dudefella - (Ryan)

Member since February 27, 2008

Toronto, ON

Habs fan since: 2001
Favorite current player: Higgins, both the Kostitsyns
All-time favorite player: Koivu

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  • Comment on Game 66: Canadiens win to grab East lead (2008-03-02 21:05:21)
    Good points, but I think we ought to err on the side of caution and just call them Belorussians until someone corrects us. I had a professor from New Zealand earlier this year who introduced himself by saying "I'm from New Zealand, try not to call me Australian, and I'll try not to call you American". Kinda the same thing, to me. People get touchy about nationalities.
  • Comment on Game 66: Canadiens win to grab East lead (2008-03-02 21:05:39)
    Argh, double post
  • Comment on Game 66: Canadiens win to grab East lead (2008-03-02 21:00:19)
    I've always thought that site to be a little conservative in its rankings. But then again, it's probably easier to be wrong and say that a guy "blossomed late" than it is to explain a guy like Alexandre Daigle.
  • Comment on Game 66: Canadiens win to grab East lead (2008-03-02 15:23:13)
    Now now, I think that's ragging on Koivu a little too hard. Last year he set career highs in points I believe, and if not, he was certainly playing well. If we want to discuss last year, though, where was Kovalev? I think Kovalev wearing the C the one day Koivu was out with the flu (in NY I believe it was) was enough. It shows that he's the second leader on the team. Koivu's penalties... I agree, this year he's been taking some foolish offensive-zone penalties, but you can't fault the guy for some of the penalties he takes. I think you can tell when Saku's playing his best when he's actually taking retaliatory penalties. You know he's in the game and playing with passion. My dad often says to me that he really realized Koivu was a leader in Game 1 of the playoffs in 2002 or 04, against the Bruins, during a TV time out, Koivu had the entire team around him, and he was drawing out a play on the bench. You could tell the entire team listened to him and that he was respected. Kovalev doesn't have that kind of respect, yet. I don't know if he ever will. All I know is that you don't award the captaincy to a guy based on one year of great play and/or leadership. When Kovalev isn't playing well, he's the most frustrating guy on the team, and people start calling him a coach-killer, selfish, lazy, disinterested, all of those things. He's playing extremely well, now, and I agree, Kovalev for MVP... but if it turns sour again (heaven forbid), I expect those nasty little names to come back. Look at a guy like Messier, at the end of his career, he wasn't contributing terribly much to the Rangers, but nobody dared take the C away from him, because THAT would upset whatever chemistry there was and divide the room. Just because Koivu is having a bad season, or even if he's on the downswing of his career doesn't necessarily mean you should put the C on someone else.
  • Comment on Game 66: Canadiens win to grab East lead (2008-03-01 23:52:54)
    I'm not sure who I like more... Andrei because he has such speed and hands, and he could probably score 30 or 40 goals eventually, or Sergei because he's just such a complete, tough, and still extremely skilled player.
  • Comment on Game 66: Canadiens win to grab East lead (2008-03-01 23:51:18)
    Oh man, I saw that... Just embarrassing they keep that guy on the air.
  • Comment on First F. Place (2008-03-01 21:46:35)
    Stan Fischler is the Don Cherry of New York/New Jersey. Can't stand the guy, he's always whining about something.
  • Comment on First F. Place (2008-03-01 20:22:33)
    I'm curious, what is the general consensus on O'Byrne?
  • Comment on First F. Place (2008-03-01 20:09:58)
    I don't see it happening. First two spots are undoubtedly going to Luongo and Brodeur, simply based on seniority. The last spot is up for grabs, but I think it'll be Giguere or Cam Ward, or a goalie that's won the cup.
  • Comment on First F. Place (2008-03-01 19:29:20)
    He doesn't, really... a few months ago he was calling Lapierre first "Maxim", then "Laperriere" Gotta love RDS and/or CJAD!