Da HemaMember since November 11, 2007
Habs fan since: Time immemorial
Favorite current player: Brendan Gallagher
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 18:44:16)
The Oilers are not in a strong bargaining position in relation to other teams. You can compel a player to go to Edmonton as a result of a trade, but due diligence dictates ensuring the player or players you get in return will genuinely want to play there. This must be a major problem for the Oilers.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 15:15:01)
I lived in Edmonton for seven years, and had a chance to observe first-hand the culture of the city. It may be a stretch, but I think the circumstances surrounding Chris Pronger's departure and how his wife publicly stated she hated Edmonton had a devastating effect on that organization. Much like Calgary, Edmonton has a fragile ego -- evidenced by the constant and irritating boosterism of the city's media. In part thanks to Pronger's wife, Edmonton is the number one city integrated into no-trade clauses. In short, I think the players on that team really don't want to be in Edmonton. They are like the thousands of students who in their eyes are being "forced" to attend college or university. They are only giving a half-effort because they really want to be elsewhere.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 14:59:30)
I like Nilan, but I think you are quite right to remind us to take anything he says with a grain of salt. For example, in the most recent HIO segment with him there was discussion about the difference between Galchenyuk this season versus his previous NHL seasons. Nilan said that the main difference is that Galchenyuk was playing "scared" until this year. That is nonsense. Perhaps it is Nilan's limited vocabulary, but I believe the more accurate way to describe Galchenyuk was that he was hesitant or perhaps at times overwhelmed -- but I never observed "scared." "Scared" would describe someone like former-Hab Kjell Dahlin who cowered to the ice when his opponents neared.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 14:40:47)
Yes. Those teams at times had to play Mathieu Darche and Travis Moen on the second and first lines. Moen is essentially the same player now that he was then, but today he is a spare part (a useful one though).
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-24 14:34:06)
When I was in university, one of my good friends was being stalked by another man. He'd try to gain entrance to my friend's place, and spent hours at night staring at his apartment from a sidewalk. I asked another friend of mine, a defensive lineman with the university team, to accompany me to have a conversation with this stalker. We did, but within a week the stalker was back following my friend. The only thing that ended this was my friend leaving the city. I understand these videos are intended to humor, but they are kind of sinister to me.
- Comment on Habs return to the ice after day off and a Halloween party (2014-10-23 20:23:40)
I was very pleased when Gainey was first hired as general manager, but equally disappointed with his legacy. I agree he restored some continuity and respectability to the organization. However, and I am speculating here, he allowed Gillett to the run the organization on a shoestring budget and ultimately to milk the team financially for all it was worth. It was the Bob Gainey (and on draft day, Trevor Timmins) show. The scouting staff was basically Timmins, there was no position for player development -- although Gillett evidently provided ample resources for the team's marketing department. In the end, Gainey's legacy in a way was a hallowed-out organization that was little different from the one he inherited.
- Comment on Habs return to the ice after day off and a Halloween party (2014-10-23 20:14:13)
PK should keep that makeup for the next game against the Rangers. That would look very cool, especially if he scores.
- Comment on Habs return to the ice after day off and a Halloween party (2014-10-23 20:04:50)
Or Yakupov could throw his sweater on the ice when the Oilers lose their next game, which conveniently for him will be the very next one!
- Comment on Habs return to the ice after day off and a Halloween party (2014-10-23 19:50:17)
I call bull$hit on you, sir or madame. I challenge you to demonstrate conclusively your inference that those posters you allege have been critical of Galchenyuk have done so on the basis of his nationality. Who are these "same posters" who are anti-Russian in their comments on Yakupov and Galchenyuk? My experience has been that it is the laziest and despicable dunces who resort to arguments like yours. You can make your point without resorting to those cheap tactics.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-22 03:52:21)
From where is this "buzz" over Yakupov coming? I haven't seen anything in the sports sites about this. Or is the "buzz" merely HIO wishful thinking?