A heavy week continues

The Canadiens are on Long Island tonight, where Alex Auld gets his first start of the season.

And one more sleep till the return of Andrei Markov.

• He’s big, he’s bald, he’s starting

Dave Stubbs on Auld

• Red Fisher on big goals

• Sean Gordon feature on Geoff Molson

• Bertrand Raymond is not a Scott Gomez fan

• Réjean Tremblay on Guy Lafleur

And Christie Brinkley loves Islander hockey



  1. Storm Man says:

    Don’t let the rabbit with the habbit tell you how to think. He thinks he is a internet celebrity and you have to watch which way the winds blows so he can tell you his views from the cheap seats. I guess he is just a spot on a blog.

  2. TripleX says:

    Anyone who dares disagree with the Great Tom is an armchair GM who has never played the game and is clueless about the game.  Do I have that about right?  You don’t want honest discussion on HIO, you just want universal agreement with YOUR viewpoint.

    Any voice in opposition has ZERO validity because it is obviously coming out of someone who has no knowledge of the game.  That includes people like Red Fisher who have covered the team since dinosaurs walked the Earth.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  3. TripleX says:

    In 10 NHL seasons Gomez has scored over 73 pts. a total of 3 times dude!  Your math needs some upgrading.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  4. boneheadslanger33 says:

    Incorrect sir, I am happy for Halak and hope he continues to play well unless of course he is playing the Canadiens. I have never posted anything along the lines of “we should not have traded him, he got a shut out last night”. I knew even during the playoff run that he would be traded in the offseason and I’m convinced that the trade would have happened even if we had advanced to the Stanley Cup final.

    The only thing that bothered me about your post was that you were basically telling people what they should not be talking about and that is not something that is up to you. You went onto to say that you were leaving because of it and then did the exact opposite. That’s what “burns my ass”

  5. Bugs says:

    Ohhh, so there’s levels of hockey, whether “competive” or “professional” that YOU determine that gives one enough levels of credibility so that their opinions can be seriously considered? Is that it? Ohhh…

    Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and call bullspit on that.

    We’ve all played competitve hockey. And there ain’t no one here who has the PRECEDENCE to say “Don’t listen to this guy or that guy’s opinion because if I disagree with it, it’s wrong.” No one, mate. Sorry to burst your bubble.

    But hey, next time the lady in your life gives her opinion about a certain player or a certain play, you tell her to shut her mouth, ok? She don’t know nuthin, right? Because she never played “competitive” hockey. Just like Tony. Just like everybody in fact except you and the people you agree with. Right? So tell her to shut her mouth.

    And if you ever meet Jack Nicholson, you tell him to shut his mouth about the Lakers, ok? Anyone who hasn’t played “competitve” basketball should shut their mouths and keep their opinions concerning the game to themselves. So you tell Jack Nicholson to shut his mouth, ok?

    Because that’s how that works, right?

    Decadently yours, I recline 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

  6. Habfan29 says:

    Which I can guarantee that Halak and the Blues will not win this season….

  7. Habfan29 says:

    At least someone understood that I meant hockey in general not necessarily the NHL…..

  8. Habfan29 says:

    bugs get over yourself, Tony has never played competitive hockey in his life! If you missed the whole point of my post that is your problem, as you contiuen to “recline.” Halak is not a hab so time to move on……

  9. G-Man says:

    Ken Dryden mentioned in “The Game” that the puck changes sides over 420 times in a 60 minute game. Puck possession is a myth. Puck pressure isn’t. Habs this season thus far have been really good at that aspect of the game.

  10. joeybarrie says:

    I have a problem with critisizing players unfairly. Gionta has LESS points, yet it’s Gomez’ fault? Gomez has had as I said over 20% involvement in teams goals. 3 different teams 10 years and MANY MANY MANY different wingers. So you can’t blame a consistent guy SOLELY.

    If the SECOND LINE isn’t dominating, why is it only Gomez?

    His other wingers arent lighting it up, AGAIN why Gomez?

    Clearly his line mates are getting the most shots off. GIO is number one on the team in most shots…

    Im not BLAMING GIONTA, but I am smart enough to know it isn’t SOLELY Gomez’ fault BECAUSE OF HIS SALARY.

    I gotta tell you, when you are involved in 20% of your teams TOTAL goals 10 years in a row, what is your value? He currently represents about 10% of the teams Salary. Plays over 1/3 of the game, and the most in attacking players in the playoffs. He was involved in goals in 90% of our teams wins during the playoffs.

    HE IS A KEY CLUTCH PLAYER. I don’t think he deserves 7.3 million. But his contract isn’t that far off.

    Our leading goal scorer gets 6 million.

    Shouldn’t our leading assist scorer get something similar??? Especially given his experience.

    How many players in the NHL average 73 points a season? Most of those on a team with low goals for.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  11. Bugs says:

    I bring him up because I believe he’s an extraordinary goaltender who handled the pressures of this city like water off a duck’s back and that not only did we trade, but we got peanuts in return when we coulda gotten so much more. So much more.

    But maybe he’s none of those things and Eller is a great, great return on the deal.

    So we must watch Halak and determine it either way. And talk about it as it pertains to our team. Only natural it gets more attention than Kovy or Komo because he did more for this team than Kovy and Komo. No?

    Decadently yours, I recline 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

  12. Storm Man says:

    I have no clue if he does advertising for Viagra. If he does that would be a hard habit.

  13. joeybarrie says:

    Did you really just say a guy who has been involved in 20-25 % of ALL goals the team has scored every year in 10 years with 3 different teams, doesn’t make the players better????

    Explain why when the 3 times Gomez played with Gio he had his 3 BEST SCORING SEASONS????

    FUNNY cause the two times he played with GIONTA and GIONTA had his 2 best seasons it was despite the fact he missed OVER 20 games BOTH TIMES…. IMAGINE HOW MANY GOALS GIO WOULD HAVE HAD IN THOSE 20 GAMES???

    3 of Elias’ best 4 seasons he played with Gomez

    Peter Sykora’s best season was when he was playing with Gomez

    Alexander Mogilny’s 2nd best season after the Sabres was with Gomez.

    Chris Drury had his best season with the Rangers with Gomez.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  14. pic1983 says:

    Ian, I like you, you’re a great guy, and I love the positive energy, but you have your habs goggles on right now big time my friend.  By your logic, we’re paying gomez $8 million to play keep away?

    The frustrating thing about Gomez is that we all know he’s capable of more. He just refuses to adapt to his linemates or change up his game a bit to have some success.  He does the same thing every time, and its not generating offense which is what he is paid $8 million to do. 

    With the way he is currently playing, he has in NO WAY contributed to our current success.  When i look at the ice time at the end of the game I am actually shocked because you would swear gomez barely played 4 minutes, thats how invisible he is. 

  15. mike g says:

    When we talk about Halak, it’s not the same as when we talk about AK27 and Komi..

    You can tell why people bring up Halak’s name on this site.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  16. TomNickle says:

    Gomez has given Gionta plenty of gifts.  Gionta’s been shooting from bad areas.  How many 45 footers has Gionta taken instead of moving closer to the net or into the slot before shooting?

    A lot.

    I don’t thing Gomez’s play has been good enough.  But I’m not gonna make a stupid ass remark like he doesn’t make his teammates better or is a liability.  Because they’re both blatantly false.

  17. punkster says:

    Hey, gimme some alternatives. You’re big on dumb Gomez decisions. Let’s hear your alternatives.

  18. TomNickle says:

    No, what we have is a, you don’t understand hockey problem.

    My point was that Hamrlik and Spacek appreciate Gomez carrying the puck out of the zone because they’re having trouble moving the puck and don’t have to make a quick or forced decision with the puck when he does so.

    They aren’t lighting it up.  I never said they were.  But that doesn’t mean Gomez doesn’t make his teammates better.  You seem to have the misguided opinion that a player needs to score a point/game to be effective.  That’s typical of an arm chair GM who’s never played the game and doesn’t understand it.

    I was the first one to criticize Price on a deflected goal on Boone’s game blog the other night and have been highly critical of Scott Gomez thusfar this season.

    But I’m not going to say we traded the wrong goalie 9 games into the season and I’m not gonna make a dumbass remark like Gomez doesn’t make his teammates better because they’ve only generated 3 goals through 9 games.

  19. pic1983 says:

    So we’re paying gomez $8 million this year to carry the puck into the offensive zone and than give it away just so that the defensemen dont have to make a breakout pass, and so forecheckers dont have to worry about getting checked into the boards?

    Im sure Lars eller can do all that, and he doesnt cost $8 million. 

    As for scoring chances? What scoring chances? He’s not exactly giving his linemates Gifts like pleks gives his linemates. 

  20. HardHabits says:

    As long as you dont say he’s a rabbit with a hard habit we’re cool. 🙂

  21. pic1983 says:

    You’re right on both counts.

    How some fans, who claim they watch the games, try to defend Gomez’ play is beyond me…

    Every game he’s just going through the motions.  Doing his own thing.  Terribly frustrating because you know he has more talent than that.

    Is his salary way over his capabilities? Absolutely.  However, least season he barely played like a forward worthy of $5 million, nevermind $8 million.  This year? He’s playing like someone who should be a healthy scratch. 

    Gomez and Pleks should have their salaries switched because Pleks play could more easily justify the $7.3 million cap hit. 

  22. SmartDog says:

    Well more dumb decisions on top of other dumb decisions doesn’t make good decisions.


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  23. SmartDog says:

    Well more dumb decisions on top of other dumb decisions doesn’t make good decisions.


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  24. joeybarrie says:

    We had 9 wins in the playoffs. Gomez had points in 7 of them. Points in one that went to overtime, and points in the game we lost to Philly. (the one where we scored). Your right.

    1999-2000 Leads team in Assists, 2 behind point leader.Won the Cup

    2000-2001 Second on team in Assists. Stanley Cup Finals

    2002-2003 Leads the team in Assists. 2 Behind point leader. WON THE CUP

    2003-2004 Leads team in assists. 1st round of Playoffs

    2005-2006 Leads team in assists, Gio helps him have his best season. 1st round

    2006-2007 2nd by one in team assists. 2nd round of playoffs

    2007-2008 Leads team in assists, one off by points. 2nd round of playoffs

    2008-2009 Leads team in assists. 1st rounf of playoffs

    2009-2010 Leads team in assists. Conf Finals

    1999 he had assists in 20% of the teams goals…

    2000 he had assists in 17%

    2001                          19%

    2002                          19%

    2003                          26%

    2005                          21%

    2006                          22%

    2007                          25%

    2008                          20%

    2009                          22%


    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  25. TripleX says:

    Yes Gionta and Gomez’s other rotating wingers are lighting it up.  That second line is dominating isn’t it?

    Outlet pass?  Gomez likes to take the puck from inside his own blueline so what outlet pass?

    We have a distinct difference of opinion on the value of Gomez vis a vis his contract.  I have no problem with that.  Clearly you do have a problem with anyone who critisizes Gomez OR Price.  Garbage is in the eye of the beholder and highly subjective.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  26. TomNickle says:

    He had two scoring chances on him through 55 minutes last night.

  27. dh says:

    At the office and IT guy insists on one browser for everyone and it’s IE8.  I’m already on his sh*tlist for refusing to install Outlook for my mail.  Besides, it’s only here that I really have an issue and it wouldn’t go over well if I used that argument.

  28. punkster says:

    Here’s an idea. Let’s fire their assses. No demotions, no sending to Hamilton and the whole waiver crap, no trades because NOBODY would ever want their contracts. Just fire them. Put the Gs in the press box and leave them there.


    There you go SD. Now who do you call up for replacements?

  29. Bugs says:

    Tell you what when we make the final? That I’m happy Gomie’s on the team or that he’s worth every cent Sather gave him?

    No, possession is not 9/10s of the law, Mr.Ian, it’s a fraction of the law that may or may not have an incidence on a particular game same as aaaaall the other fractions of the law that may or may not have an incidence on a particular game. Thing is, every game is a particular game. Is it important? Of course, it’s important. But so is scoring goals and stopping pucks.

    And uh, what scouting reports are you referring to?

    Decadently yours, I recline 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

  30. dh says:

    A bit more domination would cut down on the stress of all of these one goal games.  But they’ve been pretty fun to watch this year.  Haven’t really seen a game yet that the teams wasn’t skating.


  31. habsguy says:

    I (as usual) couldn’t agree with you more Ian…the team is going so good right now,  why anyone would want to bench our highest paid player and disrupt what we have going right now is way beyond me.  Gomez is a not a rookie who hasn’t earned the respect of his mates,  he’s a star, one of our better players,  he may make too much money but whos fault is that.  It’s kinda like when we had Saku,  everyone dumped on him because he wasn’t a #1 center,  was that his fault?…People!!!!!! sit back and enjoy the ride, we are not the leafs with wilson belittling and demoralizing the team…we are the HABS!!!!!!!!

  32. Storm Man says:

    Where is your car?

  33. TomNickle says:

    Gomez doesn’t make his teammates better?

    I’m pretty sure the combination of Hamrlik and Spacek appreciate him taking the puck coast to coast three times per game when they can’t even complete an outlet pass.

    I’m sure his linemates appreciate that when he carries the puck deep into the offensive, they don’t have to forecheck on a loose puck that will result in them taking a good lick from what will surely be a bigger defenseman.

    Gomez carrying that puck also allows his linemates time to setup where they can generate scoring chances or even get line changes if need be.

    Total garbage from you.

  34. SmartDog says:

    Not too shabby indeed Ian. Not too shabby at all!

    But don’t you ever think just for a minute – wow, with the team playing this well if we had a strong second line we could just DOMINATE.  I’m frugal by nature. Spending first line money on a line that isn’t even living up to 2nd line status is crazy-making.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  35. Storm Man says:

    And just think if some on here said Thomas was the best puck stopper in the NHL right now…. 5-0 with a 0.60GAA with 2 SO and a .981 SV%…. A JD on the rocks would be what the doctor ordered.

  36. Bugs says:

    Still, Halak is pretty good though.

    Maybe we shoulda gotten more for him instead of a hard-workin, non-producin prospect no one ever heard of 4 months ago.

    You know, for an Olympic Titan and NHL playoff hero with a four-year winning sheet in the League and the mental toughness of Mount Rushmore? Seems we coulda gotten more, no? For the team? Team we’re talkin about? No?

    Unless of course, Halak is none of those things and the move was really, really smart and well thought-out. In which case, let’s watch Halak and CONFIRM that we made the best move for the team. Team we’re talkin about.


    I mean, we do it for the Artiste and Komisarek. How great we look without them. We talk about them too. Few laughs. All in good fun. We can talk about Halak, no?

    Decadently yours, I recline 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

  37. TomNickle says:

    Show me a team with less overpaid players.  That was quite a nice paragraph you put together but you’re ignoring the fact that we are in no different of a cap boat than the other 29 teams.  In fact, as the cap continues to rise which it can only do until another CBA is negotiated, are financial position in relation to available dollars to spend on new additions or contract extensions only improves.

    Your argument started with we have overpaid players and now it’s that we have underachieving players.

    So, what team in the NHL doesn’t have underachieving players?  None.

    This whole discussion is nothing but making mountains out of mole hills.


  38. mike g says:

    There’s one reason why it’s relevant…

    Because it burns your ass*s when Halak plays well this year. It does, and I can see it.

    Everyone is waiting for him to slump so that we Hab fans can justify trading the man who made us all happy in our pants last spring.

    News Flash: It ain’t gonna happen. H will not slump, he’s a good goalie, no question about that.

    So please realize that in a salary cap world, we had to chose between him and our best forward. We made a choice, now live with it.

    No need to keep on repeating the nonsense about, “Oh look guys, H got another shutout last night. OMG we traded the best goalie ever to put on pads. Etc, etc, etc…”

    Nonsense: As long as Price wins and the Habs win, that’s what makes my life happy. What H and the Blues do, I couldn’t care less.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  39. Ian Cobb says:

    ROB, we will be getting better as we go along. Power play included. But remember that there are 30 teams in this competitive league. And if we win tonight we sit in number 1 overall spot.!!

    Not to shabby a message to tell the rest of the league.

  40. TripleX says:


    A great player makes those he plays with better.  Pleks does that and Gomez does not.  That is why Pleks deserves every bit of his salary, he can play with any winger and still make an effective line.  Why does Gomez need some special winger to GO TO THE NET!

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  41. boneheadslanger33 says:

    Thanks, sometimes I over-react

  42. Storm Man says:

    The post of the day………. “And by never played the game” you mean the NHL? So that only 700 people at a time and ex-NHLers can talk hockey? The coaches should shut their mouths. The last time I looked most coaches played pro hockey. Bugsyboy you just can’t help yourself you’re a rabbit with a habit.

  43. habs365 says:

    I’m commenting on what 20,000 Habs fans are saying, players paid big dollars are making a lot of mistakes, sometimes don’t come to play, right now they are getting away with it but it’ll catch up and we’ll see how long they’ll be in first place. they are playing as a team but they’re not scoring as a team one line is doing 90% of the scoring and it’ll catch up and first place will become fourth place who knows from there. I’m not taking nothing away from them they’re playing great righ now so was toronto a week ago how are they looking now…


  44. SmartDog says:

    Someone should add up all the seconds between when Gomez squirrels his way through the dangerous neutral zone until he loses or dishes the puck just inside the blue line.  I bet there’s a LOT of puck possession there.  At least 30-40 seconds worth per game.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  45. Ian Cobb says:

    Don’t forget to tell us that when we make the finals this year rabbit.

    And yes possession is 9 tenths of the law my friend. When we scout players on our scouting report, first stat is time of ice per player, and second is personal time of possession.

  46. boneheadslanger33 says:

    True Halak does play for the Blues and he was traded, the relevance to this website lies here; one of the players he was traded for is now on the Montreal Canadiens roster and one is in the Montreal Canadiens system. Many believe that the trade freed up enough cap space to re-sign, arguably, the Montreal Canadiens best forward, Thomas Plekanec. So you see Jean, it is quite relevant

  47. LNev says:

    Not to weigh on on the Halak issue… BUT (shudder) just a quick look at your points:

    (2) Concerning the trade…Gauthier could not take back a top six forward in exchange for Halak…Eller may eventually be a good top six forward.

    So basically, Gauthier may have gotten a top six forward in exchange for Halak, and at a salary much lower then a top-six forwards usual salary (3-5 million).

     (3) I feel Pouliot is getting a bum rap for Gomez’s play. Maybe we should drop Gomez and go with a line such as Pouliot, Gionta and Eller

    You’ve already put this non-top six forward into the top six.

    Additionally, I keep reading that PG should have or could have gotten more for Halak, but the reality of the situation (reality never works on the internet though) is that we have no clue what he could have gotten, what was offered or even what he was asking for.  Perhaps he asked for Perron and Backes and was told to “screw-off you n00b!” By Davidson…

    All we know is the deal he agreed on was the deal he considered the best for the team at the time. 



  48. mike g says:

    I’m not trying to control..

    It’s just so annoying that everyone has to still bring up the H trade, and make comments like he’s the best in the game, etc…

    Why not talk about Pleks, that faboulous player we chose to keep instead of H? Yea, you know that 5 mill we spent on our most reliable and responsable player, not to mention on heck of a treat to watch?

    But no, everytime STL plays, the next day this site becomes Blues Inside/Out.

    Our team is 1st in the Conference and 2nd overall and were still bringing up H.

    Immagine if we had started like the Devils have, this place would have been bombed and look like a ghost town by now.

    It’s sad, but that’s Habs fans for you.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  49. SmartDog says:

    What I don’t get about the situation with our 2nd line is:

    1. No matter what else these guys are, they are SMART.  Watch Plekanec, he’s so patient with the puck, he pounces on openings, he does the little things right. Gomer and Gio SOMETIMES have done those same kinds of things but they’re not doing them now, or not as much.  Squeezing the stick tight yeah whatever…. talk it out, think it out, and ADAPT.  They’re doing the same thing, it’s very predicatable, and not effective.  Why not use the opportunity to play a little differently – Gomez could surprise some D-men by cutting in.  Whatever. It just kills me to watch the SAME thing over and over. It’s like Groundhog day without the laughs.

    2. Martin NEEDS to send a message. If players aren’t performing and aren’t listening you need to speak to them in their language. Gomez seems like a proud guy as most hockey players are. But even though he gets trashed on here, when has Martin shortened his bench and let Gomez sit. Why are players with the same kinds of stats getting shrugged off while Gomez and his endless and useless circling is getting prime ice time.  I don’t like the guy but I KNOW he can play better than this.  And it’s up to Martin to motivate Gomez to adapt if Gomez can’t do it himself.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  50. Bugs says:

    Cammalleri too. It’s what he said, right?

    The money we offered and which their previous teams couldn’t afford to pay them had nothing to do with it.

    Decadently yours, I recline 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

  51. TripleX says:

    If Halak was having a terrible start, you can bet the same people complaining would be all over the story, that includes Mr. Boone.  🙂

    Some are just annoyed that Halak is playing out of his mind right now.  Silly to get so riled up over something juvenile like this.

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  52. mike g says:

    I do agree…

    But it’s not normal how many times we pound-down this nonsense. Mr. H isn’t even with us anymore, and I find it a shame that every good performance he delivers has to be reported and discussed about here. I bet you 0.4% of the posters on this website actually watched that NSH-STL game last night, yet everyone comments on it. It’s like it’s a race to who’s gonna slump 1st, Price or H. And what does it give to always have to bring H up in our debates, he’s gone and he’s not a Hab anymore. For all we care, he can lose 20 in a row and we’d still be happy as long as the Habs win.

    It just gives no benefit to this website that we always have to bring him up again.

    And the Gomez contract? Comon, it’s signed and he’s on our team. We went crazy last year about the contract, and then shut up when the playoffs came because we were happy about winning. And now the season starts again and were still bitch*ng about it again. How does that make sense?

    All those deals have been done, let’s shut our mouths and live with them. Gomez is overpaid, there I said it. Will me saying it change anything? No. I could have said the earth is round and been just as correct.

    Let’s just enjoy our team, because they’re doing one heck of a job towards making us proud.

    Were 1st in the Conference, and we still bring up H. Immagine if we were in the bottom of the pack….



    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  53. Exit716 says:

    What does the team look like if the rumoured Lecavalier trade with Tampa goes down at the 2009 draft?

    Blame Gainey all you want, but Bettman also interfered and affected the competitive balance of the league when he vetoed the trade.


  54. Bugs says:

    Possession is a factor in the game among others; it’s not THE factor. Those factors have a cumulative effect. For example: possession won’t mean squat if the other goalie stops everything or if you miss the net every time you shoot.

    As for Gomie, I got nothing against the guy. He came through when it counted most, Happy to have him on the team.

    But uhhh, no, Mr.Ian, he’s NOT “worth every cent” Sather gave him, um, uh, no. If he WAS, then Plecky would be making 11mil a year.

    Decadently yours, I recline 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

  55. falconea says:

    The only reason gionta signed with the Habs is because Gomez was there.

  56. Rugger says:

    Smiler, ever seen a pack of angry Hab Dogs?

  57. TripleX says:

    No poster can control the subject matter on the site, that is up to the site owners.  You really need to chill about Halak.

    Whether you like it or not Halak is a story in the entire NHL with his early performance this season.  You are sounding petulant.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  58. pic1983 says:

    Halak plays for the blues, discussing him isnt relevant to a website for fans of the Montreal Canadiens.  And Carey is playing great, so no reason to debate the trade any further. 

    Halak is gone, and he aint comin back, people have to learn to deal with it. 

  59. Bugs says:

    Nice edit.

    Decadently yours, I recline 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

  60. pic1983 says:

    I think Gio should try some different sticks and curves.  Doesnt look like he can put the puck where he wants it. 


    Obviously Gio knows better than me, but frustrating to watch him take so many shots right at the goalie, or miss the net. 

  61. kempie says:

    A happy Mac user using Safari here and I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Sounds gross though.

  62. Ian Cobb says:

    There is a part of the game that a lot of you do not give enough credit, to players that are not scoring.

    Remember that it takes a great player to keep possession of the puck in this league. Every Minuit Gomez and Gionta or PK have the puck on their sticks, the opposition does not.

    The team that maintains more possession time, generally wins the contest folks. And they are on the puck a lot during the course of a game.

    A lot more to playing the game than scoring goals. They are worth every cent that they are paid boys and girls.


    See everyone at Hurley’s Pub next Friday night to watch the game on big screen.!!!  IT’S SUMMIT TIME !!!

  63. boneheadslanger33 says:

    Although you don’t like to hear about the Halak trade and Scott Gomez’s contract I’m sure you will agree that this is relevant subject matter when discussing the Montreal Canadiens on a website devoted to “absolutely everything about the Montreal Canadiens”. 

  64. Bugs says:

    Can someone win that dang lottery already?!

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  65. TomNickle says:

    Show me a team in the NHL with less overpaid players please.


  66. TomNickle says:

    If Gomez doesn’t get the tying goal against Washington in game 1 it’s quite possible that our team doesn’t build the confidence needed to beat them out.

    Gomez, funny enough.  Was one of the few players who actually showed up to play against Philadelphia.  People tend to forget that due to us losing that series.

  67. habs365 says:

    so what you’re saying, Glen Sather signed Gomez to that contract, that would indicate when Gainey took Gomez the contract came with him, than Gainey is still responsable for taking him, no matter whom signed Gomez to that contract the Habs is stuck with it, so it is  and will be a few  years unless a couple of top rookies come along, prevent the Habs from bringing in a top scorer or two that could make a difference in winning or losing a stanley cup. the team is playing great for now but they are carrying too many over paid players and it’s too bad. they could have brought in some real good players for less and had a real good chance of winning their 25th cup and that’s not saying they can’t do it this year, they’re only 9 games in but one line can’t carry a team for 82 games, hope they get a second line producing real soon…

  68. TomNickle says:

    I’m not reading much about Gionta choosing to take slap shots from 40 feet out when he’s got room to skate another 25 feet toward the net prior to shooting.

    I’m not reading about Gomez and Gionta playing mostly with Hamrlik and Spacek which clearly hinders the ability of that forward line to generate speed coming out of our zone.

    The only thing pertinent to the argument that Gomez and Gionta aren’t going well is that they don’t have a consistent left winger.

  69. kirkiswork says:

    Last game Gio had a couple of glorious chances that were set up by Gomer.

    It’ll come.

  70. TomNickle says:

    Gainey didn’t give Gomez the big money.  The big money came with Gomez.

    Gomez would be a good third line player?  How’s that now?  Because of his tenacious forechecking and ability to provide a high energy shift?



  71. Bugs says:

    A lot of players are “gone and not coming back”; that doesn’t mean it’s an asinine comment when we comment on their competence.

    And by “never played the game”, you mean the NHL? So that only 700 people at a time and the ex-NHLers can talk about hockey? The coaches should shut their mouths. Bob McKenzie should shut his mouth? Is that it? So how many years were YOU in the NHL so that we CAN stand your asinine comments? How does that work?

    Or do you mean “played hockey” as in REGULAR-everyone’s-played-hockey “played hockey”? Cuz Tony’s played hockey. We’ve all played hockey. And none of us are blind. Even that aside though, why is his opinion less worthwhile than yours?

    Imo, only Ryan Miller was more consistently excellent than Halak last year, and so far, no one is more consistently excellent than him this year. That may change as the year progresses and I intend to modify that statement in consequence through no fault of my own. As we say: call it like you see it.

    Now, if you disagree, that means it’s entirely wrong of course, because you who “played hockey” and SEES better than the common person, knows the Truth of All Things.


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  72. joeybarrie says:

    1. Every player’s salary impact the teams Cap. Most teams in the NHL have something very similar. Gomez has impacted this team in a positive way. A way no one else who was available could’ve done. It was a great move. WHY? Cause we ended up in the Conf Finals and Gomez had ALOT of those assists that got us there.

    2. No one was giving up a top 6 forward for a goalie that had really only good numbers for 1 year and was only the number one for less than a full season. Not with the options that were out there (13 UFA goalies that were signed back into the NHL). Besides needlessly paying 7-8 million for two goalies is not a smart move.

    3. How is Pouliot getting a bum rap when he hasn’t really gotten enough time on that line??? AGAIN Gionta gets a pass despite his LOWER production than Gomez. When last season you were on pace for 32 goals playing WITH Gomez, how is it in a few games the next season you can decide whether it will work or not?

    Then we talk about the end of the season and the playoofs where Pouliot didnt score.  WELL, POULIOT average 11 min in the playoffs and Gomez average 21. Gomez and Gio became the top line. Cammi spent time on both lines during games and maximized his goals because the teams we played against couldn’t settle with us.

    I wonder where we would be without Gaineys moves… When the team has a successful playoff run you include all the players. We though losing Moore was a mistake. IT WASNT. WHY? Cause we are leading the EAST without our best player.

    Honestly, if you really think having Gomez off this team would be better than ON this team, then I suspect you either don;t understand what goes on during the games, or watch a different team and catch yourself up on the highlights.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  73. Storm Man says:

    I must have been asleep, When did Raymond become a employed NHL general manager?

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