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  1. 7th Annual HabsWorld season prediction contest.

    Hall of Fame:

    2006-2007 Jean
    won with a prediction of 92 points when the Habs finished the year with 90 pts. If only we could have won that last game. Posted Image

    2007-2008 Adirondack Bud
    exactly predicted our final total of 104 pts.

    2008-2009 Zowpeb
    won by predicting a strong start followed by a slower 2nd half ending with 99 points. The Habs finished the season in 8th place with 93 points. On September 22, 2008 Zowpeb predicted "I think we'll see a rough patch just past the mid-year point..." Wow!

    2009-2010 Joelassister
    correctly predicted the Habs would finish with 88 points.
    Honourable mention to kaos who predicted a season record of 39-34-9 (87 pts) while the Habs finished 39-33-10.

    2010-2011 Chips
    produced the all time best prediction. His preseason prediction of
    44-30-8 for 96 pts 6th in the East, 14th in the NHL
    was exactly correct in every aspect. That amazing feat will be hard to duplicate.
    Honourable mentions went to Seb whose excellent prediction of
    44-30-8 for 96 pts. 5th in east, 13th in NHL came up just short;
    and to Peter Puck who also correctly predicted the Habs would finish with 96 points.

     

     

    2011-2012 sakiqc

     Our fearless leader won with his prediction of 37-34-11 for 85 points.
    The Habs record was 31-35-16 for 78 points.

    Honourable mention went to Habsfan who correctly predicted that the Habs would score 212 goals.


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    Our winner is illWill. He predicted the Habs would finish with a record of 27-16-5 for 59 points.

    With one game left their record is 28-14-5 for 61 points.

     Honourable mention to PMAC and to former champion Chips who both predicted the Habs to finish with 58 points.

  2. Why can't the Habs buy-him out Wednesday and sign him for 1$ ?

    One of the rules with a compliance buyout is that the player cannot play for the team buying him out for at least 1 year. We can't sign him and we can't trade for him until that year waiting period is over. Maybe the accelerated buyout means we can get him back a year earlier than if we compliance buy him out in the summer?

  3. There seems to be a lot of confusion here. The new accelerated buy out doesn't really help the Habs at only - only Gomez (and Redden).

    It has no effect on our cap hit either this year or next. We get the same cap hit as we were going to get by sending him home for the year.

    We pay him exactly the same salary as we would have by sending hi home.

    I see only 3 differences:

    1) Gomez gets to play for some other (NHL?) team.

    2) and so might well end up improving one of our opponents (and playing well against us)

    3) We get access to one of our 50 roster spots 6 months early.

    I'm not sure this is such a great deal for the Habs. But we have to do it. If we don't we will really hurt our chances with future UFAs.

  4. 7th Annual HabsWorld season prediction contest.

    Hall of Fame:

    2006-2007 Jean
    won with a prediction of 92 points when the Habs finished the year with 90 pts. If only we could have won that last game. Posted Image

    2007-2008 Adirondack Bud
    exactly predicted our final total of 104 pts.

    2008-2009 Zowpeb
    won by predicting a strong start followed by a slower 2nd half ending with 99 points. The Habs finished the season in 8th place with 93 points. On September 22, 2008 Zowpeb predicted "I think we'll see a rough patch just past the mid-year point..." Wow!

    2009-2010 Joelassister
    correctly predicted the Habs would finish with 88 points.
    Honourable mention to kaos who predicted a season record of 39-34-9 (87 pts) while the Habs finished 39-33-10.

    2010-2011 Chips
    produced the all time best prediction. His preseason prediction of
    44-30-8 for 96 pts 6th in the East, 14th in the NHL
    was exactly correct in every aspect. That amazing feat will be hard to duplicate.
    Honourable mentions went to Seb whose excellent prediction of
    44-30-8 for 96 pts. 5th in east, 13th in NHL came up just short;
    and to Peter Puck who also correctly predicted the Habs would finish with 96 points.

     

     

    2011-2012 sakiqc

     Our fearless leader won with his prediction of 37-34-11 for 85 points.
    The Habs record was 31-35-16 for 78 points.

    Honourable mention went to Habsfan who correctly predicted that the Habs would score 212 goals.



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    2013-2013 edition

    There will be a 48 game season. 

     

    Predict
    a) what the Habs regular season record will be
    b) in what place in the East the Habs will finish
    c) the total number of goals the Habs will score this season (including 1 goal per shootout win).


    1 point will be awarded for getting the correct number of wins.
    1 point will be awarded for getting the correct number of loses.
    1 point will be awarded for getting the correct number of OT loses.
    2 bonus points for getting the entire record correct.
    6 points will be awarded for getting the Habs final point total correct

         (3 pts for being exactly 1 off of the correct answer)

         (1 point for being exactly 2 off the correct answer)

    1 point for correctly predicting the Habs finish in the East.

    The total number of goals the Habs will score will be used as a tiebreaker, if necessary.

    Make you predictions before the beginning of Saturday's season opener against the leafs.

    Good Luck.

  5. I predict they will introduce 3 on 3 hockey in the overtime. Possibly by adding 5 minutes of 3 on 3 after 5 minutes of 4 on 4.

    Just like last time, the league will want to add some new and exciting aspect to bring the fans back. For the same reason we might see the introduction of some kind of coaches challenge.

    I don't think this will happen, but I would like to see scrapped the rule imposing an automatic delay of game for shooting pucks over the glass.

  6. These guys are giving profs a bad name. There are lots of intelligent and interesting ways you can analyze a team and/or a coach.

    This is not one of them.

    Thinking that anything intelligent can be uncovered by examining what a coach said in his first press conference is just ridiculous. There is no real reason to belive that what a coach says is what he thinks. The coach is trying to make a good first impression with the media, with the fans and with all the players. He is trying to motivate the stars and the journeymen. Maybe he believes Price is overrated, Kaberle is washed up or that Desharnais is too small. Is he likely to express these views in his opening press conference?

    Apparently these profs would increase their evaluation of MT if he had opened his PC by saying that Kaberle is over-the-hill and that Gomez is an albatross because the numbers seem to reflect these evaluations. Would your own evaluation of MT as our new coach improve if he said these things?

  7. Tampering always happens. Don't buy into anything you hear it doesn't. Players know where they want to go and agents know where they want to and they always contact GMs or their assistants in secret to see if there's a chance they can get a certain player. If you're a player like Parise, you know exactly where you can go and for how much.

    Remember when Wilson and the Leafs got nailed for tampering? That wasn't because they were tampering but because they got caught. Don't believe anything otherwise. One of the easiest avenues to avoid being nailed for tampering is for example, let's say Mike Cammalleri a week before free agency called up Josh Gorges and asked him if Montreal was interested. Gorges then talks to Gainey about Cammalleri and Gainey says, "Yes, we're interested". Gorges goes back to Cammalleri and tells him yes, Montreal is interested. While it is wrong for Gainey to give Gorges that information, nobody would know because it's a private conversation between a GM and his signed player. It's not wrong at all for Gorges to talk to Cammalleri about it because there's no rules against players discussing what teams they wish to play for. This is how the "Miami Heat Three" got created with all three players signing to the same team at pretty much the same time.

    Tampering always happens.

    I don't dispute that tampering occurs. But the statements I bolded are both wrong. Gainey was allowed to tell Gorges that we are interested in Cammalleri. Both Gainey and Gorges were Habs employees and they are within their rights to discuss what players to target to improve the team. But if Gorges passes this info on to Cammalleri before Cammi is a free agent then Gorges and the Habs are guilty of tampering. The rules are explicit that players are not allowed to tell other players under contract about potential interest.

    It probably happens but it is explicitly against the tampering rules.

  8. Doesn't the Price arbitration guarantee us a 2nd window to buy out Gomez? I don't want to buy him out but if the Habs do, I'd rather do it later when we have as much info as possible about UFAs and possibly the new CBA.

  9. So every year as part of my draft prep, I sit down and make a mini list of who I think the Habs could take with each selection (all the way to the 7th round which is always a doozy to predict). If I'm lucky, I pick a player that gets drafted by the Habs once every three or four years (the last one I had right was Leblanc, before that it was Corey Locke and I guessed the wrong round). This was my list (2 players per pick plus one wildcard):

    3rd overall: Galchenyuk (3rd - MTL), Murray (2nd - CBJ)

    33rd overall: Thrower (51st - MTL), Bozon (64th - MTL)

    51st overall: Nieves (59th - NYR), Pelech (65th - NYI)

    64th overall: Hudon (122nd - MTL), Vail (94th - MTL)

    94th overall: Whitney (191st - CHI), K. Roy (97th - ANA)

    122nd overall: Khaira (63rd - EDM), Stolarz (45th - PHI)

    154th overall: Vermin (N/D), Rauter (N/D)

    Wildcard: Mallet (57th - VAN)

    Of the 15 on my list, 5 were picked by the Habs which is beyond unprecedented for me (although only 1 was in the right spot). That was part of the reason I was particularly happy with these selections. Interestingly enough, I was way off on both guys I had in the 122 spot. Both played in lesser leagues, the BCHL and NAHL respectively, I thought they'd have slipped through the cracks but evidently not. Also trying to predict college-bound guys hurt me as the Habs didn't pick any, file that one for the memory banks when certain media folk talk about a certain stereotype we've all heard before. Something tells me I'm not going to have a list like that again...

    Wow, dlbair that really is very impressive. Good work!

    I (like everyone else) am very pleased and surprised at how well the Habs made out. I heard Timmons really liked Nystrom whom he saw when he went to scout Samuelsson.

  10. Forsberg gives me a slightly lukewarm feeling...I think it's all the scouting reports that praise his work ethic and his willingness to be physical, without making really extravagant claims for his offensive talent. My sense (which I concede is not in any way expertly informed) is that this kid represents a 'safe' pick who nicely fits the preferred robotic NHL profile and will probably become a good NHLer and coach's favourite, but is unlikely to set the world aflame as a top-line star. I dunno, I'd rather we swing for the fences and get someone with the potential to dominate - if that's possible. I'm damned tired of second and third liners. But who knows, I could be way off base about all this.

    I agree. Forsberg is a safe pick. If Yakupov and Galchenyuk are both gone when we make our pick, I think we'll chose one of the defencemen. I'd rather swing for the fences and take Grigorenko. I'd be willing to risk him busting and many fans feel that way. But Timmons doesn't have that luxury. If our pick ends up being anything less than good, then people will be saying we blew it for the next 15 years. For this reason, I think we'll be making a safe pick. To me that means Yakupov, Gachenyuk, Forsberg or a Dman.

  11. I think Ellis and Tinordi have looked great in this tournament. Bournival has been pretty good too. Beaulieu has struggled especially in his coverage in his own end. Its only 4 games so I don'twant to read too much into this tournament.

    Many people are comforting themselves with the fact that Subban had similar deficiencies in his game at Beaulieu's age. But Subban's progression was incredibly rapid and is very unusual (essentially unique). The chances that Beaulieu improves at the same rate are practically zero. I think Beaulieu will be a good player but his growth is more likely going to be at Weber's pace. I think it is pointless to compare the weaknesses in Beaulieu's game with those of a 19 year old P.K. Subban.

  12. Timmins seems one of best on draft day and Dudley may have a valued opinion, but "likely" more to do with possible trades and not draft prospects specifically; but if he is hired at all, it wont be as Amaueur scout, but i really know dick-all about him.

    Just dont see a quick hire of this guy as that important for draft.

    My point is that Dudley is viewed as an elite judge of talent. No we are not hiring him as an amateur scout. But there is a reason Toronto is so worried about him jumping to the Habs before the draft. He has been directly involved with their amateur scouting and has been extensively scouting top amateur prospects. This is why his opinions will be a valuable addition to those of Timmins'. These two guys go back a long way and have a lot of respect for each others' opinions.

  13. There's a difference between giving scouting reports on players versus inside information on a rival's draft strategy especially when the teams are picking so closely together. I think Toronto is well within their right to request this and I'm sure most Hab fans would want the same if they were in the same boat.

    Yes, I fully understand why Burke wants this. But we're hiring Dudley to help and one of his important skills is evaluation of amateur talent. He could be very useful to us during the draft. Since the league has no rule about this I think Bergevin should try to get Dudley here before the draft.

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