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03-16-2007, 09:14 PM
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Kostitsyn impressive again tonight.

This guy is not only proving that he belongs, but imo he's proving that he can be and will be one of our best players.

Do you guys think that he'll get top 2 line minutes next year? He deserves to be a regular on this team and his talent suggests he should be an impact player.

If he plays a full season next year, is 45-50 points out of the question?

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03-16-2007, 09:15 PM
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Let's just hope he's not in the press box or on a line with Murray tomorrow night.

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He is playing quite well and i would like to see
Pleks-Grabo-Kosts next year

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Glad to hear he had another good game even if he didn't put up any points (although I think he had the "third assist" on the Souray PPG). Can't believe we wasted 50+ games this year playing Samsonov instead of him...

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03-16-2007, 09:21 PM
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I was watching the game on Fox Pittsburgh and they mentioned Kostitsyn near the end of the game. The said they were very impressed with him tonight and they can't believe he spent the entire year in AHL.

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03-16-2007, 09:23 PM
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He is heads and shoulders better now than we've ever seen him here in Montreal. He seems more confident with the puck, and you can definitely see that he is a creative playmaker. He generated quite a few chances tonight through skilled plays. There was one sequence that was pure brilliance I thought until he ran into Plekanec, and both were stuck to the ice.

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03-16-2007, 09:25 PM
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Honestly, at the moment he is our best forward. Pretty sad.

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03-16-2007, 09:30 PM
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I was watching the game on Fox Pittsburgh and they mentioned Kostitsyn near the end of the game. The said they were very impressed with him tonight and they can't believe he spent the entire year in AHL.
i heard that too. I completely agree with this statement

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03-16-2007, 09:32 PM
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so what was his problem for a roster spot at the beginning of the year?

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so what was his problem for a roster spot at the beginning of the year?
He was expendable. Other people weren't deemed to be.

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so what was his problem for a roster spot at the beginning of the year?
Retarded management

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03-16-2007, 09:43 PM
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Well I don't think the 3/4 of the year he spent in Hamilton hurt his development at all. He wouldn't have changed much on this team at the beginning of the season that's for sure. In retrospect, they obviously waited a bit too long to call him after the collapse, but I don't think it's absolutely ridiculous that he started the season in Hamilton. It's worked out so far so I don't have too many complaints.

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Put him with Koivu and Kovy (if he plays) tomorrow. Carbo didn't want Kovy and Koivu reunited because we would not have enough offense on other lines, but our 2nd line has been doing fine lately.

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Put him with Koivu and Kovy (if he plays) tomorrow. Carbo didn't want Kovy and Koivu reunited because we would not have enough offense on other lines, but our 2nd line has been doing fine lately.
no way. he's fine with pleks and higgs.

i think koivu-kovalev needs to be reunited once kovy comes back but knowing carbs, that's problem the last option he has in mind.

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He threw a few good body checks tonight!! One of these almost caused a 2 on 1! Continue your good work Kosty!

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so what was his problem for a roster spot at the beginning of the year?
well when we signed Sammy that pretty much took the last spot on the top 2 lines. so kost would have been on the checking line or playing limited minutes in the 4th. management thought it would be better for him playing 20 minutes/game in hamilton.

i thought kosts played decent some good set ups, a couple hits. unfortunately his line was a minus 9 combined. i'm not sure how many softies Abby let in when they were on the ice though.

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This team needs to be purged of mediocre, overpaid, overvalued players (Kovalev, Samsonov, Koivu, Dandenault, Bonk, Johnson, Aebischer, Murray, Bouillon, Niinimaa).

We need to completly rebuild around the good that we have. Right now the best assets currently on roster are Higgins, Kostitsyn and Markov (I'm not saying these are the only good one).

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03-16-2007, 09:57 PM
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He was expendable. Other people weren't deemed to be.
Although I find the following The Fourth Corner coaches rankings very harsh, I agree that young talent management was not a strong point this year for the coaching staff:

24. Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens. Poor communication, and even poorer management of his young talent. If he wasn't Bob Gainey's boy, and if the Habs weren't reluctant to continue changing coaches like most people change coffee filters, he'd be Carbonn-au-revoir by now.

http://www.thefourthperiod.com/colum...wyshynski.html

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24. Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens. Poor communication, and even poorer management of his young talent. If he wasn't Bob Gainey's boy, and if the Habs weren't reluctant to continue changing coaches like most people change coffee filters, he'd be Carbonn-au-revoir by now.

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Couldn't have said it better myself. Why isn't he 30th though?

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Although I find the following The Fourth Corner coaches rankings very harsh, I agree that young talent management was not a strong point this year for the coaching staff:

24. Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens. Poor communication, and even poorer management of his young talent. If he wasn't Bob Gainey's boy, and if the Habs weren't reluctant to continue changing coaches like most people change coffee filters, he'd be Carbonn-au-revoir by now.

http://www.thefourthperiod.com/colum...wyshynski.html
Can't say I really disagree but it's funny how his name was thrown around as a Jack Adams candidate earlier in the year.

What's even funnier (sadder) is that all three ex-Canadiens coaches currently in the league have the potential to be Jack Adams winners depending on how well their teams do in the playoffs...

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Kostitsyn needed this last year of seasoning in Hamilton.
Even last year he never clicked with anyone in particular.
Grabo comes to town and the two of them went on a long streek.
They had fun, they played well, Kostitsyn finally got aggressive and came to play every night. He really turned it around.
Kostitsyn finally see that he can do it and now he is up with the Habs and I believe he is now ready to take on the NHL and now he believes it also.
One just never knows when a new player finally gets it.
Sometimes it's takes 2-3 years to take off. Prez still is not there yet now is he.

Overall I am just really happy he got it and boy am I looking forward to next year from him.
The core is changing right in front of our eyes.

This is not the Habs year, it never was. Yes the Habs might still make the playoffs but thats about it.

The axe will fall on all the underachievers in just a few weeks with 5-6 players out of 23 gone gone gone.

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03-16-2007, 10:08 PM
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told you we should have stuck with Julien...

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told you we should have stuck with Julien...
Can Julien play goal?

any word on Huet these days? is Halak still around or in Hamilton?

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impressive? -3 is impressive?

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impressive? -3 is impressive?
not his fault though, it's not a Patrice Brisebois -3 night....

Kostitsyn is playing like a solid rookie, he's where he should of been a year ago, but he skiped a hole year of devolopment by not going to play for London 3 years ago, he had to learn the north american game the hard way in a league where EVREYONE was older then him. He still has some postioning issues doesn't take his time enough with the puck but it's nothing out of the ordinary for a first year player. He's faster then i had thought. In 2 or 3 years he'l be able to control the puck like Kovalev does

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