Continuing on a story I talked about earlier (http://awinninghabit.com/2012/06/15/habs-sensibly-decline-to-radically-overpay-for-first-overall-pick/), recent Habs GM candidate Pierre McGuire was on TSN and repeated the trade proposal I trashed: 1st overall for 3rd overall and PK Subban. Which makes magnificent sense for Edmonton. The problem is when James Duthie politely asked him if this is a deal Edmonton could really pull off, i.e. get Montreal to agree to.
McGuire replied “You’d have to put something else in there but absolutely.”
Unless the something else is code for one of Hall, Eberle or RNH this would be terrible for Montreal. If this is what McGuire would have been like as a GM I think Montreal narrowly dodged a bullet choosing Bergevin over Pierre this summer.
McGuire also states Montreal needs to get much bigger at center to avoided getting killed in the North East division, listing all 4 other NE teams as ones with centerlines with the implication that they would physically dominate the slight Canadiens. Because Mikhail Grabrovski, Derek Roy, Jason Spezza and David Krejci are physical monsters who apparently live to take the lunch money of the likes of Tomas Plekanec. That the local balance of power on center hasn’t significantly changed since the year Montreal won this division (or the three years afterward they made the playoffs in it) are just one of those irrelevant “factual events” that play no part in a McGuire mythmaking operation.
Continuing on the McGuire is wrong theme. Alex Galchenyuk is 6 feet, 0.5 inches Pierre. Not 6’3″ like you seem to believe. Check the draft combine information if you don’t believe me. The 6’3″ guy is Grigorenko.