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  1. It's too bad Spezza wasn't on the ice to shove around. I wouldn't look too much into it. I think it more or less two guys just running into one another, and Halpern decided to give him a little shove out of the way. Kelly reacted and it became a whole scrum.
  2. Good post. I have liked Max's game so far this season, but he dropped the ball on that one. Like you mention, he was too excited and got a little selfish. Hopefully he minds what he's doing next game and doesn't take any bad penalties.
  3. "Natural center" or not... Cammalleri and Pouliot haven't played center since coming to Montreal, as far as I know. Pouliot is barely a top-six winger. He doesn't seem equipped to handle the defensive rigors of being a top-six center. Cammalleri could slide over to play a roll down the middle if necessary, but then you are still losing a top-six wing position. There's also no guarantee that Cammalleri would even play well moving back to center. I stand by the opinion that Habs' fans constantly over-rate our depth (including at center) and that we are not much more strong down the middle than we have been for the past five years. No amount of players the calibre of Jeff Halpern are going to change that.
  4. I can agree with some of what you're saying, but not all. I'm not sure how the Staal comparison comes into play concerning Eller. Two different players, two different teams, two different supporting rosters. Eller has exactly nine games of NHL experience and only two points to show for it. Jordan Staal is only one year older and already has four successful seasons of hockey under his belt, including a forty-two point rookie season. Eller has shown some good play through two games with Montreal, but I cannot believe (at this point) that he's going to look good all season long. He may falter and have a terrible year. I agree that our overall competency at the center position is looking okay. However, we still lack a number one line center. We have Plekanec, but he's also another player with something still to prove after a disappointing 2008-2009 season. He bounced back awesomely last year, but needs to show that same consistency over the next few seasons to really solidify himself as a top line guy. Gomez... Well, I don't feel very good about Gomez. Halpern adds to that general betterment of the bottom-six, but when it comes to the bottom-six, I'm not too concerned. As long as you're a decent face-off man and know your assignment, what else really matters? No one you have named in the bottom-six is going to contribute enough points to make or break our season. The question is, can someone step up if one of our top-two goes down with an injury? I say no.
  5. Although not a movie, King Baby by Jim Gaiffigan had me laughing. I believe King Baby was his 2009 HBO Special. Very funny guy.
  6. He should definitely get one of the starts this weekend. I would throw him out against Buffalo, honestly. Let Carey take the Sens.
  7. Based on what? About 10-15 games on NHL experience with two goals? We're as weak as we've always been down the middle. Halpern is no solution on offense, and we haven't yet seen if Eller is a capable offensive player at this point in his career.
  8. I just wish he would say, "No," instead of saying, "Yes," and them faking dropping his gloves. I suppose, at the end of the day, he got what he deserved for drawing the powerplay... A couple of smacks in the head from Talbot. If he's willing to take a few punches for a powerplay, so be it. I hope it doesn't become a regular thing, though.
  9. I still don't think we're strong down the middle. Almost every team has four "legitimate" NHL centers. Just because they're NHLers doesn't make them great players compared to other centermen around the league. If Plekanec goes down, is Halpern going to fill the void? I doubt it.
  10. I'm all about a Habs win, and I don't really care what Max gets up to... But I can imagine he's continuing to make himself lots of enemies league wide by pretending to drop the gloves like he did with Talbot. Going as far as to shake his hands as if they were about to come off. Maxim walks a fine line. It would, IMO, be cooler to see him stay on the slightly respectable side a little more.
  11. Excellent game from Max, which is nice to see considering his slow start last season. He looks more physical and threw some nice hits, too!
  12. With Cammalleri out of the lineup for Thursday's game this would be a perfect opportunity for Pouliot to score some goals and assert himself as belonging in the top-6 out of the starting gate. I have a feeling both he and Andrei K. may be on short leashes this season. Lack of production could mean a severe reduction in ice time. Pouliot could garner rave reviews if he has a good game against the Leafs.
  13. Oh come on! People have totally adopted "Big Ben" for the entire tower, as well! Wasn't Gomez throwing around "G-money" for himself a few interviews ago?
  14. Should Mr. Pouliot ever start PLAYING big on a consistent basis then maybe we can consider naming him after London's gigantic clock tower.
  15. I thought Max handled himself better in last night's fight than I have seen him in the handful of fights he has had previously. I guess his boxing lessons paid off a little bit.
  16. Weak outing tonight. He had a good 1st period, but it all came undone because of penalty issues in combination with our atrocious penalty killing. It would have been nice to see Auld step up, as the season is just around the corner... Tonight's effort did nothing to convince me he will perform well backing up Carey.
  17. Pouliot had a decent game tonight from what I could see. Created some turnovers, had some scoring chances... If only he could have netted one or two. He really does not use his size as effectively as he could, though.
  18. True. He looks terrible in his NHL games last year. Constantly chasing players in the defensive zone. While I disagree that he's been impressive so far this preseason I did like the pass while getting hit to setup Pyatt's goal last night. He looks more prepared this year than last. I think a full year of 1st line minutes in Hamilton will be good for him.
  19. And he gets assigned to Hamilton. He turns 23 in a few days. He needs to work hard and get some playing time in the NHL this season, otherwise I think you will see him cut from camp again next year... And at 24 years old, that could be bad for his career next time.
  20. PRESS RELEASE MONTREAL --The recipient of the Jean Béliveau trophy for the 2009-10 season will be honored during a ceremony prior to the game between the Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre tonight. For the occasion, Canadiens legend and Hall-of-Famer Jean Béliveau will be presenting the award to forward Maxim Lapierre for his charitable endeavors and involvement in the community. The selection committee, comprised of members of the Board of directors of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, evaluated the candidates according to the effort, enthusiasm, implication and time invested in both collective and personal initiatives. Each nominee was also evaluated on his commitment, leadership and financial assistance to the causes close to his heart. Maxim’s efforts in the community are particularly felt with the youth in need throughout the province of Quebec. Ever since he joined the NHL, Maxim has been adamant when it comes to supporting charitable organizations with a generous heart. Maxim responds in spontaneity whenever touched by an opportunity to partner with community groups and individuals in need. His motivation comes from the opportunity to be a positive role model for Quebec’s youth. He is motivated to give back to the community and strives to make a difference. His contribution comes in part from his annual golf tournament which benefits the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation. In 2010, the 2nd edition of the Maxim Lapierre Tournament raised $50,000. For the past two seasons, Maxim has been the spokesperson for the Canadiens game day lottery lending his name to the popular initiative in support of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation. This year, Maxim accepted to be the spokesperson for the Riverside School Board campaign against bullying and violence at school and on the school bus. The Jean Béliveau trophy is awarded annually to the Canadiens player who best exemplifies leadership qualities in the community. In honor of Jean Béliveau’s devotion, attentiveness and commitment to the community, the award is accompanied by a $25,000 grant from the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation which Maxim will remit to organization of his choice. The Montreal Canadiens are proud to contribute to Montreal and Quebec’s heritage not only through their on-ice accomplishments, but also their commitment to the community. Accessibility, authenticity, generosity, commitment and team spirit are the values cherished by all members of the organization as they unite their efforts to make a difference for the present and the future.
  21. I would have to say, yes. Is there a vast size difference? I know Belanger is smaller, but he also put up something like 20 more points than Halpern did last season. He's got the French connection thing going, too. Belanger, IMO, would have been a good choice!
  22. 4. Ryan White would be ahead of him, anyway. 5. This is the Avtsin thread.
  23. But how serious is Eller's injury? I thought it was a minor injury and that he would be ready for the regular camp later this month. Even if it were more serious I cannot imagine someone like Ben Maxwell or Max Pacioretty being over-looked in favor of Alex unless he has a mind-blowingly awesome camp.
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