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Everything posted by Fanpuck33

  1. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Post all Habs related rumors from other sites (like Eklund) in this thread. Any new threads started based on rumor will be merged with this one.
  2. Injury news

    That's nonsense. The goal was for Vegas to be competitive, not a playoff team, let alone a finalist. Even with the new rules, they were still selecting from 3rd and 4th liners and bottom pairing defencemen. Only a handful of higher end guys like Neal were available. I mean, you think anyone expected that Wild Bill would become an elite scorer? In two full seasons he had 5 goals and Columbus paid Vegas to take him. Vegas simply had a magical season. You draft with the same rules next time and I will bet money we're back to the norm with an expansion team.
  3. Injury news

    I just feel like I frequently remember thinking, "there's a another hit where any other player would have to fight." Admittedly, I thought that for many years before hearing the reason why he didn't fight, so it's possible I was never able to quite get that poor opinion of him out of my head. I guess we're just coming down to semantics. To me, illegal carries a stronger meaning than something simply being against the rules. I see in the dictionary, though, that one of the valid definitions is specifically something being against the rules in a game or sport, so you've got me there.
  4. Sept. 19, Panthers vs Habs, 7:30 PM

    Real character guy Bergevin brought in! Ridiculous that he was not suspended for any regular season games.
  5. Injury news

    The thing is, Emelin's brand of physical hockey includes checks that cross the line. Look at the few times he actually did fight. When Abdelkader jumped him, it was after a dirty hit on Larkin. When he fought Kane, it was after he delivered two cheap shots to Kane's face. When he fought Chara, it was after he hacked Seguin in the wrist. Emelin is a dirty player and managed to be a dirty player that couldn't back up his teammates. While beaning a guy for getting a big hit or "showing up the pitcher" is idiotic, the comparison does not hold water. It is only against the rules to bean a batter after the umpire has issued a warning. Also, there are times when it is absolutely appropriate to bean a player, i.e. the next time he comes to bat after a dirty slide. Fighting is within the rules of the game - there is simply a penalty for it. If it were illegal, then any fight would result in fines, suspensions, etc. I guess the next thing you'll be telling me is how horrible it is to make an "illegal" play such as a hook to break save a goal. It just sounded like you were taking the comment a bit literally and weren't picking up on the implication. I understand why Emelin avoided fighting - he absolutely should have. At the same time, if you're unwilling/unable to fight, then you shouldn't be playing a style of game where you frequently end up making dirty hits. Of course, I suppose that implies that if you are willing to fight that you should go around playing dirty, but that's not what I am trying to imply.
  6. Injury news

    Right, and what Don is saying is that Emelin was likely happy to have that built-in excuse to not fight because he didn't want to face the consequences of his physical play in the first place. That was always my biggest issue with Emelin - if you want to play a game as physical as he does, you should be able and willing to stand up for yourself.
  7. Poll: Who should be Captain?

    Has to be Weber. It was the whole reason he was brought in, because he was the mature leader that they didn't believe Subban could be. It Wouldn't make him harder to trade, as this franchise has such a tradition of trading captains, even when short lived.
  8. Habs Rookie Tournament/Camp Thread

    Scary stuff with Evans. one of the few players I was looking forward to hearing more from this training camp. Seemed like the trainer was pretty slow to react.
  9. Hope he becomes a #1 national broadcaster one day. Best in the business IMO. Nothing against Mike Emerick, but give me Bartlett all day!
  10. Max Pacioretty Watch

    I'd love to know if they've kicked the tires with Columbus to see if Panarin is interested in signing with Montreal and Patches with Columbus. Could be a win-win for two bad situations.
  11. Galchenyuk traded for Domi

    How is it anything other than atrocious? We traded one of the most talented players on the team and did not even get back a C or LD. Instead, we got back a player who can't put the puck in the net. Like Drouin, he is a far better passer than scorer. Given that there is no chance of immediately replacing Pacioretty's scoring when he inevitably leaves, this team will be left with Gallagher will be the team's top goal scorer. As much as I love him, no team can win with him being their best scorer.
  12. Galchenyuk traded for Domi

    I never imagined a time when I would care more about the Jackets than the Habs... Bergevin is doing his best to make that actually happen. Atrocious trade. It's shocking how much worse this team has gotten in the last two years.
  13. (Legal) NHL streaming or apps

    I used to get the NHL.tv here in the US and stream games via Roku. Quality was almost always great, but the blackouts are a pain in the butt. All nationally aired games are blacked out, in addition to local games. So unless you live outside the US or Canada, kiss the playoffs goodbye.
  14. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    Well, they're supporting them now that they've made the playoffs two years in a row and are winning. The year before, they had the 4th worst attendance in the league and it was no problem to buy nosebleeds and then sneak into empty seats in the lower bowl, 10 rows back on the blue line. I'm a believer that it takes 20-30 years to truly grow a fan base in an area completely new to hockey, but the signs definitely don't look good in places like Florida and Phoenix. Kids that grew up on hockey are now getting to the age of being season ticket holders and taking their own kids to games, but that doesn't seem to be happening. Gosh, it was all the way back in 2010 when Montreal beat Washington and Pittsburgh. Can't believe it has been that long already!
  15. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    I'm rooting for the Caps out of the East now, but 19 years without a playoff series win for Columbus. That's not even sympathetic; it's pitiable.
  16. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    4 in a row. Leave it to the Jackets to choke worse than the Caps. Bob laid an absolute egg.
  17. 2018 NHL Playoff Thread

    I don't understand Tort's recent lack of faith in the fourth line. In the double OT game on Tuesday the 4th line played 6, 8, and 8 minutes. I don't think they saw a single shift in the 3rd period or 1st OT. The Jackets have good depth - their fourth line is by no means a liability. So bummed about being down 3-2 to the Caps. After going up 2-0 in the series, I didn't have any inkling that my tickets to game 6 would be for an elimination game in favor of the Caps.
  18. Habs Sign Jake Evans to 2yr ELC

    Awesome! Excited to see someone I actually have watched on a somewhat regular basis was drafted and signed with the Habs! Will be interesting to see how he progresses. Early in the season, he looked like a potential top 2 center, but he really cooled down after the Spengler Cup. Hopefully Laval will come to Cleveland next season!
  19. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    Huh. I would have sworn Vesey announced it even earlier than Butcher. Well, glad to hear the few rumblings out there have been positive. Would have loved to have seen Anders Bjork stick around for his senior year - Notre Dame would have even better this year. Though from Montreal's perspective, I'm sure they liked getting to see Evans be "the guy" this year.
  20. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    Usually the top seniors like this have given some indication as to if they plan on signing or not, i.e. Vesey several years ago and Butcher last year.
  21. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    I know, but that doesn't have anything to do with whether or not he is planning to sign with Montreal or go to free agency.
  22. Non-Rocket Habs Prospect tracker

    I haven't been able to find much about the likelihood of Jake Evans signing with Montreal or going the free agent route. Anyone hearing anything about which way he is leaning?
  23. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    Would going to the game next Monday and rooting for the Jackets make me a bad Have fan?
  24. 2018 PyeongChang Olympics Thread

    So glad I'm not the only one who went there!
  25. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    I think ESPN is going to go after the NHL in 2021. Since they bought into the company involved in NHL.tv, they've actually advertised the service all season. Now yesterday they simulcast TSN's trade deadline coverage.