NewMember since December 20, 2007
Habs fan since:
Favorite current player: Eller/Galchenyuk
All-time favorite player: John Ferguson
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-24 17:19:34)
What happens at the BBQ stays at the BBQ.
- Comment on Leaving Habs was ‘family decision’ for Brisebois (2014-07-24 14:46:13)
Fans live in a fantasy world and take affront to any perceived slight to their favorite. Very seldom does anyone of us ever present anything close to objective reasoning. Souray, Theodore, Huet, Halak, to name just a few of the many departed Canadiens whose potential loss or contract situation caused angst.
- Comment on Leaving Habs was ‘family decision’ for Brisebois (2014-07-24 09:24:07)
I think Newport knows what the Canadiens will not pass on salary. I think the Canadiens know what PK will not accept. Both sides probably have it down to the nickel on what either side "does not want" to take. That is why deals get done at the last minute. PK goes into arbitration and you could see either a very unhappy Subban or a UFA.
- Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 15:47:42)
You gotta go with PK's track record, holding out into the regular season. Eller 2 years at 2.5 and 3 total 5.5. Subban 5.5 and 6 for 11.5 over two years. Just for giggles and chuckles.
- Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 12:18:44)
Naw, you were clear. I think a lot of athletes in various sports have been brought up in the pay your dues concept. Their agents weren't :) Eller has the talent but he isn't progressing. His ice time is but that is all. I think he might be expecting it will come to him by seniority or simply want to go to a team that is a better fit.
- Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 12:06:21)
Yes, the Canadiens can lose him. The arbitrator can award an amount the player will not accept, and he can go play in another league. If the amount is one the team will not accept the Canadiens can decline and the player is an immediate UFA. Or they can be moved if the Canadiens don't like where it is heading.
- Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 11:57:30)
I like Eller but I have to agree. He goes all Malkin suddenly, then disappears. I doubt any coach would fail to recognize Eller's potential. Fans might, including me. As for DD and several others. Never bet against a guy who has excelled at the next lower level. Some guys want to win and take it up a notch when challenged. They're the ones who look at team mates funny when they hear "Well...no team goes undefeated...and we certainly know we will lose our share...put in a full 60 minutes...and get the bounces...with luck any of those shots hitting the post from center could have gone in and we'd have a different outcome."
- Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 11:46:14)
There you go. The arbitration process for a RFA is all laid out. It will be what it will be. The only thing we can be sure of is that the arbitrator won't be wearing a Habs jersey and attending the Summit.
- Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-22 13:27:23)
I'm with you @mdp. This is the first intelligent decision I can remember the Leafs making in quite awhile. Somehow, as a Canadiens fan, I always just shrugged and thought the Leafs will foul "it" up, whatever "it" happened to be. With Shanahan that might not be prudent thinking from now on.
- Comment on Habs sign first-round draft pick Scherbak (2014-07-22 11:42:44)
I think the team wants to keep Eller but doesn't want to go long term money yet. Young guys with big contracts are hard to move if they don't pan out. I think Eller doesn't want to go long term unless there is big money, hockey isn't charity work. So to me it would make sense for the team to offer Eller long term smaller money, and Eller to select arbitration. Once that is settled the Canadiens can walk away from the award, select one or two years and defer the decision, or move Eller I suppose. Regardless that will give them a cap figure to sign Subban under, go to arbitration, walk away from, select one or two years, trade him, and plan for the future I suppose. In other words it makes sense to let it go to the arbitration process from a financial perspective. The cap drives all other decisions.