    How about meeting in the Conference Finals instead? Both our teams would have lots of momentum and be playing much more confident hockey! Now that would be a great Eastern Conference Finals. I just hope the Devils don't make it that far and that the Pens can avoid them.

  43. Canadiens81 says:

    So you mean you will make the playoffs but never win the cup.  I guess thats a good thing to shoot for. here's to another 41 years.

  44. lafleur10 says:

    we'll see! for your sake i hope so! you guys better make sure it's the right guy for the g.m. job because if it isn't there will be no change and the losing and cupless years will continue!

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