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  1. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Brisebois? Because it's likely Brisebois. Unless he doesn't want the job. But he will be looking next summer. Especially if Tampa stops Toronto in the second round like I believe they will. As for Ottawa, I think the bigger difference is that we know Molson has money and the team is in absolutely zero financial strain. They got their ducks in a row. They can pretty much turn a profit without playing a single game just on merchandise and brand value these days. Ottawa has an owner that doesn't want to spend and wants everyone to do the spending for him, but also wants to pull off a contender at the same time. It's crazy. And the scary part is, Ottawa got pretty close to a contender a few times with those constraints due to good drafting. Dorion needs to be given the green light to blow it up there, which will be easy. Stone, Duchene, and Karlsson, no excuse to get out of that without at *least* three first rounders. Which of course puts more pressure on the Habs. If Ottawa is in a full rebuild, Detroit is already there, Buffalo is trying to get out, Toronto is out, Tampa is a powerhouse, Boston is still strong, and Florida is a wildcard, what's Montreal?
  2. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Which means they were told Karlsson wouldn't talk to them.
  3. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Ottawa has no first rounder so the Canucks first has to be in the deal. Sens will need a D to claim is the heir to Karlsson so that means Hughes or Juolevi. By that point they have something that needs more but adding Boeser is too much. I just don't see Karlsson agreeing to goto Vancouver. I think Dallas is still the right way to go, it's just Dallas doesn't want to give up Miro Heiskanen.
  4. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    According to Friedman, Karlsson talks have increased, mostly with Western Conference teams, and Vancouver is seeing what they can do to be in on him.
  5. Habs acquire Hunter Shinkaruk

    It's like getting a new job but it doesn't start for another year so you gotta keep working the job you hate until it begins.
  6. Max Pacioretty Watch

    I think there was a real possibility about two years ago of Montreal making a trade for Seabrook. I think any attempt to get him now would be rejected by Molson. Drouin, Shaw, Alzner, Weber, and Price are the only deals that go beyond three years. The only way we were acquiring a deal longer than that is for the purposes of a buyout or to get picks and prospects and Seabrook wouldn't fit that unless Chicago gives us... a lot. Like a lot. In the end I think we get the first round pick we want for Pacioretty, but after that... not sure. The scenario in my head is near the deadline, Colorado is leading their division and suddenly gets a couple injuries so they decide to give up their first round pick (since they got Ottawa's), A.J. Greer, and a prospect D (Colorado is weak at LD so not Girard or Zadorov) for Pacioretty. Colorado has the money to sign him.
  7. Habs acquire Hunter Shinkaruk

    He needs to pick an exit date and pack for it.
  8. Max Pacioretty Watch

    Max's trainer says he's in the best shape of his life. Which is 99% trainer fluff but 1% likely a detail that he's 100% healthy and ready to go for opening season, and a healthy Pacioretty is crucial to have a tradeable Pacioretty. Best case scenario he scores like eight goals in the first 10 games on one of his hot streaks and a team getting shut out just panics and offers something big for him.
  9. Max Pacioretty Watch

    97-98 and 98-99. So 20 years ago. Ugh.
  10. Habs acquire Hunter Shinkaruk

    Man I was sure I was gonna open this up and it would say he was traded for McCarron. They were drafted beside each other. The Stockton Heat are not a good development team for anyone but neither was Laval with Lefebvre so hopefully he develops with better coaches. Either way I'm glad to get rid of Rychel. I've known that spoiled brat since Windsor. His dad almost tanked his entire organization to bring him to the Spitfires and when he finally got him, everyone knew that there was an unwritten rule to always pass the puck to Kerby. The joke among the scorekeepers was, "Are you sure that wasn't a goal by Rychel?" anytime Windsor scored. Whatever the case is, I hope we trade Hunter instead of him just leaving. We got a good train going: - Sven Andrighetto for Andreas Martinsen - Martinsen for Kyle Baun - Baun in the Plekanec deal for Rychel - Rychel for Shinkaruk
  11. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Stamkos - Malkin/MacKinnon - Kucherov
  12. Habs sign Jesperi Kotkaniemi to his ELC

    The fact he had never met Jesperi until that charity game and when someone asked him how he felt about it, all he talked about was how he was playing first line and his "little brother" Mikko was third line... I get the feeling he won't be a hockey ops guy. That said, even Saku Koivu as a "Habs Ambassador" for Europe would be a nice role to see him in. Maybe like what Rejean Houle does for Habs alumni but for the European guys so they have Habs representation doing autograph signings or charity games (provide sweaters, logos, photos to autograph, etc.)
  13. Habs sign Jesperi Kotkaniemi to his ELC

    He's playing a charity game with Saku Koivu today.
  14. Max Pacioretty Watch

    They were trying to get him moved at the draft but he wouldn't agree to an extension with the Kings. After that, the offers for him got worse and worse as teams filled their LW needs. At this point trading him as soon as possible would be getting 30 cents on the dollar.
  15. Why will you watch the 2018-19 Habs?

    I wasn't talking about the times when a dump and chase works, I'm talking about dump and chase as a strategy. It's crap hockey.
  16. Why will you watch the 2018-19 Habs?

    Dump and chase is garbage hockey.
  17. Why will you watch the 2018-19 Habs?

    Your comparison was Galchenyuk, who has been top 3 in Habs scoring in the past 3 years despite coaches messing with him. Now he is traded to a team that doesn't have that baggage. We thought higher of him because we thought higher of this team. I don't know if he's the 70 point centre I thought he could become but he was a 51 point winger on one of the worst teams in the league playing his off position for a coach who had little to no confidence in him. I don't know if he needs the right coach but simply he doesn't need the wrong one.
  18. Why will you watch the 2018-19 Habs?

    Even Ovechkin's numbers dropped when Adam Oates moved him to the right wing and expected him to be something he wasn't. To the point where people were saying Ovechkin had peaked. He followed up three 30+ goal seasons with three 50+ goal seasons because he got used properly again.
  19. Why will you watch the 2018-19 Habs?

    Everything said here falls under "because his job was on the line" Not playing Marchand on the PP was a point of contention in Boston.
  20. Why will you watch the 2018-19 Habs?

    Marchand was better when away from Julien, who for some stupid reason refused to play him on powerplay. Julien has an issue with two types of young players: guys that lean heavy on offence and Russians. The Russian issue is well documented.
  21. 2018 Rocket/ECHL Team TBD Offseason Thread

    I noticed an article on the Habs site about Michael Chaput. Definitely an example of a guy who can score in the AHL but not the NHL. He will probably get a call up during injuries but not much else.
  22. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Skinner had a NMC and was only giving Carolina like 4 choices. Surprising that Buffalo was on the list but he might have seen it as an opportunity for a great extension if King Eichel likes him.
  23. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    At this point Bergevin is beyond hope, but what can Julien do to keep his job?
  24. Max Pacioretty Watch

    If Montreal has great players, nobody will care what they speak. But the media has made it clear that if the club sucks? It better suck with local players. Same with coaching and GM. If the best coach or GM wants to come here, they will be accepted. They just don't have a very big window to get it done. But if we are going with someone with no experience, people want a local and they want to hear their own language. Kovalev got Lafleur comparisons for an 84 point season. That's how starved this franchise is for top flight players. That's why I say tank and rebuild. If we got Hughes first overall and he proved to be a 100 point centre, nobody would care he's an under six feet tall Yank. They would celebrate him all still. The first language of the Habs is success and we forgot how to speak the native tongue.
  25. Why will you watch the 2018-19 Habs?

    I think he either has new team struggles out the gate like some players do, or he just goes on a tear. I expect him to be busting his ass this summer to get in shape because he finally has a GM and coach who want him to play centre. If he doesn't, he didn't deserve our support. I think Arizona looks at him the way Dallas looked at Tyler Seguin and knows if they handle him right, they fill that centre position for years to come. I think they put Keller and Grabner with him while Stepan gets Panik and Dvorak. There is still some hope in Strome and hopefully they handle him how Montreal should have handled Galchenyuk: play him at 3C and give him a guy like Dvorak and a vet on the other side. Galchenyuk doesn't have much time to secure a C position with Strome and Hayton in their system but who knows how long Stepan is around. Arizona might surprise everyone if Strome puts his game together and Nick Merkley ends up the real deal. Merkley has been a PPG player in his last four seasons (three in OHL, one in AHL) and if that transitions to the NHL, Arizona has five players 25 and younger who will have 20 goal, 50 point potential in the league. If Raanta wasn't a hotstreak, Arizona could surprise everyone. Not to mention their defence is a lot better than people give it credit for.