Phil C - (Philip C)Member since December 15, 2011
Habs fan since: I was 6 years old
Favorite current player: Alex Galchenyuk
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-22 17:19:10)
This bodes well for the offense in general.
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-22 09:46:34)
I would worry about Galchenyuk getting crunched on his off wing. You end up trying to awkwardly take the puck off the boards, exposing your back to the defenders. I think it's okay for big robust players who can take the abuse like Cole, Ovechkin, or even Bourque, but Galchenyuk has too much potential to risk injury. I wonder if they should try DD on the wing like Martin St. Louis and be a playmaking winger. He might look good next to Plekanec who has a pretty good shot.
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 22:20:02)
Fair point about Beaulieu and Emelin is a bit of a wild card. When Emelin is on his game though, he is an intimidating presence as it forces the opposition to be aware all the time. I hope he can take his game to the next level. Gilbert was arguably Edmonton's best defensemen for a few years. He got rocked by Carcillo with a big hit and he was never the same for the rest of that season. The following season he got pneumonia, fell down the depth chart, and then he was bought out. I'm hoping he is ready to play to his potential. He really fits in nicely with the Habs so I hope he finds some chemistry. Here is the Carcillo hit. The only poetic justice is that he injured himself on the play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ242IrIokM
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 21:59:06)
Who do you not consider top four, Gilbert or Emelin? Gilbert was top two in Edmonton and I thought he was one of the league's up and coming defensemen before his career took a nosedive in Minnesota. So I am really hoping Gilbert will be a pleasant surprise. If Emelin doesn't work out, they also have Beaulieu waiting in the wings.
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 21:23:41)
Tinordi will be one of the ones to watch at camp for sure.
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 21:17:32)
Not many teams can survive losing their franchise player and still be top tier, so you are right about injuries. I think think the GM has done a great job of building some depth into the lineup. They can roll four lines and 6 D to spread out the wear and tear, and they have guys like Bournival and Moen probably in the pressbox waiting for the inevitable injuries to fill in. Those guys would have been top nine on the 11-12 team. They even have some depth on the farm. The only area they are thin on is scoring depth, so if they lose more than one of their scoring forwards, it could be tough. But otherwise, I think they are fairly well equipped to handle injuries.
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 21:11:54)
I think you make a very good point that the coaching staff can be the difference between two equally strong teams. Do you think the Habs have that? As for injuries, I see that as a function of depth, so that is on the GM. I think the GM has done a fantastic job of building depth. They have enough bonafide NHLers for 5 lines, and they finally have some defensemen on the farm who may be ready. They even have depth in net with Tokarski.
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 21:06:16)
Good looking line up, but I doubt Tinordi bumps Weaver out of the top six. The Habs can use the RH shot on the third pairing and the vet to play with one of the kids. I think Tinordi and Beaulieu will be competing for the 6th spot, maybe even platooning, although with a year of waiver exemption left, I expect the one who doesn't make it will be sent down. I would probably flip Bourque and Sekac as well. Whoever plays with Plekanec will have defensive responsibilities which may be a lot to ask of Sekec as a rookie. He'll need at least a half a season to get used to the NHL and to get to know the opposition.
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 20:58:26)
When I look at the East, I see no reason why the Habs can't be among the teams to beat. Boston and Detroit seem to be trending down. Pittsburgh certainly did not improve without Neal, Niskenan, and Orpik, and as long as they have Fleury they are a wildcard. The Rangers lack depth on defense, so they are a few injuries away from struggling, and they still don't impress me up front. Tampa may be good, but they are no better than the Habs, especially after the Stamkos line. Columbus may be trending up, but I not convinced they are contenders yet. Philly are still missing some pieces. Toronto may be the team to beat in the East...BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA,hahahahahahahahahahahaha.......aaaahahahahahahahaha, hahaha. HA. Okay I'm good. But seriously folks, if you don't think this Habs can win the East, who scares you? (We'll worry about the West when they make the final)
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 20:49:38)
Okay, that makes sense.