Maritime Ronn - (Member since Jan.14, 2013)

Member since August 22, 2013

Habs fan since: I can remember the mid 1960's
Favorite current player: Prust
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson


Recent Comments

  • Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 14:38:23)
    Ex Hab Bobby Smith is also living the dream Majority Owner and President of the Halifax Mooseheads of the "Q" An absolute gentleman and delight to be around!
  • Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 14:32:25)
    Please say Hi to all....
  • Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 14:29:21)
    Un Canadien errant writes re Josh Gorges: "... He keeps saying he doesn’t understand why he was traded. But maybe that’s the kind of obstinacy, of competitiveness that you need to make it to the NHL..." ------------------------------------------ The " Obstinacy-Competitiveness" you mention to make the NHL is absolutely essential - or perhaps it truly is just outright Confidence...and it sometimes goes to limits that are difficult to understand when dealing with elite athletes that have achieved the highest Pro Level in their chosen sport/business ... I'll keep this as general as possible for obvious reasons, yet once upon a time in the later half of the last century, a 'good acquaintance' put up some much better than average goals scored in the NHL both for some seasons and career. When a slump happened, he blamed his stick-the tape-his skates-his skate edges-his elbow pads-his gloves-shoulder pads-the ice-his bed-the car mechanic.....yet never himself. When it was all said and done, we had a little (big) chat about all of that. He said looking back, he could not allow negative thoughts to enter his mind - that it was something else, and not him responsible for missing nets or hitting posts....that if he ever allowed any negative thoughts into his mind and kill the confidence level, he would not have lasted. He also mentioned the "God Given Talent' aspect, yet those that were fortunate to possess that, 'almost always' were also the hardest workers and possessed a huge and singular focus over and above the norm - sometimes to the detriment of other important aspects of life at the age of 18-28. Back then, coaching was also vital, and some were known as "Career Killers" that destroyed youth enthusiasm and youthful confidence, for the warmth and experience of a veteran - because a coach was almost always judged by his record... Confidence is a very fragile thing. Perhaps at one time or another, we have all been guilty of criticizing a player...yet we also so quickly forget they are so very young (20-30) playing on an incredibly huge stage with enormous pressures - having sacrificed a lot along the way shared by their families...
  • Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 13:45:10)
    Arnou Eller can become a UFA in 2 summers (2016) In reality, there is no more "Bridge." Eller 'may' have 3 choices presented to him : - sign 1 year, and go through the RFA process again next summer - agree to 2 years, then have the potential to be a UFA summer 2016. - IF... the Habs have a 4 year deal on the table-sign it Eller could also sign a 1 year deal, then if he is having a good season, begin to negotiate a new long deal during the season that would take affect for the 2015-16 season. ( see Desharnais contract history)
  • Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 13:00:31)
    No doubt it will
  • Comment on Habs, Eller far apart heading into salary arbitration (2014-07-23 12:50:46)
    No one should take the Habs offer seriously. It's strictly business. Arbitration jurisprudence will apply regardless of GMMB's position. With the recent RFA decision on Blues Vlad Sobotka (to retain rights even though he signed in the KHL) it’s starting to become more clear where an Eller contract may end up – that is, if the Habs don’t go long at 3-4 years. Eller is a potential UFA summer 2016. Sobotka Award: $2.725M:(61 games) 9 goals 33 points Eller:…………………..............:(77 games)12 goals 26 points If it ever actually got to Arbitration, of course Eller's handlers would point to a good playoffs, while the Habs would counter those points were achieved against lesser 3rd pair or Bottom 6 competition. That's starting to look like that magic number - give or take $200K, unless Eller wants to go long...and that may not be good for the Eller camp as GMMB wins long term deals (Max-Price...)
  • Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 08:23:17)
    It's all about population and demographics and advertising revenues. Ontario easily has the largest English speaking population with Leaf fans scattered throughout Canada. Not very many Anglos left in Quebec. A similar scenario is RDS. They cover the NHL well, yet concentrate on the home Province Habs as their market demand dictates that.
  • Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 08:08:13)
    ...but what does 30 months really mean in the Canadian Judicial system? •Offenders serving sentences of two to three years are eligible for day parole after serving six months of their sentence. •Most offenders (except those serving life sentences for murder) are eligible to apply for full parole after serving 1/3 of their sentence •By law, most federal inmates are automatically released after serving 2/3 of their sentence if they have not already been released on parole. This is called statutory release. -------------- Then the cost to Canadian taxpayers. According to CBC: " It now costs an average of $110,000 a year to house a male inmate..."
  • Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 07:15:44)
    Leafs Ownership/Management reminds me of the Seinfeld episode called The Opposite as Jerry Seinfeld nails it: " If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.".....only in the Leafs case, that may not be so.
  • Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 06:46:53)
    Is that Kingston New York home to Gerald Celente?