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  1. https://awinninghabit.com/2018/04/23/montreal-canadiens-news-congratulations-khl-andrei-markov-2018-gagarin-cup/ Andrei Markov with Ak Bars Kazan wins the championship. All reports shows he logged lot of minutes and key to the underdogs winning. attitude hey? MB was dead wrong here, you do not let Markov and his loyalty and wanting to remain in Montreal go. The exact attitude that is required to continue the Legacy of what is left of this team. Now how ironic if both these defencemen go on to win their respective championship titles ( PK Subban ) Bergevin,..now where is the attitude adjustment ? Is it the team or IS IT YOU MB? Well down Marc and bringing a once storied and class Team , now to its current state. With you at the helm, this team will sink further to an abyss that will take a decades to correct! Will we see this team win again for decades? Hmmm Go on and keep wearing your fancy suits and be proud MB what you have done, or NOT done!! ........
  2. The Market for Max Pacioretty

    In today's NHL and recent past more teams are going this route. With evolution of duties and teams and number of teams. Always Top down management. You are only as strong as your strongest leader. Look at today's business world and evolution away fr " Bricks and Mortar" companies to online " Amazon " etc.. Of the world. What worked in past doesn't work today. Molson has lot of other duties and can still be President or other label.. ( Re: akin to CEO vs Charmain vs President). All serving different functions. President of Hockey Operations would serve strictly on the Hockey end product and its channels. All I am saying. Molson is not a Hockey person trained nor should he be. But he should delegate and him knowing full well should look at such structures. And pass it to this person what to do with MB and analyze from a different point of view with full control and trust. Plus the GM would be accountable to the President Hockey OPs and not to the owner. My thinking , although other candidates Bobby Smith keepers jumping back at me for many reasons but including the tie to him winning the 1986 cup and keeping some b continuity of History back. Him then brining someone like Damphousse serves many functions including a French speaking GM ( which is another topic on its own and something again in today's world isn't as relevant.. But I get it ..( don't go there ) ) In any event.. Max Pacs..is market value... opportunity to fill needs.. Or else DONT trade him.
  3. The Market for Max Pacioretty

    No Dunn or Parayko will NOT be moved. But a starting point. And depends what Blues would be willing to give up.. One of their C prospects, D prospects ( not on their roster) plus a future 1st round ..( as point to negotiate once they say no to a Parayko) Kyrou has initially been a C, but Sarnia last year and most of this year has played as a RW given is strong skating and drive to net and they have enough Centers and lack RW.. In any event.. MB. ... I wouldn't be confident in his ability go be a " mini " version of Sam Pollock....more than likely he pulls his usual short term side way deals.. And keeps going for 4th liners.. Why I alluded to getting a President of Hockey operations ( Bobby Smith as one example ) and let him have full reign on what to do with MB. But back on topic Max Pacioretty.. Market should be significant for contending teams like the Blues and be in position for Montreal to fill lot of their deficiencies. But I do not see MB have that ability to do so unfortunately.
  4. The Market for Max Pacioretty

    MB is stubborn and arrogant to his detriment. We have seen it with examples from PK trade to Radulov to Markov .. The extra cap space has nothing to do with Tavares ( he isn't signing with the Habs...period ) Pacioretty is one option to trade to try to fill needs of this team: 1. Prospect depth ( been a very long time since I have seen these few prospects to be excited about.. That is that one can see a future for this club ) ,2. Defense and Center position . Best market for Max and full market for current position of team is to : Get quality prospects ( risk factor as never guaranteed how they turn out ) PLUS fill the organization need for C and D. As the game was just played vs St Louis, I couldn't help but look at the Blues as prime trade candidate for Montreal... They have depth prospects with ' potential " at Center Position. : 1. Jordan Kyrou Strong skater, with decent size and all round game. ( #2 C potential) 2. Robert Thomas ..skilled but needs to work on his DEF and all round game..like many young skilled players his age. 3. Klim Kostin: highly skilled. Off the charts as close can get ..High risk / reward....MB wouldn't touch him. But represents a gamble to yield a potential number 1 C 4. Tage Thompson: disappointing season but good all round prospect with size. The Blues have 4 solid C prospects the Habs can look at PLUS a DEF: Ideally: and given that Pacioretty has been one of top scorers Last 5 years... 1. Vince Dunn. Young all round , good skater for the new NHL Or size : ( I can't see St Louis trade him buy worth a shot : ) 2. Colton Parayko Or one of their other D prospects.. A Pacioretty trade for as an example with Blues for a Jordan Kyrou, Vince Dunn or a D prospect and a 2019 or 2020 first should be considered ( blues don't have their 2018 first due to Schenn deal ) and blues get their LW for Schenn. An example to follow..instead of a trade for older players that this team still would havd holes to fill. Fill your cupboard.. Fill the gaps of team. On another topic I will post separately. Molson needs to hire a President of Hockey operations ( he continues his function as governor/ board / league Montreal President..). But get someone like Bobby Smith in that role of President hockey operations and let him review MB.. And perhaps interview others like Vince Damphousse for the GM role once and if he decided to fire MB. BUT Molson needs to delegate that to new President in today's NHL
  5. Bergevin......

    And why I always maintained ..leadership starts from top down and starts by respecting the tradition of players that come by once in a decade or longer..and honour their loyalty and commitment. MB shows his true colours.. He was quoted on Radulov " ...loyalty you only get from your dog...and no loyalty shown.." Well he turns around and roles reversed on Markov. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/report-andrei-markov-felt-disrespected-canadiens-bergevin/ Perhaps this is in back on current minds of the team or potential future members. But from top down.. 1. Molson should step down as President and appoint a hockey / or career sports executive ( Toronto, Chicago, and so forth .) Not many owners are also Presidents of their team. 2. Bergevin has lost all respect and integrity on this. And the tipping point of the fortunes of this team.. He will trade #27 for depth players I am sure and his so called more " Character " He should lead by example and he himself should show " Character " in this case how he treated or perceived to treat Markov, a Career habs.
  6. Habs sign Mark Streit, 1 year, $700,000

    http://www.tsn.ca/habs-sign-d-streit-to-one-year-deal-1.813160 Enough said.. UNBELIEVABLE Markov should just go out and say back to BERGEVIN " if you want loyalty go and got a dog " wow What is happening to this organization. You take care of your own backyard and leadership is from top down. For the first time in my life ..I am saying I have more confidence in the Maple leafs leadership group than the HABS clowns.. Wow I didn't think I could ever say that. Just mind blowing how far down this team has come. A simple class act of reciprocation to sign Markov.. Wow
  7. I have lot to say on this, and you hit them all to topic! Thank you. Here is one that has been on my mind and I had read long ago, I finally found the article. In reference to 1 of 5 drafts , now 6 drafts, only 1 centre taken...in the top 2 rounds... Bergevin is 2 months in GM role, but if he had his way and not let his scouts decide, he would NOT have picked that centre .. "....Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin hinted to an audience at the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference , that if it would have been up to him, he would have drafted Rielly third overall that year. Or, if Ryan Murray had been available (he went second to Columbus), it would have been him...." Here is the full article...: https://www.thestar.com/sports/breakaway_blog/2014/11/habs_considered_taking_morgan_rielly_at_third_overall_in_2012.html Perhaps that is issue he is regretting it since and taking it out on Alex Galchenyuk.. It all starts from top download his reactionary decisions are far from proactive! More later... but this has always bugged me and finally found the quote. Take it for what it is worth!
  8. 2016-17 NHL Season Thread

    ....continued.. As you continue reading the article..few things start showing up, nor by coincidence , that was one of shortcomings of HABS. don't get me wrong, Weber is an excellent player.. But for this team at this moment and going forward, we all know the trade doesn't work for the Habs, they way at least the team is structured... "......The interesting thing to note is that Subban doesn’t seem reliant on playing with any one individual forward. If you follow the red bars – the numbers that indicate Subban’s performance away from a given forward – you’ll notice that they are incredibly close to around 55 per cent of the shot share, which is dominant...." By TSN Yost
  9. 2016-17 NHL Season Thread

    On other NHL news: http://www.tsn.ca/talent/p-k-has-helped-push-the-preds-to-new-heights-1.742579 Hmmmm..debated whether to put this post on here or " Fire Bergevin thread" ".....Subban takes the skating and distribution game to another level. This postseason, just about every regular forward he plays with is seeing significant upticks in his performance metrics. This has been a consistent theme throughout Subban’s career (and is generally true for most high-end first-pairing guys) – regular teammates, be it forwards or defenders, benefit from playing with this type of talent...." As evidence is now coming forward. HABS get slower on Defence as they trade PK..and Nashville gets faster. MB is " old school" ..new world of NHL hockey..size doesn't matter is the player with size is slow and not skilled .. But Size does matter if there is skill, speed and size ( GETZLAFF) Now if Nashville wins the CUP.. And PK is the conn smythe winner.. This post gets moved to " Fire Bergevin thread " Point here is not the trade, but how successful teams are built.. 1. Young and fast 2. Full forward transition The winning team this year will have that. Unfortunately, we are to far away from that reality. Where other teams promote their young players..we keep them in the AHL .. OR worse yet Trade them..( fear the worst that MB will trade Galchenyuk ..for another 30 something past his prime player..) MB is failing that he reacts.. Instead of being proactive. Weber would be an excellent trade ..if that was the missing piece to take team over top. I said that at the trade time. But on this team, NOPE..as there are too many other missing pieces. Instead he brings OTT and company..ols players from another generation and brand of Hockey. the final 4 this year..will have YOUTH, SPEED, TRANSITION..with GOOD goaltending. Great goaltending with lack of the other elements will not cut it anymore. Habs are a long way from Final 4. Competitive and top third of league yes. Win a round or 2 yes. Top 8 yes. Top 4 ..no
  10. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Also read that MB wasn't willing to spend more on him and regardless Shipachyov as per reports has no interest in coming to Montreal. Curious how the sentiment changed from a year ago.!
  11. Finally in last 2 minutes #27 is there with Pacs and Radulov..and on the tying goal. Can Julien finally stop the BS. There is still OT. And must win . But certain players have to go off this lineup for game 3. Let's get this windward salvage something..
  12. 20 minutes left in the season for this team.. Before the playoffs for the first time since hockey pools started to my I didn't choose any habs. Absolutely guts me out since being a lifelong fan. The other team I didn't choose any players was St Louis. Reasons: 1. Montreal and St Louis are the only 2 teams in playoffs that don't have one single C over 50 points. 2. Danault..as your first line centre simply won't make you a contender ( awesome 3 Rd line C with a contender) 3. Shaw at C ? 4. The only player that is a C and avg per points total to get over 50 pts plus.. Is on 4 th line winger 5. Bergeron goes and year after year guts slow , 4th liners well documented everywhere. He over pays in contract and in trade ( Shaw...etc...) 6. I stated on Weber. Great on winning teams with great players. On a contending team that would take team over top to win it all. It's not in MTL 7. Not playing young players with skill or limiting them or buried in the AHL. Look around the league and the young players all around ( granted they are high picks with teams that have been basement dwellers for years .) But they found a sound team to bring pieces together.. KEY " BEST" regardless of their ethnicities.. ( no need to state which teams. Here..obvious ) 8. World has changed.. One has to go with philosophy of going with best possible team in management and coaching. So what happens Julien gets fired and Vigneault gets rehired .. Its a vicious circle recycle all because of have to being French speaking. So MB gets fired.. Who they go get : Carbonneau..get my point? 9. This team is reactive. Pacs, et al.. Look lost and confused. After the second goal. Cameras zoomed in on Price. His eyes said it all. I see it that he lost something.. Like he knows this team isn't good enough Now what: Trade more draft picks for Shaw type players and Lose opportunity to get the top OHL scorer that habs could have drafted? Shaw worked in Chicago because they had Kane and Toews and all. Weber works in National team for same reason. They take a team over the top that already have the high end talent. This team doesn't. You are only as strong as your middle.. DANAULT PLEKANEC SHAW OTT Doesn't cut it. Not even close. This team is on a downward spiral in few years they will be the basement dwellers. Ditch the got to have French speaking requisite to coach / manage team. It they do and are the best qualified. Great if not. Pick the best And rebuild and start to regroup. Or else this team will be ” pretend contenders ) finishing in the 5 to 12 spot. Perhaps win a round and make playoffs most of the time. If in today's hockey works. It's a business..fine.. But you need strong scouts..management and build . Take a look at the trades in past this team has made..many used to be high draft picks or some sort of pedigree. But have underachieved. I can list the names during off season on this topic. Well let's hope for the so called comebacks from the regular season where they led the league in comebacks. Perhaps they can tie it up. Hoping the do. But the issues are there.. Let's pull for the win..20 minutes to go
  13. Well after last night game. No wins in regulation time in February. And going back 41 games to end of November.. A quick glance shows about 11 regulations games in half a season equivalent. Despite all the injuries in that time period, and compact schedule is not a sign of a top end contender. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/teams/montreal-canadiens/scores/ Any trade in the next few days will be a short term solution that may solidify a playoff spot, and perhaps an added series win. But I can't see more than that. So if it adds dollars to overall profitability of the club. Sure. But at expense of future futility in few years in the 2020's An overall Long term strategy is best option always. Now, if we were one player away from being a TOP 4 contender ( serious semifinal team ) YES..all in. But this team is far from that unfortunately despite having a few solid key pieces to contend. You are only as strong as your weakest link. And there is a few .
  14. Injury news

    Radulov played a little at Centre in Junior and also KHL but otherwise always a winger. Found a slower motion video of injury posted on Twitter: In slow motion.. Right knee..LCL ..does buckle ..NOT going to speculate now. Hoping for the best..fingers crossed..but hmmmm..wish it's short term. I do have lots of knee injury experience.. And I know what I am seeing here unfortunately.. At best it's a Strain/ Sprain..or little worse LCL and buckles to MCL second degree with some cartilage tear..still 2 to 3 months in average cases. But on this video it's not via observation an ACL at all..just by experience in these knee injuries for 25 plus years. His leg wasn't planted and didn't totally buckle backwards..which would be an ACL if that was the case. ITS NOT THE CASE HERE..so that's the good news I am guessing. Typically there isn't much pain. When I tore my ACL ..no pain..did have some pain with cartilage tear and MCL another time.. And I personally see athletes with discomfort but not severe pain like a sprain or break. Well..its part of the game and today's advancements in medical surgery and recoveries regardless of severity he should be well recovered? Just needs time to heal and get back..in any event. Video is hard to judge and angles can be deceptive. I am giving speculation and an educated guess ONLY FYI
  15. Injury news

    I edited and added the video. trying to be optimistic. i have had lots of experience with sport knee injuries and my own torn ACL surgery. the only positive from the replay is that there was no resistance. he quickly moved it up. if it had stayed planted or buckled thats an early sign of an ACL torn. but its not right angle and an educated guess on my part. very least he is out into New Year correct... and now the team has the worst middle in the league..... hmmm radulov moves there?