Liveblog: Game 5 – Senators end Canadiens season


Senators close out Canadiens with 6-1 romp

Well, it was close for a while.

P.K. Subban's power-pplay goal trimmed Ottawa's early lead to 2-1.

Then the roof caved in.

Kyle Turris scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to begin a run of four unanswered Ottawa goals.

Daniel F. Alfredsson and Cory Conacher scored on power-plays, and Eric Condra got the sixth.

By then, many fans had left the Bell Centre.

The ones who stayed gave the Canadiens a well-deserved ovation as they stoff at centre ice, waving their sticks.

Canadiens com

Miracle on Mountain St.?

No Carey Price.

No Brian Gionta.

No Brandon Prust.

No Lars Eller.

No Ryan White.

No hope?

Your bruised and battered Montreal Canadiens face elimination Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

To the undoubted delight of Gary Bettman, four big-market American teams – the Rangers, Islanders, Blackhawks and Kings – are still very much alive in pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

But if Ottawa wins – and you have to like their chances – the Canadiens will join the Canucks and, imminently, the Leafs as Canadian teams unable to survive the first round of the postseason.

Can the Canadiens stay alive?

It may come down to the heroics of a Slovakian goaltender – which is not unprecedented in the annals of Montreal hockey.

Can Peter Budaj channel the playoff brilliance of Jaroslav Halak?

Puck drops 7:10ish. Check back later for live game blogging.

• The illustration of a zebra and his seeing-eye dog is by the brilliant Josie Gold, aka GG11.

• Your pre-game laughs: James Reimer's wife turning the death stare on Dion Phaneuf's girlfriend, former Montrealer Elisha Cuthbert. And The Goal again




  1. jedimyrmidon says:

    Can’t believe that people are STILL on Price’s case even though he didn’t play during Game 5 because he was INJURED.

    That, and Game 4 was a WIN if it weren’t for the refs.

    Man, the effects of Game 4 are even more far reaching than a single playoff game, and the shortsighted are falling right into that trap.

    • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

      You are a great fan but that kind of thinking is what has kept the Habs as a terrible playoff team. They will win nothing if they and the fans start blaming the refs and the ice and the stars and the planets etc. Price should have been pulled in the 1st game and never got back in. He is a choker. Just watch Elliott and Quick play in the West. That’s playoff goaltending.

  2. Frank2468 says:

    Question since Gio is having surgery on his left bi-cep this summer and has had the same done to his right arm last year. What do the Habs do with Gio? Keep him trade him or buy him out?

    Lets not go crazy now it’s just a question

    • Banned says:

      Keep’em all, theres no 1 buyout thats going to fix the problems of this team.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      The buyout we have left is allocated to Tomas Kaberle. We have no other buyout to use, so it’s not worthwhile to discuss using one on any other Canadien.

      Besides, Brian Gionta is still useful. Tomas Kaberle has no use. It’s not even close.

  3. Banned says:

    HH. Habs spent over 100 dollars over the next 5 years on Price, Max, DD, and Gorges. Pretty close to a quadzillion, and are nowhere near the performers, a Parise or Suter will ever be.

  4. CHicoHab says:

    In order for this team to be better they will have to lose or move at least 6 players. That being 1 goalie. 2 defencemen. 3 forwards.
    Have a nice summer all.

    “take your time and hurry up”

  5. jon514 says:

    The Presser MT SHOULD HAVE given tonight….

    I’d like to say goodbye to Diaz, Markov, Kaberle, Weber… and, I never thought I’d say it, Gorges this summer….

  6. Ring of Fire says:

    Who’s that Curly dude with the beard and when u coming down to the NY State and do some good old fashion tailgate drinking…. I remember some of ur post this past season.. I think ur a closet Bills fan

    I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

  7. Vid says:

    None of the Habs’ strengths and good habits from the regular season came into the playoff season. Arguably these strengths left them before the regular season even finished.

    third period goal scoring
    scoring by committee
    sound defence and efficient d zone exits
    no turtling on leads

    But there were definitely bright spots and players that will only get better in the future.

    Bourque, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Subban and White stood out. If not for injuries I think Eller and Emelin would’ve been bright spots as well. Didn’t see enough of Dumont and Tinordi to make a judgement. I only hope Pacioretty and DD have better showings in future playoffs.

    Besides the obvious, Habs really need forwards, especially centers to improve their faceoff ability or get players who can win faceoffs when the pressure is on.

    I can see the Canadiens gradually trading off a few veterans over the next couple of seasons. Plekanec and Gionta I think. If we’re lucky maybe someone will take Gorges but we’re likely stuck with this overpaid D who should be no more than a 6th dman on the depth chart. Markov is iffy but I figure he’ll be traded too. The interesting thing will be to see which players step up to fill these vacant roles and/or if player acquisitions are made.

    • nunacanadien says:

      We need tougher players like Emelin. Plain and simple. Find another goalie, keep Kaberle to pay the new goalie, trade everyone for a good goalie that can run the Carey Price Daycare Psych unit that has all the mental disabled hab fans worshiping his bad ways.

      Wake up Montreal, you need bigger tougher players and make Price a backup goalie.

  8. nickster13 says:

    Anyone else seen this funny?

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  9. SUMO says:

    On TSN Radio 690; Pat Hickey reporting Alexei Emelin has not even had surgery yet! Too much swelling. Once the swelling goes down then they can operate but its 6-months of rehab before he can come back. So don’t expect him back until after Christmas…..

    Theres an opportunity here for one of our Defense prospects to step up; Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn or Morgan Ellis.

    Markov – Subban
    Gorges – Diaz
    Tinordi – ?

    Bye Bye
    -Thomas Kaberle (Amnesty buy-out)
    -Davis Drewiske (UFA; a wasted 5th round pick for him)
    -Yannick Weber (RFA; but will he be offered a contract? If not then he will be a UFA)

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      If MB wants to seriously compete next year, the move to make is to trade Gorges and etc for a legitimate top two 25/min D-man. Markov would then move to the 2nd pair where he belongs. Then sign someone for the 2nd pair until Emelin comes back. Diaz is a 3rd pairing D-man. Play him with Tinordi.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Garbo says:

      Mistake #1 – taking anything Pat Hickey has to say seriously.

    • Mark C says:

      Can a team really “waste” a 5th round pick?

      • SUMO says:

        Gallagher was a 5th round pick.

        • nihilz says:

          Timmins still would have drafted him in the 6th hehe

        • Mark C says:

          That’s one player, every draft a few players make it out of the late rounds. You have to judge a draft pick by its expected average value and not by one of rare players who make it. 5th round picks have little value.

          • SUMO says:

            Here is a link to Timmons picks from 2003-present;

            His 5th round has been pretty good. Compare it to other teams and you can see hes been able to uncover some good ones in the later rounds. My whole point is Drewiske added nothing to the Playoffs and will walk after only a couple of months.

            2012 – Charls Hudon (Prospect in Hamilton)
            2011 – Darren Dietz (Prospect in Hamilton)
            2010 – Brendan Gallagher (NHL Player)
            2009 – Gabriel Dumont (NHL Player)
            2008 – Maxim Trunev (Prospect)
            2007 – Joe Stejskal (Bust) / Andrew Conboy (Bust)
            2006 – Pavel Valentenko (Bust)
            2005 – Matheiu Aubin (Bust)
            2004 – Mikhail Grabvoski (NHL Player)
            2003 – No Pick

          • Storman says:

            LOL 5th round picks have little value,, how dumbass, is that,, Gallagher will be joined by both Charles Hudon and Darren Dietz on the Habs future roster..Darren Dietz will be a star in the NHL…

  10. nihilz says:

    Pacioretty Plekanec Bourque
    Galchenyuk Eller Gallagher
    Prust Dumont White
    Bournival Leblanc Kristo

    Emelin Subban
    Tinordi Beaulieu
    Gorges Pateryn

    My skeleton depth chart moving into off season.

  11. johnnylarue says:

    It’s a bummer Price wasn’t able to assert himself more and string together a few solid games, because now no matter how well he does in the regular season he’ll be starting at zero again come playoff time next year, with a miserable 5-31 (or whatever) playoff record.

    Kid could have used a confidence boost.

    That said, Bergeron’s tabloid-worthy, gratuitous “speculation” regarding Price was… regrettable. To phrase it in a mod-friendly way.

    “Donald S. Cerise”, as he will henceforth be known to me, just lost what little respect I had for him as the occasionally entertaining comic relief on l’AC.

    • ooder says:

      what did Bergeron say?

      • johnnylarue says:

        According to a poster below, he suggested Price might have faked his injury. I’m in the process of fact checking as I type this…

      • Storman says:

        Was not only Bergeron, Damphouse and all the AC boys were speculating If it is time to move Carey Price, kept harping on how many times Therrien said Anderson was the best player in series, insinuating Therrien and was throwing Price a tad under the bus. and maybe management expected much more from Price, and will now find it may be time to move him etc….that was the crust of what I heard on AC

        I would consider trading Price to Calgary for there first round pick in 2015 or 2016 maybe get into the Connor McDavid or Sean Day sweepstakes with Calgary’s pick,, of course Price would have to be replaced by maybe a Jonathon Bernier or Josh Harding or maybe even a toxic contract Luongo if Vancouver takes on some of the bill, and holds onto to maximum allowable cap hit according to CBA..

        • Mark C says:

          Yes, let’s replace Price with someone with MS. HardHabits would be impressed with this tank job.

          • Storman says:

            Well if Harding has full blown MS that may eliminate him from futire athletic endeavors,, but your disgraceful way of showing no respect for people with the dreaded MS disease will always be there disgraceful..PS a real Tank Job would be to continue to believe Price is a goalie to lead you to a Stanley Cup or even a playoff run..

    • kalevine says:

      he was close, a game saving clear or stop in game 4 might have done the trick

    • Garbo says:

      I have always been a big Price supporter, but he will need to have a VERY good season next year – otherwise he will be facing the chopping block. I don’t think Montreal will put up with the same next year = GOOD season start, HORRIBLE finish, BAD playoffs.

      Montrealers will only stand behind him for so long…

  12. JohnBellyful says:

    Punchuation, starring PJ Stock

    [MRI of PJ’s brain]

    [PJ standing in line]

    [PJ peeing]

    [PJ and the hockey panel]

    (PJ seated at a restaurant]

    [PJ almost has an idea]

  13. Just A Guy says:

    So…who is more trade-able, DD or Gorges?

  14. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Next episode on Habs 24CH…golf course…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  15. HardHabits says:

    At least the Habs didn’t spend a kazillion dollars and Parise and Suter for from here to eternity.

    • The Jackal says:


      Habs have room and lots of options and assets.

      I get your point that the better team wins. I’d qualify that by saying that the W is what matters in the end, our better play is irrelevant now.

      But it’s still something to build on and to evaluate the team by, which is important moving forward.

      Honestly, this may sound nuts saying this just after being ended in 5 (and it’s been said many times), but the Habs are very close to building a perennial contender.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • HardHabits says:

        I still think we have to be patient and see what happens in the next two seasons. Seeing how they do over an 82 game schedule in the new re-alignment will give us a better picture of whether or not they will be contenders or pretenders. The size factor was huge and I mean that pun. Much work to do, and it can’t be resolved over night. It has to be cultural and identity based and it has to come from the top. There is still much of the recent past to undo before the future can be made to happen as we all hope will one day be. I don’t see or feel it yet and would rather see a steady and realistic approach to this rebuild than a deluded marketing based glossing over rife with platitudes about how anything can happen once you make the play-offs. To make things happen during the play-offs a team requires the tools. The Habs are missing too many key elements that other teams are building with and it is due to the cultural and recent past. Even if upstairs and behind the bench the attitude is changing, I doubt that the on ice product can’t be transformed as quickly.

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …just for the Hell of it …for those of Us that remember Walter Brennan

    …for the Others more into Snoop Dog, keep on truckin’ 🙂

  17. kalevine says:

    outscored 12-0 in the 3rd periods of this series. That must be some type of record

  18. adadi says:

    We lost this series because Anderson was better than Price. End of story. Price has not played as a number one goalie this year. I know the goalie coach is toast but Carey needs to figure out a way to improve his focus. If we had just average goaltending in this series It’s Montreal eliminating Ottawa today. But goaltending was absolutely abysmal. Ottawa is definitely the luckiest team in the league this year. They really deserved to lose a lot more games than they did. I might have even cheered for them but I can’t take the Walrus.

    Go Hawks!

    • christophor says:

      Simpleton, shallow, cop-out analysis.

      Edit: add ‘lazy’

    • Fargo Habs Fan says:

      We lost this series because our best players weren’t our best players.

      Goals for: 2, 3, 1, 2, 1.

      For arguments sake, let’s just pretend Carey won four games this series. Since he didn’t play Game 5, we’ll throw that out. In that case, scores are the following:

      G1: 2-1 Habs
      G2: 3-2 Habs
      G3: 1-0 Habs
      G4: 2-1 Habs

      In those games, Carey faced 31, 30, 30 and 32 shots. Based on the numbers above:

      To win this series, Carey would have needed a 1.00 GAA, .967 save percentage.

      Easy, right?


      Edit: For comparison sake, Anderson finished the series 1.80 GAA, .950 Pct.

  19. Habcouver says:

    Habs have nothing to be embarrassed about, beaten by a pretty good team. Looking forward to next year.

    I’m happy not to be a Canuck fan… only team to be swept and in dire need of direction.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  20. Montrealer2 says:

    Next on the tee…………..les voici les Canadiens

    “I’m not blind,I’ve just seen enough”

  21. punkster says:

    Oh boy, the experts are out in droves tonight.

    Get rid of Pleks? Really???

    That’s it for me…hordes st00pid makes their way out the crypts after 11pm I guess…and I have no stomach for arguing with the walking dead.

    ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

    • Ring of Fire says:

      Expert no…but how many goals or for that matter ho much a presence has Mr. Softie been

      I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

    • The Jackal says:

      That horde’s opinion will be dominant for a couple of weeks, but the truth is that we were the better team but got the raw end of the deal. Many extraneous factors outside of the play of both teams affected the outcome. When Alfredsson and Karlsson and the Walrus acknowledge this, it is more than just a fan’s opinion.

      They realize they pulled off the upset while being outplayed.
      It’s not like that has never happened before… it happens every year.

      The Habs are a really good team and they will only get better.
      When the dust settles and people get over the loss then more fans will realize what kind of team they have a – great one!

      15 other teams will be just as disappointed. It doesn’t matter where you exit if you don’t win the cup, and every fan of those teams will be making the same kinds of comments as we see here.

      The important thing is to maintain a realistic perspective instead of the typical post-loss negativity. The Habs deserved a better fate, key word being deserved, and that is universally acknowledged. That means that while they were the better team, they lost, it happens people. All that matters is the W so it doesn’t matter who played better, but you can’t just discard that we were better for most of the series.

      Either way, MB has had his evaluation season and he will make the right changes.

      In the end, these things are not enough consolation now, but in time it they will be.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • kalevine says:

        outplaying a team doesn’t matter. You have to outscore them too. Sens were in control pretty much the whole series. If they got behind they battled back. They blew out the habs twice. They are full marks for this series. The Ottawa coach and players were just trying to be gracious. I sure hope management doesn’t see it as just a bit of bad luck.

      • Ring of Fire says:

        We will get better but really? two 6-1 loses n out in 5 that’s no fluke ..better team to admit but what the hey!!

        I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

    • Frank2468 says:

      No need to call people stupid or walking dead just because your opinion doesn’t coincide with others. This is called a blog with different points of views prospectives don’t be ignorant. So tell me how much did Pleks do in the this series or the last one for that matter. I do remember him saying he plays like a little girl. Not my words but his words.

      • punkster says:

        Let me rephrase it for you.

        How about “misinformed”…I find that people who want to get rid of Pleks are misinformed…because our number one centre lead this meager scoring team in points this playoff, and was 3rd in points for the regular season, 56.0% on face offs in the playoffs, 50.6% in the regular season.

        Now tell me again why you want to get rid of him.

        ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

        • kalevine says:

          I think the team HAS to move in a new direction, and to do that they have to give u something. Plek could be a valuable piece for a serious contender, and he could fetch a handsome return. On this undersized team, he gets beaten down over a season and rarely has much left in the playoffs. He may have led te team in scoring these playoffs but he sure made Turris look good.

          • punkster says:

            Better argument K…because any player is tradeable…no exceptions, depending upon the return of course.

            But I don’t believe “he sure made Turris look good”…Turris is a pretty good player himself, only 2 inches taller but a few pounds lighter than Pleks.

            ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

    • savethepuck says:

      I am one guy on here that despite the fact that Plex didn’t score a goal, I think he was easily one of our best forwards in this series. He takes a lot of shit he doesn’t deserve on here.

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

  22. Gally365 says:

    Problem with this team. Too many damage goods. Galchenyuk seems to be healed. Gallagher and PK seems to be the only healthy players on the team. The rest. Once they get hit hard they’re injured.
    As long as we keep those players. Every season plus playoffs will be the same result.

    Gotta bring in players that’s not injury prone with speed Talent and can play tough anything else we’ll be waiting a long time for a cup in Montreal. We have all the proof we need this time around.
    5-Games and they’re injury riddled and out of the playoffs.

    Pacioretty, Gionta and the remaining lame will never be the same.
    Injury prone players will never succeed.

    • habs1992 says:

      I must say i liked what i seen from Bourque this year , very good piece to have going foward.

      I support Carey Price

      • kalevine says:

        yeah he looked good but he should practice shooting at open nets this summer. I haven’t seen such a display of missed opportunities since Mark Hunter was a Hab

  23. habs1992 says:

    P.J said Price was terrible and we are a regular season team. Also we could of had Torres for a 2nd round pick, David Clarkson will be hab

    I support Carey Price

  24. HardHabits says:

    Did the Canadiens exceed your expectations this season or did they let you down?

        Exceeded expectations
        Let me down
    x  A bit of both

    Why I feel both is that even though they left it all on the ice in game 2… they really left it all on the ice. They had nothing left after that.

  25. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Don’t expect much changes next year as MB is riding out Markov and Gionta’s contracts….



    Only one real spot available in the line-up…with DD and Max. Clarkson is a no brainer to put here. I think MB is going to be conservative for another year even though there are guys that should go.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Frank2468 says:

      Well DDO I really hope your wrong on things staying the same next year. Don’t think I can another year of the small players. I hate watching them being pushed around and hate listening to all the B.S from other fans of other teams. And if it does stay almost the same we will lose another season series to the laffs. OMG my skin just crawled

    • Ton says:

      ottawa made changes and got bigger by adding no names……..nothing wrong with small players ..they have there place but not so many on one team.

      • Frank2468 says:

        Yes Ton some is ok but Habs have to many small players. In my opinion to go should be

        1) Pleks
        2) D.D
        3) Moen
        3) Frannkie
        4) either Keep Diaz or Markov but not both.
        5) Ryder
        6) Armstrong

        I know you can’t do this all at once but we have to start somewhere.

        • Ton says:

          dd were stuck , frankie were stuck, moen can be dumped but he is a good piece, armstrong was a piece, ryder good bye for good this time, pleks has trade value near the end of the season but I think he is a good team player……….2 or 3rd center

          • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

            Exactly what I was trying to say…they’re stuck.

            “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

          • Frank2468 says:

            Well they can start with Moen, Armstrong and Ryder and Kraperlay is going to be bought out. So some cap space is available.

    • Ring of Fire says:

      DDO.. I don’t think i can take another year of Pleks Gionta and definatly Moen not to mention Gorges.. I’m switching to highalls I don’t even want to think about that

      I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Moen would be first on my list to go…

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  26. Ton says:

    I like Carlson’s interview…………..” maybe Montreal deserved better fate, if there is something we did well its keep the puck out of net” well said……..they got outplayed, kept the puck out of there net (another way of saying anderson played better than our goalies) and we won! well said!

  27. habs1992 says:

    We wil get Dave Clarkson and Nathan Horton, we are getting BIG GURANTEE IT

    I support Carey Price

  28. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …will there be an ALS tonight …About Last Season from Mike before We rest Our tired heads ?

  29. doug19 says:

    Well Budai sure did not shine but we only scored 1 goal. Ryder was a disappointment can’t see him back. Moen I like he is only 31 but seems to have lost something, too bad I hope he gets it back. He was suppose to be a playoff gem.
    Maxpac, well not as rugged as hoped for. Is pulling sleds good for his hockey. I am looking forward to next year I would like to see more prospects rotated through the lineup. The two Gallys give great hope as does defense prospects.

    • kalevine says:

      Moen is a piece of the puzzle, like Gionta and Gomez were. Gainey knew how to get pieces but not how to put them together. NOt sure Bergevin knows better

  30. HardHabits says:

    So maybe my head isn’t hurting that much.

    Draft Order

    – The 14 teams that missed the playoffs during the previous NHL season are awarded the first 14 picks. They draft in order of fewest points to most points, subject to the results of the draft lottery.

    – The current Stanley Cup champion picks last (30th).
    – The Stanley Cup runner-up picks 29th.
    – The other two Conference Finalists pick 28th and 27th.
    – Regular-season division winners hold the other lowest positions.
    – Remaining teams draft in order of fewest points to most points from the previous regular season.

    As Commandant noted, the best case scenario is 23rd, worst is 26th.

  31. Sportfan says:

    On the side of pathetic news Jays lose bottom of the 10th with a bases loaded walk… WTF

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    • Ring of Fire says:

      spending money like drunken sailors in free agency doesn’t guarentee success

      I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

    • savethepuck says:

      As a former die hard Expos fan, I could care less about the Jays. If they have to be Canada’s team, I’ll try to cheer for the Nationals for now and hope MLB eventually puts a team back in Montreal. I hated the Jays when the Expos existed and there’s no way I can change that opinion.

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

    • HNS says:

      No one gives a shit.

  32. Gerry H says:

    1. A heartbreaking series, valliantly fought, but doomed by a dominant performance from the opposing goalie and a ludicrous number of injuries. That’s playoff hockey

    2. The future is so much brighter than any of us could have imagined just twelve months ago. Good management and coaching, a young, exciting core and, after the release of Ryder and buyout of Kaberle, room to make some tweaks and be that much better next year. They’re going to be good for a while and, yes, they’ll get bigger and tougher.

    3. Mike Boone, you are a gem. I have been a Habs fan for 45+ years, but the Live blogs that have been a key part of every game I’ve watched for the last four years have added a whole new dimension to my enjoyment of NHL hockey. A mensch of the very highest order, sir.

    4. PK, get ye to Sweden post-haste. Go Canada go!

  33. Sportfan says:

    So how many years will it take before half the fan base complains about Gally and Chucky?

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  34. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Really quite a heartbreaking series, from the Eller hit, to getting pummelled in game three, to blowing the lead in game four.
    But overall the season was quite positive. Some excellent young players on this team. The future looks bright. This year was just the beginning. I commend all the players for giving it their all.
    I enjoyed this season a lot more than the last one.
    I’m sure Bergevin will continue to make this team better.
    Thanks to Boone for the excellent coverage.

  35. habsfan0 says:

    Habs eliminated tonight..sad.
    Laffs eliminated tomorrow night..happy.

  36. j2w4habs25 says:

    Should we sign Nathan Horton?? We can get rid of someone small.

    This team is still to small for playoff hockey. The only small guy to stay would be Gally – he works very hard for his size and he plays with his heart and soul every single game. I am very proud of him.

    Horton who has size and speed would be a good fit for this team.

    Carey Price #31

  37. Sportfan says:

    So what big UFAs are going to be available this year?

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  38. NCRhabsfan says:

    This was a perfect end to a great season. Who is kidding who, last to Champion happens in Hollywood movies but not many other places. This team was a pretender from the get go. What’s nice is that having come up so woefully short in the playoffs, it is impossible for anyone to pretend that this team is “close”. It is not. It is hugely promising. The young players look great, but there is way too much dead wood that needs to go if this team is to move to the next level. At least the playoffs made that painfully clear.

    My take, one of many I’m sure, the kids are great and Tinordi is here to stay. Gionta needs to go as does DD. In the former’s case his best years are behind him, in the latter’s case he is simply a good player on a bad team but a bad player on a good team. He isn’t part of a winning solution. He will get 40+ points a year in regular season games and be completely invisible when it matters forever. There is a reason he wasn’t drafted. Good on him that he turned his limited skills into a decent paycheque, let’s let him use up someone else’s ice time collecting it. Moen and Armstrong are interchangeable with a hundred other players of their ilk, change as needed. White is a nutbar and needs to be replaced by a guy like him that is both more controlled and more skilled with his fists (hockey skills would be a plus, goodness knows, White has few). Pleks is fine as long as you aren’t counting on him to be the number 1 centre. He is better suited for a number 2 or even number 3 role. In that capacity he is worth his weight in gold. Let Ryder walk, you were right the first time. If the Habs have money to spend, do NOT spend it on small skilled guys. We have the full complement of those. If big skilled guys are not available, don’t spend the money at all. Weber needs to be freed, he won’t come back to haunt you like Streit because he isn’t Streit.

    I love this team and actually think this was a very good outcome for them. Great work MT getting these guys to play way above their heads all year. Thank you to all the players who made this a fun season (or part season). Over to you MB, the challenges are obvious, get on with it!

    • habnonymous1 says:

      In case you skipped the long post above here is one nugget :

      @NCRhabsfan “Pleks is fine as long as you aren’t counting on him to be the number 1 centre. He is better suited for a number 2 or even number 3 role. In that capacity he is worth his weight in gold.”

      That is bang on. Rest of post worth reading too.

  39. Thanks for all you have done to keep us Habs Fans entertained Mr. Boone and Stubbs. Without your input and behind scenes would be nothing but sit and wait. Habs played with heart and future looks bright. Would like to see Gachenyuk – Eller – Gallagher as Habs no. 1 line for next season. This trio will be only get better if given the opportunity to play more.

    I believe there are more injuries to come forward in the coming days. MB will find two heavyweights that can play sounded hockey while wearing uni with pride. Habs will be looking really good this coming draft. Looking forward to draft day. See you all in the coming days and keep up the great posts. Enjoyed this season and looking for better results next playoffs.

    Go Habs Go!!!

  40. adadi says:

    I think MT is a much more effective coach when he screams and throws things on the ice. I had enough of the soft touch with JM. See you all next year!

    P.s. We need two big D MB. They had better be in the lineup next September.

  41. JF says:

    When I saw the Sens’ first two goals and the two posts we hit, I knew it wasn’t meant to be.

    We played two good games this series – three if you include the first while excepting goaltending – but won only one of them. Even tonight, we played a better first period than the Senators, but they were far better the rest of the way. And Craig Anderson was the best player on both teams in the series.

    All the bad luck that a team would normally have over a long season seemed to hit us in the last month, and most of it in the final week. The injury to Emelin was catastrophic, the injury to Eller scarcely less so. Then there were Prust, Gionta, and White, and tonight we learn that Pacioretty was playing with a bum shoulder. The same likely goes for Michael Ryder, whose days with the Habs are surely over.

    It was all too much. Even if the refs had not robbed us of Game 4, there was no way we were gong to win the series with the injuries we had and the goaltending we were getting.

    I think the team we saw in the playoffs was closer to being the real Habs than the one that sailed unchecked through the first three months of the season. If there had been 82 games, I think we would have been scratching and clawing for one of the last couple of playoff berths. A lot will have to change before we are contenders. More size and toughness, especially on defence, more grit, more scoring – or more opportunistic scorers. And who knows about goaltending? Does Price have it in him to give the kind of performance Anderson gave night after night? I guess we’ll find out next year.

  42. BKAK72 says:

    Bang for your buck in 2013/14?

    Plekanecs $5M – nope
    Gionta $5M – nope
    Bourque $3.3M – nope
    Prust $2.5M – yup
    Moen $1.85M – maybe
    MaxPac $4.5M – maybe
    Eller $1.325M – yup
    Gallagher $870K – yup
    Desharnier $3.5M – nope

    Markhov $5.75 – maybe
    Kabrle $4.25M – ha ha ha
    Georges $3.9M – nope
    Subban $2.87M – yup, pretty sure
    Emelin $2.0M – yup
    Bouillon $1.5M – maybe
    Diaz $1.225 – nope

    Budaj $1.4M – maybe
    Price $6.5M – school of Scott Gomez

    I think there’s about $20M in contract that simply doesn’t deserve it.


    • Ring of Fire says:

      WOW!! Pleks n Moen make that much …that’s grand larceny…WTF!!

      I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      The only thing that bothers is that not much will change next year unless deals are made.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      With the exception of the following I agree with most of your post.

      Moen – nope
      Markov – no, too much for a PP specialist with nothing else in the tank
      Bouillon – nope, the rookies have more ceiling. As a 7th D, maybe but probably not.
      Price – yes, but the clock is ticking, maybe not next contract.

  43. habs1992 says:

    So Clowe, Bickel, Clarkson, all those would be great starts for the team we need to get 1 of them

    I support Carey Price

  44. kalevine says:

    Too much perimeter play, even when opportunities presented themselves. Score was 2-1, Habs had a pp, and Plekanec had all the time in the world to move in off the half wall. He ook a couple of steps and a low percentage shot. Did he not want to get hurt?

    I was happy with the regular season, but when it leads to humiliation like this, twice in a series, not so much. I was a horrible way to end the season, worse because it was in front of home fans. A loss I could handle, but this was an annihilation

    I just hope management does not get seduced by convenient excuses into thinking that it was just a string of bad luck, bad refereeing, hot goaltender, etc. The last few weeks proved this team is nowhere near competitive status in today’s NHL. But I fear that, given that so many of these mediocre players have been given generous contracts, that management will keep them on to save face.

  45. Harditya says:

    I think I agree with a lot of people here. Time for Eller to take a top 6 role. One of DD and Plekanec has to go. I’d rather see Desharnais go..but he just got an extension. So be it.

  46. hamiltonbulldogs says:

    For the last time until September … I will say … Thank god we have Desharnais for 4 more years at 14 million dollars!!! What a great signing!!! NOT !!!!

    • Barts says:

      Funny, I was just logging on to say the same thing. Desharnais is NOT a second line centre in the National Hockey League. Brutal signing by Marc Bergevin. Can’t believe we’re on the hook for another four years.

  47. Ton says:

    Vinny Damphouse (very informative) asked when will price be better……….he had a very ordinary year with lots of soft goals allowed in the year and playoffs……..once again its left unanswered……..he’s paid to be your best player. Therien also said many time in his press conference that anderson was the best player and when asked about his goalie………he said anderson was the best player in the series…….interesting summer ahead for our “best” player

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I don’t think it is great analysis just to blame the goalies. Ottawa’s D is HUGE. Anderson gave up a ton of rebounds which they cleared. If you flip the D’s, the result would not have been the same…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Ton says:

        he’s not blaming the goalie………he saying we need our best player to be our best player………when will this happen!!!!! great comment and analysis!!!

  48. Propwash says:

    What a team Chicago has…


  49. ProHabs says:

    Anyone remember the play or hit that MaxPac seperated his shoulder on in game 1

  50. thehabs21 says:

    talking about the draft is so damn depressing….. Going to be the same damn team next year same damn results

    “I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears”

    • Mark C says:

      Oh free agency and trades have been locked out this offseason?

    • ProHabs says:

      I can just picture the draft now.
      Round 1 – Habs are happy to select 5ft8 170 pd winger ___________
      Round 2 – Habs are happy to select 5ft7 166 pd winger ___________
      Round 2- Habs are happy to select 5ft9 175 pd winger ___________
      Round 2- Habs are happy to select 5ft7 Swiss defenceman ________

  51. Steven says:

    Habs played a great season, but much to be desired of the playoffs. Still, the team will only get better, chances are. It’s clear as day what needs to be touched upon and what is just fine.

    Turning point of the series? Eller’s injury. For 2 games to a goon, we lost our number 1 center at the time(Say what you want, he was playing better than either of our other centers). Emelin before the series even began hurt too.

    This is why the NHL remains a bush league(along with reffing). I’m pretty confident we’ll make the necessary improvements next year and make some noise, though.

    It’s gonna be a long wait till September…

  52. showey47 says:

    According to tsn690 the habs will be drafting 24th this year.

  53. keithmacv says:

    Chris…Galchenyuk has some work to do??? He’s 19 years old!! What an idiot comment.

    • Chris says:

      Compare 19 year old Galchenyuk to 20 year old Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Pageau was frequently engaged in the defensive zone, while Galchenyuk (as was frequently the case this season) was guilty of dogging it in the defensive zone.

      That was the biggest hole in his game in the OHL, and it is one of the reasons why some of these guys might be better off spending some time in the AHL out of the glare of the spotlight.

      That was the root of my comment. Galchenyuk needs to drastically improve defensively. Losing a year to the knee injury absolutely hurt his development, but people were blinded by the big offensive numbers this year. He was a bit of a train wreck defensively.

  54. fastfreddy says:

    Thank you tsn 690, they state Plekanecs not the player he used to be, badly outplayed by Turris IN PLAY OFFS, but Pleks never shows up in playoffs! If you can move him, do it.
    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  55. ProHabs says:

    It is funny.

    It took the Sens ONE game (the game where McLaren of the Leafs knocked out their player in a fight) to realize they were not tough enough and that they could get slapped around. Within a week, they had Matt Kassian. Anyone that has played hockey knows that having him saved Neil from having to fight everyone and made every other player play bigger.

    It has taken the Habs 4 years and they still don’t realize that they are so easily pushed around and have absolutely no response for it. They get beat up and there is nothing they can do about it. Prust was forced to fight heavyweights all year, no wonder he was worn out. And the players have to play small because there is no one to back them up.

    You can’t win in the playoffs with a small team. My goodness, wake up.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      The Canadiens put in a waiver claim for him, and for another enforcer if memory serves, but spent the whole season at the top of the standings, so we were last in the waiver rankings, and never could nab one of these guys. You have to allow that circumstances partially dictated our situation.

      • Chuck says:


        Anyone but the Sens. And Boston. Oh, and the Laffs, too.

      • showey47 says:

        I thought kassian had cleared waivers orginally with nobody claiming him then was traded to the sens for a late draft pick.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          You’re correct, he did clear and was later traded for a 6th-rounder in 2014 to the Sens.

          Help me out guys, who were the (at least) two enforcers the Canadiens tried to pick up on waivers? We were scooped twice by lower-ranked teams, according to reports.

    • jrshabs1 says:

      + 1

      Go Habs Go!!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I agree about the need for size but Matt Kassian is a useless hockey player…it’s their huge D that killed the Habs.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Ton says:

      good post I think this defeat will not fall on deaf years…………therien will not coach a team like this again…… could read between the lines in his press conference.

    • sharp619 says:

      Pro habs, I was reading your comment and it sounded like me yelling at the tv for the last 10 plus years. U cannot win with the lack of size they currently have. I hope bergevin gets it. Gainey certainly didn’t

  56. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …it’s going to be a long summer without Boone 🙂

  57. jrshabs1 says:

    Can somebody tell me again that the Habs aren’t too small they just didn’t play up to their potential. Where’s tom nickel when I need him. I’m not sure if the current edition of the Habs are robust enough to win a Sweedish elite league series. Do the Habs need both Gionta and DD next year? Is Gallagher not enough? Would Diaz crack the line up anywhere else? Was Prust able to carry the physical load this year? 1 hit changed the whole series..the Habs didn’t have any push back. Thanks Lars for sacrificing your face..too bad it was for nothing. This series was a total team and fan disaster.

    • Chwinsy says:

      you were quick, i’ll give you that

    • Bim says:

      Yes this team is not B I G enough. They simply got beat up to the point where they couldn’t compete anymore and yes they don’t need Gionta, Deharnais or (dare I say it) Andre Markov anymore. Just to small and/or old. Diaz is still young enough. I would keep him and surround him with some bigger players like Tinordi and Pateryn. Those two though need to put on some weight and muscle over the summer. Where they go from here is anyone’s guess. It’ll be an interesting summer. I don’t think they’ll finish as high as they did this year after an 82 game sched without changing a few bodies. They need to get finishing lower so they can draft higher. This finishing high and drafting near the bottom is hurting them.

  58. habs1992 says:

    we need Dave Clarkson PLEASE

    I support Carey Price

  59. homerbowen says:

    We were beaten by a better, bigger and tougher team. We have great heart, but are too soft and small and cannot stand up to most of these teams at playoff time as injuries just mount up. Season was a pleasant surprise, however, when it counted we failed plain and simple. A big job lays ahead for our teams management and I wish them well.
    I’ll be happy when the Laffs are out then hoping the Sens do well.

    • The Jackal says:

      No, better team lost. It happens.
      Next season will be good.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • HardHabits says:

        The team that wins is the better team. Ottawa was the better team this series. Stop trying to rewrite history and make up lies and white wash things.

        You sound like a Fox News analyst.

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          You would say that Ottawa dominated the Habs to the point that the 4-1 series result reflects the play of the two teams? I don’t think so.

          • HardHabits says:

            The better team wins. Defence is part of sports. The Sens D was better than the Habs O. Hence the better team won. 4-1 is a true indication of how much better their goal-tending was and how much more opportunistic their scoring was. That’s sports. Saying the Habs were the better team is ludicrous and patently false.

        • The Jackal says:

          Nah HH, you’re just disappointed and want to think they were not better. Even the Sens know they beat the better team. It happens.

          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • HardHabits says:

            I mean it. The better team always wins. That’s sports. Read my comment above.

            I am way over this series and have already moved on. It’s summer in Montreal and am 1 work day away from the week-end.

  60. Habsbill24 says:

    I think we need to question the coaching as well. The season was obviously over before this game started so why does Halpern get more ice team than Galchenyuk? One guy is gone, the other is the franchise. Why does a broken down Markov play more minutes than PK? Why does Tinordi play less than ten minutes? What the hell is MT thinking?

    • Ton says:

      did you see what tinordi did in those 10 minute??????????????????he’s young you minimize there ice time and promote a learning environment without destroying them!!

  61. Dirtsteed says:

    We need Bickel

    • Ring of Fire says:

      Exactly …thugs like that who teams think twice about messing with

      I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Apparently he was one of the players Marc Bergevin tried to add at the deadline, and/or Mike Rupp and/or Kyle Clifford.

      Apparently, they don’t give away these players for free.

  62. SmartDog says:


    1. Besides PK, Gallagher, Bourque, Galchenyuk, and Mike Boone, who else showed they BELONG in the playoffs?

    2. Aside from better refs, what do the Habs most need?

    3. Is DD as bad as he suddenly seems to be? How bad is

    4. If you are MB and could ship out two Habs this summer, which two would they be?

    5. Do you hope the Sens get their asses kicked after one of their best players gets hammered into next year in the first game and the refs play ‘hide the whistle’ to take away another game? (Is this too obvious…?)

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Chris says:

      1. The funny thing is that I actually think Galchenyuk was not particularly good in this playoffs. He’s got some work to do. The talent is there, and there were flashes. But he’s got huge work to do defensively, and he’s got to get stronger. I still have faith that he’s going to be a very good player, however.

      As for others…it is really hard to say. The team was decimated by injuries. I wouldn’t use this playoff run to make any judgements, truth be told, other than perhaps that the Habs quite simply cannot continue with Desharnais-Plekanec as their 1-2 centres. One has to go.

      2. Scoring. We saw the end result of a team that struggled to snipe goals.

      3. No. He’s a victim of the injuries, to a big extent. He can’t set up goals for guys who can’t shoot.

      4. Plekanec (biggest return and I think Eller can take that spot) and Moen (useless for most of the season).

      5. Not particularly. I’m not an NHL fan, I’m a Habs fan. I don’t really care one way or the other moving forwards.

      • SmartDog says:

        I don’t think Galchenyuk was fantastic either. But despite his age and inexperience he out-performed most of the team in at least one game.

        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      1. Eller..
      2. Physical D-men..especially a guy to play with PK.
      3. DD needs to play with two big guys or he is useless…
      4. DD and Moen…
      5. Of course…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  63. commandant says:

    If you told me 1 year ago that.

    1) Subban would become a Norris Contender this season.
    2) We’d draft an 18 year old forward who would play in the NHL and outscore Tyler Seguin’s rookie season in 30 less games.
    3) We’d have a Calder Contender in Gallagher.
    4) Eller, Emelin, and Diaz would have breakout years.
    5) Bourque would look useful.
    6) Gomez would be a distant memory.
    7) The team would finish first in the division.
    8) Markov would prove he could stay healthy.
    9) We’d have 3 draft picks in the top 36 in the 2013 draft.
    10) But we’d lose in 5 games in the first round.

    I’d have taken it and been damn happy.

    THere is a lot to look forward to, Habs future is bright.

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

    • HardHabits says:

      What is the Habs 1st round pick? 15th? 16th? 17th? Could you give me your expertly researched answer as my head hurts from resolving issues at work all day.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Markov did not look healthy. He is a shell of what he was.

      • commandant says:

        Markov came out of the gate great and got tired.

        COnsider he played 20 games the last two seasons, and played 75 this year (KHL, NHL, playoffs). No wonder he was out of gas.

        Its like a kid who comes straight from NCAA to NHL, I see it all the time, 40 games in college, gets to the NHL and after about 60 he hits the wall. Markov did the same thing this year.

        He will build endurance though… Next year he should finish a lot stronger.

        Go Habs Go!
        Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Same here, it’s bitter medicine to swallow right now, but overall this season has been overwhelmingly positive.

  64. The Jackal says:

    PS – Thanks for all the live blogs Boone, always a pleasure!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  65. PrimeTime says:

    What a bunch of morons!! “Sophisticated fans”??….I think not. MTL fans have become no better than any other Canadian team. That what sucks the most!! A once recognized centre of intelligent hockey has become nothing more than the crap the media paints. Sad!!

  66. fastfreddy says:

    Max Pac injured? Why was he playing? Stupid team.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

    • Mark C says:

      Ummmm. Welcome to playoff hockey.

      • ffenliv says:

        Indeed. When injured players are revealed after bad playoff losses, they’re often pointed to as sorry examples of ‘should not have played’

        When injured players are on successful teams, they’re pointed to as ‘warriors’ and players with ‘courage’.

  67. 24 Cups says:

    Thanks to Mike Boone for another great season. Your time, effort, insight and sense of humour are greatly appreciated.

    See you in October when another season of hope and promise begins.

    Kind regards,


  68. Ring of Fire says:

    Loved Habs all my life 40 plus years n counting overachieved somewhat so don’t want to beat on them too much but they need to get bigger n tougher…Gryba pulled that hit off against Boston(or any other team ) he get the crapped knocked out of him…tired of small forwards who play on perimeter…Max has TOO step it up next year being physical…excited about Emelin n Tinordi being big physical D-Men…MB signing DD for 4 years definatly raises some eyebrows!!

    I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

  69. Un Canadien errant says:

    Boone, you’re not done. We need a Liveblog for some Finals games, as well as the draft, and free agency day, which I guess isn’t July 1st this year, blessedly.


  70. The Jackal says:

    Just something to remember:

    Meh, everyone is disappointed, but so will the fans of 14 other teams.
    Will they say that they were not big or fast enough?

    We know the Habs are not hulks, but neither are they pushovers.
    Some people’s perspectives and biases are being brought up once more because of our current losses. The fact is, the Habs have a lot of heart and grit and have not been pushed around.
    They’ve won most games where they have played their skill and speed game, which also includes grit, and other teams have not been taking us lightly either.

    Sure, we are not Boston, but we beat Boston and made them look bad 3 times this season. We’re better than most teams in the East.
    The teams that Boone and co. aspire to be like are certainly dangerous and good, and I too hope that the Habs fit that model soon, but to say that the current Habs are not tough or competitive is a lie.

    We’ve been in every game this season and have been the better team this post-season.
    Shit happens sometimes, we got the raw end of the deal re. the refs and the injury situation for the Sens and us was an opposite one. One team was uplifted and the other deflated.

    Still, we battled and have not looked bad at all.
    When you can break down key individual mistakes that are not even made by the team then you know that these games were not decided by the other team on their own right.

    Maybe that doesn’t make many people feel better, but only 1 team wins it all. The good news is that the Habs are only getting better. MB will make this team a perennial contender like the Wings.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Ring of Fire says:

      Sens kept them outside all series too small or unwilling to go inside…that has to b addressed…out in 5 ..ur not the better team regardless of whatever happened

      I would agree,he’s playing like the Shuttsian of old

  71. Chris says:

    Ah well…twas not to be, with that massive injury list.

    I’m not at all surprised to hear the Pacioretty was playing with a bum shoulder. I’m waiting to hear the same about Ryder. I was focusing on Ryder for a while, and there is something definitely wrong with him. He was more contact averse than I’ve seen him in his entire career. He wanted nothing to do with the boards tonight. If he isn’t hurt, he really did his future a big disservice, and I just can’t see him doing that given that he has been pretty good the past couple of playoff runs.

    I’m also curious to see if Markov’s knee was bothering him more than we were told about. He was slowing as the season went on, and the blue line pinches could be explained by knowing that he was skating on one leg.

    • The Jackal says:

      Probably yes to all those speculations 😀

      We had a good run, I’m excited for next season.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Bryant Mac Lean says:

      Every time there’s a screw-up that leads to be scored against Thomas Plekanic is almost always responsible and no one seems to notice and it sure doesn’t seem to bother him any!!

      Bryant Mac Lean

      • Chris says:

        Plekanec was not even close to good overall in the series, with the exception of Game 4. I just feel like he gets to dedicated to defence for some reason, giving up his offensive game almost entirely. When you play on your heels like that, the other team is going to make you look stupid.

  72. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I know Anderson played well but…c’mon…look at the size of his D:
    Jared Cowen 6′ 5″ 230
    Sergei Gonchar 6′ 2″ 206
    Eric Gryba 6′ 4″ 222
    Erik Karlsson 6′ 0″ 175
    Marc Methot 6′ 3″ 231
    Chris Phillips 6′ 3″ 221

    These guys cleared every rebound or prevented the Habs from getting them.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  73. Un Canadien errant says:

    Bob Cole, the superannuated play-by-play man the CBC doesn’t realize is still on its payroll, since he just keeps showing up to work, a decade at least since he should have retired, is feebly, foggily aware that his days are numbered. Maybe some with-it quadragenarians, all up on their newfangled technology, have gently let on that the MySpacers are Yahooing about his Flipper, and he’s tumblering as a result.

    In any case, he’s not about to give up his perch so easily, so when he blows a call, and the realization seeps into his consciousness, he goes into Self-Justification Mode, like an instant George W. Presidential Library/Absolution Mausoleum & Grill. Especially in this series, faced with his very own Axis of Bewilderment (Desharnais, Bouillon and Diaz, players with somewhat similar jersey numbers and stature, never mind that one is a righty defenceman, one is a lefty defenceman, and one is a forward who shoots left) he’s constantly flubbing the play and mangling the calls.

    His response has been to waste airtime trying to explain away his botcheriness.

    “At first one linesman wasn’t signalling icing, but the other did, so they changed their mind, that’s why it’s now icing.”

    “Now there’s a too-many-men penalty call?… Is there!?… The crowd is reacting… They didn’t open the right penalty box door… That’s why everybody is confused…”

    No Bob, you’re confused, and confusing everyone else. The whistle clearly blew when the Senators gained control of the puck. If it’s a penalty, it’s going to Ottawa. Clear as day.

    The announcers who work sports programs are putatively there to tell the viewers what is going on, to explain and clarify. Bob Cole no longer serves that purpose.

    Some argue that the announcers add to the spectacle, they’re central to the viewing experience, and Bob Cole gives long-time viewers warm and fuzzies, bringing back fond memories from childhood. I personally don’t respond to his warbling the same way. I think the only memory Bob Cole evokes for me, and it’s not one that was created at the time, but by the constant replays shown in the nineties, is the shameful call of the Red Army-Flyers game when the Soviet team, very reasonably, retreated to the dressing room mid-period and considered not finishing the game and exposing themselves to further mugging, and he spluttered: “They’re going home!” As if this was an apex of sorts, as if North American hockey had vanquished a foe, as opposed to ambushed them.

    I grew up on René Lecavalier on Radio-Canada, a titan of broadcasting and a true professional. With the aid of colour man Gilles Tremblay, he brought magic and class to our Soirée du Hockey. Samedi soir was something we looked forward to, it was an event. We had the best team in the league, and the best broadcast team. I didn’t know any others, except for the abysmal crew that worked on TVA, “le dix”, and those jokers didn’t hold a candle. Monsieur Lecavalier was incisive, erudite, objective, but still conveyed enthusiasm to a starstruck kid. He insisted on pronouncing every player’s names correctly, with the correct or preferred inflection, whether the player was Russian, Czech, Swedish, or even anglophone. When a Canadien committed a gaffe or took a bad penalty, he called it as it was, foregoing the cheap homer call.

    Yet as Monsieur Lecavalier reached retirement age, he was let go by Radio-Canada, to his great regret and mild recrimination. He felt he had at least a couple good years left in him. So did we. We wondered why he wasn’t retained, he hadn’t really lost a step we felt. But waiting in the wings was Richard Garneau, who had paid his dues, who was ready to go, and who seamlessly picked up where Monsieur Lecavalier left off, and built on his legacy of probity and excellence. We never missed a beat, and new memories were made. And we never had to endure the slow fade of a legend.

    CBC has allowed Bob Cole to tarnish his legacy with a decade of ineffectiveness. They have also clogged up a seat that should have been filled by Chris Cuthbert, who eventually gave up and bolted to the competition, a great loss to the public institution. There are young broadcasters who are plying their trade in the minor leagues and deserve to move up the ranks and have a shot at the plum job. Mr. Cole may still have that sonorous voice, but it’s not focused properly, like a loose cannon. It’s long past time to take Ole Yeller behind the barn.


  74. habs1992 says:

    LOL tsn690 talking about the flying frenchman, i mean come on, those days are long gone. What year was that like the 60s its great to have such a storied past, but come on we gotta move foward

    I support Carey Price

    • savethepuck says:

      In their defense, DD was an absolute star out there this series. I hope to God, there is a report in the next few days that he played injured this series ( I know MaxP did ), if not I think MB’s only mistake was prematurely giving him that extension.

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

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