Audio: Canadiens arrive in Philadelphia

Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri goes for a late afternoon stroll, Philadelphia’s City Hall in the background.
Pierre Obendrauf, Gazette

โ€ข AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Tomas Plekanec | Hal Gill | Michael Cammalleri

The Canadiens are in Philadelphia, having chartered here this afternoon.

Goalie Jaroslav Halak went for a stroll outside their downtown hotel and came back with a bag containing maybe a half-dozen bottles of sport drink; important to stay hydrated on the eve of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final vs. the Flyers.

Michael Cammelleri also went for a short walk, then was one of three players who appeared before a handful of mostly Philadelphia media at a short opportunity organized by the NHL.

Head coach Jacques Martin, Cammalleri, defenceman Hal Gill and centre Tomas Plekanec all had a brief turn answering questions late afternoon. The audio offered here is excellent in a less formal setting than usually happens in Montreal.


  1. Habsforlife 1959 says:


  2. habstrinifan says:

    Will google and try and find it. Honestly cant recall where I heard it but was within the last week to 10 days.

  3. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Could you provide the link were Bob Mackenzie stated that about Price wanting to be traded?

  4. habstrinifan says:

    Of course I am glad that any HALAK trade didnt happen. Just as I am glad that the trade package (including SUBBAN) for Lecavalier didnt happen. But while we can ‘judge’ any GM on the outcome of their trades, it is the nature of the beast that GMS must make trades and other personnel decisions and not ALL will be successful. In fact the majority may not be.

    Trying to trade Halak WAS not the TRAVESTY. The TRAVESTY and stubborn headed injustice was removing HALAK from the nets of the HAMILTON BULLDOGS and GIVING the job to PRICE and then when the team won the CALDER cup instituting PRICE as the ‘chosen one’ and treating Halak in an awful manner from that point on.

    When he was removed from the nets, Halak was the BEST goaltender in the league,  well on his way to an MVP season. Check the stats. I am a HUGE admirer of Gainey as a man and a player and a Canadiens hero.

    But he may have allowed the selfish fact that HE drafted PRICE to destroy his professionalism as a GM re his treatment of HALAK. And we may still pay for it if Halak holds grudges!

    And OH YES! Bob Mackenzie did report during these playoffs that PRICE, while playing the team guy better these days, HAS asked to be traded.

    GO HABS GO!!!!


  5. habstrinifan says:

    “Going to the net!” I cringe everytime I hear that ‘cliche’ term used for LAPS. And also for Pouliot! As I posted here and have been vindicated by Laps major goals of the season including the playoffs. Laps best comes when he is shooting that puck from the scoring arch just outside the crease. He is not a NET banger. Look at his goals and the cleaness of the shots he takes from that scoring arch just outside the blue. If he and his linemates are specifically encouraged to play so he gets say 10 shots per game from that area…. he would easily be a 30 goal scorer. And with the confidence  coming from the scoring success he would get, he would be a better all round player and less of a turtle too( which he is now).

    Again read my previous posts on this specific point BEFORE the playoffs.

    Gionta for example, although smaller, goes to the NET better. And if you want to see ‘go to the net’ goals wait until you see Subban next year. The guy digs puck out of all kinds of scrambles in front the net and stuffs it by the goalie.

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  6. habstrinifan says:

    Dont want to be negative on any habs issue these days … keep the good karma! But WOW!  I think you are maybe a bit too excited re both the team and Laps. I am a LAPS believer too, (my previous posts re LAPS may still be under my name) but HEART AND SOUL??.

    And best team since 1956 in the categories you mentioned? WOW!

    Let’s enjoy but not go overboard.


    And you heard it HERE FIRST! That trade from St. Louis for Aron Palus??? ( hard name). You watch for next season. He is gonna make the BIG TEAM ahead of Pacioretty etc and will be a stylish playmaker for us. MAKE BOOK ON IT!!!


  7. VancouverHab says:

    If you’re ever in Vancouver I’ll buy you a beer — you’re keeping me sane amid all this tinfoil-hat lunacy. Cheers!

    Gee, I wish they’d filter out all these Mr Gumby comments that say: “I hate Bob Gainey because I love Halak and Bob Gainey didn’t trade Halak so, …d’oh just a minute, let me figger this out again… I mean I hate Bob Gainey because I love Halak and Gainey he wanted to trade Halak but he kept Halak and so now I can watch Halak because Gainey didnt trade him and …d’oh that’s wrong too…just a minnit…uhhh”

    Again, thanks for keeping things sane!

  8. VancouverHab says:

    ‘Biggest mistake of all time was trading Roy and keeping on Tremblay.”

    True dat –unless the biggest mistake was hiring Trembley & Houle in the first place ;–)

  9. VancouverHab says:

    No-o-o. One more time now, slowly… ‘Almost the biggest goof of all time’ was, as you can read above a propos the movie The Rocket — Tommy Gorman & Dick Irvin Sr. trying to trade Rocket Richard.

    Seriously dude, what is your problem that causes you to obsess over something that never *&&^%@ing happened!

     “Earth to ManApart: Bob Gainey did not, repeat did not, trade Halak. We can be sure of this because, you know, HE’S FRICKIN’ STILL HERE!!!!



  10. habsfanmandy says:

    I think Cammy sounds a little strange in the audio. Like out-of-place or something. Weird.

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  11. Sammy says:

    wow, you’re a dick

  12. Rainrocket16 says:

     A Great quote from my man Gomez!!!

    “We’re a tough team to beat and we knew that from the beginning,” center Scott Gomez said after the decisive victory at Pittsburgh. “Everyone’s making us out to be Cinderella. But deep down, everyone in this room knew that we’re a better team than we showed in the regular season.

    “Once we got in the dance, we kept saying, ‘You don’t want to play us.'”

    Go Habs Go!!!

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lucic is a coward, almost every single one of his fights is with a guy who’s a non-fighter, except his attempt to go ‘tough guy’ against Orr and we all know how that ended. Loves a good cheap shot as well. We don’t his kind on the Canadiens, we have a good quality team with a very cohesive locker room now, don’t need his type in the room.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  14. shootdapuck says:

    Where were you in 1976-1979?

    You must have blinked for 4 years!

    Hate to say it but that team would run rings around the present one! They only lost 8 games in 76-77!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gainey also tried to trade Price, his golden boy that he was using to persecute Halak… Oh wait does that interfere with the tinfoil hat brigade about Halak’s suffering? Biggest mistake of all time was trading Roy and keeping on Tremblay. Bowman clashed with Lemieux, guess who stayed in Pittsburgh? Franchise Player > Coach especially when you’re getting a bag of pucks in return in trade.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Or perhaps Gainey unlike a certain egomaniac in Toronto doesn’t tell the media everything about his trade intentions or what he plans to do with the team because he’s not obsessed with having himself on television and in print?

    For all you know, Gainey demanded Carter as a minimum price.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  17. ManApart says:

    Gainey tried to trade Jaro. That is a fact. He announced it at the beginning of Jan. Lucky it didn’t happen. It was the almost biggest goof of all time. BTW, just found out that it was Andre Savard who drafted Halak and not Gainey at all. Maybe you all knew that. Now I understand why Gainey was so unsupportive of the man.

  18. K-hab25 says:

    Actually he did try to trade Halak to PHI in DEC, just after Halak and his agent asked for either more playing time or to be traded. The article I read said that Gainey initiated the talks with PHI, telling them “he had a goalie available”, but they weren’t intrested. I find that part hilarious, because it was rumored that all Gainey wanted was a 2nd round draft pick. They also asked was he trying to get a top six foward and Gainey said he didn’t think that was a realistic option. For the record Halak at the time this article was published, DEC 15, was a back up with a 6-5 record and a 2.92 GAA with a .905 sv%, so it’s understandable PHI saying no. was where I found the article, if anyone is interested in the truth.

  19. badbalance says:

    I wish we had Lucic on our team.. Honestly, hes a hell of a player, young strong, will stand up for his team. Looks like he wants to play for montreal ๐Ÿ™‚ Please do Lucic.

  20. Chuck says:

    As the story goes, he had to do the “I’m going to Disney World!” line a second time because the first one contained a rather exuberant expletive.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  21. Xtrahabsfan says:


  22. VancouverHab says:

    Yeah, I get the point — but he is fearless tough going for the net, down the boards and in the corners.

  23. shootdapuck says:


    Ever seen a tough-guy TURTLE?


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  24. VancouverHab says:

    Uhmm … “widely reported” is just a less-honest way of saying “unsubstantiated.”

  25. VancouverHab says:

    I sure think he’s a huge contributor: what he lacks in skill he makes up in, as you say, brashness, toughness, and also speed.

  26. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s an ea sports jersey.

  27. GoalieT says:

    I think we have some support now. I hope the Bruin’s fans get a look at this. LOL!!

    In all honesty, this kind of makes me sick at the same time. Unworthy, and all. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.

  28. habsguy says:

    I give you that he’s been awesome so far these playoffs,  as far as the regular season,  far less than awesome……

  29. ooder says:

    he was off and on all season long.

    going huge stretches of game where he was invisible.

    These playoffs however he showed up big time.

    guys like moore, moen, gomez, gionta, cammy, pleks have really gotten this team going


    โ€œI like what Iโ€™m seeing right now,โ€ assessed Markov. โ€œWeโ€™re not perfect, but weโ€™re trying to be.โ€

  30. lavie says:

    The leadership from Gio-Gill-Gomez and the super Halak led us to where we are.

  31. duckdoc73 says:

    I have been watching the Habs since 1956 and do not recall a team that skated faster nor executed assignments better than these guys. I don’t know how most folks feel about Max Lapierre but I consider him the heart of this team. French Canadian, brash, tough, giving it all at all times, he is the prototypical Bleu-Blanc-Rouge Glorieux.                                  





  32. andrewberkshire says:

    Just like it was widely reported that Allan Walsh demanded a trade for Halak in early November, but you ignore that and revise history. Hypocrisy at its best.

  33. rogus says:

    While it’s never good news when someone passes, please tell me what this has to do with the upcoming series. Last time I checked this is a hockey forum and the greatest team in hockey is about to end a long drought in the playoffs. 

  34. badangel says:

    ya so far so good with wearing my cammy jersey… even if I “hate” him so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. Puck Bard says:

    Just bought a copy for my dad for Father’s Day. Superb: Dupuis can do no harm.

    Stay clear of Pour Toujours Les Canadiens however. 

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    So did The Hockey News, keep going against us guys, we seem to do pretty well with our backs to the wall.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  37. pmaraw says:

    it would be nice to get a lead in a series for a change, apart from game 1 vs was…..

  38. pmaraw says:

    I always thought when you were given the Cinderella title, you had it till you were eliminated or won it all…

  39. Puck Bard says:

    Agree Fred, at this point the head-game becomes more of an issue than in first two rounds. And I think Laviolette and Martin are pretty evenly matched there with their evenness. 

  40. Say Ash says:

    Interestingly, if Crosby had won, CBC would have aired “The Jerk”.

  41. Clay4bc says:

    “on the basis of a unsubstantiated claim that he tried to trade Jaro

    Not unsubstantiated at all – in fact, it was widely reported…but don’t let little things like facts get in the way of your revision of history.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  42. lavie says:

    Gambling for objective; “experts” for subjective.

  43. Fred D says:

    After reading many of the “experts”, here and elsewhere, and finding little agreement on much of anything,I have come to the conclusion that nobody really knows how to handicap this series coming up. Last I heard, Las Vegas gave the Canadiens 5 to 1 to win; Probably as good as anybody else’s guess.

    It’s all between the ears. Both teams have the physical attributes and skills necessary to win. I maintain that the Canadiens will persevere and win in 5 games, after an early low scoring loss caused by the “come down” after beating the “elite” two teams in the eastern conference already.

    Time will tell.

  44. lavie says:


    Gomez is never serious; Gionta is always serious. They are all playoff materials.

  45. VancouverHab says:

    The showing of “The Rocket” on CBC today is an pertinent opportunity to chide those churlish commentors who whine against Bob Gainey on the basis of a unsubstantiated claim that he tried to trade Jaro Halak: the film shows the great Tommy Gorman and the even greater Dick Irvin trying to trade … Maurice Richard.


  46. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Hey ,you got great taste!

  47. HabFab says:

    “SK74 getting some reps with Metro and Benny”

    “SK74 working on the PK unit, with Tom Pyatt.”


    From this mornings practice.

  48. Say Ash says:

    Gomez is wicked funny:

    Martin huddled with his leadership group – Gill and partner Jose Gorges and forwards Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez – at then end of practice in Montreal Saturday. What were they talking about? โ€œWe were talking about much we would have preferred to face Boston,โ€ joked Gomez. โ€œI mean, the Celtics are still in the playoffs. I had no idea Jacques was such a basketball fan. Plus, Hal is from there and said that everything would be cheaper because he knows the city inside out.”

  49. G-Man says:

    Yup. He said it twice. He made some Disney bucks that day.

  50. Fenrir767 says:

    That’s the way we like it!

  51. habs-hampton says:

    Just watching “The Rocket” on CBC. I love it when he beats the crap out of Sean Avery. He reminds me of this years team. NOBODY’s goona push us around, not even the big, bad Flyers!

  52. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Like I said………

  53. HugeHabsFan says:

    Haha! I sort of am…we’ve never lost when I’m wearing my Cammy jersey while watching the game, so now I’m on strict orders to get it on at the beginning of the game.

    So yes, please continue with your “hate” of Cammy, k? ;o)


    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”


    Cammalleri: โ€œI almost feel bad for a guy who plays an NHL career without experiencing what itโ€™s like to be a Montreal Canadienโ€.

  54. Corio says:

    HEY!  You are ruining my series by series mockery of team’s stars!  It was my idea!  ๐Ÿ˜›


    Bahh it won’t hurt to have more anyway  ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I had it first,lol


  56. jimmy shaker says:

    Just was looking at the tsn site and they have a habs story and it’s headline picture is of Patrick Roy when they won the cup in 93.  I remember that day and moment clear as mud when Patrick raised the cup and came over to the boards and was shouting into the microphone.  The thing of that moment was, I never knew what he was saying into that microphone.  Does anyone know what he was yelling?  I don’t think he was saying that he was going to disneyworld.


  57. habfan01 says:

    And another too many men on the ice penalty does in the bruins- 1979-2010.

  58. Corio says:

    Whole TSN panel takes Philly to win series…  what else is new!  lol  3rd series as underdogs, we love it!

  59. HabFanSince72 says:

    Laraque is still on the roster.

  60. HabFanSince72 says:

    Since when do we have four lines?

  61. roblack says:



    A lot of the Flyers look hurt,,in that 7th game. Betts has a seperated shoulder,lots of them banged up worse than we are. They have a good PP so we have to stay out of the box.

  62. Tis Himself says:

    Any truth to the story that Jack “Toolus Maximus” Edwards — the Bruins’ announcer on NESN — was taken to Mass General last night after the game?  Someone told me they saw footage of him strapped to a gurney with his body immobilized.  He kept twitching and mumbling “the horror, the horror!”

  63. Fenrir767 says:

    Also don’t forget one thing, analysts, former players, people that may have watched more sports in your life don’t know anything. In reality none of us knows anything. The only thing I do know is I have seen the best TEAM version of hockey from the HABS in years and when your a TEAM and you believe great things happen. So GO HABS GO!

  64. MontrealAtheist says:

    Some of the dialogue in the movie sounds familiar: “he’s been playing great … we should trade him” … That might as well have been Gainey talking about Halak … lol

  65. MontrealAtheist says:

    As fans we are supposed to support our club regardless of what the so-called “hockey experts” and analyzers have to say, eh? I don’t think the players let themselves get distracted by what those guys have to say, so why should we?

  66. terrygain says:

    Thanks Ian. But how ironic that it would be you to tell us. Did you notice that when Coach  Irvin told  the Rocket that he was sitting this one out the Rocket stomped out of the room? Irvin turned to the players in the room and said: this is what I want.   

  67. savethepuck says:

    Probably going to be a tough low scoring close series (unless Leighton lays an egg, which wouldn’t bother me, but he played good when he came in against Boston).  We will do great if we keep capitalizing on our scoring chances ( Cammy’s one timer has made me a huge fan).  I don’t think Jaro is going to face the usual 40 plus shots this series ( which is when he usually stands on his head), hope he can stay focused and give us the timely saves we need to win. Lets get some revenge on the Flyers for 08!

  68. HabFab says:

    Agree on the 4 lines thing. Maybe the reason SK was practicing and team leadership held center ice meeting. Sunday tells…

  69. ari says:

    the fact that not many so called analizers give us a chance to win the series ,i feel much better about our chances.habs in 6

  70. Fenrir767 says:

    Nice it’s a great movie

  71. Ian Cobb says:

    Rocket Richard movie starting now on CBC.

  72. badangel says:

    loved this article. Makes me laugh because I keep getting angry with the predictions of the Habs winning the Flyers Habs series.. I think it’ll be a jinx against them.

    On top of this.. I am convinced that when I like a player he starts to play like crap (Price has played badly once I started likin him, Laps this year started to play badly after I was convinced he was the next coming last year.. even Pouliot hasn’t been playing that well) — suffice to say.. I start every playoff game now on my facebook proclaiming that CAMMY SUCKS and I HATE HIM.. so far it’s seemed to work.. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Anyone else superstitious like this?

  73. ABHabsfan says:

    The Habs’ speed on all 4 lines (or 3 1/2) will win this series. The Flyers will not be able to play just 4 d-men all the time and hope to keep matching up against the top 2 lines from the Habs. 3rd/4th line guys like Laps, Metro, Pouliot, Moen, Moore could make a real difference in this series if they get out against the Flyers’ 3rd d pairing whom they seem to want to hide. If the Habs can get them in penalty trouble early in every game the Flyers will be sucking wind by the end of the 1st period. They will likely try to bang and crash around and if the Habs can stay out of the way and turn a couple of PPs, we should be sailing. Of course it wouldn’t hurt to have Halak continue to stand on his head and AK46 could continue his road back to at least be visible would also be a nice bonus.

    Keep believing and let’s all enjoy the run. Best spring I can remember in 17 years!

  74. Fenrir767 says:

    Alot of people don’t think we can do it but, Halak will outgoal Leighton and was anyone watching Game 7 Boston Philly, was I the only one that noticed how dead the Flyers were for the last few minutes. If Boston had any mental toughness and spine they woudl have just kept pressuring. The Flyers are tired, they work a 4 d-man system. They remind me of the Habs a few months ago, playing great First and Second periods while getting worn down in the 3rd. If we can wear them down we can explode. We need to stick to our system and believe. If Boston hadn’t stopped believing they could win and if one or two more bounces hadn’t gone their way we would be facing the Flyers and Rask could have been better he was so worried about letting a goal in that he made some mistakes. In any case Habs in 6! Got my tickets for the game already also!

  75. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I wish we had a guy like Boogarde(spelling?) for this  series………..

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