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  1. A reminder... in the summer of 2021, instead of re-signing Vincent Trochek as their #2c, the hurricanes let him walk as a UFA, spending $6million on an offer sheet for Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Trocheck played over 35 minutes tonight and scored the double OT winner. Kk played 9:15 and was a -1 All cause Tom Dundon and Don Waddell were butthurt over the Aho Offer Sheet.
    5 points
  2. Seems like will be a smart player. David Reinbacher’s time in Laval will benefit his transition to Montreal in many ways - The Athletic "Rocket coach Jean-François Houle provided a lucid, straightforward assessment of what he saw from Reinbacher over 11 games. “I like his gap control a lot. I think his stick is really good,” Houle said. “He needs to get stronger. I think he can provide even more offence and I think he was maybe cautiously playing back a little bit, which is normal.” "As he adds muscle — something Kaiden Guhle also said he hopes to do this offseason despite having two years of NHL experience under his belt — Reinbacher’s aggressive nature in battle situations will become that much more effective."
    4 points
  3. Booked our tickets to Vegas! Second year in a row my boys and I will be attending the draft!!
    3 points
  4. I often wonder why this is a narrative that is held by some. If it was not serious but rather a ridiculously low ball offer, then why did Aho sign it?
    3 points
  5. I think most feel that way about Dundon/Waddell as they tried to rub it in on the Habs at the time, good on them. Offer sheets rarely work out and I think Hughes knows this so I don't expect a repeat. Was KK immature when he was with the Habs? Yes Did the Habs make a big mistake keeping him here as an 18 year old? Yes Can you blame KK for jumping at the money? No Time to move on. He isn't coming back here.
    3 points
  6. He did? He brought in Chiarot, Edmundson, and Savard on NHL deals and signed Xhekaj to his ELC. If anything, I think he was a little too enamoured with the big, physical defencemen you're describing; he certainly didn't move away from them.
    3 points
  7. I don’t see how you “protect” a player from what are basically clean hits. Especially in the playoffs, when an instigator penalty is very damaging. I agree with Alfredoh that Hutson, like Hughes, will have to protect himself. And Habs29 makes the point that Hughes has never been targeted like this. Next time around, he’ll probably be more ready for it. Remember in 2014 when the Bruins’s game plan involved hitting the crap out of Subban? I think it was Game 5…the announcer declared early in the game, after watching PK dodge a few attempts, that PK was simply too quick for them to hit. That was the moment when I really began to believe that the Habs would win that series (which we did). It’s not ALL on the D-man, though. One of the talking points in Van is that you ease the pressure on Hughes by having a more effective forecheck, which prevents Nashville from winding up and driving into the zone with the crushing speed that leads their captain to get splattered. The Canucks implemented this to better effect last game. So, a combo of smart, prepared player learning to adapt, and smart team play, can help a Hutson to survive. I still think an under-played theme in all this is that Hronek, who wants a huge payday this summer, has not stepped up to take some of the burden off Hughes. If other teams target Hutson and, say, Mailloux is able to raise his game short-term, that would also help mitigate the danger.
    3 points
  8. He had just as many chances when he played for the Habs. Difference is that he is actually scoring off of those chances now. I think the entire board liked Lehkonen very much and were really happy when he won that cup.
    3 points
  9. Old drafts... lets talks about 1980!!! lets move on. I just hope they find an offensive producer at 5; be it Demidov-Catton-Lindstrom-Eiserman-Iginla. And i think packaging Jet-pick&a young-d for a more near-ready NHLer forward, is a good idea.
    2 points
  10. There is. But I'm not going to override a grade in that review process if I think it's too high or too low; I'm going to respect what the writer assigns as he's the one putting the piece together.
    2 points
  11. Frankly, I think he is ahead of schedule - he also played a big part of the year on the right side out of necessity, and would argue he was still better than Savard.
    2 points
  12. Really enjoying the Bruins fans whining on social media over the punch to rat boys face and the failed coach's challenge. Your team is notorious is for being dirty. Your captain is a dirty rat who actually licked a man's face. It's so satisfying.
    2 points
  13. The leafs need toughness to win in the playoffs. They also were 1-4 with Auston Matthews in the playoff lineup and 2-0 without him Anderson and Savard for Matthews makes sense.
    2 points
  14. Where do you come up with this nonsense?? Still don’t get your hate for the mgmt group. They actually have plan, unlike their predecessor whose plan was hope that Carey Price is healthy enough to get them into the playoffs and than anything can happen.
    2 points
  15. What gives you the impression that this management is afraid of Mailloux. Was it that they called him up to play the final game this season, and got almost no media backlash for doing so? Where does this narrative that HuGo is afraid of how the media will react and trade him? Is this again just making things up out of whole cloth to take shots at management?
    2 points
  16. I am no Bergevin-lover, but I'll point out here, as I've done before, that this board was nearly unanimous that the Habs should NOT sign Danault to a long-term deal with that cap hit. We should remember that he had 5 goals and 25 points that season. And most of us thought that Kotkaniemi would grow into being the type of C Danualt now is. So moving on from Danault seemed like sensible cap-management. Were we wrong? Absolutely. But I don't think it makes sense for us to get in high dudgeon, retroactively, that Bergevin refused to sign a deal that almost none of us wanted him to sign.
    2 points
  17. I don't know who said he had no value (I know I didn't in the post you quoted). What is his standalone value? If it's a fourth-round pick, it's pretty inconsequential. On a playoff team, he's a 7/8 guy, that's not worth trading much of anything for. And for a rebuilding team, he's worth it as a depth piece but Winnipeg had no luck trading him which is how Montreal got him off waivers in the first place. Rebuilding teams will want a warm body for as cheap an acquisition cost as possible so while Kovacevic would indeed fit that bill, those teams won't offer much of anything for him. If they can't get him for dirt cheap, they'll just claim someone off waivers (like Anaheim claiming Gustav Lindstrom during the season). Suppose the Habs are in trade talks for an impact player and they're trying to find the missing piece to a package off. If Hughes offers up a fourth-round pick (or Kovacevic if that's his value) as that missing piece, it's probably not moving the needle. That's what I mean by close to throw-in value; he's not going to be the difference-maker to match up value in a bigger trade. He has some value, sure, but not enough to do anything of note which, as others have said, means it probably makes more sense to keep him at this point.
    2 points
  18. Draft lottery tomorrow 🤞🤞🤞🤞
    2 points
  19. The world is as it should be tonight.
    2 points
  20. The early signing sets it up that the Habs could issue him a qualifying offer to retain his rights, just in case something clicks over there and he becomes a bigger threat. Doesn't mean they will but it makes it easier to do so.
    2 points
  21. Its just jokes. No one actually thinks its a romantic thing.
    2 points
  22. Indeedy. "TORONTO — Eight years and nine playoff series into their shared tenure as saviors of the Maple Leafs, three of the best individual performers in franchise history were reduced to sniping at one another on the bench after bumbling through an ineffective shift together. William Nylander appeared to direct pointed criticism at Mitch Marner. Auston Matthews looked to have some words for his teammate(s), too. Marner turned and tossed each of his gloves to the ground in frustration...." Johnston: This is the end of the Maple Leafs as we know them - The Athletic
    2 points
  23. The misery in Leafs Nation is warming my soul.
    2 points
  24. I won't say too much until the Bruins win one more game. Then I will just smile a bit on the inside and have a nice restful sleep.
    2 points
  25. LMAO at the HNIC crew looking dejected as if all their dogs just died. Poor leaf’s are losing you homers 👌
    2 points
  26. If Kotkaniemi teached us something, it's not to take too much from the results at this U18 tournament. Guessing the scouts go there to evaluate some specific skills and character aspect of players' game more than how they actually perform.
    2 points
  27. $8.5m for 7 years for a guy who doesn’t show up in more games than he does? No thanks. If he wasn’t French there wouldn’t Ben be a discussion about trading for him.
    2 points
  28. If I was convinced Mailloux would be an all star then perhaps I would not make this trade. I am not as convinced as you are. If you make this trade a) you are almost guaranteed to end up with a stud forward at #3 (Demidov or Lindstrom) b) you have more choices at #5, a stud defensemen or maybe Iginla, Helenius c) plus you have Zegras who might be really motivated to prove himself with a new team It hurts to give up CC but overall this might be a better team. Trades like this are fun to talk about. In any event I do see possibilities of an Anaheim/Montreal trade as they do have pieces that compliment each other.
    2 points
  29. I'm not rooting for Roy. While he was a superb player for the Habs, ultimately he put himself ahead of the team and left. It wasn't all him, but the decision was his. Had he stayed, we might have won another Cup. I understand the situation, so I'm not holding a grudge, but neither am I going to root for him.
    2 points
  30. It may have taken me 18 attempts but I am glad I was able to finally pull it off. It didn’t look promising after the second to last game because the Habs needed only 1 point but Detroit’s miraculous comeback with 3 seconds left, followed by the the Habs’ overtime/shootout loss in the final game sealed the deal. Thank you @alfredoh2009 for the congrats and @Peter Puck for hosting, as always. GHG
    2 points
  31. 2 points
  32. Slafs Slokavia crushed by Sweden. 6-1. But at least Slaf got a nice assist.
    1 point
  33. Seems another year in Europe might be best, but wonder how he will look at training camp? The Question That Should Be Asked About Oliver Kapanen – HabsWorld.net And Engstrom still a work in progress. Grading Adam Engström’s 2023-24 season (habseyesontheprize.com) "Yes, the sophomore defenceman faced tough matchups, but still needs to be generally better in the defensive zone when it comes to reads and decision-making."... ..."However, concentration lapses remain an issue. Rögle wanted to exit the zone with control and speed during the post-season, but this led to several occasions where Engström, holding the puck along the boards, threw it into the middle of the ice and turned it over to the opposition."
    1 point
  34. Catton has been top prospect for awhile and #1 WHL pick. Was noted by Hadi K, that Lindstrom had better offense than Catton, if compare points/60minutes of play, Catton is 5'11" but can get pushed around bit too easily. Lindstrom's physicality/size must be much more attractive to Hughes, if given choice at 5. Catton #6, Lindstrom ranked #5 in EP's consolidated rankings Hopefully we see Levshunov & Silayev (or any d-man) get picked in the top 4. Mock 2024 NHL Draft: Experts split after Celebrini, Levshunov, Silayev go top 3 | NHL.com
    1 point
  35. Yes but the odds of getting 3 heads in a row, before you throw the first one are .5 x .5 x .5 = 12.5%
    1 point
  36. According to a report from Sweden, Mattias Norlinder intends to stay in North America next season. That messes with my hope that he'd sign over there early, allowing the Habs to qualify him and hold his rights. Now, they'll have to re-sign him or release him. https://hockeysverige.se/2024/05/08/beskeden-om-calle-sjalin-mattias-norlinder-och-filip-engaras
    1 point
  37. @Commandant picked this guy at 5. Reading that summary Helenius sounds perfect for what we need. Helenius, Centre/Right Winger, Liiga The player that Kyle had ranked over Eiserman, Helenius checked in at third (Fred) and fifth (Ben), landing him at the third spot in our consolidated rankings. Helenius has been very impressive thus far in the top Finnish men’s league with Jukurit. In 28 games thus far, he has scored an impressive eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. For a 17-year-old, in a men’s league, only the best of the best young stars can pull that off. The reason for the success starts with an outstanding skating ability. While he isn’t a burner, with an ability to leave defenders in the dust consistently, he instead has shifty edges, shaking off defenders like it is nothing. That, paired with a high-end IQ allows him to manipulate defenders and create space for himself. Strong playmaking instincts allow him to take advantage of that space as well. On top of the skill, despite his slim build, he works very hard to win pucks back for his team. Maybe not physically, with body checks, but instead with an overwhelming pressure leading with his stick. Smart skater, with skilled playmaking instincts, and a high-end work ethic that is producing well against men at a very young age.
    1 point
  38. So ........... Slafkovsky to Anaheim? 😉 😜 Google Translate: Juraj Slafkovsky and Trevor Zegras. Future teammates?
    1 point
  39. I don't understand your hatred for him? Is it because he made Bergevin look even more useless? He got offered 6M$!!! I dont blame him for taking it but Im sure he will never return here because he would be booed every night he doesnt score a goal.
    1 point
  40. Would it? What would the price point need to be to dissuade Carolina from matching it? And remember, the first-round pick(s) the Habs would surrender would be unprotected - they can't substitute in the CGY/FLA one. Necas is a 2C, is that really what they should be parting with prime draft capital to get? If they were further along in the process (in other words, a steady playoff team) and needed a 2C-type player as that missing piece, then sure, there's a case to be made. But they're not there yet or particularly close so I'm not sure offer-sheeting anyone makes sense for Montreal right now.
    1 point
  41. I just think there is too much emphasis on size. Crosby was 5'11" 190 lbs when drafted, Gretzky maxed out at 185 lbs (I doubt he weighed that much), good think they aren't being drafted today or they might slip to the 2nd round.
    1 point
  42. Right now the Winnipeg pick is 27th. To move up we need the following to happen: 1) Edmonton to beat Vancouver (I think a good possibility) 2) Colorado to beat Dallas (I think that's about 50/50, two pretty equal teams). If Colorado plays Vegas then it doesn't matter who wins 3) The winner of Boston-Toronto to beat Florida (very unlikely in my opinion). Worst case scenario is 27, best case is 24, most likely 25 or 26.
    1 point
  43. This is just deliberately misquoting me. It says the opposite of what I said in my post. I have no time for such dishonesty.
    1 point
  44. All depends on what it takes to get them. My GUESS is that Quinn or Krebs might be the "least expensive" trades ... but I am not certain the Habs are a good match with Buffalo ... they already have a young defence corps, so unless they have interest in Savard or Matheson, not certain where talks start ... and being mid/late rebuild, not certain draft picks interest the Sabres. Holtz has been oft-cited as a target ... assuming Hamilton will return healthy, not certain what the Habs have that the Devils need. Kakko is the one that perhaps interests me the most ... but will the rumoured/supposed Drury-Gorton "bad blood" be an issue? Jack Quinn Right Wing -- shoots R Born Sep 19 2001 -- Ottawa, ONT (22 yrs-old) Height 6.01 -- Weight 185 [185 cm/84 kg] Drafted by Buffalo Sabres - round 1 #8 overall 2020 NHL Entry Draft 2021-22 Buffalo Sabres 2 1 1 2022-23 Buffalo Sabres 75 14 23 2023-24 Buffalo Sabres. 27 9 10 NHL Totals 104 24 34 Peyton Krebs Center -- shoots L Born Jan 26 2001 -- Calgary, ALTA (23 yrs-old) Height 6.00 -- Weight 186 [183 cm/84 kg] Drafted by Vegas Golden Knights - round 1 #17 overall 2019 NHL Entry Draft 2020-21 Vegas Golden Knights 4 0 1 1 2021-22 Vegas Golden Knights 9 0 0 0 2021-22 Buffalo Sabres 48 7 15 22 2022-23 Buffalo Sabres 74 9 17 26 2023-24 Buffalo Sabres 80 4 13 17 NHL Totals 215 20 46 66 Alexander Holtz Right Wing -- shoots R Born Jan 23 2002 -- Stockholm, Sweden (22 yrs-old) Height 6.00 -- Weight 195 [183 cm/88 kg] Drafted by New Jersey Devils - round 1 #7 overall 2020 NHL Entry Draft 2021-22 New Jersey Devils 9 0 2 2 2022-23 New Jersey Devils 19 3 1 4 2023-24 New Jersey Devils 82 16 12 28 NHL Totals 110 19 15 34 Kaapo Kakko Right Wing -- shoots L Born Feb 13 2001 -- Turku, Finland (23 yrs-old) Height 6.02 -- Weight 205 [188 cm/93 kg] Drafted by New York Rangers - round 1 #2 overall 2019 NHL Entry Draft 2019-20 New York Rangers 66 10 13 23 2020-21 New York Rangers 48 9 8 17 2021-22 New York Rangers 43 7 11 18 2022-23 New York Rangers 82 18 22 40 2023-24 New York Rangers 61 13 6 19 NHL Totals 300 57 60 117
    1 point
  45. Different time, when a grad student working part-time could afford a standing-room ticket. I would have driven a bus through the doors to see that game, though. Nothing was going to stop me. As cherished as that memory is - I can still see Roy looking right at us and raising the Cup, roaring in triumph - I was also there for Game 2 of that series. The McSorely stick/Desjardins game. No single moment has ever been more ecstatic for me as a hockey fan than to be in the building when Desjardins blasted it past Hrudey to tie it up with a minute left. It was INSANE.
    1 point
  46. I want Roy to win as well. The “incident” did break my heart and I was angry at all sides, including Roy. I let that go when his number was raised. I will never forget 1986 - Roy was beyond incredible and 1993 wasn’t far off. I’m a fan for life
    1 point
  47. Cant say i ever considered it, would always pull for Canadian teams, aside from Leafs (which havent threatened forever anyways). Go Bruins!
    1 point
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