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  1. For one season, with no other particular use for that $7 mil?

    Not crazy at all.

    I'm just looking at the big picture, he's a quality top line winger, for sure, and he may even pot 35-40 goals this year, but he is now being paid as an elite NHL superstar, and he's not really at that level. You have to remember that the same owners who are signing guys to contracts like this are at this very moment crying poverty to the NHLPA.
  2. Gomez is Montreal's problem and it'll be Montreal who has to do something about it. We're not going to be able to unload him somewhere else.

    Bergevin is going to play good PR to the NHLPA but he has to play his ass off. Molson said he was fine in so many words of burying a contract in the AHL and Bergevin simply didn't see the purpose of a buy out, which he was correct on.

    Yeah, a buyout at this point still has us stuck with a large cap hit for the next 2 seasons, so its pretty much out of the question, unless there is an amnesty period like last CBA, Bergevin may want to revisit at that point. I've stated before why a demotion to the AHL is the best idea for all concerned. Bergevin, of course, is not going to come out now and say it, it would be totally classless to do so at this point. If by some chance we do sign Doan, then Gomez fate is sealed.
  3. I can't see many ways that we don't lose Weber. We can't demote him to AHL, and I don't think he'd be content to watch from the pressbox all year, either. He won't be playing forward this season, as we now have good depth on bottom 2 forward lines. In my mind, he's behind Kaberle and Diaz in the depth chart. He

  4. Gionta/Gomez to the Devils for Clarkson and sign Doan with the $ we save. Doan playing RW with Pleks and Clarkson on LW. Would give us 2 sets of power forwards on our top lines capable of putting up 25+ goals and punishing the D

    Isn't New Jersey nearly bankrupt? Why would they do such a thing? Fact is, we can easily fit Doan under the cap if we want (well, depends on if he's reasonable in salary demands), just means demoting Gomez, which may happen eventually anyway.
  5. Not saying hat's what is going to happen, saying what if. You know the bonus' thing is going to change given these latest long term contracts. Lord knows how it is going to change though.

    Its possible you may get to sign a longer elc with the new CBA, but the real issue is when the player becomes an UFA, and in my opinion, that period will only increase in the new CBA, and that doesn't really impact any contract he'd sign before or after the new CBA is arranged.
  6. I don't think its that much of a head scratcher.

    It merely says that Bergevin puts far more faith in Doan and all he brings to the table, than those guys. We're talking a guy who is 5 years younger, and who brings leadership, grit, physical play, character, and dedication to the table as well. Those are things that were the guys you mention could not match. Yes they might have some of the attributes, but none of the others bring the whole package doan does.

    I agree, Doan seems more in line with the attributes MB likes in a player. And, if the guy is actually interested in playing in here, the least you can do is meet with him.
  7. I have no positive memory of Dr. Recchi.

    I hated the deal for him when it happened and hated the little prick himself, after his maxpac comments. Back when I was in university a friend of mine who was a flyers fan was pissed and I called it then saying that the habs made a terrible move giving away two of the 4 key pieces to the 93' cup win in one deal.

    It was a terrible trade, but he did play well for us that year. Mind you, the guys we traded played much better. Just another example of not knowing the value of your own players, and even some of us on here seem guilty of that.
  8. New York will be a team to be reckoned with, and the fact that they still have the cap space to possibly sign Doan shows they have learned, after years of terrible cap space management, how to deal in the NHL cap world. Good for them. I still stand by my criticism of Nash, though.

  9. Trading Subban for Kane would be another bad trade in a long history of bad trades. We have a young star, who will only get better, loves playing in Montreal, the fans adore him, the thought of trading him for anything other than an outright superstar is total nonsense, I'm glad the individuals proposing such things are not running our team. As for Cammy, does he deserve being bashed for what went down last year? I don't think so, all he said was that the team, himself included, were playing like a bunch of losers, which was true. Just another panic trade in a long history of such trades (Chelios, Ribero, S Kostitsyn, Grabovski) by a team which seems to panic when a player does something they don't like, or something slightly out of line. If Cammy should be crapped on for anything, its his anemic play last season.

  10. The Rangers have a huge contract buried in the AHL, (Redden), we can do the same.Cammileri, Gionta, Cole, Kovalev, all amongst the biggest free agent names available in the years they signed in Montreal, they had no problem signing here, so I don't see what some of you are getting at. You can't sign every free agent out there. New York and Philly both wanted Parise and Suter, neither team got them, either. Sometimes we tend to group all other teams together vs our team and say, well, New York and Philly always get the free agents. Truth is, they don't really do much different, individually, then the Habs do. Also, Nash was traded, not a free agent signing (See my rant in the NHL forum).

  11. Yeah dunno, I'm sure Ducks & Jets fans would say the same about their guys for PK, we're dreaming if anyone thinks we'd get Stamkos or Tavares and we dont need Patrick Kane in a city like Montreal, he'd be eaten alive before the New Year. Howson apparently wants Del Zotto, Dubinsky & Kreider for Nash, by that logic Subban for a younger, cheaper version of Nash would look like a steal.

    Whnat I'm saying is that if we didn't get a player like Stamkos or Tavares, I wouldn't think about trading PK. In fact, I wouldn't even be looking to trade him, why would we? You don't trade you're premier talent just because they are tradable.
  12. Leblanc's first AHL season: 22pts in 31 games

    Pacioretty's first AHL season: 29 points in 37 games (6 goals!)

    Plekanec's first AHL season: 46 points in 77 games

    (and just to drive the point home)

    Parise's first AHL season: 58 points in 73 games

    Well said. Also, Hamilton was not a great team last year. If Leblanc starts the year in the AHL this year, you'll see him put a .ot more points up on the board.
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