People are complaining about Hossa because his stats aren't what they want them to be. Well, he's doing the work in the corners and along the wall. Leave him there. I don't agree with putting Perreault, the best faceoff man in the league, on left wing. Leave him at center. Bulis can skate like the wind, but has trouble finishing, leave him where he is.
Kilger played well with Koivu before. Put Chad (when he returns) with Saku and Ward, . Begin, Sundstrom, Langdon to be used as needed.
My two cents. There has been a lot of talk about what to do with the lineup when Koivu comes back, and rightfully so, but really there is probably only ONE line that should remain together, and that is Hossa, Ribeiro, and Zednik.
This team is not playing great, although the winning record. They beat up on a pathetic Washington team, were lucky to beat Pittsburgh, played an out of synch leafs team once, and the other time they looked very bad, and didn't play that well versus Detroit. The "if it ain't broke" concept is something I don't buy. The winning record seems to be blinding people.
The Ryder, Audette, Perreault line looked pretty good the first few games. They haven't done much since, and Ryder has been the only noticeable player on that line.
Our checking line has played well, but Bulis compliments Saku very well, and his speed, defensive play, size, work along the boards, and good offensive ability is needed on our top lines, especially when you must fit Audette on one of them. Plus Koivu and Bulis had chemistry last year, and were the only consistent offensive force down the stretch.
The fact is there are a lot of guys who are passengers on the forward lines right now. Audette, Perreault, Ward, Sundstrum have either played very bad or terribly inconsistent. Changes to the lineup are coming when Koivu is in game shape, and not without merit like some are suggesting.
The logical player to be moved here is Perreault. I like Perreault because to guy took less money to play in Montreal and has did pretty well here. He cares about the patch on the front of the jersey not the name on the back. But him and Quintal another player I like in Montreal their days are numbered.
Ward Higgins Dackell (the making of a very good checking
line...important for Higgins to play in getting experience in the nhl)
Kilger Begin Langdon (crash, bang, tough fourth line!)
Markov Rivet (work well together, though i dont like Rivet)
Briesbois Hainsey (Breezer is playing good d now and Hainsey has been improving this season compared to last season)
Souray Quintal (Phyiscal duo...Q-ball's final year with the habs probably....Souray is a ROCK on d!)
Theodore (back in form of 2 seasons ago...hope he can contine)
Garon (solid backup in the nhl, who will push Theodore to be better probably)
Langdon Higgins Begin(are probably just going to rotate in the lineup when every is healthy....Gainey definately needs to create some room for these guys by trading some of the higher priced guys like Perreault, Audette, Sundstrom and Juneau (about 9 mil combined)