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 About last night … (2013-12-05 00:20:22)
Okay Mr. Boone, you asked for it. Quite frankly I'm surprised you don't remember my comments from Sept 30 at 1:15 pm. You had asked us for our predictions and this is what I said. I predicted that Montreal would be fighting for first place and finish in the top three in our division. I said that our third line (which was Eller, Galcheniuk and Gallagher) would be the best third line in the league. I think they would be if they still played together but we all know how much they've done for the team this year. I said Markov was skating much better this year and teamed with Subban would lead the defence. Pleks would still have it, Pacioretty would score 40 and Price would have a great season. Those are the highlights (I also said nice things about Diaz and Tinordi) but the main elements are all there I haven't mentioned them because I'm a little superstitious but you asked. It's all there.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-28 01:16:08)
One quick comment about our line up. Put Bournival on Eller's line and let Prust play with White and Moen. Great fourth line and Bournival will make Eller's line better because Prust doesn't quite click with the kids.
- Comment on Habs shake up lines at practice (2013-11-18 13:24:44)
We should be able to keep the kids on one line and come up with a second scoring line using our other nine forwards. I think a problem with our offence is that we need more support from the defence. MT has everyone playing with a defence first mind set that the only time we look dangerous is at the end of a game when we are losing and MT turns them loose. I do like Pacioretty with Deharnais though. They genuinely like each other and work well together. Will Gallagher spark them, who knows, and will it be at the cost of the EGG line. I'd like to see Prust with DD and Max, or maybe a hard worker with a little more skill like Bournival. But as someone else mentioned the new lines will probably be all changed in a period or two.
- Comment on Habs shake up lines at practice (2013-11-18 13:09:46)
Totally agree on Diaz. He used to be better on offence but now he throws the puck away when anyone looks at him. The reality though, is that unless we split up PK and Markov on the pp we have no second unit D, so Diaz will remain a Habs defenceman until someone takes the job from him.
- Comment on Habs shake up lines at practice (2013-11-18 13:03:32)
I have to disagree with your opinion. PK is strong on the puck, can actually win a battle to gain possession and doesn't panic with it when he gets it. In my opinion he'd be way better out there than a Diaz (who gets moved off the puck by a wisp of wind) or Frankie Boullion.
- Comment on Brière takes Desharnais’s spot at practice (2013-11-11 13:40:10)
Negatives, positives, the reality is there are both on this team. It is sad that the one forward most likely to win a puck battle on this team is Brendan Gallagher. Patches, Bourque, White, Parros must all be embarrassed that little Gallagher is harder on the puck than they are. The good news is that you can get better. Last year Eller was soft on the puck and this year he is the second best forward at battling for puck control. Diaz seems to have a get out of jail free card because they need him for the second PP unit. Unfortunately, a puff of wind will knock him off the puck. Last night he gave the puck away on the first goal. He had possession but someone was getting close to him so he just threw the puck away and it cost us a goal. He was so much better with the puck before he got hurt last year. We talk about our small forwards but Diaz is too soft in our own zone. The HP line (that's healthy protein found in eggs) has been the best line all year and still they've been broken up twice. They are the team's energy line and even when they are not scoring they are causing confusion for the opposition and creating scoring chances. Their ice time is increasing, thankfully. When Bournival was playing with Pleks and Gionta we had another line producing but Coach put Patches on the line instead of Bournival and his soft play takes them all down. Pacioretty has the potential to be another John Leclair but he needs a wake up call. He has to learn to play harder. Perhaps Gallagher can take him under his wing and teach him something about effort. In the meantime give Bournival back his spot and let Max play with Briere/Deharnais and Bourque. I live and die with this team but players that don't 'bring it' when they have all the tools really burn me.
- Comment on Leblanc, St-Pierre sent down to Hamilton; Desharnais back in Habs’ lineup (2013-11-06 13:57:55)
Glad to see the EGG line reunited. MT will probably wait till they get things going before splitting them up again. Have to love a coach with a plan.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-06 13:53:51)
Thank you Mr. Boone for ruining my long rant by accurately describing some of the head scratching choices that MT makes. I am baffled by the whole Subban thing. To make matters worse Therrien's screwing with Subban might be affecting his game. Diaz does not bring anything to this team. His puck moving offensive ability used to over shadow his shortcomings but those skills are now missing and he gets moved off the puck by a slight wind and loses most battles. Tinordi or Beaulieu would both be better. Tinordi was clobbering players regularly early in the season until MT put a stop to that. Nothing ends opposition control like someone getting flattened. Don't get me wrong because I love Gallagher but he can't take two or three whacks to score on a shoot out. Give Pleks a second chance to make up for the missed penalty shot. Or Eller or Subban.... Come on Therrrien, you are driving me effing crazy with your coaching.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-11 14:24:00)
Great to get the win last night and a fun game to watch. The Oilers are a lot like Montreal, they've got some talent but they are not hard to play against. The Habs are clearly better though. I like that Therrien is willing to make changes. I'm sure that Plekanic and Patches are both happy with the changes and I believe we can get two good lines going this way. DD, Gionta and Bourque can under achieve together. (Maybe they'll surprise us.) Eller having the most ice time of any forward? Who would have thought it. Briere looked better right away playing with two big forwards. We can't have DD and Briere on the same line, especially if we want them to be a top line. I was expecting a lot from Eller this year but Galchenyuk might be the biggest surprise because he looks scary good out there, and you just know he has even more to offer and it's coming fast. Beaulieu looked pretty good and I would have him taking Diaz's spot in a minute. Which means I would keep using Tinordi. The Canucks will be a better test though, and I am excited to see the new lines in action. I only hope that Therrien will not revert right back to the old lines. On a sad note, I have both Hall and Eberle in my hockey pool and for me to get anywhere requires those two to play much better than they have. I did not see too much from them to be excited about.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-10-02 12:55:50)
Now that I've gotten over the disappointment of last night's loss and my thinking is clearer I can make some comments on the game. As for Parros and the fighting, we really don't know if it made a difference. How bad would it have been if Parros, Moen and Tinordi weren't 'sending' a message. We'll never know. The fisticuffs didn't make us win but (aside from the freaky Parros incident) they didn't hurt us. The sending a message part will come with time, when other teams realize that we can and will stand up for each other and we will not be intimidated. I still play hockey and from a player's view point, having 'tough' guys on your team does make team mates play with more swag. For all the naysayers out there ready to dismantle the team, let's take a breath. It was a game we were in, it was entertaining as hell, and a game we could have won. We weren't dominated by any stretch of the imagination and we saw some good things. It was too little, too late but we came damn close to tying the game at the end. I'm not blaming the refs but we easily could have had another chance on the PP at the end. (The PP will come to life too.) I'll be like everyone else, nervously waiting for our first win. But based on what I saw, it is going to be a fun season.