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- Comment on Canadiens head home from Vancouver with NHL’s best record; Canucks’ Burrows suspended three games (2014-10-31 15:23:33)
Not sure that was the best game they've played this season. One hit between them, a combined minus three, and all the lines got completely re-shuffled half-way through the third before anything happened. Bourque and Eller did manage to put a combined 6 shots on goal, and their +/- stats are misleading, but I certainly didn't come away from that game thinking Eller's benching somehow fixed his game. Habs keep stacking up points though, so it is very tough to suggest that Therrien doesn't know what he is doing, and very easy to suggest that he does.
- Comment on Canadiens head home from Vancouver with NHL’s best record; Canucks’ Burrows suspended three games (2014-10-31 15:13:54)
We've seen several instances where goals were called back for less. Gallagher got pushed in, but he knew where he was going. I think if that happened in the MTL's crease, 95% of us would be screaming blue murder over such a blatantly missed interference call. That's not me saying that what Gallagher did was blatantly interference, just that we would all be claiming it was.... And it balances out since Bonino's goal was one that could have easily not counted either.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-31 13:55:06)
Fully agree on that one as well. I think he should be getting top PP minutes at centre. If they plan to move him there at some point anyway, it's a perfect training ground. They would be sheltered minutes where he would be able to focus on creating offense without having to worry nearly so much about his defensive responsibilities. The only drawback would be if he was so weak on faceoffs that it let the opposition just dump it down the ice after every draw. I don't think he is that weak though.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-31 13:51:22)
Really? You've never seen him flop around out there? Maybe I should rephrase it then as "I've seen Emelin embellish calls before, so I can't be sure he was as hurt as he appeared". That would probably have been more accurate. I don't think I would the first to suggest that he has had some exaggerated spills though. Also didn't intend to call his legitimate injuries into question, and I'm not sure that has anything to do with it anyway. Markov has had some pretty serious injuries as well, but I'm not so blind as to not see that he takes a pretty good dive on occasion. In fact, MTL has a few guys who like to do that, Subban and Plekanec included. Lot's of teams have them, so it's not an indictment. Simply an observation.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-31 13:34:39)
He definitely looks a step or two slower than he did prior to the injury. Not even in terms of speed so much as overall mobility. When he first broke in I thought he had great balance and agility, able to turn on a dime and line guys up when they thought they were already past him. The last year or so he seems to miss a lot more and gets turned around a lot more easily. Maybe it will come back, but as you say, with the kids coming up, moving him might not be the worst thing in the world. Tinordi is pretty close to being either a serviceable replacement, or more optimistically, an upgrade.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-31 13:29:22)
Stevenson said that eh? I agree that he is one of the few Ottawa-based media personalities whose opinion I respect. Personally I didn't think he embellished it. He passed the puck, was off balance, and Burrows put a shoulder into his head about 2 steamboats later. Emelin is known for embellishing, so it is tough to be sure that he was as hurt as he appeared to be, but I don't think it changes what Burrows did much. Just my opinion though, and it's a biased one at that.....
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-31 13:19:24)
I agree on point #5. That line needs a bit more size and aggression. Two guys under 5'9" and 185lbs, and one guy who plays as if he were is not going to do much on forecheck. Add a true miner who can get pucks to the playmaker or sniper. I'm also with you on point #7. I think it's probably a bit early to think he can handle the duties full time, but he looks more and more ready every game. Not sure when it will happen, but I am starting to feel like MTL won't end the season with the same centres it started with. And I don't think that will simply be because they move Eller over to the wing.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-31 13:02:14)
Good post. I have always equated these self-learning language programs to the old audio tapes that you play while you are sleeping. But I imagine they are far different than that and a lot more interactive these days given the advent of information technology and social media. I agree that players in MTL would get a tremendous benefit out of it, both personally and from a financial and PR perspective. There is a lot of francophone money that could be tapped into by non-French speaking players. Someone like Galchenyuk, if he polishes his skills, will be a media darling for the next 10-15 years.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-31 12:44:49)
It was awkward all right. Late, high, head as the principle point of contact. A real cheap shot by a guy who makes cheap-shots an art form.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-31 12:18:24)
Thanks for that post. I think you are bang-on. There are some issues with this team at the moment, but the foundation of talent is solid and the future is bright. Won't speak for others but I know that I as a fan tend to watch and take the games a bit too seriously. Living vicariously I guess. Hopefully I'm able to get a better handle on that before my kids start playing....