Tag Archives: Jaroslav Halak

Therrien Likes Things Drab

Geez, I hope this doesn’t hurt my stick boy chances.

What do I think about the seemingly never-ending P.K. Subban/Michel Therrien saga?

I personally believe PK drives Therrien crazy, only because Therrien is an idiot who believes PK should be harnessed and talks too much and doesn’t deserve more ice time or playing for Team Canada in the Olympics because Therrien never really grew out of his grade eight mentally or understanding that some people just have high-level personalities. Unlike him.

It’s a personality conflict that would make this coach dislike PK even if he was nothing more than his next door neighbour.

Therrien might also feel he’s getting into Marc Bergevin’s good books by not showcasing him and possibly keeping PK’s bucks from being sky-high when it’s time for a brand new contract. Kind of a brown-nosing, self-serving approach.

Why does the entire hockey world wonder what Therrien’s doing with this young stud? Because like I said, there’s a strong chance the guy’s an idiot.

And what was so wrong with PK and Price’s triple low-five?

“I always like teams who are humble” Therrien said back then when he banned the triple low-five. “It’s a team concept. It starts with that. In life, I think you have to be humble. And we have to respect the game. We have to respect the other team. And we have to respect our fans.”

PK’s personality almost certainly rubs this guy the wrong way. Something will have to give soon.

Random Notes:

My co-worker Gilles Gratton, who played goal in both the NHL and WHA, said the Canadiens wouldn’t have scored on Jaroslav Halak the other night in the shootout even if every player on the team took a turn. Halak didn’t move, the skaters waited for him to do just that, and they ultimately were confused when he stood his ground. Whereas, says Gilles, Carey Price is a slow goalie, his reflexes aren’t overly quick, he can’t react in shootouts, and if he was smaller, he wouldn’t even be in the NHL.

Ryan White And Ian Schultz Ready To Rock

Ryan White, finally back this season, with fellow right winger Ian Schultz joining him, both making their way from Hamilton.

Two gritty forwards, ready to help the team continue their roll. How great is that?

White has been out the entire year so far due to a sports hernia, and he’s been missed. This is a feisty guy who doesn’t mind tangling with much bigger opponents, and can cause serious havoc in front of the net. Schultz came from St. Louis with Lars Eller when Jaroslav Halak was sent packing, and is a tough bugger who hopefully can fit in nicely.

Now we need Andrei Markov to make an appearance.

Habs Underwhelming In Loss To Blues

You know that 60% of games the Habs need to maybe make the playoffs? The game against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at the Bell was part of the 40% they’re allowed to lose.

3-0 St. Louis. And things were going so well too.

I watched it late at night, when most of you were snuggled in your beds, and now that it’s over and I’m typing this, I realize there isn’t much to write about and I might as well hit the sack too. The Canadiens were rarely dangerous, although it started out with potential after seeing Tomas Plekanec race in on a short-handed breakaway, only to be foiled by Jaroslav Halak.

Maybe they’ll be flying, I thought.

Was I wrong.

The Canadiens provided very little on this night. There just wasn’t much oomph. From time to time someone would test Halak or miss the net in sensational fashion, but excitement was at a minimum, ticket buyers really didn’t get their money’s worth, and Jaro Halak, who had so many fine moments at the Bell as a Montreal Canadien, added a shutout to the script.

This was one of the losses in the 40% the team is allowed, and we’ll leave it at that. Now it’s onward to Boston for a Thursday night meeting with the arch-rival Bruins. How great would it be to come back strong after this non-threatening effort we saw tonight.

Random Notes:

Shots on goal St. Louis 25, Habs 19

Brian Gionta, obviously upset. threw his stick like a spear as he went to the room late in the game. Is he injured?

That’s it. No more random notes, no going on about players, no nothing. Good night.

 

And About That Halak For Eller And Schultz Deal

With Jaroslav Halak and his St. Louis Blues coming to town on Tuesday and our man Lars Eller playing like a man possessed, I thought I’d take a look back to when it all began, on June 17th, 2010.

Here’s my post from that day.  http://dennis-kane.com/halak-now-a-blues-brother-and-price-becomes-the-man/

I’d never heard of Lars Eller at this point.

I also babble on about how I’m not sure about the trade or Carey Price, and I give Travis Moen a bit of a shot for not getting it done because he’s not a heavyweight fighter.

Right now, is my face red. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20.

The Silence Is Deafening

Things are quiet in Habsville at the moment.

The Canadiens were vanquished by the Boston Bruins in the first round not long ago and went quietly into the night, but in 2010, we all know what we did to those two so-called favourites before eventually being dispatched by the Philadelphia Flyers. (Remember how happy we were for awhile?)

A year ago, things were cooking. Now, everything has cooled off and collecting mould.

Montreal providing thrills and spills in the playoffs wasn’t the only news a year ago. When all was said and done back then, Sergei Kostitsyn was sent to Nashville, PK Subban was a late-season call up, Benoit Pouliot signed a one year, $1.45 million contract, Tomas Plekanec inked a six year deal worth 30 million, and Jaroslav Halak was shipped to St. Louis, making Carey Price the undisputed number one goalie which turned out to be just fine.

This year at this time? William and Kate got hitched, Bin Laden was erased, Stephen Harper won a majority government, Boston is up two games to nothing over the Flyers, Tampa Bay is also up two games to Washington and just may be the ones to get Caps coach Bruce Boudreau fired, and Vancouver fans still don’t know if they should be on or off the bandwagon.

But Habs news? This isn’t normal.

Could A Dog Or Two Help?

Dustin Boyd, who came over from Nashville in the Sergei Kostitsyn trade, has been put on waivers by the Canadiens and so much for getting anything for Sergei, as the other guy in the deal, Dan Ellis, decided he could make more money elsewhere and currently wears a Tampa Bay jersey.

That’s fine. Alex Auld did the job his first time out and we expect more of the same. Tampa can have Ellis.

So now what, in regards to skaters up front? On the farm, young Ian Schultz, who, along with Lars Eller was part of the Halak deal with St. Louis, has notched o points in 7 games so far in Hamilton.

But David Desharnais has 4 goals and 11 assists and Max Pacioretty has 3 goals and 9 assists, both after 11 games, as the leaders of the Bulldogs so far this year. And Yannick Weber, although a defenceman, is right behind with 7 goals and 4 assists, also after 11 games.

We need scoring. Could one of these help?

How Are Some Of The Ex’s Doing?

Jaroslav Halak, as we all know, is playing extremely well in St. Louis with a meagre 1.71 GAA, two shutouts, and a record of 6 wins, 1 loss, and 1 overtime loss. 

And how are some of the other ex-Habs doing in their NHL careers?

In Anaheim, Saku Koivu has 2 goals and 2 assists, Kyle Chipchura 0-0, and Paul Mara 0-0.

Michael Ryder in Boston has 2 goals and 3 assists.

In Calgary, Alex Tanguay sits at 4-4.

Tom Kostopoulos in Carolina is 1-1 and Sergei Samsonov is 2-0.

Dallas’ Mike Ribiero is 0-9.

Chris Higgins in Florida is 1-1.

In Minnesota, Guillaume Latendresse has notched 3-3.

Sergei Kostitsyn is 1-0 in Nashville and his teammate Francis Bouillon is 0-2.

The Senators’ Alex Kovalev has 3 goals and 2 assists so far.

Dominic Moore with Tampa Bay is 4-1.

And in Toronto, Mike Komisarek is 1-3 and Mikhail Grabovski 0-4.