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Habsy

Wrong Thinker Extraordinaire
Agreed. I keep hearing Hab fans saying they have great young talent. Where? They are missing the elite pieces.
Only 4 points from the Leafs last year. HAHA. So much for that argument.
You can't move Price. They are so fucked. And look at Bobs numbers in Florida. DO NOT give goalies 10+ per long-term.
how many points from the Leafs are they right now?
 

UWHabs

Active member
There's still hope that they do a full clean of the org, and decide that the whole French thing isn't actually that important in the grand scheme of things.
 

Habspatrol

ADMINuteman
Staff member
Agreed. I keep hearing Hab fans saying they have great young talent. Where? They are missing the elite pieces.
Only 4 points from the Leafs last year. HAHA. So much for that argument.
You can't move Price. They are so fucked. And look at Bobs numbers in Florida. DO NOT give goalies 10+ per long-term.
Yep... and Leaf fans have been absolutely on point with their view of how good the Leafs are/will be.

Stupid Hab fans.
 

LeafGm

Well-known member
If I was a Habs fan, I think I'd be less concerned about the fact that the team is bottoming out right now as I would be about the fact that this team's ceiling was only ever as a bubble playoff team to start off with. Which is even more concerning when two of the team's key, highly-paid star players are in their mid-30's, which makes patiently building this team impossible.

And that's kind of personified by Jesperi Kotkaniemi right now. It was asinine rushing him into the NHL last year as a gangly 18 year-old kid, and that's becoming even more apparent this year. This is a guy that probably should have been left in Europe for another year or two, spent another year in the AHL and then graduated to the NHL once he'd become a legit top-line player in those leagues.

Instead, the Habs opted for the Jesse Puljujarvi development path for him, because that's what happened when you have a GM who's top concern is his short-term job security, which means what's best for the team or individual young players over the long haul goes on the back-burner.
 

LeafGm

Well-known member
Yep... and Leaf fans have been absolutely on point with their view of how good the Leafs are/will be.

Stupid Hab fans.

A good portion of us have been pretty damn on-point, actually.

The overarching sentiment from a lot of us (including myself) is that the roster as constructed had a lot of potential to be good, but we were incredibly pessimistic about the team's chances of doing anything except losing in the first round again with Mike Babcock still running the bench.

Now if this roster goes on to fall flat on their faces under Keefe the rest of the way and/or they don't get anywhere in the playoffs again, then go ahead and serve up a big platter of crow for us. But so far, so good in a small sample size.
 

GEEMAN

Active member
Been saying that for years. They're going through their Kessel Leafs era. Problem now is, nobody takes that Price contract. Not sure anyone takes the Weber contract and gives full value. They wasted drafts by picking mid to late in the first round and getting overhyped nobodies like Poehling, who has 7 points in 22 AHL games, or Juulsen, or whoever else, or worse, taking Kotkaniemi super early when he looks like he's destined to be a 3C. Suzuki maybe can play a little, Romanov is being touted, but really there's nothing much else there. And all their forwards are pretty much free agents after next season, so what's the plan, resign 30 year old Tatar and Gallagher to big long term deals? They have to extend Domi this summer, but what do you pay him when he's not coming close to last year's totals.

Their best option is selling off everything they can this deadline and trying to go bust the rest of the way and for the next couple of years.

Bergevin is the worst GM ever.
Price and Weber are easily moveable with value if they have the nuts to make it happen

31 has to waive his NTC but a trade is there to be made .

Eat some money , its doable
 

Altair

Well-known member
Price and Weber are easily moveable with value if they have the nuts to make it happen

31 has to waive his NTC but a trade is there to be made .

Eat some money , its doable
Depends. If they eat money and he rebounds he is moveable, but if he rebounds the habs won't move him.

Catch 22.
 

LeafGm

Well-known member
I question how "easy" it'd be to move Price. Whatever shine there still is attached to his name, I question how many teams there are out there that would be philosophically on board with paying a goalie $10M+ long-term. Particularly to a 32 year-old goalie until he's 38 years old.

That said, it only takes one GM. But then it'd also have to be a team/city Price would be willing to waive his NMC to go to, and it'd have to be a team that's trying to win right now but has a gaping hole in their starting goalie position.

One destination that pops into mind though: Seattle. It'd land BC-boy Price close to his home province, and maybe Seattle would want to follow the Vegas blueprint of starting off the franchise with an established big-name veteran star in net.
 

LeafOfFaith

Well-known member
Very interesting idea. I wonder if the Seattle 1st for him straight up could happen. There’d be a hesitation for sure though to trade the franchise’s first draft pick ever.
 

Deckie007

Well-known member
Since 2017-18 season among goalies with 100 + games, Carey Price is 20th in sv% at .908. He's between Mike Smith and Jimmy Howard.
 

LeafOfFaith

Well-known member
I’m not a huge Price fan at all, but I do think the shit team in front of him impacts his numbers, and that he still has that name cache around the league that has him as the “best goalie in the world” with many.
 

MindzEye

Wayward Ditch Pig
Very interesting idea. I wonder if the Seattle 1st for him straight up could happen. There’d be a hesitation for sure though to trade the franchise’s first draft pick ever.
Eh? Montreal would have to give up their 1st to move Price...not the other way around. 32 yrs old, significant injur history, more recent history of being a bad starter rather than a good starter and maybe the most toxic contract in the league (though Bobrovsky's is pretty fucking close)
 

LeafOfFaith

Well-known member
Weber, sure. Price...no. Price is pure cap dump with retained salary and additional assets required.
I think with any other team, for sure. But with an expansion team coming in, with the most important position really being goaltender for them, things are a bit different. You want to have an experienced goalie who will be able to keep you respectable if all else fails. Just about everyone in the hockey world still thinks Price is the best, or top three or whatever. The expansion team has no cap issues and can fit in his contract without making a move. In fact it may help them reach the cap floor. If Montreal can keep up the illusion that Price is still top dog, they should be able to extract something. If not their 1st, then something else of some value. I can't envision a situation where they'd have to give Seattle more to dump Price on them.

Now all of this is just thinking out loud. In reality, would Price accept a trade to an expansion team? Highly unlikely. Would Bergevomit even really entertain trading Price when we all know his goal is to make the playoffs and never rebuild? Also improbable. So Montreal is probably stuck with Pricey boy until some perfect situation magically appears, or, more likely, he retires.
 

leaffan2005

Well-known member
Would Vancouver consider Price? Not familiar with their cap structure/current goaltending but he would sure as hell waive to go there.

And yeah, Montreal has to add some goodies/eat money to get a deal like that done. Getting a 1st rounder for him is a pipe dream.
 
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