If he can't handle Torts, Montreal would chew Gaborik up and spit him out. He'd be in a fetal position before long.
Let's compare apples to apples. Therrien will ask for your best effort but he doesn't use the media to constantly attack, berate and unmotivated his players the way Torts does.
As I said, I doubt Gabs finds his way here but where ever he does go, I ca easily see him get back to firm. He's been the 6th leader scorer in the NHL for the last 5 or 6 years. The kids got game. Torts is over playing his hand and it shows with other star players that have given up on him.
IMHO I wouldn't make any significant moves right now. The team seems to have a certain chemistry and I don't see a glaring hole that requires immediate patching. We're still in a transition period with this roster, and the picks and prospects we have will go a long way in replacing some of our rapidly aging players.
Watching the Bruin highlights while reading this thread makes me believe that we need a player who can answer the bell. I am not advocating this because I enjoy bully hockey, I am advocating this because you have to be able to play any style, much like the Habs team of the 70's or the Habs team that won the Cup in 86. I would love to land Kyle Clifford from LA.
Oh btw, this Bruins team and their fans are the most despicable I have ever seen. Damn I hate that team.
I will first say that I have always liked Eller and have really been happy he has, this year, been given the chance to play with talent and been given good ice-time, Eller hasnt disappointed. To get quality you usually have to give up quality. The Blues appear to be open at moving Chris Stewart. Apparently they are looking for either a two-way forward and a top 4 d-man. If Diaz wasnt out he might be of interest to the Blues, but he is out. I really do like Eller, I see him as a solid, big two way forward who could probably get us 20-25 goals and 50 or so points, who also hits, with us rolling 3 lines. There is talk of us trying for Clowe, who really looks like he may be in decline and is UFA at seasons end. Stewart is more the kind of guy I see MB interested in since he certainly can be part of and contributing to this team for years ( hes RFA at seasons end and getting $3M now). So, do you pull the trigger on Eller for Stewart and why or why not ?
I wouldn't trade Eller for Stewart because Eller gives us something that we've lacked for years a big two way centre that can play. Taking him away from centre opens up a huge hole, as much as I love Galchy he isn't ready and doesn't bring the physical aspect that Eller does. Losing Eller now would affect this team the same way losing Lang affected that 2008-2009 team. We just can't do it. Centre is too important of a position.
Blues are said to be looking for defensemen anyway. If they want a physical two way forward back then Bourque might interest them. He's signed to a reasonable contract for the next three years and is as inconsistent as Stewart can be.
But the last thing we should be doing is opening up holes on this team.
Renaud Lavoie keeps mentionning Ladislav Smid when asked about what player the Habs should try to get. I don't know if he just has a man crush on him or if there's some rumors going on. Is there anyone who's heard anything about that?