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- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-30 09:32:26)
MTL may be a bit thin in the toughness department to start the year, but Tinordi is coming and he will be a true heavyweight who can log regular minutes. Prust is one of the best in the league at what he does, even if he can't hang with the big boys without getting hurt. Moen isn't a great fighter, but he doesn't back down and can hold his own. Beaulieu will also grow into that type of player, but with about 100 times the skill. I don't see any room on the Habs for an enforcer, plus I think they've got guys (i.e. Finley) down on the Farm who can join them if it becomes a real problem.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-29 10:37:05)
WRT to Budaj/Tokarski (sorry folks - meant to respond to MLeg but dumped it here instead): There is always a risk that someone claims him (Tokarski), but personally I'm not sure that he is good enough to warrant over protection. He's 25 years old, has only had a sniff at the NHL level, and really doesn't project as anything more than a good back-up at the NHL level (IMO). If someone were to claim him, they would have to keep him on their NHL roster. Yeah MTL would lose him, but they still have Budaj, and with MacDonald on the farm now and Fucale likely ready to move to Hamilton by the end of the season, I'm not sure losing him would be a huge blow. That said, he's just as capable as Budaj as a back-up, and he's a lot cheaper. It's just that I can't see them sending Budaj to the minors with his salary and experience.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-28 20:43:13)
He was a bit late getting there, but it was a flub by PK and a Washington bounce that let that puck jump right out in front like that. Galchenyuk was on the wall waiting for the puck to come back up after Washington dumped it in, but PK couldn't get a stick on it.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-28 20:40:08)
They deserved to win that game. Didn't get a tonne of quality SOG, and had a lot blocked on their way to the net, but they were buzzing in Washington's zone a lot. Great game by Galchenyuk. Little bit of bad luck/timing on the Capitals goal, but he is a viper out there. Very quick hands, lots of shifty little moves. He may not be ready for regular duty down the middle, but he is close. PK was good. Overhandles the puck and wants it maybe a bit too much, but he creates a lot out there. If Price can play like that all season, he should have a real good chance at the Vezina, and maybe more. Thought Eller looked pretty good considering he hasn't played as much as most others. He still does make odd positional decisions which hopefully he can get ironed out. If they happen all season I will start to wonder about his hockey IQ. Moen was good as well. I'd like to see him stay, but you can tell he has some legs left and if he wants a chance at regular minutes I hope they find a way to facilitate that.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-28 20:05:25)
That was a nasty hit. I didn't really see the elbow that he got booted for. It was all shoulder. Problem for Schmidt is that Tinordi's shoulder is at his face level. Good defense of himself after. He is a monster.....
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-28 17:57:21)
Yup, that is going to be interesting to watch tonight. They'll start easing #27 in gradually, but it won't surprise me if - by year's end - someone is starting to get pushed out of their job.
- Comment on Habs’ Eller back at practice; Galchenyuk moves back to wing (2014-09-27 22:33:27)
Solid 3rd line centre with the tools and attitude to do more. That is what makes him so valuable. He needs to push it this year in order to cement his future though. He hasn't displaced anyone yet.....
- Comment on Habs’ Eller back at practice; Galchenyuk moves back to wing (2014-09-27 22:24:22)
I'm not sure it's bad for Bournival actually. When camp started I figured he had the inside track for a third line role, and that Sekac would have to clearly beat him out. Well, a week later it looks like that is exactly what is happening. Sekac has shown very well, and brings some skill and saavy that Bournival does not himself have. As a 22 year old player with good physical abilities, Bournival just needs to try and slow the game down a bit and Hamilton might be the best spot for that. He runs around with blinders on and, unless he can overcome that, his NHL career will be limited. If he could pot a few in AHL this year, it might do wonders for his confidence and awareness. And if Sekac falters at all once the physicality ramps up, Bournival could always get called back up. The more I watch him the more I think Sekac won't falter though. He's got more jam that I expected and is good at hanging around the net. With Moen I think it is becoming obvious that, unless they trade him or there is a 4th line inury, he'll be a press-box player. He'd be great in that role and I think the Habs would keep him if he'd go along with it. But he may feel he has to play 4th line minutes somewhere if he is going to work his way into an age 35 contract. He's still a decent 4th line vet, so there might be takers.
- Comment on Habs’ Eller back at practice; Galchenyuk moves back to wing (2014-09-27 21:13:13)
Yeah, I guess. I'm not expecting them to keep someone like Bournival or Tinordi in reserve though. Those guys need to play somewhere, and their contracts or two-tiered so they are easy to move between Hamilton and the Habs. Injuries being what they are, they will see the CH at some point. Pateryn is different in that he has to show at the NHL level - now or never. Moen is a good veteran reserve at forward, and it won't surprise me at all if they sign Boullion to some type of deal that keeps him on as a reserve player on the understanding that he will only be a stop-gap for short-term injury or to spell a rookie here and there. Just my thoughts.
- Comment on Habs’ Eller back at practice; Galchenyuk moves back to wing (2014-09-27 21:06:05)
Gilbert will play this year, but both he and Weaver are just holding spots until the younger guys are ready, or they find a better option. I personally don't think he is all that great, and fans are gonna need to brace themselves for some pretty average play. He's a decent skater and an alright puckmover, but he's soft and far from a positional wizard. The second year of that contract has to have been a sweetner to just to make sure they got him signed up, although they did ink him on the first day, so maybe MB sees something.....