What do you think of him now?

Over the past several months I have read a ridiculously number of posts that suggest Saku should go – you should all give your collect heads a shake. He is, without a doubt, the habs best player…it is not even close. Tonight he was absolutely exceptional. He works his ass off, makes things happen, plays with emotion, and has loads of TALENT!! Not to mention he actually WANTS TO PLAY IN MONTREAL (so have some damn respect and try not drive the talent out of town that in fact wants to wear the CH).
All of you who think that his time has come to move on are out of your minds. He has played his entire career on a Montreal team that puts little to no emphasis on offense and thus has been jammed into one stifling defense system after another; and guess what: HE HAS NEVER WHINED ABOUT IT!! How refreshing. Can you imagine the career and cups he would have had playing for a Detriot or Colorado like team. I know that he has had his injuries and that has been a problem but come on, he has heart, which is more than I can say for a good portion of that team. So, Koivu detractors, MOVE ON and find another, far more worthy scape goat. GO HABS!

6 Responses to What do you think of him now?

  1. Les-Habitants says:

    thank you sir, thank you.

  2. habsoverserver says:

    when a team tumbles six places in the standings the captain, first line center and highest paid player has to take some heat. 

    though he may have a lot of talent, heart, drive, shiny teeth, and the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, in terms of points scored and plus minus, he is among the bottom 20% of first line centers in pro hockey.  by the time montreal is through their "rebuilding," he will be in the tail end of his career. 

    to suggest that montreal is a defensive team is not born out by any empirical evidence.  montreal is among the most penalized teams and gives up more shots per game than average.  they are not a great defensive team, they are really just a mediocre offensive team, held back by a lack of talent and cohesion.

    i am laughing at the thought of koivu playing first line center ahead of yzerman, federov, datsyuk, sakic or forsberg.  koivu is the only player that "high scoring" teams DIDN'T take from Montreal.  unlike roy, keane, leclair, schneider, desjardins, recchi, malakhov, damphousse, corson, etc., no other team ever asked for koivu.  which doesn't mean koivu is bad, it means he isn't the missing link for a dynasty. 

    i'd love to have koivu on montreal for $3mil per season as a second line center.  for $4.75 on the first line, it's a little extreme. 

  3. TheStryker says:

    Very nice post. But im sure teams have inquired in the past about Saku's availability.

  4. Freak says:

    I agrere with you man, Koivu is the best player on the habs by far. He’s maybe the unluckiest player in the league in terms of stupid injurues and how can we forget the cancer and eye injury. He STILL plays with tremendous heart, even after all that. I do think that there is way too much pressure on him to carry the team on his back,( similar situation in Ottawa with Alfredsson) which is why the organization needs to acquire some players with good finishing skills to lighten the load, or someone else on the team needs to step up and help out koivu. Its definitly not Souray to be the one to come and save the habs. maybe if he was a + 25 it would be a different story. Montreal is a tough city to play in, the toughest. So people who hate on Koivu should take it easy.

  5. sdopus says:

    Ok, they give up shots, but I don’t need empirical evidence to speculate that over the last decade or so the Canadians have had little in the way of real offesive talent, and thus have been forced into dreadful defensive systems (whether or not they have played them well is another matter).  He’s the leading scorer on the team, what line should they put him on?  And smart guy, I never compared him to yzerman, federov, datsyuk, sakic or forsberg, or suggested that he would have played ahead of any of them, I simlpy theorized that he would likely have had a far more productive career points-wise had he played on a team where offensive mattered.  BTW, there are plenty of 2nd line centers making 4.5, so don’t blame him for the fact that Montreal doesn’t have a bonifide 1st line guy; he’s not the GM.

    p.s. brush your teeth and your’s will be shiny too, as for the leaping of buildings, I got nothing.

  6. Hoondog2 says:

    Koivu is a good player worth keeping.  Montreal just needs a number one center to lead him and the team.

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