Dave Jones - (David Jones)Member since June 30, 2012
Habs fan since: 1988
Favorite current player: Sidney Crosby
All-time favorite player: Bobby Orr
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 17:15:53)
I think the condition is Habs in the playoffs. If they make the playoffs, they send the 2nd round pick and receive back the 5th. If they don't make the playoffs, it's just Vanek for Collberg straight up. I think that's how it works. Also, the expectation is that Vanek will not resign with the Habs (apparently he has strong connections to Minnesota), but only time will tell.
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 17:06:11)
I like this! Ya, I think the addition of Vanek is huge because it can put Eller back into an offensive role, as you say, either with the kids or with Vanek. Lots of depth to deal with injuries, a good mix of youth and vets. This team may not be a contender, but we'll see. They may enter the playoffs as the the third best Eastern conference team behind Pitt and Boston, so who knows what could happen.
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 16:59:42)
I know, it's crazy. I would have preferred to move a couple--a few--depth forwards to boost the quality of our bottom 3 defencemen. I really have no idea how you manage the lines moving forward. If you have Briere, you should use him in a scoring role. Bourque too. But they aren't top six guys. Do you sit them, then, to get more role-appropriate guys in the line up like Moen and Weise? Or do you sit those guys to have Briere and Bourque make up a sort of 3rd offensive line--but which would be a liability defensively? I'm just worried about the chemistry and locker room. You can send Bournival to the AHL. And it's easy to sit Parros. Bourque and Briere are really the question marks to me. Briere seems okay with moving around and getting the time he can get. Bourque, though, seems totally wasted.
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 16:51:51)
We do seem to have way too many options in the bottom-6. Guys will sit who should be playing. Good for internal competition, I suppose. And certainly when there are injuries. You would think, though, one or two of the bottom-6 could have been packaged for an improvement on D. Ah well.
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 16:50:04)
You can trade negotiation rights, I believe, like when the Habs traded for the rights to Sundin. Wouldn't net much.
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 16:49:03)
I love the move. Habs are deep at forward. How do you see the lines? Eller has been poorly used all season. I'd like to hope this new scoring depth gives MT the flexibility to get Eller going again. Purely for the fun of it, maybe this could be the line up: Galchenyuk - Eller - Vanek Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher Briere - Plekanec - Gionta Moen - White - Prust Extras: Bourque, Weise, Bournival (Moen and Briere can swap according to game situation).
- Comment on Liveblog: Olympic Games, Game 3: Canada 2, Finland 1, OT (2014-02-16 20:39:45)
This is all fair ^. No significant disagreement, except that I personally don't see Subban as any more prone to errors than Hamhuis, Vlasic, or Pietrangelo; I recognize, though, that most do see it this way, and so understand that PK is only getting a look for the 7th spot. But as you've said, if you're going to play the 7th man between 5 and 10 minutes, why wouldn't you take advantage of Subban's high skill and find a spot for him on the powerplay? It isn't a slight against Hamhuis, or even an argument against the judgment of the coaching staff. PK is just that special, and that suitable to a specialty role.
- Comment on Liveblog: Olympic Games, Game 3: Canada 2, Finland 1, OT (2014-02-16 18:16:10)
Enjoying everyone's comments. I'll just add to them, because you know, Habs fan, Canadian, opinionated... I want only what's best for Team Canada. And we can't change now who was picked. We also can't deny that Canada has played reasonably well through their first three games together. The Norway win was certainly uninspired, but the dominance displayed in the second period of that game shows the promise. Canada is 3rd in goals for, 2nd in goals against, 2nd in goal differential, and has secured the bye to the quarterfinals. Having said all that, it is becoming increasingly clear that Subban belongs on the regular roster. Hamhuis, though certainly an excellent defenseman, adds nothing to this superstar team. His inclusion in the lineup over Subban reflects a cautious, safety-first mentality--and we saw today how dangerous this approach is; do we believe caution is the best approach to an opponent like the American team, loaded on the wings with speed and unbridled skill? If Subban is a liability--false by almost every metric--used as the 7th man he can't hurt you. Neither can Hamhuis. But as a the 7th man, used on the powerplay, or to support leaders like Doughty and Keith in pushing the offense, Subban can break open a game. In other words, the ability to carry 7 defensemen means Subban can only be a positive factor, and we can only hope the coaches quickly come to this conclusion. This same illogic of caution that's kept PK out of the lineup is undermining Canada's greatest offensive weapon. Sidney Crosby is the finest hockey player in the world, and with support from classic 200-foot centres like Toews and Getzlaf, he is in a special position to drive the game offensively; unless, that is, he is saddled with the products of caution in the wingers Benn and Bergeron, or Kunitz and St. Louis. Sidney Crosby should play with the best offensive players. One of those is surely Matt Duchene. Another might be Tavares. But our coaching is cautious; let Crosby carry his line alone, instead of bolstering him, and let's have Toews and Getzlaf benefit from the moderation. This is fine for Finland, for Norway. But do we really have the arrogance to think we'll win Gold against the Americans and Russians with an idle, peripheral Sidney Crosby? Crosby and Subban are incredible offensive threats. But fear has turned them into players that need to be protected, or in PK's case hidden, from perceived defensive weaknesses. This team is so deep and talented it could no doubt win Gold without any one of Crosby, Price, Subban--could win without all three. But we have them. We have Subban and we have Crosby. Cut them loose. We can win Gold without them; isn't it insane to let caution mean we have to?
- Comment on About this afternoon … (2014-02-13 17:13:33)
I'm pretty confident Price is the guy in the coaches' minds. But as Boone said, he didn't lock it down (I think for a lack of opportunity--how do you impress anyone as a goalie playing against Norway?). Still, barring Canada playing poorly tomorrow and needing huge saves from Luongo, I'd be very surprised if Price wasn't in net against Finland. And if he's as good as he can be then, he'll be the guy.
- Comment on About this afternoon … (2014-02-13 17:10:51)
Ya, I'm ready to see Crosby and Duchene on a line together. The speed alone! Kunitz or Carter or St. Louis (or Tavares perhaps; if you're not going to play him at centre, maybe he can play with Sid). It's amazing how one injury to a stacked roster nonetheless ripples through the line up. This is a different team with Crosby and Carter on your top line, than with Crosby and STAMKOS. Ah well. Subban and Duchene both bring speed tomorrow. I hope they both stay on the regular roster.