Liveblog: It’s Devils vs. Kings for the Stanley Cup

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Adam Henrique poked a loose puck past Henryk Lundqvist less than two minutes into overtime to secure a 3-2 New Jersey win.
The Rangers, who finished the regular season atop the Eastern Conference, had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to send the game into OT.
On Wednesday night at the Prudential Centre, the great Martin Brodeur will make the 200th start of his playoff career.

Brodeur has not played in the Cup finals in nine years.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored and assisted on the winner to raise his playoff total to 18 … finally overtaking Claude Giroux for the lead.

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  3. Cal says:

    The Q sucks!
    Since 2000, only 4 Memorial Cup wins with 6 runner ups. They are terrible! No wonder players there are disregarded. That Hockey Excellence program would have made a huge difference. (Gigantic Sarcasm)

    • HabFab says:

      You completely missed the point here Cal. It is not the Q that sucks but Quebec minor hockey. The Q is full of Atlantic Canadian and Ontario boys who have benefited from the Hockey Excellence program along with American boys and their Development program. It is the Quebec born kids that suffer not the Q.

      • Cal says:

        I haven’t missed the point, HF. There have been many great players coming out of the Q aside from the Maritimers and a few Ontarians. The Excellence program was a knee jerk reaction to the Europeans, especially the Russians, improving. The Soviet Union’s team first philosophy was thrown out and changed into a me first philosophy. Players that don’t pass and keep the puck until they run out of options may get away with it in the lower leagues and major junior, but it’s a big step from having too much skill against the young and inferior to facing Dmen who know what they’re doing.

  4. HardHabits says:

    The co-presidents of honour of the tournament, Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur and president Geoff Molson, took part in pre-game ceremonies with ex-Canadiens Yvan Cournoyer… They got to see two teams with a Canadiens prospect as captain: Jarred Tinordi of the Knights and Bournival of the Cataractes.

    source – link

  5. commandant says:

    No Prospect profile today. Instead I bring you a mock draft.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/05/28/the-last-word-nhl-mock-draft-1st-round/

    Go Habs Go!
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  6. shootdapuck says:

    Normand,

    Most contracts are two way agreements where one party agrees to pay and the second party agrees to supply work ( play in NHL ).

    So what happens when either party fails to produce its contracted Services? ie. say a player who has no injury issues just does not meet the performance expectations of his employer?

    Should performance targets be included in contracts as basis for year to year renewal?

    Most companies evaluate employees annually and those not performing to the contractually agreed targets are moved to other responsibilities or out!

    • commandant says:

      I don’t want to see the NHL go to a NFL like system where contracts aren’t guaranteed, and one injury and you get cut and lose your pay.

      The owners make enough money here, they are Billionaires.

      NHL careers are short enough as it is without giving owners an out for these situations.

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      • commandant says:

        Keep in mind that in the “real world”, while its true an employee can be terminated for not performing, most employees can also leave the company at pretty much any time if he gets a better offer elsewhere. This doesn’t happen in pro sports.

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        • Clay says:

          While I agree with much of your point, I think there needs to be some sort of realistic option to deal with a Gomez situation – let’s call it the ‘Gomez Clause’, where teams are allowed to fire a player and have his salary off the books, and pay him only say one years salary. Of course, this can NOT apply to injured players…

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          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Problem is Clay, where do we draw the line for injuries? How do we deal with Marc Savard? How about Simon Gagné? How about Chris Pronger? Andrei Markov?

            I think contracts should bind both parties. If they don’t, they’re as blatantly unfair as NFL contracts, or cell phone contracts (I have to promise to use your phone for 3 years for what reason now? So you can be shielded from competition? And I get what in return?)

            My question wasn’t meant to discuss whether a player should get his money, since I am emphatic that he should, but whether a contract can come off the books if terminated and no longer count on the 50 contract limit. If such a termination is allowed.

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            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • commandant says:

            Exceptions for what is “Convenient” do not create fairness or equality.

            Deal with Gomez the same way others do, stick him in Hamilton or buy him out….

            Unfortunately we made our bed with Gomez, now we need to find a way to deal with it…. but cutting hsi contract just because its convenient leaves the process open to far too much abuse.

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      • shootdapuck says:

        Don’t know who you have worked for in the past but all my employment agreements over 30 years had clauses limiting going to the competition directly after leaving on your own accord!

        If you were released different story!

        Mine all had a two year waiting period!

        Should be an out with a termination payment for poor performers.

        Owners maybe be “billionaires” but they certainly aren’t getting enrichment from NHL ownership unless you count tax write offs for losses.

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        “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
        “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
        ” I have a pet peeve”

        • commandant says:

          The enforcability of those “non-compete” provisions varies wildly.

          If you ever really wanted to leave and took your contract to a labour lawyer, you might be able to.

          Things such as geography, and how you define “direct competition” and what qualifies as “trade secrets” vary wildly from company to company and industry to insdustry, but suffice it to say those clauses aren’t as iron clad as they appear to be.

          Especially if you are a low level employee, and not someone like a VP or CEO. But those VPs and CEOs often have golden parachutes that keep them from being unilaterally terminated.

          Again all these deals are two way streets.

          Low level employee
          They can terminate you… its pretty easy to leave the company for a better opportunity (2 way street).

          High Level Employee
          You can’t leave easily, but if they want to terminate you, you have huge severance… two way street.

          NHL
          Guaranteed contract, but you can’t easily leave the team for a better offer.

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          • shootdapuck says:

            Depends wildly on how much you know!

            In many cases that knowledge is exactly why someone else head hunted you to begin with.

            They are enforeceable! Think a Canadian/US labour lawyer would touch a case of a Panamanian, BVI or Dutch Antilles employment contract when a motivated Mega Corporation decides to put its foot down?

            Most cases drag through the glacial legal systems until the waiting period is up. Guess who won?

            It gets even more complicated when you do not work for an entity in you country of origin as in the case of International Employees.

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            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
            ” I have a pet peeve”

          • commandant says:

            The more you know, the more likely there is a nice golden parachute clause at the end of your contract that means you are well compensated for your work.

            Go Habs Go!
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      • shootdapuck says:

        NFL contracts have guaranteed money and performance money!

        Guaranteed money is exactly that and in many cases paid up front.

        The rest are roster bonuses and incentives which are paid at the times specified in the contract.

        =================================================
        The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

        “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
        “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
        ” I have a pet peeve”

        • commandant says:

          Guaranteed money is usually a signing bonus, or money paid early in the contract. The years at the end of the contract are not guaranteed.

          Look at Peyton Manning, the Colts cut him to avoid paying him 15 million dollars this year. Why? Because he had neck surgery due to football injuries.

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          • shootdapuck says:

            What the guaranteed money is called is a moot point.

            Basically is a player in the NFL signs a 100 million dollar contract for 5 years with 20 million guaranteed he is playing for the guaranteed money and the rest are incentive bonuses.

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            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
            ” I have a pet peeve”

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I understand that NFL contracts have guaranteed money. That money is ladled out to high draft picks, however. If a sixth or seventh rounder or free agent outperforms his contract and becomes a starter or even a Pro Bowler, he is locked in to the low salary he signed for. The team has no such restrictions. They can cut players with impunity for low performance, but if a player performs way above his compensation he has no recourse except to hold out, an option the current CBA has essentially eliminated.

          So again, a contract should bind both parties, not just one. If the owners can cut a player for low performance, there should be automatic renegotiation benchmarks for high performers.

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          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • shootdapuck says:

            Normand,

            Players who are due roster bonuses are being paid for being ready to work!

            Did Payton Manning have to refund the 20 million he was paid all last year when he was hurt and had surgery just before the season started making him unfit for work?

            If you are not ready for work you don’t get paid any more than you already have.

            Don’t be naive enough to think that both Manning and the Colts didn’t have sufficient insurances to protect themselves?

            Pro Sport is not a job for life like Toyota or Gov Of Canada. It is a meritocracy and a brutal one at that!

            Why do you think that the NFL especially has consultants who council the new players on how to manage money ? They acknowledge the shortness of their term of employment.

            Check out NFL pensions, they are really good!

            Long term league sponsored health care should be mandatory for players who leave the game.

            =================================================
            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
            ” I have a pet peeve”

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            All right, let’s agree that you’re comfortable with the way the NFL compensates its players and I’m not. I don’t think we’ll be able to convince each other otherwise.

            Nice chat though.

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            In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • shootdapuck says:

            Normand,

            What is most uncomfortable is players who sign a big contract and cruise knowing that the system has no downside!

            =================================================
            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”
            ” I have a pet peeve”

          • commandant says:

            Peyton was hurt PLAYING FOOTBALL.

            Yes pro sports are risky, but players aren’t some piece of meat that should have their contracts terminated or forced to refund their money if they can’t play because they are hurt.

            You ask if Peyton should refund his money from last season because he didn’t play? I say HELL NO!!!

            Here’s a guy who has done everything the team has asked of him for a decade, only to get hurt in the line of duty and now he shouldn’t get paid while he’s on the sidelines recovering from an injury suffered in his line of work?

            Why, so that the BILLIONAIRE owner can reap a few more profits?

            Absolutely ridiculous premise.

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          • commandant says:

            Also who is to say the players are cruising?

            How do we know that the players we as fans accuse of cruising aren’t playing through an injury, that is directly effecting their performance? Do they deserve to not have teams live up to their contracts because of that?

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  7. habfan53 says:

    WOW talk about players giving their all.
    I was wondering if this is a first , an NHL team (Montreal) having both captains (Tinordi and Bournival) of the finalists as prospects??

    Like the DODGERS “Wait till next year”

  8. Marc10 says:

    What a game by the kid between the pipes!

    Congrats to the Cats! It’s been a long time coming in Shawi… I trust they’ll celebrate accordingly;-)

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    Question for those more learned than I: is an AHL contract guaranteed? By this I mean, when I look at the Bulldogs’ roster from this season, I see a lot of deadwood and longshots who don’t seem to be panning out. Now quite a few roster spots will be opened by not re-signing RFA’s and letting UFA’s skate, but can you terminate a minor leaguer’s contract before it expires and open up another slot in the 50 contract limit?

    Any good links where I could read up on stuff like that?

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    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • habstrinifan says:

      Don’t think SO.. and it wouldn’t be fair.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        trini, I’m pretty much on labour’s side in any negotiations, and in pro sports also tend to side on the players’ side. I agree that it wouldn’t be fair to rip up a contract and tell the player they won’t get paid what the contract stated they would be paid. That would be blatantly unfair, it would reduce these ‘contracts’ to one-way obligations that bind the players but not the owners. In other words, an NFL contract.

        But what I’m asking here is can a team tell a player to go away, even as they get paid, to clear a slot in the 50 contract limit that every team has. So the player would receive the money he and his agent signed for, but would need to find a new team to play for.

        I’m asking this because looking at the Bulldogs’ roster it seemed loaded with guys who weren’t performing. Even those guys we want to hold on to, like Gabriel Dumont or Andreas Engqvist aren’t tearing up the league. Only Joonas Nattinen and Ian Schultz were pleasant surprises.

        In this light, I’m wondering if we can clear out some of the guys who aren’t making much of their opportunities, and give a chance to some of the dark horses and overagers in the CHL instead.

        Having said that, I can see that a lot of the suspects that I would want to clear out are RFA and UFA, so the problem might be easier to deal with than I thought.

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Clay says:

      That’s a trick question – I get the feeling no one is ‘more learned’ than you around here. ;)

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  10. habstrinifan says:

    So Bob Hartley. Does his ‘function’ in this tournament and the seeming impact ‘make’ him our coach!

    Might be eh?

  11. habstrinifan says:

    “I’m not sold on him being more than a third liner, and there’s nothing wrong with that. ”

    You are right Tom! Bournival most likely would end up on a 3rd line.

    But he wont be a 3rd line player like the ones we have been seeing in our line-up lately. You know… there because he does not have the skillset for a first or 2nd line regular spot.

    He would be a true bonafide game-controller third line player. The type like I mentioned.. Tremblay Riseborough, MacPhee, even Gainey.

    On the ice because of their ‘special skillset’. Non flashy hardworking competent and smart and dependable and yes artful enough to ‘control’ a game’s fortunes as it awaits a flash of brilliance for 1st or 2nd line magic. And sometimes, like tonight, provide the magic himself.

    • TomNickle says:

      If he ends up as a third liner player it will be precisely because he doesn’t have the skills to be a top six forward.

      I really like the kid, but he’s not an elite talent and comparing to perhaps the best defensive player in the history of the NHL might be a bit of a stretch too.

      It’s awesome that you’re excited about the future, I am too. He’s shown that if he makes it that he’ll be captain material. A very hard working player who will do whatever his coach asks of him. Hopefully he becomes more than that.

      :)

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      • habstrinifan says:

        I am not comparing him to Gainey. I am saying that he has some of the elements of the type of game they all played.

        And I am sorry to disagree but I think not all players are relegated to 3rd line status because they aen’t skillful enough for the first two lines.

        In fact I see that as one of our big probems in the last few years. We have players who were playing on the 3rd and 4th lines because they weren’t good enough for the 1st two.

        Habs need players who are typical 3rd line players. You can describe them as energy players, grit players etc etc, involved players, etc etc.

        For instance, even if his skills had not apparently left him, GOMEZ would never be a third line player. But Moen surely will or another name would be the guy we got from Boston and who played in Europe last year. His name escapes me now. Starts with M.

  12. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Ellis is second star.

  13. HabFanSince72 says:

    How high is Zlobin projected to go in the draft?

  14. HabFanSince72 says:

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  15. Les Habitants says:

    This I like!

    Congrats Bournival and Ellis!

    Next years Bulldogs looking pretty good!

    • TomNickle says:

      Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, Pateryn, Bournival, Gallagher and Holland all going to Hamilton.

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      • Les Habitants says:

        Going to be like a whole new team down there next season, maybe even a Gomez? (hopefully not, pray for a buyout loophole)
        Too bad they lost Henry to the DEL next year, I believe he would have been a great leader to help with their transition from jr. hockey.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Great leader might be stretching it, but he might have been useful. I’m just worried they won’t have enough room for everyone in Hamilton. Might see a few guys from this year’s team headed down to Wheeling next year.

          ———————————
          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • TomNickle says:

            We’ll be seeing trades and some restricted free agents go unqualified and their exclusive rights forfeited.

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          • Les Habitants says:

            Good point about needing the room in Hamilton especially on the back end.
            Maybe great leader was a little overboard but from what I ve read about him the last few years he was very well liked by our young Habs who played with him

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Tom, I asked a question above that maybe you know the answer to, relative to the roster in Hamilton.

            LH, I heard the same good things about Alex Henry, and certainly wouldn’t drum him out of town. Apparently he figured that the NHL wasn’t going to happen for him and he took his career in another direction. I wish him good luck.

            ———————————
            In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  16. shootdapuck says:

    Wow tournament MVP trophy named after a felon!

    What’s next the Charlie Manson scoring champions trophy?

  17. habstrinifan says:

    Wasnt that not the best hockey game you have seen this year. Exciting! All out effort! Some real ‘hockey play’ infractions which didnt need to be called and weren’t. The type of calls you didnt want to be made.

    I totally am freaked out… maybe because of the habs prospects and especially somebody I identified from game 1 Bournival.

    Congrats to the HABS prospects, to Quebec hockey, to CHL and to everyone involved. WOW!

    And did you hear Garret. It wasnt a bad goal .. was a perfect combination of passes that made that goal!

    Freakin’ Amazing!

  18. Steven says:

    Congrats, Cataractes. Talk about never giving up! Underdogs from the start, and they win it all.

  19. jols101 says:

    Wow, what a game. Boys must be tired. Congrats Cats…

  20. TomNickle says:

    Good for Zlobin for draping himself in his native Russian flag. Hopefully someday the horsecrap notion that Russian players don’t show up when it counts will be seen for what it is.

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  21. shootdapuck says:

    Great game, well played!

    They will have to do something about the icing rule it detracts from a great game!

    Salut Cats!

  22. habsfanforever7631 says:

    It was a great OT!

  23. commandant says:

    Beautiful pass by Bournival to set that up.

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    • habstrinifan says:

      OH YEAH oh yeah! Man oh Man! BOURNIVAL! What a freakin’ pass!

      Fear not HABSFANS!…. This guy is gonna be freakin’s god for us.

      He’s gonna be GREAT…. period!

      • TomNickle says:

        Gauthier acquisition. Just sayin.

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        • habstrinifan says:

          I know… gotta give him that. This Bournival is gonna be awesome… just watch.

          He played consistently inspired hockey for what 5 games or more… every night.

          • TomNickle says:

            I agree about his tournament. He elevated his game tremendously. I’m not sold on him being more than a third liner, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But wouldn’t be surprised at all if he exceeded expectations.

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        • Malreg says:

          Some credit to Timmins as well, because the first call Gauthier made when he received that trade offer was most likely to Timmins to ask “Who the heck is this Bournival kid they are offering us?”.

          • TomNickle says:

            Very likely yeah. And it was Colorado beating down the Habs’ door about O’Byrne.

            I like that trade so far. Liked it when it happened truth be told.

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  24. kempie says:

    Congrats Cats. Fun game.

  25. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Congrads to Bournival and Ellis.

  26. habsfanforever7631 says:

    boom! was it Ellis?

  27. TomNickle says:

    Good for Shawinigan. Real underdog story being able to beat the SeaDogs and Knights. They should be very proud.

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  28. D Mex says:

    The toothless fan was perfect ! :-)

    ALWAYS Habs -
    D Mex

  29. HardHabits says:

    Woohoo!!!!!!

    EDIT: Was that Bournival with the 1st assist?

    • TomNickle says:

      Sure was Dave.

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    • habstrinifan says:

      YEP! Keep that mental pic in your mind Hardhabits. This guy is gonna play for the habs in a big way. He has the tenacity of a Riseborough, the relative size and grit of a Corson, the unselfishness of McPhee and the smal town habs-hero style of a Tremblay.

      He aint gonna be like a 50 goal scorer… but he’s gonna be a heart and soul smart tough player who gives his all every night.

      Oh by the way.. did you guys know Lafleur was taller than Cournoyer. I never knew that. LOL!

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Quite right that Guy was taller than Yvan. Guy was relatively slender, while Yvan was short but powerfully built, especially in the legs.

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • habstrinifan says:

          I know that’s why he always seemed ‘bigger’. In the introduction they were side to side and Cournoyer is shorter. Of course teh age difference helps in the look too.

          Two Titans nevertheless!

  30. frontenac1 says:

    Cats Win! Great game!

  31. EricInStL says:

    Congrats Cats, way to go

  32. naweed235 says:

    can’t find the live stream… anyone has a link?

  33. EricInStL says:

    With all the solid D prospects the Habs have, it would be tempting to use Markov as trade bait once he shows the NHL that he is healthy.

  34. jols101 says:

    Like to hear the minutes Tinordi and Ellis are logging right now. Seem to be on the ice all the time.
    Great OT. Love it…

  35. commandant says:

    Game has really picked up in the OT…..

    And the refs have completely put their whistles away.

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  36. Habsolutely says:

    Wonder if Burke will trade his pick to Colombus for Nash? Sounds like something he would do.

  37. EricInStL says:

    Very good hockey right now

  38. EricInStL says:

    Not a good icing….Bad play.

  39. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Dam, that was cloce, its going to OT!

  40. TomNickle says:

    Brian Burke. He of the “we need to get back to compensating teams for executives leaving while under contract” gripe has been fined for tampering with the Sedins and now the Anaheim Ducks are going to file a tampering charge due to the suspicion of the Leafs already having negotiated with Justin Schultz.

    How about some forfeiture of draft picks here NHL? The Devils had to give up draft picks for “circumventing the salary cap”. So what about circumventing Restricted Free Agency?

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    • Hali_Hab says:

      Typical …Hypocrite.

      • D Mex says:

        Burke : Mr conscience, Mr self-righteous pr!¢$k … Every NHL fan knew he was headed from Anaheim to TO 12 months before it happened. Ron Wilson followed what, 12 sleeps later ?

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      The compensation argument is a trial balloon he’s floating, I understand his exasperation but many other organizations go through the same thing, the Canadiens included.

      The penalty for tampering with players though is very real though, and it’s a hammer if they get caught. The problem is always proving it.

      It’ll be interesting to see if Gary Bettman lets the Leafs off the hook or adopts a Roger Goodell ‘for the good of the league’ stern approach, all based on the evidence available of course.

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      • TomNickle says:

        They’ve been fined for tampering once already Normand. For the radio interview where they announced to the World that they would be after the Sedins.

        I find it hard to believe that the Ducks would file a tampering charge without some sort of verification.

        It will be nothing short of disgusting if they aren’t forced to forfeit draft picks of equal importance to the Devils’ punishment if these allegations are found to be true.

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  41. Un Canadien errant says:

    I hope Rogers runs the Leafs with the same attention and duty of care that they showed when they trumpeted that they would provide a livestream of the Memorial Cup earlier this season. Absolute total bush league.

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/pressroom/2012/05/16/sportsnet_coverage_mastercard_memorial_cup/

    Need a hockey analyst? Hire Nick Kypreos, the goon who intentionally took out Grant Fuhr in the ’96 playoff run, blew out his ACL, and effectively ended his career.

    Want to bring NFL football to Canada? Enter into an agreement with a poorly run franchise, have a press-conference where the senile owner of that franchise cackles with the dessicated owner of the broadcaster over the fact that the taxpayers of Ontario built the stadium the event will be held in and then gifted it to you so you can then gouge the same taxpayers for tickets to that event. Make sure to appeal to the citizens’ sense of civic pride. It would be a black eye for Torontonians to not snap up every over-priced seat. Racketeers such as Ziggy Wilf and Jim Irsay and the corpse of Al Davis would cluck their disapproval.

    Puck-teased a whole country with a vow to livestream the Memorial Cup, and now you kind of have to put out? Just throw on a horsebleep one-camera shot from the corner of the rink, with no replays or commentary or scoreclock.

    You guys are heroes.

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  42. frontenac1 says:

    Boing! Nice! Best show I ever saw was Pink Floyd 1974 at the Montreal Forum.(Dark Side Of The Moon) “Breathe,breathe in the air”

  43. TomNickle says:

    Yeah let’s make fun of the accent that French Canadians have when they make the effort to speak English.

    So classy.

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Details please Tom?

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      • TomNickle says:

        Just read below Normand. You won’t have to look too far.

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        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Think I got it. I thought a Sportsnet broadcaster had a Don Cherry moment.

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          • TomNickle says:

            I don’t blame you for having that thought initially. And yes it was pretty subtle and almost open to interpretation but all the same pretty sickening.

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  44. commandant says:

    Has there been a single scoring chance against London when Tinordi is on the ice?

    The guy is just dominating at this level right now.

    Lets hope he adjusts quickly to AHL speed and size (the adjustment of moving a level is always tricky for big defencemen). I’m sure he’ll do it, I just hope he does it quickly. :D

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    • TomNickle says:

      I think his footwork is remarkable for a young man his size. His offensive skills and instincts are far better than he gets credit for too.

      Gonna be a good one.

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    • Hali_Hab says:

      He has hands down shown the best of all our prospects at this tournament. He shows he understands his position. He plays almost perfect positional defense and for a kid his age it is pretty impressive.

      • TomNickle says:

        I respectfully disagree about Tinordi. He’s my favourite Habs prospect because I feel that he brings the most upside of anyone but Bournival has elevated his game to another level in this Memorial Cup in my opinion.

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        • Hali_Hab says:

          Yeah i guess the hands down thing is not what i was getting at. IMOP Tinordi has been the best followed by Bournival at a close second. The only reason i picked Tinordi is because of his consistency through the whole tournament. I find Bournival, while playing great, did not maintain that level. It took him a couple of games to get going.

          • TomNickle says:

            Tinordi has been the best of the prospects probably. I just feel that with the relative expectations of each player that Bournival has been the most impressive. I don’t expect him to be more than a third line centreman. There isn’t anything wrong with that but he makes a habit of proving people wrong.

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    • Boomer says:

      I saw one chance and it was bournival lol so i guess thats not a bad thing!

  45. Mavid says:

    they banned those stupid horns at Scotiabank place years ago, along with talking loudly, leaning forward, swearing, and showing any sign of excitement or having too much fun..

  46. jols101 says:

    Feels like the Cats are the Team of Destiny…Knights doing everything but scoring and the Cats will get a fluky one for the win…

  47. Max says:

    I’m expecting Bob Hartery to be named coach but he’s not my choice for sure.

    • naweed235 says:

      He isn’t my favorite either but honestly speaking, right now, I don’t think there is a better candidate… And even if there was, Roy isn’t one of them …

  48. TomNickle says:

    Leave it to a Leafs prospect to completely blow it!

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  49. Mavid says:

    you guys should have done what my husband did..marry someone who loves hockey just as much..and in our case even more..or just have two TV’s one for the Habs and whatever else comes along..and one for those stupid Sens…and of course that horrible history channel..

  50. frontenac1 says:

    I always thought Kypreos was a bit of a dork on Hockey Central,but I’ve got to admit,he’s done a pretty damn good job at Memorial Cup.Way to go Nick!

  51. jols101 says:

    Haha, it sounded like the fans started booing that guy going for a million bucks.
    That was a terrible effort but still a little harsh from the fans. I don’t think that guy played much competitive hockey growing up.

    • toinz says:

      I only caught the second half of that ceremony but was the entire thing in English?

      The best English speaker they have in Shawinigan is Jean Chretien. That might explain the booing.

  52. frontenac1 says:

    Man,every time I see Ellis play I am more impressed by his natural talent! Wow!

  53. ont fan says:

    Yikes! The replay looked even worse for the guy going for the Mil.

  54. D Mex says:

    Walked in about 15 minutes ago – anxious to get a look at Tinordi and thought I heard he’d been rocked by Arseneau (?)
    - How’s he doing guys ?

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  55. kempie says:

    Good game. Bournival looks good. Kabanov looks reeeeealy good.

  56. Hali_Hab says:

    Never mind that guy obviously played Baseball growing up! hahah.

  57. Hali_Hab says:

    I hope this dude gets the mill

  58. Timo says:

    Anybody going to The Wall concert in Edmonton on Tuesday?


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