Mark Bellison

Member since November 15, 2010

Habs fan since: mid 70's
Favorite current player: Pleks
All-time favorite player: Guy

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  • Comment on Game 22: Canadiens impress in crowning Kings (2010-11-24 21:41:29)

    ditto

  • Comment on Game 22: Canadiens impress in crowning Kings (2010-11-24 21:29:00)

    I love how there is no panic in our own zone...

    Really like Eller... He is going to be a good one...

    Halpern was a great pickup... He is doing wonders for BP's game...

    I wish people would Stop ragging on Gomez... He might not be putting up numbers but he is contributing to the team's success... His contract is what it is....

    The team is playing for JM... and he is doing a great job...

    keep putting points in the bank boys...

  • Comment on Game 21: Habs sit back on 2-0 lead, lose 3-2 (2010-11-22 21:30:39)

    We had too many chances in the 1st and 2nd to put the game out of reach... It's funny how it comes back to bite when you don't put teams away...

  • Comment on Should young players be seen but not heard? (2010-11-18 10:27:40)

    The Title says

    Should young players be seen but not heard?

    Well, given that one of the byproducts of the Salary Cap era is that the NHL is now a young man's game, perhaps this is the new norm...

    Prior to the Cap, players became "tenured" so to speak when the turned 30 yrs old. They were typcally rewarded for past peformance and were given financial security to see them through to their mid to late thirties, then they retire...

    Players are Unrestricted at 26 yrs old now... Teams have no choice but to bring up their drafted players at a young age because they don't have them as long... In today's NHL, if a player isn't panning out by 23 yrs old, he has to go... The average retirement age is trending down... Take a look at players in their mid 30's now and see what is happening to their pay and whether they are playing in the NHL... Prior to the cap, many of the available players still out there would be playing in the NHL instead of the younger, cheaper parts...

    It wasn't that long ago that players(except the exceptional talents) didn't start coming into the league until their mid 20s... Veteran's used to the 30+ years old... Now a veteran is in his mid 20's... Look at how many teams have captains under 26 yrs of age...

    The "new" NHL is a young man's game.... get used to it... and get used to the attitude... New "codes" are being written in the NHL, because the young guys don't have enough of the "old" vets around to teach them otherwise... It is also no coincedence that the trend has been to hire 'young' coaches... Maybe they can relate to the kids they are coaching better... Somehow I just can't imagine Pat Quinn, Lemare, Keenan, or even JM 'texting' or 'tweeting'.... hell half those guys probably don't know what 'email' is...

    This was not intended to be a rant...

  • Comment on Halpern, Gorges take day off (2010-11-17 18:27:21)

    It is obvious that everyone in the NHL from players to managers knows PK is the real deal as far as talent goes...

    His play is way beyond his years... particularly for a Dman... He doesn't seem to be intimidated by anyone in the league... And that is great for the Habs!

    IMO all this 'fuss' has to do with other teams trying to get him off his game... in other words "head games"... I think we are fortunate in that I cannot see PK turning into the head case that Price was for a couple of years, or mini-K (Sergei), or early Ribeiro... you get my drift... Young players can be head cases... I think PK is a different bird...

    What Richards said was laughable anyway... Coming for a cheap shot artist, on a team of cheap shot artists... The league has way bigger attitude issues than PK... see Sean Avery...

    As far as Don Cherry goes... he is nothing more than a parody of himself and has been for some years now... He would be singing a different tune if PK played for his beloved Laughs or the Bears...

     

     

  • Comment on Halpern, Gorges take day off (2010-11-17 15:28:13)

    I realize we do not have a bona fide tough guy/fighter on the team... And yes the Flyers are a bunch of cheap shot artists. Pronger is teaching the rest of the Flyers well...

    However, I'm not sure why everyone is worried about us going into Philly next week... What is great about this bunch of Habs is they don't back down. One of the biggest differences in this year's squad is the fact that all the lines go hard to the net and get into those 'dirty' areas... Any team that has players willing to do that, shouldn't worry about their toughness... or how tough the Flyers are...

    Besides, in today's NHL can you afford to give a roster spot to someone just to drop the gloves... I like having 4 lines that JM can roll... and go to the net hard...

    These Habs stick up for each other, they are not playing a perimeter game anymore and they don't back down (vets and rookie alike)...

    Yes we have smallish forwards, but they don't seem to mind getting their noses dirty... Is there the potential that the Flyers can knock someone out of the game with a cheap shot (Halpern yesterday). The answer is yes... But that could happen whether you have a bunch of smurfs or giants on the ice... Your size isn't going to help you that much is some Philly jerk takes your head off from your blindside..

    So now is seems, the 'real' test is next Monday...

  • Comment on Should young players be seen but not heard? (2010-11-18 09:02:54)

    This is such a non story... The media (TSN, Sportsnet, etc) need "stories" and are milking this one...

    Richards and the Flyers are dirtbags and not a one of them would say no if PK was on their team...

    The sad part is Richards and the media have it partly right in talking about PK... Except they should be talking about how well he is playing for someone so young... And the impact he is having on his team...

    Maybe they should be talking about how PK plays with "proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence" as Brian Burke would have it....

    If PK were playing for the Leaves or the Flyers, this story would be spun very differently... They would be talking about how he was the second coming...

    Seriously, Pierre McGuire actually had a Top 5 Rookie list last week during one of the TSN telecasts and he did not include PK! Seriously... When Phaneouf broke into the league and when he first arrived with the Leaves, McGuire sounded like he was going to have an orgasm whenever he talked about Dion... PK is no way close to the level of "cockyness" and disrespect that Dion brings to the table...

  • Comment on Martin juggles defence without Markov (2010-11-15 12:59:55)

    I've followed the Habs since the mid 70's and can say that I might miss watching 2 games a season these days... In the past ten years, it would have been healther for me to maybe watch 2 instead of the other way around...

     

    Here are some observations...

    - we are playing a "team" game

    - we have depth

    - Price is playing closer to his potential

    - Pleks and the other vets seem to enjoy playing here

    - say what you will about Gomez's contract, but don't ignore the many great plays he makes (not so much offensively but on the defensive side of the puck)... More games than not, he makes some great plays on the PK and in our own half of center...

    - we are not automatically out of game if we give up the first goal of a game

    - We press even when we have the lead... we don't "sit back" and try to protect one goal leads for half the game... Carolina game and the Bruins game last week are great examples...

    - we are not completely screwed in one of our top players gets injured...

    - Eller is going to be a good one... And he does not have the weight of the world on his shoulders to prove that... Too many times in the past 15 years, we "rushed" any kid with potential to be the next great Hab...

    - And lastly we are getting solid coaching. I'm surprised how few comments there are about the great job Martin is doing. He has had a calming influence on this team and you can see how it has carried through from last year... People slag Martin because of his "defense first" approach... Funny thing is this team is playing a really nice transition and skating game now.... Regardless, I hope Martin keeps up the great work he is doing...

     

    Cheers