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  1. I want a trade I think. Nobody on that list exudes confidence for me.

    That right side right side right now has Subban and then the possibility of Gorges or Emelin playing the wrong side. Perhaps the answer is to move Gorges back to the right and then secure a left handed player? I just do not like the makeup of a D that has Weber and Diaz as the #2-3 right handed d-men on the team.

    Hopefully Gorges and Emelin can be comfortable on that right so we can secure a another left D of which the league is full of.

    A trade might be the only way for Bergevin to go. Remember that he is also actively looking for a top-6 winger to play alongside Plekanec and Gionta, which he also will likely not find on the open market...or if he does, will he be willing to outbid his competition?

    Time will tell...

  2. Selon plusieurs sources, il semble que le Canadien soit prêt à tout afin d'obtenir les services de Jonathan Huberdeau des Panthers de la Floride. Un échange serait imminent et impliquerait les joueurs suivants : Raphaël Diaz, Chris Campoli, Andreas Endqvist et Alexander Avtsin en retour d'Huberdeau et d'un choix de troisième ronde en 2013. Par la suite, la Floride enverrait Campoli et Enqvist à Vancouver dans l'échange impliquant Roberto Luongo.

    Raphaël Diaz, Chris Campoli, Andreas Endqvist, Alexander Avtsin et une choix du troisieme ronde pour Huberdeau? Ummm...non. Ca marche pas ca.

  3. Sens re-sign Karlsson to a 7 year deal worth $6.5 million per year. That seems a bit high to me with only one above average year under his belt (even if it was an elite one).

    I agree. What I'm curious to see here, is how Karlsson responds. Will he pull a Jose Theodore and suck for the rest of his contract? Will the pressure destroy him or will he rise to the challenge.

    Whatever happens, he'll surely have a tough time pulling a repeat of last season's numbers!

  4. The issue that PG failed to realize when Muller went off to coach in the AHL, was that JM and Muller had very much a "good cop/bad cop" dynamic with the team. The head coach was the "bad cop" the disciplinarian, play my system or else, gruff and removed from the players. Muller was the good cop, encouraging, in his players ears, and helping them. The guy they went to when they had issues etc...

    PG failed to grasp this dynamic and didn't install a new "good cop" when he put Cunneyworth and Ladoucer in as assistants.

    True, but PG also failed to grasp that Muller was the only person who had the players' ear. He was the ONLY communicator in the entire management team. Foolish decision but, ultimately, one that helped lead to Martin and Gauthier's downfall.

  5. Personally I am torn between Galchenyuk and Murray. I know we've stockpiled D but he appears to be better than them all.

    I'm a fan of the Galchenyuk pick too but wouldn't rule out Forsberg (if he's still available). There really are a lot of different players Montreal could draft but Galchenyuk certainly addresses a bunch of needs.

  6. Markov wearing full contact jersey

    That's great, but what's the point?

    If I'm Markov and/or the Habs training staff, I'm telling him to wait till next year. If he knee is good to go now (ish), I can only imagine it will be that much better with eight more months of rest.

    But that's just me...

    Gomez might be done for the season. Eye injury.

    Probably means we have seen his last game as a Hab. (you might get to see him in Hamilton however).

    I seriously doubt we'll see Gomez in Hamilton. What I think will happen is that they'll put an "amnesty" clause into the new CBA, allowing the Habs to buy Gomez out WITHOUT taking a cap hit.

    The PA and league have learned from the ugly Wade Redden and Sheldon Souray situations...as such, I think this should be a no-brainer to be implemented this summer.

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  8. I like the Geoffrion recall and think it was just a matter of time. But I was hoping they'd keep Leblanc with the team. Leblanc, Eller, Geffrion sounds like a pretty good third line to me!

    It will be interesting to see how RC constructs his line for tonight...

  9. Also Geoffrion is more than just a name to appease RDS and more than just another Ben Maxwell. He's a former hobey baker winner. He's got talent and that was seen in his callup last season for the Preds. This is a guy who has legit talent, we just need to see if we can get him to show it. He's more than a scrub with a fancy last name, he's a legit prospect. Now not all prospects work out, I know that, but give the kid a chance.

    Well said and too true! This kid does have talent, if a little raw. In addition he has size and loves to play physical. What seems to be a bit of his downfall is his skating stride. That said, under the right tutelage, I think Geoffrion can turn into a solid 3rd liners for Montreal. The interesting thing was his comments where he said PG told him he'd play in the AHL "for now" but that the Habs were preparing other moves that would probably see him in Montreal THIS year.

    Surprising to hear that kind of candor...but not so surprising that PG is working on other things.

    So who goes next? AK? Moen (if/when he's healthy)? Campoli?

  10. I see it as a 2nd which is a bit later 2nd then I hoped, along with a guy to appease the RDS/Bergeron types.

    Did he really get more then anyone expected??? Hell, even Moore brought a 2nd round pick AGAIN, when most were saying he would probably cost a 3rd rounder this year.

    Yes, I think he did get more than anyone expected. I think if someone were to tell you PG would be able to trade Gill for a 2nd rounder, period, you'd be pretty content with that. So the fact that he got two prospects as well is just gravy.

    That said, it never ceases to amaze me how much GMs overspend at the deadline. In a lot of ways, it really is better to be a seller!

  11. Great move for the Habs. They get younger, cheaper, and tougher. Plus, they get a 2nd round pick. Even if Geoffrion is a third liner and Slanley is a career AHLer, this is a great return for a pending UFA.

    Well done PG!

    Oh, and this clearly signals the beginning of the selling season for the Habs. Campoli, Kostitsyn, Moen...who knows who will move next?!

  12. I think if a bidding war is created even between 2 teams the Habs could end up with a 1st rounder or a 2nd + prospect.

    He has cup experience and is one of the top 5 de men in the league at killing penaltys.

    I know everyone thinks I am a little nuts thinking he can bring this much but it is a sellers market.

    That's best case scenario...but not outside of the realm of possibilities. TSN's Bob McKenzie says there are more buyers than sellers, which plays into the Habs' favour....but also, defenseman and ALWAYS a hot commodity come trade deadline. There are no shortage of Cup contenders who would want Gill.

    We can only hope that Gauthier does decide to be a buyer instead!

  13. Thats an RFA, not a UFA, and it wouldn't even apply to AK as he makes over 3 million so there is no increase necessary.

    The 10% increase on your qualifying offer only applies to RFAs who made below 1 million.

    Ahhhh...my bad...thanks for the correction. Still, I don't think he'll sign at the same money. I think he'll want more.

  14. I believe if all goes well, he'll skate with the team tomorrow (last week they said the plan was he'd skate today but that was hard considering there was no practice today). I still think he's a couple weeks (and hopefully a conditioning assignment) away from actually playing though.

    I think it's a few weeks too...he's skating but no contact yet.

  15. You do realize that's a pay cut from what he's getting already, right? He may be willing to take less but I'm almost positive that doesn't mean take a pay cut.

    I agree...saying he'll take a hometown discount doesn't mean he wants a pay cut, just that he'll take less than he would get on the open market to stay in Montreal.

    Why would AK deserve a pay upgrade in the first place? He didn't upgrade his numbers this year. Usually the player explodes in his last year and THEN ask for the big contract.

    The quote from AK may seem nice for us Habs fans. It isn't to me. Some are content with little when they can have it all. If he is content with the way he is playing and would take less money for the statu quo, what does it tell us of what we can expect here from him in the future, production wise. That type of player could probably produce more in a non-hockey market like Nashville or Carolina. Less attention and pressure, more able to mind your own business.

    He doesn't necessarily deserve a pay increase, but in the current CBA, as a UFA, he gets a minimum 10% increase.

  16. I don't see how these two things make sense together. Damphousse doesn't have enough experience, but McGuire does? Personally I think they both suck as choices.

    McGuire might have a little coaching experience (almost all of it as an assistant, with like a season of head coaching) and he was a pro scout (but only for a short time) but his relevant experience for a gM post is minimal, and he's basically been in the media since 1996.

    I'm with MOLG here, if Pierre's goal is to be a GM he should go be an assistant GM somewhere or go GM a junior squad.

    For sure, PMcG has been out of the loop since 1996. But did work at the NHL level. What's more important, imo, is that he has spent the last 15+ years getting to know NHL teams. This means owners, managers, coaches, etc. He is close enough with many that he has seen how they concoct their mixes and, as such, has a wide reaching view of how to build a winner.

    I think that, plus his knowledge of the game, plus his passion, plus his love of the Canadiens make him a great candidate. It wouldn't be a done deal, imo, but you have to give this guy an interview.

    At least in my world you do.

    As for Damphousse, he was part of the PA. That's it. I don't know, the two situations are completely different, imo.

    If Pierre comes here one thing will change for sure he will be very media accessible.

    He'd be like Burke...

  17. Not a fan of brisson. havent huidden from the fact that I really want McGuire but I also love the information that Damphousse has with the CBA, agents and players.

    I don't get the Damphousse love. Not by you necessarily, but many are saying he would be an amazing GM. Based on what? Zero experience behind the scenes in any manner, for any team, ever?

    Oh, I didn't know that's where the bar was being set for outstanging potential GM.

    I'm also in the McGuire camp...as unpopular as that is.

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