CharlieHodgeFan

Member since October 12, 2008

Habs fan since: 1962
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All-time favorite player: Henri Richard

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  • Comment on Habs ink three-year deal with Sportsnet for regional TV coverage (2014-09-03 21:21:22)
    I dunno, mentioning Television during a crisis of Habs' availability on Canadian cable - ouch. I thought they were cool at the time, but the hiccupy vocals, the dumb dumb lyrics and the endless (but well played) guitar solos... they didn't wear well. They knew too many chords for their own good. We always put the Velvet Underground in the sixties, but there was only a five year gap between those bands. That was a good NYC band. Although I did get to see Patti Smith pass out on stage and get gently kicked out of her feedback by her concerned guitarist, Ivan Kral. Fine rock and roll moments.
  • Comment on Will 2015 be the year Habs end Stanley Cup drought? (2014-08-22 09:16:38)
    The Clash, King Tubby (a little dub reggae), Tim Timebomb, The Mountain Goats, Townes van Zandt, early Marley and the Wailers, The Replacements, The Tragically Hip, Fela Kuti, and Roy Milton and his Solid Senders. Rocket Richard, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Doug Harvey, Mats Naslund, Patrick Roy, Henri Richard, Steve Shutt, Guy Lapointe and Yvan Cournoyer.
  • Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-21 09:49:11)
    I think it is easier to rank goalies - they are on the ice all the time and the results are the results. True, the team in front matters enormously, but that doesn't always factor into fans ranking the position. A defenceman is a more complex read. There should be a balance between offence and defence, dumb penalties, smart penalties, hits, toughness, speed, vision of the ice and intelligent choices, reflexes, ice time ... it's a hell of a thing to read. PK is unfortunately human, and he'll need time if he is ever to put the whole deal together. He's gotten himself a huge contract, and now the pressure's on to have a huge career. Here's hoping. Still, a great defenceman on a tear as part of a solid team is just that. A great goalie on a tear with a good team behind him can win the Cup.
  • Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-19 17:44:53)
    Kovalev spoke the truth, for now. I don't recall Kovalev playing much defence either, but he had an eye for taking d-men apart when he bothered to show up. His analysis in good. He appealed to the same fans as Subban does, and a few people will be conflicted about that, but most are hoping PK moves far beyond the realm of Kovy. Subban is flashy, but he's also a passionate hockey player. No one has ever faulted Subban's work ethic. PK's going to take a lot of criticism of the sort this season as he is overpaid. The gamble is that he'll become worth it, but when you're paying for potential that is yet unrealized, fan boards and old players get nasty. The first slump will be unattractive. PK has a lot to prove, and he faces a steep enough learning curve. If he's the player Bergevin paid the dough for, then it is going to be a delight to watch him. He is already much better than the infuriating Kovalev. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens with this team next season. I hope they all play brilliantly and raise their games, and I hope the good weather magically extends into December, so we can have the best of both worlds.
  • Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-02 18:29:17)
    Now, a 9.5 per year extension for Desharnais, and the Cup is rolling down St Catherine Street.
  • Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-02 15:49:14)
    Squeak, squeak, squeak. That's the sound of the sky getting winched back up... Now let's hope the salary cap goes up as quick as the sky, and we'll all be okay.
  • Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-02 13:55:03)
    Market value is an interesting idea. The previous owner of my house hired an interior decorator sometime in the seventies, and he had it done up as the coolest hippy love pad in Montreal. When he decided to sell 10 years ago, his unchanged decor really mattered to him. He set the price accordingly. He couldn't sell it. He had to respond to market value, and with no offers, dropped it a little. It still didn't sell. I wandered into it, saw the dated decor and the basic strengths of the place, calculated how much it would cost to modernize, and looked at other houses in the area. I made what I sincerely felt was a reasonable offer. He was apparently furious, but the local market and a little give and go both ways meant he sold his house at 70% what he had personally assessed it as. I expect an arbitrator, if they existed for housing, would have given him what he got. It was researched, and fair. In Toronto or Vancouver, he would have gotten way way more. But he was selling the house in Montreal and couldn't truck it west. I made a fair offer that I actually felt was upper range, but I respected the guy - he was a character. It was fair all around, in the end. Market value. What you can get in a market. PK is in Montreal for now, and he will get market value. The market giveth, and the market taketh away. I know, Captain Obvious. But many posters seem to think market value is an ideal set in the sky, when it is what you can get for what you have to offer in the context you're selling it in. Whatever the decision (s), and the repercussions, I hope it works out for everyone, especially all the fans.
  • Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-01 22:12:57)
    Sorry Trini. I always look for your posts. You can't stop me. A lot of us are being a-holes tonight. There's an element of train wreck to how this turned out.
  • Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-01 22:04:03)
    They appear to have fan outrage now. That bridge has been crossed.
  • Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-01 22:02:23)
    Subban would be worth two players - a solid defenceman and a proven young scorer.