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  1. I think that Bournival can become a very good 3rd line center after a full season in the AHL to develop. Montreal management will have to decide how to make room for this player after he becomes a great two way center in the AHL. MMW.
  2. I think 40 or more games in Hamilton will help his game. Ideally the full season in Hamilton but with all of the injuries for Montreal over the past few seasons that might not be possible. I am not positive but I think that a few top defencemen and forwards will move from junior to Hamilton this season. The team in Hamilton should be very good which I think helps develop players far more then a poor quality AHL team.
  3. I have a brick. I am not very happy that it is moving to a storage location and then back around a new condo. I think fans should get a refund for the brick purchase.
  4. I am fairly surprised that the NHL has not deemed the contract invalid. It goes against everything that the salary cap intended. The contract is totally front end loaded and the final 3 years are just a joke at $1 per season. It is really $110 - $3 = $107 million for 14 years - 3 years = 11 real years making the REAL cap hit $9.72 million. A farce of the NHL salary cap. With the NHL claiming it is financially broke how can the Wild and Flyers be throwing money around so easily? Because the NHL is not financially broke. The fans of hockey are paying a lot of money for tickets, NHL Center Ice, merchandise, and watching hockey on TV / Internet. The NHL is not financially broke. However I will not be travelling to watch any live NHL hockey if the rich / stupid owners lock out the players. Clearly the NHL owners are not in financial trouble with these stupid contracts. I think that the Predators should ask the NHL to either null and void the Flyers contract offer or at the very least deem it to be worth 4 1st round draft picks. And I think that the Predators should then take the 4 1st round draft picks. I don't like the 14 year offer sheet for Weber. The NHL players should love the offer sheet however maybe they are also wrong in that it is playing into the rich NHL teams hands like the Flyers. I don't like that PK Subban has not be re-signed. I hope no NHL makes an offer for Subban as it can be hard to match the offer sheet until our management and owner deal with Kaberle and Gomez contracts. I can only assume that management is looking for some type of buy out in the new CBA that will allow our team to deal with those two contracts without having to put the huge salary in AHL. But if a huge offer sheet is put for Subban by the Red Wings or Flyers or Preds I think that our team will have to match the offer sheet and then put Gomez in the AHL.
  5. The Flyers lost Carle and didn't sign Suter. The Red Wings didn't sign Suter. And the Preds lost Suter. I think that there are at least 3 teams that would take Kaberle and his contract. And I think Kaberle is worth a 1st round draft pick as they really need someone to run the PP and top 6 D. I think that several "rich" teams have lots of cap space so it does not matter that Kaberle has a big contract. He can always be traded in a season when the right player comes available next summer so those teams are really not giving up a 1st round draft pick. Just pushing the draft pick to another season so it is a win for the team trading for Kaberle. I will be surprised if Kaberle is still with the Habs in two weeks. The cap savings can be used to re-sign Subban to a big long term contract.
  6. I believe that MB was referring to not buying out Gomez contract in the recent interview. He then said the correct thing that Gomez is part of the team. It certainly did not indicate that Gomez was going to be part of the team for 2012-13. I think that some teams like the Islanders might jump at the chance to have Gomez for a prospect as the Islanders would have to pay $10 million for the remaining two seasons but get a cap hit of $7.3 per year. I think it is critical to remove Gomez from our team ASAP even if the $7.3 million if not spent this moment on a UFA player. We have seveal players that can play center. All with lower cap hits than Gomez. I believe that Doan and Semin are the two best UFA forwards still without a contract. I wonder if Montreal could land AK46 with a low one year offer. Something like $2 million for one year. Right now AK46 seems to be looking for a team and IMHO before the trade to Nashville there were some good games for AK46. What is the asking price for Rick Nash? I don't understand how it can be high considering the cap hit for Nash but maybe I simply do not understand the value that Nash brings to the team that signs him. Is he a 1st line winger or on several teams just a 2nd line winger? All things equal I would take Rick Nash over Semin. However Nash would likely require a 1st round draft pick, young player and roster player. So lets play that trade game. Our 1st round pick in 2013, Eller, and Gionta. Our team would get Rick Nash. With the salary going back to Columbus it should be fairly easy to fit Nash within the cap. Is Nash worth giving up our 3rd line center? Probably yes now that we have just drafted a center that will become the 1st or 2nd line center within 2 years. I would even consider trading DD instead of Eller depending on the skills shown by AG27 at camp last week. 1st round draft pick should be 20th to 30th overall with the new players and less injuries in 2012-13 so the draft pick is not a top end pick so the loss if likely not much to Montreal. Gionta is our captain but he is small, big cap hit, and coming off a serious injury. However Gionta would bring leadership to a young Columbus team. I think that a few teams would give up a 1st round draft pick or two 2nd round picks for Kaberle now that very few defenceman are still available this summer. I believe that Montreal has enough NHL experienced defenceman along with 4 potential NHL rookies playing in Hamilton to keep our team filled with 6 defencemen this coming year. Subban, Markov, Gorges, Emelin, Diaz, Weber, Bouillon gives our team 7 NHL defencemen. I am assuming that RFA Subban and Diaz are re-signed this summer. St. Denis, Nash, Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, and a few other young defencemen will be fighting for roster spots or learning in Hamilton giving our team lots of depth making Kaberle or Diaz or Weber very tradeable. However I would have to believe that Kaberle has by far the most trade value even with his high cap hit. His long history of putting up offensive numbers should make him attractive to a few teams that need offensive defencemen. I believe that at least one rookie will make our team out of training camp. Not sure if it will be Tinordi or Beaulieu. But one of them should be Montreal. I think Beaulieu has to play NHL or junior in 2012-13 not AHL but I would not be shocked if Gallant will "tell" MT how to handle the rookie.
  7. Why not Semin for 2 year contract? With the assumption that Molson via the ticket sales, TV revenue, and other hockey revenue uses the huge profits from the fans to put Gomez in Hamilton or Europe eating his $7.3 million cap hit but actually costing less real money as the final 2 years of the Gomez contract are for less money. I would be shocked if it takes more than $13 million to get Semin for 2 years. Pleks would then have Gionta and Semin for his wingers which should give Montreal two top lines.
  8. Over the last 15 games Campoli played far better. Basically a try-out for a job next season. Campoli is UFA this summer. I see no reason for Montreal to re-sign Campoli unless the goal is lottery pick again next season.
  9. If Darche has a low cap hit then re-sign him to the press box and 4th line. Otherwise give his roster spot to a rookie. I thought Darche played good last season. I thought Darche played poorly in the first 30 games this season. But up until the injury Darche was a solid player and good on the PK. Not a 2nd or 3rd line player but 4th line type of player that could work well with White on the 4th line or sit in the press box for replacing injuried player which will happen sooner than later given how many injuries Montreal has experienced over the past 5 years.
  10. Scored a goal last night. But brutal in the defensive zone. Cost the team one goal against and could have cost us more. Time to trade or waive Campoli. Or at the very least put him in the press box until we need him to fill one of the six spots. Right now we are using 7 D even with Gill just leaving Montreal.
  11. St. Denis could at least learn somethings in Montreal. Even if it was only in the press box and practice especially with the Dogs well out of playoff in the AHL. Campoli was a MAJOR reason we lost against the Bruins. Waive Campoli. He had a few games with limited ice time and keeping things simple when he did not hurt the team. But Campoli has rarely helped the offense. Never helped the defence that I can remember. And numerous times played defence like MAB. At least MAB could use the lack of size as an excuse for his poor defence. Campoli can only use lack of skill as his response to his poor play defensively.
  12. I think that Campoli was by far our worst defenceman. And for some reason Campoli has been playing solid safe hockey recently. Maybe it is so he can be showcased. Or maybe the coach has Campoli playing within his skills. I suspect Campoli will be traded. But the good news is that our team has benefited from solid safe work displayed recently from Campoli.
  13. Makes the top 6 far better. When you don't really notice Spacek his game must be good. Didn't notice Spacek so things must be good.
  14. I thought he looked okay last night which is pretty darn good considering he missed training camp and only just joined the team.
  15. Looking forward to a big season for AK46. Not sure which line AK46 will play on. But with four centers that can pass like Pleks, DD, Eller, and Gomez there should be plenty of opportunity for AK46 to score goals. I think that 30 - 35 goals is realistic.
  16. Strong defensive game. But has to one of the worst players near the blue paint. Should have had a goal last night. I would want a healthy Halpern over Pyatt. Thus allowing White to move back to wing. Might not be fair but I believe that defensively that Pyatt is not quite as good as Halpern. And Halpern would have the edge because he can play on the Pleks line or center the 4th line. And most importantly Halpern is our best face-off player. We nearly had two goals against right off lost face-offs. We need Halpern if he is healthy. Several fans figure Pouliot has to be put in the press box. Pouliot does not play very much and his game is dramatically different then Pyatt. Pouliot can score when he has a great chance while Pyatt must have caught whatever Gomez has.
  17. Big forward. Like the idea of some big forwards in the system. Sounds like his game in the playoffs has been good. Not everyone is a fast skater in the NHL. I think that at times speed is overrated. I would just like a big forward to screen the other goalie and defensively get the puck out at the point. I don't care if Berger is a fighter. The size should help him in the AHL and possibly the NHL.
  18. Mara has helped our depleted D. However I would sit Mara for Weber tonight as the Panthers are not a big physical team and therefore Weber should be under less pressure. Plus Weber is far better offensively then half of our D. Against the big team like Bruins or Flyers the ability to put out a veteran big D like Mara could be a good thing for our team. Although I am not positive as it also reduces our teams offensive skill by sitting out Weber and our team already lacks offense.
  19. Halpern seems to give the team balance by playing on the Pleks line. Most lines are two line combos. Pleks - Cammi is the combo. Halpern is good at face-offs, good defensively, and has better hands then Moen for example. It would be nice to have a sniper or 100% offensive player on the Pleks line but the rest of the team then has other issues or the results do not live up to the expectations. Our team is offensively challenged. By putting Halpern on the Pleks line we have better overall balance of offense and defence on all of the lines. This should allow JM to use 4 lines for the remaining games and playoffs.
  20. Might he be an emergency call up for this weekend? Wiz has the flu or cold. Hammer missed practice this week. With only 5 D our team could call up Carle without having to clear waivers.
  21. Sounds like a really sound defensive forward. The size should help handle big players as they do seem to have the ability to run over some of our smaller D around our net. I hope that Halpern is back soon. But maybe the truth is that our team could use Engqvist long term based on this call-up as a big strong defensive forward could make a huge difference against other big forwards like Malone, Carter, Lucic, Malkin who play for teams the eastern conference that Montreal will likely face in the playoffs. Montreal has not had a big defensive forward since Bonk. Bonk was able to play effectively against big power forwards, IMHO.
  22. Really nice to have the huge shot from the point. Several goals have been the result of the big shot. Defensive play is not as good as I hoped. Not terrible. Just not as good as I hoped.
  23. Nice first goal. The teammates certainly had fun with Pyatt at the bench when the goal was finally approved by Toronto video staff. Pyatt is extremely important to our PK, which I think is the best PK in the entire NHL. But I bet the goal was nice.
  24. I think that either Boyd or White would be willing to drop the gloves with Powe. I think that Henry would be too big and mean so Powe would not agree to drop the gloves. However Boyd or White would be similar in size to Powe and they would give Powe a few good shots in a fight. Halpern has been great on the PK and the PHD has been very good. Very glad that Halpern should be able to play on Thursday.
  25. I hope that Halpern is okay. Dirty hit from behind IMO. Didn't like how Halpern fell after the hit. The Flyers should try to play hockey instead of running around like a bunch of goons. I really hope that the NHL gives the Flyers player at least 5 games for the hit. Plus I believe that Powe also tried to take out Gorges with a hit to the head. Luckily Gorges must be one tough guy as he only missed one shift.
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