VTHockey11 - (Geoff Calver)Member since June 30, 2011
Habs fan since: 1985
Favorite current player: PK Subban
All-time favorite player: Martin St. Louis
- Comment on About last night … (2012-03-07 12:15:34)
Hey, a man can dream, right? They're winning. We can't win if it's handed to us in an open net. I won't count it out given our play of late. I didn't think we could be worse than we have been all season, but the last 10 games or so have been truly horrible.
- Comment on About last night … (2012-03-07 12:13:11)
Even if we can get Yakupov?
- Comment on About last night … (2012-03-07 12:00:23)
I would say that it depends on the player. Never saw Henri Richard or Jean Beliveau or Patrick Roy cave under the media scrutiny that comes with being a Quebecois star playing in Montreal. It's all about disposition and I think Montreal is basically the brightest spotlight of all. It takes maturity, mental toughness, and good humor to survive it. You have to realize people will highlight every mistake you make while never bringing up the 100 solid plays you'll make in between. It comes with the territory and some people can't handle it. I think a guy like Martin St. Louis would thrive in Montreal (to the same extent he does in Tampa) while a guy like Lecavalier doesn't seem to have the same mental toughness to me and would fade. Long story short, I think it's all about mental toughness and there's no correlation between it being tougher as a Canadian player in Canada. There are just mentally tough players and mentally weaker players.
- Comment on About last night … (2012-03-07 11:46:27)
Good news: Columbus is 5-4-1 in their last 10 and have won 3 in a row. They're 9 points back of us with a game in hand. #1 is getting closer to our reach. Bad News: #1 Pick is getting closer to our reach, which means we suck. It's no longer even remotely enjoyable watching this team since we only have one line that tries on the ice. I'm considering buying tickets to see the Habs in DC again at the end of the month (saw the game last month, too) but wondering if it's worth it. Ended up depressed and angry watching the 4-1 drubbing we took.
- Comment on Canadiens home after winless road trip (2012-02-29 11:27:39)
Yeah, the thing is, we want talent, obviously, but we don't want lazy talent. He seems like a really hard worker and he's big, physical, and has good hands. I don't see any downside to this kid. The way I see it is that a guy like Gaunce has a higher upside than a guy like Grigorenko or Yakupov. It's kind of like how Ovechkin was great for a few years and then fell off. The guys who work hard are always worth more than the guys with insane talent but not work ethic. I'd take a Martin St. Louis over an Ovechkin anyday.
- Comment on Canadiens home after winless road trip (2012-02-29 11:13:20)
I actually just wrote a similar post. I really like Brendan Gaunce. He's a center. He's 6'3" and 220 pounds already. He fights if he needs to, he hits hard, he's a physical power forward, and he believes in hard work. I don't at all trust Grigorenko and Yakupov isn't big enough for what we need.
- Comment on Canadiens home after winless road trip (2012-02-29 11:10:43)
Can we draft Brendan Gaunce? To me he seems the best all-around forward available. 6'2", 215 pound center. Willing to drop gloves. Physical. Able to pass and score. I think he's the fourth highest-rated forward but the only one he seems big enough to meet our needs, is NHL-ready, and shows work ethic. A choice quote: "hockey's just like life: it's not [that] just because you're good you're going to get something - you have to work for it." That's the kind of attitude and size that we need.
- Comment on Canadiens home after winless road trip (2012-02-29 10:55:28)
Can't wait to get him up to the Habs. He is HUGE and we need size.
- Comment on Canadiens home after winless road trip (2012-02-29 10:54:05)
Minnesota would be nice, they're pretty big guys out there like in Western Canada, right? Sadly it will probably be some 5'8" Center from Switzerland or Russia.
- Comment on Canadiens home after winless road trip (2012-02-29 10:51:12)
Ha. Point taken.