Thursday, February 2, 2012

Habs/Devils, Leblanc recalled, Standings, Rumors and More

Louis Leblanc - New York Islanders v Montreal Canadiens
Morning puck fans.

The Eastern conference picture continued to get muddier last night.

With wins by Florida and Toronto, it is now the Canadiens' next opponent, the New Jersey Devils, who occupy the eighth and final seed.

The Devils are a full ten points ahead of 14th place Montreal and have a game in hand.

The Devils' nearest rival, the Washington Capitals, are but a point behind both them and the Southeast-leading Florida Panthers.

In the West, all but three points separate the eighth seeded Minnesota Wild from the 12th seeded Phoenix Coyotoes.

Say what you will about three-point games (beurk), there are exciting times ahead, no?

As for tonight's contest involving nos Glorieux, if nothing else it will once again be a chance to see what Louis Leblanc, who was called up yesterday, can do.

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If we do tank this season and end up with a high end pick. I was wondering what next years lineup could be like. If we could somehow get rid of Gomez, this is what I came up with. I would be happy to see this lineup and I would like to give Eller a real chance to succeed if he is going to be one of our top players. Seems like a great combination of skill and size throughout the lineup. Also, think we should keep Kostitsyn for the price and give him a real chance with someone like Desharnais. Playing Louis Leblanc with Plekanec and Gionta should provide him with the leadership and work ethic required to ease him into the NHL.

Max Pacoretty Lars Eller Eric Cole
Rene Bourque David Desharnesi Andri Kostitsyn
Louis Leblanc Tomas Plekanec Brian Gionta
Travis Moen FreeAgent(Mike Zigomanis) Ryan White

I was thinking about this for awhile and I would be pretty happy to start next year like this.

So basically have the same team as this season?

While it is basically the same lineup, I think the biggest difference is that it is time to let some of the younger players take a different role on this team. No more Darche, Gomez, Nokelainen and no more having a dman playing on your 3rd/4th line. I can see where having an extra dman in the game may be beneficial, however forward is not their(Weber, Campoli) natural position. Also, I think moving forward we need to give Eller a real chance to succeed. More PP time, actually any PP time would be more then what he gets now. And let him play with decent linemates that know how to score. I am tired of seeing Eller with the puck and no one else around to pass it to. Darche and Blunden just don't cut it. I believe this team is better then it shows in the standings and I think with a full year from a coach who will use his best players at the time(go with the hot hand)will benefit this team greatly. As for this season I am all for selling off assets to give our young players a chance to show what they can do.

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