Oh, Habs.

Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:56 pm
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Show some goddamn pride tonight, will you, please?

<dons Habs cap for what may be the last time until September>

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Happy birthday to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] superswank!

Wow.

Mar. 9th, 2009 06:55 pm
brinshannara: (facepalm)
So... the Montreal Canadiens fired their head coach, Guy Carbonneau, today. General Manager Bob Gainey will take over as interim coach.

I don't know if it was deserved or not, but I do know that even I was scratching my head with regards to some of Carbo's decisions lately.

But that's not even what I want to react to.

The French stations here, particularly RDS (Réseau des Sports), are all talking about the firing and eventually the next head coach.

And there's this one blowhard, Alain Chantelois (think the French equivalent of Don Cherry, I would say), is all like "We need a French coach in this city."

The other guy goes on all "Maybe a bilingual coach," but eventually says "what if we need an anglophone coach? Who doesn't speak any French at all? I mean, why do we NEED a coach who speaks French?"

"It takes a French guy, a bilingual head coach."

His partner on screen, some dude whose name I don't even know, is like "well, you just limited our pool of coaches there."

"We have some good ones," Blowhard insists.

"Well how many francophones have we fired in the last five years? They were all French! Maybe we need an anglophone."

"An anglo who speaks French," Blowhard adds.

"[...] Or a unilingual, English coach."

"That would be the [French idiom for something like end of the line, as far as I can figure], chief. That wouldn't work."

"Well why not?"

"That wouldn't work, I [something... wouldn't stand for it?]"

Blowhard's partner throws up his hands in defeat.

Sociologically speaking, I am FASCINATED that a French guy in Quebec who follows the Habs would choose to have a worse coach than to choose to have a unilingual, English coach. And it's not even to speak to the players -- many of our players are bilingual with English and then Russian, Finnish, French, etc, or ARE unilingual Americans! No, this guy would rather limit our choices to bilingual coaches to ensure that the media can understand the coach.

I know, okay, I know that French is important to this city, that it's important that its big sports team, which is celebrating its 100th year, represent the French heritage and history... but for crying out loud... Who here thinks Dick Irvin or Scotty Bowman really spoke French?
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Over the years, I have written about hockey an inordinate amount, I'm sure. My moods live and die by how the Montreal Canadiens do, at times during the hockey season.

I watched a short CBC piece today. Its subject was Saku Koivu, who is the captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

Saku Koivu, who is turning 34 in November, was drafted in 1993, 21st overall, by the Montreal Canadiens. He first started playing with the Habs in the 1995-1996 season. On September 30, 1999, Koivu was named the captain of the Montreal Canadiens. He was the 27th captain of the team and the first European-born player to serve as captain.

This captaincy came on the heels of a difficult time for the Habs, where it seemed rare that a captain lasted longer than a year before being traded. Chris Chelios was traded in 1990. Guy Carbonneau was traded in 1994, Kirk Muller was traded in 1995, Pierre Turgeon was traded in 1996 and Vincent Damphousse was traded in 1999.

The team has two, count 'em, two players on its roster who were around when Saku broke into the league in '95. Saku Koivu himself and Patrice Brisebois -- who has since spent two years in Colorado before re-signing with the Habs -- so it's almost shocking to see that my captain is still around and still serving as captain. The team has been completely rebuilt from the ground up.

He's not a power forward who scores goal after goal. He's a smart, fast playmaker who sets up goals and makes anyone near him look good. He's not 6'3" and 220 pounds, he's 5'10 and weighs 187. He's small and he's fast.

He had cancer and beat it to come back to the game. He had a bad eye injury and beat it to come back to the game. Countless knee injuries, broken bones, surgeries... and he always comes back.

Tonight, before 6 minutes of game time was even played, the Montreal Canadiens had given up two goals to the Anaheim Ducks. We were down 2-0 before scoring a goal on the power play and then, of course, Saku stepped up and scored the tying goal towards the end of the first period.

Saku leads by example, he doesn't like to lose and he works hard. He's spent his entire career, that's going on 14 seasons, with the Canadiens. The Habs have gone through some rough times over the years, seasons where we've missed the playoffs, where we can't sign good free agents because our dollar is historically weaker than the US dollar... And through it, there's Saku, hanging in there, hoping to win his first Stanley Cup in Montreal. He has the harshest judges of hockey in the world evaluating him every game -- the Montreal fans. We are vile and vicious creatures and this guy continues to show them he can play.

He doesn't speak a lot of French, which is something that the media and the francophones in Montreal have a bit of a problem with. But he does speak English, Finnish and Swedish. And it's the small things, the little things, that this guy does right. Sure, he has an interview in English with someone who's French -- but at the end, he says "merci", which is thank you in French.

He does all the little things right, on the ice and off.

Saku is in the last year of his contract. This could be the last year he plays as a Montreal Canadien. This could be his last chance to bring a Stanley Cup to Montreal.

Even the sportscasters are talking about how Saku's off to a great start this year, and it may be his last. They're remarking that he's been the captain for nine years.

And now, into the second period, we're down by a goal again, 4-3 Ducks.

I bet the Habs pull it off and win the game, with thanks to their captain.
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The Dinner Party )

Also, HABS WON 4-1. GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!

16 pour 25

Apr. 10th, 2008 07:07 pm
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16 pour 25 -- 16 for 25.

16 wins. A 25th Stanley Cup.

The playoffs start for the Montreal Canadiens this evening. The Office will have to wait.

GO HABS GO.
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I feel very antisocial, lately. I attribute this to the fact that I have time to myself for the first time in ages. I hope none of you take my absence of late personally. :)

I slept horribly on Tuesday, because I basically dozed from 9am to 11:30am and then dozed from 12:30 until 4:30. They conducted test of the fire alarms in the building, and also came by to check our batteries in our smoke alarms.

Why I am awake at 5:30am, I do not know. Stupid circadian rhythms. :P

A replacement blue iPod mini (second generation) was delivered unto me this afternoon, further disrupting my sleep. But it's my iPod. I'll forgive it. Essentially, some months ago (January?), it stopped working properly. The sound was all scratchy and then just started to cut out. Happened with any headphones, and the iPod earbuds worked fine elsewhere. So I sent in a ticket and they told me I had to pay $40 for shipping. "Screw that," said I, "I don't have $40 to deal with this right now." I eventually dealt with it a month and a half ago, but didn't schedule a pickup in time, and they sent my $40 box BACK to Apple. Finally, I scheduled a new delivery and they sent the box last week and I sent it off on Friday.

Monday, I got notification that they were sending me a replacement.

It got here Tuesday afternoon.

After searching for about an HOUR, I found my USB cord for my iPod and I am finally charging it. Yay!

In other news, once again, I loathe Carolina. The Habs suck, Bob Gainey has lost his mind, Jose Theodore made fifty saves to win the series for Colorado, and I now want Colorado to win the Stanley Cup.

I think I'm going to play in Photoshop for a while.

Oh my God.

Sep. 24th, 2005 07:30 pm
brinshannara: (one hot goalie)
I love hockey. I love the new rules. I don't care that there's been like, 3 seconds of 5 on 5 hockey and the game is 10 minutes old. I love it.

That said, I was sitting here, enjoying the game, and suddenly thought, "Crap. I have to go to work for seven hours tomorrow."

And then I was like... "No! I don't! I don't work there anymore! AHAHAHAHA!"

I am happy.

And the Habs are winning. :D :D :D

HOCKEY.

Sep. 24th, 2005 07:10 pm
brinshannara: (one hot goalie)
Habs. Maple Leafs. RDS. 7pm ET.

That's NOW. :D

I'm going to watch my team play a(n exhibition) game on TV for the first time since they were eliminated in May of 2004.

This. Is. Awesome. :D

:D

Sep. 2nd, 2005 08:08 pm
brinshannara: (one hot goalie)
José Theodore has been signed for three years.

I am a very happy camper.

Even though I'm up north, it's been raining AND the restaurant we were going to go to for dinner was closed because their hydro pole FELL OVER. [ETA: Hydro pole. As in a pole/post that hydro-electric power lines are supported by.]

So now we're back at the cottage, my folks are cooking steak and potatoes and MY GOALIE SIGNED. For about 16M. 4.5 / 5.5 / 6 over the course of three years.

I am PSYCHED.

Hockey!

Aug. 3rd, 2005 03:32 pm
brinshannara: (one hot goalie)
I have not yet talked about hockey at all because I haven't wanted to jinx Les Canadiens de Montreal.

Seriously, I'm still wary.

But! I have hockey things to say!

First things first: The draft. I have no problems with us having selected Carey Price as the #5 pick overall. In fact, I think Bob Gainey's a genius. Yann Danis is a pretty decent goalie right now, he's 24 and he played well for the Bulldogs last season. He had a 2.34 GAA and a .924 save percentage in 53 games. Pretty decent numbers, although I would expect the GAA to balloon a bit if placed in NHL conditions.

Carey Price, not even quite 18 years old, had a 2.34 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 63 games with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League last season. He's 6'2", 175 pounds, he plays a hybrid standup/butterfly style and I'm thinking he's a little bit like Patrick Roy/Olaf Kolzig. I think the kid's going to be a great goalie.

Bob Gainey is a genius for picking a goalie. The other choices were small forwards (we have enough of them. Koivu, Ribeiro, Zednik...) or big defensemen (we have enough of them, too. Hainsey and Komisarek... plus Souray.). This way, Gainey gets a bit of insurance in the future for the eventual departure of Jose Theodore. Or, if Theodore signs with us for a long-term contract (more below!), Carey Price is prime trade bait for a big, young forward.

As to my boy Theo...

Theo has said he wants to sign a 4 year contract with Montreal. He's said to be asking 22 million (5.5M/season). I think Gainey can probably talk him down to 5M/season, due to the salary cap, and the fact that we've just signed TWO awesome free agents today (one just a few minutes ago!).

First of all, we re-signed (and yes, people, it's got a hyphen. "Resigned" means to leave your position voluntarily. "Re-signed" means to sign again.) Alexei Kovalev! I honestly didn't see that one coming. I thought he was gone and lost forever to Pittsburgh. But no! He's ours for FOUR YEARS at 18M (4.5M/year).

And now, the breaking news, we just signed Mathieu Dandenault, a free agent formerly with Detroit for 4 years at 7M (1.75M/year). Sweet. I don't know a lot about him, but he seems to be a versatile player, having been trained as a forward, but is now a pretty solid defender with a +46 over his career. I'm sure we'll use him on the blue-line, but we've used defenders for the left-wing-lock strategy on occasion, and I'm sure he's going to be a good fit if we pull that off. Or just a good fit in general now that Brisebois is gone. (I might actually miss Breeze-by.)

Wow. Free agent season, and the Habs are active. Dandenault. Kovalev. Re-signed Bouillon (Frankie Bouillon, the smallest and fiestiest defender EVER!)... Now we just need to sign Theo and all the other restricted free agents and I think we might have a good chance at getting to the conference finals of the playoffs. :D

Must go get ready to go to work, now.

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