Canadiens make moves


Petteri Nokelainen and Garrett Stafford have been acquired from Phoenix for Brock Trotter and a seventh-round draft choice.

And Michael Blunden has been recalled from Hamilton, with Andreas Engqvist and Aaron Palushaj heading back to the AHL.

The team announcement:

Montreal Canadiens general manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced today the acquisition
of forward Petteri Nokelainen and defenseman Garrett Stafford from the Phoenix Coyotes, in return for forward Brock Trotter and a 7th-round draft pick in 2012.

Nokelainen will join the Canadiens in Montreal, while Stafford will report to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Forward Michael Blunden has been recalled from the Bulldogs, while forwards Andreas Engqvist and Aaron Palushaj have been assigned to Hamilton.

Nokelainen, 25, registered one assist in five games with the Coyotes this season. He recorded three shots on goal, five hits and one blocked shot. The 6’01’’, 202 lbs centreman averaged 10 minutes, 58 seconds of ice time per game. In 194 NHLcareer games, Nokelainen has tallied 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists), with the New York Islanders, the Boston Bruins, the  Anaheim Ducks and the Coyotes.

A native of Imatra, Finland, Nokelainen was drafted in the first round, 16th overall by the Islanders at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

In six games this season with the AHL Portland Pirates, Stafford, 31, collected four points (1 goal, 3 assists). In seven NHL career games with the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and Coyotes, the 6’01’’, 207 lbs defenseman tallied two assists.

A native of Los Angeles, Stafford joined the Coyotes as a free agent on July 3, 2010. In 562 career games in the AHL, he has registered 317 points (83 goals, 234 assists) and served 452 penalty minutes.

Trotter played five games with the Bulldogs this season and registered seven points (2 goals, 5 assists). One of his goals was tallied on the powerplay. He served four penalty minutes and collected 10 shots on goal. Trotter played two games in career with the Canadiens in the NHL.
In five games with the Bulldogs this season Blunden collected three assists.

The 24-year old right winger maintained a +1 plus/minus differential and recorded three shots on goal. He suited up in 51 career regular season games in the NHL with Chicago and Columbus, registering four points (2-2-4). A native of Toronto, Blunden was drafted in the second round, 43rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from the Blue Jackets on July 7, 2011 in
return for Ryan Russell.

Engqvist suited up in seven games with the Canadiens this season. The 23-year old centreman maintained a +1 plus/minus differential, recorded one shot on goal, three hits and four blocked shots, while averaging 6:55 of ice time per game. Hailing from Stockholm, Engqvist signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 13, 2009.

Palushaj played four games with the Canadiens this season. The 22-year old right winger recorded two shots on goal and four hits, while averaging 5:47 of ice time per game. A native of Livonia, Wisconsin, Palushaj was acquired from the St. Louis Blues in return for Matt D’Agostini.

Jacques Martin had hinted  hinted at a personnel move.

•  •  •

Does the name Garrett Stafford ring a bell?

The only guys on the ice after the team meeting: Jaro Spacek and Carey Price, who is at the top of the circle and roofing every shot.

Get him on the PP.

•  •  •

Peter Budaj may finally get a start – possibly against Florida Monday night, definitely in one of the games this week.

Martin said the Canadiens were doing some good things but had to tighten up certain areas, notably protecting a lead and improved special teams play.

Martin also recalled that his first season behind the Canadiens’ bench began with a 2-5 record for four points – which is where they’re at today.

The coach got off a good line. When Patrick V. Hickey pointed out the alacrity with which Dion Phaneuf reacted to Brian Gionta’s contact with James Reimer, Martin said: “It’s tough for me to ask Raphael Diaz to pick up David Steckel and throw him around.”

AUDIO of Jacques Martin

• Sporting News says Martin is in jeopardy, according to “two sources”. Tony Marinaro and who else?

• The Canadiens should have hired Herman Cain to speak at their meeting:


  1. Anti JM says:


    it doesn’t matter WHO we get if the coach and system are not thrown out.

    JM is a good guy- he’s not the right coach for this team. Perry Pearn is not the right guy to be the defensemen’s coach. PG should be given rope, JM needs to go. Who to get? I dont know…it certainly has not proven successful at all having always needed and hired french coaches. I mean, what have we won under successive french coaches. If the best coach is french, great. If he’s english, great. Whatever…

    There are lots of good candidates. Some might come, some might not…of everyone I saw people suggest, I think crawford is ok, i also like the idea of lemaire gm with roy coach and robinson D coach…I also always liked ted nolan…a young fair tough coach. someone even interim until we can get boucher back…he’ll be a better coach anyhow in 3 yrs….

  2. smiler2729 says:

    C’mon man!

    Goats reacts to our soft losses by trading whatever for whatever and another soft European player, yeah JUST WHAT WE NEED.

    And other kneejerk news, he sends down whatever and whatever back to the Hammer and calls up whatever…

    D’ya know what’s worse than being an angry fan? Yeah, apathy, and that’s setting in….

    “I wish we were WICKED AWESOME like the Broons and their chowdah-head fans and their backwards baseball caps”

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      LOL so this is why you have a hate for Pleks, AK and Markov. You’re one sad individual.
      You’re totally right though, instead of making minor tweeks, Gautier should be acquiring Crosby. What’s he thinking?

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      Its nice to see the troll is too dumb to hide his hand, this post points out to your problem, called xenophobia, get help.

  3. habstrinifan says:

    Wanna feel better folks.

    Well do what I did.

    Get off the ffffffffffffffffff site and go rake the leaves… then fix your back-up lawn mower (one last time) and go
    cut the lawn… then rake the lawn cause your backup mower is not a bagger and the grass was high… then lower the mower and cut again. ..then catch a glimpse of the neighbour’s sexy wife washing her car in shorts (the wife in shorts not moi or the car car) then after you are good and sweaty and tired, come in and have a tomato/cheese/red onion sandwich on oversized rye with double-cup of piping hot coffee.

    Suddenly last night seems a stooopid matter.

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      Fire (up) the lawn mower! Cut the grass! JM is a bagger! PG blows like a gas powered blower!

      There is no escape.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      I’m goin’ fishin’ in a few..salmon await 😛

      When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      haha, funny i did rake leaves and such, fresh air, went for a 5k, and the whole time i kept wishing for JM to be fired the next time i went on HIO…

  4. zak says:

    How much influence did BG have on PG with the signing of Markov.BG has to go too.

  5. ooder says:

    Darche on the PP?????
    riight because it’s so important to know what to do away from the puck on a 5 on 3.
    what a joke.
    like my girlfriends brother said.. it was like watching a really fast AHL team.
    absolutly 0 chemistry.. like watching a random game of shinny

    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  6. VancouverHab says:

    We’re all down on JM with the current (very)-early season slump (but I do remember the Pens, what, two seasons ago winning, what was it, 0-for-25?), and so he is getting nailed for his “spitting in the face of” Cole.

    But what if JM is doing a good thing there? JM is vastly experienced, and in the history of NHL coaches and treatment of stud players, JM’s treatment of Cole is minor. Bowman of course is legendary. The psychopath Keenan and Trevor Linden, etc. etc.

    In principle, there is nothing wrong with JM, or any coach, messing with Cole to effect some purpose. Maybe JM knows what he’s doing here for the long run. (I care ZERO for any pro athelete’s feelings relative to performance duties — with the exception that the saintly and tough Trevor Linden was basely used simply to fluff up Mark Messier.)

  7. BKAK72 says:

    Andre Markhov had a very visible walking limp when the HABS were in Toronto to start the season. I can attest to that b/c he and AK46 were walking from the ACC to their hotel down the street (Harbor Castle Westin) in/around noon hour.

    How that was ever missed by Canadiens management is beyond comprehension in a salary cap era.


    • Mark C says:

      Maybe he didn’t have the limp* until the fluid in the knee issue arose, which happened after he was signed. Or is this too logical of an explanation?

      *if he was really limping.

      • BKAK72 says:

        I accept the speculation on your (others) part. My diagnosis is simply from the perspective of a fan that happened to be in the area. There are a number of guys that hang around the ACC religiously for hockey players to sign their cards, photos, etc. If they’re on this site I am sure they’ll be able to attest the limp on Markhov was very visible.

        — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. —

  8. naweed235 says:

    Hopefully we will get crushed tomorrow and J.M gets fired… On tuesday the boys have a practice with a coach hired because he was the best available coach out there regardless of his bilingualism … We go on to crush the flyers and the bruins … All is well in MTL and in about 8 months from now we’ll be complaining about the lack of class of those who broke into the foot locker on St Catherine ! Amen

  9. NightRyder says:

    In news unrelated to Nokelainen, Mike Gillis’ daughter Kate scores in last second to give Canada a 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago in field hockey at Pan-Am Games.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I am a native of Trinidad and Tobago and if this losing continues, even against my beloved Canada, I shall have no recourse but to recommend that the coach be fired and one J. Martin be lured away from the Canadiens to coach dem Trinis. Enough of their Calypso style approach…they need THE SYSTEM!

      What’s that you say? How can I be so cruel to the Motherland!

  10. Jdub1985 says:

    Until that cancer JM and his note pad scribbling, emotionless language preference, trap system garbage is sent packing… nothing can stop the bleeding

  11. Gindan69 says:

    Healthy,on paper, this a damned good team. The problem is the system is wrong for this team. More O, less D. It speaks volumes that despite a shackled system, they have done quite well. Give them the right system and I think they are an elite team. Since neither GM or coach think that way, molson will have to move if they go 0-4 this week.

  12. 24 Cups says:

    Nokelainen went back home to Finland last year after he got bought out. Trotter went to Russia to work on his game. Both came back this year with their tails between their legs to try and get another gig.

    Trotter is not going to make the Habs. Not with Eller/Leblanc/DD is front of him on the depth chart. Not to mention his size and the fact that he passed waivers this fall.

    Nokelainen (five NHL teams in five years) at least is bigger and able to play all three spots up front. He’s a stop gap measure after we lost out on Steckel and Betts. All we lost was the 7th round pick which I guess is justifiable when you consider that Nokelainen has at least played in the NHL this year.

    It’s much ado about nothing for both clubs. Trotter is probably a depth move in light of the Turris stalemate. The Habs 4th line is in shambles so we might as well throw out some guys with height.

    Boston and Philly are licking their chops right now.

    • mrhabby says:

      if we loose to bruins and flyers..does martin stay or go.

      • smiler2729 says:

        Dude… loose?? It’s LOSE, loose is what you hope the rope around your neck is when the horse is kicked out from under ya!

        Grammar is so important, let’s look smart here eh

        “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

      • 24 Cups says:

        Dave – I can’t see Martin getting fired right now and I sure as hell can’t see anyone who is realistically ready to replace him.

        I think we have to stay the course. To fire everyone would just be Tremblay/Houle all over again.

        Let’s say the season goes to hell in the next month (like Jersey last year). I say we play the hell out of the kids and then grab a good pick in the draft (which is full of Dmen). If there’s another lockout, then we can maybe dump a few contracts.

    • Stuck_in_To. says:

      It is much ado about nothing for fans, but not players. I should think the management hope is that the message to the players is “we’ll make roster changes if you don’t play better”. It certainly should be.

      In addition, they need to start Budjai. Not only to reset Price, whom I think really just needs that one game rest, but also to remind the entire team of what it is to be responsible.

      You can hate on Martin all you want, I do, but he knows about keeping the puck out of the net. That would have gone a long way to securing a win last night.

  13. HardHabits says:

    One of the most important elements in maturity is recognizing when your rivals have success or make good moves as well as facing up to your own mistakes and errors.

    I hear Burke is such an idiot only incapable of making crap moves and how PG and JM are like two infallible gods and can do no wrong.

    Love is blind. Religion is the opiate of the masses.

    Habs fans are not unlike smitten junkies.

  14. howtathor says:

    It’s incredible how our management miss the most obvious things like signing an injured defenceman to a huge contract, not having a defensive center, letting Hammer go and on and on. I don’t think Mcguire would miss any of those. Sometimes the most obvious needs are the least apparent.

    • Ron in Ottawa says:

      I think you are absolutely right. I know habs fans get upset when you mention McGuire but that because he is not a homer- he says it like it is. i still belive he would be the ideal GM for this team- he knows players in the league; has a good sense of who’s who in the AHL, the juniors and the international leagues. Plus he’s a native Montrealer. I know people will say that he never won: did PG or JM?

  15. BKAK72 says:

    This is for Jacques Martin, Service Canada lines open Monday to Friday, best to call at 8:00 a.m. (before the rush):


  16. SensFanSpezza says:

    Boss! Boss! Da plane! It’s crashing!

  17. HABSIN09 says:

    Now to speak out of both sides of my mouth like a true Habs fan, I do like the look of the 4th line now…lines now look like (well, for the first 2 minutes anyway)

    Darche-PN29(not 29 for long)-Blunden (White, Gomez, is that it?)

    Weber-Emelin (Markov, Campoli, Spacek)

    Anybody know the timeframe on White?

  18. cuzzie says:

    WOW! City beat ManU at Old Trafford 6-1.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  19. avatar_58 says:

    The hell is wrong with this GM? Why are the habs always stuck with cowards who refuse to make worthwhile moves? Why do other GMs possess the ability to fleece one another but ours has no clue how to even make proper AHL level trades.

    I’m so sick of this. I hate Burke and Holmgren but at least they make adjustments when things go badly.

  20. JM has a new plan for the PP. Darche – Nokelainen – Blunden

  21. HardHabits says:

    Lemaire for GM!!!!!

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Consensus seems to be we hate JM’s defensive system, boring and it doesn’t work very well in the “New NHL”. So we bring in the guy who brought the Trap Era to the forefront in the 90s until it became commonplace, the game became boring, SCFs were considered unwatchable at times and the Post-Lockout era had to change the rules to break the Trap as a stranglehold on the game as entertainment.

      Lemaire once coached the Wild to a season with 20 tie games. Imagine if we didn’t have the Skills Competition or OT, imagine sitting back and watching our Habs spend a quarter of the season in no-decision games.

      He was a HOF player HH, I respect what he did on the ice and what you suggested on the back page was what you often accuse me of doing, overreacting. Lemaire’s playing career, I was born 4 years after he retired but I very much respect it, his consistency was incredible. I know of him as a coach who waged war on exciting hockey. His GM philosophy would be the same, make this a Trap Team and everyone here would hate watching it. The NJD won 3 Cups and held their Parades in a parking lot so few people cared to watch what they did.

      We want up-tempo hockey? Lemaire is the opposite of that.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • Bripro says:

        He’s talking about having him as GM, not as coach.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I admire Lemaire but has he served as a GM or asst. GM? Bring back KM for head coach ASAP before the season is lost.He know the players anf they seem to respond very well for him

        Mr. Biter

      • HardHabits says:

        We are in a trap system with JM, PG and BG. WTF were the last two-years?

        At least Lemaire would fit the right players for the system rather than do what our current brain-trust is doing and that is stocking the wrong kind of players for the system in place.

        Habs hockey is defensive hockey. Where do you think Lemaire got his ideas from? Gainey was Mr. Defensive forward par excellence. The difference between Lemaire and Gainey is that Lemaire would stop an opponent from scoring and he would set-up goals and pop them in at crucial times of the game.

        Lemaire has also adapted his game to the realities and changes of today’s NHL. Not so with PG, BG and Martin.

        I think you are so wrong it’s not even funny. JM would make the best GM since the 70’s if hired.

        If I was owner I’d offer him 10 years and carte blanche.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          But I believe the issue has been the defence-first philosophy has not worked and it is boring, boring, boring to watch according to many here and the solution is suddenly to select a GM who would continue the same path?

          Lemaire has not coached a playoff series win since 2003 either, possible the game has passed his strategies by? The Devils super-run last season isn’t enough to prove he’s flipped his switch and put aside the philosophy he has stuck to his entire coaching career. The man waged war on up-tempo hockey for most of his career, which is what we are all arguing for with the team’s composition, including you I believe.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Geoff Molson may have to Wiki him before any serious consideration. Perhaps beg for him to come back to Mtl and make this franchise more ‘entertaining’ to give the fans more bang for the buck.

      When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • Bripro says:

      That’s a great idea. Really.
      Except you know as well as I do there’s no way he’ll accept.
      I think he’s had enough of the NHL.
      They way he was treated by Lou, and he still won’t come back, I doubt the appeal of Mtl’s journalists, online GMs and hysterical fans will suck him in.

      • HardHabits says:

        That I agree with. That is why if I owned the team I would give him carte blanche and would also guarantee that I would insulate his team from the press. The press have too much access to this team.

        If I owned this club. I’d cut that crap out. All these idiots in the locker rooms. I would only allow reporters in the room after a Cup win.

  22. HABSIN09 says:

    I am at the point of who cares what we give up, as long as we get a 100 point scorer, or stud D in return. Weber, AK, Picks and whatever else for Shea Weber, Price and Subban for Stamkos, whatever! We always say we are missing a piece, and it is always a big centre or stud D. What use is it to have a world class goalie when you’re losing (hello Bryzgalov and Phoenix) and what good is it to keep people, only because they may do better elsewhere (ak, weber, diaz, emelin, whoever!) Even getting the rumored Turris for AK and picks, bring it on! I am sick of hoping that AK puts up 80 points, only to be dissappointed, but want to give him another shot in case he goes somewhere else and lights it up.


    damn thank goodness we made these moves, I was getting worried there for a second!

  24. Mr. Biter says:

    These moves will lead us to the cup. Not. WTF is the Beef. CP has to defend himself from Yollips like Rosehill. Have PG and JM not realized that we need some BIG MEAN TOUGHNESS. The experiment that we can win without a “Enforcer” needs to end. BG realized that and got BGL for that(and who could have forseen the Vegan saga) and for the 1st year (when he played) no one took advantage of our players and one of my favorite vidios on youtube is BGL chasing Lucic around the rink trying to goad Lucic into a fight.
    Also Lars played a good game however someone should have told the Toronto announcers that he was not “playing out of position” which they reminded us every shift.

    Mr. Biter

    • Mattyleg says:

      What ‘enforcers’ do you see out there?
      Who should we go running out to get, and what should we give for him?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Don’t know who’s left after all the other teams picked them up, however there gotta be a AHL’er who can skate and throw-em. Remember they usually don’t get more than about 6 minutes per game ( see some of our 4 th line players last night) so they’re not that much a risk on the ice. Remember they don’t have to be on the ice when the hit or devious act occurs but can be waiting on the next shift for the offender.

        Mr. Biter

        • Mattyleg says:

          …and we pay someone to play 6 minutes per game, to take the place of someone who can actually be useful?

          You do realise this isn’t 1998 anymore, right?

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Mr. Biter says:

            We are doing that now and what are we getting for it? Posters like you (nothing personal) cannot see that until we get an “Enforcer” or someone who can play and enforce (best option) teams are going to take liberties with our best players. Remember what happened the last time the Broons came to town during the regular season?

            Mr. Biter

  25. slychard says:

    @MAVID; I concur with your McGuire as GM assessment. Why anyone would suggest this bafoon is beyond me. I have a brother named Pierre, I asked him if I could call him by his middle name because of my loathing of McGuire… Such a shame.

  26. durocher says:

    The Habs have put together a highlight reel of Nokalainen’s goals: The first one is simply amazing.

  27. sampson12 says:

    What is the scouting report on Nokelainen?

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Faceoff specialist for the 4th line, a bit chippy but don’t expect him to drop the gloves. 6’1″. Some concerns about his overall hockey sense from his time in Boston.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

    • durocher says:

      From the Hockey News:

      ASSETS: Kills penalties effectively and owns a very projectable frame. Can play all three forward positions and is a deft face-off man.
      FLAWS: Is somewhat limited in the scoring department at the National Hockey League level. Also lacks game-to-game consistency.
      CAREER POTENTIAL: Defensive forward.

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    Very sad time for Mtl. fans. Another 5 year rebuilding project on the way!
    The millions of dollars being fleeced from the public in false product the past few years is a total shame.

    • mrhabby says:

      i can’t wait for the summit…were going to be in one angry mood if this crap continues..maybe time for an occupy.

    • ProHabs says:

      It is really sad Ian when Subban gets run by Brown and Rosehill on a Saturday night in our own barn and all the players can do it take the abuse.

      And then Price gets roughed up by all people Grobovski and there is no response.

      You can see it in Price and the other players who asked management for some protection that they are frustrated and probably embaressed to be pushed around and can’t do anything about it. Sad indeed.

      • Ian Cobb says:

        Sad indeed that the players are now seeing what this Martin guy is all about behind the bench. He is like Cherry from the stone age and can not change, even though the game has changed.

      • mrhabby says:

        in fairness i saw reimer get run a few times. but overall its getting embarassing.

        ps…wait until we play boston could get real ugly.

  29. ProHabs says:

    THis management team has absolutely no answers. Oh well, look on the positive side, I am sure Markov is enjoying the day in Florida water skiing.

  30. slychard says:

    My iPhone sent this last post. Sorry. Don’t know how this movie preview came to be my post.

  31. Mikey_39 says:

    Rumors floating around that AK good be traded for Turris. I really wouldn’t like that move. Everyone hates on AK but he’s probably our most consistent forward, he’s always in the + and he has the potential to be a game changer, even if he doesn’t always show it. I hope he isn’t traded and is signed by MTL

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Why trade AK? Last year I would gladly have seen him go but in my opinion he has been playing fairly good this season.

      Mr. Biter

      • Mikey_39 says:

        People need to lower their expectation of him. I think if they did that, everyone would appreciate him much more. Sure we used a first round on him, but draft picks don’t always live up to expectations. He’s a consistent 40-50 point guy, a big body, and probably the strongest player on our team.

  32. slychard says:

    @mavid”Martha Marcy May Marlene” — A tongue twister of a title that makes chilling sense as the film unfolds. In quiet, intimate ways, it is one of the most startling, haunting films you’ll see all year. Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of twin multimedia moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley, stars in the title role. She’s a reserved woman in her 20s who is skittishly fleeing a hippieish cult in upstate New York at the film’s start. She calls her older sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson), from whom she’s been estranged for a couple of years, for help. At this point, she’s known by her real name of Martha. Writer-director Sean Durkin seamlessly cuts back and forth in time. In the present, Martha is awkwardly trying to assimilate to normal life with Lucy and her husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy), at their peaceful Connecticut lake house. But memories increasingly plague Martha of her time at the idyllic but slightly creepy farm ruled by the calmly charismatic Patrick (John Hawkes). He gave Martha a new name, Marcy May, initiated her through the same ritual all the women there endured and insisted she was his favorite when he sensed her apprehension. Hawkes is frightening without ever raising his voice; he simply radiates menace. And Durkin builds gripping tension through steady camerawork and long takes, naturalistic lighting and ambient noise. He grabs you in a way you may not even actively perceive; rather, he creates a cumulative sensation that sneaks up on you subconsciously. Far and away one of the year’s best. R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language. 101 minutes. Four stars out of four.

  33. Kooch7800 says:

    so why didn’t we sign konopka for his face off abilities and physical play in the off season?

    This was an issue going into the season I just have to believe there is better options out there than this guy

  34. Mavid says:

    I cannot believe that anyone is seriously considering Pierre McGuire….all he does is state the obvious and try to cover it up by screeching insane sayings that make sense to know one…do you really want someone running our team that uses sayings like “sucking dirty pond water”…or “swinging in the jungle with the big tree’s” , active stick, active glove, embellishment, smartheadyness, roof daddy, or my personal favorite stupid Pierre sayings…”human eraser” you cannot be serious…no no no McGuire….

    second place is just the first loser

  35. Neutral says:

    nothing to jump up and down about

    Darche – Nokelainen – Blunden

    maybe a little better-had to do something to keep JM around for a few more games. if they win tomorrow night the fans will forget about it till we lose again. maybe it’ll improve the defence a little…

  36. durocher says:

    We have not had a 4th line that does what a 4th line is supposed to do: crash, bang, change momentum, hold the other team accountable. These moves will help us field a legitimate 4th line — the Blunden move is more significant to me, because he can perform these functions more than Nokelainen. It seems to me that Nokelainen was acquired in part for his face-off abilities: he’s won 58% of his draws this season.

    In short Darche-Nokelainen-Blunden can help the team more than Darche-Engquist-Palushaj.

    These moves will be meaningless if we don’t win tomorrow. If we don’t, I’d expect JM to get the ax.

  37. savethepuck says:

    A lot of over reacting to a trade that we gave up Brock Trotter, a guy that didn’t seem to be in the team’s plans, and a 7th round pick. What is anyone expecting we would get in return? I’m surprised nobody has even mentioned what is meant by JM hinting there may be a personnel change. Would that have to do with any of our assistant coaches?

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  38. Bripro says:

    I can’t believe the hysteria being heard around Habs land over this trade.

  39. Pucknut says:

    Can’t we get Alex Henry to play wing on the 4th line. Keep the peace etc…

  40. bp says:

    The sad thing about this team is that it makes you look fondly at the days of Lapierre and Latendresse. Yeah, they sucked but they were both actual NHLers (with size) and not sure you can say that our current crew.

    Also sad that two years later the team is still looking for a replacement for Dominic Moore.

  41. HardHabits says:

    My belief is that a winning combo is as follows:

    – Bona fide #1 centre
    – Two scoring lines
    – 1 defensive forward unit capable of nullifying either of the opponent’s top scoring lines
    – 1 crash and bang energy line
    – A back end that is both punishing and puck moving with a few booming shots from the blue-line for added value
    – World class goal-tending
    – Good coaching

    Ask yourself these questions. What do the Habs have on this list? What do they need?

  42. cuzzie says:

    Canucks acquire Booth from Florida. We win for sure tomorrow.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  43. Ian Cobb says:

    Marc Trestman has agreed to help coach in Brossard on his days off.

    He can at least count to 5 (players on the ice)

  44. habsfan0 says:

    These are not the moves Habs fans are waiting for. Like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  45. Blunden being called up is good, I liked how he played in preseason and at this stage he might be more able to pot a goal than Palushaj, certainly more able than Engqvist.

    Nokelainen is a borderline NHLer yet still an improvement on Engqvist. However I thought we might get a bit more for Trotter.

    Stafford is a gigantic meh, depth D for Hamilton.

    Overall it’s pretty much a nothing trade, but the 4th line will be a bit bigger and more physical, maybe better.

  46. HabinBurlington says:

    Time for some NFL Football, Looks like Tankapalooza will be running some shows in Montreal for the next while.

  47. cuzzie says:

    Nhl numbers already has the changes. We gained some cap space.

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  48. mrhabby says:

    signs of desperation…something has to give right. i hope more changes are going to happen. if we win one game this week..does martin stay.

  49. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Petteri was taken 17th overall in the 1st round and we gave up a undrafted somewhat “small” player and 7th rounder for close to 200 games defensive player. Whats to complain, did you really wanted to add 5’10” player to an already “small” team?

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  50. adamkennelly says:

    just wondering how all you ” we are not too small” and “we don’t need any toughness” feel about Subban having to deal with Jay Rosehill and Price having to protect himself from the same 4th line thugs…or for that matter – our coach making a joke about Diaz being able to deal with big opposing players crashing the net. I don’t think its very funny and neither does Price.

  51. rogieshan says:

    Trotter could produce in Anaheim. They play a more up-tempo game. Just ask Saku.

  52. HNS says:

    I’ll start planning the parade route now.

  53. HabinBurlington says:

    At least Blunden will throw a bodycheck.

    Is JM’s 4th line going to be Blunden/Nokelainen/Cole?

  54. dhenry1234 says:

    What’s the story on Blunden? what position does he play? what are his stats?

  55. HardHabits says:

    Looks like the Habs at the very least will have a 4th line, but I still feel like Phoenix won the trade handily. Habs get two NHL castaways and Pheonix get’s a pick and prospect who at the very least has a penchant for the net.

    The Habs can forget about picking the next Zetterberg next entry draft. 😉

    So that’s one draft pick down. I wonder how many more the Habs are going to spend on their 8th place addiction.

    • Storm Man says:

      Im ROFLMAO at this band aid trade… Good thing my Chargers play today. All this does is save Lord Martin for a few games till a Storm comes to town…. I have the perfect jersey for me to toss on the ice… It has number 93 on the back of it lol.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Oh no, our 7th-round pick was spent. Nokelainen can fit into the 4th line and win faceoffs. Trotter survived the waiver wire twice I’d add there.

      Not sure how I feel about Trotter going, had some offensive instincts surely but talented enough to make a difference in the NHL? If he can’t fit into a scoring role he’s not going to make it.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • HardHabits says:

        I am being sarcastic about Trotter. He’s too small for a team that requires size and strength. He could add to Pheonix’ roster. And you are right he has passed waivers already. No real loss there.

        If the Habs can get a #1 centre they are almost in business.

        However, redundancy is the Habs issue right now. Too many players on the team and in the system who are either short or not very physically imposing (Cammy, Gio, DD, Trotter, Palushaj, Plex). Too many not very physically imposing (regardless of their puck moving abilities) defense men (Diaz, Weber, Spacek, Gorges).

        My belief is that a winning combo is as follows:

        – Bona fide #1 centre
        – Two scoring lines
        – 1 defensive forward unit
        – 1 crash and bang energy line
        – A back end that is both punishing and puck moving with a few booming shots from the blue-line for added value
        – World class goal-tending
        – Good coaching

        Ask yourself these questions. What do the Habs have on this list? What do they need?

        • Kooch7800 says:

          we are missing more than we have too be honest. I dont think you can have gio and cammy on the same team either. they are too small.
          gomez is a waste of space. if I were the gm I would be up for a trade only protecting eller, cammy, price, pk, ak, max P, cole (on the fence on that one), jorges, the rest could go

  56. TommyB says:

    Might as well start shopping Palushaj around. Endqvist too. Have a Hamilton garage sale.

  57. Gindan69 says:

    I guess this is the Blair Betts replacement. Too bad Betts didn’t pan out, but I can’t blame PG there. Who plays a guy with a partially torn ACL and torn MCL? The dirtbags in Philly. 4th line center (they sorely need one at the moment) who can take draws. We will see what else he can do.

  58. NightRyder says:

    How much do we miss Gomez? Let me count the ways:

    Eller’s first full game post-Gomez: two assists, +3.

    The last time Gomez (the “playmaker” to his retarded Gomophiles) had two assists in a regular-season game was JANUARY (and of course he was only even in that game). The last time he was a +3 in a game was March. Of 2010.

    Give the kids more ice time and live with the results. We are going nowhere (ever) with Scott Gomez. The quicker everyone gets on board with this notion, the quicker things can actually start to turn around.

    That’s my anti-Gomez rant of the day. Many more to come I’m sure.

    • Timo says:

      I liked it. I was passionate and spirited… just like the man himself.

    • HardHabits says:

      Gomez, Markov, Cole, Gionta, Cammy, Plex = 33 million = half the roster’s cap. IMO only Cammy and Plex earn their pay. Gionta is coming around. It truly appears that Gomez is a black hole for wingers. I don’t buy the great Gomez passes that Gio flubs. Gio converts other centre’s plays at a higher rate.

      The game has passed Gomez by. The sooner he is gone the better.

      Cole and Martin isn’t working so one of the two has to go.

      Markov should not return until his knee is certified 100% healed (so IMO probably not before next season).

      Gionta I love him at times and wonder WTF he’s doing with the “C” at others. If he stays DD has to go.

      Plex and Cammy are great if they are part of your 2nd line. However IMO the Habs need a first line center. With Cole, Pacioretty and Gionta as your remaining top 6 any coach with two neurons to rub together could figure out two top lines. Habs still need that number 1 centre.

  59. slychard says:

    Brock trotter and 7th round pick for… How does Wikipedia have this info and not HIO

  60. Wops says:

    People get way to excited by minor deals in mtl and starts cursing at the gm. Even though its not the solution, it was a required move:

    1- Our AHL D sucks. Stafford is a productive AHL d man. Fix a problem. + brings in depth if ever we have another injury

    2- Our fourth line sucks, Enqvist is not an NHL player. Nokelainen is good on faceoff, so it fixes this problem. Betts didnt work out.

    3- Trotter is a good AHLer, à la Corey Locke. Doesnt have the speed to make in the NHL, as we saw in the preseason.

  61. habsolutely says:

    Looks like PG is trying to stop the bleeding from a massive cut with a sesame street bandaid

  62. ProHabs says:

    Does this trade address any of the teams needs, I mean really. This team just goes around in circles and circles. The formula doesn’t work but lets try acquiring more soft 4th line players to change this team around.

  63. dre1744 says:

    Habs aquire Petteri Nokelainen…. What the hell who is this guy. Does he do anything for the team,
    wow great move we get a guy who is below .500 on the faceoffs, has 35 points in 194 games. What a great move this is we should start winning games anytime now.

  64. Ian Cobb says:

    Can he coach?
    Does he take face offs?
    Does he ice the puck?
    Can he count to five? (players on the ice at any one time)
    Then the cup is ours!

  65. habbernack says:

    I was wondering when PG would get these two guys. It should really help our scoring and tighten up our defence. Good trade PG

    ability is what you’re capable of doing.
    attitude determines how you do it

  66. HardHabits says:

    What this team needs to do is hire Jacques Lemaire as GM.

    • Tony McLean says:

      You’re stealing my thunder. And Larry Robinson as coach.
      Where is the next Beliveau? The next Ferguson, Rocket, Patrick Roy? The next Lafleur? The next Scotty Bowman and Sam Pollack?

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      So they can become the Trappiest Team that Ever Trapped?

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • HardHabits says:

        Lemaire is a one of the best hockey minds in the modern era, one that rivals Scotty Bowman, another hockey genius.

        Lemaire is to chess what Gainey and Gauthier are to checkers.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Lemaire is to entertaining hockey what a nude beach of pensioners is to an adult film director.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • HardHabits says:

            In sports. Winning is all the entertainment an audience needs.

            Lemaire would be an excellent GM. IMO you become closed minded and defensive when something jars your sensibilities and you tend react with vehemence in these instances rather than coolly and collectively.

            You have an excellent grasp on the team’s future. I suggest you learn your team’s history a bit better. Lemaire was one of the best two-way forwards to play the game. Half of Lafleur’s goals were set-up by Lemaire. He was a better coach than a player even, which is ultra rare. Don’t be surprise when Lindy Ruff becomes Sabres GM.

            I would praise hallelujah and many, many Habs fans would join in the singing if Lemaire was hired as GM.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            How low can you sink..talking about this HOFer.

            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            I was speaking as his record as a COACH my friend. You are being far too reactionary to what I’ve been on about every time his name comes up for the Front Office and that is what I am talking about. Lemaire is a defence-first, Trap-loving (or even Originating!) coach. His record with NJ shows it, his record with Minnesota screamed it, he once coached the Wild to a season where they had 20 tie games!

            Everyone here HATES it when we play New Jersey in their half-empty mausoleum of an arena with their defensive system that Lemaire put down many years ago. No energy, no excitement, team goes to sleep and loses 3 of 4 against NJ each year. Heard nothing but whining about this defensive hockey is boring and now you insist we bring in the man who tried to kill entertaining hockey in the 90s until the league finally changed the rules after the lockout to break the Trap Era?

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • HardHabits says:

            Like the way he turned around NJ last year by making them win at a rate that would have scared the crap out of anybody, had they made the play-offs.

            SF09. You let your prejudices cloud your judgement. Face it. You are wrong.

            If you can’t see that Lemaire would make a great GM, or at the very least should be given a shot, you have much to learn not only about the Habs but about hockey in general.

            One of the biggest mistakes the Habs made was not hiring Bowman as GM way back when. You sound like you’d have been on the Grundman bandwagon too.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            HH, I call the non-hire on Bowman the worst mistake the team EVER made as it broke the chain on great hockey people as successors for the job of General Manager.

            My point remains, Lemaire has a philosophy about hockey that led to the Trap Era, which was terrible for the game in terms of entertainment. One season in NJ where they go on a super-pace is not enough to convince me he wouldn’t follow his natural instincts and create a Trap Team that we would hate watching. Maybe they would win more but we’d be sick of watching them after the quarter pole.

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • HardHabits says:

            I am sick of watching this team since 1993 with only a few bright spots in between, most notably the #1 Conference and scoring race finish and the drive to the ECF’s. Slim pickings after. The Koivu era leaves me unmoved in retrospect too.

            I am confident that Lemaire would make the Habs an exciting team to watch in a few years if handed the reins to the team.

            My apologies for insinuating that you’d be a Grundmanite.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            SF09, he wouldn’t be coaching this time around. A managerial position wouldn’t necessarily translate to the trap system idealogy nor in considerations of player acquisitions. Not if his coaches had anything to say about it.

            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  67. There is possible another trade with Phoenix coming? Trade rumors is involving AK46 & Gomez for Kyle Turris and Ray Whitney.

  68. otter649 says:

    Garrett Stafford was the player Perezhogin got supended for slashing when he was a Hamilton Bulldog…..

    • Tony McLean says:

      Neither one will ever be an NHLer.

      Where is the next Beliveau? The next Ferguson, Rocket, Patrick Roy? The next Lafleur? The next Scotty Bowman and Sam Pollack?

  69. HABSIN09 says:

    Man oh man, our D is completely pourous, and we have a ton of Bottom 6 (or 3 or 9) forwards. Thank god we filled those holes with a bottom 3 centreman, and a career minor leaguer D in Stafford (and it’s Garrett, not Drew)

  70. HabinBurlington says:

    Well a trade of this magnitude is definitely going to keep the media at bay away from JM and PG…….

  71. TommyB says:

    Someone just shoot me. It’s become obvious to me that the game has passed me by. I don’t know anything about hockey anymore. I look at the Habs present situation, and their big announcement is the trading of a young AHLer for Petteri Whatshisname. What is Nokalainen’s “specialty”? Cuz, looking at his career stats I’m not seeing anything blatantly helpful. But like I said, the game has passed me by. I know nothing anymore.

  72. LL says:

    Nokelainen sucks.

    Just practicing. 😉

    • Everlasting1 says:


      When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  73. christophor says:

    Can take faceoffs (check)

    Plays short-handed minutes (virtually none)

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