gmur - (George Murphy)Member since June 15, 2011
Habs fan since: 1969
Favorite current player: Josh Gorges
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- Comment on Habs enjoy a break in busy schedule (2013-12-09 09:14:19)
I think there is a difference between team toughness and the kinds of nasty hockey that we have seen over the last week. I actually think that Montreal, even without Parros, now has a tough team when they are healthy. They have rather skilled tough guys, who can hurt you with a goal now and then, or fight you. The line of Moen, Prust and White must not be fun to play against if you're an opposing defenceman. They may not win every fight (White), but they won't back down. The team is not the dirtiest team around, either. The team gets in your face, like Plekanec did with Crosby last meeting, or they distribute solid hits, like Murray or Emelin, but I don't see players trying to take out knees, or play dirty in general. There are incidents, like Pacioretty on Boychuk, but it seems to me like on that hit a dirty player would have driven Boychuk into the boards harder when he saw that Boychuk was in a vulnerable position. In short, I don't see players wanting to hurt other players. The good thing about Parros, is he doesn't lose it like Thornton did. In short, Thornton is not the sharpest marble in the Bruins' bag. The Bruins have proven, once again, that with their lineup they are intent on injuring opposing players. They are dirty. Was the knee to Marchand's head by Neal uncalled for? Before you answer, think back to the 4 playoff games last year between the Pens and Bruins and then their last game against each other. I bet Marchand has made it so every Penguin player wants a piece of him. There is safety for players like him in the playoffs. The playoffs are a good example of what the league would look like without fighting. The refs put their whistles away, players can't fight for fear of an instigator, so players who are dirty can get away with crap on skill players after every whistle, borderline hits, and, in general, minimal suspensions if there is a judgement handed down. Basically, dirty, chippy teams thrive in the playoffs. Thanks to Chicago for beating the Broons last year so every GM didn't retool with that 'winning' style in mind. It was reminiscent of Habs against Flyers in the 70s. Skill won out over toughness, but toughness was met with toughness. If you've never watched it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZmRWz_Dyk0
- Comment on Habs’ Bourque sidelined with upper-body injury (2013-12-04 15:42:45)
1. Yes, absolutely. I couldn't believe Murray was available at such a low hit to the cap. He provides efficient play à la Hal Gill and he and Emelin now have opposing players looking at anything but the puck in our zone. If you think opposing players don't notice who's on the ice at a face-off and dread their possible consequences of their shift, you've not played contact hockey. Can't wait to watch him come playoff time. 2. de la Rose, but who knows? 3. I like him with Moen and White. 4. I've always liked him with the two young'uns, Galchenyuk and Gallagher... but I wouldn't change Gallagher's line right now... too much chemistry right now. Eller and Galchenyuk is good too. 5. Don't forget that he was Gainey's right-hand man when the Gomez deal went down... with Gainey reeling from his daughter's death. Pure speculation: Gauthier was key to that deal. Then there was Kaberle... and Rene Bourque (20 points since trade) for Mike Cammalleri (65 points). If you're looking for a winner with regards to the young players harvested in the last 4-5 years, look no further than Trevor Timmins. Conclusion: The Goat.
- Comment on Habs on a roll heading into New Jersey (2013-12-03 13:39:32)
10. On the 10th day of Christmas, a blogger gave to me: Some interesting reading... http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2013/12/30-thoughts-nhl-needs-to-address-on-ice-concerns.html
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-28 12:50:33)
I'm not always on the same page as Jack Todd, but his column today gives an insightful perspective about one aspect of the possible negative effects the kind of media monopoly Rogers signed with the NHL this week could have. http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Jack+Todd+time+speak+save+Cherry/9220608/story.html While Todd disagrees vehemently with Cherry's style and content, he would not wish to simply silence him. His concern: Rogers won't be as accommodating when they disagree with someone's opinion; they will simply silence people. Get ready for fewer, less varied, less colourful, and less controversial opinions about the BRNHL (Bettman and Roger's National Hockey League). Under their reign, the NHL will shine like a new loonie. It'll be hard to debate the value of that.
- Comment on Fans might need to adjust cable package to see all Habs games in new NHL TV deal (2013-11-27 09:08:40)
In response to TSN rumors: Trade Pacioretty? For what? A big winger who can score? Maybe he's somewhat inconsistent in terms of putting points up, but other aspects of his game make up for that. Who would you be willing to acquire for him? Teams are interested because big, talented wingers are what teams need - and there aren't many out there. Here's an idea: package a couple of small, 'talented' forwards and get another big, talented winger!
- Comment on Prust set to return to Habs’ lineup (2013-11-13 13:31:29)
Man, what a lifeless game last night for the Canadiens. Had it not been for the EGG line and Price, I would have had a semi-private burning of my neighbor's Habs flag stuck in a window on his car. OK, I would have removed the flag from the car first... Many posters have pointed out the lacklustre play of Pacioretty and Bourque... our dainty power forwards. I saw Bourque give up on a play around centre ice because a pass was in his skates. He gave away the puck and then gave up on the Lightning player who had it. He is not a team player. Pacioretty seems to think that he can play a game that requires no grit, all skill. He doesn't have that kind of skill. If he isn't going to skate his ass off, hit, and drive the net, then he should go play in the KHL. Are the results of the Chara hit being felt now? Is he biding his time to make intense effort only when his contract is up? He has been MIA the last 5-6 games I have watched- disinterested and uninvolved. As for our dainty small players, Gionta doesn't seem to be giving more than a minimal effort. Diaz seems frightened of opposing players. The return of Prust and Emelin will help in terms of intensity, but will it simply cover up problems on the team? In short, last night it seemed like half the team was going through the motions. Those signs are not very encouraging, and a win against the Islanders does not quell the issues raised by many posters today. 4 wins the last 12 games... yikes. Someone better start turn things around.
- Comment on Brière takes Desharnais’s spot at practice (2013-11-11 16:59:18)
- Comment on Brière takes Desharnais’s spot at practice (2013-11-11 16:58:27)
Heard it too on the drive home... season finished, Olympics over, etc etc
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 08:56:05)
If PK is injured, from what I saw of the game last night he is still a dominant force on the ice. Yes, he made a couple of bad plays, but as Ray Bourque said on RDS during the game while watching PK and commenting on his play, he thinks PK's one of the top few defencemen in the game today and any manager in the NHL would be willing to part with a lot to get his hands on him. So, if his 'slump' these last few games is due to a conflict between him and Therrien, and not an injury... well, the Habs management should step in soon and send a message to Therrien by signing PK to a long, valuable contract. The future of the team is with Subban and Price on the back end, Gallagher, Eller and Galchenyuk on the front end... honorable mentions to Tinordi, Beaulieu, Emelin and Bournival.
- Comment on Roy’s Avalanche has best record in NHL at 11-1-0 (2013-11-02 12:37:47)
Get Gomez, Kaberle and Latendresse back here too while we're at it! Pronto! Let's blame fathoming these ideas on it being dia del muerto...