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About beliveau1

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  1. Niedermayer Contemplating Retirement Not definite but is definitely considering retiring at this time - now that one is coming from out of left field?
  2. you wish.... They will be here in droves to bash them if he walks and they will be here in like numbers to condemn them for signing him. I can hear them already! 'We lost him for nothing when we could have traded him for something...' or.... 'Oh we paid far too much for his sorry defence and that all knowing and all defining horrible plus/minus number that he puts up...' and on & on & on & on Ad nauseam, to infinity & beyond - if, if , if , iffffffffff.................................... to the point I'll wish wish my aunt did have balls?
  3. I've said it time and again that Gainey was paying the market price when he signed Markov. This deal just proves it - in fact he got a bit of a break when you look at these numbers..... they are ludicrous to say the very least!!!!!!!
  4. You can't grade him on what might happen come draft day or free agency - they haven't taken place yet. In other words it doesn't take into effect what major void he has yet to fill. Big trades won't happen prior to the draft - they tend to take place in the hours leading up to it, or on draft day itself. So it's definitely not fair to grade him on the basis that he hasn't landed a number one centre or a big defenceman at this point. You don't grade a student in December based on material he won't see until February..... Personally I'd give him a A- at this point when based on what the calender has allowed him to do so far(at worst a B+)? - he has unloaded Samsonov and the cap hit will be significantly less as a result: money saved counts big in the cap scenario - resigned Markov: yes it was a bit high but at what will most likely be market value come July 1st - resigned Higgins and Komisarek to deals at realistic prices for the market - has signed free agent Janne Lahti - has signed Valentenko to a standard entry level contract = a good move to bring depth to the defence - has acquired forward Ryan Russell from the New York Rangers for a seventh-round pick in this year's weak draft - has signed the younger Kostitsyn to a deal - has Carey Price signed to a deal There are a couple of negatives in losing Mikus, along with Perezhogin and now apparently Emelin opting to play/stay in Russia. Those are somewhat offset though by the fact the Habs still own their rights, and the fact that it sounds like both prefer to stay at home - sometimes stuff happens that are beyond your capabilities no matter what you try. If they can retain Emelin and bring him over in a couple of years that will be great, but he isn't proven just yet to be the saviour they desire - he's still just a potential prospect? Perezhogin could also come back at some point so he's not totally lost. Mikus it seems is just a victim of depth in the organization and contract limitations in the overall league picture. Better to have enough solid depth that you risk losing some talent than not having enough? However the fact is that at this point in time, there have been no real disastrous off season moves or departures that are considered to be permanent losses or setbacks? In a weak draft year I put little stock in what happens if they simply retain their current first round picks - there are no players at that point that will make a direct leap to the big club. A deal however would change that thought process.... the who, what and why would have to be evaluated. Moving up in the draft will be overly expensive for what is available, and a number one centre or defenceman won't come cheap. Most people agree that after the first 5-6 players in the draft the talent drops off the map rapidly, so teams holding the cards will ask a lot for anyone any deal involving that pick. But that's nothing new? July 1st will be important but I really expect no big splash then as I am not at all impressed by what is out there. That said they have to make some changes somehow if they expect to improve next year - the current status quo is not going to win a Cup soon.
  5. Yes 'the Enigma' - we all know how well that one worked out for the Germans in WW2!!!!!
  6. Updates as of June 13 - more FYI stuff you might already know of? Lightning re-sign Tarnasky & Wanvig Ducks have one of their best playoff performers back next season - Sign Moen & Parros Bruins sign defenceman Andrew Alberts Sabres BrainTrust are Back Devils ink Andy Greene, prospect Matthew Corrente taken 30th overall in 2006 draft and 27 yr old Euro Vet Jari Viuhkola Chelios Back for a Year in MoTown Sundin Back for a Year in LaffsNation Panthers Sign Defenceman Bryan Allen to a 5 Year $14.5 Million Extension
  7. It should be - but the reality is that the final nail in that coffin was driven when the Leafs in all their lack of wisdom signed McCabe to that insane deal last summer.....
  8. Love 'the Farce' - they are a true Canadian institution....
  9. where was it - ah yes...... YEAH RIGHT HE CHOKED..... [and my reply would have been a couple of photos that say a thousand words each!!!!! - but it won't accept the URL for the photos? ] p.s. Gainey said somewhere that they wouldn't keep him at the NHL if he isn't going to be the number 1 goalie - good! I hope they don't rush him as he probably needs some time in the AHL. Patience is a virtue.....
  10. Changes Possiible For HNIC in the Fall? Question is as far as I'm concerned - will they finally dump Bob Cole! He is far past his prime.....
  11. Signings Updated as of June 7th..... sort of an everbody's FYI Stars Renew Stu Barnes For a Year @ $900,000 Leafs Stick with Nik - Antropov Signs 2 yr Deal for $4.1 million Leafs Sign Kronwall to 2 yr One Way Deal Florida signed 2005 1st round choice (#20 overall) Kendall McArdal to an entry level contract
  12. TSN - Yashin Bought Out Looks like they prefer to take a salary cap hit of $2.2 Million for the next 8 years.....
  13. Speaking of Andre Benoit - I saw him a lot here in K-W with the Rangers so was wondering how he's doing? Not that I am wondering if he is NHL bound, or not. More just a question as to how he is playing and if he is progressing at all. He was a tough defenceman here with a lot of offencive upside. He surprised a lot of people here I think with how much he developed during his stint with the Rangers. Was a great team leader who came to play every night - I really liked watching him play. So just wanted an update on how he's doing.....
  14. If I were a manager, I'd have to say that there are no centres that interest me out there in this summer's UFA list. I'd be looking to swing a deal - or even to promote/develop one from within before signing anyone from this crop to a long term deal..... (fortunately I'm not an NHL manager though! )
  15. Thanks - I'm doing great(and best of all my heart came from Montreal :hlogo: how ironic) We definitely need some serious attention paid to this issue world wide - it is becoming a very critical health issue that we will continue to face with an ageing population.
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