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11 Feb 2020 01:50:36
And this is why, they won't make playoffs.. yes , they are trying hard, and we should commend the effort.. , those 2 , 8 game losing streaks totally screwed em up..
However, they have to win these games.. I have enjoyed watching this team as much as any of us Habs fans, however , the playoffs aren't going to happen this year.. I Would love to keep this team together however, I believe if they can be healthy next season, they could be a damn good team..

But let's be honest, this team cannot play .775 ,hockey till now and end of the year.
Playoff teams usually need to be above .500. And, this team is below..
So, as a Habs fan, I'm going to enjoy the rest of the season, and miracles do happen.. but.im a realist.. my actual dream now is to somehow get that #1 pick.. lol. Oh.. and keep Kovalchuck

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11 Feb 2020 12:02:20
And, I mean below 500 at home.

10 Feb 2020 23:50:02
Habs fans.. should Bergevin offer Kovalchuck a contract.. I know some want him traded to get some assets., and maybe sign him on off season., they never return..

I'd offer 3 years 15 mill...
6 next year. 5., then 4...

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11 Feb 2020 11:56:59
And yes, I realize he will be 40 at the end of contract.

11 Feb 2020 15:08:35
I would try and sign him. but I think that would be too much. I would hope to get him around 10 for the 3 years, front end heavy like 5M, 3M, 2M.
He is doing well now but after what happened in LA I wouldn't put too much in for him.

11 Feb 2020 16:01:05
Don’t think any other team would offer more than 3M so I’d think if Montreal signs him to multiple years they can get him cheap.

11 Feb 2020 17:11:07
10 million deffinetley sounds better Turkey.
I also want to keep him around, so that when Romanov comes, maybe he could help mentor and make the transition to North America a little easier for him.

11 Feb 2020 17:58:32
I’d offer 1 year 5mil or 2 years at 4mil per I would not offer a 3rd year also if I’d could get a 2nd pick or better at the deadline I’d probably just trade him I’d also see what I could get for Tatar and if it was a real good offer I’d trade him too Thompson weal cousins Scandella lindgren weise would also be dealt if there were any takers.

12 Feb 2020 01:22:15
I’d offer 700k 1 year. Same salary he’s making right now take it or leave it.

12 Feb 2020 15:25:45
I should clarify that I wouldn’t offer that right off the hop just that would be my final offer.

10 Feb 2020 02:39:13
Does anybody else feel like if Milan Lucic lost about 30lbs he would be good again? He’s currently like what 235lbs? I feel if he dropped down to 200lbs his skating would get a lot better.

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10 Feb 2020 04:21:31
No. Not at all.

10 Feb 2020 20:45:10
Lmao obviously he’d be a better skater but then he wouldn’t be a physical presence.

10 Feb 2020 21:33:15
He’d still be physical. He was around that size on the Bruins and was still physical

11 Feb 2020 02:32:47
Was he ever that great of a skater? I think when he first came in, it wasnt such an issue. however, especially the last 5 years or so, the game has really sped up. , I just don't think he has that skill. hey, if this was 1985 ect, the guy could be a Tim Kerr type. But for now, those days are over. Lucic had a good career, and now he's a role player. , hopefully for his sake he can remain in the league a little longer. he was once a force. , those days are gone,

11 Feb 2020 02:44:42
As I wrote that, he scores a nice goal lol.

12 Feb 2020 21:25:46
He’s tried to come into camp the last few seasons now in better shape. Nothing’s changed.
The answer is no.

09 Feb 2020 07:14:14
So . Canadiens beat Toronto!!.. hell ya!!!.
So, I understand Leafs were missing , Andersen, Nylander, Reilly, ceci. Ect.. the difference between Habs and Leafs... Leafs have way more top end talent.. however, the Habs are a team.... Leafs have no heart??? . I know Leafs are going to disagree, as so would I it a Leafs fan were criticizing the Habs..
I think trading Kadri was a mistake, and at the deadline, if Leafs wanna make playoffs and even contend.. get the sandpaper guys. You have enough talent to compete with any team. jus no heart...

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09 Feb 2020 14:42:23
Every player in the NHL has heart besides Semin. Leafs made it to game 7 against debatably the best team in the NHL 2 years in a row. If they can make it to the finals to a team as great as the bruins they can beat any team.

09 Feb 2020 19:23:39
Hind sight is 20/ 20. At the time of the trade they needed a right shot dman (still do) they made a hockeyvtrade that at the time made sense for both teams, Colorado needed a 2C center and leafs got a 3C and right d. It’s too bad the leafs pro scouts either didn’t realaize that Barrie was as bad as he is defensively or assumed his offensive numbers would outweigh his defensive flaws. Looking bad yes it was a bad trade for the leafs but like I said at the time it was a good trade and even stil kerfoot is a good 3C that can play top 6 if needed problem is Barrie hasn’t been what leafs needed.

09 Feb 2020 23:45:35
Many people have been saying this all year.
Canadiens play for the logo on the front of their jersey while the Leafs play for the name on the back.

09 Feb 2020 23:46:51
The Canadiens definitely play with more heart than the Leafs. %100 true.

10 Feb 2020 00:54:49
Leafs shouldn’t even be in the playoff standings right now. Isles, Canes, Flyers all have more points and have games at hand, it’s fortune of playoff berth distribution via the current system that grants the leafs unwarranted contention. But that vent is over.

Some leafs have heart. Just as some habs have heart. Just as some players on every team in the league have heart. I think it’s foolhardy to associate heart with result in some of these games. Oilers showed heart decimating the flames 8-3 after Rittich’s stupid stick toss. That was team heart. But they beat Nashville just the other night 3-2 and didn’t even seem all that involved in the game until the 3rd. That’s not heart, that’s being awake (with respect to Nashville) . I didn’t watch the Habs/ leafs game so I can’t speak to it specifically but I know it was scoreless till the 3rd. If you’re going to tell me neither team had heart til the final period I’d find that silly. I think it was just a wrestling match that bent one way over the other.

04 Feb 2020 01:49:48
I need something explained to me. I just read that the jets and buff were looking at a mutual contract termination and earlier this year the kings and Kovalchuck mutually terminated his contract this him signing in Montreal? My question is if a contract can be terminated like buffs or Kovalchuck, why couldn't the Canucks and Luongo terminate the contract so that they could part ways.

Luongo even stated that his contract "sucked" If both Canucks and Luongo didn't like the contract and wanted to part ways how come they couldn't have terminated the contract? It's not like the Canucks got anything of value for him when they did trade him. Please don't rip me apart, I don't mean to be ignorant.

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04 Feb 2020 03:44:16
That is a good question . 🤔. is it maybe cause he was still valuable, and the Canucks didn't want to lose him for nothing? didn't they get Markstrom outta that deal? Its taken him along time, but I remember he was a hot commodity back then, and now he is somewhat proving his worth. maybe one of the more knowledgeable guys on here can come tell us the deal, I don't know all the ins and outs of rules on this stuff. but very interested to know.

04 Feb 2020 05:05:09
It’s got to be a mutual thing when Luongo said his contract sucked he was referring to the fact it sucked for the team he was on not that it sucked for him.

04 Feb 2020 13:26:18
Habby is right. If Luongo had wanted to terminate his contract and the Canucks agreed, he could have. However, Luongo would have forfeited the remaining money on his contract and would not have been paid. That's why Luongo didn't terminate it, he wanted the money.

If Buff ends up terminating he loses his salary for this year and next, about $15 mil. Unless he gets any buy out money due to the injury arbitration case.

04 Feb 2020 15:09:16
That’s what I was thinking Habby and joe, just wanted to see if someone knew something I didn’t.

04 Feb 2020 01:20:21
Canucks nikta trymikin roussel third round pick

Nyd kyle palmari

Miller petterson boeser
Pearson horvat palmari
Ferland gaudette virtanen
Levio beagle sutter

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02 Feb 2020 05:32:01
So I was bored, and watched some 87 Canada Cup.
This was the best, and last of the best International tournament in History... nothing will ever compete to Canada vs USSR. And although it was a different era., Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux will show you why Conner, Crosby and Ovi are good.. but.. not great. I am lucky enough to have watched that in Grade 7,, the last great hockey tournament... US can win , Sweden can, Fins.. however; none of them can compete with what was. Canada Russia.. , nothing more special than that.. maybe the most intense rivalry in sports.. yup.. above Lakers Celtics... Yankees ,, RedSox.. this was blood, this was fear,, the world had not seen a cross country rivalry like this.
Watching this has his shown me how much more dominant Gretzky and Lemuiex were than anyone...
If you haven't seen it ( VB).. watch it.. best hockey you will ever see!

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02 Feb 2020 16:25:04
Definitely seems interesting was trechiak and the player the Russians claimed to be “better then Gretzky“ playing?

02 Feb 2020 18:23:47
No Trekiat. , and the better than Gretzky guy? Not sure if that was #17 from the 72 series.? ( can't remember his name) . but it was when Krutov, Laronov, Makarov ( KLM line) were in their prime. so was Fetisov, check it out on You Tune VB. Was one hell of a tournament.

02 Feb 2020 21:08:47
It was an awesome tourney kharlamov is who vbb is thinking about I think. I believe he was dead by that time.

03 Feb 2020 01:40:50
I was thinking of valeri kharlamov I’m Russia he’s considered better then Gretzky. Obviously there is nationalism but I don’t see how this guy is better then Greats like Ovie and others you listed.

03 Feb 2020 11:23:26
Ya, he was 17 back in 72. he was really good. , he wasnt Gretzky good. obviously I didn't see him play, but from what little highlights I have seen, just a guess, but maybe a cross between Datsyuk/ Kovalchuk. so we was a damn good good player, but my comparison could also be way out to lunch as well.

03 Feb 2020 17:54:21
#17 I mean.

01 Feb 2020 22:26:06
I'm glad to see Montreal sent Kotkaniemi to Laval. I'm really hoping that this will help in his development., something just seems off with him this season, maybe the injuries? Hopefully he can get his confidence back.
Did the Habs rush him?? I think he still has number 1 center potential, maybe more number 2. But I do believe he will be a good solid player for years to come... the kid is only 19 still, so he will get it together.

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02 Feb 2020 09:43:22
A while back it would take Laine to pry him out of Montreal. Which homer said that? I know it wasn’t you Sosa I’m sure he’ll bounce back.

02 Feb 2020 09:00:13
Huh? Who said it would take Laine to pry him outta Montreal? Lol.?

02 Feb 2020 21:09:56
Doesn’t hurt to send him down the kid has had knee surgery and concussion issues so far this year play down there and let him get 1st line minutes.

03 Feb 2020 16:09:27
Worst decision Marc Bergevin could of done with him. The time to send him to Laval was a year and a half ago. Not after he’s been playing in the nhl for more then a year, actually player good even this year. The only thing that’s bad this year is his stats. His overall game as actually improved. He’s not going to learn how to be a top line nhl center in the AHL. I think this does hurt his development and I don’t agree with the decision at all.

03 Feb 2020 17:58:50
Marc, disagree. he looked lost a lot of the time out there. he didn't take the steps forward he should have in his second year. He did suffer some injuries, and he is only 19. so there is no need to hit the panic button. some confidence and top line minutes will help him.
Even hearing his interview, after the first game in the AHL, he said it was his favorite game if the season. something along those lines. . So yes., I do agree that he shoulda been there a year and half ago, or even Finland. , but this will benefit him.


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