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Game 39: Habs/Panthers

  • Quick note for tonight’s game in Florida..

    The Habs will try to end off the 2011 portion of the NHL season tonight against the Panthers. Both teams have been struggling of late so it will be interesting to see how the Habs rebound after another game lost in which they had a 2 goal lead. Frankly I’m not expecting the team to make the playoffs so my interest lies in assessing which peices of the team the Habs will want to keep going forward.

    Go Habs Go!!!

  1. I agree that it will be difficult to make the playoffs, however, being somewhat of an optimistic person, I always keep the faith. There are so many teams playing badly in our conference who knows how many points you make need to get into the PO. Two years ago you only need 87, same the year before that. So although some say 95 I think it will be less. I have suggested a few times now that Cammy and Gio are prime trade bait. I have been criticized for suggesting Cammy because he lead the league two years ago in playoff scoring. However, that was two years ago and he did score 26 goals that year in the regular season. The thing I see is that we need more production out of $6M and so in order to free up cap space he would be the most marketable player at the trading deadline. Gionta is another matter, for a team captain he needs to be more influencial as well as more productive especially for $5M price tag. I hate to do it but Gomez is going to have to be sent to then minors at least by next year. He has not been able to play and therefore, he cannot prove that he is marketable even if we had a chance to trade him. It is somewhat classless but what do you do with a $7+M player who cannot contribute to your team. Gil could be marketable at trading deadline for a playoff contender, we should know by then whether we have a chance. Camponi as well could help some teams. Players I would keep would include: Everyone under 27 years old. Everyone else would be gone either by trade or not signed as FA.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    January 1, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Here is who I keep.
    Price, PK, Emelin, Diaz, Gorges(although he could garner a good player or draft pick) Markov right now is not tradeable nor do we know what to expect from him.FORWARDS: Plekanec,Cole, Pacioretty, Desharmais, Eller, LeBlanc, White. Maybe some on the fourth line. But Gomez, Cammy, Gionta, AK46, Moen, Darche, Gill, Camponi, Kaberle. Could all be traded at the trading deadline. Who goes first, AK46 not because he as played bad this year but he is FA and I doubt he will want to come back the a rebuilding team. Cammy is next because I believe he is the most marketable. Gomez would be given two options, player coach in Hamilton with possible option to become an assistant coach. OR a buyout, I would prefer the first option because his salary would not affect our cap space. Second option would affect out cap space between 1.5M and 3M. Gionta could hand around because a young team needs some experienced players to help the young guys along. The rest of the guys could be traded for draft picks. I believe that Gill could be a hot commodity at the trading deadline for many playoff bound teams who have injuries or just need help on the PK.

  3. #3 Senet1 says:
    January 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Balance of this season I would try some of these big guys down in Hamilton and as soon as possible. Players like Conboy, Nash, Berger. These guys would add muscle to the team and give us some idea against real NHL competition whether they are ready for prime time or are they just minor leaguers. Tinordi and Beaulieu to Hamilton next year for develop.

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