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  1. 6 hours ago, Commandant said:


    I defended my point and its based not just on offence but his analytics that show selke level defence 


    Hes grown every year 


    He also scored 66 points while spending half the season with Harvey-pinard, Armia, and others rotating on his wings at age 23.



    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.

  2. 31 minutes ago, DON said:

    15 shots for the 1st line, i like that.

    Slafkovski with 1 timely goal, 6 shots 3 hits and continues to do good stuff.

    As does this fella, now tied for 30th in scoring & playing 21:13/game which is 4th in NHL for centres.



    Canadiens’ Nick Suzuki goes toe-to-toe with Panthers’ Aleksander Barkov - The Athletic

    Suzuki and Barkov were matched up all night, and their numbers looked very similar.

    Suzuki vs. Barkov




    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.

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  3. On 2/19/2024 at 3:49 PM, Commandant said:


    Age is by far the biggest thing you are missing in comparing 19 year olds to 17 year olds.  Its so immense that it makes a dach/Florian comparison meaningless.


    What Dach was doing at 17 made him a third overall pick.  Florian could barely crack juniors, would be passed over in the draft and it would take anothet year to be a 4th rounder.


    They just arent the same caliber of prospect and pretending they are just says you dont understand prospects.



    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.

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  4. 3 minutes ago, dlbalr said:




    Glen Metropolit - claimed from Philly Feb. 27/09, played against Philly for Montreal that same night.  How I remembered the player is beyond me (I had to look up the date just to be sure).

    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.

  5. 1 hour ago, The Chicoutimi Cucumber said:



    How do you solve a problem like Josh Anderson? It beats me.

    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. 

  6. 2 minutes ago, hab29RETIRED said:

    You know Friedman in one of his broadcasts made a comment that Lamirello tends to hire coaches for their 2nd job, and has had success - we tend to hire too many rookie coaches. I don’t mind the MSL hire - given our current situation, but next time I’d like to hire someone who’s already learned from their mistakes than continue to be a training ground for coaches. 

    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.

  7. 5 hours ago, Prime Minister Koivu said:

    Montreal Canadiens report card for the season and this team isn’t very good at much. We pretty much stink..




    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



    1 ________

    2 Matheson

    3 _________

    4 Ghule 

    5 Savard, 

    6. Kovacevic, Harris

    7. Struble, Xhekaj, Barron




    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.

  8. 8 hours ago, hab29RETIRED said:

    I hate the draft by need approach. Last year was a forward heavy draft and we passed on Michkov and Leonard. This year if a dman is clearly better than the available forwards, I’d still take the dman.

    This is the key. If a player is clearly better, you take BPA. Everytime.

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  9. 1 hour ago, Sir_Boagalott said:


    That is irrelevant and I never gave it a time frame of when he'll possible out up those #'s.   The average NHL size is 6' 196 lbs.  Florian is 6'4" 190lbs and if he gets to 220 lbs he will have a 4" height advantage and 25lbs weight advantage on a ton of players.  The guys that are 5'-10" 180 lbs it would be up 6" and 40 lbs.   He'll be much larger than most players in the NHL, and will push around quite a few of the guys that are the same size as him.  


    Believe me you, Florian is still small for his height.  ex:  Lindstrom is 6'4" 215 lbs - he's younger and already has 25 lbs on Florian.  


    Florian will definitely be a pest but how exactly does that relate to points and what line they play on?  Both Tkachuk's are pests and 1st liners, as is Marchand.   I'll be absolutely shocked if he turns out to be just a 4th liner.  There is no bloody way he's on par with Pezzetta, etc. 


    He has more skill than that, and he's high in the traits you say are completely unimportant, such as: more size, strength, toughness, and crazy work ethic and will continue to learn and get better.


    The comparison to Dach is they were both tall scrawny bean poles.  Dach struggled because he was tall and had a high center of gravity and was too weak so he was easily pushed around.  The stronger they get the more they can do physically.  Gaining the muscle definitely helped Dach's style of play, but it will continue to vastly improve Florian's game.   


    IMHO Tom Wilson would be a decent comparable and he gets 20 g/yr and also isn't a 4th liner.  I tend to think Florian will at least be as good but I expect he'll better than him.  They will be the same height and weight, but Florian is more skilled, has more balls, and relentless truculence.  

    I'd say he's far far more likely to be a mike McCarron than a Brady Tkachuk.  Based on his current performance.

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  10. On 2/5/2024 at 2:34 PM, Prime Minister Koivu said:

    I became a Habs fan in 1980 so I missed the 70s glory days but this is a cool picture 


    1978. Yvan Cournoyer hoists the Cup for all to see as the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the 3rd straight time.




    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. 

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  11. 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?

  12. The losses are expected and considering the loss of Dach, the team is doing better than I expected. I watch for development. It's been great watching Slafkovsky improve and start to find his game. I just don't like seeing Ghule play the right side. It's good to see he can handle it, and I suppose you could argue that he is developing by playing rd. Would still rather see him excel at LD than hold his own at RD. As far as wanting a strategic associate coach, I don't think that's a sky is falling ask. 

  13. Is there a hockey trade out there for Matheson?  It sounds ridiculous to trade your best defenseman, but the cupboard is very full on the left side and the right is a bunch of question marks. I don't like seeing Ghule on the right side. He's done ok over there, but it's not ideal for his development. 

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