Another road W

The Canadiens raised their Away record to a semi-respectable 15-15-1.

Pat Hickey’s game story

Linemates resuscitate AK46

Panthers rolled over at deadline

Quick Hits and About last night …

Arpon Basu on Jacques Martin trusting his rookies

454 Comments

  1. toinz says:

    if you go on capgeek, the players you see with red salaries are on 2-way contracts

     

    Dawes’ contract is indeed red so the Habs can call him up at any time.

  2. samTHEman says:

    Yeah…Before the season started, one of Smartdog’s questions was how many wins will Price finish with. I said 33 and a lot of people laughed. OH WELL!!!!!

  3. Bugs says:

    That’s all I’m talkin about, Shira: Right now.

    Right now, Dezzy is doing enough to show that he can be a dominant force in this league.

    As for Eller, we’re “hoping” he develops “such and such” so he CAN become that dominant force. Which is a significant difference.

    As long as we’re “hopin”, may as well hope for Leblanc and Tinordi as well, you know? I’m sure they’ll be uber-fantastic too and the solution to all our problems.

    Not right now, though…

  4. RGM says:

    He’s about as good a public speaker as Phil Kessel or a brick.

    Go Habs Go!

  5. RGM says:

    “One commenter (maybe McGuire) noted that the Canadiens are too old and don’t have too much to offer. How this guy is allowed to make his comments on national TV is unfathomable. Has he not heard of Eller, Paccioretty, Desharnais, Subban, Price, Webber, White, Tinordi, Leblanc etc.”

    If you were Gauthier, would you offer up any of those players (outside of Ryan White) for any of the players that were moved on Trade Deadline Day? Me neither.

    So outside of those integral pieces of the future of the Montreal Canadiens, who do we have to move that would bring back a value player? Aging veterans that don’t bring much of an upside to the teams that would conceivably be taking them on – how would 36-year old Spacek or 35-year old Gill “fit” into the youth movement in a place like Florida or Edmonton?

    Go Habs Go!

  6. CBrady12 says:

    Aside from one or two comments about Pouliots nice pass, almost all the comments are complaints…powerplay, gomez, ice time for rookies, gomez, jm, gomez, gomez, gomez…I guess thats what happends when the habs are on a 3 game WINNING streak…great fans here I tell ya!

  7. Mattyleg says:

    That was a sellout?

    Since when does a sellout involve so many empty seats??

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  8. joeybarrie says:

    You know its funny. In some cities in the NHL they sell out the seats because there is a team coming to town that everyone wants to see… These teams are usually inareas where there is alot of hockey following, namely the HABS. So if the HABS can sell out Florida, don’t you think they can sell out Quebec City, or some other Canadian city better than ATLANTA or the other low attendance cities.

    When I first moved to Washington DC, the Expos moved with me. And the advertisments here said BASEBALL WAS COMING HOME… I think someone should tell BETTMAN where Hockey’s home is. I mean I am pretty sure I saw more NORDIQUES jerseys in the stands than Panthers ones……….

    WAKE UP BETTMAN, The Montreal Impact gets more fans than some of your NHL teams.

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

  9. samTHEman says:

    cam-plek-pacioretty

    gio-gomez-halpern

    ak-eller-moen

    pouliot-dd-dawes/white

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    Anyone else see the game highlights from last night?

    The Bruins are gooning it up again. This is their M.O. of course, and it’s won them all of 2 cups in 68 years.

  11. toinz says:

    id actually leave him in Hamilton because the Habs are winning and giving Carey Price enough goal support recently for the system to win the game.

     

    Apart from the western road swing, the Canadiens are consistently getting 3 goals a game. For a defensive team thats more than enough

     

  12. Bugs says:

    Are you playing games with me, Berkie?

    I say Dezzy is better but I’m wrong because he’s ONLY a much, much better offensive player???

    Oh, well, I guess you got me.

  13. CBrady12 says:

    Teams have seen what he can do. He’s not a rookie or anything. Hes a carreer 4th liner. Do you think hes just gonna come up and start scoring natural hat tricks in the NHL. I think many of you underestimate the difference in talent level and speed between the AHL and NHL. 

  14. DrewCareyPriceIsRight says:

    I’m with you on this one…Benny totally intended that…instead of flipping it to a corner and chasing, he saw the little man and lobbed it right to him.  It was a thing of beauty.  Had Sidney or Ovie pulled one of those it would have been all over TSN.

  15. HalifaxHabs says:

    I feel like Boston, as an organization, secretly feels that they can get away with just a little bit more then everyone else as long as they keep Gregory Campbell in the line-up. Daddy will turn the other cheek.

    There have been more than a few questionable offenses commited by the Broons this year that may have gotten heat from the league, but curiously did not. Lucic didn’t even get suspended for sucker punching a guy.

    I hate Boston and look forward to a head disciplinarine, with a set of nuts, taking over for Mr Campbell someday.

  16. toinz says:

    I was bored and looked it up, and you are right

     

    ALtho players on one-way contracts will always go through waivers, regardless of experience,

     

    Dawes has over 200 NHL games so he is definitely eligible

  17. idle says:

    Hey don’t rag on the fireplace channel !

  18. adamkennelly says:

    do some research – in his full years in the league he scored 14, 10 and 14 goals in no more than 66 games..this year he has 33 goals in the AHL in 51 games…so…..that says – its worth giving him a chance see what he can do…or is Tom Pyatts’ 1 goal in 50 games too much to risk?

  19. kingstonhabfan says:

    You say for now…  Would it not be better to try him out in Montreal now with 16 or 17 games left than nearer to the end of the season.  I know he’s a career 3rd/4th liner but he is a real energy guy and we could use that.  I say try him out as long as it doesn’t mean sending DD down as someother bloggers on other sites are suggesting.  Crazy!

  20. alestar says:

    Agreed…Eller was solid last night and AK and Moen are playing thier best hockey of the season.

    I saw call up Dawe (send down Pyatt) and give him a go with Pleks and Cammy.

     

    XXIV…and counting

  21. samTHEman says:

    Let them do just that. The refs won’t have it in the playoffs and they’ll get what’s in store for them.

  22. HabsFanInTampa says:

    AHL < NHL

    NHL > AHL

    Thus, AHL does not equal NHL. Leave Dawes where he is. We’re doing okay without him for now.

  23. kingstonhabfan says:

    No one is saying put him on the first line. 

  24. avatar_58 says:

    So I assume with all the records being challenged, beaten and the position of this team everyone is finally done bashing Price? Yes? Good. Hate to join the “I told you so” crowd but damn. ;)

  25. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Who would you recommend sending down?

  26. habs03 says:

    Brent Sopel just screwed Weber, not to bash Weber becase I’ve been impressed by his play but with Sopel in the lineup (he will be needed during playoff time), that give us 3 RH shots, Subban, Wiz, Sopel. Unlike LD D-men like Gorges and Mara who can play the RD, RHD D-men can’t play the left side, Sopels first game Martin tried putting Weber on the left side and paired him with Solep but it was bad. Sadly Looks like there is going to be a lot of watching from the press box for Weber.

  27. Bugs says:

    Pac-Man-Pleky-Cammy

    Poolio-Dezzy-Gio

    Larry-Kurly-Mo 

    White-Gomie-Halpern

  28. joeybarrie says:

    I just wanted to point out that when Cam Ward did it his sv% was under .900 and his GAA was almost 3.0

    And that MA Fleury had 2 seasons by the time he was 24 (when he started the second season he was 23). One 40 win season and a 35 win one.

    AND PATRICK ROY didnt do it till he was 24………..

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

  29. TomNickle says:

    That would be a funny response to one of Gomez’s best games all season.  Fourth line bound.

    Desharnais and Gionta on the same line is a recipe for disaster.  I know, I know, our new enforcer Pouliot can defend them Bugs.  Things is, I don’t want a player with the skill set of Pouliot breaking his hand on some idiot’s face.

     

  30. StevieRay says:

    think how poor Eller felt …. trying to mke him a winger for 3/4 of the season .. but now at his natural position look at him and his line go !!! As for Weber .. I’ll take Soaps and Mara anyday . Both hardnose , in your face ..take no Sh*t..character guys . Sorry but there’s lots of Webers around

  31. samTHEman says:

    You’re absolutely right. I wonder how harsh of a suspension a player will get for injuring gregory crapbell

  32. habs03 says:

    I know samTHEman and someone else had a conv about it in the last post but Cammy, and Max can’t play on the same line, and Halp and White can’t play the LW, its rarely to see right hand shots by LW expect for Kovy 2 and Ovi, so Gomez between White and Halp is very unlikely. As for left handed shots that play the RW, you see it often because of the lack of right handed shots in the whole league, but some guys just can’t do it, Max Pac, Pouliot can never play RW, the weird thing is i expected Cammy to be able to because of his high hockey IQ but he seems to only want to play LW, we got guys like Darche, Moen, Pyatt all playing the right side because they aredefensivly more aware.

     

  33. kingstonhabfan says:

    Send DD down and that’s it for him in a Habs uniform.  Someone else gives him a chance next year.  I’d like to see what he can do in a full season with the team next year.

  34. joeybarrie says:

    Carey Price’s stats are very similar to Patrick Roy. Now don’t get me wrong, Pricey has a long way to go before he is to be compared to Roy. But I just find it funny how people live and die with his number of wins. Or how the numbers reflect their opinion of his play. Price is about 5% under Pat Roy’s career win percentage, and that includes his washed up year last season.

    As for finally bashing Price????? Doubtful. As soon as he goes on a losing streak, they will be back. JUST LIKE the ones bashing JM over SK. As soon as his 1 point in 8 games streak ends and he pots a few, they will also be back.

    They are waiting, lurking among us, and when O’Byrne’s -12 plus minus in his last 15 stops, they will be there to rub it in JM’s face.

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

  35. samTHEman says:

    Who played RW for the AK-Plek-Cam line that was together for a long time? I’m pretty sure it was Cammy.

  36. TomNickle says:

    While I agree with your first point I strongly disagree with your last point.  Weber has value precisely because there aren’t a lot of him around.  Sopel’s and Mara’s are a dime a dozen around the NHL, puck movers or offense first defensemen like Weber are not.

  37. joeybarrie says:

    Like here in Washington, I notice MANY empty seats during the game. Especially when the game starts. People here use the seats for business deals. Alot of these people are either still at the bar talking business or what have you. Yet it is IMPOSSIBLE to gets tickets to a Caps game this season.

    In the end to be honest, all Betts and buddies care about is the peice of paper that says the number of tickets sold. (however you can make the ones you give away look)…

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

  38. Mattyleg says:

    Veterans are extremely useful to young players.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  39. joeybarrie says:

    And where were these SOME when Halak was playing and they were saying he wasn’t worth anything and should have never come here????

    Martin is not SLOW on this one. He knows exactly what he is doing. TRUST ME, Eller’s performance is not tied to the idea the JM just though hey maybe i’ll try Eller in center…

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

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    If that bowl of suck is Gomez’s best, then he does deserve to be on the 4th line.

  41. ed lopaz says:

    I think you might want to use Hamrlik instead of Mara.

     

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  42. Mr. Biter says:

    Thanks for the exact quote. Could nort remember the exact quote but pretty close.

  43. Psycho29 says:

    GERRYFROMTHEWESTISLAND is that you?????

    :-)

  44. samTHEman says:

    Hamrlik-Wiz

    Gill-Subban

    Sopel-Mara/Picard

     

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    better late than never; but Martin was very, very slow on this one.

     

    Send  your CV to Gauthier. You never know.

  46. Storm Man says:

    Out of cookies today?

  47. Storm Man says:

    What you need to look at is goaltenders stats at the age of 23. Thoroughbred is what BG drafted and i enjoy the one’s on here eating crow.

  48. joeybarrie says:

    THIS IS VERY TRUE……

    Players like Gill, Sopel, etc etc make it so the other guys can play their style of game. The ONLY problem with this is people do not realize that these players (GORGES) are the one who allow WIZ, PK, CAMMI, HALAK, etc, etc to get their stats. We falsely assume that it was these players ALONE that did it, and ignore the fringe ones that are so important. Then are astonished when they are traded and the high stat guys do not do as well…

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

  49. Bugs says:

    Lines not based on one game seen; based on 60+.

  50. Rudy says:

    I have seasons tickets here in Washington (way up in the 400 section) and when I can’t go, I can’t GIVE the tickets away, yet last night was the 94th consecutive sellout, it’s all such a farce. I don’t think the renewal rate this year for seasons tickets will be as high this year though (was 98% last March).

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  51. Timo says:

    No way. Halak is so much better than Price. Price had everything given to him on a silver platter. He is spoiled thoroughbread that does not deserve to be where he is. Halak all the way. Damn you, PG!!!

  52. ed lopaz says:

    there were some of us who knew Eller should have been playing center 50 games ago.

    he plays better with the puck; he likes to carry it, distribute it; he is an excellent skater and a determined backchecker. Its his natural position

    better late than never; but Martin was very, very slow on this one.

    same thing was happening to Louis Leblanc in Montreal for the first 1/2 of the season.

     

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  53. kingstonhabfan says:

    White.

  54. flanman says:

    Anyone know if there is video online somewhere of the “Day in the life of Carey Price” video that was on tsn2 last night?

  55. kingstonhabfan says:

    Gill-Subban

    Wiz-Mara

    Sopel-Spacek

    Are these our six guys come playoffs.  Providing ofcourse Spacek is good to go?

     

     

  56. Mr. Biter says:

    Where have all the Price bashers gone? The same ones who bitched & moaned about the Halak trade and thrashed Price during the pre season. What was Carey’s line “some thing like Relax it’s only the pre season” that drove the Halak supporters mad. I also wonder if the Blues fana are as happy with the trade now as when it happen and yes I know Halak is injured and I wish him a speedy recovery but as management and mant posters here said that Halak cannot play as many games as Price during the long season.

  57. flanman says:

    Well on TSN2, it’s called “our canadiens”. I found the french version on YouTube, but I need the english one

  58. TomNickle says:

    So after winning three straight games and two straight on the road you want to screw with the lines?  I aint pickin on ya Bugs, just sayin that by tinkering with the lines while Gomez is going well you could be screwing up a big win for the team.  He clearly plays his best with Pacioretty and Gionta and they’ve been playing well with him.  I wouldn’t be in a hurry to mess with that as a coach.  Sends a pretty bad message.

  59. Storm Man says:

    Eller is going to become a clydesdale.

  60. TomNickle says:

    If you think Gomez sucked last night you need your head examined.  I thought you had more on the ball than the fly by night fans who love and hate based on a shift by shift body of work.

  61. Bugs says:

    He didn’t suck; he played good actually.

    Unfortunately, it was pointlessly good.

    Like Pyatt. The 4th-liner.

    It’s just business, man. Nothing personal.

  62. mrhabby says:

    saw that..nice little 30 min show with price and gf etc,etc. this was the 2nd player shown. there are 12 players from the habs on this program.

  63. TomNickle says:

    Spectacular #2 centreman is his floor, ppg #1 centre is his ceiling.  Gonna be fun to watch that play out.


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