CJ - (C.J. Casselman)

Member since December 30, 2013

Ottawa

Habs fan since: 1979
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  • Comment on Leaving Habs was ‘family decision’ for Brisebois (2014-07-23 20:52:01)
    Good evening friends. A quick note of thanks to Front, Jim, Ian and Chris for including me in their luncheon this afternoon. Let me simply say that the poise, grace and humour that adorns their posts, is only further magnified in person. If this is any indication of what I might expect at the summit, I simply can't wait. Gentlemen, it was an absolute pleasure to meet each of you in person. I look forward to sharing more stories, drinking more beers and discussing the state of our beloved Canadiens in November. Echoing comments I shared this afternoon, if Eller is satisfied at $3.1 million, I'd consider a four year, $10 million dollar deal. A $2.5 million cap hit provides feasibility and flexibility in the payroll budget. I still see upside with Eller. I might be in the minority, but if he builds upon a strong postseason, and continues to gain confidence, we might see him evolve into the premier third line centre in the conference. That's a bunch of "ifs"', but, again, the potential far outweighs the risk IMO. If he elevates his play to match a Kyle Turris, then we have a steal. In any event, I'm tired, I'm full and I'm no longer thirsty..... Signing off, CJ
  • Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-23 05:50:02)
    Up, showered and ready for a new day. I just can't decide if I'm going to fish or golf this morning.....
  • Comment on Habs’ Desharnais shoots 88 at Royal Montreal (2014-07-22 22:12:57)
    I haven't visited the site today, so forgive me if this post is repetitive, but has anyone noticed that Desharnais is practicing on an elevated tee deck? Sorry, just struck me as strange and perhaps somewhat ironic. I've not played Royal Montreal, but I understand that it's a gorgeous track. I see that score golf Canada has just released it's 2014 rankings. Royal Montreal is in the top tier. Surprisingly Royal Ottawa is 64th. I don't place a great deal of stock in the rankings, but it does provide a point of reference. For those golfers in the Montreal area, I have full reciprocal at Laval Sur le Lac, Beaconsfield and Summerlea. Not sure if anyone has played any of the three courses recently, but I'd value feedback as I'd like to visit the city and play the two best sometime this summer. Switching gears, I am very much looking forward to having the pleasure of connecting with a few new friends tomorrow at a mini HIO summit hosted by our very own Frontenac. It will certainly be worth the drive to Kingston. If you don't hear from me for a week or two, I've fallen under Front's spell and am destined to live out my remaining years in the limestone city, which incidentally is my place of birth. In any event, wishing you all the very best! Cheers, CJ
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-20 20:32:22)
    Regarding the name Red Blacks, I met Jeff Hunt at a local business chamber event, eggs and icons. He did a presentation and fielded questions. A significant portion of the presentation focused on the name. Here was Mr.Hunt's response, based on my recollection; Hunt told the audience that a fan approached him during the grey cup game in Toronto and suggested the name Red Blacks. That was the first time anyone brought the idea forward. He noted that they had a number of names, however there wasn't a single name that garnered more than 1% of the vote when feedback was received. As a result he recognized that no matter what name was chosen, a significant percentage of the fan base would be opposed. He indicated that red blacks was a tribute to the traditional ottawa sporting colours. The blade around the name is representative of the lumber industry, which was a staple in the Ottawa Valley. Lastly, the mascot is named Joe. He was originally going to be Joe Muffera, but there was a tremendous amount of negative press surrounding this announcement, so they dropped the Muffera, but kept the costume. In any event, I hope this helps to shed some light on the Red Black name and logo. Cheers, CJ
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-20 11:11:28)
    Thank you kindly! Yes, I'm blessed to have a great dad. A son, and now grandsons couldn't be luckier. Cheers, CJ
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-20 11:05:07)
    This is such a great story. I'd love to see him light it up in Hamilton this year. I can't wait to see him skate onto the ice at the Bell Centre.
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-20 11:03:05)
    I wouldn't be surprised to see that combination given a long look in camp. IMO, there is going to be a lot of competition for roster spots this season. Lots to be decided.
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-20 10:50:13)
    One conclusion that jumps out is the contract that Tavares is signed to. Likely the best value in the league. On the open market the guy would be worth $10 million annually. He's signed for half that, long term. Chucky will get rolling. Of all the players, 21 and under in our organization, he has the most upside. If we want to maximize Chucky's offense, we need to put him with an offensive catalyst. It will be interesting to see where everyone lines up in camp.
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-20 10:36:38)
    So nice to have the Iroquios back in the tournament.
  • Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-20 10:34:00)
    I got to meet John Tavares Front. The lacrosse player. I saw him live. Just unreal the athleticism these guys have.