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  1. 20 minutes ago, 26NCounting said:

    Sell the team and move them from MTL so we can finally get past this whole language barrier that keeps us behind the 8 ball!!!!!!

     

    Ok seriously lets just start by firing the entire coaching and scouting staff along with MB

    We just need ownership willing to tell the ones that worry about that to take a hike.

  2. 8 hours ago, Graeme-1 said:

    Ya we'd need to dump salary and Caufield alone isn't going to get you Eichel anyways (he had a great playoffs and his stock has risen since being drafted, but he's still an unproven mid-first-round prospect, while Eichel is a proven top-10 center).

    I'd think the package would look like:

    • Caufield
    • Dvorak (kind of need to send a center back the other way, plus helps with salary)
    • Their choice of winger (Drouin, Anderson, Gallagher, Toffolli, Hoffman), mostly for salary reasons although I think at least one of these guys would be somewhat appealing to them anyways
    • 1st round pick (lottery protected)
    • Guhle

    Is it a lot? Yes. But you're getting a 25 year old top-10 center without giving up much off the current roster (basically a 2-3 center and a decent 2nd line winger), so the future pieces are going to be painful to lose.

    So I think it's a fair trade. The bigger question is should we do it? If we were an elite center away from contending the next 5 years, then I think you have to bite the bullet and take the risk. However, this team sure looks like it needs a rebuild, and if in that case, getting a player who's 5 years from UFA and giving up a few of our top prospects in the process doesn't make a lot of sense.  Ultimately that's why I don't think the Habs are in serious consideration here: while I love the idea of Eichel-Suzuki down the middle and feel like you can easily build around that, this team may still need a rebuild, and in that case I just don't think a deal that involves giving up a lot of future pieces makes much sense, but we're not getting Eichel by giving up spare parts from the 3rd worst team in the league either, so I don't think there's a good match.

    I've never been a fan of giving multiple players for one player, I understand that sometimes that's what you have to do. However I wouldn't give that much for Eichel, we had Patches who put up better numbers and traded him away, Gallagher put up good numbers, Toffolli decent numbers, Anderson a power forward and Eichel's health a huge question mark with a huge contract. One player is not going to fix this team and giving up 5 players isn't going to help, so it's a hard pass on Eichel for me. Jack Eichel Hockey Stats and Profile at hockeydb.com

  3. 6 minutes ago, MALMACIAN_CRUNCH said:

    I think where it gets complicated is he seems to have embraced the idea of moving to a different team. So yes, we can match. And yes, we can attempt to avoid qualifying him at 6.1 next year by offering a longer contract for less. But at that point he can choose not to sign it. So correct me if I’m wrong, but if he declines the modified offer, we would have the choice of qualifying him at 6.1 or letting him go UFA, is that correct? In which case, he walks and we’re left with nothing for it. And honestly, once he gets a taste of 6.1, how much less do we really think he’s going to accept, from us, anyways? Once a UFA he might find himself more willing to compromise, but I have a feeling he’ll hold our feet to the fire. Heck, he would already have been signed except for the fact that he was holding out for more than he’s worth. As I understand it the offers were in the 1.5-2.5 range, which would be perfectly reasonable contracts. Bottom line, I think he wants to leave. And if that’s the case, he will leave. The only question is whether it’s this year in exchange for a 1st/3rd, or next year for nothing (unless I’m wrong, and he doesn’t want to leave, but it sure looks that way)

    This, I would have liked another year to see if he developed further, but at this point I don't think we have a choice but to let him go. Package the picks and go after something better.

  4. 19 hours ago, claremont said:

    I am not so sure about the latter comment - Joel Bouchard had 2 years of AHL coaching with only the last year his star was rising from a development perspective, and 4 years of QMJHL success. Ducharme 7 years coaching in the QMJHL, silver medal and gold medal coaching team Canada Juniors and 3 years being groomed as the successor in waiting with Montreal as an assistant coach. His credentials far exceed Bouchard's accomplishments. Time will tell but the players seem to respect him but I hope he makes better personnel decisions especially on defense with Kulak and Romanov vs. useless Merrill and a treadmill in Gustafsson exhibited in the playoffs. 

    The highlighted part is the reason I would have limited the contract to one year, as far as coaching team Canada goes a chimpanzee could likely pick up a medal there. But like you say time will tell.

  5. 9 hours ago, CaptWelly said:

    You can easily say without Stahls mistake we may have won in regulation due to Prices play.

    This and with the way Price has been playing, he likely should have had their second goal as well. It could have been a shutout win.

  6. 1 hour ago, BigTed3 said:

    I agree with you that Romanov wasn't great down the stretch. But the reason Ducharme cited for not using him was that he didn't have any playoff experience and how does a guy get experience if you don't play him?

    The counterpoint to Romanov being bad is that other guys have been bad too. Kulak has had a few bad games in these playoffs. Gus has added value offensively but he has made some obvious miscues as well. Merrill has looked bad in 90% of the games he's played since we acquired him and he has far less upside than Romanov. The only reason Merrill sat was because he got hurt. Weber has also looked bad in several games and though I don't expect him to sit, the point remains that this decision wasn't based on how a guy was playing, it was done because Ducharme doesn't want to play a rookie. So now look at how he sat Caufield and Kotkaniemi and then those guys became two of our best forwards. Ducharme himself is a rookie head coach. Suzuki is another youngster who has been gold in the post-season. Other teams like Colorado and Minnesota had no issue throwing out rookies too. This team needs to get over itself and play its best players, and I don't believe that Merrill or Gus is better than Romanov, just as I don't believe there are 12 forwards on this team better than CC and JK. I get it if you don't want to play Romanov every game, but right now, you're only spotting your third pairing 6-10 minutes a night and wearing down your vets, so something has to give. He should at least be in the rotation of guys, not sitting for his 10th game in a row.

    Totally agree with this, however I think the damage is done and Romanov will want out of here. 

  7. 4 minutes ago, electron58 said:

    Poehling & Belzile called up to the taxi squad. Hope to see Poehling get a shot soon.

    Yes I've been waiting for Poehling to get another shot, another big body that goes to the net. Hope it's soon and hope he does well.

  8. 9 minutes ago, HabsAlways said:

    Haven't read everyone's reaction ... but ...

    I believe Julien got a raw deal here.  We were 7-1-2 in the first 10 ... then Price basically started calling it in.  He's sporting a sub-900 save percentage for the season, and when your 10.5m/year "elite" goalie is playing like an AHL replacement, you're bound to start losing.    Sure Julien had some questionable line moves etc but you're bot going to win with stinky goaltending. 

    Last night is a great example ... we lose in the shootout only because Price couldn't stop a beach ball.    Allen in net and we likely win that in regulation.   

    Price's last 5 games :

     

    FEB 23 -- -- -- 4 39 35 .897 0 65:00 1 1 1
    TOR FEB 20 0 1 0 5 27 22 .815 0 59:03 1 1 0
    TOR FEB 13 1 0 0 1 22 21 .955 0 60:00 1 1 0
    TOR FEB 10 0 1 0 3 23 20 .870 0 58:53 1 1 0
    OTT FEB 4 0 1 0 3 22 19 .864 0 59:02 1 1

    0

     

    With the exception of Feb 13th, that is some awful goaltending.  96 save on  111 shots for a 0.864 SAV percentage.    In those 4 games, 15 goals against for a whopping 3.75 gaa ... that just doesn't cut it.

    Well CJ is the guy that kept putting Price in, so he bears some responsibility for that. 

  9. 25 minutes ago, maas_art said:

    Juulsen claimed by florida :(  Not surprising but was hoping he'd slip through.


    Perry and Frolik on waivers today. I suppose that was MB's plan: sign a whole bunch of guys, if they make it through waivers then you have help on the taxi squad... sort of surprised Perry is there - id rank him in our top 13-  but i guess it is what it is. 

    Yes I would have liked to of seen Juulsen get another chance with the Habs, hope he does well in Florida.

  10. 4 minutes ago, campabee82 said:

    Yeah I was looking at that too. So potential lineup could be

    Drouin-Suzuki-Anderson

    Taffoli-Kotkaniemi-Armia

    Tatar-Danault-Gallagher 

    Byron-Evans-Lehkonen

    Kulak and Weal traded or burried in AHL makes us cap compliant.

    Chiarot-Weber

    Edmondson-Petry

    Romanov-Mete

    Juulsen 

     

    That wouldn't be a terrible lineup and I like the idea of Taffoli on the left with a right hand shot.

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