Auld knows his role with Canadiens

Alex Auld knows exactly what the Canadiens want from him next season and he has no problem with that, he sais in an interview with RDS.

“We didn’t talk about a specific number of games, but more about the role I would have with the team,” Auld said. “They want me to help Carey Price get better and that is exactly what I want to do.”

“It’s a nice challenge for me and I plan on living up to it. The success of the team I am playing for is always my priority.”

Auld added that he jumped at the offer when the Canadiens called. Auld is familiar with head coach Jacques Martin and goaltender coach Pierre Groulx, who were with the Florida Panthers when Auld played there in 2006-07.

• Heading south: Christopher Higgins

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  1. nightmare_49 says:

      Bill – Once again a nice post. 

  2. Stooof says:

    Yea but its not just hammer.  from ufas alone we will have something around 15 million, plus all the 1 year signings from this year.  that is a lot of money.  the other part of the 30 is from the rfas of next year and the signings from this year, including price and laps, who knows if their contracts will be up next year.    ultimately we are sitting pretty. 

  3. J Haul says:

    Well there’s nothing they can do on the play (other than adopt an NHL-type empty net rule where the goal is awarded automatically… but I digress). However, it should be reviewed though and Suarez suspended for more than one game. He also came back onto the field to celebrate, another no-no.

    My point was that “fair play” is clearly the last thing on Suarez’s mind at seemingly all times. Those kinds of plays are a black mark on the game. You’ve got to take your losses like a man. I suspect karma will bite the Uruguay squad against the Dutch, but that’s hardly consolation for a nation and continent that deserved this hard fought game.

  4. aemarchand11 says:

    STFU you ignorant troll!

  5. aemarchand11 says:

    Could you please start using proper punctuation?


    Oh yeah!



  6. HardHabits says:

    there you go again

  7. Propwash says:

    You forget, Ribiro was shart, and was a party animal. He didnt deserve to wear the Habs logo.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  8. crabvader says:

    Komisarek, 4.5 mil for a season ending injury. Lucic killed him.

    Tanguay, actually produced while he was healthy. 2 picks we gave up to them are: Greg Nemisz and Stefan Elliott. Where the **** are they at? We got Maxim Trunev out of that trade aswell. KHL player, remains to be seen what happens with him.

    Higgins and a guy scouts had as degrading big time in McDonagh traded for Scott Gomez and Tommy Pyatt. Gomez attracts free agents Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta.

    Fisher was a wasted pick, but we get another pick by not signing him. Great, isn’t it?

    Latendresse sat on his fat ass and never worked in Montreal because of this sense of Quebecois entitlement. Screw him and GOOD for him for producing in Minny. Let’s see him do it again. We get Pouliot who we know can score, as long as he keeps his head in the game and works his conditionning.

    Matthew Schneider comes to Montreal to help us with blue line offence, he puts up 17 pts in 23 games played. Robert Lang was on fire until an unfortunate tendon injury and Moore played so well for us in our bottom tier, almost everyone wants him back. We probably won’t get him back because of his history of asking for too much, but we sign Boyd, who has similar stats to Colby Armstrong, with more hits, for those who like to pander about Colby’s hitting game, and Armstrong makes 3mil per.

    Now, don’t come back crying to me about how I don’t refute your lame arguments.



  9. HardHabits says:

    C’mon Tony. You can come clean with me. You’re upset because your hero Burke traded away Tyler Seguin for Kessel. It’s OKAY Tony. The Leafs will make the playoffs within your lifetime.

  10. likehoy says:

    the return of pierre dagenais?

  11. TomNickle says:


    I’m guessing this is menopause though….not a period.

  12. HardHabits says:

    Habs are in great shape moving into the future. The most knowledgable fans out in the real world and here on this web site can see that. The ones lacking the most knowledge, all 242 of them, can only squirm and complain as the Leafs tank again and see as that pick goes to Boston.

    It’s no wonder why Tony is so pissed. Tyler Seguin to Boston must’ve jolted a screw loose for that poor Leafer.

  13. Propwash says:

    WTF does koolaid have to do with hockey?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  14. New says:

    Thanks for the link. Pateryn, Avtsin, and Quattrocki? That’s interesting. College, KHL, and the goalie who disappeared. Maybe the team is serious about developing players.

  15. HardHabits says:

    the only disaster is you and it’s absolutely unbelievable that you are still here

  16. GrimJim says:

    Damn, I was hoping the Habs would invite Joel Broda as a try-out. 50 goals last year, 37 this year in the WHL. There are questions about his skating but he is a goal scorer.

  17. HardHabits says:

    When does your period end?

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Good read, a pity the NHL doesn’t like common sense.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  19. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Oh,  he’ll have lot’s of oppurtunities to party here in South Florida thats for sure.

  20. HardHabits says:

    If Tony242 was a real Habs fan that’s where he’d be focusing his anger but since he’s a Leafs fan, well, the rest we already know.

  21. crabvader says:

    1. Plenty of time to trade for another 2nd rounder, not worried about it.

    2. Boyd was a 3rd rounder.

    3. He’s 650k and hits more than Colby Armstrong, who’s being paid 3mil per. He has virtually all the same numbers.

    4. Stop whining.

    5. Moore isn’t getting any younger and while I like him a lot, he’s probably asking for too much. He might sign @ 1mil somewhere else, but they don’t get taxed like we do.

  22. ZepFan2 says:

    + 10


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  23. says:

    That was a very entertaining read, thanks for the breath of fresh air.

    I think Bettman has to stop thinking that this is a high market league and start thinking on a lower scale.  Mind you he wouldn’t be in business very long if he wasn’t trying to expand, and grow the league.

    It drives me crazy knowing that Montreal, year after year is paying monies to Phoenix, Atl, and Fl.

    At least these teams aren’t going out year after year and chasing huge salary players.  That would erk me.

    No franchise player in Atl is going to sink that team even more than it already is.

    I actually watch the Thrashers games just to see how many fan show up.  It’s unbelievable that they are still in this league.

    They Call Me Shane

  24. sidhu says:

    I suppose that’s as close as he can get to the “promise land” of partying… :)

  25. W35T5ID3 says:

    All’s Auld’s gotta do is know his roll and shut his hole…..If ya smelll whaaatttt immmmm cooookin..

  26. shiram says:

    No, i meant Marc.

    I didnt know he was retired.

  27. mike g says:

    Uraguay has a giant vuvuzela up their assss…

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

  28. J Haul says:

    Didn’t think I could hate Suarez anymore than I already did, but there you have it. What a goof. This World Cup is supposed to be all about “fair play”. That went right out the window there.

    Also, why was he allowed to celebrate on the pitch? He was shown off, he’s not supposed to be allowed back on there. Better be a few games suspension. Can’t wait for the dutch to pound these guys.

  29. nightmare_49 says:


       22 prospects will participate in a development camp

        Avtsyn, Eller, Brisebois, Gallagher etc. will be there  (22 players)



  30. Psycho29 says:

    Marc Denis is retired and on RDS now. Did you mean Yann Danis?

  31. lavie says:

    Auld also knows that he would be provided the same opportunity Halak was. Who knows what kind of Price we will see this season.

  32. Bill H says:

    Goalie controveries aside, just for a minute…

    Most posters here will already know this.  Its nothing new.  But I don’t remember seeing all these points considered together.  Consider the following.

    1.) Salary cap: established to keep a lid on salaries for the benefit of profits for owners, and to ensure that teams with low revenue can compete with teams that have high revenues.  We all know who we are talking about here.  Low revenue = sunbelt teams plus a few others.  High revenue teams = Canadiens, Leafs, NYR, etc.

    2.) Revenue sharing: similar to salary cap, established so that low revenue teams can compete with high revenue teams. 

    It can be convincingly argued that the above measures are for the good of the league.  More teams = more money for players and owners.  Not everyone likes it, especially if your team is a high revenue team that could be doing a lot better without 1.) and 2.)

    But there are other factors that clearly put some teams at a disadvantage compared to others. 

    1.) High taxes: okay, I think you see where I am going with this.  How is a team supposed to compete when it has to pay its players 5% or 10% more than other teams just so that they get the same take home pay as they would elsewhere? 

    So there are some teams at a disadvantage due to low revenues.  They are compensated to make them financially viable and competitive.  Other teams who are at a disadvantage due to taxes and there is no effort to level the playing field.  I suppose this is partly because these teams remain financially viable in spite of the uneven playing field.

    2.) Currency flucuations: Some teams’ revenues are in Canadien dollars but they must pay their players in American dollars.  This was much more of an issue 5 years ago.  I suspect its one of the main reasons we lost franchises in Quebec and Winnipeg.  It continues to hurt the bottom line of other Canadian clubs.

    Again, no attempt by the league to even the playing field.  When the playing field favours sunbelt teams but not Canadian teams, the league does nothing.  When the playing field favours Canadian teams but not sunbelt teams, they come up with these formulas (salary caps and revenue sharing) and stick them in the CBA.  Of course Bettman is pushing this agenda.  This is no surprise to people here.  He’s not exactly popular as a result.  But the epiphany for me is in putting these all together to see how they work against our Habs.

    I think when they negotiate the next CBA, they should take taxes into consideration and allow teams in high tax areas to exceed the salary cap by a certain percentage to be determined by how much more taxes the players pay.  The same consideration could be made to compensate for currency differences.  Fair is fair.  Why should some teams be helped when at a disadvantage but others not helped?

    That’s a rhetorical question.  I know the answer.  *sigh*


  33. Say Ash says:

    Robbed by a crossbar?

  34. Stooof says:

    Anyone notice our cap situation next year?  we will have something like 30 million free up with a bunch of ufas and rfas.  I personally think we are iin a great position right now.  We get to have some confirmation on who of the core was the real deal or a one time spark, then we can adjust our team accordingly, and will have lots of wiggle room with who we want to get in here.  We will have a solid idea of the core, likely to be composed of the automatic returnees like cammi, gomez, pleks, gionta, price, pk, moen, spacek, and likely eller,  then we can add or subtract who we want based on their play.  I envision lots of good things for next season and subsequent seasons.  plus next years UFA list is pretty long and deep. 


    Habs are looking good into the future! 

    And on the side, anyone who says carey price hasnt proven anything, this is only partly true. No, in the respect that he hasnt won a cup, or many series, and posted a bad record last year.  But you will say yes he has if you actually watched him play last season.  He played INCREDIBLE hockey for most of the year.  even in losing efforts he blew me away.  The kid is a sick goalie, and he will show you all this next year.  i am certain of it.  Talk all you want about bad goals or deflating goals. those come and go iwth any goalie. anyhow.. GO HABS

  35. Danno says:

    I’m not really into soccer in a big way, but I’m kind of crying myself…


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

  36. Danno says:

    Heartbreaker for the Ghanans and all of Africa. Especially when look back at the last minute of overtime…


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

  37. crabvader says:

    Wow, some higher power must REALLY hate Ghana…

  38. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Ghana’s eliminated! 

  39. Propwash says:



    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  40. Tis Himself says:

    Does any side want to win that game?

  41. Propwash says:

    WOW, wtf is with this shootout?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  42. crabvader says:

    Lol! This game is nuts.

  43. shiram says:

    I was just wondering with all the goalies issue, i have not seen Marc Denis’s name mentionned?

    Wouldnt he have made a good big brother for Price? Sorry if this a stupid question, i am a bit new to the hockey world, and Denis just seems like a natural choice since he was in the organization.

    Though i guess there’s the french thing…

  44. Danno says:

    Ghana clearly outplayed Uraguay. They should have won the match. Hope they can take the shootout.


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

  45. crabvader says:

    Boring day – Not that I expected anything more.

  46. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Matthew Lombardi to Nashville! 10.5 M over 3 years!

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs holding their 2nd development camp, notable attendees include Andreas Engqvist and Alexander Avtsin, along with recent acquisitions Lars Eller, Ian Schultz and our 2010 draftees. P.K. Subban will attend as well, along with my favourite grinder to make the team next season Ryan White.

    Full list here, including more guys on invites.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  48. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Lombardi to the Preds – $10.5m over 3 yrs.


  49. crabvader says:

    Lol!!! This Ghana vs Uruguay game is hilarious!

  50. New says:

    Can each team and all players be incorporated as NHL enterprises, NY, NY 10101, all business and residential addresses the same? If a player from NY wanted for some reason to maintain a seperate residence in Montreal or Vancouver for the 80 days a year he was playing or training  there it shouldn’t effect his taxes should it? For that matter why couldn’t they all be in the Caymans?

  51. sidhu says:

    Higgins to play in South Beach??  His dream has come true… I wonder if guaranteed open bar was part of his contract.

  52. Danno says:

    Really good post.


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

  53. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Sunrise, not South Beach.

  54. showey47 says:

    Francois Brisebois?????? Is this the future of the full breezer?

  55. sidhu says:

    Great point — next year’s UFA class is supposed to be amazing.  The Hammer contract alone will free up 5.75m, enough for a top player.

  56. habs4last says:

    don’t you mean our lack of offence?

  57. Propwash says:

    Wrong, Gainey built a team that rarely quitted, and it was our defence that more often than not made Halak look so good.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  58. Propwash says:

    Plus tons more blocked.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  59. HardHabits says:

    you forgot to mention 47%

  60. Propwash says:

    Last I checked, it was Cammi that had the most goals in the playoffs. Im a glass half full kinda guy.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  61. Propwash says:

    Only in win/loss. G.A.A was almost identical.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  62. habs4last says:

    no. Auld got the job because he’s the cheapest goalie available.

  63. TripleX says:




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

  64. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I agree,  it reeks of management trying to placate Price in order to get him to be happy and sign a long term contract.

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    Free agent goaltenders in the NHL at this moment.

    I can’t think of any names on that list I’d actually want on the team that are clearly superior to Auld and would sign for what he did.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  66. TripleX says:

    I do have to admire your consistency dude.

    EVERY move management makes is brilliant and the best possible one that anyone could make.  LOL



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

  67. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Maybe Yann Danis…maybe. And even there I’d be quite surprised if he’d sign for 1 yr and under $1m.

    I’m not sure why this is so difficult for some to understand – Carey Price is the starting goalie. Full Stop. Management obviously didn’t want to deal with a potential goal controversy laden season so they went with a backup, and only a backup. The most they could’ve realistically saved was $250k. Are we really going to quibble over $250k?

    Or am I right in suspecting that anybody who was signed would be sh*t all over as this has nothing to do with Auld and everything to do with those who are still crying over the Halak trade?

  68. mike g says:

    I think Emery would have been good.

    He’s not the veteran we apparently need, but alot of people forget he was having a very good year with Philly before having surgery.

    Of course I’m not sure if he’d survive the nightlife in this city. It would probably get the best of him. Who knows.

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

  69. Rugger says:

    You’re right, it is going to be that way after every goal sgainst this year.

  70. SeriousFan09 says:

    Never said that, but J.T. is stretching it to suggest that there is this long list of UFA goalies that could be signed for a million dollars or less that would be better than Alex Auld. There aren’t, Turco and Nabokov will never take that kind of cash, Toskala’s a non-starter, Theo will never come back here. Then you have guys like Pat Lalime who JM has already dealt with and knows is not the answer, than the injury-plagued Ray Emery.

    After that, is there anyone on that list whose name you can readily recall them playing a NHL game you watched this year?

    I don’t like every decision the management makes, but my issues are more with player drafting/development ATM and a new contract with Andrei Markov.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  71. J.T. says:

    Actually, Emery would have been fun, since all the other Habs “newsmakers” are gone now.  Probably cheap too, and, when he’s not being controversial, he’s a fine goalie.

  72. Rugger says:

    And I doubt he would have signed a 1 year 1M deal

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    The talk about his labrum surgery is that it was potentially career-ending, he may end up having to play the AHL or the KHL again to get his name back into service. I don’t think he’s going to get any real NHL deals with multiple injuries over a season.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  74. Propwash says:

    Emery is waaaaaay too much of a headcase imho, plus there would be that neverending No. 1 goaltender arguement. Emery would not want to be a No. 2


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  75. TripleX says:

    Fair enough.



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

  76. SeriousFan09 says:

    The term ‘career ending’ came up with his torn labrum, no guarantee he’d even be ready to start for the 10-11 season is the issue. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has to do another tour in the KHL or the AHL before getting a shot at another NHL job once he’s done his rehabilitation, if he can do it.

    Nothing against the guy, but we’ve had too many issues with party boys already and that injury makes him too high-risk to spend the money.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  77. christophurrr says:

    exactly… bo jackson knows this all too well

  78. J.T. says:

    Not suggesting there’s a long list, but honestly?  I would have coughed up the extra half million to keep Ellis.  My concern isn’t so much with the backup per se.  It’s with the idea that Carey Price is going to be the number-one goalie, Full Stop.   He may very well be ready and able to fill that role, and I hope to God he is.  BUT, what if he’s not?  Gauthier’s taking a very, very big gamble here.  If Price falters, will we be looking at another year like 2008-09, when the team imploded after Christmas while Price lost game after game?  Or like 2009-10 when Price won only thirteen games and Halak stole his job?  What if, on his third shot at being the number-one goalie, Price doesn’t come through?  What then?  For me, it would have been worth the half million to buy a little insurance, JUST IN CASE Price isn’t ready.*  Otherwise, as far as a backup goes, Sanford has similar numbers to Auld.  Desjardins is probably worth a look.  If management is determined to give Price the vast majority of the games anyway, I think the team could have saved half the money they’re paying Auld.  When you’re as tight against the cap as the Habs will be, that money matters.

    *I’m in no way using this post to lament the Halak trade.  This is the legitimate concern of a supportive Habs fan who knows a young goalie…ANY young goalie…can have inconsistency issues.  I am certainly cheering for Price and wishing he has the season of his life.

  79. Tis Himself says:

    If Price bites the root, this team is soooooooo screwed.

  80. Tis Himself says:

    It doesn’t matter who is on this team. It’s a campaign ending in an odd-number year. We’re already in a hole.

  81. Rugger says:

     a half mil would not have kept Ellis.  1. you need to consider taxes, 2. he wanted a starting situation 3. he was looking for multi year.

  82. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Fair enough – but what would make you think that Ellis, who lost HIS starting job, would provide that insurance? I think the hand-wringing about Price is extremely over-played.

  83. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ellis was going to seek closer to 2 million to sign here, the tax rates in Quebec always raise UFA prices and he stated he wasn’t that interested in playing behind Carey Price when he did the TB deal, he jumped from NSH because he didn’t want to play behind Pekka Rinne as well, who took over the job there. I know Price is a gamble but I’m willing to go with it. As HardHabits has suggested and I heartily agree, it’s time to stop waiting for a saint in nets and expect a better team.

    As for Sanford and Desjardins I wouldn’t put either of them in our net outside of emergency injury replaceent. I’ve seen Hamilton games this year, Sanford couldn’t hold the job over Desjardins during the season and Desjardins, while having certain gifts, his faults are too high to play him at the NHL Level, his skating has issues and he’s a nightmare playing the puck. Both of them lost their starting jobs at various points to one another and both had their stats boosted by Guy Boucher’s coaching this season.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  84. J.T. says:

    I don’t want a saint in net.  I want a reliable goalie who doesn’t let in a bad goal every game, then lose it afterwards.  I want a goalie who doesn’t break his stick, punch the drywall or take two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a huge playoff game.  I honestly hope Price is that guy.  I want him to be more mature and emotionally level this year, and take advantage of the great talent we all know he has.   The Habs are betting the house on it. 

    I want a better team too…but the goalie is a big part of the team’s results.  Maybe Ellis would have asked for more.  Maybe he wouldn’t.  We don’t know that.  And, I don’t listen to much that newly-signed free agents say.  The day his rights were traded, Ellis was saying how it’s not about having the “number-one” title, it’s about winning and being part of a good team.  Now he’s in Tampa and he’s saying he wouldn’t have liked playing behind Price.  It’s all spin at this point.


  85. HardHabits says:

    Auld was brought in because even he can make Price look good. Sanford and Desjardins have the potential to play better and that would make the masses less accepting of Prince Carey’s eventual coronation.

  86. aemarchand11 says:

    Auld played his best days down in Florida did he not? Under Martin and Groulx.

  87. Kevin Mio says:

    He was 7-13-5 that year with a save percentage under .900 and a GAA of 3.35.

  88. aemarchand11 says:

    LOL, i looked at the TSN stats for him after i wrote this…. Was I ever wrong!

  89. TripleX says:

    I would prefer a backup goalie who had the prime role of winning some games rather than a million dollar babysitter.  :)


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

  90. Willy the bum says:

    If the backup goalie prefer winning games of his own than being the babysitter, mostly there’s a chance that he would want to be #1 goalie as well.

  91. jbroderi says:

    I certainly hope that wasn’t his best!  hahaha


    he’ll fill the role we need.  No matter how he plays, if he is the number 1 guy by the end of the season, we got issues.  This is up to Price to be the man in nets!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  92. TripleX says:

    Oh, oh.  Big mistake dude.  Never muddy the waters on HIO with a dose of reality.  LOL



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

  93. Willy the bum says:

    That’ll boost some confidence in Price ’cause I’m sure he’s now better than Auld.

  94. Ground Chuck says:

    Well then, let’s hope that Carey doesn’t win his first two games of the year only to be rewarded by getting to watch the next game from the bench.

  95. crabvader says:

    Two words: Florida Panthers.


  96. Habzmo says:

    I think he’ll be a great mentor for Carey Price. Martin probably saw something in his ability to help and teach, and that’s probably why he got the job.

    We don’t need Auld to win too many games for us – we need Carey Price to do that, and Auld will be there to hopefully help make Price better.

  97. TripleX says:

    Yeah that is probably true.  He was hired because he is such a proven mentor and not because he is cheap.

    Nine different teams so far for Auld.  He must be a great mentor and a lousy goalie.  :)


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

  98. J.T. says:

    No, he got the job because he was the best of the musical backups who’d accept a one-year deal for cheap on the first day of free agency.  Gauthier would have done as well or better if he’d waited a few weeks.

    The only way Auld will make Price better is by saying, “Hey Carey, no matter how bad you are, you’re not as bad as me!”  Price may not *play* better after that, but he’ll certainly *feel* better.

    I don’t like this signing.  They paid too much for too little.


  99. TripleX says:

    Trust me, after two years + on HIO I am pretty used to it.  LOL


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

  100. Willy the bum says:

    I’ll pray we won’t be like the Leafs in the beginning of last season….

  101. Habzmo says:

    Any word on how much Price might actually be signing for? I’m assuming these salary negotions won’t last much longer. Will they?

  102. TripleX says:

    The apologists for Sutter in Calgary are using the Habs as an example of why it is too early to condemn him.

    The argument is that everyone was laughing at Gainey last July and look where they went in the playoffs.  So Sutter is a joke now but wait to see what happens at the end of the season.

    LOL  That is how far we have come in Montreal?  Now we are used as an example of how LAUGHABLE moves can have a silver lining?




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

  103. avatar_58 says:

    Umm Gainey went out and FIXED the team, he didn’t resign losers who never worked out. That would be saying he resigned Theodore, Riberiro and Ryder. Which he didn’t – he sought out brand new talent that would spark a new age. And they did – a third round.

    Just because everyone (outside our fanbase) hates the habs doesn’t mean they get to use our team as an example. I can’t believe the habs are still laughed at given we have more success these years than LOSER teams like Ottawa, the Leafs, NEW JERSEY et al.


    So you know what? Up yours NHL fans. My team is awesome.

  104. crabvader says:

    Your cynicism is quite tiring.

  105. Habzmo says:

    Our “laughable” moves last season have had more than a silver lining. We completely changed the dynamics of the team and actually were a pretty exciting team to watch (when everyone was healthy). I think we did did very well this season, and no matter what people say, it took more than just Halak to achieve what we did.

    As far as the Flames go, they’re not really doing anything new. How much success did they have with Jokinen and Tanguay in their lineup? Why go back to the same thing that didn’t work the first time.

  106. sh00n says:

    I wish we could move Hammer’s salary and bring back Souray. If he stayed healthy and we told him no to fight under any circumstances, he’d be brilliant on our PP again.

  107. Rugger says:

    As much as I like Souray when he was here, and he was one of my favorites, I like the way the D is heading now that MAB is gone, with mostl of them being defensively saavy (O’B has a way to go), plus at least 3 that can support the PP (Markov, Spacek, Subban).

  108. habs4last says:

    exciting to watch? we were shutout several times during the season, and dead last in even strength scoring, and most of their games were snoozefests.

    exciting my foot! obviously you never watched them play, because there isn’t a more boring team and coach in the NHL.

  109. Propwash says:

    Making it to the ECF made them pretty exciting to watch dontcha think?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  110. habs4last says:

    we have more success than Ottawa? really?   how mant times in the past 10 years have habs made it beyond the 1st round?????

    check your stats before making nonsensical comments,  otherwise it makes you look stupid.

  111. Tis Himself says:

    After graduating from Auld College of Goaltending, Price can go overseas and complete his graduate studies at the University of Aebischer in Berne, Switzerland.

  112. lavie says:

    Auld: my role – help Carey be a good #1 for the first half; help Carey be a good backup from 42nd game. Anyway, my role is to help Carey.

  113. Say Ash says:

    Welcome to the site, Allen Walsh.

  114. punkster says:

    I replied in a reasonable fashion to your similar assertion earlier today.Any response this time?

    disagree. In a crowd of the that size (21000 plus) it is likely that
    only a portion of them will express their displeasure, not all, after
    just one mistake. Just how many is only a guess. It could be a few boo
    birds and a few others who walk out. It could be 10%, 20%, 30% or even
    more who boo and/or walk out. I think it unlikely, given all the
    evidence in the recent past to go by, that more than just a vocal few
    hundred or thousand would actually boo. And it will take more than one
    blunder by Price for that to happen. As to your second point, the crowd
    “hopng and urging it to happen”, well that too is highly unlikely. It
    would take 21000 plus very small minded fans to magically appear in the
    building for that to happen. The vast majority of fans who attend the
    games are ordinary poeple just like us and we don’t hope for their
    failure, do we?


  115. HardHabits says:

    I know you’re praying they fail

  116. W35T5ID3 says:

    What an uneventful first few Free Agent FRENZY DaYs…..TOOOoo exciting i just can’t contain myself…………


    …………………………… …………. … .’s time to crack open the vodka…..

  117. mike g says:

    Speaking of vodka….

    Here’s off-ice reason #1 why Mike Richards is my favorite player…:


    Yeah f’kin Yyyyeah!

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

  118. showey47 says:

    according to eklund the flyers have asked gagne to waive his NTC.

  119. W35T5ID3 says:

    … come to Montreal right???

  120. New says:

    Seeing as how they appear to be a tad over there might actually be legs to that.

  121. likehoy says:

    according to eklund…2012 will happen…buckle your safety belts!

  122. Propwash says:

    Why is it that some of you guys WANT the Habs to fail? What is the point of that?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  123. W35T5ID3 says:

    No doubt homie,you said it!Im always always always positive about our boys through thick and thin ,when there playing like crap,when they;re down by 3 in a game …….I STAY POSITIVE.I BELEIEVE IN THE HABS.

  124. nightmare_49 says:

    … Quote from Bruce ‘Rumours” Garrioch via Larry Brooks twitter

        Jokinen heading back to Calgary: Thought they were hiring someone to give Sutter advice. Oh, no one said “good” advice

  125. crabvader says:

    A win is a win. No matter how you get it. Winning them in OT or shootouts simply means your team is clutch.

    See, for every glass half-empty comment you make, it’s easily refuted by a glass half-full one.

  126. ZepFan2 says:

    What happened to your claim that Beliveau is more likely to play than Boyd being signed?

    So much for your conspiracy that the preds were just shedding payroll I guess?!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  127. mike g says:


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

  128. HardHabits says:

    Gauthier/Gainey got the Molsons 8 playoff paychecks. They didn’t stand pat. They overhauled the whole team last Summer. They also traded Halak for prospects Ellar and Schultz and traded SK for Boyd.

    BTW. Building a team is about more than making retarded and bone-headed T242 moves. If you want a team to cheer that thinks the way you do for go cheer for the Sens, Leafs or the Flames. Those teams are using your logic.

    BTW. Who’s signed Halak?

  129. jbroderi says:

    what would you have done??  you talk smack all the time but never say anything meaningful..   Give me 5 things you would have done this off-season, keeping in mind the cap, and also back up plans for each option, as you can’t always get what you want!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  130. jbroderi says:

    Oh, and by the way, you biased turd, you can’t blame management for the losses while you credit your little angel Halak for all the wins.  You gotta at least be consistent!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  131. Storm Man says:

    Tony 242 do you need a job?

  132. New says:

    Time for Robert L to do his magic again.

  133. Propwash says:

    Tony, the ends justify the means. The Habs made a pretty good run…not one individual but the entire TEAM. Your baseless hatred make zero ZERO sense and you are just here to stir the pot.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  134. Rugger says:

    The Tony242 conspiracy theory: He is really the HI/O staff keeping the summer numbers up by provoking 17 “you’re crazy” posts for every one they post.

  135. likehoy says:

    so? we ended up winning games in OT too…

    last I checked, there is overtime and shootout in hockey, and they shouldn’t be taken lightly cause every point counts.

  136. aemarchand11 says:


    Why do you even bother, things were working nicely when you were not spreading your disease.

  137. says:

    x 2

    They Call Me Shane

  138. HardHabits says:

    5 things Tony242 would do:

    1) pg and bg

    2) 88

    3) 47%

    4) stand pat

    5) halak, halak, halak

  139. saskhabfan says:

    6) spend hours and hours under burke’s desk spit shining “little burkie”.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  140. Habhopeful says:



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

  141. aemarchand11 says:


  142. TomNickle says:

    And who exactly would you have hired there Harold Ballard?

    And keep in mind you may want to have some information regarding which people would actually want to come here.

    You can’t just say Doug Riseborough and Guy Lapointe for GM and Head of Scouting.


  143. Rugger says:

    Last I heard he was considering the 28 offer sheets he got, plus the Blues & KHL offers and one from the England National Soccer team.

  144. TripleX says:

    Using the same logic.  Who has signed Price?


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

  145. ZepFan2 says:

    Isn’t Halak the next coming of Jacques Plante? Price, he’s garbage in your mind, so who cares about him.

    Surely Halak should have been signed by now?!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  146. ZepFan2 says:

    Who signed Halak then, if he’s the BETTER goalie?

    Shouldn’t Halak be signed by now??


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  147. GrimJim says:

    Tony read the post. Who’s signed Halak? Who HAS signed Halak – present tense. Not “who signed Halak” – past tense. Halak hasn’t signed with St. Louis yet, suggesting that he or his agent and the Blues haven’t reached an agreement yet. So either Halak or his agent is asking for more than the Blues are willing to pay or the Blues are playing hardball or in your terms “never respecting him”. All signs point (circumstantially, I admit) to the Blues having the same issue with the negotiation that the Habs management said they were going to have with the negotiations.

    Or is Bob Gainey secretly running the Blues now, too?

  148. warriorhockey says:

    dose anyone know the whole roster for the devlopment camp ??


  149. New says:

    SeriousFan09 and NM_49 posted it a few moments ago. Here is the link:|MTL|home

  150. aemarchand11 says:

    Are you completely braindead? he asked you if you need a job.

  151. likehoy says:

    what constitutes as standing pat? 

    if you ask me, halak has been traded and we got 2 prospects, we got dustin boyd for sergei kostitsyn and we signed alex auld.

    i’m with HH on this one, we’re either building to finish 1st, or building to finish last…either way gauthier has not stood pat.

  152. ZepFan2 says:

    Considering you do this all the time.


    Mr. Happy…

    What happened to your claim that Beliveau is more likely to play than
    Boyd being signed?

    So much for your conspiracy that the preds
    were just shedding payroll I guess?!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  153. likehoy says:

    he’s too busy “standing pat” at his computer for a job.

  154. TomNickle says:

    98% of what you say is completely stupid.

    And it doesn’t matter when you say it.

  155. Storm Man says:

    Here call this number 514-521-1786….. Hope it helps you find something better to do with your time.

  156. HardHabits says:


  157. aemarchand11 says:


  158. Storm Man says:

    Who here is going to the Development Camp?

  159. Propwash says:

    So, is Halak signed yet???


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  160. dh says:

    Why drag Halak into this twit’s bs?

  161. Storm Man says:

    What is the over/under?

  162. Habhopeful says:



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

  163. ZepFan2 says:

    Tony reading on HI/O that Halak has been traded…

    Tony finds out


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  164. crabvader says:

    It’s a fight that nobody can win but it just looks ridiculous! 😛

    So I’d say 10-1 in favor of HI/O… but there will never be a winner!



  165. fbkj says:

    Am I the only one here that thinks that tony is some students psychology project and the jokes actually on us?

  166. crabvader says:

    Tony and psychology don’t mix.

  167. crabvader says:

    Tony’s tribute to Halak.

    Notice the typo on the title. 😉

  168. RGM says:

    I was half-expecting another Hitler video.

    But wow, I haven’t seen this one in years.

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  169. fbkj says:

    oh but it could…

  170. ZepFan2 says:

    You mean it should…be mandatory! 😉


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  171. GrimJim says:

    you’re forgetting the burgeoning field of deviant psychology…

  172. fbkj says:

    what i mean is what if were getting punked… think lamont theories re: Mic

  173. ZepFan2 says:

    Oh I thought about Mic. At least Mic put a little thought in his posts.

    This guy’s just off his meds.

    Get him flustered and he’ll start calling you a leftist.



    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  174. fbkj says:

    lol seriously 😀 ?

  175. Habhopeful says:

    Mike Boone is Tony242!DOnt you get it!? He has a timed internet message system that posts random yet repetitive facts against PG & BG in order to get hits during the summer….Why else would HIO show us the results!? just to laugh in our faces! because we will never find the truth! The threads have been pretty hefty for a summer! and Boone & HIO Staff are just making money off this cash cow they call HIO! HIO Staff should have a Cap Salary! because they are making way too much from us and BOONE’s Frankenstein commenting on all the Threads! Its hiding right under our noses and all of us dont see it! Im not crazy! Honest to god! I cant believe this….PG & BG Must be somehow inolved in this…Mike Boone, come out and end the agony!


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

  176. fbkj says:

    you just gave me an idea to write a tony bookmarklet

    similar to the kanyefy one…



  177. Habhopeful says:

    Wait I think im onto something!!!…88 Points + 24 Wins + 82 Games = 194      194 – 171 = 23 = Bob Gainey’s Jersey Number! ….Gainey!!!!


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

  178. fbkj says:

    dude were tight against the cap and you are accusing them of being cheap?

    k what grade are you in?

  179. ZepFan2 says:

    May the Gainey be with you!!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  180. Habhopeful says:

    Weeeeeee are all illusions…….Must…pop…meds…


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

  181. Rugger says:

    Tony has 4 letters, 4*2*4*2=64, which is 8*8: 88

  182. TomNickle says:

    Hey Tony, since you have so many conversations going on that you can’t keep track of them.

    You say that the Molsons should have cleaned house last off-season.

    Just curious, who would have you brought in if you were in charge genius?

    Who, and remember that the persons need to want to come here.

  183. Habhopeful says:

    I never go anywhere without my Gainey!


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

  184. fbkj says:

    If you are complaining about them raising ticket prices then get a better job so you can afford them, work for things in life dont sit around being a bleeding heart leftist liberal hippy expecting everything to get handed to you!


  185. Habhopeful says:

    The horror!


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

  186. HardHabits says:

    Not true. You should know that coming from me. I am after all the tankologist.

    I find your posts and ed’s to be completely reasonable. Even though I kid Manapart and demigod and put them in the same basket as Tony242 they actually aren’t. habsrwhatever though is another in line of the hating trolls a la Tony242. To be critical is one thing. Come up with ideas, stir the debate. Constant bitching and moaning and droning on and on however is only going to attract a beat down.

    I have been one of the fiercest critics of Habs management yet I try to do so in a way that at least uses sarcasm and humour to get the point across. I often say IMHHO or “I think” when I put forth a criticism. I am also seeing that a balanced approach is a better strategy. Whatever the complaint there are many positives to be seen with the Habs. No Cups but we are still a serious team looking at making an impact in the league and regardless of what the Habs do in the standings the Habs make an impact.

    It’s about balance and respect 3X. I never find you or ed to cross that line and your dissention if you will is needed as is mine. I will not stand for mofos like T242 to lurk here though. The dude is one of the worst retards to visit these pages. He makes sheldon look like the easter Bunny.

  187. ZepFan2 says:


    I just spit my drink on my screen you commie pig. lol

    brb, puff time. 😉


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  188. Habhopeful says:

    Pk subban feature on NHL network if anyone cares…


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

  189. The Cat says:

    Man that was some finish to the Uruguay-Ghana game! Wow!

  190. Max_a_million says:

    How do the Canadiens stack up in the Gainey era against the rest of the NHL.

    Many people liked something like this I did for the Eastern Conference over the last 3 years that showed the Habs were actually the third best team in the time period.  Here is the NHL since Gainey became GM

    The number are # of playoff appearances, # of playoff series wins, # of best records in conference

    • DET: 6-11-4
    • SJS: 6-7-2
    • NJD: 6-2
    • PHI: 5-7
    • MON: 5-4-1
    • OTT: 5-4-1
    • COL: 5-3
    • CAL: 5-3
    • NAS: 5-0
    • PIT: 4-8
    • ANA: 4-7
    • VAN: 4-3
    • BOS: 4-2-1
    • DAL: 4-2
    • NYR: 4-2
    • BUF: 3-4-1
    • TAM: 3-4-1
    • WAS: 3-1-1
    • CHI: 2-6
    • CAR: 2-6
    • STL: 2-0
    • MIN: 2-0
    • NYI: 2-0
    • EDM: 1-3
    • TOR: 1-1
    • PHO: 1-0
    • LAK: 1-0
    • ATL: 1-0
    • CLM: 0-0
    • FLA: 0-0

    So when it comes to playoff appearances in the Bob Gainey era we are tied for fourth with 5.  When it comes to playoff series won we are tied for 8th with 4.  When it comes to having the best record in our conference we are one of eight teams to have done so.  When you combine these we can be no lower than eighth, and if you look at it we are probably about the 5th – 7th best team in this time period. 

    Over the past 3 years:

    • DET: 3-8-1
    • PIT: 3-8
    • PHI: 3-5
    • SJS: 3-3-2
    • MON: 3-3-1
    • BOS: 3-2-1
    • WAS: 3-1-1
    • COL: 3-1
    • NJD: 3-0
    • CHI: 2-6
    • VAN: 2-2
    • ANA: 2-1
    • NYR: 2-1
    • OTT: 2-0
    • CAL: 2-0
    • NAS: 2-0
    • CAR: 1-2
    • DAL: 1-2
    • BUF: 1-0
    • STL: 1-0
    • MIN: 1-0
    • PHO: 1-0
    • LAK: 1-0
    • TAM: 0-0
    • EDM: 0-0
    • TOR: 0-0
    • NYI: 0-0
    • ATL: 0-0
    • COL: 0-0
    • FLA: 0-0

    IN the past 3 years when Bob had more of a chance to implement his 5 year plan the negative nancies love to bash we look pretty clearly like the 5th best team in the league.  Tied for first in playoff appearance, tied for 5th in playoff series won, one of 5 teams to have had the best record in their conference.  Time to cut out the Gainey bashing, he is our Captain and he has given us a great an exciting team when he was given a piece of crap team that had been to the playoffs once in 5 years before he arrived.  No it’s not the Flying Frenchman, but it was a great job of making a solid team.

  191. The Cat says:

    Aulds role is not to play well, and especially not to force the coach’s hand, or hes out of there.

  192. HardHabits says:

    Fear leads to anger, anger to hatred and hatred leads to the Tony242 side of the HIO discussion.

  193. HardHabits says:

    Tony justs wants everyone to think like him so that we can all be lefty group thinkers like he is. He’s just pissed that we all have our own ideas and opinions, except that we’re also unanimous (barring demigod and Manapart) in them.

  194. Omit says:

    Hey Tony 0-4-5000

    What exactly are you “inferring”?

  195. Rugger says:

    It gets scarier, sit down for this: Gainey was drafted number 8, he was captain for 8 years and his last year playing for the Habs started in October (from the latin word for 8) 1988!

  196. HardHabits says:

    It’s the other way around. HIO has been a victim of it’s own success, it’s history and the demands and expectations of its fans. How else do we get stuck with career AHL posters like Tony242. If HIO tanked then we could’ve kept real talent like Chris and Maybe JD, J.T., 24cups and Ian Cobb would wanna come play here, regardless of the highly taxing stupidity and French posters with their jarbled English. I have been calling for a rebuild of HIO since I got here. Instead we stand pat. 88 posts of the same garbage and only HH helped us make it through to the ECF. I am seriously done with all you kool-aid drinkers. The only way to build a blog in todays Internet is via the draft!!!!

  197. hablifting says:

    I was unaware that the Habs have been striving to be 5th to 7th best in the league.  Now it makes sense. 

  198. Rugger says:

    Best post of the day!

  199. TomNickle says:

    Someone else?

    Nice suggestion, you’re a stale joke.

  200. ZepFan2 says:

    Tom Nickle: Just curious, who would have you brought in if you were in charge

    Tony: someone else!

    And there you have it, a genius at work.

    Definitley GM material…in Toronto.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  201. ZepFan2 says:

    “which means a terrible season coming up for fans”

    Lotto max numbers, Kreskin and hurry!

    Fyi, you can’t use 88.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  202. ZepFan2 says:

    He’s not the drone you’re looking for.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  203. The Cat says:

    Ill answer it too. Since youth development is such a problem, I would like to see Ted Nolan. IF theres a guy that can milk everything out of the youth and career AHLers -its him.

  204. Omit says:


    Can you simplify this for Tony 0-4-5000?

    He’s not getting it.  Maybe it’s his tin foil toque.

  205. ZepFan2 says:

    Please explain what Richard or Bom-Boom have to do with being a leftist?

    I can’t wait for this.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  206. HardHabits says:

    When I look at the G20 protesters I think of you, another anarchist; anti-establishment, full of anger, no solutions just complaints, unemployed and unemployable.

  207. The Cat says:

    Meh those stats mean nothing. If they did, people would be going on about how great San Jose is.

  208. Habs4ever Fan says:

    His Role?

    To win games becaues Carey Price won’t be a number one goalie in Montreal

  209. Habs4ever Fan says:

    no no no….Thats Carey Prices role

  210. HardHabits says:

    I see a vacancy sign at the Troll Hotel.

  211. HardHabits says:


  212. showey47 says:

    building a blog through the draft only works 47% of the time

  213. Rugger says:

    Actually I think he made a funny.  Were’nt they both Right Wings?

  214. ZepFan2 says:

    Winning lotto numbers please, oh wise one.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  215. ZepFan2 says:

    Wow, really.

    Well that came out of left field.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  216. ZepFan2 says:

    And gets you only 88 posts.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  217. TripleX says:


    There is a major difference in what ownership desires and what fans desire.

    Owners want to make the playoffs.

    Fans want to win the CUP!


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

  218. Caper says:

    No need the ask. He’d switch the the whole Laffs org for the Habs.

  219. ed lopaz says:

    I have read a few articles about the Habs’ run this past season – and most of them conclude that if certain

    issues are not addressed, Habs fans should be concerned. 

    I will not discuss the goaltending issue.

    1) Habs were 30th overall – that’s last – in 5 on 5 scoring;

    what does that stat mean to you?

    How does that get corrected?

    Have the Habs already corrected it since the season ended?

    2) Habs are not big / strong enough up front, they are missing the “big” body, power forward types, who put  alot of pressure on the other teams D-men, and keep the other team pinned in their zone with an effective forecheck

    Has that been corrected?

    3) Habs are constantly out shot; 40+ shots, 30-40 blocks, night after night

    Has that been corrected?

    4) Jacques Martin – how many of you were calling for his head all season long – he’s a dinosaur according to

    many, he ruined our youth according to many, he plays a terrible style of hockey which does not forecheck

    sits back to protect the lead

    Has that been corrected?

    The habs were 1 game away from NOT MAKING THE PLAYOFFS

    The habs were 1 game away from being eliminated by washington in 5 games

    Would we all be so happy about the state of the team had:

    a) we not squeaked into the playoffs

    b) we been eliminated in 5 games by washington.

    I know that hockey analysts are asking these questions, maybe we, as Habs fans, should be asking them as well?



  220. Caper says:

    Hi Bu…oops. Sorry.

  221. c.robillard says:


    If if’s and buts

    Were candy and nuts

    Then everyday

    Would be untedunkfest.

  222. Puck Bard says:

    I find his lack of faith… disturbing. 

  223. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Lets face it.

    Next to Leighton, Carey Price Rocks!

  224. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Truly a great post

    JM is a fool.

    We are two years away from having no waiting list for season tickets.

    We have entrusted our future in a young man named Carey Price who will bring down the entire team around him

  225. havok says:


    Another 4th july shot to hell. Gagne agrees to waive NTC. Kings r
    3 minutes ago via web

  226. TripleX says:

    Thoughtful navel gazing and the ugly truths that are sometimes the result are not welcome on the pages of HIO.

    Much better to bury our collective heads in the sand and supplicate to the greater wisdom of the Beer Barons.  Ours is not to question but only to fill their already overwhelmed pockets.

    !7 years in the wilderness is but a bump in the inevitable run to the Stanley Cup and it’s rightful return to the Mecca of Hockey.

    Tony242 swings at windmills like a latter day Don Quixote.  The majority have spoken and they care not for objections or calls for change.  Carry on Three Amigos and the masses will follow into the abyss.


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

  227. Jeff says:

    Yup, good post Ed. 

    You have summarized the Hab season and identified the big questions remaining.

    I agree completely with your assessment, it is realistic & should provide some insight for

    the other intelligent Hab fans that cruise this site.

    A lot fo them have offered some great ideas and others well….let’s leave it at that!

  228. Clay4bc says:

    Who is the greater fool – the fool (Tony242) or all the fools that incessantly reply to his posts?

    Answer: It’s NOT Tony…

    You all harangue him about posting the same thing over and over, yet you reply to him over and over…ridiculous. If you don’t agree, say so once or twice, and then leave it at that. And stop being so pompous as to say his opinion is not valid. Not to mention insulting…no need for that.

    Just some advice from the peanut gallery…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  229. Castor says:

    Good post about what we’re basically all thinking. A few glimmers of hope that I see:


    Last year we had Dagostini, Laraque, Latendress (pre Min), MaxPac as our bottom lines.

    This year we have Pyatt, Lapierre, Moen, Boyd and (probably) Eller. 

    That’s a step up. Especially if Eller and Boyd surprise a bit.

    Last year we had a TON of injuries to key players. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen this year.

    This year we have PK Subban who will, most likely, get better and better.

    Plus the team seriously started getting to really love each other during the playoffs. That will probably carry over.

    Up until February of last year everyone wanted to trade Halak anyway. They all were willing to back Price. Why not anymore? Because they saw Halak stand on his head. I think Carey can be a competent to darn good tender. 

    I hope we getter another top sixer and we can drop Pouliot down to a bottom two line….but I’m not holding my breath there

    I don’t think they’re Stanley Cup ready but I DO think they are better than last year.



  230. Trisdin says:

    I’m not sure of the details surrounding his contract, but I really wanted the habs to pick up Nigel Dawes off waivers. 

  231. Mad Habber says:

    Its interesting, but you need to think about the rounds one, not the series.

    What I mean is, if your ranking them based on stats only, than consider a second/third/Stanley Cup wins worth more that one round every year.  

    Try this, over the time span give teams 16 pts for every time they finished 1st in the league, work your way down, until your -14 (err or -13) for finishing last. For ever playoff appearence award 1 extra point, for a round one win award 4 pts. For a second round win award 8 pts for third 16pts for stanley cup 25pts.  It would be interesting to see who ranks where with those…It would probably take a while but it would be interesting to see the results..heck I might give it a try sometime…just to see the results…

  232. db says:

    and next to our D… their D rocks

  233. ZepFan2 says:

    so habs now lose a draft pick to nashville!

    Did Sergei sign/split?? Try again.

    What about the preds pulling a fast one on their fans? LMAO


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  234. Rugger says:

    That’s what gave it away, it worked to well!  Over 1000 posts too many days in a row.

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