PatMan - (Patrick MacLean)

Member since March 5, 2009

Kingston, Ontario

Habs fan since: Birth-but we'll go with 1972 (age 4)
Favorite current player: Saku Koivu
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur

Signature:
"...The Edmonton Oilers - hockey's team of the 80's versus the Montreal Canadiens - hockey's team of all-time...." - Dryden

Recent Comments

  • Comment on Seven on the Sens (2011-01-22 12:17:46)

    "...The Edmonton Oilers - hockey's team of the 80's versus the Montreal Canadiens - hockey's team of all-time...." - Dryden

  • Comment on Thanksgiving break (2010-10-11 00:28:35)

    Hi - was wondering if anyoe can help me,,, We're sitting around here - and I offer to the discussion a reflection on a past CBC HNIC intermision 'vignette'about Guy Lafleur - accompanied by Debbie Boone's "You Light Uo My Life"... I was met with scoffs all around - and no one believes such a thing exists... I'm convinced it does ...So bets were made....  Is anyone familiar wih this celluloid gem? - would have been around 76, 77 ..... (Sorry for beng 'off-topc' here...).

    "...The Edmonton Oilers - hockey's team of the 80's versus the Montreal Canadiens - hockey's team of all-time...." - Dryden

  • Comment on Update: No. 11 back with Habs – on Scott Gomez (2010-07-01 19:46:38)

    Upset? Disgraceful? A knock against Gauthier?..Are people serious? Yes - Saku wil always have a special place for us Habs fans - a fine gentleman, played his heart out, and a stand-up guy on and off the ice... And you know who else had/has those qualities? - Kirk Muller (and add a Stanley Cup Winning goal to the latter's portfolio as well). The bottom line is that neither Saku nor Kirk deserve to have their number 11 raised to the rafters along side the likes of Lafleur, Richard, Beliveau, etc. etc. etc.... So - since neither Saku nor Kirk no longer play for us anymore, what is so sacred about No. 11 that a curent, present day player giving it for us each night now can't have his childhood 'dream'fulfilled?... Our memories of Saku and Kirk are and always will be glorious (...as well as Yvon Lambert...) - but they certainly do not embody the digit 11...

    "...The Edmonton Oilers - hockey's team of the 80's versus the Montreal Canadiens - hockey's team of all-time...." - Dryden

  • Comment on Game 82: Habs are in the playoffs … barely (2010-04-10 22:44:36)

    Of course, that's "...GET what you need...'....drat those ryes and water....

    "...The Edmonton Oilers - hockey's team of the 80's versus the Montreal Canadiens - hockey's team of all-time...." - Dryden

  • Comment on Game 82: Habs are in the playoffs … barely (2010-04-10 22:40:38)

    ..well....it would have been nice had we clinched last week, and rested a few guys..... and would have been nice had we soundly beaten the Leafs handily....and would be nice had Halak been stellar this past week - removing all doubt....but you know what would be really, really,really nice?....had we made the play-offs...what?...oooops...right...we did... That's all that matters from this point moving forwrd....

    As the song goes:.."You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you guys what you need...."

    Go Habs !!.....And ask yourself this: did you really, honesty, truly think 3 or 4 days before the play-offs started they were going to win in 86?....or even in 93?.....

    "...The Edmonton Oilers - hockey's team of the 80's versus the Montreal Canadiens - hockey's team of all-time...." - Dryden

  • Comment on Game 68: Halak’s Blues stop Habs’ win streak at 5 (2011-03-10 14:33:38)

    I'm going to talk about the Habs playing future hockey for a moment -- starting with tonite's game. Please don't for one minute feel this is due to a lack of sensitivity, caring, and hopes for Max...and complete outrage over all that has transpired...(or, more adroitly, lack thereof...).... But - games continue to be played by the rest of the boys on the ice.

    So - my comment - (and I'm sure many may disagree) -- I would start Auld tonite. Given the unknown state of the team right now - their psyche's, distractions, etc. -- starting Auld gives them something else to focus on - it's a distraction within the game itself...something slightly diferent to talk about, focus on, chat about....  And it alleviates substituting one distraction (MaxPac - and I don't mean 'distraction' flippantly at all...) with another (Prive vs. Kalak). At this point - Carey doesn't have to prove anything in relation to the competition between himself and Halak... At this point, in 2010-2011 - he is unquestionably the better goalie.... Playing him tonight will not diminish Halak's heroics in the play-offs last year; nor will it do anything to convince us one way or another whether Carey has what it tkaes come the play-offs this Spring - we'll only really know that come April... The Carey vs. Halak debate will not get solved in one game tonite - absolutely not.

    So - why play Carey?.. Well - some may say he is the better goalie, and we need 2 points - so why not play him?...True - but this is a team we should beat even with Auld - and Carey does need a rest at some point... Some may argue that Carey needs this pressure, this intensity - he needs to rise to the occassion in a game such as this - with all the attention... Really??!?... So far this season there has been no pressure on Carey?... So far he has not risen to the occassion on many nights in bigger and more important games, against  tougher opponents?.. The only reason this game at all has 'pressure' written on it is do to a match-up between Price and Halak- that again.

    So think about the other possibility - what if the Habs - still reeliing from Tuesday night - have an awful game.. what if Price finally has a terrible game, and the Blues beat us up badly (on the scoreboard...)...what if Halak shines?.... Does Carey really need to hear about it?...Do we really needs the trolls coming out again (...thanks Charlie...) . We're playing well, and we're moving, and we're all on top of our game - especially Carey - why risk dredging up past rumination over a game that doesn't mean a heck of alot in terms of these 2 teams meeting each other again or chasing each other in the standings?.. In other words, why throw Price inot another pressure-glaring-spotlightof-a-game where he has to prove himself yet again for no real valid reason?.. Don't worry - there will be plenty of time in the weeks ahead where Price will have to prove himself - like he has already done all year.

    (Of course, I don't play for or coach the Habs - so I have no idea Carey's feelings on it... I assume he of course wants to play - absolutely ...But this is the coach's call - and I'm sure Carey 'gets it'....)

    It woud be nice if Price stood on his head, and totaly dominated and out-goalied Halak in every way tonight.... But I'm willing to let that opportunity pass by if it negates risking the alternative - that could, unfortunaly, be the strt of slumping, downhill funk at the worst possible time...

    Now - in terms of Lars...well...that's a whole different story...

     

    "...The Edmonton Oilers - hockey's team of the 80's versus the Montreal Canadiens - hockey's team of all-time...." - Dryden