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View Poll Results: Mr.Gillette has allowed you to spend 4 - 5 million on a UFA, these 2 are interested.
Re-sign Kovalev 71 86.59%
Sign Paul Kariya 7 8.54%
Look to use that money in adding a player in trade 4 4.88%
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05-24-2004, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien
This is my favourite part of the post! Thanks! Bob save the King!
Bourque 6-2/205 LW (U.Wisconsin) 42-16-20-36-74
Hornby 5-11/220 W (Cornell) 32-4-4-8-34
Cook, Schwabe - still a junior?
Gauthier, Smyth - still a sophomore?
Dora 5-10/180 (U.Denver) 42-14-22-36-74
Pierre-Andre Bureau 5-11/183 (PEI) 68-25-33-58-42 more rockets
Demers 5-10/177 (CB) 58-20-33-53-39 great playoff
Sparre 5-10/180 (Vict/Halifax) 71-35-33-68-60 - good production on some miserable teams, but too small?
Gagnon 6-1/200 (Val d'Or) 69-23-38-61-67 suddenly more disciplined????
Gagne 5-11/175 (Moncton) 68-24-60-84-20
Tifu 5-11/184 (R-N) 70-42-48-90-39
Fournier 5-8/182 (Vict/Gat) 65-40-48-88-28
why not Daoust too? 5-7/154 (Gat) 60-31-65-96-82 as minor league depth
Gaudette 6-1/228 (Chic.) 45-21-27-48-50
Balasescu 6-1/190 (Lewiston) 65-37-34-71-95 unexpected breakout
Slovak 5-11/180 was he injured?
Pelletier 5-10/197 (Shaw.) 64-39-52-91-85

P.S. what about Jolette on the Cats? Any impressions?
Jonathan Paiement or Francis Trudel (like Beauchemin!) on Lewiston?

Benoit! Definitely!
And *somebody* has to go for Marty St.Pierre if they haven't already.

The problem with Dykhuis is his salary. At 1.7M, I would think the team will try and cut costs if possible, and a buyout would save 600K or so. But is it worth it to save 600K, when he would be useful in Hamilton? Tough call either way. As long as Traverse isn't back though.

As for the invites

Bourque is big and drives to the net hard, plays good on both ends, should catch on with some team I would think as he's done in the NCAA.

Hornby seems to hit often, and while not great hands he has speed and a solid frame

Schwabe is small but fast and had a great junior year (although playing with Lessard helped a good bit) If no one grabs him, lets see what he does in his senior year, as he's still only 21 and after 2 poor seasons and then a breakout season this year, it's tough to say how much of an impact Lessard had on him. I saw UMD a few times this year, but not last year, so I can't say. I was impressed by him this year though and going from 10 points last year to 57 this year is amazing.

Cook is a junior and was Cornell's top scoring defensemen by a wide margin. He's not big but has shown steady progression each year. Also 21, can sign as FA, but his size may scare away gms.

Gauthier is only a sophomore, but he'll be 21 in 6 months or so. Led DU in scoring in only his 2nd year, not big though. I really liked what I saw from him in the frozen four, along with Luke Fulghum and Dora throughout the year. Although I've only seen them four times, I became a fan of DU's this year with their exciting play. Gauthier has good hands and Dora seems like an energy guy. All 3 are FA's.

Smyth is a sophomore but he's 22 so he's a FA. He led his team in scoring at over a point a game in his 2nd year, and has decent size. I was impressed with the season Colgate had and I think that Smyth played on a line with Kyle Wilson '04, as the two were a big part of Colgate's success. I'm very interested in Smyth, but another year in the ECAC wont hurt.

Bureau is a good face-off guy with decent hands. Might be a good filler for Hamilton if need be. (Hamilton could be short on centers)

Demers is small but I'd still invite him to camp, see what he can do. Plus he's RH center which doesn't hurt.

Spare I think could have a big year next year, after a solid one this year. His size is a concern though.

Gagnon I liked the one game I saw him, and have to think that some team will give him a look after this season on a bad team.

Gagne is another small forward, but would add some depth to LW and seems solid in his own end.

Tifu I haven't seen yet, but those numbers are impressive for the team he played for.

Fournier is short but had a great year. I'd give him a look to see what he can do

Daoust is even smaller and lighter but had a better year then Fournier. Looks like he would get pushed off the puck easily, but an invite to rookie camp never hurts

Gaudette I also havent' seen but in talking with some Sags fans he might be a good fit on LW, has good size too.

Balasescu really did have a good year and has decent size, might be worth a look

Slovak I never saw either (don't know why he only played 15 games) but Michael Charrette put up decent numbers and has decent size.

Pellitier I never saw as well but had a good season.

Luis Tremblay, has decent size put up good numbers for a defensemen on a bad team.

Maxime Lessard looked good in the one game I saw decent size and was physical.

Joelette I never heard of?

Paiement could still be drafted in june and I would think he will be drafted after the year he had.

Trudel is a small defensemen might be worth a look.

St. Pierre is another small but skilled forward, might be worth a look as well

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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien
Some other camp invitee candidates I'd mention:

Tyler Dyck 6-3/212 C, shoots R, Brandon overager 72-37-35-72-115 tough customer, slow, but grit and goals

Chad Klassen 5-11/195 C, shoots R, Spokane '85 72-35-56-91-67 well, the size is maybe a tad exaggerated and he's still eligible for draft this year, but if he gets passed over...

Scott Lynch 6-2/210, LD, Spokane '84, 71-17-22-39-114 howitzer, plays it tough

Yannic Seidenberg 5-10/186, LW Med.Hat, 67-19-47-66-73 looked slick in Mem Cup... would have been great in the Q I bet

Dan Da Silva 6-1/180 RW Portland '85, 65-36-20-56-120 also gets his nose dirty, could still be drafted I guess

Mark Ardelan 5-11/205 LD Pr.Albert overage, 72-19-54-73-29 just going by numbers, really, great PP there, but you can invite these types to camp and just see what happens (+21 this year, -92 in the two previous years in Vancouver!)

Rich Regehr 6-0/190 RD Portland, 65-9-34-43-88 overager, but a decent transition kind of puck mover

Martin St.Pierre 5-8/180 C, Guelph overager, 68-45-65-110-95, not far off the Locke prototype.

Ryan Ramsay 5-11/188 C, Plymouth overager, 61-29-48-77-132 a buzz-saw kind of Mike Keane never-say-die worker

Bryan Rodney 6-1/190, LD, Kingston '84, 67-11-65-76-68, kind of reminds me of Jon Zion, and probably has similar potential, but again, with great numbers, good puck skills, you can always take a look at training camp

Chris Campoli 6-0/190, LD, Erie '84, 67-20-46-66-66, size seems a bit exaggerated to me, but for a smallish offensive defenseman could take a look

(Dunno, maybe some have already signed contracts, sorry for any errors)

I never saw any of WHL guys, but I would think Rodney gets picked up by somebody and Campoli as well. Ramsay I don't think I've ever seen. Some of the WHL guys sound interesting too. We don't seem to invite too many WHL guys in the past, perhaps that will change.

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Kariya and Selanne bombed in Colorado so what makes you think they'd do any better in Montreal. Consider that most good players seem to lose their skills when they come here.

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Originally Posted by montreal
I never saw any of WHL guys, but I would think Rodney gets picked up by somebody and Campoli as well. Ramsay I don't think I've ever seen. Some of the WHL guys sound interesting too. We don't seem to invite too many WHL guys in the past, perhaps that will change.
At the very least, maybe it's an introduction to part of the cast of Making The Cut.
In that case, I should add:

Brisebois, 6-0/170, rover, HFBoards, 21 year old FA, said to be quite offensive, but definitely talented. The kind of guy everybody wants to have on their team.

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Back to reality...we won't sign Kariya and if we did he wouldn't be a big hit because he is a small player and our core consists of small players (mainly Saku). Second, Selanne won't sign here. If you're an all-star and you're afraid that your game may have diminished but you still want to give it a go, I'm pretty sure Montreal's the last place you want to be.

No interesting poll. Just sign Kovalev.

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-I'd sign Kovalev.
-I'd trade Zednik for a young top 4 defencement.
-I would sign Kats and make all our prospect, including Perez who is victim of an industice: screw the AHL officials, compete for the LW spot on our two first lines, and third line center.

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