RobbyLins - (RL)

Member since February 21, 2011

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  • Comment on Habs’ Pacioretty named NHL’s second star of week (2013-11-26 14:53:19)
  • Comment on Habs’ Pacioretty named NHL’s second star of week (2013-11-26 11:04:13)
    If TSN is smart, they take a more international approach to the stuff they broadcast. UFC, soccer, F1, etc. However, Rogers currently owns a vast majority of international soccer coverage anyway! The English Premier League, Champions League, different European tournaments, the World Cup...all owned by Rogers for the moment. Perhaps we'll start to see a shift... But Rogers even recently bought over Setanta Sports and rebranded it in Canada to Sportsnet World -which has become one of my favourite channels, with all their international soccer coverage. Like it or not, they're making the right moves. Mind you, $5.2B sounds like ridiculous money. I guess my comments are from a current viewer's point of view, and not necessarily a corporate one.
  • Comment on Habs’ Pacioretty named NHL’s second star of week (2013-11-26 10:47:28)
    I kinda like the new TV deal. RDS was getting redundant, and seemed to be losing major talent (Pedneault, Lavoie, etc) to TVA anyway. I also love the effect this will have on my Montreal Impact. People are desperate to have access to games on TV, but were always reluctant to buy into TVA Sports. This news should begin to change that… Does this mark the fall of L’Antichambre and the return of 110%? That would be epic. As for the English stuff, not much changes. I’d assume Rogers steals some of TSN’s staff talent, who will be easily persuaded seeing as the top guns need to be on the top networks. Mind you –TSN 690 asked Dreger how long his current deal with Bell/CTV is this morning, and it doesn’t expire for another 7 years. Perhaps Bell/CTV saw this coming years ago… To the people saying “the NHL threw TSN/RDS under the bus” and other nonsense like it, you clearly have no idea how the business works. Would you refuse more money?
  • Comment on A summer of love, golf and hard work for Habs’ Prust (2013-08-12 11:05:53)
  • Comment on A summer of love, golf and hard work for Habs’ Prust (2013-08-12 10:26:24)
    Obviously not now, but when Gionta leaves, he'd certainly be my choice. His passion is infectious and he's always looking to learn -I can't think of anyone who wants to win more than PK. A few years ago, I'd question his ability to lead a room of guys older than him, but at this stage, if his Norris trophy doesn't command respect in itself, I'm not sure what does anymore. Giving him the C would also be a way of rewarding him, and directly letting him know what he means to the organization. A guy with a big ego needs to feel loved.
  • Comment on A summer of love, golf and hard work for Habs’ Prust (2013-08-12 10:11:43)
    You're probably right, but there's something about having no captain that sends the wrong message to your personnel and its fans. To me, it's essentially saying "none of you have the right qualities, so we'll wait it out and hopefully figure it out next season", and the idea of that annoys me. For the record, if there's one clear successor, in my eyes, it's PK.
  • Comment on A summer of love, golf and hard work for Habs’ Prust (2013-08-12 10:05:36)
    Totally random, and I may be super late on this, but in living overseas, I didn't get to follow 24CH throughout the season. Now that they've released the episodes on, I was hooked on it over the weekend. Some really impressive work by the production team, and some great insight into the players' day-to-day lives. Does anyone know if we can expect new episodes this season?
  • Comment on Former Habs goalie coach lands job in Germany (2013-08-02 10:52:13)
    Awesome response. Couldn't agree more. And super interesting to hear about Kingston's Portuguese hockey influence! Same goes for Montreal decades back (the Ribeiro family) and Mississauga currently (the Tavares family).
  • Comment on Former Habs goalie coach lands job in Germany (2013-08-02 10:50:36)
    Very true. To be fair, my dad played for SunYouth's hockey team growing up, whose equipment was charitably donated to them. No way his family could have afforded to enroll him in a decent league and pay for his equipment. The root of the issue I was getting at is definitely deeper than money -but I see your point.
  • Comment on Former Habs goalie coach lands job in Germany (2013-08-02 10:24:44)
    Being a first generation Canadian of Portuguese parents, currently living in the UK, working for a professional football (soccer) club, I thought I’d be a good person to answer the “immigrants are the reason for the decreasing number of hockey players in Canada” argument I just angrily read below. My parents moved over from Europe in the mid-60s, and were quite young at the time. Obviously, their parents had never heard of/seen ice hockey. It’s only normal that established adults (who barely speak a word of English or French) don’t quickly adopt something so new so quick. However, kids (in this case, my parents) wanted to fit in. They wanted to do what was cool. Ice hockey was cool. Several of their childhood friends played, and everyone spoke of this “Canadiens” team at school, and later, work. Being influenced by what was around him, my dad began playing hockey. He eventually got pretty good, and developed a serious love for the game –to the point where he was adamant about having his kids (my brother and I) play hockey. We both played for 15+ years. When I’m back in town (and I will be permanently as of next month, having accepted a position at the Impact), I love to ice up my skates. You can be sure my kids will play hockey. My point: Translate this example into 2013 terms we can all relate to: There is no doubt that a 30-year old man moving his family over from Morocco to Gatineau will struggle to adopt any kind of ice hockey culture. However, you can be sure that his children will be influenced by the sport and its culture. This doesn’t necessarily mean every kid will be a Habs fan or will even ever lace up a pair of skates… It simply means through generations of change, a country’s passion and culture remains. Been to a Habs game lately? It’s much more diversified than 10,000 French Canadians and 10,000 Anglos. And that’s really the beauty of sport and how it forms a city/country’s culture –it’s something everyone can embrace. Portuguese citizen living in London, England, but don’t kid yourself; I’m as much a Montrealer as you are. And I embrace the Habs and the game they play as much as you do. P.s; Fun fact: Other 1st generation Portuguese-Canadian kids with parents that moved over from the Azores islands my family is from: Mike Ribeiro (whose father was an impressive football/soccer player), John Tavares, Joe Corvo…