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John B

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  1. I wouldn't mind taking a chance on Puuljujarvi, but I don't want to see the Habs pay what it would probably take to get him out of Edmonton. It's really hard to pin down his value. Hard to know what his ceiling might be. Likely middle 6. If Edmonton were willing to take a 3rd rounder and a conditional pick based on Puuljujarvi's performance (point totals), I wouldn't be opposed to it. The idea for buyers is to not overpay, while the seller wants to get fair value as well.
  2. I have a feeling that we're going to see the Habs focus on quite a few long term project types in this draft if they don't move some of those picks. With their current prospect pool and limited contract space, it would make sense to avoid too many CHL prospects that need to be signed in two years. That's not to say the Habs are going to ignore the better prospect to choose a player who's rights can be retained longer, but if the prospects are close I could see them avoiding the CHL players. I could definitely see the Habs grabbing Holloway with their first. Amirov, Gunler, Peterka, and Reichel could be others. In the second round I could some interest in Colangelo, Smilanic, Bordeleau, and Savoie. Habs do like to draft defensemen in the second so I'd add Kleven, Grans, Jurmo, Niemela and Wallinder (if he slips out of the first). With 3 second rounders the Habs may draft a CHLer or two as well if there is any they really like. I could also see the Habs moving at least one of those 2nd rounders.
  3. Glad they found a good back up. I was a little surprised that the Habs had to give up a 3rd to make it happen with St. Louis' cap situation. Would have thought there would have been some salary retention at that price. Overall, I don't think this is a bad deal though.
  4. Now I'm starting to wonder who it might be. My guess would be that it would be a prospect ranked in the 20s (by most reputable services) if they seem that confident that they'll get him at 16. Maybe Gunler or Reichel or a defenseman?
  5. I was wondering if it was just more of a reaction to them changing their twitter accounts. It's not like there was an actual name (recognizable name) attached to the twitter account where the tweet originated. Thanks for checking into it and clearing that up.
  6. There is some twitter speculation that Bergevin and Treveling are working on a deal. Gaudreau to Montreal, Domi, Poehling, 1st rounder to Calgary. Not sure of the validity of any of the sources though. Could be someone just thinking out loud.
  7. I'd do it, but I think I'd rather have more of a sniper type (like Matthews or Laine) than Marner. Obviously might have to give more for a Matthews or Laine.
  8. Not really surprised. He didn't have a very good season in Laval or when he was playing in Montreal. I'm not overly concerned though. Not all 1st rounders can jump into the NHL immediately, nor should they. Some need time to develop.
  9. I'm hoping Winnipeg wins it. I thought I read somewhere that Winnipeg won the original lottery. It would be nice to see some good karma considering they got screwed out of it because of the play-ins.
  10. The only problem with signing all of them is how it would affect the 50 contract limit in the future. They would all have 3 year deals, so Habs would be stuck with them for better or worse. Habs have lots of prospects from last year's draft as well. When do they plan on bringing Norlinder over? When does Harris sign? I'm sure there are more questions. Fairbrother can sign this year and play in the AHL next season if the Habs want as well. Unfortunately not every prospect will be signed even if some at least deserve a look.
  11. Adds good depth to the Rocket and the Habs get him used pro hockey in North America. Laval really needed some quality for their playoff push and it looks like they're getting it with Ylonen. Now if only they could add a couple more prospects of that caliber.
  12. As far as Petry and Tatar are concerned, maybe Bergevin wasn't getting as good of offers as we were all hoping (or he was hoping).
  13. Perhaps the offers weren't much better. A 3rd and a 7th or something. I doubt the better offers were mind blowing otherwise I'm sure Bergevin would have taken one of them.
  14. Agreed. It seems to me that teams didn't seem to be throwing around the type of value that they were a few days ago. After getting a 2nd and conditional 4th for Scandella, I think I was expecting teams to overpay a bit at this year's deadline. It just didn't seem to be the case as the market seemingly went back to normal.
  15. I think it was a bit lofty of an expectation to get a 2nd rounder for him. A 3rd is fine value.
  16. I read somewhere that Winnipeg is trying to trade Byfuglien before terminating the contract. About a month ago I could have sworn that I read something about both sides were making progress towards a mutual contract termination. Unless something has changed, I think Winnipeg is just seeing if they can get anything for Byfuglien before the contract is terminated. Kind of like the Kings shopping Kovalchuk before there mutual seperation. If this is the case, his cap hit is coming off the books regardless. So I doubt they see him has a negative value asset. FWIW, I love the ideal. I was thinking of a trade like that (Petry to the Jets for Byfuglien, Heinola and a lottery protected 1st in 2020) a couple months ago before the mutual contract termination talk came out.
  17. That would be a nice return for Petry. I'd do that in a heartbeat too. I doubt Carolina would though. Probably a better chance of having them add a conditional pick based on how far they make it in the playoffs. They do have two second rounders and two third rounders in this year's draft. Other prospects that would interest me as an add to Bean and a 1st would be Jack Drury C, Domenick Fensore D, Anttoni Honka D, Patrik Puistola LW, Janne Kuokkonen C, Stelio Mattheos C, and Morgan Geekie C.
  18. I wouldn't have a problem with that deal. I also wouldn't have a problem with trading him if the Habs were getting something good back.
  19. I don't think Edmonton would trade Puljujarvi straight up for Kovalchuk. Personally, I don't think Puljujarvi should have that much value, but the Oilers do. I get that he was a 4th overall pick and is still young, but he hasn't looked like a prospect that is going to hit his once lofty ceiling. Yakupov was a 1st overall pick and put up better numbers and was dealt for a 3rd and a nobody prospect. Kovalchuk is likely worth about a 2nd/3rd, but Holland and the Oilers organization value Puljujarvi much higher than Kovalchuk or a 2nd/3rd rounder. Maybe if the Habs added one of their picks outside the top 60 and/or took on a cap dump (there isn't much to choose from, maybe Manning?), the Oilers might consider moving Puljujarvi. I'd rather try to snag Samorukov if the Habs are trading for a prospect.
  20. Another nice move upgrading a 4th rounder into a 2nd and maybe another 4th. Looking like a sellers market so far.
  21. I think the blame falls on both scouting and development, but IMO more so on development. More specifically on how the Habs organization handles their prospects (although Lefebvre was a terrible development coach). I've never been a big fan of rushing prospects to the NHL. A year or two of seasoning isn't going to hurt a player's development unless that player has nothing left to prove at the lower level. Take Cole Caufield for example. There are some fans already to pencil him in to the lineup when his NCAA season ends. He's had a good season in the NCAA no doubt, but is he strong enough to play in the NHL? Has his defensive game improved to the point where Julien isn't going to be constantly benching him for mistakes or limiting his ice time to where he becomes irrelevant? Has his skating improved enough? My point is that he hasn't dominated the NCAA and he still has the same question marks to his game now as he did when he was drafted. I'm sure there has been some improvement, but has there been enough? Would another year in the NCAA where he can work on getting bigger/stronger, faster/quicker/more elusive, and more defensively responsible hurt his development? I realize that a lot of teams rush players to the NHL and that sometimes it works out. I don't like it when the Habs do it with high end talent though. If they want to rush a low ceiling prospect to the NHL, go nuts. I'd rather see them take their time with the high ceiling guys though. I'm a strong believer in developing through lots of ice time and opportunities as opposed to sheltered minutes and limited games. Undeveloped prospects should be at a level where development is the priority. The priority in Montreal is to make the playoffs and not cost the team points in the standings. As a result, some prospects end up getting limited roles/ice time/opportunities which can adversely affect their development IMO. In conclusion, I believe that the Habs would have more success with their prospects if they were a little more patient with their development. This doesn't mean that Timmins and the scouting staff is off the hook either. It's not like I/we always agree with who the Habs pick. I also think that some of these prospects have to take some responsibility for busting as well (could've had a better work ethic/attitude etc.).
  22. Good deal for the Habs. Very low risk and worst case scenario is he can be dealt at the deadline if he doesn't fit in or if the Habs fall out of the playoff race. If nobody wants him, he's gone July 1st. If he plays well, Habs can resign him (likely for cheap on a show me contract). Well done.
  23. According to capfriendly.com, the 3rd rounder turns into a 2nd rounder if the Coyotes win a playoff round or Hall resigns. If the Coyotes win a playoff round and Hall resigns, it becomes a 1st rounder.
  24. I wonder if they're scouting someone in particular in Rockford. Gustafsson makes sense if the Habs are looking for LD help, but why would they also be scouting Rockford. Maybe it's a bigger multi player deal or maybe Bergevin is looking at a smaller trade (minor leaguer for minor leaguer type).
  25. Thank you for the clarification on his NMC.
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