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- Comment on Habs return to the ice after day off and a Halloween party (2014-10-24 10:42:47)
Cowan writes that we should "have no more talk about finding Galchenyuk a spot at centre". I presume that he is talking strictly about the immediate term, and I get that considering how well the line producing. However, I think that Galchenyuk's play is only accelerating the timeline for his move to centre. Barring a trade, it is not likely to be this season, but he is showing that he is pretty much ready to take on that role. He is playing aggressive physical hockey and is really the engine driving that line. It is very easy to see him slotting into the middle - if not by season's end - to start next year.
- Comment on Habs return to the ice after day off and a Halloween party (2014-10-24 10:35:04)
That is a very good thing.
- Comment on Habs return to the ice after day off and a Halloween party (2014-10-24 10:33:55)
I'd say it depends entirely on the prospect. Detroit tends to have late picks in each round, and most of those guys require at least 2-3 years of seasoning before they are ready. There are some who jump in fairly quickly, but that is the exception. For MTL, the only pick to make it straight out of Junior is Galchenyuk, a 3rd overall pick who was obviously ready for the major leagues. Everyone else gets at least a year or two of AHL action before they get a taste of live NHL action. As fans, we definitely do go over the top when it comes to seeing prospects with the big team. It is the fantasy factor, where we dream of what a player can do rather than seeing what he actually does. We also tend to overlook the broader context (i.e. where there are openings, what the strengths/weaknesses of the team are, etc.). It's like last season. Many of us pissed and moaned about having Bouillion, Murray and Gorges blocking the path of Tinordi and Beaulieu. It's not that we were wrong. It's just that we went off a season early. It is almost a certainty that neither of those latter guys were ready to assume full time minutes last year. Right now, it looks like they are. I do think you can leave a prospect too late though. Some guys stagnate if they are not given a chance to really prove or push themselves, and never reach their full potential. Of course, you could argue that that is a character issue, and that guys like that shouldn't be on the team anyway....
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 12:43:22)
Stastny was a decent face-off guy as well, and at the moment none of their top 3 centres are over 50%, and only one is over 45% at the dot. It's an area that MTL struggled with a lot in the past and have seemingly rectified. Having someone you can rely on to win draws is huge, especially in the defensive zone, and especially on the PK.... I agree about the d-corps as well. It is not that solid. And Varlamov was good last season, but has not proven himself to be terribly consistent year-to-year.
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 12:17:19)
If the return were Eberle, I wouldn't have a problem with them trading Eller ++. Might disrupt things a bit, which there is no need to do when you are 6-1, but Eberle is a high end talent who can play top-flight minutes on the first line and PP. Having Galchenyuk is not a good rationale for going after Yakupov. Based on what has gone on in Edmonton, I don't there is any place for someone like Yakupov in MTL.
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 12:09:34)
Buffalo and Florida with only 9 goals on the season so far. Carolina with only 11. I expect Florida to improve a bit, and Carolina and Buffalo have to be considered front-runners in the McDavid sweepstakes, but how about Colorado with only 12 goals scored in 7 games! Hard to fathom how a team with that much firepower is shooting cork. You have to think they will shake it off sooner than later, but it is odd to see Tanguay leading the way on a team with Duchene, MacKinnon, O'Reilly, Landeskog, etc. Could be that the loss of Stastny has really hurt them down the middle....
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 10:57:00)
Highly unlikely, but is an interesting idea. Oilers are weak down the middle, while MTL does have some depth at that position, as well as some prospects they might be willing to part with. Since it's a bit slow on the hockey front, what about: Eller + Moen + ? Would clog up the right side maybe, and would weaken the Habs at centre a bit, but Eberle is a high end offensive player with a RH shot and might slot in well next to either Desharnais or Plekanec (for now), and Galchenyuk going forward. His salary could be more than MTL can handle though....
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 13:49:01)
Good to see the Mods have jumped in and cleaned things up a bit. Things were heading in the wrong direction when it comes to what is going on in Ottawa right now. Hard to talk hockey when there is real-wold drama happening right outside your door. So to those of us in Ottawa - stay safe and hope you get home to your families soon. To those elsewhere, let's stick together and figure out how to deal with the insanity that rears its head every now and again. We'll need an approach that has the strength and force necessary to physically protect us, and the intelligence to examine and debate it from all angles so that we can try and prevent it from growing as a problem. Peace out....
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 13:12:03)
His death is being more widely reported now, and sounds like fact. MP's probably should not be using twitter for this purpose however, so I tend to agree on that aspect.
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 13:00:58)
That is brutal. A very brazen attack on an unsuspecting victim. Hopefully they are able to figure out what went on behind the scenes and who planned this young man's murder.