ChrisMember since November 21, 2007
Habs fan since: 1984
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov...who will now be traded because I listed him. Still love Koivu and Higgins as well.
All-time favorite player: Mats Naslund, but also Eric Desjardins, Stephan Lebeau, Kirk Muller
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 32 – The winning streak ends at five as Kings pot six (2013-12-10 18:58:31)
This game features three of the best young defencemen in the league: Slava Voynov is an outstanding talent as well.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 15:28:24)
I'm actually hoping that Russia wins it on home ice. That would be a fantastic thing for international hockey.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 15:27:21)
Supporters. I like Gallagher a ton, even if I would want to clobber him on the ice. :) By the way, I did miss your joke the other day. When I re-read it, I laughed pretty hard. That WAS well played, and I'm an idiot for missing it!
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 15:21:32)
Unfortunately, this is not true Mike. For example: Don Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops, died after hitting his head on the ice during a fight in a minor league game a few years ago. No charges were filed against the other player despite the fact that his actions led to the death of another person. As Bill said, sports leagues enjoy a certain amount of legal immunity because of the nature of the sport. Players willingly engage in what is known as a dangerous activity, and physical contact and fighting are both permitted, either explicitly or tacitly, and thus officials only go after the most egregious offences. Since 1969, here is the list of NHL players arrested for on-ice infractions: 1969: Wayne Maki and Ted Green engaged in a stick-swinging brawl during a pre-season game in Ottawa that resulted in skull and brain damage for Green. Both men were arrested by Ottawa police, but both were acquitted. 1975: Dan Malone was charged by Toronto police with assault causing bodily harm for attacking Brian Glennie from behind. He did community service work in exchange for a no-contest plea. 1976: Joe Watson, Mel Bridgman, Don Saleski and Bob Kelly were all charged by Toronto police with assault after various incidents in the Leafs-Flyers playoff series that spring. Bridgman was acquitted, while the other players were all convicted, largely because their incidents involved off-ice personnel (Kelly injured an usherette's eye when he threw his glove, while Saleski and Kelly hit policemen with their sticks during the melee). 1977: Tiger Williams was charged by Toronto police with assault for hitting Dennis Owchar with his stick, but was acquitted. 1982: Jimmy Mann was charged by Winnipeg police after leaving the bench and sucker punching Paul Gardner, breaking Gardner's jaw in two places. He was fined $500 and given a suspended sentence. 1988: Dino Ciccarelli was charged with assault by Toronto police for hitting Luke Richardson with his stick. He was convicted, and spent one day in jail and was fined $1,000. 2000: Marty McSorely was charged by Vancouver police with assault with a weapon after hitting Donald Brashear in the head with his stick. He was convicted and given an 18-month suspended sentence. 2004: Todd Bertuzzi was charged with assault causing bodily harm following his sucker-punch of Steve Moore. He plead guilty and was given a conditional discharge. That is 44 years of the most heinously violent acts in the NHL, and the grand total of jail time was one night for Dino Ciccarelli, and that was largely exacerbated by the fact that Ciccarelli was on probation from an indecent exposure charge from the year before when he was caught outside his house in Minneapolis without pants on. They were watching him because an earlier complaint had come in. Other than Ontario police and courts, the legal authorities have almost without fail avoided intervening in hockey affairs. If we managed to get through the ultra-violent 1970's with few to no charges laid, I don't think it is suddenly going to start now.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 14:56:41)
Boston had the #5 offence, the #2 defence, the #1 5-on-5 record, and were #5 in faceoffs. Their 103 points ranked 3rd in the East, but was only 4 points behind the Washington Capitals for 2nd in the NHL. Basically, that was a legitimate Stanley Cup contender in everybody's eyes, with the only big shortcoming going into the playoffs being their absolutely anemic power play.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 14:52:08)
Ken Hitchcock, who knows a thing or two about hockey, has had no trouble starting Halak in 22 of the Blues' 28 games this season, and Halak has played reasonably well (2.24 GAA, 0.910 SV%) despite playing for a team where the goalies see dangerously few shots. Budaj very well may take over Slovakia's starter position, but it is Halak's to lose. Being the #1 goalie for top-tier Stanley Cup contending team is a pretty tough thing to ignore.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 14:46:14)
I can criticize any player in the league if they're not producing. Heck, I criticize Crosby all the time, and there is nobody like him in the league right now. Gallagher gets a lot of credit for his production even when it isn't actually there. The hot player on that line right now is Pacioretty...he's sniping goals from all over the place. I am not at all concerned that Gallagher is slumping...he will break out of it. I just thought it was a bit amusing over the past 2-3 weeks when Gallagher's name suddenly started being dropped as a possible dark-horse for the Olympic team. Come on...he's a good player, but he's not even close to that level because of his one-dimensional play. What irks me with Gallagher is that he (through no part of his own) has somehow been identified as the key player on the Galchenyuk-Eller line, and that they struggle whenever he is taken away. Both Galchenyuk and Eller played their most productive hockey of the season after Gallagher had been taken off their line last season, and they are doing okay right now as well.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 12:03:10)
It has always amazed me a little how much we tend to overhype Gallagher. He's been a great addition to the team the past 80 games, but he's also streaky as hell. He's currently sitting on 1 goal and 3 assists in his past 12 games. Gallagher is struggling just as much as Eller (2 goals and 3 assists in past 12 games), and Galchenyuk has hardly been struggling offensively (5 goals and 1 assist in past 12 games). This edition of the Habs has been hard for opposing coaches to figure out, as the scoring load has been carried by different lines for different periods of time. Other than a short blip, the good news is that at least one line has been going reasonably well at any given time, combining with strong goaltending to help the team avert a losing streak.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 11:56:46)
I'm not sure if I agree that it is just L.A.'s defence making the goalies look real good or also the fact that Bill Ranford and Kim Dillabaugh deserve acclaim for the development of goaltenders. If we're going to take away a bit of credit from Quick and Scrivens because both of their numbers look good, we should probably be fair and point out that Price (1.95 GAA and 0.938 SV%) and Budaj (1.80 GAA and 0.934 SV%) feature almost identical numbers as well. Maybe Montreal's defence corps deserves more respect than it gets? :)
- Comment on About last night … (2013-12-08 11:49:07)
Agreed. 0 goals and 7 assists in his first 15 games (to go with -11 rating) vs. 5 goals and 13 points in his past 14 games (to go with a +4 rating). The Flyers dug a deep hole because of their shoddy defence, but I still won't be surprised if they can turn it on and make a run at a playoff berth. The Flyers are 7 points behind the Leafs with a game in hand for the final wild-card spot. Their disastrous start (1-7-0) is going to be an impediment for the rest of the season, but their clip since then (12-7-2) would see them finish with about 91 points at the end of the season, which will leave them in the mix. I don't see them gutting the roster until they are sure they are out of it. And I don't think they part with any of Giroux, Simmonds, Voracek, Schenn or Couturier.