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- Comment on Game Within the Game: Beaulieu stands up for Gonchar (2015-02-15 19:05:41)
You have to love Gallagher, out of the 147 players drafted ahead of him, 8 have a higher point total, and 9 have played more games. Just imagine this kid if he would have been blessed 30 more pounds and 3 more inches, but then again, Trevor Timmons would have never been able to steal him in a late round, if that were the case.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-05-13 11:22:31)
The bear is a slut, and seems to enjoy all the 'poking' going on.
- Comment on Flashback feature: Bruins’ O’Reilly and his great fun vs. Habs (2014-05-08 11:51:49)
The clown that Boston uses to sing has to be the worse anthem singer I've ever seen. Of course, to that bunch of Neanderthals, it's all about the fist pumping at the end. They probably mimic the move in showers after all the home games, and with Lubitch's penchant for zeroing in on the crotch area, it can't be pretty.
- Comment on Flashback feature: Bruins’ O’Reilly and his great fun vs. Habs (2014-05-08 09:08:25)
Although the Boston Globe article on PK had some realistic comments (not the norm) about his skill set, they can't help but throw in a dig. Claiming that he ducked a train named Thornton, and how that breaks some imaginary hockey ethics rule. It makes me laugh. If our goon is too slow to nail your super star, than he should just stop and take it. It gets to the point where you want to tune out all the crap the supposed big bad bruins spout. Now let's gets this straight, the Gooins never whine about the refs, Marchand never dives and cheap shots after the whistle is totally acceptable, it's perfectly okay for Chara to jump an opposing player when he nails a bruin with a legitimate hit, it's low-bridging when Emelin throws one on Lubitch (and he's a coward) but a classic hip check when Bergeron throws it and finally, it is very manly for a 6'4" so-called elite power forward to spear opponents in the 'nads whenever he gets hit. Maybe the league should have two sets of rules books, one for Jacob's thugs and one for the rest of the league. Hold on.......
- Comment on About last night … (2014-04-17 11:18:25)
I found it quite amusing listening to the Toronto-centric CBC pundits last night during the pre-show. It seems we have no answer on how to handle Stamkos. The whole time I was wondering when one of them would be astute enough to mention the way Plekanec systematically shut down both Crosby and Ovechkin a few years ago in the playoffs. I mean, if it isn't obvious to them that Pleky is one of the premiere shut-down centers in the league by now, I guess they never will get it. Now I know Stamkos scored 2 last night, but Pleky was dominant in most of their interaction last night, and was a post away from matching Stamkos output. There were contributing factors to his two goal night including last line vhange due to home ice advantage, the line shuffling by Cooper, and the skill of Stamkos, yes, he wasn't always contained, but he certainly wasn't the deciding factor, which was the pundits talking point all night. Tampa Bay was in the game because of Lindback. Plain and simple. It's either because the Toronto biased jack asses are incompetent (my choice) or they are purposely deceitful (not smart enough for that, in my opinion) I guess we should be thankful we're not saddled with Knob Hole doing the play by play. Too bad that errant puck didn't get Healy in the noggin, although the old adage, 'no brain, no pain' probably would have been his response.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-03 14:12:21)
Thank you, Krob, for pointing out Mike Green's case, although if I was to nitpick, I would say that he was a finalist, not a winner. By your "all round game" comment, I understand where you're coming from. It just seems to me, that there is more to this story than just the defensive liabillity fallacy, or the fact that he has actually won the Norris. It's the "too many right hand shots" or the "high risk, high reward" or the "bad attitude" comments that bug me. There seems to be no limit to the amount of untruths told about this kid, or about his personality. I had the chance to meet him on a golf course the year he was drafted by the Habs. I found him to be polite, curteous and a perfect gentlemen. He was a class act all the way, even going out of his way to make sure he introduced the other three Bulls who were golfing with him. Now I know it was just a 'one' chance meeting, but it just seemed to me at that time, that he was raised to be a decent person, and from the conversations I've had with Ian, who knows PK personally, I believe my initial thoughts to be true. Anyway, I hope Yzerman sees through all the bullshit and PK gets what is rightfully his, a chance to represent Canada and win gold.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-03 13:41:15)
I agree Mark, but I would add that Brian Blowhard actually caused the uproar, by opening his idiotic mouth. As Ryan said, all he had to do was cut him, not cut him up. Steve Yzerman is too classy, and is too much of a gentleman to fall into that trap, but I do believe there will be a furor, if he passes on the Norris Trophy winner' especially if Canada doesn't win, and the PP is stagnant or they are not getting timely goals. Frankly, I'm sick of all the crap that PK has to endure. Most elite atheletes have an inherent cockiness to them, in fact, it's usually part of what makes them great. You have to believe your the best, to be the best, in my opinion. PK has been misunderstood and misrepresented from day one. BTW I've been a HIO contributer from the get go, before Mr Desharnais even joined the team, although I haven't contributed in quite a while, but I still read the posts. My handle is actually my first and middle initials for my name, not my cup size.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-03 13:08:26)
I have a question I'm hoping someone out there might be able to answer. Has an encumbant Norris trophy winner, ever been passed over for International play by his Country, for reasons other than injury or suspension? It seems to me that the "high risk, high reward", too many right handed shots, and the "defensive liability" crap, being spouted by the glen healy types out there, is bullshit, plain and simple.It is leaf-centric propoganda. As I look at the stats right now, Shea Weber is a -12, and finished at -2 last year, while P.K. is sitting at +13, with 9 more points and finished with a +12 rating last year while winning the Norris Trophy. I get the 'plus/minus' arguement, that it is really not a great indicator of a players full value, but you would think Yzerman and his crew would be aware of this fact, either way. I would also like to point out that I really like Weber, and I'm thankful he is Canadian and that I believe that he deserves to play on Team Canada, but to say Subban is on the bubble, makes no sense at all, to me. I also question the "too many right handed shots" excuses. Is it such a stretch that a NHL all star calibre defensemen cannot play on his off side? I don't think so, in fact, if that was the case, then they wouldn't be there, would they. Furthermore, PK usually lines up on the left side during PP situations, to take advantage of the best one-timer from the point in the league. Moot point. Could you imagine what would have happened if Bobby Orr, Paul Coffey, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard or Raymond Bourque were passed over for international consideration, for reasons other than injury or suspension because of the 'high risk, high reward' fallacy or we have too many right handed shots excuse or he's a defensive liaibity excuse? If P.K. isn't included on this team, even as a PP specialist or in case of an injury, and they don't win gold, Yzerman should be tarred and feathered along with the rest of the moronic pundents out of Tarranna.
- Comment on Habs look to end slump against Lightning; Beaulieu sent back to Hamilton (2013-04-18 12:22:30)
I think you can sum up the people who contribute to HIO with a famous quote by Willaim A. Ward; "The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change; The realist adjusts the sails."
- Comment on Habs can clinch playoff spot with win in Buffalo (2013-04-11 13:37:27)
"First step back towards the JM/Gauthier era. Good times ahead." Another quote from Timo, and I really do believe he is sincere in these feelings. He seems to be happiest, when the Habs are losing.