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  1. Mete showed, in his last game, that he deserves another shot. He was the most engaged D man on the ice when he was on the ice. He is the perfect compliment to this D core. You cannot win in this league consistently without diversity in your attack/defense. Mete adds an element that not many D men on this roster can bring.
  2. Julien is one of the main problems with this team IMO. His deployment of players at particular junctures of games is suspect at best. Thompson should almost never be on the ice when you're down by a goal late in the game, and when I say almost never, I mean NEVER! His reluctance to trust younger players before the injuries is hurting them now, players know when they're not trusted, so when they are asked to play in a role just because of an injury they have that seed planted already and know that the only reason they are getting the "trust" now is because of injury. His PP set ups are horrendous, sure, they were clicking for a little bit there but when your #1C has 1G on PP ever....then it's time to try something else....Danault has as many PPG as Nikita Scherbak has SHG...that's sad. Cousins and Weal on the PP is just straight up a head scratcher...I would personally go with someone who lights it up art 5 on 5 play, for me it's Lehkonen. I also hate it when he calls out players after a game when it is pretty obvious that that particular play was not the cause of the loss. Then sending Fleury to the press box after one bad bounce, Chiarot gets injured so now he's back in, great for the kids confidence Julien is a nice guy, that is the only thing that sets him apart from Michel Therrien, otherwise they are the same coach essentially - I didn't like the choice when it happened but was willing to give it a chance; how many 8 game losing streaks in a season do you get? I am not usually a guy that advocates for someone to be fired but I truly think it is time to turn the page and promote Ducharme or Bouchard, or both. With all of this being said, I do not think it moves the needle much this season but it allows the young guys to get used to a new system now so that next season they can all hit the ground running under a new coach.
  3. Yeah, player threads, just way more pleasing to the eye - a more organized look. Just sayin'
  4. Yeah, I know, but I just wanted to let it be known that this is the reason I do not engage anymore...ugh
  5. Worst case scenario this season was realized, would have been better to miss by a long shot then to get a 50-50 15th pick. Making the playoffs may have been MB's goal at the beginning of the season but definitely was not at the deadline, I can see why you'd sit on your hands if your team had no fight, just totally laid an egg but to reward your players with nothing after the year they put in for you is a slap in the face. I am losing faith in that MB guy again.
  6. Drouin has got be be showcased next year then moved before the deadline. Right now his value is as low as ever, so I do not like shopping him now ... he does have to go though, he doesn't fit well with this city, this group, this identity, this plan.
  7. Side note, if any of you want to have a good laugh at yourselves, so back to the archives and read the Patches trade thread. Tomas Ta-tarrrrrr has been probably the most consistent forward on the team this year...plays his heart out every game and his give a damn factor is through the roof, love this guy and that trade is proving to be one of the best moves of MB's career. This game was not a pretty one, it started off looking really good, they transitioned the puck well, used their speed then it seemed as though CLB made some adjustments, either that or they forgot how they did it for the second period, Carey Price kept them in this one as he made some key saves on some silly decision making by a few players. My three stars this game for the Habs 1- Price, save our bacon again, continues to show why he's still the best 2- Domi, doesn't back down from anyone played the game with speed all night, he's a thorn and he scores again! 3- Benn, I would say one of his best games of the season, especially in the third, that pass was just the cherry on top of a very responsible game by Jordie. My three "room for improvement" players for this game: 1- Drouin, he's making some boneheaded decisions with the puck and then defensively, my word, he just doesn't seem to care at all when the puck is not on his stick 2- Lehkonen - for that pass attempt with the empty net alone gets him a D grade this game, I cannot discount what he brings to the table defensively but he needs to pot that one for his team there. 3- Kulak - I generally love this guy, good skater, usually makes smart, high percentage plays, a perfect 3rd pairing D man but tonight he just didn't bring his A game. This is a playoff team, I truly hope that MB rewards these players with some back up to push them up the ladder, playoff experience for this group would do wonders! Imagine even a hard fought Playoff round one exit, something to build off of for these youngsters...get it done MB
  8. Galchenyuk with a beauty move in the SO vs Koskinen tonight!
  9. I am expecting a huge bounce back after this road trip, they played well in every game except this one - Niemi was horrible and the team lacks confidence when he's back there in the net. It was obvious, as soon as Price went in there was a calmness that fell over them and they got to work and tied. Drouin needs to be better. Weber needs to be better. Tatar was great. Domi played well too, made up for his penalty to start the game. Petry had a solid game but could shore up a few things, tough playing with Benn Mete misread that play and allowed Barkov way too much time and space Price was solid Danault steady eddy Kotkaniemi continues to show why he belongs in the NHL Armia, I do not get why he's on the PP but I do love his game Lehkonen...an amazing defensive player but whatever happened to the offensive upside this kid was supposed to have? Reilly, no issue with him, perfect 3rd pairing D man Kulak, great depth guy. solid game for him. Marc Bergevin needs to keep doing what he's been doing, slowly becoming one the leagues best GMs. I hope he adds a little spice to this lineup, must have a push for the playoffs, worst case scenario here is falling just shy of them....if they were out of the playoffs all year and struggling then I would be selling for sure and keep stocking up on picks but this team has played very well for the entire season and deserves some help, time for MM to use that cap space, I am even OK with trading away our 2019 1st if it means bringing in a talented 1st line winger that can score (not a rental, must have term or guarantee to sign) Obviously I would take a #1 LHD to play alongside Weber but then what happens to Mete? MB will have to get creative in order to get this team a legit 1st pairing D to help now.
  10. our fourth line needed to get better so MB went out and made some trades, great! But why is Deslauriers still playing every game? The GM can only do so much...Deslauriers is arguably the worst everyday player in the NHL but yet CJ is obsessed! I do not mind the rotating door on the fourth line to keep it fresh and keep that internal competition going but D-LO has got to sit a few out as well, I am fearful that Hudon gets waived once Byron is healthy...ugh I would like this fourth line Byron - Thompson - Weise Byron - Peca - Hudon Bryon - Thompson - Weise but never Deslauriers, even with Byron out Peca - Thompson - Weise
  11. If I were GM I would be looking to bolster my roster to make sure that we make the playoffs, falling just short of the playoffs at this point would be the worst case scenario IMO. I do not know who exactly but a proven player that can score, plays PP and is responsible 2 way player, that shoots right... I am ok with the D as is, as I think they have proven that they can hang with the best of them when healthy but if a LHD with term is available then I would jump at that too. It might seem costly(and an unpopular opinion) but I would even give up our first rounder for one of those two players (or get both from one team maybe?) I do not think that this team is one or two players away from being a contender but I do believe that anything can happen in the playoffs, and even if we get bounced in the first round then you have some young guys that just garnered a taste of PO experience to go along with this successful season. The only other option is to sell, sel,l sell, and tank, tank, tank (imagine how your players would respond to this though). At this point finishing last in the NHL is better than just missing the playoffs for these habs (or just about anyone for that matter) I think the players have earned themselves a push from the GM, what do you guys think?
  12. No doubt about that but every team can have guys that get injured, I just think that with their depth they are the most likely to weather that storm. Plus I did qualify my statement by stating that they are the best reg season team I remember in recent memory...yet to prove that in the playoffs. Time will tell but right now there is no one even close to them in this league...and it's not that the rest of the league is bad, it's that TB is that good. AND I HATE IT!
  13. This game taught me two things, how close they are to contending but also how much work lies ahead in order to get there...anyway, in all reality TB is legitimately the only contender if we're using them as a mold. There is NO other team like them this season, nor do I remember there being one this good in the reg season for a long while. Considering the cap era, this might be the very best team from top to bottom yet...in the regular season. I want to keep telling myself that it will be a completely different story come playoffs but TB is too good, I don't think anyone can beat them in a 7 game series, they are too deep, too explosive, too defensively strong and their goalie is good too.
  14. I love the compete level of this team, they are very exciting to watch - I predicted on twitter (pinned it too) that they would find themselves in a WC spot with 97pts, I believe that they are on pace for that now...or close to it. I have zero issue with the top 9 on this team and you could basically combo them all and still end up with three solid lines up front and no lose anything defensively, too. What I do have issue with is our fourth line, acquiring Weise and Thompson is great and all, I actually like both moves, I just don't like that CJ didn't take this opportunity to sit Deslauriers down for a game and get Hudon back out there...man, Weiser set up D-LO a few times but he just doesn't have the finnish needed...I have never been given a good explanation as to why DLO plays day in and day out...anyone here want to have a crack at it?
  15. I sure wish we still had player threads...anyway. Jesperi played an inspired game but wasn't quite himself, but Joel Armia was a boat anchor in this contest which affected his whole line Drouin really annoys me - right now I would take a LHD PMD (Sergachev) over what he's bringing to the club. He needs to be more consistent with his drive and willingness to go to dirty areas. Price was good and kept them in the game but he was merely average, I expect a better performance from him against the Wild If they play like this against the Wild then it will be another 4-1 loss. PS - Deslauriers is not an NHL hockey player, I am baffled at his usage at this point.
  16. The essence of the cap was to create fairness and with that they created another area of inequality. If the NHL was serious about giving every team an even playing field with concern to signing players under a hard cap then they would definitely look at adjusting the cap, or allowing a "tax makeup" signing bonus that doesn't go against the cap. Either that, or for every % of tax difference you adjust the nets of the opposing team by that %
  17. I never did hear or see anything with regard to the Gudas hit??
  18. I truly hope that you're right with regard to the AG comment, I think we are just now seeing the true emergence of a young player. He is ELITE!
  19. It's so utterly horrendous Ted. It's downright embarrassing. If they had hired a pylon to sit in the GM chair 6 years ago then the Habs would be in a better spot, seriously, if he had made zero moves, we'd have Price playing lights out in his contract year to convince the pylon to extend him(I was convinced that Price deserved the contract he got, and still am). Sure Rad and Markov are gone but we still have Subban and Sergachev. Desharnais is holding down the fort like he always has at 2C...ok maybe even the pylon trades him, lol. Anyway, my point is that you could try to make this team worse than it was a few years ago and fail at it but somehow MB found a way to do it perfectly. As far at the Tank job, well I do not believe in them, I say end this season fighting until the end, it only does the team good to get a winning culture back in the room, tanking now ain't what it used to be, if it was then Edmonton would be lighting up the league and would have a few cups to add to their 5. If I am GM, I hold onto all off my valuable pieces because most of them are at their lowest value ever, Weber will get you nothing, Patches is undervalued by most GMs, Price's numbers aren't good (again, I feel this does not quantify the value he still has to this team), Gallagher is the beating heart of this org; untouchable in my opinion, Petry is our last bastion as far as experienced PMD. The only players that I would trade before the deadline is Plekanec, Alzner, Benn, Morrow, Shaw. You don't get much for those guys but this upcoming UFA off season is looking pretty decent, so patience is key here. Who knows, maybe Tavares might be plausible ( I still think that's a massive pipe dream but if MB pulls that one off then I give him another 6 year plan;)) So with Plks 6m off the books, if you manage to trade Alzner (4.6m) and Shaw (3.9m), that opens up 14.5m (just enough to get Tavares!!
  20. My response in parentheses, I added Bergeron to the Hart list because he'd get my #1 vote so far.
  21. Galchenyuk is by far our most offensively gifted player. I find that he plays decent defensively. For example, when Carolina's Derek Ryan scored with 3 seconds left in the third, it was Benn that made the ill-advised pinch at the blueline with 11 seconds left, then Galchenyuk broke up the play and eliminated the scoring chance for 1/2 of a second, had Deslauriers been back checking as hard as AG27 did on that play then Ryan would not be left untouched to slap home the easy goal. Do not tell me to remove my blinders, I watch every minute of hockey that this team plays, sometimes twice if my PVR is working. That play is one small example of why +/- (or any other stat) can be an ineffective way to measure a player's value because the most valuable player on the ice during that play was AG27 and he was a -1. If stats were the only way to value a player then teams would be saving themselves a whole bunch of money on flights for scouts, all you'd have to do it log into corsica to find a good trade. Please do not get me wrong, I like stats, they are a good tool to help coaches and players focus on where they need to improve. At the end of the day the only stat that matters is the one in the W column - if you want more of those then you need more goals, if you want more goals then in today's NHL you need less Jordie Benns, Karl Alzners and David Schlemkos and more Jeff Petrys. The best teams in the NHL all have mobile D that help drive the offence by effectively breaking out of their zone. If you want to win you need Candy like Galchenyuk, he's built for today's NHL and if he's traded for picks and prospects then his entire tenure with the Habs will have been a complete waste.
  22. I still can NOT understand the reluctance to use him at C. Just because he’s propping up our newly acquired golden boy? The most dynamic player is playing wing alongside Deslaurier? Wow. Is Therrien back there pulling the strings still?
  23. Yup me too. I find it’s now messy and difficult to navigate. This place was nice for that organizational value. Now it’s exactly like reddit. R/Habs is great for current discussions and they have an app
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