Audio: Halak is NHL’s 1st star of the week

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Jaro Halak | Brian Gionta | Hal Gill | Josh Gorges

Goalie Jaroslav Halak has been named the NHL’s first star of the week. Halak had back-to-back shutouts Friday in Philadelphia (35 saves) and Saturday in Montreal vs. Buffalo (29) saves to earn the honour. Second star? Former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu of the Anaheim Ducks; third star is Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

It is Halak’s second first-star selection this season.

Defenceman Jaroslav Spacek made today’s flight to Long Island, having missed the past two games with a virus. Spacek is back on practice ice in Brossard this morning. That doesn’t mean Spacek is sure to play tomorrow, with head coach Jacques Martin saying further evaluation will be made on game day.

The Habs can clinch a playoff berth tomorrow. One more Canadiens win and one more New York Rangers loss – the Rangers are in Buffalo on Tuesday – puts Montreal in the postseason. There’s more arithmetic at work; we’re putting it into our blender and will try to spell it all out.

Live Canadiens updates here via Twitter.

511 Comments

  1. matmacat says:

    Jaro 3rd star so far this season. Good for him! Guess who’s in first and second?

  2. SPATS says:

    He’s been our 1st start most of the year… We should still play him to win every game regardless, he’s a workhorse (as opposed to a thoroughbred) The more he plays the better he plays, and we need the mojo heading into the 2nd season – preferrably starting against Buffalo.

  3. Ronan G says:

    I don’t get the use of resentment + Carey Price. Everybody is whacked if they resent Carey Price. The kid has a .912 Save Pct. He’s been playing lights out, and has all the tools to be a bonafied star. The problem is the other goalie is winning games. It’s upto the city and the fans to stop booing the kid because his team has late game collapses. (To which I blame the coach, for his sit back and let them come at us strategy when we have a lead, it drives me nuts!! There is such a strategy as playing in the offensive zone with the lead but not aggressively) And if it weren’t for bad luck Carey Price wouldn’t have any luck whatsoever. So boo birds have shame, cause Carey Price hasn’t been the problem THIS season. YOU HAVE.

    CHEERS

     

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  4. Ronan G says:

    I don’t get the use of resentment + Carey Price. Everybody is whacked if they resent Carey Price. The kid has a .912 Save Pct. He’s been playing lights out, and has all the tools to be a bonafied star. The problem is the other goalie is winning games. It’s upto the city and the fans to stop booing the kid because his team has late game collapses. (To which I blame the coach, for his sit back and let them come at us strategy when we have a lead, it drives me nuts!! There is such a strategy as playing in the offensive zone with the lead but not aggressively) And if it weren’t for bad luck Carey Price wouldn’t have any luck whatsoever. So boo birds have shame, cause Carey Price hasn’t been the problem THIS season. YOU HAVE.

    CHEERS

     

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  5. joeybarrie says:

    Expectations too high in this city???? NEVER…  Its simple. you play well your loved. You have a bad game or two and its ship you out time. The players get used to this. Except Lats. Look at how terrible he is doing in Minni. I mean how did we even give him a chance.

    Soon it will be Pouliot is back to being useless, and we will be lucky to get a bag of pucks for him. Gainey is an idiot, Gauthier is an idiot, Pollack is an idiot… Lapierre had a good end of the season last year, and everyone around was saying Laps for captain. Now he is playing crappy, and nothing but he sucks send him away. He played well in his last 2 games, and soon enough it will be sign Laps for 5 million. Pleks same thing, last season he was useless, Gainey was a fool to give him 2.75 million. Now its sign him for 5 million plus… Lately not so hot, so not too much has been said.

    The second Price goes to another team (god forbid) and he does well, its same old thing. SAME PEOPLE saying why didn’t we keep a 5th overall draft pick. How stupid is Gauthier…

    I mean, there is no normal here. Look at what Lats said. Its FUN playing again. In Montreal its a business. Media on you, people on you, management on you. Unrealistic expectations have ALWAYS been the undoing of this city. Thats why it is so difficult to sign players. One day your a hero, the next day a overpriced dog that we kick.

    But hey, the seats are always full.

    By the way, when have you ever heard Gainey bash a player????????  Don’t stain his name with your stupidity.

    Gainey is class through and through…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  6. Mr.Hazard says:

    No mention of Saku getting second star!! lol

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  7. Daard says:

    Personally, I wouldn’t play Price again this season unless Jaro gets hurt. Ride Jaro’s winning ways for as long as we can, and when that bubble bursts, we look towards moving CP this summer or letting someone else sign him, and then we move on from there.

     

    I HIGHLY doubt the kid wants anything to do with this city after the season he’s been through, and as I’ve posted before, I think he’ll have a great career, just not here, that goose is cooked. But if we were selfish and kept him here, we’re going to totally ruin him, a la Alexandre Daigle.

    Nope, I say it’s time to cut the kid a break and cut him free.

  8. lenny says:

    lol-maybe he’s asking himself the ame thing…probably cant wait to get out of here and get back to BC

  9. lenny says:

    lol-maybe he’s asking himself the ame thing…probably cant wait to get out of here and get back to BC

  10. SLONCOLD says:

    well i guess we’ll how things shape up because i’m sure the habs want to finish as high as they can. i don’t think ron wilson will tell his players to go out and hurt jaro though.

    i really think jaro should play the last game beacuse he has been such a great stroy this year for the habs and i think the fans would like to see jaro finish off the season

  11. adam76 says:

    Price who?

  12. likehoy says:

    you’re as welcome as your first goalie controversy comment :P.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  13. matraque says:

    Jaro should not play in Toronto… They might just injure him.  After all, it’s toronto.

    Price play Saturday if the game is meaningless.

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  14. christophor says:

    I hope they do. keep that pick out of our division.

  15. lenny says:

    If Price is a Thorobred, what does that make Halak?….If Gainy was still GM he’d be doing his best to protect Price and Bash Halak’s performance over the weekend…If Halak was number 1 when the season started, we’d probablly have clinched the playoff spot weeks ago…..

    The resement for Price in this city falls on Gainy….He talked him up to the point where expectations were too high…He let him start games he never should have, and he sacrafised the possibility of making it past the 1st round last year by not playing Halak…Price will be a good goaltender, but I dont think he has a hope in hell in this city

  16. The Beer Guy says:

    LOL… No promisses. 

    You’re going to love my nuts!

  17. Chuck says:

    Is he Red Fisher?

    _____________________________________

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

  18. Fansincebirth says:

    That’s the way I’d play it.

    It’s not like Carey is incompetent…but sweet Jebus, if Carey’s in nets the rest or the freakin team had better show up for a change!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  19. Storm Man says:

    Keep Jaro in, play Price Saturday as the buds will crash the net all night I so want Price to snap and tee off on someone

  20. The Beer Guy says:

    Even if it’s to help clinch a playoff spot, it’s hard to cheer for Buffalo. The only thing harder is cheering for The Leaves. (Sorry my spell check won’t let me put an “S” on Leaf.) 

     

    You’re going to love my nuts!

  21. Storm Man says:

    Guess no one can ask him how his game is coming along

  22. SLONCOLD says:

    Jaro is tearing it up again:-) so if we win tomorrow night and clinch a playoffs spot, what do you guys think about playing carey in carolina and then halak at home against the buds?

  23. HugeHabsFan says:

    Welcome Beer Guy! 

    I’m more of a reader than a poster as well.  :o)

    ………..

    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  24. matraque says:

    That’s what i’m talking about!

    Good job Jaro.  The hard work is paying off.

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  25. Shublips says:

    The homestretch is upon us and the Habs as well as a ton of other teams, are still looking to clinch their spots.

    This will be a huge week for a lot of teams.

    Here’s what Habs Addict.com has to say about it:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/around-nhl-league-into-homestretch.html

  26. Say Ash says:

    Don’t worry, Timo. I’m sure we’ll learn whether or not Woods will focus on his game, give it 110% and take it one day at a time.

  27. Raster says:

     

    I really hope the leafs don’t pass the Florida teams. ..BTW first Time poster and also long-time reader.

    Cheers to all. This is the best site for Habs news and Habs banter. Keep up the good work!

    “Sing O’Canada when we play the leafs, It will give Burke and Wilson goose bumps and leaf fans can’t boo.”

  28. habsperspective says:

    Let’s clinch this tomorrow night will ya boys, beat those Islanders, and let Buffalo run the Rangers outta town, and seriously, lets not leave anything to chance for Saturday nights regular season closer against the bud’s!

  29. JD_ says:

    This is the first time we’ve discussed this and I have no inside information.

    Of course a lot of fans and media were angry with Roy after the Detroit game. But, as you note, a lot of fans and media – and I was in this camp – were also pissed at Tremblay. In any controversy, there’s always going to be two sides. I don’t put any weight of this fan or media dichotomy on the trade.

    When it comes to the Habs, fans and the media have opinions on everything. So much, so, one could be forgiven for suggesting the fans and media are factors in every single decision management makes.

    Let’s, however, call a spade a spade: This was always about Patrick v. Mario. I’d like to lay the blame on some third party, if only to take some of it off of Roy’s shoulders, but that would be dishonest on my part.

    Roy was halfway out the door at the beginning of the season. Savard had tried to move him and Roy knew. Bringing Tremblay in, whether it was Corey’s or Houle’s decision, was clearly designed to deal with the Roy question. They had a history of butting heads and Tremblay was viewed as perhaps one of the only guys who might wrest control of the dressing room away from Roy. The experiment was over before it started: Roy openly mocked Tremblay throughout his first practice.

    Roy told Tremblay he wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t dress for the Detroit game. Tremblay felt otherwise. Two grown men acting like spoiled children. The endgame was inevitable. Tremblay’s status was never in question and he knew it. His job was to tame Roy. Unfortunately, it blew up in his face when Roy forced Houle into the worst trade in Habs history.

    The fans and media were all peripheral, bystanders watching it unfold. Most importantly, the idea that Roy was run out of town by the fans – as the post that originated this dicussion asserted – is and remains totally absurd.

    I might add here that you entered this discussion by describing my contention as absurd before offering up a watered-down version of the original poster’s claim. Think I might take exception to that?

    As for the long-standing resentment over what happened, it continues. A lot of people have, however, gone on to forgive Roy for what went down, although not all. Of note, Red Fisher still hammers away at him. Unfortuately for Tremblay, not many, if any, have forgiven him for his part in the disaster. He remains persona non grata. Although I still seethe when I see him chewing his gum on TV, I actually kinda feel sorry for him. He was an honourable Habs warrior whose ill-advised decision to accept the head coach position has forever tainted his legacy.

    Although unhappy with his departure, I never personally blamed Roy for forcing Houle’s hand. I knew and respected what kind of competitor he was. Victory at all costs, I don’t care if you don’t like me. Still do. A man of such substance forced to toil for two utterly inept managers. It must have been unberable. I shelled out a wad to buy tickets for my son and I to attend his jersey retirement game. Very much worth it.

  30. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    alcohol + hab madness = fhf

  31. Chris says:

    I’m definitely happy for Koivu, although it’s a little sad to see that he won’t get a chance to shine in the playoffs.  Probably not the season finale that Selanne had in mind.

    Saku is good for 50 points per season to go along with his leadership and faceoff skills.  Not bad for a guy who is 35 years old with the physical history that he has had to endure.

    I see that the Ducks signed Peter Holland to an entry level deal.  During the draft last summer, I was surprised to see how down on Holland the scouts were.  After watching him really struggle to grab the reins of leadership on the Storm this season, I am no longer surprised.  He will be an interesting prospect…the skill set is there, but I do wonder now whether he’s got the drive and intensity needed to succeed in the NHL after watching him float through the 2009-10 OHL season.  He was nearly invisible in the Guelph-London series.

  32. Say Ash says:

    No kidding. Welcome aboard but “Things are starting to get interesting”? For insight like that I can turn to Pierre McGuire.

  33. BJ says:

    just as an aside: Saku Koivu in Anaheim so far this season:

    19 goals 30 assists (including 6 game winners. He was my favorite since TPS Turku days. Glad he’s doing well with his buddy Selanne.

  34. Fansincebirth says:

    Welcome aboard Beer Guy.

    This can be a zoo sometimes but it’s the only place to be for a true Habs fan!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  35. habsfan0 says:

    Welcome BG! Kindly refrain from drinking and posting at same time…

  36. Joe_Habs says:

    Welcome Beer Guy, i dont post much either, but playoffs bring out the poster in me! welcome and lets hope the habs pick up 6 points this week!

    http://www.habshangover.weebly.com <—My Blog, new post on playoff Match-ups

  37. Bash says:

    Your round Beer Guy!

     

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  38. N.B.habs fan says:

    Welcome beer guy,I have been a long time reader and do post some times.I stay out of trouble that way.

  39. fuhgawz says:

    how can we not welcome a guy with a sweet profile name. Welcome “The Beer Guy”

  40. The Beer Guy says:

    Thanks Dave!

     

    You’re going to love my nuts!

  41. Caper says:

    Welcome Beer guy.

  42. Dave Stubbs says:

    He’s telling the truth, folks. The Beer Guy IS a long-time reader. Please welcome him to the Inside/Out family. Without the usual adjectives!

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  43. The Beer Guy says:

    Long time reader, first time poster. Things are starting to get interesting

     

     

    Play every game as if it is your last one.

  44. Chris says:

    Sorry, all I can do is give you my opinion.  I sort of thought that was the point of these blogs, two people discussing their opinions.

    Look, I don’t think this is the first time we’ve discussed this.  And I believe the last time this came up, you revealed that you had some insider information that forms the basis of your opinion.  That’s great…but even with that knowledge, I don’t feel that you were privy to the entire decision making process around that trade, and because of that, I don’t feel you are giving enough due to the role of the fan anger over Patrick Roy quitting on the team.  15 years later, everything is rose petals.  But at the time, the fans and media were EXTREMELY polarized over what Roy did that night. 

    I believe, and I have not seen any credible reason not to, that that fan anger helped facilitate the Patrick Roy trade that the Habs had been trying to complete all through that season.  Trading the team’s only legitimate superstar, and a French-Canadian hero at that, was going to be a PR nightmare no matter when it was done.  That SOME (not all, or even close to all) of the Habs fans were disgusted with Patrick Roy for putting himself before the team is something that I believe played into the decision to trade Roy. 

    Perhaps I am naive, but I really don’t think so.  That fan anger played a role in the decision by Rejean Houle and the ownership to trade Roy is, as it always has been, my opinion.  Nothing more, nothing less.  No less credible than any other self-formed opinion on this website.  I have never pretended otherwise.

  45. andrewberkshire says:

    So Huet would have taught Price to win in the last 20 or so games of the regular season, and a max of 7 games in the post season as Huet proves once again that he can’t win when it matters? Montreal was 5th when Huet was traded, and moved up to 1st with Price and Halak. Both the goalies we have now are 100 times better than Huet has ever been.

  46. Say Ash says:

    Not for long….mwahahaha

  47. JD_ says:

    Give it a rest. You know me better than that.

    I read your post with open eyes and could drive a semi through it. Problem is, it’s such an over-the-top stretch, I’d feel like a fool for taking the bait.

    The fans had nothing to do with it. Heck, show me a credible source who observes otherwise.

  48. ManApart says:

    Usually your posts are well thought out and I rarely disagree with your perspective, but where in the world do you get the idea that Roy left Montreal because of the fans? It had nothing to do with it at all.

  49. avatar_58 says:

    That too yes. Although to be fair many Hamilton fans are NOT habs fans. Some people really don’t follow them beyond the AHL. That’s right leaf fans – cheer for Subban….mwahahaha

  50. JD_ says:

    It’s a myth perpetuated by folks who believe that anyone who leaves Montreal under controversial circumstances has, more often than not, been run out of town by the fans.

    Roy’s decision to leave Montreal had nothing to do with the fans and everything to do with a long-simmering feud with Tremblay, one that began long before his coaching days, which turned into a pissing match. Had nothing to do with the folks in the stands.

    It’s worth mentioning that Savard had tried to move Roy before he was fired. Roy had become a handful under Demers’ coddling tenure. Tremblay figured he could get Roy under control, and went overboard trying. Due to his relationship with his former agent, Avs GM Lacroix, Roy already had a good idea where he would end up.

  51. Chris says:

    Absolutely no point continuing the discussion when one or both sides have dug in their heels and refuse to listen to the other side.  And from your response, where you address absolutely none of my points, it is pretty clear that you haven’t any interest in listening to a counter-argument that you disagree with.

  52. Chris says:

    Wanting somebody to thrive in Montreal and expecting it are two very different things.  Sometimes the fit just isn’t right…them’s the breaks.

    I’m happy for Latendresse, and long thought he would be a good NHL player.  But it wasn’t going to happen in Montreal.  And Benoit Pouliot also appears to have needed the change of address to kick-start his NHL career.

    I was very happy for John LeClair as we saw flashes of a good NHL player.  But he was never going to become the dominant force that he became with the Flyers had he remained with the Habs.

    Mike Ribeiro needed a change of scenery and distance from his friends and family to get his head screwed on straight.

    If you want non-Montreal examples, I really doubt that Cam Neely becomes a Hall of Fame power forward if the trade to Boston after his third season was never made.  Neely was made for Boston’s rink and style of play. 

    Adam Oates was a good player on the path to greatness, but needed a trade out of Detroit to realize his potential, which I doubt very strongly he would have realized while playing third fiddle to Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman.

    There are other guys in the league that I think could benefit from a change of scenery.  Jordan Staal in Pittsburgh comes to mind immediately…playing third-line minutes behind two of the greatest players in the world is probably stifling his career potential.

    I don’t know whether Price will eventually do all the great things that people hope he can do.  And I don’t know if he can do those things in Montreal if he ever does them.  But my heart and brain both strongly think that it would be better for all involved (Price, first and foremost, but also the team and Jaroslav Halak) if he eventually gets a chance somewhere else.  Too much baggage here.

  53. B says:

    Too bad. They are a good team. Even Toronto’s AHL team can’t draw well. Like you said, there is just not much interest for the AHL in that neck of the woods. An NHL market, but not necessarily a hockey one? I don’t know how important attendance is or if they would consider moving if even a winning team can’t draw the AHL league average in Hamilton. It just seems disappointing.

  54. sholi2000.com says:

    lol, over weight, he was told to work on his muscle, and he did! 

    Some of you people are hilarious.

    They call me Shane

  55. Chris says:

    I find your belief that the fans had nothing to do with Roy’s departure as absurd as you find the belief that they did.  What can you do?  :)

  56. sholi2000.com says:

    Not to mention a Canadiens team in Leafville!

    They call me Shane

  57. homerbowen says:

    Bette choice of words please or you will upset Tom the laff butt kisser……..it’s”smaller” players as opposed to “midgets”, “tiny tots” or “smurfs”. thank you.

  58. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Amazing post Jordio-oh!

  59. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I am not sure on Adam’s intentions pointing to the lack of support, but he HAS NOT been given the support throughout his tenure in MTL. Only THIS year has the club stood by him. this is the third time in the past 4 years, the play of Halak has given the HABS a chance at the dance.

  60. Storm Man says:

    Not a myth

  61. avatar_58 says:

    Yes please. Or hell – win till the end!

  62. avatar_58 says:

    It’s the AHL. Not many people around here are interested in the bulldogs, but lot’s interested in the Leafs/Habs/etc. They also campaigned pretty good for Balsille.

    It’s just how it is.

  63. B says:

    The average is 4,407 (http://theahl.com/stats/schedule.php?view=attendance). This is supposed to be a big hockey market?

  64. ed lopaz says:

    traded huet away- fine; in hindsight – at the time Huet was doing very well.

    don’t forget that Huet has not exactly played for the most defensive minded teams since he left Montreal.

    but left price with no experienced back up, no mentor, no one to teach him how to win as an NHL goalie.

    that was the mistake.

     

  65. C-Dawg says:

    Nice try at the revisionist history, you may even want to believe it….but still doesn’t make it true. Roy was run out of town.

  66. JD_ says:

    Could we please put an end to this myth that the fans had anything at all to do with Roy’s departure? As for the media? The majority of them respected his Stanley Cup-winning ways, with the exception of Fisher, cause Roy wouldn’t give the ol’ curmudgeon the time of day.

    I honestly don’t even know where this absurdity started.

    I do, however, know that its inclusion in a post is a compelling reason to quit reading.

  67. ed lopaz says:

    saku always played BIG. his brother is freakin awesome and untouchable.

    I remember watching that NHL draft and hoping the Habs would pick Miko Koivu, because Saku was such a great Hab and Miko had great potential.

    The Wild picked before us in the draft and took Miko. selected 6th over all in 2001

    We took, 1 pick later, Mike Komisarek, 7th overall.

    Unbelievable!!

  68. andrewberkshire says:

    Even now you don’t see what the rush to trade Huet was? With how terrible he is, one such a massive contract? Come on.

  69. ed lopaz says:

    sorry to say buddy, but your avatar messed up the Price / Huet file big time.

    your comments are bang on.

     

  70. mbplekfan says:

    Another small forward for our arsenal????

    We have too many midgets already, we need a size large Koivu like the one in minnesota.

  71. Ronan G says:

    I just believe in reality versus being pretentious

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  72. Storm Man says:

    You need to watch film on the Detroit game did the fans adore him? as I recall the fans booooed him alot that season.

  73. Say Ash says:

    Yesterday, it rained in Vancouver. D*mn, you, Price!

  74. Habhopeful says:

    What do you call the puck that flipped over jaro and skipped alongside of the net just barely missing the net? Is that skill? Lol luck plays a huge part in everything in life especially sports, had that puck gone in…HIO would be singing a different tune right now so don’t say luck isn’t a part of sports

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  75. habs11s says:

    But not really much more than that, they are both really unproven to put up consistent stats year after year, so i think that a small contract, in terms of years, with a relatively small cap hit would be plausable

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  76. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Your right. A lot of variables would have to fall into place. But would Carey take less than or $850 000 again?And I am pretty sure after this season’s performance, Jaro is going to want to take 1 million or more. Well, we can say whatever we want. We are only fans. It’s Gauthier who will make the ultimate decision. Let’s hope it’s good for both our goaltenders, the fans and this franchise.

  77. ABHabsfan says:

    I think both of the goalies are looking at $2M + next year no matter where they are playing

  78. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Wouldn’t that be nice?

  79. habs11s says:

    It all comes down to cap, trades and forward talent pool in MTL and in HAM. If we can get away with people moving up from HAM, it could work out

    I know, alot of variables need to fall into place, but it is possible.

    Plus Price’s stock is really low, so you may be able to sign him relatively cheap for a few years (1 or 2 year contract)

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  80. adam76 says:

    I vote for 140 years.

  81. jbroderi says:

    chiarelli probably fooled JFJ that pogge is the better option, then traded rask to him for raycroft!!!   JFJ was a true goaltending scout!!!

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  82. Da Hema says:

    I very much enjoy and appreciate the decisions the Leaves have made over the last 40 years. The organisation has the virtue of consistency.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  83. fuhgawz says:

    is Tampa doing this ? if so managment there is beyond stupid.  Stamkos for 3 players DONE ! the kid is money.

  84. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes, but it would be nice if they stopped giving high picks and valuable players to one of our biggest rivals. Not that we can’t rely upon Boston to be incapable of building a real winner but it would be great if Toronto didn’t keep giving them so much help.

     

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

  85. Les Habitants says:

    sound good? 43 and counting…The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  86. linp says:

    Some posters keep criticizing our small forwards. I find heart and skill are more important than size. Size is nice to have. Just compare Gionta to Pouliot. Gionta is a much more valuable player. Sizewise, team Canada is much bigger than team America but Team America played us tough.

    The system is also important. An over 100 mph point shot is nice to have. But if you have a guy lineup in the shooting lane to deflect the puck, an average point shot will have a better chance to score.

    Rolling 4 balanced lines will keep our players fresh. A system with two good checking lines and two offensive lines is a good setup for success. Go HABS GO!

  87. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    he really does

  88. Da Hema says:

    True, but the last time the Bruins were in the draft position they will be in soon, they selected Joe Thornton (whom they traded away) and Sergei Samsonov (!). The team had a chance to build a Cup-quality team, and they didn’t. So let us hope history repeats itself.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  89. adam76 says:

    Wow – a fat joke.  How creative and clever of you!!!!!  Lets make fun of brian murrays lisp next.

    Grow up.

  90. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    What different people look like certain characters. Just because he looks like the stay puff marshmellow man from Ghostbusters doesn’t mean I’m immature, it just means I’m Creative.
    i’m sure other people have found that certain players look like cartoon characters…
    Hey adam i Also think that Pierre boivin look like a older version of Harry potter not as funny but they still look the same
    gonna insult me on this one ?
    How dare you make fun of Brian murry

  91. ed lopaz says:

    from RDS – blogs

    Pourquoi ne pas avoir chahuté Andreï Markov qui est rentré au banc alors qu’il ne restait qu’une minute au match et que le Canadien perdait par un but. J’ignore si vous avez vu la séquence, mais c’est pitoyable que le meilleur défenseur de l’équipe retourne au banc de façon nonchalante alors que le Tricolore dispute un match aussi important.

    translation: after canadiens loss to carolina, the fans could have booed markov who went back to the bench with 1 minute left in a game the habs trailed by 1 goal….its pitiful that the best defenceman on the team returned to the bench in a nonchalante way when the habs were playing such a critical game.

    he goes on to say that maybe the fans were justified in booing after that loss to carolina, but they should not have booed Price – maybe markov

    what we don’t realise is that 80 per cent (or more) of the local fans, support, viewership of RDS games, readers of french press, listeners to french TV – this is all coming from the FRANCOPHONE side of the picture.

    I think the real threat is that Markov might not make it (last through another contract) in this town – forget about Price for the moment.

     

     

  92. Say Ash says:

    OK, in fairness, let’s try to name Cup teams that were decidedly smaller than their opponents.

  93. avatar_58 says:

    Markov has been slipping a lot. I’m not sure what the deal is. I mean we do better with him no doubt – but he’s just not the same speedy “give em hell” defenseman that he used to be before the injuries. Maybe playoff time will put some juice in his step

  94. ed lopaz says:

    what will hurt us in the playoffs is our defence – how slow and not mobile they are.

    why?

    teams that can forecheck will work much harder in the playoffs; catch Hamrlik, Gill, Spacek, and OB, lay the body on hard.

    this is why having big forwards is so effective in the playoffs – something we don’t have – a physical forecheck from big forwards.

    by the 3rd period, our defence will be slower still = fatigued by the onslaught and the physical play.

    that’s how you beat us – catch our slow footed D-men with a hard forecheck and keep the pressure on.

    that’s my biggest concern in the playoffs – and one HUGE reason why PK will help us next year.

  95. showey47 says:

    I’m guessing this happened over last summer, there was no time line mentioned when i heard the story. If this is true,i can’t believe tampa management/owners pulled the same stunt they pulled on gainey when he tried to land vinny.

  96. ed lopaz says:

    2 possibilities in my opinion:

    1) still injured

    2) slowed by playing with OB – its tough for markov because he’s carrying OB as well.

    either way – how about the French Press?

    even Demers was asked on French hockey show Antichambre – which i watched – and Demers is a Senator in Ottawa (literally – not hockey Senator)  so he’s very diplomatic

    Demers was unable to answer why markov would take himself off the ice in that situation against carolina.

    there’s more to this story than we know, perhaps?

    French media still referring back to markov’s decision to miss games before the olympics and then suiting up for the russians.

    French media has ALL THE POWER in this town.

    Do NOT discount what they are capable of doing.

  97. jbroderi says:

    That is the best profile picture ever!!!

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  98. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    glass half empty kind of fans…

  99. fuhgawz says:

    I havent been a fan of Markov’s as of late his play hasnt been “great” but whatever he is LAIGHTYEARS better then Spach, MAB makes me wonder if Markov isnt  wondering a bit about this juggernaut of a kid we have coming up behind him named PK who i am sure will end up taking and stealing his thunder next season.  

  100. TomNickle says:

    And in fairness name Champions that were decidedly larger than their opponents.  Anaheim and New Jersey are the only Cup Champions from the last decade that had a significant physical edge over their opponents.

    Tampa was significantly smaller and less physical than Calgary.

    Colorado was the same with New Jersey.

     

  101. Chuck says:

    Section 105? We’re in the cheap seats this time around…blues, I think.

    We’re going to dinner before the game, but if we have time we’ll drop by Hurley’s before the game for a cold one (or two).

    _____________________________________

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

  102. jbroderi says:

    if you don’t find that funny because you are that uptight about fat jokes, then I feel sorry for you.  It actually looks like him, and it’s all in fun.  You can’t correct a lisp, but you can take a walk and lay off the french fries.

    I know that was mean, but it isn’t anything Sean Avery hasn’t said!!

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  103. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s just the thing, Montreal isn’t decidedly smaller than most other teams. We have several small forwards, but our team is average in height and above average in weight. Every team has some small forwards.

  104. avatar_58 says:

    Markov doesn’t seem the type to really give a rats anus about anything BUT playing. I don’t think the media could change his mood.

  105. fuhgawz says:

    i wanna stir the s*** Markov doesnt want to see Carey win .. Euro sticking with Euro all hail Jaro hahaha

  106. slamtherimtim says:

    he pretty much said he wouldnt mind having the C , but didnt get it , the fact that PK played the 2 games he was out , has put the writing on the wall

  107. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    thanks buddy
    1 free Photoshop pic for you ;)

  108. TomNickle says:

    WOW, jumping to conclusions much?

  109. andrewberkshire says:

    Or maybe, just maybe, Habs fans have gone so long without Markov that we turned him into a folk hero. Looking at his numbers this year, and our record with and without him, he’s been brilliant. What do people honestly expect? He’s a +13 in just half a season, which is a tie for his career high in the NHL. He has 30 points in 42 games, which is about his average over the last 4 seasons. Has he been struggling on the PP a bit of late? Yes, but who hasn’t?

  110. Say Ash says:

    That’s the best conspiracy I’ve read on this site all day.

  111. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed completely!!!

  112. fuhgawz says:

    totally agree with you showey they are making quite the name for themselves around the NHL if this is true.

  113. andrewberkshire says:

    No kidding… What an massive jump, he should be in the olympics.

  114. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    LOL! – Comment of the day!

  115. andrewberkshire says:

    Possible first round matchup starting on TSN right now. Boston vs Washington.

  116. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    I was Just doing a little bit of TSN.ca Habs Surfing and I came across something interesting. I was looking up Halak’s Stats of this year and Price’s Stats from 2007-08 and they are very similar. 
    @ 41 games Both had the same amount of wins, same amount of ties and same amount of Over time losses. Also they both had the same amount of Shut outs. The only difference, but not by much, was save percentage and Goals against. Now if we end up signing Halak I hope history doesn’t repeat itself.
    I’m Just presenting the facts (and a bit of insight)…

  117. SeriousFan09 says:

    Expectations of him have been ridiculous really, he came back from a tendon injury, which is bound to affect his skating ability. Markov is above all a skating defencemen and getting back to his best may take longer than any of us like, he may never get it all back. His outlet pass is still one of the best in the NHL and he has the on-ice vision to make things happen, or stop them from happening depending upon which end of the ice he’s in. He hasn’t produced points, but in his last two games he was quite solid defensively and he has mentored OB for months and made him a much better defencemen because of it.

    If you adjust his numbers for if he’d played the whole season, he’d be in the Top 5 for scoring amongst Defencemen, as per usual. He’s carried this team on his back for years, suggesting he’s wearing out his welcome is nuts.

     

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

  118. punkster says:

    Good points. And always remember that the media (all media) loves to stir the pot. If it wasn’t Markhov it would be Cammy (low production since his injury) or Gomez (not living up to his contract) or the water boy (not quick enough with the refills). Whatever.

  119. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed 436%. That’s a lot of agreeing.

  120. punkster says:

    One can only scratch one’s head at this comment. Or some other body parts.

  121. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I would be so delighted if the Capitals sweep the Bruins in the post-season. 

  122. andrewberkshire says:

    I’ve heard the water boy has associations with shady characters in the Hell’s Angels!

  123. habanero says:

    Hopefully you’re not suggesting by that ‘bit of insight’ that Halak shouldn’t be signed.

  124. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    In the 4 1/3 games since the Olympics, he has a 2.52 GAA and .924 SV%, with a 1-2-1 record. In those same 4 1/3 games, the team has scored 9 goals with him in net. I’m not sure I would say he is struggling at all.

    In fact, if you take away the one bad period against Anaheim (which I know is garbage, selective stat pulling. But just for the sake of argument), his stats would be 1.98 GAA, .940 SV% and still the 1-2-1 record. Wins are what count, and that’s why I’m glad we have Jaro in nets, but either way you look at the numbers, I’d hardly call that a struggle.

  125. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    And even more delighted if Tuukka Rask has another meltdown and starts throwing everything on the ice! Hehe.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yshV_P4qB8w

  126. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    i think i may have said it wrong
    I hope his future is not the same as price’s past (2 years)or the fan’s at the bell might boo away another goalie

  127. HABWARRIOR says:

    i betcha a kostytsin gets dealt in the summer……

    ……. ..  ..well……

    <<<….that’s what my crystal ball says…..

  128. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Halak should be our priority this offseason. 

    In my opinion, sign Halak first, then Plekanec.

    And then worry about signing Price. Not saying that Price is not important, but based on this year’s stats, Halak and Plekanec are our MVPs – so they are a must!

  129. habs4_25th says:

    Nice to see at 20 yrs he acheived what it took Halak to acheive at 24.  Good on Price!!,  I completely have Faith that Halak is the starter for now, and the wise thing to do would be to sign both goalies and see where Price is when he is 24 yrs old.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  130. HABWARRIOR says:

    markys been taking alot more gambles offensively lately,sometimes they pay off sometimes they don’t.

  131. Chorske says:

    Not I. I love it when the underdogs win. Force of habit.

  132. andrewberkshire says:

    I’d rather Boston give them some trouble, to weaken them for us.

  133. andrewberkshire says:

    Disagree Harditya, Pleks is a UFA, and we have no replacement for him, so he’s therefore the largest priority. If we get screwed over with either goalie, we’re still in a very good place as far as goaltending is concerned so they’re by definition, lower priority.

  134. Chorske says:

    This small thing is the most persistent myth about the Habs ever.

  135. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    i think yes about pleks but then getting rid of Hamrlik and Spacek should be number 2
    let the goalies wait till last… UFA’s first
    a lot of RFA’s never get sighned till the end (Dubinsky, Kessel) if they have issues with contract or have the right to arbitrate (zherdev) then you still have time to get rid of them if you do not come to terms

  136. HABWARRIOR says:

    I miss the magician, Matt D’agHoudini……i wonder if he’s been pulling off his magic dissapearing act in St.Louis…..

  137. skoalbandit33 says:

    anyone know what day the playoffs begin?

  138. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I am a huge fan of AK – and man he has enough talent to easily score 40-45 every year but he doesn’t show up on a consistent basis and is very lazy sometimes (shades of Kovalev). I think he would excel with an offensive-minded team like the Capitals and easily score 30 every year. 

    I really hope we don’t deal him this summer – but in the long run it might be better for our team if we get a consistent hard worker to replace him. We really need to stick with Sergei though. Can’t lose him – he has a much better vision than Andrei and is a smarter player overall. 

  139. Matt_in_TO says:

    04.14

     

    - Guy Boucher for head coach

  140. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oops, sorry Andrew – I thought Halak was a UFA as well. My mistake.

  141. andrewberkshire says:

    I know eh? My favourite is when Leaf’s fans go on about it, considering Cammalleri signed with us instead of a bigger offer from Toronto, and their star is Phil Kessel. I’ve met Kessel outside the Bell Centre, and if he’s 5’11, Plekanec is 6’4. Kessel and Cammalleri are the same size.

  142. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/
    For Future Reference
    and IF Halak was a UFA he would have been traded at the deadline (e.g., Huet)

  143. showey47 says:

    In a perfect world the thrashers would get into the playoffs and eliminate the devils in the first round. There is pretty much no chance of it being a first round match up but how funny would that be?

  144. pmaraw says:

    lol bruins just got a terrible video review against them, the puck clearly didnt pass the goal line plane by about a third of the puck, but because it was rolling you could see white ice under it.

    how do i get a job as a video reviewer dammit.

  145. showey47 says:

    anybody going to the game on saturday?

  146. Top Corner says:

    THEO stackin’ the pads….LMAO…what a save…ha ha ha…freeeeg

  147. Danno says:

    Go Caps Go!

     

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

  148. andrewberkshire says:

    Arbitration eligible RFA, so second worst thing!

  149. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Thanks I_SAY_FIGHT, and btw – funny avatar hehe.

  150. andrewberkshire says:

    Why don’t they just be honest and rename “Versus” the Washington Capitals network?

  151. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Thanks

  152. andrewberkshire says:

    I think poor Ilya would cry. Could you even imagine? That would be beyond awesome. Almost as awesome as it was last year when Hossa lost again.

  153. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I doubt that Halak would go into arbitration – but if he does, there’s no way we can sign Price. Unless we get rid of Hamrlik or Spacek (don’t see it happening).

  154. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    because Comcast Officially owns that title along with “the ovechcam”

  155. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Just like TSN doesn’t want to be honest and rename themself Toronto’s sports network.

  156. showey47 says:

    Don’t forget,its not halak we would be negotiating with. It’s his agent,mr. twitter.

  157. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Good news friends – “Plekanec negotiations moving nicely”

    And if you guys didn’t knew already, the salary cap is expected to rise to $57.7 million next season.

  158. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    i have a question, how would the KHL fit into all this (hypothetically) if they wanted halak and he wanted to go (once again hypothetically)?

  159. andrewberkshire says:

    Really? They have an ovechcam? I’m not a big fan of Ovechkin, but that’s awesome.

  160. slamtherimtim says:

    lol , i’ll be there in my MARKOV jersey

  161. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    they did 2 years ago… online

  162. avatar_58 says:

    Huh? PK just stepped in because our best D man was out – it was a “have at it kid!” type of thing. Not sure how this was against Markov.

  163. andrewberkshire says:

    Hypothetically it’s illegal for the KHL to negotiate with RFAs. Also Halak doesn’t want to play in Russia. He’s wanted to be an NHL goalie since he was a kid.

  164. andrewberkshire says:

    Almost every player who is able to do it, files for arbitration. It puts pressure on the organization not to lowball the pending RFA. Even Pleks filed last year remember.

  165. showey47 says:

    I think it would be very similar to the perezhogin situation where he could sign with a khl team but we would still own his nhl rights till he reaches ufa status. Not positvie though. Hopefully he isn’t lookng at it as an option.

  166. Da Hema says:

    D’AgHoudini. Well done!!

    How about, Matt D’Agappears?

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  167. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Hypothetically, what if arbitrations fall through? is it only open to NHL teams or are KHL teams eligible ?

  168. Chuck says:

    I’ll be there!

    _____________________________________

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

  169. Les Habitants says:

    boston scored with 1 second left in first period, tide at 1-1

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  170. showey47 says:

    I thought it was only illegal for the khl to negotiate with nhl players under contract. Like i said,i’m not sure.

  171. ed lopaz says:

    saw one complete game on the OVECHCAM.

    the camera follows him exclusively – whether he has the puck or not.

    ovechkin did NOT skate unless he had the puck – anyone else would never have been allowed to play like this.

    I think that game he had 3 points – 1 goal 2 assists.

    the guy is absolutley amazing – in a league of his own, really.

     

     

  172. ooder says:

    who do you think pulled out the shortest straw and had to shove the horseshoe up his ass?

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  173. joeybarrie says:

    Actually the Versus network is headquartered in Philly. They play a maximum 9 games from each team in their higher ratings market of Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Philly. Because of the high ratings in games such as Washington, Detroit and NYR, these seem to be the most games on the network. Caps-Pens rivalry is one of their biggest viewership. Again, each team can appear on Versus a maximum of 9 times. Comcast owns the network, and retains exclusivity during telecasts on their games. They paid alot for these games, and in turn they tried to charge the other cable networks a fortune. So they stopped playing Versus, mostly Directv.

    So in short you will see ALOT of Ovechkin, Crosby and the big teams from the Pitts-New York-Boston-Philly-Wash-Buffalo area.

    Suprising that we see so much Ovie on the network since they have been pretty much directly paying Bettman for coverage since 2004. And we all know Crosby is Bettmans boy…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  174. showey47 says:

    I think we are in sec.105. Are you going to hurleys for a pre-gamer?

  175. andrewberkshire says:

    If Montreal doesn’t match the money awarded to Halak after arbitration, Halak becomes an unrestricted free agent, able to go wherever he wants.

  176. andrewberkshire says:

    Technically as long as the player’s rights belong to an organization it’s illegal under IIHF rules to negotiate with that player. However the KHL doesn’t follow the rules.

  177. SeriousFan09 says:

    Those abritration awards can get pretty loopy, Nik Zherdev before bolting for the KHL was offered up 4 mil plus by arbritration and he never had more than 26 goals in a season. Let’s hope PG can hammer out a deal before it goes there.

     

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

  178. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    If Montreal doesn’t match the money awarded to Halak after arbitration, Halak becomes an unrestricted free agent, able to go wherever he wants.
    Continued….
    so according to HockeyBuzz Cap Central
    Halak is a RFA with Arbitrations – which means if they fail he’s a UFA
    Price is a RFA without Arbitrations – Is he stuck with the habs regardless of what they offer him? or can he go to Arbitration even though he’s not eligible ? nevermind i guess he can if pleks did

  179. ed lopaz says:

    “Markov is above all a skating defencemen and getting back to his best may take longer than any of us like, he may never get it all back.”

    I agree – now as PG – are you concerned enough to affect your signing him to the 4 or 5 year 7 million per season that he absolutely deserves??

     

  180. showey47 says:

    ok,thanks for clearing that up for me.

  181. Chorske says:

    I just want him to be miked. I’d bet that would be hilarious.

  182. nunacanadien says:

    Big difference and why this has been a Price killer in Montreal, Price lost those games at crucial periods in his career, when it counted most, Price let down the team.  So much so, Gainey cleared house.  This time around Halak posts the same results and Martin and Gauthier are taking credit for Gainey’s moves.  Its all in the timing as they say.  The only one running to the bank on this one, the Molson boys and Halak when it comes to negotiation time.  Price also if they decide to walk, and if Gauthier decides to let Price walk for nothing, like Gauthier has done with all the other great Montreal players.  It doesn’t cost nothing to lose a good player, except come playoff time when you wished you had signed them last year, which I think Gauthier and Gainey wish they had done with l’artiste at certain times of the year when we could use l’artiste’s ways, when l’artiste shines, late in the year.

  183. andrewberkshire says:

    Joey, it’s not so much the number of Washington games they choose to show, it’s the manner of commentary. They’re only excited when Washington makes a great play, anything else doesn’t have near the same enthusiasm. And when Ovechkin scores, the play-by-play guy wets his pants.

  184. andrewberkshire says:

    “I SWEA TAH GAH!!”

  185. andrewberkshire says:

    Price can’t go to arbitration. Plekanec qualified for arbitration last year. Price is coming off his rookie contract, so he basically has zero pull.

  186. andrewberkshire says:

    By that precedent, imagine what Latendresse thinks he’s getting!

  187. andrewberkshire says:

    No problemo!

    That’s basically why Detroit was really pissed about Jiri Hudler this offseason.

  188. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well if Versus is CSN, they’re likely using CSN Washington announcers for the games so you will get the ‘ol hometown bias.

     

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

  189. SeriousFan09 says:

    Will the Capitals score any non-reviewable goals tonight?

     

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

  190. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Do you have a link where I can read up on this stuff (for personal interest)

  191. nunacanadien says:

    I have to disagree, if we lose Halak, we have nothing to stop another repeat of last year, where we saw a struggling Price, and which by the way showed the real weaknesses of all of our best players last year in Koivu (small size) and L’Artiste (lack of effort all the time) and the others who were let go or allowed to walk.  If we lose Halak, we will see Gomez and Gionta struggle, and we’ll see Markov walk away in disgust at watching a hot and cold goalie like Price.  Keeping Halak is a priority if only to develop our young talented forwards and defense and allow our new goalie compliment to mature and improve.  Too bad we can’t send Price down for a few years to the Dogs.

  192. Danno says:

    T’was the Night Before Long Island

    We’ve got The Formula from the Rocket
    The Habs are energized like an electric socket
    From Markov, to Halak, to Cammalleri
    This team has depth, it’s downright scary

    Tomorrow night we play the Isles
    And after we win, there will be miles,
    And miles and miles of happy smiles
    On all the Habs fans faces, for quite a while

    Then it’s on to play those Hurricanes
    To clinch the playoffs and pop the Champagne
    Thanks to a great team and their fans with pride
    For hanging tough on this rollercoaster ride

    Then it’s on to roast the Leafs
    We’ll play them so hard, they’ll eat their briefs
    Some would call it a meaningless game.
    But it’s sweeter than sweet to put them to shame

    Then it’s showtime at the big dance
    We have no fear, not a chance
    We’re peaking on time, we’re playing our best
    We’ll crush those Buffalo Sabres, also known as B.S.

    We’ve got The Formula from the Rocket
    The Habs are energized like an electric socket
    From Markov, to Halak, to Cammalleri
    This team has depth, it’s downright scary

     

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

  193. andrewberkshire says:

    http://www.nhlscap.com/ is the best site that I know of.

  194. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    awesome thanks !!!

  195. Bill J says:

    One thing though, and it was not mentioned.  In fact you allude to him having Zero pull.

    He STILL is a RFA – and while he does not qualify for Arbitration, I doubt an Arbitrator would favor Price with the season he just had.

    However do not fool yourself into thinking he has no pull. 

    He does NOT have to accept the Montreal offer, not immediately anyways.

    MANY teams would love Price and are waiting to see what happens, Eklund mentioned NJ, and despite his lame brained Rumors.  It makes perfect sense, Price learns in Brodeur’s last few years.  And NJ wins 5-10 Cups in the next 20. 

    He CAN be offered a contract from another team, a contract that Montreal can match, but you see if that offer is 4 Million $ ? That is likely more then Halak would get with an arbitrator…. You get my meaning here ?

    Halak is a RFA – Habs will get picks based on his salary if signed elsewhere, and if he wants to stay in Montreal can go to Arbitration if Montreal low balls him in their contract offer. 

     

    So lets put ourselves (for the sake of this analogy) in their respective shoes.  This analogy applies to either goalie

    You wait and see 1) Does Montreal trade the other guy ? Yes = more likely to stay in Montreal, No = more likely to listen to offer sheets. 2) Do they make me an offer I simply can not refuse, an offer that clearly paints Me as the #1 regardless of the other guy staying on.

    I hope this summer is easy and smooth, but I fear it will be tense.  And at the end, EVEN if both are still here.  Some people here will be mad.  :(

  196. Danno says:

    Boston gets a loser point. Washington wins 3-2 in O/T

     

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

  197. Sambaguio says:

    Halak is the real thing! Roy singlehandedly did it so can Halak! Cup 25! I believe!

    ———————————————–

    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  198. Nina76 says:

    Oh wonderful!!!!!!!!! LET’S GET ON MARKOV>>>> WHO FOR THE LOVE OF PETE WILL BE NEXT> IF SOME OF YOU PEOPLE WHO POST ON HERE DO NOT LIKE THE HABS & ALL YOU CAN DO IS BASH THE PLAYERS YOU ARE NOT A TRUE HABS FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU ARE IDIOTS>>GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  199. ed lopaz says:

    NINA76 – you do understand that this is copied from the RDS web site. Can you read?

  200. nunacanadien says:

    Where are all those fans who used Markov as an excuse for Price’s struggle in the past?  Now that Markov is back, where is the excuse now for Price still struggling?

  201. MontrealAtheist says:

    They say that goalies generally get better as they get older, thus all other things being equal Halak would always have the edge over Price as far as age advantage goes (at least for another 10-15 years or so since Halak is far from reaching his prime).

  202. habs11s says:

    Toronto need to stop trading talent to teams withint the divison i.e. Rask and 1st round draft pick in 2010 (Hall or Seguin) and 1st round draft pick in 2011. 

    I cant believe they picked Pogge over Rask, I know you cant predict the future, but jeez they drop the ball on that one

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  203. Say Ash says:

    Toronto needs to maintain the status-quo for the next 40 years as far as I’m concerned.

  204. showey47 says:

    heard on xm today that apparently sather said the rangers and bolts had a hand shake deal in place which would have seen stamkos go to the rangers for any 3 players that sather had on a list of players he would make available. But because of the 2 owners were at odds,the deal fell through and then the rangers players names were leaked out. And of course the tampa side denies any of this happening. Where have we heard this story before?

  205. habs11s says:

    I fully agree but trade them to the west like Stempniak, Steen, Stajan, Hagman, Blake…. 

    FYI Stempniak is lighting it up in PHO with 13g and 3a in 15 gms

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  206. bettan says:
    I will
    bookmark and continue reading your blog in the future! Thanks alot for the
    informative post!
  207. jbroderi says:
    I_SAY_FIGHT's picture

    its “stay puff” boudreau

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  208. ed lopaz says:

    guys – there is no argument here – we are ALL HABS FANS – or we would not be on HIO.

    some fans prefer halak, and some fans prefer price.

    that’s totally fine and totally normal.

    you don’t need to hate one guy in order to be a fan of the other guy.

    we all want the habs to win.

    at this moment in time – the habs are winning and halak is in net.

    maybe that will change in the future, maybe it won’t.

    but as long as the habs keep winning- life is good – so let’s enjoy it while it lasts.!!!

  209. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the vast majority of Habs Fans understand this Mrs Price …the unique difficulty is Jaro Halak is a good One too …under today’s cap-system and the need to bring in more size and skill at forward and defense, it will be a difficult call to keep both

    …difficult for the Fans too …those Whom see Jaro performing and saving Our bacon now …and those Who see the charisma and future potential of Carey

    …be patient Mrs. Price, the Playoffs should add a lot of realistic substance to the argument

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  210. avatar_58 says:

    Just let it go really. :( I like Price too but I see the writing on the wall. I hope I’m wrong and we keep both guys but I see Jaro as our man for 2010-2011. Trading him would be stupid…..but then what of Carey? Is there enough money?

  211. matraque says:

    Classic.

    Ryan Miller:

    http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=45065

    At least 3 seasons in the AHL.

    Martin Brodeur:

    http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=45065

    1 AHL season as backup (i think)

    2 NHL season as backup (seems about right)

    …You can makes stats say what you want………………….

    So what if Carey Price plays backup next season?  What’s the big deal?

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  212. HABWARRIOR says:

    Nice pic,ya look like sheldon souray.

  213. Mrs.Price31 says:

    “He has had some bad games, but one must remember that nobody at his age has more wins.  His 60 wins are more than Martin Brodeur, currently the standard of elite goaltending, had at the same age.  By the time Brodeur was 23, he had 48 wins.  In the season of Brodeur’s 22nd year,  the numbers are startlingly similar, other than the Wins and Losses.  In 40 games, Brodeur was 19-11-6, with a 2.44 GAA, and a .902 save %.  Price after 40 games, is 13-19-5, with a GAA of 2.79, and a save % of .912.  Take into account that Brodeur faced almost 10 shots less per game, in the era of the trap, and Price matches up.  Who doesn’t is his team.  The Habs have not given their young goalie the support he needs.  The Habs score an abysmal 2.4 goals a game for Price, compared to 2.97 when Halak is in goal.

    Here’s something else to consider.  Price at the age of 22, has 60 wins.  Ryan Miller, arguably the best goalie in the NHL this season, had the same amount of wins at the age of 22 as Price does.  Wait, a second, scratch that.  Remove the zero.  That’s right, Ryan Miller had 6 wins at the age of 22. Scotty Bowman, perhaps the greatest coach of all time said it best after Montreal’s loss to the Sabres, despite Price’s stellar performance.  What did Scotty say?      “Don’t trade Carey Price.”  Some words of wisdom, for general manager Pierre Gauthier when he decides what to do about his goaltending situation this summer.” -Chris Jenner

    For more of this article go on: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/369357-carey-price-scapegoat-for-a-soft-team

  214. habs11s says:

    Resolution: Sign both and go from there

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  215. Mrs.Price31 says:

    AHAHA! That would be funny

  216. matraque says:

    Why is that funny?  It’s more… hmm stupid.

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  217. habs11s says:

    Wouldnt it be funny if Halak falls apart in the second round, leading MTL to go with Price, and Price returns to form while Halak becomes inconsistent

     

    I mean it would suck to get bounced from the playoffs, but overall it would be hilarious

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  218. naweed235 says:

    whats wrong with u?

  219. badbalance says:

    Well I hope Price learned a great deal from the playoffs so far. Perhaps won’t make the same mistakes, more important though, lets hope the team can score in general. From what i remember, we hit like 6 posts that series+ we couldn’t beat Biron for our lives that series… I mean, we did outplay the Flyers, they had no business taking taht series in 5 games…

  220. Da Hema says:

    Wow! You are an angry little person, aren’t you?

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  221. Chorske says:

    Well, it wouldn’t be funny ha ha, at any rate

    What an odd post

  222. andrewberkshire says:

    Why even bother bringing something like that up? Just to stir *** up? Halak is the man going into the playoffs, I highly doubt he’ll fall apart.

  223. jbroderi says:

    maybe there is irony in that, but very little comedy.  If Halak wasn’t playing stellar, I think Price could easliy handle the reigns, but with Halak this hot, you gotta go with him.  I still think price could be huge if he needed to be, and halak will be.

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  224. ManApart says:

    What is this team, about .500 since they had a full roster? and Halak is the one who got most of those points. All this speculation is nothing but that. The team has missed just 1 top guy for a lot of the time, and have had a healthy roster otherwise. All full roster minus 1 guy is still basically a full roster. The team you have seen the last 10 is the real team. Where they sit now, is basically a faif place for them. Middle of the pack. To think thay are better than that is a dream.

  225. Mrs.Price31 says:

    How does this have to do with anything?

  226. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Great Post

  227. Cam_1 says:

    I am sick of everyone saying wins is the only stat that matters and Carey is not getting the wins. He certainly played well enough to get the wins. His last two starts he deserved a better fate. You can’t always expect your goalie to pitch shutouts. I just feel that Price has been getting a raw deal lately from some fans….especially biend announced 3rd star of the game in your home building and getting jeered. What is that all about ? Classy successful organization with a rich history. I would expect some class from the fans. He should have got a standing O that day he was announced as a star.

    Now I am not gonna play the Halak fan vs Price fan here. I am only talking about Price more because there has been no justice for him. There is no doubt Halak has played better this year and has earned the number one spot. I give him praise. I think he is on fire and we should ride him to the end. He gives us the best chance to win. He should be rewarded and recoginized for his strong play. He has been rewarded with more starts and taking over as the number one goalie, No argument.

     

    But Price should be recognized when he has a strong perfomance as well. Win or lose. A goalie can only do so much. I know it is probably a small percentage of fans who have shit on him the last couple games when he deserved more props. Maybe about 10 % boooed at the Bell centre that night I don’t know. As for those 10% you embarrassed the rest of us Hab fans. Both goalies need our support. You would think a city would support a goalie who has been trying real hard lately and can not be faulted for any of the Teams losses. In most cities even if the Goalie deserved to be booed his own fans probably would not boo him. ..but to un-justicely get boooed at home when you had a stellar game…I don’t know..I would not even expect that to happen at the Bell Centre …but it did.

     

    Some people on hear are saying Price need to mature…look in the mirror. When he got booed he said there is nothing he can do about it and it is out of his control. That is pretty mature if you asked me. Those are shitting on him for his last few starts….now that is real mature.

     

    Like I said Halak is the man…….. I cheer for the team…cheer for Halak…and cheer for Price when is in nets. Some fans have really embarrassed the rest of us Hab fans. Even CBC said saturday night the Habs average half a goal less per game when Carey played. They said he has been playing real well …just for some reason the Habs can’t seem to score when he plays nets.

     

    Now Halak got two shutouts in a row…we had no business winning that game in Philly….Halak won that game for us no doubt. Two shutouts in a row…he is the man…incredible…I am extremely pround of Halak. Hail-ak :)

     

    Bottom line is support the team….support boith goalies….and for heaven sake don’t boo your own team…and even worse single one player out and boo them…in a game where they had no faults.

     

    Any way ……peace out……Go Habs Go !!!!

  228. Gormdog says:

    Ok guys, so who do we keep? Theodore, Huet, Aebisher, Hackett, Moog, or Thibault?

  229. habs4_25th says:

    lol…. but a very true statement have we had a goalie last more than 3-4years since Roy played here?

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  230. aemarchand11 says:

    Halak is undisputed #1 this season. Hes winning, carey is playing well but he isnt winning. I say sign both in the off season. Price cant demand much and is RFA, Jaro is also an RFA but will command a little more money. Play both next season, at the trade deadline or draft make a judgment call Gauthier. Make it count.

    Cant Deny Halak’s Talent, but also Can’t deny Price’s Potential. It’s a good problem.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  231. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ah, nothing like reminiscing about our last 6 No. 1 goalies.

     

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

  232. Gormdog says:

    You can boo the team (if you think they are not trying hard enough) and you can boo individual players (if, once again, you think they are taking shifts off or hiding from the media by dogsledding while recovering a sore back), but you don’t boo a third star of a game on home ice.

     

    Sometimes i wonder if it was just a manifestation of the fans being frustrated that Price started instead of Halak… But then i think that if they had such a mental capacity to make said connection, the booing fans would have stopped to think what they were really doing.

  233. coachdoug says:

    Really glad to see Halak get some respect…Rodney Dangerfield no longer…

    How about one of our freaking forwards being number one star of the week instead of missing in action during some big games this year…

    “Power to the Turtleneck!”

  234. Cam_1 says:

    From that list ? Theodore the Tugboat :)   lol

  235. coachdoug says:

    Pretty funny Cherry Clip from Bloge Salming:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO7muPOjhEo&feature=player_embedded

    “Power to the Turtleneck!”

  236. dufour says:

    Moog all the way… there was somethin about that mask that I just really liked

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  237. 21BIGGionta says:

    Whats wrong with signing both? i was listening to the team 990 the other day and a caller said sign both over the summer and see who reacts better after this year then make the decision on who to keep..im with that decision!

     

    “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante

  238. Bugs says:

    This post brought to you by,

    Hallmark, where everybody is always happy.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  239. Bugs says:

    I’m also for keeping them both because I don’t want to lose either.

    I’ll let that redundancy seep in for a bit before elaboratin on the matter.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  240. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Jaro Halak number one N.H.L. GOALIE….yes! The next 10 years with Halak are going to be AWSOME !!!And Price will be a good goaltender out west next year…he’ll be fine …….

  241. fuhgawz says:

    even tho we have all moved past it now and Jaro played amazing and won us a couple games against teams we needed to beat i still wish someone would have the balls to ask JM during question period why it is he didnt back up his goalie after being booed by the fans instead of letting him off with a “they are entitled to their opinion” remark.  Can someone please ask this man if he has ANY of the players backs at all or if the fans want to burry them would he like to help shovel? I am still sickened by his lack of support when that happened. 

    anyway ….. Great couple games on the weekend wasnt pleased with the sitting back 3rd periods we seem to like to play ANOTHER JM ISSUE.

  242. fuhgawz says:

    Philly is already in good hands — SJ of the East complete joke of a franchise year in year out.

  243. avatar_58 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Unea7ARXB8&feature=related

     

    Hahahaha this video put tears in my eyes…….so terrible. ‘AAAALAAAAAK ‘AAAALAAAAK CEST UNE NOMBER ONEE

  244. avatar_58 says:

    Oh man…don’t remind me of Aebisher. I had such a hate on for him

  245. lavie says:

    Goalies are precious in the market especially the top goalies. So there is no reason for PG NOT signing both our goalies.

    (Gomez + Price package should be attractive to some teams)

  246. lenny says:

    like most fans, he’s probably sick of price making excuses for his poor play..ie bad luck, bad bounces, yadayada….

  247. lemess says:

    Jablonski

  248. matraque says:

    Let’s keep both.

    No 1 – Halak, more money

    Backup – Carey Price, less money then Halak.

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  249. fuhgawz says:

    Ya Carey is full of excuses after he loses …. rolls eyes …… come on man really

  250. Joe_Habs says:

    If San Jose is a joke franchise I wish we were a joke too. Sure they choke year in and year out, but San Jose is a top Franchise, they treat their fans well by putting a very talented team on the ice year after year. The players choking on the ice come playoffs time cant be blamed on the Head Office.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    http://www.habshangover.weebly.com <—My Blog, new post on Mike Cammalleri! Feel free to comment, I’d love to know what you think!

  251. Chorske says:

    I didn’t see any sitting back against Buffalo.

  252. avatar_58 says:

    Price has to make less money otherwise it’s an insult to Halak. He’s earned the job so why should the supposed backup make more? Age shouldn’t have much to do with it.

    I wouldn’t give either too much yet though – we need to be sure one of the two can handle a #1’s workload.

  253. Cam_1 says:

    Say Ash !!! The Habs simply don’t score when  you are in nets …chin up Say Ash…its not your fault the team in front of you can’t score !

  254. habs001 says:

    if we have great goaltending in the playoffs but still loose games 2-1 ,3-2  than one of the goalies will be traded as our goal scoring ability will not increase by anything major next year based on who will be returning and who may make the team from the minors next year…our top forwards are still mostly 60 point performers…ak46 sk74 could be the key if they can show that they are more than 35-50 point producers…puoliot has only shown solid performance for 30 games in his career so we do not know if that was just a hot streak that we have seen many players have but revert back to what they have been prior…

  255. lenny says:

    i think Halak deserves to start next year, , hasnt halak done enough

  256. Say Ash says:

    You’re “sick of everyone saying wins is the only stat that matters”? Don’t go into business.

  257. Chorske says:

    This is me, rolling MY eyes.

    Quote me ONE excuse post loss by Carey where he points the finger at his teammates. If you can find one, from a verifiable source (and not just the drunken munchkins in your head, or lame-o “unnamed sources in the dressing room”), I will change my avatar for one week in your honor.

    By the way- I think he would be perfectly justified in saying that his teammates let him down. But I don’t think he has. Prove me wrong. Otherwise, you are full of it.

  258. Say Ash says:

    Hey, Philly has had more goalies than that this year alone!

  259. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Ithink an attractive package that makes cap space is Price ,AK and Spacek for some size….Artukin is a must next season,I would like Boogarde as well…

  260. fuhgawz says:

    i agree with the keep both idea !!

    1) Jaro has been amazing this year see if he keeps it up going forward and next year.

    2) They push eachother

    3) To early to give up on Carey

    4) Why not have 2 amazing goalies and be happy with it some teams dont have any and keep siging trash to boot

    5) I say let them keep fighting for the top spot if it pushes Jaro to be better and want to outdo Carey then great if it pushes Carey to reach and exceed his billited potential then great.

    NO HARM KEEPING BOTH !! Unless we can get a Toews type player back ride these guys to a cup.

  261. lenny says:

    I cant believe people here are still saying to play both next year and then decide who is #1…I think Halak’s play this year ios enough to give him the #1 title next year…what else does he have to do, get a hat trick while posting another shutout. As for Price, the thoroughbred with great pedigree (GAINY’S WORDS) this aint the Belmont or the preakness so as far as I’m concern sign him showcase him next year then get rid of him…otherwise this throughbred maybe shipped off to a glue factory

  262. avatar_58 says:

    It’s funny you should mention that – 2 wins with Spacek out. Let’s see what happens now that he’s coming back

  263. jbroderi says:

    I agree with the theory of keeping them both, but they both only want to stay if they are the number one guy.  Jaro already expressed frustration with not being given the rigns when clearly he should have been.  Price is working hard and is actually playing quite well.  Halak knows that if they both sign, it will be the same back and forth thing next year, so he might demand a trade.

    In theory, both is good for another year or two, but both of these guys want to be a number one, and as long as they are both on the same team, you’ll have a 1a and 1b!!

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  264. habs_agardiner says:

    easy week. All win should be easy and with some momemtum going into the playoffs I say we might make it past the first round. !

  265. fuhgawz says:

    Chorske you dork i was rolling my eyes at lenny for saying that …. i KNOW Carey hasnt singled out any players

  266. Say Ash says:

    Scoring and passing, too. RESPECT!

  267. jbroderi says:

    tampa bay is a joke franchise, cup or not a few years ago.  Now they are primed for anohter top 5 pick.  what a joke they are.

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  268. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Cammy should rub Halaks buzzed head, get some luck, cuz we need cammy to score some goals!!!!

  269. jimmy shaker says:

    SPOT ON with MAB……he’ll be the difference maker along with Metro and his hyperbaric oxygen chamber going forward in the playoffs.

    Shaker

  270. avatar_58 says:

    You know damn well they won’t be easy wins

  271. Chorske says:

    LOL, yes, I just realized that and tried to edit my post but ya beat me to it.

    I should change my avatar in your honor to atone for my hairtrigger temper. Soz, buddy. In my defense, the inlaws have been staying with us for the weekend, and I am on the friggin WARPATH.

    I get what you meant and I agree 100%. Also think we should keep both but the odds of that are 3720 to one.

  272. fuhgawz says:

    Cammy since his return hasnt been great and his paaing is to say the least worse then MAB’s

  273. Say Ash says:

    Time to re-gel again?

  274. lavie says:

    With the perfect MAB-Halak performance, we’ve got 2 shotouts. lol.

  275. Chorske says:

    You’re the guy who says “shutout”, aren’t you? ;)

  276. joeybarrie says:

    To try to stear us away from Price / Halak. Here is an interesting fact. Since February our team is 14-7-2. If we had that consistency all season we would have 102 points, and be 2nd in the East. We could end the season with 107 points. We would have about 232 goals for and 202 goals against. I think our injuries have clearly had a huge effect on this team. I think next season will be really, really interesting.

    I think Gainey and Gauthier have done well, and put in ALOT of good peices. We have shown that the key to our success is the 3rd and 4th lines. Our defense is lacking a bit, but then again, Hamr, Gill and Spacek have all put up ice time numbers that is detrimental to their game. Dont believe it?…  OK how about this. With Markov in the lineup we are 119 gf and 106 ga. Without 90 gf and 104 ga. With +13 without -14

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  277. habs001 says:

    when only 6 teams have scored fewer goals than the habs …every game is basically decided by one goal no matter how low in the standings a team is…

  278. jimmy shaker says:

    Fiset, or Fichaud!

    Shaker

  279. andrewberkshire says:

    Did anyone else laugh when Halak said the team played great against Phili? I know he’s humble, but come on!!

  280. lavie says:

    Cammi, Pouliot, Gionta, Gomez, AK, SK,… if players show up one by one, we will see great wins ahead.

  281. Kooch7800 says:

    I concur.  The way the Laffs and Canes are playing we will have to be good.

    We will need to get Cammy back playing well and out Powerplay which has been TERRIBLE lately if we want some wins

  282. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    he’s a sniper, that’s why we got him. I really couldn’t care less about his passing. GOALS BABY GOALS!!!!

  283. fuhgawz says:

    lol no problem i feel for you i was ACTUALLY happy to come back to work today had the same thing going on at my place. The first 3-5 hours is fine but when it hit hour 36 i was starting to act like Peter Griffen and was saying anything to get them to leave.

  284. Kooch7800 says:

    Unfortunately, Injuries are something that always happens.  This year was excessive so  I agree next year will be interesting.  I still think we need a big top six forward who can score

  285. habs001 says:

    the way our team is made up i dont think it would be a shock if we win 4 in a row in the playoffs 2-1 or loose 4 in a row 2-1…you cannot keep winning by scoring 1-2 goals a game…it will catch up

  286. fuhgawz says:

    well i hope he starts shooting again cause the man is giving the puck away mor in one shift then Kovy used to in an entire game.

  287. JD_ says:

    I didn’t laugh, AB.

    All I could think about was how much I wanted to pun…

  288. andrewberkshire says:

    Har har!!!

    But who did you want to punch most?

  289. JD_ says:

    Bobby Clobber.

    Goes back quite a number of years.

  290. Say Ash says:

    Captain Obvious agrees. Since our last two games we are 2-0-0. If we had that kind of consistancy all season, we’d be first in the leaugue with 158 points, with 316 goals for and 0 against. Injuries clearly have an effect on every team. Last year, we lost our top scorer on three separate occasions, making this year the really interesting one. Oh, and if your key to success is your third and fourth lines, you are not successful.

    Damn you, Umberger!

  291. DMAN says:

    Congrats to Halak on the honour.  Remember 3-4 seasons ago, Carbo’s first year, when Halak almost saved the Canadiens season when Huet went down.  My complaint in that horrible loss to Toronto was that Carbo did not start Halak. I believe with the offense we got in that game that Halak would have won it, we would have made the playoffs and Halak would have been the unquestioned number one the next season.  Price would have had a year in the minors which would change everything that we see right now. My hindsight is awesome!

  292. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Gionta’s productivity has increased, I’m satisfied with his performance because it’s dependant on gomez who’s not really there, since his shot in the mouth. Same goes for Pouliot, the dump and chase technique that gomez is trying out isn’t working for him(pouliot). AK, once he gets a couple of more goals and he becomes more comfortable with his knee, he’ll be fine. I’m allright with SK, He’s performing like a third liner.

  293. matraque says:

    Thats what i like about Halak.

    When they win, it’s all about the team.  No matter if he stole the game or not

    When they lose, it’s his fault.  He will say he didn’t play well.

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  294. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    ya but he doesn’t float like Kovy, he skates and hustles

  295. Duracell3 says:

    Looking at cap space, there is really no way we can keep both. Jaro has played his way to being able to get a huge raise, and Carey will not take less than what he is already making. Unless of course you move Gomez or Hamirlik,  but there is no-one in the leauge who would take those contracts by themselves. I like having 2 great goalies, but I’d rather have 1 great goalie and a good $750,000 backup, and be able to sign Plekanec. A decision is going to have to be made, one of them is going to have to go. My guess is that management keeps Price, if they don’t, then I would suspect that as a very likely possibility of why Gainey stepped away.

  296. Storm Man says:

    Did Gretzky win the lotto??? he would just be a face guy

  297. matraque says:

    31 pts in 57 games… Pfff… I mean he’s useless.

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  298. pablojinko says:

    How many times a big part of Habs fans have said this in the past… And what has been the result?

    If I’m PG, and I’m aware that goaltending is not the problem of this team (in opposition to a lot of people) then I would throw in Halak first to test the summer’s market… At this moment the return could be huge, taking notice of the big number of teams with goalie issues… The thing is Halak still has a loooooooot to prove, starting with the playoffs, so I’d put the champagne and the predictions on hold, let’s enjoy the present first…

    In any case Halak deserved completely this award, his past week was simply ridiculous!! Nothing seems to go bad for this kid, and that’s a perfect timing for the team. I just hoped we’re not watching the peak of his game, but he has been the story of the season by far…

  299. Da Hema says:

    Is a record of 82-0-0-0 unrealistic?

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  300. longtimehabsfan says:

    Jaro baby! JAROOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How do you not find a way to re-sign this guy?!

  301. Storm Man says:

    Im glad your not the GM.

  302. SeriousFan09 says:

    Here’s some news for your Monday.

    - Mike Richards and Ryan Miller are in rather than Crosby as finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, while admittedly not a giant Crosby fan nor do I think his leadership skills are that impressive, but honestly Mike Richards and Ryan Miller? Crosby changed his damn game so he could give his team some scoring offence because he gets nothing but hack wingers.

    - Three Stars of the week were Halak, Koivu and Rask, so Slovakia and Finland shut out NA for Star selections, not bad. Still, remember when it was Quebec that flooded the NHL with goalies? Ugh. Can’t even kick those guys out reliably anymore.

    - The Oilers signed the guy who did this to a two-year deal, Eberle, Paajarvi-Svensson and Hall might actually give those twits something in Edmonton, thing is they’ll likely all demand trades in 2-3 years or just be screwed up by the organization.

    - Montreal’s very favourite Will He, Won’t He Russian prospect Alexei Emelin is helping Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL through to the KHL Championship, they lead He Ain’t Coming Back Ever prospect Alex Perezhogin’s Salavat Yuleav Ufa 3-0 in their series. Emelin has 1 goal, 4 assists in 12 playoff matches.

     

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

  303. Storm Man says:

    Did the wife let your order HD yet??

  304. Say Ash says:

    Ha! Not for some of the guys here, no.

  305. ed lopaz says:

    Maybe about 10 % boooed at the Bell centre that night I don’t know.

    I’ve heard it was about 50 drunks / 21, 273.

    It was the media that made that into a big story – sells papers and HIO comments / hits.

    most hab fans support either goalie, but wins do matter.

  306. Chorske says:

    Hahaha, yeah, this morning I actually said that I believed that corporal punishment really worked well on cats. I’d never hit an animal, worst I ever did was use a water gun to break up cat fights, but I was at the end of my rope and feeling argumentative. No excuse to come on here and be a dick tho. So yeah, apologies. ;)

  307. lavie says:

    “He” already stepped down.

  308. matmacat says:

    Anyone else found it odd how the reporters, after the sabres game, kept on referring to SK as an unexpected source of goals? What is this guy supposed to do then?

  309. andrewberkshire says:

    Both goalies say it, Halak just gets to give the team credit more often because he wins more.

  310. pic1983 says:

    We’ve seen a lot from halak, dont get me wrong, but we havent seen enough to make a long term decision on him IMO.  Just like we havent seen enough from Carey Price to write him off as a bust as many here suggest we should. 

     

    Do we win more with halak? Yes, but Price’s Win/Loss record is not reflective of his play, and anyone who truly believes that it is, doesnt watch the games.  Maybe its time to start questioning the players on whats more important to them, winning and being a professional, or making Carey Price look bad.  Right now, seems like the latter, because their effort every time hes in nets is absolutely abysmal.

  311. andrewberkshire says:

    Pass. Defend. Be JM’s whipping boy.

  312. krob1000 says:

    Well, for one he is one of our better penalty killers, most responsible defensive players and is excelling in the role he has been given.  The scary thing is he is also second on the team in passing ability IMO behind only Markov and has some incredible instincts…..he is also starting to shoot more.  I also think he is a far more physical player than this year would have us believe …. when he first came up he was a wild man, but since his shoulder injury he seems to be playing that a little more cautious ….long term though I expect he will be physical enough to shut up the naysayers again.  Sergei is a top notch prospect and exactly the kind of two way forward that we need.  IT is no coincidence that when he is going welll the team is going well……I still wish they had bumped Pouliot down to his line with Moore and actually gone ahead with the Darche thing because I believe we actually would have been pleasantly surprised.  I still hold out hope we do somethhing like this as we aren’t producing any offense anyway.

  313. SlovakHab says:

    164 points

  314. Da Hema says:

    He did back the goaltenders. Martin stated “we do not lose games because of our goaltenders.” What more do people want? Is there anything unclear about what he said? I really cannot understand some of the posters on this issue. Martin is “burying” his players? Please….

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  315. Say Ash says:

    Just because you win the first 79 games doesn’t mean the last three are a lock.

  316. ed lopaz says:

    excellent post!

    not sure if anyone saw this, but Richards launched himself, elbow first, toward MAB’s head during our last philly game.

    He just barely missed.

    the camera showed MAB a few seconds later and he was looking around for a ref as if to say “did you not see that?”

    scary stuff.

    Richards – I have heard – has been going toe to toe with Pronger in the philly dressing room – tearing the room apart.

    Philly gave up a ton for Pronger, now what are they going to do?

    Their room is completely split between Pronger and Richards supporters.

  317. Bugs says:

    (spitting out my jasmine tea) Pfffftth! What???

    Pure madness, Xtra; pull yourself together fer the love of pete.

    …artytookin is a must.., good grief.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  318. matraque says:

    I may be totally wrong, but i was under the impression that when the team loses with Price in net, Price will say the team didn’t play well (and they did not… thats for sure) and that he thinks he playing well (which he does… don’t get me wrong)

    When it’s Halak and they loses, he will usually not blame the team but himself.

    Just sayin..

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  319. matraque says:

    I must be the only one who thinks that SK actually plays well on the 3rd line?  He became very good defensively.

    He’s +4 by playing on the 3rd line.  Thats pretty impressive.

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  320. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re not the only one, I love him on the 3rd line. But he’s been spectacular defensively since his callup this season.

  321. nightmare_49 says:

    k1000 – Many weeks ago your reply to my post about SK74 had you claiming he was the best at everything, Hart Trophy candidate, but now after JM had pointed out SK74’s lack of success in his battles for the puck, you have tamed down your post to a reasonable level or maybe you just watched him more closely, so be it. …………….. SK74 will be fine if he puys on a bit of muscle along with Pouliot for next season.

  322. andrewberkshire says:

    I’ve heard Price call out the team once in his career. That’s it.

  323. joeybarrie says:

    But how many teams have missed 1-2 top 6 player for 90% of the season???

    It isnt like we had Ovechkin missing a few games here or there. We had our top scorer out for almost 2 months, and our top player missing 3 months.

    One of the reasons Washington Capitals are doing so well is they have 3 scoring lines. Their 3rd line has more goals than some teams 1st lines. But I guess the Caps havent really seen any success yet. Also in 2007 when we had a great season, our 3rd and 4th lines combined for 160 points…  So I would say it is a big key to your success. When JM has to roll out 2 lines over and over again to play catch up, we tend to not do so well… But maybe im crazy.

    By the way, you are exactly right. The wheels came off once our top scores went down. However Kovalev was meant to be our best scorer, since we was the previous season. He missed only 4 games. Our best player, Markov, also only missed 4 games.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  324. adam76 says:

    That is one time too many.

  325. B says:

    Wow, Emelin has almost matched his season output of 1 goal and 6 assists in 46 games. He has not exactly cranked out the points in the Russian League. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=78669

  326. adam76 says:

    Its been 3 years – if you can’t make a decision after that many seasons, forget it.

    So if Price win/loss record is not an indication of his play – what is?  How can a guy be so good that is 13 – 20 – 5?  Why do you think the room has no respect for him?

    I never saw a player get this mny “second” chances – ESP in Montreal.

  327. Say Ash says:

    I agree with you, I’m just not a fan of extrapolating small streaks over the entire season. But, yeah, for the first time this season, we have a (nearly) completely healthy roster. And what better time than heading into the playoffs?

  328. habsfan0 says:

    I’d rather see him buy the Leafs to keep them in perpetual purgatory.

  329. andrewberkshire says:

    Right, because goalies should be introverted, cliche spouting people, separated from the team to make sure the team doesn’t lose confidence in them. NO. It’s not one time too many, if the team plays like crap the goalie has just as much right to call them out as any other player.

  330. Mr.Hazard says:

    Btw I burned you on your reply to my comment before lol.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  331. Storm Man says:

    The mindset  should be cheering the Blue-blanc-rouge into the playoffs nothing more nothing less

  332. SlovakHab says:

    It’s nice, but I prefer team success. Jaro is being solid and I trust him, but we need 19 performances like this to achieve something. What gives me goosebumps are 1993 videos of Habs winning the Cup, not Theodore’s Vezina performance season or MAB’s Norris Trophy defensive dominance*.

    (* I may have made this one up)

  333. DavidKB says:

    What an enviable position for the Habs to be in with both Price and Halak. It would be great if both could stay with the team, but only if there is a generous supply of goodwill forthcoming from the fans, teammates, coaching staff and management. The reality will also include $$$$$$$$$!
    Oh yeah, Carey has got to grow up too. He is a very skilled goaltender, but continues to demonstrate a level of maturity that is going to be criticized. 
    I would love to see the team secure a playoff spot before Saturday's game against Toronto, and then see Price in net for that game with a win and strong support from his teammates.

  334. mbplekfan says:

    Dont be surprised if Price and Pleks were packaged together for a big front line center. Philly needs goaltending and has cap issues so I could see those two going for Jeff Carter.

    Thats the type of deal I foresee…

  335. Gormdog says:

    Agreed. Carey is bigger and more “physically talented”, with ” a better pedigree”, and “thoroughbread potential”…

     

    But… Where Jaro beats Carey is between the ears, and i know Price is young but theres something to be said about being able to handle Montreal, and so far Carey hasn’t done much of a job dealing with the pressure/media/intense up and down fans.

     

    I wish Price had more time to mature and become the goalie he could be… But in reality, I’m far happier that we have another good young goalie playing like a top of the league netminder…

     

    The real problem here, is that the general concensus is “why would Price even want to play here?” Why? Because he’s a gosh-darn pro athlete who should be able to suck it up and roll with the punches. But I really do think Carey is the quintessential primadonna, and, unfortunatley for the canadiens, it means he can’t handle being a backup. It’s a personal affront. You can see it after games where the Habs win and he barely cracks a smile skating over to pat Jaro on the head.

     

    Hey, Carey. Head in the game!

  336. Cam_1 says:

    ………..and fan support would be nice too :)  If a player is announced as a star he should be cheered not jeered.

  337. Mrs.Price31 says:

    I know we do. But it’s those 150 fans or so who boo him that piss me off. It may just be 150, but it sounds like 20, 000. Imagine how that must make him feel. People outside of Montreal probably think that this is the booing city. Tell me, who would want to play in a city where fans boo their own players when the loss wasn’t even their fault?

     I just thought this artile was interesting. Trust me, I’m not saying Jaro ain’t a good goaltender. He’s AMAZING! What he has done for us this year is beyond thankable. It’s just very frustrating.

  338. Mr. Biter says:

    Nothing to do with hockey but took a tour of Lambeau Field this January and the tour guide had all 20 of us yell “Go Pack Go” at field level and the sound was unreal so it could have been (hopefully) a small # of idiots making a lot of noise. I also think Price has played well this year but has not recieved any offensive support. Also a question to anyone out there. Price gives up short rebounds while Halek’s fly out there. Which is better long or short?

  339. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Great job Halak!

     

    Congrats!

  340. Gormdog says:

    I don’t think we will get remotely that much for a UFA centre and a goalie that everyone in the league knows is unhappy where he is. Why would Philly trade a big gun like Carter when they can just wait and sign Plecky as a FA this offseason and Carey the next?

  341. Storm Man says:

    If the Habs deal Price send him to a team in the west, don’t want him sticking it to us for the next 15 years

  342. habfan53 says:

    It’s to late to trade either one. Besides IF they did do you really want BOTH to come back and haunt and cost Montreal playoff spots for the next 5 years

  343. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Why worry, we have Halak!

  344. Storm Man says:

    That is my worry

  345. mbplekfan says:

    Philly cant sign Pleks without moving salary.

    They need a long term solution in goal and Pleks would give them a replacement center for Carter.

    The deal is a win-win.

    Montreal with a top line center like Carter and a rejuvenated defence with PK and Markov could challenge for the cup.

  346. RiverviewCanadien says:

    shameful

  347. Storm Man says:

    No shame here, I cheer for the jersey, not the name on back of it

  348. RiverviewCanadien says:

    sure you do…riiiiight

  349. Storm Man says:

    All my Habs jerseys have no names on the back as I cheer for the team not someones name on the back

  350. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Avatar, I know Jaro has done a lot for us this season. But saying he will be our man for the 2010-2011 season without seeing his playoff performance is very, don’t get me wrong, stupid. Jaro has been stellar since the begginning of the season and I am not going to hate on him just because I am a Carey fan. He deserves the playoff starts, but let’s see how he handles the pressure.

  351. sillywalk says:

    What do the playoffs have to do with winning hockey games? Price went to the playoffs and did mostly jack diddly squat, except for the 2 games where his head stayed on straight and he got shutouts. This is your preferred future? That since Price has won5 or 6 playoff games, he’s the real thing for 2010-2011?

  352. Gormdog says:

    First question: “Hey Tiger, when should we expect to see pictures released?”

  353. linp says:

    Now that Spacek is back, I am curious to see who will sit. We were winning 6 straight with 4 balanced lines. I hope that JM will keep our 4 lines in tact. MAB can rotate with one of the Dman.

  354. matmacat says:

    I hope your quote unquote technique is there to illustrate sarcasm…

  355. sillywalk says:

    Regarding his demeanor when he visits Halak after a win; I always watch just for him to do that (and the same when Halak visits Carey) because I’d like to think they appreciate each other’s work, if nothing else. After the Philly shutout, it looked like Carey talked to him for 5 seconds straight, and the look on his face was as if he was very impressed with the game Halalk played, and said so (can’t read lips yet, sorry). ;)

  356. Psycho29 says:

    I’ve seen good attitude from Price this season, from congratulating Halak on a big game to moving up to the boards to high five a goal scorer.

    We all have heard rumours about athletes from “A friend of my cousin’s math teacher’s Uncle” or “Someone close to the locker room”…..

    It’s all BS…….

  357. Gormdog says:

    Yep. Just like Markov calling him out for not trying in the locker room was BS. And his party boy rumours were BS. And his affinity for white powder was BS.

     

    No math teacher here, alas, just a good source I’ve trusted for years, a friend of the family who is in the know and shares info with my dad, which trickles down to me. It’s nice to know sometimes what’s really going on in the lockeroom, i really wish you had such a source so you could do something other than speculate all day long :)

  358. Psycho29 says:

    Yeah yeah whatever….its one thing to say something about someone’s attitude but to state someone has a

    DRUG PROBLEM is something else. It has no place here. I don’t care who your source is, what YOU are doing

    is speculating…

  359. matmacat says:

    Maybe we should see if Halak does this one more year before we elevate him to the status of god. Or we can just repeat the same mistakes over and over. Either way…

  360. Gormdog says:

    Young goalies are incredibly “up and down”, and what Halak has going for him is consistentcy. I too am really interested to see what he could do next season with 60 starts. It would be at that point, with a GAA of 2.50 and a sv% over .920, that Carey would have to start looking for a new home.

     

    I wish Price had it in him to be a backup for a bit (if the stats dictate it) but i really don’t think he has it in him. Theres a reason why his locker room name is “superstar”

  361. Storm Man says:

    Your in the locker room? what is the job you have in there?

  362. Gormdog says:

    Ah, alas, no locker room job, just a darn good source who is in the know :)

     

     

  363. Storm Man says:

    Ah, yes we have have sources…..

  364. Gormdog says:

    hehe. I don’t question your skepticism, but I also don’t question my source who has been writing about hockey in high places for 15 + years… Not going to sell him (or her? lol) down the river, but I knows what I knows:

     

    Last season, Price had the sarcastic moniker of “superstar” in the locker room. Whether they still call him that, I have no idea.

  365. Storm Man says:

    Hmmm you should ask your source the nickname the guys give him, was it how he acted in the locker room or when he was out on the town? superstar aka barstar:)

  366. Gormdog says:

    Did not dissect it that deeply! Alas, when a sportswriter tells you that a highly touted draft pick who isn’t performing is called “superstar” IN the locker room, not OUT, there’s not much more to infer than the obvious :)

  367. Storm Man says:

    Hey superstar who were the 3 women you left the bar with lastnight?? sportswriter hears that Price is called superstar by one of his teammates. So the bottom line no one knows why some of his teammates may call him superstar

  368. Bugs says:

    Your “source” in the locker-room gets his info 6 months late.

    We knew about the nickname back then.

    You should pay more attention to us and not him.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  369. Bugs says:

    Gormie is correct about the nickname supposition, Stormy.

    Just 6 months late with it is all.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  370. Storm Man says:

    Where can I read this???

  371. Bugs says:

    This Jan 9th 2010 Richard Labbe article says he heard it first last year, for starters.

    But all you have to do is type “Carey Price ‘Superstar'” in any search engine and then you can tell me, Stormy.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  372. Storm Man says:

    LMAO Richard Labbe now that is rich, and btw he says a colleague told him about the nickname so he did not hear it from players he just ran with the story like he always does. I would like to point out this is the same guy that said let’s get rid of Koivu. Thanks for the read but anything this guy writes should be used as bum wipe.

  373. BJ says:

    Assuming that we can’t keep both goalies for next season. Who would you like to keep and what would be the expected return in exchange for either goalie. Who in your estimation could compensate adequately, step in and help the team be better.

  374. Storm Man says:

    Let’s see what happpens in the playoffs

  375. Chris says:

    I’m assuming that we can and will keep both goalies for next season. But I’m just difficult. :)

    As for expected return, neither guy fetches much outside of a package involving other players (with Plekanec and/or Andrei Kostistyn being the most likely players to be packaged in the deal). I suspect that Halak gets a pretty nice deal, as he is arbitration eligible this summer and will get close to #1 goalie money whether the Habs want to give it to him or not.

    I suspect that Price signs a one-year deal to try and improve his stock, with the Habs trying to low-ball him to save money against their tight cap situation. If a team is foolish enough to put in an offer sheet on Price, who is an RFA, the Habs will match any offer that is less than the ~ $3.25 million per year (or thereabouts…the offical compensation table won’t be released until the summer) that would result in a 2nd round pick coming their way. Anything more than that would see multiple picks, including at least one first rounder, coming back. For that, I could see them letting him go.

  376. habs4_25th says:

    Assuming that could’nt keep both goalies, I think PG would be a fool to let either one of them go right now, they are both very capable goalies that are coming into their own, Halak at his peak of goalie careers and Price who needs to still do some growing up.  But if we had to get rid of one, and I know that people would hate me for this but Halak would fetch us a bigger return right now, with his stocks so high.  Price would only get us some mediorche return based on his performance.  I think we keep both as we couldn’t afford to have another high paid player join this team when we are so close to the cap as it is, with Pleks still to sign. I say sign them both to 2 year deals and lets’ see how things unfold.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  377. lavie says:

    If Halak was a Canadian, would he be #1 goalie of Team Canada? Probably no;

    If Price was a Slovak, would he be #1 goalie of Team Slovakia? No!

  378. Gormdog says:

    Sad to say that a decision of this magnitute can come down to 4-7 games… But it’s right on the money.

     

    (if it comes down to more than 7 games… well.. the decision is sort of already made. Nobody gave the Habs a second round birth in the preseason, and, rightly so)

  379. andrewberkshire says:

    I think the only big deal is the salary issue. I know I certainly would welcome Halak has a 50-55 game starter next season and have Price back him up, but the salary just might make this impossible.

  380. punkster says:

    That’s not hate Andrew. I feel the same way and I don’t hate Price and I don’t hate Halak. It’s an opinion based on recent history or fact. I don’t believe he is capable of stealing anything this season. Maybe next year.

  381. andrewberkshire says:

    What’s with getting your hate on for Price today, rabbit?

  382. Bugs says:

    Hate?

    How can he be seen stealing a series if he doesn’t play in them?

    Hate?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  383. andrewberkshire says:

    The wording of your comment would lead most to believe that you no longer believed the kid was capable of stealing a series. I’m just confused because I know he’s one of your boys.

  384. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …injury ? …possible Jaro meltdown (though unlikely) ?

    …nothing is fer sure in THIS Life Bugz

    …You should be the First to understand THAT

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  385. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Hey!

    Just the man I was looking for! Remember how at the beginning of the season you and I disagreed on the state of the salary cap next season? How I was sure it would stay the same or go up slightly and you thought it would go way down (pointing to the NBA as proof)?

    Well it looks like you owe me a coke :)

    CBA.CA:
    During the April 3rd “Satellite Hotstove” segment on Hockey Night in
    Canada Glenn Healy reported the salary cap is expected to rise by $900K
    for next season, making the salary cap $57.7 million

     

    cheers!

  386. Chris says:

    I fully admit to being very surprised that they are so optimistic about the cap for next season.  What can you do?  Mea culpa…never was much of an economist, so I didn’t foresee the rise of the Canadian dollar which has pretty much single-handedly saved the NHL the embarassment of the lower cap.  The league’s ad revenues are down, as they were for all leagues this season.  Average attendance is down 2.6%, with 19 of the league’s 30 teams having lower attendance than last season and 7 having higher attendance.  The escrow is sitting around 18% for the players and has not improved over the course of the season.

    There is an article out there that the league’s revenues (31% of which came from the six Canadian teams a couple of years ago) increase by 1% for every three cent rise in the value of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar.  In June/July of last year, when the 2009-10 cap was set, the loonie was sitting at about 88-89 cents relative to the U.S. dollar, whereas it is sitting near parity today.  That boost of 4% pretty much accounts entirely for any growth the NHL is seeing in revenues and indicates that the reality of the situation is that the league’s revenues, subtracting currency fluctuation, are actually down about 2.4%, which would have given rise to a salary cap drop of about $1.4 million.

    So this could very well be a Pyrrhic victory for the NHL…they are spared the embarassment of lowering the salary cap, particularly useful in a year where many of the league’s marquee franchises are up tight against the existing salary cap figure.  But it also means that the league won’t be under the intense scrutiny that its finances should elicit…there be some dark clouds on the horizon. 

    One of the former success stories of the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche, have serious attendance issues (down 11% this season).  This is the franchise that sold out 500 of its first 515 NHL games between 1995 and January 2007, and was one of the league flagship American teams.

    Anaheim, one of the Bettman’s few Sunbelt success stories, is down 11.3% this season to its lowest level since 2004.  Phoenix, despite contending strongly in the Western Conference for a playoff spot, is down a whopping 21%.  No big surprise there.  The Senators are down 4% on the season, which is a surprise given their strong play.  The Leafs and Flyers are also both down (albeit only incrementally) and those are two of the strongest markets in the NHL.  If the Leafs fans continue to show apathy for a struggling team next year, the team that generates the largest portion of the league’s revenues could drag the entire league down.

    On the bright side, the young and exciting L.A. Kings have seen their attendance grow by about 4.5% this season, far and away the biggest improvement in the league (more than double the 2% growth seen in both Boston and St. Louis, the 2nd and 3rd most improved teams).  Recoveries in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Boston (three of the biggest U.S. markets) can only help the league moving forwards, especially with the continued rebound in Chicago and Pittsburgh.  Even the Detroit situation, which was looking very dire late last year and early this season, didn’t collapse as much as some had feared…their attendance is down only 1.7%.

    Oops…wrote a blog.  Ah well…you had it coming!  You can’t expect me to admit I was wrong and NOT punish you with a long post in retaliation!  :)

  387. sholi2000.com says:

    Would love to see the Flyers get knocked out of the running, that would be hilarious.  Most ignorant fans on the planet

    They call me Shane

  388. jimmy shaker says:

    Add the beantown cubs fans to that list….hope ovy and the gang pump 8 past rask tonight!

    Shaker

  389. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah and in every sport too, Philadelphia is infamous for being brutal vicious fans.

    Just ask Phillies’ pitcher Joe Cowley, I have a book called Field of Screams that has a whole chapter on his losing his confidence and eventually his career at the hands of the Philly faithful.

    Mike Schmidt, Mitch Williams, Randall Cunningham, Eric Lindros, Allen Iverson and now Donovan McNabb all run out of town.

    Philly fans deserve squat!

  390. Morenz7 says:

    It’s true: they once booed Santa Claus.

     

     

  391. Danno says:

    Jaro, Jaro, clinch, Price. Playoffs.

     

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

  392. Daard says:

    No, let’s not damage Price or dick with the team’s chemistry any further; and putting him in for one game which, if your prediction holds true, would be totally meaningless isn’t going to help him or our team at all. Put him in for what reason exactly? So he can play another great game and get booed by the fans in his own building again? No, been there, done that.

     

    I still feel that the best thng the Habs could do for the future of Carey Price’s career would be to move him this summer, (it should have been done at the trade deadline, but oh well…) or simply just let him go to whoever wants him. In other words, don’t even make him an offer. He’s NEVER going to be the goalie we all hoped for as long as he plays in this city, that’s becoming plain to see no matter how many pairs of rose-colored glasses you’re looking at things through. Actually, I think what I should say is: he’s never going to be given the time and patience it will take for him to develop into the goalie we all hoped for, in this city. Elsewhere, he just might turn it around, assuming he’s not stuck here for much longer.

    And no, I am not a Price hater by any stretch of your imagination. I’m a pragmatist, and a realist, and in my opinion, he’s done in Mtl.

     

    So let’s just ride Jaro’s hot streak as far as we can, then try to pick up the pieces this summer.

  393. linp says:

    For the final 3 playoff spots, I pick:  6. Habs, 7. Rangers, 8. Bruins.

  394. Fansincebirth says:

    I’ve hated the Flyers and Flyer fans since the ’70’s but I also want to toss the Broons and their trailer trash fans in the pile as well.

    Hate them more than the Loafs!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  395. ABHabsfan says:

    I definitely agree about the Bruin and Flyer fans. Leaf fans are not as annoying as they are just a little disturbing; their blind faith in a terrible product for such a long period is a little cult-ish. What was Einstein’s definition of psychotic?

  396. smiler2729 says:

    I want to finish 8th so the Habs can face Washington’s soulless one dimensional bunch of prima donnas.

  397. Caper says:

    I think there is an upset special is the first round. Washington better hope they continue to score like the regular season because their D and Goalies are going to make it interesting.

  398. Sambaguio says:

    Jaro will make history tomorrow. Going for 3rd shutout in a row. Whoohoo! I believe!

    ———————————————–

    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  399. Danno says:

     

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhh!

     

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

  400. avatar_58 says:

    Here’s hoping, but he needs some help in the goal scorers. Not fair to put everything on Jaro if they can’t score 2-3 goals.

  401. Psycho29 says:

    I don’t think it would be “history”, but it would be awesome!

    Although it is a jinx if you mention the goalies name and “shutout” in the same post! :-)

  402. habsguy says:

    I agree with you,  2 GREAT goalies following 2 GREAT goalies!!!!

  403. Caper says:

    I’m still in awe of Halak’s performance Friday night. Lucky my arse.

  404. Kooch7800 says:

    I just bought tickets to Buffalo Home Game #2.  I am praying that they are playing Montreal.  Montreal can beat buffalo if they play hard

  405. habsfan0 says:

    I’m thinking of going to one of the first two games as well. Are tickets refundable if you don’t go…i.e. if Habs aren’t the opposition?

  406. avatar_58 says:

    You mean like hab fans running Carey out of town?

  407. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We have fans like that in Montreal.

  408. Danno says:

    Habs go up another notch in the NHL Power Rankings thanks to Halak’s stellar playing.

     

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

  409. J.T. says:

    Listening to Halak try to deny he’s ever done anything worthy of recognition is hilarious.  There’s humble, then there’s this guy.  It’s like Bill Gates trying to deny he had anything to do with being a billionaire.  “Ah, I was just lucky.  My team made me billions of dollars.”

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  410. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bill Gates  copied other people’s software and produced inferior versions. So yes – he did get lucky.

  411. andrewberkshire says:

    Said the same thing a little earlier, JT. I couldn’t help but laugh when he said the team played really well for him in Philadelphia. Humble as it gets.

  412. Da Hema says:

    It would be amusing to hear Jaro say, after one of his games, “My superiority is only surpassed by my excellence. I am the Montreal Canadiens.” He certainly appears to be a consummate teammate.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  413. Bugs says:

    The guy’s a Mensch; what’re ya gonna do?

    Besides, I think he’s asserting himself more and more if the pow-wow he had with Marky and Gorgeous at the blue line in the game against Philly is any indication.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  414. Mattee. says:

    Nice to have you back J.T. Please don’t ever leave.

  415. HabsFansince49 says:

    Sure beats a temper tandrum. I’ll take that extreme humility any day.

    Hey – nice picture of the Rock

  416. Kooch7800 says:

    unfortunately no.  I took the risk.   Playoff hockey is always fun to watch.  If you really don’t want to go if you buy tickets you can always sell them on Ebay

  417. jimmy shaker says:

    Just called stub-hub and they said the tickets are good no matter who they play against.  Basically if you buy them today, you have them no matter who they play.  If it’s the habs, bonus if not, out of luck.  The only way you get your money back is if the team you buy the tickets for doesn’t make the playoffs.  I was going to buy some today as well…..good prices for good seats  and only 3 hours to buffalo vs ten to Montreal down here in Windsor.  But I guess I’ll be waiting to see how it all pans out through the week.

    Good luck,

    Shaker

  418. ABHabsfan says:

    Sure you can get your money back, it’s called scalping. Or E-bay. Let’s hope it’s the Habs!

  419. J.T. says:

    Yeah, okay, if you want to nitpick the analogy.  Somehow I think Halak didn’t steal Price’s goaltending style and produce an inferior copy.  You know what I mean?

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  420. PureKumquat says:

    nope

  421. Bugs says:

    But that would be stealing MY line, wouldn’t it, Heppa?

    To suggest such a thing! Little disappointed in you, mate; to advocate plagiarism so.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  422. Da Hema says:

    Indeed Bugs! Jaro would be compelled to acknowledge you were he to say such a thing. If not, he would be sent to the Dean for plagiarism.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  423. badbalance says:

    Do we have what it takes to get past round 2? I mean 2 years ago we had a great team, good chemistry, but we have in my opinion more talent this year.. Maybe we had a bad season, But i can still see Halak or Price stealing a series if the team decides to play like the have the past 2 games and during that 6 game winning streak.

  424. Bugs says:

    If you can see Price stealing a series (I assume you mean this year), you must give me the name of your oculist, BB.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  425. ManApart says:

    I like how you throw in Price, when talking about stealing a series, like the guy has at anytime all season remotely shown that that is a fair expectation. The boy has won 3 games since Jan 1st, in like 14 games, and you think he can steal 4 out of 7? The Monster has a better shot with TO.

  426. Say Ash says:

    Got a Yiddish word for Price?

  427. ed lopaz says:

    Shlemazl – unlucky person (from Yiddish shlimazl, from German schlimm ‘bad’ and Yiddish mazl ‘luck’).

  428. Bugs says:

    Arumloifer.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  429. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Hey Stubbs,
    Who’s the funniest guy on the team? When I Listen to interviews I always find Hal Gill really funny.

  430. Bugs says:

    Whoever says “We have total confidence in both our goalies” is the funniest.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  431. light_n_tasty says:

    Underneath his stoic demeanour, coach Jackie M. is actually a pretty funny guy.

  432. Say Ash says:

    His coaching strategies certainly are.

  433. jbroderi says:

    there are a lot worse coaches (tocchet, fat face boudreau, etc) 

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  434. Da Hema says:

    …or whoever would say, “We have as much chance of winning the Stanley Cup as the other playoff teams.”

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  435. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    its “stay puff” boudreau

  436. Say Ash says:

    That’s not exactly a complement, but yes.

    And having made questionable calls recently (a string of non-timeouts come to mind), I’m glad to see JM had the boys press in the third period Saturday and not relive the earlier Buffalo game. Although I’m sure it pained every defensive-minded bone in his body.

  437. jbroderi says:

    please photo shop that onto boudreaus body!!!!!!!

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  438. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    he does

  439. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …motion seconded

    …JT has already raised the level of conversation here a 1000 % this mornin’

    …PROMISE You are back For Good ???

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  440. J.T. says:

    Thanks, Mattee.  Although I’ve not gone anywhere.  I’m usually to be found hanging out on my own blog, if you’re looking.  :)

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  441. Mattee. says:

    I’ll definitely have to swing by for a visit sometime then. I miss the between period thoughts.

  442. notbigbird says:

    She does it on her blog.

  443. J.T. says:

    I do those on my blog too.  It’s just venting for me, but if you like them, I’m flattered.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  444. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …t’wud be nice to put the Carolina & Islander’s games in Our pocket …and be in a position to call-up the complete Bulldog Team to face da Weedz

    …just for ol’ disdain-sake

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  445. Say Ash says:

    And what would be better than watching the next Calder champs beat the Leafs?

  446. Caballero says:

    I also agree that Price leaving would be the best thing for his career. But all of you must recognize that with his size, technique and talent Price has the potential to be a star goalie and every one in the NHL knows this. Minimizing Carey’s value, skill and potential is not good for the team anyway you look at it.

  447. homerbowen says:

    Do I want to go all the way to the cup this year………………….YES

    Realistically do I see that happening………………………………NO

    Do I think we can win the first round……………………………….NO

    When I take my “Love the Habs” blinders off it appears to me that we are too small up front and lack the ability to put the puck in the net on a regular basis which is a requiremet to succeed in the NHL playoffs. Our defense is “iffy” and when pressured seem to loose control (panic). Our goaltending is outstanding (Halak & Price) but you can’t win if you can’t score.

    Hopefully, team management is working on plans for the offseason to move some our smaller fowards and slow defensemen and signing both goalies to as long a term as they can get. In addition, the coach needs to be replaced, however, if it’s only changing the deck chairs on the Titanic (you know what I mean!!) then leave JM there.

     

  448. badbalance says:

    We got players that have touched the cup already.. We have the experience and the goaltending. Now the question would be, are we gonna come out like we did in that 6 game winning streak or are we gonna come out like we did against vancouver at the beginning of the season. Realistically we have what it takes to go deep. We just need our key players to show up when we need them

  449. camel_larry says:

    Somebody was saying earlier that we can’t win too many games if your scoring is so low that there are only 6 teams in the league that have scored less goals than you, but I think he’s forgetting that only 8 teams in the league have allowed less goals than us, with some teams being only 5 or so games away for goals for & against, which, when spread over 82 games, isn’t alot. Once again keeping in mind how much the absence of so many players over the season has affected both goals for & against, those stats look even better for us.

    Also, something strange I have noticed, lots of the teams that are in 5th place or lower with an above .500 record have a negative goal differential, which doesn’t make sense. If you let in more goals than you score, the blindingly obvious + logical conclusion would be you lose more games than you win, but strangely, that is not the case. See: Ottowa, Montreal, Atlanta, Anaheim, Dallas, and Minnesota.

     

    Go Habs Go!

     

    Go Habs Go!

  450. Cookies says:

    I realized that too, but then understood that this can be possible if when you win, they’re all 1-2 goal leads you win by. But when you lose, you’re getting blown out more often than not.

    Hope this made things clearer.

  451. Chris says:

    The weird goal differential and an above .500 record is usually the signature of offensively challenged teams:  when they win, they always win small.  When they lose, they sometimes lose BIG.  That skews the results.

    I think we need to pass a resoution as well that a .500 record is no longer a sign of mediocrity.  Looking at the league-wide standings, only 7 of 30 teams are below .500.  Montreal is currently in 15th place in the league with a winning percentage of .549.  I would argue that anything below that .550 mark is the sign of mediocrity due to the shootout.

    And no, I didn’t come up with that number so that Montreal would be mediocre.  :)

  452. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I feel the same way …just need a catalyst to bring the Team together

    …whether THAT happens, or not …is another question

    …but it’s fun to think it can

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  453. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Cincinatti Cyclones ???

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  454. Say Ash says:

    Barring a broken stick, it could have been four. I also remember Biron post-game saying how easy it was to read our plays.

  455. habs11s says:

    Definately not, i’m just saying hypothetically, this would be interesting……

    Im all for Halak shining and Price shining, imo they should sign both…

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  456. slamtherimtim says:

    at the start of the year , the talk was that a leader will or ussally emerges on a team as the year goes on , with the injuries , it was difficult for that to happen . now our fearless warriors need to go into the (battle) playoffs , with no captain , this is a recipe for desaster , JM is the worst coach in the world , he got the job because hes buddy buddy with managment , the C is not for coach it’s for captain  , needs to be a captain for any team to win long term , i like both goalies and have faith in both , think we can win at least a round mabe even two , but i would have liked to see a captain , named this year , just makes me think we dont know who we are and where we are going , they need someone to remind them why they are playing the game sometimes

  457. jbroderi says:

    All of the talk about mediocrity and this is really pointless.  Just look at how many teams are above you, below you, and you find out if you are mediocre or not.  I agree that with the shoot-out losses and extra points, .500 doesn’t mean much.  You could easliy get in the play-offs before the 2000s with a 500 record.

    of course montreal is mediocre, but mediocre is fine because besides washington, there are no elite teams anymore either.  Even washington might be ripe for the picking in the play-offs. 

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.