Bansaw - (Brian Bannan)

Member since November 8, 2013

Habs fan since: \'86
Favorite current player: Plekenac/Subban
All-time favorite player: Roy, Carbo, Cheli, Keane

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  • Comment on Canadiens hit all-star break on a high (2015-01-22 10:25:22)
    I will start off by saying I can't stand Neil. He picks his spots as well as anyone in the league. He is also never shy to engage more skilled players. I may be wrong, but I believe he has gone after both Subban and Pacioretty. Total bush league moves. But the shift after the Phaneuf fight, he tried to fight Winnek off the draw and then ran about 5 Leafs before changing. He was furious on the bench, rightly so, and went out the next shift and went after anything in blue and white. I gained a fraction of respect for him actually.
  • Comment on Islanders vs. Canadiens preview: Tokarski gets start as Price sidelined with upper-body injury (2015-01-16 14:51:16)
    Great point! Lost in the most discussions on the Habs is how stingy they are defensively. They certainly give up chances and Price provides a stellar backbone, but they are tied for 3rd overall in GA. This team is comfortable in tight games and is developing a winning pedigree. Come play off time they will have a good chance to beat anyone in the east in a 7 game series. They would be favourites against all but TBay and the NYR. And vs. those 2 teams, with a healthy Price, they would have a fighting chance. The Habs will end up with 9 guys in double digits in goals. Probably w 6-7 with over 15. They have guys who can make plays and as you say, come play offs, the length of their run will be related to timely goals and a healthy Price.
  • Comment on Slow starts continue to be a problem for Habs (2014-12-27 21:45:59)
    As per Just Me, this is what I posted 2 days ago. I was re-reading the Game and came across this excerpt. Interesting because I think Dryden is referring to teams from probably '71-73. Maybe even the 75 team. The teams that dominated came later ('76,77,78) and remembered more than the teams where the torch was being passsed from Beliveau to lafleur. Here is what I posted. Reading Dryden’s “The Game” this morning and came across this passage: “During my first two years with the team, for reasons none of us could figure out, we would start games slowly, outplayed for most of the first period, occasionally for a little longer. It happened so regularly that it became a pattern we anticipated and prepared for, each of us with a role to play. Mine was to keep the score sufficiently close in the first period, usually to within one goal, so as not to discourage any comeback-their role-that otherwise we would almost certainly make. We were a good combination. I could feel heroically beleaguered the first period, all the time knowing that it would end, that we would soon get our stride, and when we did that I would become a virtual spectator to the game.” Sound familiar?! This edition of the Habs faces the same problem nightly. Yet, they play their roles and find themselves atop their division, within striking distance of first in the conference, on Christmas Day. They are not darlings of the analytics department, but with an all world Goalie, good skill and excellent depth, they have found a formula to produce consistent success. We are close to 180 games including play-offs into Therrien 2.0. I am looking forward to 2015 to see if this squad can continue to develop its championship mettle. The defence is still taking shape and their are roles to be cemented up front, but this addition of the Canadiens holds promise. Growing up, the play offs were a birthright for Habs fans. From ’84-93, their were 2 cups, 3 finals, and 5 trips to the final 4. They made it to the 2nd round every season. This was the last ‘golden’ era for the Habs. With some luck and development, we could well be primed for another such run.
  • Comment on Hard to believe some Habs fans still feel Carey Price is over-rated (2014-12-27 13:32:37)
    CJ, I have heard you mention both before. I was pleasantly surprised with Bennett's game. He was paired with both Dietz and Pateryn at different points. I was looking for Dietz and he didn't stand out for either good or bad reasons. Seemed solid. But Bennett was the guy who caught my eye. My biggest takeaway, not to beat a dead horse, but I really wanted to see more from Tinordi. I felt that he should have been more dominant. Perhaps he will turn into a rich man's Hal Gill. Better skater, fighter and better with the puck than #75. Not sure where he fits in the Habs plans though. He's young and big and perhaps needs extra time to find his game. I'm just not sure the next wave of Habs is playing in Hamilton right now. The group is full of a mix of small skilled guys and career AHL'ers up front and a group of D-man who offer some size and probably bottom pairing potential. I may have caught a bad game and the Habs do not have a ton of spots available. You would think a top 6 forward, a little more sandpaper in the forwards and a solid #3 D man are all this team needs right now.
  • Comment on Hard to believe some Habs fans still feel Carey Price is over-rated (2014-12-27 10:37:09)
    I was at the Bulldogs-Marlies game yesterday. 4-0 for Marlies, but that doesn't do the Bulldogs justice. They clearly have a more skilled team. They were undone by a couple bounces and some opportunistic goals by Toronto. Some thoughts, obviously recognizing that this was just one game: Hudon was probably best player on the ice. Crafty, made some nice plays with the puck, played the point on the PP and plays with some bite. Small guy, but excited to see his game at the NHL level. I didn't see Desharnais in the AHL, but it will be interesting to see Hudon's ceiling. Really liked Mac Bennett's game as well. Seems a bit small, but smooth skater, poised. Thought he was best Bulldog D-man. Christian Thomas has some wheels and some sniper skills, but hard to see where he could fit in on a team carrying Gallagher, Desharnais and perhaps Hudon. I was most excited to see Tinordi and I have to say was hugely disappointed. Again, it's one game... on boxing day to boot, but Tinordi was very, very average. To be honest, him Drewiskie and Pateryn were indistinguishable from each other. They weren't bad so much as they didn't stand out or dominate any aspect. Tinordi looked like he was out of position all afternoon. Didn't bring any physical edge and his skating and puck movement were okay. I'm not sure if anyone has seen more bulldogs, but looking at that team, there are two guys, Hudon and Bennett, who look like they could earn a spot on the Habs. I know there are a number of guys in junior who excite Habs fans, but the depth at the AHL is not outstanding. Bennett intrigues me as well, but he's a left shot where there is a huge logjam. They also had Tinordi on Right D last night, perhaps with an eye for him to steal the 6th spot on the Habs back end. Anyway, interested to hear anyone else who has seen these guys more than I have.
  • Comment on Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from HI/O (2014-12-25 11:40:10)
    Reading Dryden's "The Game" this morning and came across this passage: "During my first two years with the team, for reasons none of us could figure out, we would start games slowly, outplayed for most of the first period, occasionally for a little longer. It happened so regularly that it became a pattern we anticipated and prepared for, each of us with a role to play. Mine was to keep the score sufficiently close in the first period, usually to within one goal, so as not to discourage any comeback-their role-that otherwise we would almost certainly make. We were a good combination. I could feel heroically beleaguered the first period, all the time knowing that it would end, that we would soon get our stride, and when we did that I would become a virtual spectator to the game." Sound familiar?! This edition of the Habs faces the same problem nightly. Yet, they play their roles and find themselves atop their division, within striking distance of first in the conference, on Christmas Day. They are not darlings of the analytics department, but with an all world Goalie, good skill and excellent depth, they have found a formula to produce consistent success. We are close to 180 games including play-offs into Therrien 2.0. I am looking forward to 2015 to see if this squad can continue to develop its championship mettle. The defence is still taking shape and their are roles to be cemented up front, but this addition of the Canadiens holds promise. Growing up, the play offs were a birthright for Habs fans. From '84-93, their were 2 cups, 3 finals, and 5 trips to the final 4. They made it to the 2nd round every season. This was the last 'golden' era for the Habs. With some luck and development, we could well be primed for another such run. Merry Christmas!
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-11-13 14:02:58)
    Some thoughts on last night's game: Excellent effort by Price, in front of Canada's GM no less. Not sure if Stevie Y was feeling the effects of the Chelios after-party, but he had to take notice of Price last night. I would have loved to see PK bury one in OT to solidy his case as well. Bourque, braindead penalty with less than 3 mins to go. This guy is a trick or treat star in the mould of AK46. His effort and physical intensity are a roller coaster. Take note of who was on for the 4-on-3 and 5-on-3 in OT. Pleks , Moen, Markov; then Pleks, Diaz, Gorges. Speaks highly of their collective value to the team. I would like to see PK out there, but can't argue the results. Finally, no DD. The biggest reason? He stinks in the face-off dot and loses too many battles, particularly in his own zone. The scoring can be replaced by others, but he cannot hold a spot on this team without a skill, beyond effort, to rely on when he doesn't score. Pleks contributes up and dwon the ice in so many facets, as Eller is starting to do. DD would be wise to become a Yanic Perrault type specialist on face-offs. Will prolong his career and help him avoid trips to the pressbox when he doesn't score. Excellent effort from TBay as well. This team and their coach look like they are for real.
  • Comment on Brière takes Desharnais’s spot at practice (2013-11-11 12:44:30)
    Ridiculous comment. Plekanec plays a 200 foot game. He can contribute 5-on-5, PP and PK. He is, night in and night out, one of the Habs best forwards and he works his bag off. He also takes whatever role is asked of him without complaint. Last night his role was shutting down Tavares. JT had no points 5-on5. If you were to watch 1 Hab game, Pleks might slip by your eye. But watch 10 in a row and you recognize his contributions and his value to the squad.
  • Comment on Emelin nearing return to Habs’ lineup (2013-11-09 19:34:52)
    Chelios truly was the ultimate competitor. It hurt the Habs so badly that players like Chelios, Lemieux , carbonneau and eventually Roy were all traded for terrible returns. All were strong personalities, and probably heads butted behind doors, but the Habs of the 90's were a potential powerhouse with these leaders in the room and on the ice. Crazy to think what could have been.... Also, watching Robinson and Lemaire win multiple cups with the Devils and mentor so many champions stings. Hopefully bergevin can start to re-build the culture. Gainey started the job, but I feel the loss of his daughter and some talented players short on character lead to the demise of his vision. I agree PK is in the Mold of Chelios. I always remember the game in Boston when cammalleri got traded. Habs down 2-0 w 10 mins left... Garden is alive looking for blood... It would be easy to die easy and skate another day. Instead PK runs lucic twice. Habs score and almost pull one out before losing. That is the type of player you want on your side... The same player we traded all those years ago.
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-11-08 11:11:22)
    Did you watch the game Scotland? The shots were 20-something to 12. Habs had played well and Sens get 3 quick goals, none of which was even a good scoring chance. It is easy to say 12 guys didn't have shots on goal. So what? Their team was moving the puck weel. They weren't getting hemmed in their own end, as we have seen recently, and they had some very good chances to cash in. Therrien was right, the effort and execution were there last night, just not the result. Nick Saban was on 60 minutes talking about process Sunday. He wants his guys to focus on what they need to do and play without focusing on the score. In sports, you will have nights where you do everything right and lose, but if you maintain that effort, in the longterm, you will see wins pile up. I would agree with Habs guru that the reffing when the Habs play the Sens is uneven at best. Sens finish checks with elbows high, hook, hold and interfere and nothing is called. The Habs have better skaters and skill, especially upfront as a collective. They would surely welcome a physical D-man like Methot, but if the Refs are going to let everything go, that plays in the Sens favour. A note on calls, Pacioretty embellishes every thing. He also doesnt take it to the net hard. He had a 1-on1 with Karlson in the 2nd I think. He was streaking down the wing and settled for a lazy wrister that was easliy deflected. I would like to see him and Bourque, 2 big bodies, take it to the net with the same effort as Gallagher. Those are the Habs larger players and they need to play like it. Watch Columbus, they have a big group of forwards and those guys relish the opportunity to lay the body. Patches, Bourque, not so much...