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  1. I got to write about a win. I can't remember the last time that happened - I must have been on a double-digit losing streak going back to last season... http://www.habsworld.net/2021/11/habs-bounce-back-and-blank-detroit/
    3 points
  2. I come to praise Molson, not to bury him. Having stupidly left the President position open for a decade, he has cleverly leveraged that vacancy to cut the Gordian knot created by the language “requirement.” This was a strategy many on this board had called for, but the way it’s arranged allows the “GM” the necessary fig leaf of dignity. Similarly, he leveraged the “specialness” of the Montreal market to argue that managing the Habs is too much for any one man - another well-calculated claim designed to appeal to the vanity of the francophone media and a fan base conditioned to this of the Habs as “special.” And, he went out and got a guy in Gorton who ticks all the boxes. Experienced at different levels. Understands a rebuild. Universally respected. Good call. You know what this means, right? Molson has engineered a workaround that allows the Habs to be run by a unilingual Anglo. That is a very valuable precedent. He has shown the way. In his stated intention to prioritize diversity and mental health - and in citing insufficient support for player thriving in Montreal as one of his criticisms of the old regime - he is also showing good sense. That both Price and Drouin had to take leaves of absence is a flashing yellow light, suggesting that our players are not being adequately supported. If we’re going to ask players to assume the pressures and responsibilities of being Habs, we have to offer them state-of-the-art mental wellness supports. I applaud all of this. My one concern is how sustainable the two-heading managerial monster will turn out to be. For a while, everything will be fine. But if we hire a Luongo - French-speaking and charismatic - and he starts to feel his oats eventually, we risk setting up a power struggle between the two as they vie for Molson’s ear, with the francophone guy using his loyalists in the French press to control the message. If Molson is smart, he will create ground rules, e.g., no major hockey matters get discussed without both President and GM in the room. If he creates a system where the two are using separate channels of communication to speak with him, he will compound the “power struggle” dynamic. Making this work in the longer term will require some adroit executive management by Molson.
    2 points
  3. Appreciate the recognition of my
    2 points
  4. Not a fan of this at all. Six games in the minors - several of which were passable but mediocre - is not enough for him to magically have fixed everything they wanted him to work on. This is a desperation move, plain and simple. And once again, Laurent Dauphin - who has been Laval's best player by a significant margin this season - gets overlooked.
    2 points
  5. Montreal Canadiens Hoffman - Suzuki - Toffoli Anderson - Dvorak - Gallagher Lehkonen - Evans - Armia Pezzetta - Poehling - Belzile Chiarot - Petry Kulak - Savard Romanov - Wideman Montembeault Primeau Scratched: Brooks, Niku, Norlinder Injured: Allen (concussion), Drouin (headaches), Pacquette (undisclosed), Perrault (eye injury), Edmunson (undisclosed) Boston Bruins Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak Hall - Coyle - Foligno Blidh - Haula - Kuhlman DeBrusk - Nosek - Steen Forbort - McAvoy Grzelcyk - Carlo Zboril - Clifton Swayman Ullmark Scratched: Reilly, Smith Injured: Lazar (undisclosed), Frederic (upper body)
    2 points
  6. Official social media accounts shouldn't be calling out players from other teams. That was just someone being stupid. Players can say things on the ice, sure, but some intern or staffer shouldn't be posting stuff like that on Twitter for all to see. There's a big difference between the two.
    2 points
  7. Whatever it is, I hope the 30 day detox coupled with a great support structure around him means he's past it for good. I've been to the funeral of two friends who didn't even make it to their 40th birthdays because of substance abuse. I witnessed many relapses before they finally ran out of chances to get clean...it's horrific to see.
    2 points
  8. The middle path would be an expansion of contract buy-outs, enabling teams to get out of bad contracts. Maybe easing the current buyout rule, or else allowing a limited number of full buyouts (without discount, as with a coach being fired) but up to $X (say, $10M) per year of it not counting against the cap. Conceptually you could buy out Savard's contract at the end of the year (3x $3.5M remaining), write off $10M of cap, and you would spread the remaining $500K of cap hit over the three years. Savard still gets fully paid, and can sign for another team if he wishes to. Or buy out Gallagher (5x $6.5M), write off $10M, and then spread the remaining $22.5M of cap hit over five years. Obviously doesn't work as well for long or big-money contracts but I think that would be the intent anyway. I don't think NHLPA would turn into Adam Ant over this approach ...
    2 points
  9. LOL. This team sucks the bag.
    2 points
  10. But what is the point of making such comparisons, if not to imply that Caufield will have a career similar to those guys? Otherwise, it’s just a completely random comparison with no purpose at all. You might as well make a post pointing out that Max Pacioretty had 6 goals in his first 82 games, and that Jake Evans has 6 goals in 68 games. Well…OK then. That’s true, but what does it tell us? That Evans is bound to become a better goal-scorer than Pacioretty? No? Then what IS the point? There is none. The career of Gilbert Dionne is completely irrelevant to the career of Cole Caufield.
    2 points
  11. This is getting ridiculous. The kid is a top prospect - that’s agreed upon by everyone in hockey - and in fact the ONLY grade-A prospect in the organization. He was brought in straight from university hockey and parachuted into the playoffs, with zero time to marinade in the AHL. When we did that, I was quite skeptical, predicting that he would start strong and then tail off. Kids need to learn how to be pros, how to walk before they can run. CC had a stronger playoff than I expected and was a pleasant surprise. Obviously, the kid couldn’t be sent down after that. But guess what? He tapered off, starting the season with 1 point in 10 games after having become gradually less noticeable during the playoffs. At that point, the team reverted to what it ideally would have done all along, i.e., have CC put in some development time in the AHL. And for this, fans are now anointing him the new Gilbert Dionne or Paul DiPietro, another Habs developmental failure, at age 20. Worse, some of the same fans who retroactively denounce the Habs for bringing up KK, Galy, Mete, and other prospects “too soon,” are now playing Chicken Little because we sent down Caufield. You can’t have it both ways, guys. I have no problem at all with Caufield learning to dominate night-in and night-out in the AHL. This guy has never played more than 36 games in a single season and we expect him to be a first-line all-star NHL winger over 82 games and (in theory) playoffs? I think he has the potential to be something special, but throwing him to the NHL wolves is NOT the way to get him there.
    2 points
  12. Allen playing well (IMO), with both teams having their moments ... Habs goal was on a PP by, of course Ben "Boom Boom" Chiarot ... of course they habs gave ups a shortie on one of their other three APPs
    1 point
  13. Interestingly (to me anyway) TSN690 had someone on this afternoon, for the life of me can't remember his name, who did a analysis of the 2006-2016 drafts for, I believe, some academic purpose and found Anaheim was one of the best teams in that period for players they drafted playing at least 200 games in the NHL ... Habs were one of the very worst ... he picked 200 games because to differentiate between players who really made the NHL and those who played some games in the NHL.
    1 point
  14. if they never have a win streak all season, i think we can allow alfredoh to change to Shane Wright.
    1 point
  15. And if we want puck-moving D, we need to accept that there will be some defensive issues. Less so if we have a strong team, but the weaker the team overall, the more visible those gaps will be. I'll quote from Dryden's Scotty book for some perspective:
    1 point
  16. You must be a politician I am a engineer. Numbers mean something to me and math is math
    1 point
  17. i can always count on your insightful commentary Made you look !
    1 point
  18. On a gut level, I feel especially relieved at the departure of Timmins. 17 years of middling-to-mediocre drafting is more than enough.
    1 point
  19. It is time for a bona fide rebuild. The last time we had one was when Gainey came aboard. (It failed, but no one can deny that he brought in a large crop of young talent; he did things the proper way, it just didn’t work out). Since Gainey 1.0 crapped out in 2009, it has been a question of patch up jobs, half-rebuilds, and ultimately confusion. Time to start anew.
    1 point
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  21. Tire fire on rue de la Gauchetiere.
    1 point
  22. Montreal Canadiens Drouin -- Suzuki -- Caufield Toffoli -- Dvorak -- Anderson Lehkonen -- Evans -- Gallagher Poehling -- Armia Chiarot -- Petry Norlinder -- Savard Romanov -- Wideman Niku Montembeault Allen Scratched: Paquette, Pezzetta Injured: Kulak (lower body), Hoffman (upper body), Perreault (eye), Edmundson (undisclosed) Buffalo Sabres Skinner -- Thompson -- Olofsson Ruotsalainen -- Cozens -- Okposo Bjork -- Girgensons -- Asplund Hayden -- Eakin -- Hinostroza Dahlin -- Pysyk Bryson -- Jokiharju Hagg -- Miller Tokarski Dell Scratched: Butcher, Wolanin Injured: Caggiula (upper body), Anderson (upper body), Tuch (shoulder), Mittelstadt (upper body)
    1 point
  23. Did you seriously suggest Quenneville for coach? Seriously? My vent is with this suggestion. #### him
    1 point
  24. Then I guess his current level is acceptable if he is playing to his potential. It can't be neither.
    1 point
  25. Montembeault has always been able to show those flashes - that's why he was Florida's backup to start the season just two years ago. However, he has lapses in almost every game (a bad decision, a complete misread of a shot, etc) which is why he didn't finish that season as Florida's backup and was pegged as a minor leaguer since then. The defence certainly isn't doing him any favours but I don't see NHL backup potential in him. He could be like Dustin Tokarski as someone that bounces around as a #3 and is passable when called upon due to injury (and there's value in having someone like that in an organization) but I like him as a #3 much more than a #2.
    1 point
  26. DD looks like the reincarnation of Jean Perron - only without the actual cup win.
    1 point
  27. It's a big 4 point game tomorrow night as the Pens hold the last wild card spot. If the Habs win they get within 10 points, lose and it's 14. It's a big one!
    1 point
  28. As most/all of us suspected : 18. Nashville spends three nights in Montreal, then falls behind 5-0 to the Canadiens in a 6-3 loss. Crescent St. remains undefeated. - Elliotte Friedman
    1 point
  29. Eller showed as a healthy scratch on the website I checked, which seems to indicate he is not considered a centre depth in the absence of Backstrom thatnis the main reason I thought this trade may be possible. Armia is no Tom Wilson, but he would provide another big RW good along the boards and great on the pk The draft pick is the price for picking up a player on the decline and giving away a player at his peak
    1 point
  30. Habs have no choice I guess; but, to play out the last 64games of season.
    1 point
  31. Agree. Dvorak is young and on an affordable ticket. Not sure why we’d trade him away. Disagree. Nobody is going to want Price.
    1 point
  32. Boston had their share of misses, like the year where they had like 3 consecutive 1st round picks. But they still managed to draft the following with middling to late picks that are major roster players: 2016 - #14 Charlie McAvoy 2015 - #37 Brandon Carlo 2014 - #25 David Pasternak It typically takes 5 years to know what you have, so I won’t look at more recent picks. That’s three straight years of impact players in the lineup that were home drafted and developed. who do we have under MB’s that’s kind of a regular??? Lekhonan. that’s crap. Keep hearing why we sick at drafting is that we trade away picks, or draft late as a bubble team. Well these aren’t top ten picks that are now part of the core in Boston.
    1 point
  33. And what outstanding veterans should they have dressed instead of the 5 drafted players? They have some injuries right now which means they have to give some younger guys a chance. This team is just not good enough as is. It has nothing to do with veterans being irked because they dressed some younger guys. Veterans were given a chance when they were rookies. They get that part.
    1 point
  34. From what I’ve seen Primeau will not be an NHL starter. I know he is young but has had enough starts in his career to seriously doubt that. Should clarify, seems unlikely given his excessive movement, poor positioning, over committing. Not signs of a calm, in control style. I do see the point you make. Same could be said for Romy, Norlinder as well. Lack of pride on this team right now.
    1 point
  35. Romy / Kulak have been decent as well. Norlinder skated well, smooth stride and comfortable with puck.
    1 point
  36. Sarcasm and tone are very hard to read in print.
    1 point
  37. Anyone find it fitting that Bertuzzi is a blood relative of that other ape Bertuzzi?
    1 point
  38. He reminds me of Ryan White. He is high energy and also does some stupid things. I'm not sure he's anything long term though. I just don't think there is enough skill there for a long term NHL career though.
    1 point
  39. I gather he is rocketing up the depth chart given his unusual mobility for a Habs defenceman
    1 point
  40. Hudon really is an excellent AHL player. He's just not an NHL player.
    1 point
  41. https://www.habseyesontheprize.com/ahl-laval-rocket/2021/11/7/22767440/laval-rocket-syracuse-crunch-recap-highlights-shut-out-cole-caufield-season-debut-cayden-primeau
    1 point
  42. Watched caps flyers. My cousin with the lone goal for the caps!
    1 point
  43. I like how you avoided my question - would you take an equivalent package of Dvorak and Romanov from another team for Caufield? Even if you're saying there are other pieces involved (which there also were in the actual trade), quantity doesn't equal quality. I know that's the hallmark of your proposals (three or four lesser pieces for one good one) but I know I wouldn't; your proposal is for them to do exactly that though. Krebs isn't a sure thing but neither is Caufield. They were picked two picks apart in the draft. Their standalone trade value is pretty much identical; it probably won't change for another year or so unless one really gets established as an impact NHL'er this season. The deal's done, Eichel isn't coming to the Habs and the Habs weren't permitting his desired surgery. No point in trying to fabricate a scenario to blame Bergevin down the road for a deal that wasn't happening for a return that's worse for Buffalo than what they actually received.
    1 point


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