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 Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-31 15:19:34)
OK, I thought you were referring to what it cost us to acquire Gorges. But are you disagreeing with my main point, that it makes sense to draft some guys whose future is probably as very good role-players? I'm not necessarily talking about McCarron specifically (his ceiling in any case may be higher than that of a role-player). You seem to be implying that depth players should be acquired by other means. I do not rule out these other means, I just think it makes sense to develop a few of our own.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-31 14:17:10)
I think we overpaid quite a lot for Prust, considering his shoulder problems since joining the Habs. Gorges was acquired, along with a first-round pick that became Pacioretty, from the Sharks in exchange for Craig Rivet. One of Gainey's better deals. I have no idea what kind of career McCarron will have, but if he makes the NHL, the Habs will be able to sign him for his best years at a lower price than if they had traded for him. My point is that Bergevin is building depth and balance.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-31 12:42:49)
Further to the comments about McCarron falling down our depth chart while Grégoire rises, it's far too early to predict how each player will do. What is important, as Hobie notes below, is that a team needs several of this type of player - gritty, physical, hard-hitting, etc. Until recently, the Habs tended not to draft enough role players, with the result that we had to acquire them through trades and free-agent signings. Not only are players acquired like this over-priced, but they are often past their best - other teams' castoffs. Since Bergevin took over, the Habs have been drafting a balanced mix of players with different skills. What they have in common, according to Trevor Timmins and his team, is that all have a reasonable chance of making the NHL. This shift in drafting philosophy is critical and part of the reason we have so much more depth than we had a few years ago. Some of these choices that people shook their heads over at the time may end up in a few years as important depth-players on a Cup-winning team.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-31 12:26:59)
I had the same thought about Bouchard, but I think she has quite a lot more power than Wozniacki. Her shots also have better depth. When Wozniacki was at the top, what the commentators always said about her was that she needs a bigger game. She would get pushed around easily by any of the bigger, hard-hitting players. In the last couple of years, however, she has managed to add some power and penetration to her shots. I always thought she should get rid of her father as her coach and get some new input from someone else.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-31 07:40:36)
I think Scherbak was drafted lower than his talent would suggest because of the "Russian factor." He'd been in North America for less than a year and teams were wary. One of the reasons he's such an exciting prospect is that he's a very quick learner and has the kind of temperament that absolutely gobbles up new challenges. Coming to Saskatoon without a word of English, he quickly made himself completely at home in his new town, charmed hosts and teammates, and was the best forward on his team. He spent the first couple of weeks watching the team practice while he was waiting for his papers; his coach said that when the kid first stepped on the ice, instead of having to show him the team's systems, Scherbak demonstrated them to him. That shows that he was watching the practices attentively and was able to process and analyze what he saw.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-30 22:43:42)
I agree. I really think Bouchard can get right to the top, but it's going to take at least a couple of years. The way she was crushed by Kvitova at Wimbledon and by Li at the Australian Open indicates how far she still has to go. In fact, I think she has beaten only one top-10 opponent so far - Simona Halep at Wimbledon; and Halep was slightly injured at the start of that match. It's a bit the same for Raonic. Most of his victories are tighter than you would expect considering the relative rankings of the players involved. And he was absolutely dominated by Federer both at Wimbledon and in Cincinnati. He's improving rapidly, but I doubt he has the mobility to get right to the top; his height, which is such an advantage on the serve, hampers his movement. And his return game still needs a lot of work. But he's starting to look like a good tennis player rather than a kid with an incredible serve but not much else. Anyway, you're right that people need to be patient and realize that both players are still learning. There are going to be ups and downs, and losing matches can be an even more valuable learning experience than winning them.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-30 22:13:53)
She'll need to make a lot fewer errors against her next opponent and, if she gets through that match, against the players she'll face afterwards - almost certainly Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams. She battled well and played the really big points better than her opponent - a bit like her match the other night - but she still has a lot to learn and improve on. However, she's certainly a fighter.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-30 14:32:09)
He teaches tennis in the Dominican Republic and plays on their Davis Cup team. He's played most of his tennis on the lower circuits, accumulating enough ranking points to make it into the US Open. For him to get to the third round is already a great achievement.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-30 14:29:36)
It was a win, but not a particularly good one. Her won't beat his next opponent, who I think is Kei Nishikori, unless he can be more aggressive and capitalize on more of his break chances.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 20:42:45)
They're moving the ball and actually have a touchdown - unbelievably, only their fourth touchdown pass this season. The defence is so far being heroic.