Liveblog: Game 64: Markov scores in long Shootout to beat Ducks 4-3


Big win

The Canadiens blew a 2-0 lead against Anaheim, fell behind 3-2, tied it on Brendan Gallagher's second-period goal and won it in the Shootout when Andrei Markov beat Jonas Hiller.

Making his first NHL start in two years, Dustin Tokarski made 39 saves through 65 minutes and, crucially, stopped Saku Koivu in the Shootout.

The Canadiens swept their season series against the team with the most points in the league.

Scoreless OT, but the amazing Brendan Gallagher created a good chance.

On to Dustin Tokarski's first careeer Shootout.

Bonino: Easy goal

Galchenyuk: Backhand saved

Silfverberg: Miss

DD: Backhand goal!

Perry: Goal!

Brière: Goal!

Getzlaf: Miss

Gallagher: Save

Palmieri: Never crossed the line!

Plekanec: Miss

Koivu: Miss

Markov: GOAL!



On to OT

No scoring, but Ryan Getzlaf and Tomas Plekanec hit goalposts.

Shots were 9-7 Canadiens.

Crazy period

Anaheim raised its total of second-period goals to 80 this season.

Tim Jackman got the home team on the board before François Beauchemin scored a bizarre power-play goal: a dump-in along the glass that hit a stanchion and ricocheted past Dustin Tokarski, who had left his net to chase a puck he thought was going into the corner.

Daniel Winnik embarrassed Alexei Emelin and scored to give the Ducks a 3-3 lead.

But wth 37 seconds left in the period, Brendan Gallagher lifted his 16th past Jonas Hiller to make it 3-3.

Anaheim outshot the Canadiens 19-8.

Max Pacioretty took a big hit from Beauchemin and left the game.

Great start

As was the case against the Leafs at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens were on the board before their opponent had a shot on goal.

Brian Gionta's 13th came after Tomas Plekanec won a faceoff and skipped past Saku Koivu.

The home team didn't get a shot until the game was 11 minutes old.

But with P.K. Subban off for hooking, Anaheim peppered Dustin Tokarski with eight shots.

He stopped them all, and Max Pacioretty's 30th, off a lovely David Desharnais set-up, made it 2-0.

Despite their early drought, Anaheimoutshot the Canadiens 13-10.

Waiting for Vanek

Well, that was a blockbuster ... and I don't mean the acquisition of Devan Dubnyk.

If the Canadies were playing on the east coast, we might see Thomas Vanek in the lineup tonight.

But they're in California, and the sniper will join the team Thursday in Arizona.

Vanek will wear jersey number 20, most recently worn by Colby Armstrong.

Dustin Tokarski makes his first start in goal for the Canadiens in Anaheim. George Parros faces one of his former teams. Lars Eller is a healthy scratch.

When the Ducks visited the Bell Centre Oct. 24, the Canadiens got power-play goals from Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque in a 4-1 win.

• THN's Ken Campbell likes the Vanek deal (even though he gets the DD line wrong)

Mathieu Darche's take (in French)


  1. DipsyDoodler says:

    If we go far but don’t win the cup it’s still good. Good memories from 2010. Plus Habs playing playoff hockey in spring is what it’s all about.

    Moving. Forward.

  2. johnnylarue says:

    As the Vanek thing starts to sink in, one major question emerges:


    Major, major props to our GM. Never dreamed he had it in him.

    (Now let’s just pray Vanek clicks with Pleky and gets drunk enough on the adulation of the Bell Centre faithful to want to sign here in the summer…)

  3. habs-fan-84 says:

    ugh, stupid leafs

  4. Marc10 says:

    Hopefully Dubnyk can benefit from Stephane Waite’s (and Vincent Riendeau’s) magic touch? How good would that be if we got a decent goalie out of this?

    Incidentally, the boys at 98.5 are noticing that Price is not stretching as he normally does early in the warm up. They don’t expect him to play for the entire trip. A bit of a worry.

    Martin McGuire mentions it happened when he tried to push off left to right at Team C’s training session during the Olympics. Dany Dube follows up with how sitting in a plane for 12 hours probably did him no favours either…

    When interviewed Price says he could play but wants to be 100%.

    • smiler2729 says:

      We don’t need another goalie.

      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …a few too many Warsteiners and the Vanek acquisition got Me in the mood to partay;

  6. CJ says:

    Roll call. Who’s staying up?

  7. The Juice says:

    Weaver just interviewed on Rds (English). Nice guy excited to be here. Thinks Vanek is a beauty.

  8. monmick says:

    Phoquen Leafs win in OT…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  9. monmick says:

    Habs undefeated since the Vanek tade…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  10. Sportfan says:

    Another question who does Vanek play with and will MT screw up our new scorer ?

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  11. Habcouver says:

    Is Weaver going to make an impact tonight?

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  12. Sportfan says:

    New question will we be able to sign him?

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  13. Sportfan says:

    I had to go to work when they announced the deal, I’m still in shock, what a steal. Snow was for sure asking for more than this but I guess he was forced to trade him, ho MB pulled this off I’ll never know but how awesome is this. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d get Vanek its like a video game!

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  14. habfaninottawa says:

    Hey Boone! Toronto are losers everyday!

  15. CJ says:

    Mr. Boone. If the Leafs blow this third period, two goal lead, they will also be big losers tonight.

  16. newfieguy87 says:

    first post but long time reader. I was looking at cap geek and noticed that the habs got an extra 4 plus million dollars to play with over the wild ( montreal got 15 players under contract wile minny got 16). they are saying that they will use the money from heatley (7.5) to pay vanek but if mg doesn’t sign gionta (5), parros(937500), bouillon (1.5), murray (1.5). they will save 8.937 500. offer vanek 6.5 million for 5 or 6 years, then they got 16 players locked up with 53 130 833 in pay roll and 17 969 167 left to use. now I know pk will demand a nice pay raise but I think it can be possible but tight. But also don’t forget about matt moulson I pretty sure the wild cant afford to keep him and sign vanek because after today I feel that the habs are not afraid to spend. sorry if my math is off its been a long day

    • CJ says:

      Glad to have you join. Great first post. There could be room for Vanek. I don’t think Gionta, Murray, Bouilion, Parros and one of Bourque, Briere or Moen will be back. MB, as he moves into his third year will look to put his mark on the team. I’m sure every effort will be made to sign Vanek. It’s really up to him. We need to make a positive impression, but he controls the process as a UFA.

      IMO, I like us adding size, without sacrificing skill. The move today helps in that it shuffles lines and redefines roles and responsibilities.

  17. Is Thomas Vanek’s future in Montreal?….

    Floating the idea if the Habs and Wild exchange the rights of Vanek and Moulson after the year if Vanek is 100% keen on Minny.

  18. The Juice says:

    @boing. Damn, already ordered my #62 Vanek jersey 😉

  19. Mattyleg says:

    As I said, Leafs’ defence = 6’2.5″ avg.
    League-worst avg. shots against per game at a shade over 36 (!!)
    5th worst GAA at 3 per game.

    Bigger ain’t always better, y’know…?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. The Juice says:

    @Tinfoil. Yes Heatley’s $7.5m coming off the books

  21. NoTinFoilCups says:

    A question for the cap geeks. Does Minny have the cap space to sign Vanek?

  22. Hobie Hansen says:

    I want to hug Marc Bergevin.

  23. boing007 says:

    Boone: Vanek will wear jersey number 20, most recently worn by Colby Armstrong.

    That’s an improvement for sure.

    Richard R

  24. The Juice says:

    Selanne is out. Nice piece of luck!

  25. According to Peter Budaj wears #31

    FYI I walked to school with the kids today (-16), you know what that means? Only 4 more weeks of winter.

    God Bless Manitoba… one else will. Sorry G, very long winter 😆

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  26. arcosenate says:

    Team bust is a little too Freudian after such a good day.

  27. rogieshan says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers out to Habs prospect Tim Bozon in Saskatoon. Hope he fights through this.

  28. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Just reading last months hockey news and they said it would cost a kings ransom to get him. Is Collberg royalty.

  29. habsguru says:

    Vanek hasn’t tried on his CH jersey yet, and the inmates of HIO have him playing for the Wild next year…. Priceless! get it Price… less…

    oh forget it.

  30. NiagaraHabsFan says:

    I would really like the lines to look like so:
    Briere (Bournival)- Plekanec-Gionta
    Pacioretty- Desharnais- Vanek
    Weise-White-Moen (Prust)
    Bourque, Parros

  31. Phil C says:

    Ducks fans must be a little disappointed. Despite being in first place, not only did they not make any big signings, they dump a big top six winger in Penner for almost nothing in return, dump their goalie depth for a few picks, and get a 37 year defenseman back who had a broken leg and hasn’t played since November. Yay.

  32. GL says:

    We needed one more Moulson or Statsny from Colorado and we would have been set for a long run in the playoffs. We improved and good on MB unfortunately not enough!!

  33. Was The Penticton Beast the 2nd last Hab to wear 35?

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  34. habs-fan-84 says:

    lol Leafs just allowed 2 short handed goals 🙂

  35. SC27 says:

    Niiiice Rangers tie it 2-2

  36. The Teacher says:

    That scratch land guy must be the old cournoyer. Those of you from five years ago will know of whom I speak.

  37. CJ says:

    Rangers all over the Leafs, but now down 2-0.

  38. Marc10 says:

    Yes Vanek is a UFA and might walk. What you see in this trade is the Habs management giving up on Collberg. Maybe Hudon and Andrighetto and friends have passed him by on the depth chart and they decided to get something while the kid was still off the radar and not scoring in Sweden…

    If Collberg amounts to an average non-physical second liner, it’s not a bad trade. If it’s another ‘he who shall not be named’ for ‘he who shall not be named’… well then I’ll meet you on the Jacques Cartier.

    Time will tell. If Vanek helps us win a round or two and helps our young guys experience playoff hockey, that’s a win too. Sometimes you need to gamble. Might as well gamble on a top 6 forward with some size who can score…

    Finally, if Mrs Vanek finds it in her heart to allow hubby to join the greatest franchise on ice for a few more years and he ends up playing on Chucky’s wing and that turns us into the Beast of the East and wins us a cup, then I expect all the haters and their troll nut huggers on this site to crawl to the Bell and beg forgiveness to one of the statues at the plaza (wherever they end up relocating that thing) and to name their next child Marc/Marcie or Michel(le). No Excuses.

    Now let’s beat the Ducks ‘sans Vanek’ and really fire up the fanbase! Go Habs Go!

  39. HabsPooch says:

    Funny with all this talk about Vanek, the bigger question is what’s going to happen with Markov? There’s going to be pressure on Bergevin to work out a fair deal for both sides…not to mention finding the right price for Subban.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Pressure on MB for sure concerning Markov. MB has lost a lot of leverage now with the deadline passed, now it’s as if he wants him for 1 yr or 2 he really has to give him 3. In order to gain any value from his asset, he must bend to the demand. Tough spot, but a good play-off run should ease the pain

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  40. DipsyDoodler says:

    So… Marc Bergevin.

    1. Traded Diaz for Weise. A month later Diaz’ value is essentially nil. Serviceable NHLer for nothing.

    2. Got Mike Weaver, a very useful defence man, for essentially nothing.

    3. Got a serviceable goalie for Hamilton, who could probably play in the NHL in an emergency, for nothing plus Nashville keep some of his salary.

    4. Completely robbed the Isles – partly because very few teams had the cap space to take on Vanek’s $7M. We had that cap space because of wise asset management.

    5. Did not trade Markov or Eller.

    Moving. Forward.

  41. Prop says:

    Oh so THAAAAT’S why TSN sounded so glum when the Habs traded for Vanek.

    @Real_ESPNLeBrun 8m
    FYI hearing that the Maple Leafs were also among the teams that kicked the tires on Thomas Vanek today..


  42. Habitant in Surrey says:


  43. habs-hampton says:

    It may have been reported somewhere, but I assume Vanek met his wife while he was in university and she is from Minnesota? Is that why it is expected he will go to Minny in the summer?

  44. habsguru says:

    so awesome trades most all day, and the T S N panel can’t help but talk about the Laffs who did sfa. Nonis (None is) looks like a spoiled child that didn’t get what he wanted, and just filled his pants. Nonis: “i didn’t want to overpay so i sat on my hands all day wishing i had flappy bird”

    how can these clowns say they didn’t want to overpay when MB stole Vanek for a song?

  45. Mondou6 says:

    Toker starts tonight. Hopefully he can keep his GAA under 4.20. 🙂

  46. Loop_Garoo says:

    Anyone else get the idea that maybe Scrotchland is sitting there fingerpainting, and has to call his mom in to help him wash his hands off every time he posts?

  47. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Bill Beacon, Canadian Press:

    ‘The Canadiens picked up 35-year-old depth defenceman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers on Tuesday for a 2015 fifth round pick.

    And they had fans in anguish for a moment when they got goaltender Devan Dubnyk from Nashville for future considerations, but the team said fears that it meant that Price’s lower body injury was more serious than anticipated were unfounded.

    Dubnyk was assigned to AHL Hamilton. Price skated briefly for a second day in a row on Wednesday morning and remains listed as day to day.’

  48. habsguru says:

    best trade deadline day in donkey years.

    that said, i’m confused. what’s with the addition of another goalie? is Price LTIR? is Boods hurt too? aaargh.

    still don’t understand the Weaver signing, as they now have about 453 D men signed.

    all I can figure is that MB was working on something, and needed some extra puzzle pieces, that didn’t come together.

    • tagomagotexas says:

      price isn’t LTIR – it’s to support hamilton, and for any insurance come playoff time.

      weaver is signed because he’s rock solid and the team badly needs a right-handed dman. he greatly equalises the balance on our backend.

      • Caesar says:

        If you remember last year Price was hurt and Boods was in net the rest of the way. Good pick up for MB

      • habsguru says:

        3.5 million cap hit for an AHL helper? earns 3.75 (less whatever NSH retains) is a little steep for a depth G no?

        • ABHabsfan says:

          I think the Preds are paying 70%, plus he was sent to the Ham so he is really costing next to nothing. Plus we didn’t give up anything so it was really “hey, here’s a free goalie”
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    • JUST ME says:

      We need goalers in Hamilton and for a few years still cause between Price and Fucale there are still a few seasons. And the icing on the cake is that the Preds still absorb 75 % of the salary .

  49. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    No matter what happens, you can’t blame a GM who goes for it when Pitt and Bos have sufferred huge injuries on D.

    BTW when is Kessler starting for you Shero??? LOL I’m sure Sid is happy the Habs landed someone he could have played with…LMFAO

  50. @ D Mex

    The Rob Brown Hall of Fame was created in the summer of 89. Members include Doug Wickenheiser (RIP), Pat Falloon, Rob Brown, Alexandre Daigle, Patrik Stefan, and now Cory Conacher.

    Some were NHL draft busts, and some were over achievers because of who they played for.

    You could add Halak and Huet (Montreal made both goalies famous where as other teams paid for it) I suppose, but Halak may still turn into something special, and not a one hit wonder.

    The Hall is located in my back yard tree house. I sell tickets at 5 bucks a pop, and only one person at a time can sit in it. Closed on rainy days, and in the winter. 😆


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  51. Ktowner says:

    Clearly the puck is now on MT’s stick. MB has given him enough to work with and the last 20 games of this season will show if he can do the job or if he himself is in reality a rental.
    I hope Price heals soon and gets back between the pipes to push this edition of the Habs as far as they can go.

  52. scrotchland says:

    amazing.. 29 other teams know that vannik will sign with the north stars in the off season. but bergovin bites hook line and sink her.

    Prepare for the worse loss in recent hab history tonite., probably a 6 or 7 goal difference.

  53. Garbo says:

    Did Vanek and Briere play on the same line in Buffalo?

    Maybe the spark Briere needs to get firing on all cylinders.

    I ask, because in the line combinations I see proposed, no one seems to put these two together.

  54. DipsyDoodler says:

    If Vanek to Minny is so sure, why did they trade for Moulson today? They arguably paid a bit more for him than we did for Vanek.

    Moving. Forward.

  55. gumper says:

    Is Darren Pang on acid tonight?

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  56. Loop_Garoo says:

    While I think that Boston and Pitts are still the two favorite’s to come out of the east, I do believe that events of the last 2 days make Montreal a clear third, with a real good chance of seeing at least the conference finals. The great strength that the Bruins have possessed for the last few years has been there depth, especially at forward. Now, instead of a few borderline NHL’ers like we’ve had on the fourth line in recent years, we have good solid regulars like Moen, White, Bork and Briere, who may have to sit as there is just not enough room for them. Everyone on the first 2 lines is going to benefit from Vanek, opposition will no longer be able to focus on 1st line.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      We have a secret (or not so secret) weapon. Carey Price.

      If the Habs play like a team, they really have a shot.

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

    • Caesar says:

      No Halak to stop the Caps from advancing. I think Washington just took a huge step forward

      • I think I’m gonna hurl! 😆 The Capitals can’t stop pucks because their defense sucks to high heaven.

        But if you’re right and it was all goaltending then good for Allan’s boy.

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    • CJ says:

      With the playoff format changes, it is very likely that we play either Tampa, Toronto or Detroit. Most likely it’s Tampa or Toronto.

      Bolland is going to be back, so that should give the Leafs a boost. I think Tampa is weaker today without Marty, especially in a series against the Habs. Stamkos will make a difference, but his timing, conditioning, etc. will all need to come back. Given his elite talent, that shouldn’t take long. Both teams have goaltending that has proven it can get hot, especially over a small time frame. Bruins should be the second round opponent. Not an easy road. Anything can happen, but let’s take this one game at a time. Firstly we need to get in. We need to draw a favourable first round match up and we need to be healthy.

      Anything can happen. It’s good to be excited today. We all deserve it.

  57. CJ says:

    Fight night in Philly! Front, you watching?

  58. Mondou6 says:

    Ok, I’ll be the wet blanket…

    If Vanek re-signs with us for fair terms, and plays well, it’s worth it.

    If he leaves, then I’m sorry, I don’t think it’s worth it (unless we win the Cup, which I don’t see happening this year anyway).

    This seems more like a throwing a bone to desperate fans than it does building a powerhouse franchise. Hope I’m wrong.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …woofwoof …this dog needed a big juicy bone after watching 20+ years of kibble

      …thank You Marc Bergevin

      • Mondou6 says:

        Haha…Fair enough!

        I can’t help but think that if we’re out in Round 1 of the playoffs, we might be giving up Colberg and a #2 for 22-25 games of Vanek.

    • D Mex says:

      So you think Collberg and our 2nd rounder (if we make the playoffs) is too much to pay (with their 5th returning again if we make playoffs) ?

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • Mondou6 says:

        If we’re out early in the playoffs, and Vanek leaves? Then yes, I don’t like the deal.

        Say we lose in Round 1 of the playoffs, and Vanek signs a big deal with Minnesota. You like the deal then?

        • D Mex says:

          For what it’s worth, I’m good with the deal however it works out.

          If he declares his clear intention to test free agency, MB will have time to shop negotiating rights in exchange for some kind of return. Additionally, his presence provides team management with an opportunity to observe how things * could * work with a player of his profile on the roster.

          ALWAYS Habs –
          D Mex

    • mrhabby says:

      It’s a what have u done for me today league…if it pans out this year great but long term we gave up none of the Habs prized’s still very positive.

    • JUST ME says:

      It has nothing to do with building a powerhouse you have it all wrong. A powerhouse is built with the help of the farm team wich is empty right now but will get many new players from the Bergevin`s draft thus bringning new blood. The Vanek trade is simply saying let`s got for it and give it all we got at very very low cost. It does not change the building process at all but meanwhile improves the team.
      Anyway i am sure that you would have also complained if Bergevin had done anything else of lesser value…

      • Mondou6 says:

        “A powerhouse is built with the help of the farm team which is empty right now…”

        Collberg was the 33rd pick in the draft. And we’re giving up a 2nd rounder.

        If Vanek walks, we’re minus two decent prospects. It sounds like you’re agreeing that this isn’t the way to build a powerhouse franchise…?

        • JUST ME says:

          Colberg was playing in his country and struggling since he has been playing in the biggest league in Sweden. But anyway you would have said another schmurf had he joined the Habs.

          You probably also complain that Bergevin did not try anything or gamble in any way so today he did and he already has done more than many managements before his.

  59. Puck Bard says:

    Forgive me for re-posting, but I don’t post a lot:

    Ok, since we’re all feeling happier than we have in about 20 years, I will tell you…

    I read you guys all week; then I give a full report to my 80 year old father in SJ, NB who was a a 4 time MVP goalie with the McGill Redmen in the 50s, and had many an NHL tryout, before opting for engineering: your incites / outrage are greatly appretiated by him and me.

    He would go on the ice at the forum before the Habs – and M Richard – practiced in the mornings, and often miss classes just to watch those teams play. He was there for the riot. Robert Allore: look him up: my hero.

  60. Prop says:

    I just heard the TSN panel when the trade happened via YouTube. It sounded like their dog died.


    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      Then they proceeded to make fun of our smaller players completely ignoring the trade…

    • slapshot777 says:

      They know the Habs got a good player and that only hurts the chances of their Leafs making the playoffs that much more difficult. If that was the Leafs acquiring Vanek they would still be talking about it.

  61. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Time to stop this Plekanec shut down thing. The dude can score as well. (Remember when he was with Kovalev). Put Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta and watch Vanek and Plek start putting up numbers and this will also allow Lars to play with Chucky. We will have 2/3 scoring lines. Love the trade!

    • Gionta on the third with Eller, and 27-14-20 is the answer.

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      • UKRAINIANhab says:

        I really really like that.

      • D Mex says:

        Hey Shane :
        You mentioned earlier that Cory Conacher was nominated to the Rob Brown HOF – I looked it up and found baseball HOF with that name in TO or St Mary’s ON.
        Can you provide info on his nomination to this particular HOF ?
        BTW – I am aware of his JDRF links.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

        • HabinBurlington says:

          St. Mary’s is home to Cdn Baseball hall of fame. Conacher’s family has a huge rich tradition of great athletes. I have no idea if Cory has baseball pedigree. I will ask my buddy, he is very close to the family.

          Edit: As stated above Shane was obviously just having some fun, not much to this.

      • boing007 says:

        I like your trio the best. I hope MT does some tinkering when they have some practice time.

        Richard R

  62. Habilis says:

    I’m still geeking out over the fact that MB landed the big fish of the trade deadline and did so with the steal of the the day.

    He’s like some kind of… professional fish thief?

    Plus this is that rare breed of trade for us in that it directly addresses our most glaring current need. I’m so much more excited to watch this team come playoff time now than I was at 2:59pm today.

    Awesome job by MB.

  63. tagomagotexas says:

    next year’s team wouldn’t look too shabby.

    assuming gionta, parros, bouillon, and murray are out – we’d have about 27 million to resign eller (2.5 M), vanek (or replacement, 7 M), weise (1M), white(1M), markov (5M), subban (8), and weaver (or equivalent, 1.5 M) – that looks to work and looks like a flexible space to start from.

    leaving some combination of:
    max-dd-vanek (or replacement)

    weaver (or replacement)


    as bourque, moen, and briere’s contracts expire the team is in an even stronger position to strengthen the bottom 6 or the blueline. or you can trade 1 or more of these players and split vanek’s salary on two mid-range players…there’s a lot of possibilities here.

  64. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    95% happy with Bergevin’s deadline dealing? Wow! I’m stunned!

  65. FANHABULOUS says:

    That is what my lineup would be going forward and into the playoffs:

    Max/DD/Vanek – Our obvious #1 line with our best scorers and arguably our best setup man. This easily becomes a tough line to contain.

    Galchenyuk/Eller/Gallagher – Already proven that they have chemistry, play at high speed and score goals. I like the youth, skill, enthusiasm, mixed with Gally and Eller’s grit on this line.

    Briere/Plex/Gionta – MT always uses Pleky’s line as the shutdown line in the playoffs anyways… heck, it happen when Martin was coach too, so you know that’s what his main priority will be: keep the other teams top line off the score sheet. With Gio and Briere, they can just concentrate on D, and chip in a goal here and there. Plus, Plek and Gio will be on penalty killing duty, while Briere might help on the PP.

    Weise/White/Prust – Grit, pace, 3 guys who can fight, lots of energy… your classic 4th line.

    With Price and this line-up, assuming everyone plays up to potential, we have a chance to go deep.
    “You will not regret picking me” – PK Subban.

    “You will not regret picking me” – PK Subban.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Complete agreement!

      • FANHABULOUS says:

        It’s funny how picking up a couple of right pieces, and slotting guys into spots that play to their strengths, can make the team look strong…on paper at least.

        Plus, we have to see what comes out of MT’s RandomLineGenerator(™)

        “You will not regret picking me” – PK Subban.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          It really is amazing. I am one of those who really wanted to see the EGG line reunited, this gives the opportunity.

          I am worried/concerned Gallagher stays and Vanek goes to Plex and Gio. For some reason I don’t see that as a fit.

          • UKRAINIANhab says:

            Why not? I think Plekanec and Vanek can be like Plekanec Kovalev.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I don’t know, just a hunch. I really think Max/DD/Vanek could be absolutely deadly. Granted then we may really find out just how much Gallagher is the straw stirring that drink

          • UKRAINIANhab says:

            DD would have a plethora of players to pass to. Could be Gallagher your right. Good points!

  66. filincal says:

    I hope the trade and scratching help Eller out of his funk.
    I sometimes get the impression he wants to do too much, and not in-tune with his line mates.

  67. Habitant in Surrey says:

    German Beer Drinking song – Holzhackerbaum

  68. slapshot777 says:

    Like MB said when he first came here. He was only going to make a trade if it helped the team. This trade helped the team. I know many on here are restless for a winning Habs team. But the restlessness also leads to many bad decisions which we have been guilty on many occasions in years past, which instead of improving the team we set he team further and further in the hole.

    If the Habs can re-sign Vanek the team has improved immensely without giving up very much. We as Habs fans have to be patient and let MB do the job he was bought here to do. Just because some here don’t agree with the progress of the team doesn’t mean the team is not getting better. As we see by the vote today 95% agree with the results.

    The Habs will be a lot dangerous going into the playoffs today then they were yesterday. I for one could see a Habs team having a deep playoff run.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  69. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …though I’m not a fan of Bavarian fight-songs …I am drinking Warsteiner

  70. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …guess We’ll have to suffer Gerald’s (HabInBurlington’s) Bavarian fight-songs through the rest of the season and the playoffs now 🙁

  71. NightRyder says:

    What’s the over/under on length of nap required so Boone can follow these West Coast games?

  72. HabinBurlington says:

    Don’t like the Eller healthy scratch.

    • CJ says:

      I don’t mind it. I thought he was much better against Toronto, then pulled a disappearing act against the Kings, face punch penalty aside.

    • Phil C says:

      If Briere has a good game at centre, He could sit for awhile.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Totally forgot about Briere…… wow we do have depth right now.

      • CJ says:

        I think one of the better things about the move for Vanek is it helps to shuffle some lines and redefine roles/responsibilities. It should also allow Prust to sit out until he is completely healthy. Well, healthy by Prust’s standards anyway. I think to become completely healthy he would likely need to sit out a year. A couple more weeks would do him some good. Bournival, no rush at all. Not that I think either he or the team would rush such a sensitive injury.

    • That tells me that Therrien thinks Rene is playing better and that tells me that Therrien is on Rob Ford. 😆

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  73. HabinBurlington says:

    My lineup would be

    • CJ says:

      I like that Burly. When healthy, is there room for Bournival, or does Prust replace Moen? Or, given Moen’s Stanley Cup experience, do you sit Weise?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Prust takes out Moen unless playing Bruins/Leafs/Flyers. If playing those teams Bournival may have to sit.

        Bournival takes out Bourque.

        • CJ says:

          I like that. I’d really like to see Bournival with Gio and Pleks. I thought they were very good earlier in the season.

          • HabsPooch says:

            Would that be considered the checking line?

          • CJ says:

            Yes, which I think suits the caliber of players on that unit. In a close game you might give Moen a shift with Gio and Pleks who have experience together. Gio and Moen have cup experience, while Pleks is among the better shut down centres in the league.

          • HabsPooch says:

            The only issue would be which one of Prust or Moen sits out? Ideally both should be in a playoff lineup.

        • jimmy shaker says:

          I think bournival, tinordi and tokarski go down to hamilton.
          Bourque, and paros are scratched
          and moen/weisse/prust/white can make up the fourth line as needed.
          frankie b is the extra D

          shaker out!

  74. HabinBurlington says:

    Hello Dustin Tokarski

    Do many still hate MB? I worry about the risk if Vanek has no desire to sign, but like the idea of MB not giving up a Tinordi, Eller or Beaulieu

    • CJ says:

      I like the fact that we added an offensive weapon, without mortgaging the future. Collberg MIGHT become a pro, but that’s not a certainty. Even as a rental, I thought we would have needed to give more to acquire Vanek. I’m still concerned with our defence, but today we made two organizational moves that addressed deficiencies.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Weaver isn’t a bad pickup. The need for a RD was real. All the other guys lost something when they had to play their wrong side. He has experience, isn’t too bad with the puck and isn’t a candyass.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I think we all will be pleasantly surprised at what he brings.

          • CJ says:

            Good posts guys. I’m not concerned with Weaver so much as I am with Georges and Emelin. Especially Emmy. He has not looked good. Sadly, I think it bumps Tinordi. Personally, I’d like to see;

            PK Marky
            Weaver Emelin
            Georges Tinordi

            I think it more likely we see Murray with Georges. Tinordi is likely to be sent down.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I don’t really think Tinordi is ready. I love him and have huge high hopes, I look forward to seeing what Weaver brings and if perhaps Emelin goes back to natural side.

      • Loop_Garoo says:

        I agree, and I think Collberg’s seems much less likely to be a standout NHL’er now than when he was drafted. He has not really improved in the last year and a half, pretty much the same guy by all accounts.

    • BriPro says:

      Welcome to the thread, and great job sir!
      (by the way, I agree on all counts)

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think my conservative (not talking political) nature is taking over on todays moves. I love the fact we added talent. I hate the fact it probably won’t push us over the edge and we have given up part of our future. I had/have already resigned myself to major patience. (found some new alcohol related filler to get me through. Cucumber flavoured Gin)

        • HabsPooch says:

          If the Habs can go deep in the playoffs then this trade is worth it…even giving up a mid level prospect and top 60 pick. The playoff experience for our core would be priceless and set them up nicely down the road.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I completely see and understand that feeling. But we need to win at least 1 round hopefully 2.

          • HabsPooch says:

            At least two rounds would be sufficient enough to deem this trade a success…

        • 24 Cups says:

          Gerry – My initial thoughts were kind of the same but I look at it this way – only three teams in the NHL have stellar goalies and we’re one of them. A really hot goalie can make up for differences in talent and execution.

          BTW, I have totally lost respect for you now that I know you drink gin. What’s next mouthwash or perfume? Maybe windshield washer fluid? We’re going to have to golf in the summer so I can reprogram you.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Ha! I don’t drink it often, but there is a new Gin out which my buddy has introduced to me. Trust me, 98% of the time I am just Beer and Jager. I am a simple man.

          • HabsPooch says:

            Minted mouthwash ain’t so bad. ..

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