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They said it: Forwards

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD -- Here’s what some of the Canadiens’ forwards had to say about the 2009-10 season that was before packing up their gear and heading home for the summer.

Aye aye captain: Coming off his first year with the Habs, Brian Gionta was one of a group of leaders that helped guide the Habs on their improbable playoff run. Visibly giddy at the mere thought of a “C” making its way onto his chest next season, Gionta knows the captaincy in Montreal is hardly a one-horse race.

“Getting to be captain for any team would be an incredible honor and doing it here in Montreal just means that much more. The decision is up to Jacques and team management. There are a lot of guys in this room who deserve that honor in our dressing room, though.”

First of many?: With just a single postseason outing on his resume prior to his arrival in Montreal last November, Benoit Pouliot admits he didn’t have the performance he was hoping for this spring. But the 22-year-old winger did manage to pick up some helpful lessons in his inaugural playoff experience in la Belle Province.

“It was really cool! When I arrived in Montreal, I didn’t really know what I was in for,” admitted the Alfred, ON native. “I knew there would be a lot of media, but that all went smoothly. I really learned about the city, the players and the coaches here. I hope I continue to do that here for a long time.”

In or out: Following the most productive season of his career that saw Tomas Plekanec notch a career-high 70 points – including four game winning goals – the Czech center is about to face a tough decision this offseason: stay in Montreal or test the waters in free agency. But with just over five weeks standing between him and the open market, does Pleky believe he’s played his last game as a Hab?

“No not at all,” underlined Plekanec. “We’ll talk and that’s all up to my agent and the general manager and I’m sure they’ll talk before July 1. What’s going to happen, though, I couldn’t tell you now.”

Merci beaucoup: Living up to his advance-billing as a one of the league’s up-and-coming snipers by leading the league in playoff goals this spring, Michael Cammalleri feels that the city of his free-agent choosing equally lived up to expectations and then some.

“Montreal was everything I’d heard about before coming here, but you don’t truly appreciate what it’s like until actually living it. If I could say something to the fans directly it would be thanks for all the support that really made Montreal by far the most special place I’ve ever played the game.”

Hometown hero: Planning on staying home in Montreal for his summer vacation was a no-brainer for Maxim Lapierre. After enjoying his fourth season suiting up for his hometown team, the feisty forward can spend the offseason soaking up the stronger-than-ever support from Habs fans across the city.

“We're not satisfied, but we're proud. We’ve been on an amazing adventure over the past month and a half or two,” reminisced Lapierre, who led the team with 49 hits in the playoffs. “Of course the fans would’ve liked more, but I think they’re happy with what we accomplished this year.”

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