Habs Prepping For Playoff Run

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The Habs have had a decent regular season. Bordering around the top 10 teams in the league and been pretty good in an ultra competitive Eastern Conference where any of the top 7 teams could come out as the Eastern Conference Champs this year. Despite having a good team, the Habs management group felt that the team needed more. The has been really good at keeping the puck out of the net this year as they have the best PK unit in the league currently with a 92.5% success rate and the 5th best GA/G at 2.44. The offensive side has had mixed results with a 20th ranked PP unit at 13.4% and a 13th ranked GF/G at 3.18. The Habs don’t have an abundance of spare youth running around for a big time add with what’s on the market this season. However, they may have found a player who fits the mold for the type of player they need perfectly.

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Jeff Carter was acquired from the Flames for 2 4th round picks in 2021 along with a 7th rounder in 2022. Carter is no all-star talent as he is near the end of his career, but he is still an alright goal scorer while having decent two-way ability. Carter will likely take Suzuki’s spot on the 3rd liner and will bump Brassard out of the lineup. Carter also adds a ton of experience and leadership to this young Habs team as well. Carter’s 5.27M cap hit would usually scare the Habs away, but they saved up a ton of cap this year and right now they can spend up to 98.6M of day on cap according to the GVFHL CapGeek. With that in mind, this move brings the Habs cap hit up to only 83M, so with 15M more of playing room will they make any other adds? It wouldn’t be surprising as the Habs believe they have got a good core. There may not be a ton of high end skill, but there sure is a ton of grit which makes the Habs a difficult matchup on any given night. This upcoming deadline will be interesting as the Habs have let the rest of the league know that they mean business.

 

Letter Sent to Fans in Anaheim

The 20-21 Reverse Retro Jersey of the Anaheim Ducks
The 20-21 Reverse Retro Jersey of the Anaheim Ducks

 

The franchise mailed a letter to its season ticket holders and shared the letter from the organization’s Twitter account. The letter thanked the fans for their ongoing support and unwavering loyalty. It also detailed the front office’s plans for the future.

Anaheim has already lost a number of familiar faces this offseason, culminating this week with the departure of two longtime Ducks, Matt Dumba and Adam Henrique.

After the team was unable to attract any significant talent during the offseason, several GVFHL journeymen were signed to 1-year deals. Many analysts suggested that this signaled the beginning of a rebuild – especially when considered in conjunction with a tumultuous front office cleanse which likely can be blamed for their failures in free agency. Anaheim held an extensive search for a new General Manager. Unfortunately, one that concluded after the UFA pool had all but dried up.

GM Ken took over the franchise with a decision looming large – retool again for a playoff run, as Anaheim fans have come to expect, or go a step further to reshape and rebuild for the future.  Since the league’s inaugural season, Anaheim has made the playoffs every year but one – but has yet to make it out of the Conference Semifinals. The team has accomplished just enough on the ice year after year to miss out on the most illustrious prospects, a critical foundation to any blueprint for postseason success.

Ultimately, GM Ken made the tough choice and perhaps the right choice – but far from the obvious one. While great players have come and gone in Anaheim, regular playoff pushes have taken a toll on their prospect pool. 

GM Ken has been continuously evaluating his team and sources say he’s listening to all offers. He’s said to have alerted his Director of Amateur scouting that there will be no shortage of picks in this year’s draft. It seems it’s time to prepare for a new generation of talent in Orange County.

Stamkos Traded To Montreal

For the majority of the summer the Habs were looking for a true star player to lead the team towards a potential cup run this season. The Habs had a solid 3 line team in their opinion but they felt that they were missing a player that could put the team on their back and win a series single handedly for them.

Enter Steven Stamkos.

The Habs had interest in Stamkos for the majority of the offseason but wanted to see how ufa played out before acquiring him. Stamkos adds a true superstar to the Habs that they have lacked since Ovie was traded in the 2018 offseason. Stamkos looks to center a line with Tkachuk on his left and Forsberg on his right. This line has a bit of everything, high power scoring, two-way ability, and grit.

“He’s obviously a huge add to the team” said GM MacPherson when asked about adding Stamkos. “We came within one game of the finals and we believed we would’ve made it if we had a bit more firepower and he brings just that”.

Even with the add of Stamkos the Habs aren’t the team to beat in the east, but they are for sure a contender who could come out of the east.