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  1. I would agree with this. The jury is still out on whether Campoli can be as good as Gorges, but even if he was to be, he'd be a different type of "good." He's a completely different type of player as you've pointed out very clearly. Time will tell. I have no doubt that this is exactly the "worst case scenario" that Pierre Gauthier considered when signing Campoli - however - it is still very much within the realm of possibility that he becomes a valuable member of this team. He's still young enough and has shown flashes of being a better player than he is often given credit for. I dont for one minute think he'll ever be a top pairing defensman, but I think there's still an outside chance he becomes a solid #4. Tough to say if it will be with this team (if it does indeed happen) but I do think there's still some potential upside to be had with Chris. I have no idea what you're talking about! :P
  2. Bingo. He can only do so much in regards to his destiny with this team - his playing time will also be based on how others in front of him fare.
  3. Im not sure what the 2 have to do with each other, manatee? It happened in the same summer - between these teams- but they werent part of the same deal. We got exclusive rights to talk to Sundin 2 weeks before UFA day (july 1) but nothing ever came out of it...i dont believe we even gave up anything for it (we never actually trade "for his rights" we simply got permission to talk to him). Grabs was traded a few weeks later for a 2nd and prospect.
  4. Agreed. There are several third-pairing defensmen who could be had for league minimum right now, but thats not really what we need. We have such a glut of #5-7 dmen, I think a signing like that would be the wrong move. Top 4 dman, definitely.
  5. You're looking at it from a standpoint of "must play" in those situations though. Why is gomez "guaranteed" to play there? What if he cant produce? Cole & AK have always struggled as PP players anyway. Again, goes back to your argument that any of the players listed above "must" play on the PP. If Gomez loses his spot on the PP then there's no reason he couldnt become a PK specialist. Its moot anyway, as he seems poised to sign in the KHL, but we'll have to agree to disagree on the AK27 Experiment V2.0 I wouldnt be too worried. Every year we worry about who is going to take that spot & every year we seem to sign someone who plays great in that capacity. I doubt it will be madden or someone else looking for decent money. Most likely its going to be a dark horse sort of player who will make 750k and we will all fall in love with & say we must re-sign at this time next year when he's UFA again
  6. IMHO, it really depends, Ted. If the plan is to play a "normal" 2 offense, 1 checking, 1 energy line, then yes, Kovalev is the wrong fit. However, if you think outside the box & go with the idea of 3 scoring lines (we dont have the talent to score with 1 or 2 anyway) and one energy/checking line, then kovalev may very well have been a good fit. Not to mention the fact that he's a playoff monster and adding him to a team that already seems to be building towards the moniker of "playoff team" would be a very positive thing. Hannan could absolutely be good for us, although I think the biggest hurdle is still going to be term. He has to be looking for 3+ years at his age. The longer he goes unsigned, the more likely it will be that he'll sign for 1 or 2 years though.
  7. I think it was me you were thinking of. I've suggested Kovalev on the third line for a while now because I think he would be perfect in that role: less minutes, less pressure etc - and i would LOVE to see a motivated Kovalev in the playoffs one last time. That said, TSN is reporting he is set to sign a contract with the KHL, so I guess the plan is moot. I agree with a lot of the moves that Gauthier has made & given that we now have about $5m in cap space with most of our roster signed, if I were him I would have looked at bringing back Kovalev $2m, Hannan $1m and one more 4th line checker/grinder for <$1m. I think that we would have iced a pretty darned competitive team. Im curious to see what he does with the rest of the space.
  8. I think you are looking at this in hindsight. At the time, most people felt that keeping Souray, Komi - and even higgins - made our team better. People were practically rioting when Gainey let all those free agents walk, although the very next summer we went further in the post season than we have in over a decade.
  9. Agreed. The whole Higgins thing was too bad. I remember as he was developing in the AHL for us, most people felt he would be a great 2 way forward - a third liner capable of chipping in some timely goals & playing very sound defense. Peca, Carbonneau etc. Then he came into the NHL and got the primo spot next to Koivu (because we lacked ANY scoring wingers) and suddenly everyone was calling him the next John LeClair, not the next Mike McPhee. When he "fell" back to numbers that were respectable for him & his skillset, people called him a disappointment. But I guess thats another story... Absolutely. We look at everything and anything to do with our Habs under a microscope - like we're the only team to ever lose a good player, or the only one with a bad contract on our payroll. As for Kostitsyn - he's an enigma, much like Kovalev before him - because you always think he is just so talented and has such tantalizing size that surely he HAS to be the next great thing. Maybe he wont ever be. Or maybe, like Kovalev, he will have a couple of spectacular seasons, in amongst a bunch of so-so ones. And if that is the case, is he worth keeping around? dunno. depends on the direction of the team I guess. Either way its a crap shoot, but then so is everything. Pittsburg could call us up tomorrow & ask if we would give up PK Subban and Eller for Sidney Crosby & most of us would pass out with excitement but what if crosby never plays again because of the concussion? Unlikely, but there is always a component of risk to any move in the NHL. Every Gm makes mistakes. And every decent Gm takes risks. IMHO its the risk taking that is what is separating Gauthier from Gainey. What he chooses to do with AK will be risky either way, but I suspect he'll make the right move.
  10. I put pack in nets. i dont car which lines. I shoot. Seriously though, he seemed more content and comfortable with Eller for most of the second half last year. As long as he (Kostitsyn) is getting enough ice time, I dont think he'll care who he plays with. As for it being his last year, that very well could be the case regardless of Cole. You dont sign someone to a 1 year deal on the eve of going UFA unless you have concerns about him being in your long term plans. IMHO this year is the year that both the team and AK will come to a decision about the future of 46 with the club.
  11. I do also agree that Spacek is not anywhere near as bad as people make out. He's this year's whipping boy - we always have one - based on his contract. Gomez is the obvious choice, but people still look at him & say that with a bounce back season, he's still one of the top 2 centres on this team. Spacek, on the other hand, is easily 5th or even 6th on the depth chart, so for some reason his contract is the anchor around our necks that will sink us. Its unfortunate that we do have good #4-7 depth because it makes Jaro's contract look bad, but it isnt even close to a 'bad contract' if you look around the league. Its also not like he's an unservicable defensman. He's no #7 brisebois or something - this is the guy who almost single-handedly threw ovechkin off his game for 4 games in round 1 of the playoffs 2 years ago. He does have value, he just needs his icetime limited, which obviously is somewhat incongruous in connection with his salary, but such is life.
  12. True, but if everything goes well & he starts off strong, maybe this year he will breakout for 80 points!! tee hee.
  13. Agreed. I think this was a move as much for the sake of Tom Pyatt - allowing him to go out and look for work elsewhere vs. getting press box duties with the Habs. Best of luck, Tom, wherever you end up.
  14. Frankly, Id dress 7 dmen. We dont have the depth to match the bruins 4 lines against 4 lines, so id much rather dress our 9 best forwards & 2 spares to sub in as needed. Mara as a 7th dman or 12th forward would give us the option of toughness if needed.
  15. What a difference a year makes. Last playoffs we were hoping for some toughness from the blueline and this year we have Mara playing a much stronger game. He's going to need to be at his best if we are to handle the Big Bruins forwards.
  16. Sweet ride, HTL! I actually have never bought a "new car." I just dont see the point of driving off the lot & losing 30% of the value. My wife and I have a pattern - every few years we buy a car that is 3 or 4 years old. I sell mine, she gets the new one & I get hers (I really only use mine for the commute to work to be honest). Which reminds me, its probably time to start looking for a new (to us) one
  17. hrm. a 5th rounder for a defensman who can play 12-15 mins a night actually sounds pretty reasonable to me! Speed is not nearly as much of a problem if: a) positioning is good and the player is paired with a faster partner. Mara's positioning in the short stint this year has looked better than all of last year. Martin just has to make sure he is paired with someone a little faster though.
  18. I saw a few movies in the last little while. My reviews: A Perfect Getaway: 9/10 This movie supplied one of the biggest "hair on the back of your neck" twists Ive seen in a loooong time. Some call it a cheat (although i really think if you follow the characters back and think about their motivation it is not) but it certainly gives a "whoa" moment. The acting is great, the characters well developed & the bait & switch is pulled off flawlessly. If you like thrillers, specifically cerebral thrillers (ie usual suspects) i think you'll like this one quite a bit. Bravo to the studio for casting lesser known stars (Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant etc) all of whom deliver. Due Date: 7.5/10. I know many are calling this Planes, trains and automobiles v2.0 and thats probably a fair assessment. However, I dont know at what point this Martin & Candy movie became a 'classic.' Sure, its fun, but it is a flawed movie in its own rights. I felt that this particular version (its not a true remaker or anything, just similar plot lines) was more enjoyable. I think Robert Downey Jr is an absolutely brilliant "straight man" in a comedy. Zach Galifianakis is slowly growing into a master of the subtle comedy. My biggest gripe about this flick is that we didnt get to see more of the amazingly beautiful Michelle Monaghan. Unstoppable: 8/10 This flick was waaaay better than I expected it to be. I'll preface it by saying im a big Denzel Washington fan. The man can act & has an onscreen presence that will usually get me to go to any movie he's in. That said, I am not a big 'train buff' or anything & kind of expected this movie to be well...boring. Its anything but. The characters are developed nicely, the plot lines are strong and the editing/cinematography are at once great and also totally in keeping with the film. Its a solid action movie based (very loosely) on real events. Its not without flaws, but its definitely watchable and enjoyable in my opinion. Life as we know it: 6.5/10 Its not that this movie is particularly bad...its just not particularly good either. There are some nice parts, some funny parts and its not an entirely terrible way to pass 2 hrs, but its not going to kill you to miss it either. The actors all do a fine job with the material, but the material is luke warm at best. If you want a simple, pleasant way to spend an evening, its worth a look. Just dont expect to be blown away.
  19. I liked his game last night. You could clearly see him skating better than he did at ALL last year (nagging injury from training camp) and it was nice to see someone finally stick up for a teammate (torres' hit on patches) AND be smart enough not to get suckered into negating the powerplay by taking a penalty of his own. He looked good & made some smart plays & while its very early, I think that right now we are stronger with him in the lineup than out of it - which unfortunately wasnt something I could say after his disastrous season last year.
  20. Single biggest problem last year was Martin pairing Mara with Gill. Both actually had injuries (playing hurt) and even when healthy both are so NOT the compliment for each other. We've seen how much better Gill looks with a fast defense partner. Mara will look 10x better next to a guy like Subban or Weber than he ever did next to Gill.
  21. Exactly. There's no question he had a rough tenure with montreal - but the mara we saw last year was not him at his best. He had a nagging injury long before the season ending one and I think he deserves a little slack. He's big, he's strong and he is the consumate "stick up for teammates" kind of guy. He will put his face in front of a Chara slapshot if he felt his team needed it and he wont back down from anyone if a teammate needs help. The other thing to remember is that he has twice scored over 42 pts in the NHL. He's no Norris trophy winner, but providing we can use him effectively (im looking at you, JM!) he could be a very useful addition to our injury-depleted defense corps.
  22. I dont normally do this - in fact, I dont think i ever have, but after seeing the 2nd and 3rd movies in the millennium series, I would now change my rating on the Girl with Dragon Tattoo to 9/10. As noted in my original review, I felt that it was a very gripping & well put together film, but my rating was lowered by the very graphic ***** scene that I felt seemed gratuitous (did we need to see it in such detail? It seemed superfluous from the rest of the story). However, now that Ive seen the other 2 movies, I understand completely why it was done that way. It was such a shocking and powerful scene that even the mention of the event in the other 2 films made you remember it in living colour. For what its worth, I think I actually prefered the 2nd film & the third I thought was as good as the first. Overall a very satisfying trilogy & I cant wait to see what a mess the Hollywood version will be I sort of see where you're coming from, Innis. However, i think its all context. For me, I dont know that I would have thought to change it to english (or more appropriately know that it could be) because I gave up my cell phone several years ago when I moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to small town BC. Throw me in a coffin with a phone Ive never used & Id be pretty confused too. So that didnt bother me much. I also think my rating may be skewed by the fact that I went in completely expecting it to be boring and tiresome & was so pleasantly surprised that it was shocking. I couldnt believe how well done and exciting a movie with 1 cast member and a very limited 'set' could be. It was almost the closest you could get to a "book" in the sense that you had to use your imagination to think of what everyone looked like - his wife, the captors, the PR guy, the hostage task leader etc. It was truly original in my eyes.
  23. Saw a few movies in the last week: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 8/10 I will first start off by saying - because this is an all ages forum - i do NOT recommend this film for anyone under 16 or so - at least not without the supervision of a parent. There are some extremely disturbing scenes of violence and brutality that I think could be shocking and upsetting for a young viewer. Heck they were upsetting to me. This film is really 2 films in one - a murder mystery and an abuse/retribution one. The problem I have (and the reason I didnt rank it higher) is that if you remove the abuse/revenge story the rest of the film still holds together very well. That could make it feel gratuitous. Thats not to say the director handled it in a bad way. This is not exploitative shock value stuff. Its not "mainstream porn violence" (ala saw movies or hostel etc). This is just brutal, painful, stuff bordering on the sadistic, but its clearly being done (shown) not to excite us, but to repulse us. My wife is a big fan of the books & she insists the parts here that i felt neednt be included are valuable in context of the next 2 films (which I will be watching soon) but for now Im still more than a little torn as to whether that part was necessary or not. That said, the actual "whodunit" part is excellent and the characters are developed well and we care about them. RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) - 7/10 This isnt really a "bad" movie - nor is it a good one. Seeing actors like Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren clearly having fun on the screen is a neat exercise. That said, it does lack a lot of substance. Its the sort of movie that if you're in the right mood is a fun way to spend 2 hrs but there's nothing particularly great about it. They are all capable actors & props to bruce willis for being his dependable self. I would compare it a bit to last summer's "the expendables" and say that this movie (red) did everything right that that movie didnt. Unlike that movie, this one does have a 'heart' its just not beating particularly consistently Buried 9.5/10 You know, when I heard there was a movie about Ryan Reynolds that takes place inside a box and stays there for the entire 90 minutes I thought "i should watch this just to see it" but i felt pretty sure I would last about 15-20 minutes into it before I lost interest. Boy was I wrong. This is a gripping, involving, exciting movie. Not a single scene takes place outside of this box (of which Reynold's character is supposedly buried alive after being taken hostage) and yet its absolutely gripping! There's action (no, seriously, inside this little box, there's scenes of action!!) and the character is so well developed we just spend 2/3 of the movie sitting there not only identifying with him, but also thinking "what would I do?" The use of sound, lighting and colour is extremely - extremely - well done and the ending is brilliant irony. One of the best (if not most unusual) movies Ive seen for a while.
  24. This And this. Agreed. Its no slight on sandford, but I think Auld is still the better choice in the bigs. Its not like $1m is a ton of money for a backup or anything.
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