Louis Leblanc!

To the surprise of no one โ€“ least of all 12,700 noisy fans at the Bell Centre โ€“ the Canadiens take homeboy Louis Leblanc with the 18th pick of the draft’s opening round.

He’s off to Harvard this fall, but Leblanc projects as a heady, two-way forward in the NHL.

Bob Gainey described Leblanc as “intelligent, very competitive, with good skills and the opportunity to get better and get bigger.”

Trevor Timmins says Leblanc “participates in all aspects of the game, offensively and defensively … he gets his nose dirty in the corners and he’s a natural scorer.”

Four Quebecers were selected in the draft’s opening round: Leblanc, Jordan Caron by Boston, Philippe Paradis by Carolina and the last pick of the round, Simon Despres by the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The draft’s second round begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Canadiens have no second-round selections.


  1. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Haha…Bettman made a joke.

  2. nightmare_49 says:

    Pronger may be traded to philly?

  3. Chuck says:

    That would cause thousands of dollars of improvements to their arena.

  4. yathehabsrule says:

    There will be a riot if they don’t!


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  5. Chorske says:

    Man, more people in Long Island than at any point in recent history.

    I’d pick Tavares for that reason alone.

  6. ooder says:

    here is the link for anybody who doesnt have tsn or versus or wtvr:


    we need a kovalev

  7. Chuck says:

    Pronger to Flyers? Hmmm…

  8. vaya_ says:

    pronger to philly per darren dreger?

  9. Chorske says:

    Holy CRAP, look at all the people. MTL is awesome.

  10. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Imagine the ridiculousness these guys are going to have tonight? Drafted into pro sports, then party in Montreal?

  11. Chorske says:

    heheh, yeh, here I am talking like Homer but the truth is I do 90% of the cooking around here. I wear the apron in this household. it’s better for everyone that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. yathehabsrule says:

    I’m cooking solo while the gf is at work – I can enjoy the draft without a real life edition of “Pardon the Interruption.”….lol  kidding hun!


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  13. yathehabsrule says:

    Heatly deal: “It’s dead” according to Bryan Murray


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  14. Chorske says:

    LOL, yeah! Perfect evening ahead: draft, a pint of cider, and my girlfriend is making steak sandwiches and arrugula salad for dinner. With BACON! I love that woman.

  15. Chorske says:

    Why is this a buzzkill?

    I swear, my world will NOT end if Vinny doesn’t come to MTL.

  16. yathehabsrule says:

    But at least we can have a beer while we watch it! Speaking of…my steak is on the bbq….


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  17. nightmare_49 says:

    s – With Tampa having the 2nd overall pick they want to make a splash for their fans so don’t expect them to announce a Vinnie move till Sunday at the earliest.

  18. Chorske says:

    Mike: jealous here. Sounds like the place has great energy tonight.

  19. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I, of course, want Vin if we don’t over-pay unnecessarily …yet think if He goes anywhere besides Montreal …it will be Los Angeles

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  20. sidhu says:

    Oh no….

    Dregger: “Ducks and Flyers in serious discussion over Chris Pronger.”

  21. sidhu says:

    Hey maybe we’ll get Nathan Horton today, if all is quiet on the Vinny front.  (I’m trying to be optimistic here!)

  22. PattyBoy31 says:

    Just because Lecavalier is off the draft trade table doesn’t mean we aren’t going to get another impact player :) :) Stay positive! I just want someone who can give the habs a player in the 90s for my nhl 10 franchise on ps3

  23. yathehabsrule says:

    A good source informs me that some HIO posters may have some nasty intestinal discharge soon.


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  24. nightmare_49 says:

     … Mr.Boone , is it true Brian Burke does push ups beside his draft table  30 minutes before the draft, lol. BTW a scoop from Team 990 , the negotiations between the Habs and Komo’s agent went quiet well this week and they will talk after the draft. Bob don’t blow your money, please.

  25. PattyBoy31 says:

    Sounds a  bit eroctic I agree, and I want Eklund and Eroticism to have no pissble connections

  26. yathehabsrule says:

    Lawton said on OTR that nothing is happening on the Vinny trade front.


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  27. Lafrich says:

    I hope there is no one around to feel…er…smell that impact…

  28. Lafrich says:


  29. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    I’ve selected: italian sausage with olives. I’m pretty sure it’ll have immediate impact.

  30. Ayan_SB says:

    Not a good idea to use the words “ass” and “sucked” in the same sentence.

  31. PattyBoy31 says:

    Buzzkill is an understatement. Damn you Eklund!!! I know he’s always pulling stuff out of his a$$ but I still get sucked in.

  32. sidhu says:

    Bob McKenzie says Vinny and Heatley will not be moved at the draft, though Kaberle likely will.  He says movement will likely happy when the draft gets going and players on teams’ lists are still available.  He said he isn’t holding his breath.

    What a buzzkill!

    Meanwhile, Pierre McGuire says [insert player’s name here] is a monster and that [insert player’s name here] is outstanding.

  33. ProHabs says:

    Boone, what is the buzz on the floor. Give us something. Make up a trade it you have to. I’m busting here.

  34. Ayan_SB says:

    I hear Kids by MGMT playing in the Bell Centre, great song.

  35. yathehabsrule says:

    Team 990 claim a Tampa source said the LeCavalier deal will NOT happen during the draft…Also mention that Bouwmeester’s rights are already being moved.


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  36. ParrySoundHabber says:

    anybody table hopping down there Booner? are the phones busy?

    I should be mowing the lawn since we’ve got a breeze ( damned mosquitos have been soooo bad) instead i’m blogging while i wait…lmao

  37. punkster says:

    You telling us there’s no beer being served there? What kind of two-bit operation is this? Hang in there Mike.

  38. tony d says:


  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …on YOUR marks …get SET …….

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  40. Ayan_SB says:

    Just in case anyone’s wondering where to watch the draft online, here’s a link, although it’s in French.


    Check on tsn.ca in a bit, they may have a live link.

  41. yathehabsrule says:

    Ducks still need to sign Niedermayer though


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  42. sidhu says:

    Darren Dreger: sources tell TSN Scott Niedermayer is returning for at least another season.

    So long Pronger!

  43. ButJohnnyLovesHockey says:

    After doing tons and tons of rumour reading about Lecavalier:

    I don’t think he’s coming. Not today, not ever. Sorry guys.

  44. G-Man says:

    Blog, Boone, Blog!


    Beliveau is the best that ever was.

  45. ParrySoundHabber says:

    he’ll be back after he finishes blazing one and grabs his brew and hotdog…hehe

  46. Mike Boone says:

    I’m on it. A little quiet so far

  47. ButJohnnyLovesHockey says:

    Is vinny lecav anywhere to be seen?

  48. von says:

    Darren Dreger on TSN had reported that Vinny is in Montreal, but has turned off his cellphone for the day…



     “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  49. habsoul says:

    Can anyone tell me why the Habs shouldn’t sign Cammeleri instead of Tanquay? The cost would be about the same and Cammaleri is better, tougher, and younger.

    I badly want to see Gainery extend an offer sheet to Phil Kessel. I wonder if the fear of that happening is partly why the Bruins are trying to move him?

    25 IN 101

  50. yathehabsrule says:

    “I’m doing the live blog from section 121 of the Bell Centre. We’re just
    about at ice level at the end the Canadiens attack for two periods.”

    Safe to say there will be more activity at that end tonight than in the 43 games played last season???



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  51. Mike Boone says:

    Everyone is a comedian

  52. Ron says:

    Here we go folks, hope its not another let down.

  53. habsoul says:

    I keep hearing that “JayBo doesn’t want to play in Eastern Canada” and “JayBo won’t play for Jacques Martin.”

    Baloney. Offer him more money than anyone else and he will be grinning when he pulls on that Montreal sweater.

    Bouwmeester and Markov on the blue line reminds one of the Pronger-Niedermayer tandem that brought a Stanley Cup to SoCal. And don’t tell me it’s not going to give a boost to Carey Price.

    Spend, Bob, spend.

    25 IN 101

  54. 24 Cups says:


    Both the NHL and the NHLPA confirm the players have voted to apply the five percent inflator, meaning the salary cap for next season will stay the same or rise slightly, just above $57-million. The league has been telling general managers and owners that the cap number could be $57.1-million, up a few hundred thousand from last season’s maximum of $56.7-million.

    โ€” TSN.ca


  55. mastodon says:

    Holy crap I know I’m setting myself up for disappointment but I have never been so excited for an entry draft in my life. Can’t wait to see what happens to Heatley (he kills us, it would be nice to see him out of Ottawa), Pronger, Kaberle, etc.

    Vincent is 1A for me but if he isn’t available we better put together a package for Patrick Marleau. Marleau is a great player, hell, go after Clowe and Cheechoo as well. I hope we aren’t disappointed! Worst thing is we draft a good player at 18.

  56. habsoul says:

    I live in the SF Bay Area and trust me, the Habs don’t want Marleau or Thornton. They both make a lot of money and they both have a habit of disappearing in the playoffs. That’s the type of player Montreal does NOT need.

    Two Sharks that do interest me are Jonathan Cheehcoo and Ryan Clowe. A pure sniper who’s had some injuries problems, Cheechoo is locked in at $3M for another 2 years and San Jose is shopping him. An RFA, Clowe is a big, tough winger who can score. Sure, you lose some draft picks if he signs an offer sheet but Gainey can get those picks back with other deals.

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  57. yathehabsrule says:

    Apparently the Bruins deal for Kaberle is off



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  58. Mike Boone says:

    I wish. Chips. Cookies. Pretzels. Diet Pepsi

  59. ParrySoundHabber says:

    jk bro…i’ll be glued to your blog…i’ll blaze one for you

  60. The Professor says:

    done and done

  61. von says:

    I’ll blaze two


    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  62. tony d says:


  63. Captain aHab says:

    Bettman would get booed surrounded by Mother Theresa and Ghandi.


    From Hell’s Heart I Slap At Thee!!

  64. Chorske says:

    Awww, Buttman throws us a bone.

  65. Chuck says:

    PERHAPS the most celebrated franchise?!

  66. yathehabsrule says:

    and did he call them LA Canadiens?



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  67. Chris Aung-Thwin says:


  68. Kristopher7 says:

    really? having him in the east should be interesting.

  69. sidhu says:

    Haha Henri seems like he’s ready to take out Bettman… love it

  70. tony d says:

    Richard and Cournoyer….what slackers…if only they would’ve tried a little harder

  71. yathehabsrule says:

    Cournoyer looked like he wanted to slap Bettman for trashing the french language, but he’s way too classy!


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  72. ZepFan2 says:

    Really eh. I mean, only 21 cups between them. They could have been so much better. sigh



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  73. yathehabsrule says:

    Bettman booed even with Cournoyer and Richard on stage…

    Surprised he acknowledges 24 Stanley Cups rather than the 23 that the NHL use on their merchandise.



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  74. Kristopher7 says:

    23 that the NHL use on their merchandise.”


    for real?

  75. Chorske says:

    OMG, I just died of not surprise.

  76. sidhu says:

    uh, how about it will suck because we will have to face him more often

  77. Kristopher7 says:

    Exactly lol

  78. yathehabsrule says:

    Bah! He wasn’t that great when he was with Hartford…lol


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  79. yathehabsrule says:

    Wang you fool! You want a new arena and you had 10,000 people who coulda trashed  the old place outright for you it if Snow picked Hedman!


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  80. Captain aHab says:

    McGuire has already gone nuts.


    From Hell’s Heart I Slap At Thee!!

  81. Rugger says:

    Wow, Phlly gave up a lot for Pronger

  82. Chorske says:

    Hahaha, “now the Islanders become a team you want to watch.”

    Kid doesn’t even have the jersey on and he’s anointed franchise saviour.

  83. J.T. says:

    Boy, is McGuru having a Tavaresgasm or what?  New drinking game: if McGuru strokes out during the draft, drink the whole damn case.



  84. habsfaninboston says:

    WOW!  Does he stop to breathe at all?

  85. yathehabsrule says:

    I have an over under on my blog of how many times he says “Let the rebuild begin”..lol



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  86. Kristopher7 says:

    Tavares won’t last long, look how many first round and first overall picks the Islanders have traded over the years.

  87. punkster says:

    Damn, this case ain’t gonna last that long.

  88. MikeMcLaren says:

    I *love* how he went back to the Parise well YET again this year!


  89. Kristopher7 says:

    Wow, 2 first round picks…. wtf, pronger is good… but he’s not winning them a cup and his salary is huge.

  90. Chorske says:

    Nice. Philly just gutted themselves.

  91. Infanteer says:

    I’m glad the Habs did not get Pronger, at that price.

  92. Ayan_SB says:

    Pronger, Coburn, Timmonen, Richards, Carter, Gagne. Damn that’s a good team.

  93. yathehabsrule says:

    Are they signing Mike Milbury again??


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  94. Infanteer says:

    They won’t be able to keep them all . . .

  95. Chorske says:

    Hedman to TB.

    Still no surprises except for Philly and Anaheim.

  96. Infanteer says:

    And . . . over my crystal ball . . . Col selects Duchene.

  97. Kristopher7 says:

    hahahaha, even with the management they have now I find their franchise a mess. the NHL should adopt euro football league rules and send them to the AHL and bring up the Manitoba Moose or something.

  98. habsfaninboston says:

    I thought Philly had salary cap issues.   How do they deal with Pronger’s salary?

  99. vaya_ says:

    duchene will be happy to go to colorado… heard he was a fan of forsberg and roy as a kid.

  100. Kristopher7 says:

    Exactly, their roster is wayyyyy too cramped.

  101. krob1000 says:

    could they trade carter? rumours swirled last year….gagne,?briere?  gonna be some more deals out of philly……

  102. vaya_ says:

    they’ve got until october to dump salary… they did the same last summer haha.

  103. Chorske says:

    Please. Some posters right here on HIO speak of NOTHING ELSE. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  104. Infanteer says:

    Trade Briere or Carter.

  105. yathehabsrule says:

    Well they released goaltending coach Reggie Lemelin today, but I doubt his salary goes toward the cap…lol


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  106. Chorske says:

    These TSN ads. My brain. Atrophying. urgggh blbbblllbbbbb

  107. J.T. says:

    Pronger’s not as good as he used to be.  He’s lost a step, but he’s still just as dirty as ever.  Perfect for the Flyers.  That’s one costly trade though.  And it makes it more important for the Habs to keep Komisarek to compete on the size front.  Good luck to Holmgren in dumping Briere’s anchor of a contract too.




  108. Chuck says:

    Someone should tell him that he won’t be playing with either of them.

  109. punkster says:

    So we’re 30 minutes in and still no Boone bon mots. What, did Chantal enter the building?

  110. 24 Cups says:

    Only problem is they don’t have a goalie.

  111. Chorske says:

    Briere’s probably gone. He never really gelled there, didn’t he?

  112. Chorske says:

    “Bob Gainey not saying very much”

    No SHIT.

  113. habhunter says:

    Pronger is still top 5 in the league and that’s without considering his “dirtyness”.  Philly just became that much better then our team.  Let’s see if Gainey decides to take any risks to actually improve this team.

  114. Rugger says:

    t would seem the trade value of all of Philys players just dropped as they are now very desparete to dump salary.

  115. Ayan_SB says:

    Haha that Gainey-Burke “conversation” was hilarious.

  116. Kristopher7 says:

    So what will Islanders fans be saying ‘if’ Tavares flops like Stamkos did? I’m not sayaing Stamkos is not good just that people are expecting Tavares to be Crosby/Ovechkin quality.

  117. 24 Cups says:

    I think it would be impossible to trade Carter.  However, if they ever did than they can have anyone they want off our roster except Markov and Price.

  118. nightmare_49 says:

     … Anaheim now has picks #15 and #21 so Email Bob may go for #15 to get his man?

  119. MikeMcLaren says:

    Lupul was a $4.25 million per year cap hit for the Flyers
    Sbisa was a $.875 million per year cap hit for the Flyers
    = $5.125 million

    Pronger was a $6.25 million per year cap hit for the Ducks

    I’m sure they’ll be able to make up that difference SOMEhow… it just takes not re-signing Knuble.


  120. Rugger says:

    I think I heard a “eh”

  121. Wencz says:

    Burke: Lecavalier’s going to you guys, or the Islanders; that’s the rumour.

    Gainey: Oh ya.


  122. yathehabsrule says:

    lol Brain Burke talks too much! Earlier he told Bryan Murray how he f’d up the Bruins deal then tells Gainey that Vinny goes to either Montreal or NYI



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  123. JasonM says:

    Wow, Phily just got robbed.

  124. tony d says:

    Gainey gave him that ‘look’…like when you step in dog crap

  125. Infanteer says:

    Quite the rumor from Burke to BG: Lecavalier to either Islanders or Habs. From Gainey: “Oh yeah?”


  126. JasonM says:

    And Bob is like, “Yeah?”




    “Talk to you later”




    It sounded like grade school.

  127. mastodon says:

    Haha, gauranteed Gainey saw the mic on Burke’s tie and wasn’t going to say anything, good stuff.

  128. showey47 says:

    He also didn’t deny it

  129. Kristopher7 says:

    I can’t blame these people for trying to talk french but it hurts my ears lol. It doesn’t even sound like french.

  130. yathehabsrule says:



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  131. 24 Cups says:

    Dman-forward combo.

  132. MikeMcLaren says:

    The worse you are though, the harder it sounds you’re trying and the happier the crowd is – that or they just dig on schaedenfreud.


  133. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah but it shows respect, you’ll noti that by the crowd’s reaction.


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  134. Kristopher7 says:


  135. Chorske says:

    Lol, in his defense, Burke did agree to be miked. Only Burke, eh? He’s the Antigainey.

  136. lawyergirl77 says:

    Gainey’s total dismissal of Burke at that moment warmed the very cockles of my cold, dead heart.  Heh. 

  137. 24 Cups says:

    This happens every year.  Just cut the crap and pick your player.  As well, any team that brings a kid up on stage should forfeit their pick.

  138. Chorske says:


  139. Chuck says:

    The NHL doesn’t officially knowledge the first Hab Cup, since they won it before the formation of the league.

  140. yathehabsrule says:

    and actually the Habs have 25 NHL Titles… :)


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  141. JasonM says:

    Welp, the first 3 picks went exactly as I thought it would have.

  142. Infanteer says:

    Well, they went as you thought they would, and I thought they would, as TSN thought they would, as, most scouts thought they would . . .

  143. Ayan_SB says:

    They’re saying Duchene and Hodgson best friends.

    Edit: McKenzie’s in love, he says Duchene’s got a sparkling personality.

  144. sidhu says:

    The girl in the beige dress in the Duchene camp.. nice!

  145. Infanteer says:

    Now it gets interesting . . . Kane?

  146. yathehabsrule says:



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  147. mastodon says:

    Duschene seems like a great guy, pretty cool that he gets to go to the Avalanche considering he loves them.

  148. tony d says:

    duchesne’s dad looks like Mark Crawford

  149. Chorske says:

    Man, it sucks that persistent mediocrity is rewarded with awesome, talented kids like Duchesne and Sharp.

  150. JasonM says:

    Malkin, Crosby, Stall…

  151. Ayan_SB says:

    Ohh anybody see the girl in the greyish dress in Evander Kane’s camp?

  152. Chuck says:

    You mean the one that looks like she’s 14?

  153. Infanteer says:

    Does Burke try anything here? Leafs fans would like for him to exchange 1st rounders here, straight up.

  154. tony d says:

    i think Kane missed a few rows

  155. Chuck says:

    Man, they’ve got to speed these kids up a bit. Where’s Johnny Olsen when you need him to yell, “COME ON DOWN!”

  156. obrien says:

    I was disgusted by Burke and his mked up antics. I hope all GMs knew about this, or else it was the ultra-douche move of the year.

  157. ZepFan2 says:

    I was thinking the exact same thing. I think Kane forgot to thank the hot dog vendor.


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  158. habhunter says:




  159. Ben says:

    Boone where are you?

  160. Chorske says:

    Holy crap. About Kane: “he’ll look good next to Ilya Kovalchuk”.

    Nice to know THEIR line combos are set. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  161. Chuck says:

    Almost one hour: 4 picks.

  162. 24 Cups says:

    LA has to go for Schenn or MPS.

  163. ZepFan2 says:

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…umm what?


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  164. 24 Cups says:

    That’s right, Chuck, time for another cold one.  I guess you enjoyed seeing Henri Richard up there tonight.

  165. yathehabsrule says:

    meh, they only have four fourth lines….



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  166. Infanteer says:

    Why would Burke do this?!? I certainly wouldn’t wheel and deal with anyone I knew was miked.

    Didn’t he watch Goodfellas?

  167. J.T. says:

    I’ll be really surprised if it’s not Schenn.




  168. Chorske says:

    They sometimes mike players, too. AND goalposts. Bastards.

  169. Chuck says:

    Highlight of the night so far, Steve!

  170. J.T. says:

    He’s an attention whore and can’t help himself.




  171. JasonM says:

    Why… are they talking French so much? It seems so forced.

  172. Ayan_SB says:

    The upcoming teams should start getting French translators like the Kings.

  173. JasonM says:

    No surprise there! :)

  174. JasonM says:

    Burke’s face =  PRICELESS

  175. obrien says:

    Goalposts too? That’s disgusting too. Like Burkes face on HD.

  176. showey47 says:

    Burke is pouting,i love it.

  177. MikeMcLaren says:

    Two words: Saku Koivu


  178. yathehabsrule says:



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  179. Chorske says:

    …and what kind of eejit cheers for a team with four fourth lines?? :)))

  180. Infanteer says:

    Seems like the GMs read TSN’s rankings . . .    

  181. J.T. says:

    To be nice.  And the crowd likes it.



  182. 24 Cups says:

    laffs take MPS or trade down.  Any other move is a mistake.

  183. Chorske says:

    Best bitchface in hockey.

  184. yathehabsrule says:

    If the Panthers don’t trade Jay-Bo, Burke will blow a fuse! lol


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  185. mastodon says:

    Garth Snow looks like he’s having a fun time, they have loads of picks to play around with.

  186. Ayan_SB says:

    What were the fans chanting?

  187. JasonM says:

    Chroske, send me an email with your MSN. :)

  188. Chorske says:

    Considering that all of the hockey hoi polloi are present, it’s a bit crappy that the big bucket in the middle of the table contains a) apple juice b) water and c) lays chips. Please. I put on a better spread with ten minute’s notice. One can only hope that the schwag is better than the nibbles.

  189. MikeMcLaren says:

    I was thinking either “Lecavalier” or “Hamilton” or “Balsillie”


  190. JasonM says:

    I like what the Isles are doing. Get quality picks!!

  191. J.T. says:

    What do you want to bet these kids are praying “not Phoenix…please!”



  192. habhunter says:

    Hey look.  A GM is making aggressive moves (snow) in an effort to improve his team.  He may just end up stealing the guy we want.

  193. lawyergirl77 says:

    Sounded like Ham-il-ton!  Ham-il-ton! before the ‘Yotes pick… But I could be wrong… 

  194. showey47 says:

    If its from bob gainey,don’t open it.It means your getting fired,lol

  195. captaink4life says:

    Carey Price’s agent has informed him that Bob Gainey is trying to move him to Tampa Bay, along with 1 other player, for Vincent Lecavalier.


    Personally, I REALLY hope this doesn’t happen



    Koivu for Prime Minister :)

    Drive for 25!!

  196. Ayan_SB says:

    No poutine? Preposterous.

  197. Chuck says:

    I hope that Ekman-Larsson enjoys playing in Kansas City.

  198. 24 Cups says:

    Snow is turning the Islanders around.  Laffs can now go for Cowen or MPS or trade down

  199. habhunter says:

    If only this were true.  Done and done.

  200. Chorske says:

    …oh and Jason: you’re fired.

  201. yathehabsrule says:

    Apparently Mike Boone has been traded to Leafs Nation for…..


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  202. Infanteer says:

    Kadri sounds like a little punk.

  203. JasonM says:

    lol showey


    you’re the best

  204. 24 Cups says:

    “I’m going to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come, yeah, yeah”

  205. yathehabsrule says:

    Vegas , baby, Vegas___________________________________________

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  206. Chorske says:

    Pff, they’re probably thinking LAS VEGAS HERE I COME WOOOO HOOOOO

  207. tony d says:

    cracked canoe??? what the F?

  208. ParrySoundHabber says:

    anyone have an online link other than the USTREAM?  PLEASE

  209. JasonM says:

    awww… damnit



    added to msn

  210. Chorske says:

    Hmm. Steep steep steep. More than I’d pay.

  211. Chuck says:

    “Kansas City… hey hey hey!!”   :)

  212. Ayan_SB says:

    He’s a Habs fan.

  213. Infanteer says:

    Seems like Snow has little faith in his depth scouting. A 1st and 3rd, for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th? Detroit would invariably find a Zetts in there, somewhere.

  214. captaink4life says:

    It IS true… I’m friends with his sister and I’m talking to her on MSN right now. She just told me about this like 5 minutes ago



    Koivu for Prime Minister :)

    Drive for 25!!

  215. Chorske says:

    … Mayor Mel Lastman.

  216. captaink4life says:



    Koivu for Prime Minister :)

    Drive for 25!!

  217. Infanteer says:

    He’s also a Leaf.

  218. punkster says:

    Wait a minute…you’re the guy who swore his girlfriend saw Markov drunk and dancing on a table on St Laurent…am I right?

  219. Chuck says:

    So Carey’s agent runs possible deals by his sister?

  220. Ayan_SB says:

    He was a Habs fan before he became a Leaf. But now I automatically hate him.

  221. captaink4life says:

    She wasn’t my girlfriend!!!

    And I hope you don’t hear it from TSN because that will most likely mean the deal has gone through


    Koivu for Prime Minister :)

    Drive for 25!!

  222. captaink4life says:

    Carey’s at home in Williams Lake. His agent called him at home. It’s not really something you keep from your family (potentially getting traded I mean).



    Koivu for Prime Minister :)

    Drive for 25!!

  223. 24 Cups says:

    I’d rather have a shot at a guy in the 1st round rather a 2nd and a 4th.  The Isles are stockpiling a lot of kids.

  224. Ayan_SB says:

    After 12 it’s lunchtime.

  225. Chuck says:

    Sounds like you and MJ would have hit it off.

  226. Ayan_SB says:

    Jeez, it was a joke. And why speak ill of the dead?

  227. ZepFan2 says:

    Like, ebony and ivory?


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  228. yathehabsrule says:

    Sweet, TSN will have Rumble at Rama VIII on after the draft. Gave away my tix to watch the draft.


    But will TSN cut from the draft, 24 more picks in 2 1/2 hrs?



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  229. Mark C says:

    Any chance the Leafs go with Kulikov to ride shot gun to Luke Schenn?

  230. sidhu says:


  231. JasonM says:

    Love the boos. lol

  232. habsfaninboston says:

    Gotta love the seranade Burke got.

  233. JasonM says:

    Burke screws Ottawa.


    This is like Monday Night Raw, screwjob after screwjob.

  234. yathehabsrule says:

    Burke to Murray: ” That’s who you want? We’re gonna take him.”



    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  235. sidhu says:

    Kadri is on record as saying he grew up as a Habs fan despite living near TO

  236. sidhu says:

    Bryan Murray gets screwed by Heatley, now by Burke. 

    As Seinfeld would say, “that’s a shame.”

  237. JasonM says:

    I love how straight Burke is. We’re taking him.





    No fish. He didn’t get any extra offers.


    Wow, I love this mic.

  238. Chorske says:

    Love the increasing diversity of the league. Seriously awesome.

    Pff to TSN: “Toronto’s rebuilding is well underway.” Um, the evidence is that they’re stalled.

  239. JasonM says:




  240. habhunter says:

    Chances are that TO passes us in the standings next year.  Bob just doesn’t have the right vision for this team nor the balls to take risks.

  241. MikeMcLaren says:

    Is this kid a Habs fan?

    If so he is probably having MAJOR flashbacks of “The Sweater.”



  242. sidhu says:

    Wonder how Cherry feels now that his beloved team has drafted a Lebanese-Canadian.

  243. EricInStL says:

    I think I would have gotten rid of Schenn to get #1 or 2…..

    _______________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  244. sidhu says:

    Dreger: “hilarious. Bell Centre chanting… 67…as the Leafs go up to make their pick.”

  245. Chorske says:

    Did Burke just get called out on TSN? Was that not the weirdest, awkwardest post-pick interview ever?

    Burke sucks. End of story.

  246. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah they had a pic of him and his dad in Habs jerseys


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  247. habhunter says:

    Yeah he sucks.  10x better the Gainey, but yeah I guess that’s not saying much.

  248. JasonM says:

    we can be creative

  249. sidhu says:

    Central Scouting has this kid at 19

  250. yathehabsrule says:

    lol Glennie was Robert L’s mock draft pick for the Habs.


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  251. J.T. says:

    I’m really surprised MPS, Kulikov and Cowen haven’t gone yet.



  252. habhunter says:

    Nobody wants to draft Russians since it’s become so popular for them to bail to the KHL for the $$.  Teams want players who want to help them win in the NHL.

  253. Rob D says:

    Hope the Habs trade down..there’s not going to be much left at 18..

  254. MikeMcLaren says:

    I saw that.  A piece of him must have died today.  Poor bastard.


  255. J.T. says:

    Boy, I wish HI/O had an ignore feature.  I know you’ve got the right to say whatever you want, but the constant negativity is really depressing.  Any chance you can just hush for the rest of the draft? 



  256. 24 Cups says:

    Me, too.  They should be the next three.

  257. yathehabsrule says:

    Odds that Murray goes to the podium and declares: “I’m so screwed! Does anyone want Heatly? You, up in section 121, he can mow your lawn if you want! We can make a deal!”


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  258. habhunter says:

    Your blind cheerleading for a ship that has slipped beneath the waves is equally iritating.  How about you take your own advice?  If people are allowed to gush nonsense, others should also be allowed to provide another perspective.

  259. Ayan_SB says:

    Which player are you guys hoping we pick?

  260. JasonM says:

    I second this notion.

  261. yathehabsrule says:

    You think so?!


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  262. ooder says:

    oh pulease…because canadians are all about the “heart” right..who are you kidding.

    remeber ryan smith..ya ok thanks

    welcome to the nhl.

    we need a kovalev

  263. J.T. says:

    Kulikov breaks the stereotype though.  He’s playing junior in Canada and he’s a really, really good defenceman.  He’ll get the bucks he wants to make a difference in the NHL.


  264. yathehabsrule says:

    Jacob Josefson


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  265. showey47 says:

    Brian burke on xm just said he hopes to hold the draft in the next couple of years and and they way he way booed here will be tame compared to the way the habs brass will be booed in toronto because according to him the leafs have the best fans in the world,lmao.

  266. Chuck says:

    Or go to bed early…

  267. habhunter says:



    Ryan Smyth is playing in the KHL?  wow.  My bad.

  268. Chorske says:

    Burke was thrown off by an obvious direct question. Gainey fields ten of those kinds of questions before he even wakes up in the morning, and he does it with class. Poor Nazem, stuck with this boob who as much as admitted he was plan C. Burke is an ass. Gainey… Gainey surprises. Every time.

  269. Chuck says:

    Actually, J.T. is one of the most level-headed posters on HI/O.

  270. JasonM says:

    I’m probably nuts but Kassian…. Lebranc 2nd.



  271. Rob D says:

    Kassian..I am a convert..but agree with most here..no way in heck he is there..

  272. yathehabsrule says:

    motion carried!


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  273. EricInStL says:

    Ellis ???


    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  274. J.T. says:

    Excuse me?  If you can find an example of my “blind cheerleading” I’ll leave you to spout your bile in peace.  I have no problem with perspective, but in your case, the road is always getting smaller and going downhill.



  275. habhunter says:

    Funny :)


    If you guys actually knew a bloody thing about hockey, I may be moved to take you up on your advice.

  276. ZepFan2 says:

    Cups won as GM


    Burke: 1


    Gainey: 1


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  277. habhunter says:

    Thanks for your opinion, for all thats worth.

  278. EricInStL says:

    This pick looks like the we got rid of the wrong Dman a couple of years ago Looks like Chara

    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  279. yathehabsrule says:

    Not much enthusiasm by the Sens team on theer pick, eh?___________________________________________

    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  280. Chorske says:

    …which begs the question: if the ship has sunk, why are you here?

    And for the record, JT aint no blind cheerleader.

  281. habhunter says:

    Most players picked past 4-5 are plan B.  Hopefully these players can suck it up.

  282. 24 Cups says:

    Edmonton needs grit but how do they pass on MPS?

  283. habhunter says:

    For the record, your opinion doesn’t mean sh*t

  284. Chorske says:

    …..aaaaaaaand strike three

  285. JasonM says:

    Sloppy seconds.

  286. EricInStL says:

    Yeah the fun bunch…

    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  287. habhunter says:

    Been waiting 16 years for that.  Doesn’t seem to matter who the GM for this team is.

  288. Chorske says:


    If Kulikov slides to 18, do the Habs pick him?

  289. ooder says:

    are you retarded or are you pretending ?

    i was pointing out that canadian players play for the cash as well and its not just russians who just play for money

    we need a kovalev

  290. ooder says:


    we need a kovalev

  291. JasonM says:

    I’m surprised, he didn’t screw up with the name.


    Great pick.

  292. Chuck says:

    They didn’t.

  293. J.T. says:

    Oh yeah…in a heartbeat.  He’d be the heir to Markov.



  294. Chorske says:

    How could they?

  295. yathehabsrule says:

    They said he used to go as Paajarvi-Magnus Svensson, but nicknaming him PMS just wouldn’t work…



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  296. 24 Cups says:

    Without a doubt.  All the talk about a forward comes to an end if we can grab this guy.  He already plays in Canada and will surely play in the NHL. 

  297. habhunter says:

    The reality is that many Russians would rather play at home for $$ then here.  No doubt it would be the same for Canadian kids playing over there.


    In the end choosing a player who may run back home for the cash doesn’t make sense and you’re seeing the result here.


    Kovalev is complete shit btw.

  298. bidds55 says:


    TSN just said he has a big dollar deal signed with a KHL team. 

  299. Chuck says:

    And you don’t want a player that only shows up one a month.

  300. yathehabsrule says:



    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  301. 24 Cups says:

    Nashville has to go with a forward.  Schroeder, Kassian, Josefson?

  302. yathehabsrule says:

    “We want to be harder to play against than we were last year.”

    Reeeealyy? What a strategy!


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  303. J.T. says:

    Wow…MPS puts things in perspective.  To an 18-year-old, the Oilers are a “classic” team.  I guess, from where he sits, he’s right.



  304. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Sounds like a 7 year itch,lol

  305. ooder says:

    it has nothing to do with russian or not…canadins do the same thing just over here…they run around teams for more cash.


    anywho kovalev is not complete shit..he is a very talented palyer with a ridiculous amount of skill.

    not his fault he is 36 and the Carbonneau had no idea how to use him…

    we need a kovalev

  306. habhunter says:

    In other words they want to be tougher. You know. Bigger, stronger, meaner.

    He;s not talking about skating faster or pulling ‘sicker’ moves on their opponents like i’m sure you were thinking.

  307. doug says:

    Favorite guy so far: Dechenne of Colorado

    Uglies Kid: that red-headed mess on the stage just now with Oilers

    Most annoying person: Brian Burke w/ honorable mention to the Guru

    Most cocky: Atlanta’s pick Evander versus John Tavares

    Guy I’d like to have had: the Leafs pick, who sure doesn’t fit in with Bighead Burke

    Ugliest family: The Swedish family with the lady with the frosted hair and the androgynous brother/sister person

    Biggest kiss ass: Lombardi bringing up Robitaille

    Biggest reminder that these are 18 year olds: Ryan Ellis’ acne

  308. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah and besides we already have one on the Habs…..


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  309. JasonM says:

    Poor Ellis. Stuck in Nashville for the next decade.

  310. Captain aHab says:

    I have bad nightmares of the Habs drafting Kulikov minutes before he ships off to the KHL.

  311. habhunter says:

    They figured it out for a moment there last season when they sent em home.

    The guy is a skilled player who is lacking and has always been lacking the faculties upstairs to realize his full potential. He is a lodestone for this team and needs to go.

  312. Chuck says:

    Go to bed, Frankie.

  313. Habhopeful says:

    6 picks left and still good talent out there especially for us positionally what do u think cupsy?

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  314. habhunter says:

    Hey man, nice of you to join another conversation you weren’t invited to. Again, you are clueless.

  315. Mark C says:

    What are they going to do with all these D? It’s not like they even need his great PP abilities.

  316. Chuck says:

    Somebody’s gettin’ grumpy. Would you like your bottle?

  317. habhunter says:

    Grumpy? Not at all.

    Try wikipedia for some hockey related info, may help.

  318. Chuck says:

    Wikipedia? Sure, because everyone knows that if it’s on Wikipedia, it must be true.

    Is it gas? Maybe you need a burping.

  319. doug says:

    Most obviously contradictory commentary: McGuru’s continual statements that only two guys are ready to step in, followed by repeated statements like “Ottawa really needs the big guy down the middle to say no to opposing forwards and they’ve got him now: they won’t be easy to come in on again like they were last year”. . . followed by remarks that the guy needs to bulk up or whatever

  320. bidds55 says:

    Nice pick for Nashville with Ellis.

  321. mbplekfan says:

    Thank god we dont get a shot at Ryan Ellis.

    The last thing we need is another small defenceman.

  322. Chorske says:

    I really think size is the basest, most oversimplistic way of grading a player’s potential. This kid is an awesome player.

  323. Chorske says:

    Ah well, there goes Ellis.

    Not much hope of him hanging around until 18 anyway.

  324. Ayan_SB says:

    Man, if we can get Dmitry Kulikov, it’d be great.


  325. Chorske says:

    I’m telling you, it’s gonna happen. Habs are going to have to decide if they take the plunge with another russian.


  326. 24 Cups says:

    Nashville must have a fetish about Dmen. LOL. Your team is still a close but no cigar team. This is good for us as it eats up a pick.

  327. MikeL says:

    Horrible pick by Nashville. They already have ridiculous defense depth, and Ellis seems to be nothing more the a PP specialist.

  328. doug says:

    Biggest dick comment: Lawton answering the question regarding whether he’d have picked Tavares first with “well we’ll never know the answer to that question” right in front of Hedman. Just say no, idiot.

  329. Chorske says:

    I thought Burke was a bigger schmuck.

  330. Chorske says:

    About Kulikov:

    “He came to Drummondville, and promptly learned English. And Russian.”


  331. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL I thought I heard that..

    Did you catch yet another Parise comment by McGuire


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  332. 24 Cups says:

    He also is learning to speak French.

  333. bidds55 says:

    The farther Kulikov drops, the more likely he goes to the KHL.

  334. Chorske says:

    And Parise AGAIN!

    There should be a drinking game.

  335. sidhu says:

    Snow stealing BG’s thunder.

  336. habhunter says:

    Gainey could take some lessons from Snow.

  337. MikeMcLaren says:

    Charles Wong’s kid was great in the movie “Up” by the way…


  338. Chorske says:

    Whoah. Islanders making a splash, but picking weird guys.

  339. doug says:

    I’d be shocked if we took Kulikov or whatever his name. I think we’d avoid him. Also, agree with comment that if he goes too far down he just whines off to KHL.

    McGuire annoying praising the Islanders. Then Snow moves up four spots to take a lower ranked person. And give up five picks for it. Idiotic.

  340. mastodon says:

    I think Snow had about 7 more picks than Gainey though.

  341. J.T. says:

    Whoa…de Haan at 12 is a surprise.


  342. habhunter says:

    …and thats why you are here and not there.


  343. Rugger says:

    How, by trading up to pick a player expected to go 10-12 picks behind where he picks him?

  344. Chorske says:

    But Mean.

    I thought Brian Burke did a good job as the old guy.

  345. Ayan_SB says:

    Haha, nice.

  346. 24 Cups says:

    Snow makes a great move and then picks the wrong player. Another bonus for us as another pick is eaten up. Go Habs.

  347. doug says:

    That can’t be his kid, can it? Runner up to the Edmonton redhead kid as the ugliest kid up there.

  348. JasonM says:

    *crosses fingers for Kassian*

  349. habhunter says:

    He’s taking risks which speaks more to my point.

  350. showey47 says:

    Yeah that was a great move by garth snow,trade up 4 spots for a guy they could have easily got at 16 and they could of kept the other 2 picks they traded. pure genious.

  351. Mark C says:

    Not for picks like that! Moving up a few picks to pick a bottom round talent. This draft is sharping up nice.

  352. habhunter says:

    Past the first couple picks of the first round, it’s really a mixed pot. Teams take who they like and Snow is making sure he gets exactly who he wants.

  353. Ayan_SB says:

    Do we have a better chance at getting Kassian now? Or at least Leblanc? Considering these strange picks.

  354. doug says:

    which part, genius?

  355. doug says:

    Love that kid.

  356. ZepFan2 says:

    Taking risks? Like picking a goalie 5th in the first round?!


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  357. MikeL says:

    Traded up for Da Haan???? Really? Wow! He was ranked 23rd by TSN. Snow is unorthodox, that’s for sure – going back to drafting Bailey last draft.

  358. Habhopeful says:

    its real wierd he moved up to take De Haan!!!

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  359. Chuck says:

    Yeah, why trade up? The kid would probably still been available… unless the Islanders got wind that someone was sniffing around that pick.

    Maybe Bob is planting red herrings in order to get teams to eat up their picks. :)

  360. 24 Cups says:

    Sabres have to take Kassian. They are more of a candy ass team than we are.

  361. JasonM says:

    Yes, we do. Makes more players available, choices change.

  362. yathehabsrule says:

    Let’s see how it pans out 5 years down the road before we over analyze this…


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  363. Chorske says:

    The logic doesn’t add up, I’ll agree.

  364. ZepFan2 says:

    I hope they take Kulikov.


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  365. habhunter says:

    Price was supposed to be a sure thing. Thats not really a risk.

  366. doug says:

    I like Gainey, but you’ve got to feel for the guy. It’d be hard to stay awake and on the ball in his own company.

  367. Wencz says:

    Do you think maybe he knew his guy was going to go before 16? Seems like the only explanation for a player ranked that far out.

  368. JasonM says:

    That would be brilliant.

    “Hey Brian”
    “Yeah Bob”
    “We’ll be taking that guy”
    “talk to you later”

    burke walks to the other table

    “bob is going to get that player, I suggest you screw montreal”

    WIN ๐Ÿ˜›

  369. Rugger says:

    No, Snow panicked and gave away two picks.

  370. krob1000 says:

    we are going to have a tough choice….it looks like we may have better prospects than Leblanc available…….kassian, kreider, kulikov, holland, etc….all available still…..schroeder…..does gainey stick to his guns and take best player available…..I am still pulling for Kreider myself…..based on HIO opinions…I think we are in a no lose situation now…..we are going to get a heck of a player.

  371. doug says:

    so who are the Flyers going to get rid of to make cap space for Pronger, etc? They want to move Briere and may have to give him away. . . any chance someone else would be avail in your opinion?

  372. ZepFan2 says:

    It was a surprise to everybody that was there.


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  373. sidhu says:

    DREGER: Some discussion between Montreal and Florida, but im told Florida will make its pick at 14 and doesnt have anything on Bouwmeester yet.

  374. yathehabsrule says:

    If Kassian goes to the Sabres, Komisarek will say: “Lucic and Kassian in the same division? Screw this, I’m outta here!”



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  375. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    LOL hahahaha

    Wait for Price to bloom…it’s his ‘Prime Time’ in 3-4 years.

  376. Ayan_SB says:

    If we pick Leblanc (Harvard), and considering Higgins played for Yale, the Habs might be the nerdiest team.

  377. Chorske says:

    That’s what the CH stands for.

    Candy Hass.

  378. showey47 says:

    Maybe that is snow’s thinking,but with so many higher ranked players still available i don’t see how he would have been.

  379. JasonM says:


  380. Habhopeful says:

    dammit i t was inevitable

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  381. Xtrahabsfan says:


  382. Ayan_SB says:

    Don’t you mean wait from Price to bloom haha.

  383. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


    Wait for Price to bloom…it’s his ‘Prime Time’ in 3-4 years.

  384. doug says:

    Did Steve 24 Cups nail that one or what? Nicely done, sir.

  385. Chorske says:

    Grandma GiGi Kassian looks meaner than most of our guys.

  386. J.T. says:

    John Moore is still on the board as well…hard to pass on him for sure.


  387. Captain aHab says:

    I have this odd feeling the Habs will trade down and target a little-known player.

  388. JasonM says:

    I say this in the most respectful way possible.

    I hate you. :)

  389. Habhopeful says:

    even buffalos management could use some more size…

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  390. EricInStL says:

    We complain aout Bob, but man I feel for him, I would go for Kulikov if Leblanc is gone.
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  391. EricInStL says:

    Grandma Dynamite
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  392. Habhopeful says:

    lol! atleast he noticed it as well

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  393. doug says:

    it would be so us to trade down and get two second round picks.

  394. 24 Cups says:

    Five picks to go. We are in good shape. Kulikov, Josefson, Kreider, Leblanc, Ashton etc

  395. yathehabsrule says:

    Given the recent KHL history of some recent Russian Habs picks, I doubt Gainey would touch that!


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  396. Ayan_SB says:

    I bet she could beat up Komisarek.

  397. doug says:

    the last russian to drop like this was that poor rangers prospect who died, wasn’t it?

  398. yathehabsrule says:

    McKenzie and McGuire getting all giddy!


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  399. showey47 says:

    It would be smarter to trade down for a lower first round and a second rounder then package that second rounder with the third rounder from atlanta to get back into the back end of the first round.

  400. JasonM says:


  401. EricInStL says:

    Bob dodges one, Kulikov will be a steal if they sign him.

    If Leblanc gets picked before MTL then Bob can go for another Dman or trade dowm…This draft is scaring me big time with all the teams in the East getting bigger
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  402. Chorske says:

    I’m having a shot everytime McGuire says Parise.

    Tomorrow mornin’s gonna be rough

  403. Wencz says:

    To be fair, I wasn’t impressed with Duthie’s questions to Burkie, with Kassam right there (about trading up); did you see how red BB went?

  404. Xtrahabsfan says:


  405. doug says:

    i’d draft kulikov for his girlfriend

  406. Ayan_SB says:

    The Brothers Kostitsyn could’ve showed her around town.

  407. Habhopeful says:

    did u notice the crod cheering when the close up began? poor kid probably thought he was being cheered lol girl was hot tamales!

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  408. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wait for Price to bloom…it’s his ‘Prime Time’ in 3-4 years.

  409. 24 Cups says:

    Goodbye Bouwmeester, hello Kulikov. Good pick.

  410. J.T. says:

    Moore’s got to go in the next couple of picks.


  411. yathehabsrule says:

    Has a two-year deal with the KHL and the Panthers still took him?

    Does the name Richard ZHednik mean anything to you?


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  412. Chorske says:


    Every time McGuire says “russian factor”, drink one shot vodka.

    Add that to the “Parise” rule.

  413. JasonM says:

    I have to admit, I like Maguire in some doses but after 2 hours….

  414. tony d says:

    there’s not enough liquor in the house

  415. J.T. says:

    I *hic* shtarted *hic* doing that at *hic* the beginning of the draft. *Hic*


  416. yathehabsrule says:

    and light one up whenever McGuire and McKenzie get into a giddy banter….


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  417. 24 Cups says:

    Anaheim – John Moore? If they pick a Dman it bodes well for us.

  418. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Waiting for Gainey to pull the trigger is like waiting in a lineup in England for a Michael Jackson concert….

  419. ZepFan2 says:

    *crickets chirping*


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  420. Chorske says:

    But people still buy tickets.

  421. yathehabsrule says:

    not bad…

    I heard the autopsy said he died of food poisoning…


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  422. captaink4life says:

    Too soon lol

    Koivu for Prime Minister :)
    Drive for 25!!

  423. punkster says:

    I’m torn. Moore or Leblanc. We need the centre now but Moore looks like that solid D we needed all year.

  424. Rob D says:

    Well.wasn’t crazy about drafting a Russkie with a contract..we already have tow of those guys over there..

    Kassian was close..not sure who I like next..but there is better talent than i expected! No trade down now for sure..

  425. Ayan_SB says:

    Glen Sather don’t care about the no smoking rule in the Bell Centre.

  426. 24 Cups says:

    Hab Alert – pint sized Jordan Schroeder is in free fall. He is an offensive wizard but also stands 5’9″. Please say it isn’t so.

  427. Chuck says:

    I’m waiting for one of the GM’s to thank the girls at Wanda’s.

  428. Chorske says:

    Center. The defenseman flurry is gone, now the fight for the centers.

  429. tony d says:

    Holland’s surrounded by babes

  430. J.T. says:

    Wow…Holland already. I’m surprised at that because of the heart question.


  431. Chorske says:

    And now big boy Holland is gone…

  432. EricInStL says:

    I’d get one of the girls to make the selection or at least thank the NHL Draft party at Chez Paree
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  433. 24 Cups says:

    Peter Holland, I can live with that. We are now golden. Three picks left and Kreider, Leblanc, and Josefson are left.

  434. EricInStL says:

    Saku replacement ?
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  435. mastodon says:

    HAHAHA. Miniature zambonis, those are great.

  436. Chuck says:

    If he’s got finish, put lifts in his skates and send him out there!

  437. Ayan_SB says:

    I’m not gonna say anything about chicks anymore, they might be 14 haha.

  438. Chorske says:

    Drink when they say:

    “russian factor”
    “off the board”
    “came from out of nowhere”

  439. Habhopeful says:

    ya know the heart question was in question with Ryan Getzlaf…just sayin…

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  440. yathehabsrule says:

    TSN notes that playing with guys like Getzlaf, etc. might inspire him to play more passionately


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  441. EricInStL says:

    Oh no not a Minnesota player !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  442. Habhopeful says:

    I really see the habs taking Krieder and i will take that to the bank…
    leddy looks like napoleon dynamite

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  443. Chorske says:

    It’s either Leblanc or we’re trading our first pick, no?

  444. Xtrahabsfan says:


  445. Ayan_SB says:

    Mr.Hockey’s gone? Timmins must be pissed.

  446. sidhu says:

    “Minnesota selects Trevor Timmins’s mancrush, the 2009 Mr Hockey”

  447. EricInStL says:

    Montreal with the 18th pick, select from Mexico city, The most interesting man in the world…..
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  448. Ayan_SB says:

    Can you tell me some info on Kreider?

  449. sidhu says:

    Krieder or Leblanc… either one is solid

  450. J.T. says:

    Oh no! Mr.Hockey Minnesota is gone. And a D to boot! What’s Timmins going to do now?


  451. MikeMcLaren says:

    And Minnesota selects… BRUNO!!


  452. vaya_ says:

    i have a gut feeling about him, too. don’t ask me why.

  453. Ayan_SB says:

    Lol oh no, not you again.

  454. doug says:

    think we’ll take leblanc

  455. sidhu says:

    NHL Central Scouting’s Gary Eggleston: “Chris is an excellent skater with explosive speed and acceleration. His short-distance speed is exceptional. He sees the play ahead of time and knows what he’s going to do with the puck as soon as he gets it. He is an excellent passer and playmaker. His foot speed, combined with his anticipation and quick stick, gives him the ability to create turnovers and gain puck possession. He is a constant threat to develop breakaways on the penalty-killing unit. He has both an excellent wrist and slap shot, which he disguises well and releases quickly. He can score goals in a number of ways.”

  456. Dodger says:

    Damn..now Gainey will to find another smallish Minnesota kid@!!!!

  457. Habhopeful says:

    im hammered…

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  458. bidds55 says:

    I think we’re taking Schroeder

  459. sidhu says:

    His first day of camp… “Dolce and Gabana, hello?!”

  460. doug says:

    i really want a canadian. it’s irrational but i don’t want an american independent of who he might be.

  461. sidhu says:

    I hope not, he’s 5’8″

  462. EricInStL says:

    To Leblanc or not to Leblanc
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  463. Habhopeful says:

    only problem which is a smallish problem, and its bound to happen, it might take quite a bit before hes on the roster, 3-4 years atleast ….this is exciting, who will we take!!

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  464. tony d says:

    I know…yawn, look at clock…yawn

  465. sidhu says:

    McKenzie: “This draft is wide-open,” meaning I don’t know what I’m talking about

  466. punkster says:

    OMG…too many choices…

  467. EricInStL says:

    Will the fans start to scream LEBLANC, LEBLANC, LEBLANC
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  468. sidhu says:

    Go Habs Go!

  469. JasonM says:

    “when i saw him walk up with a sweater and a cap, I knew he was going european”


    pass me the vodka bottle


  470. Chorske says:


  471. 24 Cups says:

    Could it have played out any better? We’re laughing.

  472. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    GO HABS GO!!!

    Wait for Price to bloom…it’s his ‘Prime Time’ in 3-4 years.

  473. doug says:

    Gainey won’t bow to the pressure. Timmins will be told to go for best player. Leblanc is not going to be done due to pressure, only if they think he’s really the best player. That’s what I like about Bob, but it could get ugly.

  474. Ayan_SB says:

    Wow, we actually have some good choices.

  475. yathehabsrule says:

    McGuire: Hey rememebre we jkjfjkfskj kfkfslf mmflklksf

    McKenzie: Yeah and we jfjfjfjfj lglgl kklglglg

    Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are easier to understand!


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  476. J.T. says:

    Here we go…will Leblanc be sitting there like Esposito two years ago after Gainey picks?


  477. Wencz says:

    Runbland. Goals = 0. Comparable: Mike Green. Weird.

  478. JasonM says:

    I call dibs on Moore.

  479. Chorske says:

    My vote is on Leblanc, but I’m cool with whoever.

  480. EricInStL says:

    Did they just show Leblanc fan on a shot in the slot ?????
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  481. J.T. says:

    RDS showed a pic of Timmins’ list on the table, and Leblanc is ninth on it.


  482. Keith says:

    Were up finally ๐Ÿ˜‰

  483. doug says:

    how good is the guy. I have a fear of quebecers but we never get the best ones.

  484. yathehabsrule says:

    Josefson! Josefson! Josefson!


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  485. bidds55 says:

    Get ready for boos.

  486. showey47 says:

    listening to the xm feed and the fans are doing the ole ole ole chant

  487. Barts says:

    Kreider, the center from Mass… my guess.

  488. JasonM says:

    Damn, I wasn’t watching RDS… where was Kassian??!?!

  489. Ayan_SB says:

    I’m going for either Kreider or Moore.

  490. Chuck says:

    I’m guessing Leblanc.

  491. mastodon says:


  492. 24 Cups says:

    Leblanc, Kreider, or Josefen – we can’t lose.

  493. Chris Aung-Thwin says:


  494. krob1000 says:

    good ol tsn ….i caught that too….I think that is who we are going witha nd I sure would be happy if we were able to somehow obtain another late first rounder…things are going our way……several good players left.

  495. J.T. says:

    Please not that…anything but that. Please have some class.


  496. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    RDS just broke it!

  497. yathehabsrule says:

    Body guards for Timmins and Gainey??


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  498. JasonM says:


  499. bidds55 says:

    There we go. Nice pick. I like it!

  500. Habhopeful says:

    can ayone spell pressure?

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  501. forskis says:

    Leblanc! His first standing ovation!

    “Even Roy can be run out of town after 2 Stanley Cups.”

  502. punkster says:

    I’m cool with that…and the Louuuuu calls start already.

  503. Chorske says:

    Awww. Among the many upsides, that’ll shut up some posters who clamor for local talent.

  504. Ayan_SB says:

    What a great moment for the kid.

  505. J.T. says:

    Now we have to hope for his sake that Leblanc doesn’t bust because John Moore is going to be the next Mike Green on D.


  506. Wencz says:

    absolutely, must be incredible for him

  507. JasonM says:

    If given the choice I’d pick John Moore just before LeBlanc.

  508. MikeMcLaren says:


  509. Habhopeful says:

    i hate that hes pretty much gone for 4 years…

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  510. Chuck says:

    No pressure on the kid, eh?

  511. sidhu says:

    He said he’d go to Harvard for 1 or 2 years max

  512. JasonM says:

    He should get 20 pounds asap. :)

  513. MikeMcLaren says:

    Maybe he should just ask Carey Price for diet tips?

  514. MikeMcLaren says:

    I think his brother was in the movie “Twilight”

  515. 24 Cups says:

    Josefson was the safe pick, Kreider was the upside pick, and Leblanc was the logical pick. We should all be happy.

  516. forskis says:

    Now everyone in the stands will get up and leave…BTW how big is Leblanc?

    “Even Roy can be run out of town after 2 Stanley Cups.”

  517. JasonM says:

    6’0 and 178 pounds.

    He needs 20 pounds asap. :)

  518. EricInStL says:

    Lets enjoy this guys….
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  519. tony d says:

    George Gillette shakes hands with louis and says, “I used to own the Habs”.

  520. yathehabsrule says:

    He still does. The sale has to be approved still.


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  521. habsoul says:

    I like the pick. I just hope that they took him because he was the best player available.

    25 IN 100

  522. Chorske says:

    Aaaaand that’s it for us.

  523. doug says:

    Leblanc’s brother with the peach shirt looks like Carey Price

  524. Habhopeful says:

    im dying to know who picks up budish

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  525. MikeL says:

    I LOVE the emotion factor McKenzie touched on about Leblanc. I’m really happy with this pick.

  526. EricInStL says:

    With all of our players in College we can go to reach for the Top and win the Brain Cup
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  527. showey47 says:

    I think at this point i’m trading next years second rounder and this years third rounder from atlanta to try to get another pick at the end of the first round or very early in the second round.This is a deep draft and we don’t have a pick till the third round

  528. 24 Cups says:

    Moore, Schroeder, Ashton, Palmeri, Ferraro, and Elliot are all in the mix with Kreider and Josefson.

  529. Chorske says:

    Yeah, not the urgency I was hoping for from gainey, but that’s why he’s the GM and I’m some jackass sweating it out at home with a cider and a steak sandwich.

    Might take until OCTOBER to address our needs? And how did that work for us last year, mon ami??

  530. Rugger says:

    if there is a way to do it, we should. Lots of talent left.

  531. habsoul says:

    Hmmm, Gainey practically admits that he wasn’t the best player available. But I agree that management has to acknowledge the connection between the French-Canadian community and the Habs.

    It’s a bit of crap shoot anyways. Good luck, kid.

  532. ZepFan2 says:

    Didn’t Gainey say he would have traded up for him?


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  533. krob1000 says:

    that is what I’d be trying to do…..plenty of top 6 potential talent out there….we need another quality forward prospect…..Gainey didn’t seem too intent on rushing into a trade…might be a quiet weekend…..there are so many great players rumoured available. Free agent deadline the next wait? He seems willing to stick to his guns….not that that is a surprise.

  534. Chorske says:

    I didn’t get that from his talk. I thought he made it pretty clear that they got exactly the pick they expected to get, given their place in the draft order.

  535. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Kreider’s got neck…..

  536. Chuck says:

    Yes, he did.

  537. madhabsfan says:

    Should have taken Schroeder. I hope I’m wrong, but this one will live in infamy.

    Gainey just suggested that it may take until September to get a deal for an impact center. I have a feeling a few fans will leave there some pissed off tonight.

  538. habsoul says:

    It’s really all about the FA market this year. And possible deals for Vinnie et al.

  539. JasonM says:

    Mmmm. steak sandwich.

  540. Chorske says:

    Also, have a shot every time McGuire gives a glowing review of a draft pick’s physique.

  541. ZepFan2 says:

    Thanks, I thought so.

    Then that would make him the BPA in Gainey’s mind.


    The patience that Bob Gainey showed me when he could have gotten rid of me years ago, I am just really grateful for it.“- Mike Modano, June 30,

  542. Xtrahabsfan says:

    September 2015,lol

  543. Chorske says:

    What Gainey just said deflated my balloon. Mr Patience himself, eh? I was hoping he’d say something like “we’ve got 30 million to spend and we expect to be very active over the next couple of weeks”

    This October nonsense is just that. How can you even start figuring our line combos if your ducks aren’t in a row until October?

    October. pff.

  544. Chuck says:

    Making a trade for the sake of the live crowd would be a big mistake.

  545. vaya_ says:

    schroeder would have been a controversial pick. “another small forward!” although he’s extremely talented and wouldn’t look out of place in the nhl.

  546. JasonM says:

    Now all we need to do is trade for Lecavalier and we’ll have 3 centers :


    The Cavalier
    The White
    The Rock

  547. krob1000 says:

    and the fastest feet in the draft many say……I wish there was a way to have got both leblanc and kreider….you can’t teach speed. Leblanc seems like a safe pick….I think he will be an nhler……i just think kreider has a potentially higher ceiling….besides I’ve never seen kreider fanning in the slot lol.

  548. Infanteer says:

    I’m content with the pick. I think Josefson has equal potential, but – given the home crowd – you had to go with Leblanc.

  549. Chuck says:

    I though that someone posted earlier that RDS showed Leblanc on Timmins’ sheet as being in their top 10.

  550. bidds55 says:

    You’d already be loaded just on the term “physical specimen”

  551. Infanteer says:

    This is for Moore.

  552. krob1000 says:

    under promise and over deliver?

  553. doug says:

    The draft is not supposed to be a big trade day for fans. . . but after the boredom of this year’s trade deadline, and now the boredom of today. . . what the hell am i going to do between now and october when gainey said he’s prepared to wait.

    and based on this nothingness, why did gainey wait to talk to the UFAs? i don’t get it. and i don’t like the way he doesn’t negotiate during the season and now didn’t negotiate until one week left before July 1.

  554. krob1000 says:

    anyone know if sundin is playing this year? sorry… just kidding.

  555. habsoul says:

    Put the DVR in reverse and listen to it again. He gave a somewhat evasive answer when asked if Leblanc was the player they wanted.

    “A player that fit in our rankings, in the area we knew were going to pick.”

    The Habs must lead the NHL in Ivy League players.

  556. Infanteer says:

    or . . . Josefson (see, below)

  557. JasonM says:

    Alright, I’m out to go watch a late showing of Transformers 2. You gentlemen have a good evening.

  558. mrhabby says:

    nice pick, good consistent scouting by canadiens and appeals to the french ..its all good.

    as for trades ..weekend is still fresh and the summer is here. not much to do except wait and see.

  559. madhabsfan says:

    They announce a trade, the fans go nuts, habs not involved, the fans go “awh!”
    They probably should not have shown up for this if it was only landing Lecavalier they were hoping for. They should also stop calling in sick on trade deadline day. At least as long as you have Gainey as the GM

  560. Chorske says:

    possibly, although it seems to me that Bob fully keeps his underpromises.

  561. 24 Cups says:

    Ducks have to go with Moore. Make that Columbus after the trade!

  562. bidds55 says:

    Anyone else thinking we trade up to take Caron?

  563. Infanteer says:

    I hear we offered 10 mil to him for 09-10.

  564. Chorske says:

    It’s extra funny to me because I’m a biologist. “physical specimen” means something very different to me.

  565. EricInStL says:

    Burke ordered 7 poutines, extra sauce…..
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  566. madhabsfan says:


  567. doug says:

    Can you imagine how bored Bettman must be, having to preside over this thing, only announce trades of picks. . . and that on top of just having to be at a bunch of games between a red team and a black team fiddling with these stick things while chasing a disk on ice? Poor guy doesn’t get paid enough.

  568. Rob D says:

    Love the pick..even though it was predicted by many. Heart and soul kid with a lot of desire to win. He’ll fill out in time and he’s a center.

    No complaints here..we got a winner, IMO.

  569. sidhu says:

    haha plus a scotch on the rocks, double

  570. krob1000 says:

    he’s a jackass…..miked up and asking bob if the rumour about vinny is true? jackass…..just a jackass (he’s actually a decent gm but he’s a colossal jackass).

  571. doug says:

    169 lbs and 6′. . . only thing that bothers me

  572. Chuck says:

    At least he’s not trying to tell jokes to fill time between picks.

  573. doug says:

    it was so ridiculous – loved gainey’s non-response, though. the showman and the shyman.

  574. craz11 says:

    Schroeder sucks. Poor mans Phil Kessel. And Kessel sucks.

  575. krob1000 says:

    i think I’d pay more to see a gainey burke mma match than I would for any ufc or boxing match. Burke was a goon but Bob is strong as an oxe and tough as nails…..i’m not sure bob can really be hurt……it would take him too long to decide whether or not something hurt…..I can see it burke throws a haymaker conencts right off the bat……gainey counters repeatedly, ko’s burke……then minutes later upon repeated reflection with his finger at his own temple Bob says……ouch…you know that punch did hurt….i’m gonna take a little nap now.

  576. J.T. says:

    Yeah, but he’s 18. How huge were you at 18?


  577. Chorske says:

    I was 6′ and 175 lbs at 18. by the time I was 23, I weighed 205. He’ll be fine.

  578. MikeMcLaren says:

    “Le/La” is the new “Ko”?

  579. doug says:

    i was 6’3 and 175 lbs. And studying hard to make sure I had a back-up plan given my abysmal hockey skills.

  580. doug says:


    gainey’d kill burke. it would actually be fun to get the GMs together to fight. who’d beat Gainey? the guy’s a big man with a hall of fame hockey background as a checking forward. who’d be in his league? unless burke headbutted him in the first round with that head.

  581. Habhopeful says:

    a lil early to say if ya dont mind me sayin

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  582. crabvader says:

    I’m 6’1 and I was revolving around that weight at that age.

  583. forskis says:

    So he is taller than Koivu but weighs less than him…

    “Even Roy can be run out of town after 2 Stanley Cups.”

  584. HardHabits says:

    It’s easier to gain 20 lbs. than it is to grow 4 inches.

  585. JasonM says:

    He’s also 18. Which is normal. He’ll fill out with a training regimen.

  586. vaya_ says:

    these kids are still filling out their frames (with some exceptions). expect him to gain 10-20 pounds before he joins the habs. dagger and higgins are 6’0/200 and they seem pretty solid. he might even grow an inch in the next couple years.

  587. krob1000 says:

    a couple of cycles ought to fix that lol

  588. Ayan_SB says:

    Anyone else think Calgary traded that pick to NJ as a way to say “sorry for stealing your coach/my brother?”

  589. yathehabsrule says:

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm good theory

    Calgary has a history of trading up/down


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  590. mastodon says:

    Good call, I like it. Never thought of that.

  591. EricInStL says:

    Call of the day/night
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  592. madhabsfan says:

    If someone else lands Vinny tonight, they’d better not announce it, unless of course they want a beer shower!

  593. ProHabs says:

    Has Boone nodded off at the draft due to boredom or has he already left the Molson Center for Wanda’s.

  594. 24 Cups says:

    Vancouver would love Ashton. Schroeder is the surprise of the draft in terms of players that are falling from the sky.

  595. Chuck says:

    Do you think that he’ll be around in the third round? :)

  596. mrhabby says:

    kassian got away from us.

  597. Rob D says:

    Boone is in a fistfight with Burke..
    and he ain’t losing!

    lol..sorry..I just enjoyed the image..

  598. Infanteer says:

    How about a trade:

    2010, 2nd rd pick + Weber


    the next pick (Despres). He’s 6’4, 205 (at 18 y.o.), ranked 18th according to TSN.

    More upside than Weber, and another hometown boy would make a splash.

  599. ProHabs says:

    Put Fischer in the place of Weber and I would do it.

  600. ProHabs says:

    I went to University in Montreal and skipped many classes for a Wanda’s education. I wouldn’t hold it against Boone if he spent the whole evening on DeMaissoneuve St.

  601. EricInStL says:

    Hey Kovalev played with the guy’s father….
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  602. Ayan_SB says:

    Tim Erixon’s dad played with Kovalev.

  603. Chuck says:

    Sutter looks like he could use a new set of dentures.

  604. EricInStL says:

    Why didn’t IKEA have an ad everytime they draft a Swede ?
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  605. krob1000 says:

    who really believes rds scooped the teams list? that seems a little too convenient for me……letting the list be seen and having leblanc at 9…..just sayin’
    don’t get me confused for someone unhappy with our pick…it was pretty obvious from the onset who we were getting…..and I feel it was a safe pick…sure I have already stated I liked Kreider more but that just seemed a little too convenient to me….the whole list thing…factor in bob’s response to duthie and I see some pr optics involved.

  606. EricInStL says:

    I would love to hear the complete Burke feed, someone from TSN should release it. I am positive it would be a riot and probably create a riot.

    A bit like the Chris Berman video feeds on youtube
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  607. TripleX says:

    So let me fully understand this! BG did not sign or negotiate with our UFA’s so that he could maximize his negotiating potential at the draft. We will probably now lose all these players for nothing, AGAIN. Now he says that the big deal may not happen until September! WTF! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I refuse to believe this bull anymore.

    Chuck Norris was born three months premature, because he had asses to kick.

  608. oshawahabsfan says:

    Let’s make a trade for Khadri, can’t let that guy who grew up cheering for the Habs be wasted in the blue and white

  609. Steph C.C says:

    Off topic, nice display picture doug. Made my day. :)

  610. 24 Cups says:

    Ashton, Shore, Palmeri, Elliot, Ferraro, and Klinberg are still left. Will anyone take a stab at Budish in the 1st round?

  611. doug says:

    burke is a fraud.

  612. punkster says:

    I got it. Boone ran into Breeze and is plying him with booze from a hip flask to spill the beans on Bob’s Big Deal.

  613. Chorske says:

    Burke. Every card game he plays is open hand.

    What a grouch. You weren’t ever going to get Tavares, loser. Build a bridge, and get over it.

  614. habsfaninboston says:

    Damn it! I was praying the Bruins wouldn’t select Caron.

  615. Chorske says:

    Too bad about Caron.

  616. RS says:

    Ok, so Caron is going to make a career out of killing the Habs.

  617. doug says:

    i posted the exact same thing earlier. it’s really weird, almost as weird as te fact that you somehow got that pic of me as your avatar.

  618. Ayan_SB says:

    Caron just beat Kane for the largest crew.

  619. yathehabsrule says:

    I agree!


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  620. doug says:

    Dreger really going out on a limb there suggesting that it’s unlikely that the Panthers will make a trade of Bouwmeester or however it’s spelled until at least tomorrow. No wonder he has 10,000 tweet followers.

  621. TripleX says:

    Great minds do thing alike! lol Another truism is that BG will disappoint us
    once again. With Gainey at the helm the good ship Canadiens is doomed.

    Chuck Norris was born three months premature, because he had asses to kick.

  622. Ali says:

    Lupul must hate Pronger. It’s the 2nd time he’s been traded for him.

  623. crabvader says:

    Screw Burke. Chiarelli is public enemy number one in my books. First, he sarcastically patronizes us and then he drafts Caron? Come on.

  624. EricInStL says:

    Luke Schenn, Luke Schenn…aurghhhhh

    Luke Schenn = Ian Turnbull or some other schmuck

    If Toronto had our D prospects THN or TSN would scream that Toronto would only give up 1 goal a game and score 6…

    Schenn better play his ass off for him…
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  625. Ayan_SB says:

    Kyle Palmieri chases after girls? Damn, he would’ve fit right in with the Habs.

  626. HardHabits says:

    Well maybe we’ll get the first pick for 2010!

  627. krob1000 says:

    i would only be concerned if he was too slow to catch them

  628. HardHabits says:

    The big move will happen next June, at the 2010 draft when we pick first!

  629. ProHabs says:

    I’m just glad we didn’t trade for Lupul. He would make the party animals on our team look tame.

  630. HardHabits says:

    Nice RDS point; no goalies chosen yet!

  631. krob1000 says:

    ferraro or ashton for me….i really hoped we would move someone to move up……I guess the rigths thing was overrated….I think Mats kind of ruined that one.

  632. TripleX says:

    BG will lose the pick because of his inability to come to a decision within the alloted time .

  633. crabvader says:

    Did you honestly need RDS to tell you that? Lol. No offense meant.

  634. TripleX says:

    Come on! What kind of a moron GM would waste a first round pick on a goalie? Oh yeah!

  635. Mitch.sc says:

    when we getting Vinny Already?

  636. EricInStL says:

    Scream for me Montreal…..

  637. crabvader says:

    The Pens?

  638. ProHabs says:

    Come on. With Jacques Martin coaching, we will finish 1 point out of the playoffs and select 17th next year.

  639. EricInStL says:

    Classy from Talon…
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  640. Bryan says:

    And the longest introduction award goes to…

    Montreal: Home to the worst fans in sports.

  641. Chuck says:

    Yeah… why waste a first round pick on the most important position on the ice?

  642. HardHabits says:

    Scotty the legend, has won Cups with Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit, probably will with Chicago too.

  643. mastodon says:

    I’m pretty sure Gainey is just waiting until the end of the first round and then he’ll announce it.

  644. crabvader says:

    Kadri must be dying inside… Lol.

  645. Chorske says:

    Golly, I hope so. That would be awesome.

  646. crabvader says:

    Do I sense sarcasm? Or false hope?

  647. ParrySoundHabber says:

    Philippe Paradis
    Center — Shoots L Shawinigan Cataractes
    (Que. Major Jr. Hockey League) Jan. 2, 1991 6’1″ — 196 lbs

    ……and he’s not going to Harvard, he’s going to play HOCKEY

  648. oshawahabsfan says:

    We need to go rescue him bring him where he belongs haha

  649. mastodon says:

    That is 100% false hope.

  650. crabvader says:

    Tampa is stacking.

  651. mastodon says:

    I’m fairly sure LeBlanc will play hockey at Harvard. And he also said he only expects to spend 1-2 years there.

  652. Chuck says:

    We should send him a Habs t-shirt to wear under his equipment.

  653. EricInStL says:

    Brian Lawton looks like Jerry McGuire
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  654. ParrySoundHabber says:

    Philippe Paradis – C – Shawinigan

    Analysis: “This guy can shoot a puck through a wall. With Paradis, Carolina’s got some good young forwards to provide insulation for Eric Staal.” – Pierre McGuire

    well then, it must be true eh

    PM on Leblanc: Louis Leblanc – C – Omaha

    Analysis: “He better be good! They’re counting on this guy to be a No. 1 centre and help carry this club for a long time.” – Pierre McGuire

  655. crabvader says:

    Did you miss the E.G analysis comparing him to Mike Richards? Pay attention!

  656. crabvader says:

    Yeah he does.

  657. ParrySoundHabber says:

    don’t put words in my mouth….Harvard is not what I consider developmental hockey by a long shot….he should be going to Hamilton and learn to be a man for 2 yrs then come to the bigs. We need help asap…not after he does 2 yrs at Harvard then another 2 at Hamilton. Oh I forgot it must part of the new 5 yr plan.

  658. 24 Cups says:

    That’s the downside for Leblanc. Playing at Harvard won’t speed up him development. Not much happening in that league.

  659. Infanteer says:

    And Dryden shouldn’t have taken the university route either, right?

  660. ParrySoundHabber says:

    dryden took a year off to complete his degree then came back and won 4 more cups…consecutive i believe…btw the habs could’ve won with a 2 legged beagle in nets leaning on his milkbone…lol

    i knew this was coming

  661. crabvader says:

    He clearly knows what he’s talking about…

  662. crabvader says:

    Leblanc might do the same, you don’t know. Stop acting like this kid doesn’t want to play hockey. Some people have family values that differ from others. School is one of his. You doubt a kid you don’t even know for one second.

  663. ParrySoundHabber says:

    that was exactly my original (somewhat dark) meaning Steve…I completely agree.

  664. ParrySoundHabber says:

    you oughta sign up for the anal optectomy down at the local clinic….it’s the one that severs the nerve connecting your eyeballs to your butthole to help change your crappy outlook on life.


    do me a favour and point exactly where it was that I actually said he DIDN’T want to play HOCKEY?


    excuse me but Harvard is not Hockey.  And what’s up with that silly photo you have up there?

  665. Bryan says:

    There’s a minimum age for the AHL… and Leblanc ain’t it.



    Montreal: Home to the worst fans in sports.

  666. crabvader says:

    Is there a procedure where they can get you to stop talking from your ass? I’d inquire, if I were you.

  667. HardHabits says:

    Oh no!!!! Detroit is going to draft the next Zetterberg with that 75th pick.

  668. Ayan_SB says:

    Who’s the Tampa Bay Lightner?

  669. crabvader says:

    Haha, I noticed that too.

  670. mastodon says:

    Haha, same.

  671. crabvader says:

    Good pick by Pittsburgh…Getting away with a steal.

  672. Ayan_SB says:

    Alright, so umm…where’s Lecavalier?

  673. mastodon says:

    Wait for it….

  674. Rob D says:

    jesus. hope Gord Miller didn’t strain himself trying to point out the brilliant drafting of the Penguins..lol..

    Really tough when you are faced with the prospect of finishing last and taking the consensus first pick or 2nd!

    Give me a break..

  675. EricInStL says:

    So tomorrow without the glare of TV, Bob will go back to pick US players….

    Lets see tomorrow…..
    Scream for me Montreal…..

  676. Chorske says:

    Weren’t we promised a splash?

    Only splash I heard tonight was the ice cubes in my vodka tonics.

    Tomorrow is another day, but Gainey’s talk of getting his ducks in a row maybe by October… urgh… as Owen Meany would say, it GIVES ME THE SHIVERS.

  677. ProHabs says:

    We have been hearing “We would like to add an impact player” for the last 2 years and haven’t. What made you think tonight would be any different.

  678. Exit716 says:

    You don’t actually believe that Gainey can pull of a deal, do you?

    Get real.


  679. Number31 says:

    I don’t recall being promised anything… I do recall certain media outlets tooting their horns and going “omg big splash coming you’ll see!!!!”. Gimme a break…

  680. punkster says:

    …and still no Boone…the plot thickens…oops, never mind…refresh.

  681. yathehabsrule says:

    I count 16 Canadians, seven Americans, six Swedes and one Russian going by NHL.com’s numbers.

    TSN said earliier that there were 7 Swedes and that 17 were Canadian..

    Then again, they also said Kreider was the first American, but Leddy went three before him.


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  682. yathehabsrule says:

    I ran a timeline of the draft.</p>

    I figured Mr. Boone’s tech probs would get resolved so I didn’t want to mention it during the draft and step on any toes.</p>


    Ya! The Habs Rule!

  683. Infanteer says:

    Couple of points from tonight:

    a) Leblanc was a great pick. The Habs managed to nab him after he was supposed to go (most mock drafts had him in the 12 – 17 range).

    However, I’m pretty shocked about the anti-university / college sentiment on this site. Comments about the “Brain Cup” and anti-Harvard rhetoric are ill-informed at best, ignorant at worst.

    Perhaps Dryden should have left Cornell, too.

    b) Ref the “Big Trade” that didn’t happen . . . There was a single “big trade” that came, and it came at a tremendous cost. I’m quite happy that the Habs didn’t get an aging, overpriced Pronger for 3 first rounders (one drafted, two not), a 3rd rounder, and a proven scorer (Lupul). Even Brains Burke couldn’t make the “Big Trade” happen, as evidenced by:

    c) The Hidden Mike: Why? Why would you deal with someone who is clearly “miked.” And why would Burke go from GM to GM, dealing only in rumors and innuendo?

    The best example was the exchange with Gainey:

    BB: Lecavalier’s going to either the Islanders or you. That’s what I heard.

    BG: (dismissively) Oh yeah?

    I think BB is trying to make a more successful media career at the CBC. He may have succeeded, but he didn’t land Schen, and he didn’t make the “big trade.”

  684. Ayan_SB says:

    I still can’t believe Philly gave up Lupul, Sbisa and two first picks
    for Pronger. I know Pronger’s a beast, and has always been a broad
    street bully at heart, but Sbisa was a 2008 first round draft pick, and
    Pronger’s only signed for one more year. Anyways, Sid and Geno better
    keep their heads up cause Pronger’s gonna be throwin’ dem bows.

  685. Chuck says:

    Agreed. That price does seem pretty steep, especially considering that the Flyers will also have to dump some talent to deal with the cap issue that this move exacerbates.

  686. andrewberkshire says:

    Some people on this site will never be pleased. You people are absolute retarded. You bitch and whine about Timmons and Gainey not taking French Canadians and then when they take the consensus BEST French Canadian available in this draft you bitch that he’s going to college and won’t make an immediate impact. It was the 18th pick guys, not top 3. Cry me a damn river, it was a damn good pick, not matter what the idiots say on this page.

  687. Number31 says:

    Habs fans: never happy with anything… On my way to the metro I overheard a group of guys grumbling about the lack of Lecavalier, and how Louis Leblaaan (sic) will play 5 games and disappear. Way to eat your young, guys. Already running him out of town, I see!

  688. RS says:

    Okay, okay, Dryden played at Cornell. Wasn’t that about 40 years ago? The fact that you bring up an example from 40 years ago, suggests that there may be some truth to the allegation that Ivy League schools are not exactly producing large numbers of NHL players. Hello Chris Higgins!

    LeBlanc is going to play about 25-30 games per season at Harvard. Is that better preparation for a career in the NHL than playing a regular season of over 65 games somewhere in the CHL? I’m not so sure.

    That said, I can see some benefit to having him not in the Q, facing the constant pressure and attention of being the francophone, first round pick of the Habs.


  689. Infanteer says:

    After reading through the comments again:

    What in God’s name is wrong with an 18 year-old kid wanting to go to Harvard?

    They’ve a decent hockey program, and Leblanc will be incorporated into the Habs developmental program, every step of the way.

    It’s Harvard. As in, Harvard.

    If my kid was accepted to Harvard, and was then drafted by the Canadiens in the 1st round, I would buy a lottery ticket for the boy. Anything less than a million would be a disappointment.

    And again: Ken Dryden.

    So many fans want their players to be “intelligent,” but are offended when those players go to a distinguished place of learning.

  690. andrewberkshire says:

    Fans here have no patience at all. Its time to admit that the ignorance and stupidity of fans has been a massive contribution to the lack of winning teams the last 16 seasons.

  691. Chuck says:

    Let the kid get his education and hone his craft playing college hockey. He’ll be a better player in four years than he will be in two.

  692. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree Infanteer.

    Its absolutley disgusting that people are hating on Leblanc for wanting to get an education.

  693. HardHabits says:

    I’d rather we keep the young players in development, unless they are bonafide NHLers.

  694. EricInStL says:

    The brain cup was my comment on what BG said “we have lots of players in College”. Well good for him, I would rather have hockey players now. It seems to me that if you are a Vg to great hockey player you want to play against the best. Harvard is great if you want to be a lawyer or Doctor, but hockey player? The Ivy league is not a hot bed of hockey.

    Not sure about LeBlanc being a great pick, he’s a pick right now. I say let’s enjoy it and get ready for the real important things like UFAs and RFAs and maybe the rest of the draft but don’t hold your breath….

    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  695. ooder says:

    seriosuly…i would love to see one of those dumbasses do a televised debate with Gainey about what he is doing wrong.

    those morons would ge tlaughed out of town.

    we need a kovalev

  696. crabvader says:

    Do you not get it by now? First, we wanted a superstar center. The prospect of Lecavalier being traded to us surfaced and everyone started complaining about his contract. Now, most were expecting/rooting for us to take Leblanc and so there is still something wrong. We wanted change in our administration/coaching and fired Carbo, and plenty of people who clamored for it started complaining. We wanted an overhaul of the coaching staff and it’s happening, yet people complain about it! These people flip-flop more than George W.

  697. Chuck says:

    Alternatively, is ditching university to play in the CHL going to better prepare him for life after hockey?

    If he’s lucky, he’ll have a 10-15 year career. But then what?

  698. crabvader says:

    Which they aren’t. I agree with you.

  699. RS says:

    “LeBlanc will be incorporated into the Habs developmental program”? Oh that’s really reassuring!

    On Harvard’s hockey program, see:


    Current NHLers that played for Harvard: Craig Adams (cup winner), Dominic Moore, Noah Welch, Tom Cavanagh and Craig MacDonald.

  700. Infanteer says:

    I employed Dryden as my example because he is a personal role-model.

    How about more recent examples, of just Canadians in NCAA: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=425710

    It includes many, including  Joe Nieuwendyk – a GM at tonight’s party – and, like Dryden, a Cornell student.  

  701. RS says:

    Yes, I totally accept your point, if our goal as Habs fans is to look out for the future of the all the young men being drafted today and tomorrow. Get an education. Many of them won’t have any NHL career.

    But if we are concerned withthe future of the Montreal Canadiens, then we might want to see LeBlanc or someone else developing their hockey skills in a more proven developmental league.

  702. TorontoHabsFan says:

    For those thinking that Garth Snow was some kind of genius with all his wheeling and dealing, here’s what Duhatschek had to say about NYI taking De Haan at 12:


    Eric Duhatschek:  McGuire
    had him 25 in his mock draft; Craig Button 26 – but “Button did have
    him going to the Islanders in that slot. So the Isles moved up twice –
    to get from 26 to 16 to 12 – to get a guy virtually everybody figures
    would have been there at their original pick. Strange …

  703. forskis says:

    For those complaining about Leblanc going to Harvard, give your head a shake, it is his life and he will do as he sees fit, his parents raised him to see school as important…the way it should be.  People complain enough everywhere about athletes (even the public in general) being dumber than dirt….the Habs have someone going to Harvard and now you want him run out of town for wanting to be more?  There is life outside/after hockey and he should be prepared for that eventuality.  Besides, if the kid is projected to be as good as we hope he is, then a year or two extra is no big deal, at least he will be more mature then.  AND if he was supposed to help the team THIS YEAR, then the team is in worse shape than we thought OR you just are too darn impatient.

    If any of you had a kid going to Harvard are you really going to try to talk him/her out of it and make them do something else?


    “Even Roy can be run out of town after 2 Stanley Cups.”

  704. Chuck says:

    It was like watching Three Card Monte playing the shell game!

  705. Chuck says:

    I don’t see why we can’t be concerned with both points.

    He’ll be two years physically bigger and stronger by the time he gets to the AHL. And more importantly, he’ll be two years more mature and stronger of character. That’s not a bad thing.

  706. RS says:

    The issue of Harvard versus the CHL is not about years of development. Many US college players jump to pro hockey after a year or two (even when they would be better off in terms of an education and in terms of hockey development if they stayed in school). LeBlanc has already said that he thinks he will be at Harvard for a year or two and then will sign a pro contract. I think that no matter what route these guys take, they should not be rushed.

  707. EricInStL says:

    Ok let’s look at this in a rational way.

    Leblanc is a good player going to Harvard. Hopefully he’ll get the education he wants which is great for him, he should be a role model for any hockey player in Quebec. But we are not the Montreal Canadiens hospital or the Canadiens Law firm. We are a professinal hockey team. We want hockey players who want to win, who want to play hockey and play against and beat the best the sport has to offer.

    When you play in any sport you go to where the competition is the best, that’s why some europeans play in the CHL. And if there wasn’t an import quota there would be more.

    Time will tell with LeBlanc, Bob did the right choice for the fans of this city. Now, was it the best hockey choice? Was this the best choice to help us in a position we need help? If Bob gets a UFA centerman then this pick is for the future. If he comes up empty in the UFA sweepstakes, then we are a weaker team, in a conference that got that much better.

    Are we demanding? Of course we are as the media and the organization keeps saying we are the best fans and deserve the best, and you know what, after a while we believe it. So this reaction of being disapointed when we don’t get the best (or perceived as the best) is to be expected.

    If you don’t want the best for your team, then you are a spectator, not a fan.

     _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  708. patrice brisebois says:


    I will teach leblanc to go FULL BREEZER.



    go FULL BREEZER at fullbreezer.com

  709. crabvader says:

    You coming back as a coach?

  710. EricInStL says:

    Megan Fox on Jimmy Kimmel

    Who cares about hockey….

    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  711. RS says:

    I’m not complaining about the kid going to Harvard. I’m complaining about the Habs drafting a kid going to Harvard.

    For him, it makes some sense, but it is still a risk in terms of his hockey development. If he is willing to take that risk, good for him. Yes, there are certainly are non-hockey reasons for going to Harvard.

    The Habs should be selecting players that are good prospects and that are going to be in the best environment for developing as hockey players. I am sceptical about the Harvard hockey program and the ECAC hockey league. For me, it is not about years of development. Beyond the first few selections, I see these draft choices as making an impact in the NHL in about 4-5 years from now (if ever). FRankly, for a Harvard kid, LeBlanc is being pretty stupid for suggesting that he might turn pro after one year.

    In general, American college teams play 25-30 games per season in total. CHL teams play close to 70 plus playoffs if they make it. I believe the CHL is still a better development league for producing NHL players.  Furthermore, not all US college hockey programs are equal. I’m not sold on Harvard. Yes, their coach is a former NHL player. As well, the ECAC, in general, is not the strongest hockey group among the NCAA. Of course, part of the problem is that most hockey players are not quite Ivy League material!

    Good for the kid, yes! Good for the Habs, unsure. But the draft is all a crapshoot anyway.

  712. Exit716 says:

    He appears to be an articulate, intelligent person that will be able to handle the pressure of playing in his hometown.


  713. forskis says:

    You seem to be convinced that the extra years in Harvard are going to be a detriment for him…I would disagree with that implication, the extra years will in all likelihood make him more mature and stronger between the ears and we all know, the Habs need to be stronger in between the ears and that is what is best for the team right now, they are not mentally all there.  As for the best hockey choice,it was time they drafted centers and he is one, so yeah, they filled a hole in their prospect cupboard.

    Again, if you had a kid who had the option to go to Harvard if even for a few years, would you talk them out of it?

    BTW, Leblanc was the best French Canadian available, so there is nothing to be disappointed about unless you are annointing him as the next Jean Beliveau and it is WAY too early for THAT.

    “Even Roy can be run out of town after 2 Stanley Cups.”

  714. forskis says:

    Darche went from McGill to the NHL (not much of a career but at least he made the leap)…you knock him for going to Harvard in the fears that his hockey may not develop but if he says he WANTS and will try to turn pro after one year you knock him….PK Subban did the same thing last training camp, his goal was to make the team, was he a nimrod for saying that too?  AT LEAST it shows they have hockey ambition in SOME quantity which is what some on here are worried about.  We should save any critique of the kid when he plays his first shift as a Hab….THEN we can complain about him not scoring on his first shift or first shot.

    “Even Roy can be run out of town after 2 Stanley Cups.”

  715. RS says:

    Check out Matt Duchene. He’s a bright kid. He is going to be great alongside Paul Stasny (himself an excellent college kid).

  716. Exit716 says:

    Oh come on.

    The fans are the ones that go talking about landing an impact player two years in a row and come up short both times?

    The fans are the ones that fired a good coach to put their inexperienced buddy into the job only to fire him with 16 games to go in the season?

    The fans are tired of being lied to by Gainey.

    Gainey has no plan or vision for the team.

    Now he’s going to have to scramble around in the next four days and hope to hell he can get some of the free agents signed before July 1.

    But yeah I agree it’s fans like me that actually expected Gainey to be a great GM that are the problem.

    We tended to believe that his five year plan would actually take five years, not five decades.

    But hey, we’re told help is coming this summer or September, or October…just be patient.

    It’s not a priority of Gainey’s to worry about putting a competitive team on the ice.

    So why should we get our shorts in a knot.

    Bob will still get his pay cheque.


  717. RS says:

    So he says education is important to his family, but he wants to get out of Harvard after one year? Does that make him a hypocrite? Perhaps not, since he says he plans on continuing his education in the summers.

    Personally, I would have understood if PK had said he wants to get the heck out of Belleville ASAP!


  718. EricInStL says:

    Will Harvard make him a better player? Time will tell, will Harvard make him smarter ? Probably. As far as I know lots of Harvard grads are working on Wall Street that worked well if I look at my RRSPs….

    Did he draft a solution for our needs YES, will it be a quick fix for that problem NO, but that wasn’t the idea. If it was Bob’s idea, he would have traded to try to get a higher draft pick. The 2010 season will rest on UFAs, and the way I see it, I will get ready for us to have a top 5 pick, and try to get Taylor Hall.

    Like I said Bob satisfied the Fans but unless you draft in the top 5 you will rarely take care of an immediate hocket need.

    I don’t think LeBlanc will be anyone but LeBlanc in 4 to 5 years. But let’s see what Bob does tomorrow….






    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  719. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Overall I’m very happy with Louis.  He will add some muscle and maturity during his next two years at Harvard.  This guy will be a competitor.  Go Habs Go! 

  720. Omit says:

    I’m unable to find any rationality in your post.

    Leblanc is listed by ISS as the 12th best player available and he was chosen with our 18th pick. Advantage Canadiens.

    He is going to Harvard this year and that shows he has a certain amount of intelligence and character. Advantage Canadiens. I also heard that he has to attend for at least one year to be eligible to go back there in the future.

    Europeans play in Canada to integrate into the North American way of life and hockey system, not just because it’s the best competition.

    Regardless of whether Gainey gets a UFA Centerman or not, this pick is strictly for the future as are all of these picks.

    If you really believe that we’re the best fans, then you haven’t been paying attention to the stupidities of these so-called best fans over the past decade or so. 

    Who are you to decide what is best for your team?

  721. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I like we obtained one of the 4 Quebec possibles (Leblanc) in the first round …I would have considered going up for Duchesne …but maybe the cost was too high

    …I admire a young man that values education and sport together …I would prefer Jordan Caron had the skills of Leblanc …or Leblanc also had the size and ruggedness of Caron …but reality allowed only ONE selection out of 30 …and I am happy we finally have selected a good (hopefully BETTER than ‘good’) Francophone …long overdue

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  722. andrewberkshire says:

    Holy crap I agree with you for once.

  723. andrewberkshire says:

    Tanguay and Lang were both impact players last season. So your point is moot. The bottom line is the overwhelming negativity of the fans makes it hard to attract free agents. This is undeniable.

  724. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree so much it hurts.

  725. Neil says:

    There is nothing wrong with an 18 year old kid wanting to go to Harvard.

    But my thinking is that it was his parents decision for him to go to school. 

    I don’t know any 18 year old kids who would rather goto school than sign a 2 way contract that on the upside pays him over a million in salary and bonuses

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the pick.  I think he’ll be good for us.  but i think he’d develop faster in the Q playing twice as many games a year as he will at school.

  726. habhunter says:

    Lang was ok, got injured.  Tanguay was completely worthless.  In addition to that, the Habs were a very poor team last year and as of now we have NO team to speak of.  This is a complete mess.  Gainey will have one more year, if he f’s up this year, he’s gone.  100%.

  727. Kristopher7 says:

    I know people find your posts funny but I’m really curious to know if you’re just a bored 15 year old or a 45 year old who really gets a kick out of this.

  728. habhunter says:

    I’m pretty sure that the whole Full Breeezer thing is a sad comentary on how sad this once great franchise has become.  For a long time we’ve settled for 3rd and 4th rate talent, and played them like they were #1,2.  Something bold needs to happen, the cup days are getting farther behind and the future looks bleak.

    Now for the rainbow shooting unicorn lovers to let me know how we’ve got a great wealth of talent.  They’ll also probably say that Gainey is going to sooth 6 faries wave his wand and wish us up a superstar through the draft @ position 18 no less.

    Go get bent hosers.

    Gainey has one more year to un-Fk this team.  Mark my words.  He makes a dogs breakfast of it this coming year and he’s gone.

  729. Bouleau noir says:

    The stars did aligned for us tonight….. Louis Leblanc was expected to get picked by a team at around the time of our selection….. he is right handed and is expected to be a top-two center….. readiness to do so should be at around 3-4 years from now.

    Despite being a most appropriate  selection it wont in itself resolved our present predicament at center, our top two center situation is ridiculously precarious and is a direct consequence of Gainey reckless decision 3 years ago when he decided to substrac Ribeiro from our top two center quality reserve.

    You cant be an upper echelon team in today’s game unless your team can depend on two quality centers to set-up your best players and to create the efficient PP needed in order to be a high scoring team…… which is a standar feature among the better teams.

    Gainey defied a basic building team principle when he wasted Ribeiro away 3 years ago….. did he thought that Plek would become a super star or that Koivu would never aged ?….. or that an UFA like Briรจre would come to our rescue at his first request….. moving Ribeiro was costly, we missed the playoffs that very season and almost missed it again last season….. this year could be way worse with a Koivu metering is energy reserve…. that is if he is signed at all….. otherwise its Plek and Maxwel and thus  a certainty that no UFA will be coming here to play under those conditions….. bottom feeder here we come.

  730. andrewberkshire says:

    If Gainey was fired it would be minutes before the same people who’ve been demanding he be replaced were rioting on his behalf.

  731. andrewberkshire says:

    “Tanguay was completely worthless”

    Oh really? That’s why he was our leading goal scorer and point getter when he got injured? That’s why his playmaking and on ice leadership spawned the momentary rebirth of the swagger we had last season when he played on a line with Kovy and Saku? When Tanguay was healthy this year he was out best player bar none.

  732. nightmare_49 says:

    bn – After Ribs first year in Dallas his services were not exactly wanted but other deals fell thru so the Stars turned around and signed your Ribs for another year and the rest is history. Right place at the right time. If Ribs hadn’t been that fortunate god knows where he would be today. He would not of been the answer in MTL.

  733. Rugger says:

    Hindsight is great, at the time almost all Hab fans were glad to see him go (granted you may not have been one of them) and felt that it was a good deal that would strengthen the D.

  734. Rugger says:

    Is the competition any less in Northeastern US Hockey? BU, Boston College, Harvard, UVM, U Maine, UMass Lowell…all excellent programs with many NHLers coming directly from their ranks into the league.  A couple of seasons at Harvard and he will step right into the line-up.  He wll not go 4 years there (hope he does return to finish later)

  735. EricInStL says:

    Dear Omit,

    Yes the Habs got a player that was rated higher and droped for some reason most probably because he didn’t fit the team that was drafting at that moment. If our scouting said he sit our team than great.

    Look if we drafted taxes specialists or lawyers that I would go drafting at Harvard or McGill. Intelligence or not I want hockey sense and hockey skills. I think what scares a lot of people is the time they think he will spend at Harvard. One way or another HE IS NOT PLAYING WITH MONTREAL FOR ANOTHER 3 YEARS AT LEAST.

    So let’s forget about him for the time being. It’s UFAs and RFAs that are the important thing right now, as we have a lot unsigned and eed a couple to fill out the roster. Also everyone knows that the CHL is where the best players are.

    As for best fans, I say we are way too demanding, way too critcal, way to emotional and way too self-absorbed. I blame the team + the media who constantly tell us we are the best. I look at what we do when we win or lose a game and know what kind of fans we are.

    Spectator, supporter or fanatic, I am a supporter. I want the best but will not live my life by what a hockey team or any other sports team does.

    Why an early post like this? Cuz I hate thunder and lightning…..

    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  736. EricInStL says:

    I remember many years ago the place for Quebec players who wanted a US education was the U of Maine, a bit at the time of Kariya.

    Like I said previously he will not step in for another 3 years so let’s chill and see what Bob does with RFAs and UFAs and UFOs…ok well not the last one but who knows….

    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  737. G-Man says:

    Yet another Hab fan that hates the team. Get bent yourself.


    Beliveau is the best that ever was.

  738. G-Man says:

    The NHL draft is all about team needs in 3 seasons, not immediately. Teams that are drafting for immediate needs should be making trades to fill the roster spot, not pushing a 19 year old to step in and play like a 10 year vet.


    Beliveau is the best that ever was.

  739. howtathor says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Daniel Briere in a Habs uniform. The Flyers are hurting for cap space and the Habs have plenty. Briere has more of an upside than Koivu but still leaves us smail down the middle. He is skilled and could fit the bill until Leblanc is ready to go. Briere has been more of a spare part in Philly and with his salary that’s a bit too much. 

  740. G-Man says:

    Very pleased that the Russians with the exception of Koolikov(?) are being shut out of the drafting process thus far. This pick is a waste. Signing 1 as a free agent with no “compensation” to the Russian Leagues is okay, as long as they don’t have any contractual obligations, but this guy already has a 2 year deal with the KHL. NHL teams shouldn’t waste draft picks on players who want to be in the KHL like Useless Yemelin and Invalid Valentenko. Let them play in front of 2000 fans in Ohmsk in January at -50 degrees.

    Imagine, the Habs picked a local boy that’s not from Minnesota. Did someone spike Timmins’ drinks?


    Beliveau is the best that ever was.

  741. G-Man says:

    I want Carter and Gagnรฉ. Forget Briรฉre and all the other smurfs. The Habs have had too many for too long.


    Beliveau is the best that ever was.

  742. EricInStL says:

    If you pick a Russian player and he bolts for the KHL do you get a compensation pick ???

    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  743. G-Man says:

    No. It’s up to management to get the players, not the fans. Habs fans bitch because there’s no Cup in sight and the team took a BIG step backwards in 08/09. Fans don’t jump on the ice to score or make saves and they do cheer this team LOUDLY at the BC. After 16 seasons, patience is very thin.


    Beliveau is the best that ever was.

  744. EricInStL says:

    Correct, unless you are drafting top 5 and even then it’s not a sure thing, sometimes you have to wait 1 or 2 years.

    That’s why UFA and RFA will determine if we pick top 5 in 2010.

    _________________________ Scream for me Montreal…..

  745. G-Man says:

    Players in the CHL play too many games and DO NOT PRACTICE enough. Development is stifled if you have to learn at the cost of 2 important points. How do you get to the Bell Centre? PRACTICE!


    Beliveau is the best that ever was.

  746. Bill J says:

    I agree & add – NO THANK YOU MR. BRIERE OR MR. GAGNE !!

    I would be ok with Carter or Richards, not Gagne either – the injury monger ain’t that great, + it’s a Center we need not another Winger.

  747. Omit says:

    Your second to last sentence is bang on. People living vicariously through another outlet (team or person) always leaves me shaking my head. Appreciate your reply.

  748. mrhabby says:

    i am praying briere does not get traded to us…great another smurf. he said no the first time.

  749. habhunter says:

    It should be clear I don’t hate the team.  16 years of utter futility can make anyone irritable.  My apologizer days are behind me.  I want results.  This pick may turn out great, its the mixed bag thats been Gaineys other 5 years that has me wondering what the hell is going on.

    We’ll see.

  750. Willy the bum says:

    Oh man, I wish FullBreezer.com do exist…

    ———- I am down but never out for their elimination from the playoffs. They will come back next year. Thanks for the Centennial, can’t wait for 101st…

  751. Willy the bum says:

    Stubbs: What are you using for Leblanc’s hometown, Pointe Claire or Kirkland.
    Hickey: Kirkland
    Stubbs: It says he was born in Pointe Claire.
    Hickey: That’s because there’s no @#$%ing hospital in Kirkland.

    Ha ha ha, a typical conversation… nice.

    ———- I am down but never out for their elimination from the playoffs. They will come back next year. Thanks for the Centennial, can’t wait for 101st…

  752. Zepphead says:

    Duchene isn’t a Quebecer.

  753. andrewberkshire says:

    Right, because he definitely didn’t deal for Tanguay and Lang last year, who happened to be our two best and most consistent forwards last year. Yeah that definitely didn’t happen.

  754. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s so difficult to take a shot when these goalposts keep moving………

  755. ooder says:

    Craig Rivet for Josh Gorges and Max Pac.

    Grabovski for Lang.

    Tanguay for a first round pick.

    All very good deals…but morons like you choose to conveniently forget them.

    no wonder no one wants to play here..fans like you just bitch and moan about  EVERYTHING.

    even if we win a stanley cup i can just see this argukment: ya but we wont win it next year.

    just give it a rest.

    we need a kovalev

  756. HardHabits says:

    man it’s been a long time since the last time I heard, “ya but we wont win it next year”


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