haloracer18 - (Lawrence Dee)

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  • Comment on Bouillon hopes to keep playing after being released by Canadiens (2014-10-06 17:22:12)
    With regards to entering the season without an enforcer, I think things even out over time. The thing about getting gooned in the nhl is that you can't do it twice to the same player. Chara busted up Pacioretty into the stanchion once, then when he had the opportunity again last season in the playoffs, he had no choice but to back down for fear of damaging his reputation for targeting the same star player a second time. [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA21yNBVDYU ] Look at Matt Cooke and how he has been demonized and has been forced to try and skill up his game. It isn't that teams won't fight anymore, they will continue to fight, but the reasons for fighting are going down because there are fewer and fewer incidents that justify fighting. Most of the fights that happen now are to "spark" a team that's down, not because a star player was deliberately injured. But there are more effective ways to spark a team aside from scoring, like dominating face-offs and killing penalties. Hence the signing of Malhotra. It's wayyy more useful given the recent decline of goonery. If there were more players pulling off Cookes and Charas, then it would make more sense to sign a fighter.
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-25 21:51:25)
    I would keep Markov for this season and trade Subban asap. Markov can be dealt at season's end or if they're out of the playoffs he can go at the deadline. The big thing that I see with playing with the cap game is how best to spend the money. And my take is, you have to pay the money for goals. Good defensemen are fairly common in the league, even good playmaking forwards. That's why Boston improved after trading Joe Thornton. He isn't the best goal scorer, and when it comes to winning, you need someone who can put the puck in the net. Toews is fine at $10M, because he scores in the clutch. As a defenseman, you have to prevent goals in key situations, and there are plenty of defensmen that can do the job. I only gave Hedman as an example because he's in the same class offensively as Subban - if you want to nitpick about when the contracts are signed, then you lose the result as the benchmark. And it's the result that matters, not when the contract is signed. As for the offense and skills that Subban brings, of course those are rare, but it still isn't going to produce nearly as much as a goalscorer you pay $9M. D Keith at $5.5/season is also a much better situation than Subban, and it's a more tradeable contract, even Suter at $7.5 is slightly better than Subban's deal. Also consider what brings success in the rest of the league. Hampus Lindholm did quite well at 20 min/game as a rookie in arguably the toughest division in hockey. If you have the power up front, you can thrive with "good enough" on D. That's what will make Subban's contract untradeable. There are a lot of defensemen coming into the league who will bring salaries down.
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-25 20:11:35)
    Judging from what MB is paying Pacio and Subban, he is in total agreement with you. However I wouldn't hesitate to trade Subban before the season, or even after a few games because I think the contract is too much for him to live up to. He has to be over twice as good as Hedman in the next three seasons in order to justify his salary, and that's not going to happen. Hedman is probably going to be better than him, if not just as good. Rookie GMs will make mistakes, but if Yzerman is doing twice as well as Bergevin on signings, it means either he is doing a good job, or Bergevin is doing a poor job. The Markov signing was also a big headscratcher. He is slowing down and a huge injury risk, and didn't look like he can last a full season anymore, which in this NHL is the norm for players over 35. Even the beast Pronger couldn't take the heat and his brain is failing him now. Heck even Eckblad is suffering from a concussion and he isn't even in the NHL yet. You have to let older defensemen go or sign them for less than the average. Fortunately they can trade Markov too - they could probably get a first rounder for him from a team like Detroit, maybe they would throw in Riley Sheahan. For Subban, it might be difficult, but I would target Edmonton as a trading partner, Nikitin and Yakupov. It would have been nice to keep Subban, but he just can't handle that much responsibility. MB probably would have kept Gorges and Gionta if Subban signed for something reasonable.
  • Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-20 15:39:54)
    The deal should be criticized. It means that he has to be over twice as good as Hedman this year to justify the extra salary. Hedman is likely going to be better than him. And for the next couple of seasons as well. The Subban for Yakupov and Nikitin deal makes sense, pull the trigger MB, do it, do it, do it... Beaulieu can definitely best Subbans 4 pp goals from last year. You have the possibilty of alsi adding a third top quality player for the second half with the extra cap space. That's all good news for the habs - and the Oilers get their much needed number 1 D.
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-18 17:51:08)
    I put Subban in the same personality type as Gomez - and Gomez never got arrested or anything, yet we all know how he turned out. The same thing will happen with PK. You don't want guys like that eating all of the cap space. I think anything would be good in return, even a couple of draft picks.
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-18 16:06:18)
    Emelin has played the right side with Markov in the past. I can't believe you people are against Yakupov, he has a lot of potential that Edmonton's fumbling coaches haven't found a way to tap into. Eakins is a disaster as a coach, MT will whip him up into shape. Вы против русского человека играть в монреаль? (to ukrainianhab)
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-18 15:46:28)
    MB isn't that stupid. He had to make a panic move to get Subban signed or lose him for nothing next year. Why then did he not give a NTC? A trade will surprise people, but I won't be surprised. And of course there is a small risk, but Edmonton has made a lot of stupid moves, Subban fits with their team, and Yak is familiar with Galchenyuk who is the future franchise player for the habs. Makes perfect sense to me.
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-18 15:35:01)
    The reason why a sign and trade in Subban's case works is because: 1) he doesn't have a no-trade clause (according to capgeek) 2) you have 3 young defensemen Pateryn, Tinordi and Beaulieu who need ice time. 3) there are better defensive defensemen in the league, which means MB paid Subban for concession sales and his offense. But let's not forget Hedman is getting $4M and was slightly better than Subban last year on offense. 4) Parenteau isn't going to replace the scoring of Vanek, Gionta and Briere. 5) The time is perfect for a Nikitin/Yakupov for Subban deal. Edmonton wants to win now, yak might be passed by their 1st rounder this year. Desharnais might be a throw in, if MT decides Galchenyuk is ready to play center. 6) Subban is a bit of a joker, although he has had good moments so far, given the personality type (similar to Gomez), big money is going to destroy Subban as a person and player because of his faults as a human being.
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-18 12:19:59)
    I would give the 'c' to Price and trade Subban for a defensive defenseman and a scorer. Beaulieu can handle the pp as a specialist. It will also free up cap space to add another top talent at the trade deadline if needed.
  • Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-05 19:08:23)
    If the top 19 players by salary saved their money next season, they could buy the blue jackets at $175M in just one year. The top 50 could buy the Jackets and the Lightning in only one year, with a combined salary of $392M (excluding endorsements which is no insignificant amount). My estimate is, if they re-invest the ownership portion of revenues, they would own the league in less than 10 years with zero debt. As owners of the league they would have possibly $20M per year each for life and a monopoly on hockey in North America. Of course they would have to become freeman first by fornally rejecting their citizenship, since freemen are not required by law to pay taxes.