jeff33 Posted June 5, 2014 Report Share Posted June 5, 2014 8 Changes I think the Habs need to make to be a Stanley Cup contender next year: 1. Move Emelin to the left side: there's just no way we can continue to pair him with Markov and certainly no way we can keep using him on the right side, where he has clearly been uncomfortable. Either we shelter him next to Subban or else he plays on the third pairing with lesser minutes. 2. Trade Desharnais: and I mean no disrespect to the way DD has played for us when I say this. This isn't trading a guy who's lazy or who can't play in the NHL, this is trying to make the pieces of the puzzle fit. What goes hand in hand with this is the Habs needing to be willing to take the plunge with Eller and Galchenyuk playing more prominent roles down the middle and needing to find ice time to make that happen. As long as DD is here, it won't. As long as DD is here, we'll have to find ways to work smaller players into the line-up together. Eller and Galchenyuk give us more potential and more flexibility in the line-up. 3. Find a top 6 scoring winger: say what you want about Vanek's post-season but he gave the Habs added depth and allowed other guys to get better match-ups. Without him, we're down to 2 or 3 top 6 wingers (Pacman, Gallagher, and Galchenyuk if he doesn't move to center). To be competitive, we need to bring Vanek back or we need to bring in someone who can play that role. 4. Fix the break-out: it was perhaps our biggest downfall all season, in that we often had forwards way too far up ice and defencemen who didn't know what to do when they didn't have a clear option. Our break-out was too predictable and didn't keep the other team on its toes. When you have players like Subban, Beaulieu, and Markov, you need to be more creative and allow those guys to make plays, not confine them to nudging the puck up the boards. 5. The powerplay structure has to be better, particularly on the second wave: the 2nd shift of the PP was literally a dead zone once Subban and Markov went off. Zone entries were awful, puck movement was too one-sided instead of making the goalie and D move laterally, and there wasn't enough traffic in front for rebounds. At times, the PP worked well, but it wasn't consistent enough. That has to change. It might be necessary to look for a second guy who can shoot the puck from the back end, whether that's a D man like Wisniewski or Souray or a forward who can play the point on the PP. 6. A turn to the youth movement: in addition to Galchenyuk and Eller, I'd like to see us give more opportunity to Tinordi, Beaulieu, and Pateryn on the back end, as well as see if we can work in Louis Leblanc up front and give Bournival a bigger role. This year was a wasted year in terms of preparing the young D to play in the NHL, and we need to make sure we're able to work the relief into the line-up. 7. Turn over the leadership: again, with respect to the youth movement, there are younger guys ready to lead the way, much as there are in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and so on. I'm not ready to give Subban the "C" but I'd certainly give one of him, Pacioretty, or Eller an "A" and work the young guys into the core of the leadership as well. 8. Avoid adding dead weight: there can't be any more signings of players like Murray, Parros, or Bouillon. As much as they hurt by not playing up to par, they also took up roster space and ice time we could have used elsewhere. The focus has to be on speed, skill, and if it permits, size, but not on size alone or character alone. lol...ted, i come on this website every now and then with something on my mind, open the thread i want, and find that you have already written the post i wanted to write in a better way than i was going to write it. for what its worth, 2 and 3 were really the burning ones. just as you said, DD gets full marks for his entire stint as a hab, and had a solid year and playoffs. but at the end of the day 1. hes warming that spot for galchenyuk 2. eller is simply a better player and will fill what he does plus throw hits and play some good 2 way hockey 3. he actually has trade value has to be done IMO as for the vanek thing, it was plain as day how much more complete this team was with the trickle down effect his addition made at the deadline, the guy i was hoping we would get was actually gaborik to fill that exact role, i thought there was no chance we would land vanek. we did and i was overjoyed, and ironically enough look at gaborik, in the finals, racking it up. hes a ufa next year. id make them both solid offers. as lousy as he was this playoffs ( we nicknamed him tomas vanish, feel free to use to the full extent of your amusement everyone) he fills the role to a t. id take him back and let him gain chemistry and get his heart into it. likely he goes somewhere stupid for marginally more money, as is the world we live in, but bottom line, we need a true top line RW Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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