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Director(s): Gary Bettman
Genre: Action / Disaster
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Well with the ever so boring Stanley Cup final now done, we can FINALLY turn our attention to more important things. Montreal for one will probably go through more changes than any other organization so I expect we'll have plenty to discuss. So far....
- Habs fire Gauthier & Gainey and hire Marc Bergevin as the new GM.
- Bergevin hires Rick Dudley (poached from Toronto) and Scott Mellanby for his fron office.
- Bergevin then names Michel Therrien (sigh) as the head coach....and here we go again.
- Sylvain "the fish" Lefebvre is hired as the new coach of the farm team in Hamilton.
- Patrice "breeze-by" Brisebois and Martine Lapointe are brought in with player developement titles.
That's quite a bit considering the summer hasn't even come yet. Next week is the draft and Montreal is picking 3rd. Who does everyone think they'll get?? My money is on one of Grigorenko or Galchenyk. Both players are big centers and are "NHL ready"...we'll have to wait and see about that though.
Will Montreal be able to sign any UFAs after July 1? My money is on P.A. Parenteau. Not that I think they should get him, butu I think they will go after him quite aggressively.
Fianlly, what will become of Gomez and Kaberle (the two worst contracts on the team)? I personally think Kaberle will stay but Gomez will be shopped and then most likely demoted to Hamilton. The only way Gomez stays is as a 3rd line guy with little expectations. I have a feeling though in this new Bergevin/Therrien era they will want to dump Gomer and start off with a clean slate.
What will the Sens do? WHo really gives a damn :)
PS. I'm reserving my rating until I see what The Habs actually do (assistant coaches, draft and players signed/dropped).
NOW LET'S GET THE SUMMER STARTED!!!!!!
To be BRUTALLY honest - I don't know what or who is in this year's draft or what the Sens are doing.
I know they're trying to get Alfredsson to re-sign and to lock down a deal with Karlesson. And that Kuba's probably gone and Gilroy.
But beyond that? Meh.
I try not to follow this stuff too closely - nor get my hopes up...Alfredsson is (was?) probably the best thing that happened to the Sens and he was drafted like 289th...
The Sens also took a rag-tag bunch of nobody's and made a run for the playoffs. The Kings won the Stanley cup with an 8th seed team. Meanwhile, the Oilers are lining up 1st rounders and doing nothing with them...
You can pin the Habs hopes on these paper mache walls if you like...but with a shitty re-hashed coach I wouldn't break out the car flags too soon.
I agree with both of you!
In the meantime, I will be outside enjoying my summer, and working on my screenplay for my big budget movie entitled, 'Breezer And The Fish'. It's a buddy-action flick starring Mark Wahlberg and Joe Pesci, with their monkey sidekick named Robot.
This shit writes itself.
So I'm POLing, but you may want to explain the above for the rest of the folks.
'Breezer' (or sometimes Breeze-by) is a common nickname for Patrice Brisebois, an ex-Habs defenceman who was not all that great, yet did have a long career mostly with the Habs, and who this week was just hired for a front office job with the Habs. Sylvain Lefebvre, also an ex-Hab, was also hired this week as the new coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs (the Habs AHL affiliate), and in our youth, Darrell had given him the nickname 'The Fish' because, according to Darrell, he had fish lips. SO I made a comment to Darrell this week that the Habs had hired 'Breezer and the Fish', and thought "What a great name for a buddy cop film!" and there you go. Add in a monkey sidekick named Robot, and it's GOLD Jerry, GOLD!
Jerry will be played by Jimmi Smits!
(Either him, or Jerry "fuck 'em in the heart" Silverman!)
Mitch, we REALLY need to start working on this script!
Is it me or is newly minted Edmonton Oiler Nail Yakupov look like a cross between Borat and SATAN!
He has that "deep chord strum" EVIL! look about him....
DU DU DUUUUUUUUUH.....
Then again....newly minted Sens "hometown boy" Cody Ceci makes me recoil in horror, too.
"Bring me the blood of your young!"
Ah, you could say that about any Sen.
OHHHhhhh no you DI'int!
July 1st is here. Canada Day and NHL UFA signing day. Will the Habs & Sens make any major signings? Will the Leafs hand out another terrible contract (Komisarek, armstrong, etc)?
only TAIME will tell.
It made me literally LOL that the Fackyew Haiiibes selected Colby Armstrong...
So does anyone know the specifics of the CBA? When do they decide if there will in fact be a hockey season this year?
If there's a strike again, I wouldn't be able to stand another lame year of Poker Night In Canada.
No idea. I've been trying to follow it best as I can. It "seems" as if talks are continuing regularly and progress is being made. Last time I remember when the 2 sides were MILES apart and they weren't even having any conversations for long periods...hence lock out. At this point I have heard that both sides may be willing to play one more year under the current CBA which buys them another year to sort out their shit. I have also heard that they may have a shortened season if needs be (Startig play in say November instead of October). I ALSO heard that if by December 15th there is no hockey the season will be shut down.
Honestly, I don't know why they have to keep negotiations to the last minute. If they started discussions a few years ago they could already have a new CBA in place. If there is another lock out/ strike / shortened season I'm am going to be REALLY pissed.
Come on Bettman, get your shit together!
Man this sucks. The owners are really stupid. IMO it looks like the players have given in the most thus far and owners haven\'t budged. Negotiations seem to be slowing and I am now feeling like the season can\'t possibly start on time. All this negative press also takes away from what could have been an exciting off season. Fans seem annoyed and just confused and this nonsense having just gone through it not too long ago. I wonder if fans will be forgiving and come back in the record numbers they have been in the past few years or if the NHL will actually suffer if they go through another lockout (3rd under Bettman\'s watch).
Well I've been holding off on giving the NHl 2012 Off season a rating to see what the end result is but now I can officially bombed.
What started out as an exciting summer for habs fans has all been wiped clear for me with yet another lockout.
I won't go on and on about who's fault it is (players? owners? Bettman?). I honestly think they are all to blame. The system is working and the league has growth incredibly but these guys can't figure out how to divide 3.3 billion dollars. For shame!
I personally believe that the lockout will end sooner rather than later. Players don't get paid until mid october, but I still think it's a big slap in the face to NHL fans and while part of me wishes training camps open and pre-season gets under way, part of me too hopes that the league really suffers from this.
No matter what happens at this point and how this eventually gets resolved, it has made for a horrendous off season and thus...BOMB!
Not sure if anyone is still paying attention to the NHL lockout.
It's so weird that as upset as I am, I do find myself checking out the new on the whole situation quite frequently.
My tune has changed over the past few months and while I feel both sides are to blame, I really feel that I'm siding more and more with the owners at this point.
At the end of the day, I think they should use replacement players. Move forward with a brand new CBA and new players. The league will be watered down at first but the union will eventually break and some players will come back. If others choose to play in Europe / Russia....good riddance!
At this point I hope the year is done and both sides loose hundreds of millions (which they are).
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