bidds55 - (Paul B.)Member since January 3, 2008
Habs fan since: The day I first saw the bleu blanc et rouge - roughly 1982
Favorite current player: Brendan Gallagher
All-time favorite player: Patrick Roy, and the Rocket
- Comment on Prust among walking wounded as Habs clear out lockers Saturday (2013-05-11 12:45:44)
I liked Ribeiro as a Hab, and I'd take him back also, but he will be too expensive. Latendresse is big, and while inconsistent, can score in bunches. He showed flashes of brilliance in Minnesota, is still relatively young at 26, and we could probably get him for the same deal he signed with Ottawa - 1yr @ $1 million. I haven't watched much of Lapierre since he landed in Vancouver, but he has some good playoff experience, and could also probably be signed to a cap friendly deal. In terms of production Ribeiro is head and shoulders above both, but we can't afford him, especially if we pursue any other mid or high end UFA.
- Comment on Prust among walking wounded as Habs clear out lockers Saturday (2013-05-11 12:05:17)
Like most Habs fans, I was disappointed in the way the season ended, but I think that with a few tweaks, this team could be ready to make a deep run next year. The key will be adding guys who are built for the grind of the playoffs, without losing too much skill. Marc Bergevin should be (and I expect will be) extremely busy this off-season. Some moves I would like to see: FREE AGENTS - Go after Jarome Iginla HARD. Too much money, too long a term, whatever it takes. This is a guy that still has something left in the tank, and the Habs can land him in free agency, it will be worth it come playoff time. -Go after David Clarkson in a big way as well. Odds are we won't get both, but if we could get either Iginla or Clarkson, they would be huge additions, albeit with different skill sets. -If we can't land either of the above, I'd be happy to see any one of Nathan Horton, Ryan Clowe, or.......Matt Cooke....(I just threw up in my mouth a little), to our line up. -I'm also gonna throw two blasts from the past out there: Latendresse and/or Lapierre. Yes, I said it. If we can get either or both on the cheap, they could come in handy down the stretch. I think with Mike Therrien's tutelage, either one of these guys could actually start fulfilling the promise they showed early on in their careers. Guys Who Gotta Go: -Ryder without question. -Moen -Kaberle -I hate to say it, but I think Brian Gionta is on this list too. I really like him, and I think he's a great teacher for BGally, but at this point in his career, I just don't see him being a major contributor to a team making a deep run in the playoffs. Guys To Keep: -Jeff Halpern is one of the few veteran Habs that is without question worth his contract. I'm sure we could sign him to a one year deal that would be very cap friendly, and we'll be happy to have him again in the playoffs. -Drewiske didn't do a whole lot for us, but I like his size, and it seems like he brings a good attitude. -Tokarski is handy to have as a 3rd/4th string tender, and could still become a suitable replacement for Budaj when his contract expires. Bring Up: This is where the rubber hits the road for the CH. Louis Leblanc should be ready to be a contributor on this team next year. Nathan Beaulieu and Jared Tinordi should also be in position to compete for spots. We have a few other guys in the pipeline like Dalton Thrower, and Sebasten Collberg, but realistically I think these guys are looking more towards 2014-15. Draft: I think we need to either draft Zachary Fucale, or trade our first round pick(and maybe more) for Malcolm Subban. Unlike many, I still believe Carey Price is the future in goal for the Montreal Canadiens, but I want a truly elite goalie in training who will be ready to challenge for the #1 spot in 3-4 years, and I think these two fit the bill. We also NEED to draft Jordan Subban. At this point, he is more skilled than PK was when he was draft eligible. They are different players, and different people, but I think Jordan is a lock to be an NHL calibre player within 3 years, and will most likely be a top 4, if not top 2 Dman on any team in the league within 5 years. He's rated as an early 3rd round pick, but with his pedigree I think we'll see him gone by the middle of the second round. If we draft Jordan, and trade for Malcolm, we'd have a full set! -Hudson Fasching - 6'3", 214lbs RW. When you see things like "size, strength, strong skater" in scouting reports, followed by "His character if off the charts", that's a kid you want in your system. ISS has him at 44, THN has him at 56. He should be our first pick in the second round if he's available. -Ben Betker and/or Jared Hauf in the 3rd/4th rounds- a pair of big, tough WHL d-men.
- Comment on Liveblog: Senators spank Canadiens 6-1, take series lead (2013-05-05 21:01:15)
I like Pacioretty, but it's pretty obvious he's not close to 100% healthy. He needs to sit next game for sure.
- Comment on About last night … (2011-11-13 16:29:13)
Every time I read about how great the Craig Rivet for Gorges and Patches deal was, I get angry. Not because I disagree - it was in fact a great trade - but it makes me think of what might have been if Bob Gainey had been more bold at the deadline in 2008-09. Specifically, we had Kovalev, and Koivu, and a few others heading into unrestricted free agency. If Rivet brought us Pacioretty and Gorges, it stands to reason we could have gotten a very solid retun on the guys we ended up letting go for nothing. Even if we only ended up getting one player of the calibre of these two, it would have been worth it to deal.
- Comment on Gomez cops to bad season (2011-04-30 19:44:35)
I think the fact that Gomez owned up to his truly crap-tastic season has earned him some respect (or at least it should). He's un-tradeable, at least he seems to be well liked in the room, and I'll bet he puts up at least 60 points next season.
- Comment on And that’s the season (2011-04-27 21:00:27)
Who among us wouldn't have been absolutely ecstatic, if before the series started we were guaranteed to be heading into the 3rd period of game 7 tied?
- Comment on And that’s the season (2011-04-27 19:24:32)
The boys are sh!tting the bed. 2-0 isn't normally insurmountable, but the way we're playing, it looks that way
- Comment on Put the brooms away (2011-04-18 21:09:14)
Recchi gets a penalty 200 feet from his own net! Let's go boys! the door is open a crack!
- Comment on Michael F. Leighton (2010-05-18 22:32:48)
Here's my thought: move PK Subban to the first line wing spot, and let him off the chain. Tell him to go out and score goals. PK has the rushing ability of Gomez, with the shot of Bergeron, and the determination of Moen and Metro.
- Comment on Press the reset button (2010-05-16 21:22:53)
Note to Scott Gomez: If you're gonna slash Chris Pronger, break his G** D*** leg, don't give him a one handed love tap.