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    I'd bring in Karlsson and have Petry at 5.5 and be fine with it. And I don't think Karlsson is getting 11. I think he's getting like 9.5. His injuries cost him some money this past year. But even at 11 I'm still fine with it. I keep my top 3 defence... move one to the left side. If I need to clear space, I'm selling high on Andrew Shaw... you can get some savings there. If you sign Karlsson, Benn is allowed to walk so you won't have him on the books. Habs have 11.7 million in space right now, with 23 players signed for next season... so we'd have room to bring in Karlsson even at 11 with just a little move like trading Shaw and replacing him with a Suzuki or Poehling. Send Alzner to the minors, that also clears up some room. Send Dale Weise to the minors and that clears room. And the only notable RFAs to sign are Armia and Lehkonen. By the time next year comes around, and you need to make space again, you'll have another cap rise, you'll have Steve Mason's buyout off the books. You can trade Alzner a lot easier than you can right now, Dale Weise and Matthew Peca come off the books. You've likely got some other moves you can make too.
  4. 3 points
    I'll follow up to my post now that the season is over. As for billeting, it was an ok experience. Our transportation arrangement fell apart about 2 weeks into the school year, which made for some challenges. In fact, the family that agreed to provide transportation more often asked us for help, so we severed that relationship fairly quickly. My biggest concern coming in was transportation, and that issue presented itself fairly quickly. As far as the player, he ended up not quite being the role model we expected. It turns out he's the talented kid that's been catered to thus far in his hockey career. He was the big fish in a little pond, and here, became just another fish in a big pond. He wasn't used to putting in the effort and earning his coach's trust. As such, it made for a difficult start to the year, to the point where we were expecting him to not return after the Thanksgiving break. He was benched a few times due to attitude issues. So while we had hoped he would be a positive role model and influence for our son, that wasn't the case. There was literally zero extra effort put in other than what the team had scheduled. Overall, he's a good kid, respectful, polite, and about what you'd expect from a 15/16 year old. Will we do it again? With our own son playing competitive hockey at a different association, no, we will not. The transportation became difficult, and my wife and I want to watch my own son, not divide and conquer during the hockey season. As an interesting note, our billet's 15u AAA coach has resigned his position after several years (and being named the 15u coach of the year) to become the 10u (Squirt) director at my son's association. My son will be a second year squirt this upcoming season, and is one of only 2 returning goalies. My wife and I are hoping he gets placed at his correct playing level, rather than a default AA goalie because of need. Last year, my son's team was again fairly strong (28-10-2). Their lowest placement in any tournament was 2nd, including an OT championship game loss, and a championship game shootout loss, and his team finished second in the state.
  5. 3 points
    My two favorite teams are Montreal and whoever plays against Boston. For 2 weeks I love the Blues.
  6. 3 points
    How can you not "care much" whether those reprobates, those jabbernowls, those scum-sucking, filth-chewing, stench-emitting, bile-spewing, face-licking bags of festering dog pus, the mother-frigging Boston Bruins, win yet another Cup? I propose that you have your lifetime membership in Habs nation revoked!! GO BLUES GO!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. 2 points
    i think he likes wearing 92million bucks to practice
  8. 2 points
    https://www.capfriendly.com/offer-sheet-calculator ^ Great tool for this. Shows you what you'd give up, and which teams can do it.
  9. 2 points
    The trouble with Drouin is that, yes, he's 24, but he is also had five years in the league (four of them as a full-time player) and his production is no better now than in his rookie year. At some point you have to say 'well, he's never going to figure it out.' I'm not saying to close the book him or that he absolutely will never put it together. But I am saying that the preponderance of evidence so far is that he is more likely to be Andrei Kostitsyn or Alex Galchenyuk than Guy Lafleur Lite. The Kosty/Galy parallel suggests itself because those were also talented players who basically flatlined rather than evolved as NHLers, and what all three have in common is that they play an individual game rather than seeing the whole ice, reading the play, and using their teammates. You can have all the tools in the world, but if you lack hockey sense, then you've got no toolbox. Eberle is another story and I agree I wouldn't trade Drouin for him. But if I were a betting man, I'd bet on Drouin never becoming a whole lot more than he is right now.
  10. 2 points
    Which of those is a puck-moving defenceman? Hell which of those is a top 4 defenceman? I think I'd rather just keep Kulak as the top 4.
  11. 2 points
    I like Heinola and Stromberg because both have shown that they can play at the adult level, in Liiga and Swedish elite league, respectively. Heinola average 19 minutes a game against strong adult opponents and Stromberg 17, so I have at least some confidence that they have what it takes to break into the NHL.
  12. 2 points
    A great story by Arpon Basu in the Athletic today, about Mete training shooting with Tim Turk. Turk says Mete is very coachable, and is improving quickly. Turk is really good, and can take credit for some of Gallagher's improved scoring as well. I'm confident that Mete will put some numbers on the board next season, and hopefully take another step towards being a legitimate top-four LD. Athletic's story is subscription only (though they do have a free trial) but here is a preview from Turk's web site: https://www.timturkhockey.com/how-victor-mete-is-changing-the-perception-about-small-defencemen-by-being-an-excellent-defender/
  13. 2 points
    I honestly think Karlsson will be wearing a Habs jersey, come October. The Atlantic has so much star power, if the Habs have any shot at playoff contention, they need some game breakers. If the rumors are true and Karlsson's wife wants to be close to home, then I would almost guarantee he will take a "home town" discount. 9.5 is a very likely number. Give us a guy, Bergy. This team needs a legit game changer, on the back end.
  14. 2 points
    I'm going to go against the grain here and say, if we can get Karlsson to come here, it should be to play on his offside, on a top pair with Weber, and to play the minutes he will be paid to play. I don't want him playing on a second pair, I don't want Gardiner if we get Karlsson to then have to trade Petry, who is a better version of Gardiner while not costing us the same kind of cap and term Gardiner would. Karlsson, for me, is the main target, Gardiner is the consolation prize, but I honestly doubt he wants anything to do with another fishbowl market that will start social media raging every time he turns it over. A top 3 of Karlsson, Weber, and Petry is the stuff dreams are made of, handedness be damned, if anyone can handle playing his offside along side of Weber, it would be an elite defender like Karlsson. I've said it earlier in the offseason and i'll say it again, Karlsson should be target #1 on the UFA market, it doesn't mean we are going to get him, but anything else should be plan B.
  15. 2 points
    There is absolutely no hockey reason for Drouin to be untradeable. If (hypothetically speaking) MB could get Gostisbehere in return for Drouin and parts and didn't pursue it, that would be gross negligence on his part.
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    That would make it an overpay imo, If we have to throw in a forward with our 1st rounder, it would have to be in the Lehkonen range of value, our pick is the 15th not the 25th. Either way I think there is something that could be done if we do in fact offer our 15th pick in a conversation that involves Gostisbehere, and i would be all for it due to his age. But there really is no one else on LD worth throwing our 15th pick at that could be available, it is literally only him because of his age, his contract, and skill set.
  17. 2 points
    That’s what great about this site - the excellent input from knowledgeable fans, like Commandant 👍
  18. 2 points
    Interesting. Before I read these posts I was thinking Leddy would be exactly that guy; one who immediately slots into our top 4, if not top pair. But if his production has honestly fallen off, well like you guys, I’m extremely weary. If we could acquire him more cheaply I’d still be willing to take a shot though. But thanks for the input, I didn’t realize Leddy’s game had a serious drop off!
  19. 2 points
    I'd take a flyer for a cheap price. I've always thought he has talent. I actually think shooting right is an advantage for him. At RHD we can afford to have a 7th or 8th defenceman. At LHD anyone we acquire has to be a top 4, we have more than enough bottom pair and press box guys.
  20. 1 point
    99.9% of the people who say "they should have drafted Kreider that year" are doing so without having ever watched Kreider before the NHL Draft. The other 0.1% watch Philips Academy High School Hockey, or the Valley Jr. Warriors in the EJHL... the two teams he played for in his draft year. The guy didn't play for Boston College until after he was drafted. Playing in those leagues he is absolutely a question mark. There is no way of knowing how that is going to translate against better competition. Obviously, he could skate, but how much of his power game was playing that competition and how much was real? Obviously now we know the answer, but at the time it was a legit question. The other thing is how would Kreider have developed from that to what he became in the Habs system? Would he have gone under Lefebvre. I mean Leblanc came up. Looked good, had 7 goals and 14 points in half a season, then went back to Lefebvre and turned to shit, and we all know Lefebvre doesn't have a good track record of developing talent. So flip those picks, is Leblanc in the NHL and Kreider a bust? I don't know the answer to that
  21. 1 point
    Hopefully we aren't pressured into choosing a homeboy this time.
  22. 1 point
    This does make it more likely Ghost is traded IMO. Bergevin to Ghost right now.
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    given their cap situation, i don't see how its possible, unless they are trading another big ticket.
  25. 1 point
    That's what I thought. And Karlsson's decision to sign seems a tad odd in light of that. He's basically committing to spending the rest of his career on a team that is standing on the precipice, at the very end of its very long run of excellence, and is most likely about to enter the trough of sustained mediocrity. Now maybe he loves San Jose and doesn't make life decisions based on the prospects for team success. But at face value this decision further reinforces a suspicion I've long held, i.e., that NHL players are often surprising unperceptive about the organizations they're signing up for. EK probably sees SJ as perennial contenders who will somehow stay that way forever - much as people used to think about Detroit, before Zetterberg and Datsyuk suddenly but predictably got old, and suddenly Detroit was nothing.
  26. 1 point
    Sounds like Pavelski is gone given the cap issues. It was Pavelski or Karlsson, it was never both. Not with Karlsson at 11.5 million per. San Jose's prospect pool is barren. They have to decide, keep swinging or go into a long painful rebuild
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  29. 1 point
    Petry i look at differently. Anytime you trade for a player and have the chance to have him in the city for 2 months and sell him on that and change the perception of the team and the organization and the city... I think its different then attracting a UFA.
  30. 1 point
    Age is an issue with drouin and Eberle, no question. Maybe Drouin will put it all together, or maybe not. This might be Drouin's ceiling, and there is nothing wrong with that. Maybe when people (me) accept that this is Jonathan Drouin, it will be a little easier to take the good with the bad.
  31. 1 point
    My friends seem to be torn over which was sweeter: seeing Marchand cry like the snot-nosed little puke he is, or seeing attempted murderer Chara slumping his despondent way through the handshake line. Personally I vote for Chara, whose nearly crippling deliberate assault on MaxPac I will never forget or forgive.
  32. 1 point
    ALEXA PLAY GLORIA
  33. 1 point
    Word is Anaheim and Corey Perry are parting ways either through trade or buyout. Trade cap problems: Alzner for Perry. Anaheim pays less money over a longer term, Habs pay more money for a lesser term. Anaheim gets a defenseman who might actually fit their system, and the Habs get a right handed winger who has a chance of bouncing back from an off year.
  34. 1 point
    Almost all big name UFAs are an overpay. That's just a fact. And this is why I tend to prefer that we swing for the fences on a genuine potential game-changer like Karlsson than a very good, but not transformative, player like Duchene. If you're gonna overpay, it should be for someone irreplaceable like Karlsson.
  35. 1 point
    Even if Duchene doesn't happen I still wouldn't be opposed to seeing if trading Drouin, Tatar, or Shaw can bring in a LD with term. There are other free agent forwards available that would fit the Habs nicely.
  36. 1 point
    I think Duchene would be a mistake signing. To me, he's more of a 65 point player. That's not worth 8 or 9 million per.
  37. 1 point
    https://www.capfriendly.com/buyout-calculator/karl-alzner#results Not sure if that link works, but the cap hits for an Alzner buyout this summer are: 19-20 - $1 069 444 20-21 - $4 194 444 21-22 - $2 194 444 22-23 - $1 069 444 23-24 - $1 069 444 24-25 - $1 069 444 Wait til next year and the cap hits are: 20-21 - $3 958 333 21-22 - $1 958 333 22-23 - $833 333 23-24 - $833 333
  38. 1 point
    Wouldn't it be the first time a player mention Montreal in UFA talks to raise his asking price...
  39. 1 point
    I am certainly no expert scout but the clips I have seen of Philip Broberg have been most impressive, excellent size and a terrific skater. He may not be available when the Habs draft. I have seen him go as high as 8 in some mock drafts and in the late teens in others.
  40. 1 point
    Drouin and a first is likely an overpay. Yeah Maybe Drouin and columbus' 2nd round pick for ghost
  41. 1 point
    Drouin for Gostisbehere?
  42. 1 point
    I would move the first rounder for gostisbehere but only because he is 26 and has 4 years of a great contract ahead of him. It wouldnt be on the table for a lot of other LHD options out there who are older or have less favourable contracts.
  43. 1 point
    You know, the other centre, the one to the left of the usual one ... uhhh ...
  44. 1 point
    It's a very shallow UFA pool as far as LD goes.
  45. 1 point
    On the rumoured names I want Jake Gardiner, Cam Fowler, or Shayne Gostisbehere
  46. 1 point
    Maybe we could offer them Hudon in a swap of misfit RFAs? Dallas has plenty of D and there is a chance that a change of scenery would help Hudon.
  47. 1 point
    Apparently, the Hughes brothers have combined into one player. from https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2837972-nhl-draft-combine-2019-dates-schedule-format-and-top-prospects "Top draft prospects Jack Quinn and Kaapo Kakko are expected to attend and participate fully in the combine."
  48. 1 point
    Worked out pretty well for the Raptors so far. Also nice not having Lebron in the way. Raptors make the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history with yet another come from behind win over the Bucks. Heck of a series. Thursday will mark the first NBA finals game played outside the United States.
  49. 1 point
    Hey, I'm a fan of the Blues. In fact a wrote a little blurb in praise of them a year or two ago when the Habs were facing them (can't seem to locate it now, alas). Many commentaries seem to frame them as a bland, forgettable franchise. But as you say, there are THE story of the NHL's second half over 2018-19 and - if they win - probably one of the greatest stories, ever. How many teams come back from last overall on January 1 to win the Stanley Cup? But beyond that, the Blues, far from being a "bland, forgettable franchise" in general, are an admirable franchise. They're part of that classic first-wave of expansion and are indelibly associated with that great era because of their multiple Finals appearances. They never tank. They're almost always competitive. Their fan-base is dead loyal (and seems to be comparatively free of the incessant whining and self-pity of Vancouver, despite being a similarly sad sack organization in terms of playoff luck). You never hear about ownership trouble; and also never hear any hysterics or drama from that quarter, unlike in cities like Montreal, Ottawa, or Toronto when things go awry. They've had tons of classic players, many of whom retire in the community and retain a deep connection with the team. They have a fine old-school crest and jersey, have one of the league's best team names. What the flippant call "bland" seems to me to be a great expansion success story and a quiet class act. Can they beat the Bruins? They'll be underdogs, but they play that heavy, grinding style that playoff hockey favours, and they do have that elusive Team of Destiny air. I think that IF they can avoid the basic trap of feeling fulfilled just because they made the Finals - that is, if they can stay as hungry for a Cup as they were to make it here - they have a solid chance.
  50. 1 point
    House! I'm short a house, too ...
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