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09-03-2010, 06:53 PM
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I've often wondered how much things would be different today if the Habs had lost that last game of the season vs. the Leafs in regulation, thus eliminating them from the playoffs...

How do you guys think this whole Halak/Price situation would have broken down?

I tend to think that the Halak for Eller + Schultz trade would of never happened...but I wonder how our teams outlook would of changed for this upcoming season.

I know it's kind of useless to look back...but I find it interesting how ONE single game and ONE single point in the standings, changed everything for the Habs heading into this season.
What if the Flyers didn't score in shootout the next day? Would the Habs have beaten either NY or Boston, and then maybe Chicago?

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What if the Flyers didn't score in shootout the next day? Would the Habs have beaten either NY or Boston, and then maybe Chicago?
I'm looking for hypothetical answers to a hypothetical question...if it doesn't interest you, that's fine.

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I was at that game...

I was actually pretty drunk before the game, but after we locked up our playoff spot... Well... I don't think I've ever drank as much in my life. LOL

I remember a bunch of Leafs fans chanting "4 MORE GAMES! 4 MORE GAMES!"... How about 19 more games?!

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Like other people have said, if we didn't make the playoffs then Halak wouldn't have had the great exposure he had during the playoffs. Maybe we'd still have him, who knows. Halak played really well in the playoffs and raised his stock, the last impression anyone had of him was great which really fits in well with the "sell high" mentality. Maybe his value was overinflated and we got more than we should have, or maybe he'll continue playing well like that; who knows.

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Its hard to say. Even at that point Halak's hype was in full force, but had we missed out in that game, our lasting memory of him would be ******** the bed against the Leafs Huet style.

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I think we did a good job in maximizing Halak's value. I remember thinking the Habs would go out in 4 straight myself. They were absolutely freefalling at the time and I actually picked them to go out in 4 straight against the Caps. Boy was I wrong. I kept the jinx up though, in the next round I picked agains the Habs again but if didn't work the 3rd time.

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I think we did a good job in maximizing Halak's value. I remember thinking the Habs would go out in 4 straight myself. They were absolutely freefalling at the time and I actually picked them to go out in 4 straight against the Caps. Boy was I wrong. I kept the jinx up though, in the next round I picked agains the Habs again but if didn't work the 3rd time.
I think a lot of people expected the Habs to get slaughtered in the first two rounds, given the opposition we faced... By the time the Flyers got here, that underdog mentality seemed to have vanished because of what we had accomplished in the first two rounds.

All being said, we managed to get a good return on a goalie that played lights out for us. Eller should be able to become a 2nd line centerman for us in the future, and enabled us to finally have good depth at center (no blue-chip superstar, but you never know how Leblanc or Eller might develop... M.Richards, R.Getzlaf, none of these guys we're sure things either).

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I think a lot of people expected the Habs to get slaughtered in the first two rounds, given the opposition we faced... By the time the Flyers got here, that underdog mentality seemed to have vanished because of what we had accomplished in the first two rounds.

All being said, we managed to get a good return on a goalie that played lights out for us. Eller should be able to become a 2nd line centerman for us in the future, and enabled us to finally have good depth at center (no blue-chip superstar, but you never know how Leblanc or Eller might develop... M.Richards, R.Getzlaf, none of these guys we're sure things either).
If we could get someone as good as Getzlaf that would be incredible. I have him in my keeper hockey pool and I follow his career very closely. He brings everything you want in a player. He's a great playmaker that can score, he has toughness and can lead a team. In their last playoffs he averaged more than a PPG and had the longest point scoring streak in the playoffs. A guy like Getz. is something special and if we get about 90% of what Getzlaf can do I'd be a happy guy. Oh, not to mention this put it over the top...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMSHf79zlUk

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Thanks for your input...I think i mentionned that it's kind of useless to look back now. Still, I think it's interesting to see how much things changed based on ONE single period of hockey for an entire season.

Does anyone else not think that our team might look entirely different today if the Habs had lost that game?

There wouldn't be the Halak 'fandom' like this is now...not that it's not deserved, I mean the dude killed it in the 1st and 2nd round, but I think it's important to keep perspective...Habs could of easily have been eliminated from playoff contention...

Anyways, I thought this would generate more talk...but I guess bickering about whose better is more interesting lol
putting aside how the fans would feel, I think it would have put JM instantly on the hotseat even though he has 3 years left on his deal. Halak woud still be dealt but I dont think a roster player would come in return. Other than that, I still think pleks would have been re-signed, and skost was going to be shipped either way...

I dont think it was going to impact the habs in a big way in terms of roster moves... but the noose was going to be very tight coming into this season.

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Its hard to say. Even at that point Halak's hype was in full force, but had we missed out in that game, our lasting memory of him would be ******** the bed against the Leafs Huet style.
not quite

halak had not been himself in the final week and half or so (reg season), and even he was getting some heat. He wasn't his usual flawless self. Even in the playoffs, he was great most of the time but he had a couple slip ups.

Personally, I thought it was fatigue, and I know people will say that he only played a bit more than half the games... but from february on, including the olympics, how much rest did he get, and when was the last time he took on that kind of load? Certainly not in the NHL. Not to mention the amount of work he had to put in for 60 minutes.

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halak had not been himself in the final week and half or so (reg season), and even he was getting some heat. He wasn't his usual flawless self. Even in the playoffs, he was great most of the time but he had a couple slip ups.

Personally, I thought it was fatigue, and I know people will say that he only played a bit more than half the games... but from february on, including the olympics, how much rest did he get, and when was the last time he took on that kind of load? Certainly not in the NHL. Not to mention the amount of work he had to put in for 60 minutes.
I know he had begun to take some heat, and deservedly so, but if we lost on the last day to the Leafs and missed the playoffs, the Huet comparisons would have come up.

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