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07-01-2009, 08:33 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Hamilton, ON
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Hell of a makeover. This is not the same Canadiens at all. It's a completely different team.
In two days, Gainey went out and got himself
an entire first line
with three guys with 30-goal, 80-point seasons on their resumes. Odds are they won't all get that, but it's still a lot of talent. So much for Gainey sleeping on UFA day.
In isolation the moves don't all look good. As a group, on the other hand...
Take Gomez. I hated that move. I'm still skeptical. But the Habs got Cammalleri and Gionta out of it, both of whom Gomez has to have factored in. If Gomez is good enough to incite UFAs to come to Montreal, I'll have to admit that a- the deal was useful beyond getting Gomez for a huge cap hit and b- Gomez might well be significantly better than I give him credit for.
Now add Gionta. By himself, a 25-goal smurf. With Gomez? He just might be a 48-goal smurf. It's been known to happen. And it would be a lot better.
Cammalleri is just a good young player, a fine sniper to go with playmaker Gomez. That signing is good on his own, but Gionta is enough of a threat that opponents can't just key on him and neutralize the entire line.
Three notable things about the signings today:
- The Habs added talented players who CHOSE to come to Montreal.
- The Habs got younger up front. Gionta is 30, Gomez 30, Cammy 27. Added to Pleky, Lats, and the Kostitsyns, this is a good young core.
- The Habs got durable players. Most of these guys don't get hurt much.
I'm worried about size... but Gainey went out and got talent. And speed. Sooooo much speed.
The Habs were supposed to be a fast team? They're gonna look like lethargic snails compared to this bunch.
The forwards are shaping up nicely, but that defense looks ugly. Spacek's not great in his own end, and Gill is completely useless. Add that to offensively-minded Markov, aging Hamrlik, and who knows what else... It really looks bad. I also wanted to deal one of our goalies and get a veteran backup to mentor the one who stayed, but we've got time still.
I'll tell you this... If you could combine the two teams I cheer for, you'd have a hell of a lineup.
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