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The Chicoutimi Cucumber

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  1. Free Agent Frenzy

    Rags really looking good
  2. Free Agent Frenzy

    I share your skepticism, but prefer to hope for good news regardless.
  3. Free Agent Frenzy

    That’s it, MB...start slow then BAM! Aho, Lee, and Gardiner all announced at once!!
  4. Free Agent Frenzy

    I'm totally stoked. This is a chance to really elevate the team and FINALLY start getting serious about winning.
  5. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I suspect these numbers represent the player's initial bargaining position.
  6. Free Agent Frenzy

    What team would tell rivals that they won't match an offer sheet? (TO said as much about Marner but that's an exception). If I'm MB and talks with Lee/Gardiner don't seem promising, then I do this 100%.
  7. Andrew Shaw traded to Chicago

    Personally I’d love to see MB doing something outside the box like this. It’s about time he got serious about winning.
  8. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Agree, again. Let’s just hope that Lee and Gardiner do turn out to be the outcome. I have a gut feeling about Lee, but Gardiner is harder to imagine, after all the crap he’s had to eat in TO.
  9. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Agree. I’m surprised the number is that low.
  10. Andrew Shaw traded to Chicago

    Wow, that would be yuuuuge! But now you’re setting me up for disappointment
  11. Deslauriers traded to Anaheim

    Deslauriers is an honest player, but hoarding picks is good strategy; the more you have, the greater the odds of hitting. Good minor trade, albeit sllightly odd for the Ducks, a team that needs to get younger and faster, not older and slower.
  12. Andrew Shaw traded to Chicago

    Ha ha, yeah - it's huge fun when your team is a major player on the trade or UFA market. Remember 2009? Crazy times.
  13. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Boom! Make it so
  14. Andrew Shaw traded to Chicago

    He's gonna sign Anders Lee, who is 6'3 and 230 lbs and can battle. And Arnia should take a bigger role in Shaw's absence. You won't miss him.
  15. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I asked this in the Shaw thread, but isn't Lee a LW? Is Drouin or Tatar gonna be bumped down the lineup to make room? Seems a bit odd to me; but then again Hudon is as good as gone and Lehkonen has kinda stalled, so maybe it does make sense in terms of rolling three lines. Not a size obssessive, but I can really see Lee's huge frame doing us a power of good in the top six. Dollars to donuts he is the guy MB will be signing.
  16. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Won't be happening now
  17. Andrew Shaw traded to Chicago

    My first thought as well. This reeks of clearing salary more than a necessary organizational move (not that I mind the picks). We're going for something tomorrow. Unfortunately I am not as excited by this as MB probably thinks we'll be. I'd prefer an overpay on Gardiner than on Duchene myself, but suspect either contract will become an 'issue' as time passes. Isn't Lee a LW? I'm not sure where he fits unless the plan is to ship out either Drouin or Tatar. Another possibility is that he wants to add a couple of midrange guys rather than go Big Gane Hunting. Who those midrange guys might be, I dunno.
  18. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Nice move for the Pens, I think, getting a high-ceiling young D and a serviceable youngish 2nd-liner for an aging and expensive (but still effective) Kessel.
  19. Goaltending options?

    It would be nice to see a Habs team which, if God forbid #31 gets hurt or plays substandardly, doesn't immediately revert to having no chance. Nice...but probably unlikely.
  20. 2019 Development Camp Thread

    My philosophy is: Either go with an old school number (that is, something under 30) or go with a flashy number like 77. I hate all these scrub numbers like 36, 41, etc. Boooo!
  21. Guy Carbonneau Elected to Hall of Fame

    He was an elite defensive forward, the best of his time. People who did not see Carbo play probably cannot appreciate the way in which he really could control a game; at his peak he was just as impactful in doing this from a defensive perspective as a guy like Ovechkin might be from an offensive POV. A fully deserving member of the HoF in my opinion. On a side note, I'm one of those dinosaurs who thinks it's unfortunate that the Selke now routinely goes to high-scoring two-way forwards. The award was designed for Bob Gainey, the prototypical defensive specialist. Carbo was Gainey's truest successor.
  22. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I like the way you’re thinking - not because I want to lose Poehling or whoever, but because fixing huge roster holes almost always involves a painful, gutsy decision like this. You have to give to get.
  23. The Habs need upgrades in general, but there is one truly glaring roster hole: top-4 LD. I thought I'd create a thread to serve as a clearing-house for discussion of this topic. Feel free to post your thoughts about options and possibilities on this front. E.g., if you were MB, how would you go about fixing the problem?
  24. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I trade Drouin for a quality LD in a heartbeat. I don't think MB does.
  25. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Honestly, as a Vancouverite I like the tone the Canucks are setting. They were famously criticized by beloved and prematurely departed local commentator Jason Botchford for icing a "sea of Granlund" - i.e., generic place-holder players with no identity or real impact. Well, lo and behold, out goes Granlund. Similarly, their D has been patently inadequate. So they cut loose Ben Hutton, a not-unlikeable, potentially useful rushing defenceman who overusage was symbolic of their blueline's weaknesses. The Canucks are basically saying "this isn't good enough; we're making changes." The problem is, we don't yet know what will replace these subtractions. Will they be able actually to improve in these slots, or will it be a case of shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic? Too soon to tell. But kudos to Benning for at least forcing the issue.