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  1. Referees for the 'Dollar Bill’s Discount Money Lenders North Division' as CC so eloquently put it: Kendrick Nicholson Brad Meier Eric Furlatt Kevin Pollock Marc Joannette Graham Skilliter Chris Schlenker Mitch Dunning* Michael Markovic* Corey Syvret* *-AHL referees There's also a list of linesmen that will be restricted to North Division duty but I wanted to mention the referees at least so everyone could rejoice in not seeing Chris Lee's name on there.
    4 points
  2. He may be busy in Washington DC today.
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  3. Really? I thought it was a bad luck play on the tying goal. Had it not hit the ref, there wouldn't have been a goal. Also, Drouin did get two assists in this game...I wouldn't qualify that as a POS, but that's just me. Don't get me wrong, never been a huge fan of Drouin, but i thought he played a decent game yesterday, that's why i'm a little surprised by your assessment of his game last night!
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  4. For context for those that don't follow the NBA, the Toronto Raptors are starting their season in Tampa Bay, sharing the Lightning's arena, prompting one writer to come up with this:
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  5. So the Habs can get Dubois without losing a long-term core player and Danault gets a steep overpayment? There's no possible way Columbus could justify doing that. Again, if I'm Jarmo Kekalainen, the simple demand of Bergevin is as follows - one of Suzuki or Kotkaniemi has to be in the deal. If that doesn't happen, there's no reason whatsoever for Columbus to consider dealing Dubois to Montreal. Dubois is their number one centre. As Montreal fans, we can't say that Danault shouldn't be the number one in Montreal but hey, he could easily fill that role in Columbus and
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  6. Ì No he doesnt. Petry and Kulak with both taking turns pushing the offence was the best D pair in the NHL over 2 seasons
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  7. Would you accept a rental centre, an overpaid winger, and a second-round pick for Kotkaniemi? That's basically what you're proposing Columbus do, trade their top centre (a somewhat-recent top-five pick) for not a whole lot of value here. I don't think you'd be happy if Bergevin did that; similarly, Columbus would rightfully be skewered if they did that trade.
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  8. Tear up the Anderson contract. Give him more.
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  9. The main thing is to take the crowd out of it early! Oh, wait...🙄
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  10. If im columbus thats a no. You have to.gove up something that will hurt to.give up. Just throwing in leskinen and 2nd round picks does nothing. 24 year old AHL defencemen who cant play in the NHL are a dime a dozen. Quantity does not replace quality
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  11. I am throbbing right now. THROBBING.
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  12. Price was apparently smiling pretty widely when talking about how rough it will be for opposing forwards in front of his net.
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  13. Nothing too exciting in the presser. Don't expect any other signings from the Habs and expect a lot of daily transactions for salary cap flexibility. A quick summary of the highlights: https://www.habsworld.net/2021/01/notes-from-marc-bergevins-press-conference/
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  14. Great to be on board. Been a Habs fan ever since they took down the big bad Bruins in 1971... grew up outside of Hershey and was a regular at some great AHL games back then and saw a lot of the “young” Canadiens play for Nova Scotia. Bears vs. Voyager games were as intense as Bruins vs. Canadien games. Quite a few bench emptying brawls. Those 1975-79 Canadian teams were the best I’ve ever seen! Lived in Boston’s North End from 1986-1990 and always went to Bruin games with company tix. Nothing like the old Gawden! Oh those Bruin vs. Canadiens games never disappointed! Hosted the 89-90
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  15. Not sure why this deal is baffling. Frolik is a veteran depth guy that will be part of the taxi squad and enable one of the young forwards to get playing time in Laval. In case of a string of injuries, he *might* provide viable NHL depth. This is a cheap insurance deal and good for the development of our young players. Some times a depth move is just a depth move and not a pre-cursor to a bigger trade.
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  16. Speaks well of the young man ... especially for an 18 yr-old ... although most (2/3 - 3/4) of the team are 2021 or 2022 draft eligible
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  17. Tatar - Danault - Gallagher Drouin - Suzuki - Anderson Toffoli - Kotkaniemi - Armia Byron - Evans - Lehkonen Chiarot - Weber Edmundson - Petry Kulak - Romanov Price Nugent-Hopkins - McDavid - Kassian Kahun - Draisaitl - Yamamoto Archibald - Turris - Puljujarvi Nygard - Shore - Chiasson Nurse - Bear Jones - Larsson Koekkoek - Barrie Koskinen
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  18. Kotkaniemi had a strong 2/3 of a rookie season, but ran out of steam toward the end -- not surprising for an 18yo rookie. That did show some consistency, but the second season was pretty bad, for multiple reasons (injury, wrong choice of summer training etc). But I'm not ready to write off his potential to become something roughly similar level as Dubois -- but clearly he's not there today. As I have said in my other posts, I don't think this works for us. We need to give up too much (to Columbus first, and then to fit under the cap) that the trade doesn't make us significantly str
    1 point
  19. If the oil try that 37 mph play I hope Romanov times things right and checks mcdavid into oblivion
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  20. Good post. You have to put yourself in the other team’s shoes. If the Habs had Dubois, the fabled young and skilled #1C with size, and he wanted out, would we *possibly* accept Danault/Drouin in return? No. In fact, we would string Bergevin up from yardarm if he did that - selling out the franchise cornerstone for a two-way 50-point C due for a big raise, and an erratic 55-point winger who has not once in five seasons shown himself to be a player to count on. Frankly, I am surprised by the KK rumours. If I were CBJ, I would insist on Suzuki, period. I like KK, I am cautiously optim
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  21. NIce job by the Sens to take down the Leafs in regulation. If Ottawa is the clear-cut worst team in the division, each team's record against them will be a major deciding factor in who makes the playoffs.
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  22. First GDT, so take it easy on me please. Canadiens Projected Lineup as per the last scrimmage: Tatar - Danault - Gallagher Drouin - Suzuki - Anderson Toffoli - Kotkaniemi - Armia Byron - Evans - Lehkonen Chiarot - Weber Edmundson - Petry Kulak - Romanov Price Allen Maple Leafs Projected Lineup as per leafsnation: Thornton - Matthews - Marner Vesey - Tavares - Nylander Mikheyev - Kerfoot - Hyman Barabanov - Spezza - Simmonds Reilly - Brodie Muzzin - Holl D
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  23. I would not trade Suzuki. Not with what we saw as the season went on last year, and in the playoffs. He'd be untouchable to me. I think the ceiling is very, very high with Suzuki and arguably higher than Dubois. I would give KK. The rumour I've heard is KK and Mete + cap stuff so likely Byron and I don't know, maybe adding Jordan Weal would make it work cap wise.
    1 point
  24. I guarantee that with 4 out 7 making the playoffs and 3 point games... 425 hockey will NOT make the playoffs.
    1 point
  25. I'll just note that the offensive black hole did score 17 goals last season in spite of missing 20% of the season, behind only Gallagher, Danault and Domi.
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  26. Sportsnet called it wrong. Kulak was called for a cross-check behind the net, Chiarot and Simmonds were 5 for fighting only. That one also didn't lead to a goal - the Anderson board, Suzuki hold, and Weber misfiring on the clear-out did. Those were all legit calls and none of them were forced penalties in terms of the Leafs doing something to force the Habs into taking them.
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  27. Very happy to hear Perry cleared waivers. My heart skipped a beat when I read the most recent headline. I’d be happy to have him around for the year, in whatever capacity.
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  28. These coaches are stuck in a mindset that rewards guys like Jamie Benn and Ben Chiarot who hit people and block shots, even though the analytics show that while they are good, they are not better than Kulak. Sadly, the GM thinks the same in adding Edmundson. Its my biggest critique of Bergevin... he loves the old school defenceman. Its the same reason they signed Douglas Murray that summer. Its the same mistake with Karl Alzner. Its another reason why they wouldn't draft a Quinn Hughes when hes the highest guy on my board. Thats not what they see in a d
    1 point
  29. It would all depend on what our injury etc situation is at that point for our defence corps.
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  30. I hope Perry stays. Everything else is merely unfortunate.
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  31. wow.... Kulak is a better player now, and i highly doubt Juulsen ever reaches Kulak's level. He's the most underrated player on this team
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  32. As a steam punk nerd, I can't disagree more. That thing is totally awesome!
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  33. We haven’t show anything yet and we might suck. True statement and I certainly won’t complain if fans have dialed back expectations. Why am I so jacked? HOPE MB has done nothing to help this team for years. Sure he digs up the Semin’s looking to strike gold and he did trade a top pairing Dman for a winger to play centre but he has not helped the team. This time he addressed a bunch of holes. Is Edmundson the Dman we need? Nope we need a #1 LD but holy crap he helped the team. I think we underestimate the value of Allen and it is key. So many b
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  34. TSN was talking about the fact that we will see the same Canadian refs all season long. PLEASE TELL ME LEE IS AMERICAN
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  35. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." - Matthew 6:34. We have the strongest team we've had on paper since 2014. None of our core pieces are over the hill, as far as we know. Given this, wringing our hands about possible cap trouble in 2-3 years seems quixotic. Yes, Weber can't have too many years left playing at this level (which is a notch below his prime years but still quite strong), and although Petry has aged like fine wine, he too can't have much more left. Price probably has 3-4 years
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  36. Wow, the States have our number. Four straight wins over us in the Gold medal game. Kept us to the outside the whole time, even after Canada started coming on strong. At one point the shots were 19-10 for the USA - they finished 34-21 for Canada. Once again my perpetual nitpick - not having the sixth attacker on the ice for the faceoff with two minutes left. He should be out there to secure the puck, we shouldn't wait for a faceoff win before sending him out.
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  37. Great game between Finland and the States, was cheering for the Finns but for this edition of Canada to truly be considered great it's better to face the Yanks in the final.
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  38. That line will only be good if Suzuki and Anderson get chemistry and carry the offence. I’ve said for awhile Drouin is a Semin-type player that will excel if he’s the 3rd wheel on a line. He has the talent but lacks the consistency and drive to be part of the 1-2 punch on a line. If Suzuki and Anderson carry it, Drouin will look real good stats wise like Semin did with Backstrom and Ovi ‘06-‘10. That being said I don’t expect those type of numbers from any of those 3, using it as a comparison.
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  39. I'm a bit disappointed to hear there won't be anymore signings (and there probably won't be many trades this season.) I would have liked another centerman option on the taxi squad.
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  40. Here's a happier memory of the late 80's Habs. In 1986, I was living in Boston and the Habs and Bruins met in the best of 5 opening round. Lots of talk in Boston that this was going to be the year the Bruins finally snapped their long playoff series losing streak versus Montreal. Montreal won the opening 2 games at home and Boston fans were still expecting the Bruins to take the series to 5 games. I got tickets to the third game at a packed Boston Gardens. The Bruins were ahead 3-2 going into the third. Gainey scored early to tie it up and then he scored again w
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  41. Drouin is surely not the right player to slot into C.
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  42. Does anyone think Lehkonen can transition to play centre, solid defensively, good third / 4th line type player. don't see him being any higher than the is a winning line up. Similar traits to Danault... potentially.
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  43. It is wildly premature to slot Suzuki in as a PPG or elite offensive player. He may become that - maybe this year, maybe some future year. But no sensible analyst would say, “yes, the Habs have an elite offensive talent akin to Marner or Dreiseitl because they have Suzuki.” 🙄 Wish-fulfillment is not analysis. Right now he is a 13-goal, 41-point guy with lots of upside; he’ll be a PPG player when he is one, not before. That said, there is no doubt in my mind that the kid is a legit top-6 C and seems a safe bet to get 60+ points. He should be a key part of scoring by committee this y
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  44. Canada needed to play hard for 60 minutes. Consider... russian junior leagues and KHL have been playing, so has finland, so has sweden, so has the USHL and NCAA. Ohl, whl havent played. Quebec league tried but got shut down. Many canadian players had no real hockey since March. So hockey canada gave them a longer camp to try and get in shape. Even then camp isnt game shape. Then covid hit the camp and everyone was forced into isolation in their hotel rooms for 2 weeks. Canada has 1 exhibition game and 4 round robin games to get into game shap
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  45. Now that we have a schedule and start date I revisited my prediction and have most definitely changed my opinion. The Habs are finishing first and here is why. Despite our sad record over the last few seasons we have had very strong stats on 5 on 5. Largely due to the Danault line but it was a team strength. What sunk us was our awful PP. Our sad sack PP should never see the likes of Weal or the like ever again! We have some new weapons and if the other team’s D wanna focus on Weber then Toffoli or Anderson will finish. Our PP will be greatly improved. T
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  46. It's used too often, I agree. But there are times when a player's behaviour (or his spouse's behaviour!) distracts or demotivates the rest of the team. But, at any given time, I would say there are no more than a handful of such players in the league.
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  47. Good thing this isn't an HWL line - Byron's hit rating would be awfully low which would limit the effectiveness of the H&G tactic...
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