ArmyFan - (Pat Murphy)Member since October 11, 2009
Habs fan since: 1972
Favorite current player: Brandon Prust
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- Comment on Prust will be in Habs lineup for Game 1 (2014-04-16 17:23:26)
My dad is 76 yrs old. Born and raised in Eastern Ontario, moved north to work in the mines in the 1960s. By all accounts should be a Leafs fan. But he's a die-hard Canadiens fan through and through. I often wondered why, but never really questioned it. Here's the possible kicker - he's Irish-Canadian Catholic. He has told me plenty of stories, and I've read more, that the whole Catholic/Protestant 'conflict' was alive and well in Ontario well into the 1960s and 1970s. Since 'Taranna' was seen as the capital of Protestant-dominated Ontario, this could very well be the reason.
- Comment on Habs looking to clinch playoff home-ice advantage vs. Islanders (2014-04-10 15:24:23)
There was one point last night where the puck came back outside of Chicago's blue line. Habs maintained possession, but were waiting for everyone to clear the zone before going back in. There's Bourque, in the zone and skating out as if the whistle had just been blown - ZERO effort. He shows flashes of greatness, but man he's frustrating. Small guys with heart would kill to have his size and skill.
- Comment on Coach Therrien gives Habs players rest before playoffs (2014-04-09 13:01:36)
With home ice advantage far from guaranteed against Tampa, I'm not sure I understand why Therrien would sit his number one goaltender and two of his top four defencemen against a team like Chicago. Wouldn't the better option be to let them sit against the Isles tomorrow night? Or is there something else going on...
- Comment on Therapy day for Habs’ Markov, Emelin and Subban; Pacioretty named NHL’s third star (2014-04-07 12:37:19)
By "looking" I trust you don't mean "hoping". After seeing the Habs get the referee shaft so often, do you really hope any team wins OR loses based on biased officiating? Does anyone? Best case scenario for all series, however unlikely, is error-free, rule-enforcing, unbiased officiating that truly lets the teams decide the outcome.
- Comment on Budaj to start for Habs vs. Sens; Beaulieu called up after Murray suspended 3 games (2014-04-03 14:31:01)
Be careful. The same thing was said last year about Ottawa, and a funny thing happened - their fans showed up in droves, and Ottawa went on to the second round.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-04-02 09:39:24)
I'm probably one of the most critical guys you'll ever meet - of referees, other teams, other coaches, etc, etc. But Murray owns this one, 100%. He's not a dirty guy, but he got beat by a faster player and had a split second lapse of judgement in trying to do anything to stop or slow Kostka down. I'm sure he instantly regretted it and probably feels pretty crappy about it. Nobody likes to be 'that guy'.
- Comment on Next stop Detroit in Habs’ fight for playoffs; prospect Bennett signs (2014-03-26 18:32:36)
Just the fact that it's uncertain gives him credibility amongst that group.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-25 10:21:53)
Actually a pretty balanced and well-written article, described the game well and gave both team credits where they were due, and offered up (albeit vaguely) that Lucic did indeed spear Emelin in the gonads. The quote from Lucic, however, does reinforce that he is a direct descendant of Neanderthals.
- Comment on About this weekend … (2014-03-17 14:43:14)
May have already been discussed, but aside from his goal on Saturday, did Eller not look completely out of place for most of both games? I lost count of how many times he gave the puck away against Buffalo, got caught of of position defensively, etc. I had high hopes for this guy and in October it looked to be his breakout year, but he's at the point now after a few seasons where he does not look to be improving overall. Still hope he can take it to the next level, but at this point I'm skeptical.
- Comment on Habs get day off after Super Bowl weekend; Diaz traded to Canucks (2014-02-03 17:02:58)
I'm wondering if this isn't the first of several moves. This clears up a bit of the Defence logjam (good riddance, I say). But judging by his games played over the past couple seasons with Vancouver, Weise is a bona fide NHL 4th-liner. Something's gotta give. In my (small) mind, they need to end this nonsense of putting guys like Bournival, Thomas, etc on the fourth line. Put out a true fourth line (3 of Prust/Moen/Weise/Parros). Which means that White's gotta go - really like the guy, we already have a mid-size scrapper of higher caliber (Prust). Guys like Bournival and Thomas need to get and stay on the 3rd line to get a chance to prove themselves with decent playing time, which means Bourque (at least) has to go. Galchenyuk will be back, and hopefully at center sooner than later, which eats up another top-6 spot -- DD or Briere, can you say "au revoir"? I know these guys won't fetch much in return, but teams get a little crazy at the trade deadline. Just GIVE them away, for God's sake, to free up the cap space and create some room for development, 'cause it's not like we're winning the Cup this year or next.