Rangers earn date with Devils in Eastern final

Henrik Lundqvist

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist dances a little jig to celebrate Saturday night’s clincher vs. Washington.
Ray Stubblebine, Reuters

Here’s hoping the Eastern Conference final between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils has even a fraction of what we’ve just seen over seven games.

The Rangers finished off the Capitals with a 2-1 win Saturday in the seven-game Eastern Conference Final. Now, beginning Monday night, the Blueshirts can have a go at the Devils for the right to defend the East in the Stanley Cup final.

It’s not as if the Capitals didn’t have their chances…

On Sunday, Phoenix is home to Los Angeles as the Coyotes face the Kings to begin the Western final.

Here’s how The Hockey News previews the conference finals.

Below, courtesy of NHL.com, the full TV schedule for what’s ahead:

104 Comments

  1. frontenac1 says:

    Yeah,Hunter S.Thompson.I started reading him way back when he was Sports Reporter for Rolling Stone Magazine in the late sixties. A True Renegade Journalist.Alas,there has been no one to fill the void since his death.

  2. frontenac1 says:

    Tootoo,Habs ..The Edge; I’m reminded of Hunter S Thompson,”The Edge….There’s no honest way to explain it because the only people who no where it is have already gone over”

  3. Sean Bonjovi says:

    It’s likely that the New Jersey Devil’s will forfeit their first round draft pick this year, and the first round will only have 29 picks. Assuming that happens the Canadiens’ first 4 picks will be #3, #32, #50, & #63. If nothing else we should have a really good idea of what Marc Bergevin can, or would like to do with the hockey team by the end of the draft weekend.

    “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
    - Sean Bonjovi

    • JayK-47 says:

      Pretty cool. To compare, this year’s Starley Cup Chanpioms will receive the 30th and 60th picks, yes?

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I was just thinking about all the different possibilities of trading up, or down with the picks we have and what the end result will tell us about our new GM.

        “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
        - Sean Bonjovi

        • JayK-47 says:

          Me too dude. I was just looking at the draft order to see who the Habs could maybe trade down with (Buffalo?) to pick more, later. Ulf Samuelson’s and Stephane Matteau’s boys are projected in that late first, early 2nd, might be worth swinging for the fences on bloodlines.

          Edit: I remember reading somewhere that the greatest predictor of making the pros was having a father who played sports professionally. Or did I? idk……

  4. Stev.R says:

    Did anyone here know that there is an NHL rule called the heritage clause where if Montreal wishes, they can select the top two Quebec players before anyone else gets to make a pick. It has to be agreed upon by every other GM in the league though now.

    • HardHabits says:

      There is no such rule.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Please find this rule in the NHL rulebook and report back.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Stev.R says:

        I read about it in the draft issue of the hockey news. I trusted that they knew what they were talking about.

        “Culture: After the draft was instituted in 1963, the league decided to give the Montreal Canadiens a cultural advantage of selecting two French-Canadian players in the first two slots each year. It was a heritage clause that wouldn’t fly today, but seemed like a good idea at the time. The Canadiens didn’t use their cultural option until1968 when they selected Drummondville goalie Michel Plasse first overall, (The Habs picked second and third overall with picks acquired through trades.) Montreal GM Sam pollack was licking his lips leading up to the the 1969 draft because the top two prospects in the land were French-Canadian. He didn’t hesitate in taking Rejean Houle and Marc Tardiff first and second overall even though they were coming off of their fourth cup victory in five years. After the draft, the league decided the Canadiens could not use their heritage selections again unless all other GMs in the league agreed. It hasn’t come up since.”

        Obviously this wasn’t as big of a deal back then because scouting was a lot less precise.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Did you get this from The Hockey News, or on a Comments board? I ask this since it is littered with spelling mistakes and punctuation errors, among other things. Tardif, Pollock, among others.

          The benefit of being able to draft the first two French Canadian players was matched by the Leafs being able to draft the best two prospects in the Toronto region. And this was all trumped by the fact that back then there was no universal draft. All of the best players were signed by NHL teams when in their teens, and playing in their development system. For example, Bobby Orr was signed by the Bruins when he was 14.

          The drafts before 1970 were for the dregs, the players who hadn’t been signed yet. Starting that year, the best players were now only available through the draft, and that’s how Gilbert Perreault became a Buffalo Sabre, not a Canadien. This new rule was instituted since players agents were now advising Canadian parents when dealing with pro scouts, and there were increasingly bidding wars for young talent. With the draft, every player was bound to sign with the team that drafted him, until the World Hockey Association came into play.

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          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          “To quote Liam Maguire, “(It was) decided that the Montreal Canadiens could take any two players from the province of Quebec in a special draft. There was one rider however. None of these players could have already been previously signed to a C form (confirmation form) with any other club.”

          “At this time in the NHL and right through the late 60′s amateur players were signed by NHL teams to C forms and then placed on their appropriate junior clubs or minor pro clubs depending on their age. The most extreme case of this was Bobby Orr. Orr signed a C form three weeks before his 12th birthday with the Boston Bruins. He was so young his parents signature was required. When he turned 14 he began playing for Boston’s junior sponsored team, the Oshawa Generals. That’s how Orr became a Bruin.”

          http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2009/8/1/972138/debunking-the-canadiens-french

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          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • Stev.R says:

            Yea, I read that. I was only repeating what the Hockey News said as I found it interesting. The spelling mistakes belong to me and my passion for typing while lying down. It’s obvious now that there is more to it than just Montreal asking to pick the top two French-Canadian players.

  5. Stev.R says:

    Lets predict who Toronto will pick. I predicted last year 8 or 9 months before the draft that they would pick Biggs, this year they will take Forsberg or Trouba, and then pick Tanner Pearson in the second round.

  6. Un Canadien errant says:

    Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun, on how entertaining the Canada-Finland game was, especially compared to the sludgefest we’ve been subjected to by the NHL in these playoffs.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/hockey/vancouver-canucks/Fast+furious+Everything/6611698/story.html

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  7. frontenac1 says:

    A good buddy of mine who is a Die Hard Hawks fan say there is some weird stuff going down in Chicago.He was pretty disgusted the way Quenneville threw his assistant coach under the bus after he was fired.

  8. frontenac1 says:

    Scotty advising in Mtl?Hmmm,interesting.

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun:

    “Strange, Alex Semin has played seven seasons in Washington and still won’t grant interviews in English, not even through an interpreter ”

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • commandant says:

      Semin will probably get over 6 million per season, and probably well above that considering how contracts have gone recently and how few good FA forwards there are this year.

      I wouldn’t want him. For that kinda money you need someone who shows up come playoff time, and Semin doesn’t.

      Washington lost in 7 games to Pittsburgh in 2009, Montreal in 2010, and New York this year. Combined in those 21 games, Semin had 1 point.

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      • LizardKing12 says:

        I don’t think that we have to worry about Semin coming to Montreal. From what Bergevin said in his press conference Semin is the exact opposite of what he is looking for. MB will be building a roster with a team first mentality and Semin does not fit the bill.

  10. Un Canadien errant says:

    Larry Brooks of the New York Post, otherwise known as ‘Brooksy’, John Tortorella’s favourite journalist:

    “Guaranteed to happen the moment the Blackhawks dismiss general manager Stan Bowman: Père Scotty Bowman will leave his role as a senior advisor in Chicago and return to Montreal in a similar capacity to work beside GM Marc Bergevin.
    Marc Crawford, we’re told by an informed operative, essentially has no chance to be hired by Bergevin as the Canadiens head coach.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/can_be_raisin_kane_aA5I8bnYU1WBc5h3JLfPIJ

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  11. habstrinifan says:

    I have to admit the weird and probably not good difference of reaction that I had when I read that Ovechkin and Semin had agreed to join the Russian team at the Worlds.

    I was excited and lauded Ovechkin’s ‘need to play’. To me Ovechkin, is like Subban. Show him a sheet of ice and he just wants to go out there and have fun. If you watch them both at any stoppage in games, you see neither is ever still or contemplative. Both are a bundle of repressed energy. I am a fan of both.

    My reaction to Semin ‘hopping on a plane and going’ was ashamedly very negative. I mentally went back to the ‘unimportant Stanley Cup’ argument… do I need say more. Afraid it says more about me than about either player… or does it?

    In the end I must say I look forward to seeing Ovechkin on the big ice surface now that I can catch the games again.

    • aj says:

      Good for Ovi and Semin to join their Russian co-patriots at the worlds.

      What I’m very impressed though is the upward progression of Max Pacioretty. This guy is a big contributor in the success of team USA.

      If I were Bergevin, give Max Pac a contract of 5 to 7 yrs. worth 3 or 5 million/yr. I still don’t like Gainey’s handling of the Habs though, but in terms of getting this guy, It was a good pick.

      • habstrinifan says:

        You are so right re how amazing Max Pac upward progression has been and is continuing to be. Even with all the praise he receives here, we still may not realize how good a pick he was.

  12. Bripro says:

    For L, Dragonfly, Mavid (and whoever else I missed), happy Mother’s Day, ladies, and I hope your kids are good to you.
    Moms have full-time jobs at home, and then some go out and bring in more bacon.
    I’m so glad I’m a member of the opposite sex.
    All the best….

  13. Boomer says:

    Hey I’m bored and I’m obsessed with draft/prospects so Here are some links to who montreal might snag with our 3rd overall pick. It’s NOT in order of who i think they should pick. so no knocking the list!

    FILIP FORSBERG forward

    This first video is of him 2 years ago his stick handling and shot are really impressive.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rurBLwY9ZYI&feature=related

    an article about him from the hockey news.
    http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/44937-The-next-Foppa.html

    this next video is a little drawn out so I’ll point out the points of interest. at the 40 second mark there’s a slow motion replay of filip cutting to the net and getting a nice pass and burying it with a nice move to his backhand. then at around the 1:10 mark he comes in strong on the right hand side off the rush and does a nice toe drag then immediately brings it back to his forehand deking the dman. the play drags on for a bit again then filip gets the puck on the rush another toe drag and a wrister beating the russian goalie glove side.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxuBiwKX020

    ALEX GALCHENYUK center (I hope we get this kid)

    What impresses me the most about this kid is his intellingence his speed and what he’s able to do with his hands at that top speed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnzGTxD6iTY

    Sorry about the music on this one (i didn’t make it) just mute the damn thing lol
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVWJ6imYM8o&feature=related

    here’s a scouting report on him
    3. LC Alex Galchenyuk – Sarnia (OHL)
    DOB: Feb. 12/94 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.01 | Weight: 200lbs
    For a player who was primed to make a run at the top spot, Galchenyuk’s season has been derailed by a pre-season knee injury that will keep him out for at least another month. Galchenyuk is not overly dynamic, but his elusive style of play is very comparable to Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. Galchenyuk has good size and does a great job of stickhandling and weaving in and out of traffic. He has a great shot and a deceptive release and a goal scorer’s instinct that simply cannot be taught. He’s certainly a wildcard right now, but his upside is just as high as anyone in this draft.

    ok I gotta get going sorry i couldn’t do more.
    i’ll do some more later
    here’s a link to the scoutingreport on all prospects
    Check out Murray, Grigorenko and Dumba
    http://www.thescoutingreport.org/2012-nhl-midterm-top-60-rankings-130/

    and tsn’s Bob Mckenzie’s list
    http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=62636

    cheers

  14. habstrinifan says:

    Good Sunday Morning to all and echoing the kindly Mother’s Day greetings to all mothers out in HABSland.

    I am sure that many MOMS, mine included, ofttimes wince at our posts (mine included) and wonder how their progeny could have strayed so far from that image of an immaculate conception offspring which these moms held on to through closed eyes and gritted teeth of ‘game 7 overtime labour’ when, as they say, push came to shove.

    I ask, on behalf of all HIO sons and daughters, your forgiveness and promise to be more worthy next season… or at least until the draft or naming of a coach… whichever comes first.

    On this morning, as I read about the demise of my sentimental choice, Washington Capitals, I cant shed the thought of whither goeth Ovechkin..fom here.

    Maybe ‘Mother’ Leonsis out of frustration decides to ‘throw the baby out’ with the bathwater… and if so should our kindly ‘old lady in a CHoe, Mother Bergevin’ be there to catch and give ‘baby Ovechkin’ a home.

    Please remember it’s Mother’s Day as you give your own meaning to ‘baby Ovechkin’.

    I close with the universal forgiveness accorded Mothers everywhere specially directed to the beautiful Moms of all my fellow HIO brats… “Yes indeed… some Mothers do have US!”

  15. frontenac1 says:

    Happy Moms Day L! You and your mom certainly deserve it!

  16. habsavvy says:

    so what would it take to land Nash?

    • Boomer says:

      lol… the farm, an arm and a leg…maybe a few teeth…
      here’s the RIDICULOUS demands columbus made to philly for nash.
      Sean couturier, James van riemsdyk, Bobrovsky and a first round pick for nash…
      so yeah… forget about nash ;)

    • ZepFan2 says:

      It would involve taking out your NHL 12 and inserting it in the game console you own.

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      Bring it on Home

    • Mark C says:

      Given his contract (6 more years @ $7.8M AAV) and decline in production (~30 goals and ~60 points for 3 years in row), why would anyone would want to give up a boat load of young players, picks, and prospects for him is beyond me.

  17. PrimeTime says:

    I hope MB best skills are to do what is best for the organization, communicate the objective of his decisions to the media (not the reasons), and ignore the fans opinions of what they think he should do. Fans “think” they know what is best but are so far removed from the game often their opinions must be comical to those that are in touch.

  18. habsavvy says:

    geting Semin would be a total waste.
    he’s a guy with no heart or committment and a no show.
    we need to have a new era of no more slackers, (like AK, Gomez).
    I say try and get a couple of gritty players with a scoring touch.

  19. Dust says:

    What does everyone think about signing tootoo for our fourth line. I think him and white would cause a ruckess out there

    • commandant says:

      If the cost is right, he’d be a good addition.

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    • boing007 says:

      Ruckus.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      No Jordin Tootoo. Not on the Canadiens, not in the NHL.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • BrianSkrudland says:

        Amen, to that sentiment!

      • twilighthours says:

        Why?

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          He has little or no talent, and all he does is charge and highstick other players. He can’t play. The only reason he has a job is because the NHL refuses to enforce its rules. If it did, he would take a penalty every shift he plays.

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          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • habstrinifan says:

      No real benefit in adding a 1.3mill UFA of his ilk to the lineup. It makes more sense to give less costly, younger, similar players already within our organization a chance ti fill that sort of role.

      Habs dont actually need a UFA for ‘ruckus’ from outside the organization. They need to spend every dollar and managerial effort is acquiring a) a legitimate scoring threat and a shutdown big defenseman.

    • Boomer says:

      that would be quite the 4th line indeed, White Staubitz and Tootoo
      ;)

    • ebk says:

      on the 4th line Tootoo would be a nice asset at a decent price. He’s Stan Jonathon tough and he’s one of the better energy players available. He does come with warts but most 4th liners do. Habs have a serious need for players who play the game with a bit of an edge to it, Tootoo would help in that department. He;s a much better 4th liner that the current crop the Habs have for that role.

  20. Bigdawg says:

    I reaaly wanted to see the Caps go all the way this year. Oh well its not all bad.

    Semin’s poor overall performance greatly reduced the cash and/or term he can command on the open market. With a short term contact, I can see Semin being a fit on the habs despite what others have said down below.

    One of our biggest needs is to get back INTO the playoffs. Recent history has shown that once we make it into the playoff we are competitive – game 7 in OT vs Boston, knocking off WAS and PIT before that.

    We need a player that can help get us into the playoffs badly and if we can wrangle Semin on a 2 year redemption contact for good but not ridiculous coin – say 5-6M – it would help fill a hole we have and that is regular season scoring! without killing ourselves with some 10yr 8M contract gamble chasing like vinny or nash

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      We’ll need to add NHL’ers on July 1st to plug a few holes in our roster, since there are no reinforcements coming from Hamilton. Alex Semin would plug one of those holes, but unfortunately there’s no way we’d be able to sign him, even at 5-6 million, for only two years. He’ll want term. His playoffs are hurting his value, but a lot of teams won’t be able to resist his sniper appeal and will make offers, then hope that in the right environment he will produce.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  21. JayK-47 says:

    Parise is the Anti-Cammy. I’d sign up for a 2-3 year Molson Case-of-the-week for Parise (adopt a Zach) program if they started one.

    Edit: You know, like war bonds!

  22. novahab says:

    So now we wait for Roy. I don’t think the Habs will do anything in the free agent market. This team is a whole lot better than it played. I see Gomez staying and Gionta on the right and Pleks on the left bringing back the small but skilled line. Difference is they don’t have to carry the load as number 2. Eller may not be the centre on the third thats depends on who they draft. Forth line will have White and maybe Moen and we’ll see who they keep after that. With Carbo and Robinson’s hat in the ring Roy may not be the sure bet I thought. I just wouldn’t want to be them if they don’t hire Roy and team starts losing.

  23. habsfan0 says:

    Gary Bettman’s dream of a New York-Los Angeles final is still alive.

    His nightmare scenario is a Phoenix-New Jersey final.

    Personally, I think it’ll be the Devils vs the Kings.

    • Dust says:

      i for one don’t agree with the conspiracy and believe Bettman want’s phoenix in the finals. He is trying to make that market work. What better way to sell hockey than by a championship

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Of course Suter intrigues me. Moen? I love the guy but the price and terms need to be right. We can’t be over paying for 3′rd and 4′th line players. I’m thinking we won’t do much in the RFA market this year and will focus on building from within.

      EDIT: Sorry. Good morning Frank.
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    • JayK-47 says:

      I like playing on Capgeek. I just wish it didn’t apply your changes every time you made one and reset to the top of the page.

  24. HabFab says:

    PK turns 23 today.

  25. HabFab says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. HabFab says:

    Hab Prospects march to the Memorial Cup update;

    Tinordi 3+5 in 19GP (+15) – team wins 4-1 in league final
    Beaulieu 4+11 in 17GP (+27) – team wins 4-0 in league final

    Bournival 1+6 and Ellis 4+7 in 11GP were eliminated in the Q Championship play but as host team have a bye into the Memorial Cup.

    Memorial Cup runs May 18-27

    Western Champs not yet decided. Edmonton and Portland series tied 3-3.

  27. aj says:

    Good game last night. I was hoping for a Caps win but the Rangers came out strong.

    Say, Is there a way for Torts to ask Sean Avery to play in this series? I would love to see him annoy Brodeur again like he did the last time. I know he’s officially retired but….

  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    Too bad for Dale Hunter. He took one on the chin last night but he’s going to be a great NHL coach for a long time!

  29. 24 Cups says:

    Do the Habs sign Semin? I sure hope not! There have been numerous reports from various sources regarding his effort and heart and with just four points in 14 playoff contests (34 points in 51 career playoff contests), it’d be hard to think that Semin is a clutch playoff performer. He made 6.7M this year and 6.0M the year before so he’s not going to come cheap.

    The Habs also won’t be in a position to sign UFAs such as Parise and Suter. Regardless of where they might go, I think you have to bet that they will sign with American teams. Rich Nash? It would be the wrong move at the wrong time. Not to mention that we don’t have the pieces that Columbus would want. The biding would stat with MaxPac or Subban which is a non starter for me.

    As I’ve stated before, I sure hope that Bergevin has the guts to sit pat for one more year. There’s not much out there as well as all the uncertainy over next year’s CBA which will define the next five years of the NHL (as well as Bergevin’s tenture as GM.)

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Semin is garbage. I’d imagine he’ll sign somewhere for less than he’s making now. I’m pretty sure Bergevin wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole.

      Semin is a classic example that stats and talent alone come secondary to commitment and dedication to the game and your team.

      I’d rather 90% of the players on the Caps before Semin. Montreal needs a couple more guys like Chimera or Brouwer as an example. Now those guys care.

    • JF says:

      Steve – I agree about Bergevin. I hope he doesn’t feel the need to make a big splash in his first year as GM. There’s not a lot on the free agent market, and we don’t have the pieces to make an impact trade. I think Bergevin can probably get some help on defence and maybe on the fourth line; other than that, we should let our young players develop for another year. Bandaid solutions will not take us far. I’d even be OK with another bottom finish and high draft pick – although back in December, I thought I wouldn’t survive an entire season of Habs suckitude. But it’s over, and the third pick in the draft looks pretty good.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Exactly, Jane.

        One of the first things that Bergevin should do is discover what has gone wrong over the past 20 years in terms of managerial moves. I think the quick fix to reclaim past glories would be at the top of his list.

        All logic dictates that the team should wait out the new CBA before making any major moves or structural changes. I just hope that Molson doesn’t want to focus on immediate playoff revenue in lieu of long term planning. I’m sure that was discussed at length during the interview process.

        • JF says:

          Steve – Once the CBA is settled, I think Bergevin should focus his energies as much on rebuilding and renewing the entire organization at all levels as on the actual team. The Habs need better scouting and better player development; and the team is wealthy enough that we should be able to put together the best scouting and player development systems in the League. Our drafting has been good in recent years – as a quick look around the League will show – but that’s not much use if we let players go before they’ve developed or try to force them into moulds they don’t fit.

          J.T. wrote an excellent piece a couple of weeks ago on player development, pointing out that the Habs have no person in the organization whose job this is. Another example of how rigid and hidebound the organization has become, how unwilling to adapt to changing conditions.

    • JayK-47 says:

      Totally agree. No more passengers so a big NYET to Semin.

      I think you might be wrong on Parise. But it’s all moot until the draft.

      If Yakupov falls to 3rd, who’s really gonna cry for Parise?

      BUT, if the Habs get to draft Alex Galchenyuk, does Pleks become a prime asset to move so they can now chase Zach?

      Whatever happens, Gomez having to leave is the only sure bet right now.

      • 24 Cups says:

        “BUT, if the Habs get to draft Alex Galchenyuk, does Pleks become a prime asset to move so they can now chase Zach?”

        It would appear that Tom Nickle has changed his HI/O name!

        • JayK-47 says:

          Jeez, can you be nice on a Sunday???

          • 24 Cups says:

            It’s just my crazy Irish sense of humour. Tom Nickle has been relentless in his efforts to trade Pleks so I just thought I’d give him a friendly jab. No harm done.

          • JayK-47 says:

            I know! I was make-a da joke!

        • Dust says:

          Galchenyuk missed all of last year. If habs draft him I expect he needs another year in juniors. I doubt he’d be NHL ready

          • boing007 says:

            He played in the last round of the OHL playoffs last month and says he’s feeling much better.

            Richard R
            Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

          • Dust says:

            I’m not saying he won’t be healthy enough i just think he will need more seasoning due to the fact he missed pretty much the whole year. I could be wrong, just an assumption he would not be ready for the nhl next year

    • The Dude says:

      Rick Nash in a HEART BEAT! What the Management has to do is get rid of those albatross contracts to the wrong athletes on the team.


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