habsfanincalgary - (Tony Martins)Member since December 31, 2008
Habs fan since: 1975
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All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
- Comment on Prust set to return to Habs’ lineup (2013-11-13 14:49:21)
hi fellow hab fans, this is my first post in some time, but wanted to hear some of your feedback after watching a disappointing performance by everyone but the goalie. i question if this is a playoff team. i feel it lacks consistency, and when put to a true test (COL, SJ, TB), it falls short. take away PK and markov, i feel this is a very average defense. the EGG line looks promising for several years; pleks is a great two way forward, but beyond that, the team has a number of inconsistent efforts (gio, bourque, max p, etc.). i used to criticize martin's style of coaching and would question if there would ever be another hab in the top 10 scoring. therrien brought a little more office to the game. but the team stuggles in OT and shootouts. good cup teams have two and possibly three strong lines up front; this year's team does not. and IMHO, the briere signing doesn't add much. i'm hoping max p is going through a rough patch; the team needs him to find the net again. DD may be the next person that should be bought out. moen is ineffective and i question why white plays the SH game. it will be nice to have prust and emelin back in the lineup. i've always maintained that emelin's presence is a welcome one (just look when he went down and what happened to price's game last year). one more question i ask: what is the team's identity? price and PK? in years past, it was "roy's team" or "koivu's and kovalev's team"...just don't know whose team this is this (or last year)... on a final note, i realize that cole's departure was for team payroll and potentially he not 'getting' therrien's system. ryder has consistently put the puck in the net (unless if carbonneau is the coach), and is doing that in a NJD uniform this year. so basically, cole was moved, ryder was a rental and the money that was saved in order to assist with purchasing the briere contract? not sure i'm a big fan of that move. the goal tending situation is above average as is half the defense; the team needs to score more and learn to find a way to light up the lamp in the shootouts, otherwise, i'll find myself using a leaf fan's lines for years: there's always next year! love to hear your comments!
- Comment on Habs look to end slump against Lightning; Beaulieu sent back to Hamilton (2013-04-18 11:42:51)
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 … (2013-04-12 10:59:40)
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 (2013-04-05 14:32:09)
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 (2013-03-20 16:52:23)
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 (2013-01-18 14:27:41)
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! (2012-08-16 14:01:33)
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! (2012-08-16 13:53:41)
I think he would help the PP and shootout. $1M for the year...
- Comment on Audio: Price signs for six years, $39 million (2012-07-03 14:17:57)
Some random thoughts: - I'm a little disappointed that the Big Bird is not part of the coaching staff. - I said it last year and I'm going to be forced to say it again. This team lacks identity. Perhaps it will be one of Price with the new contract. Curious to hear what you have to say? I think in the past, it was Koivu's team...not sure if it has that same ring as "Gio's team." - What's the status of Gomer? The cap room that would be freed up would allow MB greater flexibility. - I'm hoping the PP gets better this year. PK's shot replaces the big shot from the past (Souray, MAB, Schneider, Streit). - The team needs major improvement on the shootout. Just look at last year's results. Any of the additions will not help. - Jagr would look good in a Habs uniform. I think he'd work well with Pleks and Gio. A seasoned vetern presence in the dressing room would also go a long way. But $4 mil from what I heard of an asking price may be a little steep. - I'm not so sure Niko was worth re-signing... - Here's hoping to getting a 'high impact' player from the remaining free agents... Love to hear your thoughts...
- Comment on The second coming of Kovy? (2012-06-28 13:32:17)
Any word on the status of Gomer? What is taking so long? I read that AK27 said that he would love to come back to finish his playing career in MTL. I think it may help the PP and the shootout! Last year, the team struggled in that department. No more Darche? No loss. Moen, Campoli as well? Easily replaceable. I'm a little surprised that Pulashej was offered a contract...hope it was a two way. Should be an interesting July 1!