kotz - (Steph C)

Member since June 28, 2012

La Prairie

Habs fan since: 1977
Favorite current player: PK Subban
All-time favorite player: Peter Forsberg

You can fool some people sometimes. But you can't fool all the people all the times. - Bob Marley

Recent Comments

  • Comment on Liveblog: Game 21 – A first since 1967 : Rangers shut out Canadiens in Montreal (2013-11-16 20:16:30)
    Is it possible to go back in time and draft Kreider instead of Leblanc ? I was in the stands during the draft, believe me, i will be happy even if you ignore the local guy and draft another college kid. -------------------------------------------------------------- You can fool some people sometimes. But you can't fool all the people all the times. - Bob Marley
  • Comment on Subban No. 23 in THN’s top-50 player rankings; Price No. 48 (2013-08-18 19:30:31)
    Bob Marley has always been an inspiration for me, he was a peaceful force, the Larry Robinson of rastas, trying to end wars and battle among men :) Some more depth could have been useful in the playoffs this year against the Sens. There's not much firepower or size up front with the Bulldogs (seems like most guys are 5'11"), and while Aliu is not exactly a scorer, he can defend his smaller teammates and replace a guy like Zach Stortini. In some situations, i'd certainly prefer any of them to White, Moen, Parros or Dumont as #12-13 forwards personnally. ——————————————– You can fool some people sometimes. But you can't fool all the people all the times. - Bob Marley
  • Comment on Subban No. 23 in THN’s top-50 player rankings; Price No. 48 (2013-08-18 18:46:23)
    I wonder if Bergevin might send a few training camp invites to young UFAs still on the market as possible depth for the 4th line or Bulldogs. I wouldn't mind giving a second chance to guys like Veilleux, Latendresse, Mueller or Aliu. -------------------------------------------- You can fool some people sometimes But you can't fool all the people all the times - Bob Marley
  • Comment on McCarron signs entry-level contract, off to Knights; Duffy signs with ‘Dogs (2013-07-13 00:44:25)
    Well, drafting Ben Maxwell one spot ahead of Milan Lucic is probably #2 then. Oh, or #3 since he took Kostitsyn before Carter/Brown/Seabrook/Parise/Getzlaf/Kesler/Richards. Or #4 when he picked Fischer two spots before Giroux. Well, i guess there's a few picks he made that he would probably like to change. ------------------------------------------------------------------- You can fool some people sometimes. But you can't fool all the people all the times. - Bob Marley
  • Comment on Habs sign Fournier, three more prospects; camp ends Sunday (2013-07-08 01:10:02)
    I would offer Price and Plekanec to Vancouver for Luongo, Kesler and 10M. Both teams get a local goalie, both teams get a #2 center with 3yrs/5M left. Montreal gets size down the middle and a goalie that can get a save% of 0.920 instead of 0.905, Vancouver puts an end to the whole goalie saga and gets a center that can play 82 games (who cares for the playoffs part - it's Vancouver, they always choke anyway). ____________________________________ You can fool some people sometimes. But you can't fool all the people all the times. - Bob Marley
  • Comment on Predators match Flyers’ offer for Weber (2012-07-24 22:02:47)
    Ever heard of Howie Morenz ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Canadiens#Retired_numbers .................................................................................................. You can fool some people sometimes. But you can't fool all the people all the times. - Bob Marley
  • Comment on Update: Darche has played his last with Habs (2012-06-28 01:35:43)
    Hi guys, i've been reading all comments on this site for a while, and it's definitely the best place for interesting insight regarding the Habs. With July 1st coming up shortly, I thought it might be a good moment to evaluate our assets, and figure out what's needed for next year. So here's my evaluation of the lineup and the players i'd consider signing for each roster spot that needs to be filled: - 2 wingers for the second line, with offensive talent, and size; - a LW and C for the 4th line, and it would greatly help if the C could win faceoffs; - a top 4 D; - a backup goalie better than Budaj (only if his last name is Brodeur, and his first name is not Mike). Forwards Line 1 : 67 - 51 - 72 If it ain't broke, don't fix it. However, i'm not convinced yet that this is a real first line by NHL standards. Last season, Pacioretty, Desharnais and Cole all registered between 60 and 65pts, but can we really expect more from them this year ? By the end of the year, everyone knew that if they could stop this line for 60 minutes, Montreal would lose. Which led to a 3rd overall pick. If this line can get better matchups and avoid playing the opponent's top D pair all the time, they might repeat, or even improve to 65-75pts each. But in order to do so, it's gonna be important to spread the offense across the top 3 lines, and making sure we have spare offensive parts on those 3 lines is key. Having players like Darche, Blunden, Leblanc or Geoffrion to fill spots on the second line last year certainly didn't help, so Marc Bergevin has to get more depth up front this year. Line 2 : LW - 14 - RW Tomas Plekanec probably had to swallow 2 Advils each time he looked at the board last year to see who his two wingers would be that night. Plekanec finally deserves to get 2 stable linemates, with 1st/2nd line talent, in order to re-establish himself as one of the most complete 2nd line center in the league. And i don't think the answer to "who's playing with Plekanec tonight?" is under contract with Montreal at this point. On the LW, we all know Parise would look great, however we might have to settle for lesser options, like the venerable Ray Whitney, who just enjoyed a 77pts season in the desert at 40. On the RW, the only solid options in my opinion are Doan, Jagr and Parenteau. The french media will probably push for Parenteau, but i'm not sure he would be a good fit on the Montreal roster. I'd take Doan and Jagr before him. After that, we look at reclamation projects: - Kristian Huselius (LW), who's been a consistent 55-65pts winger before battling injuries over the last two seasons; - Wojtek Wolski (LW/RW), Peter Mueller (LW/RW), and Guillaume Latendresse (LW) are three young wingers with size, who proved they could score in the past, but with a lot of questions marks attached to their health or attitude. Right now, these three guys are listening to the same tune on their iPhone : Abba - "Take a chance on me". Among other notable wingers who could possibly play 2nd line minutes : - Semin: we don't need another Kostitsyn; - Hudler: 5'9", too small; - Smyth: 3rd line player at this point in his career; - Kostitsyn: hahaha, i would laugh for 3 days if Bergevin signed him. Personnally, i'd go with Jagr and Mueller. Doan will probably sign with a team like the Red Wings or Flyers. The fans would love to finally see Plekanec with Jagr, and Mueller, if he manages to stay healthy, probably has the most upside among the three young reclamation projects, and still is only 24, 6-2 204. I'd take a chance, if he finds his game again we could have a player for 8-10 years, and a kid like that could emerge under the tutelage of Jagr. Line 3 : 27 - 81 - 21 Bourque was horrible last year after coming from Calgary, and i feel like he might become Therrien's whipping boy this year. Eller hasn't shown enough consistency to move up to the 2nd line. And Gionta, well, i'd trade him, but we're stuck with his 5M salary. 2 more years, sigh. At least, if Bourque and Eller are somewhat motivated, he'll play with two big bodies, just like Desharnais on the first line. All 3 can possibly move to the 2nd line in case of injury, and this is important as most candidates to be signed to play with Plekanec are injury risks. Line 4 : LW - C - 53 + Extra : 71 - 57 It might be hard to find talent for a second line among this year's free agent crop, however there are lots of options for the 4th line. What we lack in the first 3 lines can be filled with some specialists on the 4th line : 1) talent on faceoffs, 2) aggression. Last year, Desharnais, Plekanec and Eller were respectively 49.4%, 49.1% and 46.6% on faceoffs. The team leader was Nokelainen at 53.4, and he's gone. As a team, Montreal was 6th worst in the league at 48.3%. It's harder to score when you don't get to touch the puck. At center, the three options i would consider are the following : - Gaustad; - Konopka; - Moore. They can win faceoffs, and the first two can add a physical element. Konopka was at 58.9% on faceoffs last year, Gaustad was 57.3%, Moore 55%. There seems to be a lot of demand for Gaustad, but if there is one 4th line center worth 2.5M a year in this league, he's probably that guy. Bergevin should send a 7th round pick to Nashville for his rights and try to sign him. At left wing, i would go with another big guy who can either be physical, or play on the PK, and could potentially score 10 goals even with fourth-line ice time. My candidates at LW : - Taylor Pyatt : 6'4", 24pts, 130 hits a year over the last 3 seasons. - Eric Fehr : Had a really tough year in Winnipeg injury-wise. However, the guy is 6'4" 212, had 39 pts two years ago, and is still only 26. - Brad Winchester : 6'5" 228, had 13 and 10 goal seasons in the last 4 years. - Mike Knuble : 6'3", 230, good veteran to have on a team, slowed down a bit last year after 8 season of 21 to 30 goals. - Brandon Prust : 5'11", 195. We'll, his girlfriend comes from Montreal, she's hot, and besides that he still managed to get 17 pts this year, and 29 pts last year while playing on the 3rd/4th line in NY I'd avoid Tootoo even though he might have many fans. There's already enough drama around this team. oh, did i forget to put Gomez somewhere ? No, i didn't. The other two notable players i didn't include in my list are Arnott and Langenbrunner, who played a nice role in St.Louis last year and are still unsigned. Defense 1. Subban 2. Gorges 3. 4. Emelin 5. Markov 6. Kaberle 7. St-Denis 8. Diaz 9. Weber Lots of choice, but Markov is still a question mark, as he seemed quite slow after coming back last year. I'm not sure if he was any better than Kaberle honestly, and i'll admit i really don't like Kaberle. I think another solid veteran is needed to play on the top 4 if this team wants to compete for the playoffs. Based on the fact that either Beaulieu or Tinordi might be ready in a year, i'd go with someone we can sign for only one year : Adrian Aucoin, who's 38, or Filip Kuba, who's 36. These guys are old, yet played over 17 minutes a game last year, and finished at +14 and +26 respectively. Although Bergevin would be dumb to pass on a chance to sign either Ryan Suter, Matt Carle or Justin Schultz, i don't think they'd sign in Montreal. So ya, i'd just go for a 1-year solution on defense, and try to get picks or forward prospects for Diaz and Weber. Goalies 1. Price 2. Budaj As i mentionned in my opening lines, i'd keep Budaj since he's already signed. I think he did an ok job last year. I would only dump him if Martin Brodeur is interested to play his last season in the league with Montreal, as a mentor to Carey. But i think that's only a dream of mine ! ---------------------------------------- "You can fool some people sometimes. But you can't fool all the people all the times." - Bob Marley