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  1. Retool or rebuild. That is the question?

    Haha. Just thought he could be an affordable option... I don't profess to be an expert, just love discussion and want to see the Habs find a way to have a chance to win another cup!
  2. Metallica brought this up in another thread and I think it is a great discussion. I know some would want us to do a complete rebuild, but wouldn't that mean our cupboards are completely bare? That certainly isn't true. We are having a tough season and have a lot of holes, but are certainly not a complete mess by any means. We have Price, Weber (when he gets healthy), Pacioretty, Drouin, Gallagher, Galcheyuk, Byron, Danault, Lekhonen, Jerabek, Mete, even Petry if used in the right spot (#3 or 4 D). Amnd some solid pieces for a 4th line. That is a pretty good start, so a complete rebuild is not necessary. The problem is a lot of those guys are being played out of place. What we also have though are some pretty big holes - some would say starting with our GM. From a players standpoint, we know we need a #1 and a #2 centre, we need a #1, #3 D. We also have some trading bait and a lot of cap space. Plus will have a decent pick in June, in what is a pretty good draft. If we end up picking top 8 we should get a solid prospect. Moving Plekanec is a no brainer, even if we resign him over the summer. Finding a way to get someone to take Karl Alzner or Andrew Shaw would be a blessing, but is doubtful. The thing is, I believe we need 4 key pieces. We don't have a lot to trade to acquire those pieces via trade so management has to get creative. Here is a wild scenario, just to show it is not impossible: We will have the $$ to throw at a big name free agent, so Tavares is not impossible. Of course, the questions remains - would he come here? Do we bring back Eller for #3C? Is there any chance of getting Karlsson from Ottawa? A stretch I know, but stranger things have happened and the braintrust better be looking at it. Ottawa is in complete rebuild mode, so picks (1st round) and prospects and maybe players like Mete plus Lehkonencan be worked out? Tavares AND Karlsson won't happen without both Alzner and Shaw's contracts disappearing - but we can dream... $6.5 m in cap space now, another $2.5* this summer = $9M Plekanec - $6 gone = $15 Hemsky gone - $1 = $16 Tavares + Karlsson = $23M (Someone has to go the other way to land Karlsson so add - $3M in savings - maybe more) That means we have about $19M to land $23M in players. Can we find $4M - sure we can IF we can get rid of Shaw and/or Alzner... I didn't count any $$ for Eller in this, because if we could land Tavares and Karlsson we would stop there. Also, the estimated cap increase is between $5 and $7M. Because of the Price contract increase I only put $2.5, which pretty much splits it in the middle. It won't be easy, but I think a retool is what we need. Now, if we can just find the GM who can do it!!!!!
  3. CANADIENS @ BRUINS, JAN 17, 19:30 ET

    Everyone keeps talking about the lack of effort from the Habs. And with good reason. They look, for the most part, like they are collecting a pay cheque and that is it. Problem is, how motivated would you be when the coach and GM keep throwing players under the bus one at a time? MaxPac, Galcheyuk (over and over again) and Drouin are just three examples. Honestly, why would anyone want to play for this team - let alone feel motivated to give any effort. The Habs are a train wreck right now - with no leadership off the ice, let alone on it. Truthfully it is an embarrassment to the long history of the team. Imagine if your boss spoke about employees at work they way these guys do? They obviously know that no one in management has their backs, so why would they go to war for them. Even Price looks like he doesn't care half the time. At least the Superman logo tattooed on his chest makes even a subpar performance from him look pretty darn good most nights.
  4. Bergevin......

    Leave the guys wife out of it for crying out loud. That is one of the worst posts I have ever seen on this board. I am not a fan of Bergevin ads Habs GM either, but come on...
  5. Trade Price

    Swap Debrincant for Saad. S0: Saad Anisimov Crawford (maybe a pick) for Price Galchenyuk
  6. Trade Price

    Crawford, Anisimov and Debrincant for Price and Galcheyuk
  7. Trade Price

    OK, i checked, the Hossa things doesn;t make sense since he has three more seasons left. But, with Crawford's salary off the books the Blackhawks have the room for Price this year. Chicago goes from Fighting for a playoff spot to instant Cup Contender, and Price gets a chance to win (which he deserves). We take Crawford back, knowing he won't play for us until next year anyway. Niemi and Fucale can finish this year - since the season is lost anyway.
  8. Trade Price

    Crawford's salary comes off the books if he is done for the season. How many years of Hossa left? We can eat that salary for them for the rest of this season (if indeed this is the last year he is on the books). So, yeah they have room. Now, who would we want?
  9. Trade Price

    Crazy as it sounds...do we look at trading Price? This team is not going to win in the next few years when he is in his prime., The Habs need to do a total rebuild right now (which should start with management, but that is another thread...) We already dealt Subban, so no need to think Price is really untouchable. Chicago? With Crawford's 'upper body' injury likely sidelining him for the season, the Blackhawks would be crazy not to give this a serious look....
  10. You are right, but that is hindsight. Things didn't turn out well. The thing with '01 was we were going to take Koivu, but missed by one pick. So that isn't the same. Had we landed him we would have had a number one centre with size. And who knows what that might have meant to Saku's career from then on...getting a chance to play with his brother.
  11. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    Are you saying Bergevin has cred? I'd say he lost that a longgggg time ago.
  12. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    Can't argue with that.
  13. The draft is fun to look back on. GMs gambling on teenagers, there are always going to be hits and misses. I think the most important draft for the Habs was in 2001. They had 7th overall pick, BUT Minnesota had the 6th pick and took a big centre named Mikko Koivu. How different things might have been. Our consolation prize by the way, Mike Komisarek (Habs did get Plekanec in the third round that year)
  14. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    That works too. Same 12 guys as my original post, just different configurations. The only thing for me, I guess, is that I want to give Galchenyuk the best chance to succeed and if he and Drouin could catch fire it could be the turning point in his career. He has already played with Gallagher a lot and I was thinking of giving him a new look - since it isn';t about winning anymore, it is about development. Still wish they had thrown $1 million at Yakupov instead of Hemsky... If those two could recapture some magic.....
  15. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    I have no problem moving Drouin to centre as well. I would just like to see what Galchenyuk and Drouin can do together. As for the fourth line, you are right. Maybe: Carr - Froese - Deslauriers