Da HemaMember since November 11, 2007
Habs fan since: Time immemorial
Favorite current player: Brendan Gallagher
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- Comment on Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach (2014-07-19 02:25:34)
He had a bullet of a shot. I remember one game how much I cursed him when he hit Mats Naslund on the ankle during a power play. I thought he broke Mats' ankle for sure. Gingras was essentially a power play specialist, a luxury the Habs could afford at that time with all the great defencemen they had on those 1980s teams.
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-02 23:03:13)
I think you are right. Being an NHL enforcer is not a role that is natural for most people. Even the best fighters of the past had to deal with the challenges and fears of being a fighter. Gearing up to exchange blows with someone who could break a jaw or worse is a very hard thing to do. Like boxers, such players need to learn how to fight properly. Incidentally, I also agree with your comment at the end about whether Bergevin really wants a goon. I am not sure it is necessary. I think one reason the Habs beat the Bruins is because the Habs are a tougher (in the Bob Gainey sense of toughness) team than Boston.
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-02 22:47:16)
The Toronto Maple Leafs may have an opening for someone of your...talents?
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-02 22:45:14)
I can't insult a fellow British Columbian!
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-02 22:33:59)
Ok, you! :-)
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-02 22:33:00)
I didn't claim Gorges was useless. I just wrote that he can't hit, shoot, pass, fight, or clear the net. ;-)
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-02 22:14:01)
I am having difficulty understanding why some folks here think the Habs trading Gorges was like trading a Chelios. While everyone respects his heart and effort, Gorges was overpaid and frequently overwhelmed on the ice. Some point out his shot blocking abilities, forgetting that it was Gorges' inability to clear the zone that forced him to do so in the first place. He can't hit, fight, shoot, pass, nor clear the front of the net. Indeed, how many times was Gorges dangerously driven to his own net thereby putting his own goalie in peril? That Bergevin was able to get a potentially valuable second-round draft pick is amazing given Gorges' contract. Looking back, the only thing that caught my attention about Gorges was that he was able to take vicious poundings on the ice -- but as a defenceman, that isn't always a good thing. He is hit too frequently because he's a target.
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-02 21:57:57)
- Comment on Habs trade Leblanc to Ducks; Therrien gets four-year contract extension (2014-06-15 16:18:09)
Trained monkeys are incapable of serial lying and hypocrisy as is this NHL president.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-05-15 03:40:25)
The NHL has only itself to blame for the WWE mentality it has encouraged by allowing the Bruins to play the way they do. Like the Flyers of the 1970s, the Bruins set professional hockey back ten years -- until tonight. For three years, the NHL head office has either turned a blind eye or implicitly encouraged this shameful nonsense by the Bruins. No other professional league of which I am aware allows players simply to punch other players in the head as Marchand did tonight. Lamentably almost all sports announcers for networks associated with the NHL call what the Bruins do simply "tough hockey plays." Chara can crosscheck players in the face and it's a "tough hockey play." When Bruins' opponents return the favor, it is a "missed penalty." When Don Cherry dies, the hockey world -- actually, the world -- will become a better place. His influence on the game is palpable and revolting.