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DEBASER 03-06-2004 08:33 PM

optimism for the playoffs
 
I think Gainey is optimistic about our chances in the playoffs, and the pickup of Kovalev supports that. His reasons for acquiring Kovalev seemed to be a reward for continued fan support and the perseverence of the habs throughout the season, but i think a lot has to do with coach Julien.

He is one of the best coaches in the league in terms of getting the most out of what he has to work with, and if look at last years playoffs, coaching performance had as much to do with the team's success as player performance. Consider the wild and Aneheim, the 6th and 7th seeds - both Lemaire and Babcock did an unreal job. I think Gainey is banking on Julien having some tricks up his sleeve that could give fits to the higher seeded teams.

tritone 03-06-2004 09:13 PM

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Originally Posted by DEBASER
I think Gainey is optimistic about our chances in the playoffs, and the pickup of Kovalev supports that. His reasons for acquiring Kovalev seemed to be a reward for continued fan support and the perseverence of the habs throughout the season, but i think a lot has to do with coach Julien.

He is one of the best coaches in the league in terms of getting the most out of what he has to work with, and if look at last years playoffs, coaching performance had as much to do with the team's success as player performance. Consider the wild and Aneheim, the 6th and 7th seeds - both Lemaire and Babcock did an unreal job. I think Gainey is banking on Julien having some tricks up his sleeve that could give fits to the higher seeded teams.

A reward for FAN SUPPORT?!?!?!?!? :joker:

Habber 03-06-2004 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by DEBASER
I think Gainey is optimistic about our chances in the playoffs, and the pickup of Kovalev supports that. His reasons for acquiring Kovalev seemed to be a reward for continued fan support...

Do you work for the Habs PR department?:joker: Aquiring Kovalev was all about $$$.

But I do think we have a decent chance in the playoffs. If Theo's on a hot streak and we can continue to score timely goals, we'll be a force.


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