Archive for March, 2011

23
Mar
11

Is Scott Gomez worst Habs player ever?

When you think of a player for the legendary Montreal Canadiens franchise who commands over 20 minutes of playing time in a game and is paid $8 million plus per season (the highest by any Habs player in franchise history) you picture a forward who dominates both ends of the ice game in and game out. You picture a franchise player who can change the game with one pass, one shot on net or one check into the boards and carries the team when they are slumping. But a guy who has only scored more than 20 goals once in  his 11 seasons in the NHL? Or even worse, a guy who is a team worst -14 in the plus/minus column with only 7 goals in 72 games this season and 35 points? Over two seasons as a member of the Habs Scott Gomez has only scored 19 goals in 150 games. And this guy was a 1st round overall pick in the 1998 draft?

Glancing through the stands in various arenas across Quebec watching all the hometown hockey players from Quebec (in the NHL as well as in the minor league teams) you realize that you can pick almost any player and find one who will play better and put up better numbers for much less a salary. You start to realize why it’s been 18 years since a Stanley Cup has been paraded up and down St Catherine’s Street in Montreal.  Is it the overpaid salary that influences Scott Gomez’s poor performance as a Hab’s player, is it his lack of height, his lack of scoring abilities, his lack of accurate passing or his inability to make that extra step with each challenge from an opposing team player or is it simply that Scott Gomez is the worst Centerman ever to play for the Montreal Canadiens?

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17
Mar
11

Is America following the Roman Empire?

Imagine a nation that overspends on it’s military and constantly causing wars, where both the government and civilians have over-extended themselves financially through the credit system, where the gap between the rich and poor is at it’s record, where the country has extended it’s army thin to have a presence in almost every country in the world, where the infrastructure is becoming old and dilapidated, where social problems are becoming over-burdening causing a collapse in the family structure, where other countries have caught up or advanced beyond such a nation in terms of ingenuity and military might that it once dominated in every aspect, rampant with political corruption, an economy that can not be restored to it’s greatest levels in the past, high unemployment amongst the working class, a huge decline in morals and ethics at all levels within society, that has been involved in fast over-expansion or finally where nepotism and favouritism have infiltrated all organizations right to the top.

Does the description of this nation above sound similar? Although I’m describing the main reasons why the Roman Empire fell above aren’t such issues completely existent in the United States of America today? Is America following the footsteps of the same Empire in which they accredit  many of their political and judicial influences (as visible in all the state and capital buildings as well as monuments in the US) to? Is history repeating itself? Well it doesn’t take a PhD to realize that the similarities are too close and thus the final outcome is too probable.

 

14
Mar
11

Habs Carey Price – His Trials and Persecution

Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away Carey Price was an outlaw in the City of Montreal, backing up Jaroslav Halak. He was booed by the home fans for his play. Many pundits called for trading him and keeping Halak. They were angry at the move over the summer that sent Halak packing to the St Louis Blues. No matter how hard Carey Price tried, the lack of defensive support and effort from the rest of the team was put aside in order for fans and critics alike to concentrate on bashing Carey Price. What you are witnessing this season from the Hab’s starting goaltender (now battling for the lead in wins and shutouts among NHL goaltenders) is the transformation of Carey Price. Carey, much like a prior goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens Patrick Roy worked many nights where the defense was non-existent in front of them yet keeping the team in the game.

Many remember that last night Patrick Roy played for the Montreal Canadiens (against the Detroit Red Wings) and was booed by the fans for the overall poor play of the team throwing up his hands in defeat (like Carey Price years later) after making a save in the one sided loss. After Habs Management prematurely got rid of Cristobal Huet (a strong mentor for the young Carey Price at the time) his development took a few seasons longer unlike Patrick Roy (who had veterans Steve Penney and Brian Hayward back him up behind the pipes early in his career). Carey has faced the same adversity that Patrick Roy did when paving his path to the NHL Canadiens. Alot of pressure had been placed on both goalies at a young age. Patrick had achieved a Stanley Cup in his first season with a much more talented Habs team, but was driven out of town shortly after their last Championship in 1993. But is Carey Price more following in the footsteps of Martin Brodeur (for the New Jersey Devils) who blossomed after his 3rd season? Is he preparing himself for a much longer tenure as a Montreal Canadien due to this? Have the tests he faced early in his career important to making him one of the greatest goalkeepers of this generation in the game? Only time will tell but it seems the former AHL Calder Cup winning MVP and Team Canada Jr gold medal MVP is taking the next level of his game and career in stride. The goaltending torch has been passed this season in the Montreal Canadiens organization.