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Ducharme said the Canadiens would go without a captain this season. He said there would be a rotation of players wearing an ‘A’, but Gallagher would be the one constant.

Nick Suzuki is one of those players who will be wearing an ‘A’ and the 22-year-old said he was ready to play more of a leadership role.

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$750 for an exhibition game :rolleyes:

 

https://dailyhive.com/montreal/tickets-montreal-canadiens-first-preseason-game-bell-centre

The preseason begins tomorrow on the road with the first of two back-to-back games against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both clubs will return to Montreal for a Monday night game at the Bell Centre.

Ticket prices range from $62 each to upwards of $750. Ticketmaster also lists a handful of tickets that range up to $7,193. This might be an error that was leftover from the playoffs. Nonetheless, it’s a steep price for even diehard fans to pay.

Analyst Eric Engels recently reported that while other arenas around the league are open at 100% capacity, Montreal’s and Toronto’s seating restrictions will remain in place for now.

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16 minutes ago, kinot-2 said:

Nick Suzuki is one of those players who will be wearing an ‘A’ and the 22-year-old said he was ready to play more of a leadership role.

I was just thinking this morning that I could see him as captain material in a couple of years.. He's a super thoughtful and intelligent young man. The A will look good on him. 

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Niku signing with the habs is surprising but a good move.   I assumed he'd get a bunch of offers - i think our ability to give him that much money in the minors really helped get this done.  

He's got skill for sure but he's also not always the most defensively responsible. I could see the coaches riding him when he (inevitably) makes mistakes.  Still, as a 3rd pair, PP specialist he might be quite useful.    Im not sure who's spot he's taking though. We already have Edmundson, Chiarot, Romanov and Kulak at LD. 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, maas_art said:

Niku signing with the habs is surprising but a good move.   I assumed he'd get a bunch of offers - i think our ability to give him that much money in the minors really helped get this done.  

He's got skill for sure but he's also not always the most defensively responsible. I could see the coaches riding him when he (inevitably) makes mistakes.  Still, as a 3rd pair, PP specialist he might be quite useful.    Im not sure who's spot he's taking though. We already have Edmundson, Chiarot, Romanov and Kulak at LD. 

 

 

Niku plays RD even though he shoots left sort of like Brodie. IMO this move allows Chiarot to move back to LD and Niku to potentially slot in next to him.

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10 minutes ago, campabee82 said:

Niku plays RD even though he shoots left sort of like Brodie. IMO this move allows Chiarot to move back to LD and Niku to potentially slot in next to him.

And it will allow Norlinder another year to develop in the SHL.

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3 hours ago, maas_art said:

Niku signing with the habs is surprising but a good move.   I assumed he'd get a bunch of offers - i think our ability to give him that much money in the minors really helped get this done.  

He's got skill for sure but he's also not always the most defensively responsible. I could see the coaches riding him when he (inevitably) makes mistakes.  Still, as a 3rd pair, PP specialist he might be quite useful.    Im not sure who's spot he's taking though. We already have Edmundson, Chiarot, Romanov and Kulak at LD. 

 

 

Kulak is out. i know many people on forums like Kulak, i cant stand the guy. He is very weak. Niku imo takes his spot.

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2 hours ago, AH64 said:

Kulak is out. i know many people on forums like Kulak, i cant stand the guy. He is very weak. Niku imo takes his spot.

Agreed with you that the organization doesn't think highly of Kulak and that he could be on his way out. But if you think Kulak is weak, not sure you're going to think too highly of Niku.

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49 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

But if you think Kulak is weak, not sure you're going to think too highly of Niku.

I know nothing of this new guy but if he couldn’t crack Winnipeg’s terrible d last year I’m not expecting much 

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1 hour ago, BigTed3 said:

Agreed with you that the organization doesn't think highly of Kulak and that he could be on his way out. But if you think Kulak is weak, not sure you're going to think too highly of Niku.

Niku is hardly a saviour but rather another low risk experiment by MB for “hope of rediscovering”. If anything Niku reduces the pressure of possibly promoting Norlinder or Guhle too soon. If Niku starts in Laval, that’s not a bad thing either as he needs playing time, and he may turn out as an upgrade vs hanging on to Mete. A number of teams take chances on trying to renovate players - example look at Detroit trying to jump start last years AHL top defenseman Ryan Murphy. 

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13 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

Agreed with you that the organization doesn't think highly of Kulak and that he could be on his way out. But if you think Kulak is weak, not sure you're going to think too highly of Niku.

I'm thinking that the upside with Niku is greater than what Kulak has displayed. Kulak has had chances to step up his game, but continues to play it safe, thus increasing the number of similar style plodding defensemen that we have. Although, I never had a problem with Kulak. There were times, he should have played over Chiarot, imho. Niku has the size @ 6'1" 196 pounds(similar to Kulak), is a very good skater and a natural puck mover. 2 things that Mete did not have(height & weight). So, if Niku does start in the minors, it'll be to log big minutes in the first few games, and then be recalled.  Or, if he can show his skills in the preseason, start out on the Habs right out of the gate. I'm hoping for the latter scenerio.

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13 hours ago, Regis22 said:

I know nothing of this new guy but if he couldn’t crack Winnipeg’s terrible d last year I’m not expecting much 

The 'Peg already had 3 established puck movers So they tried to shoehorn Niku in as a stay at home defensive defenseman and it didn't work out too good.

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1 hour ago, electron58 said:

I'm thinking that the upside with Niku is greater than what Kulak has displayed. Kulak has had chances to step up his game, but continues to play it safe, thus increasing the number of similar style plodding defensemen that we have. Although, I never had a problem with Kulak. There were times, he should have played over Chiarot, imho. Niku has the size @ 6'1" 196 pounds(similar to Kulak), is a very good skater and a natural puck mover. 2 things that Mete did not have(height & weight). So, if Niku does start in the minors, it'll be to log big minutes in the first few games, and then be recalled.  Or, if he can show his skills in the preseason, start out on the Habs right out of the gate. I'm hoping for the latter scenerio.

Niku is listed at 6'1" 176 lbs not 196 so IMO needs to add a bit more muscle

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1 hour ago, electron58 said:

The 'Peg already had 3 established puck movers So they tried to shoehorn Niku in as a stay at home defensive defenseman and it didn't work out too good.

He's had 3 years to make it as a regular . 

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5 hours ago, campabee82 said:

Niku is listed at 6'1" 176 lbs not 196 so IMO needs to add a bit more muscle

This is where I got the info. Not sure how reputable,  but maybe he was 176 pounds when drafted?

                          Montréal Canadiens

Finland Sami Niku

#15 Montréal Canadiens / NHL - 21/22
Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
D
Age
24
Height
6'1" / 185 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
194 lbs / 88 kg
Nation
Shoots
L
Youth Team
JYP
Contract
21/22
Cap Hit
$750,000 Powered by capfriendly.png
Agency

Brother: Juho Niku

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14 minutes ago, electron58 said:

This is where I got the info. Not sure how reputable,  but maybe he was 176 pounds when drafted?

                          Montréal Canadiens

Finland Sami Niku

#15 Montréal Canadiens / NHL - 21/22
Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
D
Age
24
Height
6'1" / 185 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
194 lbs / 88 kg
Nation
Shoots
L
Youth Team
JYP
Contract
21/22
Cap Hit
$750,000 Powered by capfriendly.png
Agency

Brother: Juho Niku

I like those stats but the Habs site lists him at 176 lbs . Too bad we can't just make him bigger lol.

https://www.nhl.com/player/sami-niku-8478915

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