Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champs

For the second time in four seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions.

Trailing 2-1 with less than two minutes remaining in the game, Bryan Bickell scored with 1:16 on the clock to tie the score and Dave Bolland added the winner with 58 seconds left as the Blackhawks stunned the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 comeback victory in Game 6 to win the Cup final in Boston.

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (photo above), a Chateauguay native, made 23 saves for the victory and Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Kane had nine goals and 10 assists in 22 playoff games.

“I still can’t believe that finish,” Crawford, who grew up on the South Shore of Montreal and graduated from Chateauguay’s Howard S. Billings High School, told reporters after the game. “Oh my God, we never quit.

“It’s unbelievable man,” Crawford added. “So much hard work to get to this point. Great effort by everyone on the team.”

Crawford wasn’t the only Montreal connection on the Blackhawks. For former Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman, now the Blackhawks’ senior advisor of hockey operations, this marks his 13th Stanley Cup championship. Bowman’s son, Stan, is the Blackhawks’ vice-president and general manager.

And yes, that was former Habs GM Pierre Gauthier you saw on the ice celebrating with the Blackhawks. He is now Chicago’s director of player personnel.

Former McGill Redmen captain and coach Jamie Kompon is a Stanley Cup champion for the second straight year. Kompon, an assistant coach on Joel Quenneville’s Blackhawks staff, was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings when they won the Cup last year.

Last year, Kompon became the 14th former McGill hockey player to get his name engraved on the Cup and the third as a coach. The other coaches were Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and Lester Patrick, who led the New York Rangers to Stanley Cup championships in 1928 and 1933.

Now Kompon’s name will be on the Cup twice.

And there will probably be a Stanley Cup parade in Chateauguay this summer.

Blackhawks’ late goals stun Bruins, NHL.com

Stunning comeback gives Blackhawks Cup, Chicago Tribune

Blackhawks stun Bruins to win Cup, by Bruce Arthur of Postmedia News

Blackhawks win Stanley Cup photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Habs have miles to go for Stanley Cup, by Jack Todd

Countdown to 2013 NHL draft, montrealgazette.com

(Photo by Elise Amendola/The Associated Press)

 

 

360 Comments

  1. B says:

    Colorado coach Patrick Roy has a lot to say about what his team might do with their 1st overall draft pick, but very little has been heard from Avalanche GM Greg Sherman.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  2. Maritime Ron says:

    Why the hate on by some posters concerning Gauthier?
    Did he have issues?
    Of course he did, yet don’t forget as GM he never traded away a 1st Round Draft pick and he was directly responsible for our Habs having 3-2nd round picks this year – and I’ll take Rene Bourque over $6M Cap Hit ($7M salary) Cammalleri any day of the week.
    Imagine if we still had that contract on the books?
    Today and moving forward, does anyone want to reverse the Eller trade?

    He rolled the dice on Kaberle and lost but it cost us almost nothing. Many forget at that time that it was unknown if and when Markov would come back and we had no PP QB.
    The same that scream about Kaberle today would have been the same that would have screamed if we had done nothing back then.

    MB is in the process of scrubbing away the errors of Gauthier, yet if one points the finger at Gauthier, don’t forget the Gainey follies in all of that.

  3. Sam Boni says:

    Mind if I resurface? Ice anyone? Frontenac?
    This is only Chicago’s 5th Cup, Habs 24, TML 11 (+2 as St. Pat’s and another logo), Red Wings 11, Bruins 6, Rangers 4. Good for Chicago to be able to feel “fan ecstasy” twice in four years. Championship droughts can last a long time. The Windy City will always have their Cubs.

    Brian Bickell 9 goals in playoffs, 9 goals in regular season. Honestly, my brain is numb with all the names tossed into the ring as potentially impactful new Habs. I think I’ll just sit back and put trust in Bergevin/Dudley/Carriere/Timmins. Last off-season and early season (meaning January), there was the addition of 5 useful (open to debate) forwards in Prust/Gallagher/Galchenyuk/Armstrong/Ryder but other than the return of Markov, the defense did not improve (no offence intended Mr. Bouillon*). Drewiske is like a new quiet kid in the class. Yesterday, I listed the 9 players who were regulars on the 2010 champion Hawks and are now departed, a list that included Dustin Byufglien, Brian Campbell, John Madden, Antti Niemi, Kris Versteeg, Troy Brouwer, Alan Ladd, Ben Eager, and one other. It would be informative to scan this current championship roster to see who exactly replaced the departed players. In 2010, the Hawks beat the Flyers in 6, and I believe the 2013 Big Bad Bruins were a tougher opponent.

    OK, off to see when I’m needed at the Saddledome again.

    “May you live in interesting times.”
    *This is how Pierre Gauthier would have referred to no.55.**
    **This is how Paul McLean would have referred to the Cube.***
    ***This is how older Habs fans would have referred to Francis Bouillon.

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    Schadenfreude update.

    * Jagr for two prospects and 1st round pick. No goals in the playoffs.

    * The Kessel trade? Seguin had 1 goal in 22 games and Dougie Hamilton lost his job to Torey Krug. They’d have been better off with Kessel.

    * In the last 3 games Chara was on for 10 of the 12 Hawks goals. He was reduced to trying to intimidate the smaller Hawks’ players and they laughed at him.

    * With 2 minutes to go last night they thought the cup was theirs.

    (Have I missed anything?)

  5. commandant says:

    Juuse Saros, the best Euro goalie in the draft

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/06/25/juuse-saros-2013-nhl-draft-player-profile-70/

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
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    • Ed says:

      re: Gauthier (your post below)

      not being able to manage people effectively, after 30 years in the pro ranks, is a complete fail.

      Gauthier does not have the character to lead.

      Appointing him his successor was the worst mistake Gainey made, and it reflects very badly on Gainey’s ability to judge character.

      Sure Gauthier has some scouting acumen. For heaven’s sake, if you or I would spend the next 25 years watching 18-25 year olds play this game we would become experts as well.

      But Gauthier, as a man, deserves no one’s respect.

      People like him, arrogant, almost ruthless in their approach, are reprehensible in my opinion.

  6. habstrinifan says:

    Well off to the Y.. heard a certain team is looking for size… gonna go bulk up this 65yr old temple.

    Don’t forget to get your Shingles vaccine.

  7. parkex says:

    Ever met a Bruins fan who was not a UFC fan as well?

  8. habstrinifan says:

    So back to business….
    Trade Weber;
    limit Markov minutes
    ask Gorges to stop with the platitudes
    tell Gionta to have a sit down with Henri Richard
    free P.K
    Put Gally Gally Prust on one line
    Call up Tinordi give him a no carb regimen,

    OOPS… almost forgot.. call Chicago’s Waite and send him over to our bronco style keeper.

    Make Eller your #1 centre.
    Gets Pacs and DD a bickell of flowers.
    Explain to Plekanec the 2nd gear.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I love it, especially the second gear for Pleks!!

      Habfan17

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Jarred Tinordi, needing to bulk up, and still growing into his body, should not be on a no carb diet. He needs to eat lots and lots, as long as it’s not empty calories (junk, pre-packaged foods, burgers, pizza, high-fructose corn syrup fizzy drinks, …). Let him have all the whole grains he wants, tubers, legumes, dairy, brown rice by the shovelful. Once he settles into his playing weight around 22 or 23, then he can explore low-carb, dairy-free, gluten-free diets if he wants.

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Good for Chicago, hard luck for Boston, who played well and didn’t cheat and goon it up (for a change).

    I still don’t understand people who cheer against a team and celebrate their losing. Sounds like pettiness and sour grapes to me, and a large percentage of the people who do this are the ones who scream ‘classless’ at other teams’ fans at the drop of a hat. It comes across as a case of “the poster doth protest too much, methinks.”

    That kind of thing gives people a pretty poor view of Habs fans.

    My take on things: cheer for your team; leave all the other stuff for other teams’ loser fans.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Cal says:

      When it comes to the Gooins, the niceties are absolutely forgotten. They are a classless group of dirtbags and shitheads, led by their @1 asshat Chara.
      I am happy that they almost did it, so it hurts more.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Quod erat demonstrandum.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Cal says:

          Sometimes, you have to pick a side, Matty. After the way that team was given their Cup and an absolute green light to play as dirty as they liked, I wish nothing but giant manure piles to fall on their heads everywhere they go.

          http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

          • Mattyleg says:

            Sometimes you don’t have to pick a side, Cal.
            As you said, they were allowed to play like that; why is it their fault?
            Does one blame a child for their behaviour, or the parents who allow it?

            As far as I could see, the Bruins’ fans booed Bettman pretty heartily, which is A-OK in my books.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      The Bruins M.O. has always been to try to hurt the opposition. They used to do it in the 90s and they targeted Toews in this series, even giving him a concussion.

      Their captain once almost killed one of our players in retaliation for a shove. In his first game back in Boston he got a standing O.

      In that same season, in a game we were winning 5-0 with a minute left, Claude Julien sent out his goons to beat up the Habs’ powerplay unit (all non-fighters). Afterwards they called it a feelgood turning point.

      Their owner, a throwback to 19th century England mill owners, was the driving force behind the lockout, out of simple greed.

      Etc ..

      • Mattyleg says:

        That may be.
        I just find crowing over another team’s loss cheap.
        That’s all.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Ed says:

        absolutely bang on the mark as usual ’72. there is good and there is evil in this world and it’s important to be able to distinguish between the two sides.

        moral equivalency is not appropriate here.

        • Mattyleg says:

          Sure it is.
          I hated it when they won a few years back because of the way they did it. This year they played a better, cleaner game, and thus I didn’t care so much if they won or lost.

          It’s about sportsmanship.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Ed says:

            not many would agree with you.

            they tried to play the same way, it was just that Toronto and Chicago didn’t let them.

            same goons. different result. doesn’t add up to moral equivalency.

            the goons met their match and justice was served.

    • CalgaryHab says:

      I’ve got nothing but hate for the bruins. Every other team I can give credit where credit is due. But the bruins are special – my hate for them is eternal and I’d like to think that they made me this way.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Did you not see Nathan Horton’s slewfoot (otherwise known as the Marchand Manoeuvre) on Niklas Hjalmarsson during a powerplay last night?

      The Bruins make systematic, deliberate use of violence, intimidation and dirty tactics, as their club’s strategy. To root against them is understandable. To root against the Bruins is to root for hockey.

      The thing is, the league enabling the Bruins is what robs them of legitimacy, and what could be a legacy to be proud of. Brad Marchand, for example, if he knew that his slashing and elbowing and crosschecking and instigating after the whistle and his lowbridging and slewfooting, if all that was met with whistles and trips to the penalty box, he’d quit doing it, and he’d focus on hockey. And he’d be one of those players on other teams we could marvel at, like Pavel Datsyuk and Martin St. Louis and the Sedin brothers, instead of the reprehensible creep he is.

      • Maritime Ron says:

        What about lily white Sidney Crosby?
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKr2Et0THzM

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          If the league was rid of all the goonery and after-the-whistle garbage and slashing and interference, Sidney Crosby would be better off. Right now he’s targeted by other teams and not protected (as a crown jewel should be) by the league, so he feels he needs to be chippy to survive. I wish he wasn’t, but I wish more that he didn’t have to be.

          In a clean league, Sidney Crosby would still thrive, whereas the Ben Eagers and the Greg Campbells would shrivel up and blow away.

          It’s not a Sidney Crosby problem, it’s a Don Cherry-Colin Campbell-Mike Milbury-Brendan Shanahan-Brian Burke problem.

        • New says:

          I like Crosby, but not Chara. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiPBxWSZg4w I don’t hate da Broons, they have a great mascot and Lucic takes a beatin but keeps on tickin. But I would rather the Hawks won than the Bruins, because of people like Chara and their attitude. Last night he told NBC “We’ll see about that” (regarding his inability to play effectively at this point). We did. That was nice.

          Boston however is a great city. When the Halifax explosion occurred it was Boston who came to help, not Toronto.

      • Mattyleg says:

        I think that this season, the Bruins were no more or less dirty than any other team, and it’s just that some Habs fans watch the Bruins play through biased specs, and blow their dirty stuff out of proportion. When they beat Vancouver, I was sick, but only because of the way that they got there. This year, not so much.

        Did you see the Chicago-LA series? Chicago gooned it up ridiculously, and most of it was cheap-shots, BS after the whistle, and dangerous play. Because they don’t do that to us during the season means that they somehow ‘deserve’ the cup more than Boston.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Matty, I’ll disagree with you that the Bruins are no more or less dirty than other teams. I’ll stand by my statement that they make an institutional practice of using cheating, intimidation and violence as tactics to win. The fact that Patrice Bergeron is a great player and Brad Marchand can really skate does not compensate for that. That would be like lauding the Hell’s Angels or Ed Snider because of their charity work.

    • Gazza Strip says:

      For anyone who has ever attended a game in Boston wearing Habs gear, you know what I am saying when I say their fans are very tough on the Habs and Hab’s fans. Most do so with good spirit but some are down right ignorant. The first rule of being a Hab’s fan in my book is that you always cheer against Boston. Why? Because as much as we dislike the Bruins, they hate us and our team twice as much.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Heh heh.
        As I’ve said, there are idiots everywhere, and it’s about being the bigger person.

        There are some posters on here whom I would expect to behave as badly as the fans you describe, unfortunately.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. mksness says:

    now the fun begins. who will be bought out(around the league) and will the buy outs turn this summer into a good free agent group.

    Very curious to see what MB does. something tells me one of our centers will move.

  11. Maritime Ron says:

    Good Morning morning crew

    Wow! That Hawks team is one complete hockey team and their core is still so young.
    http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/roster.htm?location=/roster

    While several may hate the Bruins, they do have a few talented and classy players one being Patrice Bergeron.
    What a warrior!
    When he was asked post game what were his injuries he responded, ” Broken rib – torn cartilage and muscle – separated shoulder.”

    The NHL possesses the best group of athletes in any North American Pro sports league.

    Of course some indiscretions come up once in a while yet nothing compared to the NFL ( National Felony League) and story de jour involving Aaron Hernandez, or some past canine troubles involving Mike Vick, or Plaxico Burress giving a whole new meaning to the expression ‘shooting yourself in the foot’, or…or…or…

  12. Cal says:

    The Book of Cup,
    Chapter 20, verse 13:
    And so the Hawk soared with the Cup
    And balance was restored to the World of Hockey
    And the bellicose rats did gnash their teeth at the sight
    And the Neanderthals did bellow and point at that Thing
    They were so close to, yet so far away from.

  13. habstrinifan says:

    See I told you MTL… Pierre Gauthier would get a ring without JM.

    An in other great news No freakin team plans to hire Jacques Martin. Hate to be like this but he dug his grave.. he’s too … well I better not say.

    • wjc says:

      J.M. is going to retire…..rich. Does not need to coach anymore. Not too many 60 year old coaches. Coaching is too stressful, it is a younger man’s gig. Let the Martin thing go, he did nothing to be ashamed of. Team had a deep run his first year, furthest Montreal has gone in a while.

      wjc

  14. Thurston says:

    While seeing Pierre Gauthier with a big grin on his face during the team shot made me vomit in my mouth a little bit, it still preferable to seeing the Bruins win the Stanley Cup.
    Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on their second title in four years.
    Hopefully the Habs are the ones at the top of the mountain sooner rather than later, though.

    • Habfan17 says:

      One good thing, the team was already in place when Gauthier arrived, so he lucked into a cup. Would they have won if he was the GM?

      Habfan17

      • commandant says:

        Gauthier’s biggest issue remained that he did not understand how to manage people. His hockey moves, taken in a vacuum were some good, some bad… but his management style poisoned the team in ways they couldn’t recover. Behind the scenes in Chicago he isn’t allowed to have final say and poison that team chemistry.

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        • Habfan17 says:

          You have really hit the nail on the head. To me his worst move was Kaberle for a contract that was coming to an end that season and to give up a player, who by all accounts was a real team player and great in the room, not so bad on the ice either. by and far, it was his almost paranoid management style and apparent lack of respect for the process and players ( trading players during games), that hurt the Habs the most.

          Habfan17

    • wjc says:

      The main emotion on this site is ‘jealousy’. Jealousy is a form of ‘fear’. How could Gauthier end up on top and people like you ‘be right’.

      Chicago saw his potential to help them with his vast knowledge about the league. He did not leave the cupboard bare in Montreal, as a matter of fact, left them with a bunch of draft choices.

      wjc

  15. habstrinifan says:

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…

    Awesome!!!

    Who’s going to pick up Bickell at the airport?

    • Maritime Ron says:

      Perhaps the workers from Chez Parée?

    • mksness says:

      not montreal. bickell is a 3-4 m a year guy. he’s going to get 5-6m a year now after this playoff run…

      i would love him here but i don’t think the habs will dish out that $$$ on a player of his caliber. just remember he has toews and kane to play with. both of which are far better than any current hab.

  16. adamkennelly says:

    Bickell is leaving Chicago for sure. He will command too much on the open market and this team knows more than any – that is very likely a product of his surroundings. No different than Dupuis.

    Hawks- Toewes, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, Hossa
    Habs- Subban, ?, ?, ?, ?

    think Bickell does as well here….prolly not.

    • SmartDog says:

      I think you could safely say:

      Subban, Galchenyuk, ?, ?, ?

      Still a couple of clowns short of a circus.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • adamkennelly says:

        you could and you would be correct but also slightly pre-mature….I am confident that our team will be great – in a few years, for many years but – as much as we are short of a circus – we still have plenty of clowns.

        go young, big, fast and mean…not exactly a secret recipe but you better have 3 of the 4 or you ain’t playing on this team.

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    CBA question to the anyone that has the answer. In the prior CBA a player who retired, the contract remaining just fell off the books unless the player was on a 35+contract.

    But I seem to recall some changes made wherein a player retiring before the end of his contract has cap implications, think they were calling it the Luongo rule.

    The reason I ask is that Chara still has 5 years remaining on his contract. He is still a premiere defenceman, but age does seem to be catching up to him. I am not sure he plays 5 more seasons, perhaps 3 more if I was to guess.

  18. SmartDog says:

    How could Chicago hire the man who was director of Pro Scouting in Mtl for the Gomez trade, and the GM who pulled the trigger on the unwanted (and washed up) Kaberle as their new director of player personnel. AND on top of that – players just don’t like him. Weird. If there’s anyone who doesn’t deserve a cup ring – it’s Pierre Gauthier. What an ass.

    In other news – congrats Chicago! Great finish. I almost shut it off… couldn’t stand to see Lucic and Chara smile. I agree Toews was the real MVP. Or Crawford. But I would have voted for Toews.

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I believe the key was when the Hawks found out how much their costs could be reduced in the media relations room. With cookies now limited along with all other food and beverage, the cost savings were simply too good to pass up. :)

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      To be fair, Pierre Gauthier has some skills. As long as you put him in a position to maximize his strengths, but you don’t put him in charge in areas that aren’t his forte, he can contribute.

      His tenure in Montréal will not be remembered fondly, but it wasn’t Irving Grundman-Réjean Houle catastrophic.

    • wjc says:

      The Gomez thing, every team has a Gomez thing. These things work sometimes, most times not as well as hoped.

      Kabrele, was brought in to help the power play and it worked for a while. Markov was longer healing and had set backs which made him grab for an experienced defenseman, understandable.

      Wow! players didn’t like him. Players sometimes do not like management, no surprise there. Bowman was down right hated, as was many I could name. Popularity is not the name of game.

      Well he does deserve a ‘ring’ because Chicago had the good sense to hire him to help win a ‘Stanley cup’.

      wjc

  19. Habfan17 says:

    The folks on the team 1200 don’t think Chicago should resign Bickell. Their reasoning is that the Black Hawks have the depth in the system on the left side and it was one of those magical, everything goes my way play offs for him.

    They were also saying that the Hawks are built around the core, Toews, Hossa, Kane, Seabrook, and Keith, the other players are complimentary to them. Not sure I agree 100%. but I do agree those are the most important players on that team.

    Who do you think the Habs core of 5 is/will be? Subban, Patches, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Tinordi?

    Habfan17

  20. JF says:

    Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks. A fast, skilled team, not particularly imposing physically but with enough muscle and toughness to protect their stars. Moreover, a team that our own GM helped build. Bergevin knows the recipe, and I’m confident he’ll soon have the Habs on the same path.

    It was a great series, and the Bruins are also a good team. A Stanley Cup in 2011 and a berth in the Final two years later is not too shabby. The point is that once you build a good team, you can keep it together by good cap management and astute moves to replace aging players. But first you have to have the foundation in place, by which I mean a solid core and good depth throughout your system. This is what Bergevin is trying to develop. Six picks in the first three round on Sunday should go a ways towards that.

  21. 1010 says:

    Sorry to see Toews didn’t win the Conn. Watched him in game five engaging Chara and getting smucked around by other Bruins all night untill the shot to the head by Boychuk. Then Kane, floating around the parimeter, taps in a couple rebounds. And so it went for much of the playoffs. No offense to Kane, I’m just sayin’.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think Crawford should have gotten the Conn Smythe, but what Toews has, is the lore of being the only Chicago BlackHawk captain to lead his team to 2 Stanley Cups, that is more impressive to me than an additional Conn Smythe.

      • commandant says:

        This year there was no standout… It could have gone to about 6 Hawks.

        Kane
        Toews
        Sharp
        Crawford
        Keith
        Bickell
        Seabrook

        All of them could’ve won. I would’ve went Keith personally for what he did in terms of minutes all playoff long.

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    • HabFanSince72 says:

      i Kane, floating around the parimeter, taps in a couple rebounds.

      is as wrong as it gets.

      Did you see the tying goal last night, just as an example?

    • habstrinifan says:

      Come on Kane had some beautiful John LeClair 1993 type goals.
      Weren’t for Kane it may be a Boston cup.

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting article focusing on the business side of the NHL and the expected growth. Have to believe after next season the Salary Cap begins steadily growing. GIven how each season contracts handed out seem to get sillier, having our core locked up this next season could prove beneficial down the road.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-06-24/stanley-cup-finals-nhl-revenues-nbc-sports-dreamcatcher-smallenfreuden

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Although the Blackhawks have sold out 227 consecutive games at the United Center (regular-season and playoffs), Wirtz maintained that the Blackhawks are still not profitable, though things have improved since he took ownership in 2007.

      “Maybe in two or three years,” he said of profitability, “especially if our sponsorship sales continue to increase.”

      So Rocky’s family has owned the Blackhawks for almost 70 years, and three generations. They’re still paying off that mortgage, evidently, and can’t wait to be free and clear of those monthly payments. Get some room to breathe…

      He shares ownership of his arena with the owner of the Bulls, which is nice, since he can split the costs of these money pits that can only feasibly be built and operated with massive injections of public money. How are you going to make money selling $9.00 beers to 20 000 fans 50 times a year? Especially if the liquor distributor is robbing you blind?

      So he can’t quite manage to eke out a profit. Soon, possibly.

      Maybe if he got a better local TV deal his team would fare better, but there’s six more years on the current one to go still. Until then, the owners of the consortium of Comcast Chicago will have him over a barrel and make millions off his team. That’s not fair to him, that Tom Ricketts, Jerry Reinsdorf, NBC Universal, and, uh, Rocky Wirtz, are stealing from him, shrinking the amount of hockey related revenue he can generate and throw on the pile to be shared equally (50-50, fair’s fair) with the players.

      Good thing we had a lockout to bring those insane player salaries in line, now Rocky has a decent chance to earn a living. It’s not plutolatry to root for a man whose declared personal wealth comes in at half a billion dollars. He’s just like us, a lowly bachelor of communications grad who earned everything he has.

      ———————————————————————–
      “There’s a little bit of embelleshing going on. You know, on our team, we don’t accept it. You kow, it’s something we don’t accept as players, and as teammates.”–Milan Lucic.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Sam Boni says:

        Are there people still worshipping Pluto? It’s not considered a planet anymore (with apologies, Normand….got to go to the dictionary again).

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          The other day, there was some reference to trans-Neptunian objects in the Solar System, and I couldn’t understand the relevance. Until I remembered that Pluto is no longer a planet. So Neptune now demarcates the boundary between the ‘planeted’ system, and beyond.

          Still getting used to Pluto not being a planet, it’s going to take time.

          Man, so many basic, immutable concepts and practices have changed in my lifetime. Plate tectonics, the extra-planetary reason for dinosaur extinction, the Berlin Wall, apartheid, ulcers are caused by stress, the Rolling Stones are a seminal, relevant band,…

          • Lafleurguy says:

            I believe you and I share a great respect and love of science, history, and many other fields of academics. Of course, we love the Habs. I used to like the Chargers in the era of Air Coryell, Dan Fouts, and Kellen Winslow. I think Charlie Joiner was part of that crew too.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

            P.S. I learned to appreciate the Stones after the release of Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.”

  23. HabinBurlington says:

    What kind of off-season celebrations will Kane have this summer having won the Conn Smythe?

  24. Lafleurguy says:

    Hawks championed the “Classic” style of hockey. Last year, “The Trap” prevailed, and the year before, “Goon Hockey” won it all. BTW, the Bruins were less of a bunch of goonies this time around.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  25. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I’m a hopeless homer – once the Habs are out, everything else is just the bs that happens before the interesting off-season development of the team. Congratulations to a great Hawks team, and let’s see what happens for the building of a great Habs team.
    I like the off season, as a fan. Free agency is interesting, not exciting this year. The Draft is always intriguing. And somehow, I smell trades. I think there will be movement, and the way Bergevin operates, I have no clue where. I’d love to see a big rough defenceman and a big forward, but so would every fan of every team out there. I hope Bergevin can land something – just because you are building with the draft, that’s no reason not to build other ways too.
    Mystery. Intrigue. Whispers in corridors. The potential of the off season can be very interesting, compared to the actual game in January.

    • Habfan17 says:

      This off season has even more potential to be exciting, with the lower cap and the possibility of buyouts added to the retooling in Montreal. I am curious to see what MB has up his sleeve and hopeful this will be a great of season for the Habs.

      The Habs have some solid pieces and I hope they watched the final to see what it takes. I am on the same page as most. A bigger crease clearing defenceman and a power forward who will pitch a tent in front of the opposing net. Bickell would be nice but now is probably going to get too much money and have many suitors.

      I still like Kyle Beach. If MB could get him for Weber or Holland, he would make a good 4th line centre for now and hopefully a 3rd line centre in time. He is listed as a left wing, which would also work on the bottom 6, but he was a centre in junior. Scuderi or Fistric may be good pick ups to fill in for two seasons while the young guys develop, as long as they don’t come with big price tags.

      Habfan17

  26. Habfan17 says:

    Thank you Chicago! Great finish. Nice to see Chara get caught pinching on Chicago’s second goal.

    Now the fun begins. We should know within the next few days who else will be bought out and the trading can start in earnest. Hopefully there will be a lot.

    Habfan17

  27. Phil C says:

    There was Scotty Bowman lifting the Cup again. It always makes me think of how the torch was dropped in 1978 and what might have been. In his CBC interview on the ice last night, he credited the signing of Oduya and Roszival as one of the keys to the Hawks being able to rebuild so quickly, that they had a solid core of young players, but picking up two veteran defenseman who are mobile and can play big minutes was really important. I hope Marc Bergevin was listening.

    • JF says:

      Considering he was almost certainly involved in the acquisitions of Oduya and Roszival, I’m sure Bergevin is aware of it.

      • Phil C says:

        Roszival was signed 4 months after Bergevin left.

        But regardless, my point was I hope Bergevin learned something from Scotty. Rozsival was unsigned for 2 months of free agency, so you have to assume many teams had a shot at him, including the Habs and Bergevin. He was a great 3rd pairing veteran defenseman for the Hawks, able to play in the top four when required like when Keith missed a game. Exactly the type of player the Habs were missing last year, and they were forced to play Tinordi, arguably before he was ready.

  28. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all! This morning I wake up in Cape Cod Mass. the heart of Bruin country. Two thoughts come to mind.
    1. Timo was wrong hockey is indeed over this morning.
    2. I wish I had a Blackhawk shirt to wear this morning. Oh well, I guess my Habs shirt will have to do.
    CHeers all!

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Something fishy is going on. J. in enemy territory; technically, Cape Cod fauna doesn’t include Bruins! If you’re crabby today, we’ll understand. And if any HIO poster tells you to clam up, it’s meant in a good way!

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Morning Jim, enjoy your day with the afterglow of Boston’s loss.

  29. Marc10 says:

    Well the best team won, evil was defeated, and order was restored to the galaxy.

    Now Big Z can start his steady decline. Lucic will probably take most of the year off, Thornton is all but done… and the Little Rat Marchand will be left exposed to fend for himself with middle weights to cover his flanks.

    I do hope we have a real go at Bickell. The Red Wings by all accounts will too. Heck Bickell and Stallberg would really transform this team. I’d love to see a steady diet of those two thrown at Rask every time we play them. Bet MT would like that too…

    Can’t wait for the draft. Find us another gem MB, Timmins and co! It’s amazing what a Boston loss can do for the psyche. I feel re-energized. I might just take the day off tomorrow and try my luck at kite surfing or some other insane pursuit.

    Thank you Hawks. The Leafs choked, the Rangers couldn’t deliver, and the Pens crapped the bed… Thanks for saving our off-season! I will relish the draft even more knowing that every time a team steps up, they’ll congratulate the Hawks… and Jacobs, Neely and Julien will have to hear it and remember their hearts being ripped out and stepped on in those final minutes of play. F yeah!

    The world is a better place tonight.

    • topher5468 says:

      Hahaha, agree 1000% with all you said. It will be great day regardless of the unbearable humidity and a bunch of other crap that will fill my work day. Cheers Marc10, have a great day

      “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  30. pmaraw says:

    so…. when’s the draft?

  31. sweetmad says:

    Can anybody tell me if they have seen another game where both goalies get pulled like that,Hawks pulled Corey then they scored twice,then the Gooins had to pull Rask,I have never seen that before.
    GO HABS GO

  32. habs001 says:

    Bergeron had a broken rib, torn cartilage and muscles in his ribs and a separated shoulder per tsn

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …he may be a Bruin, but if I had to choose between Crosby and Bergeron for the Habs it would be a tough choice for Me

      …I likely would opt for Crosby in the end, but it would not be an easy choice

    • Habsbill24 says:

      According to Dr. Recchi, Bergeron was embellishing his injuries.

  33. habs001 says:

    As long as you dominate the bad teams you have a chance to make the playoffs….vs teams that made the playoffs the Habs were basically a 500 team…

  34. habs001 says:

    Gion will still get his 20 goals but mostly the quiet types..with all the wear and tear on him his days of causing havoc in the opposition zone and in front of the net are done…Gallagher is his heir…

  35. habs001 says:

    The Habs will have to address their 23rd best pk…The pk has too many slow and old forwards that cannot chase and are not athletic enough to get the job done…the strategy of letting the other team set up and playing a zone basically results in goals one out of 5 times…When done vs the Habs pp it did not work…but when attacked the Habs pp was very limited…

  36. ClutchNGrab says:

    http://tinyurl.com/qflgjq5

    LeBron James and Patrick Kane, your 2013 Playoffs MVPs.

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I wouldn’t be surprised if Marc was putting His head together in Chicago about doing business with Chicago post-July 1st, or at least targeting one or 2 of the players He must be very familiar with that may be surplus in Chicago

    …I always felt torching a team and starting over from basically scratch was a relatively short-turnaround in today’s NHL …dependent of course upon having a bright GM and a commitment from ownership to hire the scouting and development resources

    …Ottawa Senators is a good example

    …some bold, prescient moves and things will change fast in Montreal

  38. commandant says:

    Chicago is the 2nd smallest team in the NHL by average… Just saying.

    You don’t need a team of all behemoths. If the Habs can add Bickell or one guy like him who has some size and creates Havoc in front of the net, it will make a big difference for all the rest of the forwards.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …absolutely Ben

    • The Jackal says:

      Amen.

      ______________________
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    • habs001 says:

      Habs d plays like the smallest team in the NHL…lol

    • SlovakHab says:

      Our back end could also use one larger guy that can play.
      1 out front and one back, and we should be all right.

    • Phil C says:

      The Conn Smythe winner is listed at 181lbs and had to play against Chara and the big, bad LA Kings. Every team needs speedy, quick puck handlers as well. It is as important to team balance as having a few big players.

    • HardHabits says:

      False. False. False. That is an elusive stat. It’s not the average of the team but the average of who plays what minutes. The Hawks smallest player (Shaw) is a major agitator and is still taller than 4 Habs players.

      It’s not average height but TOI of players that matter. If two teams have the same average height but one team’s top line are the bigger players and the other team’s are the smaller players, guess what happens? The Hawks put together two ultra powerful top lines:

      Bickell 6′ 4″ – Toews 6′ 2″ (#3 overall) – Kane 5’11″ (#1 over-all)
      Sharp 6′ 1″ – Handzus 6’5″ – Hossa 6′ 1″ (#12 overall)

      That is not small by any measure. The one “small” player is elite and towers over 3 regular roster Habs forwards and one defence man.

      Take away Bickell and the Hawks lose the series.

      • commandant says:

        That forward core is really no bigger than one that includes Galchenyuk, Pacioretty, Eller, Rene Bourque, going forward.

        And yes, the Hawks needed Bickell, and thats why I say the Habs need 1 guy ala Bickell and it changes a lot for the forward core going forward. Did you read the post “You don’t need a team of all behemoths. If the Habs can add Bickell or one guy like him who has some size and creates Havoc in front of the net, it will make a big difference for all the rest of the forwards.” or did you just go off on a rant?

        Now look at the defence, who are led by Duncan Keith, and he’s 6’0″ or 6’1″ depending who you believe (and actually measured at 5’11” at the 2003 NHL draft per Craig Button on Thats Hockey Tonight, after the game).

        The fact remains…. 1 smart addition at forward, 1 smart addition to the defence who play a physical style, and the Habs entire team outlook changes…. it doesn’t need to be a full scale change. It doesn’t need the drastic changes that some are calling for.

        Go Habs Go!
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  39. Hab No Fear says:

    BRUINS LOST, NADAL LOST ,what a perfect end to a long weekend ,looking forward to wheeling & dealing and draft day.

  40. jedimyrmidon says:

    Looking at Chicago, they don’t have towers on defense (they’re all around 6′ or 6’1″), and they’re also not particularly nasty either. I remember Johnny Oduya being horrible on the Winnipeg Jets, but he was apparently utilized correctly on the Hawks.

    Their forwards are also not particularly nasty or dirty (I guess Bolland can be though), but they’re all around 6′ and aren’t soft. They don’t have an equivalent of Brad Marchand or Lucic. Of course, a big guy like Bickell that can hit (and get hot at the right time) was invaluable.They also don’t have three (!) short/very short guys like DD, Gionta and Gallagher on their active roster (I think only Gallagher should be kept – he’s sort of like Shaw, a little less strong, but more skilled and can produce much more).

    • jphk says:

      Francois Beauchemin in L’Antichambre said Chara was not able to follow the Hawks in the last 3 games due to the fact the the Hawks are too fast, and that Chara looked very tired. Then again, what does he know?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      They have two so-called smurfs in Kane and Shaw.

    • HardHabits says:

      mass x acceleration = force

      mass = (size + grit)
      acceleration = (speed and skill)

      The Hawks are an incredibly fast team.

      200 lbs at 20 mph is going to hit harder than 220 lbs at 10 mph. But it wasn’t just the rough housing but that the Hawks at times were skating circles around the Bruins and pouncing all over loose pucks, but keep on touting the EOTP narrative that the Habs are tough enough. DD for example is soft on the boards and slow as molasses. Gallagher on the other hand is quick and feisty. Guess which of the two I want to keep and which I want to dump?

      • Chris says:

        Let’s see what Gallagher does in his sophomore season. If he gets the Sophomore Jinx/Slump, I can only imagine how quickly some of the vultures on this website will turn on him.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        To be fair to myself, I never said the Habs were tough enough. In fact, the only thing about the Habs I mentioned was that they had 3 short players and that only Gallagher should be kept.

        I was making the point that Chicago isn’t a dirty, goonish team, but were a mix of mostly average (6′) and a couple tall (Bickell, Handzus) and shorter (Kane, Shaw) players who were not soft, and could play a gritty game.

  41. sweetmad says:

    Chara won’t retire untill the end of the next season in case he gets a chance at Sochi,but i feel for sure next eason will be the end.
    GO HABS GO

  42. Stevie.Ray says:

    When does the buyout period begin? How long does it last?

  43. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …now the ‘fun’ begins for Our Habs, …does the future unfold as God intended ? …or, as Pierre Gauthier intended ?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Keep restocking the farm with six picks on Sunday. Try to flip Michael Ryder’s rights and Yannick Weber for picks/prospects. Don’t overspend on UFA day, restrict yourself to targeted, cost-effective acquisitions. Be patient. Leave the youngsters in Hamilton to learn their craft, progression and repetition is key.

      Locally for us both, draft Mason Geertsen in the third round, and have Don Hay and his staff work their magic on him and Dalton Thrower next season.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I think as GOD intended.. reports that a limousine was spotte dleaving the old Forum with no one driving. Could be ghosts?

  44. NLhabsfan says:

    Well said Calgaryhab..feel the same way:)

  45. parkex says:

    The student-athlete just beat the bully!

  46. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …100, 000 in Miami to celebrate the Heat and Labron

    …1, 000, 000 in Chicago

    …man I hate basketball …and, those that like basketball :)

  47. Habcouver says:

    Was this Jagr’s last hurrah?
    No goals in the playoffs may be a sign to hang ‘em up.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  48. CalgaryHab says:

    Aside from the disappointing Habs results, this play-off was very good. I got to see the leafs get their hearts ripped out. The sens got put in their place (they’re not as good as they think they are). And finally it was a pleasure watching the bruins lose the way they did – couldn’t have happened to a more fitting team, bunch of c#cksuckers that they are.

  49. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …don’t know about youse Guyz …but I thought Jonathan Toews was robbed of the Conn Smythe

    …Corey Crawford a close second

  50. Timo says:

    I refuse to have Chara retire on his own. Some one has to inflict a career ending injury on him.

    • Chuck says:

      Doesn’t a ripped-out heart count as a career-ending injury? :)

      __________________________________________________
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  51. Un Canadien errant says:

    Quite the set of elbows on Duncan Keith’s grandpa, I can see where he gets those from.

    ———————————————————————–
    “There’s a little bit of embelleshing going on. You know, on our team, we don’t accept it. You kow, it’s something we don’t accept as players, and as teammates.”–Milan Lucic.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  52. Stevie.Ray says:

    Great series. The NHL is lucky after pulling that lockout crap. Very happy for Chicago. There isn’t a player on that team I don’t like.

  53. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …as ‘entertainment’ I enjoy watching Don Cherry and Coach’s Corner …I also enjoy more He being wrong :)

    • Frank2468 says:

      And if the Bruins won he would have been back on air saying I told you so. I just turned off the T.V about 15 minutes ago and no Cherry guess he took the back door out of the building. Shutter the thought he would have to give praise to some other team other then the Bruins or the Leafs.

  54. SlovakHab says:

    AND: Bruins don’t pick a player until 59th overall. So no talent re-stock for them. Hopefully they start going down slowly and won’t be in finals for the next 20-30 years.

  55. ProHabs says:

    Couldn’t be happier for Pierre Gauthier. Can’t wait to see the Stanley Cup and look to see where it says The Goat.

  56. jedimyrmidon says:

    Let’s hope MB learned well, really well from his time in Chicago.

  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …hockey certainly is a Man’s game

  58. Marc10 says:

    Loved that Marchand was useless, Rask turned into the sieve we know so well, and Chara couldn’t contain the greatness of Toews and Kane. It’s all down hill from here Boston! Whoo-hoo!

    PS: I hope the Hawks embellished on their cup celebrations… for Claude (aka, the Donut King!)

    PPS: In your face Neely and Jacobs. Couldn’t buy this one, eh?

    PPPS: Mr Bickell. I have Marc Bergevin on the line. He says it’s about all the money you’ll be making next year. Mr Stallberg, Marc Bergevin also wants to speak with you…

    Congrats Chicago! Well deserved!

    See you boys and girls at the draft! Whoo-hoo!

  59. parkex says:

    Chara -6 in the Series!Retire goon!

  60. Frank2468 says:

    Nice win happy for the Hawks as for the Bruins BAAA HAAA HAAA. How many times has Bowman now been involved with the Stanley cup 13 times. Oh the thought of greatness that could have been if Scotty hung around!! And did anyone else notice the Goat in the back ground for the Hawks at the end? I was happy until I saw his face and the almost tossed a brick at the T.V. I was watching closely when the staff were hoisting the cup and if I saw the Goat lift it I think I would have thrown up. Thats were he belongs in the background in some menial job were he can’t do to much damage.

  61. Un Canadien errant says:

    Thoughts:

    1) The Ruins’ fans are doing a urine-poor job of booing Gary Bettman, they’re barely audible. The Canucks’ fans were way, way better.

    2) Gary Bettman: “Blah, blah, blah, Stan Bowman, blah, blah, blah, but most importantly, the cash machinesfans, and these great (replaceable, cannon-fodder) players…(sotto voce) that I locked out for half a season and will lock out again as soon as I get half a chance. That is, until the Bauertron 5000’s and Reebokoliaths are finished field testing and we can lay all these moochers and revenue vampires off.

    3) The Blackhawks may now be my second-favourite team, over the Canucks who didn’t get the job done the last time they were in the Stanley Cup finals.

    4) The new Stanley Cup ceremony is awful. The guys doing little circles in front of cameramen is trite and somewhat embarrassing, how many times do we need to hear “Whooooooo!”, and the F-word.

    Mr. Molson, since you’re reading this, can you ensure that when we win the Cup in a couple of years, that you’ll ensure that cameramen, dignitaries, VIP’s, analysts, and Pierre McGuire don’t get in the way, it’s not about them. Clear them all off the ice, and have our team do laps around the New Forum, presenting the Cup to the fans, as it used to be, and as it should be.

    5) The ‘Hawks just saved Brad Marchand from another awful, illiterate tattoo.

    ———————————————————————–
    “There’s a little bit of embelleshing going on. You know, on our team, we don’t accept it. You kow, it’s something we don’t accept as players, and as teammates.”–Milan Lucic.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  62. jols101 says:

    What a wild finish. 17 seconds changed everything. So happy the Bruins lost.
    Draft is coming up fast and then free agency starts. Should be an interesting couple of weeks. Go Bergevin Go!!!!

  63. HabinBurlington says:

    Would rather the symbolism of today’s St. Jean Baptiste day be a Habs victory, but perhaps the ghosts of the Forum are starting to exert themselves. So happy Chicago won!

  64. Habcouver says:

    Now… looking forward to the draft.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  65. parkex says:

    So happy Hawks & hockey won! Summer can now begin without Bruins banners & PK Norris trophy winner & Chara on for 11 last 12 goals! Love it!!

  66. Gerry H says:

    Wow. 17 seconds to go from elation to total despair.

    Schadenfreude, baby.

  67. Cal says:

    Way to go, Chicago! Killed those Gooins dead! Love it! :)

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  68. habsfan0 says:

    I guess this means that Corey Crawford will be bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown this summer.

  69. Habsbill24 says:

    Julien is such an idiot. I think he was embellishing his post game comments.

  70. BKAK72 says:

    If the HABS aren’t Stanley Cup champions then the next best thing is a BRUINS STANLEY CUP – LOSS – ON HOME ICE!

    The ‘enemy’ is order of priority:

    #1. Quebec Nordiques
    #2. Boston Bruins
    #3. Philadelphia Flyers
    #4. Toronto Maple Leafs
    #5. Quebec Nordiques

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  71. Habsbill24 says:

    Three straight American born winners of the Smythe Trophy. Maybe Max can make it four next year.

  72. sweetmad says:

    There was no comments when I first started typing not so fast now I’m getting old.
    GO HABS GO

  73. sweetmad says:

    First, way to go Black Hawks,you showed them Stupid Gooins playing hockey is not just about being able to hit the hardest.
    GO HABS GO

  74. NTTIAWWT says:

    Congrats Chicago. Suck it Bruins.

  75. HabinBurlington says:

    Woohoo!


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