Un Canadien errant - (Normand Harvey)Member since June 4, 2011
Habs fan since: 1970
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov
All-time favorite player: Lafleur-Mahovlich-Shutt-Robinson-Savard-Dryden
----------------------------------------------------------------------- It's somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.--Paul Rudd http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on Saku Koivu expects ‘awesome, emotional’ Bell Centre tribute (2014-12-18 10:22:48)
I can't remember the article, not sure I can google it, but there was one describing how the Kings were very aware of how that contract might bite them down the road, of how much money they were sinking in a player who couldn't really generate offence anymore. So they did closely look at using an amnesty buyout on him, but the article went on explaining that either Dean Lombardi or someone in ownership loved him like a son, loved what he did for the team, and that a buyout was unlikely. So it looks like they went into this with open eyes, they didn't overlook the situation, just maybe at worst made that decision with their heart a little bit, took a risk on a player they love.
- Comment on Saku Koivu expects ‘awesome, emotional’ Bell Centre tribute (2014-12-18 10:17:21)
Well, it's hard for me to walk back my statements regarding Patrick Roy, my infatuation with the idea of him coaching the Canadiens, and my aversion to Bob Hartley's candidature, and my aversion to Michel Therrien's candidature, and "great" is a strong word. But yeah, kinda... http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2012/06/darren-dreger-tweets-michel-therrien-to.html
- Comment on Saku Koivu expects ‘awesome, emotional’ Bell Centre tribute (2014-12-18 10:10:43)
There might be some actors out there who've made a few incidents look very natural, but how many more are so transparent they leap right off the video for you? Think about the Bruins diving video, every single one of these dives is as clear as the day is long, there is no debate about these. So you hit those incidents, just like when you catch a pitcher red-handed with the nail file in his pocket. The thing is, when a player dives, he's trying his best to make it look good, and doesn't really know how it looks. So the players have no way of telling which dive they'll pull off, which they won't. With a substantial penalty, with consequences, with the fact that they may hurt their team by doing so entering their mental equation, I think 90% of dives are eliminated, at least. Further, to assist referees, let's use video, like in instances when a player is not penalized for an action on the ice, but can still be punished later by the league. Do the same with diving. If the refs can't make the call instantly, but it can be seen clearly on video, the player will be disciplined.
- Comment on Saku Koivu expects ‘awesome, emotional’ Bell Centre tribute (2014-12-18 09:47:32)
Instead of having this labyrinthine system of warnings and inconsequential fines and public shamings, wouldn't it easier for the NHL to declare that diving is an attack on the integrity of the game, like spitting at an opponent, or doctoring the ball or corking your bat in baseball? That this is an infraction that is grounds for a major penalty and an immediate expulsion from the game, and further suspensions? It would clean it up overnight. Another change would be to discard the section in the rules that states that non-aggressive slashing isn't really slashing, and just tell the players that you can only play the puck with your stick. That would help the referees to not have to evaluate how much slashing, in what situation, under which circumstances, and at which point in the game or season does it take to actually constitute slashing. Rule 61 - Slashing 61.1 Slashing - Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing. 61.2 Minor Penalty - A minor penalty, at the discretion of the Referee based on the severity of the contact, shall be imposed on a player who slashes an opponent. 61.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty, at the discretion of the Referee based on the severity of the contact, shall be imposed on a player who slashes an opponent. When injury occurs, a major penalty must be assessed under this rule (see 61.5). 61.4 Match Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by slashing. 61.5 Game Misconduct Penalty – Whenever a major penalty is assessed for slashing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed. 61.6 Penalty Shot – refer to Rule 57.3 – Tripping. 61.7 Awarded Goal – refer to Rule 57.4 – Tripping. 61.8 Fines and Suspensions - There are no specified fines or suspensions for slashing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28). ----------------------------------------------------------------------- It's somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.--Paul Rudd http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on Saku Koivu expects ‘awesome, emotional’ Bell Centre tribute (2014-12-18 09:23:24)
- Comment on Saku Koivu expects ‘awesome, emotional’ Bell Centre tribute (2014-12-18 02:56:23)
The Koivus... So photogenic, every time I see a picture of the family, or that other shot of Saku and his gorgeous wife, I think my AdBlock has failed and I'm being subjected to a banner ad for a travel company or life insurance or something. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- It's somewhere between a toothless attack and a vicious homage.--Paul Rudd http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-17 11:57:59)
Checking and board battles are not what he shines at, but he's nowhere near as bad as some posters believe. He works hard, he competes, he uses his quickness, low centre of gravity, smarts and hands to win a fair share of these defensive battles.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-17 11:54:48)
You're misreading what I've posted. I didn't write that David should be the #1 centre, but that he generally is better used in offensive rather than defensive situations, and that this has a domino effect on how other centres or forwards are better used.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-17 11:08:37)
On whether David Desharnais should get powerplay time or be used in offensive situations, whether that's unfair to the other guys, one thing that we should understand is that David is best used that way. If we use him in a way that doesn't play to his strengths, then we're wasting him, it's like using a screwdriver as a hammer, you're using a tool with a specific purpose the wrong way. If you have a good group of employees and one of them is awesome in the stock room and loading dock, he gets along great with everyone, knows the business backwards and forwards, the drivers from the shipping companies ask for him by name, you may be tempted to promote him, or let him learn another side of the business. That's great if he takes to it, but if he doesn't, you're jamming a square peg in a round hole, and forcing a great employee in a role that he'll mess up at, you now have created two problem areas in your workforce. David, everyone agrees, is not great at checking or winning puck battles in his own zone, through no lack of effort. If we use him that way, to let Lars Eller have more offensive opportunities, we're creating problems, we're not really solving one. If we sit him on the bench in defensive situations, but refrain from giving him offensive opportunities, he'll get five minutes of ice time per game.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-17 10:56:13)