Habanero Gomez

Member since November 25, 2010

Habs fan since: 1975
Favorite current player: Cole
All-time favorite player: Lafleur

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  • Comment on Multimedia: Gionta returns to Habs practice, not ready to play yet (2012-01-03 19:33:29)
    As bleak as things look for the Habs and as most feel the season is lost... In the spirit of a New Year and dare I say, optimism for a season Not Lost, the following are the reasons why the season is not lost yet; If and this is BIG IF, Cunneyworth and get these guys playing with some more passion, the schedule is favourable to the Habs. The following is a breakdown of the remaining schedule for the Habs. 36 of their remaining 43 games or 80 % are against Eastern Conference teams. This translates to 72 of a possible 86 points all against Eastern Conference teams. And 54 of a possible 72 points against Eastern Conference teams are against the teams who will be fighting to for the 7th and 8th playoff spots. Eastern Conference Games _____________________ Boston 2 games (4 pts) Buffalo 4 games (8 pts) Carolina 2 games (4 pts) Florida 2 games (4 pts) New Jersey 2 games (4 pts) NY Islanders 2 games (4 pts) NY Rangers 2 games (4 pts) Ottawa 4 games (8 pts) Philadelphia 1 game (2 pts) Pittsburgh 2 games (4 pts) Tampa Bay 3 games (6 pts) Toronto 4 games (8 pts) Washington 4 game (8 pts) Winnipeg 2 games (4 pts) ______________________ Total possible points 72 pts Western Conference Games Calgary 1 game (2 pts) Dallas 1 game (2 pts) Detroit 1 game (2 pts) Edmonton 1 game (2 pts) Minnesota 1 game (2 pts) St. Louis 1 game (2 pts) Vancouver 1 game (2 pts) ______________________ Total possible points 14 pts
  • Comment on Multimedia: Habs react to 5-4 OT loss to Leafs (2011-10-23 00:02:46)
    JM is a capable NHL coach... I simply don't believe he is capable of working with such a young group on D... With respect to the GM, I am not a fan, but I'm not sure how he could have predicted that Campoli would be injured in his first game, or Markov wouldn't be ready, etc... Not making excuses for him, because from what I understand he had a hand in getting rid of the following(on his own or while working under Gainey): Grabovski McDonagh Baby Kostitsyn O'Byrne (big body on D... what a novel idea) Halpern (it would be nice to have one guy who can win a faceoff) and so on... It will be interesting to see if Geoff Molson has the stones to chuck both the GM and JM
  • Comment on Multimedia: Habs react to 5-4 OT loss to Leafs (2011-10-22 23:47:17)
    The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and Reality Ok... Just finished vomiting after,yet another loss... As much as it would be easy to shit-can JM now, I'm not sure it would make much difference.... I will admit, I've always thought he was a capable NHL coach and still do. However, there was something very troubling about his demeanour behind the bench the past couple of games... At one point in Pittsburgh, the camera focused on him behind the bench and he looked like he was "at a loss", maybe unsure of what to do... I was like, WTF! He seriously does not know what to do... Maybe he is cracking under the pressure.... If that is the case, then he must go regardless... One of the biggest problems we have right now is the inexperience on the blueline... PK and Diaz are doing well.. Even Emelin is improving... But they are all making mistakes.... Weber "should not" be playing on D. He seems to play better on the wing, but he is not an NHL calibre defenseman... The breakdowns in our own end are one thing, but we cannot seem to get clean breakouts from our zone... Diaz's first pass out are the best right now... But how can we expect our skilled forwards to press on the attack when our D keeps flipping the puck out of our own end just to relieve pressure.... Except for Pittsburgh and maybe Calgary, the team played well enough to win each game, including tonight... That is a good sign... Eller, Diaz, PK, MaxPac and even Emelin are getting better... Price is playing well enough and sometimes great, but good enough that if the team was scoring, his play wouldn't be topic for discussion... We have not buried our chances and seems right now, that any chance the other team gets, they score... Now back to JM.... The Powerplay has been brutal... The Penalty kill has been so so... "Too Many Men on the Ice" penalties, again! Darche on the Powerplay... Not giving Cole ice time... Splitting up lines that work! That is all on him.... JM did a great job plugging holes due to injuries the past two seasons... But he also managed to do that with a much more veteran group of Defensemen.... I don't think he can pull it off this year with the young group that are back there.... It is time for a change...
  • Comment on Full practice follows optional game (2011-10-14 20:20:51)
    The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Reality... When this sight first started I looked forward to "tuning in" everyday to share the passion that is "being a Habs fan".... But seriously, this site can be depressing with all the negativity and quite frankly irrational rants... For those who lament the glory days and make statements like "Montreal will never win a cup again", please consider this: When there were 6 teams in the league, the Habs had a 1 in 6 chance of winning the cup each year.... The reality is there is now a 1 in 30 chance each year to win the cup... The odds are not as good just based on this factor alone... The salary cap means that decisions are made as much about the "economics" of the game as they are about hockey... Gone are the days of simply calling up the best player you have available in the minors... Anyheew.... One factor that I personally believe puts the Habs at a disadvantage is their insistence on only hiring Francophone coaches and executives... I'm not saying that Francophones are not capable, I'm simply saying that the team should hire the best person for the job regardless of what language they speak... Besides why draw the line at coaches and GMs, why not only draft Francophone players? The management team(Gainey) decided that they want to have a fast, skilled team and that is what they have stuck with.... Regardless of the ultimate result, you have to respect that they took a tact and have stuck with it... We have an albeit smallish team, but we are skilled and fast... These "fools", who manage the Habs, whom many here keep saying have no clue, somehow managed to ice a team which includes; Carey Price (arguably one of the best goalies in the game); PK Subban (will be a start in the league for many years to come); MaxPac (going to be a solid player for many years); Josh Gorges (wish they would have signed him long term and made him Captain); Diaz ( really like this guy, pleasant surprise this year); Eller ( he keeps improving and looks like will be a solid player); DD ( yes he is small, but so is Marty St. Louis...) and so on... I know, I know the "Gomez" thing.... It is what it is, and you can only hope that he contributes to the overall success of the team while we are "stuck" with him... The Regular season is about a few things; 1 - it is about making money for the owners 2 - it is about getting a team to play together, and "gell" or acquire a good chemistry 3 - it is about the young players improving their games 4 - it is about the veterans providing stability and mentorship to the young players 5 - it is about how high you finish in the standings... This team is small, but this team is skilled and this team has chemistry and this team has heart... It would make me very sad if they don't make the playoffs, which I don't think will be an issue... But I don't care whether they finish 1st or 8th, so long as they are healthy and playing well going into the playoffs... There are a number of young, talented guys on this team, including PK, DD, Diaz , Eller, MaxPac and there are going to be some long nights ahead... But having these guys and Price should make you excited that we have some great young talent and a good blend of vets... What we need is to be healthy and as most of the hockey pundits have stated recently... there is something about this team when they make the playoffs that makes any team nervous about playing them.... So let us go back to the numbers above.... There are 30 teams but I personally believe we are in the top 15... So realistically we have a 1 in 15 chance of winning the cup... Not factoring injuries, and terrible reffing etc... Last night was not fun, but no night the Habs lose is fun... But the Regulars season is no more than a preparation period for the playoffs that also happens to make money for the owners... But that aside, there is a lot to be excited about with this team... There are as many positives as negatives and we have a decent chance to do very well... So all together, let us say a prayer for a healthy Markov knee, that Gomer can keep it together and not get splattered by the fans, that the young exciting players we have keep improving and that we go into the playoff healthy and on a roll... Cheers..
  • Comment on So what have we got? (2011-10-02 12:44:10)
    Regarding Head Shots / Concussions and the new lawman of Appaloosa(The NHL) I have been following the Habs since the mid 70's... As a fan of hockey who could not appreciate the talent exhibited by the 75-79 Habs? To this day the New Years Eve game against the Russian Red Army stands as a an example of what the game should be; excellent goaltending (although not Dryden's finest hour), pin-point passing, speed, fluid transition from defence to offence, emotion, scoring chances, it had everything. The one thing it did not have (other than a Habs win), was thuggery and fights... When one watches the great Habs teams, the Islanders of 80-84 and the Oilers after them, one thing is noticeable compared to today's game; today's average NHL player is faster, bigger, fitter, stronger. The game moves faster, there is less room out there and even less reaction time. You can either blame the victim(Campoli) or you can blame the guilty party(Malone). And Shanny can suspend Malone for 5 or 10 games. Yes, Shanny's harsh stance this year will and should deter "targeting the head", as it should. The problem is that it won't eliminate these types of hits. The game is simply too fast and there is little room for decision making when you have two bodies in motion, with momentum and other variables at play; like distance to the boards, the refs and the other players, who are also all in motion at the same time.... I have stated on here before and I will state it again. Gainey built this team and made his decisions based on two things; the new CBA and the New NHL (free of obstruction and thuggery). The problem is, many of the other GM's undermined the spirit of the CBA with ridiculous 15 deals that are front loaded and although the NHL was quick to eliminate obstruction, it has been slow to eliminate the thuggery.... But things are going that way. Someday, people will look back and realize that Gainey was ahead of most of the other GMs in this regard. I do wonder what Shanny would do if he saw Boston's Marchand punching the Sedins in the head 10 times after every whistle. Is that hockey? Is that team toughness? Does every team need to have goons like Boston who's intimidation occurs between whistles, while the refs and league sit and watch. That is not what great hockey is about. And that is not where this game is headed... I'm optimistic that the game is heading to the free flowing, fluid hockey that we saw at the Olympics. Who cares about fighting when you can what that kind of display of skill and speed. I personally don't care whether there is fighting in the game or not. Fighting in hockey is as outdated as Don Cherry. The problem is, does the NHL really want to be in upper echelon of pro leagues in the US or does it want keep catering to the UFC demographic... And yes, I do watch and follow the UFC... The point is fighting belongs in the UFC and boxing. Fighting is not allowed and any other pro sport; NFL, MLB NBA, you name it... The NHL needs to focus on what makes the game great and be confident that the sideshow of fighting and thuggery is not needed anymore... It has been a long time since I have posted and I do apologize for the length of the post... Cheers..
  • Comment on Keep cool on Gorges (2011-07-06 11:24:05)
    Has anyone considered that all the goaltenders being signed by PG might be because, the organization is not feeling overly confident they can keep Price long term? Listening to the team 990 and other sports casts, everyone has been perplexed by letting Auld go and signing Budaj. Budaj is very athletic and as Arpon noted on the team 990 yesterday, Colorado does not have a full time goaltender coach and there are a lot of people out there who think Budaj is starting goalie material with some good coaching... Just a thought...
  • Comment on Fractured vertebra for Pacioretty (2011-03-09 14:15:05)

    In the real world and anywhere except an NHL rink, this would fall under "aggravated assault" and Chara would have a court date to attend. He also would most likely go to jail...

    Of course, we are not talking about the real world, we are talking about the NHL. I have never been a proponent of involving the Police in NHL matters. However, given the NHL can't decide whether to live in the past or be realistic about the future, and given they are obviously not going to take head injuries and these kinds of incidents seriously, maybe it is time to involve the local authorities.

    If this shit happened at a local rink in a recreational league, there would be charges laid...

    The Boston bruins are a classless team. For any of those neanderthals running or playing for that so called organization to stick up for Chara shows just how much class they have. None...

    They are not the most skilled team. And can't hang with skilled teams like the Habs, Detroit etc... So what do they do... They try and turn the clock back to the 1970's and try to bully other teams with their cheap shots and dirty play...

    The problem is this, in today's NHL, the players are bigger and faster; the equipment is harder, the sticks are lethal weapons, the boards and glass have little to no give etc etc...

    At first, I thought, O my God, Chara killed him... Then we are all relieved to find out that he is not paralzyed or in a coma, now we hear the "good" news that he only has a "severe concussion" and a non displaced but fractured vertebrae...

    I hold no hope that the league will suspend Chara... And therein lies the problem... You have a bunch of greedy businessmen with a healthy mix of "old time" hockey guys making decisions about the direction of the game...

    Greed begets greed and violence begets violence... The only time this will change is when someone dies and there is a law suit... Sad to say, but unfortunately true...

    Maybe poetic justice here would be if someone on the Habs pulls a "Bobby Clarke" next game against Boston and shatters Chara's or Lucic's or maybe even better Campbell's ankle with a slash... 

    Sorry to be all over the place with this... But this really F&)&ing pisses me off.... As a long time follower of the Habs, I can say this one really bothers me... and that is saying a lot...

    Let us all hope Max will have a normal life after this is all said and done... Because I for one will be amazed if his career didn't end last night at the hands of Chara... 

  • Comment on Another road W (2011-03-04 09:03:31)

    The only reason they have a sniff at the playoffs is because of Reimer...

    He was not on their radar was something like 4th on their goaltending depth chart... "The Monster" and Giguire go down with injuries, this guy comes in an steals the show... good for Reimer and the Laffs...

    I could care less whether the Laffs make or not make the playoffs...

    What makes me laugh, is guys out there going on about how brilliant Burke is all of sudden...

    This is just another example of what a crap shoot talent evaluation is for every team...

     

  • Comment on Game 28: Habs breeze over Senators (2010-12-07 20:47:49)

    Did anyone else pick up on what Panner said regarding PK sitting...

    When was comparing PK to Alex Pietrangleo... Pang was talking about how Pietrangleo conducts himself on and off the ice... Pang said "it is the White thing to do... err... the Right thing to do"... 

     

    lol.. he just apologized for the slip of the tongue...

  • Comment on Game 26: Habs cruise over Devils (2010-12-02 14:50:40)

    Point taken SmartDog...

     

    However, would you take a second line that scores but is not as responsible defensively? The point I am making is you can insert another player, but it doesn't necessarily mean the outcome will be completely favourable and sometimes you get other issues that arise from the change... You might get more scoring, but also give up more goals... Say what you will about Gomer, but he is responsible defensively most of the time...

    Some people have also been knocking JM for constantly juggling the lines... I tend to think it will serve the team well in the long run... when the time comes to "make that change" in the lineup... the coaching staff will have a pretty good idea what works and who works well together...

     

    Just a thought or two...