For the first time in about 10 yrs+ I actually love our team. Not one guy on the team I don't like. No Dackells or Kilgers or Ribeiros to be annoyed at, just solid players who want to play here and give it their best (We'll see on Samsonov but I don't doubt it).
The only question mark could be Kovalev's desire right now, but I like him anyway, as I know he'll play harder.
I have always loved the Habs, even when the team was losing more often than I would have liked. However, I have not been this optimistic about the Habs in a very long time. They have a team, if everything falls into place, that could potentially challange for the Cup this year. Certainly, they will be a cup contender in the near future. Moreover, they finally have a propsect pool stocked with excellent players, which is more than we could have said about the team 5 to 8 years ago, and have gotten rid of a lot of deadwood that I absoultley hated (e.g., Ribs, Briesbois, Bulis, Zednik, etc.).
I think we all feel that way and it's mainly because it's the first time in like 10 years that we young players that we have draft that are playing very well and that seems to care that they are wearing the habs uniform. And I think that Higgins is a big part of it. He is one of the bests deals in all nhl for a great two way player who can be physical and score goals and we finaly got a player that can play as intence as Koivu and it's great to see.
I think next year will mark the true transformation back to greatness for the Habs. With Bonk, Johnson, Souray, Rivet, Niinimaa, Downey, Murray, Markov and Aebischer all UFAs after this year, all the stop-gap players will be gone and the recent batch of home grown talent will be ready to go. That means Kostitsyn, Latendresse and Chipchura will see full time action. Hopefully Markov will be given a long-term deal and a big name D-man willl be signed to make our defence as strong as our revived foward lines. With Komisarekk looking like star and O'Byrne and Gleed on the horizon we've got a monster starting six coming up even without outside talent coming in. This year could be great but no matter what, next year will be even better. A year that will hopefully see #19 hanging from the rafters of the Bell Centre
What I am loving about this team more than teams of the past is our young players that know how to play a great defensive and offensive game. Players like Perez, Komi, Pleks, Chips, and especially Higgins gotta give any habs fan confidence the future is more than bright in Montreal again.
I love this team. We got a great mix of hungry young players and talented veteran players. Alot of potential on this team from top to bottom. I mean we got the kovalev,samsonov,koivu,ryder who are players capable of doing some great things and can win games by themself on any given night. And than we have the hungry young players in higgins,plekanec,perezhogin,latendresse who have a great amount of potential but most importantly work hard every night. we than have the bonk, johnson,begin,murray,downey players who understand there role on the team. I personaly dont see holes up front. Are 4 lines are well balance lines that can do some damage on the score sheat but can also keep up with any other line in the nhl. The 3rd and 4th line has done a great job on not letting the other team score an important goal. Injury might change the look of the team but so far im loving the product that on the ice.