truebeliever - (Scoop)Member since July 13, 2013
Habs fan since: 1964
Favorite current player: Plekanek
All-time favorite player: Beliveau
- 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.
- Comment on GM Bergevin says Habs are a team that still needs to mature (with video and audio) (2014-06-02 14:29:49)
The sense was Vail's skating was always going to be a problem, but that he'd make up for it with smarts. The problem is that the Canadiens have a whole lot of those kinds of players and he wasn't about to beat out De La Rose, Dumont, Crisp, Leblanc, Holland, McCarron for playing time. So why use up one of the 50 contracts on a long-shot.
- Comment on GM Bergevin says Habs are a team that still needs to mature (with video and audio) (2014-06-02 13:49:20)
It's a little alarming that there was no mention of Markov when MB was talking about leadership and keeping the team together.
- Comment on GM Bergevin says Habs are a team that still needs to mature (with video and audio) (2014-06-02 13:47:36)
Muller is most assuredly a St. Louis Blue. Maybe Guy Boucher is ready to return from his Swiss exile. But would MT welcome another Francophone who could take his job?