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  1. 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.
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  2. Appreciate the recognition of my
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  3. Coaches always say the key is to "get back to basics ... so Lines, defense pairings and updates - December 2 (nhl.com) Toffoli - Dvorak - Anderson Drouin - Poehling - Armia Lehkonen - Suzuki - Evans Pezzetta - Perrault/Paquette - Caufield Chiarot - Savard Kulak - Petry Romanov - Wideman Norlinder Allen Montembeault Gallagher and Niku are out of the lineup as they have entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.
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  4. 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
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  5. of course, regardless of final score, I would like to see: Toffoli - Dvorak - Anderson = > drive the net, create scoring chances Drouin - Poehling - Armia = > be consistent and engaged Lehkonen - Suzuki - Evans = > shut down the other team Pezzetta - Perrault - Caufield = > positive surprise ! not a liability, bring/keep puck in the o-zone Chiarot - Savard = > I want themr to become the shut down pair Kulak - Petry = > while waiting for Edmundson, do not suck Romanov - Wideman = > show that the good play from previous gmaes together was not fluke Allen = > be Allen
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  6. 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.
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  7. Commandant as president and Habs29 as GM! It would be the Habsworld Dream Team. Plus, imagine the epic front-office arguments…
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  8. Its not a zero sum game. There may be other moves for price that don't involve Kane
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  9. Not a Hab ... yet anyway ... but one fan believes
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  10. I really would like to see Brodeur, I think he would do a great job.
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  11. I agree the headline is a bit out there but I thought Molson handled himself well in the press conference.
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  12. if they never have a win streak all season, i think we can allow alfredoh to change to Shane Wright.
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  13. 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:
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  14. Bergevin inherited a strong hand, a team that, with minimal changes to the inherited core, went to the semi-Finals in 2014 and was 2nd overall in 2015. That is the complicating element here. Once Pleks and Markov aged out, roughly 2016-17, we saw little more than drift and suckage (which these stats bear out). The team stunk and, as I kept saying even when some folks chose to buy into the 2018 “retool” narrative that great young players would have us emerging as contenders right about now, there are zero replacements for the elderly Price/Weber in the system. MB’s inability to draft and develop is the reason that we’re looking at this organization and not seeing a pathway forward to contending. His brilliant offseason moves in 2020 helped to paper over that hole and allowed the aging core to reach the Finals - he deserves praise for that - but it was not a substitute for proper drafting and development. The organization has been largely rotting from within since 2016. This analysis is, I believe, consistent with alfredo’s numbers.
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  15. You must be a politician I am a engineer. Numbers mean something to me and math is math
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  16. i can always count on your insightful commentary Made you look !
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  17. https://www.google.com/amp/s/theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/15-french-speaking-nhl-general-manager-candidates/wcm/fed553ce-f639-45f6-bce4-11be088159b3/amp/ Stumbled on this list. Perhaps the most interesting collection of names I've seen. Does anyone on here know more about some of the Swiss candidates? Perhaps with a highly experience president of hockey ops in Gorton... A more... unexpected... GM could be given the reigns?
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  18. It was painful as a fan to go through that. i still remember how poorly the team played on the night #23 was retired. Team had no heart MB was laughed at for the emphasis on character. I liked that phase better still, neither won a cup. Both had to go when they did
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  19. On a gut level, I feel especially relieved at the departure of Timmins. 17 years of middling-to-mediocre drafting is more than enough.
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  20. 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.
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  21. Thank you MB for 9 years. It was entertaining at times, sad at others and infuriating of late; but never boring
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  23. It's about time the do a clean house right. This organization needs a new voice and new vision. 30 years of the same shit gets tiring. Now wonder if a full 5 year rebuild will start? Build the team around Suzuki and Caufield
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  24. Tire fire on rue de la Gauchetiere.
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  25. 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)
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  26. Did you seriously suggest Quenneville for coach? Seriously? My vent is with this suggestion. #### him
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  27. Like gthe great @GHT120 would say: This is *** my OpInOn *** (IF AND ONLY IF) I am right other wise _I_ maybe wrong, and I stand by it.
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  28. Eventually, one of these days, this prediction will come true!
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  29. Then I guess his current level is acceptable if he is playing to his potential. It can't be neither.
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  30. 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.
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  31. I have to respect what is either (a) never-ending optimism, or (b) subtle[?] clever sarcasm ... the respect is there whichever it is.
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  32. DD looks like the reincarnation of Jean Perron - only without the actual cup win.
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  33. 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!
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  34. Yup. I am starting to think there is a chance they may not make the playoffs.
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  35. 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
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  36. Sarcasm and tone are very hard to read in print.
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