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Machine of Loving Grace

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  1. Could our lineup look like this

    I could see someone taking McCarron due to his size as a fourth line plug. I don't see anyone touching DLR unless someone thinks we handled him improperly and they need a defensive forward.
  2. Injury news

    Well, that's one less winger to send down. And the end of Deslauriers in the top six. Hate it happened but it will be good for someone like Hudon or Lehkonen to move back to LW or giving Shinkaruk a solid observation.
  3. Sept. 17, Devils (SS) vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    Damn, pulled a Cammalleri. Nice to see.
  4. Sept. 17, Devils (SS) vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    27 year old grinder wins over local fans by scoring 10 more goals than anyone thought he would. What does he do? Punches himself stupid in exhibition.
  5. Sept. 17, Devils (SS) vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    Unlike in Montreal, if Domi could play centre, he would have never been moved.
  6. Sept. 17, Devils (SS) vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    I give just as much blame to Julien at this point. His job is much safer than Bergevin. He can do whatever he wants with the lines and if they fire him he is one of the highest paid coaches on vacation for a couple years. These lines are just as much his doing. If he didn't want Domi there he wouldn't be there. It was Julien who put Galchenyuk on the fourth line against the Rangers then claimed he was trying to spread the offence.
  7. Sept. 17, Devils (SS) vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    I got a feeling Peca will be 2C by December.
  8. Could our lineup look like this

    He needs to string together some healthy games. He does that there is bound to be another old school GM who wants him on the team. But we will most likely have to take a cap dump or cut his salary by a million or so to get it done. Maybe Lou on the Islanders will get annoyed with Josh Ho-Sang and take Shaw off our hands for him. I'm dreaming.
  9. Sept. 17, Devils (SS) vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    Top line could be in the NHL. Could be a decent second line on a good team. Second line is a bit of a mess. If the idea is for Deslauriers to protect Kotkaniemi, yeah history has proven guys will run someone regardless of who is on the ice. If it is to see if he could be the next Weise, I think we have too many talented left wingers to be putting Deslauriers up there. I mean we have so many, we've now moved Lehkonen and Hudon to the right wing. Curious to see if Shinkaruk works hard for this because his career is on the line. Good for Mete and Juulsen to get big minutes.
  10. Muller signs a two-year extension

    Kirk Muller runs the powerplay. Despite only winning 29 games, Montreal had the 13th best powerplay in the league. The only teams in the Top 20 powerplay with less than 40 wins were the 6th place Islanders (35), 9th place Canucks (31), and 20th place Sabres (25). Out of those teams Montreal had the least powerplay opportunities (though were only separated by 2 with Vancouver) at 245. In 16-17 the Habs were 13th again, albeit with a lower percentage. But they also were 27th in opportunities. In 15-16 the powerplay sucked and was 25th (pre-Muller) but also was 11th for PP opportunities. Between 12-13 and 15-16, the Habs were 6th in PP opportunities and 23rd in PP. 16-17 to 17-18 (smaller sample size I know) we're 23rd in PP opportunities but 11th in powerplay. You can draw your own conclusions on some of that. I should add that between 12-13 and 15-16, Subban was 4th in PP goals and 1st in PP points with Markov 11th in PP goals and 4th in PP points so it wasn't like the firepower wasn't there. Muller is making a serious contribution to the team in the way they play the powerplay in ways the crappy coaches Therrien brought in before Muller couldn't.
  11. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    If your skating is not a strength in 2018 it is a weakness. That said he's young. I'm sure the Habs will hook him up with a skating coach and get him moving better.
  12. Habs sign Joel Ward to a PTO

    He's pretty much done, but better him taking up a press box role, and he's a well liked guy who always worked hard and found some success in the playoffs. That's important to have in a locker where the only people who have seen a Stanley Cup final on the roster is Niemi as a rookie. Unless I'm missing someone.
  13. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    I would be quite fine with this line.
  14. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Had a feeling he was. Different GM and he would have been on the list.
  15. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Zub. Good name. Hope he wears a strange number to go with it.
  16. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    Trade the centre you refuse to play at centre for a winger you decide to turn into a centre. That trade is the gift that keeps on giving.
  17. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    Domi is doing faceoff exercises because Julien thinks they might need him at centre during the season. Ahhhhhh hahahahaha
  18. Marchand has back to back 85 point seasons and would have had one earlier had Julien let him play powerplay. Between 13-14 and 15-16 he played the 8th most amount of PP minutes among Bruins forwards.
  19. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    Hahaha
  20. There isn't one yet. I'm nowhere near as sold on Kotkaniemi as Commandant is. Drouin still has the potential, he isn't done yet, but the clock is ticking. Domi certainly isn't. Scherbak isn't. Gallagher isn't. I don't believe this team has a forward yet that would be considered a franchise forward. Or defenceman (Weber used to be). Just a goalie.
  21. I would never say this guy got drafted here so he has to carry the team. Pacioretty already had his role defined as the top winger. He was expected to lead. He often went cold in the playoffs. I won't take the first Tampa series from him, but otherwise we had many other players who stepped up over him. Heck Lehkonen was better than him against the Rangers shift in and shift out, and Flynn outscored him. Not once did I expect Pacioretty to carry the Habs. I expected him to score more than 0 goals and 1 assist in 6 games against the Rangers as our team captain.
  22. Arizona is interesting too in that they are weak on the left wing, so if Tocchett said no we need him more on the wing than centre, it would be understandable. But no, he said right out the gate he has a shot at centre. And his GM supports him in a way Bergevin never did. I don't think he moves off centre for the whole season, good or bad. His wingers will change and that's it. If he and Strome look great, that gives Arizona three centres down the middle to build around with Keller, Perlini, Hinostroza, Merkley, and Fischer on the wing. Plus Crouse and Dvorak. Arizona is looking exciting if things fall into place. (Disclaimer: Arizona is 2nd team this year)
  23. 2018 Training Camp Thread

    Deslauriers in the top six, Hudon on the RW, Bitten on the fifth line... ah whatever it's scrimmage.
  24. Habs sign Joel Ward to a PTO

    I'm good with that. He doesn't have much hockey left in him but he'll be a good veteran at camp.
  25. I would never put that on one player. It's about a team.
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