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Rumours, Innuendos and Flat out B.S.: 2019-20 Edition

GEEMAN

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Tatar is likely expecting a raise. Mantha gives you cost certainty.

Moving out Tatar and Danault, and moving in Mantha , Caufield, using Evans/Poehling and maybe a cheap 4th line faceoff specialist allows you to maintain your depth.

Exactly the way I see it playing out

Lek is resigned and Armia is a maybe as well

Mantha has flaws but is playing for a crappy team , I think he does well in Montreal going back home

I think Nero doesnt want to go term with too many more vets
 

Sal_Butera

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Correct previous thought: Ekholm should be priority#1

Guaranteed Preds are one of those teams in desperate financial situation..
 

Habsy

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Purely speculative and no real rumors yet but with Burke saying he’d like to change things up in Pittsburgh I’m wondering if the Habs would be interested in a 33 year old Crosby with four years at $8.7m left on his deal after this season.

Wondering just how much they’d have to give up.
 

Habspatrol

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If Sid was willing to waive... And the Pens were looking to rebuild. I think the bare minimum would be...

Suzuki, Caufield and a couple 1sts.
 

Habsy

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Staff member
I don’t think he gets moved either. Certainly not before Malkin, just a discussion on what it would take if the hypothetical became reality.
 

Habspatrol

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Would you do Suzuki, Caufield and 2 1sts for Crosby?

Although, they'd have to take Drouin too... And we still couldn't make the salary work.
 

Habs4Life

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Why would you do that? No thanks. He is 33, concussions and you throw away 2 players on entry level who can produce + 2 1sts +

Kick Rocks
 

Habsy

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Bergevin built this team to win now for Price and Weber. Ideally you need to keep Suzuki but adding a center like Crosby would elevate the team to cup threat.
 

Habspatrol

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Why would you do that? No thanks. He is 33, concussions and you throw away 2 players on entry level who can produce + 2 1sts +

Kick Rocks
I'm not sure I'd do it either... But he hasn't missed a game due to concussion for 8 years. Even then... It was soft tissue neck issues that kept him out so long.

My biggest issue with (hypothetically) acquiring Crosby would be that we would not only have to give up a bunch of really good young assets.... But also in order to make the salary work we would have to give up other players that can help us win now.
 

Krustchev

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Crosby's not the difference between a Cup & us, so no.
Well, I’m not sure about that. The Canadiens could win the Cup this season due in large part to the playoff format, so if you add Crosby and only delete Suzuki from the roster, they probably are Cup contenders, and one of the top ones at that. But I’m still not sure that I make that trade.
 
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