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  1. Hamrlik has made the best decision for Hamrlik. The Habs could have offered him a better contract, and there are legitimate arguments for doing so. However, I don't think it would have been a good idea to offer him 12 million dollars over 3 years, which he'll probably get on the UFA market.
  2. The fact they qualified him means that the team actually approves of his play, which is surprising given his playing time the last two seasons.
  3. http://www.rds.ca/senateurs/chroniques/321805.html For a third round draft pick? Damn.
  4. He's form Littleton? Did he go to Columbine High School?
  5. The reason to sign Hamrlik for 2 years rather than 1 year is that it increases team stability and we could probably get a lower cap hit. I think 4 million dollars would be the likely salary on a 1-year contract.
  6. Obviously if we had traded for another player instead we might have done better. Maybe we could have sent a 1st rounder to Toronto for Kaberle. This year for example, Wisniewski was arguably an upgrade on Gorges, but that came at the cost of a draft pick, you don't want to do that very often, and sometimes these trades don't work out. I don't see why he can't be a 4-win player, ours was a low scoring team dependent on good defense, so an excellent 2-way dman who anchors the defense and anchors the offense will have a large impact.
  7. I think the past two seasons without Markov he was basically our defensive anchor. Hamrlik-Spacek was often our shutdown unit, for example. Hard to see the Habs of 2009-2010 in particular making it past 12th place without Hamrlik.
  8. Averaged over the past 4 years, Hamrlik has been our number 1 dman. We went to the playoffs all 4 years with him, without him we would have had a few trips to the draft lottery. He can leave here with his head high, as he gave us full value on his contract. He gave us 312 games played, 119 points and went a +15 over that time frame while having the toughest defensive matchups on the team. He rocked at on the PK, on 5 on 5, and on the PP.
  9. Markov-Hamrlik-Subban-Wisniewski would be an excellent top-4. It may encourage Gauthier to try and trade Spacek if he can pull that off. He said he's willing to take a reduced salary. The question is how much. I personally think he's worrth 3 million per year, on a 2-year contract. Hamrlik may have different ideas, as may Gauthier.
  10. I'm really impressed with the Islanders fans for booing him.
  11. Averaged out over his four years here he has been our number 1 dman. Even if he had been our number 2 dman, that is worth 5.5 million per year. He gives 30 points a season including a few goals, he is good defensively, he doesn't get injured and he continues playing into the playoffs.
  12. I am excited to see what he can do.
  13. http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20110120/crosby-hockey-concussions-110120/ Opening paragraphs: It is very ridiculous that neither of those guys received a game suspension. IMO, whenever a player is injured with a head injury, the other guy should be kept off the ice for up to a year with a possible exception made if it's the other guy that started the fight. That would disincentivize head shots real fast. The best team should win games, not the team that has more injury luck.
  14. I doubt it, he is a failed (most likely) second round draft pick, as such he should be worth less than an actual second round draft pick for an upcoming draft.
  15. He was drafted in 2006, a year before Subban and Weber are drafted. Nothing worse for a prospect than major injuries between draft day and NHL debut. Our two worst first rounders of the decade are Kyle Chipchura and David Fischer, and it's no coincidence they had major injuries between draft day and NHL debut. Carle had multiple major injuries. He's now a top-4 dman -- at the AHL level. It's sad, but I don't think he'll be making it to the NHL in a regular capacity. Right now he might make it for example if we had two more injuries to our D-corps in the next 5 or 6 games, they need to be close enough together that Gauthier might not have enough time to make a trade. This is in addition to the 2 injuries (Markov+Gorges) we already have. These are the low probability events Carle needs to make the NHL.