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06-08-2008, 04:52 PM
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Anton Babchuk: Considering Return to NHL

Id really like to see the Habs deal for him .









Anton Babchuk: Considering Return to NHL - 6/7/2008 7:58:30 PM

Update:

Babchuk, who played in Russia last season, is apparently weighing his options for next season and may return to the NHL, suggest reports out of Russia.

http://www.rotowire.com/roto_to_gnew...1370&sport=nhl

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No thanks, we have enough mediocre D

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Id really like to see the Habs deal for him .









Anton Babchuk: Considering Return to NHL - 6/7/2008 7:58:30 PM

Update:

Babchuk, who played in Russia last season, is apparently weighing his options for next season and may return to the NHL, suggest reports out of Russia.

http://www.rotowire.com/roto_to_gnew...1370&sport=nhl


Why Doug ? What do you feel he brings that isn't already there ?

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Anyone got a first-hand assessment of Babchuk? I don't know him well enough to judge his value.

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If we don't re-sign Streit, maybe...but we don't have much space for him if we play O'Byrne.


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Anyone got a first-hand assessment of Babchuk? I don't know him well enough to judge his value.
I always thought, big shot, not much else.

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I always thought, big shot, not much else.
Pretty much, from what I remember he had good size but he didn't use it well enough and he was rather weak defensively.

Rather have O'Byrne get a full-time spot all year so there is no need for Babchuk.

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If we don't re-sign Streit, maybe...but we don't have much space for him if we lay O'Byrne.
I don't know what kind of sick intentions you've got buddy, but Gainey doesn't swing that way.

Anyway, here's what they had to say about him on the Canes board a year ago:
http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=327139

They seemed to like him enough.
Big frame, booming shot. He just turned 24 last month.

The only downside is he's a bit of a whiner, refusing to report to the AHL in 2007 when he was sent down. He then demanded a trade and bolted to Russia 1st chance he got.


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I don't know what kind of sick intentions you've got buddy, but Gainey doesn't swing that way.

Anyway, here's what they had to say about him on the Canes board a year ago:
http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=327139

They seemed to like him enough.
Big frame, booming shot. He just turned 24 last month.

The only downside is he's a bit of a whiner, refusing to report to the AHL in 2007 when he was sent down. He then demanded a trade and bolted to Russia 1st chance he got.
Oups, funny how one letter can change the meaning of a whole sentence

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Returns to the NHL?

I must have missed him the first time around

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Returns to the NHL?

I must have missed him the first time around
yes you did

He left Carolina (he was playing good) but got caught in a number game where Canes needed to send someone down and Babchuck was sent back to the AHL . He didnt take well to that and left back to Russia. I cant hardly blame him (although) he might have handled it a little better than he did.

But the kid got alot of talent he got good size(plays physical) at 6'5 with a big slap shot(from the right side) that hits the net and i think has the potential of putting up some good offensive numbers in the NHL .He is an NHL talent imho.




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maybe one of our disgruntled Russians for Babchuck?


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The only downside is he's a bit of a whiner, refusing to report to the AHL in 2007 when he was sent down. He then demanded a trade and bolted to Russia 1st chance he got.
That part is what makes me say no thanks... I haven't seen him play enough to have an opinion about whether he has skills that could help us, but I already don't like the attitude. He's young, and he could mature at some point, but the refusing to report episode was too recent for me to want to take a chance on him.

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It can't hurt to take chances in cases like that IMHO. Especially in years when you can project free cap space and the chance that maybe you have an opening or two at the position. But it comes down to the cost, for one, and I wouldn't give up much/anything to take that chance. There are other guys you could just sign outright to take that chance on, you wouldn't have to trade for their rights.

Babchuk has impressed me a bit in the past as perhaps having the potential to be worth taking a chance on, which... well, if that's true, doesn't Carolina need him a lot more than most any other team in the league? Lukewarmity on him in the press is probably a good starting point for negotiations on Rutherford's part. But then the guy does seem to carry a grudge sometimes, so maybe it isn't that either.

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Anyone got a first-hand assessment of Babchuk? I don't know him well enough to judge his value.
http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8470265

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OFF THE RADAR:
* Babchuk hosted the Stanley Cup in his native Ukraine during the summer of 2006

* Won the hardest-shot contest during the 2004 American Hockey League All-Star festivities (99.6 mph)



http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=p...eason=20062007

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also the kid can blocks shots when he wants to .

95 blocked shots (52 games) when they went to send him down .

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I remember an interview of him after he returned to russia and he had some nice words towards the NHL. I got the feeling that he'll be back in a year or two. He's better suited for the NHL and he knows it now. I'd take a chance on him... but not in Montreal. We have enough Dmen.

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He can't even stick with the Canes though their #1 defenceman is Tim Gleason. I think I'll pass.

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