slim wallet - (James R. Wallen)Member since January 2, 2012
Habs fan since: 60's
Favorite current player: David Deharnais
All-time favorite player: (tie) Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur
- Comment on Habs trade Danny Kristo to Rangers; Lecavalier going to Flyers (2013-07-02 23:24:13)
I suspect that Kristo signed with the proviso that the Habs trade him so that both parties got something out of the deal. Otherwise, Kristo was free to sign elsewhere.
- Comment on About last night … (terse and pithy edition) (2013-05-03 11:00:52)
Noticed the HNIC boys were already justifying the hit by saying Eller had touched the puck and they started blaming Diaz for the pass. Again, it's a culture of blaming the victims. Yeah, it was an ill-considered pass and I'll bet the instant the puck left his stick he went, Oh no, but it was still a blindside hit to the head. Don't any of these so-called "union brothers" think twice about going for the big hit when a player is most vulnerable? I like hitting. Subban's on Neil was a classic. But there's a difference between separating a man from the puck and separating a man from his head. Also, the hit on Eller also affected Diaz's game. He handled the puck like it was a brick after that. A soft little pass to Bourque inside the line that was intercepted and led directly to a goal. And what I'm seeing from Cary lately... he's making himself small, back in the net, down in the crouch. You watch Anderson, he's making himself big, out and square. Cary's fighting himself right now. Doesn't mean you dump him because he's going through a rough patch. This was never supposed to be "the year" but a step in the right direction.
- Comment on Canadiens name Therrien coach (2012-06-05 12:25:10)
tell me, who are the great coaches without a job that are available that would make Bergevin look like a genius? Crawford has been fired four times. With a good Vancouver team he won only one series. Therrien makes sense, if you can look past his untimely unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that led to the Habs demise against the Canes. But then look who called the penalty- Kerry Fraser who was beginning to feel that he might not be able to influence the outcome of a series until Michel's meltdown. And the French aspect is important, it's what makes them the Habs and not the Leafs or the Bruins. Vive les Canadiens!
- Comment on Predators put Red Wings on brink (2012-04-18 11:03:45)
I'm with the old bald bird. Even Bobby Clark has said that body-checking in hockey was devised for one reason - to separate the man from the puck. The reason you kept your head up carrying the puck was to see someone coming. What many call "finishing the check" is what I call a cheap shot when an opponent is unwary or relaxed. The point is the rules should protect a player when he doesn't have the puck. Yeah, the game moves fast and things happen but if you truly want to protect the players then get some refs with the cojones to call a charge or a late hit. What Torres did was a true cheap shot, a player vulnerable and looking to get the puck back being obliterated by a cement head looking to make the rock em sock em highlight reel.
- Comment on About last night … with audio (2012-04-01 02:11:25)
I also like the idea of trying to pry Huberdeau out of Florida with our choice (but only if Yakupov isn't taken.)
- Comment on About last night … with audio (2012-04-01 02:04:36)
Edmonton needs defense. Tinordi, Kaberle (Pateryn), and a 2nd rounder for Edmonton's 1st round pick, or some variation. Tinordi's a 1st rounder with size, Kaberle's a puck moving defenseman. Can Edmonton wait for a top pick to mature? The Habs pick up two top 5 first rounders. They don't need to draft defensemen, they need help up front. Grigorenko and Forsberg?
- Comment on About last night … (2012-02-14 00:47:28)
If you're playing a checker almost 18 minutes against a guy that ends up +3 on the night and you lose the game while a proven scorer gets 4 minutes, you've played into the opposition's hands. If your strategy isn't working, change it, adapt.
- Comment on Multimedia: Audio, video after Canadiens’ crushing 5-3 loss (2012-02-14 00:25:43)
right, brak72, i don't get it. Thanks for the reminder. What was I thinking? But you bring up a point... gomez played about 7 minutes tonight. So if you're not playing the guy because you think he brings nothing to the table, then why do you put him on the first wave of the PP late in the game down a goal when you need to dominate the zone? OOps, right, logic... damn!
- Comment on Multimedia: Audio, video after Canadiens’ crushing 5-3 loss (2012-02-14 00:16:36)
yeah, staal blew by kaberle like he was eller beating dion phaneuf, an all-star. Staal was a beast tonight. That goal was blown way earlier than kaberle's failure against a true elite player. And frankly, Price was weak on that one. I know Kaberle's soft, I'd rather unload him than keep him, but did he lose the game alone tonight? Pleks had the puck on his stick in the first in his zone and rolled it out to the point. Bang, in the net. PG took steps to address what he had to in bringing in Kaberle. I still say "thank God" because it means I don't have to see Pleks on the point where he was like a deer in the headlights. Remember?
- Comment on Multimedia: Audio, video after Canadiens’ crushing 5-3 loss (2012-02-13 23:48:49)
kostitsyn 4 min. of playing time? I'm sorry, Darche is a gamer but 18 min. of playing time? Are they a checking line?They were dominated by the Staal line. What's the point? Two minutes to go in the game, down a goal, 4 on 4, and Cunnyworth puts out Pleks and Darche? Does he hope to score a goal and tie it or keep the game close until it's over? I love desharnais but when you want bodies to keep the puck in the zone in the final minute, he got outmuscled on the boards, the puck was out and then in our net. Why doesn't Cunnyworth ever play Eller on the PP? He had Gomez out there with 5 min. to go and the game on the line. And still Eller sits when he can make things happen down low. Or even Ak46. I don't get it.