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  1. To my mind blown calls like this are a symptom of the NHL's "put the whistles away" mentality when it comes to playoff officiating. Yes, that should have been a penalty, and yes, the B's have a legitimate complaint this time, but if St. Louis doesn't score a goal on that sequence there's no way anybody would be talking about that call this morning. It's just one more in a long line of calls that get let go both ways in the name of "letting them play". Usually that's just business as usual in the playoffs; it's only when a goal results from the non-call that it gets talked about like it's some big travesty. I should add that I'm not saying that the trip shouldn't have been called, but rather I'd much prefer if the refs just called the rulebook in the same way they do in the regular season. If you ask me, the way it is now is not only kind of dumb in general but also sets the NHL up for inevitable "controversies" like the one we saw last night.
  2. TL;DR, JK's defensive record is up there with the best in the league
  3. Agreed. And it doesn't even HAVE to be a former player. Give the spot to someone like Elliot Friedman. I read his stuff for and he seems to a)have a very level head and b)bring up very interesting points and opinions instead of just rehashing the same stuff that everyone else is saying. In any case, you can't do much worse than Don. I'm not someone who generally gets offended very easily, so I don't mind watching him and can just tune out the stupid things whenever he comes out with them. At the same time, he gets paid a HUGE amount of money from our public broadcaster to do what he does, and that's where I see a problem with giving him a soapbox for some of his bigoted views. Put him on TSN and I wouldn't really care. But really, that's kind of the conundrum the CBC (TV especially) finds itself in in general. They're mandated to provide a certain type of national content, but they're not given enough money to properly do it. As a result they go with whatever brings the ratings, Cherry included, to try and compete with commercial stations that have no such mandate - and end up making their own programming the worse for it. It's a viscious cycle.
  4. Long-term I agree with you 100%. Short term, though, we still need to win some games if we're going to make the playoffs this year. It's kind of frightening to think that Subban is probably our top defenceman right now. The problem is that yesterday he looked like he was try to hard to be the top defenceman rather than just playing a simple game, and it cost us. Having another vet like Campoli would be a nice steadying presence.
  5. Check out thought #12: Friedman thinks that there might be a few videos throughout the year about why people don't get suspended. I hope this actually happens, at least in cases where someone is injured
  6. Have you guys seen these videos that Shanahan has been releasing explaing why he's making the calls that he's making? I just found out about them today, but maybe I'm late to the party If he keeps this up throughout the regular season, I'd have to say that this is the single best thing that's happened to NHL discipline in a long time. It's not as easy to spout some line about a "clean hockey play" when you have to say it while showing everyone slow-motion video of a guy getting his head smashed through the glass. What a great idea. *applause*
  7. There was a while when I really thought that he was going to be the guy to break out and make a real contribution to our blue line. But since then it's been injury after injury, all at critical times. You've got to feel for the guy.
  8. Well there you go, you learn something new every day . I must have misremembered it.
  9. The trade did make some sort of sense at the time. Sundin was exactly the type of big, talented centreman that the Habs needed. We see in retrospect that he sort of floundered the next season, but if he had just signed with the Habs when we acquired his rights for Grabo instead of getting into all this will he/won't he retire nonsense it could have made a big difference. You can't start the season half way through after all that fanfare and expect to excel.
  10. +1! I haven't felt this bad about losing a player since Koivu a few years ago (although inexplicably Glenny Metropolit probably comes close for me). I can understand completely why Pierre didn't want to give Hamrlik a multi-year deal. I can understand completely why Hammer would want to sign a multi-year deal with another good team. So no hard feelings. But all that said, I sure wish that he was coming back.
  11. Well no goalie is going to have as good a SV% without a strong defence in front of him, that's a given. But it seems to me that you're taking this into consideration as though Tim Thomas is the only goalie this ever applied to. Boston's defence was pretty good, yeah, and Chara is an absolute beast. But was it the best defence in the league this year? Probably not. Does it stand out as one of the best defences in the modern era? Not even close, not to me in any case. And yet Thomas still managed a record-setting save percentage. Say what you want about the team in front of him, but I feel that you are highly underrating Thomas. Better teams with better players have come and gone, but none of their goalies managed to do what he did.
  12. Also: I know that what I just wrote is already a novel of a post, but I wanted to add one more thing about prejudices in the dressing room and Hamrlik specifically. Hammer's been around for a while, and anytime you see him interviewed he always seems like a pretty easy-going guy with a good sense of humour himself. It's one thing to gravitate towards culturally similar people, but I think there does come a point where once you know someone well enough you can move past it, even subconsciously. I grew up in a smallish town in Nova Scotia which was about as ethnically diverse as you would picture a smallish Nova Scotian town to be . When I went to school I took engineering and about two thirds of my class was comprised of international students, most of South- or East-Asian decent. (I realize that that in itself sounds like a stereotype, but in the sample size of 1 that was my class it was actually true ). Now I didn't ever really consider myself to be particularly predjudiced or anything, and we all got along great, but the fact was that for the first few years the various ethnic groups tended to stay mostly within themselves when it came to hanging out outside of class. It's like you said, Weep: nothing against anyone else, but we just had shared experiences, we had more similar likes/dislikes, etc. After a few years you tend to mix together a little more, though, whether as lab partners or group members or whatever. And now that I'm done, who do I keep in touch most with from school? A guy from Pakistan and a guy from Israel. I basically discovered in the long run that I had more in common with them, and once you know an individual well stereotypes are less likely to affect how you view them. Now I'm not trying to blow my own horn as some sort of prejudice-free saint or something, because I'm not. When I go to a busy Pakistani restaraunt with my buddy and I'm the only white guy there I feel uncomfortable. Nobody does anything to make me uncomfortable, mind you, but like you said: it's just not my element. But the point of all this is that even if people are prejudiced by nature that prejudice is much more prevalent before you get to know someone as an individual. Getting to know a person may not take away your predjudices about that group, but I feel that it does take them away about that person. Relating this back to hockey and my original point, I think that with the amount of time they spend together Gorges and Cammy and Gomez and all the rest must know Hamrlik pretty well by now. I doubt that any European vs Canadian bias that they have is very strong compared with their knowledge of Roman himself. For the media, however, it's another story...
  13. Not that I disagree with what you're saying about the more subtle brand of prejudice (not just in hockey, but everywhere), but I tend to agree with Maddie as well that in this case it may not be as prevalent in the locker room as it appears from the newspaper articles. Maybe it is, we don't really know, but keep in mind that everything that we hear first passes through a filter. The media loves "stories", especially in a place like Montreal where hockey gobbles up so much airtime that there's no way that there's enough legitimate news to actually fill it. Just think of how many people there are writing Habs columns in Montreal papers alone. You've also got your internet journalists, your internet "journalists", your sports show analysts, your antichambre talking heads... it just goes on and on and on, and there's no way that each one of them is going to be able to write the same article about last night's game or the latest signing or whatever. So they make up stories to sell their papers. And I don't mean they make them up as in they completely fabricate things that didn't happen ("Darkest Day in Habs History" excluded ) but instead they take a minor detail and spin it and expand upon it until it sounds interesting. They then repeat it over and over and over until it's basically considered true. Whenever something happens to contradict their angle it's ignored or barely mentioned, whatever happens that affirms it is given a front page headline. They sell it to their readers so that we can all nod our heads in agreement while waiting to buy the next column telling us more things that we want to hear. Kovalev (our most consistent scorer over the full season most of his years here) is inconsistent and lazy. Sergei Kostytsin is always a disrespectful punk. Don't believe me? Well the coach yelled at him in practice, so there ya go. Hamrlik runs with the Mob. Price spands all his free time smoking and drinking (funny how that one went away this year). Subban is a disrespectful rookie. Subban is constantly being blamed for being a disrespectful rookie when he's not. MAB is a great D-man being held back by lack of ice time who should be re-signed. (He's also francophone, you say? Why, I hadn't noticed!). Chara is full of pure bloodlust and plays only to injure our guys with no feelings of remorse. Cammy and Gionta would never have agreed to sign with this team if it wasn't for Gomez. Easy-to-interview Mr.Funny-Man Hal Gill is a great teacher of easy-to-interview Mr.Sound-Byte PK Subban and easy-to-interview Mr.Heart-and-Soul Josh Gorges. And who's to say that it's not true? I'd say that my last statement and probably some of the other ones on that list are true, some to varying degrees. But my point is that Gill-the-teacher is an interesting story that people (myself included) enjoy reading about. I like Hal Gill, and I love his sense of humour. When I see a Hal Gill quote, I read it. So when Gorges says something about how Gill is invaluable it gets printed. It fits the established way of thinking. If Tommy Pyatt goes on a ten minute rant about how much Hamrlik means to the team, chances are that nobody's going to print it. Chances are that nobody's even going to stand there listening past the two-minute mark. As far as the newspapers are concerned, who's going to want to read that? It just isn't as media-friendly. Now again Weep, I'm not discounting at all what you wrote. You'll notice that in the list of stories that came off the top of my head the ones that centred around Europeans trended significantly more towards the negative. But this corroborates both what you were saying and what I was saying: people like to hear information that confirms what they perceive to be true. People are more likely to read and enjoy a column about the lazy Russian than a statistical analysis that shows the contrary. But there's nothing to show that the feelings in the dressing room, or in the head office, actually mirror what we hear about in the media.
  14. +1 Cooke can play the game, and is actually probably a better-than-average third line player - or rather he would be if he didn't cause his team so many penalties. One major penalty is one too many, and Cooke's had a few. PS: I really dislike the guy. Just thought I'd add that in.
  15. I'm not sure where to post this, but I thought that some of you might like to read this piece by one of the smartest men to ever play the game, our own number 29