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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- Comment on Canadiens vs. Canucks preview (2014-10-30 03:49:20)
Yeah hindsight is amazing ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Canucks preview (2014-10-29 21:53:10)
I don't know if they are telling. You can say he is 83rd or whatever in whichever stat, but what separates the 80s from the 70s, and so forth? Not that much. I don't think DD is an offensive juggernaut but he works for us and he has proven himself in the NHL. I don't see the hurry in getting rid of DD or Eller to make room for Chucky or a theoretical #1 centre. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Canucks preview (2014-10-29 21:49:18)
I think you are making the stats say just what you want them to say. No one is saying that DD is little Malkin. But if you look at his scoring throughout his career, he's scored at well over .5 ppg since making the NHL, and last season he scored over 50 points despite a very slow start. Like I said below, DD is fine. He works on the team and he isn't holding it back. Our lineup of centres is working pretty well and there are bigger concerns than who DD or Patch play with. Why so much focus on Wee Davey? He's one of our most hard-working players and was very good during the playoffs despite not having much to show for it on the scoresheet. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Canucks preview (2014-10-29 20:58:24)
In response to both your posts, I think we've made a unicorn of who we think should be a first line centre. I think the Habs have 2 very good centres and no "first line centre." I don't think that's a problem in terms of becoming an elite team. Elite centres are hard to find and they don't by themselves make teams elite. With Price, we have one huge piece in terms of winning a cup. IMO, the bigger problem is having a solid defence and solid team defence. Maybe DD detracts from that, if that was the Habs' style, but teams can have a couple of players who are not too good on D if they can help score goals. DD and Patch work very well together and there's no reason to change that right now. Rather than an elite centre, we can do better with one more top D-man or a top-6 scoring power-forward. Not to say that an elite centre would not transform this team in some ways, but we are deep at centre and it's not really our area of weakness. I just think the DD argument is moot, for the reasons stated above. DD, Eller, they both help the team. And in the future, Chucky will hopefully be that elite centre. But our current lineup at C won't hurt the team moving forward, and DD being a #1 centre or not is not really a sticking point. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Canucks preview (2014-10-29 20:42:18)
I say we trade DD, Pateryn, and a 2nd round pick for Yak. Throw in Moen if need be. Do it MB! ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Canucks preview (2014-10-29 20:06:51)
Malkin and a 2nd rounder ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Canucks preview (2014-10-29 20:05:04)
Well it didn't take long for DD to be tradebait here, eh? It's getting old, guys. Look, Eller is a good player, but his ceiling seems to be that of a very good two-way centre who can provide about 40 points and play a physical game - nothing to sneer at and it's something we need. DD is at least a 50+ point scorer with great vision and hands. Throughout his career, he has scored on a pace greater than .5 ppg, and he still managed over 50 points last year despite his prolonged slump - that's the mark of scorer. Sure, he's small, but so what? Do we need Eller to be our over-compensating big truck? No, we are more than well off with DD, and he is a great forward. So what if he mostly gets O-zone starts? That's his bleeping role! He has demonstrated a great offensive acumen than Eller, and the kid has a shit-load of character. To make the NHL and stick there, and produce as he has, while always hearing that he wouldn't make it because he is too small... that shows that he is a no-quit guy. On top of that, he's improved his game every season, and he is much faster now than when he made the team for good. And for a small guy, he wins his fair share of battles and is deceptively difficult to get off the puck. I like Eller, and I think he is the heir to Pleks, but for all the supposed potential that we decide to see whenever DD is getting crapped on, he sure does make some questionable decisions with the puck. As has been said, he seems to lack hockey sense and he just has not made the right play in the O-zone on a consistent basis. He'll continue to be a very good 2/3 line centre throughout his career, and hopefully he can keep developing his offensive instincts. But based on the facts, he has not proven that he is on the same level as DD as far as contributing to the offense. And FFS, who cares if there can be another centre that perhaps raises Patch's production even more? There could be, and it could be Chucky, but we're not there yet. Why not wait til we get to that bridge before we throw DD off it and cross it? For all we know, Patch does play best with DD, and there is nothing wrong with that. If anything it gives us options and more depth in the top 6 by having Patch and DD, and Chucky and whoever rather than putting all the offensive eggs on the same line. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on ‘You’ve got to thank Pricer for that one,’ Pacioretty says after Habs win over Flames (2014-10-29 19:49:42)
Yeah and throughout the past 2 seasons DD and Max have combined to form a great duo that was excellent chemistry and has helped Max reach 39 goals. I can take any stretch of games in which a scorer is slumping or streaking and say that they can be better or worse, or make them look better or worse than they actually are. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-29 01:34:57)
Well we started 7-1 and while not wholly illustrative of our worth... well, let's just say it's a great sign of things to come. Of course, after the SECOND loss of the season, and an unremarkable win, the real HIO season begins ;) . Not to say that we shouldn't freely opine on the Habs, but honestly, is it too much to ask for a semblance of balance rather than disjointed remarks born of frustration? Tarbanac, we all want the Habs to win, and, they will do a lot of that, but they also lose as well. I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates the tone that permeated HIO before the SECOND loss in nine games. Losing sucks but why does that have to mean the unraveling of measured discourse? ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-28 03:29:41)
Whoever said it was right - the proverbial worms were waiting until the proverbial apple was ripe, or better yet rotten, before they came to play. So many unwarranted and untrue criticisms that seemed to have been pickled for whenever the time was right. Well, it certainly wasn't tonight. The Habs were alright but it was just one of those games - they were snake-bit and the refs sucked. That happens more often than we'd like it to in the NHL. I'm all for discussing the Habs and providing commentary, good or bad, but a lot of what was on the game thread tonight smelled as if it was being kept around for days. 7-2... that's a great start. It was a disappointing loss but a lot of the ensuing "analysis" was ridiculous! ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.