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"One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu

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  • Comment on GM Bergevin says Habs are a team that still needs to mature (with video and audio) (2014-06-03 11:37:37)
    You are wrong, Budaj played many of his games this year against top team (Chi, Bos, NYR, etc) and did quite well in these outings. This season he played 24 games with a 2.5 GAA and save percentage above .900. That is quality backup play especially given that most of his starts are on the road in hostile building (Chi, Bos, NYR). The fact that he is drama free, relatively cheap, makes him just what we need with a stud #1 goalie like Price. Goalies need a long time to mature and during regular season Toker looked small and young, he stepped in up in playoffs but I think he needs some more seasoning to be able to provide consistently high quality tending. "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on “This is the tightest group we’ve ever had,” Price says of Habs (Video) (2014-06-01 11:44:46)
    Decent looking Calder Cup contender there. "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on “This is the tightest group we’ve ever had,” Price says of Habs (Video) (2014-06-01 11:42:37)
    Agreed all around. Whitey is also one of my personal faves (gritty, good positioning,wins draws, pk work, fights) and it was tough to see him not get a shot in the playoffs and essentially live in the doghouse his time in MTL. It would prolly be best for him to go elsewhere career-wise (Leafs/Flyers would love his style lol, Jets maybe). The 4th line of him, Weiss, and Prust is deadly and would be a difference maker IMO. "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-30 10:22:16)
    He is not a 1st/2nd line center and is too small for 3rd/4th line duties. He does not produce enough and consistently to eat up offensive zone face offs/power play time. Averaged about 55 points/season last few years which isn't terrible but not 1st line material. Galchenyuk, Eller offer a younger/bigger option with more offensive potential, let Pleky do his defensive thing as pk/3rd line specialist. If Patches can't play w/o DD, ship em both off. Patches is too soft in corners and is essentially a finesse player in power forward body. I think Galchenyuk will set him up for another 40 goal attempt. "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-30 10:10:11)
    An over performing playoff push made for great entertainment, but it sucks to lose the last game of the season. Especially being shut out. It looks like it doesn't matter who is in nets if the offense can't produce. Max looked intimidated last night. Props to Tokarski for keeping MTL in the game, kind of. Loved his play this series, but trade Tokarski while he has fresh value, keep Boods (If he truly isn't bitter over being passed over) and let Fucale develop (assuming Carey's injury has no long term implications). Time for Markov to be put out to pasture (don't even sign for 1/2 years), Gorges is ineffective and both of these two may fetch a return from an unstable d team. Lose those two, plus Murray/Boullion. Now add a proper partner for Subban and figure out remaining four between Emelin (need physicality and get him back to left side), Beaulieu, Tinordi, Patteryn, Weaver. Up front, I 'd have a yardsale and only keep Galchenyuk, Eller, Pleks, White as Centers (sorry DD, but it is a big boy world). Bourque, Pax, Gallagher, Weise (maybe Prust depending on medical situation) and seek out nothing but medium/big sized wingers (like a Simmonds, only exception is a sniper if available) to round it out. I would remind all returning players that they were kept based on playoff performance and anything below that level is unacceptable. "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-26 11:16:00)
    They had far more quality chances than Mtl did. #35 was the only reason it was close. "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-26 11:11:17)
    Did not bother reading the 6th, 7th, etc paragraph in that novel, but I disagree that fatigue should be at play here. The team has had an abundance of rest this series and should have no problem battling through it in the conference finals. How many Olypians did we have who actually played a lot at the Olympics? Price is the only one I can think of off hand. Excuses are for losers, if a professional hockey player cannot dig deep at this stage of the season and battle through, then they are not hockey players, they are employees or private contractors (in Vanek;s case) I could not stand watching May Pac play last night. Repeated dump ins to Gallagher's wing as if to say "you go get it for me, then set me up. I'm a goal scorer." These guys are professional athletes, mostly in the prime of their lives. If they cannot compete now, they are of no use to any team. Making the playoffs is not a goal, it is expected. Winning the cup is the goal, everything else is details. "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-26 11:02:11)
    Has anyone else noticed that our wingers are playing too high in our own zone? When the puck comes around the boards (as there has rarely been a tape-to-tape breakout pass in our own zone) our wingers are easily taken out by the opposing dmen and we are hemmed in our zone. Why aren't the wingers coming back deeper to offer support to d, and shorter passing options. Boullion's goal was one of hte few times last night where Mtl had strong puck support. Two or three short passes and we are attacking with speed, instead of turnovers at our blueline. Puck support, why are the professionals not seeing this! "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-26 10:57:53)
    Agreed, where is the heart and accountability in the dressing room now? Gorges looks horrible, Tokarski is the only reason we had a chance last night. "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-26 10:55:26)
    He was on the right side (our left dman) which is Markov's side. So if Marky is out of position, as he was very much so attempting two brutal passes/clearing attempts it would fall on a winger/center to cover for him. Normally it is the center's role to come back deep and assist dmen, while wingers are responsible for the points/high slots. Total defensive zone breakdown, soft on pucks, soft clearing attempts. Tells me that players were over tired and not mentally aware of the situation. ie. too old "One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant" Sun Tzu