Ten Early Off-Season Habs Questions

UPDATE: I love the off-season for the simple fact that the one day I decide to write a blog, the Habs actually end up doing something. The Canadiens signed Andrei Kostitsyn to a one-year contract extension. He'll make the same amount as last year, $3.25M, which is interesting considering many were expecting the Belorussian forward to go to arbitration this year.
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While we all wait for the Stanley Cup playoffs to finally end, and before we can get into the nitty gritty of our off-season analyses and features, I thought it would be fun to get the opinions of the readers on a few of the current topics that might be affecting the Montreal Canadiens, as well as some of the topics we might be discussing over the next few months.

Of course, outside of anything directly Habs-related, the talk of the town is the Stanley Cup finals. There are plenty of former Habs brass vying for the cup, some we'd like to see hoist Lord Stanley's mug more than others. Also relevant to our discussion is the re-introduction of Winnipeg into the fold, and what that could mean for the Canadiens, as well as some likely changes to headshots and NHL rules.

So, without wasting any more time, here are 10 questions to answer this afternoon about your Canadiens and the NHL:

  1. Pierre Gauthier may have signed Hal Gill and Alex(s)ei (Y)Emelin to new deals, but there are still plenty of spots open on the Habs' blueline. Which defensemen return, which will leave to free agency, and will the Canadiens bring in any UFAs on the blueline?
  2. Pierre Gauthier has less but still considerable work to do up front. Four top six players are signed, with Kostitsyn and Pacioretty likely to come back as RFAs. What do the Canadiens need to do to tweak their top 6 for next season? What about the spots open or opening on the bottom 6?
  3. Kirk Muller is interviewing for a new coaching job. Who should take his spot next to Jacques Martin next season?
  4. Other than Carey Price, who had the best season for the Habs? Who had the worst?
  5. Overall and on a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied were you with the Canadiens' 2010-11 season?
  6. Does Gauthier make any trades before July 1st?
  7. Theoretically, if the Habs were able to entice Brad Richards to come to Montreal, who would you trade out and for what in order to make room for him, both on the cap and on the roster?
  8. Who should the Habs draft in two weeks in the first round with the 17th overall pick?
  9. As former fans of Maxim Lapierre, and current haterz of the Boston Bruins, what do you think about the whole finger-taunting situation in the finals?
  10. Finally, we know which team most of you (pretty much everyone other than Jay Pietroniro) wants to see win the series. But which former Habs player or coach do you most want to see hoist the cup? Which do you least want to see win it?

So lay it on us Habs fans (and even non-Habs fans). What do you think?

Expect lots of draft and free agency coverage, as well as deep and detailed off-season analysis from the Habs team in the weeks ahead!

Prax

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5 Comments

Jason Pietroniro's picture

Thanks for the mention, Prax.
Without a doubt I want Mark Reechi to hoist the cup. I think his name was dragged down a bit with the whole Pacioretty thing. But let's be honest. First rule of being part of a team is to stick with them. His comments were, in my opinion, manipulated into coming out the way they did. I think he's had a career he should be proud of. He shows up every night.

Let's get something clear here though. As much as I like the Bruins. Even with all the hype that surrounds them at the moment. I still haven't gotten goosebumps from them. I'm excited. No doubts there. But I watched the Cammalleri clip on TSN. Him vs Eberle. And that gave me goosebumps. My heart bleeds Blue blanc Rouge. Hope nobody questions that.

George Prax's picture
Jason Pietroniro wrote:

Thanks for the mention, Prax.
Without a doubt I want Mark Reechi to hoist the cup. I think his name was dragged down a bit with the whole Pacioretty thing. But let's be honest. First rule of being part of a team is to stick with them. His comments were, in my opinion, manipulated into coming out the way they did. I think he's had a career he should be proud of. He shows up every night.

Let's get something clear here though. As much as I like the Bruins. Even with all the hype that surrounds them at the moment. I still haven't gotten goosebumps from them. I'm excited. No doubts there. But I watched the Cammalleri clip on TSN. Him vs Eberle. And that gave me goosebumps. My heart bleeds Blue blanc Rouge. Hope nobody questions that.

lol we all know you're committed to the Habs but don't think for a second that I won't rib you every chance I get for also liking the Bruins Wink

I'm sorry but I can't stand Recchi now. And I was one of the people that respected the hell out of him for all the years since he left the Habs, even last year as a Bruin. but his comments for Pacioretty were out of line. If you listen to the actual interview where he said it, sure, he was goaded into the question but it's pretty obvious that that's what he thought and it was ridiculous. He's a 25 year veteran of the league, he has no business saying shit like that. And let's not forget that he was the first guy from the Bruins to put his fingers in Lapierre's face. He's very much a part of "Bruins culture" now, and I definitely don't mean that in a good way. He's the person I least want to see win the cup, Vignault and Lapierre being the most.

Jason Pietroniro's picture

Class don't win ya cups, son. It's a nasty game out there. Class gets you 1st round exits.

George Prax's picture

I think Nick Lidstrom and Ken Holland would like to have a word with you over there.

Jason Pietroniro's picture

ahhahaha. Theres some pretty nasty players that played for Detroit when they won their cups. lol but you got me there!