The wait is finally over. Sundin can leave that fence post up his ass as long as he wants, the chicken-swede. You hear me Mats? You have our permission to play hide and go fuck yourself.
I have always liked Robert Lang, and I'm really excited about him coming to Montreal. He's not as flashy as a Mats Sundin or Alexei Kovalev, but he's dependable.
So, for the upcoming season, the lines are looking something like this:
Kovalev, Plekanec, A. Kostitsyn
Tanguay, Lang, S. Kostitsyn
Higgins, Koivu, Kostopoulos
Lapierre, Chipchura, Laraque
(Latendresse and Begin in reserve, and will probably rotate with Kostopoulos and the entire fourth line.)
Defense looks something like:
(Dandenault and Breeze-by digging splinters outta their asses while they ride pine all season whilst eating Bell Centre hot dogs)
And of course in goal, the overrated and inexperienced Carey Price, saddled with nothing less than the expectation that he transmogrify into Patrick Roy.
If that doesn't work out, we've got Denis and Halak to stuff between the pipes and get shell-shocked.
I am very glad to see that Saku Koivu will finally have the burden of primary scoring lifted from his shoulders, as he moves into a secondary scoring/checking role that he should have been filling for the past three years. But I won't be surprised when Lang and Tanguay falter to see him centering the first or second line again. I'm just glad that's not how he's starting the season.
Now I am really interested to see the beginning of the season.
Thank you, Bob Gainey, for finally dealing for some quality players, while keeping our talented youngsters. I won't go so far as to say I think this team can win the Cup, but they finally have the right mix of premiere players, solid veterans, and rising stars (along with a dash of knuckle-sandwich). Now, it all comes down the big question mark in goal. We'll see if Price is the real deal.