Paz - (Ed )Member since June 12, 2009
Habs fan since: 1980
Favorite current player: Brendan Gallagher
All-time favorite player: Jean Beliveau
- Comment on Habs players enjoying rest after series sweep (2014-04-24 12:57:34)
Ya. I see that. Subban and Eller are two of my favourites. It was not a pleasant regular season, for sure. But these are top notch athletes who have great character, and I would bet that Subban and Eller could play for any type of coach. They are very good, hard working players.
- Comment on Habs players enjoying rest after series sweep (2014-04-24 12:54:43)
Hobie, dude, you supported Jacques Martin until the bitter end. That's just the type of fan you are. You are loyal to the coach, loyal to management. And good for you! I respect your point of view and especially your loyalty. I can't stand Therrien. I don't know why. He just rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it was the Carolia series meltdown, but I have trouble with him. Live and let live.
- Comment on Habs players enjoying rest after series sweep (2014-04-24 12:51:07)
Yes just like the cheerleaders who only post when we win. There was a time about 2 months ago when several here, including some posting on this page, were asking for Therrien to be removed. And they had every right to be concerned. We all root for the team in our own way. Live and let live.
- Comment on Habs players enjoying rest after series sweep (2014-04-24 12:41:22)
Every coach who makes it to the NHL is top 30 in the world. Of course he's not a buffoon or an idiot. It's all relative, however, and I would not consider him to be on the top 15 in the league. Just my simple opinion of course.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Nilan returns from ‘upper-body’ injury (2014-04-24 10:24:48)
The GM's are looking to draft Lucic's in every draft, just ask Bergevin. They work for the owners.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Nilan returns from ‘upper-body’ injury (2014-04-24 10:22:30)
Some owners are clearly more involved and more interested than others. Geoff Molson still plays hockey regularly, full equipment, for example.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Nilan returns from ‘upper-body’ injury (2014-04-24 10:19:22)
And who can afford to go to the games? For the most part it's the other suits, and not the average Joe is it? Who can afford the 10 dollar beers or the 10 dollar smoked meat? I went to game 3 vs Flyers in 2010, which we won! by the way. 6 of us. Total cost? 2000 dollars for tickets and refreshments. The average fan has to watch on TV. Many in the States have probably never played, or even skated. But they know about aggressive, even violent play, for sure. This is where the growth is. At home. On TV. Watching big men hit each other into oblivion.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Nilan returns from ‘upper-body’ injury (2014-04-24 10:03:17)
100% agree with your last statement, Mike. That is the nature of the beast.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Nilan returns from ‘upper-body’ injury (2014-04-24 09:59:00)
Yes, that's true. But no matter how much the viewer wants goals the game of hockey can only provide about 5 per game. Hits? 80- 100 per game.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Nilan returns from ‘upper-body’ injury (2014-04-24 09:38:09)
TV money, the rights to broadcast the games, is the main issue in hockey, and this was not the case back in the old days. The owners want a return on their investment. They have risked their money and they want to see their money work for them. The TV broadcasters understand that the speed of hockey, the skating, is mostly lost on television. You can not sell the speed to the average viewer, the new viewer, the guy who has never played the game, because the skating does not impress nearly as much on TV as it does live in the arena. Like ski racing, or car racing, television usually does not pick up the speed. So where is the money? How can the NHL draw bigger TV ratings and therefore more TV revenue? Physical play, hitting, the harder the better, fills the need. I would guess that many thousands of people have been asked to judge the entertainment value of the NHL on TV, and the numbers who are interested in physical play are probably very high. Big, physical, players are here to stay. Amongst this new generation of bigger, stronger players we will find the minority who play over the edge, break the rules, show little respect, and they need to be stopped.