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10-14-2006, 07:22 AM
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It's still way early BUT thier are things about the Habs 2006-7 that are starting to be known.

First, this team has plenty of speed and can keep up to ANY other NHL team.

Second, This team has good lines, quality players and 2 good goalies.
Without a game breaking superstar at any one position.

Third, this is not a one line team or even a 2 line team. This team can roll 3 good lines and better yet the 4th line has energy and specialty team written all over it.

Forth, Carbo has only started to imprint his way on the team. He has already helped the Centers with face-off percentages and the PK players with his "Best of the NHL PK stratagies"

Fifth, room for improvement, you bet! There is tweaking left to be done. The first line is now set in stone but the second line needs to produce at a better level. Give Carbo some time (10 more games) to get it right.

Sixth and perhaps one of the more important factors. DEPTH.
Tender and Kost. Tender is ready to move up and Kost is ready to be called up. AND it gets better, give Chip and Grabo and a few others 1/2 a season in Hamilton and they also will be ready for the
Habs if needed in a pinch.

This team is winning games right now and it's running on 6 of 8 cylinders. It has more upside to come and every month that goes by the kids keep getting better and better. Tender is learning and Prez has not yet broken out. Still, you can see that when the 2006-7 habs hit thier stride with a true "A" game with all 8 cylinders going THIS TEAM WILL BE DANGEROUS as a team not as a line.

You can lose to any NHL team now. Parity is much much closer.
But in this new NHL I would much rather have a 4 line club then anything else.

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10-14-2006, 07:33 AM
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The biggest concern I have with this team is lack of depth at Centre. If Koivu goes down for a significant period (which is always a strong possibility), we are in big trouble as we are very weak offensively up the middle. If things keep going well for us, this need will likely have to be addressed at the trade deadline (probably a prospect for an offensive Centre).

Having said that, I love how this team comes to play every night. Can't wait to watch tonight's home opener.

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The biggest concern I have with this team is lack of depth at Centre. If Koivu goes down for a significant period (which is always a strong possibility), we are in big trouble as we are very weak offensively up the middle. If things keep going well for us, this need will likely have to be addressed at the trade deadline (probably a prospect for an offensive Centre).

Having said that, I love how this team comes to play every night. Can't wait to watch tonight's home opener.
I think were ok at centre. Probably the most underated position of our team. People seem to forget that we have players who are capable of stepping in and playing the centre position and replacing a koivu if he goes down. Higgins can come in and take koivu spot wich would keep the higgins,ryder duo. We can move up kovalev to give that line a offensive threath and move latendresse up to the second line and call up kositsyn. If a Plekanec or bonk goes down we can put johnson at the center position for a litle bit and move latendresse up as well to take that spot and also call up kositsyn and hell kovalev could play center if we need him to. We can be creative with the players we have and hell we got some pretty good centres in hamilton who can give this team a shot in the arm. Lapierre probably the most ready. We also have chipchura and grabovski who might see some action if we have a short term injury. Im not worried with are centre position. You look urond the league and there are alot of teams that dont have real good depth at centre if there number one goes down. Phillie has nedved as there second line centre. If Ottawa jason spezza goes down, there in trouble. Carolina dosent have great depth at centre past stall. If florida jokinen goes down there in trouble. The only team that has two great centers are tampa bay and san jose. Were not the only team that could suffer if are number one centres goes down.

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