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The Chicoutimi Cucumber

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  1. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Well, there are others, such as Alzner (!) - who we now know to be garbage, but would have be sought after as a mid-range guy, and Jeff Petry, who was not technically UFA but opted not to go to market in order to stay with the Habs. The latter would have been a pretty prized UFA, if memory serves. I guess I'd have to agree that the Habs "haven't been a favoured UFA destination." But I think this narrative is sometimes elided into "UFAs avoid Montreal," which seems to me untrue as a general statement. What we have not generally done is bag the top-end elite UFA. I'll have to concede that. We seem to do fine with mid-range guys. Who are these "favoured UFA destinations" anyway? Toronto and New York spring to mind. Sunbelt teams seem to have an edge over wintry northern climes. Other than that, it seems to be whichever teams appear to offer the most exciting chance to win. There was a time when Detroit could vacuum up UFAs at will; I'm not so sure that's so true now. In other words, if the Habs were ever able to really position themselves as an elite NHL team (which we have not been able to do since about 1993) they would probably start attracting the top-end UFAs. (It may be telling that Petry signed on after he became convinced that the Price/PK/Pleks/Patches team was on the cusp of contending).
  2. Habs re-sign Gustav Olofsson

    Thanks. I'd prefer to move Petry to LD. If we sign Karlsson, I want full Erik Karlsson, not a guy who may or may not be as effective because we've thrown him on his wrong side.
  3. Permanent Rumour Thread

    What the hell happened to his production last season, though? Anyhow, assuming the pro scouts confirm that there is nothing fundamentally wrong, I'd trade the #15 for sure in return for him. Kind of a no-brainer, really.
  4. Permanent Rumour Thread

    The Habs need upgrades at W too. It's just that W is not a gaping organizational chasm like D is. The mindset that you will not upgrade because 'position X is filled' will ensure permanent mediocrity. That said, if the only major move the Habs make is to add Karlsson (and maybe a decent backup) I'd be happy.
  5. Habs re-sign Gustav Olofsson

    Has Petry ever played any time on LD? If so how did he do? I'm just imagining a Karlsson signing and how it would ramify for the roster. Petry would be the obvious candidate for a bump to the left side...
  6. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Is there anyone who can critically scrutinize this proposition that Montreal 'has not been a favoured free agent destination?' Considering that Gainey rebuilt the entire team with UFAs in 2010, I really find this narrative strange.
  7. 2018-19 NHL General Discussion Thread

    The trouble with Drouin is that, yes, he's 24, but he is also had five years in the league (four of them as a full-time player) and his production is no better now than in his rookie year. At some point you have to say 'well, he's never going to figure it out.' I'm not saying to close the book him or that he absolutely will never put it together. But I am saying that the preponderance of evidence so far is that he is more likely to be Andrei Kostitsyn or Alex Galchenyuk than Guy Lafleur Lite. The Kosty/Galy parallel suggests itself because those were also talented players who basically flatlined rather than evolved as NHLers, and what all three have in common is that they play an individual game rather than seeing the whole ice, reading the play, and using their teammates. You can have all the tools in the world, but if you lack hockey sense, then you've got no toolbox. Eberle is another story and I agree I wouldn't trade Drouin for him. But if I were a betting man, I'd bet on Drouin never becoming a whole lot more than he is right now.
  8. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    My friends seem to be torn over which was sweeter: seeing Marchand cry like the snot-nosed little puke he is, or seeing attempted murderer Chara slumping his despondent way through the handshake line. Personally I vote for Chara, whose nearly crippling deliberate assault on MaxPac I will never forget or forgive.
  9. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Maybe. However, it makes a certain amount of sense. That is, it's not just about saying "oh, so-and-so thinks well of Montreal." It's about a guy whose family spent years in Ottawa being homesick. Coming from a family that moved around a fair bit, I can totally understand this. So as rumours go, it has some serious plausibility behind it.
  10. Permanent Rumour Thread

    The key behind the rumours is that Karlsson specifically wants to play close to Ottawa. If he’s only out for money, then yes, the Habs will be hard pressed to sign him to anything resembling a realistic deal.
  11. 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?
  12. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    THANK F***ING GOD SUCK ON THAT BOSTON Sweet to see that dirtbag Chara slumping his way through the handshake line EDIT: O'Reilly drops an F-bomb in the interview! Ha ha. (The O'Reilly trade is a nice example of how you have to take risks to win, incidentally).
  13. Has July 1st passed Trade Deadline day???

    You mean this site is not your full time job?? #hero
  14. 2018-19 NHL General Discussion Thread

    Almost all big name UFAs are an overpay. That's just a fact. And this is why I tend to prefer that we swing for the fences on a genuine potential game-changer like Karlsson than a very good, but not transformative, player like Duchene. If you're gonna overpay, it should be for someone irreplaceable like Karlsson.
  15. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    St Louis grinds out a surprising win in B-town (to which the Bruins respond with the crybaby whining that has always been their hypocritical signature). Fingers crossed that they can put those steaming bags of vile dog poop into the trash can for good on Sunday. What a party that will be in St Louis!!
  16. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Duchene wouldn’t hurt, but his production has been somewhat uneven over the years and I don’t see him as a difference maker on the scale of Karlsson. We’re weaker structurally at D than at C (though Duchene could play W of course).As with some others, then, D would be my priority.
  17. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Amen, brother. I understand that there are risks with UFA signings, but even with injuries Karlsson has put up points galore. Imagine if he gets healthy? What an exciting, game-changing player he could be for us. If he seriously does want to play close to Ottawa, then this is a swing-for-the-fences opportunity and we should take it. Don't worry about plugs like Benn or other lower-rung guys on the cap - you can always ship out assets like that. Too much caution gets you nowhere; as Stephen Harper once told Jack Layton, "you know, Jack, sometimes you've got to take a risk."
  18. Permanent Rumour Thread

    It's just a feeling, but EK was pretty embedded in Ottawa. I find it believable that his family wants back. Habs could be in an excellent position if they want him. I love offensively gifted d-men and would like to see it happen. It would bring the added bonus of putting paid once and for all to the myth that UFAs won't sign here.
  19. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    Very depressing result last night. The East was by far the superior conference all season long, and it's looking as though the Finals are continuing that trend.
  20. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    There is absolutely no hockey reason for Drouin to be untradeable. If (hypothetically speaking) MB could get Gostisbehere in return for Drouin and parts and didn't pursue it, that would be gross negligence on his part.
  21. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    That’s what great about this site - the excellent input from knowledgeable fans, like Commandant 👍
  22. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    It does happen to some players. Paul Mara was a 45-point defenceman whose production suddenly cratered around 26 or 27 and never returned. Gomez was older (31) but he evaporated extremely quickly at a relatively young age, for no obviously discernable reason. Those two examples leap to mind because of the Habs connection but I'm sure there are many others. I don't know if it's because the game shifts and leaves a guy behind, or if a guy loses confidence and never recovers, or loses his drive - whatever. But it's an interesting phenomenon.
  23. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    It seems pretty clear that Hudon is not in the plans, so turning him into a D seems like a smart move.
  24. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Well, it'd be nice from a sentimental POV to have the old General back for a last hoorah. The problem is that his numbers cratered last year and this is highly suggestive of a player who is done. It's not clear what a 14-point 40-year-old d-man adds to this group even though he is LD. We don't need a mascot.
  25. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    Eep. Doesn't look good for Captain Kirk...