James Vannelli

Member since October 5, 2011


Habs fan since: Forever
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Recent Comments

  • Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-30 11:08:09)
    Hey guys, Not sure if this has been posted yet, but considering all of the confusion on this site regarding the blackouts, I though it could be helpful. NHL Blackout Guide NHL Website Blackout Region Calculator By Zip/Postal Code
  • Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 13:44:06)
    Hi everyone! I've been reading this blog for years but have rarely commented. Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know that their will be a new sports television show hitting the airwaves of ICI on October 9th. REID Between The Lines, hosted by local actor Adam Reid, will air each Thursday from 6:30-7:00 PM and will cover topics related to NHL, MLB, NFL, MMA and more. The show will aim to represent the hardcore fan's opinion and will be highly tied to the online community that we are building with the website and social media. In the meantime, we are giving away multiple pairs of FREE Habs pre-season tickets to help create a buzz leading up to the launch of the show. For a chance to win tickets, connect with us on social media: Like Us On Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Thank you all in advance for supporting local sports television in Montreal!
  • Comment on Non-Olympic Habs get back on the ice in Brossard (with video) (2014-02-20 12:44:44)
    The only way I'd consider taking on Hemsky would be if we were able to dump some of our dead weight (Briere, Bourque) in exchange. Would not be willing to give up any assets for him nor would I want to take on his salary in addition to our other questionable contracts.
  • Comment on Non-Olympic Habs get back on the ice in Brossard (with video) (2014-02-20 11:46:42)
    Don't know if it's been posted yet but Tavares' season is over: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=444273
  • Comment on Crosby skates at Bell Centre (2012-02-07 02:15:56)
    No, Kaberle was signed by just prior to this season to his current 3 year deal and then when the Hurricanes realized how stupid of an idea that was they called Pierre Gauthier and bounced him to Montreal.
  • Comment on Saturday pre-game reads (2012-01-14 08:55:35)
    Thats complete crap, Ryan White if anything is at least a quality 4th line forward in the NHL. Not only is the guy a warrior who will fight anybody but hes actually got speed and some offensive flair. He is by no means a heavy weight but he is a great gritty, energy player.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Winning streak stops at 2 (2012-01-10 19:42:41)
    They could have got more, say Lars Eller and a 2nd round pick at the very least.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Winning streak stops at 2 (2012-01-10 19:20:18)
    "if someone else claims him we end up paying for half his salary" That is 100% incorrect, what you speak of is only applicable under the circumstances of re-entry waivers. If a team were to claim Gomez at the time he is being sent down to Hamilton then they would be assuming his contract in its entirety therefore he would be off the Habs salary cap and payroll.
  • Comment on Canadiens reach halfway mark (2012-01-07 10:20:50)
    " The average career for a NHL player is 4 to 5 seasons. Losing 20 to 25% of your projected career earnings is nothing short of foolish" Sorry man but that statement is way off. Even if your numbers are correct its extremely apparent in this case that the average (mean) is a poor choice as a measure of central tendency. Your statistics are obviously skewed by (outliers) all of the fringe players who come in and out of the league and never really crack it. One does not have to even collect or analyze any data to know in general that the typical career for a bonofide NHLer usually spans anywhere from 10-20 seasons (with an extreme minimum being 7-8). So my point is that only the bottom 10-20% of the union, made up of fringe players would stand to lose 20-25% of their career earnings by going on strike for 1 year but it could even be argued that they in fact would not lose any earnings as they would just be losing 1 year of proving how they dont belong in the NHL. In general that 4-5 year career you are referring to is usually made up of a guy bouncing around to a few teams trying to prove himself until it is known around the league that his current talent level is not good enough and there is no longer any promise for improvement. At that point other players will more unknown potential are given a shot.
  • Comment on About last night … with audio (2011-12-23 16:49:46)
    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/782673--quebec-a-poor-little-rich-province -Quebec is the poorest province in all of Canada. -Quebec has received over $8.5 billion in Federal equalization funds. -Quebec is the 5th most indebted jurisdiction in the industrialized world. Even without a referendum Quebec is on the verge of collapse. If Quebec gained independence you have to also take into account the impact it would have on the remaining Canadian businesses whos headquarters remain here. Say goodbye to Air CANADA, Transat A.T. and basically every other Canadian business. They'll be in Toronto by noon the next day. Secondly, the PQ would implement their extensions of Bill 101 banning english, forcing all immigrants to attend french training courses etc. Goodbye to the 500-600K anglophones along with institutions like Concordia & McGill etc. And say goodbye to countless future immigrants. Last and not least Quebec would now be responsible to foot the bill for all of those bridges that are falling down, the total cost of healthcare, military, etc. Quebec would have to issue passports, E.I., and establish a currency. Quebec would also have 0 relationship or assitance from Canada and poor business relations with the United States because guess what they speak english. So I hope you get your wish to seperate, I'll move to Ontario and the rest of North America will watch and laugh as Quebec gets what it deserves.