Audio: Canadiens on a sort-of off day

The Canadiens were in the gym today, having enjoyed a day off on Sunday with Tuesday through Thursday to prepare for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday in Columbus and Toronto. Some audio from the Bell Centre:

Georges Laraque on the team, fighting and politics;
Christopher Higgins, an American, on not voting in Tuesday’s presidential election;
• Higgins countryman Mike Komisarek on the same election topic;
Carey Price on the wild night on Long Island, finally a 5-4 Canadiens win, and more.


  1. Robert L says:

    Thanks everyone for the kind words and good wishes.

    I’m in communication with Mirtle right now, haggling over trying to keep the site name. :)

    Eyes On Stanley’s Prize….nah!

  2. CHsam says:

    Congratulations on your new challenge!

  3. 24 Cups says:

    Bryan – two quick points. Parrish comes back for $500000 grand yet we give Brisebois $750000 with a possible bonus of another $750000 for games played. That cost factor could hurt us in the new year.

    Secondly, let’s forget that we are all Hab fans for a moment. If I had to choose another jersey besides our historic uniform, then it definitely would be the Black Hawks. I have loved it ever since I started following the game.

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  4. 24 Cups says:

    Blitzen – I hear what you are saying – democracy is far from perfect, but then so are the alternatives. Truth be told, democracy will always be a work in progress.

    What I find interesting about today’s election (on a very slow day in Habland) is that Obama might win it based on his organizational structure and fund raising abilities, rather than party platforms or policies. Obama’s Democrats have out financed and out organized the Republicans by a wide margin. If they can get the vote out today, it will be a testament to their well-run campaign on the ground. It appears that Obama has outfoxed McCain at every turn. He may be preaching about change, but he’s also very good at rolling up his sleeves. Just ask Hillary.

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  5. Blitzen says:

    I always vote but I have to say that after having worked in a Minister’s office at the Federal level, you lose every little bit of doubt as to why politicians are there. And it ain’t to serve.
    Mad Pax…Beyond Powerdome

  6. nightmare_49 says:

    Stop crying in your corn flakes, Joe the plumber.

  7. Blitzen says:

    I know exactly what democracy is all about but the politicians have already figured out that the vast majority of people will not get involved, thereby giving them free reign. And even when they do get involved, politicians often will just create systems to make them go away or simply ignore what they say. Look up the Bureau des Audiences Publiques en Environnement for a great example of the former. For the latter, you may or may not have heard that US politicians were getting thousands of calls from Americans during the time leading up to voting on the bailout package. Insiders have said that over 90% of those calls were from people telling the politicians to not bailout the banks. And well the rest is history.

    You may tell me if you want that politicians had to bail out the banks but there are many experts who’ll tell you that it may not have made that much of a difference. And did they really have to add all that pork to the bailout package? Have you heard that one of the organizations that was bailed out then made a large donation to the McCain campaign?

    Some people I know in the States told me that all the calls would force politicians to change their minds and I told them that the only hope people had of that happening was for a few million people to show up on the White House lawn on a few occasions (a little like what happened to cancel out the Suroit deal in Quebec). And then again, I’m not even sure it would have had an impact. Politicians know that media, and the people who use them, get tired of an issue after a while. They are masters at waiting out the public to push through an unpopular decision.
    Mad Pax…Beyond Powerdome

  8. HabFab says:

    Congrats Robert ,always felt your writing was good enough to bring you commercial success.

  9. johnnyhab says:

    Congrats! Robert

    Hard work does payoff

  10. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    Excellent interview with Big Georges. He’s well-spoken, articulate, and enjoyable to listen to. While I’ve been leery of his play contributions, he’s a quality character on the team who can give a morale boost on & off the ice.

    Good stuff – thanks HIO team!

  11. HabFab says:

    To paraphrase Winston Churchill ” Our form of government (democracy) is the most ineffective ever created by man and if you don’t believe me then just compare it to the others.”

  12. Jim M says:


    You miss the point of what democracy is all about. It’s not just about voting when it’s time. It’s about being informed and getting involved. If people don’t, then they will get the government they deserve.

    As for Obama out-spending McCain, Obama raised more money at the grass-roots level, partially due to his platform, but mostly because a lot of Americans are fed up with the Republican party right now. It is not a gauge of how he will spend if he wins because the U.S. has no more money to spend right now due to Bush/Cheney emptying the vault.

    As for the tax reform, you mentioned earlier that Obama had changed the figures based solely on Biden’s mis-speak. However, Obama has not wavered from the policy of returning to Clinton’s idea of giving the middle-class a better deal. And maybe you didn’t notice, but McCain has changed his ideas and platform on a daily basis.

  13. twocents says:

    Robert, Congratulations! This opportunity could not have happened to a more deserving and hard working person. It is wonderful to see good work be rewarded in this manner. You have developed a unique voice and perspective on the Canadiens and have maintained a very high standard of content. I am really happy for you and look forward to what comes next. Way to go Robert!

  14. nightmare_49 says:

    The Empty Netters : Yotes re-call Garth Murray, Stars sign Mark Parrish and the Black Hawks Third Jerseys .. by Seth Rorabaugh ….. ……………………………… Islanders blow 3 Goal Lead but Win in OT .. by Mark Herrmann …..,0,2537671.story

  15. thirdstone says:

    Laraque’s respect for his NHL experience as well the experience of other NHLers is great. Love to hear him speak.

  16. Blitzen says:

    Why do people choose not to vote? How about being fed up with politicians who promise one thing and do the opposite? Rinse, repeat ad nauseum.

    McCain is senile and has a stunned running mate and Obama is about change, which may explain why he was at first promising tax cuts for people making less than $250K, then switched to people making less than $200K, then Biden said for people less than $150K, and then apparently someone else said it was actually for people making less than $130K. Once elected, he’ll prolly say it’s for people making less than $50K or just cancel the cuts completely.

    Golly Gee I wonder why people are cynical about their choices.
    Mad Pax…Beyond Powerdome

  17. Blitzen says:

    And you’ve just encapsulated what is wrong with politics. He’s winning based on campaigning not platforms. So a good portion of what people are voting for is image. He is already outspending McCain during the campaign. Imagine how willing he’ll be to spend to keep power.

    Look at Charest. What has he or his government done in the recent past? Yet the less he does the more his popularity goes up. Nice message to send to politicians.

    I’m guessing voter turnout will be very good today for the US since it’s been shown that many people only bother to vote when they figure there’s a reason for it. We had lousy voter turnout federally and will likely see the same provincially. Politicians will make a good show of talking about reforming the system to get more voters to turn up and you’ll not hear about that again until the next time there’s low turnout.

    Democracy is great but it could be made better through some electoral reforms. Not all proportional representation systems are great (some countries could attest to that), but I once heard a debate about the topic where some of these systems were discussed and there are systems that wouldn’t result in having 20 parties sitting and where you would get a better representation of the voters. But like the issue of getting more people to vote, politicians will talk about it but as soon as elections are over, it’ll swept under the rug. Yet I’m willing to bet that voter turnout would be much greater if you had such a system in place.
    Mad Pax…Beyond Powerdome

  18. nightmare_49 says:

    Steve – The old boys club. I hate that signing and the bonus and if we had done our job right at the trade deadline we would have been in far better shape on the blueline, i’ll stop there before i wake up Jim M again. Teppo at 1.1 million is the steal of the summer. The Hawks jersey is my favourite.

  19. Robert L says:

    Turn And Face The Strange CH, CH, Changes (A Canadiens Blogsite Metamorphasis)

    Dear readers and supporters of my site,

    It is with much excitement, anxious nervousness, and a regret or two, that I am announcing that Eyes On The Prize, as it has been known in this space for over two years, will be going dormant in about three weeks time.

  20. Julie2812 says:

    Geez I can’t help but to be so disappointed with can you NOT VOTE??? Anyways, it’s one fewer vote for McCain :)
    Hopes he scores 40 goals this year. lol
    I know we’re not supposed to talk politics here..the political science student in me can’t help it.

  21. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Julie,if he don’t like either candidate he don’t have to vote,I do not see a problem ,why do you?

  22. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Wow what a great interview with BGL. He’s all happy for Fritz. Thats hilarious.

  23. MikeMcLaren says:

    Also, Higgins would be registered to vote in the state of NY and there’s no way that it’s going to make a difference of whether he votes or not in this particular presidential election. It’s not exactly a “battle ground” state.

    It’s not as though Republicans are super electrified by their candidate this go ’round and Chris is a registered Republican.

    Lots of reasons, but I’d rather he focus on hockey than the election.


  24. The Professor says:

    I think it’s incredibly important to vote. Sure, it’s your right to vote or not vote, but it is the duty of any responsible citizen in a democracy to vote.

    Not quite as important (unless you’re a Habs fan) is voting AK27, AK46, Koivu, Tanguay, Markov, Komisarek, and Price for the All-Star game.

  25. JIMVINNY says:

    a right to choose to vote, maybe. As was mentioned, if a citizen does not feel they are adequately represented by either candidate, how can they, in good conscience, show support for either of them? I don’t think anyone can be faulted for not voting when they don’t like the options.

  26. The Professor says:

    yes but the fact of the matter is that one of the two is going to win and a decision has to be made. life isn’t black and white (no, i’m not making a racial comment, just stating that there are grey zones to everything) and therefore we can’t treat it as such. sure you may not agree 100% with either candidate, but surely people must have preferences. more importantly, though, isn’t it important to have a say in who is going to rule your country for the next 4 years?

    furthermore, those are not the only two options. if a citizen truly does not feel represented by the republican or democratic candidate, he or she can always null the ballot (a voicing of opinion in itself) or choose to vote for an alternative candidate such as the green party which makes its impact in the lobbying department

    to sum, though, i really don’t think it’s acceptable not to vote. like i said, for a democracy to work people need to get out there and vote!

  27. davecessna says:

    That interview with Price raised my respect for him even further. It’s nice to know that he realizes he can’t do this hot/cold performance every other night and better even he doesn’t just shrug it off because his team is riding a high. Infinitely more mature than No way Jose, who everytime I look at the RDS scoreboard has let in 5 goals (what were they thinking, the guy got beat out by Budaj in Colorado, hell I’d take Aebischer over Theodore :) ).

    Anyways, good for Price, I hope he absolutely robs Umberger on Friday.

    edit: btw, I’m assuming Price is going to start in goal against the Blue Jackets and let Halak take the Laffs agin, given the hilarious trouncing of them last time we played. I’m weary though, if Red Fisher calls them the most surprising team in the league thus far, I’d consider them very dangerous.

  28. Corio says:

    I’ve watched them play on several occasions and was very surprised at their energy and movement of the puck. This is not a team sit back and relax with, they can score and they can out hustle you to the puck..

    I hope we trounce them again though. :)

    “He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogs on your shin pads.” Sean Avery on Don Cherry

  29. habs haven says:

    good he’s not voting. I’m a democrat. OBAMA -the next US president!

  30. JF says:

    It could come down to goaltending. When the leafs win, they usually score a lot of goals, but their defence is not great, so they allow a lot as well. Unless our goaltender is having an off night, we should be able to beat them. That is, if we show up for three periods…

  31. Ian Cobb says:

    Slow night, guess I’ll go watch N.J. and Buffalo on TSN2

    Brodeur out Weeks in net.

  32. Mr.Hazard says:

    Should be interesting

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  33. Number31 says:

    Poor Kevin Weekes…shut out by the Buffaslugs. But he was the only Devils player eagre to play (understanding, considering he never gets to play). Devils ruin his otherwise fantastic work, only allows 2 goals on 30 shots. Gets the 3rd star too.

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    Weekes stock went way up after that performance. Watched him play in Junior, and thought that he might make it in the show.

  35. Big Bird says:

    I was big Komisarek fan, I’m a bigger fan after hearing him speak. What a well spoken young man.

  36. Ben says:

    He is well informed.

    Sounds like he and I voted for the same guy.

  37. Markovfan79 says:

    Why do media always feel the need to ask what the political views of hockey players are? It’s obvious Komi didn’t want to discuss it, but they just kept asking. He’s a smart man, and figured an intelligent way out of the situation, but his opinion should remain just that, his opinion. Why not ask him about what a great job he’s been doing at D this year?

  38. Harani says:

    New York Islanders blew a two goal lead once again against Columbus. The Blue Jackets are easy to beat right? WRONG! The only different they have might be the only threat to our team. You may all know who we all envied last playoffs. Carey Price sure must be looking forward to shut the guy off and knock him down. R. J. Umberger…yup that’S right the guy who scored 8 goals against a very vulnerable Price at the time…Let’s wait and see how it turns out…WE HAVE TO GET THIS ONE FOR PRICE! Pray to God no more sloppy first periods!

  39. bigjames says:

    actually i think they blew a three goal lead. but we can not take columbus lightly. another 5 days off, just like before the ducks game, and another team we should easily beat on paper. we better be focused. i know we will be against the leafs though!
    Go Habs!!

  40. travelsized says:

    I’m going to second that view on the reporters pushing at hockey players about politics. It’s really none of their business, unless the player steps up and says “I support _____.” then why would they ask? Do they ask about players’ religion? No, so why something that should be equally as personal like political views?

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