POPS - (Chris Papas)Member since December 2, 2007
Habs fan since: the day I was born
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All-time favorite player: Patrick Roy
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens limp home from 1-3 road trip (2014-12-06 22:39:21)
He can skate and log minutes. Markov cannot be expected to log the minutes he is playing beside Subban. Every player has his flaw. The Canadiens need a true 1/2 D pairing. Markov is super in a 3/4 roll with Gilbert. Many on this site love attacking Gilbert, but he can play a solid 4/5 RD on almost any team in the league. Beaulieu/Weaver/Gonchar/Tinordi/Allen bottom pair rotation.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens limp home from 1-3 road trip (2014-12-06 22:33:14)
Absolutely! The result was a goal. The players need to take this apporach more often. Right know they are too predictable. If I know what they're going to do everytime, do they really think they can fool the other team?
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens limp home from 1-3 road trip (2014-12-06 22:27:36)
Need to bring in a LD that can log the minutes with Subban (Yandle from Arizona comes to mind). Need to move Plekanec or Desharnais to get this LD. Call-up Beaulieu or Tinordi. Galchenyuk moves to centre FULL-TIME! Done! Good or Bad, the team needs offence and the other centres have not been successful in creating any. Another concern I have is that none the forwards go to the net. They all want to play a perimeter game (Gallagher and Galchenyuk are the exceptions). The team needs a player or two who will just take the puck to the net everytime. It is frustrating watching the same perimeter approach everytime they enter the zone!
- Comment on HI/O Show: Habs will face more pressure next season (2014-06-07 12:06:30)
CJ (below) has brought up a player that I've been watching all season, with the hope that MB will look that way. Nikolai Kulemin. The kid has size, speed, smarts, and is tough along the walls. With the right centre, and team (hopefully MTL), he can be a 20+ goal scorer with some nice intangibles (PK, shut down capabilities, PP, etc.). I would sign Markov to a three year deal. Do you really think that 3 young inexperienced D (Beaulieu, Tinordi, and Pateryn) in the line-up makes sense? Markov is still a great 2nd or 3rd D. He has the experience, and skills that many cup contenders look for at the trade deadline, so why should we let him walk? That means that either Emelin, Gorges, Beaulieu, or Tinordi (Pateryn is a RD so I think he sticks) must be moved depending on what happens on RD. I would like to see a move made for a RD from Winnipeg. Either Bogosian, or Byfuglien make sense to me. Perhaps, MB packages either Beaulieu, or Tinordi to make this move. Up front MB must not sign Gionta. I can appreciate what he has brought to the team, but it's time to move on. Again, I like Kulemin, and we need to bring in another skilled winger through free agency (Vanek, Hemsky, Iginla, Moulson, or Gaborik), or a trade. Do you move Plekanec? I would be very nervous to do this. At the very least with Pleks you know what you're getting. Can you say the same about DD, Eller, and Galchenyuk? I would love to move Plekanec (to CHI for Sharp) and add a top player on the wing, but... Does trading Bourque, and Briere to Buffalo for Chris Stewart, or Drew Stafford improve this team for next year? Pacioretty-DD-Stewart Kulemin-Eller-Hemsky Sharp-Galchenyuk-Gallagher Bournival-Prust-Weise Markov-Subban Tinordi/Beaulieu-Bogosian/Byfuglien Emelin-Pateryn Extra D: Boullion, Murray, Robidas, Weaver
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-09 16:42:45)
Vanek - Briere - Bourque Pacioretty - Desharnais - Prust Galchenyuk - Eller - Gallagher Moen - Plekanec - Gionta Tinordi - Subban Beaulieu - Markov Emelin - Gorges Murray - Weaver Teams have no fear of the Habs ability to produce offence. Therefore, every team is extremely aggressive on the forecheck. No secret, it works! The lines above would spread out the offence, and if Vanek and Briere click like they once did in Buffalo the Habs could become a true playoff threat with four lines that could hurt you. Reuniting the EGG line is a must! Right now, there is absolutely zero respect for our transition, other than the Desharnais line.
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 15:23:30)
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 15:00:03)
They are supposed to be teaching winning. That's why I asked the question. You asked me which players are better than Plekanec. I responded by telling you that short term there might not be a better fit, but long term the right Plekanec deal might address other weak spots that would help Eller, and Galchenyuk excel. How about Plekanec to Chicago for Saad, or Leddy, and a pick? How about Markov to Washington for Alzner? Why can't you respond to my question. What have these players won? Blaming all the players before them is not the answer.
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 14:50:35)
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THESE TWO PLAYERS HAVE WON?
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 14:47:26)
True. That is the repeating pattern. Never trade our "most underrated players in the league" because you'll never find better. You have to take the leap at some point. I'm tired of seeing the same story lines every year. It's the coach (Julien, Carbo, Martin, Therrien, slot next name here). It's the GM (Savard, Gainey, Bergevin, slot next name here). Again, I like Pleks and what he brings every night, but it's time to move him for MORE! We can agree to disagree, but this is what's called the crossroads!
- Comment on Struggling Habs return home to face Capitals (2014-01-25 14:40:46)
Gretzky was once traded. I think the Habs can survive the trading of Plekanec.