habsr4ever - (Dale Risling)Member since December 6, 2013
Habs fan since: 1970
Favorite current player: Sidney Crosby
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-07 13:10:44)
We are EAST contenders no doubt about it. Stanley cup contenders - forget it. Gorges broke his hand by the sounds of things. I know there are a lot of people who want him gone - but I think last night showed how much we miss his 20 + minutes of DEFENSIVE hockey. Tinordi's rush and turnover on the 4th goal was a killer. At least he tried it but I am just say'in....if Gorges is paired with PK there - we know that fourth goal does NOT happen. Tinordi played a solid game and he is ready for PRIME time. I think he has passed Murray already. Weaver - looks smaller than I thought he was out there.....but don't expect any offense from him either. 5th rounder for him is ok - but I was hoping we got a steal out of this deal. U get what you pay for. He better play more physical if he is going to find a role/spot on our blue line. I would rather have Beaulieau out there than him then. Price will be back against the Bruins....no sense playing in the Shark tank. FOUR more days of rest will do him wonders. Sharks 6 Habs 2. Budaj is a BACK UP goalie - it has showed more than we want to realize. He has done good for us this year but $1.4 M for a back up goalie - he SHOULD do well. $7.9 M on goalies is quite steep. Thank goodness Budaj only has one year left. when you have a 1 A starting goalie you should not be paying NORTH of a Million bucks on your back-up in a cap world. EVER.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 16:29:59)
Here we go with the negativity on our trades we just loaded up our team for. Why go to negative town. The team is in third place in the EAST - GM's are supposed to load up. We gave up something yes. But we landed the top rental player out there which was EXACTLY what we needed. You keep forgetting about the message it sends to his current players and future players about coming here. Will Vanek leave to Minny - YES he will. Who cares - NHL teams who have a shot do this. It is the way things are done. Live with it and be happy. Markov and Subban are up for big dollars - this deal may save us millions of dollars and hence leave us cap space to sign other UFA's. BIG picture people. We all have our opinions and sorry if I am coming accross to strong. I am just baffled at how people are complaining about this deal when all the REST of the NHL are in shock Bergy landed Vanek for what he gave up. EVERY other GM would have made the same deal if they were in our shoe's. Enjoy the playoffs - we are contenders in the EAST now. Philly Boston Pens and us are the front runners. Philly scare the crap out of me. Boston I hate so much I don't get scared of them. Pens have Fleury - I like our chances. Notice I didn't say Cup contenders. WEST is too strong for us. Hawks and Blues and Kings will light us up if we meet them in the finals. Ducks and Sharks I think we can beat. But not these other three. Enjoy the ride Hab fans we are good enough for a deep playoff run (hoping for final four). Remember the Halak run and how much fun that was? Well fasten your seat belts it CAN happen again this year. No Cup but who cares - we are EAST contenders and the playoff experience for our young guns will pay off down the road. Habs are Cup champs in 2016-17. Book it. lol.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 16:18:42)
Have to disagree here. Colberg has slipped the past year down our prospect list. Not just saying that because we traded him away for Vanek. He will make the show but certainly no guarantees he will be a top 6....in fact some say he is only going to be a fourth liner at best. Obviously nobody knows. But Bergy knew Sebastian's stock was falling this year and decided to pull the trigger on our prospect. There are questions about his size and strength and lack of finish. He is not going to make this rental look bad in a few years. Giving up a second round draft pick to me does hurt more than Colberg. 2014 is a weaker draft than 2015 so great....and the message it sends to the players and other UFA's is tremendous. Hands down it is a NO brainer and the right trade for us RIGHT NOW. U need to go for it. We have Markov we want to sign for a discount, we want PK for a nickel and absolutley it sends a message to our current and future players - our GM has our back if we make the playoffs. I want to play here. Third rounder for Lee Stempniak? HELLO people - we just landed Vanek and didn't give up a first rounder or one of our top prospects! Great trade and we can downplay Colberg all we want because the fact is his stock has fallen in the past year and a bone head GM bit on him. There are many questions about his GAME and being a top 6 forward now. Bottom six forward at best for Colberg. I wish Sebastien all the best with the Islanders I really do. But remember Nielsen and all the hype he got. And Nielsen was a WAY higher end prospect than Colberg is. Again we don't know but all we do know is Colberg's stock is declining.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 15:49:52)
People who pick on Gorges need to shake their head. Is he over paid? YES. He is worth $3 M not $3.9 M. I think we all get this part and agree. But seriously - he NEVER mails it in (like Bourque or Gomez) and pretty much NEVER has a horrible game like Emelin has. He has his moments cuz he certaintly isn't highly skilled. He is a defensive dman who is always in position who could use the body a bit more. REMEMBER he would have signed the summer before his UFA status for under $3 M (his agent even said so) but our stupid GM at the time wanted to wait to sign him. THEN he was screwed cuz Gorges knew the Habs had to sign him cuz we had no D in our system ready. Boom it cost us $900 K + extra per year. All I am trying to say is let's use the glass half full on Gorges. He is an NHL Dman.....top 4 is stretching it but a top 5 is a FOR SURE. He contract says top 4 - and he is currently on our top paring with Suban so he is EARNING his paycheque. The contract we should be questioning right now is Emelin's. Emelin hits like a truck but come on - maybe I am the only one nervous about $4.1 M on the books for a while starting next season but geez let's get a grip. Gorges shouldn't be picked on nearly as much as he does for what he has brought to our team over the years and is doing this season for us. $3.9 M isn't HIS fault. You know what you are getting when Josh is on the ice.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-06 13:32:34)
There is no debate. No way Eller will be a good fit with Vanek. Eller waits too long to decide what to do with the puck. He is an AWEFUL puck distributer. Sorry but he is. Hence he will always be our third line centre. Checking role and take over from Pleks. Eller has size and I would keep him no doubt about it and pay him his $3.5 M times 6 years this contract - just say'in. Briere with Vanek is a NO BRAINER. These two will click for SURE and will eat up the Bruins. Leave Pleks and Gionta and Galchenyuk together. Leave DD Pacman and Gallahger together. Bourque Briere Vanek. Fourth line is Moen/Prust at LW Eller at C and White/Weisse at RW. Bournival is going down to Hamilton - book it. Let him play and get HUGE minutes in Hamilton and not sit in the press box. NO brainer. Man Murray is SLOW. Great PKer. Him and Tinordi had a few WEAK shifts and got lucky Getzlaf missed the net a few times. Tinordi has a pretty darn good first outlet pass - getting more and more comfy seeing him back there. He has developed a ton. He made one bad pass/play last night in his own zone and that was his only MAJOR mistake I saw. His speed looks fast but I need to remind myself he looks fast cuz his partner is Murray. I want to see Weaver so to me that means Murray sits. Keep playing Tinordi and let's see what we got here. To me he is ready but still too small of a sample size to know for sure We pick on Emelin a lot but remember he is playing his OFF D side. Coming off knee surgery this certainly doesn't help. He is playing better but still has brain farts out there on his pinches and wandering over too far on the other D's side. Drives me bonkers. Gorges was solid last night. PK - played a good game. Any how - Vanek scores tonight - BOOK IT!!!
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 17:36:06)
Pacioretty DD Gallagher Galchenyuk Plekanec Gionta Prust Briere Vanek Bourque Eller Moen/White Bournival gets sent down after he recovers to help Hamilton and develop more so with extra PRIME time ice. Not such a bad thing. More time on ice = more development. Hello Boston - we are now in the same sentence as you. East contenders and not pretenders. Philly still scare me though. But we match up better today now too. Pens - Fleury - I think their goose is cooked! People should KNOW Vanek is a LOCK to go to Minny. Book it. So let's not start ripping Bery come July 2nd. He hit a home run today no ifs ands or buts about it. Should be NO negative talk today about this deal. We gave up some future yes - but so do other teams who have a chance to win the EAST. And we only gave up two second rounders (colberg was a second). 2014 is a "weak" draft to boot. In Bergy I trust. Too bad I can't say the same about Thierien. Benching Eller is INSANE. Bourque is the guy you need to sit. I am all for Parros getting to play tonight in his old stomping grounds but you don't sit ELLER. If you are trying to devalue Eller's signing price by doing this shite - it won't work. Eller is going to get $3-3.5 M as an RFA x 5 years. Bergy won't let him go....sign him. He is a centre with size and has some sandpaper. Just watch come playoff time - he'll be there in the corners WINNING battles for the puck with Chara and Hedman unlike other centres on our roster...not mentioning any names of course.
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 15:50:29)
Has the "conditional" pick been confirmed as to what it is? Either way Colberg may not even make the SHOW down the road. Certainly a prospect but not nearly as high on him as they were the year we drafted him. He has slipped down the chart. Second rounder is absolutely nothing when you consider the player we just got today. What it does for the current players and getting UFA's to come here. Vanek vs Chara. Here we come!
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 12:58:30)
Price's injury must be a hamstring....then again perhaps a groin. With so many games coming up - Bergy doesn't want to miss the playoffs. I sense Price is out 2 more weeks. Pacman was out 4 weeks with a hammy earlier this year. So let's say 4 weeks which means 3 more to go. Just say'in. Had to get somebody to back-up Budaj. No sense in landing Brodeur. Budaj is our number until Carey gets back. Dubnyk will get one start here shortly as 4 games in 6 nights on the road here is insane. Throw in 3 in four nights before this road trip. Budaj needs at least one night off. Dubnyk can win you a game and is good in the room. Good depth move. You pick up Brodeur then what do you do with him once Price is back. Price then feels the heat as well....don't do that to our franchise goalie. Wake up people. Bergy just wants to be safe and make the playoffs.
- Comment on Habs acquire defenceman Weaver from Panthers; Price back on ice (2014-03-04 14:07:58)
Solid pick up. I expect another move now as well. Booey to Nashville. Then as always- Bergy will do NOTHING else but build thru the draft as we wait patently for #25. I hear Price is out another week - any confirmation? Markov will sign for two years at $5.5 M. I hope we sign Murray for another year as well at the same price tag - $1.5 M. Nothing wrong with him as our 6 or 7 Dman. If Weaver pans out - may we keep him instead because he does shoot right and is younger (just not as big)? bottom line - we got our depth dman that shoots right. don't expect anything else unless the Oilers offer up Yakupov for Markov and Eller. Stay tuned.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-04 13:43:49)
Weaver is a solid defensive Dman who shoots RIGHT handed. We desperately needed one of these. 5th rounder in a strong draft year sucks to give up but I say we win this trade hands down. Obviously a depth move for our back end but he will be a great penalty killer with Murray. A HUGE updgrade on Drewiskie who was sent down and isn't in our plans moving forward. And obviously better than Frankie B. I hope we can flip Bouillon now for a 5th rounder. I hear Nashville want him for their playoff push as their depth guy on the backend. Heck I would take anything to clear his roster spot. Let him play some place else. He is taking up Tinordi or Beaulieu's spot up here. To me this sums up our deadline. NO more moves for Bergevin - he got his depth dman and didn't sell the farm to get it. Markov will sign for 2 years and $5.5 Million. Habs will give in - we have to. We will also sign Murray for another year at $1.5 M. He has earned another year or two with how he has played. Hal Gill the 2nd. Perfect BIG SLOW penalty KILLING DMAN who will sacrifice everything to block a shot. Nothing wrong with him as our 6 or 7th Dman for a year or two. We have had Frankie B as this dman for two years for some UNKNOWN reason. Our big UFA signing is going to be Gaborik in the summer as some how these types of players love to play in Habland (Kovalev et al). Not saying I would do it but I can see Bergy rolling the dice as we need offense up front. And Gabby can certainly score goals and has speed to burn. Hopefully we can dump either Bourque or Briere in the offseason to get us some cap room to get another top 6 forward with SIZE and have cap room for the raises coming to Gallagher, Galchenyuk, and Eller. Our D will be fine for years to come. One of Moen or Prust is going to be gone as well since we now have Weisser - what a great pick up. If we unload Brier we will keep Gionta for 2 years at $3 Million per. Briere was to replace Gionta next year on the RW with Plekanec but I think they know they screwed that one up. I am ok with Briere for the playoffs and yes he has some finish yet. But too soft and too small. Oilers want Gorges (BC boy) as well as Markov.....but as I said Marky is staying here book it. So perhaps that deal becomes bigger in the offseason as MacT has been interested in Bourque (Alberta boy) in the past. We may have to eat some salary to make this deal work but I can see this happening some way some how. I hope Kessler stays in the West. If he goes to the pens - yikes...then again they have Marc Andre RED LIGHT Fleury in the pipes....NO cup for them as long as he is in the pipes. Final Four will be the Hawks vs Kings. Sorry blues fans - I still don't think you have enough high end offensive firepower to compete with the Hawks....and the KINGS - well they are just NASTY good and know how to win in the GRIND of the DANCE. Bruins vs Flyers. Call me crazy but Philly scare the sh#$ out of me even though their D SUCK.