And … we’re back!

You may have noticed that our site has been offline for the last little while. Our readers and bloggers have waited patiently on the sidelines as our web folks have been tackling a very serious hardware issue that took down Habs Inside/Out and our West Island Gazette site.

Things are pretty much back to normal here and our bloggers are eager to jump back in the game just in time for the Stanley Cup final. And we know you’re ready to get back into the action and share your thoughts on the Canadiens, the playoffs and the Cup.

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We’re glad to be back online. Thanks for your patience and your encouraging comments via email, Facebook and Twitter.

64 Comments

  1. Price_31 says:

    A little late but YAY HABSINSIDEOUT IS BACK! finally! i gave up on checking after a while. Thank-you Thank-you thank-you!! =)

  2. goinforstanley says:

    resign Halak and Price trade Price.Let Plecs and the rest of the ufas go exept Moore.Sign Kovalchuk to a long term deal.Make a couple of trades (the Kostitsyns) and Go Habs Go.

  3. Danno says:

    I noticed the site went just after the Hab went down.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  4. Thomas Le Fan says:

    And still the whiners whine and the complainers complain. We took a massive step forward from last year. There’s one sure way of making sure your team wins the Cup every year. Switch teams every June! I wish some of you would.    

  5. HFX-HabFan says:

    Considering that MAB is a pending UFA, I highly doubt any team is willing to give up even a seventh round pick to get his “exclusive rights”. He’s a goner, and we won’t get anything for him.  Fine by me.

  6. Habs4ever Fan says:

    I love what Gainey did with the team last year.

    I thought this team was much better than what its regular season record showed

    I think with a more aggressive coach we would have made it to the Cup finals

    I am disgusted with how Martin chose MAB (a has been) over Obryne (a kid with greater potential in need of experience and confidence)

    Disgusted over how all but a few players actually understood and florished under his puck control game.

    Disgusted how we let a team like the Flyers beat us having studied our play in the first 2 rounds

    Disgusted how he single handedly has managed to turn so many talented younger players in to insecure ladies on the ice

    Disgusted how Latendresse flourished after he was traded

    Disgusted how Pouliot’s talent went from good to bad after JM had coached him for a month

    Kirk Muller is our coach and Jacques Martin only wants to the the next GM and will do anything to make Gautier or Gainey look bad.

    Duh….here is to playing a minus 11 player who is a one trick pony for a Obyrne…….what ever

    Playoffs were great….we should be playing the Hawks

     

  7. Corporate says:

    Well.. You JM got us to the Final Four with those guys and with limited tools. I would not consider that being a bad thing. As for Muller, he did great with the PK and was PK ruined in the playoffs this year? I must have missed that… Get your facts straight…

  8. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Trade Bait

    Andre and Sergie Inconsystent

    Marc Turnover Bergeron

    Carey Can’t win in Playoffs Price

    Jacques destroy prospects confidence Martin

     

    We will never win a cup with JM coaching and now we are about to lose the brains behind our bench Muller to NJ

    Question for 2010-2011. How long will it take for Jacques Martin to ruin PK Subban?

     

  9. J.J. of Turku says:

    Hmmmm… Nice to see a “hometown boy” as a Hab. He played for a little while here in Turku TPS. I think he’s got potential, if not as a player then as a trade for something. I’m quite sure that if Habs don’t need him someone will…

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  10. J.J. of Turku says:

    Phew….

    Summer is saved, thank you Asmaa & co. Was difficult to get any sleep without my regular dose of HI/O before going to bed. Everything looks as perfect as before.

    (…waiting for “HI/O iPhone app”)

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  11. sholi2000.com says:

    Markov is injured and will not play until December.

    Price is RFA, why not take the offers and collect picks?

    And Deslauriers is 8 feet tall and can’t stop a beach ball.

    Jack Johnson for Hammer and the Hassbeensons?  Is everyone on crack tonight lol!

    They Call Me Shane

  12. sholi2000.com says:

    Everyone wants someone for nothing.  It’s the NHL people.

    FYI- Kovalchuk and Marleau are UFA. 

    Buy out Hamrlik, and sign Halak to his 5 million bucks then trade him lol!  Then you can sing Marleau. 

    Pleks walks!

    Keep the cheap goalie.

     

    They Call Me Shane

  13. The Cat says:

    Do you remember what Philly ended up giving Quebec for Eric Lindros? (Ron Hextall, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Peter Forsberg, Chris Simon, first round picks in the 1993 and 1994 NHL Entry Drafts and $15 million to the Quebec Nordiques)…Markov and the Ks aint nowhere near cutting it. The Ks have no value whatsoever.

  14. Keith says:

    Wow, has it ever been a hard couple of days without HI/O around. I was going through withdrawal lol! Glad to see it all back! Thank-you Asmaa, and welcome back to all the fine folks on this great site!

  15. Wayne says:

    Thanks for your efforts Asmaa. You’re a doll.

    No glitches to report. Boone’s mug is as handsome as ever so everything looks normal.

  16. c.robillard says:

    Or make a trade for Patrick Sharp.  He’s the right-handed center we need, and hes listed at 6’1″.

    Just some thoughts…

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    I always like to imagine what the NHL might be like if idiots like Milbury, Sutter, Lawton, Sather and Lowe hadn’t been involved in GM work in the last decade. We might have seen a lot more sanity in contract terms and lengths, making it that much easier to cap manage and sign players.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  18. habs4later says:

    1 player I would love to see in a habs uniform, is Byfuglien, but I think it’s a pipe dream. but isn’t Chicago close to the cap? they will need to unload some players. wouldn’t he look great  screening the opposing goalie?  if not him, I say trade The K bros , Hamrlik and Price, and go after Marleau or Kovulchuk.

  19. hab_skill says:

    Two trades Ideas:

     

    1) Price, Markov and 1st Rounder for Edmonton’s First Rounder and Deslauriers (french veteran as backup)

    2) K Bros, Hamrlik and second rounder to LA for Jack Johnson and a 4th rounder

     

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Whatever he wrote, I didn’t see it but I can only imagine the epic level of insults that he leveled against everyone involved with the Canadiens to any degree.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  21. spos080808 says:

    Well Stajan got $3.5 correct? That absolutely means Pleks will get at a minimum $4.5. Is he worth that? And considering the lack of talent on the UFA market this summer, one would think he could fetch $5 million from somebody. However, is he really worth that? I do not think so. To me he is a $4 million guy. BUT the problem becomes who becomes the 2nd center? Like I said, there is not much out there in terms of UFA’s so if Pleks walks the team is really really screwed…

    If Pleks does leave, that means the Habs HAVE to work a trade with Halak or Price and/or the K brothers…

    The entire off season begins with Pleks! Gauthier has a tough job to do right now!

    ___________________

    Timo is the biggest joke & fraud in the history of hockey “fans”

  22. spos080808 says:

    Ding Dong! The Timo is dead. Which old Timo? The Wicked Timo!
    Ding Dong! The Wicked Timo is dead…

    Thank the Lord…

    I think I need to change my tagline now though. =(

    ___________________

    Timo is the biggest joke & fraud in the history of hockey “fans”

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think Edmonton would move their first overall pick for anything right now, teams too jealously guard these potential franchise player picks to risk them nowadays, especially with the Kostitsyns being a possible double bust, it would really mean only Markov and a pick int the deal.

    That and I think Markov has to remain. Team needs him, the playoffs proved it when he was out and they didn’t have that steady veteran help against the Flyers, Subban is great and has an exceptional skill set but he’s still a rookie, he needs a guiding hand to teach him and Markov and he are both of the same type, skating defencemen, the potential for their combined ability on the power play alone… it’s worth keeping him, he’ll teach Subban a lot. Markov’s been generally a pretty solid injury-wise in the last 8 years before this one, this was just a very bad year for him. Markov is an elite talent who can mentor our next great defencemen and shifting the responsibility from Markov to Subban having to be the team’s MVP player really isn’t an answer to getting this team farther along. We lost to a team with a great Top-4 D group after defeating two teams that didn’t have one let’s not forget folks.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’ll be a farmhand in Hamilton, with Subban getting kicked upstairs and some other pending free agents in Hamilton, they’re stocking the shelves. Carle is going to be cut loose sooner or later with his fragility issues and Weber might be traded this summer as the Habs hunt for scoring.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  25. c.robillard says:

    I had a great time watching these playoffs. Being 23 years old, this
    is the first time I’ve ever seen the Habs go that deep into the
    playoffs. I love May hockey in Montreal, and I hope this is the
    beginning of many May-games to come.

    That being said, I hope
    we have an active summer in terms of finding the right players to
    compliment and round out our established core of Gionta, Gomez,
    Cammalleri, Moen, Moore, Lapierre, Gorges, Subban, O’Byrne, Spacek,
    Gill, Pyatt, Halak and Price.

    I left out Markov on that list because
    he would be a great asset on the trading block. As much as I think
    Markov is an outstanding defenseman, it’s possible that he is
    injury-prone. Also, the Habs have proven that they can win without
    Markov (albeit with horrendous powerplay numbers), so maybe his status
    as a core-member could be questioned. I think any team looking for a
    D-man would salivate at the option of acquiring a guy like Markov.

    • What do you all think about a package deal of Markov, a pick and/or both Kostitsyn’s to Edmonton for their 1st pick overall?

    I
    think the Habs should part ways with Plekanec because he will ask for
    and might recieve upwards of 5 million. Trading away both Kostitsyn’s
    is a no brainer. Metropolit and Bergeron can test the waters of
    free-agency. Trading Hamrlik would be a feat to witness. Also I hope we re-sign Moore and Lapierre

    Anyway, lots of time til October.
    Thanks Habs for a great post-season.

  26. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    The Habs have signed defenceman  Kyle Klubertanz to a one-year contract.

    http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=322907

  27. OneTimer says:

    Timo’s gone? A single tear rolls down my cheek…or should I use the violin metaphor…ah, choices :)

  28. 24 Cups says:

    Please Note: I wrote this a few days ago but couldn’t post it due to the site being down.  For what it’s worth.

    Pierre Gauthier will have little time to dwell on the great Hab playoff run this spring. Major decisions have to be made in the next few weeks that will have long term implications for the team. Here is a ‘to do list’ of the most important choices that Gauthier will face in the upcoming off season.

    1. Try and sign unrestricted free agent, Tomas Plekanec. Having overpaid for one Hab centre, Montreal can ill afford to repeat the same mistake. How much upside does Pleks have left and what amount of long term cap space can the Habs afford? There are bound to be other suitors and the truth of the matter is that the Habs have no other options right now in the system. There are a few small offensive prospects in Hamilton but it will take a few years for them to develop enough to handle 2nd line duties.

    2. Make a decision on how the Habs handle the K brothers’ future with the team. AK46 is signed for next year and SK74 is a RFA with little leverage. In theory, they are going nowhere and will be back with the team. However, the real question is do the Habs want them back? Or better yet, do the Kostitsyn brothers want to come back? Historically, Montreal has been unable to develop young quality forwards and there is very little down on the farm in terms of taking the K brothers’ spots. Where will the offense come from and who will be able to help fill out the top two lines? All of this of course is counterbalanced by the notion that these two guys need to go so that the Habs can finish the house cleaning that Bob Gainey started last summer.

    3. Figure out which goaltender Montreal will trade in the upcoming year. In a perfect world, many Hab fans would say that the team should stay put and keep both (not to mention that they are both RFAs this summer). Cap considerations and the need to upgrade at other positions pretty well dictates that one goalie must go next year. It may not happen this summer but it’s a reality that the team must face in the near future. Hab fans tend to overestimate what their players will bring in a trade so it should be interesting to see what the market will bare. One thing is for use. Gauthier should not be trading a young goalie for prospects, draft picks or over the hill veterans. He needs to try and secure a young Dman or forward who has the same upside as Halak or Price. That may be easier said than done.

    4. Deal with Andrei Markov’s upcoming free agency before it begins to take on a life of it’s own. Most fans assumed that Montreal would re-sign Markov with the extra coin coming from Roman Hamrlik’s departed salary (after 2011). Unfortunately, Markov’s serious injury may derail that signing until later in the 2010-11 season. Some fans might even suggest that it would be best to not bring Markov back after next year and allow Subban to grow into that role. Gauthier needs to make a decision at some point in time and then bring closure to the uncertainty.

    5. Free up some cap space in order to handle the new inflated contracts that will be given out to present roster players. Up until the Markov injury, all fingers pointed to Roman Hamrlik as the odd man out. It won’t be an easy move to unload Hamrlik’s contract and there would be little in return (if anything). Another question has to be whether or not the Habs feel they can start the beginning of the year without both Markov and Hamrlik. As well, are there truly any solid candidates down on the farm who can jump in and take the Hammer’s place?

    6. Name a captain who will not only lead the team but also be a long term candidate to stay with the franchise. It’s time for the Habs to get over the Koivu years and move on. At the same time, we don’t want to return to the days of revolving captains which haunted us back in the ‘90s. I strongly believe that the player chosen should be in a position to hold the “C” on a long term basis. There is also the question of whether or not the players should decide or have the move left up to management. Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri are obvious choices. Some posters even favour Josh Gorges who would take on a ‘Mike Keane’ like captaincy. Is Andrei Markov still in the picture? Does he even want to take on that role? Hal Gill had a heroic playoff run but realistically may only last a few more years in the NHL so he’s out. It’s not so much who should be captain but more a case of when that person should be chosen. I believe it should happen before training camp begins.

    7. Prepare for the 2010 entry draft. The Habs will be selecting near the bottom of the pack but here are a few names to realistically consider. I am only listing names of players that have been rated to go near the bottom third of the first round. It appears that there will be more Dmen than centres (near the end of the 1sr round) so that’s a reality that we might just have to face.

    Jarred Tinordi (D), Dylan McIlrath (D), Brock Nelson (C), Jon Merrill (D), Martin Marincin (D) and Kirill Kabanov (just kidding).

    There are other moves that have to be made such as re-signing young RFAs and some UFAs such as Dominic Moore. However, most of those decisions should fall into place as the summer unfolds. The real issues might just be the ones that ultimately decide how well the Habs do in the next few years.

  29. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Bettman said the Flames are expected to host the Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium on Feb. 20. Montreal played the Oilers in Edmonton in the 2003 Heritage Classic, the league’s first outdoor regular-season game.

        http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/story/13452457/report-pens-to-host-caps-in-winter-classic-at-heinz-field?tag=headlines;nhl

  30. nightmare_49 says:

        from Patrick V.Hickey / Montreal Gazette

       Decision time for Habs’ GM Gauthier ………..  this is Mr.Hickey’s opinion on what PG has in front of him this summer

        http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Decision+time+Habs+Gauthier/3080806/story.html

         

     

  31. Anonymous says:

    Why was he banned? did he he insult Boone, or just excessively insult the team?

  32. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Oh, here I thought Hickey’s stalkers had stolen the fuses.  

  33. HFX-HabFan says:

    And here I was thinking it was Timo exacting his revenge for Boone deleting his account.

  34. Dennis says:

    If a Montreal politician reads HIO, please get on this idea right away. http://dennis-kane.com/and-the-parade-winds-its-way-down/

  35. Rainrocket16 says:

    Welcome Back!!

  36. sholi2000.com says:

    I bet this was all Carey Price’s fault……………..let’s trade him.

    :)  kidding of course.

    11 million bucks in the kitty eh?  Me thinks Pleks won’t be coming back.

    They Call Me Shane

  37. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Welcome back!!! Seem like enternity!!! Their’s life after being eliminate during round 3 of the playoffs. It took a few days to revive HI/O back to reality. Whoa!!! Been lost for a few days and never got to comment after the Habs have been eliminated from playoffs as a result of work.

    It was a great playoff run and many thanks for this team who showed heart, determination and gelled at the right time during these playoffs. A healthy Markov was the missing link and a big factor in the series against the Flyers. Anyways, it was a thrill in watching each game and tension was nerve reckoning throughout these playoffs. Go Habs Go!!!

    Looking forward to next season. Its going to be very interesting in the off season. Keep up the good work HI/O and it sure everybody must be delighted to have this site back up and running.

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    Oh great, more stuff for that agent twit to Twitter.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  39. Harani says:

    U.S. ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson from the Obama administration and who was in Montreal believes Halak is synonymous with Gigantic Contract. Who invited him here?

     


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