About tonight … with audio

Budaj
This is not a fearless prediction.
Rather, it is a fond wish for the sake of all concerned:
Andrei Kostitsyn will not score his 100th career goal in the uniform of the team that drafted him.
Trade him, Pierre … or Bob … or Geoff .. or whoever is running this woebegotten team as the hours tick down to the trade deadline.

AK46 has size, speed and one of the league’s better wristers. We’ve seen flashes of the talent that made him the 10th  choice of the first round in 2003.

But we didn’t see any of that during the third period in Sunrise Sunday evening.

With the Canadiens trailing by two goals and presumably still interested in getting enough points to climb out of last place, Kostitsyn spent the last 12 minutes on the bench.

He finished the game with 11:10 ToI.

Louis Leblanc played 11:11.

I’ve been accused, over the five season HIO has existed, of exhibiting a certain degree of tumescence where AK46 is concerned. And I’ll admit to finding his play tremendously exasperating.

But annoyance has evolved into compassion.

Give this man a break. Let him go a team where his offensive skills will complement a slick centre and a power forward on the other wing.

Kostitsyn turned 27 on Feb. 3.  The day before, in a 5-3 loss to New Jersey, Kostitsyn scored his 12th goal of the season and 99th regular-season goal since joining the team after the lockout.

He’s still waiting for number 100: 12 games of futility to go along with an 11-game drought earlier this season. He has two goals in 2012.

Trade him. Put the poor guy out of his misery.

And while I’m pretending to be the Canadiens general manager – a role that fell to me when Tony Marinaro decided to order a pizza and watch the Oscars – may I suggest what I’d like to see coming back in any deal involving AK46 … or any other impending UFA who might draw a sniff on Monday, such as Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche or Travis Moen:

A draft choice high enough for the Canadiens to select a forward or defenceman with size, sand and at least 150 PiM in either the Ontario or Western leagues.

With the exception of a very few players – notably Erik Cole, Alexei Emelin, Ryan White and Moen when he’s healthy – the Canadiens are undersized and lack sand. Against Florida, they were ineffectual on the forecheck, passive in the neutral zone and soft on the back end.

Regardless of whom they’re playing, the Canadiens don’t scare anyone. This was painfully evident in the first period of the Sunday game in Sunrise.

The Canadiens scooted out to a 2-1 lead, but Florida had a 19-10 advantage in hits. And at the end of the period, a game but outclassed White gave away pounds and inches in a losing fight against Erik Gudbranson.

The Canadiens ended the game with a 38-30 hit advantage. But the message had been sent: the Panthers were going to play in the image of their coach.

In more than 1,200 regfular-season and playoff games, Kevin Dineen spent almost 2,400 minutes in NHL penalty boxes.

That’s 40 hours … for a 5’11″ guy who played at 190 lbs.

Florida is not a dirty team. But they’re tough to play against. They contest every inch of the ice – and very few of those battles were won by white jerseys that did not bear the number 72 or 74.

Look, I’m not suggesting the erstwhile Flying Frenchmen become the Mountain St. Maulers.

But part of  rebuilding this 15th-place club for 2012-’13 and beyond has to be a good dose of backbone-stiffening.

For his manchette on the postgame L’Antichambre, Vincent Damphousse wrote “Plus robuste, et ça presse ..”

The quote – “Tougher, and it’s urgent …” –  was superimposed on head shots of Raphael Diaz, Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber. Damphousse’s message was clear: The Canadiens are too soft, especially on the back end

What you have to love about Cole, arguably the Canadiens’ MVP, and Emelin, indisputably the player who has improved most since the season began, is the pride, professionalism and cojones they’ve displayed during the slump that has dropped the team out of playoff contention.

The upstate New Yorker and the Russian play the kind of in-your-face hockey Montreal fans used to see from the likes of Mario Tremblay, Mike McPhee and Lyle Odelein.

See, the thing about being a soft team is it makes for very fragile confidence.

The Canadiens had the first eight shots of the game en route to a 2-0 lead. From that point on, Florida outshot them 32-12 and scored four unaswered goals.

Twenty-two times this season, the Canadiens have lost games they were leading. The scouting report on this team:

“Nervous, weak-willed, severely lacking in self-belief.  Stay close and we’ll get them eventually.”

I’m not expecting your Montreal Canadiens to make any blockbuster trades on Monday.

But when the team boards a bus to take them to the Sunrise airport at 3:15, I hope a few faces are missing for the flight to Tampa.

I can’t imagine they’ll be missed.

209 Comments

  1. alwayssunny says:

    Adios Andrei, you gave us a lot of great memories. Especially the first, when donned the CH for the first time. You were to be the prototype of the “certain type of player” that Bob and Pierre know builds championships. Sure there were other players who were much safer picks in that draft. A ton of them actually. But as we so often read, central scouting had you rated higher, and that’s all that matters on draft day. After that the great memories are eluding me at the moment, but I owe that to the hysteria that I feel on trade DL day. It was rare to see a player bring your combination of skill and size, who could skate so effortlessly. I think you will put up the same consistent numbers in Nashville. Kostitsyn even sounds like consistent.

    I wonder what’s next, this is so exciting. I hear Ryan Wihite and Travis Moen’s names still flying around. Might be good to get a couple of picks for those guys. These analysts who think the Canadiens are going to try to get “tougher” obviously haven’t watched Pierre and Bob over the years. As far as they are concerned that is nonsense, and I tend to agree with them.

  2. kylef says:

    If the Montreal Canadiens trade Andrei Kostitsyn it will be the same stupid mistake of mismanaging / wasting talent that they have continued over the last few years, as people scratch their head why they don’t win.

    You know what might snap Kostitsyn out of a slump?

    Giving him the ice time he deserves as an obvious top 6 player. Not 10 minutes with forwards the like of Leblanc, Blunden or whatever other non-nhl caliber player they have him paired up and yet despite injury he still seperates himself from the pack of most of the forwards on our team with 24 points. How about the habs try this line for once..

    Kostitsyn – Eller – Pacioretty

    We traded Sergei … what’s his shooting percentage since then like 26%? We had the mini Sedins and we messed THAT up.

    Seems to me we traded away this other guy from Belarus too. His name is Grabovski, turns out he’s not that bad of a player either….

    Let’s not even talk about how I was screaming for them to keep Halak, and this year he’s carrying an awful Blues team into the playoffs. Sure we got Eller, and yes Carey Price is a fine goalie. But just as I said when Halak was standing on his head and getting us deep into the playoffs, he is a better netminder than Carey Price.

    ALL I WANT TO SEE. IS FOR THE MONTREAL CANADIENS TO MAKE A DECISION FOR THIS HOCKEY CLUB I CAN ACTUALLY AGREE WITH.

    Please Canadiens organization, get rid of Plekanec, not Kostitsyn. It will make me sick to see how well he plays on a team that actually gives him ice, to the point where I may entirely just give up watching hockey due to the apparent stupidity of the staff managing this hockey club.

    • olematelot says:

      1. The Blues aren’t an awful team, they’re a very good team
      2. Price is better than Halak

      • kylef says:

        Career stats:

        Jaroslav Halak

        101-65-19
        2.46 GAA
        .917 SV%
        22 Shutouts

        Carey Price

        120-99-33
        2.56 GAA
        .916 SV%
        16 Shutouts

        Carey Price does not lead Halak, in fact Carey Price doesn’t even have a winning record in the NHL…. it’s even worse in the playoffs. Math says you are wrong. Better luck next time.

        • olematelot says:

          save % and GAA are pretty close. Halak is playing on a much better team, Price is and will prove to be the better goalie over time

        • rockstar79 says:

          First off, the Blues are a very good team and if they are where they are in the standings, it’s because of Brian Elliott who carried his team and piled up the shutouts when Halak was struggling.

          Second, Halak doesn’t have the ability to start 70 games like Price does. Halak’s numbers this season is based on 34 starts. Elliott has 28 starts which suggests that Halak isn’t even the clear cut #1 on that team. I highly doubt that if Halak gets 70 starts like Price does, he’d have better numbers. Price: .923 save % last year (70 starts) and .915 save % this year on a really bad team. That says it all. If you want to do some math and compare goalies, your sample size should be a little more than what Halak provides you with.

          One more thing, last year Halak had 57 starts. The most he’s ever had in his career and his save % was lower that Price’s this year on, once again, a very crappy team.

        • old fan says:

          Carey Price is playing with basically ONE NHL caliber Dman every night (especially since Hal Gill was moved) – it doesn’t matter how good your goalie is if your Dmen can’t make the right play in their own end and lose most battles along the boards. The Habs need to focus on acquiring top 4 dmen over the off-season to have any chance. The only team with a defense core like the Habs is Columbus. Hopefully Gauthiers successor knows what he is doing and makes some “smart” moves over the summer -otherwise this once storied franchise will continue along the bottom for years to come.

      • DorvalTony says:

        “Don’t do the brown acid.” – Wavy Gravy

    • cthab says:

      Problem with Management

      They trade players who tell them the truth, players that want to play and play to win, Cams, Grabovski, etc. Make trades and get nothing in return, and don’t have the farm nor talent to be patient in developing players. Manangemet is currently pondering if it could somehow trade the fans…..their the current problem…..RIGHT???

  3. SteverenO says:

    Coaching woes continue:
    Too bad we can`t trade the coach.

    When Gill was traded, most people here, felt that out league leading PK unit would lose its lustre. I posted, and still maintain, that our PK should, and would, actually IMPROVE with the absence of Hal Gill.
    The reason is that Gill and Gorges were getting the bulk of the time on the PK unit, with Subban and Diaz comprising the “second wave”. The facts are that of the 4 d-men utilized in short-handed situations , Diaz, had the best record and Subban was second, Gill was third best slightly ahead of Gorges. There was a large drop to 5th best , Emelin, but I felt , and still do that the fact that Subban and Diaz would get more ice time killing penalties would more than make up for the fact that Gill was gone. Emelin , would have to be “groomed” into the role as 4th member of the PK. But I believed that an NHL caliber coach would rotate the top 3 as much as possible.
    After Emelin there was no good options, Kaberle, Campoli, and Weber are all horrible on the PP . It is almost a certain goal for the other teams PP if any two of those three players are on the ice,

    As predicted , Gill , leaves and our PK unit continues to excel, in fact it does not miss a beat until yesterday when we find Subban in the box to start the second period. Remember there are only 4 potential penalty killers to start with and with Subban in the box that leaves three. Two of the three , Diaz and Gorges have excelled at the PK all season long, Emelin is just becoming a regular part of the PK unit.
    A smart coach would alternate these three defenseman for the two minutes, only using a fourth, such as Weber if there was absolutely no other choice. Even call a timeout if necessary to keep your PK unit fresh. Our coach plays our two best for the first minute (58 seconds to be exact) of the Penalty, and then proceeds to play Emelin with Weber together. Guess how long it took for the panthers to score a power play goal? If you guessed 11 seconds, you’d be right..
    Now it is not as if the penalty occurred in the middle of a period. Our coach had the entire first intermission to plan the PK strategy. We have a one-goal lead, and it is crucial that we kill this penalty if we are going to have a chance to win this game.

    Here are the numbers:
    Kaberle has been on the ice for 2 opponent PP goals in 7 minutes of PK duty. (avg 3.5 mins per PPGA)
    Weber has been on the ice for 5 opponent PP goals in 35 minutes of PK duty. (avg 7 mins per PPGA)
    Emelin: has seen 6 opposing PP goals in 49 minutes. (avg: 8 mins per PPGA)
    Gorges: 17 goals against in 241 mins of PK duty (avg. 14 mins per PPGA)
    Subban: 6 goals against in 145 minutes: (average 24 mins per PPGA)
    Diaz; 2 goals against in 76 minutes: (average 38 mins per PPGA)
    Gill: (for comparison purposes averaged 15 minutes of PK duty per PPGA.
    Playing Weber and Emelin together on the PK in a one goal game is a coaching error, a costly error.
    Then again it’s hard to tell if the team and the coach are trying to win or playing to lose.

    regards,
    Steve O.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Interesting analysis, I worried a little bit that losing Hal Gill would tear down our PK, but noticed it kept humming right along. What we did lose with Hal though was a little bit of leadership and a steadying influence, but mainly a lot of team desire and passion. When Hal was traded the team threw in the towel. There’s not this sense of team above all and total buy-in now that management has signaled to the players that the season is over.

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      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    coverage trade deadline
    TSN.CA

  5. Cal says:

    TSN has added a “sound fx” board. Just when I thought TradeCentre was getting behind the times…

  6. slapshot777 says:

    Going to be interesting to see who the Habs part with and how much they can get.

    I guess we will see Geofferion playing for the Habs this week.

  7. habsfanforever7631 says:

    I have a fealing that Plec is going to get traded today.
    Maybe someone that’s looking for a good second line center.
    If we could get alot in return, I’d do it.
    A playoff team that’s making a run for the cup would want Plec bad to sure up there center spot.
    Eller, DD, LL, and a center in the first round of the draft this year, and we’re good.
    I just have a fealing we could get alot for Plec.
    Hope PG doesn’t mess it up.

    Go Habs Go

  8. rhino514 says:

    DD has won me over. A few here have been saying the physicality of the league would tell on DD as the season wore on. And everyone here talks about Eller making him obsolete by the end of the season. I was one of those who thought Eller would soon overtake him on the depth chart, but don´t see it that way anymore.
    I really do think DD is here to stay. If he´s not a first line centre, he´s certainly an adequate number two.
    On the other hand, Eller is now being grouped with the untouchables of the team. Not sure if that should be the case. I have this strange feeling about Eller…It´s not so much about his production, which has progressed more or less as one would expect. There seems to be something lacking in his attitude or character. He seems to go for long stretches where he doesn´t do anything. He takes bad penalties and both coaches keep him on a short leash. Also, he is interviewed a lot more now and doesn´t exactly impress in the way he answers. Remember his reaction to JM being fired?
    Still, his contract won´t be up for a while so I guess no harm keeping him as a third line centre for another season.
    I still think this is a very talented hockey team. Besides the lack on D and PP defieciency, both the result,largely, of an absent Markov, , there has to be some other reason the team has underachieved so much this season. What is it? The veteran core is still largely the same as the one that showed a ton of character getting to the ECF two years ago (although Gill will hurt). So my thinking is that the youngsters on the team aren´t adopting the work ethic and never say die attitude embodied by Gionta, Gorges, Plekanec, Cole, (Gill, till recently) and others.
    And Eller, along with Subban, is the most prominent presence among the youngsters. i might be completely mistaken, but Eller might not be the next star everyone thinks he is going to be. I would definitely listen if someone were willing to overpay for him.

    • Cal says:

      The team doesn’t have enough players that stand up for each other. The “push back” factor just isn’t there. That’s how the Panthers won yesterday. They clawed back. The Habs got softer and softer.

    • habsfanforever7631 says:

      I wouldn’t give up on Eller just yet, remember like Plec he’s played with alot of wingers.
      He played good when he played with AK and Moen and then injuries, Gomaz coming back and Eller is not playing good since then.
      Also Eller doesn’t get PP time.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      re Eller, while few will admit this and no one is posting it, Eller should have gone to Hamilton when we got him from St. Louis to ripen.

      But no, management had to justify trading popular Halak (and I’m not commenting on that transaction per se) so he played above his maturity, results be damned.

      Just as Price should have played behind a vet for at least a year, and PK should have a mentor having outgrown Gill a year ago. I won’t even mention The Tender One, or Blue Line Poo….

      We all want draft picks, trades, change… ultimately improvement, but until our management have the wisdom to develop our kids carefully, what’s the point?

      • neumann103 says:

        A half season of being the #1 Center in Hamilton, playing #1 minutes in all circumstances would have been good for Eller.

        Certainly you do face this challenge where the kid is obviously “too good” to leave in the minors and is already good enough for the NHL, but heck they made smarter decisions with Subban, Desharnais and esepcially Pacioretty in giving them time to become studs in the AHL.

        It would have been a different matter if they had brought up Eller and just said “he is our #3 Center, 2nd unit PK guy” and play him that way win or lose. But tossing him on the wing on the 4th line and things like that just did not help.

        I fear they may now do the same with Leblanc.

        “Et le but!”

    • old fan says:

      I agree with the comments on Lars Eller – loads of talent BUT he doesn’t “read” the game as well as he should at the NHL level -One more season with more ice time will decide whether he’s a one or two centre.
      Also what’s happening with Gionta ? I know he’s hurt but shouldn’t the Captain of the Montreal Canadiens have a few support comments along the way (especially with this disaster season) – does he even show up at the home games? just asking -never see his name even mentioned in the media.

  9. boing007 says:

    Go for Parenteau.

    Richard R

  10. boing007 says:

    AK to LA for Bernier. Bye Bye Budaj.

    Richard R

    • Cal says:

      I think Toronto may want him. If I am Burke (yeah, right), I try to make a play for Curtis Sanford. He is sporting a .914 average in 30 games with the worst team in the league in front of him. He’s also a vet. Then again, why would I want Toronto to get better? I definitely need more coffee.

    • Newf_Habster says:

      No. Bernier got all stuffs to be a starting goalie so he will end up in another team that needs a starting goalie most.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      You know, that’s not so bad, someone to push Price from behind might be the best thing at this point.

      Want to improve Price’s shoot out performance? If Price is in a game that goes to shoot-out, put in Bernier for the shoot out. I think it will focus Price’s mind wonderfully. You’d only have to do it once or twice.

      Baseball managers will put in a pitcher for one guy. It’s not that exotic.

  11. steve17 says:

    I agree the Habs need to change the make up of the team and add something they do not currntly have in the system, except maybe for Greg Pateryn, some hard nosed players that make other teams take notice. I think the Habs can afford and should leverage the deadline and trade Plekanec to Chicago for Beach and a 3rd round pick. If they want Campoli, make it Plekanec for Beach and Paradis

    Then they should trade Moen and Weber to San Jose for Petrecki. If Nashville will do it, trade Kostitsyn for Radulov. Through in Pulashaj if they have to. Trade Gionta to the Devils for Zubrus.Then move Kaberle if someone will give any pick and Nokelainen as well. Send GOMEZ to Hamilton!

    Now the Habs have an forward who scored 20 goals and 20 assists with 200pims in hs last year of junior and will make other teams pay the price with a tough game. On the back end Petrecki would pair well with Subban. They are the same age, are opposite shots and Petrecki is a big mean physical d-man who could “remind” players who to to get Subban off his game, what will happen. Radulov will potentially add skill, good gamble and he may get a top 10 pick, maybe they get Forsberg or Grigorenko and they would have some young skill and some size and added team toughness to go with the current core.

    Then players like Kristo, Gallagher, Quailer, Bournival, Pateryn, Nash, Beaulieu and Tinordi will be able to grow in Hamilton for a season, or two. Blunden will add size and jam when he comes back. He was doing well.
    Habfan17

  12. stevieray says:

    ” undersized and lack sand ” ….this is news ???.. I believe 99% of us have been saying that for quite a spell …
    We need size and some nastiness on the back end .

  13. Dulljerk says:

    Saw an old interview with Fred Shero the other day when he talked about the B. Bullies toughness. He said they weren’t the only team that was tough, and he mentioned Montreal. He also alluded to how Montreal seemed to be able to handle both sides of that hockey coin “talent and toughness”. That’s been the problem with this club for years now. Some talent, zero toughness. With all the talent those glorious Habs team had, 80% of those players had no problem getting their nose dirty. Tear this panty waist team down, and rebuild it from scratch through the draft. I would rather see a young, talented, gritty team than these bunch of prima donnas.

    “Is the little dog going to yap, or is he going to bite?”

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Larry Robinson personally de-mystified the Phlyers when he imprinted Gary Dornhoffer’s body outline into the boards for all time.

      Scotty used to keep a platoon of guys he would use to tweak the line up depending on who we were playing… a Pierre Larouche for skill, a tough guy for Phillie or Boston… yeah we don’t have that luxury today, but the principle is sound.

      The great Habs teams, even 86 and 93, were balanced, not one dimensional.

  14. JF says:

    As I have done all too often of late, I gave up on the game halfway through. After a great start, we were simply steamrolled by the Panthers. We had no answers to their punishing checks and grinding, physical play. And yet we’re bigger and more physical than we were last season. Can you imagine what we’d look like without Erik Cole and Alexei Emelin in the lineup? Getting bigger and tougher takes time; Cole and Emelin are great additions, but we still need more muscle and grit, and, unfortunately, the trade of Mike Cammalleri for Rene Bourque has had little impact. Bourque might be bigger, but he doesn’t use his size well and isn’t particularly tough.

    I’m on the fence about Andrei Kostitsyn. I’ve supported him all season, and I still think he could be a very effective player. I’m just not sure it will happen, and I know it won’t happen under Cunneyworth. But unless we can get a very good return, we’re going to miss him.

    One of the things I liked about Guy Carbonneau as a coach was that under him the team played a much more offensive style. They scored goals. They could come back when they were down a goal or two. Cunneyworth uses pretty much the same system as Jacques Martin; he’s just not as good a coach, so the results are worse.

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    Did anybody remember to put up the Garage Sale signs this morning in front of the Bell Center? Also we need to make sure we have lots of quarters, nickles and dimes in case we have to make change depending on what the customers buy.

    Also, Coffee and Donuts would be nice, I know AK, Campoli, and Kaberle might be sitting behind the “gently used” sign for the better part of the day and we need to keep them looking chipper.

    Okay lets hope this sale goes well!

  16. matrags says:

    Watching Tsn for a sec. Columbus reported to be not interested in moving nash, and have been asking for the sky in return, example. they want Mcdonaugh fr rangers in return , to which Rangers reply , price is too high ……. Hold your head in your hands and weep !!!!!!!!

  17. HabsFansince49 says:

    Nothing good can come out of Montreal until Gauthier & Gainey are out of Montreal. And Molson won’t make it happen. Even if by some miracle he got rid of the Ghost, Gainey who is responsible for much of this mess will still be the puppeteer.

    • avi says:

      Shame on you Mike Boone…yes, let’s just unload AK for whatever we can get…been there done that (read Camalerri, Spacek, D’Agostine). Sorry…you don’t trade someone out of compassion..you trade him to extract maximum value. I don’t want to see any more trades if Gauthier or Gainey are at the helm..they have lost all credibility. This team is worse than the Leafs….understand?

  18. MiltonHab says:

    Lets not fool ourselves, unless Gainey and the Goat start moving our core ( Price, PK, Eller, Maxpac, Gorges, Pleckanec, DD, and futures) nothing of note will occur today. Who wants anybody else?

    • Dulljerk says:

      Agreed, so let’s move them. Rebuild. Remember, they are part of a losing team going nowhere. No chemistry, and adding a few players will not create any. Example, Cole plays his heart out while the rest watch. Ground up rebuild. This team needs to be re-created.

      “Is the little dog going to yap, or is he going to bite?”

  19. jonnyp says:

    It’s read a tweet and habs will be working a deal for Steve ott ? Love this rumor. !! Ak to Nashville for who ??

  20. lachaine says:

    My vote for the next Habs coach : Michel Therien. Passionate , intelligent,tough and gritty ,knows his hockey and communicates well. Also has valuable experience in the NHL.

  21. The Cat says:

    Its forgivable to lose but the habs have no will.

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

  22. JayK-47 says:

    TradeWatch2012/02/27
    3rd watch/all times Eastern
    0230: Assumed Post
    0235: Checked e-mails, twitter, facebook. No moves to report at this time.
    0248: Chatter over comms re: Rick Nash to #habs.
    0252: Rick Nash trade drunk hoax. A visual perimeter sweep of various websites is performed for confirmation sake.
    0305: All secure at this time.
    [UPDATED DUTY LOG]
    0315: Gomez still a Hab
    0330: Kaberle still a Hab
    0346: Kostityn still a Hab
    0347: Morale low
    0510: At approx 0400, massive system failure occurred. Tradewatch was offline for almost a whole hour. System was restarted 3 times, finally re-securing comms at 0500. Immediate ELINT sweep was made, no chatter or incidents to report during downtime.
    0515: Gomez, still a Hab
    0522: All secure at this time.
    0535: Report that Pierre Gauthier wants to see how Monday shakes out before he makes splash on “Super Tuesday” unconfirmed at this time.
    0540: Kaberle……… Still a Hab. Still.
    0545: KOSTITSYN.,., STILL A HAB.
    0546: TradeWatch taking 15 minute lunch/mental health break.
    0602: Return to duty.
    0603: Begin monitoring of FM/AM freqs for intel.
    0620: Local radio reports “Gauthier worse than Houle”. So no new news to report.
    0625: Mtl has scheduled a press conference for 1830 in Tampa Bay. TankCon levels have NOT, repeat HAVE NOT been changed.
    0645: All secure, if you want to call a team that has Gomez, Kaberle, Kostitsyn on it’s roster, ‘secure’
    0655: Due to lack of actionable intel, TradeWatch is repositioning to downtown core.
    0659: TradeWatch secures. May Rocket Richard watch over us all.

  23. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @ un Canadien errant
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjObvIQtsLk&feature=related

    …true, I, like most, am ‘feelin’ miserable’ now
    …but, I have known struggle in My Life (nothing unusual, as We all have) …enough that I realize before the sun shines again, Life can seem very unremitting in it’s darkness
    …these are dark days, true …but if there is ‘someone’ (Geoff Molson) with a steady-hand, and a rigid optimistic realization of a goal …these miserable days will be ‘worthwhile’
    …IMHO, I feel Habs’ Fans and the Montreal Canadiens organization as a whole need to feel this current cold frigid splash of reality …this process will, hopefully, give Us a long needed sense of humility, not humiliation …and help Us to revive and renew Our tattered culture of high hockey ideals, and ultimate success in the future
    …ride the wave, is all We can do …Ownership must make the right choices, persevere, and act not talk
    …the onus is on Geoff Molson, because it is His vision as the Owner that has to set the agenda for His employees to follow
    …as a Montreal Canadiens’ Fan I have no choice but observe from the sideline …and be optimistic
    …so, I request My theme music be changed from The Smiths’ ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ to another by Morrissey ‘There is a light that never goes out’ :)

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Sorry, I attributed that one to Erik Cole. Just know that I gave you ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ as a representative of all suffering Habs fans, me included, who expected much much more from their team this season, and distinct from other ‘fans’ who cheer on the drop in the standings and curse and swear and call others names.

      I’m posting this as I get to my computer and find out that we traded Andrei for a second rounder. I’m about to start reading posts by the fringe of the Commentariat who will insist we should have demanded a 1st rounder and the rights to Alexander Radulov on top of that.

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      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  24. This is my first post here.
    I want to tell that into Le Grand Club on RDS website it is forbidden to use word “fefans” about Habs fans without criticism sense and they don’t worry about Habs drops this season.
    I care in the next years the CH become the Hockey Chicago Cubs. :-O
    It isn’t get serve Canadien to won’t request to sir Geoff Molson to improve the team’s seventh floor to get rid Bob Gainey ghost and talking hand like in Adams Family in Pierre Gauthier.
    WHERE ? is now skepticism among Montreal’s writers,medias reporters? in La Presse newpaper & RDS [sure it broadcast].
    We remembered than Radio-Canada takes off La Soirée du Hockey on early 2000 years because the Habs are shamed to show on TV.

    Personnaly I can’t identified about thougnessless and small size Habs players, leg from Pierre Gauthier philosophy.

    Canadien future look like Charlebois song\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”Engagement\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” 1000 years period.

    • Cal says:

      Welcome Glauque. You’re right. Where is the direction of the Habs? Are we becoming the Cubs, or, even worse, Toronto? Gauthier is lost and needs a new job. I think organic vegetable farmer jobs are available.

  25. JayK-47 says:

    JM RUINED MOEN!!! HE REKCED HIS DEVEL…. DEVELUP.

    DEVELUPMENT? (no, seems wrong) DEVLEPENMENT!!!! (better)

    JM RUINED MEON, MADE HIM THINK HE WAS A 20 GOAL SCORRER!!!

    j/k guys, I never heard of Trevor Moen until the Habs picked him up.

    • slychard says:

      Trip the light fantastic as a player, with any Hab GM, Prez, or high-up and expect to make the cut… good luck. You get traded for crumbs.
      Do you honestly think Chelios would have been traded under the Savard rule? HA! Savard was and is a man of substance. Houle cheated and thus his ego and pride got in the way. He created the down fall.
      Gainey, when hired? I thought he was the answer. He was for a few years…until the tragic loss of his daughter. How can any person recoup from that.

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  26. slychard says:

    I found the ultimate song to fit the current hab season, one that describe all feelings on this shiat…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBMM0Knc0Es
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBMM0Knc0Es
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  27. Stev.R says:

    We have lost 10 games in overtime or shootout. Thats 10 times just one goal from Gomez, Cammy, Gio, Ak, Subban or our PP would have won us a the game and we would be in the playoffs.

    Not to mention all the games we might have won if we weren’t injured so often.

    I know people like to scapegoat PG and throw him under the bus, but how could he have expected such an onslaught of injuries? How could he have expected so many of our “star” players to underperform? How could he have expected our once powerhouse of a powerplay to dry up so dramatically?

    I think we need to realize that the blame (I don’t like that word), cannot be thrust upon one person for the failure of this season. There is a myriad of reasons that contributed to this season:

    -Lack of scoring from star players
    -Lack of effort from players on so many nights.
    -Lack of a PP
    -Developing Youth
    -Injuries
    -Inability to score or save in the shootout

    You can bitch about PG all day, but he is not the one on the ice, and it’s the on ice problems that have had the much more important effect on our standings.

  28. habaholic68NJ says:

    I had a great weekend skiing in Windham NY. Missed both the Caps and Panthers games so I am in a better state of mind than most here. As for what to do, here is my suggestion for a path forward.

    1. Finish no higher than 27th in the league to have a shot at Nail.

    2. At the end of the season, keep Timmons and the scouting staff but fire all the coaches, and everyone in upper management (including the special advisor) replacing them with the best people possible who want to build and coach a big, tough, offensive minded team that hates to loose and supports each other on the ice.

    3. Trade everyone for picks and prospects except for Price, PK, Gorges, Emelin, Markov, Cole, MaxPac, DD, Eller, AK46, Moen, Gio, LL, White

    4. Send anyone we can’t trade to the Dogs

    5. Sign a couple of large free agent Dmen who can clear the front of the net for a couple of years and a couple of big 4th line bangers (one of which can win face offs and one who has a lose screw).

    6. Wait patiently the next few years for Beaulieu, Tinordi, Nash, Ellis, Gallagher, Bournival and Kristo to make the team.

    Oh, one more thing. Give me the pleasure of watching my team win the Stanley cup for the 11th time. I have being waiting for too long.

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://web.me.com/ptolias/Music/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  29. Un Canadien errant says:

    -For Pierre Gauthier – “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths
    -For Scott Gomez – “Money Changes Everything” by The Smiths
    -For Geoff Molson – “These Things Take Time” by The Smiths
    -For Mike Cammalleri – “This Charming Man” by The Smiths
    -For Mike Boone – “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” by The Smiths
    -For Rick Nash – “How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths
    -For Habitant In Surrey – “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” by The Smiths
    -For Andrei Markov – “Still Ill” by The Smiths
    -For Tony Marinaro – “Big Mouth Strikes Again” by The Smiths
    -For alfieturcotte – “Panic” by The Smiths
    -For Erik Cole – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths
    -For Chris Campoli – “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” by The Smiths
    -For Yannick Weber – “Unloveable” by The Smiths
    -For Ryan White – “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” by The Smiths
    -For David Desharnais – “Half A Person” by The Smiths
    -For HardHabits – “Stretch Out And Wait” by The Smiths
    -For Glen Sather – “Shoplifters Of The World Unite” by The Smiths
    -For Tomas Kaberle – “Asleep” by The Smiths
    -For Lars Eller – “Oscillate Wildly” by The Smiths
    -For Chris Nilan – “Sweet And Tender Hooligan” by The Smiths
    -For Bob Gainey – “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” by The Smiths
    -For Randy Ladouceur – “The Headmaster Ritual” by The Smiths
    -For Brian Burke – “I Want The One I Can’t Have” by The Smiths
    -For Claude Julien – “Barbarism Begins At Home” by The Smiths
    -For Brad Marchand – “Suffer Little Children” by The Smiths
    -For Andrei Kostitsyn – “What Difference Does It Make” by The Smiths
    -For Mathieu Darche – “I Don’t Owe You Anything” by The Smiths
    -For Jacques Martin – “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish” by The Smiths
    -For Jeff Carter – “Death Of A Disco Dancer” by The Smiths
    -For Dale Hunter – “Death At One’s Elbow” by The Smiths
    -For Don Cherry – “Paint A Vulgar Picture” by The Smiths
    -For Ryan Smyth – “Back To The Old House” by The Smiths
    -For P.K. Subban – “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby” by The Smiths
    -For Henrik & Daniel Sedin – “Hand In Glove” by The Smiths
    -For Aaron Palushaj – “Nowhere Fast” by The Smiths
    -For Darren Dreger – “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” by The Smiths
    -For PJ Stock – “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” by The Smiths

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  30. montreal ace says:

    I just finished watching Goon, funny movie, lots of laughs and it put me in a good mood

  31. nickster13 says:

    James Van Riemsdyk could be had from Philly apparently. What would you do to acquire him?

    • Mike D says:

      I like JVR so I would consider it seriously but I don’t know if they would trade him in the east.

      Any ideas what Philly is looking for in return? I see he’s signed until 2018 at a 4.25mil cap hit (stating next year) which is pretty reasonable for a big young talented winger. I imagine Philly is looking for a pretty big return and I don’t know if we have the pieces to make that move without shooting ourselves in the foot.

      - Honestly yours

  32. nova scotia vees says:

    You know, this sounds crazy..but when they left the Forum…when they traded Roy…and then shafted Koivu. They lost their soul. The torch has been doused and dropped in the garbage. No heart…no pride…no mystique. So sad.

  33. durocher says:

    I agree with Damphousse — no NHL team can be competitive with Diaz, Weber, and Kaberle on the backline. Gorges, Subban, and Emelin are a great core for the blueline, but the other three should not be on the team.

    For the forwards, I’d trade AK46 and put Pleks on the table if we can get a solid return. Pleks tonight, again, proved that he’s not himself offensively. This year, he is little more than a great PK’er who is dangerous on breakaways.

  34. nickster13 says:

    Why does everyone think AK will blossom under a new coach? He’s had about 4 now, and its always the same. The guy doesnt speak english very well and he just doesnt have the brains up there, and at 27 years old, won’t get any better. I will be very dissapointed if he is not traded

    • Mad Habber says:

      1) He has loads of skill (Though he doesn’t always use it)
      2) New team will give him plenty of ice time with best players, and if he clicks with some one he will most likely be left with them for more than 3 shifts.
      3)I don’t care what language he speaks, he is paid to play hockey not give speeches.

    • AH says:

      So true…so many on here want so bad for this guy to succeed, yet we keep waiting and waiting and waiting for it to happen…never does. And has anyone asked why he is williing to stay for a home town discount?, it’s called a “comfort zone”. He’s comfortable because the Habs are showing him that they are comfortable with him, and he knows that they are willing to accept his mediocre, inconsistent crappy efforts as long as he pots one once in a blue moon, throws the odd hit and plays the odd decent game.

      That is why the Habs are where they are; management that consistently puts up with low effort “comfortable” players and demand nothing more from them!!!

    • Mike D says:

      I don’t think it’s the coaches exclusively. As you mentioned, we’ve had numerous coaches over recent years as well as talented players, but for some reason playing for the CH seems to suck the offense out of them. That one year under Carbo was as exception…perhaps the exception that proves the rule.

      Other than Cole this year and Gionta the previous 2 years, name one offensive player we’ve brought in who hasn’t seen their production slip under our watch.

      I’d like to keep AK because he has the most raw offensive talent on the team and size to boot. Power forwards are great and I’m glad we’ve got a couple (Erik and Max and the only real ones – Bourque and AK are only quasi power forwards), but you also need a couple skill guys in your top 6 or 9. I’d keep AK if we can get him signed for a MAX of 4mil and no longer than 3 years. 3.5mil for 2 years would be better but isn’t as likely. If we don’t trade him tomorrow, we better not lose him for nothing in the summer.

      I feel very confident that if we traded AK46, you’d see an offensive explosion in his production after a brief period for him to adapt to the changes.

      - Honestly yours

      • billylove says:

        “Offensive explosion.” Never happen my friend. Unless your definition of “offensive explosion” is different than what it implies.

      • nickster13 says:

        Kovy had a few great years, Pleks had a couple good years, Max and DD are having great years, and Cole too, so I dare say we just managed to bring in most guys on the downside of their careers, gionta, gomez, cammalleri, Bourque, Kaberle, the list goes on and on. Find some up and coming guys either by draft or by trade and then we can see if we really ruin players. As for AK, by trading him we can do to others what they have done to us, give them players on the downswing of their careers

        • Mike D says:

          Kovy had 2 good years with us (07-08: 84 pts. in 82 games; 05-06: 65 pts. in 69 games) and I already mentioned Cole this year and Gio the past 2 years – that’s it for UFA’s which was the point I tried to make.

          Pleks and Max are our draft picks and we signed DD as an undrafted FA from the Q so they aren’t eligible for this debate. As far as drafting goes, we’re actually pretty damn good at it if you ask me. Sure there’s been some gaffe’s along the way (David Fisher over Claude Giroux for example), but every team is guilty of stuff like that probably every year. Thanks to Mr. Timmins, we’ve also found some really good pieces in the later rounds too so I’m pretty content with Montreal’s drafting overall.

          It just seems that we either fail to sign the “right” players and sign guys that aren’t capable of maintaining the production that attracted us in the first place, or – and here’s one we’ve never seen – get them to produce at an even higher rate once they’re with us.

          - Honestly yours

          • slychard says:

            You still awake D? Please tell me I’m having a nightmare… no! The Habs are still in it,,,ahhhhhhhhh

            +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
            Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  35. SmartDog says:

    Hey Mike,

    To be constructive, here are a few musical options for ya from within the last 40 years. There HAS been some good music…

    - For PG – “Trade it All” by Fabolous
    - For tomorrow – “I Feel a Change a Comin’ on” Bob Dylan
    - For Plekanec – “Should I Stay or Should I go” by the Clash
    - Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” as our season dwindles down.
    - For PK – “Fame” by David Bowie
    - For Pouliot (I know he’s gone but) “I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down” by Elvis Costello
    - Also by Costello for Gomez “Less Than Zero”
    - For this season – “Broken” by Jack Johnson

    etc…

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  36. habs11s says:

    I say don’t trade AK46, we won’t get much for him so might as well keep him…

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    “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

  37. Un Canadien errant says:

    Before I fault the Canadiens for being inattentive and lacking commitment for tonight’s game, I have to look in the mirror and admit that I am guilty of the same offences. I didn’t pay attention to the game, occupying myself with chores and making dinner. I didn’t quite sleep during the game, but I did kind of go in a trance in the second period during which five or ten minutes of game time kind of slipped by, and I didn’t bother rewinding the PVR.

    While at work today, I’d remind myself that there was a rare Sunday game on later, and would start to fidget, pining for the day to end. I’d then remember the current vibe with this team, and realize, on repeated occasions, that the game didn’t mean anything, and might very well be a dud. Immediately after, I’d remember how anxious I was for the season to start this summer, and tell myself I’m going to enjoy the last twenty games whether I like it or not.

    So I tried to enjoy the game, and it was easier at first, seeing David Desharnais, slippery as an eel, again making a much bigger, stronger defenceman look silly on the Canadiens’ first goal. We have been tub-thumping lately, as a fan base, that we must as a team get bigger, but we need to remind ourselves that bigger isn’t invariably better. There is room on the team for different skillsets, such as Mr. Desharnais quickness, which he evidenced along with his determination and courage by skating around Ed Jovanovski and taking the puck to the net with authority.

    I was also heartened that P.K. is finally listening to me, as shown by his goal when he did his big, big windup as a predictable prelude for his errant slapshot, but then reeled it back in and skated around the erstwhile shotblocker, who was down on one knee and had taken himself out of the equation. P.K. took two strides toward the middle and from there could see the whole glove-side top corner of the net wide open, but nothing of the goalie since he was being screened by Erik Cole. P.K. didn’t miss, putting the puck top shelf as I cried “Hallelujah!”

    Then came the unraveling. I don’t have a clear narrative of what happened, or how or why, since I was averting my eyes for a large percentage of the remaining broadcast. There were flashes, glimpses. Yannick Weber, Raphaël Diaz and Tomas Kaberle being bottled in their own end for long periods of time. Andrei Kostitsyn receiving a pass while wide open at the top of the faceoff circle, unchecked and with the opposing defenceman in the process of stumbling backward on his skates. Andrei deciding that, since there was no one blocking his way to the net, a veritable boulevard inviting him to roll toward the goalie, who incidentally was not screened in the least, he was going to one-time an anodyne slapper at him. Decidedly, he is a slow learner. I salivate to think what Erik might have done with that chance, and how Andrei, sitting on the bench, would have learned nothing from that example either.

    Now we wait for the trade deadline tomorrow. And adjust our expectations. Downward. When the Hal Gill trade was announced, we had dollar signs in our eyes, counting our figurative draft chickens way before they hatched. Since then, our UFA’s to be have obliterated their own trade value with their spiritless play. No GM is watching Chris Campoli skate around and thinking that he’s the missing piece. He’s barely a pawn. Tomas Kaberle and Andrei Kostitsyn are covered in ten-foot pole marks. Scott Gomez is a leprous Typhoid Maria, steeped in PCB’s and setting off Geiger counters at a thousand paces. We’re reduced to hoping that we can trade Mathieu Darche for something worthwhile, but then sign him to a new contract this July 1st as if nothing happened, unopposed by his new team or the rest of the league. Grim.

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  38. Michael says:

    I may be splitting hairs here, but Boone is dead wrong about one thing: Eric Cole is not arguably the Habs’ MVP of the season. Carey Price is, without contest, the most valuable player on this team, while Cole is easily second.

    But Booneyoonsky is correct about the need to tool up. For some silly reason, the notion that the Habs should add some sand n’ size to its roster is controversial. Imagine a football team without linemen & linebackers. A team full of “skill” players would not go far. Hockey is not much different. None of us want a roster full of goons, and that should go without saying. Sadly, it doesn’t, because often when one of us suggest the Habs should toughen up, a lot of fans hear, “Let’s become the Bruins.”

    Hockey is a physical game. Come playoff time, referees act like their whistles are dirty. You need players like White – who can physically intimidate opponents – or Cole, who cannot be physically intimidated – to win the cherished trophy. Too many on our roster can be muscled out of success. Not all of them need to go, but they’re taking up too much space.

  39. habs17 says:

    ive been watching the habs for 16 years (1995 year i was born) and i must say this is by far the worst habs team i have ever seen, and dont know how any team can be worst then this

    http://www.scottygomezfoundation.com/
    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  40. aj says:

    Maybe by tomorrow, after this insanity ends (going all the way till season’s end), we might see either Molson or Gauthier do a presscon.

    Love this clip by OttawaGh0st4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zh1szSHbyM&feature=plcp&context=C3150f45UDOEgsToPDskJFeZ7oO8sZB7-QGIAIrPWQ

  41. SmartDog says:

    I’m more concerned about a big trade than I am hopeful.

    Sure, dump Campoli by all means. Trade Weber if you can. Get rid of Kaberle and I’ll shout halleluiah! But do not try to rejig this team at this point with a big trade that brings us back some name guy while we give up anything solid (like Plekanec, Emelin, Eller, draft picks, etc).

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  42. aj says:

    I watched the report at RDS.ca on the “Les échos de vestiaire Canadien – Panthers” report by Luc Gélinas. By the look on the faces from the 3 ppl who is going do most of the work tomorrow, I can say they are worried and really in thinking mode.

    Probably at this time, Molson and his so-called ‘devil’s advocates’ are already working a “Blockbuster Trade” for tomorrow.

  43. Cal says:

    Pleks, AK, Campoli, Weber, out west for picks and a young scorer. C’mon, Edmonton, feel sorry for us…

  44. Storm Man says:

    I’m calling for the dismissal of the Goat and BG and for all Hab fans to shutdown the Jacques Cartier Bridge till Daddy’s boy molson take his Head out of his butt and get’s rid of them.

  45. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Poll Question:
    Will the Habs “catch” the Oilers for 2nd place?
    Yes or No.

  46. H.Upmann says:

    @habs17: guy… You’re delusional if you think your Gomez is going to lead us to the ECF again.. Man! What’s with heads here about Gomez and McGuire?!?!?!? Just WATCH Gomez one of these days. Ridiculous.

  47. ProHabs says:

    It is sad when your team can make Stephan Weiss and Kris Versteeg look like tough guys.

  48. habs17 says:

    this team sucks, so every1, lets blame gomez, what a shame, 1 player makes the team i guess

    http://www.scottygomezfoundation.com/
    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

    • Lizardking89 says:

      Yeah let’s, he’s a big part of the problem along with Kaberle and a lousy GM. Gomez is useless and he’s a black hole that sucks his wingers into a spiral of mediocrity. I’m going to do a happy dance when his lazy ass is riding the bus in the AHL.

    • ProHabs says:

      I just wish the coach would give Gomez more ice time, like maybe 35 minutes a game. Then Gomez would really be able to show what he is capable of.

      • habs17 says:

        i agree prohabs, 35 is a bit much though i beleive, 20-23 would be perfect for him he needs more ice time to be effective

        http://www.scottygomezfoundation.com/
        President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

        (I support Scott Gomez)

        • ProHabs says:

          Why limit this guy. Even 35 minutes a game might be too little for someone of Gomez’s talents. I would even go so far as to ask him if he thinks he can handle 45-50 minutes a game. If Gomez thinks he can, then by all means, play him that much. For what he has accomplished in his career, he deserves that much respect.

          • habs17 says:

            nice to see some1 also beleive in gomez, he has quite the storied career, that arguabley could be in the hall of fame, when all is said and done, if gomez says he can handle those minutes then im for it. But i think 20-23 is better because right now pleks sucks and needs some more ice time also to get him going

            http://www.scottygomezfoundation.com/
            President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

            (I support Scott Gomez)

          • Chrisadiens says:

            That really made me lol.

            Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Looking forward to the trade with SJ your sources informed you about

  49. Psycho29 says:

    Great article Mr.Boone……I agree 100%

    Get rid of the guys who play with no heart….(well the ones you can get something for.)

  50. SmartDog says:

    Wow.

    I watched most of the game – and had to check the stat sheet to see if Gomez played. I thought he didn’t. I really don’t remember him, not once.

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  51. RetroMikey says:

    TANK I say! TANK!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  52. ProHabs says:

    The Goat better not sleep in tomorrow morning and miss the trade deadline.

  53. H.Upmann says:

    don’t recall G-Love chirping out Subban this year….like last year round this time… man… He is an embarassmwnt to pro sports. Millions of dollars for good times and jokes on the room and bars of mtl. Hey- that’s all good and I love it too. But come on!!!! Pretty obvious he only wanted to float in NYC before the trade.

  54. SmartDog says:

    “….the thing about being a soft team is it makes for very fragile confidence”

    Boone, you may be a grumpy old fart lately, but you’ve hit the nail on the head here. And what did PG do – go get us KABERLE. Why is it – I REALLY want to know – that a supposedly smart GM can miss what is so obvious to everyone else. It’s like he says “I need a PP quarterback…. who’s available – oh this guy is one”. And then boom – makes the trade. Kaberle was so much what this team DOESN’T need more of. Everyone knew it but Gauthier and presumably Molson. Idiots. Just idiots.

    And one more thing… really, enough with the 1950′s music. It’s really self indulgent – completely irrelevant to 80% (at least) of the people on here.
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  55. Ice Storm says:

    Ok… So here we are waving the white AK46 flags… Desperate for our “management” to do something… On the other hand, we all know what’s going to happen. AK under a new coach, GM, offensive system, new assistants getting through to him, COACHING him to be the player he can be… He will blossom, he’ll tear it up, be the offensive bull we have seen prior to his concussion. But wait a sec!!! Are WE not the team that (hopefully) will have a new Gm, a new coach, assistants, systems and schemes? We aren’t the only ones fed up with what’s going on… If we let this guy go… We’ll regret it big time… And will forever be whining that we need a big hitting winger with hands and a heavy shot. He wants to stay, sign him for not much and watch him flourish… Anything else is foolish!

    • SmartDog says:

      AK or Plekanec if they’re dumb enough to trade him, with good linemates will light it up. The Habs bring in soft veteran players who make lots of mistakes, flip lines around constantly, play depth guys up front and top 6 guys at the back, play centers on the wing and then say “these guys don’t work” and trade them for nothing. We’re becoming the New York Islanders. It’s amazing we’re not last.

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    • Habfan4lfe says:

      Trading AK definitely would be stupid. The coach and GM gotta go first. Gainey too, he’s gotta go.

    • VONLEBARON says:

      AK is just never given the rains or the respect to be a top six forward. Just look at his brother. He always gets shifted around the line up and road the bech while darche was on the powerplay.You cant judge him by is play now because the season is over. If he is traded he will be among the long list of players we asked our selfs why we let go.

  56. Bill says:

    For all the fretful Price-bandits who have posted, at various times through the last year, that Price will not resign with the Canadiens, and will bolt after this season ….

    Well, first of all, he’s an RFA. He can play for Montreal, or he can stay home.

    Yeah, he COULD demand a trade … but really, do you think he’d go that far? Why? Because the Habs suck right now? It’s not like he’s getting blame, except from lunatics. He’s usually mentioned as part of the “untouchable core”, and everyone serious recognizes that he’s not part of the problem. CP gets a lot of love in Montreal: I don’t think he’s feeling unappreciated.

    Plus, if he demanded a trade, he could easily be dealt somewhere worse, or just somewhere he wouldn’t want to be … like Columbus.

    I would imagine Price feels fairly well-treated by the Habs, and I predict he will be a Hab for a long, long time. Maybe even a lifer. Certianly, he will be here until his mid-thirties.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Timo says:

      Bobo probably delivers a freshly baked loaf of bread to his door steps every morning.

    • SmartDog says:

      Price is a professional and he wants to win. He knows that teams go through things and he’s not a quitter. So I agree with you – what people are saying about this is just stupid.

      But… if they keep making dumb acquisitions like Kaberle – if the team doesn’t get it’s sh-t together, when his RFA status is over, yes, he’d be gone in a heartbeat. The Habs could be good in 2-3 years with a good pipeline and lots of young players and if he likes where things are going (and he should) I think there’s no question he’d stay. But if you think that Price’s dad isn’t shaking his head at some of Gauthier’s moves, you’re wrong. The players know the mistakes that are being made.

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      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  57. Just keep suiting up Gomez, he’s bound to break out of it sooner or later. My God! As long as the Habs continue to dress that useless piece of crap, they are the laugh of the League. Considering the damage that his suiting up has done to this team – I don’t give a rat’s ass damn that the others say he is a good team mate – I am amazed that someone hasn’t tried to take him out once and for all at practice.

  58. ProHabs says:

    Why is knowing the Habs need more beef so evident to everyone for the last 3 years except Boob Gainey and The Goat.

    Here is an idea and a tip for Boob and Goat, call Washington and get John Erskine. He has been a healthy scratch and is probably available. Trade Diaz or Weber or AK or a 3rd round pick and get this guy.

  59. kerrgte says:

    Geoff Molson was in attendance at this stinker.

    Take heart, changes are coming.

  60. HabFanSince72 says:

    Tumescent eh?


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  61. Timo says:

    Next year, stop buying tickets, people. This is the ONLY way the message will get through.

    • Le Jadester says:

      True

      Habs, OLE !

      • habs_54321 says:

        i think this has already started to happen when i go to the cage au sport on rene leveque to watch the game their is barely three people in their and they are barely paying attention to the game more attention is payed to the meal/waitresess/beer last year and especially 2 years ago this place was packed every game and their was a lineup to get in sometimes you couldn’t get in all seats were taken.

        the only reason the same thing hasn’t happend yet at the bell center is because all the tickets were sold before the year started either by fans or scalpers hoping to resell them for more money, i have noticed that the scalpers are having a tougher time selling tickets already, i when’t to the boston game a few weeks ago and got to reds for under the original cost so they actually lost money on that ticket and that was for a MTL-BOS game and that was 2 weeks ago when their was still hope i can’t imagine what they will be going hrough once les boyz come home for their next game at the bell.

  62. The Gonk says:

    Someone on our team needs to beat the crap out of someone from the other team, even if they don’t deserve it. I can’t remember when we last did that. Hello!

  63. Timo says:

    Another day another yawn as far as this team is concerned. Loses are not even frustrating anymore. They are just a boring routine.

  64. arcosenate says:

    Weiss chirping Budaj after his goal was pretty much how things have gone all season. Someone should have sent him a painful message. Games can be won if your opponent respects you. Most people on this site have been screaming for some toughness for quite some time now. The only people who haven’t gotten it are Bob and Pierre, and they’re going to be calling the shots at the deadline, not very comforting.

  65. The Gonk says:

    Get tougher, more talented, more better. Boone, you preach to the choir. Sadly this choir is singing at a funeral.

  66. habstrinifan says:

    Wow Boone.. you sound mighty irritated me lad! Herculean effort staying and writing as full an “about last night” as you did. Couldnt have been easy. Somehow I think you ended up writing more about tomorrow… which is probably on all our minds now.

  67. AceMagnum says:

    Budaj Movie!!

    Miami Vice

  68. WindsorHab-10 says:

    AK 46 to the Leafs for Nazim Kadri. Would you do it?

  69. mrhabby says:

    mike.this is your year end review about a month earlier. it about sums up what most of us think. it is however just 1 season in the grand scheme of things.i would say habs are at xroads…..time for a real culture change with new gm and coach and real plan.

  70. habs17 says:

    WHOOOOOOOOOO!! keep this losing up habs, FAIL FOR NAIL, the best thing happen in 20 years for this team, is happening right infront of our eyes enjoy the ride GO HABS GO TANK TANK TANK TANK TANK

    http://www.scottygomezfoundation.com/
    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  71. durocher says:

    I agree 100%. Why he would keep around someone who was responsible for the Gomez deal and the “five year plan” is beyond me.

  72. NCRhabsfan says:

    Absolutely! I loved Bob Gainey as a player, but he has done Montreal no favours as a GM or as an “advisor”. It is time to say good-bye to Bob.

    At the same time they need to say good-bye to Bob’s nightmare, the trade that blew up in ways no one could have imagined at the time. Scott Gomez has to go, and he has to go now. It doesn’t matter what he’s getting paid, they need to send him to Alaska now. Not to Hamilton, not to the ECHL and not to Europe. Just, bye-bye Scott, and that’s it.

    By the way, do the Habs have an approved alternate jersey? Can they get one? Preferably something in light blue and pink. This team should not be allowed to wear the hallowed colours for the rest of the season. They are an embarrassment to the blue/blanc et rouge. Maybe they could wear black mourning jerseys for the rest of the year.

  73. slychard says:

    Because setting the sights for the very bottom is and must be the honest and truthful goal of any athlete in any profession… You are a treasure. Motivational speak is in your future… unspellable handle… I’m waiting for the next revelation on your end… which end it comes from I can only dread,.

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    Kiss my hAbSS!!!


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