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  1. I took a bit of a break from hockey over the summer. I wanted to red team my opinions about the team to make sure I wasn't falling into a loop. And to be honest, I wanted to be a little less annoyed and frustrated. The future of this team still looks profoundly bleak, and I have no faith in the front office.

    You cannot, in today's NHL, pay goalies and defencemen as much as this team does and rebuild.45% of the cap. Rebuilding by definition requires flexibility. At any time you can have high-level talent fall into your lap, whether via drafting or high risk/high reward trades. We cannot make the kind of all-in moves you have to be open to. So even if (and it's a big if, at this point) we get extremely lucky with drafting or trading in the next 2-3 years, we will almost certainly only be able to do it once. Our hands will be tied by the Price, Weber, and Alzner contracts.

    How is Claude Julien going to handle a team spinning its wheels? I like the man, and I think he's legitimately a high-end coach in the NHL. This isn't a great situation for him to be in, however.

    The Pacioretty stuff.

    I'm still probably going to buy Centre Ice this year, but I don't know how much fun it's going to be. It's so irritating to see the team where it is now, totally unnecessarily. All unforced errors.

    Go Habs Go.

  2. 2 hours ago, maas_art said:

    Yeah its (bolded part) tough to say but I wouldnt doubt it.  Publicly MB has thrown Galchenyuk under the bus so many times he has tire marks.  I can only imagine what he's said privately to other GMs about him.  Talk about horrendous asset management. 

    As others have said, if you absolutely had to trade him, why not let him play the last 20 game at centre last season? We were done for the year anyway.  Put the two best scorers on his wings.  You dont think that would have upped his value?   But no, keep burying him, keep badmouthing him and saying he isnt this or isnt good enough to be that.  Then trade him.  Ridiculous. 

    Because, as usual, as we're all nauseatingly familiar with, the Montreal Canadiens have never traded away a good player who was a good person. Magically, anyone who leaves the organization is a dirtbag who chooses not to play well. Every team pumps up its new arrivals, of course. But it's a uniquely peculiar Montreal institution for interesting, questionably sourced stories—often originating from the bastion of accuracy and independence from institutional commingling and bias, the Francophone hockey press—to show up and help sell it by making the organization look like beleaguered victims in the matter. None of this is changing, though, so whatever.

    Domi is a worse player than Galchenyuk. I don't wish ill on the kid but the team is worse off for the trade and I don't see the point in pretending that it might work out wonderfully. All of this "tougher to play against" stuff is of course garbage, as it always is. The hows and whys of not choosing to allow yourself to be deceived by sample sizes and event magnitude are readily available these days. Anyone who chooses to apply the kind of straightforward, day-to-day observations and choices people make by observing simple statistical methods and probability to hockey can stop pretending that this game is somehow more difficult to quantify than medicine or advanced materials engineering. Then, they're empowered to stop being shocked when these kind of players deliver nothing consequential. For the rest, pardon if some of us don't share your surprise. It'll be interesting to see what the excuses are this time. Too many miles on Price? Some pesky lingering talent on the team tragically keeping all that character from soaring majestically? I don't really care anymore. But luckily neither does the front office of the Montreal Canadiens.

    This isn't even an innovative way to waste time and screw up hockey operations. Say what you will about Toronto, Edmonton, or some others, but they're at least doing stupid things in a new way for the most part. Speaking of the Oilers: remember the Oilers from ten years ago? They're back! In Hab form. This is a bad team which is also too old. That's a recipe for spinning wheels. There is no "retool" for this anymore. There is no surgical rebuild. We are two seasons overdue for a serious, no-nonsense rebuild. This move is not what a smart front office does in this situation. Based on everything coming out of the organization recently, it will be at least one (if not two!) more seasons until it starts noticing it. Not acting on it, but noticing it. And it will take a minimum of 4 to 6 seasons from that point to get somewhere.

  3. 5 hours ago, CANADIENS27 said:

    Bergevin says he understands the fans' frustration but they don't know Max.  A lot of fans seem to be saying otherwise.  

    I love how Bergevin's go-to for explaining his obviously bad moves is always that he and his staff of high priests have magical knowledge that is automatically excluded from everyone else.

    It's not 1988 anymore, Marc.

  4. 4 hours ago, tony5775 said:

    This is a strange trade. The stories of AG and his off ice antics must have some truth to them. You would think the offers would of been better then this. 

    Because it's just not plausible that Marc Bergevin would make a stupid, ill-advised move in which he gives away the better player in a lopsided trade for "grit" and "character"?

  5. 1 minute ago, BigTed3 said:

    Hoffman and his girlfriend issued a statement saying they are trying to get to the bottom of this, and Hoffman says he only found out about this in March. Except that Alex Burrows and Jean-Gabriel Pageau made statements saying a number of the players knew about the situation for "many months" and that this caused "tension in the locker room all season." So based on the tweets from other players' wives and the interviews from other players, it really makes it sound like Hoffman and group are lying.

    Maybe he's got micro-amnesia.

  6. Lars Eller: Not good enough to play for the historic Montreal Canadiens and the inexplicably NHL-adjacent Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin. But good enough to be playing in the last few minutes of a Stanley Cup-deciding game for Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan, apparently.

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