Canadiens acquire enforcer Parros from Panthers

The Canadiens have acquired enforcer George Parros from the Florida Panthers in return for forward Philippe Lefebvre and a seventh round pick at the 2014 NHL draft (previously acquired from Florida during this year’s draft).

Parros, 33, posted 1-1-2 totals in 39 games with the Panthers in 2012-13 while accumulating 57 penalty minutes. He had 53 hits and averaged 6:36 of ice time.

Since his NHL debut in 2005-06, Parros has 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) in 452 NHL regular season games. The 6-foot-5, 228-pound forward has served 1,007 penalty minutes. Parros has added 35 penalty minutes in 19 career NHL playoff games.

A native of Washington, Pa., Parros was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the eighth round (22nd overall) at the 1999 NHL draft. Prior to joining the Canadiens, he played with the Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks and Panthers during his NHL career.

“I’m excited to play in Montreal for certainly one of the best markets around for hockey,” Parros said on a conference call with media on Friday at 6 p.m.

“I’m not afraid to still mix it up,” he added.

“I know the type of player that I am. And hopefully I can produce offensively and be a benefit defensively for the team. But certainly I’ll try to bring my brand of hockey to the Habs.”

You can hear more of what Parros had to say by clicking here.

Lefebvre, signed as a free agent by the Canadiens on Sept. 15, 2009, played 23 games this past season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, posting 4-3-7 totals. He added 16 points  in 28 games with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

Parros has spent most of his career as a fourth-liner, but Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin told reporters he brings “an aspect of respect, not only on the ice but with his teammates.”

The GM added: “He’s a guy that we did our due diligence … he’s a good person, he’s a high character guy that’s well-liked by his teammates and protects his teammates. At the time where we are right now with the Montreal Canadiens, I felt there was a need that we had to look at. And if you look around the teams near us, they all have that aspect in their lineup. It’s something that we need, and we all know what Brandon Prust does for our club … he stands up for his teammates … and now he’s going to have the help.”

Bergevin added that Prust has got “the heart of a lion.”

“He’s a warrior, he stands up for his teammates,” the GM said. “We saw what he did in Boston, what he did in Toronto, just to name a few. He’s always there for his teammates. It’s a hard job to do and you could tell him just not to do it, but he just can’t help himself. He’s just a warrior.”

So is Parros. 

(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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1,208 Comments

  1. --Habs-- says:

    There’s a huge difference between being a good fighter and being fearless…….Fearless examples are Stan Jonathan, Chris Nilan and Brandon Prust. A player once told me its not the good fighter that concerns him its the fearless crazy ones. The good fighers you know what to expect. The crazy ones come out of left field.

    Go HABS Go

  2. Habs1st says:

    People keep in mind a few things:
    NHL execs, GMs, scouts, coaches etc. know a lot more than we do. Even if some make bonehead moves.
    Contracts for existing NHL players are made based on performance of prior years that does not mean that current/future years will be the same or better than prior years. If DD played/plays like he did 2 & 3 years ago its a good deal. If DD plays like he did last year, send him to the ECHL (he’s not good enough for the AHL!). For the record, my issue with him is his size and contract length. I don’t like either.
    Drafting, especially after the top 10, is a crap shoot. There are players from the 1st round of every draft, even from the top 10 that are a bust. And there are players from the 7th round every year that have a stellar NHL career. Drafting is based on how players perform against non-NHL players. They may or may not perform the same in the NHL and you don’t know that until they are in the NHL.
    If we, as fans, don’t want Markov – bad knees, getting too old, DD – too small, Moen – washed up, etc., etc., etc. Why on earth do you think any of the other 29 teams will give up a better player/top prospect/high draft pick to get our often injured, too small, washed up player? Or a really good player for a combination of old, washed up, oft-injured players? Add draft picks? If the player coming to MTL helps us that much, the draft pick going the other way would be very low and MTL would be jeopardizing its long-term future.
    While our team is the best in our minds, unfortunately our team currently does not have top talent/right crop of players to be a top contender for the Cup. As a result, we do not have the assets to make a trade without taking away the limited amount of really good players we have and giving up on our future by trading our top young talent and our draft picks.

    I, for one, believe in our GM. I think he’s the best we’ve had in a long time. I think he will make our team better and make our team a contender, but it will take time, i.e. another year or two at a minimum. And it will come through drafting and through astute, well thought-out trades.
    Keep in mind, hind-sight is 20-20! Things will get better folks. GO HABS!!!!

    • Ron says:

      Everybody is on the new thread…

    • jacquesthemonkey says:

      I agree with everything you have said. BTW, I think a lot of the criticism of Bergevin is that he is the first GM since Sam Pollock that isn’t making panic transactions. He seems to be truely looking longterm and isn’t willing to mortgage the farm to appease anyone.

  3. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    Reality, Perception and Doughnuts

    Perception: HIO majority feel that DD and Gorges are over paid long term boat anchors, weighing down the SS HABS with poor play and cap eating contracts:

    Reality: DD had .6PPG last year and is actually very good at getting the puck out of scrums and using his lower body (think Naslund) for leverage.

    Gorges played over 21 minutes a game, played all games, all roles, had 9 points and plus 4. The perception that he doesn’t hit/fight/make the first pass/clear the crease/successfully kill penalties, is inaccurate or flat out wrong. His game is to pay the price to make the play, make the right pass and support his offensive minded partners.

    The size queen’s around here are so obsessed with fighting and hitting for hitting sake in the defensive zone (not to break up a play) that they miss the fact that gorges takes those hits beloved by the fans of the St-Louis/Los Angeles school of robot forechecking.

    For both players, their long term pay scales are commensurate for their worth and what they bring – say, where are Derek Roy and Douglas Murray playing now?

    Perception: The Habs are small and if we don’t load up on tough guys, we will get beaten up.

    Reality: Sorry to say it for those who moan about the Boston/Toronto and Ottawa beatdowns but there was one thing those games had in common – the Habs were losing, frustrated and tried to “send a message” …. bad idea.

    Yes, I said it. From Moen at the end of the Boston game down 3 goals with a minute left and Tom Pyatt on his wing (what, did he think it was Tom Kotsopoulos?) to Prust/White, the common denominator is that the Habs middleweights try to take the law into their own hands when discretion is the better part of valor.

    Maybe the other team is sending their goons on search and destroy – suck it up, play your game, not theirs. Do you see Detroit trying to get into brawls with their less than massive roster?

    Doughnuts. Fact is that unless Carey Price rebounds to his potential, the Habs could be dressing Optimus Prime and the other team doesn’t need to worry about needing a shutout to win.

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  4. Andy and the habs says:

    New thread

  5. SmartDog says:

    Maybe MB should sign Thomas to a 1-year deal. He’s nutty as a fruitcake but Price looks up to him and he could teach Pricer a few things about consistency and focus.

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  6. SmartDog says:

    - Fournier seems like a good signing. Big and skilled isn’t that what the man said? 6’2″ has scored a lot of goals, has a good plus-minus.
    - St. Pierre is part of the Blackhawks connection. But he’s a center… like we need another small center? Maybe it’s so the Bulldog players can get used to playing with a smurf before they come up to the Habs
    - Jagr – I HOPE we pick up Jagr. One of my top 4 players of all time (others are Mario, Federov, Oates)… one year on the Habs would be awesome. He’d teach the players a few things about puck possession and play-making.
    - Paros – I like the Paros signing. I give it an A-. Just 1 year/1 million and the guy can handle himself with just about anyone.

    My faith in MB is a little higher today. If he could only trade away one small guy not named Gallagher, I would be happy.
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  7. SnowManHabs85 says:

    @EyeOnHockey – Jaromir Jagr talking to the Montreal Canadiens.

    Wonder what for?… :P

  8. B says:

    Will Andrighetto play in Hamilton next season or back in the Q as an overager? I am guessing he will be in Hamilton.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  9. Dr.Rex says:

    COnsidering St. Louis is desperte for a center about MCDonalds retirement. How Bout”

    Desharnais, Bournival and 2nd for Stewart.

  10. Timo says:

    Coburn, Couturier, Perron, Edler, Cleary… we don’t need any of those guys?

  11. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Really like the Fournier signing…you never know….

    24 cups and counting….

  12. Ron says:

    I see why they announced the Fournier signing first. Big lad. Then they announce the signing of a 29 year old smurf Martin St-Pierre 5’9 hahahahaha. Keeping the mix. 1 year 2 way. Has played a few NHL games with Hawks, Sens and Bruins. Small

  13. PeterD says:

    Habs sign Stefan Fournier to 3 yr contract…6’3 212 pounds…scored 29 pts in 17 playoff games eith Mooseheads this year.
    Was on a try out at habs development camp…
    Sounds like a good prospect to add.

  14. durocher says:

    MB is not done — he asked about Edler, was rumored to be in talks with Philly for Coburn.

    The same logic that Prust can’t do it alone on the forward-front should apply to the defensive corps — Emelin can’t do it alone in terms of bringing the physicality. Tinordi is a big boy, but he’s young and isn’t as impactful (at least not yet) as Emelin.

    My guess is MB trades a center for a defenseman. Failing that, MB should take a hard look at Fistric. He is big, can hit, and has character (he was captain of his junior team). Moen and Diaz should also be moved, the former has lost his physical edge and the latter is small.

  15. Timo says:

    Everyone always wanted to play in Mtl when no one else would sign them.

  16. NightRyder says:

    I’d still like to see the Habs make a push at getting Edler out of Vancouver. The Canucks are almost bereft of prospects and snug up against the cap.
    Gorges (good B.C. boy) would be a great fit in Tortorella’s shot-blocking system and they’d save more than a million bucks a year, meaning Gillis could add one more depth loser, er, player.
    Edler and Subban could be a dominant NHL pairing.

    Hey MB: Gorges plus a prospect/pick for Edler. Just remember to tell Gillis how smart he is.

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    In response to my criticism of the McCarron pick Dunboyne Mike said “aren’t you the guy who said the draft was a lottery”?

    No I’m not. First because it’s a sports cliché. Second because it’s not true. A lottery is random. In the draft you have info. That’s why draft order is so important. When you pick a consensus #45 player at #25 and justify it by saying you like his size, that is worrisome. If MB had said we think he’s underrated, we love his personality, etc … that would have been different.

    • Mark C says:

      Where was he a consensus #45 player? I saw him ranked in the 20s and 30s in most places.

    • NightRyder says:

      ISS: No. 23 | The Hockey News: No. 27 | McKeen’s: No. 33. Doesn’t seem like a huge reach.
      Would it make everybody feel better if they just pretended Fucale was taken with the first-rounder and McCarron a few picks later?

    • Whatever says:

      I have a problem with consensus anyway whether it is in our favour or not. Scouting bureaus and the mock draft amateurs are made up of guys that aren’t scouting for NHL teams, but who probably would like to. Why not just have a 1 guy scouting department to stand at the podium and announce the next selection according to CSB?

  18. Propwash says:

    Stephane Fournier signed on a 3 year deal.

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=677040

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  19. Thurston says:

    Well, since Weber signed in Vancouver, it made #68 available…

    L.A. Lariviere ‏@L_A_theRiver 32m
    Jagr in talks with #Habs. Agent spoke to M Bergevin yesterday. Expects to resume talks soon. ‘He’s always wanted to play in MTL’ #Habs #NHL

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    OK, the NHL is only the second worst refereed league in sports:

    “According to reports in Brazil, referee Otavio Jordao da Silva (20) fatally stabbed footballer Josenir dos Santos Abreu (30) during a heated moment of a match.

    Santos Abreu is believed to have argued and then struck the referee after being unhappy with a decision.

    Santos Abreu was rushed to hospital but died from injuries on the way.

    Outraged by the incident, some spectators then apparently decided to inflict a gruesome revenge on the referee.

    According to reports, the referee was tied up, beaten, stoned and quartered. They then put his head on a stake and planted it in the middle of the pitch.”

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/south-american-football-referee-beheaded-fans-killing-player-084120459.html

  21. Adidess says:

    I now cringe at those proposed D pairings where Subban plays alongside Gorges. Gorges might or might not have a rebound year this year, but I really think the days of playing PK with him should be over, if we want to capitalize on Subban’s strenghts and potential.

    PK is our ‘Chara’ in terms of impact, he needs to be out there for close to half the game. We need a partner for him who can share that load without being a defensive liability. Looking at our roster right now, we really don’t have that tough, durable, stay-at-home Dman to play with him. That’s the key trade I want to see between now and training camp.

    • habs_54321 says:

      hoping we can aquire edler or coburn they would compliment pk very well imo

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      He and Gorges were good together during the 2012 tanking season.

      I think it’s more Therrien’s ‘system’ that is to blame. Doesn’t allow Gorges to do his thing. Doesn’t allow guys like Markov and Diaz to do their thing either (pass the puck) since 3/5 of the team is in the corner trying to get the puck.

  22. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Derek Roy has not yet been signed…anyone still thinks DD’s contract is moveable?

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Ed says:

      even if DD’s contract was moveable, which I agree it is not, we could not get back for DD anything close to what we need to improve the team – power.

    • Mark C says:

      I don’t understand this logic. Given the contracts handed out yesterday DD’s contract looks like market value to me.

      • Ed says:

        he has yet to establish the credibility, league wide, to justify 4 years. it’s not the 3.5. million per season, it’s the 4 year term that makes it a terrible deal.

        • Mark C says:

          Why? With the cap likely going up each year, DD’s % of cap will be deceasing each year. We’re talking about the prime years of a player who will account for less than 5% of cap space. Assuming his game doesn’t fall off a cliff, I don’t see much difference between four or three days.

  23. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Habs equivalent for the trade for Ryan would essentially be Gallagher, Beaulieau and our first round pick. Would you do it?

    • D Mex says:

      Nope – based on the combo of Gallagher and the 1st rounder alone.

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Yes if Ryan can be signed to an extension. Max-Chucky-Ryan would be one of the best lines in hockey.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        I agree this would be a sick All-American line.

        But at this point in the organization’s development, it’s not worth making that line a reality yet.

        Other things need to come into place first like solidifying the Bottom 6, re-shoring our D and reducing the number of small non-gritty players.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Nope.

      Ottawa got fleeced.

      • mksness says:

        only if the 1st round pick and 1st round prospect turn into something.

      • The_Truth says:

        For a 6’2, 26 year old power forward, with sick skill and who drives the net, who has scored 30 goals in 4 years already?

        I love that deal for Ottawa. They just got a cornerstone player that are as rare as diamonds. He and Spezza are going to be scary.

        Out of anyone in the league that could have been available, that is who I would have wanted.

    • Andy and the habs says:

      2 NHL players, assuming Beaulieu becomes one soon and it looks like it, and a potential good pick is hard to say yes to.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Bobby Ryan 5.1 million and a UFA in 2 years.

      Silfverberg 900k and a RFA next season.
      Noesen is in his first year of his entry level contract and quite highly regarded. (his points aren’t very far off of Ryan’s in his first 3 seasons in the OHL.
      All 3 players roughly the same size.

      Ottawa answers a hole now, but trades away the future in this one. They re-sign Ryan and they are still looking good for it. But I think Silfverberg will be a 25+goal scorer and if Noesen in a 20+ then Anaheim did very well here.

      Gallagher and Beaulieu considering Eller and Chuckie are much more valuable here than Ryan would be.

      Keep in mind that these Silfverberg hits 20-25 goals next season he is a HUGE bargain at under a million and gives a team cap space to sign another….
      Can Ottawa keep Ryan? Can they afford him in 2 years?

      NOPE, i am glad we kept our prospects.

      • The_Truth says:

        Trades away the future? Ryan IS the future. Trust me, Ottawa will be able to afford Ryan. Ryan is as pure a goalscorer as anyone not named Ovechkin and Stamkos in the league.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Nope. Habs haven’t reached that sort of young player depth the Sens have reached. The Habs can’t afford to part with a couple of their brightest young talents AND a 1st round pick.

      • The_Truth says:

        For a 1st and Beaulieu, I would have had no problem with it. I would have exchanged Gallagher for Eller and would have been thrilled with that deal.

        If the Habs could have aquired him instead of Briere and matched Vinny’s offer the forward lines would have been.

        Patches-Vinny-Gally
        Chucky-Pleks-Ryan
        Bourque-DD-Gionta
        Parros-White-Prust

        The wingers may be messed up, but you get the picture. Now that is a nice Top 9 (12)

    • jacquesthemonkey says:

      The Sens could afford to make that trade because of the abundance of young talent that they have. I’m not sure that the Habs are quite as deep in that regard.

    • ari says:

      yes.you have to give something to get something

  24. HardHabits says:

    Parros will probably not play all 82 games and be a healthy scratch on specific occasions throughout the season. Teams need depth to go far. The Habs are starting to build that. The trade that brought Parros came at a negligible cost. Nothing was given up to sign Briere. It takes time to stock a cupboard meaningfully that’s been bare for so long.

    • Ron says:

      I was surprised to see he played in 39 on a reduced season of 48 games. I hope MT plays him on a needed basis along with some thank you type ones. Last year of his contract so it might be interesting.

  25. habs001 says:

    Habs made the playoffs last year by having a dominant record vs the non playoff teams and maintaining a 500 record vs the playoff teams..Give the Habs credit for winning games in the regular season but many of those regular season games had little intensity and hitting…

    • HardHabits says:

      It’s better than the Habs playing down to the level of their opponent as they did during the Martin and Carbonneau coached years.

  26. Hobie Hansen says:

    George Parros Vs Frazer Mclaren: http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/108153

    It will be nice to know Parros will be fighting McLaren now instead of Gorges.

  27. Habfan17 says:

    Apparently Philly is not happy with Couturier and were trying to move him. They also do not want Mezaros. Both have one year left on their contracts. Would you trade Diaz, Gorges and Holland to make the deal? Philly shores up their defence and saves a little over a million dollars and move Mezaros. Montreal gets a player who they can move at the deadline or let walk at the end of the season in Mezaros, and they get Couturier who is a lefty and may be able to fill the 2nd line left wing spot, I know he is a centre.

    Habfan17

  28. habs001 says:

    Parros and Moen on the fourth line will result in being dominated in the d zone and being caught with odd man rushes from the opposition zone…

  29. habstrinifan says:

    @Fransaskois.

    You got me stumped. I am only looking at RFA’s forwards born in Quebec… and based on your tease “where he’s playing” and “nhl ready”, and assuming you are not talking about a ‘small player’ all I can come up with is this guy…

    Jean-Sebastien Berube #66 .. had a nice junior career but hasnt made ityet. I she NHL ready.. I dont know.

    • Phil C says:

      How about Jordan Caron in Boston?

      • Fransaskois says:

        DINGDINGDING

        Jordan Caron is who I was looking for. Playing LW (A weakness for us), from Sayabec PQ, 6’2 202lbs, playing for Boston (who cares if we offer sheet them?), an RFA (MB can decide the contract), plays a very strong style at the net and along the boards, has some NHL experience and Boston is in all sorts of cap pain (with or without LTIR).

        Way to be Phil C. Sorry for leaving you hanging Trini. :D

        • habstrinifan says:

          No.. was fun looking.
          Caron would be great and even Berube.. just to do something.
          But I like Paajarvi best.
          I think this is a very probable trading partner.. They have so many young forwards.. they may be looking for either a Gionta (experience ) or Gorges (again experience).

          • The_Truth says:

            Gionta is untradeable at this time. Injured and 5 Million, no one will touch him. Gorges is overpaid (for 5 more years!!) and the Oilers wouldn’t go near that contract. They just got Ference for cheaper and drafted a great prospect in Nurse, who will be ready soon.

            Unfortunately we are stuck with both guys.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Gionta’s in his last year. Hope he has a good year then can finish his career in Florida with a big contract as our younger center’s will be ready to step in. No one can say he has not played his heart out while with the Habs.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

        • Phil C says:

          How much would you offer? $1.6M and a 3rd rounder? Is he worth a 2nd rounder?

          • Fransaskois says:

            Considering a guy like Setoguchi was just traded for a 2nd rounder, I can not justify moving a 2nd round pick for Caron. 1.6mil and a 3rd would be the max. Might get lucky and have the Bruins choose not to match it. It’s the little things :)

      • habstrinifan says:

        Lemme check may have missed him.
        Yep… better name. Thanks. Played with Berube too.

  30. Timo says:

    Seriously, Habs couldn’t match what Pitts paid Scuderi? FFS! It’s less than gorgeous Gorges and he is 20 times better than Habs self proclaimed big mouth piece.

    • ZepFan2 says:

      How do you know MB didn’t try and land Scuderi? Seems pretty clear where he (Scuderi) wanted to go from the quote below.

      “I thought going to Pittsburgh, the familiarity with the area would make for an easier transition. And most important, the team in a win-now mode.”

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      “On we sweep, with threshing oar.
      Our only goal will be the Stanley Cup!” – Danno

      For Your Life

      • habstrinifan says:

        Just asking? No yelling…

        What about Iginla.. 1.8 mill base salary for 1 yr and loads of bunus clauses-monies.

        Should Habs have been involved?

        • Fransaskois says:

          I’m sure they were or wanted to be. Similar situation. Iginla WANTS to go to a cup contender, he asked for a trade to Pittsburgh and has now signed with Boston, we are not a cup contender.

        • ZepFan2 says:

          Again, how do you or anybody else on this site know whether MB went after Iginla or not?

          To be honest, he (Iginla) didn’t really impress me in the playoffs, and he was on a stacked team to boot!

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          “On we sweep, with threshing oar.
          Our only goal will be the Stanley Cup!” – Danno

          For Your Life

          • habstrinifan says:

            As I posted elsewhere if MB did.. I’m ok he tried. But if he didnt… then I’m unhappy even if as you say Iginla was not a factor in playoffs.

          • florida habs says:

            not bad numbers after trade to Pit / reg and play offs

        • The_Truth says:

          No chance Iggy would have ever come here.

        • Mark C says:

          Per an interview I heard with a reporter, Iginla’s agent reached out to Boston, apparently Igina wanted to go there.

      • B says:

        Apparently, all you have to do is make a phone call and write a big cheque…et voila. That’s all there is to it. :)

        –Go Habs Go!–

    • Fransaskois says:

      Scuderi went back to a place he’s comfortable that has a chance to win a Stanley Cup.

      It isn’t all about matching for most players. We don’t have rights to players just because we are the Montreal Canadiens and they are your favourite team.

      Logic.

    • wjc says:

      Maybe Scuderi had a say in where he wants to play. Stanley cup means money, but you knew that already!

      To bad everything isn’t a hockey video game. Real life is different. Gorgeous George, you have nerve enough to say that to his face, didn’t think so.

      “Self proclaimed big mouth piece’….what the hell are you talking about. Did you take your meds today.

      wjc

    • Ron says:

      Not sure if its an act you put on here on HIO or not but your description of Gorges being the Habs self proclaimed big mouth may appear like it although to his defence the media goes to him for quotes. One thing for sure YOU will never need to self proclaim yourself the big mouth of HIO. Most everyone here will jump at the chance to accommodate that aspect of your existence here. It must be one of your ways to get some jollies or just maybe you are that strange.

  31. This Guy says:

    Hearing word from Anaheim that Parros was a major fan favorite. Looking at our Roster, we’ve got a helluva likeable team. I know that doesn’t win championships, but winning does take heart. I’m enjoying this “character” trend.

    Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
    Paccioretty – Desharnais – Briere
    Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
    Prust – White – Parros

    Subban – Gorges
    Markov – Emelin
    Tinordi – Bouillon (Beaulieu)

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Any line-up without Moen is a good one…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • FishOutOfWater says:

        my theory is that parros gets moen going, they won a cup together with the ducks, maybe moen wont beat the hell outta guys but he might score with those hands of stone. remember when he got hot in 11-12? he had like 8 goals in 15 games it was great.

        http://945thesmooth.tumblr.com/

        • habstrinifan says:

          Boston.. Game tied 1-1 and Lucic and Kreichi(?) pushing folks around.

          Mt taps Moen Parros Prust.. .. need I say more? (well except he has to tap Moen twice to wake him up).

    • habstrinifan says:

      You think Markov is likeable?

      • ZepFan2 says:

        To his teammates, yes. To the media/fans, probably not/who cares.

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        Our only goal will be the Stanley Cup!” – Danno

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        • habstrinifan says:

          Hey dont shoot the messenger here. “This guy” seems to care.. in fact thinks it’s step 1 to a winning team.

          • This Guy says:

            “Heart” isn’t synonymous with likeable. Rather, you can like someone for their courage/determination/effort. To say that I think it’s step 1 is a little ludicrous. For the record, most teams that go deep in the playoff have heart. The fact is, the playoffs are gruelling.

          • ZepFan2 says:

            Not shooting anyone, just replying to a legitimate question. Btw, my earlier reply was only my opinion and of the few times I’ve seen les boys talking about Markov.

            That’s why it’s more important if he’s (Markov) likeable to his teammates than it is to either me or you.

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          • florida habs says:

            it won’t put the puck in the net, I think MT is pushing this, IMO MT has trouble coaching big talent/ego, so goes for the “character” players.

      • This Guy says:

        Considering all the Russian Doll crap he’s taken, he’ll still drum up a soft-spoken quip with the media and is a positive member of the locker room. My point wasn’t that every player is gregarious, but that our team has drive and isn’t plagued with Cammalleri/Grabovski types or even the likes of disappearing act Michael Ryder. Instead, you know you’ll get 110% from most of the guys on our roster.

        • habstrinifan says:

          So Pacioretty, Moen… even Subban and Markov… gave 110% last year eh in everygame……. only Ryder, Cammallieri and Grabovski, all who incidentally left us, didnt give 110%.

          Just asking cause you easily identified all ex-habs who didnt give that 110% but couldnt come up with 1 current HAB who didnt.

          Seems odd to you that all our 110% couldnt pull us out of the late season swoons.

          • This Guy says:

            You’re way too hung up on specifics. I never set out to categorize every single player by their efforts and classify them by Hab/ex-Hab/non-Hab, nor did I ever make the claim that every single hab gives their all consistently. Perhaps you think I’ve got rosy/bias glasses on, but players like “Me Myself and Mike” and Grabovski are detrimental to the room’s atmosphere.

            I appreciate that we have a multitude of players, like Gallagher and Galchenyuk, who will stand up for themselves and their teammates despite their height or weight respectively (see Eller incident). Others like White and Prust will play until they need to be hospitalized. Now I could go on,… Gorges, who was the league leader in shot blocking two years ago despite having the worst team in the East. etc.

            Sure, Carey and Budaj need to find their step and our D is weak, especially when Emelin is taken out of the play and that will result in losses, skill and size have their place. The point is our lineup is loaded with sparkplugs.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I didn’t like the Briere signing at all but after I cooled down I looked at the roster. The signing of Parros helped me calm down a little. At least we’re not going to get our asses kicked as easily anymore to add insult to injury.

      The have to hope for a few things. Gallagher and Galchenyuk don’t suffer the sophomore slump, Tinordi is ready for primtime, Gorges returns to form and Emelin is back and as good as ever in November.

      Then, they are a lower tier playoff team with an outside chance of having playoff success.

  32. Timo says:

    So I was drinking last night with a buddy of mine (not a hockey fan) and got to chat with these groups of guys/girls sitting next to us. One of them was a Leafs fan. Nice guy, very friendly and was super happy about how leafs have done in the off season. “Oh yeah” I said. “Well… we… we… we got BRIERE!!! Top THAT!” He had nothing.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      At the office in Ottawa, I was sulking the moment Briere was signed and my co-workers, obvisously Sens fans, loved every minute of it.
      As they know 1st hand, after the playoffs, the Habs are a bunch of pushovers.

      Then Alfredson left town, I could razz them a little bit for about an hour until they picked up MacArthur and Ryan.

      The Sens fans are ready to run us out of the rink next fall now!

    • wjc says:

      So timo what would you have done, better? This should be interesting.

      Also, you have an excellent chance of being right. If you are totally negative, you cannot be wrong or small chance anyways.

      If for example you say, “Canadiens will not win the cup next year” you will probably be right. You could say that about 28 other teams and be ‘RIGHT’. So being negative has its own reward, because you spend all summer saying, how bad Montreal will be and be good until, October. If they get off to a good start, you can say “Won’t last” and probably be right.

      But, if you are wrong and they continue to play well, you will say “can’t last,” good chance of being right.

      When they make it to the playoffs, and you say, “they are not built for the playoffs” and if they win, you will say, “everybody gets lucky” and if they continue to win, you will say “wait and see, it cannot last.” and If they finally lose in the third round you will say ” told you so”

      You will finally be right and then if will start all over again, they should have done more at trade deadline, they should have gotten rid of this player that player, Prices fault can’t win the big games.

      Never ending and convienently ignoring the the other 28 teams that fall short or fail to make the playoffs.

      Instead of talking hockey, chat up the women instead.

      wjc

    • wjc says:

      I guess he couldn’t top it!……geez this is embarrassing.

      Just to ‘paraphrase’ you said, “we got Briere, top that” and he couldn’t top that.

      So Briere, was a good pick up according to a Leaf fan, because he couldn’t top that.

      Sorry I called you a sport writer trying to get more post, you my friend are challenged.
      wjc

    • The Dude says:

      Brierre is one elbow away from retirement ,c’est pas bon.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Did you hit on any of the girls? And do you have pictures? That’s what I want to know.

  33. chanchilla says:

    why does everyone think we’re gonna be sellers at the deadline, we made the playoffs by a landslide, although we didnt fare too well afterwards, i think the changes to the team should help our chances once we get there. I don’t think our team is good enough to take home the cup yet, but we’re gonna make the playoffs without a problem.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      The only reason we’ll be sellers at the deadline is because Markov and Gionta are UFAs after the season finishes. I don’t think Bergevin should or will resign either one of them so a guy like Markov could fetch a 1st round pick at the deadline. So it would be a good idea to move him.

      I’d be happy if the Habs had two 1st picks next year, even if they’re mid or late 1st round.

      • Timo says:

        Markov and his knee fetching a 4th or 5th rounder would be fantastic. First. Come on.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          I’ve never agreed with people saying Kaberle or Gomez could be traded, I always laughed.

          Markov is no Kaberle though. We’ll see what Markov looks like this year. He could improve on last year’s season and fetch a 1st rounder. Any team would take him for their PP at the deadline and he’d instantly be on their top paring.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        We only sell if we’re not playoff-bound.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      That is why they should make decisions now on next year’s UFAs. If they are in the playoff hunt there is no way they will deal anyone. I bet next year we will be lamenting how they could have dealt Markov for something.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Even if they’re in the hunt Bergevin should pull the trigger. Like chanchilla said above, we’re not wining a Stanley Cup next year.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          He should but will he? Not on Markov and Gionta…

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Fransaskois says:

      12 points isn’t a landslide.

      We played well for 3/4s of a half season against only half of the league’s teams while getting by for much of the season without any big injuries. We relied on huge production from our rookies and a novice-style system that was solved by the end of the season. I think it will be a battle for us to make the playoffs, it won’t be a cake walk or “no problem”. But that’s just my glass-half-empty opinion at this point.

      The way to win (based on the top teams in the league) is to build around a core and make a cup window. We need to move our non-core players to build around our core players. So I’d hope to see lot’s of players moved that still have value.

    • The_Truth says:

      I wouldn’t be so sure of that. The team had a good start and that helped in a shortned season. The trend was looking like if the season was a full one, the Habs were going to have a real fight to make it.

      Many bottom teams have improved and with the addition of Detroit and a greatly improved Colubus team, and with the Habs having pretty much stayed the same so far. It won’t be easy in any respect. I could easily see them missing out if some things don’t go according to plan.

      • kalevine says:

        I agree. This season might tell us which was the anomaly 2011-2012 or 2012-2013. My sense it is the latter, but, regardless, without some significant changes, even if they make the playoffs, it will be another quickie bow and exit stage left

  34. zephyr says:

    I can’t believe some of the dumb fa contracts signed yesterday. they’ll be the next amnesty buyouts pretty soon.
    we need a little patience. mb knows what he’s doing. he’s not finished yet.
    keeping our prospects is good unless u can land an elite player & very few of those are available. wouldn’t ryan mcdonough look good on our blueline right now?
    emelin will be back b4 the playoffs. tinordi & subban are both tough. we have a ways to go to see how pateryn or drewiske pan out. can beaulieu or nygren handle the tough stuff? I don’t think they can right now. there’s also a lot of time for mb to acquire another bruiser on def.. that’s our next biggest weakness after goal. if price can’t turn it around, then we have trouble. the last time we had stellar goaltending with halak, we went to the conf final. that team was smaller than the one we have now by far. I don’t remember dryden or roy ever choking in the playoffs like that.

    • chanchilla says:

      there are no more amnesty buyouts after this offseason, after that, buyouts will be like they once were.

      • Bill J says:

        Incorrect, this offseason and next offseason are the two periods to buyout, each team has 2 total buyouts hey can use. They allowed Redden and Gomez early to avoid both of them sitting out the entire season, so that was exception.


        Go Habs Go!

  35. wjc says:

    Timo, you are trying so hard to stir the pot. It was Gauthier and now Bergevin. Are you using ‘white out’ to change the names, because the complaints are the same.

    I think you are trying to run up the responses, you sneaking little sport writer.

    wjc

  36. wjc says:

    Something to think about:

    D.D. was on the best line for Montreal the year before, he lost Cole.

    It is funny, but last year people were saying they had a difficult time hating Ottawa…..no more…..hilarious, a new rivalry just like that.

    To many games, in too many nights, shortened season my ass. Teams were exhausted, Markov needed more rest after being off for two years.

    Sometimes the moves you do not make are the best. I know, I know, you need the entertainment, and patience seems like standing still. You have to wonder if Boston will be worse or better. Sequin was a party animal and Boston was not pleased.

    Just one example…..Rangers did nothing, maybe they know something.

    wjc

  37. Timo says:

    Everyone is still in love with Bergevin here? You guys need some cleenex?

  38. habs-hampton says:

    I always had a lot of admiration for Alfie, even though I hated seeing him play the Habs. I am shocked at what he did. Does anyone really think Detroit is that close to winning a cup? I think both the wings and Sens are at the same level. If it wasn’t all about the money, he would sign with the Sens for $1M and they could still afford to bring in Bobby Ryan and McArthur. His agent wouldn’t even answer Murray’s phpne calls.

    He’s just another mercenary, and has lost my respect.

    • ont fan says:

      I got the feeling Alfie thot Murray dropped the ball the last few days before the deadline. He could have had him until he got courted. Detroit, along with some of the their players, came calling. Alfie would know better than us, whether the Sens are the same as the Wings. As for playing for 1M. He did that last year so that wasn’t going to happen again.

      • wjc says:

        Murray, said “he knew something was up, when he tried to get Alfredson and his agent and they would not return his calls.” He also said ” he would have appreciated a little warning so he could prepare for his next move based on Alfredson not being there.”

        wjc

        • FishOutOfWater says:

          he went out and got ryan? do you think aflie was aware of the impending trade? or was ryan brought in to play with alfie and spezza or was he brought in to replace alfie. ya never know

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          • B says:

            I heard yesterday that Murray has been working on the Ryan trade for a while and that he had shared that with Alfredsson. The holdup in the trade was Anaheim wanting the first rounder but Murray wanting to only give up a 2nd. After Alfredsson bolted, Murray caved in and made it a first rounder.

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    • The_Truth says:

      A mercenary who played almost 20 years with the same team? No, he doesn’t qualify. Was Ray Bourque a missionary too, or Sundin, or Gretzky?

      Alfie feels the Wings are closer to the Cup, which I agree with, and has some close Swedish connections there. After what he gave to the Sens for all those years and this probably being his last year, he deserves to be able to pick where he wants to play.

  39. HabCez says:

    Douglas Murray seems like a decent UFA.
    Can’t say much about him since he only played in SJ almost all his career and I haven’t seen him play much.

    We need a D that can hit and he had over 200 once in his career.
    An upgrade of Buillion for sure. 6’3 240+ and 33 yrs old
    Perhaps he commands a too high $?
    Hope MB is looking at least.

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    - HabCez

  40. Thurston says:

    FWIW… I don’t know this person’s sources but I’ll pass it along anyway for poops and giggles:

    HabsWatch ‏@HabsWatch 2m
    The #Habs have serious interest in #NHLJets LW Evander Kane and/or RD RFA Zach Bogosian.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Thanks .. who knows eh? I mean I had serious interest in Raquel Welch and/or Bo Derek. There’s someone cooking dinner upstairs for me now.. and I’ll give my life for her… but it aint Raquel Welch or Bo Derek.

      Just saying…

  41. wjc says:

    This for the fans that have seen different era’s:

    Once upon a time, Montreal won 5 Stanley’s in a row, the sixth attempt, they got manhandled by Chicago, they had no Rocket by then.

    Leafs had a big rough team and gave Chicago a run and kicked Montreal to the curb many time.

    Mr. Selke realized that this meant he had to get some toughness. He found it in Cleavland, you might have heard his name. John Ferguson.

    His first game he went after at that time Ted Green, who once had a bounty put on his head by the New York Rangers. Mr. Ferguson gave Mr. Green a tune up and the rest of the league realized that intimidating Montreal might be over.

    Toronto was a little slow getting the message and Mr. Shack was stuck with the job of trying to neutralize Mr. Ferguson after he had run Mr. Bower in his crease.

    This proved ineffective and a leaf fan once said, and I agreed, that bugger always manages to get a fist free. The smaller Canadiens could start winning again, and of course he played with Jean Beliveau.

    Derick Sanderson once decided to throw an elbow at Beliveau and he said, his words, I was thinking about it and he was on me snarling like a rabid dog…..lesson, don’t go there.

    Another story was Imlach was always going to the minors to try and find a tough guy to match Ferguson. Ferguson would go to the Leaf bench and say, “Okay send him out punch”.

    Now go to sleep.

    wjc

  42. bleublancrouge says:

    Geez that bergevin guy addressing needs without losing anything of real value! That is so bush league. I also can’t stand how he shares his plan with the media and fans and actually sticks to it. Good thing my memory is short or I might remember the previous GM and actually have faith in Montreal management for the first time in ages.

    • The_Truth says:

      Addresses needs? A goon past his prime, Ok not the worst; and an old, small, injury prone forward, on a serious decline.

      I think he just got desperate and took what he could find. Those guys were certainly not his first choices. Hope there is more coming, because this team is not improved over last season. I loo at the Leafs for example, and see a team that addressed needs and has really improved.

  43. commandant says:

    Max’s day 1 big winners

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  44. Ed says:

    Chris Stewart, 6’2 , 230, right winger, 25 yrs old.
    St Louis RFA, made 3 million last year, on a 1 year deal.
    has 100 goals in his first 319 games.

  45. commandant says:

    Habs forwards.

    Pacioretty, Galchenyuk, Eller, Plekanec, Bourque, Gionta, DD, Briere, Gallagher, Prust.

    thats 10 guys.

    Our top 9 is set, with Prust being a 4th line guy (and injury fill in when necessary).

    We don’t need to keep looking at UFA forwards. We need to look at UFA Defence, as we are still missing a top 4 defenceman as long as Emelins hurt.

    I still say 1 year deal, Toni Lydman.

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I like Lydman but the Habs need a right-handed D-man badly. Markov, Gorges, Boullion, Emelin, Tinordi, Drewiskie, and Beaulieu…all LH. Diaz is in his last pre-UFA year so he might be dealt. That leaves Subban. Maybe Nygren gets a shot this year..

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Ozmodiar says:

      The Habs have 8 D signed, including Tinordi. 7 until Emelin comes back.
      If there’s a UFA signing, it will be for an upgrade.

      Lydman is mediocre. They’d have to like him more than Bouillon…and I doubt they do.

      The 4th line can use an upgrade just as much as the D corps.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Would have liked Clutterbuck to play with Prust and Dumont…ah well..

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • commandant says:

        Lydman can play 20+ minutes a game against other team’s top lines and be a plus player while doing it… I don’t call that mediocre.

        How many of our D can do that? Bouillion certainly can not.

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    • ZepFan2 says:

      Did you mean Parros being the 4th line guy and not Prust? I hope so.

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    • B says:

      When you add Moen, Parros and White (who has been qualified and looks to be returning), that’s 13 forwards. With 8 D and 2 goalies also signed I figure any changes to that lineup would most likely come through a trade.

      I noticed an oversight that Parros is listed on the Habs official roster page but Briere is not there yet.

      http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/roster.htm

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  46. Ian Cobb says:

    Daniel Cleary Detroit 48 GP.. 9-6-15
    Didn’t put up the offense we’ve seen in years past, mostly from injury, but this 34-year-old wing is scrappy and would provide leadership.
    Cleary is hopeful he will re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings, but if negotiations fall apart, he would be a valuable penalty killer and leader for the Hab’s.

    Daniel spent a lot of time at my home when he was playing here in Belleville. I know him well, he is a pure sniper with speed and for very little money he would be the best fit of any for a one year contract.

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  47. BELIEVE IT OR NOT says:

    Maybe something out of training camp. In any case. Habs are a long way off from winning a cup. If you live long enough, you may see it. Not anytime soon.

    Some People on here don’t realize how much other teams are improving with good moves and we’re not keeping up with them.

    in most cases. Teams that make the playoffs each year make moves to improve while we make moves hoping to make the playoffs. Big difference.

  48. sweetmad says:

    I think the north east division,just got more than a little bit tougher,the Sens have definitley improved,the Gooins might have lost a step,now we have the Panthers who have just got better,the Red wings who are always good,not too sure how much Tampa improved or the Sabres,I am not sure if Columbus is in our division now but they have definitely improved.
    But I don’t see any improvement in our HABS,I knew that MB was going to wait for our draft picks and the measures he took are stop gap,but I am sure that he could have done better,one signing and one trade niether of which look any good to me.
    GO HABS GO

  49. Sportfan says:

    Would you give Halpern a cheap deal?

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  50. wjc says:

    Lets play pretend:

    Lets pretend that ‘Briere’ is through, washed up, can’t play, what did they lose, Some money, cap room…..but alas, not your money.

    Lets pretend Parsos comes in an is not as billed, not interested in rough stuff,….what have they lost a 7th round draft pick and a low end potential player. So everything is a wash.

    Lets pretend, that they do not have some tough stay at home defensemen ready for the bigs in the name of Pateryn, Tinordi, Ellis. If you don’t have them and we just pretended they don’t have them, you are just like last year, without Emelin.

    Lets pretend that Moen never had concusion problems or other undisclosed injuries that robbed him of his natural game and he can never play at his usual rambunctious game, then he does not comeback, and you are no worse off.

    Lets pretend the one Georges, Price, Gionta, can never play above mediocre then what do you do, send them to other teams and there is no loss, according to many on here. You get a goalie back and a couple of draft choices and carry on. Many would be happy apparently.

    Lets pretend that Ottawa squeaks into the playoffs, the first second or third rounds will more then triple cover and expenditures made, that includes Toronto , Boston etc.

    Lets pretend that Montreal actually finished high last year, why do you keep insisting that, that can never happen again.

    Lets pretend that Montreal does not have Norris winning P.K. Subban

    Lets pretend Markov is finished even though he had to play to often last year because of shortened schedule, that it was not in his best interest. So you are allowed to pretend he is through.

    If only it could be certain how long a player can play, you could have kept 40 year old Koivu, Ottawa could have had Alfredson for another year perhaps at 40. But Briere is finished at 35.

    Let pretend that Briere, will not be dangerous on the power play with Markov and P.K on the points.

    Lets pretend that Parros will not send a message that, the liberties with smaller players is over, much like Ferguson and not like Mr. Larouque, the queensberry rules of fighting are no longer,

    invitations are over, drop em or be smart and do not take liberties.

    Lets pretend that you never read this.

    wjc

    • BELIEVE IT OR NOT says:

      WJC – you should look up the words “Keeping UP” that’s why Detroit, Pitts, Boston, Chicago are successful.

      Habs on the other hand have to scratch and claw in Feburary for a playoff position. What saved their A- – last year was the short season. They won’t have that privileged this year.

  51. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Gionta will come back healthy and score us 20 plus goals. I think we’ll need those goals. Then we’ll move him and Markov at the trade deadline for second rounders. I’m hoping DD is used on the third line and we give Eller 2nd line ice. I would like to see Georges moved for someone with skill and grit, maybe another d-man maybe a big winger (a Chris Stewart type). Bring up a few rookies to round things out on the cheap if needed. My wish is for Louis Leblanc to make up some ground this year and make a solid contribution. Maybe grab a militant type D man from the UFAs this year. We’ll have a 50/50 chance to make the playoffs. Waite helps Price to get his “s” together and Price has a wonderful first half and is in the mix for Socchi. I’d also like to hear how some of the new draft picks are doing. Seems to me we had better coverage of the rookie camp last year? I’d love McCarron and Fucale to fulfill their promise. De la Rose will be very useful in the future. We’ll like him. Things are OK….Let’s get through the summer without killing each other!

    Go Habs GO!

    24 cups and counting….

  52. Sportfan says:

    Looking at Capgeek the Flyers are actually over the Salary Cap common MB take Coburn!
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  53. tbovs says:

    DD is not as non tradeable as one might think. With the new CBA rules the habs can take on some of his contract. So in essence they can lower his price tag. BUT the problem lies in the fact that they JUST gave him his contract. In all honesty Briere is an upgrade over DD with better playoff production. So if I were MB, I would swallow my pride and admit my mistake with DD and trade him away for anything…more than likely picks. That way you can give Briere a shot at centre and then after two years the kids could move up i.e. Eller, Gally, Plecks with limited duty (3rd line). We are losing Gionta, Markov next year for sure so it will be a big change over in the next few years. All in all DD has to go, and we may need to eat part of his salary. Hope Mr. Molson has deeper pockets.

  54. Sportfan says:

    DD, Gorges, Meon, some prospect we won’t use/rights for Coburn, Talbot and a 5th rounder. Is Holmgren dumb enough to do it :P

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  55. Sportfan says:

    Would Brendan Morrow be such a bad move?

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    • stephen says:

      Hi Sportsfan,

      I understand he was injured throughout the postseason, but I’m not sure I saw enough from him to warrant throwing what little money the team has left his way. I can appreciate his character and leadership, but I think many GM’s around the league may be waiting to find out just how well he might be able to recover from the banged up knee.

    • Phil C says:

      He looked washed up to me. No longer has the foot speed. I would rather roll the dice on a young guy like Skille. Cheaper and easier to unload if it doesn’t work out.

  56. Maritime Ron says:

    Perhaps the under the radar screen steal yesterday was Winnipeg trading a 2nd Round pick for Devin Setoguchi.

    This was a #8 overall in the 2005 Draft and in 4 full season with the Sharks-Wild has scored 31 goals-20 goals missing 12 games-22 goals missing 10 games-19 goals missing 13 games and this past season had 13 goals in the shortened 48 games playing 3rd line minutes.

    He’s a good sized 26 year old Right winger of 6′-200 lbs.
    He recorded the 2nd most hits for a Wild forward with those limited minutes

    His Cap Hit is a friendly $3M, but the downside is he is UFA next summer…yet there are always ways to find out if he would have wanted to be extended here.
    I guess we’ll never know…

    • Mark C says:

      Be careful calling $3M cap friendly…$500K more is considered untradable and a cap killer around these parts.

    • stephen says:

      Hi Ron,

      Glad you brought that up. I noticed it along one of the sports network tickers yesterday evening and was surprised that the Jets could land him without sending an NHL player the other way. Maybe it’s the pending UFA status as you suggested. I’m not especially familiar with Setoguchi’s game but it sounds like a good pick-up on the surface.

  57. HabFab says:

    An interview with Daniel Pribyl after Montreal didn’t offer him a contract;
    http://www.allhabs.net/canadiens-prospects/czech-list-interview-with-daniel-pribyl-exclusive/

  58. Strummer says:

    Which is preferable?
    Briere – 2years for $8 million or
    Ryder 2 years for $7million?

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    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • chanchilla says:

      briere plays every minute hes on the ice, isn’t afraid to hit, and plays with heart. I can’t say any of those things about ryder. Briere wins hands down.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Briere by a landslide, obviously. Especially in the playoffs, Ryder reminded of why we got rid of him the first time.

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

      • kalevine says:

        Ryder looked pretty good for the Bruins in their Cup run. Maybe it’s the team not the player? Very few Habs looked any better than Ryder in that embarrassing end of season/playoff swoon

  59. scavanau says:

    A dream come true! PARROS!

  60. Remi says:

    Im wondering if MB will give Brunner or Mueller a shot?
    Both pretty young skilled players…though not the biggest guys,


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