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The Chicoutimi Cucumber

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  1. My advice on this is always the same: go with a retired player. (I have Harvey and Morenz jerseys at home, LOL, but that might be a bit extreme; although the Morenz one is a nice way to separate the real fans from the lightweights). Picking a retired guy removes any danger of the guy getting traded, having scandals or battles with coach/management, suffering a career-compromising injury, etc. DO NOT go with any young player - too much risk of ending up with a jersey that just seems silly in retrospect. Who is really proud of their KOMISAREK or DOMI jersey today? The only one from the current group that, to my mind, is absolutely risk-free is #31. No matter what happens with him going forward, he will always be a legend and a guaranteed Hall of Famer. That jersey will never lose its appeal.
  2. I'm 99% sure Lang suffered his season-ending injury that game. A critical blow to that team, almost as bad as losing Markov. We really did not get the luck we needed in the Centennial Year, and clearly the barber-pole jerseys are to blame.
  3. Yeah, the jersey I was praising as one of the all-time best hockey jerseys is the white jersey from 1944-47. http://hockeybydesign.com/2020/06/worst-to-first-jerseys-montreal-canadiens/ I would get rid of the Habs' current white jerseys and go with that as our full-time white road jersey. It's simply magnificent.
  4. Nice post! I LOVE the white-with-blue stripe. In fact, if they went with that as their official "white" jersey, I would not object at all. It's one of the top hockey jerseys ever, IMHO. The 1911-12 one above is intriguing. Did they roll that one out during the Centennial Year? I don't remember seeing it. Looks like a fun potential candidate for future use as an alternate (at some point).
  5. I am OUTRAGED that the Habs did not go with the "reverse barber pole" look!! 🤬Talk about a missed opportunity to induce seizures among TV viewers everywhere. Shame on this once-proud franchise.
  6. I don't see it myself. I have him pegged more as a bottom-6 FW, if he becomes an NHLer at all. Certainly he has yet to show any offence at the professional level apart from that one freak game; and if he hadn't had that game, I doubt we'd be talking about him nearly as much as we are.
  7. I share that worry. The guy we saw in the playoffs was an unbelievable physical force...he needs to learn how to ride the line without crossing it, but I don't want him to err on the side of not throwing his weight around. We'll see what happens when the NHL resumes, but I love that he's playing competitive hockey in a less demanding but high-quality environment. It should help him to recover the comfort zone so that his confidence is at 100% come the season.
  8. The idea of an all-Canadian division is pretty frigging fabulous, though!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Price is guaranteed to be on that list...he's almost there already!
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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