Digest for alt.sports.hockey.nhl.mtl-canadiens@googlegroups.com - 7 updates in 3 topics

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Mad Ape <chiefape@gmail.com>: May 01 05:54PM -0700

I'll say 4. Deliberate head shot to leagues best player. He had a history of headshots.
 
http://scoutingtherefs.com/2014/10/4846/caps-niskanen-facing-suspension-elbow-canes-skinner/
 
Fry him.
 
TMA
Gerry <gerry14@hotmail.com>: May 01 09:20AM -0700

So I see this today... not sure how seriously to take any rumours on any KHL imports... but I think the signing of this guy is a big ticket opportunity for some teams, and especially for the Habs...
 
https://twitter.com/EricEngels/status/859066931520974850?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fhfboards.hockeysfuture.com%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D2224779
 
I don't know what "big offers" might be for an unproven 30-year old, but I'd actually risk Radulov-like money on him. The Habs should be an attractive venue for him, he's got a top-2 center spot on a golden platter, basically, he's not going to have to unseat anybody. On a 1-year "show me" type of deal, I'd go $5M+ on this guy. If the Habs aren't willing to do this, I wonder what their alternate plan is, or what they think their alternate options are?
 
I think it's all getting attention today, as with the official signing of Jerabek, due to KHL contracts expiry date being May 1st, btw. So it's crunch time of sorts for these things.
 
l8r,
Gerry
Habscout <habscout@gmail.com>: May 01 09:40AM -0700

Let's hope this is a negotiating ploy by Shipachyov's agent. I'd love to see the Habs offer him a 1 year contract. Maybe the success of Radulov and the other Russian players on the team may help persuade him.
 
On a different note, I read a rumour that Kovalchuk is hoping to sign with one of the New York or Florida teams.
 
-habscout
 
On Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:20:44 PM UTC-4, Gerry wrote:
Gerry <gerry14@hotmail.com>: May 01 09:56AM -0700

His agent was Svoboda last year... if he still is, well, there ought to be some familiarity with Montreal (pros and cons!) that his agent can pass along, for sure.
 
One thing I worry about a little is whether they still see Shipachyov as a fit for the style they/Julien wants the team to play. He's not a "heavy" player, and as they seek to bolster their 1st/2nd-line center position, maybe he's not the type of player they are looking for?
 
He's sort of a "cerebral" playmaker, supposedly, not necessarily a fast or physically strong player. In part, that may elevate his risk factor, as playmaking in a KHL environment may be rather different than the NHL. To me, the Habs need skill, bottom line, and I wouldn't have any issues whatsoever taking on a player of Shipachyov's nature. He doesn't NEED to be big or fast. It would be bonus points if he was. But the Habs ought to be so desperate that they can't afford to seek an unattainable ideal player type. The team has openings, limited player assets to use to trade to fill those openings, and this player won't cost them anything but $$$ to add. I'd be all over signing him if I was in Bergevin's shoes.
 
That said, I also haven't scouted him, checked out his off-ice habits, etc, all that good stuff. Obviously the Habs will have done all their homework on that front. But here's the thing: per last year, they were all ready to sign him. All systems go. Aside from him being unable to get his release from St.Petersburg. What could have changed? The requisite background checks seem to have been passed last year. And the Habs' need has probably only become more acute if anything.
 
l8r,
Gerry
Mike <mike@gmail.com>: May 01 06:28PM -0300

On 05/01/2017 01:40 PM, Habscout wrote:
 
>> I think it's all getting attention today, as with the official signing of Jerabek, due to KHL contracts expiry date being May 1st, btw. So it's crunch time of sorts for these things.
 
>> l8r,
>> Gerry
 
Oh please let it be Florida if not Montreal. With the rumour that
Therrien is in line to get that job, the joy of watching Kovalchuk sit
his ass on the bench because he didn't play the right way would be
delightful.
Jim Bauch <j.bauch@ca.rr.com>: May 01 03:21PM -0700

On Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:28:25 PM UTC-7, Mike wrote:
> Therrien is in line to get that job, the joy of watching Kovalchuk sit
> his ass on the bench because he didn't play the right way would be
> delightful.
 
He is? I hadn't heard that rumor.
 
I find it hard to believe that MT will get another NHL head coaching job. Pat Hickey employs a nice touch of understatement in this report:
 
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Dale Tallon, who has re-emerged as the boss of all things hockey with the dysfunctional franchise, has offered some guidelines on what he's looking for and Therrien doesn't fit the description.
 
"We're looking for a creative guy, a contemporary guy that is a good communicator, a good teacher," Tallon told Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "(Someone) that can handle the younger player today and that can understand that they still have to be coached and mentored and taught, yet still have that passion to win."
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Link: http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/montreal-canadiens/former-habs-coach-michel-therrien-unlikely-to-land-panthers-job
 
Hickey goes on to write that a leading contender is Montreal native and former Hab Jim Montgomery. I wonder if he speaks French? It would be nice if, for a change, some other franchise gave a potential Habs coach his first job. And just in general, if the Habs are determined/resigned to fishing in that smaller pond of French-speaking candidates, might as well have it be a better-stocked one.
 
Jim
Gerry <gerry14@hotmail.com>: May 01 09:22AM -0700

Official today as a 1-year max ELC deal, fwiw.
 
l8r,
Gerry
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