But honestly, maybe its best for Muller and Boucher to be elsewhere, at least with Carolina and TB they have great hockey minds and human beings alike in Rutherford and Yzerman, rather than MR. Gauthier.
My friend is an assistant coach with Muller in Carolina and I asked him when Muller got there if he was happy that Muller was the coach (lets not get into how lame and boring he thought Maurice was), he said Muller was great. I then asked him what Muller thought about his time in MTL, Dave told me Muller hated Gauthier. That pretty much sums it up for me.
Similarly to what JayHabs and I have been discussing, I think you can agree with us that this team needs a complete overhaul. Gauthier has done an absolutely terrible job with his contruction of this team. I did like the Erik Cole signing however. At least he has some size.
The rest, including the Cammalleri signing, the Gomez trade and even Gionta, while all were good players in there own respect, they seemed to just keep adding to a smallish line-up already, and now, unfortunately, they are paying the price.
I watched the first period of last nights' game in Chicago. Again, you werer/are spot on in your observation.................... another long season I can only assume...................
I'm glad for Muller. Great guy, great player, and I can pretty much assume that he will transition into a good Head Coach as well.
Have to remember that it was Gainey (I think he was already losing it) who traded for Gomez ("if we didnt have Gomez we wouldnt of got Gionta or Cammy"). If that doesnt go down as one of the worse trades ever, especially since McDonaugh is playing really solid hockey for the Rangers, I dont know what will (maybe the Kaberle pickup -- long-term, if they cant dump him at the deadline).
Cole has been great, almost everytime he gets the puck its pretty exciting. If Pacioretty can pick his game up to pre-suspension thats a solid line, although a real top-line centre would make that line so much better (nothing against DD, he tries).
Now to me, I'm not personally too bad with the Kaberle trade. Heavy contract, yes. Played poorly up to the time of his departure with the Hurricanes? Yes. For some reason however, I think he will fair not too bad in Montreal. He will never be confused with a Norris trophy candidate, or a top 5 stay at home D-man, but I think he can really help the PP.
Overall, I don't think it was the worst deal that could have happened, although, one could argue, that with only this season remaining on Spacek's deal, and taking on the rest of Kaberle's may have been foolish. Time will tell. For the present, I'm ok with it, but I'm sure if one was to look on here in a year or two, that opinion may change.
Cole is a good hockey player. I totally agree, that If the Habs could ever pull the trigger and get a bona-fide top line center, I think he could be a 35 goal guy easily................
I live in the Maritimes, here on the East Coast, and watched Roy against the Moncton Wildcats and Acadie/ Bathurst Titans with the Remparts. Definitely passionate, almost to the point of lunacy at times, but was/is successful.
That doesn't neccesarily transition to success at an NHL level, and I can see that. For whatever reason though, with the Habs especially, the right coach, isn't always the one who gets the job. The name you "know", or the allumnists, always seem to be the guys to appease the media appetite, and be the so-called "answer".
Roy would definitely bring that "in your face" type of coaching, and you know, I think maybe it's time for some of that.............
I've been reading up on some draft eligible players for 2012-2014, although at this point there is no superstar (ie. Crosby, Ovechkin, etc.) there are some top 1,2 Dmen and definite top 6 forwards to be had.
At this point, especially after last year and so far this year, I would be very patient if the Habs didnt make the playoffs say for the next few years and did a re-build. They never had a true re-build, just underachieving veterans that were signed ie. Gionta, Cammy.
Maybe 3 straight top 5 draft picks paired with possibly numerous 1st rounders through trades (ideally Cammy, Markov, Kaberle, Desharnais, Gionta and even Cole ((although I like him)).
Moving forward, keeping a core of Pleks (maybe tradeable for a true #1 Center), Patches (1st/2nd line), Price, Eller (I think Eller could be a #2), PK, Gorges, Emelin, Tinordi, Beaulieu,(thats a pretty decent 5 for defence, size, toughness, skill) Leblanc (2nd line), Kristo (3rd line), White (4th line), Moen (3rd/4th line) would be a start. Mix in some decent young UFAs and some high-end draft picks and you at least would be a fun young team to watch. Not one that floats through games at times, are old and collect fat paycheques.
But as mentioned previously the Habs really need a true #1 center, a big point getting 1st line winger, 1 or 2 more pluggers, and 1 stud Dman (Suter, Weber).
I guess we can talk all day about this, but until Molson gets some balls and fires Gauthier, it will be year after year of mediocrity and middle of the pack draft picks.
Great to see that we locked up Gorges for the next 6 years. He should be our next captain.
Hey Taffi, I'm from the maritimes too. Live in Calgary for the past 10 years, but originally from Saint John. Where are you from?
I would not mind seeing a few more hard nose and hard hitting defensive players...and we could tell Subban to stop giving the other team the puck right in front of our net.
GM - Pierre Lacroix
Head Coach- Patrick Roy
Trade Gomez to a team struggling to make the salary cap floor (Florida/Phoenix...) if not send him to the minors to rid his contract off the books.
Trade Markov and his knee when he finally looks healthy for a 3rd or 4th round pick, again another contract off the books.
Bring up Gallagher and Bealieu in 2013.
Sign a stud through free agency with the free'd up cash.
Then you'll see alot of winning.
french Canadian Genie Bouchard
Gomez is untradeable right now. He has no value, even if you are trying to just dump salary, nobody takes him. You can't bury him in the minors, (you're thinking along the lines of Wade Redden in NY?)as I'm pretty sure his money still counts against the cap.
Markov I doubt will ever be healthly enough to even make a difference. He will return at some point, play 32 games, then be out again for another 13 months with whatever knee injury he hasn't had yet.
We've posted back and forth in the Red Sox forum, so I know you're well aware of media presence, pressure in Boston, well, the same applies here in Montreal. As much as I would like to dismantle the team and have a full blown re-build, you can't do that in Montreal. Similar to Boston, you have to "re-tool" not re-build.
I would love to see them dump all these over-priced salaries, Cammalleri, Gomez, Markov, Gill etc.. but the harsh reality is they haven't done too well in the FA department, so I would suggest maybe trying to aquire that big, top tier forward to build around via trade.....
Well thats one lazy no good high priced bum gone off the team, only need to ship out Markov, Kaberle, Gill, Kostitsyn, Moen, Darche and Gomez.
I can live with a few season of terrible Habs teams if it means a true rebuild. The NHL has changed and PG aint the one to see that (or do anything about it). We need a young GM that will take a chance once in awhile.
With the direction they are currently taking, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, as they just keep going in circles.
A couple of seasons when you know they are in full re-build, is easier to sell when the team is playing poorly, rather the trying to pass off the constant parade of over-priced, stop-gaps they have been trying to plug in........