hab29RETIRED Posted July 8, 2021 Share Posted July 8, 2021 29 minutes ago, GHT120 said: And therein rests my concern ... the Habs remains a bubble team ... Carey was very good these playoffs and last post-season ... but in between he was 42nd in Sv% amongst goalies with at least 15 games last season (not the perfect goalie stat but generally reflective of play) ... he was 32nd the year before ... Habs can't plan the next season's roster on the assumption that Price will repeat his post season performances. Personally, I want more than hope when it comes to playoffs ... the team proved it was built for the playoffs, but what took them to the Cup Final will not (IMO) automatically translate to regular season success Don't think anyone is saying the Habs will miss the playoffs ... and the Habs certainly earned their way to the Final ... but they also could have been out in five against Toronto if Price wasn't a Frackin' wall in that O/T and Galchenyuk hadn't forgotten he wasn't a Hab anymore ... their success was hard fought and well-earned, but making the Cup Final doesn't change that they are (as you said) a bubble team ... it may seem cold, but the focus is now next season ... it is not meant in any way to denigrate what was accomplished ... but the Habs (and all the other teams) now have 10 days to finalize their expansion draft protection lists (including taking advantage of any opportunities with teams that want to get picks/prospects rather than losing then to Seattle for nothing) and then 4 days to then make any deals with Seattle ... but that is concurrent with both final preparations for the NHL draft two days after the Kraken draft and Free Agency four days after the NHL draft ... being prepared to make the playoffs next season may depend largely on what happens in the next 3-4 weeks. We are not a legit playoff team in the Atlantic, but we may better than a bubble if we make the right moves. The teams that make the playoffs for sure are Tampa, Boston, Toronto (Toronto is the ultimate regular season team). Florida is also good on paper, but you never know with them - kind of like us. we don’t don’t know which regular season Price we’ll get or how healthy he will be. What he proved is that when he’s on, he can still be a top 5 goalie in this league. We need to Allan, or an equivalent backup. Offensively, I think Suzuki is ready to be the top centre. For the second year in a row, we don’t know what KK is - 2nd line C? 3rd line? Will he be consistent? Evans is at LEAST a 4 line centre. I like us on wing: 1. Caufield- Anderson 2. Taffoli- Would prefer a Gallagher replacement 3. Lekhonan- Armia 4. Perry - replacement as long as Suzuki and KK are good we should be good up front. It would be nice to sign Danault for under $4m - I’d be scared to pay more than that - especially with term. we need to have a new top D - better than Petry would be ideal. Makar is my wet dream. Slim chance, but let’s screw over the Avs for stealing Roy if we can. I feel better about the core after this year’s run, but we are going to be in a much tougher fight to make the playoffs. We can’t be thinking we got to the finals, let’s go with the same team. If we make the right moves, we have the potential to be the #2 team in the Atlantic. If we don’t fix the D and live off this year’s run, I think we miss the playoffs. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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