Another crazy game

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Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters

San Jose dominated Vancouver – and won by a goal.
It’s been that kind of postseason.

And the war of attrition claimed two new casualties: Vancouver Dmen Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome.

• Cam Cole: Sharks star feed on Canucks

Fans trek south

Red Fisher on the Bruins seizing Mo

Saturday EEEEE-mail

• Marc Antoine Godin on Louis Leblanc

Bulldogs stay alive

Saint John wins Memorial Cup opener

• Bruce Arthur on the NHL returning to Winnipeg

36 Comments

  1. HardHabits says:

    Penalties. Penalties. Penalties. Killed the Canucks. Almost got them back in the game. Great *uggghhh* shut down hockey by the Sharks. Thornton is a beast, Marleau had a great game too but has anybody seen Dany Heatley? Heatley makes Gomez look like a top 6 forward. Watching Thornton face-off against Sedin though and I wonder when if ever the Habs will get a bona-fide #1 centre. Plex is a great #2, maybe the best, but he’s no #1 in this league.

    I’d like to see them take away hand passes in the defensive zone. In fact, it is my opinion that hands (as in soccer/football) shouldn’t even be allowed to touch the puck. If the league wants a bit more offense, take away the defensive zone hand passes.

  2. ProHabs says:

    I doubt Gauthier will go get Ladd. Everyone knew he was available last year and PG did nothing about it.

    There were countless posters on this site who lobbied long and hard last summer for PG to go get Ladd or Horton. Everyone in the world knew they were both available and were going to get traded. Two young, big forward, exactly what the team needs. But it seems to take this organization years to figure this out. Considering what Atlanta and Boston gave up in their trades to get Ladd and Horton, it is obvious that PG didn’t want either one of them enough (and you could also say that about Dustin Byfulion). What a shame.

    • Miltie01 says:

      Obvious,……everybody knew……….how can you make these statements ?

      Gauthier can want these guys all he wants, but the other GM must desire something we have in return. And quite often the player has all the say in the world……he has to want to come……and in the end, they have to fit under the cap. Saying it is obvious, or everyone knows, well…..it just isn’t true at all.

      • JayBee says:

        It takes 2 to tango, no doubt. But c’mon man. It seems some fans have bought into the “we don’t have anything anyone wants”. Well, we had Halak and majority of the GM’s never even knew he was on the block.

        We tend to have a lot of guys people want.
        Kostystyn
        Lapierre
        Latendresse
        O’Byrne
        D’Agostini
        Grabovsky
        McDonaugh
        Higgins
        draft picks

        I mean, these guys have all been traded in the last 2 years so lets not go down the route that the Habs don’t have any worthwhile trade bait.

        All you have to do is look at Gainey and Gauthier’s record regarding trades….it’s pretty awful…and I’m going as far back as Anaheim, Ottawa and Dallas.

        I really don’t have any faith in the current management. They don’t have the capacity to fill holes. They are always “in it” till the end then when they don’t get the guy they want, they resort to stupid tales of roofs and vacations. Give me a break.

        • Miltie01 says:

          That is a mighty long list of folks we can trade, but which of those guys is a good enough commodity to get the type of player we need ? What kind of return can those guys realistically get, we know exactly what we would get….WE GOT IT !!!

          To get the types of players we need in a trade we would be giving up better than those guys and would have nobody for the new guy to play with.

    • HardHabits says:

      Those players don’t fit the Habs mould. Not nearly soft of short enough.

  3. JayBee says:

    If Atlanta does move. I wonder if there will be any fallout from some players not wanting to go. I’m assuming every GM worth a lick will be calling to see if anyone’s available.

    Ladd please.

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    I’ve been saying for some time that the rumours being leaked all season (up until a week ago) that the Coyotes were moving to Winnipeg were a sneaky attempt by the NHL to extort money from Phoenix taxpayers (Glendale actually).

    These rumours were leaked by the league and dutifully reported by Canadian hockey reporters, most notably those two buffoons on hockey night in Canada who pretend to be journalists during the second intermission (the guys with the laptops).

    Now it turns out the sale of Atlanta to a Winnipeg group was agreed upon months ago. There was no way the Yotes were ever moving to Winnipeg. It was a lie pure and simple.

    Gary Bettman really is a crook.

    • pat s says:

      HabsFan72—nice read on your part

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Watching Bettman do business is alot like watching Bob Barker play the shell game with contestants on the Price is Right. I can only imagine who his next contestant will be…. COME ON DOWN your the next contestant on Gary screws you over!

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    The New Winnipeg Jets! are not going to be a cake walk team to make it in the Peg. market!!

    People their better be patient, I am happy for the Peg fans. But they are inheriting a bottom feeding club. It will take a very long time to get this poorly run team up to speed and be competitive.

    This franchise has not been well served in Atlanta at all. They have a very poorly run organisation from top to bottom. It will take years of long term planning and rebuilding.

    Do Winnipeggers have the staying power????Good luck to them, they are going to need it.!

    Could it be Kirk Muller’s new home.??

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      I think they are primed to get better real soon. They have a great coach and GM now, and some good young players. They have a brighter future than Phoenix for sure.

    • issie74 says:

      Winnipeg…draws for the Manitoba Moose.

      I don’t think they will blow the 2nd chance with an NHL team.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ian, I think you will see ownership there make wholesale changes to the organization. New GM/Coach at the minimum. I believe the fans there will have the patience. Goodness knows I remember the Tommy McVie days and John Ferguson. Any time a franchise can live through the drafting of Jimmy Mann in the first round, and also the whole WHA expansion draft. Losing Hedberg, Nilsson, Ruskowski etc….

      I just hope Mr. Thomson is in it for the long haul. The old Jets squad never had a deep pocketed owner, and never had control of the rink. The beauty is they have Buff and Kane, two real nice building blocks and the goalie looked great last year despite that early season fainting on the ice.

      Ian, I am planning to go to the Summit this fall. I go to a game in Montreal every year and would love to make the Summit my trip this year. My better half hasn’t been to a game there since we saw Gretzky’s last game. (The dreaded Ice Storm – reschedule game)

      Cheers, I will probably be asking you for more details in the coming weeks.

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

    • Chris F says:

      Bottom feeding Club?? Think again, they have several “very” good young players who are on the cusp. Atlanta is not a team I would call a bottom feeder, players like big Buff, Kane, Ladd, etc.

  6. Mark C says:

    Dobber had this to say about Palushaj (I’m driving the bandwagon): “Hamilton lives to play another day – they won again and are now down 3-2 in the series against Houston. Aaron Palushaj had another strong game. He’ll get a look at Montreal training camp for a top nine spot on the wing. Small, but skilled and smart”.

    Here’s his great goal from the other night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF6qe6DGRug

    Don’t think he makes the team out of camp, barring injuries, but he’ll get called up during the season. Can skate more than well enough, makes plays, and is imporving his scoring ability. Oh yeah, he’s a right hand shot.

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    2011 SUMMIT INFORMATION

    I received two letters pertaining to our Annual Hockey Inside Out Fan Weekend Summit. One from Anna Gainey thanking us for our donation of $1200 again this past year to the Gainey Children’s Foundation. Hockey Inside Out Hab Fans have now raised over $5000 in total for this charity. We are a very generous group!

    I also received a letter from Reg Houle thanking us for our continued support. And that he will see us all at next years Summit

    And below I received a letter reminding us that the dates for our next years Summit will be out at the end of July. I will pick the best dates that gives us a game Friday at Hurley’s and Saturday at the Bell Center.
    (give me your suggestions, early in the season or later ?)

    So pay attention to the site so you do not miss out on 2011 Summit tickets that have to be paid and ordered well in advance.
    Some disappointed HIO people missed out on tickets last year because they were on summer vacation when we collected for the tickets and ordered them.

    Dave Stubbs told me he is going to line up some players to hang out with us this year.

    I will repost this a few more times so more people will be informed.

    Dear Mr. Cobb,

    On behalf of the entire Canadiens organization, I would like to thank you for your support during this past hockey season. Gathering a group of fans for a game at the Bell Centre requires a lot of time on the part of the group organizer. To that end, your involvement is greatly appreciated.

    Though our playoff run was unfortunately too short, it was nevertheless exciting from start to finish. Pierre Gauthier and his team are already planning for next season and we feel we can build on a solid core of promising young players and talented veterans.

    At the end of July, we will forward to you the official home game calendar for the 2011-12 season and all the details regarding group sales and our ice rental programs. The information will also be available at the same time on our Web site, canadiens.com.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a great summer – I’m looking forward to seeing you in September. Until then, please do not hesitate to communicate with me or our group sales team.

    Regards,

    Pierre Constant
    Director, Group Sales
    Club de hockey Canadien

  8. 24 Cups says:

    Why did Atlanta fail again as a NHL hockey market? For me, a large part of the problem has to rest with Don Waddell and his failure to assemble a team that could make the playoffs.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/thrashers-failure-rests-with-owners-and-the-nhl/article2029445/

    • G-Man says:

      A deep playoff run would have given the team’s small fan base a lot more company. However, the situation there reminds me very much about what happened to the Expos.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I heard an interview with the hockey beat reporter for the AtlantaConstitution Journal. He places the blame squarely on bad ownership. Essentially saying they never made real attempts to make this a good team and had little care for the NHL team. The same ownership group owns the Atlanta Hawks (NBA Team). Seems the Thrashers were used for nothing more than tenants to book 41 dates per season in the arena they own.

        Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  9. 24 Cups says:

    Golf thought for the day. If skating is the key to hockey, than surely tempo is the key to golf.

    Knowing that, you would think a guy 62 could slow down his swing and let the club do the work.

    The battle with the golf gods continues on this beautiful Saturday of warmth and sunshine. Have a great Victoria weekend everyone.

  10. 24 Cups says:

    Red Line Report’s Top 10 prospects for June 24-25 draft.
    No. Player Pos. Ht., Wt. Shoots Birthdate Team

    1 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C 6-0, 163 Left April 12, 1993 Red Deer

    2 Gabriel Landeskog RW 6-1, 201 Left Nov. 23, 1992 Kitchener

    3 Adam Larsson D 6-3, 220 Right Nov. 12, 1992 Skelleftea

    4 Dougie Hamilton D 6-4, 193 Right June 17, 1993 Niagara

    5 Jonathan Huberdeau LW 6-1, 165 Left June 4, 1993 Saint John

    6 Ryan Murphy D 5-11, 176 Right March 31, 1993 Kitchener

    7 Ryan Strome C 6-0, 183 Right July 11, 1993 Niagara

    8 Sean Couturier C 6-4, 193 Left Dec. 7, 1992 Drummondville

    9 J.T. Miller RW 6-1, 198 Left March 14, 1993 U.S. NTDP U-18

    10 Rocco Grimaldi C 5-6, 161 Right Feb. 8, 1993 U.S. NTDP U-18

    J.T. Miller is the guy that I was hoping the Habs might grab. Looks like his stock has risen so much that he is now out of reach for a team drafting 17th. It will be interesting to see who gambles and takes 5’6″, Rocco Grimaldi.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I would be absolutely shocked if Miller goes that high, I’ve yet to see him Mock Drafted in the Top 10 from anywhere I’ve been reading, I suspect he’ll still be in MTL’s range.

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

      • 24 Cups says:

        Robert – It would appear that players are all over the map after the first half dozen safe picks are gone. There may not be a clear “best player available” when we select which will give the Habs the option of drafting by need as well as talent.

        It will also be interesting to see who Boston grabs with their (Toronto’s) 9th pick as it will have an indirect impact on us. At least they’re not getting another prize like Seguin.

      • issie74 says:

        Me too.I have been thinking 20th,maybe.

    • stjrandy says:

      I don’t want the Habs to draft another kid from the NDTP. They have much better choices of kids like Zack Phillips who may be available at 17 instead. They need to choose CHL kids who are far more ready for the Pro game.

      Back from the Abyss
      “System,Speed,and Skill” – P Gauthier
      “too small and soft” – Everyone Else

  11. 24 Cups says:

    Ian Cobb has once again started the process for next year’s Summit. I thought I would share a note that I sent to him. Just one man’s opinion!!!

    Hi Ian – Thanks for once again taking on this time consuming endeavour. As I have stated before, I think we should continue to have our Summit in the fall. That let’s people from out of town (and province) make plans to drive to Montreal without the threat of a snowstorm.

    We are asking people to commit money for tickets and hotel reservations that they can’t get back in case they have to cancel the trip to Montreal due to inclement weather. It’s not just a case of getting there, but also returning home.

    I think it’s a great idea to watch a road game at Hurleys on Friday night but it’s not a deal breaker if the schedule doesn’t allot back-to-back games. I also wouldn’t worry too much as to which team we are playing on the Saturday night. We’ll take what we’re given.

    Lastly, I don’t think it’s a high priority to have everyone sitting together. It might be better to go after four or five allotments of seats in order to improve our chances of a better seat allocation.

    For What It’s Worth,
    (Buffalo Springfield)
    Steve


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