Picard is a bargain

One of the good things about the salary cap – from a team’s perspective – is that there are some bargains out there.

The Canadiens added veteran defenceman Alexandre Picard on the weekend and he signed a two-way contract which will pay hinm a meagre $600,000 if he sticks in the NHL. That’s less than the $850,000 he made last season in Ottawa and Carolina. Picard will collect $105,000 Cdn if he plays in Hamilton. He and Curtis Sanford are the only Bulldogs earning more $100,000 and that’s a recognition of their veteran status.

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250 Comments

  1. observer says:

    only during the latter part of the 60s. before that detroit was the big rival and boston before them. then quebec was the biggest and best rivalry the habs had until they left.

  2. matmacat says:

    you wouldn’t take Chara on your team?

  3. Chuck says:

    You see more Leaf  jerseys here than you do from any other team, including Montreal and Buffalo.

  4. mbplekfan says:

    Junior hockey is primarily a business. Winning teams draw fans. When you are developing players winning is a secondary consideration.

  5. observer says:

    was ended about 40 years ago.

  6. Say Ash says:

    It depends, if you grew up on original-six hockey, then you probably hate the Leafs. If you grew up, like me, with the Adams division, then you hate the B’s.

    Pet peeve? Paul McGuire.

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    Not a bad idea. Also the fact that he will only be here another year makes it less permanent and therefore less controversial.

     

  8. HabFanSince72 says:

    2nd Q of the Day.

    What is your hockey pet peeve?

    Mine is people who hate the Leafs more than the Bruins. Not that I like the Leafs, but let’s keep some perspective. Or people who say about a Bruins villain like Chara or Lucic “Oh I’d take him on my team any day.” In the first place, you don’t own a  team.

     

     

  9. ZepFan2 says:

    Not really, he had 13 give aways to 5 takeaways.

    Anyway, I’m glad he’s gone.

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  10. Habonic Plague says:

    Also his age may be a factor – unless you want a 2-3 year captain.  I prefer a longer term captain.  Gionta would be my pick.

  11. DearyLeary says:

    Are there any official rules as to a team claiming a junior squad as a developmental team?  It’d be interesting to see what streamlining the Juniors into a Habs farm system would do for producing Quebec born talent.

  12. mbplekfan says:

    Markov

    Subban

    Hamrlik

    Spacek

    Gill

    Gorges

    OB

    Weber/Carle/Picard

    Long way from the 3rd pair unless OB falls apart.

    If Weber has improved his defensive play he becomes the #1 call up.

    Picard will do for depth but will play most of the year in Hamilton.

  13. observer says:

    wrong! they hate the argos there. and now they think it is the leafs who along with bettman have been stopping hamilton from getting a nhl franchise. why should montreal fans hate them? they haven’t been competing with habs for any championship since 1967? they are just another team.

  14. The Cat says:

    I heard he was the unofficial captain last year indeed.

     

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  15. sprague cleghorn says:

    For what it’s worth, the Marlies don’t draw flies right in Toronto.

     

     

  16. naweed235 says:

    the only problem with that is the length left on his contract… as good as he played for us in the playoffs, I highly doubt that he will be resigned here once his contract runs out…

  17. Ian Cobb says:

    HAL Gill is front runner.

  18. WarHero says:

    In regards to his giveaways he was decent.

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