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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
    Injuries happen. You cant right him off. Price missed tons of hockey over the last few seasons but seems fine. If he will sign here it is a no brainer. If is the question.
  36. 1 point
    Love Ferraro. His spots on Vancouver radio are must-listen for me. Mike Johnson is also quite good. Predictably, these excellent voices have never received as much airtime as blowhards and medicorities such as Nick Kyprios, Gary Galley, and Sour Grapes. It's almost as if hockey broadcasting, especially HNIC, makes a point of penalizing intelligence.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Full of ideas for how to fix the pp.
  39. 1 point
    He was responsible for the PP and the PP was a disaster, so it makes sense. But personally and irrationally, I just can't stand the thought of dumping Muller Move him to another role or something.
  40. 1 point
    Thanks. To me it was fairly obvious that 2017-18 was pretty much the worst a season could go for a lot of reasons, and that there was a ton of room to improve this season. I have to say though that I am quite surprised they surpassed by expectations by one point and 6 goals scored I'm just joking around, you won fair and square. Love the new signature proclaiming your victory haha
  41. 1 point
    Entertaining game, even despite it ending in a shootout. Poehling is going to make a push for a spot at training camp, but I wouldn't mind both him and Suzuki tearing up the AHL to start next season.
  42. 1 point
    Look at their opponents, then look at our opponents, then cry a bit, then put on your optimist pants and hope for the best.
  43. 1 point
    Nice to see Byron back in the lineup.
  44. 1 point
    Do you think our medical staff could use enough steroids and hormones and deer antler extract and tiger semen to sufficiently mutate Alzner into an NHLer in time for next year?
  45. 1 point
    Considering the status of their back end, he should be playing as soon as Saturday. There are still 7 games left after tonight so he'll have a few opportunities to play at least.
  46. 1 point
    Thinking through the weekend, I think the Habs have a strong game tomorrow and win. 92pts come Monday. We know the Habs will need help. Both Carolina and Columbus have back to back games. I don’t think either team sweeps. Both of the Canes games are afternoon games...Philly and Pitt always seems to play afternoon games, so I could see the Canes being swept, then losing to Toronto on Tuesday. Anyway, they come out of the weekend with 91pts Columbus has two road games for their b2b. Hard fought loss to Nashville, followed by a beat down of Buffalo (also playing back to back games) the following day. They escape the weekend with 92pts. Start the week with the Habs in a playoff spot and see how the week plays out!
  47. 1 point
    Caps put the hurt on the Canes tonight. Let's keep the train rolling through Thursday against the Jackets, and beyond.
  48. 1 point
    I never understood the mentality of trying to tank, let alone attempting to do so while still in a playoff hunt. A series against Tampa would likely turn out as everyone expects, however it truly would be a series where the team would have nothing to lose. Start the first two games on the road and all it takes is one win in Tampa to have people start talking. Regardless, I don't think the team is pep talking themselves about squeaking into the playoffs. They should want to win every game from here on out and finish in the first wildcard spot. Thinking about the future makes sense. What doesn't make sense as a fan is to expect to wait until the perfect season for everything to work out beautifully. Chances are Tampa Bay won't win the cup this year and that's the type of team and statistical output many Habs fans are expecting. If that's how we should choose to enjoy our team, we should expect to be that type of contender at best 1 out of 5 years, and our GM shouldn't do anything outside of those seasons, when nothing will be guaranteed in the end anyway. I do agree that this year's trade deadline may end up turning out to be a determining factor in how the season plays out. Pittsburgh touched things up, Columbus made the biggest splash, and Carolina added a PPG player ever since his arrival in Nino Neiderreitter. The Habs added some pieces but it's arguable that statistically we may have even worsened our 4th line. Alternatively, adding something at the deadline during a season where players have overachieved, can demonstrate that they can be rewarded for their effort. There's no arguing that some positive additions could boost the mental moral of the team. Now that the going is getting tough, there's nothing new to lean on. Columbus has a hard schedule coming up, starting with a little trip out West in Canada and Carolina has many games against playoff teams in their near future. The Habs need to keep fighting for wins and go from there. This isn't even getting into the fact that the draft lottery is just that, a lottery. Should the Habs miss the playoffs without having attempted to tank, they still have a slight chance to move up for the draft. I drink but 5 times a year, but you guys started me early for St. Paddys day today with these posts.
  49. 1 point
    I think sneaking in is the optimistic view. A playoff run is pretty much impossible with this team.
  50. 1 point
    42-29-7-4 95 points 5th place in the Atlantic 9th in the Conference 243 goals scored
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