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  1. Muller signs a two-year extension

    That is excellent analysis. To have a team with that pathetic talent level - especially with Weber injured for weeks - finish 13th on the PP does suggest excellent coaching by Captain Kirk Thanks for this post.
  2. Sept. 17, Devils (SS) vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    Do you see any reason at all for thinking he'll be better as a C than Galchenyuk?
  3. Sept. 17, Devils (SS) vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    Is there any evidence that Domi is a quality C waiting to happen? And when was the last time a team had two converted W playing, potentially, the top two C roles? Part of me hopes Galy rips it up at C just to make an ass of Bergevin.
  4. Muller signs a two-year extension

    Thanks, dlbalr. I'm neutral on this as a pure hockey move, but he's certainly qualified and I love Captain Kirk for sentimental reasons, so - hooray!
  5. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    The sums up the Bergevin era about as well as anything I've read.
  6. Could our lineup look like this

    The Smurf team was, as I say, ahead of its time. It may have been a fluke, but I suspect Gainey actually took the post-lockout crackdown on obstruction more seriously than most, only to be disappointed when the playoffs returned to being dead-puck hockey. And you can argue that the real reason they lost to Philly wasn't that they were small, but that they just weren't good enough. That team was path-breaking in another respect too. The much-reviled Jacques Martin deployed a bend-don't-break defensive system that relied on massive shot-blocking to box out the slot and concede loads of shots from low-risk areas. It wasn't long before shot-blocking in particular became the new coaching religion. Thankfully that fad has passed (a few injuries tend to teach some lessons). All told, though, I believe that team was an innovator.
  7. Could our lineup look like this

    While it is all too typical of Bergevin to veer from one thing to another - 'we need to get bigger and tougher! No wait, we need to get younger and faster!' - I completely agree with this. Talent and speed first. Gainey's 'Smurf' team was ahead of the curve.
  8. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    I've seen worse. Notably the 2016 off-season, when I realized in a stroke that Bergevin was exactly what Habs29 had been saying he was, and of course all those lost and extended "lockout" off-seasons, which still piss me off thinking out them...
  9. Even if Galy clocks in at 50-60 points, that still likely makes him more valuable than Domi, due to positional considerations. Only the Montreal Canadiens could be stupid enough to trade a top-6 C when they quite literally do not have a single legitimate NHL top-6 C on their roster.
  10. I for one don't expect Galy to be some superstar. If he is a good top-6 C (say, 60-70 points) then he is automatically much more valuable than Max Domi.
  11. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    As weak as this roster is, I'm still happy hockey is back That little thrill never goes away.
  12. We both agree that ownership should not be making hockey calls. I like your last line too. But if we play with Machine's theory - rooted in credible media reports - that Molson is now supervising Bergevin, the question is how worried we should be. Hopefully the Kegmeister is getting good advice and just waiting to burn more of Bergevin's contract before hiring someone capable and backing off. Galy has a higher ceiling and can play C. For these reasons, the *very best* that can be said for the trade is that it's a lateral move. It's a Marc Bergevin special for that reason. If Galy succeeds at C in Arizona the trade will be a joke.
  13. Max Pacioretty traded to Vegas

    Oh, yeah - I wasn't arguing we should keep him, especially given that we have young W who probably have higher ceilings or at least better futures ahead. Other than giving him the props he deserves, my only point there was to say that GMs will be more likely to cough up value for him if he has a third strong season; some may still be skeptical about him due to his lack of pedigree. He's a deadline deal waiting to happen.
  14. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Very, very good observation, my friend. My preference would be to have no Quebec team at all, but a Bettman-style stacked expansion Nordiques club winning the Cup within a few years is like something from Stephen King's fever dreams - an absolute unspeakable nightmare.