kazmojoMember since January 16, 2008
Habs fan since: 1977
Favorite current player: Saku Koivu
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
- Comment on No shortage of former Habs coaches in Cup final (2013-06-14 15:26:53)
Dunno if this has already been posted, but it's a great read: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/why-cant-canada-win-the-stanley-cup/ This part stood out: "These struggling United States teams hurt the Canadian teams both directly by diluting the share of Canadian teams in the league, and indirectly by compelling a salary cap structure that is meant to protect the struggling American teams (but which has yet to make most of them profitable)."
- Comment on Silver for Diaz, bronze for Galchenyuk at world championship (2013-05-19 20:25:28)
David Clarkson this year, Dustin Brown the next. Both hit, both go to the net with abandon, both score goals, and both are right-handed (to replace Ryder and Gionta, respectively).
- Comment on About this season … and next season … and the one after that … (2013-05-10 01:34:39)
Counterpoint to Boone's analysis: Chicago has a similarly undersized defense corps, and finished last in the league in hits.
- Comment on Therrien: “We’ve got to make sure we go back to basics.” (2013-05-06 23:06:12)
Habs have both speed and skill, but missing that third ingredient: size. Not many opportunities this offseason to address that shortcoming, save for Ryder's roster spot. I'd like to see someone like David Clarkson in that spot instead.
- Comment on Subban’s stock falling with each Habs win (2013-01-26 01:27:02)
This year's pro-rated cap is $70M+. Next year it goes down to $64M+. And next year, Desharnais will likely be seeking a big bump in salary, which crowds the cap even further. Bergevin's ace card: one more player can be bought out next year without a cap hit, like Gomez this year. I'm guessing that's Kaberle, given his salary and underproduction. Would be interesting if Subban got Kaberle-like money.
- Comment on Blake Geoffrion expected to make full recovery (2012-11-10 19:22:01)
Your math skills need some work. Obama had 3M+ more votes. Not lopsided, but decisive nonetheless.
- Comment on Audio: Price signs for six years, $39 million (2012-07-03 12:24:14)
Love the signing of Bouillon, if only because it rights half the wrongs Gainey perpetrated the summer of 2009. The other, bigger part was swapping out Koivu for Gomez. Like the other contracts too, except Armstrong's. SJ signed Adam Burish (similar size and also right handed) for less of a cap hit -- albeit over longer term. He can play both RW and C, won almost 56% of his faceoffs last year, was a key penalty killer, and plays with grit too. Add the Stanley Cup experience in Chicago, and he's more valuable than a cheap shot artist like Armstrong.
- Comment on Saku, Gainey back in NHL picture (2012-05-10 15:51:44)
Gainey also tried to re-sign Kovalev and Komisarek when they went UFA. Gionta and Gill were plan B.
- Comment on Devils OT win pushes Panthers to limit; Bruins-Caps decide Game 7 tonight (2012-04-25 15:17:54)
Great post. Couldn't agree more.
- Comment on Comment: Cherry’s distortions paint false picture (2012-04-18 12:20:09)
Speaking as a native-born Canadian living in the US, you've got it backwards. Most Americans don't care about hockey, it's true. Of the four major sports, it's dead last. But for most Americans, it's because of the mayhem. Basketball is much more popular here, and fighting was essentially banned years ago. Football is probably the most popular sport, and people love the big hits. But look at what happened to the Saints, and you'll see the fine line between organized mayhem and outright thuggery. It seems that Americans view hockey as more of the latter.