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. DD says:

    …….and don’t forget that he has the foot speed of Harold Snepsts in his prime.

  2. Lazarus_taxa says:

    SOB is a guy that lacks discipline, work ethic and was traded out of Vancouver for those reasons… Why would we want someone like that on our team?  I’ve watched him chuck the puck over the glass and get stupid penalties more times than i can count.  Oh, but having fighters is the only criteria for being tough to play against….so lets trade our top offensive D prospect. 

  3. Hagar says:

    get the pp rolling consistently, and keep up the good 5 on 5 and pk

  4. Hagar says:

    No wait, sorry. Washington also lost to decent teams twice. I guess we might get a fight after all.

  5. DD says:

    Get BGL back on a red meat diet and toss the figure skates?

  6. Hobie Hansen says:

    What do you recommend the Habs do to address their needs and get tougher to play against in the process?

  7. DD says:

    Sit tight, because I’m sure Tony’s about to tell us that the game has passed by JM, PG and BG. It’s funny how these guys only come out to play when we lose.

  8. VancouverHab says:

    Do I discern that we night have lost an hockey encounter this past evening?

    Whining, bitching, moaning, and volumes of wonderful free advice which is worth every penny that is being paid for it.

    My favourites from the many hockey Ann Landers here?

    • JM is an idiot for playing this Carey Price guy last night.
    • The Pleks line had an off night so we (& that includes the pro writers) will blame …. Scott Gomez!
    • The team is cowering in growing fear right now because we will soon be playing the Big Bad Powerhouse known as …. the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Seriously! And credit to SF09 for recognising that the commenter actually meant it.)
    • And the winner is? “Sign Kevin Bieksa.” Groan.
  9. DD says:

    It totally agree, Ian. The chicken $#it will hide behind either Pronger or Powe, but it wouldn’t it be great to see PK paste him?


    BTW I’m glad you’re up and about Ian, and on the road to recovery.

  10. Hagar says:

    We’ve lost to bottom feeders 5 times & decent teams only twice after 19 games. Since bottom feeders don’t make the playoffs, our cup is pretty much guaranteed. Plan the parade.

  11. Hobie Hansen says:

     Oh and I’m not sure if anyone took notice of Shane O’Brien from the Nashville defense last night? He’s big, nasty and an UFA come July. Do you think the Habs could use him instead of a Picard or Weber considering we don’t have a heavyweight to stand up for our stars?


  12. Ian Cobb says:

    He would look even more foolish, getting slapped around by a rookie David

  13. DD says:

    The more I listen to Mike Richards, the more he reminds me of Bobby Clarke. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a talented hockey player and I’m glad he can suit up for Team Canada, but the attitude and the play of his Flyers is right out of the Fred Shero book of hockey.

    We only hope that Mr. Integrity has the cajoles to teach that young upstart PK a lesson, all by himself. Why don’t you try and teach him some manners, Mike, all by yourself.

    Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  14. 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.

  15. kempie says:

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

  16. 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. 

  17. Hagar says:

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. KenD29 says:

    Apparently they were close friends.


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  21. andrewberkshire says:

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

  22. 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. 

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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. 

  28. 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.

  29. Propwash says:

    R.I.P Pat Burns.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  30. 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?

  31. KenD29 says:

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


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  32. 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—

  33. Rugger says:

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

  34. dancevon says:

    Rest In Peace Pat Burns,

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


  35. 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.

  36. 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. 

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. andrewberkshire says:

    Or just use a mac and never get viruses.

  41. Ian Cobb says:

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

    Hall Of Fame please, now.!!!

  42. Storm Man says:

    RIP, Pat 

  43. 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:




  44. Ayan_SB says:

    Bob Mckenzie’s just confirmed it as well.

    RIP Pat Burns.

  45. Hagar says:

    Use a videogame system. Almost perectly virus-free.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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…

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