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Machine of Loving Grace

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  1. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    I like to watch the city of Toronto suffer when it comes to sports. I can watch Boston suffer in the second round.
  2. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Subban's most common linemate this season is Emelin, over 200 minutes than Ekholm: http://www.naturalstattrick.com/playerreport.php?season=20172018&stype=2&sit=5v5&stdoi=oi&rate=n&v=t&playerid=8474056 Doughty had Fobort the most, Hedman had Dotchin and Stralman.
  3. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Kinda funny to me that Subban and Weber can now share war stories over a pint on being anchored down by Emelin but rising above it to get in the Norris conversation.
  4. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    I would have went Hedman/Subban/Jones. Jones is developing superbly and I think he faces greater challenges in the Metro than Doughty in the Pacific. I'm biased for Subban and his incredible offensive input despite high D zone starts but he slipped in March and April. Hedman was more steady. If Jones improves any more the award is his for years to come. Carlson... let's just say he's riding high from no longer being latched onto Alzner. He was very good and the gap between 1st and 6th isn't big to me. Tight race. I think no Barkov in the Selke race was a bigger snub but whatever this isn't the Academy Awards where we allow eight nominees.
  5. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    To add, Subban and Hedman lead defencemen in primary points per game (goals+primary assist) which should give you a clearer picture of why he's top three.
  6. 2018 draft thread

    DD had 97 points as an 18 year old and 118 as a 19 year old. He then destroyed the ECHL in his first year there. Alex Barre-Boulet looks to be the new DD (he signed with Tampa last month)
  7. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    2018 Norris Trophy nominees: Drew Doughty, Victor Hedman, PK Subban
  8. Injury news

    There's talk he was playing on an injured shoulder since January.
  9. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    So, would you pay $8.5M for Pacioretty knowing he's likely to continue the same playoff production? Or would you prefer someone who makes half that for the production? Are you confident that Pacioretty's production will increase in the playoffs? His regular season production will increase? That was the whole point of the comparison. I'd rather have a Smith at $4.2M than Pacioretty at whatever he gets next summer.
  10. 2018 draft thread

    Alex Alain is a free agent. He attended a few camps in 2015 and 2016 but nobody signed him. He's a 21 year old, which has a lot to do with his performance in the Q. He's had two pretty good seasons with the Armada so I'm sure he'll get a look with some but nothing tells me he's an NHLer. Will probably play in the ECHL unless he gets an offer in Europe.
  11. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Oh right, the big sample which says Pacioretty had a bad season in 17-18 after a terrible playoffs in 2017. That big sample. My point was I would prefer to pay Smith at his current amount than what Pacioretty will eventually make because it ain't worth what he brings in the season. You seem to be under the assumption that one day Pacioretty's playoff scoring is going to match his regular season scoring because... big sample? He suddenly gets faster? Luck?
  12. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Here's the great thing about the playoffs: it's always small sample sizes. If you can't perform in those small sample sizes, you shouldn't be relied upon. Max Pacioretty is a first line forward who is paid for his regular season production. Nobody pays him for his playoff production. Then again, if we think of his current contract as paying him for his playoff production, he's paid accordingly and we shouldn't offer him a dime more. Honestly Pacioretty is just an easy target. This entire club has pretty much been an example of a team that struggles in the spring. Just another reason why the whole thing should be set on fire and start over.
  13. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Smith: 13 points in 33 playoff games Pacioretty: 19 points in 38 playoff games Same amount of playoff game winning goals too. At their cap hits I would of course take Max, but after next summer? Would probably take Smith at $4.2M. Still get 20+ goals, same playoff production, seems like the smarter bet.
  14. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    I think you could get that top centre in a package with Pacioretty back in 2015. At $4.5 million for a cap tight team he had massive value. Now? He's just a rental. But I have a low opinion on Pacioretty these days. I've watched a lot of Predators this year. He doesn't remind me of Forsberg or Arvidsson but Craig Smith. Nobody here would go gaga over having Craig Smith but 4 of his last 5 seasons were with 20+ goals, he's a solid 2RW with speed and sometimes scores important goals. Pacioretty is a slightly better version of that on the left wing and we have treated Pacioretty like some elite talent who would score 50 goals with a top centre, when he's never shown that in international competition or when he had Galchenyuk putting up top centre numbers. His goal scoring actually went down with Chuck. So I guess I see it how Savard saw Stephane Richer back in the day. He shouldn't have been the guy but the guy who gets us the guy.
  15. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    He was disappointing against New York. His overall playoff numbers are average I guess, similar to Arvidsson, but nobody would say Arvidsson is the guy you build your offence around. We honestly should have traded him back in 2015 when there was still a lot left on his deal and cap strung teams would go crazy for his low cap hit. But hey, we needed those regulation game winning goals.
  16. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    The Marleau one was always silly. He's an all time playoff scorer, especially for playoff GWG. Fleury sucked in his prime in the playoffs. He redeemed himself last spring, but it was redeeming almost a decade of disappointing playoff play. Pacioretty sure likes to be streaky when the defence gets tighter. But in all honesty he's just an overall disappointment. That doesn't make him a bad player, just not the guy you build your offence around. He's a passenger not a driver. Nothing wrong with that until he's about to be a UFA.
  17. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    We can't have the Knights winning the Cup. In 30 years nobody will believe it wasn't rigged.
  18. Habs Sign Jake Evans to 2yr ELC

    DLR has zero hands. Evans is a good passer. When you look at the top 5 in NCAA for assists the three signed to contracts went back to their nhl teams already (Evans was hurt, Marody went to AHL, Terry played two games with the Ducks) while Adam Rockwood and Max Verroneau are unsigned. It wouldn't hurt to have him in the AHL for a full season or two and see what transpires. No need to push him to the NHL already.
  19. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    The least surprising signing of the summer will be Evander Kane with the Sharks. What a fit.
  20. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    There are stupid people all around the league. Clean bill of health, couple good games, i'm sure there's a GM that will trade for him. He has, "You take our disappointing player and we will take yours" written all over him.
  21. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Shaw is pretty broken and Chicago doesn't have a lot of cap space. If they took him back, they'd want Montreal to eat some cap hit. They are not in position of a salary dump. Taking Saad back was to placate Toews and it blew up in their faces. Sharp came back very cheap. They wouldn't be able to afford Shaw unless we took half of his cap back and still took someone in the deal. Maybe something like that could be done if we took back Duclair.
  22. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Something about this Wild team just folds in the playoffs. Losing Suter hurt but I didn't expect much this spring. Once bitten twice shy. (I don't like the Jets so I was hoping to be wrong but it ain't looking good.)
  23. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Only one series tied so far. Vegas up 2-0 is interesting, as are both Flyers Penguins games being blowouts. I think if the Avalanche were playing a different team they'd have a win.
  24. Deslauriers signs a two-year extension

    I want him to decide his own lineup day one. Don't talk like Galchenyuk hasn't been playing centre for only one month. DLR might not have played in the NHL if Chuck was at centre let alone 2C, 3C, or 4C. If it was his decision to push him to the wing then people need to stop excusing it with Bergevin. If he's been in fear of Bergevin since he last played him at centre (the final minute of the final playoff game) then he's a coward. Put him at centre. Bergevin can't do anything. If it goes public, Julien isn't the one who looks bad. That said I believe it's 100% Julien's decision and people just want to defend his weak reputation. It's funny how he gets the, "He has a Cup ring and a Cup final" defence but nobody dares try it with Chiarelli. Julien put himself in this situation. His GM agrees. Nothing else. Stop protecting.
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