Peter YoungMember since November 15, 2007
Habs fan since: 1953
Favorite current player: None for many years but I'm thinking of Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban.
All-time favorite player: Maurice Richard
- Comment on Happy 83rd birthday to Habs legend Jean Béliveau (2014-08-31 22:24:53)
Many happy returns of the day to Jean Beliveau along with gratitude for all he did for the Montreal Canadiens. Jean Beliveau's first season in the NHL, 1953-54, was the first season I followed hockey. I was 10 years old, newly arrived from England, and for some wonderful reason, I immediately became a diehard fan of the Canadiens although we moved to Leafs territory in rural Ontario after landing in Montreal, although the Red Wings were in their dynasty years and although Gordie Howe was hockey's fair-haired boy. The reason was Maurice Richard, but quickly I learned about all the other Canadiens, including the one on whom great hope for the future was pinned, Jean Beliveau. Jean didn't live up to expectations that first year. He had scored five goals in a three-game stint with the Canadiens the season before, but, partly because he missed 26 games of the 70-game season through injury, he managed only 13 goals and and 21 assists for 34 points in 44 games, very good for a rookie, of course, but not up to the billing he had been given. Still, most fans knew it was only a matter of time before he would take off. The next season, of course, was Jean's breakout year, as he finished third in the NHL scoring race two points behind Bernie Geoffrion and one behind the Rocket. And the following season, his third, he more than lived up to the highest expectations, winning the points scoring title and scoring 47 goals in the regular season and 12 in the playoffs, tying the Rocket's record. I remember watching on the television that seventh game against the Hawks in Chicago in 1971. We knew it was probably Jean's last game, and when the Hawks took a 2-0 lead, things looked pretty dim for a triumphant exit. Well, as you all know, the Canadiens came back, and Jean went out with the Stanley Cup in his arms. I was privileged to have followed Jean Beliveau's entire career. One of the last times I saw him play live, on November 2, 1969, he scored four goals against the Kings in Los Angeles in the first two periods and was then given only very limited ice time in the third period, coach Claude Ruel claiming he was resting him for the playoffs, which were still months away. It's hard to believe that it's 43 years since Jean retired and 61 years since his rookie season began.
- Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-17 16:11:17)
See my comment directly above on why Lindsay-Richard as a draw is way off the mark. I see that the recent direction I have seen generally in comments on the web to downgrade Maurice Richard as a goal scorer has now even spread to downgrading him as a fighter.
- Comment on Bozon looking forward to Habs’ rookie camp after battling meningitis (2014-08-17 16:03:03)
6. as a draw is way off the mark. Lindsay was scrappy. Richard was an excellent fighter, he had training and experience as a boxer and also had more weight and a great deal more strength than Lindsay. One other difference: Lindsay started fights, he was a willing fighter; Richard was not, he did not fight unless provoked beyond reason.
- Comment on (AUDIO) Subban signs eight-year deal with Habs averaging $9 million a season (2014-08-03 01:28:38)
Oh happy days! Congratulations to P.K., to the Canadiens (management and players) and to the Canadiens' fans. P.K. will prove himself worth every penny of this contract and more. I wouldn't trade him for any defenseman in the league. P.K. is still improving (just as Doug Harvey did when he was P.K.'s age). He is an extremely rare world-class talent who will help bring the Stanley Cup back to Montreal and who, through his exciting playing style and wonderful personality, will help make the Canadiens the team everyone wants to see once again. I wish that the negotiations had gone more smoothly and been concluded short of going to arbitration because that spawned unseemly speculations and rumors. But what has happened has happened, and trying to figure out why or who to blame is a futile, unnecessary and ultimately damaging exercise. Everyone--player, management, teammates and fans--should be happy. Both P.K. and the club will prosper as a result of today's contractual agreement. Now it's time to move forward in our quest for the Stanley Cup. One big hurdle successfully crossed today. More still to come. Onward, Canadiens!
- Comment on Habs’ Subban expects arbitrator to decide on his contract (2014-08-01 09:54:14)
You might just as well ask whether Carey Price should have gotten more than he did. What Price is getting does not affect what Subban is worth in the market place. If you're worried about comparisons, then Price's contract can be renegotiated.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-27 03:29:06)
P.K. Subban is the most talented player to arrive at the Canadiens in 40 years, since the 1970s (excluding goaltenders for the sake of avoiding unnecessary argument). I just want him signed, whatever it costs. He is not replaceable. That he would leave the club is unthinkable I'm hoping Subban is not motivated by money alone and gives the club a bit of a discount from what he could demand and get. I'm also hoping the club treats him with proper respect and doesn't try to short him in any way (including representations of his value to the club). In other words, I'm hoping these negotiations are forthright and fair, the kind that leave both parties feeling good about things, the kind that lead to a productive long-term relationship. If the Canadiens need a discount to strengthen the team, the club should say so and ask Subban for it. Perhaps it's unrealistic to expect such honesty in today's business climate, but I still hope that's the way things will go at the club I've supported for more than 60 years. Just get it done.
- Comment on Habs invite 50 players to development camp (2014-07-04 15:33:09)
Hello, comrades. Taking a short break for the first time since beginning my World Cup break. Did anything happen while I was away? Just kidding. I've read some of the stories and comments. Very pleased with developments. If we didn't know it before, we surely know it now: the Canadiens have an excellent general manager, one who has a clear vision of what is needed to improve our team and, equally as important, the ability to turn that vision into reality. One can't ask for more in a general manager than intelligence, knowledge and the ability to execute.
- Comment on Habs sign Weise to two-year contract (2014-06-18 11:56:03)
"But I don’t think, in my perfect world, that a hockey player should get paid more than a, for example, nurse)" ____________________ Even though a hockey player usually gives up his higher education and his other job prospects, devotes the "climbing years" in any job to his hockey career, risks great physical injuries as a player, including those like concussion that have life-long debilitating consequences, took a huge risk in choosing a hockey career since even the best young players either don't make the NHL at all or play only a short time in the NHL, and has only very limited years to play? Hockey players are, indeed, grossly overpaid, but there are factors that favor them getting paid more per year than a nurse or a teacher even in a perfect world. It can be argued, too, that while nurses and teachers are extremely valuable and important to society, hockey players are, too, since watching hockey is entertainment and serves as an escape from the stresses of life (except for fanatics like HIO contributors, for whom it only adds to the stresses of life). This while I'm waiting for Australia-Holland to kick off.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-11 20:56:04)
I'll be cheering for my native England at the World Cup, the team I've supported since I was a wee lad in the late 1940s, with, as usual, no expectations and, this time, only a shred of hope. Supporting England--which won the World Cup only once in a controversial final played on home soil 48 years ago in 1966, the year before the Leafs last won the Stanley Cup--steeled me for the Canadiens' long non-winning streaks over the past 35 years, two of seven years each and the current one of 21 years. Thankfully, the Canadiens have a much better chance of winning the Stanley Cup in the next few years than England has of winning the World Cup in the next 20 years and perhaps the next 100. Fortunately, I enjoy watching good football even when my team is not playing, but not so much ice hockey when the Canadiens or Canada are not playing. Football was my first sporting love and remains my favorite sport, but I have never loved any team in any sport as much as the Montreal Canadiens (or any player in any sport as much as Maurice Richard). So after tonight's playoff game, I'll be tuning out hockey, barring some dramatic development, to watch all 64 World Cup matches. See all of you in a month, comrades. P.S. I wouldn't bet against Brazil, although I would were Argentina better on defense. Argentina's offense is one of the most potent ever assembled on a national team, and I'm not just talking about Messi. As always, much will depend on psychological factors, particularly how well the players are able to withstand the enormous pressure they are under.
- Comment on Habs will clear out lockers Saturday in Brossard (2014-05-30 21:49:43)
There have been several comments the past day criticizing those of us who have praised the team for what it accomplished because we are allegedly settling for too little. Look, the fact that we are happy about what the team did in no way means we are satisfied. However, we recognize that building a Stanley Cup winner is a process that takes time. It is not done overnight. We are pleased with our progress, and that is all. Two years ago we finished dead last in the East. This season we reached the last two in the East. Our improvement and our advancement in the season standings and the playoffs has been remarkable under new ownership and new management. We are happy because we recognize both that we have made a huge amount of progress, to the point where we are now a contender although not quite good enough, and that we are on the way to making more progress--more bluntly, because we are well on our way to winning the Cup. Those who fault Mr. Molson's often-quoted statement of his goal for the team are wrong for a similar reason. He said he wanted a team that will compete for the Cup every season. That is a realistic and yet still ambitious goal. In these days of relative parity, it is ridiculous to expect that any team will win the Cup every year. What is a realistic goal--and still a highly ambitious one--is that the team will be competitive in the race for the Cup every season. The team is well on the way to that; it may even have reached that point already. We cannot and should not ask for more.