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  1. 5 points
    Aw ya baby! Victory is mine! Suck it ill will! Whoop whoop. The champ is here! the champ is here! Respect my authortai!
  2. 5 points
    Flew my 7 year old boy and myself up to watch this game. I've seen a lot of great Habs games in person but it may have been my favorite of all time because of how much he enjoyed it. I even caught a stray puck during warmups that was likely off a crossbar and we didn't see coming till last second. And most importantly I didn't spill my beer!
  3. 4 points
    I humbly accept my award. I'd like to thank jesus. And my wife for supporting me through these trying times.
  4. 4 points
    Well the Habs did comeback tonight to finish 44-30-8 for 96 points with 246 goals.. llWill predicted 95 points. 5th in the Atlantic, 9th in the East and 243 goals. BcHabnut predicted 97 points, 4th in the Atlantic and 11th in the East with 248. BcHabnut is the winner by a sliver. His goal prediction was 1 goal closer!!
  5. 4 points
    How can anyone not love ol' Bob Cole when he's coming out with things like "Jordan Weal SEALS THE DEAL". The man was and is a gem... fumbling a few names be damned. If you want perfect grammar and semantics and proper enunciation and pronunciation and whatever, go read Shakespeare.
  6. 4 points
    Weal to Danault to Armia on the PP, just how we all expected the Habs to score.
  7. 3 points
    I think Poerhling had more goals in the last 20 than Drouin
  8. 2 points
    Predictions: UFAs: Jordan Weal (stays 1.5 million per year) Nate Thompson (walks) Jodie Benn (walks) Christian Folin (stays 800,000 per year) Antti Niemi (walks) RFAs: Joel Armia (stays 2.1 million per year) Arturri Lehkonen (stays 1.5 million per year) Charles Hudon (traded) Michael McCarron (stays, 900,000 per year) Daniel Audette (walks, no qualifying offer) Hunter Shinkurak (walks, no qualifying offer) Brett Kulak (stays 2 million per year) Mike Reilly (stays 850,000 per year) Gustav Olofsson (stays 800,000 per year) Xavier Ouellet (walks, no qualifying offer) Brett Lernout (walks, no qualifying offer)
  9. 2 points
    Is this the new "Ryder and a 2nd?"
  10. 2 points
    Yeah, because Gallagher has really been trending badly after his 2 years in a row of half seasons due to hand injuries, really wish he wasn't signed long beyond that, I mean how much more good hockey could he have left with lobster claws right? Hahahahaha....oh wait. Injuries happen, great players find ways to come back from them and remain who they are, Elite players, even more so. So tell me, how do you think Karlsson will play during the games he does play in? and are you prepared to potentially watch him have a 77 game season else where at nearly a PPG knowing you were too shy to go all in for an elite caliber player like him over some missed games the last couple of seasons? Imagine we had traded Gallagher as damaged goods after his injury riddled seasons, how would that look for us today if he was doing what he is doing now elsewhere? Absolutely foolish is the answer.
  11. 2 points
    You do realize that this "similar level of production" was done in 29 less games by Karlsson, right ? 29 as in twenty-nine.
  12. 2 points
    Don, saying we have no chance, in itself, is wrong to begin with. We may have only a slim chance, but we do have a chance, because.. A. We have the cap space to offer him the dollars he would likely be looking for without having to deconstruct the current roster to make room for it, not many other teams in this position at all.. B. Proximity to the area he has played most of his career, facilitating his personal family and friends situation. C. We have a team on the rise that is clear for anyone to see, hoping on the wave while it is gaining momentum is obviously easier than where the wave was at last summer. D. He would be walking into a situation where he plays a forefront role of major importance, would be a part of one of the most revered pairings in the league, the team's style of play fits perfectly with his own, and it is back to eastern conference hockey which he is familiar with and already thrived in. Unlikely? Yes, No Chance? Not unless we are literally blocked from even speaking to him, which as far as I know, is not the case at the moment. People are just expressing how the opportunity to try for a home run fix is on the table this summer, and how great it would be to have him here in our current situation. No one is saying it is just a formality, a done deal, or even a likely scenario. In fact most who are excited at the thought of Karlsson being on the roster know how improbable it might be, but not impossible, and most certainly worth one hell of a try. We have to get out of this summer knowing for sure, that we tried everything we could to get him here, and either he comes here or he just simply chose not to, anything less would be a grotesque miscalculation.
  13. 2 points
    I really enjoyed Brian Wilde's post mordum. He really tapped his inner cc. Worth a read. https://globalnews.ca/news/5137028/call-of-the-wilde-state-of-the-union/
  14. 2 points
    Can't vote on this until after the Habs win the draft lottery.
  15. 2 points
    Come on, should be Price is Right rules, you go over you're out! I got the record closer, gotta count for something? Came down to a stinking goal lol. Congrats Habnut
  16. 2 points
    Poehling: "2 goals in my first NHL game! Dude, this is amazing!" Mete:
  17. 2 points
    Here is this years draft HQ https://lastwordonhockey.com/2019-NHL-Entry-Draft-Headquarters/
  18. 2 points
    Yes 7 players had career years Domi is young enough it could be seen as a breakthrough. Maybe not 70, but can he do 65 again Gallagher is third in the NHL for xG at 5v5. Its his second straight 30 goal year. No reason he cant again Danault will depend on how much icetime he loses to KK Tatar probably drops a little That said The PP was god-awful and is unlikely to be that bad again KK should improve in his second year We may get more out of our backup goalie than Niemi gave Mete could score some goals What will Suzuki, Poehling, Brook, Juulsen, and any other young players bring to the team? in short stretches or long ones? Will Drouin do more? He's young enough to get better still. All of those would be improvements too. So no, I don't see this as the max of the team. I expect to be in the playoffs next year, with a couple of little tweeks (mainly LHD and the PP)
  19. 2 points
    I dont get into subjective things such as if a player "looks interested" or not. I look at what the production is and what should be expected for the cap hit. At the end of the day, it is about production, not the look on the player's face or what language he speaks. For all the complaints... he is one point behind his career high and his advanced stats show he produces more than he gives up. All of that is fine for a second liner
  20. 2 points
    Thread competition winner: DON Prize: Banned
  21. 2 points
    I do They'll be published soon enough
  22. 2 points
    I don’t believe teams are morally obligated not to try to win just to make the Habs happy. Even less do I believe star players should have their ‘heads taken off’ because the team the play for tries to win every game.
  23. 2 points
    That's a good point I hadn't considered. K. Back on the bandwagon.
  24. 2 points
    Gallagher goals tatar domi drouin shaw Petry benn kulak Danault . Edit byron and armia injuries hurt them.
  25. 2 points
  26. 2 points
    Its the last 20 games that have killed them. They were a solid playoff team until the last 20. Habs just below 500 the last 22, other team above 500 Including 2 losses against power houses the ducks and devils
  27. 2 points
    I know what you mean, but it seems to be surprisingly hard to have both a strong 5-on-5 and a strong PP team. I don't know why that should be, but the Habs have tended to be either one or the other for a long time - going back at least to Jacques Martin (whose teams killed on special teams and stunk 5 on 5), and possibly before that. So it's really not as simple as saying, "fix the PP and keep everything else that's good, and we'll be golden." Perhaps a better way to think about it is that you need defencemen to run your PP. Even Weber is all shot and no playmaking. The problem may be structural, i.e., having to do with talent. If we add talent to the blueline - e.g., a legit top-pairing defenceman - then we might get closer to what you're looking for. But that would not be improvement from within; it'd be a major talent upgrade. As for blaming Claude Julien for the team's inadequacies, I'm not buying it. Normally when a team is widely predicted to stink out the joint and does respectably, the coach gets credit. Now I'm hearing a lot of Habs fans blaming Julien for taking a "good team" and turning it into mediocrity. It's not hard to understand: this team is not good enough. Period.
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    Byron will not travel to Columbus. I feel like a questionable (but not egregious) hit on a third pair guy which has been punished with a strict 3 game suspension and followed up with an apology by the much smaller , clean playing offender, should suffice. The fact that the code came into this annoys me. It was selfish of byron IMO.
  30. 2 points
    I'm just tired of HNIC giving us clowns instead of serious professional analysts. Ron McLean is a sentimentality-peddling hack whose gee-whiz style got tired years ago. Don Cherry is an elderly windbag who wallows in still more mindless sentimentalism and can't complete a sentence or finish a thought (if he has any, which he seldom does). Bob Cole? Yes, he is a legend who, in his prime, had an unparalleled sense of anticipation and excitement which used to make up for his technical failings; but at this stage he is a doddering geriatric who is so far behind the play he might as well be calling the game from the original Montreal Forum, and whose calls are so non-informative that they actually detract from our understanding of what's going on. Gary Galley has little to offer that warrants him holding such a plum seat; he's banality incarnate. Only in the second intermission, when the admirable Elliotte Friedman and the servicably capable Kelly Hrudey show up, do we get anything resembling insight; and even then the odious Kypreos has to be added to the mix just to make sure we all remember we are watching a program devoted to idiots. I simply do not understand how this FLAGSHIP program for the entire sport can be so riddled with mediocrity. It makes no sense at all.
  31. 2 points
    A statistical anomaly that is bound to correct itself...starting NOW...right?
  32. 2 points
    You can't watch next game either now
  33. 2 points
    Just got in, so it's time to turn on the game and see how much I absolutely nailed this analysis. Let me just take a big sip of water first...
  34. 2 points
    I agree. I don't think you build a winning culture and organization by doing your best to lose, year in and year out, until that magical moment when you are favoured to win it all. Tanking doesn't work half the time anyway (c.f. Edmonton and Florida). Meanwhile your veterans want out and UFAs won't touch you with a 10-foot pole. Incidentally, two of the better teams in the East - TB and Boston - got where they are *without tanking.* They do it by astoundingly good drafting and development. (Those organizations are on another level from MB's Habs and I see no sign of that changing any time soon, unfortunately). I'm always sourly amused when people forget such examples. Of course, following them requires having the right people in place managerially. Don't tank. Strive for league-best excellence in all areas of your operation and instill a total dedication to winning. You may not win the Cup, but success will be your reward.
  35. 1 point
    Benn is a goner if we upgrade the Left side with a solid acquisition, there would simply be no point having him and Kulak battle it out for the 3rd pair spot. Mete and Petry would be an awesome pair, Kulak and Juulsen would be a good 3rd, and we would benefit greatly if a Bonafide top 3 Dman comes in to compliment Weber for those hard minutes. Acquisition - Shea Weber Mete - Petry Kulak - Juulsen Folin Ideally this would allow us to take another step forward as a roster.
  36. 1 point
    I think your nuts if you don’t like Lehkonen haha. He might not have crazy point totals, but he’s an absolute dog on the puck, constantly causing turnovers and outworking his opponents. On top of that the guy still did put up 30 points on usually the 3rd or forth line. Love the player personally.
  37. 1 point
    I hear you. The funny thing about scalping, though, is that it seems to reveal the actual market value of tickets. It's like when you see tickets for a concert being sold for hundreds of dollars over asking price...sure, the scalpers are gouging scum, but on the other side, the fact that those tickets sell at those prices ironically suggests that the original asking price was much too low. If you're Bruce Springsteen, you probably can easily charge $1000 per ticket for a show at a small theatre. The fact that you don't seems to be about PR rather than what the market is actually willing to bear. Similarly, if hockey teams are charging $200 for tickets that sell at three times that, then in fact the teams are under-estimating the demand for their own product.
  38. 1 point
    100+ would be great. I end up paying online scalping companies like vivid or StubHub as much as 500 for good seats. The league doesn't get most the money made from hockey games. Scalpers do.
  39. 1 point
    The Habs take a break from booking tee-times to host the high-flying Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. The game is significant for a small first and a big last. One, Ryan Poehling will be playing in his first NHL game. Two, Bob "Oh Baby!" Cole will be calling his last NHL game. Regardless of who wins tonight's pointless contest, the Leafs, having supplanted the Habs as Boston's great rival - perhaps the single most painful indictment of MB's stewardship - will go on to play the Bruins in the first round, and lose. (I'd post cool pics to go with this GDT, but my image choices keep getting vetoed by the site telling me I can only upload 10.24kb. Oh baby!)
  40. 1 point
    Just got home from the Bell Center. What a crazy game it was! Loved every minute of this meaningless game! Was nice to see all those leafy fans leaving the Bell center much quieter than they were at the beginning of the game! I agree about Poehling. The kid is built like a man. You can tell he's heavier than KK. I did not expect him to have such good hands! Really looking forward to seeing where he will end up next season! Just another reason to look forward to 2019-2020!!!
  41. 1 point
    Poehling is more physically ready then KK was and older. He will be there opening night, book it
  42. 1 point
    Droiun is a 50-60 point overpaid player who is soft and in not a game changer. He is who he is, i would not have moved Sergachev for him but that's just me Drouin has been MIA the last 25 games, when the going gets tough, players like Drouin become invisible
  43. 1 point
    I am looking and Columbus has a back to back on the road which is never easy, Ottawa will be well rested and will probably want to win their last game, also NYR lost tonight so Lundqvist is still gonna want to win #450 or whatever it is. Also I still don't think Columbus has totally gelled, and we'll see if Bobrovsky cracks or not (he looked not good vs Boston, and has cracked in the past). I think they're more likely to lose to Ottawa than NYR. Pittsburgh lost to Detroit already this week, Detroit is on a 6 game win streak. Their game vs NYR will be heavily in their favour though, NYR will be on a 2nd of back to back, but if the Rangers can squeak out the OT win, there's your 0-1-1. Carolina will probably beat New Jersey (hoping they don't but we'll see, also Carolina is only 1-2-0 or something against them this year), but the Flyers are good enough to beat the Canes, plus the game is in Philadelphia (I also think Carolina is fragile and playing well above their heads) I don't care who Montreal is playing, they have so much confidence coming out of beating Winnipeg and Tampa that I think no matter who their last 2 games are against, it'll be 2-0-0 (also Toronto is gonna rest players and not care on Saturday, definitely the Washington game is much harder) - honestly I think Lehkonen's comments about winning the next 2 games and making the playoffs are as sure as anyone can get. I am crying a little and I'm nervous as hell don't worry. But I think it's more than possible
  44. 1 point
    This is finally the game where we activate the deep hypnosis on Manchurian Candidate Sergachev!
  45. 1 point
    Right now you put the best team on the ice Weal should stay centring the third line as he's just playing better than KK right now. Thompson is being trusted by Julien, especially in the faceoff circle. A couple of healthy scratches or playing wing on the fourth line is not going to harm KK's development. This is overreaction to the Galchenyuk situation. If he's spending an entire season on the wing, or is playing on the 4th line in his 4th and 5th year in the NHL, then we can talk about it. But its do or die right now, so yes, for 3-4 games the development of an 18 year old can take a backseat to ensuring you have the best lineup to win games.
  46. 1 point
    Who was referencing boys against men...
  47. 1 point
    Canes fans booing their own team's powerplay? Excuse me, that is OUR thing. Find something else to boo, ya bunch of jerks!
  48. 1 point
    Keep the spinning logos coming.
  49. 1 point
    How did Montreal's depth on defence help Evans (a centre) to stay in the AHL? If the Habs make the playoffs, I suspect he'll be recalled as well just to keep skating if nothing else.
  50. 1 point
    42-27-6-7 97 points 4th in division 11th in conference 248 goals
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