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  1. 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.... .
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. I hope so, I also thought MaxPac would retire Or at least remain as a hab longer.
  5. 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.
  6. yeah, agreed. This topic spun into some cool info and ideas. Timeline you mention makes sense and hard to see them getting to that point in time. and after Xmas holidays, I fear the COVID situation will only be worse. I have been wrong plenty of times so for the sake of hockey and life in general I hope I am wrong again on that one.
  7. Interesting point. Now that I think of that, a friend has that one and it did look cool in person. Def doesn’t translate to tv and not sure the old school brown gloves helped the look either.
  8. Super cool, thanks for sharing. The white with diagonal stripe is growing on me, still not a fan of the barber pole though.
  9. Thank you for sharing that. I’d only seen the Habs version originally. Aside from Habs, I like in random: Kings Wild canes buffalo oilers blues
  10. Yay or nay? Personally, I am digging them. Curious as to popular opinion though.
  11. Mete didn’t look good next to Weber, supported by the fact it didn’t last and Mete now finds himself on the fringe of losing a roster spot. I’d say he looked like a passable NHLer with Weber, borderline without. Not good though. Regarding Edmundson, it is pretty well documented that the habs d style is more conducive to his playing. Zone vs man coverage. this works well with elite goaltending. Maximize our best player (Price) with Dmen who box out, make em pay if they want to penetrate the slot/crease. back to why Mete is on fringe: Mete cannot do that. Kulak, Fleury, Juulsen can
  12. Definitely. KK seems willing to put in work, although seems it may have been a little misguided in the past it is still a great trait to see in a young player. I say that As there were reports he put a little too much emphasis on muscle-building in the past at the sake of his agility, speed. He seems to be finding a balance, good on him. He’s got talent so having a work ethic to match gets me excited about his future in bleu,blanc et rouge.
  13. I agree he should play lots of minutes in all situations in Laval, I don’t think that should happen regardless of how he does in camp. As in, if he doesn’t prove he wants it by making it hard to not keep him in NHL then I don’t think he should be handed anything, even in AHL. I like Evans, agree he is likely to step up and seems to be ready for the chance. If the wingers are indeed Lehks, Byron; whomever plays centre is better off than most fourth line centres would be. So, They may end up playing more than the typical fourth line which may not end up being a big impediment to Poeh
  14. Interesting, KK, Toffolli, Anderson could be one dominant line indeed. All are pretty heavy players who can skate, could be terrors on opposing d. Poehling intrigues me too, he went from having a pretty clear path to the the big leagues to seeming redundant. From rumours it seems he has contributed to that himself with poor conditioning, so agreed that I am also curious how he shows up. I wonder if his first game success made him think he didn’t have to put in the mandatory effort off-season? kinda sucks as I had high hopes for him but seems we are better off without him
  15. This has turned into a interesting conversation that I have some experience/learned about from some semi-pros/university players. It seems largely dependent on the individual. Players with great balance, Independent hip/leg Strength, core strength and excellent edge work can constantly modify their personal position relative to the puck/play so it almost doesn’t matter where they are on the ice. This is a skill all elite players have but can vary greatly b/w players from adequate to excellent. It doesn’t matter if it means body positioning to box out/open yourself up, making/accepting pas
  16. This isn’t even the correct thread for this whiner opinion, gotta complain about something. As if you have near the breadth of knowledge or research as the management team that does this for a living. There is next to no concern about Anderson’s health and he provides exactly what Habs have been desperately missing. The guys has wheel and can straight up beat goalies off the rush or in close, get off the negative nelly hormones or at least use the right thread to spew your negative bs. All kinds of league professionals see Anderson signing as a good move, but let’s stop and list
  17. Good points, like this move more now.
  18. Indeed, semantics matter here. Expandable versus expendable are both very different than replaceable. Question is, if our current 30-35 goal scorer expects a certain dollar value that aligns with market value how do you expect to replace that Without paying a similar amount? to answer the original question, no Gallagher and Danault have not been made expendable, but like 99.9% of people they are replaceable. But to replace a quality asset with an equally quality, yet cheaper asset is asking a lot of a manager.
  19. I can’t recall ever being impressed with Domi as a goal scoring threat, more of a playmaker imo. meanwhile a review of Anderson’s goals show a legit snipe of shot (snap shot from both wings and strong backhand). Given that I think the Habs have more playmakers than goal-scorers, I think he has a strong chance to thrive and contribute more than Domi could have. Domi carrying the puck through the neutral zone or entering the o-zone reminded me of watching Gomez do the same, it would get exciting for a moment and then generally fizzle. The lack of shooting strength and skill is similar, takes
  20. Noticed that too and the big dollars come on later (years 3,4,5 I believe) when cap will be rising again, hopefully/probably.
  21. Haha great point. while 5.5 aav looks high at first. if he ends up a real top 6 forward for many years this will look like a good value. Also, could blow up but I think he will be worth it. I have seen him drag his teammates into games single handed, plays Big like Gallagher but Is actually big, and pretty mobile to boot. Gally, Armia and Anderson are gonna wear défenses down.
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