Liveblog: Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades

Budaj

Canadiens never quit.
Give them that.
With a shortened bench, playing their second game in two nights, they made a third-period game of it.

But the D was dreadful.

711 Comments

  1. ffenliv says:

    Based on the way penalty shots have been called since the lockout, I absolutely cannot believe Cole didn’t get one there.

    Based on the way the Habs have done in shootouts, I’m glad he didn’t.

    • Danno says:

      I think the odds of scoring on a penalty shot are better than the Habs power play of late

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

  2. Danno says:

    Shouldn’t that be a penalty shot?

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

  3. JasonM says:

    Why isn’t that not a penalty shot?

  4. JIMVINNY says:

    Can’t believe Cole missed that. Right through Nabokov, but misses the net?

  5. J Haul says:

    Can find multiple links to pretty much every game here:

    http://www.firstrowsports.tv/sport/ice-hockey.html

  6. HardHabits says:

    Minus the stick handling, Budaj’s play is similar to Price’s.

  7. ffenliv says:

    What we saw right there from Gomez is, I think, the best we can hope for: makes a nice play to get the puck then passes it right to an Islander, without a Hab anywhere near. A total wash.

    I’d suggest that he created the stupid turnover that required him to get it back, but he is generally good at carrying the zone, so I think I can forgive him the turnover there.

    So, at best: he brings nothing, at worst: dragging the team down with him.

  8. cuzzie says:

    C’mon boys, very sloppy.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  9. VancouverHab says:

    Our Mr. Boone has a serious man-crush on Deharnais.

    Their love child won’t be pretty (or tall…)

  10. JIMVINNY says:

    How many breakaways are we planning on giving up this game?

  11. JIMVINNY says:

    Apparently, Rolston still has a shot in that old body of his.

  12. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://chanfeed.com/10644/watch-montreal-vs-ny-islanders-2

    …for anyOne outside Canada looking for a stream
    …I believe this is a New York station’s broadcast

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

  13. HardHabits says:

    Good back checking by Gomez in support of Emelin.

  14. badbalance says:

    Soccertvlive.net is what I used for every sport, although most of the time the habs feeds are not that good

  15. Propwash says:

    Lotta people dressed as empty seats….

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  16. doogie says:

    Gomer’s getting on the sheet tonight, I can feel it!

  17. JIMVINNY says:

    Great hustle by pleks.

  18. HardHabits says:

    Reasoner felt a little tug on his back and threw himself head first into the boards to draw a penalty.

  19. JIMVINNY says:

    Call the boarding, but not the roughing that happened 5 seconds earlier.

  20. cuzzie says:

    Wow! Lots of empty seats. So much for the basketball effect.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  21. JIMVINNY says:

    That rink sounds like that of a junior league.

  22. Danno says:

    Nassau Colliseum

    Home of Dial-a-Bug

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

  23. JasonM says:

    So, how much would a Jeff Carter be worth?

  24. db says:

    If you ever have problems trying to find a feed, go to justin.tv and search for ‘exnordic’

    His channels get canceled every once and a while but he always comes back with a solid feed under a new name. Exnordic will always hook you up. It’s RDS and the chat is generally in French.

    THe recent channel: http://justin.tv/mexou

    Please don’t post it anywhere but HIO.

  25. MICP says:

    A link for those of us in the united states please.

  26. badbalance says:

    I like how Cole is enjoyin himself out there, always smiling… Looks like a great character guy to be around in the dressing room, brings good energy…. Just a good role model for the young players..

  27. JIMVINNY says:

    This’ll be the first time Cammy is going to play against Niedereiter since getting suspended for slashing him. Wonder if anything will come of that.

  28. icemachine says:

    Here’s hope Skillsy gets better soon!

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  29. Ian Cobb says:

    Here we go !

  30. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/ontsn/
    …a TSN feature named Studs & Duds with someone named Jason Botchford, complaining it took so long for Montreal Police to determine there was no case against Zdeno Chara
    …in My opinion, someOne in Montreal’s police force just concluded what We all have, that the NHL will not sufficiently police itself, and dragged this out simply for the satisfaction that Chara AT LEAST paid something for what he did with Patches almost 10 months ago
    …so, for Me, …PROPS to the Montreal Police ! …Go Habs Go !!!

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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  31. Rad says:

    Link to the game anyone? The Exou09 link on Justin.tv has been closed.

  32. HabFanSince72 says:

    I seem to be the only one who thinks this but I don’t think Emelin has been playing particularly well.

    Yes he hits, but often takes himself out of the play Komi-style. He did it yesterday: stepped up to deliver a hit that led to a scoring chance for the Canes.

    He does not typically make a good first pass on exiting his zone.

    He is not poised in his own end.

    He has great potential, and should play for that reason, but right now he is not very good.

  33. SmartDog says:

    Great post.
    +1

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  34. Ian Cobb says:

    Looking forward to this game. We have the horses to get the job done tonight. Every minuet the kids play they relies that they can compete at this level and the confidence and their play sores.!

    Enjoy it, and see some of you tomorrow night at the Summit.

  35. twocents says:

    This is the best team the franchise has iced since the ’93 team got busted up.

    I said it before the season started and I still believe it.

    They have also proven that Martin hasn’t lost them, and as far coaches go, that’s what matters the most. I’m not a huge fan of his demeanor and I get frustrated with certain decisions, but if the players are still motivated, their talent will carry the day.

    Gauthier has some tough decisions coming up as players get healthy. The kids will be forcing his hand, especially on D.

    Exciting stuff.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Absolutely it is the best team since 93 Eric, that is why I have been so upset with the coaching. But what do I know?

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Not defending PG or JM (and still think we need a tough guy) all the f&%king injuries have hurt us the last 2 years. I also think the team when healthy can challange for the cup. Biggest worry (which I have posted numerous times) how long AM lasts when he returns.
        Now, time to go home and actually get to watch the game on MSG.

        Mr. Biter

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      The 2007-2008 team was much better. Remember we finished first in the conference that year and led the league in scoring.

      This team will not finish first in the conference.

      This team will not finish in the top 5.

      Our D remains very weak though I agree the youngsters have potential.

      We do not have a real number one line.

      We do not have a real powerplay.

      So no – not better than 2007-2008.

      • twocents says:

        I disagree.

        And, I am not confusing achievement with ability.

        In the big picture, where did that 1st place finish get us?

        The team got further when it counted, two years ago.

        This team is better than both those teams.

        • HardHabits says:

          The team two years ago went far 90% because of Halak. The other 10% was Cammy.

          The team that won the division lost because of Price’s poutine eating.

          • twocents says:

            Whatever, I only mention that cause ’72 was talking achievement.
            I think the latter’s achievement is more important regardless of the reasons for it. Though I don’t agree with the over-simplified version you prefer.

            My points is an evaluative one, achievement has too many variables to predict.

            This team is better constructed than the ’08 team in my opinion, better coached too.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        It was better for awhile for sure, but remember that was a year when they also did really well in the injury dept. Since then, it’s always been really bad, so it’s hard to compare.

  36. Danno says:

    At what point in time will they stop calling Yannick Weber “Le Jeune Weber” on RDS?

    And will they eventually start calling him “Le Weber d’age moyen” and, with the passing of time, “Le vieux Weber”?

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

    • ooder says:

      haha man i was just talking about that with my friends..
      it would be awesome if he is around 35 and still referred to as
      ” Le Jeune Vebber”
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  37. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Can Brian Rolston still play hockey?

    “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
    - Sean Bonjovi

  38. DearyLeary says:

    No, Habs management looks good to potential free agents. They’re sticking with a player who’s overpaid. It makes them look honest and it’s easier to deal with them without fearing being sent down/bought out if their numbers drop (however drastically).

    Yeah, Martin must be going crazy that a player is playing well. It’s infuriating to win games with a depleted defence core. Is that how your pot-addled brain works?

    DD is being hidden between two trees. Pacioretty and Cole could make any center in the league look good. If you’re going to be that size in the NHL you need blinding speed (St. Louis, Gionta, Gerbe), DD is too slow to be an every day second line type centerman. He loses puck battle after puck battle, he gives the puck away just like Gomez does. He is still sickeningly horrible in his own end. He’s a stopgap right now, but if he’s going to be a #2 center, this team is boned.

    Try Eller with wingers who can actually score (oh wait Eller’s line + Gomez actually scored last night). When Andrei comes back I’d love to see one of the two big men on his wing to see how it compares to Desharnais.

  39. Anybody catch the latest documentary on castle grayskull? Amazing stuff how at one point, mankind could turn their common, fearfull cats into beasts of war…

  40. Psycho29 says:

    I heard an ad for this on TSN990 yesterday:

    THE TICKET VAULT:
    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=74638

    The tickets available on this site are posted by the Montreal Canadiens season ticket holders. They can be priced equal or above the Bell Centre box office prices.

    Have any of you tried this service out? Just curious…

  41. twilighthours says:

    Bugs,

    Magnetically levitated blocks for the pyramids? Come on…

    But I like how devoted you are to alternative theories.

    • Danno says:

      Don’t laugh.

      The Toronto Maple Leafs once experimented with Pyramid Power.

      Okay. You can laugh now.

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

    • Bugs says:

      Can’t be moved any other way.
      The pyramids were designed to conduct electricity, they sit across intersecting ley lines (sweeping magnetic fields), as do all the other pyramids and megalithic monuments, and as once did the Coral Castle (before it was moved). Think that’s a coincidence?
      Electromagnetic levitation EXISTS. We invented the Mag-Lev train in the 60s or 70s. Japan is building one as we speak. The Yanks have them servicing their underground tunnels. The technology exists despite it not being widespread…for fear of too much human freedom, one would surmise, but it exists. No doubt about that.
      Only thing left to contemplate is the evidence that shows multi-ton blocks moved 12000 years ago couldn’t've been achieved any other way.
      What do we do with this evidence?

      Back from the Brink’s boasts L. B. Potter, esq.

  42. Marc10 says:

    Wow. I thought Shanny would be man enough to stand up to the idiots. Looks like the idiots won. 3 games for Stewart… That’s lenient.

    I’m with Kerry Fraser on this one. Don’t wait for someone to die, throw the book at them now.

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    If last night’s team shows up tonight – especially Gorges, Emelin and Subbidoo, we’re in business. I expect a lot of goals if the boys skate like they did yesterday. Go Habs!

  43. Bugs says:

    Anyone see the latest documentaries on the Great Pyramids? Human history to be rewritten. Galvanizing.
    It’s an alternate electricity power station. Free energy for all.
    In sync with MULTIPLE megalithic sites around the world using the formulas of pi, Pythagoras’s Theorem (before it was his, obviously) and of the golden number. 2.3 million 2-ton interconnecting, electricity-conducting, different shaped blocks aligned in mathematical perfection. 10500 BC. Before the flood. Could still be made to work today.
    Nicola Tesla based himself on the exact same principles when he erected his alternate electricity tower in 1910 (or whenever).
    And the cat who singlehandedly built Coral Castle sculpted and moved his multi-ton blocks the same way, electromagnetic levitation.
    The blocks in front of the Sphinx (which initially had a lion’s head, and where water-erosion clearly indicates the date in which it stood) each weigh 20 tons. Stacked on top of each other, 4, 5 high. We’d need multiple cranes working in tandem to move them today.
    One statue in Egypt that fell over weighs 1000 tons. It’s a single block of granite. They built the museum around it cuz it couldn’t be budged. Some stones used can only be scratched with diamond-tipped power-tools, let alone drilled through by hand.
    Yet, we are still told men 500 years out of caves built them with copper and stone chisels, ropes, logs, and elbow grease…in 20 years…meaning one block chiseled, quarried, and placed every 2 minutes, working 12-hour days 7 days a week.
    Fascinating stuff. Wonderful, really. I highly recommend viewing.

    Back from the Brink’s boasts L. B. Potter, esq.

  44. Bill says:

    This is a request for everyone posting here to STOP referring to Randy Cunneyworth as “Cunny” … please. I can’t giggle and post at the same time.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  45. Ian Cobb says:

    A few things added below, read and do not miss out!

    SEE EVERYONE AT HURLEY”S TOMORROW EVENING!
    130 of us so far, from all over North America this year.
    5TH ANNUAL 2011 HIO HAB FAN SUMMIT NOV. 18,19.

    We will all meet and greet at 1225 Crescent St. Hurley’s pub Friday eve. Some of us will be having supper there, and name tags will be given out by Shane from Manitoba, by way of PEI, as we watch the Hamilton Bull Dogs on big screen.
    Everyone is welcome to join us. Ware your team colors! and enjoy the evening, before staggering back to the hotel.

    Saturday morning, breakfast is at 1240 Drummond St., Chez Cora’s at 8 or 8:30am. Mike Boone and other guests will be joining us. You can order a la cart and everyone gets 15% discount off your bill. Anyone is welcome.

    We then walk over to the Bell Center early for the Hall of Fame Tour for 10:30am and the Bell Center Tour is at 11:30am. You need to purchase a $5:50 ticket for the Bell Center tour.

    1pm there will be a Media and HIO Fan professional presentation put on by former concussed hockey players. Kerry Goulet, Keith Primeau and other players who are involved in educating the effects of concussion, depression and neurology rehabilitation. Also a newly invented light device will be introduced there, that is secured to a players helmet to help determine if a player has been concussed.
    (location is the Novotel hotel, just up the street)

    3pm the Children’s Foundation Charity raffle and pre game dinner at 1050 Mountain St. the Baton Rouge restaurant. bring one item each to donate if possible please, so everyone will win a gift to go home with. There will be thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

    Rejean Houle will join us at the dinner with a Canadiens team signed stick for the raffle.

    Keith Premeau will be donating a package.

    There will be a Cary Price game sweater for the raffle, a OHL Belleville Bulls game sweater and a Bulls team signed stick, a black and white framed picture of Toe Blake, Doug Harvy and Dicky Moore.

    After dinner we walk across the street to the Hab’s and Ranger’s game. Go Hab’s Go.!

    The 2nd floor of Hurley’s pub is reserved for us again, to celebrate the win and meet up with a few surprise guests. Anyone may join us, just identify yourself as a HIO member.

    Please be generous with your charity raffle gift donations and your purchase of raffle tickets. 1 ticket cost $20 or 3 for $40. You can buy your tickets Friday night at Hurley’s or at the Baton Rouge. It is a wonderful way for the HIO community to give back to less fortunate kids.

    Enjoy your weekend, talking hockey and meeting your fantastic HIO family.

    See ya there.
    Ian Cobb
    HIO Fan Summit Organizer (613-968-9807) if you need anything.

    PS. I drink single malt!!

  46. So for those asking how sick Hal Gill is, RDS just reported that he’s in the hospital.

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  47. HabinBurlington says:

    I agree with HF72 below where he suggests there may be a buyout period after this current CBA expires. Many teams have contracts they want to dump and this seems to be their get out of Jail free card.

    I think we will see Gomez bought out then. At this point with our injuries we need him anyhow, and perhaps he finds a last gasp for the playoffs.

    I really believed he would turnaround somewhat this year, I don’t know how serious this injury he had was, but I am nearing the end of my optimism as it relates to Gomez.

  48. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …RDS just announced option to receive video replay of Habs’ goals with it’s Push notices on it’s mobile app, if any of You are interested …just go to RDS’s web-site or Your app store and opt-in

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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  49. HabinBurlington says:

    Heading out tomorrow morning for the Summit, should be arriving in Montreal 330ish. All you living there please forewarn the city, chill the beer and look forward to meeting many people from this Zoo.

  50. HabFanSince72 says:

    Colorado slipping down the standings slowly but surely. Varlamov has a 3.30 GAA and .89 save %.

    Caps have their first round pick.

  51. Danno says:

    That kid who is cheering after the rare footage of a Gomez goal is the same one they feature on the RDS commercial. You know the one where they say they will be broadcasting 82 Canadiens games and X amount of Sens games.

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

  52. likehoy says:

    watching the video made me think of two things
    1) that’s the one goal everyone remembers Gomez scored last year
    2) I’m glad we no longer have Alexandre Picard. man did he suck.

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  53. Danno says:

    Win this one for Eddy boys.

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

  54. Bill says:

    Still no Gill? How sick is this guy?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  55. ok, So I have shopped all day, and only bought a belt and 40 bucks on a hair cut. What now, pre game nap?

    It’s ike being in another country here. As I said when I landed, I freakin Love this City!

    Looking for a place to hang tonight. le Cage at the Bell?

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  56. habfanacrossthed says:

    Think the habs have a chance at getting a Kyle Okposo or a Derek Brassard? KO has been a healthy scratch although recently was signed an extension. DB has been scratched as well. Personally i would like RJ Umberger.

    GHOD – Go Habs Or Die

    • Vladdy Mondavi says:

      I’d like Umberger, too. But I don’t think he’ll be leaving CBJ.

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    • G-Man says:

      Wysiwyg.
      No way the Islanders give up on a young one like Okposo. Blue Jackets might give up on a 24 year old center that’s already scored 47 points, but he wouldn’t really improve the Habs, would he?

    • J_P says:

      Brassard cant cut with an all-world player like rick nash, so I dont see how he would bring anything to the habs. Let ottawa get him, they seem to love taking columbus’ trash.

      • habfanacrossthed says:

        I could see him doing well in a Habs jersey, untapped potential there. Maybe Engqvist, Dietz for Brassard.
        Cammy Pleks Gio
        Max Pac DD Cole
        Brassard Gomez Eller
        Moen Noka Pally/Darche

        GHOD – Go Habs Or Die

  57. habfanacrossthed says:

    dp

  58. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I’m starting to think ex-hairdresser/referee Kerry Fraser would make a more credible VP Operations & Player Protection than Brendan Shanahan http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=380677

    …to Me, Shanny is losing credibility to handle this important NHL portfolio quickly after a promising start

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

    • J_P says:

      I am inclined to agree, but any single person can be pulled in many different directions. Besides, Colin Campbell is still VP of hockey operations, so the conflict of interest will always exist, theyre just using a different front man.

      At the end of the day, supplimentary discipline should be handled by a panel in my opinion. The nhl would never do it because bettman is too much of a control freak, but I think the IIHF should have a supplimentary discipline panel for all top-level pro leagues worldwide.

    • slychard says:

      I can’t get past the hockey mom link. What a babe.

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

  59. SPATS says:

    Anybody else notice Gomers nonchalance with the fistbumps along the bench during the aftergoal celebration last night? His first assist in a while, then he celebrates by bumping the first half of the bench then waving off the rest with a “meh” look on his face.

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

    • SmartDog says:

      I wouldn’t make much of it…. to me it’s more evidence that Gomez, who by all accounts is a decent guy, is just dancing to his own beat.
      I think that’s part of the problem with him, he zigs when everyone else is zagging… but I think his nature is to be like that, goof around whatever. No more than that.

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  60. Hobie Hansen says:

    It was nice to see the Gomez saga reach new heights last night on TSN. It’s only a matter of time before he’s sent down to Hamilton now and they use his cap space before the deadline, I think?

    Then buy him out over the summer.

    I think?

    • slychard says:

      They can’t buy him out, it’s a terrible option that leaves it’s ugly mark on the cap for years. The Habs are on their last year of BGL’s buy out just now. They either trade him or bury him in the AHL. The Molson’s can afford it.

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

      • Da Hema says:

        The virtue of that proposal too is that Gomez might consider retirement if sent to the AHL. After all, he barely gives a sh*t about playing in the NHL.

        • slychard says:

          I wouldn’t give up 10 million for pride, would you? Souray played in AHL when things went south for him in Edmonton, now look at him. Surely Gomez can do the same.

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

          • Da Hema says:

            For pride? Probably not. But I might be concerned that a bunch of hungry young AHL players might want to put notches on their sticks by smacking me around for the four years I would need to play to keep the money. Surely that might give some pause to Gomez were he demoted.

          • slychard says:

            He has 2 years left, not 4
            Not counting this year I might add so 3 years if demoted this season.

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

    • Sharks9 says:

      Why would you want them to buy him out? Then we deal with his cap hit for 4 years.

      25 before 14

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I thin it’s half of his cap hit, then we use the other half for a $ 3.5 mill player.

        I Dunno, that’s what they suggested on TSN. They’re the experts, not me.

        • slychard says:

          There are no experts at TSN.

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

        • J_P says:

          Bob Mckenzie was the one who said to demote him, and frankly I think he has a better understanding of the cap than crawford or ward. Crawford is a coach and ward is a player.

          Scott Gomez buyout from CapGeek.com

          2012-13: $3,523,810
          2013-14: $4,523,810
          2014-15: $1,666,667
          2015-16: $1,666,667

          The habs only owe him $10 million in real dollars (vs $14.6 million in total cap hit) for the remaining two years. I say it makes more sense to just demote him to the minors, and keep the full $7.3 million of cap space for the next two seasons. With Carey and PK due what are certain to be very lucrative extensions, we could use that kind of extra cap space. From a real dollar savings point of view, it makes more sense to buy him out, but Molson has lots of money, and makes lots of money from the habs, so he should suck it up, pay gomez the full remainder of his contract to play in the minors and be done with it.

        • coolozza says:

          CapGeek gives a pretty dumbed-down explanation of the buyout in their FAQ and have a buyout calculator. In terms of cap hit, i thought it would be $3.5 for 4 years, but it turns out it would be $3.5M next season, $4.5M in two years, and years 3 and 4 would be $1.6M. Despite those numbers, Molson would be paying Gomez $6.67M over those 4 years as opposed to $10M. so it saves the owner $3M over 4 years, but the team would face a stiff cap hit that goes towards nothing and would save $3.8M in year 1 and $2.8M in year 2 to replace gomez. Id rather sit him in the minors, no cap hit, and look to trade him next year to a team scrambling to reach the cap floor

    • habsnyc says:

      His cap hit will remain at $7.3 million but his cash salary will be $5.5 and $4.5 million for 12-13 and 13-14. Best scenario is Montreal trades him to the Isles, Stars or Panthers for a poorly performing $4million player with two years left to a team who is below the cap floor. Then they buyout the $4 million player and save more cap space. The problem is that I can’t find any team that needs to pad their salary for cap space that has any bad contracts to dump back to Montreal.

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    • How exactly is Gomez getting an assist and playing solid second line minutes “new heights”?

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      • Chris says:

        Gomez’s assist last night was of the useless variety. He didn’t create a play, he missed the net with a shot (and by a country mile, at that) from the slot, and Travis Moen scored a lucky one banking the puck off the goalie from behind the goal-line in the corner.

        He was also a team-worst 20% on faceoffs on home ice.

        Gomez has had decent games this season, but last night wasn’t one of them. That being said, I’m willing to give him a few days to play himself back into game-conditioning and to get his timing down, just as we are usually willing to give every other player when they return from injury.

  61. Bugs says:

    For future reference, when I say “Buddy”, I mean Budaj, and when I say “buddy”, I just mean regular buddy taking center stage in the scenario I’m drawin up at any given moment to point out, criticize, or totally disparage said buddy’s play.
    I understand how this could’ve led to some confusion and no one can say I’d endeavored to start any sentences with regular “buddy” as capitalized first word in the past, but all in all, it’s pretty strait-forward, so if we all work together to adequately maintain the flow of communication, especially emanating from my end, we’ll then be able to truly congratulate ourselves for striving towards a greater understanding of me.
    And that makes us all better, you will agree.
    So good luck to Buddy tonight; think buddy’ll do just fine.

    Back from the Brink’s boasts L. B. Potter, esq.

  62. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …as if this is any surprise, BUT Montreal Police will not pursue criminal charge against Zdeno Chara http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=380675

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

  63. Mats Naslund says:

    That Gomer goal – he whiffed on a pass right?

  64. habfanacrossthed says:

    Wow what a beauty he scored. I still can’t get over the fact that Gomez had 33 goals in a season with the Devils.

    GHOD – Go Habs Or Die

  65. HabFanSince72 says:

    A few facts about Nabokov.

    1. Born and raised in the northern land of Zembla, which was a part of the old Soviet Union.

    2. Played in the NCAA for Wellesley college. He is still their most famous hockey player, and only NHLer to date. Switched to Cornell University in his senior year before being signed by the San Jose Sharks.

    3. During the lockout he played in the Swiss League for the Montreux Harlequins.

    4. Enjoys chess and butterfly collecting during the off-season.

    5. He is a part-time writer. Wrote an article titled “Despair” after being picked off waivers by the NY Islanders. His autobiography Speak, Goalie! is due out next summer.

    6. You do not want to get on his bad side.

    • Vladdy Mondavi says:

      I’m suspecting the same thing: THe Isles are putting Nabokov in nets against the Habs sputtering sparkplug offence in an effort to up his trade value.

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  66. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …They sure don’t make Hockey Mom’s like They used ta
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1zOSp9G8VE&feature=related

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

  67. citizenSanto says:

    To all self professed “smart” guys.
    If you don’t like what JM is brewin’, and if you think our team is a garbage heap piled on the bRuins of our glorious past; might I respectfully remind you that there are other teams you can jeer for.

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    – Augustine of Hippo

  68. Mattyleg says:

    Was that goal during regular season play?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  69. db says:

    Wow. That Gomez video is just wrong…. GOAL?! A ha! The jinx on Gomez is Mr. Houde! I knew it.

  70. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My focus will be on seeing if Our ‘inexperienced’ D is as effective for a second game

    …I believe They will be

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

  71. Ha! http://oilersnation.com/2011/11/17/lies-damned-lies-and-statistics

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  72. Maksimir says:

    Hope they can gut this one out. They’ll be tired by the third, but then again, they are used to sitting back towards the end of a game. :)

    Anyone know anything about two injuries: AK & White?

    With all the talk of Markov – I haven’t heard White’s name at all. He was a great 3/4th liner last year, tough and lots of speed – though not that great around the net.

  73. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Evgeni NaKOKov ???
    …Freudian ?

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

  74. Da Hema says:

    I guarantee you not. The buy-out has severe consequences for the Canadiens’ salary cap — especially important given that players like Price, Gorges, and Subban are up for contract renewal over the next couple years.

    The easiest solution is to send Gomez’s fat arse to Hamilton. No cap consequences.

  75. JayK-47 says:

    I hope we trade him to a Cap Bottom team. But they’ll probably demand a couple prospects to “ease” the trade like the Habs did. And by “did”, I mean did the exact opposite.

  76. HabFanSince72 says:

    There may be a free buy-out when the CBA is renegotiated.

  77. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Well, if anyone gives us a 7rounder for him fine but we can´t give away a prospect or a draft pick to get rid of this crazy contract. The best case scenario for everyone would be if he leaves for Europe, I am thinking about Russia or Switzerland.

    Just to make this clear: A buyout would cost us a little bit more than 2.4m for four more season, right? Sorry TSN, that can´t be an option. Keeping him of course would be the most stupid thing…

  78. Kooch7800 says:

    wouldn’t it be great if he actually played like he did 4 years ago. Then Gionta started rolling as well. It is fun to dream

  79. govenah says:

    I am picking Gomez to score either in New York of New Jersey.
    And the dam will break open….or he will be scoring first in Hamilton.

  80. shiram says:

    I think Gomez will cash in his checks, wether it’s in Hamilton, or anywhere else in North America.
    The guy won’t retire.

    Randy for HC!

  81. Bill says:

    Gomez may have lost his hockey, but he hasn’t lost his mind. How’s he gonna buy a hovercraft if he leaves ten million bucks on the table?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  82. Kooch7800 says:

    I would if I was him. that is a lot of dough

  83. Danno says:

    Seriously. How many millions does one person really need?

    Occupy Gomez

    http://themontrealbias.com/2011/11/15/the-revolution-starts-now-occupy-scott-gomez/

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

  84. HabinBurlington says:

    I wouldn’t leave that money on the table, perhaps when he does retire he plans on being a philanthropist?

  85. Danno says:

    Does he expect to live until he’s 476 years old?

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

  86. Bripro says:

    I hope you were joking.
    He makes $7.5/year.
    If you earn $100,000/yr, lets face it, that’s decent money.
    It will take you 75 years to earn what he makes in one year.

  87. Bill says:

    Need? It’s not about need, it’s about “can have”. You wouldn’t seriously turn down that money.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  88. shiram says:

    None.

    Randy for HC!

  89. On the IR, undisclosed lower body injury.

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  90. Danno says:

    Emelin. He be gellin’.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFGYu82uwJA

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

  91. Psycho29 says:

    I thought there were advanced civilizations on earth today…..and then I logged into the HI/O site during Habs’ games….

    Sorry guys, I couldn’t resist!! :-)

    I will join up with you Summiteers on Saturday morning at the Bell Centre Tour….

  92. Bugs says:

    We DID find hard evidence of it. In Egypt, in Peru, in Bosnia, in China, in Japan. It’s right there in front of our eyes.
    There was a flood. Oceans rose 400 meters. (where the water CAME from is also an exciting tale) Civilizations wiped out.
    Now, ANYTHING not megalithic would’ve been torn asunder, corroded, decomposed or disintegrated at least 10 times over since then, I would imagine.
    Whatever happened, we don’t exactly know, but critical thinking certainly tells us what DIDN’T happen, namely, that the Egyptians circa 3000 BC built the great pyramids. Impossible.

    Back from the Brink’s boasts L. B. Potter, esq.

  93. Matt. says:

    it might be closer to ten million he is owed, excluding this year. this year he’s getting paid $7.5m and the next two seasons he’s getting paid 5.5, and 4.5m…..

    http://www.capgeek.com/players/display.php?id=624

  94. Mr. Biter says:

    Bugs,
    I am intrigued about your theory. Please elobrated in greater detail.

    Mr. Biter

  95. Mr. Biter says:

    That title could be “misconscrued” and could you plenty of abuse from “politically correct ” posters of which I am not one.

    Mr. Biter

  96. Bugs says:

    Which part?

    Back from the Brink’s boasts L. B. Potter, esq.

  97. Mr. Biter says:

    Why your whole theory in detail. I see parts of it in many of you posts today and am intrigued to be enlightened.

    Mr. Biter

  98. Bugs says:

    The whole theory? Here, now? C’mon, man.
    I’ve given more than enough intel for you to investigate on your own.
    Type “pyramids advanced civilization” or “pyramids electricity” or “pyramids electromagnetism” or “pyramids 10500 BC” or “pyramids on Mars” in your favorite browser and you’ll be well on your way to see many similar theories to “my theory” thusly exposed.
    Or go on youtube and type that in, grab a brewski and some pork rinds, sit back, let go of any preconceived notions, get blown away by the presented evidence, and mull it over.

    Back from the Brink’s boasts L. B. Potter, esq.

  99. Mr. Biter says:

    Would any poster really leave that much money on the table? Unless your a politician you would be a liar. Ang if you are a politician you’d lie about it anyway.

    Mr. Biter

  100. JIMVINNY says:

    Boone still trying to convince us of Gomez’s worth…

  101. VancouverHab says:

    Look, it’s okay to have a vigorous opinion, but keep it real. That’s a childish statement. You don’t like JM’s coaching, fine. But he is where he is and with all his longevity for a reason.

  102. Danno says:

    It’s the power of positive thinking

    ________________________________________

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

  103. HardHabits says:

    And Plex on the point and every other PK shift too. I hope the line combos are not the same for the 2nd period.

  104. Propwash says:

    10$ says they get to the playoffs.

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  105. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I didn’t say He’s a ‘beauty of a Coach’, but I believe He is the best available at this time …and, it’s REALLY boring hearing You Guyz sh*ttin’ on Him on ALL the time when We are not as bad as You seem to think
    …fer Cripe’s sake, give it a rest til end of season will ya joiks ???

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

  106. Wayne says:

    LWALz, nice… yah, I hammered…. whatzit to yeah ;)

  107. Rob D says:

    :)

    Betcha Palchak had some doozies to tell as well..

  108. HardHabits says:

    He’s like an iron-man.

  109. Mark C says:

    Why do you guys need to lie about things like Gomez plays 20+ minutes a game? He hasn’t played 20 minutes all year.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467351&season=20112012&view=log

  110. Mark C says:

    What are you talking about? He played 14:08 last night.

  111. VancouverHab says:

    What the heck has politics got to do with this? How does that help discourse?

  112. habsguy says:

    TSN has Gomer at 16:38


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