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Talking Habs And Rangers

Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today...

Hi, in your opinion are the Montreal Canadiens a top 5 team in the east, and why or why not?

Katie Strang  Yes, definitely, though I'm not sure what sort of standard that even is anymore. The East is so mediocre, and vastly less competitive than the West, that being in the top five isn't exactly analogous with being elite. In my mind, Pittsburgh and Boston are head and shoulders above the rest. Should Detroit get healthy, they could make things interesting too.

Hey Katie! Hank said all the right things about Talbot getting the start, but how do you really think he felt about it? I feel like the coach doesn't truly appreciate it what he has in Lundqvist. What percentage do put on him being a Ranger next season and not walking?

Katie Strang  I think a deal gets worked out, but I don't think he'll get a max contract of eight years, especially if the Rangers feel they legitimately have something in Cam Talbot. Lundqvist was actually pretty honest yesterday. He wasn't happy about the decision, but he supported it. Hasn't pouted or sulked, at least no publicly. He'll be as motivated as ever come Thursday.

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