About last night …

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Here’s my theory: Glen Sather felt guilty.
When Brandon Prust became an unrestricted free agent last summer, the Rangers general manager could have re-signed his rugged winger.
Instead, Sather let Prust walk. And the Canadiens signed him to a four-year, $10 million deal.
Most of the punditocracy thought GM Marc Bergevin had overpaid for a role player.
But with half the season completed, Prust is one of the main reasons your astonishing Montreal Canadiens are in first place in the Eastern Conference.

Where does the guilt come in?

The well-traveled Sather played the 1974-’75 season in Montreal. He became a good friend of the legendary Red Fisher; and in subsequent seasons, as an NHL executive, Sather has savoured the delights of our beautiful city, including the great steaks at Moishe’s.

So perhaps it weighed on Sather’s conscience after he unloaded Scott Gomez’s toxic contract on Bob Gainey. Maybe he figured he owed us one and made good by letting Prust leave the Rangers.

OK, that’s a totally idiotic idea, even by my standards.

But Prust has been the revelation of the season to date. And this franchise was WAY overdue for a pleasant surprise.

In the 4-2 win over Carolina Thursday night, Prust had the first three-point game of his career. The goal he potted to open the scoring was Prust’s fourth. In 82 games with the Rangers last season, he had five.

Prust never takes a shift off. He kills penalties. He’s fit in seamlessly with a variety of linemates – including rookies Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk. He leads the team at plus-13.

And he’s not afraid of Milan Lucic.

At this point, $2.5 million – prorated for a 48-game sked – makes Brandon Prust a bargain.

And value for money is something else we’re not used to in Montreal.

Prust’s line was the Canadiens’ best in Carolina.

I don’t know what team psychologist Sylvain Guimond told Lars Eller, but for the last week the Dane has been great. Eller had a goal and two assists against the ‘Canes. He was part of a penalty-kill that pitched a shutout. Eller went 13-9 on faceoffs and had a couple hits. Possibly emboldened by the proximity of Prust, Eller is using his size effectively.

Galchenyuk did not show up on the scoresheet, but the kid’s game is coming along and he fits in nicely with Eller and Prust. I liked Galchenyuk’s intensity on the puck during some third-period shifts when the line kept Carolina bottled up in their end.

The Canadiens got two points for 40 minutes of hockey thanks in no small part to their goaltender. During a second-period onslaught that was the team’s worst 20 minutes of the season, Price made 19 saves and foiled Eric Staal on a penalty shot.

But this being Montreal, someone will phone TSN 690 Friday morning to criticize Price’s glove hand on the Drayson Bowman goal.

Give it a rest, peeps. Price made a season-high 42 saves in Carolina. He is one of the main reasons this team has not lost consecutive games in regulation time this season.

And with the exception of the woeful second period, Price got help from his teammates. An injury to Yannick Weber forced Michel Therrien to go with five defencemen, and everyone stepped up.

Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban each played in excess of 27 minutes. That’s still a tad high for Markov; but Subban, who had a goal and an assist, continues to play some of the best – and, this season, most disciplined – hockey of his career.

On L’Antichambre, Michel Bergeron praised Subban effusively.

“You can’t coach a P.K. Subban like a Gorges or Bouillon,” Bergeron said, pleased that Michel Therrien seems to have loosened the reins on his flamboyant young defenceman.

“P.K. is a thoroughbred,” Bergeron added, and extravagantly talented players screw up once in a while. “Larry Robinson made big mistakes … after he made 100 great plays.”

Josh Gorges, of all people, had a goal and a assist. Scoring to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in the first period, Gorges converted a perfect pass that Prust gleefully described as “backhand sauce – my specialty.”

Alexei Emelin executed a Savardian Spinorama  at the Carolina blueline before firing a shot that Justin Peters could handle cleanly, with Prust burying the rebound. Emelin also dished out eight hits.

Some Canadiens had off-nights in Carolina.

The David Desharnais line was invisible. Michael Ryder was benched for the third period, ceding his spot on the Tomas Plekanec-Brian Gionta line to Travis Moen. Ryder, Ryan White and Colby Armstrong played single-digit minutes.

But the Canadiens survived 20 minutes of horror to bag two more points.

They head south to Tampa Bay with two wins in three games on the longest road trip of the season.

Carey Price has his mojo back. And Brandon Prust might make us forget the last former Ranger to pass through these parts.

 

930 Comments

  1. HAB - Have A Beer says:

    Say what you want. If it wasn’t for price last night. Carolina would have had 2-points. We didn’t exist in the 2nd period and that’s where Price took over. So you can all thank Carey for saving us.

    Anyway we’re still in 1st place. Not bad halfway through the season.

  2. Habfan17 says:

    The College free agents will soon be available

    Here is one listed as one of the top 5. Played in Chateauguy.

    Antoine Laganiere

    Fourth-year F, Yale

    Age: 22. Height: 6-4. Weight: 215.

    Hometown: Ile-Cadieux, Que.

    The skinny: Plenty of NHL scouts have visited Yale’s Ingalls Rink this season and have come away impressed with his “pro-type body” and how much his skating has improved during his time at Yale… He attended prospect camps for the Edmonton Oilers and Penguins last summer and with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 … He helped the Chateauguay Patriots Midget AAA win the 2005-06 provincial Quebec title and the Patriots finished third at the Telus Cup national championship.

    Here is the link
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/opinion/2013/03/the-nhl-prepares-for-us-college-free-agent-time.html

    Maybe worth a look,
    Andrej Sustr

    Third-year D, Nebraska-Omaha

    Age: 22. Height: 6-8. Weight: 225.

    Hometown: Plzen, Czech Rep.

    The skinny: He has Zdeno Chara-type size, but is considered a project … Came over to North America in 2009 to play for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL and also suited up for the Czech Republic at the 2010 world junior … His offensive stats have improved every year at Nebraska-Omaha … He attended prospect camps for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning last summer … Plenty of NHL teams will be in the mix this time around.

    Habfan17

  3. JF says:

    Whatever happened to the system under which, as recently as the Ottawa game ten days ago, the Habs were giving up only about twenty shots a game, no odd-man rushes, and very few scoring chances? That second period last night was a nightmare. Shades of last year. I guess the team is at the stage where those bad habits, poor work ethic, and perhaps bad attitude occasionally creep back in. All credit to Price, without whose heroics, the second goal notwithstanding, the game would have been out of reach by the end of the second. I think you could say he stole it for us, or, at the very least, he stole a chance for us to win it.

    Glen Sather is a bad GM. We knew that before, but his decision in regards to Brandon Prust drives the point home. I remember watching Prust last year and wishing we had a guy like him. Lo and behold, we have him, thanks to Sather’s thinking it not worth the extra term and $500,000 a year to keep him. Shows what going after expensive free agents does – you penny-pinch on the rest of your lineup.

    Eller is really beginning to prove himself this year. He has been far more consistent, he has improved his faceoff percentage dramatically, and he is a factor more often than not, which was not the case last year, when he often seemed to float. Playing centre with more or less the same linemates has boosted his confidence; he doesn’t seem to be questioning himself any more, just plays hard and tries to contribute.

    I confess I don’t really understand the debate over the respective merits of Eller and Desharnais. It is as though we have to choose between them. Why can we not keep both? They are very different players and contribute in different ways.

    There’s a big debate over Ryder further down the thread. I’m not ready yet to give up on him. It often takes a player a dozen games to adjust to a new team. Ryder is a natural scorer, and it’s difficult to see him not beginning to score soon. Perhaps Therrien’s benching (he gave as his reason that he didn’t like Ryder’s game) will jolt him. That said, while the trade gives us cap relief next year, we may have lost in the short term. Cole is a more complete player than Ryder.

    We need help on defence. Perhaps Greg Pateryn will be the big body clearing the front of the net that we’ve been demanding. BTW, where are all the Gorges-bashers today? I feel bad for Yannick Weber….

  4. SmartDog says:

    MY theory about Sather letting Prust go is that Sather is an idiot. LOTS of evidence to corroborate this theory.

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  5. SteverenO says:

    I would like to question the conventional wisdom of the need for a “4th” line.

    I am not saying to go with three lines, I am saying that there need not be anything different or special about the 4th line. Is it set in stone that the 4th line has to made up of players with stone hands?

    In my opinionthe 4th line should be no different than the first three, Al line that can both score and defend . The ultimate criteria to measure their effectiveness is that they score more goals than they allow. If we start with the premise that they will not score very often they must be real grinder type defensive forwards in order to keep the opponent of the scoreboard as well.

    How would it look wioth this years version of the Habs.

    Plek – Gionta – Bourque
    Desharnais – Pacioretty- Gallagher
    Eller – Prust – Dumont/Leblanc
    Galchenyuk- Moen – White/Armstrong

    Over time we can replace Moen, Armstrong, White , with two or three players that can BOTH score and defend and we would have 4 effective lines.

    The current 4th line of White ,Moen, and Armstrong can only hope to break even on the score board as they almost never score.

    White– 17 GP 1 goal 0 assists
    Moen — 23 GP 2 goal 2 assists
    Armstrong– 24 GP 0 goal 3 assists

    A combined 3 goals and 5 assists between them. That would one good game for a “real” line.

    Anyway my point is that I don’t understand the neccesity of having a line of pluggers that can’t contribute to the offence.

    Its like buying a $2 scratch loto and winning either $2 or a free ticket. Why waste the paper?

    regards,

    Steve O.

  6. shiram says:

    To keep the good vibes flowing, another thing I love about the Habs this season, is that they score alot of goals, enough to be the 5th best team in the League right now.
    Sure the defensive side of the game is not as good as it’s been, but it’s still good enough for the Habs to be the team with the 5th best differential in goals for / goals against.

  7. Habitoban says:

    Price observation: Over-thinking is rarely gets good results for athletes. Price has great goalie instincts. The more shots on goal, the more likely he is to fall back on those instincts rather than to over-think his response. Not that I’m advocating 40+ shots against every game …

    • The Cat says:

      Most goalies are like that. I saw Roy getting peppered with 70 shots fairly regularly when he was a Granby Bison (expansion team), Roy wasnt carrying the team mind you. Savard drafted him on that fact that a goalie that sees this much rubber is bound to be great eventually. Maybe thats why Halak and Elliot arent improving, they saw little rubber last year.

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

  8. Lafleurguy says:

    I see Winnipeg picked up Eric Tangradi. Our no. 64, Greg Pateryn is probably a better D-man despite inexperience. Nice to see McQuaid get pounded on by Fraser. McQuaid is fast becoming an Andrew Ference type punk. “I’m going to play tough ’cause Chara and Thornton have my back.”

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  9. Habfan10912 says:

    Greg Pateryn is the third U of Michigan player from last season to reach the NHL. Say’s something about US College hockey, no?

  10. Danno says:

    All I know is I am shocked, amazed and elated that we are currently first place in the conference at the midway point of the season.

    Yes, there is still work to be done to be a serious Cup contender, but let’s enjoy the ride a bit and allow ourselves to be positive for a moment.

    ________________________________________

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

    http://dennis-kane.com/

    • The Cat says:

      Absolutely be positive, there isnt a powerhouse team in the east, well maybe Boston whose maintaining their excellent 5on5 ways.

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

  11. shiram says:

    Does anyone still dispute Eller’s talent?
    Is it ok to say his name in the same conversation as DD and Pleks?
    Looking at the stats never gives a full story, but Eller with less games played, playing less time in each game, with less even strenght time and just about no PP is just one point behind Pleks and DD, while having the better +/- and better number on the faceoffs. He’s also much more physical and gets involved in all plays. Should I bring in the quality of players playing on our centers wing also?
    Eller is a beast.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Love this post.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Yes, some do. Therrien scratched him at the beginning of the season, so there must be something wrong with him. Absolutely ridiculous. At this point Eller is clearly our second best center. Not that far behind Plekanec.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Others might say that the benching was the turning point of the season for Eller….perhaps even of his young career.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • Loonie says:

          Plekanec and Bourque have been better this year. Guess Therrien made them the players they are today to.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            No need to get sarcastic or defensive, but why can’t we give Therrien some credit. Eller was not playing well, he was benched and has played well since. To dismiss the effect of the benching is short-sighted at best.
            Plekanec & Bourque both had histories of playing like they are now. Eller did not.

            The whole team is playing better but I’m sure that has nothing to do with Therrien either.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Loonie says:

            Sarcasm? Pointing out that Plekanec and Bourque are better this year and yet aren’t different from what they’ve shown in their careers is just me making a point that while Therrien has the team playing better, he isn’t the reason that these players are who they are today.

            Therrien deserves credit for his management of the team, he didn’t develop the skills of any player on this roster other than Bouillon. There is a distinction to be made and he shouldn’t be getting universal credit for everything good about the organization.

            Same goes for Bergevin. He’s done a very good job so far but is doing it with a team assembled by Gainey and Gauthier.

            Not a knock on the new faces, just a point that while they’re doing a great job, they aren’t responsible for the skills of the players on this team, they’re responsible for how they’re used.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            But pointing out that Bourque and Plekanec are better too has to be sarcasm cause otherwise it makes no sense.
            Bourque & Plekanec have histories of being better so it’s much more unlikely that they were going to continue being bad. They just got back to normal, whereas Therrien seems to have brought out the best in Eller. Obviously he had the talent, but I give Therrien loads of credit for helping him achieve success.
            As for Bergevin, he got us Prust. Just that is a pretty good job on its own….but there’s more to come I think.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • Mr. Biter says:

          To bad it’s had the opposite effect on White. No disrespect to Eller.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

          • Habsrule1 says:

            HabsFanMTL…neither of us were privy to practices, etc, but he was benched for a reason and has been very good ever since. If nothing else, we can at least agree that it did not have a negative effect.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Habfan10912 says:

      See Avatar. :)
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    • Cal says:

      Chucky’s been better than all of them with an average TOI of 12:30. Should he now be our #1 center? (Kidding)

      • shiram says:

        I almost added him in the post, afterall his point total is right there with the other 3 main C’s.
        All this to say good things are happening down the middle for the Habs.
        One center is slumping? That’s alright we got 3 that can take the slack!

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      All day.

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

  12. Luke says:

    Good Morning!

    Did Price steal this one?

  13. The Cat says:

    Habs are 7-0-0 vs the southeast this year, 4-1-2 vs Atlantic and the improving 4-4-2 vs its own division.

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

  14. koiviss says:

    Would like an injury update on Bourque and Diaz if possible, any signs of progress to returning to skating?

    • Loonie says:

      Even once they’ve resumed skating they have to take part in a contact practice and experience no symptoms before returning to play. I don’t believe either has skated since their concussions so they’re probably both at least a week out, Bourque probably more.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      My thoughts exactly, an update on Diaz and Bourque would be appreciated. Anyone?

    • SmartDog says:

      Diaz is supposed to skate… I think today. (From an update during the intermission last night.) No word on BorkBorkBork.

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      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  15. habs-fan-84 says:

    Good for Prust!

    Last year, if I’m not mistaken, Prust led the league in fighting majors. This year he’s been given the opportunity to do a little more and he’s proving that he can be more than just a guy who drops the gloves.

    Good on him. It’s guys like Prust who become invaluable come playoff time.

    Great to see Price bounce back and “steal a game”. I also thought PK played his best game of the season and Eller just continues to impress. Frankly, Eller is developing into that big center we’ve wanted for so long and he’s getting MUCH better on the faceoffs.

    GO HABS GO

  16. adamkennelly says:

    Ryder needs to be on a line with 2 guys who are gonna do all the work and toss him the puck top of the circle for an easy shot on net…that’s his game.

    also more and more Prust is proving he can do more than fight – needs to keep that in his repertoire but MB must find someone to take over the lead role.

  17. Hobie Hansen says:

    Two Words: BRANDON PRUST!

  18. Ozmodiar says:

    Before the influx of predictable comments about the Ryder/Cole trade being awful because Ryder sat for a period, let me just say – it was still a good trade. ;)

    Cole was nailed to the bench at one point this year, if I recall. I also remember him getting a bit of time on the 4th line.

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    I would like to bring something to your attention this morning, about the offensive style of game played under Michel Therrien, opposed to the totally defensive and trap style of Jacques Martin and Carbo.

    This year we have been much more injury free, other than two illegal head shots to Diaz and Bourque and a couple of bruises along the way.
    In past Jacques Martin and Carbo years, we were devastated each year with countless severe injuries, mostly from defending our end of the rink.

    The difference is in the forward momentum of giving contact or receiving contact. Both with the body and puck contact.

    Playing team defense from the red line back to your goal tender, will reduce goals against for sure, and played correctly it can be quite effective.
    But you will be receiving fore checkers contact and blocking shots all night. Sustaining many more injuries than playing the fore checking and pressure game ourselves.

    Toe Blake always said, the best defense was a strong offense, and a much more fun type of game for the players to play, keeping moral high.

    Take a look around the league at the % of injuries with the teams using the more defensive styles and traps.

    I am finally having so much more fun watching this type of hockey being play by our Hab’s this year. It reminds me of winning years, back in the day!

    • The Cat says:

      True. Teams are so even, injuries have much impact. I kind of lean towards less games in the schedule, its kind of wrong that things are decided by injuries.

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

    • Muckbringer says:

      May your morn be as last night

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgdEJnsdOOU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
      Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
      Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
      Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
      Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

    • Cal says:

      Good morning, Ian.
      Toe used the same trap plan that Dick Irvin brought in to the Habs in the 40s. Defensively, the Habs have played that trap for about 70 years. The only difference has been the fore-checking schemes.
      Habs have been lucky on the injury front this season, yet they have suffered 3 concussions already, with 2 of them being serious enough to put those players on the IR.
      Still, watching this team compete has been quite the treat.
      May it extend into late June!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Jacques Martin tried to teach a puck possession game but the only team who had possession of the puck were the Hab opponents or so it seemed. It was just awful to watch.
      I love to watch this team move through the neutral zone. Once they get some speed they create real problems for the opponents defense. Fun to watch.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Good post Ian.

      Just one slight correction – Diaz didn’t get injured from an illegal head shot – it was a freak accident.

    • boing007 says:

      Toe Blake was right. How about a full bore Toe Blake Appreciation Day on HIO? With all the journalists pitching in as well. Should catch Geoff’s attention.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  20. The Cat says:

    Respect over fellow members should trump your superstitions. I was superstitious when I played, always wore the same underwear, but you know there was perhaps a comfort factor I told myself.

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

  21. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    The Deharnais/Eller debate is a false dichotomy. People should stop thinking in absolutes – i.e. every game is the same, every line neatly plays 1, 2, 3, 4, worth of minutes.

    Reality is that the 3 top lines can all play top line minutes and Therrien (as witnessed last night) will not hesitate to give one line more time if they are working.

    Matchups are also a factor – you will see times when Therrien thinks it is better for Eller to be playing against the other top centre, sometimes Deharnais – not always Plekanec.

    I am the biggest Eller fan on this board – even more than Tom :-) but I am thrilled that we have three effective offensive and defensive minded and capable pivots – which compares well with Boston and shows the limititations of Toronto for example.

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • Loonie says:

      The issue from what I see is that Galchenyuk will be a centreman sooner rather than later, Plekanec is better than both Desharnais and Eller.

      One of Eller or Desharnais will have to be a fourth line centreman, winger or player on a different team some time relatively soon.

      Both are best suited to be centreman. It will inevitably be a matter of which one’s better in my opinion.

      • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

        Well said, my sense is more a matter of timing, I see it being at least 2 more years before Galchenyuk is playing full time centre given his age and the new “development” mode that seems to be present with Mellanby et al in the office.

        Not sure if Deharnais has arbitration rights under his upcomin RFA status but I am guessing they will offer him 2 years and barring a trade of Plekanec, he will be the odd man out over time.

        “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  22. ed says:

    why is it that when Subban starts playing well offensively (his defensive game lapses and hesitations with the puck are still there), people here attribute his success to “coaching”??

    yet when other young players like Galchenyuk or Gallagher are playing well, we attribute their success to the players’ talent, determination, work ethic, etc.

    this was precisely the discussion during Subban’s contract dispute.
    Subban succeeds when he is “well coached”??
    how about how hard he has worked to get himself to this point?
    how about his drive and determination and his talent?

    • Habfan10912 says:

      PK seems to be a lightning rod for some reason, Ed. PK is a young player who continues to improve in all aspects of his game. I cannot recall ONE game where PK did not put forth effort. He does not take a shift off.

    • Cal says:

      How about PK is making way fewer stupid plays? Why? Because of coaching.
      Same goes for Eller, Chucky and Gallagher. All these players have worked their asses off. The direction they have been given by the coaching staff has helped these players immensely.
      Like Price tweeted to PK: We have leadership here now.

      • ed says:

        When Subban plays well, its the coaches effect, when he plays poorly he is responsible.

        It has been that way since he joined the team during the 2010 playoff run, and it hasn’t changed.

        • habstrinifan says:

          100 percent agree. The one constant is that Subban has managed to gain more playing time under EVERY one of the coaches. That says it all. We keep putting this guy down and asking for his re-invention.

    • krob1000 says:

      Because Subban has had his game turned around dramatically…he is doing less and as a result doing more. HE is limiting the number of ast man back dangles, he is chipping pucks up the wall when necessarey, he is head manning the puck, he is not forcing his shots and is being more selective and patient and realizing just getting pucks through will make things happen. HE has altered qutie a bit…Glachenyuk and Gallagher haven;t been around long enough to do anything with yet.

  23. HabFanSince72 says:

    Not the Desharnais – Eller debate again!

  24. Habsrule1 says:

    Steeltown Hab….you need to brush up on your French. On L’Antichambre, they said that CURRENTLY Eller is a 3rd line forward and they don’t know if he’ll become more than that in the future.
    I’m not positive if I agree or not, but that’s how they said it. I actually do believe that DD is the more consistent of the 2. It may have to do with linemates. You can’t really compare players perfectly unless they have equal linemates, but in the past 3-4 weeks I think DD has been working harder than Eller. Eller has flashes of brilliance for a few games, then seems invisible for a few. It looks to me that DD has a better work ethic at the moment, but he is also older and more experienced.
    The smart bet would be that, long term, Eller will be the better player….but not consistently right now.
    IMHO anyway.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      I don’t get how anyone can arbitrarily say that person x has a greater work ethic than person y without having the facts.

      How do you define “work ethic” … training all summer to add muscle, staying after practices to work on specific moves?

      Until Therrien and the coaching staff publicly pronounce who has the best “work ethic”, I don’t see any merit in that statement as it applies to anyone.

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

      • The Cat says:

        Work ethic is having small legs and looking like youre really trying. Players with longer legs always look like theyre coasting.

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

      • Habsrule1 says:

        It’s not hard, really. I watch the game and it just looks like DD is working harder. That means he goes into the corners and along the boards, not to mention in front of the net.
        I don’t see Eller going into the dirty areas as much, and I equate that with hard work.
        Not to mention, Therrien has already called Eller out for his lack of work ethic.
        Sorry if you don’t see it.
        Eller may not need to do it as much for X reason, but when you see DD always doing it, it says something.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • ed says:

          Eller never should have been ‘called out” by the coach, but i’m not surprised people keep bringing that up.

          Eller is coming along very nicely now that he is being played at center, game in and game out, just as some here had predicted last season.

          he is playing great hockey in all 3 zones and putting up points with any and all of the wingers that have been assigned to him.

          he has also become one of our most reliable defensive players.

          and if I’m not mistaken, he is still very, very young, and getting better.

          I am a big Eller supporter.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I don’t think Rller becomes invisible. There are games I don’t notive DD either. I think you hit the nail on the head, there are Games Eller shows flashes of brilliance. The other games he is just going about the business of being defensively responsible and not making glaring mistakes to draw attention.

      Eller has been very solid and unlike DD and Pleks, has worked on his faceoff skills and improved to the point he is doing much better than Pleks and DD and he also can muscle the other centres better.

      I do agree DD works hard, but I see him lose too many battles and am not sure he will get better than he is now.

      Habfan17

      • Habsrule1 says:

        I agree partially with what you said. I personally think Eller is the better all around player, but I also think he takes more shifts & games off than DD does right now, probably because DD knows he has to go all out to keep a job in the NHL.
        To be clear, I’d choose Eller over DD long term and would trade DD way before Eller, but pointing out that Eller can be better and more consistent is not saying I don’t like him. Eller is still pretty young and will get a lot better. DD has likely hit his ceiling, or close to it, in my opinion. Saying DD looks better on a more consistent basis right now is not a knock on Eller.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Not sure how you measure work ethic. I obviously don’t agree, I mean considers DD is -1 with a higher OZ start % than Eller who is +5, I don’t see how this “work ethic” is paying off. But I’m really comfortable saying Eller is a better player right now.

      Playoffs, game 7, I only get one of the two in the lineup I’d take Eller, it’s an easy choice.

      ———————————

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

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Actually not an easy choice.

        Glad we have them both.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  25. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I’m remembering why Ryder was moved the first time. Invisible man. Go Habs!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Me too Thomas but remember he’s a streaking goal scorer. I’m hoping he catches one of those streaks soon.

      • ed says:

        he was directly responsible for one of the goals. but that happens to everyone at one time or another.

        I’m not a Ryder fan, but he did just pick up 3 assists the other game, and I’m not going to get down on him this early in his return.

        there are some impressive posters on here (like Krob) who like Ryder a lot, so I have decided to take 15 games or so and evaluate Ryder from scratch.

        last night he seemed to lack the jump in his step he needs to make things happen.

    • Strummer says:

      The Invisible Man came to my office once but I told him I couldn’t see him.

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • Habfan17 says:

      Remember, he will be off the books at seasons end and Stalberg, Perry, Getzlaf, Clowe, if he isn’t traded and maybe even then, and Nathan Horton. I would think he will be a UFA if Boston trades for Clowe. Montreal also has the 3rd round pick.

      I see Beregevin clearing more cap space to add the type of players he likes, bigger, grittier players with skill. It is alo key to remember that with the exception of Prust, Ryder, Armstrong and Bouillion, he has no ties to the players. Obviously there are some he would not trade, but he is pretty much free to put together the team he believes can be a legitimate contender for years, able to compete against any team, no matter skill, size, or truculance!

      Habfan17

  26. montrealtilldeath says:

    Starting to get concerned again about Plekanec. He is dropping back into the pattern of unforced turnovers. The one last night behind the Habs net forced a great save by Price at a key moment in the 3rd. He is also staring to pick up those stick penalties for hooking and tripping. Without Bourque to do the heavy digging on his line his play level has really dropped. There are long stretches in the game you barely notice him.

    • Muckbringer says:

      Does 4-2 not do it for you?

      Carradine?

      Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
      Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
      Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
      Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
      Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

  27. Muckbringer says:

    Right, so its there..

    Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
    Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
    Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
    Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
    Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeX2ZI5KL3E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    I do this out of superstition. Come to gripps aand let it alone.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Please remove it. It’s extremely annoying.

      • Muckbringer says:

        Shave

        Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
        Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
        Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
        Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
        Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

        • 24 Cups says:

          I think the main issue with your signature is that it takes up eight lines of space. The standard tends to be one, maybe two.

          This starts to add up if you post four or five times within a half hour. If really adds up on the game blog.

          It’s really not about superstition but rather internet etiquette.

      • Muckbringer says:

        Look i know its anoying but im superstitious. Trust me, we win with it on ok dude?

        Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
        Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
        Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
        Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
        Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      That sig is annoying.
      Just sayin’

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

      • Muckbringer says:

        Even last night people got on me again and i dropped it and they tied it. Why cant everyone just a) embrace it
        B) ignore it

        Weve been 1st, with it.

        Christ….

        Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
        Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
        Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
        Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
        Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

  28. Elephant Man says:

    I have a question for those of you with long memories, which incidentally has nothing to do with last night’s game… All this talk of realignment got me thinking as I looked at the standings this am. Why is Winnipeg in the Southeast when they could easily be in the Northwest division? Perhaps I’m naive or underinformed, but if you just switch three teams around everything makes more sense for everybody with the least amount of disruption;

    Northeast = Unchanged
    Atlantic = Unchanged
    Southeast = Carolina–Dallas–Washington–Tampa–Florida
    Central = Unchanged
    Pacific = Anaheim–LA–San Jose–Phoenix–Colorado
    Northwest = Vancouver–Calgary–Edmonton–Winnipeg–Minnesota
    Note that travel has been lessened for all three teams switching.

    I am not an animal, I just reproduce that way.

    • Muckbringer says:

      Comon, NHL….Logical?

      Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
      Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
      Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
      Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
      Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

    • athanor says:

      Apparently Detroit was promised a return to the eastern time zone, for one.
      Winnipeg because they didn’t realign when Atlanta moved.
      And that alignment you suggest still has Dallas and Winnipeg making a bunch of two time zone trips.
      And of course there is the let’s keep Florida as a hockey destination by giving snowbirds more games against Montreal and Toronto.

  29. Habfan10912 says:

    That second period last night was as ugly a period of hockey as we’ve seen from this club this season. Good thing Price was on his game. One could almost say he stole one. Oh, what the heck, Price stole one last night.
    One other thing. This Eller guy is pretty good, eh?
    CHeers.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Hey J.! Carey came through. Prust seems to bring out the best with whatever linemates he’s put with.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Muckbringer says:

      Im as big on our goalies as they come..
      Twss

      Our lad made his biggest save thus far. That being said….Roy sucked without the team infront. Dejardan………Scores!
      conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
      Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
      Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
      Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
      Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

  30. Steeltown Hab says:

    Eller is a more valuable piece to the franchise long term than Desharnais, I don’t see how it can be argued at this point.

    When Bourque’s back they should role these lines:

    Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gionta
    Bourque – Desharnais -Gallagher
    Galchenyuk – Eller – Prust
    Moen – White – Ryder/Armstrong

    ———————————

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

    • The Cat says:

      It appears like that. But Pacioretty says it best about DD: people are always brushing him aside, and yet he always manages to rise up.

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

      • Loonie says:

        So if he craps the bed for four games and has one good one we should keep him in a more prominent role than more consistent and versatile players because he “rises up”?

        I don’t have a problem with Desharnais. I have a problem with the epeople who think he’s among our best forwards.

        • The Cat says:

          Well look whos all piss and vinegar cause Price had a good game last night :) Im not defending DD, Id keep Eller over DD if I had to myself. Just saying, theres something to be said for the always discarded that manages to stick around.

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

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        MTL never brushes him to the side. Despite any bad performance he always gets quality linemates so I’m not sure that really relates to this year in anyway.

        ———————————

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

        • The Cat says:

          Well he hasnt been with the habs long enough. He gets the linemates he has because hes not as well rounded as Eller. DD’s best ability is playmaker, so he gets quality wingers, cause they want to play to his strengths. But if he stagnates, Im sure it’ll end for DD eventually, like it did with Lats…

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

        • Habfan17 says:

          I believe it comes down to, who do you think has more value long term? the log jam at centre, who has the better trade value?

          I have said and will conitnue to say that right now Pleks value would be pretty high. He still does not win a lot of battles and is weak on face offs. Galchenyuk will one day be the first line centre. Eller has improved and wins facoffs. He is younger and bigger.

          I would not want Bergevin to trade a top prospect, so who do you trade to get a player like CLowe?

          Habfan17

          • Habsrule1 says:

            I hate to say it, but I’d trade Plek or Gionta, along with Weber and a draft pick, if they would take it.
            You have to give to get, I suppose.
            I’d trade Plek before Gionta just because I think Gionta’s leadership goes further than people think.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Muckbringer says:

      This is a slippery slope. Who isnt expendable really?

      Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
      Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
      Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
      Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
      Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

    • commandant says:

      Why is it DD vs Eller? Why can’t we have them both?

      DD has been pretty damn good the last few weeks and you want to break up his line that has clear chemistry between him and MaxPac?

      Also Bourque had chemistry with Pleks before getting hurt.

      Your change makes 0 sense.

      Go Habs Go!
      Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports
      http://lastwordonsports.com/

      • Loonie says:

        The comparison happens because not everyone sees Desharnais as a better option at centre than Eller and don’t feel he’ll be an effective winger.

        And because of that there’s a good chance that it will become one or the other in the not too distant future.

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        The line was solid, I wouldn’t say the offensive chemistry was booming. Why not give Plekanec some strong offensive guys to play with, we need him logging more minutes because he’s not a defensive liability (*cough*51), and can produce.

        Again it’s not a hate on DD for me, it’s what the media has portrayed him as that’s bothered me. Over the next couple years, it’s going to be hard keeping Plekanec, Eller, DD, Galchenyuk all down the middle. Galchenyuk is eventually going to be a Center full time, I just want to see DD tried on the wing, constantly insulting him with the strongest wingers is getting tired.

        ———————————

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

        • commandant says:

          You wouldn’t say the offensive chemistry was booming?

          You do realize that Max Pac was the NHL player of the week last week due to the number of goals and points he put up right?

          The team is winning. We have 3 lines who can score. It seems a different line steps up every night. Do you think that is just coincidence?

          Having too many talented centres is rarely a problem. At worst one moves to wing when Galchenyuk is ready to take on the defensive responsibility of a Centre.

          Go Habs Go!
          Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports
          http://lastwordonsports.com/

      • Habfan17 says:

        I believe the odd man out is Pleks. Just my opinion

        Habfan17

    • rnnoble says:

      I get that people like Eller, but I don’t get this kind of attitude, where people suggest he’s a slam dunk top 2 center, while dismissing Desharnais in the same breath. You say you don’t see how it can be argued; I would say just look at their stats since they entered the league. Don’t get me wrong, I think Eller could be a big piece, but he hasn’t shown it consistently yet, whereas Desharnais already has a 60 point season under his belt.

      • Loonie says:

        So when you’re looking at their stats do their dates of birth enter your line of sight?

        I’m not saying Eller’s a slam dunk second line centreman. I’m saying he’s better than Desharnais today. That’s based on Eller having one less point in two less games in a role less focused on offense, him being bigger, faster, stronger and subsequently better able to create offensive and defensive plays on individual effort.

        As Steve pointed out below Eller has 14 points in his last 18 games as a third and fourth line centreman. Desharnais has 13 in his last 18 as a second line centreman and a significantly higher amount of powerplay time.

        • rnnoble says:

          You mean their 3 years of difference? Desharnais is 26. He hasn’t entered his prime yet.
          I like Eller a lot. My point is not that he isn’t good or that he isn’t going to be good. My point is that there are some players that get annointed on this board, whereas other players are consistently slammed. My response was to Steeltown Hab who said that there was no argument about who was better. I don’t think it’s that obvious. Eller has the whole package, but Desharnais has overachieved at every level. He’s pretty darn good too.
          I just don’t see why people seem to want to make it one or the other.

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        You can’t just keep riding the 60-pt season to the bank, look at linemates PP time etc. The whole discussion. It’s fair to say DD has had better linemates than Eller all year. He only has 1 more pt in 2 more games, he’s a -1 (one of the only minus fwds). Eller is a +5.

        At Eller’s age Desharnais wasn’t even in the NHL. The defensive game isn’t even a conversation. So long term, he’s a better piece.

        I bring this up because of the trashing Eller gets and the constant do no wrong praise DD gets on Antichambre, it’s nonsense.

        ———————————

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

        • rnnoble says:

          I responded above, but I do agree with what you said about l’Antichambre. To be honest though, that show is almost always ridiculous. I don’t watch anymore, unless they have a good guest. That being said, I find this board often does the same thing, only reversed. Some players are viewed unrealistically positively, whereas other players are consistently being dismissed.

    • Danno says:

      There is some validity to your argument but one factor that is often oerlooked in DD’s case is the value he brings to the club at only $850,000 a year.

      ________________________________________

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

      http://dennis-kane.com/

  31. Muckbringer says:

    Right, lets go cash… hate this game

    Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
    Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
    Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
    Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
    Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

  32. Loonie says:

    Prediction:

    Due to the prevailing opinion on AC last night that Brandon Prust and weak matchups were the cause of Eller’s three point night we will soon see…..

    Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gionta
    Prust – Desharnais – Gallagher
    Galchenyuk – Eller – Ryder
    Moen – White – Armstrong

    Prust will be put with Desharnais, a two point game for our #51 will follow and it will have had nothing to do with Prust but will have been the result of Desharnais’ never say die attitude.

    And please note that when Desharnais has a bad game it’s attributed to his line. When anyone else does it’s lack of effort.

    • Muckbringer says:

      Sub gio or fourth…

      Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
      Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
      Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
      Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
      Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      AC is such a joke lol. All the panelists agreed Eller will never be more than a 3rd line center…This is honestly the best RDS has to offer? Brutal

      To add to that. When Prust was with Pleks line was he producing? But with Eller, he’s apparently the entire reason the line produced. Prust did have a good game though. Hope that line stays intact. Ryder hasn’t had a good shift since the deal.
      ———————————

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

      • Muckbringer says:

        Growing up it was french cbcfree air mind you, i kinda hear it but its much better than tsn/net
        In gta you just dont wanna hear it

        Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
        Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
        Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
        Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
        Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

        • Steeltown Hab says:

          TSN and Sportsnet are leaf focused but aside from that, provide better analysis than RDS or CBC. Easily.

          ———————————

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

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Again, that comment makes me think your French is weak because RDS is 10 times better than TSN & Sportsnet. They both suck and I avoid them except to see if they’ve gotten any better.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Tom. There are days where I regret not learning to speak French. AC helps me immensely with getting over those regrets. Truth be known there have been times on HIO where I regretted learning English. :)

  33. habstrinifan says:

    Going on the record NOW! Pateyrn wont be going back to Hamilton (unless that old cap-space number games contract status thing comes into play). I have this feeling that Greg Pateyrn will be the big D we never knew we had and will be staying with us… and Weber and Kaberle will be moved.

    Just a gut feeling. But dont discount my gut feelings. Just ask Romney.

  34. Muckbringer says:

    My appologies. Big win and 9 hrs of skyrim with the day off tomorrow. I took it down and we got scored on twice. Trust..the sig is for the cause

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Voices beckoning from the river Styx have messages impossible for the masses to comprehend. Had to look up WTF means…….

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Muckbringer says:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHP3JYecsLE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

        Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
        Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
        Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
        Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
        Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

        • Lafleurguy says:

          The wind smells fresh this morning…..

          “May you live in interesting times.”

          • Muckbringer says:

            This morning is too calm….do you want to live forever?

            Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
            Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
            Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
            Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
            Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            No way Jose. Just long enough to witness double the Stanley Cup wins which I have seen already which is eight……

            “May you live in interesting times.”

  35. 24 Cups says:

    Prust is +10 in his last ten games. He is the perfect example of the type of player the team needs to develop or bring into the organization. Why have a Parros or McGratten when you can have this guy?

    Eller’s 14 points have come in his last 18 games. Before that, he was underutilized. He may keep Galchenyuk on the wing for quite awhile.

    Two things that I love about Gallagher. He was a 5th round pick. That’s close to being a free asset the same way DD is. Gallagher also only makes $887,000 and will do so for the next two years. He may fall back a bit next season but in 2015 he could be the deal of year.

    I only mention these three players because they are prime examples of the difference makers between this year and last season.

    I see that everyone is hot to trot over Ryane Clowe. He makes 4M a season. He scored his last goal on March 6th. Sadly, that was in 2012, not 2013. He’s pointless in his last 8 games. Two quick questions. If the Habs trade for this guy, who sits on the top three lines? (Bourque will be back by then) What will Montreal be willing to give up for him? I wouldn’t go higher than Dallas’ 3rd rounder. What about signing him as a UFA? He’ll be 31 when next season begins. You have to figure he’ll get 4 years at 4-5M.

    I realize anything can happen on any given night in the NHL but both teams in Florida are down for the count right now (both have the same 3-7 record for their past ten games). Tampa is in a real tailspin even though their GD is still +7. Lindback ain’t no Pekka Rinne. The Panthers have been decimated by injuries and also suffer from the worst defensive record in the NHL. They have allowed 30 more goals than the Habs as their GD is a brutal -30 (after just 24 games!) I want three out of four points this weekend.

    Both Calgary and Nashville are at the halfway point of their seasons. They’re still in the playoff hunt but right now are on the outside looking in. It’s not a stretch to think that Montreal could have 3 of the top 44 picks. If they do, fans will have to tip their hats to PG for making it happen.

    • Loonie says:

      If you keep praising Eller like that you’ll be bombarded with venom before you know it Steve.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I don’t know why people are so hot after Clowe. He has never played a full season, his production was down last season and is down again this season. He is 30, which isn’t old, yet, but in order to get him, the Habs would have to give up something very good and then the Habs would have to sign him to a longer term to keep him. Given how many players were signed hoping they could be the player they were, and then not working out, I would say, pass on him. Stalberg will potentially be a UFA at the end of the season. Chicago has depth at left wing and not a lot of cap room. I would rather Bergevin wait and see if he can get him. He fits better, very fast, skilled and big! Not a ohysical force, but harder to knock off the puck

      Habfan17

      • Loonie says:

        Stalberg is definitely a physical force. Comparable to Eller.

        • Habfan17 says:

          I’d love to see him an the second line with Pleks, for now and Bourque who scores better form his natural right side. Adam Oates shared some great insights and facts as to why he does not like wingers playing their off wing. I do see Eller at centre in the future on the second line if he keeps up his play. I have always seen him as an ugraded Pleks. He is farther along than Pleks was at his age.

          Habfan17

      • Body_of_Price_Repels_You says:

        Here’s what people really like about Clowe:

        - 6-2, 225lbs
        - 20 goal scorer
        - Floats around 50pts and 100PIM
        - Fights
        - Apparently incredibly fit
        - Is comparable to Scott Hartnell in a lot of ways

        Big point-producing wingers who can fight are very hard to find. Clowe is not in the top tier of these players but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him get a 4.5 – 5M payday in the summer

        • Habfan17 says:

          Thanks for the info. If they went after Clowe, I would expect Pleks would probably go the other way due to contracts, or maybe Gio.

          Habfan17

          • boing007 says:

            Plekanec for Clowe? No way, San José.

            Richard R
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    • boing007 says:

      Tampa Bay could use a few Dmen. In return for whom?

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  36. Clay says:

    Strange game that! The second period demonstrated a stunning lack of composure for the Habs, and after the second goal got by Price, I thought ‘here we go again’. Yes, it was a great (and hard) shot, but it was a weak goal, and NHL goalies should stop those. Kudos to Price for not letting it get to him after his last 2 outings. Every goalie lets in bad goals, and it’s all in how they respond afterwards that counts. Price responded in stellar fashion, and really came through for the team.
    First period aside – which the Habs dominated – I think we can safely say that Price has finally ‘stolen’ a game for the team this year.
    As for the rest of the team…that was some brutal playing. But Prust is proving to be a significant addition, and I’m ecstatic that we locked him up for 4 seasons. That back-hand pass had shades of Gretzky to Kurri! I bet that goes on the personal highlight reel.

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  37. HabinBurlington says:

    Question to the masses as it relates to Greg Pateryn. He played 4 seasons at Univ. of Michigan before joining Hamilton this season. Am I right in assuming that he would have signed with the Habs after his final season? (at Mich.) Is this not the same scenario that Kristo is currently in? If so why was there not the same dark cloud around Pateryn not signing with the Habs as their tends to be around here as it relates to Kristo?

    • Loonie says:

      Pateryn was signed just under a year ago(March 28 2012)

      He also while a good prospect was unlikely to have been as coveted as Kristo will be when his school year is finished.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        So in otherwords if Kristo signs later this month or as soon as his UND season is over, it will be the same. I think Pateryn was one of the top Senior Dmen in the college ranks last year, but perhaps was overshadowed by the Ducks dman who became an Oiler.

        • Loonie says:

          Well Schultz was the hot topic due to allegations of tampering and his readiness to contribute immediately. Pateryn was definitely a stalwart player for the Wolverines but I’m still reserving judgement. I think he could be an excellent shutdown guy one day but the “scouting reports” here about him being an upgrade on Gorges in the offensive department are laughable. His upside in my opinion is what Tinordi was billed to be as a draft pick.

          On the end of the season point, you’re right. Kristo could sign early. It’s just a matter of whether or not he wants to test the market in mid-summer.

          • commandant says:

            The big advantage of signing early is getting one game and burning a year off the pesky ELC with its rookie maximum. This has led to a number of quick signings in recent years. Christian Hanson, Stephan DaCosta, Casey Wellman, J.T. Brown, Matt Frattin, and others.

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        • Habfan17 says:

          Yes it would be and there are no facts to substantiate Kristo looking to be a UFA and not wanting to sign in Montreal. It all started last season with the gong show that Gauthier had going and folks speculating when Kristo decided to go back to scholl, that he didn’t want to sign in MontreaL. Pure speculation!

          Habfan17

    • Habfan17 says:

      Pateryn did sign right after his last year of university. The nonsense surrounding kristo is purely rumour, and Pateryn, flew under the radar. He is low key. I am sure if he had decided to go the ufa route, a few teams would have put some offers out. He had a great reputation on his team

      Habfan17

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Hey Burly and everybody. Pateryn had expressed aspirations to attend medical school. There was also positive press about his relationship with the Canadiens.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  38. Loonie says:

    A couple of notes about PK Subban.

    His point total among defensemen on a per game basis is only exceeded by Kris Letang’s. Even the mighty Erik Karlsson would have had to score five points in the four games following his season ending injury game had it not occurred to have kept pace with Subban.

    He’s tied for the league lead in goals among defensemen with six(with Brian Campbell) but has played six fewer games.

    He’s also down to one minor penalty for every three games played.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      He is playing excellent hockey right now, interesting how he seems to look comfortable again with Gorges. Some people were writing off that pairing after the first game they played together again this season, and started attributing it to personalities etc….

    • CanadienBoy says:

      PK deserve credit ,but so MT for bring him back slowly to fit in the team concept

    • Cal says:

      I’m getting the feeling PK is finally being properly coached.
      He has all the tools and now the coaching staff is getting him fine-tuned to be even better.

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting development in St. Louis in net. Last night the team started Jake Allen, it appears Allen has surpassed Elliot as the number 2 goalie there.

    • Loonie says:

      And still rising.

    • The Cat says:

      Its funny how last year, both Halak and Elliot were league leaders and this year, both are nearer to the bottom.

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

      • Loonie says:

        Also funny how that’s coincided with some very poor defensive play from Darren Pang’s man crush Alex Pietrangelo.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I never believed Elliot was that good and was rather a product of the St. Louis team play, and Elliot was exposed come playoff time last year. Halak is still just coming back from his groin injury, and I am sure he will be back to his top play soon. But Elliot I believe is done as a St. Louis goalie, I still think St. Louis should or must be regretting trading Ben Bishop.

        • The Cat says:

          Halak isnt a good fit for St.Louis. He needs to get peppered to be good. Winnipeg gives up lots of shots…

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

  40. Loonie says:

    Funny that the same gentelemen(on AC) who said last season that Desharnais’ offensive zone starts and weak opposition matchups didn’t matter as long as he produced points chalked up Lars Eller’s three point game to weak matchups.

    Funnier still that the two gentlemen I’m referring to also didn’t happen to notice Eller/Prust/Galchenyuk on the ice against the Jordan Staal line for the last fourty minutes of the game last night.

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    So what go into Josh Gorges last night, goal and an assist and he looked like an offensive dman skating into the offensive zone last night!

    • Loonie says:

      Somebody showing him my posts?(joke)

      He certainly played like a more than one dimensional guy last night. When he makes plays like he did last night I think back to MAB saying that he could be much more than what he is and then wonder why it’s never really happened on a consistent basis.

  42. Muckbringer says:

    About this morn….

    Still reeelin, Playin skyrim with tomorrow a sick day

    Friggn virus.

    Vid ye well peoples!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQQdYokbp4E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  43. ABHabsfan says:

    If Weber is hurt is there a d-man getting the call-up? Can’t continue a road trip with no spare d-man, could end playing with 5 in Fla.

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • ElMcFoldo says:

      Pateryn has good size and is a bit older than some of the other guys down there. He missed part of the year due to injury but it sounds like he’s been solid in recent weeks.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Peteryn was called up. I watched him play in Hamilton last week and he is a good callup. Very responsible defensively, decent size and strength.

      While he has limited Pro experience, his physical attributes are ready for pro hockey, thanks to 4 years in college.

      He could be a real dark horse for us, as he just hasn’t played nearly as many games as most people his age, but still looks good.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Greg Pateryn has been called up from Hamilton.

  44. ElMcFoldo says:

    This is taken from the Carolina Hurricane blog on hockeybuzz

    “The 2nd period was top quality. The team got rewarded with a 2-0 period win and could have had more. But 1 period is not enough against a team of Montreal’s caliber.”

    It’s nice to be getting some respect from around the league. This team might not hang on to first but they are a good team and will be a tough draw in the playoffs.

    Has anyone heard anything about Bourque or Diaz? Getting those two back will be huge.

    • Fansincebirth says:

      Gotta love it! Well deserved respect, I might add.

      Funny how Julien can heap praises on the Leafs but spews shit and abuse on the Habs…..sour grapes Claude, old boy?

  45. EastCoastHab says:

    So Ryder and some of the other’s had an off night, but Ryder did have a 3 point night two days ago…
    I honestly think that playing the new system of this team doesn’t happen over night. The old theory that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks doesn’t hold water with this team, but getting some of the old dogs to do the tricks may take a bit longer. We are only half way through the season and everyone will help the team win on different nights. Ryder will have a good one…even Kaberle has been playing well when inserted in the lineup. Last week was Price, this week Ryder, next week who knows….but they are playing like a team! Sometimes the “team” needs to pick up the slack for players that may be off or not bringing 100% to the rink.
    Let’s just be happy for the 2 points, the year to date and the possibility of a great second half enroute to the playoffs!

    (saving my $$ for a Habs leafs playoff game)

    • ElMcFoldo says:

      Ryder does not fit into this team. I liked the idea of moving out Cole but I wish it hadn’t been for Ryder. His hockey IQ, stickhandling and skating are all AHL caliber.

      Here’s an idea:

      Trade him to Boston (who was reported to have interest in bringing him back) in exchange for Caron. He’s been injured this year but remains a very good prospect with all the tools to be a solid pro. I know trades between divisional rivals are rare, but it would be a good fit for both teams.

  46. Mavid says:

    The dirty beanheads only have 3 games in hand now..the gap is narrowing..good..

  47. Mavid says:

    maybe just maybe Prust loves being a Montreal Canadien..the smile on that guys face is priceless he is truly enjoying himself, he is by far one of my favorites right now..I need to get a shirt now with his name on it..

    I am a happy hab fan..

  48. calvee123 says:

    I want to say, great game by Price. Maybe he needs 15-20 shots a period to get into his game. When you stop a few pucks, you get your confidence. I really have always liked Price. I know he still Is evolving as an elite goaltender.

  49. smiler2729 says:

    I don’t care who flubbed a Drayson Bowman shot, I don’t who turned over a zillion pucks, I don’t care who lost important face offs, took dumb penalties or missed their assignments – the bottom line is a win, 2 more points in the bank, baybeh.

    Some of you need to quit harping on Carey Price. I saw Ken Dryden suck a lot on some nights and I watched Patrick Roy play his way outta town, we seem to forget the bad stuff.

    PS I’d rather have Lars Eller too over Jaroslav Penney

    • HardHabits says:

      All goalies let in bad goals. The thing that distinguishes the great ones from the flash in the pans is the way a goalie bounces back after a bad goal or a bad game.

      Price should have had the 2nd goal against but the bottom line is he didn’t let in another one after that.

  50. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I liked the Prust signing from the moment it was announced but I thought it was 0.5 – 0.75m too much per year. Now I think he´ll be worth that kind of money till the end of his contract. Very happy with him.

    Eight hits is great but Emelin now also has 5 points in his last 5 games. Very happy with him as well. Certainly also with Eller who´s been proving for weeks he has everything to be a very decent second line center for years to come. With him, Galchenyuk and Plekanec around, I really hope that DD gets traded or moved to the wing next season.

  51. Marc10 says:

    2pts against a conference foe. Spending all that money in Carolina and all the while they could have had a guy like Brandon Prust.

    Character. Underrated.

  52. Habitoba says:

    I would like to comment on the talk of MB being in sell mode/rebuild mode/giving up on the season because of the Ryder/Cole trade being a downgrade. I’m sure MB had a 3-5 year plan to get this team competitive (could only go up from last year) and that within those plans existed trade options to, in his opinion, imrpove his team within that time-frame and bring them to what he emvisioned. The fact that the Habs are currently doing so well may likely be more of a pleasant surprise or added bonus than cause to shift his plans too much. This simply could have been one of those trades that had been penciled in for a while with Cole perhaps knowing about it. Could explain his drop in play while management was looking for a trade partner.

    Who knows? Odds are I’m way off base but I can’t sleep and have nothing better to do than to write up theories behind a trade without any inside knowledge

    • It was a great trade. The Habs got the most out of Cole and at his age odds are against him performing like that again.

      If Ryder doesn’t work out then oh well, he can move on in after the team is done playing hockey in June. :)

      It would have been nice to move him while his stock is high, but the right move was made in the end.

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      I support them win or lose and I never blame a goalie.

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  53. savethepuck says:

    I hate the Laffs sooooooo bad because that was the way I was brought up, Tonight, it was like kissing my sister hoping the Laffs beat the B’s, but when it came to a point that the B’s were ahead, the last thing I wanted to see, was a 3 point game between the 2 teams. B’s have a lot of games in the next 28 days, and I think they will lose a lot of them.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  54. savethepuck says:

    The references to the Scott Gomez contract have to stop. IMO it’s history for this organization. When Gainey ( who IMO did a lot better than his predecessors during the suckitude, he got us to the semis in 2010 ) made that trade, the only good Habs prospects not in the NHL were MPax, PK and McDonough. Would people of rather of had PK or Max go the other way? Nobody can foresee the future, and I will always remain a Bob Gainey fan. Think about the current Habs that are here because of Bob Gainey.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • VancouverHab says:

      Wait… common sense, historical knowledge, perspective, good will, and hockey acumen?

      Let me guess: you’re Jack Todd’s un-bearded-universe good twin….

  55. Trisomy 21 says:

    I see people talking about trolling all too often. Think Price gets it bad? HIO pales in comparison.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=252YFBwPDkQ

  56. Timo says:

    So what happened with Weber? What did he injure?

    • Steve C. says:

      His game muscles. They were underused, while his practice muscles had been overworked…game muscles had to compensate too much.

    • Whatever says:

      What’s left of his trade value.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        That is what I was thinking but all jokes aside, I really feel bad for him. He is a good guy that has been very patient and a real professional. I was hoping he would get traded so he could be given a chance elsewhere. Too bad…hope it works out for him.

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Bill says:

      Injured his chances of playing in the NHL when he got stripped on the powerplay and cost the Habs a penalty shot that could have altered the game.

      Though in all fairness, the penalty shot call was absolute crap. Markov and Ryder had way worse games. Maybe Moen too, though he was decent in the third.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • savethepuck says:

        Actually Bill, the 2nd goal was even worse than that, when he could of just taken the puck and taken it behind the net ( no one was within 10 ft of him ) instead of just panicking and turning around and firing it up the boards for Carolina to capitalize on that
        and tie the game. I am a fan of Weber but think he unfortunately a player that is not up to game speed because he has been stuck in the press box.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

        • Good Habit says:

          Why has Therrien been so good with managing his players and giving them second and third chances to prove themselves except Yannick Weber? I don’t hold it against him that he made mistakes tonight. Anyone who had missed as many games as he has would have been rusty. I think he deserves to get another chance. Maybe against a weaker team like Florida if he is healthy by Sunday.

  57. Trisomy 21 says:

    So Georges Laraque is talking about a comeback….

    pass

  58. Timo says:

    Well… forgive me not being overjoyed with this win. I am sick and tired of this team suddenly disappearing mid game. D couldn’t clear anything out of their zone in the second. What does a take for a bunch of guys making millions to spare an hour of their time 2-3 times a week and actually work during that hour? Faaaaahhhhh!

    Did Ryder get benched? Don’t recall seeing him for more than a period. If he was, good on Therrien – the guy is a useless floater. Cole showed up at least once in a while.

    Kind of bummed nobody got hurt in the laffs-bruins game.

    • Steve C. says:

      Take solace that Calgary hasn’t turned you into a Flames fan. Greg Pateryn might save the Habs. I heard he’s a defensive defenseman.

      And yes, Ryder got benched.

      • Timo says:

        I think they will go back with Kaberle and just keep Pateryn as an insurance against another injury (which seem to be piling up lately)

        • savethepuck says:

          I’m thinking they are giving you a hard time. You are complaining about a team that is 15-5-4 and 1st in the Eastern Conference, I think you should change your Allie G photo and maybe show your real picture. \

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

      • frozengolf says:

        And Pateryn is 6’3″ and 220 lbs, a big crease clearing d-man. With Tinordi (6’6″), Beulieu (6’2″) and Ellis (6’2″) we have some nicely sized defencemen on the way!

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    • Good Habit says:

      I’m with you on the second period. It seems like it is by far the Habs worst period this season. They tend to get great starts and score first often, but this huge drop off in the second is ridiculous. It’s like they think that a team that is down a goal or two and got dominated in the first is just going to pack their bags and go home early. Obviously teams regroup and come out with a stronger effort in the second. Therrien and the Habs have to know this (especially by now) and up their intensity too.

    • Cal says:

      How about the other team can play hockey, too?
      No team dominates every game for 60 minutes. Not even Chicago.

  59. jedimyrmidon says:

    So… looks like the Oilers are going for a Top 5 pick again. Their offense has dried up.

    • Whatever says:

      Nugent-Hopkins with 1 goal and 8 points in 21 games is kinda ugly.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Terrible management…Lowe and Tambellini are overrated.

      Also should come up with a rule not allowing a team to draft in the top three two years in a row. Poor management should not be rewarded.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Bill says:

        At the least, you should not be able to draft 1st overall in consecutive years! Let alone three.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • savethepuck says:

          Drafting 6 highly skilled top 6 forwards in the last 6 years with nobody to surround them in the last 6 years. They ned to make some trades.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Lowe and Tambellini overrated? Most people think of them as Laurel and Hardy.

  60. Habilis says:

    So in Claude Julien’s warped mind, the Habs are just lucky divers but the Leafs are true contenders…

    And someone on twitter (I forget who, some Boston genius no doubt) was calling for Julien to be in the discussion for coach of Team Canada in Sochi.

    Please, no.

  61. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Re-post from last thread because this interests Me:

    … realignment tells Me there will be expansion before a moved franchise

    …presently 2 less teams in the Western Conference than the Eastern

    …that does not look good for Phoenix to move to Quebec

    …it looks like 2 expansion cities in the west, first, as in Seattle and another (Kansas City or Las Vegas ?)

    …the only hope for Quebec City is possibly a move of Florida to Quebec ?

    …or is Detroit in the East only temporarily ?

    …one argument the NHL may have given the NHLPA to approve temporary imbalance is hint of potential new teams …i.e.; more jobs

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I think it is premature to talk about expansion until all the troubled spots have been taken care off…and there a lot of troubled spots. BTW don’t Quebecers go to Florida, not the other way? ;)

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Habilis says:

      That really is the only way it makes any sense to me. Phoenix moves east and the Wings and Jackets flip back to the west.

      That or expansion.

    • Steve C. says:

      I could see 4 cities awarded teams: Quebec, Markham, Las Vegas, Seattle. Two of them could get teams from moves (Florida & Phoenix, or some other teams in trouble) and two from expansion. Tough post you made in that other thread, kudos.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …yes, I had to take a shower afterwards :)

      • Good Habit says:

        I think Vegas would be the worst place for a hockey team. People who actually live there don’t have much disposable income and tourists would make for the worst atmosphere at the rink. They could care less who wins as they all come from random cities. I just see it being another Phoenix. Seattle makes some sense. Quebec, Markham and possibly Hamilton are legitimate cities for moves. I think expansion should be out of the question. This isn’t the NFL.

  62. Welks says:

    You can’t really compare the cole trade to gaustad trade last year. The only reason Nashville gave a 1st for gaustad is because he was a beast on face offs. Nashville was terrible face off team. Cole being a winger does not have that skill set so not comparable.

  63. Trisomy 21 says:

    So, does this count as a game Price stole, or not close enough of a score? Damn you PK for getting that insurance goal

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Maybe not stole but “saved the day”…does that make sense? D still looks poor in their end.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Bill says:

      Based on the second period and the penalty shot, I say Price stole this one. Only a basher would minimize his contribution. MT said they lose this game without Carey, for what it’s worth.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Timo says:

        You know, NHL goaltenders are supposed to stop pucks. It’s what they do. We should not get all excited when Habs goalie just does his job. He did alright. (But GOD, he has great hair).

        • Bill says:

          Come on, Price has been great all year with the exception of three games.

          And yeah, he’s got great hair, is handsome as hell, is a millionaire, dates one very hot chick, and is my son’s hero. What a lucky SOB.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …Carey blew on the second goal, and I rolled My eyes and told Myself ‘here We go again !’

      …but, with 40+ overall saves, many excellent, though not supernatural, …and, with the bounces finally going His way, plus ‘Canes missing clear chances (especially Semin) …He shut ‘er down and was the difference

      …but, to Me, that second goal was brutal, again :(

      …for Carey, though, I think it was encouraging to Himself, and may be the confidence builder to turn-around a mini-slump

      • commandant says:

        I think with Price’s size and lateral movement and positioning (all superb) that he makes on a lot of chances he makes the save seem easier than it is. Othere goalies who are out of position make it look spectacular. Price makes it look routine.

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        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …true …when He is on His game

          …but when not on His game He plays like His pregame drink is Nembutal rather than Red Bull

          …He too often has a static glove hand …He has excellent foot reaction

          …I believe Carey has another level, but We must be realistic until He gets there

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …true …when He is on His game

          …but when not on His game He plays like His pregame drink is Nembutal rather than Red Bull

          …He too often has a static glove hand …He has excellent foot reaction

          …I believe Carey has another level, but We must be realistic until He gets there

          • Steve C. says:

            Well-said. It’s difficult to be perfect. It’s easy to be hard on a guy when he makes a mistake, even if he does 42 things right. He gave his chance a team to win, though. He made some fantastic saves in the 2nd to keep the boys in the game. Same story in the first and third.

            We’ll have to wait ’til the playoffs to see what this cowboy is made of.

          • Bill says:

            The glove was pretty good tonight …

            Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        Meh that was a good hard shot. Happens. Of course woulda been nice to see him stop it. If Chucky shot it everyone would be saying “Wowza”

  64. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Sweet win. Good job Carey Price.

  65. Habilis says:

    Thought this might be of interest to some:

    I know how most of you feel about Eklund, and for the most part I agree. But his site does have some decent bloggers. The Canes’ blogger wrote a piece about the game tonight, his view of the Habs as a top team in the east is obviously bang on, but it’s just not something I’m used to seeing outside of the Montreal media. Maybe I’m just watching too much TorontoSportsNetwork.

    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Matt-Karash/Gm-23-Vs-Mon-Not-good-enough-to-beat-a-good-team/56/49812

    It’s refreshing and darn fun to see, that’s for sure.

  66. commandant says:

    As for Pateryn I must say I’m surprised its him.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s been great when he’s played.

    However just thought that due to the injury he hasn’t played enough, and thought they’d go with a guy with more AHL games and experience.

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    • Stevie.Ray says:

      Well it was either going to be him, Beaulieu, Tinordi, or St. Denis.

      St. Denis is hurt, and I think Beaulieu and Tinordi are going to be given a complete season in the AHL.

      Pateryn is more mature and has been playing up to 28 minutes a night on the top pairing and in all situations. He also fits in nicer on the third pairing than the others do.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Don’t the Habs need someone to play on the right side with Diaz going down?

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  67. greenfield says:

    Was Webber being showcased tonight? If so, he didn’t exactly impress. Injured as well.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Count me as a Weber fan. I think he didn’t deserve that penalty but maybe I need to see the replay again. You don’t turn around to watch your pass like what’s his name did.

      • greenfield says:

        I like him as well. Just seemed odd for MT to insert him in place of the surprisingly good Kaberle. I smell a trade. Hope he’s not hurt too bad.

  68. commandant says:

    Funny don’t see the same names posting here as after Price’s last two games.

    Seems some of them, only come out after he has a bad game.

    Not all, but some.

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    • Propwash says:

      Beware the wultchures…

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    • Bill says:

      Bunch of no-names posting after every Price loss. Well, no-names and some notorious trolls.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • deuce6 says:

        Trolls? I was commenting on Price’s mediocre play in the last 2 games…Am I a troll because I have a different opinion? I could say some of you are homers for thinking Price never has a bad game or 2, but I won’t.. ;)

        Price was obviously frustrated with his game..He broke a stick in practice because of it..Why is it OK to call out certain players and not OK to call out Price when he isn’t playing up to his potential? Always thought that was funny..

        ——————

        Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      They’re lurking in the depths, biding their time.

    • boing007 says:

      I noticed that as well. Many of the new posts tonight were from people who were lurking in the background, impatiently waiting for Price to give a good showing so they could toot their horns.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  69. Stevie.Ray says:

    Greg Pateryn is being called up to be the 7th dman now that Weber is hurt. Pateryn is one of the many rookies in Hamilton, and had a long and successful career in college. He was what we got in return for Grabovski

    • deuce6 says:

      I disagree..I say he is being called up to play..You never know what you got until you see it in action…

      Who knows? Maybe he is the grit we are lacking back there..

      ——————

      Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

      • Stevie.Ray says:

        I would not be against seeing him play. But he was called up because Weber went down, and we want that extra guy (whether it’s him or whomever) just in case.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          Better Pateryn at 11 minutes/game than Kaberle…

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • deuce6 says:

            Yup..

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          • Bill says:

            Can you be for real when you say that Pateryn is a better NHL player than Kaberle?

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          • commandant says:

            Kaberle has been pretty good when he’s played this season. I was actually surprised he was benched today.

            Go Habs Go!
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          • deuce6 says:

            Can you prove he isn’t?

            ——————

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          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            Where did I say that Pateryn is a better NHL player than Kaberle right now? All I said was if you are going to play Kaberle only 11 minutes/game, I would rather give Pateryn a shot. Kaberle is a buyout waiting to happen. BTW Kaberle can’t play at all on the right side. That is why they had to move over Frankie who is also having problems there. They gave Weber a shot tonight and you saw what happened.

            “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • Bill says:

            Ok, just misunderstood you.

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  70. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    “Glen Sather felt guilty”…No, more like Sather screwed up again…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  71. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @Commandant …Ben do You know anything about this big Swedish lug ?

    NESN; Darren Dreger:

    “27 year old Carl Soderberg hoping to join Bruins after Swedish Elite playoffs. 6’3, 225 lbs. Property of Bruins. Led SEL in scoring.

    According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Carl Soderberg is hoping to join Boston after the conclusion of his team’s playoff run.

    The 27-year-old led the Swedish Elite League in scoring and is widely considered to be the No. 1 player in Sweden. The forward was originally a second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues back in 2004, and was traded to Boston for goaltender Hannu Toivonon in 2007. Soderberg is currently on the Bruins’ reserve roster, therefore he would not have to clear waivers in order to join the team.”

    • habs11s says:

      Ive heard ‘the best player not playing in the NHL’ before, a la Brunnstrom and ‘The Monster’

      _____________________________________________________________

      “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  72. HowieFlinker says:

    Has anybody noticed that when Eller plays with Galyenchuk he becomes 1 of the game’s stars (even if he had been playing well beforehand)? Or that Brandon Prust played 1 of the best games of his career when he played on a line with Galyenchuk? Or that Brendan Gallagher who has been playing well lately really shone when he played with Galyenchuk? That seems more than coincidental to me. Wait till Galyenchuk shoots more to benefit both the team and his own offensive statistics. That’s rather striking for a (bare) 19-year old.

    Howard Flinker

  73. Bill says:

    Ryder on the bench for the third was key to the Hab’s success. Thanks a lot Bergevin. Best Habs team in years, first in the East, and you go into sell mode. all you get for a 35 goal scorer beyond this year is a 3rd round pick. Shrewd deal.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • deuce6 says:

      …and 4.5M in cap room for the next 2 years..

      ——————

      Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

      • Bill says:

        Yay, cap space. Maybe they can use it to sign a 30 goal power forward … oh wait. In any case, that cap space is gonna do diddly squat for the Habs in the playoffs this year.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • deuce6 says:

          30 goals last year..Besides, we need to re-up Desharnais, who is going to get a significant raise..

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          • Bill says:

            I do not know that Desharnais will be back. With Plekanec, Chucky, and Eller in the system … I wouldn’t be bringing Desharnais back at a huge raise. And I am a Desharnais fan.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • Bill says:

            No, 35 goals last year, let’s keep it honest.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Mark C says:

          Well, Ryder did have more playoff points helping the B’s win the Cup than Cole has in his 42 playoff game career. For whatever its worth.

          • Bill says:

            Ryder was a tertiary player on that Bruins team. He scored some points, but he was not a big part of that team. Cole was a leader on the Habs, and maybe I am wrong, but I think he added more to the Habs than Ryder does. Maybe you disagree with that, that’s fine. I wouldn’t understand your reasoning, that’s all.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • Mark C says:

            8 goals and 17 points in the playoffs is tertiary huh? Interesting.

          • Bill says:

            ^^ Well, yeah, to me, if not to you, hockey is about more than points. So when I watched, it looked to me like Ryder was a nice cog, but not the engine. If you’re so impressed by point totals, let me point out that Kaberle led the Buins D in scoring during the same playoff run. So you must think he was the primary player on their D. Interesting indeed.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Mike T says:

          Bill, people like you tarnish the grande reputation of being a Habs fan.

          I bet if a pound of gold fell into your lap you’d complain that it was too shiny.

          Cole (a distracting, whining, uninspired product this season) + 4.5mill over each of the next two seasons FOR someone who had success in Montreal, had equal production last year, has better production this year, has a cup, had three assists the other night + a third round draft choice + $0 over each of the next two seasons does seem like a shrewd move to me and every other hockey mind that has analyzed it.

          Enjoy the moment. It’s the season we all dreamed it would be and then some.

          • Bill says:

            Who you calling “you people”?

            Haha. We’ve been on this site together a long time, I think you should know by now I don’t tarnish the reputation of Habs’ fans. I will leave the tarnishing to the guys who bash Price, complain about Plekanec, and don’t realize the NHL has a salary cap.

            If you’ve been reading this year (and I haven’t seen you post much) you would know I am loving the Habs success and posting lots of positive things. I just really liked the addition of Cole last year and I don’t like the salary dump move by Bergevin, that’s all.

            Cheers.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            “people like you tarnish the grande reputation of being a Habs fan”…that is completely out of line. I disagree with Bill too but no one deserves to be insulted because they have a different opinion than you.

            “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Mark C says:

      Do Ryder’s 35 goals last season not count?

      • Bill says:

        No, they don’t. Because he is a UFA and he is gone at the end of the year, whereas Cole is under contract for two more. That’s a ridiculous trade. Habs would be way better off in the playoffs with Cole than Ryder, as Cole is a more complete player. Ryder makes the Habs softer, not what we needed. He is not an MT type player.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Mark C says:

          You make a lot of assumptions. So I’ll make a few. Maybe MB wants the cap space for a big move? Maybe MB thinks Cole isn’t worth $4.5 now, never mind the next two years?

        • Trisomy 21 says:

          Can we also assume Cole is a wildcard based on his comments about retiring after the season? Some uncertainty there. At least with Ryder they have an option to resign or trade him at the TDL

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            We’re not allowed to assume… :)

            “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • Bill says:

            Good point. If we can get a 2nd rounder for Ryder all is not lost!

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      • boing007 says:

        Criticizing or analyzing, commonly known here as ‘Bashing’ Price ist verboten. Ryder? Bash all you want.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      He would be on pace for less than half that in an 82 game season this year.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      “35 goal scorer”? Cole scored only 35 goals once in his eleven year career. Actually 30 and more twice only. BTW Cole should have been benched more than once by Therrien this season.

      The only time to judge this deal is when you can compare how the Habs will spend the $$$ saved with Cole’s production in Dallas. Earliest will be halfway next season…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Mark C says:

        Exactly. Another way would be, could they have gotten more for Cole at the draft? No one has that answer.

      • Bill says:

        It’s never too soon to judge something that is obviously dumb.

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        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          “obviously dumb”? Are you saying this was as bad as the Kaberle trade? The Gomez trade? C’mon…I think you are over reacting a little bit.

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • Bill says:

            It’s nowhere near as bad as the Gomez deal. Way worse than the Kaberle deal, which the Habs obviously won. And if you want to hear me overreact, ask me about the directorial choices in this year’s RSC season!

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          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            The Kaberle deal was better than the Cole deal? Wow…let’s just agree to disagree…

            “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            If we kept Spacek his contract would have been off the books by now. I’m not a huge fan of giving up Cole either, but I think you’re selling Ryder short.

          • Bill says:

            In my view, the Kaberle deal was better than the Cole deal because Kaberle was better than Spacek, and Spacek was done at the end of the year. The Hurricanes presently have nothing to show for that trade, while the Canadiens have a versatile defenceman. I mean I don’t see how you could say the Hurricanes won that deal.

            Meanwhile, yeah, the Stars have an asset for two years, while the Habs have Michael Ryder for two months. I don’t see that as a great exchange, I know, I’m insane.

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          • Stevie.Ray says:

            Sometimes not having an asset is better than having one. While we do have Kaberle for two more years, all he really does is eat up cap valuable cap space. I think Cole will be much more useful than Kaberle is, but I don’t think he will play like a 4.5m player ever again, thus hurting the stars. It’s similar to having Gomez at 7m on your team (not exactly the same, but similar)

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …short-term I don’t like it either Bill …I much prefer Cole and His hard-driving physical style …but that lower cap next year and current contractual commitments, something had to give

      …and Ryder usually heats up closer to the playoffs

      …all that said, I don’t believe Michael Ryder was so happy of returning to Montreal as some of Our beat writers headlined

      …it may take awhile for Him to get His head into it

      • Bill says:

        Could’ve sold me on the trade by getting a first rounder. i believe that is the going price for a goal scoring power forward.

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        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …but going for a draft choice would definitely be ‘giving up’ on the season …no ?

          • Bill says:

            Either way, Bergevin is giving up on the season. But with the better draft pick, I could have processed it better. With this deal, we get the worst of both worlds: a downgrade, and a weaker draft pick than we could have gotten.

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          • sheds88 says:

            i agree Bill, this is a rebuild season. a first rounder and freeing up cap space in a UFA crazy off season would have been lovely. Ryder has been quite the ” tit- mouse ” since joining us

        • Mike Boone says:

          A first-round choice for Cole? Man, send me the name of your dealer by private e-mail. I gotta get a taste of that stuff.

          Mike Boone
          Hockey Inside/Out blogger

          • Bill says:

            You’re joking, right? You cover hockey for a living. Paul Gaustad fetched a 1st rounder last year, and you don’t think someone would have coughed up a 1st rounder for Cole? You want some good stuff, call up an NHL GM’s dealer! But the trade history of the NHL clearly shows Cole could have gotten a first round pick for the Habs.

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          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            Gaustad was an anomaly…Nashville was desperate. Think of another example..bet you can’t.

            “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • Bill says:

            Dude, that is not fair. Most guys on this site don’t have to give ANY examples. I gave one. Play nice.

            EDIT: also last year, Kyle Quincey fetched a 1st rounder. Ben Bishop fetched a 2nd rounder! Even Hal Gill brought back prospects and a 2nd rounder.

            DOUBLE EDIT: in 2011, Dustin Penner fetched a player, a 1st rounder, and a third rounder.

            TRIPLE EDIT: Also in 2011, Kaberle fetches a 1st and a 2nd rounder. Can I stop now??

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            As a wise man told me once…Haha!

            EDIT: How long did it take you? :)

            BTW still don’t think anyone would give a 1st for Cole…especially if he keeps this goal pace up.

            “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • Bill says:

            Took way too long! By internet standards I mean. You could be right about Cole’s trade value this year, and you also could be wrong, as could I, but we’ve gotten away from the point I was trying to make, which is that Cole was a great fit on the Habs, Ryder is not, and we got very little in return for Cole.

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    • jedimyrmidon says:

      As I recall, you were the most vocal against the trade.

      Can’t just ignore the cap space. And it’s waaaay too soon to throw Ryder under the bus.

      • Bill says:

        Remember that next year, and if the Habs sign some amazing free agent make me admit I was wrong, which i will :)

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Stevie.Ray says:

          A new GM wants cap room to help a rebuilding team rebuild. Even if the money isn’t used to get somebody amazing, it gives us the option to make the team better, whereas if we had kept Cole we would have had no option but to stay the same (which is not something rebuilding teams tend to do even if we are in first place at the moment). The extra 4.5m is much more valuable than you may think it is, especially with the cap lowering $6m.

          I liked Cole and would have liked to have gotten more than Ryder and a 3rd, but taking on salary would have been counterproductive, and Cole wasn’t playing well enough to deserve a second or first round pick.

          You may look at it as losing a 35 goal scorer for a 3rd, but it’s probably closer to losing two years of a overpaid headache for a 3rd.

          • Bill says:

            I think you said it best when you said “sometimes not having an asset is better than having one”. I understand completely where you are coming from, I just don’t agree. Maybe the NHL has passed me by, but I would rather have a good player than cap space and potential. And also I don’t think Cole will be a headache the next two years. But I definitely see your point even as I completely disagree with it :)

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  74. HardHabits says:

    Y. WEBER 7:35

    R. WHITE 6:45
    C. ARMSTRONG 8:08
    M. RYDER 8:36

  75. HabinBurlington says:

    Great game boys!

  76. Bill says:

    Word.

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  77. Muckbringer says:

    Try typing it on a tblet or..est.over….est, or’

    Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
    Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
    Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
    Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
    Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

  78. boing007 says:

    Préparez vos mouchoirs, Claude.

    Richard R
    Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  79. shiram says:

    If Fleury can win a Cup, Price certainly can.
    Loonie had some great numbers on Price recently, in over 66% of his game he lets in 2 goals or less.

  80. Chuck says:

    So you slag his performance, saying that he’s not good enough to take us to the Stanley Cup, then note that’s it’s a trade or two that’s what is really holding us back. Okaaaaayyyy….

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  81. habsfan0 says:

    I think one of Price’s issues might be a lack of concentration. If he’s in a game where he’s not getting a lot of work, I think his mind might wander a bit.

    He might be thinking of rodeos.

  82. GrosBill says:

    Actually wish this site would have been around for when we had Roy. People seem to forget that he too looked awful at times. I would have enjoyed reading all the posts running him out of town. Imagine after the goal let in from center ice! Roy let in MANY brutal softies too, so did Dryden. Not to say Price is there, but cut him some slack……..he has had a solid year.

  83. cunningdave says:

    Just want to point out that with his 2 shutouts, price has let in at most 1 goal in 8 of his 19 games, and up to 2 goals in 12 of his 19 games. And before you argue about the games with three goals (of which most were won), he actually has two losses when he gave up 2 goals only, meaning the team stunk offensively.

  84. Luke says:

    I understand now that you are expecting 48 shutouts from Price and 48 goals from Armstrong this season.

  85. shiram says:

    I don’t find it hard to say we are missing Diaz, or Bourque, as they both have been playing great this season, and obviously we have to play lesser players in their place.

  86. Chuck says:

    And I could envision a 4th line that plays 4 minutes per game.

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  87. The Cat says:

    I dont have stats handy, but 2 is a fairly normal number in the NHL. I mean that probably could be said of a few goalies like Thomas, Rinne, Brodeur, Lundqvist etc in certain time frames depending on the length of their careers. Im not denigrating the stat but all that shot-blocking under JM has to be considered.

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

  88. krob1000 says:

    I really like the PRust-Glachenyuk-Eller thing …Eller and PRust are as good as it gets in puck battles while Galchenyuk loses the great majority of his, and his defensive play and aggressiveness is not quite at NHL standards. However, his playmaking is already well above average so with PRust there to have hsi back and do the dirty work, Eller to help out in all aspects and Glachenyuk free to do his thing I think it is the perfect combination.

  89. krob1000 says:

    No he has been doing things away from the play and not backing down from anyone of late….and he was doing it when PRust was playing on the top lines too. HE may not drop the glove sand may be more of a Sundin type tough…where he’ll whack anyone back and stand toe to toe …with gloves on…but eeither way his new mentality is great to see. I don;t really care if he ever drops his gloves..prefer him not too…but in todays game…he is coming close and is not backing down..sooner or later someone is going to drop theirs first.

  90. Chuck says:

    Collectively those three are a -3 halfway through the season. They’ve been playing responsible, defense-first minutes for Therrien, including on the penalty kill.

    ___________________________________________________
    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  91. Chuck says:

    What goaltender would you like to see getting most of the starts for the Habs?

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    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  92. HabinBurlington says:

    Agree Krob, at one point last night I thought forsure he was about to drop ‘em.

  93. shiram says:

    I remember that moment to Burly!
    Eller was showing great intensity, no backing down!

  94. boing007 says:

    Or chewin’ on tobacco.

    Richard R
    Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  95. J Haul says:

    I definitely agree with this. Although I’m just a beer league goalie I can attest tithe fact that I too am better when I’m a little busier.

  96. shiram says:

    I’m perfectly fine with having Price in the same conversation as Rinne, Thomas, Lundqvist and Brodeur.
    Those are the league’s top goalies.

  97. Steeltown Hab says:

    Keep those three together.

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

  98. cunningdave says:

    I remember my friend (who was a Nordiques fan) saying that they should trade Roy, that he was over-the-hill and overrated. That was probably in ’91-’92.

  99. J Haul says:

    Price isn’t even close to being in Thomas’ league. He hasn’t allowed a single goal all year!

  100. Luke says:

    Ugh. That’s awful.

    I can’t believe they haven’t scored 25 goals each. They’re pathetic.

  101. bleedhabs81 says:

    PRICE SUCKS! He let in 2 goals in one period last night. I mean, seriously, one period. if you extrapolate that, it is way higher that 2 goals a game. THINK ABOUT IT!!!

    2 goals in one period is…. 6 goals a game!!! YOU ARE ALL BLIND FOR NOT SEEING THIS. IT IS SO OBVIOUS…. that I am being sarcastic.


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