Moose12 - (Chris Loreto)Member since April 11, 2013
Habs fan since: Birth
Favorite current player: Gallagher
All-time favorite player: Cournoyer
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 3: Calgary jinx continues, Flames win 3-2 (2013-10-09 23:19:09)
3 games does not a season make, but the same deficiencies and areas of concern last year during the stretch run are still too evident. Lack of size- three small forwards and one defense - still is an issue, defense is porous and soft and yes goaltending is still shaky. I mean Joey MacDonald played better. We are still years away, the addition of Parros and Murray and maybe the return of Emelin may help but we will be a .500 team, scoring late goals to make games interesting. We need to shed some bodies- DD, Gionta,Markov, should be traded or not resigned. They are small, frail and old and should not be part of the future. Pax needs size with him, bring the kids up and let them develop. The future looks bright but the present will be tough to take.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-05-04 09:49:00)
any update on Bourque? He didn't play the last 9 minutes after his collision with Colby
- Comment on About last night … (terse and pithy edition) (2013-05-03 08:18:36)
The one reservation I had about facing Ottawa as opposed to the Leafs, was goal-tending. In Ottawa, Anderson is a stud, in fact all three of Ottawa's goalies were strong this year. Toronto had Reimer, who like Price is a good goalie, not great, but good with periods of brilliance. We could beat him more than twice with 50 shots. I am not a Price lover or hater, I am a realist, and everyone has to be honest. In the 6 years or so that Price has been the number 1, what has he done to merit that status? He has played good hockey, not great. He has been inconsistent, especially when the pressure is on, and he is expected to steal a game or two. This he has never done. When the goalie at the other end is stopping 50 shots, from the simple to the very difficult, you expect your goalie to at least manage his 5 hole and not give up cheapies. It deflates a team. I am telling you, in the dressing room, they may be saying all the right things in public, but each player is down because of the loss of Eller, and the fact that they have no idea what their number one goalie will do each night. They no longer have faith in him. This is shades if 2010, where an ineffective Price had to be pulled for Halak, in order for us to make our run. I say give him the start tonight, he deserves it, but keep him on a short hook for the game and the rest of the series. If he falters , pull him and start Budaj, the team does seem to respond to him being in net. And if Price does falter again, this year, what is the statute of limitations on him being a number 1 goalie? Once a goalie loses it, does he ever really recover?(Theodore,Potvin,Raycroft). I agreed with the Halak trade when it was made, because Price had the potential, the proverbial upside, but it seems that he has not been able to reach that expectation. Is it too early? Do we give him more time? Or maybe , it will never come. For his own benefit, do we trade him from the crucible that is Montreal to somewhere less demanding, get something strong in return,and maybe go after Ryan Miller?? DD, is another story- maybe not that smart to sign him like we did. Third line center at best.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-18 07:29:51)
Boone is bang on. This year was a complete surprise and very enjoyable, but the main problems were not fixed. The addition of Prust and Armstrong were helpful, but not enough,.Our D is still small and soft, and we have too many small forwards, it will take time to completely overhaul the roster. So have the picks, to make serious trades, so the future is bright. As for now, the book is out on us, and so it will be a rough ride to the end of the season and in the playoffs.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens at Penguins (2013-04-17 23:14:36)
What do we have to lose by resting Prust, Markov and Gorges and benching Moen. Bring up Tinordi and Beulieu and let them finish the season to at least gain experience. Put Blunden in Moen's place and see what happens. Dropping DD to the third line may wake him up, and do the same with Max as well. We are not finishing first in the division, not with the Bruins having a game in hand, and so it will be us and Toronto and so we may as well be rested.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens at Penguins (2013-04-17 22:54:30)
What a difference an injury makes. Go back to the Boston game, we played tough and hard and clawed our way to a well deserved 2-1 victory. All was well. But down goes Emelin and it throws everything off. Our game begins and ends with the defense. With Emelin present, Markov was allowed to be more creative and offensive, Emelin would be the rugged stay at home partner. Had he stayed healthy, and with the return of Diaz, we would have had three offensive Dmen-Markov, Subban, Diaz and three stay at home guys- Gorges, Emelin and Bouillin. Drewiskie would be a depth addition. But down goes Emelin, and it changes everything. Markov is exposed and he is not physical and he cannot log the long ice time. Gorges and Bouillion try but cannot go beyond their skill set, leaving Subban as the only reliable defenseman. Without a mobile aggressive D , we cannot play our transition game which springs our smaller and speedy forwards, and the end result is that we gain no puck possession, are back on our heels and we lose more than we win. We do not have anyone in our system to replace a player like Emelin-Tinordi, Beulieu and Petyrn are still a ways away, and so we need to change our style. In order to survive in the playoffs, it may be Back to the Future and just block everything and hope your golaie can pull a Halak. I am sorry, I love this team but I see us falling to 6th and exiting very early this spring.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens at Penguins (2013-04-17 20:02:31)
Injuries are starting to be a factor and we do not have the depth to get us through. The playoffs will be no different. We are an easy team to pound , and this throws off of our system.We do not have the bodies to respond physically, the goaltending to steal a game,the size to crash the net and if Gallagher doesn't go to the front of the net no one does.My optimism of last Thursday and all that positivity is gone as I have now crashed down to earth with the rest of my team.MB knows what he has to do, and we may see some household names gone this summer. DD, Gionta, Moen and Markov are my choices. I threw in Markov because he may net us someone bigger and his age and injuries are starting to show.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens at Penguins (2013-04-17 19:43:06)
Pittsburgh is big and fast, and that is without Crosby, Malkin and Neal, We sadly look too small. Markov looks slow. Fleury is seeing everything. Definitely need some size over the off season.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-16 07:24:54)
Can't do anything about our personnel now, so we have to regroup. Time for some lineup changes however. Pac is not a big man in the true sense of the word, he needs someone to go into the dirty areas for him and create some time and space for him. DD, is not a number one center. If Diaz is not ready for the playoffs, I would dress Kaberle now to get him some game time. He may use this to his advantage and showcase his skills to a potential team next year.He is the safest bet out of what we have. Lineup Pac-Eller-Gally Gionta-Pleks-Ryder Chucky-DD-Bourque Prust-Halpern-Blunden I would bounce DD to the fourth line and move Prust up to the third.
- Comment on Liveblog: Flyers at Canadiens (2013-04-15 23:06:30)
Until we meet Toronto on the 27th, we will face no more big physical teams. Therefore we will fare better. We will be playing skating teams as opposed to big punishing teams so we can play our game and we will revert back to form as a team. Goaltending may be another issue however. But big teams will be our problem, and this will be a factor in the playoffs.