Viruk42 - (Kevin Smith)

Member since June 20, 2010

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  • Comment on Pateryn among five players sent to Hamilton by Habs (2014-10-02 14:58:04)
    Hmmm, maybe. I think the biggest leap in Chara's game was when he left the Islanders for Ottawa at age 24, he went from being 6th/7th Dman to top 3, practically over the summer. When he left Ottawa, I'd say the main improvement was, weirdly, discipline. His PIM/gp dropped by about 1/3rd (from 1.85 in Ottawa to 1.17 in Boston), and he's a much better player when calm - as we Habs fans know all too well, making him angry is a good way to get him off his game. But I agree with you on Tinordi. He needs to stay in the NHL as the 7th Dman if he's ever going to make it full time. Injuries happen, I expect he'd play ~50 games if he remains as the 7th all year and doesn't get injured.
  • Comment on Pateryn among five players sent to Hamilton by Habs (2014-10-02 14:39:01)
    Not a fan of Bryan Murray, but he didn't trade Chara. Indeed, that statement is inaccurate in two ways: First, Muckler was still the GM at the time (Murray was the coach). Second, Chara left as a free agent.
  • Comment on Pateryn among five players sent to Hamilton by Habs (2014-10-02 14:37:52)
    There are two Kane's in the NHL that I am familiar with. Patrick and Evander. Neither of them play for the Oilers.
  • Comment on About last night … (2013-03-31 10:13:07)
    If you look at PK's average TOI, he's quite a bit lower than most other top Dmen. But he missed pre-season and was brought back into the fold slowly. Ignoring last night (because he oddly played less than 20min), in the 12 games beforehand (from March 3rd vs Boston to Mar 27th vs Boston) he averaged 26:19. Of the Dmen in the top 30 ranked by points, only 2 averaged more than that (Suter and Campbell), and overall only 5 Dmen average more than 26:19 (add in Karlsson pre-injury, Doughty and Johnson). Simply put, he averaged just 20:08 in his first 15 games, recording 10pts. Since then, he has played 13 games, averaging 25:32 and 17 points. So he did well with low minutes, and has been amazing with high minutes. Dear Galley: How is he not handling Norris ice time again?
  • Comment on About last night … (updated after Sunday afternoon game) (2013-03-17 17:16:31)
    Dr. Recchi agrees. I mean, Krejci's probably at the movies already...
  • Comment on Liveblog: Senators at Canadiens (2013-03-14 00:28:15)
    If it's late enough in the season, no one needs be sent down. After the trade deadline, if I recall correctly, they can carry more bodies. If it's too early, and we need to clear a roster spot, then I'd say someone like Dumont who can clear waivers (though I acknowledge he has done well in his brief time up, especially on faceoffs). Would I trade a 3rd...hmmm... maybe a conditional one (if he signs, a 3rd, if he doesn't, a 4th, kind of thing), but I'd probably say he's worth a 4th. What Florida would ask for is beyond me, of course, so it's tough to comment there.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Senators at Canadiens (2013-03-13 23:46:17)
    Having just read an article suggesting that Florida was about to sell everyone, I decided to look and see who might be a good fit for the Habs. And so I'm curious to see what others think about... Jerred Smithson. Here's my thinking: We don't currently need to add top offensive talent (though it may depend on injuries), but could use a bit extra size. He doesn't seem to fight much (low PIM guy), but is 6'3", 209 lbs and he has a decent number of hits (37th in the league, 1 behind Prust). He is a 4th line guy, plays just over 10min per game, and certainly not high scoring. He's Florida's #1 PK forward, which doesn't mean much since they're 30th in the league, but he wouldn't be #1 for us, so that's probably okay. He's the top forward on Florida in blocked shots, but that's just 19. He's got an 800k cap hit, is a UFA in the summer and he's 34 (so he shouldn't cost much in the way of picks/prospects). What intrigues me most is that he's listed as a Right Winger on nhl.com, but he's 4th on the team in total faceoffs and has won 53% of them. Obviously that's a weak point for us right now. I've seen plenty of people suggesting we need to improve depth if we want to make a playoff run, rather than chasing a big name. Smithson might be the kind of penalty killing, faceoff winning, big body that we could really use. -shrug-, just a thought. Note: part of my reasoning is based on the idea that Bergevin won't want to sell the farm and won't want to strongly alter chemistry. As well, take into account who might be available. Most teams are still in the playoff hunt afterall...
  • Comment on No changes to lines at practice (2013-03-12 14:49:59)
    My apologies, I really just skimmed it.
  • Comment on No changes to lines at practice (2013-03-12 13:19:06)
    Stillman was traded at the 2003 draft, and played 81 games for Tampa in 03-04, so he wasn't a rental. After the lockout he signed with Carolina as a UFA, so again, not a rental.
  • Comment on No changes to lines at practice (2013-03-12 13:15:58)
    No, Strummer is correct. Bourque was traded before the deadline in 2000, won the cup the following season (2000-01). Oops, too late on the correction.