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  1. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Just a thought and this is digging into the cob-webs of my aging memory from when Streit first came to Montreal a number of years ago. There was a time when Mark Streit was toyed with as someone who could play some LW - as a depth wing option on a defensive line. I'm wondering if that might not be possible still...it's a way to carry an extra d-man through the season without really hampering productivity and line-up flexibility (quite the opposite if he can fill the role adequately). Would open the door a little wider to bringing in Butcher if he'd sign...and I really like the idea of a d-man named The Butcher. Even if he's not a physical kill first meathead. LOL
  2. 2017-18 Line-up

    My main thinking is solely related to also having Weber on a PK unit and managing the minutes of an expensive, and aging, defenseman. The regular season and playoffs are a long haul...
  3. 2017-18 Line-up

    Fun with lines time...I actually think Hemsky needs to play on the top 2 lines when he's not on the IR. I think he can still put up decent points over 82 with the right line-mates. ES Lines: Pacioretty-Danault-Hemsky Lehkonen-Galchenyuk-Drouin Byron-Plekanec-Gallagher Holland-McCarron-Shaw Alzner-Weber Schlemko-Petry Streit-Benn I hate having to put Danault in the top 6 but it is what it is. I think the 2nd line below becomes the top line at some point in the season as they gel together. Hopefully they can find a better C to replace Danault at the deadline or next off-season (I REALLY want Tavares in a Habs uniform). I think Plekanec still might have another decent season or two in him and could play himself back onto the top line if he's in shape and healthy. Gallagher jumps to top line when Hemsky is inevitably out and then Shaw moves to 3rd line and Hudon gets the call. Hudon is the first call-up from the AHL and Mitchell rides the pine. McCarron may need to step into a 3rd line C job by next year so he needs to play in the NHL full time...IMHO. Yes, I put Alzner with Weber so that Weber can focus on puck moving and offense more...I think he also might help to keep Weber "fresher" over the year by taking the more physical roles. PP Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Drouin Streit-Weber Could also see Weber dropping to the 2nd line PP if they want to play a forward in that spot, balance the point shot on the 2nd PP unit, or just to keep Weber ready for some PK duty too (maybe getting Hemsky on the PP).
  4. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Unless Drouin and Galchenyuk both move to C...
  5. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Yes, RNH is clearly better then Danault. I'd be okay with him being acquired if the deal doesn't cost much from our NHL roster...beyond that I think they'd just shuffle the deck chairs. I agree with those who said they'd rather see us make a move for a higher tier 1st line C...to me, that means planning a way to get Tavares when he hits UFA next year. I like Danualt and he can be a good player for this team but it's a travesty that he's being foisted into a first line role. It's time to give Galchenyuk and Drouin BOTH the chance to be playing Center this year...see which one is the better C by year end. Trade Plekanec and move Danault to 3rd line C to make that happen. If you can't trade Plekanec now then do so at the deadline... Either way, Pleks is coming off the books and clears up enough salary (assuming they don't do anything stupid in our remaining off-season) to make a run at Tavares next off-season. This is why I don't mind 1 year of Hemsky or trying to do a 1 year deal for a guy like Jagr. Sure, they become a place holder this season but I can live with that if it meant: Pacioretty - Tavares - Gallagher Galchenyuk - Drouin - Shaw?? (flip Galy and Drouin depending on who is the better C) Lehkonen - Danault - Byron Hudon - McCarron - They'd basically have around $10-11M a year to offer Tavares with Pleks gone and that's assuming they are needing to add a D-man for around $5M plus a couple minor RFA raises. Possibly that's not quite enough but it gets them in the mix...if they need to make some added room they could look to move Shaw's contract (would be REALLY nice if Scherbak forced his way into the mix as a RW ready replacement). Really, that's a very deep set of forwards with only RW being a minor weakness...and I don't see how it's not a real possibility given that it's only going after one UFA and they could have enough cap room.
  6. Galchenyuk signed

    I think Hemsky is in the top 6 when healthy...I think Jagr would be a nice fit at this point. Sure it's cobbling together some older talent on short term deals but I think he'd be a nice asset this year. I'd like to see: Pacs-Drouin-Jagr Lehkonen-Chuck-Hemsky Byron-Danault-Gallagher trade Pleks for a little more cap relief and sign Markov. Next year use Jagr's and Hemsky's money from this year, and the Pleks savings, and make a big run at Tavares.
  7. Should we care about Radulov?

    You can't pick and choose to ignore the cap savings in your Rad/Sergachev for Drouin/Hemsky scenario. I'd take Drouin over Radulov in the line-up and for the future. I'd take Alzner over Emelin in the line-up and for the future. Those are both immediate and long term upgrades albeit incremental ones. Sure, we lost a very good prospect but we also saved $6M/year against our cap and have only used $1M of it (this year only) on Hemsky. That cap savings IS worth something. The FA pool may not be deep this year but this team is, effectively, about as good as last year with a bunch more cap room for the deadline OR to make a run at a big name FA next year (damn, I really wish we'd sign Tavares but I know that's wishful thinking). In general: The whining and crying is so over done by all the cry babies on here that's it's ridiculous. I was not a fan of Bergevin from the beginning but I don't see this off-season being all that bad. These are the same guys that would be crying about re-signing Radulov during his first slump and screaming to fire Bergevin. I don't hate the Leafs but I sure hate their fans...a bunch of people around here are starting to sound eerily like Leaf fans.
  8. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I'm surprised at the lack of talk about Duchene and any possibility for the Habs.
  9. Alzner Signs With Montreal

    You'd rather they don't sign any depth players for the minors? Every team does this every year. Calling fringe players "rejects" is pointless.
  10. Free Agent Day Thread

    If I'm Radulov a 6 year deal isn't great...he's 36 at the end and would likely get a poor 2-3 year offer at that time unless he's "ageless" in his performance. A 4 year deal makes sense because he could get another 4 year deal after that with more dollars per year then after a 6 year deal.
  11. Habs sign Peter Holland

    Gives depth for when Pleks is moved. Danault to 3rd line C behind Drouin and Galchenyuk. Sign Yakupov on the cheap and play him with Galchenyuk on 2nd line with Radulov. If Yakupov can't be reclaimed then Byron/Lehkonen is decent depth...and of course one of Galchenyuk or Drouin can also move back to LW. Pacioretty Drouin Gallagher Yakupov Galchenyuk Radulov Lehkonen/Byron Danault Shaw
  12. Alzner Signs With Montreal

    Great signing that will also help to keep Price motivated to stick around. Even the contract structure looks good...at the end of year three he's also a trade commodity if they need to go down that path. I love Markov but wouldn't want to see him making over $5m a year and max a 3 year deal given his age and injury history. If that's too little for him then go another route. Also, Radulov's term request is ridiculous, can't believe people are wanting him signed for 6 years. 🙄
  13. Deadline Day GDT

    Have to believe there was a deal that didn't get done...why else stock up on so many extra players and clear up a bit of cap room? They aren't likely to say much about it but, to me, it seems pretty obvious they had a more impactful deal either fall through or not materialize. Perhaps it was Duchene but possibly someone else we weren't hearing rumors about...either way, they simply remained too far apart or another GM upped his asking trying to rape us at the 11th hour after MB made those moves. Just my guess.
  14. Julien ready to treat the remainder of the season like the pre-season with so many guys fighting for a shot.
  15. 2016 World Cup thread

    Agreed...I didn't really like the squad they selected for D. Their play in the tournament did not change my mind. Bouwmeester jumps out as a guy who simply should not have been on the roster. I swear he must have dirty pictures on folks running Hockey Canada. Vlasic and Muzzin weren't guys I would have picked... Subban and Seabrook deserved a place. You need that depth of talent precisely because guys like Doughty and Pietrangelo can have "off nights" too...frankly, they almost cost the game last night on multiple occasions. Sure, we won but it felt like we were trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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