lakechamplain - (Thomas Harley)Member since August 10, 2009
Habs fan since: 1969
Favorite current player: Brian Gionta
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- Comment on Habs hold practice in Florida without Plekanec (2014-03-29 05:41:49)
For the legions of Hab's fans who can barely stomach the 'wisdom' of Don Cherry on Coaches Corner I would highly recommend tonight's edition because the nation will, I'm sure, get an erudite, reasoned, explanation of why his poor Maple Leafs are having such a hard time lately winning hockey games. Maybe the whole world isn't wondering, but Leaf nation certainly is, and it's comforting to know those troubled souls will sleep better tonight after his blather tonight. We all know he, thoughtful analyst that he is, laid some of the groundwork this week by noting that the Leafs oughta forget about those wimpy American college boys and stick to good old Canadian boys(French Canadians excepted of course and foreigners? Fugget about them, send those damn Russkies and the wimpy Finns and Swedes back home). Oh Don, what should Toronto do? By around 8:00 or so tonight we should know; I can hardly wait!!!
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-28 04:35:41)
It bothers me to agree with our resident Negative Nellie--Timo--but I agree with his comments about Price's game. Subban deserved the disses Boonie laid on him but I think gave Price a free pass. Yes, he made some excellent saves and made them look easy but I think amidst the sunshine and the beach time in Florida Stephane Waite is going to have a sit down with Mr. Price and try to rid him of a return to an old bad habit: going down too soon. By the frenetic third period it seemed the Wings had it nailed; they were going top shelf, and scoring, because there was space there. Otherwise I think Boonie was spot on about the lines: chemistry meaning that the 3 top lines can move the puck up ice and in the zone with passing and position, and the 4th line out there now simply can skate much better than the previous trio, tho I think when Weise gets back I'd put him in for White. BTW Babcock couldn't have helped thinking as Subban played a pretty shoddy defensive game that that's why the guy didn't get a lot of ice time in Sochi.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-23 11:30:13)
I feel sorry for Galchenyuk not playing centre; in an interview I saw the day before the game it was obvious he looking forward to the opportunity, and of course the media hopped all over this, in part frankly, because McKinnon had put on a show. That said, the fact is at this time, and this game, I can't fault the coaching staff for going with experience, and I don't see many chances the rest of the way. When they make this move, and it will happen, he needs a chance to learn from experience and grow into the role. What would do far more harm than good would be to throw him in at centre for part of a game, or even just a game, and instill the fear of making mistakes which has broken more players on the Canadiens over the years than we'd probably want to admit. I wish the management would've tried doing this earlier in the season, but I agree this is a tough time for 'development'. If the lines from last night can build on what they did last night, maybe our scoring ability won't be such a big question mark heading into the playoffs.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-21 05:40:58)
Boonie, thanks again for your spot-on assessment. Guess we couldn't 'steal' this one like some games this year when we got outplayed. I also agree with your take on Lars Eller; I'm not sure he can make it in this organization and an important effect of his struggles at center is how the team's attempts--and there have been many--to wait for him to step up at centre is delaying and inhibiting the development of Galchenyuk. I am leery of those 'we could've/should've drafted this guy or that guy instead of....' because hindsight is always 20/20. But isn't it time to let Galchenyuk play centre, and not just in intermittent bursts but to hand him the puck and say Alex, you're centering this line for the next 5 games no matter how many mistakes you make. And that's part of the problem and always will be for talented young players here. As you pointed out with Tinordi's gaffe, practically any and every mistake a player makes goes through the ever-increasing media machine, including here. And what happens, over and over again, is that players play afraid, afraid to make a mistake, and that's what I see happening with Galchenyuk. And that's what I think has helped crush Eller but is not the main reason he's coming up short here; his skills are just not enough to be a top-six guy. And BTW, if Galchenyuk was moved to centre, please just don't shift Eller to wing; he's useless there. I'd prefer Borque(let him play off wing like he did in Calgary when he had 27 goals). Alas, I realize in the playoff race, and the relentless pressures of playing in Montreal this most likely will not happen and we'll yearn for the rising stars of other teams and think the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
- Comment on Budaj gets start vs. Bruins; Bourque a healthy scratch (2014-03-12 11:59:37)
OK, I don't read every word posted/printed about the Habs. What did Weise do to get in the doghouse? My opinion, and don't we all have them, is he's noticeably better than about 4 of the 'starters', mainly because he's more than a grinder; he can skate(and to start with this team's issues most teams do out skate us) and he has some offensive flair.
- Comment on Habs’ Price won’t be ready to face Bruins (Video) (2014-03-12 08:16:25)
I was writing a similar post when yours went up. I share your thoughts. Other teams had similar issues; Tavares and the Islanders most obviously. But other players played, like Datsyuk and others, with injuries that either has limited there performances since the Olympics or kept them out. But Price, like Tavares for the Isles, is the team's MVP and everyone knows there's no hope in the playoffs without him or even without him at full 'strength'.
- Comment on Habs’ Price won’t be ready to face Bruins (Video) (2014-03-12 08:10:52)
The Gold Medal was so sweet, obviously made more so by the stellar play of Carey Price. But in lieu of his lingering injury, is it acceptable to ask if he should have been playing at all? He didn't get injured at his first practice after the Olympics; he aggravated the injury that he already had incurred before the Olympics. I'll bet Price, like almost all hockey players in his situation, opted to play with the injury due to the importance of the event, both for his country and for himself. I don't question Babcock/Yzerman for playing him either, although I have no idea if they even knew about it. Nevertheless, if Price can't play all out the rest of the season, or worse misses more games, is it understandable that some NHL owners must have second thoughts about putting their star players at risk in future Olympic games?
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 11:23:21)
Pretty much agree but, actually it looks like Price didn't 'play through it' but aggravated it, and during his stellar performance he didn't appear to modify his play one bit. Fact is though the Canadiens need him to give them some chance, maybe now not so much at making the playoffs but in getting home ice. And if he can't get heal this nagging injury--I read somewhere it's a groin injury but haven't heard any more to back that up--and can't be at his top level in the playoffs, it's good night Irene. Re Prust: I think the kind of game he plays he keeps re-injuring his shoulder almost to the point of being chronic. Bournival: concussions are so tricky it's a good thing that the NHL(and NFL for that matter) have come out of the dark ages and gone into a better safe than sorry mode. Every concussed player is an individual case.
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 11:01:31)
Two reactions: I was high on Colberg when he was drafted; he has some sick moves that Canadien fans are dying to see. But, his progress has been slow; he hasn't shown yet that he's ready for the next level, much less the NHL. Fact is, he's had all of 3 goals in 40 games this year. Secondly, what's this 'poor work habits' crap? The deal happened at the last minute not because of Bergevin; his offer had been on the table for a while. It was Snow who, as it turned out, was futilely waiting for his phone to ring; word was he was looking for a #1 pick and a prospect. Bergevin, in effect waited him out and Snow was left with the Canadien's offer or getting squat for Vanek. No deal is one sided(well, Gomez for McDonagh I painfully remember was) but this was as good as the Habs could've expected to get.
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 09:52:30)
Anyone know if Price is playing tonight? Probably not, as it'll mean at least 4 more days to heal and get tuned up. But as another week goes by without the best goalie in the NHL is anyone else wondering exactly when he got injured? Yeah, the official report noted that he was injured at that morning practice in Brossard but left unanswered was it a new injury or did it aggravate one he had incurred in Sochi? IF he had been injured before or during the semifinal or final should he have been held out of that/those games? I'd wager that Price wanted to play for his country, injury or not; tough athletes in this situation almost always do. BUT, if the injury happened and was known about, was it Babcock/Yzermans' responsibility to play Luongo instead, out of deference to the team that's paying him several million dollars to help them win? I'm excited about the good things that Vanek brings to the Habs as well as most of you but frankly, if Price isn't back soon, they're toast in the playoffs(no putdown of Budaj but Price is our MVP). I hope all this is conjecture, but it still comes back to the question that many owners pondered, especially after Tavares went down, are the Olympics worth the risk of injury to obviously very important parts of NHL franchises. Would any of you change your minds about that issue if Price were out long term and pretty much killed our chances in the playoffs?