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  1. I instantly thought of Subban. One of my buddies brought up an excellent point: the holdout might have been the catalyst PK needed to come out and prove people wrong. He was humbled by the process and might be eager to prove his worth. I've been saying for months that PK is our best defenseman and will be for the future but we are now entering an impending game of high stakes poker that could have been avoided had the brass locked him up. His counterpoint was PK is probably playing up to his potential now because he feels the need to prove himself and seek the big contract in 2 years. I just don't see the hurry to sign DD in season. I honestly don't see him being built for the playoffs or the road. He has zero pp points on the road this year and gets tons of minutes. I don't see the need to rush this deal and the term of it. He has not played in a playoff game in his current role, wouldn't you want to see his true value in those games before giving out a long term deal? Furthermore, we have depth and potential at the position. As I said, this deal means we either have to surround DD with our best 2 wingers for the next 4 years or find a way to trade him in 2 years. Somebody compared his deal to Grabovski but my gut is thinking Matthew Lombardi at this point. I hope I am wrong but I really don't like the way this deal includes DD in our top 6 core moving forward.
  2. Am I the only one that doesn't like this signing? I don't like the term and I don't like what it says about his role on the team. This deal means MB thinks DD is a top 6-9 guy he can roll with for 4 more years. I have a problem with that. I don't understand the thought process. He's not a guy that's going to exceed what he did last season, he's a 60 point scorer when surrounded by the 2 best big wingers the Habs have had in 20 years. The only pair to score 30 each in a season. I don't see how you can expect him to produce at this level moving forward particularly since that means Eller will not get a chance at a top 6 slot nor Galchenyuk or they certainly will not get the best wingers since DD needs them to have any value. I just don't understand the length or timing of the deal.
  3. Crb, I'll be the Indian guy in an oversized red Subban jersey, you can probably pick me out in the crowd lol. Section 101
  4. The original question was to win it all this season I believe: Turn Brian Gionta into David Clarkson Turn Raphael Diaz into Douglas Murray Pacioretty Desharnais Gallagher Bourque Plekanec Ryder Galchenyuk Eller Clarkson Moen Nokelainen Prust Murray Subban Markov Emelin Gorges Bouillon Price I have no idea how MB could pull that off but I think that's the required upgrade needed to be legit contenders this season, otherwise I agree we stay the course and use this season and playoffs as bonus development and evaluation time.
  5. I'll be there tonight. I really thank the NHL for putting teams in non hockey markets! I bought my tix yesterday 5 rows behind the bench a pair for 300$. I cannot imagine how much they would cost at home, for a Saturday night game, any ideas?
  6. I think people also fail to realize that a shooter retains his shot a lot longer than a hard skating power forward retains his legs. So a 32 year old Ryder has a much better chance at 3-4 more productive seasons than a 34 year old Cole does having even 2 more. Ryder can likely sign score 20 goals at 35-36, Cole will not. Smart deal financially and hockey wise
  7. Solid cap and hockey move. I believe Cole may have requested a trade due to family reasons. We lose toughness but gain a shooter on the PP
  8. I think if you watch his play, he has been on the puck and creating chances, players like him tend to score 3 goals in 5 games and then start getting praised for great seasons. If he stops getting chances that's when you worry but I see him around the puck and slot and his line as a whole has been productive.
  9. I'd sit Bouillon on the back end of back to backs and get Kaberle some games. He needs to remain in game shape in case we end up being forced into using his services.
  10. The schedule has helped with all the home games and the return of Markov makes the PP better but the traces of old Michel were evident in the way he handled White in the media and his ice-time division for the defense corps is not a strong suit, so is his insistence on including Colby Armstrong. All in all, 9-4-1 leads to a positive grade that is more than just passing. Also, his use of the Gallys needs to be complimented as does getting Eller some special teams time. I have to give him a B.
  11. Maybe Colorado and their <10% PP would take him off our hands?
  12. I think he is being given the benefit of the doubt rightfully so considering his last season but I've said it before I think that was and will be the best season of his career.
  13. If Eller sat for being ineffective a penalty sequence MUST land you in the stands
  14. Replacing Kaberle with Subban would make our D corps extremely competitive. Markov Emelin Gorges Subban Bouillon Diaz That's a solid defense corps.
  15. Agree with it being a needless penalty and PP. On the flip side, it was 4-1, Gorges got hit from behind and it was nice to see someone wearing a CH punch first and not be the one turtling. Prust, Soupy and all have said they want the Bell center visitors to be put in notice that this isn't your sisters Habs. I think Fleishman knows that now. Also TF was mixing it up with White just previous to the hit and for the record he is 6'1" 195lbs, Ryan is 6/200. Not exactly Parros vs Plekanec.
  16. Interesting debate, I posted in the CBA as requested.
  17. Just an insightful and mature hockey player speaking his mind and sharing his frustrations. He's been a full time Dad for 6 months and his words reflect that. My respect for him actually went up. When Hockey starts back up and he gets his fire back, this will be looked at as an off the cuff remark. He's not walking away this year since the school year already started and by summer his wife and him will discuss 8 million reasons why he should still play. These comments make him human, you know because he is after all just a hockey playing family man.
  18. Already starting off with a negative cloud given PK missing day 1. MB needs to settle this by tomorrow, this talent starved lineup cannot afford to start the season without its most talented defenceman.
  19. I am trying to rebuild my enthusiasm for the Habs. Since this is usually my favorite thread here it goes: Pac - DD - Cole short season means familiarity is a must. Eller - Plekanec - Gionta These are our 3 next best players and they all play 2 ways. Bourque - Gomez - Armstrong Hopefully Colby can get these floaters out of the clouds. Prust White Moen Crash and bang. Moen can swap with Colby or Bourque occasionally. Gorges - Subban See top line for reasoning. Markov - Emelin Makes sense on paper and off the ice. Kaberle - Bouillon Simply hoping franky still has something left and Kabs can still make a breakout pass better than Diaz. Franchise Budaj Spares: Diaz, Blunden This is going to be a transition season. I simply feel that waiting until Gomez and Kaberle are bought out and we have a full summer with training camps is the right time to infuse the new blood and hope that comes with it. Galchenyuk should play 25 minutes a game in Junior and hopefully a long playoff run, come into camp ready for the number 2 center spot and Dumont will grab a depth center spot along with a serious look at Gallagher up front. On D either Tinordi, Beaulieu or Ellis might be ready with another 4 months in the Ahl and a full summer. I just think a short season is tailored for veterans and poorly conducive to the patience necessary to develop good young players. The Habs are in the midst of turning over their core and this season is kind of bonus hockey while awaiting the gift that is the amnesty clause.
  20. I am 100% opposed to Gally starting the year with the habs. Financially and fundamentally it makes no sense. We're not going to be good, were up against the cap and Gally is a year behind in development. 1- Wait until Gomez is amnestied in the summer. 2- Let him play major minutes in junior while putting on more muscle. 3- Bring him in to center the second line in 2013-14. I'm not really sure why this isn't obvious to all. This is a short transition season and ill be surprised if we do anything but battle for an 8th spot with or without Gally. Lets not ruin another prospect especially one who actually has legit talent.
  21. The lockout will end October 30th.
  22. Only if the habs are positively in cup contention
  23. Bears are 3-1. NBA starts soon. I live in Florida. More TV time for the wifey. I'm positively ok without hockey.
  24. Gionta is our second best RW behind Cole. He's a good all-around hockey player that can produce twenty goals while playing responsible hockey, from a "hockey vision" standpoint that's sounds like an ideal fit for Plekanec wing. Gomez has nothing to do with the fact that Gionta and Pleks make hockey sense as a duo. Again, we just see the game differently. I don't agree with you and you don't with me, let's just leave it there.
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