Confirmed with Link: Canadiens claim G Niemi off waivers

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  1. Bryson

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    LOL and people laughed at Jim Nill when he picked up Niemi. Bergevin picking up Nill's old sloppy seconds.
     
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    Slightly different.

    They claimed Subban because they thought he had a better pedigree and future than Calvin Pickard.
    Which is why they traded Pickard a couple of days later.

    Ultimately this is a move purely for a body...for now.

    But I'd imagine that Niemi would also be expected to be the backup when Price comes back and if Montoya is out indefinitely.

    Simply, if Montoya is out, no doubt Niemi becomes the official back-up. So there is some legit concern if he sticks on he roster playing every 5 games or so.
     
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    Nill gave him $13.5M for 3 years to be a starting goaltender there, Bergevin picked him up for free while making $700k to sit on the bench..
     
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    Seriously?

    You need me to explain to you why it's better to have a developing goalie playing games (McNiven) as opposed to sitting??
     
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    Because McNiven/Fucale have struggled at times in the minors, it makes more sense to actually let them play games in the AHL/ECHL than sit on the bench.
     
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    Be careful. Making comments about sloppy seconds will get you suspended. ;)
     
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    I stopped arguing the second he compared Niemi to M.Subban.
     
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  8. 417

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    I didn't say the situations were carbon copies.

    I don't even disagree with the notion that Subban > Niemi.

    But that's not even the point. You're arguing something entirely unrelated to the point I made.

    If Subban was on waivers today, I'm sure the Habs would of picked him instead of Niemi.

    They need someone to fill a jersey for an unspecified amount of time that is hopefully, short term.

    It makes absolutely no sense to trade for a goalie to fill that requirement...you pickup whoever is on waivers and hope hard as **** that Price comes back sooner rather than later.
     
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    It's only for a couple of games tho, a week or two you said right? Why waste your time and money on Niemi? Do you not believe Price and Bergevin all of the sudden?

    you're in contradiction, that's what you don't seem to understand here
     
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    Me comparing 2 goalies on waivers...

    Oh the humanity
     
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    There is no time or money being spent on Niemi

    And I'm not contradicting myself at all.

    If you need me to explain to you why it's important to the Montreal Canadiens that Michael McNiven plays, as opposed to sit

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    A week on the Habs bench will completly **** up Fucale upside. :sarcasm:
     
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    I edited my post where I address your last paragraph.

    There's hope that Niemi is just a body.

    But there's also a legitimate chance he's the official back up when Price is back.
     
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    I can't wait for the statistical arguments saying we're better off with Niemi than Price.

    Also, why not give Fucale a home start and see what happens.

    The way they've treated that kid has been putrid.
     
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    I'm gonna pop some plugs
    Only got capspace money in my pocket
    I'm hunting
    Looking for a come-up
    Niemi's ****ing awesome
     
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    I guess that depends on Montoya's status and if the Habs prefer to have Niemi back up and/or Lindgren play every game in the AHL.

    In other words - what do they value more.

    Lindgren's development? Or the occasional start when Price needs a rest.
     
  17. MaxPacwhereishe

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    He would sit for what? Like a week? Practicing with the NHL club and goalie coach.. Yeah this will surely handicap the rest of his career...
     
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    The fact that this is even a story is almost entirely on the Montreal Canadiens though.

    I will say that - they handled the Carey Price situation poorly 2yrs ago, so it's allowing for all of this wild speculation.

    But still...some of this is bordering on.

    Bah...I won't even say it lol
     
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    Goalies need to play...not sit.

    McNiven is JUST starting his professional career out.

    What is the point of recalling him from Wheeling or wherever our ECHL affiliate is (or is he in Laval right now, I'm not sure), to have him sit doing absolutely nothing.

    Practice with a goalie coach...the goalie coach is busy with Charlie Lindgren.

    Enough
     
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    You can make these cool jokes all day long...

    But Fucale is ON AN EMERGENCY RECALL.

    Do you know what an EMERGENCY RECALL is????
     
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    I do know. Call him up for good then. It doesnt change a thing.
     
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    So many bad posts I couldn't stomach more than two pages of this thread.

    • Price is out for now.
    • Montoya could be out for awhile.
    • Lindgren will play as long as Price is out, and could remain as his backup afterwards.

    Now who would you rather be our 4th string backup, the one who's job will be to sit on his ass for 60 minutes every game and take pucks in practice? Fucale, who could be playing every night a few metro stations away or Niemi who is free and is familiar with Waite?

    If the worst comes to pass and Lingren is injured or overworked they could still call up Fucale and have him play, but at least he'll have had plenty of play time in Laval rather than riding the bench for the Habs.

    There, is that easy enough for some of you to understand?
     
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    No doubt, Lindgren's development is I guess priority number 1. Although it is difficult to say with your franchise goalie having just signed a monster contract.
    But yes, his development is important.

    But knowing Montreal, id also assume the playoffs and success this season is just as high on the priority list.

    Only they know what the extent of Montoya's concussion issues are.
    But if they have reason to believe its long term, say 2 months or so, then Niemi will start several games.

    And with how the habs started, every game matters from here on out.

    Then again, maybe success this year isn't that high on the priority list. And maybe Montoya is showing good signs of improvement.

    Everything is speculation at this point, so no one persons opinion can be correct.

    I will say, though that IF there's a chance Niemi is a long term backup, AND the habs have legitimate playoff aspirations, then this seems like a suspicious move.
     
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    They already are. Have been for a couple of years now.
     
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