halfnthebag - (Jay Matthews)Member since July 6, 2010
Habs fan since: 1981
Favorite current player: Pacioretty
All-time favorite player: St. Patrick
Why is it that the biggest deals we make surrounds our goaltenders??
- Comment on Gorges speaks out at NHLPA meeting (2012-08-23 10:37:40)
Joey, a whole 7 months in age, with Doughty having 3 more NHL seasons played, and they have comparable stats... but PK is a ways away and may never be Doughty>>> Puleeeze, give PK the same amount of NHL games then compare....
- Comment on Gorges speaks out at NHLPA meeting (2012-08-23 10:34:33)
This is the closest to sensible response I've seen here today!
- Comment on Gorges speaks out at NHLPA meeting (2012-08-23 10:31:56)
CharlieHodgeFan... 'Only #1 because he doesn't play on a contender"??? Really. So Tavares isn't a good scorer, but he is, only because he isn't playing on a contender?? I get he's young has made some mistakes, but you can't deny what this kid brings to the rink every single game. The kid is maturing and is keeping part of himself that many have issue with, but on the overall this kid could be #1 on any number of teams (20) in this league. But its odd... Brad Marchand can be praised for his greasy sliminess pin balling, kneecap-itating hits - "He's got spunk" - but Subban made some bad choices (a few) in one season, and all of a sudden he's 'reckless', 'irresponsible' and possibly does not have enough talent to be a true number 1. Give the kid a break, and watch his development. If you are a Habs fan I hope you regret this critique.
- Comment on Gorges speaks out at NHLPA meeting (2012-08-23 10:15:10)
If the clock were turned back 20-30 yrs, the Offense for Defence deal would be worth thinking about. Current era You DON'T ditch a franchise D for a decent scorer. Eberle works well with Nuge and Hall as they are all a little experimental, new age, dekes and cycling. If Eberle was placed on a line with slower players, older players, you think he''d slow his game to keep them on his page?? Montreal isn't a fireburner team only settling on Offense like the Oilers. With their aging G and lesser known D, they can't simply have a well rounded game, they need to score a lot of points. Eberle fits great in EDM, and I for one hope to watch that Kid line play for a long while together. Watching Eberle since WJHC, he has flare, imagination, quick first step, goes into the corner... everything you want in a forward. I just don't know how well Eberle would fit into Therrien's style of play. (Point 1) Secondly, I have no idea how you don't see Subban moving forward and becoming an even better D in all aspects of his game... see above note re: Subban VS Doughty... his PIMS are lower and he's blocking more shots, spending more time on PK. There is absolutely no reason to believe that he is done developing. I'd deal Weber,Diaz, Kaberle all before ever considering dealing PK.
- Comment on Gorges speaks out at NHLPA meeting (2012-08-23 10:05:21)
While I like the fact you included stats, because well Fans are visual learners ;) , I think we credit Doughty on his 'talent' when we should put the emphasis on development. You noted that Doughty played when he was 18... so basically, Doughty had 3 yrs experience - maturity, ability to make mistakes and learn from them, and wasn't coming in as the go to guy with others having more experience than him. Note that his TOI was still quite high, but still at 18 the demands on him were less. Subban came in at 20 and produced the same as a guy who had 3 yrs worth of experience on him... as much as Doughty may be the number one in LA, to discredit Subban by saying 'he may be a no. 1 guy in the future' is a litle critical of Subban. I like the comparison as it shows Subban's worth... and I do think Subban to MTL is worth similar as Doughy to LA.
- Comment on Gorges speaks out at NHLPA meeting (2012-08-23 09:47:18)
nuna .. sorry man, I don't get it. First off get your facts straight about the player's nationality. 2ndly, Cole has been a decent player (except while in EDM before they drafted all their talent) throughout his career. Mentoring a guy like MaxPac is a good thing. Well rounded and mature, knows his role and puts points on the board... if you want more you need to spend a ton of money or give up assets you will regret parting with. And equating Cole and Markov as has beens is a mistake. Obviously you don't get what they bring to this team.
- Comment on Habs’ new GM in 2 or 3 weeks; Rangers, Devils advance (2012-04-28 18:33:13)
Considering the fact that Danny Kristo has chosen not to sign with the Habs, is going back for his final year in College, and can be a UFA come next season, its not likely that he is a good pick. Trading Plekanec away for anything but a pure goal scorer, an extremely better C there isn't a chance the Habs deal him. Consider he played with 24 different line combinations and still managed the 4th most points on the team (behind the top scoring line they had Cole/Patchs and Desharnais), quarterbacked the top PK team in the WHOLE LEAGUE. Albeit he had the worst plus minus of his career, but playing with the characters he did, its no wonder it happened. He and AK had their best season on the same line CONSISTENTLY with Kovalev. Had the coaching in Montreal paid attention to this instead of micro managing and switching lines up every 2nd or 3rd shift, I think you would have seen a more productive Plek and AK. Even AK with Eller and LL you witnessed chemistry and positive outcomes. But trading away your BEST TWO WAY forward for a lazy D (when we have a full cupboard already) and a scorer, we aren't getting much... no disrespect to Bobby Ryan, who'll be a natural scorer for years, Montreal does not have someone to replace Plek and what he brings to this team. Why is it that the biggest deals we make surrounds our goaltenders??
- Comment on About last night … (2011-04-29 12:58:15)
Thanks for your insights. I always appreciate the thoughts and rumblings of my elders. Great respect. I can't agree more on your thoughts about the character/characteristics of leaders throughout the history of hockey. For the Habs we've had plenty...in every position. As fans have we been spoiled to thinking we are entitled to have these types of players? I missed out on a lot of the early history of Les Habitants, but I sure as heck got to see some really exciting hockey. (LaFleur, Robinson, Chelios, Langway, Roy, Lemieux - clutch in the playoffs, Gainey, Shutt, Tremblay, Muller, Koivu, ...the list goes on). In a capped system all teams cannot muster generations of good hockey....especially with egos of the young guiding their decisions as to where they should be. Gomez should have taken a hard look at what he makes against what he brings, and told Gainey... "I need to earn this. So, back end this deal...don't give guaranteed money up front, pay me bonuses for what I will accomplish". But having gotten this deal with the Rangers...why would he do this? Because the good of the team will flourish with extra cap space to allow for ALL top tiered players to still get paid, for the team to be able to play blindfolded due to being so connected to their linemates. Detroit is the team to model after, and I have no doubt Stevie Y is doing exactly that in TB with our diamond in the rough future coach of the year candidate GB. (Not sure I agree we'll never see him in MTL....but, if Stevie Y is smart we won't.) As for the future of Montreal....I'm a little on the rosy glasses side. BG did well...though I didn't agree with everything he did. With him in the whispering wind of Gautier's ear we'll continue to see his impact on the Habs for a few more years to come. This is fine by me. I liked Halpern, Sopel, Wiz coming into the fold. With injuries to the core D, and loss of Dom Moore I think we did well in the upgrades. Darche is a pleasant surprise, Eller is growing by the game, and White is another gem who finally appears ready for the Lapierre role of the 2010 playoffs. Tenacious and disciplined. If we can grow the young guys into the belief that every role matters, they don;t all have to score 40 goals, that a checking role is something that breeds positive offensive opportunities (Look at Rick Nash after he played this role for Team Canada in the Olympics), and that despite pedigree or junior successes, one player's desire to succeed does not come at the expense of the team. I think there is plenty Gautier can do to sure up this current group, tweak a contract or two (I sometimes wished the NHL worked a little like the NFL in terms of player contracts...In the NFL,if you aren't living up to the contract the contract can be nullified...and the team assumes no further onus of what was supposed to be paid out), and encourage the core of the team by telling themthat success isn't something we come by overnight,and the more we play together and not against the team the better the chances for success are. I'll be disappointed to see Wiz and/or Sopel not return. Sopel brings a calming affect to Price... that's huge. Wiz is edgy and an offensive force. Benoit needs to start fresh (again) and I'm not sure what we do with the Belarusian?? Man the skills he has and the sheer size of him...He needs to get his chakras aligned, or to find his soul or something... but this guy could score 40 in the blink of an eye (remember 2010 playoffs vs Wash...Hat trick... beauty goals). That would be a huge addition. Whether all or any of the aforementioned things occur, I will continue to bleed Bleu,Blanc, et Rouge! Halifax Habs Fan
- Comment on The team takes shape (2010-07-06 04:15:35)
1. I don't think we need an enforcer... just a couple of guys with true grit, some speed and good stick handling abilities. Its enough to have players to fill out the 3rd and 4th lines, but they don't have to be without other skills.
2. Kovy has passed on 100 million dollars from LA.... I know the MOlsons are set, but seriously??
3. Already traded. He will sign... or go back to Russia
4. No. He won't go cheap and no we don't need him. He's a dnady dangler, but, he's had some injuries. Better off leaving enough alone. And why would you trade within division???
5. Well now that we have Auld, I'd say Sanford. Seriously. We could have had a dozen young guys. Even if we shelled the extra 500k and told Ellis he's in a time share (30 or so games) he may have been a Hab. Dan Lacosta (I know you donno who he is, but he's got upside) He back-ed up LeClaire in CLB and still is only cutting his teeth. The whole idea of mentorship from a guy who last started in 2005, and has not had a winning season since then is... well... a little disheartening. I know Carey played well in Hamilton, WJHC but... outside of a stellar ROY year (he should have won that) he hasn't been solid.
With the addition of Avtsin at development camp, I think it will change the direction of some players... mainly that he has a great shot (speed, size *6'3, and talent) and the fact that some of the young guys are chosing to stay at College ... if he can prove his worth, it will pay his way. Now I'm a little excited about 2011.. though still think goaltending is going to be a iffy situation.
Why is it that the biggest deals we make surround our goaltenders??
- Comment on White called up from Hamilton (2011-02-10 17:42:08)
MIght have to do with the amount of players off the ice at the time due to penalties. It could also have been a sign to Boston that Mtl had no intentions of fighting any further in this game. Same reason Boston took Chara and benched him at that time. Maguire commented Bos class as the reason for Chara being on the bench, but no mention of Habs....