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Habs fan since: 1981
Favorite current player: Subban
All-time favorite player: Naslund
- Comment on Habs’ Gorges has surgery on fractured hand, out four weeks (2014-03-10 16:37:23)
MB has done a good job filling some holes, but I am not too sure how humongous they have been. Really, he has drafted a no-brainer, hired a coach, put in place some development and scouting staff (to bolster his own lack of experience), made a few minor trades, and one semi-significant one (though Vanek is probably a pure rental). I'll agree and give Therrien the benefit of the doubt right now due to their record, but the Habs are by no means a lock for the playoffs at this point despite how good their chances look. They are six points up the 8th place team, but if they falter they could become that bubble team they were projected to be. You also refer to how very far behind the Habs were in comparison to other organizations, and yet the Habs made the playoffs 6 of the 7 years before MB joined and drafted decent prospects (some of whom are helping the team now). The cupboard was not as bare as you seem to suggest. MB has done a decent job so far given that they are looking likely to make the post-season two years running (and in fairly comfortable fashion), but he is not the second coming. Finally, the Vanek deal got done because no-one else was willing to give up a decent prospect, a pick AND had the necessary cap room. I don't think it was related to some new found respect for the MTL organization. All in all I am good with what MB has done, but don't think he should get credit for everything that this team has right now.
- Comment on Habs’ Gorges has surgery on fractured hand, out four weeks (2014-03-10 15:04:03)
That's fair. There are two sides to everything, and the truth is usually somewhere in between.
- Comment on Habs’ Gorges has surgery on fractured hand, out four weeks (2014-03-10 14:43:33)
Mendenhall has a history of questioning "facts", and has taken abuse for it before. Truth is, he is the best one to comment on his motives, and $750K is still a good chunk of money to turn down where I come from. If you assume it is all about the money, then there is good reason to be skeptical. But if the man simply doesn't think that 3/4 of a million dollars compensates for a lifestyle he no longer wants, well, that prerogative is equally valid. The hype and nonsense that goes with the NFL is way more than football, and there is way more to life than that.
- Comment on Habs’ Gorges has surgery on fractured hand, out four weeks (2014-03-10 13:40:54)
Great read, thanks for posting. Refreshing to see a pro athlete who sees more than what is right in front of him. It seems to be the exception rather than the norm. We live in a society heavily driven by the dream (or myth) of ever-expanding profit, usually at the expense of overall quality of life, and a story like Mendenhall's alleviates some of the cynicism.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 12:00:51)
There are lots of personalities on sports talk radio who should not lead the nation's hockey show. Tony Marinaro is case in point. If they find the right mix, Strombo could do well. But I get a bit irked when people constantly diminish the contributions that people like Bob Cole and Ron MacLean have made to Hockey Night in Canada. I have fond memories of Cole calling Habs Stanley Cup victories, and while his age is catching up to him, his voice is second to none. And MacLean does not get the respect he deserves. Cherry is another matter, but regardless of his level of ignorance on social and political issues, his understanding of the game is excellent.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 11:47:51)
Yeah, who would be responsible for setting the agenda and leading everyone through a discussion of the game. I fear we will end up with a "Hockey Night" that brings in the incredibly uninteresting musings of Michael Buble and Drake. But then, I'm someone who likes to hear about the Xs and Os of the game.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 11:34:06)
I think it's one of those things were offensive ability is hard to teach. Guys either have a flair for it, or they don't. Coaching is more about structure and consistency of approach, which is what got most coaches through their careers. Of the current NHL bench bosses, I'm not sure I can think of one who was a top scorer at the NHL level. There are a few who were good enough scorers (i.e. Boudreau), but most are journeymen, checkers or d-men.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 11:27:02)
What a joke. Strombo know as much about hockey as Cherry does about indie music. Hate on Cherry and MacLean all you want, but the quality of the hockey talk is going to suffer tremendously if those two are replaced by Strombo and someone like Kypreos.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 11:11:12)
Good read. Thanks for posting it. Great to have someone keeping us all up-to-date on the Hamilton scene. I don't follow them all that closely, but the last few years have seen a lack of offensive skill in Hamilton. Hell, there is a lack of offensive skill in Montreal at times, especially from the youth. Once they get guys like Vail, Hudon, Thrower, Gregoire, McCarron, De la Rose, etc., that should help. Right now they are a rag-tag group of castaways, career AHLers and former college players. Aside from Adrighetto, not too many homegrown skill players in there.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-07 09:38:43)
Vanek needs the puck. He needs to carry and shoot the puck. You can see how good his hands are, and his skating is actually faster and more powerful than I thought. But if he's forced to play a dump and chase style of hockey, it will be hard to get the most out of him. It'll take a few games to settle in and find a comfortable spot, there is no question about it. But I truly hope that Therrien doesn't try and force him to change his game too much. Players have to buy into the team strategy, but coaches have to be smart and flexible enough to get the most out of players abilities.