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12-13-2006, 12:05 AM
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Y'all just a bunch of anti-Garth Murray metrosexuals... admit it, Lapierre is cute, isin't he?

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12-13-2006, 12:05 AM
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Markov-Komisarek
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Niinimaa

This will be the lineup once eveyrone is healthy and Lapierre proves what's become so evident to anyone watching the Habs, that he's a better option at this point (especially given the team need for a right handed center) than Murray.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Bouillon/Streit/Niinimaa...Bouillon has struggled in his return (yes, despite the hits, he's been very careless with the puck in his own zone) Streit is making it extremely hard for Carbonneau to take him out of the lineup and I don't see how you can take him out, Niinimaa looks at the very least dependable in a # 6 role.

Happy problems, team is deeper than it's ben in years

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12-13-2006, 12:07 AM
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And I have a fun little fact here, this is our best start of the season after 30 games since the 92-93 season, does it ring any bell?

a miracle anybody?

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12-13-2006, 12:15 AM
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Laps is our only RW center..

I was impressed tonight by his faceoffs.
And.. that's before Carboneau put his stamp on him.

I've been asking for Lapierre since the day he was cut.

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12-13-2006, 12:23 AM
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Higgins-Koivu-Ryder
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Bégin-Lapierre-Latendresse
Downey

Markov-Komisarek
Souray-Dandenault
Bouillon/Streit-Rivet
Niinimaa

This will be the lineup once eveyrone is healthy and Lapierre proves what's become so evident to anyone watching the Habs, that he's a better option at this point (especially given the team need for a right handed center) than Murray.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Bouillon/Streit/Niinimaa...Bouillon has struggled in his return (yes, despite the hits, he's been very careless with the puck in his own zone) Streit is making it extremely hard for Carbonneau to take him out of the lineup and I don't see how you can take him out, Niinimaa looks at the very least dependable in a # 6 role.

Happy problems, team is deeper than it's ben in years

I like your Line-up, but Plekanec is still a ??? as 2nd line center.

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12-13-2006, 12:31 AM
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Laps is our only RW center..

I was impressed tonight by his faceoffs.
And.. that's before Carboneau put his stamp on him.

I've been asking for Lapierre since the day he was cut.
isn't bonk Right handed?

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12-13-2006, 12:31 AM
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I like your Line-up, but Plekanec is still a ??? as 2nd line center.
I have a sneaking suspicion he'd do better with a north-south skater with some size and a shot on his side instead of Kovalev. Their styles don't mesh and, as much as I like Kovalev, he's dogging it out there on some shifts.

I'd actually like to see Kovalev moved to Koivu's wing and Higgins played with Samsonov and Plekanec (who are terrific off the rush together, in my opinion).

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We're already pencilling lapierre into the canaidens full time lineup?

I sure hope maxim isn't thinking like that.

He had a nice game. Lets go from there.

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12-13-2006, 12:37 AM
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We're already pencilling lapierre into the canaidens full time lineup?

I sure hope maxim isn't thinking like that.

He had a nice game. Lets go from there.
While it is a bit premature, Murray has been brutal this year, Downey does not deserve anything more than a 13th forward role, and Begin's best-suited for the wing ... that leaves the door wide open for Lapierre; a player that is fast, and has been consistently tenacious his entire pro/junior career.

I don't think Lapierre's got a spot on this team right now, but I think he deserves it.

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12-13-2006, 12:41 AM
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I have a sneaking suspicion he'd do better with a north-south skater with some size and a shot on his side instead of Kovalev. Their styles don't mesh and, as much as I like Kovalev, he's dogging it out there on some shifts.

I'd actually like to see Kovalev moved to Koivu's wing and Higgins played with Samsonov and Plekanec (who are terrific off the rush together, in my opinion).
I've figured out the same lines as a good solution, but I doubt Carbo will ever try them.. send Lats to the fourth, not reunite Higgy and Saku.. break up the third to put Lats there... all of these are speculative changes to me. The one that will be moved to me is Plekanec.

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IMO, everytime Maxim Lapierre was on the ice tonight he made something happen (physical, almost scored...). He also had his first NHL point tonight (assisted on a beautiful textbook "Power Forward" goal by Latendresse!).


Go Habs Go
Nothing to get excited about yet. I've seen it dozens of times, prospects get called up and play excellent. Its the following games that let us see the real player.

Andrei Bashkirov was fantastic his first 15 games in Montreal.

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12-13-2006, 12:44 AM
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Lapierre is TINY. I don't know if it's because he wears small equipment, or what... but jeeze, he's not very wide at all.

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12-13-2006, 12:45 AM
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We're already pencilling lapierre into the canaidens full time lineup?

I sure hope maxim isn't thinking like that.

He had a nice game. Lets go from there.

I sure hope maxim is thinking like that.

I guess you been missing what he is doing in Hamiltion . Same game we seen from him tonight same game you see in Hamiltion .

hardest working Guy night in and out no questions asked . He doesnt take any nights off .

I think it will come down to the Habs wont be able to send him back to be honest. For the amount of ice time he got and the game he had , left many very impressed and not disappointed .

you will see the same game from him against Tampa no questions asked.

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12-13-2006, 12:48 AM
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We've been asking for some Lapierre for quite some time now, and he gave us tonight exactly what we were waiting for. Still tons of work to do but you can't be unsatisfied with what you've seen tonight.

Great job!

While Lats was quiet tonight, he did manage to score a great goal, and that's a great sign.

P.S. I agree that Lapierre seems tiny, mostly his lower body. I guess he will need to work his legs a little bit to have a better balance. But that's definately something Livingstone will be working with in the near future.

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Nothing to get excited about yet. I've seen it dozens of times, prospects get called up and play excellent. Its the following games that let us see the real player.

Andrei Bashkirov was fantastic his first 15 games in Montreal.
First, Bashkirov was always bad. Second, Bashkirov was better than Murray. Third, there is no contest between Murray and Lapierre. Murray is crap.

Lapierre needs to stay, he's better than Murray in every departement (Fighting, I don't know.. but considering Murray doesn't scare anyone, I don't care.)

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By the way, did I dream this or Lapierre took the faceoff at center ice after the Lats goal, and then changed immediately with Bonk????

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By the way, did I dream this or Lapierre took the faceoff at center ice after the Lats goal, and then changed immediately with Bonk????
that wasnt a dream .

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12-13-2006, 12:53 AM
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I sure hope maxim is thinking like that.

I guess you been missing what he is doing in Hamiltion . Same game we seen from him tonight same game you see in Hamiltion .

hardest working Guy night in and out no questions asked . He doesnt take any nights off .

I think it will come down to the Habs wont be able to send him back to be honest. For the amount of ice time he got and the game he had , left many very impressed and not disappointed .

you will see the same game from him against Tampa no questions asked.

I'm fully aware of what he's done in the AHL level this season.

And he has earned his shot as a callup.

But we've seen him once at the NHL level this season. It was a promising game played by max. I just caution to jump the gun. That's all.

And why would you want maxim to think that he's got a spot for him set in stone after one game? That can lead to complacency.

Granted, he seems like a hard working, down to earth guy off the ice as well... but still

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12-13-2006, 01:01 AM
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I'm fully aware of what he's done in the AHL level this season.

And he has earned his shot as a callup.

But we've seen him once at the NHL level this season. It was a promising game played by max. I just caution to jump the gun. That's all.

And why would you want maxim to think that he's got a spot for him set in stone after one game? That can lead to complacency.

Granted, he seems like a hard working, down to earth guy off the ice as well... but still


complacency is not a word associated with Maxim Lapierre

sure it was one game i understand but he brings that same effort every night . I only see him making a very tuff decesion for Carbo in the next week , mark my words.

Someone will be off to Hamiltion and it wont be ML, IMHO.


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Lapierre is TINY. I don't know if it's because he wears small equipment, or what... but jeeze, he's not very wide at all.
He does look lanky.

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I am serious when I say that I heard laps name in 2nights game more than I heard Murray's name for the entire year.

That by itself is a good indication of who should go and who should stay.

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What I really like is that Carbonneau and Muller were always talking to him after his shifts, and Carbo showed great confidence in him for using him with a one goal lead late in the 3rd and an important face-off just after.

The guy doesn't have a lot to learn from Hamilton.

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I only saw CH Expresse, where they edit out most of the shifts involving the fourth lines (understandably so) but I love him just for the hair.

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He played really good today and believe it or not, he already got more points than Murray and Downey combine.

Seriously, Murray doesnt do much for the team except losing important face-off. After only one game, we can conclude that: Lapierre>Murray

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Garth Murray is getting ice time he doesn't deserve, at least not for his work on the ice.

I suspect he is good in the dressing room, but much better in the shower

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