lakechamplain - (Thomas Harley)

Member since August 10, 2009

Plattsburgh

Habs fan since: 1969
Favorite current player: Brian Gionta
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  • Comment on About last night … (2015-03-25 04:58:33)
    I imagine that a little later this morning HIO will be filled with our usual quota of tweaks about what the Habs should've, would've, and could've. So my take is, as the trading deadline fades into memory is it time to fairly assess how MB's moves have gone down so far this season. Two things bothered me at the time; one, that none of the 4 players acquired dealt with the Canadiens' most glaring problem which is lack of scoring, and two, with several weeks perspective, that 3 of the 4 newbies seem no better than the home-grown talent that either is down on the farm or got sent down. And while it's perhaps unfair to single out DSP, the fact is quite clear now that he slows this team down. Mitchell and Flynn are OK but bring nothing it seems more than Thomas or Bournival did to the 3rd and 4th lines. Petry is arguably better than Tinordi, especially in transitioning to the attack from D, but this puppet act with Tinordi hardly seems like the kid has any chance to get the confidence needed to do what Petry does well. So I'd give MB a 1 for 4 and remind him and us--many of us who tuned in all day at the TD to see who we 'got--that sometimes the best trades are the ones not made. Many have noted on here that if the 3rd and 4th lines can't deliver some punch in the playoffs other teams can stack their checkers against the top two and that's a real negative. Not that MB and Therrien would even think this way, but can teams bring up additional players at the end of the season like they can in baseball?
  • Comment on Canadiens vs. Predators preview: Mitchell in for Malhotra; Gilbert sidelined (2015-03-24 13:45:08)
    Max 67, Hilarious. Hometown hero Price, Moving. Man, this team gets into your soul.
  • Comment on Canadiens vs. Predators preview: Mitchell in for Malhotra; Gilbert sidelined (2015-03-24 12:52:24)
    (A few minutes after I put this up, a new thread started. If you're having a bad day, this will change your mood, a good day will be great. Thanks for re-posting this; I’ve been gone all morning and was going to put on the new thread so thanks. I’m not one to put up a link to something cutie or pleasantly weird; this is the real deal. Thanks to Air Canada for a thoroughly professional, but not slick, video. I would’ve liked it even if it just showed what type of town Carey Price comes from, but it’s so much more. If you’ve ever dealt with foster kids, this one’s demeanor is all too familiar; and from the Principal in the school right through to Carey Price, they’re doing more than just being nice to a young kid; they’re perhaps giving him an experience that he can build on. There are other great goaltenders in the NHL now that if they were on ‘our’ team we’d passionately root for, but Carey Price and others like PK Subban, who does similar nice things for kids, they are a class act for a class organization in a class city. Sometimes I wonder if we fans can look in the mirror of our own lives and say the same. That’s why I love supporting this team. See the video; it’s OK men, a few tears show you’re a human being. http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2015/3/23/8280007/carey-price-is-more-than-an-athlete-he-touches-lives
  • Comment on Canadiens vs. Predators preview: Mitchell in for Malhotra; Gilbert sidelined (2015-03-24 12:13:18)
    Thanks for re-posting this; I've been gone all morning and was going to put on the new thread so thanks. I'm not one to put up a link to something cutie or pleasantly weird; this is the real deal. Thanks to Air Canada for a thoroughly professional, but not slick, video. I would've liked it even if it just showed what type of town Carey Price comes from, but it's so much more. If you've ever dealt with foster kids, this one's demeanor is all too familiar; and from the Principal in the school right through to Carey Price, they're doing more than just being nice to a young kid; they're perhaps giving him an experience that he can build on. There are other great goaltenders in the NHL now that if they were on 'our' team we'd passionately root for, but Carey Price and others like PK Subban, who does similar nice things for kids, they are a class act for a class organization in a class city. Sometimes I wonder if we fans can look in the mirror of our own lives and say the same. That's why I love supporting this team. See the video; it's OK men, a few tears show you're a human being.
  • Comment on Canadiens vs. Predators preview: Mitchell in for Malhotra; Gilbert sidelined (2015-03-24 04:54:03)
    Hey, enough already of the healthy debate on how Carey Price compares to other Canadiens' greats in goal. Catch this video(and I apologize if it's already been linked here) and it'll show how Price is a lot more than a superb goalie, he's a fine human being. On a larger front it shows how the great game of hockey creates warm bonds among the people of Canada. A great way to start your day, and thanks Carey for being more than just a great athlete. http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2015/3/23/8280007/carey-price-is-more-than-an-athlete-he-touches-lives
  • Comment on Sharks vs. Canadiens preview: Habs’ Subban fined again for diving (2015-03-21 09:04:00)
    As soon as I posted this it switched to a new thread so re-post hoping to get an answer to the info I requested. I recall that the last few years I’ve enjoyed going to some site where on a regular basis they rate the ‘Top 25 Prospects under 25′ for the Canadiens. Does anyone know if that is still around and how to link to it? EOTP does a decent job of reporting weekly stats for key players in the Habs farm system but this other site was/is nice because it throws in some nuances and opinions. I think the current Montreal team is very good but I think the kids in their system have potential to make them even better.
  • Comment on Sharks vs. Canadiens preview: Habs’ Subban fined again for diving (2015-03-21 08:58:15)
    I recall that the last few years I've enjoyed going to some site where on a regular basis they rate the 'Top 25 Prospects under 25' for the Canadiens. Does anyone know if that is still around and how to link to it? EOTP does a decent job of reporting weekly stats for key players in the Habs farm system but this other site was/is nice because it throws in some nuances and opinions. I think the current Montreal team is very good but I think the kids in their system have potential to make them even better.
  • Comment on Sharks vs. Canadiens preview: Habs’ Subban fined again for diving (2015-03-21 08:53:16)
    If you figured it out it probably only cost them a bit more in the long run if they'd tried to get next-to-the-glass seats in Montreal or Toronto. And like the credit card ad, what their son got out of it was priceless(shouldn't there be a pun reference here?)
  • Comment on Sharks vs. Canadiens preview: Habs’ Subban fined again for diving (2015-03-21 04:29:48)
    Thanks 'B' for keeping us posted. Gonna be interesting to see whom among these guys plays for St. John's next year.
  • Comment on Hurricanes vs. Canadiens preview: Habs’ Petry has the flu (2015-03-19 13:49:53)
    Nice post. There is no perfect path to success and be able to move to the next level. IMHO hockey is the single hardest sport to excel at because of the wide range of skills needed to be good, much less excellent. I taught at an American middle/high school, coached tennis a bit, followed the sports(an excellent way to communicate with your students) and especially enjoy high school and youth hockey, both played at a very modest level in our area, because hockey to me is the most enjoyable sport to watch. That said, I like to think, without an iron in the fire, as in a child that played hockey, that I witnessed all the good and a lot of the bad that goes into youth hockey. Our cultures have become obsessed with sports to some degree, thanks to ESPN(or TSN) and the ability to garner information from the internet on just about every aspect of hockey. The two keys to making youth hockey work are good parents and good coaches. It's when either or both of these groups forget that kids are kids, and develop differently both physically and mentally, that's when programs can turn from helping a young person grow up to be a better person to having the opposite effect. Personally, I think far, far too many young athletes have 'bought into' this mantra that if you want to go to the next level, that you have to concentrate on hockey all year round. We see the kids that have developed into excellent hockey players. To a lesser degree we see the kids that put education aside, put all their eggs into one basket, and simply don't make it to the bigs, but hang on well into their 20's playing and hoping and end up with little to help them have a productive adult life. What we don't see are the far too many kids that quit playing hockey all together, for various reasons of course but a lot of these kids burn out because they were allowed/made to do too much, too soon, some labeled 'failures' because their bodies or their maturity weren't ready. And let's face another harsh truth; some of the kids we see playing through their teen years are playing not because they want to, which is a shame, but because they've gotten an earful from their parents when they say they don't want to play anymore but in the end are pressured by their parents to keep trying to get better. Don't want to be too dismal here so I'll add that Dominik Hasek gave a moving speech at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony this last year. He recalled how his grandmother had helped carry his equipment to practices and games for years so her grandson had the chance to play the game he loved. Hasek never forgot how she helped him and also noted several others along his way to the NHL and it's Hall of Fame.