CHasman - (Charlie Struck)Member since November 19, 2007
Habs fan since: 1967
Favorite current player: Markov
All-time favorite player: Robinson, Beliveau, Koivu
- Comment on Manny Malhotra set for Habs debut vs. Avalanche (with Patrick Roy video) (2014-09-25 16:02:33)
This info helps the most. The part I took notice of is the $15 a month french package (I don't speak French but after watching the Habs on RDS for years I follow the play by play just fine) that includes the Habs games. I see this package on my Bell programming list and it is a new option, I'm just not sure I still won't be blacked out and nobody at Bell that I have talked to seems to know the answer to that.
- Comment on Manny Malhotra set for Habs debut vs. Avalanche (with Patrick Roy video) (2014-09-25 14:20:35)
I'm really confused about the whole TV thing on RDS. First it's blacked out west of quebec, then we get the story (From Pat Hickey I believe) that the 60 games on RDS would be available for a cost. Call your provider. Well the good people at Bell are useless, don't know anything about it. One person finally told me that if I get RDS I'll get the games. We know that's not true. Here's the kicker. My buddy here in town in NW B.C. gets the games on RDS and is not blacked out. I can only actually speak of the pre season games so far. But I'm blacked out and he's not. His service provider is a local (Northwest) digital cable company. So again I call Bell and ask them about this and again I get the long runaround because know one knows anything there. So I have two questions for everyone out there. Is anyone in the west getting the pre season games on RDS and what is your service provider? And number two, is anyone who is using Bell in the west getting these games? Okay third question. Does anyone know anything about this mess. (Hello Bell or RDS). One thing is true, I will go through the pain of switching providers if Bell isn't involved in this deal. Might cost me, but I'll do it.
- Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 13:26:38)
After years of watching every game I can't believe we are going backwards. Can anyone out there give those of us who are getting screwed by Sportsnet any information for watching games, either by streaming on line or any other way? (Even if it makes me a crook.)
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-01 15:02:44)
Most of the crazy money has already been listed here so I won't bother repeating them but I never realized that Bolland and Pouliot were such good players. And Cammaleri is coming out of retirement for 5 mill a year. Even Gionta, a four year contract? So many player changes out there. Wild. And to top it off, Minnisota gives 6.75 million a year to Vanek, a player who moved from the top line to almost being benched in the playoffs.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-05-30 12:35:53)
No wish list from me, I'll leave that up to Bergevin. I look forward to some changes though. More size is still important. The Stanley cup final series should be interesting, but I think the Rangers are in for a world of hurt. Thank you Mr. Boone for another year of great comments and angst. I have to say I agreed with your opinions a high percentage of the time. Time to enjoy the summer. Goodbye all.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-05-23 14:30:11)
First off, I am so happy the Canadiens won yesterday. I am not one of those people who is in awe of the 'great' New York Rangers, though I can certainly see that they are giving our team fits. In my opinion this has a lot to do with our team playing poorly. Definitely worse than the last two series. The reasons are… 1. All of a sudden the power play is inept. Why? I don't know and I don't think the team knows, but I'm pretty sure that the forward trio of Briere. Vanek and Bourque is not helping the PP. Let's get real, these are the three players on the team who are the 'softest' on the puck, playing together? 2. PK Subban. What has happened to you? You elevated your game for the Boston series and now you are playing two levels below that. Bad passes, bad decisions, and constantly turning back on rushes leaves your team mates standing still at the blue line waiting for you to make up your mind. We all know you are better and the team needs you to be. 3. The line combos suck. Except for the first line, we now have the soft Briere line. Oh come on! Yes they scored a goal but they looked out of it the rest of the game. Both Briere and Vanek need players on their line who will work harder than they do. And Bourque? Well he's just doing what he has done all of his career. He shows us something good for a few games and then he rests on his laurels (?) for who knows how long. The Pleks line did not look too great either. Until he score Galcheniuk was awful. We get more out of Bournival. Then we have Eller who has probably been one of the most consistent and reliable forwards all playoffs being relegated to the fourth line. Play him with Bournival and Galcheniuk and we could have a winner. 4. The defense has been throwing the puck away too often. NY makes a lot of good short passes in their zone to get out of trouble and then they make a break out pass to a speeding forward. Too often our defence (with the exception of Markov) is just throwing the puck off the boards to no one in particular and those needless possession changes are killing us. 5.Maybe the players are gassed from the Bruins series but they need to step it up if they really want to win. The bottom line is we are in a series that could be 2 to 1 for us with some bounces and we haven't played our best yet. I hope we get there before it's too let.
- Comment on Liveblog: Conference Final Game 1 – Canadiens annihilated 7-2 by Rangers in series opener (2014-05-17 15:13:19)
The team for the most part is just not ready tonight, as in they are not skating. The defence has made some mistakes and Price has been unable to bale them out. They might still have their heads in the Boston series. That being said, with a couple of breaks (er…saves) it could be just 2-1. Montreal will have a great third period!
- Comment on Game 1 of Habs vs. Rangers Saturday afternoon at Bell Centre (2014-05-15 14:20:16)
I hope the Habs don't go into the series against the Rangers 'expecting' to win. The Rangers have knocked off the Flyers and the Pens so they are doing something right.
- Comment on Game 1 of Habs vs. Rangers Saturday afternoon at Bell Centre (2014-05-15 13:33:44)
I have to admit I just finished reading most of the Boston news stories about the game. One thing that stands out are the comments. "We're so good." "We should have won." "We have such a great team." "It's our year to win it all." Some of the comments made about respect ring true. The Bruins did not respect their opponents, they just believed they deserved to win and that they would. That ideology cost them. I always remember the game a couple of years ago when the big bad Bruins literally beat up the Habs in a game. They did it and they enjoyed it because they could. It is funny that we won this series with so many tough guys sitting. Ryan White,Travis Moen, George Parros, Douglas Murray. Prust and Weise were the calming influences and played with heart. Eller is playing like a big centre and played the body constantly. Gallagher is playing a feisty, gritty game. Deharnais is awesome. I could go on and on. I'd like to see Therrien reunite the Vanek, Pacioretty, Deharnais line against the Rangers because I still believe we need that top line weapon. They are all playing better than when they were split up and as long as they don't try to be too cute, I believe they can be our ace in the whole. I won't question Therrien's judgement though. I have been out coached by him all year. I am so happy to still be watching the Habs play this year I can't contain it. Go Habs Go!
- Comment on Liveblog: Playoff Game 4 – Pacioretty propels Canadiens to Round 2 (2014-04-22 22:19:07)
Another very exciting game. We gave up two bad goals and Vanek had his worst game as a Hab but aside from that a great game by all. (Well maybe Prusty was fighting the puck some but his line mate Gallagher was a tenacious fury who made up for him.) Why didn't Bourque play like this all year, hitting, hustling, making things happen, just awesome. The team played this series to win and they really worked hard. Great to watch.