CF - (Chris Framp)Member since November 19, 2009
Habs fan since: Birth
Favorite current player: Gionta
All-time favorite player: Koivu
- Comment on Habs get day off Sunday in drive to playoffs; Plekanec to rejoin team (2014-03-30 18:36:59)
Certainly, he's done a good job. However, he's made some head scratching decisions such as starting Vanek on the second line with Gionta. It has been clear for awhile that Gio is no longer a top six player. Sometimes his loyalty gets in the way of his decisions. Which, I supposed, is not all bad. Thank-god he figured it out when he did. The top line has completely transformed the team. Bergevin has too good players to pick from for a seventh defensemen next year--that being Murray and Weaver.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-28 10:40:08)
I actually forgot what it was like to have a true number one line. A line that can score on any shift, and make opponents look bad. Picking up Vanek was huge, and I mean huge. What it has done is solidify the third line by allowing Gionta to play against opponents he can handle. The guy is a third line player now, nothing against him, because he's an excellent third line player. The last time the Habs made a trade that had this much affect on the entire line-up was picking up Dominic Moore, he solidified the third line centre position and we all saw what happened that year in the playoffs. I know, I know, Halak had a lot to do with it, but we rolled four lines, Moore scored the game seven winner. Vanek has had this result, and with the help of added depth on the fourth line. Lets be honest, you lose two of your three guys from the fourth line who had been playing remarkably well over a stretch, and given the team some actual muscle and energy for the first time this year, and as a coach you can insert two new players, with different identities and still have a positive impact. That's where Bergevin has done his best work. Picking up Wiese was brilliant. If we can't sign Vanek, and I seriously hope we can, we need a Vanek type clone for the top line. But lets just enjoy it now, DD must be pinching himself when he looks to one side and sees Patches, the other side has Vanek. Two big guys who have rockets for shots, can skate, and in Vaneks case can pass as well as anyone. It's fun watching again.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-26 10:27:13)
Actually, they have always tried to work the puck down low--but it's not to feed the slot--its to open up the point. However, until they picked up Vanek, they didn't have the horses to draw attention down low as teams realized the only weapon we had was PK from the point. Now with Patch and Vanek working the side wall, we have something that resembles our number one PP with Kovy. Teams cannot give Vanek or Patch too much space because they can shoot, and in Vanek's case--pass. As Vanek and Patches bring the puck down low, teams have to adapt therefore opening up the points.
- Comment on Audio: Habs make late deal to get Vanek from Islanders; Tokarski to start against Ducks (2014-03-05 16:23:59)
Galchenyuk is not a third line player. He will be top six.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-23 09:39:35)
Just a few thoughts. Beaulieau is a great skater, not sure why he's having such a difficult time with his edges in NHL rinks. Leblanc is not a great skater, and it baffles my mind how he hasn't had a power skating coach attempt to straighten him up a little to correct his flawed skating stride. Way too bent over at the hips, this type of stride actually slows you down instead of help you accelerate. These are adjustments teams make in ATOM. Why isn't this happening at the NHL level. Even the sad sack leafs hired a skating coach over the summer. I thought the Briere line with Bourque had a few moments that showed some life. And Bourque finally scored. I agree with being loyal, and the biggest reason Boullion is playing is loyalty from MT and MB, but wouldn't it make sense to give Tinordi a look right now. Lets be honest, winning in Hamilton doesn't matter, and saving Tinordi as a playoff call-up (which is what I expect) may not matter if we're not even in the playoffs. I would like to see Tinordi paired with someone like Gorges for stability....see what happens. I believe Markov should be traded at the deadline. This is another example of diminishing returns. This team unfortunately has a problem developing for the future given it's current roster of veterans are not stars anymore. We don't have a Thomas Vanek to trade that will bring in a first and second round pick. But what we do have is aging veterans past their prime. Realistically, what is Markov going to give us in the future. He's played great thus far, but he's old and slow. And he can't keep up in the physicality dept. He may come back next game and get a couple of assists, but if MB decides to sign him for three more years, which I believe is what it will take to keep him, it will be a mistake. Lets start some rebuilding without completing tearing the team apart. Markov and possibly Gio should be traded. I love Gio, but again, he's past his prime, and he may bring in something. Right now he's a third line player at best. Price is frustrated with the defensive play, no question. He sees the holes. Bring up Tinordi, play Emelin (let him watch the tape of that puke Kadri slipping the puck through his legs and explain how he should have taken the body, eyes on the middle of kadri's chest and decked him into the first row). Trade Markov for a first if you can get it, or someone younger. Trade Gio. Possibly trade Briere. Trade Bourque if you can.....this is doubtful. Be realistic of what we have here, an eighth place team.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-01-03 10:53:26)
I just wanted to say I like what Murray brings to the back end. He wins puck battles and clears the front of the net. I really donèt care that he's not a "great" skater. He's doing what he was brought in to do. He's big, strong, I really like the guy.
- Comment on Bourque will return to Habs’ lineup against Coyotes (2013-12-17 13:38:57)
Eller not getting as much time as Desharnais is an absolute crime. The guy is sooo much better. Would not happen on any other team. DD may not make any other team in the league.
- Comment on Tired Habs take a break to visit sick kids in hospitals (2013-12-17 10:26:51)
Not to re-state the obvious but.... We are seeing the exact same result over the past few years. A team that is way to small is getting beat down and tired against bigger, stronger teams. We are seeing teams adjust to our PP by over playing the only two point men on the team that can create offense, and we not longer have a Kovalev down low who can create on his own. DD is getting wayyyyy to much PP time. I don't care if he is playing better. Christ almighty, I would eventually come out of a slump to if I got that much ice time with the best winger on the team. How do you think others feel about DD's TOI, when his numbers just don't warrant them? It's a numbers game, but what I fear is that he continually gets preferential treatment based on his heritage. I really don't care that he's a nice guy and everyone likes him. He simply doesn't deserve first line PP time. He can't win those battles along the boards that are necessary to keep position. Now, I'm not saying other players on our team will win "all" those battles, but nobody can convince me that Plekanecs shouldn't be on the first wave of the PP. Except in those situations where he's at the end of the shift. I don't agree with MT keeping lines together for the PP either, what's to say that Pleks wouldn't have more results given some time with Pacioretty for example?? This method is a little simplistic if you ask me--it's what atom coaches do simply to give equal playing time to all. I don't see Briere as being as ineffectual as others, I think he's better with the puck than DD, and he certainly should be given a chance to play PP with the teams best. I like a fourth line of White, Moen, and Prust. But...when things are not going, I mean three games should be enough, try something different. Give White a chance with some players. We all know what Moen and Prust have done with better linemates, and to some extent they've been effective. White deserves a carrot once in a while, especially when nobody is scoring anyway. Budaj has been great, the second goal last game however was not.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-08 08:58:55)
Yup, you got it. DD cannot play in the NHL. He had one good year when Patches and Cole carried the mail. Teams adjusted. Period. He's a career AHL player, at best.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-08 08:52:44)
Same old story against the sens. We outplay them, get more shots, which means nothing, but can't score because too many shots are from the outside and seen very easily. Gallagher gets knocked around. DD can't win a face-off. Price can't stop pucks through screens. Man, nobody lets in more goals through screens than Price, nobody. He just doesn't work through it. It's right to say we have no star power, and Ottawa knows this. It's sickening looking at Maclean's mug on the bench, he puts on a smirk as if he knows what's going to happen. Playing Gryba and giving Zach Smith and the boys so much ice time is proof. The book hasn't changed on the habs. Beat them on the boards, and you beat them on the score sheet. Simple. Chris Neil is all over the ice, Zach Smith is mugging Gally at every chance. Parros mean while is on the bench because the coach has no faith in him and therefore the guy is basically useless. I agree White should be given more time on a top line, if for nothing else but the hell of it, and maybe some forecheck. The Ottawa D are just too relaxed back there. We're so small on the fore check it's just embarrassing. Oh well, maybe losing is the best thing for the long term. Bergevin can't sugar coat the team, prospects, or coaching staff if the team keeps losing. We need much more than Patches and Pleks if this team is going to win. Eller and the Gallys can't be leaders yet. Although Eller tries, he needs some toughness to play "with" to protect "him". Bergevin has to know this. Don't know if this was discussed on here earlier, but I thought it was relevant to see when Therrien called out Tinordi on 24 Ch about turnovers in his own end and Tinordi couldn't answer his question because he said, "he didn't understand the question!" Fucking hell, if the message to our young guns cannot even pass the English test, what do we expect??