Habs_101 - (Simon Culliton)Member since February 6, 2012
Habs fan since: 1991
Favorite current player: Malkin
All-time favorite player: Lemieux
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- Comment on Habs’ Bourque sidelined with upper-body injury (2013-12-04 12:44:58)
Why would they not just switch bourny and prust?! GO HABS GO!
- Comment on Habs’ Bourque sidelined with upper-body injury (2013-12-04 12:29:53)
I dont know if you're being serious or mocking me?! LOL Either way I think you need to give to get, obviously Diaz and Moen would be ideal from the Habs point, but why would Vancouver do that? I think we give up some valuable pieces, but overall upgrade the team slightly, and the same for Vancouver. GO HABS GO!
- Comment on Habs’ Bourque sidelined with upper-body injury (2013-12-04 12:25:49)
Mostly its an improvement on offense for them... they are really hurting for wingers since BUrrows is out again for a while. THe swap of gorges + 3rd for Bieksa + 5th may be a slight downgrade but not overly, just different players, I think Bieksa being a right shot just works so much better for the habs D. I dont necessarily think this is a bad deal for either team. Essentially we slightly upgrade our D they slightly upgrade their forwards and improve their draft spot a bit... ? GO HABS GO!
- Comment on Habs’ Bourque sidelined with upper-body injury (2013-12-04 12:15:05)
Bourque, for whatever reason just doesnt seem to fit with this team. I wonder if we have the pieces to make something work to pry Bieksa out of Vancouver. Im thinking... Bourque + Gorges + 3rd to VAN Hansen + Bieksa + 5th to MTL Think they would bite, or is there enough to start a conversation? Janick Hansen is Danish as well, and a natural right shot (as is Bieksa). He might look great beside Eller and Gally ?! Patch - DD - Gallagher Gally - Eller - Hansen Briere - Pleks - Gionta Prust - Bournival/White - Moen Bournival/White, Parros Markov - Subban Emelin - Bieksa Murray - Diaz Boullion - Patyern Tinordi - Beaulieu GO HABS GO!
- Comment on A Hockey Night in Canada showdown (2013-11-30 13:09:44)
Parros will draw in the lineup, play 5-6 shifts be on the ice for 1-2 goals against and beat up Colton Orr and/or Frazer McLaren... The habs will manage to put up 2-3 goals for and the other lines will combine to give up 1-2 goals against and we will lose by 1 goal... Parros drawing into the lineup does nothing to alter the way the leafs are going to play this hockey game. Although I do agree, we should have Tinordi and Murray in, boullion and diaz out, they are too small to be effective against the big forwards on Toronto and Boston. Would like to see; Markov - Subban Tinordi - Gorges Murray - Emelin GO HABS GO!
- Comment on A Hockey Night in Canada showdown (2013-11-30 12:58:57)
Tonight I really dont think we need to have Parros in the line, the simple fact that there is so much debate about this is stupid enough, if we put Prust on the fourth and our fourth line CANT outplay theirs than we have bigger problems! Patch - DD - Gallagher Galch - Eller - Bournival Briere - Plekanec - Gionta Prust - White - Moen with the lead late; Moen - Plek - Gionta Bournival - Eller - Prust Patch - White - Gionta Galch - DD - Gallagher (offensive line used for ONLY offense zone starts in last 10 mins) Losing late in the game; Chucky - Eller - Briere Patch - DD - Gallagher Bournival - Plekanec - Gionta Moen - White - Prust (used ONLY for dzone starts in last 10 minutes) GO HABS GO!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-28 11:18:50)
I think MB offers Markov three options; 2 years 13 million (6.5 per) 3 years 16.5 million (5.5 per) 4 years 22 million (4.5 per) The preference for MTL is to get short term, while the preference from Markov is long term. I really dont see how we can justify a pay-cut based on his play UNLESS its for term (options 2,3) if we are winning term in the negotiations I think he gets raise to 6.5 and if he plays like he has, he earns every penny. GO HABS GO!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-28 10:56:47)
Further to your point (which I tend to agree w/ re:prust and those two) I think its also worth noting that balance in the lineup is KEY to every team that has won the cup recently. Its not secret the Bruins have one of (it not the best) the best 4th lines in hockey. I think Montreal has the pieces to also put a great line together... I would play Prust with Galch and Eller MOST games, but when we play deep, big talented teams (Bruins, Penguins, Leafs) I would like to see; Bournival - Plek - Gionta Prust - White - Moen This gives us a great shutdown line w/ offense AND a tough high energy fourth line GO HABS GO!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-28 10:43:52)
It looks like MT has finally figured out some line combinations that are producing and effective in different circumstances. Presumably we will now see a lot more stability among the lines. The way I see it barring some type of monumental cold streak the lines are stuck in pairs or sets of three for the foreseeable future; Patch - DD - Gallagher Galch - Eller - ________ _____ - Plek - Gionta Bournival - _____ - Moen With Prust, White, Briere filling those roles currently and the success we are having (albeit a very small sample) I think we are seeing very defined roles now, Top line is offensive only, second is secondary offense w/ minimal d zone, third is shutdown line bonus offense, fourth is energy and grind. With the current configuration Parros and Bourque appear to be spare parts, Parros will come in sparingly when an enforcer is required. I dont think Bourque is a poor player per say (he averages 0.52 pts per season over his entire career ~42pts a year) but Bourque needs to play in a top six role and get some powerplay time, he wont get enough of either of these here, I think that he has trade value though. I am proposing we send Bourque and a third to Columbus for Nick Foligno. The reason I love this trade is that I think it meshes perfectly with our line combos, Foligno is a few years younger than Bourque and slightly smaller (6'2" 215 vs 6'0" 205) but Foligno is more suited for a high amount of penalty kill, shutdown and bonus offense role. I think he would look great with Pleks and Gio, giving us a true shutdown line. I would tweak the other two accordingly; Patch - DD - Gallagher Galch - Eller - Briere Foligno - Plek - Gionta Prust - Bournival - Moen That leaves a carousel of Moen, White, and Briere depending on who we play. Just my thoughts, but I definitely like the way we are shaping up. The D is heading in the right direction too... still would prefer to have Pateryn up for either Boullion or Murray though.. haha Cheers! GO HABS GO!
- Comment on Habs shake up lines at practice (2013-11-18 13:11:09)
I think its a good point about being cautious given the small sample size... however I think these stats show something a little different than what you are cautioning. These stats dont show that the Tinordi and Beaulieu are out producing Murray and Boullion, they show that the other players on the ice are producing more when playing with Tinordi and Beaulieu rather than Murray and Cube. I think this is a great way to represent when Tinordi can offer the team, if we spend less time defending teams because we have the puck more often we are more likely to score or have our offensive guys create chances. While cube and murray are on the ice (while we may give up very few goals still) we do not have the puck as much as when the other two are on the ice, likely because we are defending. Further, they DO NOT need to play together in Montreal and could certainly use sheltered minutes this season (like the gallys last year). I would call up Pateryn instead and let Beaulieu log big minutes all season in Hamilton. GO HABS GO!