HairyHabist - (Bryan Atkinson)

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  • Comment on Carey Price survives All-Star Game shootout (2015-01-26 17:49:55)
    They're not going to scrap the mid season break. All leagues have an All Star weekend. It's too important from a sponsorship point of view. Keeping all the other All Star stuff would maintain the All star connection. But nobody; fans, players, media or sponsors, like the game itself the way it is. It's not added points. It's a regular season scheduled game. It just happens during the All Star weekend. Played in the All Star city. The Stanley Cup connection would create a natural interest. And the fact that it counts in the standings would make it a meaningful game The current rosters would be the ones that played. And the stars would be in attendance for the media to interview. When NHL All Star game interest was at it's highest, the Stanley Cup winner played an All Star team made up of players from the other teams. But that was in a 6 team league. In a 30 team league the Cup winner wouldn't have a chance. But both Cup finalists should be 2 good teams. And a meaningful game would raise the caliber of play and create interest in the game.
  • Comment on Carey Price survives All-Star Game shootout (2015-01-26 13:59:42)
    Maintain the All Star skills competitions, gala dinner and schmoozing with the media, sponsors etc. But instead of playing a meaningless, no touch, All Star game, play a scheduled game between the previous year's Stanley Cup finalists that would count for points in the standings.
  • Comment on About last night … (2015-01-14 23:53:25)
    Seems the Jackets thought they could take advantage because the Habs wouldn't score with it. But they easily would've counted a few more if Bobrovsky hadn't been outstanding. Kudos to MTL for keeping their cool and keeping the pressure on.
  • Comment on Penguins vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-10 14:25:54)
    I understand now that I didn't get the point. A rare oversight.
  • Comment on Penguins vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-10 13:57:27)
    Then why did they draft him? Are you a scout? He was good enough to make a contribution in last year's playoffs. Letting him flounder in the role of a no talent goon at the AHL level is a waste of a pick.
  • Comment on Penguins vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-10 13:36:50)
    The Habs are counting on Tinordi to be a hockey player. Not just an old school, Cherryesque gooner. He shouldn't be getting involved in staged fights in the AHL. Tinordi has shown ability at the NHL level. Is he in Hamilton because he's truly not ready? Or is it more because Therrien is not ready to rely on the youth movement? Realistically, the Habs are not Cup ready. But getting there includes Tinordi. Do they leave him in the AHL because they're afraid of rookie mistakes? Or should they use him before they lose him?
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-12-31 07:31:56)
    Hard to argue with Booney's points. Too bad Parenteau's 4 shoot out game winners don't show in his personal numbers. Good to see Tokarski play well and get the win. These 4pts coupled with the back to back roadies on Fri & Sat against NJ & PIT will be a real measure of where this team stands.
  • Comment on Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau dies at age 83 (2014-12-03 08:02:08)
    Rest in Peace somehow seems insufficient for a man whose life exemplified peace and grace. But at the same time played the game with such a high degree of physical prowess. While we may be mourning, somewhere they're cheering.
  • Comment on Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau dies at age 83 (2014-12-03 06:39:45)
    From Wikipedia: "A star at an early age, he was spotted by Canadiens general manager Frank Selke at the age of 15. Selke tried to get him to sign a "C-form," the usual form by which NHL teams bound young players to them. Under the form's terms, Jean would have joined the Canadiens at a set date, and at an agreed-upon salary. However, Jean's father balked, and eventually Selke had to content himself with having Jean sign a "B-form," in which he agreed to play for Montreal should he ever decide to turn pro. Béliveau became a star in Quebec's amateur leagues, and was called up twice for brief appearances by the Canadiens in 1950–51 and 1952–53. He led the Quebec Senior Hockey League in scoring in 1953. However, he did not appear to show much interest in playing professionally. Finally, Selke got an idea—if the QSHL were somehow turned into a professional league, Béliveau would be a professional as well, and under the terms of the B-form he would have to sign with the Habs. At Selke's suggestion, the Canadiens bought the QSHL and converted it from an amateur league to a minor pro league. This forced Béliveau to join the Canadiens for the 1953–54 NHL season (though the Habs owned the NHL rights to all of the league's players in any case)." Jean Béliveau's name is on the Stanley Cup 17 times, 10 times as a player, 7 times as an executive. We will never see his like again.
  • Comment on Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau dies at age 83 (2014-12-03 02:25:12)
    Years ago I attended a couple of functions in which Béliveau was there representing the Canadiens. He had the type of presence where, when he walked in the room you knew he was there. I started following the Habs when he was a player. It was the same thing in hockey. When he was on the ice you knew he was there. He made his presence felt on every shift. In Béliveau's day there was no draft. Hockey was not a career at that time. Many players held regular jobs in the off season. He was reluctant to join the Canadiens at first because he felt such a strong tie to the team he was playing for in Quebec City. So to make sure Béliveau joined Montreal, the Canadiens bought the Quebec Aces team he was playing for. Jean Béliveau was one of the best hockey players ever to lace up skates. And he was as good a human being as he was a hockey player.