Habilis - (David)Member since February 14, 2012
Habs fan since: Birth
Favorite current player: Price
All-time favorite player: Dryden
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Beaulieu provides a breath of fresh air on Habs’ blue line (2015-01-18 15:14:43)
I concur with this post. The part I don't get is why there's no middle. Where are the level-headed stats guys who understand that analytics is a great tool, but it's still in it's infancy and as such is only part of a much bigger picture? Tom Gilbert proves that last line for me. He was a fancy stat darling when he was in Florida. I admit I even let myself get somewhat excited about his arrival based solely on that. I had seen him play a few times of course and was never impressed, but the stats guys said he was good, so I bought in. Turns out Gilbert just isn't that good of a hockey player. He's not awful, but he's not some gem that was buried on a bad team like the stats guys made him out to be. Not even close. But you don't see any of the stats guys rushing to admit they were just plain wrong on that one. No, they'll point out his current numbers, which aren't terrible. To me, that just proves how flawed the numbers can be. Because Gilbert is just not that good, period. You're right on about Weise, he's another great example. He gets trashed by the stats guys all the time, and last night was no exception. I guess I'm anti-stats because I thought Weise did well last night. He scored a goal and was around the net a lot, skated well too. Also, the fact that he played on the first line last night allowed Gallagher to drop down and play with Chucky again, which helped to create more offense. But nobody mentions that. They just cite Weise's fancy numbers and complain about MT. I am not now, nor have I ever been a Therrien fan, but the team scored 6 friggin goals last night. I don't care what any stats say at that point, the coach obviously did good. Even I can admit that. Why is it so hard for them to admit that maybe, just maybe, the guy who is around these players every day of his life, the guy who eats, sleeps and smokes this team every day of his life, that guy might just know a little more about how this team works than they do from looking at their spreadsheets? Nah, that's crazy talk. I went back and saw the Todd stuff too. It was just sad. I get that Todd kind of waded into the deep end with his original tweet, but the malicious stuff that came back at him was below the belt and disgraceful. Doesn't surprise me though. There are some serious fanatics in that group. You see it on twitter all the time. One MSM reporter says something that goes against the numbers and boom, he gets barraged from dozens of accounts. Not just disagreements, but mud slinging in every malicious way possible. And they wonder why they get a bad rep sometimes.
- Comment on Price in goal, but no other lineup changes for Habs against Devils (2015-01-02 15:52:22)
And therein lies the real problem in Edmonton. Where are the multiple high 2nd and 3rd rounders from the past decade? Where is the 1 or 2 gems from the 5th or 6th round? Why has nobody they drafted outside the top 10 done anything in the NHL for them? I saw a list earlier this year of their past 10 drafts, rounds 2-7. It was just a huge list of dudes you've never even heard of. It's kind of amazing really, to not even luck into a real NHLer by accident. Their player evaluation department must just be 10 guys watching one or two kids a year. The rest is darts, apparently. And they're terrible at that, too.
- Comment on Price in goal, but no other lineup changes for Habs against Devils (2015-01-02 13:43:07)
How much real talent is there though? RNH, Hall and Eberle are in any NHL top 6, no question. But beyond that, what do they have, really? Yak? He's barely a top 9 guy at this point. Jultz as their number 1 D? Le hahaha. Jultz and Petry is probably a half decent 5-6 on another team but that's it. Nurse will be good eventually, but he's probably a few years from being a top pair guy. Their goalies are a Greek Tragedy. Yeah, they will probably get 1 of the 2 studs this year. But does 4 (maybe 4.5 with Yak) good forwards and 1 good D an NHL team make? Colour me skeptical.
- Comment on Eller, Weaver, Allen take part in Habs’ practice (2014-12-15 15:04:01)
True. But if that's the case then it means that Katz is undermining his GM instead of just firing the guy and bringing in someone who has an actual plan. Historically, not a great way to do things.
- Comment on Eller, Weaver, Allen take part in Habs’ practice (2014-12-15 14:49:48)
So let me get this straight: The Oilers hold an unprompted press conference where they tell their fans that they plan on "staying the course". McTavish specifically states that Eakins is not the issue. Not 2 weeks later, they hold another press conference to announce that they're firing Eakins... How does the owner just sit by and watch this circus? I seriously don't get that part of it. It's not like this is some corporation running the team where you need board approval to do anything. This is one guy! Katz just sits there and watches this debacle unfold the same way year after year. It's kind of amazing. I'm a Habs fan so I really have zero rooting interest in the Oilers one way or another. But there's something about the level of ineptitude that they're displaying here. It actually bothers me to see that from a Canadian club that isn't Toronto.
- Comment on ‘Our Dinner With Jean Béliveau’ (2014-12-14 14:40:59)
I tweeted this to my legions... no no, my throngs... OK, OK, my DOZENS of followers on twitter as well. Great stuff, Mike and HabFab. Cheers guys.
- Comment on A rare Saturday night with no hockey for Habs (2014-12-13 15:26:40)
There's literally no way it doesn't go to OT. Same deal with the Loafs-Wings game tonight. Never freakin fails.
- Comment on No changes expected to Habs’ lineup against Kings (2014-12-12 12:17:39)
Brendan, Alex, Max = The BAM line?
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens lose a heartbreaker (2014-12-05 19:19:09)
Got a bad feeling about this one mes amis. Feels like one of those games where if we get scored on first, it's already over. Hate those games.
- Comment on Yvan Cournoyer heartbroken by death of “my captain” Jean Béliveau (2014-12-04 23:54:28)
What are they even going to say at this point? "Um... we done goofed. Our bad. Buy more stuff. Thanks." Honestly though, I just don't get what the current management group could have decided that warrants a press conference short of some kind of house-cleaning. These guys run the team into the ground for a solid decade, then they have a 2 day powwow and all of a sudden they have a solution? Yeah, OK. Should be entertaining in any case.