Best hockey book ever? No contest


Bill Simmons, of ESPN, writes: “Ken Dryden’s The Game has been holding the ‘Greatest Hockey Book Ever Written’ title for 28 years and counting? It’s an undisputed title. Nobody would ever argue for another hockey book.”

• Props to HabinBurlington  for finding The ESPN survey of great sports books

DD’s choice of number 51

Yvon Pedneault on NHL scheduling

Crosby is back on the ice

Patrick Kane will have wrist surgery

Kings GM hates the Oilers

Latest mash-up from dahabsrule: P.K. Subban: Swagger of a Champion:


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  2. bwoar says:

    Don’t know if it’s been said but “Jean Beliveau: My Life in Hockey” is on par with The Game.

  3. SyntaxLove says:

    I cannot wait to watch the Avs crash and burn next season. They have six players under contract beyond next year. SIX! Both goalies, Jan Hejda & of course poor Paul Stastny. I can’t imagine any team being worse than them next year. Maybe Ottawa or Phoenix, but I doubt it.

    Hockey’s my wife, the Canadiens my girlfriend, and my girlfriend is my mistress.

  4. Marc10 says:

    Interesting to see the Hawks and the Devils acquiring a full complement of goons for their 4th lines.

    I wonder how those teams will fare over the course of the season and in the playoffs… Assuming they get there.

  5. CrystalB says:

    Best hockey book ever?

    I would like to suggest Roch Carrier’s “Our Life with the Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story”. It is a testimony not just to The Rocket, but to Quebec’s contribution to hockey as well.
    (M. Richard is one of my heroes, so I am biased.)

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  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Well went to the Jays Yankees game today, got my tix a while back, thinking could be Jeter’s 3,000 hit game, and most importantly wanting to see Bautista play again (hadn’t been to a game since last year). Then just before all star game watched Jeter get 3,000 in record fashion on TV. But then figured out i was getting to watch C.C. Sabathia vs. Romero, and more importantly C.C. vs. Bautista. Oh watched him turn his ankle on tv on a play where he was giving his all even though arguable play was dead.

    So dissappointed didn’t get that dream batter pitcher matchup. Oh well, still can’t believe that big talented pantload C.C. could pitch that well in the heat all day. Proudly wore my expo hat by the way.

    Anyhow, sounds like we still haven’t agreed on exactly where our Habs will finish. I think our team is really close, I really like our chances. I also hope we find way to add a bit more grit.

    But if we can avoid year ending injuires to first line players we got a chance. Never was a fan of JM or PG before there stints in Montreal, but i like the look of this team and until this team starts getting worse I will give them the benefit.

    My rambling thoughts for a hot Saturday in summer. Can’t wait for Hockey, but don’t want summer to end. That means I can’t golf at 6am anymore (yah punkster, the best tee time is the first tee time of the day!)

    • punkster says:

      So many wonderful early morning rounds; Foxwood CC near Baden just after it opened in the late 60s, a little 9 hole in the Don Valley before work in the 80s (Flemington Park), Nobleton Lakes, Emerald Hills and the historic Brantford G&C. Nothing like a dewsweeper to light up your day.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • Maybe when I get a little older and start going to bed at 9pm I’ll be able to appreciate those 6am tee times a little more. 😆

        • HardHabits says:

          That reminds me of a joke:

          Three old men are talking about their aches, pains and bodily dysfunctions.

          The first, a 75 year old man says, “I have this problem. I wake up every morning at 7 a.m. and it takes me 20 minutes to pee.”

          The second, an 80 year old man says, “My case is worse. I get up at 8 a.m. and I sit there and grunt and groan for half an hour before I finally have a bowel movement.”

          And finally the third old man who is 90 years old says, “Not me. At 7 a.m. I pee like a horse and at 8 a.m. I crap like a cow.”

          “So what’s your problem?” asked the others.

          “I don’t wake up until 9:00.”

  7. SyntaxLove says:

    Since the most talked about topic of the day is golf (And SmartDog hates golf…) I thought I’d bring it back to those Montreal Canadien characters by posing a question: which player are you most excited to see in action next season, and why?

    Mine’s Yannick Weber, who you can almost make out slamming a NYR player into the boards in my avatar. To most he’s probably just trade bait, a talented but expendable 7th defenceman. I see much more than that. His development last year in a very limited injury reserve capacity, was huge. We saw, especially in the final games of the playoffs, that he’s very capable of scoring goals and making offensive plays. He has 4 pts in 6 playoff games for the Canadiens, which would suggest he’s very good under pressure, an essential quality in clutch players. His defensive game was decent, with what I thought were flashes of future brilliance. If he were paired with Gorges I think they could share a partnership similar to what worked so well for Subban & Gill last year. Ultimately, he deserves his shot at playing every game and developing every game. I hope this year he finally gets it.

    • SmartDog says:

      Good topic.
      I have to say I’m most eager to see:
      1. MaxPac – I love this guy and I want to see that he him on the ice again.
      2. Cole – I always hated Cole when he came to town, not like I hate Toronto or Boston but with the same respect/hate I feel for Alfredson. He always scored on us and always seemed so damn happy doing it.
      3. Gomez – Surprised? I want to see this new and improved Gomez that he’s told us to expect. And if not, I want to yell at the bum for still being a bum. I know that’s not very mature and I’ll probably get over it by then. But I am hoping he comes to camp NHL-READY and no one has to rush to his defense with this “Gomez is a slow starter” bullcrap again. Even THAT would be a relief.
      4. Markov. I guess I’m hitting all the question marks here. I want to see Marky making our PP sing.
      5. Eller. This kid is coming along.
      And after that Weber, DD, White… all regulars now. That’s gonna be sweet to have those young guys on our bench brining it night after night.
      It should be a fun year to watch!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Good choice on Mr. Weber, I hope he gets the icetime that he needs to develop into Marc Streit 2.0, while we wait for Mr. Diaz to figure things out in Hamilton. I’m most intrigued by Alexei Yemelin.

      Looking at the Corsi stats that were circulated a couple days ago, and seeing Mr. Sopel and Mr. Mara near the bottom of league-wide rankings, I thought to myself this confirms my observation from last year that we were too slow. Add Mr. Hamrlik and Spacek to the mix, and our defencemen were either too slow to react to the play and get to the puck, or not strong enough to check someone off the puck effectively if they managed to get there.

      I think Mr. Yemelin will be a big reason these things change. I expect that at 25 years old, he’s coming into the best years of his career. He has played hockey at a relatively high level and under pressure situations. He has had in the last few seasons to show leadership and even start to chip in offensively. I think/hope that after a 20-30 game period where he adapts to his new surroundings, the pace of the game, and the size of the rink, he will be a vast improvement over Mr. Sopel and Mara, we will see glimpses of why Mr. Gauthier felt comfortable allowing Mr. Hamrlik to sign elsewhere.

      I know some posters will attack and say that he’s not a scorer or passer, that the KHL is below the level of the NHL, or that being physical in Russia is a whole different kettle of fish than here, but I understand all this and am still very positive.

      I wonder where/when else can a team plug a 25-year-old seasoned defenceman in their roster in this day and age? Usually such a player is by now an AHL journeyman who is called up due to injuries and manages to stick around. These guys don’t get to go to the World Championships.

      And once again, it’s not like we’re losing a good player and adding him, this isn’t trading away Rod Langway to make room for Rick Green. We are definitely upgrading the roster here.

      I hope he gets to play with Andrei Markov quite a bit and gets his feet under him very quickly.

      Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I am in the same camp. I very intrigued by the Emelin factor this season. Could be a real bonus to the team if he can transition his game to the NHL. Given the way he plays, I don’t think that will be too much of a challenge. What we will find out is if he has the skills to play at the NHL level. If he does, what a help that will be to our team.

    • Curtis O Habs says:

      Carey Price.

    • showey47 says:

      I’m looking forward to not seeing darche and/or moen playing in our top 6 next season.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Yemelin. I don’t know if he’s a poor-man’s- Jaro Spacek, or a poor-man’s- Chris Pronger, but I’m quite anxious to find out.

      * Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty *

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        P.S. I’m interested in seeing what Jared Tinordi looks like in camp, also.

        * Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty *

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      I would have to say Eller. Although he wasn’t lighting up the score sheet, I thought his offensive play was very strong by the end of the season. If he can build on that he definitely has top 6 potential. Just needs the scoring touch.

      Of course I look forward to see how Max Pac turns out after the injury. He was looking like a real stud, leading the habs in points from Jan. up to his injury. Yemelin I’m very curious about as well. And as for Weber, I hope to see improvement, I fear he’s reached his potential though.

    • Im gonna say Kostitsyn. The guy is in a contract year maybe being put on a line with Eller and Moen (Darche or Weber might be a good fit?) which showed flashes of brilliance down the stretch.

      They will probably trade him at the deadline depending how much he is used and where they are in the standings. Gotta make room for pk and carey.

  8. SmartDog says:

    I had to point out earlier how I do think PG has done some good things (Pleks extension, Halak and Wiz. trades) even if I fully maintain the right to criticize the (monumentally) dumb ones.

    Like as the head of pro scouting recommending we take on Gomez and his insane contract. Today the Flames signed Brendan Morrison – 9 goals and 43 points (and only 16 penalty minutes) in 66 games last year, to a contract worth $1.25 million. Wow. What a steal? How come PG never comes up with one of those? When will PG get a good deal like that? I’ll tell you: never. Instead we have Scott Gomez: 7 goals, 38 points in 80 games for over $7 million. Fewer goals, fewer points over more games – 5 times the money. The ridiculousness that is Scott Gomez will continue to haunt PG and this team, as will the gouging of our own offensive prospects, until PG proves his brilliance by bringing us a cup. And that’s the way it should be. Credit where it’s due… but we can’t roll over when bad decisions are made.

    • JayBee says:

      Gomez’s 38 points would be 58 anywhere else.

      • SmartDog says:

        So Plekanec’s 57 would be 77 anywhere else?

        • JayBee says:

          Yep. Cam too. Look at the disparity between PK and PP. Then look at how little time the Habs ever have the puck in the opposing team’s zone. Then look at the defense first system that they play…. They rely on the transition game and PP to score goals. Gomez didn’t play well, but It’s kinda hard to compare points with Hab players to points of players on other teams. It doesn’t tell the whole story. if Morrison played here, he’d probably put up what Gomez did. IMO

          • SyntaxLove says:

            Agreed. You also have to consider the fact that Morrison centres Iginla & Tanguay, who are highly offensive point producing players.

            JoeyBarrie: I thought he mostly centred the second line, but could be totally wrong.

          • joeybarrie says:

            I think Jokinen centers Tanguay and Iggy

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

    • SyntaxLove says:

      Well, never too early or late to criticize the Gomez contract!

    • Propwash says:

      You cant blame PG on Gomez’s performance.

    • Mark C says:

      If you like Morrison at $1.25M, shouldn’t have liked Halpren at $0.6M just as much?

      • SmartDog says:

        Yes, I did like Halpern, was sorry he was let go. But I guess we have too many centers in our pipeline and so that’s a reason I agree with. Development is important. Of course, it once again points a finger at Gomez whose uselessness is also taking up an important spot that we could fill with someone as good and way cheaper.

        • 24 Cups says:

          Too many centres in the pipeline (for 2011-12)? Name just one legit candidate after Engqvist. If he doesn’t pan out, we’re screwed this year.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Jeff Halpern last season…. 26 points, 56% in faceoffs, over 2 minutes per game on the PK and all this in only 12 minutes a game for half the price of D Moore who only had 6 more points (he also played more minutes and mor games)…
      Mathieu Darche 26 points for 500k…
      Besides, using Morrison as a second line center just shows a weak team. He was third line in Washington, and besides, his salary is only 850k with 400k in bonus’.
      Besides he will be back on the third line if Langkow is healthy and he will not get more than 30 points…

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

  9. HardHabits says:

    You know it’s hot when;

    riding a bike down hill doesn’t cool you off but actually makes you warmer due to the friction of the air passing over your skin.

  10. 24 Cups says:

    Lots of interesting names at the top of the leaderboard. Should be a great day of golf viewing tomorrow (which starts early).

    Tom Watson, at the age of 61 (same as MB), is hanging tough as he’s in the top 25 heading into the final day. Quite an achievement.

    • punkster says:

      As always an awesome tournament. Got my round in very late yesterday and finished after sunset. Best time of the day to play…aside from a 6 am tee time.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • 6am tee time? thats brutal! by the time you’ve waken up you’re on the back nine.

        • punkster says:

          That’s pretty well normal for any round I play. Waking up to the reality of having a slim to nil chance of breaking 100 once I’ve added up my front 9 score. Hey, I play the game for the fun of it…ya, right!

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • the earliest I’ll book my tee time is 9am, and thats bad enough. I rather start a little later in the afternoon and finish up at around 5 or 6, just in time to head home for a nice dinner. Summer golf sucks here in Florida because the heat is so bloody bad. Winter time golf is a dream here.

  11. geo_habsgo says:

    So considering we were basically a 100 point team last season with a bunch of major injuries, what are you guys thinking we’ll end with if we have a relatively healthy season with what looks to be an improved squad (we’ve added a lot more quality than we’ve lost)?

    I personally think that we can easily challenge for the conference title.

    • J_P says:

      There’s certainly a lot of “ifs” when trying to determine the potential success of this team but like I’ve said before, this is the best I have felt about the habs in the month of july in a long time.

      If even a couple of the “ifs” fall into place, they can definitely win the division, especially because I am certain that boston was a one trick pony and will experience a serious fall from grace this season.

    • christophor says:

      If Markov, Price, and Plekanec (to a slightly lesser extent) stay healthy, then the conference is realistic.

      Every team has ‘if’s’

  12. TorontoHabsFan says:

    It sounds to me like Bowman is doing a pretty good job of selling here. More than anything he rounded out the bottom of his lineup with 3 players earning $2.175m in total – less than 1 high draft pick counts against the cap:

    – O’Donnell @ $850k – slotted as the 7th D man (with the recent signing of Lepisto – 72 hits in 70 games last year)

    – Mayers @ $550k – slotted to be the 4th line Centre. Last season he had 105 hits. Exactly one more than the notorious floater Dany Heatley.

    – Carcillo @ $750 – slotted to be the 4th line Winger (and replace Fernando Pisani).

    Surely no one is arguing that Andrew Brunette or Steve Montador (83 hits in 73 games with Buffalo) are “grit” players, are they?

    Sorry, I’m not seeing what Bowman’s selling. If anything it looks most like he’s keeping payroll down knowing that next year he has to put up $5m+ to keep Patrick Sharp but is trying to spin it otherwise.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Montador is a pretty gritty guy who keeps things honest around the net. He’s a bit of a jack of all trades. I’d love to have him on our team.

      Carcillo has a screw loose while Mayers is almost a bubble player. I’ve always liked Brunette and thought he would have been a good signing for us during his Minnesota years.

      I think the Spacek contract kept us from going after a guy like O’Donnell. The good news is that Emelin should fit the role quite nicely as he has youth on his side.

      Your point is well taken, as teams like Chicago, Pittsburgh and Detroit are great at filling out their rosters with cheap secondary players. It looks like we have decided to do the same by utilizing three rookies this year. Cheap but unproven with some upside in their favour.

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        Montador is a very useful defenceman – I would’ve liked him too, but there really isn’t any room on our team for him. I prefer Gill for all the leadership intangibliness he brings. As for O’Donnell, I think if we really wanted to, we could still sign Mara to play the same role that O’Donnell will in Chicago.

        I’m also a big Brunette fan – I wouldn’t have minded if Montreal had signed him *this* year 😀


        • 24 Cups says:

          I wonder if Mara will get picked up by anyone this year. If not, then we could sign him to a Henry like contract that pays him 200 grand to be in Hamilton. Then we would have him for an emergency situation come spring time. Most teams wouldn’t claim him on waivers because they wouldn’t want to pay out the AHL coin. Beats giving up a pick in February. We would also have Diaz/Nash around in case we need a offensive Dman.

          Here’s another question. Who’s our third goalie (like Detroit’s McDonald) who can step in if we have an injury? Is Mayer the guy?

          • Mark C says:

            Nathan Lawson is your man. Real good AHL goalie with some NHL experiance.


          • 24 Cups says:

            I don’t know, Mark, doesn’t sound that promising to me.

            I guess it really doesn’t matter. We’re all in when it comes to Price. If he gets hurt (long-term), then I’ll take the non-playoff draft pick and wait until the following year.

          • Mark C says:

            Steve, if Lawson is playing meaningful games in Montreal, the Habs are in trouble. Of course, if MacDonald has to play a number of games in Detroit, the Wings might be in world of hurt. It’s hard enough for some teams to find good starters, never mind a 3rd stringer who can fill in long-term.

          • HardHabits says:


          • christophor says:

            I’ve been surprised with Delmas’ natural ability since his try-out. I think he’s gonna make it to the Bigs

        • longbow says:

          I like Mara as the #8 but I just wish he could play the right side. I’d assume,barring injury,Markov,Gill,Yemelin,Gorges and Subban won’t have anyone replacing them.The only spot Mara could take is the 6 spot in place of Spacek or Weber on his wrong side or put him on the left and switch Yemelin to the right when Mara is in the line-up.

          “Wanting is often more pleasurable than having.It is not logical but it is often true.” – Spock

  13. db says:

    It seems like it doesn’t matter who is GM in Edmonton. How much can it ruin your reputation by trying to trade two injured players in the same week!?

    IMO, Lombardi should have kept his mouth shut (fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me) as it would have come out in the media anyway.

    I’m curious how much y’all think it hurts Edmonton’s chances of trading now.

    I watched a bit of the series on the Oilers this year… Tom Renny has to be the whiniest coach. The guy screams loser. His approach seemed retarded, you could see that half the players weren’t even listening… some organizations are just losers.


      well as long as they lock up all these super prospects theyve got, they should be the team to beat for quite a while in the nhl, just imagine, thye muste up a 3rd staright 1st overall… wow…

      • db says:

        If managed and coached properly I think they could attract players in the next few years. I just don’t think the current “admin” they have can really build a championship team. I know nothing, it’s just the feeling I get. It’s like the coach never gets fired because the team is supposed to suck, but I bet someone like Torts get those boys playing differently.

    • longbow says:

      After the Brule experience Lombardi should have made the deal conditional on Fraser passing a physical.Sour grapes on his part I think.He should probably be happy with the cap space he got out of it.

      “Wanting is often more pleasurable than having.It is not logical but it is often true.” – Spock

      • J_P says:

        As great of a GM as I think Lomardi is, the guy has a serious attitude problem. In my humble opinion, the GM sets the tone for the entire organization. If the GM is a giant douche, the organization will probably struggle. If the kings cant pull it together this year and make it to the second round of the playoffs, Lombardi has to go.

        Same thing with Bryan Murray when he was the GM of anaheim. The guy is a loser (in the winning/losing sense). Sure, he built the ducks into cup contenders, but it took a guy like Burke to get them over the hump.


    I think the NHL should introduce 2 game sets, save on travel expenses, make more of a rivalalry and have the opportunity for bragging rights to sweep a team.


    The HAMILTON BULLDOGS, should be playing in montreal, we can support that team better then hamilton, play out of verdun, and play some games at the BELL Centre. As long as our farm system keep producing gems, and local talent, its only benficial to keep our affiliate close to home.

    • db says:

      I’d even put an AHL team on the north or south shore, spread the hockey love a lil bit.


        exactly, I would really love to see these guys play, especially if leblanc makes the team this season, and tons fo talent coming up, youre right.

        I mean then RDS would carry a TV deal too, at least seeing them on tv, could be a start. HABS TV maybe??

        come on MTL

        • christophurrr says:

          cable is already expensive enough as it is. i don’t need to pay extra to watch the habs.

          doesn’t the team/bell make enough money as it is? i’ll take all 82 games on rds, thanks.

    • Habs_4_ever says:

      I had herd rumors that they might be moving to Laval.


        cant happen soon enough…

      • longbow says:

        Doubt if Joel Bouchard would be too pleased about that.Even if the Bulldogs don’t move to the Laval area I would at least like to see the games televised.The player I’m watching this year is Avtsin.Have a good feeling about him.He should be over the wrist injury by now and acclimatised to the North American game so I’m hoping for a break-out year.

        “Wanting is often more pleasurable than having.It is not logical but it is often true.” – Spock

    • MTLForever says:

      nah f that. the people here love the bulldogs. make a trip to hamilton one day to see them, if not..go to one of their games that they get to play at the bell centre throughout the year.

  16. HardHabits says:


    IMO Bowman saw the Bruins win the Cup using physicality. He saw his team almost win against the other SCF finalist. He knows he has the young guns to get the job done but IMO sees the need to insulate his skilled players. He must also figure that should his team make it to the Cup finals again it could be either the Flyers or Bruins that the ‘Hawks meet, where that extra muscle will certainly help in levelling the playing field or any other Eastern team that will have gotten beaten up along the way, since it is more than likely that the road to Stanley in the East passes through either Boston or Philadelphia.

    There isn’t one pundit that suggests the Habs are not in need of some size and grit but most recognize that they are making small steps in that direction. Is it enough is something we will see after the 2011-2012 season is over.

    I think the Habs feel that speed and skill is the way to go but recognize that a little bit of size and grit is needed. I gather the Habs will try to upgrade the size and skill department without compromising the skill and speed one. It’s a balancing act for sure.

    Let’s face it. The Habs are a team the utilizes puck moving defence-men, two-way forwards and can fall back on elite level goal-tending. Nevertheless I am sure they see that the experiment of over-loading a team with small players will not work in the NHL.

    • HabFab says:

      Best post today!

    • CanadienBoy says:

      Let see here Martin never won the cup because Ottawa could not get past a more physical and less talented Leafs teams ,well why will it be different for us, add the fact Martin hate playing though guys we are in trouble for a few more years

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      The Canadiens are drafting for size, character and toughness, you can see that much from the previous 3 years of drafting along with the skill they covet. The small skilled players are being drafted but in later rounds like Gallagher, Dumont, Archambault and the like. Player acquisitions have run that way as well, MTL has created for itself riches in their defensive depth with a near-exclusive group of 6’1″ or bigger blueliners. The offence could use some PF candidates in the system true but the team has definitely shown it is learning lessons via their player drafting and acquisition record.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      The easiest series the Bruins had was against the most physical team.

      • HardHabits says:

        Interesting isn’t it. But there are other variables at hand. The Flyers were missing Pronger and had been missing him for some time when the 2 teams met. The Flyers were on a downward spiral as is often the case at year’s end after a long run to losing in the SCF’s. Couple that with a Bruins revenge factor for the previous play-offs humiliation.

        Regardless. You can’t deny that the Bruins used there physicality to their advantage against all their opponents, certainly to impose their defensive system on their opponents. With Philly they just out skilled them as well.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      INteresting thoughts. I agree about the Habs looking to balance out the skill and grit, and honestly, I think that’s the best way to go. I think we are building a team in the Detroit vein that is tough to play against, is always competitive and is a threat to challenge for the cup year in and year out. I’d rather have a very competitive squad than a one hit wonder which I think will be the case with a gritty centric team like Boston.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Exactly, SD. We don’t need goons like Laraque, but rather some players with decent size who aren’t afraid to get their noses dirty or go to the ugly spots on the ice. Guys who can take a regular shift and not hurt us when it comes to the other aspects of the game.

  17. Bugs says:

    I remember linkin this a few months back. Possibly the greatest trailer I’ve ever seen:
    “If we stay the course, we are DEAD! We are ALL dead!”

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  18. SmartDog says:

    Re. HH, the Black Hawks and their Changes here are A COUPLE OF LINES FROM THAT ARTICLE:

    “You need to be able to change the momentum, and that’s usually with guys who play a certain (physical) style. That’s why we’ve added all those payers while we’ve kept all our top guys.” (Bowman)

    Coach Joel Quenneville says he’s looking forward to deploying new options this season. “We got some experience, some size, some toughness,” he said. “We got a lot of guys with motivation behind as well.

    Reading this I was thinking about the thing that PG kept saying over and over this spring – that only 5 guys were on the team 3 years ago so it’s a new group and we need to give it time. I’m curious.. how many people agree with this? I don’t. Because most of these guys have had 2 full years together with the same coach. That should be time to gel and know what’s up, what’s needed.

    What you see in Chicago is a GM that takes the bull by the horns and tries to do everything that he sees fit. This attitude that our team only needs to be tweaked ignores the reality that toughness DOES win and shift hockey games. It shifted the entire final series between Boston and Vancouver. And to paraphrase Quenville, it’s not “an option” that we have.

    • TomNickle says:

      I think his comment was more of a justification for not adding more players. Allowing this team to grow together instead of rocking the boat. Pacioretty, Eller, Desharnais, Markov and Gorges are important players on the roster and with the exception of Gorges they’re all just getting familiar with the rest of the group.

    • G-Man says:

      If PG said the sky was blue, you would disagree.

      -edit- To clarify. Injuries ended a lot of teams’ playoff runs this season, including the Flyers and the Habs.
      The “built for speed and skill” Habs were much harder for the Gooins to take out than the “built for toughness” Flyers.

      • db says:

        If PG was in Victoria BC, he would be wrong. I haven’t seen blue sky in several days 🙁

      • SmartDog says:

        Your insult of me is wrong.
        But you make a good point below that… which I’ll address (below). But first, for the record, I am happy to say that PG has done some good things.
        – First on the list is Plekanec’s extension which was exactly as it should have been.
        – The Halak trade looks darned good now (at the time I was on the fence… I wasn’t against it as some were, I was just hoping we got value AND picked the right goalie and PG was bang-on for both).
        – The Whiz trade was good, period. The overall make-up of our team is absolutely good.
        AND.. yes, the “made for speed” Habs were trouble for the cup winning Bruins, but they’ve been trouble for the Bruins forever, almost by default. The Habs weren’t big trouble for a lot of teams last year and it would be hard to argue they had any chance of going 4 rounds. Injuries of course were a big issue I agree…. and I would understand if PG said “we are hoping for better luck in the injury dept and want to see THIS full team in play before we do anything drastic”. But the idea that these guys have not been together long, I just don’t buy. Two years isn’t long? I don’t buy it.
        And.. my biggest specific issue with PG is the dumping of good young talent. I hope that’s over. Everyone makes mistakes, I’m sure that PG is a bit more cautious after losing SK, Lats, O’Byrne, and others for nothing and seeing them go on to do well elsewhere. The fact that he kept A Kostitsyn to me is a sign that he’s not taking EVERYTHING out to trash… and I’m glad for it, though PG does seem to be if anything “fickle” and the guys we’ve brought in and just let go could make half a team by themselves – Auld, Moore, Halpern, Sopel, Lang, Metropolit… I know there are reasons by some of these guys cost us valuable picks (Moore), and some of them were great in their role (Auld, Halpern)… so no, I don’t get the machinations of PG’s brilliance and until such a time as we’re a real threat to win the cup, I still won’t.

  19. HardHabits says:

    Looks like Stan Bowman has been reading HIO. If only PG would do the same.

    Check out this TSN article.


    • Mark C says:

      Jamal Mayers (36)? Sean O’Donnell (39)? Steve Montatdor? Dan Carcillo? Who wore out his welcome in Philly of all places because he took too many dumb penalties.

      Not sure there is really a whole lot of added toughness, just a lot of hype.

    • TomNickle says:

      I’m glad you’re here Dave. I left around noon yesterday after having made a comment that John Madden, Ryan Johnson and Todd White could be options for a fourth line centre for the Canadiens. In addition, I suggested that they would be better options than Engqvist.

      This morning I see that Chris posted a reply that disagreed with that opinion and that around 3pm you felt it was necessary to post “I like how TomNickle didn’t dare respond to Chris”.

      Wow, you are a big man aren’t you Dave? Puff that chest out. I hadn’t made a comment in three hours and you take it upon yourself to try outing me in a public forum for not responding to a comment another poster made well after I was gone.

      First of all, allow me to apologize for taking my brother to a concert. I certainly have a lot of nerve. I mean, who am I to have a life away from my career that allows me to communicate on this website? What business do I have in leaving early on Friday to do something with my brother?

      Second, making the comment that you did, implying that I was afraid, intimidated or anything otherwise by Chris’s comment is hilarious. Especially funny when earlier in the morning you were brow beating me for suggesting the Habs didn’t have to add a right handed centreman, that an addition like that would be a luxury that provides versatility, not necessary however. When I replied with a comment, you happened to forget the subject and move on. I guess I could say that I like how you didn’t dare reply to me.

      Third. It is pathetic that you feel so insecure with yourself that you go to such lengths to try putting other people down. Clearly I didn’t reply to Chris because I wasn’t around. But in the future, don’t allow that to stop you from making an idiotic comment that resembles a feeble attempt to discredit my opinion or me personally.

      Little man syndrome is back in full effect eh Dave? Maybe you should do what I did and get out for a little while. I think it might help. This place being your safety net and the internet providing the security it does makes you act a lot bigger than you are doesn’t it? Next time you want to compensate for your shortcomings, whether they be physical, mental or life related. Please do the appropriate thing and go see your therapist to have your medication changed or increased. Only the bottom of the barrel take it upon themselves to attack people when they aren’t around to defend themselves.

      Good day to you Dave. Try to get out and have some fun.

      • HardHabits says:

        I wish the Habs would toughen up a bit if only to lose their wimpier fans.

        • TomNickle says:

          Yes, I’m a wimp because I took issue with your comment that had ill will behind it.

          I’m done with you. You aren’t worth the Charmin I wipe my ass with.

          • Beaco says:

            Nickle ON FIRE! 🙂

          • HalifaxHabs says:

            I also only use Charmin. 3 squares at once is all you need for a wipe.

          • HardHabits says:


            Look at the content of your comments versus mine. I am poking fun and in jest yet you take it personally and resort to vulgarisms. Your retorts or full of venom.

            Maybe it is you that should seek out a therapist or consider taking medication.

            I could have been more sensitive since you obviously spent all night doing research and came up with Todd White, Ryan Johnson and John Madden as 4th line plugs, now that the Konopka debate has run its course, and waited impatiently until the morning to post your ground breaking research.

            So after I had totally dismissed your “proposal” you of course had to get nasty again, then when Chris literally blew your idea out the galaxy I had to laugh at your silence on the matter. I also had to raise an eyebrow to see Chris completely argue my position.

            It’s just a bar room rag dude. How do you make out in the real world? Are you always so defensive?

            I suggest you learn to laugh at yourself. Then you can join in with others around you who are doing the same.

          • TomNickle says:

            @ HFX – unless you rock an ace!

          • TomNickle says:

            Nice try Dave. You aren’t fooling anyone. I’m able to laugh with plenty of people around here, at myself as well.

            Don’t even bother pretending that you were kidding around. That’s a child’s justification.

            Good bye.

          • HardHabits says:

            @TomNickle: You are more in need of some Tampax than Charmin.

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            HH quit trying to look like you’re taking the high road when you make comments like that ^ minutes later. Seems a bit bipolar. Take your own advice

  20. JohnBellyful says:

    The Canadiens have 15 retired numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 23, 29, 33, 99.
    And with another three, four, possibly five more numbers to be retired with the current crop of Canadiens, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out the team could run out of numbers by …99 minus 15 minus let’s say 5 = 79 minus players on the roster at some point during the season (X) minus..
    Anyways, it could become a problem, The same way it did when Bell began running out of numbers for certain areas and had to change the system around so now I gotta dial three more numbers in my own area and I didn’t have to before …
    Anyways, about this pressing need for a new way of identifying players. Make it a alphanumeric system. The first character is a number, the second character a letter. That works out to … let’s see, 9 numbers + 26 letters …
    Anyways, a lot more combinations than 100. All 1’s are goalies. 2-3-4 are defence, 5-6-7-8-9 forwards. The letter would tell everyone the player’s standing in the team’s depth chart for that position. For example Markov would be 2A and Subban 3A — roughly equal. Pleks would 5A, Cammilleri 6A, and so on. Gomez would be …
    Anyways, it could lead to all sorts of interesting debates; when it comes to players’ signings, for example. Gorges: 2B or not 2B?

    Edit: I had included No. 6 in list until fellow poster pointed out my error (No. 239 2011; still better than last year’s record at this point)

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      I think we should un-retire most of these numbers. By all means raise them to the rafters and honour the former wearers but please … 50 is a linebacker’s number.

      • G-Man says:

        Retired numbers should be just that. Or do you want the Odjiks of the world wearing Dryden’s number? Or a Spacek wearing Robinson’s #19?

        • JohnBellyful says:

          Uh, I didn’t say anything about unretiring numbers. Let them rest in peace.
          Oh, I see, You were replying to other poster. My bad. That’s what happens when you refresh. It stops at most recent post and I didn’t see the one above it.

          • G-Man says:

            LeFan did- I replied to that.

            Keep up your “out from left field and beyond” comments. This site sorely needs them. 🙂

        • Thomas Le Fan says:

          We differ in ze opinions then mon ami but someone will always have someone else’s number. Would I give Lefleur’s number to a plumber? No. But I might consider giving it to a young star. However, in 50 years when everyone is wearing numbers 50 – 99 oops make that 98, I won’ t care.

    • HardHabits says:

      I’ve thought about introducing the Hexadecimal system for new numbers. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F, 10, 11, 12,…19, 1A, 1B,… 1F, 20, 21 and so on. Then I realized that there could never be a number “HH”.

      Friends. May I introduce to you the new Octidecimal number system.

      You don’t want to mess with number Haitchedy Haitche.

    • punkster says:

      Shades of Newhart’s “infinite number of monkeys with typewriters”.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • j0nHABS says:

      They didn’t retire 6, thats spacek number!

      I wish people would stop bashing Price already!!

      • HardHabits says:

        Your sig is so last year.

        • j0nHABS says:

          Well I still hear it! why do you have to be a !@#$ about it?

          I wish people would stop bashing Price already!!

          • HardHabits says:

            Tit for tat. You want to be an !@#$ with your sig then right back’atcha.

            In case you want to actually exchange ideas instead of pleasantries:

            When people were bashing Price most of it was warranted. After last season few people bash Price but possibly some have concerns that he wont repeat the splendid season he just had. BTW. Criticism is not bashing.

            I have another wish for you. World peace. I mean since your going to ask for something that isn’t going to happen, why not reach for the stars?

  21. HardHabits says:

    If anybody is interested, I have a PDF version of Hockey Inside/Out in case anybody wants to screw Boone out of his royalties.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      How far back does it go? I’m missing 2007-10: When Chaos Reigned.
      I just remembered. It was Habs Inside/Out then.

    • HabFab says:

      I would like a copy of the page where afterwards they shut it down for a day…heck I can’t even remember how it started.

      • HardHabits says:

        h_g AKA Sargent Stadanko was aggressive towards JT and threatened to “show-up” to the summit with a few “friends”. There was talk of screen shots and law suits but that’s the stuff of legend.

        And that is how the Water Gun Fight at the Big O.K. Corral thread started . Ah. The good old days. Before the West was won.

        • HabFab says:

          Yeah and Hariti? also but that was the day before. Remember him going after Ian also but can’t remember what participated the actual explosion. The Water Gun part was Chuck showing up to a knife fight with a water gun! Thanks for giving me the name , had forgot it.

    • el heffe says:

      How does it feel? being smarter than everyone else. i wish..i wish

      nobody knows the pain of being a Habs fan in a world of Habs fans…

    • j0nHABS says:

      Look man, all I was saying you don’t have call somebody out by making fun of somebody’s sig its just plain mean.
      Are you talking about the warrented “Criticism” of Price for the first few years in the NHL when idiot fans threw him under the bus when he was trying to develop into the player he is now. Some of Habs fan’s “Criticism” is nothing more than a trible headed view of the players, when they don’t live up to the hype in every moment of every second of their career then they are bums and should be traded or what have you! Some Habs fans have no patience!
      If you are wishing for the stars you might as well wish you were the GM, because you clearly think you know better than everyone eles, maybe then we would win the cup every year!

      I wish people would stop bashing Price already!!

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        Don’t bother wasting your time with him j0n. He just looks to pick internet fights. Makes up for what he lacks in real life I am sure

  22. The Dude says:

    If Crosby had a Semenko watching out for him none of this would of happened…….ask the GReat One!

  23. TheKarl says:

    I found a local article with a bit of background on Magnus Nygren and the draft –

    Magnus Nygren, 21, was the oldest player taken in the entire draft. And he was taken already in the 4th round by the Montreal Canadiens. “A very, very positive surprise” says Nygren who was drafted just like Henrik Tommernes.

    In two previous drafts both players had been eligible without any team feeling that they were worth taking. But this weekend both ’90-boys’ were drafted when Montreal picked Nygren in the 4th round, 113th overall and Henrik Tommernes was picked by Vancouver i the seventh round as the next to last player overall.

    Nygren knew there was some interest:
    “I had spoken with 9-10 teams and understood that there was a chance at being drafted. But then I figured it would be the 6th or 7th round, not the 4th. A great surprise.”

    Classic Montreal however sees big potential in the kid from Varmland.

    “He is 21 and played the first PP for one of the best teams in Europe at such a young age. Our scout in Europe thinks that he will quickly adjust to the NA game the next few years.” said Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier to the Montreal Gazette.

    That is was specifically Montreal picked Magnus made him all the more happy.

    “A cool and historic franchise that I know has a great organisation. I’ve also stayed up late and watch some of their games and the fantastic fans they have.”

    The club contacked him during the weekend already.

    “They wanted to have me over for a development camp where I will meet team execs. They seemed interested in what they saw. I actually hadn’t spoken to them at all before I was drafted, instead they talked to teammates here in Farjestad about me.”

    And FBK will be “Nyggas” klubb this winter.

    “I an completely focused on playing for Farjestad at least one more year. After that Montreal will decide and I will listen to what they say. But I do not feel mature enough to go over already.”

    • christophor says:

      Is… is ‘Nygga’ his nickname? I hope that doesn’t travel with him over the Atlantic.

    • Mark C says:

      Actually, liked this pick a lot, after the first two rounds the draft becomes a total crapshoot. Might as take a filer on an overager, who put up insane numbers in the SEL (36-7-18-25, +5) after being called up. One side benefit on selecting a late bloomer like Magnus is if they do “make it”, it will be sooner rather than later.

      • HardHabits says:

        The Elitserien is considered the 2nd best league in the world after the NHL. He plays on the league’s best team on the #1 PP unit.

        PG told him to finish out his contract there and also suggests that he can make the jump to the NHL seamlessly. The Habs are looking mighty fine in the defence man department.

        • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

          Yeah those numbers are very good for the Elitserien.

          I am very intrigued by the pick of Nygren. He seems like a promising player. From the clips of him that I saw, it seems like he has an accurate shot with a VERY quick release.

          Our defence is definitely looking very solid for the present and future.

          Hopefully Gallagher, Avtsin, Archambault and Pribyl turn out to be good finds in the later rounds as well so that we can feel good about our forward depth too.

  24. CanadienBoy says:

    How about Brad Wicnhester 6′ 5″ 240 10 G 10 A

    • christophor says:

      -18 on a plus-team.

      • showey47 says:

        Not really sure where you get that from,2/3rds of anybody who dressed for the ducks last year was a minus player and so was at least half of the players who suited up for the blues.

        • Everlasting1 says:

          I imagine it’s due to said teams serving a gagillion pim.

          “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

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

  25. Bugs says:

    I agree with whatever article I read few days back that said Dezzy shoulda taken #15 instead. I mean, 51? Gimme a friggin break. Got an opportunity to take a power number, you take it, ask me.
    Same way I thought O’B shoulda taken Komo’s #8 instead of godforsaken #20, I mean, what the hell? O’B, what were you thinkin? #20??? #8 is RIGHT there! Previously worn by a “big, tough, stay-at-home D”…I mean…helloooo? You shoulda ANNOUNCED “I’m the new’n’improved Komo!” Why didn’t you do that?!?
    It woulda worked!
    Tellin me Dezzy couldn’t be a new’n’improved Halpie?
    C’mon…fifty-one…bring us some impact, why dontcha…

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Bugs says:

      I’ll go further, get all psychological and whatnot:
      I think if O’B had taken #8, he woulda lasted longer here.
      Unnnh! The psychological card; yeah, man.
      How do you like THAT?

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

      • arcosenate says:

        I dunno, maybe it’s a warning to those who might be planning to take liberties with him, he’s letting them know he’s one card short of a full deck and likely to go off at any moment.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      Is Dezzy your new Poulio? Anyway, your post makes sense in a way lol Do you think coaching staff take stock of the numbers players wear though? Considering JM is the Count, I’m sure he loves that aspect of the game.

  26. TorontoHabsFan says:

    While “The Game” is certainly a fine, fine book, there is absolutely no way it can be called the Greatest Hockey Book of All-Time.


    That title belongs to “Le Chandail” – also known as The Gospel According To Roch.


    (Ball Four has been on my reading list for far too long now. As has Chico Escuela’s 1978 masterpiece “Bad Stuff ‘Bout The Mets”)

    • Bill J says:

      Well it’s more known for its short film version.

      The book road the coat tails of the short.

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        Yeah, I know. I still love it so. 😀

        Became a pretty huge Roch Carrier fan as I grew up too – “La Guerre, Yes Sir” is the finest book about the Conscription Crisis ever written.

        His book about The Rocket is also quite good.

  27. SyntaxLove says:

    The Bruce Peter article on jersey numbers is, in my opinion, pretentious drivel; featuring such lines as “we could have five D with numbers in the 70’s, which would be really tough to watch.” and “hopefully the youngsters see the light and choose something that isn’t an eyesore.

    According to Mr. Peter, it’s positively amateur to not choose a lower number if one is available, even though, as he mentions, both Markov & Gill, two supremely talented & highly respected professional athletes, chose not to. Ostensibly because they’re more preoccupied with playing hockey than what arbitrary number they’re assigned.

    He states that hockey players are superstitious, then later on states that whomever chooses number 15 will get to become one of his favourites, because that’s the only requirement I guess. And hockey players are superstitious? What nonsense.

  28. Puck Bard says:

    Definitely the best. Remember the Father’s Day I bought it for my dad. Also like Dick Irvin’s The Habs.

  29. adam76 says:

    I hate to disagree, but this is the greatest hockey book of all time is the novelization of the 1994 classic – D2: The mighty ducks.

    • Former Jets Fan says:

      That’s preposterous. It had Trinidad and Tobago beating Canada!?! And if Russia beat Iceland, who eliminated Russia? How come they’re not in the final?

      • toinz says:

        Trinidad will still beat Canada long before a team makes a defenceman dress as a goalie in order to take a 200 foot knuckle shot that beats the goalie every time.

        You will remember the knucklepucker (sounds like a swear word!) started out in the movie a a heckler who was recruited to the team (I swear some of the commenters here who “fought when they played hockey” DREAM this will happen to them.

        At least I learned during this movie that Iceland is green and Greenland is full of ice.

  30. arcosenate says:

    No matter what kind of money he’s making it’s hard to imagine not feeling sympathy for a guy who’s had his life put on hold like this at such a young age. It hurts the game to not have its best player playing and all because the people supposedly in charge don’t seem to have its best interests at heart. The head blows should have been automatic and serious suspensions 5 years ago but the powers that be, including the NHLPA, didn’t do their jobs.

    Putting cement heads like Colin Campbell in a position of meting out punishment and determining what incidents deserve punishment contributed to the lack of respect players have for one another on the ice.

    I will never understand how the Pacioretty hit was deemed a “hockey play”. The lack of even a token suspension on that hit said all you needed to know about the seriousness of the league when it comes to head blows.

    Even if it was deemed, in some strange person’s world, accidental, the lack of suspension beggars belief.

    Anyway, it’s too sunny out to start the day thinking about Colin Campbell…

    • 24 Cups says:

      The hit on Crosby is a prime example of what is wrong in the NHL today. He didn’t have the puck, it was a blindside hit that easily could have been avoided and was direct contact with Crosby’s head. It was not an emotional “heat of the moment” type of play. The announcers jumped in with their cliche comments but I’m not buying it.

      I know I’m in the minority here, but I think that Steckel knew what he was doing and took advantage of an opportunity to level the playing field. He knew it was Crosby and that he was totally vulnerable. I’m not saying he meant to take Crosby out for the rest of the year, but that’s really not the point. It’s the rule of the jungle mentality in today’s NHL that’s endangering players and ruining our game.

      What really upsets me, is that I somehow feel the NHL would be fine with all of this if they didn’t have to face the fallout from all the serious concussions. The fact that the Bruins won the Cup just validates my fears.

  31. RetroMikey says:

    I have the e-book version (PDF version) of this great book by Ken Dryden is anyone is interested in reading it on screen.
    Drop me an e-mail.
    And yes Habs fans, RetroMikey may criticize the team day in and out, but my blood is red, blue and white forever!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Mike Boone says:

      Good idea.
      Let’s screw a Canadiens legend out of his book royalties.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        RetroMikey, like Ziggy, can never win.

        Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

      • RetroMikey says:

        Boone, he’s made his money.
        After all, he was a MP member in Ottawa and we know how comfortable MP’S will be living with their pension.
        Sharing a book is like sharing a newspaper.

        “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

        • arcosenate says:

          He also has leadership debts and a right to be paid for his literary work.

        • G-Man says:

          So, let’s rip him off anyways? Nothing a writer or artist or musicians accomplishes should be “free.” Where would the incentive be to create anything?
          Kind of what’s happened to music since about 2001.

          • agreed, as much as i love my tech i cannot stand the sense of entitlement it has given many

          • HardHabits says:

            If you can’t afford an Internet connection to download music then listen to the birds chirp right G?

          • canadian consumers are being gouged and that the crtc should be disbanded for collusion with the isp’s

            were going the reverse route of the rest of the world, while finland has made broadband a constitutional right for all of its citizens, were faffing about discussing UBB, which is absolutely insane

            being said, music and other artistic property is so readily available for purchase that there is no reason these days to be pirating.

          • G-Man says:

            @HH- music downloading has pretty much killed the industry. No one wants to pay for anything they can obtain illegally for free.
            P.S.- nothing wrong with listening to birds chirping when you compare it to Lady CaCa.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Good. I’d like to see the music industry labels suffering. They are the biggest losers in ‘illegal’ downloading/pirating, not so much the artists. The artists only earn a small fraction of sales..most of their income comes from touring.
            Most bands/artist have realized the changing times and are remaining independent.. recording/producing/promoting/distributing their music themselves. Under their terms and control. Radio can choke on it too.

            “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

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

          • the record companies are culpable for being behind the game, but that doesnt excuse stealing music

            arists making the majority of their coin from touring is a reality of today, not from the pre-napster days when cd’s actually sold

            as a fan of music im not sure what depresses me more, what the labels did to allow their industry to go to sh[t, or users that enable themselves to steal based on self realized ideologies for the sake of being a stingy cheapskate

        • issie74 says:

          RetroMikey – Ken Dryden was defeated in the last election and is no longer an MP.


      • Everlasting1 says:

        Many ebooks are sold online in this format nowadays. They are often available in libraries as well.

        “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

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

      • SmartDog says:

        Don’t the royalty rights run out after 100 years?

        My bad.

      • Exit716 says:

        I owned the original hard cover book, which I donated to my old hometown library when my wife and I were moving. One Christmas, I received an autographed paperback version from my sister. Mr. Dryden was researching a project at my sister’s high school in Mississauga at the time.

  32. Corporate says:

    I would have to bed to differ. The best Montreal Canadiens book is The Habs by Dick Irvin Jr.. Then I would consider Dryden. But that is only my opinion.

  33. Mike D says:

    I read the “Kings GM hates the Oilers” article linked above. Nothing any of us didn’t already know if you watched any of the Highlight shows when the Smyth trade was happening, but I’m glad the situation is getting even more coverage. I’d love it if Lombardi went so far as to “warn” other NHL GM’s not to enter into a trade with EDM because they cannot be trusted. Not because other GMs haven’t taken notice, but just for the sake of putting it out there bluntly to embarrass the EDM franchise as much as possible.

    It probably won’t happen, but I really hope the NHL decides that The Oilers/Tambellini’s punishment is that they forfeit their 1st round pick in the next draft (or better yet more than one 1st round pick in more than one draft). That’ll throw a nice little wrench into their keep-tanking-to-stockpile-top-young-draft-picks strategy. Maybe now they’ll be forced to actually compete and try to win a few games.

    Sorry for the rant, but what EDM tried to do really disgusts me. There’s already enough bush-league crap happening with league brass and the conflicts of interest everywhere. We certainly don’t need the GM’s around the league to start doing this kind of sh*t.

    FU Tambellini, and FU Oilers!

    (end rant)

    – Honestly yours

  34. 24 Cups says:

    Looks like Adam Larsson already needs a new agent.

    • HabFab says:

      Steve, you actually think that Lou would blink first.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Lou sold him on the “team comes first” line which Lou has done in the past to undercut guys like Brodeur. No offense, but this is a business. Plain and simple. Larsson left around 2.5M in bonus money on the table – times three years. Would you let your son do that? Larsson could easily have said I’m going back to Sweden to play out my contract. Even threaten to go back into the draft in a few years.

        I think it’s safe to say that Lou didn’t sign Kovalchuk, the owner did. He’s also going to have a hell of a time dealing with Parise would might want 7-7.5M, long term. Here’s a thought – Pleks for Parise straight up. Lou gets a good player back and we use our extra cap space to upgrade and sign a young, rising star.

  35. geo_habsgo says:

    Gotta think that with Crosby’s extended recovery that he is going to go the way of Eric Lindros. Sad. I always found Crosby kind of annoying but his talent and work ethic were undeniable. Its horrible to think that he will be a shadow of a player way before he even gets a chance to hit his prime or make the really big money. What’s a 23 year old Hockey player to do if he can’t play hockey anymore but that’s all he knows?

    • G-Man says:

      I think the millions he’s earned playing and with endorsements will keep him in luxury for the rest of his life. Just shows you how important mental health is.

    • Mike D says:

      I agree the the game losing Crosby (or having his level of play be stymied) is bad for hockey. It should also serve as ample warning to the powers that be that something needs to be done about headshots, and head injuries.

      However, let’s not get too crazy with the sympathy. I feel bad for him too from a health standpoint, but how many 23 year olds are already making 8.7mil per year? And that’s just his hockey contract! Who knows how much more he’s made through endorsements and other forms of revenue that only the top sports stars benefit from?

      Feel bad for his health – yes. Feel bad for the negative impact this has on hockey – yes. But feel bad for his financial situation? – absolutely not!

      – Honestly yours

      • geo_habsgo says:

        Aha I know what you mean. I was just looking at it in terms of what he could have had (and still can if he heals up). It’s pretty rough that he’ll probably be remembered at the end of his career as a Lindros 2 rather than a Gretzky 2. Always thought he might be a Hab one day in his career but it looks like we’ll get our hands on him when he’s a tad washed up.

        • Mike D says:

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Sid and the Pens are just being extra cautious about his recovery. And FWIW, I hope that’s the case too.

          The thought of the Habs having Crosby is nice for us Habs fans, but it probably won’t/wouldn’t happen. Especially if Mario remains involved with that franchise in some capacity and as long as they remain competitive.

          A lot of top players never get the chance to play for the team they cheered for as youngsters. Gretz was a huge Red Wings fan as a boy and he never played for them.

          – Honestly yours

      • issie74 says:

        Money isin;t everything,being able to live a healthy life and enjoy the money you have worked so hard for,is far more impotant.


  36. G-Man says:

    Glad to see Dryden’s “The Game” recognized outside of Canada as the great sports book it is. The review of it is worth reading and makes me want to flip it open again.

  37. 24 Cups says:

    I still have my signed copy of The Game, but posters should also take the time to read the preview of Ball Four (3rd book on the list). It’s another true classic.

    Which begs the question, when will the headmaster be penning his memoirs?

    • HabFab says:

      In the works, title is”Where aged ushers didn’t know or care what we were smoking!”. He apparently is waiting for 25 Cups to finish it, hopefully not too long as I can’t wait.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Yesterday I mentioned that the Habs might have to offer Mike Boone’s liquor cabinet as part of a package deal for Ryan Getzlaf.

        Chris replied with the line of the day when he said a deal such as that “just might put Anaheim over the cap!”

        • Mike Boone says:

          Whoah, easy there.
          I haven’t had a drop of the hard stuff since January. And a six-pack of beer lasts me a week.
          Part of the health regimen.
          And to quote legendary Quebec labour leader Louis Laberge, after he gave up the daily bottle of wine he’d consume at lunch, “I may not live longer, but it will seem longer.”

          Mike Boone
          Hockey Inside/Out blogger
          Gazette City columnist

          • HabFab says:

            Had to cut back myself, no alcohol in the house. Only allowed 1-2 drinks with meal if I’m out.

            Damn restaurant bill is getting expensive!

          • solomio says:

            Health regimen at your age? After more than a half century of debauchery? C’mon….fire all of your guns at once and…explode into space….

            “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

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