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  1. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    Apparently the Flames have placed Troy Brouwer on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buy out according to a few sources (Sportsnet and The Globe and Mail).
  2. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I thought the Habs should have tried to trade for Mascherin from Florida prior to the draft. They probably could have had him for a song considering he wasn't going to sign with them. McCarron for Mascherin would have been a good deal for the Habs. As far as Pacioretty to Dallas, I like the ideal. I would try to move Pacioretty (with some salary retained if it gets a the Habs a better deal) and take Spezza back (again if it gets the Habs a better deal).
  3. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    I'd add Juolevi and Hughes to your list of targets. However, like Pettersson and Boeser, I'm guessing they're untouchables as well. I'm right there with you on DiPietro having also seen him guite a bit. I don't see him as main piece of a trade, but I'd be happy with him as part of a package where he would be a secondary piece.
  4. 2018 NHL Offseason Thread

    I'd be OK with a deal like that. I liked Hutton when he first came into the league. I'd be willing to give a little more if need be. A prospect that doesn't look like he'll amount to much or something. McCarron or Rychel if need be?
  5. Habs re-sign Phillip Danault

    Good deal. Fair cap hit and term. Glad he's locked up.
  6. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I'm curious what teams are interested in Pacioretty and what the Habs will get in return. I have very little confidence that I will like the return. I don't think teams are going to give up a whole lot. Bergevin's back is against the wall. If he wants to move him, he has until the trade deadline at which point he will be forced to move him for whatever he can get or lose him for nothing. I'm hoping for the best (Duchene type deal where Sakic looked like a genius for waiting), but preparing for the worst (Vanek type deal where Snow got shafted).
  7. Habs re-sign Tomas Plekanec

    Welcome back Plekanec. Nice to see him back. I don't have an issue with this one. 1 year deal with a fair cap hit. If the Habs suck again he can once again be moved more pick(s) and or prospect(s). If the Habs are decent, he gives them good depth down the middle and he's a solid shut down center.
  8. Habs sign Xavier Ouellet

    dlbalr posted the rumor about the Habs being in on him so no surprise. Laval bound I assume and some depth for the big club if needed.
  9. Habs sign Matthew Peca

    Peca has decent upside. I'm curious to see how he does in a full NHL season. Doubt he's a top 6 guy, but should be solid depth. I don't think he's any relation to Michael Peca (usually eliteprospects.com lists bloodlines and they don't with him).
  10. Joel Armia and Steve Mason for Simon Bourque

    That's too bad. I was hoping they could retain salary (or not) and flip him. I've always hated the idea of buying out players and prolonging their cap hit (albeit a smaller cap hit) over more seasons.
  11. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I'm not fond of what would have to be given up to get O'Reilly or his cap hit. However the Habs need an established center if they are thinking about making the playoffs this season. O'Reilly is probably the best one available aside from Tavares (who has shown no interest in Montreal). Rumor has it that Bergevin is pursuing O'Reilly. If the rumors about the deal with Blues is true I guess Bergevin will be out of luck.
  12. Joel Armia and Steve Mason for Simon Bourque

    You're right it definitely depends on what kind of contract Stastny signs. However, it's hard to know if he would have signed the same contract with the Habs or some other team. He might have wanted more or different terms. If he resigns with Winnipeg, he's resigning with a good playoff team. He might be willing to make compromises to stay with them that he would not be willing to make with the Habs. As far as value for taking Mason's contract goes, I would have wanted more. At least a 2nd or 3rd rounder over the 4th. Mason is completely useless to the Habs because the Habs already have depth in the crease. They got Armia and a couple picks (4th and 7th). Armia has probably hit his ceiling in the NHL. There could be a slight uptick in his production depending on how he is used by Julien. He has some skill. I always thought that he would be a top 6 guy in the NHL, but it never happened. He'll be entering his 5th NHL season (he only played 1 game in his first). I guess we'll see if he has hit his ceiling next year.
  13. Permanent Rumour Thread

    If it happens the Leafs will need to shed salary. Time for Bergevin to pounce for one his famous bargain bin deals (not being sarcastic). They don't happen as often as they used to, but he's has to be due for a good one.
  14. Joel Armia and Steve Mason for Simon Bourque

    That's one way to look at it for sure. We are helping other teams retain players that we can use. On the bright side though, Bergevin will not be overpaying (cap wise) for Stastny. He was set up for a big pay day (1st line center money for a 2nd line center at best). The other thing to consider is that Stastny may not have wanted to sign with the Habs. Does anyone know if the Habs interviewed anyone from the free agent pool during the interview period? Perhaps Stastny told the Habs no right off the bat. So instead of letting another team (possibly the Bruins who are trying to get Tavares) get him, they're helping Winnipeg keep him.
  15. Joel Armia and Steve Mason for Simon Bourque

    Armia was a guy that liked quite a bit in his draft year. He hasn't done as well as I thought he would in the NHL, but I still like this pick up. Mason is an interesting one as well. I hope they hang on to him to be honest. He's one of those goalies that has a good/solid season, followed by a bad season and then a good/solid season again. There could be some trade options for him out there. Buffalo - Ullmark is the only NHL experienced goaltender signed in Buffalo right now. Lehner was not qualified and Johnson is a UFA. Calgary - Could be looking for an upgrade over Rittich. Carolina - Darling is the only NHL caliber goaltender under contract in Carolina right now. Dallas - Only has Bishop and Landon Bow under contract as of now. Desrosiers is an RFA. Detroit - Jimmy Howard is the only NHL goaltender under contract. Not sure if they plan on playing Rybar as the backup? Los Angeles - Could be looking for an upgrade over Campbell or Budaj. Minnesota - Could be looking for an upgrade over Stalock. Islanders - Could be looking for a platoon goaltender to play with Greiss. I'm thinking they're looking for a legit starter though. Rangers - Lundqvist and Mazenec are the only two NHL experienced goalies under contract. Mason would be an upgrade over Mazenec. Pittsburgh - Not sure if Mason would be an upgrade at the backup position or not. DeSmith did alright and Jarry is challenging him. Mason would bring more experience though. St. Louis - Hutton is a UFA and will likely look for a starting job somewhere. Binnington is an RFA and the only other goaltender with NHL experience (He played 1 game). Washington - Copley (2 NHL GP) is slated as the backup. Maybe the Caps look for a bit more experience to defend their title. There are quite a few notable goaltenders in free agency as well. Most of them have either lost their starting jobs or have not been up to the task. They're in a similar position to Mason. Some of these teams will clearly fill the holes through free agency and some will go with youngsters. However there could be some teams that are interested in a cap retained Mason as a backup.