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
----------------------------------------------------------------------- My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.--Woody Paige http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 12:02:40)
SmartDog, you're kind of moving the goalposts here. You asked for one player who is playing better under Therrien. Carey Price is suggested, but then you qualify that that's to the credit of Stéphane Waite. We can play that magic trick with any player. "Oh, Defenceman X is only doing better due to Jean-Jacques Daigneault's coaching." Or: "Forward Y has been working his moves with Gerard Gallant, not Michel Therrien." And so on, we can throw in the Hamilton coaches in our qualifiers, or the video assistants, veteran teammates... You were trying to make a general point, fine, but it's going to be impossible to make an absolute airtight statement with the parameters you've set up. The team went for almost last to almost first in one season, and is again near the top of the standings in the East. You'll be hard-pressed to demonstrate that none of the players on the team have improved under Michel Therrien's tutelage.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 11:54:12)
I would strenuously object to that. That cartoon is a complete misappropriation and defilement of Calvin. Calvin was perpetually getting in trouble, but he was never intentionally evil or deceitful. His misadventures were due to him being a dreamer, and getting carried away by his imagination. The image in question shows him micturating on something willingly, with intent and malice, and looking over his shoulder to avert getting caught. Calvin would never do that. That avatar is as wrong as, say, oh, maybe using P.K.'s picture to represent a spew of ceaselessly negative and ill-informed posts.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 03:58:45)
I’m on the record as wanting Larry Robinson to be hired as the defencemen’s coach last time around, but it’s inaccurate to say that he wanted to come here and management didn’t. A Gazette reporter contacted him shortly after Jean-Jacques Daigneault was hired to get to the bottom of this. When asked why he didn’t get the job or even interview for the job, he responded with this shaggy dog story about his cellphone not being charged or missing texts, and his house being flooded and promising to call the next day but then something else happened, another team was contacting him, … http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/07/08/larry-robinson-named-sharks-assistant-coach/ While the picture is muddled as to what exactly transpired, if Larry had wanted the job, something could have been arranged, despite all the other complications. The Canadiens did inquire about his services, his interest in joining the team, and it appears the response was lukewarm at best. It seemed to me that Larry is still not over some of the past slights, real or perceived, he suffered while a Canadien, and that he’s not quite comfortable working for the team still. So let’s not keep repeating this HIO meme that Larry Robinson wanted to coach here but was rebuffed, it’s untrue, and saying in over and over won’t make it so. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.--Woody Paige http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 03:54:16)
Oyoyoyoyoye! as Benoit Brunet might say. That was a solid spanking the Sharks administered to the Canadiens. One thing about the Sharks, when they take over the puck, it gets going the other way in a hurry. Guys like Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, they act like they want the puck, and know where they want to go and what they want to do with it. Just that mindset, that hunger, would serve guys on our side, guys like Lars Eller and René Bourque, who don't always seem clear on what's going to happen next. It's hard to find a culprit for the loss, aside from the obvious gaffe on the first goal by Peter Budaj, it was a team loss. Looking at our lineup, some aspects don't inspire confidence. The fact that only one line is clicking, while the Plekanec line is testing the waters and Lars' line is rudderless, makes our squad much less formidable than it seemed to be early in the season. On defence also, with an Alexei Emelin still rounding back into form after ACL surgery, and a third pairing of Douglas Murray and Mike Weaver, we seemed to have taken a step back. A couple years ago, I thought at least one of Raphaël Diaz or Yannick Weber would become a useful puck mover, and that Alexei would be a pillar on a second or third pairing. And just over the horizon were Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu, young princes who'd ace the AHL exam and quickly graduate to the NHL, seamlessly. We were going to have a solid defence corps, for years, no doubt. Instead, I'm reminded of the motley crew from back then, when Jaroslav Spacek and Tomas Kaberle would take shifts, and we relied on long-in-the-tooth vets Roman Hamrlik and Hall Gill, and had to call up Frédéric St-Denis. We have some work to do on our 'D', and it's not just a matter of waiting for Josh Gorges to heal. Mike Weaver is a capable #7, but that's it, asking for any more is clearly outside his range. Jarred Tinordi came to the defence of Lars Eller, who was body-checked hard into the boards, somewhat from behind, by recidivist cheap-shot artist Raffi Torres. Jarred jumped him immediately, and Mr. Torres dropped his gloves and seemed as if he'd be a willing combatant, until he realized he was in over his head and allowed himself to fall on his butt, so as to end the bout. Trouble is, Jarred was awarded an instigator penalty, which is fine according to the rules as they are written, he did accost Raffi Torres and goaded him into a fight. Except these incidents, when a teammate 'avenges' a hit on another, are routinely accepted as fair play by indulgent refs. Anyway, Jarred received a 17 minute timeout, and all of a sudden, we received generous helpings of the Douglas Murray-Mike Weaver pairing. The latter looked relatively inept on one sequence, in which he missed a pass from Max at the offensive blue line and had to retreat to the defensive zone to retrieve the puck. Which was fair enough, the pass from Max was at least imprecise, and could be ascribed to the lack of familiarity between two new teammates. Where it really went south was when Mr. Weaver, skating the puck out of his zone, tried to make a stretch pass which ended right on the tape of a Shark, and the Canadiens spent a furious 45 seconds in their zone trying to defend. Mr. Weaver was spinning like a top in front of the net, flailing this way and that, flopping down a couple of times to try to block a shot and end the onslaught. I'm sure he's a gamer, and after all the travel he's just as tired as all the other players are, so there's that to consider, but on this sequence at least, he was noticeable, and for all the wrong reasons. A steady-eddie type defenceman would have smoothly made a smart, easy play and we would never have known that danger was afoot. Speaking of easy plays, let's discuss the first goal allowed by Peter Budaj. On that long shot from Logan Couture, I had the time to think about the debate on these types of Hail Marys. On the one hand, I thought, as the old saying goes, it's never a bad play to put the puck on the net, since you never know what can happen. Plus, the Sharks were short-handed, so it allowed Logan Couture to hang back and defend the next attack. On the other hand, the problem with this type of dump-in is that now the goalie has full control of the puck and can launch the attack again. Also, old coaches exhort their players to not give a cold goalie an easy shot from far away, since it gets them into the game, gets them into a groove. So really, there was no way to know if the shot from Mr. Couture on net was a good decision. Until the loose puck flubbed by Peter Budaj was tapped into the net by a streaking Tommy Wingels. That was a pretty good indicator. Cross our fingers, Carey Price is ready to go on Wednesday. As well as Brandon Prust, and Michaël Bournival. Our fourth line isn't useful right now, as constituted, and Michel Therrien limited their ice time, being forced to overuse Tomas Plekanec among others. Ryan White and Travis Moen were used sparingly. If we can get back to a fourth line that flies around and caused havoc and which the coaches trust, it'll even out the load, and maybe inject some energy into the forwards. Which we'll need in the next game against the Bruins on Wednesday. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.--Woody Paige http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-07 15:31:20)
Yeah, Brian Burke had a huge supporting cast in Vancouver, and in Toronto, but he was hogging all the spotlight. But then again, he acts all gruff and miserable when he's on camera, like he hates doing it. Maybe he's good at it in spite of himself. In any case, his omnipresence in the media makes it hard for us to know how much he delegated. You do get the sense that Marc Bergevin got his pick of assistants, and that they work in a collegial atmosphere. Rick Dudley deciding to stay instead of exploring the Buffalo situation is good evidence of that.
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-07 15:11:35)
In "The Office" parlance, we're both part of the 'sane faction'. EDIT: Sorry, the actual phrase is "The Coalition for Reason". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biblOeF_C6U
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-07 15:05:07)
Yeah, if it ain't broke right? But I think David and Max have found their groove, let's see if we can get the other two lines going. So we're not so much messing with the top line as we're fixing the other two? I don't know, it might only upset the apple cart, but I get a sense that's what we should do. If we're going to win in the playoffs, we can't just rely on one line scoring, we need to have our three top lines chipping in.
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-07 14:55:43)
Nailed it right on the head Ronn. The good thing about the Canadiens is that Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien have a great relationship. Michel Therrien trusts that he's not on thin ice, that he has to win now, and thus can take long-term decisions, in terms of icetime and matchups and other factors. Marc Bergevin knows that his general plan, his vision for the team, will be implemented by his coaching staff. Compare that to the situation in Vancouver, where it's rumoured that the Aquilini family was the one who pushed to hire John Tortorella, they felt a new tougher coach might wring more from the roster. Mike Gillis would have gone another way, but acceded to his owner's wishes. It's proving to be an awful decision and a poor fit, Mr. Tortorella's playing style doesn't match the roster. The thing is, he apparently has the ear of the owners now, and he's the one who stood in the way of the housecleaning Mike Gillis was trying to start. Of course, Mike Gillis and John Tortorella have different goals. Mike Gillis now needs to convert current assets for futures, where John Tortorella wants to retain the veterans to win now. They're working at cross-purposes, and both have lines of communication with ownership. It's a mess, it's dysfunctional, and the results are clear to see on the ice. Compare to the undermanned roster of the Calgary Flames, who work hard and compete under a coach that most thought was a lame-duck. It's not flattering to the Canucks that they are, conversely, in free fall. There is the impression in Vancouver that Francesco Aquilini, who's a fan, is getting involved in decisions, and has made up his mind that Mike Gillis will be let go this summer. Of course, that will be a plum job, working for an owner who meddles, and having a coach who's already installed and can do an end-run around you and go straight to the owner. Great, should be easy to get results in that job. Like Garth Snow and Charles Wang. The decision by John Tortorella to start Eddie Lack during the Heritage Classic, which blew up the Roberto Luongo situation, is a prime example. I can't believe that the coach ran this by the GM, even informally, and got the latter's assent. It was the brick thrown in the mostly quiet pond, just created waves for no reason. If John Tortorella trusted Mike Gillis and vice-versa, they'd have discussed it, the coach would have said he was leaning in the direction of starting Eddie Lack because every point is precious. Mike Gillis would have probably expressed doubts, due to his long relationship with Lou, who is a proud athlete. He'd have explained that it might be a good tactic but the wrong strategy, prevailed on the coach to play his veteran, and that if a loss ensued, it wouldn't go on Torts' record, so to speak. This conversation should happen between a coach and GM team. We've seen David Poile and Barry Trotz work in lockstep for years, as have Ken Holland and Mike Babcock, or Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff. Strong organizations work better when they have clear lines of communication, everyone knows who he reports to, and everyone pulls in the same direction. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.--Woody Paige http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-07 14:34:46)
The guys on Team 1040 discussed it, they felt the first tweet was funny and had no problem with beyond a general comment on the sorry state of the Canucks. They had more of a problem with the second, felt it was a direct slap at John Tortorella, who's down now, and shouldn't need a kicking. The third is a reference to a running joke with James Duthie, and again the radio guys felt it was not as supportive of Eddie as it could have been. Overall, they still think he has a great sense of humour, and hope he got it out of his system, and that he'll ease off now. I guess I don't disagree with their take.
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-07 14:27:20)
Post from Timo from previous thread: Timo MARCH 7, 2014 AT 10:49 AM This team inspires very little confidence going into playoffs. Therrien cannot make in-game adjustments to save his life and only one line shows up to play. Timo, you couldn't bring yourself to give David Desharnais credit? You were so close! I'll consider it progress. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.--Woody Paige http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/