Another signing

Louis Leblanc, Alex Henry and Alexandre Picard.

Pierre Gauther is gonna have writer’s cramp.

The latest is a depth signing. Picard will be on a two-way contract – probably for no more than the $850,000 he made last season in Ottawa and Carolina – providing an extra D body until Andrei Markov is ready.

And HIO video scout Jarred Friedman checks in with a Picard package.

•  •  •

Annti Niemi awarded $2.75 million.

Devin Setoguchi signs for $1.8 million.




  1. habsfaninboston says:


  2. Duracell3 says:

    That was pretty awful.

  3. B says:

    Halak, Hiller and Rinne established themselves as the number one goalies on their teams. Lehtonen was the number one, but missed all but 12 games last season due to injury. Leclair is the only one of that bunch who, like Price, played but lost his job as the number one goalie on his team. (Leclair did have some injuries last season, but that may have been a blessing in disguise for Ottawa). I am not sure if Leclair is really the best example to be using.

    Some other comparisons for next season:
    Smith in Tampa $2.2M (Ellis $1.5M), Niittymaki in San Jose $2M, Anderson in Colorado $1.812M. Leighton in Philly $1.55M (Boucher $.925M).

    There are many ways to look for comparables, I suspect Price’s agent is pushing a similar view to yours while Gauthier may not entirely share that same perspective.

  4. Dr-Watson says:

    You forgot to mention the Habs will be in the top four in the league in goals forth and against.

  5. ooder says:

    this one was perfect

    5 on 5 bugsy


    88 is the new 23

  6. Dr-Watson says:

    The key words “cheap and good players” do not belong in the same sentence.

  7. Dr-Watson says:

    New additions>>Boyd,Auld,Picard–2 unknowns>>Subban,Eller.                                                                                       >>Halak,SK,Moore,Bergeron,Metro.                                                                                            

    “Much better,younger and deeper.” How to you come to that conclusion.                                                                                                                                                        

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    No cup this year Jane, but were good!

  9. Danno says:

    Halak of Cap Space



    There once was a guy named Halak

    Who stopped the pucks dead in their tracks

    A goalie sensation,

    Who rocked the Habs Nation

    He was traded and won’t ever come back



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

  10. Bugs says:

    There once was a GM called Goat.

    You should see the game-plan he wrote.

    It involves dumping gamers,

    For here to yet flamers,

    And praying to god the ship floats.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  11. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I like the Picard signing quite a bit. He’s got a huge shot from the point and should be no worse than Bergeron defensively. Now if only they can sign Price to that $2m – $2.5m contract and then get Torres on a 1 yr deal for under $2m I’d be very happy with the team going forward.

  12. Danno says:

    Georges, the Lean Mean Green Machine


    There once was a goon big and mean

    Georges Laraque was a fighting machine

    Then he discovered The Code

    And was told “Hit the road!”

    Now he’s turned a new leaf and it’s Green


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

  13. Mark C says:

    Using non-counting stats, their production per game favors Benny last year, that’s a fact.

    It wasn’t like I was cherry picking numbers, just pro-rating their numbers over an even amount of games.

    Look, this is just getting silly; I’ll let you get back to hating all things Montreal management. I just didn’t understand why you think Benny making $450,000 less than Setoguchi makes Devin’s contract look great.    


  14. K-hab25 says:

    Thank you aswell Dave and I don’t think he’ll have a problem with that stopping the puck thing. 🙂

  15. ari says:

    How many codes he has to learn?

  16. punkster says:

    Good points Kenny. Appreciate the civil discussion around Price, something we rarely see here. I’ll stick to my $1.5M for one year view but whatever he signs for we’ll both just be happy if he stops the puck.


  17. Bugs says:

    There once was a goon named Big George

    Who left most of his steel at the forge.

    Nevermind Bowman,

    GMs went all Roman

    And threw his azz in the gorge.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  18. TomNickle says:

    If Laraque were able to spell the word government in either language I would be shocked.

  19. TripleX says:

    Setoguchi scored 30 goals that is fact.

    Pouliot has never scored 20 goals and that is also fact.  Projecting a final goal total from a snapshot of a particular number of games in one season is statistically fallacious.



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  20. Danno says:

    From Bleu, Blanc et Rouge to Green


    There once was a goon named Laraque

    Who refused to eat meat or Big Macs

    Expelled from Montreal

    Because he would not brawl

    And now he’s a political hack


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

  21. JF says:

    Ian, I don’t feel at all negative about this season, I’m just being cautious.  I agree that we’re a better team than we were last year, and, without the necessity for a “gelling” period, we should have a much better and less frustrating season.  So far, I really like the direction Gauthier is taking us in – bigger, younger, tougher.  I just don’t think we have the roster to compete for top spot this year; maybe in a couple of years when Price, Subban, Eller and a couple of others have gained some experience.  I see us finishing around 6th, and I would be fine with that – especially if the experts peg us to finish 10th, as they probably will.

  22. Mark C says:

    Save this post, then re-post it every few days until Price signs.

  23. K-hab25 says:

    Well punkster I don’t think a bunch of pencil pushers should get paid 10x’s more than people who actually physically work for a living, but they do. What you and I feel is fair isn’t the discussion. It’s how much should Price be paid. For his profession, he’s 1 of only like 4 goalies in the league, under 25 , to be his teams #1. Rask, Mason and Howard, are still on there rookie deals. The next group, the 2nd contract guys, Halak, Hiller, Rinne, Leightenon, and Leclaire, all make 3.3mill to 4 mill. All of them have around 3 to 4 years experience and all of them are in between 25 to 28 years old. Price, at 22, has as many games played, wins and has a sv% and gaa that are equal to, or better than all of them, at 22 years old. Like in any business you expect to get payed aswell as your peers, Prices peers are making 3.3 to 4mill, not 1.5mill, like a some 30 year old journeymen goaltender. So in closing I don’t care about what you think is too much for pushing around a piece of rubber, I care about Price getting signed to a fair market deal. Preferably a long one, so we don’t have to go through this again for another 3 or 4 years.

  24. punkster says:

    Fun stuff. I notice Robert L has waded in with a good one on the BGL news of the day.

    So much more interesting than goalie wars.


  25. Ian Cobb says:

    Jane, where is all that positive power of thinking coming from? Bergeron I am happy to see replaced by PK’s booming shot. PK will make mistakes also, but he learns from them.

    Price has lots to learn also but he or someone else will play behind one of the best shot blocking defence in the league.!

    AK’s brother has left town and he needs to play for a new contract for next year.

    Pouliot better play this year or we have kids on the farm that are just about ready to take his job now.

    With our new additions this year we are much better, younger and deeper. Markov gets a short rest this fall, it will give someone else a chance to show their wares.

    All an all, we will have a ball this year.

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  26. Robert L says:

    From “there’s a new Sherrif in town” to “deputy” of the Green party. A running joke!


    There once was a goon named Laraque

    Whose brains weren’t too tightly packed

    After knocks on the noggin

    Now its Green that he’s floggin’

    Cause the NHL won’t have him back

    So he fashions himself on a soapbox

    Spewing nonsence for veganist crackpots

    He won’t eat no ham

    But he’s such a big sham

    It’s only fitting he’s gone political jackpot

  27. Bugs says:

    There once was a fresh-faced young rookie

    Who from Harvard went and played hooky.

    Will now work for the ointment

    Of a roster appointment

    S’long as he avoids Andrei’s bookie.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  28. Bugs says:

    Bah, these things write themselves.

    Crackin but not slackin, the card says

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  29. Mark C says:

    GPG went down 0.09 (or 7 goals over 82 games) and PPG went down 0.29 (or 24 points over 82 games) has nothing to do with playing less games, that is taken into consideration.  

    Scoring 31 goals while playing with a top 3 passing center makes him a proven 30 goal scorer? Or just a player who scored 30 goals one year, while taking passes from a future HOF’er?

    Pouliot had 17 goals in 53 games last year, during his time in Montreal he was scored at a 32 goal pace.

    Setoguchi got a very fair contract, but so did Pouloit. I would agree anything under $2 million would be bargain, Wheeler just got $2.2M and I’d take Devin over him any day of the week.


  30. JF says:

    I think you may be a bit over-optimistic, Ian.  We don’t know how Price will do, and our perennial problem last year – even-strength scoring – could still bite us.  The powerplay might also struggle without Bergeron.  As I see it, the difference between success and failure will be the performances of Price, AK46, and Pouliot..  I think Price will probably be OK, but if AK46 does not show up at camp in good shape and turn in a far more consistent effort than he did last season, and if Pouliot looks like the guy we saw in the playoffs rather than the one who tore it up with Gionta and Gomez during his first 20 or so games, we’ll struggle to score at even strength and we’ll lose a lot of 1-goal games.  Even if those three unknowns all work out, I really doubt we’ll be fighting for top spot, not with Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Atlanta all having improved.

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