A listless loss

Canadiens played like they just weren’t into it.

We know why.

Pat Hickey’s game story

Quotes from the room

• Quick Hits and About last night …

Dave Stubbs on the Max-Pac ripples

Pat Hickey on Geoff Molson

Stephen Brunt on bumbling Bettman

Down Goes Brown’s suspension chart

Even gossip sites are on it

Last word (for now) to the great Charles P. Pierce of the Boston Globe: 

There is one good thing to come out of the NHL’s abdication of its duty to protect people like Max Pacioretty yesterday. That is – the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. That Zdeno Chara got a complete pass on what he did obviates that talking point forever.

283 Comments

  1. HardHabits says:

    The Habs would win the game.

  2. habsguy says:

    I’d sooner win the game..

  3. habs001 says:

    the habs usually dont play that well on the road…this game was no worse than the ones they won in atlanta and florida..it all depends on small mistakes and scoring on chances…if they would have made it 2-1 they would probably have won…

  4. RGM says:

    You will recall that Sidney Crosby was hit twice with blindside hits to the head, which are responsible for his current post-concussion syndroms symptoms, and the NHL failed to take action.

    Go Habs Go!

  5. TheDagger says:

    Come on, Montador needs to take responsibility, he shouldn’t have been where he was. Plus, pretty sure he dove head first into the boards, which are too hard mind you. And if the ice wasn’t so slippery he wouldn’t have slid into the boards like that, it’s mostly the ice being too slippery.

  6. RGM says:

    Two former Hart Trophy Winners have called malarkey on Bettman/Murphy/Campbell and their abdication of their responsibility. I wonder how many more will join the chorus?

    Go Habs Go!

  7. habsguy says:

    I know….I was watching off the record lastnight,  one of the panel,  I think it was steve simmons kept repeating the chara was moving backwards and couldnt see where the turnbuckle was, I wonder if he even saw the hit !!!!!!!!……And friggin Andrew Crystal on (the fan) yesterday made me want to puke!!!

  8. habsguy says:

    what if the bruins make it to the cup finals,  does that mean the Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League,  who also serves as the NHL’s principal disciplinarian isnt involved in NHL’s showcase game……what a friggin joke !!!!!

  9. DearyLeary says:

    Mario and ?

  10. TommyB says:

    Yep.  Saw that too.  Steve Simmons repeatedly defending Chara, saying he was skating backwards…meanwhile the film clip is played, and nobody says “wtf are you talking about, skating backwards?”.  Look at that panel.  The only truly impartial guy is Landsbergh.  The rest….two Toronto sports writers, a former Leaf player, and a Philly sports writer.  How are you going to get truth and impartiality?

  11. Habfan19 says:

    Both of those hits were pretty innocent….delivered by some pretty big boys tho….Steckels looked

    accidental to me…

     

    Ya gotta want it…

  12. PrimeTime says:

    I believe Campbell will resign before next season. That is one good thing that will come out of all this. As you say, the conflict reaches beyond just Bruins games. Although I believe he has enough integrity not to rule on incidents that would benefit the Bruins there is that potential perception and that should be all that matters. With Campbell gone and with growing concern of player safety this year, it opens the door for the NHL to bring in a new approach to rulings on offending players while saving face of past decisions.

  13. Fansincebirth says:

    The 24th game is going to be a repeat of the thuggery we saw last time there.

    Boston has more to pay back now, in their and their fan’s minds.

    Luchump, Horton, Thorton, McQuaid and Chara will be allowed to run loose…..

    The place will turn into a bloodbath if one of their players go down from a hit.

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  14. habsguy says:

    Andrew Crystal was worse,  the man is a classless idiot!!!!!..anyone who didnt agree with him was cut off quickly!!

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    Thornton and Sedin.

  16. TommyB says:

    What if the Bruins win the Cup….does Colin Campbell get a ring?

  17. TommyB says:

    I disagree.  I’ve sat behind the cameras on that set.  I was there with a good friend of mine who is a frequent panelist.  I got a good look at Landsbergh, who he is, how he runs his show, what he wants from his guests.  The man is a professional is every aspect of the word.  He was the only one last night trying to contradict what his guests were saying. 

  18. NL_habs_fan says:

    Landsbergh is not impartial, he is the host and is paid to promote debate on OTR.  If Stubbs, Boone, Hickey and Guathier were on as guests he would be arguing the NHL was right.

  19. adamkennelly says:

    he is most definately a liar…especially off a face off – these guys know exactly who they are on the ice against…part of their job…he did it, it was on purpose, did he really try to hurt him that bad – prolly not but he was punishing him for past transgressions in a game the Booins were getting punked….at least sack up and admit it instead of acting like a coward and hiding behind the “I didn’t know” defense…

  20. observer says:

    Boycott? NOT here BUT Habs fans do NOT go to the next Boston game IN BOSTON and don’t give  any money to Jeremy Jacobs, Gary Bettman, the Boston scalpers, the Bruins money-grubbing fans selling their own tickets and all the gas, food, airplane tickets that help the Boston economy that is in serious financial shape. Boycott that March 24 game in Boston.

  21. TommyB says:

    Hopefully it doesn’t clash with his studded collar.

  22. NL_habs_fan says:

    I’m not saying Landsberg isn’t professional, I guess never explained my self that well.  I watched that show last night too, and you’re right, he was the only one contradicting his guests.  The way I see it OTR is a very boring show if everyone agrees, that means Landsberg, while on air, sometimes has to forget his personal stance and instead take the stance that will promote the most talking/debating.  Basically it’s his job to be impartial whether he personally believes what he is saying or not. 

    All I’m trying to say is you can’t really say Landsberg is “truly impartial” unless you hear his opinions “off the record”  and not on OTR. pun intended.

  23. J.T. says:

    Yeah, a nose ring.  So it’s easier for Bettman to lead him around.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  24. Fansincebirth says:

    Chara was looking right at Max.

    He’s a friggin Dman standing at the blue line. How can people say he didn’t know who was pn the ice?

    Max was standing 15′ from him when the puck was dropped!!

    The league has become a zoo and the zoo keepers are idiots…

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  25. Hobie Hansen says:

    Well now that another game has passed and most of us have expressed all of our frustrations over the last 48hrs, it’s time to start moving on, I guess…

    From a hockey standpoint, more specifically the Habs’ lineup, man does losing Pacioretty really stink!

    I only had one eye on the game last night but it looked as if the Habs were emotionally exhausted, with obvious good reason.

    Prior to the Pacioretty injury, even with the loss of Markov and Gorges, I felt the Habs were right there with the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Now without Pacioretty in the lineup they’ve probably fallen back a bit and are around the level of a Buffalo or Carolina.

    We’ve got potential to do some damage in the playoffs but the odds of advancing to the finals have greatly decreased. Seeing Gionta-Gomez-Pouliot reunited last night left me with a very unsatisfied feeling. I actually think Pouliot works well on the bottom six but for whatever reason doesn’t excel with top line minutes…

    The Habs will give it the old try going down the stretch and into the playoffs but the fact they’re missing some pretty valuable weapons will most likely be on their minds and show on the score sheet.

    Chara is a bum!!!

  26. TommyB says:

    All they have to do is put a camera on him standing in the hallway, flash it on the jumboscreen, and the place will explode.  I feel sorry for any opposing team in those first 5 minutes of that game. 

  27. TommyB says:

    Black leather collar…..yellow spine.    Anyone getting suspicious? 

  28. bozzo says:

    Avantage Montréal!

    Carey Price (career) 10-2-2

  29. Julie H says:

    Love the dripping with sarcasm comment. May well blame everything in the rink while you have a chance.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  30. Rudy says:

    Me too, and it feels strange

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  31. joeybarrie says:

    According to ticketmaster there are 14 available seats for the Game on March 24th.

    I am afraid a BOYCOTT by Montreal will not do a tiny little miniscule thing to get any type of notice to this subject.

    Now if the Habs fans going to the game somehow all brought the same sign, or something like that, then they could make a statement. But to boycott a Bruins game in Boston. Nothing will be noticed.

    Tickets have been bought, airline tix too. Hotels most likely already reserved. They will feel no financial loss. The only way to make a statement is for alot of people to get on the same page and make it together. Not simply not show up. Not to an away game.

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

  32. Chuck says:

    Great article, Dave. Anf I wonder how much the league will fine Thorton and Sedin (whose words carry more weight mecause he’s never been afilliated with the Bruins)?

  33. TommyB says:

    I can understand the sentimentality of what you are saying, but I didn’t think the Habs were going to make a deep run at the Cup this year anyway.  Losing Pacioretty only puts the final emphasis on that.  So, instead of fretting over a possible early-out in the playoffs, I’ll focus on just what this team can achieve in the face of this latest adversity.  And I don’t think last night’s loss to St.Louis is much of an indicator.  I think it was only natural for the team to come out flat last night.  I think tomorrow vs. Pittsburgh they will begin to bounce back, and the next home game with fans cheering on loudly should put them back on track where they were prior to the start of this week.  What remains to be seen is what Martin can do juggling his lineup to compensate for the loss of Pacioretty, and what players decide to step up to fill the void. 

     

  34. Fansincebirth says:

    I would love to couple this with the one that was made yesterday by someone.

    Drop the puck then skate off the ice and leave the arena.

    It won’t happen but I’d love to see it.

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  35. Hobie Hansen says:

    I was convinced they didn’t have what it took to make a deep run but suddenly with the emergence of Desharnais, Eller and especially Pacioretty, they really took a big step forward. I’m not saying they were better than any of the teams ahead of us but we were right there with them… now we’ve been knocked back down again.

    If we had Pacioretty, Markov and Gorges in the lineup we’d be as good as anyone! Oh well.   

  36. Mr. Habs says:

    Last night’s loss had nothing to do with Max (God bless your heart  kid, get well soon). They were due for a loss against a non playoff team.

  37. savethepuck says:

    He is needed for a good balance of puck moving and shut down D and he gives us 2 solid D pairings on the penalty kill.  With the way our hockey team plays, his role is every bit as important as our top goal scorers.

  38. secretdragonfly says:

    I’m not superstitious (much) but does anyone else find it odd that our winning streak coincided with the acquisition of Sopel, who wasn’t in the lineup last night?

  39. Storm Man says:

    How can this team win the war?. A young man may never play hockey again or if he does play never be the player he was going to be.

  40. 123456 says:

    nice cheapshot by chara last night in the sabres game – nailed a guy from behind.

  41. observer says:

    if they already bought them – then sell them and dont GIVE NTHEM ANY MORE MONEY. maybe scalpers already are holding them to sell outside the rink. point is DO NOT BRING ANY CANADIAN MONEY TO THAT CITY IN SERIOUS TROUBLE FINANCIALLY RIGHT NOW!

  42. Ton says:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/27694626/27851697

     

    interesting read.  bettman’s new 5 year contract and relationship with the Jacobs family who own the bruins.  Thornton leading us to something here………………….

  43. N.B.habs fan says:

    Not a good preformance last night,I know they are thinking about Max.If it were me I would have said lets win this one for for Max.

    Bad enough Max has to think about getting well and about the team losing too.

    The media are not going to leave the players alone about this for a long time,so prepare for the worst.

    I hope Max goes to the team and tells them to get their heads out of their ass…

  44. Julie H says:

    http://www.charasucks.com/

    Go support the site everyone!

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  45. J.T. says:

    Every Habs fan at that game should hold up a sign with a picture of Pacioretty on it, and remain standing for the entire game.  Preferably dressed in black.  That would make for some interesting optics.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  46. Mr. Habs says:

    Hickey please, Halak at his playoff best, he haunted the Habs? The Habs never posed much of a threat to score last night. Not one good high shot on Halak. 90% of the goals scored on him last spring was high blocker/glove & the Flyers soon discovered that!

  47. Captain aHab says:

    Posted this yesterday:

     

    Well boys and girls, here’s your chance to let NHL sponsors know how you feel and ask them to follow Air Canada’s lead. I don’t have emails for all of them and some of the emails I have are likely not to the best person but it’s the best I could do.

    http://www.citizenspeak.org/campaign/captain-ahab/tell-nhl-its-sponsors-and-marketing-partners-have-had-enough-vicious-hits

    You’ll have to put your address on the address line, and pick a zip code like 90210 or whatever as it only takes US addresses. HIO member L.A. Loyalist suggests using his zip code 90036 – about a mile from 90210 :-)

    Thanks!

     

  48. Mr. Habs says:

    You think eh since the Habs played a non playoff team that played the night before playing a career back up goalie!

  49. savethepuck says:

    After playing that many great games in a row and then adding in the trajedy from Tuesday night, and the piss poor way the leaugue handled it, the boys are forgiven for a below par effort last night. Any hockey fans should realize that they would definitely have a hard time focussing on their jobs. I know my head was not totally into it for the first time this year. I guess the good thing is that it did not happen against an Eastern opponent.  We have 4 Eastern playoff teams in our next 4 games,  With the positive news coming in about Patches, it was a lot earlier hospital release than anyone expected, the boys will get back on track and keep fighting for home ice advantage.

  50. habsfan_61 says:

    on otr “chara was skating backwards”. i want that drug youre using dude. the only thing thats backwards is your thinking.

    understandable listlessness from the habs last nite. absolutely no emotion at all.some of the views about the hit i have seen/heard are ridonkulous.some of the best ones are unaware of where or who was on the ice, the aformentioned backwards and the always classic hockey play gone bad.those things just make you throw your hands in the air and just say f-it there isnt a thing that can be done about it.the sad part is nothing will be done, status quo will remain and then a major tragedy will have to occur that even the see no evil at head office would have to wake up and take notice. very furstrating indeed.

    i would like to see max at the next home if possible brought out to center ice to show everyone he’s alright and and give aboost to the craowd and team.

  51. Fansincebirth says:

    The reaction from some fans on both side of this story is ridiculous but it has been brought on by the league’s refusal to do the right thing. ANyone who looks at the video of ‘the hit’, as it is now dubbed, and doesn’t clearly see the extra shove that Chara gives Max just before the stanchion is either blinded by stupidity or have bought in to the theory that Chara would never hurt anyone on purpose.

    The Montreal fans didn’t ask for the courts or QPP to get involved, nor did they ask Air Canada or MP’s or the PM to get involved but they did. We aren’t to blame but we are taking the heat for it being called a bunch of f**king whiners, pussies and worse.

    IF and it’s a very big if, the league had done what was right, it would have suspended Chara for a number of games that would have satisfied all, or quite a few. Not for life, as many are suggestiong and certainly not zero. Nobody knows what he intended, only he knows for sure.

    When Max took off after the puck, Chara was facing him, looking at him so he certainly saw who was going after the puck. He made initial contact with Max before the boards and Chara took the extra effort to push/shove/guide Max into the stanchion. I’ve watched the video time and time again, trying to be objective but wach and every time I see it, I see the same thing. Chara knew who he was hitting, knew where he and Max were on the ice and he certainly knew what he was doing when he gave that extra effort to make sure Max hit where he did.

    Did he mean for the result? I’ll say no but I’m certain he meant to lay a hurt on him. It’s BS that people keep saying he’s such a nice guy, has never done anything like this and wouldn’t do something so horrific. Well, have a look at what he has done in the past and you’ll find a different story.

    The league blew this one horribly, end of story.

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  52. HardHabits says:

    I’d still like to bring up Conboy, Bonneau, Enqvist and Henry for the next Bruins game and sit Gomez, Gionta, Subban and DD and play Alex Auld.

    Give the Bruins a night to remember.

    The bottom line and the Molsons and Pierre Gauthier better wake up to the fact that a smallish team will get chewed up and spit out by teams like Boston and Philadelphia time and again and no rule change will ever alter that fact.

    Yes have one or two small and skilled players, but not a team of them.

    I am sick and tired of seeing the Habs getting mauled out there. Regardless of whether or not the league has proven that it will not initiate changes in the rules to address the growing spate of concussions and intent to injure plays that have become more and more abundant, teams that show the type of weakness and frailty that the Habs are now known for will get slaughtered like lambs to wolves.

    Losing a few battles is OK but we need to win this war. And it is a war of attrition.

  53. HabFanSince72 says:

    But he’s not that kind of guy!

  54. 123456 says:

    we all want the habs to win the cup every year right? while i do not believe the habs have the team that can do it this year i will be rooting hard. how great would it be to see buttman handing over the cup and receiveing a thunderous amout of “boo’s” from the habs fans. he is a tool.

  55. 123456 says:

    exactly – i only saw the highlights as i had my own game. but he crosschecked a guy from behind…. assuming he got a penalty bc it was blatent.

    nice to see some vancouver players speaking out about the league’s poor decision

  56. TommyB says:

    Good articles from Stubbs and Hickey.  But don’t count me as one who believes this incident will have any impact on the direction the league is going regarding head shots or violent actions.  I commend Geoff Molson for his statement, but again, I have to smirk when I think of the other 29 GMs really giving a damn at that next meeting.

    In hockey, and certainly in the NHL, everyone involved looks after his own interests.  This will be looked at as a Montreal thing, not our problem.  A discussion will take place at that meeting, but maybe 25 of those 29 other GMs will be snoozing through it.  It’s part of the culture of hockey.  Cover up your responsibility, and point to someone else.

    Claude Julien’s take on the hit would be completely different had it been his player instead of Pacioretty, don’t you think?   Julien has been around plenty long enough to know right from wrong, but hockey culture dictates that a coach stands up for his player and passes blame onto the opposition.  Any of you guys out there who have coached know this is a fact.  If you can’t admit it, you are not being honest with yourself.  At the very least, you downplay your role, and the role of your own player in the incident.  And it doesn’t matter what level of hockey you are involved with.

    The player involved, Chara in this case, is not going to admit any wrong-doing.  He was only doing his job.  He was just finishing a check or rubbing the guy out.  This bold-faced statement, in spite of the video and photos that obviously expose that lie.  But that again is part of hockey culture.  Not my fault, the victim must have done something wrong, or put himself in a dangerous spot.  I’m not a dirty player.  I didn’t intend to injure the guy. (read those words with a Richard Nixon voice-over to get the full effect).

    You can take it to the GMs, they follow the same pattern.  You can take it to the owners.  They follow the same pattern.  You can even take it to the hockey media, and find the same thing.  I watched a report on last night’s news on CTV in Toronto.  They gave the obligatory news of what happened, and the reactions from the Montreal police, Air Canada’s statement, etc.  Then they go to the “room”.  Video clips of the question being put to “players”.  But it was Toronto, and the players were Leafs and Flyers preparing for their game.  Not one of them answered in support of Montreal or Pacioretty.  They towed the company line.  That’s what we are to believe, that not one of them said anything different.  Well, that’s the clips CTV decided to go with, isn’t it?  It is, after all, Toronto.  Home of Hockey Night In Canada and Don Cherry, and everyone is frothing at the mouth waiting to hear his take on this incident.

    Those are just a few small examples of hockey culture.  What goes on in the room stays in the room.  And for the most part, that is the way it should be.  But when something like this happens, you would hope someone would have the balls to step out of that box and be honest.  Hockey culture is very slow to change.  For this reason, I don’t expect much from those meetings coming up next week between the GMs, even with Bettman being in attendance.  They’ll just fluff it off as usual.  Maybe appoint a committee.  That should take care of it.  Now on to important things, like keeping dying franchises in their empty-seat arenas.

  57. alestar says:

    I actually agree with Tony on this one…

     

    XXIV…and counting

  58. NightRyder says:

    Brunt’s piece on Bettman is excellent.

    I didn’t know the smug little willnot got a five-year contract extension.

    “Petulance in the face of criticism and pressure: that’s the measure of the man.”

    Brilliant.

  59. observer says:

     bettman’s defenders always said in defending him for his many, many , many, crooked and stupid moves that his only responsibility is his owners. AND JEREMY JACOBS is his biggest supporter, the chair of the competition committeee and chara is jacobs best defenseman in a year that bruins are a contender. bettman was very responsible – TO JACOBS HIS COHORT!

  60. J.T. says:

    Or the lovely yellow hue of his spine.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  61. TommyB says:

    I couldn’t agree more.  I’ve always been against the cap for the reasons you stated.  Remove the cap.  Let hockey markets dictate how much an owner is going to spend on his team, and what kind of team he will put on the ice.  If a GM is spending his money wisely, his team will have a degree of success.  That degree of success will determine the level of filled vs. empty seats.  Teams will disappear, no doubt about that.  But teams that are in hockey markets will thrive.  I believe skill would once again become the most important commodity on a player’s resume.

  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    Simmons is just trying to ‘stir the pot’ so people will read his garbage column.

     

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

  63. PrimeTime says:

    I wouldn’t read too much into last nights loss other than another weak road game…..we have a string of them this year. However they are going to have to find another way to generate some offense without Max. Somtimes the solution cannot be to ask a player to do what the lost player was doing. Pouliot is not Max; neither is Eller or AK47. Each has their own respective strengths and weaknesses. Maybe Gionta and Gomez need to adjust their game style to best suit their new linemate, whoever it be. It takes time for a new line to find a way what works best. Unfortunately having Max out affects the other lines as well cuz they too are new combinations. Hopefully the boys can find a way to find an effective mix and build upon it for the playoffs.

  64. NightRyder says:

    I think his integrity can indeed be questioned based on the leaked e-mails.

  65. TommyB says:

    Campbell has held that position for 13 years, and this is just one incident on a very long list of incidents that places a black mark on his career.  What makes you think he will resign?

  66. Fansincebirth says:

    Not according to the B fan I work with. The refs are picking on Chara and the B’s now….

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  67. Psycho29 says:

    They should look at the arena configuration……maybe those boards shouldn’t be there….

  68. Graves says:

    Man, anybody see that hit on Carcillo last night? Well, personally I don’t think Komisarek should be suspended. I mean, really, it was the boards that hurt Carcillo, not the hit. If ol’ Komi had hit him like that at centre ice, no one would even remember the play this morning. It’s unfortunate that Carcillo had to leave, but in the end it’s just part of the game. Besides, it’s not like he, oh, I don’t know, broke his neck or anything. And really, Komisarek’s a good guy, so I’m sure he didn’t mean to do it. Yeah, the league should just let this one go, I think.

    Bah.

    As to the Habs game last night, I had a hard time watching, sort of drifted in and out. Pretty listless, but mostly what I expected. I wouldn’t have felt like playing last night either.

  69. Ton says:

    well said. they did fluff it off when they decided after the lock out that the game must be built and speed and skill. when you have knucleheads like burke, neely, bob clark, influencing the board of governors (in turn the owners) that speed and skill is not in abundance (and costly) therefore it is too be replaced with filler (for cap reasons) this has become the so called formula for winning!  there is no committee that will act in good faith its courrupt, the game needs to go back to its grass roots, it will bankrupt inself in this current model. just watch and see.

  70. Habfan19 says:

    Things I think I think….

    Chara saying he did not know who was on the ice before the hit….he is either an idiot or a liar….a ‘pro’ does

    not take notice who’s on the ice??? You kidding me???? so which is it??

    and if it was Sid hit like that, still no suspension???

    Sorry if I’m kicking adead horse….

    Get well Max!!!

    Ya gotta want it…

  71. habsguy says:

    LOL,  not with that line up !!!!

  72. NightRyder says:

    The perception of conflict should be enough to remove Colin Campbell from his post. Even if he recuses himself from things involving the Bruins, what if, say, the Capitals or Lightning have three games in short order coming up against the Bruins and they are jockeying for home-ice advantage in the playoffs?

    If a Capital or Bolt (say, Kubina) might miss a couple of those games, the B’s would theoretically have a better chance to win. Campbell’s baby boy (and we know he sends e-mails to the refs intimidating them about calling things against Greggie) benefits.

    It’s an absurd situation but the smug little willnot simply brushes it aside as the league crumbles around him.

  73. shiram says:

    It really paints you in an ugly picture as human being that you spend your time coming here trying to goad us and insult us.

    I’m asking you to please refrain from such comments, they are really out of place.

  74. ooder says:

    bruins fans of all fans should be the first to back montreal.

    after what happened to bergeron and savard.

    i mean if randy jones hit bergeron anywhere else on the ice like that it would have been 2 minutes for crosschecking max… but it was really the boards fault that bergeron got hurt

    and that pillsbury dough boy apologist behind the bench is even more gutless then your media..

    laughing about it

    chara comes back after a game where he almost killed somebody.. and no this is not an exageration max was centimeters away from paralysis or death.. and chara gets cheered

    what a bunch of classles clowns

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  75. DearyLeary says:

    Your silence is deafening after people so quickly refuted your Philly garbage.  Stay classy, buddy.

  76. Fig Newton says:

    Sorry to diasppoint you but I’m a Bruins fan, Bilbo. I just like the picture of Bobby Clarke cuz that toothless look reminds me of Habs fans…minus the drool, of course.

  77. avatar_58 says:

    WHOOOOOAH there sailor – bettman’s contract was extended? I am getting close to being fed up with this league permanently. This shit has to change and it has to change NOW.

  78. observer says:

    Re: “This is OUR sport, and Bettman is in my mind considered an outsider.” — Quite the opposite in Bettman’s thinking from when he started moving Canadian franchises to the USA and immediately changed the rules making it if any new owner bought a team he could from then on NOT be able to re-locate it for 7 years. BUT the Canadian media stayed silent. And again as he twice refused Balsillie as an owner probably because of his Lebanese heritage. Beyttmamn is a 2 bit POS!

  79. Mark C says:

    A few hundred threads back…

  80. Hobie Hansen says:

    I agree and I apologies for being a bit snappy!

     When I was younger and full of piss and vinegar I used to hope for a fight in every hockey game. Today, it’s the furthest thing on my mind when I watch a game and I really thought the NHL was heading in the direction of cleaning up the game in regards to staged fights and complete nonsense.

     However, it’s totally ugly out there on the ice these days and to me it seems as if Gary Bettman and the rest of the NHL bigwigs are totally happy with it. It’s almost as if they’re following the UFC “shock and awe” campaign.  

    So in that case, we better have a team of thugs and giants out there to play by their rules? Or do we just have our players get picked off and sit there hoping the rules change?  

  81. avatar_58 says:

    Even if Bettman were simply covering up i question why the NHL is treated like a goddamned government. It’s a GAME. Rules be damned – if someone does something questionable – they don’t get to play it. Oh what, campbell’s flunky messed up? So what, Bettman’s word is “god” so shut up and reverse it. Give him 10 games. Hell suspend him for NEXT season too.

    What’s the problem here? Why are they afraid of “precedence” and other nonsensical court room / government regulations? I don’t understand why Cooke wasn’t suspended simply because the rule wasn’t invented yet. That’s BS beurocratic nonsense. It’s just a game so treat it like one. If someone is bad and we all agree on it then get off your lazy asses and do something about it. Send the message that it is not tolerated.

  82. Sportfan says:

    I swear when i say this that when Crosby got hit i was super pissed nothing was done, because the saying went “only when Crosby gets hit in the head will something happen” nothing happened and it proved how garbage the league is. I was super angry that nothing happened I am no Crosby fan but he was having a career year and he lost it. When the other tow almost got more brain damage i was outraged too so trust me i wasn’t quiet when they got hit

  83. Bill J says:

    Big difference in the amount of fans of Pittsrburgh or Boston.

    IE

    5 fans are not as loud as 5000 fans.

    It is a big deal, because NOW Hab fans care about it, it’s personal & “hits” close to home as they say.

    BUT in all 3 of those cases, I guarantee part of the verbal disgust about those hits also came frrom Habs fans. We were simply not all as affected as we would be if one of them would have been a Hab. Is that so hard to understand Flyer fan ?

    Now run along to your Philly blog and report back to your cronies on how Montreal fans are making a mountain out of a mole-hill ;)

  84. DearyLeary says:

    Another reason is that the media coverage of the Canadiens is easily the most isolated market in Canada (like a lot of other Quebec entertainment products).  The only time you hear about Montreal outside of Canada is when disasters happen (riots/injuries).  

    Like I mentioned in my post, the nearly universal response would be that play like that doesn’t belong in the sport.  Our relative isolation just doesn’t allow for our opinion to be heard as often.

  85. kevin m says:

    Here is a comment from a reader of an article on THE HIT/League Decision in the Detroit Free Press.

    There are knowledgable fans outside of Montreal

    RoyalGoal

    12:15 AM on March 11, 201 RoyalGoal. Show DetailsHide Details

    Two things, stanchion or no stanchion, Max would have been hit like a rag doll no matter where the hit happened. It was a dirty play to elbow/interfere with him after the whistle. Also, Bettman is basically condoning Montreal going out and retaliating because he didn’t suspend Chara. Why not just suspend him for 5 games, let Montreal feel like they were vindicated, Boston gets over it, and we all move on? Now, Montreal feels like they have something to prove, the NHL is getting egg on their face, and the whole situation looks like the NFL. What are kids going to think, did Bettman think of that? Give Chara the benefit of the doubt (even though I think he was intentionally doing what he did, in my opinion), if he was not doing it on purpose, it still looks like that to kids who will think it’s “cool” to hit a player like that. Is that the kind of message you want to send to the youngsters? How about instead sending a message that even though it was a freak play… You want to avoid it happening in the future? Bettman’s score on this one: F

  86. shiram says:

    I have not been a long time hockey fan, and it is hard to take time to watch so many games. I am appaled by what happened to Max Pacioretty as I saw it live on television.

    I’m sure if I had seen those incidents I would have felt the same reaction, a feeling of disgust and sadness for another human being.

    It’s not about one player, or retribution for Max, it is about a sport we love, and wanting to keep it a safe sport, and ensure that young kids will keep on playing it. If the sport does not change we will continue to see less and less kids enrolling.

    I’ll admit that it affects me more personally when I saw one of the players I love from my team gets hurt, but it’s not something I’d want to see happen to anyone. I have not seen those hits on Savard and Bergeron, but I am also pretty sure I do not want to see them, it is sickening to me to see the recklessness of players at such a high level.

  87. habs365 says:

    I feel sorry for max, everyone feels sorry for max…no matter what we say or do will not change his injuries…what max want’s us to do now is to support the team and when he recovers he’ll be back rearing to go that’s the type of player he is…I just hope the League wakes up and this never happens again and that’s about all we can hope for…they couldn’t care less about fans…they know we will be there forking over our money and that’s the name of the game today it’s a business not a sport…like any business as long as they’re selling all is well..if we quit buying there would be no NHL which well never happen because as a canadian hockey is our sport…it’s in our blood and I don’t think we could survive without it…so for max-pac lets move on and support our team even more……..

  88. wd40 says:

    The little dude earns more than 5 million bucks a year.

  89. Chuck says:

    What if we removed Jacobs?  ;)

  90. SeriousFan09 says:

    Same place it’s always been, gnawing in my gut that people shrug off a brain injury like it’s nothing. I’ve wanted Cooke thrown out of the NHL for a while and I think Pittsburgh was completely reckless in not sitting Crosby after taking a hit to the head in the WC.

     

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

  91. Hobie Hansen says:

    I agree 100% “shiram” but the NHL as given ZERO indication that they give a damn. It looks to me like Bettman wants line brawls and nasty injuries????

  92. DearyLeary says:

    I think you’d get a universal response of “that kind of play doesn’t belong in the game”, but because it wasn’t our team it just kind of falls by the wayside. 

    It’s the same way with any other team: Boston was calling for Randy Jones to be banned for life on his hit on Bergeron.  I’m sure other teams’ fans thought that was excessive too.  

    The big difference in this instance is that this happened in a hockey first market, with a huge fanbase, and lots of corporate sponsorship dollars involved.  The Bruins probably fall 4th in their market’s big picture (behind the Sawks, the Pats, and the Celts, in any order, I don’t care about those sports nearly as much as hockey), so their outrage dissipated quickly.  You have to realize that the Canadiens are everything in Montreal, and when we feel slighted it doesn’t just evaporate as it does in a lot of American markets.

    2-3 games would have been frustrating, but ultimately acceptable.  Nothing simply accepts dirty play as part of the game, and in ‘our fast and physical game’ (as Bettman put it) that’s gonna lead to something even worse (and make no mistake, the violence has been escalating in the last decade).

  93. savethepuck says:

    Really enjoyed it.

  94. Timo says:

    And other than Jacobs, nobody can remove him before his contract is up.

  95. avatar_58 says:

    You just can’t make this shit up.

  96. Timo says:

    A lot quieter today… rage’s dying down?

  97. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Just a thought, but here goes. In a perfect world, there would have been a suspension, maybe 2 or 3 games. Hab fans would have still been upset, but would have said, “at least he got something”. But here is a strange idea i have. Bettman sees the hit and says I hope Colies flunky gives him something, anything or else i have to make up some Bull S**t excuse to cover all of our asses. But low and behold Colies flunky doesn’t have the Ba**s to even give Chara a 2 or 3 game slap on the wrist. Now Bettman says to himself, F**k now i have to try and save face. I think it is the NHL saying to Boston, we screwed the pooch on the Savard hit and now we are paying you back, Sorry Montreal, but someone has to pay for our mistake last year. Also i like what i read on this site this morning,

    There is one good thing to come out of the NHL’s abdication of its duty to protect people like Max Pacioretty yesterday. That is – the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. That Zdeno Chara got a complete pass on what he did obviates that talking point forever.

       So there you have it, if and when Chara or Luchicken or another Bruin does something that is borderline suspendable, there better be some kind of suspension or the league has lost all crediblility in my books.

  98. observer says:

    you saw the empty seats in atlanta. 11 teams all in the usa are in the year 2011 averaging under 16,000 per game at home and with reduced ticket prices. yet this POS moneygrabber refuses to allow any to move back to canada. molson, the leafs, canucks etc all should start a new league and invite teams from boston, nyc, det, chi, minn, st. l, pitts, philly, la, sj and wash and no one else to join them because without the canadian teams this league is the same crap thwe CFL was when the genious larry smith expanded top memphis, vegas, birmingham, etc.!

  99. Fig Newton says:

    First, I wish Pacioretty a full and speedy recovery and my prayers are with him.

    Next, where was your outrage for the hits on Crosby, Savard, Bergeron?

    The silence is deafening….

     

  100. andrewberkshire says:

    Chara, Lucic and Thornton in the lineup didn’t stop Cooke from ending Savard’s career. Enough with this enforcer crap, it’s complete BS.

  101. DearyLeary says:

    Is anyone else even a little disgusted that in discussing the Pacioretty hit Bettman still felt the need to build the NHL’s brand of being ‘fast and physical’?  

  102. observer says:

    selig makes $18 million but a little higher attendence there and followers of that sport that is a NATIONWIDE SPORT. NHL in USA certainly is not!.

  103. jennifer1984 says:

    so i found this on youtube today.

    “history will be made……..zdeno chara’s aggression”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I2pjf7Vp9Q&feature=aso

     

    this sums up what we all feel in 60 seconds.

  104. Mattyleg says:

    Fans who support their player.

    The same thing would’ve happened in Montreal had it been one of ours.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  105. BoomBoom says:

    I think there are a couple of psychos that play in the Quebec Semi-pro league that could do the job. I was totally against calling up Bonneau or Henry for Tuesday’s game but then after Chara’s attempted murder on MaxPac and a$$hole Lucic skating the length of the ice trying to fight Pouliot at the end of the 3rd I say enough is enough. Lucic is the perfect example of why the Bruins are out of control, there is a minute left in the game, a player has already been taken out on a stretcher and you’re trying to pick a fight. The Bruins want to play this dirty style, and the league isn’t going to do a damn thing about it then yeah f–k the 2 pts and call up a couple of goons, promise them a contract for net year and have them hurt as many Bruins as possible. Let’s see if Lucic will want to fight Bonneau or is he too tough for him and would rather fight Pyatt.  Tell Bonneau, if he has to jump Lucic and start pounding. Who cares about the instigator and whatever other penalty the refs had out. Like I said, I wanted the Habs to just win on the scoreboard on Tuesday but if the NHL doesn’t protect our Habs then I say Gauthier and Martin need to step in and go against their wishes and call up Bonneau and Henry for the next game against the Bruins.

  106. shiram says:

    Bettman has a 5 year contract extension.

  107. bigbighabsfan says:

    That is second hand information, I didn’t see it myself, Tony Marinaro on team 990 this morning said there was a standing-O with chants of Chara, Chara. I didn’t see it because I am done with hockey. But I am still listening to the fallout because I feel there was a gross injustice done and I want to see the league suffer for it. I’ve heard and read a ton of comments from Boston fans in the last 2 days. They love it.

  108. observer says:

    John A. Ziegler, Jr (born February 9, 1934 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan) was the fourth president of the NHL.

    In 1977, Ziegler became the fourth president of the NHL, succeeding Clarence Campbell. Before becoming league President, Ziegler was involved in the ownership of the Detroit Red Wings and chairman of the NHL Board of Governors.

    Ziegler received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1984 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987. He was forced out of office in 1992 by the settlement which resolved the ten-day player strike.

  109. Timo says:

    I personally would if that player did the same to Chara. I would also send him some flowers.

  110. jennifer1984 says:

    i think that they would have no choice but TO do something. its hard to believe since nothing was done about this but there’s no way ANYONE would have let them get away with that.

    and can you believe Boston fans giving him a standing ovation? if that was one of our players, i would be absolutely disgusted at the player and the fans. But other than riots, we’re a pretty classy bunch of people.

  111. shiram says:

    I don’t know how it goes legally, if you accidently injure someone is it a crime?  I can’t find the information right now.

    Manslaugher means imprisonment though.

  112. jennifer1984 says:

    thats what the boyfriend had said…..he said that could have been manslaughter and does that make it ok? just because he “didn’t mean to hurt him”

  113. punkster says:

    That’s a much better response and actually has some valid points. I don’t agree but they’re your views so that’s fine. In my view the way to change this is not to escalate because that will only add to the problem. They’ll get bigger guys for the next game, then we get more for the following game, then they start swinging their sticks, then we start swinging our skates,,,and on and on. The old days and old ways of doing things is gone. All the “fight fire with fire” talk is nothing more than that…big talk with no solution to the problem.

    You hit the nail when you said the NHL is doing nothing to protect them. It’s time to force the NHL to change their rules.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  114. punkster says:

    I’m responded to your lashing out at someone, not to your original post. If your desire is for discussion on your terms and your point of view only then it’s not a discussion. Hence…pffft.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  115. WindsorHab-10 says:

    The NHL need to be fixed & fast. The first step towards that is getting rid of Gary Bettman, Collin Campbell & the rest of this circuis freak show.

  116. shiram says:

    I agree, every stance taken, every newspaper, blog or anything made public puts a bad spin on the nhl and Bettman, and if the pressure is enough maybe he can forced into protecting the players.

  117. Fansincebirth says:

    It’s funny, after Max was taken away and they came back out to play, I told my son that I didn’t think even Boston had the balls to goon it up…I was almost right. Horton and Lucic proved me wrong….sad

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  118. joeybarrie says:

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  119. joeybarrie says:

    To be honest I do not, but it is important that there is pressure in the NHL to do something about this. People care, and if they feel it can affect their business, they will do what they can.

    Sponsors have alot of weight, and the threat of a boycott on their products and services based on their own NON ACTION can go a long way.

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

  120. observer says:

    Do you know there are 30 equal votes? sometimes these POS set their constitution that you need 80% to overturn a decision by the board of governors? etc.?

  121. observer says:

    He was forced out of office

  122. shiram says:

    You cannot really expect more from a business.

  123. joeybarrie says:

    Actually, if you were aware of the things that surround you, you would know there were posts on here for hits against those guys. There has ALWAYS been support to make the league better againt these types of injuries. NOW IF YOU WANT TO COMPARE THE HIT CROSBY TOOK, AND CHARA’S THEN YOU COULD SAY THERE WAS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE WASN’T THERE. However there was still support by the posters in here for things like Lemieux’s comments. IF YOU KNEW YOUR A** FROM YOUR ELBOW, and you actually informed yourself about things before you opened your stupid mouth (or in this case the one finger tip you most likely use to type) you would know about this support. But your ignorance is paramount….

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

  124. joeybarrie says:

    Dear Mr. Barrie,

    We acknowledge receipt of your email dated March 11th and sincerely regret to learn of your dissatisfaction with our involvement as a corporate sponsor of the NHL.. Allow me on behalf of Scotiabank to express our sincere apologies to you for any frustration this issue has caused you, especially with how your concern relates to Scotiabank.

    By way of background, Scotiabank’s role in hockey is based on the love of the sport in Canada and we support all the positive aspects of the sport. We are working with the NHL, the NHLPA and Hockey Canada to educate future generations of hockey players on respect, safety and team work. As well, we support a SMART Hockey approach to the sport and the principles of skills, mobility, agility, respect and team work. Our approach is to be very active in the educational area on concussions and drive moral persuasion on this issue. This outlook is reflected in our sponsorship of ThinkFirst, a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children and teens about the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. We are also working closely with Dr. Charles Tator, an eminent scientist, neurosurgeon and professor whose laboratory was the first in Canada to study acute spinal cord injury from a basic scientific perspective.

    Like you, we are dismayed by injuries happening in the NHL. While we have no official say in the rules of the game as a sponsor, our preferred approach at this point is to stay at the table with the NHL and the NHLPA and hopefully influence them in a way that makes sense to all concerned.

    We hope our response helps to alleviate your concerns with respect to our ongoing sponsorship of the NHL. Thank you for writing, giving us the opportunity to review and respond to your concern.

    Sincerely,
    Dave Shearim
    Senior Manager – Office of the President
    Scotiabank – Executive Offices
    e-mail: mail.president@scotiabank.com
    Telephone: (416) 933-1700 or (877) 700-0043
    Fax: (416) 933-1777 or (877) 700-0045

  125. Bill J says:

    Not at all dissapointed, Flyer fans are just as classless as Bruins fans.

    You’re equally ignorant to think the NHL is meant to be a MMA Sports League.

     

  126. Habitall says:

    I got an almost identical response from Scotia, but from a different source (Manager, Email Information Centre). I thanked him for this, and went on to express my concern that a lot of the positive messages kids will learn in minor hockey will be easily undermined when they see real-world examples of offenders going unpunished. But, at the end of the day, you can’t ask for much more than what they offered. Still waiting to hear back from Honda Canada.

  127. Fansincebirth says:

    When I saw it, I thought he had…..

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  128. Hobie Hansen says:

    IF the NHL suspended Chara for 25 games and the NHL was a clean and happy league like a bunch of you guys like to pretend, we’d have plenty of level headed conversations! 

  129. observer says:

    DID YOU ALL NOT READ WHAT BRUNT SAID? THE BETTMAN THIEF QUIETLY HAD HIS CONTRACT EXTENDED FIVE THATS 5 MORE YEARS! He obviously has the votes of all his homies who he brought in as owners. Montreal, Toronto, etc. are voiceless!

  130. Windwalker says:

    Gomex thinks that turnovers in our end are minor mistakes,(see quote today) he who more than likely has turned the puck over to opposing teams more than any one.   I’m amazed he’s still seeing so much ice when his play is more of a liability than an asset.  i am convinced his teammates are frustrated as well.   it’s up to JM to push Gomez to be better and one way is to take ice time away.  sometimes players have no idea how bad they are.  Gomez is the worst.  his fast entries in the offensive zone rarely bring about a positive outcome.  more often than not he gives the puck away or makes an unbelievably stupid pass to an area completely out of the flow.  

    about goons we do not want goons for the mpost part they can’t skatre can’t think and can’t shoot.  what we need are guys that establish their rep by being able to do all these things AND drop them in their weight division.  When a team takes liberties with players a team needs to respond.  You cannot turtle. look at Komisarek he chickened out with Lucic and is still a wooss.  Did you notice that after Maxwell’s fight in the Boston game not too many times did players come and hassle him

  131. Habitoba says:

    I wanted to bring up a point that Down Goes Brown pointed but the H I/O sever was super busy and kicked me out. It’s easy to say a particular guy hasn’t been suspended for goon hits if the league decides not to punish him for them.

    “Has he been punished before?”

    “No sir.”

    “Has he done anything questionable before?”

    “Yes sir.”

    “But he was never punished?”

    “No sir”

    “Well, if there’s no proof that he’s ever been punished for anything, he must be a clean player. Verdict for this instance: No punishment.”

    “Of course, sir”

     

    Balogna

     

  132. observer says:

    but several are goiung baNKRUPT AND WHENEVVER THEY TRY TO SELL LIKE NASHVILLE AND PHOENIX AND I THINK ATLANTA NOW HE STOPS THEM FROM SELLING THEIR TEAM FOR HUGE MONEY AND FORCES THEM INTO BANKRUPTCY???????????????

  133. avatar_58 says:

    I refuse to drop it until something is done. I have a hard time watching it knowing they don’t give a shit about safety.

  134. Rudy says:

    zi find it hard to think that Montreal fans would give an ovation to one of our players if they were the subject of so much bad fallout.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  135. Chorske says:

    You are out of your depth. You’re nipping at a much bigger dog than you seem to think.

    Maybe simmer down.

  136. shiram says:

    Wouldnt that have been manslaughter? If not the leagues than police would have been involved.

  137. PrimeTime says:

    I believe at the meeting in Florida next week, the Owners will agree that the league needs to better address the increase of intentional hits causing concussions. Insurance on their player contracts are going to go through the roof if this trend continues. They also need to address the conflict Colie Campbell has as Chief Disciplinarian. A ruling in a Tampa v.Carolina game can effect the competitive balance of the standings….its not as easy as recusing yourself from Boston games. Combine these two issues and to bring some integrity back to the game, I think they will quietly ask Colie to resign in the offseason allowing the door to open to bring in an independant and fresh mind to the Disciplinary Policies of the league. They don’t need to admit to past errors….just need to take a new approach to address the growing concern of the game. Having Colie resign due to reasons of possible conflict of interest serves that purpose.

  138. HabFanSince72 says:

    His biggest failure has been not getting US TV money. The TV exposure in the US is an unmitigated disaster.

  139. avatar_58 says:

    What if he HAD died? The very thought makes me sick to my stomach.

  140. Fig Newton says:

    NOW IF YOU WANT TO COMPARE THE HIT CROSBY TOOK, AND CHARA’S THEN YOU COULD SAY THERE WAS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE WASN’T THERE.

    Yeah, a world of difference. Chara’s hit was more like the one Mark Eaton took from some guy named Pacioretty.

    No hypocrites in Montreal, are there? 

  141. avatar_58 says:

    Excuse me? He is right. If someone wants to goon it up, they will.

  142. punkster says:

    You just blew an opportunity for level headed discussion on the topic. Pffft.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  143. avatar_58 says:

    So is canada if you ask me. We have what, 6 teams? Why can’t we watch any game on any date in HD in ANY location?

    Nah instead it’s leafs leafs leafs. That to me is a huge joke.

  144. jennifer1984 says:

    believe me, im 100% with you on that. and the sound of him hitting the stanchion gives me chills and makes me feel sick.

     

    so glad he’s at home and nice he has twitter and is connecting with the fans. he’s retweeting some nice words from current/former players.

    he sure is a wolverine!

  145. joeybarrie says:

    Owners meetings…… I know that Mario Lemieux is looking to have a go at the current situation in the NHL. Obviously so is Molson.

    Air Canada, Tim Hortons, etc, etc, throwing in their concern for the issue of NOTHING being done.

    Boston media, players, and even unknown (to me anyways) media are all commenting on this issue.

    MaxPac’s hit was on DC’s radio station WTOP last night commenting on the Air Canada threat and the Hit. It is on the first page of YAHOO. Was on the Radio show in DC I listen to here, which normally only talks about football, and a little about the Caps.

    In the end the NHL really screwed this up. Their non-action shows their inability to govern a world class sport. Nothing but bad can come of this in the NHL. And I for one do not want to drop it. I am hoping and searching all the time for ways to get my voice heard.

    This is OUR sport, and Bettman is in my mind considered an outsider.

    I do not think a boycott will work, and it will only end up hurting our own team. What people need to do is get together for this cause and stick with it until something is done. People need to be signing the same songs during our next home game. Wearing the same OFF colours. Holding the same signs, and throwing the same things on the ice. Not to inflict damage, but to show our message.

    No one supports their hockey team like Montrealers and Habs fans all over do.

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

  146. 123456 says:

    i agree – but i am also intelligent to say if the roles were reversed i’d want the habs player suspended. max has delivered bad hits, cammy was suspended at the start of the season – i totally agreed with that.

  147. avatar_58 says:

    Really? You personally would cheer for a player, regardless of the CH or not, that does something like this? Excuse me but if I were a pens fan I would not be happy with Cooke wearing MY teams logo.

    Chara is not a goon, but what he did does not deserve cheering. Doing so is encouraging that kind of behaviour and every last one of those fans is guilty of enabling.

  148. Dangal25 says:

    There has been a petition created as a result of the non suspension on Chara.

    Please sign it and pass it on if you agree that actions need to be taken!!

     

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/removebettman

  149. avatar_58 says:

    Cammy’s display of over-aggression is not even close to what Chara did here. Apples and Oranges.

    If Subban suddenly pulled a Cooke and ended the career of a superstar, would you be happy with him? Chant PK PK PK? I wouldn’t.

  150. Viruk42 says:

    Best non-Montreal media article I’ve read so far, very fair and balanced:

     

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Boston+Chara+skates+scot+free/4414602/story.html#ixzz1GJ60NHf8

  151. Habnofear says:

    If  Chara and Lucic were Habs right now they also would be our best players and be our top point getters….ya we could us a couple of those types.

  152. mrhabby says:

    on another note…thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan..

  153. avatar_58 says:

    Do you think if he had died (I don’t want to think about it, but it needs to be asked) would the league have done a damn thing? I don’t think they would. That’s what disturbes me.

  154. Hobie Hansen says:

    Hey I’m not trying to sound like I’m endorsing fixed fights in the NHL or staged fights. And I actually love the style of hockey the Canadiens play with very few fights!

    I love Olympic and playoff hockey as well! But when Boston beats the living crap out of and seriously injures the players I love watching every night, that play for the team I’ve loved for 35 years, it pisses the living hell out of me!

    I’m saying maybe, since the NHL is doing NOTHING to protect them, it is time to limit the ice time of our star players when we play dirty teams and at the same time dress a few players who are as cheap and dirty as their goons and target their stars! I

    f the NHL actually did something we wouldn’t have this suggestion arise!

  155. observer says:

    a few months ago he was asked about fighting and brawls on tv – i saw it -  the 5 foot winp who any 6 year old could whip his behind, then  said “it will always be part of the game”.

  156. HabFanSince72 says:

    Correct as I said above.

     

    However two major factors are the greater number of franchises and the rise in consumer spending (which went like a rocket between 1993 and 2006).

  157. shiram says:

    I think you have some valid points, but I cannot share that opinion. If you react to violence with violence it can only worsen the state of things, if we want the nhl’s player to be safe when they play, we can’t turn around and use the practices that make hockey un-safe.

    It is about players and their respect towards one and another. As long as the game is physically played, emotions will run hot, and tempers will flare, and injuries will continue at an alarming rate. The nhl cannot force it’s players to respect each other, but they can put in rules and punishment that make it very disadvantageous to act out violent behavior on the ice.

    I know it is frustrating to see Bettman and his commitee of discipline turn a blind eye while players are being concussed all the time, but basically bringing in those goons or enforcers or brawler just actually reinforces the negative situation. A kind of escalation of aggresion, and I cannot stand for that. Hockey should be about skill first.

  158. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think he just illustrated a point. The Boston Bruins are filled with enforcers and thugs and did that scare Matt Cooke? Not for a moment!

    It’s an illusion that goons somehow intimidate people from not giving out those hits. Boston’s rep didn’t protect Bergeron or Savard from what happened to them.

     

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

  159. wd40 says:

    team looked listless last night, and I don’t see it getting better on Saturday night… i think what they need is a good home game to reground the team.   i hope I’m wrong, however, and they manage to play a passionate game on Saturday night vs the Pens.

  160. avatar_58 says:

    Excuse me? Does anyone have a video of this? What kind of a classless idiotic retard-filled fanbase would applaud such a thing???

  161. observer says:

    what you are really correctly saying – probably half the players do not even belong in any major league because they are NOT major league athletes!

  162. HabFanSince72 says:

    the NHL has seen rapid growth of league revenues, from $400 million when he was hired to over $2.2 billion in 2006–07

     

    1. 25% more teams hence more revenues but also more expenses. You have to look at profits not revenues.

    2. Inflation

    3. Rise in consumer spending

    4. Loonie going from .60 to 1.00

     

    These factors account for the increased revenues. Not one of those was Bettmann’s doing.

     

     

     

     

  163. Fig Newton says:

    “You’re equally ignorant to think the NHL is meant to be a MMA Sports League”How you deduced that from anything I’ve posted here is is really unfathomable.

    As far as MMA Sports League goes, can you say “Ryan White”?

    Oh, wait….I forgot. Les Habs are squeaky clean. Just ask Mark Eaton of the Islanders after he was run into the end boards by some Canadiens player who lined him up from the blue line. The Canadiens player’s name escapes me at the moment…

    Oh, wait… oops!

    Yeah, squeaky clean those Habs are…

     

  164. shiram says:

    Less skilled player doesnt mean they are goons, but you hear it all the time though, when a young man is brought up from the AHL, if he isnt a good scorer or a good defenceman, he has to play with an edge and be gritty so he can keep his post in the NHL, and that can lead to goonery.

  165. Fig Newton says:

    NOW IF YOU WANT TO COMPARE THE HIT CROSBY TOOK, AND CHARA’S THEN YOU COULD SAY THERE WAS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE WASN’T THERE.

    Yeah, a world of difference. Chara’s hit was more like the one Mark Eaton took from some guy named Pacioretty.

    No hypocrites in Montreal, are there? 

  166. Hobie Hansen says:

    Oh Andrew go blow it out your…you never have a clue!

  167. Hoegarden says:

    Shiram,

    What HH is suggesting was actually done before, in a pre-season game in the fall of 75 against Philly. They called up a couple of guys from Halifax (Goldup and Shanahan), to go along with the team and take care of the problem. As I recall, and they did not even bother the finish the game. That was the end of Philly trying to goon it up wit the Habs. Bottom line is this. THe Habs SOLVED the problem themselves and went on to play hockey and win 4 straight Stanley Cups.

    The NHL brass could care less about the issue regardless of their comments on the air. The league has managed to keep the law out of it’s little kingdom and it decides what is and what is not. The owners will never agree on anything regarding this.

    They are probably laughing at the letter issued by G.Molson and will be back soon to collect the money from the shared revenue agreement.

    You probably saw that Chara learned a lot from it as he could not resist cross-checking someone into the boards last night against Buffalo.

     

  168. Bill H says:

    Great summary of the whole Pacioretty affair Mr. Stubbs. 

  169. shiram says:

    I’m pretty sure he likes brawls, they are good publicity for the product he sells. I’m sure he doesnt like the bad publicity the league is getting from the Chara hit.

    Why put my nickname is ” “? just wondering..

  170. bigbighabsfan says:

    So I heard there was a standing ovation for Chara last night in Boston. Good fans, backing their boy, he had a hard couple of days, whatever.  That’s a perfect example of why the NHL spectacle has become embarrassing. I’m seeing it compared to MMA and that isn’t fair. I don’t care for it but at least it’s a controlled environment where these guys know what they are signing up for.  They love the hit in Boston. They admire Chara for it. Joe Thornton, Henrik Sedin, there was another former Bruin I don’t recall, I salute you for being men in a league of cowards who won’t speak out. Even those who speak have to tiptoe around a little – I understand they can’t come right out and say he meant to hurt him. But I don’t have to. What exactly are you trying to do when you are 6’8 and you run a guy and smash his head into a pole as hard as you can? A guy you had a vendetta with. But you didn’t know he was on the ice. How naive and downright stupid do you have to be to believe that? How insulting. 

  171. observer says:

    longlivedannygalivan
    13 mins ago
    The Bruins owner is chair of the governors and is responsible for hiring/extending/firing the commissioner. Let the conspiracy theories begin!

  172. wd40 says:

    the whole situation just reeks of corruption.

  173. TheDagger says:

    Bob McCown, whose sports opinion I highly respect, addressed those numbers. He questioned how much those numbers were a result of the natural inflation of the economy over those 18 years or whatever. He also brought up to what effect the Canadian dollar over his tenure. When he came on the dollar was in the mid 60 cent range and is now mostly on par. Can’t tell how much these factors played but that weasel isn’t responsible for all those increases in revenues. I bet if you looked at the other major leagues they would have a much higher increase in revenues.

  174. observer says:

    c/p tsn —————- 

    The Bruins owner is chair of the governors and is responsible for hiring/extending/firing the commissioner. Let the conspiracy theories begin!

  175. Habfan4lfe says:

    Hahaha you bring up a great point Malreg, never even thought about that until I read your post. Stubbs you should have mentioned that in your articles. Very poignant point there. :)

  176. 123456 says:

    The NHLPA should be outraged. But it won’t be. The league should be ashamed. But it isn’t. The game and its players need be better served. But they haven’t been.

    The man to render Wednesday’s verdict, acting league disciplinarian Mike Murphy, categorized the contact as “a hockey play.” Gawd, I hope not.

    If so, the interpretation is even scarier than the hit itself. If so, barkeep, leave the bottle of Chivas on the table.

    George Johnson is the Herald’s sports columnist. E-mail him at gjohnson@calgaryherald.com

    Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Boston+Chara+skates+scot+free/4414602/story.html#ixzz1GJKx8K9R

  177. tony d says:

    As long as the people he reports to are happy that Bettman’s steering the ship, I guess we’re screwed. To extend his contract another 5 years is a strong show of approval. Good for him, bad for hockey fans and most players who don’t get special consideration.

  178. wd40 says:

    Yep, certainly this point has been raised before.   By definition, the larger the league (more teams, more players needed), the greater the possibility of skill dilution.   That being said, look at the Habs as an example: we don’t have the most skilled 4 lines in the league, however we don’t have ‘goons’.  As is the case in many organizations, the values of the team are often influenced and trickled down from it’s leadership.   My point is, a less skilled player is not pre-destined to become a goon, it really depends on the environment he’s in.

  179. 123456 says:

    the owners generally like what buttman has done – given them more money. their is a board of governers which hires and extends the contract of the commish….. the chairman of that board you ask. . . . . . is the same guy who ownes the boston bruins. . . . . . hmmmmmmmm

  180. shiram says:

    While doing that might adress the situation short-term, you have to think that it would only make things worst in the NHL long-term.

    The issue is not with the lack of size or grittiness of the Habs, but more of a League wide problem that needs to be adressed by all of the GM’s. If the 30 gm’s tell Bettman they dont wanna see their players concussed anymore that might force his hand, and prove a better solution than just bringing goons.

  181. habs-hampton says:

    I agree on Campbells conflict of interest. If he rules on an incident involving Philly, when they are neck-and-neck with the B’s for 1st place, how can he claim that he has no personal interest in the ruling? What if  the B’s are fighting for a playoff spot, and Carolina is playing Buffalo, and they’re all after 8th place?

  182. shiram says:

    This makes me wonder, and I won’t claim to have had this idea on my own, heard it somewhere… Anyways if you contract the league that leaves alot less player spot available throughout the league, and you have to figure you’d get the best skilled players on your team, instead of the goons and brawlers.

  183. Malreg says:

    It was extended last November for another 5 years.  Guess who was the driving force behind the negotiations to keep Bettman? Jeremy Jacobs, chairman of the board of governors, who also happens to be the owner of Boston Bruins.

    Not trying to start a conspiracy theory, just posting what I read here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/bettman-holds-new-contract-and-all-the-cards/article1938061/

  184. avatar_58 says:

    And yet what DOES he do? He hasn’t solved a single financial issue yet, he let teams leave to go to failing cities…..and leave them there refusing to allow sales. He continually drops the ball.

    Who extends his contract anyway?

  185. wd40 says:

    According to his flattering Wiki page:

    Under Bettman, the NHL has seen rapid growth of league revenues, from $400 million when he was hired to over $2.2 billion in 2006–07.[1][2]He also oversaw the expansion the NHL’s footprint across the United States, with six new teams added during his tenure, bringing the NHL to 30.”

     

  186. dh says:

    Well not the few that cheer for the Bruins.

  187. observer says:

    Worst thing the NHL ever did was to move the head office from the Sun Life Building in Montreal to New Yawk Sheety,

  188. Viruk42 says:

    Did you notice that Kubina will be back just in time for the game against Montreal? I found that kind of interesting. Could be coincidence, probably is in fact, but interesting all the same.

  189. Timo says:

    I am not sure what the rules of governance for the board are… i suppose. I am sure it crossed minds of at least some owners, but I bet it has to be an overwhelming majority. At that level it becomes just another political game… scratch my back, grease my hand, send me some gifts and hookers and I will look after your interests (not that Jacobs would have any use for hookers)

  190. Hobie Hansen says:

    I went from wishing the Habs had another tough guy or two in the lineup in order to see a good clean fight in a boring mid-season hockey game to thinking that it’s now mandatory for them to employ a bunch of enforcers next season.

    It may sound childish but what in the heck are they supposed to do? Lucic slaps around Price, Pyatt’s face gets turned into pizza by an elbow pad and than obviously there’s Chara! We all know what the NHL or its officials have done about it…NOTHING!

    So what is Pierre Gauthier supposed to do, nothing? He’d be crazy not to bring in some big and nasty players in before next season to try and keep these dirty teams at bay. Heck, I’d call a player up from Hamilton before March 24th and put him on the ice with Lucic or Chara and tell him to pull a Bobby Clarke and break one of their ankles with a two-hander! Since the NHL didn’t suspend anyone I guess there’s no other choice but to even the score and defend ourselves…?

    Find two of the scariest 4th line players around before next season begins and send them right after Lucic and Chara beginning in the preseason.

    For the rest of the games against other teams, continue with the same blueprint we’re using now.   

  191. jennifer1984 says:

    it’s really hard to say. i went to school for law and its all over the place

     

    also my friend was killed while we was driving down the highway on his motorcycle when an 18 year old girl failed to stop at a stop sign and went right across the highway right into him.

    unfortunately, my mother happened to be driving down the road at the same time and saw it (i was in toronto at a tool concert)

    she got off with “failing to stop at a stop sign” and he’s dead. forever. gone. but i guess she has to live with that for the rest of her life.

  192. habstrinifan says:

    Not really! Just sort of despair at whole sick mess.

  193. DearyLeary says:

    I don’t expect much from Beantowners.

  194. observer says:

    THERE HAS BEEN NO INTEGRITY IN THIS LEAGUE SINCE BETTMAN A NYC SHYSTER BECAME ITS DICTATOR 18 YEARS AGO AND NOW “QUIETLY RECEIVING A 5 YEAR CONTRACT EXTENTION”!

  195. Kooch7800 says:

    Some great articles are coming out.  Just read Stubbs article on the ripples from the hit.  I like how Stubbs tries to put a positive spin that this may actually force the NHL.

    In my opinion this entire incident has put a flashlight on just how poor the NHL is run. Bettman will not change his stance and takes every attack personal and forgets what it is doing to a game. What league would insult a major sponsor and tell them they will switch airlines? Answer the NHL.

    Gary Betman is a black eye on the game we love and apparently he has been extended for another 5 years.

    I lost a lot of respect for the NHL not hockey and too be honest may look to spend my entertainment dollars elsewhere.

  196. smiler2729 says:

    Give your head a shake.

  197. Mr. Habs says:

    This Habs team is what it is: Horrible D & Spotty offense. Crarey Price is carrying this team. Every time the Habs seem to get a great player he turns out to be a disapointment, right Cammy!

  198. arcosenate says:

    They just won 5 games in a row. They just went through a pretty heart-wrenching couple of days dealing with the aftermath of Tuesday night and the utter indifference of the NHL dealing with it. Come on, gimme a break.

  199. badbalance says:

    Source?

  200. shiram says:

    Heard his hand was injured last night but nothing else, and I cannot find any confirmation.

  201. DearyLeary says:

    This is some kind of sick joke…

  202. Rudy says:

    Are you f*cking kidding? How the hell did that happen, and when?????

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  203. Chuck says:

    Sopel out with a broken arm.

    Who would you rather be? A defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, or a drummer for Spinal Tap?

  204. DearyLeary says:

    My guess is the team has told the players to muzzle it.  Leave it to the GM meeting, and to Geoff Molson (who made no bones about his displeasure with the league).

  205. derfab says:

    Bettman and the league are scum but let us not forget that the players have also demonstrated a lack of courage in this instance.

    Gionta, for example, is the Captain and a very rich man. He should have the guts to tell the league to go f -itself.

    The success of the team is irrelevant under these circumstances. and there will be no true success without real leadership.

    I am disappointed in the Canadiens.

  206. SeriousFan09 says:

    Mr. Boone, Mr. Mio, Mr. Stubbs, I’d like to petition you to stop linking to Bleacher Report off of Habs Inside/Out from “Sites we like”.

    Japan has just been hit with a natural disaster as anyone tuning in to the news would know. Bleacher Report at this time decided to feature “How natural disasters have at times, inconvenienced sports”

    http://bit.ly/gL6kNK if you don’t believe me, check that link out.

     

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

  207. larisalapointe says:

    What a difficult week to be a Habs’ fan. Zdeno “Killer” Kowalski gets away with attemped manslaughter (for now). Our team is devestated and had their energy sucked out of them. Last night’s game was a statement game but thanks to “events”, our team lost.

    Everyone on the team looked angry, frustrated and defeated. (Gionta’s horrid crosscheck). We Hab fans didn’t care about the game last night that much but the Headlines today show what a crappy world we live in. “Halak outduels Price”, blah blah. It’s all about selling and sensationalism.

    Can anyone blame the Islanders for taking things into their own hands? I’m not suggesting our team should or that it is the right thing to do. But we have lost, arguably, our best performing forward in Max for the season. Did “Killer” target one player or our whole team?  I hope and pray for a happy and just ending to these events.

     

  208. DearyLeary says:

    Poor Zdeno, he must be crying himself to sleep with the burden he has to carry.

  209. Chuck says:

    Poor guy. We should have sent him flowers. Maybe a card, too.

  210. HabFanSince72 says:

    here’s hoping that the Garden Faithful give Chara a standing ovation for the amount of abuse the man has taken in the last 40 hours. Just saying…….. KEVIN HARRIMAN

    http://bostonsportsdesk.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/chara-standing-ovation/

    Mr Harriman is accepting comments.

  211. BoomBoom says:

    Bruins get special treatment from the NHL becasue baby boy Campbell plays for them. They are getting away with murder and acting without any worry of reprecussions. Look at Lucic running around giving cross-checks to the head and nothing from the league. Campbell has to go.

    What shocks me is that the Bruins have a good line-up but feel they have to use dirty cheap thuggery the second they lose. Where does this come from, the coach Julien (I hope we can stop using Julien and good coach in the same sentence) man is an a fat ugly turd. The second, is that Bruins know they won’t be suspended because baby boy Campbell plays for them.

    Pat Bergeron, Claude julien, Chara a bunch of hypocrites and liars. Instant Karma is going to get them! A curse on this pathetic franchise who is ruining the game along with that pathetic scum Campbell and sh*thead Bettman.

    Kudos to Sendin and Thorton..new respect for these guys for calling out the league on their stupidity and favortism towards the Bruins.

     

     

  212. Ton says:

    maybe a good old fashion hockey scrap with lucic might help Poulio’s game!!

  213. habs365 says:

    it will never happen…Habs have too much class

  214. Chuck says:

    I love the idea of starting the game on the 24th, then the team skates off, leaving the arena. It would make a phenomenal statement, though I’m not going to hold my breath.

    The game will go off as usual in Boston, and by “as usual”, I mean that the Bruins will continue their cheap-shot tactics. In the last game, they tried to destroy Subban with what would have been a devastatingly-illegal open-ice it, and when that only served to get the crap kicked out of one of their players, they turned their attention to Pacioretty. And after the tremendous emotion that went along with a player almost dying on the ice, what does Lucic do? Try to goad Benoit Pouliot into a meaningless fight towards the end of the game that the Habs were winning handily.

    Subban, who destroyed one of their guys with a clean, open-ice hit.

    Pacioretty, who “disrespected” their captain after scoring the overtime goal in another late-game Bruin collapse.

    Pouliot, who one-punched KO’d one of their guys in the last game in their arena.

    It’s no coincidence that those three players were targeted in the same game. The Bruins have an agenda, and it’s one of retribution. This isn’t about one player wanting to get back at another for a perceived slight. It’s a systematic implementation of coordinated violence that is a hallmark of the leadership of the Bruins, including their coach and GM. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    The one plus in all of this is that it gives the Canadiens a distinct advantage by having a window to the Bruins’ team psyche. The Bruins have made it abundantly clear that they can be taken off of their game. They’re not mentally strong, and thus can be distracted from concentrating on what should be their ultimate goal of winning the hockey game.

    Habs, on the 24th, go into their building wearing the bleu, blanc at rouge with pride, keep your heads up, and flawlessly execute the plan for winning the game that your coach gives you. We’ll skate away with more than just two points; we’ll skate away with our dignity. 

  215. Storm Man says:

    Great post and I liked reading it. The Canadiens need to be mentally strong for the next game coming up and not worry about March 24.

  216. 123456 says:

    B

    A captain as well as another Heart Trophy winner both stating the non action by the NHL was wring speaks loud and clear. Someone pasted a link to the article… hope they can again for those who missed it.

    Montador from the Sabres also spoke out regarding the hit – I’m sure many wanted to but just feel like they can not.

     

  217. HalifaxHabs says:

    honestly and unfotunately, in the leagues mind, none are significant in relation to this incident. The league is very happy with it’s ruling.

    That’s why the NHL is a joke.

  218. SmartDog says:

    In order, which is more significant:

    A. Air Canada telling the league to wake the f-k up

    B. An NHL Captain openly stating that the Bruins get favoritism when it comes to discipline (folks, whatever else you think of big Joe, this is NO small thing.. the guy is sticking his neck out.)

    C. Molson’s open letter to fans and Gauthier’s up-coming meeting with GMs.

    SD

  219. Chuck says:

    C. The league’s most storied franchise publicly calling out the league as a whole is HUGELY significant. This isn’t the Columbus Blue Jackets we’re talking about here.

    Oh, and kudos to Sedin for his extremely harsh words, too.

  220. mrhabby says:

    B. and there should be more players who speak out.

  221. TheDagger says:

    Loved those comments. Bang on by Sedin, the precedent is set now for similar hits like that. I agree with them all, every player knows where they are on the ice. When Herman Munster there says he didn’t know the stanchion was there that is total BS. I have played hockey my whole life at much lower levels than he, but even I always know where the glass starts.

    BETTMAN! These are some of the best hockey players in the world saying these things, not no-name pluggers! That slimy rat doesn’t know the first thing about hockey.

  222. HabFanSince72 says:

    They don’t care.

    It’s like calling out the Gambino family. You think that would bother them one bit?

  223. Viruk42 says:

    http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Exoneration+Chara+puzzles+players/4422425/story.html#ixzz1GJ2HRpLx

     

    Also has comments by Ryan Clowe that are not strong, but still advocate suspension.

  224. savethepuck says:

    I can’t find whart Sedin had to say.  Where can I read or see it?

  225. Chuck says:

    I think that I read it on the Vancouver Sun website. It was linked to on last night’s game blog, too.

  226. savethepuck says:

    Thank you

  227. observer says:

    some players are religious – “an eye for an eye”

  228. Ton says:

    I heard yesterday on 4-7 Rds about Molson/Coors signing on as a major NHL sponsor in the US. Is this true, what is the relationship if anyone knows?

  229. Kooch7800 says:

    Benny is inconsistent for sure but so is almost every top 6 player we have.

  230. Ian Cobb says:

    All of our boy’s heads were some place else last night, as was all the fans heads. They just mailed that one in. But I think we have seen the last of B. Pouliot playing for J. Martin.

    On to Pittsburgh Sat. afternoon where we might see Nigel Dawes in our line up.

  231. avatar_58 says:

    Btw -

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZXGJYz8GMo

     

    Some more “clean” hits by this douchebag.

  232. Mr. Habs says:

    Very, very true

  233. likehoy says:

    I think the system that JM plays makes it tough to be consistent offensively

    I think we would have a plethora of 50-60pt scorers if we were playing an offensive style like the thrashers or blackhawks.

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  234. Mr. Habs says:

    IMO the defense is not  winning us hockey games. Price is bailing the D out!

  235. savethepuck says:

    Agreed. The fact that the defense is winning us hockey games, is why I don’t complain about individual offensive production. Before last night we had scored 26 goals in our last 7 games ( 3.7/game) with 4 balanced lines. Max will be hard to replace down the stretch tho.

  236. likehoy says:

    there should be a habs fan away-game protest. If fans stop showing up to opposition’s arenas, there would be more empty seats than fans.

    This would cause a hit in NHL revenue and Bettman will have more financial trouble than just losing Air Canada sponsorships.

    I’m glad players finally started speaking up against the situation and risking disciplinary action to speak their minds.

    the lack of personality in the NHL sometimes drives me nuts, cause as a soccer follower, you hear about a players displeasure frequently and players just paying up their fines to speak their mind.

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  237. savethepuck says:

    Although it would make a statement, I’m sure our boys need and appreciate the support they get when they are on the road.

  238. Caballero says:

    That would be a great first step for sure. How many Montreal fans go to games elsewhere? Including all of the games in Florida where most of the fans are former Montrealers.

    Bettman takes the most devoted fans in the NHL for granted. Always has. The man is a soulless business man, no integrity at all, no class. Who has done more to openly make hockey a  business and an entertainment rather than a beautiful sport to watch? There is a difference between the two to me. I can’t believe that his colossal failures have culminated in a contract extension. The man has completely failed in his duty.

  239. smiler2729 says:

    Hmmm, as it stands now, Montreal to face Boston in the playoffs.

  240. avatar_58 says:

    gotta switch it up a bit, “rat’s ass” is old and tired. ;)

  241. wd40 says:

    giraffe’s penis…  now there’s one you don’t hear every day. lol

  242. Fansincebirth says:

    I just responded on there to JOHN, THE GUY WHO TYPES IN CAPS…..

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  243. Ton says:

    The molson note is complete support for our hockey community that know the games grass roots.  I am appalled that Bettman would be hockey’s spokemen for advertising the game to youth in the US.  I think our youth as caught on! Sadly  our hockey enrollment numbers are down.   My advise don’t play the game that Bettman is selling, you will get hurt.  Utimately at the forefront of his plans is dollar and cents. Play the game as we know it, ponds, free skating, healthy competition, fun, exercise, a new venture, an alternative sport for you, list goes on………..beware the used car sales man here folks

  244. dh says:

    What if they show up for the face off and then go back to the dressing room?  I think the rule is if they can’t finish a game it’s a 6-0 win to the opponent.

  245. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    What if we go into their barn hopefully one point behind them in the standings, kick their asses on the scoreboard…say 5-0 and then give them the big wave of our sticks and a Carey Price  pose a centre ice…I think that would just about be the best that could happen.

  246. badbalance says:

    Friend said he was at the game, after the Chara hit some smart Bruins fan was chearing and was applauding for it. Friend turned around and said he was gonna stab him because he felt like kiling someone. Bruins fan didn’t say a word the rest of the game.

  247. Fig Newton says:

    Wow, what an ingenious comeback! How long did it take your friend to come up with that one?

    He probably didn’t say anything the rest of the game cuz he didn’t want to have to deal with anyone who is so dumb that they would threaten to kill someone over a hockey game.

    By the way, there are TWO L’s in killing…

     

  248. EsseV says:

    want worse then that? Dany Dube reveals at the start of this interview that some bruins player were laughing and mocking habs after it

    http://www.ckac.com/audioplayer.php?mp3=93834

  249. Fig Newton says:

    You sound about as intelligent as your death-threat friend!

    Actually, I take that back. He sounds more intelligent.

  250. badbalance says:

    Useless troll comment, as usual there’s at least 1 troll on every blog…

     

    You also don’t have to be a grammar Nazi, especially if you corrected my fast typing and missing a letter means you knew what I was trying to say hence you just trying to be a douche…

    If you’re feeling all brave, how about we meet up and talk face to face if have anything smug to tell me and not hide behind a blog….

    Also lesson in life..  Unless you have something of substance to say, just keep your mouth shut…

  251. badbalance says:

    LOL talk about ingenious comeback… Just stop talking, the more you talk the less I take you seriously…Actually wait, you’re a boston bitches fan, you were a clown from the getgo….

  252. Fig Newton says:

    Do you have any original thought at all? Or do you just need to repeat what you read? Yeah, seriously, I was concerned about whether or not you take me seriously…seriously

  253. observer says:

    maybe a hockey stick in lucic’s eye UNINTENTIONALLY OF COURSE might help lucic’s career?

  254. Mr. Habs says:

    Everthing is great when the team is winning but times such as last night our top players like Plex, Cammy, Gomez need to score a huge goal.

  255. savethepuck says:

    I’m sure you haven’t noticed, but when the lines were changed a few weeks ago to include Cammy, Plex and Halpern, they’ve been used as a very successful shut down line against other teams top lines.  All lines were scoring, and when the team is winning, I don’t waste my time looking at an individual’s scoring stats through a microscope.

  256. Mr. Habs says:

    Why, all of what I said was correct!

  257. DD says:

    How about one of those flaming paper bags on his door step? 

    It use to be fun when we were kid’s and nothing says, ‘Hey, you’re an @$$hole’, like a stomped out flaming bag and a pair of Bruin’s slippers covered in dog$#it

  258. dallyd31 says:

    The level of classlessness and ignorance of this post has reached new levels. There is no amount of commentary or insults that can make you look worse and mor moronic and downright ignorant than you have managed to do all by yourself. Although there are many great Leafs fans, it is brain dead losers like yourself that, unfortunately, make the Leafs and their fans one of the most hated and disrespected league-wide

  259. Leafy says:

    I’m sorry, but I had to come and listen in.  Are you aware of how completely self-absorbed and delusional you guys are in here?  If you’re not moaning about special political treatment you’re moaning about special treatment for your hockey team.  Only in Quebec could an executive from state-fed companies artificically forced to stay in Montreal to prop up your economy and give your froggies somewhere to work, would you see top executives fire off rambling letters threatening their sponsorhsips.  That little friggin’ New York lawyer Bettman saw right through that self-serving popularity play– those two Quebec-based offices are Montreal Canadiens team sponsors, the only ones they’d be hurting are the team, the city, and their fans if they pulled out, to say nothing of the fact they’re under contract and cannot (and have no intention of doing so anyway).  And you all just eat it up!  First you get smacked-down by the Bruins in that scrappy game, then in a perfectly normal hockey play, one of your precious players gets accidentally messed-up on a bad spot in the boards and now all you cry babies unleash a tsumani of moaning and groaning and the media loves every minute of it, whipping y’all into a frenzy so they can sell you more of their spin, and so the cycle continues, “oh my God the game is so violent”… Bugger off!  Hypocritical, whiners!  Where’s all that talk about wanting a tougher team now?  If this happened elsewhere and they gave Chara a one game suspension, it would be a nothing issue, but because it happened in the drama queen capital of North America, we all have to endure this endless belly aching.  *THIS* is just *one more* reason why everyone dislikes your team and you, their fans.

    Wow.  That was a nice burn.  I wonder if they’ll post that?!  LOL!!

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  260. danedmunds says:

    you truely are a moron. blind and ignorant

    “Wow.  That was a nice burn.  I wonder if they’ll post that?!  LOL!!”

     

    ???????????

  261. avatar_58 says:

    I think it’s obvious what’s wrong with this sport – instead of doing what’s right it’s become an “Us VS them” approach. I am blown away that people can’t put their jersey colours aside

  262. Rudy says:

    The only person to come out and say they understand why Montreal fans are so upset is Julien. You would think a lot more Boston supporters would at least acknowledge how frustrating it is when there isn’t a suspension when one of your teammates is seriously injured.

    I guess empathy isn’t a Boston trait.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  263. Habfan19 says:

    Awright…lastly lets talk about ‘the big doof’ aka chara…

    here’s a guy who’s 6′-9″…over a foot taller than some NHLers…he plays hard, by his own admission, but

    doe he HAVE to ALWAYS knock little guys flying???? I mean c’mon, it would be like a normal size guy knocking

    down a 10 year old….how tough is that??? Back in the day (old geezer voice) Robinson/Korab etc would give

    the smaller guys a bump, but not unload on them…not this guy, it’s like he has no honor, nobody is too small

    for him to hit….sheesh!!!

    It is funny to see him fall down crossing-over at least once a game…

    and I think it was Harry Neale talking about Tyler Myers very early in his career….’he’s big like chara but he can skate!!!!LOL!!!! 

    Get well Max!!!

    Ya gotta want it…

  264. danedmunds says:

    p.s – wendall clark is gay…Wow.  That was a nice burn.  I wonder if they’ll post that?!  LOL!!

  265. habs365 says:

    Don’t go as low to play their type of hockey…they Habs have more pride than that

  266. habs365 says:

    The Bruins are not winning the cup so don’t worry…it takes Brains to win a cup they are hurting in that department…..

  267. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t give a giraffe’s penis if Gionta smashed a guys head in – it has ZERO bearing on what happened. Case by case basis. I don’t care if it’s Crosby, Cooke, or Chara – judge based on what happened.

    God I hate this league….

  268. SeriousFan09 says:

    They are two entirely different hits, people have just been throwing this hit out there to try and mock Habs fans over outrage that Pacioretty’s career and possibly his life could have ended on Tuesday night.

    You’d think the fanbase who saw Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard down on the ice in similar circumstances might understand better.

     

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

  269. TheDagger says:

    My knucklehead Bruins friends are using this to claim Habs hypocrisy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHHMZkpvw6c

    My God they’re idiots. A. Gill was skating backwards; B. Didn’t use his hand to slam Sim’s head into the stanchion; C. He didn’t commit any penalty or use excessive force; D. THIS was a hockey play; and E. It’s Hal Gill, no one in the league would EVER for a second call him dirty or malicious.

    Call me a hypocrite I guess but I see these as two MARKEDLY different plays.

  270. zooziff says:

    I think the team should show up and if one of the Canadiens players gets boarded or there is a dirty play Martin calls the team off the ice, sends them to the room and explains to the official he fears for the safety of his players. Whether winning or losing the game it doesn’t matter. The two points are forfeited and the team takes a stand. Can you imagine the backlash from the dinosaurs? It will never happen though.

  271. Haligonian-Hab says:

    It’s a horrible idea because I already bought my ticket for the game, as well as all travel costs. I say the Habs just go down to Boston and use the speed and agility the Bruins don’t have to destroy them on the score sheet. (and spear Chara in the nuts, then throat).

  272. Timo says:

    For starters because the league will fine the Habs to refund all these tickets and some.

    However, I also like to fantasize and would like to see that happen.

  273. grosbill4 says:

    I know this will never happen…

    But I love to fantasize about Molson NOT sending the team to Boston on March 24th to play the Bruins.

    Let the league have to explain to paying Boston ticketholders, and TV distributors why they have to now be repaid for a lost commitment.

    Seriously. Hasn’t it come where something different, and news-generating (but non-violent) needs to happen to make a big change happen in the NHL. I’d rather deal with that controversy (especially as the cornerstone franchise of the league) than to wait for someone to die before people change their mindsets.

    You may now feel free to tell me why that’s a horrible idea (but I already know it won’t happen). :)

  274. SeriousFan09 says:

    Down Goes Brown and the checklist for applying to be an NHL owner

    http://www.downgoesbrown.com/2011/03/nhls-application-form-for-new-owners.html

     

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

  275. observer says:

    BRUNT (link above) talking about the 5 foot tall POS from New Yawk City: “Or how about the commissioner, whose contract has quietly been extended another five years?”

  276. jrshabs1 says:

     It’s over. Move on. Nothing more to see here. In a perfect world the Habs would be chomping at the bit to play the bruins on the 24th. The AHL and whomever else callup’s would all be in the lineup. The gloves would drop at the start of the 1st. The benches would clear..and then it would be all done. The Habs would get their revenge and the world would be perfect again. Instead we live in 2011, where nothing out of the ordinary will happen..maybe a fight, maybe not. The entire league will continue call us smurfs and whatever else and the bruins will continue to take liberties with the Canadiens…because they can. The Habs need a change in philosophy.

     

     

    Go Habs Go!!

  277. Ton says:

    funny thing is max as done the ethical thing of saying that he did not want to see him criminally reponsbile, i agree with him for his own benefit however according to guests on rds the laws of the land still apply on the ice…………couldyou imagine………….i mean the fact is its on video, the history the witnessess………………….lets say it sticks, his passport is at stake……………..money to fight it……..could be some grief caused.


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