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 Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-27 18:05:06)
My sister and I shared a Gazette route in the early 60's. I think we were among the first girls to deliver papers. The bundle of papers was left around 5 AM on the front steps of a commercial building near where we lived. On mornings after a Habs game, no matter what the weather, we would crouch on the step reading the game report before stuffing the papers in our bags and setting out to deliver them. But "collecting" sucked, although at Christmas, most customers gave us extra big tips.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 10:15:00)
I like it too. No player on the team is given anything. Everything - ice time, role, confidence of the coaching staff - has to be earned.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 08:55:09)
The idea may be a bit overblown, but there must always be players whom a coach (MT or anyone else) will rub the wrong way or not be able to get the best out of. The Assistant coach can help here. But I agree that Therrien has learned and matured a lot since his first go-round as Habs coach. He also learned from our disastrous series against Ottawa last year and no doubt also from this year's playoffs.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-26 08:19:31)
Two things. The new Assistant coach is likely a vital piece of the puzzle. Whoever is chosen will have to be able to "mediate" between Therrien and the players - i.e., get Therrien's message across to them in a way they can accept - and hopefully also be able to do more with the powerplay than Gallant did. A couple of days ago, someone mentioned Joel Bouchard as a possible candidate. I like this idea. Bouchard is passionate about hockey, intelligent, extremely articulate, approachable, and has some coaching experience.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-25 10:53:19)
What Bergevin has done since taking over as GM is pretty impressive. It's true that many of the building blocks were in place, but getting the right mix of veterans and young players and adding the right depth players, while at the same time managing the cap and continuing to build for the future is no easy task. One bad contract can throw the whole structure of the team off balance, which is what Gorges's contract was doing and would have continued to do without some gutsy and very astute moves by Bergevin. After the Subban signing, he will have only to address the question of an Assistant Coach and find someone to replace Patrice Brisebois. This latter task shouldn't be too difficult, and as for the coaching job, someone yesterday mentioned Joel Bouchard. I like this idea. Bouchard is passionate about hockey, intelligent, extremely articulate, approachable, and has some experience.
- Comment on Eller agrees to four-year, $14-million deal with Habs (2014-07-24 18:52:16)
I think $1.65 million was the figure Bergevin would have presented at the arbitration hearing to counter the $3.1 million Eller's agent was asking for. The arbitrator would then have come up with a figure roughly in the middle - about $2.5 million for a one-year deal. This, if I understand the structure of the final deal correctly, is what Eller will be earning for the next two years. And the Habs have bought a couple of his UFA years for less ($4.5 million per year) than he would get if he actually went to free agency. The deal also shows that the team is confident Eller will continue to progress. I think it's very good for both sides and could end up being a steal in a couple of years.
- Comment on Leaving Habs was ‘family decision’ for Brisebois (2014-07-23 22:16:29)
By far the best post on this subject. Very perceptive comments about both players.
- Comment on Fans pack Bell Sports Complex to watch final scrimmage at development camp (2014-07-11 19:04:07)
I agree. When Geoff Molson was choosing his GM two years ago, I read about all the candidates and was hoping and praying he'd choose Marc Bergevin. I loved everything I read about him. I thought he'd be a great GM, and so far he hasn't disappointed me. He's put together an excellent team.
- Comment on Mike & Max’s excellent adventure: Weaver’s dream summer with Pacioretty (2014-07-11 10:24:06)
Could certainly have something to do with it. They still haven't recovered from Uruguay winning the last time the World Cup was held in Brazil.
- Comment on Mike & Max’s excellent adventure: Weaver’s dream summer with Pacioretty (2014-07-11 08:08:13)
Good post. Trading for Kane would likely mean altering the balance Bergevin has been working to achieve, not to mention potentially causing a problem in a locker room that was very tight last season. And we have options at left wing. Why sign Jiri Sekac if we're not going to give him a realistic chance to make the team? As for trading Eller, we have been looking for a big, fast centre for a couple of decades. Are we going to give up on Eller when he hasn't reached his prime yet and Galchenyuk is at least a couple of years away?