Trouble on the horizon?


The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement is about to expire, and Pat Hickey wonders if there will be a management-labour showdown after the 2011-’12 season.

After six seasons of growth and labour peace, the current collective bargaining agreement expires next month. While the expiration is unlikely to have an effect on the 2011-12 season, it’s not too early to start worrying about another work stoppage.

Fantasy focus on the Captain

• For stats geeks,  Habs scoring chance breakdown

Prospect Joonas Nattinen

The Brothers Mahovlich

TSN’s Franchise Faceoff finalists: Stamkos and Toews

Chris Nilan featured in The Last Gladiators

Avery arrested

Another season preview from Yvon Pedneault

Rick Vaive says six beers didn’t impair his driving

And for your viewing pleasure, a Jarred Tinordi video:


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  4. Mattyleg says:

    Holy Crap!!
    No Leaf had ever scored 50 goals in a season before Vaive in 81-82??!

    That’s effed.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  5. Bugs says:

    Thank gosh Hackel has an up-to-date on what the Hawks have been up to because I soooo wanted to know. And I knew that this was the best place to get that info.
    In fact, I get all my Hab stories on the Hawk website. They’re so much more informed than our guys are.
    All it needs now is for John Lu to edit it and I’ll be over the moo… (mmmph, haaaaw!)
    Aw, hell, I couldn’t keep it together.

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Im actually glad to see on our site information that relates to other aspects of hockey than only Habs related subjects. I am not sure why so many are on Hackel about this, when there are about 20 posts a day with a link to a non Habs related story.
      Im glad to be part of a fan base that knows about hockey and not only their team. Here in DC they are mostly pretty clueless about the rest of the league.
      But man, I am a bit surprised they are still posting his articles, cause they get VERY little comments… Just like us posting on here about it, instead on his thread….
      Now if John Lu is involved with anything on here, I say we protest.

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

      • Bugs says:

        We’re on Hackel because his very first post was on the leafs. Not “one of the first”, not “the second”, no, the VERY first. How great the leafs could be if this that and so’n’so came to fruition. Such a great, great team the leafs could be, eh Hab fans?
        Really hit it off with us you could say.
        Sooooo, no mystery there.

        Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  6. punkster says:

    You know, I liked Vaive back when I was a Leaf fan. After reading that story I can only assume he is an idiot.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  7. Adam says:

    Owen Nolan signed a tryout contract with the Nucks. Is this a Claude Lemieux comeback part 2? Seems like that guy was in the league for an eternity.

  8. JasonM says:

    Tinordi is going to be a beast as long as we take the time to bring him up the same way we did with Subban. I’ll see him in our plans in about 3 years time. A year or so before Beaulieu will crack the league. We’ll probably see how they’ll play together in Hamilton in a few year’s time.

    • christophor says:

      I’m calling Beaulieu cracking the NHL earlier than Tinordi.

      Late 2012-2013 for Beaulieu.
      Start of 2013-2014 for Tinordi.

      • DearyLeary says:

        Agreed. I think that’s the reason that Gorges got 1 year, they know they’ve got a couple of horses in the stables coming up. It’ll be a strong young D core.

    • otter649 says:

      Nice to read a postive post/blog about The Habs for a change even if some of the points listed do not turn out the way the author wrote…….

  9. Feraco says:

    Just watched a YouTube video on Yemelin, while he was moving all over the ice, making nice passes and point shots, aside from 2 hits he doesn’t appear to have this mean streak everyone is talking about…

    Molson Ex mon ami

  10. homerbowen says:

    Not impressed by some of Tinordi’s you tube fights, it appears that he can’t handle large players! Am I missing something with this guy?

    • otter649 says:

      An in-experienced fighter who will get better…..

      • Feraco says:

        Chara didn’t come into his own until 23 / 24 and only recently he has a reputation of having a mean streak and he is 33.

        Tinordi is a solid 3 yrs away

        Molson Ex mon ami

    • saskhabfan says:

      First you cry about players like cammy and gio being to small,now you cry about a 6’7″ prospect? Are you constantly on the rags or something?

      • The Dude says:

        I think he wants a couple of athletes that can hold back teams like Boston thus giving our Hab mini’s protection and room too score as well as keeping them away from the knee – neck surgery and brain trauma.And so do I!

        • DearyLeary says:

          And if you don’t think Tinordi is capable of filling that role (eventually) you’re blind in both eyes.

        • Rugger says:

          If only Marc Savard had someone like Chara on his team, he would have been protected from Brain Trauma…

          • HabFab says:

            Good point! Maybe he will get lucky and get traded to the Bruins. The biggest, meanest, toughest SOB’s who play hockey!

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Good point Rugger, don’t forget Eric Lindros had no protection either, as I recall that Flyer lineup only had Craig Berube, Rick Tocchet, Luke Richardson and other smurfs to protect him. In fact that same team didn’t protect Keith Primeau from concussions either.

          • The Dude says:

            So…are you saying small elite players don’t need protection or are you saying CHARA SUCKS!

          • Rugger says:

            What I am saying is there is no such thing as protection, only retribution. If retribution will help the Habs win games, great bring in the guys you want, but I do not think there is anyone in the world that could have protected Max from the play that Chara made on him.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      1st year in OHL, give the guy a chance to fill in.

  11. Exit716 says:

    Sometimes this board reeks of Brochu-era Expos-itis…
    Some fans don’t want the players to make a decent salary and would be happy with the Travis Moens of the world working hard and suc king on the ice at a low price tag. I guess that’s what 20 some years of futility combined with cheap owners does to the fan base.

  12. HabinBurlington says:

    So I just took a look at my Brian Burke Blockbuster Trade Crystal Ball. I have this weird feeling that BB is going to try and do his yearly monster trade. My fear is he may be able to take advantage of a weak Predator GM and try the following: Luke Schenn, James Reimer, Nazim Khadri, 1st rnd pick and other stuff for Weber and Rinne.

  13. The Dude says:

    For Subban and Price money’s will be a big reason for resigning with the Habs, but just as important will be how the Habs fare this year.These are young pro hockey players whom have dreamed of holding a Stanley Cup and if things don’t go well ,it will play a big deciding factor.To play on the “mother of all teams ” is one thing but to have a chance of going somewhere for more money and a better chance of winning the Cup is everything for most.

    • HardHabits says:

      We’ll have to see if there’s a new CBA and what that brings. The playing field has been levelled to a certain degree at any rate up to now.

      One thing I don’t like about the RFA arbitration process is that after the arbiter makes his decision if the team doesn’t match it the player is lost to free agency.

      There has to be some compensation for the team. I would imagine if the team does meet the arbitration’s decision the team should have the right to force the removal of any NTC so they can at least trade the asset once signed. What if after hitting the UFA market that player signs somewhere else for way less proving the arbitration decision erroneous or at the very least inflated?

      Weber getting 7.5M from his arbitration hearing IMHHO is ludicrous.

      • Feraco says:

        Unfortunately that is the going rate on one of the best defensement in the NHL. Would he take 6.5m to sign with a more competitive team? Probably, but he MAKES Nashville competitive. (With Rinne)

        Kadri is useless.

        Molson Ex mon ami

  14. Shane1313 says:

    Subban will no doubt be signing with us and he deserves more than 3.8, the longer he plays the more he will prove his worth. And I think the whole “Price hasn’t taken us past the second round thing” is ridiculous. Price wasn’t the same goalie at the start of his career, it took him awhile to get used all the pressure and show who he really is. In my mind he’s played one playoff year and he was spectacular. This is how we run guys out of town. He is a premier goalie worth 6 mil.

  15. habs001 says:

    the nhl is still a very physical league where intimidation is still used…many teams have huge imposing forwards whose job is to beat up the opposition d and cause havoc in front of the net…my concerns is do we have the d that can stand up to these tactics in the regular season and in the playoffs where it gets much worse…we are told emelin is a tough physical d but as a first year player he will be challenged a lot and the chances are his fighting skills on the ice are very limited vs the players who will challenging him…if he does not fight we all know he will be the subject of cheap shots and scrums all year round…next we have pk who can take care of himself but beyond a couple of fights in the season there is no way that we want have to be the involed in this regularly…after pk we have gorges…there is no doubt that a lot of teams will be using the physical tactic vs the habs d and i am not sure who on our d can step up to neutralize this ….

    • If you think Yemelin is afraid of fighting or cheap shots, you don’t know much about him. More likely he’ll be suspended for hitting a guy from behind and cracking his head open than he receives a cheap shot. It won’t take long for players to be afraid of him.

      • Feraco says:


        Molson Ex mon ami

      • HabinBurlington says:


      • The Dude says:

        Truth is no one knows how Yemelin will stand up in N.H.L. play …or how he’ll handle the relentless pounding by Boston in his rookie year.I say Martin dog houses him for retaliatory penalties and then destroys his MoJo.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          You do realize JM works for PG correct? Yes Yemelin may piss off JM, but he can’t just throw in the towel on this guy right off the bat. Yemelin represents a style of defender Montreal needs, as a result there will be pressure on JM to have some patience with him.

          • The Dude says:

            In Every N.H.L. destination Martin has coached “Sens ,Florida and Habs” Martin has left a trail of deflated and de-balled hockey players .Some have made comebacks but most cast of to the KHL or some beer league running a Zamboni.

  16. veryhabby says:

    Hate typing on iPod… Can’t edit for some reason… Meant to type “last 5 years”

    • Chrisadiens says:

      I believe the “edit” button utilizes Adobe Flash. “Us” Android users have no problems. :smirk:

      Edit: crosseyed_mofo is the tech expert here. He might know for sure

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I sense I know what pot is being stirred here Chris hehe

      • no tech expert, have nerdy traits i do is all 😀

        without starting a flame war, ios is limited for the most part to saffari

        yes not having flash sucks, but the web is already moving towards html 5 (apple taking the brunt of credit for this trend)

        phoneism sucks, iphones, android, wp 7… all cool platforms that push one another to make the experience better for all users

        only blackberry users at this point are getting the shaft, which sucks cuz i want rim to win

        what was the question again?

        edit: OH the reply button, no its not flash

        sent from my ipad 😛

  17. veryhabby says:

    I don’t get why everyone thinks Pk will get lots of money next year. He will be a Rfa without arbitration rights. He will be treated just like every other Habs player in that situation. Look at what our management has done the lay 5 yes with those type of player. AK was the only time such player got a 3 yr deal for over $3M a yr. You will never see this again. Look at all the 1 yr deals such players get. Or the 2 yr deals of MaxPac. PK will get similar to MaxPac. He will get a 2 yr deal for under $2M a yr. Look at Habs pattern. They will not break the bank on him this contract. They have zero reason to. Sure at the end it will cost them more, but for next 2-3 years they have no reason to show him the money.

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  19. otter649 says:

    When will Rick Vaive learn as it was his drinking habits that got him traded out of Vancouver years ago…..

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I can’t say I have a lot of sympathy for this man. I know some people that were playing in the OHA Sr. league when Vaive made a brief comeback in 02. He came across as a very pompous person at the least.

      None of us are perfect, but much is found out about us in how we deal with difficult times. Will be interestin to see how the courts end up dealing with this case when it is completed.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Mr. Vaive is a ridiculous drunk who is trying to cover his behind with a litany of nonsense. Google the Toronto Sun’s coverage of this trial, they’re doing a great job of punching holes in his story.
      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

  20. Feraco says:

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    With the utmost respect, how is that pronounced “Sik-Vay”

    Molson Ex mon ami

    • Chris says:

      Because it is not English or French? 🙂

      Ask a non-native English speaker how strange OUR language is!

      Where is the “r” in colonel or the “f” in lieutenant (if you are using proper British English)?
      What happened to the “p” in pneumonia?
      Why do cord and chord sound the same, but not chair and care?

      My father was fluent in 6 or 7 languages when he came to Canada. And he always said the most difficult one to learn the rules for was English, for the simple reason that there was no consistency in the language.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        My father had the same experience, he had little education but was able to speak 4 languages from Europe and constantly could not make sense out of our English here.

      • HabFab says:

        The English language is the “Borg”!

        There never was a pure English tongue, it was an evolution of several languages into one and has never ceased to “assimilate” from other languages.

        • HardHabits says:

          English is good at evolving and has no hang ups about assimilating words from other languages. It is why it is the top dog in the language world. It is predatorial.

          Take for example another language (I’ll let you guess) which is constantly griping about English. It does it’s best to eradicate intrusions into it’s fold, like a weak patient taking anti-bodies all the time, and does it’s best to maintain rigid rules of the past. It also needs to be protected, like an endangered species.

          In the future we’ll all be Chinese and we’ll all be speaking Engrish.

      • The best thing about English though, is no matter how poorly someone speaks it, you can usually still understand. Not so in most other languages.

      • Feraco says:

        Reading this 3 hours later but great rebuttle!

        “Why do cord and chord sound the same, but not chair and care?”
        – Absolutely no idea but a great laugh none the less

        Molson Ex mon ami

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Here is a link to an article about the various training Drills players are going through at Cdn Jr Dev. Camp.

    And according to this link Kovy and Zherdev turned down NHL contract offers to return to Russia and KHL. Okay so which NHL team would have given Kovy an offer?

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Has JP Dumont really lost all the skills he once had? I don’t really want PG to sign him just because he is french and available, but do you wonder if he can get back that decent touch he once had if he was in Montreal? Really what we need is a 4th line grinder/center (if Enqvist isn’t ready) so JP doesn’t fit that role, but I am intrigued by this guy. Amazing it seems already his career is near over.

    • Feraco says:

      Injuries and playing in Nashville’s defensive system have bogged him down.

      I think teams will be waiting until training camp to start cutting guys and judging their young talent before any moves are made.

      + with the CBA we’re seeing shorter term contracts.

      I like how Montreal’s core is similar in term and salary. (aside
      from Gomez)

      This is probably Moen’s last yr with MTL but it will be good to see him actually playing in a 3rd or 4th line checking role.

      Molson Ex mon ami

    • 24 Cups says:

      Gerald – The Habs have lots of “one time only” cap space left for this year. Right now, they have one spot to fill on the roster. Weber should play defense, not forward, so that means the last guy should be a natural forward. Engqvist and Palushaj are possibilities but they also can clear waivers. I’d send them back to Hamilton with the notion that they may be call-ups later in the season. That means we can go out and sign an experienced, character player before camp starts instead of wasting a 2nd round pick in February.

      Dumont has great hands but really can’t do much else. Besides, we already ahave AK, MP & DD slated for the 3rd line. I’d rather take a gamble on players such as Stillman, Hunter or Drury/Madden who all bring a ton of experience and character. Not to mention that they are desperate to stay one more year in the NHL and will take a major cut in pay and playing time. Hunter and Drury are injury prone but who cares, they’re just going to be secondary players. (They could also be asked to take a physical before signing). I’m not sure what Madden has left so Stillman might be my choice. Although I’m not sure he would be willing to play on a 4th line.

      With the exception of Hunter, they can all play centre. All four are also good on the PK. I say we wait until Labour Day and then reel one of them in. You’re not winning a Cup this year with guys like Engqvist and Palushaj taking a regular shift. (That’s correct, I feel that given the right circumstance we can be a real threat this year. Two things need to happen – Markov’s knee has to hold up and Gomez has to have a 60 point season).

      Please Note: Gomez has basically hit 60 points in 8 out of 11 NHL seasons.

      • HabFab says:

        My understanding is both Drury and Madden are only interested in staying close to home.
        I think we should wait until we see what the kids can bring at training camp.

        • 24 Cups says:

          That’s too bad, Frank. Madden has three rings and would be a great insurance policy for the year. He’s hardly missed a game in 12 years. Also great on the PK.

          Played with Gomez in Jersey and we all know that Scottie is the magnet that brings free agents to Montreal:-)

  23. eric says:

    Sign PK to a contract extension ASAP.Who knows if another team will offer a contract the habs will have to match.

    • likehoy says:

      I know it’s important to sign PK, but you’d think someone would offer drew doughty a contract considering his RFA status.
      If doughty isnt’ getting a contract, I have a feeling Subban won’t either.

      – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

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  25. Feraco says:

    PK Subban

    Top 30 NHL D salaries

    This seems to be a little more difficult to judge.

    You have:
    Chara at 7.5
    Boyle 6.7
    Dion 6.5
    Markov 5.75
    Keith 5.5
    Green 5
    Komi 4.5 (just brutal and fitting he’s a Leaf hes a loser)
    Ballard 4.2

    Unlike Price who you can kinda judge his salary by his peers, the D in the NHL is all over the place. You have Redden, Sourrey, Bouwmeester, Campbell all in the top 15. Kaberle at over 4m, Gonchar 5.5.

    It looks like teams are paying D men for how valuable they are to the team and not in relation to other contracts (although Doughty may set a benchmark for PK)

    I think we may start to see the Habs come up with some front loaded, long term contracts. Aside from Pleks and Kostitsyn we haven’t been in a position to sign young, drafted talent to long term deals! (which I will look at as a positive because with the team and guys we have locked up for the next 3 – 5 yrs will put us in the playoffs and give us a chance to compete EVERY year!)

    Molson Ex mon ami

  26. New says:

    I don’t know if Mr. Hickey is right or wrong about the next CBA antics. I don’t know which teams are well managed, have good deals, or make money. I only know what I like to watch on the ice.

    I like to watch talent. I like to watch Crosby, MaxPac, Ovechkin. I like hard working talented players. Usually those guys are matched against someone who can stop them.

    It wasn’t always like that. The NHL changed the rules to make it like that. They increased the roster size and they increased the “in uniform” size from 17 and 2 to 18 and 2. That was a big deal. Before you had three lines, two spares, and six D. To run four lines you had to go with double shifting or drop a D.

    When they did that tough guys who scored began to give way to tough guys. Fourth line players became dedicated checking players. A big middle ground of players suddenly opened up. Instead of eevery team having a top line they had two bottom lines, and therefore two top lines. Salaries got confuddled.

    So yeah…I can see the solution is to cut back the roster to 21 and dress 18. And I can see the PA walking over that.

    Which is too bad because guys like Subban would excel without having to deal with marginal players wearing armour and head hunting.

  27. HabsRepresente says:

    i really want montreal to sign brian mccabe, they need another d-man on the pp

  28. Feraco says:

    Guys and girls, does anyone really think Price will sign for less than $5m dolla / yr?

    Top goalie salaries:

    Lundqvist 6.8
    Ward 6.3
    Miller 6.2
    Kipper 5.8
    Luongo 5.3 (for 35 yrs)
    Thomas 5
    Fleury 5

    I tried to use guys that were comparable and I understand that Ward, Thomas and Fleury have won Stanley Cups. At the same time Price (after last season) is a top 5 goalie, drafted 5th overall, won at every level and battles and plays in the “Mecca” of hockey.

    Molson Ex mon ami

    • Chris says:

      Price is a top-10 goalie. Top-5 is purely subjective.

      Thomas is definitely above Price right now based on performance, trophies and a Stanley Cup.

      In terms of numbers, Price slots into a group that are largely interchangeable that includes:

      Pekka Rinne
      Roberto Luongo
      Henrik Lundqvist
      Jonathan Quick
      Carey Price
      Ilya Bryzgalov
      Cam Ward
      Marc-Andre Fleury
      Ryan Miller

      I have a hard time DEFINITIVELY saying that Price is better than any of those guys. I would argue strongly that Miller, Lundqvist and Luongo are definitely above him on the totem pole as they have been sustaining a high level for longer than Price has.

  29. HabFab says:

    A little trip down memory lane! Here is Price and his WJC experience, you can also access Gio and Cammies along the top bar. My own memory with Cammy is watching and wishing we had drafted such a gifted goal scorer (was seeing Cournoyer).

  30. HabFab says:

    In case any of you missed the third segment and 6th audio of the Brian Wilde interview on the Habs.
    IMHO the most insightful and in-depth look at our Habs this summer. And if you missed the first interviews, don’t!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Listened to all the interviews this week. Really gets you looking forward to the season doesn’t it? Don’t know much about Brian Wilde not living in Mtl. but he sure seems to have a passion for hockey and our Habs. What i liked about him was his candidness, so many sportscasters sound like the players with cliches. But he was quite informitive I think given his role with CTV.

      • HabFab says:

        Perhaps because he was the interviewee and it was not on CTV. That we were able to get such candidness.

        Checked out his bio, he is from Edmonton but transferred to Montreal in 1995.

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Can’t wait for Tinordi to make the Habs team and proceed to make Lucic part of the ice in the form of a puddle after destroying him physically. If this kid has his father’s temperment to go along with a bigger frame than his father, he will impose his will in our zone. I know at least 2 years away, but been so long since developed our own physical dman who can play hockey (Sorry Komi).

    Lets hope he has a good camp with USA Jr. team and gets that development experience of playing in World Jr.’s.

    • Mike D says:

      Tinordi looked damn good in the 2nd half of the OHL season last year for London (he had an lousy start though). If he can build off what he did in that 2nd half then we should see him make the USA squad.

      Fortunately for me, living in London allows me to see him develop a bit. The great news is that he’s not just some big goon – the kid can actually play hockey!

      – Honestly yours

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I agree, I think between the tutelage of his father and the Hunter brothers he has potential to be a real player with a physical presence. Just imagine that blueline of future, Tinordi, Yemelin, PK, Beaulieau. What a core that could be.

        • Mike D says:

          Yessir! Plus if Weber and/or Diaz develop into real offensive threats while becoming defensively responsible, we’ll have one amazing and very dynamic blueline.

          Not to mention a hopefully healthy and still effective Andrei Markov as their veteran leader.

          – Honestly yours

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Mr. Tinordi is still pretty much a skinny kid. I don’t think he has the strength yet to take on a player like Milan Lucic. Let’s temper ourselves a bit, just because he is tall doesn’t mean he will be a Pronger or Chara-type defenseman, he could develop into more of a Hal Gill type.

      I think we’re doing him a disservice if what we expect from him is to be a goon who will avenge past wrongs.

      For my training camp surprise, I want the second coming of Mike McPhee. And maybe Kent Carlson.

  32. The Cat says:

    Doesnt say a lot about LA cops that Avery shoved them around.

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

  33. 24 Cups says:

    Let’s assume that the cap stays the same for next year and that the CBA has no radical alterations.

    How do we accommodate a pay raise for Subban? Spacek’s salary will be off the books but we will still have to replace him with another player so we should be able to save 3M on his departure. Would Subban sign for 3.8M? I guess it depends on how well he plays this year, especially seeing that he will now have to share the limelight with Markov.

    Price’s contract is a totally different situation. He’s a few years ahead of Subban in terms of experience and will probably get somewhere between 6-7M. The Rinne contract will be the canary in the coal mine on that one. That means the Habs need to find another 4M for Price. We have close to that amount right now in saved space. We also have to consider our other significant future signing in terms of AK46. If he has a breakthrough year then we are going to have to give him a decent raise. If not, then he will probably be cut free with some of the savings (he still has to be replaced on the roster) going to Price. If Andrei hits pay dirt, then it just might mean that Gomez hits the road.

    Regardless, there certainly seems to be enough cap room to re-sign both of our budding building blocks.

    • G-Man says:

      If Price gets 6 to 7 after never getting past the 2nd round, it’ll mean that PG has gone brain dead. Rewarding goalies like that- see the 2 most glaring examples- Luongo and DiPietro- is nothing short of totally stupid.
      Is Price worth 3.5 to 4 mil? Yes. But success in the playoffs is everything and paying him crazy money for 1 really good season is, well, crazy.

      Subban can be rewarded with about $3, but it depends on his sophomore season. If he continues to play at and still shows improvement, draw up the 5 year term contract.
      AK, unless he scores 30+, will not be worth much more than he’s getting now.

      The cap room is there to keep both Price and Subban happy, but let’s hope PG isn’t forced to start ditching good players to accommodate them.

      • 24 Cups says:

        I hear what you are saying and basically agree with you. The truth of the matter is that the NHL GM’s can’t help themselves and keep giving out ludicrous contracts. The fact that they overpaid for players in the 21-27 age bracket after “winning” the lockout is proof enough. Playoff performance has little to do with it.

        Let’s use Minnesota as an example. This franchise is stuck in neutral in terms of yearly performance. They have no hope right now of going anywhere in the western playoffs for the next few years. Yet they overpay guys like Koivu (6.7M), Backstrom (6.0M) and Zidlicky (4.0M). You can also look at all the money that Florida just spent on overhyped players just in order to hit the cap floor. No team seems to be immune from the insanity.

      • GMan, How much would you signed Price and Subban if you were in PG shoes for next season?

    • Captain aHab says:

      It’s a given to me that Gomez is gone after this year, or during.

    • RetroMikey says:

      Subban will not sign for us 3.8M.
      He will sign for greener bucks somewhere else or be traded.
      Remember what Komisarek said when he was with us in Montreal? “Montreal is the mecca of hockey, the best place to play”
      We all know Komo jumped ship and signed for more money and my feeling is Subban will do the same.
      Regardless, we’ll have the extra money then to spend on other players.
      Ah yes, the business and greed of hockey and sports in today’s world where the global economy is sinking deeper and deeper.

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

      • HardHabits says:

        Three letters. RFA.

      • Mark C says:

        Didn’t you want Subban traded last year because his value would never be higher?

        He’s also ~5 years away from being a UFA.

      • saskhabfan says:

        Poor old retromonkey. First you say PK is an over rated junior who they should trade and now you say he worth too much for us sign and will go else where. I guess if he gets 4 to 5 million that would make him more then some over rated junior player now wouldn’t it? Thank god gainey wasn’t stupid enough like your BFF brian burke to waste so much money on komisarek. You should stick to something like serbian soccer or coupon cliping at food basics cause you clearly know nothing about hockey.

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