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 About last night … (2014-10-22 21:37:32)
    Matty, Habs-fan, An enjoyable discussion... I hadn't noticed the clearing attempts so much but maybe they were bone-headed. I'll watch for that for sure. As for Eller shooting more like Pleky does when he has no options...maybe you're right and he should. Gretzky said it best..."You miss 100% of the shots you never take." What I do know is that the player carrying the puck is responsible for maintaining control of it and not turning it over. Eller is doing a very good job of that lately. He protects the puck well when entering the zone and is strong on it when along the boards. The rest of the guys on the line need to know what to do when they don't have it. Here's an example...during a typical 3 on 2 the attacking player carrying the puck usually can't do it all by himself. Therefore, the job of the remaining, non-puck carrying players on the line is to give the guy with the puck some options. Bourque and Wiese will throw some solid body checks but rarely threaten the blue paint. They both can't go there but if one would, the action of driving to the net would give the puck carrier a location to pass to, create a screen shot option or at worst, would occupy a defenceman (the 1st D will be occupied by the puck carrier). That way the 3rd forward could get open for the backdoor or late pass. Instead, it all breaks down due to the lack of net presence and the end result is that Eller looks like he's turning it over and has no imagination. The other job of the guys without the puck is to maintain the forecheck by anticipating which side the defender is going to use to make the outlet pass and cutting it off before it gets out of the zone. It's hockey 101- you need at minimum one forward to go hard to the net when you have the puck and the other to cut off the defender's outlet pass when you don't. As for a centre making his wingers better, I somewhat agree. The elite ones can do that but they usually have wingers with a higher hockey I.Q. to work with as well. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 22:30:11)
    He's a big body who now plays big and wins more puck battles than he loses. That makes him a more valuable asset than he's ever been to the coaching staff and he's getting rewarded for that effort. It's just unfortunate that not all of his wingers have the good sense to go to the net when he's got the puck. I think his line could really do some damage and would turn their +/- numbers around in a hurry if that happened instead of playing the perimeter hockey the have been. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 22:22:49)
    I'd have to agree with the chippy, grabby, holdy part...and the hate on for the Redwings. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 22:16:03)
    The only truly bad thing about this game was the officiating. What remained was fun to watch. Up and down hockey, lots of skating some good hits, excellent goaltending and solid defence. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 22:11:32)
    Greasy little Davey!! ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 22:08:52)
    Classic rope-a-dope hockey. Very entertaining game! ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 21:59:31)
    Finally a big body goes to the net!!! ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 21:57:24)
    WTF!!!! Patches is trying to move his feet for once and he goes to the box?? ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 21:54:04)
    They've played a good game actually but just can't seem to buy a break. their best defensive game by far... ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---
  • Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 21:46:50)
    Wings get a free pass on picks and slashes all game. Brutal. ---When Hell freezes over, I'll play hockey there too---