HowieFlinker - (Howard (Howie) Flinker)

Member since February 20, 2013

New York

Habs fan since: 1947
Favorite current player: Galchenyuk
All-time favorite player: Henri Richard or the Rocket

Howard Flinker

Recent Comments

  • Comment on About last night … (2014-04-13 10:22:57)
    The Canadians did not score in regulation in the last 2 games. The Islanders were testing 11 rookies. The Rangers rested 5 important starters. Tampa Bay would win 4-1 or 4-2 if that pattern would continue. The Canadians need 4-5 new forwards. This year was a step ahead for Marc Bergevin. Next year the team will (hopefully) add 3 young defensemen (and use them). If Vanek returns to Minnesota Matt Moulson will be free because Minnesota cannot afford both. Additionally we can hope that a junior or draft choice fills 1 of the necessary 4-5 forwards. That would include a left winger for Galchenyuk and Gallagher. More progess next year whether the Canadians win the first round (alone) or not. Howard Flinker
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-01-17 09:50:14)
    The chief reason why M. Bergevin may not be able to promote Tinordi, Beaulieu or Patteryn is the salary cap. The Canadiens may be right against the cap so that even a starting salary on top of any players cut would push them over the limit. I wonder, too, if Scott Gomez's salary penalizes the Canadians this last year. Surely Brière's and Bourque's pay are expensive as is Gionta's. A minor reason considering how well those 3 defensemen are playing is the Bergevin wants them to develop confidently and extensively before promoting them. That is the path that Chicago chose. Howard Flinker
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens at Sabres (2013-04-11 17:26:14)
    Galcheyuk between Ellers & Ryder would be more potent that Ellers in the middle. Much more I believe. Howard Flinker
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-03-20 11:32:15)
    We cannot expect P.K Subban to have a perfectly split personality to be aggressive most of the time but not at the instant when we did not want him to be in hindsight. His aggressiveness is what makes him (already) 1 of the best defensemen in the league. As for his phantom penalty we unfotunately got a bad break this time. We will get our share of good breaks and lousy calls by referees in our favour. Finally, the Canadiens have a surplus of promising young defensive prospects. At least 2 of them with size will play in Montreal next year. That would place a slowing, smart Markov and aging but also smart Bouillon on part-time duty. One of the prospects or older defensemen could be packaged with another prospect who is farther down Bergevin's depth chart for another power forward. Bobby Ryan? Bergevin who seems to have a very sensible long-term plan will find a way to capitalize on his players on the farm. Howard Flinker
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-03-07 23:55:48)
    Has anybody noticed that when Eller plays with Galyenchuk he becomes 1 of the game's stars (even if he had been playing well beforehand)? Or that Brandon Prust played 1 of the best games of his career when he played on a line with Galyenchuk? Or that Brendan Gallagher who has been playing well lately really shone when he played with Galyenchuk? That seems more than coincidental to me. Wait till Galyenchuk shoots more to benefit both the team and his own offensive statistics. That's rather striking for a (bare) 19-year old. Howard Flinker
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens at Rangers (2013-02-19 23:30:40)
    While we are annointing folks who chose Michel Therrien as coach? Who drafted Galchenyuk when a few G.M.s feared his health? Who signed Brandon P:rust? Who insisted with Michel Therrien that the kids learn to play in the N.H.L. (with more bigger, faster kids to come next year)? Plaudits to M. Bergevin who seems to have a sensible long-term building plan even if the Canadians will surely run into a cold streak among the many road games in March. Howard Flinker