myron.selby - (Myron Selby)Member since March 23, 2011
Habs fan since: 1975
Favorite current player: Markov
All-time favorite player:
- 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.
- Comment on Emelin skates wearing regular practice jersey; Desharnais on fourth line (2013-11-04 19:42:51)
Hi, chicken little here. This just in - THE SKY IS FALLING!!!! Seriously, reel it in a little people. Man, if research scientists put in the kind of attention HIO puts into the PK "scandal", we'd have a cure for cancer by Friday. Fearless prediction - PK will be signing for an obscene amount of money for anywhere from 6 to 8 years (8 is my guess although the Habs have never gone that long before). And I just hope that all the alarmists on here predicting that Therrien will drive him into the arms of the Maple Laughs will have the good grace to come on here and do some serious mea culpas when that day arrives. Although that I seriously doubt (they'll already have moved on to the next great Habs mismanagement fiasco).
- Comment on Habs trim training camp roster to 38 players (Video) (2013-09-17 10:32:28)
Ah but the great thing is that no matter what else goes wrong, the Habs always know that you have their back.
- Comment on Crisp gets hat-trick in final rookie scrimmage; 55 players invited to main camp (2013-09-10 10:31:45)
Where's your sense of priorities man? You'll have time to work when you retire. For now, we demand clear, coherent - and most of all - comprehensive hockey discussions from you.
- Comment on Crisp gets hat-trick in final rookie scrimmage; 55 players invited to main camp (2013-09-10 10:09:21)
So Markov was a "flashy offensive defender"? Come on Hobie, you know better than that. In his prime Markov was one of the top 4 or 5 D in the world. He was a small step down from Lidstrom (and I still think that if he'd stayed healthy for his whole career there would be arguments as to which one was better). The point of defence is not to hospitalize the opposing forwards but to separate them from the puck or, failing that, keep them from getting meaningful scoring opportunities and there were very few who did that better than Markov. He made a whole parade of average to good partners look elite (think Komi, Souray and Streit). Do you really think that Subban wins the Norris last year without Markov teaching him how to find the seams and teeing them up for him on the power play? Serge Savard never went in for the big hit but I don't think anyone would ever have accused him of being a one dimensional offensive D-man. I find it interesting how little respect Markov gets. I think there is a tendency for people to undervalue him because of the injuries he had to work through. It's almost as if people blame him for getting hurt so they refuse to recognize how good he really was/is. And - fearless prediction time - if Markov stays healthy they will sign him again. They'd be foolish not to given how integral he was to running the power play. Subban scored the goals but Markov is the quarterback that makes it all go.
- Comment on Hockey is just around the corner (2013-08-30 16:11:10)
Not a bad guy? Are you serious? I'm friggin' great. Why I'll have you know that 4 out of 5 dentists recommend me to their patients.
- Comment on Hockey is just around the corner (2013-08-30 16:08:32)
Now that dog gone swell pal Cal explained to me what I was doing wrong posting the link I can give you the wikipedia definition of troll. The truly scary part for me is that I've been a software developer for over 25 years and I was so lazy I couldn't bother looking up that info on html links.
- Comment on Hockey is just around the corner (2013-08-30 13:12:01)
Damn how the heck do you post a link on here? I tried using the tags they show and I get ... nothing.
- Comment on Hockey is just around the corner (2013-08-30 13:09:30)
Well you know me - always trying to figure out where people live so I can sneak into their houses late at night and ... No, no, no, Myron. Repeat after me - I do not listen to the voices in my head, they are not my friends.
- Comment on Hockey is just around the corner (2013-08-30 13:06:21)
I certainly agree with that. Well I don't believe it for a second.