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  1. Agreed, he also stuck out his knee to clip Anderson with a questionable play. I can’t wait to see how good a memory Anderson has for that. Same hit he attempted to go for the head too with a two arm elbow/punch but missed. He (Matthews) is very competitive, can get riled up and that could work in opponents advantage, or spur him onto a ten shot/four goal game. Take away his space, lay the body/lumber every chance you get without takin a penalty or getting out of position. Matthews is still the ignorant #### that sexually assaulted a security guard and tried to hide it so
  2. I agree with you. Drouin played well, was engaged, back checked, and fits well on that line. suzuki and Anderson can drive the play and he shines in finding gaps and making subtle plays such as his two assists. That bad bounce off of the ref was just a combo of bad luck, rust, rushing the play due to fatigue/rust. The Habs looked tired near end of game and OT. Drouin did what is expected and doesn’t deserve any criticism. Their line was dominant, he got two assists, was visibly engaged and people still shit on him, that’s BS. I too am not a huge fan of him, but gi
  3. Love our lineup and line combos as is listed above. Pretty much what I would choose if given opportunity. Leafs are one of the few teams that are also four lines deep so this will be a big test right out of the gates. Prediction: Leafs come out flying, Price stands tall. Habs weather the storm, gradually take over flow of play and win 4-2 with an empty netter. Tatar opens scoring for habs.
  4. I disagree about Weber. he has been a beast all along (especially factoring that he was playing injured), but had to check his aggression because he was carrying a poor partner in Mete for most of season. Give him a partner he can count on and see the extra aggression thrive. He does not hold back until it matters as you elude to. The guy is a workhorse and captain for a reason, def not because he holds back until playoffs. That’s baseless and casts him in a light that is unfair.
  5. While I recognize the point and unpleasant appearance of that much salary on 4th line, I think it works for Mtl roster. Prior to last season he had three consecutive 20+ goal seasons (per 82 gp) with very limited top 6 usage. Dude is worth his contract just for that and then add in that the players, management, coaches love him (he's an "A"). So, I disagree that he is overpaid for what he brings to the table. This team is without single player offensive star power, we need 3rd/4th liners who can play 12-15 min/night and get 20 goals. He causes no turmoil regardless of r
  6. He is a beast and going to do well with Suzuki. they will be leaving Drouin behind some nights.
  7. Didn’t get much traction because of your negative attitude. Anderson has already started making you look foolish and will continue to do so.
  8. Perry would be a drain on that third line. either bump up Lehks or shift Toffoli to left and bring up Armia.
  9. ugh, no thx. let’s not rehash no-offense-old-guys. With frolik and Perry already we don’t need another veteran 13th forward. This team needs offense not “face off specialists”. Is this the Same forum that makes fun of leafs for having Spezza, Thornton and Simmonds? Habs are getting close to that with Frolik and Perry. Let’s shut the door on reclaim projects.
  10. Why do you say Byron would be an easy trade? Did you mean simply because we’d have to give up assets and/or money to convince someone to take him? I don’t think that is easy, not does his career speak to an easy trade at his contract. Lots of bargain bottom six players to be had atm as well so that plays against it being an easy trade.
  11. Anderson will be in the top 6, he is a cornerstone piece moving forward. The dude is huge, plays big, is no slouch speed-wise and has very good hands. He is a more natural scorer than BG11, and like him goes to the dirty areas. I have seen him live and is very impressive, deadly wrist/snap shot off the rush. In interviews he comes across very hungry to get back in form from a couple seasons ago and in one interview was asked about the nay sayers who think he is over paid and his response was along the lines: “big money always generates talk, but Mtl is going to love me.” He also re
  12. I agree as far as ice time goes but as far as getting a chance to produce I see a drop off b/w 2nd and 3rd lines. Suzuki (assuming he is 2C) should provide more opportunities for his wingers to produce. Combined with having Drouin on the 2LW is a big boost over having either Lehks or Byro as your 3LW and KK as 3C. so if you want to place your new shiny acquisition (based on $ that is Anderson) in a place to succeed offensively you put them with Suzuki and Drouin. ice time may not vary much between line 2/3 but quality of offensive line mates is markedly different.
  13. I see the logic but they didn’t bring Anderson in at that money to play bottom 6. same for Edmundson, he will be given every chance to play top 4 given the contract and that he was told he’d be playing with Petry. so I guess the lines I posted are what I’d like to see given what has been released/contract size. I do like the ideas mentioned though.
  14. Appears I was misinformed. although Sportsnet is saying Guhle may be on second pairing.
  15. Back to lines. given the short camp/season: Tuna-Danault-Gally Drouin-Suzuki-Anderson Lehks-KK-Toffoli Byro-Evans-Armia Chiarot-Weber Edmundson-Petry Romanov-Kulak Mete
  16. yeah, I may have gotten a little nostalgic looking at those names. Seems support for idea that of those three, only two play per game. They do have some forward depth in the bottom six. Mtl is a deep FW group for sure.
  17. Thinking Guhle will get a decent amount of ice time as one of only two left handed dmen. looking forward to seeing how he handles the opportunity.
  18. I think you’re right, as is mentioned prior, assuming this means physical and productive. Armia has a better Puck protection, cycle, board game but Anderson is a whole other level of offensive skill set when it comes to ability to beat a goalie off the rush, as well as in close. Having both on rw along with Gallagher and potentially Toffoli is a deep and balanced lineup. Considering Dale Weisse was playing rw a couple months ago.... .
  19. Interesting comments from Burke. I personally agree, am confident for this team, and am pumped to see them play. but... they haven’t proven anything yet, so skepticism is warranted. The core is still very similar to last year, so perhaps we shouldn’t be expecting big improvements after all; however, every team is starting with a clean slate. Again, my personal view is that they’ve improved in the appropriate areas and the core will be able to flourish accordingly. So yeah, Go Habs Go! First in all CDN division.
  20. Your use of “elite” skews the entire convo. There are not enough truly “elite” players or prospects in the league for every team to have one. 1) But by using “elite” to mean in the top 10% of the class then I’d say the Habs do have elite forwards in Gallagher, Tatar and Danault (goal production from first two, selke skills for the last and overall dominant line 5v5 has to be considered “elite”) Suzuki is on verge of being “elite” and also borderline still a prospect. 2) Again, being generous with “elite” Caulfield appears to have that potential (25-30g/80gp). Romanov looks like an
  21. I hope so, I also thought MaxPac would retire Or at least remain as a hab longer.
  22. That’s a cool read, thanks for linking. I do like that jersey as well, a lot more than the similar one with the white “C” in the logo (seems to wash it out). That red, green one is kind of cool too, in that it is so different than the usual. Could be a cool jersey for a St. Patrick’s day game, maybe paired with green pants and helmets or something. could be sacrilegious to mess with the colours like that tho haha.
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