truebeliever - (Scoop)Member since July 13, 2013
Habs fan since: 1964
Favorite current player: Plekanek
All-time favorite player: Beliveau
- Comment on Lines taking shape as Habs prepare to face Blackhawks (with video) (2014-09-30 20:42:47)
But Gionta is gone, so that's 18 goals and 22 assists that need to be replaced. Vanek was just passing through, so we can't really count him and his 15 points. White and Malhotra are pretty much a wash. Can Sekac get 40 points as a rookie? I'm of the mind that as Bourque goes, so goes the season. If he and Eller can find even a fraction of the chemistry they had in the playoffs, this will be a great year. If not, and MT is dependent on DD and MaxPac to score all his point, there will be a lot of 3-2 games, and a lot of gnawed finger nails as April approaches.
- Comment on Lines taking shape as Habs prepare to face Blackhawks (with video) (2014-09-30 14:26:36)
Isn't Jacob Dowell actually Jake Dowell and if so, in what universe is he a youngster. He's 29.
- Comment on Preseason Game 3: Bulldogs edge Avs in QC (2014-09-27 12:14:21)
You can see with Chucky at centre how it was that Yakupov looked so great in their draft year. The two combined must have tormented goalies.
- Comment on Preseason Game 3: Bulldogs edge Avs in QC (2014-09-27 12:12:02)
Hobie is right, Scherbak must go back to the WHL -- Everett to be precise -- if he doesn't make the big club. He's fast a gifted, but he needs a year or two to fill out those skinny, long legs. Once he grows into those arms and legs, look out. He seems a pretty amazing prospect.
- Comment on Preseason Game 3: Bulldogs edge Avs in QC (2014-09-27 11:00:54)
If MD and MT need any more evidence that Chucky needs to be moved to centre, it's hard to imagine what that would be. There's a few tough choices to make. Eller is too good at C to be moved to the wing. That means there are 5 Cs for 4 spots, and Dumont is not that far off either. Pleks and Sekac seem to have instant chemistry. DD and MaxPac are a given pairing. And Eller and Bourque were amazing in the playoffs. Chucky can play with anyone, it appears. And Malhotra gives the team a smart, capable 4th C, like Halpern and Moore were a few years back. Someone has to go or play out of position. Touch decisions ahead.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-01 13:28:59)
Agreed. There's a right number for Subban, after which he begins to take a toll on MB's ability to build the team the way it needs to be built. Everyone seems pretty quick to forget that coming up right behind Subban are Gallagher and Galchenyuk. Neither will come cheap next year. So you're adding at least $6M in cap for those two guys next year, probably about $4M each. The cap is going to go up next year, but how much? The "experts" were off by $2M this year. If they're wrong again, who goes? Bourque (unless he's as good this season as he was in the playoffs)? Pleks? MaxPac? Every $1M extra MB gives Subban means someone else will likely have to go.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-01 13:18:53)
Agreed -- Gorges was a warrior, but there are lots like him. He was expensive for his role so to get what should be a high second rounder for him is pretty amazing. Tinordi and Beaulieu deserve a chance, as does Pateryn. There's still some UFA talent out there, especially like Del Zotto. Maybe the smart move would be to use PK to get into the Connor McDavid lottery. Subban would look great in a Flames shirt ... and McDavid would look even better in a Habs shirt.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-01 12:43:22)
Sadly, Roy wasn't even the worst trade that Rejean Tool made. It was Leclair, Dionne and Desjardins to Philly for Mark Recchi and some guy named Martin Hohenberger. At least Kovalenko, Rucinsky and Thibault had some over a few years. Here's the worst case scenario for Montreal. They have a hyper-motivated PK (looking to prove he's worth the Crosby-like payday) for the next two season and then have the ability to offer him 8 years at whatever the market dictates then. Maybe the smart move would be to let the arbitrator set the $$$ for the coming season and next week offer him an 8-year extension. Now he's locked up for 9 years and everyone is happy.
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-30 13:29:36)
Un Canadien errant, you're correct on most points, but Ramage was no disappointment. He was a superb, heavy-minute Dman on a lot of great teams. He came to Montreal at the end of his career and was an able body in the '93 cup run and was a huge part of Calgary's cup in '89. By all accounts, he is an excellent scout. That ability to look at the smaller details in a player's development will make him a natural for developing that stable of defencemen coming up on the farm. The move that worries me is bumping Scott Mellanby upstairs. He is widely credited with helping Rene Bourque find his game last spring. I was hoping he'd be the new guy behind the bench to keep working his magic on a nightly basis.
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-30 11:47:12)
Rob Ramage was a consummate team player, much like MB himself. Ramage was a #1 overall, so he knows about expectations and what it takes to stick around in the league for more than 1,000 games. The bad choices after retirement only make him a more compelling mentor to some of the young hotheads who come up from junior and the NCAA.