Loonie - (Tom Nickle)Member since June 30, 2009
Habs fan since:
Favorite current player: Alex Galchenyuk
All-time favorite player: Guy Lapointe
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 15:52:30)
So.......fire Adam Oates to appease Halak and Walsh? I wonder how many chances Halak's going to get to show that he isn't the most sensitive athlete in hockey. He is without a doubt the biggest diva in the NHL. Demanded a trade in Montreal - denied it Demanded more playing time in St. Louis and went at the coach - denied it Told the coaching staff in Washington he wasn't mentally right to play against the Blues - denied it And every single time he's acted like a child his agent has blasted the members of the organization that he's playing for. The truth is there probably is a good fit for Halak somewhere. On a team that is never going to question him, that is going to do whatever he wants for him, give him every game he wants and pat him on the head regardless of his performance or behaviour. Is Jaroslav Halak worth all of that trouble? I guess that's the question organizations are starting to ask themselves. Speaks volumes that he's on his fourth team in four years and approaching his fifth.
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 15:01:53)
I don't blame ya. His backwards skating and open ice checking ability are very likely the only reasons he's a defenseman.
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 15:00:15)
The Halak pattern continues. 1. Gainey's fault. 2. Martin's fault. 3. Hitchcock's fault. 4. Oates's fault.
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 14:41:05)
The entire premise of Subban coming up when he did was that if his minutes were protected his speed would allow him to compensate for mistakes from his own blueline out. Beaulieu arguably has more raw skill than Subban and they're on par in the skating department if not a slight advantage in Beaulieu's favour. This team is doing itself a big disservice by leaving him out of the lineup.
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 14:15:17)
I think the issue of composure is a fair topic for Carlyle to address considering Dion Phaneuf called a sports talk radio station to plead for forgiveness following an awful game. Shows you where the focus is.
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 14:02:39)
I'm admittedly a know it all but I need help with something. I need somebody to explain to me how it is that Kevin Lowe still has a job in the NHL. I realize this isn't the time for Oilers banter but my goodness this just eats at me. He has filled his team with the exact same type of forward for the last six years with high draft picks thinking that he could add spare parts around them and build something. He's fired himself as GM in what was almost surely a PR move(twice). Fired Craig MacTavish(then hired him as GM), Pat Quinn, Tom Renney and Ralph Krueger in the last five years. Those are some pretty damn good coaches to have hired and fired. What might be more egregious than his complete disregard consistency is the same disregard for balance and experience on a hockey team. Through the last near decade of futility and blame games the most alarming thing is that he hasn't figured out that his team plays in the Western conference. He must expect the likes of Eberle, Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov and Gagner to display their skill against teams that boast Backes, Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester, Keith, Seabrook and Toews, Couture, Boyle and Vlasic. His selection of Yakupov two years ago illustrated that more than anything else. At a time where he could have taken his lottery pick and added a franchise defenseman in Ryan Murray he chose a kid who mirrored five he already had. Bob Gainey and Pierre Gauthier understandably took a lot of heat for believing the NHL was actually going to make a transition to speed and skillful hockey. At least they saw that it was a lie and made adjustments albeit too late. Kevin Lowe STILL believes the NHL is making this transition and what's worse is that he has seemingly no knowledge of the kind of team it takes to win in the West and inexplicably still has the final say in hockey decisions for the Edmonton Oilers. If I'm Darryl Katz I'm ironically firing Dallas Eakins and offering Barry Trotz whatever he wants. And if Trotz can't turn it around with the roster I have, I'm moving players, not coaches. That franchise at one point in the near future is going to have to win and win big. Watching Kevin Lowe with that $#@! eating grin on his face every year at the draft lottery sickens me as Habs fan but would have me breaking things as an Oilers fan. Now that I'm at the end of this rant it makes me laugh that people actually looked down on Oilers fans for throwing their jerseys onto the ice this season, I wouldn't blame them for grabbing Kevin Lowe and throwing him onto the ice from a couple hundred feet at this point.
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 13:45:19)
The new CBA essentially allows any team to renege on a contract with the exchange of cap hits and salaries now allowed in trades. Our system doesn't work so instead of giving new prospective owners incentive to purchase teams and put money into them we'll give the penny pinching owners(Melnyk, Wang among others) a band aid to meet the criteria of our cap system.
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 13:35:05)
If I were a gambling man I would bet on the Islanders winning that first overall pick. Awful owner trying to sell the team, moving to Brooklyn, etc.
- Comment on Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa (with practice video) (2014-04-15 13:34:09)
New Jersey were made an example of while other teams went by unscathed. Hard to pick on the Devils for following suit.
- Comment on Eller returns as Habs prepare to face Lightning (2014-04-15 11:38:06)
I'm no Therrien apologist or even particularly fond of him and you might be right about Therrien holding Subban back. He's certainly done it with others. I don't agree with Subban's benching and I don't agree with the way he's been discussed with the media by Therrien in the past. But the onus is always on the player to make it impossible for the coach to slight him in any way. Subban still takes stupid penalties and still makes huge mistakes in the defensive zone and at the offensive zone blue line. That comes part and parcel with an offense first player regardless of position and I don't agree with benching him as I said earlier. But at the same time, I do agree with not trusting Subban with tougher than normal defensive responsibilities until he's proven that he can slow the game down defensively and eliminate the bad penalties and awful mistakes.