Big one tonight

Washington is at the Bell Centre, for the first time since that game they don’t like to talk about.

Bell Centre to get new boards, glass

Wiz yearns for old-time hockey

Positive signs on concussions

Arpon Basu’s playoff check-up

Caps begin long trip

Crosby calls for ban on head hits



  1. joeybarrie says:

    First of it’s mostly cause its OUR GUY. The OTHER guys teams and fan bases were most likely saying the same thing when it was them.

    ALSO of note is PAX didn’t simply hit the stanchion, he was pushed directly into it, and the pic with Chara’s glove right there as he hit it shows the intent.

    ALSO because of the severity of the injury. It’s pretty fricken hypocritical that when Ovechkin got suspended for a move that they said he had no intent, the league gave him a few games anyways and said “it does not matter that there was no intent, the player was injured and he is responsible for that”, but of course CHARA is not…

    Why this hypocrisy exists i am not sure, I do not buy into the fact that Campbell’s son plays for them so they get a pass. I think it stems more so from a stance that they do not want to change, and it’s injuries happen in unfortunate circumstances. They do not want to acknowledge the fact that the rules might need to be changed, and that there is some sort of problem here.

    The line I heard BEST was ‘Sean Avery waives a stick hear the face of the goalie, and NEXT DAY the rules are changed… Pacioretty almost loses his life in an after the play hit by a player with a known history with him, and NOTHING’.

    I think that ALOT of people realize that justice was not seen in this matter and thats why its the end of the world.


  2. Chris says:

    And Chara was punished in excess of that rule (normally a 2-minute interference penalty) by receiving a 5 minute major and a game misconduct.

    So the question is whether he deserves MORE discipline, and that of course is open to debate with various people having various opinions of what that supplementary discipline should be.

  3. Chuck says:

    It is for Pacioretty.

  4. Hobie Hansen says:

    This point has been beaten to death but the only way you’re going to get back at Lucic or Chara is to find a couple of complete monsters to play on your team. If the Habs are worried about sacrificing offense or solid play because they can’t find a heavyweight fighter that can fight and play the game, than they better accept getting beat up by the Bruins…

  5. Fansincebirth says:

    I was (and still am) as disgusted over the Crosby, Savard, Booth, Bergeron etc hits as I am about the Pacioretty hit.

    The league should have been cleaned up a long time ago but Bettman and his Merry Band of Morons want to sell the Rock-em Sock-em style of hockey to the lesser-lights in the sun belt and the only way he can do it is for this nasty, violence riddled brand we have right now. Nothing is going to change unless the league rids itself of the ehad hunters, head hunting and a change of Buttman and the Boys.

    I still believe the hit on Crosby in the outdoor classic was accidental, IMHO.

    Are we supposed to jump on other fan sites and bitch and moan about their poor player? No, we have enough of that to do on our own site. The common meeting ground is sites like TSN but moron fans get on there and turn into a$$holes so why bother.

    Cooke, Richards, Gillies and the like are special breeds of player from the shallow end. As much as I hat eLucic playing against us, I’d love to see him on our team (let the stone throwing and name calling begin). He plays hard all the time and he’s something this team has lacked for quite a few years.

    Clean up the league Buttman and the Boys before someone dies….

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  6. Bugs says:

    To be fair, The Expendables had some flaws, namely the tacked-on vanity fair (every “name” actor had to have his moment, even to the detriment of the story’s pace) and the HORRENDOUS acting job by the girl on the island (I cringe just thinkin about it). More hard-hitting action though. MUSCLE action, I call it. Straight-up in your face. The dock-strafing scene is to die for.

    Ninjas work in the shadow; I loved how they exploited that. More charisma from the lead than I anticipated. The training he received was very nice. The shuriken action and the acrobacy was glorious. The story was better than Sly’s flick. (Yeah, I know, we’re not there for that, but still…) And again, the acting was on par all across the board.

    I give “Ninja” the nod when I compare the both because I was expecting EXACTLY what I got from Sly but WASN’T expecting what I got from Rain. And did I mention, Sho still rocks the casbah.

  7. observer says:

    sounds like bettman and campbell together!

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    Concussions are mostly being caused by the body armour worn on the shoulders and elbows, that are lethal weapons. The GM’s meeting has done little to address this hugh problem in our game.


    There is no fear for the player giving the hit today. He will not be hurt like in the years of softer equipment worn. With the softer equipment, the hitting player had as much chance of getting hurt as the recipient of his hit, thereby holding back some of his force.


    Can you imagine getting a Gordie Howe elbow wearing this kind of armour, the neurology hospital beds would be full.


    It is all well and good for the NHL to try to put a better finesse hockey product on the ice, I support that, but with what consequences to brain cells and bones. They now have to find a way to put the genie back into the bottle before more of our kids are brain damaged and broken for life.

    The equipment issue has to be addressed right now. Or do we wait for death first.?

  9. Bugs says:

    Cherry talkin about his stanchion idea on team990.

  10. punkster says:

    The other “only way” is to win the games. Best revenge I can think of really.

    Suggestion: No wasted roster positions or CAP space, no escalation of idiotic violence, fewer if any fights and dirty hits. Remove the goons from the game, make it prohibitivelyexpensive for the offending player and team for goon tactics, heavily penalize all concussion resulting hits and all fights. Not taking the hits or fighting out of the game just making the offenders pay big time. Really big time.


  11. Hobie Hansen says:

    Equipment should be number one on the list for sure…an elbow pad today his harder than a bumper on a car….u get smashed in the face with it, not even at full force, and you’re in trouble….

  12. Fansincebirth says:

    So,I’m having a problem following this logic….

    According to some (many?), because this type of hockey play, a player being rammed into the stanchion, has been excused before, it should be excused again, in Chara’s case.

    Why, I ask.

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  13. mrhabby says:

    was the ninja movie made for kids.

  14. jimmy shaker says:

    If some average joe can make a cut resistant material hockey sock that will protect the player from getting cut with skates, why can’t some company make equipment for players that is soft upon impact but still keeps the hitter and the hittee (if that’s even a word) safe.  The boards, glass, arena design, obstruction rules and finally the players body armour all have to change if the league wants a safer NHL.


  15. smiler2729 says:

    The ignorant bitter old piece of crap couldn’t be bothered to remember Pacioretty’s name on Coach’s Corner so the who the hell can be bothered to listen to anything he says?

  16. Mattyleg says:

    He’s a genius.

    I’ve been suggesting that idea for two years now. Honestly. It just makes sense – the impact is distributed over a wider surface area. I posted it right after Max’s incident.

    There. See? I’m just as smart as Don Cherry.


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. HalifaxHabs says:

    yeah Cherry defintely was on Habs I/O last week and read your post, and used it as his own on HNIC.


  18. twocents says:

    His idea?

    Ya wanna know where he got it from?

    The glass should rise on a slow ascending angle over several feet. Then have a net replacing the triangular portion of glass eliminated by the design. Doing this, it would have a more horizontal orientation, like a handrail in a stairway. The “post” would not longer be used to increase the force of hits. Which it was last night. There is no doubt.

    The problem is fixed.

    It’s not rocket science.

  19. andrewberkshire says:

    Since when is it ok when it happens other times? Can we can it with this stupidity please?

  20. Miltie01 says:

    To be fair, on the show he told everyone it was not his idea…..

  21. CBrady12 says:

    NO! Because Chara hit Pacioretty! He should be banned from the NHL!!

  22. Hobie Hansen says:

    I agree! Unfortunately the rules aren’t as such….

  23. andrewberkshire says:

    As always, to be a contrarian the only opinions you mention are those that are the most extreme, and then you attempt to generalize all the outrage going on as just those people. If you were paying any attention for the last week you would know that this isn’t even about Pacioretty anymore. The hit is the catalyst, but it’s beyond it.

  24. punkster says:

    In my view some hockey plays and the rules that encourage them are just plain st00pid.


  25. HalifaxHabs says:

    “Then they better accept getting “beat up” by the Bruins…”

    however, since they are 9-2 against them in their last 11 games, I guess the Bruins will have to accept getting beat on the scoreboard as long as the Bruins continue to ice a team full of “fighters that can play the game”.

    This point has also been beaten to death on here.

  26. punkster says:

    The rules are a huge part of the problem. Change them.


  27. Miltie01 says:

    Or can they lessen the armour effect of the pads just enough so that it protects the player, but does not injure the person being hit ?


    It really is time for it to be looked at.

  28. Malreg says:

    Unfortunately it’s not a matter of flicking a switch and making certain types of equipment disappear.  Any and all changes have to go through the NHLPA, and then the equipment manufacturers.  Have you ever had to deal with a union before? 

    The equipment is already much better than it was in the 90’s, and a lot of players have switched to smaller, less restrictive equipment.  Obviously there is still a lot of room for improvement, but if the player doesn’t throw his elbow out, or target the head with his shoulder in the first place than there is no issue to begin with.

    Larger suspensions and team fines will have a better immediate effect than changing equipment, so that should be the priority.

  29. Miltie01 says:

    Quite frankly the rules did not fail us in this instance……there is a rule against what Chara did. Chara decided to make a play outside the rules. When players get their heads out of their ass we will have less things like this happening. 

  30. Bugs says:

    Oh, hell, no. Blood, guts and gore a-plenty…minute amounts of swearing; they’re Japanese after all…in Berlin.

    Teens, yeah; kids, no.

  31. Bill J says:

    The problem is this.  You make this equipment “softer” you increase the injuries when a player hits the ice (the reason the armor is so strong in the first place)

    I agree, would be nice to see a balance that works.


  32. Chuck says:

    The problem is that over the years, equipment has gone from ‘defensive’ (protecting against falls, etc.) to ‘offensive’ (being impact-resistant enough to be used as a weapon).

    Scale back the equipment to a point where it still ensures excellent protection against accidental impacts, but allows the wearer to bear a significant amount of the hit being thrown, and I think that you’ll discover that guys will start being a lot more responsible with their own body.

  33. Flabadagub says:

    Ask Jeremy Jacobs.

  34. Bugs says:

    So design them all with the logo “Leafs Suck!” on it.

    Should do the trick.

  35. Bugs says:


    More to do with the puck, I think. We’ve all fallen on the ice. Puck hurts more, yes?

  36. nickster13 says:

    Batsuits, made of carbon nanontubes. you heard it here first!

  37. Propwash says:

    No, Chara had his arm on the back of MaxPac’s head a split second before he connected to the stanchion, and fractured his neck, and heavily concussed him.

    They can say the hit was totally legit, but the end result is, his hockey career is in jeopardy for what seemed to be a revenge shot.

    People forget Chara has been running at Pacioretty ever since the shove after the game winning goal.

  38. HabinBurlington says:

    Eugene Melnyk was on the the Fan590 in toronto today just prior to lunch hour.  At the end of the interview, he flat out said anybody intentionally head hunting out of the league forever.  Borderline intentional but still headshot 20 games suspension.

    So we know how Melnyk, Molson and Lemieux feel as owners, what about the rest.

    I am guessing the big stumbling block owners are Rangers , Philadelphia, Boston and the faceless owners of Leafs, who get represented by Burke.  It is almost like he gets excited telling everyone how physical the game is and how concussions are part of the game.

  39. Ian Cobb says:

    There is a simple way to lesson the solid structure of armor on the elbows and shoulders.

    And also, if a stick so much as touches a head it is a penalty. So any contact to the head, accidental or not, the player is out of the game and subject to further punishment. No grey area about it, just do it.

  40. Propwash says:

    Betcha can’t wait till someone dies on the ice eh?

  41. HardHabits says:

    That’s what she said.

  42. Bugs says:

    Can you put an electric current through’em?

  43. DearyLeary says:

    Yeah… the puck is the real offender when it comes to squishy equipment.  A 100mph frozen vulcanized rubber projectile is no joke.

  44. HabinBurlington says:

    They can still keep their armour on from waist down.  It is the shoulder and elbow pads doing the big damage.  Of course they also should set up a class where a certain Boston Bruin can learn how to do up the strap on his elbow forearm pads prior to getting in fights.  That was such a display of class.

  45. andrewberkshire says:

    Idiotic strawman, but no one is surprised considering the source.

  46. Propwash says:

    Colin Campbell’s position in the NHL is also extremely unethical. Someone independent has to be there.

  47. Bill J says:

    Yeah the puck is the reason for those Elbow guards that have been causing so many concussions.

    How could I be so foolish.  😛

  48. Bugs says:

    You need elbow pads. We’ve all played a game forgetting to put them on and we all remember what happened. It hurts when you fall. Maybe not as much as getting a puck in the elbow but pretty dang near.

    As for the chest-protection, it ain’t there so you can hit someone with your chest; it’s to protect your sternum should the puck hit it and leave you doing the bacon-dance with your nerves a-bouncing.

    Shoulder-pads, ok.

  49. Bill J says:

    …Connected to the broadcasters, who allow the TV viewing fans to “ref” the game.

    Chara about to injure someone, Press “O” and Chara gets a 10,000 volt charge.

    😀 lol

  50. HabinBurlington says:

    His position with Gary at head office is probably beyond unethical….  sorry just had to go there

  51. HardHabits says:

    I think the puck should be made of wiffle ball material. Develop a form of ice that when skated upon is hard but when hit with a blow is miraculously soft. Pad the boards with air bags.

    Make a head shot worth 3 goals for the team with the concussed player.

  52. Mikey_39 says:

    I don’t understand why Team990 still gets this guy’s opinion.  He’s a pathetic biggot senile idiot.  

  53. Mikey_39 says:

    It wouldn’t solve the concussion problem.  Our brains are floating in our heads, surrounded by liquid.  A violent hit causes the brain to come into contact with the skull, that’s what causes the damage

  54. Hobie Hansen says:

    I agree 100% HalifaxHabs! I’m fine with the 2pts! But if people or going to wine about getting beat up…

  55. G-Man says:

    The “too-good” eqipment makes it possible for teams to line up to block the puck. It used to be the occasional brave player blocking shots, but no longer. Everyone does it.

    However, the rock hard elbow and shoulder pads are not necessary to block pucks. Requiring softer pads makes sense, seeing as how these pads are used as weapons.

  56. ClaytonM says:

    no, but The Expendables was made for adults reading at a 3rd grade level  :)

    If you want to see a better movie that Sly’s, check out The Losers. Better acting, plot and action.

    Ken Dryden For NHL Commissioner

  57. Propwash says:

    Gary looks to be the pillowbiting type, lol.

  58. Bill J says:

    Shhhh – this sounds too much like the “Glow Puck”  Americans may actually LIKE this idea…. Ugh! lol

  59. Bill J says:

    I think that already exists…. It’s called the WWE.

  60. TorontoHabsFan says:

    That’s an excellent idea (fining the team and taking that amount off the next season’s salary cap.) Something like $100,000 per game lost due to suspension should do the trick. It would immediately make the Carcillos and Averys of the league a pointless risk.

    It’ll upset the Cherry Crowd, but frankly, I’m sick and tired of them claiming to be the fans of “real” hockey.

  61. Mikey_39 says:

    There are many coaches I don’t like in the NHL but the one I respect the least is this guy.  He’s shown time and time again how classless and moronic the guy is.  He’d be singing a different tune if someone went and ended Ovechkin’s season.  Can’t wait till the Habs knock em out of the playoffs and get him fired

  62. Hobie Hansen says:

    We could dress the players in pink ballerina outfits and tell them to act like soccer players too!

  63. boneheadslanger33 says:

    “And listen, I don’t want to get into any controversy, but if that was Hal Gill that hit David Krejci I don’t think there would be a protest tonight

    Bruce Boudreau

  64. HalifaxHabs says:

    I love that you have Muller and Corson listed as your favourite players.

    Very nice.

  65. Miltie01 says:

    I wonder how much was respect, for sure they didn’t want to kill a guy, but some of it must have been because of the equipment, the hit would hurt you almost as much……..

  66. mrhabby says:

    see Globe and Mail article on this today…re: Mario Lemieux.

  67. Ian Cobb says:

    Hard Habits,

    I want you to look at this whole link, and then make a wise crack about concussion my friend.

    Please check this out before being a wise cracker!

  68. twocents says:

    I think you’re wrong. You combine my idea with large rounded padding and no necks get hooked/lodged/twisted. Neck and head just slide along and down as the glass ascends.

  69. ed lopaz says:

    ya, but I don’t think Mario said it should be fines against the Salary Cap.

    any pro team can pay a fine – but if the fine comes right out of their Salary Cap budget,

    then it affects the way the team will perform on the ice.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  70. Miltie01 says:

    I wouldn’t want to see it until there is consistancy and sesiblity when it comes to handing out suspentions in this league.

  71. Miltie01 says:

    I would agree, I see nothing outlandish about this statement.

    We have seen some Habs players make bad plays, but there was never any demonstration after.

  72. Chris says:

    I think the idea that players have less respect today is a bit absurd, to be honest.

    Gordie Howe was infamous for using his elbows on smaller players.  Bobby Hull was infamous for intentionally aiming 100 mph slapshots at the unprotected heads of goalies early in games.  Maurice Richard was routinely involved in incredibly violent plays. 

    Ace Bailey’s career was ended when Eddie Shore sucker punched him from behind.  Bailey’s head subsequently hit the ice and he went into convulsions due to a fractured skull.

    Ted Lindsay is often credited as being the reason the NHL created penalties for both elbowing (find this one a bit hard to believe) and kneeing.

    Bernie Geoffrion broke Ron Murphy’s jaw during another stick-swinging incident.

    In 1969, Ted Green and Wayne Maki indulged in a brutal stick-swinging incident that resulted in a fractured skull and a brain injury for Green that kept him out for over a year.

    The difference in the game today and before is that the players are bigger, stronger and faster.  Hockey is a game of timing, and when it comes to hitting, a mistake in timing can have disastrous consequences. 

  73. Mark C says:

    Of course he’s right (this is the case when it happens to a team, Boston cried for weeks when Cooke hit Savard), but that’s a huge red herring. Pretty much everyone, outside of the Don Cherry types, think something more needs to be done. People need to stop trying to make these select Montreal fans out to be hypocrites and focus their attention to fixing the real issue.

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Big one tonight

Your basic measuring-stick game, against arguably the best team in the NHL.

And don’t argue you too much, because it’s the Flyers.

They’ll smack you.

Habs need Halpern

• François Gagnon: Muller’s last season in Montreal

• Philippe Cantin on Geoff Molson

• Kevin van Steendelaar on the Rocket and Bobby Clarke

Carolina moves closer to eighth

Bruins lose but top TSN Power Rankings (Canadiens are 12th

Another concussion for Marc Savard

Senators set to re-tool


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Big one tonight

Some reading as we count down to the game in Philadelphia

Price shares the laurels – Dave Stubbs

• Red Fisher on the W over Toronto

• Red on Guy Lafleur

Keep your head up, P.K.: Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan

• François Gagnon on P.K. facing the Flyers and Bruce Dowbiggin on Subban

Réjean Tremblay on Pat Burns

NHLPA’s player of the week (won’t spoil the surprise)

Corey Perry’s 200-foot own-goal



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