Reasons for signing the players they did

Since July 2nd, when the Habs signed Roman Hamrlik, people have been wondering why they would sign him, Bryan Smolinski, Tom Kostopoulos and Jamie Rivers. Well, here’s my reasoning, which quite possibly could be Gainey’s reasoning as well.

Hamrlik was signed to not only “replace” Souray (Though you can’t replace Souray offensively), Hamrlik was brought in to mentor the Habs defensive corps, especially Markov because he may have had a half-decent season, he did a lot of things wrong that ultimately cost the Habs several games. What Hamrlik will do is “teach” (i use that term loosely) Markov more about the defensive position and get him to achieve his full potential and make sure Montreal gets their 5+ million dollars worth out of him. Too many times last year, Markov would hold on to the puck for up to a minute and a half on a 2 minute power play (I remember one time against the Rangers, he held the puck for 3 minutes straight on a 4 minute PP and also when the Rangers went down 2 men and he held it for the entire 5-3, the Habs lost the game 4-3 and he also had Souray wide open for point shots). Hamrlik will also help Komisarek ease into the 2nd PP unit as well as Gorges or Streit. Hamrlik will also mentor the up and coming defencemen like Archer and O’Byrne during training camp.

Bryan Smolinski brings two things to the table for this year. One, he is going to centre the 3rd line and help mentor his line mates, who most likely will be Andrei Kostitsyn and Mikael Grabovski (Yes Lapierre has more experience, but i’ll get to him in the next paragraph). Helping these two will be Smolinski’s primary objective. The other thing Smolinski brings is a valuable asset come the trade deadline. Say the Habs are more then 10 points out and it doesn’t look very good, Smolinski will have a tremendous amount of trade value and Montreal could land a 1st rounder and a top prospect, much like they did with Rivet. Or they could get a 2nd and 3rd rounder along with a proven 2nd or 3rd liner. So its kind of a win-win situation for the Habs with Smolinski and his 2 million dollar price tag is a cheap one at that, especially for his potential worth come March. This also gives Chipchura one last season to further his growth as a potential future captain.

Now, Kostopoulos is a really good move if you really put your mind to it. He adds a lot of depth to the Montreal depth charts. He’s gonna play on the 4th line with Lapierre and Begin, to form a not-so-talanted “Grind Line” to shut down opposing 1st lines (The Grind Line was a line in Detroit in the 1990’s, made up of Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Darren McCarty). Montreals Grind Line will be fairly quick, not really a defensive liability (Remember, Kostopoulos played for LA and the Pens when they were dwindling at the cellar of the NHL which explains his career -29 rating), and they are all proven 4th line players and aren’t in their growing stages like Montreals rookies. I would rather have Kostopoulos-Lapierre-Begin then Lapierre-Chipchura-Grabovski.

Jamie Rivers may not seem like a “huge” signing but in reality, he’s an insurance policy. Say, Hamrlik, Gorges, and Bouillon all go down with long-term injuries and rather than forcing not-so-ready rookies to the scene, the Habs have 2 NHL capable defencemen in Hamilton in Mathieu Biron and Jamie Rivers. Both can man the PP if needed and both add depth to any blueline. Their only problem is both have minimal talent, which is why both find themselves in the AHL.

So, Habs fans wanted an explanation and that’s a pretty darn good one if you ask me. Smolinski by far was the best but only because of his potential trade value come March. Hamrlik is the best long term and Kostopoulos could turn into a genious move if he is used like I believe he will.


33 Responses to Reasons for signing the players they did

  1. Knowledge says:

    Umm sorry, but one of the terms of Smolinski's contract was a no trade clause! There goes that angle. He is still an upgrade on Bonk. And Jamie Rivers is just a depth player who will just play in the AHL all season in an attempt to make the Bulldogs stronger so they ensure their young prospects see different situation in the playoffs, and have a veteran player to mentor before they reach the show. I strongly doubt Rivers will play one game in the NHL this year.

  2. Komic-J says:

    So many things wrong with that article…

    First of all, as mentioned already in the comment above mine, Smolinski cannot be traded at the deadline. And even if he could, no-way they would get a 1st rounder and a top prospect in return. Maybe a 5th round pick somewhere, but that's irrelevant. I'll give something though, it gives Chipchura time to adjust. But we've signed Smolinski for two reasons; he's a decent replacement for Bonk, and he's a right-handed center. Nothing more, nothing less…

    I like the signing of Kostopoulos, and I think you have a fair evaluation of what he can bring to the team.

    I don't think we actually needed Jamie Rivers, as we already had (and re-signed) Mathieu Biron as an insurance policy. With Markov, Komisarek, Hamrlik, Bouillon, Dandenault, Streit and possibly O'Byrne and Côté, I don't we needed him at all.

    Now…Hamrlik. Basically, you're justifying $5.5m of salary for 4 years because he's a good mentor. I know he did an awesome job in Calgary with Phaneuf, but there were other good veteran defensemen available outhere, cheaper solutions than Hamrlik to "teach" our young guys. True, Hamrlik brings something else to the table; he's actually a good defenseman with some decent offensive upside. But nothing that even comes close to $5.5m. I know, it's the price we had to pay to bring him in Montreal, such a hard place with a lot of pressure and blah, blah, blah…but he wasn't the only option outhere !!! It's not like he was our Top-Choice !!!

    In my opinion, when you don't get the player you really wanted (in Gainey's case, Sheldon Souray) you go for the cheaper guy. You're not getting the defenseman you wanted, might as well save some money. Go for the Preissing, the Hannan, the Markov, the Vaananen. Hell, Stephane Robidas has been playing in this league for 8 seasons…he's not as talented as Hamrlik, but I think he could do a pretty decent job at teaching.

    Look around in the NHL…you don't have a lot of "mentors" being paid that much. Take a look at Numminen in Buffalo, or Witt in Long Island, or Sydor in Pittsburgh, or Zhitnik in Atlanta, or Wesley in Carolina, or Ward in Boston. They're pretty much playing that exact same role, yet you don't see these teams overpaying for that.

    To me, paying $5.5 for someone to take care of a $5.75m defenseman is just…well, too much money !!! And it would be one thing if it was a 2-year deal…but 4-years ?!? Geeez…

  3. habsrock99 says:

    ok, Hamrlik will play a bigger role then mentor but I mentioned just exactly what  his main purpose was going to be. I knew Smolinski had a no trade clause in his contract and he will waive it if Montreal has a deal that would send him to a top seeded team such as Anaheim or whoever is on top at the deadline. Now, yes their were other options out their and those names you mentioned, the Hannans, Preissings, Vaananens, Gainey contacted them all before and after Hamrlik. Preissing was led to believe he was going back to Ottawa, so he said no to Gainey because he loved Ottawa but as we know, he ended up signing with LA because Bryan Murray was led to believe he was gonna re-sign Comrie and that ended up blowing up. Vaananen wants to play in Finland because he feels he is a #1 D-man for any team but hasn't really been given the chance to play as a #1. Danny Markov was on Gainey's list but once Markov told him what the price was, Gainey said no. We had Robidas and it ended on the not-so-brightside. He's a checker and thats not a role Montreal needed filling. So Hamrlik, who wasn't the only option, but was the best option. Just like in the draft, you have to take the best player available who hasn't already said no.

  4. Komic-J says:

    Who are you, Gainey's financial advisor ?!? How do you know all that stuff about who Gainey talked to, the reasons why they said no, the discussions between the players and other teams ?!?

    Gainey said Hamrlik was in his Top-3. We already know Souray was his target. That leaves one spot open, yet you're telling me that he talked to ALL these players before Hamrlik.

    Smolinski's not waiving his no-trade clause, he's the one who actually insisted to get one because he wanted his kids to get finally get somekind of stability. Smolinski's not looking for a cup, he's looking for stability.

    Robidas is a reliable stay-at-home defense…we don't need that in Montreal ?

  5. habsrock99 says:

    Is stability was what Smolinski wanted, he would have asked for a multi year contract. And I said he walked to all those guys before AND after Hamrlik. He didn't necessarily talk to all of them before but he made contact and inquired about Preissing and Hannan. Robidas is fairly reliable yes, but he's a Francis Bouillon, we don't need that in Montreal. Bouillon is 5'8 and Robidas is a small 5'11

  6. LuckyLuc98 says:

    What in the world are you talking about, Markov nnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeVeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrr Held the puck that long, get some glasses. Markov is the QB of our defense so he won't just pass the puck if he doesn't see a decent opening, you don'T see QB's in the NFL do that …

  7. habsrock99 says:

    Man I know its hard to believe but he did. Don Cherry blasted him for it more then once on Coaches Corner. And in order to be a PP QB, you have to shoot, and as every Montreal fan knows, Markov is incapable of shooting. Markov did do what I said a total of 7 or 8 times last year, I have witnesses and I have it on tape.

  8. ferron says:

       Smolinski won't bring shit to the table an so as Rivers and Kostopoulos, in the early years of 2000, Savard was doing a job of drafting spectacular fowards(Plek, Higgins ect) we where on the right way, Savard was building an Explosive offensive machine but then he got fired and BIG BOB took over with is ever so boring deffensive style, it's ok to have good deffensive deffensemen but having too many foward(Smolinski,Murray,Lapierre,Plek,Begin,Kostopoulos,Chipchura and Maybe Streit if he plays foward )who play a deffensive kind of hockey then you end up with a team that is pretty sad to watch! Would you rather have a team like the Devils who score 144 goals a season or a team like Ottawa who scores around 250 goals a season? BTW those guys(Lahti,Kosto,Rivers,Biron) all pretty big by the way where brought in MTL or Hamilton to protect they're investement that is Carey Price, the Habs doesn't want anything to happen to Price so they went and got some Muscles. Totally off topic, does anybody know anything of the player the habs just sign"Thomas Beauregard"?

  9. Komic-J says:

    Smolinski said so himself: He asked for a no-trade clause because last year, he got traded twice and wanted his kids to spend the entire year at the same place. Why else would he ask for a no-trade clause on a 1-year deal ?!?

    And again…how can you tell that he talked with those players ? Any sources you can link ? Would like to see any reports about Vaananen going back to Finland as well. Back on topic; Gainey already confirmed that Souray was his number one target…and he mentioned Hamrlik was in his Top-3. It leaves one spot open. No-way Gainey talked with the defensemen I mentioned after Hamrlik signed, we're already spending more on our defense than we do on our offense. Adding a $3.0m defenseman after that would make no sense at all, especially after the picks we made in the last 4-5 years.

    Then, you're saying Preissing said no to Gainey because he was led to believe he would be back in Ottawa. Fine…only problem is, Preissing signed his deal in LA before we signed Hamrlik. So that's irrelevant. He knew at one point, that he wouldn't be back in Ottawa, and if Gainey had talked to him, he would've let him known that he was now "available", even if it was only to raise his value. 

    I'm sorry, I don't mean to get personal here, but you're not making any sense.

  10. Komic-J says:

    I don't know much about Beauregard other than he was one point shy of Francois Bouchard, leading the QJMHL in points.

    On a side note, Andre Savard never got fired. He hired Gainey himself to take over the GM spot. He stepped down as his assistant, and eventually accepted a job in Pittsburgh. He would still be there, but he felt more comfortable as an assistant-coach.

  11. Komic-J says:

    Nope…he's actually right about that, I remember that game. Markov did held the puck, it was near the end of the period too, on the power play. Alright, maybe not a minute and half, but it sure felt like it lasted that long.

    Now in all fairness habsrock, Cherry didn't need that to blast Markov. Cherry likes to blame europeans for all kind of **** ! 

  12. damien_ralentass says:

    Actually Jamie Rivers will most likely replace Andre Benoit as a defense men who decided to sign with a finish team for next year. So ye he will play in the AHL!

  13. Les-Habitants says:

    First, Hamrlik wasn't brought in to mentor Markov, who is my mind one of the top defensemen in the NHL.  Held the puck too long??  Rather then that, the memories I have from the season are always being impressed by his great first passes in helping to set up the PP.  Hamrlik was brought in to mentor the younger players, aka Ryan O'Byrne and perhaps Komi, but the MAIN REASON he was signed was that our defense needed to get better, and Gainey signed the best avaliable defenseman.  Yes, our PP will take a hit but you can be sure that our defensive corp. as a whole will be superior.  Hamrlik is a great signing, I've always been a huge fan on him as he plays hard and smart every night.  He was brought in to be a top 4 d-man, period.

    Smolinski, as was mentioned before, has a No-Trade clause!  His role is essentially to replace Bonk's presence on the 3rd line, while providing more offense.  I do, though, agree with you about him being a stop-gauge to give Chipchura another year to develop in the AHL.  Kostitsyn will most likely be playing on the 2nd line.  Smolinkski will probabley end up playing with Latendresse and another player, perhaps Grabo, Lahti, Milroy, Locke, ect.

     Jamie Rivers will play in the AHL for most of the season, and if anyone gets called up it'll be Ryan O'Byrne.

    I do agree with your assestment of Kostopoulos though, he is exactly what was missing from our fourth line: size, along with defensive awareness and grit. 

    On a side note:  Janne Lahti, who was listed as part of the Habs' roster on their website, is no longer there.  His name is now listed amoung the Habs' prospects.

  14. Les-Habitants says:

    First, Hamrlik wasn't brought in to mentor Markov, who is my mind one of the top defensemen in the NHL.  Held the puck too long??  Rather then that, the memories I have from the season are always being impressed by his great first passes in helping to set up the PP.  Hamrlik was brought in to mentor the younger players, aka Ryan O'Byrne and perhaps Komi, but the MAIN REASON he was signed was that our defense needed to get better, and Gainey signed the best avaliable defenseman.  Yes, our PP will take a hit but you can be sure that our defensive corp. as a whole will be superior.  Hamrlik is a great signing, I've always been a huge fan on him as he plays hard and smart every night.  He was brought in to be a top 4 d-man, period.

    Smolinski, as was mentioned before, has a No-Trade clause!  His role is essentially to replace Bonk's presence on the 3rd line, while providing more offense.  I do, though, agree with you about him being a stop-gauge to give Chipchura another year to develop in the AHL.  Kostitsyn will most likely be playing on the 2nd line.  Smolinkski will probabley end up playing with Latendresse and another player, perhaps Grabo, Lahti, Milroy, Locke, ect.

     Jamie Rivers will play in the AHL for most of the season, and if anyone gets called up it'll be Ryan O'Byrne.

    I do agree with your assestment of Kostopoulos though, he is exactly what was missing from our fourth line: size, along with defensive awareness and grit. 

    On a side note:  Janne Lahti, who was listed as part of the Habs' roster on their website, is no longer there.  His name is now listed amoung the Habs' prospects.

  15. habsrock99 says:

    Just a little side note, Latendresse is playing with Koivu and Ryder, like he did last season, Kostitsyn is gonna play on the 3rd, not 2nd line.

  16. Gowan1139 says:

    I have to say I agree with what your saying. A lot of those signings are simply depth. I think a lot of it will have to do with these olders guys being mentors to our young talent that is up and coming. Kostitsyn will hopefully have a break out year and the rest of the young guns continue to  keep making strides. Gainey does not have an easy job but I believe he knows what he is doing.

  17. habsrock99 says:

    ahhh, kind of true, but Cherry only blasts those Europeans who are soft AKA, Yashin, Kovalev, Forsberg, etc. and it was a minute and a half, i have it on tape. I taped the game for my dad who was working late and because it was near the end of the season, he didn't want to just see the highlights on the sports channels.

  18. habsrock99 says:

    Oh, and i forgot to mention that Milroy and Locke will never see an NHL ice surface in Montreal. Locke's too small and too slow and Milroy, well he's been in the system for what seems like forever. I firmly believed that if he didn't make the Habs after the lock-out, he was gonna be a career minor leaguer.

  19. habsrock99 says:

    Smolinski will waive his no-trade clause if he goes to a contender. Case and point, last year, he wived it to go to Vancouver. Smolinski brings a lot to the table and will have a normal Smolinski year and come trade deadline, if Montreal is way back, i assure you Smolinski will waive his no-trade clause and will get traded to a contender and the Habs will get the same type of deal they got for Rivet, a 1st rounder + a top prospect playing in the NHL.

  20. habsrock99 says:

    Ok, Vaananen told a Denver newspaper that report a few weeks back when Colorado refused to give him an offer before July 1st. Gainey wanted both Hamrlik and Preissing because, well, Hamrlik has no point shot and Preissing has a decent gun on him. Also, try to remember, Bouillon and Dandeneault are as good as gone. If either one is apart of the Habs come October, it’s because no one wants them. But I see them gone because all Gainey would want are draft picks. And Preissing did know he wouldn’t be back in Ottawa but that was after Hamrlik’s signing and was when Montreal was still “aware” (not the best choice of words) that they still had a shot at Souray. Souray didn’t reject Montreal’s final offer until after Preissing signed with LA. And if Vaananen does sign with a team in the NHL, it’ll be a team that is incredibly weak on D, so that he gets a shot at being a top defenceman in the NHL.

  21. habsrock99 says:

    No one knows if a player ois gonna play all 82 games in the AHL. For all we know, a rash of injuries could hit Montreal’s blueline and instead of bringing up an inexperienced rookie too quickly, the Habs have insurance with Rivers. But, besides an injury, Rivers will MOST LIKELY not see any NHL action.

  22. Komic-J says:

    Man…are you for real ?!?

    Hamrlik has no point shot ?!? His pointshot is the main reason why we opted for him instead of other UFAs when it became quite obvious that we weren’t gonna sign Souray. If you compare the UFAs pointshot in this year’s crop, he’s easily a top-5, although pretty far from Souray.

    Preissing signed with LA on July 1st…Hamrlik didn’t sign with us until July 2nd. Browse through TSN’s free agent recap, you can even see the exact time…therefor, he knew he wouldn’t go back to the Sens BEFORE we had sign anyone !!!

    …and I’m still waiting for a link on your sources and the Vaananen’s statement.

  23. Komic-J says:

    Man, you really got stop trying, you're only diggin' an even bigger hole…

    Smolinski NEVER had a no-trade clause in his contract. He was acquired from Ottawa by Chicago in the Havlat trade, and then shipped to Vancouver in return of a 2nd round pick. He'll play the entire season in Montreal, and even if he were to be traded, there's no way we could get a 1st round pick and prospects for him. He's not TOMAS VAKEK !!!

    So stop making stuff up, you're looking bad enough already…

  24. Komic-J says:

    While I agree on your evaluation of Milroy and Locke (as career minor leaguers), Milroy did play 5 games for us last season.

  25. habsrock99 says:

    Ok, I'm going on What the Score reported on theier ticker. If Preissing signed July 1st, he must have reject the Habs offer or just plainly told Gainey he was going to LA and not Montreal. And do you think I remember the site for everything I read? If you want it so bad, look it up yourself.

  26. habsrock99 says:

    Ok, I must be thinking of another Smolinski contract where he did have a no trade clause. I'll admit, I'm sorry for that. Now, if he does get traded, the Habs will get a first rounder for him. Nobody thought the Habs would get a first rounder PLUS a top prospect for Rivet. What'd they get again? Oh yeah, a FIRST ROUNDER AND A TOP PROSPECT FOR CRAIG RIVET. Don't under-estimate what teams are willing to give up for a proven play-off player.

  27. habsrock99 says:

    And, as for Hamrlik’s point shot, yes, its a Top 5 in this years FA but in the league, it’d be ranked in the bottom tier of PP defencemen. Souray, Hannan and Preissing all have better point shots then Hamrlik, who would rather pass then shoot. Hamrlik’s point shot is more like Niklas Lidstrom’s except it might not be as fast as Lidstrom’s.

  28. Komic-J says:

    Dude…you're a mystery to me…

    Hannan has a better pointshot than Harmlik ? Hannan is a stay-at-home defense and NOT a powerplay or pointman treath AT ALL.

    Hamrlik was used in Calgary as the "passing" defenseman, for lack of better words, because he was paired with Phaneuf, who does have a better pointshot than him. Just like Markov/Souray tandem last year.

  29. Komic-J says:

    We got a 1st rounder and a "prospect", although Gorges isn't that good of a prospect, because teams were severly overpaying at the deadline last, especially for defensemen…

    You know who else got traded last year ? Smolinski was…from Chicago to Vancouver. You know what they got ? A 2nd rounder…and that's it.

  30. habsrock99 says:

    Hannan has a good point shot. Yeah, it wasn't used much in SJ but he actually has one. Just like Komisarek has a good point shot and Habs fans will realize that this year. Hamrlik is a passing defenceman. He showed that in Tampa when they drafted him. And he has shown that everywhere else he has played. He's got a fairly decent shot yes but he is better used as a passer than a shooter.

  31. Komic-J says:

    Hannan isn't a pointshot treath in the NHL. Of course, he has the ability the make a slapshot, he is an NHL-player, but he's not even close to be a good pointman in the NHL. And that's okay, that's not his role anyway.

    Hamrlik does have a good first pass, and he's more of a setup guy on the Powerplay, but he was easily in the Top-5 (Along with Souray, Schneider and Rafalski) in this year's free agency, and way above Hannan. I can't believe I'm actually trying to prove a point IN FAVOR of Hamrlik here, but anyway. The only reason we signed him instead of, let's say, Danny Markov or Scott Hannan is his pointshot. He's reliable defensively, just like Hannan and Markov, but he does have a better pointshot than them.

    I'm usually not huge on quoting stats, because I don't think they always reflect the reality, but I'm gonna do an exception here to "illustrate" what I'm saying…

    Hamrlik: 999 NHL Games – 131 Goals – 5.4 Shooting Percentage – 0.13 goals per game.
    Hannan: 508 NHL Games – 25 Goals – 4.2 Shooting Percentage – 0.04 goals per game.
    Markov: 538 NHL Games – 29 Goals – 5.1 Shooting Percentage – 0.05 goals per game.
    Komisarek: 220 NHL Games – 6 Goals – 2.9 Shooting Percentage – 0.02 goals per game.

    I love Komisarek !!! Him and Higgins are my favorite players on the team right now. But just like Hannan, he's not a pointman…if he was, he would be used on our Powerplay.

  32. habsrock99 says:

    Wow, the Habs get a 1000 game player the first night, sweet lol. Sorry again, I actually meant Rafalski not Hannan, I put Hannan instead because I was listening to a FA special on the score and that kinda hampered my thinking a bit. And I agree with you on the stats thing because no matter how much everyone critisizes Sourays defence, he actually improved as the year went on and his -28 is a reflection of not just his faulty D but how much the Habs managed to suck during their 2 month skid. Now, Komisarek does have a point shot, he showed it in University. The reason he hasn't been show-cased on the Habs PP is well, the numbers game. He fell behind Souray and Rivet on the PP charts. Now that they're both gone, Komisarek should see some time as the Habs 2nd PP point man.

  33. Komic-J says:

    Alright look…
    This will be my last reply as I am clearly losing my time and my energy here. You know, it's one thing to act *****y and have a I-know-it-all attitude (and it's okay, cause honestly, I have this attitude too) but you gotta be able to back it up. And when you can't, you need to face the facts and admit it. Instead, you keep on posting these ridiculous rebutals, making stuff up, and keep making excuses that an 8-year old wouldn't even use. You're in constant denial, and it's just not healthy.

    It's not that hard to check stuff up before you post, really. I mean, if you're gonna post an article or a comment with that kind of attitude, you need to know what you're talking about. Now I enjoy prett ymuch everything I read here, and believe me…I'm not here to start a fight. I'm here to debate topics with other NHL fans. But if I don't know anything about a specific topic, I just don't post about it, or I ask questions, comments.

    Now you clearly knew we were talking about Hannan, come on. Why else would you have said: "Yeah, it wasn't used much in SJ but he actually has one."
    Now, I'm not your mother, I'm not here to tell you what to do, or what to say. But if you want your opinion to be respected around here, you need to be careful about what you post, what you say. You can't make excuses like "Oh…I must have been thinking about another of Smolinski's contract".

    But anyway, back on topic…

    As an NHL defenseman, Komisarek has the ability to slap the puck. But he's not a "legitimate" treath as a pointman. Ask anyone in the league, and they'll tell you. Yeah, he scored 15 goals in two seasons at Michigan against goaltenders that will probably never reach the pros. But we're talking about the National Hockey League here.

    He's not an offensive-minded defenseman, he's not recognized in the league as one, and if I had to evaluate his point shot on a scale from one to ten, I would probably give him a 5-6. That's not nearly enough to be considered a good pointman in this league. You say he got stuck behind Souray, Markov and Rivet. Let's take a look at that, shall we ?

    MTL – PP ICETIME – DEFENSEMEN
    394:20 —> Sheldon Souray
    341:37 —> Andrei Markov
    215:11 —> Mark Streit
    195:32 —> Craig Rivet
    039:37 —> Francis Bouillon
    033:34 —> Josh Gorges
    023:47 —> Janne Niinimaa
    010:58 —> Mathieu Dandenault
    005:39 —> Mike Komisarek

    Dead last !!! You know how much icetime on Powerplay he got eversince he joined the league ? 24 minutes and 24 seconds…in 4 freakin' seasons !!! Geez, look out goalies, Komisarek's our new pointman in Montreal. Niinimaa got more than that last year, and he spent half of the season in the stands.

    Now remove Souray and Rivet, put Hamrlik in. Our four defensemen on the Powerplay this year will be Markov, Hamrlik, Streit and Bouillon. Dandenault would be a better option than him…

    So quit tryin' because you obviously have no idea whatsoever what you're talking about. And if you can't even judge your own players, the oones you're watching on TV everytime they play…I think it says a lot about your faculty to judge the other players we talked about.

    Your honor…I rest my case.

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