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Everything posted by gracie12

  1. IMHo he's always been an underrated player. This is exactly the sort of player we should be going after as it means low cost to flesh out our roster. Gainey used to go after the guys who were coming off of big seasons & therefore looking for inflated contracts (Moen, Gill, Laracque) whereas PG has been going after guys under the radar (Halpern, Boyd, Picard). None of these guys (overpriced or underpriced) are going to win you the cup on their own, so why not save money where you can?
  2. Haha. True, true. Its frustrating though, because at times I think martin has really been a step forward for this team, but then things change and... The one positive is that Gauthier has already made it clear he will make whatever decision (even those against Gainey) that he feels makes this team better. I dont see PG standing for insane coaching moves for a whole season like Gainey did with Carbo. If Martin cant get Gauthier's team to work the way Gauthier has envisioned, expect him to be replaced. Just IMHO.
  3. You may well be right BCH but I dont think its the right move.
  4. Agree on every point, Weep. I think its a terrible move (although in fairness to JM, maybe its just for practice) but even if i was to consider dropping Pouliot off that line, the only guy with a similar skillset & upside worthy of Gomez/Gionta is Eller. Finally, if Pouliot is to be demoted you have to give him something more than 4th liners to work with. At least Halpern and Laps have some, albeit small, skill to go along with their game. Just switch Pouliot & Eller outright, if you must make moves so early in this season.
  5. Finally saw Iron Man 2 this weekend. I thought it was actually pretty decent. It wasnt as good as the first IMHO but they did something unusual for superhero flicks: they actually made the sequel different than the first. Of course any fans of Iron Man know that there's so much backstory and emotional side to the characters that they could have (or perhaps still will) used so its not like they we just making a big screen version of "the tick" but still. Id give it a healthy 8 out of 10. Watchable & well done for its genre. Superhero movies dont "need" great acting, but when they get them in the form of a Downey Jr, Cheadle, Rockwell, Rourke etc, its that much better.
  6. Agreed. As much as id like to see Eller get more ice time with skilled linemates, neither Pouliot, nor AK really deserve to lose their spots just yet.
  7. I think this is a tad unfair. No, eller doesnt have a lot of experience, but they didnt use that as an excuse when Staal took the 3rd centre spot in pittsburg. Eller has shown he has the potential to be an extremely solid NHLer - almost a lock for a 2nd line centre with an outside chance at a #1. As for the rest of the centres.... Gomez/Plekanec is as good (if not better) a 1-2 punch as a least 23-24 other teams in the NHL. No, we're not going to get mistaken for Pittsburgh or Detroit or SJ but those are the aberrations. In our bottom six we have some very capable centres (Halpern, Boyd, Eller) as well as some natural centres playing wing (Laps, White, Pyatt etc) plus we have some guys in Hamilton who may very well be close to a promotion. Again, I dont think we're even close to the "elite" at centre, but imho we've become a LOT stronger at the pivot position than we used to be even 2 or 3 years ago. Halpern isnt the "reason" we are, but he's one of the parts in the sum. Some has been through trades, some through drafting and some through maturing, but overall we're better at centre than we have been for a while.
  8. Definitely not a great flick, but watch-able if you're in the right mood. imho.
  9. Agreed. Imho he's been much more involved in the play the first few games this year. Last year, even during his tear when he first got here, he seemed to be in the clouds for many shifts. Hes involved in the play & making it hard on the opposition against the boards. That has to open up some ics for Gomez & Gio. Right now, however, they are not using it.
  10. I still think he'll be fine, JR, but I guess time will tell. He just needs to get into a groove & get a feel for how this team is playing in front of him.
  11. Agreed. I think he's had an excellent camp & finally starting to show the promise many of us hoped he would just a year or 2 ago. Lets hope he can put it all together and plays so well he forces some trades on this team.
  12. IMHO the problem was never those signings - Smolinsky, Bonk, Metro etc etc. The problem was that they were always signed with the hope that they could "play up" or "step up" or be a good "2a" centre. Now Halpern is signed with the full expectation he will be a 3rd or 4th liner. No one is looking for him to give help to our top 6 - in fact, I cant imagine a situation where he would have to step into that group as we finally have talent & depth up front. Great work by gauthier to finally "get it" - you sign your top guys, make sure you're set in the top 6 and then, see whats left over. You dont go throwing $1.5 - 3m to guys in the bottom half of the roster & then go looking for your top 6 afterwards.
  13. Agreed. I dont want to put too much pressure on him, but Benoit Pouliot playing at the potential that saw him drafted 4th overall could make all the difference for this squad. Imagine him as a 35+ scorer alongside Gomez & Gionta. Instantly we have a quality 1st line - and we still have Cammy, Pleks & others on the other line. That would be awesome. If this is true, its very promising news. As we know, he talked a good talk at the end of last year. If he can follow through with even half of it, we'll be much better as a team because of it. He has all the skills needed...he just needs to apply them.
  14. I actually disagree with you guys. Dont get me wrong, I dont think Auld will suddenly pull a Tim Thomas & become some brilliant goalie as he enters his 30s...but, I think he's shown he has been a consistent quality backup. He's got a 2.78gaa career, a .904 svg% and a mostly a decent w/l for the last few years. He's not going to steal the starting job, but the team should have confidence playing in front of him. I also think its no coincidence that we signed a huge tall guy like Auld vs. others available because I believe the coaching staff felt there was too much difference between the way our short & tall goalies played last year & the team couldnt adapt between them. This should make a more consistent and seamless transition on the nights carey has off.
  15. Date Night with Steve Carrell & Tina Fey - was surprisingly good. For that type of flick (2 normal people in the wrong place at the wrong time comedy - lots of 'coincidences' etc), it was one of the best Ive seen in a long time. Some extremely funny scenes, the leads were great & the cameos/small roles of tons of stars was fun. Id give it a comfortable 8.5/10 Clash of the Titans 2010, unfortunately is not so lucky. While I dont see it as sacrilege (some think it is not as good as the original - the original was REALLY bad) I still think this one is better. Some of the actors were good, many were not. I found myself wanting a lot more scenes of the "gods" (Liam Neeson & Ralph Fiennes- who, incidentally were last opposite one another in Schindlers List) The CGI is great, but like so many recent ones, thats about all you're left with. Id give it a (generous) 5/10. Not bad to watch if you're in a really mindless mood & dont want to think.
  16. I think they're the same height but halpern has maybe 15lbs on belanger. IMHO they are extremely similar players. Halpern put up less points last year, yes, but he was in a different role than Belanger for most of the season. Different team philosophies, different linemates etc. Put them in the same situation with the same quality of mates & same icetime & i think you'd find their numbers would be much more in line with one another. It is my hope that either would be a depth move anyway - if just 1 or 2 of our youngsters step up, these guys will see far less quality ice time meaning whichever was on the team is moot. Just my 2¢
  17. great flick indeed. I watched the Joneses this weekend - pretty funny dark humor. Makes you wonder if anyone has ever tried anything like it in real life (a fake family set up in a rich subburb to basically "soft sell" products...a la title "keeping up with the joneses") Duchovny was great & Demi Moore seems to have discovered the fountain of youth.
  18. He's done some good work since then too (men with brooms, Passchendaele etc). I watched this this weekend & while I definitely didnt enjoy it as much as the original British version (2007) its really hard to say which one was, objectively better - I mean the original was still fresh in my mind, so i kept comparing the two. I think it is actually possible that I liked this version better, although both were very good. The casting had its strengths and weaknesses in both cases. I preferred Chris Rock as the lead to the original Matthew Macfadyen (im not sure why they changed the character's names when they kept some of the dialogue exactly the same). Marsden, as you mention, was the show-stealer, but then so was Alan Tudyk (steve the pirate from dodgeball) in the original. Tracey Morgan started to get on my nerves and really made me remember the great performance by Ewen Bremner (trainspotting) in the original. Danny Glover did a good job as a cranky old jerk, but Peter Vaughan in the original seemed so much more distasteful. The bathroom scene in both was nasty but in the original I actually cringed & almost covered my eyes. The rest of the cast was pretty good in both cases - and any time you can put martin lawrence in a movie & not have me hate him means you did ok. Anyway, a MUCH better remake than I would have expected (only 2 years after the original no less) and while Im not sure it was necessary to do so, I do think they did a solid job. Hehe. If you're a star wars fan, this movie is worth watching, if only to fast forward to the parts with Carrie Fisher. She's hillariously scary. This weekend I also watched Stardust - a pretty satisfying effort - maybe 7.5 or 8 out of 10. Robert De Niro as a transvestite pirate is worth seeing alone. The story was fun & the cast was huge.
  19. Trouble is though - where does he play? His skillset sees him on one of the top 2 lines, which means his other winger will be Gio or Cammy. Maybe you're right though - maybe he'd end up more productive splitting our offense into 3 lines what about a top 9 of: Moen-Gomez-Gionta AK-Plekanec-Cammy Pouliot-Eller-Patches/Boyd That third line would be a real mucky-muck line, good speed, energy & 2 guys not afraid to do dirty stuff to "inspire" pouliot. Eller should have the skills to get him the puck too. Problem is that we dont have the ice time to give Gomez/Pleks and Eller enough minutes every night - unless the 4th line spends most of it riding the pine.
  20. these are fair points - and well argued, innis. It still doesnt "feel" right to me - maybe because I have 2 young daughters, but as I said earlier, I will probably give it time to digest and then rewatch some time in the near future.
  21. Good call on the Professional. Kick-Butt was, for me, just a bit too disturbing. I agree with most of your pros - the actors were great, the visuals perfect, the pace and plot were fine too. What I had a problem was that here's this movie that bases its central theme on how we are a 'do nothing' society who wants to sit around and watch someone else get beat up...and so we do, in a film. I also was unimpressed with watching a grown man beat up a little girl. The profanity had less impact on me - its just words - but the violence was wrong imho. A suggestion of violence would have been much better (and less hypocritical based on the theme of the movie). Id still probably give it a 7/10 and would most likely rewatch it, but with just a few tweaks it could have been sooooo much better imho.
  22. Ouch. Kind of what I expected - although with that cast, I sort of hoped for more.
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