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  1. Trade is off. Pierre LeBrun reported that there was a deal made, but Max couldn't agree on an extension, so it fell through. This is probably why Max fired his agent. The same thing happened with L.A. earlier this week. The plan seems to be to start the season with him in the lineup.
  2. According to Eric Engels, Vadim Shipachyov will not sign with the Canadiens. He is fielding several large offers from other teams and the Habs are looking elsewhere.
  3. Hello everyone. It's been a while. I'm in absolute disbelief. I can't wrap my head around this.
  4. Eric Engels reported yesterday that the Habs are among a few teams who are in on Martin Hanzal and that a deal involving him could get done relatively soon. The word around the league is the Yotes are asking for a young forward, preferably a C, in return. Some people are speculating that the Habs could be offering Hudon, hence his recent call-up. Let's keep an eye on the next few games to see which scouts are in attendance and where Hudon is placed in the lineup. If he's playing in the top-6, I'll start to wonder if he's being showcased.
  5. Honestly, I have no problems with the way he was handled. He looked a little green, and sometimes unsure of himself. The skill is there, but his decision-making needs to be faster and more authoritative. I think the experience of having a few games under his belt will be good for him. He got some practice time with NHL players and he now knows what is expected of him. The fact that he only played 3 games means he can have a 6-game tryout next season before we decide if he needs another year in junior. Personally, I think he stays with the team next season.
  6. DD was actually much better at wing. He shot more and didn't force passes like he does at C. He's an effective winger and I have no idea why Therrien can't see that.
  7. It's been a month and I'm still having a hard time caring about this team anymore. I'll always be a Habs fan; I really don't know any other way to be, but I'm reluctant and pretty apathetic towards them. Even during the losing streak, I was proud to be a Habs fan. I'm finding that much harder these days.
  8. Who would have thought that both DD and Emelin would be on the roster at this point in the offseason? I was expecting both to be gone. I guess that was a little naïve of me. So instead, we are rid of MT's two favourite whipping boys: Subban and Eller. How...predictable.
  9. Even if he does play in the AHL can anybody say they expect Lefebvre not to use him like he did Stortini or Tarnasky or Scott? No matter what he's going to take ice time away from a young, skilled player. I guess we know where the team's priorities lie now. We want to be the 2011 Bruins.
  10. Petry, for a large portion of last season, was playing through the sports hernia that eventually ended his season and forced him to undergo surgery. He was very good up until he took the check from Jamie Benn, which is what caused the injury. I'm not worried about his play when healthy, but I'm not big on him playing his off-side. This dilemma is yet another self-inflicted wound caused by lack of foresight by management and an obvious disdain for who Subban is. A massive overvaluing of Weber is playing into this too, considering what they were asking from Edmonton for Subban (Draisaitl, Nurse, Klefbom, 4th pick, + more).
  11. This. Where were the rumours of fighting in the dressing room in November this season? Literally everybody in and close to the organization said it was one of the best locker rooms they'd ever seen; DSP was in tears over being traded and stated this also. If the team is still not getting along while they are winning, then deal with the problem.
  12. The problem is, knowing MT and his lack of foresight, Weber will be paired with Markov. That would make for some real ugliness against fast teams like Tampa and Pittsburgh.
  13. Some people are sayinghe's one of four players from this draft who could play in the NHL this season. Doubt it happens but I'd like to see him get at least 9 games.
  14. This guy has nice hands and the ability to make high-skill plays at top speed. He's a steal in the 3rd round. Mitch Brown had him at #25 on his list.
  15. PK Subban is going to play for a team who appreciates him. He deserves it. We legitimately have a team to cheer for while our Habs are golfing.
  16. Some teams are worried about Stamkos taking his time to make a decision. That could hurt teams like us who have limited cap space and desperately need to add a scoring forward via free-agency. However, according to Dreger, we are involved in the race to sign him.
  17. Lebrun says that during the last 48 hours there have been an increasing number of calls regarding whether we are willing to move Subban. It's hardly surprising with the draft and July 1 approaching but people are losing their minds. Personally, I don't think he's going anywhere.
  18. What kind of money would we save on DD if we were to buy him out? Would it even be worth it since his contract expires after this season? We really have to make a decision between him and Eller since it's apparent that MT can't figure out how to use either effectively. It's getting ridiculous; I can't bear to watch another year of Eller playing wing.
  19. Bob Mackenzie a while back said he got the sense that it would be less about money and more about going to a team that can win now. If that's true, that puts us miles ahead of TOR, BUF, DET and a lesser extent, NYR.
  20. Dreger also said that some people are saying that the Sabres are willing to go into the 12 million dollar range for Stamkos. He went on to clarify that he doesn't like to get into speculation but neither the Lightening nor the Sabres are saying anything. These are just rumours at this time. Geeze guys, are we willing to get into that bidding war? I would be hesitant, but again, these guys almost never become available. We also have to take into account that what paying him that much would do to Carey's salary demands in a couple of years.
  21. I agree with Ted. We have basically everything Stamkos reportedly wants: geographical proximity to home, a competitive team that includes the best goalie (and arguably best player) in the world, a bonafide top 3-5 defenceman who happens to be his childhood buddy and a young team who are all simultaneously entering their prime that really only needs one player like him to become a serious threat to contend. I keep seeing people claim that we can't afford to pay what he wants; I strongly disagree. How often does a player like Stamkos go to UFA? Almost never. These are the guys you make room for and with Emelin's NTC terms changing on July 1 and deadweight like DD hanging around, we certainly have pieces we can move out to make room for him with minimal impact on our team depth, if any. Get it done Bergevin. The stars are aligned for you to make a huge splash and bring a 50 goal scorer to Montreal for the first time in two decades.
  22. When Price first when down with his second injury this season, I was a strong advocate of bringing in a guy like Chad Johnston, someone who has proven that they can take over for long periods of time and play reasonably well. I think that even if Carey is 100 percent and is capable of playing 65 to 70 games per season, it would be a good idea to cut him down to 60 or so games. The two years before this season, Carey was either injured or not at 100 percent during the playoffs. Our window is now and mere regular season success is no longer acceptable. I truly believe that with Price healthy and a competent PP, we are as good as any team in the East. As long as we make the playoffs, I'm not too concerned about who we face. If we can get a Johnston or a comparable backup on a reasonable deal, I think it would be something to consider.
  23. It's official; the Islanders have announced that Kyle Okposo will not be returning. How much and how long are we willing to offer him? I tend to want to be cautious here. Players like him can decline quickly and often in their early 30s.
  24. He's still got value and we'd be paying him what most people expected we'd be paying Dale Weise had we brought him back. The worst thing that happens is we flip him at the deadline for a low pick.
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