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
- 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...
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-08 10:37:57)
I have been a follower of this site for several years. I enjoy 'About Last Night' and usually scroll down to see what the consensus is amongst the fans. Lately, I cannot believe how negative things are. I sometimes question whether people actually watch these games or if they simply are waiting for a chance to criticize The Coach, GM, French players, small players and so on and so on. Last night, the Habs had one of their best efforts of the season. They controlled play, the D looked solid for the first time all season (specifically Gorges and Diaz who have struggled all season against forecheck pressure). They easily out shot and out chanced the Sens. Ottawa goalie played terrific. Sens goals were both through screens and somewhat lucky as neither would be termed a good scoring chance. Methot's goal was lucky as well, as Markov cleared a loose puck, but right onto his stick. If the Habs bring that effort to every game, they will win far more than they lose. Specifically, Therrien gets criticized for playing 11 81 27 after the Habs score. He gets criticized for playing 15 53 32 after the Sens score. He gets criticized for playing DD all the time. So, I guess the solution for fans is Plekanec plays after every goal... for either team. Damned if you do, damned if you don't Re the PK situation, he plays top 10 mionutes in the league for a D-man. He doesn't play a ton on the PK, but the PK is thriving. So what is the problem. It is like this is a show " Days of the Habs' and let's see what controversy we can come up with week to week. Final thought: Are the Habs Contenders for the Cup this season? Right now, no. They lack a 3-4 D-man who can move the puck and make plays under pressure. They also lack some toughness and grit. They happen to have Emelin and Prust on their way back. Let's see this squad healthy and see how they look before we write their tombstone. thanks.