Definitively. A better defense could have helped too. We had Malakhov back when he still cared a little (Per Malakhov Standards), the Q, young Rivet, Ulanov, Brisebois and....
Say who was our 6th? Popovic? WEAK!
Yeah... and too many forwards playing a similar role that lead to the Turgeon trade.
They wanted to add a though d-man in Murray Baron and another kind of offense in Shayne Corson... I remember hearing that rumors a few day before it actually happenned, and I hate it at that time.. I hated it when it was official and I still hate it to this day..
we haven't had this kind of offensive talent in a long long time... add that to a very solid prospect group with one or two guys banging at the door for a roster spot (Kots, tender, Grabs, Chips) and some young players already in the lineup ready to breakout (higgins, pleks, perez, komi) and I am definitely very excited about this season.
Our ?? at centre and in NHL ready D depth worry me (are streit/cote/jancevik really any better than popovic was?), but we should be able to score and skate with anyone!
Yes for sure. We've got every position filled, and we have too many players that should be on the team. All 4 lines look very solid. Ribeiro's the player that I like the least, but if this was any other year, everyone would love him...we have so much depth.
The only thing we're lacking is someone to rack up points (80 to 100 points a season), I'm not sure if any of the prospects can reach that mark, but there's a possibility. But on the other hand, it keeps our team payroll balanced, no 6-7 million dollar contract demands.
I really loved watching last year eddition up until we got hit with the injury bug and when theo lost his way. We were a complete team in my opinion. Hopefuly last year october is a preview of what were going to see for 7 months this year. Its important that we get a full year of kovalev,koivu and samsanov because this way we dont have to overuse higgins,perezhogin plekanec and kositsyn. When you have fresh legs you tend to avoid those long slumps as your able to give your 100%. If we ever do get hit with the injury bug I hope the plekanec,perezhogin,kositsyn and even chipchura can help out right away and be an imidiate impact. The play of are young guns well be the diference in a top 5 finish or fighting for a playoff spot If koivu or kovalev are out for a long period of time.
Overall im very exited with the depth we have this year in goal and at foward. We could use a few more stud at d but im ok with are d as long as we dont have long term injurys. I havent seen a hab training camp with this much intensity in a very long time. the youngters are hungry and the regurlars arent making it easy for them to earn a spot. we got 4th liners who can grind out a hockey game, trow body cheks and drop their gloves at any given time. I cant wait for october 6th.
1992-93 us habs fans witnessed the hoisting of our 24th stanley cup,
for me it was crazy special as it happend on my 12th birthday...
being young and always use to seeing a winner, i never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that we would see a loosing team for so long.
[though 13 years have passed and both toronto and boston are still waiting ]
in 1993-94 our horrible managment slaughtered our great roster becuase our horrible coach brought out the worst in our players.
about 9 years of poop on ice, and 4 years of semi-competitive rebuilding later we have our 2006-07 roster. im my opinion our best roster since early 1994.
for all the habs fans that stuck with there team over that stretch of time
becuase we went through a very uncompetitive team, and times were tough. (some never made it).
do you think this is the most exciting habs team in 13 years.
I remember 2002-2003,
everybody on this very board were excited about our lines...
We had Audette coming back from injury and we had traded for Czerkaswki during the summer...Lines were full, Therrien was saying we would have 4 offensive lines...
Everybody knows the rest of the story...
Altough I think all the fault could be put on Breezer
I just feel like it...