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5 minutes ago, jeff33 said:

countdown to 6 minutes a night on the 4th line. instantly. 

lol the end of weal, an established pp specialist? 

Yeah, he's like the exact opposite of the type of player Julien usually tends to favor. Incoming drama in 3-2-1 :lol:

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Best case - He fills in the gap while Gallagher’s out and exceeds expectations. And continues to do so once Gallagher returns. Helps on the power play and adds a little overall finish to the lineup.

Worst case - He stinks and is in Laval by the time Gallagher returns, but at least it costs us nothing.

Middle case - We continue to tailspin, but he plays just well enough we’re able to flip’em at the deadline for a 2nd.

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We need shooters like Tatar Domi maybe even include Suzuki And our best shooter seems to be Petry at the point as Weber is becoming predictable.  if IK can position in the slot or fire from the half wall then it’s ok 

we have way too many playmakers so maybe weal who never wins a faceoff on the pp goes in and out of the lineup rather than Poehling 

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Desparation signing .

https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/getting-marco-scandella-and-ilya-kovalchuk-might-hurt-the-canadiens-more-than-help-them

 

Over the past 24 hours, the Montreal Canadiens have added a 36-year-old winger who was too old and slow to play for one of the oldest and slowest teams in the NHL and a depth defenseman who was considered expendable by a middling defensive team. “At this moment, we want to stay in the race,” GM Marc Bergevin told reporters in Montreal in justifying his latest moves. “That’s why I made these moves.”

 

Please attempt to suppress your laughter. Chances are, the acquisitions of Ilya Kovalchuk and Marco Scandella will do almost nothing to move the needle for a team that is trying to avoid missing the playoffs for the third straight season and the fourth time in the past five. (Old-timey Canadiens fans: Attempt to read the previous paragraph without falling into a massive bout of depression.) If the Canadiens miss the playoffs this season, it will mark only the third time in the past 100 years that they’ve managed to be on the outside looking in three straight seasons. It would also set the table, of course, for them to miss the playoffs four straight seasons for the first time in the franchise’s NHL history.

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12 hours ago, MALMACIAN_CRUNCH said:

Best case - He fills in the gap while Gallagher’s out and exceeds expectations. And continues to do so once Gallagher returns. Helps on the power play and adds a little overall finish to the lineup.

Worst case - He stinks and is in Laval by the time Gallagher returns, but at least it costs us nothing.

Middle case - We continue to tailspin, but he plays just well enough we’re able to flip’em at the deadline for a 2nd.

I don't know the answer to this but because he's 35+, I'm not sure how that affects a salary as low as his if we cut him and send him to Laval. If he were making 5M, for example, we wouldn't get the cap amount back since he signed a 35+ contract. But if the amount is below what you can bury in the minors, maybe you're right and it doesn't count... regardless, low risk move for a player who should have lots of incentive to make his last chance count.

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6 minutes ago, jennifer_rocket said:

I, too, would be surprised to see Kovalchuk in a Rocket uniform. I'm sure Bergevin is aware of this.

He would at that point probably retire anyway. This is his last shot. If we squeaked into the playoffs with the expanded roster at that time i'm sure they would keep him around.

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18 hours ago, ChiLla said:

Nothing wrong with this move given our injury situation but chances are it's a typical low-risk Bergevin deal that's not going to make much of a difference.

 

I would tend to agree that the chances are that Kovalchuk  won't make much of a difference over all and won't put up many minutes nightly ...LA basically didn't want him so for someone who buys into the theory that some players just don't "fit" on certain teams  than this might work ...however the most intriguing aspect for me is the Power Play and an experienced  right hand shot setting up on the left side 

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12 hours ago, Regis22 said:

Over the past 24 hours, the Montreal Canadiens have added a 36-year-old winger who was too old and slow to play for one of the oldest and slowest teams in the NHL and a depth defenseman who was considered expendable by a middling defensive team. “At this moment, we want to stay in the race,” GM Marc Bergevin told reporters in Montreal in justifying his latest moves. “That’s why I made these moves.”

Yup make the playoffs at any cost ... sacrifice our future (better draft position), hang on to our aging veterans on the off chance all the stars align 

- somehow we  make the playoffs, needing 56 pts in 41 games ... 

- that we make it past teams with more talent and better coaching not one ... but 4 rounds of the playoffs 

The MB kool aid of "all you need to do is make the playoffs, then anything can happen".      Good teams make things happen, bad teams rely on luck.    I know what kind of team this is and we'll need a lot of luck for anything to happen this season and given managements mentatlity, for many seasons to come.

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9 minutes ago, kinot-2 said:

:5155:

 

John Lu posted a pic of his  stall at Brossard and his helmet has #17,,, that's Kulaks number. 

I sure wouldn't be giving him another players number. He could be benched after 2 shifts and in Laval the next day.

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Kovalchuk will speak to Mtl media at 5:15 Eastern. He met Julien today, needs to undergo his medical exam with team doctors, and ideally will skate tomorrow at Brossard. Julien says he hasn’t seen Kovalchuk on the ice yet so doesn’t know where he’ll slot him ATM.

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2 hours ago, arpem-can said:

  1 assist +2 ..19:25 TOI 4 SOG ( tied for most on team ) 6 hits ( most on team ) 25 shifts ...didn't look out of place ...kept up with team speed ..what's not to like here ?

 

2 hours ago, jennifer_rocket said:

Pretty good first game. Let's hope he can keep it going.

He's still a good skater (not elite like when he was in his prime of course) and his vision is as good as it ever was.  I feel like if you put him in the right place (3rd line with JK when everyone is healthy) this might be a pretty sweet signing.  Still a big hole to climb out of. 

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1 hour ago, maas_art said:

 

He's still a good skater (not elite like when he was in his prime of course) and his vision is as good as it ever was.  I feel like if you put him in the right place (3rd line with JK when everyone is healthy) this might be a pretty sweet signing.  Still a big hole to climb out of. 

Worst case scenario, maybe we can deal him for a pick at the deadline.

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