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07-04-2008, 08:11 AM
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Prospal-Lecavalier-St.Louis
Malone-Stamkos-Vrbata
Roberts-Halpern-Jokinen
Tarnasky-Hall-Craig

Boyle-Ranger
Kuba-Lundin
O'Brien-Lukowich

Smith
Kolzig
You have managed to miss out a lot of players: Ouellet, Artyukhin, Smaby, Picard etc

It will probably look more like this;

Prospal-Lecavalier-St.Louis
Malone-Stamkos-Vrbata
Jokinen-Halpern-Ouellet
Roberts/Ward-Tarnasky/Hall-Artyukhin/Craig

Boyle-Ranger
Kuba-Picard
O'Brien-Lundin/Smaby/Mihalik/Niskala(training camp will decide this the rest will go to the AHL)
Lukowich

Smith
Kolzig

Obviously some forwards and possibly a dman or two will be dealt before the end of the summer though, as some players like Ward will be removed one way or another I hope.

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07-04-2008, 08:15 AM
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Aside from the Habs, I'd say the Rangers. Adding Redden, Zherdev, Kalinin and Naslund, and re-signing Rozsival make them a very deep and experienced team with a great defensive corps and strong goaltending. Then again, hard to deny the Pens with their stable of young superstars. Any one of those teams could finish 1st in my opinion. Now if Montreal were to sign Sundin or make a trade for someone similar......Signing Denis appears to signal that Halak is being dangled, though I'm sure I'm not the first to suggest that.

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07-04-2008, 08:39 AM
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I don't like the makeup of the Rangers. Lots of boom/bust type players with Redden/Zherdev/Naslund. The good news is they can still rely on their tupperware style of play to win games.. They do still have Lundqvist.

I'd say Pittsburgh and Mtl are favorites in the east followed closely by the Flyers/Rangers.

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07-04-2008, 08:48 AM
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I think that you can predict 3 or 4 bottom feeders but any one of 10 teams can finish on top in the east. You can't rule out a team like Carolina, they've show in the past what being on the same page can do. TB can be anywhere from 1st to last. Ottawa can be rejuventaed or fall apart.

I think the talent base is spread out so evenly that it comes down to players and the respective staffs all buying into what works for them and staying with it.

Then when the playoffs start, you have to be able to adjust, as we learned, or moreso, I hope the team learned.

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07-04-2008, 08:49 AM
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Aside from adding a goon, what off-season moves have the Habs made to get stronger?
Which team was top in the east last year? Oh yeah, I forgot! Montreal!

What we did to get better was have our guys get a bit more maturity and signed a very decent enforcer, we let go of a player who was questionable in the locker-room and will be replaced (at least in my opinion) with Chipchura who should be NHL ready and will give us the best bottom 6 in the east. And lets not forget adding Alex Tanguay who should make our top 6 more effective.

Below us was Pittsburgh, who lost not only their big deadline trade, but several of their key energy players. Laraque, Roberts, Malone, Armstrong and Christensen are gone which should make a hole. They've been replaced by Satan, and Valotenko. There will definitely be some recovery trouble after that.

The Rangers loaded up...but every time that they do that I can't help but think its going to be a disaster.

Tampa is the only team that got MUCH better; but other than that its just basically trading six of one for half a dozen of the other. The Habs can well argue for being favorites in the East if they can replace Streit at the point.

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07-04-2008, 08:50 AM
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You have managed to miss out a lot of players: Ouellet, Artyukhin, Smaby, Picard etc

It will probably look more like this;

Prospal-Lecavalier-St.Louis
Malone-Stamkos-Vrbata
Jokinen-Halpern-Ouellet
Roberts/Ward-Tarnasky/Hall-Artyukhin/Craig

Boyle-Ranger
Kuba-Picard
O'Brien-Lundin/Smaby/Mihalik/Niskala(training camp will decide this the rest will go to the AHL)
Lukowich

Smith
Kolzig

Obviously some forwards and possibly a dman or two will be dealt before the end of the summer though, as some players like Ward will be removed one way or another I hope.
2nd and 3rd C will go a long way in dictating TB's fortunes. One due to being a rookie, the other due to health.

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07-04-2008, 08:54 AM
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I'm not dumb enough to go out and state that we are currently the best team in the East, but we are definitely in the top 3 along with the Pens and Rangers.

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07-04-2008, 08:56 AM
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Aside from adding a goon, what off-season moves have the Habs made to get stronger?
Did you just wake up from your year long nap? Tanguay.

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07-04-2008, 08:57 AM
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Aside from adding a goon, what off-season moves have the Habs made to get stronger?
Tanguay.

Pittsburgh lost Malone Hossa Laraque and Ruttuu and gained Goddard Fedotenko and Satan, that's a good sized downgrade.

Both teams are young and have players who can take it up a notch. I really like the division the Habs are in, Boston is decent but they overachieved last year. Ottawa lost Redden and has not addressed their need gor goaltending or depth. Buffalo will battle for a playoff spot. Toronto hasn't really added anybody important and lost Tucker and Sundin(so far), they should battle for a lottery pick.

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07-04-2008, 09:01 AM
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i dont think the habs can compete with these teams, but are a close fourth.

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07-04-2008, 09:03 AM
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IF Tanguay clicks with a Canadiens center.
IF our young players get even better this year.
IF Carey Price handles his first full season as Canadiens starter with a great year.
IF our team stays relatively healthy all season.
IF our coaching staff proves they learned from last year and learn to change team strategies on the fly.

We will be the best team in the East.
I can play that game with any team.

Pittsburgh

IF Malkin has as good a year as last year
IF Our free agents signings round back into form
IF the loss of our two most intimidating players don't make us a target
IF Our team stays relatively healthy
IF Fleury can keep his rythm

The Penguins will be the best team in the east.

Rangers

IF Lunkvist can stay healthy
IF The top two lines can find chemistry
IF Our young player can come back better than they did last year
IF Our team stays relatively healthy
IF Our aged free agents can come back to form

The rangers will be the best team in the east

And I could keep going all day like this.

Fact of the matter is, Montreal was top of the conference last year and I haven't seen anything other teams have done that makes me think that they are that much better than Montreal now. And Montreal hasn't done anything that makes me think that they'll be any worse this year.

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07-04-2008, 09:12 AM
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07-04-2008, 09:31 AM
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devils. we were 4th in the east last year, led the east for a good part of the season and we didnt lose anybody and added rolston and holik. but yet again everyone will underrate us
everything can happen with Brodeur, it's the team that actually scares me the most...

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07-04-2008, 10:21 AM
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Which team was top in the east last year? Oh yeah, I forgot! Montreal!
Sorry, no disrespect intended, but the answer is Pittsburgh. Surely the primary goal of any eastern team is to represent its conference in the Stanley Cup Finals, not accrue the highest point total during the regular season.

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07-04-2008, 10:23 AM
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Aside from adding a goon, what off-season moves have the Habs made to get stronger?
GUess you never heard of Alex Tanguay. Oy vey.

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07-04-2008, 10:26 AM
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i dont think the habs can compete with these teams, but are a close fourth.
You just made a joke, right? Tell me this is a joke?

I mean putting the Leafs in front of the Habs is quite funny...

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07-04-2008, 10:27 AM
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Ottawa went to the Stanley Cup Final with 1 offensive line in '07. I like the fact that everybody is counting the Sens out in the East. The Sens are still a very good team.

the top 4 teams in the East so far

1) Rangers
2) Penguins
3) Caps
4) Flyers
I would watch out for the Devils. Adding Rolston is big for that team. They still have great goaltending - best in the East - and if Elias can regain his dominant form, they're going to be very tough. And I think they're well coached.

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07-04-2008, 10:57 AM
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You just made a joke, right? Tell me this is a joke?

I mean putting the Leafs in front of the Habs is quite funny...
And the Isles in front haha.

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07-04-2008, 10:59 AM
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Aside from adding a goon, what off-season moves have the Habs made to get stronger?
alex tanguay maybe...

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07-04-2008, 11:14 AM
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No one has mentioned Pittsburgh as top team in the East?

Thats insane, I think they will easily take that spot. Coming off a cup finalist, they will be hungry. Any team with Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, Staal, Whitney(all one year older) and a strong supporting cast are gonna blow your socks off.
They are strill good but they lost Hossa and Malone in the top six. Their replacements are Satan and fedentenko which in my opinion are downgrades. HecK, I would rather have Armstrong and Christenson over Satan and Fedentenko.

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They are strill good but they lost Hossa and Malone in the top six. Their replacements are Satan and fedentenko which in my opinion are downgrades. HecK, I would rather have Armstrong and Christenson over Satan and Fedentenko.
I'm not to sure.
I mean anyone playing with guys like Crosby and Malkin can get a boost in production, as we saw with guys like Armstrong and Malone.
And let's not forget Satan used to be a pretty gifted offesnively in Buffalo.
Isn't it possible for him to regain form somewhat playing with such good centers?

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Aside from adding a goon, what off-season moves have the Habs made to get stronger?
there this guy named Tanguay

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