Of Sergei, injuries and DUCKING

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Okay Sergei. What is going on in that brain of yours? I was at a lecture about whether the Habs are a religion (seriously) and I check on twitter afterwards and see Habsland in an uproar over you getting suspended again.

I don't get it.

You were playing well with the Hammies. Everything was looking good. I was even suggesting that you should come back to Montreal. And what do you do? You skip out of Hammie-town and get suspended. THE HELL?

Look, I can accept that you were playing well because you wanted to get traded. I can accept that. What I can't accept is the Habs losing out on a crap trade because basically, you're worth zip in a trade. No team in their right mind would want to take you. But right now Bob may have no choice but to trade you for absolutely nothing... or I guess he could just keep you and just have you hang around taking up space.....

Why am I writing in the second person anyway? GUHHHH.

[edit: it would appear that the twerp ended up in Montreal but has now gone back to Hammie-town after talking to Bob.... you know what? I quit trying to figure this out. I quit. I hate you Sergei.... *sobs*]

Hell with that... moving on.....

Looks like Metro will be coming back really soon. I'm really happy about this. We could definitely use him on that third line. Hope those doctors clear him to play soon! He hopes to be cleared to play for tomorrow actually... but we'll see.

Am I allowed to take a small amount of pleasure in other teams being injured? A couple of teams in black are currently losing a few key players due to various injuries. Look, generally I dont' wish any team not playing in Toronto harm, but it's just sort of... a relief shall we say, to see other teams are actually prone to injuries. I was thinking the Habs were the only ones.

I think this week must be "opposing goalies stealing goals left, right and center" week. It's making me grumpy right now too. First it was Schneider stealing all kinds of goals from the Hammies. Then it was Pavelec stealing goals from the Habs and tonight, it's Domingue stealing goals from the Juniors. GUHH.

Speaking of Domingue and the Juniors.... Jake has not had a great last few games.... Lost in a close match to the Remparts, was on the losing end of a 3-0 blanking by the Gatineau whatevers and now he's suffering through an ugly Juniors/Wildcats game.

I noticed this last week and I really hope he stops doing this: Jake has a very bad habit of DUCKING when the puck comes at his head. Yes. He ducks. Apparently nobody told him that masks were invented so the goalie wouldn't have to worry about damaging his face. He did it tonight and got BURNED as the puck went over his shoulder. Jake, I love you, but that is a very bad habit. Very bad. You need to stop it and stop it right now. RIGHT NOW.

Well, to be fair, the faily game wasn't entirely his fault. The D pulled a Habs and left him all alone on a couple of those goals. And the forwards copied the Habs and couldn't finish. Story of the life of a Montreal hockey team: can NOT finish to save their lives.



Thank you.

ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Don Lever AND Ron Wilson (no, not THAT Ron Wilson. The other one) got hired as the new coaches for the Chicago Wolves. In case you forgot, Don and Ron coached the Hammies before everyone freaked out that Don wasn't French and therefore, he couldn't POSSIBLY coach the Habs (not that Don was even coaching the flipping Habs. He was the ASSISTANT coach).

Thank GOODNESS this happened after I just stated that I love Guy Boucher, because I might be tempted to break down and sob. I really liked Don. *sobs anyway*


Grrrreg said...

Yeah, being afraid of the puck is not the best idea for a goalie... Although I guess it's kinda natural to get a little afraid of slapshots coming right at your face, even if you're wearing equipment...

And I think that's the problem with the Junior: they're like a shy kid trying to copy his more popular friend. They see how much people love the canadiens in Montreal, and they hope people will like them better if they do just like the habs. Soon, they'll have a midget first line, they'll adopt an orange furry mascot, and they'll start retiring all sorts of numbers.

Eternal Pessimist said...

Yeah, I get that it's a natural reaction but I can't actually say I've seen too many goalies actually do it that often and quite that much.... I think they should have a practice where they just shoot the puck at his face for an hour. Can you imagine if he gets to the NHL with the Blues and does this? That would be super tragic. Unless it was against the Habs....

And I think you're right about the baby Juniors. They're totally copying the Habs! They had a midget second line last night (Eli is SUPER tiny but he's super awesome. He's the Juniors equivalent to Gio). They don't have a orange mascot but they have a super freaky raccoon.... no number retirings yet but technically nobody in the Q is allowed to wear Richard's number so maybe that counts? xD;

Grrrreg said...

A raccoon? Is this specifically related to Montreal in any way?

I didn't know about that Richard's number thing in the Q. That's nice.

Eternal Pessimist said...

Well, I heard that bit about the number thing.. but after a quick search, it would appear that people can and have used the number.... although most of them appear to be from outside of Quebec (ie the Q teams in the eastern part of Canada).

And I have no idea what is with the raccoon.... I guess they wanted something that actually existed as opposed to Youppi who is just a orange fur ball?

Number31 said...

Ducking is bad for a goalie. Actually blinking is a goalie's worst enemy. And defencemen feet kicking pucks in their own net making them look bad. But yea, ducking makes you look peewee. I saw Luongo ducking a few times. Maybe he remembers getting hit in the throat though. There's a reason why masks have longish chins... (for goalies that don't wear bibs, they naturally learn to tilt the mask so the chin covers their neck, like Price does). But if Jake is ducking they need to fix that by standing him in nets and just firing shots at his face until he stops flinching.

I took shots off the head a few times. With a mask, you really don't notice until after it deflects off and over. Now being hit in the cheek with a floor hockey puck sans mask on a Vinny shot wasn't too fun. (I have a hard head though).

Honestly can't blame the Remparts game on Jake though. Also, uh...Domingue is supposedly the best goalie in the Q... (Though his numbers weren't showing it earlier).

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