Audio: Brian Gionta named captain

Canadiens forward Brian Gionta (centre) becomes the 28th player in franchise history to wear the “C” on his sweater. With him are defencemen Andrei Markov on the left and Hal Gill on the right, as his assistant captains for this season. Peter McCabe, The Gazette

AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Jacques Martin

After going an entire season without a captain, the Canadiens announced on Wednesday that Brian Gionta will become the 28th player in franchise history to wear the “C” on his sweater,succeeding Saku Koivu, who assumed that role from 1999 to 2009.

Gionta, who was one of three assistants named at the start of the 2009-10 season, will have defencemen Andrei Markov and Hal Gill as his assistant captains. The 31-year-old Gionta is entering his ninth season NHL season and his second with the Canadiens. Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2009, Gionta made his presence felt in his first season with the Canadiens, leading the team with 28 goals, including a team high 10 power-play goals. Gionta also recorded three game-winning tallies and posted a team-high 237 shots on goal.

• This was fast: NHL.com has a promotional video up

Elliotte Friedman’s great Inside Hockey piece on Gionta:

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Props to La Presse’s François Gagnon for reporting this two weeks ago.

For
reasons best known to the Canadiens, they anointed their new Captain on
Twitter, in lieue of a formal announcement at the Bell Centre.

The Gionta File:

• Full name is Brian Joseph Gionta

• Captained Boston College to a NCAA championship in 2000-’01

• Second American to captain the Canadiens. Chris Chelios was co-captain (with Guy Carbonneau) in 1989-’90

• Second free-agent acquisition to captain the team (Mike Keane was the first)

• Gionta becomes the third 5’7″ Captain in Canadiens’ history. Previous mighty mites: Yvan Cournoyer and Henri Richard

Pierre LeBrun on Gionta 


 

605 Comments

  1. fbkj says:

    its a hundred bucks, got my richard jersey done up this year

    current players will bite you in the ass… ever see the asshole with the zubrus jersey at a game

     

  2. fbkj says:

    didnt work out that well for saku

  3. db says:

    As long as we win it doesn’t matter… (not that that’s any better)

  4. mike g says:

    LOl…

    Yea, so they charge you $700.

    Honestly, not alot of people know this, and I didn’t either, but they all send it to the same place.

    No matter what professional/authentic Reebok jersey stitching you want done, they all get sent to this one place in MTL.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  5. Tony000 says:

    Not being born in Canada might actually be an advantage in the eyes of a separatist, since they supposedly want nothing to do with Canada, unless it’s their exorbitant Canadian federal government pensions, unrealistic Provincial equalization payments or political style kickbacks / trough feedings. 

  6. RGM says:

    Also, not an asshole.

    Go Habs Go!

  7. quentin_stuckley says:

    your last sentence was spot on as to why this is such a non-issue for the most part.  i do think a captain needed to be named for the sake of posterity; this is a franchise steeped in tradition/history, so a legacy has to be made.  but the fact there were so many choices only illustrates a solid team core.  

    that said, gionta is a great ambassador for the habs, both in work ethic and league-wide respect.  congrats.

  8. mike g says:

    Trust me I won’t…

    These have been my last 4 jerseys:

    Zednik, Land, Sergei, and Price.

    I see an alarming trend there…

    Just more pressure to add to Price’s shoulders..

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  9. fbkj says:

    play it again sports?

    dont be a cheapass, take it to the bell center!!!

  10. mike g says:

    Hmmm…

    Only if he steals another purse.

    Then I gotta “represent”, and show respect.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  11. Mattyleg says:

    Ha!!

    Whatever you do, Mike, don’t get Gionta stitched on there. We’d hate to lose him too.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. Caballero says:

    I am also shocked at this. Is it possible that injury had some part to play in this? Both players suffered injuries that seemed to really affect their play. Oh but wait, in the case of Komisarek there is also the problem of his being a total b*&%h.

  13. HFX-HabFan says:

    Are you going to make it an O’Byrne one now?

  14. pierre lapuck says:

    He was the right choice last season and the right choice this year too.  Now look at the difference in leadership styles between Captain G.; quiet, determined, leads by example, plays the game right and the new maple leaf captain Phaneuf; loud, brash, arrogant, cocky.  By the end of the seasonthjose divergent leadership styles will have had their effect in the room. What happens in the room goes on the ice.  Leafs are doomed and as usual HABS RULE.   

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Awesome, great work Habs, he’ll be a fantastic captain.

    There’s no question that the guys will play for him.

    I like what Gomez said on CJAD, saying that they point to Gionta to show young guys what it means to be a professional.

    Go Habs.

    –Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. Caballero says:

    Gionta’s appointment is clearly part of the Molson’s federalist agenda. Darche was the obvious choice. My homeboy from Ville-St-Laurent! hehe

  17. matmacat says:

    I don’t know… maybe because he was a wicked hockey player?

  18. twocents says:

    Congratulations Brian! You deserve it.

    Anybody sense divisions or factions on this team?

    Quite refreshing isn’t it. All controversy emanates from without and the sheer lack of fuel exposes the “emanaters” for the desperate, scrapping malcontents that they are.

  19. RS says:

    The right choice was made. Okay, let’s move on.

    P.S. I still can’t believe that Pierre Turgeon was ever the captain of the Habs.

  20. mike g says:

    He better be careful what he says..

    The NHL is watching his every move.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  21. mike g says:

    Yes there is…

    You can unstitch the name patch yourself, it will take baout an hour. Don’t unstitch the letter individually, just the rectangluar name patch.

    Then go to Play It Again Sports, and they’ll charge you about $40 to send it out to Reebok, and they’ll stictch on the name you want.

    I did it for my Zednik jersey when I worked there. Turned it into a Lang.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  22. Habfan29 says:

    Did Gomez actually say that….To funny that just goes to show how tight the room is……

  23. soflohabsfan says:

    From twitter “@Real_ESPNLeBrun: Just spoke with Lou Lamoriello who was oozing pride with his former Devil Gionta now captain of the Habs, “They made a great decision.””

  24. krob1000 says:

    An American as captain? He can’t speak French? He is too small to be a captain…..what does Jean Beliveau think of this?  Gionta was more Halak than Price…what will this do to the room? am I for real? hope you don’t think so but at some point (as soon as we lose 2 games….after the now madatory 20 game gelling period that is) these questions will come crawling out of the woodwork from the same morons who boo our goalies and players…..sigh….guess that’s the way the ball bounces in Montreal….

  25. Caballero says:

    Great choice, but I hope Brian can say a few words in french. Let’s see how long the french media can hold back on the French issue. I say first question he gets will be are you learning French? He should just learn how to say “Oui monsieur” for a start, that will shut them up for a few weeks. Then every few weeks he can feed them another line in french. That should pull him through for this year…

  26. soflohabsfan says:

    Great choice!!!!!

  27. mchab33 says:

    Higgins was my fav back then, can’t believe what’s happened to him.  Three years ago the talk was if Higgins or Komi was going to be our future captain.  Oh how the times have changed.

  28. Storm Man says:

    OMG how can this happen??? he does not speak french and was not born in Canada. Gilles Duceppe must have crapped his pants. I bet now he is wanting a Referendum asap. I think Gio is a great pick.

  29. Mark C says:

    I’m with one on this, the size and strength of the leadership core is much more important than whether there is a captain or not, and who that caption is.

    The best part of the captain debate for me, was the realization that 6 or 7 players on the team had a strong case to be the one wearing the C or an A.

  30. fbkj says:

    well now that WE have netflix that lines become blurrier

  31. fbkj says:

    but its wednesday :(

  32. aemarchand11 says:

    I have a higgins jersey… Authentic… 

    Anyway to take the namebar off and get a gionta namebar placed on it??

    Go Habs Go!
    2010-2011

  33. TorontoHabsFan says:

    And worst of all…he’s a…gasp…yankee!

  34. Propwash says:

    Can it Pauline ;)

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  35. Rudy says:

    I wonder when they took the picture of him with the C, first day of training camp?

  36. krob1000 says:

    This team has leadership up the wazoo so it doesn’t really matter, they all seem to get along pretty well and are able to make fun of each other, which also means any one of them can feel comfortable calling out another.  Giving the C to Gionta just provides a clear direction, he is here for another 4 years, his heart is half the size of his body, and he never takes a second off, he is a professional through and through.  He will now be a reh rah guy, the room has plaenty of those guys, but much like Koivu he is the epitomy of a hockey player. If you don’t like Saku Koivu or Brian Gionta you have issued in my opinion…..those are two unbelieveable professionals.  Gionta is the most right choice IMo, but there several other choices that would have been right too…but you are right the difference in the room is negligible.  But the great thing about picking a guy like Gionta is that no matter what his stats say…he will never take a shift off…..he will go in places he has no business being, he is proud and seasoned and will not be fazed by any of the hoopla that surrounds the position …for those reasons I think this is a great move.

  37. Highspeed969 says:

    YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although I may need to get a ‘C’ put on the jersey I bought last year :)

  38. CERF says:

    to quote a fellow below… “booooooooooooooooooooooo”

  39. HardHabits says:

    I was leaning towards Cammy but Gio is OK by me.

  40. fbkj says:

    his french is paltry and hes too short

    wait…

  41. avatar_58 says:

    Symbolism really, as they said – tons of leaders, the C doesn’t matter

  42. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    YES!

    Allons-y Montreal!

  43. soflohabsfan says:

    Awesome video I am so pumped for the home opener its gonna be sick.

  44. marshx says:

    Great decision!

  45. Jordio-oh says:

    I just need to pick up Hal Gill in my hockey pool and I’ll have the C and both A’s on my team.

  46. avatar_58 says:

    Next year. For now Gill is older and wiser. Gorges will watch and take over after that :) I have no issue with this

  47. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Am I the only person who doesn’t give a tinker’s damn whether a team has a captain or not? Don’t get me wrong, I love Gionta, think he’s a damn fine hockey player who has intangibles out the wazoo…but really, does putting a C on his jersey really do anything to alter that?

    I think the whole captain thing is more for the media and the fans than the guys in the room.

    That being said, if we’re going to keep having captains, then I think Gionta was absolutely the best choice.

  48. BJ says:

    Gill is on the last year of his 2 year pact. So if he’s not re-signed next year Gorges should get it.

  49. Habs_008 says:

    love the move. Great choice. Bring on the laffs

  50. adam76 says:

    Great decision - however, I would have thought josh gorges would have at least gotten an A over Gill.

  51. mike g says:

    WHAT??!!!!

    Should have been Desharnais.

    We need to protect the heritage and our “roots”.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  52. Propwash says:

    His whole commentary was a riot.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  53. Trenton_Romulox says:

    This is a load off my mind, haha. I ordered during the NHL Shop’s free customization day on Monday a Brian Gionta jersey with the C on the front. It’s gonna be a good Christmas! 

    But more related to the story: Gionta is the best choice, I think. He’s gritty, he works as hard as anyone, and he carries himself with class on and off the ice. He’s exactly what you want out of a leader. Leads by example. Great choice by the Habs. 

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    A Promotional Video from Canadiens.com on the Captaincy.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  55. JD_ says:

    “The third star is, uh, number six, Spacek, because he realized that we were wearing the red jersey tonight and he didn’t have five turnovers, so that was…uh…a big step for him.” – Scott Gomez providin’ colour durin’ the CJAD broadcast Monday night.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAAA!

    Too bad the guy has to lace ‘em up every night.

  56. nickster13 says:

    Good! he leads by example, aka the type of captain we’ve had in every year of our existence pretty much

  57. RGM says:

    Not our fault that people have defective keyboards.

    Go Habs Go!

  58. avatar_58 says:

    After the CJAD comedy fest I’m not sure how anyone could NOT love the guy.

  59. Mattyleg says:

    Mine just has a #10 on the back.

    My first hero.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  60. Mad Habber says:

    It’s interest, your discription of Phaneuf sounds exactly what the Laughs GM…Probably a franchise philosphy there. Hopefully the Habs can say the same about there leader.

  61. Say Ash says:

    For many people here, Gomez is still a four-letter word.

  62. aemarchand11 says:

    Nice, thanks!

    my boy higgins…. didnt quite pan out. Can drink with the best of them though!

    Go Habs Go!
    2010-2011

  63. RGM says:

    Both as a Gomez quote and as a quality of Gionta. LOL

    Go Habs Go!

  64. RS says:

    Talented player, no heart, not captain material.

  65. SmartDog says:

    What?  It’s against the rules to quote Scott Gomez on HIO? 

    ;)

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  66. quentin_stuckley says:

    i had a roy, muller, and recchi myself.  went more obsolete faster than my computer.

  67. Mike Boone says:

    I should Delete that … but it’s 100% accurate.

  68. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Oh I know all about the mighty Rochester – home of The Garbage Plate!  :)

  69. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Just barely a Yankee. Rochester, NY is an hour and a half drive away from the Canadian border at Niagara Falls. Or 60 miles across Lake Ontario.

  70. matraque says:

    :P

    Seriously.

    ——

    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  71. fbkj says:

    he was one of the better habs captains

    is captain of his national team

    and is being considered to be the next ducks captain

    in other words, get a clue

  72. ZepFan2 says:

    meh…Saku sucks…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    …at speaking mandarin. ;)

    ————————————————————————–

    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    - Steven Tyler

  73. HardHabits says:

    You sir are correct!!!

  74. Chuck says:

    I was sitting in the second row, the section to your right.  :)

  75. coachdoug says:

    Glad it is official now!  Gionta will make a fine Captain…love to see him hoist the Cup during his tenure…

    My son has been number 11 since he was a mini-mite for Saku…this year by random mistake out team manager sewed his name tape on 21…when we went to the Bell Center last year Gionta flipped my son a puck…he has now officially changed to number 21…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  76. Lafrich says:

    I think this broke the record for largest height discrepancy between a ‘C’ and an ‘A’…

  77. habfan53 says:

    Did’nt Gionta just switch to 11 or was that Gomez??

    Anybody??

  78. FB says:

    Didn’t Kovalev wear the “C” for a little while?  Or does that not count?

  79. habsfansince91 says:

    gomez

  80. coachdoug says:

    It was temporary when Saku was out because of injury two years ago…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  81. mike g says:

    Gomez did and I don’t like it…

    Not because Koivu wore it or anything, but I just find that 91 suited Gomez really well…

    11 is a little, I dunno. Not Gomez…

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  82. habfan53 says:

    Thanks Chuck

    We really have to get together at Ned’s this year

  83. crabvader says:

    Great news for us and Gionta!

     

    I’m also glad Martin realized and took the time to evaluate Avtsin. It’s a great move to send him to Hamilton and an even better one to not let him play the pre-season games. He’s not used to North American hockey and the last thing you want is for him to eat a lead-elbow and be sent to the hospital.

    I’m very glad to hear Martin dismiss anything about him being “another Sergei K.” like some cynics would try to make others believe. Absolutely no truth to that.

    We might have something special in a year or two.

  84. Chuck says:

    Darn right! We’ll have to do it on a night that the Habs are playing the Leafs, since there’s bound to be a lot of blue and white in there watching the game. We’d inject a healthy, well-needed dose of red into the proceedings.  :)

  85. The Juice says:

    I think it is disrespectful to Saku. 2nd longest serving captain in team history, may yet have his number retired one day…

  86. The Juice says:

    I was 7 rows up behind the right hash marks…we were 2-0 that night!

  87. The Juice says:

    Classic…I think he expected us to remember what he said in the previous interview ;)

  88. The Juice says:

    Let Cammy score the goals and let Gio deal with the media…

  89. SeriousFan09 says:

    Next season a line of Avtsin-Leblanc-Kristo could just tear the AHL apart, that will be a lot of fun to watch.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  90. mike g says:

    I’m someone who wouldn’t mind his # being retired..

    But I highly doubt it will happen. Infact, I’d go as far as saying he’ll never have it retired.

    When a guy like Steve Shutt won Cups and scored 400 goals here, and his number ain’t up there, Koivu’s 11 never will be.

    Sucks, but wtv…

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  91. Say Ash says:

    Get over it. We’ve gone further with Gomez on the team in one year than we we did for more than a decade with Saku. Wanna wear 11? Go ahead.

  92. mike g says:

    And…

    ALL RIGHT HANDED SHOTS!!!!

    Omg,….I don’t need Viagra anymore!

     

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s crazy, I would have bet money Leblanc wasn’t a RH shot until I double-checked it.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  94. SmartDog says:

    I’m almost afraid to ask, but what’s going on in your picture?

     

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  95. showey47 says:

    Does it play 45′s? lol j/k.

  96. fbkj says:

    i doubt what he said was EVER said

  97. SeriousFan09 says:

    Koivu in his prime did not enjoy a strong roster like what the Habs have today. In 2002 and 2004, who was the captain when the Habs won big upsets over the Bruins? Koivu when the team was far weaker and they had to overcome a lot. Koivu scored 2G, 5A in the 2002 series after battling cancer for most of the year than in 2004, 1G, 8A in that series win. He doesn’t play big for MTL? 18% of his career goals in MTL were game-winners.

    The guy did everything humanly possible to win in Montreal, it’s not his fault the team was recovering from the reign of error for most of his time.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  98. avatar_58 says:

    Oh for crying out….didn’t we get past this? The number is available, much like how it was available when Saku took it. Are you seriously suggesting all the #11′s before him were not worthwhile? How about #21?

  99. petrov14 says:

    You know, I was kinda wondering that as well.

    ______________________________________ Gionta IS Captain.

  100. Everlasting1 says:

    That and a seasoned vet with a ring.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  101. petrov14 says:

    How does Koivu get so little credit for all he did? Unbelieveable! Cpt. K for life….

    ______________________________________ Gionta IS Captain.

  102. Chuck says:

    …and so was Carey. Why Martin didn’t start him in game 3 of the season is beyond me…

  103. namgel says:

    No Cup…no retirement.

    Why retire Saku’s number ?  I mean I like the guy like every other Hab Fan but

    Big BUT….He accomplished nothing…nadda….zippo…..

    Lets keep our standards a little higher than the Laffs. 

  104. sprague cleghorn says:

     

    I’ve posted this before, but I’ll try one more time. 

    Plante wore 1 after Vezina, and Roley Melanson wore it after
    Plante, and Laperriere and Gaston Gingras wore 2 after Doug Harvey, and Beliveau wore 4 after Newsy Lalonde and
    Aurele Joliat and Kenny Reardon, and Yvan Cournoyer wore 12 after the great Dickie
    Moore, and Darcy Tucker (!!!) wore it after Yvan, and Henri Richard wore 16 after Elmer Lach,  and Jeff Brubaker wore 18 after Serge Savard,  and Marco Kiprusoff and Turner Stevenson wore
    23 after Bob Gainey,  and, as a matter of
    fact, Saku Koivu wore 11 after Kirk Muller and Marc Tardiff and Rejean Houle
    and Floyd “Busher” Curry.

     

    It’s not a problem. 
    And, by the way, I loved Saku – though I don’t think his number should
    be retired.

  105. Habscore says:

    Oh Markov is another one that overuses ” Like I said” and “you know” 

    ………………………………………………………………..

    YES HABS CAN!!

  106. fbkj says:

    yeah but markov gets a pass due to his stoic nature and years of not speaking at all

  107. Habscore says:

    LMAO!!!

     

    ……………………………………………………………….. YES HABS CAN!!

  108. Habscore says:

    Hahahaa! Agreed buddy!

    ………………………………………………………………..

    YES HABS CAN!!

  109. riazp says:

    Perfect choice for the C. He wont do anything to get himeslf into trouble, good family man, and *sigh* bust out some french for the journal de montreal and pauline marois will stfu.

  110. HabFarmer says:

    I’m not going to say that he needs to have his number retired, but Saku certainly doesn’t deserve any disrespectin’.  The man did a lot and accomplished a lot in strictly human terms, never mind hockey.  The man’s a pro in my books…….. .

     

    A man’s attitude… a man’s attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that somethin’ you agree with?

  111. Chuck says:

    Personally, I’m happy with how the Canadiens handled the entire selection process for Captain.

    1. By waiting a year, the silently honour Saku, while allowing the new Captain (Gionta was probably always in the running) to get some games under his belt as a Hab and to allow the dynamic of the locker room to work itself out.

    2. It prevented the captaincy from becoming a joke (team down the 401, anyone?) by not anointing someone who came over in a mid-season trade and had played fewer than 30 games with the team, or by doing the announcement at a new sports bar next to the arena as a PR move to drum up business for it’s grand opening.

    3. Our Captain ain’t a douche-bag.

  112. mike g says:

    4. Our captain has actually won something, and at least has a chance to win again.

    5. Our captain doesn’t date sloppy seconds.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  113. Clay4bc says:

    It’s a comedy TV show about a guy in the witness protection program…I forget the name, though…

    __________________________
    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    – George Orwell –

  114. riazp says:

    LOL @ sloppy seconds…gotta love avery for that

  115. Rudy says:

    I am really pissed that I am not going to see this game with Gio wearing the C tonight. Hopefully someone can put up an online link, because Center Ice isn’t covering Mtl pre season games!

  116. Mikey_39 says:

    Also, like Engels pointed out…by waiting a year, it allowed different leaders to step up and take initiative.  Honestly there’s so much character on this team, I can’t see us doing badly this season. 

  117. smiler2729 says:

    Saturday’s game where Ottawa beat Montreal was on Center Ice. They picked up a Sportsnet feed that was Senators based. I didn’t really watch long, I have no interest in pre-season warmup games.

  118. B says:

    They don’t play tonight, next game is tomorrow night (and it is on TSN).

  119. riazp says:

    Brian Gionta is the number 1 trending search topic in canada on twitter…just sayin

  120. Hagar says:

    My sincere congrats to Gionta. That said, can someone fill me in as to why he’s the ideal choice for the C. So far all I can come up with is fan service. He’s popular with the fans. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  121. riazp says:

    Wont get caught in a club

    solid family man

    told everyone hes learning french

    helps the community

    took over kovys loge with gomez for the sick kids

    basically hes mature, has his head on his shoulders and lou in new jersey says we make the perfect choice.

  122. lavie says:

    Gionta now became the 2nd powerful individual in Quebec only narrowly behind Jean Charet.

  123. Rudy says:

    Sorry, meant tomorrow night. I don’t get TSN down here in the states :(

  124. Mattyleg says:

    Read the other posts on here, listen to what the players say about him, look at his on-ice performance.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  125. SmartDog says:

    Me no comprende what you speak me.

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  126. SmartDog says:

    Those are all ‘nice to have’s and show his maturity as a player and leader which is part of it.  But you left out this:

    Sheer drive and dedication every shift. How else does  a 5’7″ guy lead the Montreal Canadiens in goals?  Gionta’s a guy you want to follow.

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  127. lavie says:

    Is Jean Charest still the Premier of Quebec?

    (Charest instead of Charet)

  128. DearyLeary says:

    I think this is the best reason.  When you go back into the dressing room for intermission, can you really look Gionta in the eye if you haven’t worked your ass off?

    He’s been identified as an exemplary player for the team, and I think it makes a difference.  It was probably understood that he was a leader last year, but now there’s a visual cue for everyone for a standard of effort and accountability.

    I think he’ll be a great captain, and if Montreal continues to reward effort, and caring about performance on the ice, with the core talent in place they’ll be able to achieve a degree of success we haven’t seen in a long time.

  129. ESundy36 says:

    It’s live on the NHL Network here in the States tomorrow.

  130. petrov14 says:

    I think Gionta will be great! I guess I need a new tag line.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  131. adam76 says:

    just change “for” to “is”

  132. HabsFanInTampa says:

    if I have to explain it to you, you wouldn’t understand.

  133. FormalWare says:

    It look, like, two games, last season, for Gio to become my fave Hab! Fantastic choice!

    Go, go, Gio! Go, Habs, Go!

  134. secretdragonfly says:

    Apologies if this was already posted but according to TSN, Carle was one of four players to clear waivers today.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=335661

  135. Storm Man says:

    You have it wrong. Bonhomme carrying a briefcase stuffed with cash on the cover of Maclean’s put’s him as the number 2 most powerful individual in Quebec. Gionta is number 1 :)

  136. tony d says:

    Gionta’s the man. I’m so happy we have a guy who can lead by example night after night and that guys respect.

    Whooo hooo!!!

  137. otter649 says:

    Gill-Markov-Gionta were the original “A” captains a year ago but The Montreal Canadiens in their history have never named a team captain with less than one year of team service…………

  138. kempie says:

    Because the guy plays like he’s 6’10″ without fear and without quit. Perfect choice. Both As are also very good choices. For those of you who are convinced that Gill is gone at the end of this year, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him back for 1 or 2 more seasons.

  139. mbplekfan says:

    Not being claimed is no surprise as most gm’s dont pluck off the wire before the season starts.

    If he is subject to recall waivers then maybe a team will pick him up for half price. We have no need for him now and he might be able to help another team.

  140. Bugs says:

    Observe that only Markov is looking into our lense. 

    We can’t help but notice he’s the only one not smilin.

    Russian aplomb or Russian pout?

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  141. Hagar says:

    I want my captain to get caught in club, lol. Solid family man? Boy gee, that’s important for the C. We wouldn’t want a degenerate bachelor to get a hold of it, would we? Community service? OK maybe that helps his case…a little bit. Does Markov do absolutely squat for the Montreal community? Even if he doesn’t (cuz he’s a terrible ogre) this shouldn’t be a deal breaker. New points. Markov has been a real workhorse for our defence. He logs in large minutes on the ice and never complains. You can’t tell me Gio is hands down a harder worker then Markov. His media skills are as adequate as Gionta’s (Cammy blows them both away) and their knowledge of French is the same. I know Gio is pledging to learn but let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that likely none of our new guys save for Scott Gomez is going to be trading jokes with the French media before their tenure is up. Gionta, being quiet, is not a great locker room guy, so that can’t be why he was chosen. Markov is our best player and losing him hurts way worse than losing Gio. He’s been with us his entire career and if he wanted to be the first Russian born Habs captain he bloody well should’ve been. This sticks in my craw. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  142. Propwash says:

    In soviet Russia, Markov smiles YOU!

    I’ll get me coat….

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  143. Anonymous says:

    For the guys that play NHL11

    In the offseason sort free agents by potential and take the first couple young guys, guaranteed 80+ within a couple years.

  144. Hagar says:

    How? An injured Cammy, that’s how. Did Gio lead the league in goals during the playoffs? “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  145. twocents says:

    The very slight smirk says aplomb.

    And if I’m not mistaken, he’s looking directly at you.

     

  146. mike g says:

    In soviet Russia, camera smiles at you!

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  147. Hagar says:

    hmm. That ignores that Gio was also injured. My bad. When Cammy went on his playoff rampage, that was still more impressive. Also, I’ll bet anyone a case a beer he scores more goals then Gio during his time here. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  148. Danno says:

    Mona Lisa smile.

     

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

  149. The Cat says:

    Im so proud of myself, I just installed a new radio on my 1994 Honda Accord!

     

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  150. mike g says:

    I’m bored, so here I go….

    - Today, 2 week old “breaking news” became breaking news once again. Everyone pretended like they were surprised, and acted like nothing was ever official. Pfff, yea right. So I was wondering if we can do this all the time now. Like, can we take any story that came out a while back, and make it “official” again? Because in places like Montreal, when someone says they’ve got GREAT sources, it ALWAYS comes true.

    Here, I’ll give it a try…..BREAKING NEWS: Dion Phaneuf’s a douche.

     

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  151. HardHabits says:

    People ask why Gio. It’s because he isn’t chatty like Cammy. Gio says nothing. His lips are sealed. Just prefab sound bites. No controversies here. Move along people.

  152. TheDagger says:

    That might be breaking news…. five years ago.

  153. byrneoNL says:

    I counted 10 “obviously”s in the first minute of Gionta’s acceptance speech. If everything so obvious, why do players bother to make the comment :p

  154. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it obvious?

  155. fbkj says:

    ill take it over kovalev’s prefacing something he never said with “like i said”, any day of the week

  156. Anonymous says:

    If that’s the logic than Markov is captain, I sense a conspiracy here HH, what is it?

  157. Anonymous says:

    Like i Said, I mean to say, what I like I meant to say.

  158. Bugs says:

    Well, …I owe him money.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  159. Anonymous says:

    In Soviet Russia no one smiles.

  160. Anonymous says:

    I became a gionta fan after his “greasy” OT goal against Buffalo.

  161. Hagar says:

    I think AK46′s play last year indicates the answer to your question is yes. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  162. Say Ash says:

    I thought that was the goal of the year – and only the second game in. Gomez says he meant to miss the net and slap it off the boards. I wanna believe it.

  163. Hagar says:

    Try your best HFT. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  164. petrov14 says:

    Win.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  165. Chuck says:

    Make sure to clean and align the tape heads for optimal performance.

  166. petrov14 says:

    Done lol

    ______________________________________ Gionta IS Captain.

  167. Say Ash says:

    No conspiracy, just a lack of contract.

  168. Propwash says:

    The best was Lang’s “you know” mind you every hockey player says you know a zillion times during interviews these days

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  169. CERF says:

    well then, i LOL’ed

  170. mike g says:

    I always noticed one thing about Gionta…

    He says the word, “uh”, wayyy too many times. I know all atheletes have an obsession witht hat word during interviews, but Gionta takes it to another level. And it’s like an American “uh”, lol…

    I counted 27 “uh” in 1:25.

    Ca la, c’est fou!!!!

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  171. Danno says:

    With a few more preseason interviews, Gio’s use of “obviously” may begin to outpace JM’s rate of 12 “definitivements” per presser.

     

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

  172. Danno says:

    I’m a big fan of garbage goals. Nice greasy ones.

     

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

  173. HardHabits says:

    what killed me about kovy’s “like I saids” is that he never said it up until that point

  174. wolfmanhernendez says:

    Unrelated topic, some hansome devil wrote a piece about Curzi having unraveled Anglo conspiracies. Check it out http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/329

    Also congradulations Gionta

  175. avatar_58 says:

    Yep, I couldn’t stop raving about that. I immediately fell in love with our new team that day.

  176. otter649 says:

    Better than listening to Theoren Fleury’s “You Knows” when he talks…………

  177. fbkj says:

    it would be endearing if he didnt look like freddy kruger

  178. fbkj says:

    also when he answers with the word “YEAH” the pitch is tad too enthusiastic to the rest of his tone

    edit: listening again ^ to the point that he sounds like a startled muppet

  179. Chuck says:

    That would be a pretty cool scenario!

  180. habs03 says:

    I don’t think thats how he meant it, the Canadiens franchise have always liked to keep things on the downlow, guys like Cammy, Subban are way to open with the media to ever be capitain, give Subban a simple question and he’ll talk for 5 min, great for us, great for the media, not so much for the team, expect for other then marketing purpose. Gionta is perfect because not only does he play his heart out every night he carries himself perfectly with the media, gives enough but never enough to stir anything. I love Cammy and Gorges and I think both would have been the sexy choice for the C, but no doubt that it belongs with Gio imo.

  181. HardHabits says:

    After we oust the Bolts in the ECF’s it’s on to beat St. Louis for a 3rd straight time in the SCF’s. Wouldn’t that be the shitter?

  182. Laramy87 says:

    haha strangley enought my pic is the Habs celebrating that goal. I was sitting front row behind the net when Gio whacked that one out of the air for the win

  183. Rugger says:

    Surely there must be something better to do than count “uh’s” (or comment on counting “uh’s”)

  184. Everlasting1 says:

    Bring a pain shot, Joe.  lol

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  185. Dr-Watson says:

                              Hey Homer, you are the spitting image of HardHabits.

  186. Dr-Watson says:

                It was not douche baggie but rather inappropriate, although not far from the truth.

  187. JIMVINNY says:

    It was more the shoulder region.  L’artiste’s head was essentially between his knees.  Turtle, turtle…

  188. Wayne says:

    Am I the only one sees “Bobby Lu” as a complete bust in his playoff
    career so far or what? If Couver is so terifical, why do they get the
    sh*te kicked outta them every time the heat’s cranked to 11?

    No, I think Lu is a bust too. I blame Jim Hughson.

    A better question: why do I even watch TSN if all it does is rile me up?

    Cause you’re a masochiste?

  189. Da Hema says:

    “Bugs” can be…bugs. Damn, won’t work.

    ————————

    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  190. Da Hema says:

    That’s good. I was searching around, and found this gem anagram by Joe Kline:

    Mr. William Jefferson Clinton, former President of these United States
    of America = Monica flirts. Wife sees hot jism from cad land on fat
    intern, set to rule free empire.

    ————————

    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  191. otter649 says:

    People forget MAB goal as well as D. Moore’s game winner………..

  192. king ddd says:

    why do you say that

     

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  193. Dr-Watson says:

          You must mean Halak, otherwise that statement has no merit. It is a far overrated opinion of him.

  194. SeriousFan09 says:

    I meant to be sarcastic, surely a deductive mind as yours could discern that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  195. Everlasting1 says:

    lol Cos she’s Bilderberg?

     

     ”We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  196. Da Hema says:

    Serious:

    I wouldn’t bank on his/her mind discerning that….

    ————————

    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  197. andrewberkshire says:

    MAB’s only positive contribution in the entire playoffs. I won’t miss him a bit.

  198. Everlasting1 says:

    Though he sure was the shot in the arm we needed to eke into the playoffs..

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  199. VancouverHab says:

    That’s just the same crap that gets said every year about Vancouver: it never gets anywhere and so means nothing. It’s an annual press story that writes itself.

  200. Dr-Watson says:

    Hey Simple Simon, I can see that you are an intellect!

  201. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t know. He scored some clutch goals in the regular season, but it seems to me that he probably caused twice as many as he scored.

  202. Exit716 says:

    Come on Bugs. Why the disdain for the Canucks? I mean their proudest playoff moment was waving a white towel in surrender in 1982.

  203. Dr-Watson says:

    I have seen some of your posts, so you should be careful with the use of the words deductive mind!

  204. Everlasting1 says:

    I was dumbfounded by the leeway given to him by JM with his inept play on dee, then benching O’Byrne on his delay of game penalty lol

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  205. bigjames says:

    this was his quote:

    Kovalev on the fight – “I just tried to use my head to hurt him.”

    Kovalev said he won’t be putting out a fighting DVD. “Market isn’t too good for DVDs right now. Maybe just put it on the internet.”

     

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Fight-Video-Alexei-Kovalev-drops-the-gloves-ha?urn=nhl-273503

     

  206. Da Hema says:

    I truly, genuinely hope you are not offended when I ignore you from this point on, Dorktor Watson.

    ————————

    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  207. Dr-Watson says:

                  Hey Spanky, Thanks, I will sleep better tonight knowing that!

  208. HardHabits says:

    It’s a way to get some street cred here. Just post something mentioning HH and you up your status. Try it. You’ll see.

  209. HardHabits says:

    We could’ve solved world peace but nooooooooo, you had to be a douche.

  210. HardHabits says:

    Not close to the truth either, but what isn’t a douche baggie post by Dork Watson?

  211. Keith says:

    Great choice for Gionta as captain. Personally I was hoping for Gorges but I’m very happy for Gio and the rest of the team. He’s arguably one of the hardest workers we have on the team. Looking forward to opening night against the laffs. GO HABS GO!!!

  212. WestHab says:

    My choice all along, good move.

  213. madcap_habsfan says:

    congratulations to Gionta, our Capitain Papa Smurf ;) he’s going to do a great job

    -”People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  214. habs-hampton says:

    I thought maybe Gorges would get it, but Gionta is a great choice. Great leader, pedigree, he’s a winner, etc, etc, etc.  Can’t wait for the opener.

    In a related thought, does anyone else think the Canucks devalued the whole captain thing last year?

  215. Danno says:

    What’s happening here? All the usual pessimists, nay-sayers, and shirt disturbers have either gone into hiding or joined the Brian Gionta Love-In.

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

  216. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Gorges is a good candidate, but I think he’s just a little too young to wear the “C” pour les Bleu Blanc et Rouge.  He will get his chance in a few years though.  It’s very encouraging that we have a few very valid choices for the C on this team.  For as much crap as Bob And PG get,  I really think they have done a good job with this franchise.  We have a competitive team,  and we have a plethora of talent ready to make the jump.  After watching this pre-season I am almost positive we have a few “diamonds in the rough” a la Markov , or PK.  and thats all you can really ask for as fans.

  217. The Cat says:

    Well Price won his last game so the Price defenders have been quiet.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  218. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    For all the criticism Bob and co. get, there isn’t enough praise.  Snagging Gionta and Cammy were major accomplishments in the last UFA market.  They built our D with a combination of free agent picks and in house prospects.  Why doesn’t the Habs management ever get credit for some of the good things they do? It seems we are always picked to shreds for “bad choices” yet never get kudo’s for the good moves.

  219. fbkj says:

    im too lazy to think of anything clever…

    nuff said

  220. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    “nuff said”

    isn’t that “Gerry from the Waste Islands” line?

  221. The Cat says:

    And yet you have enough vigor to post in bold?

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  222. fbkj says:

    hellz yeah!

    im ka-ra-zay like that

  223. Puck Bard says:

    Nope, got a total love-on for Gionta too!

  224. adam76 says:

    Who starts Thursday against Buffalo?

  225. ZepFan2 says:

    Bingo

     

    nuff said

    ————————————————————————–

    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    - Steven Tyler

  226. Hagar says:

    I haven’t joined the love-in. Our captain is a forward that has fewer career points than our leading defenceman. I’ve never seen a worse miscarriage of justice. No offence to Gio. I hope I can still have his autograph one day, lol. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  227. K-hab25 says:

    Well Price won his last game, so the Halak whine a**’s have been quiet.

  228. Clay4bc says:

    Are you serious? In what kind of a crazy world does leadership equate to point production – not that Gionta is too shabby in that area either. Your thinking is misguided at best on this one.

    __________________________

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    – George Orwell –

  229. sholi2000.com says:

    hehe the troll doesn’t get it.

    They Call Me Shane

  230. CERF says:

    i see what your doing here!

     

    you pot stirrer you!!

  231. Dr-Watson says:

                                       WOW..You are too clever for me!

  232. SensFanSpezza says:

    Did anybody catch the huge gaffe Francois Gagnon made on TSN tonight?  He was talking about the French factor regarding the captain.  He mentioned that there are only two francophones in the room, and you can’t expect Darche or Lapierre to be captain.  Oops!  Did he forget Pouliot is franco as well, or does he not count him because he’s from Ontario?

  233. Hagar says:

    I addressed other issues earlier. It aint just point production. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  234. saskhabfan says:

    47% of the 88 trolls are are standing pat

     

     

    “bad analogy- when he first played those wins/losses ??? how many goals did crosby and malkin score that year?”-Observer. When asked why Marc Andre fleury had been sent to the minors when he struggled in his 3rd season.

  235. Everlasting1 says:

    Sadly, the hippie philosophy was nothing more than a passing fad..non violence, peace, love, and an equal money system. What we have now is so much better.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  236. TomNickle says:

    In my opinion the only logic that can adequately support an argument against Gionta for captain is that it has the potential to ruffle the feathers of players like Markov or Cammalleri.

    Then again, if those players aren’t mature or professional enough to accept the appointment of Gionta like men, then they aren’t the right choice to begin with.

    And Clay is 100% correct.  If point production is a pre-requisite for captaincy, then Scott Stevens, Mike Richards, Chris Drury, Shea Weber and hundreds of others would be inadequate, and the idea that point production should be taken into consideration is an idea that a novice hockey player would laugh at.

  237. HabFab says:

    You got it, not “pure”!

  238. Dr-Watson says:

                             One by a neanderthal, that would  be you Gomer Pyle.

  239. Puck Bard says:

    Were you trolling for someone to fall into your joke Shoi? When in the last 4 years have I been anti-Price? Think before you post, Calisse. 

  240. SeriousFan09 says:

    Carbonneau and Gainey were hardly high-scoring forwards, they have over 2000 combined GP and combined they’re not far over 1000 career points when they mostly played in a high-scoring era, they were the captains when the Habs won their 86 and 93 Cup Titles.

    Scoring isn’t everything and Gionta is a player who can score 30G and most importantly, he’ll get the big goals, the winners, the game-tying goals and such. He is a clutch performer and that’s the kind of guy you want leading the team, the guy who scores the goal who wakes the team up.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  241. HardHabits says:

    I think he means add-dumb76

  242. saskhabfan says:

    the habs

     

     

    “bad analogy- when he first played those wins/losses ??? how many goals did crosby and malkin score that year?”-Observer. When asked why Marc Andre fleury had been sent to the minors when he struggled in his 3rd season.

  243. Puck Bard says:

    Quoi? Jne comprend pa. 

  244. Bugs says:

    Did he say “francophones” or “Quebecers”?

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  245. Bugs says:

    We all will once the game ends.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  246. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Congratulations Captain Gionta.

    WELL DESERVED. He’ll wear it with pride & do us all proud.

  247. Bugs says:

    You can irk some of the haters all the time; you can irk all the haters some of the time, but you can’t irk all the haters all the time.

    Book THAT, Danno.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  248. Bugs says:

    60% of the time, they do that all the time.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  249. Puck Bard says:

    Pure Laine, c’est ca, Bugs.

  250. Bugs says:

    To which we can respond that neither Marky nor Cammy have won Stanley Cups.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  251. drivefor25 says:

    You’ve never seen a worse miscarriage of justice? What kind of world do you live in? Gionta sets the example on and off the ice. He’s got a huge heart, he never quits on a play, he scores timely goals and he can handle the media (important in Montreal). We have a great leadership core now – Gio, Markov, Gill, Gorges, Cammalleri, Gomez, Pleks.

    Fan since ’71

  252. SmartDog says:

    Someone should tell him he’s got a point. Quebec needs to start turning out more leaders instead of plunkers.

    :P

    ——–
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  253. t1tan5 says:

    Anyone interested in Yahoo fantasy hockey?

    League ID: 61051

    Password: boone


     

  254. andrewberkshire says:

    Kovalev just fought Beauchemin… Weird.

  255. avatar_58 says:

    hahahaha Kovalev fights

  256. Wayne says:

    Great choice! A no brainer. Congrats Brian, you deserve it.

    Liked Elliotte’s piece too BTW. Who hasn’t busted up a bit of drywall in their lives? Hilarious.

  257. Bugs says:

    That doesn’t answer the question, Puckie; it only shows that you can put a capital letter on “laine” for no reason and omit the cédille on the “c”.

    But did Gagnon say “francophones” or “Quebecers” in the TSN bit?

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  258. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m in, more leagues I join, more chances I might win in one of them.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  259. scrowe21 says:

    Damn I just missed the Kovalev fight..howd he do? lol

    ——–

    http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/24279250

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  260. Everlasting1 says:

    Ruffle Cammy’s feathers? He’s just coming in to his own. Gio is a vet with a ring.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  261. avatar_58 says:

    Didn’t even get a shot in, Beauchemin got him jerseyed

  262. fbkj says:

    although im interested to hear this as well, sens dude clearly said francophones…

  263. scrowe21 says:

    Ahh crap …that sucks

    ——–

    http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/24279250

    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  264. sholi2000.com says:

    That’s correct :)

    They Call Me Shane

  265. HardHabits says:

    add-dumb = adam, geez PB must I spell everything out for you????

    sholi meant adam76 was the troll!!!

    maybe should’ve said a-dumb76

  266. sholi2000.com says:

    C’était une blague sur Adam76, mais il est allé droit sur votre tête hehe

    They Call Me Shane

  267. Puck Bard says:

    Bugs! You missed the irony? Oh the shame of it.

  268. Say Ash says:

    Where’s Tucker when you need him?

  269. Say Ash says:

    Captain Gionta will decide before every game.

  270. 123456 says:

    congrates brian – because i know you are reading this!!

  271. Danno says:

    Free autographed Halak jerseys here

     

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

  272. 1010 says:

    They keep lowering the bar on this captain thing. Who whadda thought the next captain could possibly be shorter than Koivu?

    But seriously: Good luck Brian, I think you’re a great choice.

     GO HABS…

  273. HardHabits says:

    3,000 fans will show up, of which 2,958 will have driven down from Montreal.

    And the jerseys will be half price, unless the team makes the playoffs in which case everybody who bought the jerseys will be billed for the rest.

  274. TomNickle says:

    I don’t disagree.

  275. Ian Cobb says:

    Fan Summit Updates–Click on Summit side bar or link below

    everyone is welcome to join us

  276. Bugs says:

    “Droit sur votre tête” means “right at your head”.

    You meant “par-dessus”.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  277. HabFab says:

    “And the jerseys will be half Price”

     

    Why would half the jersey’s be Prices?

    I am so confused!!

     

  278. HardHabits says:

    Those evil Blues. They sold season ticket’s at half-Price too!!!

  279. HabFab says:

    Bugs, he said francophones.

    Tried to link you but no go, sorry dude.

  280. Bugs says:

    I always said that Gagnon character was a tool!

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  281. JD_ says:

    Brian Joseph Gionta, eh?

    If you mix those letters around, you’ll find that Gio’s destiny was preordained…

    Jean, top Hab origins.

    Oh, Jean B. rising atop.

    And, of course…

    Big hooters in Japan.

  282. gumper says:

    Too much time on your hands JD? ;)

  283. HabFab says:

    Do you mean… no… can’t be true.

    Not a Halak vs Price controversy in St Louie too?

     

    Ohh the humanity!!!

  284. HabFab says:

    And I thought that my mind was warped!

  285. JD_ says:

    I’ll take Styx hits from the 80s for $600, Alex.

  286. punkster says:

    JEEBUS! Or as you would say:

    So it is written…

    FREE TIMO!

  287. Rudy says:

    Wonder if Saku has contacted Gionta.

  288. dhenry1234 says:

    hahahah thats jokes

  289. HabFab says:

    We try to give you some F-Love and you get technical on us.

  290. Bugs says:

    How ’bout “I eat Ponj’s hog brain”

    (I don’t know who Ponj is.)

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  291. christophor says:

    Thats only true half the time.

  292. Bugs says:

    That’s like “trying” to take care of my kid by beatin’m up!

    Thanks…I guess.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  293. SeriousFan09 says:

    “If you run in to Bertrand Raymond, punch him for me.”

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  294. Bugs says:

    When it’s properly tabulated.

    Which is only 37% of the time.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  295. HardHabits says:

    Bugs translate is more refined than Google or Babel Fish.

  296. Ian Cobb says:

    Do you want to donate it to our Gainey Childrens Foundation Raffle.? Should bring in a few bucks for a good cause. Love to have it.

  297. fbkj says:

    unfortunately, sacks took his abuse in stride

    ill punch him if i see him though, for that and my own reasons

  298. SlovakHab says:

    Ha! I love the last one (I live in Japan now).

    Big hooters all the way!!!

  299. HardHabits says:

    So beating him up for mistranslating is your tit-for-tat reposte?

    I recognize that you are familiar with the carrot and stick approach but more carrot and less stick is the key to seduction. You do know the adage about flies, honey and vinegar don’t you?

  300. Bugs says:

    No, that’s not the riposte. Read again.

    As for the adage, uhh, the best honey pancakes are the ones with flies and vinegar in’em?

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  301. Xtrahabsfan says:

    What ,did Price even face 11 shots last game?lol

  302. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I salute you Capt. Gionta…….

  303. HFX-HabFan says:

    Care to share any?

  304. fbkj says:

    they both are weak and again french english is apparantly both of their strong points

     

    try translating mexican in estonian for fun

     

    wait thats not fun

     

    nvmnd

  305. Bugs says:

    Why is it an accepted thing that “Vancouver represents Canada’s best chance at the Cup” for the past year or two and again this year? “Everyone agrees” and “common knowledge” and “they got depth everywhere” and what the hell?

    Am I the only one sees “Bobby Lu” as a complete bust in his playoff career so far or what? If Couver is so terifical, why do they get the sh*te kicked outta them every time the heat’s cranked to 11?

    A better question: why do I even watch TSN if all it does is rile me up?

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  306. fbkj says:

    for unecessarilly perpetuating the language issue

  307. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Comedy Network was having technical difficulties? Where else can you find such outlandish comedy?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  308. adam76 says:

    Sweet tapdancing Jesus – I just wanted to know if it was Price or Auld in nets tomorrow night.  

  309. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM’s policy is to only name goalies on the day of the game, I doubt that has changed. I’m guessing Price gets the Sabres and Auld gets the Islanders, test Price against a tougher opponent and give Auld a softie.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  310. fbkj says:

    Auld

    because price sucks

  311. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Michael Landsburgh:

    When they offered you the captaincy did you consider turning it down?

    Gionta:

    Not at all,  it’s the Montreal Canadiens, and to be named captain with them it’s quite an honor.

    I like the cut of Gionta’s jib.

     

     

  312. Ian Cobb says:

    I want to tell ya this, that we have as good a chance to win the cup this year as any team in the league. A few things have to line up and If the boys come together the same way as they finished last year , Watch out for those Hab’s

  313. Ian Cobb says:

    How many stitches ?

  314. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Dude, you’re persona non grata here.  Unless you get on board the I love Carey train you will never be truly accepted by the I heart Carey crowd.

  315. FormalWare says:

    Cuz it’s HOCKEY! In glorious HD! (That’s my guess.)

  316. Dr-Watson says:

                              Hey Urkel, that is a bit extreme!

  317. dpthehabsfan says:

    If I had a vote…it’d be for Pleks as Captain. But I’ve no problem with this decision.

  318. Da Hema says:

    A Breasting John Poi

    A Breasting Hop Join

    A Rehab Jointing Ops

    A Shebang Ion Rip Jot

    ————————

    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  319. HFX-HabFan says:

    Yeah, that’s annoying.

  320. Dr-Watson says:

                                There is always substance in your posts!

  321. lavie says:

    We are lucky enough to have so much leadership from individual players such as Pleks, Gomez, Gorges, Cammi, and of course, Markov and Gill.

  322. Chuck says:

    I’d give them both (or at least the Sabres game and the first half of the Islanders game) to Price. We’re at the point where it’s time to start rounding the real Team A in to shape for the regular season.

  323. king ddd says:

    damn! i was hoping for MOEN but i am happy with gio as captain…in other news l’artist got into a fight with beauchemain..

     

     

  324. Chuck says:

    Against Beauchemin? Did he get his easel smashed over his head?  :)

  325. Chuck says:

    Thanks for editing your post to make it less douche-baggy.

  326. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes but we took a massive hit when they let MAB walk, I’m still not sure the team can recover from that loss.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  327. Exit716 says:

    Didn’t Fatty Brodeur pen a column last year saying Gomez and Gionta weren’t leaders?

     

  328. Wayne says:

    That may have been the case but my gut tells me Gainey had no intention of signing Kovalev if he (or his agent) did what they did. In other words, Gainey was pretty fed up with babying him and when he took to long brushing his hair in the mirror to give him an answer, Gainey had no qualms looking elsewhere and that “elsewhere” was worth it.

  329. habinypsi says:

    Good for Gio and the team. 

    I thought it was going to be a slow news day…

     

  330. rocketsglare says:

    Great move. Brian Gionta is an excellent choice as captain and will do us all proud.

    My favorite Habs is also now captain of my beloved team.  Doesn’t get any better

    than that.

     

     

    Go Habs Go!

  331. Chorske says:

    An excellent choice.

  332. Eliisa says:

    I just got goosebumps watching that video on Habs TV. I am very excited with this news, Gio was my pick for the C. I think he’ll continue to do great things for the organization.

  333. J Haul says:

    Just playing devil’s advocate here… but none of those guys are captains.

  334. quentin_stuckley says:

    anybody remember when the C on the shoulder meant “see” you later?  carboneau traded, named kirk muller captain.  muller traded, named mike keane captain.  keane traded with roy, turgeon captain.  turgeon traded, damphousse named captain.  gotta love the mid to late nineties.  

  335. Geoff F says:

    An excellent choice.  Make us proud Brian!

  336. slamtherimtim says:

    BJ Gionta , i love it

  337. pic1983 says:

    Glad to know that Francois Gagnon has good intel.

    Great choice by the habs.  Considering the term remaining on his deal, his character, and what he’s done for this team in his first year, I would say it was a natural choice.

    I’m expecting a huge year from gomez and gionta.  For those of you keeping score, 28 goals in 61 games is equivalent to 37 over 82.  Thats great production, and this guy is definitely worth the $5 million we are paying him.  15 points in 19 playoff games isnt too shabby either. 

  338. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    double post…guess I am just that happy.

  339. secretdragonfly says:

    Oh happy day!  And I get to wear my Gio t-shirt when I cheer on les boys at the ACC next Thursday.

  340. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    AHH SO HAPPY!

    Plus i have tickets to the game tomorrow night so that will be a bonus to watch our new captain take home ice for the first time!

  341. pic1983 says:

    Yeah it was a good one.  A couple of highlights from last season before the “Je suis Brian gionta” part would have been a nice touch. 

  342. habfan53 says:

    Not my first choice (Markov), I wish him well.  Curious that the two “A’s” will be worn by defenceman. I hope management talked / offered it to Markov, though he is silent he leads by example (like Beliveau)  

     

  343. SmartDog says:

    Can’t go wrong with Gionta.  Markov and Gill are obvious A’s and we really do have a GREAT leadership group with Pleks, Cami, and Gorges too.  Great.

    And also important: my 8-year-old daughter will be so happy that the man of her dreams is now wearing the C.  I only hope this doesn’t put him further out of reach to her. :(

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  344. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    Pierre LeBrun on Twitter: Just spoke with Lou Lamoriello who was oozing pride with his former Devil Gionta now captain of the Habs, “They made a great decision

    Go Habs Go

  345. Say Ash says:

    For Markov, it goes hand in hand with a new contract, which they might want to wait on until they see him play a little.

  346. habfan53 says:

    I have no doubt that Markov will be back.  I think he might not have wanted th “C” because of the media responsibities that go with it. As has been said before you do not need a “C” or an “A” on the sweater to be a LEADER.

  347. Mad Habber says:

    Ussually the C went to whoever the best player was, and beyond that there wasnt a whole lot other teams would want. Turgeon might have been the only time the C was traded and there was actually talent around after.

  348. G-Man says:

    Great choice- I Born a Giant will be a leader among many in this character-filled club.

    Next Thursday is taking an awful long time to get here…

  349. ooder says:

    sweet.. that nhl video gave me shivers.

    congrats Gionta… now show us what you can do :)

    btw I read the avtsin article and nowhere does it seem to imply that he had an attitude problem.

    it seemed the reason he didn’t play was because the coaching staff he wasn’t ready for NA type of hockey.

    ——————

    88 is the new 23

  350. Say Ash says:

    I have little doubt he’ll be back either. Just saying that for him, the “C” is contingent on a new contract, which probably isn’t on the front burner.

    And, sure, not having a “C” won’t make Markov any less kickass.

  351. sholi2000.com says:

    I know it’s just a letter, but I was really hoping for Gomez or Cammalleri.  I like a captain with character, but it’s not about what I want.

    They Call Me Shane

  352. StevieRay says:

    Just back from the NASCAR race at DOVER ..what a time indeed !!! What better news to return to ..the naming of Gionta as ” C ” . Management got that right …now if they’d let Ryan White make this team ..and I belive he has shown he can ..they would be 2 for 2 ..and another “character “guy would be in the line up … we would not have to worry about this fella “giving his all” nite in and nite out !!!

  353. Mark C says:

    Per Bobby Mac, all players from yesterday’s waivers went unclaimed. Carle is still a Hab.

    http://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie

  354. habfan53 says:

    WOW this must be a BIG story even the Toronto Sports Network has it and in a special story box as well.

  355. Malreg says:

    As per Bob Mckenzie, Mathieu Carle cleared waivers today.

  356. The Cat says:

    Gionta is the best choice. He almost has all the qualities you would want in a captain, the only one he lacks -that only I find important I guess- is the ability to drop the gloves and win a fight.

     

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  357. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Beat me to it :)

    Also looks like Saint Yzerman has made his first mistake – the other Pouliot was waived :)

  358. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think anyone was picked up on waivers in the last 2 days, some kind of gentlemen’s agreement between GMS about waivers this time of year?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  359. habfan53 says:

    OH!!! Forgot his team leading 10 pp goals  only tied him with Metro.

  360. adam76 says:

    If you ever just wanted to blow up this site:

     

    http://erkie.github.com/

     

     

  361. Hagar says:

    Booooooo!! The C belongs on Markov. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  362. Mark C says:

    I remember some members of the Yzerman Cult loving that move.

    Without wasting your time looking it up, do you know if Carle must pass through re-entry waivers, if called up?

  363. Mattyleg says:

    What’s the deal with Wade Redden? I read part of an article about him being put on waivers because of his massive contract.

    Is he still there? Did anyone take him? What’s the deal?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  364. mike g says:

    Or..

    Maybe because each team’s salary cap is so f-up?

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  365. avatar_58 says:

    PK and a full year (well…close enough) of Markov will take over for Metro

  366. WarHero says:

    Unless your name is Wade Redden, then your GM is praying for someone to take you :) lol

    ————————————————————————
    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  367. avatar_58 says:

    I disagree, given on most teams if you touch the captain a bigger guy will take you out before he gets the chance.

  368. Mattyleg says:

    Now now, you don’t ALWAYS have to have a reason to boo…

    Markov is a leader in the room, but I don’t think he’d relish the media aspect of the job.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  369. avatar_58 says:

    AHL. Just shows how much of a joke the cap is, if you can get away with this.

  370. Mark C says:

    Yes there is among the old dinosaurs of the league, such as BG and PG, but how was Stevie Y stopped from making a claim? Perhaps the league intervened for the sake of parity.     

  371. Drive_For_25 says:

    No Russian will EVER wear a “C” for the Habs for ONE reason, we need a captain in the PLAYOFFS!!!! 

  372. The Cat says:

    I agree with your point, and Im not saying to fight regularly, Im saying like Vinny does in TB for example.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  373. twocents says:

    No, he is exempt from re-entry waivers for this season.

  374. Mark C says:

    Thanks, that’s what I thought.

  375. avatar_58 says:

    Vinny can drop them all he likes, he’ll lose if the guy is a real fighter. For the amount of cashola he makes I’d suggest he keep his gloves on.

  376. G-Man says:

    Delusional, eh? Well, I don’t believe ya!

  377. The Cat says:

    I agree. Gionta delivers the goods.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  378. Say Ash says:

    Gionta has plenty of character. Gomez and Cammalleri ARE characters, and that’s fine. The right chioce was made.

  379. WarHero says:

    To be fair, Redden himself has become somewhat of a joke in the last 3 or 4 years.

    ————————————————————————
    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  380. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yeah, screw Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov, Evgeni Malkin and all those other heartless Russkies!!!

    Stop listening to Xenophobic Corner on CBC. This kind of bigoted nonsense is what gives the NHL a bad name. No other pro sport gives a flying **** where a team’s players were born.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  381. avatar_58 says:

    Yes but that’s the GM’s problem. Either trade him or eat the cap hit. Otherwise what are cap hits for?

  382. SmartDog says:

    Hey Cat,

    Look at it this way: if anyone touches Gionta, they’re probably going to be a couple of inches bigger than him.  How could you not rush to the aid of your Captain being set on by someone bigger?  My guess is Gionta will be well protected and won’t often even get a chance to throw a punch. 

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  383. andrewberkshire says:

    Way to bring the conversation from exultations about a new captain, right down to ethnocentrism. There’s no need for comments like this on HIO.

  384. The Cat says:

    Why do you assume it has to do with being russian, it has to do with choking. I like russian players.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  385. andrewberkshire says:

    Has Lecavalier ever actually won a fight? The only one I remember is Iginla handing him his ass and concussing him.

  386. WarHero says:

    Agreed! Kinda like Chicago sending Huet to the Swiss League.

    ————————————————————————
    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  387. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because it’s exactly what he said, Russians shouldn’t wear Cs because they can’t do it in the playoffs. It was bigoted, mindless and uncalled for.

    Markov’s a better defencemen than anyone on MTL since Chelios was traded and did get his job done in the playoffs, he played strong defensive hockey while dragging a boat anchor called Bergeron around for the first 4 games of the playoffs.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  388. twocents says:

    Ahhhh.. maybe because the initiating post states, “No Russian will EVER wear a “C” for the Habs”?

     


  389. The Cat says:

    Right you are. My mistake.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  390. quentin_stuckley says:

    i agree with this assessment of markov.  i think he’s comfortable in the room with the other players, even gomez was saying how good markov is in the room and that it’s a shame we don’t get to see it.  in front of the media, though.  not so much.  being the alternate is perfect for markov, that way he can concentrate on his game and leave the questions to gionta.  i doubt markov was hurt by this choice.

  391. habaddict_andy says:

    Hey, Markov do not have Russian Syndrome.

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  392. Rugger says:

    Also, doesn’t the claiming team pick up the entire tab on the way down but only half on the way up?  If so that would explain the claims usually being on the way up.

  393. SmartDog says:

    Well put.

    Anyone touches Gionta, I hope he doesn’t get a chance to throw more than one punch before someone bigger (i.e. anyone else on the team) jumps in.

     

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  394. nickster13 says:

    even a broken clock is right twice a day!

  395. quentin_stuckley says:

    could it be?  a decision by montreal management with which everyone agrees?  is the apocalypse upon us?

     

    did i type too soon?

  396. badangel says:

    ahhh thanks!!!

    and thanks RGM too!!!

  397. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, when did it officially become trendy to make Cup Rings that look like they belong to rappers?

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  398. Everlasting1 says:

    A little ostentatious..Bettman’s bling design? No year?

     

     ”We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  399. Bugs says:

    You definitely a playa wit dose, yo.

    Straight-up baller.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  400. quentin_stuckley says:

    hear, hear!  koivu.  there’s nothing i can say that you haven’t already mentioned above.  he was great, and i miss him.  i think back to the centennial celebration game (dec. 5?) and watching the highlight reel, seeing koivu in all the ceremonial face offs, it seemed a shame he wasn’t around for the actual centennial game, the one cammy notched a trick in.  he deserved to be in a habs uniform then.  i remember thinking that.  

  401. matraque says:

    One thing i’ve heard, just now, from an ex-hab on the radio is that Koivu was a great leader, but was not able to rally the room when it counted.

    He was def a leader on the ice and gave it all.

    If Gionta can do what Saku was not able to… then he will be a great captain.

    ——

    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  402. fbkj says:

    bullshit he played on such crappy teams

    he could have walked when nobody wanted to play in this city

     

  403. krob1000 says:

    Saku always played well under pressure …. if the guys he played with couldn’t….then the fault lies in them.  If the professional athletes needed “rallying” when it counts…then they were hopeless to begin with. If they worked their whole lives dreaming of winning and then packed in because they didn;t like Saku Koivus “rallying skills” then they are some sad souls and probably have many regrets. Koivu always kicked it up a notch when the chips were on the table…he was nearly a point per game in the playoffs, actually better than int he regular season. You never liked Koivu …fine…but don’t try and tell me it was because we was a poor captain (whatever that means) or not a great player….he was and still is.  IF wearing a C during a period where the Franchise sucked is a fault then…guilty as charged…..but that is like saying Don Mattingly couldn’t play baseball or that Marcel Dionne couldn’t play hockey.

  404. abhishek says:

    I agree, he’s one of my favority players as well. I still remember Grabovski’s first game and how Koivu went over to him and told him to chill out. Koivu had the respect of his team.

    I’ll be wearing his jersey at the Bell Centre when the ducks come to visit next year!

  405. otter649 says:

    Kovalev only wore The C in the absense of Koivu which makes a difference because in The Bell Centre there is a special room where all permanent captains of  The Canadiens have their portraits or pictures displayed on a wall for all to see if you go on a Bell Centre Tour. I went on a tour & saw the display and someone asked if Kovalev’s picture would be displayed with the answer being no since Kovalev was only a temporary or subsitute captain while Koivu was injured………

  406. Say Ash says:

    Someone can check but I believe the team’s record was better when AK wore the “C” than when Saku did. AK sure played better.

  407. quentin_stuckley says:

    too true.

  408. habs03 says:

    I believe Eller is going to be play Centre in tomorrow’s game:)

  409. LEAF KILLERS says:

    cant wait for opening nite and seeing all the leaf fans cry. congratulations Gio!

  410. petrov14 says:

    Great name/Avatar!

    ______________________________________ Gionta IS Captain.

  411. SlovakHab says:

    Nice! Never heard of him..

    Would be nice to see another Slovak in the NHL – recently a rare species..

  412. andrewberkshire says:

    Does Ray Ferraro ever shut the *** up about bashing the Habs? What a douche nozzle.

  413. light_n_tasty says:

    What is he saying now?

  414. habzfan2003 says:

    I like Ferraro. What did he say? Macguire is the one that gets my goat!

  415. HABZ24 says:

    gionta will be a great captain, i woulda liked to see cammy but giontas great too. markov deserves assistant for sure as does big hal. we need a leader to run the room “officially”. saku was awesome played all out every game giontas got big shoes to fill.

  416. rocketsglare says:

    Give credit where credit is due and that has to be former GM Bob Gainey’s signing of Brian Gionta.

    Gainey’s signing of Gionta, which some questioned at the time, has come to be after one season a

    shrewd acquisition and the naming of Gio as team captain further making the signing one of Bob’s

    better deals (the other being Cammalleri).

    Gionta’s tireless dedication and commitment to the team both on and off the ice is in keeping with

    past team captains. He joins some of the most illustrious captains in team history and is cognizant

    of that fact. He is both humbled and honored of being named captain, but is also equal to the task

    and challenge of representing the team with zeal and pride.

    No better man IMO could have been chosen at this time than Gio to become the 28th team captain

    in team history. A great day for all us Habs fans.

     

    Go Habs Go!

     

     

     

  417. Say Ash says:

    Wrong. Give credit to Kovalev’s agent for trying to get more money than Gainey offered.

  418. mike g says:

    WOW….

    That’s the most positive post I’ve ever seen on this site. Congrats, buddy.

    In a very weird way, I was trying to find some negative input in there, but nope…none whatsoever.

    Great job, but it almost feels as if this comment doesn’t belong on this site, lol.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  419. andrewberkshire says:

    That the Sharks are planning on naming a captain “the right way”, silently at practice instead of making a big deal out of it. Like anyone in the world gives a flying *** who the captain of the San Jose Sharks is.

  420. SeriousFan09 says:

    Like anyone gives a **** about a team that can’t stop crapping their pants in the playoffs while they brag about their intimidating “Shark Tank”, their recently resigned Team President just admitted they haven’t had a profitable year in the 8 years he’s been there despite the crowds they bring in.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  421. habzfan2003 says:

    Congrats Gio. I’ve liked you since your days in Jersey and not many could replace Saku for the C. Great choice bring on the season!

  422. SBAH says:

    Gionta is a player his team mates can look up to!

  423. Bugs says:

    Aahh, ok, I see what you’re doin there, S-Bee.

    Prrretty clever.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  424. SmartDog says:

    He must be new.

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  425. punkster says:

    Hey, wait a minute. We’re missing something. Neither Tony or nuna has waded in with their “midget/smurf/tiny tots-PG-and-BG-are-senile-old-men-and-PG-never-won-anything” mantras. The Gionta “C” won’t be official until we hear from the fringe element.

    FREE TIMO!

  426. WarHero says:

    Tony was here, he posted as “God”, LOL

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    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  427. HardHabits says:

    Notice how they never, ever have anything positive or good to say about the Habs. Never a hope that they’ll make it. Always a prognostication of their demise and for all intents and purposes seemingly wanting the worse. Oh, they’ll say they only bitch and complain because they want the Habs to be better but never offer any suggestions and only discredit everything the Habs do.

    Even when I touted tanking™ I always intended it as a means of rebuilding via the draft. When pressed to elaborate I always mentioned that picking well in later rounds, trading up not down and development were also key elements in building a winner.

    Gio for captain is a good decision IMHHO, and there are other suitable candidates so that speaks to the Habs’ leadership depth, and the haters can’t bring themselves to recognize this.

  428. JD_ says:

    Nuna’s out by the fire busily preppin’ some catgut and asked me to pass this on:

    “It figures that Gionta is the new captain when you see that both Gomze and Camalari are in the way of being with the new alternates that are Markov and Gil so that when they’re both playing on the same line, Gauthire isn’t the same GM as Gainey mentioned before Boivvin said he was stepping down. And he said that because everyone knows that the smurfs are the first to have to know when Gaturhie said the same thing, this was before a guy like Alex Delvecchio was the captain for Detroit even though Redmond wasn’t doing the same thing already. I told you so.”

    Just doin’ my part to keep the communication channels open.

  429. WarHero says:

    Props to that :)

    ————————————————————————
    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  430. TheDagger says:

    I am worried about this…

  431. secretdragonfly says:

    OK, I’ll bite….why?

  432. Snair11 says:

    post of the year…. only because your reply made me cough up water… 

  433. nightmare_49 says:

       Owner Jacobs won’t rule out Ryder demotion - by James Murphy

       BOSTON — While general manager Peter Chiarelli gave winger Michael Ryder a public vote of confidence Sunday, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, speaking at Wednesday’s media day, didn’t rule out the possibility of Ryder being shipped to the minors.

      

      Alex Kovalev and Francois Beauchemin dropped the gloves.

      http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/comments/you_wont_often_see_this/

  434. secretdragonfly says:

    That figures.

  435. punkster says:

    You’re kidding? That was Tony? What a goof.

    FREE TIMO!

  436. j2w4habs25 says:

    Goodluck GIO – wishing you the best, lead this team, this CITY to a cup, BRING IT HOME

  437. Danno says:

    I was surprised to read in Hickey’s piece that this is the first time the Captain was not selected by the players.

    Why was that I wonder?

     

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

  438. Bill J says:

    2nd time.  Hickey is wrong.

    Gainey was the 1st time.

  439. HabSgt says:

    Hello! First post ever.  (long time reader)

    I think Gionta is a great pick to be the Captain! Can’t wait for the season to start, already got tickets to 2 games in October.

    Cheers to you all!

  440. HardHabits says:

    Welcome aboard!!!

  441. SeriousFan09 says:

    Welcome to the party, have a good time.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  442. Lafrich says:

    I feel for you…. Just kidding. Welcome aboard, and:


    GO HABS GO!!!

  443. sprague cleghorn says:

    Welcome.  Keep your head up.

  444. TheDagger says:

    This decision has the HI/O masses in full agreement!! I thought the world was supposed to end in 2012?!

     

    And for the record, like everyone else, couldn’t agree more with naming Giant the 28th Captain of the Habs!!

  445. HardHabits says:

    Nice one!!!

  446. secretdragonfly says:

    Indeed!

  447. The Cat says:

    Well the new captain is beyond reproach, but at the end of the day, the habs still are going to suck, hows that?

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  448. HardHabits says:

    The only thing they suck is the wind out of le Separatists sails.

  449. Bugs says:

    Wow, that was relevant.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  450. G-Man says:

    Yup, we’ve all decided to chill out and accept our fates…

  451. adam76 says:

    It is a very eerie feeling, I agree with you.

  452. HardHabits says:

    Am being sarcastic mon frere.

  453. Puck Bard says:

    Don’t bother with Bugs, Mon Vieux… He’s the best and the brightest, the smartest man in the room. Hey Bugs? How’s your French?

  454. Bugs says:

    Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful, Puckie. That’s not my fault.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  455. Puck Bard says:

    I don’t Bugs, I’m starting to LOVE you.

  456. otter649 says:

    The world to end in 2012 – Did The Leafs make the playoffs ?

  457. Bugs says:

    On entend JAMAIS parler du français au sein de l’équipe que LORSQUE les Anglophones en font allusion à NOTRE égard.

    Non. Saku s’est fait critiquer pour n’avoir fait AUCUN EFFORT pour apprendre les expressions françaises de tous les jours, comme “Bonjour” et “Merci beaucoup”, pas parce qu’il “n’a pas appris le français”. C’est les Anglais qui t’ont fait gober ça. On ne voulait pas qu’il nous écrive un roman, pardieu, juste qu’il nous dise “Bonjour” et “Merci beaucoup”!

    En passant, pour être Francophone, faut surveiller son usage, sinon on expose notre degré de francophonie: “tu tenteS”, et non “tu tente”, médias français “montréalais” et non “Montréalais”, “joueurs francophoneS”, et “se donnait”. Faut pas avoir peur d’utiliser des virgules, non plus.

    Mais j’apprécie la tentative.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  458. huge_polar_bear says:

    Lol… tu me fais penser à mes profs de français au secondaire… merci pour les corrections. 

     

    Run-on sentences are the way to go….

  459. huge_polar_bear says:

    J’espère bien que par cette phrase tu
    ne tente pas d’insinuer que je suis Anglophone.  Je te promets que, pour moi, la langue d’origine
    ou la nationalité d’un joueur n’importe aucunement.  Cependant les médias français Montréalais sont
    toujours en train de nous inonder avec des opinions que le Canadien n’a pas
    assez de joueurs francophone.  Saku un
    capitaine qui se donnais complètement a l’équipe étais critiqué a maintes
    reprises pour le fait que pendant son temps a Montréal il n’a pas appris a
    parler en français.

     

  460. fbkj says:

    that… season?

  461. emann_222 says:

    Isn’t there ANYTHING that all Habs fans can cheer about? Seriously … Dissing Gionta? The man is gold.

    Felicitations Brian, et Bonne Chance!

    (NEW POST – 28th Captain – Visit me at http://www.bleedbleublancrouge.blogspot.com)

  462. habaddict_andy says:

    Amen to that.

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  463. DavidKB says:

    While I appreciate that Brian Gionta talks about how amazing it would be for the city and the fans to bring the cup back to Montreal, I can’t help but think that, really, the most amazing thing for him, would be lifting the cup at the Bell Centre. Imagine!

  464. HardHabits says:

    So here’s what Gainey did in just over a year. He rebuilt the Habs and took them from having a leadership vacuum to have leadership depth.

    Now you’ll say that Koivu was a great captain and leader, etc. I wont dispute that. I always loved Koivu, the player.

    It’s no secret that around the time of the meltdown I felt the Habs needed to go in a new direction without him. That’s one of the reasons I was so optimistic last summer after the purge. I’d say I am even more optimistic about the upcoming season.

    Koivu’s tenure although it didn’t necessarily exacerbate the situation never resolved it either and in essence perpetuated it. The room had been split and factionized since Chelios/Carbonneau. Koivu inherited the mess. However now the room is unified, there is a leadership core and they are on the same page.

    I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic but I do like what is developing as the new character of the team and that moving forward I feel the club is regaining that pride that it had decades ago that will make them champions again.

  465. punkster says:

    IMPOSTER ALERT…IMPOSTER ALERT!!!

    Someone must have drizzled mind control drugs into HH’s oatmeal this morning. His s— disturber levels are seriously diminished these days ;)

    FREE TIMO!

  466. Clay4bc says:

    “I was so optimistic last summer after the purge. I’d say I am even more optimistic about the upcoming season.”

    “I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic”

    LOL…so which is it?

     

    __________________________

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    – George Orwell –

  467. ZepFan2 says:

    To tank, or not to tank. That is the question.

    ————————————————————————–

    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    - Steven Tyler

  468. CanadienBoy says:

    Agree with you Koivu did is job as the face of the hab but lost the room went Rivet go traded and never bother cultivating new support to keep the young one in line, witch was is biggest mistake as all vets should have push in the same direction as they are now !

  469. Everlasting1 says:

    The way I see it, Gainey in part used Koivu as a scapegoat for the team’s woes. He now hides behind a new face but still pulls the strings. He hasn’t accomplished squat yet, as far as I’m concerned. I’ll take scoring depth over ‘leadership depth’ any day.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  470. Wayne says:

    I agree, well put. Someone’s been eating their veggies.

  471. Say Ash says:

    Uh, not quite, HH. Make no mistake, Gainey had our current captain’s money earmarked for Kovalev, whose agent thought he could get a little bit more elswhere. Dumb luck for Gainey.

  472. mike g says:

    Should we really give props to Francois Gagnon?…

    I mean, sure the guy must have had reliable sources when he broke the story.

    But, don’t you find that he acted like that annoying friend of yours that likes to spoil surprise parties and stuff?

    You know, that guy who either gives away clues by accident, or tells the birthday boy what’s being planned for his b-day and to pretend like he’s surprised when the day comes?

     

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  473. SLONCOLD says:

    reporters report things….

  474. emann_222 says:

    Love It – Very funny. Poor Gio ..

    Gionta: “How come all the lights are out in the dressing room?”

    Team: “Surprise!!!”

    Gionta: “Wow – I never woulda guessed!!! You Guys are the best.”

     

    Visit me at http://www.bleedbleublancrouge.blogspot.com

  475. Bugs says:

    Our Hard Data Factory had the story during Washerburg series. We met the guy on the Dulles-Dorval flight. Link below, it’s all there, baby.

    No one ever credits us.

    It’s a friggin sham, all of it.

    Whatever.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  476. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Totally off-topic, but has anyone watched the movie “The Insider”?

    I watched it for the first time today.

    Man, what a masterpiece – Russell Crowe and Al Pacino just blew my mind.

    Christopher Plummer has a great personality!

  477. Bugs says:

    Well, “masterpiece” is a bit strong, but the final scene where his daughter turns to look at her daddy the whistle-blower was particularly effective.

    And Plummer was all that, fersure.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  478. sprague cleghorn says:

    I have to say, that is one beautifully written post. Cogent argument convincingly made, calm tone, no insults.  Are you sure it was for this site?

  479. Bugs says:

    Yeah, cuz we just don’t get it.

    We would rather have Gontrand “Fingers in the Nose” Amyotte over Wayne Gretzky just because he’s French. Yes. That’s how we think. We don’t recognize talent, just frenchness.

    Good luck convincing us otherwise, Eman.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  480. habfan53 says:

    Being of French Canadian background I take exception to the term “frenchies .  Just remember there are just as many English Tremblays as there are French (they just happened to move out)

  481. G-Man says:

    Enough with the bigotry on this site, already.

  482. WarHero says:

    While don’t like the ther “Frenchies”, his point is still valid. There are people who have expressed their distaste over the lack of French talent on the club. However, if you ask me, 25% is pretty good :)

    ————————————————————————
    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  483. smiler2729 says:

    Hey there! I’m half “frenchie”, but I get your point, you meant the politico whackos who want to divide the country, right, have their own “country” yet still have Canada pay their bills, right? Yeah, I thought so, those are my cousins, I still love ‘em though.

    GO HABS!

  484. Bugs says:

    That’s because, à talent égal, management oftens favours shmoe from Smolensk over Gontrand Amyotte. And we’re fed the line that, no, shmoe from Smolensk has that liiiitle bit more of the bla-bla-bla-whatever that puts him ahead of Gontrand Amyotte and UPSETS the à talent égal part. And that has no basis on PRACTICAL reality.

    Ex: Listen, I can be convinced that Spacek is “better” than François Beauchemin, ok? But, in the final analysis, I can say they are also à talent égal. I dare say that one or the other playing for us last year would not have affected our overall performance. We KNEW who they were and they PLAYED like they were.

    So why not Beauchemin instead? That’s what we’re sayin. That’s where we could address “more french on the club”, not Gontrand Amyotte over Wayne Gretzky, which is what “other people” insist on believing and want the rest of the world to believe as well.

    Btw, got nothing against Spacek. Like him on the team. He plays fine far as I’m concerned. Wish he could put’em on net more often to completely fulfill his contract, but that’s really the only knock I have against’m. Overall reliable. It was just an example.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  485. habfan53 says:

    Just wondering how you figure 25%   there are 3 players Darche, Lapierre and Pouliot on a 23 man roster that works out to 6.9%

  486. Bugs says:

    Aaah, relax; we’re frenchies. We’re frogs too.

    Don’t worry; we love it.

    Knock yourselves out.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  487. WarHero says:

    Try adding in the prospects :) There is more to the team then just the main club.

    ————————————————————————
    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  488. habfan53 says:

    I agree in principal to what you are saying. When we won all those cups the percentage of French players was higher 16 were on the “93 roster and 10 in ’86  but times were different then.

    I wonder also if the local FREE AGENT player just can’t be bothered to sign with Montreal because of the constant scrutiny that he would come under.

    Some players thrive under it like Cammelari and Markov  Gionta looks like he will, but others like Theodore and Brisebois where booed out of town (To his credit Brisebois returned)

  489. fbkj says:

    Theodore was a local boy, but he aint french

  490. twocents says:

    I might agree when it’s “à talent égal” et personnalité égal.

    But, I’ve heard on more than one occasion that Beachemin is a bit of a prig. Where I’ve never heard anything but good things about Spacek as a teammate.

    That stuff matters too, especially in the context of last year. You know remaking the culture of the team and all. Prigs mussy that up.

  491. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because French Canadians ignore Montreal, want too much money or don’t want the hassle. If it is such an unbelieveable priviledge for a Francophone to play for the Canadiens, why do none of them ever seem to be willing to take less money to play here? They always say the right things to please the hometown crowd in the media with “I’d love to play for the Canadiens one day” but they always find a way to avoid the team.  Habs draft Francophones when they’re the best player available but the only French Canadian the Habs really missed out in the draft in the last half-decade was Claude Giroux and that’s all they missed out on.

    Habs even invite local Quebec-born players who go undrafted (Many for good reason) to camp to give them a chance to impress and they still don’t measure up so they’re let go. If the talent isn’t there to draft generally and the Francophone players don’t show enough of an interest, why should management bend over backwards for them?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  492. adam76 says:

    That is our word – you have no right to say that!

  493. Bugs says:

    I never heard that.

    But, well, if he’s a prig…

    Are you sure about this?

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  494. Bugs says:

    That’s fine. It’s not “French Canadians”; it’s “SOME French Canadians”. Nothing suggests it to be applied as a general rule.

    If some think it’s too much for them to handle and don’t wanna play here, then we don’t want’em.

    Brière didn’t want to play here.

    Beauchemin did.

    On peut quand même faire la part des choses, Yahoo.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  495. twocents says:

    Of course I’m not sure. I don’t know these cats personally, but I have read this type of thing more than once, and not in reader comments.

    The idea is supported by the fact that Burkie brought him to tarranna. Best I can see, Burkie’s assembling a cast of prigs.

  496. Bugs says:

    Though your supporting argument is ironclad, I dunno…

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  497. HFX-HabFan says:

    Link, please.

  498. HFX-HabFan says:

    It’s no secret that the Q is way behind the other two major junior leagues in Canada in producing NHL-level talent.

  499. twocents says:

    It’s not an argument, I’m simply adding a possible consideration to the discussion.

     

  500. SeriousFan09 says:

    Briere’s about the only guy who ever said that and the French Canadians always say they wanted to after they signed big-money deals elsewhere, they never said “i’d have taken less per year to play in my hometown.” after they make one of those deals it’s just ‘unfortunate circumstances’ that they ended up with a fat contract in a lower-tax market.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  501. Bugs says:

    Brière took LESS to play in Philly; don’t need to link it.

    Here’s the Beauchemin link: http://www.paperblog.fr/2192488/le-premier-choix-du-canadien-c-etait-spacek-robert-sauve/

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  502. HabFab says:

    Would have loved to have Beauchemin instead of Spasck, however he was looking for Komi money at 4-5 ml and BG wasn’t looking to pay $ 4 ml. Talked and as per Kovy, not interested in drawn out negotiations as BG had a plan C option…Spasck.

    Francois didn’t get signed for 7 days at basically what BG was offering. His loss if he really wanted to play here.

  503. Say Ash says:

    Ha! Yeah, head on a swivel, kid.

  504. SeriousFan09 says:

    You better believe it, most of our trolls were pretty concise posters until Mike G and I kept catching them at the blue line with the elbows up.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  505. TOEmastro says:

    and keep your stick on the ice :)

  506. Chuck says:

    I don’t know if it’s just because you’re the conduit, but I’ve never seen NoNo be so coherent.

  507. punkster says:

    Coming through loud and clear sir!

    FREE TIMO!

  508. Habscore says:

    My first choice all-year around was Cammi for Captain, but I guess there are better reasons to choose Gionta, and I still Love it!! Some reporters say that Cammi may sometimes be a little cocky, and Gio is more of an “assembleur” than Cammi..!!

    Am disappointed that Gorges did not get the A’ tho but, again, the Habs is composed of amazing leaders.

    Go Habs Go, and let the season begin already!

    ……………………………………………………………….. YES HABS CAN!!

  509. Blouin says:

    I love how Gill looks like a giant in this picture.

     

    sports.unpluckedgems.com – your other source; we always keep it current.

  510. andrewberkshire says:

    Completely unsurprising, but excellent news. Can’t wait to see another C on Gio’s chest!

  511. mike g says:

    Lmao..

    And like usual, Markov has the biggest smile.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  512. mike g says:

    Yea I know..

    Just kidding around.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  513. SLONCOLD says:

    it would be nice for teh habs to surprise us instead of some reporter though. and like this would have been a nice surprise.

  514. sam says:

    in this case, he also spoiled a very big Habs news item.

    btw, he didn’t break any news on the matter. folks knew about Gio’s captaincy weeks before Gagnon decided to “break” the news. Habs had to scramble because he’d just put a wrench in their timeline. he apparently didn’t make any friends on the team that day.

    reporting on future news -especially something that has no real consequence on our well-being right now (re: political scandals, etc) as, say, the captaincy of a hockey team before training camp- has more to do with attention-seeking and gossiping than actual proper, well-respected journalism. add the fact that the news was broken on a few blogs weeks before Gagnon even wrote his column (and that 95% of Habs fans already had a gut feeling he was the obvious choice) also points me to the annoying friend theory.

     

    that being said: congrats on officially being the Montreal Canadiens Captain, Gio ! :)

  515. Habscore says:

    Sorry guys, out of topic thing, but I’ve been absent in the HIO house for a number of weeks… WTH happened to TIMO, the pessimist of all pessimists??? Is it bad to actually miss him :D

    ………………………………………………………………..

    YES HABS CAN!!

  516. punkster says:

    He was Timonized after the last game of the playoffs when he went off like a 4th of July cannon in a Boston Pops concert. Dearly missed but broadcasting sporadically from a mobile transmitter in up-state Vermont.

    FREE TIMO!

  517. HardHabits says:

    Opportunistic!!!

  518. fbkj says:

    brilliant strategem!

    take no position and still claim the right to bitch either way… well done

  519. SmartDog says:

    There is actually no contradiction here. It’s state versus trait. The poster is saying that he’s neither a pessimist nor an optomist by nature (trait), but that the changes made him optimistic (state) last summer and that state of positive excitement has returned even stronger now.

     

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  520. punkster says:

    Holy crap SD, you are a smart dog! Good boy. Want another cookie?

    FREE TIMO!

  521. Clay4bc says:

    The fact that you even felt the need to answer that tells me that you read too much into my post – it was merely a good-natured barb. :)

    __________________________

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    – George Orwell –

  522. Say Ash says:

    Hey, it’s better than Spacek’s golf grin.

  523. mike g says:

    Poor Spacek…

    He came here last year, and nobody knew him. We found out that he was just a little, creepy-looking kind of guy..

    Now this year, he ditches the double chin, and shows up at camp with a triple chin!

    WTF Jaro, comon dude?

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  524. Say Ash says:

    It’s funny, there were a lot of Sabres fans that were really sorry to lose him. I like “Shpatch”. He had to play most of last year on the wrong side and was used for way more minutes than he signed up for. But he covered OV like white on rice and that puts him in my good books. I think he’ll have a bounce-back year.

  525. Mattyleg says:

    Yeah, I noticed that too!

    Put on a few pounds, eh? Too much knedle and piwo back in the Father(Mother?)land, I guess.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  526. aemarchand11 says:

    Hal Gill is hilarious. I wouldnt be oppose to seeing him stick around for another year. Him and Gorges make a good PK pair, Spacek and Hamrlik are the two who can be replaced by the Farm system.

    Go Habs Go!
    2010-2011

  527. Say Ash says:

    It’s remarkable how everybody now loves Hal “No Skill” Gill. Go back a year ago and read the posts about him. Little did we know he was playing hurt and sucked it up because Markov went down.

  528. huge_polar_bear says:

    So when will the first article come out saying that he does not speak french?

  529. The Cat says:

    Gionta’s a classy guy. He’ll learn a few bars of french out of respect for the fans.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  530. Bugs says:

    When anglos start projecting that the french are probably bothered by it, I guess.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  531. habfan53 says:

    Did anybody else notice that of our 3 “captains” none are Canadian. Two Americans and a Russian. Boy is Don Cherry going to be pissed. 

  532. emann_222 says:

    Good … we give recognition based on talent … not citizenship! Now to convince the “Frenchies”.

     

    Visit me at http://www.bleedbleublancrouge.blogspot.com

  533. Say Ash says:

    Tell him “Nous Sommes Canadiens”

  534. soflohabsfan says:

    Marky is canadian. Just saying!!!!

  535. smiler2729 says:

    Grapes loves American players, he sees no difference in their style and our style… I don’t either.

  536. HardHabits says:

    I really don’t want to have to dust off those old ideas however I must correct you sir. It’s tank be or not tank be. Sheesh!!! ;-)

  537. ZepFan2 says:

    I’m sorry. I must be cixelsyd. :0

    ————————————————————————–

    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    - Steven Tyler

  538. fbkj says:

    im not sure in what capacity gainey could have possibly used koivu as a scapegoat… this is rather random…

  539. punkster says:

    A rather odd take on the whole thing but like I inferred last night some of this stuff is GOLD!

    FREE TIMO!

  540. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gainey never used Koivu as a scapegoat for anything and can we knock it off with the Bob Gainey puppetmaster theories? It’s getting old and should be restricted to Tony’s multiple personalities. If you do still go by the puppetmaster theory though, he surely did a lot of running away from scoring depth by extending Plekanec and acquiring Lars Eller.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  541. HardHabits says:

    Well, let’s counter the argument – I’ll take scoring depth over ‘leadership depth’ any day.

    I disagree. A team the plays for each other and as a team will do better than a team of supposed high scoring threats, or stars as they are otherwise known, who more often than not without leadership end up playing for themselves. As well, the Habs do have scoring depth and are getting deeper but what is also important is not just scoring more goals than getting scored on but also having the defensive depth to ensure that this is the case. Scoring depth on its own isn’t enough.

    The point about leadership depth being more desirable is that it ensures that the individualistic scorers are held accountable to the rest of the team.

  542. Clay4bc says:

    While I agree with much of your point, I think it’s a little early to annoint Eller with the “scoring depth” label, don’t you?

    __________________________

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    – George Orwell –

  543. SeriousFan09 says:

    A bit early, but Eller so far seems like a real prospect to add to the team’s scoring and it depends on defining what depth is, MTL isn’t fitting him for guaranteed top-line duties but he adds offensive options as a forward to swap into the Top 6.  He has the ability so far to keep up with the team’s scoring forwards and contribute, he’s an option so I consider him depth material. 

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  544. Everlasting1 says:

    Here I am defending Koivu ( who I didn’t imply was a prob in the scoring depth dept) and you get all hissy?Oh ok, Gainey is not a consultant to PG, his assistant during his own tenure. We’ll see if that scoring depth pans out. Until then, chill.

     

     ”We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  545. fbkj says:

    wicked

    now how this paints gainey as using koivu as a scapegoat ill never know… who wants porkchops?

  546. SeriousFan09 says:

    When did Gainey ever scapegoat or blame Koivu for anything? It never happened.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  547. Everlasting1 says:

    Actions speak louder than words.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  548. fbkj says:

    so not resigning him meant ergo that he was scapegoating koivu?

    in a summer when a shitload of other players werent resigned?

    man thats reaching

    do you own stock in alcan?

  549. Everlasting1 says:

    I did say in part. That whole dismantling of the core that year? It speaks volumes.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  550. Everlasting1 says:

    I’m not impressed by your dim-witted snarky jabs. I did say ‘in part’.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  551. fbkj says:

    my bad didnt notice “in part” at first

    but im not the only one who didnt, which would suggest either were all dummies and jumped on that ham

    or the tone of your post meant “in part” wasnt the focus

    or as a conspiracy you edited your post ;)

  552. Everlasting1 says:

    How big of you..

    I didn’t edit it.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  553. fbkj says:

    okay so to answer your weird acusation

    no he didnt make anyone scapegoats he changed the guard

    and i was pisssssed we didnt resign koivu and komisarek

    anywhoo

  554. otter649 says:

    Washington…….

  555. sidhu says:

    Congrats Gio!

    Go Habs Go!

  556. J.J. of Turku says:

    Good news!

    Finally we have a Captain…

     

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  557. OneTimer says:

    Congratulations Brian, go kick some ass this year!!

  558. habfan53 says:

    OK point taken   BUT you know what I meant 

  559. Bugs says:

    I find it remarkable that ANYONE disliked him at all. Did they lose thier memory?

    We GOT him from Pittsburgh for a SPECIFIC reason: stalwart pylonicity. Especially for the playoffs.

    He delivered exactly that like gangbusters all year long.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  560. Propwash says:

    Bingo, him and Georges made a killer goaltending duo.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  561. Say Ash says:

    Indeed, the Hasselhoff manoeuvre hypnotised many a point shot come crunch time.

  562. RGM says:

    A lot of the dislike had to do with him taking delay of game penalties multiple games in a row for putting the puck over the glass. Once that stopped, so too did much of the dislike.

    Go Habs Go!

  563. Propwash says:

    Couldn’t have picked a better guy.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  564. quentin_stuckley says:

    not a problem with this announcement.

     

  565. DearyLeary says:

    Very happy with the selection.  Sets a tone for the team to continue the work ethic they showed in the playoffs last year.

  566. RGM says:

    An excellent selection – hats off to Gio!

    Go Habs Go!

  567. krob1000 says:

    one small step for Hab, but one Gionta step for the Habkind

  568. TheDagger says:

    So that’s what you were up to all summer??

  569. krob1000 says:

    just went to change it and you screwed me quickdraw!

  570. habs03 says:

    I think this is going to be the first time in years since all us habs fan are going to agree on something:) This choice is so right that I can’t picture anynoe disagreeing, Markov is perfectly suited for an A not a C, Gill is only signed for one more year, Cammy is too open with the media (same reason I think Subban will never be a C on the team, not that its a bad thing). Gionta plays his heart out, leads by example, has a cup, even by his interviews the guy is a proffessional. Now lets all enjoy on aggreeing on something cuz it won’t happen often:)

  571. alestar says:

    Works for me…I’d like to see Cammy with an “A”, but can’t argue with Gill and Markov.

     

    XXIV…and counting

  572. DearyLeary says:

    He will reply: Nos hablas Espanol.

  573. SeriousFan09 says:

    Very satisfied with the choice, heart and soul player who scores in the clutch. I now feel very justified dressing him with the C to win 5 Stanley Cups in EA NHL games.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  574. Kris says:

    Great Call !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  575. krob1000 says:

    been readin…..mostly skimming over Price/Halak crap but still readin….wasn’t the most exciting summer for the Habs but the training camp has been interesting….we went from bare cupboards to having to make donations to the Hamilton Food bank.  I am thoroughly impressed with our future outlook after seeing first hand the progress being made by the organization.  We have at least one whole top six line coming down the pipe homegrown between Leblanc, Avtsin, Eller, Palushaj, etc …..guys like Desharnais, White, Maxwell (thought he was done personally), Pacioretty all showing signs of progress …guys like Enqvist, Dumont,etc also impressive….really amazing actually considering the mess we were in before…..I remember when Trevor Timmins was getting lambasted on here…and Gauthier was getting ripped….I think we have a far brighter outlook then I possibly imagined.  Obviously anything can happen but this has been one encouraging preseason to me anyway.

  576. JF says:

    Totally agree.  We’ve all worried so much about how poorly the team seems to draft and develop players that it’s wonderful to see how much progress has been made.  Can’t beat having a bunch of hungry kids knocking at the door.

    I think too many of us were ready to jump on the organization for choosing Gauthier to succeed Gainey.  I did myself, but so far I can’t fault the job he’s done.  The only question marks are around goaltending, and personally I would have made the same choice he did.  It’s a gamble, and the last few days have been scary, but if it really doesn’t work, Price and the team can part ways at the end of next season if not before.  Meanwhile we had better be on the lookout for more goaltending talent – in Sweden maybe?  The Senators’ young rookie Robin Lehner looks good.

    Something which impresses me and tells me the scouts have been working hard is how astute Gauthier has been at picking up undrafted prospects like Andreas Engqvist and Brendon Nash, both of whom did well in training camp.

  577. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Very true, Bugs.

    Well I watched a good movie after a while, so maybe I am exaggerating…haha!

    Would you recommend watching Scarface or Godfather? Haven’t seen ‘em but heard lots of praises.

     

  578. Bugs says:

    If that’s the type of gangster movie you want, watch “The Godfather II”. By far the best of the Godfathers.

    Then “Goodfellas”.

    “Scarface” is bloody as hell and hasn’t aged well except for a) Pacino’s over-the-topness and b) a young Michelle Pfeiffer.

    But if you want the nec plus ultra of American gangster movies…”Miller’s Crossing”, baby.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  579. matraque says:

    Gionta will be a great captain.  I’m game to say he will be better then Koivu.

    ——

    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  580. fbkj says:

    ZOMG FLAME WARS FTW

    seriously dude

  581. krob1000 says:

    Those are some big shoes to fill…..ok maybe not the shoes but Koivu was a great leader and in all of my years following Saku Koivu I have never heard a single player criticize him …. not one…..that tells the story better than any media outlets, bitter moronic fans,etc.  Saku was and is one of the classiest Habs of all time and should be remembered as such….he was never surrounded with players of equal ability and much like Sundin in Toronto was expected to make wine out of water…..Saku will always remain one of my favourite Habs and will only be remembered for what I saw out of him every game,  a guy who cared about little kids holding flags, a guy who fought cancer, played with partial vision, banged up knees and still kicked ass, a guy who consistently went into corners with Chara and came out on both feet and with the puck, a guy constantly talked to his teammates during games, a guy who never flinched in the face of adversity, a guy who despite his stature was the first to go hard to the net. Gionta is a class act but trying to somehow insult Koivu over this is something I feel is foolish…..the ironic thing is that Gionta is the closest thing this team has to Koivu…the guy who fans and media falsely blamed, Gionta plays very similar, has a similar stature, is also not a French speaker, is also not even Canadian….but none of that matters…heis the right choice….like Saku was…..so praising Gionta and insulting Saku tells me it will only be a matter of time until the same people wrongly target Gio…like Saku though I don’t think he will flinch….that is what makes them both great.

  582. HFX-HabFan says:

    Great choice.  I think Gio was the best option out of many leaders.  Can’t wait to see him hoist the Cup!

  583. badangel says:

    This is non Captain Gionta related – but I was wondering if anyone knew why Danny Kristo wasn’t at the training camp? Or was he at the prospects one earlier and cut before getting to this one?

    From what I remember didn’t he have a good junior game ?

     

  584. RGM says:

    NCAA regulations.

    Go Habs Go!

  585. twocents says:

    Players who are returning to college, and that decision is made before this camp starts, are not able to partake in the main pro camps, for a couple of reasons. They are not allowed to have anything paid for them by the pro teams, so they have to foot the bill, and school has started so they have to be there, if they are playing on the school’s team.

  586. db says:

    Said it before and I’ll say it again, I would follow that man into any battle.  I hope he retires a Hab captain.

  587. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Congratulations, Gionta! Great choice on the part of the Canadiens’ organization.

  588. Wops says:

    Rejean Tremblay’s gonna cry now


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