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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.
    4 points
  3. Evans is sent to the taxi squad for a day, gets called back up -> scores. Romanov is sent to the taxi squad for a day, gets called back up -> scores. Send Kotkaniemi next.
    3 points
  4. 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!
    3 points
  5. I think Allen would be more than capable of handling them for a game, annoyed or not Also, it would keep Price fresh and ready to play two games out of three in Vancouver if not, then what was the point of signing Allen
    2 points
  6. Its been two games. Two games that the team played pretty well. Id give a guy who is new to the team plenty of time to adjust to new linemates before we start juggling the lines. We didnt even have exhibition games this year.
    2 points
  7. Ice time for the defence: Chiarot: 23:04 Weber: 21:59 Petry: 21:36 Edmundson: 21:26 Romanov: 15:49 Kulak: 14:38 I like seeing someone other than Weber at the top and those are certainly manageable minutes. A couple minutes more for the third pairing would have been ideal given that the game was basically over in the second period but that's just me nitpicking. Good balance up front as well - Toffoli led with 17:21, Evans was last at 12:31.
    2 points
  8. 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
    2 points
  9. 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
    2 points
  10. 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.
    2 points
  11. Tear up the Anderson contract. Give him more.
    2 points
  12. The main thing is to take the crowd out of it early! Oh, wait...🙄
    2 points
  13. 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
    2 points
  14. I am throbbing right now. THROBBING.
    2 points
  15. Price was apparently smiling pretty widely when talking about how rough it will be for opposing forwards in front of his net.
    2 points
  16. 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/
    2 points
  17. 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
    2 points
  18. 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.
    2 points
  19. 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
    2 points
  20. Was what Drouin thinking, brain dead play when you are the last man back. He has to know better than that.
    1 point
  21. Sadly our PP percentage us now down to 50%! 😳
    1 point
  22. I would not change the lineup until they finish the road trip except for giving Allen two games. once they are back in Montreal, they will have the last change and a better opportunity to try new combinations (if needed)
    1 point
  23. Tonight’s game is anecdotal of how we don’t need a PLD. It ain’t broke.
    1 point
  24. 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
    1 point
  25. 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
    1 point
  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.
    1 point
  27. The PK needs work Too many Ds screening price
    1 point
  28. Not sure why believing Byron and Lehks cant preform on the 4th line when they've been playing mostly 3rd and sometimes 2nd line minutes over the last few years.pretty sure the "cart is attached to 2 horses" Don We do have a real nice mix of young mid aged and older players this year. I dont believe though that we are the only team with a tandem of goalies. i think there is actually a bunch of teams with 2 strong goalies
    1 point
  29. I'm saying that I'd rather keep Kulak and lose Juulsen for nothing, than lose Kulak for a draft pick. Kulak is a better player right now than Juulsen is ever going to be IMO> Kulak absolutely would have been claimed, there are teams out there who know the analytics and see his worth. If Juulsen didn't clear, there is absolutely a 0% chance that Kulak would have cleared. You are massively underestimating Kulak here, who is the third best D on this team. At Kulak's salary he is a damn bargain, and you aren't on January 12th, cgoing to find a better pl
    1 point
  30. He's eligible for the playoffs. Their announcement only said he's out for at least the regular season which was notable. We're still in the offseason so the Upper Limit right now is technically $89.65M (110% of the regular season cap). Anything that puts a team over that would be blocked. That's why they're in offseason LTIR as they either put Kucherov or Gaborik + Nilsson on, therefore expanding their spending room past $89.65M. The rule you're mentioning is tagging. That normally applies but there's a one-time exception which Tampa is currently taking advantage o
    1 point
  31. It would all depend on what our injury etc situation is at that point for our defence corps.
    1 point
  32. I hope Perry stays. Everything else is merely unfortunate.
    1 point
  33. I’m at the Chicago Steel game today to see Farrell in person. Go phantoms, but Farrell can score a few for the Steel lol
    1 point
  34. Not getting a top pairing dman notwithstanding, this is by far the best summer MB has had. I don’t like the D - there’s a lot of question marks, I think Chariot and Edmondson belong as 2nd/3rd pairing on a good team. having said that, we are significantly improved on the wing and the offence should be better. We couldn’t score and I think bumping Byron and Lekonan to the 4th line out of the lineup is a definite improvement. Even if Anderson doesn’t earn his salary, having Gallagher, Taffoli, Tatar and Drouin (even with his inconsistency), gives us real top 6 winger potential. The q
    1 point
  35. Would someone give up a 6th or 7th for Lindgren. Demchenko or McNiven can be our Taxi squad goalie. Primeau and Demchenko/McNiven to the AHL. we really don't need Lindgren. The Devils are down a goalie with Crawford opting out. The Capitals are down a goalie with Lundqvist's heart issue. Hell, I'd be fine if someone grabs Lindgren on waivers, would like to just clear the deck so the other goalies can play.
    1 point
  36. I always start with hockey IQ as the most important trait and that is why I’m so hyped on KK I realize that he has a lot to improve and he is. He hit the gym, worked on skating, changed his attitude and worked on his shot. I’m hoping for his play to be on par with the playoffs and if he plays even better than that then woohoooo. Suzuki is going to be something special this year and I think Drouin is a perfect fit. It was Anderson or Toffoli that said their first impression of Suzuki was HOLY CRAP LOOK HOW HUGE HIS LEGS ARE. Massive legs means power. H
    1 point
  37. Thats nice to hear, cause passing has always been the best part of his game. If his wrister is there too, and we already saw in the bubble that he spent last year working on skating, strength and physical play, he could become what we want him to be..... our version of a Kopitar. The kid is already such a smart player. There is little to no question on his hockey IQ.
    1 point
  38. +1 Habsfan I’m pumped AF PP LINES day 2 Weber, Petry, Drouin, Toffoli, Suzuki Romanov, Tatar, Gallagher, Anderson , KK THAT IS A MASSIVE UPGRADE
    1 point
  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.
    1 point
  40. Given Bergevin's comments today, I'll double down on my prediction from last week.
    1 point
  41. Danault isn't a 3C though. He's going to continue to play the most minutes (or second most) of the centres every game for the simple reason that he is used against the other team's top line and the other team will play their top line the most minutes. He also is going to be the number 1 PK unit. So his usage doesn't scream #3 C. Add to that, his production 5v5 is right there with anyone not named McDavid, Draisaitl, MacKinnon while doing that job. And yes, he doesn't have the PP points, so thats a discount.... but $6 million a season is not out of the question
    1 point
  42. Drouin is surely not the right player to slot into C.
    1 point
  43. Excited to see Joel Teasdale skating again
    1 point
  44. Ok and how many cups have those team's won with those players 🤔. This team can run 4 lines now, has added depth in case of injuries. Which means this team shouldn't do it's yearly nose dive when it gets hit with injuries. Plus we have added cup winner's to this team players that know what it takes to win. Should be an interesting team to watch play.
    1 point
  45. I think MB’s main intention was to squash the Pacioretty rumours by signing another #67.
    1 point
  46. Kind of move that makes me believe Bergevin might be laundering money for Molson.
    1 point


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