habs4ever2894 - (josh)Member since June 24, 2009
Habs fan since: 1998
Favorite current player: carey price
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- Comment on Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens preview: Gonchar returns to lineup for Habs (2015-02-27 12:17:24)
While its awesome that the Habs are doing great and are having an outstanding regular season , the playoffs are a whole different story. As we have all seen many times before , regular season success doesn't necessarily translate into playoff success. As fans of the team , all we can really do is hope for the best as the playoffs are basically a crapshoot. Which leads me to my points: the regular season is at least 20 games too long and the reward of home ice advantage simply isn't a big enough reward for a team that finishes on top of the standings. Why must teams play 82 games just for positioning? While its nice to have lots of hockey to watch , it also creates the possibility of extreme heartbreak for fans who spent so much of their time watching a whole 82 game season, just to watch their team get eliminated in the first round. A change to the current system should definitely be explored even though it is probably not in NHL's best interests financially.... This complaint is also based on the opinion that the East is completely wide open this year. Eastern conference playoff teams like the Rangers , Penguins , Lightning , Red Wings(yes even them) and Capitals all pose a real threat to the Habs in a 7 game series. One bounce here , one bounce there or one injury can also cause the results of a whole entire season to be flushed down the drain. I guess my stance is rooted in the fact that i want to believe that the Canadiens can win it all , but the realist in me keeps pulling me back telling me to temper my expectations because anything can happen in the playoffs. So while I'm very happy and excited about what the team is doing this season , caution must be exercised as everything thats happening could end up being for nothing.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens back on winning track – beat Jackets, lead East (2015-02-21 18:04:48)
Was watching some old Habs highlights today and the one former player that i wish we had in our lineup today(Realistically according to age at the moment and potential salary) ,is ANDREI KOSTITSYN. Yes. That Andrei Kostitsyn. The Enigma. The guy who was a constant source of frustration due to his inconsistency , disinterested play at times and his seemingly sub-par level of professionalism. After watching his highlights though, and having gone through the experience of watching Rene Bourque play, i realized that Mr. Kostistyn really wasn't that bad after all. If i remember correctly, before Sergei got here, Andrei wasn't really wasn't a problem and when he was off his game ,he was still much better than Bourque when he was off his game. When Kostitsyn was on his game, oooh man was he great to watch. Hitting , Scoring , Passing ,Skating, Deking like it was nobody's business!!! It got me thinking that he would be a great addition to the Desharnais-Pacioretty line on the RW and even if he didn't fit there , you could put him with Plek(career season with him) or with Eller(That duo was great in OT!). So ya , Andrei Kostitsyn , would be really nice to have (never thought i would say that) and if he was in any way obtainable i would go after him for the playoffs or even for next year as a UFA on the cheap. (if he ever returns to NA- highly unlikely,i know).
- Comment on Panthers vs. Canadiens preview: Tinordi in lineup for Habs (2015-02-19 11:29:54)
It might be a rough game tonight if Subban can't play but at least well get to see what the young guys can do. Hopefully PK's injury isn't too serious and if he's not playing tonight it'll be due to bruising/discomfort as opposed to a fracture which would be an absolute disaster!! Speaking of elite defenseman such as PK , holy moly is Aaron Ekblad good!! The guy is a 19 year old teenager and has 32 points and a +5 rating in his first season in the league. Needless to say he's gonna be an anchor on the Panthers blueline for a long long time.
- Comment on Liveblog: P.K. the hero in OT win (2015-01-20 18:25:42)
Haha thats probably true but i do think that Cole and his size could be useful. Agreed about Jagr, but id like to think that Stafford has been a victim of playing on a really bad team for the past few years. My thoughts exactly , how much longer can Gonchar possibly go on his 40 yr old legs , especially after potentially playing another 36 games. I cringe at the thought of him pulling a 2010 playoffs in a Habs jersey and letting a player as slow as a Moen blow by him.
- Comment on Liveblog: P.K. the hero in OT win (2015-01-20 18:15:45)
That will be the market value for them though unfortunately.
- Comment on Liveblog: P.K. the hero in OT win (2015-01-20 18:03:14)
Assuming we stay the course , MB will surely be looking to make a deal or two at the deadline to beef up our roster for the playoffs. I think these are the most likely scenarios. 1) To Montreal : F Jaromir Jagr To New Jersey : 2nd round pick + ? This is the deal that most people will be anticipating as March 2nd approaches. Jagr can be that top six forward that the team could use right now and theres the Czech connection there as well. While some have wanted to see Jagr in Montreal for a while now , its obvious at this stage in his career that he can't be relied on too heavily and is no longer the offensive threat that he used to be. Still, he can be a nice player to have on the PP and can provide a ton of experience. 2) To Montreal : F Brad Boyes To Florida : 2nd round pick Could happen if Florida drops out of the Playoff race. Boyes is a solid point producer who could fit nicely into our top 9. Only downside is that he has another year remaining on his contract at 2.65 per/yr. 3) To Montreal: F Michael Ryder To New Jersey: 3rd round pick We all know what Ryder brings by now. The guy can be a useful weapon on the PP and has a history with the team. 5 on 5 is where he struggles however, and his skating can be painful to watch at times. 4) To Montreal: F Erik Cole To Dallas: 2nd round-3rd Round Pick While us fans might still have some beef with the way Cole handled himself towards the end of his tenure with the Habs , he can still be a much needed physical presence for the playoffs and could provide scoring depth in our top 9. An Eller , Cole combination on the third line could yield Rene Bourque type results or he can possibly be reunited with DD and Patches. 5) To Montreal: F Antoine Vermette To Arizona:David Desharnais Vermette is a centre and while we have enough of those , he's a guy that can provide some good value in the depth department at any position. Has pretty good offensive numbers this year playing on a very bad Arizona team.Unless the Canadiens are willing to part ways with DD or Eller, this trade won't happen as he doesn't really fit the teams needs. 6)To Montreal: F Drew Stafford To Buffalo: 2nd round pick Another guy like Boyes who can chip in offensively in the top 9. Pretty solid player who can benefit from playing with a more seasoned group than the one in Buffalo. 7) To Montreal : D Zybnek Michalek To Phoenix: 2nd round pick Can never have too many defenseman and michalek is a pretty solid one. A big boy and veteran , he could be a great guy to have on the third pairing. Depth Guys that can be acquired in combination with one of these trades: F Jordan Nolan F Chris stewart F Cody McLeod Which of these trades would you make if you were MB, if any of them?
- Comment on Thomas Vanek and Wild up next for Canadiens (2014-12-02 19:33:15)
Sorry , meant to reply to the post above. 100% agree with you!!
- Comment on Thomas Vanek and Wild up next for Canadiens (2014-12-02 19:32:25)
Ok so you think that Marc Bergevin is saying no to a trade that looks like this: To Montreal:F Nail Yakupov To Edmonton :Emelin, Pateryn and a 2nd rounder Im sorry but i strongly disagree with you on this one.
- Comment on Thomas Vanek and Wild up next for Canadiens (2014-12-02 19:23:42)
I have a hard time believing that his numbers will significantly reduce his value. The fact that Edmonton is such a wreck from management down to coaching ,down to the actual roster, it kind of excuses his point totals. When compared to Galchenyuk, he only has 13 points less in 4 more games. That really is not too shabby considering he's played with some meh players and an 18 yr old center this season. Also , he's only played under the one coach who he clearly doesent get along with. So in conclusion , while numbers usually do matter , Yakupov's value is not hampered because of them. Also my trade projections are according to what Edmonton would expect in return not what other GM's are willing to give. I still think that if all it would take to land Yakupov is a bottom pairing D and a Pateryn type prospect then Yakupov would already be in another city.
- Comment on Thomas Vanek and Wild up next for Canadiens (2014-12-02 18:41:26)
Also, Williams is a UFA but i think LA might be willing to lose him for nothing in the offseason if it means taking another run at the cup.