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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN held a chat this morning, some ot the topics discussed..

What moves do you think the Habs should make this season?

Pierre LeBrun:  I know it's boring and hard for fans to accept but the best possible strategy for Marc Bergevin is to continue to be patient, patient, patient, build this team from the ground up with long-term vision, not give up anything of value in terms of picks and/or top prospects in any trade. Building an organization that can contend year in and year out means having the kind of organizational depth that has to be built up over 3-4 years. If I'm Bergevin, I don't care what happens this season, I'd keep my focus on the long-term goal. Last year was not realistic, the Habs aren't really a No. 2 seed, they're not among the elite teams in this league. They're not there yet. They're a bubble team, right in th e middle of the pack, they may make the playoffs, they may not. But the key for the GM is to keep his vision long term

The Ducks and Blues both having great depth in net, do you see one or both of them shipping a goalie somewhere such as Calgary, and if so, which goalies are most likely?

Pierre LeBrun:  Hiller is UFA after the season and John Gibson is a franchise goalie in the making in their system so that will be interesting to follow in Anaheim... But if the Ducks are in a playoff spot, not sure they can afford to move Hiller unless they feel Gibson is ready later this season.As for St. Louis, they have depth but do they have a real No. 1 guy that can help them win the Cup? They need Halak to step up. Elliott has shown that he's a real good backup but losing to LA two straight years, he isn't No.1 matieral. Allen is young but promising... The Blues internally really really hope Halak answer the call this year and becomes the 2010 version in Montreal of himself. .... if Halak isn't on that level come March, I wonder if St. Louis doesn't look at their trade options.... should be interesting

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SnLO's avatar

Is it me or does it seem like all a sudden ESPN been giving a little more attention to the NHL lately? Likely just for season start only to return to 30 seconds-per-hour blips of norm.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 09/25/13 at 11:10 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

SnLO, their online coverage from dedicated hockey guys like LeBrun has been pretty good for a few years. It’s their TV coverage that is terrible (and minimal) and isn’t worth tuning in for.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 09/25/13 at 02:40 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Agrred NHLJ, most people will rip ESPN and rightfully so with the TV coverage, but LeBrun, Custance, Strang and Burnside do a great job, sometimes Buccigross too.

Just wish Custance wasn’t mostly a paid area, he puts out some great stuff but most hockey fans can’t read it.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/25/13 at 02:43 PM ET

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