O-for the West

One goal over 120 minutes.

No prob.

Big win in Van.

894 Comments

  1. TomNickle says:

    Yep, 😉

  2. Mark C says:

    I would also add, as crazy as it sounds Gomez would immediately become their number one center. Phoenix also has five forwards who will be UFA’s at seasons end, Gomez would fit nicely on that team. And they only have to pay him mega bucks for one year, the high cap number will never matter to that team.

  3. TomNickle says:

    They did trade a young goal scorer for Roszival.  I can dream.

  4. Chris says:

    Yeah, but they’re not going to give them away.  So you’ll take the picks and prospects, and you’ll like it!  🙂

  5. Cool Ice Price says:

    Why no Zamboni?

  6. Chris says:

    A Gomez to Phoenix deal isn’t so crazy…they are desperate to make the playoffs this spring and are in good position right now. Adding a playoff savvy veteran could help them out, and the potential bonus of adding Gomez to a strong Latin American market in Phoenix shouldn’t be completely discounted.

    And if the Habs are kicking the tires on Penner, maybe they are also kicking the tires on Horcoff. Freeing up Gomez’s salary would allow them to take both Horcoff and Penner, and the Oilers might be willing to deal the two of them for prospects and picks.

    Not saying it is a good bet, but it is certainly the kind of deal I could see happening in this wacky trade season. Gomez, when playing to his potential, is a better player than Horcoff. Neither guy has lived up to their current contract, and Horcoff is signed for another year over Gomez at a savings of only $1.8 M. But if Gauthier thinks this is a year to go for it, that might be a move that could re-invent his top-6, gives Phoenix a “name” for their playoff push and frees up approximately $10 million in salary cap for Edmonton next season.

  7. Cool Ice Price says:

    Habs going to go 2-0 in the outdoor games

  8. Rad says:

    Gomez to Phoenix? We can only hope. Arizona has a very large hispanic population and they’re trying to sell the game to that group. Gomez with his Mexican roots would be good marketing. They are trying to ramp up the game here in the desert, now that they’ve found a new owner. 

    Who would Montreal get back? Jovo is injured. Maybe a prospect, or Paul Bissonnette, a 4th liner who is tough as nails.

  9. Rugger says:

    And Weber gets off free!

  10. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Gomez is hoping that playing outdoors in Calgary people will mistake his -18 for the weather.

  11. Mattyleg says:

    Yeah, really. What a total jerk.

    I really wish you were the coach of the team.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. ooder says:

    i’ll watch this game outside…

    thing is i’m in beautifull San Francisco right now!!!

    gotta introduce some yanks to some hockey 😉

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  13. ooder says:

    i’ll watch this game outside…

    thing is i’m in beautifull San Francisco right now!!!

    gotta introduce some yanks to some hockey 😉

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  14. Danno says:

    To get into the spirit put ice in your drinks! Hope you are enjoying yourself. I’d love to visit SF one day.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  15. Max_a_million says:

    How would a team pull it’s goalie at the end of the game if they switch ends midway through the third period.

    It would have to been during a stoppage, and it would have to be all or nothing. 

  16. sidhu says:

    Boone at someone’s house = George watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s at a family’s house:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03k6C6-OqY0

  17. Bill says:

    i’d imagine they’ll start the third at their “wrong” ends to allow for that.

  18. Danno says:

    Some timely advice from the Calgary Herald on how to beat the cold while at the game…

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Calgary+Flames+fans+stay+warm+Heritage+Classic/4309038/story.html

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  19. Chuck says:

    You’re right. I’m sure that it has absolutely nothing to no with the Habs needing all of the scoring help that they can get.

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Mikey, you’ve outdone yourself today.

    Cammalleri gets interviewed because he’s a good interview. Beat reporters like guys who don’t say “I like going to the net and scoring goals, that helps the team win.” as their primary and only line.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  21. RetroMikey says:

    Funny how Mr. Rock Star Camallerri is in the spotlight for a guy that has been injured and thinking of playing all of a sudden in this Heritage Classic game.  If I were Martin, let him sit.

    Who wants to be in the media limelight more?  Cammy or Subban?

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  22. Captain aHab says:

    Whereabouts are you at? Haven’t been to SF in too long……

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    So you’re the guy with the fake stache and giant eyeglasses to hide his true identity that answers to “Boris the Janitor” at the Bell Centre.

    It all makes sense now.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  24. Captain aHab says:

    No too many guys on our team could say that line without laughing.

  25. RetroMikey says:

    Yup the Subban- Camallerri Wars. 

    If only you guys knew what goes on in the dressing room,

    Anyways, enjoy the game everyone.

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  26. twilighthours says:

    Chris Stewart?  Yes, please.  Maybe StL can be talked into a deal now.

  27. Habsfan2310 says:

    Thank goodness Cammy and PK to like the spotlight.  The media in Montreal  have to have spotlight guys ..if not, they would chew them apart

  28. christophurrr says:

    he’s also played for both teams, so he’s theoretically a “sexy” guy to interview.

  29. Niklas says:

    Or how about Wayne Simmonds from L.A?

    What do you think?

  30. Max_a_million says:

    They haven’t in the past.

  31. Chris says:

    Decent article on Joe Colborne from the Toronto Star:

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/article/942029–prospect-colborne-grows-past-criticism

    Following quote stood out to me…

    “Colborne has heard the criticism about his lack of physical play before but he has grown past it, literally. He says he’s added about 30 pounds since his draft year — the Bruins selected him 16th overall in 2008 — to get up to between 210 and 215 but he still looks like he has to fill out.

    “I think it was a fair assessment of me two years ago,” he said. “But I think I’ve really started to bring the physical aspect of my game along. It’s kind of fun lately, since I’ve put on 30 pounds in the last two years probably, I’ve started to notice when I actually do finish checks guys are falling down. It’s a lot more fun that way than when you hit a guy and you’re the one falling down. Or you hit him and he just stands there. The results certainly make it better.”

    Got me thinking about Max Pacioretty when he came up.  One of the big knocks on him from Habs fans was that he was always falling down.  I think you can see some of the why reflected in Colborne’s comments.  It is a huge adjustment going from junior or the NCAA to professional hockey.  The guys in the NHL are all so big and fast that the power forwards from junior really have it tough now.  Look at the size of some of the league’s forwards…Ovechkin weighs 233 pounds, Kovalchuk is 235 pounds, Nash is 218 pounds, Getzlaf is 221 pounds, Franzen is 222 pounds, Lucic is 220 pounds…there are some monsters out there.

    At 6’2″ but only 196 pounds, Pacioretty might still have some more bulking up in the strength department that he can do, which leaves me optimistic for his long-term potential as a power forward in the league.  I’m pretty happy with what I’m seeing from him this season, especially his new-found drive to get to the net so consistently.

  32. BJT says:

    Yes Please!

     

    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’ ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  33. Exit716 says:

    I think the media would be better off interviewing Andrei Kostitsyn.

     

  34. sidhu says:

    Brule will be a cheaper option than Penner — Brule plays an aggressive style and can hit.  He’s now healthy.  Getting Brule and Souray would be great in my view.

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yeah, that way we can have an even more undersized forward group and a guy who breaks his hand when he punchs people and isn’t worth his half-salary on re-entry waivers.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  36. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Funny how “fans” still can´t get his name right.

  37. Chris says:

    As we head into the trade deadline…

    Who is hot over the last 10 games?

    • New Jersey: 9-0-1, 19 points
    • Calgary:  7-1-2, 16 points
    • San Jose:  8-2-0, 16 points
    • Phoenix:  8-2-0, 16 points
    • Vancouver:  7-3-0, 14 points
    • Philadelphia:  7-3-0, 14 points
    • New York Islanders:  7-3-0, 14 points

    Who is bombing over the last 10 games?

    • Colorado:  0-9-1, 1 point
    • Atlanta:  2-7-1, 5 points
    • Dallas:  2-7-1, 5 points
    • New York Rangers:  2-7-1, 5 points
    • Ottawa:  2-6-2, 6 points
    • Chicago:  3-5-2, 8 points
    • Florida:  3-5-2, 8 points
    • Carolina:  3-5-2, 8 points

    So looking back, despite all the injury woes, the Habs have managed to put up a 4-4-2 record over their last 10.  They have only lost ground in the Eastern Conference standings to:

    • New Jersey (-9 points)
    • NY Islanders (-4 points)
    • Toronto (-4 points)
    • Philadelphia (-4 points)
    • Tampa Bay (-2 points)
    • Pittsburgh (-2 points)
    • Boston (-2 points)
    • Buffalo (-1 point)

    The top 3 on that list are not real threats to make the playoffs, and Philadelphia is pretty loaded.  To only lose 2 points at most to the rest of the Eastern Conference playoff contenders is pretty amazing given how poorly the team has played of late, and really demonstrates how hard it is to lose ground in the league standings with the shootout/OT point.

    That being said, breaking out of their funk tonight would be a really good idea.  No sense tempting fate!  😉

  38. HABSsince92 says:

    Go Habs Go! I am so pumped for the game it’s like the Super Bowl and Grey Cup! Go Habs Go!

     

    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    Eller has to pay twice? That sucks for him.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  40. scrowe21 says:

    I’d love to have him, depending on what they’d have to give up..

    I’ve been hoping for Stewart and Simmonds all year. They would have been awesome, they live together in the off season. Both add big time grit. Stewarts now not an option…I could see Simmonds fitting in nicely on the third line with Pou and DD.

  41. EricInStL says:

    Serious ?

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  42. Chris says:

    It’s interesting…nobody seems to want the Wales Conference playoff spots (unless you count the teams that spotted the field too much of a lead), but the Campbell Conference is shaping up to be a real dog-fight.

    Phoenix, San Jose and Calgary have all been on major tears of late, getting themselves into playoff range.

    Is the Pacific the best division in hockey? Anaheim is the worst team in the division on 68 points! Dallas is in a free-fall and Richards’ injury all but means they are probably going to fall off the pace.

  43. habs001 says:

    gomez has to be embarrased with his minus 18 …  our next 3 worst plus/minus forwards eller,moen and moen have a combined plus minus better than gomez… 

  44. punkster says:

    Good way to look at it Chris. Nice work.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  45. Miltie01 says:

    Lanny still has three defencemen caught in there

  46. Mattyleg says:

    That’s what he gets for being Danish.

    My sister spotted Gomer and Eller having drinks Friday night together in Calgary.

    The odd couple?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  47. Ian Cobb says:

    So does anyone have the LINES and D pairings.???

  48. RGM says:

    Very excited for this one! Got my wings, some Doritos, Pepsi (normally it’d be beer but as you can tell by the first two items I’m trying to stay trim LOL), and all the goodies I need!

    Go Habs Go!

  49. Cool Ice Price says:

    The Habs won their 1st outdoor game vs Edmonton right?

  50. habs001 says:

    moen2 should be pyatt

  51. Keith says:

    Listen to that ass**** Healy! Somebody should take HIM behind the Stadium! God I hate that guy.

  52. RGM says:

    4-3 on the strength of a pair of goals from each of the great Yanic Perreault and the not-too-shabby Richard Zednik.

    Go Habs Go!

  53. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Who the heck picks out Ron McCleans sweaters??  His mommy?

  54. Cool Ice Price says:

    Thanks ….. Yes & Theo was wearing his Toque ..LOL …

  55. Jdub1985 says:

    Price will need to play like an all star

    or

    Cammy leads this offence to 6 goals!

  56. Chris says:

    The jokes about not scoring should start right about…

  57. RGM says:

    Still one of the great iconic images of the modern era. Apparently it’s soon to be immortalized (again) in an upcoming Panini hockey card release.

    Go Habs Go!

  58. Cool Ice Price says:

    Price is a TWO time All Star!

  59. jimhasbeen says:

    we NEED this game. period.

    or else vancouver is licking their chops to complete the trifecta

  60. Willy the bum says:

    Dang, I’m staying overtime at work, this sucks!

    But I can watch online anyways… ehh hee hee.

    So other that atdhe.me, what other links are good for online viewing?

  61. TomNickle says:

    If Gomez is going to Phoenix I’ll take Doan and Gormley please.

  62. Mats Naslund says:

    you can stream on cbc.ca or you can use myp2p.eu

  63. Willy the bum says:

    oh, i almost forgot about cbc.ca… thanks Mats!

  64. Chris says:

    Yeah, but Wolski was in their doghouse.  I don’t think Doan is in the doghouse.  🙂

  65. TomNickle says:

    They’ll be an interesting team to watch at the deadline and at the draft.  They are almost all but in Quebec now.  Don’t know how many of their current roster players will be excited about the idea of moving into that city.

  66. TomNickle says:

    The Cap number matters to them when they need to get above the floor.

  67. Mark C says:

    Yes, I should have noted that, but that’s a plus in this case.

  68. RetroMikey says:

    And what did Cammy do tonight?  Absolutely nothing!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “


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