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Lots of "wait and see" stuff mentioned by Gainey and Carbo...bit one theme I heard is that the Canadiens organization is truly looking long term. The perception one would gather from todays conference is that while there is certainly disappointment in the early exit in the playoffs, the amount of experience this young group of players has received is immeasurable.

With the theme of "long term" on the lips of Gainey, I would think the signing of Kostitsyn and Streit are high on the priority of the list of things to get done. I also read into the comment from Gainey about wanting to get bigger and stringer on defense. While he's pleased with guys like Komisarek, there is a desire to obtain more physical players...but at the same time, the style on offense (which is to use speed as a strength) is something that they are NOT

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Lots of "wait and see" stuff mentioned by Gainey and Carbo...bit one theme I heard is that the Canadiens organization is truly looking long term. The perception one would gather from todays conference is that while there is certainly disappointment in the early exit in the playoffs, the amount of experience this young group of players has received is immeasurable.

With the theme of "long term" on the lips of Gainey, I would think the signing of Kostitsyn and Streit are high on the priority of the list of things to get done. I also read into the comment from Gainey about wanting to get bigger and stringer on defense. While he's pleased with guys like Komisarek, there is a desire to obtain more physical players...but at the same time, the style on offense (which is to use speed as a strength) is something that they are NOT

Yea Gainey knows his stuff im glad we have a smart guy he's steerin the ship the best way he can. I especially liked how they asked him if we should add more grit and size up front and he basically said that he doesnt see us having a problem playign other teams that are physical he sees more opponants have problems with our speed.

So it looks like he's thinkin towards the future(sorry sundin fans). And he is gonna remain with the speed and puck control that we do so well.

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Lots of "wait and see" stuff mentioned by Gainey and Carbo...but one theme I heard is that the Canadiens organization is truly looking long term. The perception one would gather from todays conference is that while there is certainly disappointment in the early exit in the playoffs, the amount of experience this young group of players has received is immeasurable.

With the theme of "long term" on the lips of Gainey, I would think the signing of Kostitsyn and Streit are high on the priority of the list of things to get done. I also read into the comment from Gainey about wanting to get bigger and stronger on defense. While he's pleased with guys like Komisarek, there is a desire to obtain more physical players...but at the same time, the style on offense (which is to use speed as a strength) is something that they are NOT

...not sure why, but the end of my message was cut off.

Last sentence should read "...but at the same time, the style on offense (which is to use speed as a strength) is something that they are NOT looking to change."

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...not sure why, but the end of my message was cut off.

Last sentence should read "...but at the same time, the style on offense (which is to use speed as a strength) is something that they are NOT looking to change."

its a good thing i like their speed it makes them so exciting to watch plus they lead the league in goals theirs no doubt we can score...could you imagine we landed that "big fish".

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too bad they didn't use their speed in the second round

what the habs have to do is make teams play to THEIR game plan, and not vice versa.

They are young team bro it's all about the experiance the playoffs is where you see where the holes are in the game the offseason is where you try and fill them the season is where you work on strengthin your game then rins repeat untill your a championship team. Gainey is doin a great job.

Just remember dude you had to learn how to crawl b4 you learned how to walk and Rome wasn't built in a day, patience is a virtue and this team has a bright future.

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what the habs have to do is make teams play to THEIR game plan, and not vice versa.

If we had succeeded at scoring the first goal not only in game 5, but also in a few other games before, this is exactly what would have happened.

Philly was playing really good in game 5 and they looked confident, which is something they built up during the first four games.

We have to rely on our speed, it would be a disgrace if we started to change our style because we lost one playoff round against Philly.

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using our speed and out skating other teams is all fine and well but in the Philly series they were a ton bigger than us and we had a hell of a time getting through the clogged up neutral zone. our smaller players were getting pushed off the puck with ease

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using our speed and out skating other teams is all fine and well but in the Philly series they were a ton bigger than us and we had a hell of a time getting through the clogged up neutral zone. our smaller players were getting pushed off the puck with ease

Only because we didn't play our game, and because we missed about a billion chances to score. How many open nets, goalposts, and crossbars did we encounter over that darned series?

Fear not, we'll be back, and better than ever next season. Pittsburgh went down handily in five games to Ottawa in 06-07, and look at them now. :)

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using our speed and out skating other teams is all fine and well but in the Philly series they were a ton bigger than us and we had a hell of a time getting through the clogged up neutral zone. our smaller players were getting pushed off the puck with ease

too bad that din't stop us from getting over 30 shots a game, hence that is not the problem our problem is setting up in their end basically we need a guy screening the goalie and for that we need a specialist we need someone like Detroits Thomas Holmstrom who will fight for the position in forn of the net to screen the goalie and pick up the garbage that was our problem in the playoffs not size..not goaltending it was our offence not screenin the goalie and lettin him see ever shot we put at him.

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We got stewart..

Not to worry boys and girls, with dandy out of the line up, smoke out of the line up, Ryder... was he ever in the lineup ;)

Streit possibly out depending on $, Breezer possibly out..

We will have plenty of room for the 1 big signing and some more rookies to join up and get a bigger role on the team.

Thing will look differetly next year its our 100 yr anniversary and we will be looking to Win do or die time

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They are young team bro it's all about the experiance the playoffs is where you see where the holes are in the game the offseason is where you try and fill them the season is where you work on strengthin your game then rins repeat untill your a championship team. Gainey is doin a great job.

Just remember dude you had to learn how to crawl b4 you learned how to walk and Rome wasn't built in a day, patience is a virtue and this team has a bright future.

Wow, right from the cliche handbook!

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using our speed and out skating other teams is all fine and well but in the Philly series they were a ton bigger than us and we had a hell of a time getting through the clogged up neutral zone. our smaller players were getting pushed off the puck with ease

I don't mean to sound mean here, but the neutral zone had nothing to do with the Phillie series. You must be referring to Montreal's obsessive need to play the dump and chase. If anything Phillie appeared to play with a very low trap around their own blue line. Beyond that point, they pretty much gave us the neutral zone. This is why the series appeared slow, and Montreal's speed was a non-factor. The Flyers didn't even try to skate with Montreal, instead they made sure to take away the middle of the ice in their own zone and force Montreal to control the perimeter. The strategy only worked because Price wasn't handling screened shots very well. When Briere said that the Flyers had done their homework on Price this is what he probably meant. Phillie rarely took Montreal's zone to set up, because this is where Price takes his best form. Instead they sacrificed their SOG and focused on taking screened shots from the high slot to his glove hand.

As for the future of this team....

With the theme of "long term" on the lips of Gainey, I would think the signing of Kostitsyn and Streit are high on the priority of the list of things to get done.

I don't see Streit coming back. He looked unreliable in the playoffs and given his pts total this season, he won't go for cheap money. If there is anything we learned last off season and UFAs, you need a LOT of doh. Tying extra millions up in Streit will not help us out. The fortunate side of things however, is that Price doesn't cost that much right now, and neither does S. Kostitsyn. Andrei will being looking at a pay increase however.

What concerns me is Plekanec. I like him and would like to see him here for a while. I know he's got one more year under his contract, but if he plays next season like he did this season, he won't be cheap. One year from now we have a LOT of big names up for contract. Koivu, Kovalev, Komiserik, Plekanac, just to name a few.

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Agreed. And just as importantly, he sounds like another young, talented, but unproven forward, which we have in abundance. ;) What we need is a proven NHL scorer.

Of course he´s unproven...this guy was more or less a nobody up until FBK (Färjestad picked him up before this season and gave him a chance (wich he IMO he clearly took), the speed, big body and inteligence is his best tools.

To be honest I would like to have him for the rest of his contract (1 more year) before seeing him get over to the NHL, but that is his choice. The NHL teams botherd him during our playoff´s wich I belive actually affected his preformance a bit so the club had no choice but to snubb off all the scouts from talking to him for the rest of the po´s.

I should point out that Fabian has a nose for scoring goals (even tho it stopped at 9) wich is exceptional for a player who has come two leagues stright up from nowhere! I dont accept you to understand the journey he has had the last year and frankly if you dont get/want him we sure will keep him and let him thrive ;) My prediction is that he will be a NHL´r within 1-2 years. One can never be sure on these things but one more year here in SEL would serve him much better than be put down in ahl, that I can promise! The only thing one could argue is that he isnt prepared for the nhl style (not totally sold on that either) but probably learn it and adapt given the chance.

Now where is the risk on getting a player for only league minimum and not even have to use a draftpick? I mean how much insurance does one need? He is cheap got talent and is young (23), what is the problem here, I just dont get it :blink:

Bob went hard for Hossa during the deadline and that doesnt seem to have change wich sounds promessing indeed. Can Montreal get a player of that calibre, with the sucess this year it must be esier than before but how is it with the cap space? Does one top player in the region 5-7 mill per tip the ship over in the near future and how many do Montreal really need to be a "real contender" next couple of years? I still hope for Sundin, Jagr or Hossa. The arrival of a top player like that is such a boost to confidence and put fear into other teams. Hope Bob can make it happen ;)

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I think what weep meant was.....

we can't afford to put another kid in our roster who might turn into a deer caught in headlights when he reaches the playoffs.

Hmmm was this ment to be a reply for my erlier post? If so again you never know how a rookie will react, look at Crosby last year. If Fabianwould be signed as the "big fish" I would understand, but that surley isnt the case. Here is a very talented young guy with a offensive upside that we are only beging to see up for grabs, if he busts no real harm done, but if he continue to rise....well that sure would be the catch of the day. Now Ive seen him at almost every homegame this year and he is very very good and still learning.

Now I will stop talking about him ok ppl, I just wish him the best and if that would bring him to Montreal all the better ;)

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