Off-season Habs news hasn’t been earthshaking so far, but do you get the feeling the juicy stuff is just around the corner?
Since the Canadiens gave it the good old college try but were disposed of at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers, the news we’ve been given so far has been the firing of six scouts within the organization; Hamilton Bulldogs coach Guy Boucher first having talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets and later signing on as coach in Tampa; the announcement of the Canadiens playing the Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium in Calgary in the February 20th Heritage Classic; Kyle Klubertanz signing with the club; and the team buying out the remaining year of Georges Laraque’s contract.
Certainly the best is yet to come. Restricted and unrestricted free agents will raise their heads, and as we all know, Pierre Gauthier will soon make the call on the Kostitsyn brothers, Tomas Plekanec, and last but not least, Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak.
We don’t know Gauthier’s intentions, and I think several million words have already been written speculating on who’s going and who’s staying. If Plekanec resigns with the club, which I’m sure he will, he’d better have a much-improved playoff next year. He was way too quiet against the Flyers, we needed him, and he didn’t deliver.
And the goalie thing is a dilemna – keep one, keep both, keep who?
If the team decides to let one of the goalies go elsewhere, could we please have a really good player in return? The suspense is already killing us with this Price/Halak thing, and if one of these go and we get a bum or two in return, we’re gonna be pissed.
Remember when Patrick Roy was sent to Colorado after the “Roygate Affair?” We knew he was gone, heck, he said he was gone, we were expecting a big name, maybe a package that included Adam Foote or Adam Deadmarsh or the likes. Instead, for Patrick Roy and captain Mike Keane, we got Jocelyn Thibault to tend nets for us, along with Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko.
Montreal GM Rejean Houle was an extremely generous and giving fellow in his dealings with the Avs. I was very upset with Reggie for not holding out for more. Maybe I still am.
We lost Patrick Roy and a born leader in Mike Keane for a bunch of hacks. Avalanche management must have thought they won the lottery.
Such a terrible trade. Thibault came to us with a resume of 10 games in Colorado and two partial seasons before that with the Quebec Nordiques. We got a journeyman goaltender to replace future Hall of Famer Roy. Kovalenko lasted just one year in Montreal before he was gone, but Rucinsky salvaged it somewhat, playing seven seasons with the Habs and had several 20-plus goal seasons there.
To make matters worse, Roy and Keane helped lead the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup that first year, and Roy drank from the Cup again in 2001.
But this year, Pierre Gauthier’s gonna put together a winner for us, however he decides to do it. I have faith. THERE WILL BE NO BUMS COMING TO MONTREAL.
Presently, though, it’s the calm before the storm. Quiet times.