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  1. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    There's nothing to wish away. I want him under control for more time when the Habs will be good, which isn't anytime soon. You think he's gonna demand a trade if he doesn't make the club? Come on.
  2. Sept. 29, Habs vs Sens, 7 PM

    If Ottawa can't score with Alzner and Despres out there, fold the organization.
  3. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    Which happened with Mete. No way do I play him more than the tryout amount. If he's ppg he still goes back. Let him return next season as a Calder contender. I want him at 19-26 or 20-27, not 18-25.
  4. Point predictions

    Jonathan Drouin Under Brendan Gallagher Under Max Domi Under Charles Hudon Under Jeff Petry Under Tomas Tatar Over
  5. Could our lineup look like this

    Practice lines: Tatar - Danault - Gallagher Byron - Domi - Lehkonen Drouin - Kotkaniemi - Armia Chaput - Plekanec - Scherbak DLR - Peca - Hudon Agostino Mete - Petry Alzner - Benn Reilly - Juulsen Ouellet - Despres Price Niemi Lindgren I guess Chaput and DLR are facing off for the 4LW role and Scherbak and Hudon are facing off for the 4RW role? Probably will keep up Peca if/when Kotkaniemi goes back to Europe? Looks like no chance for Alzner and Benn to be going anywhere. Got the feeling they see the RD as weaker than the LD and that's why Despres is getting an extra look. I would not be shocked if Mete and Juulsen go back to the AHL since they are waiver exempt, maybe not immediately but eventually. Agostino and Chaput I don't see staying up. No way should Hudon be going to the AHL. That leaves Scherbak and DLR, and honestly I'd put Scherbak in Laval and risk waivers. Despres is terrible and Ouellet really earned a spot but I could see them going the other way on that one. Lindgren of course will be heading to Laval. Seeing Hudon on that fifth line bugs me though. What the heck is this roster when Shaw returns? Way too many left wingers.
  6. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    He was bad. Remember how bad Mike Komisarek was after he left Montreal and didn't have Andrei Markov making him look good? That was Alzner and Carlson. Carlson has been so much better without him. Alzner hasn't been good since they removed him. He was an iron man who played with injuries so they eventually caught up to him, which is common for players like him. His point goals with us were in line with his totals in Washington for his last season, the one without Carlson. His plus minus is drastically different because Washington was a better team that scored more. He was a 7th defenceman in the playoffs. The head pro scout is Eric Crawford who was a laughing stock in Vancouver. Of course they scouted him, ignored how much Carlson carried him, assumed it was the other way around (people thought Markov would be exposed without Komisarek back in 2009), and that all he needed was a healthy summer. He was a bad signing, but someone was gonna make a mistake with him. It just ended up us.
  7. Sept. 26, Maple Leafs vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    He almost always sucks in exhibition. He is usually trying out new gear.
  8. Sept. 26, Maple Leafs vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    My bad on Bork. Even so, I'm not betting on Brook. If the best offer has a RD I'll take it.
  9. Could our lineup look like this

    The right move with Latendresse was staying in junior then going to the AHL but even so, in his final season he was handled improperly. He was on fire in Minnesota handled better then his career got derailed by injury. Kotkaniemi, he could play this season but no point aside from wasting a year of ELC.
  10. Could our lineup look like this

    Nah you missed my point. The city was going crazy when Latendresse was 18 that he was a French Canadian Todd Bertuzzi. There was a ton of pressure to keep him up by media and fans. Triple what we see with Kotkaniemi. They still sent him down, but kept him up at 19 when they probably should have had him continue in junior. Kotkaniemi has buzz and he could play in the NHL, but it's not like Latendresse, and we made the right decision then.
  11. Sept. 26, Maple Leafs vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    We got Juulsen, Lernout, Fleury and Brook for the right and for the left we got Mete, Bourque, Romanov, and Harris. I don't consider either that good so I'll take a quality D on either side.
  12. Could our lineup look like this

    Latendresse excitement was way louder and they still waited until he was 19.
  13. Sept. 26, Maple Leafs vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    The team that'll probably offer the most and need Petry is Toronto. And unlike Ottawa, I'm perfectly fine with in division trading. I'll even hold a chunk of cap back if Toronto makes the right offer. They got quite a few high draft right handed defencemen and forwards like Grundstrom and Korshkov who might struggle to crack their top nine just due to a logjam of forwards. Give up some quality, I'll be fine moving Petry to the Leafs.
  14. Sept. 26, Maple Leafs vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    Technically he's ready. But there is zero point to play him as an 18 year old. Give him his tryout games, send him back to Finland, he can come in next season a little heavier with a shot at the Calder.
  15. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    Yeah, and a lot of those players sucked, were out of the league in their 20s, and wouldn't have cracked other rosters. Again, if you are trying to make this about the GMs trading second round picks away you are only arguing with yourself. Timmins actual picks between 2008 and 2014 have been extremely weak. 2003-2007 was strong with exception to 2006. 2015 on remains to be seen and could save some face for him but it doesn't change the fact he isn't irreplaceable. The last time he drafted a legitimate number one centre? Jason Spezza, who is now close to retirement.
  16. Sept. 26, Maple Leafs vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    He won't be happy for a long time.
  17. Sept. 26, Maple Leafs vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    I don't think I want him in Laval.
  18. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    I guess you missed the words "I doubt" when you were rushing to reply. And clearly he didn't quit. He was proud of the Tinordi pick.
  19. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    I only focus on the picks he made. It would be unfair to criticize him for things he had nothing to do with. The exception being Jarred Tinordi, who they gave up a 2nd to move up and select. I doubt that was Gainey doing it all on his own while Timmins screamed and threatened to quit if it happened. He wanted Tinordi and likely suggested it was better to select him than what was available with our first and second.
  20. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    I don't take away his good picks nor do I act like everything has to be a winner. But he has been at this for 15 years. He has had a lot of disappointment first round selections. He used to pick college players to have their rights longer but that didn't mean he got the best players. His record at centre for the first decade is straight up atrocious and a big reason why we struggle down the middle is the lack of quality centres drafted in our system. Since 2003 the best right wingers he has drafted have been a 5th round pick gem and his first ever first round pick in 2003. But hey get a load of the defencemen and left wingers and goalies! I review the good and the bad. Too many try to blame the bad on the GM. They can't just say we got a flawed draft master. And yeah I want him out because again, after 15 years, I don't feel like we got a guy who cannot be replaced. That isn't to say he hasn't done a great job at times or that he didn't have a legendary draft in 2007. I just don't believe that his 15 years is so good we can't move on.
  21. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    Give him a bonus then.
  22. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    Whoever scouted Teasdale deserves a bonus.
  23. digging through the dirt

    I was sure he was going for Shinkaruk, not Rychel. If he gets moved for Freddie Gauthier I'll giggle.
  24. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    Which was the right decision looking at that pick, unless you think he was going to take Aho (which after drafting Scherbak the year prior and Timmins in interviews admitting they look at positional needs just as much as BPA I highly doubt) but it has seemed to be historically true that Timmins and now Churla get to pretty much operate on their own with only input from the GM. It is just comical to me that Timmins is mostly celebrated for the 2007 draft and otherwise has a mediocre first round pick record overall, and anytime you point out his mistakes, oh that must have been Gainey or Gauthier or Bergevin. Meanwhile none of those guys will ever get credit for the good picks, not even Gainey who was given the choice of Marc Staal and Carey Price by Timmins and took Carey. It's always look at the great job Timmins has done... except when he hasn't, which must have not been him.
  25. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    Same Timmins who drafted Fischer, Tinordi, O'Byrne, Conboy, and Thrower among others. Are we gonna claim GM on every bad pick he makes? We have reports of the GM wanting a guy and Timmins not taking him, like Galchenyuk instead of Reilly. But hey, let's keep the mythology of Timmins going?