Matt Carkner isn't a very good player and he's a moron to boot. That's not what you want on this team. I agree that a policeman on defence would be nice, but you want him to be able to play hockey too. Weber is a young defenceman who we'll regret losing, let him learn and maybe he'll be able to shine if someone shows confidence in him when the opportunity comes up. If not, it would be fair to move him to another team so he can have an opportunity to advance his career and show off the skills that he has.
Kaberle isn't the player he used to be, but bashing him doesn't get anywhere. He'll contribute a little bit offensively. He's a good teammate, a classy man, and a friend of one of the team's key leaders (Plekanec). If the player currently holding out stops clowning around and realizes that he's not nearly as valuable as he thinks, maybe you think about moving Kaberle. But I don't think he's doing as much harm as people say. Everyone just needs someone to rag on.
In the mean time, it doesn't hurt to have a (former) world class vet hanging around. It's important to have at least 8 NHL defenceman. I agree that a 9th, preferably one who is very big and relatively mean (especially for the playoffs), wouldn't be a bad pickup near the trade deadline.
Whom would Weber supplant? Certainly not Diaz, who's showing him up big time, and remember that Gorges and Subban play RD. As for the other D, Emelin belongs with Markov.
I don't think anyone on the Habs is capable of taking down the Caps and Pens with a dozen clutch goals.
That 2010 run was amazing on Cam's part (and Halak, of course).
Actually, The Caps have never really recovered.
You're right. I didn't mean to overly bash the player. Just the surrounding and backlash that came with him leaving town. There are intelligent people in the media that would say he wasn't always as advertised, either.
REgardless! I don't mean to derail this good thread. Let's focus on the great game the team played tonight. Here's to more of it.
If he keeps taking bad penalties then I agree he may sit a game. But right now he has been more positive than negative in the lineup. I see him with a bit of a leash right now, but I'm sure MT is telling him to be a bit smarter when it comes to discipline
Agreed. The fact that he was put out on the very next shift demonstrated something. He got another one at least after that one. His penalty was so weak anyway (I mean...it was against Ribs). He's been terrific in his role. I do wish that Eller could be part of this cuz it's making me cringe watching Patches and Cole. DD played a good game, I thought.
I'm so happy for Markov !!! The guy is showing that healthy he is still a all-star defenseman, what a role model of hard work, determination and perseverance WOW.
Anyway I'm happy to see a group that is enjoying playing together, also I like to see a grittier, more physical team. IMO, it's still a little soft on D, but with Subban and maybe Tinordi next season this could correct the problem.
A good positive win, but here we go with a big challenge with the Devils, we will be more settle after 5 games, but even on paper I was saying this team as clearly the potential to get in the playoffs.
Oh and amongst the few good moves that Gauthier made....re-signing Markov was CLEARLY one of them as I mentioned at the time. Gauthier had no choice, Markov was the best bet we had at the time, and great news that he did. Kudos to Gauthier. Note the date...it won't happen often.
Gauthier made more than a few good moves: signing Cole, Emelin, and Diaz in addition to Markov, coming to terms with Price and Pacioretty, catapulting Cammalleri out of town, bringing in a parcel of 2nd rounders, drafting Galyenchuk and Beaulieu, firing Martin.
It's a team made up of all sorts of questionable personalities. Their offensive blueliner Green is a meathead. Ovechkin has battery acid for brains. They've never learned how to win. They were coached by Boudreau and Hunter, two men who belong in caves still. I agree that a lot of responsibility has to fall on their General Manager, too... some moves that he has made haven't been very good at all.
The Caps have led their division a few times and didn't they upset a team we don't love?
- The Canadiens are looking great on the powerplay with Markov and it will give the team a chance to win even during the rough nights.
- The first line is looking lost. Desharnais is trying too hard. He's a cerebral player and he should let Cole and Pacioretty do the tough work and get the puck. He's being pushed around way too easily for my taste.
- The Plekanec line is playing great hockey. I had high hopes for Bourque this season and he's playing like he cares.
- The Galchenyuk line has been good, and I thought Prust didn't fit in. By the way, I love the Prust signing.
- The fourth line is doing some quiet but effective work. Moen may be too quiet for my taste. Armstrong was good and White needs to cut on these infractions, but I like his determination since the beginning of the year.
- Most of the defense has been good, but Kaberle is a turnover machine. He's slow and soft. Wouldn't mind seeing Weber instead.
All in all, perfect road game.
No room. Presumably that spot will be taken by Subban.
I wouldn't mind putting Eller in next game (Armstrong or White) and subbing in Weber for Kaberle. Weber played hockey for the entire lockout, I can't imagine him being as poor as Kaberle tonight. I liked Kaberle in Game #1 and Game #2.. tonight he was not good though.
No thank you. I've seen enough poor games from Weber (I used to call him Woe-ber until a fan asked me to stop, although my opinion of him never changed).
It's ok I am wearing my galoshes, I am use to the river of tears around here.
Originally Posted by CHill Seeker
LOL @ marble for his gauthier crush
Gauthier bashers are pretty quiet nowadays, they just sorta all faded into the woodwork. All they have left is these pathetic little "oh kaberle is so bad" garbage and then they have zero examples. They even try and blame Kaberle for stuff that happens when he isn't even on the ice.
Cammy is such a star he is on Calgarys third line and spends more time flopping on the ice than anything. Tell me again how Gauthier shouldn't have dumped him mid-game, cry on my shoulder