HabsWin-nipeg - (Vic Geddert)Member since July 3, 2012
Habs fan since: as long as I can remember (1970)
Favorite current player: Hard to choose
All-time favorite player: Lafleur
- Comment on Fans pack Bell Sports Complex to watch final scrimmage at development camp (2014-07-15 13:10:11)
Living in Winnipeg, and getting to see/hear lots about Kane, I don't think he is the kind of player that MB/MT would be trying to add to the team. Kane has legitimate power forward potential, but his character is in question. I used to think that he was not a team player, but I have modified that thought. My belief is that Kane is a team player as long as the teams philosophy works for him. If it becomes contradictory in some way, he is not the kind to knuckle under and be quiet. I can't Kane and MT co-existing well, and Kane would not be silent if there was friction between the two of them. As an example, if he was treated the same way as PK was this past season, Kane would have been in the media for all the wrong reasons. Love his skill - don't think he's a good fit in terms of "character" that MB is constantly preaching.
- Comment on Habs’ Bergevin beaten out for NHL’s GM of the Year Award (2014-06-25 15:46:38)
I'd like to see the Habs draft Nikita Scherbak if he's still there: http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/nhl-draft-2014/2014/6/20/5828068/draft-profile-nikita-scherbak-canadiens-2014-nhl-draft-targets-prospect-habs/in/5585737 Size, speed, hands, and from the video likes to score.
- Comment on Habs’ Bergevin beaten out for NHL’s GM of the Year Award (2014-06-25 14:50:21)
Vanek has scored 40 or more twice in his career. 30 or more twice. The vast majority of his years have been in the 20's. Not saying he couldn't score 40, but I was surprised to see that he is not the offensive force he's made out to be. Sure he played for Buffalo all those years, but he hasn't proved to be an elite scorer throughout his career. Check the stats for yourself: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=3504
- Comment on Habs’ Bergevin beaten out for NHL’s GM of the Year Award (2014-06-25 09:45:19)
Re: the Markov contract. I was hoping for a two year deal, and was initially not excited about 3 years BUT - I never anticipated that MB would be able to get him to sign a deal that didn't have a NTC in it. I think the key to this deal is the limited NTC in years 2 & 3. If the young guys force the issue, MB has a valuable (potentially very valuable) trade asset after next year. I would guess that was the compromise that Markov made to get a 3 year deal. Of course, all this hinges on Markov's health, but that's the same with any contract, whether over 35 or not. Seems to me MB did pretty well with an unwinnable hand in regards to Markov holding all the good cards.
- Comment on Habs trade Leblanc to Ducks; Therrien gets four-year contract extension (2014-06-16 11:38:05)
I'm not ready to write off Emelin yet (as some appear to be). Take into account that he a) spent his summer rehabbing from knee surgery rather than training for the season, b) missed the first 19 games of the season with said knee injury, and c) played his off side which not everyone does well. For almost every player coming off the injury/surgery that Emelin had, the first season back is a bit of a crap shoot as they adjust to things. I think next year will be much more telling in terms of what he will bring to the table, particularly if the Habs can move him to a left D position. The Habs would miss his physicality (unless they're planning to bring Murray back).
- Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-13 16:03:57)
Sigh. I get so tired of this stuff. The Habs finished with 100 points, 3rd in their division, 4th in their conference, and 9th overall - all while most pundits picked them to barely make or miss the playoffs. They swept Tampa Bay (Ben Bishop blah-blah-blah...they still swept them while negating TB's offense for the most part), and beat Boston before bowing to the Rangers with an AHL call-up in net. But MT is a terrible coach. Could someone else have done better? Maybe, but they may have done worse as well. Is MT stubborn in his use of veterans? Yes. Does he make some moves that we all question? Yes. But guess what - we have not heard one statement from any Habs player saying they don't want to come back next year (aside from Vanek who has always maintained he would try Free Agency). In fact, most have stated that they would like to come back. I'll stop now before I say/type something stupid - just needed to vent.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-11 16:02:26)
I personally think trading Pleks is a bad idea - would rather see him move to the wing with Galchenyuk at centre, to mentor him and take the weight of centre off Pleks. But, if the Habs were to trade him, what would be the preference? 1. Trade Pleks and the 26 pick to move into the top 10? 2. Trade Pleks for a 30 goal scoring, sizeable winger? 3. Trade Pleks for top 4 D with size?
- Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-09 13:57:24)
I'd like to see the Habs move Plekanec to the wing on a line with Galchenyuk and Gallagher. Pleks could serve as a mentor to Galchenyuk - take important face-offs if necessary. It would free Pleks up from the grind of centre and allow Galchenyuk to take on the grind of centre with support on his wing.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-05 16:21:13)
I thought about Pleks as 3rd line centre, but what do you do with Eller? He's shown he can't play the wing. Galchenyuk needs to move to centre, thus the move of Pleks to the wing. As for wingers - Gaborik, Iginla, Hemsky (can't believe I just said that) are UFA's.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-05 16:06:30)
My off-season proposal: Let Gionta and Markov go. Use the cash not spent to pay Subban, and pick up a bigger 30 goal scoring right wing (may have to trade prospects for this). Package either Budaj or Tokarski and our first to move up in the draft (would prefer Budaj, but Tokarski is probably more marketable). Move Pleks to left wing on a line with Galchenyuk and Gallagher. Forwards look like this: Pacioretty/Desharnais/30 goal scorer Plekanec/Galechenyuk/Gallagher Weise/Eller/Bourque Bournival/Briere/Prust Defence is a potential problem in this scenario, as it leaves 4 vets (PK, Gorges, Emelin, Weaver if resigned) and 3 rookies (Beaulieu, Tinordi, Patteryn) but maybe it's time to go with the future. My reasoning in moving Pleks to left wing is two fold. It moves Galcheyuk to centre with Pleks to mentor him, and keeps Pleks on the team while giving him an easier assignment.