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Everything posted by titanfan

  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.....
  11. Now that is a situation where Patrick Roy might actually work. Roy is GM and coach. His focus is on the players, so mainly a coach with a little more say. Gorton is the real GM.
  12. I'd say with a comment like that one of two things are going to happen. The coach is being fired, or Petry is gone. Not sure if he is begging to leave, but you don't undermine your coach like that in public. Absolutely unprofessional by Petry. Yes, it shows how messed up this team is but a veteran leader knows better than to call out his coach/team in public like that.
  13. Completely agree BUT how do you get Patrick to agree to that and then keep his nose out of everything else...given his history... It is one thing for the team to want that. It is another to expect Patrick to completely change his demeanor.
  14. Hard to disagree with most of that. I'd keep Byron and Perreault though. Perreault's team friendly contract (assuming we keep him for $1 million or less) gives us a versatile forward moving forward for minimal cost. He looks like a guy who would like to finish his career in Montreal, and may just find an extra gear in front of a home town crowd - assuming his eye injury is behind him. As for Byron, I think he is more valuable to us that the return we would get. His obvious leadership, speed on his skates and penalty killing alone are all valuable tools. They just don't show up on the scoresheet. Another 20-goal season would be a bonus! Honestly, I think we put too much focus on goals and assists to evaluate players. Obviously it would be nice to have guys who can do that (although we haven't had a real goal scorer in a long time...), but a team needs players who can fill multiple roles. Byron and Perreault both do that.... Hoffman and Dvorak, for example, were brought here to score. If they can't do that....then time to move on....
  15. I thought that was KK's age when he got called up? LOL. I've written Santa and asked him to give you two wins in a row so you can change your avatar.
  16. Somehow this has Middle School written all over it.
  17. Interesting stat. KK was the top Centre of the 2018 draft. He has played more games than the next 5 centres drafted combined. Only 4 centres from that entire draft have scored more than 5 goals in the NHL. KK - 28 Yegor Sharangovich (5th round, 141st overall) - 19 Isac Lundestrom (23rd overall) - 12 Philipp Kurashev (4th round, 120th overall) - 8 KK is also first in point with 70. Sharangovich is second with 38. Might not have been the best year to draft a centre???
  18. Totally disagree. And it is simple math. The reason to trade Price is to 'free up' cap space. If we retain $5.25 million we have retained ZERO cap space as we will have to ay another goaltender at least $5.25 million. It is NET ZERO! So unless you can find a Number one NHL netminder for under $5.25 million a year for the next 4 years you have saved ZERO. Realistically, you'd need to find one under $3 million a season to make it even remotely worthwhile. That or retain no more than $2 million of Price's salary. I understand that in a lot of people's minds we need to trade Price to save cap space. I don't disagree. But retaining major salary defeats the entire purpose....
  19. What do you mean? They won ONE more game at home! There is your advantage! LOL
  20. The Klusterf#$K (might as well start the word with K and end it with one!) all started with drafting him third overall. Then calling him up too early. Burning a year of his contract. Using him poorly. Benching him in the playoffs. Not getting his contract done. Watching him leave. Then panicking and trading assets for Dvorak... Stay tuned, it isn't over yet...
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