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    From comments I have come across around the web and social media, it seems as though people are really giving the Habs a good chance against the Pens. While I have enjoyed being an optimistic Habs fan for most of my life, the Habs were sellers at the deadline and the Pens were buyers. Players like Zucker were added (albeit at the “expense of Galchenyuk) and we lost a player like Kovalchuk. I noticed by the deafening silence after my most recent post that I am one of the few who still dwell on the loss of Kovalchuk. While I understand there would be a chance to win the series, the Habs got rid of a performer and the pens added one at the deadline. One would have to assume that just the mentality of the organizations would be different from one another heading into these playoffs. With that being said, there should be less pressure on the Habs, if that makes sense, and it would be true to argue that Kovalchuk was acquired in order to fill a void on a depleted team. We have some players, like Drouin, for example, who will be back and healthy. Come to think of it, and this is as important a point as any, I remember watching a Tampa Bay versus Pittsburgh playoff series a few years back, and Drouin was outclassing Crosby. Sincerely, my fondest memories of Drouin are from that series. Here’s to hoping.
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    Do not count on Drouin. Word to the wise.
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    The Chicutimi Cucumber (and others) have made the point time and time again that the Habs should aim to build a deep talented team to become a perennial contender. Harris, Norlinder and the others may or may not pan out. We I read the article it got me thinking on how to replace the AHL-fillers we have on LD with more talented AHLers. I was hoping to push Olofsson, McEneny or Culkin out if Chisholm is an upgrade. I would love for the Habs to have to make a tough decision on which LD prospects to keep because we have too much talent.
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    It appears no, and that his ELC starts in the 2020-21 season.
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    Apparently a 24 team playoff is complicating things, cause players are scared of facing Carey Price in the playoffs. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Don't they realize that the team in front of him is shit? https://nypost.com/2020/05/19/fear-of-carey-price-part-of-nhls-complicated-return-equation/
  6. 1 point
    Some wise words. There. I just offered some wise words. ..ya .. I know.. its the times. Or perhaps the post... Cheers guys.
  7. 1 point
    I think a rested, not overworked Price is something to be feared, especially in a 3 out of 5. We've seen him be a lot better when he even gets one or two games off. He was also darn good from January 1st to the end of the season.
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    While Carey Price is still an excellent NHL goalie - especially if you discount the November funks he's had over the last couple of seasons - I think the overstated fear of Price illustrates a belief I've long had about NHL players: they go by reputations rather than by an up-to-date assessment of either players or organizations, and those reputations are very "sticky." Look at someone like Karlsson signing with San Jose. Now maybe he just went for the coin, but I suspect he had strongly in his mind that San Jose is a "contending team" - failing to understand that the core is aging rapidly and that he is likely looking at spending most of his remaining career on a rebuilding team. Yet anyone looking at them objectively would have seen this. For years and years, we heard Detroit still spoken of as some sort of organizational gold standard, long after they had quietly declined into middling-to-mediocre quality. Or, Babcock. Spoken of as some kind of great hockey mind, even after he hadn't won a playoff series for years. Another example is when we dumped Koivu and signed Gomez. I remember quotes from players saying that showed the Habs were finally getting "serious about winning." This assessment was based purely on Gomez's rep as a two-time Cup champ and a guy with a massive salary, rather than on an objective assessment of the two players. (If the Habs ever become a good team, incidentally, it will likely take us a number of years to overcome the longstanding, and currently quite accurate, view among players that the organization is mediocre.)
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    If Buff is looking for a 1 year cheap, prove it deal, I'd take him as our third pair RD. Never hurts to have depth. And he's another great candidate to trade at the deadline for a high pick if he does rejuvenate his career with us. If he wants to get paid, then yes, he's gonna be too expensive to be our third pair D when we need to use those resources elsewhere.
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    Is it possible that the announcement that the AHL season was cancelled may have a link to waiting to sign?
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    Subban was the more dynamic blueliner and could take over a game in a way that Markov couldn't. But in terms of overall play, Markov was the more valuable of the two. He's someone that would be out there in all situations and made a lot of players that much better. Subban never really elevated the play of his partners the way Markov could.
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    https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/canadiens-agree-to-terms-with-defenseman-alexander-romanov/c-316861758 TBD start depending if and when season continues, or 24 team playoff option or season canceled. And if he and others signed can play this season if comes to that. Either way he is Team bound.
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    Loved Subban. Liked the Weber trade. The question was: Was Markov a better defenseman than Subban? I had to think for about 45 seconds, but I honestly think he was. If Markov were traded to pretty much any team in the league at Subban’s age, he would have been a #1 or at worst #1B. Subban’s tenure in Nashville, (more so his usage, not that he played bad) despite their stacked defense changed my perception of him slightly just because of his usage. His numbers this year were worse than could be expected as well. My last memory of Subban on the team, was a horribly boring season where the team performed terribly and he was the most relied upon player. All that being said and tied in with the last point, the Habs record with or without Markov is really the reason I’ve answered the way I have. He had an enormous impact for me the success of our team. While my opinion may seem harsh, it’s a comparison between Markov and Subban and Markov was great For the Habs. It’s so over used but it’s similar to Lidstrom. Subban may be flashier, but you’d probably want Lidstrom on your NHL team. Yes, Markov wasn’t quite Lidstrom, though on Detroit he would have been. In the end, it’s certainly possible that Subban was more talented, and Markov had a larger positive impact on his team but my answer goes to Markov.
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    Pionk had to go to get Trouba. Mete will have to go to get #1 LD. That's how I see it.
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    I can see a scenario where his spot is in jeopardy. In a perfect world, Montreal's left defence next season could be new guy, Chiarot, and Romanov as the top three. Kulak would probably hang around as the seventh defender in that instance for insurance purposes in a role similar to what he had at times this year. As some point, the expectation is that Bergevin will consolidate some of his assets to make a splash on the trade market. As a (soon-to-be) 22-year-old with 171 games of NHL experience under his belt, that might give him some value along with the prospect(s) and/or pick(s) to try to land a capable top-four LD. I'm also not sure how much they're going to want to commit to him as his ideal role whenever this retooling comes to an end is actually a lesser one than he has now. He's a top-four option on the Habs most nights now but ideally, he's on the third pairing at best if their prospects pan out. Are they going to want to pay top-four money to someone they likely envision as more of a 5/6 player down the road? I'm not sure they do.
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    You'll be The Chicoutimi Pickle when I'm done with you! Markov was arguably the most important player on the Habs post 2005 lockout. It's not his fault his prime happened at the same time as Nicklas Lidstrom's. Honour the damn man!
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    Let him have Andrei Markov night. He gets to come to the Bell centre, get a standing ovation. The team will give him some gifts. Play a highlight video. No banner in the rafters. No retired number. Seems a fair compromise. I mean they did it for Saku.
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    For the record, I'm with you in preferring a highly restrictive set of criteria - only all-time greats should be in there. Names that give you goosebumps: Orr, Gretzky, Hull, Beliveau, Lafleur, and in today's era, Ovechkin, Crosby, McDavid, Price, Kotkaniemi, etc
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    1) Julien: He adapts his style to the players on the team, being formerly known as a defensive coach, but has the current team playing a style that emphasizes puck possession. That adaptability is important to me in a coach. He's not perfect, but he's the best of the bunch. 2) Martin: Another coach who put in place a style that maximized his team's ability to win games, playing a system to limit scoring chances in the middle of the ice. 3) Gainey: Didn't get much chance to put a system in place as he took over teams mid-season and you can't really do that. However, it is clear that he steadied the teams on an emotional level and raised the level of their play during the time he took over. 4) Carbo: Had the team playing an uptempo style in 2008. Loses points for the way it fell apart. Also loses points for the fact that after leaving the Habs he failed miserably in Chicoutimi and nearly got a Canada U-18 team relegated, which shows his terrible coaching. 5) Therrien: Forced the players to adapt to and play his style and system even when it wasn't the best system for the talent on the team. Not Ranked) Cunneyworth: Was put in an unfair situation. Never stood a chance. Impossible to assess his job performance given the circumstances.
  20. 1 point
    2 years.. 11-12 million (5.5 - 6 AAV)
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    My list has a clear drop off between 8 and 9. The two swedes are in the top 8. Lundell is not, his skating is poor. That can be improved but why take him ahead of guys who have the same skill level and already skate much better. Take whichever one of the top 8 is left from my list Tier 1: lafreniere Tier 2: 2 and 3 Tier 3: 4-8 Tier 4: 9-12 https://Lastwordonhockey.com/2020-nhl-entry-draft-headquarters
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    The Under 18 is always a huge tournament that leads to movement in the european prospects IMO. Especially kids who play in men's leagues predominantly. You can see some 17 year old who is getting 5 minutes a game in the top Swedish league or something and how much can you learn about them? Much easier to see what they do against their peers. That said, the scouts have seen them at the 4-nations or 5-nations and the Hlinka, and the Under 17 WHC, so you still have data on them, but yes the U18 would have helped some of these players. Players who have been hurt much of the year like Justin Barron and Hendrix Lapierre also could have used a stretch run and playoffs to show their stuff. but I think most Canadian and American junior players who play a ton of games have already been scouted. You don't want to use too short a sample size in scouting either. We've all seen the NHL player who looks great for 10 games and shitty for 40.... we can get the same thing in draftees, so you don't want to overrate a short stretch where we have great play.
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    If the NHL is determined that they want to play the rest of this regular season, id offer him a contract at league minimum til the end of the year. Habs arent making the playoffs and have 12 games left. Let him get to 1000
  24. 1 point
    I really started to get into hockey once I hit high school. Our gym class was street hockey in the fall, indoor hockey in the winter (with some volleyball), and street hockey in the spring (with some softball). Each time, you got to choose which sport you wanted to play, and I remember tossing my stick in the pile and the gym teacher throwing them to each side to pick up teams. Funny story, my brother in law is from Cornwall, and used to go to Royals games. He gave me a Doug Gilmour signed stick about a year or two after Gilmour had played for the Royals and he played for the Blues (I think). I broke it at school during a game. I didn't think much of it until I really started watching hockey more. Flash forward to 2001, and Gillete had just bought the Habs and they were doing training camp in Vail, CO. I went up to watch, and was standing along the glass while they were on the ice in a fairly empty rink. Jeff Hackett was flipping pucks against the glass where I was standing and chuckling, soon a couple of other guys joined in. That's when I finally noticed a guy standing next to me, I looked over and smiled, he looked at me and smiled. It was Gilmour. I told him the story of using his Royals stick and he offered to sign one for me. I've never been much for autographs or collectibles, so I politely declined and was just happy to be talking with him. I met a few other guys that afternoon when they went mountain biking, all in all a neat experience as the players were pretty relaxed as there wasn't a throng of people following them everywhere. I remember the Cup in '86, the playoffs the following years, but definitely have fond memories of '93. Still have all of my ticket stubs, and I went to every single game in Montreal that playoff year. I had a boss (worked at Radio Shack at the time while I was in college) that would get on the phone lines with me while at work, trying to call through to the box office every time the next round went on sale. First few games, I got standing room only tickets, but from the 2nd round on, I got good seats in the whites. The euphoria of that season has stuck with me forever, and even when the Habs when another Cup, I don't think I'll have that youthful excitement. Just a special time in my life that year. It was also fun to go to a D1 NCAA hockey school (Clarkson), there were a few future NHLers there at the time, Craig Conroy, Todd Marchant, Todd White. So for me, it's not a player or two that sucked me in. Hockey was just what I grew up in. I do, however, still wear #21.
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