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- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 15:40:59)
I'm still not sure this puts us over the top. But I like MB's spunk. Considering the price Snow paid to get Vanek and his rumored demands in trades, this was easily the steal of the deadline deals. I would have preferred us to move vets to improve our future. Now, it's playoff time. Even if doesn't work, we can recoup the pick or something close to it (a 3rd) at the draft. We sacrificed Colberg for a better shot this year.
- Comment on Habs acquire defenceman Weaver from Panthers; Price back on ice (2014-03-04 16:15:15)
Trade deadline = Closing team at your favorite bar. It's the last drink you can get before you go home. Sure, you can probably scrounge some water, but what's the point. Nobody forces you to order something. They just let you know you have a few minutes left to hoist your final, preferred libation. In his last moments at the bar, Bergy says, "I'll have a Weaver; and make it a short one." Sadly this is not a punch line to an enigmatic joke. This (so far) this is big move that our venerable front office has to offer. Price on IR, Davis on waivers; 10-scouts-a-scouting, 5-player-developers-developing; 2-assistant managers-managing; and one nattily-dress-GM all that prep led to THIS!?!?! If this is our lot going into the playoffs, I hope Molson fires Bergevin this off-season. I don't want to waste another batch of emerging talent and 3-5 years wondering if this management team has a plan that actually lifts us into the top 8 consistently. Now, if MB makes us better OR moves players our in exchange for picks and prospects that allow me to cling to some shred of hope for the future, then that's a different story. Notwithstanding having seen how this exact story played out last year, I still believe THIS CAN'T BE IT. signed - hopeful in the Hamptons.
- Comment on Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says (2014-03-04 11:45:15)
Just curious -- how did Ryan Kessler become the IT player of the 2014 Trade Deadline? I don't see many Vancouver games. To me, he looks like a solid #2 center, good for 25 goals and 50 points, who may or may not be entering the downside of his career. Is it just marketing to create buzz that might get a nice return or is he really that good? Can someone who knows more about this guy shed some light?
- Comment on Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says (2014-03-04 11:35:14)
We're not going to pick up players in the next 48 hours that make us appreciably better than we are now. If MB moves players for picks and prospects, we won't be able to evaluate those moves for years. The deadline for a middling team like ours with a fairly new GM is about exposing more of MB's blueprint for the team. If he resigns players like Markov and Gionta, he believes in the core; or thinks our current core is better than signing vets until the next generation can take the wheel. If he intends to resign our vets in the offseason, he believes in the team enough to win a couple of rounds or maybe surprise beyond that. Frankly, I think it's time to let the next generation lead and see what we have. Plecs captained the Czech team. He can certainly shoulder the load here. PK and Price lead in their own ways. Gallagher is a dynamo. Max is our current scorer. Chucky is a true talent. Beaulieu showed us that he might become something. Tinordi is holding his own. Much maligned DD seems to part of the current mix. Emelin fills a fourth D role. I hope my blueprint and MB's mesh somewhere.
- Comment on Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says (2014-03-04 11:14:20)
that's the best eller summary i've ever read.
- Comment on Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says (2014-03-04 11:12:35)
I don't suggest we pick up Pouliot. My point is Gio's production is gone. There's no point signing him to play top line minutes with Plecs, because he can't do it. It's time to give that spot to a player who is up and coming. If we don't have him in our system, and we have a glut of centers - then move a center for a winger. As an aside, I always liked Benny Pou. I think he's a good 3/4th line guy for $1m a year. He has size, enough talent to score occasionally and can step up in pinch.
- Comment on Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says (2014-03-04 11:07:25)
Not even for free.
- Comment on Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says (2014-03-04 11:03:00)
If you're talking about production, Gio has 12 goals and on pace for 15-20. Benoit Pouliot has 11 and plays a lot less time. I'm not advocating bring him back, I'm just pointing out that Gio's production can be had much more cheaply. If you're talking leadership, I respect him. Gionta he brings everything he has. But this is a new era and we need new leaders. The days of Markov, Gorges, Gionta are done. Plecs should wear the C. Gallagher is a future leader. PK and Price lead by example.
- Comment on Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says (2014-03-04 10:58:23)
Yes, please resign all the players who led to us through the last four and half seasons. During that run we averaged .56 PPGs (or 91.9 points/season prorated for 82 games). The average team averaged 91.8. Clearly, we're doing something right. We're better than average. And, that was with guys like Markov and Gionta in their prime.
- Comment on Loss to Kings wasn’t a moral victory, Gionta says (2014-03-04 10:48:20)
After watching Doughty at the Olympics and again last night, I think he's the best D in the league right now -- by a lot - and may be the best player as well. Still, PK makes moves that no other player can make. I decided that PK is hockey's equivalent of Barry Sanders. Like PK, Barry could do things no one else could do. He was arguably the most electric player of his generation - flashy on the field, humble and mature off the field. He led the league in rushing several times because as SI sportswriter Paul Zimmerman said, "It doesn't matter where the play is blocked; he'll find his own soft spot...The scheme doesn't matter with Sanders. He can run from any alignment." He also leads the NFL with the most negative carries - 336 of them for MINUS 952 yards. Sometimes great talent can't be harnessed in a team sport. He retired healthy and early a season away from gaining the most yards ever by a running back, because "the culture of losing was too much to deal with."