Steven - (Steven Dakos)Member since March 20, 2011
Habs fan since: Birth
Favorite current player: Brian Gionta
All-time favorite player: Saku Koivu
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 19:24:35)
News out of SJ that Thornton is no longer the captain there. Strange. Maybe they hope this will make him more eager to lift his NTC.
- Comment on NHL players jump on board with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (2014-08-13 17:20:22)
This is going to sound almost like the kind of joke you hear here a lot, but if being a liaison is important, Desharnais is the Habs' next captain.
- Comment on NHL players jump on board with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (2014-08-12 20:19:19)
1) Markov and Plekanec have both earned the 'C' if they want it. When their time is done, and it goes to our current youth(if not as early as this season), it's hard to imagine giving it to anyone but PK. Price is the team's leader, but since goalies can't be captains, it naturally has to go to the team's next leader. Patches would be my next choice, but I don't think he leads the team as Subban does, so an 'A' is perfect for him. 2) I'm fortunate enough to live in the region and suffer no blackouts, but I agree, the fact that blackouts exist at all is incredible. It seems like poor business to me, but I don't know the finer details of the process. 3) I think we'll do better than last year. The only major downgrade was dropping Vanek, but we only had him at his top form for the last 10 or so games of the year. Beyond that, our D unit is better, and our forwards are improved marginally(mostly due to Parenteau over Briere). I expect more than 100 points, but the playoffs, as usual, will depend on who we meet.
- Comment on New Hab Parenteau can’t wait for training camp to start (2014-08-11 23:47:50)
On the one hand, as well-known diehard Bruins fans, it's nice to see that they didn't emptily pander to their crowd. On the other, they probably took the act slightly too far. Coming in to "We Are The Champions" after the Bruins beat the 'Nucks, as it says they did, is in REALLY bad taste. I will never go see these guys, but mostly because their music is average-to-poor more than anything else.
- Comment on New Hab Parenteau can’t wait for training camp to start (2014-08-09 22:20:58)
Looking at his stats, Andrei was actually a pretty consistent 20-goal scorer. It's a shock that he's out of the NHL, but that might be because he doesn't want to be there.
- Comment on New Hab Parenteau can’t wait for training camp to start (2014-08-08 14:04:45)
Two strong puns in a row. I'm 'Teau-tally impressed (Mine is definitely the worst one. Sorry, guys.)
- Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-04 01:32:45)
WARNING: This post has to do with advanced stats. I'm aware those aren't very popular here, but please give it a chance, and thank you for not ripping me a new one :) Interesting stats, for those who hold in regard advanced stats: Of all players having taken part in more than 21 games last season, the Habs had four players in the bottom 40 for Corsi for % last season: from highest % to lowest, Brandon Prust, Douglas Murray, Ryan White, and league-worst George Parros. Of the same group of players, Habs had two in the bottom 40 for Fenwick for %, Ryan White and George Parros(who was, again, a league worst). To get Doug Murray and Prust in again, we have to extend to the bottom 90. 100th worst is Francis Bouillon. For those who don't know, Corsi serves as a sort of measurement for shots-for vs shots-against differential. Fenwick does the same, but omits blocked shots. In either case, the number gives a good idea of possession when players are out. Do these numbers mean a whole lot? Not necessarily. Regardless, it's nice to know that in a sport where possession is key, a horrible possession team like our Habs were(22nd in Fenwick for, ahead of only one other playoff team, the Flyers, and 26th in corsi for) dropped their three worst possession players, and four of their five worst. It may not seem like such a big deal, but if it improves the team's possession numbers, the season ought to go well. The difference in a team that possesses and one that doesn't is pretty obvious when you compare the regular season vs playoff Habs. The former was in games, but not dominant. The latter was hard to contain for every team they played. Another example of how important possession can be? The best possession teams in the regular season were the Kings, Blackhawks and Bruins. One won the Cup, one won the President's Trophy, and the last went to Game 7 OT of the Conference Finals against the Stanley Cup Champs. Possession matters, and the Habs ought to be better there this year.
- Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-02 18:17:34)
I like it mostly. Only two things are I think that Sekac will be a starter, and whether or not he is, I have a hard time imagining Prust on a higher line than Weise.
- Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-02 14:38:54)
Subban's AAV: 9 million. Yikes, that's high. Hopefully he'll be worth it, though.
- Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-02 14:35:57)