Habifornia - (Reza)

Member since November 12, 2010

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____________________________________________ "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban

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  • Comment on One down (2011-04-15 16:19:01)
    I definitely caught it, especially after he pasted Chara... I was totally pumped when I saw him finish that check (and it was a good one, I doubt many people hit Chara hard very often)... you know Chara now knows there's a guy out there (actually 2 if you count White) who are not afraid to plaster him when they get the chance! I love it when bullies get pushed back :~) ____________________________________________ "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban
  • Comment on One down (2011-04-15 16:15:56)
    Agree 100% This is why Pleks is soooo valuable IMO, not necessarily because his speed pushes back the other teams' D, or his offensive flair... but the fact that once playoffs come around, he will sacrifice everything just to shut down the other teams top center... a totally unselfish thing that makes everyone appreciate him, from the coaches down to the players. ____________________________________________ "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban
  • Comment on Video: Therapy day for Habs goalie Price (2011-04-11 22:32:08)
    FormerJetsFan said it best: of course EVERYONE could add 3 pieces (like the examples given above) and become a contender, but it's almost impossible to do. So Wilson's very first argument is based on pure fantasy. As for the argument about how great they played since the break, that doesn't mean much... hell, ask Jersey what it means to have a good half-a-season. And looking at their roster, there's too many question marks: -Will Grabovski (really?) be a first line player on a contender? - Reimer? Please, how many rookie goalies come in to the league and get hot, then have to face the real pressure game-in game-out and tank? The list is too long to count. Just look at how long it has taken Price (a million times a better goalie to begin with, I'm sure you'll agree) to get settled and establish himself. I'll believe in Reimer in 3 years time, if he's still around. - Besides Kessel, not much there... If I had my choice, right now, to take either our roster or the Laffs to start a new team, I would take ours without hesitation... I think you would agree! ____________________________________________ "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban
  • Comment on Video: Therapy day for Habs goalie Price (2011-04-11 17:55:04)
    And now for a comedy break: "WILSON BELIEVES MAPLE LEAFS CLOSE TO BEING A CONTENDER" http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=361847 Can you believe these guys... he actually says this in the article: "We're probably two or three pieces from being a true contender," Wilson said Monday. "I'm talking a contender, not for the playoffs, I'm talking a contender for the Stanley Cup." Man, I love how delusional Leafs fan are, but I never knew the coach was also drinking the crazy Koolaid. Nothing better than watching them give excuses every April :~) As for Boston, I'm calling Habs in 6... if we play our game the way we can, their D stands no chance against our speed. ____________________________________________ "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban
  • Comment on Shootout! (2011-01-22 16:41:16)

    One thing that hasn't been mentioned yet... imagine if the Habs could bring Saku back to finish off his career! I'm sure he would love to come back (he still lives this place, just watch the video... he's almost in tears). If I was PG, I would give them a draft pick or a young prospect (nothing crazy) to bring him and make him our 3rd line center. This would be our line-up:



    Pouliot - Saku - Eller


    That would give us 3 solid scoring lines, and we all know Saku would be EXTREMELY responsible on the defensive end, so it would improve our defensive game as a bonus. Plus, being on the third line means he doesn't have the pressure to produce like before, or to be the captain blah blah blah.

    I would make the move in a heartbeat, especially if we want to seriously make a push in the playoffs. Plus, if we win the cup I would want Saku to be there!!


    "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban

  • Comment on Canadiens back to work today (2011-01-04 19:29:21)

    I don't comment very often but wanted to echo something I saw mentioned in an earlier post.

    One of the best "characteristics" of a coach (in any sport) is the ability to take the personnel that you have at your disposal and mold them into a team, playing a style that is best suited to those individuals and which brings out the best in them. Frankly, I'm not sure that JM is playing the best system for the players we have now. I will preface this argument by saying that I am actually happy the Habs hired JM... I was one of the people who wanted an experienced coach to step in and bring some order to the mess we had created by hiring a bunch of new-to-the-NHL coaches. And JM's record suggests that he knows how to bring stability and discipline to a team, and make them play a defensive system he has developed. However, this "strength" of his is now also one of his biggest weaknesses.

    It is clear to most that the current Habs roster is not suited for a grinding-em-out, defense-only system. JM has already done the hard work of selling them on the idea that they need to be defensively responsible, for the forwards to track back and help the D etc. But we have a small team (top six) that should be playing a run-and-gun style using their pace to outskate teams. The fact that JM still refuses to tweek his system to give the skilled players some freedom to be creative offensively reflects poorly on his ability to adapt... and untill he does that, I'm afraid he will remain one of those good (but not great) coaches in the NHL, and may not be able to win a cup because of this. 


    "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban

  • Comment on Habs clarify Subban’s security escort (2010-12-06 14:46:37)

    Although I'm a big fan of Subban, it's tough for JM to justify making a change when the team has two huuuge wins. So I can see him having a talk with PK and saying something along the lines of  "Hey, I know you've sat a couple of games, and you've got the message... I'm sure you'll be better defensively from here on in. But I'm not gonna make a change while we're winning, cause it would send a wrong message... so keep working hard and training hard, you'll be in after a loss". Easily handled, and PK knows exactly where he stands and that he's not being "punished" while sitting for few games.

    Also, not sure if anyone has suggested this... if we wanna play with 7 D, then why not PK up front? I bet you he would make a helluva forward with his skating, stick handling and shooting. Just while he waits to get his spot back on D...


    "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban

  • Comment on Markov done for the season (2010-12-03 21:13:02)

    To make us a contender for the cup (and I mean this year), I think we should go for an impact forward. Our D has been excellent so far without Markov (best defensive record in the league) and there's no reason to think that won't keep up the rest of the year (yes I know, injuries happen, but they can happen to any other team too). We already have 7 very capable defenseman playing very well (think about the Subban vs Weber scenario right now)... so we should get someone to really put us over the top on our top 2 lines. 

    Think about this.... seriously: How about we give Calgary a first round pick and a top prospect (say MaxPac) for Iginla. That makes our top lines look like this:




    We can afford the remainder of Iginla's salary at the trade deadline without much problems. And we would instantly be considered a cup contender.

    We can dream...


    "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban

  • Comment on About last night … (2010-11-17 15:53:41)

    Quick topic for debate:

    There is talk now that Iginla might get moved from Calgary (and sometimes where there's smoke...). Question is, should the Habs make a push to get him? His cap hit is $7 million and he's 33yrs old... but still an amazing player and will be for years to come on the right team. Ideally, we could just swap Gomers contract for him, but the Flames won't take that.

    Assuming we can work the numbers, would you give up a first round pick and a top prospect or two  (say MaxPac) for him? Imagine how the top lines would look!!

    Cammy - Pleks - Gio

    Iggy - Gomer - AK

    Now that would be awesome!!


    "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban

  • Comment on About last night … (2010-11-17 15:25:19)

    A few quick points about our team so far:

    Price: the kid's a stud, and has dominated at every level he's played at... and now he's starting to do it at the NHL level. His style has gone back to how he played in junior ever since Melanson left for Vancouver (where he's now screwing up Luongo's style). And to think that he's only 23, yet has alot of experience... he's got all of the tools to become one of our "greats", since he has better numbers already at his age compared to almost all of them.

    Plek: One of the top 5 centers in the game. Does anybody do all of the things he does so well? He's lightning fast, stickhandling is magic, great passer and scorer, plays on the PP and kills penalties with the best of them. We should all be freaking happy he signed with us longterm!

    Cammy, Gio, Gomer and Andre:Tons of skating and skill and are now starting to fire on all cylinders, although still some room to improve.

    PhD line: I would argue they've been one of the best (if not THE best) third line in the league. Them, along with our 4th line is a big reason why we're doing so well... the pressure is not so big on the top two lines, and the 3rd and 4th lines play with great pace and intensity.

    On D, I think that the reason Spatch-Hammer have been so good lately is that they have been matched up against the other teams top lines. At first glance, this seems stupid (especially when we had Markov in the lineup). But it makes perfect sense... they are more of a skilled pairing, and do better against skilled guys than when they play against the grinders on other teams.

    PK Subban- Enough said!!

    Last but not least, Martin's system is a beautiful (and highly effective) thing to watch when played properly. Nice crisp outlet passes to the forwards who are swinging back into our zone to get the puck off the D, then guys like Pleky, Cammy, Gio and Gomer flying up ice with speed... it kills teams, and we've been executing it beautifully. 

    Now let's keep it going!!


    "Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me". - PK Subban