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  1. The whole thing feels like extra homework to the bad kid in class...I'd know.
  2. After spending a week in Ottawa, I was surprised at how many habs fans there were - far more visibility than Sens 'fans' (understandable of course). Now in Vancouver, the lack of us is depressing. This seems to be a natural step in evolution. Hope they make the games available to all around the planet.
  3. You got it: KHL! KHL! Better than expected with drastically lowered expectations...make way for the new guard
  4. Prospal, my god no..."The horror...the horror..." Fernandez and Sanford, so when do we move Halak? For the Marleau trade? On another note, it is great to be back in Canada...and beautiful to be back in Montreal! Have to change my handle I guess
  5. <div align='centre'>Plex is a fine centre,</div> <div align='centre'> but Lapierre is a fine centre.</div> by the way, the 'centre' alingment doesn't seem to work. Maybe it should be a 'centre' alingment?
  6. Yeah, what a cheap deal...for a cheap return. I'm hoping above all that he bounces back for us and posts a great year, establishes himself. I always hope - frequently against all odds - that a player wearing our shirt does well for us. The blind repeat the mantra of '20 goals...20 goals...' hoping that they'll convince themselves. But did any of the 'spinners' see him play in the playoffs last season? Last season? Last playoffs? Beyond unacceptable, and that more or less in his own words. An OK 3rd-liine ctr who doesn't have the grit to be a 3rd line ctr. His defense is based 100% on speed and more than often ineffective. But he's there for offense, which he doesn't deliver either consistently (oh wait, I forgot those game-chaging 20 goals) or at crunch time, ever (even stats will back that up, though memory serves a better judge). Anyway, with that raise for that performance, he's already traded in the 'Halak package deal', no doubt.
  7. Oct. 22 NY Islanders Home 7:00 PM Oct. 24 NY Rangers Home 7:00 PM Oct. 26 NY Islanders Home 7:30 PM Is someone in the league scheduling dept. taking the p*ss?
  8. Ah, but now Gomez is clear, he was the first part of the puzzle. At the time I was shocked and horrified, but it is all making sense. Tanguay is hardly garbage. If he had been healthy...oh well Alex, enjoy the desert / south beach / wherever!
  9. Regrettably, the Big O is still, er, the Big O. Maybe time to tear the roof off the mutha'?
  10. High-end numbers look wank. Anything above 40, except for goalies (and #s 99 and 66), sucks. 75 and 91, fer crissakes...oh well, I guess if I was making 2to 5 million a year, I'd pick any number I wanted. Any other people with 'cursed' numbers? As in, is there a number worn by a bad player you can't get out of your head? #8, despite Komisarek, screams Alfie Turcotte for me.
  11. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz........ What a tosser. I met a Sens 'fan' the other day who, when talking smack about us, referred to his team's '11 Stanley Cups'. Kid you not. Montreal still sends its sewage water down the valley it seems.
  12. Tim Thomas - a grossly overrated goalie - just had his best possible year. He plays in an airtight system that permits / covers his wanderings, poor puck play, and non-clutch goaltending. Carey Price, with a team that had given up on him, his top defender out, and no cohesive system evident, had his worst year probably at any level (I'm guessing, might have had a rough patch when he was 7 years old). I'm thinking that Price makes a major rebound. Martin comes and knows how to implement a system and command respect. We are now loaded with puck possession guys. We have a d corps that can skate and pass. We have a team that looks very durable - probably the main reason we got Spacek / Gill over Beauchemin. We will be a much, much better team than last year, I am really believing. And no, we didn't lose assets for nothing. Assets equalled cap space equalled taking on Gomez' contract equalled luring very good free agents. A roundabout way, but it worked - for now. Why do people think Cammalleri is overpaid??? He proved out-and-out in LA he is the real deal.
  13. Agree on all points, would love to see Pacioretty take his time and go through the AHL for a season under Boucher. Also agree that Bob is not done on the tinkering, still feel that a trade for a #2 ctr is in the works at some point. I am really starting to love the look of the d corps now, with gorges and Gill pushed to 5-6 and a last spot open to whoever comes out on top in competition, instead of us reaching in desperation. The biggest worries are Gill's immobility and Hamrlik / Gorges play last year, but I'm very confident Martin will turn both of the latter ones around.
  14. Oh my, HF boards. Guess it isn't Higgins' brother anymore...
  15. I think that same scenario has been floated on here. But the problem remains moving Hamrlik's contract in all this. The only way I see him out is to a team that has to reach the cap floor. Also, that would leave us a bit thin on d I think, with Gorges back into the top-4 and Gill at the bottom pairing having to play with O'Byrne, maybe Weber or Carle. Ouch. But that would be a very, very nice trade for us in terms of forward unit. Who's the janitor?
  16. Err...that's what I meant. Like in soccer, on the ball = with the ball. Better with the puck. Not much, but an improvement I think in every aspect over Tom K. He played with Pahlsson and I think O'Donnell on the quack 4th line. They were great, devastating and very much tone-setters for their rough & tumble style.
  17. That is even worse condemnation, unwilling to take a stand and take it upon himself to make his game, and the team, better. Maybe he got discouraged by the fact that when he did turn it on, nothing happened, there was little or no response from even his linemates, let alone the team. But so far he's been a follower and not a game-breaker. Could we tempt the Rags for me wet-dream Dubinsky in a package deal? Oh how I wish.
  18. Moen: Better on the puck than Kosto - not great, but better. Better skater too. Takes up a lot of space in corners and hits like a mo-fo. And a beast in the ring. The cliche about going to war applies to him 100%.
  19. Not just a little grit, though. Moen is a killer and a very good hockey player, in his limited way. I was always uncomfortable with Kostopolous on the third line but Moen fits there easily. Mara is big and while not so physical, as mentioned stands up for people. Gill is not a great player by any stretch but big enough to make people think twice. Add a Stewart on the team, and maybe a healthy Laraque, and our King Rat Lapierre, with the way Gionta drives hard, Pacioretty and Latendresse...suddenly looking a lot better than the 'three smurfs' comments bandied around the last few days.
  20. Plex is taking the team to arbitration, according to reports a few days ago. I don't agree at all with his work ethic last year, he constantly floated and drifted and refused to drive north-south. He had a great 7-game stretch where he essentially was the team, then tanked it again for the rest of the year. We've seen him in 3 playoff series do absolutely nothing. He hurts the team in key situations. He is easily rubbed out of the play and routinely makes the wrong decisions with the puck. I don't dispute that he is very talented, and would love to see him turn it all around and be a big success for us, but would dump him in a heartbeat for a lesser offensively skilled but more adept two-way ctr.
  21. GREAT pick-ups by Gainey. Exactly what this team needed. During the duck cup run, I remember Moen in every game being a tough s.o.b. and having an excellent understanding of what he was supposed to do: hit, grind, drive, wear the opposition down while being superior to them on the ice. I'm very happy about him. Mara could be a real gem, he'll be playing with a suddenly very solid d corps and has people and a system that will cover him. Can skate, pass, is a big body (though plays small) and most important he has bumped Gorges and Gill to the third pairing, and possibly O'Byrne off the team (depending on Weber / Carle / Subban, or maybe a throw in to a Plex trade?). It was interesting to read both of their comments, Moen saying (through RDS) that what we are witnessing is the foundation of a Cup championship team.
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