Audio: Markov skates with team; Gill game-time

Rehabbing Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov leans into a slap shot today during morning skate at Mellon Arena.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Dan Bylsma | Ryan O’Byrne | Glen Metropolit | Jaroslav Spacek | Sidney Crosby | Marc-André Fleury | Chris Kunitz

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, still nursing a right knee injury, had his first full equipment practice with his teammates this morning, but coach Jacques Martin was non-committal about any use of the Russian all-star tonight.

Hal Gill will be a game-time decision. With bodies getting healthier, Martin still said he didn’t believe his team needed eight defencemen. One scenario tonight, should Gill be ready to go, would see Marc-André Bergeron moving up to a forward spot with perhaps Mathieu Darche taking a press box seat.

Defenceman Hal Gill talks with coach Jacques Martin this morning. Allen McInnis, Gazette


  1. Drive_For_25 says:

    I said the exact same thing a few days ago.  

  2. Drive_For_25 says:

    Couldn’t stop smiling the whole time I read that!!

  3. FSUPhi1584 says:

    What if it told you Chara was a -27 in 06/07 and he was an all star that year. Wins and +/- have far more to do with a team as a whole as opposed to an individual player. BTW im not an MAB lover, I’m saying to use him sparingly at FORWARD and not use him at all on D, except as a third defenseman maybe.

  4. jimmy shaker says:

    He’s perfect to have around especially in a cap world because he’s cheap.  He’ll cost about $750000, and so would Dandy.  Dandy would love to come back, he wanted to come back, he’s french, he’s won a cup, he’s fast as hell, can hit, throws his body on the line, night in and night out, basically is a mix of Gorges/Gill rolled into one, but with a lot more speed, and again a cheap cap hit.  $750000 would get him here and all the money we save by signing these two guys, and getting rid of hammer leaves us more money to sign pleks/jaro/price and 6 other guys who’s roster spots are open for next year!  Sounds like a good plan to me


  5. jimmy shaker says:

    But when the NHL is in a salary cap era, what’s makes sense doesn’t always make business sense!  My point is that he is a decent D-man with a lot of offensive skills and the most important fact in this story is that he is a cheap cap hit.  When the almighty dollar has the final call on so many teams….cheap cap hit and lots of offense = a bargain hardly worth passing up. 


  6. TripleX says:




    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  7. jimmy shaker says:

    check his minutes on he’s been playing lots of minutes in pretty much every game here in the playoffs except for maybe a game or two.  Anyhow, you don’t like him, and I do.  I just hope we win tonight!



  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    His inability to keep the puck in during a PP is surely a strong negotiating point…

    We have Subban and Markov for next year, signing a 1-dimensional PP specialist who can’t keep the puck in on the point and is a liability on 3rd-pair defence doesn’t make sense.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  9. jimmy shaker says:

    Not his agent, just president of his fan club.  And Jaro’s as well.  I’m always taking on new members if your interested? 

    And he fits on the roster and lineup because of his shot, his quick puck movement and his ability to skate.  Yes he makes some bonehead plays now and again, but he’s the only guy who’s knocked Crosby on his arce this series and has actually played decent overall.  But again his french background, offensive skills, cheap cap hit and versatility will be a very interesting scenario for PG when July 1st comes around.



  10. TripleX says:

    Love how all the MAB lovers are unanimous in saying +/- is a meaningless over rated stat.  Ummmmm….ok.  LOL

    Kinda like some fans earlier in the year saying WINS were a team stat and not a goalie stat and over rated crap.   Ummmmm…..ok.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dandenault isn’t coming back, Defence next year will be Markov, OB, Subban, Spacek, Gill, Gorges and somebody, but I doubt Dandenault, team will look for a more reliable defensive defencemen than Mara was and go in that direction, but they’ll want size as well. MAB is a luxury item, an offensive defencemen whose only skill is on the PP and in a cap world he’s just not worth having around when you have two elite blueliners in Subban and Markov.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  12. FSUPhi1584 says:

    He’s minus 11 as a defenseman, and when you play mostly on the PP you don’t have a lot of opportunities to change that. Almost all of those minuses have been against the Caps who were specifically targetting MAB. Anyways, +/- is one of the most overrated stats in hockey. There’s no denying he’s a terrible defenseman 5 on 5, but he can’t be that bad defensively as a winger.

  13. TripleX says:

    His inability to keep the puck in on the PP and his inabilty to do anything other than the big shot on the PP make him a liability.

    I imagine you have noticed the Pens tend to fire the puck up his side on the PK?  When the Pens squeeze him to neutralize his shot he lacks the imagination to make any other play with the puck.

    The fact he plays limited 5 on 5 and is still a playoff leading MINUS 11.  Is my point.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  14. TripleX says:

    Are you MAB’s agent dude?  That is the only possible explanation for your constant desire for him on the roster and lineup.

    That line might work when he negotiates a new contract.  NOT!


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  15. knukks says:

    Basically dress him as 4th line forward and only play him on the PP…. renders the +- arguement moot. That’s my point.

  16. habz says:

    Yes, a little prayer goes a long way! Heck i’ve been doing that so far my prayers were answered!

    I have Faith, I believe!

  17. jimmy shaker says:

    His cheap price tag and his offensive upside are going to keep him here my friend. 

    The D will look like this next year.



    Spacek/MAB and Dandenault will be coming back.  Hammer getting traded or bought out and Dandy and MAB costing about 1.5mill together leaves alot of money left over to get some size and scoring for up front!



  18. Laramy87 says:

    haahah that one is perhaps the funniest one of them all…. the slow motion skating looks like Demitra and Bolland are ball room dancing

  19. MontrealAtheist says:

    Not sure if triple OT would cut it … Let’s make it quadruple OT to ensure that they finish it off on their b-day.

  20. Say Ash says:

    His own coach said that you might as well flip a coin. Very inspiring.

  21. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    Lol thats great love the part with Ovechkin at the end.

    I know its been posted before but this pre game montage from game 6 is awesome.


    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

  22. bwoar says:

    Forget the half-measures JD, The Pens Meltdown 2010 is on!

  23. jimmy shaker says:

    You do know that the +/- stat is the most useless stat in the history of the NHL right?  But to also let you know, the whole team is a minus.  Anyway, he’s gonna get a big goal on the PP tonight for the habs!


  24. TripleX says:

    Yes I do.  What is your point?  Carry on.

    Pleks had two assits was a plus two and was 16-5 on faceoffs last game.  What did Gomez do last game?  What did the PP do last game?  Carry on.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  25. TripleX says:

    DUDE IS A MINUS 11!  If it was anyone else like AK, SK, Pouliot, O’Byrne, Darche, Maxwell, Moore, Lats…..he would be playing in a beer league in Moncton.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Oh for crying out loud, they’re turning out ANOTHER one, the  new ratio is a HWBM commercial for every playoff game played apparently.

    Besides, wouldn’t “What if Luongo could be clutch?” be a better headline? Granted, I’m sure some endeavouring YouTubers are taking care of that right now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  27. munch17 says:

    “When you play the best-of-seven, usually the best team wins,” Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “So, I think we’re pretty confident going into it.”

    That’s a little arrogant – don’t you think. Hope they hammer these guys!

  28. knukks says:

    You do know PP stats don’t count towards +- right? Of course you do…carry on

    And what about Pleks invisibility lately has you putting him on unit1?

  29. FSUPhi1584 says:

    So I was thinking what about using MAB as a RW 5 on 5 and have him on ice with PK Subban. When PK gets the puck, he can skate up along the right wing boards while MAB drops back in the high slot ready to receive a one timer. The rest of the time he could just float around in the upper slot or right faceoff circle waiting to shoot while Moen sets a screen.

    Later on in the game if we have a good lead MAB could be used as a sort of third defenseman protecting the left side of the blue line along the boards, while PK protects the right side, and either O’Byrne or Hal gill protecting the front of the net like a free safety in football (sounds like a cover 3). How’s MAB as a forward on the PK BTW. He could take the spot of one of our skilled forwards like Gomez who is better utilized when trying to score.

    What do you guys think?

  30. TGF says:

    captain Bob aka Gainey has had some bad years personally, wouldn’t this be sweet.

  31. mike g says:

    If anyone hasn’t seen this video, OMG it’s really funny:

    It’s the WAZZUUPPPPP commercial, but with Halak instead….beautiful, beautiful.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  32. EastCoastJoe says:

    Triple OT. Subban with the winner and Halak with the win on their birthdays.

  33. Fansincebirth says:

    Buddy of mine told me RDS is reporting Gill is in tonight!!!

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

  34. swh969 says:

    GO HABS GO! Anyone hear anything new regarding Gill?

  35. BrianSkrudland says:

    Can our hearts take it? Just the thought of an OT game made my heart race a tad too fast for my liking. A regulation win will be just fine for me. Is that asking too much?

  36. avatar_58 says:

    PK! PK! PK!

  37. mb says:

    I almost have a heart attack when they try to protect a 1-goal lead at the end of a game… Can’t even imagine if it goes to OT!!!

  38. BrianSkrudland says:

    I like to think of Jesus with giant eagle’s wings, singin’ lead vocals for Lynard Skynyrd with an angel band and I’m in the front row and I’m hammered drunk.

  39. Mrhab24 says:

    Shaaddduuupppp……. WIN ONLY!

  40. Psycho29 says:

    oops double post

  41. Psycho29 says:

    Is there a game tonight???

    Just kidding! GO HABS GO!!!!!

    My prediction 4-3 Habs again, but this time in OT!!!!

    Can our hearts take it???????


  42. Ian Cobb says:

    You won’t see him in the red white and blue next year my friend.

  43. HUDSONHAB says:

    I think Fleury will start but he may not last one period.


  44. TripleX says:

    One:  you don’t put a player in that position in a SEVENTH game dude.

    Two:  Metro is a gamer but is suffering from his busted up shoulder so that negates taking faceoffs and having any kind of a shot.

    Thre:  He scored 10 garbage goals from within 3 feet of the net not from the blueline.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  45. TripleX says:

    Really?  How many PP goals does he have?  The only stat I see is his MINUS 11!!  That means he has been on the ice for ELEVEN goals more than he has when the team has scored. 

    Important to the PP??  Really??

    Gomez should be on the SECOND unit and Pleks on the FIRST.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  46. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Sit MAB. We’re better rolling 4 lines with Darche. Tonights going to be a mostly 5-on-5 game and both teams are going to be playing a disciplined style. They won’t rely on the PP to win it but on good even strength play aka LAPS/Pyatt/ Moore.

  47. lenny says:

    dear babay jesus,

    plz let the habs win

  48. lavie says:

    Do they have the …? lol

  49. JD_ says:

    “So when the penguin takes a step, its center of mass is low, so when he stops coming up over his leg, the mass moves to the side…and it’s high now, and as it starts rocking backward, it starts falling to the side, it’s also falling forward.” – Tim Griffin, University of California at Berkeley

    Falling, indeed.

    The Habs, otherwise known as the NHL’s DestinyTeam2010™, continue their righteous march down the gloried path to preordained greatness tonight, sealing the deal on that other notable event, namely the Pittsburgh Penguins Meltdown 2010.

    Even the bashers, so utterly confident in their self-loathing when the chips were down, and now quietly and disingenuously changing the subject, have come around. You know who you are. Everyone here does. Take solace: All is forgiven. Hopefully – albeit not necessarily…I’m cool with that – you will exercise thoughtful restraint when the minutiae of next year’s long season blurs the otherwise inarguable notion that Habs braintrust, both present and of the recent past, gets it.

    Getting it doesn’t necessarily deliver success, in particular when it comes to those nefarious handcuffs that one must don when entrusted with the running of one of Montreal’s most prized assets, but getting it absolutely guarantees heart, and we’ve seen what that can do.

    For all my perpetual Other Team Meltdown 2010 bluster, I don’t know what’s going to happen tonight. I do, however, know that there’ll be one team out there that, although it may have nothing to lose, will find greater motivation in its desire to win.

    Sid knows all about being a winner. Love him or hate him, it’s what underpins his character. And it’s clearly disquieting for him to know the other side is loaded with guys who are, as the English are wont to say, up to snuff.

    So, bring it on. Bring on the mighty Pens. The Mellon is ripe for the picking.

    It’s just hockey, eh?



  50. Corio says:

    WE WILL SUCCEED! We have the Pens by the balls baby!  They never expected us to be the beast they have encountered!  This beast is hungry!

  51. HABSsince92 says:

    I really hope that we can win tonight. I haven’t had this much fun watching the playoffs since 2001 ( Roy and Colorado) and I really don’t want it to end. Just like Washington win one road game tonight. Go Habs Go!


    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  52. fuhgawz says:

    Who gets the start in net tonight?



  53. J. Ambrose says:

    Our defense improves when you take him off it. Our team improves when you take him off the ice completely.

  54. Kooch7800 says:

    GO HABS GO! Win or lose this has been a great playoff run!


  55. J. Ambrose says:

    It is bizarre to me how much better Hammer plays when Marky is out of the line-up. Cast into the background when the big Russian is there, Hammer’s game lags. But when Andrei is injured, the Roman Hammer seems to take it upon himself to carry the extra load. I expect a big game from him and Spacek tonight. They may be old and a little run-down, but they are thoroughbreds whose blood stirs in the home stretch.

  56. alfieturcotte says:

    MAB is a huge liability on defense, but is immensely effective on the PP.  Both he and Gomez are the focal points of the PP.  MAB must play (throw him on the 4th line) if only on PP.  An injured Gill or Markov remains a better option on defense than MAB.  Our team inproves if you take MAB off defense and make him a 4th liner /power play specialist.


  57. habfan53 says:

    He should be we have two former leafs  Moore and Gill  HEART and SOUL

  58. pmaraw says:

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  59. Maffu says:


  60. J. Ambrose says:

    Wish I knew why Jackie is so enamoured with MAB. Is it just the sense of adventure? A desire to live dangerously? I’d much rather have Darche out there bumping and grinding on the 4th line, than MAB out there for 4 minutes (if we’re lucky) of PP time, firing a shot into the shin pads of a d-man a foot in front of him. That is, when he actually manages to control the puck at the blue line.

  61. habfan53 says:

    Awsome or  AWFULl

  62. habfan53 says:

    I would not mind seeing Metro back on the PP playing the point. 
    No I’m not crazy   1- he has an accurate shot (remember the skills competition. 2- If necessary he can take a faceoff   3- he is not a defensive liability  4- He DID score 10 PP goals this year 

  63. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    No, the other guy.  Kipper actually gave Montreal some respect.

  64. knukks says:

    He’s (Millard) also never played the game (fairly clueless) and to his credit, Kypreos told him he was wrong. I think Kipper is on the bandwagon!

  65. habfan53 says:

    Does that not explain it.  Who was it Kypper?

  66. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    This guy on hockey central at noon is a tool.  He just said he didn’t think Montreal deserved to go to the final,  then admits he’s a Leaf fan.  Gimme a break.

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