Coach K - (K. Vaillancourt)

Member since May 8, 2009

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

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

Recent Comments

  • 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---
  • 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---