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05-16-2006, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by onice
Before this season started, I thought the Habs needed to upgrade their defense. At the end of this season, I didn't think that was a priority any longer.

Cote is ready to move up and I think he can take Streit's place.

Maybe one, two or all three of Kostsitsyn, Latendresse and Grabovsky might make it to the big leagues out of training camp.

So that leaves us with one major hole: our 1 or 1a centreman.

With Zednick, Ribeiro, Sundstrom and perhaps Aebischer on the trading block we could free up money to trade or sign a top notch centreman. All of a sudden the team starts to look stronger. (That's if Koivu recovers from the eye surgery!!!!)

Ryder Koivu Higgins

Kostsitsyn/Latendresse (Top Centreman) Kovalev

Perezhogin Plekanec Zednick/Grabovsky

Murray Bonk Begin

Ribeiro and Sundstrom I would unload this summer. Zednick I would keep till I'm sure two of Kostsitsyn, Latendresse and Grabovsky can make the team. If it's only one that can make the team than Zednick stays. I still think he can help this team.
thats almost exactly the way i see it for the Offensive side
but i m still a little concerned about defense..

we have 1 top 4 D, 1 hopefully a future top 4
and a bunch of 5th and 6th 7th D in a good team

so i m not sure what i d like to see
but i guess it d be somethin like
markov komi
ufa dandy
souray rivet
and then bouillon streit or cote
I really liked what i saw from Cote when he was in Mtl
I also wouldn t mind seeing Rivet being traded...even if saku won t like it.

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