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A little update about our prospects

Just a little note about some habs prospects.

With the trade deadline in all 3 CHL leagues a few days ago, there were lots of trades involving some Habs prospects.

In the OHL, Petteri Simila was traded fro the Niagara Icedogs to the Barrie Colts. But he was only a minor piece in the trade, and doesn’t seem to be in the plans of the Colts. He’s not even mentioned on their website, and this article by Sportsnet says he’s actually headed to Finland.

Windsor’s main competition for the title, the Barrie Colts, was just as aggressive on the trade front. Barrie picked up Alex Pietrangelo, the top defenceman at the recently completed world junior hockey championship, and gritty forward Zac Rinaldo.

Pietrangelo will make his Colts debut in the highly-anticipated match-up against the Spitfires in Windsor on Thursday.

Barrie also added goaltender Mavric Parks from the Kitchener Rangers shortly before Monday’s deadline. Parks will battle with Peter Di Salvo for the starting job, but will watch from the bench Thursday as Di Salvo gets the nod against Windsor.

Finnish goaltender Petteri Simila, who was acquired as part of the Pietrangelo trade with Niagara, will head home. Dalton McGrath, who had been Di Salvo’s backup, will join a Colts affiliate team.

I don’t really know where he’ll play in Finland and if that’s good for him… The Colts are a very good team, but he probably wouldn’t have played a lot there, so hopefully he’ll get a chance to play more in Finland.

In the Q, two habs prospects could be indirectly affected by a trade between the Montreal Juniors and the Drummondville Voltigeurs. The Juniors sent Jake Allen, their goalie, to Drummondville, in exchange for two draft picks. But according to Stephane Leroux who follows the Q for RDS (he wrote that like 12 days ago but I completely missed it), the Juniors will certainly give back their two picks to Drummondville in exchange for two roster players in june. The Juniors would pick 2 out of the 5 following guys: Philippe Lefebvre, Gabriel Dumont, Jonathan Brunelle, Alexandre Comtois and Charles Landry:

Allen a donc été acquis du Junior de Montréal pour des choix de première ronde aux séances de sélections de 2010 et 2011 de même qu’un autre choix qui demeure à être identifié. Il est toutefois acquis que les deux choix de première ronde retourneront à Drummondville en juin prochain et à ce moment les Voltigeurs expédieront deux joueurs parmi un groupe de 5 identifiés. Ces joueurs sont les attaquants Philippe Lefebvre, Gabriel Dumont, Jonathan Brunelle ou Alexandre Comtois de même que le défenseur Charles Landry. Deux de ces cinq joueurs joueront pour le Junior de Montréal l’an prochain.

As you may know, Lefebvre and Dumont are two habs prospects who could therefore end up getting a taste of Montreal next year, if they play for the Juniors. They could even have a chance to play with Avtsin, another hab prospect currently in Russia, but whose rights are owned by the Juniors.

I have to say, I like that. It would be great for the Juniors because some habs fans would probably be pretty interested in watching those kids play. It would be nice for the habs too, to have a chance to monitor very closely their prospects. And finally it would be nice for those players to get a chance to play together and to get a taste of Montreal (Dumont and Lefebvre have been playing together for some time now, but it would be cool for them to stay together and to get to know Avtsin).

Ok, that’s all I had to say. Finally, the real habs are back tonight!

I really like Neal and Eriksson, and I own them in some of my fantasy leagues, but tonight I’ll forgive them if they take the night off! :P

Neal and Eriksson, my two Texas Hearts

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Posted January 14, 2010 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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Cheer up, Dallas!

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Dallas, this is for you

One year ago, I wouldn’t have cared at all about the Stars’ woes. Because you see, Dallas was never one of my favourite teams, to say the least. I clearly remember cheering against them during their two trips to the stanley cup finals (and that was before I even chose my own favourite nhl team)

But two things changed my mind. Firstly, I really like them during the playoffs last year. Then, I (virtually) met some really cool Dallas fans via Interchangeable Parts. Now I suspect someone in Dallas seriously messed up, and did something terribly wrong that must have really pissed off the Hockey Gods. Because the pain Stars fans have been inflicted since the beginning of the season is pretty unreal.

First, since last july, this is the poor fanbase which has to suffer the ignominy of cheering for Avery. Then, Turco decided hockey was much more fun in the 80s, when teams scored 7 goals a game. And he’s done everything he could to help us feeling like we’re back to the great times of Europe, Commodore 64 and shoulder pads. The Stars are dead last in the West, with a 6-9-3 record, on pace for a craptastic 68pts season. They traded away Boucher, a fan favourite, lost Brandon Combeen for nothing (picked by the Blues after he was waived), and now, Brenden Morrow, their best scorer last season, is out for six months. Well, well, well…

I feel bad for the Stars fans, and this message is for them: hang in there, and don’t forget, there’s always a bright side. So, here are five reasons to rejoice, Dallas fans:

1. Avery won’t get his name engraved on the cup this season.

2. You could be a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

3. You could be a fan of the Seattle Supersonics.

4. Be proud of your city, it gave the frozen margarita and the chicken fajita to the world.

5. Sing with me:

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In habs related news, Komisarek is out for a month, because of the beating up Lucic inflicted him a week ago. As if losing badly 6 to 1 against Boston had not been enough. Speaking of the Bruins, Oh! they’re coming to Montreal tonight! Patrick Roy will also have his number retired tonight, so there should be a lot of emotion in the air. I really hope the habs will be able to rise to the occasion. They have to beat the bruins, to show them last week’s game was an aberration, and to get back on tracks. I would hate the to see the Bruins ruining Saint Patrick’s night.

Montreal didn’t play a pretty game in Ottawa, but they got two points out of it. They’re clearly not out of their funk yet. To me, the discussion about Carbonneau’s future with the habs is pure nonsense. The habs need to find back the hunger they had last year, when every expert had them finishing the season around the 13th row in the East. This season, virtually everyone had them fighting for the top spot. And they’re playing with a complacency that will not allow those predictions to happen. I think it’s a question of attitude at this point. And I think Carbonneau still has the tools to change this attitude.

I expect a very physical game tonight, as there’s already a lot of bad blood between those two teams. Laraque will most certainly be involved in at least a fight tonight, as he’s been criticised because he didn’t drop the gloves against Lucic last time.

Prediciton: I certainly can’t predict the bruins to win this one, because this would be a sacrilège. So I’ll go with a good 5-2 win for the bleu-blanc-rouge.

Posted November 22, 2008 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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