Audio: Habs break up routine

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Mike Cammalleri | Jaro Spacek | Jeff Halpern | Yannick Weber

The Canadiens decided to break up their normal routine yesterday. Instead of hitting the ice at the Bell Centre, there was a team  meeting followed by off-ice training in the gym or soccer on the adjoining indoor pitch in Brossard.

Coach Jacques Martin said he had the option of dressing Yannick Weber as a seventh defenceman tomorrow night against Toronto but he was still considering his options. One certainty is that Carey Price will start in goal for the 19th time in 20 games.

And there’s no update on injured defenceman Andrei Markov. His absence is still described as long-term but Martin said further tests are scheduled to determine the extent of the injury and a treatment plan.

Markov is reported to be heading to Cleveland next Tuesday to meet with Anthony Miniaci, his orthopedic surgeon. Fellow defenceman Jaroslav Spacek is said to be no worse for wear after face-planting into the boards late in last night’s game. He’ll play against Toronto tomorrow.

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TSN’s James Duthie talked to Mike Richards, and P.K. Subban’s name came up:

JD: What specifically did Subban say to upset you?

MR: I’m not going to get into this again. He’s a
great player, don’t get me wrong. I never meant to start an uproar with a
minor comment. It is what it is.

JD: Is there a code for how rookies should behave?

MR: I went through the same thing. I remember my
first year we were playing against New Jersey and I was running around
and lipping off to Patrick Elias. Elias came to me and Sergei Brylin
too, and they said, “If you continue to show disrespect for players,
you are going to get hurt.” That really hit home. I didn’t want to be
known as that guy who shows disrespect. I want to be a guy who plays
hard in between the whistles but not cross the line. That was six years
ago, but it hit home. When you hear it from a guy like Patrick Elias,
who has a done a lot in this league and is well respected, you remember.


  1. VancouverHab says:

    Well, this where Don Cherry comes into his own: he adores Pat Burns and has even less time for the NHL suits than H-I/O commenters do.

  2. kempie says:

    Lifelong Mac user here. Use a Mac and you will never ever have a virus.

  3. Mikey_39 says:

    Jeeze who pissed in your cereal? I’m just saying it’s highly unlikely that he would want to come be a backup for montreal.  I think he would only come back if he has a legit shot at being the starter, so if he does come back I don’t think it would be to play for montreal. 

  4. Hagar says:

    I’ve never heard anyone say Max is gonna get it. I’ve heard he has a big mouth though.

  5. Clay4bc says:

    You’re selling Dino Ciccarelli short. Just because you were too young to watch his career doesn’t mean he wasn’t great. His main problem was that he played for the North Stars. I would have chosen him over Bure as well, if only barely.

    Agree in Burns though – he should have been in the hall this year.


    I had some hockey taglines, but I don’t know where the puck I put them.

  6. KenD29 says:

    I think he made mention of the HHOF not putting him in a couple weeks back. Cherry will probably say something about it tomorrow night.


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  7. KenD29 says:

    Apparently they were close friends.


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    Don’t like him either, but he’s influential all the same. He needs to rip the HHOF.

  9. Storm Man says:

    The old boys club the HHOF is very much that, and the move by not having Pat Burns in it this year is a black mark it will have for a very long time to come. Daryl Seamen did a ton for hockey canada with project 75. 

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    I really don’t like Don Cherry, but I hope he takes the time to really rip into the HHOF committee on his segment tommorow night.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  11. habsonly says:

    Agreed, the people who were on this years committee really passed up on a chance to do something right in the decision making when it comes to the NHL.

  12. RJB says:

    Rest in peace Mr. Burns, thanks for everything you did for the greatest sport on earth.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, a little strong but it wasn’t like he was going to be any more dead in 2011. Getting a little tired of the arbitrary moves/induct the old boys system by the HHOF and I’m just starting to really track inductions now. Pavel Bure could lift 20,000 people out of their seats with the puck on his stick, 20,000 people got out of their seats when a game Dino Ciccarelli was playing in was over.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  14. Propwash says:

    Google Malwarebytes Anti Malware, install it, update, then reboot in safe-mode and scan your system.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  15. habsonly says:

    RIP Pat, you were a great coach, and a class act. Your are a true warrior. You will be missed by the hockey world. Deepest sympathy to your family and loved ones.

  16. Propwash says:

    R.I.P Pat Burns.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  17. Hagar says:

    Don’t ever use a Mac. They really don’t get viruses? Or do they just get them a whole lot less often?

  18. KenD29 says:

    The hockey world has lost a great one.  RIP Pat.


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  19. Mattyleg says:

    Great guy. He used to scare me, standing behind the bench with that look on his face, his eyebrows arched… I didn’t envy the players when he got that look!

    Rest In Peace.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. Rugger says:

    R.I.P. Pat, thank you for those early years with the Habs.

  21. dancevon says:

    Rest In Peace Pat Burns,

    You are and always will be a Hockey Hall of Famer in our hearts.


  22. Hagar says:

    Good cut and thrust SF09. Got the humour part down pat. Now just combine that with a cogent argument as to why he’s wrong in thinking he wouldn’t make a quality NHL’er and you’ll be bloody invincible. It takes practice. I’m a humble apprentice in this devastating art of argumentation myself. We should swap tips sometime.

  23. Storm Man says:

    Hold the bus sf09….. To come on hear and say no one has heard of who Daryl Seamen is and what he did to bring hockey to Calgary is a little mistake on you’re part. With that said the HHOF messed up HUGE not having Pat inducted into the hall this year. 

  24. JoeC says:

    RIP Pat,


    And to hell with anyone involved with the Hockey Hall of Fame that had any choice and getting Pat in the hall.  These people destroyed one of the few achievments this man wasn’t alive to experience, thanks, idiots

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Or you know, people shouldn’t open Emails offering them 50 million dollars of Nigerian money, free bottles of Viagra and remember to turn their anti-virus software and update it when it tells them to.

    I’ve been virus free on every computer I’ve owned since I built my first one in 2002, It’s not hard.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  26. Clay4bc says:

    RIP Mr. Burns.

    No matter what the hall of Fame Commission says, you were one of the greats, and your name deserves to be mentioned with the best. But beyond that – and more importantly –  you were also a great person. The world will miss you.


    I had some hockey taglines, but I don’t know where the puck I put them.

  27. andrewberkshire says:

    Or just use a mac and never get viruses.

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    The great Pat Burns is gone. One of the best hockey men in this world.

    Hall Of Fame please, now.!!!

  29. Storm Man says:

    RIP, Pat 

  30. AndyF says:

    Pat, you’ve no idea how much we’re gonna miss you!  And shame on the Hall of Fame for not getting its act in gear.  


    Just look at what Pat’s accomplished:




  31. Ayan_SB says:

    Bob Mckenzie’s just confirmed it as well.

    RIP Pat Burns.

  32. Hagar says:

    Use a videogame system. Almost perectly virus-free.

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    The NJD have confirmed this as well according to @ArponBasu, RIP Pat Burns.

    And honestly, screw the HHOF selection committee for inducting a dead Calgary Flames executive we never heard of into the Builder category ahead of him this year.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  34. Chris says:

    I dislike Gomez more than most, but even I realize that it is unlikely that he won’t wake up come Christmas, just as he’s always done.

    To wit:

    On December 1, 2009, Scott Gomez had played 23 games and put up 2 goals, 11 points and a +2 rating.  On December 1, 2008, Scott Gomez had played 22 games and put up 4 goals, 14 points and a -4 rating. 

    His slow start this season (19 GP, 2 goals, 6 points and a -1) is a bit slower than the past couple of years, but I won’t be surprised if he still manages to come out with his usual 50-60 points regardless of how he starts the season.

  35. SmartDog says:

    Sounds like a coincidence.  Doesn’t make sense technically, or any other wise really.

    ——- Anyone know how to italicize sigs? Used to be able too…

  36. Everlasting1 says:

    Me too. I don’t think it’s this site. Is it the ThinkPoint virus? Cycbot? I had to call Microsoft for assistance.


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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  37. SmartDog says:

    Woah.  Sad.

    ——- Anyone know how to italicize sigs? Used to be able too…

  38. says:

    Buffalo, and the story is famous.

    They Call Me Shane

  39. secretdragonfly says:

    Rest in peace, Pat.

  40. Ayan_SB says:

    Rue Frontenac (Rejean Trembley):

    Pat Burns est décédé, et cette fois c’est vrai.

  41. Mattyleg says:

    Not sure about twins, but Ken Dryden played against his goalie brother once. Think he played for NYR.

    They even came out to centre ice to shake hands.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  42. Nahlsy says:

    Because down 3-0 his job is to stay on the ice and try to score some goals. Jeez guys, do some research on who you’re yammering about so you don’t look so foolish. Richards doesn’t run away from fights, for someone as undersized as he is, he plays a hell of a lot bigger than anyone the Habs have on their forward roster. Every single one of us would have him as our favourite forward if he was in a Habs uniform as well so get over it. He made some comments about PK that many others are also making lately and he moved on from it. It doesn’t change who he is or how he plays. The ridiculous whining and fiction coming out around here is getting dull.


    Richards averages about 4 or 5 fights a year, generally against the middleweights of the league, and usually against guys that have a size advantage on him. He had a great fight with Cooke earlier this year, others on his dance card include: Bieksa x2, McCabe, Booth, Dubinsky x3, Brouwer, Bieksa, Hinote, Girardi, Clarkson, Laich, Avery x2, Paetsch x2, Asham x2, Mara, Ovechkin, Drury, Exelby, Ednicott, Bouchard x2, Hollweg, Boyes, Green, Perry x2, Ott and a boat load of fights throughout his jr career as well. He’s only been in the league for a few years and considering he’s the captain, best defensive forward and top offensive center on his team, that’s not exactly a light load in the fight card. He’s not going toe to toe with Brashear or Laraque but, he’s not exactly running away and hiding from guys like Dubinsky, Avery or Asham either. I’m sure he and Subban will have their dance soon enough. Let’s just save it on the fairy tales in the mean time.

    As I said above, everyone here would jump at the chance to have him be our #1 center, don’t kid yourselves. This guy is a Bob Gainey clone to a TEE.


  43. LA Loyalist says:

    Does Martin do anything besides open the gate?



  44. punkster says:

    I always practice safe surfing.

  45. punkster says:

    One mistake, no. Repetitive bumbles, damn right.

  46. zak says:

    Weber will make one mistake and JM will bench him.

  47. LA Loyalist says:

    Guys I just realized (duh!) that if we had Carey Price and and Karri Ramos we’d have 2 C/K/arries and the crowd could yell “C/K/arry!” “C/Karry” and it wouldn’t matter and it wouldn’t matter if there was a goalie controversy.

    There is a pair of twins on my kids’ mite team named Fix, but they play out. Has there ever been goalie twins?

    Expiring minds want to know.

  48. secretdragonfly says:

    A little dab of Kaspersky will fix that.

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