See Ya Later Mats. Welcome Aboard Robert Lang!

Waiting for Mats Sundin to figure out what he wanted to do turned sour after about the first month. And finally, in the middle of September, with training camp close to happening, Bob Gainey made his move.


Because I’m sure Gainey was even more sick of the Sundin thing than we were.


So he went out yesterday and landed centre Robert Lang from Chicago, and now the team is set for training camp with all the pieces in place, and scoring Lang instead of Sundin isn’t that bad a thing at all.


It’s all strength down the middle now, with Lang, Saku Koivu, Tomas Plekanec, Maxim Lapierre, and Kyle Chipchura.


Robert Lang’s been around. He’s 37 now, and has played with six previous teams, LA, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, Detroit, and Chicago, and was even Alex Kovalev’s centreman in Pittsburgh. He’s a playmaker who averages 50 points a year, and is going to be, in my estimation, a key player with the Habs.


This means the Canadiens are now a mix of older and young, of experience throughout, with Carey Price beginning his second full season.


The Canadiens gave up a second-round draft pick in 2010, which is fine. Because this is a team gunning for all the marbles this year, their 100th season, and the time is ripe.


This Lang thing puts me in a good mood. I’ve got big expectations for him. They say he might he play alongside Kovalev, just like in the old days. And he seems really happy to come to Montreal, which is of the utmost importance. “You never want to get traded or have to move your family,” he said, “but I think it’s going to be a great situation. It’s a great hockey town.”


Of course it is, Robert. It’s the greatest hockey town on the planet. You’re walking into a great thing, and I know you’re 37 years old, but you now belong to a historic and legendary team and you’re going to do great.


Welcome aboard, Robert. Wear the CH with pride.




Patrice Brisbois has resigned with the Habs and this is good too. Brisebois, mistakes or not, is a classy guy with something to offer, but unless there’s an injury from another blueliner, he won’t see tons of ice time. 


And this is another guy who wants to play in Montreal and had hoped that Gainey would resign him so he could stay. And he may even pop the odd power play goal.

4 thoughts on “See Ya Later Mats. Welcome Aboard Robert Lang!”

  1. Brisebois is a good signing. He was our best defenceman in our first-round series against the Bruins. Plus, he’s not expected to play 25 minutes a night, which is too much pressure for him.

    As for Lang, this gives us three good lines. I think there’s going to need to be a post about who will play on what line. I think Tanguay should play with Kovalev and Plekanec, so Lang could be a good fit with the Kostitsyn brothers. That would put Koivu-Higgins-Lats as another line. That would leave a fourth line of Laraque, Begin and Lapierre (with Chipchura and Kostopulous in and out).

    I also think Laraque would be good with the Kostitsyn brothers, as it would give them a lot of room to move, and Laraque could just plant himself in front of the net.

  2. This is something I need to think about a bit. I like your idea of Tanguay with Kovalev, but I wouldn’t mind seeing how Lang would look with Kovalev.
    Latendresse – who knows? And only because I like Kostopoulos’ style that I would like to see how he would do in more of a regular role.
    But your lines are good, Tom.
    And yes, good riddance to Sundin.

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