HIO live-blog MIA


Personal business (my daughter’s birthday, if you must know) precludes attendance at the Bruins-Canadiens rematch at the Bell Centre Monday night.
I’ll be there in spirit … and will catch up with the Comments, which I trust will be numerous, after the game.

Subject for discussion: Where the heck is P.K.?

Looking over the rookie-studded roster, I’m not to worried about missing a classic.

Price – Lawson

Diaz – Spacek – Tinordi
Gorges – Woywitka – St.Denis

Cammalleri – Gallagher – Bournival – Berger
Dumont – Plekanec – Lefebvre – Willsie
Gionta – Trotter – Blunden – DeSimone


  1. Gerry H says:

    With options like Yemelin and Diaz available, the unavailability of Markov for even a month or two was no big whoop. They could have iced a perfectly serviceable Subban/Gill, Spacek/Gorges, Weber/Yemelin rear end and muddled through the first 15-20 games. This signing only makes sense if they think PK is out for a significant period.

    • The Big One says:

      I have to agree with you. I really questioned this signing once first announced. Going into camp, I thought that Yemelin and Weber would play alot better, and round out the D group, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Depth at D is never a bad thing. And once Markov gets back, we can be sure that there will be more injuries on the back end to follow.

  2. el heffe says:

    Obviously Diaz and Yemelin haven’t impressed PG too much because he just signed Chris Campoli to a one year contract

    Charge it to the Underhill’s.

  3. HardHabits says:

    Now for HH’s Timo impersonation:

    It’s OK. The live blog will be mirroring the Habs play on the ice. Missing in action.

  4. Stev.R says:

    Man why is everyone freaking out. A couple months ago when Gorges was thought to be going to arbitration, everyone was talking about how Gorges would get slightly less than what Campoli gets at arbitration. Neither went to arbitration so we can’t tell what each deserved. But iif Campoli signed for .75m less than Gorges, thats a steal. Solid NHLer for our back end. It’s like we have two Gorges now, how is that a bad thing?

  5. caladin says:

    Campoli is not someone you hire to replace Markov or Subban. To me this means PG is unhappy with someone lower down the chart, maybe Woywitka?

  6. Chrisadiens says:

    Panic scale to 7

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

  7. caladin says:

    Campoli is not

  8. mrhabby says:

    so much worry on here..gotta laugh.
    good for campoli getting some coin. solid, depth player every team needs depth.
    seems to me the habs were weak on the back end even if Markov was healthy.

  9. Timo says:

    Habs should seriously look at their physical training and training staff. Half way into pre-season we already have a pile of injuries.

  10. Chris79 says:

    I think this Signing is good.. as far as the Forwards concern.

  11. CanadienBoy says:

    So Pou Pouliot taking shots at the Habs at CKAC poor guys i guess he feel protected by his news bodys

  12. J_P says:

    when did subban get injured?

    Theres a couple of people suggesting we acquired campoli in case subbans injury is worse than anticipated. Seeing as I dont watch pre-season, I didnt even know he got injured.

  13. Eric37 says:

    Habs sign Campoli.

    How bad is Markov?

    How unimpressive is Yemelin and Weber?


  14. Gerry H says:

    OK, so how bad is Subban’s back?

  15. TheDagger says:

    How can this be…. there was no mention of this Campoli thing whatsoever from Eklund. It was an E-nothing. How did this one sneak through the cracks…

  16. C_exacte says:

    OMFG, is TSN’s moderator Pierre McGuire??? god forbid you try and troll leaf and bruins fans after 25 pages of habs trolling, just let 1 pro habs post through please!! guess i should stop arguing with idiots, but it’s so fun!

  17. kempie says:

    So, after thinking for a few minutes about this signing, I’ve come to the preliminary conclusion that this can’t be good news.

  18. Kooch7800 says:

    Steve Begin and Owen Nolan are cut from the Nucks.

    I guess Begin is done.

  19. Cardiac says:

    Apparently Campoli was asking the Hawks for $3 mil a year… is it a steal at half the price?

    I’d say yes if he still had that model girlfriend of his… It’s times like this I wished he had held onto Valeri Bure just a little bit longer…

    “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
    – Jerry Maguire

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Heard on the radio that Chicago was trying to resign him, just asked to much as you report. I seem to recall watching him being a pretty good skater and is good on powerplay. Have seen that he is now 200lbs not the 190 being reported for years online.

      • Cardiac says:

        Thing is, at 1.75 he is still getting too much… imo.

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        – Jerry Maguire

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Agree. Having said that if they signed him for 1.25 would that extra 500K saved actually be used during the year. Is this a premium you pay to make him sign your offer immediately and stop waiting for other contract offers? This is the time of year different teams start to panic when injuries start showing up.

    • Considering he’s coming off a terrible year and he’s getting an undeserved raise, no, it’s not a steal.


      • kitbeyer says:

        So maybe the guy’s not ideal. PG sees some immediate need so he grabbed this guy off the market. Best case: he fills the need that PG sees and makes this a better team. Worst case: he stinks, we send him down to the minors, he is either claimed off waivers or Molson bros. eat his salary but it is removed from the cap hit (correct me if I’m wrong on that).

        I am encouraged that PG is shrewd enough with his money that he is able to spend what is needed to get what he sees as the best available player on the market to fill his perceived need and improve the team.

        My only concern is why PG sees a need to pick this guy up. I hope it’s a case of wanting to give some of the new guys a chance to develop either in Hamilton or in junior and not, as has been mentioned, that this may signify a long-term injury to either Markov or Subban. Yikes.

  20. savethepuck says:

    I had a busy weekend and wasn’t able to come on here, so I was curious to see whart everyone thought about the losses Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Read all comments from both threads today and it’s pretty much what I expected. 50% on here are doom and gloom and think the Habs are having a terrible pre-season, and 50% don’t care because they know it’s only pre-season. I think I’ll wait until I see the “Habs” actually play a preseason game before I pass any judgement on this years team. Let’s drop the # in camp from the 55 or 60 that’s there now, down to at least under 30 before we starting evaluating “team” success ( i.e. final scores).
    A lot of concerns about all the preseason injuries like it’s a continuing trend for this franchise:
    MaxP has the flu: I’m glad it’s in September and not between October and June.
    Team has too many injuries this early: I think they still have players rehabbing from surgeries and a few guys with minor ailments that the organization wouldn’t be stupid enough to risk further injury to a player that’s going to have a roster spot by putting him in a meaningless preseason game.
    Price and Budaj have terrible GAA’s: Being a former goaltender I understand the importance of focus in a game situation and it’s a lot easier to be focused if the game actually means something.
    If you want to get crazy about what’s happenning in pre-season thus far, look at some positives:
    Gomez and PK are on pace for 82 goals each, MaxP, Cammy and Cole are on pace for 55.

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

  21. C_exacte says:

    always a good laugh on TSN, half an hour after Mackenzie tweets the news in comes Lebrun with the exact same news!! those hockey insiders have a real pulse on the game

  22. GenerationYHabs says:

    Anyone else think that 1.75 mil a season is a little steep for a D that has only ever played one full season his entire carreer?

  23. j2w4habs25 says:

    Winnipeg and Sens are on Cbc right now

    Carey Price #31

  24. kempie says:

    Habs sign Campoli to a 1 year deal @1.75!!!!!!

  25. rogieshan says:

    I guess they were really serious about starting the season with Beaulieu until the last two nights.

  26. HABSIN09 says:

    Um, not one to usually panic, but the last time we signed a D out of nowhere, it was Paul Mara, then Gorges was shutdown the next day. I hope this Campoli move isn’t before some really bad news about P.K. or Markov.

  27. HABSIN09 says:

    I am not one usually to panic, but, doesn’t look good for Markov, haven’t heard about Subban, now we sign another puck mover? The last time we signed a D like this, it was Paul Mara, and then Gorges was shut down…Just sayin’

  28. Say Ash says:

    Welcome, Chris Campoli! Here’s a highlight reel:


    • HabinBurlington says:

      Always thought Reinprecht was a nice player. Not big, but a good two way player. Hard to believe how far Cheechoo has fallen.

      • Cardiac says:

        I hope he sticks up for Joe Thorton the next time someone says he’s over-rated.

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        – Jerry Maguire

    • Cardiac says:

      Justin Pogge… oh my how the mighty have fallen… I remember when he was named tournament MVP in the WJC.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

      • savethepuck says:

        I remember that too, but the poor kid was a Leafs prospect at the same time as Rask. 2 of the best goaltenders at that year’s Worlds and look at the Leafs now.

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

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Worst part for the leafs was when they picked Pogge to be the future and got rid of Raask. Of course part of the mandated Leafs must help Bruins win program which has been in place for years now.

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    Never mind, already posted.

  30. JohnnyBEast says:

    we just signed Chris Campoli, 1.75 for a year, Bob McKenzie


  31. C_exacte says:

    I wish RDS had descriptive video, especially for L’Antichambre & mario tremblay, “former coach responsible for st. patrick’s day massacre disagrees with optimism, begins flailing hands like that of a tube man at used car lot”

  32. Mats26 says:

    Don’t understand why Trotter would be one of the earlier cuts. Especially since it looks like White, Moen, and Eller might be MIA in Toronto.

    Might bode well for Dumont. I think I’m liking him more than Envquist. Is Dumont a righty?

  33. Chris1138 says:

    Just testing out the new signature…

    –| Brad Marchand | Starley Cup Chanpiar 2011 |–

  34. HabFab says:

    The Bruins roster for tonight;

    Boston Bruins
    MONTREAL — The players that will skate for the B’s in the Monday night game in Montreal are as follows. Please note the roster is subject to change.

    Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Chris Clark, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Rich Peverley, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton

    Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Colby Cohen, Andrew Ference, Steven Kampfer, Dennis Seidenberg

    Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask

  35. JohnnyBEast says:

    Trotter placed on waivers, on his way to Hamilton – Renaud P Lavoie

  36. j2w4habs25 says:

    its only pre season – just have fun 😛

    Carey Price #31

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    Have a good time at the Birthday Party Mike, I hope this isn’t the clown you hired.


  38. geo_habsgo says:

    Can I have your ticket, Boone? (Worth a shot isn’t it?)

  39. PrimeTime says:

    We’ll never make the pre-season playoffs with this lineup!!

  40. O-ZoneVertigo says:

    Is Thomas playing tonight?

  41. HABZ24 says:

    right on family before anything.kool. were trying out a bunch of rookies, so these scores ae no idication of bugger all. but boooodye looks useles didnt he.7 goals wow thatll hurt his avg.


  42. DEANDALLEY says:

    The team should consist of our full line up NOW! It will give them 3-4 games to get lines together & such.

    Don’t want to take a half dozen reg games for this team to be tweeked! That would be wasted points

    It is all for nothing if we don’t win the Stanley Cup!

  43. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Well I’m still hoping the Habs at least win 50% of the exhibition games, has anyone seen how many posters are bashing at TSN Your Call posts? So many people can’t wait to see our boys fail and in pre-season games. Its funny.

    I’m not too sure Woywitka is a better d-men to start the regular season as a possible 7th or 8th d-men for the big club. He seems like bigger version of MAB.

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  44. JIMVINNY says:

    3 regular forwards, 2 regular d, and our starting goalie. Using blunden and lawson to get to the 8 veterans required for preseason play is kind of sketchy.

    • HabFab says:

      Actually believe Willsie and Woywitka are the ringers here. Not sure if Blunden or Lawson pass the criteria. It would have to be 100 NHL games for Blunden and 30 for Lawson.

  45. habitantpeasoup says:

    Is this game on RDS as well???


  46. PrimeTime says:

    Hmmm. I wonder who I should put more faith into…the organizations experience and planning management of all their players or the “satisfy me now” and “send a message” desires of fans??? Such a quandary 🙁

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    Lawson, Inc. (株式会社ローソン Kabushiki Kaisha Rōson, TYO: 2651) is a convenience store franchise chain in Japan. The store originated in the U.S. State of Ohio, but today exists as a Japanese company and is the second largest convenience store chain in the country.[1]

    In 1939,[3] a dairy owner named J.J. Lawson started a store at his Broad Street dairy plant in Cuyahoga Falls, near Akron, Ohio, to sell his milk. The Lawson’s Milk Company grew to a chain of stores, primarily in Ohio.[3]

    Lawson’s stores in the United States were sold to Dairy Mart,[3] a smaller chain of convenience stores located in Enfield, Connecticut.

    In 2002, Alimentation Couche-Tard of Laval, Quebec bought the assets and name of Dairy Mart. Most of the former Dairy Mart stores — many of which were either originally Lawson’s stores, or were located in communities in which Lawson’s once had a presence — were converted to the Circle K brand. Due to popular response from consumers in Ohio and elsewhere, however, Alimentation Couche-Tard announced that Lawson’s Chip Dip would continue to be sold “no matter what the name of the store”, as was reported in the Akron Beacon-Journal.[8]

  48. shiram says:

    What’s with the lines being displayed vertically?

    Gorges – Diaz
    Woywitka – Spacek
    St-Denis – Tinordi

    Price / Lawson

    If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

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