Did the Canadiens ever need that one!

And they got it.

1,053 Comments

  1. kempie says:

    Ty Conklin? Why is he on waivers?

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    Philly turned it around in 1 season? They’ve been 1st, 4th, 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 5th than 15th (and Lotto pick Van Riemsdyk is 7th among forwards in scoring), than 6th, 5th, 7th and this year they’ll be 1st in the East. They’ve missed the playoffs once since the 99-2000 season, superior 1st-round drafting has kept them where they are, Giroux, Richards, Carter plus trading for Hartnell and Leino. That’s the kind of drafting and trading  the Canadiens need to do, pick up the Top-4 Ds and Top-6 Forwards where they should be getting them. If they can flip Leblanc, Tinordi and whoever they take this summer (say Nicklas Jensen) into usable players that’s a major leap forward for the organization and you’ll see an impact.

    Tampa Bay, I’ll believe the true turnaround when I see they’re not the Washington Capitals Lite. They have Hedman, but who’s after Hedman? Oh right, they’ve got a bunch of over-30 defencemen signed and no strong young defencemen, they sent off Meszaros and traded one of their leading D prospects for a rental. Their forwards are built on Stamkos and St. Louis and St. Louis is 36. Brett Connolly their top prospect could be the next Marian Gaborik and I don’t mean that in a complimentary way. They’re tied down to the immovable Lecavalier contract. Their goalie is 41 years old and their goaltending future is very much up in the air.

    Markov + Gorges injuries had nothing to do with a system. Markov’s injuries I still say can be traced back to that freak accident with Price’s skate, that doesn’t happen, he’s at 100% in the playoffs and doesn’t caught for the awkward hit and subsequently, his knee isn’t vulnerable to re-injury when he’s clipped this season. Gorges was playing without his ACL when JM was the coach of Ottawa, sooner or later, that knee was going to give out. The rest of the injuries aren’t that big and are just the nature of playing an 82-game season.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs should grab Conklin, one of the better reliable veteran backups in the NHL, only 300k more than Auld and he’s a UFA next year.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  4. sidhu says:

    Conklin would be good, so would Leclaire.

  5. habs001 says:

    only 6 teams have fewer road points than the habs…even the leafs have the same amount…next three games are must wins and no reason not to win them…carolina played last night and staal out…atlanta has been getting beat by eveyone and florida is out of playoff contention and may be even weaker by the time we play them because of trades for picks and youth… if we are going to have 4th line forwards who provide as little scoring at least they should be able to kill penalties so we dont have to use our top forwards for pk..

  6. Castor says:

    Not True

    One of his wins was at the Bell Center

  7. MikeL says:

    6 foot 6 Ben Bishop had a shutout last night for the Blues. I’m guessing that’s why.

  8. shootdapuck says:

     

    “We don’t mean to be alarmist, but …”

     

    Alex Auld is playing at home!!!

    He hasn’t lasted more than 42 minutes at th Bell Center yet!

    Might as well mail in the two points!

     

     

     

     

     

    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Provided someone doesn’t turn on a room fan in the Habs locker room and the light wind breaks 9 of his bones.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  10. tony d says:

    LOL TOO FUNNY

  11. MICP says:

    Do not panic & do not sound an alarm.  The last game of the year will be for the final playoff spot and the right to be swept by the Flyers.   It would be fitting if the loafs made the playoffs and we did not.

  12. t1tan5 says:

    Count me in on the panic wagon if we lose this game. But I still have faith…for now.

  13. HardHabits says:

    I envison the last game the Habs are in 8th, the Leafs in 9th and the Habs are up by 1 point.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    From Habs Beat man Arpon Basu’s Twitter:

    “Big props to @ for picking up that Sopel has been given Spacek’s stall in room. Spacek’s nameplate has disappeared”

    Spacek out for the season I guess?

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  15. SLYDER says:

    rangers pick up McCabe – who cares?

     

    i hate the guy

  16. OneTimer says:

    OK, so…the Hurricanes. Can anyone think of a more top-heavy team in the league? The team is Staal and Ward. And with the big, eerily pale center out, this should be an easy game right? Right?

    – a Habs fan in NC

  17. Danno says:

    Hey! How’d you get a hold of the script? It’s supposed to be top secret.

     

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

  18. Josh says:

    Oh Habs fans, you never cease to amaze me.

  19. avatar_58 says:

    Hell I’ll do it, I have street hockey pads and my glove is kinda ripped up. Should work better than Aulds though right?

  20. Shiloh says:

    I don’t want to see Weber traded – he is coming along. Sopel might have some gas in the tank. If he’s steady, maybe we could get him for another year at a good price. I love all the players from Thunder Bay, and that includes Alex Auld. But it might make sense to pick up somebody like Conklin as a solid backup – unless, of course, Gauthier pulls off a big trade which leaves us right up against the cap.

  21. OneTimer says:

    c’mon man, Spacek deserves more respect than that. He got beat up twice for his team this year…

  22. Shiloh says:

    Eric is pale, but it’s not so eerie – he’s Dutch. We have a good sized Dutch enclave here in Thunder Bay, many of whom settled in the Kam (Kaministiquia) River Valley to farm and raise dairy cattle. That’s where the Staals’ have a sod farm.

    I have a buddy who worked on a sod farm just south of Winnipeg when he was a teenager. I was laying sod in my backyard a few years back so I phoned him up to ask for some tips. His response? “Green side up.” He’s a Leaf fan – very sad.

  23. Da Hema says:

    A bit on the harsh side, no HH? His best days are certainly behind him, but I’ve never observed him be a passenger on this team–unlike some other players.

  24. OneTimer says:

    Cool story, dog. Was just pokin’ fun at “the best Staal”. Probably my favorite player that I hate.

  25. punkster says:

    Weak. Very lame response man. If you’re joking add a ;). If not then pffft.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  26. xchicksxwithxsticksx says:

    lol i was just about to comment something similar. we need someone to give price a break from nets, not make his workload larger. conklin is a much better choice.

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    You’re about the only person at Habs I/O that is still doubting Weber from what I can read around here. Most people here seem pretty high on our 2nd rookie defencemen.

    Philly then, Boston will screw it up like they always do.

     

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  28. RJB says:

    Spacek works his tail off and seems like a great guy. He doesn’t deserve that kind of talk.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” – Bilbo Baggins

  29. punkster says:

    Bitter, pathetic, loser mentality response. You’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid my friend, the Kool-Aid that has been mixed and served up by the so-called “realists” on this site. Everything is wrong with ownership, management, coaches and players. They brought in the Kool-Aid reference to denigrate those who try to squeeze some enjoyment out of life. They are the losers because they put so much of their lives into seeing the dark side, the conspiracies and the negatives in the world. Don’t go down their path HH. It’s fraught with danger. It’s evil and dark and completely devoid of life.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  30. christophor says:

    Silly. Besides, Habs are left with his cap hit even if he retires. 35+ contract there for you.

  31. smiler2729 says:

    Glasscal Leclaire breaks wind and he’s out, no thanks.

  32. smiler2729 says:

    The Conk hasn’t exactly lit it up in St.Louis (hence waivers!) but he could share all the bitchin’ about Price that Jaro musta spewed all season long…

  33. Timo says:

    Everyone thinks Habs are a lock for playoffs? Really? What’s was the hint – the last game against the leafs?

  34. Timo says:

    Add me to the list of those not sold out on Weber (of course, you are not surprised). What has he got that makes him so good? He will get eaten up by the bigger guys. 

     

     

  35. RetroMikey says:

    You have not seen him play as much as I have in Hamilton where developmen starts there.

    I’ll be surprised if he still is on our roster next season. 

    The guy is too fragile to compete in this big league, this is not the OHL and prone to many defensive lapses when under pressure.

    If Philly then Boston screw up as you say, then what are you saying?  Our mighty Canadiens in the final?

    If we cannot beat weaker teams like Toronto or Edmonton, we are not worthy to be in the playoffs.

    That is, if we make it.

    Not an easy game tonight, we are now sweating as a team.

    We lack consitency on this team and they have not played consistent or dominationg 60 minutes of hockey for a long time.

    Sure we have skill, but Plekanec, Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta are not finishers on this team.

    We need to trade again and get players who are finishers and like to get dirty in front of the net.

     

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

  36. Ian Cobb says:

    We have a nice mix of quality vets and rookies on our roster to carry the day, under the correct coaching staff.

    After J.Martin put this train wrecked team together last year and took us on a very nice run into last years play offs. I have been very slow to be critical of his coaching ability to take this club to the next level. But it is now show time, to give the paying public their monies worth.

    Yes we have been hit hard by the injury bug to key players this year. But we do have a very good farm team to draw replacement players from and we have picked up some more experience for our back end.

    There is no excuse for this talented team to fall on its face this year. It is getting late in the season and it is now time for the coaching staff to get this team playing winning hockey with more consistency than the recent past.!

    Come on Jacques, It is time to show us what your made of. Just ask PK to coach you on how to develop some more enthusiasm and intensity behind the bench.

  37. christophor says:

    Weber’s offensive game has never been questioned. The fact that he’s been sound defensively (i.e. you don’t notice him on the ice) is a very good surprise. If he can become even average in his own end, he can start focusing more on offense again next year and be a pretty good Dman. That Weber’s been able to step in and fill a defensive role is very promising because you know that’s not all that’s there. 

    A similar story for Subban, who was supposed to be terrible in his own end. If he has that down after this year, I think he’ll be due for an offensive explosion.

  38. HardHabits says:

    It just goes to show that nobody over the age of 35 that isn’t named Lidstromm should be signed to a contract in excess of 1 year.

  39. Mark C says:

    Weber is the leader, and one of three Montreal defensemen that are on the ice for more goals scored than allowed at even strength.

    Even if he is too small, he is helping this team more than he is hurting it. Give it up, Weber is a legit NHL defensemen.

     

  40. RetroMikey says:

    This team is a work in progress, a very weak team which has not improved since last season.

    You figure we would explode and be the creme de la creme in the East.

    Yikes, I hat to see this team in years to come.

    But we are on a 10 year plan still with Gauthier at the helm.

    But hey, the Bell Centre sells out every game and sells wads of memorabilia at the Boutique.

    That’s all that matters. 

    Money, money, money!  Who cares for the Stanley Cup!

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

  41. christophor says:

    Under the current rule, yes. But that rule is stupid. The cap hit should only stay if the salary left is a certain percentage lower than the last year played (as to avoid front loaded cases like Kovalchuk and Proger). With Spacek, he’d be leaving the same amount he made this year and so it shouldn’t count. His retirement wouldn’t be against the spirit of the 35+ rule. Boy do those cap rules need a tweak.

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Weber’s fragile? Based on what? He played two years in the OHL without missing significant time to injury. He played at least 65 games in each of his two complete AHL seasons as well. I haven’t seen him shrivel up and cry in the corner during any game of late. He throws hits and takes them. He’s still adjusting to the NHL but nobody is flawless in the NHL when they start off, especially defencemen where their errors are more costly.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  43. keepthefaith says:

    Why dont you two get a room , and go bitch and cry in it together.

  44. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, no sh*t.

  45. punkster says:

    Your ability to forecast doom and gloom is astounding, awe inspiring actually. Come on, do some more.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  46. likehoy says:

    well mostly cause toronto, atlanta, florida, ottawa, NYI are all teams worse than us no matter what way you spin it.

    Buffalo and NJ might cause some disruption…but NYR and Carolina are not much better than us…or even worse for that matter. the only difference is that we can make excuses for markov + gorges and the fact that gomez is a black hole.

    it would be a disaster NOT to make the playoffs.

    – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  47. iwardhabs says:

    Agreed!  Time to make the transition JT alluded to: moving from fear of losing to the drive to win.  THEN we’ll have a team that is a proper custodian of the tradition.

  48. RetroMikey says:

    Injuries have taken his toll while playing for Kitchener and during the playoffs. 

    He was called up as depth to our team due to injuries, that’s all.

    If we were injury free, he still would be on the farm. not a top 6 DMan IMO.

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

  49. RetroMikey says:

    The team is volatile, just like the TSX or Dow Jones stock market,  up  then down, up then down, up then down…….doom and gloom for many years and no fast recovery .

    Happy now punkster?

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

  50. olematelot says:

    give it up, every post you make sounds the same

  51. olematelot says:

    Alex Auld is from Cold Lake AB

  52. Shiloh says:

    Yeah – I meant in terms of re-signing him for the next year or two. Gill was a good signing at a good price – just wondering if Sopel might be the same kind of a pick-up. He has sat in the press box a few games in Hot-lanta. Hope he’s nice and steady back there.

  53. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Looking forward to see SOPEL in there tonight, tough western veteran, exactly what we needed back there, now if we could make our 4th line consisting of MOEN-WHITE-HENRY, then lets take on BOSTON and PHILLY, we would crush them… get our #1 back to KOST-PLECK-CAM and #2 GIO-GOM-PAX and #3 POU-DESH-DARCH… bring it on i say… its our only hope…

    1:The N.A.G.S. (North American Grit Speed) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2: 02/09/11 never forget the masacre 3. ..call up WHITE/SHULTZ/HENRY/PAX now.

  54. Shiloh says:

    Not unless Cold Lake, AB is the name of a street in Thunder Bay – which it isn’t.

    Minor Hockey

    Auld played most of his minor hockey in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario with the Thunder Bay Kings program. He was a minor hockey teammate of future NHLers Taylor Pyatt and Jason Jaspers and their Kings team was runner-up in the All Ontario Bantam AAA championships in 1997 played in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

    I watched him play up here – taught some of the kids in the Kings’ program.

  55. olematelot says:

    Come on man, you’re better than that

  56. olematelot says:

    Born in Cold Lake AB Jan 7 1981

  57. Wops says:

    Cammalleri + Tinordi

    for Voracek + Klesla

  58. TomNickle says:

    Would be the best trade in Blue Jackets history.

  59. P St. Pierre says:

    When will this team acquire a good 2nd line center? And when will it decide that Halpern is not a first line winger and that Alex Auld isn’t a very good backup. Maybe if he had more work he’d be better, but Price plays a lot of games so they need a backup who just picks up from his last start. Obviously Auld feels lots of rust when he’s not playing much. As much as I hate Martin’s style of boring hockey, he has no choice but to play the team that way. They don’t have the horses to run and gun and the defense is too depleted and full of rookies and aging veterans to make offensive hockey work.

    I’m a little frustrated today because I look at Pouliot, Kostitsyn and Gomez and wonder why the heck these guys have jobs? I mean, I’ve had moments where I really enjoyed their play, but overall, they drive me nuts. This team has a decent core of bottom six forwards. They play hard and do a decent job. But the scorers are pretty pathetic, and no disrespect meant to Gauthier or Gainey. They need some size and some grit in their top six ranks. Plekanec is a small player, but he works hard every night. He’s fine. And Gionta and Cammallari do their best. I have no problem with them. But those guys need some support. An RJ Umberger would be spectacular in a Canadiens uniform. This team hasn’t had a power forward since John Leclair and I’m sorry but they haven’t won a Cup since then either.

    When will they get another one?

  60. P St. Pierre says:

    Hey I have nothing wrong with smaller players, they are generally more exciting to watch. But this team needs some bigger guys to go to the net and score…guys like Franzen make things happen for their smaller linemates. I hope Pacioretty can be that player, but in the mean time, wouldn’t it be nice to have a center who could do that instead of Gomez? He’s like a void. He skates fast and does cool things with the puck, but there isn’t much production. Even if he was making 4 mil instead of 8 I’d be harping on him. Kostitsyn has all the tools in the world to be productive, but he never is. They need to jettison these guys and get some players with work ethic. I’m sorry, just frustrated.

  61. jimhasbeen says:

    so size is always the excuse right?—alex goligoski is 5’11”, 180 lbs.

    he seems to be doing alright for himself, (size of the fight in the dog)

     

  62. smiler2729 says:

    *toke! toke!

  63. ZepFan2 says:

    pass…

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  64. TripleX says:

    No worries guys the odds makers have spoken and the Habs are pretty much a lock to make the playoffs at 80%.

    The Leafs?  Around 6%.

     

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    And Subban was an overhyped junior star in your opinion sir.

    I wait to see what the kids can do in a year or two, not based on their first 30 games in the NHL.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  66. smiler2729 says:

    Yannick Weber 5’10” 195 lbs.
    P.K. Subban 6’0″ 205 lbs.
    Kris Letang 6’0″ 200 lbs.
    Bobby Orr 5’11” 200 lbs.
    …just to name a few!

    2 inches, 5 lbs. difference

  67. Shiloh says:

    but he’s from Thunder Bay

  68. Miltie01 says:

    Just a response to your first question…..we do have a good 2nd line center, his name is PLEKS !!!

    One of our problems is we have two 2nd liners, one is having a bad season, but we have two.

    What we need is a 1st line center…………

  69. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Scott Howson, is that you?

  70. christophurrr says:

    did you watch the hawks in the playoffs at all last year? Sopel was playing on their second pairing with hjarmalsson, and i think playing pretty big minutes (i read somewhere around 20/game)

  71. Hali_Hab says:

    The more i watch JM the more i understand why he has never won….. his line up selections are highly suspect and lets see if he has changed the lines AGAIN tonight… and see how long it takes before he shortens his bench  and pretty much eleminate the third and fourth lines from the game..  If we get behind it will happen sooner because he panics .. its pathetic.

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  72. RetroMikey says:

    http://www.lifeofahockeywidow.typepad.com/life-of-a-hockey-widow

    The trials and tribulations of having Bent Sopel’s wife writing a blog.  Poor guy.  I think she’s his agent.

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

  73. P St. Pierre says:

    You’re right…Pleks is miscast as a first liner.

  74. andrewberkshire says:

    Do people really find it that hard to understand? I was born in Ile a la Crosse but I’m FROM Moose Jaw.

  75. Chorske says:

    Why “poor guy”? She sounds like a hoot. The blog is an interesting read.


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