All-Star Fever: Catch it!

Sorry, there will be no live blog of the All-Star Draft tonight.

Arpon Basu on managing expectations

• Pierre Ladouceur’s weekly assessment of the Canadiens

Gaston Therrien sizes the team up

• So does Canadian Press

New contract for Moulson Martin Leclerc on Garth Snow

Thanks to Hellfire_Habsfan for this hilarious Eklund video.



  1. TomNickle says:

    Not on a Jacques Martin team it isn’t(role players on the bottom lines that is).

  2. Bugs says:

    We can talk about how fantastic his other moves are at the proper time. Right now, we’re bashing him for Nabby thing.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, sir, I must get back to the fray…

  3. Chuck says:

    I’m assuming then that Tim Thomas was third in voting?  :)

  4. habs03 says:

    Can’t see Chara winning the Norris, he hasn’t even been that good this year, Thomas is a lock for the Vezina, love Carey but not even close, and right on for the Calder, Fowler has been amazing for the Ducks.

  5. Bugs says:

    I think Nabby would leave his dead blow for Washington, maybe…

  6. joeybarrie says:

    Terrible article. But then again it does come from the Toronto Sun, and I dislike some of those reporters and writers.

    Nabokov LEFT. He was willing to NEVER play in the NHL again. End his CAREER in Russia.

    It didn’t work out. So he took a stab at trying to get back in the NHL with a team that it would make sense for him to play with. Why play for a bottom feeder to end your career? Go for a Cup run. The ONLY possible choice for a guy who had pretty much already retired from the NHL.

    NYI did not respond when he first sent out 30 letters… Where were they then? Dont want you, couldnt care less. So now Detroit in interested and Nabs signs a no movement clause. ONLY WANT TO PLAY FOR YOU. NO ONE ELSE… OK, so maybe it works maybe it doesnt. No one was interested before. Why would they be interested now???

    OK Snow sees a need. Makes a move for his team. No problem. Then the player says NOPE wont play for you. OK, done deal thanks. Back to business. 

    NO not for Snow. He decides to take the LOW road and suspend him. Ending any further movement. WHY?

    What you do, and how you treat players is a mark of your level of respect for the game and for people themselves. I am glad we got a guy who would trade Laps for maybe not something BETTER than what they gave up, if the team has no use for him. Than to do what Snow did and c*ckblock a player because MAYBE you could get him. There are other options out there. Explore those. Now you have just ruined a player possibly making a team better and doing it with absolutely no benefit to yourself at all.  Thats the LOW and DIRTY part of the NHL. I am glad the Habs do not do crap like that. We have dignity and respect for the league.

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

  7. twocents says:

    Steve, I agree with your point about SK. He should of played at least a whole season in the Hammer. That would have developed some humility. I would have loved to see that kid play his career here.

    As for Festerling, I am aware of his limited potential, but given the injury situation the organization needed depth. Considering he was actually seventh/eighth on Anaheim’s depth charts and the fact he has 83 games in the NHL, he represents a good depth acquisition. Not that this is worth a ton, but it’s something more than Atlanta got.

    Lappy lacks the drive and hunger that Lemieux had and at nearly 26 his not al that likely to suddenly get it.

    Remember Lat’s parting remarks? Well Laps finally took his advice.

    We’ll see how it works out for him. So far things haven’t been so rosy in LaLa land. He was down to 10 minutes of ice-time in his last game and is -6 in only 10 games.

  8. twocents says:

    Why was Laps on the team? White is being auditioned for that role. If he can play it more consistently and effectively than Lappy, he may win himself a spot. Look, I’m not attached to this kid in any way. But I think you think you have it a little too figured out.

    Pyatt is a role player, he’s not expected to have a complete game. he brings no offense. Moen is a role player.

  9. jennifer1984 says:

    i completely agree with you but on the other hand you could flip the argument and say where was Detroit when he sent out those 30 letters?


    but yeah, I don’t see what Snow gets out of this other than trying to *possibly* convince a player to come play for them. it didn’t work out,put him back on waivers. Snow needs to stop being such a baby.

  10. jimmy shaker says:

    Ya I guess…….Toews and Kesler should battle that one out then.  But let’s make an award for best penalty killer then.  Pleks would be on that list for sure.


  11. Malreg says:

    Hart:  Crosby, so far.  If he misses another 15 games though he won’t get it…
    Norris: This one will be close… I see a 4 horse race between Lidstrom, Letang, Vishnovsky, and Yandle.
    Selke: Toews
    Vezina: Thomas, easily.  Runners-up are Hiller and Price.
    Calder: Couture
    Jack Adams: Barry Trotz.  I don’t care how well Crawford does, he could win the cup 5 years in a row with an AHL calibre team and I would still despise him because of Nagano in 98.


  12. TomNickle says:

    Yep.  Not even close for me either, Lidstrom and Letang are a distant second and third.  Plus 22 and one of the NHL leaders in ice-time.  Contributes on powerplay and penalty kill and absolutely negates whoever is playing on his side of the ice or in front of the net.

  13. TomNickle says:

    Do you live in B.C. Tim?   Nevermind.

  14. jimmy shaker says:

    He’ll be back here next year….I’m not giving up hope yet!


  15. JD_ says:

    H – Crosby.

    N – Lidstrom.

    S – Datsyuk.

    V – The puke in Boston.

    C – Skinner.

    A – The puke in Philly.

  16. Storm Man says:

    If Vancouver wins the cup he will win the Adams.


    ” Not everyone can afford a brilliant stock advisor like storm”. TripleX 01/25/2011.20:16

  17. Hali_Hab says:

     BEST VIDEO EVER!!!  I Cant stand Eklund.. and his chicken bone voodoo nonsense  b.S. predictions.


    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  18. TomNickle says:

    As long as Alain coaches in a division that features the Flames, Oilers and Wild he will not win the Jack Adams.

  19. Storm Man says:

    Go to B.C alot to board, But live in Ctown and Montreal so the tax man tells me;).


    ” Not everyone can afford a brilliant stock advisor like storm”. TripleX 01/25/2011.20:16

  20. Batalla says:

    Now clearly, I am the one being dense…  If he is claimed, then he is owned by that team.  The time for other teams to claim him has come and gone, so that means he is owned by the Islanders.  If he chooses not to play, that is irrelevant to a trade, no?

    Perhaps I have missed a provision stating that the player must play a game or two before being allowed to be traded?

  21. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jack Adams votes are submitted before the SC is won, same with all other NHL awards. Otherwise, Mike Green would never, ever be in the Top 3 of Norris voting.

    I think this is the year Barry Trotz finally gets his due myself.


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

  22. punkster says:

    The only comment I’ll take issue with is in regards to the 3 lost souls we traded. That is, in fact, what they were to the Habs. They didn’t perform as required, didn’t fit the roles they were assigned and didn’t live up to expectation in any way. This isn’t a daycare or a personal and professional development camp for square pegs, it’s a pro sports organization.

    Their development should have been completed on the farm before giving them the boost to the bigs. A quick check of their playing histories shows that none of them spent more than one full season in Hamilton (yes, they spent partial seasons as well but were called up and sent down a few times each). Is one full season on the farm enough time for players who are not, by any means, potential stars? Not likely I think.

    That brings me to what we got for these 3. Not much because they just were not worth much. Of course only time will tell whether PG/BG made the right moves. Unfortunately I think the wrong moves were made back when they were called up to the Habs and for whatever reason were led to believe that they were now full-fledged NHLers.


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