lakechamplain - (Thomas Harley)Member since August 10, 2009
Habs fan since: 1969
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- 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?
- Comment on Habs acquire defenceman Weaver from Panthers; Price back on ice (2014-03-04 14:56:35)
Huh? I could've sworn our main problem was that we didn't have enough FORWARDS who can create space. And are we trying to bolster our ranking as the smallest team in the league? I know goal scorers and space creators aren't there for the picking but...... And another 35 year old? Hmmmm. At least we didn't give up anything for him, and I hope he brings some good things to the Habs. But hey, we had 18 shots on goal last night. (and Hamilton doesn't seem to have a plethora of forwards at the present either). Oh well, 24 hours to work some more 'magic'.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-28 05:15:03)
First up, thanks Boonie for another spot-on assessment of the game; kinda rained on our parade, but you hit several nails on the head. Most of all your pieces don't have the chorus called 'It's all Therrien's fault'. Sure, I wish he'd do some things differently because the chemistry of this team right now seems off, BUT for all the naysayers on here who day in and day out offer little more than their sarcastic asides about him, it gets tiresome. And until some of the players on this team start earning their salaries--both present and future--mediocrity is something we better get used to. And are there any rabbits to pull out of the hat before the trade deadline? Seems unlikely. My hope is that our future scoring prospects, who seem a couple of years away from the bigs, aren't offered up for a quick fix. Random thoughts: Tinordi is going to be OK; it's his skating that most needs improving; that big bod gets twisted up too often but he's working on it. How long is it going to be before Eller can do what a center needs to do to be effective: create territorial control in the offensive zone? Rene Bourque, can you put the biscuit in the basket? And PK, if you're not already, your in serious danger of being known around the league as a head case; so much talent but so much of it squandered. We need you to be a better team player Mr. Subban. And for those of you who seem to live for your daily snide remarks about DD posted here, whom else besides Gallagher gives more bang for the buck? So Boonie, keep telling it like it is; I especially like it when you point out that the games when the fans have to pay premium prices we generally stink up the place. And finally, have many people given thought to how Cherry is going to distribute praise for Canada's gold medal on Coaches Corner? I have a feeling Carey Price is at best going to get a grudging pat on the back but that's about all we can expect.
- Comment on Liveblog: Olympic Games, Game 3: Canada 2, Finland 1, OT (2014-02-17 13:12:18)
Some random thoughts as we await the quarterfinals and semifinals at Sochi: What an exciting game to watch Sat. a.m.; as an American I'm happy the good guys won. What I loved was there was so much talent on ice that there always seemed to be a scoring opportunity about to happen. But, I wonder if the tables were turned if some Americans would be whining that the goalie seemed to dislodge the net on his own and, I don't like the shootout rule letting one player shoot over and over; the shootout is already a non-team event. I don't know, will they go to a shootout in the finals or continue overtime if it gets there? Two, the Russians are tight; they're both feeling immense pressure and one wonders if their using a high share of KHL players vs. some in the NHL has cost them an edge. Three, the Canadians seem a little tight and out of synch. And please, Habs fans, it's not because of the way PK is being used. Hopefully one good game will get the play flowing. Four, sad to say, Kessel and VanRiemsdyk are better than any forwards the Canadiens have at this time. In fact Kessel's play makes me wonder if the Leafs are using his skills effectively. BTW Galchenyuk hopefully will be as good as them in the near future but not now. Five, under Wishful Thinking: I wish Bergevin and Therrien were using these two weeks to visit and observe every player in the Canadien's organization in the minors. What an opportunity to assess and guage what we have and what we need. PS--Timmons, get on board with them. Finally, Timo, please, give it a rest.
- Comment on Price to start for Habs against Wings and Emelin will be back in lineup (2014-01-23 16:13:18)
OK, let's assume that everything we could say negatively about the Habs after the last month and a half of mediocrity has been said, and all our 2-bit advice about who should get fired, traded, unloaded has been offered, let's try to find some hope for the future. Here's the link to habseyesontheprize top 25 under 25 as they recently finished 1-5. Take a look and see if you can find some hope for the future and of course offer your two cents worth. What I'm hoping for are some forwards that can skate, stickhandle, and shoot to create a presence in the other team's end. Maybe the best defense isn't a good offense but it sure helps, and btw is a lot more fun to watch. http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/habs-top-25-under-25/2014/1/13/5303760/2014-mid-term-habs-top-25-under-25
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-05 03:40:12)
I agree with your lines with 1 minor exception; why not switch Galchenyuk to center and move Eller to wing? Two, simply put, there are too many old, slow legs on D. Third, Price will be named to Team Canada on Tuesday; the powers that be must be having some nervous conversations about what's been going down with him lately. In fairness, as Boonie has pointed out, he's been bombarded of late. Finally, Boonie, the morning after the night before, you do the best reporting on the things that matter, keep up the great work.
- Comment on About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that (2014-01-01 09:34:47)
Thanks for making these posts; after a week of lackluster play by the Habs this is a bit of a tonic for a better future.
- Comment on Bournival expected to take Brière’s spot against Hurricanes (2013-12-31 14:48:08)
And Colberg has been producing--mostly assists--for a very good Swedish team.