Brière will be in Habs lineup against Lightning

The Canadiens held an optional skate Tuesday morning in Brossard before facing the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690) and announced that Daniel Brière will make his return to the lineup for the game.

Brière had been sidelined since suffering a concussion on Oct. 19 in a game against the Nashville Predators. Brière will play centre on a line with Rene Bourque and Michael Bournival. The fourth line will include Ryan White, Travis Moen and Gabriel Dumont.

The other two lines will remain intact with Lars Eller between Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk, and Tomas Plekanec between Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta.

David Desharnais, George Parros and Greg Pateryn will be healthy scratches.

Brandon Prust, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury, took part in the morning skate while wearing a no-contact jersey.

(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Canadiens vs. Lightning preview, NHL.com

Game Day report, Canadiens.com

 Brière addresses media following morning skate (video), Canadiens.com

Lightning’s Stamkos out indefinitely with broken tibia, NHL.com

Lightning to fill Stamkos void from within, NHL.com

Stamkos’s broken leg awful for him and Lightning, Tampa Bay Times

Injury could end Stamkos’s season, Tampa Bay Times

Stamkos’s father watched injury on TV, Tampa Bay Times

Lightning recalls Brown, Korobov, tampabaylightning.com

Coderre defends tweet after Habs take offence, TSN.ca

Chelios praised as a ‘war horse’, NHL.com

328 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    Also, as of next year, Beaulieu + Tinordi + Pateryn are much better than Boullion + Murray + Drewiske. Like much much better.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      @ poster Bill

      You can’t just toss the vets away and be left with youngsters or guys trying to find their way in the NHL.
      That is a recipe for losers.

      All the superb Cup winning teams have always had a combo of great vets, skilled young guys, and others that accepted and bought into their specific roles and believed.

      As for the Habs, a guy like Murray for this year at least, has so much to share – so much to teach – so much to exchange when the going gets tough and panic appears.

      And while you have always and completely discounted Gorges, he is also a warrior that has much to share with the younger guns coming up.

      Gorges never cheats – never pretends to not try and get to the puck first and never backs down in a puck battle..and he always takes big hits.

      Few others play that ‘honest’ way…and there is one guy in particular on the Habs D that does not show up when the going gets tough and cheats away from getting hit to be first on the puck – one that you have felt is integral to the Habs.
      His name is Diaz.

      That mentioned…that’s why so many teams want Cup vets or guys that have been around and can show/guide some of the younger guys when the temperature rises.

      Think of 38 year old Bill Guerin when the Pens won the Cup in 2009.
      Crosby was invisible in the final, and the room will tell you guys like Guerin and Gonchar and Gill held it all together.

      …and that’s the reason why the Habs don’t trade a Markov unless his demands are outrageous.

  2. Kooch7800 says:

    Man Dustin Penner is playing much better now that he is back with the ducks. 12 points in 12 games.

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  3. Bill says:

    We had two rookie of the year candidates last year in Gallagher and Galchenyuk, and another this year – IMO – in Bournival … what do we need Yakupov for? Cause you know guys, they aren’t taking Gorges and DD for him. Just a heads up to the knuckleheads!

  4. New says:

    So many teams seem to have rotten injury luck against the Bruins. I was looking forward to seeing Stamkos play tonight. Good luck to the Habs. Lets hope everybody has a solid game and maybe the whining on HIO will stop.

  5. mr dave says:

    good day all, just herd on mtl radio re yakupov’s agent larionov is heading to edm because he is unhappy with the way they are using nail. it would be nice to reunite chucky and nail cheers all……..

    the habs have 24 cups I have 24 beers

  6. Steeltown Hab says:

    MB should unquestionably be inquiring re: Yakupov, talent like that is rarely available on the market. Not to mention his best friend plays for MTL.

    At the same time I’m confident that MB wouldn’t even look that direction because it’s all about Character, which is why we have DD, Briere, Therrien and bouillon as central parts of the franchise.

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22

    • Luke says:

      Doesn’t hurt to make the call.

      He’d fetch a king’s ransom, and I think the Oil would be fools to trade a guy who scored (a team leading) 17 goals as a rookie. But, they are well established as fools… so make the call, if the asking price is nuts, gently bow out.

      (and get ready for the fans to call for your head if he gets traded, or doesn’t and starts producing).

    • Strummer says:

      I think Markov could be a good mentor and possibly get Yak’s head screwed on straight

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  7. Luke says:

    Enjoy the game folks!

    Here’s hoping for at least an entertaining game, but preferably a 7-0 rout of a demoralized Lightning crew.

    Well, 7-2… St. Louis is in Montreal… Any other PQ natives? Add a goal each. Anyone who hasn’t scored a goal against the Habs? Add a goal for them too.

    Hopefully they aren’t on an extended 0-for on the PP… ‘Cuz that;s a goal…
    Have they scored a SHG this season? If not, that’s a goal.

    Man… I think I’m expecting an 18-7 loss now…

  8. montreal ace says:

    I thought the Oilers had some good young Dmen last year, how to hell do they just let half their defence walk.

  9. PeterD says:

    Hockey night in Loreto, Baja Mexico.
    30 degrees and sunny.
    Cervezas on ice.
    Tequila shots lined up (if necessary…and is necessary).
    RDS tuned in on the satellite dish.
    Steaks for the BBQ.
    And DD a healthy scratch….PRICELESS!

    Glad Therrien finally got the memo about DD.

    GO HABS GO!

  10. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    If MB is dangling DD, what better way than showcasing him on a line with Parros and Pateryn. Let’s give them a nickname! How about the Healthy Scratchers? Or DesParyn?

  11. The Jackal says:

    Don’t look now, but it seems the team with the actual player-coach rift is Edmonton, NOT the Habs.
    Gee, who could have ever guessed that?
    ZZZZZZZZ… if there was a problem, this is what the situation would be like. Stop grasping at straws! Hopefully an example of a real divide will silence PK-gate for a while, hopefully forever.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Yakupov played the same amount if not less last season. Why was he doing well then and nothing now?
      Score a bit and then you can ask for more playing time i think…

      • The Jackal says:

        Whatever is the matter with him, it’s funny to see how we fans sometimes jump to conclusions based on slivers of a picture when there is nothing there. It’s just interesting to see how when there are problems, specially in Canadian markets, it does not take long for the player/team/agent to speak about them. It’s pretty clear when there is a problem between a player and the coach, for example, rather than just speculation.

        ______________________
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Strummer says:

      Rookie coach,+ rookie GM,+ Russian prima donna second year player = clusterf#*k

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  12. Mavid says:

    Sens homers today “Price is overrated” and they have a true back up.. the Sens however have two number one goalies..click.. off goes the radio..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  13. montreal ace says:

    Now what if Yakupov decides to go back to Russia, anyone think thats a possibility.

  14. Ozmodiar says:

    Ah, this mess the Oilers are in reminds me of Pierre McGuire’s comments about a trade scenario involving PK and the 1st OA (Yak). Something like “yeah, Montreal would have to add.”

    Say what you want about MB, but boy, we dodged a bullet there.

    It also reminds me of that smug smile from Tambellini when they won the lottery. Careful what you wish for, it just might come true! :)

  15. mrhabby says:

    Nail wants out…last place to land would hopefully be MTL. No need for a head case.

  16. jols101 says:

    GM meetings today. Maybe there will be a flurry of trade activity in the next couple of days. I’m sure all 29 GM’s were lining up to talk with Bergevin about the possibility of landing DD. It will cost them, big time.

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    I understand the temptation in a player like Yakupov with all of his skill sets, but I really don’t see this being the year to make a trade like that.

    Going into last season, did anyone see Gallagher becoming the player he has become? This season, did we really expect Bournival to make the team, and with that become such an impact player?

    Next year we probably get to see Tinordi and Beaulieu make the squad, and a player like Collberg will also be in North America with the Bulldogs.

    My point is simple, the prior regime made a great deal of trades/signings looking to constantly improve the team immediately. While MB has made some mistakes (DD perhaps most notable), he has also been patient and with that, we are getting to see some real quality prospects develop into full time players.

    Before we start getting rid of tomorrow’s Habs, lets see what we have. This wasn’t going to be a year for us to win the Cup, it is a learning/building season. I really believe/hope that within 1-2 more seasons we can become a premiere team in the East and compete for quite a few years.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      MB is not going to pull off any major trades. There is too many big contracts up on D (Subban, markov, Diaz, Murray, the cube) and with Eller, Gio that he will have enough to deal with in the off season and who knows where we will be cap wise after all is said and done.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Bouillon will retire.
        Markov will be resigned for 3 years/$ 13M-$14M.
        Diaz ????

        Don’t forget Eller is an RFA with Arbitration Rights this summer.
        There is also a good chance Murray would be moved at the trade deadline for a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

        Perhaps many will say that’s crazy, yet Pitt paid two (2) 2nd round picks for Murray at last year’s trade deadline.

        Murray cost the Habs nothing to acquire in terms of players or picks as he was signed as a cheap UFA because of injury, age, and ‘quickness’, so whatever return can be had is a bonus.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I am not sure Ronn. If Montreal is in the playoff hunt I don’t see Murray going anywhere. They might even resign him next year to take over for the cube. Markov will resign but for how much. If he is at the top of the team I am not sure how much of a paycut he will take.

          Eller is a questions mark on how much he will get. If he keeps racking up points he will be in for a big payday. Subban as well but i think they can just slate in 8 mill cause that is probably what he will get.

          Diaz has value and I could see him being traded at the deadline. I don’t mind Diaz and if paired with a big physical D man I think he could be even more useful.

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Here is the look of the habs cap next year. Say they get PK for 8 mill and Markov for 4 mill that is 12 mill of their 19 cap space:

          http://capgeek.com/canadiens/

          That will leave a lot of guys to be signed for with only 7 mill left. Eller will probably get 3.5 to 4

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Strummer says:

        I don’t see Gio returning.
        Bergevin wants to get “bigger and harder to play against”

        ______________________________________________________
        “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  18. wjc says:

    I am for one hoping ‘Briere’ snaps out of his funk tonight and lights it up. Not likely though, timing will be off, but I would settle for a nice set up or of course a goal.

    It will be funny, when he does get it going, the silence will be deafening. The crawling back under the rocks will be fun to observe.
    And if he were to get 25 goals this year, Bergevin will once again hailed as a saviour.

    Time will tell….be nice to shut up the sarcastic…shoulda, woulda, coulda, noisy crowd.

    wjc

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I have not given up on Briere yet, and I too hope he can start to show that there is something left in the tank. It won’t change overnight (1 game) but hopefully we can see a spark tonight.

      • montreal ace says:

        I am sure when they signed Briere they, knew what they were getting. MB has reports on many players across the league in trying to keep a step ahead of other teams. The Habs have not really had a chance to set lines as they have been busy filling them, with healthy bodies.

  19. Drew42 says:

    Hey guys,
    Not really on topic, but sort of Hockey related… it is regarding a Charity hockey tournament this coming weekend.

    My wife is involved in the Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s charity tournamnet on Nov. 15 – 17 at Canlan Ice Sports in North Vancouver.

    She is very excited about the opportunity to participate in a weekend tournament with NHL alumni and supporting a very important cause because this event will help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. continue their work to support families impacted by dementia and to fund research for a cure. This cause is very near and dear to her heart – She is hoping that one day, people like her grandmother can wake up and have the Alzheimer’s fog that has clouded her brain lifted.

    You too can be a part of this amazing experience. The easiest way to support her is by making a secure online donation to support the fundraising efforts of her team. The top fundraising team gets first pick at the NHL Alumni draft party. Simply click on the link to make a secure online donation using your credit card or contact me directly if you would like to make a donation in another way.

    https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/donate.aspx?eid=119390&langpref=en-CA&SPID=10776953&Referrer=direct%2fnone

    Funds raised through the 2013 Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s support the work of the Alzheimer Society, and helps to ensure that people in B.C. whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias can connect to a province-wide network of information, education and support that helps them build the knowledge, skills and confidence to maintain quality of life.

    If I can get your help in distributing this message that would be great. Alzheimer’s is not only an “old person’s” disease – the youngest person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s was only 27 years of age. Every little bit helps to beat this disease.

    For more information about the Alzheimer Society of B.C., please visit http://www.alzheimerbc.org.

    Thank you for your support. Together let’s “put Alzheimer’s on ice”!

    The deadline for donations is Wednesday November 13th, 5pm (PST)

    • donmarco says:

      It’s a disgusting disease, far harder on the healthy loved ones than it is for the sufferers themselves. Hats off to your wife, hope its a huge success.

      • Drew42 says:

        Thanks! Her grandmother suffers from the disease and its a cause that is very close to her.
        This is the 2nd year she headed the team. Last year they took top spot in fundraising (and beat the Scotiabank teams). This year the corporate teams are trying to show them up and not have that happen again. Any amount helps from you guys.

  20. Propwash says:

    Yakupov spouting off to the media isn’t going to end well for him…

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Gorges Colberg and a 1st. Go get it.

      ———————————

      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22

      • Propwash says:

        I’m sure they’d say “we want Galchenyuk”

        ____________________
        DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

      • rogieshan says:

        Oilers need two-way, character players. Habs need guys who can finish. It’s a good fit if both teams are motivated. Yakupov’s upside would still command a hefty price. Gorges and two futures (Colberg & a 1st rounder) won’t get it done for Edmonton. They would need at least one impact player in return. I realize his maturity level could be an issue, but the idea of seeing Yakupov reunited with Galchenyuk is an exciting thought.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Not close to being enough, that is IF the Oilers ever wanted to part with him.
        If they ever did, that shows a huge miss for a 1st overall and few of those egos would never want to admit to a drafting mistake after only a short 48 game season and an about another 17 games.

    • New says:

      Yak yakking and his agent Larionov chipping in. After less than 70 NHL games, 48 of which he was coddled and pushed for rookie of the year. Boy did Montreal dodge a bullet there. Alex Daigle II.

  21. rogieshan says:

    Max Pacioretty, Michael Bournival and Travis Moen for Nail Yakupov and David Perron.

  22. habitual says:

    Anybody know the point of having Pateryn sitting in the press box, burning up cap space but not playing. Isn’t this the second time this year?

    • Timo says:

      I think he is here in case someone gets injured on a game day. He is the 7th dman right now.

    • savethepuck says:

      He will be sent down after tonight. Before Emelin was cleared the team needed a 7th DMan available in case a DMan came down with the flu on game day or was injured in pregame warmup.

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

  23. Sportfan says:

    WOOT no DD tonight Christmas season is upon us!

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  24. @Stu, Brenda et al.

    I love this site, have been a regular contributor for years, and will absolutely continue — you guys do great work.

    But those auto-playing NHL highlight videos in the sidebar are really, really brutal — they’re unexpectedly loud on a site where sound is not expected, and distracting when the page is loaded, and every time you load a page or post a comment, you have to pause the same video. It’s an irritation and an extra click each time a page is loaded, and can only hurt engagement rather than encouraging it.

    It’s a neat idea in theory — easy access to highlights — but it would be better implemented if users weren’t forced to consume the content (or actively stop it) every time they engage with a page. A text/image link to the NHL site where the highlights are housed would be much better, and would allow users to “opt in” to receiving the content, rather than being forced to actively opt out.

    Anyway, sorry to rant — you guys do great work, and you’ve had amazing success building a thriving community here. Please just don’t play highlights at us all the time. : )


    Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • Timo says:

      Not to mention an extra work load it puts on hamsters.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I know many have said it, but I installed the adblock as many said and after enabling the proper block on that ad, it is gone.

      It is worth a try. I mentioned the other day, this place has every right to try and create revenue off of this site and I would guess Stu and Brenda probably don’t have the authority to tell the Gazette to stop making money off something.

      I don’t say this disrespectfully, just my read on the situation.

      • slyCH says:

        I installed adblock this morning and my sexy vamp from shocking French video disappeared. Now I’m really shocked!

        I also noticed you might also like selection has considerably shortened.

      • That’s a fair point, and no offense taken. I’m a fan of AdBlock and I do use it, but I tend to avoid blocking irritating things from reputable sources — like a highlights vid from NHL.com — for fearing of inadvertently blocking other more useful NHL content elsewhere.

        I’ve got no problem with ads, either — we get to use this space for free, and it’s reasonable that the Gazette would try to make some money off of it. But I don’t think that vid is a revenue-generator so much as an NHL.com widget meant to provide content and boost NHL.com engagement, and it dampens the user experience if those users have to work harder and click through unwanted clutter to get the content they want. Even if it is an ad, great ads generate revenue without dominating the page, and site managers need to be careful about which ads are on their sites. Even just turning off the autoplay would help a ton, if that’s an option.

        Anyhoo, just my $0.02 — not an angry tirade or anything. : ) Certainly it isn’t enough to keep me from coming back.


        Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  25. Timo says:

    Bill, I couldn’t button up my shirt again today. What was the root cause of that?

  26. Seps says:

    Here’s a stat for you, although the Habs are 15th in the league in points, we’re tied for 8th in ROW, and one ROW away from being tied in 3rd. Shows how much shootouts affect the standings.

  27. wjc says:

    The big picture:

    Look at the picture of Briere and Price at the top and behind Price is a kid in a green sweater…..Look he is enjoying himself, smiling, cheering having a ball. Was that some of you people before you became so cynical and jadded.

    That kid is what it is all about, and money and ego’s of course.

    wjc

  28. Sportfan says:

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  29. Bill says:

    jols101: Prust was hurt in the pre-season and just aggravated it during that game. He should stay out until he is actually healthy, as opposed to when he says he is good to go. He’s got considerably more heart than brains and needs to be managed as such. He’s a valuable player for us.

  30. Bill says:

    Igor Larionov is no fool. Dallas Eakins, on the other hand, I am not so sure about. One thing for sure, Larionov has forgotten more about hockey than Eakins ever knew.

    If I were the neophyte coach of the Oilers, I would probably take the advice of Larionov.

  31. jols101 says:

    Is this Prust’s 3rd or 4th week of recovery since he ran himself into the end boards?
    It was originally said it would take 4 weeks for him to recover. Just wondering if he is still on schedule?

  32. mrhabby says:

    heres hoping Briere comes out and silences his critics. good to see him recovered.

    the montreal mayor should have just kept his mouth shut..what a dope creating a shit storm when everybody already knows the score with DD….dummy.

    • wjc says:

      Am I part of ‘everybody’ could you please tell me what the score is with Desharnais is?

      wjc

    • Seps says:

      Like the mayor said, he’s a fan. I’ve tweeted stuff like that too, just no one gets a ruffle because I’m not a social figure. He can say what he wants about the team because his view is as relevant on them as mine or yours.

      • To be fair, a seasoned politician and message-crafter like Coderre doesn’t say anything publicly without a reason. He’s probably betting he can pass himself as a regular joe, because he likes hockey and has opinions about players just like you and me and every other shlub. He’s a politician crucifying an athlete for political gain — whether that’s okay depends on your definition of “okay,” but it is a little sleazy IMO. Good on the Habs for telling him so.


        Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • wjc says:

        He should not have gotten personal.

        wjc

    • A. Berke says:

      Re the mayor: he maybe a dope but on the other hand maybe his texting finally brought home to the management that it was enough of beating a dead horse and accept the mistake and move on?

      I have absolutely no doubt about DD’s desire to stick around and his past efforts to that end were admirable but he just doesn’t have that little extra that is needed to be an nhl player.

      cheers

      Ali B.

      • PrimeTime says:

        Cuz some dopey mayor can analyze a hockey player than hockey professionals? I guarantee you that MB or MT will keep their thoughts private of how well a job the mayor does.

        º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º

      • savethepuck says:

        It would be safe to say that the mayor’s tweet has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that DD is being scratched again.

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

  33. savethepuck says:

    So Igor Larionov is traveling to Edmonton to talk to Oilers management and hopefully get a sit down with Eakins to see why Nail is being treated so bad. Give me a freaking break. Larionov is acting like one of those interfering hockey parents that is always complaining that their talented kid should be playing more than the other kids, and they can’t understand why every other parent doesn’t agree with them. Maybe Igor should save himself a flight and just tell his client to suck it up, be a man, and learn what it takes to become a professional hockey player.

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

    • Seps says:

      I would agree, but Yakupov is a first overall pick from 2 years ago, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be getting atleast second line minutes now. IMO the Oilers are morons for having so many one dimensional offensive assets, and refusing to trade them for what they really need. A first overall pick on a losing team should be getting decent ice time.

      • savethepuck says:

        I just think that instead of his agent coming to town to meddle, maybe the kid should ask the questions himself like a man and listen to what he is being told. Reminds me of a spoiled kid who doesn’t understand why everyone is picking on him. Your draft position shouldn’t entitle you to anything, you should have to earn your playing time.
        For me, this is a huge red flag regarding his character and not having a “me first” attitude.

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

        • Seps says:

          There’s definitely a me-first attitude there, but would you not agree he’s being under-utilized? Sometimes you need an agent to come in, that’s what he’s paid for. Nail needs to focus on his game.

  34. Bill says:

    wjc, the important thing is to get to December in a playoff position. The standings don’t move much after that. So far we are in good shape: tough game tonight however.

  35. wjc says:

    After less then 20% of the season is played, some Canadiens fans are in full panic mode:

    Some may say, so what else is new?
    Brier is written off, Roy is coach of the partial year, Bergevin is being roasted, and Therien is being stoned, last year regular season be damned.

    Now want Desharnais to be bought out instead of Kabrele.
    What if Gallagher were to get off to a bad start next year, he will be attacked and vilified.

    So much perfect hindsight. No compassion, no fun, just doom and gloom. This is an insane place led by children and grown men who act like children. The big question that needs to be answered, why are so many people so miserable. You just feed of each other, makes me remember the old saying ‘misery loves company’.

    wjc

    • slyCH says:

      APOCALYPTO. We lob-off player and management heads sending them careening down Mount Royal for fans to capture in nets. All in the good favors of the sun Gods. Pray for a full eclipse.

    • Eddie says:

      Man, I hate that. You don’t like site, there’s the door.

      Every day the same trash.

      • wjc says:

        What door? There is a door? Is it in the floor? Is it a trap door?

        Are you the ‘gate keeper’ the holder of the key to all wisedom?

        wjc

      • Mattyleg says:

        There is an inordinate amount of complaining on here.
        Much of it unfounded.
        If the complaining about the complaining bothers you, you can ignore it (like I ignore most of the complaining!)
        :)

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • wjc says:

          Okay Matty, advice appreciated and taken…over and out kind sir.

          wjc

          • Mattyleg says:

            (was actually referring to Eddie!)

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • wjc says:

            Eddy?…..well, then….humf…..Eddy…….and I wasted a post on you…..see you later Matty….sorry to have bothered you…..indeed….indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!(for the uninformed not really mad, just pretending to be mad….having a slow day….but you must have figured that out.

            wjc

    • Storman says:

      Blind faith in management that runs your favorite team that we also like to banter about good or bad,, will get you 20 years of mediocre hockey and no championships..

      • wjc says:

        Maybe, you could take your focus off Montreal and realize….Vancouver has never, ever won…..Buffalo has never ever won…ever….Ottawa….has never ever won….Toronto….won’t go there, well I guess I did, sort of……..L.A, Chicago, Boston….have won but they had to fall for a while to do so.

        Lots of teams have never ever won and Montreal as won 24 times. You see little ‘Jasper’ winning is not as easy as it used to be in a 6 team and a 12 team market, when Montreal had 13 farm clubs, stocked with prospects…..not one or two like today.

        They had 13 teams with players all belonging to Montreal. Pollack retired in 1978 at 53 years of age, because he knew it was pretty well over, because you had to draft in order.

        The good players eventually retired and they had to play the talent game like everyone else……They missed out on Lemieux, Peruault, Bourque and many others, not because they did not know they were good, but, because they could not get to them before they were scooped up.

        They are always trying to win and they are in my opinion putting a great team together but it takes time. I think they will give it a good shot, and if they fail (shrugs) whata ya gonna do.

        wjc

    • BigB says:

      WJC
      Couldn’t agree more.
      Be careful: now some posters will say if you don’t like it go elsewhere. But in my opinion as long as we allow ourselves to be seen this way we also make our beloved Habs look bad. The organization has a bad reputation partially because of certain fans always being ready to trade/demote the slower performers. And that itself translates into most free agents not wanting to play here. Can you blame them? No.

      St Patrick couldn’t wait to leave Montreal. Remember his last game here? People were booing him. He decided to leave (partially due to the coaching issue), and went on to win cups with the Avs.

      I think these so-called fans need to chill a bit…and find things to do besides bitching about the players, wanting to crucify them, firing coaches, that stupid NHL video ad….

      Yea, I hate seeing our team lose. I don’t like seeing players underperform, but for god’s sake people CHILL!!!! We have a proud history, but it is a shame to see what we have become. Our team has been mediocre at best since the last cup and our fans (well some of them) have shown all they care about is their demand of an 82-0 season with 5-0 scores for each game. And oh yea, should someone go through a slump, we must get rid of him.

      PS: anyone telling you to leave because they don’t like what you write is obviously forgetting that they don’t represent the site. You can tell them to leave too.

      Habs forever!

  36. DipsyDoodler says:

    PRESS RELEASE

    BROSSARD PQ – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday the signing of veteran Peter North to a one year two-way contract.

    Bergevin said “he brings us the size we need”. Coach Michel Therrien added: “He’s got a big presence in the crease and once there he is very hard to dislodge.”

    When asked about the two-way contract North said he would have preferred a three-way but was happy to settle for what was on offer.

    North, a Canadian, has spent all of his career in California. Although he’s been praised as playing both sides of the rink equally hard, he strenuously denies the allegation.

  37. Storman says:

    I somewhat agree the Mayor should not have used twitter to put out in the open what 90% of Montreal fans were thinking,, but to tell you the honest truth, I am kind of glad he did.. It really really sucks that we had to watch Gomez play uninspired hockey and collect a huge pay check for years,, and as a fan base seeing this again really really sucks…..

    • wjc says:

      90% of the people think a certain way, is this the famous STORMAN poll.

      Hey, by the way, get over Gomez, he is a rich man and has moved on, like all hockey players do. I never once watched him collect a pay cheque. Being a ‘fan’ just really sucks for you……leave the the 89.9999% of the people out of it.

      Making up percentages sucks….ya think!

      wjc

  38. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Someone posted on here today as to what it would take to get Yakapov out of Edmonton. Personally i am not one to see us trade for him. Here is my reasoning, in watching the Edmonton vs Tampa Bay game, in the first period Yakapov took at pass just inside his blue line and was about to get hit, he jumped out of the way and in doing so lost the puck to Stamkos you promptly fired it past Dubnyk. When Eller was hit by Gryba, who was the first one to come to his defence, Galchenyuk. The difference is that Chucky will take a hit to make a play or try and stick up for his teammates, while Yakapov is big, but in my opinion, soft. Sure he has 30+ goal potential, but too soft and Edmonton would want too much for him right now.

  39. PeterD says:

    The Mayors comment on twitter about sending DD to Hamilton is OKAY with me.
    Let’s be honest here…how many members on HIO were thinking and actually saying the same thing on this site.
    The reality is, that DD has turned into Gomez part 2.

    • twilighthours says:

      Internet randoms and mayors of Montreal are not equal.

      • PeterD says:

        We’re all just fans.
        Its probably much more important what he does as the Mayor for the city of Montreal than what he comments about the teams worse performing pkayer.

        • GrimJim says:

          No actually. The Mayor of Montreal is a public figure who represents all of the population of Montreal. As such his words carry greater weight and notice than another tweeter without an official capacity. If he is going to express a personal opinion, he has a responsibility to ensure that everyone reading his comment understands that it is a personal opinion, and that that personal opinion is not damaging to a portion of the population.

      • Eddie says:

        If I was a pro player, the Mayor’s comments would make me very upset.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      It’s already hard enough to play in Montreal without having famous people pile on when you’re having problems on the ice.

  40. Storman says:

    @slyCH you bring up a very valid point below when you say buying out Kaberle was a mistake, at first thought it seems it was an obvious buy out,,
    But let’s think outside the box, if Management does not buy out Kaberle we maybe do not have the money to sign Briere, we also keep a veteran D man for depth all be it Kaberle but his contract expires at the end of the year,, we would now have an amnesty buy out left to use on Management’s biggest mistake to date the DD contract.. So at the end of this year we would have No Kaberle, No DD and No Briere,,

    You are right slyCH the Kaberle buy out should be put into the mistake category as well…

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Is Kabs playing in the NHL this year?

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

      • Storman says:

        No I believe he is playing for Kladno in the Czech Rep..

        • slyCH says:

          Last season was the last on his contract if memory serves, so it would not apply on signing any player in this past off season. I think MT wanted Bouillon so bad he convinced MB to ditch K early.

          • Storman says:

            No he would be under contract for this year, if we did not buy him out he played for us last season all be it dressed for only 10 games, we bought him out after the season,, that amnesty buy out helped create cap space including for the Briere signing..

          • slyCH says:

            Ah, I’m losing it, You’re right. Anyway, I do agree on DD. Why he extended when he did is a mystery. There was no rush.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            If Kabs would have been picked up by another NHL team and playing well, I could question his release, but if he’s in the KHL no one even wanted him at a bargain basement price so MB did the right thing. Having said that, slyCH was DD in the last year of his contract or would this have been his last year on his old contract.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

    • wjc says:

      Woulda, coulda, should……hey! why don’t some of you climb in the box. As the saying goes, ‘it ain’t over til the ‘fat lady’ sings.

      ‘biggest mistakes’ to date….by all means keep us up to date with ‘biggest mistakes’. D.D. might end up being a bargain, time will tell.

      Come on Briere….light it up tonight and shut some of these 100 or so critics up.

      Yes about 100 people making a lot of noise.

      wjc

  41. Walmyr says:

    The last 2-3 weeks we spent some time talking about Yakupov’s behavior and a possible (or just a wish) trade between MTL and EDM…

    We already have the best player of that draft!…let another NHL team go after him…

    CHeers

  42. commandant says:

    On Coderre this is the same idiot who tried to introduce a bill that Shane Doan shouldn’t be on Team Canada because he uttered an anti-French slur.

    The reason he’s an idiot. It was two years after the fact that the NHL had determined that Doan did not utter the slur, but infact it was Ladislav Nagy.

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    • Cal says:

      Aren’t big city mayors such wonderful people? ;)

    • slyCH says:

      I’ve uttered plenty of anti-French sentiments, and I am one of them.

    • joeybarrie says:

      Its embarrassing for Montrealer’s to have a Mayor who would say that in a public forum. I seriously question his judgment.
      He is THE representative of Montreal and it’s hockey team. Do you think any player or staff isnt going to hold this against him?
      Would he publicly call out anyone who made a mistake in his own staff like that?
      The PRIDE of Montreal for many including him, and he is bashing the players individually.
      Ridiculous. AND HE IS BRAND NEW. What goes thru your brain when you do something like this?
      This is a successful politician? Our city is in trouble.
      ONE WAY TICKET FOR CODERRE TO TORONTO SVP. HE WILL FIT RIGHT IN THAT OFFICE.

    • Caesar says:

      Not only did he not utter the slur he took the heat and never turned out his team mate. Just the kind of Captain I would want if I were on Team Canada.
      By the way we are talking about him just like the last controversy he started. Ignore him and he will go away. Probably to jail like the rest of the corrupt A holes running this city.

      • mount royal says:

        Well, if he didn`t turn out his teammate, I sure hope that he gave him hell. I remember that game since it was possibly the first game where all refs were francophone. I was expecting some idiot to make an issue of it. Of course, when its all Anglophone, which was often the norm, nobody would think twice about it, not even in Montreal where they take it for granted that they will make their penalty announcements in English only. But all francophone refs? Hey , that’s political.

  43. sulham44 says:

    So we have the EGG, B, C, D lineup tonight.

    EGG Line
    B = Briere, Bourque, Bournival
    C = Max, Pleks, and Gionta the “C”aptain
    D = White, Moen, and “D”umont

    Drum crash.

    • boing007 says:

      How about a BLT? Beaulieu, LeBlanc, Tarnasky?

      Richard R

    • govenah says:

      Keep Speed with Speed

      Chucky Eller, Gally
      Bournival , Pleks, and Gionta
      Max Danny, Rene
      White, Moen, and “D”umont /Prust

      Max Danny and Rene could be very tough to play against if they get skating hard and using the muscle.

      Grind this.

      • sulham44 says:

        I like it and I bet we see that lineup at some point. Bournival was sparking that line with Pleks and Gionta for a few games. EGG line is obvious. The question is if the other line would actually use their size consistently. Although they have it, it’s not exactly what they are known for.

  44. adamkennelly says:

    what would it take to get Gudbranson out of FLA?

    would DD and Diaz get it done?

    just kidding – how bout Tinordi and a pick?

    • ooder says:

      gudrbanson = young established hard hitting d man
      tinordi = ??
      don’t think that will get it done

    • Cal says:

      A plane ticket? Kidding.
      Rebuilding teams do not get rid of youth unless they are under-performing or not in the team’s plans. This 21-year-old Dman isn’t going anywhere in a trade yet. 18 games with the Panthers hasn’t given that team enough time to evaluate him.

  45. scotland says:

    good moves by mb.

    -buy out gomez
    -draft galchenyuk (think it was he)
    -subban re-signing
    - not trading away draft picks

    bad moves by mb

    -hiring therrien over roy
    -hiring therrien period.
    -14 mill four years for dd
    -brierre
    -sending tinordi down

    must do’s

    - trade gionta at deadline
    - dump moen at deadline
    - trade gorges at deadline (so overrated its not funny)
    - dump brierre any way possible, same for dd
    - sign subban long term
    - resign markov
    - fire therrien
    - hire boucher or carbs or who ever serge savard suggests
    - be patient

    • adamkennelly says:

      +1

      I tend to be in agreement with everything you stated.

    • Timo says:

      Prust was a good move. I think that Murray and Parros were good moves to. Parros hasn’t been used well by Therrien but that’s not on Parros or MB.

      Murray looks fine as #6 dman.

    • Max_a_million says:

      The gomez and galchenyuk moves were absolute no brainers.

      The Subban deal might bite us in the long term.

      • doc359 says:

        Galchenyuk wasn’t a no-brainer in the slightest. There is a reason Columbus didn’t draft him and he was out of the top-5 in many people’s drafts. The injury really hurt his position, MB and Timmons were smart enough to see past it.

        • showey47 says:

          Had he not been hurt,chucky probably would have gone 1st overall. We were also lucky that Jarmo Kekalainen wasn’t the g.m. of Columbus yet because he said he would have taken chucky with the #2 pick. I believe he said this on a nhlxm92 radio interview.

    • The Jackal says:

      Agree on the good, but would add:
      -Max’s contract
      -Markov situation
      -Kaberle buy out
      -Murray signing
      -Prust signing
      -Emelin deal
      -Keeping Galchenyuk and Gally in NHL
      -NOT trading key veterans
      -NOT rushing Tinordi and Beaulieu

      As for the bad, I’d say the jury is still out on:
      -Hiring MT – has done a lot of good even if his decisions on ice are sometimes questionable
      -Briere – Still has to prove himself as a Hab but has not proven to be a drag

      Must do’s
      -Trade Gorges? Not sure it is a must, he can be a good bottom pairing guy
      -I’d say must do is more shuffle the D, upgrade the top 4- what moves that takes is more flexible than trading Gorges
      -Fire Therrien? Not gonna happen, and that’s not good for the team. New coaches ever 1.5 years? No thanks.
      -Re-sign Markov – agree
      -Subby doo to a 7×8
      -Be patient – yes, and that means with the coach too.
      -Trade Gionta – not sure that helps us much but if he is not being re-signed then makes sense
      -Dump Moen? NO

      ______________________
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      • slyCH says:

        Coulda kept Kaberle buy out for a potential other in my opinion. 1 more year of big K would not have hurt.

        • showey47 says:

          I pondered over the summer if the habs were better off keeping kaberle for 1 more year and buying out the gorges contract. I have nothing against Gorges,the guy is a great shot blocker,character player and team mate. But where is this guy gonna be on the depth chart in 2 years with a $4 million per year contract with 3 years left? With him also being limited offensively and not very physical I don’t see his trade value going up at the point either. Its tough call because you see him a potential captain material but also you can see him being a potential cap burden in 2 or 3 years.

    • doc359 says:

      Moen and Gionta are providing some amazing work for us right now, how are you replacing that?

      I’d rather not rush Tinordi just based on the fact that he is big. Let him grow into his game in the AHL dominating minutes down there.

      Name how Gorges is over-rated? He works his butt-off out there and isn’t out of place, he can take punishment and fights hard for pucks. Exactly what I would want int a #4 defenseman, maybe Diaz wouldn’t be his ideal partner though.

      Let’s not keep a rotating chair going at coach, huh? Let MT try to do this more than a year.

    • J Dub says:

      Why dump Moen? He makes a small salary; is a perfect 4th liner; pairs great with Pleks on the PK — huge defensive upside, great roleplayer.

  46. mdp2011 says:

    Someone brought up the Kristo – Thomas trade below, so before we judge this trade, here is a little info on Thomas that maybe we didn’t know. It says, according to his father, Thomas played the 4 exhibition games with the Habs with a torn abdominal muscle.

    #Habs Steve Thomas nous a aussi dit que Christian a disputé les 4 matchs préparatoires malgré une déchirure abdominale. Ça explique bcp

  47. The Jackal says:

    Yakupov trade:
    Pateryn, Beaulieu, and our first round pick.

    ______________________
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  48. bigshooter says:

    Greetings loyal Habs fans!
    As part of my Movember fundraising efforts, I am selling a pair of tickets for December 2nd against the New Jersey Devils. The seats are in section 123, front row right against the glass. Tickets will go to the highest bidder and every single cent will donated to my Movember team – http://moteam.co/mosemite-sam

    Feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions or offers at michael@fpdeast.com

    So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance

  49. habcertain says:

    talk on SN Hockey Central that Yakopov’s agent speaking with the Oilers about his future, what would it take to get him and Chucky back together?

  50. The Dude says:

    Stamko’s out and Briere in = a handicap .Should be a good game!

  51. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I hate the Bruins as much as anyone, I guess, but after viewing the injury to Stamkos it’s ridiculous to blame the B’s for it. Just bad luck for TB and Team Canada.

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

  52. Trisomy 21 says:

    I regards to the previous thread: Tampa Bay cannot recall Drouin after he was sent down to juniors. This doesn’t work the same as sending someone down to the AHL. AHL is considered pro and if you play 9 games in the AHL it conts towards that EL contract we all know about.

    Once Drouin is sent down, he cannot come back up except in special circumstances like injuries to a certain number of roster players.

    Did I do it right?

  53. HankHardball says:

    Once again a team doing well plays Boston and loses their most productive scorer to a major injury. Hmmm.

  54. The_Truth says:

    Bobby Ryan is lighting it up in Ottawa, and some here were saying Murray was crazy to make that trade….

    MB should have had looked into this. Ryan is exactly what this team would need to have replaced Ryder/Cole. MB went another way and picked up Briere…

    Anyone notice Jagr Leads the devils with 5-8-13 +5 numbers? Another right winger that would have been an upgrade on Briere, to play with Pleks. I had high hopes for Bergevin, but really he hasn’t been great so far. It’s not a surprise the team is a mediocre .500 team so far.

    On a final note, anyone notice Roy is the far and away best coach in The NHL for the first 1/4 season?

    • PG_doesnt_stand_for_Pierre_Gauthier says:

      There’s no telling if Ryan resigned with Ottawa once his contract end next year.

      It’s a bit of gamble for all he gave up. Sure, it’s looking great in the short term, but a GM’s job is to plan long term.

      Markov to Subban, he scores!

    • Cal says:

      Habs did not have comparable assets to send to Anaheim. The Ducks made out like bandits, even if Ryan is scoring often and playing well.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      To be fair regarding that trade between Ott and Ana, The Ducks are in 1st place in the NHL and they guy they got from Ott, Silverberg, has been injured most of the year. I don’t think Ana is wishing to have that one back

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

    • Habs1962 says:

      B Ryan good player, but sens gave up 2 good players and a first round for him… that was too much and a reaction to Alfie bolting. No other team would offer that much fro Ryan.
      They tend to react in Otttawa to media and fans. Rebuilding supposedly and gave 3 for 1. Ducks will win that trade and sens will continue to not contend short and long term.
      MB has a plan here and won’t do that type of thing.

  55. montreal ace says:

    Max, Emelin, Masson Raymond and now Stamkos, it seems severe injuries and the Bruins go together. My level of disgust with the Bruins has gone up and to think I thought it could not.

    • duffy says:

      Plus may more, they have to be the leader in causing injuries to other teams players ?

    • HankHardball says:

      Once is an accident. Twice, a coincidence. Three times, a pattern. Four times, a strategy.

      • commandant says:

        Have you watched the play. I hate the Bruins as much as anyone, but I don’t see where they tried to injure Stamkos.

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        • montreal ace says:

          I watched the play and from what I saw Stamkos had perfect position on Hamilton, while coasting towards the net. He had both skates to the ice and Hamilton gave him a slew foot which caused Stamkos to go off balance and crash the net. The slew foot is not huge, but its still there and I call that dirty hockey as the puck was not around when Hamilton started to guide Stamkos to the net. I think he was trying to cause a disturbance in the crease by being clever and dirty, as such the consequences for others can be severe. It’s just Bruins style hockey to some but to me it’s dirty and unnecessary.

          • kalevine says:

            I certainly don’t give the Bruins the benefit of the doubt. I have watched them play enough to say that I believe that their overall strategy is to physically hurt the opposition, above and beyond what I have seen from other “physical” teams

          • commandant says:

            I think you are seeing what you want to see.

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  56. commandant says:

    Team USA for the World Juniors, a projected forward group.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/11/12/an-early-look-at-the-world-juniors-team-usa-forwards/

    The Case for Jamie Benn and the Canadian Olympic Team
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/11/12/the-case-for-jamie-benn-on-team-canada/

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  57. DalEng says:

    Anyone aware of Briere’s point production at the center position?

    Don’t follow many teams closely besides the Habs so I am curious as to how many games he played as a centerman with Philly.

    Also anyone know who he might have played with in Philly?

    • bwoar says:

      I can’t give you a comprehensive answer, but he was much better at centre, and pretty much ineffective on the wing. Mystery why MB signed him, really, considering that history.

      “thoroughbred”

  58. The Dude says:

    Maybe Tampa interested in DD?

  59. The_Truth says:

    Anyone notice Kristo has 14 points in 14 AHL games, including 8 goals and just has been called up by the Rangers?

    I still don’t get that trade by MB. Kristo is a bonafide prospect with very good offensive upside and is average size. The Habs have little top 6 offensive players close to making the club, and they trade away the one they do have. Why get Thomas instead, who is smaller, and doesn’t have the same upside?

    Another very questionable move by MB IMO. They are starting to add up. I hope we don’t have another McDonagh situation.

  60. DipsyDoodler says:

    It takes a long time for players to come back from concussion. Some players aren’t themselves for a whole year!

  61. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Briere playing with Bournival and Bourque has potential, no matter what the nay sayers say. He spent a lot a lot of the season playing with Desharnais, who I heard wasn’t performing too well.

  62. Ncognito says:

    Any word of Emelin getting the green light tonight?

  63. frontenac1 says:

    Good to hear Prust is skating again. I like the look of that 4th line.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hopefully team can get on a bit of a run, and prevent him being rushed back. Granted he has probably been telling everyone he is fine, I think Prusty is truly one of those players who would skate through a brick wall for his teammates.

      Emelin back around the corner, our team is starting to look a great deal better eh Front? Some physicality mixed throughout the lineup.

      • frontenac1 says:

        For sure amigo. To be playing one game above .500 at this point with all those key injuries is fine IMO. Habs are 4pts. out of First place and our guys are coming back. What”s not to like? Saludos!

  64. Habfun says:

    Maybe Briere will do Better than DD, I hope so, it can’t get any worse!!

    It\\\’s all about the CH

  65. 24 Cups says:

    Outside of the Hab roster, I’d have to say that Steven Stamkos is my favourite NHL player. I believe that next to Sidney Crosby, Stamkos is the second best player in the NHL. This is why I was so shocked and dismayed to hear about his horrific injury yesterday. Speculation has it he could be gone anywhere from three to six months.

    Stamkos grew up in York Region which is just north of Toronto. He played his early hockey in Unionville and Markham. Many of us (in the area) watched him develop from his early days as a young boy. Not just a wonderful hockey player, he is also a truly great guy who comes from a solid family. This kid is as close to the real deal as you are ever going to see in the NHL.

    Steven Stamkos has missed just three games in six NHL seasons. He has accumulated 409 points in 390 games while scoring on average a goal every 1.7 games. His point totals for the last four seasons are 95, 91, 97 and 97 (pro-rated). This from a player who won’t turn 24 until February!

    When I evaluate the NHL as it approaches the twenty game mark, I have to say that the biggest surprise so far this year is Tampa. Not many fans could have predicted the fabulous start that the Lightning has had so far. Much of that can be attributed to the play of Stamkos, St Louis and Bishop. As of 17 games, Stamkos has gained points in 40% of all Tampa scoring plays. In fact, 33% of those even strength goals have come from Stamkos. It’s still early but he was on pace for a 72 goal season. Certainly another 60 goal year was very realistic. Now Tampa Bay has to face the reality that they may have just lost 40 goals from mid-November until the end of the season.

    Just imagine the impact on the Habs if this had happened to PK Subban. Putting my Hab allegiance aside, tonight’s game just won’t be the same for me. Steven Stamkos is so much more than just an elite Tampa player. He is a true hockey star who every fan around the league should appreciate. One day I’m sure he’ll be right up there with players such as Niedermayer, Shanahan and Chelios. I wish him a full and speedy recovery. The NHL desperately needs players like him more than the powers to be can ever realize.

  66. AndyF says:

    This may sound strange, but for the first time this season, I’d want Desharnais to start. If Coderre’s comments haven’t fired him up, then probably nothing will.

  67. habsfan0 says:

    I think we’ll see Briere’s arm pump tonite after he scores a goal.

  68. T-roy West says:

    First, ha, ha!

  69. PrimeTime says:

    And the mayor should stick to his job! Lord knows its a higher mountain to climb than trying win a Stanley cup.


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