CJ - (C.J. Casselman)Member since December 30, 2013
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- Comment on Habs’ Gorges has surgery on fractured hand, out four weeks (2014-03-10 14:08:11)
Please excuse me if I have missed it, but was Beaulieu recalled today? I suppose, as practice is not until tomorrow, that it could wait until after 5 pm. I am all for supporting and standing behind your team, but at some point we have to address the elephant in the room - our team defence. I am going to assume that we get the forward lines straightened out. We have the talent, it should be a matter of finding the right combination. There were hints last game, as the third period showcased some changes. I am also assuming that Price returns to full health and picks up from where he left off. However, unless we do something to turn around the defence, I think our focus will fall to the draft by early May. This might be harsh, but from the comfort of my couch and the occassional live game, I see the following; Pk is struggling. I can't, or won't, try and pinpoint the underlying issues, but the fact remains that his play has noticably dropped from last season. I am a big proponent of our best players being our best players, and, well frankly, PK is not meeting my expectations, as lofty as they might be. Markov has flashes of brillance, which unfortunately are negated by moments of sheer terror. He remains the General and is a catalyst to holding the whole unit together, but he has lost a step. His on ice vision remains elite and helps to make up for his limitations, but I can't help but think he is on the back nine right now, especially considering how much he has been used this season. Emelin. I can't say more then I already have. I am willing to give him a pass this season following a major injury, but that doesn't mean his play can not be critiqued. He is simply making far too many errors. Gorges is a warrior and, as a 5/6, plus our first unit on the PK he would be fantastic. He has been played out of position, which exposes him to match ups that are not favorable. Murray is a rock. Figuratively and litterally. I like the big man, but he gets turned around and is painfully slow. He brings an element to the roster that we do not have otherwise, and has masked many of his shortcomings by playing sound positional hockey. My greatest concern is the slide he took in last season's playoffs. I just don't know if he can be counted upon during the extended season. I have a suspicion that he is on fumes right now. So, that said, and barring a switch that can be pressed to make everything better, I would propose the following; PK and Tinordi Markov and Beaulieu Emelin and Murray/Weaver When healthy, I would use Gorges on the 5/6 in place of Emelin. Folks say it is too late to graduate Beaulieu. There are simply too many risks to having he and Tinordi in the lineup. Frankly, having watched every game this year, I ask, what greater risk are we assuming then those that we are currently seeing every night? Torey Krug joined the Bruins last season following a grand total of ONE (1) regular season game. He had a terrific playoffs. What is the hesitancy of making a change now? If we do not address our defence, it will be our undoing.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 11:10:45)
Good points. I agree, you create your own luck. I was hoping my post would start conversation and it certainly has. Your point about muscle memory is valid. Maybe I should have used better examples. I think the Couples ball on the bank is valid, but I appreciate that this is hockey forum, so it certainly doesn't hold a great deal of weight. In any event, thank you for sharing. Cheers, CJ
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 11:07:48)
Good post. I agree, luck is a byproduct of hard work. It's the same reason why you see teams on winning streaks get the bounces. Case in point, the game against the Devils in NJ during our streak, when PK coughed up the puck with a minute to play in the third. We should have been dead and buried, yet we managed to score with less than a minute to play to tie and won in a shootout.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 10:59:08)
I agree. It was clear that we were not prepared to make the difficult decisions that could have helped to lift the franchise going forward, if at the expense of failing to make the postseason.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 10:57:11)
I agree the team is going to have to rely very heavily on Price regaining his health and playing to his full potential.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 10:55:55)
Vanek has cost us something. We hope to be lucky and have that loss mitigated by Collberg not realizing the potential that made him a draft pick and the second rounder not turning into a great player.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 10:54:23)
The Vanek move might yet prove lucky, or it might be regarded in six months as a failure. I think of the Emelin signing as an example of bad luck. He inked a deal that was thought to be fair value. If anything Bergevin can be accused of believing too much in his players. Briere and Emelin have not rewarded him for his confidence in either.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 10:52:02)
I agree Hobie. Those teams (1997 - 2008) left a lot to be desired. Playoff success against the Bruins aside, there were many more dark days then anything else. A lot can be traced backed to poor drafting, however I digress.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 10:38:19)
No doubt the team is much tougher to play against. Looking back, we have come a long way. Our drafting has helped, however it will take another 1-3 years before we start to graduate MB draft classes.
- Comment on Habs return home, won’t practise until Tuesday (2014-03-10 10:36:30)
I remember that. Or AK46 hitting the post when Thomas had no clue where the puck was.