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03-06-2007, 07:52 PM
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Prediction: No UFA signings this summer

Why should a UFA come here?

1)Tax rate is 51% versus 33% in the states or 42-48% in the rest of Canada.
2)You can't put your kids in any public schools system or else it's french remedial.
3) Every agent in the league is advising his clients to stay out of this hole.
4)You have to put up with Nataional Enquirer stye reporting about your life. If your not french, they will go as far as making up stories to drive you out of town. If you are french they will stick a cameraman and reporter on your ass 24/7 until they find something.

It's pathetic. Pat Brison has already advised Brierre to not come to Montreal. You can forget Smythe, Gomez, Brierre or anyone else. Maybe they should put Bergie and Rejean Tremblay on the ice. At least their collective fat will block the net.

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03-06-2007, 07:57 PM
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Why should a UFA come here?

1)Tax rate is 51% versus 33% in the states or 42-48% in the rest of Canada.
2)You can't put your kids in any public schools system or else it's french remedial.
3) Every agent in the league is advising his clients to stay out of this hole.
4)You have to put up with Nataional Enquirer stye reporting about your life. If your not french, they will go as far as making up stories to drive you out of town. If you are french they will stick a cameraman and reporter on your ass 24/7 until they find something.

It's pathetic. Pat Brison has already advised Brierre to not come to Montreal. You can forget Smythe, Gomez, Brierre or anyone else. Maybe they should put Bergie and Rejean Tremblay on the ice. At least their collective fat will block the net.

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03-06-2007, 07:59 PM
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Why should a UFA come here?

1)Tax rate is 51% versus 33% in the states or 42-48% in the rest of Canada.
2)You can't put your kids in any public schools system or else it's french remedial.
3) Every agent in the league is advising his clients to stay out of this hole.
4)You have to put up with Nataional Enquirer stye reporting about your life. If your not french, they will go as far as making up stories to drive you out of town. If you are french they will stick a cameraman and reporter on your ass 24/7 until they find something.

It's pathetic. Pat Brison has already advised Brierre to not come to Montreal. You can forget Smythe, Gomez, Brierre or anyone else. Maybe they should put Bergie and Rejean Tremblay on the ice. At least their collective fat will block the net.
We are stacked with prospects and with more on the way. We also have two first rounders this year. Our goaltending looks like it's in good hands. Our core have another year or so left and then the UFA age limit will be 27. Cheer up, Bob is taking us on the Cup track so it's going to be slower. But maybe we'll get a Cup.

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Why should a UFA come here?

1)Tax rate is 51% versus 33% in the states or 42-48% in the rest of Canada.
2)You can't put your kids in any public schools system or else it's french remedial.
3) Every agent in the league is advising his clients to stay out of this hole.
4)You have to put up with Nataional Enquirer stye reporting about your life. If your not french, they will go as far as making up stories to drive you out of town. If you are french they will stick a cameraman and reporter on your ass 24/7 until they find something.

It's pathetic. Pat Brison has already advised Brierre to not come to Montreal. You can forget Smythe, Gomez, Brierre or anyone else. Maybe they should put Bergie and Rejean Tremblay on the ice. At least their collective fat will block the net.
we heard this retreaded argument so many times.
it's all speculation no facts. I'll play along anyhow.

let's not try and sign any free agents then, i guess this just reinforces that we need to build through the draft and trade.
since no one wants to come here.

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03-06-2007, 08:03 PM
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We have signed free agents before...Sammy, Perrault, etc....

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Momotan I bet you at least 3 UFAs sign in Montreal this year care to make a wager!

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Momotan I bet you at least 3 UFAs sign in Montreal this year care to make a wager!
that's unfair, the dice are stacked in your favor

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that's unfair, the dice are stacked in your favor
Well if he is going to make outlandish claims I am going to try to make some money

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Briere was born (and I assume grew up) in Gatineau, does he really need his agent giving him the pros and cons of playing hockey in Montreal?

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The easiest way to get UFAs to come to Montreal is by building a winning team.

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The easiest way to get UFAs to come to Montreal is by building a winning team.
But we need UFAs to help build a winning team

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But we need UFAs to help build a winning team
I don't think we need top-end UFAs (the least likely to come to Montreal) to build a winning team. I think it is possible to build a strong core of players through the draft and trades. This core can then be complimented by smart signings of mid and lower tier UFAs. I don't think it will be possible to avoid UFAs completely, but just because the big names won't come to Montreal doesn't mean Gainey can't make important acquisitions on the free agent market.

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We are stacked with prospects and with more on the way. We also have two first rounders this year. Our goaltending looks like it's in good hands. Our core have another year or so left and then the UFA age limit will be 27. Cheer up, Bob is taking us on the Cup track so it's going to be slower. But maybe we'll get a Cup.


that's bang-on, I can't believe more people aren't seeing that. Detroit, Colorado, ad nauseum
We need those deep systems before we can really compete. It gives us more options.



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how many can we put in successive posts?

Edit: damn, Preston screwed it up.

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I don't think we need top-end UFAs (the least likely to come to Montreal) to build a winning team. I think it is possible to build a strong core of players through the draft and trades. This core can then be complimented by smart signings of mid and lower tier UFAs. I don't think it will be possible to avoid UFAs completely, but just because the big names won't come to Montreal doesn't mean Gainey can't make important acquisitions on the free agent market.
thing is we cant draft

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We haven't seen the end of this. The controversy would get even thicker if the Habs' highest draft pick in 2007 turns out to be another Eric Chouinard and the second highest turns out to be another Terry Ryan or Brent Bilodeau or Matt Higgins.

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We haven't seen the end of this. The controversy would get even thicker if the Habs' highest draft pick in 2007 turns out to be another Eric Chouinard and the second highest turns out to be another Terry Ryan or Brent Bilodeau or Matt Higgins.
Maybe we can draft Wickenheiser over D Savard again too.

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Tired of people saying our scouts suck. Timmins has done really well drafting for us in the lower rounds and having a mid-to-low first round pick every year since coming on to our scouting staff. We just haven't had him scouting for us for long enough for these players to come into the NHL yet. Sure, our drafting sucked before Andre Savard, but so did our GM, Coach and Team. Things are improving, other than the coach, so just calm down.

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Momotan I bet you at least 3 UFAs sign in Montreal this year care to make a wager!
And, let's hope one of those UFA's is Markov!!

You know considering all the media crap that goes on in Mont. What I find amazing is how many of our guys we are able to re-sign when they go to unrestricted free agency.

Rivet re-signed here the first time he was facing free agency, despite the boos, Koivu re-signed last year, and we were able to sign Kovalev even though he got boos for playing so poorly when he first got here.

I would also bet anything that both Bonk and Johnson would sign here if the Habs want them back.

Guys who left have left because they weren't in the Canadiens plans anymore, or the Habs simply didn't want to pay them fair market value (like Damphousse).

We managed to sign Samsonov, and Shanahan was at least intrigued enough at the prospect to visit the city. People may want to blame his wife, but I think Shanny wanted New York because he wants to make a move into T.V. post-hockey. NY is good place to make contacts.

We'll be able to sign free agents simply because of the cap situation. Some teams are not going to be major buyers during the summer because they are not going to have the cap room, others the budget. Players will go where the money is....it's as simple as that.

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Tired of people saying our scouts suck. Timmins has done really well drafting for us in the lower rounds and having a mid-to-low first round pick every year since coming on to our scouting staff. We just haven't had him scouting for us for long enough for these players to come into the NHL yet. Sure, our drafting sucked before Andre Savard, but so did our GM, Coach and Team. Things are improving, other than the coach, so just calm down.
I agree our scouting staff is top notch now. imagine if we still had Houle

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Why should a UFA come here?

1)Tax rate is 51% versus 33% in the states or 42-48% in the rest of Canada.
2)You can't put your kids in any public schools system or else it's french remedial.
3) Every agent in the league is advising his clients to stay out of this hole.
4)You have to put up with Nataional Enquirer stye reporting about your life. If your not french, they will go as far as making up stories to drive you out of town. If you are french they will stick a cameraman and reporter on your ass 24/7 until they find something.

It's pathetic. Pat Brison has already advised Brierre to not come to Montreal. You can forget Smythe, Gomez, Brierre or anyone else. Maybe they should put Bergie and Rejean Tremblay on the ice. At least their collective fat will block the net.
How do you know what every agent in the league is telling their players?

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Why should a UFA come here?

1)Tax rate is 51% versus 33% in the states or 42-48% in the rest of Canada.
2)You can't put your kids in any public schools system or else it's french remedial.
3) Every agent in the league is advising his clients to stay out of this hole.
4)You have to put up with Nataional Enquirer stye reporting about your life. If your not french, they will go as far as making up stories to drive you out of town. If you are french they will stick a cameraman and reporter on your ass 24/7 until they find something.

It's pathetic. Pat Brison has already advised Brierre to not come to Montreal. You can forget Smythe, Gomez, Brierre or anyone else. Maybe they should put Bergie and Rejean Tremblay on the ice. At least their collective fat will block the net.
That was pretty informative, thanks a lot man. I'm really looking forward to your next post.

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03-07-2007, 07:56 AM
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Why should a UFA come here?

1)Tax rate is 51% versus 33% in the states or 42-48% in the rest of Canada.
2)You can't put your kids in any public schools system or else it's french remedial.
3) Every agent in the league is advising his clients to stay out of this hole.
4)You have to put up with Nataional Enquirer stye reporting about your life. If your not french, they will go as far as making up stories to drive you out of town. If you are french they will stick a cameraman and reporter on your ass 24/7 until they find something.

It's pathetic. Pat Brison has already advised Brierre to not come to Montreal. You can forget Smythe, Gomez, Brierre or anyone else. Maybe they should put Bergie and Rejean Tremblay on the ice. At least their collective fat will block the net.
there are million Million$ of arguments to sign here

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I agree our scouting staff is top notch now. imagine if we still had Houle
Houle drafted Markov and Ryder and traded for Souray.......

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It does take a special person to play in Montreal because of the environment. BG said so himself. If a player looks at the media and decides it is not for him, then I say don't come to play in Montreal. I, personally, would never want a player that lets the media and/or the fans get to them to ever don a Habs jersey because they are weak in character.

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