About last night …

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Now it can be told.
Last Monday, I got a phone call from Bar Refaeli.
“Hey, how did you like my Super Bowl commercial?” the famous super model asked.
“Hey,” she added, “I’ve rented a beachfront cottage in Aruba for the beginning of May. “Why don’t you come down and hang out?
“Bring your friends Pat Hickey and Dave Stubbs. I’ll get another couple girls from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoot and we’ll party.”
“Thanks for the invite, Bar,” I replied. “But the Montreal Canadiens are 6-2 on the season.
“Hickey, Stubbs and I are going to be covering the playoffs in May.”

Oops!

Can we go to Plan B for Bar … or for barf, which is the only reasonable gastro-intestinal reaction to the Canadiens’ worst and most embarrassing home-ice loss in 16 years.

Dec. 23, 1996. Ottawa 6 – Canadiens 0. That team finished the season at 31-38-15 for 77 points. That was good for eighth place – and a first-round exit against top-seeded New Jersey.

The team a national TV audience saw on Saturday night will not be playing hockey in May.

From the moment Alex Galchenyuk lost the first game-opening faceoff of his career, your Montreal Canadiens were outhit, outskated and outhustled.

They were also outscored, outfought and – by a ludicrous 48-23 margin – outdrawn in the faceoff circle.

And if getting a team ready to play an important hockey game is a coaching responsibility, the Canadiens were outcoached … by a lot.

The phone-in shows I listened to while stuck in a crazy 11 p.m. traffic jam on the way home focused on all the idiocy that unfolded during the third period: Mikhail Grabovski biting Max Pacioretty, Colton Orr sticking out his leg to injure Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges valiantly trying to fight Frazer McLaren, who held the Canadiens defenceman at arm’s length and laughed at him.

Second-guessing will include suggestions that Ryan White would have helped against Team Truculence. And Peter Budaj should have played the final 20 minutes.

Fair points. But problems revealed over the last three losses run deeper than game-to-game or period-to-period personnel moves.

As has been the case in recent seasons, your Montreal Canadiens are a small and, Brandon Prust notwithstanding, soft hockey team. And their next home game is against the Flyers.

But the Canadiens didn’t lose to the Leafs because they were outmuscled and/or intimidated. From the moment the puck dropped and Grabovski won it back to his blueline, the Leafs were faster and hungrier.

Randy Carlyle and his staff looked at video of their opponent’s losses to Boston and Buffalo and drew the obvious conclusion: Hustle, hit, pressure the Canadiens on the puck and they will wilt.

That 6-2 start had Montreal fans pinching themselves and wondering whether it was a dream. And now that the team has lost three straight to Northeast Division rivals, the dream threatens to become a nightmare.

The Tuesday night game in Tampa Bay will tell the tale. If the Canadiens don’t show up against the Lightning, this season could head south in an awful big hurry.

But hey, it’s a vintage draft year.

Nathan MacKinnon would be an upgrade on David Desharnais. Seth Jones is better than Tomas Kaberle.

And Jonathan Drouin would help us forget Erik Cole.

Cole epitomizes the Canadiens’ sudden descent from the early-season penthouse to outhouse. The guy who scored 35 goals last year is in a funk and looks like he doesn’t care.

We could reverse his jersey number and have Erik Kovalev … except Galchenyuk is trying to bring honour back to 27.

And he will. Galchenyuk is the future of the franchise, along with Brendan Gallagher, the big-hearted kid who went down swinging against Toronto; Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Raphael Diaz, Max Pacioretty and, maybe, Lars Eller.

Plekanec is a player. So is Rene Bourque.

That epic butt-kicking and the previous losses revealed, however, that  a few players may have skated past their Best Before dates: Cole, Colby Armstrong, Travis Moen and – I hate to say it – Andrei Markov and Brian Gionta.

On the play that led to Leo Komarov’s goal – the game-winner, 59 seconds into the first period – Markov could not stay with Nikolai Kulemin.

The captain still plays hard. And good for Gionta going after Orr on the Plekanec hit. But Gionta is on pace to score eight goals – the total he managed in 31 games before an injury ended last season for him.

But look, my Bar Refaeli fantasy aside, I didn’t consider the 6-2 Canadiens a lock for the playoffs.

They are a work in progress.

And that 6-0 pasting might not be the last bump on the road back to respectability.

The last word, from a really pissed-off fan: The only thing left for the Leafs to do is **** the Habs’ wives.

One more time, Mike:

635 Comments

  1. habsgod says:

    after coolig off and re-focusing from that embarassing,and disgraceful performance from our habs……..i like the dirction this team is heading but bergevin must address the heavyweight issue on this team and add one gauthier didn’t have one gainey did but it didn’t last long and teams took liberties with our best players it’s time to go and get steve macintyre or george parros their presence alone in the lineup on this team would do wonders! i wonder how eager meat head orr or , fraser ,maclaren in toronto would be droping the gloves with macintyreor parros in the line up they wouldn’t they’d yap alot but wouldn’t fight them/him they’d have lucic syndrome, when georges laraque asked him to fight and he turned coward quickly! we need this type of guy on our team! the teams that we’ve had in the 70’s,80’s and some of the 90’s had one of these type of players my favorite all-time fighghter is chris knucles nilan! sure wish we had him he would’ve whipped orr ,maclaren or frasers ass! prust is tough and like him alot be he’s not a true heavyweight !

  2. icky pop says:

    Hate to do it, but I must bash subban again. I don’t know how many people noticed, but I did immediately. The scrum that insured when subban was banging away at the puck in the leafs crease was further proof of subbans unwillingness to defend himself. There he is banging away, and the leafs come in to take care of business, and jump on him. The habs come to defend subban. Next thing you know we have a scrum, and somehow subban makes his way out it all, and stands behind the net to watch it all. Subban is an extremely talented person, I can’t deny that. But I see him cower all too often. I am reminded once again of his elbow to krejci, and ference coming after him only to see subban drop to the ice, grabbing ferences leg and being dragged around the ice while his teammates defend him. I was hoping after this standoff and his new contract, things would have changed. He put muscle on this off season, 20 pounds I believe it was. I just don’t see team in him. Gionto goes after Orr, gorges after mclaren, even little Gallagher gets into a fight. Gallagher even says after the game that it happens with the way he plays his game, that he may not be good at it, but it will have to happen from time to time. Then we have subban. The only real fight I have seen subban in was with Marchand, and he’s a little guy. I was very excited about subban after the 2010 playoffs. Very excited. The guy can play. But when you are unwilling to mix it up, and let the team fight your battles for you, it becomes a problem. I would assume that his teammates noticed this as well. I don’t see subban in a habs jersey long. Not if bergivin notices this stuff, and I think he does. With the whole “integrating” him back into the team and all. They were teaching him some humility, and trying to teach him the team mentality. I don’t think it’s caught on. I wish it would. I want to see him fight his battles, step in when his mates are being messed with, but I just don’t think he has it in him. He has been in more scuffles with teammates in practice than he has been in with opposing players. A guy at work thinks a good trade would be subban for simmonds. I like the idea, but there needs to be more in that trade. A straight across trade like that would be a rip off. A package deal perhaps. Send cole with, and get some picks. Not going to sit here and pretend I understand true value, but on a team lacking size and grit, and have a guy like subban cowering all the time doesn’t help at all. Hell, even Gomez got in charas face after the pacioretty hit. GOMEZ! Sorry to all you subban lovers out there, I love his game too. I just can’t sit and watch him let his teammates fight his battles time and time again.

    • uncle puppy says:

      Good Morning, first thing I’d like to say is shouldn’t you guys consider a name change after last game …. habs inside out ….OUCH!!!!
      I love therriens reply to the orr incident we get a 4 minute power play , he puts Moen and Armstrong on right away and these bone heads try to play hockey… HELLO like what do u want the coach to do hold up a tv timeout cue card .. ” guys we jost got tossed around can u go out there and make a statement we don’t have enough toilet paper to wipe the crap out of the rest of the midgets”
      Moen at close to 2 mill a season and we buy out gomez at least he provided the media with some sound bites .I know driftwood that has more heart than Moen . concerned fan that has been sleeping with the lights on since saturday afraid that the leafs might come to town again

      george

  3. GordC says:

    Maybe Cole should be benched , he’s played awful and cost us goals . Also when you play the Leafs or Bruins White shouldn’t be watching …. Maybe it’s time for a trade the team is still small and gets pushed around .

  4. Twillingater says:

    Maybe it’s just me but why is it that a person getting millions of $$$ can’t get motivated to work hard? They only have to work hard for 10 – 20 mins a game @ 35-40 second intervals depending what line they are on. Everyone of us here @ HIO have to work hard every single day 12 months a year., Anything less we would be canned right? What motivates the regular Joe to go to work everyday for chump change?

    Mr. Cole (Erik not Bob) is missing in action. Yeah he takes time to warm up but this is a half season here.

    Why would MB bring Armstrong on board?

    Is Gionta even playing this season?

    Did Therein tell PK not to cross over his own blue line with the puck?

    Why wouldn’t Therein not pull Price (after the 3rd goal, 4th anyway) after it was obvious that the team was not there to play hockey or support Price last night?

    To many questions on this team.

    MB took on the mess left behind by the Goat & Gianey’s & he can’t turn it around overnight but Therein & Armstrong were not very bright moves on his part!

    Sure White took a penalty at the worst possible time but he is young But he comes to play every single night.

    I hope that MB will address the size that we need up front this off season.

    “Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”

  5. habstrinifan says:

    I have a feeling a move is coming. And it will blow this site apart. Just a feeling mind you.

  6. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    It seems to me this habs team has to play balls to the wall 150% all the time to win which is just impossible. Let off the gas a little and we get flattened whereas better teams can still have a bit of an off night and still eke out a win. We’re starting to look burned out already. And as HardHabits said you can only have one Gio,Gally,DD in your lineup. Did Moen even play last night? Cole seems to be only running on his pony motor,guess he did retire.
    My annoyance and pity for the leafs has now turned into bile churning hatred and that is the last CBC game i will ever watch.

  7. Psycho29 says:

    Thought I’d rile everyone up….here’s a comment from a Bruin’s fan from the Bos-Buf preview for tonight:

    “Can you believe that punkoretti is whining is whining about being bitten last night? I say if you don’t want to get bit – don’t stick your arm in some one’s face!! By the way I heard Grabo said he tasted like chicken ! I also have a very strong suspicion that if you were to chew on pee kay soobum’s arm it would taste like turtle. hahahahahahah !”

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020168

  8. twilighthours says:

    I really hate it when people italicize, embolden, or capitalize their words just to make their point (stronger? I guess). But I guess I gotta do it tonight:

    It is WAY too early for people to be talking Tank.

    The team is still above .500, for **** sakes.

  9. Sportfan says:

    I know this might sound silly but do any of you think that 24 CH could be effecting them in anyway?

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  10. Sportfan says:

    See this is where Gomez came in handy because majority of the blame was on him :P

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  11. HardHabits says:

    Poll question:

    Would you like to see Saku Koivu return to the Canadiens?

    Answer:

    No. Because I like Saku… and I wouldn’t want to see him suffer any more as a Hab than he already has.

    What doesn’t kill you…

  12. HardHabits says:

    IMHHO an NHL team cannot afford to have 3 players in uniform of the Desharnais-Gallagher-Gionta variety and should only dress 1 of this type on any given night. How would Desharnais-Gallagher-Gionta look on a line together? Like a line that would get destroyed in the AHL let alone the NHL that’s how.

    The Habs are stuck with Gionta until the end of next season but I would trade him to anybody if anybody was interested. Kablerle is another dead weight on the Habs cap and if can’t be traded eats up the 2nd amnesty buy-out.

    As it stands this season DD should be rotated with Gallagher as the 3rd line winger. Both of these players along with Gionta cannot be in the same line-up. Not with the soft defence the Habs currently have.

    Elller or Galchenyuk should be between Cole and Pacioretty. I like Desharnais but he is the odd man out when it comes to the hobbits/smurfs/dwarfs contingent.

    • mksness says:

      DD>eller

      i wouldn’t mind seeing chucky getting more ice time but you better not complain about him making mistakes with more ice time.

      height doesn’t equal wins.

      • HardHabits says:

        Put Eller between Cole and Pacioretty for a few games and then we’ll talk.

        I don’t hear about other teams inquiring about Desharnais. Ask yourself this, who is worth more on the trade market? I’d venture that DD is worth absolutely zilch on the market and if anybody is interested in him Habs should pull the trigger ASAP.

        • mksness says:

          well i’m not sold on eller, never have been. i hear how great he is or will be but if that were the case why hasn’t he gotten the chance between 3 coaches and 2 GMs? i admit his line mates haven’t been the best but when he has had the opertunity he hasn’t really impressed with the exception of 3-5 big games over his current career.

          that being said i would still give him the chance to show what he can do cause no one else is doing much more. however, i would rather give chucky the chance than eller

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I agree. I had figured that BGally would be Gionta’s replacement when the time came. I didn’t see them on the team at the same time.

  13. Jammin says:

    Bourque plex gally
    Chuck Eller gio
    Keep dd line just show pax and Cole tapes from last year
    Prust white moen

  14. FunkyCrabChairNF says:

    Absolutely no reason Armstrong should be on the team tomorrow while Blunden is not. Get real, Coach.

  15. Cape Breton says:

    Getting tired of having hope and then getting kicked in the shins. But, alas, such is life.

  16. FunkyCrabChairNF says:

    PECKHAM

  17. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …reading the comments, I would say most have addressed the obvious …but I note Carey Price gets a pass from most of You

    …wouldn’t You agree Carey didn’t do what a supposed super goalie usually does last night ?

    …at this time, would You think Carey is material as Canada’s number one goalie for the Sochi Olympics ?

    • Mike Bone says:

      Price looked like he was playing hurt. Maybe not something serious enough to take him out of the lineup, but he was uncomfortable.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Price had played extremely well until last night’s game. Unless he’s injured, then I expect he’ll rebound.

      One game shouldn’t take away from what he’s done so far. I think he’s still Canada’s choice at Sochi.

      • dorvalhabsfan says:

        i think he looked high in his eyes, or really sad.. But thats just what i saw in like 4 little one second close ups of Carey…. I’m most deffinatley off base.. but everyone looked like last years team last night… let’s just move on and build from it and learn… we shouldnt put too much stock into one loss or one win… bad teams win games they shouldn’t and good teams lose games they should win right? I would’ve like White in the lineup but how could we have seen an ending to the game like that?

        Go Habs Go

    • PatMac says:

      Almost every game, Carey Price is superb and is the Habs best player. Last night he didn’t get a lot of help from his defencemen, especially on the first goal of the game which seemed to set the tone. He is a super golaie and plays that way almost all of the time.

      • Max says:

        I wouldn’t use the terms superb or super when discussing Price.He is an average goalie most nights and like every goalie,has a few really good games occasionally. He is certainly hyped up but has never come close to the elite level in NHL up to this point.The only thing elite about him is his fat salary.

    • Danno says:

      It was not his best game to say the least. But to blame Price for the loss is asinine. No goalie, not Patrick Roy, Jaro Halak or Georges Vezina can win a hockey game if their team is unable to score even one lousy goal. If there was any game to for Price to stink this was the one to do it in because nobody was going to put one past Reimer anyways.

      ________________________________________

      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

    • ed lopaz says:

      Price is hurt

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Absolutely. I can tell what kind of game Price will have from his body language. Did not like it right from the start. Price gets a pass because the media hypes him up more than he deserves. I’m talking media in general, not just local.

      • J_P says:

        Most goalies you can tell what kind of game theyre going to have just by their body language and the way they take the warm-up.

        Carey didnt seem focused from the get go, and the team looked disinterested as a whole. Maybe those last couple of losses started some finger pointing in the room, and the team is starting to divide.

  18. CCL says:

    This would be my line up choice for Tuesday against Tampa Bay:

    Pacioretty Plekanec Cole
    Bourque Galchenyuk Gionta
    Prust DD Gallaghar
    Moen Eller White

    Mr. Armstrong sits – Pleks would be my #1 Center the rest of the way. If he can’t get Cole going Try Gallaghar or Gionta. Nothing else MT can do. Pleks is the closes we have to a #1 center.

  19. HardHabits says:

    … the shadow knows!

  20. Mike Bone says:

    Did anybody see L’Antichambre last night? Plekanec was a guest, and he said his teammates saved him from getting his knee ruined by Orr. They shouted out to him, just in time. It’s nice they’ve got each other’s backs, even if it didn’t mean a win last night.

  21. safflez says:

    I disagree. Yes the habs have shown 2 extreme sides this season (i.e., surprisingly good and…. vomitrocious) But I think it’s too soon to write us out of the playoffs. In a short season, it’s really not a good idea to lose games the way we have been in the last week. But if you think about it, we could have won against boston and buffalo. There were a lot of great things to see there, and then last night’s game was just a joke, a real off night. So what, it happens. of course, if it keeps happening in the next couple of games/weeks, it’s safe to say that the playoffs won’t be for this year. But giving up NOW, I don’t think so. This week could have finished with a nice 4 points out of 6 and you know it. So i’m keeping my head up high and I’m not gonna jump to conclusions just yet. It’s up to the habs to come out strong and forget about this weeks performance.

    And Markov’s no good? He sure seemed mighty fine uptil now…but hey, that goes for most of the other players on our team vs TOR.

    Keep hope

    Safflez

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      How can they take an off night against a team that embarrassed them opening night? No excuses for not being ready. I hear the same damn thing after every loss. Yes the players are to blame but I’m not going to give the coaching staff a pass because they sucked as much.

      • safflez says:

        I’m not trying to blame the coaching staff, I think the entire team is to blame for last night’s loss. Also, what I meant by an “off night” was that we weren’t ready. And yeah, I don’t think that’s an excuse, but almost every team has a night like that. I’m just trying to be a bit realistic and keep a positive outlook for the rest of the season because I’m not ready to say that, after last night, or even after this week, that the Habs aren’t gonna make the playoffs.

        Safflez

  22. otter649 says:

    Pretty entertaining University Hockey Game on The Score Network – Saint Cloud University vs Minnesota Golden Gophers…..

  23. WhatUp says:

    here’s my dilemma: do the Leafs bite or blow. i say they blow in the fall and bite in the winter

  24. DrA says:

    The Habs are in the toughest conference in the league, Bruins, Sabres, Leafs and Sens.
    We’re going to need bigger and meaner players.

    In the words of Sean Connery: Never take a knife to a gun fight.

    A few drones might help.

  25. Steeltown Hab says:

    This is MTs time to show his “accountability” “no excuses” philosophy.

    We need PK playing first pairing minutes it’s clear, not 4-5-6 minutes.

    If one of Desharnais, Armstrong or Cole doesn’t sit, I’m baffled. There’s no way he could possibly ice Pac-DD-Cole again right? Ideal lineup:

    Bourque – Plek – Gionta
    Pac – Eller- Cole / DD – Eller – Cole
    Prust – Galch – Gally / Pacioretty – Galch – Gally
    Moen- White – Armstrong / Prust – White – Moen

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  26. jedimyrmidon says:

    This biting incident has all the hallmarks of the collective insanity that analysts had with the Pacioretty-Chara incident.

    It’s suddenly okay to bite. Biting is justifiable. There is a reason. It’s a hockey play.

    They probably think Orr was within his rights to take a run at Pleks. Now let’s say Orr actually destroyed Pleks’ knee and another Hab came after Orr with his stick, I’m pretty sure they’d jump all over the Hab player and say that Orr didn’t mean anything, he’s a good guy, just doing his job.

  27. Izzy says:

    Seriously…all this talk about Patches putting his arm around “reacharound’s” face?
    Did anyone …anyone at all happen to notice the full football tackle phaneuf put on Gionta in fron of the net…all the while putting both of his hands over his face and then slamming his face into the ice?….Gio didnt have the puck btw……..lets not even go into the colton “kneespan” orr and his attempt to end Pleky’s season………and I think the worst thing of all……the toronto players saying that they saw the bite and that he was goaded into doing it……now its a matter of your team mates opinion if something like biting is justified?
    The toronto fans that agree with this perspective this morning obviously are of the same shallow end of the gene pool where most toothless, uneducated leafs and their management hail from.

    After Emelin hits you, you get coloring books for christmas……

  28. Mavid says:

    Walking Dead is back on tonight at 9 pm..don’t forget, also if we get taken over by Zombies, the survivors will meet at a Costco I am thinking the one that is on the Autoroute in Laval..the Costco’s in Quebec have beer and wine, and heaven knows we will need that. We can fire up one of those big ass generators they have, power up a TV and DVD player and watch the Habs greatest games DVD set..and pretend..

  29. Kooch7800 says:

    Last night was tough and the fact it was at home to the leafs hurts more BUT it is a good reality check into the teams areas that need to be addressed. I don’t think anyone thought we could win the cup this year but hopefully this helps make the gm make the team better for the future.
    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  30. B says:

    UND wins both games against Omaha this week-end (Fri. and Sat.). Kristo has a goal and an assist in each game.

    Saturday’s game was outdoors, but with an attendance of only 13,650 in Omaha’s 24,000 seat baseball stadium due to overly aggressive ticket pricing.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  31. Old Bald Bird says:

    Mike, could you please keep us abreast of your relationship with this lady?

  32. habstrinifan says:

    OK.. on a positive not! A question!

    Do you think Bergevin will make a move soon(under 2 weeks). Remember the season isnt long and while we dont plan on winning the cup we wanna be in the playoffs. Molson as bills.
    And which player would we move and which ‘position’ would we reinforce.

    Care to play along?

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      With a new GM on a rebuilding team, there is only a few I would consider safe.
      I could see Cole, DD, Moen, Armstrong, Noke, White, Weber, Kaberle, Diaz all being used as trade bait.
      I think we need a young sniper with size, a strong shutdown center, and a strong shutdown defenseman.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Thanks for playing. Cant trade Cole or DD.

        • Stevie.Ray says:

          I think they would be ideal for trading, although maybe not at this moment. I expect Cole and DD will slowly get better as the season moves on which will add to their value to other teams. They would be prime trade bait at the deadline and I don’t think their departure would affect our future too much.

      • Ton says:

        agree with you…….find the big forward through trade and bring up tinordi earlier than expected. you could improve the sizing of your team by one inch and 10 bls by making those moves.

    • SmartDog says:

      I would say he will. He’s still new in the chair and he’s shown he sees the direction the team needs to go in. My guess would be he will trade extra baggage for a true depth fighter.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • habstrinifan says:

        I say he must too… just to ensure we can really make a run for the playoffs. At this rate.. and I do think our play is something to worry about… we wont make it.

  33. Ozmodiar says:

    The Habs need this guy on their 4th line.

    Last night’s loss was humiliating. Therrien said they would make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s great for the coach to say, but the problem is, only the GM can do something about it. Toronto can do the same thing the next game if they want to. There’s nobody on the current roster that can make someone like Orr accountable for his actions. It’s a sad part of the game – the fact the worst player on the ice can come within an eyelash of ending the season, or career, of the best player on the ice – but it can’t be ignored.

    I think the Habs should stick to the long-term plan and hold off on drastic changes, but a little tweaking on the 4th line wouldn’t hurt. There’s a missing element on this team that plays Boston, Buffalo, and Toronto as often as it does. I’m sure MB will address it.

    • BJ says:

      This was the image Thornton saw as he picked himself up after he took a few from Scott.

    • ont fan says:

      Orr doesn’t get on the ice if the score were close. I guess, if you don’t want to get beatup, play better. Look at the Boston game. Habs have to play like their hair is on fire.

      • Whatever says:

        And if you play too well with a sizeable lead?

      • Ozmodiar says:

        > Orr doesn’t get on the ice if the score were close

        No, that’s an assumption that probably isn’t true. Orr played in the previous game in Winnipeg, which was close.

        The fact is, Orr gets in the game when Randy Carlyle taps him on the shoulder. The Habs don’t have any control over when that might be.

        • ont fan says:

          Well you are right. Orr usually gets on when the other heavyweight gets on. As for, when we get a sizeable lead? Like against the Leafs? When does that happen? Do you really think Toronto is going somewhere with those Bozos in the lineup?

  34. habsgod says:

    it’s time this team had a true heavyweight a fighter …… the toughest guy in the league perhaps ,and that guy is non other than george parros he’d make sure that meat heads like maclaren and colton orr would behave themselves and if they didn’t he’d hand them their collective asses ! this way guys like josh gorges,brendan gallagher can play their game which they are dam good at …. and then prust for as tough as he is won’t be miscast as a heavyweight and could fight but doesn’t have to worry about doing it all,and he can then continue to mentor our 2 future star players galchenyuk and gallagher. It’s time for mb to call dale tallon and acquire parros.

    • BJ says:

      Clear our Kaberle and Weber and bring in Erskine, MacIntyre and or Parros.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Could have claimed Erskine off wavers last month. He is on his last year of a $1.5 mill contract. I have been pumping his tires since last summer. He cant play big minutes but for games like last night he doesnt have to. He is a character guy who can still play the game and take on any heavyweight in the league. Guys were crucifying me for suggesting he could help the Habs claiming he is too old and slow. Could have used him last night.

        • ed lopaz says:

          we have stortini in Hamilton if we want a heavyweight

          • frontenac1 says:

            I checked out some of his tilts on youtube. He is definitly fearless and a gamer but doesn”t win many, if any. Therefore not too intimidating. Check out some of Erskines, especially his last tilt with Big Eric Bolton.Erskine received his first ever suspension (3 games) two weeks ago . He caught Simmons in the head with an elbow and knocked him into next week. NOBODY took on Big John after the hit.

          • Whatever says:

            We don’t have Stortini. He’s on an AHL contract. Would have to sign him, but he’s a heavyweight punching bag.

            If you’re gonna get a goon. Get a top one. Doesn’t cost much.

          • 24moreCups says:

            Stortini can barely fight. Doubt he be able to take on Thorton or Orr or even Lucic.

    • Whatever says:

      The guy you want is Steve MacIntyre. He has regularly made Orr, and his like, look silly. He was on waivers last month and could be had for a late round pick I’m sure. Pittsburgh’s not using him.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Just checked some his Tilts amigo. I like the way he switches to his left after he has thrown about 10 solid rights. Knocked the piss out of Orr in 2011. The linesman also saved Staubitz life in one of those. Too funny!

  35. habs_54321 says:

    I think the biggest problem right now is the powerplay stopped being as lethal as it was to start the season, its looking more and more like last years powerplay, I think when it was working it was more of an overload powerplay with the two pointmen one man in front of the net two guys wide this would spread open the box. right now its an umbrealla with two guys in front of the net which brings more defenders in front of the net making it hard to get shots through, just my 2 cents

  36. B says:

    With Staubitz last season, the Habs won 7 of 19 games.

    Having a designated fighter in the lineup, even a very good one, doesn’t necessarily mean more wins.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  37. sonnycorrleone says:

    last night was difficult to watch on many fronts, being habs fans we are often susceptible to overdoing the highs as well as the lows, the early fast start was a great break from the horrors of last season.early on they looked like the team we had been waiting for what seems like forever a team that stood up for one another, a team that gave their all, a team that gave as much of a damn as the majority of their fans and a team that wore that storied jersey with pride. well it appears that the honeymoon period is over. this last week has shown that the rebuild is far from over, an ass kicking every so often is good to keep you grounded and humble. the fact that it was vs toronto on hnic cuts that much deeper but i feel that they will be much better for it. a loss like last nights must eat away at the players pride, yes the majority are overpaid and, growing up in small town saskatchewan i can say with confidence, self entitled jerks but they are professional athletes with an incredibly competitive side that must be wounded at best this morning. they´ll bounce back, part of being a fan is you eat shit and smile…then when the good times roll around you can enjoy it that much more knowing full well that you aren´t a simple bandwagon fan. so after a loss like last night we should simply ask ourselves what kind of fans are we? the type that will simply shit on a team that is already in the dumps or the type that will wear our jerseys/hats/tats with pride and cheer them on when things inevitably turn around?

    beat the bruins

  38. arthadude says:

    Therrien sounds like a guy who has already lost the room.

    Keep his seat warm on L’Antichambre.

  39. Dragonborn67 says:

    Mike Milbury discussing the biting issue during the first period intermission of the Detroit and LA game and stated that if an opposing player had his arm wrapped around his face that he would need some dental floss as well……did I hear that right? Did he just say it was ok to bite? Even Keith Jones seemed to think it was ok……anybody else see that?

  40. Mavid says:

    common guys get with the program..way to many grammer and spelling mistakes on here..your all going to get detentions

  41. CHicoHab says:

    Milbury says if anyone stuck a finger in his eye he’d need dental floss.
    says no suspension and said Gorges should be telling Max to be a man and not smother a guys face from behind.

    “take your time and hurry up”

  42. SuperHabFan says:

    Want more toughness? Call up Zack Stortini. Have these boys play together.

    http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/86709

  43. C-Sword says:

    I was happy for them when they won several matches early in the season, but I didn’t get too excited, I felt like they were only slightly better than last year, I guess that they’re still suffering from the mistakes made by Gainey and Gauthier, it’s going to take more than 1 season with the new management to rebuild this team, did you really expect them to be cup contender this season?

    The difference between Markov and Subban is when the latter makes a mistake like turning the puck over, he’s fast enough to recover and prevent a goal, something Markov simply can’t do, a mistake of his is going to lead to Emelin leaving someone open and that’s how we get scored on.

  44. Al aboo says:

    unbelivable, millbury and co blaming pacioretty for getting bit…..what a waste of space this clown is, didnt he beat up a kid?

    • Whatever says:

      I think Milbury once even blamed a man in the stands for wearing shoes.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Can’t watch hockey analysis on TV anymore. It is so biased with the pro-Boston/Toronto hypocrites on CBC/TSN/NBC and the pro-French Quebecers on RDS. Why can’t people just say the truth? A bite is a bite and should be a suspendable offence (no excuses); DD is just too small to play on a top line regularly in the NHL; etc. The reality is that these “commentators” have a fan base to appease and we will never see 100% non-biased analysis…

  45. HardHabits says:

    Last night’s game was a train wreck. These are the types of games that can adversely affect a team’s psyche. However, what doesn’t kill you…

    The Habs supposed strengths are speed and skill. The problem is that the elite teams’ strengths are speed, size, grit and skill and a mid-range team like the Leafs just proved that even though they might not be elite, they are still ahead of the Habs in terms of team building trajectory, certainly in terms of size and grit.

    The Habs have a major problem in their corporate culture. Living off of one’s excessively large laurels is a hard habit to break. Last season was a major step in the right direction towards breaking the cycle of dependence of riding one’s coattails.

    You can’t assume that the Habs jersey is magical. That any schlep donning the sweater will miraculously assume new super powers. The fans can’t will the team to success. The team has to will itself there, but they can’t do it with just 2 of 4 tools. Once the tools are there the fans can only serve as a supplemental fuel, but the spark, the fire, must come from the within players on the ice. Last night was a major dousing.

  46. songles says:

    I don’t understand a couple of the tank arguments I read around here. One is the argument that it’s a short season so it’s not worth doing well. You know they’re still giving the Stanley Cup out to the winner of the NHL at the end of the season, right? And I haven’t heard anything about the use of asterisks due to the season’s lack of legitimacy.

    I also don’t get the tank-mode argument generally. The thing about getting yourself into a good draft position is that you have to be a terrible hockey team to do so (or suffer from injuries and bad in-season coaching/managing like the Habs did last year). At some point you need to try to develop the assets that you have, i.e. try to win with your current and emerging roster. The Habs are top 10 in terms of organizational depth at this point and they should be looking at building through the trade and free-agency markets.

  47. Danno says:

    Bar Rafaeli wants Mike Boone

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uu52PgOuak0/UM9au_ShRxI/AAAAAAAAFx8/9my0X6cLNu8/s1600/934_bar-refaeli-top-1403773234%5B1%5D.jpg

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  48. Ian Cobb says:

    Not to worry fans say’s management! we will get there in time, be patient, we were told last year was unacceptable.
    Well! so is this years team, but be patient they say, keep buying tickets, drinking our beer and eating our hot dogs, we will get to the cup soon!. After all it is your money paying our way!

    PS, Is it ever hot here today on the Florida beach. We will be back home to see you fans on Friday night, all tanned up and looking good for you. Only two more months of work for us millionaires this year. Then we get a holiday until we get to rip you again next fall!.
    The Hab’s.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Patience is required but blind dedication to players just because they were drafted by the Habs is also dangerous. This is a business and to win needs certain parts (players) At this point, I would say the only untouchables currently on the roster are patches, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Gorges, Price, Subban, Bourque ( the way he is playing), and Eller…yes Eller. Everyone else should be available for the right price. Of course, there are players that no one would trade for.

      Habfan17


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