Gerry H - (Gerry Harrington)

Member since September 27, 2010


Habs fan since: The beginning of time.
Favorite current player: Plekanec
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur


Recent Comments

  • Comment on About last night … (2014-10-29 11:24:44)
    Uh, yeah. With some guy named Hull on the wing.
  • Comment on Canadiens are off to their best start since 1961-62 (2014-10-26 12:18:58)
    At the beginning of this home stand, Therrien commented on the importance of the practices that were coming, since the long, season-opening road trip had really limited practice time with the final roster. I threw out the comment that defensive systems particularly benefit from practice time and coaching, so the measure of the home stand should be the improvement on that side. Anyone notice the GAA trend through this home stand? GA's were 4, 2, 1, and 1. No, I'm not staking out a spot on the parade route. But I sure am starting to think that this team is well on its way to contender status, if it's not already there.
  • Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 12:49:20)
    Wow. I was on the Hill last night at a reception with a few MPs and Senators. Was supposed to have a meeting in centre block this afternoon. My daughter left the Senate for Carleton about twenty minutes before the shooting started. We both spend a good part of our professional lives on the precinct. I don't think it's ever going to be the same. Love these two tweets from Andrew Coyne: "Easty for me to say from where I am, but what should happen, tomorrow or when this is over, is for people to assemble on Parliament HIll…… in their thousands, unarmed and unafraid — to claim it, to protect it, and to say a giant fcuk you to the people who did this."
  • Comment on Habs have best record in NHL after Saturday’s win over Avalanche (2014-10-20 00:19:35)
    I had the great pleasure of taking in last night's game at the Bell Centre and, for the first time, in really great seats (sec 123, unfortunately in the wrong end zone). Also the first time I've been able to take in a home game with my son, an actual Hab fan. Even at a distance, those three goals by PK and Galchenyuk were all 'shut-the-frak-up' moments. Good times. I think this is a huge week for the Habs. The offence is abundant and has upside potential left in the low output so far from the Eller line. They still look dangerous and WILL contribute more. The defence is a work in progress. The practice time they have over this home stand will be the first real opportunity to seriously debug the defensive structure. I think coaching is far more effective at correcting defensive problems than it is at creating offence. I think there is reason to hope for an increasing goal differential and the work they do in the next few practices to tighten up the defence will be crucial to that end. I have a really good feeling about how this season is shaping up.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-10-17 09:59:18)
    The Globe made a strange choice in having Sean Gordon cover the Habs. Every piece he writes has the same, latent negative tone.
  • Comment on Habs bring 2-0 record to Philadelphia to face Flyers on Saturday night (2014-10-10 16:26:57)
    Yup. Can't imagine why they moved it out there. I'm sure it had nothing to do with trying to get us to sample the new Rogers alternatives.
  • Comment on Habs bring 2-0 record to Philadelphia to face Flyers on Saturday night (2014-10-10 15:57:29)
    For the benefit of any other Rogers Ottawa customers out there, I did finally find the high def RDS feed on channel 617.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens win 2-1 in Shootout (2014-10-09 19:38:59)
    I've got RDS, but it's no longer available in HD.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens win 2-1 in Shootout (2014-10-09 19:26:06)
    Any other Rogers Ottawa customers out there? WTF happened to RDSHD?
  • Comment on Habs’ top pick Scherbak shines in Bell Centre debut (2014-09-23 11:45:36)
    Hi all. Took the summer off, but glad to see the usual suspects hard at it. I wanted to reply to Chris' post about cycling as a training method for speed skating vs hockey. Two things come to mind. First, cycling (on road) is largely an aerobic fitness training thing. Aerobic fitness is far more important to speed skating than it is to hockey. With shifts of just 30-60 seconds, the aerobic energy system contributes relatively little to a hockey player's performance. By contrast, it is vital to all skating distances other than the 500m. In fact, too much endurance training tends to diminish explosive power (even if you keep up that type of anaerobic training), which is by far the most important performance measure for hockey skaters. The hip thing is interesting. There are a lot of technical differences between speed skating (especially long track, re your comments on Clara Hughes and the Dutch) and hockey skating. Let's start with cycling. Good cycling technique involves keeping the pelvis stable. In fact, a sign of fatigue in a cyclist nearing the end of a race is if his hips start to swivel. Hugely inefficient. In LT speed skating, other than at the start (which involves a technique much closer to hockey skating), the hips should also be relatively stable, if you're pushing straight out to the side. So for both cyclists and LT speed skaters, core training is all about creating a stable platform for the cycling and stride motions, respectively. Whereas for hockey and (to an extent) short track speed skaters, the emphasis on explosive acceleration (which involves a stride somewhat more toward the back) benefits more from greater core flexibility to get additional power from fully engaged and extended hip flexors.