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  2. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    Since Tim Hunter is canadas head coach it really shouldnt effect his chances to make the team in december. If hes playing well in the fall his coach will know and he makes it. If hes not doing well he wont.
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  4. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    Josh Brook has been replaced on Canada's entry for the WJSC due to injury.
  5. Official NBA Thread

    When was the last time you saw two established star players dealt for each other and both of them hated the deal? That's basically what the Kawhi Leonard/Demar DeRozan deal is.
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  7. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    While the general sense among commentators here in town is that the Canucks want to move him and in fact have tried, it may be the case that they'd rather see if he can recover form than give him away at low value. The thing is, if a coach spends most of his season not liking you, it's hard to move the needle on that. So even if you're correct, I'd still keep an eye on the Canucks training camp and circle back if Hutton still looks to be on the outs. (Not that I have any illusions - he's a bit of a long-shot at this point). EDIT: one thing I forgot to mention here is the Quinn Hughes factor. Apparently Hughes will only sign for this season if he can expect significant roster time. This means that if the Canucks want him for this year they will need to move someone at LD. Hutton is the obvious candidate. So there may actually be some incentive to move him.
  8. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    I don't think Vancouver is just ready to give Hutton away yet. It's not like he's really being blocked out of a spot (yet) with Pouliot being the competition. If Juolevi is ready and/or Hughes signs, that might force the issue but that may be something that happens closer to training camp.
  9. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    The rumour right now is Hunter becomes assistant GM in Detroit and replaces Holland when he finally leaves.
  10. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    I definitely think we should acquire him as a low-cost option for LD, but the question is what went wrong for him. He had a sophomore slump - not unusual - but then became persona non grata when new coach Travis Green came in. His work ethic has been questioned; on the other hand, he is known for being super positive and happy-go-lucky, and it may be that Old School Green is confusing a jovial nature with a lack of commitment, which, in NHL circles these days, always means a kind of grim humourlessness. We have a ton of cap space and can carry the bloated contract for one year. I don't really get what MB is waiting for.
  11. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    I don’t think it really matters as far as the Habs go. Any sensible owner would have fired MB by now. It doesn’t look like Molson is sensible and probably isn’t willing to eat so many years of the idiotic extension he gave MB.
  12. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    I agree with you 100%. Ben Hutton grew up close to my hometown; I have met him a few times and watched him work in the gym. He's a good kid who works hard....the kind you take a chance on to see if you can get him back on track.
  13. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Looks like a good trade for the CH, I would also settle for Gillaume Brisebois
  14. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Hutton for McCarron sounds pretty logical. Benning loves his size and grit.
  15. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    I'd be OK with a deal like that. I liked Hutton when he first came into the league. I'd be willing to give a little more if need be. A prospect that doesn't look like he'll amount to much or something. McCarron or Rychel if need be?
  16. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    That was everyone's thought originally but Hunter wants to be a GM and everyone knows that Lou is in NYI to train his son to be GM.
  17. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    You know, I just realized that Hutton is a LD. 25 points in his rookie season...25 years old...now he is on the outs, grossly overpaid, and can undoubtedly be had for a song. Plus he will be highly motivated, being on a expiring deal. I would toss a 7th round pick or something and invite him to establish himself as a potentially-useful puck-mover on our D.
  18. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    I wouldn't be surprised if he goes to NYI to team up with Lou again.
  19. Hockey Billeting, has anyone done it?

    Hopefully a future Habs draft pick!
  20. We took the plunge and will be housing a teen this year. Curious to see how it goes!
  21. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    Danault was at the FIFA World Cup final game in Russia pretty much right when this news was announced yesterday so I had a feeling he wasn’t much involved in the talks. I’m indifferent on this deal as I see Danault as a third line center as well. I was happy to see he was all good after taking the shot to the head from Chara last year and in that sense it’s nice to have a player who wears the CH on his sleeve/head as much as he does. I blame him unfairly for the reality that we don’t have better centers on our team, in general. If Plekanec has this crazy resurgence which actually makes Danault our third line center behind an evolved Drouin and a resurgent Plekanec, I’m happy with what I see here. There might be one person on here who thinks that both Drouin and Plekanec can fill my request here however which leaves me at square one of my sentiment.
  22. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    I'm a bit surprised a longer deal wasn't sought after by Bergevin. Even if Danault ends up being replaceable in 4 seasons, why wouldn't you want the option to trade a guy with term than not?
  23. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    I think there is a chance he could be a solid 3rd line Center on a good team. I also think some of you are equating the numbers he puts up playing on the top line as equal to what he'd put up on the 3rd line. That obviously wouldn't happen. If you moved him to the 3rd line (meaning possibly a few less minutes and more checking roles), combined with our current wingers, he probably stuggles to put up 30 points in my opinion. Not the stuff of a 3rd line C on a contender...but I'll admit, he still has a little more upside to his game even if the ceiling isn't high. He takes face-offs well which I think the club needs badly and is critical for a 3rd line C. Frankly, I think having him play this year on the top line MIGHT help him develop his offense a little more which might help turn him into a much better 3rd line C (maybe that development, down the road, allows him to become a guy who can put up 40 points and still be a strong defensive 3rd line C???)...his defensive ability/awareness is already solid and he takes face-offs well. If, when that time comes, he's only a 30 point 3rd line C who is strong defensively and takes face-offs well then it'll be a sign the Habs still aren't where they should be...
  24. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    It's fine if that happens. Look at Kadri in Toronto. Great contract, would be a #2C for any team with a #1 but now he plays 3C to Matthews and Tavares. Also Danault makes only $3M so if he does get pushed down it ain't like he is a heavy load eating up bottom six space. It's also possible that the guys we drafted at centre don't pan out for whatever reason. So we have to be aggressive in how much depth we create there and let them see who is best. If we don't have a C that plays a two way game, Julien will rely hard on Danault even if he isn't as offensively skilled as Poe or Kotka and that means top ES minutes.
  25. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    Good deal. Fair cap hit and term. Glad he's locked up.
  26. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    I think he could be a #2C if he plays with offensive minded forwards and does all the things he does on the ice that the other offensive minded guys wouldn't really want to be doing, kind of like when he played with Pacioretty and Radulov. He isn't there quite yet, but if we put him in a position where he can actually play with productive players, allowing him to be productive, but still playing the game the way he does, he could possibly become a 50 point guy for a few years of his later 20's. Problem I see coming is, we have the guys who are going to be filling those spots either coming, or hopefully a lottery pick this season has us drafting yet another. His immediate future is very likely a #2, and I can see him filling that role admirably if we do the things I mentioned previously. But the end game here is by the time we are ready, we have bonafide young elite Centers coming into those roles, and he slides into #3. Overall love the signing, really like the player, he might not be the kind of guy you win a stanley cup on his back with, obviously, but he is without a doubt the kind of guy who puts in the noticeable work to get you there a long the journey. He could easily be a Cup Winners version of Eller, Bonino, Williams, etc like we have seen in the past, those middle roster guys who just push you over the edge at the right time during a run. You know their teams didn't win the cup because of them, but you also know they might not have won it without them either.
  27. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    Yep. Only winger he would keep is benn.
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