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- Comment on Habs’ Brière will be a healthy scratch against Blues (2013-12-19 13:36:08)
DD sat when he wasn't contributing. Briere is no different. It'll be good for him to watch a game from the PB and see what is happening from a macro-perspective. Might even light a fire in him, since that what he needs most. On that last point, all smaller players in the NHL need to play with heart to succeed. Unless they have the skills of a Patrick Kane, smaller guys need to get into peoples kitchens and play in the dirty areas. Dancing around on the perimeter does not result in many good opportunities, which is exactly why coaches try and teach a defensive posture that keeps play "outside". DD is mildly effective when he is making plays in traffic. Plekanec is a good smart player, but when he "plays like a girl" (as he famously said), he is nowhere near as effective as when he is playing tenacious and gritty hockey. Gallagher is the model for all small players. Hell, for all players in general. It's all about how hard you work and how much you are willing to sacrifice in order to make things happen. Self preservation is important, but if that's all you care about, you won't play in the NHL for long.
- Comment on Bourque will return to Habs’ lineup against Coyotes (2013-12-17 16:39:48)
I respectfully disagree with this. Eller makes mistakes, no question, but he is a young player with a good head for the game. Let him mature, give him top line minutes and some decent wingers, and you will have a player that is a legitimate 2nd line centre on any team. He may not be as cerebral as Plekanec, but he brings a lot of things that Plekanec doesn't. We've seen flashes of a player that is dominant at times, and that is something Plekanec cannot do. Any player is tradeable given the right return, but given the direction the Habs are going, I'd hate to see him let go unless the return was very good.
- Comment on Bourque will return to Habs’ lineup against Coyotes (2013-12-17 16:25:01)
Eller has just as much (if not more) offensive skill as Plekanec, as well as size and aggressiveness you can't teach. Pleks, God love him, didn't play his first NHL season until he was 23, and put up about .40 points per game until he was 25. Eller played a full season at 21, and last year at 23 he put up points at a rate of .65. And that was with marginal minutes and little PP time. Eller > Plekanec. Maybe not currently, but in terms of upside, most definitely.
- Comment on Bourque will return to Habs’ lineup against Coyotes (2013-12-17 16:18:05)
I would not be anxious to trade Fucale. He looks like he is going to be a good one down the road. Having options at the goaler position in about 4-5 years will be valuable for the Habs.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-16 12:17:47)
Fair enough, but the GAA is a bit skewed because of the stellar goaltending the Habs have been getting. If Montreal had anyone other than Price in net 8 of every ten games, that stat would be a lot less impressive. They're gonna have to find a way to score some goals again, because otherwise their goalers are gonna wear out.... I agree that they are not as bad as the last few games have suggested however.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-16 12:10:47)
If the two top-six were Pacioretty and DD, and the prospect was someone other than Beaulieu, I'd consider it.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-16 11:47:02)
If that is anything close to factual, it would be the second time NYR took advantage of a Habs GM. There is no way I would want to let Eller go right now, unless it was for someone with considerably more upside than Brassard. You are essentially getting a bigger version of DD, and Eller (who is two years younger) is already better than that.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-16 11:33:49)
lol - I'm trying to be diplomatic here. He is effective as a warm body who can play 12 minutes a night on a middling NHL team. He has a minor case of the Gomez syndrome though. He makes more than he contributes.....
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-16 11:28:31)
Desharnais with 20+ minutes of ice last night, the most among centremen. Minus 1, 1 shot, 1 hit. I know he is at times an undeserved whipping boy, but honestly, on what other team would a player like DD get top PP duties and more than 20 minutes of ice? Also, unless Prust is hurt, 06:30 of ice is nowhere near enough. He is making $2.5M and brings a lot of jam and tenacity. Gotta find a way to get him in the game more. Unless, like I said, he is hurt.
- Comment on A therapy day for Pacioretty, Gorges before Habs head to Philly (2013-12-11 14:52:15)
Could have used Murray in there last night to slow down some of the Kings forwards. Also thought that the Markov-Emelin pairing wasn't all that effective. Must have been a bit tough for Markie to adjust to someone who does not carry the puck half as well as Subban. This is also a personal gripe of mine, but when you have a young player with the type of potential that Eller has, why do you not give him the opportunity to succeed? Why is it more important to get Desharnais going than to let a guy like Eller develop his offensive game? DD is 27 years old. He is what he is - a small centre with some playmaking ability and a good personality. He is never going to be a true top-nine forward. He is a power-play option who only puts up points when his winger(s) are going strong. If Pacioretty isn't driving to the net and playing the power-forward game that he is capable of (but doesn't always play), DD becomes a non-factor. Eller, on the other hand, has the potential to be a legitimate 2nd (or - with the right wingers - a 1st) line centre. He is big, strong, skilled and creative with the puck, wins draws, plays physical, etc. Therrien has looked smart by moving Gallagher onto the Pacioretty-DD line, but it has definitely short-circuited Eller, especially with Galchenyuk jumping around the lineup. Anyway, would just like to see them show a little more confidence in Eller and give him the tools and opportunities he needs to develop. Pouring all this time and money into Desharnais' is a bit misguided IMO. If they don't like Eller's game and are going to roll with Desharnais as their PP and 2nd line option for the duration of his contract, then perhaps they should consider trading Larry for something that can help them now.