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  1. The argument that Therrien brought a 15th place team to the playoffs is ridiculous.

    Did a single person on this site believe for a second that we were a 15th place team?

    The change to Beregevin redid the ENTIRE CULTURE around Montreal, it was a terrible atmosphere to play in as both Spacek and Hal Gill said in some honest interviews after they left. Coupling that with the personnel changes that Beregevin made any NHL coach could have improved on 15th place and honestly brought us to the playoffs. Players won the games.

    Theres a reason Therrien did not get hired by a team for years until Montreal came knocking with the "we can only hire french people" requirement. I've disliked Therrien since he got here, even when we were winning his decisions were unorthodox but he got away with it because of the strength of our lineup and Carey Price.

    He almost cost us the Boston series by refusing to see that Murray was useless.

    I don't know if this was addressed but I hate seeing this arguement as if Therrien was Christ the redeemer coming down and brought us to the playoffs. You could have had NO coach and had a better result than 15th place with this lineup.

  2. To be honest I really liked Sekac's play when he was on the ice. Sure as hell saw him do a lot more than I've seen Bourque so far, if I've even seen Bourque in games.

    Not to mention Sekac is getting used to the North American game. How can he get accustomed to it not in the lineup?

    I have no idea how playing him over Bourque can be seen as a negative. I think its logical to assume that Sekac will get better as he gets used to NA.

  3. Funny how Bobby Loo went from being a "disappointment" in Van to being a "game-changer" in Florida. -_- Just goes to show, it's all relative to expectations. The fact is that he was a fine goaltender in Vancouver and remains a fine one now.

    I honestly dont think anyone who knew anything about hockey thought Lu was a disappointment. He was never the reason they lost or the reason they were not winning now.

    Problem is fans in the lowermainland don't really know the game and just all jumped on the Lu hate train bc he sometimes lets in bad goals and starts years off slow.

    I don't know anyone who would say he was a bad goalie. Or that he wouldn't perform better outside of Vancouver.

  4. Yann Danis is who you're thinking of. Brock Trotter was an NCAA FA, so too was Brendon Nash and both of them got into a few games with Montreal. The success rate on college FA's becoming NHL'ers is low, if you get one in a five year span, you're doing quite well. If you don't get an NHL'er but get one or two quality AHL'ers (which is where Montreal falls), you're also doing pretty good. Couple that with the fact more teams are taking flyers on NCAA-bound players in late rounds due to the extra time to sign them (4-5 years instead of 2) and the quality of the FA pool out of college is declining. Everyone wants an impact player but there usually aren't many (or any) and this year looks weaker than average. If they sign someone, it's highly likely that they'll be a piece for the farm over an NHL'er. It's still worthwhile though.

    Of course with him he just got destroyed by that injury. He was looking like he could possibly make it before that.

  5. Looks like it's St. Louis. I'm just wondering if it's a decision based on sentimentality. I mean for a 38 year old to perform this well at this stage of his career is amazing. But being objective, I would think Neal fills the RW need much better. He also has that chemistry with Crosby already and is the pure goal scorer that Stamkos would have been for us during the games. He's consistently at 0.5 goals per game for the last 3 years.

    being objective st. louis finished 1st in league scoring last season. and has 14 points in 15 games.

  6. I went to the Vancouver Giants game against the Prince George Cougars (not exactly a marquee matchup haha) and paid close attention to Dalton Thrower.


    - Got an assist on the goal like 40 seconds into the first period. He made a nice play shooting it off the goalies pads to his teammate.

    - Made a lot of smart pinches and is really involved offensively (took a ton of shots). Was confident calling for the puck too.

    - When dealing with a forward 1 on 1 he handles them very well.


    - If he was supposed to be physical I didn't see it. Only physical thing he did was blatantly run over the goalie taking a penalty which led to a PP goal.

    - A lot of pucks "Go Through Him" passes go through his skates or right by him without him managing to block/tip any of them.

    - Loses forwards behind him. Noticed it a few times that he over commits to players behind the net leaving people open in front of the net.

    Obviously this is one game but considering he is the Captain of the team and one of the 20 year olds, i wouldn't say he looked good out there. While heavily involved offensively he came across as a defensive liability and was involved in more goals against then goals for. Though to note... obviously this wasn't a big game (Prince George is far from a strong opponent) and Vancouver was winning 4-1 by 10 minutes which could lull the team into a false sense of security which would lead to some of the mistakes I saw him make.

  7. All I want for Christmas is for Habs fans to be thankful for what we have. Including David Desharnais, who happens to be inspiring. Habs fans are absolutely, unquestionably terrible fans. No way around it.

    Can you name a fan base that isn't? :P

    Everyone clammers for trades, signings, draft picks, whatever it is. No fan is ever 100% content until they win a cup, and then only until for a month max.

  8. Would seem like that. Or you could say, this team is so good and played years without Markov, they will get by fine with a different younger top 4 d-man in his place?

    And depends if you look at it as 10-1 over couple weeks, or it has been since 21 years (1993) since the team really won anything? Which is more important to focus on?

    totally only 20 years (as I was born like the month they won last :D).

    but seriously they just need to stay the course of making steady improvements.don't fuk with chemistry and don't lose a mentor (someone who was offensively gifted and became defensively sound for almost his whole career, i'm sure PK benefits from him). I just don't want to take risks when it looks like we can take the steady path and become a real contender in the next 5 years.

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