MONTREAL — Having a big, tough team suits some NHL clubs, but isn't the top priority of the Montreal Canadiens.
So don't look for general manager Bob Gainey to dismantle his smooth-skating club after their playoff defeat to the bruising Philadelphia Flyers.
"Every team has its strengths, and I think ours is based on speed and quickness and intelligence and opportunism," Gainey said Tuesday at a packed Bell Centre news conference.
"I think that we want to play a fast game. We don't want to be vulnerable to (tough play). We have big guys. Perhaps we can be bigger and more rugged, but I think our philosophy is: We're quick, we're exciting, we're on the attack, we play to score, we're going to play to beat you within the rules. We just need to do it a little better."