jennifer_rocket

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  1. And Jacob Trouba has signed for seven years with an AAV of $8 million.
  2. Apparently the Oilers have dealt Lucic to the Flames. Possibly for Neal.
  3. I think some of the decisions are straight-forward. Matthew Peca, Charles Hudon, Dale Weise, Karl Alzner, Otto Leskinen, Gustav Olofsson, Josh Brook, Cale Fleury... I kind of expect all to be optioned to Laval. That's eight bodies right there.
  4. I mean, we actually have no idea if Bergevin's job has ever been on the line. Molson seems content to keep him around. What is this? Year seven or year eight of the five-year plan? Even if Bergevin misses the playoffs again, Molson will probably keep him around for ANOTHER year.
  5. Hudon would have to do something miraculous to see regular top-six playing time with Montreal this season. I expect that we'll attempt to get him through waivers if he has a mediocre training camp. If he makes the team, he'd better hope he's convinced Julien he's made improvements to his defensive game... Because I suspect he'll be in the bottom six, not getting a lot of scoring opportunities.
  6. With the Hudon signing, there is nothing left for Bergevin to do but focus on improving our LD situation. I mean, sure, he can also look around the league to see if there's anything doable when it comes to the various RFAs, but... that seems unlikely.
  7. I, too, thought this would be an arbitration situation, but... I guess it would seem unnecessary to go to arbitration over a few "hundo-thou." I guess Bergevin just decided that fighting over the one-way contract vs. two-way contract wasn't worth it. If Hudon doesn't earn himself a spot in camp, he will be headed to the waiver wire... and possibly Laval.
  8. I really don't think he could help the PP or the third pairing. Anything other than a one-day contract for Markov to retire a Hab would be a mistake.
  9. I think what's more likely that Bergevn will do what he's always done. Say, "it's hard to land a player at the X position," wring his hands, and not improve the team. This has been pretty common through the first seven years of his tenure here. He lucked out that Domi did well at center and that he got a second chance to draft a top center prospect in the draft. Mostly he had just said, "Getting a top center is hard," and never got one.
  10. Love Markov, but... Wouldn't bring him back in anything more than a symbolic "retire as a Hab" deal. He's not going to be able to provide any boost to our D at this stage of his career.
  11. And getting mad buff at the gym.
  12. I'm with you. I don't think we necessarily need to trade Weber now, but we do need to acquire a LD for our top pairing. Acquiring a top quality LD should make us a post-season team. It may help open up a new window for the team to compete for the Cup. MAY. Almost every single fan of this team knows we need that extra help at LD. Bergevin knows it. He has to be approaching this summer with the intent of improving our team at that position. He has not achieved this goal. He has to get it done.
  13. James Neal for Karl Alzner?
  14. That is a good point. Weber is an important part of the team, I just don't view him as a number one D. And I believe we should be supporting him with a very strong LD candidate rather than crossing our fingers that a 21 year old can become a number one LD.
  15. Weber isn't the issue, per se. Marc Bergevin's seven year failure to manage the team appropriately is. Weber is a symptom of the larger problem. And I have no issue with Weber being part of this team. I do, however, see him as less than what sports media and management believe him to be. i.e. a number one D. And Bergevin will not trade him. I would be shocked if he did. It just feels like one of those things he'd rather fall on his sword over.
  16. Certainly, but Weber has only played a total of 162/246 games in his three years with Montreal. He's 33 years old. He may start 2019-20 with Montreal, but there's no guarantee he doesn't miss more action through injury. I'm hoping he has a completely healthy season and doesn't miss a game. I hope he performs well all season long. Curiously, was there any difference in our winning percentage last year with and without Weber? I have no idea where to look for that.
  17. Indeed. Hudon's value could possibly rise in camp (if he's even at our camp), but right now he has about as much value as any AHL player. That is to say, very little.
  18. Agreed. Hard to say what Kincaid will be. Hopefully he has a rebound year and provides good value in the backup role. And yeah, I don't see any changes that would make me jump up and say, "Oh boy, the powerplay is going to be excellent this season!" It'll probably be terrible, just like last season. Too go along with our middling penalty kill. The only difference I see on D is that we've paid more money to another bottom pairing defender.
  19. Agreed. Hard to say what Kincaid will be. Hopefully he has a rebound year and provides good value in the backup role. And yeah, I don't see any changes that would make me jump up and say, "Oh boy, the powerplay is going to be excellent this season!" It'll probably be terrible, just like last season. To go along with our middling penalty kill. The only difference I see on D is that we've paid more money to another bottom pairing defender.
  20. Sounds super sensible. I feel like we should be targeting a team that is in the opposite situation that we are in. Perhaps "overloaded" at LD and lacking on RD. Based on what you're saying, Philadelphia sounds like a good trade partner. Gostisbehere has been coming up over and over in discussions here. He seems like he would be an excellent fit for our top-four.
  21. Cap crunch? They have 21/23 players signed for next season and almost $8 million in cap space to work with. It mostly just looks like they need to resign Jacob Trouba. I don't think they need to trade anyone else to accomplish that. I feel like the TSN article is playing off of our respective need for "something"... "anything" to happen during the doldrums of the summer. Also, there's no way, if the Rangers do need to clear space, they'll trade Kreider for nothing to accomplish it. And Peca, Hudon, and fifth are just that. Nothing.
  22. I don't even think we've opened the window yet. Unfortunately. The team is still not improved from last year. Bergevin hasn't addressed our need at LD and he hasn't been able to add any superstar strength up front. I don't know if, or when, Bergevin will be able to open a Cup window for this team. Is it supposed to be at the end of THIS five-year plan? Or is it the NEXT five-year plan we're aiming for? How many five-year plans will we have to get through?
  23. Why would New York unload Chris Kreider for our spare parts? Would you trade Brendan Gallagher in the last year of his contract for two career AHLers and a late round draft choice?
  24. ^^ Thanks for posting that Regis22. I find that to be a refreshing take on the state of our prospect pool. Something that I think we can get really excited about, imaging players who have never played a NHL game as future superstars well before their time. Alexander Romanov comes to mind. Carey's quote: “But when I think of it, I kind of think back over the course of my career and seeing so many players come and go. So it’s good to have depth in your system, but for me personally, being on the ice, it’s kind of irrelevant until I see somebody in the lineup, you know?” That's real talk. We're all hoping these kids turn into phenomenal players... However, it seems unlikely. I think back on all the highly touted players to come and go, never able to establish themselves as NHL regulars and I wonder if this group of prospects will be any different. I hate to admit it, but the Leafs, Marlies (AHL), and Growlers (ECHL) seem to have it figured out.
  25. Jake Gardiner still waiting on a seven year deal?