A big road W

Quotes from the room

About last night …

• Pat Hickey on fellow Celt good guy Ryan O’Byrne

Pierre Ladouceur’s game analysis

And David Stubbs found this classic, featuring the great Danny Gallivan



  1. Dintrox says:

    Thanks for the info :)

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  2. wotever says:

    Bullspit.  Boston was tired.  The third period they were running around with their heads cut off, it was pretty pathetic.  Having strong, experienced, uninjured players in the lineup would have helped mitigate that, although maybe not enough.

    I’m not disagreeing that we’ve got a good team, that we won’t do well, but let’s keep things in perspective – the same perspective when we lost to Ottawa in exactly the same ambush experience.  Being the ambush team is the closest thing to a gimme you’ll get in this league.

    (For the record: I think this team’s pretty good.  I was bit annoyed last night listening to the NESN feed’s homers talk about Montreal’s players.  I just don’t think last night’s game is worth using as a comparison.)

    It’s just a game.

  3. matraque says:

    Goatee is illegal for Movember.  I had a goatee and i had to shave it.


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  4. JohnBellyful says:

    Actually they’re in the midst of 14-game losing streak (we hope).


    “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.”

  5. krob1000 says:

    I’ve only been to one game so far….but I have seen about 6 or 7 on Cogeco.  I am looking forward to seeing another offesnive player in the lineup.  I like Moon but he seems to glide his way through the game the ast two years…if he actually moved his feet he would be that much more lethal…but his talent is so obvious.  I am not sure he will go on to anywhre becasue of that lack of intensity and compete level.  Gudbranson was a beast last year…..but he was playing for position maybe now that the team is emerging as a legit contender he’ll amp it up a bit but the game I saw he genuinely looked uninterested or disappointed….understandable given many had him playing in the bigs this year…and here he is Ktown.  I’ll keep an eye on Doherty tonigh..hard to miss him out there….but I am really keen on checking out Spooners game.  I am a big believer that teams whose best palyers are their hardest working are the most successful and I hope Spooner brings what you say to the lineup…because Moon is a great player…just not a great on ice role model from a  work ethic perspective.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well Boone did give me a feature on the Habs prospects and since OHL stat sheets are hardly useful for tracking the play of a defensive defencemen, firsthand reports are handy to assess performance and post information, thanks.


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

  7. Chris says:

    I just caught Kingston in Belleville last week, and I was quite impressed with both Gudbranson and Doherty. They did not contribute any points, but what really stuck out was their passing (both guys are adept at the tape-to-tape pass) and skating.

    And Gudbranson reminded me of Ryan Parent during his dominant years in Guelph…invisible for most of the game, but only because NOBODY tries to enter the zone on that side of the ice. They always dumped into his partner’s corner instead.

    Werek is fantastic…good size, good speed and like you say, nice hands. You will be pleasantly surprised with Spooner. He reminds me a lot of the OHL careers of Dustin Brown and Ryan Callahan in that he is a guy whose motor is running at the same 100% level regardless of the score or the situation. He really works his tail off on the ice. I was a bit surprised to see Peterborough trade him, as he and Matt Puempel were the fan favourites, but with their terrible start, they are clearly committing to re-building.

    I expect a Belleville Bulls firesale soon, as well. That team has a ton of talent and should have been a contender in the East, but something didn’t click. Richard Panik, Andy Bathgate, Adam Payerl and Luke Judson could all help a contending team.

  8. shiram says:

    Very well said, I had some doubts this season, but the team is playing well consistently, and playing as a team. Yes some are in a slump, but others have taken up the slack and kept us competitive, and i think last years experience really created a team identity, and now with only one number one goalie, that identity is stronger, the skaters look confident with Price behind them, and its fun to see Subban and him go for the triple low five.

    It’s some great hockey and its awesome to watch, great time to be a fan.

    Poutine, the perfect trio, on any line.

  9. Chris says:

    Haven’t watched the Knights yet (it is the team that I detest the most in the OHL, but Dale Hunter does one heck of a job in making sure they are competitive every year), but will be going down to London for a couple of games over the next month or two.  They are on my list of teams to check out, along with all the contenders.  I’ll be sure to give you my impressions of him as a player, for whatever that is worth.  :)

  10. showey47 says:

    I’m only guessing that gauthier took the best offer available,but would you have traded halak within the conference if the better deal was with either philly or tampa. The only two teams from the east that were apparently interested in him?

  11. krob1000 says:

    I am heading to the Fronts game tonight….will get to see Spooner for the first time.  Gudbranson is not playing as well as he should be…he has one of the worst plus minuses on the team (maybe the worst actually) and seems to be suffering a little disapoointment at being sent down. He is playing with his brother though but he doesn;’t look like last year…yet.  Doherty is hit and miss … but a kid with his size that can move like him will only get better over time……Kingston’s D corps is absolutely huge….they area s big as any  NHL blueline actually.  Ethan Werek is a treat to watch too….slick hands for a big kid…watch him in the pregame sometime…that is a treat…he stickhandles at top speed passing 2 foot saucers to himself forehand and backhand without missing a beat…..impressive for a big kid to have soft hands like that.

  12. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually Bugs, you’re argument is BEYOND weak. The longer the Canadiens waited, the worse the trade would have been. We needed to sign Plekanec for starters, and secondly there were about twice as many good goaltenders looking for jobs than there were jobs available. We talked to the Flyers during the season, no go. We talked to St. Louis in the playoffs, they had interest, it was widely reported 2-3 other teams made calls, and Montreal went with the trading partner they liked most. End of story.

    As for someone you’d have heard of, your own ignorance of upcoming prospects doesn’t mean anything. I’d heard of Lars Eller when we got him, in fact I was SHOCKED that the Blues traded him. He was touted last year as the best forward not prospect not playing in the NHL. He plays a complete game and is basically a larger, stronger Tomas Plekanec, and way ahead of Plekanec’s development at the same age. We got a stud back for Halak, if you’re not patient enough to wait for that stud to show himself, fine, but quit the bitching because it just shows you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  13. MTLForever says:

    the next subban is a goalie, the youngest is another d-man

  14. andrewberkshire says:

    That little 4 game win streak had a lot of people fooled, including one of my best friends who’s a Leafs fan. I’m starting to get frustrated with how powerful they’re making the Bruins.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dealt for a player I’ve heard of, certainly I’m sure. A player who will be better than Lars Eller in a couple years and still have a reasonable cap hit? Doubt it.

    Who was Josh Gorges when we moved Craig Rivet for him?


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

  16. fbkj says:

    closer to july 1st, we would have gotten less

  17. Bugs says:

    HOW many weeks before the draft was he traded? You know, where the REAL deals are made? It was GOOD we got players NOBODY had ever heard of in exchange for a hero goalie?

    No, Yahoo, you won’t sell me that salad. Sorry.

    Like St.Louie is SHOCKED Halak is so good and sooooo weren’t expecting that. C’mon.

    Shoulda gotten more. Much more.

    I woulda gotten more. Stake my LIFE on it. I would’ve at least gotten someone you’da HEARD of, Yahoo. Guarantee you that.

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering how quietly the Habs make moves, how do you know they weren’t trying for other deals? A lot of NHL GMs never comment on deals that fell through or never came around because sides couldn’t come to terms as well.

    We didn’t rob St. Louis, but it’s not like many teams buying into the idea that ace goaltending can be bought right now, they seem more interested in stacking the blue line because ‘championship goaltending’ seems to be a very fleeting thing.


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

  19. SLONCOLD says:

    and the majority of those goalies are backups…. also it doesn’t take into account their status at the time of the trade. i would have liked to get a lot more for our team’s mvp last year. the deal might work out long term but we’ll need some time to determin that; good news is that eller has some raw talent.

  20. andrewberkshire says:

    For the most part it seems like the flame wars have died down a bit. A couple losses in a row and the same group comes back to antagonize, but for the most part this site is better than last season in my opinion. Nice to see you commenting again though. You can be HIO’s OHL scout.

  21. Jbird says:

    Seriously eh. Wilson probably going to put him on the ‘#1’ line and tell him to keep the puck away from the Sedin’s. 

    I thought for a second this year that the leafs were not a complete joke. What was I thinking. 

  22. Bugs says:


    Please, Berkie. Ok?



    …impossible to get more for a hero goaltender… (shakes head) Yeah, no point asking OTHER teams if they could upped the ante because we KNEW we wouldn’t get more, right? Hell, we were lucky to get what we DID! In fact, we ROBBED St.Louie, right? C’mon.

    Don’t do that, Berkie, ok? Don’t DEFEND stupid.

    We shoulda gotten more, because we WOULDA gotten more if we’d APPLIED ourselves to get more. Like say, for example, CALLING OTHER TEAMS insteada takin the FIRST deal WEEKS before the draft. …impossible to get more…, gimme a BREAK, Berkie.

    Don’t do that, ok?

    Despicably despondent, I yawn as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    Have you seen Jarred Tinordi with the Knights play? Curious about his OHL progress but can’t dig up many reports on him at Hockey’s Future or at least many that are in-depth.


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

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Current market for goaltending is low, teams are not sold that you can buy a guy like Roy or Belfour who’s aces when you need him. The last two goalies to win the Cup have 2 wins in 13 games, Vezina nominees and winner from last year are on a .333 winning percentage. Rask? Well in the words of one RDS analyst, oyoyoyoyoy… lost his job to Tim Thomas just as soon as he took it away from him.

    Vokoun and Bryzgalov will probably get nice new contracts for next season, wherever they go/stay but I’m betting for less than is expected. Teams more interested in stacking the blue lines than buying name goaltending because those name goaltenders are not bringing it home.


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

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