Let me be the first to admit it, I haven’t written a Hot or Cold post in a while this season. Since October to be completely honest. With the season our Habs have had, I found it difficult to write about them, even more so to find a player to whom I could give a hot rating. But the season is over now, so I figured I might as well write a new Hot or Cold based on the season as a whole. There were some good things after all.
Wow, amazing, incredible. These are some just some of the words I can think of to summarize the season Desharnais has had. His stats are amazing considering he played on a last place team. He earned a total of 60 points (16-44) in 81 games and a +/- rating of +10. Back in February 2011 I stated that #51 reminded me off Martin St.Louis. I haven’t changed my mind about him at all, I’m going to put it out there and say that after this season, I feel that Desharnais will turn out to be better than Martin St.Louis.
In my opinion Max Pacioretty was the team’s best and most consistent player by far this season. I cant help but think back to that devastating hit he suffered from Zdeno Chara last season which put him head-first into a Bell Center stanchion. Had someone told me last year that he would come back better I would’ve agreed, but I never thought he would come back as strong as he did and finish the season leading the team in points (33-32-65) and second to only Erik Cole in the goals column. He also finished the season second to Erik Cole in Game-Winning-Goals with 5. But it was mostly his determination and style of play that impressed me this season. If he can come back next year and play the same way he did this season, I would be surprised if he breaks his own personal records again.
Yes I did. I gave Budaj a COLD rating. Many of you will argue that Price and Budaj’s stats are farely close and don’t differ all that much (2.43 GAA .916 SAV% and 2.55 GAA .913SAV% respectively) but I still feel like Budaj could’ve and should’ve done better when the team called upon him. Watching the backup goalie this year, I felt far too often that he was letting in weak goals. Goals that quite frankly a goalie that plays at the NHL level should be able to stop with ease. How many goals were scored on him that literally went through him. Goals that he just got a piece of when he should’ve stopped them completely. I’ve lost count. But if anyone out there knows, please let me know.
I hoped we were getting “Toronto Kaberle” in the Spacek trade. What we got instead was the worst trade of the season. I honestly don’t feel that 3 goals and 19 assists in 43 games since joining the Habs is enough from someone considered to be a “Powerplay Specialist”. That was after all the explanation given to justify the trade and it didnt pay off at all. With a cap hit of 4.25 million, the new GM needs to offload this dead weight of a player or I will be greatly disappointed next season. Honestly, all that stood out about Kaberle for me this season was the size of his stick.
As for the rest of the team, without going into detail, these are the ratings I gave them:
Rene Bourque: COLD, Mike Blunden:COLD, Erik Cole: HOT, Mathieu Darche:COLD, Lars Eller: HOT, Brian Gionta:COLD, Scott Gomez:COLD, Travis Moen:COLD, Petteri Nokelainen:COLD, Tomas Plekanec:COLD, Brad Staubitz: HOT, Ryan White: HOT, Chris Campoli:COLD, Raphael Diaz: HOT, Alexei Emelin: HOT, Josh Gorges: HOT, Andrei Markov: HOT, PK Subban: HOT, Yannick Weber:COLD, Carey Price: HOT.