Habs For Breakfast - 2008-02-29















The Habs Beakfast skipped a day - Mom's 72nd birthday.

Here are the more essential reads from yesterday and today.

Habs Youth Movement Pushes Veterans To The Side - The Gazette

"They have become the casualties of a winning team - one that appears determined to sink or swim with its youth. Forwards Bryan Smolinski and Tom Kostopoulos, along with defenceman Patrice Brisebois, were acquired as free agents last summer, signed by general manager Bob Gainey for their experience and veteran leadership. And, coming off yet another non-playoff season, Gainey perhaps wasn't quite certain about the composition of his team." - Herb Zurkowski

"It was a little bit shocking": Huet - The Gazette

"The classy goaltender, who was traded to the Washington Capitals yesterday for a second-round draft choice in 2009, said his only regret was that he hadn't played better in recent weeks." - Pat Hickey

One Hungry Offense - Montreal Canadiens.com

Halak hopes to give Price a battle - The Gazette

"After bouncing back and forth between Hamilton and Montreal during the past year, Halak received a vote of confidence Tuesday when Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey moved Cristobal Huet at the trading deadline and said the team would go forward with Halak and Carey Price." - Pat Hickey

Price Ready To Take Over Canadiens Net - TSN

"Nothing's going to change for me,'' the Vancouver native said. ''It's just looks like I'll be playing more minutes."

Price Is Money - The H Does Not Stand For Habs

"Well, Carey Price justified his GM's and his teammates' belief in him...for one night at least...with a great performance against the Thrashers. As for the other price...the one for bringing those same Thrashers' Marian Hossa to Montreal...it was too high." - J.T.

Jaroslav Dangerfield? - The H Does Not Stand For Habs
"I'm not saying Halak is better than Price or that he'll be some kind of miracle worker for the Habs if the team isn't working together to win. But he's a good young goalie in his own right who does deserve some notice for his contribution to the team in the past." - J.T.

Leafs Need Version Of Gainey - Toronto Star

"It's worth remembering that twice – once in 1997, once in 2002 – the Maple Leafs under president Ken Dryden came oh-so-close to landing Bob Gainey to run the team's hockey office." - Damien Cox

Au front avec des jeunes - Le Journal

"Il y a un respect mutuel entre Gainey et les joueurs" raconte Mike Komisarek. "Il a décidé de faire confiance aux deux jeunes gardiens et, également, de ne pas se départir de joueurs clés pour faire l'acquisition de Marian Hossa. Maintenant, c'est à nous de répondre à l'appel et de faire le travail demandé."

Grabovski entend saisir sa dieuxième chance - Le Journal

"Après avoir brûlé la Ligue américaine, Mikhail Grabovski entend maintenant obtenir sa place à Montréal, comme l'ont fait avant lui les frères Andrei et Sergei Kostitsyn, ainsi que le Québécois Maxim Lapierre."


















Koivu mise sur la concept d'équipe - Le Journal

"Les succès d'une équipe ne peuvent pas dépendre que de deux ou trois joueurs, a-t-il dit. Ça va prendre la contribution de tout le monde." - Saku Koivu

Gainey dévoile son objectif - Le Journal

"Le Canadien a été la dernière formation canadienne à remporter la coupe Stanley, dit-il. Je veux qu'il soit la prochaine équipe du Canada à la gagner." - Bob Gainey

Carbo se méfie des Sabres - RDS

"Le Canadien a perdu ses trois derniers matchs face aux Sabres de Buffalo. Le dernier affrontement remonte au 24 novembre, il y a plus de trois mois. A ce moment-là, les Sabres se remettaient encore du départ de Daniel Brière et de Chris Drury. Plus maintenant."

Melanson est devenu indispensable - RDS

"Rollie est ce qui se rapproche le plus d'un adjoint d'expérience. C'est comme s'il était lui-même un gardien auxiliaire, dit-il. Il peut leur suggérer des choses, il peut leur parler." - Mike Komisarek

Grabovski veut imiter les Kostitsyn - RDS

"A son retour début février, il a repris le temps perdu, inscrivant 18 points dont huit buts en sept matchs. Son rendement lui a valu le titre de joueur de la semaine dans la Ligue américaine."



Gainey n'a pas sacrifié les jeunes - RDS

"S'il a perdu Marian Hossa qui est, rappelons-le, un joueur de location, Gainey a conservé tous ses jeunes joueurs, ses atouts, qu'il pourra toujours utiliser dans d'éventuelles transactions lors du repêchage, durant la période d'embauche des joueurs autonomes ou simplement pendant l'été."

Une histoire de gardiens - RDS

"Un gardien numéro un dans la LNH, dont je vais taire le nom, me posait la question lundi soir. Il ne comprenait pas pourquoi Huet, qui a été élu gardien du mois de janvier de la Ligue, avait perdu la confiance des dirigeants de l’équipe dès que Carey Price avait été rappelé. Est-ce vraiment sa fiche de deux victoires et trois défaites depuis le rappel de Price au début du mois qui a forcé les dirigeants de l’équipe à l’échanger?" - Renaud Lavoie

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