HabsWin-nipeg - (Vic Geddert)Member since July 3, 2012
Habs fan since: as long as I can remember (1970)
Favorite current player: Hard to choose
All-time favorite player: Lafleur
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-31 12:56:58)
No kidding - good thing it's a paperwork day.
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-31 12:50:40)
And harmony is restored - at least for us. Always appreciate your posts Paz.
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-31 12:38:34)
I guess it depends on how much you are willing to "overpay". Do I think PK is worth 10 million a year? It's hard for me to get my head around anyone being "worth" that kind of money, but in the NHL economy, I would have no issue with a long term contract that ended up with PK making $10 million in the final 3-4 years of the contract, because he will very likely be "worth" it in 8 years according to the NHL pay scale. I'd be comfortable with a contract that started around 6.5 million and ended worked it's way up to 10 million.
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-31 12:26:15)
That was a risk taken with certain unknowns in the picture (was Briere still good enough to merit the money). I don't think there are any unknowns with Subban - they know exactly what they have and how much they are willing to spend to keep him. As much as I want PK in Montreal long term, I would hate to see MB be handcuffed in the future by a ridiculous contract. One player is never bigger than the team. How much is too much? 8 million? 9 million? 10 million? We don't have any idea what Meehan/Subban are asking for in terms of cap hit. Would you be OK if the cap hit was 9.5 to 10 million per year? We can say "give PK what he wants" but MB has to look long term at the team that he is trying to build and what he will have to pay for others down the road. He also has to look at precedent - if he's willing to "overpay" to keep Subban, what about when one of the other young stars takes the next step? PK sets the bar for the future. Lots for MB to think about - far more than all of us, who only have to worry about will he sign long term or not.
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-31 12:06:23)
As much as I want Subban to sign a long term deal with the Habs, I can't help thinking of the worst case scenario (in my own mind), which would be that Subbans/Meehans demands are just too much for MB to consider and he is "forced" to accept a one year arbitration decision and then trades PK (I believe it can't be done until January sometime). The return on PK would be huge in terms of picks/prospects and roster player(s). It wouldn't be my ideal end to things, but it helps me not be too wrapped up in the "doom and gloom" scenario. For those worried that MB will "screw this up" - MB has consistently shown keen insight into what the Habs need, even when everyone else questioned him (hiring MT comes to mind). If he thinks that signing PK has to be done at any price, he will do it. If he believes there are options even if Subban isn't signed long term, he will weigh that and make his decision. In my opinion, MB can't really screw this up - he either has a star player locked up long term, or he has a star player that numerous teams would unload the treasure chest for if it came to that. Having said all that, I am firmly of the belief that a deal will be made prior to arbitration as I believe PK when he says Montreal is where he wants to be, and I believe that MB wants that as well.
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-30 17:26:11)
- Comment on Best wishes from HIO to young Habs fan battling meningitis (2014-07-29 14:16:48)
"dink"? If I had been drinking I would have spewed on my computer (at work no less). Thanks for the laugh - haven't heard that word for a long time. Just goes to show you that what we see online here is not necessarily an accurate representation of the real person behind the posts. A situation like that of young Alex cuts through all the other stuff to reveal the heart of the person.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-29 12:06:21)
Funny - I've advocated the same thing over the past couple months and got either no response, or dumped on. Ah well. I think that moving Pleks to the wing a)allows Galchenyuk to move to centre with a mentor on his wing and b) allows Pleks to play "less hard" minutes thereby keeping him fresher for late season/playoffs. My two cents worth. I guess we'll see come training camp what MT has in mind.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-28 17:07:39)
If Reway were to make the team, I believe that MB would clear out another smaller player, as it appears that he has designs on making the Habs bigger. As I don't see the Habs moving Gallagher, I would suspect that would be DD. Having said that, Reway is a project in that he would have to develop discipline to go with his off the charts skill - no guarantee that will happen. He may end up being a bargaining chip a-la Colberg.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-28 16:50:27)
Reway is not gone - my understanding is that he wants to play at the highest level possible to hone his game for the NHL, thus he moved to the KHL. Nothing wrong with that.