Bournival expected to take Brière’s spot against Hurricanes

After sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch, it looks like Michael Bournival will be back in the lineup when the Canadiens visit the Carolina Hurricanes on New Year’s Eve (7 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).

At Tuesday’s morning skate, Bournival skated on a line with Ryan White and Travis Moen. The odd man out if Bournival plays appears to be Daniel Brière.

“You play hockey in order to play,” Bournival told reporters in Carolina after the morning skate. “I’ve been working hard. I’ve been keeping myself ready if the coach called on me. I’m ready to go.”

In 33 games this season, Bournival has six goals and five assists and is minus-1. Briere has five goals and five assists in 29 games and is minus-4.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:

Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Prust – Eller – Galchenyuk
Bournival – White – Moen
Parros – Brière

Markov – Emelin
Gorges – Subban
Diaz – Bouillon

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

Game Day Report,

Bournival morning skate interview (video),

Canadiens vs. Hurricanes preview,

Game notes,

Habs prepare for Hurricanes with game of baseball-hockey, by Pat Hickey



  1. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey all!

    It just turned 2014 5 hours ahead of Montreal and Raleigh here in GMT Ireland!

    All the very best to one and all!

    GO HABS GO!!!

  2. Alvin says:

    Looking at that line up posted in the article it became very clear which players need to be replaced.
    They are :
    Bourque – Gionta
    Parros – Brière
    Diaz – Bouillon

  3. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    MT is moving up Prust to the third line because the GM did not do his job and replace Cole in the off-season…simple as that.

  4. Frozen Village says:

    DD and PAC 4 Roussel, Chiasson and a mid pick.
    Move Boullion so to give Pateryn the shot he’s earned.
    Move Briere and mid-level small prospect for a project with size.

    Find a way to flow Tinordi, Beaulieu, and Quailer thru the lineup,

    MB needs to talk to MT and see if he knows anything, some people just interview well, the core players are carrying this team.

    Sweden is not a country of (BS) Liberal Socialists

  5. Timo says:

    How sad/bad are Habs forwards that after 41 games the highest point total by a Habs player is 27 and it belongs to defenseman.

  6. mfDx says:

    In hindsight, I would have been far less annoyed if Lafleur had handed the torch to Bournival before game one.
    … Even Leblanc…

    Sent from my CHphone

  7. Say Ash says:

    Trade Price at the deadline for a top forward and ride Fucale. Yeah, baby!

  8. savethepuck says:

    Does anyone else think Markov and Emelin should be split up? I don’t think Emelin is as good playing his wrong side. Maybe put Gorges with Markov, he has no problem playing his wrong side and Emelin can be on the left side of PK.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • commandant says:

      Emelin is simply not playing well. I don’t know what the answer is but something needs to be done short term in the top 4.

      This type of play was to be expected. We often see it in players returning from long term injuries.

      At first they play well on adrenaline.
      Then they slow down as the adrenaline is gone and they don’t have the conditioning,
      Finally after some time they get back to normal.

      Emelin is in stage 2.

      Go Habs Go!
      Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

    • 24 Cups says:

      There really aren’t that many other options. The only one left is Emelin playing his natural position alongside Subban and then have Gorges move over to the right side of Markov (which he did for two years with Gill). I guess there’s also the idea of playing him with Diaz but that would then mean Gorges would be on the 3rd pairing. Something that isn’t going to happen.

      I think MT is trying to have a guy on each unit who can play a physical game. The only three who qualify are Subban, Emelin and Murray (that’s not a slight against Bouillon but his days in the NHL are coming to a close).

      • savethepuck says:

        I agree with the physical thing, but that pairing has had a few bad games together. I am one of the ones that really liked PK and Marky together. We don’t seem to be scoring any more with them separated IMO.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Like the EGG line, Subban and Markov were great together so, of course, Therrien breaks them up. Not liking his approach to coaching any better this time around.

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  9. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Meanwhile, I like to know who made Dion Phaneuf’s speech for this morning’s contract extension announcement. His wife maybe? –

    Makes me remember the one done by Ottawagh0st4:

    “Who the f@#$ wrote this $#!%!!”

  10. Timo says:

    Michael Therrien in his infinite wisdom moves Prust up to keep a good skater who compliments Eller and Galchenyuk well to the grinders line. Yep, I can’t see how this wouldn’t work at all.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      GM’s all over the league are waiting for Therrien to become available again. Must be kicking themselves for not interviewing him once in the last 5 years.


      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

    • fun police says:

      pretty hard for any of the Therrien supporters (are there any left?) to explain the reasoning behind his latest moves. I think that MT is one of the main reasons why this team is struggling. Wrong system, rolling his lines like a peewee houseleague coach, under utilizing PK at 5 on 5 and PP minutes, over using guys like bouillion on pp (georges on PP, really?)and his chronic underused of galchenyuk.
      Whether or not someone likes briere, he never got a fair shake in montreal. Jagr was quoted as saying yesterday that he needs to play 18-19 minutes a game to be effective. briere has averaged around 10 minutes, i don’t care who the player is, with such little ice it is difficult to get going.
      while i’m ranting, throwing moen on the wing with pleks and gionta after a one goal lead is idiotic. This is the extent of MT’s in game coaching adjustments (aside from throwing the lines in a blender).

  11. AceTen says:

    What a difference 4-5 sports in the draft makes. The wings get Mantha, the leafs get Gauthier and we get stuck with McCarron. Who by his numbers so far is no where near the calibre of player. It’s like we’re cursed to be small forever.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      McCarron is 18-years-old. He’s going to play at least another full year in junior. He’ll then play another year or two in Hamilton. When the Habs drafted him they’re weren’t expecting Eric Lindros or Ryan Getzlaf.

      The goal is to have him master the art of banging and smashing in corners and in front of the net and hopefully become a 20-goal-scorer.

      Every year an average guy with some size and guts steps up in the playoffs and that’s what we’re all hoping for 3, 4 or 5 years down the road. Those guys don’t grow on trees, as we’ve sen in Montreal for the last 20 years.

      • commandant says:

        20 goal scorers are usually much better than a PPG player when they are in their post draft season in junior. The only real exceptions to this are Milan Lucic and James Neal.

        Even Lucic and Neal though were close to a PPG and over double what McCarron’s current pace of about 1/3 PPG.

        He seems to be headed the way of Tyler Biggs.

        Go Habs Go!
        Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          Am I a tad concerned at this point, sure. I’m not going to panic until some of the current London Knights move up to the AHL or NHL next season and McCarron is leaned on more heavily.

          And when I said 20 goal scorer I could have been a bit greedy. I should have said 15-20.

          • commandant says:

            McCarron started the season on the first line, and couldn’t cut it.

            Horvat, Anderson, are gone now and he hasn’t stepped up. 16 year olds like Mitch Mariner have and passed him on the depth chart.

            When he’s not playing above guys like the Rupert Twins or like Brett Welychka, or others with extremely limited NHL chances going forward, its a major concern IMO.

            He’s a huge guy out there, his size advantage will never be bigger than it is right now as McCarron is near full size at 240 lbs now, and most junior aged kids aren’t. He should be imposing his will in the corners and in front of the net but is not.

            When he’s the 11th leading scorer on the Knights (amongst forwards only… he’s 13th when you count dmen) its a problem… leaned on or not.

            Remember that guys like Ryan White, Nick Kypreos, Kyle Chipchura (even post achilles injury), and most of the CHLers who become third and fourth liners are PPG (or close to it) players when they are 18 and 19 playing in the CHL.

            Go Habs Go!
            Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

          • 24 Cups says:

            At some point in time (a few years from now) it would be nice to have McCarron and Leblanc as the team’s 3rd and 4th line RWs. The order doesn’t really matter. It would be a bonus if they could score a combined 24 goals.

          • dr. gesundheit says:

            When you do the math, and based on his 1/3 ppg you still have to factor in his shoulder injury earlier in the season, which can be debilitating for quite some time.

          • AceTen says:

            Not to mention have you seen any of his fights? I know it’s his first year in a league that allows fighting but common. The guy is a monster playing against children and he still gets tossed around like a rag doll. Dumont put up 51 goals and 93 points in his last year of junior.. where is he now? I’m not giving up on him yet but it’s very troubling the start he has had to his OHL career.

        • JohninTruro says:

          Ben, we both know the transition from the USHL to Junior has been tough on some US players on the past and can close to, or a whole year to adjust. Confidence in hockey is everything, and if he finds it he may improve. Lucic and Neal didn’t have this same issue, but we have a guy by the name of Tinordi who went through the same thing. Patience is needed here…

          • commandant says:

            Most forwards have made that transition quite easily…. What should be concerning is that the signs were there with McCarron pre-draft. He wasn’t a point scorer at 16 with the USNTDP. He wasn’t a point scorer at 17 with the USNTDP. This is three straight years where his point production is far below what you would expect from a forward drafted in not just the first round of an NHL draft, but someone drafted in the first three rounds of an NHL draft.

            As for Tinordi, he has never been a point scorer, and was never asked to be one. And he was a dominant defensive presence at the USNTDP so what we are comparing is a guy who has struggled for 2.5 years vs a guy who struggled for 1/2 a season.

            I’ve never liked the McCarron pick. I am a Habs fan first and foremost and hope he turns it around and becomes a power foward, but the signs right now aren’t good, and statistically speaking, things are not in his favour right now.

            Go Habs Go!
            Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

        • JohninTruro says:

          Ben, we both know players coming from the USHL to Junior can take a year, or close to a year to adjust to this type of hockey. We have a clear example of that in Tinordi. Confidence in hockey is everything and I don’t think he has gotten any with this adjustment, but it may come in time. Comparing Lucic and Neal in this same way to McCarron is sort of fair, but you don’t have the “USHL factor” here and these guys have turned out to be great players, McCarron has turned out to be nothing yet. We need patience here…

    • JohninTruro says:

      Gauthier? He has looked slow, with stone hands. Claim to fame right now is he has won some draws. This guy would not have made the US team, he is not something to be proud of as a Leaf fan no more than McCarron as a Hab PROSPECT right now.

  12. Arnou Ruelle says:

    How about like this: Max Pac to Winnipeg for E. Kane and Nic Petan + 1st rounder. What do you say guys?

  13. Mattyleg says:

    I don’t think we should worry too much about how little Bournival has been playing. We haven’t even played half the season yet.

    He has worked hard to deserve more ice time, and I’m willing to bet that it’ll come in the second half.

    Don’t forget, people were complaining about PK’s usage last year, and he won the Norris.

    Therrien knows what he’s doing.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • habcertain says:

      Bournival is nowhere near the development stage, or talent of PK, the kid needs to be with the Dogs not on a 4th line. I won’t comment on the last line….

      • Mattyleg says:


        I guess I was a bit unclear in my post!

        I wasn’t comparing Bournival and PK! Silly me.

        All I was saying was that PK performed extremely well, even though some posters thought he should have had more ice-time. There was no comparison!

        As for him being with the Dogs, he has nothing more to learn in the AHL, he is on a learning curve in the NHL now. He is dealing with the faster pace, the greater responsibility, and the bigger opponents.

        As I said, he will graduate to having more ice-time soon because he’s earned it.

        Thank you for not commenting on the last line.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • The Jackal says:

        Course not, it’s de rigueur to question MT all the time and think anyone would do a better job. Totally understandable stance considering his winning record, yup, makes a lot of sense to think MT has no idea what he’s doing. Truth is, he knows more about hockey than the HIO anti-MT brigade ever thought of.

        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • The Jackal says:

      Agreed Matty, but it seems lot of HIO (not sure about fans in general) have lost faith in MT.

      I don’t know why that is, he isn’t great but he’s been just good. Like you said, we complained about PK and other players’ ice time last season and we did alright. MT has made some decent moves and the team has clearly improved.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Mattyleg says:

        I agree.
        Not everything he’s done has been genius, but he is a human, like his players, who does his best.

        I guess it’s just easy to complain about the person that everyone is complaining about!

        It means that you don’t really have to justify yourself, because you figure that everyone else will meet you halfway. And if anyone questions you, you have a battalion of other people’s reasons for your choice of scapegoat!

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • habstrinifan says:

        Watch ch episode #33… pure genius at work.

    • Steeltown Hab says:


      Markov with Emelin is working, and Desharnais on the first pp unit is paying huge Dividends.


      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  14. ABHabsfan says:

    Ok all you Habs’ prospect experts, I read on here a few days ago that the Habs have 6 players in the WJHC. Fucale, Hudon, Collberg De la Rose, Reway and … who is the 6th?
    This is an honest question not a trivia thing, I’d actually like to know
    BTW, good to see Bournival get back in. I have little use for Briere.

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  15. habberger says:

    The Nhl needs to go to international ice size. Makes for a much better game, guys are too big and don;t have any room to skate anymore. I know owners would balk at decreasing the amount of asses in the seats – but maybe opening up the game would bring more viewers and could increase TV revenues even more in the future. I hope the olympics will make this painfully obvious and this idea will gain some traction this side of the ocean… it would also really help our national teams compete on the international level as they’ll be more familiar with the dimensions…

    • The Jackal says:

      You’re right, and I think the rink size will definitely increase, although I’d say it will happen a bit further down the line than we’d like, maybe when arenas are being upgraded they will change, but at this point it seems to be problematic not only because of the seat removal but also because of the time it would take, could an offseason be enough?

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • ABHabsfan says:

        If they can fix the Saddledome in the time they did, removing a few rows of seating and installing new sections of boards should be a piece of cake

        “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • habberger says:

        Yea – not sure of the logistics – how many rows would need to be removed etc… but it just results in a much better product – and when the real goal of the NHL is to broaden their US market and viewership – this seems like a way to allow for skilled players to excel and goals to increase.

  16. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Parros, Brière, and Murray. Out of the three players acquired by Bergevin, which of them by far has been the most useful?

    Mine is Murray. Slow but tough. The next two, their gas mileage is done!

  17. Steeltown Hab says:

    Would you trade Josh Gorges, Bournival and a 1st for Yakupov?


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  18. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I miss the kid line a lot. If MT would like to do something radical, maybe switch Bournival as a RW instead of a LW. make him be a part of the Desharnais line.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Or just take Desharnais out of the lineup. No worries that he can player center better than Davey floating around.


      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

      • Mattyleg says:

        I guess you haven’t been watching much recently.
        DD has been our most effective centre, second only to Pleks.
        He doesn’t float, he works hard and makes plays.

        I guess you just kind of got used to saying those things about him when he was slumping, and they kind of stuck!! Ha ha!

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Mattyleg says:

      I’d love to see DD, Max, and Bourni together.
      That would be awesome.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. 416erHabsFan says:

    I miss getting excited to watch the Canadiens these days. No hitting,no fighting,no scoring. The only bright spot on this team is PK,Carey and the EGG line. The rest are are expendable. I really liked watching Tinnordi play but it seems we are taking are time with him which I don’t mind. It even seems like Prust has had his balls removed, I think he was number 2 or 3 in the league a few years ago for fights. He was an exciting player to watch when he played for the Rangers but now he rarely fights,hits or scores.

  20. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. Steeltown Hab says:

    Bournival deserves to be on the ice over: Briere, Bourque, Desharnais, Moen, Prust White…

    So how he dresses only some of the games and usually on the 4th line is sad.


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  22. habcertain says:

    Bournival needs to be with the Dogs, logging quality minutes on the top line. Like it or not, Briere is here for another year, we are not going anywhere, he should be playing top line minutes to at least see if he is going to amount to anything and give us some quality playoff (if we are in them) time. That’s what he was signed for, Therrien is coaching for his job, not the future. Same goes for Chucky, he needs more TOI, PP time, and start getting on with his career at center. No guarantees with this kid yet, if Nail was available, I would see what it takes to get him. We need goal scoring potential. These kids are still young, but lets not waste time by having Bournival playing on a 4th line, what can possibly happen there?

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Minutes in AHL isn’t always the answer. The biggest difference between AHL and NHL is the speed and timing, tough to get the timing down and used to making decisions at a much faster level when you’re playing in the AHL.


      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

      • habcertain says:

        you are not getting any timing down playing 5 minutes on a dump and hit 4th line mentality, he is a scorer, not a grinder. it is ridiculous to put offensive talented players on 4th lines, that’s where the like of a White plays, that is his game. you can’t hone scoring skills playing 4th line minutes, a waste.

  23. Steeltown Hab says:

    Prust on the 3rd line over Bournival, classic MT thinking which is why I can’t respect him as a coach. Keep forcing the same garbage that doesn’t work.


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  24. Habcouver says:

    Jagr says he does not want NJD to trade him because he’d “feel like a rented guy”.

    I thought he has been a rental for the past three years, and a well paid one at that!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  25. Storman says:

    No Briere tonight, i am sticking to Whiskey

  26. Harditya says:

    It’s very concerning that the Habs offensive stats are at an all time low (at least since I have been following them). Plekanec, our best forward has 24 points in 40 games. That’s our highest scoring forward and he’s on pace for 48 points. Ouch.
    I do not expect this team to be an offensive juggernaut, nor do I expect Plekanec and Galchenyuk to be on point per game pace. Yes, the team’s defense is at an all time best (at least statistically) allowing the 3rd fewest goals in the league. But I don’t expect this team to be able to shut down teams like Boston or Pittsburgh in a 7 game series, let alone St. Louis, San Jose or Chicago. No matter how you look at it, the following stats are nothing short of disappointing:
    – Our captain has 5 goals in 39 games
    – Bourque has 18 goals in 93 games dressed as a Canadien
    – And pretty much every forward on this club is on pace for 30-45 points
    So either the system plain sucks, in which case the coaching is to be blamed. Or this team has too much dead weight.
    Hate to be a downer on New Year’s eve, but we can just hope this trend changes throughout 2014. Goaltending has saved this team from being a trainwreck.
    Looking at the stats you’d feel you were following the Nashville Predators. At least they have an excuse of being a budget team. What excuse do the Habs have?

  27. frontenac1 says:

    Bournival skates like the wind, hits and has a nose for the net. Makes no sense to me why he is on the 4th line. The Moen/White/Prust line was working well I thought.

  28. JUST ME says:

    Got to hand it to you guys, at least you have the same positiveness and optimism for your national team as you have shown for the Habs (cough cough)… How about that USA program having caught to the canadian`s and for ages will be beaten by them ?
    Although this was not all wrong i think that every country is catching up to america with the sport being more and more popular , and the KHL opening new opportunities.

    For tonight it would be a good decision to play Bournival instead of Briere. Although i agree that the 4 th line is not ideal for Bournival, being in the pressbox is worse for Bournival that is beginning is career than it is for Briere.
    I like to see the kids with the Habs but if they do not get quality minutes of ice time, they are as well off to be in Hamilton.

  29. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Just finished watching our junior team beat team USA. Great game by Zachary Fucale as he kept Team Canada in it especially in the first. Glad we have him.

  30. Kooch7800 says:

    Canada needed that win for confidence. They still have an uphill battle. The US team is good and they will learn from that loss.

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  31. Habcouver says:

    Watching Fin-Sui on TSN2.
    Who are we cheering for to make it more favorable for our boys?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  32. 1010 says:

    I can`t believe it but junior reffing at these games is superior- in my opinion- to NHL reffing. Can`t believe the experts feel differently. They didn`t miss a high stick in the Swedish game. Didn`t appear to matter who did it, whose team did it, or in what barn it occurred in. Consistency is the key. Sure they make mistakes but they try to be consistent. NHL refs are horrible in that area.

    • Habs4LifeInTO says:

      Reffing seems better and more consistent in these World Juniours when compared to the NHL. Don’t expect the talking heads on TSN to agree with that perspective. The NHL can make trouble for the TSN guys if they are too vocal about bad NHL reffing by restricting access etc. Just trust your own eyes on such matters….

      24 cups and counting….

  33. zorro says:

    Habs future, looking bright. Reway, De la rose, ….. not to shabby.

  34. 24 Cups says:

    Bournival is on the wrong line. MT needs to do two things to help the team break out of their slump. First of all, he has to start allotting ice time and line-up positions based on merit, not pro experience and salary. Secondly, he has to start revamping the ice time on the PP. I just watched this Drouin kid play for Team Canada. He has moves that no other player can match. Transfer that thought to the Habs and you have Galchenyuk. Get this kid on the PP full time RIGHT NOW.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I agree on Bournival. Why is Prust on the third line….he doesn’t have as much offensive upside as Bournival.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • CHasman says:

      If you’re saying Bournival should be on the Eller line and Prust on the fourth line then you should be coach. In fact, if you include your other comments then you are already better than MT.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      MT needs to be shown the front door. He’s slowly ruining this team. A total useless tool. I miss the Count.

    • Sakukoivumc11 says:

      For starters MT has to go ! I will take over and this would be my lineup

      Galchenyuk Eller Gallagher
      Pacioretty Descharnais Bourque
      Bournival Plekanec Leblanc
      Gionta White Prust
      Subban Gorges
      Markov Emelin
      Diaz Tinordi

      Gionta line would only get about 7-8 minutes per game on a good night.

      paolo merenda

  35. SmartDog says:

    Canada beats US 3-2!
    Fucale is Canada’s player of the game. He kept them in it while they were flat-footed for the first period. Hudon drew an important penalty that led to a Can goal.
    Anyone notice Fucale’s wearing #31? Is that his usual number?

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Grimmly says:

      Not to mention that HUGE breakaway save in the third.

      • SmartDog says:

        Yep, some good saves. Canada played well once they got out of the first. Without Fucale they could’ve been down a couple.

        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • habstrinifan says:

      Saw that too before… dont know if that is his regular number.

      And Hudon not only drew an important penalty but he was instrumental in Canada’s first goal.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Hudon really looks small out there. I can’t help but wonder if he’s going to get creamed once to arrives in the NHL. I know he has great talent but….

        • habstrinifan says:

          I agree with the small part. I have huge doubts that he will mae it to the NHL.. simply because he is just too frail of frame and does not seem to be of the body type that will grow into a ‘thick’ muscular sort.

          I’s a shame really if my doubts stand up. This young man deserves an NHL career… based on his work ethic.

          They cant keep him off the teams… so maybe just maybe he will surprise and be an NHL regular.

    • Rugger says:

      And Del a Rose gets the game winner for Sweden, a very Habs WJRs today.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Bergevin and Timmins have added some gems! Fucale, De La Rose, Colbert, Hudon


  36. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Great tenacity by Team Canada in Sweden.

  37. Harditya says:

    Like Bournival can produce with Travis Moen and Ryan White. Prefer seeing him on the “top” line with Plekanec and Gionta. Bourque is useless.

    • Max_Hab_Fan says:

      I agree. Earlier in the year that combo actually produced goals.
      Glad Briere is sitting. I wish I had $4 million to waste.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Bourque twice scored 27 goals from the right side.
      Patches, DD, Bourque
      Bournival, Pleks, Gionta
      Galchenyuk, Eller, Gallagher
      Moen, White, Prust


      • Habfan17 says:

        Then keep the lines for at least 5 games


      • CHasman says:

        OK, I like your lines as well. Bournival revived the Pleks line once and the EGG line was once the team’s best. (MT likes to break up lines that are working…go figure.) The fourth line is right and that leaves Bourque with DD and Patches. I’m all in.

      • SteverenO says:

        Nice lines…..

        Two of three have already had success playing together
        49/14/21 & 27/81/11. 51 & 67 will be hot and cold regardless of who they are playing with.

        i would replace White with Briere to add some offensive potential to the 4th line.

        The coach can juggle the centers but keep the wingers together ( 49/xx/21, 27/xx/11, 67/xx/17, and 32/xx/8 .

        on defence Subban should be playing with either Bouillon or Diaz, ( the offensive pairing), Gorges with Markov (two way pairing), and Emelin with Bouillon, Diaz or Murray ( the thord pairing).

        Ideally one or more of the younger defencemen (Patteryn, Beualieu Tinordi) should be brought up to add some speed to the back end.


        Steve O.

  38. Propwash says:

    Why can’t the NHL be more like the WJHC? This is great hockey.


  39. Save Briere for July.

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