Are you ready for some hockey?


Well, not real hockey.
But it’s the Canadiens vs. a bona-fide NHL opponent, the Dallas Stars.
And they’re playing at the Bell Centre, with referees and everything.

And for fans who haven’t braved bridge traffic to watch the Habs scrimmage in Brossard, this will be the first look at Erik Cole and Alexei Yemelin.

Red Fisher is not a big fan of the pre-season

• Dave Stubbs on the slimmed-down Jaro Spacek

• Pat Hickey on Brock Trotter and Max Pacioretty

• Sean Gordon on Carey Price

The team’s youth trend

• Stu Hackel on Max-Pac and other concussion victims

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts (including questions on Markov contract)

• François Gagnon on Josh Gorges

J.T. on Spacek

Today’s video is a tribute to Carey Price:


  1. Bill J says:


    If you want to add an avatar here, read this and follow the steps

    Go Habs Go!

  2. Bripro says:

    Shiram, HF72, G-man and others were talking about souvlaki for tonight.
    I went to Diogenese on Decarie today, and THEY’RE CLOSED!
    It’s now some Mediterranean place. We tried it anyhow and it was Gross!
    My two hockey buddies and I are throwing a Sea Bass on the BBQ, some Guinness, and HOCKEY!!!
    GO HABS! I’m so fed up of these withdrawals.
    Everyone else has said what has to be said. Let’s all enjoy!

  3. ClaytonM says:

    I was so excited to finally have hockey to watch, but now? Why bother?

    Toronto beat Ottawa 4-2 last night. It’s all over. The Leafs are winning the Stanley Cup, obviously.

    Ken Dryden For NHL Commissioner

  4. 24moreCups says:

    Don’t know if this video has been posted already but either way it’s a great video ti get you pumped for the season!


  5. HardHabits says:

    You guys are no fun. I was just getting warmed up.

  6. Don Carnage says:

    I am ready and will be sitting in section Rouge 115 as always ! GO HABS GO !!

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …to those with no access to RDS, this is where You will find the Dallas/Canadiens’ game streamed-online tonight (7:30 PM EST/4:30 PM PST) … (formerly
    …N.B.: I have no idea whether this is a pick-up from Dallas’ English-language feed or French-language RDS feed

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  8. cojohnso80 says:

    Stars GM Nieuwendyk has announced that Yemelin will be deciding the first round of cuts in Dallas’ Training camp this evening

  9. rated_R says:

    Did anyone hear about the Carolina panthers football player who just got a torn ACL for the third time in 2 years and he’s out for the season!!!. I HOPE MARKY ISN’T RUSHED!!

  10. Mattee. says:

    Two questions of utmost important.

    1) Is the game being broadcast on TV tonight?

    2) Can I stream it online?

    Yours Sincerely,

    Habs Fan lost in NYC.

  11. Chorske says:

    I don’t follow Red Fisher’s argument. He jumps around, suggesting that the pre-season games are a risk to the players, then suggesting that the owners use them as a cash cow at the expense of the players (um, we fans LOVE the preseason too, Red: gives us a chance to evaluate “la releve”). And then he brings up Crosby- uh, what? Crosby wasn’t hurt in a preseason game, but in an outdoor game (which should be exhibition, but don’t get me started). And then he brings up the incredible level of conditioning of the modern NHLer come September– which should invalidate his concerns regarding player “rust” and safety.

    I tend to think the only risk lies in young players gunning for a roster spot overextending themselves, or going for unnecessarily big hits to impress their coaches.

    • cojohnso80 says:

      I totally disagree with Red too,,I believe that he is trying to start an argument for argument’s sake. Senior “A” teams play pre-season games for crying out loud and trust me it is not to rake in the dough at the gates. How many practices do you want to have before the games start Red? What is not exciting about seeing prospects in game situations and giving the fans a little glimpse into the future? And as for the NHLPA wanting to lessen the amount of exhibition games, although that may be true to a certain extent, it is not at the level that Mr. Fisher perceives it to be. This is the time of year for members of this union and future members of the union to showcase their talents to earn a paycheck. The pre-season is necessary and should be embraced. I have been to pre-season games at the Bell Centre when I used to live in Mtl and I can tell you that the atmosphere is worth the non-discounted price of the ticket.

    • There’s an inherent risk in any hockey game, but it’s no secret that preseason isn’t exactly played at full speed. That said, players need it to get their timing.

    • MikeMcLaren says:

      As a season ticket holder (Damn, I love using that phrase – for one I never thought I’d ever say it and for another it sounds SO damned pompous!) I absolute ABHOR, that’s right ABHOR pre-season games. Namely because there are FIVE in the Bell Centre, which as a season ticket holder I am forced to buy. Poopers to that!

      I don’t think they need so many. This is one point I hope the NHLPA fights for in the next CBA and wins. Heck, and another two games to the regular season. Make the junior rule a 12 game eval instead of 10. Whatever, we just don’t need five home pre-season games. That’s a bit much.

      GO HABS GO!

    • Bripro says:

      Speaking of risks (and I know it’s off the hockey topic), did anyone see Vick get concussed on the weekend, by his own player none the less?
      A freak accident. And the contact was not that hard.
      Just goes to prove what Randy Teiman said today on AM990, it can happen to anyone. No matter how much preparation! So forget the pre-season, let’s get the real thing going!
      ….chompin’ at the bit.

  12. cuzzie says:

    Combos for tonight-
    Price- Lawson

    Cole -Pleks – Cammmy
    Ak – Palushaj – Willsie
    Trotter – Enqvist – Blunden
    Shultz – Berger – Masse

    Gill- Diaz

    Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  13. habs12 says:

    Interesting defense pairings tonight — Gill and Tinordi, Diaz and Weber

  14. lori007 says:

    Oh how I missed you les boys! Let the season begin!

    “We just have to cowboy up and do it” – Carey Price

  15. savethepuck says:

    Interesting article from Red. Guess not being a professional athlete, he doesn’t understand the importance of being in a game situation for a hockey player’s timing. Us having 6 games in 7 nights is probably the reason we are keeping nearly 60 guys. I say if the fans are willing to pay to see it, give it to them.

  16. Mothstoflame says:

    I was watching TSN this morning, and maybe i did not look hard enough but i heard Gomez is lower body. thats all they said, that and our markov troubles. Any info on it?

    • Mike D says:

      TSN did say Gomez has a lower body injury this morning. Saw it before work. Unfortunately, they didn’t elaborate on it any more than that, or give a time frame as to when he can be expected to play.

      – Honestly yours

  17. bleedhabs81 says:

    This just in! Red Fisher does not like something.

    I actually have not read the article, so I shouldn’t be so quick with the quip.

  18. punkster says:

    Finally! Well, almost.

    When a preseason “tilt” (more like a slight lean if you ask me) is touted as The Battle of Ontario you know this league is in trouble. Nothing like watching two overweight, punch drunk hasbeens duke it out for the title of Bottom Dweller. Rumour has it city’s cleanup of confetti and empty beer cans on Yonge Street has severely strained their budget. They may have to (horrors!) cancel their real Cup parade permits before the season actually starts.

    Our own opening preseason between the Habs and Stars promises to be, well, not much actually. I know we’re excited and all but let’s bear in mind these games are played for nothing more than gate receipts to help keep the poor and the needy afloat in these rough economic times. I refer, of course, to the so called sun belt teams. Without this cash some of those franchises would be trolling the hockey hotbeds of Regina, Moose Jaw and Halifax looking for deep pocket investors *cough* suckers and politicians *cough* to pony up untold hundreds of millions for bigass arenas in the most unlikely of places. Ya, OK you’re from one of those towns and you’re sure an NHL franchise would work there? So which category of investor do you fall in to?

    And one final thought. While it’s all well and fine to have Shanny as the new sheriff this does nothing to improve the overall sad state of officiating in the league. Go back over the past 4 or 5 years and one of the most frustrating elements to the game has been the deplorable lack of consistent reffing.This critical flaw has to be corrected.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  19. I’d love to see Price bring back those brown pads once in awhile. Love that look.

  20. Mikey_39 says:

    I need some help! I’m stuck in the states so I don’t have RDS now. Where can I watch the pre-season games. I’ll be subscribing to the NHL package for the rest of the season but they don’t have pre-season, and I need my fix!

  21. savethepuck says:

    Getting frustrated everytime I click on a link to a Gazette artice the “subscribe now” pops up, and I can’t read the article. Same thing happened yesterday for the Subban Twitter article. Someone the other day said they did something to their settings
    ( may of been something about cookies) to avoid this happening, but I can’t find it.
    Can anyone help me out

  22. shiram says:

    Tonight I will watch hockey with some buddies, while eating a chicken slouvaki, and it will be awesome.

    If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

  23. LA Loyalist says:

    Leafs are already planning the parade 🙂

  24. LA Loyalist says:

    For those of you following info about concussions – knock yourself out:

  25. HabinBurlington says:

    Well looks like I will be heading to Cogeco Cable today after work and adding RDS to my cable bill. Wonder which of my wife’s nature channels I will be deleting from my package to add in RDS lol.

    • RetroMikey says:

      Sorry dude, you can’t subscribe to RDS as a single channel in Southern Ontario with Cogeco.
      You will have to buy the Telefranco pack in order to get RDS with 4 other useless channels.
      Your wife will have the last laugh.
      I suggest you buy a dish or subscribe online to RDS to watch the games.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Be careful brother, I delete my wife’s shows off the PVR and she gets po’d big time and cancels some of mine. I would be careful about cancelling channels. Girls always know and they always get you back.


  26. slychard says:

    “With referees and everything?” I can do without the refs after the sh$t job they did last year. Colin Campbell won his son a cup at the expense of the league’s integrity. Hopefully it’ll change this year. Bring on the south-stars let’s play hockey!

  27. Thomas Le Fan says:

    H-O-C-K-E-Y! Yes!

  28. DEANDALLEY says:

    The Habs have a TEAM that can & will do some damage this season. They were one OT goal from taking out the Stanley Cup Champs ( I just threw up in my mouth).

    They showed that they could get by with out Markov & Gorges last season to a certain extent, so when the two are back into the line up full time they have to be a better team for it.

    With Max back & Cammi (seems to be a man on a mission this season) they will be a better team.

    Now if Gomez & AK46 can get it going that will be a huge bonus.

    Oh yeah & that new guy Cole, he can score that timely goal when needed (he sure has killed the Habs in the past) this team can be unstoppable…

    I can’t wait till the reg season.


  29. Rudy says:

    Anyone know if I can stream RDS in the US, seems to be the only way I could watch the game tonight!

  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    Leafs have signed Luke Schenn to a 5 year $3.6M deal. I guess they think he will keep improving but that is a lot of money for a RFA who is a stay at home defenceman with zero offence and a career -17 rating.

    By comparison number one draft pick Erik Johnson has played roughly the same number of games, with slightly better numbers, and is on only $2.6M.

    Zach Bogosian was drafted one spot ahead of Schenn, and has almost identical numbers. He signed for $2.5M.

    Marc Staal is a much better defenceman than Schenn, is 3 years older and wears the A for the Rangers. He is signed for only a little more ($3.97M).

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Team should be well motivated this year. The veterans like Gio and Cammy seem to always be motivated, but Cammy seems especially ready for this year.

    Gomez as we have pointed out endlessly has this year to show if he will stay with Montreal or risk going to a team he doesn’t want to be on or worse play in Hamilton.

    Spacek, Gill, Moen, AK, are veterans playing for next contract.

    PK, Price playing for their next big contract.

    All of this on top of them buying into being a winning team in Montreal.

    Perhaps more importantly, JM is coaching for his next contract. He needs to get all the players to buy into his system or he won’t be coaching in Montreal next year.

    Hopefully all these different intangibles make for a special year.

  32. HABZ24 says:

    glad to see price has settled in, bought a house, no more fighting for number one spot with anyone, its his team.losing by a goal to the cup champs should make us hungry with something to prove this year. DROP THE PUCK !!


  33. Marc10 says:

    Great to see Spacek come to camp fighting fit.

    No passengers. I love it.

  34. Holy Halak Fan Still Alive and Well.

    This reply is from the G&M Price article.


    12:51 AM on September 20, 2011

    “He is a choker when games matter most. He will cost the Habs another run in the playoffs. He has done ZERO for the Habs. I would rather have Rick Mercer in net than him! Besides that, he reminds me of Roberto Luongo, another overrated Canadian goalie who chokes when his team needs him most. Nope, the Habs will go nowhere with this dude. Glad it is the last year of his contract. Maybe he can get traded… Let’s get Halak back from the Blues!”

    Poor Poor Halak fans, he’s the next Roman Cechmanek, and with Jake Allen and Ben Bishop Halak will be trade bait in the near future.

    Shane Oliver
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    Ph- 204 724 8418

    • avatar_58 says:

      Kind of like how Halak choked against the flyers. Remember when he came waaay out of his net and tripped hamrlik causing a goal? Yeah.

    • HabFab says:

      We have a “Sam THE Man” poster here. He has been giving us daily updates from Brossard. Don’t believe him to be the same, he seems like a level headed type and don’t remember any Halakian heresy posting there 😉

    • Psycho29 says:

      Nothing new there…..I went back HIO archives to 1970 and found this nugget:

      October 2, 1970 from samthemacman,SR.

      I cannot believe that Pollock let the future of this team, Tony Esposito go for nothing in return!! The Canadiens management truly have no idea what they are doing.
      The younger Esposito had 15 shutouts in his rookie season with Chicago! Don’t tell me the Habitants couldn’t have used a few of those shutouts this past season while the Bruins were going on to win the Cup!
      Sure, the Habs drafted goalie Ray Martyniuk this year, we all know he will be a superstar one day, but be realistic, he won’t be ready for 2 or 3 seasons!
      And this upcoming season? Who will be in nets? Rogie Vachon? His best days are behind him…
      Phil Myre? (He’s too young)…..And that Dryden kid??? Forget it….he will never amount to anything in this league. A primadonna college boy. Plus he’s what? 6-4? Wayyyy too tall for a hockey player!
      Remember these words a few years from now when Tony O is winning all kinds of Cups with the BlackHawks dynasty, and Dryden is riding the buses and trains in the minors again!!
      On another subject, did any of you get that new Bread album? It’s Outtasite!!!!!

    • savethepuck says:

      I didn’t think any of those guys still existed. I still wish Jaro the best. think he still has 3 years left on his contract, but may have to agree on the Bishop Allen situation in St. Louis.

  35. RS says:

    Guy Lafleur’s 60th birthday today. I thought that might get a mention. He was pretty good on a pretty good team.

    • savethepuck says:

      Guy LaFleur was “pretty good” on a “pretty good” team is understating things for sure. I will edit it to this:

      Guy LaFleur was a premier player of his era playing on the Habs Dynasty of the 70’s.

      I was born in 65, so I was fortunate my father taught me right and pushed the Habs on me. It was easy to be a fan of this team in the 70’s. Feel bad for the kids born in the late 80’s (not being old enough to enjoy the 93 Cup) or the 90’s, but this organization is on the right track. The cup is coming back home, we have an incredible youth development going on right now.

    • 365fan says:

      Fans of Lafleur can rightfully claim that he owns the title of being the best player on the best hockey team of all time, the 76-77 Habs. There have been a lot of great players in the league, but that title is something special.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        +1 and then some. He was the man on the team. Always will be my favourite player. Still sore about the way he got treated in his last years with the habs.

  36. Psycho29 says:

    Don’t know if it was posted here, Melnick in the afternoon is raffling off 2 tickets to the October 6th Habs vs Leafs opener in Toronto. The seats are section-107 I believe.
    The prize includes first class Via Rail, 3 nights hotel including supper.
    All Proceeds go to fight Lymphoma….
    I bid $650 but very quickly the top bid was $850. Deadline is this Friday at 6PM
    So any of you with some extra cash to spare, email : drive@team990.
    It’s for a great cause, and you get to see our Habs in action!!

  37. Paulin98C says:

    Drop. The. Puck. Already!

    I can’t wait to see Yemelin, Tinordi on the back end. We have been missing this toughness since Believe or not Komisarek.
    It will be awesome to see the players battle for the 6th/7th spot on D.

    What I can’t wait to see is Cole’s explosiveness!

    Go! HABS! Go!

    5 days until I get to see the boys play live in HFX.

  38. RetroMikey says:

    Have to agree with Red Fisher, not a fan of the pre-season, it’s all hype.
    We all know the roster is set even before this pre-season hoopla.

    But I am excited for this,

    Yeaaaah baby!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  39. Awesome. I feel like it’s the playoffs all over again. It best be on RDS…

    “Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don’t know one child with a full time job and children.”
    ― Bill Hicks

  40. savethepuck says:

    Couldn’t sleep last night. Feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Get to watch the Habs play hockey tonight. Won’t feel like this again until Oct. 6th.

  41. Habsrule1 says:

    I’ll be there! I can’t wait! Hurley’s from 2ish until 5ish then off to the game a bit early to poke around the Bell Centre.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  42. fun police says:

    red doesn’t seem like a fan of much these days. go habs go!

  43. zaq007 says:

    Only 12 and half hours to go, cannot wait!

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