The Jackal - (David Gelles)

Member since January 20, 2008


Habs fan since: 2000 BC
Favorite current player: Carey Price
All-time favorite player: Saku Koivu

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Recent Comments

  • Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-26 23:08:02) Pretty funny video about the Habs beating Boston and Boston being whiny divers. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Leaving Habs was ‘family decision’ for Brisebois (2014-07-23 19:33:50)
    Right? But either way, I'm going to chime in here. First, and not to disparage or pump either players' tires, Eller has shown flashes of brilliance, but he has not been a consistent offensive threat. DD, on the other hand, has had one bad slump, but other than that he has produced consistently and is one of the best playmakers on the team. On top of that, his speed has improved and he is strong on the puck. He is not a physical specimen but he is not soft and he is deceptively hard to knock off the puck when he has possession. Sure, he won't win a lot of battles in the corners, but he battles and he is a shifty player. Eller is obviously better in the physical department, but even then, he doesn't throw his weight around and he doesn't assert himself consistently. He was great in the playoffs, but IMO he needs to play that way on a consistent basis. It's better that a guy shows up in the playoffs rather than not doing so at all, but he can't be invisible for long stretches of the regular season and expect to be a core contributor. That being said, Eller is a great kid and he has the tools to be an excellent two-way centre that can put up 40+ points, but I don't think he is an offensive dynamo, which is where the DD vs. Eller discussion gets misguided. In the case of Eller, he doesn't have very good hockey sense. His hockey IQ and decision-making are often questionable, and perhaps it's a confidence issue, because when he's on, he's on, but as has been noted, he goes way too long without being a factor and makes many bad plays in the O zone. So if it's a confidence issue, he needs to get that figured out, it's getting to the point where we fans feel he may be easily distraught, and if that affects his game to the point where he is not a factor, then... yeah that's not good. On the other hand, Eller is good defensively and plays the PK and has been good as a 3rd line guy - he is big, he can be physical and win battles, and he is dependable. But just because he has had a few moments in which he elevates his game and makes other players better doesn't mean that that is who he truly is. On that note, I think the argument that he hasn't been given a chance with good wingers is a tired one. Not only that, but to say that he would have produced more than DD with Vanek and Patch is a huge assumption. DD and Patch have excellent chemistry, and Vanek clicked with DD, not with Pleks - a guy who has produced 60+ points and who is a good playmaker in his own right. The thing is, Eller edges DD out in the physical department and in the defensive department, but DD is a great playmaker and he has proven that he can play with elite wingers and help them elevate their game - he didn't bring Vanek down, he helped him click on the team. Is Eller thus locked in a 3rd line role? No, but DD is not the player who is holding him back or taking TOI or good wingers. From my view, Eller is essentially auditioning to be the next Pleks. IMO, he is gonna be the guy who makes Pleks expendable. Lastly, all of this is to say that Eller and DD are different players and play different roles on the team. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 17:18:33)
    Looks like DD vs. Eller is the new Price vs. Halak. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 13:23:36)
    Still sad to see Josh go, but with his cap hit and skill set, he was the odd one out. He'd be a perfect 3rd pairing guy at a much lower cap hit, and he is good leader and character guy, but the Habs D composition was not favourable for a guy like Josh. We didn't have a guy to play him with on the 3rd pairing and that was not his role on the team any way. I just really hope that his departure is not a distraction for guys like Price and Gally, and that it didn't tarnish any of the players' view of the CH. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Eighth HI/O summit planned for Nov. 29th (2014-07-16 17:06:27)
    WTF is with these trolls trolling the summit? Buscate un oficio, hijo de puta! (Si es que en verdad hablas espaƱol) ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Eighth HI/O summit planned for Nov. 29th (2014-07-16 00:44:53)
    Thanks for the tips. I've decided I'm going to try and go next week and line a place up. I'd rather live on my own but If I can get a good arrangement with other people then that would work out too. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Eighth HI/O summit planned for Nov. 29th (2014-07-15 22:56:53)
    Thanks pal! I don't know the STM very well but I was told that as long as you are on the bus routes 24, 144 (I think), and some other one, you are good. Also I guess the green line because it stops at McGill so that would be good too. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Eighth HI/O summit planned for Nov. 29th (2014-07-15 22:38:05)
    Yo dog, dat reminds me of a funny work story. One of the kitchen guys was trying to get this new guy to buy some weed from him, and one of his arguments as to why he should buy it was this: dog, dog! ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Eighth HI/O summit planned for Nov. 29th (2014-07-15 22:25:36)
    It's great how the summit brings all us HIOers together, literally and also figuratively. I'm hoping to make an appearance this year, since I'll be living in Montreal, but I don't think I'll be able to get the money on time :S so it may just be a drop in hello at Hurley's. Anyhow, on a related note... does anyone have any tips on how to get an apartment in Montreal but from Toronto? I can't make it to MTL until August... is that too late to get a good 1BR in the McGill/Sherbrooke/lower plateau area? ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
  • Comment on Fans pack Bell Sports Complex to watch final scrimmage at development camp (2014-07-12 14:50:01)
    I feel like I was out with front last night. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.