2mins4lookinsooogood - (Cornelius Van Horne)Member since March 31, 2011
Habs fan since: 2nd period game 2, 71 vs Boston
Favorite current player: Lars Eller
All-time favorite player: Mike McPhee
"Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Habs development camp underway in Brossard (VIDEO) (2014-07-09 09:23:59)
Re: UCE's Rant about the Comish: The only thing I can add to Normand's righteous smackdown, is that the oney thing that the Comish has been successful at is bullying the owners (google Ken Dryden on Bettman) into giving him the power to execute his vision. While theoretically the Jacobs committee pull the strings, Bettman's authority is iron clad ... it's all written down in black and yellow. "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Habs development camp underway in Brossard (VIDEO) (2014-07-09 09:18:47)
To paraphrase Badger Bob, "It's a good day to talk about the Josh Gorges trade" ... Despite my soapbox stomping screed in favour of Josh Gorges two days before it turned out he was in play, I have no concerns with the reality of why the trade was made and the return. My only quibble is the self fulfilling theme that takes on wings " he was only a third pairing defenceman". If you quote MB, the players make the choice of the GM and coach - as much a we love to imagine the days of NB, JT and Pateryn playing Mark Howe minutes, we can't assume that it was going to happen this year or next, or that Gilbert was going to automatically earn 4th line 5 on 5 minutes, regardless of what was said after the trades were made. My point is caution against groupthink ... the same concept that now makes it undisputed fact that Timmons begged Gainey not to trade McDonough (show me the interview please), that McDonough was a can't miss prospect (Farber on TSN's "The Reporters" noted the opposite view} that Gomez was not the number 1 centre in the eastern conference run of 2010 and that Koivu would have accepted a huge paycut to be the third line centre (with an unquenchable propensity for lazy hooking penalties) "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Habs development camp underway in Brossard (VIDEO) (2014-07-08 09:36:58)
BRiPro and Cal, I ask you to consider not the exceptions to prove the rule but the big picture. if there was ever a group of employees that need the protection of the union, it is young starry eyed hockey players. The article is straightforward on the current status and Normand's post shines a pretty bright light on the incredible tilt in the workplace dynamic favouring the owner. Forget any bias towards unions as the Mobbed up protector of comfortable - this is more Ceasar Chavez than Jimmy Hoffa "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-04 16:29:07)
And verily, the logic flowed down the mount with a forceful surge and smote the mustachioed men of mayhem with a speedy clout, washing away their convictions, leaving them blubbering. And the uncomfortable thought for the day, Brandon Prust doesn't fight because he has to ... he fights because he wants to. Other team's anthem singer pissed him off .... someone's taking a beating. The zamboni missed a spot ... there's a fist for that too. I am only kidding about the latter part "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-04 11:06:35)
I can't pretend that the "enforcer" proponents will ever change their tune, but by the same token, I won't ever stop stating my version of the obvious truth either. 1) Penalties for fighting with visors 2) Penalties for taking off your helmet 3) Concussions to Moen, Parros etc 4) Fighting restrictions in junior 5) Advanced stats favoured around the league ... (not punching btw) 6) Your "loathed" instigator penalty not going away 7) Even the Bruins and Leafs are shedding their "face punchers" Forget the Brian Burke Sideshow "step right up and try your best to last three minutes with one of our mustachioed men of mayhem - win a prize for the little lady" the enforcer in the east is on the endangered species list. I can never understand how having one enforcer means that the other team won't "bother" your little fawns - if you don't dress one does that mean the other team is dastardly if they do ... does that mean they are allowed to punch at will because you didn't bring a face puncher to the party? Or having three ... if you get a cheap shot from the other team by a non face puncher do you send your face puncher to the meet the other face puncher like two pawns in a chess game? Does that stop the Marchands of this world? There has been a pretty strong argument posted here that the Habs are drafting to fill a long term vision of tougher players that can play but handle themselves when the need occaisionally (repeat occaisionally, not scheduled) arises. Until that time, the roster that is currently constructed can handle themselves well enough - example is Chicago. "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-04 11:04:27)
Don't play lousy to start the game and don't build a team for today to play yesterday's game. "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Former Hab Kovalev announces his retirement (2014-07-03 16:04:22)
To follow the logic, because they have these players, no-one will touch their young fawns. Is it safe to assume that they won't touch the other team's young fawns in return? So only 10 players or so on each team will be allowed to hit the other team? Or, is it ok to hit all the guys, but if one of the heroes on the Flames decides that he is the arbiter of what is allowed (refs be darned) then that's ok? Then the other team will follow suit right? Burke is obsessed with a game played by people without visors, when concussions were laughed off and it was ok to have Marty McSorely Missed chopping at heads. "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 14:18:26)
Franson plays "tough" because the coach tells him to, not because it is second nature. As a result, he gets caught thinking too often and neither makes the hit or incepts the pass. He is the pylon's pylon, although his -18 giveaway rating was the same as Gorges (best on the Habs) Gilbert was -16. "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 14:10:15)
If we need an unhinged enforcer, my money is on Ben Eager. Not the best fighter but can really skate and seems to have a game face made of swirling bees. "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-02 17:11:34)
I am a bit surprised that many posters here have no recollection of Gilbert. He played some of his best (and worst hockey) against Montreal, particularly the March 2009 game. For Front, that was the game featuring a tilt between Storini and Stewart. He was Jeckyll/Hyde in Edmonton, was part of a bizarre trade of morose defencemen (he wanted to go home to Minnesota) got bought out, resurfaced in Florida as a "top minute" guy and yet they have no room for him and he costs only 2.8 a year. Hmmm .... I have seen the flashes that got him a 6 year deal and a buyout ... so while I respect the tall foreheads that MB has assembled and hope for the best, I am circumspect about not drinking the koolaid. "Don't crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers"