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  1. Wise words. Take away the question mark and say the last sentence in your best Yoda voice.
  2. Truth is the Habs would be better off without Savard, Dvorak and Hoffman. They take up $12.45 million dollars in Cap Space... For starters, we couldn't possibly be worse!! Plus the money from the three contracts would give us a 'chance' to get pieces for the rebuild. None of those three should be part of the rebuild in my opinion. I lump them into the Gomez/Alzner conversation. Guys who did little or nothing to help them team - and actually hurt in a big way. At least in Gomez's case it helped the Habs sign other players who were assets...
  3. The biggest mistakes were the 'panic' signings of Savard and Dvorak. The loss of Weber (to injury) and KK (to a Carolina vendetta) sucked, but Savard and Dvorak were terrible signings. Hoffman too, for that matter. The GM who made those moves is gone and we are left with the baggage.
  4. Ducharme is expected to finish the season, but who will be behind the bench when the rebuild really starts this fall? There are several possible candidates, and Gorton and Hughes will definitely want to find 'their coach'. Obviously Ducharme is a candidate. But, given the team's struggles this season I am convinced the odds are slim he is back. My number one choice is - Guy Boucher. He has shown he can get a lot out of young players and teams. Although, honestly, his pro success has been short lived. Assistant coach for the Rimouski Oceanic, and worked closely with Sidney Crosby during his two years in the QMJHL. Went on to coach the Drummondville Voltigeurs and, in addition to taking that team from last overall to first overall in one season, he was instrumental in the development of Sean Couturier. Becomes head coach in Hamilton and leads the Bulldogs to a 52–17–11 record. Hired by Tampa Bay and took the Lightning to to game 7 of the Conference finals in his rookie year after the team missed the playoffs three consecutive years before. Hired by Ottawa and took the Senators, who missed the playoffs the year before, to the Eastern Conference Final in his first season, losing in double overtime in game seven to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Both Tampa and Ottawa struggled their next year, but in both cases he took struggling teams to new heights by getting players to buy into his system. And in Tampa's case he set the table for Cooper and the success they enjoy today. And granted, in Tampa that system was 1-3-1 which was pretty boring, but in Ottawa his system was much different as it had been in Drummondville. What he does is take young teams and get them to elevate their game. Is he a long-term solution in Montreal? History says no, but history also says he IS a great short term solution (at the very least) who could be instrumental in getting the team off to the right start next year. Getting this group to play together and buy in is the start to a rebuild. They won't win it all next year, but if the building blocks can be set in place - then the future has a chance. And, oh yeah, he speaks French... So Boucher is my choice. Who is yours?
  5. Habs Win! Habs Win! Habs Win! Lol Got a little excited. Next time I might even watch the game...
  6. The NHL has become a joke. Video review (particularly the way the NHL does it) has left the door open for bias, which clearly allows for the fixing of games. I am not saying it happened, but perception is reality. You can debate all you want about the two calls in overtime last night - but that is the point - you CAN DEBATE! Which means either call could have gone either way. That means someone other than the players determined the outcome. The minute that happens there is the 'appearance' of bias. Team Tank is happy the calls went the way they did. Habs fans looking for a good game are not. Blackhawks fans are thrilled. The 'appearance' of bias is something that sports MUST work every day to eliminate at all costs. There are all kinds of laws in business that address the 'perception' or 'appearance' of things like bias, conflict of interest, etc. Why the NHL feels it is ok to just put their hands in their pockets and whistle their way to the next rink is a mystery to me.
  7. Is something like this even allowed? Price to Edmonton 1st and 2nd round pick to Montreal. Habs retain 50% of Price's contract for this year and next. Oilers on the hook for 100% after that. It gives the Oilers two years to win with Price and their current team (more or less) and two years to figure out how to get under the cap with the Price increase in year 3..... Habs get two picks for Price and $10 million (and change) of cap room. I'd do that in a heartbeat if I am Montreal. And Edmonton gets a chance to WIN NOW!
  8. Just a thought. Could Gorton mentor Paul Maurice enabling him to take the next step from coach to GM? Granted I'm not sure Maurice even speaks French. Nor an\m I sure he is the best choice. But at some point you'd think that would be his next move - to become a GM somewhere.
  9. Nope. They have to play another game and...well...
  10. I came out really hard against Petry. But...then I went back and watched the quote again - the entire interview. I can't defend his play, he has been terrible! - but go watch the clip again - I don't think he is blasting the coach for not having a game plan - he is blasting his teammates for not following one.....
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