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  1. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    The rumour right now is Hunter becomes assistant GM in Detroit and replaces Holland when he finally leaves.
  2. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Hutton for McCarron sounds pretty logical. Benning loves his size and grit.
  3. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    That was everyone's thought originally but Hunter wants to be a GM and everyone knows that Lou is in NYI to train his son to be GM.
  4. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    It's fine if that happens. Look at Kadri in Toronto. Great contract, would be a #2C for any team with a #1 but now he plays 3C to Matthews and Tavares. Also Danault makes only $3M so if he does get pushed down it ain't like he is a heavy load eating up bottom six space. It's also possible that the guys we drafted at centre don't pan out for whatever reason. So we have to be aggressive in how much depth we create there and let them see who is best. If we don't have a C that plays a two way game, Julien will rely hard on Danault even if he isn't as offensively skilled as Poe or Kotka and that means top ES minutes.
  5. Joel Armia signs a one-year deal

    Armia avoids arbitration for a one year $1.85m deal.
  6. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    The question with him is if he can be a 2C. He's an excellent even strength scorer so if he adds to that on the PP he very well could be. But three years at $3M means he knows he is in the middle six and doesn't mind.
  7. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    Exactly where it should be. Good deal for him.
  8. Joel Armia signs a one-year deal

    Opening lineup and the lineup with Shaw/Byron is... ugh it's confusing. We have too many wingers. Pacioretty, Domi, Armia, Gallagher, Hudon, Lehkonen, Scherbak, Shaw, Byron, Deslauriers... That's 10 right there. For 8 spots. Pacioretty and Byron are clearly the trade targets (I hope we see Byron and Peca together as they'd be the fastest Habs duo since Bure/Koivu) and if we move them early then maybe we could start thinking about Drouin back on the wing. Drouin - Peca - Gallagher Domi - Danault - Armia Hudon/Scherbak - Plekanec - Scherbak Deslauriers - DLR - Shaw Yeah it sucks down the middle, welcome to the Habs. At least that's a skill first line, a two way second and third line, and a grind line. Good for tanking while players still maximize effort/potential. My real headache is Hudon vs. Lehkonen.
  9. Joel Armia signs a one-year deal

    Wasn't sure about it until I found out he's still an RFA after this deal so I'll say good.
  10. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Gimme Bernard if we're trading with NJ.
  11. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    No money to re-sign him with Schmaltz coming up as an RFA next summer. Looking at the league my targets would be Dallas, New Jersey, both New Yorks, Vegas, and Vancouver for long term deals and Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Washington for Patches as a rental.
  12. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Yeah, he's a speed demon Q wasn't a big fan of. Coyotes likely hoping he becomes their Arvidsson. I could see him playing with Galchenyuk.
  13. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    True, I'm still thinking everyone is like Montreal where if a guy even said he wants to play centre in a videogame he will get the shot over Galchenyuk. EDIT: After talking to Blackhawks friends, Hino is less Danault and more Byron. Super fast.
  14. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Bergevin still highly values him. He won't give him up for cheap, but I could see that happening.
  15. Habs invite Simon Despres to training camp

    He looked quite good in Sweden from what I heard.
  16. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Not surprised. Good deal for Coyotes to get a super cheap cap eater. Also clears Kruger which tells me they are 100% committed to Galchenyuk at centre. Surprised they let go of Hinostroza when there was a lot of talk he was a second chance for Chicago with Danault.
  17. Habs invite Simon Despres to training camp

    All the best to Despres, who has NHL skill but concussions not his fault. Just know the team was bad and that Ebert would be the guy I would want more.
  18. Habs invite Simon Despres to training camp

    Bratislava Slovan was a garbage club last season, allowed the most goals against in the KHL. It was a pretty NHL style D there with Meszaros, Barker, Ebert (who was a damn good Spitfire) and Despres. The guy to scoop from that club was Ebert, but he's now in the Swedish Elite League. I think he'll come back to the NHL next summer and have a real shot somewhere.
  19. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Plekanec trade went relatively well.
  20. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I would be fine with lottery protected.
  21. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    They had a deal at the draft that fell through so NYI is a possibility.
  22. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Rangers waited until the deadline with Rick Nash, who was having the worst season his career at age 33 (he still hasn't been signed this summer) and the Bruins still gave up a 19 year old defenceman, Ryan Spooner, and a 1st round pick (Rangers agreed to take Beleskey to help Boston's cap but that's something we'd do too). The deadline next year I'm not sure who will be available. Skinner and Panarin are potentially better and both younger than Pacioretty, but after those three? It falls down to Vanek, Hagelin, McGinn, Raffl, and Byron. There won't be much available. If Pacioretty gets to the deadline and Skinner/Panarin are gone, he's by far the crown jewel of the left wing free agents at the deadline. Winger wise he's competing with Eberle, Simmonds, Nyquist, and Zuccarrello. So no matter what he's sitting pretty as one of the Top 5 best wingers at the deadline, maybe top 3. The Islanders and Vanek was a special issue. It was the worst kept secret in hockey that Vanek wanted to sign with Minnesota. Buffalo knew it and was happy to trade him. Garth Snow thought Vanek would change his mind playing with Tavares. He didn't. Snow then tried to get back as much as he gave up for Vanek and everyone was balking until all he had in front of him with an hour or so to go at the deadline was Bergevin's 2nd rounder and Collberg. Bergevin should get a great return for Pacioretty. This might be the easiest thing he will have to do at his job. I would personally rather he get traded now than later so there is no mystery to how bad the team will be and that this is indeed a tank season, but if the team waits on it and waits for maybe Pacioretty to rip it up in his contract year and we get even more value for him? That might be better. Either way, the only way Bergevin screws this up is if he insists on a roster player who can come in and contribute immediately and we get a lesser return on draft picks so Bergevin can brag about getting Jason Zucker or something like that. Otherwise? I'm not worried.
  23. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    To Pittsburgh Max Pacioretty Jordie Benn To Montreal Carl Hagelin 1st Round Pick 2019 2nd Round Pick 2019 3rd Round Pick 2020 Anthony Angello Pittsburgh gets themselves a big upgrade at LW, and Montreal takes Hagelin's cap to make it work for them. Habs also give them an extra D which they need. The price is steep with a 1st/2nd/3rd, as well as Angello, but that's what it should cost to get Pacioretty when you are weak on the left side and need to clear cap space. Pittsburgh has been absolute trash at the draft anyway so they won't miss the picks anyhow.
  24. Permanent Rumour Thread

    At this point I don't think Bergevin has much agency. I think he wanted to re-sign him (he was still trying to negotiate with him up to the draft) and now there's no negotiation? I think Molson didn't want him re-signed. I feel like Bergevin's last move that was his was the Domi/Galchenyuk trade. Everything since feels like it's not his call. Or rather, he can't do anything without Molson stamping it. There were a lot of reports on who Bergevin was negotiating with at free agency, and he signed none of them except Peca and Ouellett. If the goal was still to make the playoffs, Pacioretty would be re-signed and we would have went hard at De Haan and likely picked up a Roussel when he didn't need to. Instead, we're pretty much sitting still with the same roster as last season's disaster, minus Galchenyuk. Sorry, I'm skeptical this is Bergevin's chosen strategy.
  25. Permanent Rumour Thread

    8x8 is the rumour.