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  1. I was in the Forum for Game 2 of the Finals in 1993. Standing room. We were down 2-1 for much of the 2nd and 3rd period, already down 0-1 in the series and facing the bleak possibility of flying to LA down 0-2. We were generating nothing. I remember being struck by the realization that, even though we were the Montreal Canadiens, the script might not come true…we might actually lose this Cup, the one Cup of my adult life. Midway through the third, with the arena dead silent and the French guy next to me slumped in drunken despair, I yelled out, “where are the ghosts?? Rocket Richard?? Howie Morenz?? Guy Lalfeur?? WHERE ARE THE GHOSTS??” Then the McSorley illegal stick got called with two minutes left, and in an unbelievably ballsy bit of coaching Demers pulled Roy for a two-man advantage. Eric Desjardins scored to tie it up on that blast that shook the world, the entire place went insane: the French guy shrieking and hugging me, lunatics running up and down the aisle, beer flying everywhere - never had so many had such a radical mood swing from complete despair to total ecstasy in so short a time. Amidst the bedlam, my buddy tapped me on the shoulder and said: “there’s your ghosts.” 😉
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  2. On my way to Long Island with my 3 kids for the game. Hope we get a good one!
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  3. YES! Vegas scores late to beat Florida in regulation.
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  4. I are quickly approaching 20 yrs on this site. At that time I was single, living in Greece. Today i'm married, have 3 kids (one 3 yrs away from College) and live in the land of the Brass Bonanza. What am I getting to? After alllll these years, I NEVER get tired of Cuccumber reliving that epic game 2. Thank you my friend.
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  5. Broberg is a LD but such an elite skater that you don't worry about what side he plays as there is stud potential there. The big knock on Lavoie is consistency and that's why he fell so far in the draft his draft year. I think he is starting to run out of time. I don't see any reason to trade Evans as he is on a team friendly contract and is rebounding from a slow start. If I am giving up Edmondson and Evans and taking on an expiring contracts in Puljujarvi and Ryan then I want a whole lot more than Lavoie. It's Holloway or Broberg or a #1 pick, maybe Bourgault otherwise I am talking to the next GM.
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  6. Good Grief Charlie Brown!! Can they wear those jerseys for the rest of the season????
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  7. No way we trade either of our first rounders for a 25 year old. If Dubois really wants to come here he can sign another one year deal and come here as a UFA. Otherwise no reason to divert from the rebuild.
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  8. It’s a bit like Stalin writing a thank-you note to Trotsky
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  9. yes. For that reason, I think they may "sell" or shed a handful of contracts at the deadline to better align for next year's run. I feel like their club is not well constructed to get to the playoffs or to win a few series
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  10. This is the third straight game he has played centre. He has just been so effective carrying the puck.
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  11. What decisions did you expect them to make? Injuries are tough to plan for especially for a lower end team.
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  12. The freight train known as Romanov is surely pumped. Who gets destroyed by him? Cause you know that ROWmanov has a chip on his shoulder. Projected lineup: Caufield - Suzuki - Dach Slafkovsky - Dvorak - Anderson Dadonov - Evans - Armia Drouin - Ylonen Edmundson - Savard Harris - Kovacevic Xhekaj - Barron Wideman Montembault
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  13. Because we are all Hab fans (fan is short for fanatic by the way) the debate can sometimes get a little emotional and some are better than others at being a little more diplomatic when they disagree. I think the key is not to make it personal when you disagree with another opinion. There are a lot of posters on this board that I really enjoy and sometimes I disagree with them but it's never personal. If they disagree with me on something I am not offended at all. It keeps me sharp to have to defend my opinion. I think I am starting to ramble so I will stop. Go Vegas tonight!
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  14. Those aren't the Habs real chances though because that % leaves out Floridas pick, who have a 3.5% chance. Therefore, the Habs actual chance at Bedard is 8.5 + 3.5 = 12%, which is actually the 3rd highest % chance.
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  15. Don’t think anyone is surprised or upset by his absence… Get well friend
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  16. The craziest thing about the entire Subban situation to me was his donation. Subban: I donated millions to a Montreal hospital. Bergevin: How dare you do such a great thing WITHOUT ASKING FOR MY PERMISSION FIRST! Yeah , what an asshole that PK is…
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  17. That contract was 100% due to Bergevin’s outrageous mishandling of the entire negotiation. Bergevin played games and got screwed, how is that on PK? I haven’t commented on PK at all because it’s water under the bridge but your turncoat label is unwarranted and misplaced
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  18. Regardless of whether we liked PK or were happy to see him go, the “traitor” label makes no sense. He grew up a Habs fan, loved Montreal, wanted to stay, and was traded away by a management group that hated him. How that makes him a “traitor” defies understanding, unless we think he should have retired rather than play elsewhere 🙄 If we must use the language of “betrayal” it’d be better suited to the management group that crapped on him during his time here and then dealt him away against his will. However, I don’t think either side really “betrayed” the other - treason is not the right vocabulary for what went on between PK and the Habs.
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  19. What do you do with donkeys? We got a bunch of them on this team.
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  20. Not a bad call at all. That's IIHF rules. They are a lot more severe on goalie interference than the NHL is.
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  21. My guess is that it’s less about marketing - is anyone paying tickets to see Slaf drift uselessly through games? - than about their faith in MSL as a developer of young talent. Or perhaps, as someone posted a little while ago (I forget who, sorry), perhaps it’s even about their lack of faith in the AHL coaching staff. But I suspect the former. If I’m right, then that’s still pretty foolish, since there is no real evidence that MSL is anything special in developing youth. I like the emphasis on the long game, but I still believe, as a general rule, that the best strategy for developing players is to let them marinade in the minors until they have nothing more to learn there, and are good and ready to assume NHL responsibilities. In my view, THAT is what playing the long game means. The Habs have been trying to short-circuit this truth since at least Carey Price. They got away with it in his case…barely. We should remember how close even Price came to completely melting down and being run out of town. Slaf may eventually go on to become the impact power winger we all hope he can be, of course. But I’m with Habs29. We are playing with fire, completely needlessly. EDIT: speaking of playing with fire, I noticed this link on the main page. Lots of legit insight here: https://cheeringthelogo.ca/2023/01/04/habs-management-playing-with-fire/
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  22. I think that it was a huge mistake not letting Slaf go because the Slovaks surprisingly were a very physical team. If Slaf had been there with them some of that might have rubbed off on him in all the right ways.
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  23. Guhle plays against better opposition, so the +/- needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt, like it should be at the best of times.
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  24. Yeah, well, needless to say, we should not pay a special premium to get the French kid. We’ve done that at least twice before (Denis Savard and Jonathan Drouin) with catastrophic results. If we do go for the kid, it should be as a pure hockey trade and nothing else.
    2 points
  25. https://www.habsworld.net/2023/01/habs-doubled-up-by-bruins/
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  26. Let those SOBs continue rotting in the grave where they belong, I say.
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  27. Thanks, brother. Hopefully I don’t regurgitate those 1993 stories *too* often. Game 2 was obviously the greatest single moment of my life as a Habs fan - greater even, I would say, than being in the Forum again when they won in Game 5 - so I do like to light my metaphorical pipe and reminisce now and then! 20 years…scary sh*t 😃
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  28. Great story! I went through the same feeling watching it on TV as a university student. With all the OT wins and the pens being knocked out, I thought no way we can lose looked like lose. We were on the seven year max cycle without a cup. Than in game 2, it seemed like it was lights out. Couldn’t believe the come back! Miss the forum. It’s been downhill since the move!
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  29. 25:35 for Capt Nick. Anderson 4 shots 6 hits, along with his goal. Dach 22:49 4 shots 3/6 on faceoffs. Pez 6 hits 1a in 11:05 Red hot Rem 4 pts in last 2 games. https://www.habsworld.net/2023/01/habs-outlast-the-leafs-to-take-a-3-2-ot-win/ HW Habs Three Stars First Star: Samuel Montembeault (38 shots, 36 saves, 0.947) Second Star: Rem Pitlick (1g, 1a, 1 shot, 15:28 TOI) Third Star: Rafael Harvey-Pinard (1g, 0a, 2 shots, 13:48 TOI) (low budget stars)
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  30. I can think of one reason it wasn't made a lot sooner, Caufield would have wanted to get to Game 42 for bonus purposes and it wouldn't have looked good for the organization to shut him down and take away eligibility for some of his 'A' bonuses worth $212,500, especially heading into contract talks. Earlier in the day, it was suggested that something happened on Friday that made them take this action so there might have been some sort of flare-up where everyone went okay, now it's time.
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  31. For the CHL.guys you need to have less than 12 healthy forwards to qualify. And have to send them back as soon as you have 12 again.
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  32. What a sad day….I still can’t wish for a good tank night when playing the leafs. Screw them Hope Montembault stands on his head and Mathews gets skunked.
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  33. He's still a prospect, not a complete player, and he still plays that way (I think). But the Habs' scouting team clearly saw high potential in him, one hopes that they are more skilled at identifying player potential than I am.
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  34. Montembault is playing great hockey and has been for a few games. I know he has tough games here and there but I really have to wonder if he isn’t our future #1. Another good game by Drouin Dach is the most skilled on the team, he is really impressive.
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  35. Let him sit til training camp is my vote. No need to rush him.
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  36. Caufield again! And that useless bum Drouin has three assists tonight.
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  37. A random tidbit: 10 of the 20 Habs players tonight have first names that start with a 'J'.
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  38. Weber’s contract was/is longer than PK’s. the only reason it was tradeable was he couldnt play. We did end up having $19m on LTIR because of Orice and Weber. The preds were able to move Subban’s contract. as far as Weber being more tradeable, Subban’s contract would have been up by now and no reason to pick up another bad contract like Dadanov. why no hate for Gallagher who will be useless for another 4 years and has been a waste of cap space last year and this year.
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  39. RDS has been consistent all season, including the daily shows commenting on the Habs. TVA commentators are more cheerleaders than critics, specially the ex-players
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  40. 4-1 Dallas over Florida in 3rd.
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  41. Teams can only carry two import players on a roster. Most contending teams already have two they like so Kitchener will be limited to suitors that have a lesser import among the two or are holding a spot open for an overseas guy that may or may not come over. (Barrie is a team to watch for in that regard - if they don't get Eduard Sale who was at the World Juniors, they have an open import spot to fill and would likely inquire about Mesar.)
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  42. LOL, that won’t be fun either. More like having a splinter removed.
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  43. It will be fun when Drouin is gone?
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  44. I wanted to highlight your Savard comment because you are exactly right. Savard is quietly playing very solid defensive hockey and he does so without complaining or hurting the team by bad hits or giveaways. Savard is not a great puck carrier or great at zone breakouts but he has been consistent in his Dzone play
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  45. Right when you're convinced that nothing else could possibly be worse about that game and then this happens:
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  46. https://habsprospects.com/ All games are at Eastern time December 27 games Finland U20 vs Slovakia U20 11:00 am - WJC Preliminary Round - Watch on TSN1/4/5, RDS, NHLN-US Oliver Kapanen (#27) - Filip Mešár (#10) - Germany U20 vs Sweden U20 1:30 pm - WJC Preliminary Round - Watch on TSN1/4/5, RDS2, NHLN-US Adam Engström (#8) - Austria U20 vs Czechia U20 6:30 pm - WJC Preliminary Round - Watch on TSN1/4, RDS2, NHLN-US Vinzenz Rohrer (#14) - was sick yesterday Team Canada at HC Davos 2:15 pm - Spengler Cup Preliminary Round - Watch on TSN2 Nicolas Beaudin (#13) - https://www.habsworld.net/2022/12/2023-world-juniors-stattracker/ https://www.habseyesontheprize.com/world-juniors/2022/12/27/23527596/montreal-canadiens-prospect-highlights-stats-world-juniors-roy-hutson-kapanen-rohrer-engstrom-mesar
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