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  1. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    Watching L.A. vs Buffalo. Not sure who to root for. Kings need wins to make the playoffs so Habs can get their 4th rounder back. Buffalo needs wins so Habs can catch them and get better odds in the lottery. Hoping for a 3 point game here, but it's not looking good. 4-0 L.A. after 2 periods.
  2. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I could see Edmonton being interested in Weber, but I think there would have to be more pieces moving in this deal. Oilers can't absorb Weber's cap hit without sending a fairly big contract back..
  3. Retool or rebuild. That is the question?

    If the Habs decide to trade Weber at some point, Vegas would make sense as one of many potential destinations. Since Weber doesn't have a NTC or a NMC, Habs could move him anywhere they please if they decide to deal him. I don't think the Habs are looking to deal Weber though. The only way he gets moved is if a team gives Bergevin an offer he can't refuse.
  4. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I was thinking along these lines as well. There is a way to trade Pacioretty and get a good return that helps in the near future without going through a full "tear it down and start over" rebuild. The Leafs didn't trade every asset when they committed to their rebuild plan. They still have Bozak, van Riemsdyk, Lupul (although he's injured), Gardiner, Komarov, and probably more that I can't remember now. These were all players that were expected or rumored to be moved in a fire sale. The Leafs are already holding down a playoff spot for the second year in a row. They have a ways to go before they really contend for a Cup, but they're on the right track. It just goes to show that a rebuild doesn't have to be a long painful experience. Sometimes you can turn things around within a few years if you make the right moves and commit to it. It's about doing it right from here on out by properly developing youngsters and proper asset management.
  5. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Agreed. Trying to trade players is like trying to sell your car. You know people are going to low ball you so ask for more (within reason as to not scare away potential buyers) than you really want and hope you end up with exactly what you wanted when negotiations are over.
  6. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    Not too surprised about Kruger. 1 goal and 5 assists for a guy making almost 3.1 mil this year and next. Hurricanes just could be trying to manage cap (even though they have plenty of space) or a contract (they're at 49).
  7. Permanent Rumour Thread

    This isn't the first time that we've heard that Bergevin's (or any other GM's) asking price is too high. I'm pretty sure this is just the way it goes until some form of compromise can be made. I'd be curious to hear what that asking price is though.
  8. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    As I said in a previous post, I think it's possible to get a 2nd for Plekanec. Heck, I think it might even be possible to do better than a second depending on the what Bergevin is willing to do and if he can find the right fit. I think there are a lot of teams that would be interested in Plekanec's services (especially at 50% retained). Columbus - The Jackets could be a good fit for Plekanec. They've been rumored to be looking for a center all year (although I think they were looking for someone a little higher end). Plekanec makes sense though, as he brings veteran leadership and playoff experience to a young team with very little playoff exposure. I'm wondering if the Jackets would consider re-signing him if he does well. Habs could always ask for a 2nd rounder this year (Jackets don't have a 2nd in 2019 otherwise I would ask for that) and a conditional pick if he re-signs (there's nothing to lose for either team here. If he does re-sign it means the Jackets liked him, if he doesn't the Jackets give up nothing but the original 2nd in 2018). Pittsburgh - Another team that is being rumored to be in the market for a 3rd line center. If the Habs are willing to retain 50% I don't see why Plekanec wouldn't be attractive to the Pens. He fits exactly what they're looking for. I could see the Pens giving up a 2nd. If the Habs are willing to take back a bad contract like Hagelin, who knows what the Pens might be willing to give up. Maybe a 1st? Tampa Bay - The Lightning have a struggling PK and Plekanec could certainly help. The only problem is that the Bolts have a lot of depth at center, so they may not be all that interested. Again though, if they are, could see a 2nd rounder coming from them as well. Chicago, Edmonton, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York I, San Jose, and Vegas could also be good fits and show interest. Anaheim, Boston, Carolina, and Toronto could kick the tires IMO.
  9. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    There are ways of increasing the return for Plekanec. Habs can retain salary (up to 50% which I would do), take back a bad contract (depending on the plan moving forward), or add conditions to the pick like they did with Montoya, Mitchell and Drouin/Sergachev deals.
  10. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Should the Habs target guys with a full year left to get a better return? Paul Martin, Carl Hagelin, Marcus Kruger, Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis, Braydon Coburn, Brooks Orpik, and Steve Mason. There are probably a few more, but I'm not sure who still plays a major role (and is just overpaid) and who doesn't with their respective teams.
  11. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I'm not sure any of those teams will give any kind of early pick for a team that's willing to take on an expiring bad contract (I'd still do it for later picks). You would probably have to take on a bad contract with term to get a 2nd or 3rd rounder (or a worthwhile prospect). I don't think the Habs will be all that good next year (maybe a bubble playoff team, but not a Cup contender), so I would be willing to take a bad contract or two for next year. Tavares is a pipe dream. Never gonna happen.
  12. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I'd love to see that return for Montreal. I think there are a few teams that are coming to the end of their Cup window that the Habs should be looking at getting future 1st rounders (2019 and beyond) from. Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Jose, and Anaheim are the most note worthy. All have aging cores and most have depth and cap issues.
  13. Permanent Rumour Thread

    There would certainly be some pros of a potential Weber deal. I think that there would likely be league wide interest. Now, not all teams would be able to absorb his contract, but I think just about every team would be kicking the tires on a potential deal. Weber also lacks a NTC/NMC, so he can be dealt anywhere. Huge bonus for the Habs. The Habs should be able to get full value for Weber since there are no restrictions aside from cap hit. There would also be some cons to a deal. The Habs would be trading their best defenseman and really the only good defenseman they have. The blueline would look even worse unless they were getting back a good defenseman in the deal. Of course, if a team is trading their top defenseman (Weber), and top forward (Pacioretty) and other veterans, you're likely looking at a rebuild and the team is going to be crap for a bit anyway.
  14. Habs Salary Cap Info and FAQ's

    Last year the Penguins claimed Mike Condon on waivers from the Habs and then traded him to Ottawa when his services were no longer needed. I was under the impression that you couldn't trade a player acquired on waivers unless he were to successfully pass through waivers again. I don't remember the Penguins placing Condon on waivers prior to dealing him (I'm thinking if they would have, Ottawa would have just claimed him instead of giving up a pick). I only ask because the Habs are in a similar situation with Niemi. Could they deal Niemi if they wanted to (if someone would want him)?
  15. I'd like to see him get a 2nd in 2019 instead. It's another asset with a longer shelf life.