Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sergei Kostitsyn asks for trade.

Not to going to dwell on this, because I think he is immature and reckless and holding himself in too high of a regard to pull this type of crap right before the season started.
He did not play well enough.
His attitude has not changed.
He deserves to be sent down.
Pierre McGuire was on the TEAM 990 and when asked about this, he baisically replied that fans should be confused to why the Canadiens did not get rid of him this summer when they got rid of the rest of their "problem players", and why they waited until now that it has escalated.
Well I usually agree with you Pierre. But that is the wrong question to ask.
The players who left this summer all had their contracts expire, you can bet your house Bob Gainey would not have just traded Alex Kovalev on July 1st. Another reason why Sergei was still with the team was because he has been touted as having "boatloads of potential", at one point in Junior, he was on a line with Sam Gagner and Patrick Kane. Gainey knew that Kovalev was not going to change his erratic off ice behavior, so he let him go. Maybe management hoped Sergei could change once negative influences were out the door.
The real question that all Hab fans should be asking right now is: Is Sergei Kostitsyn worth it?
Should we continue to scold him until he is a reformed player, or do we let him leave and possibly create an issue with his older brother Andrei, who is very unpredictable and easily shaken when it comes to his level of play.
Is he worth it?
This blogger gives the young Belarussian a big ol' NYET.
But you tell me.
Peace true believers,
E

New & Notes. Septmber 30th 2009

ONE. MORE. DAY.
Here are some stories that are making news this cold Wednesday morning.
  • Mats Sundin, arguably the greatest Swedish hockey player of all time, has retired. Sundin was universally hated in the city of Montreal when he first led the Toronto Maple Leafs, and then decided not to sign here once he became a free agent. Love him or hate him, it's tough to ignore the stats. 564 Goals and 1349 points in 1346 games with the Nordiques, Maple Leafs and Canucks. Funny that he played his entire career in Canada while some great Canadians like Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Brendan Shannahan never played a game for a team north of the border.
  • Cody Hodgson, who was supposed to challenge for a spot on the Canucks 2nd line, has been sent down to the Brampton Battalion of the OHL. Although he is disappointed, he should look foawrd to the 2010 World Junior Championships, where he along with other top talents like Nazem Kadri and Brayden Schenn, should demolish the competition.
  • A bunch of signing were made yesterday as Maxim Afinegenov agreed to terms with the Thrashers, Martin Skoula inked a deal with Pittsburgh, and former Hab Robert Lang will sign in Phoenix pending a physical.
Th..th..th..that's all for now folks!
God, does no one realize Porky Pig should see a speech therapist...
Peace
E

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

FINAL CUTS

The Canadiens have the trimmed down squad that will suit up against the Toronto Maple Leafs in less than 48 hours.
The Habs cut Ben Maxwell, Mathieu Carle, Yannick Weber and Curtis Sanford while Kyle Chipchura will stay with the team as he is injured. No surprises here seeing that even though Maxwell showed some promise this pre-season, there was just no room for him on this team, even with the demotion of Sergei Kostitsyn. He will probably be the first call up if there is an injury. Unless little Tits can undergo a personality face lift at some point.
I am happy to see Ryan O'Byrne make this team. After a humiliating year in 2008-2009, he looks like a brand new defenceman, plus he can now kick a little ass in the fight department after taking boxing lessons over the summer.
Ryno could be playing with Paul Mara, who is the subject of the delightful little video in which the new Habs #22 was mic'd up with the Rangers last season.

The regular season is almost here.
Get friggin pumped.
E

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Yom Kippuriffic

Habs cuts are on the way, here is something I know you will enjoy in the spirit of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement. A lot of Canadiens should be at shul for this one.
Credits to Puck Daddy and Habsinsideout.


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Easy fasting.
E

Monday, September 21, 2009

EXHIBITION SMURFAGE

So um, analysts.... you said that Sidney Crosby is really good right...
Right
And...um...you said that Malkin is also really really good...
That's right
And um...the Canadiens are too small and their first line is not going to put up any points.
Well that's strictly our opnino...
SMURFED!
I'm sorry, you just got Smurfed. I'm coining this phrase and using it every time Gomez, Ginota and the Jewtalian Cammalleri put up big numbers in a game.
Well this is only an exhibition game, they're not good, it's just a pre season game...
So when the bloodthirsty Jackals got on Price's case after he let up 4 goals against Ottawa in the PRE-SEASON, they were wrong to do so and we really have no idea?
...Damn. Whatever guys we still have the Coyotes-Balsille thing to bitch about....
SMURFED YOU AGAIN. GOD DAMN!
I don't care what the poon-dits have to say about this team. This is going to be a fun year.
PEACE TRUE BELIEVERS
E

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Good start to the Pre-Season

Well, non important exhibition Hockey is in the air and the Canadiens are 2-0 in Pre-Season play. Yes...we know...plan the parade right down Ste. Catharines..
What I have liked the most from these wins is that the Three Members of the Lollipop Guild, (Cammy, Gomez and Gionta) have all scored and Carey Price stopped 9 of 9 shots in his start against Florida.
Notable bubble players who have been playing well: Max Patches (79 OVR in NHL 10. Okay...) and Ben Maxwell
Eh...not so much: Yannick Weber
We play the Sens in Ottawa tomorrow night. (Or is it tonight? Since im writing this at 12:26 AM)
Shana Tova everyone.
E

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Are the 2009-2010 Canadiens becoming the 2002-2003 Devils???

Just zoning out in French class, exhausted from watching my beloved Chargers just barely squeak out a win against the Oakland Raiders, who as my faithful reader and NFL Consultant Nu said "bullied San Diego like Johnny Lawrence in the Karate Kid".
To Hockey.
The image above is of Carey Price all decked out in shiny, new and red Goalie Pads and a brand spankin' new helmet that doesn't include images of Garth Brooks, who has absolutely nothing to do with Hockey in an Eastern French Canadian city. His new mask looks like it has some retro images of Hab greats Ken Dryden and Gump, along with the Montreal Skyline on the forehead and the centennial logo on the chin. I will post pics of the closeup once they are released.
In other Habs news Andrei Markov has rejected the offer to become the Canadiens captain, and I will probably be posting a whole article about the Captaincy issue soon, but I'm just going to say here that I do not blame him at all.
Anyway now to the question in the title.
As I read the reports from the early days of Training Camp, and I hear Coach Martin's analysis of this new team, I can't help but think of the New Jersey teams of the late 90's and early 00's when I study the makeup of this squad. Not only because those teams had present day Habs Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.

Defensive oriented offense.
When the Devils captured their Stanley Cups, they did not do it relying on Offense. From their first cup in 1994-1995, to their third in 2002-2003, only one player had scored more than 85 points in a season over those 9 years, Patrik Elias. Much like the Devils, the Canadiens boast only one player who had over 80 points last year, Mike Cammalleri. The rest of the top fowards in the top six put up respectable yet non-flashy numbers. With the additions of Travis Moen, Georges Laraque and Glen Metropolit in the last two years, the Canadiens have one of the toughest bottom six core of checkers and grinders in the entire league. In the Devils days of glory, they had an intimidating group of hard working third and fourth liners that included Claude Lemieux, Randy McKay, Mike Peluso, John Madden, Turner Stevenson and Mike Rupp. While people worry about the Canadiens ability to create offense and have doubts about a defensive minded Coach like Jacques Martin, people should realize that it's not all about scoring 5 goals a game, even if it does get you free wings. I would take a 2-1 win any day over a 7-6 loss. I would rather Brian Gionta score 24 goals and the Canadiens go to the Conference Finals then score 35 and get bounced in the first round. If Martin does his job right, the Canadiens should be able to play a defensive minded game, while still racking up wins. Much like Jacques Lemaire did in Jersey, much like he will do now after returning to the Swamp this off season.

A unit defense.
The Devils are known for their grade A defense year after year. No matter who is lining up on their blue line, they always seem to be one of the top units in the league. At one point, they had Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski, ALL AT ONCE. Three of our decades best defenseman all in Red and Black. When Scott Stevens retired, analysts thought their D Dominance was done. Nope. In comes Paul Martin. Scott Niedermayer leaves for California. In comes Johnny Oduya. Rafalski leaves to Detroit, in comes Colin White. It seems that no matter what happens or who is on their blue line, they are successful. Not because they are all stars, but because they consistently start defenseman who do not make mistakes and are intelligent. The Canadiens are trying to do that because aside for Andrei Markov, they do not posses any world class talent. Instead, they have a solid core of smart and reliable defenseman like Roman Hamrlik, Paul Mara, Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek and Josh Georges as well as some highly touted prospects like PK Subban. Martin compared the Canadiens defense to the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes saying that "Our group of defensemen are experienced and dependable...Depth wise, there was not a large gap between the first and sixth defenseman."

But...
The Devils can attribute a huge amount of their success to Martin Brodeur, whose play has earned him accolades like "The greatest goaltender of all time", or G-GOAT. Carey Price's seasons last year, was anything but G-GOAT calibre. If Price can play half as good as Martin Brodeur, the Canadiens should be able to have a very impressive record this year. The tentative word there, is of course IF. To me, it seems that the success or failure of this season falls squarely on Price's apathetic shoulders.

CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. HOCKEY.
BTW I'm thinking of some clever homophobic joke to make with the word "Cheechoo" to yell next time I'm at a Canadiens Senators game. Comment if you have any ideas.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

TRAINING CAMP IS OPEN.

Hockey is in the air.
Pre-Season starts Thursday versus Florida.
The new guys look great in the first scrimmage.
I'm pumped.
Are you?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What has been going on lately?


Well, all is quiet on the Eastern Front as Hockey Fans everywhere are going through their final weeks without Hockey as the Pre Season starts in less than two weeks. The Canadiens first tune up game is the 17th of September against the Florida Panthers. Last season we saw some young guys excite Montreal and make cases for regular season jobs with the big club. Two of them were Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban, who very well will be in the same position this year.

Pacioretty had 11 points in 34 games last year in Montreal and although those numbers aren't exactly Rookie Of The Year calibre, Max is a big winger that if he is able to grow into his 6'2 frame could be a net crashing prescence with an already impressive shot who could pot 30-35 goals in the distant future. Expect Patches to either make the team out of camp or be one of it's first callups. PK Subban is a different story. He impressed scouts with his performance last year in the Pre Season but nobody thought he would be called up till at least 2010. Then came the World Junior Championships. Subban demolished the competition with his blinding speed, flashy moves and excellent awarness, being named to the Tournament All Star Team. His incredible play made Habs fans everywhere salivate at the thought of having on the ice as early as this season. Look for him to be a mid season call up, but look out, if he gets the call to the big leagues chances are he will not buckle under the pressure and become a mianstay on the Habs blue line.

Can't wait for the season.
PEACE