third generation haber - (john-paul murray)

Member since January 19, 2012

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Habs fan since: birth
Favorite current player: hall gill
All-time favorite player: the flower

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Recent Comments

  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-19 10:27:30)
    Great pod-cast on Montreal Hockey Talk regarding DD. Connor McKenna gives a great analysis of the glut at center situation. http://montrealhockeytalk.com/shows/ice-level-july-17th-2014-harrison-mooney/ These guys actually like DD (they like all small players), but argue he should be traded. Their argument is that the team is mortgaging too much of the team to shelter and develop DD (top-wingers, PP time, no Pk time, and no defensive face-offs). They point-out that DD is far worse statistically without Pacioretty, but that Pacioretty's points don't drop at all without DD. They also point-out that all cup winners in the cap-era have a top 6 that dominate over 200 feet of ice, but DD is weak outside of the offensive zone. They point-out that DD is a hard-worker and a good player who would be well suited to the 3rd line. Pleks, statistically, plays some of the toughest minutes in the entire NHL. DD could not handle the 200 foot game and defensive responsibilities Pleks handles. Essentially, they conclude that the team can't take the next step with DD in their top 6. Galchenyuk needs to move to center. And, we need to realize that DD does have some market value, probably in a packaged trade. Ennis, who is less established, just signed a much bigger deal with the Sabres. They conclude that the trade won't happen because of a lack of local talent on the habs. If Paranteau, on the other-hand, lights it up this year, it may open the door for dealing DD. They also point out that DD, being very small, gets fouled and pushed off the puck and gets little support from the reffs. Essentially, his ceiling is too low. We've bitten the bullet by letting Gionta go, and traded Gorges (Still hurts), obviously we're getting serious about becoming a contender, so maybe it's time to look at the facts and trade DD. PS, I'm a DD fan, but I'm a bigger fan of winning the Stanley Cup. j.p. murray
  • Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-04 10:42:42)
    Cheers for that! He certainly has the size to intimidate the other team, but can he skate well enough to handle some fourth line duties? j.p. murray
  • Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-04 10:38:50)
    With Parros in the line-up, our team was respected more than they have been since I can remember. I know he can't play hockey, but he had an impact on the zhit heads we faced. j.p. murray
  • Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-04 10:37:04)
    Well put; for those who don't want us to have an enforcer up our sleeves, watch this and think it over carefully: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9SFgPqFMWI Bourque got a concussion, Kadri ran around like a rat, Gionta was nearly killed by Orr, and Gorges had to fight McClaren. The next hab to leave the ice on a stretcher (Pacioretty, Eller) could be Chucky, Subban, or Price. j.p. murray
  • Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-04 10:31:17)
    Regarding enforcers, I do believe we'll need one in the line-up on the odd night. Kevin Westgarth (6-4/234), aged 30, plays both wings, is un-signed by the Flames. Can anyone tell me anything about this guy, besides the obvious? Should we consider him as our potential enforcer? j.p. murray
  • Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-03 22:59:44)
    For those of u who don't want an enforcer in our line-up, it will be open-season on all of our skilled guys because the rats of the league won't have much retribution to fear. Watch the following video and then tell me how u feel about us not having an enforcer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9SFgPqFMWI Bourque got a concussion, Gionta nearly got killed, and Gorges had little choice but to fight McClaren. This is bullzhit! Pacioretty, Eller, and I don't want Galchenyuk to be the next hab taken off the ice on a stretcher. This year, simply having Parros in our line-up meant that no one was seriously injured. The enforcer doesn't need to play every game, but against the A-hole teams of the league (Toronto, Boston, Philly) they are a must. When we have injuries we can call-up forwards while the enforcer remains the extra forward. j.p. murray
  • Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 10:29:42)
    Then why are there so many goons in the league??? John Scott, Colton Orr, Matt Kassian, Joel Rechlizh, Patrick Bordeleau, Brian McGratton, etc. Without an enforcer, it is open-season on our players. If MB didn't believe in enforcers, he wouldn't have signed Jack Nevins or invited Imama Bokondji to develpment camp. j.p. murray
  • Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 10:24:53)
    He's only 22 years old; I don't want to see a 1st rounder have his career derailed because of a concussion fighting a very experienced NHL heavy-weight. Problem is, u can't hold this kid back. If there's no enforcer signed to take care of this, Tinordi will take-on every goon we face. j.p. murray
  • Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 10:19:33)
    I feel Bourque's biggest problem has been his health. Concussions, (thank-u Colton Orr) had an impact. If he hits the ice healthy this year, I believe he will return to his two-time 27 goal form. j.p. murray
  • Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 10:16:05)
    We need an enforcer! With Parros in the line-up (yes, I know he sucks), our players didn't get victimized. Without him, there would have been another: Pacioretty/ Eller type incident. I don't want the enforcer in the line-up every night, just when it's warranted. Having Tinordi fill this role would be a mistake; he's talented, too young to take on a bunch of NHL heavy weights, and a d-man. Our enforcer should be a 4th liner. j.p. murray