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Just now, H_T_L said:

In the last few years of his deal he'll only be making 1 million a year as i recall,, money wise. If he retires, it opens up the possibility of staying in hockey in some other form (management, coaching or scouting) for not only the Habs but other organizations.

you can still do that. At WORST, you just don't get paid any extra money for it. I remember Pronger was doing stuff for different teams while he was on IR. 

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5 hours ago, campabee82 said:

Drouin says Weber to retire, IF true this is huge news and a major issue for the Preds. I would assume that Weber will stay on LTIR for at least this season after that I am not sure the league will allow it. I would hate to see a team be forced into a rebuild and have to sell off assets but they did do this to themselves.

https://www.nhltraderumors.me/2021/10/report-shea-weber-retiring-from-nhl.html

On July 5, 2013, Horton signed a seven-year free agent contract worth $37.1 million with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[90] However, off-season shoulder surgery would sideline Horton until January 2, 2014, when he finally made his Blue Jackets debut and scored the game-winning goal in a 2–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

In October 2014, Horton was diagnosed with a degenerative back injury of the lumbar region that ended his 2014–15 season and threatened to end his career

On February 26, 2015, with Horton on the long-term injured list and with no sign of return, he was traded due to financial considerations by the Blue Jackets to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for David Clarkson. The trade allowed the Maple Leafs to get rid of Clarkson's unfavorable contract, while Horton's presence on the long term injury list meant Toronto would not need to count his contract towards the salary cap.[94] Horton has yet to play a single game for the Leafs and is not expected to play one; he has taken his physical before each season with the Leafs and failed it each time.

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On 10/25/2021 at 8:45 PM, Graeme-1 said:

Hopefully the team finally got the monkey off their back. It's Detroit and 1 game and all that, but hopefully a solid win like that with multiple players picking up their first points will help everyone get their heads on straight.

Uhhh nevermind

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2 hours ago, habsisme said:

yeah there's no way Shea retires now. He's obviously going to prefer to keep getting those checks, so Nashville has nothing to worry about. Molson losing money though

Ya I think people are reading "retirement" literally, I don't think he means Shea will sign his retirement papers (which would be silly), just that they all know he's never playing another game. Honestly, not all that different than what Bergevin has said, apart from some slip hope Bergevin left open I guess.

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9 hours ago, campabee82 said:

Drouin says Weber to retire, IF true this is huge news and a major issue for the Preds. I would assume that Weber will stay on LTIR for at least this season after that I am not sure the league will allow it. I would hate to see a team be forced into a rebuild and have to sell off assets but they did do this to themselves.

https://www.nhltraderumors.me/2021/10/report-shea-weber-retiring-from-nhl.html

Yeah.  Weber being on LTIR is retirement, so, same thing.

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9 hours ago, Graeme-1 said:

Ya I think people are reading "retirement" literally, I don't think he means Shea will sign his retirement papers (which would be silly), just that they all know he's never playing another game. Honestly, not all that different than what Bergevin has said, apart from some slip hope Bergevin left open I guess.

The League could force the issue as LTIR is not meant to avoid retirement or the contract consequences there of.    They weren't happy with the Prongor situation in Philly and think they changed some of the language around LTIR.

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FWIW, The Atheltic updates likelihood of making the playofffs, and the Habs are projected to finish with 80 points right now, with only a 5% chance of making the post-season. Sportsclubstats' model is a tad more optimistic, giving us a 8% chance of making the playoffs and suggesting that it will take 93 points to give ourselves better-than-50% odds of doing so. To put that in perspective, it would require a record of 45-29-1 record the rest of the way to accomplish that feat (0.607 winning percentage). It's not impossible, but it would be a challenge to play better than .600 hockey for 75 games. Last year, we were a .527 team in a weak division. The year before that, we played .500. In fact, the last time the Habs played .607 hockey or better was 2016-17, and the only roster players remaining from that team are Price (injured), Byron (injured), Weber (injured), Petry, Gallagher, and Lehkonen.

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1 minute ago, BigTed3 said:

FWIW, The Atheltic updates likelihood of making the playofffs, and the Habs are projected to finish with 80 points right now, with only a 5% chance of making the post-season. Sportsclubstats' model is a tad more optimistic, giving us a 8% chance of making the playoffs and suggesting that it will take 93 points to give ourselves better-than-50% odds of doing so. To put that in perspective, it would require a record of 45-29-1 record the rest of the way to accomplish that feat (0.607 winning percentage). It's not impossible, but it would be a challenge to play better than .600 hockey for 75 games. Last year, we were a .527 team in a weak division. The year before that, we played .500. In fact, the last time the Habs played .607 hockey or better was 2016-17, and the only roster players remaining from that team are Price (injured), Byron (injured), Weber (injured), Petry, Gallagher, and Lehkonen.

thats why I think at this point, its better we finish last. The only way we're going to get the star players we really want is to suck for a couple of years. I hope we have a bad start and get better as the season progresses and we get healthier only because I'd hate to have ? over some of those young players

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6 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

To put that in perspective, it would require a record of 45-29-1 record the rest of the way to accomplish that feat (0.607 winning percentage). It's not impossible, but it would be a challenge to play better than .600 hockey for 75 games. 

Considering we're currently playing, what, .143 hockey that might be a bit of a tall task! :4224:

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58 minutes ago, maas_art said:

Considering we're currently playing, what, .143 hockey that might be a bit of a tall task! :4224:

Of course, but then we both know that the .143 is based on such a small sample size that it's not representative of much going forward. It's putting us in a huge hole to catch up the rest of the way, but I don't think this team with Carey, Edmundson, and some time for the new guys to gel is going to under .450 the rest of the way. In fact, I'd say the odds of our finishing bottom 5 in the league are also miniscule. At least some of Buffalo, Arizona, Anaheim, San Jose, Columbus, Ottawa, Detroit, Nashville, etc. are going to sink to the bottom of the pile.

The other challenge we have is that there really aren't a lot of players her to trade away as rentals to other teams. You have Chiarot as the obvious name there, and maybe at best he brings back a 2nd rounder and another lower pick, and you have Kulak and Wideman on D and Perreault and Paquette up front who could be dealt for spare change. Past that, you have Lehkonen who is an RFA after this season and doesn't seem to be highly valued by our organization and you have NIku who's an RFA too and that's it for expiring contracts. Looking to next year, you have Drouin, Byron, Caufield, and Allen expiring. But in general, most of our key guys are locked up to 3 years or longer, so they're not ideal targets for teams in contention to want to take on as contracts. In some ways, it's a bad year for us to be out of the playoff race early and want to be sellers, because we won't be peddling goods that other teams will pay for. We're more set up at present to trade away a winger in a hockey deal for a center or defenceman, and those types of deals are usually made in the off-season and are less likely to bring back futures.

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4 hours ago, HabsAlways said:

The League could force the issue as LTIR is not meant to avoid retirement or the contract consequences there of.    They weren't happy with the Prongor situation in Philly and think they changed some of the language around LTIR.

The CBA and NHLPA really limits what the league can do here. Obviously you can't just go on LTIR if you're not hurt, but NHL players are so banged up late in their career the NHL isn't going to win a case arguing "this player isn't hurt and needs to get back on the ice or retire", not to mention the PR nightmare from appearing to push banged up old players to play.

They may not be happy with it, since in a lot of cases I suspect the players could technically play, but I can't see them doing much.

 

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47 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

Of course, but then we both know that the .143 is based on such a small sample size that it's not representative of much going forward. It's putting us in a huge hole to catch up the rest of the way, but I don't think this team with Carey, Edmundson, and some time for the new guys to gel is going to under .450 the rest of the way. In fact, I'd say the odds of our finishing bottom 5 in the league are also miniscule. At least some of Buffalo, Arizona, Anaheim, San Jose, Columbus, Ottawa, Detroit, Nashville, etc. are going to sink to the bottom of the pile.

 

Obviously we'll improve from the current pace, but the big question is if this team is a bottom 5 team? On paper, we shouldn't be, but sometimes when the wheels fall off, it can happen fast and not make a lot of sense (San Jose's decent from conference finals to bottom-feeder without any clear explanation beyondbyond players getting a year older was perhaps most impressive example).

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21 minutes ago, Graeme-1 said:

Obviously we'll improve from the current pace, but the big question is if this team is a bottom 5 team? On paper, we shouldn't be, but sometimes when the wheels fall off, it can happen fast and not make a lot of sense (San Jose's decent from conference finals to bottom-feeder without any clear explanation beyondbyond players getting a year older was perhaps most impressive example).

Yeah this team is so poorly constructed its hard to say what we really are.

You've got 5 lines of NHL caliber wingers, with guys on our 4th line (or even pressbox) that would be on many team's 3rd.   You've got 7 or 8 nhl quality defensmen but all but 1 or 2 are #4-6 at best.  You've got good quality centres in Suzuki, Dvorak and Evans but all would benefit being pushed back 1 line. 

Its a very odd group to be sure and it's why i'm especially frustrated with MB.

We knew Weber was done at the beginning of the summer.  We knew price was having surgery and a couple of other key guys were going to be out to start the year too. There was ample opportunity to say "ok, retool time" but instead he just added more middling depth.  How did he think Savard + Wideman + Niku was going to replace a top 3 dman? How did he think Dvorak would replace Danault AND JK?   Its just a completely horrendous job. I dont hate MB as much as a lot of others on here, I think he's done some things very well but this is definitely not one of them. 





 

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11 minutes ago, Graeme-1 said:

Obviously we'll improve from the current pace, but the big question is if this team is a bottom 5 team?

2016 - 2017 Lost in the 1 st round 

2017 - 2018 Did not make the playoffs

2018 - 2019 Did not make the playoffs

2019 - 2020 - Lost in the 1s t round - in reality did not make the playoffs until the NHL created the buy in round and they beat Pittsburgh 

2020 - 2021 - Lost in the SCF but  had the least amount of points of all teams that qualified

2021 off season - lost CP and  SW ( and PD, TT, JK ) - the last 3 guys I would think  you should  be able to replace

2021 - 2022 - off to a bad start

 

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1 hour ago, Graeme-1 said:

The CBA and NHLPA really limits what the league can do here. Obviously you can't just go on LTIR if you're not hurt, but NHL players are so banged up late in their career the NHL isn't going to win a case arguing "this player isn't hurt and needs to get back on the ice or retire", not to mention the PR nightmare from appearing to push banged up old players to play.

They may not be happy with it, since in a lot of cases I suspect the players could technically play, but I can't see them doing much.

 

In this case you can, LTIR is intended for players that have some hope of playing again.    And yes, the CBA created this loophole but the NHL can still press the issue and file for mediation/arbitration if it feels the Habs are abusing LTIR.     Now will the NHL do this? Who knows, as the penalty in this case isn't against Montreal but against Nashville.

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2 hours ago, HabsAlways said:

In this case you can, LTIR is intended for players that have some hope of playing again.    And yes, the CBA created this loophole but the NHL can still press the issue and file for mediation/arbitration if it feels the Habs are abusing LTIR.     Now will the NHL do this? Who knows, as the penalty in this case isn't against Montreal but against Nashville.

I don't think that's right, otherwise what is Montreal supposed to do in this case, keep a player who can never play again on the roster?  They can't force someone to retire (nor should Weber be expected to, he can't fulfill his contract due to injuries sustained while playing hockey, why should Montreal get out of the contract because he got injured while working for them?) and I don't even think you can buy out an injured player.

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7 hours ago, Graeme-1 said:

Obviously we'll improve from the current pace, but the big question is if this team is a bottom 5 team? On paper, we shouldn't be, but sometimes when the wheels fall off, it can happen fast and not make a lot of sense (San Jose's decent from conference finals to bottom-feeder without any clear explanation beyondbyond players getting a year older was perhaps most impressive example).

It seems our lineup, when written on paper, was written in disappearing ink.

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https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/dan-robertson-the-ch-need-another-c-1.5642190

Dan Robertson: The ‘CH’ need another ‘C’

MONTREAL -- Mathieu Perreault was the centre of attention last Saturday at the Bell Centre.

He should not be the centre of the team’s third line.

With a natural hat-trick that triggered an ovation that only the Bell Centre fans can provide, it was a magical night for Perreault.

“You don’t even dream about a moment [like this],” said Perreault during the Habs’ post-game press conference. “You just dream of playing in the NHL and maybe playing for the Canadiens and not to actually score a hat-trick in your own building.”

After opening the season with five consecutive losses, Montreal desperately needed the two points against the Red Wings, and they got them with a 6-1 victory.

However, with respect to Perreault, he is miscast as Montreal’s third line centreman.

The 33 year-old Drummondville, Que. native wasn’t signed to skate between the likes of Tyler Toffoli and Cole Caufield, certainly not for the long term. That combination might work in a pinch, but Perreault and the team would be better off if he were battling for a spot on the fourth line, preferably as a winger.

He hasn’t played centre with regularity for a few seasons and was being used in Winnipeg as an energy winger with some grit and a touch of offensive flair. He isn’t the answer at the three spot for Montreal.

The truth is, that player isn’t on the roster.

In a better scenario, Ryan Poehling and Jake Evans would be battling for the number three centre role. Coming off a strong AHL season and with some sorely needed size down the middle, Poehling was given every chance at training camp to make the team, but couldn’t get the job done.

He’s still just 22 years old and could some day play in the top nine, but it seems far from a sure bet. When Jake Evans centres Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia, the makings of a solid defensive trio is clear. When Evans is on the third line and is needed to chip in with some offence, it’s evident he’s not a great fit in that role.

To this point, Toronto castoff Adam Brooks has played one game at third line centre while veteran Cedric Paquette is best suited for spot duty on a fourth line.

Montreal’s General Manager Marc Bergevin said recently he is not going to make a trade "just for the sake of making a trade." Nor should he.

But with plenty of road ahead to right the wrongs of the first two weeks of the season, it would make sense to find someone better suited for third line responsibilities. Granted, early season NHL trades are as rare as a Canadiens victory, but finding diamonds in the rough is one of the GM’s strengths.

If the Habs can acquire someone in the league who could thrive with a fresh start at the right price, they need to get it done. Then the Perreaults and Evans of the world could be slotted properly and things might just fall into place.

The Canadiens have no shortage of issues on their hands right now, but solidifying things down the middle at the right cost would certainly be a step in the right direction. 

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