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Montreal Post-Deadline Look 2020

The Punisher

Montreal had a busy couple of days leading up to the deadline, on Tuesday they acquired star forward Filip Forsberg and vet shutdown defenceman Erik Johnson. Wednesday night they swapped out Johnson for the a more offensive orientated d-man in Mattias Ekholm. Finally yesterday they acquired big bruising defenceman Mark Boroweicki. With these moves can the Habs be considered a contender? No not really, the team’s d-core is pretty solid and Murray is a decent starter but the forward core is lacking talent. So the question might be asked is what was the point of moving out youth when the team is clearly not a contender this year?

“Every move we’ve made over the past month or so was to better equip us for being a contender next season” said GM MacPherson. “We are letting our youth develop one more year and make a run at our 2nd ever GVFHL title. There are only a couple of moves left to complete our vision of how the team should look next year”. Looking at the team this year they are no longer a complete pushover and should make whomever they may get matched up with in the playoffs (if they make it) work for a series win as they have added a lot of talented offensive players like Forsberg and Ekholm, some solid two-way guys like Eller and Martinez, and some bruising vets like Boroweicki and Foligno. Looking at the team next year this is how they project to look

Tkachuk – Forsberg – Strome

??? – Danault – Olofsson

Foligno – Eller – ???

??? – Suzuki – ???

Severson – Ekholm(Loyalty)

Orlov – Shattenkirk

Irwin/Sandin – Boroweicki



With 4 forward spots to fill there is still a lot of growth for next years team to endure, but Habs management seems like they have a plan in place to fill these spots and maybe they will make some noise next year.


Habs Acquire Forsberg, Coming Out of Rebuild

It’s been a wild couple of years for the Habs. From winning the cup in 2018 to burning it all down last year to now looking to make it back into the playoffs led by their youth. Today the Habs made a blockbuster bringing in Filip Forsberg from Arizona along with Erik Johnson and some late draft picks in return for top prospects Spencer Knight, Erik Brannstrom, Eeli Tolvanen, 4M and some early draft picks.This move came as a total shock as at the start of the year it was thought only a miracle would get them into the playoffs. Well as of right now the Habs are 4 points ahead of the 9th place Capitals and adding Forsberg to their sputtering offence will likely help the Habs stay ahead of the Caps the rest of the season.

“This move wasn’t made to make a push this season” said GM MacPherson. “This move was made for the future as a lot of our young prospects such as Tkachuk, Suzuki, Olofsson and several others have shown they can play at a pro level. Forsberg just adds an already established young star player into the mix to help with the growing pains. The franchise has lacked a leader since Ovie was traded and now we hope Forsberg can be that leader. We don’t expect him to be as good as Ovie but we think he can be the guy to make or break a playoff series for us”.

With the Habs coming out of a rebuild so fast people might be asking “can this work?” as the Habs only truly tanked for 1 season. The Habs are looking to show the rest of the league that it doesn’t take 20 seasons to do a great rebuild. The Habs hope to model their team the way the Colorado Avalanche have been shaped up as the Avs have been threat to win the cup every year in the leagues existence, which includes 2 trips to the finals and 1 cup. The Habs have their sight on title contention come next season according to reports. With UFA being a gong show there will be a lot of doubters but there were also a lot of doubters that the Habs could even be a top 12 team in the east this year, so anything is possible.

The Engoodening of Dylan Strome


Let’s set the scene a little bit. Your name is Don Maloney, you’re the GM of the newly rebranded Arizona Coyotes. But ownership is breathing down your neck. You haven’t made the playoffs since 2012. You just finished 14th in the brutal Pacific division, when the battle of California wasn’t two hobos dueling in the LA river. You used your last four out of five first round picks on Brendan Perlini, Henrik Samuelsson, Connor Murphy, and Brandon fucking Gormley. You need a slam dunk pick or your ass is canned. So you pimp walk up to the podium and you pick the projected (2nd) best player available, Dylan Strome. He’s tall. He’s great with his stick. He’s got that draft pedigree. Surely this couldn’t go wrong?
And let me just take this moment to say that, despite passing on the #3 rated Noah Hanifin, the Yotes did nothing*wrong* here. Strome was even ranked 7th by one list, but there was still nothing about himthat screamed “bust.” I mean, you can’t score a league leading 129 points on accident. They desperately needed a first line center because they had Sam Gagner playing 20 minutes a night. Strome’s numbers were insane. Honestly, I thought I was going to come here and lay some snark on the Yotes scouts for not seeing that Strome’s play was artificially inflated by playing on the same line as McDavid. There were plenty of doubters after the pick was made, too. But Dylan said, “Fuck the haters.” And he dunked on the OHL. Again. As captain of the Erie Otters, Strome secured 4th place in the scoring race, tallying 111 points. One year out, Arizona fans were boarding the hype train for the second coming of Ryan Getzlaf. I mean, I don’t really know what went wrong, if anything. Because when Strome joined the pro roster for Arizona, he tallied just one point in his seven-game cup of coffee in the NHL. But then he kept disappointing. The next, he split his time between Tucson and Glendale, scoring 6 points in 20 NHL games.

And then, the tipping point was reached. John Chayka yote (see what I did there? Yote? past tense of yeet but also the nickname for the t-forget it.) He yote Strome to Chicago in exchange for forward Nick Schmaltz. The hockey world was surprised. This was a textbook out-of left-field trade, and people were praising Chayka for even getting a roster player for Strome. But then, something kind of incredible happened. Strome started scoring. Like, at a point per game pace. And he kept it going for the rest of the season. Dylan Strome finished the year having scored 51 points in 58 games for Chicago. and this year, he’s scored 31 points in 48 games. So… what the hell happened? We can speculate. maybe if Chayka had been more patient with him and he was able to mesh with Tocchet’s system then we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Or maybe this is a case of a player needing a change of scenery or in quality of teammates before they can start performing to their potential. Either way… while Strome isn’t a bust, Arizona ultimately got shortchanged.