Habs 9-2 Beating by Caps Highlights New Regime’s Struggles in Montreal HOCKEY CRUNCH by Jamie Gilcig

DECEMBER 31, 2022 – This is the last Hockey Crunch for the year. As some of our viewers know yours truly was the first NHL Analytics hire, all the way back in 1995 for the Habs. While things have come a long way since I used an old Sony VHS deck with a shuttle (the… Continue reading Habs 9-2 Beating by Caps Highlights New Regime’s Struggles in Montreal HOCKEY CRUNCH by Jamie Gilcig

Habs Win Opening Night vs Leafs – HOCKEY CRUNCH by Jamie Gilcig

October 13, 2022 – It wasn’t a great game, but it was entertaining. The kids were alright except for Slafkovsky who really needs to get to the AHL and play lots of minutes. Mostly he needs to keep his feet moving. Compared to Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Harris, and Arber Xhekaj, #1 looked a bit lost… Continue reading Habs Win Opening Night vs Leafs – HOCKEY CRUNCH by Jamie Gilcig

Make or Break Year for GM Kyle Dubas & Leaf Core. HOCKEY CRUNCH by Jamie Gilcig

October 12, 2022 – It’s that time! First game of the season when all looks optimistic and the dew is fresh. The big question is can the Leafs shake this first round and out that they’ve been enduring? Did they do enough in the off season? This writer thinks not. The core really wasn’t touched.… Continue reading Make or Break Year for GM Kyle Dubas & Leaf Core. HOCKEY CRUNCH by Jamie Gilcig

NHL OPENING DAY – Did Habs Really Improve? by Jamie Gilcig – HOCKEY CRUNCH

October 10, 2022 – There’s a lot of excitement in la belle province as the season kicks off against The Leafs. The Habs didn’t win a pre season game this year, but this scribbler predicts a pounding of Toronto tonight. It’s not that the team is that much better. It’s just good drama. Under Jeff… Continue reading NHL OPENING DAY – Did Habs Really Improve? by Jamie Gilcig – HOCKEY CRUNCH

Hockey Canada Scandal Demands Nothing Less Than A Clean Sweep. By Jamie Gilcig HOCKEY CRUNCH

OCTOBER 5, 2022 – The problem with lawyers is that while the great ones can prove in court that elephants just might be able to fly; in the real world, when the issue is heinous enough, it doesn’t really matter if elephants can indeed fly or not. In this situation it’s gone way past the… Continue reading Hockey Canada Scandal Demands Nothing Less Than A Clean Sweep. By Jamie Gilcig HOCKEY CRUNCH

Looking @ the Habs the Morning of Free Agency 2022. By Jamie Gilcig HOCKEY CRUNCH Have They Moved Forward?

July 13, 2022 – As I sit here pondering whether the Habs under new GM Kent Hughes are doing well or not I’m mulling over their core. Clearly the Habs are not addressing the very real factor that the team needs a few francophone players in their core. Right now there seems a huge opportunity… Continue reading Looking @ the Habs the Morning of Free Agency 2022. By Jamie Gilcig HOCKEY CRUNCH Have They Moved Forward?

NHL Ontario News: Mikheyev & Campbell Updates, Senators Looking At Buyout Options, More

Maple Leafs Are Likely Losing Ilya Mikheyev Ilya Mikheyev is coming off the best season of his young NHL career, but his price tag will likely be too much for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27-year-old speedster tallied 21 goals and 11 assists in 53 games for the Maple Leafs last year. Toronto would obviously… Continue reading NHL Ontario News: Mikheyev & Campbell Updates, Senators Looking At Buyout Options, More

HOCKEY CRUNCH – Leafs Choke Again in Game 7 – Tampa Moves to Second Round. By Jamie Gilcig

May 15, 2022 – For Leaf nation it’s essentially like living in the movie Ground Hog Day. A really good team racking up the points during the regular season and failing for the sixth year in a row to move forward. Frankly Leaf fans deserve better. Connor McDavid put on a show leading his team… Continue reading HOCKEY CRUNCH – Leafs Choke Again in Game 7 – Tampa Moves to Second Round. By Jamie Gilcig

Hockey Crunch – By Jamie Gilcig – Kent Hughes Hiring Reflects on Quebecois Culture & Nordiques Expos Reality

January 23, 2022 – Kudos to Geoff Molson. The Jeff Gorton & Kent Hughes hires feel good. As someone that was the Habs first Analytics guy and video statographer back in the 90’s it’s great to see the team finally take some strong steps forward with a clear focus to winning. As this scribbler has… Continue reading Hockey Crunch – By Jamie Gilcig – Kent Hughes Hiring Reflects on Quebecois Culture & Nordiques Expos Reality

HOCKEY CRUNCH By Jamie Gilcig – Oilers Slipping Out of Contention. Can Their Season Be Saved?

JANUARY 7, 2022 – GM Ken Holland has to be feeling the pressure. He gambled with the Duncan Keith trade and the signing of Zach Hyman & Cody Ceci while not truly addressing the team’s goaltending issues. The team jumped out to a great start, but now are 2-6-2 in their last team with McDavid… Continue reading HOCKEY CRUNCH By Jamie Gilcig – Oilers Slipping Out of Contention. Can Their Season Be Saved?

How Bad Will Habs Be This Year? HOCKEY CRUNCH By Jamie Gilcig

NOVEMBER 7, 2021- Hoo boy. First we had that lovely start to the season and now it appears, unless Jake Allen notches a shut out, wins will be infrequent. Carey Price is coming back soon, but he didn’t perform much better statistically than Jake Allen last year during the regular season nor much better than… Continue reading How Bad Will Habs Be This Year? HOCKEY CRUNCH By Jamie Gilcig

Understanding NHL Culture re KYLE BEACH & Aaron Rodgers is a Scumbag HOCKEY CRUNCH by Jamie Gilcig

November 8, 2021 – I was mulling whether to write about the Kyle Beach NHL Sex Scandal or not. After all, what could I add? Well a lot, but did I want to? And then the Aaron Rodgers getting Covid-19 while breaking NFL protocols and putting others at risk happened. Who you are many times… Continue reading Understanding NHL Culture re KYLE BEACH & Aaron Rodgers is a Scumbag HOCKEY CRUNCH by Jamie Gilcig

Kyle Beach Brad Aldrich Case Means A Lot of People Need to be Fired From Hockey. By Jamie Gilcig #HOCKEYCRUNCH

October 28, 2021 – We now know that former 11th overall pick Kyle Beach was John Doe in the sexual assault cover up by Black Hawk management back 2010 that led to other victims before Brad Aldrich, a video coach, was finally charged by police after assaulting a high school student. While the minutiae of… Continue reading Kyle Beach Brad Aldrich Case Means A Lot of People Need to be Fired From Hockey. By Jamie Gilcig #HOCKEYCRUNCH

HOCKEYCRUNCH – Can the Habs Make the Playoffs? By Jamie Gilcig

September 26, 2021 – It was an amazing finish to a frankly disappointing season last year. Injury to your franchise player, mental health issues for your most expensive forward, dealing with a pandemic, and literally backing into the playoffs in a weakened single season division. Them’s not betting odd conditions. Add in your opposition losing… Continue reading HOCKEYCRUNCH – Can the Habs Make the Playoffs? By Jamie Gilcig

I like Dvorak, but KK Fiasco Move Habs Backwards. By Jamie Gilcig

September 7, 2021 – Cap & asset management are critical in today’s NHL. This week we have seen Habs GM Marc Bergevin lose a 3rd overall pick for a 1st and 3rd round pick. Cleary the drafting and development of KK was an error. A bad pick for #3 overall and poor development as the… Continue reading I like Dvorak, but KK Fiasco Move Habs Backwards. By Jamie Gilcig

HOCKEYCRUNCH – Why This Will be Marc Bergevin’s Last Year as Hab GM. By Jamie Gilcig

AUGUST 26, 2021 – Weird things happen in Hockey. The sad prevailing philosophy of the great franchise known as the Montreal Canadians is to “make the playoffs”. Anything can happen. Well it did happen last year. Through misfortune to opposition that no Vegas odds maker would account for the Habs had a chance to move… Continue reading HOCKEYCRUNCH – Why This Will be Marc Bergevin’s Last Year as Hab GM. By Jamie Gilcig

HOCKEY CRUNCH – Habs Improved After Draft & Free Agent Frenzy. Eichel not best Choice for Centre Addition. By Jamie Gilcig

July 31, 2021 – With Covid-19 impacting the globe it’s no surprise that it would impact the hockey world. Choosing all the way down at 31st the Habs either could trade up; dump the pick, or go all in and draft Logan Mailloux who normally would not be available at 31. After enduring a social… Continue reading HOCKEY CRUNCH – Habs Improved After Draft & Free Agent Frenzy. Eichel not best Choice for Centre Addition. By Jamie Gilcig

HOCKEY CRUNCH – Habs Bold Pick of Logan Mailloux Simply Smart Hockey. By Jamie Gilcig

JULY 25, 2021 – The ultimate goal in any professional team sport at the highest level is ultimate victory. The Habs had a taste this year by fumbling into the final before being blown out of the water by the defending Champs. Now with word that Shea Weber may be done, along with other team… Continue reading HOCKEY CRUNCH – Habs Bold Pick of Logan Mailloux Simply Smart Hockey. By Jamie Gilcig

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