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#20 Robert Lang 2008-2009


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Andre kostitsyn*Tomas Plekanec*Alex Kovalev

Guy Latendresse*Saku Koivu*Alex Tanguay

Chris Higgins*Robert Lang*Sergei Kostitsyn

Our three top lines!!!

WoW!! That's 8 guys to score 50+points this season (not sure Lats will make it there :mellow: ). Add Markov, and the team racks up 9 players with 50+ points.

A little scary. (Ottawa will challenge with it's three (total) players with 50 points, again -- course their three may each get 100 points!, but it's still three)

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I am new here and loving the season ahead. I wanted Sundin of course but Lang is a guy I've been thinking about ever since we got Kovy.

The best part for me? Realizing that 7 of our top 9 forwards could get 60+ points each and the potential of 8 or 9 20 goal guys! Lang makes our top nine look pretty impressive...

Add to that Lapierre, Laraque, Begin, Tom K, and Chipchura lurking for 4th line duty and D'Ago and Max Pac waiting in the wings, I'm loving where this team is going. Now if only Gainey could find a way to acquire Schneider we'd really be looking good from top to bottom!

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YAY! This puts the Mats Sundin crap to rest and we pick up Lang. He'll be great here. I'm happy with this.

Welcome to the team Lang.

Mee too. I love it!!! Screw Sundin and his "I don't know what to do attitude". Great move by Gainey to move on. And Lang seems to be a much better guy off the ice, just heard him on habsinsideout. I even talked to some Laffs fans, nobody of them liked Sundin as a person, seems he's not really the socialised type of guy.

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Canadiens centreman Robert Lang, acquired Friday from the Chicago Blackhawks. Lang drove in from Chicago on Sunday, making the 12-hour trip with a trunkful of equipment and luggage, and says he's eager to resume his career with a team that has the history of the Canadiens. Bright, engaging and funny, he's already a welcome voice in the dressing room (or just outside its door, which is where he met us). Clip runs 14:14

http://www.habsinsideout.com/

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Interesting tidbits about Robert Lang in this article...

http://www.thefourthperiod.com/columnists/mora.html

...Hawks traded Lang to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round draft pick in 2010.

...Denis Savard on a rampage the equivalent of Michael Douglas in "Falling Down." ...Savard was pointing his far-reaching finger... Most settled on Robert Lang, who indeed had taken most of that night off – one of about 20 he chose to sit out while still in full uniform last season.

...In spite of the fact that Lang has little speed, and little penchant for playing hard every night, he's a valuable commodity to a good team, especially a team that is both good and young like the Blackhawks. Lang scored 21 goals and 54 points. He kept the powerplay in the middle of the pack. And even though he didn't play hard every night, he scored big goals – tough goals – that first- and second-year NHL players don't always know how to score.

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Hawks coach Denis Savard told Marc De Foy of the Journal de Montréal that Guy Carbonneau will like Robert Lang.

Savard describes Lang as "low-maintenance" – a desirable quality in cars and hockey players.

"He's easy to coach," Savard added. "Carbo will like him. He's a good guy who never caused me any problems.

"He can give the team 50 to 60 points. Plus, he understands the game."

Savard also said Vancouver and Toronto were interested in trading for Lang before Bob Gainey scooped him up.

Source: http://www.habsinsideout.com/

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I just listened to the audio clip of the interview on habs inside/out and I was about to post that. I found this pretty funny :D

Yeah i totally love Lang attitude, hell... driving 12 hours for a practice you don't even have to attend, that's passion for the game right there, the exact opposite of that swedish guy.

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Hawks coach Denis Savard told Marc De Foy of the Journal de Montréal that Guy Carbonneau will like Robert Lang.

Savard describes Lang as "low-maintenance" – a desirable quality in cars and hockey players.

"He's easy to coach," Savard added. "Carbo will like him. He's a good guy who never caused me any problems.

"He can give the team 50 to 60 points. Plus, he understands the game."

Savard also said Vancouver and Toronto were interested in trading for Lang before Bob Gainey scooped him up.

Source: http://www.habsinsideout.com/

This is the exact opposite of the story Brian posted earlier !!! LOL

I trust this one, it is from Savards own lips.

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I work with tons of Red wing fans here in Windsor, and let me tell you they all think we got a great deal, they said he skates awkwardly but he scores beauties constantly, skating to the net looking off balance and suddenly banks one off the crossbar and in without warning kind of goals.

They also talked about his skills in close around the net, very quick to grab loose pucks and shove them in or pass to an open man in the slot, mostly the only negative thing they gave me on him was his skating isn't the greatest.

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Yes using his body a great part of the game, but latendresse wasn't drafted to be a heavy hitter, he was scoring goals, now we got him a great center, so he got no excuses but to have a great season!

I wouldn't consider Lang to be "great". But I do expect Lats to have a better season. 20+ goals and 15+ assists and also skate a bit faster. Getting off topic now.

Anyways, hopefully Lang can fit into our system and our plans this season... Good Luck to him :)

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I wouldn't consider Lang to be "great". But I do expect Lats to have a better season. 20+ goals and 15+ assists and also skate a bit faster. Getting off topic now.

Anyways, hopefully Lang can fit into our system and our plans this season... Good Luck to him :)

I suspect one of the reasons Gainey had Lang on his radar was because he thought he'd fit in well with our system. The blackhawks play a fairly wide open game, bulilt on speed and get good puck movement through the neutral zone. This is also the type of system in which Lang enjoyed productive years in Pittsburgh in the early part of the decade, including a career-high 32 goals and 80 points in 2000-2001.

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