CJ - (C.J. Casselman)Member since December 30, 2013
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- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 18:28:33)
Do you see Pleks as a 20-30 goal scorer in three years? I gotta be honest, I don't.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 18:20:37)
Anyone able to link the Derek Jeter Gatorade commercial? It's about 1:30 in length and is laid over a Frank Sinatra song. Even if you hate the Yankees, it's an absolutely great clip and worth a moment of your time.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 17:18:41)
Pleks has banked a great deal of goodwill, which has elevated his status within the fan base. He's been a solid performer, whom we remember as a 70 point guy and the man who blanketed Crosby and the Bruins first line in the postseason, while casually forgetting some of his no shows. It's fandom. We all do it. I hold certain players on pedestals to. That said, to mention him in the same category as Bergeron is really pushing the envelope. IMO, Pleks had an average postseason - good at times, bad at others. I am looking to Thomas to have a bounce back season. If he wants to be part of this organization going forward, his contract expires following next season, then he needs to regain his earlier poise, find an identity and most importantly, elevate his play in the postseason.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 17:01:06)
Agreed. I don't care if he's a centre or winger, but a 25-35 goal scorer would be a huge boost. I'm curious to see if we have drafted, signed and developed this type of player organically, or if we need to look elsewhere. Fortunately, there are far fewer holes to fill on this roster as compared to previous seasons. As someone pointed out earlier today, it wasn't so long ago that we had defenders playing on the fourth line. Now, we are finally holding some depth cards in our hands, which will be useful as the game unfolds.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 16:28:05)
Unless something changes, we have a 2A, 2B, 3 and 4 at centre ice. I'm not certain you could find more then three teams with a true 1-2-3-4 configuration. Some teams have a 1-3-4-4. Others have a 2-3-3-4. Ideally, if we could replace one of the 2's with a 1A, then we could be better off, provided chemistry, etc., clicked. It's not always as simple as swapping in Eric Staal or John Tavares and swapping out DD. Further, there are salary cap implications and cohesion within the room to consider. IMO, we are missing an element in the top six. Honestly, I don't know if it's a centre ice man or winger. Again, just my opinion, but at this stage of his career I'm not so sure that PA is part of the top six. Heck, aside from being on a really bad team, I'm not sure he ever was. In this regard, I'm hoping Sekac, Andrighetto or DLR pushes their way onto the top six at some point this season. Lastly, and allow me to preface this comment by saying I take Pierre in very small doses at face value, centre ice, if only by default, comes under scrutiny. We don't need help in goal. We have internal depth that should improve our defence. Our bottom six is talented and deep. By default, any scrutiny is going to fall directly upon our top six. So, naturally, it's either at centre or wing that we need to upgrade. The question that I have is; have we grown depth internally, or do we need to go outside the organization to improve? Last spring we needed to add an outside element. This spring, we may not require such help. Time will tell....
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 12:20:21)
I agree UCE. Not enough creativity in the game. Again, I attribute that to the systems which choke the creativity from today's game. Regarding Eller, I like what Bergevin said and believe this to be the correct course of action. Personally, I believe Eller has potential to improve his overall game, however my expectations are solid two way play and 40-50 points. I don't believe this is unrealistic provided he is afforded more offensive opportunities.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 12:17:09)
Regarding golf, yes I belong to a private club in Ottawa. Pace of play is excellent. I played 18 holes yesterday morning along with another member in 2:45 minutes and we couldn't keep up with the group ahead. Two things need to come together to improve pace of play. The players need to play from the appropriate tees. Secondly, courses need to maintain appropriate green speed and pin the holes in manageable locations on the green. Of course, over and above anything else, players need to play ready golf. On the subject of contact, I'm being entirely dramatic. It won't come to that, but if some of the pencil pushers had their way....
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 11:57:45)
How about ironing your shirt, while wearing it?
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 11:54:12)
Imagine a world with touch football and no hits/fights in hockey? Of course, there's also a push for larger cups on golf holes to make the game easier. This on the heels of the invention of the anchored putter, 460cc drivers and hybrid clubs.
- Comment on Bouillon an insurance policy at Habs’ training camp (2014-09-18 11:50:49)
I have to think the only course here is a two-way deal for Frankie. There are no longer re-entry waivers, so he could be called up, if needed, later this season. Still, I don't see a fit. That said, it's up to the players. They will determine the course of action.