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 No changes to Habs lineup against Lightning (2015-01-06 12:20:40)
Last night, James Duthie, of TSN (Toronto Sports Network), interviewed Rene Fasel and questioned Fasel as to whether it was a good idea that Toronto and Montreal co-host the 2017 World Juniors again. Duthie questioned Montreal's "commitment" to the World tournament, citing poor attendance. Fasel, not my favorite hockey personality, is nonetheless a weathered spokesman on the international scene and knows how to escape from such an asinine proposition. He simply said that Toronto and Montreal were the best two hockey cities in Canada and as such, he thought they should both continue to co-host the 2017 championship. Duthie, you dolt... stop listening to the lunch room talk at TSN to build official interviews.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Devils preview (2015-01-01 20:13:28)
How many of you think Mike McCarron was a bust as a draft pick today? At the start of the season, lots of talk here about him being a wasted pick... I can't recall the last player with his size and talent who could be an impact player for the Habs. If he continues to develop at this rate, he'll be a very valuable asset to the team.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens edge Bruins 3-2 to open preseason (2014-09-24 08:22:00)
Bouillon: There's nothing he did last season, or in the playoffs, that make him a bad choice as a defenceman on the Canadiens' depth chart. It's early, but last night Tinordi seemed shaky, and Pateryn was invisible. Neither brought a physical presence against a mini-Bruins team. Will they bring it when Lucic et al are in the lineup? McCarron: Liked what I saw last night. RDS is suggesting a fracture to the arm... what a bummer. I thought he was making a strong statement with his physical play. He's developed quite well since last camp, that's for sure. Gotta love Thomas last night! He and Gallagher on the same line??? Yes, small, but major pains in the ass for opposing teams. Sekac was a fantastic pick up by Bergevin. It explains why Gionta was expendable... The man's got a plan. Bergevin consistently demonstrates clear thinking, excellent hockey knowledge, killer instinct when going after players... what else could you ask for? Anybody miss Gauthier?
- Comment on Former Hab Ryan White signs with Flyers (2014-08-08 08:12:40)
I thought it was Marchand...
- Comment on Former Hab Ryan White signs with Flyers (2014-08-08 08:09:53)
White could probably put the fear of God into Mike Ribeiro, but that's about it. If it helps a team to be repeatedly rag-dolled all over the place without throwing a punch, then I wish the Flyers well. I think the Parros, Laraque debacles show that skill trumps goonery. Do we need to go down that path again?
- Comment on Former Hab Ryan White signs with Flyers (2014-08-08 08:04:15)
I remember the incident (Therrien was somewhat hurt for a week...), but had never seen the footage. A malicious mind would say there's a bit of a wind up at the very end on White's part... heehee.
- Comment on Former Hab Ryan White signs with Flyers (2014-08-08 08:00:04)
I'll miss White's quick, spastic skating, poor fighting skills, and lack of both offensive talent and discipline.
- Comment on Subban wasn’t fazed by arbitration hearing with Habs (2014-08-07 08:27:01)
Compare to Mike Ribeiro: 40-85-125 in 67 games season 1 junior 67-100-167 in 69 games season 2 18-31-49 in 23 games... That's consistent at the junior level. Duclair's stats compare to Grigorenko's (his linemate quite often the last few seasons Junior), and Grigorenko is having trouble making the Sabres. Duclair has not dominated the way a blue-chip player should and he has been inconsistent. Multi-point games followed by a few games where he's held pointless is called inconsistent. The concern has been his lack of drive at key parts of the season.
- Comment on Subban wasn’t fazed by arbitration hearing with Habs (2014-08-06 10:02:20)
It's good to hear Duclair is doing well... too bad the Habs didn't take a chance on him. He came to the Remparts highly touted and it took Patrick Roy a lot of work to convince Duclair and his parents to play junior hockey in Quebec. That said, he hasn't seemed to develop at the rate people in Quebec expected. I've watched many junior games in Quebec and he shows flashes of pure talent, but then is a no-show the next game. Maybe it's youth, but he has to get more consistent to take his play to the next level. Sounds like he is playing more consistently at this camp. Thanks for the info.
- Comment on Habs prospect McCarron cut from Team USA junior camp (2014-08-05 14:59:39)
Just wishful thinking, I suppose... but, As a 17 year old, Milan Lucic had 19 points in 62 games with the Vancouver Giants in his first year in Junior and 149 minutes in penalties. He was picked 50th in the draft and the Bruins were very surprised he was still available, which may just be happy draft rhetoric, but still... As stated above, as an 18 year old, McCarron had 34 points in 66 games in his first year junior, as well as 120 penalty minutes. He was drafted 25th. Lucic never played on a World Canadian Junior team (only Russian super series). He won the Memorial Cup in his second year with the Giants before making the jump to the Bruins. In his first year, the Giants made it to the Memorial Cup but lost. The Knights made it to the Memorial Cup last year, McCarron didn't play all that much because of the talent ahead of him... he still had 5 points in 9 games. In other words, give this guy a chance to develop. Bigger players take longer for the bodies to catch up to them. Let's see what he can do this year when he gets a lot more offensive responsibilities. Take a minute to think before calling an 18 year old junior player a 'bust'.