Another big one

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No small ones anymore.

Zach Parise is back. Martin F. Brodeur got a rest last night, and New Jersey still won to stay (barely) alive for a playoff spot.

Tune-up needed

Players dismiss rumours of rebellion

Theories abound on what ails the team

• Arpon Basu on a picture of mediocrity

Max is back on skates

• Pierre Durocher on the credibility of BGL

• Stu Cowan on homeboy Corey Crawford

112 Comments

  1. rocketsglare says:

    Time for the Habs to put up or shut up. This game is certainly winnable
    but the team is going to have to lay it on the line and play as if there
    where no tomorrow. This has to be the team’s mindset for the remain-
    ing 4 games. Anything less and the team likely misses the playoffs.

  2. 4m3y2j says:

    Hey Andrew

    Here is hoping you and the habs come out of their disinterest since the 8th for the sake of the season and the playoffs….

  3. I haven’t been as interested in hockey since March 8th. Just can’t really get into it.

  4. 4m3y2j says:

    To Habs 365

    if you cannot be positive,don’t bother spewing negativity, being a glass half full person is not delusional,being frustrated is understandable but it gets you nowhere and you just come off sounding bitter,maybe you are a leafs fan?

  5. Not to worry. Just come out with passion, intensity and a little puckluck then we will succeed. Keep out of the penalty box and cash in on our opportunities on the powerplay – a hope and a prayer, and we could at least steal a point. It is that first period, Price has to be solid so the jitters on the bench will dissolve. A goal or two to start things off would be to our liking – rather than be in a hole forcing us to play catchup. And for goodness sake boys, hit somebody. Show some dominance in the corners. Go Habs

    • HabFarmer says:

      The difference between your world and mine is that in yours you actually have to BE over 60 to remember the last time you won a cup.

      “No, I see. The monkey’s out of the bottle now!”

  6. habs365 says:

    Don’t blame Laracque blame the guy who signed him Habs management is good at singing players over the Hill same as Gomez what has he done same guy took him with a big contract what has he done. there’s 3rd liners out there that has a better record blame management not the players they’re no different than you and I we’ll take what ever is offered us and that’s what they did this team will never be any better as long as they keep the management they have now so Habs fans all over this country and beyond, get use to it the 25 cup will be a long time coming anyone over 60 it’s a good chance you’ll never see it.

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    A lot of talk about our injury prone team. But under Martin’s defensive style of coaching, injuries are more common place.

    Most injuries of the severe variety, occur on the defensive side of the puck, rather than the offensive side of the game.

    We need a lot of player depth playing this style of game.

    • The Cat says:

      Or have 5 players with an octopus-like reach like Hal Gill on the ice all the time.That’d be an impenetrable defensive wall.

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

    • Bugs says:

      Aren’t we 18th (I think) in the League for man/games lost due to injury?
      The 17 ahead play with Jack Marty’s style too?

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      I don’t believe one word of that. Just because we’ve had a load of injuries to our D core this year it’s because of the coach? That is ridiculous, especially when you consider Markov was the only Dman with a significant injury last season. I don’t recall this happening in Ottawa or Fla when Martin used his system there. And that’s not even considering the fact that Markov’s injury is of the chronic type. This year is just an anomaly as to what position took the bulk of the injuries.

      • Ian Cobb says:

        Check it out for yourself, blocking shots, standing up the offence at the blue line, clearing out in front, keeping the puck to the outside, breaking up the offensive rush, etc. Produce many more injuries than playing with the puck.!!!!

  8. Propwash says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    Very thoughtful comment Fig.

    But if the Devils were to go somewhere else, we would not have any opposition tonight.

    So I for one would like them to stay.!!

  10. 4m3y2j says:

    Absolutely-thebHabs should have done their research before signing GL,they are at fault the most for that debacle.His bias is what is spearheading this and $$$$.We do love a conspiracy in Montreal so there will always be a place form George unfortunately.I have a great deal of respect for Arpon Basu,I see him as the heir to Red Fisher’s throne,smart,insightful ,passionate writer.
    I don’t know how they plan to support the future stars(Price/Subban/Paccioretti/Eller I hope we find a way to right this ship not just for this season but the future.Sometime sI feel Price must want to get the hell out of here.He is a born winner,as is PK,for how long will they hang onto a team where the front office cannot find them the support they need to take this team to a championship.

  11. gp52 says:

    why didn’t PG pick up Marco Sturm off waivers?

  12. 4m3y2j says:

    john slattery

    ANYBODY-Who takes georges Laracque seriously should seek professional help.This is a guy who has zero integrity,took themoney from thei team when he knew he could not deliver the goods and then leaned on some league ‘CODE’ as an excuse not to do his job,did a shameless commercial where he cam e off looking like a pimp and now he is tru=ying to develop a career on a no name tv show that is desperate for ratings.I believe this is what they refer to ‘A PERFECT STORM’ for Georges ambitions.
    Bottom line PLAY 60 MINUTES,STAY FOCUSED IN THE SYSTEM THAT GOT YOU THE POSITIVE RESULTS IN THIS SEASON.
    If they do manage to turn it around for sure we will hear George taking credit for that as well-

    • Favorite Son says:

      So you’re blaming BGL for accepting a contract? The Habs should’ve done their due diligence before signing him. I think Georges is still frustrated over what happened with him and the team, seeing as it just happened last season. I also think it was more his opinion than him stating facts from players he knows within the team. It seems more like his perception of the team’s recent performances. I agree though, he should not be taken too seriously because I do think he’s biased.

  13. BKAK72 says:

    The article from Apron Basu is a must read. I find it further cements my own personal belief that the HABS current roster is a fault of poorly managed drafts and rosters over the last seven years.

    The article speaks for itself.

    – HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  14. Ian Cobb says:

    We have 4 games left, a possible 8 points. Not very many!

    Jersey—
    Chicago–home
    Ottawa—
    Toronto–

    We need a minimum of 4 points. Where are they going to come from.??

    • smiley says:

      2 pts will get us in and it will come at Ottawa next Thursday. Carolina WILL NOT run the table since they have games left against Buffalo and Detroit. Buffalo still plays Wash/Philly/Carolina. NYR still have Philly/boston/Jersey.

  15. 4m3y2j says:

    Mental make up has a great deal to do with this slump,the Pacioretti mugging has seriously affected this team without question.I think the rumors that pleks is playing injured are true,something has been off for a while.pouilliot is a headcase BUT he did well w/Darce and Deharnais,why not reunite that line ?What happenned to Eller/Moes/Kostits?That was working why break it up.I fine=d this season in particular Martin does that a lot,he tries to fix a wheel that is not broken?Camallerri is showing slight signs of life.Gionta -Lead by example.They are playing a team that was in a thumper last night,there is no excuse,they better show up.Getting the first goal is imperative to winning this game,.Please g=God,not another blowout.

  16. NorthernHab says:

    Big G (Goof) Laraque is the most selfish, self-serving, petty politician/man that I have heard from… in quite a while. Nothing quite like continuing to stab your former team-mates in the back to serve your own interests and desire for the spotlight.
    Who out there believes his “I’m just telling the truth” BS?
    I believe he is taking other players quotes ( said months ago) and interpreting these statements to make him look good. BGL now stands for Big Goofy Liar to me…

  17. longtimehabsfan says:

    Watched the Devils Flyers game last night and it was clear to me that the Devils are playing excellent hockey. Much better than Carolina. That doesn’t leave me hopeful for tonight. But with the Devils playing their 3rd game in four nights and the second of a back to back it leaves the Habs with a fighting chance. The key word here is fighting. Do the Habs have any fight in them? I say they don’t, not tonight. The key games will be next week with Chicago and Ottawa. Forget the Leafs game. If the Habs couldn’t beat last year’s version of the Leafs on home ice and with so much at stake it will not be good for the season to come down to next Saturday.

    “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

  18. habs001 says:

    between 2005-2011 in six years of hockey eller has scored 75 goals….so to expect him to have scored more this year than he has is a bit unrealistic…it will take him a couple of years to get a better scoring touch just like it took maxpac who also did not have have high goal scoring career stats prior to the nhl.

  19. novahab says:

    Why to beg Roy to take over this team at this point. First they lost their coach to Tampa. Second Roy has now paid his dues in Junior and he knows what it takes to win. Third he is a winner and no player in that dressing can ever say to him you don’t understand. Fouth when he talks to the refs they will be fearfull he is a cup winner and will take no crap as JM does. Fith he will challange his stars to push harder and look them in the eyes and hit them if he has to. Sixth Price would learn so much about goaltending and feel he has support. seventh Roy will play the players to win not just his Vets to keep his job. Sadly there is not enough time for Roy to turn this team around but he is the coach they need for next year so why wait thets get this done.

  20. bajd says:

    Arpon’s story only skims the surface. If you step back and take a bigger look at the organization since the Cup win, aside from 1 good playoff run and 1 good regular season, the team for the most part has finished between 7th and 10th in the conference every year for 16 seasons. To be exact, 13 out of the past 16 seasons, the Canadiens have finished between 10th and 23rd overall in the whole league with an average of 15th overall. Teams like the Thrashers and Islanders epitomize incompetance, the Wings, epitomize excellence, Montreal–is the poster child of ordinary

    • BKAK72 says:

      100% agree. A poorly managed draft table for nearly 20 years and even worse execution managing the roster and young prospects by anyone wearing the ‘GM’ title in Montreal during this period.

      – HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

      • Mark C says:

        I don’t know, as a whole over the last 10 drafts or so Montreal has done real well. I know there are a few busts and misses, but relative to most teams, Montreal is one of the best at drafting NHL players, in recently history.

        • bajd says:

          drafting is only 1 piece of the puzzle. Proper development of said prospects–see Grabs, Lats, Ribero, Sergei Kots along with good professional scouting to help the team win trades and you’ve got an organization that seems to get it wrong about as often as it gets it right. For every PK and Max Pacs, there seems to be a Ben Maxwell instead of Lucic,an Andrei K instead of Getzlaf, an Eric Chouinard instead of Simon Gagne. For every trade won–Rivet for Georges and Max or possibly Wiz for a 2nd rounder, there’s the Ribero trade, the Sergei K trade and others. Around and around we go

          • Mark C says:

            Right, my point is that the drafting element of the equation has been great for a number of years. Every team is going to have their draft misses; however Montreal has won a lot more than most teams, lately.

  21. novahab says:

    JM has hit the nail on the head and backed up what GL said. One third doesn’t like your system and a third in the middle thats a problem. These players are feeling unprotected by Chara getting away with attempted murder and a coach thats has his thumb up his butt allowing the refs to screw them every game. Sorry these guys have quit and tonight will be the truth. If they get blown out tonight the season is over and hopefully JM is gone. Time to bring in Roy and get ready for next year.

  22. Propwash says:

    I dunno, I have a bad feeling about this one…….
    Frikin’ Brodeur starting and Parise coming back. The pucker factor increased a fewfold.

  23. habs001 says:

    hey at least pouliot is gearing up for a playoff run like last year when he finished with about one goal in 30 plus games…now he has no goals in 20…

  24. adamkennelly says:

    Habs are losing cause they didn’t stand up for themselves….no Mojo, no Chutzpah…no one to do what Rosehill did and make Lucic dance…

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Rosehill is playing on the 27th best team over the past two years.

      Truculence doesn’t translate into points.

      • Ian Cobb says:

        Paul-Habfan72–I was waiting for your answer on where I was wrong with my science.? You said you were a Neurologist and that I was incorrect with some of my explanation and research. So I am waiting, or are you just blowing smoke!?

  25. Mark C says:

    Injuries are killing this team, the players and coaching staff had held the ship together with Bondo until recently, but that cracks are showing. Losing Markov has roughly the same affect has losing a player like Crosby. Last year Markov had a 5 on 5 plus/minus per 60 minutes of 1.08, only two other Montreal D had plus numbers, with Spacek the next highest at 0.32. When Gorges had surgery Montreal was fighting with Pittsburg for the top PK %, now Montreal is 10th.

    I know all teams suffer from various injuries throughout the year, but key long-term injuries can devastate any team. Montreal has lost an elite player (Markov) and had injuries to good players that fill vital roles (Gorges, Spacek, Cammi, Max-Pac). Think about where Boston would be without Chara and Siedenburg, or any other team without their best player. I keep hearing about how Pittsburgh has been fine without Crosby and Malkin, but since Crosby has been out the team has went 19-13-5, relying heavily on OT games to get 43 points in 37. This is a 95 point pace over a full season (110 point pace before Crosby’s removable from the lineup), which is right where Montreal will finish if they handle their business in the next few games. Montreal and Pittsburgh, and pretty much every team can be rendered “mediocre” with a few long-term injuries to key players, this is a reality of the parity era.

  26. matrags says:

    Trade deadline has come and gone , injuries are part of the game, we are what we are and we are stuck with it. We will find out what this team is made of down the stretch and into the playoffs , if we get there. On paper this is just a so so team as its record clearly suggests. To win , it will have to become greater than the sum of all its parts. It will have to gather around the well full of the intangables such as guts , and heart, drink from it , create a sixth man, that is a collective will to win , and then who knows what might happen . We have nothing left to lift us up, but hope, for the improbable , a shield from the bitting winds of cold reality that tell us man for man this is not a great team.

  27. Mr.Hazard says:

    When did Grabovski get 29 goals?

    • RowGuy says:

      Grabs seems to have matured remarkably, and is free to lead with his playmaking enthusiasm now…Call it a systemic shift in attitude?

      “If I could be a forward…ANY forward…I’d be Bob Gainey”
      -Ken Dryden

  28. tony d says:

    Mike, loved your piece on what ails the Habs…the Herb Zurkowsky’s prom date reference had me snorting cheerios up my nose… and that hurts. Touché.

  29. DearyLeary says:

    Over under on how long it takes me to switch to the Kentucky/UConn game? 5 minutes.

    The game will likely have been lost by then.

  30. mamacat says:

    why is teemu so excellent????

  31. J_P says:

    Montreal has two HUGE motivating factors in tonights game:
    1) To strengthen their grip on a playoff spot (obvious)
    2) To put the final nail in the coffin for New Jerseys playoff hopes.

    Let’s hope they’re up to the task. New Jersey played last night and the habs have been off since wednesday, no reason they shouldnt be able to come out to a flying start.

  32. New says:

    I think the interest in BGL’s comments has nothing to do with their lack of relevancy but more to do with Laraque bashing. Fans of the team don’t care for his attitude, his lack of competiveness, or his mouth.

    The team sucks. The team has sucked for 18 years. Fans are not used to that, although newcomers may have a higher tolerance level. Yes Jacques Lemaire made a difference with the Devils, but not with Minnosota and he certainly didn’t make the Canadiens playoff record anything like the Devil’s record under him this year (he was an advisor you recall).

    Good players overcome adversity. PR and a friendly attitude can only take you to the point where people ask about your stats. The Canadiens stats are terrible, and the team stats show a collection of players that fold when an aggressive N/S game is introduced to their collective faces.

    I would venture that situation and statistics have nothing to do with coaches, management, ownership, or the location of the concessions, and everything to do with the mirror.

    Cheers.

    • Bugs says:

      When you say “the team has sucked for 18 years”, we’re left to conclude than not winning the Cup equates to “sucking.”
      I would therefore invite you to look at the number of teams that have won the Cup since we last won ours. The number is 10.
      Which means that NINETEEN other teams “suck” worse than us.
      Puts us above average.
      Thank you; come again.

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

  33. Danno says:

    Martin says: “You always have in a room certain players who like what you’re doing, others don’t like it, and a third are in the middle.”

    I’m sorry but I don’t find that very reassuring. You’re saying only a third of the room like what you are doing and that’s normal?

    Not very reassuring.

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    http://dennis-kane.com/

    • gauver says:

      I think he would have more support if he consistently rewarded effort and merit instead of tenure. It must be tough to stay motivated when you make one mistake and your butt is stapled to the bench while others coast and get PP time.

      A new and differnt coach is required to get more out of this group moving forward. Maybe fire Martin and finish the season with Muller at the helm to see what he can do.

      • CranbrookEd says:

        Well said . . . a rookie in any professional sport will make rookie mistakes and it is expected and accepted as part of the learning process. The HABS under Mr. Martin seemingly do not accept rookie mistakes while the “seasoned” players are making rookie type mistakes but keep on playing 20 or so minutes per game. While it would be nice to have someone with at least some emotion behind the bench (someone who will vocalize displeasure at boarder-line calls), we do need someone who can nurture the younger players while motivating the bloated floaters who cannot get themselves going . . . perhaps a game or two in the press box (the teaching method of choice for rookies) might help during the course of a season.

        CranbrookEd

      • Danno says:

        I totally agree. He benched PK early in the year and it affected him negatively afterwards for a while. And Gomez gets max. ice time but is playing like crap. That does not unify the room one bit.

        ________________________________________

        “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
        http://dennis-kane.com/

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          PK Subban has grown leaps and bounds on the defensive side of the game since the start of the season. He’s the leading rookie in the entire NHL for shorthanded time on ice. That’s something he never even did in the AHL, He was on the bench during every PK I ever saw in Hamilton last year. Martin was the one who helped make PK a more complete defencemen this season.

          I don’t always agree with JM, but Subban has made improvements to his game this season that Guy Boucher never even thought to address in Hamilton.

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

          • Danno says:

            He has improved there is no doubt. But I am of the opinion that PK has improved in spite of Martin, not because of him. I really could not accept the length of the benching he gave to him early in the season. It seemed disproportionate to the relatively minor errors he was accused of but was not solely responsible for. But of course we don’t know the whole story behind it.
            As for Gomez, he continues to disappoint and yet gets all the ice time. It seems like he’s one of the untouchables while others – like PK – are walking on egg shells so long as Martin is coach.

            ________________________________________

            “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
            http://dennis-kane.com/

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            I’ve never bought the whole teams/players succeed in spite of their coach mentality, not in this era of the NHL and especially in a salary cap era where you can’t stack a team with 3-4 of the top ten players in the NHL.

            People accuse MTL of being a middle-of-the-pack squad, but somehow JM is holding them back from greatness? Overplaying his veterans has been his weakness these past two years with MTL but let’s face it, it’s not like we have that dynamic a youth group to call on outside of Price, Subban and provided he recovers for next season, Pacioretty. Eller still needs development. Kristo, Leblanc are a couple years away from the show.

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

    • Bugs says:

      Sounds better if you say “So two thirds disagree with him, what?”

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

  34. HabFanSince72 says:

    Only two teams in the east have losing records over the last 10 games.

    One is vos Canadiens.

    The other is Florida, who, with only 2 wins out of 10, have quietly worked their way down to last place.

    The tankmeister general is at it again.

  35. kempie says:

    That’s what she said.

  36. punkster says:

    Oh Arpon, a reasonable article until you used the word blame. You correctly point out the silliness of Laraque’s statement, highlight the absolute necessity for this team to play defensively, mention the failure of their offence to produce at critical times, list their mediocre 2 year results and even take into account their numerous injuries to key players. Then you ask “where does the blame lie?”.

    I suppose it’s the times we live in. Someone has to be blamed, someone has to be the scapegoat. I have to wonder why you spent the time researching and writing what was, until that point, a reasonable article if all you have to offer is to ask, who is to blame?

    The question is not about who to blame. The questions to ask begin with why. Why the lack of scoring? Why the dependence on defence? Why the key injuries? There are likely many more, none of which have anything to do with taking the easy way out and laying blame. Look to improve and not to blame.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • G-Man says:

      Did Arpon Baitsyou into reading his article?

      2011 is the Year of the Hab (can I still say that?)

    • The Cat says:

      The question that has to be asked is why was this system implemented with this bunch?

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

      • G-Man says:

        Read the article by Stu on the Devils. Defense works. Pretending it doesn’t is a bit ludicrous.

      • punkster says:

        It’s a fair question but one that was decided when it became apparent there would be no superstar or high scoring forward(s) on the team. I suspect though that you’re looking to blame someone for making that decision, you sly feline you.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

        • The Cat says:

          Yeah but its not like the habs were so offensively poor when it all began. Cam, Gionta, AK, Gomez, Markov on D, PK (in the works) I mean its not like one could say ‘theyll be hard put to score’ when they get here?

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

    • gumper says:

      I get tired of the blame mentality too, but when things aren’t going well, you have to try to find a way to fix them. The thing is, the blamers always think that there’s one thing that needs adjustment, and then everything will fall into place. The most popular recipient of the blame is always the coach, and JM’s achilles heel is his apparent lack of passion. However, we’ve had coaches in the past who were blamed for having too much uncontrolled passion, (Therrien) or were too familiar with the players (perhaps Carbo). I don’t think JM has a one-size-fits-all system that he tries to impose on every team. Certainly when he coached in Ottawa, his system was able to produce plenty of goals. When he came to Montreal, he looked up and down the system, and came to the conclusion that this was not a team that had any superstars, and it was not a team that would be scoring a lot of goals. Hence, a system that emphasized team play and defence first, top to bottom. This is only sensible. I doubt that there’s anyone here who would truly believe that if JM just shouted a little more, or moved to a more offence-first style of play, that the team would magically become a top-six team. The problem is much deeper, and there’s plenty of “blame” to share. Our middle rank finishes leave us always drafting in the middle, our scouting, and therefore our drafting has not been stellar, we have not developed players consistently well….I could go on. I suppose Mr. Molson lies awake contemplating these things. At least I hope so, because he’s the most recent guy to have to figure a way to break this team out of its cycle of mediocrity. Otherwise, he’ll be the next guy to blame.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Maybe responsibility is better word than blame.
      Maybe jm should only coach a vet team of grinders.
      Maybe bob shouldn’t have signed so many midgets.
      Maybe some of our millionaire smurfs should look in the mirror.

      There is plenty of responsibility to go around but only two options
      1. Blow it up
      2. Wait 2 or 3 years until certain contracts are up and our kids are ready.

      Because of our big contracts to certain players they are immovable and they know it.

      In short, we are screwed.

  37. Bill says:

    In the “Rebellion” article, the interviewed players weren’t exactly enthusiastic in defence of Martin. I didn’t hear any of the players say they support the coach, have confidence in him, or agree with him.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • punkster says:

      Ya, and they didn’t hold any “We Love Jackie” parties this season or pants him on his birthday or invite him home to dinner either.
      Come on Bill, he’s the coach, he’s their boss and the last thing a professional wants to do in front of his co-workers is suck up to the boss. (but it’s OK ’cause I hang on your every comment too ;)

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  38. MNaslund26 says:

    In all honesty, i haven’t been nearly as into this season since maxpac’s tragic injury last month. I will try and watch the games, but in light of the fact that we are sucking, coupled with how brutally biased the league seems to be, and their blatant lack of consideration for player’s safety, i simply don’t care as much as i used to. I suspect the canadiens’ players may be feeling the same way, having witnessed their teammate nearly killed by a monster, i would imagine it doesn’t do much to boost their motivation to play hard every night. I wish i liked other sports, if i did i would watch something else instead. does montreal have a celebrated curling team i can root for?

  39. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Can’t stand looking at that face. Hate Brodeur like a sickness.

  40. Preacher Harry Powell says:

    Limping towards the playoffs, just like last year.

    If the Islanders start DiPietro instead of the much better Montoya, they should be heavily disciplined for deliberately losing games. But Montreal has to take care of business for themselves.

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    Even though we have been better at home all season, I am happy this game is in NewJersey. Somehow with all the pressure, I think in Montreal Brodeur plays even better against the habs. Hopefully we can get things on track early in this game. Maybe the timing is right for Plecks/Cammy/Tits to get it going. Lets go boys!

  42. DearyLeary says:

    Game over.

  43. observer says:

    Hot Islanders at home will do Habs(and the others) a favor tonight beating Carolina. Habs just need one single point to beat out Toronto who must win out to pass the Habs as Habs hold tiebreaker over the Leafs.

  44. The Cat says:

    I guess this headline confirms what Sean Avery said about Brodeur. ^_^

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

    • Bill J says:

      Wow, because all headlines usually have some hidden meaning about something unrelated to the topic at hand ?

      Without even touching how odd a statement this is, so early on a Saturday morning. Leaving far too much for interpretation.

      Cat’s are weird sometimes, scratch that – Cat’s ARE weird all the time!

      • The Cat says:

        Calm yourself Bill, I meant he has a big ass, not a big willy.

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

  45. martin says:

    The coach doesn’t have the room but the players will get together like last year and move foward. If they are not too banged up which is another downfall of having a small team.

  46. JohnBellyful says:

    MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens will attempt to kickstart an anemic offence by serving beer to its players before each game, team owner Geoff Molson announced Friday.
    “This city expects a lot of its Canadiens, justifiably so, but it puts a lot of pressure on the players day in day out and it’s beginning to affect their game,” Molson told reporters. “They’re way too tense. And the tension gets worse as the game wears on.”
    Molson said he consulted sports psychologists who told him the players need “to lighten up” and relax, if they want to play to the best of their abilities.
    “And nothing relaxes a person more than Molson Canadian 67®, a premium beer with just 67 calories but with enough alcohol content, 3%, to take the edge off any stressful situation,” Molson said. “Made from Canadian water, the finest Prairie barley and no preservatives, Molson Canadian 67® delivers a clean, crisp, fresh taste. I’m confident two bottles before each game will put the players at ease and they’ll take to the ice with the right frame of mind: to go out there and have a good time. The wins will follow.”
    Molson said the coaching staff will be offered a complimentary beer before each game as well.
    “Jacques might need a six-pack to loosen up,” he quipped.
    The players welcomed the new tact the team was taking to energize an attack that has been feeble for much of the season.
    “We could use some Molson muscle to go into the corners,” said one player who refused to give his name.
    Molson said the team will closely monitor the success of its Drink and Drive (To The Net) initiative. If it produces the expected results, the Canadiens will consider serving beer in the first and second intermissions to keep the players loose.
    Molson was asked if the team wasn’t risking turning its prime assets into alcoholics.
    “I’m not worried. The players will sweat out most of the alcohol,” Molson said. “Well, most of them. If we find any nodding off on the bench, we’ll make the appropriate adjustments. But, really, all we’re doing is time-shifting their consumption of beverage, from after the game to before and during.”
    “If they really wanted the offence firing on all cylinders, they’d be serving Samuel Adams Utopias,” the player said.

  47. 24 Cups says:

    I’m firmly in the camp that believes MaxPac shouldn’t play again until training camp. Given the hsitory of the NHL, it’s pretty obvious to me that Max should listen to his agent and parents, not the staff of the Montreal Canadiens.

    BTW, if you think some of the comments on HI/O are offside, please take a look at some of the reader remarks from the Globe & Mail article on Pacioretty. Just brutal.

    Arpon Basu’s research shows that the Habs have been a bubble team for the past two years as they have a record that’s only good enough for 17th place overall (slightly below the league average). The surprising news is that Phoenix is ranked 5th while Nashville comes in 9th.

    • mrhabby says:

      hey steve..i saw that same article on the habs in the globe. sums it all up nicely. seems like the habs take one step forward and then 2 steps backward. i had to laugh about phoenix being ranked 5th.
      enjoy your amber lager.

  48. Cookies says:

    A big one indeed. I somehow have a feeling that our season will end with a do-or-die against Toronto.
    Tonight, as with the remainder of the season, will be interesting.

  49. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM’s to blame for no Cup in Florida? Stop. The. Presses.

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


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