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  1. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Well they have three more 2nd lines than we do.
  2. Alex Kovalev becomes an assistant coach in China

    Hey Montreal has always been a tough town to play in. Dryden won 6 cups in his 8 years and he was booed and people were calling for Bunny friggin Laroque to replace him - the same way they wanted red light racicot to replace Roy- until it happened. Ive always liked Maxpac. The issue is he also is not the straw that stirs the drink. He scored 30 goals playing with basically a 3rd line centre in DD, but he is not going to create offence on his own. He needs a Markov and Subban on the back and someone to feed him to get his goal. He is a less skilled (but way more heart) version of Kessel. If he’s all you got he’s not good enough and that’s the problem right now - he’s all we’ve got, he’s the captain and is the target of everyone’s frustration because how lousy the team has been the last 3 years. When you add in the fact that some fans and media don’t like the fact that he doesn’t play like Gallagher, despite being looking like he’s twice his size and he becomes a bigger lightening rod for criticism - he is very similar to van Riemsdyk. Big player who can score, but played on the perimeter and people always wanted more from him - when he’s gone from Toronto next year he will be missed. But at least they’ve got Matthews, Marner, Nylander, Marleau and Kadri. We’ve got Gallagher, galchenyuk and Drouin - the last two playing of position and being misused. when maxpac is gone we’ll miss him even more, because we are even more starved for offence, but as much as I like him, I think we need to trade him. This team isn’t going anywhere and it will take at least 3 years to build a serious contender - unless MB pulls a Tavares and a top LD out of his hat that still has the stench of all of the crap he has been brining in the last 3 or 4 years. I’d trade him, Price and Weber and do a complete rebuild - not because I’d don’t like any of them, but because I’d don’t think we can surround them with what’s needed to be a contender in the short window they have left. I also wanted Kovolev gone during his last two years and was pissed that gainey offered him a contract and let Koivu walk for nothing and traded for Gomez as a replacement.
  3. Alex Kovalev becomes an assistant coach in China

    I get that Kovolev was never going to be mistaken for bob gainey, but do you hate all Uber skilled offensive players, or guys that have flash and dash, rather than being boring vanilla or granola robots?? That’s been the issue with habs management for far too long. Everyone has to be bob gainey to be considered a guy that should play on the habs. How often did guy lafleur or Steve shutt backcheck, kill penalties or block shots??? Hell in the 81 Canada cup my leaf fan friends in school ridiculed me for Lafleur turning away from a fake slap shot from a Russian, who than preceded to walk around him and score. we don’t need every player to be a penalty killer. We’ve been one of the lowest scoring teams forever and the main reason is the coaches and managemt have been hung up on trying to turn goal scorers into bob gainey and guy carboneau, or they keep wafting first round picks on guys like chipchura and Mccaron, or play guys like Weiss and Moen on the top PP unit. It’s no wonder why we can’t find and develop offensive players.
  4. Alex Kovalev becomes an assistant coach in China

    The only forward we’ve had since the mid 90’s that can be considered a guy to build around, is a leader and makes everyone around him better was Koivu - and he was never the guy he could have been I’d he didnt blow out his knee. That’s a terrible indictment on the habs management teams for over two decades. maxpac and Kovolev are great complementary players you need to win, but they aren’t the straw that stirs the drink. We had one of those on the backend and dumped him.
  5. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    The guy who should’ve been hired to replace MT, instead of bringing in a clone.
  6. Alex Kovalev becomes an assistant coach in China

    he can't be any worse than MT or Lefebvre.
  7. Joel Bouchard hired as head coach of Laval

    What’s truly pathetic is that McGuire was the finalists for the Montreal GM’s job that eventually went to MB. Talk about choosing between dumb and dumber.
  8. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Richard vs Believeau were different? Were either less effective in their role? Believeau may have been reserved, but he was charismatic and much more thoughtful, insightful and reflective when answering questions. Weber seems to act at times like someone is scratching their nails in a chalkboard when he’s being asked questions and basically gives monosyllabic answers. I don’t see Weber as being anything like #4.
  9. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I haven’t mentioned trading up before. The only time I remember us trading up recently in the first round was to draft Tinordi - another pick driven by size and character fetish (bloodlines. If we are going to trade up, I would hope it is to draft guys like Fowler, or Forsberg who inexplicably dropped - I remember at one time, Forsberg, galchenyuk, yakapov, Murray and gigerenko were all considered as potential #1 picks.
  10. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Comparing cupless stoic Weber to a champion as dignified and charismatic as Believeau is like comparing a Ford Mustang GT to a Ferrari 288 GTO.
  11. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Not directing the racial shot at you - just responding to the point you made about an authorized donation. i do think that a lot of flak that Subban gets is racially motivated, the same way people comment about wanting a good old Canadian boy over a Russian or Swede. Even on TSN pang said Subban needed to play the “white” way rather than the “right” way. You don’t just randomly make a slip like that unless somewhere in the back of your mind race isn’t influencing your perception. And for those who say that it’s not an issue in this day and age, I say I hats bullshit. Tell that to the black junior player who is getting a police and security escort at games.
  12. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I think you make that move at the draft, if there is someone that has slipped a bit that you really want and don’t think will be around in the 2nd. I don’t see the point of making a move like that earlier, not knowing who will be on the board when you pick.
  13. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Character, attitude and leadership. Oh wait, those are still issues. But hey we did get older and added more senior citizen years of cap hit.
  14. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Yes only goals matter in hockey. The assists that lead to those goals are irrelevant🙄 thats why Gretzky was so useless once he stopped leading the league in goals. Maybe the kings should have kept Nichols and traded Gretzky🙄 hmm, I wonder who usually has more assists - Subban or Weber??
  15. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Boy I’m sure the hawks should have traded Kane for his issues with teammates and cab drivers🙄🙄. Could have avoided all of th hassles like winning a friggin cup. could it be that he is more coachsble, because he is actually has a legitimate coach and not some ex-bouncer bafoon who likes to make up stories about his broken hearted captain crying in his arms🙄
  16. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Unauthorized donation???? Really??? A hockey player needs authorization from his hockey team to make a large donation??? Are we talking about an employer-employee relationship, or a master-slave relationship??? Or I guess since Subban is black, he should have checked with his masters!!!🙄😱
  17. Don’t insult inept fools by bucketing them with Bergevin.
  18. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    I’d say a downgrade on skill
  19. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    What about the $4.5m/yr for 5 years for a 6th/7th dman.
  20. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Not happening and even if MB was given a mulligan to correct past stupidity, he would probably end up trading Weber for Suter to fill the hole on left D, https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.tennessean.com/amp/607777002
  21. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    I had the bolts in the final at the beginning of the year, but I’m rooting for the caps. Would be nice to see ovechkin finally win and shut up the Russians can’t win crowd.
  22. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Yeah, you fail to mention the guy girardi is playing with - I’ll take him over Weber or Subban. The fact that a weber-girardi type pairing would never be as successful and the fact that for half the year Subban was being paired with Emelin and is a Norris candidate, highlights the need for your top dman to be a friggin puck mover.
  23. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    You don’t think Tavares for Pavelski is as bad as Chelios - Savard?? Tavares is a MUCH better player than Pavelski. If Garth snow had ever done that deal he would actually have gotten fired. with respect to Subban-Weber the issue is the age difference and contract and the fact that you need dman who can carry the puck. It was an.asinine trade to make. It was even more asinine to trade Sergechev the following summer when he was supposedly the Subban replacement. as for the he toxic work environment. I’d say that was caused by the bafoon coach and the idiot GM that were in place.
  24. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Is there really anything to be optimistic about?? Had MB got fired sure. As it is, we have the same clown as the ring master.
  25. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    There’s a difference between a stacked all star team - even. In the Olympic and an NHL team