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  1. This is apples to oranges. Nick Suzuki has already shown enough to be penciled in at 1C this coming season and could be there for a very long time. If he even comes close to the expectations the Canadiens will open the wallet for him, giving him both good money and term, when the time comes. KK has only been a 3C since he joined the team and has been sheltered for most of that time. He has not proven himself or lived up to the potential everybody sees in him. It makes sense to attempt to sign him to a bridge deal to see if he can achieve that. Either he did not want one or he does indeed not want to play for Montreal any more and this was a way for him to leave.
  2. LOL, I misread the number in the story. However, that just proves this is personal for the Hurricanes and it make even less sense for KK. Next year he will probably not be qualified at $6.1 million and when he goes to free agency he will be lucky to receive half that much. At least if he would have accepted $20 million he would have gone along way to insuring himself against future pay cuts. He is still not worth that and the medium to long-term problems his salary would have on the salary cap so let him walk.
  3. The Aho offer sheet was a legitimate hockey offer. He would have solved the Canadiens' problem at 1C. It was business but it would appear the Hurricanes took it personally. Of course KK is going to accept the offer. I would challenge anyone to claim they would have turned down someone offering them US$26 million for one year when you were 21 years old. The problem is that in Montreal he would have been penciled in as the second line centre this year, which would have helped his development and raised his value going forward. Carolina is pretty much set at centre so I do not see him being more than a 3th line centre or a top nine winger on that team. At his age that could impact his development and reduce his value in the future. Then again, 26 million dollars. If I am the Canadiens I let him walk. He is not worth that kind of money at this stage of his career. That salary would totally skew the salary cup structure of the team and make things difficult in the following years. One player is not worth all of that, unless his name is McDavid, or Crosby 12 years ago. Take the draft picks. That will give the Canadiens 12 for next year and maybe a couple of them and one of the surplus wingers can be packaged up for a serviceable and more experienced 2C. The Hurricanes would then be saddled with that ridiculous contract and they would either have to qualify him next year or let him walk as a free agent. That would be a very bad return on the money they invested in him. As for KK himself he better manage his windfall well because he will not see that kind of money for the next few years and depending on whether he realizes his potential or not he may never see that kind of money again.
  4. Billion dollar business organizations do not become such organizations by not realizing the ramifications of the decisions they make. As soon as Mr. Mailloux came up on their radar they began planning the PR campaign that they would need if they picked him. They picked him because they believed he was the best player available, he could address a long-term organizational need and they believed that he would not be available when their next pick arrived. Nothing of what I have seen since they picked him has surprised me. The media jumped all over it because it was something that could drive traffic to their news organizations websites during what has been and continues to be a dreadfully boring hockey off-season. "If it bleed it leads" and this story was tailor made for sports media. The Outrage brigade on social media also jumped all over it. Although some of these people are genuine in their outrage I would guess that many more are outraged because they learned a long time ago that outrage results in more likes and follows on social media than measured and rational debate. Which is why if you want such debates you avoid social media. Some team sponsors have made noises about pulling their sponsorship but I have not heard of any who have actually done so. I will save you the suspense, none of them will because the Habs are a major revenue driver for their companies and they will not be willing to give that up. So their statements of concern are about as sincere as Hannibal Lecter announcing he is becoming a vegan. The statements by the Canadiens have followed a set process. The first initial statements of MB soon after the selection. It was written long before the selection was made. Then the wording and the timing of the release of the statement by Mr. Molson this afternoon was planned down to the minute. Nothing about it was a mistake or accident. I would also point out that the target audience of Mr. Molson's statement was not the media or the Outrage brigade on social media. Both will condemn the organization regardless of what they say or do. The audience was the vast majority of the fanbase who are concerned by the pick but who are not foaming at the mouth with outrage. A little mea culpa will go along way in convincing them that the Organization has learned a valuable lesson and it will not happen again, at least not until the next time it does. Mr. Molson's statement was also designed to give team sponsors political cover for not pulling their sponsorship. There is only one sure outcome for this controversy. The young woman harmed by Mr. Mailloux will be forgotten. The controversy will die down as the media and social media find something else to become outraged about. Mr. Mailloux will become the Top 4 defenceman that the Canadiens saw when they selected him at which point those who have been calling for his head this summer will be singing his praises, maybe mentioning in passing that little trouble he had as a teenager. Or he will be another Michael O'Byrne who will disappear and be forgotten along with his victim.
  5. Donald Trump is proof that we never even came close to eliminating racism, sexism, and the notion that white, straight, Christian males are superior to everybody else. All we did was bury them and Donald Trump allowed them to come back into the mainstream. The NHL at its most basic is a business, where the product is a game and where the only measure of success at that game is winning. Virtually all of the awards handed out are for teams winning divisions, conferences or being the last team standing at the end and for individual player achievements that contributes to that goal. I think only two of those individual awards are for doing good work that does not involve winning something. That should be a good indication of where the league's priorities lie. Other professional sports leagues have the same priorities which is why they will often look the other way when a player does something that could be considered outside the norms of appropriate behaviour. As for the answer to your last question the answer is an unqualified yes. If the Habs were to hire a unilingual anglophone coach or GM the backlash would be widespread, persistent and it would reach the highest levels. The anger it would generate from francophones would be visceral. Contrast that to the drafting of Mr. Mailloux. The usual suspects have expressed their outrage but ask the "man on the street" what they think about it and that outrage would probably be more muted. This time next week no one will be talking about him or the fact the Habs drafted him anymore.
  6. This pretty much sums it up. For too many commentators, whether they be professional or amateur, there are only two settings when it comes to sports, politics, or society in general, namely, OUTRAGED or asleep. There is now room for nuance, perspective or mitigating factors. They just immediately scream "Off with their heads" and then become even more outraged if that outcome in not immediately implemented. Observing this in so many facets of modern society I often wonder how these people are not completely exhausted because I know that I find it exhausting having to observe it all of the time. For the professional commentators I can understand it somewhat. The modern media landscape requires outrage to generate clicks, which drives revenues and profits for media companies. And if you have seen the layoffs at media companies during the last 5 to 10 years you know they need to generate as many clicks as possible. This story is tailored for doing just that so seeing the outrage from the media types is not surprising, even if there might be a little hypocrisy underneath the outrage. As for the amateurs I would imagine that a large number of them gain a feeling of superiority by expressing their outrage with the added bonus of not having to look in towards their own souls. Not everybody who has expressed outrage falls into this category but I would estimate that a large chunk of them do. What this youngster did is wrong, there is not denying that. As well, in Sweden, what he did is a crime for which he was required to pay the penalty for committing it. He gravely injured his victim and she may never forgive him for it, which would not surprise me one bit and which I completely understand. However, he still has his whole life to live and he is going to have to get on with it, living with what he did going forward. Maybe he will truly regret his actions and never do it again or maybe he won't. If he does not then he will not be unique. With regard to drafting him the silliest argument I have heard is he should not have had the "honour" of being drafted in the 1st round. Hogwash. By most accounts that I have read he has the tools to become a top pair defenceman in the mold of Jeff Petry/Shea Weber. If his being drafted after the 32nd pick overall is sufficient "punishment" for his transgressions I would say that people who believe that may not be totally sincere in their outrage at his actions. One final thought. Right now many commentators believe this youngster is "the scum of the earth". However, if his game does grow to resemble that of the two defenceman I mentioned in the previous paragraph I would imagine most of those same commentators will be saying "What a fine fellow we have made him". If he does not, he, his crime and his victim will be forgotten.
  7. *Sigh* Looking at the last 10 or so Stanley Cup champions the one thing they all have in common is they drafted and developed a core group of players together and then added bits around them to support them. Once they established that core of players they did not fiddle with them. Such an approach is the best one in the cap world and although it does not always work, (I am looking at you Edmonton, Toronto and Buffalo) it has been the template for most of the last 10 years or so. Montreal has been following that approach for the last few years and it finally paid off with an appearance in the Stanley Cup final, when almost half of that core us still under 24. Why would you want to start fiddling with it now. Yes I know that Eichel is an elite talent but that is not always enough, as Edmonton and Toronto have been demonstrating for quite some time. Added to that is Eichel's neck injury. They can be unpredictable. Unlike, knees, shoulders, groins and even heads neck injuries can seem OK but old neck injuries can be easily aggravated leaving the player unable to play for weeks, months or forever. Montreal is pushing 30 years without a cup and one of the reasons why is they have had this tendency to abandon the patient approach to go for the quick fix, just as the patient approach starts showing signs of paying off. The quick fix never works and they are set back once again and have to start over. I hope this does not wind up being the latest example of that trend.
  8. Judging by the reaction on various forums it would appear that the Montreal Canadiens drafted Charles Manson last night.
  9. Stephane Waite has not been with the team for several months. Maybe Carey Price was dealing with a common goalie ailment when he was with the team but it could have been aggravated or another injury occurred during the playoffs. He would be speculating like all of are. If Seattle takes Price I imagine he would be hesitant to move on from there. Being near his wife's parents and his children's grandparents would be a big disincentive to leaving.
  10. A few things 1. MB would not have been able to expose Price without the explicit support of Mr. Molson so anybody that thinks MB will lose his job if Seattle picks Price is mistaken. 2. It is highly unlikely that Seattle will take Price at his salary cap. That would mean an expansion team would have 17% of their cap taken up by goaltenders, one of which will always not be playing on any given night. Many ridicule the Canadiens for being in this situation so I would doubt that Seattle would want to be in this situation. As well, when the GM of the Kraken says that his best asset is salary cap part of what he means is having cap flexibility, something he will need going forward, and taking Price would take away a great deal of that flexibility. 3. Seattle is home for Price's wife and his kids will be very close to both sets of grandparents so if he winds up there he will stay there. His NMC is only waived for the expansion draft and he will have to approve any other transactions. 4. Let's assume that he approves a trade to a contender, what does Seattle receive in return. By their very nature contenders generally only have middling draft pick, prospects and depth players available for trade. They do not trade the players that make them contenders. So any return would probably be a late first round draft choice, one or two prospects that may or may not ever break into the NHL and the contender would probably try to pawn off a third or fourth line player who is receiving first line money. Hardly the return you would expect for Carey Price. 5. If Seattle sweetened the pot by offering to retain salary, say 50%, then whatever roster player came back the other way would have an effective cap hit of his salary plus the retained salary. Again, that would probably be for a third liner already receiving first line dollars. That is lousy cap management. 6. If Seattle does take Price then MB suddenly has a whole whack of extra cap space to sign the teams free agents and then go after some quality free agents on the market. If Weber goes on the LTIR on top of that MB would have that precious commodity of a ton of cap flexibility in a flat cap environment. As well, Allen then becomes Number 1a and we can see if Primeau can become 1b. Personally, the idea of the likes of Primeau, KK, Suzuki, Caufield, Romanov and maybe Poehling all developing together under Captain Brendan Gallagher is intriguing. In three or four years that team would be a force. 7. If Price stays then the Canadiens lose one of Kulak, Byron or perhaps Drouin and the Canadiens' off season proceeds as expected. On balance I believe that Carey Price will be a Hab when the season starts but I guess we will have to see.
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