krob1000Member since November 12, 2007
Habs fan since: Conception
Favorite current player: Galchellerubban
All-time favorite player: Lafleur/Naslund
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 16:10:09)
24 Rob – My only worry is that these two guys are the most error prone (regular) players when it comes to making a mistake when you least expect it. I wouldn’t see the chemistry there. I agree with the concern...but I think PK-Emelin are two most error prone. I just think Nate would step up, I also think PK would be smarter without his security blanket. Markov and Gocnh are almost like clones so while Paz raises a valid concern about heir lack of speed I just think they could pull it off....game might be easier for both of them playing with someone who plays it more like each other?Anyways just a thought and one that does appear risky at first glance but the more I try to picture their styles the more it may make sense...at least try it....they have tried everything else.
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 16:05:25)
Likehoy....when he first gcame up I disagree...he got caught few times nad just raced back with ease. His rushes did not take as long to get going...I would like to know how much muscle he has put on since he first came up and now....it seems he is significantly less quick....he is stronger but I am not sure there isn't a happy median between what he is now and what he was. Could totally be wrong s we don't hear his weight changes but it appears that way ...kind of lik eit did when Eller put on a bunch of weight. Hockey is aunique sport...you would think the bigger the better if muscle but that isnot the case all the time.
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 16:00:31)
or else what? Is this the Bourn Ultimatum? or are we simply trying to establish a Bourn Identity?
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 15:59:29)
So go Mrakov-Emelin again? Could work too but I think given Emelin has been struggling and Gonchar has actually been very stable IMO I would try the other. I know Gonch isn't lighting up the lamp but he is not making the glaring mistakes the others are...in fact I may actually have to say he is making the least amount of mistakes per minute played on the whole D.
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 15:56:54)
EVERY coach is criticized...minor hockey pro hockey doesn't matter. That is the nature of the position....you are the decision maker and everyone is going to question your decisions. Other coaches got he same treatment on here...Carbo got it just as bad, just not as long...MT has been around longer.
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 15:52:50)
PK is not exactly the fast kid we remember right now and Emelin isn't that quick either...I think they could pull it off with their poise, smarts and do quite nicely...worth a try anyway.
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 15:51:20)
CJ and I had an exchange yesterday and during I thought it may be nice to try Markov-Gonch together and PK-Nate and see how it goes. Aware of the lack of speed on Marky-Gonch but man ...wuld there be a smarter pairing in hockey? The idea would be to reduce Markov-Subban icetime by about 3 or 4 minutes or allow them the bigger minutes on softer nights. The other day after being hemmed in for a period....those are tough nights to get 26 minutes out of those guys and they play some long shifts....Beaulieu is being guided slowly but I think he is ready for more responsibility then they are giving him and I worry now with Allen/Weaver out he may be in the HAmmer again soon
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 15:45:48)
Ok re the penalties...go ahead and say it isn't the refs all you want but we have seen former refs single out Gallagher, PRice, Subban, PLekanec .....we have seen numerous instances where Emelin is criticized nationally because he has a plate in his head and cannot defend himself yet looks for big its. The team has a reputation for being small and dirty whether we like it or not and whether it is true or not. The team also has a reputation for as long as I have been alive in general where people have always said the team actually had the reverse....everyone picks apart the winners and MOntreal won for decades...it become love/hate with them. We also know some refs hae openly commented to some of the players (including two who are among the most penalized and among the guys who also have the least calls made agaisn for relative to their play in Gally and PK). The Habs chief rival has the son of the former disciplinary committee on it who HAS been caught interfering. The Montreal fans are also probably the most vocal in the league re refs and calls in general......you add all of this together? It is what it is....someone needs to make a bigger deal about those instacnes but it is all right there...not made up stuff...in print, on video, there is a bias against MOntreal. Other teams have players who have this happen to them too....just not as mnay as MOntrela and just not players who are asimportant to their team as in Montreal. PRice will not get any goalie interference breaks in the near future..Subban will get held and hacked and then get called when he retaliates. Gally will get swatted around but get called if he breathes on goalie...reputation penalties IMO are a big mistake...opn som elverl almost all teams get them...but when you add it all up to me there clearly is a bias against Montreal..we all see the games and there is the odd time we feel Montreal got lucky...but it is waaay less often then the other way.....I expect it during live game blogs but when people are still upset the next day after thinking or rewatching? where there is smoke there is fire.
- Comment on Pacioretty could be in lineup for Habs against Senators (2014-12-20 15:36:47)
Slack..I'll bite. FOr 2 years you have been telling me that DD is a number one centre, Eller has zero offense should be moved and now that MT finally adjusts things you somehow try to spin that into another means of you and your everything MT does is right stance??I am glad this move is being made but much like some of the others...I do NOT believe that it was all MT. I have a feeling he is being pushed into trying this. In the past he has moved Eller to wing instead and in general has not ever given Eller a chance to play with ideal linemates. The fact that it happens now...with DD playing the best he may have ever played IMO and with Eller fresh off injury is more than a it perplexing..BUT you know what?? I don't care...I am just happy they are getting it right for now. There is still plenty of time for things to change but I love that Gorges is gone, Moen has been moved, Chucky is at center, Eller is too, you know I wish that DD would be center too and a certain other center were out...and that may happen eventually too. In the back of my mind I still worry that they will move Eller for a top 6 winger...to me I think Eller is important moving forward and really hope they do not go that route unless they get something great back..and I mean great. I would still like NB to get a larger role, try splitting SUbban-Markov again (they seem tired and maybe aplit they could have two better pairs and get their minutes down?). I am curious to see if Eller now sees the PP or if MT all of the sudden goes against his tendency to use set lines as pp lines...will be interesting on that one. I still have issues with the play of the team under MT in some instances which I have posted quite a bit on that but I will admit is getting better...seems very out of character for him to making all of these moves but glad they are being made.
- Comment on Habs send Tokarski to Hamilton for conditioning stint; Pacioretty listed as day-to-day (2014-12-19 18:22:12)
It was 0.4 seconds after getting rid of the puck..not late (0.8 is the alleged standard they use). He did hit a vulnerable player and as per Kerry Fraser he did extend his arms and proceed to drive through. After reading Kerry take I agree 5 and a game....since he did not get the game...he should have got one upon review.