twocents - (Eric )

Member since June 24, 2008

Wolfe Island

Habs fan since: 1972
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov (others: Eric Cole, P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller, Alexei Emelin)
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson (others: Ken Dryden, Saku Koivu)

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  • Comment on About last night … (2014-03-02 11:58:37)
    To those who contend with the, "just because it hasn't been done before, doesn't mean it's not a good idea", argument, I find it quite interesting how many of those who are most sure about trading Markov, argue that it's the realistic and pragmatic thing to do. Pragmatic choices are seldom ones that have never been tried before and that's reality. I'll let others argue why no one does it, they've done a fine job. But, the fact is, those arguing for his trade like to point to what other teams have gotten for their valuable vets, as if precedence is ultimately relevant, yet ignore that there simply is no precedence for a team in our position doing so. As for the Kovalchuk trade, the Trashers were no where near 3rd place at the time(they didn't even make the playoffs)... but the Devils were. Get the point?
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-03-02 11:57:49)
    To those who contend with the, "just because it hasn't been done before, doesn't mean it's not a good idea", argument, I find it quite interesting how many of those who are most sure about trading Markov argue that it's the realistic pragmatic thing to do. Pragmatic choices are seldom ones that have never been tried before and that's reality. I let others argue why no one does it, they've done a fine job. But, the fact is, those arguing for his trade like to point to what other teams have gotten for their valuable vets as if precedence is ultimately relevant, yet ignore that there simply is no precedence for a team in our position doing so. As for the Kovalchuk trade, the Trashers were no where near 3rd place at the time(they didn't even make the playoffs)... but the Devils were. Get the point?
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-03-02 11:01:34)
    So, I see no one has taken the challenge I posted earlier today, so I'll repost this to all those who think Markov should be traded. I dare anyone to find an example in the history of the trade deadline, of a team in third place or higher in its conference, trading a veteran for prospects, youngsters and/or picks. Perhaps this exercise could put an end to all the hand wringing and self loathing that goes on around here, even in the middle of what is turning out to be a fairly successful season so far. ...but I highly doubt it.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-03-02 10:37:26)
    If your one of the people who think that Markov should be retained, my diatribe was not intended for you. I am really trying to expose the holes in the arguments of those who think Markov should be moved, but Pleks should not be considered for trade. I think both should stay right now. As for a 38 year old Pleks, despite his intellegence and awareness on the ice, I am not confident that he could adjust to a losing a step as well as Markov has. Time will tell though.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-03-02 10:13:19)
    Firstly, Pleks has two years left on his current contract. Secondly, do you honestly think a 38 year old Pleks will be an effective NHL player?
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-03-02 10:00:09)
    And if your ultimate goal is winning the Cup, it means you believe he can contribute within the timeframe you think that is possible.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-03-02 09:49:21)
    Sorry Boone, In no organizations of assets does a 31 year old get included in a "young core". We all know you like him. I do too, and I am not suggesting he be moved, but when you build an argument around retaining only the young talented core, you can't tuck your boy Plekanec out of harm's way. Shit or get off the pot, either the valuable vets should be dealt, conceding the team has a zero chance of legitimately competing for the Cup in the next couple of years, or each asset should be assessed for its rather complex function and value. In which case, excellent vets like Pleks are retained to maintain roster balance, their skills and their leadership. However, that security blanket can easily cover our man Markov too. And, you then have to submit that retaining Pleks under that guise suggests we actually do have a better than zero chance of legitimately competing for the Cup in the next year or two. Let's be honest, that's all any team in the east can claim to have at this point. And since they reserve a spot in the final for an eastern team, can any GM in 3rd place, this late in the season, legitimately throw in the towel? How about this, I dare anyone to find an example in the history of the trade deadline, of a team in third place in its conference, trading a veteran for prospects, youngsters and/or picks. Perhaps that exercise could put an end to all the hand wringing and self loathing that goes on around here, even in the middle of what is turning out to be a fairly successful season so far. ...but I highly doubt it.
  • Comment on Budaj gets Wednesday start vs. Red Wings (with video) (2014-02-25 20:14:20)
    Hey Steve, Just had some time on a rare slow evening and thought I'd check in on what some of us old-timers were saying. I figure this little stretch before NHL play resumes is a nice opportunity for calm before things start getting unhinged in here again. You know, as soon as the team's next lose comes around. Hope you are well.
  • Comment on Budaj gets Wednesday start vs. Red Wings (with video) (2014-02-25 19:46:20)
    Steve, I honestly think there is an extremely small chance that Nathan Beaulieu does not establish himself as an NHL regular. I would say his future prospects of becoming a regular are great. Now whether he becomes a great/very good defenceman or an average defenceman is up in the air. So by your terms, he is a great prospect.
  • Comment on Budaj gets Wednesday start vs. Red Wings (with video) (2014-02-25 19:28:35)
    I am mystified as to how you can be so down on Bergevin after so short of a time. From what I can see, I am very happy with the two drafts he has overseen. I also really like his decisions with regard to player development. He has shown patience and not rushed players where necessary, yet is not rigid in his approach and has allowed players to fast track if they have what it takes. In this department he has been flawless really. I think the Prust signing was smart. He managed to get Weise for Diaz, and so far that looks pretty good. His Cole trade was well considered, given all the factors involved. I like how he has not squandered and even stockpiled draft picks. Getting Waite was sheer brilliance Now, I do think he gave dd a little too much money and a little too much term... and the Briere signing has not worked out.(yet, he says hopefully)... and Parros hasn't added much. But all GM's, every single one, have examples of this level of misstep. Nothing MB has done has been truly awful. I am not any where near wanting to throw him under the bus, but I agree with the underlying point of the poster above... this deadline and this coming summer will really start to cement his mark on the team.