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  2. I have noticed that people don't use the vote and downvote the way they should be used. I just think it would be better if we didn't have them. You can make a good point or argument in a post and your post won't get a vote, but as soon as you say something bad toward team management you will get so many downvote's even though your making a very good point or argument in the post on the topic. Just seems like you can't say anything bad or that's wrong with the team in these forums. I thought that's the point of these forums is to have a place for fans to voice their opinions good or bad. So i am just asking do we need the vote system 🤔?
  3. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    I get tired of reading his articles. Of course we know these are prospects and there is no guarantee they will be NHL players . But there seems to be a lot of consensus (even Craig Button) that it's a very very good prospect pool. I am guessing that if the Habs wanted to trade Poehling, Suzuki etc that there would be no shortage of takers.
  4. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    I have always felt that Timmons was excellent in his ranking players for the draft, but the GMs and their egos always overruled him in the first rounds. I’d love it if Timmons could write a book when he retires and showing his personal BPA lists for each draft class.
  5. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    But 100% glass 1/2 empty fo sure...zero on possible ceiling of a Caufield or any top prospects. But more than that, I am with lazy26. "That's the worst-written Habs column on the Internet, IMO. "
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  7. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    This is exactly right. Don't waste your times reading his columns. There is so much about the NHL he doesn't understand.
  8. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    Kelly writes this stupid negative shit every week. He's unreadable. I highly doubt Kelly has even seen much of these kids.
  9. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    I hope so
  10. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    I don’t think it’s unrealistic to think Poehling, Suzuki Caufeild and Romanov will be impact players. That doesn’t mean stars, but members of a great team
  11. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    I love the pool they have, but it's unrealistic to think they're all going to become impact players
  12. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    First off, define "near future" - to me, based on the current club, that means 3 years from now. 1) Recognize that there is nothing wrong with a couple years of losing to rebuild - there is nothing wrong with a full reset if the plan and culture is there to build off it. 2) Create a first class player development system 3) Improve on the scouting and drafting 4) Hire the management and coaching staff that have the tools to accomplish the above - the current team is not who we should trust to accomplish this - anyone who thinks otherwise is ignoring the results - be rational not emotional. 5) Trade current assets to facilitate the youth movement - trade high-cap stars for picks/prospects, then trade for guys who have 2-3 year cap "weights" in return for more picks/prospects, then use cap room to acquire assets that could become trade deadline candidates to contenders within 1-2 years - to this to get more picks/prospects. Build the pipeline as rapidly as possible and align prospect arrivals with a lot of available cap room. Use all the picks to trade up to improve on the ceiling of the picks/prospects being acquired - stop trading down to acquire more noodles to throw at the wall hoping they pan out - this isn't baseball. With luck the team gets a couple top 5 picks of their own as they rebuild AND they can use excess picks to trade up and get, ideally, a couple more top 5 picks within 2-3 years... 6) At the end of those 2-3 years, as prospects start to make the club and perform, go harder back into the FA market to acquire the 2-3 stars needed to put you over the top. Don't play for mediocrity and "making the playoffs". Winning consistently in sports is about managing diminishing returns - both managing the diminishing returns of aging stars (don't be caught sentimentally attached to high payroll players) and understanding that winning consistently means spending time/money on all facets of the organization and being rigorous on measuring/improving always and that, to be at the top of the game, it costs a lot more dollars to get only incremental improvements. 7) In 5-6 years you start "re-tooling" by trading aging stars for more picks/prospects and continue to keep the prospect pipeline full. Use that cap room to re-sign in-house "stars" and/or FA's to compliment them depending on the cap at the time. 8) You gotta be lucky along the way. But your luck improves if you do the right things, at the right times and for the right reasons.
  13. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    Sure, he isn’t making things up, but it’s overboard how much he undervalues the fact that the habs now have a good prospect pool. In the same breath he talks about Timmins being, I think he said an “abysmal” scout. Timmins one struggle was first round draft picks, but I really have to say it feels like he’s turning a page on first rounders.
  14. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    That's the worst-written Habs column on the Internet, IMO.
  15. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    It's negative, but it's not like he's making things up
  16. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-inside-out/what-the-puck-just-how-great-is-the-canadiens-prospects-pool Anyone else think this is a stupidly negative article?
  17. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    Can you: yes, the CH is doing so. Should you: it depends, in the CH's case it was the price to pay to avoid being locked-in a no-movement clause with a player who has been deemed tradeable twice... without too many ex-teammates crying a river for the loss. <<Insert arguments that will be ignored>> Now, how can the CH improve to become a cup-contender in the near future?
  18. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    Not well, how is working elsewhere? There is no guaranty that it will work; I am just saying that it is my preference to continue path: not because I am sure it will work, but because I believe it is more likely to.
  19. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    Tick tock I've heard the same shit before; when Subban and Pacioretty were entering their primes, Galchenyuk was a "blooming star" and we just "had to wait a few years for players to evolve" ... How did that work out?
  20. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    The boldfaced parts I especially endorse. Too many fans seem to be happy with endless deferral. "Oh just wait until Player X comes up or develops." I've been hearing that for 25 years. Ribeiro...Fatendresse...Bulis...Zednik...Komisarek...Higgins...Kosty...Price...Subban...Galchenyuk...Tinordi...as you imply, the people who say "just wait 3-4 years!!" are forgetting that in that time-frame our two best players will be close to retirement. And incidentally, as far as I know, there is no one in the system who projects to be a player on the level of Price or even Weber. When MB says he doesn't believe in a window, I think what he really means is, "we think we can build a team that reliably makes the playoffs," and he hopes we ignore the fact that there is a large difference between making the playoffs and being a bona-fide, heavy-duty Cup contender. "Make the playoffs and anything can happen" is NOT the attitude of elite NHL teams. They are comparing themselves to each other, not to bubble teams.
  21. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    In today’s NHL, can you really afford to have a $8m of cap space tied up in a “supplement player”???
  22. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    I have not read the Gazette article. but I want to comment on whether the CH should be trading away some picks and prospects to "go all in" during Price's cup window: I do not agree with this. I think that Weber will be more of a supplemental player than a core player if/when the CH is contending for the cup. Hopefully that happens sooner than later so that Price can win a few games for the CH during a cup run. But to me, "the cup contending team" is the young core of mid-to-low 20-year-olds that will take us there. That is why I a more inclined to trade a Petry at his highest trade value than a Weber on his declining years to go get the missing pieces. Aho would have been an idea part of that future
  23. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    Kelly had a good article in the gazette(I know he's biased), but he had commented on how having Price and Weber is becoming more and more irrelevant. Subban should have been traded for younger talent. The team wasn't/ isn't in a position to acquire a player of Weber's age. He's a great player, the timelines just make no sense. This g.m just cannot pull the trigger on a trade that helps the team, without sacarafising the core. He's never traded a first round pick, in his entire tenure in Montreal At this point Bergevin should be throwing what ever Vegas wants at Gusev( which sounded like a second and a prospect). Gusev may just be the x-factor, that finally helps this team's powerplay get rolling. Which let's not forget, was a big reason why Montreal didn't sneak into the playoffs. It really feels like this team is witholding even more picks this year, because the draft is held in Montreal, next June.
  24. I thought that was the holdup when they went through this last year but at the end of the day, he simply accepted his QO value. Part of me isn't surprised that it's happening again but given the year he had, he can't possibly believe he's going to be an NHL player to start next season.
  25. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    I don’t get the attitude of many just being satisfied with being a bubble team and than feeling anything can happen in the playoffs. last year some of my friends had asked me if I was happy with the habs in late October/early November and I told them I had yet to watch any hockey - just tired off the same old promising start and than the usual collapse or fade off to end the season. the only thing that got me some hope for next year is when I heard about Poehling’s in the last game of the season. I’m not expecting him to score anywhere near that pace, but if he can come and even be half the player Wheeler turned out to be it would be promising. But there’s been a long string of promising young players that started well and faded into oblivion, or got horrible injuries - Zednik, savage, Higgins, Ak46. Et el. the Aho rumours also really got me excited and hoping we were going to make a real push for next year - until I saw what the offer was. Bottom line is, that given the age of our two top players the habs either have to go all in within the next two years, or move them. Can’t keep trying to push forward with one foot in the water and the other on the shore.
  26. http://www.habsworld.net/2019/07/michael-mccarrons-qualifying-offer-expires/ As per the final paragraph of the article, McCarron MUST be trying for more AHL money, right? I appreciate an athlete with the confidence/belief that they're a top talent, but two years in a row McCarron and his agent have played hard ball in negotiations and it's starting to come across as deluded.
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  28. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    I wouldn't be surprised if that's near the top of his list right now but the Leafs may have to clear money out on Marner's deal as it is. It's hard to imagine them being able to keep Gardiner, even at a rate below market value. They don't have access to the second buyout window either.
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