Big Buff Gone To Atlanta

Kind of puts a damper on Dustin Byfuglien’s off-season Stanley Cup party, don’t you think?

The big lad, along with Brent Sopel, Ben Eager, and prospect Akim Aliv were dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers for entry draft picks numbers 24 and 54, along with Marty Reasoner and OHA player Jeremy Morin.

Why couldn’t Montreal make this deal? The Habs have similar draft picks – 27 and 57, and we could have thrown in the Kostitsyns and Marc-Andre Bergeron, plus VIP seats at the Just For Laughs Festival. The Kostitsyn’s would have loved Chicago, what with Al Capone and Frank Nitti and the Untouchables all having lived there at one time.

We could’ve used Big Buff in a Big Way. Damn. I’d heard rumours that Chicago might move him but I didn’t really take it seriously considering what he did for his team in winning the Cup.

I think Chicago just screwed themselves and it’ll be another 49 years before they win again.

It’s all about money, of course. Creating cap space and all that, most of which I don’t understand because if you ever saw my high school math marks, you’d know why. So in my pea brain way of thinking, getting rid of one of the purest power forwads in the league, and they don’t come around often, doesn’t compute.

Oh well. It’s good. The Hawks are weakened and if Montreal meets them in the finals next year, I see no problem whatsoever for the bleu, blanc et rouge.

13 thoughts on “Big Buff Gone To Atlanta”

  1. atlanta signs craig ramsey as head coach. i’ve always believed he was the best guy out there and have said so on this forum many times while searching for a replacement for numb nuts……….. habs missed out big not grabbing him…….buff too…… atlanta has made some good moves.

  2. They have, Hobo. And I recall you saying several times that Craig Ramsay is an excellent coach. I think you’ve propelled yourself right into an upper management job when I own the team? The thing with Big Buff? How often does one these types come along?

  3. Dennis, now that Buff’s off to Atlanta maybe people can start pronouncing his name properly.

    It’s Bye-foo-glee-an isn’t it? Not Buff-land

    And Chicago would have gone for your deal on condition that we keep the Kostitsyns and just throw in a couple more VIP seats to the Just for Laughs festival instead.

    This deal will help the Thrashers tremendously.

  4. u better start working more over time and saving your doe ra me…… if they don’t make some good moves and quit missing the bc ferry i’m going to burn my habs slippers.

  5. Hey Dennis, out of curiosity who do you think got a better return (got screwed less)? Chicago getting 2 draft picks for Buff or Montreal getting 2 prospects for Halak?

  6. Chris, I think Montreal got the better return. Chicago got a couple of picks who may or may not pan out for the kind of player that doesn’t come around very often. Montreal got two possible high-end prospects for a goalie who may or may not have a great career. I’m so high on select power forwards that I’m shocked that Buff is gone. Couldn’t Chicago have gotten around the cap thing without giving up this guy? Wasn’t there another way of doing it? But I’m happy because I think Chicago just weakened themselves and we’ll kick their ass if they happen to make it to the finals again.

  7. Too bad Gauthier, Bowman and Pleau couldn’t have gotten together.
    Byfuglien to Montreal
    Halak to St. Louis
    Eller and Schultz to Chicago

  8. That would work for me, Chris. Byfuglien in Montreal like that. You continue to show that you’re upper-management material.

  9. I’m glad to see Byfuglien off the market. I did not want Montreal to touch him even with a 100′ pole. Not only was he not a fit in Montreal — the Habs’ needs are for a top-6 winger who is a strong 5-on-5 performer that can play against top opposition, which Byfuglien is not — but I suspected some overeager GM was going to get fleeced.

    The fantastic Cup run has led to Byfuglien getting overrated pretty heavily, just like Pisani did a few years ago. Byfuglien is a third-line banger who makes 3M, not an elite power forward; but one great, well-timed stretch of 22 games has allowed Chicago to pitch him as such on the trade market and ask for far more than his value in a trade.

    The Hawks were wise to deal him when his value was at its peak. Atlanta overpaid.

  10. You could very well be right, MathMan. I’ve learned to trust your judgement after your dead-on prediction about Pouliot. The only thing for me is that a huge power forward with good hands doesn’t come along very often and I thought he’d be nice to have considering the overall size of the Habs and the way they were knocked around by Philly. But like I say, you’ve been extremely right before and without trying to sound patronizing, I think you’re a very wise hockey guy.

  11. I don’t think the problem vs. Philly was size. That’s just the convenient excuse trotted up every time. I actually counted who was on the ice for the Flyers for every game and, discounting Game 1 as the result of Halak’s bad game, most of the damage was done by forwards who are 6′ or less (then again — most of the Flyers’ forwards are 6′ or less).

    Size wasn’t the problem in 2007-2008 where the Habs dominated everywhere but the crease. It took some serious imagination to credit anything the Flyers’ skaters did for that win, except Umberger’s lucky 40% shooting streak. The Flyers won the same way the Habs beat Pittsburgh and Washington, only they were dominated even worse on puck possession.

    In 2009-2010, size wasn’t the problem either… strategy was. The Habs actually played Philly very well, even carrying the play, when the score was tied. But as soon as Philly got a lead, they would go to left wing lock and the Habs and their coaching staff had no answer. 3 games this happened, and the Habs showed zero capability to adapt to what was a pretty straightforward strategy.

    The Habs took two leads in the series. The first time they pasted Philly. The second time, they allowed a backbreaking tying SHG soon thereafter, taking them back to square one. Otherwise, the Habs’ key problem was their almost complete inability to score against the Flyers’ lead protection system.

  12. Good point about the backbreaking Mike Richards goal, MathMan. As soon as it happened I felt sick. I think we all sort of knew that would probably change things drastically.

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