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More quick observations from another game I'm pretending to care about: Ray Ferraro was right on when he spoke to us on the air about Brendan Gallagher. Ferraro all but referred to Gallagher as a can't miss prospect. It's a good sign that a player of his physical stature can make such an impression so quickly.
Montreal - Sep. 27, 2011 - More quick observations from another game I'm pretending to care about:
Ray Ferraro was right on when he spoke to us on the air about Brendan Gallagher. Ferraro all but referred to Gallagher as a "can't miss" prospect. It's a good sign that a player of his physical stature can make such an impression so quickly. It's a bad sign that he looks so much better than almost every other young forward.
Jarred Tinordi - another good sign - didn't look out of place. If he can be that steady with a dash of physicality every time he plays against the Boston Bruins, then he'll eventually be just fine.
Gabriel Dumont as a 4th line centerman right now? Sure, why not make a small group of forwards smaller? Is it simply not possible for the Canadiens to find a veteran centerman over six feet tall who can win face offs? (Dumont 2 - 9 in the circle vs Boston)
Josh Gorges is back (23:00; 6 blocked shots)
Chris Campoli? Might not be fair but I always thought that any team with Chris Campoli on it cannot be a legitimate contender. He's no Roman Hamrlik.
Brendan Shanahan is doing the right thing to try to set the tone for the regular season. But one simple question - if what James Wisniewski did to Cal Clutterbuck is worthy of an eight game suspension to start the season...why not just make it ten?
Is Sean Avery serious?
Gregory Campbell bowls over Carey Price with no reaction by the Canadiens. The night before in Halifax, somebody takes a poke at a loose puck in the feet of Bruins goaltender Anton Khubodin and they get swarmed by the Massachusetts State Police.
There is a lot to like about the Canadiens including speed, skill and determination. But they lack a mean streak. Like it or not they're going to have to find it somewhere. Otherwise Peter Budaj might actually spend some time as their number one goaltender.
Thursday October 5 cannot come soon enough.
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