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  1. Really good on face-offs. The coach sometimes put Halpern out as a 2nd center if the 1st center is kicked out of the face-off circle. Good on PK. However I think he could be a little better 5 on 5 offensively.
  2. Has the talent to play in the top 6 IMO! However I am fine with Pouliot on the 3rd/4th line as he is landing some checks and has had a few opportunities to score. However Gomez and Gionta are having a bad start to the season. So everyone points their finger at Pouliot. I think the finger should be pointed at JM, Gomez, and Gionta. So why not try this. Put Cammi with Gomez and Gionta. Put either Pouliot or Eller with Pleks and Kostitsyn. I would lean towards trying Pouliot. If Cammi does not get the G&G line going then the issue is with Gomez. Good luck trading Gomez and his hu
  3. I was at the game on Friday in Buffalo. I personally thought that Laps was just brutal at getting the puck out of our zone several times against the Sabres. It is sort of funny. Laps seems to be driving other players nuts which is good for our team. Laps seems to be forechecking fairly well. However his lack of willingness to take a hit to get the puck out of zone could have easily resulted in goals for the Sabres. Price and the D played well when Laps forgot that getting the puck out was important. Hopefully this was just a bad game for Laps.
  4. They might not want to pay $1.5 / $2 million but they would occasionally. As bad as it might sound they would pay more for Lapierre because he is from Quebec. Therefore I hope that Lapierre plays this coming season like he did two years ago. And then the team has to pay him between $1.5 and $2 million for the next season. The Habs do have enough cap space to pay out a few million for players that have good seasons in 2010-11. Not a huge amount but enough. Plus they also have several big contracts expiring next summer. I don't believe that Lapierre is top 6 caliber. However during st
  5. Sounds like a good contract for both. Lapierre had a really bad regular season and then a good playoffs. $900k seems to be based on the combination while the one year deal makes both sides happy. Lapierre will want to prove that he is worth $1.5 million and the team can afford to walk or re-sign at the end of the one year deal.
  6. It is funny. Chips was playing better every game and he gets sent to the press box. I actually like White and Pyatt especially on the PK. However, Latendresse is wasting a roster spot currently. I disagree about A.Kostitsyn. I think Andrei is playing better and will get some goals soon. It is ironic that Chips gave at least 10 great passes to Latendresse that should have resulted in 7+ goals. Latendresse scored zero times on the great passes. So Chips has zero points thanks to Latendresse (the next superstar) failing to do his job. Life is funny. The three worse games for Chips were
  7. Zero points is not good. But his face-offs numbers were good. He was working hard. His ability to kill penalties is good. Chips is able to drop the gloves which our team seemed to lack against the Flames. I would rather see Chips in the lineup right now then a couple of the other forwards. Either as a center or winger.
  8. I don't think we are watching the same hockey games. Plus Montreal has at least two centers who are UFA in the summer. Latendresse - Chips - Dags was a good line until Dags was injuried. Lots of hard work and several good scoring chances for the line over the past 7 games. IMO. I believe that Latendresse - Chips - Lapierre would be a good 2nd or 3rd line for Montreal. Possibly for many more seasons as they are all young and next contracts are they are still RFA. If the line starts to put up 70+ goals then 2nd line otherwise a solid 3rd line that can get some goals and use their size t
  9. Big improvement last night. I think he faced at least two odd man rushes and did a very good job.
  10. Why would we sent him to Hamilton? Chips has to clear waivers and someone would pick him up. So far his FO% is good. His game is getting better. He is willing to drop the gloves. His play on the PK is good. Don't forget that Chips missed training camp and the first few games recovering from shoulder surgery. I believe that there are three lines that would be good for Chips. The current line with Latendress - Chips - Dags is doing some good work although I think this line could be better. Lapierre - Chips - Dags could be a better 3rd line as Latendresse is not playing good enough.
  11. Yes it is nice that MAB has a big shot on the PP. It does not make up for the fact that his mistakes are costing our team. 30 teams passed on MAB. Not until we lost two D did we have to find an experienced NHL defenceman to fill a role. I seriously wonder if Cammi, S.Kostitsyn, Weber or Subban would have provided the same kind of shot on the PP. However MAB is providing a big shot on the PP. So why not put him on the 4th line? Mistakes by defencemen end up in our net to often. Mistakes by a forward also can result in goals in our net but far less often. I would put MAB on the 4th lin
  12. Agree. And his face-off numbers are very good.
  13. Agree. We are lucky the 2nd huge mistake did not end up in our net in the 3rd period. When OB returns. Put MAB on the 4th line with only PP ice time.
  14. Is Gui a 4th line player or 3rd line player? What sort of production is expected from Gui since this is his 4th year in the NHL? Is Gui the problem on the Lapierre line or is Lapierre the problem on the line? In either the 1st or 2nd game of the season I was impressed by Gui because he covered for our defenceman and played the 2 on 2 rush so Price had a fairly easy save. Two years ago it would have been a 2 on 1 rush. Nice improvement by Gui. However the wheels have fallen off. I cannot remember Gui throwing any big body checks. I rarely remember Gui getting near the blue paint. L
  15. Really nice game. Better then I expected. Our PK is better. Our 3rd or 4th line is better. Heck the way that Moen and Patches played tonight they were more like our 2nd line as far as scoring chances.
  16. It is early. However I would put Latendresse in the press box for one game. Motivation. It has helped in the past. We cannot send him to the AHL. But the coach can send him to the 4th line or press box. I would pick one game in the press box. Montreal has two forwards in the press box. One of them will get a one game to provide energy to the 3rd or 4th line. With Lapierre getting a goal tonight it is possible that Lapierre is going to start playing better offensively. After a one game break in the press box put Lats and Laps back together.
  17. Nice first goal with Montreal. Small. But fast skater. I don't know how he fits in the team when OB is ready. I will gladly take the PP goal. We need a good PP.
  18. Kane pushed Gui around. 18 year old kid pushed around one of our big young forwards. It would have been nice if Gui was as big and strong as Kane or Lucic. But the reality is that Gui not that level of player. However. If Gui puts himself in position to score then good things will happen. Gui is getting some PP time. Nothing to show for it yet. But when the screen results in a Montreal goal or when Gui deflects a puck for a goal. Or when Gui knocks in a rebound on the PP. Then just watch the bandwagon fill up. I am certainly not a leading the bandwagon. However I think I am more re
  19. If it is true that Lapierre was on the 2nd line today on the wing. Then Chips could be the 3rd or 4th line center with Metro returning to center either the 3rd or 4th line. Patches could be returned to the AHL without clearing waivers. Dags could be put in the press box. Dags could be sent down via waivers. Laraque could be put in the press box or waived. My opinion. Patches is starting to play better. Chips is starting to play better. Laraque is a wasted roster space. I would put Laraque in the press box. I believe that from a roster and cap situation that Montreal can have both S
  20. Must have been watching a different game last night. I thought Chips played very good last night. His face-off numbers are far better then last season. The RDS bias is just that. Chips is faster then Laraque, Gill, and Latendresse based on watching the last few games. However too be honest RDS and for that matter fans should not say "slow" unless they have stop watch proof from training camp. When Metro comes back. Yes. It is possible that Metro will push Chips out of the starting roster. However I don't see the logic of sending him back to the AHL as someone will claim him off waive
  21. Better then his linemates. So why are they not waived? Looked good with Lapierre on the PK. I would actually consider putting Chips with Lapierre and Latendresse. Two defensive centers should allow Latendresse to drive the net. Chips could get the puck out for these guys. Yes, Chips has made some mistakes but I think he has played a lot better in the past 2 games. I cannot say the same about Laraque.
  22. Strange. Gui had played good for a couple of games to start the season and basically for four or five games has done very little. It would be nice if he used his size more often. It would be nice if the 3rd line found the net as our team really needs offensive help. Is there something wrong with Gui? Or something wrong with Lapierre? Or something wrong with the 3rd member of the line as it just doesn't seem to be doing much good. They don't seem to be doing much bad either but invisible is not a good thing.
  23. Does MAB have to clear waivers to play in Montreal since he is on a conditioning stint? Good PP numbers last year. Apparently not very good defensively. $750k sounds ok. Easy to waive if MAB does not play up to expectations.
  24. Our team needs Chips to become a regular player. We do not have many 6'2" players in the system that are ready for the NHL. Not the same role. But it is only a matter of one to three games before Laraque pulls a groin, hurts his back, or has an upper body injury. We need some big forwards to fill roster spots. Chips can do the job. And unlike Metro he is not a small forward. Injuries and timing of the injuries has really hurt his progression with Montreal. IMHO. Watch how Chips goes into the corners and gets the puck. Seriously. A lot of our players lack that skill. Chips was h
  25. Score a goal and everryone will be back on the bandwagon. I think the players are learning each other and the coach. So far all of the lines are spending far too much time in our zone. Calgary plays a physical and faster pace game. I think this will help our team. Heck I am not a Latendresse fan. However, in the few minutes of the Buffalo game that CBC covered there was a situation when Latendresse had to cover the point and then play D. Two years ago it would have been a goal for Buffalo. This year the player and shot were from the outside and Price made a fairly routine save. Late
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