Another day off for Canadiens

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No Méchant Mardi for the Canadiens.
They are idle Tuesday but hold a 10:30 a.m. practice in Brossard.

Pat Hickey on Mathieu Darche’s inner-ear woes

Dave Stubbs on Josh Gorges and the art of shot-blocking

Lars Eller playing on the wing

Habs prospects in NCAA tourney

François  Gagnon makes the case for P.A. Parenteau

Leafs slaughtered in Boston

Stu Hackel on the rocket from Russia

Scrap in the Apple

131 Comments

  1. Les Canayens says:

    testing

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  2. Price07 says:

    I wouldn’t be so against he thought of having Roy as head coach. But of course, as someone already said, you have to hire a GM before a coach (if they are indeed planning to change GM).

    Roy has worked well with young players, something the habs have been doing a questionable job doing. He also knows how to win, not only was he a star player, he was arguably one of the greatest leaders when it came to winning. Its been well documented that in playoff games going into overtime (big scale pressure), Roy was very good at instilling confidence in his team-mates. With a leader who emanates such confidence, the rest of the team can’t help but gain a little more confidence as well.

    Not saying he’s THE choice, but I would give him more credit than what some are giving him.

  3. H.Upmann says:

    And to think BG wanted to sign Komo to money… Poor guy has no choice but to face off with Looch for the rest of his pro career.

  4. VancouverHab says:

    I feel (God help me) the temptation to advocat for Patrick Roy, but fortunately my rational self prevails. Roy is an immature hothead and for all the vigour he would bring he would quickly turn the room into a soap opera. The francophone media would love it of course but Price and Subban would- – in sad irony- – go the way Roy went when he went.

    Mario” the emotional disaster redux indeed.

    And as for the retort that Royis a more decorated player than Tremley, Gretzky was far more so but is no success as coach.

    • Strummer says:

      A 46 year-old “immature hothead.”
      I would give him the benefit of the doubt and submit he has learned and matured from his earlier transgressions.

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  5. punkster says:

    Classic, original…Scrapple From The Apple:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVD8gAav2Pc

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  6. LafleurGuy says:

    Tip of the hat to Cole, Gionta, Hamrlik for choosing Montreal when the glare of gigantic spotlights is well known. Did we really offer Briere more money than Phillie?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  7. habs03 says:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/let-the-patrick-roy-speculation-begin/article2375006/

    I know they were rumours of this, by blogs and stuff but this is an official report..

    I’m guessing it would be Roy as coach, by would have great influence on moves, and a guy like Julien Brisebois as the GM (he is more of a cap/money guy).

    • smiler2729 says:

      If he can tone down his ego and temper, he could do well, I said could, and if he doesn’t then it’s Mario Tremblay Part Deux, clashing egos, clashing with Subban, Price, ugh, it could get ugly.

      I highly doubt this rumour is true.

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      • Strummer says:

        Big difference between Roy and Tremblay.
        If you recall when Tremblay was named coach the players were in disbelief as they were when Houle was named GM.
        Roy in particular remarked how he thought Houle was the guy that organized alumni softball games at Molsons.

        Roy comes in with a CV of accomplishments that would demand respect from the players that Tremblay could only dream of, thus diminishing the likliehood of friction.

        Get him a couple of veteran asistants like Robinson and this could work.
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        • Cal says:

          Tremblay had 4 Cups. The only problem was he never coached a game before being named the Head Coach. Ronald Corey ruined the Habs by picking Houle.

          • Cardiac says:

            Tremblay had 4 Cups
            And? Claude Provost has 9 and neither are in the HOF. Did Tremblay single-handedly win one of those Cups? Hardly an adequate comparison.

            “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
            - Jerry Maguire

          • Cal says:

            @Cardiac- do you think Roy was alone when he won his 2 here? BTW, he was surrounded by superstars in Clorado to get his other 2.

          • Strummer says:

            You think Tremblay’s CV stacks up to this partial CV of Roy:

            4 Stanley Cups
            3 Conn Smythes
            3 Vezinas
            5 Jennings
            Most NHL playoff games played by a goaltender (247) (second most playoff games of all players).
            Most NHL playoff wins by a goaltender (151).
            Most NHL playoff shutouts (23) – tied with Martin Brodeur.
            First NHL goalie to play 1,000 NHL games (finished with 1029 games, later passed by Brodeur
            Selected as the greatest goaltender in NHL history by a panel of 41 writers

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      • krob1000 says:

        Roy is a very hot tempered individual…and there may be some truth to your concerns, however, Patrick Roy has something going for him that Mario Tremblay didn’t……Patrick is one of the greatest to ever play the game. Patrick was a goalie and had all sorts of diff’t types of teams in front of him and unlike Tremblay, Gainey, Carbonneau, etc…did not play one type of game his entire career. He saw the game and the value of all of the players, he has also worked very successfully with kids for the last few years, he was also regarded a leader on every team he played on in the NHL.
        Patrick is a gamble on a vet laden team but on a team like Montreal where the nucleus is young….it may not be as poor of a fit as one may think.
        I find it very difficult to imagine a young player not respecting Patrick Roy….where the trouble may arise is that it may not be a stretch to find Patrick Roy not respecting a player…now we do not know that from the inside…..but the concern is right to be there or so it appears from afar… but those in charge of hiring will have a better feel than we.

    • Cal says:

      Firstly, you hire a GM. 2ndly, the GM hires the coach. If it’s the wrong way around, 1 of them will walk the plank rather quickly.
      The most telling are the words: Let the SPECULATION begin.
      Sigh, if this is true Habs get yet another rookie coach.

      • Cardiac says:

        What do you suggest? Hire another “veteran” coach? That worked well for us last time…

        There was a time when Bylsma, Julien, Trotz, Hitchcock, etc. were “rookies”. Someone had to give them a chance, otherwise Keenan and Quinn will still be coaching somewhere, no?

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        - Jerry Maguire

        • Cal says:

          We had Julien when he was a rookie- didn’t work out, did it?
          Last time I looked, Trotz has won zip in the playoffs. Bylsma spent 3 seasons in the AHL.
          Roy bought a team and decided he would coach them. That’s merit for ya.

      • SUMO says:

        This is a good point. If Roy is hired as GM then the purge will begin BUT if he is hired as coach then the same Gauthier/Gainey regime remians in place.

        FIRE GAUTHIER.

    • New says:

      So like the CBC has a blogger who writes a fantasy letter to a junior team in Quebec and in the middle says Roy has a deal and that’s the official report?

    • The Habs could use a little fire behind the bench. I think Roy’s piss&vinegar will be refreshing after the vanilla we’ve had behind the bench the last few years.

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    • Cardiac says:

      What is it with all this “ego checking” and Mario Tremblay Part II. People, it was almost 20 YEARS AGO!!!

      Tremblay was a TV analyst with absolutely no coaching experience. The equivalent of PJ Stock being hired as Head Coach… That whole fiasco should have been bitten in the butt by Houle and Corey, but both were so clueless and inept it was pathetic.

      Fast forward 10 years and he coached a team of Radulov, Esposito and a bunch of nobodies to the Memorial Cup. Since then, despite have piss poor player rosters, he has a coaching record of above .500 consistently every season. This tells me he knows how to get the best out of his players. Given we are rebuilding and will soon have a core of young players, this makes sense. We tired it the other way with JM and it didn’t work. Enough with these dinosaurs, it’s time to bring in some new blood.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      - Jerry Maguire

  8. Hobie Hansen says:

    The one philosophy I agree with is that when teams arrive to play in Montreal that they all step their games up significantly.

    After a while the Canadiens’ players become accustomed and adjust to playing in Montreal and can deal with the pressure and butterflies. But opposing teams are jacked through the roof and are in playoff mode the second the puck drops.

    That is a big problem, especially with an average team like we have now. Throw in the fact that the media, fans and even people in their organization stir up soap opera like controversies and just pile on when a situation arises, Montreal is definitely the toughest place to play in the NHL.

    If you transplanted the entire Montreal organization to Carolina, Florida or Phoenix I think they’d instantly jump in the standings, hold onto players longer and they could settle down and play hockey.

    Montreal needs a coach and GM to step in that can tell the fans and media to zip it and allow the team to concentrate on winning hockey games.

    But my main point is that every team that we face in Montreal brings their “A” game and that’s a tough battle even for a great team, which we’re not.

    • LafleurGuy says:

      That’s why my esteem for Bob Gainey grew when he defended Patrice Brisebois in a televised press conference…..”those fans are yellow; we don’t need those fans…” Gainey also essentially put Kovalev on a short-lived leave of absence. Gainey built a championship team in Dallas, and just as the case with Neil Smith in New York, and Jay Feaster in Tampa, a second championship has been elusive. Sadly for Gainey, the relevant team is ours.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Cal says:

      I can’t see too many teams getting hyped or jazzed top play the Habs this season. I mean, they’ve stunk all year and the only reason the games are close is because the opposition only needs to play 1 period.

  9. Sako99 says:

    I would love to see Ryan Clowe or Chris Stewart on this team next year. Both having off years. They are both Eric Cole type players. Either one would fit in the top 6.

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  10. HabinBurlington says:

    Another gorgeous day in Paradise Southern Ontario. We have two days of summer left here then back to winter it appears.

    Have a good day everyone! ;-)

    • LafleurGuy says:

      You have forgotten Winnipeg’s spring! I’m now a southern Ontario softie, and don’t miss springs when the Red River would crest on May 18th, and we were out sandbagging for riverfront homeowners!

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  11. krob1000 says:

    I think sometimes people here forget what is often said by pro athletes in all sports over and over again but is often overlooked by fans. The single biggest factor after skill that determines success for a player is confidence…plain and simple. Under the helmets and behind masks are people who play sports and compete for a living…they are accustomed to giving their all and their sole objective has always been success…when things are going well they feel they can do anything ..when things are going poor they are failing at their lifes work. We cannot fully understand this but we can use smaller scale life examples to at least get a glimpse into it but often forget to…..these guys are people who need situations that work for them and confidence.

    Now…is Montreal’s environement a great place to gather confidence? from the fans to the media to the apparent organizational difficulty in player development to the systems that seem to contradict the skillsets of the players on the teams of late…is confidence being given its due and have people been paying enough attention to it? I don’t know.

    • New says:

      There are a lot of interests in Montreal and I don’t mean things to do. You have two media cultures competing for the story. The players have to watch everything they say and even then there is a controversy every season. Cammi and Kostitsyn are gone because of words and at less than either should bring which in itself generates many columns. The whole thing is a circus and we as fans encourage it. The players, like Markov and Price, who have withstood this pressure are exceptional young men.

  12. FanCritic says:

    Parenteau maybe a good R/W for Eller on the 3rd line Bourque on the L/W pick up a good L/W for Pleks and Gionta that would be a good start for three lines.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I can’t see the Islanders letting him walk without making a decent offer. He plays on a pretty sweet line with the Islanders as well.

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      • canadiens_habs says:

        hes said on record when the NY was in mtl that he would love to come play for mtl. apparently hes really good friends with DD so maybe DD can work some magic n get him to sign with us. n besides who would want to play for the islanders given the choice

    • joeybarrie says:

      MaxPac DD Cole
      ________ Plekanec Gionta
      Parenteau. Eller. Bourque
      Blunden. White. Moen

      Markov Emelin
      PK. Gorges
      Kaberle. Diaz
      Weber.

      Missing a top 2 winger, but these lines look pretty good to me.
      We got LeBlanc and Geoffrion for depth.
      Question is, whom is this top 2 player? Decent cap hit for some solid 25-30 goals. I would very much like out chances next season.

      • Cardiac says:

        AK46?

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        - Jerry Maguire

      • FanCritic says:

        Joey – those lines would improve our team. except for moen no scoring on the 4th line. the fourth line has to chip in at times. Blunden and white don’t have it. they may be tough and they work hard, that don’t help on the scoreboard and the scoreboard has been one of our problems this year. lack of scoring…more scoring and we would be playing in may maybe June.

      • el heffe says:

        if Kaberle, Diaz and Weber are the 5,6 and 7 Dmen next season we have some serious problems. Between Dietz, Beaulieu, Tinordi, Kishel and Ellis one of these guys is taking the 5 spot.

        Charge it to the Underhill’s.

      • Stev.R says:

        With 60 points this year you don’t think Parenteau can handle second line duties?

      • canadiens_habs says:

        i would keep staubitz. and then out fourth line could be white/staubitz/bluden/moen. now thats a pretty damn good 4th line

  13. kempie says:

    I thought I should repost this in case anybody missed it in yesterday’s thread:

    Check out the graphic that SportsNet used tonight. LOL @ Dr. Mark Recchi.

    http://i.imgur.com/jq8O9.jpg

  14. Ian Cobb says:

    To the conversation about Cammy and Bourque. They are both 3rd line players now at best! And most nights 4th.

    • krob1000 says:

      guys have off years…Cammi is still a 30 goal guy and Bourque I believe can be productive but he seems like the type who needs to be comfortable…he isn’t the most skilled guy or a deft sniper like Cammi but he can get it done….not sure his heart is in Montreal.
      Everyone said the same about Ryder (as great as MaxPac has been this year Ryder is doing the same in Dallas), the same has been said about Pleks, was said about Andrei K …it happens….Cammi’s track record speaks for itself and the guy can score.

      • RGM says:

        The past three seasons strongly suggest that Cammalleri is no longer a 30G guy. He was twice early in his career, but he hasn’t hit 30 goals since that magical year in 08-09 playing with Jarome Iginla. I like him, but when a guy goes three full seasons without scoring 30 goals is it reasonable to call him a 30 goal scorer?

        As for Bourque, he is a dog. People used to complain about Kovalev mailing it in half the time; well, this guy has the lowest compete level I’ve seen of a pro hockey player in Montreal in a long time. Watch how easily he gives up on what should be a puck battle.

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        • krob1000 says:

          How many did Ryder go and he has 30 now. I guess the real question is is 30 goals the old 40 goals because very few guys have 30 goals anymore. Ovechkin is now almost done his 2nd consecutive low 30 goal season…Nash is in the 30′s, etc…..I guess it is all relative but if yo list the allof the left wingers in the league and factor in there are 30 teams I think Cammi is still a first line winger..his stats may say diff’t right now but he has had health concerns, his pride took some hit with the whole C story (and I know there is no proof but I really think that would bother a guy like Cammi who thrives when confident)

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Third line I would say. Bourque the last two seasons has had 27 goals and this year was on pace for similar but has fallen off when he got to Montreal…..Cammy derailed since coming to Montreal as well other than in the playoffs.

      The habs are really short another top 6 winger

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  15. HabinBurlington says:

    So we need a bounce back game from the Leafs which leads to an Overtime win by the Islanders.

  16. shiram says:

    Is PA Parenteau the Habs next season saviour, or just a good hockey player that speaks the correct langage?
    Don’t get me wrong, if the Habs could get him on a similar cap hit like the one he has right now, it’s a great depth move.
    But RW is not where the Habs need the most improvement.
    Centers are kind of out of the question, as only Jokinen is a UFA, he might just stay in Calgary anyways.
    So LW scoring depth, tough D and a 4th line center, if it’s deemed White can’t do the job.

    RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

    • Cal says:

      Get the feeling any one of the others or Parenteau could play on LW?
      If he’s available and the UFA price is right, why not?

    • JIMVINNY says:

      Jokinen is a little old to be an RFA .

    • RGM says:

      If we are looking at the likes of PA Parenteau to be a “saviour” of any kind we are in far deeper problems than I think any of us would care to admit.

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      • shiram says:

        Tell that to Francois Gagnon!
        I think he could help the team, he is putting up good numbers, but he’s playing with great players too.

        RC : “Merci beaucoup.”

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        RGM, we are in a deeper problem than we admit.

        Deeper problem in that we’re not a quick fix away. For next season, we currently have on our roster the makings of a good not great first line, a decent second line, a fourth line, and another fourth line that should be in the AHL.

        Which means that Mr. Parenteau wouldn’t be a ” ” “saviour” ” “, but he would provide depth and talent that we sorely need. Our lineup with him included is one hole plugged, and gets us closer to a decent NHL roster. That’s the conversation.

        As far as his origins, they are noteworthy in that they give us a competitive advantage. He wants to play here, might take a hometown discount. This is the opposite situation of the case where we’d have to overpay Daniel Brière for him to come here, since he doesn’t value putting on the CH sweater.

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    • canadiens_habs says:

      i would love to see staubitz, blunden, white, and moen being used as our 4th line. moen could even play 3rd line duties but that would be a kick ass 4th line with size, grit and some fight in them

  17. habs03 says:

    Got this from another site (HFboards)

    To all those who say our drafting sucks……

    http://www.theprovince.com/sports/entry+draft+more+than+science/6319829/story.html#ixzz1peUkmRy7

    • HardHabits says:

      Nobody says the Habs drafting sucks. Their problem is player retention. If it wasn’t for Trevor Timmins the Habs would have tanked many years already.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Agree with you HH. I still believe a big part of the retention problem was JM. He was extremely rigid in what he wanted from his players, if they didn’t fit his mold, then off with their heads.

        You see the top coaches in the NHL taking different players with perceived issues and working with them. I don’t think this organization did enough of that, I hate to use the word, but almost an arrogant approach it seemed like.

  18. FanCritic says:

    a balance team is the name of the game, that’s what we lack. you don’t need stars. 15-25 goal players will get the job done. our problem we don’t have enough. I think Bourque, Pleks and Gionta would be a good 2nd line. the 3rd and 4th lines maybe moen other than that we have no 15-25 goal players and that’s our killer. if PG or a new GM can bring in 2-good 3rd and 4th lines in the off season we’ll be all set. untill that’s done the same old thing will keep happening. so really we’re 2-lines away from being a real good team. tweak the “D” and a cup is not out of the question.

  19. Chuck says:

    Some good points regarding the Leafs on Toronto radio this morning.

    Why would Burke encourage the use of superhero-like nicknames for a couple of unproven goaltenders? Why would you overpay for a defenseman who clearly was as good as he was because of his former partner? And why would one of your assistant captains be a guy who can barely mumble a few words of English?

    The tarnish is off and the media are finally starting to clue in as to just how many holes are in that cheese.

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  20. sims says:

    What is the photo from? the Gorges article goes to the Darche story

    • Chuck says:

      Is that not a photo of Josh after he blocked a shot with his head?

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      • secretdragonfly says:

        Indeed it is – it was part of Dave Stubb’s writeup in yesterday’s Gazette and referenced the 2010 game against Washington where the puck hit so hard it left an impression on the back of his helmet.

      • Danno says:

        That’s what I was wondering too. I think it is an old photo of when Josh got hurt, but I’m not sure. A caption would be nice, HIO editors.

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  21. Kooch7800 says:

    Cammy really stills seems to be a shadow of his old self in Calgary.

    As bad as bourque is playing we would be no better with Cammy in the line up.

    I hope Bourque plays better next season. If he gets 27 goals next year it is a win for us.

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    • krob1000 says:

      We should tade back but keep the second and Holland…straight up Bourque for Cammi…I would actually do it…I think they both now realize the grass is not greener and both would likely work that much harder….it will not happen but if it were NHL 12 I would do it!

  22. PrimeTime says:

    To those who like to listen to the Leafs getting ripped by the Toronto media and fans, listen to The Fan 590 this morning!! Freaking awesome how they have turned on their savior Burke!!

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    Was just taking with a co-worker, who’s a diehard Flyers fan, and we’re both licking our chops at the day someone knocks Lucic and a couple other Boston Bruins out cold.

    Komisarek is a shell of a man because of Lucic, plain and simple. The guy can not fight his way out of a paper bag. And even though Komisarek gave Lucic a shove first last night it still rubbed me the wrong way when Lucic beat the snot out of him.

    I will almost certainly tune in the next time the NYRs face Boston just hoping for John Scott or Mike Rupp to take a shot at Lucic. I didn’t buy into the fact that Lucic dodged opponents but if you look at the list of guys he’s fought there’s only a couple of legit heavyweights. He will get it one day and i will feel no remorse when he’s KO’d and lying on the ice face down.

    • halifaxhab says:

      It isn’t likely to happen. He really picks his spots. He will only go with someone if he has an advantage of some kind. He likes to hide behind that tough persona but he never fights unless he has a better than average chance of winning.

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      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        Yeah, there’s a word for that. Um, smart, yeah that’s it. Unlike Komisarek, apparently.

        • 69HABS says:

          Not smart just a coward!

          • HardHabits says:

            Yeah that’s some coward taking on somebody who weighs 23 pounds heavier.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I saw your comment on their weights and was surprised, did some research and yah Komo does outweight him, 243 to 228. Have to believe though that Lucic carries about 20lbs in his cranium though, I am not sure that head can be hurt by anything.

          • Thomas Le Fan says:

            Ha! It’s always amusing when tough guys on the internet call someone like Lucic “a coward”. Good one 69er! Grrrrrr!

      • kempie says:

        John Scott doesn’t usually let people pick their spots. He’s not much of a talker. Dude just gets right down to business. Just what Lucy needs.

    • RGM says:

      No doubt that Looch ruined Komo. I can’t believe that Mikey actually thought it would be a good idea to go for a round three tilt. It’s mind-boggling, really. I understand having pride and all of that, but there’s little smarts in trying to avenge himself in that context.

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      • ABHabsfan says:

        With respect to Komo, after getting fed by Lurch, later in the game he stepped up and flattened Lucic with a clean hit. Komo at least has a pair of nuts whichis more than can be said for the rest of that sorry franchise

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        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I saw that hit later, and agree with you AB, was good to see him pick his spot and get that shot in. Not sure where Captain Canada Phaneuf was last night, the rest of his team was “stepping up” to Carlito’s way (Carlyle) and fighting and he was nowhere to be found.

          • ABHabsfan says:

            I think Phaneuf (aka new-born moose-calf) was messing his pants hoping he wouldn’t have to fight last night

            “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
            Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • ths says:

      Komi can’t fight. He shouldn’t really try especially against Lucic. But props to him for earning a paycheck. He should just try to hang on in the league as a boring stay at home defenceman who can block shots. Thats his only hope. Burke pumped him up to something he isn’t. He’s a 1.5 mill stay at home 6th D man

      Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  24. HabinBurlington says:

    @24 Cups, the Radulov story you posted is unbelievable. If indeed he comes back to the NHL only to play out this season and the playoffs and then goes back to the KHL, Poile and the NHL should be completely embarrassed.

    In my opinion, Poile should have told Radulov he only comes back if he signs an extension. So who is paying the buyout on the remainder of this years contract with UFA?

    If I was a GM of a team that plays Nashville in the first round this season, and indeed Radulov goes back to Russia after the playoffs, I would be some Pissed. It may all be legal, but it reeks of mercenary tactics.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      How can Radulov walk back into that room after bailing on his team? How do guys like Weber and Fisher and Legwand feel about taking him back? Preds have a good team and taking back a guy like that could really upset the applecart.

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  25. rhino514 says:

    To all those who keep insisting the habs need a “big, elite2 centre: The bruins won the cup last year with Bergeron as their number one centre.
    194lbs: not big
    57 points last year, 56 pnts this year: not elite

    It´s not about having to have a star at any one position. It´s a teame game. You need alot of good players, yes. But not necessarily stars; not even one, necessarily.
    Stars have never really blended in well with the team concept in montreal If you are going to have a star, better that he come from the system. Subban, Pax, and maybe Price could well be considered star players before too long.

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Bang on. Detroit’s Datsyuk and Zetterberg have 17 and 18 goals. Filippula leads with about 23. They are about plus 53 in goal differential. Depth is what it’s all about. In Flyerland, Giroux has around 26 which puts him behind Pacioretty and Cole.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Kooch7800 says:

      injuries were also key. The Bruins didn’t have any major injuries last year until Horton got crunched.

      Bergeron is a great centre….you can’t just look at points, he is a great two way player. Him an pleks are similar but Bergeron is a better playmaker IMO.

      The habs are lacking another top 6 winger who can produce regularly, the loss of GIO was huge this year. That is immediately 20 plus goals out of the line up and AK didn’t play that well either offensively.

      I personally think we need a sniper to add to the second line with Pleks and gio. He would need to have a bit of size as well cause Gio and Pleks. This is where a player like Brown in LA would be perfect…..he is an example. LA wouldn’t trade him

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    • 69HABS says:

      The Broons were given the Cup!

  26. LafleurGuy says:

    Our last 3 games will be against the Lightning, Hurricanes, and Maple Leafs. Some pseudo-drama for the non-playoff teams as far as draft position. Will be on the edge of my seat (not).

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • stevieboy says:

      I just heard the craziest rumor: Burke is on the block on TO, all the bluster and no product again- and Geoff Molson sent someone to contact him about coming over here.
      Possible?

      Stevie

      • Kooch7800 says:

        not a chance.

        Burke has done way worse than PG. Just the Montreal media rips PG apart and the Toronto media praises burke.

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        • LNev says:

          Forget about PG, Burke’s done worse then JFJ.

        • PrimeTime says:

          All media centers are the same….they pump up teams teams/players to sell their brand then quickly kick the same when it doesn’t live up to the hype for the same reasons. Toronto media is in kicking mode right now.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            I haven’t heard the Toronto media bad mouth Burke yet though (other than Cherry). They ripped Wilson constantly and certain players but Burke seemed to be immune

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          • HabinBurlington says:

            It is finally starting to happen Kooch, of course Simmons is leading the way. The worst culprit is the slimeball Damien Cox of the Star/Fan590. He was relentless on Wilson but always nice to Burke. Primarily because because Bobcat on the Fan590 has BUrke on the radio all the time and Cox wanted to stay on good side. Bobcat would never have Wilson on so it was easy for Cox to lambast him.

            Eventually Cox as lead writer at the The Star will have to criticize Burke, just might be difficult forhim given the position he has taken until now.

            The media have been intimidated by Burke for years here, but it is starting to wear off.

    • RGM says:

      That reminds me that I need to cancel RDS at the end of this month. Because of other broadcasters, I’ll only be “missing” the Carolina game as it’s the only RDS-exclusive.

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  27. 24 Cups says:

    I realize that we have to play Eller on the wing because of a lack of manpower. However, he needs to start training camp as a centre and remain there throughout the year. If that bumps one of the other two guys, so be it. Of course, if the Habs had some depth up front they could roll three, well balanced lines that featured all three pivots.

    PA Parenteau is a right winger, a postion where we already have Cole, Gionta, Leblanc and maybe Gallagher in a few years. Parenteau will want a three year deal so the Habs should pass. The team needs to shore up the left side and spend their free agent money to fill that void. Any left over coin goes to a kick-ass Dman who can add some beef and meanness to a soft defense.

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Hope the Great Dane gets to play in the World Championships. Guess it depends on whether Denmark is in Group A. Not much value in playing against B-pool opposition. Eller is still “raw.” Too many penalties especially of the senseless variety. I wonder if European hockey kids play on 200′ X 100′ rinks, and our Dog’s instincts are deeply ingrained. Getting a highsticking penalty with less than 5 minutes to play is dumb and careless. Desharnais doesn’t get those kinds of penalties although DD did get penalized recently for shooting the puck over the glass. Hope I’m wrong but Eller is probably not going to be top six in productivity.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • krob1000 says:

        At age 20 Lars Eller got 18 goals and 39 assists in the AHL in his FIRST year of North American hockey. At age 20 DD played in the qmhl…at age 21 DD played his year in the ECHL at age 22 DD played in 77 games in the AHL and got 24 goals, 34 assists and 58 points, at age 23 he played 60 games and got 277 goals!!! and 51 assists.

        Tomas Plekanec at age 20 played 77 games in the AHl and got 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points, at age 21 he played 74 games in the ahl and got 23 goals and 43 assists for 66 points, at age 22 he played 80 games again in the AHL and scored 29 goals and got 35 assists…..

        NOW…you tell me that Eller does not project as well as either…he is clearly ahead of both at the same stage of their careers…factor in his size, his work ethic…and we should have what everyone has said all along…a larger version of Tomas Plekanec…and YES…with offensive potential to boot.

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Lars played in the WC of Hockey in 2010 and scored two goals in 7 games. In his one and only full season with Peoria in the AHL, his stats were 18G 39A, 84PIM.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • mjames says:

      I agree with your comment on Parenteau. It is shame we do not have a GM with the same approach and ability to assess team needs (ie Kaberle, Geoffrion).

      mjames

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agree, can’t help but think the attraction to Parenteau is all about his name and birthplace.

  28. HABZ24 says:

    we are only one pt from 26th place, whoaaaa start losing dummys !! goal is 26th or lower !!

  29. dontpanic says:

    The “scrap in the apple” link is broke

    rd

  30. 24 Cups says:

    Yesterday I mentioned that THN had posted their new Future Watch edition.

    I thought it might be interesting to look back to the 2006 season to see how the ten Hab prospects have done. Here they are in order of rank: Price, Latendresse, AK46, Chipchura, Danis, Yemelin, Grabovski, SK74, Mikus and D’Agostini. Six years later only two of the team’s top ten prospects are now Habs.

    Hab fans get excited over all the Dmen we have in our system but the truth of the matter is only a few will ever make it (although others can be traded for new assets and/or picks). Up front, only Leblanc and Gallagher show real promise.

    • 24 Cups says:

      24 Cups says:
      March 19, 2012 at 9:09 am > The Hockey News has just released it’s latest annual edition of Future Watch. It ranks the top 50 prospects in the NHL as well as the top ten for each individual team. It has it’s limitations as I think the writing is completed around Christmas.

      Habs in the top 50 – Beaulieu (33rd), Leblanc (47th) and Tinordi (50th).

      Montreal’s top ten prospects – Beaulieu, Leblanc, Tinordi, Gallagher, Palushaj, Bournival, Engqvist, Avtsin, Kristo and Holland. I find it interesting that if you include White, Montreal has 6 natural RWs who will be trying to win the two (or three) open spots after Cole and Gionta. I also find it strange that Morgan Ellis didn’t make the list. BTW, Blake Geoffrion was listed #4 on Nahsville’s top ten. I would place him around 5th on Montreal’s list.

      NHL’s overall top ten – Kuznetsov, Granlund, Huberdeau, Doug Hamilton, Zibanejad, Taresenko, Scheifele, Markstrom, Strome and Gormley.

      Justin Schultz, a possible 21 year old UFA on July 1st, is ranked 21st overall

    • LafleurGuy says:

      Ran out and bought the issue after reading your post. No. 2, Doug Hamilton was obtained with the second 1st rounder Burke gave Boston. Final tally, Kessel for Krejci (Panthers got TO’s 2nd), Sequin, and hot prospect Hamilton.

      “May you live in interesting times.”


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