Bench Talk

Just in case you don’t have the time to read all of the great comments that are posted on Inside/Out, we are starting up a weekly shout-out recognizing some of the best.

The comments may differ by being witty, insightful or silly; and they may cover the entire spectrum of the Habs’ universe, but all of them represent what it means to be a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. 

Do you have a trade idea that’ll balance out the team? Find a good link to a Habs’ story? Calculated a crazy stat?  Then post it to the discussion boards and check out Bench Talk every Friday for a weekly round-up of the best of your comments.


Some of the posts have been edited for length.


Submitted by habitual on Wed,02/06/2008 – 19:19.

Here are some observations that come from the difference in watching live vs. televised games: Kovalev is even better live. What I hadn’t been able to see well on TV was his ability to control the pace of the game. Ifhe wants it to speed it up, he can. But when he wants to hold onto the puck outside the blue line to give Pleks and Andre time to catch up, he finds a holding pattern and then off they go. And you really notice how little room there often is to work with on the ice, making his ability to find the open man and make those great passes truly impressive.

The people in Montreal are wonderfully warm and welcoming. Everyone accommodated my sad attempts at speaking French, and graciously switched to English the moment I said ‘bonjour.” And the fans at the Bell Centre LOVE hockey. They gave standing ovations for a good 20 second penalty kill shift! The atmosphere is fabulous and if you haven’t seen a game in person you must!


Submitted by Chuck on Wed, 02/06/2008 -18:22.

I swear that Carbonneau tweaks his lines just to give us something to talk about on the off days. 🙂


Submitted by Alex Rio on Wed,02/06/2008 – 12:15.

We need more Kostitsency.


Submitted by idle on Wed, 02/06/2008 -11:22.

There is always room for improvement, and no Habs fan is going to say ‘hey don’t go out and get some better players for us’. But if all we do is complain about every mistake the team makes then when do we have time to be happy and enjoy the team?


Submitted by HabsFreak on Tue,02/05/2008 – 14:54.

It’s not what the club can do for you, it’s what you can do for the club.


Submitted by Sulemaan on Sun,02/03/2008 – 19:46.

Let’s move on to the next one. A loss like this is good. It forces our team to swallow a bitter pill and learn from it. Time to move on.


Submitted by idle on Mon, 02/04/2008 -09:12.

As much as it hurts, I think you have to give the Rangers respect for the way they turned this game around. They pressured the Habs for the majority of the second and third periods and did what Montreal should have done after the first which is to not let their opponents get any kind of sustained momentum.


Submitted by Ian G Cobb on Thu,02/07/2008 – 08:49.

O.K. here goes my weekly report on the three most important stats in determining where we stack up in a 30 team league:

GA—150 We are in 16th place, one better than 17thplace a week ago.Total points— 67 4th place, we were in 7thplace a week ago. GF—173 We are in 3rd place, we were in 5thplace a week ago. We have improved every week for over two months.


Submitted by 24 Cups on Mon, 02/04/2008- 22:49.

We are now up to 135 posts and over 900 reads. And all of this because the Canadiens are switching their backup goaltenders. I now fully realize what hockey madness is all about.


Most Controversial Trade Idea:

Submitted by kenny_galloway onMon, 02/04/2008 – 23:58.

To Toronto:
 McDonagh + Emelin; To Montreal:
 Raycroft +Gill


Best Links:

On why Sean Avery doesn’t like Mike Komisarek:

Submitted by zamboni on Mon, 02/04/2008- 08:12.

Maybe this has something to do with it 🙂


Submitted by krob1000 on Mon,02/04/2008 – 15:39.

Here is an interesting resource on past trade deadlines.There is a link to even show draft picks that turn out to be stars and deals that championship teams have made.


Submitted by HAB-PROFESSOR on Wed,02/06/2008 – 12:32.

on HOSSA and the Habs…


Submitted by coutNY on Tue, 02/05/2008- 08:38.

For fact-rattling-sake Laffsfacing a No. 2 goalie around 40% of their games this season.


Submitted by Ed on Wed, 02/06/2008 -18:09.

The best penalty killers for GA per 60 minutes short handed are: 
Plekanec and Kovalev – 4.3 
Koivu and Higgins – 6.6 
Begin and Dandenault- 7.7
 Chipchura and Kostopoulos – 8.8
 Begin and Smolinski – 11.5. Plekanec and Kovalev are good no matter where they play. Also, this shows that our bestPK’ers are our offensive minded players. I was a bit surprised when I saw this.


Submitted by coutNY on Wed, 02/06/2008- 15:29.

Click here…for a The Hockey News are article featuring Bob’s take on Komisarek!




  1. Les-Habitants says:

    Why did Carbo change the d-pairings…although, I don’t think it would have made a difference.

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