Back to work, with medical updates, audio

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The Canadiens, who had Thanksgiving off, return to practice at the Bell Complex in Brossard.

AUDIO: Travis Moen | Yannick Weber Max Pacioretty | Aaron Palushaj | Jacques Martin (on Travis Moen)

Medical updates:  Jaro Spacek will be out two to three weeks, Michael Cammalleri 10 to 14 days.

Lines at practice: Moen-Plekanec-Cole; Pacioretty-Gomez-Gionta; Darche-DD-AK46; Eller-Engqvist-Palushaj. D: Gill-Subban; Gorges-Diaz; Emelin-Weber

Injuries open spot for Weber (photo by Pierre Obendrauf of The Gazette)

• All Cherry/all the time:  Ex-enforcers to sue?; Dowbiggin on Cherry; another take

Canadiens media guide a geek’s dreambook

Pat Hickey on Jets fans

Pierre Ladouceur’s weekly report card

598 Comments

  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …E1, MoFo, HH !!!
    …read some of your ‘stuff’ today
    …You Guys are …a hoot !
    …LOVE !!! HIO
    …funnier than Hell !

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  2. Traf27 says:

    First off, I’m truly enjoying how jlgib21 keeps coming up with pointless statements just to be shut down by true fans, only to then reappear a little bit later for more punishment. Funny thing is though that I agree with some of what he says, mostly about JM. But players like D’Ags, SK74 and The Tenderness were streaky at best while in here and didn’t show the willingness to grow and mature. Yes their stats look good on the teams they play on, but what you have to realize is they just took the free ride to top line minutes by going to teams that have less depth than us.
    On another point, is it just me or does the stick Webber is using in the pic look small enough for my 9 year old brother…

    The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.

  3. habzfan2003 says:

    So someone asked earlier where to get the shirt or hoody that JM is wearing in a pic… So i’m gonna ask… where can I get the winter habs hat being worn in the display pic of fellow HI/O member “West hab”?

    It’s definitely the kind of hat i’d like to be rocking for the winter… lol

    Thanks…!

  4. RJB says:

    Looking back at some 2010 playoff action tonight. Boy oh boy Markov is amazing, watching him work against Washington. Just so good.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  5. Propwash says:

    HIO commentary is an awesome read..Just throwing that out there…..

  6. pat s says:

    you want montreal to go in the right direction and have a legitimate chance at winning the cup, get Patrick Roy(best goalie on the planet) to be GM, get Lemaire to be his special consultant and at the very least we won’t be bullied like we are on the ice right now, and the habs fan that want the blue collar style will be happy and the play nice billy hockey fans won’t at first but they will flip flop when we win the cup under Roy as GM

    • nunacanadien says:

      I agree whole heartedly. When even the evening news headlines the fact that the NHL is now run by goon hockey having owners who also care is important. I am not saying the Molsons don’t care, they care but they are probably the play nice billy hockey fans, but who should have learned from the days of Scotty Bowman, that you need physical strength at the blueline. We have Gil but only on one line, and even then he is limited in his skating at the best of times. Granted we manage to scrap the bottom of the barrel and chose players with some skill. The only problem is they lack either in physical strength ala Cammaleri, or height ala Gionta, or scoring ability ala Gomez, all are good in what they do, together they can be a hit, but most times, they just end up trying to pass the puck around so they won’t get hit like some nervous Euro type player. Until the Habs start competing like the rest of the NHL with either Strength, or Height and Weight, they will always be pushed around and off the puck like we always watch them turn over the puck. This is why the habs have to always skate fast cause they need to. If we are goign to be small and fast we need to buy skilled players when they come open. That means we need a less nervous GM who would have us use up the team budget to try and stay competitive but only competitive enough to lose. No we need a GM who will hold the bank balance, let us lose all the time, until a real skilled player comes open then spend the money on that skilled player. Also we should look the other way and relax team standards to bring in talent like Blair Betts. That was a sad case, and worse having Bettman to fall back on is just cowardly. What kind of message does that send to the Martin St.Louis’s of the world that we want so badly?

  7. HardHabits says:

    I know I just posted a few minutes ago but here’s a trick question. How many games until Budaj gets his first start and against whom?

  8. HardHabits says:

    At least some of you are making me laugh tonight, some even not intentionally.

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Well just read thru old threads looks Hatfields and McCoys are still alive and kicking. We all still cheer for a Hab win they play right?

  10. Mark C says:

    7 (8 had Max played one more game) Montreal forwards had as many or more hits than D’Agostini. This doesn’t really mean anything other than a) you don’t really care about actual stats or b) you’ll say anything if it supports your argument.

  11. ProHabs says:

    Anyone think the Habs would be interested in a 6″2, 230 pound winger who is on pace for 82 points this year and has proven he has offence to his game.

  12. JohnBellyful says:

    Made the mistake of visiting the Older Comments a few minutes ago. Not a pretty sight. I can see why the webmaster shuffles them off to another wing of HIO. To be honest, some of the Comments haven’t aged very well. Saw a few that were less than two hours old and, boy, were they feeble. Others wandered all over the place.
    And the ones from this morning. Oh, oh, oh. If only they had exercised their mind more. I hope my Comments expire with dignity.

  13. Clay says:

    Count me among those displeased with the decision to put Moen on the first line. We know what he can do already, and scoring isn’t what he does (and yes, I saw his goal the other night – one of the 5 or 6 he is likely to score all season). Why not give Palushaj a shot?

    __________________________
    Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

    Winston Churchill

    • punkster says:

      Chill Clay, he’s not there to score. He’s there to help shut down the opposition’s first line, as Andrew so eloquently explained way back this afternoon. They just don’t have the guns for 2 scoring lines, do they? So injuries to scorers means an adjustment. ;)

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Bill says:

      Moen on the first line is ALWAYS Martin’s response to an injury, and this is the clearest possible evidence that he is, in fact, a Munchkin. Well, that and playing Weber as a forward and keeping Cole off the power-play.

      One thing about The Count, though, at least you always know what you’re gonna get. You’ll avoid a disastrous season, without really getting anything accomplished: mediocrity, in other words. Kind of like a first line with Travis Moen (love the guy but really?) on it.

      But the JM days are ending soon.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  14. ProHabs says:

    What worries me most about the direction of Habs management is this:

    I think they believed after the lock out that all infractions would be called and therefore size would not matter as much. So management stockpiled this team with guys with some skill that are 5″10. Obviously with Colon Campbell in charge of discipline, nothing was called. You can’t trust this league.

    So now with Brendan Shanahan making a point off the bat, I am thinking management is probably thinking NOW the league will really call everthing. I am afraid management is now going to stockpile a bunch of 5″5 guys because they really believe this time things will change. However, over time the NHL has proven that they don’t change so I am worried we will be an even smaller team 3 years down the line and the league will have decieved the Habs once again. You can’t trust this league.

    • Chorske says:

      Have you been paying attention to the Habs’ drafting and trading record for the past few years? Specifically, have you looked at the size of the players being drafted? Because (as I keep insisting to the size brigade) the Habs have actually been getting bigger over the past few years, not smaller. And that tendency will continue as some of the larger kids graduate. For every Gallagher, there’s a Beaulieu. Or a Tinordi.

      I’d recommend chilling out. And I don’t even think size matters.

      • Tony McLean says:

        Tell Mrs. Chara.

        “The point is that Fergie wasn’t, and didn’t have to be, a non stop brawler. His hard earned reputation preceded him, and he could keep the opposition in line without spending all night in the penalty box.” – Jean Beliveau

    • you are worried the habs will stockpile a bunch of players that are brian gionta size NOW that shanny is on board?

    • punkster says:

      I can think of more realistic things to worry about such as the quality of the steamies served at the concession stands, the bust size of the cheerleaders and the ever increasing price of Bell Centre beer.
      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • The Dude says:

      I think the management grabs the players no one else really wants and thus making it able to get a name player hassle free “lazy man style” .It’s like Gauthiers taking a page out of the old Oakland Raiders” Jim Plunket,Lyle Alzado,John Matuzak etc ,thinking he’s Al Davis or something and gonna make something happen where no one else can;
      but with a ton of lil athletes ,old athletes,injured and or scared athletes. See Pierre,Al Davis grabbed the toughest, meanest and most talented ruthless bunch of reject and WON IT ALL.Does this sound like the Habs !

  15. Rudy says:

    So the person (people) writing the “script” for the player introductions must be having a fun week, seems like a new player gets added everyday. There are going to be a LOT of players in suits that are introduced on Thursday.

  16. JohnBellyful says:

    Is it Palooshah? Palooshay? Pallooshad? Palushac?
    It’s a name I just can’t pronounce
    So here’s what I hope for the next game of the Habs
    Goal scored by – and his name they’ll announce.

  17. rogieshan says:

    Sorry, don’t agree with the Moen promotion. Yes, he scored a pretty goal the other night and was a strong presence. But every dog has its day once every blue moon. Give Moen top-6 minutes over a full game – never mind a long stretch – and he will botch enough scoring chances to drive you bonkers.

    Same with Weber. Let he, Moen and Enqvist hang out together as fourth-liners.

  18. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    I am amazed at how many people seem to depend on the CBC and HNIC for their hockey
    I gave up on them a long time ago…as soon as they started thinking Bob Cole was a good play-by-play man , I knew it was over… RDS does a much better, if slightly crazier job of covering the Habs…

  19. HabsFanMTL says:

    i wanted chris neil on our team

  20. SmartDog says:

    5 Questions:
    1. How many goals will the Flames score on Emelin-Weber?
    2. How long will the Cole-Pleks-MOEN experiment last?
    3. Is Kostitsyn on the 3rd line to “balance the attack”?
    4. What will Palushaj contribute?
    5. Is Martin a genius? An evil genius? Or just a twitchy old guy?
    SD
    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  21. Danno says:

    24% still think the CBC should keep Don Cherry on HNIC?

    Really?

    ________________________________________

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

  22. HardHabits says:

    Is this another case of the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders?

  23. RJB says:

    Senators are gonna have a long long year… Anderson looking like a big mistake
    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  24. Mattyleg says:

    Been a while since I’ve effused, so I’m a tad rusty…

    There was a young fella named Betts;
    We needed a grinder; said: “Let’s
    Go pick up this bloke,”
    -turns out he was broke-
    His arrival was worse than the Jets!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  25. immortalhab says:

    It’s odd to me that someone who dresses like he’s leading a gay-pride parade (nothing against gays) promotes violence. Next thing you know Richard Simmons joins the NRA.

  26. immortalhab says:

    I checked my facts. Cherry was a minor league human being.

  27. The Dude says:

    I still see that Stewart hit in my mind when he ping-balled Capt.Gointa backwards about 20 feet. And he GOT AWAY WITH THAT SH!T!

  28. immortalhab says:

    I have always thought Montreal should play gritty so they don’t get walked all over, but that is not why I disrespect Cherry. He promotes unnecessary violence. It’s easy for him because he never had to play.

    • G-Man says:

      Check your facts. Cherry had a minor league career as a player. (I am not defending his out-dated position)

    • Everlasting1 says:

      He promotes enlisting in the military ‘for all the kids out there’ who can’t cut it in hockey.

      ——————————————————————-
      When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • whats wrong with enlisting and serving your country?

        • HardHabits says:

          Because when you enlist today you serve your corporate masters.

          • the canadian military could use some corporate masters…

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Yet when Alex Jones says it he’s a wingnut. You are perplexing,HH.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • nah, i just dont live in your world of this or that

            i live in a world of this AND that

          • punkster says:

            But E1, AJ is a wingnut.

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

        • Everlasting1 says:

          We all serve our country, but that’s not what he promotes.

          ——————————————————————-
          When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • but we dont all enlist, which is what he is promoting

            are you being obtuse on purpose or did you suffer some sort of head trauma?

          • Cherry is a scumbag for a lot of reasons, and I’m not personally a fan of his waxing on and on about the military because I don’t think a hockey game is the right place to fly your political flag.

            However I don’t think his notions of war and the military are the same as yours. The way he sees it Canada is a great country and whatever they do is a righteous cause. He’s wrong, obviously, because our country is not infallible, but he’s hardly the sinister character in that respect to the ones you regularly rail against.

            http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

          • Everlasting1 says:

            A lengthier stint at anger management would be advisable. Then again, you can heed Cherry’s advice and enlist now. You’re in his demographics.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • money on head trauma

            and i say this in the happiest of ways

          • Everlasting1 says:

            AB, Cherry is NOT a self-righteous old school racist bigot?

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            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • He is self righteous, he is bigoted, probably racist. But I don’t think he’s a war monger.

            http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

          • punkster says:

            CYMF…but it was not caused by an on ice incident. Likely a tragic crib accident.

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • Everlasting1 says:

            He’s a corporate puppet, and indirectly, he is a war monger. Promoting military occupations overseas is asking for trouble. And if you’re convinced it’s for humanitarian reasons, you need to re-examine the situation and our countries’ role. I’ll leave it at that before it all gets deleted.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • i doubt anybody cares about what you just wrote enough to delete it

            a good friend of mine received canada’s highest military honours for saving at least 30 elderly from a home that was being shelled in kosovo, you are confused as to which country you live in

          • Everlasting1 says:

            mofo, and I’m sure it was a good journalistic PR media piece, effectively pulling those heartstrings. Big picture son, BIG picture.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • he still has shrapnel in his spine, non removable, but okay (didnt read any type of PR, he told me about it over a few beers and tears) (btw remember last night when you debated a person who was drafted by an NHL team about the “little” things in hockey, do you ever reflect, absorb, learn, and realize that you may be arriving to a gun fight with a butterknife at times?)

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Um, no.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • no to what? reflecting and absorbing or remembering your exchange with showey last nite, genius

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Oh right..junior. He had no solution, and didn’t acknowledge what I deem to be a valid, reoccuring issue worth looking at by the league.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • oh right JUNIOR???

            someone who played junior took time out of his day to explain the concept of hockey skates to you, realized he was stupid for doing so, stopped entertaining you, then you refer to him as junior like its a BAD thing (can the bs before you reply exactly how i know you will to that) and proclaim a form of victory in that exchange???

            you are really are a retard dude

          • Chorske says:

            Oh, so it was “just” JUNIOR. And he “just” got drafted. But YOU… you WATCH the games, e1. On TELEVISION. With SLOW MOTION replay and EVERYTHING.

            Such insight you must have, e1.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            “TOOK TIME OUT OF HIS DAY??” BWAAHAAHAA! I should feel so honored! lol And my time is less valuable? You sound so impressionable..guy, I turn 44 this month. I don’t need him to explain squat. He showeyed nothing but disrespect. What I’d expect from some 20 yr old blogger. Quite frankly, mofo, you’re exceedingly annoying with every post. I should know better than to respond to your immature and juvenile attitude. Grow the hell up son.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • yes, your time IS less valuable, as an employer i can tell you how much time you are worth per hour

            ZERO (thats with bonuses)

            im not a 22 year old blogger but im not im my forties either (35)

            and if im annoying to you, im LIKED here, imagine how you must come off

            but if you want to winterize my balconies, ill pay you a decent wage, but you arent allowed to cover my furniture nor eat my cat (those are the caveats)

      • drivefor25 says:

        Yeah, but how many Habs prospects did those Hebrew scouts find? That’s what I wanna know!

        Fan since ’71

        • HardHabits says:

          We went over this already. The Hebrews didn’t draft Nephilim and never won the Cup because of it.

          Is ancientaliencivilizationsdb.com still down?

          • Everlasting1 says:

            No, but any version of the bible will do. Remember books? You may find turning those ultra thin pages a little aggravating.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • HardHabits says:

            You talking about aggravation explores new depths of irony.

  29. immortalhab says:

    I agree with AK-PK-usay about JM and that idiot Cherry. I am also ashamed that this country selected him to be in the top five Greatest Canadians a few years ago.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      The Canadiens and their fan base have become so accustomed to a soft and passive style of hockey that they can’t relate to Cherry and therefore dislike him.

      Go back in time to when the Habs had guys like Odelein, Corson, Souray, Thornton, Stevenson, Quintal and many others, when they were one of the tougher teams, people would love Cherry, like they do in most other cities in Canada.

      Now Montreal hates him because they are embarrassed about how soft their team is.

      Ina year from Now if montreal all of a Sudden has Parros, Neil and White scapping it up on their forth line and Cherry was loathing about them on Coaches Corner, Montreal would love him.

      • ProHabs says:

        I miss having all of those guys on the team (well maybe not Turner Stevenson). You can add Mike Keane to that group as well. Who was responsible for us getting so soft?

      • AK_PK_Usay says:

        Actually most people dislike Cherry because he’s a selfish old man, convinced he’s a crusade to save hockey…

        He has 0 respect for others and as such deserves none. He was neither a great coach, nor a great person.

        Try Terry Fox for a role model instead.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          I love Terry Fox!

        • Duracell3 says:

          “The best thing about this game, there’s no Russians or Swedes playing.”

          “They call me a racist because I don’t want any Europeans coming to play for my Ice Dogs. If a kid comes over here and becomes a Canadian, I’ll put him on in a minute.”

          “True Canadians do not feel the way they do in Quebec”

          “Then we pick a French guy, some skier that nobody knows about”

          Yeah, it must be random, clearly a problem with those he “criticizes”, because he’s obviously never said anything worthy of it’s own criticism.

      • G-Man says:

        It’s not about how “soft” the team is, Hobie. It’s how soft in the head Cherry has become. And, by the way, he was an a-hole back then, too.

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      Yes that vote was a sad one indeed, and its not like Canada lacks Nobel prize winners, and has a rich history of great minds.

      Take artists then, and there are no lack of fine examples of athletes that are not just there for a paycheck.

      And the reasoning you often hear for Cherry “he says it how it is and doesn’t lie to us like politicians” euhh sorry but no, he just says whats in his head with no room for judgement or reasoning.

  30. HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

    will the habs be wearing retro or alternate jerseys this season?

  31. AK_PK_Usay says:

    @ G-Man

    Team got better? really? cos habs finished 1st the year Koivu and Kovalev did not get into each others hair…

    So what, next youre gonna tell me it was martin and not halak who took us to ECF? And it was Martin, not Price whom had a great season. If anything, Gauthier is to thank, as he often found replacements for a depleted D core.

    JM is a middle management example of what is causing a lot of companies misery.
    => He can’t adapt, le system for life
    => He has poor communication skills
    => He has 0 problems taking credit for others work, not once did he ever say the powerhouse Ottawa team buffed his stats, and that Halak and Price covered his inability to coach a team, look just how many too many men on the ice penalties we took last year…

    blahh, and 24% think don cherry is ok, speaks volumes about 1 quarter of the people on this website

    • I’d like to see you find an NHL coach who ever said that a goalie covered for his inability to coach. Seriously, what is this comment?

      http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

      • AK_PK_Usay says:

        Just because most people lack common decency does not excuse anyone.

        As for the sport entertainment industry, it’s a business that tries to sell victory, any decency left once it became a corporation.

        Sometimes its sad when you stop to think how we idolize a person playing with a ball or stick yet laugh at the “geek” trying to create a better orthopedic equipment (just a random example)

    • G-Man says:

      Yes, the team has gotten better.
      -He adapts to game situations by tweaking™ the line combos.
      – You’re not in the room, so your “poor communication skills” comment is bunk or completely made up.
      -Which coach- and I do want a source or a link- has ever said the “powerhouse team” they coached “buffed” their stats. C’mon, just one.
      -Too many men is a lot about the player not recognizing that he is NOT to go on and doing so anyway. More of a concentration thing.
      Your “Halak and Price” covering his inability to coach: I wonder how good Bowman’s Habs would have been without Dryden?

  32. JohnBellyful says:

    This parade to the IR is playing out like some bad nursery rhyme (there’s even talk they might make it into a movie):

    Ten little Habitants played at the shrine
    One’s knee got swollen and then there were nine
    Nine little Habitants tested their fate
    One hurt his shoulder and then there were eight
    Eight little Habitants – all bound for heaven
    One hurt his groin and then there were seven
    Seven little Habitants carried their sticks
    One’s foot got twisted and then there were six
    Six little Habitants yelled: “We’re still alive!”
    One injured his ribs, and then there were five
    Five little Habitants by now the team’s core
    One’s leg got cut and then there were four …

    (Sob) I can’t go on, it’s just too painful …

  33. HABZ24 says:

    Fire cherry that dogs day has long past

  34. HabFab says:

    For all you Old Timers and Hockey history buffs, Robert L has done it again. In the second clip, you get to watch the first hockey fight on HNIC; http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2010/9/8/1675891/eyes-on-a-dynasty-day-3-hockeys#storyjump

    The combatants are of course Habs and Bruins…you will be surprised at the goons!

  35. habsolutely416 says:

    does anyone know where i can get 1 of those hoodies that JM wears? cant find them anywhere. the dark blue 1 with “canadiens” in white lettering..hope that helps lol. thanks.

    ill be in the slot ;)

    • neumann103 says:

      not sure which one you mean but i would look at the habs site and download the catalog
      http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=52876

      the nhl wants to control all websites and swag sales so what you see orderable online is very restrictive and essentially the same for every team.

      On the other hand the shop at the bell centre sells all sorts of stuff not available on the (league homogenized) website. lots of that is in the catalog. they will take phone orders.

      that is how i got my Plekaneck (TM)

      “Et le but!”

      • habsolutely416 says:

        i will check the link..heres the sweater, im sure i have seen it in hoodie style too. http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/176064/Martin.JPG

        ill be in the slot ;)

        • neumann103 says:

          the long sleeve in that picture looks like SPEEDWICK LONG SLEEVE
          ITEM 111-0055 which is on page 5 of the 2010-2011 catalogue directly above….THE PLEKANECK! (TM)

          I don’t see a hoodie in that style but then the catalog is getting pretty old (see the Max Lapierre content) I would call them up and ask “hey do you have a hoodie version of the Speedwick?”

          I expect there will be a new catalog out soon, as well

          “Et le but!”

  36. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Really some people want DD in Gomez place? What kool aid are you drinking, this year, so far, Gomez has been far superior, if anything, Gionta has been sucking… Cant bury empty nets…

    DD gets prime PP minutes, what does he have to show, cos with him on our PP is atrocious, we scored on a 4v3, YOU WONT see many of those…

    • samTHEman says:

      lol looks like we have the exact same debate as the start of last season. Who’s sucking more, Gionta or Gomez? In his defense, he’s set up Gionta who hasn’t been cashing in on opportunities. What’s different is Gomez now has Patch to go to on that line as opposed to last year.

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      It’s P.K. Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime

  37. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Eller on 4th? Can we demote AK to 4th then? or is he forbidden from playing with someone he actually has chemistry with?

    This is about as stupid as when Gainey put laraque with Koivu and Kovalev for some fucked up reason.

    Ive been on the fire JM bandwagon since he got signed… But his good friend Gauthier was smart enough to eliminate all possible competition by pushing Boucher and Muller away.

    • ProHabs says:

      Even more stupid, what is Eller doing on the wing. He should be playing center. If there is one things we learnt about Eller last year is that he is alot better at center than the wing. Sometimes, I just don’t get Jacques Martin.

      • AK_PK_Usay says:

        Not only is he better at center, but he is probably our 2nd best center, and he’s as gritty as sandpaper, as those 4 bruins players found out last year…

        • HabFab says:

          Needs to get back in game shape first.

          • Bouleau noir says:

            Youd think hockey fans would know that.

          • neumann103 says:

            i agree with all of the pro-Eller sentiment of AK, ProHabs and HabFab. He is the Habs 2nd best center (although I am quite pleased with Gomez’s performance in the first two games) and Eller is way better at center than on the wing (whereas Desharnais seems just fine on the wing). His strength on the puck and commitment to all areas of the game is exemplary.

            I understand tossing him on the 4th line for a few games as a conditioning exercise with limited minutes against lesser competition but hope it is brief.

            I would, however not have moved him to the wing on the fourth line – if that is the plan. Play your recovering stud in his natural position. Move Enqvist to the wing if you have to.

            “Et le but!”

      • VJ says:

        So you want a player who hasn’t played at all this year, just coming off shoulder surgery to take faceoffs? Let the kid get back into game shape and shake off the rust before thrusting him back into a role he’s not ready for at this point. Playing the wing will allow him to ease his way back into the line up, and not have to worry about the extra responsibility with playing centre. He’ll be back in the middle taking draws soon enough. Just give the kid a chance to get back in the lineup first. We have lots of centremen who can handle the job while he’s playing his way back into gameshape. It’ll only be for maybe 2-3 games anyways. Chill out folks!

    • G-Man says:

      You been on the “fire Martin” side since he signed?
      The team has done nothing but improve under his tenure. The players are actually fit, instead of the Koivu-Kovalev country club era. The players have a system they can work with and rely upon, because EVERYONE is buying in, unlike previous coaches.
      The Habs may not have won the Cup in 18years, but they are a lot closer now than they’ve been since the brain trust of Houle-Tremblay were in charge.

    • samTHEman says:

      Maybe JM is secretely on a mission to get AK traded in a stealthy manner. Pair him up with the worst possible combination of line-mates to see him shipped outta town like his brother :P

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      It’s P.K. Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime

    • Eller is on the 4th line at the wing because that’s the easiest spot on the roster to play. He’ll be there because he didn’t have a training camp. When he gets up to speed he’ll be the 3rd line center. Stop freaking out about nothing, guys.

      http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

    • Mark C says:

      How did PG push away Boucher and Muller? I understand you don’t like PG, but saying he pushed away these coach’s is a lie.

  38. SeanMalone says:

    Any update on Ryan White’s progress?

  39. Gerry H says:

    Thinking of Camalleri’s injury, I’m struck by how preventable it was. Like Lang’s and Markov’s slashed tendons, this type of deep cut can be prevented through the use of kevlar undergarments. I’ve been a speed skating coach for about a decade and virtually all competitive youth skaters use these undergarments, which have kevlar fabric reinforcing the most vulnerable areas (achilles, femoral artery, knee tendons, etc.). That they aren’t standard for these multi-million dollar athletes is puzzling, to say the least.


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