Friday roundup

* RDS says Jacques Martin says the team will have a captain this season. Discuss candidates.

* RDS also reports Julien Brisebois is outta here … which throws the Hamilton situation into a bit of disarray.

Arpon Basu compares the Plekanec and Koivu contracts

Louis Leblanc likely headed back to Harvard. Shout-out to Mark C for finding this Boston Globe piece on Harvard hockey.

• Carolina will retire Rod Brind’Amour’s number

All UFA team: The Best of what’s left (No Moore or Metro)

Donald Fehr not hired yet

• Nothing to fear but Fehr himself

* Elliotte Friedman’s pre-holiday column

Re the Koivu contract, nsjohn130 posted this to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune web site:

I am statistically and logically looking at his worth. His points can only go up if he can get a first line player or two with him, he is a leader on a seemingly leaderless team at the moment (a leader must be born), he works harder than any player on the ice besides clutterbuck and brodziak (if only brodziaks skills were on par with his work effort) which creates a dynamic on the team to which other players will work hard, he is likable– i dont care so much about PR as I do staff and locker room relations, and lastly and honestly as important as the numbers he puts up is his loyalty. After all this is a business. Above all attributes, loyalty is the most important. At the end of the day everything is done for the organization first, not Mikko. Mikko gives direction to the team. It gives them identity, and if you don’t think that ALL of these things are worth 7 mill for a 27 year old player, I dont know what is.


  1. bwoar says:

    Craig Adams has 2 Stanley Cups, fair enough?

    And you’re being thick regarding adding mass.  Desharnais is 5 years older and took his time getting to 170.  Leblanc would benefit from time to fill out, get his ‘man-size’ on and then go play against AHL competition.  One more year more or less at school won’t kill the kid.

  2. Mr-T says:

        Gaineys record speaks for itself. It is dismal and mind boggling in trying to analyze the logic of most of his transactions This is not based on the opinions of one or more individuals but on the facts. You do not look at each transaction on a individual basis but at the aggregate. More importantly you can not dispute it. As for Gauthier who are the players  he has acquired that are going to have a huge impact now or soon with the team.

    If you are talking about Eller and Avtsin you may want to reevaluate this because niether one of them has established that they can perform at a high level in the N.H.L. let alone be on the 1st line. As far as Gomez, this year  the Habs have not signed a high profile F.A. because they are not interested. When you say that the team has more talent than previous years if you are speaking about next year then it looks like the team will only have two new players with alot of N.H.L. experience and two without. Therefore talent wise it is about the same with two  variables added to the equation. Price is a unknown comodity and credentials or championships are not always a asset.  A far as the future of the team and a players potential it is only based on speculation. Temper your expectations because very little has changed and it is the same talent that just got the Habs into the playoffs last year minus the one responsible for their playoff success.

  3. likehoy says:

    gorges was 4th on the team for Average TOI with 21:00

    markov, hamrlik, spacek all had higher ATOI. subban will have more TOI than gorges next season…

  4. Mark C says:

    Got to watch a few of his ND games last year. The thing I like about him the most is the speed he plays at. You are right about his skating and hands, but he can put it all together at once, not everyone can mix their speed and puck skills together at their highest gear (see Higgins, Chris). Plus he can shoot and plays with enough grit. 

  5. GrimJim says:

    Seduced by the rhyme, eh HH?

  6. aemarchand11 says:

    Guess if I use Gill as a comparison, Gorges should get about 2.25 Million Max.

  7. TomNickle says:

    Yeah, another reason I’m high on Kristo is because of the way he plays against top flight competition.

    Played great in both games against Canada last winter and his speed is underrated even though people say he’s fast.

    He was blowing our defensemen away.  Lightning fast with a scoring touch and soft hands.  Great combination when you consider he isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty in the corners.

    I am really high on him, Subban high.

  8. Natrous says:

    Top 4? That’s a stretch.. PK’s gonna take a spot ahead of him, plus Markov, Spacek, Hamrlik.. that puts him and Gill on the 3rd line of many teams, including ours.

  9. avatar_58 says:

    Forgive me then, for my cache must not be updating and you no longer use Halak as a pic

  10. Kingofswing74 says:

    a guy like gorgeous gorges IS irreplacable. his defensive savvy is of the best caliber in the league. his team spirit and ruggedness is inspirational. he is an old school raw hockey player. i wouldnt trade him at all. if 3m is his asking price…WHICH IT WONT BE (him and his agent are fully aware of his offensive capabilities) i would give it to him in a heartbeat. along with the C.

  11. Mark C says:

    Ok, that is what I thought, just wanted to make sure. We’re coming from the same place here; just my expectations have yet to follow the same fate as yours.

    My hope for Leblanc, if he goes to school, is that he makes the U-20, and the leaves school shortly after the Harvard season ends. Going this route would get him into 10 or so AHL games plus the playoffs. This way he would get in 50+ games, with about 20 of them at the AHL or WJC levels.


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