habtastic74 - (Matthew)Member since April 9, 2013
Habs fan since: 1995
Favorite current player: Alexei Emelin
All-time favorite player: Jocelyn Thibault
- Comment on Habs on a roll heading into New Jersey (2013-12-03 18:25:24)
As much as I wish it was that easy, absolutely not.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 28 – Canadiens beat nemesis 3-2 (2013-12-02 16:46:03)
Interesting points. As long as we're winning I wouldn't mess with it. Might be something to look into next time we start slumping though.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 10 – Canadiens pluck Ducks 4-1, end short L streak (2013-10-24 16:57:11)
I answered yes to the poll question. Many times since he left I've thought that he'd be a better fit than whoever we have playing in his vacated spot. He was better than Gomez and would have been cheaper (also would not have cost us McDonaugh). Right now I think he is a much better third line center than DD. I don't know which player between Koivu and DD is a better offensive player overall these days, but at least Koivu is very good defensively. He would be a safe player to have centering some of our wingers that are questionable defensively. Also, nothing against Gionta, but Koivu seemed like the perfect captain for the team during his time in Montreal. Not only would he be a good presence on the third line, but he could still serve as an excellent captain if he had never left. The Habs let Koivu go because they always expected him to be a superstar instead of accepting him for the player he was. We should have kept him back in the day and gradually moved him down the depth chart before letting him retire as our third line center. Hopefully we don't make the same mistake with Plekanec. That's all I have to say about that.
- Comment on Habs call up Blunden, Holland, Beaulieu; Prust out for four weeks (2013-10-21 17:26:12)
They went in order based on the players' jersey numbers. Well, everyone except for Briere. Had it been alphabetical, the first player to receive the torch would have been Bouillion.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-11 13:48:36)
The team really was not that great defensively last night. Budaj made some huge saves, and we lucked out when the Oilers missed some opportunities. The defense was pretty decent, but nothing more than that. Even Subban made a couple really shaky defensive plays. Our whole team sucked defensively for 40 mins against Calgary, and it had nothing to do with who was in net. Also, the Halak thing...Halak faced 40 or more shots like a billion times that year. Our defence collapsed and allowed tons of shots from low percentage areas and then tried to gobble up or block the rebounds that year. They did the same thing no matter who was in net.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-02 09:15:04)
I can't stand Colton Orr, and I disagree with you.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-02 08:59:34)
As many others have done, I shall share my random thoughts and takeaways from last night's game... -Both of our top 2 lines were completely invisible almost the entire game. Max Pac was the only one who seemed capable of creating his own chances. -Our bottom 2 lines were both great. I don't even need to say anything about the Eller line, but that 4th line was actually really impressive. Parros appeared as if he could be a decent energy player in addition to being a fighter. Moen looked awake too, so that's a huge plus. -The first goal against Price was bad. It went right through him, which seems to happen to him WAY too much. The breakaway goal was also about as weak as a breakaway goal can be. Had he played it right and still gotten beat then I would have no problem, but with Markov right on Bozak's tail Price needs to read the situation and challenge Bozak much better than he did. He played it very poorly. -That being said, Price made some big saves. For a first game of the year, this was about what you expect. He was generally good, but maybe a little out of rhythm on a couple plays. If our defense was better, then his rustiness would not have been exploited so much. -How on earth did we get an extra penalty after the Prust/Fraser thing? I mean it's not like Prust just got checked from behind or like the Leafs had 6 players on the ice or anything like that. I'm not even sure what the extra call on us even was. -Oh, and Briere's usage during the ceremony upset me a little. So, he's Francophone...We get it. If we are singling out someone to take on that role it should have been one of our core players. Maybe a Gally? Subban or Patches? Price? Anyone but a new player basically? -Lastly, I'll say that I've generally been in the "Diaz is a useful player, but he is over-used by MT and should never kill penalties" camp. Well, aside from one gorgeous play that ended up being the first goal, he was atrocious last night. As was Bouillion (who really impressed me during the pre-season). Markov really seemed pretty decent though defensively aside from the game's biggest mistake. He didn't play much in the pre-season, so that may have been a rusty play. I'm not worried about him right now. That's all I have to say about last night's game. Thanks for reading.
- Comment on Tinordi teams up with Gorges on Habs’ penalty-kill unit (2013-09-30 10:52:05)
I actually feel like Price could be advantaged by this rule change. He seemed to have an obnoxious amount of goals that went right through him, rather than actually "beating" him. The shorter pad length will force him to be a little more compact and could actually help combat this problem. Either that or it will probably have no real effect. I was a goalie my whole life, and (to me at least) a difference of pad length was something that could easily be adjusted to in the span of 2-3 weeks. You learn to adjust your game, and Price is athletic enough and smart enough that a 5% reduction will not wreak havoc on his game.
- Comment on Preseason wraps up with back-to-back games against Senators (2013-09-24 17:10:15)
When a team is in our division there is no need to go setting targets. If there's an opportunity, take it. Against a divisional opponent the time will almost surely come naturally. When you force it, stupid things happen.
- Comment on Preseason wraps up with back-to-back games against Senators (2013-09-24 16:09:17)
I really have no idea what it is. It's tough to really decipher a song that you're unfamiliar with when it's on tv and there's crowd noise and such. I'm pretty sure at least some of its lyrics are in French, but that's all I can really tell you.