What Does Gainey do ???

After hearing Saku Koivu talk at yesterday’s golf tournament, Habs fans should have reason to be worried. As much as the Habs brass show’s confidence that Koivu will be fine, inside they are shaking in their boots. What does Gainey do. Does he go into camp and see if any rookie is ready to make the jump ? Does he see if Kovalev or Higgins can play in the middle this year ? Does he look to make a deal ? Does he put his confidence in Bonk to play on one of the top 2 lines ?

1. Habs don’t have many prospects at center

Chipchura – Not thought of as a first or second line guy.

Grabovsky – Don’t know much about him, he has a high skill level, but is very small

2. If Kovalev or Higgins move to center, who will take their place on the wing ?

3. Who is available to aquire via trade, and who do we offer ?

4. Bonk can hardley play on a fourth line it seems, so what would make him be able to keep up on a 1st or 2nd line.

So Habs fans what is Gainey to do ???

10 Responses to What Does Gainey do ???

  1. habs_punk says:

    Move Higgins to centre and replace him on the wing by Perezhogin, Plekanec, or possibly Kostitsyn/Latendresse if they show they’re ready. Or have Plekanec and Ribeiro as the top two centres. Bonk has spent time as a first line centre in the past, meaning he might be serviceable as a top two centre until Koivu is ready.

    I think the Habs wait and see how Koivu is first, then see how a few different line combinations would work, then if there is still need for another centre, see if Huet can handle the starting role and trade Aebischer + a prospect for a centre. Or something like that.

  2. Huge_Polar_Bear says:

    What scares me is that in the article on TSN website (address at the bottom) about Saku and his injury, Ribeiro is quoted as saying that he might have to step up to help fill the loss of Koivu. I don’t know about you but this scares me… If the Habs are hoping to solve this problem with Ribeiro than I beleive we are done for. Listen I’m sure he can play some decent hockey and between Kovalev and Samsonov he can put up some points but he is not a leader and personally I can’t stand the guy. He gives me the feeling that he thinks himself a super star in the NHL when on any other team he would be lucky to be their 3rd line center. Johnson has played center on phoenix’s top two lines and I’m hoping that he can fill the void, or let Higgins go back to his natural spot or even Plecanec… but please let’s not put our hopes on Ribeiro. Also let’s not say the words Bonk and 1st line center or even 2nd line center. I know Gainey is confident with the club that he has but we really need a #1 center (and I just hope that Gainey realizes it before the trade deadline). Then Koivu can come back and fill the #2 spot when he is healthy.


  3. habswinthecup-again says:

    I am confident that Koivu will be ready for the beginnig of the season, and it appears that Bob and Guy are as well since the only talk right now about the Habs is about bringing in Jason Wooley to replace the injured Boullion (not sure he would be better than Streit tho).

  4. rogaut1 says:

    Currently Gainey is trying to acquire in priority :

    1) Briere

    2) Marleau

    If he cannot acquire 1) or 2) he will get Robert Lang from Detroit

  5. mtl_prince says:

    trade abby and ribs for a center…do it now, now i say!

  6. habswinthecup-again says:

    And what if last year was a fluke for Huet?

  7. SmileZ says:

    If Koivu is not ready for the start of the season, he will make it back before Christmas. Not cancer, torn knees, broken hand, torn rib cartlidge can keep this guy out. He’ll be back, if not then Bonk will play the second line and get 20 goals. Bonk will do better this year with the team we have. =)

  8. stanleyfan says:

    Even if last year was a fluke for Huet he should do at least as well as Theodore did last year. I personally believe that Huet is not quite as good as he showed last year but I think he is solid.

    With that said, I would like to have Abb. around this year just in case. Ribero and Abb would be too much for a centre who is just filling in until Koivu comes back.

  9. habsoverserver says:

    gainey waits another month to see how koivu heals.

    if koivu goes on the long term injury list, habs have his over $4 mil to replace him. if he misses 20 games or less, habs probably try to make do.

  10. habsoverserver says:

    neither is available outside of fantasy island.

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