SherbrookeW - (Adam GOPNIK)Member since November 3, 2009
Habs fan since: 1968
Favorite current player: Tomas Plekanec
All-time favorite player: Yvan Cournoyer
Habs Since '68
- Comment on ‘It’s a pretty cool feeling,’ Olympic champ Price says (with video) (2014-02-24 22:52:05)
Trading Markov is just the kind of thing bad organizations do. He's still a valuable player, even at six million he's about at normal value for a player of his skills, and what you could get for him would be iffy at best -- even a high first round pick takes more time than the Habs have. The central truth about the Habs is not that they are building for some remote future -- it is that their best players are entering their primes right now. They need to build for the now. Habs Since '68
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-26 05:14:09)
I know no one wants to hear this but...this is Bettman's NHL. Apart from a handful of teams, and they struggle,too, EVERY team in the league has the same structure: if you were a Rangers fan this year you'd feel exactly the same way, some encouraging wins, then a series of baffling losses. The salary cap, and the encouragement of plod-hockey means that a mediocre team can beat a good one,as against Chicago , and then a mediocre team can look terrible against an even more mediocre one, as tonight. It's a league designed to produce mediocrity. "Blowing up the team" in a panic will only make things worse. The only sane thing to do is stick with the current coach -- no savior is on the horizon -- for the rest of the year, and, above all, play the kids and find out what they can do. There's no excuse for not playing Leblanc, Beaulieu, Pateyrn, etc. when you have veterans in place who you know aren't adequate. At least find out what the kids can do. Habs Since '68
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 43 – Canadiens comeback earns a point, but they lose in OT (2014-01-04 21:54:10)
Habs Since '68 Gift from the refs. Horrible call on the disallowed goal; even worse call on Subban's non-penalty. This is Bettman's league.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 40 – Panthers claw Canadiens 4-1 (2013-12-29 21:21:32)
The Canadiens' problems are simple , and easily defined, and have nothing in the world to do with their being "small" or "soft". They simply don't have any kind of consistent scoring from the forwards. Including the big ones: Eller has talent, but no goal touch; Pac has a goal touch, but not enough of one to score at a top-twenty level. Galchenyuk has been dissapointing, but only a bit, because he's 19, after all. If you added a top ten forward to the team, they'd be fine. Adding any amount of 'size' 'Sandpaper" 'grit" would be absoutely meaningless. Look at Parros and Murray. Big, and tough and gritty -- and useless. Habs Since '68
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 25 – Canadiens top Buffalo 3-1 for fourth in a row (2013-11-27 21:37:56)
Habs Since '68 When the Habs win, they win with speed, passing and transition. Being"tougher" and "bigger" (like Murray? Jesus.) has nothing whatever to do with their consistently winning hockey games.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 15: Canadiens limp home after lost weekend (2013-11-02 23:14:12)
Habs Since '68 Fighting isn't "part of the game" and anyone who says so suffers from a.)ignorance about hockey and b.) insecurity about his own masculinity. The greatest teams in hockey history -- the Russian teams of the 1960's and 70's,the Team Canada collations of the seventies and eighties -- never fought. For every 'fan' the NHL would lose, it would gain five more worth having. Nothing can justify fighting. It has to go.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 10 – Canadiens pluck Ducks 4-1, end short L streak (2013-10-24 21:00:28)
Habs Since '68 Nice to see them go up three nothing but , really, that goal would have been called off back in the day. Talk about in the crease-- bad for hockey to reduce it to that.
- Comment on Brière agrees to two-year deal with Canadiens (2013-07-04 19:01:19)
I know that it is an article of passionate faith among the adolescent fan-boy mentality that bigger is better -- for rather obvious reasons. But there is absolutely no evidence -- not one single statistical shred -- that bigger teams are more likely to win Stanley Cups. Briere being too old is an issue; his being "too small" is not. It's good to have a Chara. It's better to have a Patrick Kane. Habs Since '68
- Comment on Size isn’t a problem with Habs, Plekanec says (2013-05-14 13:04:45)
Habs Since '68 Plekanec is absolutely right. "Size" in itself is of no value; and what's more, the Habs have been trying to draft for size for years, decades really -- go look at their first round picks over the years-- Turner Stevenson! Ron Hainsey! Komisarek! -- and you see a sad litany of searching for toughness and getting mediocrity. Yes, of course, you need some big, physical players: that's why Pollock had Lupien and Bouchard and Chartraw. But they don't win Cups. They never have. Just try and think: ask yourselves how much better the Habs would be if they added two more tough guys. Then ask how much better they would be if they added, say, Giroux and Gaborik. In which case would they go from a middle-of-the-pack team to a Stanley Cup favorite? It's obvious.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-03-12 04:42:39)
Habs Since '68 Well, always useful , if your memory goes back to dynasty years, to ask: What Would Sam (Pollock) Do? And the answer is that the greatest of GMs, in lining up a Stanley Cup run, would usually try two things. (The game was very different then,obviously, no "rentals" in mid season of UFA's,etc. But the principles are the same.) 1. Add tough two way wingers who were, above all, skilled at the PK. Glen Sather, Jim Roberts, Claude Larose all in that category. Would never underestimate the importance of the penalty kill in the playoffs. 2. Add a super-charged scoring forward who for one reason or another had lost his way elsewhere: Frank Mahovlich, Pierre Larouche (who people forget scored fifty goals for the seventies Habs.) And be prepared to give up a movable piece of value to get him. It won't happen because the cap numbers will never add up, but, in principle, Sam P. would have been delighted to try and add Ovechkin -- exactly a player like the Big M, superstar fallen on hard times but still able to score big goals and in need of a new environment to do it in.