Liveblog: A 4-1 loss, and last-place Canadiens move on to Florida

MathieuPerreault
POSTGAME AUDIO: Carey Price | Rene Bourque

The Canadiens ride their black cloud south to the Sunshine Stae.
At least they finally scored a goal against Washington, breaking a dry spell of 260:14 stretching back to last season.
The Capitals broke the game open with two goals in 16 seconds during the second period.

1,343 Comments

  1. smiler2729 says:

    Are we going for 2000 posts?

    Been awhile, since the old Habs I/O and the Kovalev/Carbo years that this place went 2000… the Halakian run of ’10

    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  2. Rainrocket16 says:

    This is the worst season I have ever seen from the Habs. In 33 years of my life I have never been so humiliated…I still and always love the Habs but it is time for a revolution! Get rid of all the guys in suits, it all starts there. Molson boys have to completely get rid of everyone in this orginization who wears a tie! Kaberle is plainly the second worst move since Gomez. Man up and deal with your poor decisions, PG needs to keep his job he better start with the next 36 hours of his life!

  3. immortalhab says:

    All this support for AK … he’s been so inconsistent for years. Never denied he had talent but he’s so lazy. The one thing he’s done consistently EVERY single game is lose the puck to the other team. A tiny dick loses less rubber than him! Stop acting like he’s worth a dollar people!

  4. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Plekanec and Emelin…that was nice with Bourque.

    Anyways, Desharnais looks ordinary with Cole playing the way he is (hurt more than likely – so glad he inherited Gills ‘A’).

    Pacioretty has stepped up big time. Wow he is getting smart with the puck. One can only hope he will remain a Hab his entire NHL career.

    Oh well, the losses don’t hurt as much this year. But it really bugs me to watch crappy hockey by MY team on so many occasions. Always next year though, right?

  5. D Mex says:

    What’s that 2nd entry in the live-game blog say about Kovalev ?
    – Kovy’s birthday, and you miss him, do you Boone ?
    – How touching …
    Last time you wrote about him you called him ” a dog ” after waiting, of course, until he was wheels up enroute back to Russia.

    Suggest you take a page from Jean Chretien’s book :
    ” well, you know, people day say I talk from da side of my mouth, but, well you know, da good ting is I always talk from da same side … ”

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  6. alwayssunny says:

    Can’t win em all.

  7. third generation haber says:

    I like AK, but he’s not worth his contract. At 1.5-2 mil I would re-sign him, but not sure if it’s possible to offer a pay-cut to an existing roster player before July 1st.

    j.p. murray

  8. immortalhab says:

    Bourque for sure. Think of Cammy as a firefighter who fights fire by running away from it. Or as a general who attacks a fort by skirting around it.

  9. gp52 says:

    gauthier got so exhausted doing the hal gill trade he has no energy to do anymore.

  10. Bill says:

    Who’s the cute blonde curling for BC?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  11. Say Ash says:

    Would you rather start next season with Cammi or Bourque?

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Bourque, not even a question in my mind.

      “Andrei Kostitsyn will be traded this month”
      – Sean Bonjovi

    • Mats26 says:

      On the Habs – Bourque, by a country mile. Gainey’s brilliant post lockout theory of skill and speed over everything else is bogus. Size matters.

      • JayK-47 says:

        I have this weird idea that maybe Gainey thought extra small meant extra speedy like Ice Hockey on the ol’ NES.

        That and he never had anyone to ‘sell’ his trades to. No one ever said to him: “What’s the ROI on this pig?”

  12. third generation haber says:

    If we draft in the third spot we are definitely in a pickle

    The habs are probably in search of a center, but this draft is defence heavy.

    #2 Grigorenko is a big center, but we can’t have him unless we win the lottery (unlikely).

    #3 Ryan Murray (no relation to me^^) is a d-man

    #4 Filip Forsberg is a LW. Please draft this guy!!!! 6’2 181, McKenzie described him as the “most NHL ready of all prospects”.

    #5, #6 D-men

    #7 Alex Galchenyuk C: (6’1 198) I would be thrilled with this pick, but we would have to break the rule of not drafting the best player available. Note: Has missed the entire season with a torn ACL. He’s got a russian name, but he’s born and raised in America.

    #8, #9 D-men.

    #10 Radek Faksa: Czech Center: (6’3, 202) Rising fast, a great pick, but not rated as high as all these D-men.

    I believe we have a lot of young defensive talent in the pipeline: Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, Patteryn, Dietz, Didier, Nygren. Plus Subban, Gorges, Emellin, and Weber still have lots of mileage left on them.

    What should we do???? Draft for immediate needs or take the best player available???? Since we are drafting this high, the player could be in the NHL next season. I say go with Forsberg or Galchenyuk.

    Feedback????????????????????
    j.p. murray

    • HardHabits says:

      Edmonton needs defencemen. They might pass on Grigorenko. Or the Habs could trade one of theirs in the pipeline and the pick to move down and grab two first round draft picks.

    • Ehabs9 says:

      Forsberg plays centre, I’m 99% sure. I think unless we have the 1st pick which should obviously end in Yakupov despite the fact he’s not a centre, Forsberg is the way to go.

  13. Stephen York says:

    Snoozer of a game, but at least we broke the 260 minute shutout, and we’re that much closer to a top 5 pick.
    Now that we’re certain that the playoffs aren’t a reality this year, Cunney should give the kids a ton of ice time for the rest of the season, rest Cole and Plek. Hell, bring up Enqvist, Palushaj, St-Denis and Geoffrion and give them some valuable playing experience too (except in the two remaining games vs. Toronto).

    Oh, and we should trade AK, Campoli and a 2nd rounder to LA for Dustin Brown.

    • habs001 says:

      what if we are tied with the leafs in the final game and the game has no playoff implications..do you still want the habs to win?

    • naweed235 says:

      lol… last time I checked the Kings were a hockey team and not a garbage disposal unit… why would they trade their Captain for 2 useless UFAs and a draft pick?

    • Bill says:

      I wish I could say that was the dumbest trade proposal this week … but it’s not even.

      Look, buddy, UFAs have limited trade value. Look into it.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        You respond with rude comments to people often…. might want to look into that.

        • Bill says:

          Meh. I respond with lots of complimentary comments to people as well. If calling a dumb post dumb is rude … whatever.

          Some would say, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Fair. I would also ask this: if you don’t have anything not-dumb to say, don’t say anything at all.

          You might want to look into that.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Stephen York says:

        You and Naweed make good points. I didn’t factor in the UFA thing on that one – oops.
        I was thinking along these lines:
        AK:
        27yrs old, 6′, 215lbs, .56 pts/game avg. in 377 games, good for 20 goals/45 pts per season, +32 career.
        Dustin Brown:
        27yrs old, 6′, 205lbs, .59pts/game avg. in 574 games, good for 25 goals/55pts per season, -42 career.

        Stat-wise, they’re not that far apart. Both are having below average seasons. Almost identical cap hits.

        LOL – Eliotte Friedman and Bob McKenzie just tweeted that he’s no longer available.

        Nice dream.

      • boing007 says:

        AK to LA. Who do we get?

        Richard R

  14. immortalhab says:

    Mats26 – Great post!

  15. Mats26 says:

    All:

    Was at the game tonight. Man, was it painful. It was a long way from game seven with Halak’s heroics.

    Wanted to share my observations. This is a very bad club. There is just no fear in playing the habs. No one has to worry about playing nos glorieux. Every time the Caps dumped the puck in, the habs had a tough time getting it out. Every time the habs dumped it in, the Caps had no problem engineering a breakout.

    The hockey IQ on the Habs is extremely low. I blame this on coaching and scouting. There is no cohesiveness or chemistry on this club.

    Carey Price is a stud. His talent is unquestionable. But the biggest problem =on this club is lack of toughness on the blue line. Kaberle, Campoli and Webber are piss poor excuses for NHL blueliners. How many times has a goal been scored this year off a deflection or a screen becausse the d can’t clear the front of the net. Carey has to deal with more traffic than any other tender in the league.

    PK Subban is a wondrous skater, but his Hockey IQ is abhorrent. For this reason he should be a career second pairing defenseman. I have never seen a man go for a hit as many times as PK and completely miss. He also has no idea of when to shoot and when to pass. Such a shame. Two cent brain and million dollar legs.

    Alexei Emelin is the best D we have (Markov not withstanding). But we need a Brad Stuart, Johnny Boychuk, and yes, Dion Phaneuf style D on the second pairing as well. Josh Gorges is a beautiful human being and a character guy, but too much is being asked of yet another undersized defensman.

    You can’t really blame these guys. They are undersized and poorly coached. We need the best coach out there next year (Carlyle), language be damned, and we need to get tougher on and bigger on the back end.

    Bourque, Eller, Cole, Patches, Kostitsyn , Gionta, White, Pleks, Geoffrion, Davey, Leblanc, and Palushaj are sufficient up front.

    Emelin, MArkov,
    Subban, ????? (Suter)
    Georges, ???? (Webber)

    Carey Price is obviously one of the most talented goalies in the league. He just needs a couple of years to develop the mental toughness to bring this team a cup. It will happen.

    I am fully on board with the fail for nail express at this time. If we can get something for Campoli, Kaberle, Moen, Weber, and Diaz, well, let’s make a deal!

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      No quick fix here, a lot of contracts that have to “run their course.”

      Patients, the organization has to look 2-3 years down the road. I’ll take “fail for nail” one step further… “Forget About Winnin’ For Nathan MacKinnon”

    • Bill says:

      You lost all credibility at “Dion Phaneuf”.

      And you can’t get credibility back.

      Mats26 … Phaneuf Lover.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • third generation haber says:

      Fully agree with u about the soft D. Weber, Campoli, Kaberle, and Diaz all need to grow a pair.

      I’d like to see some rugged, stay at home d-men who do the basics well. We can leave the offence to Subban, Markov, and the forwards.

      * After watching Phaneuf I wouldn’t want him either. Lands big hits but makes too many mistakes. We need some Rick Green, Craig Ludwig type guys.

      j.p. murray

    • smiler2729 says:

      Suck it, Phaneuf, woo!

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      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

    • Talik Sanis says:

      I’m sorry, but Yemelin is far from the best defenceman we have, and I loved him last summer when others were saying that KHL success was meaningless and that he was behind Weber on the depth-chart. He plays relatively protected minutes, and still more goals are scored when he’s on the ice than when Gorges and Subban are deployed against top lines. He struggles to complete passes, having one of the lowest passing percentages on the team (Gill’s was better). To his credit, however, he is relatively good at winning puck battles, but his lack of passing ability and creativity means we can more easily get trapped in our zone when he is on the ice.

      Subban’s hockey IQ is off the charts, otherwise he would not be the best defenceman by statistical measures. He needs seasoning, but his decision making is already very good. If this were not the case, he would not lead the team with the highest number of actions that positively impact puck possession. I’ve said it before, but simply look up his statistics on passes intercepted, loose puck recoveries, and passes completed. For someone who doesn’t know when to pass, he certainly connects with a disgustingly high percentage (about four weeks ago it was the highest on our defence core at 76% in our zone). As for not knowing when to shoot, half of his shots (49%) make it to the net, which is not shabby by any means.

      He is a high risk player, but his number of successful plays far, far exceed the number that are unsuccessful.

      People, Subban is a first pairing defenceman already, and is a damn good one at that.

      Also, Gorges is so far ahead of Yemelin, it’s comical. There is no comparison between Gorges’ intelligence as a hockey player and his ability to shut down opposing teams, and Yemelin’s mediocre defensive ability. One day there may be, but certainly not today. They are only alike in their practically non-existent offensive play (and Gorges has him beat there too).

  16. kholdstare says:

    This season may be a blessing in disguise. PK and Carey Price’s value isnt nearly what it would have been if the team was competitive, they will still be expensive but you have to think their going rate has taken a hit. Decent draft pick. New Coach and GM will be on the way, if not then the organization is completely screwed. Plekanec wont be a new dad next year so he is going to be more rested because everyone knows kids get easier as their demands grow. Sorry had to put that in there for the guys that said it was the reason him and cammalleri sucked too funny almost as funny as suing markov that was good times today.

    • Les Canayens says:

      I also think the same for a while. We can now sign them for less, unlike Chicago after the Cup win cannot afford to overpay all the inflated values of players whose contracts expires.

      ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭
      Scouting is subjective.

  17. doug19 says:

    Only ones worse are we the fans. We all take turns dishing AK, but really who have they got to replace him?

  18. immortalhab says:

    Things can’t get worse? They could … What if someone offers to make a mannequin with a jock strap and skates available for under $10 million? Won’t management jump all over that?

  19. naweed235 says:

    I can’t claim that I have any knowledge about the prospects about to be drafted but correct me if I am wrong… Other than Yakupov, all the others in the top 10 look like a crap shoot… Even Yakupov is a smallish forward but again I haven’t seen him play enough to pass judgement there… Realistically speaking, we are probably gonna get a top 5 pick… any chance any of those guys can be a difference maker on this team next year?
    Am I tripping or is it MTL great luck that this draft looks pretty crappy compared to the previous years… ?

    • Ehabs9 says:

      Top 10-15 are pretty solid top end talent prospects. It’s pretty garbage after that though. It’s also very thin on forwards. Yakupov Girgorenko, and Forsberg with a potential Galchenyuk (due to injury) are about it. That said though those mentioned are fairly bona fide. Given that we’ll most likely be drafting in the top 3 (knock on wood), there shouldn’t be any problems.

      On a side note, if you ask me Yakupov >Hall or RNH potential wise.

      • naweed235 says:

        ya you are right… I forgot to specify that I meant the forward prospects are a crap shoot… As it stands Ryan Murray the 6.1′ 201lbs Dman from Canada seems to be the best player available for the habs to draft but we all know that the primary need of this organization is a genuine #1 C … chances of getting him this year seem pretty slim to me

        • Ehabs9 says:

          How so? Forsberg and Grigorenko fit the bill, and they’re also likely to be drafted anywhere from 2nd-5th.

          If we aren’t drafting Yakupov, my choice is Forsberg. He’s described as the most NHL ready player, and he’s a big hard nosed centre with skill.

    • HardHabits says:

      Yakupov is extremely shifty on his skates. His size is deceptive. Nail is a good name for him because he knows how to nail his opponents.

    • doug19 says:

      They will get a top pick next year even better I believe. I can not see them having a better season next year. Oh wait I forgot about Markov (on purpose). What players would now want to go to Montreal? They now can only improve with the draft.

  20. H.Upmann says:

    There once was a guy named McGuire
    Whom owners would never dare hire
    But as Gomez would joke
    And our dear Habs would choke
    Molson told Pierre: “You’re Hired!”

    (..sorry I tried lol :)

  21. Bill says:

    Only just now noticed the brutal grammar on the poll: “If a trade WAS possible”? Last time I checked, the Gazette was supposed to be a Major Canadian Newspaper … subjunctive mood anyone?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  22. Thurston says:

    Can Gauthier be fired on Monday at 3:01 p.m., please?

    Just sell the pending UFA’s for draft picks and hit the door Pierre.

  23. FlyingFrenchie says:

    “Last Place Canadien’s Move To Florida.”
    Don’t bother coming back.

  24. sakuman says:

    Goatyay is a lunatic!

    Kaberla??? A re you serious?

    what an idiot. the guy is completely incompetent.
    Fire gauthier! PLEASE FIRE GOATYAY!

  25. smiler2729 says:

    Why is Boone doing some Gilligan’s Island witch doctor sh*t with a Markov voodoo doll?

    Now he’ll never come back…

    And neither will Andrei.

    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  26. Muckbringer says:

    tear down le frith.bell centefra….

    awaken the forum!! too much shite, no-enough boulles!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1piT-w1xJkc

    rename to the forum now!!!!
    viddy well brothers…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3JSbOt7CLo&ob=av2e

    awake the ghosts!

  27. Captain aHab says:

    I have a great marketing idea: have new interim celebrity coaches each week.

    —————-
    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

    • smiler2729 says:

      How about new interim celebrity assistant coaches who were sitcom stars in the ’80s and posed for Playboy?

      Let’s start with Alyssa Milano.

      __________________________________
      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

    • Da Hema says:

      I’d prefer a Donald Trump-like show where each and every person employed by the Canadiens is publicly scrutinized and assessed. If you are good, you are retained; if not…”You’re Fired!!!”

  28. smiler2729 says:

    I’m watching Minnesota at Dallas, Craig Ludwig “Luddy” is the between period analyst with some babe…

    I ran into him one Saturday afternoon in Cheers on Mackay on game day in the winter of ’89, he was having flaming whatever shooters with a buddy, signed my puck, beat the Devils that night… back when hockey players were real…

    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  29. HardHabits says:

    Bulldogs win 3-2 with Geffrion scoring in the skills competition.

  30. HabsFan82 says:

    Habs need a new start. PG and His Brother BG has torn this franchise apart. we need draft picks and young players. no more players pass their prime.
    2-goals this year at $7,500,000 comes to mind.

  31. smiler2729 says:

    U2 “Trip Through My Wires”… and that’s that.
    Au revoir, what used to be “Nos Glorieux”, on to “Nos Amours”, it’s spring training time… oh… yeah, Selig killed the ‘spos… still doesn’t seem right… ever…

    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  32. novahab says:

    This team has hit rock bottom. The ball is now in Mr. Molson’s court. What are you going to do? This season is over, the team is not getting along, the coach is lost and the GM has nothing. Making a move off season I believe is another insanely stupid move. Who ever your going to bring in to clean up this mess needs time. Wht wait for spring do it now. Give the fans some hope you have two clues how to hire a GM who knows what the hell he is doing.

  33. Shane1313 says:

    Gomez played well tonight. That’s why he played in the last 2 minutes.

  34. JohnBellyful says:

    Seeing as the Canadiens have iced the season with their abysmal play, I’ve decided to preserve what’s left of my allegiance by resorting to cryonics. With emphasis on the cry.
    I got a 20-year contract. Should I have opted for longer?

  35. Mondou6 says:

    Buffalo just got 2 points…

    The draft pick is looking better…

    If we win a string of meaningless games at the end of the year, I’m seriously going to be extremely pissed off.

  36. habs17 says:

    well its pretty obvious that Jacques Martin was not our problem

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

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  37. smiler2729 says:

    Poo misses, Sabres WIN!

    F BOSTON!

    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  38. SUMO says:

    This was just so painful to watch. Never thought I see the day when a Habs team quit.

    Gauthier you are so full of ***.Y ou couldn’t manage a dairy queen you stupid idiot.

  39. kholdstare says:

    We have got to start roasting Cunneyworth seriously, if JM was still at the helm, you guys would be having aneurysms if he wasnt fired.

    This guy is terrible and not just a little bit. I honestly believe our record would be better under JM, it mightve been boring but still.

  40. 24moreCups says:

    Bulldogs were down 2-0 and tied it up and won it in a shoot out.

    Blake Geoffrion and Ian Schultz were two of the scores in the shoot out.

    Great win at the Bell Centre.

  41. habs17 says:

    there’s a teardrop in my bear

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

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  42. boing007 says:

    No more PG, no more RC. Get out of town.

    Richard R

    • 24moreCups says:

      And who should replace them?

      • habsfaninkw says:

        Kate Beckinsale. Or any other hottie you want to name. I don’t care what system they’d use. At this point, I can’t imagine any heterosexual male playing worse for someone like Charlize Theron or Kate Upton than the current coaching staff. And at least we’d have something to actually look at during the games.

        Tell me again why we don’t have ice girlss …

  43. boing007 says:

    Kaberle should have been glued at the end of the bench after he did nothing to stop the Caps’ first goal. Lazy B.

    Richard R

  44. matrags says:

    please just let me lay here , someone please play Leonard Cohens Dress Rehersal Rag… imagine the habs in last place … just imagine ..

  45. alfieturcotte says:

    FIRE GAUTHIER, FIRE GAUTHIER, FIRE GAUTHIER

    Time to turn the page on this season and team. Trade whoever we can for youth and draft picks.

    AK46, Pleks, Bourque, Campoli, Moen (if possible).

    Gomez and Kaberle are untradable so we should bury them in the minors — and I would personally start with Kaberle first. He is so bad, I just can’t believe Gauthier was this dumb to trade for him.

  46. RH says:

    Take down Gainey’s banner? Really?
    sigh……

    Why do I insist on punishing myself by reading stupid posts by idiot posters? I really have to learn how to resist scrolling down into the comment section.

  47. Da Hema says:

    The certain sign that fans are desperate, and possibly going insane, is that almost half of voters in the poll would want Montreal to get Alex Ovechkin. That’s all this team needs: a spoiled (and confirmed) loser who pouts and assaults fans after games.

    • habsfan0 says:

      That’s an improvement over what we have now.

      • Da Hema says:

        If one likes drama queens, I suppose.

        • habsfan0 says:

          Drama is better than boring.

          • Da Hema says:

            Winning is better than drama queens and losing. I would urge folks to locate the source of Montreal’s problems rather than adding to them.

          • habsfan0 says:

            Locate the source of Montreal’s problems?

            OK.

            Gauthier and Gainey.

            The Ghost and the Special Advisor.

          • Da Hema says:

            That’s a start. One could also point out the team’s Director of Player Development — a key administrative position — is held by a half-retarded family member of a former President of the team. So also clean out additional filth in the organization.

          • habsfan0 says:

            Are you saying there’s no room for nepotism in this organization?

            Mon dieu!

          • Da Hema says:

            Unfortunately, this organization appears to have plenty of room for that. Geoff Molson can go to hell.

          • habsfan0 says:

            Unfortunately, I don’t believe Molson will be inspired to make any changes until he sees empty seats at the Bell Centre.

          • Da Hema says:

            Probably not. But something tells me there will be many empty seats soon. I admire the paying fans who support their team through thick and thin, but right now you’d have to be an idiot to pay even one dollar to watch that garbage the Canadiens are currently offering.

          • HardHabits says:

            Maybe once the Moslon’s tie in their horrible beer sales to the Canadiens fortunes again they’ll sell the team at a loss to a real entrepreneur.

      • habsfan0 says:

        One of the things that is working against the Habs is that, they are the only “game” in town..no competition for the sports dollar (sorry about that,Als’ fans). Obviously, this is something that won’t change for the foreseeable future.

  48. Clay says:

    There was an old man
    From Peru, whose lim’ricks all
    Look’d like haiku. He

    Said with a laugh “I
    Cut them in half, the pay is
    Much better for two.”

    __________________________
    ☞ If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong. ☜

  49. Adidess says:

    To illustrate how bad this performance was tonight, Antichambre is focusing primarilry on PK not blocking the Ovechkin shot which beat Price from the left side.

    I remember seeing PK slide in the middle of the ice on one occasion to block a shot attempt very dangerously for him, I would say. He got away with it, and we even got a scoring chance on the ensuing rush. But that’s not the one they choose to single out obviously

    If they wanted to look at it from more than one perspective, they could consider that the shot was from a sharp angle and maybe PK thought the smart play was to let Carey see the puck, but that doesn’t work as well when one has an agenda, I guess…

  50. Mondou6 says:

    Islanders win in a shootout, and Buffalo made it to OT against Boston…

    We’re cementing our place in the cellar…

  51. alwayssunny says:

    That sucked but we never beat Washington anyway. Just gotta be prepared for Florida, it usually brings out the best in us. One game at a time.
    God what is Gauthier waiting for though? Him and Bob convinced everyone that they identify certain types of players. So get us some more already. And no troublemakers. That was worrisome when it looked like Schultz might have got a look – right away I saw a few posters rightly tsk tsking – we don’t need a guy like that. Some of our veterans are in very very long slumps and need to play their way out. We can’t waste ice time on a player like him.

    Keep to the system, it is what got us to the conference finals a few years ago. How soon we forget when we hit a little bump in the road.

  52. MacHabFan says:

    Trade deadline is near, but any GM watching the Habs (if they are) can’t possibly see anything worth a trade.

  53. Clay says:

    You step in the stream,
    But the water has moved on.
    The glory has all gone.

    __________________________
    ☞ If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong. ☜

  54. croozer says:

    Well, that’s it for this year.
    Maybe the math isn’t official yet but the fact remains – when this squad needed to win they couldn’t do it.
    That’s all we need to know – we don’t need to see anymore.
    Start dumping the passengers – hopefully we can get some decent picks or at least make some cap space.
    Don’t make the mistake of being fooled by a late season flourish (if it happens) , when it doesn’t matter anymore.

    • Muckbringer says:

      honestly dude, caps outplayed us yes, but after watching them buckle and writhe after each play, i worry about the future of the sport more than our beloved glorieux.

      Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
      Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
      Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
      Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
      Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

  55. Yeats says:

    Look, this team blows and merits little more attention than you would give to a fart!

  56. T-roy West says:

    On Sportsnet West Saskatoon is playing Kootney. Dalton Thrower is my sleeper of the draft. Check him out.

  57. Chuck says:

    It’s based on trying to stay in last place without looking like they’re actually trying to do that. Playing Budaj instead of Price would make it look too obvious, so you work with what you can.

    ;)

  58. Muckbringer says:

    look, i know it was bad but really, someone check me; is our game going the way of soccer? i hate losing but i can accept it when it happens. what i cant accept is; and ill give youall’ an analigy: SCOOLYARD FIGHT.

    what we just saw was two poor, lonely kids that used to be on top fight for a pudding cup. yes, a lowley pudding cup! during the fight a teacher comes in time and time again and backs the new kid. empathy for everytime he goes down because, hey, the principal is watching.

  59. Clay says:

    Chaos reigns within.
    Reflect, repent, and retool.
    Draft very high PG.
    (fixed for HH)

    __________________________
    ☞ If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong. ☜

  60. punkster says:

    I know most want one of the top 2 picks but after watching this season go in the crapper I think I’d prefer one of the D in the top 10. Habs just suck at the blue line.

    At this point I’d pick one of these guys:
    3. Ryan Murray
    5. Matthew Dumba
    6. Jacob Trouba
    8. Morgan Reilly
    9. Griffin Reinhart

    Who’s the best for this team?

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • DearyLeary says:

      Elite scoring talent.

      With PK, Gorges, and Tinordi and Beaulieu (among others) in the pipe defense isn’t the need, nor will they be the best player available if we have a #2 pick.

    • HardHabits says:

      Dave. Habs have Gorges, Subban, and Emelin. Not quite the big three but still a good start. Add to that Beaulieu, Tinordi and Ellis and the blue line is looking solid for years.

      The Habs have to go for first line talent, preferably the best centre available. Timmins will find great players all around as is his habit and may even pick one on your list later on.

      Their first pick has to be for offence. As Chris puts it, a 40 goal scorer.

      • JohnBellyful says:

        True. Someone with a natural gift for scoring, whose defensive flaws will be accommodated because management will finally realize that far greater good will come from having someone who generates offence — a rare talent whose presence lifts the play of the entire team in the opponents’ end.

      • punkster says:

        Your D list is not exactly solid for years as 3 are untested at the NHL level. I say draft a top D first this year and shop for the experienced scorer later. Just a thought.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  61. JohnBellyful says:

    Goon opened today which will quickly develop a following, no doubt, but I can hardly wait for Sunday night when a number of hockey-themed movies are up for Oscars:

    Moneypuck – A cash-laden team tries to secure a post-season berth by taking on ridiculously long-term, expensive contracts to athletes well past their prime. Based on actual events. No, really.

    The Artist – The real-life story of a former wizard whose infuriating lack of consistency in applying his magic divided fans across the nation. Shot in black-and-white, naturally.

    Midnight in Mount Royal – Cinderella tale told upside down. Hockey’s royalty is reduced to basement dweller at the stroke of midnight – soon after midseason.

    The Helpless – Yet another movie about, yep, that’s right, you-know-who.

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close-minded – A behind-the-scenes look at the reigning champions and their legion of fans. Contains scenes of violence that go unpunished, and coarse language.

    The War Horse – Slow-of-hoof steed finds new home in his twilight years, setting off a torrent of tears among those left behind whose lives he touched. Sequel to The Charlie Horse. Feel-good movie sure to tug at movie-goers’ heartstrings.

    And my choice for Oscar’s Best Movie:

    The Descendants – New generation struggles to live up to standards of excellence set by ancestors – but in the end finds its identity, and creates its own legacy of achievements that surpass those of the past. A fantasy.

  62. duffy says:

    From what i have seen tonight they should have no trouble in holding down last place.

  63. ooder says:

    this team must be so frustrating to play on for the legit players…
    imagine being Pleks, Cole, Pacioretty, DD, Gorges, Subban or Price
    and watching “veterans” like Gomez, Campoli, Kaberle be completely useless out there and take up ice time
    2:30 with an empty net and not a single shot on goal
    ——————
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  64. mrhabby says:

    great game by the boys tonight.kudo,s to gomer.

  65. Habsbill24 says:

    What does Saskatoon and Montreal have in common? Neither city has NHL hockey.

  66. otter649 says:

    Saw Caps dman #81 Orlov who Pierre McGuire has stated will be the next Sergie Zubov sure looked like it tonite…….

  67. Habsbill24 says:

    What does the Titanic and the Montreal Canadiens have in common? Neither is any good when they hit the ice.

  68. NCRhabsfan says:

    Wow, no emotion,no fire,no outward sign that anyone gave a sh*t. It is truely rare to see a team so blaise in defeat.

    Head’s up Columbus, the Habs have set their sights on the number one overall pick. Not just this year either, this is going to take a couple years to fix.

  69. SmartDog says:

    Women’s curling! Ooh boy!
    Now we’ll see some ACTION!

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  70. Habsbill24 says:

    Don’t worry, Markov will be back any day.

  71. sreuel says:

    Let the trades begin but it won’t happen on Monday there will be a accuses at 4 pm news conference

  72. HardHabits says:

    WOW!!

    BrianWilde ‏ @BrianWildeCTV
    Get on the phone PG. This season is officially over. And if you let a UFA stay unsigned & untraded, you deserve to be fired even more. #habs

  73. Chuck says:

    Once again, Habs’ offence is like an ill-fitting bra: no support.


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