myron.selby - (Myron Selby)Member since March 23, 2011
Habs fan since: 1975
Favorite current player: Markov
All-time favorite player:
- Comment on About last night … (2015-02-27 00:43:34)
Sorry Timo. I know this doesn't fit with your whole "It's all Therrien's fault that Tinordi can't play" but he was not "OK" tonight. He was like a deer in the headlights. He was indecisive over and over when he had the puck. He just can't think the game fast enough at this point to play in the show. It all comes down to confidence. I don't know if he'll ever make it or whether he simply doesn't have the tools. But at this point he is very vulnerable to being forechecked. Maybe he just needs a few games to adjust, but the way he looks now he won't be playing in the post season.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens beat mighty Blues (2015-02-24 18:13:58)
I liked Sekac. I thought he had incredible potential and was just going to take some time to adjust before breaking out. That being said, I'm not going to comment on this trade. I finally learned my lesson with Bergevin's moves and trades. Last year I thought it was terrible trading Diaz for a 4th liner who was constantly scratched in Vancouver. I thought it was ridiculous to pick up an unheard of spare part defenceman from Florida. Well Weise has been an integral part ot the team since the trade. Weaver hasn't done much this year but he played great in last year's playoffs. The one that finally taught me to stop trying to second guess Bergevin (and Dudley I imagine) was Gonchar. I couldn't believe they took on this washed up player's contract. Well he has looked great on his own merits and was instrumental in helping Beaulieu find his confidence and his game. If Gonchar does nothing else in Montreal he has already earned his year's salary for that minor miracle. So this time I think I'll pass. If Dudley and Bergevin think this kid was worth moving Sekac to obtain then I'm just going to wait and see how it plays out.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Senators preview: Tokarski, Pateryn, Sekac in lineup for Habs (2015-02-18 16:44:40)
Staying nice and cozy under the bridge are we?
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Senators preview: Tokarski, Pateryn, Sekac in lineup for Habs (2015-02-18 14:37:30)
Yeah it's pretty much the only way I can think of to open it up - and unfortunately you're right, the NHLPA would never agree. It might help a bit if the refs called interference more often. For a while they were calling all that stuff on non-puck carriers but it faded right out. The amount of picks and outright interference that goes on (Detroit is really bad/good at it) is ridiculous. Maybe if they set a maximum height limit of 5'10" and a weight restriction of 180 lb there might be space again (just kidding, but I don't know of any real solutions).
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Senators preview: Tokarski, Pateryn, Sekac in lineup for Habs (2015-02-18 14:11:16)
Matty asks why Habs fans are unhappy, then Chris turned the discussion to whether the games are interesting. This has been my observation for the last I don't know how many years. For a short period after the next to last lockout when they started calling all the interference etc., the game actually had some excitement. This is what Gainey built his team for in the mistaken belief that the league (read Gary Bettman) actually cared about the quality of the product on the ice. I'm enjoying this season because the Habs are winning - period. Last year I was watching far too many games in about 10 minutes. If the other team scored first, I would start fast forwarding until (far too seldom) the Habs tied it up or the game ended. Saved a lot of time watching games. It got so bad that if Montreal scored first and the other team tied it up I would fast forward because I had zero faith that they could come back. That's why I was so shocked by how completely the Habs turned their game around in the playoffs last year - I had seen no indication that they were capable of playing at that level during the incredibly dull and usually borderline incompetent regular season. I think the problem is that the game is so system oriented now that there is very little excitement left. Every player looks to make the safest possible play in every circumstance and the game is decided by the ability of teams to capitalize on the few mistakes the other team makes. The ability for individual players to just pick the game up by the scruff of the neck and take control is far less than ever before. Even the most talented players can come to be seen as liabilities if they won't play the system (see Ovie, fat Phil ...). I don't know what the answer is. I don't think a bigger ice surface would help. Maybe dropping it down to 4-on-4 could open the game up again. Unfortunately, the coaches would probably just figure out new ways to slow it down and make it safe like they did when they removed the off side for 2 line passes. Unfortunately, Bettman is more concerned with parity than actually promoting the game by figuring out how to enhance it. Hockey used to be the most exciting game around but it has lost that long since.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-01-30 02:08:07)
Sorry Gumper but your argument kind of falls apart. You say "Back in the day ..." yada yada yada. Well I remember back in the day too. But guess what? Times have changed, the game has moved on and the leaping over the boards stuff is ancient history. The new game doesn't have or need that kind of frontier justice. You can win the cup without a Nilan or Fergy. And I hope the Habs will prove that this year. Hockey was truly an anomaly for the longest time. Behavior that would have warranted jail time if committed on the street was seen as the way the game should be played. Fortunately, the game is starting to move into the 21st century and this kind of idiocy will soon be a thing of the past.
- Comment on Canadiens give Price day off after win over Stars (2015-01-28 18:24:48)
At the risk of repeating myself (I asked these questions on the last thread): - you said Markov is slowed down by his smoking. I've never heard this before and searching didn't turn anything up. - you also said that Markov was slower because he is in poor condition. Anything I've read about him (going back to when he first started) is that he is fanatical about his training and fitness. Could you post some links supporting your statements? I'd be very surprised by either of these things.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-01-28 10:53:40)
@Da Hema - further down the thread you were going on about how Markov is a shadow of his former self. While his foot speed has clearly left the building I still think he is on many nights the best D-man on either team. He still has an incredbile stick and with his ability to read the play, he breaks up opportunities before they have a chance to develop. He has mastered defence by stepping up rather than back. I think mostly it gets noticed when he misses and causes an odd man rush. But far more often he simply picks off passes in the neutral zone nullifying a potential attack. But regardless of how you view his play you made a couple of statements I really would like some substantiation on. First you claimed that his smoking slows him down. This is the first time I've ever heard about him smoking and I couldn't find any mention of it anywhere else. Do you have a link to this? Secondly, you say that his conditioning is poor. This is in direct contradiction to what I've always read about him. My understanding is that he's fanatical about his training and conditioning. You have sources for this one?
- Comment on Canadiens hit all-star break on a high (2015-01-23 00:33:46)
In July 2005 Kyle McDonald started with a red paperclip and in a series of 14 trades over the period of one year he traded his paperclip for a house. I think of this story whenever I'm looking at how Marc Bergevin is running the Habs. There is no way to start from ground zero and trade immediately for a Stanley Cup contending team. But if every trade (or at least the majority of your trades) improve your team then eventually you'll wind up with a contender. I would argue that most of Bergevin's trades have made the Habs a better team. In some cases he has gained a better player (Diaz for Weise) and in some cases he has gained cap space (Bourque for Allen). And in some of his trades (Moen for Gonchar) he's done both at the same time. But what people have to keep in mind is that you have to give something to get something. The stream of trade suggestions on here where someone proposes getting rid of someone they don't like (Emelin, Desharnais, Gilbert, Allen ...) plus a prospect nobody believes will actually make the team (Pateryn, Dumont, Nygren ...) plus a second round pick for a first or second line winger are simply unrealistic. It's kind of like saying "I'll trade you three red paperclips for your house". Don't expect a lineup around the block for that one.
- Comment on Habs vs. Senators preview: Tokarski gets start in goal (2015-01-15 14:10:37)
I'd add Orest Kindrachuk.