Well friends, I’m back. I would ask if you missed me but I think I already know the answer.
Before I even begin to allow my thoughts to flow I find it necessary to apologize to you all. During the initial days of this lockout I told myself that I would have plenty of things to say and that my plan for a weekly blog would be met.
Unfortunately this plan never came to fruition and after a couple of weeks, my heart was just not into it. My hatred towards the process was all that I could muster and I found myself with general disinterest towards the league and players.
But all is well now. After spending 4 months longer than normal as a father and a husband I am about to re-embark, assuming that is even a word, on my faith to the NHL and my beloved Habs.
Here is hoping to at least a decade without bickering between the NHL and NHLPA and here is hoping to a prosperous league.
It has been a whirlwind 72 hours for me since the announcement that the NHL and the NHLPA has come to an agreement.
Between my hundreds of Tweets on Twitter (@BryanWilley78),the re-activation of my RDS-HD, the organization of 3 Fantasy Pools, the clearing up of my PVR for game time and of course the dusting off of my Habs memorabilia which was painstakingly locked away; I have been a busy man.
None the less, this process has been nothing but pleasant. It is so refreshing to talk NHL hockey again but the pinnacle of my excitement was the announcement today that Mike Commodore will be invited to the Montreal Canadiens training camp.
Ok take a moment; I will wait for the laughter to seize before I proceed.
Seriously though, if you have been following me since I was first invited to HabsAddict.com you’ll likely recognize the fact that when it comes to hockey, I like my players rough and gritty.
I obviously cheer for the stars like Tomas Plekanec,Vincent Damphousse or Andrei Markov but my favorite players have always been the likes of players like Scott Thornton or Ryan White.
When it comes to Mike Commodore specifically, I admit that I have a soft spot for the guy. Sure much of it has to do with the fact that he and I have had some conversations on Twitter or perhaps it has to do with the images of him talking to the media in his torn up bathrobe, his lion main like hair flowing in the wind while on his Stanley Cup run with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
In all seriousness though, we need a guy like Commodore.
I know that Commodore is getting older. I know that he has lost a step and as a result has bounced around with a few teams over the past few seasons.
What differs in this situation is that in Montreal,Commodore would be nothing more than a depth d-man. A player to call upon against physical teams or when the team is plagued with injuries.
A player who at 33 years of age can sit for six or seven games in a row without management having to worry about his development or playing time.
Furthermore, think about our roster for a second.
Here are the eight defensemen penciled onto the roster for the balance of the 2013 season; Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges, Alexei Emelin, Raphael Diaz, Yannick Weber, Francis Boullion and Tomas Kaberle.
Of these eight players, five of them are 6’0 or smaller and apart from Alexei Emelin and perhaps Gorges or Subban none of them have the size/strength to deny the opposition from the front of the net.
Our D-core is one dimensional. They are small and offensive minded who struggle in the defensive zone and who lack the ability to contain the opposition one on one.
Management took a big step which they decided that playing guys like Mathieu Darche or Tom Pyatt on the fourth line was not a productive game plan yet nothing has been done to alter the plan on defense.
It is time to get rid of our one-dimensional style of play and implement players of different abilities or skill sets and right now we need a veteran D-man with the ability to clear the net and drop the gloves.
This is one fan hoping that Mike Commodore is that guy.