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  1. 47 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

    Definitely going to be hard for him to maintain that shooting percentage, but also conceivable he benefits from more ice time and better linemates if he plays well. At present, he's getting ice time comparable to what Matthieu Perreault was getting here, so as you said, mostly being treated as a 4th line player. He has had a few games in the top 6 but he's been moved around their line-up a lot and he has a lot of players ahead of him on the depth chart. At present, he'll likely need to hope for an injury ahead of him to be consistently moved up. If we look at his production though, he's doing far better per ice time than the likes of Dvorak, Gallagher, Caufield, Evans, and Armia and he's also ahead of guys like Lehkonen, Hoffman, and Anderson.

    And if we want to look at advanced stats, the numbers actually suggest he might sustain his level of play outside of his personal shooting percentage. His PDO is almost bang on 1.0, and Carolina's shooting percentage with him on at 5v5 is under 9%. So it suggests that even though he is personally finishing, his linemates are not, and if he gets to play with better linemates and/or his linemates have better luck/finishing, then his assist totals will potentially shoot up. Also noteworthy that he has the best Corsi on the team among regular players on the Canes, so he's been a strong possession player and that usually translates into long-term success as well.

    Jesperi just turned 21 in the summer ... had he been brought along slower by the Habs I think he'd be blossoming by now.


    It’s probably not a coincidence that his move back to the center position has sparked his promising stretch of games.

    For the first time this season, Kotkaniemi has been deep into the positive in on-ice expected goals for at 5-on-5. He was at a mind-boggling 90.45% against Seattle, 72.31% against Philadelphia, and 68.11 against Washington.

    The eye test matches those numbers. He’s been much more noticeable in the offensive zone, creating chances for him and his linemates on a much more consistent basis. With Kotkaniemi on the ice, the Hurricanes are outshooting their opponents 23-6 and outscoring opponents 3-0 at 5-on-5 over the last three games. They're outscoring opponents 5-1 with him on the ice over the last five games.

    It took a while for him to catch his footing on a new team and find a role that makes sense for him at this point in his development. The fourth-line center spot has been very kind to him lately, and while it’s not a top-nine role, what matters is that he plays well and builds up confidence.

    The Kotkaniemi experience was always supposed to be a marathon and not a sprint.

  2. 11 hours ago, campabee82 said:

    According to Dreger Montreal is considering a long term position for Weber in the organization (this insinuates he us officially retiring IMO, that would really really suck for Nashville). I would look at replacing Richardson with Weber as D and PK coach.



    Good lord no.     Enough with taking players and putting them into the organization.    Let him go learn the trade in the CHL/ECHL/AHL first.      We have tons of examples where taking ex-players and making them coaches/executives just doesn't work out.  Looking at you Rejean Houle and Mario Tremblay

  3. 4 hours ago, 26NCounting said:

    With MB gone I really think his days are numbered, lets face it he is a terrible coach has no idea how to adjust on the fly or to other teams game plans

    Absolutely ... no coach in their right mind keeps playing Paquette giving his errors and how little he is bringing.

  4. 2 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

    As I've said, I like Madden Jr. the most of rumored candidates, but my feeling is that they'll likely put someone in place who is less experienced and will take orders from Gorton. I don't think Gorton was brought in to be a figurehead, he was brought in for his expertise at rebuilding. So to me, someone like Darche or Lapointe fits the bill of being the spokesperson for the front office without necessarily challenging Gorton for top billing on how to build the team. Martin Brodeur could be an option too, in addition to Roberto Luongo and then there's also Daniel Dore, who has ties to Gorton and could be moved to a GM role from a scouting role.

    I think this is Molson's way of getting the best GM he could find (Gorton) while having a french figure head called the GM.

    We're looking at the Wizard of Oz here.

  5. 1 hour ago, Habberwacky said:

    Hard to complain about someone who got us a chance for a cup for the first time in 28 year


    We got into the playoffs on an abnormal format (12 teams vs 8) and then the following year the only reason we even get into the playoffs is the all Canadian division.   So our finals appearance should have an asterix beside it because in any normal year we don't even qualify.

    Even with Carey in net for the start of this season we're a 500 team at best.   It's been a decade and we have the same roster problems we've always had ... holes through out the lineup.

  6. 1 hour ago, BigTed3 said:

    DD's strategy: no adjustments needed because he hasn't changed anything from the strategy that got us to the Cup finals. The boys just need to try harder.

    Also, DD's "strategy" that got us to the Cup finals: ra, ra, go boys. Let Carey stand on his head until we score an overtime goal.

    I mean it worked in the 93 cup run with Roy, why mess with an almost 30 year old tradition ... 

  7. On 11/13/2021 at 10:57 AM, Regis22 said:

    Here is another perspective . Forget whether his trades have been great good , bad or whether Montreal has won or lost the trades .

    Is the team better or is the team getting better under MB ?


    Objectively we've gotten worse ... his first 5 years (the team he inherited) we had a winning pct of something like 0.550 or 0.575 ... his last 5 years and its closer to 0.400 (0.425 or there abouts).  

  8. 10 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

    Some interesting names being thrown out on D as being available:

    - Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reporting that the Avs want to move Sam Girard for a forward and that they aren't happy with what he gave last post-season, as well as concerned about his contract. He has a 5M cap hit for this year and 4 more. Second-pairing left-handed shot who can play either side. Good puck mover, but small player. Has been strong the last two years for Colorado but fallen off a bit this year and pushed down the depth chart by Byram. Not sure I like the price on his contract but he's only 23 and he'd be an upgrade on what we have on the left side. If they were interested in Hoffman or Toffoli, I would do that. I wouldn't give them Drouin straight up for Girard though.

    - Sports Illustrated reporting the Leafs want to clear cap space and are looking to move at least one of Justin Holl or Travis Dermott. Holl is 29 and not of interest to me, but Dermott is 24 and has a cap hit of 1.5M for this year and only one more. He's a LHD with excellent possession stats and with the opportunity to grow a bit more as a player. Since Toronto trying to dump salary, the reported asking price is a mid-round pick. We could do worse...

    I'd take Dermott for a 3rd, possible a low end 2nd if we have one

  9. On 10/7/2021 at 5:07 PM, HabsAlways said:

    I'm not going to be popular with this but .... there have been long standing rumors that Carey has had a drug problem (cocaine).    His lean look this past season (I was shocked actually as he looked incredibly thin, barely recognized him at start of last season to be honest), the rumors, his up and down performances ... now this.   I dunno, I kind of wonder if the drug abuse rumors were true after all.

    I find it ... ironic?  That I posted this back in October and people shot it down.   I explain my reasoning as to why I believe Price wanted out of Montreal based on the evidence we have easily available to us (the ultimatum he and Weber gave in 2019, Weber's career being over, Price waiving his NMC for the ED then immediately entering the PA program).    He wanted out and the easy out (as he is likely untradeable) vanished when the Kraken didn't select him and he spiraled further down his rabbit hole and that too is dismissed.

    Price waiving his NMC to be exposed in the ED to protect Allan makes no sense unless Price himself hoped to be picked.    The Habs had other options to protect Allan (preemptive trade with Kraken, the number of better goalies being exposed etc).  

    I was right about the substance abuse and I'm pretty darn sure I'm right about him not wanting to be a Hab anymore.

  10. Furthermore, I'm trying to find the article, but there was an interview with Price and Weber before the start of the 2019/2020 season where they heavily implied they'd given MB an ultimatum of Cup within 2-3 years.     Covid happens, they remain patient.   They make finals when they had no business even being in the playoffs (only reason they make it is due to Canada only division).   Looking ahead to this season ... they likely fight to even make the playoffs.  Weber is suddenly too banged up to play and Price is waiving his NMC for the Expansion draft ... all the crumbs of evidence are there.

  11. On 10/12/2021 at 12:23 PM, maas_art said:

    His wife seemed to suggest there were a couple of "tense days" just before the ED when the kraken were apparently mulling over calling the habs' bluff, so it sure sounded like while they were "prepared" to move, they ideally did not want to.


    Tense days hoping they picked him.    She is from Washinton State and he himself would likely prefer the west coast.   I firmly believe he made a calculated decision and wanted out.   This was his chance.  I think MB torpedoed that chance by letting the media know he was dealing with a knee injury which caused the Kraken to not select him.    At that point Carey was likely dejected, depleted and had a mini breakdown and entered the players assistance program

  12. 7 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

    Most of MB's early success came on the backs of the core (Price, Subban, Pacioretty, Markov, Plekanec, Gallagher) left by his predecessors. While he's made some good trades, the defence corps went from being one mainly built around skill and skating ability to one built around grit/bodychecking/shot-blocking and that has really been the aspect that has sunk us in more than anything else.

    Yup, MB keeps wanting to go back to the grit/size/shotblocking era of the early 2000s to 2015ish ... but hasn't realized the game has changed to skill, speed and possession.

  13. 29 minutes ago, Regis22 said:

    Michael, you were lucky Montreal signed you .  And trade U ?? to who , no one wanted you before that 


    I went to the coach's office a lot to make my case, but I was constantly told that I was not playing because of the salary cap. It was all they knew how to tell me, it seems! I said to them: 'ok, but trade me, in that case!' They didn't want to hear anything."



    Ex-NHLer Michael Frolik says Canadiens 'put an end to my NHL career altogether'

    No Michael, you put an end to your own Career.   last 3 seasons in league declining numbers ... in 8 games with Habs you had 0 pts.  Year before with Sabres 4 in 19 and 10 in 38 with Flames.    

  14. 15 minutes ago, campabee82 said:

    Who said Dvorak was better than KK?! That is totally utter BS, Dvorak has 1 move on the breakaway backhand shelf, every goalie knows this and every goalie stops it. He is so slow and is only average defensively. No idea what MB was thinking giving up a 1st and 2nd for that, even KK at 6.1 Mil would have been better.

    Right? I said it from the start ... having Suzuki/KK/Dvorak down the middle was far superior to Suzuki/Dvorak/Evans.   Getting Dvorak to replace Danault was fine, but getting Dvorak and losing both Danault and KK is an issue.  Now having said that, KK has 3 pts in 9 games with the Canes so as much as I love him, as much as I see the potential, maybe its a case of his game just not translating to the NHL.

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