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- Comment on Galchenyuk at centre as Habs prepare to face Canucks; Beaulieu called up from Hamilton (2014-12-08 15:51:25)
They don't need more two way players on the top 6. They need more of some combo of size, skills and speed to compete with the western clubs. Desharnais has the skills but not the other two, which limits his abilities on the ice. Besides lack of explosion and size, he tries to play a big man's game by leveraging his small body against bigger players, which doesn't work, because defenders can reach around him and check him. His best advice is to keep moving, like St. Louis, stay out of traffic, go to open spaces, and shoot when his shot presents itself. Too often he passes up shots so defenders respect him less. Another weakness is that he holds on to the puck too long to pull a fancy move when he should just fire away. One move and shoot! The window closes in a hurry in today's NHL. MaxPac, Galchenyuk, McCarron, Sekac, Eller (or Scherbak), and Andrighetto (small but explosive with playmaking and scoring ability) would be my top 6 next year. Pleks offers very little on offence and is more of a 3rd liner while Gallagher lacks size and speed and falls down too easily to a regular top 6.
- Comment on New Hab Parenteau can’t wait for training camp to start (2014-08-08 15:55:09)
Patches doesn't get enough credit. You call him "Streaky Patches"? He was 4th overall in goals scored! Name me a player who scores that much and isn't streaky? Nobody can score today in the NHL because of the size of the equipment. As for Vanek, overall he was a disappointment but still he made some key plays at certain times but had no partner to finish his plays with on the 4th line. Habs will suffer from his loss unless Parenteau, Sekac, Andrighetto or Galchenyuk can make up for his 30 goals.
- Comment on Subban wasn’t fazed by arbitration hearing with Habs (2014-08-07 12:43:24)
Pleks isn't really known for building chemistry with linemates because he's too busy trying to avoid getting hit.
- Comment on Subban wasn’t fazed by arbitration hearing with Habs (2014-08-07 12:40:36)
And when his security guard asked what happened, he gave the impression that there was nothing to be concerned about, probably because he was too busy thinking up an alibi.
- Comment on Habs’ Bergevin beaten out for NHL’s GM of the Year Award (2014-06-25 17:01:36)
Pleks was good for Kovy when they played. He would make a 3 foot pass to Kovy and then get out of the way and watch him score. Pleky still plays hot potato with the puck and admires his passes too much. Notice how many times he plays with one hand on the stick?
- Comment on Habs’ Bergevin beaten out for NHL’s GM of the Year Award (2014-06-25 16:49:05)
Gorges gives 100% and sacrifices his body to make a play and has leadership skills but the Habs need more than that if they hope to win 6 more games to win the Cup. When you have trouble scoring in May and June, as the Habs have done against Philly and NY in the third round, you need more size, speed, scoring, playmaking and big-play men (like PK and Patches) all over the ice. It’s a matter of being safe (Gorges) or taking a risk (Beaulieu) to win. Everyone talks about Carey Price being the key but it’s always a lack of talent up front that does them in in the playoffs
- Comment on Habs’ Bergevin beaten out for NHL’s GM of the Year Award (2014-06-25 16:47:05)
Gorges gives 100% and sacrifices his body to make a play and has leadership skills but the Habs need more than that if they hope to win 6 more games to win the Cup. When you have trouble scoring in May and June, as the Habs have done against Philly and NY in the third round, you need more size, speed, scoring, playmaking and big-play men (like PK and Patches) all over the ice. It's a matter of being safe (Gorges) or taking a risk (Beaulieu) to win. Everyone talks about Carey Price being the key but it's always a lack of talent up front that does them in in the playoffs.
- Comment on (AUDIO) Habs sign Markov to three-year contract; Burns named to Hall of Fame (2014-06-23 18:41:17)
Bambi, eh? He reminds me of Gumby because his body parts go in every direction when he gets hit and he never gets hurt. It's not his fault that the Canadiens are using a 7th or 8th defenceman on a top 4 pairing. Even the NHL preview magazines say his effectiveness is reduced with more minutes. The Canadiens never get it. They say, "We need more size and talent" but when they get it they don't appreciate it so they settle for role guys with limited skills.
- Comment on Budaj to start for Habs vs. Sens; Beaulieu called up after Murray suspended 3 games (2014-04-03 18:20:53)
Beef Bouillon is only keeping the seat warm for Beaulieu until he's ready.
- Comment on Habs get day off after win over Avalanche; Bozon’s condition improving (2014-03-19 18:20:32)
Hey, JLGIB1019, Gainey did have the brains to trade cheaply for Kovalev. The Vanek deal is a repeat of that. Gainey won an AHL title, ECHL title, and finished first overall in the conference one year but his mistake was in signing small players to huge contracts as the core of the team, as well as not resigning Kovalev as a "bridge" player. The coaches messed up the rest. Carbonneau didn't use Ryder and Latendresse much in the playoffs on the first place team, and Martin didn't promote the young players (SKost, Latendresse, Chipchura, O'Byrne), choosing to go with vets and role guys instead. As for Gomez, his confidence dropped, he got hurt, and he wasn't surrounded with size, so like many former Habs his production fell over time. The team's excessive obsession with defensive play also doesn't help the scoring. But you're right. That '08 team came close. They had Tanguay and Robert Lang and almost got Sundin. Plenty of size, skills, scoring, youth and vets.