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  1. 12 points
    I think the first meme that I've posted that I actually made myself
  2. 8 points
    While it was definitely time to part ways with DD, and I am amazed we got back any sort of NHL asset in return for his services, unlike many hereabouts I do feel a bit sad to see him go. He was part of the Habs during some pretty decent years and *was* a good player for us for a number of seasons. I also think that his story - an undrafted, tiny, not-especially-fast player relying wholly on smarts, vision and guile to carve out a career in the big leagues against all odds - was a great one and under-appreciated by the fanbase. Best wishes to Davey, may he find a home in Edmonton.
  3. 7 points
  4. 6 points
    Welcome to the new look forum. This is what has caused all the downtime on the site over the last week or so but I believe we should be good to go now. There are still some things being slowly returned via a background install (to avoid any overloads on the server) but I don't think anything of note is missing. There are some new features on here that we'll discover as we go along. As you find new ones, feel free to post them here. A few that I'm aware of: - Embedding media - For tweets in particular, all you should have to do is copy/paste the URL inside the post. It should, within a second or two, convert to the actual tweet. That's better than having to convert to HTML to post tweets like in the past. This should work for YouTube videos and other media (Instagram, Vine, etc) as well. - Replying to partial messages - If you want to reply to only a certain part of a post, you can highlight that text and then a little 'Quote this' bubble will pop up. Click it and a reply will open up with only the part that you highlighted as the quoted text. - The PM system has changed. For starters, notifications are bit more visible - when I logged on I had a notification on the bottom right on the page, just a little bubble that popped up. There are a couple of other tidbits - if you're interested, click here. I'm sure there are many more but I'm in the middle of trying to figure out where things are in an entirely new admin panel. (I did figure out how to upload a certain smiley at least...I can't find a corresponding 'sarcasm off' one though...) If any of you have any questions/comments/feedback, feel free to post those. If you see anything that doesn't look quite right, let me know as soon as possible (and if you can, send a screenshot).
  5. 6 points
    Look, this is a very level-headed and logical approach to the situation, but we have a very strong "#### Lefebvre" policy here and I have to strongly suggest you adhere to it.
  6. 6 points
    Radulov's no look backhand sauce was so sexy I'm officially nominating it for Playmate of the Year
  7. 6 points
    I'm not saying that I think Bergevin is the bee's knees, but people clamored for MT's head and to get CJ...he did. People have been complaining about DD for the past 2, maybe 3 years. He's gone. Everybody knew that Duchene and Landeskog were not getting traded until the offseason. That left Vrbata, who stayed put, and Vanek, who people didn't really seem to want anyway. Maybe holding on to that 1st when it could used for a trade in the offseason is better management than using it for a couple of months of Vrbata? Where is the mythical top 6 available player that should've been added? I'm not an Ott fan, but I do like King and appreciate the addition of Martinsen. Seeing him in person a few times, he's big and seemed fast out there. I'll appreciate those two on a bottom line instead of DD and Ghetto. Davidson and Benn make it seem like we won't see Nesterov in the lineup anymore. People seem to forget that most teams "selling" are getting assets for UFAs that would walk at the end of the year. Seriously, take a look at the forwards that were traded today. Look at the top UFA lists for 2017...most of those players are already on playoff bound teams. I know you can't please all of the people all of the time, but man, this fan base expects the moon more often than not.
  8. 6 points
    This team has won ZERO FRIGGING GAMES since hiring Julien. Enough is enough. FIRE THE BUM
  9. 5 points
    dlbalr DON Lovett Commandant Aaaaaand, my personal favourite... Habs29
  10. 5 points
    I simply don't get how trading the best offensive players on the team for offense makes any sense. We need to add offence not make a lateral trade that gains us (maybe) an extra goal or 2. Although Mark down Mark seems good at lateral trades that accomplish shite.
  11. 5 points
  12. 5 points
    would love to have heard that conversation...glad to hear it ended on a positive... Chucky: "Are you SURE i'm a fourth line winger?" CJ: "Positive"
  13. 4 points
    He has averaged a clip under a PPG his entire career, which is more than anyone on this roster or anyone who has been on this roster in what feels like 20 years. A career that might I add is entering its Prime years, with a player who has the tools to remain a significant player because he does not build his game around Speed. Speed is the first thing that goes on a player, and usually when a Player who builds his game from speed loses that, he declines much faster, and when the opposite occurs, they remain effective for much longer. See Jagr, and Chara as prime examples of that, 2 players at 2 different positions who were elite for many reasons other than foot speed, and remain effective long into their twilight years because their greatest strengths never truly dwindle as losing a step does. Point is Tavares could easily be effective until he is 35+ because he is not a point producer because of his speed, but because of his strength, shot, high end individual skill and hockey I.Q. If anyone in this fanbase or in upper management is ready to walk away from a deal that would land him here, after the years of trying to find someone just like him, for any reason other than he doesn't want to come here, or the price to get him is simply astronomical and insane to pay by an standards, then I really don't know what to say.
  14. 4 points
  15. 4 points
    got news for ya, aside from a few of the very elite teams, any team who sustains injuries to key players generally suffers. You think Tampa flops like they did without the key injuries they had? LA Kings? Florida? We ourselves got hit for a stretch there Galchenyuk, Shaw, Desharnais, Gallagher, Markov. Our ability to fight through those roster player losses was tested, all while we had a coach who was losing his room, and still we won a division. This team is more than a Drouin or a Galchenyuk away from disaster. It basically comes down to as long as Price is healthy, and Weber stays healthy, this team will have a chance to win more than it loses. Every team has the couple Achilles heel players, where if they go down it likely spells disaster for you. Ours is Price, we were reminded of that much not so long ago, and very likely Weber. Care to wonder how well L.A Does without Quick and Doughty in their lineup for a long stretch? How about Tampa without Stamkos and Hedman? What if Nasville lost Rinne and Josi for half a season? would they still be the team we saw in the playoffs? Maybe Washington would survive the loss of Ovechkin and Holtby? i'n sure they would still win the presidents trophy if they got hurt right? As you can see every team suffers from the same "Bubble wrap the key player" theory, because it is with them that your team becomes elite, it is through them that your team succeeds. Sometimes you guys put way too much energy into the doomsday theories to try and showcase how weak Our team is. You are so quick to forget if you place the same doomsday theory on 95% of the league, the results would be just as catastrophic. We spew feces and piss at management, the players, the choices, the trades, the signings, acting like this team barely stayed out of the Lottery pick, like it will likely be a lottery pick this coming season. Yet there we were, division champions, far from any lottery, a good team, a competitive team, but not quite a contender, something more than half the fan bases in this league did not have. But this is Montreal, and here the fickle minds erase all positives when you go out in the first round, erase all positives about trading for one of the best young talents in this league, because Radulov decided to walk. Here, you lose in the wrong round, and you might as well be a lottery pick, screw bad luck, or we deserved better, nope it is all bollocks, burn it all to the ground we have 29 holes in this roster and a Management that is completely wasted 24/7. Here you lose the wrong player and you might as well not even bother evaluating the one taking his place, won't ever be as good, not a good replacement, won't be as exciting. It god damn wears me out to be a fan of this team sometimes, not because of what I see on the ice, but because of what I see away from it, from our own fan base at times, the lack of better judgment, objectivity, and downright reason, is a very disheartening thing to see. Sorry...that concludes my rant, not pointing at anyone in particular with this statement just a generalization of our fan base in my view, and I am also not saying this Management is not without its faults, because it has some. I'm just saying the team doesn't suck, and the management doesn't screw everything up they touch or look at, when will we all start acting like it? When will we start acting like there is simply still more mountain to climb and to keep pushing forward? instead of like we are in the middle of an avalanche gasping for air?
  16. 4 points
    Of consequence In Drouin Hemsky Alzner Schlemko Out Emelin Beaulieu Radulov Sergachev King Maybe Markov Drouin > Radulov. He's younger with a higher ceiling. I'm sure the 58 points Radulov got last year will be something Drouing brings again. Hemsky > King. Easy here. Alzner >> Emelin, Huge upgrade Schlemko > Beaulieu. Markov is the piece that has to be replaced. We either bring him back or we have 6 million to spend in a trade. Sergachev is the big loss, but its a future loss and he wasn't on the team, so in comparing last year's team vs this year's team he's a non-entity. Of course, His loss hurts for future years as there is no d to replace him... but keep in mind the Drouin vs Radulov comparison. We didn't just replace one year of radulov, we got a 23 year old who will produce effectively for many years and has not hit his prime, so consider that in any "futures analysis". Overall the off-season comes down to that $6 million. Can they use it to bring Markov back or improve at that position. if they can, then Bergevin did well. If they can't, then he didnt.
  17. 4 points
    Around what time would you have been advocating for this? In January when the Habs were a first place team? At the trade deadline where the Habs were a first place team? Or around the draft when negotiating rights are worth nothing? The 'interview period' has all but killed the value of negotiating rights in recent years and it's hard to imagine that many would have been happy if the Habs dealt their second leading scorer midseason. It's easy to say after the fact that they should have dealt him but when exactly was the right time to do so?
  18. 4 points
    We we need to stop comparing Drouin and Radulov as if this was a trade. What really happened is we traded our best, and only blue chip prospect for Drouin. I'm fine with the trade itself though, even like it. However, we straight up lost Radulov for nothing. We lost a 1st line RW for nothing. That's what sucks. I agree that there is some whining, but there is no way to avoid the fact that the talent in the organization has been watered down with the loss of Radulov. Thats why losing Sergachev hurts more now. We lose him, and only move laterally. I agree with the above posts about the lack of direction. We went all in with the Weber trade. So what we needed to do was pony up and pay Radulov while we're in our 2-3 year window. We did not do that, and now I don't know where the team is headed.
  19. 4 points
    This is the Twitter account where this came from: https://twitter.com/MikeKellyNHL
  20. 4 points
    No... first we give him the one year deal Then... he explodes offensively and we give him a long term big money deal. Then after that we trade him for an older player with a more onerous contract. As is tradition.
  21. 4 points
    man o man.... watching the stanley cup finals media scrums and i couldnt miss PK more so then i do right now... forget who is who on the ice. this guys a dude and we f#$ked up!
  22. 4 points
    Ya is probably unwise to spam the forum which is so active discussing countless other topics.
  23. 4 points
    According to last year's presser... Trading for Centres is impossible. According to this year's presser.... Drafting a Centre outside the top 10 is impossible. According to this year's presser, the Centre we drafted 3rd overall, we keep sticking him on wing. He's a winger. According to Engels. Shipachyov is mulling several big offers, and we aren't one of the teams competing with those big offers. Why does he have a job?
  24. 4 points
    I call Torrey Mitchell with a goal tonight. Lets goooooooo take game 4 baby!!!
  25. 4 points
    SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH: HABS VS RANGERS GAME 3 ROUND 1 PLAYOFFS MONTREAL CANADIENS Max Pacioretty - Phillip Danault - Alexander Radulov Paul Byron - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher Artturi Lehkonen - Alex Galchenyuk - Andrew Shaw Dwight King - Steve Ott - Torrey Mitchell Andrei Markov - Shea Weber Jordie Benn - Jeff Petry Nathan Beaulieu - Brandon Davidson PRICE Montoya NEW YORK RANGERS Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello Jimmy Vesey - Mika Zibanejad - Rick Nash J.T. Miller - Kevin Hayes - Michael Grabner Tanner Glass - Oscar Lindberg - Jesper Fast Ryan McDonagh -Dan Girardi Marc Staal - Nick Holden Brady Skjei - Brendan Smith LUNDQVIST Raanta SERIES RECAP Game 1: New York 2 (Empty Net Goal) – 0 Montreal Unlikely hero Tanner Glass scores the game winner with a backhand top corner Grabner seals the deal late with an empty net goal Game 2: Montreal 4 – 3 New York (Overtime) Habs go up 2-1 in the first period only to lose the lead later in the game Plekanec ties the game up with less than 25 seconds in regulation and Radulov seals the deal late in the first overtime The Habs’ 58 shots were the most the New York Rangers have ever allowed in a playoff game. Thank you Bell Center shot counter bias SERIES STATISTICS SOG MONTREAL 31+58= 89 SHOTS ON GOAL (44.5 PER GAME) NEW YORK 31+38=69 SHOTS ON GOAL (34.5 PER GAME) SPECIAL TEAMS MONTREAL PP 0/3 + 0/4 = 0/7 NEW YORK PP 0/4 + 0/3 = 0/7 MONTREAL PK 4/4 + 3/3 = 7/7 NEW YORK PK 3/3 + 4/4 = 7/7 PENALTY MINUTES MONTREAL 13+20 = 33 PIM NEW YORK 15+ 8 = 23 PIM HITS MONTREAL 53 + 55 = 108 HITS (54 PER GAME) NEW YORK 45 + 73 = 118 HITS (59 PER GAME) TEAM LEADERS MONTREAL Goals: Radulov (1), Petry (1), Plekanec (1), Byron (1) Assists: Radulov (2) Points: Radulov (3) Penalty Minutes: Markov (10) Shots: Pacioretty (12) Time of Ice: Markov (28:24) NEW YORK Goals: Grabner (2) Assists: Stepan (1), Fast (1), Smith (1), Vesey (1), Lindberg (1) Points: Grabner (2) Penalty Minutes: Zucarello (8) Shots: Rick Nash (9) Time of Ice: McDonagh (28:52) GOALIES Carey Price 1-1 68 shots 64 saves .941 1.77 Henrik Lundqvist 1-1 89 shots 85 saves .955 1.73 1 shutout KEYS TO THE WIN FOR NEW YORK Can New York use the home crowd to their advantage? Score first KEYS TO THE WIN FOR MONTREAL Can Carey Price steal a win on the road? Shut down New York’s second line
  26. 4 points
    If playoff overtime hockey could be bottled and injected into veins, it would only be available in the darkest of back alleys.
  27. 4 points
  28. 4 points
    Assuming King's thought process while on that breakaway was something like: "I'm clear! Forehand? Backhand? He's showing me fivehole, but is it a trap? God I miss LA. I wish they never traded me. The sun... the fans who don't know when I'm playing poorly... Should I call Lombardi on July 1st or would that be too desperate? Oh ya I'm on a breakway, I should half-ass a shot I guess."
  29. 4 points
    Depending on how boring the game is, the one he's calling might be more interesting than the one that's actually being played.
  30. 4 points
    Miller had a heck of a night according to Sportsnet! Has to be a record!
  31. 4 points
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  33. 4 points
    I was going to do this joke, but thought it might be a bit played out. I see now that it is not. Take my upvote.
  34. 4 points
  35. 4 points
    I always find it weird, I don't see much complaining anywhere about Weber himself, just about the trade itself. Even that is mild at this point. Personally, I was never a fan of the trade, and yet I support Weber, and have enjoyed what he has brought so far. I also recognize that 6 games into a season isn't a whole lot to make an assessment of performance. Why can't PK and Weber both be lauded instead of constantly being bashed from one side? I would agree that in the beginning those of us against the trade were far more vocal about it; we were passionate and upset. Now that the fires have burned out, it seems like the Subban detractors keep going. He's also playing at a point per game. These are both elite players. Weber is plus, Subban is minus. Weber has terrible possession stats, Subban has good possession stats. Different people put more significance in one than the other, and that's alright. But why is there still this soreness against Subban since he did absolutely nothing but give it all while he was here? It's not like he left as a UFA.
  36. 4 points
  37. 4 points
    Not a used Condon... I mean really...
  38. 3 points
    These are the fruits of the participation generation; even middling results in something as explicitly objective as sports are supposed to be measured against excuses like "the goal is to make the playoffs," and "centers are not available." What people forget is that in areas where MB hasn't been gifted players or met adversity he's failed. He taneed 2015-2016 when all he needed was a competent backup goalie to stay in the race. I think with their start they needed .500 hockey to stay in first place. Not sure...but his answer was Ben Scrivens for Zack Kassian in a move that was quick, dirty, and ineffective. He inherited a center corp that was pretty good, I would give it a B-, with DD, Plekanec, Eller and Galchenyuk waiting in the wings. Now we have Danault, Plekanec--who might get 20 points next year for all we know--, Torrey Mitchell, and questood marks. Bergevin again fails to upgrade the center depth. His draft and development record speaks for itself, and he's been less than proactive in fixing the deficiencies. We're in the same holding pattern as we were with Therrien. There's no vision, no real future, and the team is going to be like watching paint dry. But yeah, Shea Weber was 6th in Norris voting and we've really beaten up on OTT/TOR/BOS over the years.
  39. 3 points
    Its absolute craziness to believe that losing Price, with nothing in return, puts this team in a better position to win the cup.
  40. 3 points
    Ill also point out alzner is worth it. He starts transition even if he doesnt get points. His first pass percentage was 12th in the nhl last year. He moves the puck well. He also matched up against elite lines.
  41. 3 points
    This is really childish.
  42. 3 points
    Most reg season points by 23 or under Kutcherov 234 Mononan 217 Mackinnon 206 Gaudreau 204 Galchenyuk 204 We are done here.
  43. 3 points
    I think it's obvious that the other 4 defensemen on the ice for those 2 goals were distracted from constantly thinking about how bad Emelin is.
  44. 3 points
    That was excruciating. I stopped watching after the 2nd period, knowing there was no WAY a comeback would be forthcoming. If we put in a few more games like that, I will start to believe the 'they've quit on the coach' narrative. Because they sure were not interested in competing last night. Part of it is probably - and ironically - the relative success they had in riding out the injuries. Guys like Danault, who really stepped up, are probably tired from that extra effort, and the returning players (especially Galy) have lost their groove. I've seen this before and predicted as much. But I also wonder, though, how much of the malaise has to do with Price. That 2nd goal last night represents yet ANOTHER goal that 'normal' Price would stop. He has been basically an average goalie for several weeks. Now this is a team that always looked to Price as its leader, and always drew confidence from the belief that he was invincible. After a sustained run of mediocrity from him, maybe they're somewhat adrift, no longer finding those extra reserves of collective belief created by faith in their superstar. Otherwise put, the team ultimately goes as Price does. And he has been going nowhere for some time now. (How to explain that is yet another question. I would not at all be surprised if having a kid has something to do with it. He may be having a harder time focusing, because he'd rather be with the kid than on the ice; or maybe he is just suffering 'new parent' syndrome, i.e., being unbelievably exhausted all the time due to lack of sleep. Lord knows, I've been there).
  45. 3 points
    I think we're having problems here in part because we're arguing about several issues jumbled together. One is whether McCarron can legitimately be expected to become a top-6 FW. Commandant says 'no,' and to my mind the stats back him up; and the track record of fan mooning over prospects that turned out to be duds, or just average players, makes me skeptical of Commandant's critics on this. Another is whether getting less than a top-6 FW is an acceptable return on a late first-round pick. I say, yes it is, especially when that guy is a 6'6 behemoth. Commandant seems to disagree, and so, apparently, does the 'Keith Primeau' crowd. But I don't agree that you can just go and sign a 6'6 hard-hitting 3rd line C at will. If it were that easy, we'd have done it repeatedly by now. So McCarron as a 3rd-line C sounds like a damned valuable asset to me, one not to be sneezed at. A third issue is whether McCarron made sense as a pick in that slot, given what we knew at the time. Commandant is very wedded to his view that it didn't. But CerebusClone's review of the nearest alternatives does tend to suggest that the Habs, rather gutsily considering where Big Mac was ranked, made the right call. And a fourth is whether the team has an unhelpful bias in favour of '200-ft-game' over high-end skill at the draft table. This is a really interesting question and one for which I have no informed answer. But I'm learning a lot from the thoughtful posts above. One thing I will say is that the long-standing dearth of serious talent up front - imagine where we'd be this season without UFA deus ex machina Radulov! - is at least suggestive that Commandant has a point. It's just too bad these discussions always have to degenerate into name-calling. It's a clear case of arguments being so heated because the stakes are so low.
  46. 3 points
    It's like finding out your wife has a new group of friends that she's never told you about... Brian, should we be worried? Is it us? Baby, I can change!
  47. 3 points
  48. 3 points
    I watched Patrick Roy for years, and nobody can touch Roy as a playoff goalie (except in game sevens, bafflingly) or a Presence whose mere existence in net could psych out the opposition. He was awesome. Marty Brodeur was damned impressive too, not unlike Price in his calm command of things and the way he convinced you that you were only going to score on him if it was a perfect play. However, I can honestly say that one a game-in, game-out basis, Carey Price is the best goalie I have ever seen. His control is just superb - whether we're talking rebound control, or lateral movement, or economy of movement, or, importantly, puck-moving. He just needs one great playoff run, one Cup, to cement his achievement and go down as one of the all-time greatest at the position. That's how good he is.
  49. 3 points
  50. 3 points