habsfanincalgary - (Tony Martins)Member since December 31, 2008
Habs fan since: 1975
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All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
- Comment on Habs look to end slump against Lightning; Beaulieu sent back to Hamilton
This reminded me of the Centential year. If I remember correctly, Gainey was behind the bench with Carbo before he took over. I was at the embarrasement game when they lost 7-4, they went to Edmonton, lost another, they then went bowling as a team. They went on to lose in Van. PAINFUL. I don't know what's changed...Emelin's absence takes away hits. Is Theirrien being outcoached? While the goalies have let some softies, the defence also has left them out to dry on some of the goals... Let's hope this slump ends pretty quickly!
- Comment on About last night ...
If Gally wins the Calder and MT wins the Adams trophy, it will be like the Expos of last year when Harper captured NL rookie of the year and Johnson was the coach of the year!
- Comment on Habs given day off before facing Bruins
MT has really surprised me this season. I definitely think that coaching (in addition to a reasonably healthy lineup) is a major factor of the team's success this year! I feel the Habs have the ability to win against any team in the East. As Hossa was available a few years back, Gainey said that it would affect team chemistry too much by what they had to give up. Bergevin's moves that he has made (and also offering contracts during a season unlike BG) have been good. Would I have liked to see a larger forward added? For sure...but the team is working well. Some random thoughts: - PIT has loaded up and I question the chemistry factor gelling in time for the playoffs. - BOS and PIT first round departures would fast track MTL's road to 25. - Price, IMHO, has yet to steal a game this season for the Habs (a la Halak). Finally, I'm still trying to find the identity of this team...after Kovy's and Kovu's departures, who is the face of the franchise? Price? PK??? It should be an interesting remainder of the season!
- Comment on Bouillon signs one-year contract extension with Habs
TSN posts that Komisarek has waived his no trade in order to be placed on waivers! I'm sure that there will be a team that will pick him up...cheaply. Frankie has always been a solid, defensively responsible D. Glad he's back. Does the whole Kaberlae healthy scratch thing remind anyone of the Jannie Niinima signing? They both were traded for and didn't play very much. The only snag with Kaberlae is that's a lot of cap room sitting in the press box!
- Comment on Leblanc, Tinordi among Habs cuts; Galchenyuk stays
And so starts another season...against the Laffs...again! Some general comments: - I don't think the Habs were as bad as people made them out to be last year considering the amount of games lost due to injury. - I'm hoping that MT's game plan includes a little more offence and improvement of the shootout. I believe had the shootout record been reversed last year, they may have squeaked into the post season. - I'm curious to see if the #1 line can have a repeat performance. The #2 can compete with other teams, and the grit added with the off season moves will be good. - AK27 got signed for $1M by FLA today. Reading through various TSN comments, I have to agree, this is good value. Expect nothing but help on the PP and in the shootout, areas that the team struggled with last year. I'm interested to see how he will do this year in the sunshine state... TSN had the team finishing out of the playoffs. I don't think they are in any ways stacked with the offensive talents of PIT or NYR. If the offence comes alive this season, the defence is stable and Price plays like that of 2 seasons ago, anything is possible. GO HABS!
- Comment on Live-blog lives!
Great to hear that Mike's back...let's hope that hockey will be back soon too! On a completely unrelated note, anyone notice that the Expos have the best record in baseball?
- Comment on Live-blog lives!
I think he would help the PP and shootout. $1M for the year...