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
----------------------------------------------------------------------- … you know, because there's no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.--Bill Simmons http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-11 02:42:38)
That's a pretty flip answer Robert. I'm pointing out a general trend in the league, how every other team is sizing up, and how NHL refereeing is letting more and more go without a whistle, how our team doesn't really measure up to the Kings, how tonight the speed and quickness factor was nullified by size and strength, and how our prospect pool needs to change if we're going to be successful in Colin Campbell and Sean Thornton's NHL, and you zing back with a specific, individual case with a very small sample size so far, less than half a season in London, as if that invalidates my general point. But I guess after a bad loss like this, we don't really feel like writing long and cogent arguments.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-11 01:21:24)
Games like tonight's make me question the drafting of Arturri Lehkonen, Sven Andrighetto and Martin Reway last June all over again. http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2013/07/a-critique-of-canadiens-2013-draft.html http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-canadiens-2013-re-draft.html
- Comment on Habs enjoy a break in busy schedule (2013-12-09 02:57:52)
For Frontenac: The Canucks have recalled Yannick Weber from Utica. http://www.theprovince.com/sports/hockey/Vancouver+Canucks+recall+defenceman+Yannick+Weber+from+AHLs/9261709/story.html
- Comment on Habs enjoy a break in busy schedule (2013-12-09 02:49:43)
Claude Julien: "The thing about Thorny, anybody who knows him personally knows he's a pretty honest person, and if he said he really regret(s) it, he felt bad, he really did." As Kurt Vonnegut wrote: "So it goes..."
- Comment on Habs enjoy a break in busy schedule (2013-12-09 02:44:24)
The Bulldogs beat the Monsters 6-2 tonight. Gabriel Dumont scored two goals. Louis Leblanc scored a goal and an assist. Stefan Fournier notched his first AHL goal. Darren Dietz and Greg Pateryn had an assist each. http://hamiltonbulldogs.com/pressbox/news/index.html?article_id=554 Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu were both held off the scoresheet, although Nathan finished at +2 and took five shots on net. http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2013/12/bulldogs-lose-4-1-to-erie-monsters.html
- Comment on Habs enjoy a break in busy schedule (2013-12-09 01:01:22)
As I'm painfully aware since he's on one of my fantasy teams, Brian Bickell has been struggling with injuries this season. He's currently on IR.
- Comment on Habs enjoy a break in busy schedule (2013-12-09 00:49:52)
@ HabitantinSurrey: the crux of your argument is that fighting acts as a safety valve, that people who are angry need to vent, that it's the only safe way to relieve stress. In fact, that's an outdated concept, even if it's still prevalent in popular culture. The motif of the mild-mannered man who gets browbeaten and taken advantage of until he explodes, like in the movie "Falling Down", is a cultural touchstone, but it has no grounding in fact, psychology or science. In fact, people who vent, who allow themselves to get angry, are not availing themselves of a harmless therapeutic outlet, they're actually letting their emotions get the better of them, and they're learning to be angry, they're teaching themselves that response. Lots of studies have shown that people who vent aren't healthier, more balanced than those who don't. In fact, the venters tend to have a tougher time, with higher rates of divorce, criminality, etc. People who vent also tend to escalate their outbursts in terms of their gravity. Episodes of shouting are followed later on by episodes of punches on the wall and broken furniture until it escalates to spousal assault, child abuse, etc. Practically, when does a fight actually solve anything on the ice? For every René Bourque vs. Matt Hendricks fight that settle a score, there are wars that spiral out of control like Canadiens-Nordiques, Red Wings-Avalanche, and now Penguins-Bruins. Fights are rarely 'even', there's some recrimination and need for retribution, and it keeps devolving. In fact, if the NHL did its job, by using video referees and showing zero-tolerance for the blasted high-sticking and elbowing that fighting is supposed to prevent, we wouldn't need fighting, enforcers and a "Code". There would be no need for a fourth line of crashers and bangers, and we wouldn't wonder why Corey Locke and Jean-Francois Sauvé never could hack it in the NHL. We'd actually watch entertaining, high-scoring, skillful hockey. We wouldn't accept as gospel that David Desharnais is too small to play in the NHL, but that Eric Gryba has his rightful place. We don't have to accept that the NHL abdicates its responsibility to our national game, because Gary Bettman is too busy making ice in L.A. and selling out the broadcast rights to the most crass highest bidder. We should insist that as guardians of a public trust, and since we as taxpayers are building the arenas for them to earn their truckloads of HRR, that they act as custodians and protectors of hockey. Instead, the NHL is stuck in a stone-age 'eye for an eye' moral code, lets the insane run the asylum and fosters a "Lord of the Flies" justice system, where 'minor slashing' is tolerated, and jabs to the face are viewed as part of the game. If the recipient of the jab turns away, no harm done, let's get to the circle and drop the puck. If he retaliates, well, both players took part and both are guilty, it evens out in the wash, let's separate them bodily, no harm done, let's get to the circle and drop the puck. It's utter madness, but it doesn't have to be that way. And it's not like the only solution to hockey violence is more violence, regardless of what P.J. Stock says. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- … you know, because there's no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.--Bill Simmons http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 03:54:22)
Well-deserved shot at Don Cherry, he's repeatedly, consistently held up Sean Thornton as an exemplary player, one of the good guys, who plays the game the right way, energizes his team, makes the opposition nervous, etc. In the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins benched him for a couple of games, and Don Cherry loudly squawked that he should be in the lineup. When he was re-inserted and the Bruins' fortunes turned for the better, he basked in his foresight and wisdom and snapped his suspenders with gusto. Generally, Don Cherry champions rough and tough play, and practitioners of these dark arts. He sets the tone in no small way for the sport, generations of players have grown up ingesting his facile bromides, and now parrot them reflexively. Crosschecks and slew-foots and spears are overlooked by referees, because Don Cherry thunders that the refs should "let them play". Players need to be accountable for their transgressions not through tough, enlightened progressive discipline, but rather by getting punched in the face. The Bruins have Greg Campbell, Adam McQuaid, Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara, and Sean Thornton and feel impervious to any consequences for their thuggery. Milan Lucic runs Ryan Miller. They and Brian Burke's truculent Leafs, who are also Don Cherry favourites, begat the lunkheads on the Sens' blueline and Matt Kassian, and the Sabres' John Scott, and the Canadiens' George Parros. So it's dishonest for Don Cherry to now condemn the act from the actor he has lauded for years. He's like the pitbull owner whose dog has been a headache and nightmare for the neighbourhood for years, and now that someone finally got bit bad, says that it's out of character for his dog, since he never bit anybody, and it's too bad. Yet whenever anyone brought up the risk before, the owner would bully and intimidate and shout them down. Having lineups littered with Matt Cookes and Patrick Kaletas and Colton Orrs and Sean Thorntons and hoping these disgraceful events don't occur is like creating the proverbial room awash with gasoline, and then trusting the smokers to not light up. And since hockey insists on having Mike Mibury and P.J. Stock and Don Cherry as its mouthpieces instead of thoughtful people like Ken Dryden and Igor Larionov, it reaps what it sows.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 01:43:24)
Do I hear three? He's a Don Cherry favourite after all, a good old boy who plays the right way. Never been suspended, so he`s not a repeat offender. And sure, he yanked him down from behind and punched him when he was on the ground, but they were no more than love taps, he was just sending a message. He didn't mean to injure him, he's not that kind of guy, he doesn't play that way. Plus, what was he supposed to do, he tried to goad Mr. Orpik into a fight, but he wouldn't go for it. What other options did he have? Sean Thornton needed to protect his teammates from unprovoked attacks, that's why he attacked Brooks Orpik. He wasn't really thinking clearly, there was a lot of emotion there, it's just an unfortunate, unforeseeable result that stemmed from a hockey play. I'm sure he wished him no harm, and he hopes he recovers quickly, he probably hated to see him injured and taken away on a stretcher. If you watch the video, he was trying to cradle his head with his left hand, to protect him, as he was feeding him rights. Just honouring the code between noble warriors.
- Comment on Habs going for fifth straight win against Sabres (2013-12-07 16:23:38)
Before Jarred and Nathan "get another shot", they need to do something with the shot they have right now in Hamilton, that they're not exactly burying. http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2013/12/bulldogs-lose-4-1-to-erie-monsters.html