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- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-01 02:44:24)
Now that Mani has scored his first goal, the next question is who will finish with more points at the end of the season, Eller or Weise?
- Comment on Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens preview: Galchenyuk out with the flu (2015-02-20 20:18:50)
Another solid Dman was needed in Montreal from the beginning of the season. I actually thought losing Vanek would not have hurt the habs too much offensively but with Bourque not panning out and Eller underperforming offensively, I think the need for a scoring forward outweighs the need for a defenseman, especially if MB thinks another good playoff run is in store for this season. None of our forward prospects are remotely close to fulfilling this role for this season. Since Carey is playing soooo well and with the Habs sitting near the top of the standings, it seems to be an ideal time to give the young Dmen plenty of ice time. Tinordi, Beaulieu and Pateryn are supposed to be some our best D prospects so I say let's see what they can do. Defense is easier to learn than offense so I'm hoping MB is focusing more on getting an offensive forward rather than a Dman.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens win 2-0 thriller (2015-02-16 22:08:25)
Is that Weise's first assist to a non-Pacioretty goal?
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Beaulieu stands up for Gonchar (2015-02-15 15:08:49)
I'd be happy if the Habs got Wiz but I would not want them to trade Eller for him and I don't think that's necessary. I feel like Habs should not give up on Eller. Wiz and Subban were great on the power play and Wiz despite not being big, hits and plays gritty. He also has a hard slapshot. Subban himself has said that having a right hander pass to him is ideal for his one timer.
- Comment on Episode 17: Sportsnet play-by-play man John Bartlett joins the panel this week to talk Habs (2015-02-08 00:34:19)
Okay, this isn't directly related but without any other means of communication, it would be great if you guys could do a special segment about the Montreal Stars, our very own women's hockey team of the CWHL. Their next home game on February 21 is against Toronto and is also their annual breast cancer fundraiser game. Did you know that the Toronto Maple Leafs have a partnership with their women team's counterpart, the Toronto Furies? Too bad Montreal Canadiens do not have a partnership with the Montreal Stars.
- Comment on “This is the tightest group we’ve ever had,” Price says of Habs (Video) (2014-06-01 22:35:04)
Concerning Habs UFAs At a minimum Habs will need an offensive forward and a top pairing defenseman. This is essentially to account for the roles played by Vanek and Markov. I see Markov being resigned unless Bergevin sees a free agent out there who is comparable defensively but also younger or cheaper. Out of all the UFAs, I see only Weaver being resigned short term for depth. Gionta will be gone for sure but a replacement won't be immediately needed. Concerning Habs RFAs Signing Subban is the obviously most important goal. I think Habs will resign all their RFAs and the challenge will be to negotiate reasonable deals. -- I expect these will be the first tasks to be resolved before any sort of trades will be considered for improving the team. Assuming Bergevin does manage to accomplish all the above then whether the Habs will do better next season will be highly dependent on the young guys improving. Mainly Galchenyuk, Beaulieu and Tinordi. Regardless of the progress of these youngsters, ideally I see Bergevin acquiring a defensive center with above average faceoff ability. If this occurs it would pave the way for potentially Plekanec to be traded. I doubt Desharnais will be traded. I don't see either Gorges or Emelin being traded because of the exact reason some may want them to be traded and that is their overpaid contracts. Emelin in any case is needed for his physicality. Beaulieu and Tinordi would have to be spectacular for any thought to be given to trading either Gorges or Emelin. Possible surprise move: Trading Bourque could happen if the deal is right because his value is higher now and it's really a crapshoot at his age whether he can play consistently well.
- Comment on Liveblog: Conference Final Game 6 – A long, fun ride is over (2014-05-29 23:55:49)
Bergervin made some good moves, Vanek didn't quite pan out in the playoffs but he did give the team momentum at the end of the season and into the playoffs. A move that I did not see coming as I did not see the Canadiens at the time as being anywhere near a serious playoff run. Weaver & Weise were nice surprises. But lets give credit to some of his predecessors, Gauthier got Eller, Bourque, Gallagher, Bournival, Beaulieu and Tinordi. Gainey got Price, Subban, Pacioretty, Emelin and Gorges. Here's hoping Bergevin can build on some of the best pieces from before his time. This will be the true measure of Bergevin as a GM in the years to come.
- Comment on Liveblog: Conference Final Game 6 – A long, fun ride is over (2014-05-29 22:58:08)
It was close and they put in a decent effort in the end at least. This has been a much better than expected season for the Habs. Rangers were just better. Didn't Moore score for the habs to eliminate washington or penguins in game 7? Moore did the habs in this time. I'm not surprised at the loss, our D corps is not good enough. To be competitive, only one of Gorges/Bouillon/Weaver should need to be dressed with better players in all the other D spots. A team that has to dress all of them will never win a Stanley Cup. Here's hoping Beaulieu and Tinordi pan out and that we have some other good D prospects coming in. Habs had the hardest time exiting the D-zone. Habs have some great young forwards and just need a couple more who can make an impact. Vanek should've been the difference maker here. which he was when we first traded for him. Habs will need someone with his offensive talent who can deliver in the playoffs as well. Perhaps Galchenyuk might be that guy one day. We'll need another guy who's bigger than Gallagher to be a net crasher. Maybe get someone who can help with faceoffs...
- Comment on Liveblog: Conference Final Game 3 – Toker smokin’, Galchenyuk OT hero and Canadiens are back in the series (2014-05-22 23:55:11)
Gorges should have asked Therrien BEFORE the game to be the starting goalie. What the heck was he doing trying to take over Tokarski's position. So impolite. Markov scores finally. Hopefully this kickstarts Markov's offense because you can't rely entirely on Subban for offense from the blue line. It's amazing the stark contrast between the Habs D and Rangers D. Rangers D as a group are significantly better. McDonagh is so great but it seems if you hit the Rangers D more then they will cough up the puck. Habs need to do more of that. I guess Therrien knows what he's doing when he assembles one of the most expensive 4th lines ever. It couldn't be any more expensive unless we still had Gomez. I also wonder if the key to getting rebounds from Lundqvist is to shoot right at him like how a tennis player will sometimes serve to the body. Lundqvist seemed to be handcuffed by a few of those shots including Pleks' shot that lead to Galchenyuk almost scoring with his face. So many ugly goals but I'll take it. Is Tokarski the Habs antidote to Marty St. Louis? I hope so. It's great to see some of our young players having such a significant impact in the games. It's also great seeing previously maligned players coming up clutch as well. Anything is possible now, going forward.
- Comment on Liveblog: Eastern semifinal Game 7 – Bye-bye Bruins! Canadiens win 3-1, advance to Conference final (2014-05-14 23:16:50)
I thought Rask would be a better goaltender. Wonder how Habs offense will do against Lundqvist. St. Louis is going to be extra dangerous against the Habs.