JF - (Jane Findlay)Member since November 10, 2007
Habs fan since: 1961
Favorite current player: Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges
All-time favorite player: Jean Béliveau
- Comment on Stubbs is all wet (don’t say it) for ALS research (2014-08-23 10:41:01)
They've actually looked a bit better the last couple of games. They at least kept the score respectable. And the offence put up 16 points last night, which is not much less than its total for the rest of the games combined. But I agree about Higgins. He has yet to show that he knows what he's doing. If it were just a matter of developing a quarterback, I could live with that and not expect much. But it's not just the QB, the whole offence stinks. They're undisciplined, they drop the ball, they look lost a lot of the time. The defence is not too bad and has been heroic the last couple of games except for the odd gaffe. But it's certainly being a painful season, and I don't see how next year can be much better.
- Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-21 16:19:32)
I wouldn't have bet on the Habs, but I actually did bet on the Rangers. They were my dark horse team to come out of the East.
- Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-20 10:25:12)
Great post, both about the way the game itself is played and about P.K. I agree that it was clear at times last season that he was trying to rein himself in a bit. I think the coaching staff was trying as well - hence the occasional benching and Therrien's apparent reluctance to praise P.K. P.K.'s game needs discipline, something he himself is sometimes aware of. Not to split hairs, but he isn't actually getting $9 million for a couple of years; the contract is structured so that he earns most in the middle years. But in any case, the Habs had little choice about the contract; P.K. and his agent had refused $8 million. If we weren't going to give him close to what he wanted, someone else would.
- Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-19 17:32:25)
Glancing through the comments on the Kovalev story on TSN, it seems that a lot of people agree with Kovy. In fact, many Habs fans would probably admit that there is a grain or two of truth in what he said. P.K. does take risks, he sometimes makes bad decisions, he is sometimes responsible for goals being scored against us. On the other hand, he scores some key goals for us and contributes to many more. He is a high risk, high reward player. And he is not yet even close to reaching his potential. His best years are ahead of him. P.K.'s contact may seem overly generous at the moment, but he is signed for the long term. In two or three years, the contract will look reasonable, possibly even a bargain. And if we had not been willing to fork over, some other team would have done so. We had no choice. Kovy is entitled to his opinion, but he might have been wiser to keep it to himself.
- Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-18 08:50:31)
I don't disagree, I'm just not sure whether Bergevin will. Also the rest of the team, in the event the captain is chosen by vote.
- Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-18 08:16:40)
Good morning, CJ, glad you had such a great holiday. I agree with most of what you say here, but I'm not sure P.K. is quite ready to be captain. He is certainly the future captain, but this may not be the moment. With the mammoth contract he's just been given, plus the larger leadership role he is expected to assume in any case following the departure of Gionta and Gorges, there will already be a lot of pressure on him, not only to perform at a consistently high level, but also to do that little bit extra. The captaincy would be added pressure, and he might find himself trying to do too much. Maybe I'm being over-cautious, but I rather like Eric Engels's suggestion on Hockeybuzz: if Markov is willing, make him captain until the end of his tenure, then hand it over to P.K. But Bergevin might well think like you; he let both Gionta and Gorges go, and said that a changing of the guard is taking place in relation to leadership. He is sure our young players are ready to be leaders; he may feel P.K. is ready to be captain. If the players choose, it could be a different story. We don't know what goes on in the locker room.
- Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-18 06:56:18)
I hope our young players will be able to make up for the leadership we've lost, but we don't know yet since they haven't been tested. I agree we've improved defensively, but scoring will likely be a problem. We need Parenteau to click on one of the top two lines and Galchenyuk to have a breakout year. I'm willing to bet there'll be serious scoring droughts - periods when we can't score more than a goal a game and lose 2-1. But overall I think the team is a bit better than last year, although it may not show in the results since other teams have also improved.
- Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-18 06:49:30)
35 until the first pre-season game. Makes the wait seem shorter.
- Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-16 09:00:22)
I don't see Hayes signing here. He wants to play in the NHL, and, as Chris points out below, there is unlikely to be room here this season. His closest friends are in Calgary. They're a team that are rebuilding and are giving ice-time to young players. Last year it was Sean Monohan; this year it could be Hayes and a couple of others.
- Comment on NHL players jump on board with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (2014-08-14 08:09:12)
Eric Engels's take on the captaincy: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eric-Engels/Markov-Most-Likely-Choice-for-Captaincy/82/61769