Coach K - (K. Vaillancourt)

Member since May 8, 2009

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

---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---

Recent Comments

  • Comment on Fans pack Bell Sports Complex to watch final scrimmage at development camp (2014-07-12 10:27:41)
    Hi 007 You raise a good point about the cost of hockey in Canada. I can tell you that as a parent of a AAA Hockey player in eastern Ontario, the lest expensive component of hockey is the equipment. By far the greatest expense is travel and in particular, the tournaments which can be on average, a $1000.00 weekend (and that even includes us bringing along a small microwave and toaster to help offset meal costs while away). In contrast, hockey at the entry level is cheap by comparison since many organizations offer equipment swaps to help offset the costs. We always figured the lower level hockey ran about $900.00 for the season (including gear and registration) but if you factored it over the 7 moths of the season, worked out to be quite reasonable. For that money your child typically gets about three ice times per week, which in my opinion, isn't a bad return. If Hockey Canada wants to grow the game, they need to work with municipalities to reduce ice time costs because that's where the lion's share of the registration fee goes. The refs and linesmen get a small stipend and the coaches are volunteers. Our AAA coaches do get paid but it's mostly to cover their gas and lodging during tournaments since they are usually volunteers who do not have kids on the team and would have no reason to incur those expenses otherwise. I absolutely agree with you that the cost of hockey at the NHL level is obscene and I refuse to attend in person. When an average player can earn more in one game than I can in an entire year, it becomes clear that they don't need my money. I'll enjoy it from the comfort of my couch. Just my two cents... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Mike & Max’s excellent adventure: Weaver’s dream summer with Pacioretty (2014-07-11 09:44:42)
    Hey Habfan17, I too have to agree with your assessment. In fact, I'd be trying to move DD as soon as possible since, following his strong playoff run, his value will never be higher. I would give Eller a shot at his position. And turn to Galchenyuk if it didn't work out. Besides, Eller, is the un-Pleky and tends to really show up in the playoffs. Unlike some of our fellow posters, I would avoid E. Kane like the plague. He to me, comes across (at this point in his career) as an immature, lesser skilled, "all about me" Ovechkin type. Not good when you are trying to change the culture for the better. Besides, that type of player doesn't seem to fit with Bergevin's desire for character individuals. I would also consider moving Pleks who IMO, has demonstrated time and again that he has a very limited offensive imagination (kind of the Josh Gorges of the forward squad). As you correctly pointed out, Bounival's a natural center and he seems to both understand and accept the defensive center role and is a lot cheaper. Getting those other two off the books would free up valuable cap space that could be used to land a winger who can score and would also help to fast track Galchenyuk's development as the slick play-making center he should be. Mind you, that only works if Therien gives him a fair opportunity. Just my two cents... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Gorges stunned by Habs’ desire to trade him, now waiting for next move (2014-06-30 21:53:45)
    Not bad... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Gorges stunned by Habs’ desire to trade him, now waiting for next move (2014-06-30 21:43:51)
    Would anyone here think Saku would be an upgrade over Gionta at this point in their respective careers? Would be fitting to see him complete his career in a Habs uniform. Please discuss amongst yourselves... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on The Kings of the NHL (2014-06-14 10:01:48)
    3-5 years away is probably right Hobie, but that kind of development only happens if you have a coach who will let them play and allow them the room to sometimes make the big mistakes. Its that whole short term pain for long term gain approach and if the coach is too myopic it just won't happen... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-13 16:17:37)
    A wise man once said, "you get the government you deserve"... Actually Hudak lost be cause he claimed he could create 1,000,000 jobs while gutting and cutting 100,000 others. Only it wasn't really 1,000,000 when you did some very basic math. I'm guessing the electorate didn't trust his job creation numbers so there was no way they were ever going to trust him with the provincial economy. It would appear that the math skills of the voters surpassed his and they didn't appreciate Hudak attempting to insult their collective intelligence. We may not have the best education system but just maybe he shouldn't have been so quick to pull the trigger on all those math teachers...seems he could have used the help lol! ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-30 15:58:33)
    good call! ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-30 15:57:46)
    Don't put Eller on the wing. 2 playoffs in a row Eller has demonstrated that he's the strongest centre on the team. Why do you think Ottawa targeted him and took him out? You don't normally do that to a player who isn't a handful...right? Eller's hard to contain along the wall and he's learned the defensive side of a centre's job better than Galchenyuk at this point which is why I'd have him centre the # 1 line and have Chucky centre the # 2 line so he has fewer defensive responsibilities. They can switch roles as they grow into them. I'd shop DD now while his value is highest in order to make room. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-05-30 15:44:55)
    Nice to hear from you again SD! Good in response: 1: His value will never be higher...move him now if you can. That said, if MB has some new insights into what makes him tick then keep him and see how it goes. 2: Not likely. Package him for a draft pick or depth player (goalies don't fetch much) 3: Plekanec and Desharnais. They have a bumper crop of capable young centres who need ice time in their draft positions in order to properly develop and maximize their potential. Plekanec has proven himself to not be the shutdown centre in the playoffs that everyone figures he is and he fails to put up points at that time of years as well. Desharnias should go for the same reasons as Bourque - his value will never be higher. Plus they need more size at that position to win board battles and dig out pucks for Pacioretty. Let Eller or Galchenyuk take on that role keeping in mind that you still have Briere and also that Bournival is a natural centre with White in the wings. 4: All 3 will not play at the same time - can't have a critical mass of rookies back there. Beaulieu has clearly demonstrated that he's worthy of a regular role. Tinordi needs to fix his foot speed but may be a suitable replacement for Murray, who can walk. Pateryn might play depending on the opponent. I see him as a younger, more mobile Gorges and hopefully a better first passer. I say let the coaches sort it out but I think you;d want a shutdown, stay-at-home type paired with PK. 5: P.K. is the next captain hands down. Rah Rah guys are fine in the room and on TV but their limited skill set prevents them from elevating their game in the post-season and becoming someone to rally around. P.K. on the other hand, plays with a huge amount of determination, never ever takes a shift off and unlike others, elevates his game and that of those around him to a completely different level when its most needed. If that isn't leadership then I don't know what is. Plus, if you can't rally behind a guy who is that passionate about winning, then you have no business being there. As for the "noise" that follows him...its mostly generated by the media to create a story and it puts him in a no-win situation. Bergevin has to step up here on his behalf and tune them like Bob Gainey once did for Brisebois. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Multimedia: Weise won’t be in Habs’ lineup for Game 6 vs. Rangers (2014-05-29 15:36:50)
    The first paragraph is entirely accurate. My 16 yr. Old son suffered a concussion this past winter playing AAA Major Midget. It was accidental since the blow was delivered by a team mate. Video shows a direct blow to the head in the Saturday night game. The next game was the following Wednesday and no issues showed up until after that game. They found him post game dry heaving and very unbalanced. Took a good month to be completely symptom free. The good news is that he made a complete recovery and returned to play even hungrier and is now heading for Jr. A Tryouts. The main point is that symptoms are very individualized and can show up well after the incident and most important...full recovery is likely if protocols are followed. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---