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  1. Report: Joel Bouchard Hired by the Habs after QMJHL season Ends

    No one would cry tears over Daignault either, but Lefebvre's track record of failure is a whole other level. Whatever happens, it's good that the Habs are pulling in quality bilingual talent.
  2. Report: Joel Bouchard Hired by the Habs after QMJHL season Ends

    And it only took six years of failure for them to consider moving on Lefebvre! The 35-year- rebuild is going like clockwork.
  3. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    If MB and MT's message is basically "trust us, we know best," well, they did little to warrant such trust. So, no. All the evidence we possess suggests that they f**ked up the development of Galchenyuk as a C. I'll trust that evidence before I trust to the secret wisdom of those two proven buffoons.
  4. I would choose Niemi over Lindgren

    You may well be proved correct. GMs seem to have made up their minds about Niemi: he's an old guy, he sucked for a while there, who cares if he's been much better this season. He deserves an NHL job and I hope he gets one.
  5. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    Sigh. The Galchenyuk file is even more depressing when you consider these examples of other teams who managed to develop talented C. The Drouin experiment does seem to be improving over the past few weeks, though. Maybe they're not making the same mistake twice. Then again, I'm leery of drawing too many conclusions from games played during "garbage time."
  6. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    To that end, recall that I'm a 'retool,' not a 'rebuild' guy. But as for luck, we were pretty lucky last year not to have any real injuries at playoff time; too bad we were too lousy a team to do anything with that good fortune. The luckiest thing would be for Molson to sell the team to an owner who can recognize a crap GM when one is right in front of him.
  7. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    I've said consistently that with a healthy Weber and Price, this team probably makes the playoffs. It doesn't follow that I'm a hypocrite for not believing for one moment that that team can win the Cup without some sort of miracle.
  8. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    You're being too hard on Tampa. They missed the playoffs last season due to injuries, but prior to that the same basic nucleus went to the Finals and the conference finals. This season is not a "come from nowhere" year for them, it's more like a reversion to the norm. They are contenders. You're certainly right that a team that goes deep and then has a strong season has a great case for "contender" status.
  9. Fire Bergevin

    Nashville has acquired two legitimate top-6 C over the same span in which Bergevin has been moaning about it being "too tough" to get a top-6 C. I love how he tries to present himself as the voice of sagacity versus us ignorant fans, when HE is entirely responsible for taking a very good team and turning it into a steaming pile of dogsh*t.
  10. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    Yes, any team that makes the playoffs has some sort of shot at winning. The "contender" question concerns (in effect) the odds. If you want to think a team with Danault and an old Plekanec as its 1-2 punch at C was a heavy duty contender, be my guest, but most hockey analysts have chosen to look at actual lineups, not just the team's regular season results, when assessing teams' playoff prospects, and I think those analysts are probably right.
  11. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    Teams that are considered contenders generally have very strong rosters. San Jose made the finals, so you have no case there, while WASH has had rosters with very impressive strengths. The Habs, meanwhile, have not generally been rated contenders by observers because their roster has had too many obvious weaknesses. As for the playoffs, they can sometimes expose a team as a pretender rather than a contender. E.g., in 2010 the Habs exposed the Capitals as a team with erratic goaltending and which was simply not ready, psychologically, for the rigours of playoff hockey. Similarly, 2015 exposed the Habs' fundamental deficiency on offence. Amusingly, after two years of moves, the one-and-done 2016 playoff exposed the very same weakness in the very same way - just against a team that was somewhat feebler than the 2015 Lightning who went to the Finals. You seem to be confusing good teams with contenders. They're not the same thing. The 2017 were a good team - no more than that. Barring further changes, the 2019 Habs should be significantly worse than the 2017 team, since Markov and Radulov will still be missing. Another thing is that teams often have to be serious contenders over a number of years in order to win a Cup. I think many Habs' fans still cling to the 1986 myth of the "miracle run." And sure, that can happen, but the point is to tilt the odds in your favour over several seasons by icing a heavy-duty contender year after year.
  12. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    The longer MB has been in charge, the further away they've gotten from contention. In 2014, they got to the semi-finals and might well have made the finals if Price hadn't suffered that knee job. Contender. In 2015, they are eliminated in the second round. Perhaps contenders, but their lack of scoring had become an obvious issue at this point. Most of us were of the view that they were in the second tier of contenders and needed moves to put them in the front ranks. In 2016, they miss the playoffs. Not contenders. In 2017, ridiculously healthy, they are one and done against a Rags team that itself is at best a second-tier contender. Not contenders. In 2018, they are one of the worst teams in hockey. Not contenders. See a pattern here? MB inherited a team on the cusp and turned it into a steaming pile of horsesh*t.
  13. Montoya traded to Edmonton

    I'm not in a rage over Shaw, nor do I think his salary is crippling. I'm just saying that if the Habs knew what they were doing in terms of player development, they wouldn't have needed to sign him. Shaw is a minor symptom of our organizational mediocrity.
  14. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    No. The goal is to build a Cup contender. THAT is his job. He has had six years to do it and has failed miserably at constructing anything that is even in the vicinity of Cup contention. Making the playoffs and crapping out in round one or two next season will remain a failure by that standard. That was the underlying point of my post: a reversion to 2017 standards next season will be hailed by many as a "turnaround" when in fact the 2017 standard is itself a failure. This amazes me. We have forgotten that in 2015 this organization was knocking on the door, on the outer rim of serious Cup contention. Now, thanks to Bergevin's leadership, we're talking about winning a playoff round as a success. It is clear from some of the responses to my post that Bergevin has succeeded in lowering the bar to such an astonishing degree that many Habs fans would, indeed, be so foolish as to be grateful for a return to mediocrity. We truly are in pre-Shanahan Leafs territory.
  15. Montoya traded to Edmonton

    I see him as a legit 3rd line guy. Although I doubt he should keep playing given his concussion history. Habs29 is correct to the extent that we should not be paying premium rates for role-players. We should be developing guys like that internally.