CHasman - (Charlie Struck)Member since November 19, 2007
Habs fan since: 1967
Favorite current player: Price
All-time favorite player: Robinson, Beliveau, Koivu
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Habs’ Beaulieu playing with confidence (2015-02-22 15:10:05)
Beaulieu's vast improvement can be directly linked to getting ice time. He now plays knowing he can make a mistake and not be riding the pine. The whole thing makes me giddy because it means that other D-men like Pateryn and Tinordi can evolve with more playing time as well. They are different defence men but can be equally important to the team. I think for many players, just not getting that chance to play and learn can be the difference between making it or not. I might be a little nervous with the two new D being out there together but they are definitely the most physical pairing we have already and they can only get better. Let's hope it comes sooner rather than later.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens blow 2-0 lead, Florida wins in Shootout (2015-02-19 19:20:18)
Glad to have Price back in the nets tonight. I'm losing faith in Tokarski. Also, I don't like to see a goalie sit after he has had a shutout. That's twice now it has happened and we've lost both games. I realize it's tough to play in a back up role but it looks to me like Toker isn't playing with a lot of confidence.
- Comment on Oilers vs. Canadiens preview: Tokarski will start in goal for Habs (2015-02-12 16:12:17)
Why would you want a player who is soft and doesn't give 100% every game? Personally, I don't want to see him in Montreal.
- Comment on Oilers vs. Canadiens preview: Tokarski will start in goal for Habs (2015-02-11 14:39:05)
I know Tokarski has to play but these next two games are big games whether you admit it or not. We are making a habit of losing to the low flying Oilers and the Leafs always seem to pick up their game when playing the Habs. I thought it was a mistake when Price didn't get a third start after two straight shutouts last week and Toker didn't play well in the loss. I hope he plays a better game against Edmonton and the team doesn't pull out one of their soft games against a poor team. (Which seems to be a pattern we need to squash.)
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens win a nailbiter (2015-01-29 20:11:00)
That was a goal by Weise. I don't know what they're loolong at in Toronto but when I paused it and went frame by frame you can see the puck go into the net, then it disappears under Lundquist's pad which is clearly in the net and then it comes back out which makes it hard to see but it was in while it was under the pad.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-01-07 15:46:05)
I'm not too disappointed in last night's game. When your two stars (PK and CP) have off nights at the same time bad things happen. On another night TB might have been held to two goals by Price. He looked to be fighting the puck a little. It happens, not often but he'll be back. Pk was also fighting the puck all night, missed giving off a couple of passes to open players, took a couple of bad penalties and played a part in the loss. He has more off games than Price but he'll be back too. Our third line was off last night and we missed some of their strong shifts that can change the flow of the game. Lastly, Galchenyuk has had three or four games in a row where he has not been the player he can be. Could be a slump of sorts but he'll come around. All that being said, if the power play connects it could have been a different game. I wish I could say the PP would come around.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens end road trip atop Eastern Conference (2015-01-03 22:46:31)
Montreal owned Pittsburg tonight and all they want to talk about is Price. If the tables were turned they would be ranting about how much better than the Habs the Pens are. George tried to turn the tide but no takers to compliment Montreal on a very impressive game. They even tried to bring up Montreal's poor plus/minus but they don't know what they are talking about because the Habs are now plus 19 which is right up there with the best in the east which is +24. No wonder I watch in French when I can, I don't have to listen to all that anti Montreal crap.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-31 13:55:55)
Plenty on coaching and managing the team today. Most of the trades talked about MB won't make or can't make. What inspires me is that he will do something because he is always tweaking the team. Look at Boone's list of nine players gone from last year. I don't disagree with any of them moving on. I don't think there are nine players to move this year. Trades will have to come though because we don't have an over abundance of offensive forwards in the minors. Really only one addition this year (and its not Parenteau) and that is Sekac and I didn't even see him coming. MB doesn't sit around waiting for the trade deadline so a change can happen anytime on his team. Basically I think we all trust him. As for the coaching no one can argue that MT isn't winning. For me the big thing is the PP. Not so much because we're not scoring but because it is not looking good. We are too soft on the puck. Subban (sorry buddy) screws around too much trying to get into the zone. Not enough net presence, yada, yada yada. I only see three forwards on the team that consistently win puck battles and those are Gallagher, Eller and Sekac and two of those guys don't even get PP time. The one thing I don't understand about MT is why he continues to play DD on the PP. Maybe try a guy like Prust or Weise to park in front of the net. The thing is there are choices and MT doesn't seem willing to give guys like Eller and Sekac time on the PP when other combos aren't working. Maybe they won't work either but at least it is an option that could be tried. There have been too many games this year when the Habs have got a power play opportunity to put a game out of reach or get back into one and they have failed miserably. So for me, those are my main problems with the team, a poor PP and being soft on the puck. TGFP and P stands for Price.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens win out of Christmas break (2014-12-29 22:46:27)
A few comments about the game. First things first, thank our lucky stars for Price. He's already so good and he is still getting better. Gonchar and Beulieu make a good defensive pairing. I'm impressed by how good Gonchar is defensively. I thought he was washed up when we got him and I certainly didn't know he's so strong on the puck. I really think Beulieu is here to stay. On the other end of things Gilbert and Emelin were almost always in trouble. I believe that Weaver is a better defenseman than either of them. What threesome would be better on the second wave of the power play, Pleks, Parenteau and Deharnais or Pleks, Eller and Sekac? Just saying. Great to get the win but we gave them a few too many close in chances. Our number one line was off a bit today but they'll be better tomorrow. Go Habs Go.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-24 14:34:58)
I think part of the problem with the Habs' first period woes is that other teams are keying on that and coming out even harder trying to take advantage of it so it is somewhat of a vicious circle. Subban has really picked up his game, by not overdoing things and playing smarter. Also playing much better defensively. The improvement of Beaulieu is very evident. Let's face it though, he is finally getting some ice time and not getting punished for mistakes that young players are going to make. Now let's get something for Emelin and bring up Tinordi because he's bigger, stronger and faster and I'm sure he will develop like N8 did if he is given a chance. I would rather see Bournival playing than giving Andrigetto 4 minutes a game. I still see Bournival as a player with good potential but am afraid we will lose him to a team that will let him show it. Merry Christmas everyone. I'm happy we can go through the season with a couple of wins under our belt.