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18 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

Our big trade day acquisition. What's the scoop on this guy?  Does he have character?

D | 6' 2" | 195 lb | Age: 24  Shoots left.

 

Apparently he was drafted in the 4th round by Columbus, didn't sign with them, and then was reasonably sought after coming out of college. He chose to sign with his hometown team in Minnesota but has been a bit of a disappointment. He's viewed as a serviceable third-pairing guy, which is exactly what Bergevin looks for in a D man.

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1 hour ago, HabsRuleForever said:

Signed to a 4 year contract extension for 4.5 mil per year per MB :4224:

You had me worried for a minute!

The positive in all this is that we essentially swapped Morrow for Reilly (while upgrading our pick by 1 round in the process).  

Morrow barely cracked our pitiful defense corps.  Reilly barely cracked (a much better) minnesota d corps so I think that in itself is an upgrade. 
 

Wonder if Winnipeg wishes they had spoken with Minnesota first... 

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From GHG:

"When Reilly was acquired by the Canadiens on Monday, it landed some pretty big smiles on some Habs' players. 

To start, Reilly is actually one of young goalie Charlie Lindgren's close friends. The two played AAA hockey together when they were 13 and 14 years old and have stayed close ever since. They live about 20 minutes away from each other in Minnesota and spend the summer training together. 

Forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin were also happy with the acquisition. 

Galchenyuk was teammates with Reilly during the 2013 World Junior Championships and Reilly was the powerplay's quarterback. Drouin was also a part of the tournament playing against Reilly. 

The cherry on top is that Reilly's father was actually drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1977, however never ended up playing a game with the team. 

After practice Tuesday, head coach Claude Julien said Reilly reminded him a lot of Victor Mete, while Reilly impressed a lot of reporters with his booming slap shot. "

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3 hours ago, kinot-2 said:

From GHG:

"When Reilly was acquired by the Canadiens on Monday, it landed some pretty big smiles on some Habs' players. 

To start, Reilly is actually one of young goalie Charlie Lindgren's close friends. The two played AAA hockey together when they were 13 and 14 years old and have stayed close ever since. They live about 20 minutes away from each other in Minnesota and spend the summer training together. 

Forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin were also happy with the acquisition. 

Galchenyuk was teammates with Reilly during the 2013 World Junior Championships and Reilly was the powerplay's quarterback. Drouin was also a part of the tournament playing against Reilly. 

The cherry on top is that Reilly's father was actually drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1977, however never ended up playing a game with the team. 

After practice Tuesday, head coach Claude Julien said Reilly reminded him a lot of Victor Mete, while Reilly impressed a lot of reporters with his booming slap shot. "

That warm, fuzzy feeling isn't winning any cups.

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39 minutes ago, Regis22 said:

He's probably better than Morrow, Schlemko and Alzner in today's NHL  but still not good enough to be in a top 4  anywhere which says a lot about how the HAbs  D was put together by MB

Spot on.  I think he should be an upgrade on Morrow, but we're still way lacking in our d-corps.  If we somehow get insanely lucky and snag Dahlin our defense will be a lot better but unless that happens we're going to continue to limp along with that huge hole on the left side.  upgrading our 3rd pairing wont help that. 

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9 minutes ago, jennifer_rocket said:

You guys are crazy. He shoots left. The left-handed D problem is solved. All hail MB.

It is the day before the trade deadline...

Geoff Molson: "Marc, I don't want to meddle but I really think you need to fix the left side of the defence."

Marc Bergevin: "You mean you want me to tinker with the defence."

Geoff Molson: "No no, not just tinkering, we need to actually fix it, it's atrocious."

Marc Bergevin: "Say no more, I will turn the entire thing over again in the next year, just like I did a year ago."

Geoff Molson: "You don't need to swap out everyone by tomorrow, we just really need to make some changes..."

Marc Bergevin (in his own head): "Oh no, I was drifting off there, I think he said we need to swap out everyone named Joe Morrow and we just need Reilly for some change."

Marc Bergevin (out loud): "Consider it done, Geoff."

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2 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

It is the day before the trade deadline...

Geoff Molson: "Marc, I don't want to meddle but I really think you need to fix the left side of the defence."

Marc Bergevin: "You mean you want me to tinker with the defence."

Geoff Molson: "No no, not just tinkering, we need to actually fix it, it's atrocious."

Marc Bergevin: "Say no more, I will turn the entire thing over again in the next year, just like I did a year ago."

Geoff Molson: "You don't need to swap out everyone by tomorrow, we just really need to make some changes..."

Marc Bergevin (in his own head): "Oh no, I was drifting off there, I think he said we need to swap out everyone named Joe Morrow and we just need Reilly for some change."

Marc Bergevin (out loud): "Consider it done, Geoff."

You give Molson too much credit in this anecdote. IMO Molson (who has NO hockey sense) totally relies on MB`s advice and leaves it all up to him. A fellow foxhole buddy so to speak.

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19 hours ago, Habs=stanleycup said:

You give Molson too much credit in this anecdote. IMO Molson (who has NO hockey sense) totally relies on MB`s advice and leaves it all up to him. A fellow foxhole buddy so to speak.

It might be more like...

GM: "Hi Marc, how is everything with the team?"

MB: "Great Geoff! Nothing to worry about."

GM: "I see we're going to miss the playoffs this year..."

MB: "Yeah, that's because Shea Weber is injured and Max and Carey are sad."

GM: "Okay, do you want another contract extension?"

*HIGH FIVE*

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The problem with Molson is that he seems to be accepting of mediocrity. Imagine if Molson beer went down to being 29th most-sold in Canada... I wonder if he'd be sweating a bit more then? There seems to be very little sense of urgency or panic related to the Habs being so bad in a couple of the past few years now.

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1 hour ago, BigTed3 said:

The problem with Molson is that he seems to be accepting of mediocrity. Imagine if Molson beer went down to being 29th most-sold in Canada... I wonder if he'd be sweating a bit more then? There seems to be very little sense of urgency or panic related to the Habs being so bad in a couple of the past few years now.

Maybe we should all start boycotting Molson products until Geoff Molson starts implementing the policy of hiring the best candidate available.

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28 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

Didn't pay much attention to this guy last night ( missed a lot of the game). Anybody see anything promising?

Didn't watch the game, but a lot of the media seemed to say he skates really well for a depth defenceman. So maybe still a 5-6 guy but better than the other #5-6-7 guys we have on the team???

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32 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

Didn't pay much attention to this guy last night ( missed a lot of the game). Anybody see anything promising?

Did his job, and didn't look out of place. 

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17 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

Didn't watch the game, but a lot of the media seemed to say he skates really well for a depth defenceman. So maybe still a 5-6 guy but better than the other #5-6-7 guys we have on the team???

Yeah i think he is built as a modern defensman - he's fast, skates well and sees the ice well.  He isnt the greatest positionally AFAIK but he also hasnt played a ton of NHL games. He was a victim of a deep Minnesota defense corps but should play a decent role with us.  I think he still probably projects as a #5-6 but its not out of the real of possibility that he's a #4.  He's still youngish and has played less than 100 games.  I think the jury is still somewhat out on what his ceiling is.   

I dont mind the pickup but all the more reason to dump Schlemko, Benn and hopefully Alzner. 

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