malbert94 - (Michel Albert)Member since August 18, 2012
Habs fan since: 1983
Favorite current player: Alex Galchenyuk
All-time favorite player: Saku Koivu
If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!
- Comment on Bergevin finalist for NHL’s GM of the Year Award; Subban joins Team Canada (2013-05-12 18:04:13)
- Comment on Gionta, Pacioretty skate with Black Aces (2013-05-05 10:29:17)
Do the Canadiens have a new goal song?? When they scored vs. Ottawa I didn't hear the awesome trumpets like usual. Anyone know what it is now?
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-21 10:36:53)
Well.... well well well.... Markov looks old, slow, and out of place without his partner, Emelin. He has been playing too many minutes and it is starting to show. It has been really noticeable since the Montreal-Boston game where the Seguin line dominated the two. Luckily, we came back again, and won. We're starting to fall apart at the seams. Price needs to be better, but so does the defense in front of him. The forwards also need to get back and support the defense. We can't even get out of our own way over the last five games. Against teams that play like the Canadiens - where the opposition plays a high-pressure game - we don't fare well. Teams are beating us at our own game, but we haven't been playing the style we played earlier in the season; where the neutral zone was trapped and there was always a forechecker on the puck carrier to force turnovers. I don't see that hustle out of the guys over the last 5 games or so. That urgency needs to come back. Having a taste of success all season, and then watching them struggle recently has been really frustrating. The good thing though is that we have a great core and a very bright future ahead. This season has been a plus and I want them to succeed, but I can't expect too much. We were 15th last season. If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-14 21:26:35)
My bad. I meant Coldplay. I just saw on the team site 24CH. I didn't know it was on there. If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-14 21:10:33)
Also, will the Series 24CH be sold when it's over? I'm not able to watch it in the states, but I want to get it. If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-14 21:06:50)
Does anyone know where I can find a playlist of songs played at the Bell Centre? I just downloaded the song they play before Fix You by U2. It's called Finale by Madeon. If not, no worries. I love the stuff they play in that building. Great workout music! Go Habs Go If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-14 14:17:01)
Yes. With the hard hitting Emelin out, the Habs are way too small on the back end. Drewiske stepped in nicely thus far, but with Big E out, we are too small. Clarkson was another guy I was thinking about. His production in the last half of this season has dropped off considerably though. He started the year on a tear, leading the league in goals at one point, but I think he only has one or two goals in his last 10-15 games. Not the consistency we're looking for, but he is that big, physical presence that we lack. I, too, would rather Ryder over Gionta, but I think Gionta is way better defensively than Ryder. If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-14 14:02:38)
Team's direction We're going in the right direction, but i agree with most of you that there are quite a few holes in the lineup. The penalty killing needs to improve, although it has gotten better since we plucked Halpern from the waiver wire. The goaltending has been good. Not great. Not bad. Petr Budaj, I think, has been an outstanding team player and is always ready when called upon. I'm glad he's locked up for us. The team has 11% of its salaries tied up in goaltenders. Carey Price will find his game. For the most part, he's fairly consistent. He hasn't really stolen a game for us this year, and he's maybe lost 2 or 3 this season. The forwards are still small up front. Gionta, Gallagher, Desharnais are midgets out there, but they fight hard. We need some size and some grit up front. Michael Ryder brings the scoring touch, but he won't crash and bang in the corners. He shys away from it. Max Paccioretty needs to hit more. Brandon Prust has been an enormous pickup this season. Money well spent. His work ethic is second to none. The defense, in my opinion, is one of the deepest, 1-10 in the NHL. We have 4 defensemen who could jump into a top 6 position at any time. Kaberle will be bought out at season's end, and it will free up some cap space for a scoring forward. Beaulieu will be here to stay next year, and hopefully they can find a spot for Tinordi, who didn't look out of place in his stint with the big club this season. I think that Weber, Drewiske, and Kaberle are not in the Canadiens' plans after this season. Where or how they will be moved remains to be seen. I also think that Ryder will be on another team. There are a few, not many, UFA's in the offseason that MAY be worth looking at. Not sure what the situation with Nathan Horton is, but he may be worth making a run at. What do you guys think? If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! We will never quit!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-14 13:13:30)
You're right. It's not only about drafting at all. I'm not sure who is on the free agent market this year in terms of top 6 scoring forwards, but to land one through free agency would be nice. For some reason, I feel they may try to go after Ryder in the offseason. I think he's playing himself out of a contract with the Canadiens though. He's playing that well where they may not want to spend that much money on him. We'll see. The six picks in the first two rounds, however, is huge. Bergevin could even move one on draft day to land a top 6 scorer. I'm not sure who I see as moveable pieces on this team right now... I like the team as it is, for this season. Once players mature and grow into themselves physically, get a little stronger, I think we'll be in good shape. If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-14 12:50:50)
I agree. This year was supposed to be a bridge year. The playoffs would be a big plus. We got a taste of winning ways and now we're expecting to win every night again. By bringing in players - a la Bouillon and trading for Ryder - has allowed management to really develop players in the minors for another year. Especially Tinordi and Beaulieu, rather than bringing them up too quickly like we've done in the past with, most recently, Guilluame Latendresse. I am enjoying this season mainly because it came out of nowhere. I love seeing them win, but I understand that there is a bigger time-frame that Marc Bergevin is working with, and that is 2-5 years. Once guys like Beaulieu, Tinordi, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Paccioretty, Eller, Desharnais, Price, Subban, Pateryn, etc reach their prime, this team will be a contender for a long time, barring they can keep all their important pieces locked up. The foundation is certainly there, and the draft we have coming up is only icing on the cake. I would be happy if the Habs were able to steal a round or two in the playoffs, go into the summer with a good draft, and maybe land a top 6 forward to play alongside Plekanec/Galchenyuk/Desharnais. What do you guys think? If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!