myron.selby - (Myron Selby)Member since March 23, 2011
Habs fan since: 1975
Favorite current player: Markov
All-time favorite player:
- Comment on Habs closing in on home ice for playoffs (2014-04-06 17:53:34)
We just got back from a vacation in Costa Rica. On Monday Denise and I were getting on a tourist van to go on a walking tour of the cloud forest in Monteverde. We had to squeeze past this young couple to get to our seats behind them. I look at this young guy and he's wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs ball cap. I realize he's just noticed my Habs cap at the same time. As I go past him I say "We're not even going to talk about it." He goes "Nope, absolutely not!". His girlfriend is totally mystified and he has to explain about the Habs/Leafs thing and the losing streak. She shakes her head in wonder "Guys! You have your whole own language." Turns out he's from Calgary (I'm from Edmonton). Strange world - a Habs fan from Edmonton and a Leafs fan from Calgary meet in the mountains in Costa Rica.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 63 – Road trip begins with 2-1 loss in L.A. (2014-03-03 20:56:37)
According to the tsn story they put him on IR on Feb 26 which was Wednesday, so he should be available for next game.
- Comment on Price to start for Habs against Wings and Emelin will be back in lineup (2014-01-23 22:42:07)
No disrespect intended, but I've never seen anyone try so hard to find negative interpretations of a situation as you do with this one. I'm not saying everything is hearts and flowers, hell the way the team is playing - or not playing these days - it would be surprising if things aren't a bit tense. But every time there is anything from the organization regarding PK you manage to spin the absolute worst inferences from it. You've raised finding tempests in teapots to an art form. Any comment anyone makes seems to you to be a slight or deliberate insult to the man. Compliment someone else on the team - it's an insult to PK. Say he's learned a lot this year - an insult to PK. You already have PK with one foot out the door. It doesn't seem to affect your thinking, regardless of what PK himself says about the situation either. My fearless prediction - PK will sign a 7 or 8 year deal this year for major dollars and will be a cornerstone of the team for the next decade. That should give you lots of time to tell everyone how badly the organization is treating him.
- Comment on Price to start for Habs against Wings and Emelin will be back in lineup (2014-01-23 22:22:45)
oldschoolhockey wrote: With the Canadiens, it seems more important now to be political, than win. Major problem, since when I had the privilege of watching Scotty Bowman coach this team, no Pur laine seemed to mind that he didn’t speak French! Sorry to inject a harsh note of reality into a perfectly good whine, but Bowman was born in Montreal and as wikipedia says: Bowman was hired in part because he is fluently bilingual in English and French. So yeah, it has always been critical that the coach be able to talk to the French speaking media. It didn't used to be a requirement that the GM speak French, but that was back in the days when GM's seemed to regard journalists as a lower life form and didn't deal with them much.
- Comment on Desharnais will be game-time decision for Habs (2014-01-16 16:14:52)
I have been a Habs fan(atic) for 40 years. I used to find a way to wangle tickets every time they played Edmonton (although that slowly tapered off). I try to watch every televised game (I subscribe to RDS so that means every game.) Habs hockey is literally the only time I turn on the tv. This year though the league and the Habs have conspired to make me stop watching. The game as currently played has become so dull it is not all that enjoyable at the best of times. For a while after the previous lockout when the refs were actually calling stuff, the game opened up and there was some real excitement. As they gradually returned to allowing almost any interference and obstruction (with a few exceptions) it slowed down again. Most games now are played very predictably. You can pretty much tell what both teams will do in every scenario. It's all systems and waiting for mistakes - scrums along the boards and hoping for rebounds by jamming the crease. The only time there is any room to skate is in overtime. To me the only solutions would require both a much stricter enforcement of the rules as well as either going to Olympic size ice (fat chance - it would cost the owners money) or going to 4 skaters (fat chance - it would cost the players jobs). I can put up with the nature of the game when the Habs are playing with intensity and jump. This year they are so lackadaisical most nights I can't stand watching. And bear in mind I watched all their games through some awful stretches over the years. I can forgive them losing. I can't forgive them not trying and playing a truly dull style. I always pvr games and watch them after they've been playing for a while. I like to give enough lead time that I can fast forward through commercials, intermissions and play stoppages. Well this year I have started fast forwarding more and more. First, it was when they got down by 2 goals. Then it was by 1 goal. In the last few I start as soon as the other team ties it up. I managed to watch the Philadelphia game in around 10 minutes total. The next step is going to be to stop watching all together. If I reach that point, what do I do with my signed Lafleur jersey, all my other jerseys, my seat from the old Forum and all the other memorabilia? Am I the only one who feels this way or are there any others here who really aren't getting the same charge out of Habs hockey that they used to?
- Comment on Desharnais will be game-time decision for Habs (2014-01-16 15:45:43)
I hate it when they salt the shells. I always feel like if someone goes to that much trouble then I should eat them, and they're just so ... chewy.
- Comment on Habs get day off Sunday after ‘best game’ of the season (2014-01-13 11:21:49)
He just looked completely disinterested to me. It wasn't that he was running out of gas, but rather he never took it out of neutral. He didn't even try. He seriously reminded me of Cammy when he was obviously playing to be traded. Cole stopped back-checking completely (he never even tried to pick up his check) and he didn't go to the net at all. If it was a conditioning problem then you would have expected a bounce-back this year and it sure doesn't seem to be happening. It's too bad because I loved him that first year. Not only was he playing great but you could tell he was having a blast. Last year he looked glum every time the camera picked him up.
- Comment on Habs get day off Sunday after ‘best game’ of the season (2014-01-13 11:07:21)
Regarding Eric Cole coming back - I don't know whether there were problems in the room or not (I got the feeling there might be, but nobody ever really knows that stuff who isn't actually there). But based on his play last year I wouldn't take him back if he played for free. It was uncanny the way he went from having his best season in 11/12 to last year. That first season he was the best forward on the team by a fair margin. He raised the whole team by his relentless drive and absolute refusal to give up on the play. Last year he was completely disinterested. I don't think he threw a check, he quit driving the net and he back-checked about as hard as Cammalleri before he was traded. I don't know what caused it, but my hunch is that he basically got so upset over the lockout stuff that he kind of quit in his head. And given that he hasn't done much more for Dallas (21 pts in 45 games and -10) I wouldn't want him back. Something strange I noticed, is that I thought Prust (last year's big free agent signing) brought some of the same qualities as Cole. He didn't score as much, but his drive, speed and persistence really brought the team up. This year he's been pretty much a non-factor. The causes are different - Cole's problem was mental whereas I think Prust's body just can't take it anymore - but the result is the same. Sign a free agent, get one great year then nada. One and done. Like I said, weird.
- Comment on Therrien shakes up Habs’ lines again at practice (2013-12-14 00:07:00)
Bob Gainey turned 60 today. You know what that means? I am exactly 1 week younger than Bob, so holy shite - I must be turning 60 too. Very scary kids, as the count would say. Not sure why - I never blinked at 30, 40 or 50, but this one has me all shook up. Weird. Anyway, I just wanted to respond to the article saying Gainey was a great player but not such a good GM. I really think that Gainey would have been a brilliant GM if Geoffrey Molson would have been the owner. I think you have to divide Gainey's moves between the hockey moves and the revenue moves. His hockey related trades (Rivet for Gorges and the pick for MaxPac) vs his revenue moves (letting Streit, Souray, Koivu ... go for no return) show an incredible schizo personality. My theory is that Gillette (sp?) wanted to squeeze every penny out of the club and tied Bob's hands. I'd love to see what Gainey could have done with ownership that valued winning as an end in itself.
- Comment on Habs’ Murray misses practice; Budaj will face Capitals (2013-11-29 01:05:59)
Man, I hate to be an I-told-you-so (OK, I lie - I absolutely love to be an I-told-you-so) but everyone who went on and on and on and on ... about how Markov was burnt out and useless should step up and take their lumps (Timo - I'm looking at you). I said repeatedly (go back and check if you don't believe me) that Markov would be much closer this year to the Markov of old than the old Markov we saw last year. What I believed then (and seems to have been proved out) was that with an off season of conditioning and a season of getting used to playing on a rebuilt knee, he would once again be (what he's been for most of his career) Lidstrom lite. He will never again be as fast as he was at 28, but his knowledge of the game and his ability to anticipate and control it, make him, even now, one of the top D-men in the league. I have always loved Markov's combination of physical ability, hockey IQ, passing ability and scoring. I don't think there is a player in the league who can analyse, break down and destroy a 4 man box the way he does on the power play. He will always find the open man or drift into the optimal scoring position. So it makes me very happy to see the discussion shifting from "he's useless, let's see if we can't get a 3rd round draft pick for him" to "how much will it cost us to sign him". One thing that plays in Montreal's favour is that he has always been very upfront about wanting to be a Hab. I remember the first time he could have become a free agent, his instructions to Don Meehan (?) were to get the best deal he could from Montreal because he had no interest in playing anywhere else. I sincerely hope that he retires as a Montreal Canadien. I doubt that his number will ever be retired, but even after watching the big 3 on D, he will still always remain one of my favourites.