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  1. Well the favourable thing, if you read between the lines of his talk after signing with us, is that it sounds like he might have had better offers elsewhere but we were close - and - he loved playing in Quebec before. So maybe we finally do have the opportunity to sign a premier player and retain him! Btw, fun little fact, Radulov played in the Minors for only a dozen or so games for the same team that Galchenyuk's dad played for (the Milwaukee admirals). Pretty sure thats come up in conversation between the 2.
  2. When was the last time a Hab was top 5 in league scoring 1/4 of the way into the season? I think koivu might have been the last! Galchenyuk is 5th just 3 points back of 1st (McDavid). Amazing work kid! (Btw Markov is tied for 2nd - 1 point back - in the league in assists).
  3. Yeah with Beaulieu sitting. EDIT: my bad, i didnt realize Beaulieu went to the hospital after the game. I thought he was being punished but it sounds more like Barbs will get the start to give Beau a little recovery time / run more tests.
  4. Not a rumour per se but we have a lot of defensmen with the club right now. Maybe you wonder if something is in the works... Hanley was sent down but Barberio was called up. Redmond is almost ready. This leaves us with: Weber, Petry, Markov, Emelin, Beaulieu, Pateryn and Barberio on the roster (7) and redmond coming back soon. Thats 8. Only Barberio (assuming he will be send down in 30 days or 10 games) will be waiver exempt.
  5. yeah, i didnt mean they would bring him up & showcase him to trade him - i meant that maybe there's a (multiplayer) trade in the works and the other team wanted to see him in the bigs before they pulled the trigger. if thats the case, i think the trade may have just fallen through!
  6. Thankfully. He should have been in the line from the start. I'd still rank him in our top 6 easily.
  7. Well i dont think you can discount a guy just because of F/O stats. some pretty elite centres have been notoriously bad in the circle. Malkin is a career 40% Elias is about 42% and Eric Staal is like 43% career. I think all 3 of those guys would be considered #1 centres in their prime, despite the bad F/O percentages.
  8. Kind of mind boggling eh? Unless they wanted to showcase him for a trade, although tbh i think he's hurt his value since his call up!
  9. This. And we end up with Weber and Markov both playing over 30 minutes last night because MT limits the ice time of several guys.
  10. The kid is really starting to come into his own. Im sure he hopes we resign Radulov has they have some excellent chemistry starting. I think its the first time since the 90s we finally have a true #1 centre again.
  11. I get the sense he loves playing in Quebec and I cant imagine that either MB or MT will not want him resigned. However, the question is going to be how close are they on term and $$. Its my understanding that according to the CBA he cant be re-signed until some magical date comes - because of the single year deal. Does anyone know when that is?
  12. Agreed. The problem is that after setting several records for futility last season one has to think he's nigh untouchable this year. I mean if that couldnt get him fired, what will?
  13. Yeah it seems like (from the games ive seen and what Trotz has said) they really want to lean on him defensively and dont particularly care what his offense is like. Will be interesting to see if he does start to score a bit more but so far it seems like the caps are pretty happy with his contribution.
  14. I think we'll squeak one out but my gosh i hate those forward lines.
  15. Well and imho Lehkonen makes it even more valuable to keep Pacioretty ______ Gallagher intact. If/when Byron slows down then you move Lehkonen there. I think you're right, you have to keep playing Plekanec there & pray that at some point things get back to 'normal' - your only other options would be a trade (and who are we giving up to acquire a bonefide #2C ?) or promotion from the minors. No one else on this roster is a 2nd line centre. - Hudon used to play centre and does have good vision. He's already called up. Do you try him there? - McCarron is having a so-so start in the minors but probably has the most potential moving forward. Do you give him the reigns now or is it too early?
  16. You know I actually dont mind Byron there. Its definitely not conventional but we have seen weird combinations from time to time that just work. Will he (Byron) fizzle at some point? Maybe. Probably. I dont know. But i'd ride the hot hand now that he's there. The problem is not that line. They are playing well no matter what you think of their makeup. The problem is our 2nd line centre. Pleks seems unable to be able to do anything there. DD has been horrid with anything more than bottom six assignments/ice time. Mitchell and Danault are not 2nd liners. We have a huge hole at 2nd C and right now Pacioretty and Gallagher (lets not forget about him) are suffering because of it.
  17. This really surprises me after what we saw last year. Its like he's suddenly lost all his vision.
  18. I actually think a team may take him as part of a deadline deal if part of a larger trade that includes salary coming our way. We shall see but i suspect he's ours until at least March.
  19. Especially when we may well have guys (Hudon, McCarron, Andrighetto) who could be as effective (if not more so) right now than DD - and actually have a future with this team.
  20. Ugg. Its really frustrating because there's a good lineup there, its just not being deployed as such.
  21. This. Calling out players is, frankly, never a good thing. You either call out a lazy guy- who really doesnt care about being called out - or a guy who is snake-bit and now tightens his stick even more. For a guy like Pacioretty I can see it being a terrible move: He already seems to be putting too much pressure on himself - calling out his play is definitely not going to help with that. I still cant help but think that they (management) are trying to push Pacioretty to give up the C so they can give it to Weber.
  22. Agreed on all accounts. There are several flyers who interest me but the cost would have to be right. I cant see them (the flyers) wanting a lot of what we (most likely) would be willing to part with, and Gostisbehere is someone they likely wont give up on unless they get a very very good return. Couturier is probably, as you said, a guy that MB really covets. Not sure what Philly would want for him. And, as mentioned, this early in the year I cant see Philly moving a current roster player for our futures (no matter how good) or picks (no matter how high). They will want quality bodies to replace the quality players they are giving up.
  23. Yeah, not super interested in Hanzal at this point. As a deadline day deal (for insurance) maybe - if it only costs us a 4th rounder right now. Id much rather keep Hudon - BUT - if MB manages to flip Hanzal for DD then im ok with that. Both are limited in their effectiveness but i think Hanzal could fit here better than Desharnais. Leddy is interesting. He'd potentially be a good compliment for Weber (very mobile and fast) but i am not sure NYI is giving him up for Plekanec. We would most likely have to add a young forward too. Maybe Andrighetto + Pleks for Leddy and Finn or Mayfield ? A couple of interesting trades that would leave us with: Pacioretty - Galchenyk - Radulov Lehkonen - Hanzel - Gallagher Carr - Danault - Shaw Byron - Mitchell - Flynn Leddy - Weber Markov - Petry Beaulieu - Pateryn
  24. This would be very good news. If he can make the transition to the bigs, it would be a very good thing for us. I know he's been playing LW for a while but he has spent time at centre. Wonder if he has the potential to be that 2nd liner we're missing?
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