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01-23-2012, 03:51 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
More Crap From Jack
Our friendly neighbourhood hack is at it again. I'm posting the link via Yahoo so the Gazette gets fewer hits on this garbage.
Once again, I can't help but feel compelled to respond in some small way to this talentless hack of a writer who should've been fired years ago.
MONTREAL - It’s high time someone called out P.K. Subban. Someone, that is, who hasn’t been a charter member of the anti-Subban club from the beginning, simply because of the colour of his skin.
Thanks for this. Now I need to go get a squeegee to remove all the self righteousness that's oozing from my monitor.
BTW Jack, why mention the guy's skin colour in the first place?
After defending Subban since he first put on the uniform, I’ve had enough. The last straw came Friday night in Pittsburgh, when Subban produced the following:
1) A terrible giveaway that led to a Pittsburgh goal;
2) A disgraceful shouting match on the bench with assistant coach Randy Ladouceur and;
3) A dirty slew-foot on Chris Kunitz which would cost Subban $2,500 – and should have resulted in a three-game suspension, given the number of guys who have already gone down from the Subban Slew-foot this season.
Enough, already. Subban may be young but as we pointed out last week, Ottawa’s Eric Karlsson is more than a year younger. Karlsson not only has more than twice as many points, he’s also better defensively. Next argument?
1. So what? Happens all the time with young defenseman. He's GOING to make those kinds of mistakes going forward so get used to it. Development takes time and it's even worse when idiots like yourself are out there on your pulpits screaming at them.
2. There was nothing disgraceful about this at all. And you have no idea what was going on here so I'm not sure why you're back on your high horse.
3. You're one for three.
Subban is better than this. He’d better be, because he and Carey Price represent this organization’s best hope of recovering from this lost season and building something for the future. It’s not going to happen if Subban won’t listen to his coaches. Yes, there should have been a forward there to take that errant pass in Pittsburgh. Yes, it was probably Scott Gomez who should have been there.
But Subban has eyes in his head. He has to see when the guy on the receiving end of a pass is wearing the wrong jersey. If the play, as Randy Cunneyworth said after, was to skate the puck out of the zone, Subban has the wheels to do so. But how is he going to learn if he refuses to listen to his coaches?
The guy messed up. Again, it's going to happen. Everyone knows that he screwed up Jack... and HE probably knows it too. As for the conversation, you have no idea what the hell they were talking about.
As for you saying "he'd better be" better than this... you're talking about a 22 year old defenseman who's in his 2nd year in the league. He's going to get better. Only an idiot couldn't see this. And only an even bigger idiot would write about it in a local newspaper.
Finding the right Price: Meanwhile, there’s Subban’s high-fiving, low-fiving buddy, Carey Price. Saturday night in Toronto, we finally saw what Price is supposed to be: a big-time shutdown goaltender. That was Price’s win all the way – but it came after a string of four straight losses for Price.
As Mike Milbury tried to suggest 10 days ago before he was sneered down by Ron MacLean, the jury is still out on whether Pierre Gauthier dealt the right goaltender to St. Louis when he shipped out Jaroslav Halak after his miracle playoff run in 2010. Milbury was right, whether MacLean in his boundless arrogance cared to listen or not. Given the way their careers have gone up and down, we’d best wait another 10 years to see how came out better in that trade.
Even after his big win in Toronto, Price is 16-25 on the season, with a save percentage of .914 and a goals-against of 2.41. Halak had his shutout string broken by the struggling Buffalo Sabres Saturday night, but still won the game 4-2. He’s now 14-12, with a .920 save percentage, a sparkling 2.00 goals-against and four shutouts in 26 starts, compared with Price’s two shutouts in 41 starts.
Wait a second... didn't you say that the Habs got it right last year and that you always believed in Price? Wasn't this after years of bashing the heck out of him? Then (without apologizing) you came back with your usual crap of "I knew it all along" and now you're back with more of this crap.
Halak's hot streak coincides nicely with the arrival of Ken Hitchcock btw. It's great that he's doing well too and everyone wishes him well, but I'm pretty sure that Price's numbers would be a heck of a lot better over there too. The Blues are playing amazingly well. The Canadiens... not so much. And Price's numbers on a club like this are more than respectable btw. He hasn't been as good as usual but he's certainly not the reason we're struggling.
Obviously, Price had the better season last year, but it takes more than one season to make a career, just as it takes more than one fabulous playoff run. The truth about Price, it appears, is that you have to keep him from getting too comfortable. After he lost his starting job to Halak, Price came roaring back with a fine season.
Then he got comfortable again and it wasn’t until Peter Budaj got a couple of starts in a week’s time that Price sensed the heat enough to come up with a big performance in Toronto. Meanwhile, the cheerleaders in the media (MacLean among them) keep telling us that Price is Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy and Terry Sawchuk all rolled into one.
Who the hell said this? Nobody is saying the guy is Patrick Roy. The only reason you have to come out with this kind of crap is because you need to justify the vitriol you're spewing here.
Maybe he is. But he hasn’t proven it yet and until he does, the Canadiens are going to be just one more mediocre team.
So if Price doesn't become Ken Dryden then the Canadiens are going to be just one more mediocre team? This is just about the dumbest thing I've seen you write Jack and that's sayng... a lot.
The Canadiens need better players and until this happens we WILL remain a mediocre team. I don't care if Ken Dryden was on this team or not, it's not going anywhere until we have better players up front. PK Subban is not the problem. Carey Price is not the problem. We are losing DESPITE having these guys Jack. And maybe if you come down from your self righteous soapbox you'll be able to see this you talentless hack.
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