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Forum: NHLSep. 15 at 9:14 a.m.
Forum: Montreal CanadiensAug. 26 at 2:17 p.m.
Time to get out your crystal balls! Let's have a bit of fun a put up our "way too early" season predictions!

Here's how I structured the predictions.

1st section is player season performance predictions. You have 3 categories: great season (exceeds expectations or showed great progress), average season (did not show any major improvements, but also did not disappoint), bad season (did not meet expectations or just had a bad season). Place 3 players in EACH of the three categories and give a small explanation for why they are there. *please try and put players who will have a significant role on the team. to keep things interesting!*. Do not put more than 3 players in the categories, even though there could be many more that have great or bad seasons. Just choose 3.

My predictions:
<strong>Great Season</strong>
Cole Caufield (hits the 40 goal mark)
Juraj Slafkovsky (proves doubters wrong and "at least" gets nominated for the Calder trophy)
Michael Matheson (Has all Habs fans say "Prime Jeff Petry who?" by seasons end and is the Habs best defensemen by a wide margin)

<strong>Average Season </strong>
Nick Suzuki (puts up 60ish pts season again. Not a bad season, but has everyone starting to doubt if he can be a #1C)
Brendan Gallagher (improvement over last season, which isn't saying much. puts up over 40pts, but just shy of 20 goals)
Kaiden Ghule (becomes an NHL regular, Yay! but doesn't show any of the "top pairing" potential everybody is hoping for)

<strong>Bad season</strong>
Josh Anderson (with a plethora of wingers on the team, Anderson's inconsistencies gets him relegated to a bottom 6 role...really hoping I'm wrong on this one)
Christian Dvorak (gets eclipsed by the combination Monahan, Dach, and Evans at C. Injuries continue as well)
Jonathan Drouin (for whatever reason, can never get things going. Same as the previous 3 seasons, is away from the team for large amounts of time due to injuries or other reasons.)

2nd section is team performance predictions. Only 1 category: Standings placement (within division, conference, and NHL)

My predictions:
<strong>Standings placement</strong>
7th place in division (ahead of Buffalo, 8th, who finish last, but closely behind Detroit, 6th, in points and *fingers crossed* Florida who have a down season and finish 5th in the division)
14th in conference (ahead of Philly, 16th, who finish last, and Buffalo, 15th)
27th in the NHL, as in 6th last. (ahead of Chicago, Philly, Arizona, Buffalo, Seattle. As much as I'd like MTL to finish last to get Bedard... It would take another disastrous season for that to happen. Any kind of improvement, which is what we are hoping for for our young core, will only bring the Habs higher up in the standings... Nowhere to go but up from last year)

3rd section is the trade + pending UFA predictions. To make it interesting, you can trade ONLY 3 players (pending UFA or not), and you HAVE to extend 2 of MTLs pending UFAs. Predict who's being traded, and for what return, and predict the contract extension of both UFA players.

My predictions:
<strong>Trades </strong>
Mike Hoffman (gets traded way before trade deadline day, to a playoff team who's had PP struggles. MTL gets a 3rd rd pick + an average prospect. No salary retention. My guess for the teams are LAK, MIN, NAS)
Evegeni Dadonov (gets traded on trade deadline day, for a 2nd rd pick, 50% salary retention, My guess for teams are BOS, WSH, EDM)
Joel Edmondson (MTL will be looking to add another 1st rd pick at the 2023 draft, and none of their pending UFAs will get them that value. With the emergence of Guhle and Harris, and the fact that Edmondson is still signed to a good contract the following year, compared to what Chiarot signed in DET. Kent Hughes will make him available and get a boat load of interest, and manage to get a 2023 1st for him.... Twitter and CapFriendly implodes with how Team X overpaid for him.... my guess for the teams are LAK, DAL, OTT)

Sean Monahan, extended 3 years at $4.5mil...maybe $5mil AAV. (Monahan has a solid year, displaces Dvorak, essentially becoming the "Danault replacement" Habs have been looking for, and is a great support, along with Evans, for Suzuki and Dach.
Jake Allen, extended 3 years at $3.25mil AAV. (Goalie market is a barren wasteland, and with no real replacement on the market OR in the Habs current system, Hughes extends Allen)
Forum: Montreal CanadiensAug. 24 at 8:28 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Kotkaniemi15</b></div><div>As I’m sure most of you know, I’m still strongly of the opinion that the NHL stopped existing after June 24th, 2021, but I might make a small exception for April 29th, 2022. It was a nice end to an abysmal season for the team, and a good sendoff for the team’s greatest player of this century and the greatest goalie of his generation.

Carey Price means so much to me, as he does for a lot of people. He was a big factor in me becoming a habs fan in the first place, and has always been a steady fixture for the habs in my mind. Whenever Carey was playing, you knew that there was always a chance of something special happening. Price meant there was always a reason for hope, even if the habs were barely squeaking into the playoffs, or outmatched on paper. Even after having so many injury issues, Carey still lead the habs to the astonishing upset of Pittsburgh in 2020 and the magical run to the cup finals in 2021. I find it impossible to think of the modern Canadiens without thinking of Carey Price, and the current habs will feel especially foreign without him in net. It’s a tragedy that Carey and a lot of the other players we have had over the years were never able to lift Lord Stanley’s Mug, but I’m still so extremely grateful for all that he did to bring hope and joy into the lives of habs fans everywhere.

Price is a true legend, and I look forward to seeing him join the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2025, 20 years after the habs made what turned out to be a franchise-defining choice by choosing him 5th overall.</div></div>

Nice tribute to Price.

I lived in Hamilton in the late 2000’s, where I occasionally attended Bulldogs games. At that time they were the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate. They had a pretty good goalie named Jaroslav Halak, but one year, after finishing third in their division, they decided to try bringing in a junior goalie for their playoff run. The experiment worked, as he led them to a championship and was voted playoff MVP. That goalie was Carey Price. My son and I were there when he hoisted the Calder Cup. It’s the only time I’ve seen a professional team win a championship in person, so I’ve always remembered him most for that. I knew he was a big-game player long before those habs playoff performances.
Forum: NHLJul. 16 at 11:06 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Kotkaniemi15</b></div><div>You think he can’t deal with pressure based on what exactly? If that does affect him, I absolutely hope he gets in a better situation, but there’s absolutely nothing that is public knowledge that outlines Jo’s inner thoughts, which most people don’t even have a full grip on in their own mind. So assuming someone’s mental state/triggers is extremely unhelpful and harmfully simplifying someone who you don’t know, and almost certainly never will know. Saying he’s “no good at dealing with immense pressure” may be true, but there’s absolutely no evidence that we have that it is true, and saying that can do only harm and no good.

If someone that I don’t know said that I have a huge problem with procrastination and laziness, while being a true statement, it isn’t that person’s place to comment on my mental struggles if I am not the one initiating the conversation. There may be more nuanced conversations that I didn’t try to initiate, but are started by people who know me well, which is much different than people who don’t know me at all commenting on my procrastination issues that they don’t even know for sure if I have.

And I’m sorry for sounding overly critical, since I’ve interacted with you enough to know that you mean well. This is just a kind of statement that has really frustrated me among things that hockey fans say, and I felt like saying something.</div></div>

I get that you're a fan of Drouin's and want to think the best of him and that's perfectly fine.

I did base my comment on the fact that Drouin is, at least if I recall correctly, like the only active player who has taken a leave of absence from his team. Whatever he had to deal with back then is something we can't be fully sure of, but you'd have to think he had some issues that made him think he's of no importance for his own team that were actually fighting of cup that year to everyone's surprise. My guess is that the pressure around Montreal got to him and he started to question himself, but this is conjecture as I have no actual proof on what the issue was in the end.

As for why I'd like to see him play for a small market team with no much pressure on himself is to ascertain these thoughts, cuz if he can perform there even close up to his immense potential he had back when he was in his early twenties, he's gonna look like a very different player he is today.

From the young days when he requested for a trade from Tampa to the struggle of recent years, health problems and the hiatus he took it's inconceivable that he's got himself a certain "reputation" amongst hockey folks.
Forum: NHL TradesJul. 7 at 10:40 p.m.