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  1. 8 hours ago, campabee82 said:

    It is the stretch run to the playoffs, this is the point in the season where most wins are ugly wins. That being said you still have to play well and gut it out. I didn't see the game but I will take your word for it that we didn't play well and didn't deserve the win.

    After I wrote the comment you responded to I had to go check the game stats as I was sure we gave the puck away more than I may have ever seen before. The stats said 30, but it felt like 50. Any way you cut it it was ugly. We deserved the win as more often than not teams come in and play badly but still manage to beat us some how, so it was nice to see us get the ugly 2 points. We're due a few more wins like this although it would be nice to win because we're the better team on the ice, but that hasn't happened this month. Maybe the win against the OIlers fits that niche, but we are getting outplayed in our own end and it has been very ugly.

  2. 3 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

    Here are my 3/4 way grades:


    - Allen: A-... overall a stellar season. He's been our better goalie.

    - Price: C-... well short of expectations.


    - Petry: A-... some struggles off and on of late but still our best D man on the whole.

    - Kulak: B... solid most of the time in various roles.

    - Romanov: B-... there's been improvement. He skates well and he's a big hitter too. Next a bit of offence would bring his game to another level.

    - Edmundson: B-... keeps it simple and having a decent season, although we saw how much he struggled when not next to Petry. He's being carried.

    - Ouellet: D... he's a below-average 3rd pairing D man

    - Chiarot: D-... he's an average 3rd-pairing D man who has played poorly in the top 4. Bad penalties, bad decisions.

    - Weber: F... the single biggest reason for many of our failures this year. Way too many awful turnovers, bad penalties, and failures to mark his man. He's hurting the team right now, and he can't continue to play the minutes he's getting.


    - Toffoli: A... had some letdown in the middle of the year, but 20 goals in under 40 games is an over-40 goal pace.

    - Kotkaniemi: A-... impressed by his progression this season.

    - Anderson: A-... a unique skillset that he uses well.

    - Gallagher: A-... was having a decent season until he got hurt.

    - Tatar: B... seems to have turned his season around, much better in the past few weeks.

    - Danault: B... same as Tatar, has turned his year around.

    - Suzuki: B-... great start, lacklustre middle, now maybe picking up again, but feel off the learning curve a bit.

    - Drouin: C+... some flashes of brilliance and other games where he needs to get more involved.

    - Perry: C+... great on the PP, average at ES because his lack of footspeed doesn't quite compensate for his hands and effort.

    - Lehkonen: C+... strong defensively, but has regressed offensively over the years.

    - Armia: C... needs to find consistency.

    - Evans: C-... he's shown he's a rookie and needs some time to grow.

    - Byron: D... not worth his contract.

    - Staal: F... he looks done.


    As much as I do not want to, I agree with the evaluation of Ducharme and may even put him at a D. I wonder how much the fact we have so many veterans in the line-up is influencing his decisions. Staal was brutal last night (based on last night and the turnovers he had on one shift I would put him below F if possible) and has tailed off significantly, and while I still have some faith in Weber to turn it around, it may be too late. My problem with Weber is his biggest asset is his shot and he has gone to the wrister too much. Defensively he has also stopped hitting  Weber looked pretty effective in the playoffs just a few short months ago. I give Bergevin a little better grade B as the farm system is headed in the right direction and others need to be responsible for the product on the ice as well.

    As for the other players, I have a slight bias for Byron and believe he is one of the few players who is playing at a more consistent and reliable level  despite injuries. B. Evans is a smart players who needs to be in the lineup and getting Armia back is a huge improvement for the PK and the bottom 6 forwards. I like Perry's ability to stir things up and would give him a B. I am actually surprised he has been able to sustain a pretty consistent level of play. Having said that Ducharme needs to keep things fresh and give Staal and Perry some time off. He may be riding them until we clinch, but we need to keep the energy up.

    Defensively Kulak has been a nice surprise this year, Petry despite the hot start, has been the worst D man for at least 10 games (see the minus 5) and Edmundsen has also been up and down. As a group the passing over the last 15 games has not been good when trying to exit our own end. As I write this it seem Romanov and his partner have been the only pairing currently living up to expectations. It will be interesting to see Chiarot and Weber as they had some good chemistry before Chiarot went down.

    We have shown stretches of excellent play and the goals against is improving but we have a ways to go to be successful in the playoffs. Time for Ducharme to show us what he can do.

    • That was one of the more awful performances of the year. The turnovers or giveaways that resulted in scoring chances or zone time for Calgary was crazy. Yet we get the first goal and they hit 3 posts ( 2 within a few seconds on the PP). Just when we appear to play a little better,  a backhand shot from his knees goes in off Chiarot. It was great to see us pull off the win. I am beginning to worry a little about Ducharme as our play keeps diminishing. In the 2 games against Calgary we lost a lot of the face-offs in our zone and I am not sure if we're putting our best faceoff ma out there for the draw or just getting dominated by opposing centers. It is early but we have lost a few lately and our wins are looking a little more ugly.
  3. NIce comeback tonight. Big game from Byron, Staal Perry and Anderson. Tough to critique Bergevin's moves right now. As for Carey, he needs to stand up when it counts and his playoff performance will say a lot about how quickly Primeau becomes part of the solution. Amazing how bad we can look against the Sens and how good we can look tonight. Including Petry who had a nice bounce back game. 

  4. Julien has had enough time to get this team figured out, but it appears he is the easiest problem to fix at the moment.  I like Ducharme and he will not be able to do much worse. The trade deadline may be interesting if we continue to fall. Julien would have likely been let go at the end of last year had we not been given a playoff spot. It was definitely time to move on. It will be interesting to see what Muller decides to do,

  5. 4 minutes ago, habsisme said:

    There is always more value in getting production from one player than having spread out. Crosby doesn't replace the 3 players, Crosby + 2 other players, whoever they may be, replaces the 3 players. Second, I'm as excited as anyone about our prospects, but MANY prospects don't pan out. All one has to do is look at all the 1st round complete failures Montreal has had recently to know that. 

    We would definitely need to clear cap space so whether we traded Allen and a starting D man or Danault or Armia and some youth this deal would require some moving parts and do to the diminishing return on Crosby as he ages I am not sure it would be worth disrepair it would cause to our current line-up

  6. Bergevin's big signings appear to be panning out well. The man with the Midas touch. Teams are going to have a hard time stopping the four lines we can roll with. It will be interesting to see what Perry can do tonight as I believe he is in for Armia. Toffoli may be on pace for career highs in a shortened season

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