A more positive take on “striking” Price

Renaud Lavoie of RDS talked to The Franchise’s agent last night and Tweeted: Getting
closer but still work to do on the Carey Price contract talks. More
talks to come this week. Both sides hope to have a deal soon.

And this just in from the B.C. rodeo circuit. Hey, is all that riding going to stretch his five-hole?

• Arpon Basu looks into the salary cap crystal ball and wonders how hard it will be to re-sign Josh Gorges

Bill Guerin’s agent tells La Presse there have been no talks with the Canadiens

• James Mirtle’s updated free agent list – including you-know-who atop the RFAs

• Michael Farber on Chris Chelios, a “true original”:

In the summer of 1990, general manager Serge Savard was being
pressured by upper management to move Chelios because, well, in its
estimation, the defenseman was not exactly a choirboy off the ice. Denis Savard, whom the Canadiens had passed on a decade earlier to choose Doug Wickenheiser
No. 1 in the entry draft, was a local darling who seemed to have at
least some miles left on his undersized chassis. With an old-fashioned
Chelios-Savard straight-up swap all but set — a deal that favored the
Blackhawks given the relative ages of the players – Chicago coach/GM Mike Keenan called owner Bill Wirtz,
who doted on Savard, to inform him the deal was ready to go. Wirtz
didn’t want to make the trade, but finally relented, telling Keenan, “We
need to get more.”

And Chicago got it. Incredibly the Canadiens added a second-round draft pick to make the deal.

Damien Cox: The whole league is waiting to see what happens with the retooled Kovalchuk contract 

507 Comments

  1. derfab says:

    The Baron de Bettman will probably have a problem with the ‘spirit’ of this deal,  if he can locate satan befor 5pm and buy back his own.

  2. Storm Man says:

    Your method is weak and your not worth it.

     

     

     

     

    HardHabits is a blowhard.

  3. rocketsglare says:

    As the undisputed #1 netminder, Price is simply negotiating accordingly. There is no strike.

    Both sides understand what is really going on. He will sign because he understands that his

    future is in Montreal.

     

  4. HardHabits says:

    You wanna quit with the empty space in your posts. Maybe try some content and people wont pass them by.

     

     

     

     

    Storm-man is a waste of space.

  5. derfab says:

    Hence, the “re-invent” part.

  6. RGM says:

    It’s all about the appearance – if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, etc. – meaning that if the Devils provide the NHL with a contract that is structured that it looks as though it’s reasonable that the player will fulfill its terms, the League will have to accept it. Clearly Kovalchuk is motivated by money more than winning a Stanley Cup; his salary demands have virtually guaranteed that it will be difficult for the Devils to field a competitive roster that can keep pace with the other top dogs in the NHL, and thus by giving him incentive to play out those last years it makes the contract agreeable to the NHL.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  7. Chorske says:

    OMG, this is so yesterday.

  8. JD_ says:

    If that Kovy II salary breakdown is accurate, it’s almost too clever by a half. The day the NHL rejected the first contract, I suggested the Devils would lop two years off the end, which they’ve apparently done, and would raise the terminal salary to $1M per, which they’ve also apparently done.

    * light smatterin’ of applause *

    But, there’s a little twist in the final two years and the reasonin’ behind it seems relatively straightforward.

    My belief is what ultimately grinds the NHL’s gears is the gap between the cash salary and the cap hit. This, in effect, is the benchmark which most empirically exemplifies the notion of cap circumvention. In the case of Kovalchuk’s first deal, that gap was – and I’m goin’ from memory here – somewhere around $6.5M in his peak earning year. That was way, way beyond the most egregious gap already out there. In jackin’ up the salary in the final two years of the contract, money that is unlikely to be paid out, all the Devils are doin’ is tryin’ to tweak the cash salary/cap hit gap down by raisin’ the cap hit, presumably to satisfy some unwritten, albeit tacit benchmark the NHL tosses around when the doors are closed. The new gap is some $5.2M in Kovy’s peak earning year.

    If the deal goes through, and it’s obviously goin’ to be harder for the league to reject it, you can expect the next long-term deal for an elite player will have a similar gap regardless of how the rest of the contract is structured.

    That is, of course, until the next CBA is negotiated and the league pushes for harder language.

  9. Storm Man says:

    You mean EX Anchor of the CBC news Montreal. He was replaced by Andrew Chang.

     

     

     

     

     

    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  10. RGM says:

    I can’t speak for every player across the League, but I know of plenty of NHL’ers that enjoy coming home this summer to participate in events in their community. Pretty much the entire Kelowna Rockets alumni roster gravitates back to the Okanagan every summer to take in some fundraising events for the KGH and the Alumni Association. I know that Josh hasn’t missed a single Rockets alum event in six years. Shea Weber is another regular fixture at events. Maybe it’s just the BC boys… hmmm ….

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  11. cautiousoptimist says:

    Man, this new Kovalchuk deal has got my knickers in a knot.  What’s the world coming to when a team with a lot of money
    and cap space offers that money to the best free agent
    available, and the greedy jerk actually accepts?!  Even worse, they offer it to him for a long time, so that he’ll keep playing for their team well into the future.  Crazy.  I mean, I know they didn’t actually break the rules or anything, but it doesn’t matter what the rules actually say — what matters is what the NHL meant them to say.  Why wait for an opportunity to make the rules better, when you can apply make-believe rules now instead?

    Anyone who doesn’t see that is just a selfish money-grubber.  And a communist.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  12. derfab says:

    Ilike Burrows. Luongo, no thanks. Another in the long line of overrated, overpaid goaltenders.

  13. Storm Man says:

    Joey that story is irrelevant now . It was just some blowhard in the Montreal press looking to stir things up.

     

     

     

     

     

    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  14. derfab says:

    Learning curve? Bad cbc anchor desperately trying to re-invent himself.

  15. derfab says:

    You are right about the kids being counted on, though using them as bait in a big trade for a top six forward is not out of the question.

    Markov is a real pro and will play hard. I just worry about losing him next July. If he remains usigned and, out of rational self interest tests the market, the KHL or someone like Detroit will undoubtedly offer him a crazy contract that the Habs won’t match.

    Knowing that he will recover, they should offer him the ‘C’ and 4 yrs at 25 milion+. If he doesn’t take it they have to move him.

  16. Storm Man says:

    You need to add Godbout into that mix also.

     

     

    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  17. joeybarrie says:

    CAREY PRICE TO GO ON STRIKE IF HE DOESN’T GET 3 MILLION PER….

    So this pretty much guarantees that Price will sign in the next few days for 2.75 million…

    I don’t believe a word of the whole STRIKE nonsense. It says a VERY VERY close source… Pretty much proves to me its nonsense.

    But hey, don’t let hearsay stopp the Price bashers from coming out to play… I hear ST. LOUIS jerseys go on sale today so go ahead spend some money. YOU DESERVE IT…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  18. pic1983 says:

    Basu and Engels are both slipping IMO.  Maybe their increased popularity as habs bloggers is getting to their heads. 

  19. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Price and Gomez for Luongo and Burrows!

     

    😛

  20. StevieRay says:

    Nice to see Carey enjoying his summer .There is no doubt in my mind that the provice of BC loves this kid . Hard to imagine that a pro athelete in this day and age would enjoy taking part in small town events in his home province …

    I think it’s just great and it shows what kind  of character and person he is . If things don’t work out with the Habs I think he’s be a perfect fit with the Canucks…if that did happen…. only then would the hab nation realize what they missed …..

  21. pic1983 says:

    well if it was structured at 2 million/yr or 4/3/1/1/1 I would be inclined to agree with you (which would be rare because we rarely agree with each other).  But why would it go 1/1/1/3/4? To make it “seem” like they are adding “incentive” to play out the rest of the contract?

    Thats what I find curious. 

  22. W35T5ID3 says:

    …..DAGENAIS = a NOBODY

    …………..NEXT….      ……….. ……. ..

  23. Chorske says:

    Perhaps. But also with the Habs’ reputedly anemic offense lighting it up most nights, keeping up with some of the biggest powerhouse lines in hockey today. Everyone keeps forgetting how many gorram goals we scored against two of the best teams in the league.

    And here’s the best part- those goal scorers and playmakers are locked up LONG TERM.

  24. W35T5ID3 says:

    …Oh and another tidbit on LeClair….and i think people forget about this …but in games 3 and 4 in L.A. who scored the Habs  O.T. goals ??Why none other than LeClair.

     

     

    …Excuse me while i go and punch the sh!t outta wall in frustration…..FFFFFRIIIG!!!

    ….

    ……………a close second…well heck even worse trade was roys trade to the avs for the 3 stooges ….

     

     

    THANK YOU REJEAN HOULE ….THANK YOU.

    …if he looks like an idiot ,talks like an idiot , and acts like an idot….by golly it’s Rejean Houle!Trading the best goalie of all time for a russian kova-whut-now and a Ru-ching!-skyyyy off the postsies and cant bury my chancy’s ….and a skinny little prissy goaltender ,who,what?T-bo?OMG

     

    ….ok…i shall stop with this …my apologies to u all.But sometimes ya just gotta letter fly!

  25. Chorske says:

    I normally like Basu’s analyses, but this one is a bit weak. The Habs only have a problem if they are expected to pursue any more free agents- but it seems to me that Gauthier has made it abundantly clear that it’s time for some of the kids in Hamilton to graduate. Having significant salary tied up in 6-8 of your 21 player roster is actually pretty much par for the course- alll the cool kids are doing it. Also, as Basu himself points out, Gorges is the kind of unremarkable-because-he-does-his-job-so-well defenseman who never gets any real love as a free agent. Gorges is around for a while.

    Basu also tries to have it both ways with the contract-as-distraction argument- seems to me that Pleks put together a career year in the final year of his contract, which suggests that Pleks was more motivated than distracted. And seriously, based on the commitment and professionalism we’ve ALWAYS seen from Markov, what are the odds that he will give anything less than his best, every shift, this year- contract talks or no contract talks?

  26. SLONCOLD says:

    the nationals kept him on low pitch counts and didn’t rush him into the pros either. this is a freak accident. he blew out his UCL on a change up out of all pitchs… really sad

  27. SLONCOLD says:

    well maybe they think he’s worth only 2 million a year at that point in his career? makes sense to me

  28. TorontoHabsFan says:

    What’s the story with Dagenais? I’ve seen him referenced on these boards from time to time as a bad apple. All I remember of him is that he was a middling talent on a middling team.

     

  29. SLONCOLD says:

    a pro athelete greedy? lol and he’s different from every other star in what way?

  30. pic1983 says:

    I dont think the league will pass this one either.  Its still $90 million in the first 10 years, and $10 million over the last 5.  Why wouldn’t they have gone, 4/3/1/1/1 in the last 5?  Obviously because they have no intention of him playing past 10 years, and if theres an NTC after 10 years instead of the NMC thats in there for the first 10, its blatant cap circumvention once again. 

  31. W35T5ID3 says:

    ….i hope the league says F-U- Lou and does not approve this ridiculous contract.What a joke.Kovalchuk …what a bloody selfish money loving greedy hog.He’s thinking he’s won the lottery with this kind of paycheque.Man,lou lamiourello is getting old real fast and getting more stupid even faster.Shame on the Devils and their organization for doing such a ludicrous attempted contract….Ilya is laughing it up right now….He can score goals…WOW …thats it.Nothing more nothing less.He’s not gonna take you to the promised land.Im surprised he’s even getting the kind of money he’zs gettin offered.

    STUPID    

                                  STUPID

                                                                           STUPID! !!! !!

                      WAKE UP GM’s….LOU….U oughtta know better.

  32. habstrinifan says:

    Agree 100% with you on LeClair…. hope Latendresse doesnt turn out the same. Although I cant see how. Leclair never looked incompetent on the ice.. Latendresse did. Guess we’ll have to wait and see but for my peace of mind please dont let it turn out to be another LeClair deal. I dont wish Latendresse ill.. just either let Pouliot match him stride for stride or they both remain just average at best. I guess that’s wishing him ill. Sorry I cant help it.. just cant take this sick feeling of another habs management fiasco.

  33. pic1983 says:

    Reported new kovalchuk deal:

    2010-11: $6 million
    2011-12: $6 million
    2012-13: $11 million
    2013-14: $11.3 million
    2014-15: $11.3 million
    2015-16: $11.6 million
    2016-17: $11.8 million
    2017-18: $10 million
    2018-19: $7 million
    2019-20: $4 million
    2020-21: $1 million
    2021-22: $1 million
    2022-23: $1 million
    2023-24: $3 million
    2024-25: $4 million

    Why the heck did they add 3 and 4 million in the last two years after the contract after it had already dipped down to $1 million? Is it to make it look like the devils are adding incentive to play out the contract? This looks like a 10yr/$90 million dollar deal to me.  Adding 3 and 4 million at the end I dont think will fool anyone.

  34. RGM says:

    It looks to me like a 15-year/$100M deal based on what you’ve posted. 🙂

    Of course the Devils are playing a little game of cap circumvention but they’re doing it in a way that will make it acceptable to the League to pass the contract and still hit the team with some form of punishment for its intent to circumvent the cap.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  35. W35T5ID3 says:

    ….the truth hurts…..

    ……………………………….

                     …………………………..

    ….CAN WE PLEASE GET A GODDDAMMMN G.M. in here THAT aint A BLOODY BONEHEAD???!!??!???!????

  36. habstrinifan says:

     

    “As often as not, in the penalty box in the last two minutes of a game is no way to create a legacy”.   You may not like Chelios but to denigrate his career like you have…WOW!

    No wonder there was a “bring back Kovalev” protest and movement in Montreal. Fans are losing the ability to appreciate great players because we have been stuck with the fake goods for much too long now. 

     

  37. doug says:

    Please don’t post stuff by, to use Boone’s terms, that cretin Damien Cox.  He’s all bluster, no humor, and a total jerk.  Follow on Twitter (@Damospin) or read the stuff on his blog if you want unfettered arrogance.

  38. W35T5ID3 says:

         My gut tells me that Strasburg and that cannon of an arm of his aint gonna have a very long career.When a guuy throws 100mph fastballs like he does is there a chance he’s gonna have a long and healthy career???NO.

     

        He’s done….Tommy John surgery…aye yaye yaye…..grab some pine young man and some big league chew cuz you aint playing for a while homeboy….Poor Stevie……Such great POTENTIAL……its too bad he’s not gonna meet nor exceed (not even close) expectations.

  39. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Man, I live in Toronto, nobody will ever let me forget it!

     

    (well that and the Roy goal from centre ice)

  40. RGM says:

    “Star power by butt”

    Kim Kardashian was on the team?

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  41. RGM says:

    And then getting up and winking over at the Bruins’ bench. That was a proud moment in Habs history. So glad we got right of that little punk and the other “two amigos,” Dagenais and Theodore.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  42. forskis says:

    A Gold & Sons…now there is a name I have not heard in a LONG time…are they even still in business?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  43. Storm Man says:

    I was having a good day till you made me recall that trade.

     

     

     

    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  44. PeterStone says:

    Anyone interested in joining an established Rotisserie Hockey Pool ? Currently involved in one with about 15 owners ( give or take ) , and I believe they are looking to add another team or 2.  In case you arent sure what a Rot. Pool is , it involves bidding in an auction format ( with a cap ) on players and building a team that competes in various categories , like goals, assists, PIMs, GAA, Wins ( we have 7 categories )

    Its pretty simple, but , it has certain complexities. 

    It will also run you 200$ give or take ( depending on the moves you make ( yup, we have a minor league and an active roster ) and winners have taken around 1K$

    If you want additional info, contact me at the email listed here.

  45. W35T5ID3 says:

    …..dude…where’s my car dude????DUDE??!!!Wheres    the    CARRR???

  46. forskis says:

    I did not read the postings in the 500-post “Price Strikes” entry…but I figure a “very, very reliable source” was more than enough to get the Price-haters ready with the tar and feathers and burning effigies…meanwhile, this entry with RDS speaking directly to the agent was probably ignored by the Price-haters…I guess they would rather believe a mystery source with bad things to say rather than an ACUTAL source with something more substantial since it would affirm their “feelings” towards Price.

    In baseball news…Strasburg is undergoing Tommy John surgery today…12-18 months on the shelf…talk about bad luck for someone who was supposed to be a franchise savior…the Nationals must be glad they paid him $50MM to blow out his elbow.  I am not sure if it is really bad luck or the Nationals mis-handled him or he pushed himself too hard.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  47. W35T5ID3 says:

    ….remember him writhing around in pain against the bruins in a playoff game some years back????….Ribiero….lol…..hilarious.

  48. Caper says:

    Ribeiro? Dallas can;t rid of his contract. Latendresse? LOL. Sure-see Ribeiro. The Wild will be wishing he was history as well.

  49. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Yeah, I think that in the near future any team that wins the cup (or even has any playoff success) will have to have at least three players that greatly outperform their contracts.

    Philly last season had at least 4 (Van Reimsdyk, Leino, Giroux, and Leighton).

    Chicago had at least 2 (Niemi & Hjarlmarsson).

     

     

  50. W35T5ID3 says:

    DUDE the biGGEST mistake was trading LECLAIR and DEEEEESSSJARDIIINSSSSS   …(i remember that desjardins hat trick goal call by bob cole in game 2 of 93 playoff overtime match like it was yesterday)…

     

    ….granted Recchi is a fine player,no doubt,but, not seeing and realizing just what LeClair was to become was a collassal miss managing of the team and set us back 5 years or so.

      Oh ya and what did leClair go on to do???Oh just put up back-to back-to-back 50+ goal seasons for the Flyers and also forming 1/3 of the (in my mind)  1 of the most dominant trios in league history.LEGION of DOOM was the ULTIMATE habs KILLER…..

    …DONTCH’ALL REMEMBER THIS?????MAN o MAN…what in deee phuckkkk was habs brass thinking pulling off that deal?????And Desjardins…..lol….wow we gave him up too!….

    ………………..to quote Benoit Brunet: “aye yaye yaye “

  51. TorontoHabsFan says:

    dude…I, like, totally agree 😉

  52. W35T5ID3 says:

    ….dude….Guerin ain’t coming to montreal.

  53. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I get the feeling that those who want Montreal to sign Guerin are basically hoping that he’ll be another Robert Lang.

    I’m not sure that’s likely to happen – Guerin is 2 years older than Lang was when we signed him, and he looked pretty old to my untrained eyes during the playoffs.

    I have a sneaking feeling that if Guerin plays this season it will look a lot like Hull’s last season in Phoenix – ineffective for a few weeks followed by retirement.

  54. Mark C says:

    Right you are, plus there is little “dead” money in that $30M, assuming no large regressions from Cammi, Pleks, Gionta, and Spacek, maybe only $3M-$5M is being spent without getting a good return on it (mostly Gomez). I would guess every team has at least $3M-$4M plus dead money on their books.

    It’s all about just how good the young talent will be, if Montreal wins a cup in the next few years it most assuredly will be because of a great impact from the prospects. 

     

  55. alestar says:

    What? Price is a Broncos fan…that’s it, I’m burning my shirt!

    “nothing cleanses like fire…”

     

    XXIV…and counting

  56. LNev says:

    What about them ignoring Lidstrom and Datsyuk and Zetterberg and everyone else that was ever good that they didn’t draft!  Oh what sheer ignorance!!!

  57. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Let’s also not forget that Dallas is desperately trying to trade Ribeiro at the moment – he’s a $5m a season bust under Marc Crawford.

     

    plus, I just never liked the guy – he always had the look of a smug prick about him 😛

  58. Tighthead says:

    I remember Wickenheiser (RIP) being the consensus #1.  Savard went third after Dave Babych.  I always thought the Habs kind of messed up on the development side and may have done the same to Savard.

    Yes we won a cup with Savard, but he was wearing a suit from A Gold & Sons when the buzzer went.

  59. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Shhh…don’t go ruining a good ol’ fashioned Gauthier/Gainey hatefest with facts and stuff!

     

    Montreal’s cap situation is actually pretty good compared to other teams who spend to the ceiling. And the Markov situation is actually far from onerous – he’s already making elite money ($5.75m/yr), I would be astonished if his next contract was more than $6.5m/yr – in other words, $750k extra per season.

    With Hamrlik coming off the books and a slew of young players coming up the ranks (Pacioretty, Avtsin, Leblanc, Kristo, Weber, Carle, Tinordi) we should be able to manage our cap very well (plus let’s not forget that in a couple seasons Gomez’ lowered salary and higher cap hit could be very appealing to a team looking to hit the cap floor – a situation NYI found themselves in this year)

  60. RGM says:

    I am shocked that we’ve made it over 50 comments and nobody’s read into the Denver Broncos hat as some sort of symbolism that Price wants to get out of here so that he can play in Colorado. Remember when people went ballistic over the Washington Nationals hat? That was some funny stuff.

    Anyways, glad to see that a legitimate reporter actually contacted somebody involved with the negotiations instead of just posting some random tweet based on second-hand information. To see over 500 comments based off a rumour that may as well have come from Eklund is amusing. I’m fully confident that the deal will be done by the time we hit training camp in 3 weeks. Yes, how awesome is it that the first preseason hockey starts in three weeks?!?!

    Regarding the future captain, $3M per year sounds expensive for a guy that doesn’t score a lot of goals and is, as somebody on the Internet recently put it, “a throwback” and a real defensive defenceman. But if he’s got a letter and continues to remain so important to the team’s success on the PK while shutting down top-line opponents, that figure is not at all out of the question. I’d love to see him locked up long-term. Great guy.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    Riberio and Latendresse played themselves out of town by themselves, they had their chances and promptly threw them away because they couldn’t grow up.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  62. observer says:

    In 7 with Halak stopping 50 shots a game.

  63. habaddict_andy says:

    Star power by butt.  It’s amazing our useless players kicked Pittsburg’s behind.

  64. observer says:

    2 of the biggest mistakes by Habs GMs (and there have been and continue to be many Ribeiro, Latendresse, Halak recently)! NOT drafting Savard and picking Wickenheiser instead, then when Savard was nearly done giving up a young already star defenseman for him.

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pittsburgh’s got 60% of their cap committed to 6 players, I’d say their cap situation is far less well-managed than ours, not to mention contract No. 7 on their list, Chris Kunitz (at 3.725 a season) can’t even hit solid numbers playing next to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

    Montreal’s situation has a much better grouping of prospects coming up than PIT, who doesn’t know what to do if they don’t have a 1st or 2nd overall pick. You need cheap prospects to supplement a contender these days, which MTL has in the works right now.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  66. Mark C says:

    The cap situation isn’t so bad, those six players represent 4 top six forwards, a starting goalie, and 1 top four D. Pretty much all teams have a breakdown like that.

  67. pic1983 says:

    Not really about star power.  Pittsburgh had the exact same star power last year and we took them down.  Pittsburgh has over $20 million tied up in 3 CENTERS.

  68. Caper says:

    Come on Thomas. The day that trade was made you must of thought WTF?

  69. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Yeah we got robbed. Except that we won a Stanley Cup in ’93 with Savard and Chicago … uh … didn’t. For the record, I’ve never liked Chelios. As often as not, in the penalty box in the last two minutes of a game is no way to create a legacy.  

  70. Caper says:

    Agreed. I love my team but things went our way in 86 and 93. Last spring had the same feeling as those years until the Flyers series of course.

  71. SmartDog says:

    Moving a powerhouse like Chelios because he was a bit of a playboy and then adding a 2nd rounder to the deal was classic poor priority Montreal Canadiens decision making.  Image over hockey. Sad. 

    But closer to home today (in the sad deparment) Arpu notes:

    “Bob
    Gainey and Gauthier’s spree last summer will still hamper the club next
    season….  looking at upwards of $30 million tied up in six players.”

    And that DOESN’T include Markov. 

    This is Pittsburg style financial management, but without the star power to show for it. 

    Sorry we lost Halak and Moore?  Wish we coulda signed a free agent? For all you “Bob had to get Gomez” evangalists…. four more years of being screwed by the cap is for you.  

     

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  72. SeriousFan09 says:

    Chelios and the 80s, 90s guys were moved were already great for the most part. Chelios still holds a probably unbreakable 55 assist in his rookie season among the team’s own player records. Everyone praises Serge Savard for the 23rd and 24th Cups, but he significantly weakened the clubs with poor drafting after the mid 80s and a series of weak trades.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  73. sholi2000.com says:

    Vokoun always comes to mind.

    Can’t keep em all.

    They Call Me Shane

  74. madmat411 says:

    I always thought personally, getting rid of Chelios was a bad idea..like our curse, people we trade away always turn out good! Go to the Canadiens website and SEE who were once habs, even for one game….I know when i looked, i couldn’t believe some of the guys we had, who became big name stars after trading them (tho i still think sergei will be an exception)

  75. Seppo says:

    IMO it’s an attempt from that guy from CBC to get some fame. Even CBC at least last night even reported that ”news” (well last night, i dont know if this morning they mentionned it anywhere).

    my take on it in french : http://tinyurl.com/28pdrud


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.