Subban in Sochi - (K. Scott Hinckley)Member since November 10, 2007
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Habs fan since: 1971
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov
All-time favorite player: Ken Dryden
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-06 12:18:24)
M. Boone: Great work on this "ALN." I'd write something...but you covered it all. As for the future, with the insanely intense schedule caused by the Olympic break, is it possible that the Habs will BENEFIT from their smaller roster...? The Canadiens better clone Andrei Markov-or at least his knees. If Mom Russia advances in the Olympics...and the Habs do well in the Playoffs...those knees are looking at +- 110 games of 25 minutes of ToI. "Ouch." Ice "the Champagne's" knees. Please. Speaking of Russians, the Canadiens current tear of exceptional play started 9 games ago. I note that Alexei Emelin's return was 10 games ago. Price has been a fortress and the youngsters have been incredible but it can be said that our Habs' 2014 future "hinges" on 4 Russian knees... "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-20 11:30:30)
"Most Valuable 'Injury,' 2013-2014." Rene Bourque. It was eye-opening seeing the pregame blog post comparing his post-trade goal & point production with that of Mike Cammalleri. Now that all the Habs' injured players have had a few matches to get in game shape the potential of the team is coming into view again. The Capitals and Pens are traditionally excellent "measuring sticks" and the weekend games against them should confirm the optimism. I had been "scared" by the Canadiens' play since Halloween. It was a joy seeing a 60 minute team effort last night. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Prust set to return to Habs’ lineup (2013-11-14 11:11:23)
After Lars Eller's pointed comments about the Oilers seemed to directly lead to him suffering a 10+ game goal-less drought I am pleased to see that Brandon Prust and Daniel Brière are (still) willing to state opinions that clearly nail down their "issues." Prust appears to have a history with the Canadiens of coming back too early from injury. Both he and his Hell-bent-for-leather approach "suffer" when he is less than "100%," if there is such a thing as 100% for a hard-nosed NHL player. As for Daniel Brière, I was glad to see him use the word that best describes his appearance and attitude in a Canadiens' jersey: "grim." I was glad to watch a recent episode of "24CH" in which Brière is actually seen smiling. Contrast that to (the few available) photos where Brière is involved in a goal "celebration." He even looks miserable when he's picking up a point and a "+"!! He clearly is overwhelmed by the media crush in Montreal. He has dragged fan expectations down so low that at least that "pressure" can no longer be a "distraction" for him. This weekend is a Tale of Two Cities. A boring road game with the Blue Jackets and a hopeful game at the Bell vs. the Rangers. I hope for a strong road effort in Columbus that builds momentum for Saturday's return of Prust and Emelin. Let's hope they are both truly 100% ready physically and "only" have to concern themselves with adjusting to the pace of the NHL game. As happened last season for the first 40 games, the League will be caught "off guard" by the banging style of Prust and Alexei Emelin. No one is familiar with the concept of the Habs being a tough team; perhaps to include the Canadiens themselves. As the Habs reintegrate all the formerly injured players we are likely to "discover" that MB's summer signings of Brière, Murray, and Parros were ill-advised. They have all "lost a step" and just don't seem to fit where the Canadiens "are"-let alone where they are "going"-with a young, fast, quick team with a core "attack" concept. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Roy’s Avalanche has best record in NHL at 11-1-0 (2013-11-02 17:31:08)
I made the comment, joking at the time, a couple weeks ago that the entire Phantoms' team had been recalled and that the Buffalo Sabres had been relegated to the AHL and replaced by the Hartford Wolf Pack. I never cease to be amazed by the people that claim the NHL is at "parity" and that, as a result, the "any given Sunday" concept applies. Or "any given Hockey Night in Canada." The ever-miserable Oilers and the toothless Panthers can now be added to the list of teams that (should) face relegation. I think San Antonio & Oklahoma City deserve shots at the National. Having said the above, it does not mean these terrible NHL teams are not "dangerous." But much of the need for caution is because of the natural tendency to "let down" against inferior competition. Or maybe anxiety about a crazed goalie being launched 200 feet into space... It is sad that a former tough AND competitive team like the Flyers is now icing a WWE product...with Ray Emery being the perfect "heel" on this incredibly poorly managed club. Edward M. Snider hit his "Best Used By" date 30 years ago. I wonder if Vince McMahon likes hockey...? He could improve both the on-ice and off-ice product in Philadelphia. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-02 11:38:39)
HiB: I haven't read about it yet on HIO but last night Emery was chosen as 3rd Star (seriously). I presume for "earning" 29 PiM's...and not because he gave up 4 goals on 19 shots. As for the Flyers' ownership, management & fans: "You reap what you SEW." "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-02 11:31:28)
Other than "-3" George Parros didn't get on the score sheet last night. Whereas he only played 7 shifts with an average length of 41 seconds, maybe the official scorer can remove any minus figures that occurred while George was "skating to" or "skating from" the Canadiens' bench..."Modified Plus/Minus." Blunden also played 7 shifts. At least he was credited with 3 hits...hopefully he didn't run into Parros on the line changes to "earn" those hits. With MaxPac returning Bunden has had his last TimBit in Montreal. Ever. On the topic of the (former) 3rd line, I like Ryan White's improved discipline this year but I don't know what he "adds" to the Habs in a 4th line Choir Boy role. At least the "old" Loose Cannon Whitey kept the opposition's head on a swivel. In "Today's" NHL is there really a role for these 3 players? Short of playing in Filthadelphia...? "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-02 10:43:09)
As for the comment by Papa Desharnais that his son is a “slow starter,” perhaps DD still isn’t “in gear” this season because he never “started” LAST year due to the abbreviated schedule. That 48 games didn’t allow M. Desharnais the proper time to pull up his landing gear. Of course, it could be noted that the only “real” season that DD had with the Canadiens was in The Lost Year when the Habs finished last in the Conference. He & Cole looked “outstanding” on a terrible team; never since. Bergevin’s first meaningful error as Habs’ GM was resigning Desharnais-and doing so way too “early” and for an unnecessary princely sum. To this day David has a grand total of 34 NHL goals…and he has “earned” a fat goose egg in the Playoffs...zero goals. At least DD is injury free…and has kept the same ice time (!!)…There’s some “value” in his contract if he’s being compensated for ToI. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 14: Road weekend starts with 4-3 loss in Minnesota (2013-11-02 10:39:39)
As for the comment by Papa Desharnais that his son is a "slow starter," perhaps DD still isn't "in gear" this season because he never "started" LAST year due to the abbreviated schedule. That 48 games didn't allow M. Desharnais the proper time to pull up his landing gear. Of course, it could be noted that the only "real" season that DD had with the Canadiens was in The Lost Year when the Habs finished last in the Conference. He & Cole looked "outstanding" on a terrible team; never since. Bergevin's first meaningful error as Habs' GM was resigning Desharnais-and doing so way too "early" and for an unnecessary princely sum. To this day David has a grand total of 34 NHL goals...and he has "earned" a fat goose egg in the Playoffs. At least DD is injury free...and has kept the same ice time (!!)...There's some "value" in his contract if he's being compensated for ToI. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 14: Road weekend starts with 4-3 loss in Minnesota (2013-11-01 19:27:25)
I take issue with one thing that Brian Wilde said, P.K. Subban is "the League's Best Defender." That is doubtful. Subban IS the NHL's Norris Trophy winner. And most fans know that the Norris is awarded to a high scoring defenseman. P.K. certainly is the Canadiens' MVP. And unless Carey Price plays like he did in October for the next 8 months, Subban has ZERO competition for the position of Most Important Hab, Most Skillful Hab, or Most Scintillating Hab. Having said that, P.K. needs to take it to THE Next Level this season. He needs his ToI boosted to the 26-27 minute range. "Champagne" Markov is logging stunningly ridiculous minutes. At this rate he will be physically unable to play for Mother Russia; he will be icing his knees. As for Subban'scredentias, this season is no walk-in-the-park 48 game regular season. Subban will have to overcome many a valley to play +- 82 regular season games, 5-6 Olympic matches, and 24 Playoff games (and we all say: "Amen!"). Throw I a few pre-season games and his odometer hits 110-115 games!! In other Dreger-calibre "news," Subban is black. So is the puck. There are a ton of racists in Canada and a lot MORE (per capita too) south of the border. And then there are the Darren Pang's that expose the REAL story with Freudian Slips about P.K. learning "THE White Way." But the real story is not about the racists. At least they are "nice" enough to bluntly come out as idiots. The bigger problem is the PAID Talking Heads in the media (e.g., DD-and no I do not mean the Habs' diminutive center). Canadian citizens pay CBC's media to feed the racist beast; I need not mention names. If you move to TSN, Darren Dreger reminds me of the Don Henley song "Dirty Laundry" "Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies We got our dirty little fingers in everybody's pie We love to cut you down to size, we love dirty laundry We can do "The Innuendo," we can dance and sing When it's said and done we haven't told you a thing We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry" So M. Dreger, please get your dirty l'il fingers out of The Montreal Canadiens' pie!!! And P.K.'s poutine too...Go report on some legit NHL business. Merci. P.S. The only "high risk" that the typical fan of the Canadiens is concerned about is not seeing Subban play 25 minutes every game. "Cannonading drive!!"
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 13: Canadiens outshine Stars 2-1, even Bell Centre record at 4-4 (2013-10-29 19:11:48)
Alain Vigneault may be the first coach-in any sport-fired after 1 home game. Hopefully he didn't have time to unpack after the 9 game trek. He probably won't find employment in Sweden. "Cannonading drive!!"