Wisniewski – The view from Long Island

Here are some perspectives about the newest member of the Canadiens, James Wisniewski, from those who have followed his play this season with the Islanders.

From Arthur Staple, Newsday – “Two things are clear from this deal: 1) Garth Snow is already in full
future-planning mode, and 2) James Wisniewski was not going to re-sign
with the Isles given the chance.”

From Chris Botta, Islanderspointblank.com – “Since he won’t be asked to be the man in Montreal, Wisniewski – unable to
shoulder the load when Mark Streit was sidelined with a serious
shoulder injury – should be okay for the Habs.”

From BD Gallof,
– “James Wisniewski: point leader on the car
wreck on Long Island, yet also
with a booming -18 that gives the clear indicator that despite his use,
he is not meant for the top pairings. It means he was playing out of
his depth. He is and was not the 2nd coming of Aucoin…

“Isles got great
value here. Sorry to deflate some balloons here, but it
is nothing more than smart GMing. Get max value for a guy who did well
in a pinch, but still has severe and clear limitations and fit in the
longterm….Wiz will be a far better fit in Montreal, where he will be
used on the
powerplay and at the 4-5th man spot.”

Mike Hume, ESPN New York – “Defensive metrics are tricky to pin down and seldom tell an accurate
story, but Wisniewski’s +/- was a very suspect minus-18. Pretty
wretched. But considering he spent 70 more minutes on the ice than the
next closest Islander and his team allowed 3.3 goals per game, while
scoring just 2.3, that’s not as terrible as it could be. There are four
other skaters and a goalie out there with him after all. For his career,
Wisniewski’s +/- stands at plus-1, a figure that stood at plus-19
before he joined the Islanders.”

Dominik, Lighthouse Hockey – “Under two Islanders coaches this year, Wisniewski was seldom put out against top competition. Even still, his even strength play was
often…well ‘marked by curious decision-making’ is how I’d put it. It
may have been simply a matter of too much ice time hurting his game….That’s not to bash Wiz: He
obviously brings some things to the table, which is why many (including
me) were thrilled to get him from the discount bin a few months ago….Wiz is far from a Mark Streit — and that’s not his fault — but
his big shot was a PP threat that must somehow be replaced.”

John Panarese, Eyes On The Isles – “Personally, I think Wisniewski had a lot thrust upon him with the
injuries to Mark Streit and most of the other ‘veteran’ defensemen.  You
can only ask so much of a guy who is not accustom to, perhaps, having
to do it all.  Whether it is excuses or not, he demonstrated his moments
of brilliance out there, but in other instances, it was clear that the
load might have been too much for him.  The bottom line is he has a much
better situation for himself in Montreal, and the Islanders have lost a
veteran presence on the ice and in the locker room.  From my
perspective, I was really starting to like the guy and felt that things
would have gotten much better for him upon the return of Mark Streit.”

More from Arthur Staple, Newsday – “Now he has half a season plus the playoffs to make an impression in
Montreal, where the Canadiens are looking to fill the void left by the
absence of Andrei Markov.

the history, the tradition up there, 18,000 screaming diehards every
night,’ Wisniewski said. ‘I just have to do what I can to help the team
I’m with. Now, that’s the Montreal Canadiens.'”




  1. LA Loyalist says:

    I practically cried when we got Gainey. Finally, we are going to get out of amateur hour.

    So to acknowledge this train wreck is not an easy thing for many of us. And Gainey is still a hero for what he did over many years with the Habs and his personal courage facing tragedy. 

    But his restructuring of the team was ill-conceived, hasty and unbalanced. We are too small and too soft, we are too dependent on two or three star players – Price, Markov and Cam-Cam – and look what happens when one of them goes down.

    As for Koivu not accomplishing anything while he was here… I’m not even going to respond to that comment as it is not worthy of a response. 

  2. J_P says:

    THe year koivu would have taken us far (because what did we have? Theodore playing like Patty Roy! Just like last year we halak playing like Patty Roy) he almost had his eye ripped out by that high stick artist Justin Williams.

    Habs only go far if they have ridiculous goaltending! Even Carey is starting to get fed up that this team cant win him a hockey game that he doesnt dominate. 


  3. spos080808 says:

    By the way, if the Habs did not sign Gio/Cammalleri who the hell would they have been able to sign?

    Resign Kovalev? Yah fantastic.

    Think please before you write.

  4. spos080808 says:

    Are you kidding me right now?

    Year one of having Gio/Cammalleri = ECF.

    How about you wait and see how their contracts play out. Jesus Christ.

    Some of you negative nelly’s are so frickin annoying. Just talking out of your arses.

  5. spos080808 says:

    Give me a list of high level free agents that have signed in Montreal under their own free will over the last, say 15 years.

    Once you give me that list, you will come back, and apologize saying, Scotty had no affect on Gionta/Cammalleri signing here.

    Yah bc the Shanahan’s, Briere’s sure took those best deals offered.

    But really, give me the list.

  6. LA Loyalist says:

    yeah Smart Dog – you’re right on: we could have had Plex, Koivu, Moore/Halpern down the middle, now the Wiz, and money for a Wiz type winger, and a decent back up goalie.

    5 years ago you could have put a gun to my head and I would never have thought that Bob Gainey would panic — but he did, and his short-sightedness is costing us dearly. 

    And worse, we’re going to float around .500 all year, not bad enough to get a stud draft pick, not good enough to be worthy of the jersey.

    And just for the record I’m still freaking furious about Gomez asking for Koivu’s jersey. He doesn’t deserve a Habs jersey let along Koivu’s.

  7. ctony says:

    just curious – do you think gomez would be claimed for $3.6m, would you want him eating that much in cap space here while playing for another team

  8. J_P says:

    Excuse me? Dont buy that “cammy and gionta” came here because of gomez BS.  Cammy had 30 million reasons to come here and Gionta had 25 million reasons.  Neither player was going to get that money elsewhere.  We overpaid them just like weve overpaid every “marquee” free agent weve signed over the last 20 years.

    Im terribly sorry to be rude, but these arguments that you gomez apologists come up with are getting more ridiculous by the day.


  9. ctony says:

    (most) players sign the best deal.  i don’t recall other teams offering gionta and cammi more money than pg did.  few players come to mind who signed to play with friends – lebron (nba), koivu to play with selannne (although i think he would have resigned with us given a chance), kariya to play with selanne.  teeu must be a pretty cool guy.

  10. LA Loyalist says:

    Yeah, Gionta’s worked out great this year hasn’t he? You’d think his C was made of concrete. Cammy is the one out of three that’s worked out, and he’s too streaky to build around.

    Gainey panicked. It’s that freaking simple. And it’s going to take another 2 or 3 years to get over it.

  11. joeybarrie says:

    I guess the fact the Gil and his buddies kept the shots to the outside, and that Cammi stole the puck every time he scored. I guess the fact the Gomez had points in almost every single Habs win in the playoffs was simpl a fluke… I guess some people just REFUSE to wake up to reality.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  12. J_P says:

    Pleks is our leading scorer, and actually does all the things that gomez apologists say gomez does.  Killing penalties, starting the rush…Hes by far and away our best player right now.

    IF you think Pleks isnt worth $5 million than what does that make gomez truly worth? 1.5?

    Seeing as theres this thing called a SALARY CAP, salary given to an underperforming player is salary that you dont have to give to another player to improve the team.  You have to judge a players contributions relative to his salary.  If you dont, than you end up making the same stupid mistake that gainey made in acquiring a guy like scott gomez.  If we were paying gomez the 3.5 million that hes currently worth (and thats being generous) we would have another 4 million in cap space to acquire another player.  If we didnt have gomez, we would be able to trade for brad richards, jerome iginla, etc… 

  13. LA Loyalist says:

    Well thank you. Ultimately Gomez is responsible for Gomez. But the problem is there is no where to bury his contract, so we are stuck for another 2 years with a guy who’s not carrying the wood up the hill. And the way he’s played, as a veteran, what kind of example is that for the young’uns?

    From your fresh perch are you seeing any options that we have not beaten to death? You and I have head-butted but I and the royal we are certainly open to fresh ideas.

  14. J_P says:

    He doesnt play like a prototypical center, and cant win draws, I dont get why he gets to play center.  Seems like he would be a more effective winger. 

  15. spos080808 says:

    Wow you really are a blind hater.


    Are you kidding me? A top 6 forward and a guy who was suppossed to be the miscle for the team.

    Gainey did exactly the right thing in that offseason. If you even come close to debating that then buddy you are the biggest troll this side of Timo.

    The team was just the #1 overall seed, basically had their whole team back, and then adds a top 6, some muscle, and depth. But yah awful decisions by Gainey.

    God you are pathetic.

  16. ManApart says:

    You make me laugh. Tanguay and Laraque lol. As dumb a moves as Gomez. This regime is a joke, and always has been. At the end of the year they absolutely must be fired. You go cheer for the Leafs, you seem to like dummy manage,ment.

  17. spos080808 says:

    This is a joke post right?

    Did you even watch the playoffs?

    Gomez played great what the hell are you talking about.

    Now you are just sounding like a complete idiot buddy.

    Oh and one more thing, “Scotty has sucked defensively this year”. That comment gives you NO credibility at all. Before this losing stretch, Scotty was playing incredible in the Dzone, which is a huge reason why the goals against was so low. Get your head out of your ass.

  18. ManApart says:

    Give me a break. it was Halak and Cammy that got the Habs anywhere near the 3rd round. You trade Gomez for Koivu and it would have made no difference. The Habs probably would have been better off with Koivu.  “he couldn’t get us as far as Gomez did” Don’t even try to give Gomez credit for what happened in last year’s playoffs. This year Gomez has been a complete joke so far. Not only is he not producing, he’s sucking defensively. With his salary he’s the most detrimental part of this team.

  19. spos080808 says:

    You are right Gainey sucked. He only led the team to a 1st overall see in the Eastern Conference one season.

    And following that season what did he do?


    He added a top 6 forward in Tanguay and added toughness in Laraque that all us fans say he needed to.

    But yah Gainey did nothing.

    Give me a break.

    Go cheer for the LEafs.

  20. larisalapointe says:

    So as of tomorrow morning, you’re the new GM. What are you going to do to have the Stanley Cup in June?

    Complete strategic plan please. Don’t leave anything out.


    Wiz had me at his Mr. Freezie gesture to Sean Avery

  21. spos080808 says:

    Actually that was a horrendous call. You are allowed to be up against the boards WITHOUT the penalty being called. You have what is termed a “safe zone”. Gomez was in the zone of the bench and was getting off. No penalty should have been called. It was a very bad call plain and simple.

    And by the way, watch ALL players when they skate to the bench. They all glide toward it.

  22. spos080808 says:

    If you think Gionta/Cammalleri were going to come to Montreal without Gomez being here you sir, are so foolish.

    Look over the last 10 or so years. What high level free agents have signed in Montreal under their own free will. NOT MANY AT ALL! Why? Who knows? A lot has to do with the Canadian dollar, the fanbase has a lot to do with it etc.

    BUT when Scotty was traded to the Habs all of a sudden Cammalleri and Gionta come aboard. You think that is a coincidence? Out of the blue two high level free agents decide to chance the last 10+ years of free agency in Montreal. Give me a breeak.

    Scotty being here is a HUGE reason why those two players signed with the Habs. To say otherwise is so foolish it is not even funny.

    Sure I hate Gomez’s contract and his play is def. lackluster a fair amount of the time, but if he was not here, neither would Gionta/Cammalleri.

    And you do realize the Habs would not have signed anyone else right? They would have ended up bringing Kovalev back. And yah that sure would have done wonders for the organization.

  23. StevieRay says:

    and also a waste of a good # ..11.  Last nite did it for me .. when Gomez was coming off for a line change …he dogged it to the bench ..Lars Eller anticipating him to come a bit harder ..jumped on the ice ..the rest is history ..too many men penalty ,,but the icing on the cake was that JM send Eller to the box to serve the penalty..when Gomez and his lazy ass should of been sent …..

    Gomez is the only Hab player I truly dislike …and that says a lot because I’ve been watching them since 1956..nuff said …

  24. joeybarrie says:

    I’ll say it again, as much as I loved Koivu, he couldn’t get us as far as Gomez did in his 13 years with the team. Gomez did it in one season. He wasn’t the only reason, but the forward who had the most ice time, and the most assists obviously was a big part of it.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  25. joeybarrie says:

    And how many empty netter does ovechkin have? Still counts in his total.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  26. ManApart says:

    such a ridiculous post.

  27. ManApart says:

    What do you think, I dislike the guy for no reason? it’s because the team never seems to improve beyond a middle team. Now it’s Gauthier. Can we just fire this washed up regime once and for all!!? You’re tired of my anti-management posts? Imagine how tired I am of them running the team! They’re so old and hopeless, i almost give up.

  28. Kythehabsfan says:

    No – folks on this site for the most part saw Streit as weak defensively and thought his offensive contribution could be replaced and that we did not need him if we had Markov. Personally, I think he almost as good as Markov.

  29. fbkj says:

    just out of curiosity and i mean this with no disrespect

    do you have the ability to determine the things you proclaim

    stack that up against reality

    then make necessary adjustments?

  30. drivefor25 says:

    Your hate-on for Gainey gets tiresome after the 400th, 500th, 600th post…or does it just seem like 600 posts?


    Fan since ’71

  31. ManApart says:

    It’s nothing personal against the guy. Many of his moves were indeed dumb, and this team is a bubble team once again. For God sakes, no more.

  32. SmartDog says:

    Amen again.  I get trashed for saying it but Gomez is even more the albatross I said he was when he arrived.  Imagine where we’d be with Koivu as 2nd line center and an extra 5 million in cap space.  Hell – and HERE’s A PERSPECTIVE BRINGER – Grabovski at 2nd line center would be our GOAL LEADER.  F-n Gomez is a waste of a sweater.  It’s hard to win with such a handicap… nothing depresses me more about the Habs. 


  33. SnowManHabs85 says:

    I would still like to see Hamrlik re-signed with the Habs next season but not over more than 2m. It’s Spacek I’d like to move, he’s out of position and gives away the puck more times than Hamrlik. Yes Hamrlik’s contract is a cap hit of over 5m but ends after this season.

  34. ManApart says:

    Get real man. Aquiring Gomez was bloody stupid and he’s playing awful if he was being paid 3 million. For 8, he’s pretty much the worst bang for your buck in the league. All your BS excuses doesn’t change that.

  35. habs03 says:

    Agree, but no need to call the guy an idiot, he brought a lot of respect back to the franchise from the ruins of Houle.

  36. smiler2729 says:

    It is what it is, ain’t no use complaining about it cuz that won’t change it. I like Scott Gomez and it’s too bad that contract is such an albatross around his neck.

    It would be the same thing for Vinny Lecavalier if he and his $10 million/year (!!) were up here. It’s also the same for all the other dumb contracts out there (d’ya not think Mike Richards will be considered an overpaid bum before his gazillion year contract expires in 2525?)

    Let’s try and not judge the player by the money they make cuz if we start down that road, Tommy Plekanec sure ain’t a $5 million/year player to me…

  37. Everlasting1 says:

    3 of Gomez’s goals so far were incredibly flukey. Tangibly flukey lol


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  38. ManApart says:

    You don’t make a dumb move because there’s nothing better around. That’s idiocy, which Gainey was. BTW Koivu is twice the 2nd line center Gomez ever was. Should of kept him for half the price.

  39. B says:

    Do you think Gomez replacing Koivu is the reason why the Habs went further in the playoffs last season that they did in all the seasons before with Koivu? I think there might have been something else to it.

  40. ManApart says:

    Gainey’s trade for Gomez was terrible at the time, as almost everyone rightly said and is terrible now. There is no excuse for being so shortsighted in handcuffing a team in the cap era with one of the worst contracts in the league. It was a dumb-dumb move and the team is paying for it. I and many others warned you guys who live with Habs blinders on. now you see what we meant. Almost 2 years later though. gainey should be fired for that move alone.

  41. habs03 says:

    I think a major factor that lead to Gainey trading for Gomez is the lack of Center in the game, it is a key position yet they were not any Center to be had, every team with a good center has signed him to a long term deal, as much as I hate the Gomez trade, I understand now that Gainey didn’t have much of a choice, during the offseason Gianey was looking for a big C, and tried to get Vinny Lec, didn’t happen, and settled for Gomez, looking through the NHL pending UFA, even looking at last year free agency, there hasn’t been one top flight C to be had. pretty much every young and upcoming C is signed long term, look at Pleck in the summer, if he made it to July 1st, someone would have give him 6M at least, not because he is worth it but because many teams are missing that position. It look like Brad Richards is going to be the only true 1C to hit FA in a while, and the only reason he isn’t signed long term with the Stars is because of ownership issue’s, so teams like the Leafs, Sabres,Rangers,Kings,Flames etc that need a number 1C are going to be bidding for him, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the teams that loss out are gonna have no choice but settle for someone like Savard(contact too long for somone with his injury), or maybe Vinny Lec(same issue). Just my 2 cents on the Gomez trade.

  42. SmartDog says:


    Good one!


  43. SmartDog says:

    Amen brother.

    Better performance from Gomer – even just what he did last year – and we’d still be sitting pretty.   He seems unwilling to risk his rich ass for a measly hockey game.  

  44. B says:

    You briefly commented “I think our free-fall lately is due mostly to our aging, crumbling defense” and that you “Hope this guy’ll help”. I simply pointed out that he will likely make that “aging, crumbling defense” older. Was the snide remark really necessary?

    He should be able to help them on the PP, but I don’t get the impression he will be very effective in helping log important TOI on the PK or against the other teams top lines.

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    Pierre McGuire aside,

    Gott agree with you on that one SD.


  46. HabFanSince72 says:

    Forget it. Sutter’s stepped down.

    Iginla for three plumbers is no longer feasible.


  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    Move Hamrlik.

    Good suggestion.

    Thanks for that.


  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    I quit Scott Gomez’s Defence Team.

    I’ve defended Gomez before.

    I still think the trade was good, based on the data Gainey had at the time. It was the first step in rebuilding the franchise, and if Gomez played as well as he did for the Rangers he’d be fine. I liked his play at timtes last year.

    But now I’ve had it. He had a couple of good games after returning from injury. But now he’s back to sucking. 0/12 on faceoffs yesterday. There is nothing good about his play. He avoids traffic. Avoids hits. Doesn’t help out on D .Doesn’t score much.

    Nothing we can do about it of course. I don’t blame Gainey. I don’t blame Martin. I don’t blame Gionta (although it would help if he converted some of the chances Gomez creates.) No I blame Gomez.




  49. adam76 says:

    The solution can be found in 7 words:


    Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla

  50. Everlasting1 says:

    Wow. Nice assessment. Koivu was the pillar amidst the crumbling organization. If you couldn’t see that, can’t help you. Gomez was a hack in the playoffs.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  51. fbkj says:

    why do you feel the need to repeat something completely canned in orter to fabricate a silly point

    anybody can do that

    alright, how about since 1976?

    what makes 1980 the defacto year that success must be gauged by?

    and also why did you bring this up to counter smart dogs point about the islanders lack of fans?

  52. observer says:

    i repeat since 1980 – that is one thousand nine hundred and eighty – izlanders have won MORE stanley cups than the canadiens.

  53. observer says:

    problem with habs has long been stubborn incompetant management whether it be gainey, houle, gauthier and even savard. and their poor record over the last 30 years shows it. especially the last 17 years.

  54. SmartDog says:

    True, but they’ve sucked even worse than us at our worst lately.

    And if you’re going to throw the Leafs in there, throw in me and my dog too! 🙂


  55. Everlasting1 says:

    You sure you don’t mean Souray’s D?


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  56. fbkj says:

    and since 1984 the habs have won TWICE the amount of stanley cups as the islanders, leafs, blues, canucks, panthers, lightning, blue jackets and the harlem globetrotters, COMBINED

    selective stats ftw!

  57. observer says:

    Agree! Fans here will love him. And will want to see Hamrlick, Picard and Spacek moved as soon as possible.

  58. SmartDog says:

    Pierre McGuire aside, in the true sense, this team has exactly ZERO monsters.  The closest is Subban, and it remains to be seen if that’s what Martin is trying to train out of him.  I hope not, because Subi can give it. And we need guys that can give it. He COULD be a monster.  And watching him, if the team could become more like that, it would serve them well.

    This BTW, is also why I love Plekanec. He’s not a big tough guy, but he plays a scrappy game (usually… ahem) without taking a lot of penalties. But he does what he wants and doesn’t mind ruffling feathers.  A big guy or two to back him up and he’ll be even more, dare I say it, beligerent.



  59. punkster says:

    It’s simply because we see eye to eye so often 😉


  60. observer says:

    Since 1980 the Islanders won MORE Stanley Cups than the Canadiens and Leafs COMBINED!

  61. B says:

    Gomez is not a “guy who helps lead the team to a league leading in PK”. His time on the PK this season has been drastically reduced due to diminished and indifferent play. Gomez is down to 14th on the team in PK TOI per game so far this season.

  62. observer says:

    Streit not worth what he got BUT Spacek and Hamrlick are? Givemeabreak!

  63. Hagar says:

    Gonna have to be premature about it & say I like this trade. We now have an angry young man on D. We really were in need of the help.

  64. Chuck says:

    The Habs didn’t give away Mark Streit. He chose to sign with the Islanders for more money than Montreal management was willing to pay him. In return, we got the cap space that would otherwise have been allotted to him.

    Centre Hice: Bringing a knife to a gunfight

  65. SmartDog says:

    There you go being all reasonable again!  Good answers.


  66. PeterD says:

    Just read Steve Hindle’s blog and totally agree …we are still missing the key piece to move this team from mediocre to very good.

    Clearly what we need is a big, power star forward with a history of loving the dirty areas in front of the net and battling to screen goalies and pop the goals…We smply do not have one of those in the system ready to step in and do the job every shift and eveery game.

    I think a player like Iginla would do the trick por at least be a good start…THe fans here on HIO have been talking about the need for a top 6 forward all year and we all have great hopes that MaxPac will be that player…but the truth is he is not enough nor is he the saviour we need.

    I, for one am sick of watching our zippy fast small forwards fly up and down the ice adn pop a shot straight at the opposing goalie…that any major junior goalie is sure to stop cause we are shooting right at him…Give me a break…all season we have been waiting for someone with balls to go to the front of the net and get dirty…Pouliot…NO, Moen…NO, Lapierre…NO…AK…Hell NO…so where are the guys with balls…

    Why not send in a defense man to screen the opposing goalies…for sure with the amount of rubbver these guys block you would have to think they would not be afraid of getting hit with a shot if they were intentionally supposed to be screening the other goalie…

    A few months ago I re-waytched a habs game from the ’70s…and noticed a lot of Serge Savard in front of the other teams net on the PowerPlay…Savard was a monster out there…why not try Hammer of PK as the extra forward in front of the net on a few powerplays…

    But seriously we need help up front…it is long past time to think we have the talent and toughness up front to get the job done and all our dreams of the kids in Hamilton or in Junior being our saviours is just that…Dreams. 

    TIme for a big move Pierre G…and that will involve some of those Hamilton and Junior players inn order to get somebody or somebodys back that move us to the next level in our conference.

  67. Kythehabsfan says:

    Yes, we let Mark Streit walk – he actually wanted to play defence instead of 4th line! As an organization, we do not seem to evaluate defensive talent very well or we don’t have the patience to let them develop. As I recall, the posters on HIO didn’t think too much of Mark Streit’s defence at the time either.

  68. Shiloh says:

    Hee hee – you’ve got to look at the whole picture, not just a select few. Further, the guys you mentioned are having a down time. Gomer has precious little upside.

  69. joeybarrie says:

    Losing Mark Streit was a mistake in my opinion. We should have made room for his contract. I would have preferred Streit over Hamr in retrospect. But then again, thats the benefit of retrospect.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  70. Shiloh says:

    1. Put Spatch and Wiz together and play PK with Hammer.

    2. all of the above

    3. another defenseman around the age of Wiz – and a deal (or demotion) for Gomer

    4. Tough question – why not Halpern?

    5. the Pleks line will get going again in January – and AK46 will play well.

  71. Kythehabsfan says:

    Yup – I think a lot of people see these pairings. We need PK in the line up and we prob need him with Hammer.

  72. joeybarrie says:

    I love Saku Koivu. But in 13 years Koivu did not get as far in the Playoffs as Gomez did in ONE season with us.

    Again, its all about multiple peices. Some are expensive and some aren’t. You get a deal one day, and others you have to overpay for the Gas because your tank is empty…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  73. Hockey Socks says:

    All that means is that Boyd is doing a good job of filling in for Pacioretty down in Hamilton.

  74. Kythehabsfan says:

    1. It should, but will it? Marty loves keeping his D pairing together compared to the F’s.


    2 is c. You can not hang 7 of 9 on a rookie D. esp when you don’t score. Our collective, incessant focus on this rookie is completely bizarre. Such is our life on HIO.


    3. Time will tell if another journeyman D in our lineup over playing our homegrown talent will proove to be successful. The boys upstairs have prooved one thing over the past few years: it is far easier and cheaper to buy a 2nd or 3rd pair D-man than develop your own. Next big need: a consistent top 6 F.


    4.  Tough to pick a 3rd star after those 2. I will give the nod to Alex Auld for supporting Carey so well.


    5. On the current roster, PK must be the guy who picks up the D and provides the kind of offensive punch the team needs. But will Marty let him play? Of the forwards, Gomez must be the guy to elevate his game. The passing grade is 30 goals by Gionta.

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