Sunday, December 23, 2007

Habs Christmas Wish List




















A Habs Christmas Wish List

Saku Koivu: More consistant production, true appreciation for his worth, less doubt and questions, and a team future to believe in.

Chris Higgins: Continued steady progression and maintained intensity without injury, a 30 goal season, more killer PK goals, and a long term contract.

Alex Kovalev: Respect, a 35 goal season, motorcycle safety courses, free Cesna plane rides for fans in the off season, and the absense of Russian journalists.

Tomas Plekanec: Point production worthy of a top line center and increased compatibility with wingers.

Andrei Kostitsyn: A better reading of plays as they break out along the wing, a fifty point season to build upon, and his younger brother for a roommate until the end of the year.

Sergei Kostitsyn: No return trips no Hamilton, steady production, and no fourth line duty.

Michael Ryder: Goalies as solid as Evgeny Mylnikov as targets, in Montreal or elsewhere.

Guillaume Latendresse: No more conspicuous press box trips on the way to a 25 goal season, and a trip to the Future Stars game at the All Star break to make up for last season's oversight.

Kyle Chipchura: Continued cohesion with Latendresse as a wingman for this solid Habs citizen.

Maxim Lapierre: Consistency, a defined role, and better luck in the offensive zone.

Tom Kostopoulos: A fight he can win by KO, distracted officials to his dirty work, and a fairer evaluation from his coach. ( Thanks - Anon )

Patrice Brisebois: A comfortable sunset.

Andrei Markov: Renewed focus, a bruise free season, and Alexander Ovechkin for a roommate to begin the next season.

Mike Komisarek: A slugfest or two to make him even more feared, the ability to perceive every opponant as the Maple Leafs, and a five year contract extension.

Roman Hamrlik: More shots on goal that find net rather than legs, a rookie that continuously progesses alongside him to further provide evidence of his worth, and wingers willing to help him out in his tasks a great deal more.

Francis Bouillon: Consistency that will enable him to remain a Hab as long as he can.

Mark Streit: Regular linemates and refound confidence on the blueline PP.

Josh Gorges: Games and icetime that boost his confidence.

Ryan O'Byrne: Experience at the NHL level and a fighting major or two when the team could use it.

Mathieu Dandeneault: A less chameleon role with a deeper definition of purpose.

Steve Begin: A full and speedy recovery that enables him to block a 100 more shots and throw a 100 more hits this season.

Bryan Smolinski: A trade to somewhere, so that the Habs media doesn't turn this good guy's one year in Montreal into his final hellish season.

Cristobal Huet: Enough games to keep him sharp and focussed while being challenged by Carey Price, a long term contract, and enough votes to reach the 2008 All Star Game.

Carey Price: A string of solid performances that allows to push Huet for all he's worth, an appearance in the Future Stars portion of the All Star Game, and a placing on the All Rookie Team at year's end.

Guy Carbonneau: Moments where he can actually relax and breathe, sprinkled with a few large margin wins.

Bob Gainey: That trade he needs to make that will prime the team and muzzle his critics, some good down time with his family, and well deserved moments of peace of mind.

To the friends made at Eyes On The Prize:

Joe Pelletier: To one of this site's best supporters - nothing less that full time renumeration for doing what he loves best.

Retro Mikey: More encounters with Habs greats and a trip to the next Habs Fan Summit.

Chuck: Lotsa great hockey books under the tree and time to tell me all about them.

Matt G and Matt M at HW: Continued success in their journalistic endeavors.

T.C. Deneault at HW: Increased recognition as one of the better Habs bloggers out there, and employment with the Gazette, which he rightfully deserves.

Topham: Continued growth with his All Habs site.

Ian Cobb: A big supporter of the Habs youth movement, may your prophecies come true...starting now!

PPP: A Leafs - Habs playoff round.

E at Theory Of Ice: May the best kept secret in Habs hockey blogging become better known.

The Boys At FHF: Longevity in their field, in their hobby, and a Wayne's World like pregame show every Saturday to nationally expose their wit and wisdom - hey, four less lawyers is a good start!

Dave Stubbs: May you find a friend on the Habs as fulfilling as Sheldon Souray, continued success at HIO and the Gazette, and a CBC hot stove seat.

Red Fisher: 20 more years on the Habs beat and an apology from the Hockey Hall of Fame that renders him an honoured member and not simply an honouree.

5 comments:

RetroMikey said...

Robert!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year for 1008!
I have always enjoyed your blog and is one of the best! Keep up the great work and never ever shut it down!
I'll be toasting the Habs today as well and wish them all the best of success this year and many more to come!
Santa tells me we will sip the Cup soon but be patient to all the Hab fans out there!

Robert L said...

Thanks for the kind words Mike!

Patience is a word I keep repeating to myself when I watch games like those played last week.

About this blog - no fears of it ever being shut down. If ever I move on to other pursuits, I'd let this site evolve with other writers, hopefully regular readers, being involved. My contributions might then take a backseat, but the site would still live on.

Having said that...it's something I've given thought to recently...if ever you yourself, or other readers, felt like writting material to contribute here, I'm all ears and I would be happy to host those thoughts on the site.

Have a great day!

Chuck said...

Merry Christmas Robert to you and yours, and a very happy 2008! May you have the opportunity to write about another Stanley Cup before the decade is over.

Your blog, along with your friends at Four Habs Fans and Habs Inside/Out are my three daily "must-reads" when I turn on my computer in the morning. Great writing mixed with tremendous research and detail and quick wit: it's everything that this Hab fan could ever ask for. Again, thank you for all of your efforts.

All the best, and I look forward to seeing you again in the near futire!

Chuck

PPP said...

Hi Robert! Thanks for the Christmas wishes and I hope that you and Pokecheck and the rest of your family had a wonderful Christmas and all of the best in the new year.

And if I get my Christmas wish I'll probably pass out from happiness.

Just make sure the Habs don't blow it again ;)

Robert L said...

Thanks man!

The Habs look like they are blowing it again, but I'm hoping they are just getting it out of their system earlier this year. Who knows?

Pokecheck had a great Xmas with lots of pre-teenage girlie stuff I had little to do with buying LOL.

On Xmas Eve morning, her team had an exhibition intersquad game of 4 on 4 and her side won 11-5 - she counted for 8 herself - that was my gift!

We are in Durham February 15 and 16. Is that anywhere near your neck of the woods?

Have a great holiday season.