rhino514 - (jason dobson)Member since December 4, 2010
Habs fan since: 1978
Favorite current player: Saku Koivu
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
- Comment on About last night … (POed, sleep-deprived, late-night west-coast edition. (2015-03-05 07:43:31)
1) Kudos to MT for scratching Parenteau. At this point he does not make the team better, and he´ll feel more confident resting a few more games from his concussions. 2) The deadline deals should be evaluated after the playoffs. any of Flynn, Mitchell, or DSP could have a good playoffs. Weaver for example was a very low key pick-up last year and was solid in the playoffs forr us. (Actually, I´m surprised Weaver has not played a few games with the recent injuries) 3) Keep trying Lars in the top six. He is looking more and more like his old self. We need to know before the playoffs wether he performs better out of position but with gifted players, or in his natural position but with more offensively challenged linemates. either way, the sabre pick-ups do give us more flexibility, especially if JDR isn´t ready for third line duty. 4) Yeah, sure, we needed a scoring winger, but we also needed a good Dman and Petry has looked good. How did we ever challenge for the President´s trophy for 60 games with these two holes in our lineaup??
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Ducks preview: Parenteau, Malhotra healthy scratches (2015-03-04 09:39:37)
Can Daniel Carr now be considered a good prospect? He´s scored almost a goal a game during the last twelve games, in the AHL, pretty unbelievable. Would he be an upgrade on Andrighetto or Thomas? If he continues to score goals with frequency he is going to climb up the prospect ranking fast.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Ducks preview: Parenteau, Malhotra healthy scratches (2015-03-03 14:10:56)
Agree with Krob. The Prust-Eller-Sekac line was a great possesion line. They weren´t scoring but they were maintaining the puck for long periods versus just about every team. Essentially, Sekac was learning on the job while not hurting the team. I believe they would have gotten going sooner or later. Prust could also be switched for Weise with Sekac playing the left side. Eller is a guy who has to play with linemates with offensive upside. He has had 2 out of 3 really good games with Pleks and Galchenyuk, even playing out of position. The problem is, I doubt JDR is ready for a fulltime third line centre role, and for sure not come playoff time. Plus, that combo can only happen now if PAP is benched, as we have too many RWs. Maybe that´s where Flynn comes in, maybe he can do ok as a third line centre and we get lucky. Eller playing with DSP on the third line (or even worse, centred by JDR on the third line) is just not going to cut it. The problem with the habs all year has been the third line; they actually have any number of combinations that make for great fourth lines, and the top six have been not great but ok. But at least early in the year the third line was driving posession; now it´s just a constant mixing and matching of spare parts with no chemistry at all and time running out to develop it.
- Comment on About last night … (short west-coast edition) (2015-03-03 10:05:30)
So now we have 14 servicebale forwards instead of 12, and you think Therrien has juggled alot so far....
- Comment on About last night … (short west-coast edition) (2015-03-03 10:03:50)
The main for a GM at the deadline is not to get caught with your pants down. He overpaid, but every GM overpaid.
- Comment on About last night … (short west-coast edition) (2015-03-03 08:48:40)
The positive thing I will say about the DSP acquisition is that I could see him outscoring Sekac in the coming playoffs. Also, his screening could help us in the playoffs, and with a bit of luck he could be good on the second wave PP. I think the move will hurt us as early as next year, though. Don´t want anyone to get me wrong; I think we have overall a strong organization. But the one area where this organization has always been weak is developping good, but not great, prospects. Sekac is good, but he is just not quite "great". And unless you are over 210 lb, that means a short window to perform in this organization. That´s not fully on the coach and GM. Montreal has a mandate to go deep in the playoffs every year. Giving tons of quality playing time to kids like Sekac and Bournival hurts you in the SHORT run. Basically, our organization is excellent in most other areas and has to be, to compensate for this inability to nurture young kids. Still, IMO, when you have a talent like Sekac, you nurture and develop him. Who do we have on LW next season apart from Pacioretty? Nobody.
- Comment on Habs acquire Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry and Sabres forwards Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell at NHL trade deadline (2015-03-02 18:29:07)
If we could turn back the clock, would you: NOT trade Sekac, acquire Chris Stewart for a second rounder, and live with Gonchar/Weaver as our 3rd RH dman? Note: Sekac now has 2 assists in 3 games and is +3
- Comment on Habs acquire Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry and Sabres forwards Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell at NHL trade deadline (2015-03-02 16:33:55)
I certainly didn´t see the fourth lines as an issue either; in fact the habs had the best fourth lin on any given night than they´ve had in decades, and among the best in the entire league. The habs could be icing, if they wished: Prust-JDR-Weise Wow Sekac´s exodus places Prust on the third line, I guess, so then we had at our disposal: Bournival-JDR-Weise Again, wow. This compared to years past when we haven´t even had "real" fourth lines. Again, if management seems to believe JDR is suddenly a third line centre, already, and they keep Eller on the wing in the top six, it makes sense, for one of the two sabres. In fact, given the way MT uses his lines, I think it could end up being a smart move (again, IF JDR can handle it, which is a big question; the kid is only 19 with as of yet very little offense to his game). But I don´t think we needed both of the sabres and am also concerned about 3 new forwards in the space of a week disrupting team chemistry on the tightest group in the league.
- Comment on Habs acquire Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry and Sabres forwards Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell at NHL trade deadline (2015-03-02 14:37:46)
It´s almost like MB is counting on a Dman getting injured near or in the playoffs. We are going to have Weaver as the eight Dman and either Gonchar, Emelin or Gilbert as the seventh Dman (I´d go with Gonchar). That´s depth. Wow
- Comment on Habs acquire Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry and Sabres forwards Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell at NHL trade deadline (2015-03-02 14:10:44)
Would it not make sense now to get a 5th now for Gonch? Or even a 6th for Weaver? Or do these guys basically have no value?