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Canadiens 2007 Free Agent Activity

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  1. Will there ever be light at the end of the tunnel.i try to convince myself Bob did his best to bring in ufas.They keep on saying montreal is not desirable taxes,language and media pressure.IS this the new NHL.There isn’t a level playing field money talks as we see long term cotracts with no trade clauses.these guys go the best of worlds.the nhl should look into a system like the draft to give a fair chance to all teams to get these top players. i just hope BOB does sign some players that will help till the yougsters down on the farm and drafts picks can make up to the big team.

  2. #2 LJ55 says:
    July 2, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    who cares about ufa’s anyhow, you have to overpay and i haven’t seen any team have great success by builing a club with ufa’s. i don’t recall any ufa aquistions that put a team over the top. do you?

    i don’t understand why people have to act like a bunch of spoiled 5 year olds who didn’t get the toy they wanted this time of the year every year. we thought guys like Brad Richards were overpaid only 3 weeks ago, suddenly it doesn’t look that way anymore. i mean guys who have a career high of 70 points getting 7 million dollars? let these foolish gm’s spend like a bunch of drunken sailors on shore leave. if the canadian dollar starts to go down again don’t expect the cap to go up anymore. now that would be funny seeing the cap go down and all these teams try to sqirm out of these 5-8 year deals which have NMC’s.

    all that being said we better not settle for the leftovers, i’d rather starve.

  3. Selanne’s still available and he want’s to go to the habs.
    P.S. Bertuzzi,Forsberg,and Yashin want to come.
    Selanne says he’ll take 32 million for 12 years or 12 million for 6 years, and he would give koivu and (hopefully) Kovalev a big boost. And that would make Koivu a 35 goal scorer and a 95 point getter. Selanne would 50-65 goal scorer and 115-125 point getter. oh, Selanne would also be a replacement for Souray on the powerplay 35 goals on the man-advantage. And instead of Kovalev, Ryder and higgins would be 40(ryder), and 30(higgins) goal scorers. Higgins would have 60 pionts Ryder would have 75! That’s the difference one player can make. As for Kovalev…he would have about 62 points 20 goals so if they sign Selanne
    they should keep kovalev until the deadline and if worth it longer.So come on Gainey! Sign Selanne!Go habs Go!Go habs Go! And sign souray somehow!!(If you have money!!)

  4. Bertuzzi,Forsberg,and Yashin want to come.
    Selanne says he’ll take 32 million for 12 years or 12 million for 6 years, and he would give koivu and (hopefully) Kovalev a big boost. And that would make Koivu a 35 goal scorer and a 95 point getter. Selanne would 50-65 goal scorer and 115-125 point getter. oh, Selanne would also be a replacement for Souray on the powerplay 35 goals on the man-advantage. And instead of Kovalev, Ryder and higgins would be 40(ryder), and 30(higgins) goal scorers. Higgins would have 60 pionts Ryder would have 75! That’s the difference one player can make. As for Kovalev…he would have about 62 points 20 goals so if they sign Selanne
    they should keep kovalev until the deadline and if worth it longer.So come on Gainey! Sign Selanne!Go habs Go!Go habs Go! And sign souray somehow!!(If you have money!!)

  5. Bertuzzi,Forsberg,and Yashin want to come.
    Selanne says he’ll take 32 million for 12 years or 12 million for 6 years, and he would give koivu and (hopefully) Kovalev a big boost. And that would make Koivu a 35 goal scorer and a 95 point getter. Selanne would 50-65 goal scorer and 115-125 point getter. oh, Selanne would also be a replacement for Souray on the powerplay 35 goals on the man-advantage. And instead of Kovalev, Ryder and higgins would be 40(ryder), and 30(higgins) goal scorers. Higgins would have 60 pionts Ryder would have 75! That’s the difference one player can make. As for Kovalev…he would have about 62 points 20 goals so if they sign Selanne
    they should keep kovalev until the deadline and if worth it longer.So come on Gainey! Sign Selanne!Go habs Go!Go habs Go! And sign souray somehow!!(If you have money!!)

  6. Selanne still available

  7. Canadiens sign Roman Hamrlik

  8. #8 PACTUM SERVA says:
    July 2, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    You know what guys? Who cares if briere signed in philly he is way to small anyways and would not get more than 70 points in montreal anyways.Who cares if smyth signed with colorado his wife must wear the pants in that family its plain to see.(p u s s y wipped)Why is everyone so upset over not being able to sign these overpaid gold diggers.Just take a look at the final year of brieres,smyths contract,would you want to pay them 6.5 million at the age of 37 lol.That is just plain stupid and dont kid yourself everyear there is always a free agent BUST so one of these teams is gonna be stuck with a very big contract to deal with.As far as i am concerned if players dont want to play in montreal then we dont f u c k i n g want you wearing the red,white and blue.Just have a little faith guys and be proud of our habs because one day we will be back on top and one day many players in the nhl will regret snubbing the montreal canadians. GO HABS GO p.s Gainey has somthing up his sleeve and we will all know what it is in the comming days.

  9. #9 Lucky says:
    July 2, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    I missed ya Pactum Serva words of wisdom…

  10. #10 PACTUM SERVA says:
    July 2, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    lol thanks lucky

  11. #11 Fizz says:
    July 2, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Hamrlik, good solid signing! Maybe this is the first of good things to happen… we can hope!

  12. #12 habsfan_for_life1212 says:
    July 2, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Read this post on habs inside/out, it opened my eyes.
    Pity the poor Habs! It’s so sad they treat prima donna Russian ice dancers so bad, word must be getting around that they run a slave ship in Montreal. Get Real!!! You want hell, try the Islanders? That’s New York brother, major market, solid tradition, loads of cash. And what do they have to show??? They traded away two top prospects and this yrs 1st for a rental player who just walked out the door, along w/ their top goal scorer, their #4 scorer, and their top defenseman. You want hell, try Buffalo a team where players had a “chance to win” then had both their co-captains walk. So much for commitment to team.How bout a 3-time Cup winner like New Jersey & their HOF goalie? They lost their top center and Top D-man. Now tell me any of those teams has the deep well of prospects that the Habs do. At worst we lose a -28 d-man. I’d hate to see him go, but…If you’d rather have $4 million in cap space tangled up in a 39 yr old Jason Blake like the Leafs will in a few yrs, go ahead and cry a river. I’m happy to be patient and wait to see what the kids do.
    I believe in Price!!!

  13. #13 Fizz says:
    July 2, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    … Very well said. I to am excited to see what the kids do!

  14. #14 Avatar37 says:
    July 2, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Yes, the habs are going to have to build through the draft and development system. We’ll get there but it’s going to take longer. Go HABS Go!

  15. #15 smiler2729 says:
    July 3, 2007 at 6:36 am

    First of all, players don’t want to play in Montreal because of stu pid fans like josh and the ridiculous French media…

    Second, I’m glad Gainey’s not overspending on Briere, Smyth, Drury and Gomez, those players aren’t superstars but are being paid by idiot teams like they are.

    Hamrlik and Smolinski are fine tweaks, Lord knows we need help defensively… and maybe just maybe Saku can talk Teemu into signing here.

  16. #16 habahabahaba says:
    July 3, 2007 at 11:54 am

    I would like the Habs to sign Danny Markov. I am not comfortable with Striet playing full-time defence. (Maybe we put him on the wing for the whole season and on the point for power plays.)

    I would be okay with Johnson re-signing.

    Yashin I am not comfortable with. As someone else mentioned make him earn his contract with incentives if we absolutely can’t get along without him.

    Zubrus I am just okay with… I know and like many Russians, but they seem to only play when they want to. When they want to they are amazing. When they don’t they are shadows on skates.

    Chris Simon might also be a lotto pick if he is available on the cheap. Simon could add some size/punch/character on the fourth line.

    Question: Is Bill Guerin interested in Montreal ?

    We have some cash lets spend it on free agents and keep the prospects in the barn. Marleau is good, but at what price if these rumours are true ?

    Another that might fit for the cheap: Gelinas

    O’Neill from the Toronto Make Believes could add scoring…or even Peca to take over Bonk’s spot.

  17. I am a little disappointed that Montreal did not get Gomez, Briere, Drury or Ryan Smyth but Gainey did offer these players more money and they took less money to play elsewhere so we should not blame Gainey on this one. The Habs do have some good prospects on the way and they will win the cup in the next 3 or 4 years. They will be cup contenders before it is all said and done, just wait and see.

  18. I can’t believe u guys thought Smyth was a habs canadidate. bros wake up, Smyth can tip in goals(that’s great) but we need a hockey player not a baseball player, I see him play hockey, he’s in slow motion and he doesn’t do too much. I would like Briere better but didn’t happen. I like the Hamrlik signing and the smolinski thingy, but It is not over.TSN said they had 31M before signing players, now after buying they probably have 38M THE CAP LIMIT IS 50 MILLIOM.12 Million to spend guys!

  19. I can’t believe u guys thought Smyth was a habs canadidate. bros wake up, Smyth can tip in goals(that’s great) but we need a hockey player not a baseball player, I see him play hockey, he’s in slow motion and he doesn’t do too much. I would like Briere better but didn’t happen. I like the Hamrlik signing and the smolinski thingy, but It is not over.TSN said they had 31M before signing players, now after buying they probably have 38M THE CAP LIMIT IS 50 MILLIOM.12 Million to spend guys!

  20. sorry I didn’t mean to repeat ,lol

  21. #21 habahabahaba says:
    July 3, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    http://broadband.tsn.ca/tsn/?id=349&vid=9294

    Bob now says we only have 2-3 million left in the kitty to get players ?

    Wow that large availability of cap room is gone after 1 major signing and 1 medium signing ?

    We still can get Gelinas, Allison, or Simon for that amount.

    I guess we fill up empty spots with our AHL Champs……

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