CharlieHodgeFanMember since October 12, 2008
Habs fan since: 1962
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All-time favorite player: Henri Richard
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-03 08:27:46)
We're not disagreeing. I expect, sadly, more injuries. These are nasty weeks of hockey with little recovery time. The Habs can match up with teams , but like everyone else, there will be injuries and depth is an issue over this long long season. Injuries and the natural up and down of players will give us a couple of more short losing streaks. If you look at it that way, you are saved the drama queen posting urge that rules here with losses.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-03 07:53:51)
Max looks pretty happy to me. Of course, he could be reading HIO and becoming secretly depressed.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-03 07:40:00)
I'm actually looking forward to a game against the Devils. Hopefully, the cockroaches at Newark Airport (got stuck overnight there once, whew) don't carry off any of our players.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-03 07:36:31)
That's a winning streak. They were stringing losses before that. I expect it'll be that kind of season. As long as they win 8 and lose 4, we're fine, except we'll have to suffer the trade everyone above 30 or short crew when they lose more than 2 in a row. Looking down, we already have a Briere trader when things are going well.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-03 06:22:41)
Any team on a roll meeting up with the Devils will be like a happy celebratory thread meeting up with a Timo posting. The Devils play a negative, fun destroying game that is numbingly predictable and absolutely effective. No matter, the better team found a way once again. I fear we may have a slightly streaky team here, but while they are on a winning streak, let's enjoy. Let's even try to enjoy watching them play the Devils. The Leafs, with their God-awful defence, were a little more entertaining, but the results are equally good in the long run.
- Comment on Habs’ Murray misses practice; Budaj will face Capitals (2013-11-29 07:24:12)
If you send Markov off in a major trade, you drop a couple of places in the standings and don't make the play-offs. So are you of the 'tank' persuasion, saying that the team is so far from making a splash that it's worth doing that? Markov is the Habs' best defenceman. Subban will pass him very soon, as long as Markov keeps mentoring him. Take the teacher out of the equation, and the student is going to stumble. Markov is playing superb hockey, but he is also essential to Subban's development into a consistent star. Like Myron.Selby, I was lucky to watch Savard, Lapointe and Robinson play for the Habs. I'm also lucky to watch Markov, who would have fit right in in my daydream big four, and Subban who would still be a fifth D on that fantasy team, but who is learning fast and may yet be up there with Robinson. You need players to develop players. Look at Edmonton.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-28 06:46:57)
I'm going to agree with Boone on this one. Markov is such an intelligent hockey player that he dominates on the ice. Paired with an impulsive raw talent like PK, he is is deadly. Paired with Emelin. as you suggest, he would be in a different role, and would not be as evidently dominant. That's obvious, but I don't see it as an argument. PK has every physical ability you want, but he still seems occasionally distracted by shiny objects. He is not a consistently strategic player. Yet. He will be. He is a smart guy when you see his interviews, and he will improve quickly playing with Markov. The improvement since the season before last, when he was just a loose cannon, is incredible. When PK can maintain his strategic focus, he is brilliant. Paired with anyone, he would still have his brain jams. Even Markov has a few, but they are in reaction situations. PK still makes a few bad conscious decisions on the ice. He is still a young player. If you put Subban and a healthy Markov together, they are much much better than either alone. It's the Komisarek effect, only in this case, Markov isn't carrying Subban like he did the future falling Leaf. Subban should be a consistently better player than Markov by the end of this season. If he doesn't make this Olympic team, he will dominate the next. And when his knees hurt, I hope he'll be here, guiding a brash and brilliant young defenceman the way Markov is now guiding him. That used to be how the Habs operated, and it should be again.
- Comment on Fans might need to adjust cable package to see all Habs games in new NHL TV deal (2013-11-26 20:30:14)
Just as long as I can watch my Habs in French and continue avoiding the terrible English hockey announcers, it'll be all right. I'm an old school Anglo, but I have been won over by the good coverage on RDS. But Peladeau - yech.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 24 – Canadiens beat powerhouse Penguins 3-2 (2013-11-23 18:05:51)
Favourite soap opera - every Habs' season.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 24 – Canadiens beat powerhouse Penguins 3-2 (2013-11-23 18:03:39)
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