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  1. I know there is a need for a number one centre, but has this team ever had a worse defence corps? Weber Markov (39 and slow, but still the smartest player on the ice) (Side note - is there a better long-term defenceman playing the game that has never won a Norris?) ..... Then nothing, Petry - overrated (by a long shot) Emelin - really...at that $$$$ Benn... Anybody... We need HELP on the blueline. Desperately! Yes, we could use a top-line centre - but WE HAVE Galchenyuk...if we let him play!
  2. Agree 100%. But I think the only real contract at questions that matters is Galchenyuk's. Get that done, and then we have a clearer picture. Man, I'd love to land Vlasik...
  3. Let Beaulieu walk, or holdout then. Not worth worrying about. And if we need a little more for Galy, we tweak somewhere else. Don't sign Gagner for example, move Danualt to second line centre. Gallagher takes his spot on second line wing and we find an option for third line wing. I get that you have no hope for the Habs - but offer some options... Do you want to get better or do you think the status quo is ok? Because all I hear are excuses, or reasons we CAN'T get better. I am offering scenarios where we can. Maybe they work, maybe they don't, but they are options. Instead of only saying "That's Impossible" find an option the works! One thing is for sure, I am tired of being a 'so-so' team with a great goaltender. And there are options out there that work. Am I an NHL GM (I wish!). There are much smarter hockey people out there than me. I just hope they are looking at ALL options to WIN. And not settling for... --------------------------------- Two top-line centres - now that is dreaming big! How do we make it work?
  4. Cap numbers come directly off Habsworld.net. I sued actual salary instead of cap hit. I see my mistake now, but the overall difference is only $.75, so an even $70 million. We are still under the cap by $2 million. Not ideal, but if we lose Beaulieu (for example) then we are $3+ away (from my projections - since I have Beaulieu at $1.25). My number for Price is because we renegotiate his contract now, getting him at 10 instead of 11 or more but starting it this season. And we send a 2nd and Emelin to Vegas to get them to take Pleks. Something like that.
  5. Could we work a deal to get Marc-Edouard Vlasik (Montreal born) out of San Jose? Hey they can have Emellin, Plekanec and/or Beaulieu...
  6. Brendan Smith?
  7. Karl Alzner?
  8. That is the question...
  9. Completely agree Commandant and Cucumber. LD needs to be the focus. And as for a top line C - I believe the Habs need to give Galchenyuk the entire year to prove he can be that guy. Before he does it with someone else. Otherwise it is a waste of an asset. Tell him you are going to qualify him, maybe get as high as $4.5 and tell him to prove he deserves more! Hey Pacioretty is only getting $5 (I know team friendly contract now). If someone else steps in and makes him an offer -0 we'll be more than happy to take the draft picks and move on... (I just want to be clear - a 30 goal scorer is NOT someone to just give up on - I am just tired of the Habs not using their asset properly... I also don't believe we should be overpaying for 'potential' that hasn't happened and is never going to happen unless we use the asset properly)
  10. Cap $$$ Pacioretty - $5 Galchenyuk - $3.5 Radulov - $6 Byron - $1.2 Gagner - $2.5 Danualt - $.95 Lehkonen - $.925 Shaw - $5 Gallagher - $2.75 King - $.925 Flynn - $1 Martinson - $.675 Mitchell - $1.3 Weber - $6 Shattenkirk (or someone like him) - $6 Petry - $6 Markov - $4.5 Jeraluk - $.925 Benn - $1.1 Beaulieu - $1.25 Nesterov - $.75 Price - $10 Montoya - $1 Total = $69.25 (Cap expected to remain at $72) (Left off the list - Emelin (Vegas), Plekanec (Vegas), Davidson, Sergachev) Juggle the number a bit if you want, maybe Galy gets $4.5 but Price ends up with $9.5) - but they work. For discussions sake, who could we land as a top pairing D if Shattenkirk ISN'T the guy...
  11. Not looking for a fight, just looking at options (do we want to win or not? Or are we happy to say - oh well it is the best that we can do) but if you took the time to read my post, I clearly said - Maybe Shattenkirk is the guy, maybe he isn't - what we need is a top pairing D to play with Webber. And we have 6 or 7 million a season to find one if we play our cards right. (And yes, still sign Carey to 10mil a season. And have $$ for Galchenyuk. 2018-19 might be a little tight, but the cap won't stay flat three years in a row. And Markov will be retired by 2019-20.)
  12. See that's the thing. I don't think we need Beaulieu. There are plenty of other D available who can offer what he has given the Habs so far. Would we really miss him? Look how long we hung on to Desharnais. Will we ver miss him? We aren't talking a future Rangers captain here, we are talking Beaulieu. If he walks a young gun gets more playing time. If you look above, I don't even have him cracking our top 6. Of course, I am going after another top pairing D (in this case Shattenkirk), which moves everyone but Weber down a notch. I know everyone goes on and on about our need for a Top Line Centre, and I get it. But I really believe if we build from the net out we will discover we are stronger up front than we think. And building from the net out, doesn't mean the goaltender. It means getting the puck out of your zone as fast as you can and letting your forwards work their magic in the other end. If you are stuck in your zone all night then your goalie hasn't to stand on his head all the time. Think Robinson, Savard, Lapointe, etc. LaFleur and Shutt had a field day. Pierre Larouche scored 50 goals. Dryden made the big saves, but the D transitioned the puck up ice so fast, and kept it there, that other teams didn't have a chance. Weber is a great D, but he needs another guy on his pairing. Markov is still the smartest guy on the ice but he is slowing down. Petry plays best when he doesn't have to be THE GUY. Sure, Emelin can hit, and make guys uncomfortable in front of our net - but he isn't going to get the puck out of our zone. And, I'd rather not have to worry about guys in front of OUR net, because the puck is in the other team's zone! Is Shattenkirk the guy - maybe, maybe not, but he is an option. Is Gagner the guy, probably not, but then again let him play 70% of the time in the offensive zone and we might just be pleasantly surprised. The thing is, great team's built on defence first are best when they are getting the puck up ice rather than scrambling around in their own zone. Just think how great a Centre Galnchenyuk could be if he didn't have to worry about playing defence in his own zone. It worked for LaFleur and Richer...
  13. Galchenyuk is an RFA. He's not getting 6, unless Montreal signs him long term. I don't think he has proven he is worth it yet. Qualifying offer, then he gets what he is worth next year. It a gamble for the Habs but well worth it if it lets the team add to the lineup this year. As for Beaulieu, I am willing to lose him if he wants more than $1.5 at this point. Gagner is a big question mark...but could be a pleasant surprise. Mind you, Montreal hasn't had much luck with this type of player. I don't think Shattenkirk gets more than Weber. But even if it takes a little more, we have some room (A little). And I believe Weber, Shattenkirk, Petry and Markov work as a top 4. I believe Petry has played both sides.
  14. Pacioretty - Galchenyuk - Radulov Byron - Sam Gagner - Danault Lehkonen - Shaw - Gallagher King - Flynn/Mitchell - Martinson Weber - Kevin Shattenkirk Petry - Markov Jakub Jerabek - Benn Price Montoya Trade a second round pick and Plekanec to Vegas so they take Emelin. Sign: Price at $10 Radulov at $6 Galchenyuk at $3.5 Gagner at $2.5 Shattenkirk at $6 Markov at $4.5 Offer Beaulieu and Nesterov $2 (combined) We are at $69 for the cap, with a little room. If we want we could offer Vanek for $2.5 (put him on the third line) and still have cap room. Let Galchenyuk have a year at Centre, give him a real chance to prove himself. If it works great. If it doesn't - move on. Maybe make a move at the deadline if he hasn't... A strong blueline means the puck is in the other zone more than it is ours. A strong defence then lets the offensive guys play more offence, and guys like Galcehnyuk can worry less about defence and do what they do best. Thoughts?
  15. Yandle for a second,Beaullieu and Weber .