Forum DogMember since October 4, 2011
Habs fan since: 1981
Favorite current player: Subban
All-time favorite player: Naslund
- Comment on Habs will go with four alternate captains this season (2014-09-16 15:24:36)
Whipping your kid with a switch until he has welts on his back-side and crotch is a far cry from a swift smack on the rear to get their attention. And the latter is about as severe as any spanking should ever be. If you go beyond one light swat on a well padded behind, you are venturing into the territory of unhealthy and unhelpful corporal punishment. All IMO of course.....
- Comment on Habs will go with four alternate captains this season (2014-09-16 08:25:00)
I think it's a great statement on Kekalainen's part. Sounds like there is no way that the player/agent are going to get a rich long-term deal straight out of the players' ELC, which is a tactic more and more teams are taking. Under the CBA the team has all the leverage until the player's 5th year and, if you want to build a balanced, deep and competitive team, you need to keep manage your costs. Johansen is a great young player, but if they bow to his demands now, they will have a tough time keeping things together as their other young players move through the system.
- Comment on Habs will go with four alternate captains this season (2014-09-15 15:43:39)
I'd say they made the right decision re: Captain. It's pretty obvious that neither Pacioretty or Subban are ready for the "C", especially within the team's current structure. And neither Markov or Plekanec are ideal candidates, for a variety of reasons. Roll with an even split of veteran and youthful leadership, and let the right Captain emerge. Read the Sekac article and, funnily, it got me thinking about Bournival. Mostly because I think it is those two who will be battling for that one bottom six LW spot. We can probably expect Gallagher, Parenteau, Bourque and Weise to lock down the right side, and Pacioretty, Galchenyuk and Prust are effectively shoe-ins on the left wing. Moen is not getting sent to Hamilton regardless of where he fits, which leaves Bournival and Sekac to fight it out. Personally I think Bournival has the inside track, and it will take a very good offensive showing by Sekac to unseat him. Especially because they are otherwise similar players in terms of size and skill. Bournival has a few years experience at the pro-level in NA, has a decent defensive work ethic and won't want to give up his NHL job, so the puck is in his corner.
- Comment on Bozon at Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-09-12 21:06:32)
Just an amazing story. To come back so quickly, and to gain that weight back so immediately, he and those who have helped him have done a really incredible job. I don't think it's an exaggeration to think he will be a better hockey player because it. Finding the desire and courage to fight through that type of illness and come out the other side in equally good condition is the wake-up call of a lifetime, and that can sometimes be the difference between a player content to get by on his natural ability, and one who pushes himself to give everything he's got.
- Comment on Habs will retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 on Nov. 8 at Bell Centre (2014-09-12 13:26:51)
lol - Sometimes the best part of the game....
- Comment on Habs will retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 on Nov. 8 at Bell Centre (2014-09-12 13:17:48)
I'd say he's got as good a chance as anyone since Souray.
- Comment on Odds against a Habs rookie cracking lineup this season (2014-09-12 12:56:56)
Great read, and a pretty sound assessment of the motive and quality of each of the new rule changes. The more of Paul Stewart I read, the more I like his approach to the game.
- Comment on Odds against a Habs rookie cracking lineup this season (2014-09-12 12:44:26)
You are the former team-mate of his? If so, I will respect that opinion. I have seen him play some pretty soft hockey over the years though (i.e. not willing to take hits to make plays), so it does not necessarily convince me that he is made of sandpaper. I kind of doubt that Crosby and Marchand get pissed off at him for his "gritty" play. More likely for his yapping mouth and slashing stick. You're right though about Markov as the obvious choice for the "C" being just my opinion. That's why I qualified it with "IMO".
- Comment on Odds against a Habs rookie cracking lineup this season (2014-09-12 11:57:28)
I agree with this comment. I like Plekanec alright, but his softish play and those incidents you mention above don't scream leader to me. I have to say the "leg up in the penalty box" incident had me plenty pissed at the time. Markov is also not immune to embellishment, but no-one can accuse him of playing soft, that is for sure. IMO he is the obvious choice as captain, and no-one else is even close.
- Comment on Odds against a Habs rookie cracking lineup this season (2014-09-12 11:46:15)
I'm a big-time Subban fan, and I don't doubt for a second that he is well respected as a hockey player, both in his own room and around the league. I even think that he is a good leader-by-example. But I don't think I'm alone in wondering whether his ego is a bit too big for the captaincy, especially at this stage of his career. Within the last year there has been conflict with the coach over risky play at crucial times during various games, as well as in-game incidents/altercations with his own team-mates. And his recent comments - regardless of accuracy - are a bit self-aggrandizing. The way MTL has dealt with Subban so far suggests to me that they are unlikely to give him the "C" this year. Even if the players were to vote on it, I'm not convinced he would get enough votes. I could easily be wrong on this, but my bet is that they'll give it to a vet (i.e. Markov or Plekanec) and let them hold it until they either retire or move on. Then will be the time for one of the younger guys (Subban, Pacioretty) to take over. Personally, I'm hoping for Markov. He is one of those guys who seems to be able to say a lot even when he says very little.....