About last night …

EllerMoen
At least one Dane wasn’t melancholy.
On the day Denmark – with his kid brother, 16-year-old Mads, in the lineup – was relegated at the World Junior tournament, Lars Eller had a career night at the Bell Centre.
And the beauty of the four-goal effort was the tantalizing hint it offered of how well this guy can play hockey.

The Bell Centre has waited a long time for a hero to emerge from the wreckage that has been the Canadiens’ season to date.

With his exuberance and end-to-end rushes, P.K. Subban has lifted 21,273 out of their expensive seats from time to time. Louis Leblanc, a healthy scratch against Winnipeg and sent back to Hamilton after the game, created a modicum of buzz because he’s a homeboy.

But as the Canadiens stumbled and bumbled to 13 losses in their first 18 games at home, P.K.’s flamboyance and LL’s genealogy offered intermittent and short-lived comfort to knowledgeable fans who realized they were watching a team that wasn’t very good through the last three months of 2011.

New year, new hero.

The spinorama penalty shot? Sick.

Playing to the crowd as First Star? Inspired … they were ready to roar.

Will we look back at Eller’s four goals as the spark that turned this season around?

That’s still a long shot for a team that has to win about twice as often as it loses if there’s going to be hockey past April 7 in Montreal.

But hey, you have to start somewhere. And your Montreal Canadiens are undefeated this year.

Seven goals is the most they’ve scored since P.K.’s hat trick keyed an 8-1 pasting of the Wild in Minnesota last March.

And I hate to be Donnie Downer again, but the Massacre in Minny was followed by three consecutive shutout losses. So let’s wait a bit deeper into this January homestand before proclaiming the Playoff Express is back on track.

With that note of caution on the record, however, let’s savor what was a coming-out party for a player who is a key element of this team’s future.

I’ve been a Lars Eller fan since Pierre Gauthier got him in that controversial trade with St. Louis.

The kid has tools. Eller is tall and uses his size and reach effectively. He’s a good skater, a creative playmaker and a physical player who’s not afraid to take his big body into the nasty areas.

There are still occasional bad penalties and lapses on D, but Eller is learning. Proof of his progress is elevation to penalty-killing duty.

What I really like is his character. This is a very smart, serious (he’s already married!) and well-spoken young man who has a comfort level with the media that serves Eller well in a hockey hotbed like Montreal.

He is well-liked in the room, where teammates call him “Larry”, delighting in the fact Eller hates the nickname. After his third goal produced a small shower of headware on the ice, a more imaginative Bell Centre DJ would have cued up Del Shannon’s Hats Off to Larry.

On the ice, I think Eller gets better all the time. And he complements the skills of his linemates.

How many centres has Andrei Kostitsyn played with as fans have pissed and moaned about what a wasted 2003 draft he was?

Eller is bringing out the best in AK46; and with Travis Moen (three assists, four hits) skating and winning battles along the boards, they are turning into an excellent third line. This is a contract year for Kostitsyn and Moen, and Eller just might put some money in their pockets.

If the line stays intact.

Randy Cunneyworth dressed 11 forwards for the Winnipeg game. That meant double digit minutes for everyone and a lot of double-shifting.

Erik Cole played a season-high 27:04. This is the guy Jacques Martin was playing 15 minutes or less, with no power-play time, in October.

That was when Hal Gill was playing close to 20 minutes a game, his ToI boosted by penalty-kill duty as the Canadiens paraded to the box through the early weeks of the season.

That’s something that has definitely improved under the new coach. The Canadiens take fewer penalties, which keeps PK players Josh Gorges, Tomas Plekanec, Moen and, lately, Eller fresher for 5-on-5 play.

As Cunneyworth has managed the minutes of his Bottom Three defencemen – Gill, Tomas Kaberle and, against Winnipeg, Chris Campoli – the coach has come to rely more on his Top Four: Subban, Gorges, Raphael Diaz (four blocked shots against the Jets) and Alexei Emelin (18 minutes, five hits against a physical team).

The Canadiens outhit the Jets 26-17. That stat can be deceptive, but in this case it speaks to a commitment and compete level we haven’t seen often from the Canadiens.

So are happy days here again?

We’ll have a better idea by the end of January.

A new face among the scouts in attendance last night was Shawn Dineen, who works for Nashville. Perhaps the Predators brainstrust thinks the Canadiens will be sellers at the trade deadline and are looking to reunite the Brothers K.

It could happen.

One win doesn’t guarantee this lineup will be carrying the Canadiens to glory.

But the game’s First Star could be around for a while.

That wasn’t the last standing ovation Lars Eller will hear at the Bell Centre.

82 Comments

  1. SPATS says:

    3 STOOGES LINE REUNITED!
    LARRY, MOE AND KURLY

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  2. JBIRD88 says:

    Nice piece!! lars will only get better! Finally getting ice time and actually producing… RC is a lot smarter then JM! just has to phone rosetta stone to learn some french.

    HALAK WHO????? LARS!!!!!

  3. CF says:

    Great game by Eller, no doubt the kid has some size and lots of skill.

    I personally feel Blunden has had a great effect on this team. He hits everything he can catch up to, and its keeping the opposition D honest. For the first time this year, they feel rushed when his line is on the ice and it’s causing turnovers.
    Blunden can actually go in the corners, and win puck battles, coming out of the corner with the puck, and making some plays. It’s amazing to see after the last three months of so many soft plays in both ends, simply relying on poke checking with the stick, which is pee-wee hockey at best.
    I feel Moen, Blunden, White would be an amazing fourth line. Will we ever see it? Maybe, Cunneyworth has shown he realises the importance of this team being physical, and using it’s speed. Last night it was a different team. Martin would have had Blunden sitting on the bench, Cunney is playing that line, and it’s helping.
    Imagine that, a coach who understands that being physical can pay dividends, and actually created space and turnovers, thus allowing our team to really use our speed and skill.
    AK, AK, Ak…..he’s taken alot of flack over the years, I really hope we can hold onto this guy. Unlike his brother, he can use his size and speed and strength, something we need more and more. I also love Moen, these two with Eller offer an actual NHL sized line, and along with some grit on the fourth, our team can be well balanced.
    The pieces are there, already on the team, if PG wants to begin to make up for his blunders, he can begin by signing AK and Moen, and for good measure, give Blunden a nice extension, a couple of years on a two way. He’d probably jump at it.
    Nobody saves money by signing after July 1st, do it now.

    • DorvalTony says:

      Agree re: Blunden, when JM took him out of the lineup things suffered. Can’t wait to see him with Whitey and Nokelainen. A great energy line.

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    • jmsheehy19 says:

      I also agree about Blunden. I think he’s been filling his role beautifully. should be even more effective once White comes back.

  4. Chrisadiens says:

    Many were ready to give up on Eller, claiming he is a 3rd line center. Now things look a bit different eh? He is still young and learning, but I hope this is a turning point for the kid.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Sbah Reverof says:

      Yes, but the real question is: can he speak French?

      “I respect your opinion, but you’re completely wrong!”

    • DorvalTony says:

      If you listen to the peanut gallery…

      He’s only 22 and has shown some flashes, obviously last night was the high water mark. He was strong and fearless against the B’s in the playoff loss last year. But one game does not a career make. The last Canadien to score four was Jan Bulis. Remember him?

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  5. BTVHabsFan says:

    I realize Gauthier has gotten a lot of heat this year but what GM is perfect. I think it’s about time we praise him for the guts it took to trade Halak and now Eller is starting to bloom. The Cole signing was one of the best UFA’s Montreal has brought in a long time. If Markov came back as planned in late October and playing 22 a night, noboby would be complaining. Lastly he abolished the longstanding no mid-season negotiations and locked the heart of the team in Josh Gorges.

    • idle says:

      It’s only been 11 games, but I don’t think the Kaberle trade has been a disaster either. 9 points in 11 is a pace that we do not see too often from a D around here. Only minus 1 shows he is not as out to lunch as Mab was. Hasn’t helped the power play with results though cause they still need to find a triggerman or two…

      • jmsheehy19 says:

        Actually Kaberle has helped the PP, it just hasn’t been the turn around we had last year with Wiz. We’ve been at 15.5% since he got here, and were something like 12% prior. So he has helped a little bit, but you are right we need a triggerman. Hopefully Subban can quicken his shot and fill that role.

  6. LESHAB65 says:

    Great game last night. I was really tentative in the 2nd intermission because we still had some PK to complete, but new year new result for third period. Double shifting Cole and proved effective, something JM would never do. Let’s hope we can get all 3 of our top lines skating like that on Saturday. Something I have noticed lately. Pacioretty has not been the same player since his 3 game suspension, and Price did not have a good game last night. He was fighting puck all night and had a few too many weak rebounds. He went down and lost a puck through his glove that hit the post when it was 3 to 2. That would have been a deal breaker. Not sure what goalie a previous commentor was watching. He needs to start stealing a few games for us, because we won’t be having many offensive nights like that.
    Go Habs Go!

    • petefleet says:

      100% agreed. I also noticed Price’s disorientation at times. He did not look comfortable. Max is fighting something as well. He’ll get his MOJO back I’m sure. Cole is a beast and his offensive #s bely his true effort.
      Go Habs Go

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    • G-Man says:

      Pac since the suspension has been a shadow of what he should be. He has to play with some fire or he’s not contributing. He has to stop “watching” Cole and start emulating him. I’m sure he’ll be fine.

  7. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I’ve been an Eller booster since seeing him play a game with the Blues and have been waiting for him to come around in Montreal. The KEM line looked great. I disagreed with the decision not to put him on the last PP and see if he could get number 5. The third goal that AKos set up was sweet. I hope they can keep it up. Go Habs!

  8. Habfan10912 says:

    Besides the obvious (Lars) two players stood out for me. AK was great from his first shift on. He was working hard, battling for the Puck, and playing with jam. The other was Josh Gorges. Early in the first you could see his influence on others around him. He makes the pass out of the Hab’s zone as good as any DMan we have and he was always in the proper place in his own end. I will until tomorrow to post about one handed Pleks as today is a happy/positive day.

    • G-Man says:

      Really like Pleks’ extra effort to stop a sure goal last night.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Certainly not lack of effort but he’s just a bit off IMO. Maybe confidence? Injury?

        • G-Man says:

          I’ve noticed this season that he is stretching his back an awful lot. He may have something that he can play with, and will probably need proper care after the season. Pleks at 80% is still okay.

          • neumann103 says:

            I had thought it might be hip, but lower back makes sense. There have been a number of times recently where a not exactly bone crushing hit has tweaked something and caused him to head to the room for a few minutes.

            I also think that Cammy has been playing with something nagging that acts as a brake, but he has looked physically better the last couple of games

            “Et le but!”

  9. larrymills says:

    Whats up with Ryan White, his injury and status please

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  10. remi_10069 says:

    I was dead wrong about last night, happy to admit it. I do believe this is going to be a turning point in the season. Almost everyone got to participate in the fun and that tends to boost confidence. Great passing makes for great hockey and it’s obvious that when we click, the passing can be impressive. Would still love to have someone in the lineup to smack Thorburn around when he steps out of line. I sense a winning streak

    pipes

  11. HabinBurlington says:

    Was RC’s french much worse than JM’s last night?

  12. BJ says:

    At 3-1 last night you could feel for a while the JM syndrome setting in. At 3-2 the expectation was a full blown on our heels JM style setting in. Fortunately we got a reversed JM system that does allow the local team to score more than 3 goals.

  13. BJ says:

    From the “Little Viking” (Mats Naslund, for the younger generation) to “The Great Dane”, Scandinavia’s next contribution to the Habs was a longtime coming. Notice what a line with size and some talent can do. To me AK 46 is a keeper and I would also resign Moen (and not just because of last night). Kostitsyn is our best passing winger. Moen along with Gorges are about the only two players that have stood up for their team (although you could add White when he’s back in).

  14. HankHardball says:

    I haven’t seen Habs fans that happy at the Bell Center since Halak went on his playoff run. How ironic.
    And it wasn’t just Eller. Kostitsyn, Moen, the whole line played great from start to finish.

    You can see the Habs transforming a more offensively aggressive, less defensive team, under Cunneyworth. Last night must’ve done wonders for their confidence that can be successful playing that way.

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  16. bigjames says:

    The Habs and Larry’s penalty shot actually made the evening news in Hong Kong! (13 hours ahead of Montreal). we never get hockey, let alone the Habs. was pretty cool!
    Great night for Larry but really AKost did a lot of the heavy lifting and i am surprised that did not get a mention in the coach’s briefing.
    not complaining or bashing… was very happy all day today!

    • petefleet says:

      Interesting. It barely got a sound bite on the Toronto Sports Network and only limited press in the daily news here in Halifax. If Kessel (the great) had done it, it would have been a front page story and a TSN documentary started before the game ended. Sick.

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  17. JUST ME says:

    Such a funny feeling this morning. We should sign AK46 and Moen right now ! Yesterday we were ready to trade or give away everyone …

    So it`s either we have a last place team or a cup contender !
    What to do what to do…
    One thing is for sure, we will have to give something up that has any value for other teams. Gill,Campoli,Weber,Enqvist,Blunden,Gomez ? Won`t get much in return …

    Let`s wait and see if the guys can repeat and grind like yesterday. Just not sure if they are that good or that bad…

    Surprised that Leblanc was not sent back down before yesterday. Quite certain he will make the team next year but for now he needs to see lot`s of ice time . From what we saw of him, he should be pretty successfull with the Bulldogs and is already up to par with the big boys.

  18. petefleet says:

    I can only take so much of the AK46 bashing on a bad day but, after a night like last night, people have got to lighten up!! Let’s look at the facts. Reg season or playoffs AK46 scores a goal every 4 games. Over his career he has 97 goals in 356 games. We’d like to see that doubled but with the minutes he gets, it’s not likely. He also leads the Habs in hits most of the time and is a legitimate power forward. Those are few and far between. No he doesn’t put points up every game but, then again he’s not Sid the Kid either; no one is. Contract or no, this guy is consistent on a consistent basis. More would be better but 25goals/yr is a nice guy to have on the roster.
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  19. HabinBurlington says:

    Good on the Habs for sending LL back to Hamilton, whether or not he handled himself well in the lineup with the big boys I think most of us agreed at the start of the year that this kid needs at least a full year in the AHL to develop.

    Hopefully we hear Gionta is back in the lineup on Saturday. Perhaps we stop getting injuries and once a week we can drop in one of our heroes from the walking wounded.

    Maybe Gio this week, Whitey next week and then could it be, Mr. Markov!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Me too. I think for his development a good spell in Hamilton is best. Plus we’ll get to see him plat at the outdoor game I am thinking this also means that Gio will be back Saturday.

  20. G-Man says:

    There is a Hab named Eller
    Who is such a hard workin’ feller
    With more nights like these
    When he scores with ease
    Maybe the Habs won’t be seller(s).

  21. The_Franchise31 says:

    Jacques Martin was holding back a beast! Chains are off now!

  22. savethepuck says:

    Mr. Boone, I am hoping that the Nashville scout was not here looking to reunite the Kostitsyn brothers because he was the main reason Lars scored those 4 goals tonight. The first goal by Lars was all Lars because he caused the turnover and potted it himself. The other 4 were all AK, yes including the penalty shot too because without the great passs by AK to spring Lars into a breakaway, there would of not been a penalty shot. I think Lars is one of our more promising players but I find it hard that everyone keeps trashing or giving up on AK. How many years now has he been top 5 in scoring on this team and during that time, how many times has he consistently gotten top 6 minutes as opposed to being in JM’s dog house for some reason.
    Eller is one of our keepers for sure but I think PG or whoever should try to make AK part of this team.

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    • The Cat says:

      Myself I find that Kostitsyn has been very solid this year. Hes playing for a contract though.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Still too many games where he doesn’t show up but I agree that those games are becoming far fewer. He was great last night from the first shift. The million(s) dollar question is how much team is willing to invest. How much would you offer him Cat?

        • Clay says:

          3.5 – 4 mil for 4 years…

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          • HardHabits says:

            Less than Gorges???? I think that Gorges deal just made things more difficult for the Habs.

            Other teams will probably offer more for AK. For all the faults we see in him other teams will still see a 20+ goal scorer who can skate and hit.

            AK will at the very least get a 4.5 million offer, either from the Habs or elsewhere.

        • 5m fer 6 years

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    • Marc10 says:

      Hey… Brother Andrei has been very good this year. But it’s his contract year and if he’s not going to resign then you have to ship him. If that’s the case, I hope he scores 40 and get a first rounder and a prospect come the deadline.

      Same goes for Big Travis Moen. He’s been everything we hoped he would be this year, but if he was going to be resigned it would have happened by now.

      I wish the guys career years… and then I wish our team the next MaxPac or PK Subban.

  23. SteverenO says:

    Who says that life is fair? Talk about a WRONGFUL DISMISSAL!

    The firing of Jacques martin was a logical move, only problem was that it came too late. It should have happened at the end of last year.

    The wrongful dismissal is that of one Mr. Louis Leblanc.

    Imagine that YOU are more productive, significantly more effective, dramatically more motivated, and unquestionably put in more effort at your job, than someone else in your company that makes 10 times your salary, and YOU got fired or demoted .

    Scott Gomez has “logged” 196 minutes of hockey (ice time )this year with the same team, in the same league, performing the same work , that Louis Leblanc has logged slightly less time, 138 minutes.

    While Gomez, has been on the ice the team has scored 8 times
    (an average of one team GF for every 24.5 minutes . The team has allowed 10 goals during that span ( an average of 1 GA every 19 minutes . ( 37 of Gomez`s 196 minutes – almost 20%- has been while his team has a man advantage.

    Leblanc has been on the ice for 3 team GA`s (an average of 1 goal scored against for every 46 minutes. Thats more than twice as effective as Gomez)

    Offensively, with zero power play minutes, Leblanc has been on the ice for 5 team GF,s or, on average, 28 minutes per team goal scored.

    Considering that Gomez rate of 1 GF per 24.5 minutes of ice time occurred with 20% of his playing time on the PP, and he (Gomez) has been playing with significantly more productive linemates, I would say that (if Gomez were to play another game in Montreal while Leblanc is in the minors) there is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a travesty of justice. being committed….. a truly wrongful dismissal.

    Grounds for firing the GM?

    What do you all think?

    Coming soon ………Fire the GM!

    happy New Year to All!

    Congrats to Lars Eller!
    Who will stand up make the difference next game?

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    • savethepuck says:

      Or maybe it could just be that the Captain Brian Gionta is due back from injury next game and the organization may be smart enough to know that it’s better to have Louie getting quality minutes in the AHL than him getting limited ice time here because he is 1 of our most important assets. When there is an injury later, we can call him up, if not he looks really good for us next year. Just my thoughts

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    • outsider89 says:

      wow, I mean WOW! either too much time on your hands, or you should be balancing the budget. DO OTHER TEAMS EVEN FOCUS TOP PLAYERS AGAINST LEBLANC???????

      • SteverenO says:

        My point was not to say that LL should NOT be sent down , only to compare his stats with that of Gomez. If Gomez gets healthy, and does get back into the lineup, I would hope that he would be getting LL minutes and not returning to the TOI that he got while playing for his uncle Jacques (Martin).

        I also was trying to illustrate that if the HABs can find a way to bury Gomez and his cap hit, his production (lol) could easily be replaced by a minimum wage earner, thereby leaving the team free to sign their young prospects and maybe pick up a decent player at the trade deadline.
        On the other hand a case can be made that the team would be better with LL in the lineup replacing the spot currently being taken by Darche.

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    • G-Man says:

      Players on the injured list can’t be sent down. Otherwise, rant away.

  24. A fluffy but nice piece on Lars’s brother Mads: http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2011/12/29/younger-eller-has-power-forward-potential/

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  25. FormalWare says:

    Mr. Boone, I share in your exultation and sense of vindication. I was another of those who was certain the Halak trade would pan out in favour of the Habs. I love to watch Larry play–even on the nights he doesn’t produce 5 points!

    If Eller were pronounced “Ell-ay”, Larry would be #2 with a bullet!

  26. Un Canadien errant says:

    What a game for the Great Dane! That’s the Lars Eller I’ve wanted to see since we first got him. I understand that he’s young and will improve, but the price we paid for him was pretty steep, namely a Jaroslav Halak at the height of his powers. If this can be the game in which the dam breaks, and Lars finally becomes an offensively effective centre, then I won’t worry too much about what Jaro’s Save Percentage is or even about Ian Schultz languishing in the minors.

    In a game reminiscent of a hack screenwriter’s cheesy offering, a young dauphin, aspirant to the #1 centre position of a glorious team which has been searching for years for its ‘gros joueur de centre’, has a breakthrough game with a Youngblood-esque finish. He starts off with a real goal-scorer’s goal, a wrist shot from the slot for which he found the time and space necessary to get it off instead of being blocked or stripped of the puck. He adds a second then a third, and they are sniper goals, kind of like Steve Shutt used to pot home. The fourth is pure Hollywood, a penalty shot he buries with artistry and flair. Credits roll as he receives an ovation comparable to Saku’s or Guy’s.

    In a 7-3 win, there are lots of positives to note. On Lars’ first goal, we saw strong forechecking by Andrei Kostitsyn and good support at the blueline from Alexei Emelin. Andrei was a force all night, forechecking effectively, hitting defencemen, making good passes. His assist on Lars’ third goal was a beauty, it was great to see him skate with the puck and to do it with authority and a plan. Travis Moen also clicked tonight, fighting off two Jets to set up Tomas Kaberle’s goal, and completing Lars and Andrei well with solid hits and timely passes. I know it’s axiomatic that Montreal coaches must monkey with the forward trios, but maybe we leave these guys alone for a while, they seem to work well together whenever they’ve had the chance.

    Carey Price had a good game, and luckily for once he didn’t have to be miraculous. I noticed many occasions where his mobility around the net and his puck movement skills almost provides the Canadiens with an extra defenceman in their zone. Some other goalies come out of their net and stop the puck or clear it forward and I question the utility of that move. It seems that Carey always makes the right decision and finds the open man, and that the Canadiens are playing in such a way that they expect his passes and position themselves accordingly. Jet coach Charlie Huddy mentioned during a between-period interview that they needed to take Carey into account when they dumped the puck in, because if they just blindly threw it in there he would corral it and clear it out just as quick.

    The David Desharnais line and the Tomas Plekanec line both chipped in a goal, and it’s good that on this night it didn’t sink the Canadiens that they weren’t more productive. Mr. Desharnais fed the puck to Josh Gorges for his first goal since signing his new contract, from which I hope we all reap the rewards.

    Erik Cole was all over the ice tonight as well, playing his entertaining, exciting brand of physical, skilled hockey. I dearly wish that we find a sniper to play with him, since while he’s a one-man wrecking crew, he’s not really a finisher. If only Mike Cammalleri and he could develop a rapport, Mike could become the pilot fish on this great shark, feasting on the remainders and garbage around the net. The centreman would become extraneous to this equation: Erik speeds around the defencemen and crashes the net, causing mayhem, and Mike darts in and roofs the puck skittering just outside the crease.

    Evander Kane is a beast. He blew by Raphaël Diaz and left him spinning on the ice on the Jets’ first goal. I think a good policy for Trevor Timmins might be to draft any eligible Vancouver Giant. Andrew Ladd, Milan Lucic, Evander Kane, now Brendan Gallagher, that’s a good pipeline they have going there, you can’t miss. Unless you pick Gilbert Brulé….

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  27. naweed235 says:

    Was this the first game that they switched back to the old goal song? Also I gotta say it boggles me how most people here want Moen traded on the dead line… Isn’t he exactly the type of player that we need? Big, tough, knows how to throw them and most importantly CAN PLAY! the man is a beast on the PK and is probably on steroids as far as offense goes this year :D
    I would be truly disappointed if the Habs dont resign AK46 and Moen… that’s 2 big pieces that we cannot afford to lose.

    • Les Canayens says:

      Yes it is. And it rocks.

      On Moen, you’re right that we actually already have a player that people are seeking elsewhere. It’s just that people may develop over-positive, over-negative or even negligence bias toward players we watch game in game out versus those playing in other teams that we wish to have, but only know them with highlight clips, when they play against us or purely by reputation. That’s why scouts have to travel to watch players in many games to have accurate evaluations to rely on before making any acquisition/trade.

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      ☞ I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.☜

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      If you see the Canadiens as ready to compete for the Cup this year or next, then yes you want to keep Mr. Moen and Mr. Kostitsyn. On the other hand, if you think this season is not going to yield a Cup or even playoffs, then trading them at the deadline makes a lot of sense.

      The fact that they are effective and playing well for me makes it even more imperative that we trade them for picks and prospects, it means they’ll bring back more value. We won’t get much by trading away our junk.

      Since they are unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, they are both tradeable in two respects. One is that the Canadiens will be fearful they will walk away on July 1. Two is that contenders wouldn’t have to shed salary to take them on for the rest of the season.

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      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

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      • naweed235 says:

        I agree with your points but the way I see it is that players like these guys don’t simply grow on trees. Who’s to say that the pick or the prospects we get for AK for example will turn out to be a 6′, 215pound forward with hands of gold and decent physicality that no matter what the critics say about him has consistently put up on average 25 goals each season? Not to mention that his cap hit is $3.25 M …
        Same can be said for the type of player Moen is…
        And yes I do believe that if this team manages to get healthy and stays healthy in the playoffs and, whoever the GM might be at the time, can somehow add another younger tougher Dman to replace Gill they can be considered as contenders. Obviously there are lots of IFs involved but hey…

  28. BigBird says:

    Lars SpinderEller cut it up one time!!!

  29. Les Canayens says:

    I just got home, watched RDS.ca’s highlights (I did not watch the game), and I’m having huge goosebumps hearing “The Goal Song” by L’Oreille played after each goal!! I’ve been wishing for this to happen for years and finally it’s reality! Brings back memories of late 80′s early 90′s editions and the old Forum’s atmosphere. THANK YOU Habs for this late Xmas gift and hope you keep this song permanently.

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    ☞ I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.☜

    • Jbird says:

      I was thinking it was all The Goal Song’s tonight. Amazing.

      • Les Canayens says:

        I also noticed they changed the goal horn sound.

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        ☞ I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.☜

        • jimmy shaker says:

          For sure the song is better than “vertigo”, but I didn’t realize the horn though!

          Shaker

          • Les Canayens says:

            The previous horn: http://youtu.be/ctVT6ZK3Z1k (more “air horn” like)

            Last game’s horn: http://youtu.be/ophO807Fwhc (more brass like)

            I play music so maybe I’m bit more sensitive to these type of things.
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            ☞ I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.☜

    • Clay says:

      The song I like to associate with the Habs is ‘We Are the Champions’ by Queen…they used to play it after cup victories.

      I miss cup victories!

      (BTW – I stole your little hands for my sig… I thought they were cool)

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      ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

  30. Mike Boone says:

    Fixed.
    Thanks for the heads-up, bro.

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger
    Gazette City columnist
    mboone@montrealgazette.com

    • Rad says:

      Incidentally, Mads was the youngest player in this year’s WJC, one of only two 16-yr-olds in the tournament, both from Denmark. Mads is 10 weeks younger than countryman Oliver Bjorkstrand, also a forward like Mads.

      Edit: I just re-checked, and in fact there are 2 players younger than Mads: Finland’s Aleksander Barkov and Phil Baltisberger from the Swiss team. Baltisberger is 5 months younger than Mads, and is not draft-eligible till 2014, whereas the other three are all draft eligible in 2013.

  31. Rad says:

    I believe Lars’ younger brother is named MADS, not Mats.


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