POPS - (Chris Papas)Member since December 2, 2007
Habs fan since: the day I was born
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All-time favorite player: Patrick Roy
- Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-07 12:06:30)
CJ (below) has brought up a player that I've been watching all season, with the hope that MB will look that way. Nikolai Kulemin. The kid has size, speed, smarts, and is tough along the walls. With the right centre, and team (hopefully MTL), he can be a 20+ goal scorer with some nice intangibles (PK, shut down capabilities, PP, etc.). I would sign Markov to a three year deal. Do you really think that 3 young inexperienced D (Beaulieu, Tinordi, and Pateryn) in the line-up makes sense? Markov is still a great 2nd or 3rd D. He has the experience, and skills that many cup contenders look for at the trade deadline, so why should we let him walk? That means that either Emelin, Gorges, Beaulieu, or Tinordi (Pateryn is a RD so I think he sticks) must be moved depending on what happens on RD. I would like to see a move made for a RD from Winnipeg. Either Bogosian, or Byfuglien make sense to me. Perhaps, MB packages either Beaulieu, or Tinordi to make this move. Up front MB must not sign Gionta. I can appreciate what he has brought to the team, but it's time to move on. Again, I like Kulemin, and we need to bring in another skilled winger through free agency (Vanek, Hemsky, Iginla, Moulson, or Gaborik), or a trade. Do you move Plekanec? I would be very nervous to do this. At the very least with Pleks you know what you're getting. Can you say the same about DD, Eller, and Galchenyuk? I would love to move Plekanec (to CHI for Sharp) and add a top player on the wing, but... Does trading Bourque, and Briere to Buffalo for Chris Stewart, or Drew Stafford improve this team for next year? Pacioretty-DD-Stewart Kulemin-Eller-Hemsky Sharp-Galchenyuk-Gallagher Bournival-Prust-Weise Markov-Subban Tinordi/Beaulieu-Bogosian/Byfuglien Emelin-Pateryn Extra D: Boullion, Murray, Robidas, Weaver
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 16:42:45)
Vanek - Briere - Bourque Pacioretty - Desharnais - Prust Galchenyuk - Eller - Gallagher Moen - Plekanec - Gionta Tinordi - Subban Beaulieu - Markov Emelin - Gorges Murray - Weaver Teams have no fear of the Habs ability to produce offence. Therefore, every team is extremely aggressive on the forecheck. No secret, it works! The lines above would spread out the offence, and if Vanek and Briere click like they once did in Buffalo the Habs could become a true playoff threat with four lines that could hurt you. Reuniting the EGG line is a must! Right now, there is absolutely zero respect for our transition, other than the Desharnais line.
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 15:23:30)
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 15:00:03)
They are supposed to be teaching winning. That's why I asked the question. You asked me which players are better than Plekanec. I responded by telling you that short term there might not be a better fit, but long term the right Plekanec deal might address other weak spots that would help Eller, and Galchenyuk excel. How about Plekanec to Chicago for Saad, or Leddy, and a pick? How about Markov to Washington for Alzner? Why can't you respond to my question. What have these players won? Blaming all the players before them is not the answer.
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 14:50:35)
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THESE TWO PLAYERS HAVE WON?
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 14:47:26)
True. That is the repeating pattern. Never trade our "most underrated players in the league" because you'll never find better. You have to take the leap at some point. I'm tired of seeing the same story lines every year. It's the coach (Julien, Carbo, Martin, Therrien, slot next name here). It's the GM (Savard, Gainey, Bergevin, slot next name here). Again, I like Pleks and what he brings every night, but it's time to move him for MORE! We can agree to disagree, but this is what's called the crossroads!
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 14:40:46)
Gretzky was once traded. I think the Habs can survive the trading of Plekanec.
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 14:34:19)
That's not the point. Both Plekanec and Markov still have great value. They are valuable to the Habs as well, but this franchise is in a very disturbing repeat pattern that Pleks and Marky know very well. They have been key pieces of this team, and have never shown the ability to help change this pattern. Ultimately, as an organization you have to realize that you need to move forward and make CORE changes. If the team was on the cusp of winning a championship these two players would make significant additions. The painful reality is that this team is not in that position. Pleks needs to be moved. Eller needs to play centre so the franchise can see who he is. Galchenyuk needs to play centre so the franchise can see who he is. To help these two succeed we need to surround them with the right talent. That means trading Pleks, Gio, or Markov for some young talent.
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 14:16:40)
I like Pleks, and Marky, but the time has come to move them. They have been part of this same script for too many years. Not that they cannot be valuable contributors moving forward. It's just how many times can you go through the "great start, mid-season collapse" scenario and not be held accountable as the "LEADERS" of this team? The team needs a change in culture. That starts with the leadership group. These two have been around for a long time with little to show for it. They would yield a great return, and allow for a new leadership group to emerge. Gionta would also provide some value in a trade, but moving Bourque, Diaz, Gorges, Murray, Moen, and Boullion would simply result in a "your problem, for mine" trade. The new leadership group must begin with Subban, Price, Pacioretty, Gallagher, Galchenyuk, and Beaulieu. Think Pittsburgh, and Chicago. Young teams with young leadership groups!
- Comment on Theodore among former Habs available in free-agent pool (2013-06-21 00:14:29)
MY plan for Les Canadiens, Trade: Plekanec, Gorges, Moen, White to Winnipeg for Byfuglien, 2nd round pick in 2013 Sign: Boyd Gordon (right handed centre, good in the faceoff circle); Anthony Stewart (RW); Brendan Morrow (LW). 2013-14 Line-up Pacioretty/Eller/Gionta Morrow/Galchenyuk/Gallagher Bourque/Desharnais/Prust Leblanc/Gordon/Stewart Markov/Emelin Tinordi/Subban Diaz/Byfuglien Drewiske/Boullion Price Budaj Trade Deadline 2014 - deal Markov, and Gionta.