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- Comment on Gallagher misses morning skate with flu; Prust back in lineup (2013-11-15 14:50:01)
Just out of curiosity can anyone tell me where I can find MT's comments backing Price for the olympics because I can't find it anywhere.
- Comment on Gallagher misses morning skate with flu; Prust back in lineup (2013-11-15 14:48:34)
@Mr.Biter, the year that PK had the 4th most PK minutes on the team the Habs finished second in the league in PK%. As far as being a defensive liability, PK might take risks but no more than any other offensively gifted Dmen in the league. He has 10 less giveaways in 1 more game played than Erik Karlsson I don't hear anyone calling him a defensive liability. Andrei Markov has 6 more giveaways than PK, some that resulted in bad goals, and I don't here MT calling him out in press conferences. As for the comparison to DD that's apples and oranges my friend. Yes if DD makes a big mistake that leads to a goal or takes a penalty that puts the team in jeopardy we would lose our minds but that is also because he never puts the team in a position to win games. DD has 1 point this season and PK leads the team and on many nights is one of the only reasons the Habs are able to score goals. Players like that buy themselves the right to make mistakes because the good outweighs the bad, with DD there is no good so when he makes mistakes there is no reason to forgive.
- Comment on Gallagher misses morning skate with flu; Prust back in lineup (2013-11-15 14:36:45)
I don't think it's some kind of earth shattering controversy but I think you are fooling yourself if you think this is completely inconsequential. PK is a professional and will continue to play hard for the Habs no matter what, but he is also human and I don't believe that he wasn't slighted by these comments. Put yourself in his shoes. You are coming off a season where you won the Norris trophy, you play your heart out every night and are leading the team in points yet when your coach is asked if you should be on the olympic team he declines to comment saying that it isn't his decision to make. I'm sure it's upsetting but you can maybe justify it by saying Therrien wants to focus on the team and wants to stay away from speculating on the Olympics. But then, the same question is asked about Price and he gives him a major endorsement. How is PK supposed to react to something like that? He's supposed to be all happy go lucky, golly gee I love playing for Mr. Therrien? Like I said PK is a pro and will continue to do what it takes to win hockey games for the Habs but I highly doubt his relationship with Therrien is all peaches and cream. Especially when Therrien does something this two-faced.
- Comment on Gallagher misses morning skate with flu; Prust back in lineup (2013-11-15 14:25:26)
Where does this quote come from btw?
- Comment on Gallagher misses morning skate with flu; Prust back in lineup (2013-11-15 14:03:07)
No I don't think this is a molehill being made into a mountain. A coach should either go to bat for all his players or none. He is exacting preferential treatment. PK is the reigning Norris trophy winner, he is an all-star dman and easily a top 10 dman in the league if not top 5. Would it have hurt Therrien to admit that PK is a very good player deserves to be on the olympic team? It isn't as if he would've been endorsing DD, nobody would've criticized MT for going to bat for a world class player. It is ridiculous that when the question was asked about PK he refused to throw any compliments his way and decided to say that it isn't for him to comment on who will and won't make the Canadian team but to then turn around and say he has no doubt Price will be on the team.
- Comment on Gallagher misses morning skate with flu; Prust back in lineup (2013-11-15 13:51:22)
Price may be the frontrunner for the starting spot but you make it seem like PK doesn't have the stats to back up his case to make the olympic team. Amongst the potential Olympic dmen PK ranks first in points, 6th in average ice-time, 6th in +/-, 1st in PP points and 1st in both SOG and SOG/G. You make it sound like Price is a sure bet so naturally Therrien should back him and PK is some ridiculous long shot so Therrien shouldn't bother with an endorsement. Therrien should be consistent, he has two world class players on his team, PK and Price, and he should either back them both for an olympic spot or decline to comment for both.
- Comment on Leblanc, St-Pierre sent down to Hamilton; Desharnais back in Habs’ lineup (2013-11-06 16:23:55)
Actually this presents a rather large limitation. When we are looking for candidates for the head coach and GM positions we are working from a much smaller talent pool than 29 other teams in the league. A french speaking coach/GM should only be hired if he is the best available man for the job, which sometimes will be the case because we do have good hockey minds from QC. However, the reality is that it is not always the case and sometimes there are better options available. Wanting to have french speaking players on the roster is actually much more reasonable than wanting a french coach/gm. First of all every team would like to ice local talent, that also applies to any sport. What makes such a thing feasible in terms of roster is the multitude of positions available for a player to fill. In order to have a local player on the team they could be a center, winger, dman or goalie. They can also be anything from a first liner to fourth liner, first or last pairing dman or even a backup goalie. The problem with the coaching and GM positions is there is only ONE spot to fill and they happen to be very important positions. It is akin to saying that the #1 center or #1 goalie on your team HAS to speak french. Maybe the year that you need to fill that spot you are in position to draft Huberdeau or Giroux is available in free agency in which case you would be able to fill your requirement. But what if those players aren't available when you need to fill that spot, would you then give your #1 center role to say Max Talbot if he was the best available french speaking center? We don't put those kinds of limitations on player personnel because it would handcuff the team and impede our chances of winning. Well coaching and managing are equally important positions and good ones are needed to build a winning franchise. So why then is it acceptable for the team to handcuff themselves. I have no problem with hiring the bilingual candidate if he is the clear cut best option. However, if there are options better suited to help the team win then they should be hired. This is sports and the only goal is to win. Politics have no business in sports. As long as fans are more concerned with whether or not the coach can say we lost tonight because we didn't go to the net and the other team won more puck battles, in french the Habs will struggle to win another cup.
- Comment on Gionta will be in lineup against Jets; Brière demoted to fourth line (2013-10-15 11:28:00)
Briere's production has been in steady decline for 3 straight seasons going from 0.88 ppg to 0.7 ppg to 0.47 ppg last season. That's a pretty clear sign that a player is on the downside of his career. It is foolish to think that he can suddenly flip a switch and become a PPG player in the playoffs if he has a season were he is producing in the .4 ppg range, players don't double their production come playoff time it doesn't happen.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-14 16:00:33)
This will never happen in Montreal. IMO they will be holding on to a playoff spot come trade deadline. If MB were to trade away half the team this city would go nuts. The habs never did it when it would've been far more logical than it is now so why would they do it this year. Not to mention we are trying to build a winning culture, it sends a bad message to the young guys on this team if we simply throw in the towel. This team is not built to win the cup this year but Galchenyuk, Eller, Gallagher, Patches, PK and Price are all very talented young players and if they are playing their best hockey come playoff time this team will be a tough out.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-14 01:08:23)
Yeah I think Bergevin and Dudley weren't enamored with any of the young free agents and decided Danny would be a good stop gap while the prospects developed. I would've preferred Stallberg. He may not use his size super effectively but he is still a fairly skilled forward with a 6'3 210 pound frame. Three years at 3 mil is also a very reasonable deal and potentially playing top 6 minutes in MTL he would have an opportunity to put up more points than he did playing in a bottom 6 role on the Blackhawks. Oh well it wasn't to be, hopefully Danny picks it up soon.