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25 Aug 2020 17:24:41
Current lineup "as is" before Trades/Drafting/Free Agency:

Drouin - Suzuki - Gallagher
Tatar - Kotkaniemi - Armia
Lehkonen - Danault - (Domi)
Byron - Poehling - Weal

Chiarot - Weber
Kulak - Petry
Romanov - Juulsen

Price
Lindgren


Here's the changes I'd try for, in order, by position:

FORWARDS:

- Add Top-6 RW with Size (6M)
- Add Bottom-6 RW with Size (3M)

Sign Kovalchuk for 1-year/3.5M if first option can't be done.

DEFENSE:

- Offer-Sheet Sergachev (8-year/8M)
- If a suitable LD is not possible, stand pat. (Romanov is signed)
- Continue to bury Alzner for next 2 years in AHL (saves $1,125,000/year on the cap)

GOALIES:

- Sign a 30-game "1-B" NHL backup like Boston did with Halak. (i.e. Khudobin, Greiss, etc.)

- Alternatively, consider trading Domi (rumoured interest from PIT) for Jarry or DeSmith.


DO NOT RE-SIGN:

- Domi or Mete (RFA-Trade Bait)
- Weise, Folin, Kincaid (UFA)
- Hudon (RFA-probably heading to Europe)

Trade Lindgren for a pick/prospect to make room for G Demchenko on the farm. (Good prospect tandem with Primeau)

* If successful with FWD options 1 & 2, Sergachev, and a B/U G, the Salary Cap = 80.5M.


CONSIDERATIONS:

- It's Time for Bargain-Hunting: A lot of teams need to clear cap space. (Carolina got a 1st this year for taking on the Marleau salary dump.)

- Leverage cap space to get picks/prospects from teams up against a flat cap for the next 3 years.

- Go Big or Stand Pat: If you can't get the deal you want, stand pat. In-season space = more opportunities to address in-season needs, especially at the Trade Deadline.

- Lock-up the Core: Extend Gallagher, Danault, Petry, Armia before they're UFA's in '22 on deals with reasonable term.

- Cap Management: With only 63M, 39M, & 27M committed over the next 3 years, the Habs have an enviable cap situation. Manage it, and LEVERAGE it.

- The Draft: With 14 picks this year, and 11 next year, the Habs are in a great position to add to one of the best systems in the NHL. OR. move up in the draft and grab a truly high-end piece that fits.

- In short, the Habs are in a great position to take advantage of some cash-strapped teams.

- Lots of Cap Space & Picks = flexibility.

- If the A-plans don't work out, there'll be some interesting B-plans to consider, along with standing pat if/when it makes sense to do so.

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06 Nov 2020 15:33:45
Easy no from MTL.

Tampa needs lifelines from other teams, but as the saying goes, they'll throw them anchors.

A team like NJ could truly weoponize their cap space.

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05 Nov 2020 18:15:43
VERY easy no from MTL.

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02 Nov 2020 23:13:26
Ghost has been on the market for at least a year. There's a reason for that.

NO from MTL.

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02 Nov 2020 23:12:30
Absolute NO from Mtl.

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30 Oct 2020 16:13:10
MTL doesn't have to trade anyone. They can maintain a roster of 22 instead of 23 and be cap compliant.

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