Sunday, September 7, 2008

6 Teams: Montreal Canadiens


Roster:

Forwards:
22 Steve Begin
28 Kyle Chipchura
21 Christopher Higgins
11 Saku Koivu
46 Andrei Kostitsyn
74 Sergei Kostitsyn
6 Tom Kostopoulos
27 Alex Kovalev
40 Maxime Lapierre
17 George Laraque
84 Guillaume Latendresse
14 Tomas Plekanec
41 Alex Tanguay

Defense:
51 Francis Bouillon
25 Mathieu Dandenault
26 Josh Gorges
44 Roma Hamrlik
8 Mike Komisarek
79 Andrei Markov
3 Ryan O'Byrne

Goalies:
1 Marc Denis
41 Jaroslav Halak
31 Carey Price

Outlook:
As much as it pains me to say this the Canadiens are the team to beat in the East this year they added toughness in Laraque and speed in Tanguay. The Canadiens are celebrating there 100th year in the NHL and will be looking to win the Stanley Cup a record 25th time. They must do it this year as this would mark the 1st time the Canadiens would have failed to win the cup in every decade since its creation. While a lot of people unjustly voted the Canadiens out of the playoffs last year they surprised all by finishing in the top 3 of the East and making the Eastern Semi-Finals only to be beat by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Canadiens will wear a plethra of different jerseys this season to commemerate there 100th season which everyone should look forward to seeing. The only question mark the Canadiens really have is G Carey Price who collapsed in the playoffs and the last half of the season he will be the make or break player of the Canadiens roster this year. I could easily see Halak taking that #1 spot away if Price seems to be struggling at anytime this year. The 1st line should easily be the K's and Tanguay which could be an extremely dominate line! Higgins and Kovalev will quarterback the second line with Koivu possibly centering that line or the 3rd line. This team should be fun to watch!

Rumors:
Mats Sundin is all we've been hearing but recently Gainey seems to be less optimistic about obtaining the 37 year old centerman as Mats can't seem to decide anything. There have also been rumblings that a Edmonton/ Montreal trade could take place but don't put any stock in it as Horcoff seems to be the rumored name and he is Edmontons best center.

Prediction:
The Canadiens will win the East in my opinion and more than likely go to the Stanley Cup finals.

The Sources Prediction:
4th to 1st in the East

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

are you for real??....the canadiens "finished in the top three in the east"???...........they finished first in the east dip stick.

Anonymous said...

Way to Narrow it down to 4 spots. That is the most detailed prediction you've ever wrote.

The Source said...

I know they did but I felt like putting it that way.

Simon604 said...

I really like this Habs team and it's the first time it what feels like ages I can say that. I really hope they can keep their streak of winning a cup in every decade since it's inception going....but I do have my doubts. I think we're going to see Montreal make it to the eastern finals where they will end up against a very scary looking Washington Capitals team. I'm not sure Montreal has the defense to take them all the way this year unfortunately.

G said...

Very Scary Washington? After their top 2 lines and Mike Green, they don't have squat. Theo in net? Poti as your #2 d-man?

Anonymous said...

Montréal a the top and Leaf at the bottom what a wonderful world.I feel sad for you Leaf fans. Montreal 6 Leaf 0 this year hi hi hi !!!

corey said...

Tanguay is awesome, hes gonna be huge for MTL this year.

Dewey said...

I think the Pens will finish first in the East this year, and Montreal second. The difference: a full year out of Marc-Andre Fleury, who was the best goalie in the NHL from March until the Cup Finals. Carey Price has a lot to prove to everyone this season.

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