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06-24-2012, 05:58 PM
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Eklund Rumours Thread: Enter at your own risk v3.0

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Yes, that's totally true. We won't have each of those bad things happen again. However, we don't just need some improvement to go from 15th place to 6th place -- we need a lot of improvements.

Meanwhile, you expect that some of the things that went right this year won't go as well next year. These were some of the positives to the season:
- Consistency from Price.
- Elite penalty kill
- Career season from Cole.
- Strong improvements from Pacioretty, Desharnais, Emelin, Eller
- No injuries to Subban, Plekanec, Gorges

That's my list, maybe you'd make a different list. Either way, I listed 10 different events that we benefited from last year. How many of those will repeat this year? Probably not all 10.

In the middle of last summer, I was criticized by this forum for not being optimistic about our defense. This summer, I'm criticized for not being optimistic about our playoff hopes. That's fine.

I'm pretty sure I'm right. I'm confident in predicting an approximate 12th place finish. Bottom line is this team finished 15th with some things going well and other things going badly. There's just too much that needs to change for me to see a vast improvement as likely. Of course, it IS possible, I just don't think it's likely.
No Markov, no Gionta for half the season, Subban had a iffy first half, Plekanec had a bad offensive season, Cammalleri was horrible, Emelin slowly gained in confidence. Despite this when Martin was fired we were in the playoff hunt. Still dont know what kind UFAs and moves the new staff will make up to season start but I quite confident the team will be better than last season. I'm also curious as to what Gallagher and Galchenyuk among others will show at camp.

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Markov is such a huge factor. If he's back at something reasonably close to his old self, he's a season-changing upgrade by himself. Too much rust at the end of last season to know. But the way our PP struggled and could have changed some of the close games... *if* we get the old Markov back, I'm predicting a playoffs season.

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No Markov, no Gionta for half the season, Subban had a iffy first half, Plekanec had a bad offensive season, Cammalleri was horrible, Emelin slowly gained in confidence. Despite this when Martin was fired we were in the playoff hunt. Still dont know what kind UFAs and moves the new staff will make up to season start but I quite confident the team will be better than last season. I'm also curious as to what Gallagher and Galchenyuk among others will show at camp.
OK, how's this:

1) Get rid of the overachieving and underachieving, and assume everything on the Habs would have been average last year.

2) We've lost Hall Gill, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Mike Cammalleri, and we might lose Moen... that's a lot to replace.

I'll start drinking WhiskeySeven's kool-aid if Bergevin manages to sign Semin or Suter, or if we have a fluke season with few injuries like in 2007-08.

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OK, how's this:

1) Get rid of the overachieving and underachieving, and assume everything on the Habs would have been average last year.

2) We've lost Hall Gill, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Mike Cammalleri, and we might lose Moen... that's a lot to replace.

I'll start drinking WhiskeySeven's kool-aid if Bergevin manages to sign Semin or Suter, or if we have a fluke season with few injuries like in 2007-08.
I also forgot to mention we were dragging Gomez along for the ride.

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sign semin and bring back either Lats or Andrei, coupled with a rugged Defenseman and were good to go

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Jagr for a one year deal would be fantastic. I would rather us sign him than Semin to a multi year deal..

An experienced shut down defenceman would also be a strong addition.

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Markov is such a huge factor. If he's back at something reasonably close to his old self, he's a season-changing upgrade by himself. Too much rust at the end of last season to know. But the way our PP struggled and could have changed some of the close games... *if* we get the old Markov back, I'm predicting a playoffs season.
Still, we'll need to add someone in case he goes down again.

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Jagr, Latendresse, Kovalev would fill out our lineup very, very nicely, and complement the young contingent we have built.

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Jagr and Kovalev? My god...

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Jagr, Latendresse, Kovalev would fill out our lineup very, very nicely, and complement the young contingent we have built.
Flashback from 4 years ago...

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It's the eklund thread, guys.

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add E4 please

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Sharks/habs talking pavelski?

Here is something for the habs fans i know eklund isnt the best source but he got some correct at least lol

Hockey Buzz Eklund ‏@Eklund
Canadiens talking to sharks re:pavelski e4

Hockey Buzz Eklund ‏@Eklund
Ufa preview week blog will be done by tomorrow morning. So many possibilities...its my annual domino blog...still hearing Habs/Sharks talks

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Eklund is wrong, Sharks are in Looooooove with Gomez, so they're shopping their 2013 7th pick.

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pavelski?

1: don't we have enough centers?
2: don't we have enough small centers?
3: aren't the sharks in a win now mode and our only "win now" pieces are of the untouchable kind?

oh right, eklown

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pavelski?

1: don't we have enough centers?
2: don't we have enough small centers?
3: aren't the sharks in a win now mode and our only "win now" pieces are of the untouchable kind?

oh right, eklown
Pavelski plays wing. Couture is center.

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pavelski?

1: don't we have enough centers?
2: don't we have enough small centers?
3: aren't the sharks in a win now mode and our only "win now" pieces are of the untouchable kind?

oh right, eklown
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1214505

And if we want him to play Center it means we can now trade Plekanec.

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And if we want him to play Center it means we can now trade Plekanec.
well ok...

still don't see the points of trading for him. plekanec is our pavelski and i think plekanec is the better player anyways. honestly can't figure out what they would want..

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Pavelski is younger and clutcher. Also he can play both wings and center.

Gomez + Bourque + Kaberle for Pavelski + Clowe + Vlasic? Seems faire to me!

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Pavelski is younger and clutcher. Also he can play both wings and center.

Gomez + Bourque + Kaberle for Pavelski + Clowe + Vlasic? Seems faire to me!
Seems fair to me as well.




Slap! 2 sources = E4

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Pavelski is younger and clutcher. Also he can play both wings and center.

Gomez + Bourque + Kaberle for Pavelski + Clowe + Vlasic? Seems faire to me!
I think that kaberle and plekanek vs Vlacic and pavelski would be a fair deal...

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No thanks on Pavelski.....He's more of the same, smallish skilled forward.

Bring over RYANE CLOWE, 6'2 225 Left Wing!

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No thanks on Pavelski.....He's more of the same, smallish skilled forward.

Bring over RYANE CLOWE, 6'2 225 Left Wing!
And with one year left on his deal he would be an awesome fit

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And with one year left on his deal he would be an awesome fit
Agreed, not sure if SJ would let him go.

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