Archive for February, 2015

27
Feb
15

Is Obama the Ghetto President?

With US stock markets soaring to all time highs of late and prosperity amongst the wealthy also to record levels Barack Obama in his 7th year as US President has created some disturbing issues or concerns that are not reported in mainstream media. Record number of individuals are reliant on food stamps, 1 in 5 people are in collections, the gap between the rich and the poor has far exceeded that in the Roaring 1920’s and is at record levels, 40% of the country has no savings for emergencies, more than half of all students in the public school system come from poverty, child poverty is unprecedented, the average debt per household is over $200,000, there are an unprecedented number of boarded up properties, there are record number of commercial as well as residential real estate sitting vacant or classified as zombie foreclosures, poverty rates and indifferences amongst black and other minorities within America are staggering, post secondary school education has soared and become only affordable to the rich, student loan debt is staggering and consumers are in personal debts at record levels to name a few concerns. It seems that Obama’s legacy as President will have only benefited very few connected to Wall Street as well as the top echelons of wealthy in society and will be remembered as one of creating the greatest disparity in American history. Coming from a Senate position in Illinois where economic disparity and poverty is unsustainable (especially in areas of Chicago) it seems though Obama has left a trail of not addressing such issues almost turning his back to them. When images of riots happening in some of the poorer neighbourhoods (such as what happened in Missouri) it is becoming apparent that the Obama administration has created more economic ghettos in America? Will he be remembered as the Ghetto President?

10
Feb
15

Should Habs Trade Lars Eller?

The Montreal Canadiens are approaching the March trade deadline in an enviable spot in the standings but still need a boost to make a legitimate run for the playoffs. Centre Lars Eller has been very streaky over the length of his career. Limited offensively and noted for coughing up the puck at the most in opportune time, is it time the Habs trade Lars Eller? Although he is a two way forward, he is neither brilliant offensively nor defensively. For the amount of playing time Eller gets from head coach Therrien, his numbers are rather disappointing. He tends to float a lot during games and although will have a couple of big games in terms of production, then disappear for long stretches at a time. Perhaps sending Eller and a prospect or draft pick to Arizona for Antoine Vermette or to Philadelphia in a similar package for Vincent Lecavalier might be a better move for Habs GM Marc Bergevin to improve the strength of the Habs forward lines and make a serious run for the Stanley Cup? Let’s face it, Lars Eller is not a power forward and it’s time the Montreal Canadiens take this player (who has never scored more than 30 points in a season) and is a combined minus 19 in his last 2 seasons and send him elsewhere.

05
Feb
15

How can the Maple Leafs save their season?

The Toronto Maples Leafs have entered an unprecedented losing streak in this 2014-2015 season. They have missed the playoffs 8 out of their last 9 season seasons. Phil Kessel was the lone star representing the team in the all star game. In fact, they have not been competitive since Ken Dryden was last President of the team. But what can the Maple Leafs do to salvage their dignity and more importantly this season and the next couple of seasons thereafter? We can go through all the many mistakes they have made over the years to lead them up to this point or we can just list what they need to do now and going forward as below:

– End the nepotism bubble and get rid of all the scouts, management and so called self-proclaimed analytics expert and barely legal looking Kyle Dubas (don’t you need an advanced math degree to be an official analytics expert?)
– limit scouting to Canadian amateur leagues (WHL, OHL and QJMHL), maybe 1 for the USHL as well as 1 in Russia and 1 in Sweden
– stop rushing development of players from the minors to the NHL who are too young and not ready
– take the bottom 3 performing defencemen as well as bottom 6 performing forwards and ship them all out
– the bottom 2 lines (6 players) should be filled with two way or defensive players
– the bottom 3 defencemen should only be defensive defencemen
– put Frederik Gauthier in the Marlies and not in Rimouski of the Q
– get rid of James Reimer and call up Antoine Bibeau (who is showing alot of maturity in the Marlies) to back up Bernier in nets as well as only play Bernier 2 games in a row and the backup the 3rd game going forward
– get an experienced person to develop the prospects who really knows hockey (like Doug Gilmour or Guy Carbonneau)

Face it, the Maple Leafs are one dimensional. The entire team Management has built likes to be offensive and are not defensive minded. That is why with the new coach stressing defence, they can no longer win. They need to have a balanced team where all the players are not the same type on the team. By trading their underperforming players away, they can get some prospects and picks to help develop their future depth as well as claim some veteran leaders whose roles are limited on their current squads and can bring that two way forward presence needed or defensive minded approach. With every shake up in Management and coaching staff, the Leafs still manage to lose as they never ever learn from history to correct their past mistakes. Until they do so, they will never win. Listed above is the only way they can win again.