Canadiens sign Boyd to 1-year deal

The Canadiens’ trade of Sergei Kostitsyn wasn’t for nothing in the end as the team signed centre Dustin Boyd to a one-year deal on Thursday.

Boyd had 24 points last season (11 goals and 13 assists) in 78 games with the Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators.

The team’s release:

MONTREAL (July 1, 2010) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing
of forward Dustin Boyd to a one-year contract (2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were
not disclosed.
Boyd, 23, split the 2009-10 season between the Calgary Flames and the Predators playing a combined total of
78 games and recording a personal career-high with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists). He also had a +6 plus/minus
ratio while averaging 12:13 of time on ice. Boyd fired 112 shots on the opposing goal and tallied three gamewinning
goals.
The 6’0 and 187 lbs centreman completed his fourth NHL season in 2009-10. Since he first joined the NHL in
2006-07, Boyd has amassed 62 points (31 goals and 31 assists) in 210 regular season games, along with 240 shots
on goal while eight of his tallies were game-winning goals. He also added one goal in nine playoff match-ups.
Boyd was a gold medalist with Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship. He was named to
the WHL East First All-Star Team that same year.
A native of Winnipeg, Boyd was a third-round selection, 98th overall by the Calgary Flames at the 2004 NHL
Entry Draft. He was traded to the Nashville Predators on March 3, 2010.


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Canadiens sign Boyd to 1-year deal

The Canadiens’ trade of Sergei Kostitsyn wasn’t for nothing in the end as the team signed centre Dustin Boyd to a one-year deal on Thursday worth $650,000. Boyd had 24 points last season (11 goals and 13 assists) in 78 games with the Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators.

The team’s release:

MONTREAL (July 1, 2010) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing
of forward Dustin Boyd to a one-year contract (2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were
not disclosed.
Boyd, 23, split the 2009-10 season between the Calgary Flames and the Predators playing a combined total of
78 games and recording a personal career-high with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists). He also had a +6 plus/minus
ratio while averaging 12:13 of time on ice. Boyd fired 112 shots on the opposing goal and tallied three gamewinning
goals.
The 6’0 and 187 lbs centreman completed his fourth NHL season in 2009-10. Since he first joined the NHL in
2006-07, Boyd has amassed 62 points (31 goals and 31 assists) in 210 regular season games, along with 240 shots
on goal while eight of his tallies were game-winning goals. He also added one goal in nine playoff match-ups.
Boyd was a gold medalist with Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship. He was named to
the WHL East First All-Star Team that same year.
A native of Winnipeg, Boyd was a third-round selection, 98th overall by the Calgary Flames at the 2004 NHL
Entry Draft. He was traded to the Nashville Predators on March 3, 2010.

279 Comments

  1. Max_a_million says:

    Aren’t Poni and Frolov the exact same players as Pouliot and AK, except it would cost us much more money we don’t have?

    Better the devil you know, then the devil you don’t.

  2. Mike from Ktown says:

    ‘Deserves’ means nothing in the NHL.  It is a business.  Laps was qualified.  He can accept the offer and be on the team right now.  I think he is being shifted to the wing, not off of the team.  But he will be a 3rd/4th liner.

  3. MontrealAtheist says:

    20 less goals allowed with Price as our #1 goalie? Ha ha ha, good one!

  4. andrewberkshire says:

    Upgrade on Metropolit, Eller is Moore’s replacement.

  5. blu3chip says:

    Please sign Price and Lapierre to 3+ years contracts.

    If Lappy is asking for 2+ mil, ditch him, we need a big strong grinder up front.

  6. Max_a_million says:

    He couldn’t score with Malkin and Crosby feeding him. Poni is worse than Ak and Pouliot.

  7. Mad Habber says:

    Yes, and for all his size he is as soft as a pillow..consistent as the weather…

    Really he is a down grade on Pouliot and Kostitsyn…

  8. ZepFan2 says:

    Darcy Tucker put up “big numbers” in Toronto. Puleeeze

    ————————————————————————

    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    - Sam Pollock

  9. Mike from Ktown says:

    virtually the same size, 6 years younger and probably looking for 1 mil less

  10. smiler2729 says:

    Ponikohonsky??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I hope your kidding.

  11. smiler2729 says:

    True, hope Nashville has fun with SK74′s “great” work ethic and attitude…

  12. JD_ says:

    Attaboy Dusty!

    Cheap replacement for Metro, an otherwise honourable Hab warrior. Hope he finds work.

    —–

    Forget Saku, Yvon, Kirk, and Ryan. They get it.

    What we really need here right now is someone, anyone who is not otherwise busy sobbin’ in the fetal position, to get out there and contact or, more likely, exhume the following former Habs who donned the lauded #11: Gene Achtymichuk, Billy Bell, Joe Benoit, Edmond Bouchard, Leo Bourgeault, Billy Cameron, Jean-Claude Campeau, Gerry Carson, Floyd Curry, Lorne Davis, Jude Drouin, Gord Fraser, Johnny Gagnon, Jean Gauthier, Ray Getliffe (how a propos), Howie Glover, Red Goupille, Bob Gracie, Ted Harris, Wilfred Hart, Rejean Houle (1969-70), Al Lacroix, Leo Lafrance, Claude Larose, Hec Lepine, Art Lesieur, Doug Lewis, Hub Macey, Calum MacKay, Pete Mahovlich (also 1969-70, a somewhat slutty year for ol’ #11), Joe Malone, Paul Masnick, Bert McCaffrey, Jack McGill, Dunc Munro, George Pargeter, George Patterson, Dave Ritchie, Phil Roberto, George Robertson, Bobby Sheehan, Don Smith, Bill Summerhill, Marc Tardif, and Bob Turner.

    May also want to clear it with Nigel Tufnel.

    Good on ya, Scotty, have no doubt you’ll wear it with pride.

    Heck, anyone who wears m’man Larry’s #19 in his honour is solid in my books.

  13. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    TSN reports Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa are done for the day.

    Montreal not done yet.

  14. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    He deserves a second chance – like Plekanec did. I hope PG at least gives him a 1 year deal.

  15. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I like it.

  16. petrov14 says:

    Were going with 6 forward lines this year, no defence. Expect a MAB signing to follow.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  17. avatar_58 says:

    GRABOVSKY put up numbers in Toronto. Not hard to do when you are forced into the top 6 by default. Sorry but I don’t really see the benefit of the guy other than his size.

  18. camel_larry says:

    No moore Moore.

    Dangit

    No more More

    Dangit

    No moore More

    Dangit

    No more Moore

    Got it. Nice.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  19. Bill J says:

    Actually Bill – YES he did!

  20. Mad Habber says:

    LOL Armstrong is what a third liner on the Thrashers? Why not…

  21. petrov14 says:

    I like to think of it as an upgrade over SK74.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  22. camel_larry says:

    I’d say replace Laps with Trotter, and thusly Darche with Laps.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  23. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    As much as I dislike him, he’s a bonafide 20 goal scorer.

  24. petrov14 says:

    The season hinges on Price AK46 and BigBen. If those 3 can put up a good/very good (not even great) season I think we’ll do alright.

    Oh and of course injurys….we dont have depth.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  25. habs4last says:

    yes. check his stats and SIZE.

    he put up big numbers inToronto. would be a big upgrade over AK. well anyone is an upgrade over AK.

  26. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    wow,  your 6 hours of leaf trolling here have been very productive.   Count your blessings there isn’t real moderation at this site or your troll a$$ would be gone.

  27. Will Longlade says:

    I would have preferred Ellis over Auld, but I think it was Ellis’ choice to sign with a team where he would have a better opportunity to be the #1. Signing Boyd for $650K is a great deal for the Habs. Boyd is young and has an upside.    

  28. avatar_58 says:

    Did you just call Ponikarovsky a top 6 scorer???

  29. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    No please not Poni!

  30. Bill says:

    Pfft, except Scotty Bowman never said that.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  31. smiler2729 says:

    I guess this is an upgrade over Moore. I like Boyd.

  32. habs4last says:

    notice how the habs only sign 4th liners or minor leaguers, even tho we’re desperate for at least 2 top 6 scorers.

    hey Gauthier, are you blind???????????

     we need 2 more SCORERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Pouliot and AK won’t score s*.

    go get Frolov or Ponikarovsky! We need them!

  33. ABHabsfan says:

    That scenario actually seems quite reasonable

  34. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Cammalleri-Plekanec-A.Kostitsyn

    Pouliot-Gomez-Gionta

    Moen-Eller-(Lapierre) Yet to sign

    Darche-Boyd-Pyatt

    Markov-Subban

    Gill-Gorges

    Hamrlik-Spacek

    (Price) Yet to sign

    Auld

    Looks like we just have to re-sign Price and Lapierre. The Habs have 5.6 M cap space to do that.

  35. W35T5ID3 says:

    No Mo’ Mo.

  36. nightmare_49 says:

       from Pierre LeBrun

       Which players are left after Day 1

  37. habs4last says:

    you’re comparing Armstrong to a 4th liner? are you for real?

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    Eller will be used to push AK, Pouliot to perform to their best as well to keep their positions.

     

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

  39. camel_larry says:

    Manitoban and American evidently = the new french canadian (eh?).

     

    Go Habs Go!

  40. W35T5ID3 says:

    You can never have enough centres in your lineup……Eller is gonna be the 3rd line centre for this team…IMO……The other centres are interchangeable and will have to do wing duty.

     

    ____—-___-__-What i mean is ….L1 –C,Gomez

                                                    L2 –C,Plekanec

                                                      L3 — C,Eller

                                                       L4 — C, WHOEVER..

  41. Bill J says:

    If you are correct.  Perhaps Frolov is next ?

  42. Bill J says:

    Funny because I’ve been thinking a similar thought, tell me if you can catch the subtle difference:

    I think a lot of people are assuming Price will not play up to his potential
    more consistently.  I think that’s a huge, possibly fatal, assumption.

  43. habsfan321 says:

    Well Cammy is a winger who played center, while Lapierre and Pyatt are centers who can play wing. I agree that centers can easily play wing, but will Eller/Boyd look good with Pyatt and Lapierre on the wing? I’m skeptical.

  44. anotherhab says:

    Great signing!!

    Oh Yes, the Manitoba connection — first White then Trotter and now Boyd!!!!!!!!

  45. Bill J says:

    LMFAO High 5 Richard….

  46. deuce6 says:

    Cammalleri was pushing hard for this deal..Read it on twitter, I think…

  47. PeterD says:

    We haven’t signed Lapierre yet…if he waits too long there may be no room for him…and I would be OK with that. 

  48. Ron says:

    If Dusty comes to camp with the hard work reputation and good attitude they say he has I would think he will fit in nicely and work himself into a good dollar contract the coming season. He’s coming cheap so hope he plays for a big raise. The fans should like this kid and what he brings as a 3rd or 4th liner. An upgrade over Metro in size and comparable skill level. Bye bye SK. Thanks for Dusty.

  49. J.T. says:

    I think a lot of people are assuming Price will play up to his potential more consistently.  I think that’s a huge, possibly fatal, assumption.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  50. HardHabits says:

    Cammalleri too!! Anyways Pyatt and Laps played wing at years end.

  51. RGM says:

    The good thing about having depth at centre is that most of them are versatile enough to play the wing if needed.

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  52. habsfan321 says:

    Am I missing something here? Why do we need 6 centers?!?

    Gomez, Plekanec, Eller, Boyd, Lapierre & Pyatt

  53. fbkj says:

    can we add a facebook “like” button?

  54. camel_larry says:

    screw 5, I’d like to see 10 more from each top 6 winger & Gomez.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  55. RGM says:

    In the Leafs’ defence, and in their own words, Colby Armstrong is “the ultimate bottom six forward.”

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  56. HardHabits says:

    It’s a reasonable proposition. I’d go for 20 more goals in and 20 less goals allowed too. ;-)

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    Good example, yet TOR will laugh at our signing and take about Armstrong beginning a reign of terror in the NE Dvision.

     

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

  58. twilighthours says:

    I like the Boyd signing, but Armstrong is a really nice (dirty, too, sure) player.  He adds a lot of value.

  59. Rugger says:

    Plus we won’t be needing him on the top two lines.

  60. SeriousFan09 says:

    ROFL

     

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

  61. Les Habitants says:

    LMAO

     

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  62. gauver says:

    I think that our team is improving based on the transactions to date, assuming that Price plays to his potential consistently and we score more goals.  We needed to score 40 more goals last season to finish in the top five in the league in goals for.  I think that we can do it next season with: 5 more goals from Gionta, Cammalleri, Pouliot and AK each; 10 more from the blueline and 10 more from the 3rd and 4th lines combined.

    What do you think?

  63. camel_larry says:

    Sooo. Lemme see here. Leafs sign Colby armstrong for 3m.. Armstrong put up 4 more goals than Boyd, maybe made a couple more dirty hits, sure, but still isn’t that much better, and Boyd signs for nearly league minimum. NICE.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  64. Velavok says:

    Good signing, good fit, nice work PG.

  65. nightmare_49 says:

       There goes John Scott : Bob Mac tweets – CHI just adds some toughness. Signs John Scott to a two-year contract.

       from many sources – Kings only team in Kovalchuk hunt, Devils are out.

  66. RGM says:

    He’s gonna take Thibault’s number!??!?!? Get the torches!!!!

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  67. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    So I am pretty sure that Metropolit and Moore will not be returning next season.

    Boyd is an upgrade over Metropolit. I don’t know about Eller. 

  68. MTLForever says:

    Got him cheap, good sign.

  69. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Sweet!  this kid works his butt off.  Good job PG!  (no matter what Tony242 says)

  70. D Alcorn says:

    This sounds good.  

    In exchange for the undisciplined adolescent that is SK, we will now have an honest competitor with decent size and grit.  Should be interesting to see him line up with Moen against whatever goon shows Philly, Toronto and who-knows-who-else plan to ‘ showcase ‘ in the East this season.

    ALWAYS Habs -
    Dave Mex

  71. camel_larry says:

    Nice!

     

    Go Habs Go!

  72. Les Habitants says:

    For all the people who don’t like Gomez wearing #11, Boyd wore #41 in Calgary

     

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  73. habs4last says:

    funny how hab fans get so excited when a 4th liner gets signed, while fans in Boston see their team signing 1st line players.

    what a difference from a competent organization like Boston to a mickey mouse organization like Montreal.

  74. RGM says:

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of denying that someone said something: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/trade+Carey+Price+Scotty+Bowman/2722688/story.html

    Thanks for coming out. Tryouts for the B-team line up behind tony242.

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  75. Caper says:

    LOL-Great job. I’ve already forwarded this to some Laff fans.

  76. smiler2729 says:

    Poor Colby, those Laff morons are probably going to nickname him “George”…

  77. BKAK72 says:

    Bravo!  Excellent stats/data.  ARMSTRONG at $3M is dumb, we know it, hockey fans know it and intelligent (if they exist) LEAFS fans know it.  Stupid GMs handing over huge money to AHL players, nothing more.  Think of how many players wouldn’t be with a contract if the league dropped down by four teams!

    – I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  78. StevieRay says:

    No comparision .. Armstrong is a tank who gives 110 % . he’s been a hab killer everytime we played the Thrashers .. I wish we could of signed him…

    Armstrong assets ….  ” ability to work the corners and LAY ON THE BIG HITS ” !!!

    Boyd flaws …” must add strength to compete ” ….

    Armstrong vs Boyd ….no contest regardless of the $$$

  79. Mad Habber says:

    Comparision using The Hockey News Profiles:

    Colby Armstrong AGE: 27 6’2 195 GP 79 G 15 A 14 PTS 29 +6 PIM 61 Salary $3,000,000
    ASSETS: Works extremely hard and is defensively aware. Shows strong leadership qualities, the ability to work the corners of the ice and lay on big hits.
     
    FLAWS: Tends to pass up too many shots in order to dish off to linemates. Could use more bulk to withstand the rigors of the NHL game. Isn’t a natural scorer.

    =============

    Dustin Boyd AGE: 23 6′ 198 GP 78 G 11 A 13 PTS 24 +6 PIM 19 $650,000
    ASSETS: Works hard and plays an all-around game. Can step up the offense when his team needs it most. Plays center or wing.
     
    FLAWS: Must add more strength to better compete against big NHL defenders. Isn’t a natural playmaker, which may limit him to winger duty at the highest level.

    ============

    Seems like a pretty fair comparision to me…only looks like Boyd is about $2,350,000 cheaper…of course though there is no comparision since the Leafs signed Armstrong…lol

  80. bobinsask says:

    Only two fewer goals than Gomez.  It’s gotta be a bargain ;)

  81. StevieRay says:

    hahahahah!!!! I’m with you on that one

  82. Gormdog says:

    And the players deserve better than fans that talk about “Don Ellis”

  83. Greg says:

    Couple problems there. Most involving salary cap issues.  Also, they can’t buy out Hammer.  Players over 35 can’t be bought out.  It won’t save anything against the cap.  Hammer is 36.  Missed the boat on that move last year if they wanted to do it.  

    And quite honestly.  Hammer has one more year on his contract.  They simply CANNOT trade Hammer’s contract right now.  You’d have to be batsh*t crazy to accept it… hmmm maybe Glen Sather?

     

    “I lined up next to him at a faceoff, looked over and said “Hi Rocket”. All he did was growl.”

    -Gordie Howe

  84. RetroMikey says:

    I personally believe Gauthieur is done wheeling and trading for our club.  He is stuck with what we have and I am 100% certain PG and management were disappointed Don Ellis did not sign with us.  Remeber, Don Ellis was in our system back in the lock out years with Hamilton in 2004  and we never offered him a contract after that season and he signed with the Dallas Stars organization.  What goes around comes around as they say, karma is a b***h.   PG should have known better.

    I only wish the team the best but I will not be surprised if this team we have will be a failure on and off the ice for many seasons.

    Look for attendance to drop at the Bell Centre for the first time in years and I really hope the Molson Brothers look into a major overhaul in the office and the organization in general.

    The fans of our club deserve better.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  85. nightmare_49 says:

     retro – Lets get the facts straight : 

    Drafted: DAL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
    Round: 2nd (60th overall)
    Dallas Stars sent players to Hamilton which Montreal and the Stars shared , later on Edmonton did the same thing. Ellis was never the property of the Habs at that time. 
     
  86. sidhu says:

    What we have now:

    Cammy-Pleks-AK46
    Benny-Gomer-Gio
    Moen-Eller-Lappy
    Pyatt-Boyd-White
    Darche

    Marky-Subban
    Gill-Gorges
    Hammer-Spaceman
    OB

    Price
    Auld

    What I would like to see:

    Cammy-Pleks-Frolov
    Benny-Gomer-Gio
    Moen-Eller-Brule
    Pyatt-Boyd-White
    Darche

    Marky-Subban
    Gill-Gorges
    Spaceman-Bieksa

    Price
    Auld

    1) Trade AK46 = Bieksa + Sauve (Bieksa is big, fiesty, can play the point on the PP, is a right shot; Bieksa is expendable as VAN has made other moves on D; Sauve is their top defensive prospect, a big kid from the Q who can get some seasoning in Hamilton)
    2) Trade Lapierre + OB = Brule + Peckham (I like OB, but he seems to be disfavored by JM; Lapierre does not have offensive upside, Brule does; Peckham can throw ‘em)
    3) Sign Frolov – (he can score, played well with Cammy in LA, is a right shot, doesn’t play a perimeter game)
    4) Buy out Hammer – (sorry, the numbers are just too high for him, and his game is slipping)

  87. andrewberkshire says:

    Honestly, Frolov is just an older, way more expensive AK46. I’d rather see what he can do in his contract year without his brother around, then we’ll see at the trade deadline what we can get for him.

  88. sh00n says:

    Filatov has been offered for Bieksa, and he’s better than AK. No way Vancouver does it to begin with. Brule sucks, and Frolov is going to cost too much.

  89. nightmare_49 says:

       Just a few observations on PG in his short term as GM. He definitely likes to get things off his table very fast, which isn’t a bad thing but sometimes in this business it pays to have patience as better deals maybe around the corner, other deals by other teams may make your asset more valuable down the road.

       There is nothing that PG has done that proves to me that he hasn’t been making the maneuvers for the Habs for the past few years other than the speed he makes them which may of come from being officially in charge, Gainey had more of a rocking chair style.

       Now after the first day of free agency, i hope he isn’t finished, we look at the team and it really resembles his Ottawa teams which were ran out of the rink on many occasions especially in the big games. These teams are nice to watch but even if they achieve they will be worn down in the long run. Time will tell.

  90. nightmare_49 says:

     s – 1) That will never happen, you don’t think the other 28 teams will make a better offer for Bieksa. Besides, Sauve since being drafted first overall in the ‘Q’ has been going south steadily. Resources are there but the dedication seems to be missing. ………..  2) No way. ………….. 3) No ………. 4) Wait till the deadline or after Marky comes back, many teams may need a player like Hammer to get over the hump and the contract is less scary

  91. j2w4habs25 says:

    yeah they better..

  92. The Cat says:

    I agree. Couple that with the message the Halak trade sent and things look not so rosy…The thing I dont get is why so many habs fans give the organization the benefit of the doubt always! Trevor Timmins is good at what he does, so are Gainey and Gauthier etc…With all the youth having had problems developing and not panning out, its funny that the onus always fall on the players being problematic. You cant have it both ways, somewhere it has to be Timmins picking wrong or the organization failing to develop these players.

  93. The Cat says:

    They got to implement it, I always thought it a bit shady that they never considered it.

  94. derfab says:

    The eternal top-half problem. My wishful thinking is more modest and less complex: I would rather have Higgins in there instead of Pouliot or AK. He is skilled enough to follow the play and a little tougher than either. The jersey boys would be a good influence. We might be able to afford him if we trade AK for prospects or a pick.

  95. RetroMikey says:

    Bryan, the Hamilton Bulldogs were solely 100% affiliation of the Montreal Canadiens when Ellis was on loan from Dallas to play for us.  Besides Ellis, there were onlt 2 or 3 players who were not the property of the Habs organization.  Most were the property of the Habs.

    Edmonton severed ties with the Habs organiztion after the 2002-03 season and moved to become the Toronto Road Runners which was the Oilers affiliation.

    The team had an opportunity to buy out Ellis’s contract with Dallas back then since he played a fair chunk of games fro Hamilton with Danis back then but Bobby did not budge.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  96. TommyB says:

    Oh my God!!!!!  Big news about such an exciting game.  What’s next, video replay at the World Euchre Tournament?

  97. deuce6 says:

    The only way we add anything that resembles atop 6 player or a top 4 d-man is through trading contracts…We don’t have enough cap room to simply sign one…

    If anything, I see AK or Hammer’s contract off the books to give some relief or traded for those types of assets…..

  98. mrhabby says:

    so Andy Sutton is not a possibility.

  99. j2w4habs25 says:

    So what do we expect from the Canadiens this up coming year? I myself hope this is a winning team.

  100. Say Ash says:

    Well, by the time I was four years old, I attended four parades. So, like any other Habs fan, I expect the Cup. It’s not my fault, though. The Canadiens took advantage of me while I was at a very impressionable age.

    Oh, and Gomez should send new T-shirts to everybody that has one with 91 on it.

  101. Habhopeful says:

    Bobby Ryan seems to be difficult in negotiations with Anaheim…Think he may want out? God i’d love to have him……on our team lol

     

    http://ducks.ocregister.com/2010/07/01/murray-ryan-turned-down-five-years-25m/39927/

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  102. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ducks want to sign him for longer but Ryan wants his deal to end right at his UFA eligibility it looks like so he can get a much larger contract on his next negotiation. Backstrom and WSH were negotiating all through the 09-10 season on such a proposal until he finally signed his 10-year deal.

     

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

  103. RGM says:

    One of the Top 5 most sensible comments I’ve seen here all day. :)

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  104. Say Ash says:

    A transcript of the Kovalchuk negotiations?

  105. petrov14 says:

    NHL wii Gretzky intro. If your into that sorta thing.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  106. Exit716 says:

    Where are the Skalbania, Pocklington and McNall characters?

     

  107. mbplekfan says:

    Boyd is cheaper, younger and tougher than Metro. He is 4 years out of junior with an upside that a 30+ journeyman cant match. If he breaks out this year he will easily have everyone forgetting about Metro by Xmas. If he plays just to form we still come out even.

    This is type of solid young player with an upside that you need to win cups in the salary cap era.

    Very good signing.

  108. smiler2729 says:

    I hope Dustin Boyd wears number 27.

  109. petrov14 says:

    Sure why not?

    Its not like he needs permission from :

    A. Kovalev, M. Czerkawski, S. Van Allen, S. Corson, D. Wilkie, M. Schneider or F. Mahovlich…..right?

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  110. j2w4habs25 says:

    Toronto is getting bigger and Bigger on paper….

  111. deuce6 says:

    Yea, cause 5’10″ 179lbs. (Versteeg) and 6’2″ 187lbs. (Armstrong) are heavyweights …

  112. Tony000 says:

    ” boyd was never in play”  Submitted by Tony242 on Thu, 07/01/2010 – 16:11.

     

    Oops, he did it again.

  113. linp says:

    I have a feeling that Halak’s agent is waiting to see how much Price is signed for while Price’s agent is waiting to see Halak’s contract. The saga of Price vs Halak is not finished yet.

  114. saskhabfan says:

    On toilet paper?

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  115. smiler2729 says:

    Yes it has. Move on.

  116. saskhabfan says:

    He joins the ranks of retromikey and manapart who are never right about anything.

     

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  117. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Wrong, Jaro’s agent will be looking at a goalie with comparable stats to Jaro’s, thats how NHL salary arbitration works.

  118. showey47 says:

    Don’t know if it wsa posted yet, but the habs sign frederic st.denis for the farm team

    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/07/official-press-release-canadiens-sign_5679.html

  119. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    Also Boyd is an upgrade on moore and we have size on the top two lines and grit on the bottom two dman look good as pk is going to be sweet and price should be locked up for 5 years at 2.5 to 3 mil a year and all you doubters will be eating crow pie in about 4 months

  120. HabFab says:

    Watching the Als game?

  121. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    Yes but bigger does’nt mean better as we played on par with the flyers, you have to skate in the nhl now not be a big meat head like burkes teams are.

  122. showey47 says:

    yup, can’t believe the als blew a 3 td lead.

  123. Tis Himself says:

    Have you seen this guy play? I really want to see us sign a really sick bastard who is willing to strike some fear in the opposition. Sadly, for all his strengths, The Breezer just can’t do that.

  124. Tis Himself says:

    They should have tried to picked up Lebron!

  125. RGM says:

    Only in the minds of some Habs fans is it not over. Halak is on a new phase in his career, and his contract negotiations will have very little to do with Carey Price. I generally don’t care too much about what St. Louis Blues RFA goalies opt to do, but Halak is going to be pointing at the deal that Kari Lehtonen signed in Dallas and saying, “How many playoff series did he win this year?” He will have comparatively little to say about what Carey signs for in Montreal.

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  126. HabFab says:

    Should be $4,391,000 left…SORRY!

    Saskatchewan scored and tied game while doing it…multitasking again.

  127. HabFab says:

    Come one, realize the CFL is much higher scoring then the NFL but NBA level??? Please!

  128. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    more grit, younger, more offensive upside, just as fast, kills penalties also.  Watched him quite a bit with Calgary last year.

  129. showey47 says:

    i’m hoping for artyukhin or even aaron asham.

  130. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    did the gophers come back and win or should I say gang green come back

  131. HabFab says:

    Too many men…wwhhhooooo!!

  132. RGM says:

    How does that happen? Again?

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  133. RGM says:

    Ridiculous catch!!!

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  134. Cookies says:

    HOLY MOLY!

    WHAT A CATCH!

  135. showey47 says:

    lmao, no kidding.

  136. HabFab says:

    Unfriggin real!!

  137. Xtrahabsfan says:

    What a catch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  138. nickster13 says:

    I missed it, what happened!?

  139. deuce6 says:

    Auld at 1M or Giggy at 6M?

    At least we aren’t paying our back up that kind of money..Especially a goalie with that many holes in his equipment..

  140. deuce6 says:

    Replying to Boyd being signed, I presume..

    It’s called Sarcasm..

  141. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not to mention the NHL’s new pad rules are about to take away Giggy’s Michelin Man equipment.

     

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

  142. Cookies says:

    An unbelievable one handed catch for a 2 point conversion by the Als!

  143. HabFab says:

    SSSssssssssssshhhhhhit!!!!

  144. gmd says:

    Yes!!! Riders win!

  145. Cookies says:

    Haha yeah! Boyd being resigned had 2 different topics!

    Glad he’s part of the team :)

  146. TripleX says:

    Andrew Raycroft signs a two way deal with Dallas.  700,000 the first year ( 105,000 in minors ) and 600,000 the second.

    He was 9-5-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .911 save percentage with Vancouver last year.

    Why PG?  Why?

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  147. Jbird says:

    What a Game!  Go Riders!  

  148. habs4last says:

    Alouettes win the grey cup!!!!

  149. habs4last says:

    go Alouettes!   still the Grey Cup Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  150. deuce6 says:

    LOL..Sorry, wasn’t following the Als game..Now I get where you are coming from..Carry on..Nothing to see here..

  151. Max_a_million says:

    You are an insightful poster, stop for a second and think about the big picture.  Andrew Raycroft isn’t taking us anywhere.  The 1 million or less goalies are all a crapshoot, and you just hope they get hot.  

    It’s ok it won’t mean the difference between winning the cup or not.

    At some point we have to let Desjardins move up as well, so more than one year makes no sense.

  152. JIMVINNY says:

    Really?!?!  You’d rather have Raycroft than Auld?  What are you smoking?

  153. habs4last says:

    we didn’t play on par with the flyers. they beat us in 5 games.

  154. showey47 says:

    the defence giving up 44 second half and overtime points didn’t help much either.

  155. Max_a_million says:

    I have no clue why the number thing would matter at all, it surprised me there was such an uproar.  It’s just a number on a jersey right?  I might be wrong, but I don’t get it.

  156. Malreg says:

    How about the year before? 12-16-0 3.14 GAA .892 save %

    Two years ago? 2-9-5 3.92 GAA .876 save %.

     

    Isn’t fun to manipulate statistics to try and come up with new ways of hating the GM?

  157. TripleX says:

    Yes I would and I imagine a lot of people agree.

    I hate to break it to you but you are not always right.

    Does someone have to be on drugs to have a thought not equal to yours?

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  158. habs4last says:

    yes! Alouettes won the Grey Cup!!!!

    and will beat Riders again this year for the grey cup again!

  159. Caper says:

    Watch out. You are about to be called immature and be accused of using school yard tactics.

  160. JIMVINNY says:

    Good call.

  161. TripleX says:

    I thought the whole idea was to give Price reliable backup so not all the pressure is on him as well as a viable mentor.  What is Alex Auld ( no offense to the dude ) going to be able to impart to Price?  How to play for seven different teams or to be a career backup?

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  162. TripleX says:

    Leafs?  Enough said.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  163. Bill J says:

    Wait a minute…. I just remembered something…

     

    I Hope HardHabits remembers what he “bookmarked”

    Something T***242 said “Beliveau has more of a chance of signing to play with the Habs then Boyd signing with the Habs”

    lol :)

  164. TripleX says:

    Sadly you missed the whole point of my rant.  I am not surprised.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  165. Caper says:

    How’s it going buddy?

  166. weightman25 says:

    the point of trading halak was to avoid having to young goalies competing signing raycroft would be going backwards

  167. Caper says:

    I agree with you.

  168. habs03 says:

    I am fairly happy with the team so far, I think what P.G is doing is upgrading our bottom 6 which was an issue last year before the playoffs. I like the Boyd signing (very cheap), I rather have him play LW rather then C on the 4th Line, a third line of Boyd-Eller-Laps, would be a pretty good two way 3rd line.  With that said I would love to have Moore back even at the 1.25-1.5 range on our 4th Line but I’m not sure if he wants to play on a the 4th line. a 4th line of Moen-Moore-Pyatt/White/Darche is decent. As for the Auld signing, I see it as clearly going with Price to play 50-60 games, with someone like Hedberg or Ellis I think games would have been spilt more evenly. I know that Dan Ellis would wanted to play in Montreal but wanted to be paid, I know he only got 1.5 in Tampa but when you think of the taxes, he would have need to over about 2M a year for it to be even pay out for him. Also to end on Frolov or any other future signings, unless its someone we can use and want, I much rather not spend the money, for example, sending up trading Hamrlik(if possible) and using that money to sign Frolov, why not just keep Hamrlik, and when his 5.5.M come off the books next July lets spend the money then, I think the talent pool come July 1st next year while be alot strong. As for the Gomez taken 11, I LOVE Saku, when he comes back to play I’ll probaly have tears in my eyes, but its just a number, we moved forward, and you guys might not agree because I know Gomez isn’t a fan favorite cuz of his cap hit, but he is an old school player, so I don’t think Saku would mind him having his number (they fought once too)

  169. TripleX says:

    I promised not to comment anymore on the subject.  But since you asked.  :)

    It is not the number per se, but rather what it represents and who last had it.  To many fans myself included Saku transcended the team and became something special unto himself.  It is the way he carried himself, with utmost dignity and grace.  A throwback to athletes of a past generation and a contrast to the selfish boorish athletes that are too many now.

    I guess the Saku admirers are offended and the rest not so much or not at all.  It is fine to misunderstand our obsession but to deride it is uncalled for.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  170. Max_a_million says:

    I just don’t think it matters at all, sorry you don’t like Auld.

    Th onus is on Price now, he can handle it.

  171. KSpence33 says:

    It’s just a number on a jersey. Don’t know what the fuss is about.

  172. zak says:

    Good signing…. cheaper than SK and will contribute more to the team ( locker room etc.) Maybe now AK will be the player he was before SK appeared.Curtis Stanford when he was with Van was a capable ‘tender and he’s cheaper than auld.

  173. Max_a_million says:

     

    I didn’t deride it at all.  I really liked Saku.  I was simply asking a question about a subject I did not understand.  

     

  174. HabFab says:

                                             MONEY TALKS UPDATED

     

    Still have $5,680,000 left to sign Price & Lapierre plus now have room to maneuver for call ups or minor upgrade.

     

    -
    using nhlnumbers.com and substituting PK for MacPac 
    we have $8,168,000 Cap left

    - still need at least 4
    forwards and 2 goaltenders

    - put in already signed Ellers
    ($1.271) and White ($.85) leaving $6,041,000

    - leaves around $2 ml
    for Lapierre and Boyd

    - Moore or Pacioretty ($.875) maybe
    substituted for one of the 4 forwards if money is right

    - leaves
    $4 ml for Price and a veteran backup

    - expect Price doesn’t get
    signed until others done

    - this leaves ZERO for injury call ups
    unless the player is LTIR

     

  175. habs03 says:

    You stole my picture!!!!! lol

  176. Bill J says:

    Sigh – you need to go back & read what the trade entailed.

    Your biggest flaw is you speak from your rear end.

    We owe NSH a pick, ONLY if they can not sign SK74.

     

  177. showey47 says:

    The salary cap makes the molson’s fortune irrelevent and the stars have over twice the cap space we do. Everybody has to sign cheap players in order to fill out a full roster under a cap system.

  178. showey47 says:

    Wipeout is F’Kin hilarious

  179. Harani says:

    At the end of the day, I’m thankful that Darryl Sutter and Glen Sather cement themselves as the biggest boneheads in the league. Good for them. Olli Jokinen? Really? WOW! Just came back from amazing fireworks at AshBridges Bay! Happy Birthday Canada!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  180. Caper says:

    Ever see MXC? Much better me thinks.

  181. habsfansince91 says:

    that was the best show ever invented. Spike tv should bring it back.

  182. Caper says:

    The dialogue was too funny. Git it on!!!!

  183. zak says:

    4 th line….. Pyatt-Boyd-??     3rd line….Moen-Eller-Laps

    Trotter had a good season with the ‘dogs abd might be ready to crack the line up too.

  184. ProHabs says:

    White, gotta be Ryan White. Sandpaper for the fourth line.

  185. sidhu says:

    We have 5.6m to sign Price and Laps.  Our squad right now looks like this:

    Cammy-Pleks-AK46
    Benny-Gomer-Gio
    Moen-Eller-Lappy
    Pyatt-Boyd-White/Darche

    Marky-Subban
    Gill-Gorges
    Hammer-Spaceman
    OB

    Price
    Auld

     

  186. habs4last says:

    actually this is Auld’s 9th team.

    maybe he collects jerseys.  I’m sure with his crappy play he’ll get the other 21 jerseys.

  187. RC-51 says:

    Colby Armstrong:
    age: 27
    6’2″ 195lb
    GP: 79 G: 15 A:14 Pts: 29
    $3,000,000

    Dustin Boyd
    age: 23
    6’0″ 192lb
    GP: 78 G: 11 A: 13 Pts: 24
    $650,000

  188. Caper says:

    By going cheaper to fill  in the bottom six, I still see the possibility of something happening sooner or later with a top 6 forward. 

  189. doogmac says:

    i think a decent day by PG but then again, i wasnt expecting a big splash either

  190. habsfansince91 says:

    yet burke is made out to be some kind of genius and PG is just some lunatic that doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  191. doogmac says:

    agreed, wipeout pales in comparison. for me, wipeout is unwatchable because it is nowhere even close to as good as mxc

  192. showey47 says:

    I just watched some video clips,thats some funny and crazy shit.

  193. Caper says:

    Right you are Ken!

  194. habs03 says:

    I have no issue with that lineup, but with that said, next off season is going to be key for us, I think by the end of next year Gill will be looking for a new places to play, I am someone that loves Gill, one of a few that liked him in the regular season while people wanted to throw him under the bus, but I think O’B should be ready for full time by next year, move Georges to the left side to play with O’B. I think Subban and Spacek should be paired together starting this year to move Spacek back on the left side and I think we’ll sign a good move defensive D-man to play with Marky

    Markov-(RD)

    Spacek-Subban

    Georges-O’B

    As for the forwards, I think the only question going forward from our top 6 is A.Kost, I think he is gone either way, if he does super well he’ll want to much money if he plays probaly you get ride of him, so next year would be a good time to replace A.Kost if not sooner, and as for the bottom 6 in the future it is easily interchangeable, I think Eller is a good starting point for a 3rd line.

    just my opinion.

     

  195. sidhu says:

    Yep, plus I think AK46 and Hammer will be on their way out, creating more room (hopefully) for quality players via trade or free agency.

  196. Caper says:

    the dubbed dialogue is the best. It’s is rip roaring hilarious.

  197. sidhu says:

    Armstrong: 74 hits

    Boyd: 81 hits

  198. habs03 says:

    I would have loved Armstrong on our team but not at that price, way too much. But with that he knows how to play hockey the right way, the only thing is, he is a really good 3rd line RW or a really bad 2nd line RW. 3 Million for a 3rd line RW is too much in my opinion.

  199. Caper says:

    You’re right about AK. He could be gone and replaced in a trade or you could see Benny move the the third line with the acquisition of a top 6. Lots of possibilities. I hate to say it but bringin back Higgins on the cheap keeps popping into my head. Was he really that bad of a influence on Price?

  200. habs03 says:

    He was a huge party animal, he loved the SAQ, but I really like him, say what you want about the guy, but he gives it his all and is in amazing shape, amazing defensively and can score goals time to time I’d even sign him long term for cheap as a 3rd liner.

  201. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Some more stats

    Colby Armstrong:

    +/-: +6

    PIM: 61

    Hits: 74

    Blocked Shots: 29

    Power play points: 2A

    Fighting Majors: 2

     

    Dustin Boyd:

    +/-: +6

    PIM: 19

    Hits: 81

    Blocks: 43

    Power play points: 2A

    Fighting Majors: 1

    ———

    Their stats are virtually identical eh?

  202. Caper says:

    I liked him a lot as well. I still think he will go somewhere and put up 25 goals. Good hands and great speed.

     

  203. JIMVINNY says:

    Off topic – I decided going bald at 28 wasn’t cool, so I shaved my head.  The wife hates it, but man!  It feels nice.  So light, and cool.  Summer heat isn’t going to bother me as much now.

  204. T-roy West says:

    She will learn to love it. Good move!

  205. crabvader says:

    Couldn’t enjoy Wipeout since I was already an avid MXC guy (just look at my pic!)

    Wipeout just seemed like an American replica of MXC.

  206. habsfansince91 says:

    skip to 5:09

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWghNd1lpQE

    moments like this why i loved the show

  207. FormalWare says:

    You’re Right, Tony! (It’s the Only time you’ve been right on this board… probably the only time you’ll Ever be right… Go, Riders!)

  208. JIMVINNY says:

    Thanks.  I think it’ll grow on her.

  209. Jbird says:

    She probably hates change – If I were ever to go bald by some freak of nature – I’m 31 now so . . . – I would shave it all!

  210. Jbird says:

    I’ve been saying for a while that what BB is best at is PR – He’s very good at PR.  Who gives a load about PR.  Really, its for dumb people to eat.   

  211. Jbird says:

    Well JimVinny – Really, lets hope your hair does not grow on her.  :-)

  212. pmaraw says:

    funny you should say that, because it’s not growing on you!!!

  213. SnowManHabs85 says:

    So we got a steal in Boyd and Leafs get a high priced winger but Boyd plays 3rd or 4th and still put those numbers compared to Armstrong? Wow!

  214. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually I doubt anyone agrees. Auld is better than Raycroft, by a wide margin.

  215. ZepFan2 says:

    Let the bactracking begin.

    Didn’t you post this…”Beliveau has more of a chance of signing to play with the Habs then
    Boyd signing with the Habs.”?

    Nothing about “cheap players”.

    ————————————————————————

    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    - Sam Pollock

  216. likehoy says:

    amazing! i was just watching wipeout at a friend’s place tonight. but i have to agree..MXC is better. Guy LeDouche.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MXC no one realizes how many innuendos were used in this show.

  217. db says:

    if someone would have told me how nice the sun feels on the top of my bald head i woulda done it long ago…

  218. petrov14 says:

    GM/ownership/GTA modes of the game :D

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  219. christophor says:

    he can ask permission if each 27 asked permission from the last.

  220. petrov14 says:

    Ahhhh, Couldnt have said it better myself.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  221. Don Carnage says:

    Great !

  222. habs4last says:

    I’ll take Armstrong any day. Boyd is still a 4th liner. while Armstrong is a top 6 forward.

  223. JIMVINNY says:

    Good deal, I like it.  Cheap.

  224. K-hab25 says:

    Armstrongs flaws say he could use more bulk aswell. I mean the guy is 3′ taller than Gomez, at the same weight. Not exactly a big fellow. Armstrong is a dirtier version of Laps. My favorite Armstrong moment was 3 years ago when he charged Koivu from behind and layed a nasty cheap hit on Koivu. He then turned to skate back up the ice when Souray, who saw the hit, grabbed the bastard by the back of the neck and started pounding the crap out of him, while the “tough and gritty,” Armstrong turtled into the fetal position begging for his mommy. It was freaking great!!!!

  225. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tweets have the deal at 650k for the year, Capologists, break out those calculators!

     

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

  226. Bill J says:

    Whew…. This should silence the folks who lamented giving away SK74 for “nothing”

    lol

  227. HardHabits says:

    All 242 of them.

  228. ZepFan2 says:

    One can ony hope!

    ————————————————————————

    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    - Sam Pollock

  229. habs4last says:

    oh yes we just signed our superstar. should we hand him the rocket richard trophy now or wait till the end of the season?

  230. G-Man says:

    Great signing at a great price.

  231. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Great f. deal!

  232. McIntyre18 says:

    So as part of the “Future considerations” we send them our 7th, correct?

  233. JIMVINNY says:

    Only if Sergei doesn’t sign, I would think. 

  234. RGM says:

    It could just be my browser doing something funny, but I didn’t see the Auld & Sanford signings posted on the Habs’ website until just now when the Boyd deal was announced. They’ve also signed Frederic St. Denis (Hamilton?) to a 1-year deal. Could it be that they’re just rolling everything out this evening? Price next, please!

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  235. Chorske says:

    so no Moore, then.

  236. J.T. says:

    Reminds me of my favourite epitaph, on a tombstone in Tombstone, Arizona.  It reads:  Here lies Lester Moore.  Four shots from a .44.  No Les, no more.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  237. camel_larry says:

    243, actuellement.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  238. adamkennelly says:

    Eric Nystrom, Adam Burrish, John Scott would have looked really good on this team…

     

    Nystrom, Burrish and Boyd on our 4th line…Scott as the 6th D…instant – harder to play against, decent players – charatcer guys….

     

     

  239. nightmare_49 says:

     a – Most of those guys have too much sandpaper for PG>

  240. crabvader says:

    So as much as I loved Moore and Metro, we get a younger, cheaper and stronger Dustin Boyd?

    I like it!

    ——————————————————————

    Enjoy!

    http://habsprospects.hockeyhq.net/

    http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=2

  241. ABHabsfan says:

    Having watched Hockeycentral earlier it was rumoured by Kypreos that Simon Gagne is on the trading block from Philly. I think thiswould be an excellent aquisition for the Habs, needless to say. Obviously moves have to be made to clear the space. (My apologies if this has already been dealt with, I haven’t read every post).

    Philly will want a prospect and at least one pick. Not a roster player because I think they need to dump salary for cap issues. We would need to move Hammer, his contract is almost the same, to make the space required. Either AK or Pouliot would be out of town to make room in the top 6, neither of these players can play bottom six kind of hockey, in my amateur opinion. 

    So here’s my idea: Hammer and AK to Tampa,(if Hammer OKs deal) Tampa sends Steve Downie and a 3rd pick to Philly, Habs get Gagne and still enough $ left to sign another bottom 6 forward like Higgins or Dawes.

    I think that works, but it could be the wine talking…

  242. nfldanchor says:

    People forget that the third and fourth line is usually the difference between winning and losing. It is especially true in the playoffs. So if you make our third and fourth lines better then the team has improved where its needed . We have a good team and if we can avoid injuries we will be a great team and hard to beat!  Our players compete on a level we haven’t seen for a few years now and Boyd will continue to work as well. I think Price will shine this year and all the idiots who want to see him fail will disappear or jump on the bandwagon.

  243. pmaraw says:

    we had a 4th line in the playoffs?

  244. crabvader says:

    Hahaha, I love it! Boyd basically has the same stats as Armstrong and is (in my opinion and knowing his style of play) a craftier forward…

    Armstrong: 3mil/per

    Boyd: 650k

    Gotta love it.

  245. pmaraw says:

    are you trying to invoke the wraith of tony242???

  246. arrow says:

    I like the signing of of Auld, living in Ottawa and cheering for my home team (habs) I was born and bread a Montreal Canadiens Fan! Of all the goalies that the Sens tried last season Auld was my favourite . I have always hated Armstong and liked Vetsteeg but now that they have signed with Toronto, they are the enemy, but if Mtl signed them I would love them! I have faith in Price (although not very popular today, HALAK was the MAN) I BELIEVE GO HABS GO!!

  247. crabvader says:

    Auld is better than Leighton.

  248. crabvader says:

    Carolina, Nashville and Chicago beg to differ.

    Remember Tim Thomas?

    A great defensive core can go a long ways to make a nobody look good.

    On the other hand, a crappy one can make even the best look bad. (See Bobby Lou, Marty Brodeur, M-A Fleury)

     

     

    P.S. Halak isn’t coming back…

  249. HardHabits says:

    Leighton will forever be known for letting in one of the weakest Cup winning goals ever.

  250. JIMVINNY says:

    It could be argued that Leighton is better than every goalie in the league (including Halak) aside from Niemi, so that statement doesn’t mean a heck of a lot right now.  Let’s wait until a few weeks into the season before we start stating absolutes like that.

  251. pmaraw says:

    perhaps it could… by a kid in chicago and a kid in philly over online voice chat, i think that is how it could be argued…  but i don’t see that arguement surfacing anywhere else.

  252. JIMVINNY says:

    Well it’s just as ridiculous as arguing that Leighton is better than Price.  I flat-out guarantee you that there is not a single GM for any NHL team that would chose Leighton over Price.

  253. crabvader says:

    Price is how old? If you knew how hard Price has worked to get his act together, you’d at least wait for him to get a few games in this season before judging him.

    It’s people like you that make most posters scratch their heads in utter disbelief.

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  254. pmaraw says:

    let’s face it, leighton was a back up plan, nothing more.  Price seems to be “the plan”  I really just hope Price practices his luck or something, maybe he needs to donate a boat load of money to charity for some good karma.  it’s obvious he has all the skills and talent to be good…  I dunno, I hope he catches some breaks this year.

  255. pmaraw says:

    btw, i got ya good on your off topic post lol

  256. emann_222 says:

    Leighton is better than everybody???

    Are you nuts? Based on what?

  257. JIMVINNY says:

    You did.  To be honest, I was fully expecting a comment like that.

  258. JIMVINNY says:

    I said it could be argued, not that I believed it.  But for arguments sake, simply because he was in the SCF, which every goalie other that Niemi was not.

  259. doug says:

    Love this post

  260. db says:

    …or he just wont be remembered…

     

  261. crabvader says:

    Bring it.

  262. crabvader says:

    Strange, Boyd is RFA after this season according to capgeek.com

  263. JIMVINNY says:

    That is odd.  I was under the impression that he became UFA today.

  264. sidhu says:

    Technically he is an RFA, but since Nashville did not give him a qualifying offer, he became a UFA and thus the Habs could sign him.

  265. Anonymous says:

    you can always go back if your young enough

  266. doug says:

    Signing Boyd and relying on Price, while simultaneously putting the decidedly unproven and average in the driver’s seat for negotiations because you haven’t the cap space to sign another proven goalie: utterly incompetent.

  267. Anonymous says:

    Our current setup with the goalies will be much better for Price, you will see what it will be like now that we have a real number 2 and not to 1′s to fuck with your head (Price)

  268. doug says:

    I really hope you’re right.  I still think Auld sucks and will have to play a minimum of 20 games, and that they should have just signed Price if this was their plan before putting him in the driver’s seat.

  269. The Cat says:

    Unless Auld plays well, in which case Auld will go the same way as Huet and Halak.

  270. Mark says:

    Great idea! That way, that 60$ my brother spent getting us each a shirt won’t be a complete waste!

  271. Bill J says:

    I love how Tony & his crew can’t read.

     


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