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08-24-2008, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Daniel Bigras View Post
Montreal was 26th last year with the number of shots allowed per game.

Montreal was 10th last year with the number of goals against.

Montreal was 13th last year with the number of goals scored against per game.

What did Gainey do to fix this problem?

Replacing Brisebois with Belle? In short, not much.

Will getting a good 3rd center fix this problem? Seriously, I doubt it. I think we tried so many 3rd centers last year that it never gave us very good results.

I think Bouillon and Gorges are too weak. They are slow, small, not gritty enough. I find that too many times Montreal gave too much room for the other team's offense. I doubt it's because our forwards are not fast enough.

Just look at Bouillon and Gorges' stats:

Josh Gorges, 6'1, 195lbs, 62, 0-9-9, +0
Francis Bouillon, 5'8, 201, 74, 2-6-8, +9

There are a few candidates still available on the market:

Marek Malik, 6'6, 240lbs, 42, 2-8-10, +10, 69, 2-19-21, +32
Bret Hedican, 6'2, 210lbs, 66, 2-15-17, +17
Keith Carney, 6'1, 216lbs, 61, 1-10-11, +8, 80, 4-13-17, +22
Chris Chelios, 6'1, 190lbs, 69, 3-9-12, +11
Mattias Norstrom, 6'2, 210lbs, 71, 2-11-13, +3

Ok, Cherlios is a nostalgic choice, but eh, he's still better than Bouillon and Gorges.

All these players are either bigger, stronger, better defensively, some are even all three.

Anyway, the point here is that I think we are blind if we think that Montreal's defense is good enough. It was the worst of the top 10 teams last year in the defensive area.

Again, what did the big guy do to improve these areas?
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