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The Canadiens travel to Washington today and play the first of their final 32 regular-season games against the Capitals tomorrow night.

• Pat Hickey’s Five keys to playoff hopes

• Dave Stubbs on Glenn Hall’s amazing streak

• Jack Todd on Mathieu Darche

• Richard Labbé on P.K.’s apprenticeship

• Mathias Brunet on puck possession

259 Comments

  1. Mattyleg says:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/

    Better? 😉

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. nunacanadien says:

    It’s sad when we have to compare Gomez to the Laffs and most of all a washed up rookie like Grabby!  The Gomer has better playoff experience and we loved him last year during the playoffs, and then blamed him for not scoring enough, but we were very happy to watch the Gomer slay Crosby and Ovechkin with his superior skills and goals, oh wait did I say goals?  I meant to say Gomez can’t score worth a damn, at least he is consistent that way.  At least Gomez inspires the team more than Grabby ever could.

  3. Say Ash says:

    Guess who said this: “Our commissioner hasn’t realized that he needs to probably do a better job of marketing the game and certainly some of the players in it…Nobody cares about Jarome Iginla and guys like that. They’re just not exciting enough. They don’t bring enough to the game. They haven’t figured it out that villains and heroes are what sells…But I don’t think that’s ever going to change unless they hire me to run their marketing stuff.”

  4. SmartDog says:

    It’s been a LONG time since Habs made many “lists” (good lists I mean).  Thank God Price came along… without him and a few bargain pick-ups we’d be out of a playoff spot.  Our strength this year really is these guys and not our expensive veterans.  Save Plekanec, not one has been a great producer.  Amazing we are where we are.

    —-

    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  5. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So what did Gomez do over the weekend to spawn such debate?

  6. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    I’ll take a blind guess and say Gomer sure as hell didn’t make the bargain list LOL.

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  7. HardHabits says:

    I’ve posted this before but given today’s bent I’ll do so again:

    Bargains & busts: Getting money’s worth, worth less

    http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/story/14419679/bargains-busts-getting-moneys-worth-worth-less

    Bargains

    #1. Carey Price

    #9. Jeff Halpern

    Busts

    #1. Ilya Kovalchuk

    Guess who doesn’t make that list.

  8. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Alright then, peace out!

    In any case I like Gomez, I just get put out by the intangibles argument. Intangibles are great and certainly play a role in any teams success BUT for seven MILLION I want something friggin’ TANGIBLE!!!

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  9. Hobie Hansen says:

    Ya well he’s a 2nd line Center who’s playing with a rookie and a midget so…

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” – George Orwell

  10. SmartDog says:

    Who are you and where is Timo?

    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  11. ZepFan2 says:

    “The problem is they have him on with other small guys”

    Max-Pac: 6 ft 1in – 203lbs

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

  12. Hobie Hansen says:

    Ya I have no problem with Gomez either. He’s a playmaker who does a good job of taking the puck coast-to-coast while maintaining possession of the puck to gain the offensive zone. The problem is that his line mates are not willing or able to get in the tough positions to bury the puck. Throw a 40 goal-scorer on his line and he’ll be in the 75-point range again. Until then, we can’t complain about his salary or play.   

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” – George Orwell

  13. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    I agree whole heartedly. I just think its funny when people try to make arguments for why he is worth 7mil. He’s not. He is however, “a good hockey player and he makes our team better.”

    And seeing as it ain’t my money, I’ll take him.

    As far as him caring, obviously he does and he works as hard or harder than anyone on that team. But he is not putting up 7 million dollar stats no matter how much kool-aid you’ve imbibed.

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  14. HabFanSince72 says:

    The point of thew exercise is to establish where Gomez ranks in the league.

     

  15. TomNickle says:

    Most people seem to think that the package the Rangers got was other worldly.  That package would need a substantial upgrade to land one of those players not named Grabovski.

  16. habs365 says:

    AK46 is a better than .500 player and you want to trade him..don’t ever become a manager

  17. TomNickle says:

    I’m not part of the idiotic group claiming he doesn’t care about his or the team’s results.  I’m not saying that you are either, but this whole argument is just ridiculous since there’s nothing to indicate he doesn’t care.

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    Would you tell him to his face?

  19. TomNickle says:

    Maybe, but the not so funny thing is that he doesn’t do a thing to help this team win on the ice other than score, Gomez does much more than pass the puck, but you wouldn’t know it if your Habs experience was limited to visiting this site.

  20. ZepFan2 says:

    You know what else sucks, you posting the same crap about Gomez everysingleday. That sucks!

    We get it, you’re NOT a fan of Gomez. Give it a rest already.

    Try a new shtick.

     

    p.s. Gomez is a set up man. Not a goal scorer.

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

  21. TomNickle says:

    Pretty funny analysis because there isn’t much of a tie in there.  Gomez struggled early in the year but the team results didn’t suffer.

  22. Mr.Hazard says:

    You know there’s not much news on a Monday morning when one of the featured articles is “Matthias Brunet on puck possession.”

    Yaaayyy! loll

  23. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    What is with all the Gomer-Homers?

    I’d never go as far as to say he doesn’t care, it’s clear he does. What he doesn’t do is score…that could change and he could light it up in the second half but until he does its a coulda-woulda-shoulda and that ain’t worth seven mil even in the future!

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  24. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    LMAO

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  25. Mark C says:

    Philly had a 17-21-3 road record last year, where are you getting they were tied for 6th?

  26. HardHabits says:

    Let’s play with words.

    You say about Gomez –>

    It’s like trying to forget your foot’s in a cast. It’s just there, you gotta deal, but no use pretending it’s not. It just sucks.

    I say to you, with regards to your Gomez obsession –>

    It’s like trying to forget your head’s up your ass. It’s just there, you gotta deal, but no use pretending it’s not. It’s just stuck.

  27. nunacanadien says:

    Geeze the Habs and the NHL and especially Gary Bettman, should take advantage of this wonderful marketing opportunity, Gomez, the million dollar a goal man!  Oh yes, come and watch Pierre Gauthier (who can’t sign the big name players cause he used up all the money on Gomez) give the small mexican a million dollars per score.  Of course you’d have to go to each game to watch each million dollar goal though.

  28. avatar_58 says:

    Sergei was just as big of douche when Grabs was here. Why weren’t they BOTH shipped out?

  29. nunacanadien says:

    I doubt scoring 16 goals a year on average while making his mega millions to do that is really considered a threat.

  30. avatar_58 says:

    I agreed last year. 2 years in a row? Sorry, not an excuse anymore.

  31. Mark C says:

    Montreal went 7-3-0 to start the season on the road, then went 2-8-0, and since the bad stretch has gone 2-1-1.

    Forget for a moment the overall .500 record on the road, the real question should be is Montreal a team that can win on the road or not? Take away one bad stretch of play and Montreal is 9-4-1 on the road which is a great record, unfortunately the 2-8 stretch counts just as much to the overall record. The 2-8 stretch happened during Montreal’s longest road trip of the season, which seemed to coincide with Montreal’s poorest play of the season. It would seem Montreal’s road record is heavily weighted toward a ten game road stretch where the team lost 67% of their total road losses.

     

  32. Max_a_million says:

    Don’t be tricked into reading Jack Todd articles people!

  33. The Cat says:

    Id also add that teams that win their road games in regulation tend to do well in the playoffs. Philly, boston, Phoenix, nashville, Vancouver, Minny and NYR leading at this point in time.

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

  34. habs001 says:

    the most important keys for the habs will be goaltending,team d, pp and pk…we have played over 150 games from the beginning of last season and our goals for has remained in the 23rd to 25th range in the nhl …we also have to improve our mediocre road record…most years if a team is ranked where we are ranked in goals for and road record they would be well out of the playoffs…once in the playoffs anything can happen as last year proved(camm was scoring at a 52 goal pace and gion at 35)…

  35. joeybarrie says:

    The poster below was right. How do we have a successful month and put ourselves in a better position to guarantee playoffs????

    1. Game by game.

    2. Pleks, Gio, Gomez and Cammi when he comes back have to lead this team with production again. Consistent from all of them.

    3. Halpern, Darche, Pouliot, AK, MaxPac have to play well.

    4. PRICE of course.

    5. Like JM says. Smart hockey, no dumb penalties and when we do get in the box, we need to get back to 90%. Tough without Gorges, but not impossible.

     – Big reason why lately our PK has sucked…. Like JM says , selfish penalties and 4 minute 5-3’s.  We need to be better there.

    Fearless prediction. 7-5-1

    BIG GAMES. VS BOSTON, NYR, ATL, CAR… Win those and we will be looking good in March after PG picks up Iginla for us…..(not being serious about iginla)

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

  36. observer says:

    Question- Who were the next Detroit goalies after Glen Hall was traded to Chicago? Hank Bassen? Who?

  37. fbkj says:

    i recall someone saying were like 10 points up from last season

    edit: this was a reply to ash, why am i up here?

  38. Say Ash says:

    What place were we last year at the break? Anybody got the rankings handy?

  39. notbigbird says:

    Can’t remember the exact time frame, but Roger Crozier was there for a long time.

  40. SmartDog says:

    Do not attack the Gomer. 

    Gomer is good (and notice good is only one letter from god). 

    We all love Gomer and his six incredible goals.

    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  41. Psycho29 says:

    Terry Sawchuk

  42. habs001 says:

    posters on this site are obsessed with 3 teams leafs,bruins and flyers…if gomez played for one of these teams and had the same salary and stats he has now i wonder how different the pro gomez posters post would be on gomez….i like gomez but somehow i think these teams would be ripped for having him by the same posters who support gomez now…

  43. Mark C says:

    Off by a point. Montreal has 9 more points this year 50 games into the season than last season. 50 games into the year Montreal was 23-23-4 last season.

  44. SmartDog says:

    Hey Cat, what do you make of all this Quebec buzz?  I’m sure you’re following it more closely than me…. is there something there?

    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  45. avatar_58 says:

    Maybe if they, you know, DEVELOPED their players instead of shipping them off for peanuts they wouldn’t need the Gomers of the world? How’s Grabovski doing?


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The Canadiens are finally back in action against Pittsburgh, which is fresh of an 8-1 spanking of Tampa Bay.

No word on when Josh Gorges may be back, but we could be talking weeks.

Roman Hamrlik missed practice again yesterday and is a question mark tonight.

Canadiens getting chances but can’t finish

• Pierre Durocher on the team’s anemic attack

• François Gagnon: MAB or Wiz?

Team has to get rolling

• Bertrand Raymond on Pierre Turgeon’s tragic loss

• SK74 scores, Max loses (and is minus-3) in Ducks debut

And a Steven Stamkos spinerama that didn’t work as well as it did against Carey Price

 

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