theflower - (Dale)Member since November 26, 2007
Habs fan since: 1965
Favorite current player: PK Subban
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 08:27:39)
The thing that comes to mind to me about MT is like many say, he may have lost the room already with his antics. What worries me more is the icetime thing. As it stands, those with the biggest contracts seem to be getting the most icetime and as many of you said with the EGG line and Bournival accounting for 61% of Habs scoring and getting the least icetime its a travesty. The only positive thing I can hope for is that they are playing the hell out of DD in hopes they get a trade partner to dump his ass. This is the only thing that makes sense to me. I get the philosophy that young studs have to earn their minutes not just by their success on the ice, but their time spent with the team. This is old school coaching. Players in Montreal need to be getting icetime based on success on the ice and frankly that will never happen under MT. His old school ways are going to be the demise of the Habs. I have never believed MT was the guy, but the bigger question is who is the "guy" The francophone pool is small and frankly when you cut out 90% of possible candidates because of language, it makes finding that gem to lead us to the promised land even harder. I would have loved to have Ted Nolan, the guy is a great coach and I believe he speaks french. Any others all of you can think of, insert below:) Let's start finding the right coach for this team, because we are going to need it, or all our young talent will be wasted in what looks like some good years to come ahead.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 10:16:03)
Of course ex-players say nice things about their former coach, it's rare that we hear the other side. Bottom line Sid is thanking Dan Bylsma for getting him to the cup not MT, let's be clear on that. I am not losing perspective, I am looking at the long term picture. MT is good at getting players to a certain level, not more as proven by his history. Who is better? No idea since they have to speak French that limits our talent pool. I do think Guy Boucher is on the list though. Would he be better? No idea. The one thing he has going for him is he is the only coach that has won any kind of cup for the Habs organisation for ages though.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 09:57:11)
That was then Ton, wake up its 2013 that neanderthal way of coaching only works so long now. MT with Sid as his stud could not get him to the promised land. You think his style of coaching can get us to the promised land??? Daft if you do. He has shown already, he has learned nothing in terms of man management. He has learned some better two-way coaching, but trust me a leopard does not change his spots and either will MT. Expect years of mediocrity under MT whoever is on this team. He is a coach good enough to keep this team slightly above .500 but has nothing in him that indicates he is a next level coach.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 09:51:09)
As i said before Mt's style of no one is bigger than the team and leave ego's at the door can work to take a poor or mediocre team to become better, as MT has done with Montreal. There is a fine line though, that if he crosses as he did in Pittsburgh, he loses the room and the team. The problem with these kind of coaches in the modern era is that rarely it leads to greatness. Coaches who are player coaches are higher risk, but also higher reward as players tend to have higher success under these type of guys. The downside is these coaches can be a wild card sometimes going against GM's etc. see Patrick Roy. An organisation like Montreal steeped in history and in the fish bowl, may never want that guy, hence the reason Roy was passed up for the "safer" Therrien. We can expect a long term of slightly over .500 hockey with this team, but I am willing to guarantee no cups under the Therrien regime. History shows us he could not do it with the best player in hockey, he won't do it with the Habs.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 09:38:15)
I predict if MT is fired, which i find highly doubtful as I think MB or GM would prefer not to rock the boat again, after just rocking the boat. However if they choose this path, I think a likely candidate....wait for it is Guy Boucher. There are varying opinions about him of course, but he is the only coach in the organisation the last long while that has won a cup of any kind. Many players on the team who played with him loved him. Seems to me this could be an option. I think Guy is a talented guy, and maybe the time away is good as he has a creative hockey mind. I am not suggesting he is the right guy, but he has a big upside and PK and Price flourished under his leadership.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 07:45:03)
don't get me wrong, I am not saying I don't like Therrien, as his coaching style will provide success early on. Many coaches like him can do that. It's the long run where it fails. Athletes all have personalities and to play at this level, they all have egos. The real challenge for a coach is creating a good system that suits his players and their egos and you will get the most out of them. Many players under this system overachieve, because they are treated as individuals and respected first. Just Ask Demers, Cherry etc. You don't have to like Don Cherry, but his players loved him and gave everything for him. They lacked the talent of our Habs teams in those days, but still pushed us to the edge. Its all about Man management. Therrien could not get the most out of Sidney Crosby and he should have learned from that because he may not get the most out of PK now. PK has an ego, needs praise as do the rest of the players on the team. It is proven time and time again, praise is the best motivation for any person working under you. Sure criticise when you must, but always finish with praise. When will he learn this. I hope Geoff Molson has a memory to the last superstar we had that walked out on this organisation and if not, history is bound to repeat itself.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 07:07:58)
There are two types of coaches in the NHL. Therrion is old school with the nobody is bigger than the team philosophy. This philosophy gets teams that are playing poorly, disciplined and back on track and for a while it can even be successful and then one day, they are just tired of hearing you speak and then the whole thing falls apart. I met a few NHL players who played for a team that changed coaches this past summer and during dinner they told me directly that they basically felt their coach can go f$%k himself as everybody stopped listening. Clearly that style lost the room, it only works so long. Therrion had a superstar already in Sidney Crosby and it ended badly as it took another coach to take them to the promised land. Fast forward to 2013, Roy who learned first hand what it was like to win a cup under Demers "a players coach" then get coached by an idiot Tremblay has learned. He has said to himself, I will be a players coach and fight for my team. His experience has taught him the Tremblay system fails, even more so in the modern generation. Colorado made a smart move hiring Roy and allowing him to coach his way, i don't know if he could have done that in Montreal anyway as the higher ups may not go along with that. anyway after my long rambling, the point I am trying to make is, I think we are close to seeing Therrion losing the room and that is not going to make the future bright for the Habs. The impact on players like Subban that Therrion has at the moment could be devastating for the future. I am sorry to say if Subban was playing for Colorado, he would be playing endless minutes and growing tremendously. Now, i think at the time he is receiving so much negative influence from his coach that he has tuned him out. It did not worked for Crosby and it wont work for this team and Subban.
- Comment on Brière agrees to two-year deal with Canadiens (2013-07-04 19:19:20)
@prohabs you sound like a troll, just looking to see what you can start, good luck with that. MB and his team have a plan, adding a player who is excellent in the playoffs at no cost of course is a bad idea, why would we do that? All these haters and if people just look at the numbers we were number #2 in the East, so clearly something is working with MB. First season pretty good I would say. We have a good crop of young talent and we will add more talent and size I am sure. so take a chill pill and enjoy this nice ride, with a GM who actually talks to his fanbase.
- Comment on Brière agrees to two-year deal with Canadiens (2013-07-04 19:10:54)
Trini, listen up I laugh at the Leafs for whoever they get, they are the butt of most of my hockey jokes, so that statement is true. However i think we are heading in a very positive direction as a team and unfortunately because of our over zealous fanbase not everyone will be happy with anything a habs GM does. It's the way it is. I just feel different about this team and decisions that MB has made than you do, I have been a Habs fan since I started watching as a kid in the 60's so I have seen a lot. It's not a lot of money for 2 years and yes age slows down players, but I am not offended by this deal. I feel more moves will be made and also new staff with Waite helping the goalies, it is looking good. Oh btw I was born in Trini also buddy:)
- Comment on Brière agrees to two-year deal with Canadiens (2013-07-04 18:26:33)
For all the trolls trying to hate on Briere, think again. The guy chose Montreal, therefore he is not afraid of the pressure and wants to be here and end his career, that says alot. 2 year deal not a biggy imo. i thought someone would offer him 3 so i think we did good there. He is an upgrade from Ryder, works hard and has a high skillset. He can help the youngsters and that's a good thing. i do agree we have to get bigger as a team and so far I am impressed with the effort MB and his team have been doing. A lot of very good people in the organisation now over the ghost era, who can forget that. Haters gonna hate, but I think some more tweaking will come this summer. Another big will come in for a small and hopefully a solid D-man a 3-4 guy will join the ranks. i think that will help, but I feel we are on a good track and the future looks bright!