The Chicoutimi Cucumber - (Greg Millard)Member since June 22, 2009
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- Comment on About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that (2014-01-01 12:37:44)
The Habs have quietly garnered some respect around the league for their young core. I think we should keep in mind that this team is still building.
- Comment on About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that (2014-01-01 12:36:37)
So, you'd fire the coach because of "the way they've played the last 5-6 games." What do you do when the next guy comes in and the team goes through another patch of 5-6 bad games? That's a great recipe for building a winner - a rotating door for coaches that makes Harold Ballard look like a genius.
- Comment on About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that (2014-01-01 12:32:11)
Our #1 C is the superb and sadly underrated Plekanec.
- Comment on About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that (2014-01-01 12:30:40)
So, according to you, this is a MUCH stronger lineup than its record indicates? Please. If we'd seen the Habs at 4th in the Conference as of January 1 going into this season, we'd all have been happy. There is no point in obssessing over specific player-usage decisions in specific games. ANY coach can be attacked on that basis. Again, I'm no big MT fan, but playing our best FW Pleks too much is NOT the problem.
- Comment on About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that (2014-01-01 12:20:15)
We're not contenders by any means, but the hysteria on here is fairly absurd. Hey, guess what? All teams go through patches where they look bad. Yes, they need to get better, but it is WAY premature to firebomb the coach, let alone the GM. (And I say that without being a Therrien fan, not at all). The reason for the skid has been pretty simple. Markov, PK, and Emelin have all struggled. This team lives and dies by its big blueliners. What's to be hoped for is that MB is taking notes about how the players are grappling with this slide. Which ones care? Which ones don't? Which ones have fundamental weaknesses? And he'd better make moves this summer based in part on that assessment. I don't want, for instance, to be going to 2014-15 with Rene Bourque being counted on as a core player.
- 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.