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06-28-2004, 08:54 AM
Des Louise
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Originally Posted by markov`
If there's a next season, I predict we will battle for the North-East title with the Sens. Depends what happen with Kovy.
That would be surprising IMO. Not totaly out of the realms of possibilities but far from a good bet.

It's going to depend on a lot of things.

-Which Theodore is going to show up ? The 01-02 one, the 02-03 one or the 03-04 one ? What kind of effect Huet is going to have on Theodore ? What kind of performances can he provide ? Can Melanson keep doing a stand out job on our goalies and turn average goaltenders (Hackett, Huet) into very good ones ?

-Can Ribeiro and Ryder build on their first real succesful NHL season and post roughly the same numbers ? Same concerns for Komisarek ? Other teams will prepare for us next season. They'll look at the stats sheet and see Ryder and Ribeiro ranked #1 and #2. Chances are it will be more difficult for them to repeat. The acquisition of Bonk and the possible re-signing of Kovalev or another UFA should help taking pressure off of their shoulders and help them repeat.

-Can Koivu, Souray and Bégin remain healthy ? What about the other guys ?

-What's going to happen on the free agent front ? Is Kovalev going to resign or are we going to have to beg for a lesser player to come and fill that role ?

-What about rookies ? Can one of Plekanec, Hainsey, Hossa, Beauchemin, Higgins, Perezhogin or Kastsitsyn make the team ? What kind of impact can they have ?

-Will all the guys that worked hard last summer because of the disapointing 02-03 season spend as much time in the gym and prepare as well as they did ?

There are so many question marks heading into next season - including the possibility that there ain't a next season.

But there's still a lot less question marks going into next season than there was going into the last one. Fun time to be a habs fan.

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