truebeliever - (Scoop)Member since July 13, 2013
Habs fan since: 1964
Favorite current player: Plekanek
All-time favorite player: Beliveau
- 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.
- Comment on Subban, Habs submit salary figures; Lacroix new assistant coach (2014-07-30 11:38:45)
habs-hampton -- You are 100% correct. The $5.25 is an arbitration figure if he's only going to sign for 1 or 2 years. Anything in the 7- 8-year range will be at or above Subban's asking price at arbitration.
- Comment on ‘I feel like it’s my home,’ Habs’ Markov says about Montreal (2014-06-26 09:07:43)
First off, I'm not sure why Tallon would make that trade and gut his team of depth. The Sam Pollock rule is ALWAYS get the best player out of a trade. That's why the Habs were comfortable in their trades for Turgeon and Damphousse those many years ago. Not sure whatever comes of the top of the draft class, you'd ever end up with as interesting and dynamic a competitor as PK. If you had a phenom like Mario Lemieux or Connor McDavid this year, sure ... maybe you go for it. Same if Florida or Edmonton goes for the hostile signing of PK as an RFA. But Habs have the core of an excellent team for many years to come -- Price, Subban, Beaulieu, Tinordi, Gallagher, Chucky, Eller, MaxPax, etc. Why risk gutting it? MB will grow it incrementally and look to add key puzzle pieces when he can.
- Comment on GM Bergevin says Habs are a team that still needs to mature (with video and audio) (2014-06-02 16:00:55)
At $3.5M, DD's only market value is in Montreal. It's possible that if Montreal took back a big chunk of the contract, someone else would want him. But he's not a liability, he's just part of a complicated log jam at centre.
- Comment on GM Bergevin says Habs are a team that still needs to mature (with video and audio) (2014-06-02 15:47:06)
Eller seems finally ready to be ugly. It takes a while to build up the bent nose and battle scars, but he's getting there and is really starting to throw his weight around. He's bigger and stronger than Malkin and almost as big as Kopitar, but he has always played with a seed of doubt in his mind. That seems to be leaving him a bit as he figures out the speed.
- Comment on GM Bergevin says Habs are a team that still needs to mature (with video and audio) (2014-06-02 14:35:46)
It's sad, but Pleks is going to be unfairly tarred with that "dive" for the rest of his career. He hasn't really been that kind of a player through his career, but that was a bad one caught on tape. Will he go? It's a numbers game. DD can't go anywhere and unlikely the rights to Eller would be traded unless it was something pretty great in return. If the goal is to get Chucky into the centre position, then there's just no room for Pleks, and his market value to any number of teams would be huge. He'd plug right into Anaheim (losing Koivu), Vancouver, or even Calgary.