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  1. Habs announce training camp roster

    Now here is a moment - a very brief moment, a mere twinge - when I regret not watching preseason hockey. Is McCarron's problwm what I suspect it is, i.e., foot-speed? Or is he just not thinking the game properly at the preseason-NHL pace, at least, not yet? Any thoughts?
  2. Habs announce training camp roster

    Don't worry...management would either have picked someone else, or f**ked up Pasternak's development
  3. Sept. 23, Habs vs Sens, 7 PM

    I highly recommend my recipe...DO NOT WATCH PRESEASON HOCKEY
  4. Habs announce training camp roster

    Was it only a year or two ago that people were pointing to Scherbak as the Great Hope - ?
  5. Sept 21, DEVILS vs HABS, 7PM

    That's what my wife says about my...ahem, never mind
  6. 2017 NHL Offseason Thread

    We all know from the sad saga of Sylvain Lefebvre that merit is not the primary critereon for being part of MB's management team.
  7. I have never heard Mete or Juulsen being rated on the same level as Sergachev. The Habs under MB have been atrocious at player development, so that is another reason for skepticism.
  8. I agree with Commandant. If Drouin becomes a legit #1C, then the trade is A-OK no matter how good Sergachev becomes. But if Drouin is a star winger, then the trade becomes more problematic due to the positional consideration. We also shouldn't fixate too much on the formal designation of "#1 defenceman" when a team is stacked with #1 defencemen. You'll notice that we generally don't refer to Larry Robinson as the 1978 Habs's "#1 defenceman." We talk about The Big Three, because any of those three would have been the #1 guy on most teams. Nashville is somewhat similar. Otherwise put, whether or not Sergachev unseats Hedman as the #1 defenceman on the Bolts, he might still become the equivalent of a legitimate #1 stud defenceman - which means Tampa will be a damned tough team to beat for years and years to come, because that is a frightening back end. All of which is to say that IF Drouin becomes a #1 winger, and Sergachev becomes TB's #2 d-man (but basically as good as Hedman), I'm not sure we should console ourselves that "at least he's not a number one guy." TB will still have gotten the better end of the deal.
  9. Yeah, I can get behind that. I really believe in the general principle that a defenceman trumps a FW, but the #1C position may be the exception to that rule, especially for us. If Drouin ends up a stud W and Sergachev a stud D, we lose the trade; but if Drouin ends up a stud C, it's a huge win for the organization even if it's not a clear cut win on a player vs player basis.
  10. Good point. Of course, it reinforces my complaint that he had to move our best prospect in order to stand still - a losing recipe par excellence. If Sergachev becomes a star-quality #1 defenceman and Drouin a star-quality FW, we ultimately lose the trade, because a defenceman is always more valuable than an analogous forward. However, I won't complain too much because this organization has been so starved for so long for true star power up front.
  11. 2017 NHL Offseason Thread

    Kirk Muller might be a point for the defence, but on the whole I think you've called it.
  12. 2017 NHL Offseason Thread

    In the "crazy ideas that will never happen" department, I'd like to see the Habs make an offer on Jordan Subban. The Canucks clearly do not like him, and he'll probably never be more than a #5 guy (if he even makes the NHL), but he can score, skate, and move the puck. The size and defensive awareness of our blueline might make it possible to carry a small, young offensive defenceman with some holes in his game - something Van is reluctant to do because they already have Troy Stecher. 16 goals in 65 games and an AHL all-star berth last year. Given the dearth of puck-movers on the team, and the potential value of a secondary PP bomb after Weber's, I'd consider lobbing a 4th rounder Van's way. But like I say, it'll never happen...if only because of his last name.
  13. Sept. 18, Habs vs Bruins, 7 PM

    Remember that pre-season game where Price stunk it up and the whole city was panicking? That was the same year he won the Hart, if memory serves. PRESEASON MEANS NOTHING TO VETERANS. If Galy gets excited about 'em, well, good for him. But he is the outlier. It's simply not worth giving a rat's buttocks about.
  14. Sept. 18, Habs vs Bruins, 7 PM

    Whatever Galy is, I wouldn't draw even the slightest conclusions from a pointless, ridiculous preseason game.
  15. Sept. 18, Habs vs Bruins, 7 PM

    Listen, although I cautiously respect Julien, my respect for this management group overall is sub-zero. But the Drouin trade was a reasonable deal in hockey terms, and therefore not purely a PR move, however much PR concerns played into management's thinking. And I don't believe for one moment that Julien, or any qualified NHL coach, will make personnel decisions for games that matter based on a player's "Quebec roots." Really, I wouldn't read anything into this at all.
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