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Peter Puck

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  1. I was replying to Prime Minister K. who suggested we should trade all of our assets.
  2. I agree it is speculation on our part. However that does not mean it is not a fact. Whether Halak is willing to stay and continue sharing the goal is something the Habs need to find out. If Halak tells them he would rather go to the KHL then they pretty much have to trade him.
  3. I would like to keep Halak and Price. However, Halak has indicated he doesn't want to continue splitting duties. Since he has the option of going to the KHL we may be forced to trade him.
  4. Here's a list of our assets that we can trade: O'Bryne Cammallari Plekanec Gorges Pouliot Price Halak both Kostitsyns Pacioretti Spacek Markov Weber Leblanc Maxwell Desjardins Subban Carle Kristo Trading them all will certainly guarantee us a top 2 pick. We can probably also get 6 or 7 more first rounders and a number of second rounders over the next two years. We will also guarantee ourselves a top 2 pick next year and probably the following year. Of course if things don't work out we can repeat in 2015.
  5. Tanking is not the answer. We have no way to fall below the Leafs and the Oilers nor probably the Hurricanes. If we try to tank we probably won't make the bottom 5. There are a few teams in a position to sell almost all their decent veteran assets for prospects and we can't do that. Atlanta will fall like a stone once they trade Kovalchuk for some picks and prospects. We have a good shot at finishing 7th or 8th in the East. Maybe we fail and finish 9th or 10th in the East which is 22nd or 23rd overall (where we are now). If we tank we can finish 25th. Will the 6th pick be all that m
  6. You are comparing Price to Brodeur, of course Brodeur is better now and mentally tougher. You need to compare Price to a 22 year old Brodeur. Brodeur's record was 19-11-6 with a .902 save %. Right now Price is 11-17-4 with a .910 save %. By your logic, it is Markov who must be weak mentally since apparently he was the one who needed the hug which Price provided. What has Halak ever done to show any mental toughness? I'm not saying he doesn't have any; I'm just curious as to how you can see his mental toughness. Here are the stats of another 22 year old goalie: 13-27-6 with GAA
  7. The numbers show that very few goals are scored (per minute) while Gorges is on the ice even when you account for the fact that he doesn't play against the other team's top line. Somehow, you think that this is some statistical magic and he is in fact horrible?
  8. I do think the Flames could have gotten more for Phaneuf than they did but he is not the great player many people think he is. He has been very average for the past 2 years and he is getting 6.5 million for the next 4 years. However, the second deal (if it goes through) between the flames and the rangers is just horrible for the flames. Please tell me how this can be considered anything but insane from the flames point of view. Jokinin hasn't had a very good year but previous to this year his goal totals are: 36, 26, 38, 39, 34, 29. This is a guy who still has value even though he is
  9. It seems to me that what Gainey is doing is exactly trying to emulate the Devils. They have been a dominant team for 15 years due to Martin Brodeur with a descent cast and a good defensive system. Brodeur's breakout season came in 96-97 when he was 24 and the Devils have been riding him ever since. If we are going to emulate the Devils we need Price (or Halak but that is much much less likely) to become dominant. This could well happen and if you want to emulate the Devils this is the only way for it to happen.
  10. We really need to win tonight. Without putting together some5 or 6 game win streaks we won't make the playoffs. This is a chance to get some confidence and to start solidifying our position as a playoff team.
  11. I'm not sure why this is true. I think it's pretty clear that his value has dropped over the last couple of weeks since AK got injured. This is probably why Gainey hasn't made an offer yet. If he returns to his highly successful play before his AK returns then his value will continue to rise. If he doesn't his value will fall. I suspect Gainey wants to know which of these 2 things will happen before he signs Plekanec. This may mean paying more for him then signing him right now. On the other hand it may mean paying less. It all depends on Plek's play. I would rather have Plek show h
  12. I think C.C. is bang on here. The method the team is using here speaks volumes about why they are doing it. If they just thought Laraque was ineffective they would probably have made him a healthy scratch for the rest of the season. This would have allowed them the option of putting him into games against teams with heavyweights if they wanted to. Instead they tell him they will pay him for the rest of the season but he won't be with the team. To me this says that Gainey and Martin view him as a problem in the dressing room.
  13. This is direct proof of Gainey's weakness as a GM. He should have followed our previous method that we used with Kordic. Why not just trade Laraque to Toronto for Kessel. I guess it must be due to the no movement clause. :glare:
  14. Just heard Gainey quoted on CBC. He said: 1) The team decided to get rid of Laraque last week (I think he meant before the earthquake). 2) He, Gainey, offered Laraque a leave of absence due his personal situation vis-a-vis Haiti but Laraque refused the offer.
  15. In all these discussions about how badly we develop players, no one ever seems to mention Plekanec (or Markov). Similarly in the discussion of Lats everyone seems to feel we gave up on him. Maybe Gainey just saw a chance to get a better player more suited to our team and our needs
  16. Could one of the mods make this thread a poll?
  17. I think killing that penalty is huge. Now we can go to the room feeling rewarded for some hard work.
  18. That's a bad penalty by O'Bryne. We really need to kill this and finish the period with the lead.
  19. Wow. Hard to believe this is the same team that played last night. Let's see how long we can keep this up. A really important save by Price on the break away.
  20. I've noticed this too. It's hard to judge if we are getting unfairly treated - I am never sure how much is my own pro Habs bias. My theory is that this is due to 2 factors: 1) the tendency to let "stars" get away with more and be very strict with rookies and other young players 2) the Bell Centre fans. Most teams get more PP's when they are the home team. We don't. I think this might be because every time a habs gets knocked down the fans immediately yell for a penalty. This might be making the refs uncomfortable about calling a penalty since they don't want to be seen as homers.
  21. This is exactly what I was thinking. I really like this deal. Maybe its because I haven't seen Pouliot since he was drafted. But I think Latendresse's lack of speed and lack of quick hands means he will never be a top 6 forward. On the other hand I think (hope) Pouliot's skill set mean he could still become a number 1 centre. Even if this is a long shot, I'm glad Gainey took it. We have been searching for a big skilled centre forever.
  22. Let me just point out that what someone hears a scout say out loud at a game is not necessarily what the scout really thinks.
  23. Halak really should fire his agent for this. It is very unprofessional and reflects badly on Halak.
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