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10-05-2008, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by rocketlives View Post
Sooner or later the Habs will have to get rid of Begin, Lapierre, Kostopoulos, Dandenault and Brisebois because they have much better players waiting in the wings.

I'm sure the scouts aren't beating a path to the Bell Center for the above mentioned players. Trading one or several of our young prospects so these hardworking but mediocre players can keep their jobs would be a mistake.
I agree totally.

The weakest link in the lineup right now is Breeze-by. I feel bad for Hammer having to play with this slug.

Now that all preseason games are played I see our line like this.
First 3 lines look good.
Dandy is of no use to us.
Lapierre is miscast as a C. As a north/south 4th line winger he's good trade bait.
Begin and Kosto are useful but redundant and as much as I like Begin's game he's injury prone.

Our D is solid with Markov/Komi-Hammer/O'Bryne-The Cube/Gorges
BUT....what to do if this D can't start the season.
No team in the NHL would trade for Breeze-by so we are stuck with him, he couldn't make the the Leafs D. Anyone who says he's a good #4 while we work through injuries doesn't realize how important our first 15 games will be at the end of the season.

IMHO our 4th line should look like BGL-Chipper-Begin/Kosto.

that allows us move Lapierre/Dandy/prospect/pick for a #4 D.
We need to make a move.

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