About last night …

EllerEdm

“They take a lot risks, a lot of chances,” Eller said. “They’re a little all over the place. There’s not a lot of structure always in their game.”
In his comments after Edmonton’s 4-3 win, Eakins called out Eller by name, suggesting strongly that young players should keep their mouths shut.
“When you have a player like Lars Eller running his mouth before the game, it makes for great banter in our dressing room and great motivation,” Eakins said. “So, we thank Lars Eller for his comments before the game. Awesome.”
The children-should-be-seen-and-not-heard view was echoed by Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.
“He’s a young player, and he’ll learn from it,” Therrien said. “They were inappropriate comments.”
So scratch Lars Eller as a source of interesting information.
He’ll be guarded in his remarks for the rest of the season … maybe for the rest of his career.

If Eller were speaking candidly, he might want to ask Eakins why his grievously insulted Oilers – who surely knew about the inflammatory “junior team” quote before the puck was dropped – were outshot 14-8, outhit 11-9 and lost 15 of 18 faceoffs in the first period.

Perhaps with his team trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, Eakins stormed into the room and roared: “You’re playing like Lars (expletive deleted) Eller says you do.”

Eller might want to ask his own coach why the Canadiens have blown 2-0 and 3-0 leads against Edmonton and Columbus, respectively.

And why they suck in the second period this season – outscored 9-6 and outshot in seven of nine games.

Even in their best games this season, the wins in Vancouver and Winnipeg, the Canadiens have taken their foot off the gas pedal after 20 minutes. They got away with it against the Blue Jackets, but the lapse was costly on Tuesday night.

Given life when Ales Hemsky was left shockingly unmarked and beat Carey Price from a sweet spot in the slot, the Oilers added three unanswered goals and outshot the home team 24-18 over the final 40 minutes. The Oilers also outhit the Canadiens 23-14 over the final two periods.

The Canadiens were leading 2-0 midway through the second period when, during a TV timeout, the scoreboard flashed a shot of Roman Hamrlik in the stands. The Bell Centre crowd gave the veteran defenceman, who announced his retirement this week, a warm and sustained ovation.

As well they should. Hamrlik gave the the Canadiens yeoman service, particularly during Andrei Markov’s prolonged absences.

There were times, as the energetic Oilers buzzed around Price’s net, when the Canadiens could have used good ol’ number 44 to steady the defence corps … and I don’t mean Davis Drewiske.

P.K. Subban was on the ice for six goals – three by the Canadiens and three by Edmonton. The Oilers were not as successful as Nashville in containing P.K. who, as usual, made enough superhuman plays to fill a highlight reel and lift the spirits of Bell Centre fans who wonder why it costs $150 to watch Travis Moen.

Once again, Francis Bouillon had to play unreasonable minutes: 16:48. Hamrlik used to play upwards of 26 minutes when Markov was out, but the Bull is not a Hammer. Bouillon ended the night as the only Canadien at minus-2.

To be fair, the Canadiens didn’t lose because of Francis Bouillon … or Lars Eller. The latter took some big hits from vengeful Oilers and still led all Canadiens forwards in ToI, at 19:13, while dishing out a couple solid checks of his own and winning 12 of 16 faceoffs.

The new line of Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and rookie Michaël Bournival had 12 of the Canadiens’ 32 shots. But Pleks and Gionta were on the ice for the Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones goals that put Edmonton in front to stay.

Ryan White was a monster on draws, 10-2. He and rookie Patrick Holland, playing his first NHL game, were effective as fourth liners and penalty-killers.

Brendan Gallagher scored his fifth goal. He’s tied with Phil Kessel, Pavel Datsyuk, Steven Stamkos, Evander Kane, Jeff Carter, James van Riemsdyk and Corey Perry – none of whom endure the physical pounding to which Gallagher is subjected by Edmonton and every other team the Canadiens face.

Alex Galchenyuk was on the ice for the Ladislav Smid and Jeff Petry goals that got Edmonton back into the game. He had some sweet moves in the offensive zone, but the kid gets lost from time to time in his own end. Blame it on his youth. Galchenyuk will get better.

Will David Desharnais get better? Not on the evidence of this game. DD’s confidence is at such a low ebb that even his passes have become tentative and erratic. It’s so bad that Desharnais is messing up Rene Bourque – something the winger is capable of doing on his own.

Until Tuesday night, the Canadiens had not lost consecutive games this season.

Next up is the emotional return of Saku Koivu in an Anaheim jersey on Thursday and – gulp! – the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

 

 

 

345 Comments

  1. DipsyDoodler says:

    #1 Injuries.

    #2 Team Defence

    #3 Defence proper (apart from our top two our D is very weak – the young ones aren’t ready, Gorges, Cube and Diaz are all disappointing).

    #4 The Powerplay

    #5 Stamina?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The team physician should be able to solve #5 with a simple prescription right? So then we only have to deal with #1 through #4.

    • You’re right about our D, but to be fair, they’re in transition. The D that MB envisioned for this fall was:

      Emelin-Markov
      Gorges-Subban
      Murray-Diaz
      Bouillon

      Come November, hopefully that’s what we’ll see. Both offence and physicality on all three pairings. Bouillon would be a perfect 7th D, who’s all heart and reasonably good at everything. And next year, I’d wager that Diaz and Murray are replaced by older, wiser versions of Tinordi and Beaulieu — by then, that’s hopefully an upgrade on both counts.

      Agree that too many of our forwards are mediocre in the D zone, but many of them are either young and learning (Galchenyuk, Gallagher) or old and not in the long-term plan (Briere).


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  2. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Skip this post if Eakins’ inanity about Eller didn’t steam you.

    On young players keeping their mouth shut, there’s this from Eakins’ (rather brief) entry on Wikipedia:

    “Eakins once made a bet with Cincinnati radio personality Dennis “Wildman” Walker of WEBN while a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones that he would not score more than 3 goals in one season. Wildman Walker known for his “Big Hair” stated that Eakins could shave his head at centre ice of the Cincinnati Gardens if he eclipsed that mark. Eakins not only scored six goals, but did it in 30 games. The head shaving took place at centre ice, prior to a game in December 1994, against the Long Beach Ice Dogs.”

    Presumably this example of Eakins keeping his mouth shut comes courtesy of the book “Journeymen: 24 Bittersweet Tales of Short Major League Sports Careers” which features him.

    Not short enough in his case. However, the season is young.

  3. adamkennelly says:

    Habs should send DD down – he will not be claimed at his current cap hit but – bring him back up and BOOM – someone grabs him for half the hit and voila – problem solved.

    also – I don’t know if it still works that way – but it used to.

  4. bwoar says:

    Galchenyuk is terrible in his own zone. That’s probably why he’s not playing centre.

    “thoroughbred”

  5. Lafleurguy says:

    Early signs are that Galchenyuk is turning out to be a Marian Gaborik type of player. Speed and great hands, but not among the best at puck possession (Crosby, Subban, Karlsson, Malkin).

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    My nomination for post of the day, Habfan 10912 (one of my favourites was in near panic) Our friends response?

    Quack!…..quack, quack, quack, quack, quack!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Well spotted, Burly, and well nominated.
      Sometimes vocal is better than verbal. (And here our friend LG is very reminiscent of Charlie Brown’s teacher, my hero and model).
      I have the knife in Eakins at the moment, and was intending to leave it there and give it the occasional twist, while in fact a bit of vocal, non-verbal expression might prove more effective. The duck has already spoken — is there a poster with a donkey avatar?

  7. olegpetrov says:

    Amazing the stuff being said on here.

    First, DD. The guy was LOVED on HIO in his second year when he got 60pts. Then, in a 48 game season, he puts up 28pts and people want to trade/demote/bury/crucify him. While I am not good a mathing, I am pretty confident in saying that he was only 5pts off those 60 pts from the previous year. Why is that so bad? The guy was a nobody when he came in and played stellar. He then became a somebody and was noticed when on the ice. I know DD hasn’t been playing up to snuff, but really, last year wasn’t that bad and there’s still a TON of time this year.

    Second, the tankers. Get a grip people. Nine games in to the bloody season. 2 crappy games and you are calling for tanking? What the hell!!! They have lost all their muscle to injuries. Prust is a KEY player who plays PP, PK, Defensive, Offensive etc. Pacioretty…the leading scorer and a solid power forward…also key. Parros, there to add some sting to the team…also key considering the fact that the Habs have lacked “tough” guys for a while. Emelin, probably one of the most feared hitters in the league…well, you know that story.

    If this persists over the next 10 games, then you can have something to whine about. Until then, relax and see what happens. As us homebrewers say, RDWHAHB (relax, don’t worry, have a home brew).

    Lastly…well…that is all :)

    Habs fan…Nuff said

    • JUST ME says:

      You should copy your message every half hour, maybe it would put some sense into some people`s comments (i am naive).

      Funny how people appreciate the plan that was presented and were ready to wait and see how thing evolved and furthermore were impressed with the players that were in the wings either in Hamilton or in their junior or european teams.

      But lose a game and it`s trade everyone ,bench the others…

      I`ll never get used to this. I can appreciate that people hate losing but it`s the foolish comments that comes with it that i am tired of seing over ad over again. I also cannot bear hearing media personalities that pretend to be expert when you know that they would be offered their fat a** on a platter by every player in the league…

  8. Mattyleg says:

    Here’s a question for yez:

    Lots of people demanding that we get rid of certain players (the usual suspects, mostly, Briere, DD, etc.) so that we can FREE UP CAP SPACE!!!

    I keep hearing that.

    Why are we in a panic to FREE UP CAP SPACE?

    Who are we going to get with all this FREE (up) CAP SPACE?

    Malkin?
    Weber?
    Hartnell?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      I don’t really care about cap space, it sure is a commodity, can be used for trades, especially since teams can retain salary.
      But I don’t like DD because he is mostly a liability unless he is in the offensive zone with 2 bulldozers playing on his wing.
      And Brière is just similar but older and more injury prone.

      They don’t really fit the motive of trying to break our small team status either.
      Basically they are a liability out there, and if that’s case might as well be a younger player making mistakes than those 2 vets.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I agree about DD, I’m getting a bit fed up with him too, but I believe he will come back.

      But it’s the cap-space talk that I don’t get, and lots of people are throwing it around.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Eddie says:

      Free cap space gives a GM more options.

      Like free cash flow for a business or extra disposable income for a consumer.

      First you need the flexibility, then you can make the moves – especially trades I would say more than free agent signings.

      Key trades must be added to the core who have come up through our system. Simply waiting and waiting for guys who are 2, 3, 4 years away from even their 1st game in the NHL, is NOT the way to go.

      And you can make much better “key trades” if you have the cap space to deal from a position of strength.

      Who you actually acquire is a function of who is available.

      Now that you mentioned Shea Weber, I will say “yes” to that option, thank you very much.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        When Boston won their Cup, they only had 3 or their original draft choices on the roster.
        Lucic-Bergeron-Marchand…4, if you included Seguin who didn’t play much in the playoffs.
        All the others were acquired by UFA signings and trades.

      • ont fan says:

        The players you get for Briere or DD in a trade will be somebody elses Briere or DD. These guys are just stop gaps for the moment. When you want quality in a trade you have to give up quality. Quality has a hefty contract that will be swithced in said trades. Don’t get the cap space deal when we aren’t in a position to contend.

      • Mattyleg says:

        But Eddie, those players aren’t available, is what I’m saying.

        A GM isn’t going to trade away a good player.
        Just because we can fit Weber under our cap doesn’t mean that we will.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • CalgaryHab says:

      I choose Hartnell – he meets the criteria of being currently injured.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Matty

      Sometimes it’s just a question of being in the way, and being in the wrong mix.

      I’ll send it back to you.
      Would you rather see Galchenyuk centering a line and learning his craft there?
      I realise that would mean splitting up the Eller line, yet once Max and Prust get back, that needs to be done.
      Then your top 3 Cs are some combo of Eller-Plex-Galchenyuk.
      Could you live with that?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Resigning Eller, PK, perhaps Markov and at least one or two UFA’s would be my guess.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      You can pile the cash on the goalmouth.

    • oldtimerguy says:

      cap space is the holy grail in the modern NHL….we will need it to pay subban, emelin, eller, and then in 2 yrs, galchenyuk, gallagher, tinordi, beaulieu and others…

      • Mattyleg says:

        We will pay those players anyway.
        Getting rid of DD now just for cap space is not going to help us sign people in 2 years’ time.

        The cap-space argument for getting rid of players is a poor one.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Cal says:

      Don’t know about you, Matty, but my CAP has been too tight for a long time. Not enough SPACE.

  9. shiram says:

    Habs can buyout Desharnais on the 15th of June 2014, and it would put a $1,166,667 cap hit until 19-20 season.

    Poll question should ask all the GMs on here would they pull the trigger on it.

    • The Cat says:

      Ive defended DD, he has some sweet hands, but the pressure is getting to him – trying to be the go-to guy and being the go-to guy is a big change. I think hes got to go. Ill give MB the benefit of the doubt for signing him, the Cole trade is still the one that makes me scratch my head.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  10. Flanelette says:

    There is absolutely no reason to believe the Canadiens will be contenders this year. Who was added in the off season? Murray, Parros and Brière? Sorry. The defence is their biggest weakness, I guess although obviously size up front…wow a LOT of things need to be fixed. It’ll take time and we’ve been saying that for YEARS.
    As for a deal with Edmonton: maybe David Perron would be an easier target? Geez they have a lot of talent up front.

    • Mattyleg says:

      There is absolutely no reason to believe the Canadiens will NOT be contenders this year.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Eddie says:

        We do not have the depth on defence to contend.

      • gmur says:

        …unless they play like they did last night.

        - Price wasn’t on his game;
        - Forwards were inconsistent and played small;
        - Defence was not physical enough.
        - Veterans like Gionta missed very good scoring opportunities in the 1st when it was 2-0 that could have put the game away.

        Let’s see… goalie was mediocre, defence was soft, forwards didn’t score and were soft… that doesn’t sound like a playoff team to me.

        It’s only one game, but the writing is on the wall. If the injury bug keeps rearing its ugly head, we’re in trouble. We need Emelin, Pacioretty, Prust, …

        and Parros and Murray in the lineup when players jump on Gallagher.

        When a player goes after Gallagher, we shouldn’t only go after the other player, as Moen did, we should send out someone like White/Moen/Parros to chat up one of the opposing team’s small offensive players; say, Arcobello or Yakupov. That shouldn’t have to come from the coaches… players have to fight for each other and send a message to the other teams; screw around with our skill guys and we’ll go after yours.

        • Mattyleg says:

          I agree, if we play badly, we won’t make it.
          But all teams will get injuries, and hopefully we’re getting our allotment now, and will come back stronger later.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • oldtimerguy says:

      perron is a good player but injury prone.

  11. John Q Public says:

    Maybe someone connected can get them an espresso machine quick.
    Every time they leave the locker room they get a shot.

    “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.”

  12. CalgaryHab says:

    The list of our injured players starts and ends with Emelin, Patches and Prust.

    Murray, Parrros and Briere were signed as damaged goods and there should be no surprise as to their current status.

    • knob says:

      Agreed, kinda. The loss of Emelin, Patches and Prust is devestating. I beleive that Parros does have something to offer this team, if not toughness, it will be confidence that the other players will have just knowing that he is out there. I don’t know what Murray will bring and I’m not convinced that Briere will have any impact, if he ever plays again.

  13. The Cat says:

    I for one am glad Hamrlik got some love from the fans. I got to hand it Boone – he always trumpeted him on HIO, whereas most posters were absurdly and uncomprehendingly disrespectful of Hamrlik, whose service for the habs was heroic.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  14. ooder says:

    i still don’t understand who 2 defencemen, Subban and Markov, provide so much more offense and opportunities than 9 other forwards.
    I don’t just mean shots from the point, just the way they set things up, bring the puck into the zone and confuse the opposition.
    It’s ridiculous!!!
    Subban slices through everyone and maybe tries a bit much because he realises that if it’s not Eller’s line on the ice, then our chances of scoring reduce drastically.

  15. L Elle says:

    “Coach Therrien, what did you make of Eller’s comments earlier today?”

    “I think you guys make mountains out of molehills. If you had listened to the gist of it, all Lars was saying was, we have to play well because with all the young and skillful players Edmonton has, we really have to be ready because anything can happen.”

    Public speaking, not one of Therrien’s strong suits.

  16. oldtimerguy says:

    Before we right off a guy that got 60 pts in his first full NHL season, (which was no fluke) maybe we ought to try him on wing where he has less responsibility of a centreman, less pressure, and can be free to create…he looked pretty good against the b’s a few yrs ago in the playoffs on the wing until his knee got tweaked…

  17. Mats Naslund says:

    If it was Eller’s comments that fired up the Oilers – why did they still play like a Junior team for most of the game? They were terrible! It was said in the recap – right before the 2-1 goal Montreal had an amazing chance to go up 3-0. If they did you could forget a comeback. They scored though – and even though they did they continued to cough up the puck time and time again. Montreal didn’t finish and that is the story. A soft 4th goal iced the night for Montreal. No biggie – move on.

    • CalgaryHab says:

      You’re right – move on. It’s a little tougher when it’s against a terrible team that you dominated for the first period and were lifeless for the 2nd and 3rd. Everyone will be fine tomorrow when there is other issues to worry about.

  18. bel33 says:

    Is it just me… or do any of you hope as well that Chucky (still don’t really like that nickname) gets a goal or two soon so he doesn’t forget he can score some real beauties?

    - I’d buy that for a dollar! -

    • oldtimerguy says:

      yes, he needs to find his shot…it’ll come…

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      He’ll be ok.
      He’s had some great chances and continues to work very hard.
      The difference this year is that the Eller line is now being noticed and considered the #1 line by the opposing teams.
      That means going up against the best D pairing and top lines

    • Mattyleg says:

      Yes. He needs to start putting the puck in the net.
      He’s been pretty invisible for the last couple of games.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. Walmyr says:

    So…
    LL in?
    DD out?…
    just for a couple of games…couple of weeks maybe…no?

  20. Maritime Ronn says:

    Habfan10912 says:

    “…..What I really found interesting was her mention of “passengers”……The club will essentially be playing with a cap hit which is 3.5 million dollars less then the rest of the league. And to continue to play him makes the impact that much worse.”
    ———–
    Hi Jim

    If the Habs want to get rid of Desharnais, there are options:

    1) Trade.
    The new 2013 NHL CBA rules now allow a team to retain up to 50% of salary Cap Hit in a trade.

    2) Put him on Waivers and hope he is claimed. The Habs would rid themselves of his Salary and Cap hit of $3.5M for the 3 years following this one.

    3) If he is not claimed and goes to Hamilton, the Habs would still incur a Cap Hit, yet his Habs Cap hit would decrease from $3.5M to $2.675M, but his full salary would have to be paid to him even at the AHL level.

    4) Play out the year and buy-out in June 2014:

    For Mr. Molson, that means paying 2/3 of the remaining total salary over double the time left on the contract.
    In other words, $7M paid out over 6 years instead of $10.5M in the next 3 years after this one.

    The other consideration in a Buy-out is the Cap Hit.
    Instead of $3.5M for the next 3 years, the Habs would show only $1.67M per year for the next 6 years.

    • Eddie says:

      Im going way out on a limb here and suggest that the ONLY way Desharnais is moved is with a legitimate trade. Buying him out, placing him on waivers are out of the question.

      A first year GM gave a local “hero” a 4 year extension after 1 successful season in the NHL. Bergeron will not want to exaggerate this mistake with a buyout or waivers.

      And I would bet you a buck that any trade involving Desharnais brings another local player back in return.

      • oldtimerguy says:

        close to 3 successful seasons you mean….first abbreviated season he gets 22 in 43 games on the 3rd and 4th lines, next full season, 60 in 81, next season, abbreviated 48 games, he gets 28 in 48. I would call that fairly successful on a team struggling to find its way, struggling to find players with chemistry, dealing off one of his key linemates along the way..etc..etc…good gm’s don’t just throw away guys with talent…in his case, he needs to be surrounded by big linemates who have skill, not moen and bourque. I’d like to see pleks centering pacc and dd and see what they can do.

        • knob says:

          28 points for a guy who gets first line minutes and PP time is not successful. Sorry.

          • oldtimerguy says:

            sorry, 28 in 48 aint bad… or .58 ppg. Not so bad at all. and that’s with cole sucking and then being traded….

          • 28 in 48 is about right for $3.5M/year. Both the point total and salary are decent 2nd/3rd line numbers.


            Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          You should look at the ‘what have you done for me lately’ category instead of ancient history
          Here, I’ll help out.

          First of all, who cares about personal numbers on a 28th place team where the opposition didn’t take the Habs seriously.
          Those numbers mean nothing today

          Now for the reality check.

          This is not just an 9 game slump.
          It was a no show during last year’s playoffs along with a lousy last 23 games last year and another 9 and counting this year

          Desharnais was allowed “Premiun Top 6 minutes” and “Premium Power Play” time.
          In his last 39 games, he has 3 goals and 11 Assists – and that equates to a 6 goal/29 point regular 82 game season.

          And then you want Desharnais on the wing?
          To go into the corners and battle for pucks?

          Apart from that, he is in the way of developing C guys like Galchenyuk-Bournival and some may even argue Louis Leblanc

          • oldtimerguy says:

            I agree that we ought to put galch at center but putting dd on wing might make sense IF he is paired with top line guys…he was awfully good vs. the b’s on the wing in the playoffs. im not ready to write him off… he’s got a ton of talent and has excelled in the right conditions before…at every level…and that’s not luck…dd on the wing with less defensive responsibility might make a lot of sense…id for sure try pacc with eller at center and dd on wing….or pacc with pleks center and dd on wing. and by the way, that’s not ancient history and those numbers do matter and did count…I could easily argue that dd helped cole and pacc have awesome years..in fact, it was both of their best years…coincidence? I don’t think so.

  21. Mattyleg says:

    We need to go into our next games with the type of ‘backs to the wall’ attitude that we should have with so many injured players.

    We need to say to ourselves that in order to win, with the missing pieces we have, we need to play extra-hard through three periods.

    I have the feeling that the team is ingoring that and trying to think of it as ‘business as usual’.

    Gotta get desperate.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  22. knob says:

    Since the time DD signed his extension I did not care for him. My malice for him was more of the coaches doing though. I felt that DD always got unwarranted ice time and prime spots on the team (PP, 1st line mins) while better players (Galchenyuk, Eller, and Plek) had to sit at the back of the bus. Now that MT has demoted him and taken is PP time away I don’t mind DD. Don’t get me wrong, I think that he should still be replaced but at least now I can deal with him for the next 3 seasons. Ultimately though I would prefere a two-way centre for the third line role that plays a physical game…

    • CalgaryHab says:

      DD’s usefulness is currently limited to that of the Scotiabank flag bearer. He’s roughly the same size and skates about as well. He does make more than most flag bearers who I believe are volunteers.

  23. Lafleurguy says:

    In addition to Louis Leblanc’s game winner in OT, Akim Aliu had a big goal late in the Bulldogs game.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  24. knob says:

    Someone (White/Moen) should have knocked out Schmid. He started taking liberties with our players, which started an irreversible trend leading to our demise last night.

  25. Lafleurguy says:

    When is Colorado and their new assistant coach, Andre Tourigny, coming to town or is it too early to ask (premature interrogation)?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  26. aemarchand11 says:

    Im sick of reading about this stupid quote. Dallas Eakins will take anything he can get considering his start to the season is one to be forgotten. Sportsnet was milking it the entire hockey game, and watching with a bunch of oiler fans it was not let down the entire game.

    I read it, what’s the big deal? Im sure it was brought out of context, the question asked to him probably revolved around why the oilers are so skilled but are struggling. Young mistake to call it like it is, but it was harmless and blown out of proportion.

    Habs lost because the got their heads lost up their arses.

    • Cal says:

      Should have given them a map. Or GPS or something. Getting lost like that is a dirty business.

    • CalgaryHab says:

      You’re right about Sportsnet. They would just not shut up about it. And after reading it it wasn’t that off base.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      aem,

      I agree completely and especially liked the excellent and concise game summary of your last sentence!

      I would add to it that, personally, the last thing I want is Eller — or any other player — to be coerced into uttering the homogenised white noise that supposedly prevents other teams from beating you!

      Just as Eller’s thoughtful and respectful but misused comments did NOT lose the game last night, Prust’s heartfelt marine biology reference to Paul Maclean did not cost us the Ottawa series. In fact, without the intensified solidarity which that reference no doubt generated within the team, we might have lost it quicker.

      Indeed, who exactly other than coaches and management want players to spew meaningless truisms and generalisations? Players would surely prefer to express themselves honestly when they want, the fans prefer to hear what they truly think, and of course the media are ravenous for it.

      Screw the suits, load up the notice boards all you want. Then play the game.

  27. Price07 says:

    Eller was right tho…the oilers are a terribly unorganized team that is rather easy to play against when you play well enough. Unfortunately, the habs only played well for 20 minutes. I’d still be very worried if I was an oilers fan.

  28. Maritime Ronn says:

    Still way too early to panic.

    October-November-early December hockey is like Thursday and Friday at The Masters.
    As the old saying goes, you don’t win The Masters on Thursday or Friday, but you can certainly lose it and play yourself out of contention and miss the cut.

    So what has history shown that it takes to make the playoffs, or 8th place in the Eastern Conference over the past years?

    2011/12: 41 W-31 L-10 OTL…92 points
    2010/11: 44 W-33 L- 5 OTL…..93 points
    2009/10: 39 W-33 L- 10 OTL…88 points

    Habs: 5-4-0 to date.
    If all the hurt guys are due back between mid and late November, the present guys will somehow have to hold the fort for the next 12-18 games against some very good hockey teams.

    By the way, that 8th place team in 2011/12 lived through the following:

    Once – 4 outright losses in a row.
    3 other times: 3 outright losses in a row.
    Another stretch of 0-4-1.
    Another stretch of 0-6-1.
    Started the season 1-0-5.

  29. oldtimerguy says:

    keep- price, subban, tinordi, beaulieu, gorges, emelin.

    paccioretty, eller, galchenyuk, gallagher, dd(for now) prust, parros, bourneval.

    promote- pateryn, ellis.

    holland, LL, nattinen, tarnasky, aliu, thomas, nystrom, dumont.

    Now before ya’ll scream at this lineup, realize, the intent is to fill the roster temporarily while we tank…then draft in the top 5 for 2 yrs while the other prospects evolve (maccarron, hudon, crisp, andrighetto, collberg, de la rose, dietz, nygren) …then add in a few fa’s with the money we save by selling off the vets…in 2-3 yrs we will be much stronger for it.

    • commandant says:

      Its way too early for a team with a winning record to think about tanking.

      On top of that, look at what Buffalo, and the teams in the Metro Division are doing. Out tanking those guys is tough.

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    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Ellis has played 1 of 5 Hamilton games being a healthy scratch

    • Mustang says:

      Holy cow, we are only 9 games into this very long season and we are still over 500. If you want to blow the team up now, what are you going to want to do if there is a real losing streak?

      My advice is that you should take one step back then take a deep breath. Feel better now?

    • Ozmodiar says:

      > dd(for now)

      uh-oh… “for now” has been added. Is DD’s stock falling? But he was making such beautiful passes in the Winnipeg game! lol

      • oldtimerguy says:

        paired with the right guys he can be very effective…anyhow, he’ll be gone in a few yrs…he’s a bridge until we get to the next level, unless we surround him with talented wingers with size. Then he can be useful.

    • JUST ME says:

      Out of the question. With only 9 games played in the season and begining year 2 of the Bergevin era it is you that have a problem. Tanking has never been an option for any team in the league and any player and as commandant says there are many team that will be difficult not to beat including the one that beat us yesterday. Easily the habs will finish in the middle of the pack so let`s be patient, deal with the 9 players that will be out of a deal at the end of the season, trade some,hire a few new vets ,graduate kids if ready and keep on working with the strong core that we see developing now.
      If you can`t stand the heat …

  30. Ian Cobb says:

    Eller, Gallagher and PK better stay healthy out there, or the puck will never even see the other end of the rink.

    You can be sure that Bergevin is trying to find a few good men to help the sick and the old and slow over this development hump with the kids.

    We will be better! as our wounded start to return. But this is a great opportunity to find out about the kids on the farm for sure. It is a very long season, and peaking at the right time of year will be key!

  31. adamkennelly says:

    using Eller’s comments as an explanation for why the Oilers won is sofa king ridiculous I can’t even believe paid professionals are writing about it…its interesting for sure but give me a break…know what – they do play like a junior team and pretty much suck on D and in nets..he should have said that also – but then he should have said – “well half our team sucks too – so let’s play the game and see who wins”

    MT is a bit of a dummy…never liked him, beginning to not be able to stand him and I’d like to see MB do something to make up for the injuries and make the team better right now.

    • Bim says:

      Right on brother! They definitely do suck and definitely are junior! Not to mention are all over the place. If you are going to lose you might as well get rid of the many veteran coasters and let the young guys play. This team as it stands has little or no chance of making the playoffs this year so whose top junior talent in this years draft.

  32. Eddie says:

    It was so interesting watching Hamrlik in the crowd, and not just because the girl he was with was very cute. (My next life I am definitely taking power skating at age 2).

    For me, I thought about the Cube, and how his game has really backed off. He used to hit people and hard. He used to out work guys along the boards. He used to be the “round mound of rebound” of the NHL.

    Now he’s old. And he needs to get a comfortable chair in the press box.

    Bergevin’s contract extensions from last season are looking very suspect.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agree, I think MB thought he could squeeze one more year out of Frankie, perhaps MT begged MB to give his trusted dman one more chance. Either way, MB made the decision to sign him and indeed as a regular player on our top 6 D he is perhaps past his best before date.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I’m going to duck again because many here think Bergevin can do no wrong cause he’s got a great personality but his report card isn’t looking so hot now, is it?

      There is NO way Tinordi should be watching a game in the pressbox right now.

      • Eddie says:

        Jim, you don’t have to duck. We’ve got your back.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Maybe I am one of those perceived to think MB can do no wrong. I don’t think he is perfect, I think he has made some mistakes, but I think in the long run he will be an above average GM.

        Lets not forget that at the time he was chosen, there was great pressure that our new GM and our new Coach had to be Francophone. I don’t raise this to get into a debate of whether that is correct, but it happened.

        So who was going to be our other choices? Yes, it sucks that MB is having to learn on the job, and one hopes that he indeed has the right advisors around him (Dudley etc..). He will make mistakes, and it seems as though a couple of them are already rearing their heads. However, if indeed he recognizes the mistakes and learns from them, there should be fewer each and every season going forward.

        The DD contract is probably the worst mistake, or at least with our current balance of players it appears that way. But that contract should somehow be able to be moved or buried (yes potential buyout with cap implications) but if indeed the cap keeps rising we may be able to squirm free.

        We just cannot afford another mistake at this juncture.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Countdown clock shows under 2 days. I hope I survive the drive.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            Have a cup of tea in Ogdensburg. If a losing streak is looming, you’ll still have a great time. If Habs win, and they will, you guys will be “through the roof.”

            “May you live in interesting times.”

        • Ozmodiar says:

          Bang on!

          He’s new to the job and has made some mistakes*. As long as he learns from them, he should be okay.

          * not talking about wardrobe

        • Cal says:

          No GM will be 100% right 100% of the time. Still, I believe that what we’re seeing now is what MB and company thought they would see last season. The early success of last season raised expectations, but, as usual, here we are in a regular sched of 82 games and 1/3rd of the roster is injured.
          Since the move from the storied Forum to that new pile of bricks the Habs have been snake-bitten.
          If this mediocrity continues on it will be time soon to dangle veterans and see what kind of draft picks the Habs can get in return.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Here to help with the fowl feelings. Hope the Ducks aren’t mighty tomorrow.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

  33. oldtimerguy says:

    we need to take a few steps back to take major steps forward.

    sell off the vets now and tank this bitch now…we need more talent to go with our very good young core….

  34. Habfan10912 says:

    And on the “we hired the wrong coach” subject, can anyone explain the logic behind having Tinordi in the press box last night while we watched such legends as Frankie B and Diaz?

  35. Propwash says:

    Great point right here ↓↓↓

    J.T. ‏@habsloyalist 41m
    I think if Dallas Eakins is so grateful for #Habs @Eller_89 motivating his team, he’d better think hard about why their coach isn’t doing it

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  36. commandant says:

    On Patrick Holland, and how the way he was used last night made no sense.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/10/23/setting-a-young-player-up-for-failure/

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  37. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all. I really liked what JF had to say this morning. I guess we all should resign ourselves to this kind of hockey for another year or two or three.

    What I really found interesting was her mention of “passengers”. One of those “passengers” has a 4 year contract paying him 3.5 million. I mentioned to some friends last night that this will hurt this team “BIG time, in the years to come. The club will essentially be playing with a cap hit which is 3.5 million dollars less then the rest of the league. And to continue to play him makes the impact that much worse.

    Bergevin may have made some good moves, but this one ain’t one of them and it’s going to hurt for a looooooooong time.

    Edit: Sorry wasn’t done. And the coach. Tinordi is the only defenceman we have who is the least bit capable of being a little physical in our end. Can he please play every friggin game?

  38. Bim says:

    Next up the ducks and then the sharks. Oh god better throw your sticks on the ice and go for beers boys you do not have a chance. Well at least close your eyes. It will not hurt as much.

  39. Propwash says:

    Frikin Scott Gomez… ruining everyone’s day and all…

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  40. Bim says:

    I cannot believe Eller made those comments before the game. What was he thinking. Hey Lars whose junior now. Must be reading your press clippings eh. Stick to hockey and leave comments to the press.

  41. DipsyDoodler says:

    Injuries –> Vets play too many minutes –> Blown leads in the 3rd period.

  42. Lafleurguy says:

    Hyperbole Inside/Out had too many punkdits diss’ing the Oilers after their shaky start and dub(nyk)ious goaltending. They have some very good players. Case in point, Ladislav Smid and Jeff Petry were the best shutdown defencemen in the game and the destination point for the development of Habs’ Tinordi and Beaulieu and perhaps Pateryn and Ellis. Nygren, Dietz, and a personal favorite, Thrower are just behind.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  43. Max_a_million says:

    Therrien is going to lose it. I ain’t never seen anything so soff. We are way too easy and fun to play against for other teams.

  44. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good Morning
    It’s interesting how some hockey games play themselves out.

    For the first 32 minutes last night, Eller’s words appeared prophetic.
    The Oilers looked like a disorganized, heartless team that already had hot dates booked on Crescent Street for 11:00PM, instead of a hungry bunch of guys looking for a road win.

    Habs were up 2-0, and had at least a few chances to put it away early in the 2nd period.
    It could have been a big score win.

    Plekanec 2 on 1 with Gionta and Dubnyk makes a key save to keep the Oil in the game.
    Then Galchenyuk misses a golden opportunity-Oilers come right back on a 4 on 3 rush as Eller fell down in the O zone combined with a late change by Gallagher.
    Some great patience shown by Hemsky with a collasped and standing still Bouillon/Subban.
    Goal.

    Goal 3? Bad decision by Gorges to pinch-bad cover for Georges by Plekanec.

    Goal 4? A complete and total fiasco.
    Soft giveaway by White in the neutral zone-awful line change at the same time…..and if anyone can explain why Bouillon was at center ice getting caught up, and had no sense of urgency to get back and coasted back to help out.
    That’s Bantam hockey stuff.

    As for Carey, he wasn’t bad nor was he very good.
    He cannot be blamed outright for any goal, yet did not make that “should have been a goal” save.
    Rarely will a .875 SP win you a game unless your team scores 4+ goals.
    With all the injuries, an average or mediocre Carey will not spell well for this team in the next 4 weeks.

    • mksness says:

      when price is on his game the last 2 don’t go in. he kicked out a big rebound to the worst area and couldn’t cover up the puck on the last one. the d could have helped out a bit more on the second chances but the second chances were created on rebounds. When price is on, those rebounds are covered up or kicked in the corners

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Oiler goal no. 1, Hemsky was on a 2 on 4 and the 4 covered the wings and gifted Hemsky a prime scoring opportunity. Opinion of mine is that Galchenyuk could have harassed Hemsky, who still might have unleashed an unstoppable shot, but it was the Habs who looked like a junior team with their defensive reactions on that play.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  45. Max_a_million says:

    I know that plus minus as a stat has it’s issues. Still Andrei Markov is +9. For all this talk about his lack of speed and such. I think he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes that lead to the puck going into his own net. Of course when he loses a foot race it’s very noticeable.
    That’s a very solid number.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      He has also been directly involved in 33% of the Habs power play goals on the Habs 6th ranked NHL power play.
      That number doesn’t show up on Plus/Minus

  46. habs-hampton says:

    If Eller’s comments are all it takes to make the Oilers play well, then what do they need Dallas Eakins for?

    And actually, Eller is right, they ARE all over place, and their gap control is horrible. The Habs are just not deep enough right now to take advantage. The only difference between that team and the one that played before they beat Ottawa is that Dubnyk has figured out how to sop at least some of the shots.

    • mksness says:

      well i have a feeling montreal will look like a junior team in the next few games. gonna be in tough against the ducks and sharks.

      yesterday:
      - subpar goaltending by price
      - pk was off a bit in his zone
      - no show from our offence. nice to see gionta celebrate when he scored…
      - fantastic showing from blunden who showed he is one of the fastest in the NHL.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Don’t quite understand your obsession to rip Blunden. He is no saviour, he is a journeyman AHL player whom the team relies on to call up and provide some decent minutes as a 4th line player. It isn’t his fault that we presently lack the depth to have a callup be more talented.

        BUt he provides good effort, plays responsible minutes and isn’t as slow as you seem to make him out to be.

        • mksness says:

          RDS said he’s slow. TSN 690 said he’s slow.

          i have nothing against blunden just against people who think he’s a good player. he’s a depth ahl player. fast/quick is something we should not associate with him.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            His hands are slow, but most of us can judge his skating speed since he’s been around about 3 seasons.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

  47. francbiss says:

    Why Therrien always throw his best players under the bus? What about Bourque, Diaz, Gionta and all the others. Opposing teams are building strategies to contain Subban and the Kids line and why Plekanec’s line can’t produce? The veterans need to step up big time or it will be a long season

  48. JF says:

    Eller’s remarks were unfortunate and probably motivated the Oilers, but were hardly the reason we lost. We lost because, after playing an excellent first period, we collapsed in the second. This appears to becoming a pattern, which is inexcusable. It is up to the coaching staff to have the team ready to play sixty minutes. Therrien and his assistants have a lot of work to do. We made it close against the Oilers, but the good teams in the league, of which two will be visiting the Bell Centre in the next few days, will absolutely bury us with the kind of effort we saw last night.

    We’ve played a few good games this season, but I still doubt very much we’re a playoff team. The defence is scary soft and error-prone, the kids are still learning, and there are too many passengers.

  49. mrhabby says:

    the ducks will be mad as hell after losing to the leafs last night.

    the hot and cold habs continue.

  50. JUST ME says:

    O.K. so i slept on it and it does not taste better so what now ? All that crap about Larry`s comment does not explain why the habs came out so flat. I can understand that the Oilers got a boost but it does not make it a better team. The Habs came out like champions and then..flatlined. I see some trying to point fingers at one player or two. We win as a team,we lose as a team. Do not try to find one guilty player , the whole team went dead.

    I am here to defend Larry. The Oilers are a poor excuse for a hockey team let it be known. I used the wait and see excuse for the last seasons but now i just do not think that this is a good team, they had all the chances to build something good and did nothing worth while. Sometimes we tend to think that we would do better than those professionals without knowing what we are talking about but this time with all the first choices they had over the years this is the best you can do ? Larry is right and let it be known that this is a mickey mouse organization.

    Now that does not explain why my team was beaten by that same pee-wee team…

    I hope you guys coming to the summit have a great time in the city of your Habs !

  51. BJ says:

    Nice of Therrien to support Eller. Eller said what he felt, he’s always well spoken and goes beyond the usual dressing room cliches. Therrien on the other hand seems emotionally unstable in his comments going from laughing and joking, to pouting and anger and back to pouting (most obvious during the playoffs vs Ottawa last year). The team is playing up to its potential. They are mediocre and will need to upgrade not only in talent but size as well. We’ll have a clearer perspective on the team when some of the bigger bodies return. Until then it will be hot and cold without much stability (in the image of Therrien).

    • mksness says:

      what do you mean size we have blunden 6’4”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I completely agree on MT as it relates to his emotional swings, things are either rosy red or angry black it seems. I still believe that last year in the playoffs, he lost control of his emotions and as a result was outcoached tactically by Ottawa and the walrus.

      I think MT’s best asset as a coach is his emotion, but I am really starting to believe he truly lacks the tactical brilliance needed.

  52. Lafleurguy says:

    Big Gally is going to learn a lot from the videotape of Hemsky’s goal. Being quite young, and missing 90% of his final junior year left him inexperienced in identifying the most threatening opponent (Hemsky). It is revealing that loose pucks in front of the Oilers net resulted in Hemsky and others making key shot blocks.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • BJ says:

      Galchenyuk has pulled that move on the opposition as well and they weren’t rookies. Just a great play by Hemsky. The Oilers free wheeled around due to the lack of size on defense, when there’s no threat of punishing checks (à la Emelin) you do what the Oilers did last night.

      • mksness says:

        uhm not really. you don’t need to have size to play good positional hockey on the defensive side. it’s more the quality of the D that is an issue. diaz hasn’t been playing well. and your big defence men tinordi (who is big) doesn’t have the legs right now or speed to play against all opponents( he’s young and will get there but just not good enough yet)

  53. Marc10 says:

    Meanwhile in Hamilton… Someone finally came out of hibernation!

    On ya kid. Keep it going!

    http://www.985sports.ca/hockey/nouvelles/leblanc-se-distingue-a-hamilton-275565.html

  54. Marc10 says:

    Feeling depressed? Yeah me too.

    Here’s the cure. 60% of the time, this works all the time.

    http://youtu.be/6VdGI5-z_hg

  55. Danno says:

    Habs Blow it

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  56. Cal says:

    And so the dismantling begins.
    Lots of injuries and no one stepped up or raised their level of play.

  57. HabinBurlington says:

    Good summary Mr. Boone, it is indeed a mystery wrapped in an enigma as to why this team continues to have woeful 2nd periods. One of the things i noticed last night is the problem with having the young kids as our number 1 line getting number 1 line minutes. Defensive zone coverage, against the other teams better players this line gets caught out of position in our end, which led to the 1st and 2nd goals by Edmonton. Just as you put in your blog last night, that same line almost made it 3-0 Habs, but instead minutes later we are looking at a 2-1 game and that scary bad 2nd period feeling suddenly envelopes all of us, perhaps our own team.

    I don’t know how similar hockey is to football in terms of tactical changes, but I have always maintained that my Sunday NFL pool scores don’t matter until the 2nd half. It is after halftime that the game truly begins, coaches have had a chance to see what the opposition is doing to them and changes are made to the systems to adapt to this.

    I wonder if MT has the tactical strengths for making these same changes, can he do it on the fly when the other team starts changing up its strategies in order to counter the Habs zone coverages? I seem to recall a timeout in a recent game, where MT just stood behind the bench pacing with zero interaction to the players, simply letting them rest during the timeout.

    One of my friends recently said MT is too arrogant to make the changes necessary, he may be correct, but I wonder if MT simply isn’t bright enough (probably too harsh a term, but its all I got at this time in the morning) to make such tactical changes.

    Either way, something needs to be improved and worked on to prevent such patterns from continuing. Our defence needs improvement, but we also need better help from the forwards backchecking and marking players in our own zone. This indeed is an area where Prust and MaxPac are missed.

    If this is going to be a year of trial by fire, and if Tinordi and Beaulieu are both presently called up, I would like to see a game with both of them in it. Tinordi may be making some mistakes but we need his strength and physicality, just the same we need the skating abilities of Nathan along with his strenght. He isn’t as big as Tiny, but he is strong and can help move bodies.

    Still lots of positives about this team moving forward, but many growing pains yet to be endured.

    Now for the next 2 games, can the team not have these pains, as I make my pilgrimage to the Mecca of hockey this weekend, Please?

    • Eddie says:

      Burly, good analysis.

      Maybe I’m too harsh but I felt like we lost the game when Plekanec and Gionta lined up for a faceoff 4 on 4 and and 15 seconds later the puck was in our own net. There was so resistance from either of them. None.

      Maybe I’m too critical of these guys, Plekanec and Gionta, but for all of their experience, I am often left shaking my head and wondering how long the Habs are going to ask these two to carry this team?

      I know everyone here loves Plekanec. He’s a darling of all “those who really know their hockey, just watch him play!”. And Gionta? I always liked his effort and his work ethic, but……how much is left in the tank to really lead a team that wants to go deep into the playoffs?

      I’m not going to win any friendship awards around here, so what the heck, here it goes:

      We will not win our next Cup until we are comfortably led by Subban, Tinordi, Max, Eller, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, and I’m happy to add Bournival to that list, because he is real good player who is going to keep on getting better.

      Galchenyuk needs to start getting experience as a center. It took 3 years for the Habs to figure this out with Eller, and look how quickly and how comfortably he has improved his game once the team committed to him at his #1 position.

      We can spin our wheels with Galchenyuk on the wing, or we can start to move towards having a dominant 80+ points centreman as soon as possible.

      Which is the better strategy to win a Cup eventually?

      The “old guard” needs to be re-shuffled.

      Let’s play out the season to the trade deadline, fine. But let’s not miss the opportunity to re-build on the fly which will present itself.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I don’t disagree Ed, while I have always liked Plex and Gio, they are indeed part of the old guard. As this team moves forward some veterans need to be kept around, but not all of them.

        I believe as this year comes to a close MB will further the transition and we should be seeing some of these veterans moved in trade. The question for MB will be which veterans does he keep. I still believe in Markov and believe he should be part of the vets kept, perhaps one of Gionta or Plex is also kept, but if the right deal can be made I could/can see both moved.

        Our team is kind of stuck in 3rd gear right now, good enough to compete with most teams in the NHL, but not good enough to win playoff rounds and it appears not good enough to put teams away earlier in games when they need to.

        MB has to manage for the future while MT needs to coach for today. I also believe that as the transition evolves our coach could/should also eventually be upgraded. Your final sentence I am in complete agreement with Ed.

        CHeers, perhaps you can make it down to the Summit one night this weekend, would be great to meet you in person bud.

        • Eddie says:

          I’m off to Connecticut to visit some family, Burly. I spend many weekends there, travelling back and forth.

          You’re one of the good guys, and it would be my pleasure to meet you one day.

      • oldtimerguy says:

        very well said and reasoned eddie.

  58. Alvin says:

    You know Eller was prolly only parroting what the coaches had said previously while watching film of the Oil in preparation for the game.
    Really don’t think it was his own assessment of the Edmonton team.
    Did Eakins use it as motivation? Sure.Every good coach would have.
    Did the Habs lose because of it? No. In fact we haven’t seen that Habs team that played really well out west not long ago. Injury depletion? Absolutely.There is a missing cohesiveness and honestly the Habs have looked like ( and are ) a small group of players against the Jackets, Preds and Oil. It is beginning to show, where it counts, along the boards, behind and in front of the nets.
    Not that lack of physicality was the Habs demise however if the team is not playing at the speed which separates them from their opponents that lack of size does considerably factor in.
    But yeah they lost because they didn’t play a full 60 minutes up to their potential.

  59. jrs10069 says:

    Lets see, when did last night’s game turn around? Could it be that joke of an attempted fight? They have to do something about that rule (which tells you they have to do something about fighting). If you want to fight, you fight period. In that case Moen was supposed to want to “go after” Gazdic. I understand he doesn’t want to go with Mr visor but either you jump him or it’s cool for them to take off the lids. Unfortunately, Moen was happy the fight got interrupted as a beating was about to take place. That seemed to change the vibe. That and the fact that it was the 2nd period and the team was thinking about running up the score and padding their point totals and I was talking shit about how horrendous edmonton was.

    jrs10069

  60. habs1992 says:

    The seasons over, cant wait till next year.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  61. jols101 says:

    Dallas Eakins not only looks like a douche bag, he also sounds like a douche bag.

    The Oilers won because Eller called their unstructured play junior-like. Firstly, Eller was bang on. Secondly, if the Oilers were all fired up because of Eller’s comments, they probably wouldn’t have been dominated by the Habs in the first period.

    The Oilers won because the Habs stopped playing and became passengers after the first period. It had nothing to do with Eller’s comments.

    IMO, it would have been nice for Therrien to back Eller up, even if it was a stupid comment, because that is what good coaches do for their players.

  62. Old Bald Bird says:

    I see Gionta has a quote on the previous post, to the effect of needing to play more than one period. IMO he was a problem last night. When was it that he a Pleks had a 2 on 2 and he was content to shoot a weak and ineffectual shot from the wing? He could have tried to make a play, but perhaps it was too much of an effort? I dunno but that one play didn’t look good, and it epitomized much of the game to me.

  63. Whatever says:

    I’m glad Dallas Eakins has a good story to tell his AHL players in less than 2 seasons.

  64. Old Bald Bird says:

    I am apprehensive that there is something systemically wrong with this team. I don’t think it’s DD or the injuries but something else. I don’t know what it is although I sense a lack of spirit and unity. Perhaps the divide between the young and old is wide?? I hope that I am wrong.

  65. habs1992 says:

    So a player speaks his mind and he gets ripped for it smh, Eller should just give cliches rest of his life.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  66. Really 4am? You know, you would think sleeping 4 hours at a time for 7 years that you get a break now and then.

    So here’s my itinerary for the next 19 hrs.

    21:00 pack truck;
    22:00 bed
    0130 wake/shower
    0145 dress
    0150 start truck
    0150.30 final look around house
    0200 dpt for Winninpeg
    0400 Arv Winnipeg
    0410 Arv air park and ride
    0420 Arv Winnipeg International
    0421 Check in
    0525 Dpt
    0845 arv in Leaf Land
    0930 dpt leaf land for Mtl
    1041 arv in Mtl
    1100 baggage
    1110 limo to Novotel
    1135-40 arv at Novotel
    1141 have driver step out and announce that the new Montreal Canadiens owner and GM is in the car
    1142 media scrum
    1143 walk away
    1144 run
    1144.10 down on one knee, catch breath
    1145 check in to Novotel
    1230 Bell Center Pro shop
    1330 Light lunch as I have Section 201 tickets that night and must eat 24 hotdogs.
    1400 walk to Forum, sit with Maurice
    1500 cab to TSN 690
    1505 get thrown out of TSN 690
    1506 walk back to Novotel (3.5 ks)
    1600 Look for Jim, Chris, and L Elle
    That’s as far as I can go, ok, yep still awake.

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Custom Sports Figures
    Summit Member 1.29.31.33

  67. habs1992 says:

    WHY CANT WE BE FRIENDS?, its just a game.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  68. Dunboyne Mike says:

    I’m so happy for the classy Eakins who, when his coaching days are over, will be able to recount in his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirs how he single-handedly won this game with his inspired motivational techniques and how he made a wily investment in future Oiler victories over the Habs via the devastating brilliance of his confidence-erosion assault on one of Montreal’s players. Where else can it all lead but to the Stanley Cup?

    • slyCH says:

      Easy Mike, I read between lines pretty good, In a street smart kind of way, nothing in the literary sense, as a teacher, let say. But, from what I’ve read in your post, and what I perceive in my simple mind, you are shooting down the Boone ALN hypothesis and subsequent minions that praise and agree. Is that right? What’s the time difference? Wake up!

      Just a joke…

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Ha!
        Cheers, sly.

        Unfortunately I never get to the end of your posts because my eyes always lock on to your avatar.

        Oil for the Cup! You read it here first! Dallas Eakins, the reincarnation of Vince Lombardi.

  69. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …it was like 2 different teams from first to the second and third

    …PK had 3 points, but made His fair share of mistakes in His own end leading to nails in the coffin …Carey was not Mr. Sochi tonight

    …funny how a whole Team can completely look inept one night and world-beaters the next

    …the injuries, though not an excuse, were like kicks in the groin to this Team’s psyche

    …it’s going to be a rough few weeks ahead, and a hopeful opportunity for Our young guys to make statements

    …I just wish Therrien would play both Beaulieu and Tinordi, and let Them grow and learn …Their size, mobility and native skill-sets are badly needed

    …I don’t know what to think about Desharnais …give up on Him ?, or just get off His back hoping this is a valley and He has proven He has what it takes to climb the mountain again

    …DD needs two huge power-forwards on each wing to play His game, and that ain’t available right now

    • slyCH says:

      DD… Ah, DD. The minute that contract extension was announced was like, seamed like, seems like, will end up like, is like a mistake from the get go. I was just dumbfounded and still am dumbfounded by that signing. I’m not a negative willy in print usually, ;-) but this one I was not happy about from the get go and will never be.

    • Forum Dog says:

      Your point about DD needing big scoring wingers is bang on. The season that led to him signing that deal relied on 30 goals each from Cole and Pacioretty. Unfortunately, he got paid as though he were the reason they scored 30 each. That one is gonna smart for a couple years yet. He can still be a useful player but – like you say – he needs the wingers to compliment his skill set.

      I also completely agree about Beaulieu and Tinordi. Let these guys develop. Loosen the reigns a bit and give them the chance to be the players they are. I actually thought Beaulieu looked pretty good last night in limited ice. He jumped up into the attack a few times and made some smart plays with the puck along the boards during breakouts. Having a d-corps that can create on the fly makes it harder for other teams to key on your forwards.

  70. VancouverHab says:

    Dear Mr. Boone:

    I sorrow at your duplication of Jack Todd’s “useful idiot” politics, and I sneer at your transparent anti-Don Cherry childish jealousies, but no-one–and I mean no-one–has your wit, your insight, and your muscularity, in writing about the Habs.

    Publish a Hab book. Please: for your sake & mine,

    VancouverHab

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      “Anti Don Cherry childish jealousies”?
      I assume you mean “envy.” Unless you are implying some lovers triangle involving Mike, Don, and Blue.

      But that aside, I’m willing to bet that there are very few people around who feel any reason to be envious of that bellicose buffoon.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • slyCH says:

      You are cut off. Take the car keys and call a cab. Sleep it off. It’s all good.

    • H.Upmann says:

      I will say this:

      I have been enjoying Mike Boone’s writing here on HIO since it’s inception as a site, and for the last 15 years or whatever. I have never failed to enjoy a single piece of his writing.

      For me, he is as close as it gets to Mordecai Richler writing about the Habs today. Nuff said.

    • oldtimerguy says:

      jack todd the draft dodger?

  71. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    It may not be a popular sentiment, but I really don’t understand why Gionta is revered by some (our dutiful blogger included) as a captain. When the team lags so badly, as they have done so often in the 2nd periods, where is the little leader? How is he leading by example and sparking a resurgence.

    I’m sorry, but Prust is more Captain material to me. And if he wasn’t so young, Gallagher too.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  72. slyCH says:

    This is probably the BEST ALN ever written. And I’m not one to jump eagerly to praise. Too tired to get into the details of why but, the flow in which facts and the game are inter-woven into “probabilities” or “scenarios” in the room read like a novel. Good job of bringing facts that are watched on the ice into probabilities why such an outcome occurred, an outcome we all suspected in our minds. Ah, I’m goofy tired from a double so I’m straining to make sense. I wish you were back on the beat Boone. Good job.

  73. SUMO says:

    Thanks Boone for commenting on Bouillon. He is not playing physical and handling the puck like a live grenade. Beaulieu can handle the puck so Bouillon doesn’t have to but when Frankie plays with Tinordi its an adventure for both of them. Why not rest his 38yr old body every 6-8 games and let Beaulieu and Tinordi form the 3rd pair? Definitely could have used JT’s physical presence on defense tonight.

    Also should mention Bournival has a modest 3-game point streak going (1G, 2A).

  74. Un Canadien errant says:

    Mr. Boone, half of your piece is lost, it appears currently on the home page, and the second part on this page. I think this isn’t the first time this happens. When I read ALN at first, it did appear truncated, with a reference to inopportune comments by Lars Eller, but nothing specific about them. Only made sense when I went back and found the first part.

  75. Un Canadien errant says:

    What did I miss? My complex is undergoing electrical work, power was supposed to be out until five, by 18:30 it still wasn’t back on, so I went into the Village to find a bar showing the game. Unfortunately, none of them have RDS, and it was blacked out on the abysmal Sportsnet, so no dice.

    A cute waitress at one pub told me “No Habs fans”, and I thought she’d said “No Habs feed” or something like that, so I kept looking at her for more info, and she thought I was staring her down for what she’d said, it could have been a big misunderstanding but we talked it out and had a big laugh.

    ———————————————————————–
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    • slyCH says:

      Crap, missed first by one on 2 consecutive links. Thanks UCE.

      EDIT; by the way, after swallowing my bitter anger and self loathing for missing the first post mark, and reading your post, I actually felt re-energized and soothed. Your post read like a Beatles song. Kind of like, “woke up, fell out of bed, and passed a comb across my hair”. Know what I mean? Hypnotic in it’s simplicity and refreshing in the fact it’s the kind of daily mishaps we all go through in life, we as humans. Yeah UCE, you brought me back down to earth. I had the same kind of nights you just had on soooooo many occasions here on this Island. Thanks pal. ;-)


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