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The Chicoutimi Cucumber

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  1. The idea of an all-Canadian division is pretty frigging fabulous, though!
  2. Any proposal which expects to get back a top-6 FW or top-4 D-man for an aggregation of bottom-6/bottom-pairing pieces is simply not realistic. Unless the other GM is named Milbury or Houle, spare parts don't bring back core players, no matter how many spare parts you throw onto the pile.
  3. You'd think. And that's what's giving me a lingering concern about this...I don't see over-investing in RW as a wise play in a cap system. But if Toffoli can play up to his established standards while being used at LW then this is a terrific signing. So, best case? Toffoli plays LW, is effective, all is well. Worst case, the Habs have a revolving door of unhappy RW being experimented with on the left side, even as the fans start chewing tinfoil over Drouin's inconsistency. This is the same GM who acquired Drouin to be a #1C, so there is ground for doubt as to whether his reading of positional fit is all that impeccable.
  4. That'll be great for the kid's confidence. Nice 👍 Agree. The Habs will be acquiring a veteran C sooner or later. It just depends on whether they will do so before, or after, the need for one has become glaringly apparent on the ice. Given uncertainty about whether Toffoli can play LW, that might not be a terrible idea. A C is a higher priority in my book though.
  5. General weakness down the left side. I don't know which UFA would fit, but signing guys just because is not the way to go.
  6. Boy, this raises awkward questions, such as: what is the shortest acceptable NHL season? Given how long the playoffs are, we can't possibly be looking at a very long season given those constraints. (The other option is to shorten the playoffs, either via fewer teams or shorter series, but I doubt they'll countenance that).
  7. I don't have the link, unfortunately, but I remember reading an analysis which showed that Domi at C is much more effective/productive than Domi at W. Of course, that may have been written after his 72-point outlier season. In fact, apart from that one season, he has not been exceptionally productive, period: a 50-point guy with defensive holes.
  8. Yeah, well...if we hired Toffoli to play RW then the move doesn't make a ton of sense. Basically this team with Toffoli at RW is like a Cup champ all the way down the right side of the lineup (including D) and a last-overall team down the left side (including D). We might be icing the most structurally lopsided roster in the league. And if I'm an opposition coach, I tell my guys 'play the whole game on the left side of the ice.' I'm a bit concerned that MB got a good deal from his buddy Brisson and just went for it, rather than strategically addressing a roster hole. We'll see what Julien makes of this.
  9. The problem with Drouin is just that you can't count on him to deliver at any given time. Assuming Toffoli can play LW, and all goes well, then I think we will all gradually become less frustrated with Drouin, because he will no longer really a core player. Rather, he will be what he should be, i.e., a supplementary piece who can pitch in when the stars and planets all align just right and his precious self feels good. The trade was terrible.
  10. Well, the good news is that - after years of ignoring problems, or conspicuously failing to address them even as he busily "solves" non-problems, he has FINALLY stepped up with a high-impact off-season that clearly leaves the team significantly improved. Better late than never.
  11. Very true. However, the Habs have been overwhelmingly mediocre for almost three decades. We had a legitimate contender for maybe two of the years since 1996. That's what has driven me crazy...I have no expectation of multiple Cups, but I do have an expectation that the team builds a bona-fide, high-end contender that has a real shot over a number of years. The Houle rebuild was a catastrophe of historic proportions. The Gainey rebuild was merely a failure. So that's 15 years of haplessness right there. The second Gainey rebuild gave us a Cinderella run in 2010 and resulted in the only team that could be considered the Real Thing, the 2014/15 group. That's well short of a "sustained run" of excellence. Other franchises can do it, there is no excuse for the Habs being semi-garbage for a quarter-century.
  12. Price is guaranteed to be on that list...he's almost there already!
  13. It's not that so much as the concern that his body will break down long before the deal expires, given how he plays. But I'm not really complaining. Gally is not a superstar or anything, but he is a special player - universally admired and hated by opponents at the same time, and practically the Platonic Form of what you want in a player: reliably productive, always drives the net, always screens, always fearless, always aggravating, always the hardest-working man in show business. I remember when he first came up, being unable to believe how satisying his game was. None of this Drouin 'how is his state of mind tonight?' bullcrap. He is one of the most admirable players the Habs have had over, oh, the past three decades or so.
  14. I'm pretty sure we could get Boeser from Van for Gally. Especially if we agree to eat one of their bad contracts. Not saying to do it, just that it's realistic. EDIT: sorry, wrote that before I saw the signing! It's a moot point now
  15. Danault is absolutely indispensable, because without him our C position would revert to being disastrous. Bad enough that we have only one experienced C; subtracting him would give us exactly zero. Gallagher would leave a huge void, so the return on him would have to be considerable. Interestingly, sports radio in Van is aflame with Gallagher speculation...so obviously some folks, at least, think it's conceivable that he moves.
  16. The difference between us appears to be that you expect Drouin to be an impact player. As for me, I agree that that could conceivably happen, but I think a realistic assessment of Drouin has to be that he is what he is at this point: an erratic, unreliable #6 FW who goes through streaks where he looks like a top-3 FW. A smart organization, faced with this reality, will not waste time "hoping he lives up to his cap hit." Rather it will do what the Habs did an sign an anti-Drouin: a reliable, tough-nosed, 200-foot top-6 FW to give the coach someone who can be counted on in that slot. So I am not in the least bit bothered by the thought that Toffoli makes Drouin redundant. Frankly, if we could ship out Drouin tomorrow to address other needs, I'd do it in a split second. I've had my fill of the Galchenyuks and Kostitsyns and Drouins of the world.
  17. This continues to be my question with Toffoli. If he can play LW, it's huge for this team. If he can't, then we continue to have an unbalanced roster with a weak left side. God forbid the well-paid "experts" could shed any light on this crucial question.
  18. Yeah, a critical acquisition in that it fills the hole left by Tanev. They can hold off on sending Benning to the gallows just yet.
  19. Yep. The inexperience and lack of depth at C will bite us in the balls sooner or later. MB will need to make a further move to correct that, eventually. This seems to be a prototypical case of a mid-range UFA getting less than he would have made on the open market pre-Covid. I find nothing at all to complain about in this signing. My only concern is positional. Shocking that Van traded assets to acquire Toffoli at the deadline and then was not prepared to sign him to a deal along these lines. More tomfoolery in what is shaping up to be a disastrous off-season for Canuckleheads' GM Jim Benning.
  20. 100%. It's very hard on D. Probably not so hard for FW, but still, I would appreciate it if any poster can shed any insight on Toffoli's merits as a LW specifically. This frees us up not to rely on Drouin to be effective or productive. Since Drouin is a perpetual basket case, that is a major improvement to the structure of this team's roster. Worst-case scenario (barring injury), this creates a healthy competition for ice at LW. An area of weakness is now an area of strength.
  21. The interesting thing about this is that, with the Habs now out of cap room, it is clear that MB intends to roll the dice of three grossly inexperienced C. I still think that will turn into this group's Achilles' Heel, sooner or later. Certainly you're not going to make a deep run with only one seasoned C on your roster. Of course, nothing prevents a further deal being made down the line, nor a deadline pickup of the Uncle Nate variety. But as it stands right now, while I really like the team, that C issue is a concern. Nice to have a team that it's possible to be excited about...first time since Price went down in 2016.
  22. I love this signing - and I predicted all along that MB would try to bag Toffoli, LOL - based on how Toffoli stepped into Van's lineup and made an impact. He is a strong second-line W, physical, excellent two-way, can score. Good signing, reasonable ticket and term. My concern is positional. I thought Toffoli was a RW? I don't want guys playing out of position. Nor do I want guys who are hypothetically "multi-position" players who turn out to be way better at one of those positions. Anyway, assuming away the position problem, this really solidifies the new model Habs: we now have Anderson, Armia, Toffoli, Kotkaniemi, and Gallagher playing in-your-face hockey in our top nine. Add to that Weber, Chiarot, and Edmunson on the back end and we have legit size capable of playing quality minutes throughout the lineup. These are big guys who can play. This team has the potential to be a playoff nightmare. If they make the playoffs. And frankly, I think they now have the depth to do it.
  23. Interesting write up on Anderson here: https://www.habseyesontheprize.com/analysis/2020/10/12/21508825/josh-anderson-video-analysis-detailed-breakdown-of-skill-set-offence-defence-power-forward-net-front
  24. A funny but sharp observation...this guy's career has been wasted on garbage organizations. It will be interesting to see where his priorities lie if he is still highly sought-after when the league returns to normal (in, say, 2-3 years). The advantage of the Habs signing him might have lain in a Jeff Petry scenario - you acquire a guy who has spent his career with Mickey Mouse franchises, shock him with Montreal's gold-plated first-class operation and induce him to sign on longer-term because he can't believe how awesome it is to be riding in a Mercedes of an organization instead of a Corolla. Anyhow, moot point now.
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