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  1. Armia is confusing to me.


    Whenever he has the puck, or are on the ice , he looks so good, but once the game is done, he’s not on the scoresheet.


    His skating is not to standard, but his smartness and hockeysense is elite. (As far as I can tell…)


    I still imagine that he could flourish with the right company and would love that to happen in Montreal.


    And I kinda feel the same about Clauge.

  2. 4 hours ago, dlbalr said:


    Carolina doesn't have a magic money fountain.  They already have over $56 million tied up in 12 players for 2022-23; I don't think they can make the money work to add a $10 million player in there.  Besides, it looks like Aho is their internal limit for highest salary based on the Svechnikov contract and the low-balling of Hamilton.



    Dvorak is definitely available although the asking price is believed to be a 1st and a 1st-equivalent prospect. 


    Evgeny Kuznetsov has been in trade speculation for a while although he carries a $7.8M cap hit for four years; the Habs would need to send a significant salary offset back. 


    I know Sean Monahan is available (he has been for months now) although without a centre to move back, I don't know how reasonable that option would be. 


    The Strome brothers are available.  Dylan doesn't really have a spot in Chicago but has a $3.6M qualifying offer next summer that looks a little pricey.  He has been shopped for a while now.  Ryan is the Rangers' number two centre and isn't in their long-term plans.  If they were getting Eichel and needed to move money, that could be a stopgap though not an ideal one.


    Alex Kerfoot in Toronto might be available but I'm not sure the Leafs would want to move him to a division rival.  He's more of a 3C than a 2C (and they're going to probably use him on the wing as it stands).


    Chris Tierney is someone that has played the type of stopgap role they might have to settle for but he's more of a 3 than a 2.



    Players lose friends all the time in professional sports due to trades or someone leaving in free agency.  Kotkaniemi wouldn't use that as a reason to sign the offer sheet.  His reason is simple - he's going to get about 2.5x his actual value for next season with the $6.1 million contract.  It's hard to pass that up.

    For a young Finish guy, that may be known beforehand, but never really experienced.


    Professional sports in North America is different from Europe. The player chooses, they are not commodities that can be traded.


    Losing Mete, and have the chance to join Aho and Teravainen is most likely a factor, just not sure how much.

  3. 39 minutes ago, The Chicoutimi Cucumber said:

    Besides which, Mailloux will be nowhere near the roster for most of Hoffman’s contract. Even if these are ‘problem’ players they will overlap very little…there is no connection between these two acquisitions, or at least no connection that will matter in hockey terms.


    Funny that MB just added two ‘scandalous’ former Senators. Now that is a weird coincidence.

    True, but to me, this drags the identity of the club I love into something I have some issues with.


    I don't like the fact that Logan was convicted and then awarded with being drafted by Le Glorioux. And I don't like how the whole Hoffman-Karlsson incident turned out. Not players or characters I wish to have a CH on their chest. I saw what was written by his girlfriend and I saw how Hoffman chased Karlsson when they met after the split.


    Adding two of them, is more than I can handle right now. Even if they are great hockey players, and everybody deserves second chances, I just wish the Canadiens had handle this with more concerns towards the couple that lost a child and towards a girl that had her body unwillingly showcased online.


    I wish my beloved Habs to be that organization.

  4. I think you’re wrong on this one. OEL, in book, is the most underrated player in the leauge.


    With the right team, he’s a Norris candidate.


    Arizona picking up Loui Eriksson is the ”bad move” in this deal as he’s SO dependable on team mates to set him up. (Jordin Tootoo, anyone?!)

  5. Strange season. In many ways!


    I was a bit surprised to see Julien go, but the change had to come at some time, and might as well be just now.


    Also surprised not have seen Frolik in the line-up by now, but that only shows how good Perry, Byron and Evans has been. Hoping that Lekhonen is cool about the situation as well.


    What we saw in the begining of the season is what this team is capable of, and that is nothing short of a contender. If just all the player plays at their best, the Habs are up there among the best.


    Regarding who shall play with Weber; Make sure the pairing with Petry is perfect. Weber should step down as Petry has evolved. Give Romanov the chance?

  6. 5 minutes ago, Prime Minister Koivu said:

    We bring constant pressure and it’s glorious. 

    I love me some Perry and he fits well with KK


    Chairot and Weber are not mobile enough. I’m in favour of swapping Kulak and Chairot. 

    Evans is a very, very smart player. 

    Romanov is not ready for more yet. I love him but he’s not ready. 

    Keep rolling 4 lines

    I agree with the assessment of Weber and Chairot. Still, Webers locker room influence might make up for it?

    To me, Petry has passed Weber a long time ago as the best defenseman on this team.


    But what do you mean about Romanov is not ready? From what I see, he's solid and do all the things right...

  7. 4 minutes ago, sbhatt said:

    That was a terrible period.  Julien needs to lay down the law and tell them that the next man to take a bad penalty will be benched.  The lack of discipline from this bunch is going to burn them if CJ doesn't get it in check.

    Agree. Especially the trend of taking lazy penalties must be stopped.

  8. 3 minutes ago, zumpano21 said:

    The Oil just beat the Leafs

    Just saw the game. (This Covid-19 Pandemic is letting me be on North American time and watch all the game I can!)


    Looking at the roster of the leafs, Im intrigued by how bad they are. Last time I saw them they lost to Ottawa and now the Oilers. And as said before; the Oilers is a two-man team.


    Looking at the Leafs, From what I've seen so Kerfoot is perhaps their best player. Flashes of brilliance from Matthews, Marner, Tavares and Nylander, but not the extent that they are dominating. And I do like Simmonds and that Mikheyev guy. (Sounding like a leafs lover?)


    While feeling happy about how bad they are, I came to realize how certain I was a few years ago that the Oilers and Maple Leafs would face each other in a Stanley Cup final in a few years. That seems so fat-fetched now, with Avs, Vegas and even both New York teams looking like contenders. (Les not forget the blue, blanc et rouge dark horse!)


    Now let's see if Elias Petterson can stay frustrated so we can grab another one. Expecting a goal from Kotkaniemi and Toffoli tonight!

  9. This is why the Coach Challenge is in the NHL.


    At a first glance is could look like it was interference even if it wasn’t. Before this rule we all would have felt robbed by now...


    Edmunson looking better by the minute.


    Still can’t see Toffoli doing anything. Perhaps that changes once he starts scoring. Like someone allready mentioned; doesn’t he looks a lot like Ryder?


    Drouin covering more than once on the defense.


    Byron! (The job he do! Fav 4th liner since Begin!)

  10. First, my opinion: No need at all to blow up the team or chemistry by adding PLD.


    However, I wouldn't cry if it took Kotkaneimi AND Caufield or Poehling to get him to Montreal.


    But, Im trying to figure out how this teams must think i perspective of the upcoming expansion draft, the salary cap probably not raising at the rate most GM presumed when most current contracts ware signed.


    Say that we did use Kotkaniemi in order to get PLD to Montreal, would that in the end of the season mean that we would have to expose one more player to the expansion draft?


    Does anyone have a clear picture of this that could educate me?

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