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  1. i watched Chara play junior in the WHL, he was very rough and like he is today, not one prone to initiate trouble, but was still a freak, in a good way.

    And he was just another example of why Mike Milbury is doing TV and not in hockey, as he traded him away to Sens (who i guess you might say were just as dumb in trading him to Bruins, but all in hindsight is easy to criticize).

    I commented that Tinordi looked very good and all i said was his skating needs improvement (which goes for 80-90% of junior players).

    But you are correct in being patient, for sure, I am just hoping for him to make the jump ASAP.

    Ottawa didn't trade Chara. They wanted to keep him but both he and Redden were UFAs in 2006 and Chara unlike Redden refused to give Ottawa any home town discount.

  2. This years winner is sakiqc who won with his prediction of 37-34-11 for 85 points.

    The Habs record was 31-35-16 for 78 points.

    Honourable mention to Habsfan who correctly predicted that the Habs would score 212 goals this year

    (including the 5 we were awarded for winning 5 of our 17 shootouts).

    This was the only exactly correct prediction that anyone made in any of the categories.

    BCHabnut was close, predicting 211 goals.

    On one point, sakiqc's crystal ball was overly pessimistic; he foresaw only 205 Habs goals.

  3. You're sure about that; I recall that he played a lot of hockey with them...

    Yes, Hunter kept SK away from the first line until the last month of the season when he occasionally put the three of them together (and a few games when Gagner was injured he put SK with Kane).

    All i meant was that, Holland's #s may be inflated on a line with all older players.

    And Kostitsyn getting 130+ points was not a good indicator of his real NHL potential, which appears to be 40-50 points at best, which is still OK.

    Very many high scoring CHL players turn into 50 point or less at the NHL level. This is much more common then coming into the NHL anc continuing as a star. I think his domination at the OHL level was a good indication that he would be a 40-50 point player in the NHL.

    My memory's not the best, but I think Sergei only played with them on the PP... which was fairly lethal as you can imagine.

    Yes, SK played the point on the PP and was the PP QB - their standard play to enter the zone on the PP was to give SK the puck behind his own net and let him weave up the full length of the ice and over the blueline and then set up. Their PP was great but not as good as the previous one with Corey Perry et al.

  4. both his linemates are over 100 points,one is at 117 points i think (and undrafted nor signed to NHL contract)?

    So Holland is in almost same situation Sergai Kostitsyn was in OHL, with Gagne/Kane on his line he had 131 points, and where 1 whole line really racked up the points.

    But Holland is still a super skater and defensively sound, so a spot on bottom six with Habs should be his down the road for sure. Calgary fans gave him good reviews in pre-season games last fall.

    SK played on the 2nd line and rarely played with Kane and Gagner.

  5. I saw Tinordi tonight against Kingston. First time I've seen him live this year. I knew he was having a good year but I cannot believe the improvement in his play since a year ago (when I saw him live 3 times).

    He wasn't overly physical tonight but he was very effective smothering Kingston (which is not a very good team). He played a lot like Gill; using his reach to shut down the opposition.

    But I was really surprised by his offensive attempts. He had an end to end rush in the first where beat a couple of players with his speed and reach and then he drove the net, took a backhand shot and then bowled over the Kingston goaltender. A couple of his other rushes led to him getting open looks and wrist shots from the slot. Both shots were right into the crest but still I was surprised to see him weaving around defenders and leading the rush.

    His hockey sense seemed especially good. Also he didn't get caught out of position at all.

  6. Don't blame the journalists. They are pointing out facts.. PG won't talk to them, or anyone else. This is verifiable stuff.

    The only argument you can make is "its good he doesn't talk to anyone". I disagree based on the relative success of his approach vs the rest of the league. That said, you are not crazy to debate it.

    Toronto based media comment on how they can get Sather in to talk, Lemaire, etc. but good luck getting ANYONE from the Habs.. they are all sworn to silence by PG.

    This seems riduculous. How much do we know about most other GMs? How open with the media are management of SJ, St. Louis, etc? I have no idea. Toronto has the most talkative GM in the league. Why is that not a mistake? (based on the relative success of the Leaf's approach vs the rest of the league).

    I have no problem with the Habs being closed mouthed. My preference is that they putting winning ahead of keeping the media and fans informed of what goes on behind closed doors.

    Regarding Markov's injury, I think things would have been much worse if they had given a new "expected to start" date every 6 weeks.

  7. Yes, Philly traded Carter. They had their reasons, not all having to do with Carter. Do you think its possible they made a mistake? He's not working out in Columbus. Again they are looking to trade him (and Nash) at least partially because they are going to do a major rebuild. If we can't get a number 1 centre when they are at low value we'll never get one.

    I just remembered why we don't have to worry about the Habs giving up Plex in a deal for Carter. There is no way that Plekanec waives his NTC to go to Columbus.

  8. I see what you did there Machine of Loving Grace. If option 3 doesn't happen, it's because the GM isn't smart enough to craft such a deal. I want Gomez gone, but I'm guessing even the poor teams have capologists. Is there a precedent for that reach the cap floor stuff? I highly doubt teams come to the realization they won't make the floor, and seek out the leagues worst contract. Let's play GM, would you take Gomez, even though he's owed 5 million per season? I'd rather have two players thet work hard and contribute for the same cash, and cap relief.

    Gomez is owed 10 million over the next two seasons but his cap hit is 14.7 million. Thus a team can get 14.7 million cap relief while only spending 10 million. If a rebuilding team wants to be near the cap floor they can save their owner 4.7 million over two years by taking Gomez. They maybe also get a prospect or pick(s) from us for doing this. This could be a lot better than adding two 2.5 million players during a rebuilding phase.

  9. 6th annual HabsWorld points 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. mad.gif

    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.


    This year we'll use a point system.


    a) what the Habs regular season record will be;

    b) in what place in the East the Habs will finish

    c) in what place in the league overall the Habs will finish

    d) 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.

    3 points will be awarded for getting the Habs final point total correct.

    1 point for correctly predicting the Habs finish in the East

    1 point for correctly predicting the Habs finish overall.

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

    Make you predictions before the beginning of Thursday's season opener.

    Good Luck. Its going to be a great season!

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  10. I'm trying to figure out what kind of trade value Turris has. I'm stumped. More than Eller, and if so, by how much? Weber plus Palsuhaj? Kostitsyn?

    I think Phoenix is going to want a centre back. I think Turris' value is pretty close to Eller's but slightly higher. Maybe Eller + 2nd.

    In my view Turris and Eller are too close in value for it to be worth the risk for us to make that trade.

  11. I predict that Gomez's contract is going to look much better 24 hours from now.

    I also think that the possibility of the cap falling needs to be borne in mind. For instance if the Canadian dollar were to fall. Also who really knows what will happen under the new CBA. I really don't see any one (other than Richards) worth spending big money long term on. Given the players available I don't see any need to try to get to the cap.

  12. Not quite. Boyd was one of the players and as we know he did play for Montreal/Hamilton this year.

    I don't want to nitpick (or maybe I do) but he didn't sign with us while we held his rights. He choose to go to free agency.

    Yes we signed him, but we didn't need to trade SK to sign Boyd as a free agent.

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