Can Guy Boucher coach or what?

Meanwhile, down on the farm (thanks, SlovakHab):

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Abbotsford Heat 4-0 on Saturday
night in Abbotsford to earn their 12
th shutout of the
season, tying the franchise record for most shutouts in one season. The
win was Hamilton’s 49
th of the season which ties the
franchise record for most regular season wins. It was also the club’s 26
th road
win which is a new franchise record for most regular season road wins.
The Bulldogs have only suffered seven regulation losses on the road this
season and with only two road games remaining in the year, Hamilton
will set a new franchise record for fewest regulation losses on the road
in one season as the record currently stands at 12.

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Who’s happier:

Guillaume Latendresse for being out of Montreal or Lee Stempniak for being out of Toronto?

•  •  •

Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer is looking at building an arena in Laval (thanks, Nightmare_49).

•  •  •

Great chart for following the playoff race.

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There’s certainly no room for politics on a hockey site … unless we’re making fun of John Boehner.



  1. TOEmastro says:

    back up to 95%!

  2. Komihater says:


    Did you really just post that? that man is a fraud handpicked from wall street. I come here to get away from the hours i spend loathing him. “cult personality” most will understand in about 20 years.


    “Those who would give up there liberty’s for so called security’s deserve neither and shall receive none” TJ

  3. HardHabits says:

    BS. Bring him up for the playoffs and send him back down to the minors for the beginning of next season and take it from there. If you can’t stand the heat, don’t become a Canadien.

  4. RetroMikey says:

    Don Lever is a winner as far as I am concerned.

    He got screwed royally by Bobby and Boivin.  They pushed the panic button when some players like D’Agostoni, Chipchura, Stewart to name a few did not develop in Montreal as expected.

    Boucher I give credit to what he is doing in Hamilton but he needs to spend at least 2 more season in the AHL before coaching the NHL, but I see him beeing greedy and wanting to climb the ladder to soon than lear in Hamilton.

    Boucher has brought the team to second place overall, but gues whose team is third overall in the AHL?

    Don Lever’s Chicago Wolves.

    Lever is not a loser and I am sure Lever still wonders why he was let go since no formal reply from the organization was ever given to him.

    I still wonder to this day as well.



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

  5. Chorske says:

    So Boone should be fair and balanced? This is a blog, not an official news site. The Powers that run this place make it abundantly clear that it’s their show, à prendre ou à laisser. You don’t like the video, don’t watch it.

  6. Chorske says:

    Yeah, messages of hope are SUCH a downer. Good music too.

    His blog, his rules, he can post whatever he wants.

  7. RetroMikey says:

    I’ve been a season ticket holder from the getgo and it is pretty sad that the City still feels it’s going to get an NHL team which it ain’t going to happen ever in this once proud Steel City.  The City will eventuallyb e a ghost town in my opinion. 

    Walk downtown at night and nothing has changed in over 20 years with retail stores being nailed down, peddlers all around asking for some spare change, dikes, hookers, etc. you name it.

    Biggest problem I see is building that Jackson Square Mall where it should have been a Health Care centre otr bigger hospital built downtown.  Walk in the mail and you’ll see garbage retailers opening their dollar stores, fashion outlet stores of cheap quality imported from China, India you name it.

    I disagree with you about bad PR though.

    Can’t play the marketing department of the Bulldogs organization, they did a major shuffle over the summer and many staff were given the boot.

    They have done a good job in charitable organizations and the team is very well known in doing functions on behalf of the city with the players getting involved.

    Problem is we are the Habs’ farm team and not the Leafs’ farm team,  We live in the territory of Leafs Nation and that will not change.

    Even if the Leafs brought their farm team to Hamilton, I would not see more than 5.000 or more attending the games.

    This city only thinks of an NHl franchise, pretty sad when you have a championship team here in Hamilton.

    I don’t think Andelauer the owner know what he is doing if he thinks Laval will sell out every night with 7.500 fans when everyone wants that hot ticket at the Bell Centre to see the Habs play.  I truly believe they\ll be a hot item the first year and after that, don’t expect no more than 3,000 spectatore as well.

    The organization is first class as far as I am concerned,  being a season ticket holder has its advantages by getting team autographed sticks, discounts on jerseys, concessions, etc.

    You can be a flex ticket holder and choose 10 or 20 games if money is an issue.

    If I cannot make it to some of the home games, I give them back to the organization who then gives them to a charitable organization.

    If you want your Bulldogs jersey customized call Sports Obsession in Hamilton or Burlington, they can help you out.

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

  8. VancouverHab says:

    Yeah — I guess that’s a fair point, but only if all sides (not just one) are treated equally & with equal time….

  9. avatar_58 says:

    I hope that’s sarcasm – there are no sabres fans here. Just because they are close by doesn’t guaruntee fans. It’a all Leafs vs Habs. Those are the only two jerseys, flags and other such things you’ll see here in Hamilton. Other fans are the exception, not the rule.

    The attendence is due largely to the lack of PR. No one cares about the AHL. No one knows about their steller record this year, that maybe they’ll get the cup, etc. No one except die-hards. Myself I just started going to games THIS year. In my case it’s monetary and not having people to go WITH. That’s all. Not everyone can afford to be a season ticket holder for an AHL team – if it were the habs that’s different.

    But I mean seriously – they damn dogs store doesn’t even sell custom jerseys. They don’t sell jack – just a small tiny boxed area in Copps. This is their marketting? Maybe a jersey or two at the mall? And you wonder why no one is excited about it. The Ti-cats do MUCH better because they are all you hear about. Maybe they need better PR.

  10. HabsInBlood says:

    YES WE CAN!! – redistribute all of your hard-earned money.


  11. punkster says:

    Hey VH. I agree that subjects like politics or religion should not be promoted on a sports site. How about parodied? I took Boone’s inclusion of a satirical video as nothing more than that. The same way I would take a Rick Mercer spoof on any government target that could appear here. Or a Tina Fey spoof on Sarah Palin. Or one of Monty Python’s numerous pokes at big government. Political or religious satire requires a target and I suppose that could make it appear to be a partisan statement. Or maybe it’s just humour? 🙂

  12. VancouverHab says:

    ‘Scuse, Mr. Boone:

    No politics here, OK? Sport sites are where you go to get away from that stuff.

    If it’s partisan, like this, people who agree with it get a pleasure-jolt that they can already get on their political blog of choice, and those who disagree get a downer when they want sport-distraction. :–(

  13. smiler2729 says:


    Now all the Guy Boucher boosters will be out calling for Jacques Martin to be fired… just like Don Lever was supposed to be the next great coach last season.

    But with Boucher being franco, the mouthfrothing will upped to the nth degree.


    Calm down. Have a beer. We’ll all be okay.

  14. G-Man says:

    Hysterical video, Boone. Love the hyperbole in reaction to it. Still, it’s a hockey site, right?

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …bye the way John Boner …YES WE CAN !!!!

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  16. megagoten says:

    lee stempniak and alex steen were the two leafs i wouldn’t have minded getting

  17. Y says:

    Habs playoff chances down to 91.2%%

    Looking more and more like the Capitals will get to feast in the first round 🙁

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …a great AHL Team in Hamilton and They average I believe in the 3,000 to 4, 000 range (or am I being generous ?)

    …in a sea of weedz and sabres’ fans ?

    …is Andlauer thinking of tranfering the Hamilton franchise to Laval ? …if so, that makes sense

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  19. Ayan_SB says:

    I don’t remember Don Lever having articles written about him, praising his coaching abilities, nearly every week or so. And how about Mathieu Carle saying he’s learned more from Boucher in a couple of months than he has in the past few years with Lever.

  20. Chuck says:

    It would only be devastating to the 2500 or so that bother to show up to their games on a regular basis (of which I am one).


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  21. RS says:

    Anyone remember when Don Lever was the greatest thing since sliced bread? And he won a Calder Cup.

    Boucher has obviously done a good job, but try and maintain some perspective folks.

  22. Ayan_SB says:

    I’d love to get Jon Blum from Nashville.

  23. HabFab says:

    Understand both Pat Burns and Pat Quinn had audiences with the Pope…never heard if they were shown the Grail?

  24. HabFab says:

    When you have the puck, hold on to it and try to move it up along the boards.

    When you don’t have the puck retreat into your own zone and attempt to recover a rebound!

    “the Jacques Martin system”


    “the Guy Boucher system”

    When you have the puck go to the net.

    When you don’t have the puck. Go get it!

  25. Tis Himself says:

    The System was revealed once from what I have been told in scrolls that are now in the Vatican archives. The last coach to actually see them was Scotty Bowman. Other NHL coaches have been forced to rely on Scotty’s memories of them.

  26. Willy the bum says:

    I may be living under a huge rock, but does somebody know about this so-called “system” Jacques Martin explaining about?

    What the h*ll is his “system”?!  Please do tell me…

  27. Willy the bum says:

    The Devils really hate us, eh?  Wanted the Habs kick off the playoffs…

  28. Tis Himself says:

    When these guys go political, I just envision a bunch of crackers discussin’ politics on a porch in the postbellum South. Just sit back and watch the fur fly!

  29. punkster says:

    LOL. I’ll go with your call for now. Don’t know a thing about Blake just now but I’ll research. By the way, I had a read through some of the political crap below and the Price Halak crap on the other thread just now. All I can say is wow. So gald I spent the day with friends discussing weather, golf and the coming cottage opening plans. So much more interesting. Enjoy your evening.

  30. HabFab says:

    Add one of their defensive studs and it is a deal.

  31. Tis Himself says:

    He’s solid. So’s McDonaugh, but that won’t hepl th Habs.

  32. HabFab says:

    Don’t have a fav. Just follow for the prospects. We have Patrick Johnson playing for Wisconsin although the logic of that pick escapes me.

    As for Blake that would make 4 generations if he did make it to the NHL.

  33. Tis Himself says:

    I think Nashville has the rights to Blake Geoffrion. I’d trade Price to get him. Price goes Grand Ole Oprey, we get the Boomer’s grandson. It is all good.



  34. punkster says:

    The Price/Halak thing is senseless at any time, in any situation, on any occasion. Unless, of course, you’re trying to put to sleep a room full of raging, sex-starved lemurs. Or 90% of the members of this site.

  35. Tis Himself says:

    The team to watch in the NCAA is RIT. They have Wisconsin in the first semi-final. I didn’t realize it, but Blake Geoffrion of Wisconsin is a Hobey Baker finalist. I watched him last night against St. Cloud. The kid can play. I’m sure wearing #5 helps!

  36. HabFab says:

    Ugh!!! New Jersey has done us no favors this weekend. It is now 3-0 for Phillie.

  37. HabFab says:

    It is a shame! Unfortunately they haven’t been competive since your time.

  38. Tis Himself says:

    BC 9-7. Damn, if Yale had just one guy who could stop a puck, they’d be moving on to the Frozen Four. Man, after watching this game, the Halak/Price thing is just senseless.

  39. HabFab says:

    True that!

  40. Tis Himself says:

    Where one stands is ultimately determined by where one sits!

  41. HabFab says:


    In my family history, the American Revolution was a Civil War that we lost. And we moved to this recently conquered French colony to rebuild.

    In your history, the Patroits verses the Tories and in our history, the Rebels verses the Loyalist.

    In other words…never!

  42. Tis Himself says:

    Watching BC/Yale — 9-4 BC. God, Yale went through three kickers, all freakin’ awful. Just think of Scotty going through Dryden, Thomas and Laraque and still not finding a guy who could stop a puck!

  43. Tis Himself says:

    I read some of this stuff and just shake my head dumbfounded. If only Benedict Arnold had been successful at Quebec.

  44. HabFab says:


    Wondered when you would enter?

    Of course, I now have to dig out my dictionary.

    I do find it amazing how sometimes we can share a continent but feel like we live on different planets!

  45. MathMan says:

    Having an off game against Edmonton wouldn’t be an issue if it were a one-off stumble rather than just the latest in a long series. Generally, everyone outplays the Habs at evens — though admittedly the Habs have uncorked a few good games lately (ie. vs. Florida).

    Besides, it’s always been my contention that blowouts are generally pretty meaningless in terms of what they tell you about the teams. Sometimes the bounces all go one way or the other. It’s how teams play in close games that is most telling.

  46. Tis Himself says:

    I used to read this thread for merely the hockey dildonica, but the political stuff rises to the level of true retardiania.

  47. SlovakHab says:

    The same worst team in the NHL has beaten the Sharks 5-1. True that they are pretty bad, but in the NHL, bad is just a bit worse than an average.

  48. MathMan says:

    The irony is that he has managed to get his players to (more or less) buy into his system, but his system is actually pretty weak. Actually I’d call his inability to establish an effective 5-on-5 system his #1 weakness… but that’s also the #1 thing he needs to do, so that makes Martin the equivalent of a goalie that does everything well except stop pucks.

  49. MathMan says:

    Olivier on his blog ( counts scoring chances for both teams had the Oilers outchancing the Habs 12-22 at even-strength, their worst game in a while actually. The Oilers blogger who does the same thing ( was more generous to the Habs — 17-20 in favor of the Oilers at evens. Which would be fine if we weren’t talking about the worst team in the NHL.


  50. mrhabby says:

    on a side note…was speaking to a relative about the flames (he lives in calgary)…Steve Yzerman will be replacing Darryl Sutter some time during the summer…just throwing it out there..

  51. SlovakHab says:

    My remark was a half-joke, and to be honest with you, I like Jacques Martin, see him as a classy, experienced and a knowledgeable gentleman. The above was not meant to be a shot at him (although I know it looked like). But to tell you my opinion:

    I think coaching incorporates several attributes and JM is a decent coach who has several weaknesses. 

    As you wrote, he has excelled in replacing injured players and bringing in a system that the players seem to buy into. I think he is someone who can prepare a team in a long term and build a team that isn’t too shabby. He found decent line combinations, helped players adjust to each other and play some defence as well.

    However, he has weaknesses as well – none bigger than short-term, in-game adjustments. He often has a team sitting on a lead, letting the opponent play. He lacks emotion and hence won’t fire his players up if necessary – an extra emotion boost that is needed in some games. He also doesn’t communicate with the referees (which could indeed be seen as whiny sometimes, but certainly helps). He sometimes gets out-coached by men like L. Ruff, Cory Clouston or J. Lemaire (as seen by our bilance vs. those teams) and he leaves us wondering why he had Cammalleri out to protect a 1-goal lead in the dying seconds of the game, didn’t take a time-out or played his 4th line 5 minutes to go with 1 goal deficit.

    Having said that, I’d take JM over Tortorella or Ron Wilson any day of the week.

  52. light_n_tasty says:

    I dunno: I thought they played fine against the Oilers…it was Halak who crapped out (then recovered).

  53. MathMan says:

    It’s more “opportunistic” than “good”, which is par for the course for the Habs. Although they’ve been better than usual, mostly — but you can’t be too impressed by how they were outplayed by the post-firesale Oilers.

  54. J.J. of Turku says:

    I’ve seen some good signs after olympic-break like you all… I’m quite sure this team has potential to go a couple of rounds in the playoffs… If they only can get their mojo back in PP I’m waiting for conference finals!

    I feel a little like Fox Mulder, “I have to believe”…



    Wich is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care…

  55. light_n_tasty says:

    Although, over the last 10 games or so, we have been really good 5-on-5.  It’s special teams that are killing us.

  56. MathMan says:

    JM is presiding over a team that is extremely weak 5-on-5, weak in first periods, and remains one of the most undisciplined squads in the game. The players are underperforming, particularly defensively, and it’s a testament to their skill that they manage to generate goals despite a system that hampers their real offense so much. 40+ shots-against barrage still happen, even if not with the staggering regularity they did earlier in the year.

    I don’t like his system or his coaching style for exactly one reason: they’re ineffective.

    JM is doing a crappy job; if you find the results amazing, credit the players, especially the goaltending. If Halak and Price had been anything short of miraculous as a tandem this year, JM may be out of a job and the Habs are certainly counting lottery balls.

  57. MathMan says:

    Well the good part is that Boucher, being inexperienced and all, probably wouldn’t make a fortune, so paying Carbo+Martin+Boucher+new AHL coach is probably negligibly more than Carbo+Martin+Boucher, so monetarily, Martin’s job may not be as secure as it seems.

    The bad part? A coaching change is not gonna happen because Martin and Gauthier are close and Martin really is Gauther’s man. Despite that he’s perhaps more detriment than asset at present.

    Therefore, you can expect the Habs to wallow in mediocrity for a few years regardless of personnel decisions.

  58. matraque says:

    JM knows how to coach… You don’t like his style.  Thats different.

    JM did an amazing job for the following reason:

    -A shit load of new players that never played together

    -Numerous injuries

    -Safe to say that he will get the team to the playoffs.


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

  59. SlovakHab says:

    I really like the “Knows how to coach” attribute. Could have been useful during this season already. 

  60. Danno says:

    Hey Boone! You changed your punch line for the John Boehner video. Did the GOP threaten to send you to Gitmo?


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

  61. Barts says:

    That would be fantastic wouldn’t it? Unfortunately with the length of Jack Martin’s term, and Guy Guy Guy still on the payroll the reality is that someone is probably going to offer Mr. Boucher a big fat contract before he even gets a chance. So like other departees of the past, he will come back to haunt us. I love being cynical.

  62. MathMan says:

    And given how Martin has been coaching, the sooner the better!

    It seems pretty obvious that the org’s best coach is coaching the farm club.

  63. matraque says:

    Guy Boucher will coach the Habs

    -McGill guy

    -Won in QMJHL

    -Is winning in AHL

    -Speaks french (Very important, like it or not)

    -Knows how to coach


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

  64. Chorske says:

    Scarlett has such a lovely voice.

    Could she by any perfecter?

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