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Everything posted by tomh009

  1. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I'm not sure that Connor would be all that much less expensive than Laine.
  2. Permanent Rumour Thread

    This. Domi is not only playing great, but he has such a positive, winning attitude that is bound to rub off on his teammates. And that's very much not Laine. If we could ave Laine playing with Domi it would be great, but I would not happy swapping the two.
  3. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I'm officially starting a rumour that they are visiting Winnipeg so that we can buy the Jets and make them our ECHL team since we don't have one (we may have some call-ups after we do that).
  4. Permanent Rumour Thread

    If true ... there must be a major deal in the works to send three of the top guys there in person. Whether anything comes of it we'll see, but it's at least nice to see some activity this month.
  5. Ticket Sales

    At least in Toronto, a Leafs-Habs game will always be one of the most expensive tickets.
  6. Stuff moved from the Rumour thread that isn't rumours

    It’s nice to think that Poehling could be a 1C, but it’s not likely—and it should not be a problem for us as we have Domi now and Kotkaniemi soon enough. And it’s extremely rare for prospects to jump directly into the first or second line on any team in their first season.
  7. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Yeah, at 36 it's not clear he can still do it. His Corsi was pretty consistent still last season at 62.2, more or less flat since 2012. Points/60 also at 2.0, not bad in terms of career. But he got much less ice time in Buffalo than he did when he was playing for the Wild. But we have a glut of bottom-six forwards already.
  8. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Yeah, someone would need to play on the off side, which is usually not a good thing. He's definitely offensive D, although I don't think quite a black hole defensively so I do agree not really what we need right now. While I do like Ristolainen, I didn't really make it as a serious proposal ... I just keep reading and looking for decent D that could be pried loose from somewhere.
  9. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Exactly, we don’t have room for both. Now, if they were willing to trade Ristolainen it would be a different story.
  10. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Maybe they would like to send Ristolainen to Montreal for somebody inexpensive. Maybe McCarron?
  11. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Why would they give him permission, if he is still under contract? Wild should just go and hire Chiarelli already.
  12. Stuff moved from the Rumour thread that isn't rumours

    Sean Gordon made a comment on Bergevin on his alternative-history analysis of Bergevin's trading record in the Athletic yesterday: So at least he has a different view of Bergevin's willingness to take risks.
  13. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Leafs are OK with the cap? Really? At the moment they have zero cap space and they still need to sign Marner. And the only way they got down to the cap is that they have ten (!) players on sub-$1M contracts whereas we have two (or three, if you count Hudon).
  14. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Right. And conversely the Leafs may be starting the season with no one on the roster that has performance bonuses.
  15. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    The point is that once you're into LTIR, going deeper is not much worse. LTIR means you get killed by the performance bonuses, but that's the case whether you're $10 or $10M over.
  16. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Nylander played only only 2/3 of the season, but he got a massive first year in his contract ($10.3M cap hit!). So, in the end, there was no savings for the Leafs. They lost Nylander for the first 28 games but they then caved and basically ended up paying him for the full season anyway.
  17. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    And Iron Maiden isn’t THAT old ... now, if the boy were wearing a Uriah Heep or Deep Purple shirt...
  18. Stuff moved from the Rumour thread that isn't rumours

    For me, this is the pudding I'd like to check out.
  19. Stuff moved from the Rumour thread that isn't rumours

    I have three downvotes on this page alone already, because I don't agree to consider Bergevin a failure. I expect I'll get at least one more for this post. But to extend your proverb, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the new season has not started yet. So I am not yet willing to condemn Bergevin's performance for this summer.
  20. Stuff moved from the Rumour thread that isn't rumours

    Which elite LD UFA should he have signed this summer? Gardiner is really the only option and everyone else is gun-shy about signing him, too. A trade? Maybe yes (Gostisbehere, please ...), maybe no, but the summer is not over yet.
  21. Stuff moved from the Rumour thread that isn't rumours

    Right. Many UFAs are not keen on Montreal, whether because of taxes, media pressure, weather or the pervasive road construction. But even if they were ... the reality is that the vast majority of big-name UFA signings end up being massive anchors a few years down the road. Yes, they might help you contend for the next couple of seasons, but payback is a b!tch, and they'll be sucking up cap space for a long time after that. It was my gut feel, and the recent analysis in the Athletic confirmed that this is really what happens.
  22. Stuff moved from the Rumour thread that isn't rumours

    I agree with your first two points. But while Bergevin undeniably made mistakes early in his tenure, his last two-three years have been strong, so I would be loth to characterize him as a "failure".
  23. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Kotkaniemi and Armia played in a charity game in Pori this past week -- Kotkaniemi skated on the same line with his father and grandfather. And assisted on a goal by his grandfather on Jussi Rynnas. (His father got the second assist.)
  24. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Those decades go by faster than you might think!