SteverenO - (Steve O. )

Member since March 10, 2011

Montreal
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Habs fan since: 1957
Favorite current player: David Desharnais
All-time favorite player: J.C. Tremblay

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regards, Steve O.

Recent Comments

  • Comment on Habs send Tokarski to Hamilton for conditioning stint; Pacioretty listed as day-to-day (2014-12-19 21:47:58)
    @Monick.. you wrote: The Habs had a Manny Malhotra for a bit a few years ago. His name was Yanic Perreault… ************************************************ Like comparing a Ferrari to a tricycle.. In three season with the Habs Yannick Perreault had 27, 24 and 16 goals 29, 22, and 15 assists 56, 46 and 31 points. Malho will be lucky to end the season with 2 goals, 4, assists and 6 points. I dont think you will find a centerman in the entire history of the habs that ever got so few points in a season, INCLUDING Scott Gomez. Even hiw orst season (gomez) had 11 points in just 38 games. About 10 times more than Malho... but I dont think he won as many faceoffs. regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on Habs send Tokarski to Hamilton for conditioning stint; Pacioretty listed as day-to-day (2014-12-19 14:19:00)
    Looks like my post got stuck in the last thread. like our 4th line got stuck on the ice last night; repost ***************************************** It does not matter that we lost the game last night . we were not out played and we won 41 of 76 faceoffs. Malhotra was especially good winning 14 of 18 faceoffs , and 12 of 16 in the defensive zone. It does not matter that Malho was a minus 2 , because he was so good at faceoffs. It does not matter that we sent down Andrighetto, and did not score any even strength goals. We had Tangradi for two shifts in the third period, total 46 seconds, when we were trailing by a goal. It does not matter that trailing by a goal in the third , we had Malhotra to played one shift in the last ten minutes of the game. He was available on the bench in case we tied it up and went to overtime and needed a big defensive zone faceoff win. It does not matter that Malhotra played 9 minutes and 51 seconds of worthless hockey because during that time he took 18 faceoffs and everyone knows he is the best in the league in the face off circle. It does not matter that Bournival, a natural centerman, is learning how to play wing in the NHL , and sometimes forgets to cover the point man, because putting him on the wing allows Malhotra to play center and win lots of faceoffs. It does not matter that the 4th line could not get the puck out of their own zone for almost three minutes and iced the puck twice, because Malhotra won 2 of 3 defensive zone faceoffs on that shift **************** Until this team replaces Malhotra with a hockey player, we are playing at a disadvantage. The other teams have a full 60 minutes to try and score goals while we only have 48 to 50 minutes. Our objective for he 10 or 12 minutes that Malhotra is on the ice is not to score goals, but to win faceoffs. I hope that people rare starting to see that even if he wins all his faceoffs, we are playing “short handed” even when we are 5 on 5 for the 30 seconds to 3 minutes, that it takes for MAlho to get off the ice, AFTER the faceoff. Malhoitra USED to be an effective hockey player that was very good in the face off cirlce. At this stage in his career , he is just very good in the faceoff circle. Hard to believe that we have no room on the team for a player that scores goals, gets assists and is a dangerous offensive threat every time he steps on the ice, but no problem finding room for Tangradi, ,and Malhotra who does NOTHING to help the team but does win two extra faceoffs a game. Both Andrighetto and Malhotra have been on the ice for 3 even strength goals, this season, Andrighetto has played 39 minutes, Malho 288 of ice time at even strength . IN case anyone is wondering Tangradi has played 54 minutes and not a single goals has been scored, but I would not judge him so harshly, he has played most, if not all, of his minutes with Malhotra at center. Oh yeah, Andrighetto has also played on the PP during his brief stint with the team. In 6 minutes of PP ice time the team has scored twice. To put that in perspective the team has scored 4 PP goasl with Gallagher on the ice,,,,, in 68 minutes. Would anyone care to wager that in the next 62 minutes of ice time with Andrighetto on the Power Play , the team will score 2 goals or less? But scoring goals does not seem to matter to this coach and GM nearly as much as winning faceoffs. **************************************** Wishing everyone a happy, and most importantly healthy, holidays! I am off to Mexico for a week of sun and no frustration. regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-12-19 12:15:05)
    I does not matter that we lost the game last night . we were not out played and we won 41 of 76 faceoffs. Malhotra was especially good winning 14 of 18 faceoffs , and 12 of 16 in teh defensive zone. he was a minus 2 , but that does not matter because he is so good at faceoffs. It does not matter that we sent down Andrighetto, and did not score any even strength goals. We had Tangradi for two shifts in the third period, total 46 seconds, when we were trailing by a goal. We also had Malhotra who played one shift in the last ten minutes of the game. He was available on the bench in case we tied it up and went to overtime and needed a big defensive zone faceoff win. It does not matter that Malhotra played 9 minutes and 51 seconds of worthless hockey because during that time he took 18 faceoffs and everyone knows he is the best in the league in the face off circle. It does not matter that Bournival, a natural centerman, is learnng how to play wing in the NHL , and sometimes forgets to cover the point man, because putting him on the wing allows Malhotra to play center and win lots of faceoffs. It does not matter that the 4th line could not get the back out of there zone for almost three minutes and iced the puck twice, because Malhotra won 2 of 3 defensive zone faceoffs on that shift **************** Until this team replaces Malhotra with a hockey player, we are playing at a disadvantage. Th eother teams have a full 60 minutes to try and score goals while we only have 48 to 50 minutes. Our objective for he 10 or 12 minutes that Malhotra is on the ice is not to score goals, but to win faceoffs. I hope that people rare starting to see that even if he wins all his faceoffs, we are playing "short handed" even when we are 5 on 5 for the 30 seconds to 3 minutes, that it take sfor MAlho to get off the ice. We have no room on the team for a player that scores goals, gets assists and is a dangerous offensive threat every time he steps on the ice, but no problem finding room for Tangradi and Malhotra who does NOTHING to help the team but does win two extra faceoffs a game. regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 17:30:54)
    the saddest thing about Koivu was when he blew out his knee early I think it was in his second year with the HAbs just as he was emerging as a true superstar in teh league. If I remeber correclty he was either leading , or close to the top in scoring when he got injured. While he went on to have a very nice career, he neve rregained the speed and quickness that could/would have made him an elite NHL player. regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 17:24:40)
    hard to figure why they would play Bourque with Getzlaf on their top line; in 120 minutes of even strength play RB has been on the ice for 2 goals scored , a very anemic average of 60 minutes per Goal Scored. their other wingers: Beleskey - 17.5 mpGF SilFerberg - 20 mpGF Maroon - 22.4 mpGF Etem -- 37 MpGF jackman- 51 mpGF Bourque- 60 mpGF Bourque should be playing with the likes of Jackman who is sporting an average of one GF per 51 minutes centered by Nate Thompson 47.7 mpGF- mind you Nate Thompson is pretty good in the faceoff circle sporting a lofty 52.2 % win rate. in case anyone forgot our Manyy Malhotra is at 90 mpGF, but nobody cares about MMs lack of productivity because , hey, he wins an extra two faceoffs per game. regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 15:08:17)
    bump to top for discussion purposes; Defensive efficiency among Habs defencemen listed in order of TOI at even strength. mpGA is minutes of ice time per goal against and therefore the higher number the better. Player /ES mins/ ES GA / mpGA Subban /636 / 31 / 20.51 Markov /601 / 25 / 24.04 Emelin /569 / 18 / 31.61 Gilbert /483 /13 / 37.15 Weaver /294 / 15 / 19.6 Gonchar /269 /6 / 44.83 Beaulieu /214 / 7 / 30.57 Tinordi /103 /7 / 14.71 Allen /56 /3 / 18.66 Gonchar has been excellent from a defensive standpoint which surprises me, I though he was more of an offensive defenseman. The same holds true for Gilbert. Emelin has also performed above average defensivley, which is not unexpected , as has Beaulieu, albeit with a smaller sample size to draw from in the case of Beaulieu. The point here is to note that Beaulieu does NOT hurt the team in any way and not only does he deserve to be in the lineup……, he deserves more ice time. Markovs numbers are interesting . When he played with Gilbert the team rarely scored , but also gave up very few goals. With Subban the team is scoring more often, but also giving up more goals. The numbers suggest that Markov and Subban should be separated, and not play as a unit, ESPECIALLY on the PP. Markov – Subban PP gaol every 14 minutes Markov- Gonchar PP goal every 5 minutes Subban – Parenteau PP goal every 5 minutes Subban – Gilbert PP goal every 15 minutes regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 15:03:24)
    Defensive efficiency among Habs defencemen listed in order of TOI at even strength. mpGA is minutes of ice time per goal against and therefore the higher number the better. Player /ES mins/ ES GA / mpGA Subban /636 / 31 / 20.51 Markov /601 / 25 / 24.04 Emelin /569 / 18 / 31.61 Gilbert /483 /13 / 37.15 Weaver /294 / 15 / 19.6 Gonchar /269 /6 / 44.83 Beaulieu /214 / 7 / 30.57 Tinordi /103 /7 / 14.71 Allen /56 /3 / 18.66 Gonchar has been excellent from a defensive standpoint which surprises me, I though he was more of an offensive defenseman. The same holds true for Gilbert. Emelin has also performed above average defensivley, which is not unexpected , as has Beaulieu, albeit with a smaller sample size to draw from in the case of Beaulieu. The point here is to note that Beaulieu does NOT hurt the team in any way and not only does he deserve to be in the lineup......, he deserves more ice time. Markovs numbers are interesting . When he played with Gilbert the team rarely scored , but also gave up very few goals. With Subban the team is scoring more often, but also giving up more goals. The numbers suggest that Markov and Subban should be separated, and not play as a unit, ESPECIALLY on the PP. Markov - Subban PP gaol every 14 minutes Markov- Gonchar PP goal every 5 minutes Subban - Parenteau PP goal every 5 minutes Subban - Gilbert PP goal every 15 minutes regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 13:04:30)
    Coud it be that better (playoff) teams win more faceoffs REGRDLESS of who the centerman is? perhaps they have stronger faster wingers, who are more committed to tying up their man and pouncing on the loose puck which is created when no one clearly wins or loses the faceoff? My point has lees to do with faceoffs itself, than with Malhotra and his lack of any contribution to the offence. Its not BECAUSE he wins faceoffs that I want MM replaced, its because of what happens when he is on the ice. I"d shudder to see the results of times when MM comes on the ice during an on the fly change. regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 12:57:59)
    Yes Cal, we do have a pretty good team. It has gotten better because we have replaced players like Moen who did nothing to contribute to the offence. I am amazed at how people. that are so knowledgeable abut hockey, can just say "management " knows what they are doing. This same management thought that Tinordi was ready for playoff hockey two years ago, but cannot crack the lineup today, that thought Moen should play instead of Sekac, that Price needs to be rested on back to back games but older, tired defensemen do not, That Desharnais is first line PP center ahead of Plekanec, Eller, Galchenyuk, Briere. . The same management that plays Markov and Gonchar more than 20 minutes in a 6 to 2 win while playing Beaulieu 10 minutes. If you believe that this management"s decisions are infallible, than I guess you are happy about getting to the playoffs and being eliminated by teams like the NY Rangers. I am not in a hockey management position, and I never played the game at a high level, but i know enough to realize that a team that scores . on average, once every 25 minutes at even strength. has no place for a player that has been on the ice for 270 minutes a with his team only scoring 3 goals. The object of the game is to score goals, and I dont even care if Malhotra scores himself or gets assists. Something is definitely wrong when a player can skate around the ice for 90 full minutes while his team scores only one goal. That is more than 100 shifts for each goal his team scores at even strength. I would say that that roughly equals the frequency of short handed goals.... In other word the team would have just as many goals if MM dropped his stick after the faceooff and played without a stick for the rest of his shift. regards, Steve O.
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 12:30:07)
    I think people are starting to see the light re; faceoffs. Lets take your point about the faceoff with a minute left and up by one goal. winning the face off means you have the puck, but it does not mean that you will keep the puck for 60 seconds. You may have it for one or two seconds only and turn it over when trying to clear the zone. You may lose the face off, the puck goes back to the point and the shot is blocked and the puck is cleared down the ice . Both of these scenarios take only a few seconds. What happens AFTER the face off is won, or lost. what is pretty damned important, and what determines who which teams win, or lose. games. In a typical hockey game each team will gain possession of the puck dozens of times, regardless of who wins more faceoffs. The better teams are no the teams that whose centermen win more faceoffs, its the teams who cover their opponents well after they lose the draw, and who handle the puck well after they win the draw. As I stated before if there was a one legged guy who could win 100% of the faceoffs but could not skate shoot or stick handle . would any GM or coach put him in the lineup? regards, Steve O.