Coach K - (K. Vaillancourt)

Member since May 8, 2009

Habs fan since: Forever
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All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur

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Recent Comments

  • Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-20 00:00:21)
    Amen HiS! For the record it was more like Kovalev the "Rumour" because that's exactly what he was on too many nights... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Habs will play eight preseason games in 13 days; Kovalev criticizes Subban (2014-08-19 23:56:25)
    Kovalev has every right to criticize PK because... I mean, its not like Kovalev ever once quit on a play. If Kovalev had consistently demonstrated half the will to win that PK does on every shift then he would have been celebrated as much as Gretzky, Lemieux or Crosby and there would be a statue of him outside the Bell Centre lauding his achievements. IMHO, just another former Hab windbag with too much time (and the fans money) on his hands... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-18 23:00:38)
    While Max does have a few admirable qualities, I fear he is inconsistent in his effort level on too many nights; particularly on the defensive side of the puck. That is not where the coaching staff will want to set he bar for the rest of the team. I agree that PK is probably the best candidate since he always faces the cameras to answer for his play-whether its good or bad. But most importantly, I've never, ever seen him take a shift off and just mail it in, which I'm sure is exactly where the coaches want the bar to be set. Only Gally, Markov and Price can be considered equals in that regard. The rest, meh. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-18 22:46:07)
    Respectfully, no Turtleneck who goes invisible in the playoffs and no Patches either...at least not yet. He tends to disappear for long stretches too often when he doesn't have the puck. Not a good example for others. Maybe an "A" would help Patch work toward being more consistent though... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-17 10:23:26)
    Gorges was weak on the puck and his idea of a good first pass was to give it to P. K. ....Murray just couldn't get to it in time but he did clear the front of the net when needed. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-17 10:18:59)
    I think the song was also called "The Highwayman" and the fourth singer was Waylon Jennings (Buddy Holly's former bass player) ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-03 10:30:33)
    Mr Mac. Surely that was sarcasm... They can cry me a river. And I say this after being raised by a single parent and a childhood of poverty. Fortunately, that cycle ended with me. Life's all about choices and the consequences that go with those choices. The lesson is to make choices that have consequences you figure you can live with. If your dumb enough to go the other way then you'd better just make that mistake once and learn from it. Otherwise, figure it out. Perhaps they should have used their fortunes to get an education once their sport was done with them. Just sayin'... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-03 10:15:22)
    Franco, I'm kinda with you on this one about how out of touch things have become. I'll try to provide my sense of perspective... Try to take your wife and one kid to a game at the Bell Centre where you can afford to go once a year - maybe. You might like to try for lower bowl (goal) tickets since it may be a once in a lifetime experience. The costs are not trivial for most of us ... probably looking north of $250.00 per ticket. So now we're spending $750.00 before taxes, meals, parking, concessions, gas for the trip at $130.00- $145.00 /litre, so on average a $1000.00 night - minimum - and that doesn't include the hotel should you need one. You talk up the event to your hockey-mad kid and look forward to a seriously cool adventure. Then we drive 4 hours one way to get there, drop a grand on a game and then the team, along with your kid's favourite player, craps the bed that night. They get blown out in their own barn and get booed off the ice; as Montreal fans famously and rightfully do in those instances. Your kid leaves dejected and you jaded. Let's say that player is Subban (not picking on him...just an example). He'll be given in excess of $100,000 for that ONE GAME alone whether he performs or not. In all likelihood, that's a lot more than you or I will probably earn (never mind take home) in an ENTIRE YEAR while working full time, if we're lucky! It's obscene really. Yet he has the luxury of shrugging it off and saying oh well, next game will be better. Meanwhile you try to explain to your kid how it was all worth it despite their collective crap effort and the loss... I'm not singling out on PK or the Habs since its a league-wide issue. In fact, I'm a huge fan of this team; always have been and always will be. But man, there's no way in good conscience that I can relate to these players so-called contract negotiation "problems" and not feeling "respected". I don't think I'd have problem being "disrespected" to the tune of millions of dollars per year. On the other side of the equation, I'm equally sure the players don't really consider what it takes for those who buy tickets and merchandise and ultimately pay their salary, just to attend one of their games. My kid currently plays AAA midget hockey and has aspirations of playing Jr. A" hockey. If by some miracle, (and I mean miracle since I know the odds) my kid were ever to make it to the show, I'd be forever in his ear about showboating with the fans money (after all, it's really theirs not Molson's) and respecting those who pay your wages. In fairness I will say that to PK's credit, (its probably more to his parents credit for the proper upbringing) not once did I hear of him complaining about his situation. Forgive me for the rant but something just doesn't seem right when there's that kind of imbalance. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-29 20:26:42)
    To all who contributed to the PK post earlier...thanks for the insights. Curiously, the one comment that seemed to spur the most discussion was the one about PK being a once in a generation type of player. Perhaps I should have clarified what I was attempting to say when I made that comment. I was thinking that he is a generational player because IMO, no other defenceman of this generation brings all of the elements to the game that PK does. I was not comparing him to all-time greats like Orr, Robinson, Harvey et al. They clearly are all time greats and PK is most certainly not in the conversation...yet. As many said however, he does seem to have that potential. Elite skating, a hard, deadly (potentially crippling) shot from the blueline, makes a great first pass, can single handedly skate it out of trouble when needed, physically punishing checks, very good to elite level vision, can literally take over a game, obvious leadership ability, and a marketer's dream. Many others of his generation bring some of those elements but not all of them and certainly not at his age. Those are aspects that I think make him a generational type of player. I could be wrong though... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-27 11:39:37)
    Emotional arguments aside, I think the Habs will sign him long term and the negotiations will not be as acrimonious as many here think. Bergevin seems very professional in his approach to managing and PK has an experienced agent. At the end of the day they both know what PK brings to the team. My opinions on the subject (not that they matter) are below: First, many like to deny it but the fact is, PK is truly a "once-in-a-generation" player. While his positioning and decision making are a work in progress we must remember that he is still fairly young and won't likely get worse. In fact, those aspects of his game are more likely to get better as he continues to mature and gain experience. His skating is elite as is his shooting, imagination and playmaking. And he hits like a Mack truck and puts the fear of the Lord into wingers who stride down his side of the ice. Many high-end defencemen do not bring that punishing, physical element to their game at all (Karlesson for example) yet they are considered elite. Maybe next season by not playing with a partner who has zero offensive imagination, we will see him improve even more. Second, he demonstrated what many coaches and GMs want to see: that he clearly has another gear (or two) during the playoffs. Many others can't and only the truly elite ones do. Third, this guy plays with a passion and a drive to win that is rarely seen in today's mercenary-filled league. Even after being "thrown under the bus" I have never seen PK take a shift off like so many others have a tendency to do. He never ducks from the questioning media when he has a bad game and seems to feel accountable to his team mates when he makes a mistake. Fourth, PK (whether some like it or not) has Leadership written all over him. Who can forget the look in his eyes as he skated by the bench after scoring a huge goal in the playoffs...screaming, encouraging and almost willing his team mates to get on board with the rally...never once believing that they couldn't come back to win. This guy is the real deal. He doesn't lead by uttering some cheesy, hollow, rah, rah crap in the room. This looks to me like a guy who will take the team on his back and drag them (single-handedly if he has to) kicking and screaming all the way across the finish line. If you as a player, can't rally behind someone who "wants it" that bad then you have no business being on that team. In 3 years when Markov leaves/retires, I would not be surprised to see PK wearing the "C" in Montreal. Fifth, contrary to what many here postulate, he might actually be a coaches dream as a student. He has a huge capacity for and has demonstrated a thirst for learning. Translation: highly coachable. If his ego is as big as many think, then he never would have made it past junior hockey because he would have been labelled as an uncoachable cancer and dropped like a bad habit. I think his detractors have it completely wrong. Sixth, He's a marketer's dream, particularly in a city that knows all about being in a minority position within the big picture. PK comes across as well spoken and professional. But his best asset is a personality and a flair that Montreal (as one of the great cosmopolitan cities in North America) not only understands but totally appreciates. He's a perfect fit for the good people of Montreal and they for him. Feel free to agree/disagree... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---