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We have quite a few players that deserve more recognition for their contributions to this team. Bergevin has done a pretty good job keeping the contracts in line by not overpaying,. although every team has the odd mistake such as an Alzner. What Bergevin seems to get is  that just as much as skill you need brains. Byron, who has now been in on 3 highlight reel GWG's in these playoffs, uses his speed very effectively andputs lot of pressure on  the opposition when he doesn't have the puck. The same can be said of Danault, Lehkonen, and Evans. I would be resigning Armia and any of our other players at this point not named Tatar. They provide value as players without the puck and these types of players are not easy to find. We will have money to spend, vacancies to compete for, and plenty of draft picks to stock the shelves this year. I'm not sure if Bergevin has been giving hockey IQ tests to players he wants but he is doing very well at finding team players who can play a system. I'm not sure many of us would have thought we could go through the playoffs without Tatar,  and Drouin and be successful. It is hard to argue with success and we appear to have a group of winners here. Not sure why some are worried about money. The players are providing full value for their money, but alas winning isn't enough for some.

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Laugh for the day,,,,

NHL Hockey Ops reacts to Game 3 of the Western Conference Final

The Associopathic Press has has learned that NHL Hockey Ops has reacted to the unacceptable events that happened in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final opposing the Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadiens.

A series of actions were decided upon, and which will be released throughout the day today.

First of all, the Habs were fined $150,000 for beating the Golden Knights and upsetting important people in Vegas. The fine is 6 times the amount reported by TSN 690 after Game 2, as the Habs are now repeat offenders.

Second, at the same time the NHL awarded the Selke Trophy to Alexander Barkov for the first time, they have permenently disqualified Phil Danault from eligibility for the trophy. After watching hours upon hours of thrilling tape of Danault's play, the league has decided that he is in effect cheating, and the NHL will not tolerate it any longer. Danault has been determined to have the ability to neutralize the highest cap hit player on every team, and he has been exercising that ability, but he is refusing to do so to the highest paid player on the Montreal Canadiens, leaving the club with a big unfair competitive advantage. In fact, last night on several occasions, Danault was caught encouraging Carey Price rather than getting under his skin as he does with all other league stars.

Third, Corey Perry has been fined $5,000,000 (1000 times the maximum allowable under the CBA) for taking too long to leave the ice following a nosebleed, putting not only himself but also all the other players on both teams at risk of HIV and other unpleasant things. The incident occured during the overtime period of yesterday's game. The Knights were demanding an unsportsmanlike penalty be meted out, but since it was not, the Habs will start Game 4 with Perry in the box for two minutes.

Finally, Montreal's Interim Interim Coach Luke Richardson has been suspended by the Department of Player Safety, who completed a review of a Richardson high stick against Marc-André Fleury in the 2007-2008 season. While the incident was not punished on the ice, it has been determined that it left Fleury with a concussion, and that this invisible trauma was directly responsible for his dizzy spell which led to the Habs tying goal with two minutes left in last night's tilt. Richardson will not be allowed to resume his duties for the rest of the series, and if the Canadiens eliminate Vegas, the suspension will carry through to the entire 2021-2022 season.

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4 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

Laugh for the day,,,,

NHL Hockey Ops reacts to Game 3 of the Western Conference Final

The Associopathic Press has has learned that NHL Hockey Ops has reacted to the unacceptable events that happened in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final opposing the Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadiens.

A series of actions were decided upon, and which will be released throughout the day today.

First of all, the Habs were fined $150,000 for beating the Golden Knights and upsetting important people in Vegas. The fine is 6 times the amount reported by TSN 690 after Game 2, as the Habs are now repeat offenders.

Second, at the same time the NHL awarded the Selke Trophy to Alexander Barkov for the first time, they have permenently disqualified Phil Danault from eligibility for the trophy. After watching hours upon hours of thrilling tape of Danault's play, the league has decided that he is in effect cheating, and the NHL will not tolerate it any longer. Danault has been determined to have the ability to neutralize the highest cap hit player on every team, and he has been exercising that ability, but he is refusing to do so to the highest paid player on the Montreal Canadiens, leaving the club with a big unfair competitive advantage. In fact, last night on several occasions, Danault was caught encouraging Carey Price rather than getting under his skin as he does with all other league stars.

Third, Corey Perry has been fined $5,000,000 (1000 times the maximum allowable under the CBA) for taking too long to leave the ice following a nosebleed, putting not only himself but also all the other players on both teams at risk of HIV and other unpleasant things. The incident occured during the overtime period of yesterday's game. The Knights were demanding an unsportsmanlike penalty be meted out, but since it was not, the Habs will start Game 4 with Perry in the box for two minutes.

Finally, Montreal's Interim Interim Coach Luke Richardson has been suspended by the Department of Player Safety, who completed a review of a Richardson high stick against Marc-André Fleury in the 2007-2008 season. While the incident was not punished on the ice, it has been determined that it left Fleury with a concussion, and that this invisible trauma was directly responsible for his dizzy spell which led to the Habs tying goal with two minutes left in last night's tilt. Richardson will not be allowed to resume his duties for the rest of the series, and if the Canadiens eliminate Vegas, the suspension will carry through to the entire 2021-2022 season.

Love it! you know they would love to do this stuff! LOL! sad to say but they are almost this bad!

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2 hours ago, H_T_L said:

Laugh for the day,,,,

NHL Hockey Ops reacts to Game 3 of the Western Conference Final

The Associopathic Press has has learned that NHL Hockey Ops has reacted to the unacceptable events that happened in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final opposing the Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadiens.

A series of actions were decided upon, and which will be released throughout the day today.

First of all, the Habs were fined $150,000 for beating the Golden Knights and upsetting important people in Vegas. The fine is 6 times the amount reported by TSN 690 after Game 2, as the Habs are now repeat offenders.

Second, at the same time the NHL awarded the Selke Trophy to Alexander Barkov for the first time, they have permenently disqualified Phil Danault from eligibility for the trophy. After watching hours upon hours of thrilling tape of Danault's play, the league has decided that he is in effect cheating, and the NHL will not tolerate it any longer. Danault has been determined to have the ability to neutralize the highest cap hit player on every team, and he has been exercising that ability, but he is refusing to do so to the highest paid player on the Montreal Canadiens, leaving the club with a big unfair competitive advantage. In fact, last night on several occasions, Danault was caught encouraging Carey Price rather than getting under his skin as he does with all other league stars.

Third, Corey Perry has been fined $5,000,000 (1000 times the maximum allowable under the CBA) for taking too long to leave the ice following a nosebleed, putting not only himself but also all the other players on both teams at risk of HIV and other unpleasant things. The incident occured during the overtime period of yesterday's game. The Knights were demanding an unsportsmanlike penalty be meted out, but since it was not, the Habs will start Game 4 with Perry in the box for two minutes.

Finally, Montreal's Interim Interim Coach Luke Richardson has been suspended by the Department of Player Safety, who completed a review of a Richardson high stick against Marc-André Fleury in the 2007-2008 season. While the incident was not punished on the ice, it has been determined that it left Fleury with a concussion, and that this invisible trauma was directly responsible for his dizzy spell which led to the Habs tying goal with two minutes left in last night's tilt. Richardson will not be allowed to resume his duties for the rest of the series, and if the Canadiens eliminate Vegas, the suspension will carry through to the entire 2021-2022 season.

Nicely done!:4224:

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3 hours ago, H_T_L said:

Laugh for the day,,,,

NHL Hockey Ops reacts to Game 3 of the Western Conference Final

The Associopathic Press has has learned that NHL Hockey Ops has reacted to the unacceptable events that happened in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final opposing the Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadiens.

A series of actions were decided upon, and which will be released throughout the day today.

First of all, the Habs were fined $150,000 for beating the Golden Knights and upsetting important people in Vegas. The fine is 6 times the amount reported by TSN 690 after Game 2, as the Habs are now repeat offenders.

Second, at the same time the NHL awarded the Selke Trophy to Alexander Barkov for the first time, they have permenently disqualified Phil Danault from eligibility for the trophy. After watching hours upon hours of thrilling tape of Danault's play, the league has decided that he is in effect cheating, and the NHL will not tolerate it any longer. Danault has been determined to have the ability to neutralize the highest cap hit player on every team, and he has been exercising that ability, but he is refusing to do so to the highest paid player on the Montreal Canadiens, leaving the club with a big unfair competitive advantage. In fact, last night on several occasions, Danault was caught encouraging Carey Price rather than getting under his skin as he does with all other league stars.

Third, Corey Perry has been fined $5,000,000 (1000 times the maximum allowable under the CBA) for taking too long to leave the ice following a nosebleed, putting not only himself but also all the other players on both teams at risk of HIV and other unpleasant things. The incident occured during the overtime period of yesterday's game. The Knights were demanding an unsportsmanlike penalty be meted out, but since it was not, the Habs will start Game 4 with Perry in the box for two minutes.

Finally, Montreal's Interim Interim Coach Luke Richardson has been suspended by the Department of Player Safety, who completed a review of a Richardson high stick against Marc-André Fleury in the 2007-2008 season. While the incident was not punished on the ice, it has been determined that it left Fleury with a concussion, and that this invisible trauma was directly responsible for his dizzy spell which led to the Habs tying goal with two minutes left in last night's tilt. Richardson will not be allowed to resume his duties for the rest of the series, and if the Canadiens eliminate Vegas, the suspension will carry through to the entire 2021-2022 season.

LOL!!!

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3 hours ago, H_T_L said:

Laugh for the day,,,,

NHL Hockey Ops reacts to Game 3 of the Western Conference Final

The Associopathic Press has has learned that NHL Hockey Ops has reacted to the unacceptable events that happened in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final opposing the Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadiens.

A series of actions were decided upon, and which will be released throughout the day today.

First of all, the Habs were fined $150,000 for beating the Golden Knights and upsetting important people in Vegas. The fine is 6 times the amount reported by TSN 690 after Game 2, as the Habs are now repeat offenders.

Second, at the same time the NHL awarded the Selke Trophy to Alexander Barkov for the first time, they have permenently disqualified Phil Danault from eligibility for the trophy. After watching hours upon hours of thrilling tape of Danault's play, the league has decided that he is in effect cheating, and the NHL will not tolerate it any longer. Danault has been determined to have the ability to neutralize the highest cap hit player on every team, and he has been exercising that ability, but he is refusing to do so to the highest paid player on the Montreal Canadiens, leaving the club with a big unfair competitive advantage. In fact, last night on several occasions, Danault was caught encouraging Carey Price rather than getting under his skin as he does with all other league stars.

Third, Corey Perry has been fined $5,000,000 (1000 times the maximum allowable under the CBA) for taking too long to leave the ice following a nosebleed, putting not only himself but also all the other players on both teams at risk of HIV and other unpleasant things. The incident occured during the overtime period of yesterday's game. The Knights were demanding an unsportsmanlike penalty be meted out, but since it was not, the Habs will start Game 4 with Perry in the box for two minutes.

Finally, Montreal's Interim Interim Coach Luke Richardson has been suspended by the Department of Player Safety, who completed a review of a Richardson high stick against Marc-André Fleury in the 2007-2008 season. While the incident was not punished on the ice, it has been determined that it left Fleury with a concussion, and that this invisible trauma was directly responsible for his dizzy spell which led to the Habs tying goal with two minutes left in last night's tilt. Richardson will not be allowed to resume his duties for the rest of the series, and if the Canadiens eliminate Vegas, the suspension will carry through to the entire 2021-2022 season.

Great stuff. :4224:

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12 hours ago, H_T_L said:

Laugh for the day,,,,

NHL Hockey Ops reacts to Game 3 of the Western Conference Final

The Associopathic Press has has learned that NHL Hockey Ops has reacted to the unacceptable events that happened in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final opposing the Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadiens.

A series of actions were decided upon, and which will be released throughout the day today.

First of all, the Habs were fined $150,000 for beating the Golden Knights and upsetting important people in Vegas. The fine is 6 times the amount reported by TSN 690 after Game 2, as the Habs are now repeat offenders.

Second, at the same time the NHL awarded the Selke Trophy to Alexander Barkov for the first time, they have permenently disqualified Phil Danault from eligibility for the trophy. After watching hours upon hours of thrilling tape of Danault's play, the league has decided that he is in effect cheating, and the NHL will not tolerate it any longer. Danault has been determined to have the ability to neutralize the highest cap hit player on every team, and he has been exercising that ability, but he is refusing to do so to the highest paid player on the Montreal Canadiens, leaving the club with a big unfair competitive advantage. In fact, last night on several occasions, Danault was caught encouraging Carey Price rather than getting under his skin as he does with all other league stars.

Third, Corey Perry has been fined $5,000,000 (1000 times the maximum allowable under the CBA) for taking too long to leave the ice following a nosebleed, putting not only himself but also all the other players on both teams at risk of HIV and other unpleasant things. The incident occured during the overtime period of yesterday's game. The Knights were demanding an unsportsmanlike penalty be meted out, but since it was not, the Habs will start Game 4 with Perry in the box for two minutes.

Finally, Montreal's Interim Interim Coach Luke Richardson has been suspended by the Department of Player Safety, who completed a review of a Richardson high stick against Marc-André Fleury in the 2007-2008 season. While the incident was not punished on the ice, it has been determined that it left Fleury with a concussion, and that this invisible trauma was directly responsible for his dizzy spell which led to the Habs tying goal with two minutes left in last night's tilt. Richardson will not be allowed to resume his duties for the rest of the series, and if the Canadiens eliminate Vegas, the suspension will carry through to the entire 2021-2022 season.

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3 hours ago, ramcharger440 said:

State of the Habs right now is pretty sublime! no matter what happens from here on out the guys have been pretty special so far!

Habs are showing tremendous discipline. Habs are getting hacked, whacked & sliced, and keep managing to look the other way. Despite not getting the penalty calls. They are focused & willing to do what it takes.  Let's close out these dirty hacks in Montreal, Thursday.

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1 hour ago, jennifer_rocket said:

I waaannnntttttttttt more! Take us to the Finals, my dudes! :4322:

Isn't "greed" one of the Seven Deadly sins"? :lol:

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Making it to the finals with Drouin, Tatar, Evans and Romanov on the bench suggests that we may have a much better bench and depth that others would envy.  We have a boat load of picks again this year and a couple of prospect with a chance to crack the line-up next year. We are in much better shape than a lot of other teams who will be facing some cap issues, but we are in a pretty tough division and won't be able to have a bad regular season again.

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12 hours ago, Habberwacky said:

Making it to the finals with Drouin, Tatar, Evans and Romanov on the bench suggests that we may have a much better bench and depth that others would envy.  We have a boat load of picks again this year and a couple of prospect with a chance to crack the line-up next year. We are in much better shape than a lot of other teams who will be facing some cap issues, but we are in a pretty tough division and won't be able to have a bad regular season again.

Very true. Who knows what we'll look like next season? So much potential for change from the team that's on the ice right now. I'm just focused on us winning now. If we win this year, I wouldn't care if we can in last place next season.

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On 6/19/2021 at 8:54 AM, Habberwacky said:

We have quite a few players that deserve more recognition for their contributions to this team. Bergevin has done a pretty good job keeping the contracts in line by not overpaying,. although every team has the odd mistake such as an Alzner. What Bergevin seems to get is  that just as much as skill you need brains. Byron, who has now been in on 3 highlight reel GWG's in these playoffs, uses his speed very effectively andputs lot of pressure on  the opposition when he doesn't have the puck. The same can be said of Danault, Lehkonen, and Evans. I would be resigning Armia and any of our other players at this point not named Tatar. They provide value as players without the puck and these types of players are not easy to find. We will have money to spend, vacancies to compete for, and plenty of draft picks to stock the shelves this year. I'm not sure if Bergevin has been giving hockey IQ tests to players he wants but he is doing very well at finding team players who can play a system. I'm not sure many of us would have thought we could go through the playoffs without Tatar,  and Drouin and be successful. It is hard to argue with success and we appear to have a group of winners here. Not sure why some are worried about money. The players are providing full value for their money, but alas winning isn't enough for some.

 agreed ....the criticisms of Bergevin have waned the farther this club advanced .He has assembled a "team"  with enough talent without overpaying that plays for each other for all the right reasons . Some credit is due . 

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Listen, despite our PO success ... I'm still not sold on the notion that MB is a good GM.   He's more or less lucked out ... Price returning to form, the big 4 D finally playing decently (though if you watch, they're still brutal in some cases and getting hemmed into their zone).    The PK coming up big at the right time etc.   The whole concept that "you just need to make the playoffs" is not a sound principle to build a team around.

This is still the same team that struggled for good chunks of the regular season.   This is still a team whose scoring prowess is more a prayer than a given.

 

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2 hours ago, HabsAlways said:

Listen, despite our PO success ... I'm still not sold on the notion that MB is a good GM.   He's more or less lucked out ... Price returning to form, the big 4 D finally playing decently (though if you watch, they're still brutal in some cases and getting hemmed into their zone).    The PK coming up big at the right time etc.   The whole concept that "you just need to make the playoffs" is not a sound principle to build a team around.

This is still the same team that struggled for good chunks of the regular season.   This is still a team whose scoring prowess is more a prayer than a given.

 

I agree with this. I don't think anyone ever said this team couldn't win, just that the odds of our winning were considerably lower than a lot of other teams. We're not a top 5-8 team in the league and I think our odds of winning next year would be lower than that of Vegas, Tampa, Toronto, Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Washington, etc. unless there were significant roster changes. I think we benefited this year from it being a shortened season and from having a long break between the end of the season and the start of the playoffs. Many of our older stars (Price, Weber, Gallagher, Tatar, etc.) also missed considerable time right before the playoffs and thus came in a bit rested too. We've had Caufield emerge and we've won in OT when we easily could have lost some of those games. So there's a component of luck that has gone into this run, which the players have freely admitted. And there's nothing wrong with that, to some degree, because you need to have some luck to win a Cup. But it also means it doesn't just come down to crediting the GM.

The biggest element that has driven our run has been Price. Price has a .934 save percentage in the playoffs. He played .901 in the regular season. If he puts up .901 in the post-season too, we're out in the first round in 5 games. And we came pretty close to that being the case. Price has played lights out again, and he's made up for a lot of gaffes on D. Yes, our D has exceeded expectations, but you watch the games and the likes of Chiarot and Weber and Merrill are turning in big efforts and making a lot of good plays, but they're also making their fair share of awful defensive plays and taking boneheaded penalties, and frankly, Price has just bailed them out and the PK has been stellar. And that really has very little to do with Bergevin.

The Habs have turned in a huge effort. They absolutely deserve to be here, and they've had contributions up and down the line-up and exploited the fact that their depth is better than other teams. And yes, Bergevin deserves credit for finding Toffoli and Petry and Anderson and Allen and Edmundson. But he also hasn't built a very good defence. Weber and Chiarot are still liabilities to some degree. We don't have depth and are over-running our top 4 D. Merrill is brutal and as in the regular season, he's been our worst defensive and offensive defenceman in the playoffs. And the coaches tried their best to not use JK and Caufield and Evans and Romanov and have kind of backed into having to use their youngsters more avidly than they planned to. Bergevin also grossly mismanaged the cap during the season, and we almost missed the playoffs in a weak division.

So yeah, if we win, I'll give him full credit for building a winner, because at the end of the day, if you win, it really doesn't matter much how you did it. And I'll admit that guys like Perry, Edmundson, and Staal have played better than I thought they would. But at the same time, I think JK, Evans, Lehkonen, Caufield, etc. (all guys who were at one point benched, press-boxed, or demoted) have played better than Bergevin and Ducharme thought they would. At the end of the day, he's done some good things and he's been short-sighted at a lot of things too. We're all Habs fans and want these guys to win, and I want some of our vets to finally get their glory day. But I think this is a combination of factors that have gone right and not just a GM who put his team at a huge advantage, the way teams like Tampa and Colorado have been built to have great odds perenially.

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IMO Bergeron put together a hockey team for the play-offs and our coaches brought the rookies along nicely giving them the opportunity to succeed. Our D core of Percheron warhorses aren't as pretty as the Arabians coveted by analytic enthusiasts but they are providing our goaltender the chance to be the goaltender he is paid to be. 

I hope we win but if we lose in the finals I won't blame the refs, management, coaches or players.  It has been a good run against all odds much like my favourite all time team......the 1948 RCAF Flyers who did succeed in the end..  

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

I agree with this. I don't think anyone ever said this team couldn't win, just that the odds of our winning were considerably lower than a lot of other teams. We're not a top 5-8 team in the league and I think our odds of winning next year would be lower than that of Vegas, Tampa, Toronto, Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Washington, etc. unless there were significant roster changes. I think we benefited this year from it being a shortened season and from having a long break between the end of the season and the start of the playoffs. Many of our older stars (Price, Weber, Gallagher, Tatar, etc.) also missed considerable time right before the playoffs and thus came in a bit rested too. We've had Caufield emerge and we've won in OT when we easily could have lost some of those games. So there's a component of luck that has gone into this run, which the players have freely admitted. And there's nothing wrong with that, to some degree, because you need to have some luck to win a Cup. But it also means it doesn't just come down to crediting the GM.

The biggest element that has driven our run has been Price. Price has a .934 save percentage in the playoffs. He played .901 in the regular season. If he puts up .901 in the post-season too, we're out in the first round in 5 games. And we came pretty close to that being the case. Price has played lights out again, and he's made up for a lot of gaffes on D. Yes, our D has exceeded expectations, but you watch the games and the likes of Chiarot and Weber and Merrill are turning in big efforts and making a lot of good plays, but they're also making their fair share of awful defensive plays and taking boneheaded penalties, and frankly, Price has just bailed them out and the PK has been stellar. And that really has very little to do with Bergevin.

The Habs have turned in a huge effort. They absolutely deserve to be here, and they've had contributions up and down the line-up and exploited the fact that their depth is better than other teams. And yes, Bergevin deserves credit for finding Toffoli and Petry and Anderson and Allen and Edmundson. But he also hasn't built a very good defence. Weber and Chiarot are still liabilities to some degree. We don't have depth and are over-running our top 4 D. Merrill is brutal and as in the regular season, he's been our worst defensive and offensive defenceman in the playoffs. And the coaches tried their best to not use JK and Caufield and Evans and Romanov and have kind of backed into having to use their youngsters more avidly than they planned to. Bergevin also grossly mismanaged the cap during the season, and we almost missed the playoffs in a weak division.

So yeah, if we win, I'll give him full credit for building a winner, because at the end of the day, if you win, it really doesn't matter much how you did it. And I'll admit that guys like Perry, Edmundson, and Staal have played better than I thought they would. But at the same time, I think JK, Evans, Lehkonen, Caufield, etc. (all guys who were at one point benched, press-boxed, or demoted) have played better than Bergevin and Ducharme thought they would. At the end of the day, he's done some good things and he's been short-sighted at a lot of things too. We're all Habs fans and want these guys to win, and I want some of our vets to finally get their glory day. But I think this is a combination of factors that have gone right and not just a GM who put his team at a huge advantage, the way teams like Tampa and Colorado have been built to have great odds perenially.

My opinion on Bergevin is: he's about average. On a scale from Benning to Yzerman, he falls somewhere in the middle.

I don't think this is a top-ten team, and this playoff run has definitely involved a lot of luck: the season easily could have been over in game 5 and it's entirely possible Bergevin could have been looking for a new job instead of being in the top 3 of the stupid GM of the year trophy.  Price has certainly been key to this run, but to be fair, it's not like this is some fluky goaltender getting hot: Price is the Canadiens highest paid player and he's playing like it (I still think that contract will haunt us at some point, but looks smart right now).

Bergevin has been reasonably good at cap management, trading, and signings. There are certainly exceptions (we're about to be reminded about the misguided Sergachev trade every second night), although the one I considered Bergevin's absolute low-point (Subban for Weber) looks somewhat better in hindsight given Subban inexplicably falling off a cliff and Weber still being a  reliable #3-4 dman.  Last offseason was nearly perfect: salvaging Domi into a useful player in Anderson, the great Tofoli signing, and the Josh Allen move (I disliked this at the time, but I now see that massively overpaying a backup for one-year to ensure Price was well-rested for the playoffs was probably smarter than anything else we could have done with that cap space), in addition to guys like Perry, Edmundson, etc.

Although I'm sure he didn't fully know what he was getting in Suzuki, that was still a trade he pulled off that may have found the #1 center we've been missing since Koivu. The Petry trade & subsequent signings are still paying off to this day.

Drafting & development has been a bit of a mess though: this roster only has a  few players that were drafted & developed by Montreal. Although I do give the GM credit for Caufield: 14 teams passed on him, you could easily see a 15th doing the same. And Bergevin signed him and recalled him to the NHL after only 2 AHL games. The coach sitting him to start the playoffs was questionable, but in Ducharme's defense: I can see the logic of not wanting a player who has like 12 pro games on his resume's first game to be one where the other team has last change combined with one of the best forward groups in hockey.

I also don't think the "cobble together a top-four" approach to building a defense is sustainable. This defse has over-performed (helped by Price bailing them out of mistakes), and we saw how shaky things looked when Petry - who is now 33 and our only legitimate top-pairing dman - was out of the lineup.  While Suzuki and Caufield give me some hope for the future, I'm very worried about the defense and goal as Petry, Weber, and Price continue to age.

 

 

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Joel armia out for game 1 final due to coivid protocol . He had coivid in March and he’s got it again ??? 
 

how come none of the Tampa players get this . They are walking around with no masks in Florida ?

 

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1 minute ago, Regis22 said:

Joel armia out for game 1 final due to coivid protocol . He had coivid in March and he’s got it again ??? 
 

how come none of the Tampa players get this . They are walking around with no masks in Florida ?

 

There is a higher vaccination rate in the states at this time and the heat does help mitigate the virus some. I would assume all team members are vaccinated which gives them a better chance of not catching the virus. I have several friends living in Florida and haven't been hearing of many issues lately. 

I think it does hurt missing Armia. I hope Evans can play.  

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