Audio: Price gets call vs Canucks

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | Michael Cammalleri | Carey Price | P.K. Subban | Canucks coach Alain Vigneault | Canucks’ Daniel Sedin | Canucks’ Roberto Luongo, bilingual | Canucks’ Alex Burrows, French

From Canadiens and Canucks practice today at Rogers Arena, in advance of tomorrow night’s game between Montreal and Vancouver:

Carey Price is confirmed in goal for the Habs.

Head coach Jacques Martin would not confirm published report yesterday that D Jaro Spacek is finished for the year. Treatment continues in Montreal, evaluations continue.

Lines were put through Martin’s Magical Mixmaster again as the coach tries to find a spark, any spark, in some guys. Today’s combos: Gomez between Gionta, Pacioretty; Desharnais between White and Pouliot; Plekanec between Cammalleri and Halpern; Eller between Kostitsyn and Moen. Defence pairings were Gill-Subban; Hamrlik-Wisniewski; Weber-Mara. D Picard and F Pyatt were the extras today.


  1. EricInStL says:

    They don’t care what you or I think. In fact professional athletes are quite struck by the fans outlandish behavior. One should watch Big Fan, and then think about their obsession with pro sports.

    The athletes are out for #1 and it ain’t you. By the way, ownership is not better, seeing players as disposable units.

    Society needs professional sports to make the masses not think about their crappy lot.

    Think of all the $$$ people waste on jerseys to players who couldn’t care less unless they get a cut.

    BTW, AK will never develop here in MTL, as for Gomez, I don’t care.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  2. LA Loyalist says:

    I think they cut the price in half after the anniversary year, maybe $50 now, just go to the habs part of It is so worth it.

    When i’m feeling extra, extra bad (like after the “Heritage” flopper) I’ll watch the Rangers/Habs greatest comeback game — or just watch Saku undress Lundqvist for the winning goal. 

    And if I’m not home and I need a fix: youtube: Alex Kovalev hitting Darcy Tucker into next week, that’ll light up your life any day of the week.


  3. Psycho29 says:

    He was probably petrified that JM would put him back on the ice.
    And I like Gomez….I have defended him this season….but in my opinion, it’s time….

  4. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    How about the concept that Niinimaa was the best player available at the time?  too much for you?  the fact you’re sticking up for troll tony say’s a lot about you.  I find it humorous that you root for a team in california yet spend all your time here trolling habs fans.

  5. Strabo says:

    Just a thought but AK will play next year in the NHL not the KHL. He will be a season or less away from a pension. No reason for him to throw that away. 


    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  6. Dave Stubbs says:

    I am often told I observe nothing, so it’s not me.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  7. fbkj says:

    thats allright, ive dated americans… i fell your pain

  8. LA Loyalist says:

    Ninnima is still at an undisclosed hotel in downtown Montreal. No one ever called him and security wouldn’t let him in the Bell Center.

    Problem is he’s gained weight from eating room service and he’s hooked on Oprah.

  9. J.J. of Turku says:

    Her uncle speaks swedish, just like her… 🙂 I know, there must be something wrong with me.

  10. fbkj says:

    tell her uncle johnny says “vesirokko”

  11. LA Loyalist says:

    Gomez came as part of the Ronald Corey Curse deal: we lose Chelios and Roy, and got Gomez.

    The question is, how do we lift the curse?


  12. Mr. Habs says:

    Carbo should have never messed with Ryders game. Ryder would still be a 25+ goal player and here today.

  13. J.J. of Turku says:

    Hope you don’t mean my wife 🙂

  14. observer says:

    and pittsburgh is not done BOLSTERING their team. that’s how pros operate!

  15. Mr. Habs says:

    Me too but I would give him one more shot. If he wets to bed again then ship him out. I’d like to see Gionta, Pacioretty & Desharnais together for a few games.

  16. J.J. of Turku says:

    I Think I’ll wrestle my wife and after the match watch some Northern lights. Weatherman told that tonigt should be a lots of them, wonder where they’re hiding…

  17. fbkj says:

    i let ninja bat him around

  18. observer says:

    i am not cherry picking. most of his trades here were terrible. kovalev in 2004 was the best. it includes not knowing he’d lose hainsey on waivers by sending him to the minors when habs had no exemptions left. i am looking at the entire 8 year picture.

  19. fbkj says:

    wrestle a raindeer and put it on youtube bro

  20. ZepFan2 says:

    Psst…they’ve been trying to add for over 30 years!


    Yay team!!

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  21. J.J. of Turku says:

    Speaking of shots. We arrived 2 hours ago to our summer place. Here it’s even colder than in Turku. Almost -30 celsius. I think I need a vodkashot to start my circulation of blood. +15 celsius inside. Getting slowly warmer… TABARNAC! 

  22. observer says:

    Washington Redskins once had a player called Johnny O whose name was John Olszewski who wore #0

  23. fbkj says:

    you bent that as far as you could with minimal dammage

    well done

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering Spacek never made the road trip that’d be tricky.


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

  25. adam76 says:

    Good lord, I know you were hiding during the playoffs last season – but I thought you would have at least watch the games.  unreal.


    No one can afford Gomez, Cammy can be an asset for at least three more seasons.  Everyone else, is fair game.

  26. fbkj says:

    jan ninnima, hes a defenceman… this is amazing considering our rash of injuries, he could easilly take spaceks spot

  27. JohnBellyful says:

    Please don’t tell me CBC is broadcasting tomorrow night’s game between Vancouver and Montreal. We don’t need another special broadcast featuring the Canadiens in action. Sorry, I mean Canadiens’ inaction.

    The Habs’ play has me feeling down these days, especially when they’re down too, er, two. Er, both.

    It’s times like these when I try to look on the bright side of things to bring my spirits back up, and I encourage other HIO posters feeling bleu to do the same thing. Here’s my Top 10 list of why we shouldn’t give up on our favourite team.

    1. Jean Beliveau symbolizes the Montreal Canadiens at their best. He goes to every home game. Any franchise that produces a player of his stature who still believes in the team has a lot going for it.

    2. The team has won 24 Stanley Cups and given us years of entertaining hockey (this is directed at older fans). Who knows, lightning might strike again, if the Lightning don’t strike first.

    3. A young core of exciting players led by Price and Subban give promise of a brighter future.

    4. They aren’t the Leafs.

    5. Even better, they’re nothing like the Bruins or the Flyers.

    Did I say 10? Okaaaaaaay … their uniforms are really nice, number six … Danny Gallivan was the greatest game-caller ever, number seven … they aren’t the Leafs… wait, I said that, didn’t I..I got it, I got it, Brian Burke isn’t the manager!! Oh yeah, and we’re still in the playoff run, that’s good. One to go …….. one to go …… one to …our coach is bilingual? We got rid of Lapierre? … Don Cherry hates us, and what does he know!

    There you have it, my Top 10 list of why the Canadiens deserve our support. Of course, winning games would make it easier.

  28. fbkj says:


    cool we need another defenceman

  29. observer says:

    youre probably right but there still is a week to go and molson may force the vegan to do something. as secure as they look to at least get 2 home playoff games, so was dallas and in one week became a seller, habs have lost 6 of their last 7 let this continue and the playoffs arent even a cinch. note- when was the last time they won in vancouver? when dale tallon played? make that lost 7 of their last 8.

  30. Rainrocket16 says:

    I have a bad feeling about this trade deadline! Mostly that nothing will be done…Or..we will get rid of a great player for something we already have. Hopefully I am wrong!

  31. bolder says:

    Hopefully this team won’t make the playoffs, and hopefully the Molson’s clean house of this pathetic management. It’s so obvious that this current management team lacks ability to define the needs in order to compete.

  32. HardHabits says:

    It’s pretty clear that the Habs are trying to build a champion. That day however is not today, that year is not this year. For all those people who are tired of hearing wait until next year I have an answer for you. It’s not next year either.

    All, well most, of the teams that made big splash trades have way more to work with. I wonder why. Oh yeah, all those years of drafting high in the pecking order or making astute trades for picks and/or prosepcts.

    The Habs would be smart to stock up on draft picks in the next two seasons. The farm which was once strong is now getting thinned out because of all the injuries.

    Small, speedy players who play in a defensive system instead of a run and gun one will eventually get hurt.

    That’s 3 years in a row where injuries have dismembered the Habs.

    The Habs need to get bigger and more skilled up front.

    The only way that is going to happen is via the draft.

    I’d love to see another Stanley Cup run in Montreal. I don’t believe it’ll happen until the Habs declare themselves sellers in the near future.

    I’ve been wrong before.

  33. The Cat says:

    The Cat’s Tail O’ The Tape: Habs are 15-7-1 on 1 day off and 5-4-2 on Tuesdays. Vancouver are 9-2-1 on 2 days off and 6-2-1 on Tuesdays.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  34. habs001 says:

    puoliot and ak46 were big keys at the beginning of the season to improve our goals production…last year we struggled in scoring goals and going into this season we needed to replace 38 goals(metro,moore,sk74 and mab) just to match last year which was a poor scoring year…this year only 4 teams have scored fewer goals than us and 2 of those teams are getting very close to catching us…

  35. Mr. Habs says:

    HA, the glory days. I miss them so.

  36. habstrinifan says:

    I heard that too. If Pierre Gasuthier is adamant that he unloads AK46 before he can do and deal then we better all tuck the chairs in and go to bed. No one’s gonna help him out there. He’s gotta come up with some method of helping the team othe rthan expecting takers for people like ak46.

  37. habstrinifan says:

    I think day after PG and JM will be gone.

  38. observer says:

    yes great dallas connections. enabled him to get ninimma for ribeiro from them.

  39. punkster says:

    One other thing. She pulled me close as she was fading and whispered, “…Llamas…don’t ever trust ’em…”. Then, of course the usual, “…life’s a bitch and then you die…”.


  40. observer says:

    your list – excellent i might add– what stands out is only 3 kost, pacioretty and plekanec on that scoring list were drafted by the habs(price and subban also were solid picks) this over the entire period these gms have been here. plus trading or losing other high draft picks like hainsey, higgins, komisarek, #2 ribeiro, waste of fisscher, #2 latendresse, i tink #3 lapierre, #1 mcdonaugh, that is why i repeat on top of gauthier/gainey mishandling free agency and trades for most of 8 years they have drafted poorly, traded away too many future #1 and #2 draft picks and your list helps display it. your draft should be your foundation and then you use the other processes to operate. here it is completely messed up by these 2 guys. the team needs someone to come in and straighten this mess out. gauthier cannot be expected to correct himself when he and gainey wont admit any of their many mistakes.

  41. observer says:

    AK will be a better player for whoever he ends up with next. Just like all the rest, his brother, grabovski, ribeiro, etc., etc.

  42. HardHabits says:

    So I guess that Spacek trade isn’t gonna happen after all……..

  43. twocents says:

    So, it’s Monday.

    What’s Melnick’s line now?

  44. TomNickle says:

    Excellent avatar.

  45. TomNickle says:

    Waving the white flag, no pun intended, is not tanking at this point.  This team is riddled with injuries.

    This is an opportunity to move Cammalleri, Kostitsyn, Gomez, Hamrlik and Moen to cup contending teams and maximize the return.

    Cammalleri would attract a hefty return.

    Gomez could get you prospets.

    Kostitsyn can get you a prospect and a pick.

    Moen and Hamrlik can get you a pick each.

    Moving forward with the young core and veteran leaders and trimming the fat is the best way to go.  Insulate the future of Plekanec, Eller, Pacioretty, Pouliot, Subban, Weber, Gorges and Price with the current leadership of Gill, Gionta and Markov keeping in mind that you’ll be adding to that stout core with players like Leblanc and Tinordi and hopefully players like Kristo, Gallagher and Avtsin.  

    This team has a golden opportunity in front of it to build a team that will be a perennial contender for the Stanley Cup.

    Understanding that reality is the next step.

  46. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Man, a losing streak AND the trade deadline? At the same time?? This place will be insufferable! Well, even moreso than usual!

  47. avatar_58 says:

    Spacek done? Then for christ sake pack it up and trade away the UFAs. What is this GM waiting for?

  48. HardHabits says:

    I am not advocating tanking at all. Not yet anyways. 😉 Besides, it’s too late in the season for that.

    I do agree with you are saying and am advocating those types of moves.

    “Those who fight and run away…..Live to fight another day!”

  49. Danno says:

    Ovechkin to play in the NFL,14229/


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

  50. PeterD says:

    I really don’t want the team to thow in the towel and tank in order to rebuild at this point…BUT…I do agree with your proposal to shed the organization of hte current dead wood and stock pile some draft picks for the future.

    I like the ones you want to keep but I would like to keep Cammi as well,  but for sure get rid of Gomez, Moen, Kostitsyn, and give Hammer a chance at a cup…he is a good guy but not much time left in his legs.

    “And Scott Gomez is still missing. He’s the original hole in the donut. The place where odd-man rushes go to die.” Jack Todd

  51. The Cat says:

    I agree. Getting Mara pretty much proved the habs dont want to go for it, but would like and are hoping for a couple of playoff gates.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  52. HabFab says:

    All power to the “white revolution”!!

  53. observer says:

    i dont hope that, but youre 100% right gauthier after 30 unsuccessful years in the league never getting to the cup finals series even once – he is totally undeserving of being gm of the most prestigious franchise in the sport. and gainey his “advisor” is so brain concussed he couldnt differentiate between a ribeiro and a ninima.

  54. fbkj says:

    wait how many years?

    btw we traded ribeiro? who did we get for him?

  55. WindsorHab-10 says:

    The only way I would agree with us becoming sellers is if the entire management team is done at the end of this season. I have to agree with most posters that JM’s system is taking away & draining our talented forwards. I chose to keep telling myself that size was overrated in this league but the last game against Boston indicates that it is a must in today’s game. We definitely have a good bunch we can build around & like someone mentioned, the key is to win the cup. That’s not happening this year, therefore the smart thing to do is to blow up this team.

  56. PeterD says:

    So according to Stubbs on Twitter…JM was “seriously profane” at practice today.  Think I just threw up a little in my mouth at that!

    Seriously??…with all the so called veteran leadership on this team and in the middle of a poor road trip and nearing the end of the trade deadline and with a play-off spot not confirmed and in a race to make it…why on earth do these players not get it themselves?

    The veterans should not need a bag skate or calling out by their coach at this point in the season, they are supposed to be professionals and experienced enough to know what it takes to get into the playoffs and to know what is on the line every game for the rest of the season.

    If this is our leadership core then by al lmeans Pierre start clearing them out right now while we can still get some pucks and skate guards back in return.

    “And Scott Gomez is still missing. He’s the original hole in the donut. The place where odd-man rushes go to die.” Jack Todd

  57. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Would be nice to give PG his walking papers before the deadline but that’s wishful thinking.

  58. ZepFan2 says:


    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  59. ZepFan2 says:


    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  60. J.J. of Turku says:

    First I thought: “How about picking up Hagman from waiwers?” Then I found out that the reason why I’m thinking that kind of thoughts… I’ve should have gone to bed for hours ago. So, good night and let’s all forget Hagman with his 3 million $ – contract and 9 goals.

  61. TomNickle says:

    I’d rather keep Gomez than Cammalleri.

  62. christophor says:


    No offence.

  63. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    As I said Tony, it’s very easy to look at a trade in hindsight and critisize it, it’s also very ignorant.  Unless you can prove that Bob was offered a better player than Niinimaa, you can’t say it was a bad trade.  Did it ever occur to you that THAT WAS THE BEST OFFER HE GOT FOR MICKEY RIBS??  I bet in your false reality the NHL is full of GM’s looking to trade you their best players for your underperforming crap ones.  Since Ribby was traded to a western conference team it’s logical to assume Bob was shopping him to the western conference. That happens all the time, GM’s do it to minimize the hurt factor should said player get his game back and start putting up points.  So it’s fair to surmise that at the time that was the best offer Bob got from the western conference teams he was shopping the player to.  As I said it involves variables and risks that you just don’t comprehend.

  64. fbkj says:

    yeah quit tryin to pawn off your finnish eurotrash JJ >:(

  65. Psycho29 says:

    TSN reported on ‘That’s Hockey’ that the Habs hope Spacek can return to action tomorrow in Vancouver…

  66. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Wait a minute!

    Eller is playing center?

  67. observer says:

    quick! contact gainey immediately!

  68. J.J. of Turku says:

    Hah! 🙂

    Toskala would be cheap and reliable backup 😀

  69. fbkj says:

    why would gainey need to be contacted he already did the trade

    giddy up

  70. observer says:

    Jean Beliveau must be very sad when he sees what has become of the greatest team in hockey as he sits and watches $7 million players who can’t score.

  71. Danno says:

    With 39 shots on goal and no score, I’d say we lack finnish 🙂


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

  72. fbkj says:

    k now do the same but with suomi!

    not as easy now eh smarty pants 🙂

  73. ZepFan2 says:


    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

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