Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Montreal Canadiens Feeling Good Heading Into 100th Anniversary Season

From The Canadian Press:

MONTREAL — With or without Mats Sundin, the Montreal Canadiens will go into their 100th anniversary season feeling good about themselves.

The Canadiens got together on Tuesday for their annual charity golf tournament bolstered by the addition of wingers Alex Tanguay and Georges Laraque, but with hopes nearly extinguished of landing former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Sundin as a free agent.

The prospect of adding the rangy, play-making centre to the roster had fans on the alert all summer, but his agent J.P. Barry said this week he may not sign with any club before the start of the regular season. It appears he is just as likely to retire.

"Any time a guy like that becomes free to join any team, you want him," said coach Guy Carbonneau. "It was a boost at the start, but it's not like every morning when I got up I was waiting to see my emails.

"We knew our team was 99 per cent built. There was room for him to come here, but if he does, he does, and if he doesn't, we're ready to start."

Now the question is whether general manager Bob Gainey will try to make another move. He has roughly US$6 million in cap space to play with, and doesn't rule out a deal, although he said he has no interest in any of the remaining unrestricted free agents on the market.

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Update: Habs on the green -- The Montreal Gazette

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