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05-31-2011, 05:45 AM
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Boyd and Dawes to KHL / Klubertanz back to Djurgården (SEL)

As pointed out on Twitter by journalist Genadi Boguslavski, Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd have signed 1-year contracts with Barys Astana, a KHL team in Kazakhstan.

Official announcement (in Russian) : http://www.hcbarys.kz/news/view/nayd...boyd-v-baryise

That's two thirds of the Bulldogs' first line.
Incidentally, and pending other veteran signings, that probably means more ice time for Habs prospects next season.
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Klubertanz back to Sweden.

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WOW. I haven't see this reported anywhere else, but yeah, it's on that KHL team's website, so it does seem legit... If confirmed, that's a big blow for the Dogs.

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A poster mentioned that they were going to sign when the Bulldogs' run ended. Props to that guy for calling it way before.

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While this is a blow to the Bulldogs, it is also good news for the others that are remaining. Spots on the top lines are open, more ice-time, more opportunity to shine.

Good luck in the KHL, Nigel and Dustin.

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I don't think Boyd would have re-signed with us anyway, as for Dawes, he probably will do wonders in the KHL, so... and like Crimson said, it will just open spots in the top lines, so good news for some players, especially Avtsin IMO...

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Too bad. I would have liked to see what Dawes could do in the NHL.

I guess we'll see Leblanc with the Dogs next year.

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I'll definitely miss Dawes. He'll tear it up in the KHL, though.

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I'll definitely miss Dawes. He'll tear it up in the KHL, though.
Perhaps they'll come back after next year and form the Russian connection with Brock Trotter?

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As pointed out on Twitter by journalist Genadi Boguslavski, Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd have signed 1-year contracts with Barys Astana, a KHL team in Kazakhstan.

Official announcement (in Russian) : http://www.hcbarys.kz/news/view/nayd...boyd-v-baryise

That's two thirds of the Bulldogs' first line.
Incidentally, and pending other veteran signings, that probably means more ice time for Habs prospects next season.
I'm sure we can replace those guys with other fringe "AHL star/borderline NHLer" type guys. Maybe if they do well over there an NHL team will trade us a pick for their rights next year.

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Too bad. I would have liked to see what Dawes could do in the NHL.
Same here. I thought he might be a hidden card in the Sopel deal, which was otherwise a little meh.

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Is Leblanc suppose to join the dogs for next season?

That would be good so he could see top line minutes if so.

Avtsin will get some time as well. Palushaj will probably get some more seasoning.

Well alot of people were saying Engqvist could possibly fit in as a scratch player for 4th line center duties. I wonder if this means they need more bodies down there or does Gauthier go out and fill those holes in the farm system?

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Perhaps they'll come back after next year and form the Russian connection with Brock Trotter?
I remember Guy Boucher specifically pointing out how great of a player Trotter was, so hopefully he'll come back a more mature player and somehow fit into our line-up. I don't know about Dawes or Boyd though.

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That's probably the best either of them can hope for. I don't think either one of them will ever be an NHL regular.

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There goes our depth...

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Kristo/Leblanc will take their spots just fine.

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While this is a blow to the Bulldogs, it is also good news for the others that are remaining. Spots on the top lines are open, more ice-time, more opportunity to shine.

Good luck in the KHL, Nigel and Dustin.
Exactemundo dude!

Was thinking the exact same thing. Great news for guys like Avtsyn and anyone else who wasn't getting much ice time last season. Was kind of hard what with all the fringe NHLers on the squad.

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Honestly I'm glad. Neither had a real future here and I don't want to be like Ottawa's affiliate where we stack our AHL team with supastah AHLers and develop almost nobody.

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Honestly I'm glad. Neither had a real future here and I don't want to be like Ottawa's affiliate where we stack our AHL team with supastah AHLers and develop almost nobody.
Pretty much this. No offense to Hamilton fans but I'd much rather see our prospects develop than to see Hamilton make a Calder Cup run every year on the strength of perpetual NHL/AHL tweeners like Boyd and Dawes.

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Unless you thought either of them was going to make the Habs team next year, this isn't bad news. If anything, at least now will get to see more of guys like Engqvist, Avtsin, Leblanc in more prominent offensive roles, as well as other newcomers like Berger and Nattinen. As much as i want to see the Bulldogs win, the first goal of that team for me is to develop our prospects, not to win.

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Pretty much this. No offense to Hamilton fans but I'd much rather see our prospects develop than to see Hamilton make a Calder Cup run every year on the strength of perpetual NHL/AHL tweeners like Boyd and Dawes.
You need those guys, not a lot of them, but if they help young guys go deep in playoffs, it helps the culture of the team and increases the big game experience from our youngsters. I'm not saying we absolutely without a doubt NEED them, but don't underestimate their importance. Finishing out of a playoff spot is a poor culture, and no one learns how to win. It's up to the remaining prospects to deliver stronger seasons and show they are NHL ready.

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You need those guys, not a lot of them, but if they help young guys go deep in playoffs, it helps the culture of the team and increases the big game experience from our youngsters. I'm not saying we absolutely without a doubt NEED them, but don't underestimate their importance. Finishing out of a playoff spot is a poor culture, and no one learns how to win. It's up to the remaining prospects to deliver stronger seasons and show they are NHL ready.
I'm not saying we should have a Bulldogs team full of young, inexperienced Habs prospects. I'm saying nobody should mourn these losses too much because guys like Dawes and Boyd (AHL stars who can't make it to the next level) are literally a dime a dozen. You can replace those guys at the drop of a hat if you need to.


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i really believed Dawes would had a chance in his hometown team.

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I'm not saying we should have a Bulldogs team full of young, inexperienced Habs prospects. I'm saying nobody should mourn these losses too much because guys like Dawes and Boyd (AHL stars who can't make it to the next level) are literally a dime dozen. You can replace those guys at the drop of a hat if you need to.
Alex Giroux is ther perfect example. Lights it up in the AHL. Cant in the NHL though. Gets almost league minimum contracts as well. 97 points in the AHL and can't convert to the NHL. You see it alot. Not necessarily 97 points but in the same boat.

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Alex Giroux is ther perfect example. Lights it up in the AHL. Cant in the NHL though. Gets almost league minimum contracts as well. 97 points in the AHL and can't convert to the NHL. You see it alot. Not necessarily 97 points but in the same boat.
Keith Aucoin, Graham Mink, Jason Krog, Matsumoto, ...

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Too bad. I would have liked to see what Dawes could do in the NHL.

I guess we'll see Leblanc with the Dogs next year.
Dawes has played the equivalent of amost 3 full seasons in the NHL. Management probably feels they have a good handle on what he can contribute. Looks like they felt they could find better value elsewhere.

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