hansolo - (Rajah)Member since December 24, 2010
La Crosse, WI
Habs fan since: 1971
Favorite current player: Plekanec
All-time favorite player: Ken Dryden
- Comment on Habs get day off after Super Bowl weekend; Diaz traded to Canucks (2014-02-03 12:51:24)
Well, folks, could we be the Edmonton Oilers? This is from Die by the Blade, the Sabres' SBnation blog. They invited an Oilers' blogger to talk about their "rebuild." An emphasis on grit doesn't necessarily get you to the Promised Land. When you have problems on defense, trading a D for a 4th liner (at best) forward won't solve them. "the rebuild hasn’t worked out for a couple reasons. i’ll try to be brief. the team is focused on signing “grit” players that offer little other than toughness. you have one in john scott, the oilers have about five in luke gazdic, jesse joensuu, steve macintyre, ben eager, ryan jones. macintyre and eager aren’t roster players, but if the nhl allowed you to dress 14 or 15 forwards, they’d probably be. look at the oilers’ defence. it’s a train wreck. the team allowed 100 shots over two games. that should be a federal crime. there appears to be an issue this year where the team is hell bent on acquiring former toronto marlies. coach dallas eakins coached the marlies last year, and since he’s been oilers coach, the team has acquired will acton, ryan hamilton, ben scrivens, and this past weekend mark fraser to the club. kevin lowe isn’t very good at his job. seriously, watch him get all huffy when he’s asked about missing the playoffs for seven straight years. this is a team that paid sheldon souray to play for dallas. they traded lubomir visnovsky for ryan whitney. they picked guys like mitch moroz, who probably is a career fourth liner (maybe) in the second round."
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-25 09:54:05)
To paraphrase what I used to say when my kids watched Mr. Rogers, "Correct as usual, DB."
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-25 09:52:30)
Trini asked if we WOULD hire a Babcock. I don't think we WOULD, even though we SHOULD, because he's simply not French enough. I know he went to McGill but I don't know if he speaks French.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-25 09:48:23)
Now you've done it! Equating the Habs and Leafs indeed...man, is nothing sacred any more? :-)
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-25 09:42:10)
Thanks for helping me make my points. The answers are no, yes and yes -- but the language issue got in the way, didn't it? And, therein lies the problem. If we want truly outstanding people, we may have to compromise on the language issue. But if the UN can offer simultaneous translation, maybe we could?
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-25 09:25:36)
@Dunboyne Mike: Great post about expectations. But unwittingly or not, you've highlighted the issue many of us are frustrated with. Have we sunk so low that we should learn to become as patient as Florida Panthers' fans? How did the Montreal F Canadiens ever get to so low a point? I know that in the glory years the league was smaller, the system was different, and so on. But one never had the sense that the organization thought mediocrity was acceptable. The Oakland Raiders may have had the slogan about a commitment to excellence but the Montreal Canadiens lived it and breathed it. I don't sense the organization lives and breathes it today. The Blackhawks, the Wings, the Blues, the San Jose Sharks and, heck, even the Boston Bruins (and I hate them) have a greater commitment to excellence than this edition of the Canadiens. The GM and assistant GM mumble on about character, and sign free agent players who are mediocre, neither leaders nor excellent players. What message does that give the rest of the team? We used a first round pick on Mike McCarron, a project if there ever was one. The coach fights in the media with opposing coaches, calls out his star players publicly, and makes inane comments about his captain crying. I could accept the team losing if I felt there was a good chance the corner the team should turn around was visible. I know Eyes on the Prize evokes emotions on this site but at least they presciently (while the team was in its long undefeated streak) pointed out the disparity in possession the team had versus its opponents and boldly predicted the streak was unsustainable. The reckoning has come. I don't sense our GM and coach even think about such stats (Dudley is said to be the anti-Moneyball). Well Doug Wilson, Joel Quenneville, Mike Babcock, and Peter Chiarelli do think about them and that may be reflected in how their teams do. But we have character -- and I guess that will have to be my consolation.
- Comment on Leblanc, Beaulieu will be in lineup for Habs against Penguins (2014-01-22 11:38:48)
Guy Charron, Bill Collins and Mickey Redmond. Here's a website for that stuff: http://www.nhltradetracker.com/user/trade_list_by_player/Mahovlich,Frank
- Comment on Habs’ Subban, Price headed to Sochi; Galchenyuk has broken hand (2014-01-08 12:57:20)
Not Habs related per se: What happened to HFS72 and to Un Canadien Errant? I miss their posts.
- Comment on About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that (2014-01-01 17:32:34)
No worries, mate. All in good fun.
- Comment on About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that (2014-01-01 16:57:27)
I'll be very realistic. I'll stick to players the Habs could have had, for basically nothing except salary (no picks/prospects/roster players lost): - Defence: Torey Krug, or Tom Gilbert - Wingers: Jaromir Jagr, Mike Cammalleri, Jarome Iginla replacing: Diaz, Murray, Parros, Briere