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 Martin Brodeur would take backup job with Habs if offered (2014-09-05 18:16:27)
Ok, I'm a Canadian (Habs fan since 1971) married to an American, which is why I have lived in the US for a long time. I'm writing about the opinion that's sometimes voiced on this board that the NHL permits violence in the game to appeal to American fans. Where is the evidence that that's true? Don't trot out the fans at the "Gaahden" or Wells-Fargo arenas as examples - the vast majority of those fans aren't yahoos, even thought we'd like to think they are. Most of the people I hang out with don't go to hockey games to watch fisticuffs. My wife's large extended family, all blue-collar salt-of-the earth folks, actually like to make fun of hockey by quoting the too-familiar line about going to the fights and watching a hockey game break out. They aren't right up to the glass cheering on players that are fighting; rather, they are revolted by it. They want to watch athleticism and skill. They are staunch football fans (I live in Packer and Viking territory) but don't like headshots; to a man (and woman) they are are in favor of rules to protect players in contact sports from concussions. They know the Packers season last year turned when the Bears cheap-shotted Aaron Rodgers and broke his collarbone. Violence doesn't appeal to them; physical, but fair, play does. So I'd like to propose that the NHL would actually increase its US fanbase by getting rid of headshots and gratuitous violence.
- Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-19 14:54:05)
Jiri Sekac, failing that, Sven Andrighetto. How can you go wrong with "Cakes" and "Ghetto?"
- Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-19 14:46:42)
You just discovered you know nothing? I found out 28 years ago, when I got married. I've been in that blissful state (of ignorance, that is) ever since. At least you tried to fix the light. I would have called an electrician, who would have had no end of fun with this. And my wife would have nodded, knowingly.
- Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-19 14:42:25)
Heavyset, check Wet, check Rat? That has to be in the eye of the beholder.
- Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-19 14:37:13)
Berkshire left this site before I joined up, so I don't know the details. I gather it was acrimonious. I can't believe, for all the grief he's gotten on the site (and I concede it's reciprocated - and in spades), that not more folks wanted to dump ice-cold water on him. Whatever one might feel about him, one has to give him credit for not hiding behind the anonymity of the web. He's out there front and center, all guns blazing.
- Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-18 15:55:35)
About captaincy, I replied to a poster on the previous thread who felt that while Crosby and Toews might have been ready to be captains when they were in their early 20s, that wasn't necessarily true for Pacioretty or Subban. I agree that the one doesn't follow the other. But I don't think Crosby is good at calming team-mates down, providing feedback to younger players on what was right or wrong about a particular play, or talking with referees in a reasoned manner. Crosby has been pretty undisciplined the past 2 or 3 seasons in the playoffs which, I admit, is mostly when I have seen him and Toews play. Crosby gets away with a lot when he talks to the refs only because he is a superstar. But it has been easy to get him off his game which, I submit, is not a sign of a good captain. Crosby didn't rebuke Neal for kneeing Marchand in the head (no matter how much we think he might have deserved it), nor Toews either Seabrook or Keith for saying "wakey-wakey" to a concussed David Backes. Those are things a captain must do, precisely to calm his team AND the other down, to defuse a potentially explosive moment in the game. Remember, in that same game, Thornton attacked Orpik after the kneeing incident. Another poster replied that Crosby was looked upon to provide the spark a team needed when it was down. I agree he does that quite well, as does Toews. Any star player would be expected do the same. But if that was the criterion that qualified Crosby and Toews for the captaincy, I submit PK is eminently qualified. I agree there is no-one around the league I can think of who commands moral respect like Beliveau, Henri Richard, Serge Savard or Kirk Muller did. I don't think AM, because of what I feel is a language barrier, is suited to talking to refs or to young players who aren't Russian. If we are looking for someone who can do a reasonable all-around job - calming youngsters down, playing with discipline and is taken seriously by refs and opposing teams - Pleks is the best choice.
- Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-18 10:06:29)
I'm sorry to be the contrarian here. By your definition, I don't think Crosby is a good captain. Toews might be, but the emphasis is on the word "might." I will admit that I don't see many Penguins' or Hawks' games, so my sample size is small. It's mostly post-season games, when one would think a captain gets to show his mettle more than he would during the regular season. What I have seen of Crosby isn't captaincy material. I have seen an undeniably talented player demonstrate appallingly undisciplined play. Last year with the Bruins, this year with the Rangers, and almost every year with the Flyers, Crosby has been thrown off his game, taken too many penalties and behaved irresponsibly, like when he cheap-shotted Rask. He hasn't really put up the points, either. I don't disagree at all that Crosby, like Toews, is targeted. Yet, as captain, he ought to be able to get beyond that. Toews also was undisciplined this past post-season (not as much as Crosby) but did put up more points. To me, a good captain would have rebuked whoever said "wakey-wakey" to an obviously concussed David Backes. He also would have told Milan Lucic to get his behind to the Canadiens' dressing room to apologize to Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin. A good captain would also be a leader on the ice and not encourage his team-mates to lose their heads by losing his own. He would realize that the post-season is different and that it makes no sense to feel victimized as much as Crosby seems to do. I think Gionta was a better captain than Crosby is now. There's no-one around with the stature of Jean Beliveau or Henri Richard or Serge Savard. Kirk Muller was a good captain. Crosby and Toews don't come close. My point? PK is more than ready. He was a hot-head last year against Ottawa and learned from that. He was masterful against the Bruins this past season.
- Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-04 10:39:43)
@Twilighthours Thanks for the reply to my question about advanced stats - the answer was very helpful. Cheers!
- Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-04 07:33:47)
About advanced stats, I understand that Corsi and Fenwick relate to shots taken, and are surrogate measures of possession. I have no difficulty understanding them as team metrics. I get that teams which outshoot their opponents tend to win more games. What I don't get is how one assesses an individual player's performance with these metrics. For example, Manny Malhotra (I'm told) has terrible Corsi numbers because he always starts in the D-zone. Presumably, if he starts in the D-zone a lot, he's up against the opposing team's best players. So, isn't his bad Corsi expected? Can one factor in zone starts and quality of competition with Corsi and Fenwick in one unified number? How does one assess individual performance relative to the team-mates that were on the ice at the same time? Shouldn't Lars Eller have worse possession metrics than DD because he plays with less offensively talented players? (I don't know if he does because I don't even know where to look). But if he does, is he a worse player? Ryan White probably has bad Corsi numbers because he started in the D-zone a lot as well. I agree there are no excuses for Parros and Murray - but I didn't need advanced stats to tell me they were terrible players. So, if anyone can enlighten me, I would be very grateful.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-01 17:12:40)
I'm not panicking. There is still time. Shea Weber went to arbitration and yet is still with the Preds. Subban wants to be a Hab for life. Meehan can say what he wants but Subban is an RFA and it's in his interest to negotiate something, anything. Even if a deal can't be worked out before the arbitrator hands down her award, I don't think the climate has been so poisoned that he will inevitably refuse to play for the Habs after the contract is done. He understands the business of hockey. In the unlikely event he does wants out, I can't see him pulling a Spezza merely out of spite and purposely making it difficult for MB to trade him while he can. So, relax, folks. In these days of free agency, we will lose some players and sign others. MB/MT/Molson is a far cry from Houle/Tremblay/Corey. This won't be Roy or Chelios redux.