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Everything posted by tmash

  1. I'd really hoped after the playoffs last year, he'd come out flying to start the season. Now it's important not to put too much stock in one game, but definately not encouraging. Pouliot is no longer a rookie, he's 24 years old and time is running out.
  2. Invisible, I really hope he shows some of that potential soon.
  3. Moved some posts to the Bob Gainey topic as they've drifted from Koivu. http://forum.canadiens.com/index.php?showt...3760&st=360
  4. Well think of it this way: if Brisebois can come back, anyone can
  5. Statistically speaking, when I calculated their stats over the past 3 seasons (3 because I was trying to gauge value of Koivu's last contract) the two of them were almost identical. Now people from either side could argue all day about linemates, team-wide issues, coverage by opposing teams, PP time, etc. But at a high level they were statistically almost identical over that time frame. That said, there were some advantages with getting Gomez: one is he's 5 years younger. Even if they are the same player today, Koivu is probably getting close to the end of his career. Secondly, while over the past 3 years Koivu didn't actually miss that much time, I do feel a little bit less worried that Gomez will go down with an injury. Gomez also brings slightly more size to the table and I'm guessing may be a bit more consistent over the course of the season (don't ahve stats to back this up, I'm sure they exist somewhere). But those things aside, end of the day he puts up a similar amount of points. I've felt the whole time it was largely a lateral move, one that was done probably because without a whole lot of depth at center in our organization, you don't want to put all your hopes in a guy who is approaching retirement age.
  6. Saku could certainly play as a first line center, even in recent years, for stretches. The question is could he do it consistently? It seemed he always started out among the best centers not named Crosby, but as the season went on he slowed down and started putting up numbers more associated with a very good second line center. Then again, he may not have looked so bad if we had a half decent second line to back him up more often.
  7. Huh? I always remember him starting off being on pace for a great season of 100 points or at least PPG and slowing down later.
  8. Well he's good at creating scoring chances ... at both ends of the ice.
  9. Pleasant surprise this season. He obviously won't keep the points up, but has given us some secondary scoring when we really need it.
  10. Could be, it's tough to tell. I'd also like to know the context, there is a big difference between when someone volunteers information and someone giving a diplomatic response to a question.
  11. While he's obviously going to be one of those players who can be headache, given the loss of Markov I kind of felt it was a risk we needed to take and tonight shows why. We just need to keep our expectations realistic, remember there's a reason a dman with 32 points in 72 games last season was available in September for under a million.
  12. Typical Gainey, made no contingency plans in the offseason in the event we lost Metropolit to injury
  13. That part is important, 2 points in 6 games is clearly not impressive; although still better bang for the buck than Gomez considering their salaries Of course you can't judge much after 6 games for either player.
  14. One thing I found myself thinking with this whole Sergei situation is remembering that game where Andrei got knocked out, and Saku quietly on the bench telling Sergei to calm down.
  15. I kind of hope he has a 100 point season (okay more realistically a PPG season), if for no other reason than to confirm my belief that away from Montreal he would have been a legitimate top line player. Also, while I'm not really a believer in karma, the way the whole situation ended leaves me feeling that Montreal kind of deserves to watch him have a career season.
  16. Well this thread just got a lot more interesting. It looks like the chance that we get back any of Captains or Alternates back is close to 0. Koivu, Kovalev, Higgins and Komisarek are all gone. Markov wore the A at points last season, but I'm pretty sure that's the only connection we have left to a letter.
  17. well of course, the standings now aren't particularly important, but it doesn't look good for us to be on the outside looking in, even early in the season.
  18. Normally I wouldn't think Carbo's job is on the line given the team's performance last season, his Jack Adams runner up, and his friendship with Gainey. But ... this is the centennial year where Gainey apparantly built a team for a cup run. We are slipping out of a playoff position and missing the playoffs is not an option this year. We have a heavy schedule and if this slump continues, something big needs to happen, I can't see Gainey sitting idly by. The question is can he pull off a major trade? If not, is a new coach the easy answer? In addition to being important to our team to do well, I think Gainey has a lot to prove this season. The fact is that while the team looks a lot better than the one he inherited, under Andre Savard we made it to the second round of the playoffs, yet after 5 years of building we have yet to get past this point under Gainey. I think he needs to prove this year that he is building a team that can contend for a cup. Once again, missing the playoffs is not an option. Given the circumstances, I don't believe Carbo's job is as safe as it once was. Of course, he isn't going to be fired tomorrow, but depending how this slump goes, it wouldn't shock me at some point.
  19. Winning games with a lazy effort is good for the standings, but horrible for the players, especially younger ones. How many of us can honestly say at our job we do more work than we need to to accomplish the same task? We work as hard as we need to. And unfortunately our talent is harming us in that players know even if they go out and give it 50% they still have a good chance of winning. Of course, this only works for so long, as the Sens proved last year. A mixture of being declared favourites and winning games has made the team cocky. Our players think they don't need to work at 100% game in, game out. Our coach apparantly feels this team is so good we don't even need to match lines! Everyone from the coaches to the players, maybe even management, needs to stop buying into the hype and start working the way they worked last year.
  20. Not to get too personal here, but didn't you post in the Kovalev thread after a 4 point night that he had 7 turnovers? (or another way to word that post would be "he had a 4 point night, but he had 7 turnovers". Not that there's anything wrong with this, we obviously encourage debate even after an excellent game, just curious how it's any different?
  21. No one doubts this team has talent, but talent alone isn't enough to win a cup. Little things make the difference in the playoffs, and properly matching lines is a little thing that goes a long way Wow I've been hard on Carbo at times, but are you actually suggesting that lines are matched better by random chance than if Carbo used his brain? Seems a bit insulting, but to each their own I guess. Like the players, coaches also need practice. Why not try some strategic line matching decisions now? See what works and what doesn't, see what types of matchups work best for our team, etc. Ignoring the fact that the NHl today isn't the NHL from the 70s, can someone verify that coaches didn't worry about line matchups back then?
  22. Seeing our most undeveloped dman out against other teams top players isn't exactly "looking for things to complain about", and when Carbo apparantly admitted (going from what was said above) that he doesn't bother matching lines is concerning (I had just thought he wasn't any good at it, but turns out he doesn't even try). And our record is good so far, and with our talent it should be. But in the playoffs is when little things start to make a big difference. We aren't going to be getting 4 or 5 goals a game in the playoffs, so getting scored on because we have O'Byrne covering Ovechkin instead of Komisarek becomes a big deal. In the regular season there is a certain level of stuff the players and coach can get away with (with our talent level especially), but it will be an early exit from the playoffs if they don't kick these habits.
  23. Well not to take anything away from him, because whatever he said to the team obviously got them motivated, so good job on that. But ... Julien and Therien never had the talent avoid slumps the way this team does. While I'm not a big fan of Therien, I think Julien is an excellent coach and remember that he managed to get Boston to almost pull off a big upset against us last playoffs: they were down and he got them going and almost pulled off a big upset.
  24. I'm not sure which line you're referring to as "top line", I know the top line was the Pleks line to start the seaosn, then it was the Koivu line, I'm not sure if Carbo's switched it back yet. But in any case, I'd love to see us try matching lines by placing Koivu's line (whether you call it top or second) against the other team's top lines. Koivu seems to thrive against other teams offensive players and if we can even get a +/- of 0 out of that, our depth can overcome it. We then can use our other lines to get very desirable matchups for the Kovalev line.
  25. you obviously haven't been paying attention for the past 2 years . When everyone realizes it's not working, Higgins will go down to the third line for a shift, maybe even a game, and be replaced by someone (could be someone good like Lats or a converted dman like Dandenault, that parts not important), but then next game we'll be back with Higgins-Koivu. So technically it won't be 50 games straight Sorry for getting a bit negative here, it just brings back memories of the last two seasons when no matter what, our backup plan was always "reunite Higgins-Koivu-Ryder" a line that was never very good away from the powerplay.
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