1993 Stanley Cup flashback: Series shifts to L.A. for Game 3

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Canadiens’ last Stanley Cup championship.

The Canadiens evened the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final at 1-1 with Eric Desjardins’s overtime goal in Game 2 at the Forum on June 3, 1993, for a 3-2 victory before the teams headed to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.

Below are the columns by Michael Farber and Red Fisher that were published in The Gazette setting up Game 3, which was played on June 5, 1993.

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Pulling Roy yet another gamble that paid off for Habs’ Demers



INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Jacques Demers said he is not much of a gambler, but the gimmick he pulled at the finish of Game 2 was a no- brainer.

The stick measurement on Marty McSorley?

Sure. That, too.

“Had to do it,” Demers said. “Our team didn’t cheat. The rules are there to be applied. We just used the rules, that’s all, and if they were in the same situation, they would have, too, no matter what Barry Melrose said. I’ve respected Barry for 20 years, and I’m not going to stop now. But it’s the responsibility of the coach to make sure his players’ sticks are legal. You can’t lay it off on the trainers. It’s the coach.”

But Ol’ 7-11 Jacques was thinking more along the lines of pulling Patrick Roy to give the Canadiens, in effect, a six-on-four power play against a team that, with Wayne Gretzky, can turn the puck over and score in a heartbeat.

The Canadiens were a pathetic 0-for-32 on the power play to that point and had given the Kings a gift-wrapped short-handed goal in the second period. Just as Quebec’s Pierre Page pulled Ron Hextall with a late power-play and got to overtime against Montreal 17 playoff games ago, Demers took the plunge.

“Our power play’s been garbage for two or three weeks,” Demers said. “It’s been getting on my nerves. That’s why I pulled Patrick. The gamble would have been to try and score when we had the five-on- four because we haven’t got the job done. But now that we have the one” – Eric Desjardins scored his third goal of the game – “maybe we’ll get rolling again. Sometimes one is all it takes.

“We have a lot of kids on the power play, and it shows,” Demers added. “Patrice Brisebois (undressed at the point by Dave Taylor on the Kings’ short-handed goal) is 22. Kevin Haller is 22. It looks like we’re nervous.

“Against Buffalo, we had success. (The Canadiens were 6-for-16, 37.5 per cent, and scored at least once in each of the games.) Nothing complicated. We were just shooting the puck. Right now, I don’t like our power play.”

Apparently neither did Brisebois. With the Canadiens trailing by a goal and fewer than seven minutes remaining, he cross-checked one of the Kings who already was on the ice. The penalty aborted another stillborn man advantage for the Canadiens, which would have been their last shot if McSorley had not been caught with his illegal blade.

Brisebois’s was the third of three retaliatory penalties in the period, hardly heady plays because referee Kerry Fraser was calling this tighter than a corset. Benoit Brunet slashed Kings defenceman Rob Blake 91 seconds into the period and a minute later Vincent Damphousse cross-checked Gretzky in the face, compounding the mistake by giving Los Angeles a five-on-three advantage for 61 seconds. Patrick Roy made two good stops on Jari Kurri, getting his teammates off the hook.

“It’s not acceptable,” Demers said. “It could have cost us the game. The penalties were merited, and win or lose, I would have said that Fraser called a good game. We were disciplined for three rounds, but we weren’t last night.”

Desjardins just a quiet fisherman; But Game 2 hero a big catch on ice



INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Meet Eric Desjardins, up close and personal.

He likes to fish.

He listens to the band U-2.

He, he, he …

“He’s left-handed,” Mike Keane offered. “Does that help?”

Sure. Now the whole world knows that a left-handed, fishin’ musician of a defenceman has scored more goals in one Stanley Cup final game than Raymond Bourque or Paul Coffey or any of the other marquee players who right now could make it onto Lifestyles of the Rich and Eliminated. Or Bobby Orr, for that matter. No defenceman ever had managed a hat trick in a Cup final, which is why Desjardins is the biggest short story in hockey.

Desjardins has nothing to say, and he is only going to say it once.

“We’re a team,” Desjardins said yesterday on the way to Game 3 with the Los Angeles Kings. “But that doesn’t mean you share everything with everybody. I know a lot about some guys here. Others, I don’t. I just know when a game comes what my teammates have to do. For sure I’ve got a few good relations, but I don’t share everything with other guys. If a guy wants to open himself and he’s your friend, you’ll always be ready for that. But I’m not always comfortable talking about myself.”

With his playoff beard, Desjardins hardly looks like a hockey player. Put him in a tweed coat with elbow patches, he could pass for a minor poet. (Of course Desjardins wouldn’t be caught dead in professorial tweed because he is far too stylish. Good. Mark that down just under left-handed. “Fashionable dresser.”)

He could while away his days in the tranquility of his garret, which would seem to suit him fine. Desjardins is from the Abitibi region, which has produced more doers than talkers.

“A lot of quiet guys from there,” Canadiens coach Jacques Demers said.

Assistant coach Jacques Laperriere, goalie Andre Racicot (Desjardins’s best friend on the team) Pierre and Sylvain Turgeon hail from this mining area in the north, hard by the Ontario border. There is not a Most Voluble Player in the bunch.

No matter what happens in this best-of-five against the Kings, the lasting image of Desjardins in the 1993 playoffs will be his joy in scoring the overtime winner in Game 2. Once it was Rocket 5, Maple Leafs 1. Now it is Desjardins 3, L.A. 2. But without the hat trick, he surely would have been remembered not as part of a Big Three but as one of The Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens.

Desjardins is a respectful player who takes care of his equipment, but with 10 seconds left in Game 4 in Buffalo, he got a little carried away. His glove came off during a scramble in front of the Montreal net and as he bent down to retrieve it, his check, Yuri Khymlev, scored to send the game into overtime.

This was brainlock in the first degree, mitigated only by a Canadiens victory. Desjardins remembers bending down and thinking, “What am I doing? Forget the glove.” He turned around and the red light was on.

“You know, I’ve seen guys do that with sticks before, but that was the first glove,” Demers said. “But I didn’t say anything to Eric. I couldn’t. I mean, it’s not like he doesn’t know he’s not supposed to do that. I’m emotional and he’s shy, but our relationship is good. He likes the fact that I talk to him. Eric respects authority. He’s an introvert, but he’s not afraid to express himself, either.”

Not when he finds a topic he likes. Fishing. Pat Burns. When his former coach left for Toronto, Desjardins was one of only two or three critical players not to hide behind the One Canadien Said. Burns felt betrayed because as an assistant coach for Team Canada in 1991, he had lobbied for Desjardins to play in the Canada Cup.

Desjardins made the team, and Team Canada made him. He had turned 22 that summer. He was mobile and strong, although not particularly tough, and he had an industrial-strength shot that almost always was on net. He had played with Larry Robinson in the 1989 Stanley Cup final to good reviews, but now paired with Steve Smith, he announced himself as one of the best young defencemen in the world.

All he had to do was keep his promise.

“You go to Canada Cup as a kid, they all expect you to be Bobby Orr,” said Demers, who worked the series as a television analyst. “Eric Desjardins. Canada Cup. Montreal Canadiens. Now he was one of the elites in hockey in Canada. Gosh – how many defencemen are there to choose from?

“But maybe he couldn’t handle it. Maybe it didn’t set well with him because expectations came too high. He was tagged an instant star, and I’m not sure Eric has the personality to deal with that. He played pretty well for us this year. There were some tough periods, but I think he gave us a lot. Still, people always seemed a little disappointed in him.”

Desjardins wiped that out in about 61 minutes in Game 2. A star is reborn. Demers switched defence pairs, matching Desjardins with Mathieu Schneider for the first time this year in order to free tough guy Lyle Odelein with the frailer Kevin Haller. Magic. Desjardins twice tied the score, the second time with 73 seconds remaining and the Montreal net vacant, and he won it 51 seconds into overtime. Desjardins stayed up to catch the 2 a.m. sportscast, sort of for verification.

Meanwhile, his father, Aurel, called from Rouyn.

“He is a quiet man,” Desjardins said. Quite a shock. “But he was at a party, and he was more expressive than usual. I asked him not to party too much, (the series) is not over, but he said, `Kid, enjoy it. That’s something that doesn’t happen every day.’ ”

No. It happens oh, just about never. Until Game 2. And now Desjardins has completed the circle. He has done something even more stunning than playing in a Canada Cup at age 22, raising the expectations after they had finally been downgraded from star to solid. Desjardins can play another 10 years in the league, and he will never surpass himself. His game can never be better than it was in Game 2.

“Stats wise, that’s true,” Desjardins said. “I understand that it was a performance out of the ordinary, and I’m sure I won’t repeat it. So I have to find something else I can do better. True, I did something Orr and Harvey and Bourque never did, but they did a lot of things I didn’t do.”

If there is a parade on Ste. Catherine St., Desjardins can look back and say, “Game 2, the turning point. That baby is mine.” But he won’t. He is too sure of himself to need the praise. He might not live up to everyone else’s image, but he is committed to living up to his own.

In any case, Eric Desjardins is back. The Gone Fishin’ sign on his game has been taken down.

Cup final moves to Los Angeles



INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Brian Bellows says he doesn’t want to talk about it.

Canadiens coach Jacques Demers says he must – with Bellows – and long before tonight’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final with the Los Angeles Kings.

What both are talking about is the fact that Bellows, who’s been a standout during the regular season and through most of the playoffs, was used only sparingly during the first period of Thursday’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Kings. He was part of Team Benched throughout the second period, which led to a few sparks between the two.

“I don’t really want to talk about it,” Bellows said yesterday. Then he talked about it.

“How do I feel about it?” he asked. “Maybe you should ask him (Demers) how he feels about it. I didn’t play much in the first period. We had a lot of penalties to kill. Did I really play that bad, though?

“I didn’t think so,” Bellows said. “Obviously, he did. I don’t make the decisions about who plays and who doesn’t.

“Anyway, whatever went on is between me and him,” Bellows added. “Am I bitter? Am I angry? I don’t really know how I feel about it.”

So, how does the kindly ol’ coach feel about it?

“The first thing I want you to know,” Demers said, “is that I haven’t had any kind of a problem with Bellows all season. If you talk with the players on this team, I think – I’m sure they’d tell you that I’m a very patient guy and a pretty good guy.

“What Brian has to realize – and I’m sure he does – is that hey, this is the Stanley Cup final. All I want now is a complete effort from the players. It’s what I need. It’s what we all need.

“When I see a Mike Keane, who’s got back spasms, coming back for the second game and giving it everything he’s got, hey – I’ve got a lot of respect for that kid. I know Brian has played hurt, but we’ve got to get on with it.

“I’ve got to get a complete effort from everybody, and I wasn’t getting it from Bellows,” Demers added. “I sat him down. It wasn’t anything more than that. We’ll talk about it before the next game. I promise.”

Demers’s displeasure with Bellows was caught by the television cameras. The image flashed from coast to coast showed an exercised Demers giving his player the thumb – jerked in the direction of the nearest exit.

Why was Jumpin’ Jacques so upset?

At one point in his enforced absence in the second period, Bellows turned to Demers and said: “I’m ready to play.”

He was greeted with a discreet silence.

“I’m ready to play,” Bellows repeated.

Enter the Demers thumb.

Exit Bellows’s chances of getting on the ice at any point during the second period.

“I don’t feel good about this,” Bellows said, “but whatever happened has nothing to do with what I feel for my teammates. After the second period, I went into the gym, worked on the bike, and came out ready to play in the third period. I played and I was as happy as anybody else that we’d won.

“Is all this behind me now?” he asked. “I don’t really know. We’ll have to see what happens.”

Said Demers: “I don’t blame Bellows for being unhappy with what happened. I’m not happy with what happened, either. I certainly wasn’t telling him he was out of the game because he played in the third period.

“It’s something we’ve got to talk about, though,” Demers added. “He’s a very good player. He’s got pride. His family is watching and he’s on the bench because I put him there. That’s not much fun.

“He may have had problems with other coaches, but I haven’t had a problem with him all season, and he doesn’t want one now.

“Is he still bothered by his rib injury? I don’t know,” Demers continued. “What I do know is that in a perfect world, we’re only 180 minutes away from the Stanley Cup. I want the best from everybody.”

Bellows, of course, is in the lineup tonight. So is the remainder of the team which pulled a rabbit out of a Canadiens cap to tie the Stanley Cup final at 1-1.

The Canadiens stuck it to the Kings by calling for a measurement of Marty McSorley’s stick. The Canadiens were right – and McSorley’s stick wrong – so with the Kings defenceman in the penalty box and Patrick Roy yanked from the net in favor of a sixth attacker, Eric Desjardins’s second goal of the game with 1:13 remaining sent the teams into overtime tied 2-2.

Desjardins’s third of the night, 51 seconds into the overtime, sent the Canadiens home happy. It’s why Demers will come back with the same team tonight.


  1. Bill says:

    Playoffs always creates these role players who are elevated to star status and basically become extremely overrated. Right now that flavour of the month is Bickell. He is gonna get extremely overpaid and then turn back into Travis Moen. By the way, Bickell has never had more than 50 pim in a season, that stat is for the goon squad.

  2. frontenac1 says:

    Wasn’t impressed with Engelland before and last night confirmed it. When they were down 5-1 ,he had a chance to discipline Lucic but disengaged. Bad Mojo. There are better tough guys out there amigo.

    • adamkennelly says:

      fair enough but he plays D and can handle some decent amount of minutes…plus Lucic is not exactly easy pickings..you don’t really want to start crap in a 5-1 game and get your ass handed to you (Ryan White – I’m talking to you)

    • boing007 says:

      There was a moment last night when the Bruins were swarming the Penguins net and when the whistle blew several Penguin players tried to push them away. But the Bruins players stood their ground and basically told them to shove off. They had marked their territory and they weren’t going to give it up without a fight. The Penguins players waddled away, their little tails flapping helplessly at their sides. No guts no glory. Cream puffs.

      Richard R

  3. Habfan17 says:

    I liked John Hayden for a Habs pick in the 3rd round and I like him more now. He ranked as one of the top ten performances at the combine as reported in the Bleacher’s report.


    • pmaraw says:

      probably bumped his stock up a bit no?

      • Habfan17 says:

        Not sure, that wasn’t mentioned. Just that he is projected to go in the 3rd or 4th round. He is just what the Habs need, he is 6’3″ and scouts say he can score and fight. Would look nice on the 3rd line


        • Luke says:

          If a big guy can Score and Fight and ranks in the top 10 of the fitness testing, why is he not expected to go earlier than the third round?

          • Habfan17 says:

            I am not a scout so I can’t answer you. He is ranked at 73, just into the 3rd round which means he will probably go in the second half of the second.


          • Habfan17 says:

            Correction he is ranked 29th by central scouting for north american skaters, when all players and goalies are added in, he drops to 73


  4. adamkennelly says:

    sign Nick Tarnasky and Brian Bickell and trade for Matt Martin and Derek Engelland..then lets see how easy our Habs are to play against…give the kids a few years to develop in a well protected environment and voila – Cup contender in 2015-16

  5. habstrinifan says:

    I dare you to answer! Who wins the CUP first? Colorado or Canadiens!

  6. mrhabby says:

    Felix Potvin to coach Price.

  7. habstrinifan says:

    Suddenly goalie coaches are the in thing!

  8. habstrinifan says:

    Who’s the Philly goalie coach. Let’s get him! Or better yet let’s get the guy from St. Louis. He might bring his prize pupil along.

  9. habstrinifan says:

    Today is one of those days I miss HABS hockey but also feel very despairing about where we are at in the league.

  10. habstrinifan says:

    Lemieux sounds so different in this interview than his on ice personna.

  11. habstrinifan says:

    Streit or Diaz??

  12. habstrinifan says:

    Claude Lemieux on tsn690 says he thinks Brad Marchand is the closest thing to hi style… although not as ‘physical’ as he, Lemieux was.

  13. Whatever says:

    Anyone know the purpose of the 2 yellow seats in the first row at the Forum in the above photo of Demers?

  14. bwoar says:

    Best part of Timo’s contributions – guys taking 150+ words to shoot down 1 liners, then get shot down again with a one liner.


  15. frontenac1 says:


  16. Sportfan says:

    Here you go guys all-time screw ups by an umpire!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  17. bel33 says:

    Francois Allaire agrees in principle to be the goalie coach for the Avalanche.

    Just sayin… not saying the Habs missed out.

  18. Timo says:

    Oooh, Streit is going UFA by turning down Islanders – let’s grab him. Can never have too many small soft swiss dmen.

  19. boing007 says:

    I nominate Chris ‘Knuckles’ Nilan to replace Grapes on Coach’s Corner.

    Richard R

  20. Bill says:

    Samuel Morin goes from #32 to #13 in Craig Button’s new draft rankings.

    That’s a mighty big jump for a guy who hasn’t really played hockey since the last Button ratings came out, eh?

    Weird, but I don’t really buy Button’s ratings anyway.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Bill – I don’t think that’s a big surprise. Dmen were at a premium last year, even to the point of teams passing on really good forwards.

      Jones will go top three. Then the next grouping will probably be Nurse and Zadarov. That will be followed by a grouping of Ristolainen, Pulock, Morrissey and Morin. Philadelphia selects 11th and I can’t see them passing on a large defenseman.

      Columbus, Calgary and Buffalo all have two selections before our 35th pick. That’s another major roadblock for the Habs.

      Hab fans talk about (dream about) guys like Horton, Clarkson, Clowe, Bickell, Gauthier and Morin. Unless something unexpected happens, I can’t see any of those guys coming to Montreal.

  21. frontenac1 says:

    @timo. You”re getting Chirped pretty good today, eh Amigo?

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Craig Button’s latest Draft Rankings

  23. Bill says:

    Timo, wasn’t it Gauthier who have Gorges the contract?

    • Timo says:

      Maybe. I don’t care. If Bergevin didn’t, he did enough idiotic moves anyway. As far as I am concerned he will never live down the DD contract.

      • bwoar says:

        He doesn’t even wash in the morning.


      • veryhabby says:

        Timo….you do realize that DD was up for arbitration. MB explained this is why he signed him in the season. He was going to pay that amount either way. I am sure in discussions with DD camp that they probably had much higher numbers that his camp was going to present to the arbitrator. And the arbitrator picks one or the other offer. I will guess that MB wanted to save a million or two.

        You may not have liked DD last 30 games he played, but the fact is that on this roster he is our #1a-b center, and he was going to get paid that way. If Grabs got $5M or more, I am sure DD camp was asking at least $4M. He saved some cap space, but probably had to add a year to stop them from going to arbitration.

        Even if DD becomes our 3rd line centre in the next year or two, 3.5M is not overpayement. If you don’t want him on this team for 4 yrs, don’t worry, if he doesn’t fit he will be gone. But he is a good insurance to have if Pleks walks away this season’s end, or if there is a long term injury to another center.

        Some of you are making this such a HUGE issue. It’s $3.5M not $7.1M or $5.5M etc!

        • Timo says:

          So let someone else overpay that useless bum

        • habstrinifan says:

          “Even if DD becomes our 3RD line centre in the next year or two”…
          If DD becomes the HABS 3rd line centre then FORGET about any real improvement in the team …

          Before you jump up respond really think about it. Is DD what you would like as the bona fide 3RD line centre for our next year or two.

          DD is either playing with suitably linemates on a #1 or #2 scoring line or he is a bench player… like it or not… if this team is serious about becoming a sound team.

          I would feel way more hopeful if I am told that LeBlanc has responded to MB and the team’s advice and becomes our 3rd line centre in the next year or two.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Yes, and we’ve told him so at least once before. Timo doesn’t like to fit that irksome fact into his weltanschauung, it gets in the way of his pithy rants.

  24. mrhabby says:

    Nathan Horton is a UFA. There is a 99% probability that he does not sign with a rival like the HABS ..laughable.

  25. commandant says:

    Marko Dano is a gritty RW from Slovakia and #53 on the board.


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

    • ed says:


      I was wondering what you have heard about Yann Sauve, property of the Canucks, who dropped into the ECHL this year.

      I saw him play in Quebec leagues and I thought he was a terrific prospect.

      6`3, 220 lbs, excellent mobility and he was developing a mean streak.

      I heard he was injured.

      Any insight would be appreciated.

  26. Timo says:

    FFS, seriously? What’s next? Play by play of the “miracle” Halakian run?

  27. wjc says:

    Imagine people rooting for Peirre Gauthier……this is too ironic.


  28. habsfan0 says:

    What are the odds of the Habs signing UFA right winger Nathan Horton this summer?
    He’d sure look good in a Habs sweater,and as an aside,he’s married to the great-niece of Habs icon Jacques Plante. It’s a perfect fit.

  29. frontenac1 says:

    Stubbs.”Fifty years ago today ,The Habs trade for Gump Worsley” I Loved The Gumper(My Face is My Mask) I met him once when I was a young lad. He was delivering soft drinks for Peers in the summer to the depanneur we were hanging around. Saludos!

    • frontenac1 says:

      @ Stubbs.Thanks for the link to your feature on his death amigo. I must have missed it the first time. He roomed with Fergy? Yikes!

      • habsfan0 says:

        In that photo of Gump,who is the other goalie in the net behind him? Roggie Vachon?

        • wjc says:

          Canadiens and Mr. Wonderful (Selke) buried Worsley in the minors for almost 2 years. Worsley played five seasons in Minnesota when Montreal threw him away.

          The business of hockey, how wonderful and romantic.


          • The Jackal says:

            You are quite a ray of sunshine aren’t ya?

            Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  30. kalevine says:

    If I try to figure out how the 2009-2010 Habs team, which performed with shocking mediocrity during the season, had such a great playoff run for 2 rounds, what keeps coming to mind is that they had several solid veteran presences on D – Hamrlik, Spacek, and Gil all played their roles flawlessly, such that we barely missed Markov, especially with Subban playing like a vet. The defence today lacks that experience, complementary skill, and even that level of physicality. I mean, Hamrlik was big! Those were some smart moves by Gainey that don’t get noticed enough, and I am no Gainey fan.

    So is anyone available who might provide that veteran presence stopgap on D for a couple of years? Can we afford them?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Scuderi is probably the biggest UFA Dman prize this offseason, but I suspect L.A. will re-sign him.

    • bwoar says:

      I would be looking to improve on D via trade, to be honest.

      Just tossing this out there: a deal with Dallas featuring Beaulieu and Dillon would make some sense. Maybe even work out a deal to move up in the draft: Beaulieu + #25 + #36 for Dillon + #10.

      I wonder if Dallas would be interested given they have Oleksiak coming up any time as well and could use another puck mover.


      • Garbo says:

        If only Beaulieu could leave the jurisdiction πŸ˜‰

        • Strummer says:

          Ankle monitor- though it may not fit under his equipment

          “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

      • The Jackal says:

        A deal that has us trading Beaulieu is not good for us. He is the kind of player we need, he will be in the NHL soon. Trade him for a pick that we would use for what? Another elite D prospect? If Beaulieu was to be traded, the guy coming back better be called S. Weber.

        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • habstrinifan says:

          Beaulieu, at this juncture in the organization, is just the type of player we shoul be trading… prividing we meet your caveat…. we get a good ready product back.

          • The Jackal says:

            Why should we trade him? He is what we are looking for.

            Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  31. Chris says:

    I keep seeing the claim that Peter Budaj never had a goalie coach during his career until he got to Montreal. This is not actually true.

    Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jeff Hackett was the Colorado Avalanche goalie coach from 2006-07 through 2008-09. During that time, and the season preceding it, he also enjoyed the opportunity to work with assistant coach Jacques Cloutier, a long-time NHL goaltender who had served as a goaltending coach in the 1990’s before taking on more responsibilities as an assistant coach.

    Budaj was a hard worker and a video fiend, as reported by Craig Anderson who credits Budaj with helping his career take off. I find it hard to believe that Budaj was out in the wilderness while playing with Colorado. Certainly the Avalanche didn’t do him any favours when Joe Sacco became head coach, as they canned both Hackett and Cloutier. So I can see the argument for his last two seasons in Colorado, but not his entire career.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Quite right. To be accurate, it’s correct to say that he didn’t have a fulltime goalie coach the last season or two he was in Denver. That’s how it was reported when he signed with the Canadiens, and why we thought he might benefit from more coaching and support.

  32. Un Canadien errant says:

    Okay, so at the trade deadline this season, apparently Marc Bergevin was chasing Mike Rupp, Kyle Clifford and Brian Bickell. Based on the way they’re playing, neither Mr. Clifford or, especially, Mr. Bickell will be available this summer at anything approaching a reasonable cost. So let’s cross those two guys off the list.

    Mike Rupp is a different story. He’s 33, and had to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, which will not help his limited agility on skates. He’ll make $1.5M next season, and the Wild already have Zenon Konopka and Steve Veilleux on their roster for toughness. They have about 10 million in cap space, but they need a lot of that to re-sign Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Cullen and Niklas Backstrom, among others. They also need to either re-sign Pierre-Marc Bouchard, or someone to replace him.

    If Mr. Bergevin is still interested in trading for him, I can’t imagine the Wild would be very ambitious in their demands. They’d most likely be happy to lose his cap hit. The only real factor would be how many other teams might be vying for his services.

    Aside from his age, we have to wonder if a slow player like Mr. Rupp would fit in to the Canadiens lineup. Would he be able to keep up and contribute? Also, can a player his age really bring much to the table?

    My guess is that if he can be obtained for some of our spare parts, for a player we feel no longer fits into our plans rather than for a draft pick, this acquisition would be a no-brainer. Mr. Rupp would be brought in as a fourth-liner, to bring some toughness and size to the lineup, some Dion Phaneuf insurance. He’d be a veteran presence and help steady the ship when elbows are flying.

    The skillset he would bring is sorely needed on the Canadiens, he would give a huge boost to the team in altering its makeup. Injecting him into a roster like the Sharks’ or the Kings’ would bring little benefit, but for ours, or the Canucks’ for example, his value would be magnified.

    An interesting side note is that he played for two seasons for the Rangers along with Brandon Prust, they were two important components of that team who provided strength and character. It would be interesting to ask Mr. Prust what his take would be on a possible reunion.

    In any case, even if we found that the years and the wonky knee have done their damage and his contribution is limited, we’d only be on the hook for one year of a reasonable contract. There is little downside if we find that this sponge has been wrung dry.

    For these reasons, I think it might be a good idea to obtain Mr. Rupp, at the stated reasonable cost, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.



    • HabinBurlington says:

      Along the way, MB needs to find the next Bickell and Clifford before they become household names. I suspect Mr. Dudley can help in this area.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Yeah, I think at the draft we’ll be chasing the big wingers and titanic defencemen to plug into our lineup that everyone else will be. We’ll be in the ‘size bubble’.

        I’d rather zig when everyone else is zagging, and that’s what we’ve been doing the last couple years, and how we were able to pick up Sebastian Collberg in the second round, Tim Bozon in the third, and Charles Hudon in the fifth. We marveled at how lucky we were that these guys ‘fell’ to us. In fact, I now suspect other teams were only too glad to let us have them, secure in the knowledge that these guys wouldn’t be able to play their game during the playoffs.



    • bwoar says:

      I’d leave Rupp and overpay for Clifford AND Bickell. Toughness problem much improved. I think that if we can transition to a younger team, with the skill guys on smaller contracts, we can get away with giving up more dough for the correct role players & grit where possible.


    • Habfan17 says:

      I would rather they sign Antropov. he still has some offense and size. He is pretty good on faceoffs and could play on the 4th line and 2nd power play to get that big body in front of the net. He is a UFA so no need to give up any asset and he probably won’t demand a very high contract. I also like Bozak for the 3rd line, but then both DD and Pleks would have to go and Eller and Galchenyuk would have to prove they can be 2nd and 1st line centres. Although Bozak could play the 2nd line for now and let Galchenyuk get used to centre on the 3rd line.


    • Timo says:

      The “appropriate” and “reasonable cost” thing went out the window when Bergevin gave idiotic contracts to Gorges, DD, Moen and Price. So, I am ok overspending on some bigger boys who can play physical hockey.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Timo, we’ve been over this before.

        The Josh Gorges contract is Pierre Gauthier’s responsibility.

        As far as Travis Moen, it’s difficult to say a sub-$2M contract is idiotic or overspending. If the Canadiens hadn’t given him that contract, a dozen other teams would have.

        I’ll reserve judgment on the other two. Right now they’re not slam dunks, but they’re not Tomas Kaberle-bad either. \

    • habstrinifan says:

      Man you just screwed up my day. To think that Bickell is absolutely not in play for us. You are probably right but geez.

  33. Sportfan says:

    Anyone else shocked that a team like pittsburg that has so much fire power is blowing it against Boston? I GOT IT THEY NEED TO GET BIGGER D: ! Jokes aside its weird watching a team like the Pitts fail to score on the Bruins.

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  34. Maritime Ron says:

    Watched the Francois Allaire on RDS.
    Seems as though he has had ‘informal’ conversations with the Habs and received an “Are you interested” call from Patrick in Colorado.

    He had some interesting insights. He mentioned Price was technically off and that sliding laterally on knees from 2 feet outside 1 goalpost to outside the other goal post was not sound goalie technique.

    He also had nice words for Price…He chose his words very carefully….and it was now important that Price make a decision about how good he wants to be and how hard he wants to work – and whether he wants a real goalie coach or just a “body” hanging around.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      The habs need to move fast if they want Allaire. They may have someone else in mind though but I think Allaire would be a good fit.

      Time will tell

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Maritime Ron says:

        Here’s wondering what the options are?

      • Luke says:

        No, Allaire is “awful”.
        He takes a goalie and forces them to change their style to his. You need a goalie coach that can coach adjust to the player’s style, not the reverse.
        Look at how Reimer improved once they got rid of Allaire.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I know what your saying Luke, but Price plays a style of goalie which I think fits into Allaire’s style. Reimer was a square peg to Allaire’s round hole, no fit was possible.

          Wonder if that gets modded! πŸ˜‰

          • Luke says:

            If Allaire somehow is hired by the Habs, Guy Smiley is forever pointing the ‘told you so’ finger at all (or some) of you.
            It also applies for my Stalberg/Kostitsyn & Bickell/Moen comparisons.

            Should thopse prove to be incorrect, i also reserve the right to change it to pointing the “nah, just kidding! Got you!” finger.

        • JUST ME says:

          Not ready to say that Allaire had nothing to do with Reimer`s problems cause sometimes people just do not get along but the real changes with the Leafs came after Burke was fired. Allaire`s departure had nothing to do with the change of ambiance around the team.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I know that Allaire had a difficult go around in Toronto, but wonder if perhaps the biggest reason for that is because James Reimer isn’t an overly athletic goalie, as much as a goalie who simply is trying to block shots.

      I wonder if Allaire wouldn’t be real good for Price.

      • Maritime Ron says:

        Allaire said it was the first time in his career that he had trouble with the coaching staff…and wherever he ends up, he wants to have fun and enjoy himself

      • Kooch7800 says:

        I think he would be good for price. He really helped out Giggy when he was with the ducks and they won the cup and also when he was with Roy in Montreal. I think it says something if someone like Roy immediately went after him as soon as he was the head coach in Colorado. He has a solid track record but you are right he struggled in Toronto. A lot of people struggle in Toronto though LOL

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • Luke says:

          Roy was a true butterfly goalie and long time student of Allaire.

          Anyone who thinks Price is down too early now will be horrified after Allaire “fixes” him.

          Is Kolzig an option?

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Maybe Allaire knows more about good goaltending than people here who come up with the original, “He went down to early!” after every goal.

            Watching Quick, whom I have been led to believe is better than Dryden and Roy combined, seems to go down just as Quick.

          • Luke says:

            Yah Quick WAS the best goalie in the World.

            Now it’s Rask or Crawford.

            Until the next series.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Price is also a butterfly goalie though. I don’t think it would be much of a stretch for Price to play Allaire’s so called style

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • Luke says:

            I believe Price is considered more of a hybrid, not a true 90s style butterfly which is, IMO, Allaire’s bread & butter.

    • Sportfan says:

      I’m hoping we get a chance to get Allaire beofre Roy gets him haha

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    • bwoar says:

      Gotta think Alliare is the perfect match in this scenario.


    • Habfan17 says:

      I would prefer they see if Kolzig would come on board. He has a history with Price and had him playing better when he worked with him.


  35. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Do these flashbacks depress anyone else? It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since we won a cup. I really hope MB goes after Allaire. I bet we see a totally different Price next year if we get him.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      If the bruins win the cup for a 2nd time in the last few years I will be even more depressed

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Strummer says:

        I’ve come to terms with it- acceptance- right after denial, mourning and the other stages.

        “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

        • Kooch7800 says:

          lol I have not accepted it yet. I am still in denial until I can’t be anymore

          The bruins have blown bigger leads than 2-0 in a series. Let us hope that continues

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • kalevine says:

            I’m not giving up yet, but it looks bad because they look unbeatable. Those tape to tape passes, backchecking, and easy zone exits are hard to counter, and Rask just seems so big and so well positioned in the net. Someone is always right there to clear the rebound or to clog the net so much there is literally nowhere for the puck to go.

            So no, I haven’t given up, but it would take a miracle for Pitts to come back, and now I doubt whether either Western team will really be the antidote. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I WANTED TORONTO TO BEAT THEM. But people here were so selfish and they just wanted to see the Leafs choke. “Oh don’t worry, Bruins aren’t going anywhere this year”., etc. πŸ™

    • habstrinifan says:

      What the flashback does as I watch the playoffs is discourage me from thinking that a CUP is a year or two away by fluke or accelerated build. I hope I am wrong but I cant see our HABS being rebuilt under 4 years.. and even then I dont know. The CUP seems farther away than ever today.

      • kalevine says:

        agreed, too many broken promises the last 20 years, and too many first round exits or quick second round exits, whether we eke into the playoffs or dominate the season

    • Mattyleg says:

      Love it!!

      Especially, “Tortorella slowly devolved from curiosity to side show to full-on clown.”

      That’s pretty much how I saw him.
      Bully indeed.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Marc10 says:

        Ouch. He did put on quite a show…

        I loved how Therrien was staring right at him when NYR were getting shut out in our barn after his comments from the previous game in NY. He wouldn’t make eye contact…

        I’ll miss us wiping the floor with the Rangers… Torts was good for that much!

  36. ed says:

    Stu Cowan,

    There is a technical glitch in the site that is not being repaired. I spent 15 minutes this morning writing a post only to have it disappear once I pressed the “submit comment“.

    I have read that other posters have experienced the same problem.

    Please look into this and correct it.

    Thank you.

  37. Mattyleg says:

    Great to see Gary Bettman’s Babies get spanked.
    Bruins are looking like the real deal, and they’re not being excessively dirty to get the job done, just working harder than the Golden Boys.

    Love the articles above. Really great to read. This especially:

    β€œOur power play’s been garbage for two or three weeks,” Demers said. β€œIt’s been getting on my nerves. That’s why I pulled Patrick.”

    This is back in the day when the head coach had more control over the team. Nowadays, with all the coaches and delegating of responsibilities, the HC can’t say much without publicly stepping on people’s toes.

    Fun to read.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Will you be sad when Iggy doesn’t get his Cup? πŸ˜‰

      • Mattyleg says:

        Don’t forget to capitalise: His Cup.

        I always end up getting an image in my head of Iginla next year running a garage or something, covered in oil, smoking a cigarette, showing some customer his Stanley Cup ring, and saying, “Well, you know, once I got My Cup, I figured there wasn’t much left for me to do, so I decided to settle down.”

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Ozmodiar says:

          Whoa… I have exactly the same image in my head, which i find a little unsettling!!

          Well, there is the slight difference that, in my mental image, Iggy’s not covered in oil . …. so no homo-eroticism. πŸ˜‰

          • Mattyleg says:

            ENGINE oil!
            Not almond oil.
            Pretty freaky, though…

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Ozmodiar says:

            Oh, I know, but I couldn’t resist.

            ….though, I tried.

            … well, not really.

    • Cal says:

      I’d rather eat vomit than watch those pieces of Colon Campbell’s excrement win anything, let alone another Cup.
      May they never win another game this season (and next, and the one after that).

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    Well I sure don’t see the Pens being able to win more than one game against the Neanderthals.!
    Crosby is a disaster without the cage, and I do not blame him after all the head trauma he has been through the last few years. Brain damage makes things very tough.!!
    I pray Chicago can beat them at least. My season would be a complete disaster if the Bears won the Cup!!!!

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  39. Habsssssssswin says:

    Therrien won The Cup in Pitts, not Bylsma !!!!!


  40. IMHO says:

    The best don’t always win.

  41. JF says:

    Last night’s game reminded me of our Game Seven against the Penguins three years ago. We scored an early goal after an undisciplined penalty by Sydney Crosby, and the Penguins spent the rest of the period chasing us and being out of position. Bylsma never called a timeout. The score was 2-0 by the end of the first period and 4-0 five minutes into the second, at which point Fleury was pulled for Brent Johnson. The Penguins got a couple of quick goals, but there was never any real danger they would come all the way back, and Gionta made it 5-2 halfway through the third. Like last night, the Penguins were guilty of poor positional play and sloppy defence, and their stars had an off night. That game made me doubt Bylsma’s ability as a coach in big games, and nothing the Penguins have done since then in the playoffs has erased those doubts.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      JF, nice info from you and Clutch linking Leafs, Vesa Toskala, Logan Couture, and Lars Eller.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • JF says:

        Thanks. The bit about Toskala and Couture came from an article I read months ago in a Toronto paper about the Leafs’ needs and how these could have been filled using their own draft picks wisely. They would have been set in goal, at centre, and on the wing. But it was not I who made the link with Lars Eller; I had forgotten that the pick for Toskala was not used directly for Couture, but was traded to the Blues to become Eller, while the Blues’ pick became Couture. It’s fascinating what you come up with when you follow these draft pick trades through.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I think in 2-3 years we will be looking at a much deeper Habs team with a vibrant AHL farm team. Those 3-4 years of trading away a 1st round and multiple 2nd round picks have truly exposed the current franchise. Having 2-3 successive years of keeping our picks along with numerous other picks which PG and MB have now stockpiled bodes well for the future.

          Just the same way in a couple years we may see Pittsburgh and Boston struggle, as eventually having made numerous deadline deals over the past few years, they too have lost some picks.

          It is a juggling act indeed to know when to start trading those picks away and ensuring they aren’t being “wasted”.

          • JF says:

            I agree. One of the worst trades Gainey made, and one that has not received much criticism, was the first and second he gave up for Tanguay, who ended up playing only half a season for us. To be fair to Gainey, this was right after the team had won the Conference, so he can be forgiven for thinking we were only a tweak or two away from being contenders. But it shows how much damage can be done by over-valuing your team – a mistake Bergevin did not make at the trade deadline. The playoffs really exposed our lack of depth both on defence and up front, and Bergevin sounded at his press conference as though he is intent on rebuilding this depth through the draft. It’ll take a couple of years, but then we should be set for a while.

        • Chris says:

          Following the picks is definitely a good exercise. Unfortunately, when you follow the Montreal Canadiens picks over the past 10 years, so many of them were squandered.

          Chicago screwed up badly when they drafted Cam Barker 3rd overall. But they somehow turned that pick into Nick Leddy, a very useful player today.

          Jack Skille was another high pick (7th overall) that didn’t pan out, so he was packaged with Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan to get Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak. Frolik is another good role player for the Blackhawks.

          Montreal lets so many of their guys get to free agency, where they lose them for nothing, or lets them languish until they have little to no trade value. Yannick Weber is a great example of this from this past season.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      I agree Jane, Bylsma does not seem to be able to adjust his team to Boston’s relentless checking! They are in a large hole now, and I do not think they can come back. I hope someone can beat them!!

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  42. ed says:

    the “YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE“ feature on this web site is out-dated, which makes it useless, and it should be removed.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      It looks like it is a source of advertising revenue for HIO. Last week, someone got fooled that Brock Trotter repeated his 2011 signing with the Habs. Last night, Timo was able to pull Surrey’s leg.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      It is a complete waste of internet space indeed Ed. Unfortunately the company behind it is most likely paying HI/O (The Gazette) some rental space for its dated links and because they are paying higher rent than we are, we are stuck with them as co-tenants.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Yesterday I had the 10 “hottest NHL wives”. Today, “Eller signs 2 year contract”. Meh.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      “25 Celebrities Who Are Surprisingly Canadian”

      How surprisingly? They wear a beaver hat everywhere they go? Riding atop a polar bear, with a ski rack on it in July, going home to their igloo?

      What does it mean to be “Surprisingly Canadian”? You drink Maple flavour Canada Dry?

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Now I’ve got to find this link, ’cause I’ll be learning about some of these folks for the first time! James Naismith was Canadian. Saul Bellow was born Canadian……..

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Ozmodiar says:

      The (outdated) links are selected using an algorithm, so don’t hold your breath on a change in behavior. The idea is to keep users engaged and on the site. This might work if the links are relevant and timely…. but, they aren’t timely.

      The external links are there because the clicks generate revenue for HiO.

      • Luke says:


        Are you actually saying PK is not back in the spotlight?

        Perhaps these are Predated.

        Y’know… next year I’m sure we’ll get a PK back in the spotlight story… Hopefully Eller signs an extension and we’ll probably claim Halpern off of waivers again.

  43. Maritime Ron says:

    Who would have ever thought that after the first 2 games in Pittsburgh’s barn, each of Greg Campbell and Shawn Thornton would have more points than the COMBINED efforts of Crosby- Malkin- Neal-Iginla-Dupuis- Kunitz-Letang.

    Nice ToI management by Julien. All forwards were + 10 minutes except Thornton at 9:25. All Dmen +14:39 with Chara only at 24:35 – down from his 28:41 playoff average.

  44. HabinBurlington says:

    Well the Football world lost a great one, Deacon Jones passed away at the age of 72. Who could forget the Secretary of Defense and his special appearance on The Brady Bunch!


  45. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning Guy, Burly, Ron and all! In the previous thread Ron had a very insightful take on perhaps the changing of the attitude of Price. I know very little about goaltending other then the object is to try to keep the puck out of the net. I had mentioned yesterday perhaps this is a shot across Price’s bow. For Price’s sake and the team, I hope they find the right combination to get Price to move into the next level.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      We’re going to seed you third, big Jim. We have heard news from the pipeline of how Sergei Bobrovsky, Corey Crawford, and Antti Niemi are better than they were in the past. The same evolution has to happen with CP.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Morning Jim, interesting how this change of coach is perceived by some as a shot at Price. When other positional players make mistakes and the Head Coach or Asst. Coach is changed, it is viewed as a shot at those coaches. I am not sure why changing a Special Teams coach is different than the goalie coach.

      The move should be helpful, just as other players need to hear a different voice, a goalie should be no different.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Good morning everyone. And especially HabinBurlington, and Habfan10912. May I interject myself into your debate re the ‘reason’ and intended message behind Price’s goalie coach change. The choice of the phrase “Price’s goalie coach” shall form the basis of my theorising.

        MB has shown an elegant ruthlessness in his methodical manner of eliminating long festering issues. Gomez, Kaberle, P.K(?), Cole, etc. He not so much ruffles feathers as throws the bird kicking and screaming into the boiling water. The duck says ‘Uncle’ and gets pulled out and dressed up nicely and life goes on. The duck keeps on quacking and he perishes… his days as a HABS over.

        In my humble opinion, this is why Habfan10912 is right.

        The duck is Price. Plucked from the balding by Gainey, because he looked like a ‘blue ribbon’ winner, this baby duck has been coddled and cherished and fed with a silver spoon.

        No understudy to undermine its confidence.
        Contract Security.
        This duck eats and plays first, until full and happy, and then others get the morsels and broken toys.
        And foremost, this duck picks his own handler, yes including Groulx against conventional wisdom.
        His pedigree is established and registered for public acclaim.

        Alas… this duck seems perturbed and in need of greater security. MB says this duck needs to be better. And we are not going to run away and say “why why why”.
        MB sits for a bit and evaluates the past approaches and smiles and readies his kettle of boiling water.

        Enough of the preening and pruning. Into the vat you go you little duckling. Enough anguished quacking. I am taking away your self-selected caretaker, goalie-coach. You will now show your mettle. Lose the feathers of your oh so cute purtiness and lets see your naked sturdiness.

        Habfan10912’s insight is crisp and he’s right. This is a shot across Price’s bough calling on him to show his true colours.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I sure hope this duck can still fly when done with the boiling vat. I hear ya Trini, good point.

        • wjc says:


          P.K……going no where.

          It is about money…the bottom line.

          The only ‘anguished quacking’ is right here.

          Any other team can change personnel, but in Montreal it has special meaning. A shot across the bough….ha ha , it is but to laugh.

          Drama queens……I wish they would move him and then watch the wailing and nashing of teeth.


  46. Lafleurguy says:

    Now that today’s thread has its seeding laid out, Mornin’ Burl and All.
    Actually, James Quick vs. the Bruins is not a weaker option than Blackhawks. Looks like Julien learned quite a bit from Jacques Lemaire via Lou Lamariello, and the Bruins defense-first, then counterstrike is working to a tee.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good morning sir, while I don’t want to give that Bruins team any credit, they are playing well. What has happened to that Pittsburgh team? I wonder if now when facing adversity, the disruption to the teams chemistry with the addition of 3 players at the trade deadline is more hinder than help?

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Or it’s possible that their defensive weaknesses exposed by Philly last year are still with them.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I wonder if they’re just a fragile group. They dominated the first minute of the game and give up a horrendous breakaway and find themselves down 1-0. It just seemed to deflate them.
        Sometimes for talent laden teams things become so easy for them that when they are challenged they do not know how to respond. The old Soviet Union Team was a good example of that.
        I’m sure the fans in the Steel City will blame the goaltender(s) who share some of the blame, but the entire team should be embarrassed by their play including Crosby.
        As disgusting of an effort I’ve seen in a conference final in a long time. Shame on them!

      • wjc says:

        You say “you don’t want to give the Bruins any credit”…then you say ” they are playing well”. Oh the ‘irony’.

        What has happened to Pittsburgh you ask? Bruins are playing well, you say. Pittsburgh has not lost yet…..short memories, how many teams have come back after being down 3 games to 1.

        So are you now saying avoid trades at the deadline because it will upset team chemistry, perhaps.

        Yes, no, maybe……people not only talk out of both sides of their mouth, they have found another spot to talk out of .

        Next week if the series is tied 3 games each, people will singing Pittsburghs praises………ha ha….tee hee….this is just too damn entertaining to leave completely….sports fans are a giggle.


  47. HabinBurlington says:

    It is looking like another Bruins Cup Final, please Chicago, make the final and win!

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