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10-30-2006, 06:58 AM
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The Habs have done well to be in 4th over the first 10 games.
Lost only 2 games in reg time. PP and PK are doing well which shows that special teams are really important in the new NHL.

IS this as good as they are? NO.

over all two things come to mind.
Getting that 2nd line going ( perhaps as an all Russian line) that come to play and produces consistently is first on the list.

BUT, don't forget depth. A ton of teams are top heavy, meaning as long as their top line is healthy and produces all is well but if that top line gets hit with injury the team is doomed.

This is NOT the case with the Habs. Sure it would hurt but the Habs have many options, and good ones with some AHL prospects due to graduate soon and every month that goes by those prospects are getting better. Time works FOR the Habs in this case. These are options not many teams have. It only comes important later as the grind of 82 games starts to hit.

The Habs have kept up to the league with some injuries at defence right off the bat.

Carbo and Muller are bringing both new ideas and old ideas into the mix. The PP and PK are showing it.

So the Habs have a good team, with options to stay good and a good potential to get even better.
As a team the Habs need to live through two important things, a looseing streek and how they react, and a winning streek and how they react. This will tell just how far this 2006-7 team goes in the playoffs.

Looking way way forward, The Habs should be able to tweak itself into a really good 4 line NHL team. Dangerous on 3 lines and a TOP TIER shut down line and two very good PK duo's

On the Cap front, Gainey will have to adjust a few things for next year to keep all the best assets but then again there is a very seeable way to do it already. So no worries there.

SO no 7.5 mil players for the habs, just a bunch of good players.

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