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Nice from Wheeler!
That reminded me of a story about Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters singer. When he entered a coffee shop of some sort, he was recognized by the manager, a fan, and offered his order for free (while skipping the line). Grohl refused, wanting to wait his turn like everyone else, adding that he has more than enough money, then proceeding to pay for all the clients in the shop since they likely needed it more than he did. The story was told by the shop manager.
I’m sure we see stories like that all the time, but we never see players or artists brag about it. The sick kids visits make news, but not those small acts that are almost nothing for them, but make it a story to remember for the beneficiaries.
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They also need to spend to the cap to get LTIR relief.
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Hoffman is wasted on that line.
Neither Evans or Anderson will feed him up properly.
In fact, Drouin recently said he’d be ready to move back to play center if needed. I’d see him slotting between Gallagher and Hoffman.
Toffoli-Suzuki-Caufield. Top trio.
Hoffman-Drouin-Gallagher. 2nd trio, exploitation line.
Lekhonen-Dvorak-Anderson. That’s a banger/shutdown line
Perreault-Evans-Armia That’s a loaded 4th line.
with Poehling in Laval (not fair to keep him on the taxi squad/healthy scratch) and Paquette upstairs (Byron does not come back until December at least).
There is no way Timmins could go against his GM for a top3 pick
He sure can argue a lot, but the final decision is not his.
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I don’t really think Timmins is responsible for the 1st round draft. For sure, he is important for the choice, but the decision is the GM’s, the higher the pick the most is the GM responsible for it.
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To be honest, the Habs got top picks in poorer years
The 2012 draft was historically bad. To this day, Galchenyuk remains a top 2 scorer from that year (3rd in goals) behind Filip Forsberg (and Thomas Hertl will likely pass him in points soon). Only defencemen, like Matt Dumba and Morgan Rielly, surpass his value in the early 1st round, but I don’t recall anybody talking about them as top3 picks (except a retrospective Brian Burke).
And according to Scott Wheeler in The Athletic, the early returns of the 2018 draft are not that great either. Sure, they could have picked Brady Tkachuk or Quinn Hughes, but I recall the furor at the time was mostly over the passing over Zadina and there was never any question of picking Hughes.
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Well, you missed a ton of them. Like almost all the moves from the Réjean Houle era.
Pierre Turgeon-Craig Conroy for Murray Baron-Shayne Corson deal comes to mind.
Mark Recchi for Dainius Zubrus and a 2nd.
Vincent Damphousse for 2 picks.
Then, there is the Roy trade (with Mike Keane) for Jocelyn Thibault, Andrei Kovalenko and Martin Ručinský.
All of them were veterans that were NOT washed, but still very productive (Conroy was productive later in Calgary).
To makes matters worse, his 4 total 1st round picks were Matt Higgins, Jason Ward, Éric Chouinard and Marcel Hossa. The 5th pick was a top-10 overall that he traded for Trevor Linden. 1st round picks are on the GM.
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Wow, you want to add Melnyk to Dundon as owners who hate the Habs for offer sheets?
Might as well go after a NY Ranger to add James Dolan, to make it a trio of volatile owners!
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I know that Kotkaniemi is currently under contract with the Hurricanes. But it’s still under condition, so it’s sort of suspended (until today).
The question is: can the Habs talk to him during the offer sheet week? Can the Hurricanes?
Not to discuss the contract for this coming season of course, but anything else (use, icetime, extension, etc)? If the Habs do it, is that marauding ?
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Well Carolina has just decided to make that a much bigger gamble
But not make it in the NHL? You’re seriously misguided. He’s already there. Just not to the level you want him to be, but he’s clearly an NHL player. One reason he was benched by Ducharme was the team’s depth at forwards; the 4th line made some teams wish it was their 3rd line. The difference was the Habs lack of a true elite 1st line. Maybe Suzuki and Caufield can get there with a good LW in support (Drouin? Hoffman? Toffoli?… Toffoli helps a lot more on defensive play, but Drouin and Hoffman bring more elite scoring and playmaking abilities).
Kotkaniemi is now a 6M$, 21-year old center. In Carolina, he’s clearly behind fellow Finn Aho, and perhaps in competition with Vincent Trochek. The Habs need him more, as his departure, combined with Danault’s, makes Evans and Poehling middle-six centers. But they also need to think about the years afterwards, since KK’s Qualifying Offer will be another 6M$ (when Suzuki and Romanov need new deals), unless he signs a longer term deal that reduces the AAV (a strange occurrence for such a young player).