Are there any untouchables on the Montreal Canadiens? Any players who are safe as safe can be with the team? Any players, who, if asked for by General Managers around the league, just makes Bob Gainey laugh?
Hmmm. Let’s see.
Carey Price? Is he safe? There’s probably a good chance, unless Vancouver is willing to trade Robert Luongu for him, which isn’t going to happen. Jaroslav Halak – not safe.
Anyone on defence? Markov, for instance? Or Komisarek? Nope, not safe. The other defencemen, Brisebois, Hamrlik, Bouillon, Gorges, Dandenault, and O’Byrne. Nope, not safe. Although it would be a shame to see a warrior like Gorges go.
Veterans like Koivu, Kovalev, Tanguay, Higgins, Plekanec, Begin, Laraque? Not safe. Not by a long shot.
Robert Lang? If he heals properly, he could be safe.
Young guys? Max Pacioretti -should be safe. Matt D’Agostini – possibly safe. Kyle Chipchura – not safe.
Heart and soul guys – Maxim Lapierre, Tom Kostopoulos. I want them to be safe.
The Kostitsyn brothers – not safe, especially Sergei.
Gulliaume Latendresse – not safe at all.
PK Subban – gotta keep him.
So, I’m thinking that Carey Price, Robert Lang, PK Subban, Maxim Lapierre, Tom Kostopoulos, Max Pacioretti, and maybe Matt D’Agostini are safe. And even from these seven players, if I had to keep only a couple, I suppose it would be Price, Lang, Subban, Lapierre, and Pacioretti.
But then again, maybe Price has been affected by the pressure of playing in Montreal, so maybe I’d move him. And maybe Lang will never be the same player again after his Achilles tendon injury. So maybe I’d deal him too.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009-2010 Montreal Canadiens.
PK Subban, Carey Price, Maxim Lapierre, and Max Pacioretti.