The Chicoutimi Cucumber - (Greg Millard)Member since June 22, 2009
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- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 13:20:11)
I hope this post is meant as comedy. Because if you want to see an incompetently-coached team, go back and look at footage of Carbo's last few games behind the bench.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 13:18:55)
Well, Therrien always was on limited time, and I predicted he would have a great first year followed by diminishing returns and a firing in Year Three of his tenure (so far he is right on schedule). But blaming him because Briere, DD, Bourque and Patches are playing like dogs is just confusing cause and effect. Bourque has always been a coach-killer, Briere is a broken-down has-been trying to find his form on a new team, Pacioretty is probably playing hurt, and Desharnais is Desharnais. It's not like Therrien can feed them some sort of magical Play Better Potion.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 13:02:14)
Demonize Therrien all you want (I don't mind, I never liked him anyway). But the basic problem is simple: four of our top-9 forwards - Desharnais, Briere, Pacioretty, and Bourque - are absolutely stinking out the joint. On a team build to roll three lines, that is absolutely fatal. It is not Therrien's fault that these veteran guys are blowing chunks. The responsibility lies with the players themselves, and perhaps with the GM for thinking they could be relied on. Nor is there any easy answer. Until those guys start playing better, this team will have a devil of a time scoring and winning games. Period.
- Comment on Prust set to return to Habs’ lineup (2013-11-14 09:40:07)
The SO is ridiculous, but so are most of the proposals to replace it. We don't need more idiotic novelties. All we need to do is make it so that a tie counts for ZERO points. The result will be incredibly exciting offensive hockey as teams deadlocked in the 3rd period open it up in a desperate effort to break the tie. It's a no-brainer...which is why the NHL won't do it.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-08 01:01:51)
Dany B sucks. But the point is that MB has done nothing to jeopardize the building process, e.g., locking us into long-term bloated contracts for declining veterans. If you think in terms of a rebuild, attacking MB makes a lot less sense.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-08 01:00:01)
But how many players are still out? Prust, Emelin - two significant cogs, I'll grant. But you have to be able to grind out wins without your #3-4 defenceman and a bottom-9 forward. As for Briere, he was a POS when healthy, so that's not the answer. The fundamental problem is no secret...this team just has too many small forwards (Gio, Desharnais, Briere, Gally), and it really shows when we play physical teams like St Louis and Ottawa. I think Gionta is a fine player but my guess is he'll be gone at the deadline for just this reason. And if MB is looking for a trade, it'd presumably be for a reclamation project, a FW with size who has fallen on hard times, like a Drew Stafford or a David Booth. Who we'd give up for such as asset? - that's a whole other question.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-08 00:49:23)
I'm agnostic on Bergevin, because the body of work is insufficient to draw conclusions. But "moving in the right direction" clearly means building with young talent from within, which is what MB has pretty clearly stated his mandate is. The "direction" never was to win the Cup in 2013-14. So spazzing out because of a November losing streak is a bit rich. Perhaps you think he should have signed David "The Saviour" Clarkson? Or 5 years of Vinny Lecavalier?
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 09:49:31)
All those sighing their wish that we'd hired Roy should remember that Roy couldn't have been hired as just a coach; he wanted to be GM too. So unless he excels in both roles, he would have been a bad hire, and we won't know whether he is a decent GM for a few years yet.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 4: Canadiens 4 – Edmonton 1 (2013-10-11 10:59:12)
Yeah, the loss in Calgary was all Price's fault, and Petr Budaj is the future of this team between the pipes. After all, he showed conclusively in Colorado that he is an elite #1 starter capable of playing 60 games per year at a high level. Hey wait, I have an even better idea: let's put Desharnais in net. As a goalie, he is undefeated! That makes him Vezina material for sure.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 4: Canadiens 4 – Edmonton 1 (2013-10-11 01:08:36)
I have Lundqvist in my pool, this is killin' me.