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 Liveblog: Canadiens end homestand with a win (2014-12-20 20:54:48)
Got the human mind all figured out, do you, and apparently singular insights into certain players' minds as well. Congratulations on doing that which no one has been able to do before. End sarcasm. Some might say your making judgments about another's character so loosely and unfairly tells them quite a bit about your character. You'd better hope no one makes judgments about your character so loosely and unfairly.
- Comment on Habs send Tokarski to Hamilton for conditioning stint; Pacioretty listed as day-to-day (2014-12-20 01:44:53)
I got that from some discussions about why J.C. is not in the Hall of Fame. J.C. Tremblay was not on the level of either Hull or Mahovlich as a hockey player. They were superstars of a very high order and it would have been ludicrous to keep them out of the Hall of Fame. But J.C.'s career was not of an order that would wipe out negative reactions to his move to the WHA. Furthermore, had Tremblay stayed with the Canadiens, he would have played on at least a few more Stanley Cup winning teams and his NHL numbers would have been more impressive, particularly given the more wide open play and much higher scoring of the 1970s compared to the 1960s. Tremblay had the highest points scoring season of his NHL career just before his move to the Nordiques in the early 1970s, and his WHA record indicates that he maintained his points scoring prowess until the end of his playing career in 1979. The Nordiques wanted him to continue as they switched to the NHL, but Tremblay insisted on retiring.
- Comment on Habs send Tokarski to Hamilton for conditioning stint; Pacioretty listed as day-to-day (2014-12-19 23:25:45)
I had to edit the last paragraph to remove the reference to him donating a kidney to his daughter in 1977. Apparently that is in dispute. Some reports say he lost the first kidney due to a tumor; others say he donated it. I can't find any source I trust on the daughter donation so edited out that part.
- Comment on Habs send Tokarski to Hamilton for conditioning stint; Pacioretty listed as day-to-day (2014-12-19 22:53:45)
It was heart-warming to hear Saku Koivu paying tribute at last night's ceremony to the late J.C. Tremblay for making his career with the Canadiens possible. J.C. had become the Canadiens' chief European scout a few years after his retirement from the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA. J.C. is one of my all-time favorite Canadiens. Throughout the 1960s and during the early 1970s, he was absolutely brilliant with his superb skating, puck-handling and passing. He always played with great intelligence, and yet he often dazzled the fans; he could turn on a dime, making his opponents look like clumsy oafs, and he had a wonderful eye for the long pass that gave teammates a breakaway on goal. He was the fulcrum of the Habs' power play and his skating and puck-handling skills made him an invaluable penalty-killer. He consistently lifted his game another notch in the playoffs; his name is on the Stanley Cup five times. Yet he's probably most remembered for one of his fancy tricks, his fabled alley-oop flip shot, its bounce fooling many a goaltender. And for the helmet because he and Bobby Rousseau were the first Canadiens to wear one regularly. J.C. seldom got the recognition he deserved, perhaps because he was a bit of a loner, could be distant and did not court the media. He was robbed of the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1966 as the writers split their votes among a number of Canadiens, leaving the way open for Roger Crozier, goalkeeper for the losing Detroit Red Wings, to take it. However, he did gain one first team all-star selection in 1970-71 and one second team all-star selection in 1967-68. I didn't hold it against him when he took an offer from the Nordiques that was so lucrative he couldn't turn it down despite his lifetime allegiance to the Canadiens. The Habs management refused to match the offer. In the WHA, of course, he was among the brightest stars and at long last got recognition as such. But it is that move to the WHA that is no doubt keeping him out of the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is widely said that he is the most deserving of those old-timers who have been overlooked. His signing with the WHA also led to his removal from Canada's 1972 Summit Series squad, although he shone in the WHA's series against the Soviet Union in 1974. J.C. had a kidney removed in 1977 and then lost his remaining kidney to cancer, which killed him at age 55 in 1994. For me, J.C. Tremblay was aces, as a hockey player and as a man.
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 23:58:03)
Spot on. In the first place, the hit was interference at the very least because it was made very late, long after the puck had left Max's stick. Second, it was a hit from behind that sent Max head first into the boards, which is boarding and dangerous play that calls for a suspension. From the video tape, it looks to me as if Max's head hit the junction of the boards and the glass, and Heaven knows what damage that caused. So it was a double offense; the boarding was even more egregious because it was a late hit. Max was, pardon me, a sitting duck for this Duck, and if this bullying Duck is not suspended, we will know for sure that the NHL has it in for the Canadiens.
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 23:41:11)
Yes, Prust is 6 feet by NHL measuring, which usually adds an inch or two, especially to players under 6 feet. Anyway, Prust is listed as only 195 pounds, which is probably the more relevant number when it comes to fights (as in boxing), and NHL weight listings are usually exaggerated, too. The Anaheim game commentators tonight were laughing about how height and weight figures for NHL players are usually inaccurate on the high side. They told of a player who actually wore weights to his weigh-in so he'd be listed as heavier than he actually was.
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 23:08:25)
The Anaheim announcers did, however, correctly say that the reffing was terribly uneven--soft gift calls followed by everything goes. But you're right, they did try to excuse the hit on Max, and that was inexcusable. I despise it when the officiating largely influences the game's outcome, as it did tonight.
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 22:54:08)
That's a horrible loss--because of Max's injury. The team just fell apart after that. I hope Max isn't too bad off, but it looked to me like he'll probably have at least a concussion and there's no telling what effect that might have on him. What rotten luck. And pardon me, but that officiating was terrible--uneven, soft calls on virtually nothing and yet missed calls on really bad stuff.
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 22:24:52)
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 22:21:52)
Ducks commentators: Coaches are having a lot of influence on the refs. It's Merry Christmas. Call on PK was marginal.