29 jan 2019
Canadiens de Montréal
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood</b></div><div>The Islanders are a total mirage, they are a team that gets out shot and out chanced and has had unreal goaltending. Its not sustainable and this season apart from 2 hot streaks they were just treading water. They are going no where.
The one trade Dubas may have done differently in hindsight was Kadri to Colorado, although I also think its unfair to call it a failure. Kerfoot hasn't been as good as any of us hoped but its also not fair to pin it all on him. In order these are the injuries TO has had to deal with that has forced Kerfoot to change linemates ever 7 to 8 games. Hyman was hurt, then JT, and then Moore, and then Kerfoot, and then Johnsson and then Marner and then Mikheyev and then Johnsson again. Kerfoot has played 150 minutes with 5 or 6 different players or something crazy like that. He's never had the chance to settle into a position or a line. I think he may still pan out but we'll see. Barrie was really bad under Babs but Babs was so bad this year. Just stubborn and unwilling to change anything. Under Keefe Barrie was much better, when he and Rielly were together, they had something like 60% expected goals which is insane.
Beyond that trade, he's done very well, so that is another overreaction.
As for overpaying his stars, that really isn't a thing. Its also something Montreal fans who support MB have no business commenting on. Price's contract is bad, Matthews is fine, so is JT's and Marner's is fine as well. Nylander's is an outright steal.
People on here will say Marner is over paid but then say Lou has done a great job in New York where he signed Lee and Eberle to more than what Marner makes. I'll take a 23 year old likely 100 point player over those two 30+ year olds 100% of the time. Stars getting star money isn't a problem, mid range players getting 5+ and term into their 30's are contracts that bite you in the ass. Matthews Marner and Nylander will never be a problem. Neither will JT, when he starts showing his age, he'll be carried by the young guns and still produce. He won't be like Getzlaf and have to carry a team that isn't good.</div></div>
It's not really fair to say Price's contract is bad. He won the William M Jennings, Vezina, Ted Lindsay, Hart all in the same season. Dubas overpaid Matthews and only got 1 year of UFA years. He paid them all money which should've locked them up for 8 years, but instead it seems like he gave the players the term and AAV they wanted (hence why he was voted the best GM to deal with from agents). None of those contracts are fine except Nylander (Was not worth it when he signed). You don't just go around paying players 10+ Million dollars simply for putting up points. It's a recipe for disaster.
I'm not really sure why we are talking about Lou, at the end of the day, a GM's success is judged by the team's success. Toronto still has yet to make it past the 1st round even though they are trading futures to win now. I'm not trying to debate that Lou is a good GM, but I do believe he is better than Dubas.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood</b></div><div>I will say that if I was in charge when JVR and Bozak were on their last teams I think I would have moved them, but at the same time the team had the potential to go on a run, so I understand why you just treat them as own team rentals. In the cap world, you do have to let secondary players walk out the door at times. Its just the nature of the beast. That being said, what would they have been able to get for those players? Bozak maybe a 2nd. JVR you likely could have gotten a good prospect and a late 1st but at the same time, they had a record year for the team so what are you going to do.
Also Lou was in charge during that year when JVR, Bozak and Bernier were around. So like most things on here, Dubas is getting ripped for stuff Lou did. Which happens a tonne. Dubas gets **** on, on this site because people hate the Leafs. They will point to all his flaws and almost all of them are either mistakes made by Lou, cleaning up the mess he made or things that are not at all bad. Like paying Matthews what he makes. Dubas is a terrific GM, he'll get his dues eventually.</div></div>
How does letting JVR/Bozak/Bernier walk fall on Lou? It was Dubas who didn't trade them or resign them. That has nothing to do with Lou. Dubas does do some things right, but he definitely isn't a top 15 GM in the league.