I try to figure how the Habs cannot be the best team in the league.. And I just cant.
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07-17-2006, 06:16 AM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Toronto / North York
I think its fair to be optimist, I foresee a great season start. How good we will be at the end of the season will be measured by our performance in the December-January timeframe where we usually have an hard time. (The usual bysmal xmas trip!)
The dev camp showed Lats might be on his way to at least the 10 games tryout period. He will then need to perform above his head in those 10 games to force a trade. It would surprise me, but its not completely out of the question imo. Radek Bonk will be the one gone if Lats makes a place for himself. The Johnson trade open up the possibility of trading Bonk, since he can play center. Lats would be a 4th liner in the first year, with some spots on the top9-6 when injuries occurs. Ferland the 14th forward. Downey will be there when we need some big bodies in the winter.
The team will be in very good position the day Ryder plays on the 3rd line and Kost won his spot on the first line. Ryder-Pleck-Perez could score some goals and Ryder still be used as a PP specialist, a possible 30 goal scorer on the 3rd line, wow just wow!. Now you ask, why Kost on the first line? More goals in 5v5 than Ryder, something very important for a first line. I also hope we start using Kost on the point on the PVP a.s.a.p. But for all that to happen he(Kost) needs a stellar camp of course. All this will more likely happen in the 2nd half of the season. Kost might have to play in the AHL some more in the early months of the season.
Then something relatively big might happen in the middle of the winter to trade some expandable assets. All those teams with a bad start of the year might start "selling" some assets.
I see Johnson pushing Rib a lot for his spot, not Pleckanec imo, whos so confortable with Perezhogin.
If we stay healthy= position 3-6th in the conf imo. We can do better if we are better in the winter months around xmas, but I wont bank on it, at least not this year. Maybe next one, with that extra asset in the middle.
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