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Canadiens had little time to celebrate: Stubbs

Red Fisher on Jaro

Habs fans of the world unite!

• Jean-François Bégin on the Canadiens leaders

Sean Gordon on the Pittsburgh series

Robert L previews the Penguins

Sid vs. Ovie … and guess who’s winning?

• Eastern Conference predictions

Brooks Laich is a good guy

Hank for the Hart

And the official Jaro History Will be Made video

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40 Comments

  1. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I could do without the pro soviet agitprop. You’re right about one thing, there’s nothing even vaguely proletarian about our millionaires beating theirs. Don’t call me comrade! Peut etre, je suis notre ami. Go Habs!

  2. G-Man says:

    Beat Washington? Impossible!

    Beat the Penguins? Improbable!

    “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the Canadiens.”

    Sherlock Holmes

  3. jimmy shaker says:

    It 100% has to be a win tonight…..because Bettman and his stupid afternoon game on Sunday is going to kill us.  Pitts has played afternoon games all year, we’ve played about 2 or 3 maybe?  Anyway, game 2 will be advantage pitts thanks to Bettman, so we have to pull this one out tonight, so there isn’t as much pressure on the boys for that game.  MEMO to Bettman and the NHL.  AFTERNOON games SUCK…..You can only do so much for an audience that doesn’t give a rats ass for hockey.  North of the border is who you should be doing cartwheels for.  What a Jabroni!

    Shaker

  4. Big Ted says:

    If the Habs are going to steal one in Pittsburgh, I think this will be the night. Sometimes having an irregular amount of rest can throw a team’s focus off, and the Pens have had a few days of being out of the playoff mindset whereas the Habs, albeit possibly fatigued, are still in the rhythm of playing every second night. It’ll likely show on the Habs later in the game, but if they can jump out to an early lead while the Pens are getting going, they’ve shown that scoring early leads to success.

  5. Drive4twenty5 says:

    Good for you Halak, Finally a great hab getting some respect in the league

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  6. TomNickle says:

    Habs completely dominated the afternoon game they played against Pittsburgh this season.  It doesn’t mean much now Shaker, just saying though.

    I would trade chances with the Pens.

    I’ll bank on Halak and they can bank on Fleury.

     

     

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  7. jimmy shaker says:

    They dominated with the rookies……can we call them up for this game.  I guess I just hate afternoon games.  They have a real tendency to be sloppy/boring hockey.

    Shaker

  8. TomNickle says:

    Boring game = Advantage Habs.

    I’ll take 4 boring wins buddy.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  9. jimmy shaker says:

    I will too for sure!  But I just think the penguins have the advantage over us in this area, and because of the 1 day off instead of 2 before the start of this series, and then an even shorter turnaround in between games 1 and 2, the boys legs will be screaming!

    Shaker

  10. TomNickle says:

    Habs have won 3 in a row against the Caps.  I don’t think they’d want a long break to be honest.

    Gill and Gorges might, but I wouldn’t extend the list much beyond that.

     

     

     

     

  11. Ton says:

    Gainey traded Huet to make place for Halak and took quite a bit of heat to do so. I think Halak respects Gainey for this. Why wouldn’t Gainey want ne individual player (no matter who it is) take the team as far as it could get. good for his pocket book, good the team, players, fans, etc.

  12. Habs84 says:

    So, Gainey didn’t go out and completely change the core of this team? No, he didn’t trade for Gomez, Pyatt? Sign Gill, Gionta, Cammalleri, and Moen? Naw, he didn’t bring respect to this franchise that Mario Trembaly ruined all by himself. That is just my imagination. He didn’t keep both Price and Halak, and not just give one of them away. Yes blame Gainey for doing a good job in a unrealistic market. And it’s 1 round. Winning the cup takes 4…

  13. Sambaguio says:

    My idol for 3 years finally gets the respect he deserves!

    ——————————————
    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  14. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    here’s my question: who takes crosby?

    my second question: who takes malkin?

    answer: JM – no one.

    if every shift is played within the system, its almost not important which Habs are on the ice.

     

  15. TomNickle says:

    Markov and O’Byrne will get Crosby.  Forward line…..anybody’s guess….I’m guessing Lapierre.

    Gill and Gorges get Malkin, Gomez, Gionta and Moen/Pouliot up front!

    Remember my prediction last series Ed?  I said that Pleks, Cammy and AK would be on the ice with Green, they were and it worked out quite well.  ;)

     

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  16. jimmy shaker says:

    Man, I don’t know about you guys…but that commercial gave me goose bumps!  Cheers to Jaro and the boys for being “magnifique”.  Side note.  For me, Jaro’s facial expressions and the way he looked shaking hands with washington last game, really got me thinkin that he resembles Patrick a little, tiny, tiny bit! Now he’s got this commerical for the stanley cup playoffs, and Patrick’s got one in the 86 playoffs when he comes out to the blueline to make that wicked glove save on Sandstrom.  Both commercials put a smile on my face!  Simply awesome!

    Shaker

  17. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    dude – Gainey traded Huet to give Price the #1 spot. that was the motivation behind the trade.

    Halak was given the back up spot to Price by default because of the trade.

    Gainey’s group drafted Price # 5 overall. Price had won the World Junior and AHL championships in the SAME YEAR.

    Gainey decided that Price had the potential to be a “franchise” type player right away.

    those are the facts.

  18. TomNickle says:

    I’m sorry Ed but you and a lot of other people like to blame Gainey for Price being rushed but I give much more blame to Rollie Melanson who tried to completely change Price’s game.  What he did was working and why screw with it?  He got fired but as far as media and fan criticism goes, he’s been unscathed.  He really did a number on Price in my opinion.  He didn’t look comfortable in the net for over a year.  I think his game is back to a good place and just starting to regain confidence, but that’s because he’s gone back to the style he was using prior to Melanson’s adjustments.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  19. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I have no problem with your analysis. Give Rollie the Goalie the blame he deserves.

    I was just correcting the dude’s facts.

    Gainey traded Huet to give Price the #1 spot – right or wrong – is a different discusion.

     

  20. TomNickle says:

    Yes but it’s related to the end result of the trade. Gainey believed that Price was a franchise goalie and based on the way he played after the trade he was correct.

    Melanson’s work in the following season had a severe impact on Price’s results.

    Gainey didn’t see anything differently than millions of fans, executives, scouts, coaches and players. Price played like a franchise goalie at every level including the NHL and the change in his style set him back two years. 

    I do recall Gainey saying on deadline day after he traded Huet that he was fully confident in Jaroslav Halak if Price wasn’t up to the challenge.  Yet people continue to say that Gainey didn’t want Halak here.  Complete BS.

  21. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    here’s the crazy evidence that gainey was trying to trade Halak by the deadline 2010.

    for the first time in 30 years of reading about hockey daily, the PRESIDENT of the Habs Pierre Boivin was actually commenting on the goalie controversy.

    Boivin had a lunch with some of his buddies and they told the press afterwards that Boivin had assured them that Halak would be traded.

    I’m going to google it now so I can pull up the news article for you to see.

    this was reported ALL OVER the local media here – especially in the french media.

    I’m not saying that Gainey didn’t like Halak. Everyone liked Halak. He was the best goalie in the AHL his last year there.

     

  22. TomNickle says:

    I know he tried to trade Halak to Philadelphia Ed.  And I know that he tried to trade Price to Tampa Bay.

    He actually tried to trade Price first.

    The bottom line is that they won’t trade either one of them unless they’re getting a star player or a couple of future star players in return.

    Well at least not prior this run of Halak’s.

    At this point.  Halak being traded seems more likely due to the money he will command.  A lot of people don’t want to hear that and I don’t want to face it, but it’s true.  He will command $5 million on an annual basis now, can we afford that even if we trade somebody?

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  23. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    do you think someone like philly will offer Halak 5 million?

    that would be like a declaration of war, but it could happen.

    what would halak win in arbitration?

    i have to tell you, there are not too many fans here who want to see halak traded –

    and a halak trade would be the worst thing for price

    its just not going to happen that way.

    that’s a lose – lose for the habs.

    they lose their fans support on the goaltending issue, and they lose by placing a 22 year old goalie in an impossible situation i.e Price would be hung out to dry.

  24. TomNickle says:

    Ultimately I think that teams will be trying to steal Price with garbage offers.

    I think that Halak would win $5 million in arbitration and that’s why I use that number.

    I would be surprised if somebody signed him to an offer sheet because we will have around $20 million to play with in two seasons and payback is a you know what.

    I think at the end of the day….Hammer is gone next season and that leaves around $20 million to get 8 forwards and both goalies signed to new contracts.  Keep in mind that Pyatt, Lapierre, SK74 and Pouliot are going to be very cheap and assuming they only total $4 million, that leaves $16 million for four more forwards and both goalies…..next to impossible when you’re going to have to pay Halak $5 million annually.

    That would leave $11 million for Plekanec, Price and then another four forwards.  That’s all dependent on Hamrlik not being paid and a bare minimum roster.

    I think a trade of Jaro Halak will happen.  And I think it will bring in a big time player.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  25. TomNickle says:

    The teams I would consider to be trade partners due to a major goaltending issue are CHI, PHI, SJ, TB AND ST.L with FLA and DAL being dark horses.

    Florida would reportedly want to move Vokoun because of his age and salary and Dallas is banking on Kari Lehtonen.

    I think Pierre Gauthier will be pursuing a superstar player and offering Halak, Hamrlik and possibly David Fischer or the rights to negotiate with Pleks.

    Players that would be on my wish list if I were Gauthier would be Seabrook, Ladd, Byfuglien, Vlasic, Setoguchi, Van Riemsdyk, Perron, Oshie, Eller and Lecavalier.

     

     

     

     

  26. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    3 reasons why it won’t happen – habs will HAVE to find the money some where else.

    1) Halak has become a cult like hero in this town – he is the “saviour” now; no GM would have the balls to trade a player who is so well liked

    2) Effect on Price – ok – we trade Halak – then what? Price steps up to the plate next season – and when we don’t win, the boos come raining down from the clowns in the rafters, game after game after game – Price could be run out of town.

    3) any “big time ” player we would get back in return for Halak would need to be paid around 4 or 5  million. the only “big time” cheap players left in the NHL have not yet earned their first big salary, or have just been drafted – so we would taking on the same salary as we’re trading away, or taking on a lot of risk in a young stud that has not yet earned it.

    Now – if we trade Price – all 3 of those issues I listed above, disappear.

    I would package Price with both Tits brothers. That would get us whatever we wanted / needed in return.

     

  27. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I think Plekanec will need to be moved – that’s my feeling.

    halak stays and Plekanec is the one we can not afford to keep.

     

  28. TomNickle says:

    They can’t get a star player for Price Ed.  On top of that, Price only makes $875 thousand against the cap because his remaining bonus salary is accompanied by a cushion that extends our cap ceiling.

    So the $1.3 million he receives in bonus money annually isn’t counted against the cap.

    If Halak stays, Pleks goes.

    That’s the only alternative.

    So we’re either going to see Halak gone or Cammalleri and centre next season.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  29. TomNickle says:

    Yes, that’s the alternative.

    That means Cammalleri moves to the middle unless they can get a #2 guy at a discount.

     

     

  30. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    no problem with cammy in the middle – i kind of like the idea!

    the habs are WAY TOO CONSERVATIVE an organisation to have the balls to trade Halak after this run.

    Pleks is gone – unfortunately.

  31. TomNickle says:

    I wouldn’t bet against the team letting Pleks go, moving Cammy to centre and pursuing Frolov in the free agent market.

     

     

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    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  32. Habs84 says:

    Pierre Boivin is a big problem. He has little to no hockey sense. When you come out and say that it’s very important to have a “french speaking” coach, you make the people in Quebec look bad. No one cares if the guy speak Greek, we all want what is best. So, I hope we rid of this guy. He has done enough damage to our club.

  33. slapshot777 says:

    I agree 100%, Habs. Boivin has been behind all this crap that have been going on for the past several years. He has meddled in the hiring of coaches. He as spoke about the goaltending contrversary. He knows nothing about the hockey side. He is a bussinessman plan and simple. He is a clone of another person who used to run the Habs in the past, any of you remember Irving Grundman, if anything since the Molsons bought this team should learn and learn quickly is don’t make the same mistake twice.

    Here is the link,  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/253721-karmic-curse-of-irving-grundman

    Read it for yourself and see how the correalation between President Pierre Boivin and GM Irving Grundman pretty much run identical paths. Also notice how the Molsons really didn’t do too much to interfere with the damages done to the Habs teams.

     

     

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  34. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    good call on stopping Green!

    here’s my concern – Crosby handles the puck so well down low, changing directions, accelerating out of his turns, better than anyone I’ve ever seen,

    can O’Byrne handle those kind of bursts?

    its a rhetorical question – I don’t believe OB can handle it.

     

  35. TomNickle says:

    He certainly cannot handle it but there isn’t a defenseman in the league that can handle Crosby.  Markov will do as good of a job as any at eliminating one half of the ice for Crosby success.

    You also want the defenseman on the ice that can get the puck out of the zone as quickly as possible with Crosby out there.

    Also, Kunitz will very likely be on the ice with Crosby and I would like to see O’Byrne eliminate a lot of the crease crashing he does.

     

  36. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    i think you’re right about the crease crashing – nice to have a guy 6’5 230 in the lineup.

    i think OB will need to stay in front of the net much of the time,

    let markov cheat over to his side to take on crosby, or lapierre (as you suggested)

    that could work – I’m feeling better already.:-)

  37. oshawahabsfan says:

    My suggestion for the History Will Be Made line was “What If Halak Played Like Theodore?”

  38. Dintrox says:

    stubb’s link goes to red’s column.

    stubb’s column here http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Fresh+start+Canadiens/2968811/story.html

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  39. Captain aHab says:

    I am so stoked for this series. Can’t wait to see what they’ll do against the Pens. Better playoff team than the Caps but the Habs gained a serious measure of confidence against the Caps.

  40. jimmy shaker says:

    Let’s see…….Am I ready?

    Uhmmm, let me think…….yes, I mean no.  Wait, can I say maybe?  Yes, I’m definitely maybe ready!

    Shaker


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