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Favorite current player: Eller/Galchenyuk
All-time favorite player: John Ferguson
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 11:01:51)
I would disagree. In anything where you decide in a split second what to do you are going with muscle memory and training. That is exactly why you see so many posts hit, including your example. White ice, white boards, white net, usually white goalie equipment, and red posts. Ever see the video of Crosby and MacKinnon shooting green water bottles off the top of the net? Sure competition is fun. But what is on top of most NHL goalies nets? You make your own luck in this life.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 15:05:02)
That is always an issue. The Habs are on paper about 11th in the East, where NJ and Ottawa are right now. What is astounding is that this team has been able to run most of the season within the top five of the East instead. Folks get enthusiastic over this. They forget to give the guys credit for working so hard, so long, to get where they are with about 16 games to go. The forget also that other teams are making their push now. They forget that an overtime or shootout win over the East is only a single point while a regulation loss is two gone or that while you run out to play the West the East on East teams are dividing 3 points between them. It is really disappointing that no matter what the Habs do now they will be considered to have failed when in fact they overachieved all season.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 11:09:54)
I think Montreal's success has come from working players into their system slowly. You come up, get sheltered minutes, get the feel of how it goes. Vanek with Briere and <= 10 minutes would have been the way to go until he got his feet under him. The worst that happens is you introduce him slowly to the system. The best - another DD/Pac combo. You also avoid sending the message "You played exactly the way the coaches wanted...but you aren't good enough so we brought in a rental to do your job." Instead you let the guy watch a fourth or third line guy getting better and he sends himself a message.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 10:52:40)
Remember when HIO put Timo in perpetual time out? Wasn't a day went by someone didn't write in "Free Timo!" Admittedly that sounds like something Timo would do, short and to the point, still...
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 13:20:06)
Wow...it seems like he has been out forever! Was it just two weeks ago they sat him down and told him to heal up? Two Olympic shutouts, semi-final and final. Three goals in five games. The puck would hit him and stop. Best goal tender in the Olympics...I can see why the Habs are taking no chances...it isn't like it was Bernier or that other guy the Leafs have...this is the best goal tender in the world we're talking about.
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 10:02:40)
Vanek. To get a good player you have to give up something good. To win anything there is risk. People with the opportunity and fortitude to take risks either reap great rewards or fail. Most people never try. The only thing I can see wrong with the Vanek trade is the timing. The chance of a trade deadline deal working out are stacked against any team. Earlier would have been better but would have cost more, a lot more. Mention the names of any of the "lot more" and HIO fans would throw themselves off cliffs. I have a hunch the team knows what it is doing. They have been in a position of almost sure playoff participation since December so I am pretty confident they didn't get distracted by a shiny bauble dangled by NY at the last minute. This team is progressing nicely. Management, coaching, and the players are doing much better than the majority of teams. You all should be proud of them.
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-07 17:01:08)
The Olympic medals have always eluded St. Louis. I think they came last or something the first time he played, then he was a spare "in case" player in 2010. When you hear him speak he is pretty proud of his accomplishments. He mentions the team in Tampa, the fun playing with Stamkos, and infers he can work with Yzerman. I hope he does well in NY but I really think he is going to find it isn't the coaching, or the team, but only age.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 16:27:43)
Collberg was a remarkable draft finding. In a few years, if he ever decides to get serious and come over, people could look back on this and think the Habs fools. On the other hand should Vanek get comfortable in Montreal, re-sign, and become an integral part of the team the same folks will think it a sensible deal. Then again Collberg could stay home, never pan out, and Vanek could move to Minny. HIO is full of people knowing the answers to all that, when to boo and trash players and teams, who is playing well and who isn't. The NHL has standings that reflect another reality and if you stay sober and watch the games you see an entirely different team than usually described here. Classy move to play Parros yesterday. The team is in good hands and plays hard. They have come a long way in only a year and a bit.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 16:06:07)
Corey Perry is one mean player. It takes a pretty gutsy team to take a couple games from those guys.
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 17:40:58)
That's the spirit! He might as well put the fear into them now before the teams meet in the final.