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  1. The negativity on the board is amazing. I agree that it's going to take some creativity to make us a contender, but it's not impossible. People act like acquiring Tavares won't even help us.

     

    It will be hard to acquire JT, but if we can putt it off without giving up Sergachev, it would be HUGE. Swap Sergachev out of that offer and replace him with Juulsen and maybe someone else too, and we'd have to do it. It makes us a better team.

  2. 4 hours ago, manquant said:

    Maybe or maybe not. I read that Dallas wants an impact defensemen for the 3rd OVA. http://www.gohabsgo.com/2017/05/24/elliotte-friedman-reveals-what-it-would-take-to-ge/  Anyone should be available not named Sergachev. Maybe Juulsen and Davison. 

    Neither of those guys are impact defensemen. For them to trade the 3 OA it's going to take a guy who is at least a proven top 4. Juulsen has the potential to become one but that may take years if it ever happens.

  3. Neither of these last 2 proposals are eve close to enough. Gonna take more than that to pry a top 6 C, the 3rd overall and a good prospect. And a late first, a big question mark in Beaulieu and a 2nd for the 3rd overall and a solid prospect in Honka. No chance.

     

    I really think that our best option is to trade any prospect not name Sergachev, our first and probably another piece or 2 for Duchene. Give Duchene first line duties and commit to a full season of Galchenyuk at center. Im not really huge on Duchene, but he is much better than what we have now. Duchene-Galchenyuk-Danault is MILES better that what we iced at the start of the playoffs in Danault-Pleks-Shaw.

  4. I think it's too early to pass judgment on Scherbak. Yes, he had a bit of a rough first pro season, but that happens a lot. Lots of players struggle in their first pro season and go on to have good careers. He had a rough go this year with injuries and we have to at least give him a full season before we judge him. I disagree about him having "no heart" or "care for the game". watched him in STJ too, and from what I saw, he actually looked alright, just didn't get the points. Regardless, it's much too early to say he's going nowhere at just 20 years old.

  5. That's exactly the point IMO. There currently is no French-speaking coach available who can be considered a clear-cut upgrade on Therrien, simply because there aren't that many French-speaking NHL coaches to begin with. If Julien or Vigneault were available, you can bet the media would be singing a different tune.

    Thats why we need to take advantage of the minor system and groom a young, bilingual, good coach in the AHL. Get a young coach with upside from the Q and see if he can start winning in the minors.

    SL clearly isn;t getting the job done in STJ and it is doing us no good keeping him there. He's had some decent teams since he took over and hasn;t made the playoffs once. The french coaching pool is dry right now and the only way to get a good one will be to develop one ourselves.

    In the mean time, hire Boucher as Therrien's replacement. Even if he;s not an upgrade, at least we tried. Keep him here for a few years until a younger new guy is ready.

    Bringing Benoit Groulx into our coaching staff would make a lot of sense. If he is willing to accept an AHL head coaching job or an NHL asistant job, he could possibly be groomed to become head coach of the Habs one day.

  6. To get a top six , we probably have to give up a top six and I could see MB trading Eller because he favors PD ( who he got from Chicago ) .

    And I think PD and SM are probably 4 th liners

    I think if you go to a rebuilding team, an offer of a pick + Andrighetto or Carr could be enough to get them to part with a top 6 player.

  7. Just posted this in the GM thread, but it probably belongs here.

    Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Gallagher

    Ladd/Boedker-Plekanec-Andrighetto

    Hudon-Eller-Carr

    Byron-Danault-Mitchell

    Flynn

    Beaulieu-Subban

    Markov-Petry

    Barberio-Pateryn

    UFA

    I can also see using Andrighetto/Carr as trade bait to try to improve. It could also open up a spot for McCarron

    MT gets fired (though I dont think that will happen) and Guy Boucher is hired as his replacement. Benoit Groulx is contacted for an NHL assistant job or AHL head coaching job. Adam Oates also contacted for an assistant job.

    Time to clean house in the NHL and AHL coaching positions. No point in having a guy like SL here in St. John's losing. Time to grrom someone in the AHL to eventually become head coach of the Habs. Get Groulx or another successful Q coach.

  8. I suspect that unless DD is traded, Eller will remain on the 3rd line and Kassian will be used to insulate DD (with Patches) which I suppose is ok but still no ideal based on this roster. Assuming our top 2 lines will be once again centred by DD and Plekanec, like you, id be quite interested to see a third line of say Hudon - Eller - Kassian.

    However, I firmly believe that now is the time to move forward with Galchenyuk at #1 and Eller at #2 centre positions. The only way this happens, imho is if MB trades DD though (which is a shame because i think DD could have a place on this team as bottom 6 scoring depth) but i cant see MT doing that unfortunately.

    I agree with everything. With Pleks in the last year of his contract and our need for a #1C, we need to see what a 1-2 punch or Galchenyuk-Eller can do. However with MT I imagine we will see DD-Plekanec-Eller down the middle again.

  9. I would love to see Eller get some more offensive linemates this season. I think he and Hudon could mesh well if Hudon makes the team. Both play a great defensive game and have good speed and skill. But a guy like Kassian or Weise on the right side and I think we could have a great 3rd line.

  10. Agreed. If i was Therrien Id sit Prust for 2 reasons: One, he's been ineffective and Two, i think we could use his spot for a scorer (Andrighetto?)

    I;d sit Prust for sure. He's not helping right now. We would not be able to use his spot for Andrighetto though, as he was not called up with the black aces (injury?). But an of Hudon, Thomas, Carr could be more useful there.

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