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Ice Birds Chirping In Home Opener
By Guido | |
The HABS late third period 4-3 surprise win left fans on both teams shaking their heads for different reasons and in different directions
Guy Lafleur’s Last Game, La Première Étoile
By Guido | |
"My story, at least this one about Guy Lafleur, remains on the spine of a TDK VHS tape, in the hands of a fellow fan who I connected with fifteen years apart..."
HABS Look for Help from A Saint
By Guido | |
"There is no doubt that St. Louis had a great career. There is also no doubt that he is coming in with ideas on paper that haven’t been tested as a coach behind the bench in the NHL."
Is it Time to Trade Brendan Gallagher?
By Guido | |
"He’s the type of player you hate to play against but love to have on your team because you’ll find him in the corners, in front of the net, creating space for other players on the team, drawing the opponents into penalties, and taking it on the chin every single night."
NHL and Bettman – Antiquated Response Signals Time For Overdue Change
By Guido | |
"The game has a lot of inconsistencies, but this isn’t one that should wait until a General Manager’s meeting by the ocean sands, or a trial mid-season rule change; If there was ever an event in the NHL where fans and owners should demand change, this is it."
Panic or Patience: HABS at Crossroads
By Guido | |
"Canadiens’ fans demand performance and results with often little patience while their finger is always gently pressed against the panic button..Leadership is often recognized through titles and hierarchy, but the reality is that leadership isn’t who you say you are, but rather what you show you are..."
Kotkaniemi, The Hurricane, and The Torch
By Guido | |
The 18-year-old smiling kid who was once a beacon of hope for the Canadiens centre woes is smiling bigger than ever now, but not because he’s trying to carry a historic torch that we know was too heavy for him, but because he’s got a pocket full of (short-term) cash and a feeling that he got the upper hand on his former employer, albeit by participating in childish behaviour with an owner in Dundon who could just be using him for his own entertainment.
HABS Roll The Dice on Expansion
By Guido | |
"If the HABS do lose Price ($10.5) to the draft and Weber to Long Term Injury Reserve ($7.8) and they add that to their current $14 million, that gives them $32.3 million. Surely, with or without that additional space the Canadiens are poised to make some moves.."
Warriors, Generals, Soldiers, and Heroes
By Guido | |
"A few days after the loss I was on a phone call with former Montreal Canadien’s Stanley Cup champion Ryan Walter as we were discussing a future leadership session and he asked me what I thought about the finals...I just really enjoyed how they made me believe they were always in it.” I paused. “Or maybe that’s just what you say after your team loses”
The Thunder Behind The Lightning’s Stanley Cup Championship
By Guido | |
The Thunder behind the Lightning’s win can arguably be identified as advantages through a salary cap loophole, timely officiating that impacted the flow of the games, and being able to assemble a very talented team
Knights Rise, HABS Fall
By Guido | |
So, are all the analysts jumping back on the Canadiens are done bandwagon? Probably a few of them because they all want to be right, they want to be first, and they’re going with the odds, on paper.
Get It Right NHL & NHLPA: Scheifele-Evans Hit
By Guido | |
If the NHL doesn’t suspend Scheifele for at least the duration of this series, if not longer, then the league isn’t just broken, it’s irreparable when it comes to its ability to translate these types of on-ice indiscretions into fair and actionable consequences.
Burn It Down
By Guido | |
For the Canadiens, The Torch may have been passed from failing hands, but for now, unfortunately, to failing hands.
Price Can’t Score
By Guido | |
For a while I was starting to think the Ghosts from The Forum had manifested themselves in the current roster of the Montreal Canadiens but remained invisible because the only thing the HABS had going for them was Carey Price and the transition pass up ice that died on the boards or was broken up by the Leafs.
The Penalty Box
By Guido | |
On the perimeter a score like 5-1 suggests a dominant win, or that’s what the pendulum-fans will have you believe on social media. When you pick this game apart though, the score wasn’t reflective of all the micro moments that contributed to it.
Heart, Hits, Speed, & Neanderthalism
By Guido | |
A lot can happen in 60 minutes of hockey stretched over 3 hours and it certainly did in this game and it can go either way over the rest of the series, not just in wins, but also in decorum.
Experience Over Youth
By Guido | |
If your boss gets you a box of tools and you don’t use it and fail, you’re going to have a different conversation than if you did use it and failed.
HABS vs LEAFS 2021: History Always Matters
By Guido | |
If I was going with overall talent consistency this season, I’d take the Leafs in 5. If I was going with passion and history (and yes, history matters), I’d take the Canadiens in 7.