This just takes the heart right out of the Habs lineup, one minute i'm thinking he'll just miss one or two games, the next it turns out he's out for 2 months. This really has been the team's luck in recent years, he's having a breakout year, on pace for 50, though maybe 40 would be more realistic, and then this! No justice. On the 'brightside' at least we'll find out how La Presse's God and Saviour will do with top minutes.
it is as i feared. well looks like we will have to dig deep and show that our team has good depth. i think kost needs to get the call here, i would like to see him play with koivu. or you can switch him back and forth with lats between the 1st and 3rd line, but i would preffer to keep lats on the 3rd. 6 weeks definitly merits a call up, and i expect is asap, if not today then for sure tommorow.
there will be NO TRADE so stop discussing it!
Originally Posted by P1x44r
Well, let's hope the history does not repeat itself and we don't go in a major slump which ultimately cost us a chance in the playoffs last time.
dont worry, we dont have theo in nets anymore
abby/huet are able to play well and keep us going, just need kovalev and everyone to show up
Totally sucks. I just opened up TSN's website and was flabergasted!!! I am not sure what shocked me more losing Higgins or seeing Lats on the first line. I guess they are trying just about anything to get him going. I really hope Kots is given a fair shot also.
I will say that until proven otherwise, Lats will have the spot and Lapierre will get the call, I mean he is the best player so far for the Bulldogs no?
Why call Kots if he didn't do ***** with the Dogs? I don't get the "BRING KOTS!!!" from some people here, what did he do to have such a fan club? And the worse part, its the same people who say Lats do not diserved to be with the big club...
I will let Carbo and Gainey decide the faith of this team, they do not let us down and I don't think they will, we are not talking about Bobby Clark here...
i think that since the team has invested a first round draft pick and several years of developement in kostitsyn it stands to reason that at some point he needs to be given a chance to prove himself at the NHL level . now that there is an opening for a top six winger and he is the only winger on the farm that has top six potential i think it would be an ideal time to give him a long look ala latenderesse . BTW i was one of the guys that thought latenderesse did not belong on the big club but since he has been playing on the third line with bonk and johnson his play has improved dramatically and hopefully he will find his offensive game soon . if i were to use your silly arguement " why call kots if he didn't do ***** with the dogs " i would say why give latenderesse the top six spot when he hasn't done ***** with the big club but i won't , my arguement is : 1. why move latenderesse when he is playing well and seems to have found some chemistry with bonk and johnson ? don't fix it if it's not broke . and 2. he had major problems keeping up with the speed of the players on the fourth line and looked lost and unsure of himself , it doesn't get any slower on the top two lines playing against the other teams top checkers . leave him in the comfort zone that he has found , at least until he improves his speed and gains some confidence . GO HABS GO
Who do you think would be called up if not Kostitsyn or Lapierre? Those are the 2 closest to the NHL at this point. And either could play minutes on the 3rd/4th if need be - especially Lapierre, who likely wouldn't see anything higher than 3rd anyway.
How is Kostitsyn's injury status? He missed a few games with a bad back a few weeks ago.
Only other possibility would be Ferland for 3rd/4th duty (I know he has to go through waivers but Habs might wish to do this now to get it over with). Still, it seems Laps & Kosty are closest to NHL right now.
i don't think a player is subject to waivers if he is being recalled as an injury replacement or being sent back after the injured player returns . correct me if i'm wrong .
God I hate New Jersey!!!!!!! Not only do we inevitably lose against them in frustrating fashion, but we also get injured. How about the team just get "sick" the next time we have to play New Jersey--save us the frustration and losing players to injury.
Alright, well, this really sucks. I dunno, I say give Kost a chance. Hell, we've bent over backwards to give Lats every opportunity in the world. At leasts with Kost, if he doesn't work out, we can always send him back down.
Higgins said on 990 that it's a partially torn ligament.
Lats will do well with Koivu. Ryder joked that they will get Lats his first point...Everyone who plays with Koivu looks like a star (Sundstrom's multi-game point streaks with Koivu, for example). If anyone can make Lats look good, it's Saku!
But I'm even more pissed about the fact that he'd been having this great season start with 8 goals and 13 points and I was really hoping he'd be the first canadiens player to score 40 goals in a season since I don't remember when... God knows he deserved to be that guy.
Anyways, I'm a huge fan of the guy, and hope that I'm right when I say he'll be back sooner than predicted: this guy's tough and he's got heart.
It's a sad day, and just goes to show what a ***** professional sports can be...