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 suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-30 19:17:51)
You do, many don't. Terry Harper, Ted Harris, John Ferguson, et al. from the 1960s.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-30 19:10:34)
And it's a damned good two cents.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-30 19:09:14)
No, but there are guys around like Ted Harris and Terry Harper from the 1960s, capable players, although by no means stars, who retaliated by huge bodychecks that delivered a message.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-29 06:28:04)
It appears to me that some of the commenters are equating physicality with goonery and fighting. They are not the same at all. Larry Robinson is the epitome of the kind of physicality our team needs. He was physical, but no goon, and because of his physicality he seldom had to fight. The same with Bob Gainey. There are no Robinsons or Gaineys on the horizon, of course, but you get the point.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-29 05:57:01)
Immediately after the Rangers eliminated the Canadiens, I wrote on this blog that the 2014 Cup run, unlike the Halak run, was no fluke, but was down to skill, effort and team spirit and determination. But, sorry to say, although the Canadiens might have gotten by the Rangers with Carey Price, they wouldn't have come close to beating the Kings for the Cup last season. I say "might" have gotten by the Rangers because after the rigors of the seven-game series against the Bruins, the Canadiens were a pretty beaten up group due to the Bruins' physical aggression. So I beg to differ with you. Our team does indeed need more physicality, not the kind delivered by goons or even good brawlers, but the kind I described in my comment below: "players who affirmatively impose themselves through their physical play, who are always ready to stand up for teammates the opposition has abused and, best of all, whose mere presence deters overly physical aggression from opponents." Yes, the team has gradually added more size, which means it won't get knocked around as easily or as much, but that is not enough. The team needs to impose itself physically on the opposition in sufficient amount to permit skill and speed to win the day. In too many games last season the opposition dominated the Canadiens physically to such an extent that their speed and skill counted for little. Although this season's team will be a bit bigger than last season's, it still does not have players who will deliver the physical edge it needs to win the Cup.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-29 01:23:15)
I wrote this comment on Word after the second Avalanche game, but got distracted and never posted it. C.J.'s comment below and a couple of others prompt me to post it tonight. This year's squad has a large number of very fast and very skillful players. The emphasis does indeed seem to be on speed. The Canadiens may no longer be Frenchmen, but at least they may be flying once again. I like our team to be built on speed and skill because it carries on the grand tradition and because it's lovely to watch, but it also needs a physical side, not merely because that helps in every game but particularly because it makes a critical difference over the long haul and at playoff time. Even in the freewheeling Flying Frenchmen days of the 1950s through the 1970s, the team always had players capable of providing whatever physicality was required when needed. That leads to the one big suspect quality of this Canadiens team. Where is the team's physical edge coming from this season? (I'm not talking about goonery or fighting, both of which I detest, and I cerrtainly don't intend to raise those issues here.) The team has added some size, both on defense and up front, which means it won't get knocked around quite as much. But more than that is required from a physical standpoint. The Canadiens need a couple of players who affirmatively impose themselves through their physical play, who are always ready to stand up for teammates the opposition has abused and, best of all, whose mere presence deters overly physical aggression from opponents. Brandon Prust doesn't seem the same post-injury, and, of moderate size, he never was enough by himself anyway although he did rack up penalty minutes partly through his willingness to fight if other teams got out of hand. Dale Weise has a bit of size and can play a rugged game, but he's hardly an enforcer whose mere presence deters aggression and makes fighting unnecessary. It looks as if the team's fourth line may be more an energy line than a physically dominant one. The ideal, of course, is to have a few players who provide high levels of both skill and physicality, but there aren't any of those on this Canadiens squad. There aren't even any players who will provide a high level of physicality without matching skill. One hopes a squad loaded with skill and speed will be enough, but that's doubtful. The Canadiens are still a couple of players away from becoming a real contender for the Stanley Cup.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-28 21:15:47)
Can't blame the lack of goals on the usual suspects--big goalie equipment, defensive formations and so on. That was simply uninspiring hockey. The comment made below was dead on in saying the difference between this game and the prior three was the difference between rookies viewing these exhibition games as the chance to break through to the senior squad and the veterans seeing them as merely the chance to shake off the cobwebs and get fit for regular season games. Christian Thomas has impressed me with his speed and effort. He seems to have the knack of making things happen, at least when he's playing with linemates who are also giving full effort. It's a shame his relatively small physical stature will probably count against him, especially since the senior team already has several relatively small players. He showed he was able to stand up to bigger players in these pre-season games, but it may be a different matter in regular season games, particularly over the long haul. Parenteau has been almost invisible to me except when he makes mistakes. Perhaps he's rusty. I've not seen him play much before. Our two superstars, Price and Subban, are ready to go and provide a sound foundation for the rest of the team. Emelin will be much more at home on the left. Pacioretty will probably give us his usual performance. As for the rest, I will wait and see with quite a bit of hope. I think our Canadiens may be better than those rankings say.
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-28 20:13:36)
Why is there no rule giving extra minutes in the penalty box for the player that starts a fight?
- Comment on Liveblog : Canadiens suffer first preseason loss, 2-0 to Caps (2014-09-28 20:09:51)
There's no way Tinordi could have pulled out of that check and it was a clean hit. Man, I like speed and skill and dislike the rough stuff, but this kind of officiating is taking normal checking out of the game.
- Comment on Preseason Game 2: Galchenyuk hero in OT as Canadiens down Avs (2014-09-27 04:32:19)
You didn't and couldn't ruffle my feathers, sonny. i've seen your kind many times over my 71 years. My African-American life partner of 25 years laughed at the ignorance your post displayed when I read it to her. Apparently the thousands who've protested the photo caption are wrong in your eyes, and only you know what's offensive and what isn't.