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Report: Habs planning aggressive approach to free agency

 

The Montreal Canadiens stepped way out of the box earlier this month when they hired the inexperienced Martin St. Louis as interim head coach, and it appears their creative approach is here to stay.

The Habs will continue to shy away from the typical rebuild model and are planning to be competitive when free agency opens in July, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Thursday's "Insider Trading."

"What we're hearing is that, yes, the Canadiens are still on the lookout for picks and prospects in their roster makeover. But further proof that this is not necessarily a traditional rebuild and more of a roster transformation is that I'm told the Habs intend to be pretty aggressive in free agency come July 13," LeBrun said.

"They hope to be a player. While they want to get younger in some parts of the team, they also want to lure a big star or two to Montreal as part of this roster transformation."

St. Louis could potentially attract free agents to Montreal if he stays on as head coach beyond this season, another NHL club told LeBrun. The basement-dwelling Canadiens lost their first three games under the Hall of Famer's tenure after taking the reins on Feb. 9, but they've since rattled off four straight victories, including a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In his introductory press conference, St. Louis said that he didn't come to Montreal "to be a substitute teacher" and planned on being with the team for "a long time."

The Canadiens have been at the heart of a handful of rumors, with the March 21 trade deadline nearing. Veteran defenseman and pending unrestricted free agent Ben Chiarot has reportedly drawn interest from contending teams, while general manager Kent Hughes said the club would move on from blue-liner Jeff Petry if there's a fit.

Hughes said in January that the Habs aren't feeling any pressure to get everything done by the trade deadline, but they're open to all potential deals, according to The Athletic.

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The only time I can remember a team having success and win the Cup by signing big tickets through free agency was the Detroit Red Wings....back in 2003 when there was no cap.

 

If anything, FA is where teams make the most mistakes generally that handcuff the team. Not sure this is the right route for MTL.

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4 hours ago, flickyoursedin said:

I mean good turn around investment in Toffoli. Signed him had him for a year and a half traded for a pick and a prospect. Then they got cap space to do it again. Wish we did that throughout our rebuild.

The thing is, was there any real room for one? The prospects left behind for Kesler was pretty much reduced from what it could be, and every other player netted very little value. The Sedins were more valuable to Vancouver than to any other team, and unfortunately, you just cannot trade them away.

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Going big in FA isn't a terrible idea when there are doubts about whether key guys on big contracts like Shea Weber will be able to play out the remainder of their contracts (and at a high level of play).  Even with Weber on LTIR, MTL doesn't seem to have a vast abundance of cap space so it'll be interesting to see what moves they make if this is their long term plan.

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It all depends on what is available. If a player is young enough, and fits what they are doing and will be part of the solution for a long time, then signing him when he's actually available isn't a bad idea. Kind of like what Gorton did with Panarin.

 

There are some interesting pending free agents under 30 who might be worth taking a run at for the long term. Many of these will get extended before free agency, but some will not: Gaudreau, Forsberg, Hertl, Lindholm, Trocheck, Klingberg, Rakell, Copp, Nichushkin, Marchment. Depending on what a team needs, one or two of these players could plug that hole for a long time. For instance, if the Canucks end up trading Miller, I personally hope they go after Andrew Copp. Even though the message is to get younger and add futures, trading an existing player for a haul and then plugging the hole with a younger free agent still accomplishes that goal.

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8 hours ago, CRAZY_4_NAZZY said:

The only time I can remember a team having success and win the Cup by signing big tickets through free agency was the Detroit Red Wings....back in 2003 when there was no cap.

 

If anything, FA is where teams make the most mistakes generally that handcuff the team. Not sure this is the right route for MTL.

Yeah, honestly unless it is a bonafide superstar that is being picked up in FA, most players are 30+ years old.  So when you sign them, they're declining assets.  The best FA pickups are usually middle to bottom 6 forwards and bottom tier Top 4 defencemen or bottom pair.  Goalies are different... I think you can find fantastic goaltending through UFA pools.

 

Even a player I like as much as Filip Forsberg, I think he's gonna command $8.5M+ over 6 or 7 years.  At some point, it's not gonna look good.

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2 hours ago, DrJockitch said:

Did they just hire  Benning?  This is such a misjudgement of where their franchise is it is Benningesc. 

Gorton initiated the rebuild in NYR.  Molson when he relieved Bergevin said he wasn't afraid of a rebuild and thinks the fans would accept one.

 

It's not like they wouldn't be allowed to do a rebuild.  Hughes doesn't believe in a tear-down rebuild like in Arizona - he's said a few times.  If they don't want to give up assets to improve their team (they are looking to add draft picks and prospects) they need to be active in free agency.  

 

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2 hours ago, ShawnAntoski said:

They are loading up, this draft with a top 3 pick and re loading, in FA.  Not sure, if they can pry Barkov away from Fla but Gaudreau - maybe.  

 

Only thing that will screw up, this plan is if, the big names or even the tier bellow - decides to re sign.

Gaudreau ... to Caufield ... to Gallagher :lol:

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2 hours ago, ShawnAntoski said:

They are loading up, this draft with a top 3 pick and re loading, in FA.  Not sure, if they can pry Barkov away from Fla but Gaudreau - maybe.  

 

Only thing that will screw up, this plan is if, the big names or even the tier bellow - decides to re sign.

Barkov has a full NMC and already signed an 80M extension starting next season - there's obviously no chance that he would get traded.  

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6 hours ago, Warhippy said:

Sign free agents.

Suck to the trade deadline.

Trade free agents on 1/2 years deals.

Take picks and prospects back.

Rinse repeat for 2-3 seasons.

 

It's actually worked for a few teams in the hunt right now

Also works very well in my franchise modes too. Been doing if for 15 years.

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