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Take Two: School’s Out

Asleep at the wheel.

Now where were we…

Mercifully, the season has ended.  Forgive me for nodding off during the last month.

There’s no point in rehashing the season that wasn’t: Mitch Melnick’s blog nails it right on the head.

Let’s focus on the future.  Tuesday night’s almost farcical NHL lottery gave the Habs their closest shot at a franchise forward since Lafleur.

Habs never should've let this happen.

The Oilers will definitely pick Nail Yakupov.  But then it gets interesting.

Scenario 1:

Look at the Oilers’ Top Six:

– Hall

– Eberle

– Nugent-Hopkins

– Hemsky

– Gagner

– Paajarvi

Edmonton could draft a defenceman or #2 centre (Pretty thin after Nugent-Hopkins) and use Yakupov to gain another asset.

Given the Oilers’ plethora of high scoring forwards, the new Habs GM should package their first and Tinordi for Yakupov. That’s probably not enough, but it would get Tambellini’s attention.

– If you’re an Oilers fan, just imagine Ryan Murray and Tinordi as your top 2.  Or Grigorenko as a # 2 or # 3 centre.

– If you’re a Habs fan, you get the skill and flamboyance not seen since Kovalev flew his plane away.

Yakupov fits right in with Montreal’s theatrical personality.

The Electric Company

Scenario 2: 

In all liklihood however, the Oilers will greedily retain Yakupov’s services and sacrifice one of their current Top Six.  My guess is Sam Gagner.

Again, the Habs need to be aggressive.  If they are serious about finding a possible replacement winger for Plekanecs/Eller, Magnus Paajarvi would be worth the risk.

A Forsberg, Grigorenko, or Galchenyuk Habs pick would mean the end of Tomas Plekanec.

With Desharnais installed as top C and Eller a Pleks-in-the-waiting, Montreal could procure the services of a rugged scoring winger.  Jarome Iginla would fit quite nicely.

Until then, here’s a reminder of why we follow their every move:


Ask a Bandit: The Stink of Mediocrity

Puck Bandits,

Can the Habs still make the playoffs this year?  How?

– Gettin’ Desperate

This year’s version of your favorite Quebec soap opera has produced several entertaining moments, some downright laughable – mostly off-ice.

On-ice however, Montreal resembles an has been fighter who doesn’t know when to throw in the towel.

"Look how they made me look. Like a bum, like a mammalucco."

It’s like a descent into Dante’s Inferno – go to %$@! college if you don’t understand.

If the Habs were an alcoholic, this is the beginning of the 12 step program.

If the Habs were a Peanuts character, they would be Pig Pen.

If it smells like shit, it probably is shit.

Not really sure what that last one meant, but you get the picture – a black hole of a hockey club with little recourse but to dynamite from within.

How can they make the playoffs? Basically, Carey Price must be Tim Thomas and the rest like the Bruins roster.  ‘Cause that’s who’s gonna win again this year folks.

In the meantime, let us not mourn the loss of a great hockey club, but celebrate a possible lottery pick.  Praise be to Gainey!

Feeling lost? Need some direction? Ask a Bandit: puckbandits@gmail.com

Take Two: Evolution, Baby

Children of the Habs

Given the pitiful state of its prospects, I cobbled together a roster that is strong in goal and D, but forever weak on attack.

Your Montreal Canadiens, circa 2015:

G – Carey Price

D – Beaulieu, Subban, Gorges, Tinordi, Emelin, Bennett, Dietz

LW – Pacioretty, Leblanc, Nattinen, Palushaj

C – Eller,  Deharnais, Pribyl, Bournival

RW – Gallagher, Kristo, Quailer, White

Makes you wish we tanked it.  A Yakupov or Grigorenko would look nice in a CH jersey.