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Everything posted by dlbalr

  1. The original rumour came from Matt Sekeres who has been trying to hype up multiple players being available that don't seem to make much sense.
  2. Add Alex Belzile and Laurent Dauphin to that list of those at camp.
  3. Romanov is ineligible to play but he can still skate with the team.
  4. They're still deciding on whether these games will be regional (to fulfill local rights inventory requirements) or national. If regional, it'll be RDS/TSN2 like usual during the season in which case I'm guessing the Centre Ice package will be needed. If CBC/Sportsnet/City has them, they'll be available country-wide.
  5. It looks like the Habs are the prime time game for August 1, 3, and 5 with 8 PM EST starts scheduled for each.
  6. A trade with retention was my conclusion of what Plan A should be when assessing the different buyout scenarios with Alzner last month: http://www.habsworld.net/2020/06/when-is-the-right-time-for-the-habs-to-buy-out-karl-alzner/ The return in that instance would probably be another player that would be buried in the minors or bought out but whose contract is structured in such a way that the Habs would still save a few bucks in the end (similar to the Sergei Samsonov trade from years ago).
  7. What am I watching right now? Reruns - lots and lots of reruns... About 60% of the shows you named are ones I watch so rather than rehash those, I'll toss in the Chicago trio of series plus the two FBI ones. Speaking of Dick Wolf shows, I'm looking forward to Chris Meloni's return to Law and Order with the organized crime spinoff. SVU went downhill in a hurry when he left.
  8. As I'm reading through the MOU to see what some of the contract rules and whatnot are (because what better way could one spend a Friday night?), I find myself amused that there is actually a section in there where players can now receive two routine dental checkup visits per year instead one (section 17 on page 14). Yes, among reshaping the entire financial picture of the NHL in the middle of a pandemic, players can now get their teeth cleaned every six months instead of 12.
  9. The schedule for the PIT series (time/TV TBD): August 1 August 3 August 5 August 7 (if necessary) August 8 (if necessary)
  10. I'm not too worried about the ECHL for next season - this potential agreement with the Habs would start in 2021-22.
  11. So this is sort of done now. The city announced an agreement with Deacon Sports and Entertainment to run the arena. It's a five-year deal with two other five-year options. The ECHL has not ratified this yet and accordingly, the affiliation with the Canadiens can't be announced either.
  12. I actually liked the visits element. It was a good opportunity for players (and their wives/kids) to get a look at where they may be moving to. That's an important factor in deciding where to sign so them getting that chance to see it in person was good. (Of course, the players could spend some money and tour around themselves if they wanted to but I can't see many of them doing that.)
  13. Yes, I favour having the interview period. It's not perfect but is better than scrapping it and going back to the old way.
  14. I don't think Montreal has any interest at all in moving Weber though it would be funny if New Jersey targeted him as an upgrade on Subban.
  15. The UFA interview period being scrapped appears to be a permanent change. I know there were flaws with the old system with deals getting agreed to even though numbers couldn't legally be discussed but I think it was still better than going back to the old way.
  16. You can probably make that point without the backhanded insult against Bergevin. Teams are pondering that procedure with lots of their prospects and some are leaning towards it and others against it. To suggest that Bergevin wouldn't do it because it's too innovative (ie, complicated) doesn't contribute anything of value to the discussion.
  17. He was pretty good for someone who basically came out of nowhere and wound up in the top four briefly last season. It also sounds like the ECHL agreement with Trois-Rivieres is done - there's a press conference set for this afternoon.
  18. I agree with Sorokin and Knight being in a class of their own; I'd go as far as putting Sorokin in his own tier while Knight is one of the higher-touted goalies in recent years. I'm skeptical of Ingram being that high - I don't think he's as bad as he was with Tampa but I also don't have him being as good as his AHL numbers were this year. Wolf's a bit undersized for a goalie but he has been dominant with better WHL numbers than Price had. He belongs in the tier with Primeau. Oettinger's decent and I'd have Luukkonen in that group as well. Admittedly, I'm not too familiar with Annunen to comment on his placement.
  19. I get the idea behind it as it's not ideal to have him sitting but if the Habs intend to have Romanov on the NHL roster next season, do they really want him playing 15-20 games overseas and then trying to play upwards of 82 games in what will likely be a compressed timeframe? We saw how Suzuki wore down during the year and going this route with Romanov all but guarantees it'll happen with him as well.
  20. Here is what we know about Romanov: - He cannot play for the rest of this season and will not be allowed to take part in any skates with the team as only eligible players can be included in workouts or on the roster. - Romanov can still sign for this year within a narrow window or wait and have the deal start next season. If he signs to burn a year this season, it must be done with 53 hours following noon EST of the third day following NHLPA ratification. Signing bonuses will not be permissible. As a result, the Habs could structure the deal with a $700,000 base salary for this season which would slightly lower the cap hit in the other two years. Romanov will not accrue a season of service time and thus would be a 10.2c player (like Poehling) when his contract is up. He's ineligible for an offer sheet as a result. If he waits to start the deal next season, signing bonuses will be allowed which will result in a higher AAV and he will be a restricted free agent (without arbitration rights) at its expiration. However, the Habs would have a third year capped in the entry-level system which will be cheaper than what it would cost to sign him to his second deal two years from now in the first option.
  21. I seem to remember reading that Norlinder was the guy had they not traded down.
  22. A blast from the past in terms of player salaries:
  23. I wouldn't even go that far by qualifying him as an NHL guy under any circumstance but I think he's more promising than the defencemen that have been on AHL-only deals in recent years though so that's a small win.
  24. I'm intrigued a bit by Schuenemann - 21 points in 44 games as a defenceman in his first AHL season isn't too shabby. Vigneault is a serviceable filler player but nothing special.
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