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  1. No, not really. French guys receive a whole other level of media mollycoddling in Montreal. Let-s say Kovy II continues to bang away as a legit top-line W until season's end, then wants to get paid like a legit top-line W on a 2-year deal, or take somewhat less on a 3-year deal. MB's pattern to this point is that he will 'try,' but the player was unreasonable, and making a deal was too 'tough.' Shrug shrug shrug.
  2. Yeah, yeah. I didn't say he *will* bust. Maybe Commandant is right and he becomes Kopitar 2.0. But as I've noted before, elite young players nowadays generally look much more impressive than he has thus far. And my main point there, which is (naturally)nbeing ignored as peopke rush in to defend their baby, is that IF KK turns out to be merely a decent player, it makes the future look considerably dimmer. And feankly, anyone who watches KK and says 'wow, that guy is going to be a real impact player!' night after night is watching different games from me.
  3. I knew that comment would freak people out, but I'm thinking more about his inability to sign Radulov or re-sign Markov or go all-in on Aho. He handles nickels like manhole covers, which has its benefits, but also its downside; one downside being the likely loss of Kovalchuck. (On the specifics, the Drouin trade was risk-free because of the PR subsidy a franco 'star' always enjoys; and all of MB's dealings with Subban were marked by risk-averse conservatism. You will never hear me slagging the Domi deal, which was a gem).
  4. The increasing likelihood that KK will not emerge as an elite player really puts a crimp in all the 'we'll contend in three years' stuff, IMHO. The projected organizational charts sure look better if we pretend that KK is destined to be a stud. If he doesn't work put that way, it weakens the picture considerably.
  5. I'm glad someone pointed this out. It's like the mythical trading of a bad contract to a cap floor team...only slightly less rare than a unicorn. If we trade him, he's gone for good, especially with a GM as risk-averse as MB.
  6. I'm no fan of KK, but they're not sending him down. Domi is an interesting case. A dynamic offensive player, much more productive at C, and gives you the offence of a legit top-6 C. But his defensive coverage and decision-making is sketchy. (We could say the same of Suzuki, but he hasn't been in the league five years, like Domi. In the case of Mad Max, you have to think that what we see might be what we get in this regard). A really good team, then, probably would not have Domi at C...yet his value at W is more limited. Much as I like the kid, then, it's possible that he will turn out to be one of those guys who is well-suited for weaker teams, i.e., teams that are willing to accept significant holes in a centreman's game because they need the production. That's different from a team built on the classic Cup-winning mold of strength down the middle.
  7. Indeed. That said, whenever he gets a scoring chance, I automatically assume it's not going in, and this is a safe assumption. Lehks is thus a frustrating guy on a team with an eviscerated top-6, because he's not one of those tweeners who can move up and down the lineup and produce - he's an old-school checking forward. Nothing wrong with that at all. In the 1980s he'd have been a prospective Selke candidate.
  8. MB takes forever to fix anything. This team is not going to "go for" anything except a playoff spot next year.
  9. The directive was a "reset" or "retool," not a "rebuild." Just saying. I tend to agree that we don't have enough prospects and young talent to be a truly elite contender in 3-4 years, but it's doubtful that trading Kovy II will get you back a player who would tilt the equation decisively. I do get the idea of "accumulate all the picks you can and hope some hit," though.
  10. You don't have to sell me. But the MB era has not exactly been marked with these sorts of joyful decisions about popular and flashy players. Subban was traded, Radulov allowed to walk, Markov cut loose. We can probably expect the same fate for Kovy II, especially if management concludes that a playoff charge is unrealistic. Even if they don't, I wouldn't be surprised at all if MB decides he doesn't like Kovalchuky's contract demands and lets him walk on July 1. Joylessness, thy name is Habs.
  11. Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory! And that right there is why I think there would be significant interest in CP if he were to be on the block. They'd go, "boy...imagine him with our strong team in front of him...#StanleyCup" I'm often slightly fuddled by coaches' choices of guys to go on the shootout. Cousins? (I mean, I know he had two, but still). Armia? Why not Domi, who was flying and hungry in OT? This is not about attacking CJ, more about head-scratching. At least he had the sense to put our Kovy II and Tuna. What a shame Kovalucky is probably as good as gone...
  12. In the process of blowing it...as usual 😫 Price left to his own devices repeatedly. Sheesh
  13. ...and Weise gets what is probably his last point in the NHL, an assist. Nice goal by Cousins.
  14. Hey, I said earlier in the season that this was a decent team and berated MB for not giving it the added resources needed to get over the bubble. He finally did add those pieces, but - true to form - probably too late for them to overcome the hole created by injuries. So I was moderately 'positive' about the team, if not uncritical of its management, and somewhat skeptical about likely success of the reset. It's not either-or. I aspire to be positive where positvity is warranted and critical where critique is warranted. Given that the Habs have been a disaster since 2015, any unmixed positivity about this organization is just servile stupidity (or delusion) in my book.
  15. It all depends on the return. I do think both players could have massive value to a contender, where the fit is right. I wouldn't trade both of them, but I would definitely be open to trading one. Frankly, I think it's much easier to get a good G than a top-pairing blueliner, and that's why I've written positively on this site about moving #31 if the opportunity arises.
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