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  1. The League could force the issue as LTIR is not meant to avoid retirement or the contract consequences there of. They weren't happy with the Prongor situation in Philly and think they changed some of the language around LTIR.
  2. - Sure we could argue losing Weber, Price, Edmundson is the issue ... but not enough to explain a 1-6 start - New additions finding chemistry ... again, nope ... we had Toffoli, Suzuki, Caufield together and they stunk it up. These are highly paid professional athletes, the "chemistry" wheeze is an excuse - And a late playoffs if anything should have meant this team was more prepped to start this season having played more recently Comes down to a bad GM, horrible coach, and poorly constructed roster.
  3. Any of our forwards outside of Suzuki, Caufield would do for me ... the issue being I dont see a reasonable package that Toronto would accept for an inconferance trade. Say Drouin + 1st for Marner, or Toffoli+1st ... again, I don't see Laughs accepting anything reasonable at this time. Off season maybe, but not right now.
  4. This forum makes me chuckle sometimes ... everyone undervaluing Marner. In the past 2 seaons he had 135 pts in 114 games ... I'd argue he's better than Matthews, heck I'd argue that without Marner, Matthews is a 30-35g guy. Marner drives 90% of the leafs offense. Sure we can analyze his value in the playoffs, but that would be based off playing for a team where the entire roster choked three years in a row. For the right package, I'd take Marner over any of our wingers (except Caufield).
  5. And Dvorak, Perreault had 2 pts between them through our first 5 games ... in which we went 0-5.
  6. Figure we lose again tonight, and somehow Kotkaniemi gets a goal and an assist against us
  7. The worst thing that could ever happen to a bubble team happened to this team last year. They made the SCF. We can argue about the changes made till we're blue in the face, but realistically we didn't lose anybody that is elite right now (Danault, KK, Gustaffson, Weber) nor did we add anybody elite (Dvorak, Hoffman, Savard). This team is essentially the same one as last year, that barely made the playoffs due to the conference alignment (they would not have made it in the tradtional alignment), barely made it out of the 1st round and over played their talent. This simply isn't a very good team nor has it been a good team for the last 5 years. I fully expected this team to stink it up this season given the roster and the lack of meaningful changes. Oh we'll get out of this funk and we'll start winning some games, but we were going to finish out of the playoffs regardless.
  8. Or Molson doesn't want to be saddled with MB having more control than he does.
  9. Our needs are obvious We either need an elite center to play top line, taking the burden off Suzuki and giving him more sheltered minutes or we need a top LHD PMD to drive the PP and offense. Getting either of those is going to require a 1st round pick most likely given what we have in the prospect pool.
  10. As to faceoffs ... Danault #12 for acitve players for Faceoff % @ 54.7% Dvorak is #109 at 42.5%
  11. The stat lines didn't show ... Dvorak 147 career pts in 307 games, Danault 200 career pts in 395 games, so no ... Dvorak does not in fact have "more points than both of them combined". Again, Dvorak is an excellent replacement for Danault. But Dvorak/Evans/Paquette is not a replacement for Dvorak/KK/Evans in any universe.
  12. Danault Dvorak And the Habs haven't been much better as a team than the Coyotes have in the last 300-400 games ... Dvorak is no bette rthan Danault overall ... you're trading a bit more goal sscoring, for less play making and less defensive ability. That's it. Getting Dvorak to replace Danault is totally fine ... losing 2 guys that were playing in your top 3 at the same time is a massive problem.
  13. Actually even if the guys were playing better losing both KK and Danault is problematic when you're replacing either of them with Paquette. This. If MB hadn't been low balling KK they might have been closer on dollar figures. If they hadn't jerked him around last season, he may have been less likely to jump at a 6m 1 year in CAR if he'd been treated decently and offered 4.5m/yr for 2yrs. And losing 2 of what were your top 3 centers and replacing them with Dvorak is definitely a problem and causes issues through the entire forward lineup. In an ideal world we kept KK and got Dvorak to replace Danault. Dvorak steps into the shutdown role and KK plays with offensive wingers and hopefully produces. We'll never know, because much like the pylons MB gets for D, he replaced talent with grit and expects miracles.
  14. That would be the hope ... but you gotta ask yourself about Molson's commitment to the team when he's left MB in as long as he has
  15. Danger of Tanking while MB is still GM is if he truly is not coming back he may just do something stupid to try and build his "value" up to sign somewhere else
  16. Forgot to add ... and we lose somebody really important to injury
  17. I suspect we lose and KK gets a multi-point night playing alongside Aho.
  18. meh saw the video, its was a pretty tame rag doll
  19. While I'm really upset at losing KK, you're right it's the Canes that pulled a dirty. However .... I'm also upset at MB for not properly addressing the C issue nor fixing the D. We lose Weber and he replaces him with a subpar version of Weber (Savard). And he's still failed to address our need of a mobile defencemen to supplement Petry on another pairing. Even when Edmundson returns, if we site Wideman, outside of Petry we have nobody who is a proven puck mover/offensive threat. Kulak is fine in the bottom half, Romanov is a work in progress and likely won't be the solution for another 2-3 seasons. We lose KK ... now instead of being Suzuki, KK, Dvorak, Evans we're left with Suzuki, Dvorak, Evans, Paquette which far inferior. And that's no knock on Evans, but he's being asked to step into the full time 3rd line checking role when in reality he's a 4th line NHLer (4line, PK). And the treatment they gave KK, sitting him when they let Suzuki go 20 games without a point and still get 1st line minutes, maligning him in the media, lowballing him on a bridge deal ... no wonder he signed that ridiculous contract. He may have refused had the Habs treated him like an actual 3rd overall pick and given him a decent offer as a RFA. At the end of the day, this mess is squarely on MB's shoulders. Here we are again with a D corp that's outdated (slow), a forward group that lacks a legitimate star, and we were going to essentially rely on Carey Price who had a mental breakdown after losing in the finals. Not slagging on Price, slagging on MB for having the same plan year in and year out.
  20. It's going to be a long, long season
  21. Either way it doesn't matter except for transparency
  22. 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.
  23. There's a direct correlation between possession metrics and more goals for vs goals against. It's statistically meaningful. If you're possession numbers are crap, you're likely a checking forward and not going to generate offense. End of story. It can be shown time and time again. Face Off wins ... while nice, have no statistically meaningful impact on goals for vs against. The impact is 2% or so at best for the top guy in the league vs the worst guy in the league. Give me a line of possession monsters and I'll show you a line that rarely gets scored on (as they always have the puck) and definitely scores more often than their opponents. Even the great Scotty Bowman stated "the best defense is to have the puck". KK's numbers showed that a) he had bad wingers b) was suffering from some bad luck c) was due to breakout The ONLY reason we don't have him right now is Carolina threw us a fast ball. I think over the next 2-3 years we're all going to be upset we don't have him on our roster.
  24. Its not that Juulsen is a bad player. Before he took two pucks to the face in one game, he was looking to be progressing into a top 4 D ... then the injury happened and the sheer amount of time he's missed has caused that progression to halt. Now, could he still live up to his potential? maybe, but he'd be a project and likely needs a lot of game time in the AHL
  25. We didn't resign him and he's in the KHL
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