Un Canadien errant - (Normand Harvey)

Member since June 4, 2011

Whistler, BC

Habs fan since: 1970
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov
All-time favorite player: Lafleur-Mahovlich-Shutt-Robinson-Savard-Dryden

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Recent Comments

  • Comment on Flynn is in, Smith-Pelly out for Habs vs Panthers (2015-03-28 09:53:06)
    Certainly not great news at all, but surgical techniques improve constantly. Tommy John surgery and ACL reconstruction are almost routine now, they take a long time to rehab, but the prognosis is excellent in most cases, whereas 20 years ago they were career enders. It used to be that cartilage loss would end careers too, now microfracture surgery offers hope that this won't be the case anymore, there are already early successes. Quite a few athletes get surgeries on their back and neck and manage to return to active duty, so I hope the kid doesn't even think of his back a couple seasons from now.
  • Comment on Flynn is in, Smith-Pelly out for Habs vs Panthers (2015-03-28 09:48:34)
    Yeah, had a great, under-recognized career I felt. Whenever I drink bourbon and scan old drafts on hockeydb and cry, he's one of the names that I obsess over.
  • Comment on Flynn is in, Smith-Pelly out for Habs vs Panthers (2015-03-28 09:46:42)
    How did you sneak the B, A, and N word through the filters? Make a deal with the Gremlins? Personally, I think that's too harsh. His posts should be run through an algorithm that transmutes everything he writes to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM-Vn_IZHx8 At worst.
  • Comment on Flynn is in, Smith-Pelly out for Habs vs Panthers (2015-03-28 09:43:29)
    Er... I'm riffing on the "Tinordi is history" post from a couple of days ago, and the "Markov is finished, since Bobby Orr had to retire due to a knee injury" posts from two seasons ago. Too dry? Too smiley-deficient? Tough.
  • Comment on Flynn is in, Smith-Pelly out for Habs vs Panthers (2015-03-28 09:37:29)
    (Check out the reply to the Nick Bjugstad post by 24 Cups down below...)
  • Comment on Flynn is in, Smith-Pelly out for Habs vs Panthers (2015-03-28 09:35:34)
    Holy crap, one of their brightest prospects, big building block for them, gets a butcher to rummage around in his back at such an early stage in his career? He's history. Nathan Horton has a back injury and he'll never play again.
  • Comment on Flynn is in, Smith-Pelly out for Habs vs Panthers (2015-03-28 09:22:41)
    I'm fast-forwarding through last night's Generals-Petes game, and I'm intrigued by the fact that Michael McCarron is still playing centre, this time on the second line, after playing first line centre with Max Domi this season in London, and a lot of third and fourth-line centre last season. We were surprised that he got moved to centre last season, almost suspicious, since it is Dale Hunter after all who made this decision, and I'm going to take anything he does with a shovelful of salt that's being crosschecked in the back of my head, but his new coach in Oshawa kept up the experiment. And maybe experiment isn't the right word. Lots of players in Junior assume a role that they're not destined to play in the pros. Two-way defencemen quarterback the powerplay in junior, à la Morgan Ellis. Checking, grinding centres play the first line, à la Bo Horvat or Jackson Houck. So yeah, against lesser competition, as they mature, junior players assume more responsibility that's not likely to devolve to them as they move up the ladder. And yeah, it's common for forwards in the pros to have played a lot of centre in junior, and forwards in junior to have played a lot of centre in minor hockey. If you're the best or one of the best players on your team, your coach will put you in the middle so you can have a greater impact on the game, but once you're up against players who can compete with you, they'll put you in a position where your skills align better with the role of your position. So I don't expect Mike McCarron to play centre in Hamilton, beyond maybe taking a few draws, something he's apparently good at, and which he can do his strong side if the coach prefers a rightie to a leftie. Martin Lapointe scoffed last summer when asked about him on this, how the Canadiens hadn't expected him to play centre in London, but that it wouldn't harm him, he'd learn quite a bit playing there. Mike will be a rangy, heavy right winger in the pros, starting next season. Guaranteed. Except, this year there aren't 'enough' centres in the prospect pool in the AHL. So much so that Charles Hudon got an extended tryout there, and he said it was the first time he'd ever played centre, at any level. Next season, there is Jérémy Grégoire graduating to the pros who plays centre, but he might be one of those prospects who's better suited to the wing at the next level. Might it be possible that Mike McCarron gets some time at centre, a tryout? He'd need to radically improve his skating, but could he eventually be that big centre you deploy against a Joe Thornton or Ryan Getzlaf in the defensive zone? Someone who falls somewhere in the range of a Paul Gaustad to Joel Otto, in that continuum? Hopefully tending to the Otto end of the spectrum? I know, pretty fanciful, but if someone can trade Zach Fucale, Darren Dietz and a second for Nail Yakupov, let me dream of better days too. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.--Kurt Vonnegut http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
  • Comment on About last night … (2015-03-27 10:58:33)
    Hal Gill played four years of college, didn't play regularly in the NHL until he was 22 years old. Zdeno Chara took a long time to become a solid NHL'er too. He finished a season of WHL as a 20-year old, then had two more seasons shuttling between the AHL and NHL. Let's give Jarred time.
  • Comment on About last night … (2015-03-27 10:45:44)
    What are you guys thinking of watching tonight? BB Armada against the Hull Olympiques, or Oshawa Generals featuring Mike McCarron vs. the Peterborough Petes? I'm leaning towards the latter. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.--Kurt Vonnegut http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
  • Comment on About last night … (2015-03-27 10:38:30)
    Jarred at 23 and after three seasons of AHL/NHL is much closer than Brett Lernout at 19 playing against WHL players. I hope Brett has a high ceiling and pans out for us, but there's no need to throw in the towel on Jarred just yet. http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2015/02/jarred-tinordi-compared-to-his-2010.html They won't try to sneak him through waivers, he'll be stashed on the roster and they'll try to ease him in next season, sub in for injuries, against tough teams, etc.