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Posts posted by Walrus26

  1. big ben is a clock.....

    Trust me on this. It's a bell, behind a clock, in a big tower named after St Stephen on one end of the Palace of Wesminster. (I have "City of Westminster" on my birth certificate, not "London" :D )

    Let's hope it doesn't toll for it's CH namesake this season.

    Who would people keep up if they want BP to start the season in Hamilton?

  2. Should Mr. Pouliot ever start PLAYING big on a consistent basis then maybe we can consider naming him after London's gigantic clock tower.

    Why on Earth would anyone want to nickname him "St Stephen's"?

    Big Ben is the actual bell in the tower, sorry

    Nice to see him put a couple away just in time for the season opener.

  3. This doesnt mean no young players won't make the team, it just decreases their chances so they have to work harder at camp. It creates competition and Halpern would be a better fit than say White, Halpern is defensively responsible and it will free up time for Pleks on offense.

    Interesting stats from HIO

    Halpern had 47 blocked shots last season, which would have ranked him 3rd among Montreal forwards, behind only Pleks’ 63 and Moen’s 51 and 11 more blocked shots than Lapierre.

    – Halpern averaged 2:24 of PK time per game in Tampa last season, which would have ranked 2nd behind only Pleks’ 2:44 among Montreal forwards.

    – Halpern’s FO% of 51.6% would have lead Montreal.

    So tell me would a youngster be able to fill that role? I know we all want them to have a shot but do we want to be worse of a team just so we can have some rookies play.

    100% spot on.

    Why on earth would we want to bring a prospect up only to limit their ice time and moan harshly at them when they don't light the lamp / check like a train in line with "expectations" - let alone make a game-losing error?

    Also, I'd think that our forward prospects would find it easier to flourish playing on the wing without the added responsibilities that come with the C position.

    Solid move - welcome aboard, Jeff.

  4. One thing's for sure, Gauthier isn't a pushover in negotiations, which may have been a problem with his predecessor. He doesn't let sentiment cloud his decision-making.

    Spot on.

    Sentiment would give Laps a little bonus for his work in the playoffs. Sorry Laps, but fair play to PG for hardballing you. What I think you "deserve" doesn't enter into it.

  5. Considering poor old Andrew has been a Habs forum afterthought for almost two months now, I thought someone had to chime in on a young, talented forward prospect who could end up being a training camp wild card come September.

    He's young (22), big (6'3",200) and is coming off a breakout season in the SEL, where he tallied an impressive 26 pts in 55 regular season matches, before taking his game to a whole new level in the playoffs, where he notched 13 pts in 16 contests, helping propel D-Garden to the Swedish league finals.

    He's still young and has room to grow, but at 22, and with a couple of years of pro hockey under his belt, he is much further along than some of our other forward prospects.

    Interesting Note: Montreal recently inked Yankee D-Man Kyle Klubertanz to a one year FA contract. FYI, Double K was not only a former Ducks third rounder (2004) but was a teammate of AE last season on D-Garden, where he led the team in points by a rearguard.

    Would seem like a good move - two "imports" from the same place are each other's "support network" in the big scary world of the Montreal organisation. Perhaps they are looking at offering Engqvist a 'Dogs callup?

    Any idea what he might be earning in Sweden?

    Either that, or the recently-overhauled scouting regime is looking to get noticed :D

  6. There is something that puzzles me about being a HABS fan, as you know I am quite new to this, Laps didn't have a great season but he made up for it in the playoffs,the season before was really good, I really like him and he can really bring something to the wing if we let him, so where is the loyalty we expect it from our players so why can't the players as individuals get it from the fans, Laps is a home grown talent with a lot of skill can really skate fast big and not afraid to hit, alright so he talks the talk that's OK with me if he doesn't fight that fraustrates them more, yet some of you say he is worthless that we shouldn't reward him for his loyalty doesn't sound fair to me. When Kovy and Komi left for other teams they were treated as traitors and Saku was just let go.

    I am not so sure that being a fan of such a team is such a good thing ,but anyway I'm here to stay.

    The best thing about Laps is he makes me laugh and to me that's worth more than anything even when watching hockey , so I hope he gets signed really soon then I can get off the edge and wait the interminable months for the season to start


    GO HABS GO :D :D

    However, the Salary Cap lends itself to team selection and management by spreadsheet.

    I can't see them not doing a sensible deal for all parties concerned in Laps' case.

  7. Just stop poncing about and play a simple, direct game please, Benny.

    You've got a great shot so..........

    That great shot will beat goalies much more often if you're near the paint when you take it, too.

    A good season now could set you up for a very financially-rewarding career, along with the fringe benefits that being a hockey hero in Montreal would obviously bring.

  8. Does Lapierre bring more to the table than a kid straight out of Hamilton? Sure. But is it worth overpaying for Lapierre on either dollar or term? No. A two-year contract is fine, after which I'd be happy to let him walk in free agency. Let some other team overpay for a third-line player with limited scoring capability. Maybe Toronto will offer him a $9 million contract over three years. ;)

    Harsh.........but fair ;)

  9. Max could look decent this season as the energy and crash on Eller's wing or as the extra bit of offense on Boyd's wing. (Assuming they're the 3 and 4 Centres going forward.)

    Either way, give the guy a sensible 2 or 3 year offer at a bit over a million a year but give him a real shot at RW.

    I agree with those who don't think he's quite as *cheaply* replaceable as some may think. I also agree that this is based on the Max who turned up in the playoffs, but isn't that perhaps the better measure of his true ability? The playoffs made Josh Gorges and Hal Gill into valuable - irreplaceable - cogs in the machine, after all.

  10. Haha... yeah well, sometimes the french is going bleed in a little bit.

    Luckily for me I speak english pretty well... French... not so much(which is hilarious because my GF just started speaking english like a year ago... language barrier is pretty fun to manipulate).

    Non still means no, though ;)

    I have neglected to say "Hi" in here despite being a newbie to the forum this Winter.

    Hi from the South Coast of England (weekdays at work) and Hi in a slightly different accent from near Cambridge on the weekends, where the wife and kids live. Just for the extra confusion, all these "Hi's" and all other posts of mine need to be read in a reasonably non-cockney London accent.

    Allez Les Habitants!

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