CJ - (C.J. Casselman)

Member since December 30, 2013

Ottawa

Habs fan since: 1979
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  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 09:54:26)
    That's very fair. Good point. Cheers, CJ
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 09:53:29)
    I thought the organization would gradually slide Tinordi into PK duties, but, thus far, they've continued to lean on Weaver - Emelin and Markov - Gilbert. I don't mind Markov playing 22:00-25:00 minutes a night, but over 82 games it's a grind. That said, I can't begin to tell you how much more difficult and exhausting it is to defend and chase the puck. We were gassed by the time the rangers series rolled around because we spent the majority of last season in our own end. Fast forward to this season and we are on the attack. We are holding the blue line, extending zone time and winning the battle of puck possession. Our numbers are so much better. IMO, it's no secret why we are the better team as the game goes on - we are winning draws, starting with the puck, and putting on teams on their heals. We are fresh in the third while our opponent is exhausted. Sound familiar? That was the Canadiens between 2000-2013 IMO. We are winning games even without exceptional goaltending. Contrast this with Ottawa. The only way they win is when their goalie posts save percentages of .945 or better. We were that team in the past; outshot, outchanced, played the whole game in our end and iced the puck 20 times in the third period. Now, we are more like the Blackhawks, surprise, surprise, the former employer of one Marc Bergevin. Long story short, this bodes well going forward....
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 09:42:16)
    It is certainly an area in which we are vulnerable, although nearly every other team is in the same position. I believe, if (maybe I should have capitalized "if") Beaulieu was given an extended opportunity inside the top four, he could grow into the role. His game grew leaps and bounds last Jan/Feb and he logged minutes and had opportunities. Best game I've seen him play in the NHL was in Toronto with PK as his partner. In any event, it will be interesting to see how this unfolds....
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 09:26:10)
    Good morning Jim. We are very fortunate to have you as a neighbour, even luckier to have you as a friend. Thank you sir!
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 09:22:27)
    Tinordi is fitting into the 5/6 role very nicely. If he was moved into the top four I believe he'd struggled. I like how his minutes and match ups have been managed thus far. It's a year of transition and I like how Tinordi has been graduated - slowly and methodically. As for Nate, he serves as insurance should there be an injury inside the top four. If (when) that happens, he will get his chance. I hope he lights it up in Hamilton this weekend. He needs to remain patient, practice hard and simulate game day routine. When the door opens, he needs to be ready to walk through it. Otherwise, because I think that we are in serious contention in the east, if he can't do the job, then I believe the organization will go shopping.
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 09:17:40)
    I believe he's out 4-6 months with an injury requiring surgery if memory serves. Sadly, this could be the end. He was on a two way deal. Hopefully he can work his way back into the league.
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 20:43:36)
    I thought the spin o Rama was outlawed in the shoot out only. Is it also banned from game use?
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 20:42:08)
    Hi Uke. I wouldn't equate a deleted comment with out right disagreement. A few things to note; This is a hockey site. Emotions ran very high this morning, starting with me. Sometimes in the heat of the moment people say things that aren't appropriate (me) for a public forum. On that note, I certainly apologize if any of my comments offended any of my hockey friends. Tough day for everyone. In closing, my thoughts reside with those impacted directly and indirectly and of course with the young man you lost his life this morning while serving his country. Kindest regards, CJ
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 19:03:18)
    CBC has his name and video of him leaving the war memorial and getting into his car.
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 17:13:28)
    I certainly value your pov. I'm Tinordi's biggest cheer leader, but I think he would be over his head right now inside the top 4. He's looked good around 15:00 facing third and fourth liners and sheltered minutes, zone deployment, etc. I just think if the team found the confidence to give Nate the opportunity, he would excel. In limited action last January and into early February, he really started to find a groove. It's too bad, opening night he hit the crossbar on the pp. If that puck had gone in, we might be having a very different conversation.