Da HemaMember since November 11, 2007
Habs fan since: Time immemorial
Favorite current player: Brendan Gallagher
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- 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?
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 04:05:04)
Thanks UCe. I was waiting for your thoughts -- with a Bailey's in my hand! Your observations on the NHL officiating certainly seem true to me. Gallagher and Desharnais both take shots from opponents that frequently are worthy of penalties, and yet the officials keep their whistles in their pockets. I guess there is an officiating bias against smaller players in the NHL -- they are expected to get slashed and elbowed into the boards without complaint. I continue to be frustrated that opponents can drape themselves over PK Subban's back as he carries the puck up the ice with no *%cking penalty called. I think Subban has now earned the right, like other younger NHL veterans, not to be treated by the officials as a rookie who needs to "learn his place" in the NHL. Anyone who even glances the wrong way at precious Erik Karlsson gets a penalty, but for whatever dubious reasons Subban is still expected to carry his opponents on his back.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 03:23:35)
I am not trying to prolong this, but I don't believe "bias" is the word you should use. Frankly, some forward on Montreal let Tanguay go to the net in the very first place. But Emelin showed some questionable judgment on that play, and if he had stayed on his skates it is unlikely that would have turned into a goal. These things happen, but a defenceman going to the ice on a two-on-one to attempt to break up a play is very risky -- far riskier than Subban's pinch...IMHO :-)
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 02:58:41)
To say that Beaulieu has "more skill" needs some qualification. No doubt he is a stronger skater and puck-handler than Tinordi, but you and I are seeing a different Beaulieu on the ice. I see a player who is tentative and getting hit and knocked off the puck far too often. You mentioned you are a "Beaulieu guy" -- but surely you can see he looks overwhelmed on the ice at this point. I am neither a "Tinordi guy" nor a "Beaulieu guy" -- one of them is ready to play a full-time role, and it isn't Beaulieu yet.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 02:46:09)
Perhaps "unlucky pinch" is a more accurate way to phrase it. If we want this team to score more goals, Subban will be integral to that objective. Emelin is not on the ice to score. He's supposed to be a defensive defenceman, which surely is his job when he is on the ice. If Emelin doesn't flop to the ice, Tanguay doesn't tip in the puck unobstructed.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 02:37:46)
I would love to see both Tinordi and Beaulieu play to their full potential now and knock either Weaver or Gilbert out of a job. At this point, though, Tinordi is proving he can play in the NHL. I think what Tinordi brings to this team -- size, controlled aggression, a physical presence on the back-end -- is more important to the Canadiens than the skill sets Beaulieu can provide at this stage.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 02:27:36)
PK did not eff up on the first goal Timo. It was Emelin deciding to flop on the ice like a sea bass that led to Colorado's first goal.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 02:00:52)
Sometimes it's good to be wrong. :-)
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 01:42:18)
I think it is amazing how well this organization has rebuilt on the fly. Two years ago, both Travis Moen and Brandon Prust were considered key forwards on the team -- and Moen once even played on the second line due to injuries! Now they may well lose their jobs to better players. I like very much what I see with this group. It certainly appears, with the young prospects coming up the pipeline, that the days of Country Club Montreal are finally over. I'd like to add my thoughts on Tinordi. I thought he played an outstanding game tonight, exactly the kind of thing we are expecting of him: sound defensive play, moving bodies, and fighting if necessary. There was one play by an Avalanche forward who was circling at the Habs' face-off circle with his back to Tinordi trying to him shake off when Tinordi used his long reach to bat the puck away. It will be great to see Tinordi mature this season -- he's ready to play!
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens win fifth of six, 3-2 over Colorado (2014-10-18 22:35:10)
Timing is everything.