Thursday December 15, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Here in Southern Ontario, it’s raining. Again. My dog is a ball of mud, my wood shop is unreachable without hip waders, and my almost 2 year old son is getting stir crazy. GIVE ME SNOW!!!!!!
Alright, on to hockey. Everyone is excited about the Habs being on a December long, point streak. They’ve won 3 out of 6 games. With the 3 losses coming in a shootout, the Habs were awarded the “you tried pretty hard, I guess, so here’s a sympathy, or loser” point. Hardly a streak to get excited about.
If nothing else it has shown management that they can be content to sit with the players they have and not bolster their lineup. At least not yet.
I find it pretty funny. While reading my fellow bloggers articles over the course of this season, the general consensus has been, “Make a trade! Make a trade! Make a trade!” Followed by “Spacek is useless and must be moved for anything! A bag of pucks would do!” So Gauthier makes a move, and acquires Tomas Kaberle, a player highly sought after in the summer AND last spring, to try to improve their painfully horrible power play, and everyone jumps all over him. “Gauthier made a panic move and traded a dependable, veteran defenseman, for an ex-Leaf who is over paid and well past his prime!” What?!?!? You people are bipolar. You need medication.
When news of the Kaberle trade was announced, I, for one, was ecstatic! You mean, we’ll have a defenseman who can handle the puck at the point and will make tape to tape passes? Awesome!
Needless to say, in the two games Kaberle has been with the team, he has 3 points, and 7 points in his last 4 games.
As for the notion that Kaberle’s 4.25 million per season will cost them resigning valuable pieces of the team, let me explain something to you. Price, Subban and Gorges are NOT going anywhere. Gill? Campoli? Bye bye. Gill’s been great in Montreal, but given the option of Gill or Kaberle, who would you take. Seriously?
Great move, Mr. Gauthier! I commend you on your actions.
Next point. I recently read an article by an Islanders blogger that suggested that Carey Price is having a “tough season”. I only ask one thing. Can you please actually watch a Habs game before commenting on their play? This actually made me laugh out loud. If not for Price, the Habs would be dead last in the league. A place the Islanders should know a lot about. Maybe if they had a goalie…..
- Andrei Markov
- Brian Gionta
- Travis Moen
- Scott Gomez
- Ryan White
Keys to the Game
Price looks to continue his great season against one of the better teams in the league. The shots will come, it will be up to Price to stand on his head in this game, methinks.
Continued dominance from the Desharnais, Paccioretty, Cole line will go a long way to securing a victory in this one.
Habs 3 – Flyers 2 SO