Former Hab Chris Higgins returns to Montreal in a Rangers uniform tonight, and hopefully he’ll play just the way he did last season – lousy.
This is a guy who has always had potential, who scored more than twenty goals three times as a Montreal Canadien, but should have scored more. Too many times we endured his long, painful slumps which he always found himself in. In other words, as a Hab, in general he was a big honkin’ disappointment who never became the player and point-getter everyone thought he’d become.
The Rangers are hot, with seven wins and three losses, and are second behind Pittsburgh in the east. But Higgins isn’t hot. He’s sitting at no goals and two assists so far. Consistency has never been one of Higgins’ stronger suits, maybe because of hangovers.
He’s got a decent shot, though, if that’s any consolation.
And of course there’s the Manhattan fashion designer, Sean Avery, who has two goals and three assists so far. It appears Avery has a real nice little relationship growing between him and coach John Tortorella, who blasted Avery continuously when Torts was a TSN analyst, even going so far as saying he’d never want this guy on his team. But it seems to be working out. Avery is now being a fine human being, a hard- working forward, and it makes you wonder – is he in line for some sort of Humanitarian award?
And is there a possiblity Avery can help get Torts into the fashion-designing world?
The real problem for Montreal though, isn’t Higgins or Avery. It’s probably goalie Henrik Lundqvist, a premier netminder who so far has allowed 20 goals in nine games, which isn’t exactly stellar netminding, but not bad. Carey Price, by comparison, has seen 20 goals get by him in only six games, including that seven-goal Vancouver debacle that I seem to be bringing up quite often. I think that night caused me permanent brain damage.
And the question now is, will Halak play or Price? In my mind it should be Halak, as he’s been in nets for the last two wins. He’s on a roll. But what do I know. I’m just a bum who can’t even get a job as stick boy or skate around with a flag before the game.