Adidess - (Adler Aristilde)Member since January 10, 2012
Habs fan since: 1990s
Favorite current player: PK, Pricey, Pleks & the Gals
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- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-29 22:44:56)
You thought Galchenyuk was finished as a top prospect last year... at the tender age of ...19? Hmm.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-29 22:38:10)
Haha, Timo is a character. I know I am in the minority, but I don't mind his schtick too much now that I am used to it. And he can be pretty funny too. To me, Timo is a staple of the place, the way Bellyful and Front are. They are interesting and unique voices, and I would miss them if they were gone.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-29 22:22:20)
Hey Marc, sorry I stepped away for a bit. Quick answer... Patches is really the only forward you can bet your money on for scoring 25 goals or more. That said, there are a few guys I think could be around that number (more likely around 20 goals). Pleks (yes, I said it), Galchenyuk (assuming more PP minutes), Parenteau (if he sticks on that line with Patches). Eller and Bourque are probably good for 15 goals (running hot and cold). One player we're counting on, who I have a strange feeling might struggle this year scoring goals, is Gally. The trend from the end of last year with more penalties being called against him in the crease, for little reason, is likely to continue. The refs seem to get annoyed with him over the course of the game and I fear that might slowly take away from his effectiveness, force him to play differently, which I am not sure he can do. We have a bunch of streaky scorers on this team and fewer veterans, so there will be a few games in a row where we have difficulty finding the net. Hoping for the opposite, of course.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-29 20:27:28)
I share your perspective, Burly. I am excited about our core of players and the building blocs being put in place. The boys will likely go through their normal learning curve before the Habs can get over the hump and truly contend. But we know many fans will be freaking out, if results aren't comparable to last year. Most will take that as a step back, so it will help having others who keep things in perspective.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-29 20:01:37)
Hey guys, I made this post below over the summer, and several regulars, chiefly Dunboyne Mike, suggested that I repost it closer to the start of the season when the readership is back and getting excited about another possible great run, which is the case right now. I am excited for this year as well, but wanted to share a note of caution. I distinctly remember that many posters took issue with the premise of that post, which is that the Habs overachieved over the past two seasons. To address this point, I am proposing up top my (subjective) definition of overachievement. To me, a team overachieves whenever it produces results above what management and fans would have reasonably expected or be satisfied with, before the season begins. In other words, based on any normal progression or realistic expectations for a roster that finished last in 2011-2012, team improvement short of making the playoffs would have been acceptable in the 2012-13 season, the first year MT took over from Randy Cunningworth. We did a lot better. Last year, although losing the Boston series would have been hard for morale, two rounds of playoffs short of beating them would have been perfectly acceptable, realistically speaking. To illustrate, I don't think there is any question MT would have still received that nice contract extension, even if we had lost to Boston. With that, let's proceed to my worries regarding the upcoming season. —————————— I don’t know how others feel, but I have some concerns going into the coming season, not necessarily in terms of making the playoffs (which could turn out to be a challenge), but in terms of equaling or surpassing the team’s regular-season and playoff performances of this past season. Not trying to be a negative nelly here, so bear with me. First off, MT has proven to be a better coach than I thought he would be in his current stint with the Habs. I honestly think the team overachieved in both of his seasons behind the bench. First year, after inheriting a last place team with no significant roster upgrade, we won the division and easily made the playoffs (though the team would crash memorably in the first round against the Sens). Second year, with reasonable pressure of playoff expectations, we played good hockey for the most part, avoided long losing streaks, and rode a very steady Carey Price to a playoff berth. We swept Tampa in the first round and handled the Bruins so well in the second round that I’m still in awe over that series. We could have ended up in the Stanley Cup finals with a healthy Carey Price and better luck, but yes this series wasn’t close. I fear we’re primed for a letdown this year. It’s not necessarily rational, it’s a bad hunch, resulting from the following observations. - Teams don’t overachieve every year. If you overachieve two years in a row, chances are you’ll start performing to your true level soon enough. On the flip side, the roster has been slightly upgraded, I feel, so maybe performing at our true level still puts us in the playoffs. - The tricky effect of expectations. Expectations can be a positive thing in sports when channeled properly, but it can also be a problem. Teams sometimes start to expect wins will come more easily because of their recent success, forgetting how hard they need to work to achieve similar results. And coaching staff and players alike might start to panic, under the weight of expectations, if things don’t go well early on. So a good start is key (duh, I know). - The psychological comfort of security and stability. Every key person associated with this team is more or less locked up long term, coming into this season. Existing coaches were extended, new ones are coming in with brand new contracts. PK, Markov, Price, Patches, DD, Eller, Weaver, now all share the peace of mind of long-term contracts. Not saying they’re all bound to underachieve or become disinterested (no, no, no), but we know there are possible impacts. You know what they say about players in a contract year magically able to find new energy, a new gear. It happens in the head. - The mental pressure of living up to big money contracts. You can get too comfortable, which is bad, but you can also be messed up trying to do too much. For PK and Eller in particular, I could see them struggle mentally at the beginning of the season to show they’re living up to the contracts they just signed (see DD last year). That no Captain thing could also add to the perceived mental burden of a Patches or a PK. - Injuries (yep, injuries, knock on wood). We have avoided injuries in any significant way in the last few years (basically since the decapitation attempt on Pacioretty). That includes injuries to ‘significant’ players as well as significant injuries to any regular roster players. We all should hope injury luck stays with us again this year. I don’t see all of this bad stuff happen to us this coming year. But keep in mind it doesn’t take all, it takes one or two to affect our season. Having said all that, I’d like some of you to point out the reasons why we’re likely going all the way this year, because that’s really what I want. It’s a long post, thanks for reading.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Galchenyuk at centre (2014-09-29 19:57:42)
We should give him time, but I agree for the most part. I like his first pass out of the zone: it comes quickly, he places it on the stick and to the player breaking out, not the one standing besides him. He appears less confident defending and doesn't like going for the body at all, it seems. But who knows? He's a veteran who certainly knows a thing or two about pacing himself until they count in the real season.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 16:36:42)
Hehe, I knew my brain needed continuous improvement, but thought it was working ok. I take it that you disagree with the idea of eliminating late hits. Cheers!
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 16:04:32)
bwoar, very strong points. I should clarify, I know why players finish their checks and why their coach wants them to. This isn't about 'finishing checks is a useless strategy that will make your team lose'. The point is there isn't a sport where you wouldn't gain an advantage on the opposing team by hitting players who don't have the ball. We just happen to allow it in hockey. You could make the same intimidation arguments in football and make sure quaterbacks can have no impact on the game being so scared of being killed by a 400-pound defensive linemen. We're talking about whether finishing checks on players without the puck (which adds to the toll of shoulder injuries and concussions) is necessary for the sport to thrive, whether it enhances the game or hinders it.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 15:33:45)
Neumann and Burly, I could not agree more on the 'finishing your check' idea. In any sport, an opponent wants the player with whatever the key object is (the ball, or the puck in this case) to get rid of it and fast. By pressuring the player who has possession, you hope to force an uncomfortable pass into a space where the puck becomes up for grabs - a key, sensible strategy for the opposing team to gain possession. There should be no justification for hitting hard at somebody who no longer has the puck, other than intent to hurt or injure (which the NFL calls unnecessary roughness) or at the very least attempt to interfere with the player's movement. People will say, yeah but hockey is a different game, it is played into a confined space to allow body checks, whether players have clear possession or not. I disagree, but do recognize until the rule book eliminates finishing your checks, it will remain part of the game. I definitely foresee a time in the near future where they'll eliminate or drastically reduce any lapsed time between possession of the puck and the body check. Now, what we really gets to me is this. The idea that the player on the receiving end of a body check needs to accommodate the checker, to make sure the checker doesn't hurt himself. Like... make your chops and your vulnerable body available for the checker to ram through you so that you can be seen as playing the game the right way. I am sorry, if you're crazy and reckless enough to take a run at me after I pass the puck and I can see you coming from afar to get to me, good luck completing your stupid move safely. I'll get out of the way or protect my head with my stick. Self-defense is a situation where I totally condone violence.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 15:01:26)
Where do I sign? I like these rules.