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  1. The standings don't show it, but I think this is a better team this year than last, and I expect an improvement next season. The habs won and lost a lot of one goal games this year. While there were blowouts, they were also very competitive against good teams. They are a 1 line team right now, so I don't expect it to be quick, but the top players are all on reasonable contracts, which should mean that there will be cap space to add talent or sign players who develope within the prospect pool.
  2. On the first point, discovery plus satisfied the wife. On the second, you are so correct. He's the best in the biz in my opinion.
  3. This is a good point. But the early reffing misses didn't help. Ghule goes off for interference. Next shift back, takes an elbow to the shops and nothing. But the Habs were outclassed and deserved to lose.
  4. His statement every year has been that if BPA stands out as better than others, you draft him, but if there isn't a clear cut BPA, you draft by need.
  5. This is a tough one. I think it's great that he's showing his versatility by playing pretty good on the right side, but I would prefer that he play his strong side more while he's developing.
  6. Matheson is so skilled but at times his decision making annoys me. He tries that one on three junk way too often in OT. Peal back and keep possession. Also on the PK, he held and tried whiplashing around the net instead of clearing it. I don't dislike him, but those type of plays can be super costly.
  7. Also grew up in northern BC. It has changed a great deal. Sorry about the weather talk. I'm old. To heck with tank. Let's learn how to win. Go habs go!
  8. I was just having this conversation with someone yesterday. If Suzuki can become Bergeron, Kopitar, Barkov level, he may not get 100 points in a season ever. But if his defensive game against the other teams' best players continues to develop, maybe that skill negates 25 goals against in a season, and his 75 point season results in the same goal differential. Still elite in my view.
  9. It’s been a garbage season, but the bright spots for me so far have been seeing Suzuki gradually work his way into selke conversations (next year?), and the steady progression of the big man. Can’t wait to see him in his prime with full man strength.
  10. My cousin's son Brett Leason is a good example of this. He was always slow to develope in each league that he played, but his final year in the dub, he lit it up. Was drafted mid second round by the caps. Now he is a 4th liner in Anaheim. He may ha e a career, because he's not bad away from the puck, but if you saw his last year with the raiders, you'd mistakenly project him as the next Nash. Classic example of men against boys.
  11. I liked him. Can’t remember if he was overpaid, but I thought he was a solid 4th liner with ability to move up the line up. Slow though, I think. Maybe selective memory.
  12. Bad bad decision after some great momentum killing pk.
  13. Maybe he needs to play on instinct and emotion. Gets screwed up when he has to think. Just say, remember all that stuff I said about changing your game? Don't do it. Go back to what worked for you b4. Crash bang speed instinct.
  14. I agree right now. As long as Ghulie, Slafkovski, Caufield, Dach (please dear lord), newhook continue to develope, there is benefit to having him. But if he pushes back about hiring a tactical associate coach in a year or 2, he better create some defensive systems.
  15. Just too many missing pieces and players developing. Without a superstar, they will need depth. They have no depth is any position, except potential for future depth at defense. My attempt to place non injured players in positions that they're qualified for right now, rather than potential or where they currently play. 1 _______ , Suzuki 1a, Caufield 2. Slafkovski, _____1b, ________ 3. Newhook, ______ Gallagher or Anderson 4. RHP Evans Armia What is Anderson? I don't know. I wouldn't have him on a top 6. Doesn't play well with others. Pezzetta Defense 1 ________ 2 Matheson 3 _________ 4 Ghule 5 Savard, 6. Kovacevic, Harris 7. Struble, Xhekaj, Barron Goalies Monty 1a Allen 1b MSL (head coach on a good team? Doubt it. No PP or PK coach on a good team. Unsure of other coaching staff.
  16. This is the key. If a player is clearly better, you take BPA. Everytime.
  17. I'd say he's far far more likely to be a mike McCarron than a Brady Tkachuk. Based on his current performance.
  18. I was a young boy during this time, but I played hockey. Watching my dad and my uncle's fanatic behavior about the Canadiens, I really had no choice but to jump on the bandwagon at 6 years old.
  19. I think the key with Xhekaj, Struble, and Harris will be to make sure that all 3 get enough ice time to develop this season. The tough decision of which one to trade, is likely coming this year. I hope Hughes gets it right. If Xhekaj is Bieksa2.0, I'd sooner keep him. But he's gonna need to stay out of the box to get that chance.
  20. So the thing that I worry about most is trading the wrong player. But the time is coming. Matheson, Harris, xhekaj, ghule, now struble is looking very promising, and hutson is 1 to 2 years from joining the team. That's 6 nhl calber defenseman for 3 positions on the left side. This team is weak up front. They have 1 offensive line, 1.5 offensive lines with dach and maybe newhook, and no help coming from the farm. It's obvious that the trade winds they're a blowin. Eventually a couple of these quality left d will need to be traded. If you're the gm, do you trade a dman in the summer for help up front, or do you give it another year to make sure you're keeping the best players?
  21. 2 1st round picks for some cap space and no salary retained. That is some great asset management. I reckon the 2nd half may be worse than the 1st half. Evans is a 4th line centre, not a 2nd line.
  22. Is it just me or do players stay out way longer under MSL? They seem to play long shifts.
  23. Has he ever been suspended? If not, 2 to 5. If he has maybe more than 5. That was a terrible hit. Blind side, couldn't get the hit, so elbow right to the chops. Just brutal.deserving of 5 games regardless of history imo
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