lakechamplain - (Thomas Harley)Member since August 10, 2009
Habs fan since: 1969
Favorite current player: Brian Gionta
All-time favorite player:
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-06 10:20:17)
Patience has never been the strongest suit of Habs fans. Yes, he's making more money than most of us are(or sadly ever will), yes he's the talented high draft choice in which we pour all our hopes of a Star that we haven't had in quite a while. But.... He's got more goals than several of our other top-9 players, he's still only 19 years old; like all of us were he'll get better with age. Guy LaFleur didn't really stand out until his 3rd year, and he could be 'hidden' among his star-studded team(ah, the good old days). So just be patient; most importantly I've never sensed that he's not trying or blaming others. If you want to get into sophomore slumps, how's Yakupov doing?
- Comment on Leblanc, St-Pierre sent down to Hamilton; Desharnais back in Habs’ lineup (2013-11-06 12:03:46)
Not a rant about Carey Price; overall he's been solid and kept games close that might have gotten out of hand. We don't have anyone available that could come close to his performance. That said, let me make a tennis analogy: teaching pro who played the junior circuit told me years ago that there's very little difference among the top 20 players but the key delineator is which of them play the big points better. Need some person really into stats here: when was the last time the Canadiens won a shootout? And what has CP's record been in games the last year and this in games that have gone to overtime/shootout? I would suggest that might be a probelm, acknowledging that it would be most helpful if the Habs had some players who could score during the extra sessions.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-25 05:11:37)
Thanks for a nice analysis; between you and Boonie's it's a good way to start the day before the rabid dogs take over, trying to outdo each other with their 'witty' sarcasm. One game out of 82, but against a talented team; it's too easy for some of us 'perfect' fans to realize what a grind a long season can be. Liked your comments on Gorges, Bournival, Bourque, and Gionta. If they're clicking it provides the depth any good team needs, and how good this team is remains to be seen. Saturday should be a bit of a litmus test cuz the Sharks are very good at this time. Let's hope and whatever the outcome I'll await your take on the game.
- Comment on Habs call up Blunden, Holland, Beaulieu; Prust out for four weeks (2013-10-21 09:41:32)
Don't have to read between the lines to see that this is not a good reflection on Louis LeBlanc; simply put, he's not living up to the expectations and that only increases the pressure he's under. Also discouraging the way the Bulldogs have started the season. Understand they're already without players they had thought would be in their lineup but still am wondering, what about all that talent that seemed to be on display at the rookie camp last month? Is the cream of that crop at the next level down, or in Europe like Colberg? I don't think the Canadians are suffering an inordinate number of injuries relative to other teams in the league but here is where oraganizational depth is on display. Do the Habs have it(depth) or not this year. Looks like we're going to find out.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-16 05:23:13)
Thanks again, as usual, for a concise analysis of what, in perspective was a nice effort at the end of a long road trip. One gets really tired quite quickly of all the snipers on here who apparently feel a need to show their relentless 'wit' and sarcasm taking what a never-ending quota of cheap shots at the usual suspects: DD, Briere, and Diaz. I liked your take on Diaz re what he does well. Just about every D-man made some serious errors last night, and that's when Price came up big quite a few times. That is what we did not see enough last year. So keep up your blog and your posts here please. This ain't nuclear physics and humor is a great tonic many times, but the constant negativity of some posters here is dismaying. PS--and for all of us yearning for the proverbial 'tough guy', aren't you glad that Maxim LaPierre isn't wearing a Canadiens uniform anymore?
- Comment on Fans fill Bell Centre for Red vs. White scrimmage (Video) (2013-09-15 17:06:08)
Does anyone have the link to the team-by-team prospects ranking that was on here I think Thurs. and Fri.? I checked out the 30-21 post and the 20-11 posts and obviously would like to see where the site put the Canadians in the top 10. The post/blog made a lot of good points; the one on the Red Wings was especially perceptive. Thanks in advance.
- Comment on Habs’ training camp kicks off in Brossard (Video) (2013-09-11 19:41:32)
Great article; of all the links here I've clicked on to get relevant information this was by far the best. Thanks; keep posting this blog please.
- Comment on Friendly faceoff at EA Sports NHL 14 launch (2013-09-11 04:44:08)
So it begins, with the usual ridiculously high hopes that our fans live and obsess with. My hopes for this season: HIO regular posters don't just keep posting every 15 minutes to show themselves how cool and 'knowledgable' they are. That a management who did such a great job handling the two 'kids' last year has the temerity to do it again with some of the younger players, especially on the offensive side. That Carey Price can be the pride of the Canadiens. That more of our forwards can put the biscuit in the basket. That posters on here don't act like sharks in a feeding frenzy when a player has a bad game or stretch. Really, it's been kinda sad this week over the Diaz 'debate'. That we understand it's unlikely the Habs will compete for the Cup this year but that the team's improvement keeps fueling our hopes for a championship team that plays the greatest game in the world the way we want to see it played.
- Comment on Eberle displays scoring touch at rookie camp (2013-09-09 10:04:42)
Cautionary notes: let's not make too much about goals in rookie scrimmages, and loved the compilation of Nygren but remember highlight clips never show what players are getting done away from the puck. That said, often wish we(Hab Nation) could be more tolerant of young players inevitably making mistakes and going negative on them. Last year when Ottawa had multiple players out due to injuries they had to bring up the young'uns and they learned the hard way but the best way, by experience, and developed a younger, more mobile defensive corps in the end. Don't wish injuries on anyone but wish the young defencemen had more opportunities in the bigs. Yes, costly errors will be made in the regular season, but what did finishing first in the division do in the end as opposed to the Senators who barely made the playoffs? Well, I'll go bark at the crescent moon tonight too, and know that won't happen. I guess we'll have to wait....... (Galchenyuk & Gallagher did prove what sometimes happens when the newbies are given a chance)
- Comment on Ten players to watch at Habs’ rookie camp (2013-09-05 17:12:12)
HIO: thanks for posting these highlight(s) videos; it's so great to see youngsters who might make the Habs someday show such skills, especially some of the offensive moves that the defense that NHLers play render moot(checking, skating, holding, interference, etc.) It's so tough being a rookie in this organization because you're expected to deliver immediately or the press, and yes US, tear them down. That's why it was so encouraging that the two G's made good last year; maybe it'll open the door for other rooks. But back to the vids; even hearing the announcers yelling about the goals made the blood run a little faster. Hope these kids do well.