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 ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 21:11:40)
It won't always be, or the sport will cease to exist. That kind of violence in today's setting simply won't be tolerated. Parents are pulling their kids out of hockey in droves due to the violence and cost. It's not at a crisis point yet, but it is certainly trending that way as we learn more about concussions. None of my friends with kids will even consider putting them into hockey as they get older because of the concussion risk.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 21:10:02)
It was Wayne Maki.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 21:08:43)
Both Marleau and Thornton have put up with an amazing amount of BS in their careers.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 21:07:44)
I was ***really*** tempted to go with Mario there. I had him in as a tie. But Datsyuk is a freaking magician...the best I've ever seen. As much as I wanted to give the tie, I just think Datsyuk was that much better, especially when you factor in the superior quality of defence in today's NHL. Yzerman, Gretzky, Lemieux, Denis Savard...the 1980's were a treat for talented players, and they took advantage of it. Truth be told, I put flair in just to add Lemieux, who is my choice for the best offensive player in NHL history. When you get a 6'4" giant of a man that can skate and dangle like a waterbug center, you've got something special.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 21:04:33)
scam: I left out goalies because I just don't know the position well enough to come up with categories. But I agree with you whole-heartedly. And I wouldn't be surprised if Hull could get close to, if not surpass, 100 mph with his shots, even with the wooden stick. There is no way he hit it at the oft-cited 118 mph, as the same study had something like 10 guys over 100 mph in those days...that just isn't feasible with the technology.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 20:58:02)
I cheated...I changed mine to skating, instead of speed. When I think of speed, I think of guys like Tom Pyatt, a true burner but somebody who is just so easy to push around. I want that speed combined with agility, balance and strength. That is where Crosby is basically a god on skates...that guy is unreal in traffic. When Eller is on his game, he has speed, power and good balance. When he's not, he is easily pushed over. Like you said, Pacioretty has top-notch acceleration and great top-end speed. Like Eller, I just wish he was a little more solid on his skates and that he had more confidence to carry the puck. He does cut in well on occasion, but he needs to do it more often.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 19:55:11)
Honestly, I just don't see it from a skills point of view. Nothing comes naturally to Gorges...give him the attitude of a lesser player, and I just don't see him ever making the NHL. The minor leagues are riddled with guys who have all-world talent and no heart. Gorges is one of those rare guys that has a ton of heart and very limited talent.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 19:53:30)
Bergeron was absolutely the difference for the Bruins...he is the best leader in hockey by a country mile. He personifies the Bruins' system and their ethos. He is not easily rattled, and he is a dominant player in all aspects of the game. I just wish Koivu had played with a comparable supporting cast even once in his career to see what he could have done. His playoff career was exemplary, but he just never had the horses until it was too late. Montreal wasted Saku Koivu's career, much like the Leafs wasted Mats Sundin and the Kings wasted Marcel Dionne. Great players, but they were just never given the proper supporting cast.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 19:50:04)
You are right, John: I will put Lindsay in that category for his PA work and fiery demeanour on the ice. It is no accident that Lindsay and Richard were frequently at loggerheads. But I still give Richard the on-ice edge for some of his more heroic efforts. Lindsay's best years came on a line with Gordie Howe, who would have siphoned off a lot of attention. But Richard, because of his stardom and his temper, was the target for every opposing player in every game. And he still dominated. Thanks for bringing up that point, as Lindsay is not often given his proper dues as a player and a builder.
- Comment on ‘So far, so good,’ Habs’ Price says about offseason training (2014-08-20 19:46:42)
Desharnais is all kinds of shifty in the shootouts, and he can stickhandle in a phonebooth (partially because of the short stick). IMO, Subban is a strong but not particularly elite stick-handler. He is a strong skater, but he relies on swooping arcs and using his body to shield the puck more than just dangling through opposing players. He's had 2 shootout attempts in his career and failed to score on both. I just can't give him the edge over Desharnais, whose career 52.0% success rate ranks him 4th in the NHL among shooters with more than 10 attempts, just ahead of Canadian shootout hero Jonathan Toews (50.0%) and within spitting distance of leader and shootout maestro TJ Oshie (56.2%).