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  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-26 09:27:54)
    Watch for Kessler to have a big year. He's healthy and has been doing lots of good things in the gym. Combine that with a new team with a better dressing room and I think he'll be close to a career season.
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-19 22:58:16)
    He needed to get a lot stronger... He had the lowest grip strength of anyone at their training camp last year. One of the girls that was volunteering actually had a higher grip strength than he did.
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-18 21:39:16)
    I just finished day one of a coaching conference at UBC. Headline speakers included the lighting's goalie coach, Canucks assistant coach, and Martin Gelinas. Tomorrow is the second day with headliners being Barry Trotz, and Matt Nichol (the reason I'm attending) who is one of the top strength and conditioning coaches when it comes to hockey. Some of his athletes include Mike Cammalleri and Carey Price. It was such a thrill getting to spend the day listening to some of the best in the business talk hockey. I learned a lot about some of the finer details of the game, including pk, pp, and d-zone coverage and breakouts, as well as how the pros evaluate players. I'll try to provide a more detailed summary of the conference in the next couple of days. For those who are interested, here's a link to the conference website: http://thecoachessite.com/2014HCC/
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-18 21:24:16)
    Agree with you on the defence, but I would also wouldn't mind seeing the Habs sign del zotto to a one year deal. He's still available as a ufa, and would provide depth for when injuries inevitably occur, and we won't be forced to rely on 2 rookies on the blue line. It also provides insulation against possible regression of NB or Tiny, if they aren't ready to play every night. As for scoring, I think we have upgraded with PAP replacing Gio, and through the natural progression of our young forwards.
  • Comment on Eighth HI/O summit planned for Nov. 29th (2014-07-15 23:20:42)
    It's becoming the norm, but you'd be surprised at the number of players that rely on personal trainers that don't actually understand the difference between training for performance and general prep. I was helping out with the Canucks training camp last fall, and it was very apparent who had a good coach/trainer, and who didn't. Almost everyone looked like they were in top shape, but as soon as they actually had to move or perform, it was a different story for some of them.
  • Comment on Eighth HI/O summit planned for Nov. 29th (2014-07-15 22:20:53)
    You make an excellent point that most people don't understand about body weight and how it relates to performance, and speed in particular. To be fast you need to be strong and powerful. Take a look at a sprinter for an example, and compare them to a marathoner. the sprinter is big and strong, while the marathoner is thin and light. This is why McCarron needs to put on "weight". However, just putting on mass, even muscle mass is not enough, he needs to train specifically for explosiveness and speed, which has a major neurological component to it. This is why many people are thrown off by what seems to be contradictory. They'll see players come into camp having "bulked up" over the summer, sometimes they are faster (because they've been training for speed), sometimes they're slower (because they've been training for size, or some other component). They'll automatically look to the weight change as the cause of the change in speed. In reality weight gain is merely a side effect of your training modality when training for speed. You can get bigger, even if it's lean muscle mass, without getting a lot stronger, but you cannot get a lot stronger without getting bigger. The question is whether the added mass has strength, and if that strength has been properly converted into power and speed. The point of all this is to say don't look too much into the numbers on the scale as the players are weighed in at these camps, it won't tell you much about how they will perform on the ice.
  • Comment on Habs call up Tinordi from Bulldogs (2014-02-23 20:00:40)
    I went through your article and didn't see any reports about any fitness measures. Who were the reports from and who were the observers? The average journalist does not have much knowledge in fitness, so if you're relying on their observations about who is fit and who isn't, I wouldn't consider that to be reliable. I don't recall hearing anything about him being out of shape in camp that came from the team. That doesn't mean that he is or isn't, but I would definitely stop short of saying that it is a fact that can't be argued.
  • Comment on Habs call up Tinordi from Bulldogs (2014-02-23 18:56:15)
    What are you basing his fitness levels on besides the picture of him on the treadmill? The fact that he doesn't look "ripped" in that picture is by no means evidence of him showing up out of shape. Probably unfair to jump to conclusions like that, seeing as the reason he is on the treadmill in that picture is to get a more accurate estimate of his fitness than how he looks with his shirt off. Also I believe he had some shoulder issues leading up to training camp, which could limit his training due to rehab, particularly upper body training, which would explain his appearance.
  • Comment on Bourque will return to Habs’ lineup against Coyotes (2013-12-17 13:49:34)
    I think white is developing into a great 4th line center. He's good at face offs, on the PK, can drop the gloves when needed (if he's in his own weight class). He may still have some learning to do, but I think as long as that's what your expecting of him, he fulfills his role very well.
  • Comment on Bourque will return to Habs’ lineup against Coyotes (2013-12-17 13:35:07)
    I don't like the decision to sit White. It's replacing size with size, not to mention removing one of the top face off guys for our team, and an effective penalty killer. I think the 4th line has been pretty effective this season, and don't see a reason to split it up. I'd rather have seen briere taken out of the line up for Bourque. This replaces one of our smallest wingers with some size in our top 9, which is where it's needed. My prediction is that briere ends up on the 4th line by the end of the game making it less effective, while Bourque takes his place in the top 9 anyway.