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  • Comment on OK, this is officially BAD!! (2011-03-26 22:32:09)
    Before the Pacioretti injury I spent a lot of time on HIO (now, H'/IO). This is my first post since then. I lost a lot of interest after that, not because the NHL's chose not to suspend Chara (although, a couple of games would have been nice). Rather it was because the regular season lost a lot of luster (to me) at that point. We play 82 games to make the playoffs. We've been comfortably above 9th place for a while. And, due in part to injury and (my long-held belief) that we lack top-end talent, we are a distance behind the elite. So we play the meaningless games until the real stuff begins - just like pre-season... Why should I care? Frankly, that's how the Habs (sorry, the Hockeys) have looked for since the hit as well. Why bother? I'll get energized when the real games start and so will the Hockeys. That doesn't mean we'll win a round, it just means we should see more effort. The real question is what Canadiens are the real Canadiens? If Markov, Gorges and Patches played against the Rangers or Boston, would we have won those games? With them, are we elite? If not, what is this organization doing to get there? Consider A Tale of THESE Two Cities - Calgary and Toronto. Each team looking up at eight place in their respective conference with a slim chance to make the playoffs. Toronto cleared cap space; and picked up prospects and picks going into next year. Calgary held on to everyone and still might (ok, will) miss the playoffs. UFAs like Tanguay walk for nothing. A couple of picks would sure look nice in June. For us, Gomez is 0-8-8 in his last 22 games. Yeah, yeah, I know, he's a slow starter and excels in the playoffs. He'd better. Cammi is streaky. Uh huh. Players like this are the core of this team for the next couple of years. Their contracts virtually ensure it. That means inexpensive players have to carry more than their fair share. Can we realistically expect Patches, Pouliot, DD, and others like them will lead us to the NHL top tier? Will JM's system vault us to the rarified air? Should we just hope that Carey plays like he did in most of his first 60 games and carry us to a Cup? Or, does PG shake things up? Wake me up when the real games begin --- sometime in May. Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?
  • Comment on About last night … (2011-03-09 10:20:58)

    Not sure if someone already posted this, but at least one Boston sportswriter agreed that Chara deserves a suspension.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/massarotti/2011/03/chara_hit_difficult_to_defend.html

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  • Comment on Waiting for the Bruins (2011-03-07 08:49:20)

    I think Donald Fehr provided the blueprint for a future NHL map, during his interview with Ron McLean -- international markets.  Instead of finding billionaires or stupid cities (cough-- Glendale) to fund losses, move to places that would embrace the team and shower it with monetary love.

    Think of Atlanta as Team Sweden.  Phoenix in Moscow.  Florida in Slovakia.  One more in Russia.  One in Finland.  One in the Czech republic.  Six teams, in six hockey hotbeds comprising one non-North American division.  The fans would be plentiful (think Roman city states rather than NHL cities), corporate sponsorship abundant, and white-hot TV rights.  Their trips here and Canadian/US teams there would be a big deal.  Much better than Nashville visiting Columbus (with due respect).  And, good news for the NHL, if they can't find six crippled teams, they can sell franchises to new cities.

    I see a International Classic in 2013-14 as the lauching point for this.

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  • Comment on About last night … (2011-03-04 12:10:55)

    Joey's post about AK got me thinking about how we perform as a team against teams higher in the standings and lower in the standings (based on current standings, not standings when the game was played), at home and on the road.  For your stat trivia consumption...

     

    When we play teams ahead of us in the standings, when we're at home:

    6-2-1... 25gf/21ga... 2.8 GF on average/2.3 GA on average... 30 shots for on average/35 shots against on average

     

    When we play teams ahead of us in the standings, when we're on the road:

    4-6-0... 25gf/34ga... 2.5gfa/3.4gaa...  32sfa/34saa

     

    When we play teams behind us in the standings, when we're at home:

    14-6-5... 74gf/64ga... 3.0gfa/2.6gaa...  35sfa/29saa

     

    When we play teams behind us in the standings, when we're on the road:

    11-9-1... 48gf/46ga... 2.3gfa/2.2gaa...  32sfa/29saa

     

    Two things stood out. 

    1. Our home record against team higher than us is our best record, despite being outshot

    2. Home ice means more to this team than the quality of the opposition

     

    Here are the 8 games against higher ranks teams on Bell Ice:

     

    10/13  Tampa Bay:  4-3 OTL, 2 short handed goals against and give up 48 shots

    11/9    Vancouver: 2-1 win, Price stopped all 34 shots for the shutout

    11/16  Philadelphia: 3-1 win, Price is the star and stops 40 of 41

    12/4    San Jose: 3-1 win, Price is the star and stops 26 of 27

    12/15  Philadelphia: 5-3 loss, first time this season we outshot a better team at home and we lose

    12/16  Boston: 4-3 win, Price stars again

    1/6      Pittsburgh: 2-1 win, outshot Carey stars

    1/8      Boston: 3-2 OT win, outshoot them 42-29 and win in OT

    1/12    Pittsburgh: 5-2 loss badly outshot, let up 4 PP goals

     

    Looks like we can beat Boston and Philly when we play at home and Price plays a big game. 

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  • Comment on About last night … (2011-03-04 09:11:27)

    Sure, anything can happen. 

    P&G provides analysts with their expectations and broad strokes strategies for Tide for the next 5-10 years.  The world could be, unexpectedly, covered in soot tomorrow and they could sell 10x more Tide than they forecast this year.  That doesn't excuse them for providing their investors, employees and other constituents with their plan.  And, it shouldn't excuse PG.

    I can't image the leader of ANY institution NOT providing the publicly consumable aspects of his vision.  The only person it benefits is PG, because it makes it impossible to measure his future success of lack thereof.  BG said he had a five-year plan when he started.  Five years later, we didn't win it all.  We were first overall.  Is that what he meant?  We'll never know.  He offered us very little.  PG offers us even less.  It's stunning that sophisticated managers like the Molsons who run business built on marketing can't appreciate the importance of communication between their leadership and fans.

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  • Comment on Game 65: Canadiens send snowbirds home happy (2011-03-03 15:40:22)

    Sure, IF he took a $2m discount times 4 years.  I just don't buy it.  I think he got market or damn close to it.  I think most GMs would have put Lidstrom, Niedermayer, Pronger, and others a notch or two above Markov at the time.  He was not a captain, he didn't lead the PP, he's not overly physical, he's not a serious Norris candidate, never an All Star, rarely played a full season.  The others were in the $7m range.  Only a Sather-esque deal for Gomez was going to get this guy into the $7m range.  I doubt Meehan could find it and Markov wanted to stay, so you get a market deal in his preferred city. 

    BTW - can you find anything outside of a Montreal source that suggested he got a home town discount?

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  • Comment on Game 65: Canadiens send snowbirds home happy (2011-03-03 15:28:14)

    I understand your point. The only that journalist/broadcaster who comes to mind is Mike Millen - who was  a disaster with the Lions.  Lidstrom is making $7m.  Markov is steps below that.  $5m is market.  Even in an inflated year for free agents. 

    Just curious, what do you think market would be for Markov, never an all star, never a serious Norris candidate, not a team captain, rarely played a full season.  Did (at the point) lead his team in points by a D-man.  He has to come in south of Lidstrom, Nedermayer, Pronger, etc.

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  • Comment on Game 65: Canadiens send snowbirds home happy (2011-03-03 14:55:46)

    Yeah and Norris voters got it wrong as well:  Souray (8th) Markov (24th).  Don't get me wrong, I like Markov.  I just don't think we got a discount.  We never do.

    2006-2007 Norris Trophy Voting

    Pts. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th
    1. Nicklas Lidstrom, DET 1217 (87-44-5-4-2)
    2. Scott Niedermayer, ANA 1024 (46-62-22-6-2)
    3. Chris Pronger, ANA 608 (6-25-55-28-14)
    4. Dan Boyle, T.B. 219 (1-5-21-19-12)
    5. Kimmo Timonen, NSH 144 (0-2-9-24-13)
    6. Dion Phaneuf, CGY 98 (0-1-6-17-10)
    7. Sergei Gonchar, PIT 85 (1-1-6-8-14)
    8. Sheldon Souray, MTL 67 (1-0-5-7-11)
    9. Sergei Zubov, DAL 42 (0-0-4-5-7)
    10. Brian Campbell, BUF 42 (0-0-3-4-15)
    11. Jay Bouwmeester, FLA 32 (0-0-2-5-7)
    12. Philippe Boucher, DAL 27 (1-1-1-0-5)
    13. Ryan Whitney, PIT 20 (0-0-0-5-5)
    14. Brian Rafalski, N.J. 18 (0-0-1-2-7)
    15. Tom Preissing, OTT 15 (0-0-1-3-1)
    16. Lubomir Visnovsky, L.A. 12 (0-1-0-0-5)
    17. Tomas Kaberle, TOR 12 (0-0-0-3-3)
    18. Chris Phillips, OTT 7 (0-1-0-0-0)
    19. Keith Carney, MIN 5 (0-0-1-0-0)
    20. Zdeno Chara, BOS 4 (0-0-0-1-1)
    21. Mathieu Schneider, DET 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
    Robyn Regehr, CGY 3 (0-0-0-1-0)
    23. Anton Volchenkov, OTT 3 (0-0-0-0-3)
    24. Andrei Markov, MTL 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

     

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  • Comment on Communication is focus of workout (2011-03-02 18:54:18)

    Full Story

    McKenzie speculates about a team returning to Winnipeg.  I have my doubts it will happen or a team's long term viability in that market.  Short term, however, it would be fine and make money to offset losses for teams in Dallas, Florida, Colorado and other points south.  If they make enough Gary's can restart his Ponzi scheme to sell new franchises to rich dullards  who think they make hockey work in their home towns of: KC, LV, Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee and Poughkeepsie.

     

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  • Comment on About last night … (2011-03-02 10:29:27)

    It's only 845 words.  Many around here post 10x that on a daily basis. 

    But his points are good.  We have good goaltending and an impaired D.  We couldn't afford and shouldn't have tried to acquire the scoring we needed leading up to the deadline.  Which means we have what we have.  Gomez certainly second to Plecs and AK is maddeningly inconsistent.  But they offer the best potential to turnaround their games to provide much (perhaps desparately needed) offensive.  JM has been trying all sorts of things this season to get them out of their ruts. I say this as someone who would like to see JM, Gomez and AK all moved out of here. 

    Nearing the end of the second season with this folks in place, the playoffs will be time for them to put up or shut up.  If we lose in round 1 or we get shellacked game after game (but still manage to scrape through a round or two), if Gomez and AK contribute little to nothing, then PG has to build a new road map to near term success. 

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