WAaaaay, waaaay more than the previous team. I freaking despised last years edition, very happy to see almost all the guys who let me down year after year go away. People like Koivu and Kovalev, well I did too but mostly I couldn't stand at all them last year. Kovalev had an amazing all around year two years ago, but mostly, like Koivu, his play without the puck was embarassing aside from that year.
Beauchemin played one or two games with the Habs.... its not like you had all the time in the world to fall in love with him as a Habs... and don't tell me you were by watching him in the NHL, to his own account, he wasn't even ready to play in the NHL when Gainey lost him to the knucklehead MacLean who didn't follow the concensus among GMs.
He wasn't even all that good when he played in Columbus. He got good when he played alongside Niedermayer before Pronger came over.
What kind of question is that.. Did most of you only start to watch hockey recently? As long as this team still exists, how can you not identify yourself to the Montreal Canadiens?
Com'on man, there are 15 retired jerseys hanging on the ceiling of the Bell Centre and when you think of the Montreal Canadiens, all you could come up with is Alex.. freakin' Kov..a..lev?!
This guy was a disaster and I'm glad that he is not part of the team anymore. All the people who worshiped him like a god should be ashamed of themselves. This guy is like a disgrace to all the great players who once wore and bleeded in this bleu-blanc-rouge jersey.
Out of all the players who left the team, the only one you should have attached yourself to is Saku Koivu. He has been the identity, heart and soul of this team for the last 10 years. You could care less about the rest of the guys leaving.
Anyways, here's another question for you while we're at it...
Are you a Habs fan (who cheers for the hockey team) or are you a hockey player groupie (who only cheers for certain players) ?
I still identify with the team but currently might not be as strong as it was until we get to watch some of these guys and build an emotional bond so to speak. With guys like Koivu and Komisarek you watched from the moment they started in the NHL and followed their careers and grew to love and in some hate them. At this point i don't have that attachment to these new guys just yet.
I'm 31 and have been a HABS fan for 16 going on 17 years now.. Before that growing up I knew, respected and honoured the tradition of the NHL's most storied franchise (how could you not? HABS fan or not!) But didn't cheer for the teams as much as individual players.. And as Denis Savard was and is my fav player.. Seeing him raise the cup with MONTREAL in '93 made me stick with the HABS.. I've seen a lot of players come and go but my heart never strayed! All the CUPS.. All the players.. All the records.. All of the religion that the HABS have become to the people of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the world.. That can't be replaced by the changing of the guard.. That's just a new chapter, a new beginning so to speak.. We can't be afraid of change becuase each dynasty was brought about by change.. I love Koivu and I'm sorry to see him go but everyone didn't have half the heart that our leader had IMO.. All though I'm not over joyed at a few of the cap hit wonders.. I think Mr.Gainey has filed the team with players that play one way.. They bring it every night.. I personally like the possible line combos of each and every line.. My lines
I'm Stoked for opening .. A new page has been turned and if we can gel we present a threat each and every night!! And yes, Price will bounce back with a better defensively STRUCTURED team in front of him.. Price is supposed to be right where he is! He hasn't really seen a consistent team in front yet in his young career and this year will prove to be his coming out party! Just a little fact but Luongo didn't post his first 30 win year till his 4th or 5th year.. Plus Price hasn't actually played the games of a true #1 goalie because of Huet and an injury in his first 2 years..
I hope this makes sense because its late and I'm smoked hahaha