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 Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 11:25:17)
Good point on Plekanec, I think I looked at Gionta's line. However it is harder to score on the 2nd wave usually. Regardless, the point stands that 15 PPP is not great. In 2010 when the Habs had the 2nd best PP, Plekenac had 24 points in 216 minutes, or .11 points per minute. Who would you have on your first wave? And what PP issues do you refer to?
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 10:24:27)
Good points, comparing Eller to DD is futile because they were given different roles. I love Eller on the third line and the two-way play he brings, so I don't see the urgency to promote him,especially given how Therrien splits the ES icetime evenly.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 10:19:35)
@On2ndthought While DD is an offensive wizard 5-on-5, his PP production has been very poor for the last two years. He only had 15 PPP last year which would put him 35th in the league among centres, which means our 1st wave guy is producing less than many 2nd wave guys. Even Plekanec had 10 points in half the icetime. DDs numbers are not good enough for the first wave IMO. With Subban and Markov on the point, the Habs should always be among the best PPs in the league but they were not, so something has to change and I think it's the centre, especially when you have a player like Galchenyuk who can pass as well as DD but who also has a laserbeam for a shot. Not sure why DD struggles on the PP but is suspect it is because one of his best offensive weapons is his deadly transition game which is not a factor on the PP. I also think it is because he simply does not shoot enough, making him easier to defend on the PP.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 09:49:56)
@CJ Eller had a nice playoffs, and I agree that it is important. But many players have an amazing playoffs and then disappear, like John Druce, Fernando Pisani, or even Steve Penney. Any player can get hot for a short time, it doesn't neccesarily mean he is the second coming of Mark Messier. Eller had a shooting percentage of over 20% in the playoffs, likely not sustainable. He averaged less than 2 shots a game in the playoffs which is not a formula for offensive production longterm. His linemate Bourque was also playing out of his mind. Lastly, I would consider roles. How would Eller produce if he was given Plekanec's icetime and matchups and vice versa? Impossible question to answer but as an example, many thought Staal would break out once he was no longer stuck behind Crosby and Malkin and it hasn't happened yet. Success on the third line does not always carry forward when put in a top six role. Bottom line, despite a nice playoff run, Eller knows himself that he needs to be more consistent offensively, do the things that generate offense more often. Let's hope he can use this playoff run as a confidence booster for a break out year. But I don't like the idea of handing him a top six role when I don't think he's earned it yet. Eller looks like the centre we have been missing for years with his size and speed, but I really like the fact that the Habs are making Eller show them first.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 09:03:00)
With that first group, hopefully they second group never gets on. ;-) Beaulieu and Gilbert should really help the second pairing.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 08:52:36)
My first wave would be Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-Parenteau, then Bourque-Plekanec-Gallagher. I haven't seen anything from Eller yet to suggest he is better offensively than Plekanec.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-25 11:56:25)
It also wouldn't surprise me if Stamkos was using the biggest hockey media in the world to create a buzz for his next contract. It will certainly help drive up his price.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-25 11:45:53)
Is it really surprising that a leaf fan would be delusional?
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-25 10:07:41)
$3.1M would have been at one or two years. But the Habs are betting that Eller continues to improve. If he does, it will be a bargain.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-25 10:01:19)
You are probably right, but I wouldn't risk it with Tokarski.