Should The Habs Re-Build?
This is a great article I found on spectorshockey.net, so here it is:
Jack Todd recently wrote that the Canadiens decline this season and their inconsistency since the late 90s should be incentive for GM Bob Gainey to conduct a thorough housecleaning in the off-season and rebuild in earnest. Todd advocates either trading or buying out Alex Kovalev and Sergei Samsonov, re-signing Andrei Markov and building around their young talent both currently on the teams (Mike Komisarek, Christopher Higgins, Tomas Plekanec, Alexander Perezhogin, Maxim Lapierre, Andrei Kostitsyn and Guilluame Latendresse) and within their system (goalie Carey Price being their brightest prospect). Todd doubts impending UFAs Radek Bonk and Mike Johnson will re-sign, and believes no one in the organization (except for Price) should be considered untouchable, including captain Saku Koivu. Todd doesn’t advocate firing Gainey or head coach Guy Carbonneau.