More Ex-Habs to the Avs

The Colorado Avalanche after getting creamed the last two days losing Adam Foote and Peter Forsberg have signed Patrice Brisebois and Pierre Turgeon…former Montreal Canadiens, according to TSN and the fourth period. Now these two are far from the calibre of Foote and Forsberg but cheap adequate replacements. Lets not count this team out. THey still have Sakic, Hedjuk, Tanguay, Blake and have a decent supporting cast. According to TSN, they have signed 2 year deals.


33 Responses to More Ex-Habs to the Avs

  1. Habfanforever says:

    They are cheaper alternatives but their roles will be limited, although usefull. I’d expect Brisebois to do better offensively, especially with the new rules, west coast hockey and playing for Colorado. I’d expect him to pull off 40-45 points if he stays healthy. As for Turgeon, a 3rd line center that’ll be good for faceoffs and for goals.

    Who’s next? Malakhov, Brunet and Richer?

  2. titans says:

    We got Peter Forsberg la la la We got Peter Forsberg la la la We got Peter Forsberg la la la We got Peter Forsberg la la la

    Everyone sing along!!!

  3. hoffman900 says:

    I dont know. They have at least one star d-man, one star forward (Sakic), two rising star forwards (hedjuk, tanguay) and no good goalie. Why would they spend money on Turgeon??? Brisebois is an OK defence but not worth 4.5 millions a year for 2 years like RDS reports… I mean, I would’nt booh him but at that price….

  4. afanofthelakings says:

    Yes, it’s on Avs official web site

    Brisebois 4.5M$ for two years

    Turgeon for two years (dot know de $)

    An ironic thing, there’s a Forsberg pic !!! at the top of the site

  5. hoffman900 says:

    Sorry, that’s 1.5 mil for this year and 3 the next one, that’s a good deal, he’s constant enough.

  6. Lint07 says:

    I’m glad they inked Turgeon because I was affraid the Habs would sign him instead of someone actually useful to the team.

  7. hoffman900 says:

    hahaha, true.

  8. afanofthelakings says:

    Adam Foote wasn’t enough for Columbus …

    They signed Bryan Berard

  9. Montrealsdogg says:

    i don’t think Gainey would spend any kind of money after he noticed what a bust Turgeon had been when he signed with the Stars… No other team would take him even with half his salary taken by Dallas.

  10. whale4life says:

    “…and no good goalie.”

    Aebischer’s numbers as a first year starter were amazing. He was flirting with top 5 numbers in some categories….

    As for Turgeon, I can see where the avs are coming from. It would be nice to have an offensive threat on your third line (or perhaps second line….depends on if Damphousse signs…anyone know if he was offered a contract or already under contract???). It is a good signing if it is around the 1 – 1.5 million range.

    Eventually GM’s in the NHL will take a look at the NFL and realize that winning consistantly within a salary cap involves NOT signing washed up players on the downside of their careers. Player development and youth are much more important (although I understand that veterans are still needed for experience, leadership, teaching young guys….etc). Lacroix needs to adjust to the times…

  11. nordiques100 says:

    i was thinking keane, muller and rusty courtnall

  12. habs_punk says:

    I knew this was where Brisebois was gonna end up, he just seemed like a perfect fit. I can just feel that he’s gonna have a career year with the Avs and Montreal will feel sorry for losing him.

  13. afanofthelakings says:

    Funny you ask, Richer confest to Le Journal de Montréal that he wants to return in the NHL

  14. PensFansRejoice says:

    10 games in, Forsberg sprains his toe, misses rest of season ^_^

  15. Shevy says:

    As an avs fan who has seen stupid stuff like that happen…i can see it happening

  16. DannyAvsRock says:

    I think the avs may be allright but nobody will compare to what foote and forsberg did for the Avs. I heard that there has been a fourth team in the mix for Nidemayer, Maybe Pierre Lacroix will pull some strings. Go AVS Go!!!!

  17. Shevy says:

    I think the point of Turgeon was to replace damphousse. Turgeon plays on the second line with Tanguay while Sakic plays the 1st line with Hejduk (tanguay/hejduk could alternate) and the Avs now look to fill in the 3rd line center gap which could see them signing a Perreault type guy. Personally im hoping they pickup Scott Young or Adam Deadmarsh again…i miss those guys

  18. wingerxxx says:

    I don’t like the Turgeon signing, although I can understand Brisebois. I think that Malakhov would have been a better fit…but maybe his price was too high. The Avs are far from hurting though, they can still pack a punch offensively.

  19. whale4life says:

    Scott young would be a great fit….Quennville loves the guy. Deadmarsh would be good as well (if he came back, wouldn’t that make only him and Sakic that were on the nordiques team that moved to Colorado?) That would a great feeling of nostalgia for long time avs fans. Any news as to if Tanguay and Hejduk are happy with their qualifying offers? Have any teams match or one-upped the current offer sheet(s)? That would be a disaster……

  20. whale4life says:

    I love the optimism Danny! But the avs cap is probably blown after this last signing (assuming all 14 qualifying offers to their free agents stand). They were at around 35 million before these latest signings. Niedermayer is all about the benjamins (or canadian equivalent). I do not think he will sign a contract that does not guarantee 6 million a year 🙁 The avs also have Skrastins, Boughner, Sauer, Blake, Vaananen, Liles, Brisebois and Brett Clark on defense.

  21. wingerxxx says:

    The Avs defense is loaded with guys who can kill penalties and take care of things in their own end. But you never know what Lacroix will do. You have to think that he’ll be swinging for a home run after losing Foote and Forsberg.

  22. AVSFAN4LIFE90 says:

    On the radio tonight Avs GM Lacroix said that he wasn’t done making transactions. But if this team stays with this roster, then they’re still a near lock for the playoffs, and will have cap room to make some moves. Also, Lacroix explained how it was realistically impossible to keep Forsberg, though he may have under-estimated Foote’s market value.

  23. Tops04 says:

    Wouldn’t be difficult, maybe -34 or something?

  24. justsomeguy says:

    There’s no doubt that hockey fans in Denver have what feels like a hangover this morning. I don’t like the Turgeon or Brisebois signings much for a couple of reasons. First, the timing of the announcement was right after learning that we lost Foppa. Second, if we were gonna lose Foote and Forsberg, and it seems like PL must have known his offers weren’t gonna hack it, then at least do the Avs future a favor and get younger with the new signings.

  25. habsoverserver says:

    Did you breathe easier when Ruchinsky signed with the Blueshirts?

  26. habsoverserver says:

    I’ve already twice written that Clarke is a stud GM. But keep in mind that the Flyers have now lost four of their top five scorers. They are replacing them with two outstanding prospects and the best hockey player in the world. They replaced Malakov and Markov with Hatcher and Therien. Clarke has given up a lot to get where he is.

    These are all solid good moves, enabled by Comcast’s willingness to eat salary and Clarke’s aggressiveness. Clearly they are a favorite to make the semifinals again. The fact that Clarke gave up most of his starting lineup doesn’t mean that the team is now 10 times better.

    Remember A-Rod for Soriano.

  27. Lint07 says:

    Actually I didn’t thought the Habs would go after him. Turgeon on the other end being a french-canadian and all…

    Plenty of rumors were linking him to the Habs too.

  28. hoffman900 says:

    He’s been saying that for years… Every once in a while he’ll go cry to some journalist that he wants to come back. He did that like 3 times already. Last one was with pittsburg and he didnt even make it beyond the first day at the camp.

  29. hoffman900 says:

    How many cups did Aebischer win? I mean as a starting goalie?

    Yes he’s got good number. Perhaps I was a little harsh on him. He’s not a cup-winning goalie though.

  30. habsoverserver says:

    Turgeon wanted out of Montreal and Gainey was upset when Dallas signed him. He wasn’t coming back.

    Montreal still needs a second line wing and a backup goalie. I guess they could use a rookie on the second line, but right now they only have Begin for the fourth line. I am hoping they can find someone as good as Garon to back up Theo (if he re-signs).

  31. whale4life says:

    Well, how many cup-winning goaltenders are there right now in the NHL? Khabibulin, Hasek, Brodeur, Osgood, and Belfour (there may be one more…). Only 5 of 30 starting goaltenders have won a cup. So the rest of us fans of the other 25 teams that do not have one of these goaltenders are done now? Well that settles that…..I will just stop watching now; all the suspense has been for naught. Is it time to jump on the Devils bandwagon again????

  32. Kamakaze says:

    Ehh… I don’t get this one… I think I would sooner have Dampousse than Turgeon… but I figure he will play 2nd line center…

    I don’t think he will do very well, but he should have some decent line-mates. Seems like Col will have Tanguay, Hejduk, Sakic, Konawolchuk and Svatos as their top couple of forwards. Svatos will probably play with Sakic as they have always done with young wingers (Tanguay, Hejduk and even Forsberg). Konawolchuk might play his wing as he did well with Sakic as well, and they may let Tanguay and Hejduk play together with who I assume will be Turgeon.

    You guys forget the have Laperriere who played center in LA for a while, and was a pretty good checker. Him, Hinote (who also played center didn’t he?) and Laaksonen would be a great checking line, and they could fill the 4th with younger guys or checkers.

    On Defense, they have Blake, and a number of supporting players like Liles and Vaananen who are both young and could turn out into good players, as well as Boughner, Skrastins, and now Brisebois. Not a great bunch, but capable and diverse talents.

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