LEAFS VS HABS


From 1st Rounders to the 1st Round
April 14, 2010, 3:25 PM
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Well, stage one of the Kessel trade is complete. The trade right now is looking like Tyler Seguin, a 2nd, and a 2011 1st. Yes, Taylor Hall will go first.  You’re wrong if you think otherwise. As for the deal, it looks pretty steep. I wouldn’t call it a loss quite yet, and it definitely isn’t the worst trade we’ve made with the Bruins recently (Come back, Tuuka)

However, this deal won’t be able to be properly evaluated until Seguin (and the faceless teenager we hand over to the Bruins next year) is in his 2nd or 3rd year and as is. Our side of the trade; Phil Kessel, is still 21 and developing. Phil needs to have a big summer in the gym.

Either way, we’ve got a 21 year old who can score 30 goals with help or training camp. The best is yet to come.  This issue has been talked to death by Leafs fans so I’m simply not going to talk about it anymore. A twisted part of me curious what Habs fans think of the Kessel deal, though.

As was previously stated, this blog aims to provide a different angle on the Leafs and Habs. I’ve listened to Habs fans talk about their playoff chances  against the Capitals and I’m generally hearing the same thing: they’re going to get run over. And here it is, Habs fans: you’re going to get run over. Now, don’t get me wrong – the Capitals can be stopped (and will be, in my opinion, by the Penguins). Ovechkin and Backstrom are legitimate stars but I can’t see Alex Semin being a “dig deep” style of player to take you far into the playoffs. The questions continue on the back end, as the blue line is far from the best and the questions in goal are essentially endless for Washington.

These questions were asked by Plekanec the other day as he questioned Jose Theodore’s credentials. Apparently it isn’t enough for the Habs and company to throw their own two goalies under the bus. On a related note, I don’t think a man who wears a turtleneck to work should be dishing out advice of any sort.

I always liked Jose when he was in Montreal and I can’t deny that I’d take some pleasure to watch him shut the Habs down. However, I don’t think the Caps would be the reason for an early post-season exit for the Canadiens. With top talent including Gionta, Gomez, and the Kostitsyns I’m not exactly here screaming about “playoff warriors”. So unless whichever goalie you don’t boo out of the bell centre steals four games, Mikey Cammalleri carries the team on his back, or he parks himself in front of Halak and blocks shots with his giant head, your playoff toolbox is a few wrenches short.

So from my end, I think the Habs playoff hopes are out of their hands, and you’ll have to wait and hope that Ovechkin injures Nik Backstrom and Mike Green in a botched celebration. But hey – feel free to disagree. And if you don’t, at we can all unite in our collective effort to laugh the Sens out of first round at the hands of my prediction for champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On an unrelated note: the first chirp from this blog comes from PPP, who, when I asked him how to promote this blog to the Hab community he suggested we “write it in crayon”.

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Pilot
April 13, 2010, 2:12 PM
Filed under: Habs POV, Leafs POV | Tags:

What a difference a year makes. The Leafs have once again got out their golf shirts and clubs after a dissapointing season and have missed the playoffs for the 5th straight year. The Habs have managed to gather enough of an inconsistent season to start their playoff march against a team that they are not expected to beat. In all honesty, on paper, things haven’t changed that much at all.

Free agency really exemplified the difference in these two squads. Bob Gainey splashed his cash on speedy forwards like Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri while Brian Burke was concerned about steadying his blueline through the likes Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, and Norris Trophy candidate Garnet Exelby. However, through all 82 games, where we sit is the same. Montreal is staring down the most feared team in the NHL and Toronto sits at the bottom of the league without a lottery draft pick.  The more things change the more they stay the same.

But Saturday, April 10th marked a strange day for the Forever Rivalry. A Toronto vs Montreal game ended with both teams going home happy. Montreal secured the point they needed to make the playoffs, while Toronto’s future captain Dion Phaneuf had the overtime winner to give the Habs one last loss in the 2009-2010 season courtesy of their friends in blue and white. I can’t help but stop to think about the season opener at the ACC when the two teams faced off and the game really meant something. After watching the OT winner get past former Leafs/former Ducks/current Flames/future Jokerit HC goaltender Vesa Toskala it was the start of a terrible year for Leafs fans but more importantly a great night for Leafs and Habs fans to drink beer and yell obscenities at each other.

We aim to provide you with that same atmosphere. Here, at the Home of the Hate, we we provide equal coverage on the Leafs and Habs from both perspectives (Leafs coming from Leaf & Lion , and Canadiens coming from newcomer to the blog circuit Chris Searl). This will give a chance for a fresh perspective on the squads, common ground for discussion among fans, and most importantly, a vent for Leafs and Habs fans to get at each others throats. There’s a comment button on every article. Don’t be afraid to use it.

Let the games begin.