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04-25-2009, 02:07 PM
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Any positives from this miserable season?

Gainey? signing Tanguay and trading for Lang before the season, trading for Metro and Shneider.... but his inactivity at the trade deadline and his team being in disaray, both on and off the ice, outweigh the positives.

Carbo? he was fired...

Defense? Markov and Gorges met or exceeded expectations, Schneider revived the PP, Dandy wasn't even expected to be on the opening roster but was important at the end... but others like O'Byrne and Komi struggled mightily. Part of the blame has to be put on the coaching staff, especially not having a real D coach.

Forwards? Lapierre improved. Some rookies (MAX, D'Ago) showed glimpses but really didn't surprise. Kovy and Higgins were great at the end. That's about it. I would say only Lapierre exceeded expections, but not my much. Maybe Stewart was better than most expected and Metro played well as a 4th line center.

Goalies? Price met expectations in the first half but the rails completely came off after the all-star break. Halak was incredible at times and did prove that he could be a very good #1 somewhere.

So basically, the only real positives to take away from this season are Markov becoming a top 5 in the league, Gorges emerging as a solid top 4, Lapierre showing he can be a solid #3 center and Halak's promise as a #1 center somewhere. They made the playoffs, barely, and were quickly ushered out by a better, healthier team.

Any other significant positives to add?

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04-25-2009, 02:09 PM
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Gainey? signing Tanguay and trading for Lang before the season, trading for Metro.... but his inactivity at the trade deadline and his team being in disaray, both on and off the ice outweigh the positives.
BTW, we signed Lang and traded for Tanguay... and we picked Metro from the waivers...

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BTW, we signed Lang and traded for Tanguay... and we picked Metro from the waivers...
no..we traded for Lang as well...2nd round pick

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BTW, we signed Lang and traded for Tanguay... and we picked Metro from the waivers...
You're right about Tanguay... wrong about Lang. Gave up a 2nd round pick for him. And you're right about Metro.

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The trade deadline is really overblown. Gainey made his acquisitions before that day (Schneider, Metropolit), which is much better. The prices are probably lower for the trades and the players have more time to mesh with the team without all the brouhaha around the deadline.

I admire TSN's effort to turn the deadline in a national celebration of some sort, but deadline trades do not signify that a GM is better than another.

And Halak is definitely our #1 center

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04-25-2009, 02:18 PM
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You're right about Tanguay... wrong about Lang. Gave up a 2nd round pick for him. And you're right about Metro.
My bad!

For the subject, I believe that this season was in a sense, a way to discover the true nature (good or bad) and devotion to the club of some players... which is quite positive when you know that the team won't look the same next year.

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Less bandwagoners for next season.

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Gainey? signing Tanguay and trading for Lang before the season, trading for Metro and Shneider.... but his inactivity at the trade deadline and his team being in disaray, both on and off the ice, outweigh the positives.

Carbo? he was fired...

Defense? Markov and Gorges met or exceeded expectations, Schneider revived the PP, Dandy wasn't even expected to be on the opening roster but was important at the end... but others like O'Byrne and Komi struggled mightily. Part of the blame has to be put on the coaching staff, especially not having a real D coach.

Forwards? Lapierre improved. Some rookies (MAX, D'Ago) showed glimpses but really didn't surprise. Kovy and Higgins were great at the end. That's about it. I would say only Lapierre exceeded expections, but not my much. Maybe Stewart was better than most expected and Metro played well as a 4th line center.

Goalies? Price met expectations in the first half but the rails completely came off after the all-star break. Halak was incredible at times and did prove that he could be a very good #1 somewhere.

So basically, the only real positives to take away from this season are Markov becoming a top 5 in the league, Gorges emerging as a solid top 4, Lapierre showing he can be a solid #3 center and Halak's promise as a #1 center somewhere. They made the playoffs, barely, and were quickly ushered out by a better, healthier team.

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That shows how weak our defense is.
I love Gorges but he's a bottom pair defensemen in this league.

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04-25-2009, 02:29 PM
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i think that this season was good for the young players. it will hopefully

build character and give them the experience they need to be successful

down the stretch. i think this will help bring the players back to earth and

show them not everything is given to them. i mainly think that our team

will get better with time, and this season was part of that time.

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The most positive thing, in my own personal opinion, is that Carbo is no longer there. I just didn't like the way he coached. Now I want a coach that will bring a system to this team. I think we have players with plenty of speed, we've got snipers, we could definitely use more grit on the top6 and on defense but overall we're not as bad a team as people pretend it to be. We finished 12th overall and baring all these injuries and off-ice distractions we could have ended up in the top 5. I wouldn't be mad if by september we have the exact same team, even though we do need a 1st line center but those aren't easy to find. I think a good experienced coach would be able to get the best out of our guys.

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04-25-2009, 02:41 PM
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I think the most positive thing is that this cursed season will result in expectations going to the ground next year, no doubt with many predicting missing the playoffs or even a lottery pick.

Then it should be easy for the team to vastly exceed the expectations if they stay healthy.

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Less expectations, better season.

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Andrei Markov and Maxim Lapierre.

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Michel Bergeron going on Weight Watchers - $62.50 per month
Michel Therrien's salary as a commentator on RDS - $1.75 million per year paid by Pittsburgh Penguins inept ownership
Not having to hear the French Media bash Gainey daily since Pierre Gauthier and Bob Hartley will be the new gm and coach - Price-less.

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Yes, it once again showed exactly what has ailed the Canadiens for many years now.

Now, actually fixing the problems instead of ignoring them is the next step.

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Yes, it once again showed exactly what has ailed the Canadiens for many years now.
...Poorly timed injuries?

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Less bandwagoners for next season.
This.

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the major clean-up coming.. i doubt koivu and kovy come back.

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...Poorly timed injuries?
blind optimist?

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