haloracer18 - (Lawrence Dee)Member since April 17, 2011
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- Comment on Habs are a good team, but there’s still work to do (2015-01-09 16:49:17)
I was concerned at the start of the season that the habs didn't have more than 1 twenty-goal scorer in the lineup going into the year. Halfway through, they have the potential of 3 or 4, with Plekanec and Gallagher, and possibly Galchenyuk. It comes as a huge surprise because Gallagher and Galchenyuk aren't yet expected to lead the team, nevermind relied on heavily to score goals. The addition of Malhotra was a very key element without which this team would be really struggling. Yes, he was expected to pot a couple of goals by now, but in the bigger picture, the unburdening of defensive zone faceoffs has allowed Plekanec in particular to put up more points. It's all too predictable that MB will look to trade for a top line winger. They can't beat Tampa with the team they have. I'd be surprised if they could take the leafs or Bruins or Detroit. Maybe a small trade like a 5th rounder for Shane Doan would help.
- Comment on ‘Our Dinner With Jean Béliveau’ (2014-12-14 15:42:01)
$20k doesn't sound like a huge salary for the 50's, so I admire Beliveau for that. Then again, I believe that people were being paid $3/hr back then. It would be great to see players work two jobs to make a living again.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-07 10:18:00)
The puck-dropper can help the players if need be. Also there can be rules against starting a fight when there is already a fight taking place.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-07 09:17:10)
It's tough to win when the refs give the other team a 6-2 advantage in power plays. I very often don't agree with the calls against the habs and wonder if a fairer system could be impemented. I'm a supporter of removing the refs from the ice surface. Keep a puck-dropper on the ice and give special seats to as many as 8 refs around the outside, and have them call the game like judges in a boxing match. Takes two outside linesmen to punch up an offside within a half second of each other for it to count, and 3 refs to punch up a penalty, again within maybe a second of each other with immediate replay available to them and the possibility of retraction. This system benefits the game in many ways, allows more space to move the puck and skate by removing 3 bodies from the ice, much easier game to call for the refs, and thus more fairer! But most importantly it will bring accountability and respect to the players for their actions on the ice since they will have to resolve all disputes themselves. It would bring the human side of the game back and make the NHL much more interesting to watch.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-07 09:10:56)
Missed the game, but I noticed that again pp's were 6-2 in favour of Dallas. It is becoming obvious that Therrien's team is trying to avoid injuries and therefore penalties by avoiding contact. Instead of playing the "one-steamboat/ dish or shoot" brand of hockey, I would want a "beat a man / dish or shoot" brand. That means often passing to yourself or the opponent and running through the other team instead of around. There isn't enough room on the ice to go around most of the time. Traffic in front of the net is highly overrated when you have a great shot. Shoot first, and get more offensive zone face-offs.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens lose a heartbreaker (2014-12-05 23:48:59)
I think there is a good side to not drawing penalties at this stage of the season, at least there's no danger of getting injured. Avoiding contact is a pretty good way to avoid getting injured. Nothing much you can do if a ref calls a penalty on your team though. I still say the way to go is to remove the refs from the ice surface. Keep a puck-dropper on the ice and give special seats to as many as 8 refs around the outside, and have them call the game like judges in a boxing match. Takes two outside linesmen to punch up an offside within a half second of each other for it to count, and 3 refs to punch up a penalty, again within maybe a second of each other with immediate replay available to them and the possibility of retraction. This system benefits the game in many ways, allows more space to move the puck and skate by removing 3 bodies from the ice, much easier game to call for the refs, but most importantly brings accountability and respect to the players for their actions on the ice since they will have to resolve all disputes themselves. It would bring the human side of the game back since their heads are now being covered up in aerospace equipment.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-02 09:50:09)
In the summer I was hoping for a trade for Yakupov, giving up Subban. It would have been fine to get one more asset, a first round pick or Nikitin. Then a third player could be signed with the saving in salary. I am aware that Subban plays a big role defensively as well as offensively. However that first rounder from Edmonton could easily turn into Eichel or McDavid, and there would be no contest about who would win that trade. Now it is far too late to make that trade because the Oilers know they stink this season. Opportunity missed.
- Comment on New Hab Tangradi skates on fourth line at practice; Gilbert demoted to seventh defenceman (2014-11-27 12:03:12)
I don't think Gonchar will work on the second pairing, but it's not going to be much better than Gilbert or Weaver. Like MT says, every team can use an upgrade on D. There are not 180 superstar D in the league. Karlsson might be the only current D capable of a point per game. Thus, an upgrade on offense is more feasible via trade. If the habs are still in the playoff picture come deadline, they should try to pry Marleau from San Jose for DD and a couple of picks/prospects. Don't think SJ is going to make it this year, unless a new coach comes in and works some magic. It will take a legit center to find offense against Pitts or Tampa or Boston.
- Comment on Liveblog: Price hangs a goose egg on Bruins (2014-11-22 18:54:03)
Every time Weise scores it reminds me of Klark Kent aka Stewart Copeland .
- Comment on Canadiens send Jarred Tinordi down to Hamilton, try new look on power play (2014-11-12 22:54:48)
This might sound heretical to those who are believers in party politics and Bettman's NHL system - but why not lend players to other NHL teams for a few games? Coaches are allowed to switch allegiances, sometimes in season. Players often return to teams after playing for another team. Why not do it on a more short term basis? If team A has an injury and needs help on D, and team B has a better D available to play than what team A has on their rosters, who really cares who the player plays for? Maybe that should answer Therrien's conundrum.