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03-20-2012, 10:09 PM
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Friedman's thoughts on the Habs

Was just reading Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts and there were some pretty interesting ones about the Habs.

22. That shot from the Montreal/Ottawa game last Friday of Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth and Chris Campoli going at each other didn't go unnoticed. Guys who've played for Cunneyworth say that never happens with him.
Looks like Campoli will be looking for a job overseas or in the AHL next year.

23. As tough as this season's been for Montreal, the Canadiens do play hard for Cunneyworth. They killed nine Ottawa power plays Friday night. He's done his best with a bad hand, while Canadiens fans kill a kitten each time Kirk Muller's Carolina Hurricanes win a game.
It was pretty nice to see our PK doing that great that game. Hopefully that keeps up next year even though we won't have Gill for the whole year.

24. The Canadiens look like a totally different team with Andrei Markov in the lineup. He controls the game whenever he's on the ice. Ask the players how much of a difference he makes and they don't say anything at first. They just roll their eyes. Common sentiment: "Passes always hit the tape of your stick." And with that stone-eyed look, it's all business when he's around.
Great to hear this about Markov. Our blueline will be so much more stable if he's healthy for all of next year. Imagine how many 3rd period leads we would've been able to hold on to if he had played more this year...

25. For his part, Markov says he's nowhere near the pace he wants to be, adding he's noticed he's a step behind several times. Considering Montreal didn't want him playing on back-to-back nights last weekend, I can't see any way the organization allows him to play in the worlds. Too much at stake.
I don't really get this one. Shouldn't they let him play in the Worlds to gain that pace back? Or do they expect him to just get in shape by working out during the off-season? Weird...

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