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- Comment on A listless loss (2011-03-11 12:20:59)
That is second hand information, I didn't see it myself, Tony Marinaro on team 990 this morning said there was a standing-O with chants of Chara, Chara. I didn't see it because I am done with hockey. But I am still listening to the fallout because I feel there was a gross injustice done and I want to see the league suffer for it. I've heard and read a ton of comments from Boston fans in the last 2 days. They love it.
- Comment on The win streak is over (2011-03-10 15:01:17)
I regret the spineless word comment. I'm angry. That's way too strong. But PG really disappointed me.
- Comment on Time has come today (2010-04-26 18:59:16)
It is indeed. And a great video. A rare glimpse of Richie Ramone behind the kit. Oh ya.. Go Habs.
- Comment on Time has come today (2010-04-26 13:15:08)
We need more cowbell.
- Comment on Round 1, Game 1: Canadiens stun Capitals (2010-04-15 11:18:57)
It's business. They had first dibs and chose Ottawa vs Pens, no doubt thinking that that series will go longer than the Habs, which is a pretty smart bet. If they had people choosing the series based on their favourite teams then they would be a joke. It's not like nobody will be watching the Sens games anyway with Crosby involved.
- Comment on Do they have a shot? (2010-04-15 00:35:59)
Haha. I share your pessimism M Boone. But I also share your underlying hope. I'm pretty damn sure that you'll be as happy as anyone should the Habs pull it off. I'll be the first guy here to say I don't know jack if they do ...hell, thats a fact whether they win or lose. The three days off and the playoff buzz makes the losing streak and the Halak slump seem like a distant memory. I still think they are going to get creamed but it's going to feel damn good if they don't. They are overmatched, but there are a few guys on the team, especially the new additions, that aren't going to be intimidated by the playoffs and the big bad Caps. I still think that the fact they even made the playoffs is commendable so it's all gravy to me from here on.
- Comment on AUDIO: And now the work begins (2010-04-12 16:28:52)
They certainly can both happen. Whether they should or will is another story. As for me thinking they would be better off trading Halak, well, it doesn't really matter what I think. It does matter what the front office thinks though and my money says they think Price is their guy. Purely speculation, I don't claim to know. I strongly feel that by the end of next season, maybe sooner, Gauthier will have to make a decision and live with it. I can't believe they can keep both guys and keep them happy. Price has been a pro about his diminished ice time. It's the toughest thing in sports to lose your spot and sit and watch. But does anyone envision a future where he signs a deal to play behind Halak beyond next season with free-agency looming? I don't. And as for the flipside Halak has already shown an unwillingness to accept that role. As has been pointed out on this forum many times, if he had nothing to do with his agent's public musings, he sure didn't distance himself from them either.
So yeah, I hope Halak has a great series, whether he stays or he goes. Not because of this infantile Price vs Halak stuff. But for the reasons I mentioned in the above post. It would be nice to keep both goalies (except where reading HIO is concerned) but I don't think it will happen. And if it wont happen, they absolutely have to get something in return. As people like to say, it's a problem any GM would love to have. But the closer these guys get to the end of their contracts, the less true that adage is.
- Comment on AUDIO: And now the work begins (2010-04-12 12:09:43)
A lot of people seem to think the Habs lucked out when they drew Washington. I do too but not because I think they have a chance - I don't. I think it will be a massacre. If they can't beat the Isles, Canes or Leafs, I don't know how the hell they are going to beat these guys. But whatever... my prediction is worth the same as anyone's - nothing. I think they drew well because all eyes are going to be on Washington and that means all eyes are going to be on Halak (I'm assuming he starts game 1...it's the only sensible assumption IMO). If he was somehow able to pull off what most impartial fans would consider a near miracle, he is the talk of the NHL and his stock rises. If he gets hammered I think GM's see him as just another decent goalie, there isn't a shortage of those, and I don't think anyone is going to risk too much to get him as their number one. He'll still have value but the doubt will remain.
Having said that, I think he needs a win in game one or at least a spectacular performance in a loss or Price gets game two. That's just a feeling. I don't think there is as much riding on Price having a great series because I don't think it's going to change anyone's mind about him in the organization anyway. It would be a remarkable about face for the club if he isn't the guy going forward. The resources for improving the skaters on the team are few. The more coveted Halak is the better the chances of that happening are.
- Comment on Playoff pump-up (2010-04-12 09:03:19)
I like O'Byrne too. He certainly has assets they lack on the blueline. Seems like right from his own goal last year to his getting burned chipping last week, this guy gets crucified every time he makes a mistake. The toughness that you cite and the wilingness to mix it up are pretty much absent on that corps. In recent years those qualities would seem to mean his days are numbered here. I don't expect Martin to loosen his chain in the playoffs but I really hope he's allowed to play a regular shift next year and make some mistakes and grow as a player and get his feet and feel like he belongs out there.
I'm as excited as everyone else about Subban. This city is starving for a charismatic star player so I understand the anticipation.. I hope the expectations aren't unrealistic. He doesn't seem like a kid who's going to be intimidated by the bright lights but we all know that fair or not, there is going to be so much pressure on him. I prefer to withhold judgment until I see them perform in the NHL. I've seen my share of "can't miss" players. He sure seems to have the makeup to be a good one though. Same thing goes for Leblanc. I'd love to see a home grown kid lighting it up here in a couple of years. He had a great rookie year being just edged for rookie of the year by a player who is much older and has a lot more hockey under his belt. So I'm not pessismistic, just disappointed when I hear year after year about the bumper crop on the farm and don't see it translating to the big club. If you are talking numbers then Timmons has delivered his share of major-leaguers, that can't be denied. But I'd like to see him hit a couple more home runs that's all.
- Comment on Playoff pump-up (2010-04-11 15:47:36)
The depressing thing is that he still represents the best forward drafted by Gainey/Timmins and that is unlikely to change for a few seasons. Meanwhile on defence there is exactly one product from those years and he is riding the pine these days. Of course there have been a few good picks but I doubt anyone here could have done any worse simply by reading scouting reports. It looks like they got a pretty good goalie in Halak, potentially a number one. Same thing with Price although he is going to need major improvement to justify that pick at 5.
It's been great if you are a Bulldog fan because Timmins and Gainey had a special attraction for players who just lack the size or skill for the NHL. They obstinately refused to accept what everyone else has been saying for years...that they need to develop some bigger forwards, especially at center. Last year they drafted 5 centers presumably because they were coming to the realization that the ones they have on the farm arent going to amount to anything. In 2008 they drafted exactly one center. He was 5 foot 9 and weighed 150 pounds. He plays university hockey in Wisconsin. Sound familiar? In '07 they took one center with 9 picks. The hype coming out of Montreal around the draft that year was insane. You would think no other teams in the league had a shot at Subban, Mcdonaugh, and Pacioretty. It may turn out yet to be a very fruitful draft, we shall see, but the way the reporters were throwing Timmins on their shoulders like it was some sort of coup was ridiculous. Sports journalists aren't very original thinkers in general. So that gets spread around and they all start repeating each other and the next thing you know it's established fact that the Habs have the best prospects in the league. And if a magazine declares them number one one year they cant really drop them too far the next or else they lose whatever credibility people see in them in the first place. Look for them to drop several more spots in those bogus polls next year, in spite of the attention paid to the Canadiens.
I thought Gainey said a couple of very interesting things when he resigned. The first was when he said hed rather leave too early than too late. I almost drove off the road. No worries Bob. It wasn't too early I assure you. The other thing he said was he was leaving the team with the person he trusted most. I would infer from that, that he was allowed the decision of his successor. That's pretty unusual and quite frankly, given his record, I don't trust his judgment. It does suggest that if there isn't improvement there will be more wholesale changes made from above. They have added a lot of fringe players and not a single star. I'd like to see the whole scouting department held to closer scrutiny and not just the back-slapping they got from The Gazette for one.