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titanfan last won the day on September 20 2018

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  1. This is a little shortsighted in my opinion. First of all of Aho wound up a Hab many would consider them a very strong team. That is just ONE extra player! Realistically, Montreal is two pieces away from being a contender. But the truth is - nobody and I mean nobody would have said St. Louis was one piece away from a Champion last January. Yet, that is all they were missing. Are the Habs that close? Maybe? Maybe not? What we do know for sure is that the Habs have a strong corp of young talent, they have a solid lineup with depth, they have draft picks - AND they have Price and Weber and they have CAP ROOM! Seriously, who do they get to replace Price and/or Weber? And if you say younger players or cap room - why? We HAVE cap room, and we have younger players. Every team should be grooming goaltenders and defencemen no matter what. New Jersey did and Brodeur played for something like 40 years! (Obviously an exaggeration, but not by much!). Lastly, Salaries today don't equal Salaries tomorrow! If they did Sidney Crosby would be making a lot more than he is now. When he signed his contract it was a blockbuster. The kind of dollars many thought at that time could cripple a franchise. A few years later and it is close to what we offered Aho! McDavid makes 50% more than Crosby (or close to it). When Weber and/or Price get older they may or may not still be strong players. (See Chara, Brodeur, Chelios, etc) But their contracts may not seem like the anchors they look like now either. Hell a $4 million deal used to look like a lot.! I like the direction the Habs are going (at least for now until Bergevin screws it up). And I like that we have Price and Weber to mentor our young players and also make sure they aren't thrown to the wolves every night. Good teams are a mix of talent and grit, youth and experience, superstars and grinders. And, in this argument, if going ALL young was the answer the Oilers would have won a cup by now!
  2. Heard there was a parade in Toronto today
  3. This has nothing to do with how either team will do this year, or even which team is better and by how much. BUT: The difference between the two clubs last year was ONE head to head matchup. If the Habs beat the Leafs, in regulation, in just one of the games they lost to them in regulation last season - both end up tied with 98 points. I know, it is easy to go back and look at any game all season or a ton of different factors - but one more win by the Habs coupled with one more regulation loss by the Leafs and the teams wind up tied for points. Of course, there is ONE game against St. Louis that I bet the Bruins would have liked to win... EDIT: I had to go look it up. The Habs and Leafs played 4 times last year. Habs one once in a shootout. Lost twice in overtime. And lost once - 6-3 on Feb. 23, and the Habs actually led 3-0 at the end of the first. The Leafs scored 2 empty netters to make it 6-3. The difference was THAT close! Leafs scored the winner with 1:50 to go in the third.
  4. Not a fan of our second line. It really puts Domi in the hot seat, so to speak. Obviously the hope is that the line has an unbelievable season. Truth is though that there is a very good chance that Domi winds up seeing his numbers go way down on that line, as he is left out to dry. Sure hope I am wrong. Believe it or not, I would have been more comfortable with Drouin or even Byron on left wing instead of Lekhonen.
  5. 45-31-2-4 for 96 points 4th in the Atlantic 8th in the East 253 goals
  6. Would you do it? Jonathan Drouin for Justin Faulk. And what other pieces would have to be in play for it to make sense. Just a question to spark a conversation? And, yes i know Faulk is a Right shot D.
  7. Except...they don't. The Habs only have $4m in Cap Space left - and need some of that for things that happen during the season.
  8. All of this cap space sure disappeared quickly, and for little impact! The Habs currently sit 19th out of 31 teams in the NHL when it comes to Cap Space. That means 18 teams have more cap room than Montreal. In the Atlantic Division, ONLY Florida ($2.4 M) and Toronto (screwed!) have less Cap Space than Montreal. As for Canadian teams, ONLY Edmonton ($2.4M) and Toronto (screwed!) have less cap space than Montreal. I only point this out because it seems the conversation over the past couple of months (years?) has been all of this Cap Space that Montreal has. In reality, the Habs only have $4M in Cap Space. Factor in injuries, a possible mid season trade, etc, and there really isn't that much room!! Sure we are in better shape than the Leafs (when it comes to Cap Space), but they are SCREWED! (Did I mention that before?) So are The Rangers, Pittsburgh and Arizona. With Washington, Dallas and Vegas not far behind (so yeah, there is that!) Compare that to Ottawa ($20.6M), Winnipeg ($17.6M), New Jersey ($17M), Colorado ($16.5M), Columbus ($15.8M), Philadelphia ($13.4M) and Calgary ($10M) and we are far from swimming in Cap Space. Granted some of those teams still have pieces to sign, and the Habs are pretty much SET, but still the numbers don't lie. And the numbers say that, barring a trade, there isn't a whole lot left that Bergevin can do. EDIT: and the Habs Cap Space doesn't include $$ to bring up guys that surprise in camp and make the team!
  9. Unlesssss.....Carolina is bluffing If Bergevin does nothing else they wait until the last minute to match. Or....in the ultimate FU.....if he DOES do something...they don't follow through...... Then the Habs are in cap hell!
  10. Something! Anything! This was nothing!!!! The only good thing is that Carolina didn't wait a week to announce that they were matching the offer. What a waste of time that was. Oh yeah, and now Carolina is pissed at Montreal...
  11. This is nothing more than smoke and mirrors by Bergevin. He basically trades nobody (Shaw for picks). Signs nobody (KIncaid). And then tries to fool fans by throwing out a laughable offer sheet. At the end of the day, once again HE DID NOTHING. If by some miracle Carolina doesn't match the offer sheet we should all go out and buy lottery tickets. Don't be fooled by the 'offer sheet'. If he really wanted to make a ballsy move he would have done so. Don't get me wrong, I would love to add Aho to our lineup. I'd also like to win the lottery.... Now, if only Bergevin would make a REAL MOVE! Then we'd have something to be excited about.
  12. I wondered the same thing. Didn't bring it up here because of all the Subban haters. But you make some very valid points. We had the assets and the cap room to make it happen. Imagine having both Subban and Weber on the back end, with Petry and Mete - and of course Carey Price. With the ability to transition the puck to the other end of the ice quickly - our young, skilled forwards would have had more opportunity to create offence. But then what do I know... Time for the Subban haters to chime in...
  13. Is it even worth talking about Dion Phaneuf? Guys like him and Corey Perry will go for bargain basement prices now that they have been bought out - or will they? Is there any scenario that we take a run at him with a 1 year contract for say $1 million? EDIT: And of course he is a stop gap, not a long term solution. We have signed worse players to bigger deals... Karl (cough) Alzner. Ales Hemsky...
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