You be the general manager

What should Marc Bergevin do during Free Agent Frenzy on Canada Day?
Our panel of experts at HIO believe the Canadiens general manager will try to fill two two urgent team needs by signing a veteran defenceman and a forward who can compete for Top Six minutes.
Fearless prediction: It won’t be Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.

And it won’t be Justin Schultz.

The highly sought-after UFA defenceman has signed with Edmonton.

Unless you think René Bourque or Blake Geoffrion fits the bill, the Canadiens need a winger to play on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

Pierre-Alexandr Parenteau may be the man. Like Gionta, Parenteau is a RW who shoots right. But once you get past Parise, the choice of LWs thins out quite a bit.

Jiri Hudler is only 28 and has played in a great organization. But Parenteau is a homeboy who had an 67-point breakout season for the Islanders.

Impressive, for sure. But Parenteau was playing with John Tavares providing a quality of playmaking that will not be available in Montreal, at least until Alex Galchenyuk is ready.

On L’Antichambre, François Gagnon  has been pumping Parenteau’s tires for months. Frankie had the right call on at the draft – as did HIO – and we think he may be on to Bergevin’s UFA thinking.

As for a Dman, here’s an off-the-wall suggestion: Sheldon Souray.

Hey, don’t laugh. He’s still got a cannon from the point on the power play, and Souray had a nice bounce-back season with Dallas.

Canadiens fans remember him as a pylon in his own zone, but Souray was plus-11 for the Stars. That would have put him second, behind Josh Gorges’ plus-14, on the Canadiens.

Souray would provide veteran leadership and would not be expensive on a two- or three-year deal, covering the gap until Jarred Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu and Morgan Ellis are ready for The Show.

The bottom line: Bergevin does not have to hit a home run on July 1.

All but the most delusional fans realize the Canadiens are a work in progress. Bergevin has assembled a top-notch off-ice team – including Rick Dudley, who will provide invaluable input on the strengths and weaknesses of available UFAs. The Canadiens, by all accounts, had a great draft in Pittsburgh.

There is talent in the pipeline. Good times are coming.

But the Canadiens are unlikely to contend for the Cup in 2013. So Bergevin and his staff will be in the market for quality, affordable players that improve, rather than transform, the Canadiens.

TSN begins its free-agent coverage at noon on Sunday.

There will be live blogging on HIO.

405 Comments

  1. thepiraterobert says:

    Please reconsider all the Bourque and Geoffrion bashing.
    They did not exactly get regular ice, regular line mates, or regular coaching. They were both thrown into the perfect environment in which to fail. Allow them a fresh start – I suspect one or both are going to surprise at least a little.

    c’est le but!
    Bob in Ottawa

    • Phil C says:

      You can make that argument for Geoffrion, but not Bourque. Bourque was given top six minutes and a spot on the top two lines for most of his time in Montreal, averaging over 18 minutes per game. Cunneyworth kept playing him even when many were calling for his butt in the press box. I am sure the reasons for his awful play are complex, but a lack of ice-time is not one of them.

  2. frankcasting says:

    BS on the Dman need. Tinordi and Beaulieu are ready, and will make the team out of camp. It’s time to roll them into the lineup. Diaz, Emelin, Markov, PK, Kabarle (hurl), Gorges, plus the rookies gives us 8 NHL D’s, St. Denis in the minors, why pay a Sheldon Souray a wooden nickel?

    Loving the Habs since 1965

    • bwoar says:

      Neither Beaulieu nor Tinordi should play in Montreal this year. It’s not a good idea to rush them during a time where there’s a need for turnover at forward. We know the kids could use some time in Hamilton, let them have it. St Denis can come up in case of injury. For now the priority for the club ought to be turnover of the veteran forwards, then bringing along the defenders once things are a little more solid up front.

      Moveover, those D-men may play with Gallagher, Leblanc, Bournival and other potential Habs in the near term. I’d rather see these prospects together on farm team getting to know each other before coming up to the show.

    • Cal says:

      Habs poor D last year was due to too much NHL inexperience. Bringing in more rookie Dmen is a recipe for disaster.

    • Bill says:

      Tinordi and Beaulieu are ready and will make the team out of camp?

      LOL.

      Beaulieu will make it in 2013, Tinordi in 2014. And that’s optimistic, both might require an extra year of pro experience in the minors.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  3. frontenac1 says:

    No,I don’t want us to sign Tom Pyatt Bill. I just felt sorry for the poor little bugger when Campbell beat the crap out of him with that elbow pad.

  4. HardHabits says:

    Saw this on Twitter

    Hockeyy Insiderr ‏@HockeyyInsiderr
    Looks like Doan might be the #1 REALISTIC target for #Habs. Bergevin will be in Parise sweepstakes, but hearing interest NOT mutual…

    Hockeyy Insiderr ‏@HockeyyInsiderr
    According to a source close to Bergevin: “Don’t be surprised to see a Doan announcement to #Habs tomorrow around 4PM” #Canadiens

    Hockeyy Insiderr ‏@HockeyyInsiderr
    Shane Doan and Carey Price had multiple phone conversations this week. Doan would LOVE to come play for #Habs. #CONFIRMED #Canadiens

    Hockeyy Insiderr ‏@HockeyyInsiderr
    I can confirm that #Habs do have interest in Shane Doan. Looks like it’ll be between #Canadiens and #Canucks but Doan would rather MTL.

  5. HFX-HabFan says:

    I bet tomorrow ends up being a dud sort of like the trade deadline day has been the last couple of years, because a) this year’s UFA crop is underwhelming to say the least, and b) most of the biggest names probably won’t go anywhere in the first day. I would be shocked if Ryan Suter announces his intentions in the next 48 hours.

  6. commandant says:

    The Free Agent Goalies

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/06/30/nhl-free-agent-watch-the-goalies/

    Go Habs Go!
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  7. chelseafan says:

    I know Cole looks great storming down the right wing, but can he play the left side… He could always play with Pacioretty and DD on the PP

  8. chelseafan says:

    Who would anybody rather have- Doan or Gomez? It seems so simple to me- offer Doan Gomez’s money, buy Scott a drink, say thank you, and send him to Hamilton. Seriously!

  9. frontenac1 says:

    Tom Pyatt is capable of withstanding repeated blows to his head from an elbow pad.Gota be worth something.

  10. neutral says:

    Not expecting too much tomorrow. keeping my fingers crossed
    MB brings in good enough players to have a team that can compete
    every game.

  11. Say Ash says:

    Should I cancel my order for a Habs Kane jersey, or what? Anybody? Ground control to Tom Nickel?

  12. Adam says:

    Alright, a total hypothetical (that’s probably been mentioned before, but what the hell, dog days of summer and all).
    For the purpose of this hypothetical, the new CBA will look roughly similar to what we have now. No amnesty buyout period.
    Camp opens, and Scott Gomez comes in looking RIPPED. More muscular than at any point in his career. He gets on the ice and he is just as good a skater as he was in his prime: the added bulk hasn’t slowed him down at all.
    Exhibition games start, and what do you know, Gomez is flying. He isn’t pulling his usual move of tearing through the neutral zone and then pulling off to the wing and looking for a pass lane that isn’t there. He isn’t turning over the puck. In fact, through exhibition, he averages a goal and an assist per game.
    If you’re MB, what do you do with Gomez?

    By the by, do not take this post as an endorsement or attack on Gomez. I’m merely throwing out a hypothetical situation due to boredom and a lack of actual games to watch.

    • Habs54 says:

      You play the heck out of him and be thrilled.

    • JayK-47 says:

      BHHHAhAHAHaHaHaHAhAhahAha!!!!

      Seriously, if that happens, I will write a personal apology to the man. And I dunno, what do you get a multimillionaire who doesn’t appear to train in the off season, has sullied their reputation then redeemed their selfish self in way of apology, for my pointing out his apparent lack of honor?

    • Habsolutely says:

      Ya, and Kate Upton suddenly decides to call me up outta the blue and tell me she wants to be my mistress. Totally gonna happen.

      • CharlieHodgeFan says:

        What if Brian Gionta shows up in camp at 6″4, 223, and scores 40 in the first 3 exhibition games, beats up Lukic and dances like James Brown after every goal?

  13. Corson27 says:

    Overjoyed that once more Burke failed to get a player he was after, good luck in Edmonton Schultz . Word is he was also about to go hard after Moen.

  14. K-hab25 says:

    maroon – to put ashore on a desert island or coast and abandon

    moron – a stupid person; a dolt (aka jols 101)

    Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      From the Urban Dictionary:

      maroon
      A malapropism and favorite expression of Bugs Bunny, after outwitting Elmer Fudd. Usually uttered by Bugs this while walking away and wiping his hands in satisfaction. The joke of course is that Bugs mispronounces “moron.”
      Bugs: “What a maroon!”

      • K-hab25 says:

        You and I both know that people aren’t copying Bugs Bunny, they’re just Morons!! My definitions were from a real dictionary, not the wikinary or whatever it’s called.

        Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          K-hab, I also appreciate that the majority of posters on here use complete sentences, proper spelling and punctuation and good grammar. I’ve been known to correct egregious or annoying, repetitive errors. I’ve denied that I’m much of a stickler, but HabitantinSurrey immortalized me as such in his signature.

          In this case though, I let it slide. Bugs has made the expression common usage.

          • K-hab25 says:

            Ya, as Bill just showed, it can be a slippery slope. One I’ll be staying off in the future. :)

            Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

    • Bill says:

      But as per Bugs Bunny (a great and respected linguistic source), “maroon” can also refer to a foolish or tiresome individual: as in, “what a maroon”. It’s accepted usage at this point AFAIC.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • jols101 says:

      Haha, hab 25 still going on about that. Do one of two things – 1- check out an urban dictionary or 2- watch a bugs bunny episode…

      • K-hab25 says:

        No thanks, I have no desire to conduct myself like a cartoon character or butcher the english language. If you adults honestly think it’s funny to mispronounce moron, when NO (space) ONE can hear you, have at it.

        Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

        • Habs54 says:

          We adults love Bugs Bunny. We grew up with it. Now off to see the high diving act.

          • K-hab25 says:

            Liking Bugs Bunny has nothing to do with my point, if you’re going to be calling someone elses intelligence into question, you might not want to be quoting a cartoon character or the unintelligent dictionary.

            Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

          • boing007 says:

            Whoever suggested paying Parise ten million a year is also a maroon.

            Richard R
            Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

        • RGM says:

          Oh that’s delicious, delicious irony. Thanks for that.

          ———————–
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          • K-hab25 says:

            Hey no problem. I’ll be here all week, please make sure and tip your waitress. ;)

            Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

        • Bill says:

          Oh, a pretend English snob. Word to the wise: if you’re going to slag people for “butchering” our language, you should remember to spell it right: “English”, never “english”.

          What a maroon :)

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • K-hab25 says:

            Seriously? That’s the best you got? I didn’t capitalize the e, my point still stands, only north of the border do people use the spelling maroon, oh the irony.

            Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            What’s good for the goose K-habs… We’re going to hold you to a higher standard.

          • K-hab25 says:

            I hope not. :)

            Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

          • Bill says:

            Meh, never mind, what I wrote was mean, and this argument is for maroons!

            EDIT: But listen, failing to capitalize the word “English” is not a minor mistake, it’s a grievous error. Seriously.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • K-hab25 says:

            ;)

            Proud Pricebot since 2006/2007

  15. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    Have to say, not a big fan of Alexi Emelin, he is a defensive liability, and is incapable of defending himself. Unless he were paired with a Matt Carkner type player, he would be a weak spot on the roster for sure.

  16. HFX-HabFan says:

    Supposedly Vancouver and Montreal are the frontrunners to land Doan if he leaves Phoenix….random Twitter rumour, by nobody credible

  17. Un Canadien errant says:

    Mac Bennett says that last season at the development camp he was 178-180 lbs, and showed up at this one at 192. He plans on playing at 195 in the NHL. He’s going back for another season at Michigan.

    http://www.rds.ca/zone-video/#cat=53&videoID=111876

    ———————————————————————–
    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 2429: Travis Moen [x]
    June 2627: Mathieu Darche
    June 26: Ryan White
    June 30: Alexei Emelin
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau, Taylor Pyatt
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  18. RobertAlanFord says:

    I’d offer the equivalent of the cap increase to Suter. Take it or leave it. My realistic targets would be McClemment, Tootoo and Allen or Hannan.

    As for the spot on left wing, Bourque and two of our three second rounders for a player in the Louis Eriksson category. Wont happen though without more compensation.

  19. Un Canadien errant says:

    A little bit disappointed that Justin Schultz didn’t sign with the Canucks, it would have been nice to see him strengthen their back end, but glad that he chose to go with the Oilers. It was a hockey play, a kid who wanted to play in Canada, and turned his nose up at a glitzy sunny location for Edmonton, for a change.

    • Habilis says:

      Sorry but I have to disagree with your assesment of this being a “hockey play”. How would you feel if he was an American kid who had spurned Montreal or Ottawa to go play in California? Just because he’s Canadian doesn’t make what he did any less self-serving.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I used the ‘hockey play’ as a tongue-in-cheek reference to Colin Campbell.

        I do like the fact that it goes the other way around for once, a Canadian kid spurning California to sign with the Oilers. It has the ‘man-bites-dog story’ quality to it.

        The kid is a free agent as determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, he doesn’t owe the Anaheim Duck anything. He’s not holding out, he never signed a contract with them, he’s not demanding a trade.

        The CBA will probably be amended to allow greater compensation to teams who lose out like Anaheim, and it sucks for their dozens of fans, but I really don’t blame the guy for maximizing his options, as teams and owners do ruthlessly.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2012/06/does-justin-schultz-deserve-to-choose.html

  20. JUST ME says:

    If the Habs go for someone tomorrow might as well go for broke and hire an impact player and not one of those middle of the pack overpaid players that will not make a difference that we will be stuck with cause the deals are also quite often too long.

    It looks like many talented players will graduate from the AHL in the next years and i`d rather invest in them then in a player that will blend in without bringning a real change. If needed we should go for what we need, goals or a solid d-man.

  21. JayK-47 says:

    With P.K., Eller and Price left on the ‘must sign’ list, the Habs have $20.3 million left to spend. $27.7 if Gomez is dumped.

  22. Mike D says:

    If Gaustad’s new contract is a sign of what’s to come tomorrow, I sincerely hope MB turns his phone off and hides out in an underground bomb shelter with no reception.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  23. Un Canadien errant says:

    So at least David Poile’s shopping spree this spring, where he gave up a first-round pick for Paul Gaustad, a second-rounder for Hal Gill and a second in 2013 for Andrei Kostitsyn wasn’t entirely in vain. He managed to re-sign Hal Gill and Paul Gaustad, so he keeps those assets. It remains to be seen how much tread is left on Hal, and Mr. Gaustad’s deal is a little rich for a fourth-line center, but this off-season won’t be the total catastrophe it was shaping up to be, with Ryan Suter on the way out and Shea Weber on the fence.

    ———————————————————————–
    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 2429: Travis Moen [x]
    June 2627: Mathieu Darche
    June 26: Ryan White
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau, Taylor Pyatt
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • ed lopaz says:

      Hey UCE, doesn’t Ryan White deserve an “X”??

      We signed him last week.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Lots of comments on my wishlist.

        I didn’t have Ryan on my original list, I felt it was a slam dunk that he’d be re-signed, as many others. The guys I originally listed were a semi-prediction list, things I wanted the team to accomplish.

        I’ve added him on in italics, and I’ve just done so with Alexei Emelin, for the sake of completeness, but neither signing means I deserve a checkmark, it was obviously going to happen.

        My next ‘prediction-birthday-cake-wish’ are coming up tomorrow, P.A. Parenteau and Taylor Pyatt, I’ll give myself a checkmark if it happens.

        ———————————————————————–
        June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
        June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
        June 2429: Travis Moen [x]
        June 2627: Mathieu Darche
        June 26: Ryan White
        June 30: Alexei Emelin
        July 1: P.A. Parenteau, Taylor Pyatt
        July 3: Shane O’Brien
        July 5: Carey Price
        July 9: P.K. Subban

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  24. HFX-HabFan says:

    Gaustad off the market, signing a 4-yr extension in Nashville. You knew the Preds would do everything they could to retain both him and Gill, given what they gave up to acquire them for their playoff run.

    Sheldon Brookbank could be a nice pickup as a 6th/7th D. Tough, physical, +11 on a lousy Ducks team last year, should come cheap.

    I doubt we’ll pursue many UFA forwards…if we’re to add an impact forward, it will likely come through a trade.

  25. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Gaustad gets $13m over 4 years? The numbers that will be thrown around tomorrow are going to be obscene.

    No way that Parenteau gets less than $18m over 4 years.

  26. rogus says:

    Sign Darcy Hordichuk

  27. twilighthours says:

    These trade proposals and roster overhauls are hilarious.

    In defense of Tom Nickle (who is taking a roasting, and who is very capable of defending himself), he never said the Kane trade would happen, just that it was a possibility and that the two teams had moved past merely talking.

  28. HardHabits says:

    I thought I was the GM.

  29. BC HAB says:

    2 million per year for Emelin. Not bad at all!

  30. JayK-47 says:

    “You” be, the GM?

    What the HELL have we been doing THIS whole time???

    “No signature for me, thx” – Jay (the K is silent)

  31. like a boss says:

    If MB does anything significantly substantial, (sign Doan, Parise, etc. or finding out a way to get rid of Kaberle or Gomez) i am going to make 100s of copies of Obama “Hope” campaign posters from 2008 but substitute Obama’s face for MB’s. If anyone else wishes to join, with all means do.

  32. SlovakHab says:

    Gaustad is off the market…

  33. Bozo McBozo says:

    A rejuvenated Scott Gomez will solve all the Habs problems!

  34. 69HABS says:

    Marc Bergevin wasn’t very swift in hiring Therrien!

  35. 69HABS says:

    Bergevin wasn’t very swift in hiring Therrien!

    • Dust says:

      time will tell. why don’t you wait until the season has started at least

    • jols101 says:

      Old news but I totally agree. Everything else has been top notch but the hiring of Therrien still baffles me. The only thing I can think of is that Bergevin put in place a fall guy because he is smart enough to realize that this year might be a bad one. Only thing that makes any sense…

      • Dust says:

        Or he wanted a guy known for being a hardass cause he thought this team needs a kick in the ass.

        • jols101 says:

          hardass or dumbass ???

          • Dust says:

            well i haven’t been coached by him. Have you? Past players have had both good things to say about him and bad things. I think he holds players accountable and this team needs that

          • 69HABS says:

            Dust, he throws his players under the Bus all the time in public.

            If he is to call out his player do it in the room!

          • boing007 says:

            Hard dumbass.

            Richard R
            Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

        • 69HABS says:

          We had him yrs ago. This team needs new blood. He will lose the room by Christmas!

          • Dust says:

            i think most coaches like him have a very short shelf life. 2 years tops. They also have reputation of getting teams to have a very good work ethic. Montreal is a couple of years from contending. So, as i see it, You bring in MT for two years to be a hardass and get an environment of hard working. then can him for a players coach when the team is ready to contend and a hardworking mindset is in place

  36. like a boss says:

    Emelin gets 2 mill each year

  37. Mike D says:

    Per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter:

    “May be old news but Emelin’s deal with MTL is $2M per year for two yrs.”

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  38. like a boss says:

    sign Doan, trade Borque, Weber and a pick to Winnipeg for Kane

  39. Adidess says:

    I am trying to think of a fake trade to post. Patrick Kane in return for…, oh wait this one has been used and abused.

    In the words of Sarah Palin, I’ll have to get back to you on this…

  40. mdp2011 says:

    I have to admit that I was never really a fan of Latendrese when he was with the Habs, and I always thought he was lazy. But now that he has had a couple of years to mature, I think that at the right price, he could be a good signing. Whatever the criticism of him, one thing is for sure, he knows how to put the puck in the net.

    • Dust says:

      I have to agree with you. My main concern with latendrese is that he has been injury prone. I can’t see him asking for much. A cheap one year deal to prove himself I would geuss

  41. cuzzie says:

    False alarm

  42. showey47 says:

    I guess this site is still having issues since i was logged in as fun police.

  43. aj says:

    So, what boils down to the July 1st UFA shopping spree for the Canadiens is the Following:

    2nd Line LW:
    (a) Zach Parise
    (b) Jiří Hudler

    3nd Line RW:
    (a) Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
    (b) Jordin Tootoo

    Top 4 DMan:
    (a) Jason Garrison
    (b) Filip Kuba
    (c) Sheldon Souray

    My Picks for tomorrow: Hudler – Tootoo (or Parenteau) – Garrison

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      I don’t know enough about Garrison to have an opinion, but Kuba really sucks IMO, and I didn’t miss Souray when he left. I’d rather see the Panthers re-sign Garrison and give up on Keaton Ellerby, then have Bergevin Pry Ellerby out of Florida for cheap.
      My first choice, as always is a trade for Fedor Tyutin.

      “My first choice, as always, is a trade for Fedor Tyutin”
      – Sean Bonjovi

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I would really like to see Garrison in Mtl. Dude has an absolute howitzer.

      “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • aj says:

        @ ABHabsfan:

        I was looking at his stats on Capgeek and HockeyDB. Garrison got 16 goals, 17 assists, 33 pts. Also, his last season paycheck is at $700,000. This guy can be a possible valuable asset if Bergevin would consider him here.

        EDIT: Also, he got a goal, 2 assists in the playoffs against NJ. That’s a pretty decent stat IMO.

  44. bwoar says:

    Hopefully there wasn’t anyone dreaming about Kane too much:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0701-blackhawks-chicago–20120701,0,2261327.story

    One player who almost certainly won’t be heading elsewhere, despite rampant rumors, is Kane.

    “I’ve said all along that Patrick is part of this organization and what we’ve already accomplished and what we’re looking to accomplish,” Bowman said.

  45. Andy and the habs says:

    Regarding Parenteau and how much he benefitted from Tavares which won’t be the same in Montreal as per HIO, I don’t agree as much. When Pleks had better wingers who are able to finish, he had 69 points season. He may not be big but has done excellent in creating plays.

    • commandant says:

      Tavares is an absolute stud. Pleks is good but not at the same level.

      I worry about Parenteau and Moulson as both were journeyman AHLers til they hooked up with Tavares

      I’d like to see JT get some established wingers, I think he’d put up 100+ pts per year

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  46. Sean Bonjovi says:

    How come we still don’t know what Emelin’s being paid?

    P.S. If we sign Suter AND Parise I’m going to start chiseling the Marc Bergevin statue tomorrow. My statue will depict M. Bergevin in a business suit with an evil grin on his face and one hand on his crotch. Upon completion I will deliver said statue to Brian Burke’s front lawn.

  47. Dr.Rex says:

    Other then every single french player available who do the chumps on l’antichambre think we should sign?

  48. Dust says:

    I would like MB to sign Doan Tootoo and I would Like Garrison if the price is right

    • aj says:

      Honestly, I was saying before here at HIO that Garrison is the best option now that Wideman is out of the UFA market. Suter may sign with the Red Wings. Kuba may test the free market. So, the best Dman for Bergevin to take is Jason Garrison.

  49. Hobie Hansen says:

    Souray would be interesting. I’d rather him over Diaz or Weber but overall I’d still be concerned with the complete group of defenseman in Montreal if he were signed.

    Kaberle is plain bad in his own end. Souray probably isn’t a heck of a lot better. Markov is still a question mark. Emelin is a big hitter but really wasn’t that great defensively last year. Subban and Gorges are both good to very good in their own end.

    Bryan Allen would be the ultimate because that would give us three real good defenseman in our own end. Will be tough to get him though.

    Back to Souray, it sure would be interesting to see him standing between Lucic and Price during a rough game against Boston.

  50. Dr.Rex says:

    The most likely targets for Bergevin tomorrow…
    1) Doan
    2) Parenteau
    3) Prust
    4) Souray
    5) Toooooooootoo

    • Dr.Rex says:

      Although when MB discover that Parenteau is looking for a 4 yr 18 million contract he will quickly move on to the Hudler and Prust bidding.

  51. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Is a Nash – Ryan swap (with throw-ins as needed), totally implausible? Man, how much would dmen love playing against Nash-Getzlaf-Perry?

  52. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Souray would indeed help the PP, but don’t we already have a glut of defencmen?

    Subban, Markov, Gorges, Emelin, Kaberle, Diaz, Weber and St. Denis in the AHL.

    Where would Souray fit?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Great fit for his size, toughness, leadership and powerplay contribution. At least one of Yannick Weber, Frédéric St-Denis and Raphaël Diaz would be moved to another team or sent down to Hamilton, if they pass through waivers. Mr. Souray would then be a great partner for one of those slick but undersized puckmovers and skaters. Two-year contract, holds the fort while the kids learn in Hamilton.

      ———————————————————————–
      June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
      June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
      June 2429: Travis Moen [x]
      June 2627: Mathieu Darche
      June 26: Ryan White
      July 1: P.A. Parenteau, Taylor Pyatt
      July 3: Shane O’Brien
      July 5: Carey Price
      July 9: P.K. Subban

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  53. habsfan0 says:

    Will the Habs sign a goal scoring forward?

    Will they sign a shutdown,stay at home defenseman?

    Will Mike Boone finally acquiesce to constant speculation on this blog and confirm or deny what his immediate future plans are in re: to the Gazette and HIO?

    These, and other questions will soon be answered. (One hopes.)

  54. Lizardking89 says:

    I can’t see them signing anyone of significance with Subban and Price not yet under contract. If they do spend some money tomorrow I think that’s a sure sign that Gomez is as good as gone.

    • Habsolutely says:

      Gomez is as good as gone anyway. MB won’t make such a huge error as to start the season with Gomez on the roster. It would be a huge error that would be unanimously panned across the hockey world, except for the one or two Gomez fanboys that post here.

      • Dr.Rex says:

        Gomez’s cap hit of 7.3 will only be enough to cover the raises that Price and Subby will get combined…..SO even with him in the minors next year it doesnt open room for big signings.

        Although Im sure MB is actively persuing a home for Craperle and that move could bring in two important assets like Tootoo and SOuray for instance.

  55. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    I think Hudler would be a great fit. His numbers are solid and he’s been groomed in a great system. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a bit more offense than he’s been able to show in Detroit. Just not sure what the price tag would be…sometimes desperate GMs will inflate a contract on July 1st. But for 3-4 million for 3-4 years, might be a good option.

  56. RGM says:

    I’m a bit surprised that Matt Carle’s name hasn’t come up very often. http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470640 Decent size, 3 of his 4 goals came on the PP, good puck mover.
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  57. aj says:

    I was just watching CTV news Montreal and they were suggesting that Bergevin would either weigh his options on the following 3 RW’s:

    (a) Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
    (b) Brandon Prust
    (c) Jordin Tootoo

    I would either pick Parenteau or Tootoo for the 3rd line RW. In terms of the LW position, we have:

    (a) Zach Parise
    (b) Jiří Hudler

    Hudler for me if MB will make a decision. However, if Parise will take a risk of getting a pay-cut offer, why not? I would want the Habs to get a top-tier player like Parise.

    • steve17 says:

      I like Tootoo for the 3rd line but I would rather take a shot at Wolski for the 2nd line left wing.

      Habfan17

      • aj says:

        I was just checking the stats and Parenteau has more leverage. However, I think Tootoo can be a considerable if Parenteau would not be available tomorrow. But I’m sure Bergevin might sign P.A. Parenteau.

    • RGM says:

      Nobody goes to July 1st looking to take a cut in their pay.

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  58. alfieturcotte says:

    1. Sign Pouliot
    2. Sign Latendresse
    3. Sign Wojtek Wolski
    4. Sign AK46

    Those 4 would be upgrades over Bourque, Geoffrien, and company. Plus they could be mixed in between lines 2, 3, and 4.

    • steve17 says:

      No to 1, no to 2, no to 4! Yes to 3 and add Armstrong and Allen on defence

      Habfan17

    • shootdapuck says:

      No 2 for what?

      Providing soundbites for RDS and Journal de Montreal?

      Don’t need a self entitled, out of shape, injury prone prima donna!

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    • Lizardking89 says:

      No
      No
      Yes
      no frikken way.

    • HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

      go back into time and watch the vhs tape of how much you hated those players then, they are not a fine wine. ;)

  59. nickster13 says:

    Colby Armstrong bought out by the leafs. He would be a good guy for our 3rd line, and im sure has a lot to prove, especially against the leafs. I think it would be a great fit. Anyone?

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

    • steve17 says:

      If he is healthy and does not ask for too much, then yes!

      Habfan17

      • nickster13 says:

        He was bought out for 3 million, so i would expect him to not make more than that based on pure logic. But it sounds good to me!

        “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

    • EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

      I would say YES, but only with a one year deal

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Nooooooo to armstrong the gutless puke !!! Remember koivu, bergeron, he was a headshot goon and once the changed the rules he was finished.

      Go to YouTube for his legacy … I would sooner have lucic in a Habs jersey than this pathetic Mook.

  60. CF says:

    I was screaming for the Ghost to get Souray last year, one year too late if you ask me, but he would still help in a big way, especially PP.
    Never should have let Dominic Moore go. Gave 7 overtime winner, come on man!! We had a revolving door on the fourth line all year, and our third line sucked too. He would have been a huge help, especially on face offs and giving Pleks a break on the PK–two things we needed badly.
    We need more toughness on the back end, Souray can provide this except he can’t fight anymore which hurts him. A second line guy, tough call, not much out there, Parenteau is small, doesn’t hit, doesn’t create any space for Pleks or Gio–might not be a good fit going into Boston and Philly.
    One thing has changed though, confidence in our GM—I do believe Bergevin will make the right moves.
    Last couple of years with the Ghost—I had zero confidence–although he did get Cole.

    • steve17 says:

      When there was talk of Parenteau, I was thinking right wing, 3rd line, not left wing 2nd line. I think that would be the wrong move. If Bergevin is thinking of keeping Pleks and Gionta on the 2nd line, they need a power forward to play on the left side. On top of that, he may want more than he is worth. The Habs have enough right wings in the system. If they want to convert one to left wing, I would prefer they do it with one of the players in their system.

      If what I have read is true and Bergevin is quietly looking to move Diaz and Bourque, maybe he can move them to his ex team for Beach and a pick or Saad. Chicago has good depth at left wing. Then the Habs could look at signing Wolski.

      Habfan17

      • CF says:

        I was just scrolling thru Chicago and thinking the same thing. You can’t discount teams he has the closest relationships with. Right now, that’s Chicago.
        I was also thinking Brunette may be someone he looks at for a year on the cheap. Stallberg would be great for his size but would need a trade for that to happen. Haven’t seen much of Saad, but remember in the draft he was sought after for his size and grit.

  61. habstrinifan says:

    Please not Sheldon Souray Boone. Let Markov be the veteran presence. Get Brookbank for tough/stay at home… or someone similar like the NJ guy Salvador?

  62. Marc10 says:

    I’d like Bernier or Prust for the 4th line.

    Lats to compete with Bourque for 2nd LW spot.

    Jagr as third line winger and PP specialist.

    A cheap find on D. Needs to be mean.

  63. Rob D says:

    I’m very happy with the changes so far…not sure about the HC but I am willing to give him a chance to prove he’s a better coach now. Love all the other people brought in including our GM..he makes great choices , IMO. There seems to be a lot of actual talent in the pipeline and we have some decent players on the current roster. I like the core of Price/Subban/Cole/Gionta/Pleks/Markov. It’s all headed in the right direction now to be a perennial playoff team and eventual contender.

    No reason to make a big splash and bring in a Rick Nash level player and give away young prospects and a guy like Subban for instance. If we all realize that we are truly rebuilding around our core and that the Cup is not in sight for 2-3 more years, we’ll be OK. It’s going to be fun to root for a young, improving and very exciting team with a talented front office. Let’s enjoy the ride and keep building through the draft..Next year’s draft is a doozy and we have what…4 2nd round picks? I like how things are shaping up for the first time since Bob G built a first place team and then watched it fall apart. This version feels a lot more solid and we may be looking at the renaissance of the Habs we want.

    • JF says:

      About Michel Therrien: considering how bad the Habs were in 2002, he had to be a good coach to get them to the playoffs, and a very good coach to lead them to an upset of Boston. In fact, if he hadn’t blown a fuse behind the bench, his team would almost certainly have taken out Carolina and gone to the Conference Final, perhaps to the Cup Final. This suggests that, aside from his moment of madness, he’s actually an excellent coach. But that was ten years ago; a person can learn and mature a lot in ten years and acquire better control over their emotions. I’m certainly willing to give him a chance.

      • kbhab4ever says:

        I am 110% with the hiring of Therrien. I think that he is just what the soft players need plus the Habs blew so many late leads because they were out of shape , Last Yrs. traning camp worse ever, Therrien has already talked about why were so many hurt last year,

    • EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

      (fingers crossed)

      we just need toughness, I NEVER want to see les Gloreaux smacked around like punching bags by a bunch of, cowardly pu*sys like the Bruins ever again.

      That has tarnished the CH more then anything else.

    • chelseafan says:

      Any GM would do almost anything to get a Nash or Parise. It would not be a bad thing for the future but what we need and do not have in the system (well maybe our 3rd pick- but I digress) a superstar. Any cup winning team needs atleast three + a super goalie who we have at times. The question is do they want to come to tl and I think for Nash the answer os no. Hope we score something tomorrow!

  64. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    What’s this I hear about Bryan Allen wanting 5 million!?

  65. Un Canadien errant says:

    P.A. Parenteau and Sheldon Souray are both reasonable solutions to our problems. Both have a local connection, which I prize. If we don’t have to get in a bidding war, let’s bring these guys home.

    I think Mr. Parenteau is a smart player who can manage the switch to left wing, a position he’s played before. He is friends with David Desharnais, so there’s the possibility of chemistry there. If he gives us a decent hometown discount, we should sign this guy. If not, let’s go dumpster diving and get a cheap UFA on a one year contract.

    Sheldon Souray is a bit of a pipe dream I think, apparently he has kids in California, so he’d want to stay closer, but if we can talk him into coming East I’d love to have him back. He’d help out immensely on the power play and in the size/toughness department. He’s not as mobile as we’d like and he can be beaten defensively, but we can live with this, especially if he’s partnered with a good skater (Alex Emelin?) He’s been here before and liked playing here. He has a lot of experience that he can pass down to our younger defencemen. Even if he can only play 50 or so games a season, I’d sign him to a two-year contract to fill the veteran leader void left by Hal Gill and Roman Hamrlik.

  66. Bill J says:

    In the spirit of the post name:

    Gomez + Gionta + conditional 2nd round pick to NJ
    for
    the rights to Zach Parise

    My source says the offer is on Lou’s desk. :D

    Go Habs Go!

  67. wildwilly says:

    I don’t expect any big signings… That is a good thing! We don’t need to overpay for players at their peak and be locked into long-term contracts. We have talent in the pipeline and just need patience for it to develop.

    I agree with Mr. Boone and bring back Souray for 2 years, hopefully for less than $1.5 million. Sign Gui Latendresse for a year for the same.

    We can’t mortgage our future for a chance to “just make the playoffs”. I am tired of mediocrity- lets rebuild and become champions in 2-3 years.

    • commandant says:

      Souray reportedly turned down 3.5 million in Dallas

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    • kbhab4ever says:

      I agree with ‘WILD WILLY’ EXCEPT Souray ,
      I like P.A. Parenteau on a 2 Yr. and I like G.Latendresse only on 1 Yr.
      The 1993 CUP was built on the draft.Starting mostly in 1980 and and up to 1985 .Those six Yrs. (the 1984 Hab darft maybe 1 of the best all time)was the core of 1993. I hopeing the 2007 draft to the 2012 darft will get the HABS near the Holy grail.We allready have the #1 goalie

      1980-Ludwig -/07-Pacioretty,Subban,Weber
      81-M.Hunter,Chelios,Kurvers-/08-Kisto,Qyailer
      82-Maley-/09-Leblanc,Nattien,Bennett,Avtsin,Dumont
      83-Turcotte,Lemieux,Momesso,KORDIC-/ 10-Tinordi,MacMillan,Ellis,Gallagher,Cichy,Walsh
      1984-Svoboda,Coson,Richer,Roy-/11-Beaulieu,Didier,Archambault,Nygren,Dietz,Ptibyl,Collin,Sullivan
      1985-Charbonneay,Choske,Gilchrist,Dufrense and ou 2012 draft .
      DO THEY MATCH TALENT WISE

  68. habs-hampton says:

    I generally don’t want re-treads (i.e. Lats, AK27) unlike many posters here, but I have no problem with bringing Souray back. Our PP should be better this year anyway with a healthy Markov, but with Souray and PK, we should be good for a full 2 minutes, if needed. But if I remember right, one of the reasons he went West was because he has a child in LA that he wants to be near. Has that changed?

  69. habs_54321 says:

    it says parenteau had a breakout season of 89 points in the article but this is not true he had 67 points with 18 goals,. 18 goals with tavares as his centerman,. let’s not get to excited about this kid yes he has some skills but id make sure its a 1 year MAX 2 year deal anyone can score 18 goals with tavares heck gionta scored 30 while playing mostly with gomez and people here critisize him all the time,

    • Mike Boone says:

      Right, 67 points. I really shouldn’t try to post behind three martinis.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist
      mboone@montrealgazette.com

      • bel33 says:

        Mr. Boone… what is this we hear about you leaving the Gazette… are you coming to Toronto so we can finally have someone talk about the Habs properly?

        Happy Canada Day weekend all!

      • habs_54321 says:

        i think parenteau could be the ville leino of this offseason some team will offer a long term contract and he will most likely not live up to expectations. his linemate matt moulson scored 36 goals how many would he have had in montreal? i would put my money on under 20 but thats just IMO

    • kbhab4ever says:

      The Habs need only stop -gaps for now till we see what type of PRO players our AHL & incoming AHL players will be.Thats why we should not trade any of our 1st year AHL players. It’s ALMOST as hard to project what type of player a Jr. will be, as it is to project a 1st yr.AHL player will be in NHL .

    • steve17 says:

      I just looked and they did say it was a 67 point breakout season.

      Habfan17

  70. HabsFanInNashville says:

    Wow, we have a bunch of ten year olds here, happy to be “first”. Lame.

    Anyhow – Parenteau never had an 89 point season. He hit 67 last year.

  71. Mike D says:

    Who’s Gary Suter?

    C’mon Boone! I know it’s the offseason, but still!

    j/k of course :-)

    – Honestly yours
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  72. naweed235 says:

    Emelin signed for 2 years… Perfect :)

  73. commandant says:

    My three selections:

    Bryan Allen, Shane Doan, and Dom Moore.

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    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      I’d sign Moore and push Lars Eller into a sink-or-swim situation on the second line.

    • Mike Boone says:

      I love Doan but I can’t see him coming to Montreal. Allen might be too expensive for what he brings. Moore? Been here, done that.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist
      mboone@montrealgazette.com

      • steve17 says:

        I say kic the tires on Semin and if he dopes really want another $6 million, tell him good luck and look at Wolski who plays left wing, has size and skill and is still young. He should come cheap! Low risk, high reward!

        Habfan17

      • steve17 says:

        I say kick the tires on Semin and if he does really want another $6 million, tell him good luck and look at Wolski who plays left wing, has size and skill and is still young. He should come cheap! Low risk, high reward! If Semin would take $ 3,5 million for one or two seasons to prove himself, it would be worth the risk

        Habfan17

      • commandant says:

        You are right that Doan probably wont leave the West. He loves his ranch in Arizona.

        I’d give Allen up to 3.5-4 million but if he’s more expensive than that, yeah let him go.

        Moore, I would take back. I dont think we should have let him go to begin with.

        Who will we realistically sign? Probably Latendresse, and a 15 minute per game D

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I don’t know if we can compete for Bryan Allen and Shane Doan, but if we can land them they’re welcome on my team.

  74. Mike D says:

    First!

    Edit: F#$%^&KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

    hahahahaha

    – Honestly yours
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  75. ZepFan2 says:

    First, Baby!!

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  76. showey47 says:

    oh come on shiloh,you can’t tell me you don’t miss the vintage lats wraparound,lol.

  77. boing007 says:

    I’m in a New York state of mind.

    Richard R
    Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  78. Cal says:

    Organizational moves are not necessarily mirrored by player moves, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Habs picked up Parenteau and Boullion.


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