Areas to improve on for next season

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  1. rockjngo Registered User

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    I think our defense needs some work.


    Defensemen we should replace:
    Markov- I don't think he's the same Markov everyone thinks he is. At least not anymore, he's slower, too many 2-1 breaks. The book on him is he doesn't shoot the puck in the powerplay so everyone knows there's not need to cover Markov. At $5,750,000 with a modified NTC, its very hard to move Markov. Moving him would change the atmosphere in the back end and allow PK Subban to lead this team. Luckily he's only got a 1 year left on his contract.

    Kaberle- A huge waste of roster and cap space. At $4,250,000, its really hard to move him this year. We might end up buying him out in the summer. Unless a team is really desperate come trading deadline.

    Gorges- I am not a fan of Gorges. He's very limited in terms of puck skills and creativity in the offensive zone. He's not a strong guy nor does he block that many shots. At $3,900,000 and a full NTC it's a pipe dream to move him.


    Defensemen we should keep:
    Subban- I'm wondering why he isn't leading this team in icetime. He's big and strong and can pretty much do anything. He's quick and has a blast from the point. I believe we are under using Subban.

    Diaz-Though I'm not a fan of Diaz, I think he moves the puck very well. A very smart player in both ends of the ice. Rarely do I see him turn the puck over. We can use more players like Diaz but bigger.

    Bouillon-I'm a Bouillon fan, he's small but he's build like a ox. I notice this is a very different Bouillon than the lost time he was here. He moves the puck very well out of our zone and hits when needed. Too bad he's 37.

    Emelin- is a very good 6th defenseman, I like his size and the way he plays the game. He's also among the league's top hitters. We need this time of player for the playoffs.
     
  2. GoHabsGo76 Fire Bergevin

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    Ha, we lose one ugly game after 5 straight wins and this thread comes up. Let's just enjoy this year. It's been a fun ride so far.

    That being said, I agree with your analysis.
     
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    I think Gorges is pretty overrated, but he's still a solid player. I wouldn't move him. I'd keep Markov as well unless I was offered a deal that blew me away. Markov is no longer a #1 Dman.. If used properly, he can be a great weapon. MT is still playing him like it's 2008. Kaberle can kick rocks.
     
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    I've been saying it for a while... we should sell high on Markov while we can.
     
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    This team should focus on being better in the 3rd. Almost sure it's one of the worst.
     
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    Goaltending :sarcasm:

    But seriously, if you think we should get rid of Markov/Gorges you're nuts in my opinion.
     
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    tweaking. gally and chucky literally slide into top 6...
    another skill forward with size is added.
    leblanc / bournival replaces armstrong and nokelainen
    and tinordi replaces bouillon
     
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    get rid of Markov/Gorges, keep Bouillon ......riiiiiiiight


    also..Gorges is #2 in the league (1 block behind the leader) in blocked shots, yet he doesn't block that many according to you? not following your logic here
     
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    2012-13

    3. Tinordi - Diaz
    Re sign Bouillon as the #7D

    Dumont instead of (Armstrong or Nokelainen)

    That would be enough for me to be a happy fan.
     
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    Also finished super high up in blocked shots last year also no?
     
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    It's not about 'getting rid of Markov' its about maximizing a return for him.
     
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    last year he led the league with 250 blocks (player ranked #2 had 199) :amazed:
     
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    His post was ridiculous to begin with but this really cemented it........
     
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    lol what?
     
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    He lead the NHL by far with 250 blocked shots last season. The second highest was Brett Clark with 199.
     
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  17. We are exactly one Alex Semin away from being a serious contender for Lord Stanley's mug
     
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    Before starting a thread like this, we should let the season play out, then wait 2-3 weeks for emotion to dissipate, then discuss things rationally. This post obviously lacks "taking a step back".
     
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    Second this. The OP is a terrible post and a comedy of errors. Keep Boullion? Really? Drop Markov and Gorges? Come on...
     
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    I'm not sure that's true.

    Alexander Semin is a spectacular perimeter player, but we have a lot of perimeter players like Brian Gionta, Tomas Plekanec, and David Desharnais. We'd be replacing Whiskey with Cognac. It's definitely an upgrade, but it's an upgrade in a position of strength.

    What we lack imo is strength. We need a huge D and a huge power forward. Might be worth it to take some risks, like trading Kaberle for Komisarek, or Cole for Clowe.
     
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    You're obssessed with selling everybody... Markov's not going anywhere till the end of his contract, deal with it.

    Markov-Emelin
    Gorges-Diaz
    Tinordi-Subban
    Beaulieu (call-up if injuries)

    That's going to be our defense next year, asset management, we don't waste cap space on the D sqaud when we currently have 6 defensmens that are capable of playing at both sides of the ice and not cost goals to our team. Our main goal should be to find a big LW to complete the Galchenyuk-Gallagher line next season. Ryan Clowe is a shoe in for that spot.
     
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    I don't see the Habs keeping Beaulieu unless he is going to be a top 6 guy. I think Tinordi will probably crack the roster and Beaulieu starts the year AHL with Weber/St.Denis/similar player as #7.
     
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    Thread of the year
     
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    Why stop with Markov? Let's maximizes Pleks, Diaz, Patches, Cole, hell let's maximizes Subban, Gallagher and Galchenyuk and Price.

    If Yzerman has a heat stroke in Tampa and calls Bergevin offering Stamkos for Markov, you would have to be a fool to say no but we both know that ain't gonna happen.

    We'll never get the value that Markov means to this team. Right now he's a direct mentor to Emelin and I wouldn't be surprised if he isn't mentoring Diaz and Subban. We have Tinordi, Beaulieu, Pateryn and Ellis coming up the next two, three years. You need a smart, accomplished veteran to help these youngster along.

    Sometimes the value of a player isn't just what you see on the ice. Hell even Price admitted Markov gave him a kick in the ass that he needed.
     
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    There was a nice little note next to Beaulieu's name...
     

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