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  1. Been a nice surprise so far. It's neat having a defensive third-line player who can actually win faceoffs.
  2. I hope this is just a practice move that doesn't reflect what Martin's planning to do for the next game, because if it is, I hate it on two levels: Pouliot hasn't played well, but you can't just yank a guy off a line after three frickin games. Give him a sustained chance to prove himself on that line (10-15 games is about right IMO). If he's still not getting it done, then you can explore other options. This just smells like typical Martin panic. Travis Moen? Really, Jacques? Because Moen has performed so much better than Pouliot over the past three games? Because Moen is a goalscorer? I'
  3. He got moved down after two periods because he was the only forward in the Toronto game playing worse than Gomez and Gionta. But his natural spot should be on a scoring line. We didn't flip Latendresse for Pouliot just to make Pouliot a fourth-line checker. We already have plenty of those. Yup, definitely encouraging. If he's not scoring, at least he can pound enemy d-men into the boards and loosen them up for the Plekanec line. It's not much, but it's a start at any rate.
  4. Uh, he's not on a checking line. He's on a scoring line and he's expected to produce points. Also, the idea of Pouliot as a checker makes me want to laugh hysterically. He's arguably the least defensively responsible player on our team.
  5. Still tries Junior-B moves too often, still has no physical presence, still can't be trusted in his own end, still stays on the perimeter. Pick it up, Benoit.
  6. And they took it and ran with it. Hey, I have an idea: let's find every dumb nickname given to one of our unproven prospects and start using it in place of the player's actual name every chance we get!
  7. Nah, let's not be like the Leafs and start handing out nicknames to players who haven't proven themselves (see 'The Monster', LOL -- only in Leafland would an unproven goalie from a second-tier European league be given a WWE-style nickname before he's done a thing to deserve it).
  8. Fair enough. But all his injury trouble has slowed his development and maybe made him more tentative on the ice? Wouldn't be surprised to see someone pick him up off waivers.
  9. Seems like a good kid, but made of glass. Doubt he has a future with the Habs, frankly.
  10. Come on, Benny, get your game face on and stake a claim to that LW spot beside Gomez and Gionta.
  11. It wasn't a stab at anyone, just an attempt to show that regardless of how many fans and media and even GMs think that Gauthier was crazy to trade Jaro, not everyone shares the same opinion, including some pretty well-respected hockey minds.
  12. At least one well-respected GM understands why Gauthier traded Halak.
  13. Is it sad that I immediately thought of a Markov joke before I saw that CRB had beaten me to the punch?
  14. This is the Auld thread, not the Price thread. Move along, folks.
  15. That's all I ask. I'm not saying become a member of the Price fan club or get his face tattooed on your behind. I'm just asking that we all cheer the team and hope for the goalie to perform well, regardless of whether that's Price or Auld, because the team has a better chance of succeeding if the goalie plays well. For example, I am not a Hal Gill fan by any stretch. Don't like the guy, frankly. But last season, I wasn't hoping he'd fail just so I could have a public excuse to rag on him. In fact, I was overjoyed to see him step up in the playoffs and play the role of shutdown defenseman /
  16. I understand fans who mourn Halak's departure, but you can do that without actively wishing for Price to fail, which is a position I find difficult to understand. Do I mourn Saku Koivu's departure? Yes. But even though I'm tough on Gomez because of his cap hit, I'm not sitting around praying he'll fail. Nothing would please me more than to see Gomez post 70+ points while playing solid two-way hockey. You may not like the Halak trade, but try not to let it stop you from cheering for our team, and for Carey in particular.
  17. People have been saying for years that we have to overpay players because of the high taxes and the media pressure, but I have yet to see PG overpay anyone since taking over. Lapierre, Pouliot, Darche, Plekanec, Boyd -- all signed to good-value contracts. I think the problem in years past is that neither A. Savard nor Gainey knew how to negotiate contracts properly.
  18. Lapierre signs: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=327401 One-year deal at $900k. Very nice. Keep Max hungry and working for his money. One thing's for sure, Gauthier isn't a pushover in negotiations, which may have been a problem with his predecessor. He doesn't let sentiment cloud his decision-making.
  19. Except for those stretches when Gionta stops going to the net and starts taking long unscreened shots from just inside the blue line. Brian has his own problems with consistent net presence. Granted, on our team, his net presence makes him Tomas Holmstrom, but he does have slumps where he gets boxed out of the dirty areas way too easily.
  20. Does Lapierre bring more to the table than a kid straight out of Hamilton? Sure. But is it worth overpaying for Lapierre on either dollar or term? No. A two-year contract is fine, after which I'd be happy to let him walk in free agency. Let some other team overpay for a third-line player with limited scoring capability. Maybe Toronto will offer him a $9 million contract over three years.
  21. Five-year contract for a third-line player? No thanks. Two years, $1.1 million per. That's all I'm willing to pay.
  22. #35 Alex Auld BioStatsVideoDraft Class QUOTE LIBRARY "We didn't have the best of teams, but the experience made me stronger. I believe that you can learn from any experience." Montreal Gazette, July 3 2010
  23. #94 Tom Pyatt BioStatsVideoDraft Class QUOTE LIBRARY Heart and soul player with good offensive instincts and good hands. Hockey's Future, March 30 2010
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