Ça sent la Coupe

The World Cup, that is.

Spain vs. Holland for the world’s most prestigious sports trophy.

A refreshingly MacLean-free CBC at 2 p.m.

And it should be a dandy. Join us here for live blogging this afternoon.

And to warm up (as though that were needed in Montreal’s weather), check out The Guardian and  The Onion

• Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan has questions about the Halak trade

• Such a cute couple! Mike Fisher marries Carrie Underwood

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• How Kovy II misread the market


  1. ManApart says:

    Regardless of whether it is revisionist or not, it’s a fact that management has continually dropped the ball at the draft table and should no longer be allowed to continue. Just this past week, the Habs announced they weren’t even going to sign Fischer. Another 1st round total bust. I mean the kid didn’t even make the ECHL with us. Just unacceptable. Add another notch on the fire management list. How long a leash do this bozos have?

  2. Max_a_million says:

    What about Subban?


  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Damn right, most prestigious trophy is in Winnipeg right now with Jonathan Toews.

    When grown man stop faking life-threatening injuries when no one has touched them and officials can actually accurate call goals when people put giant freakin’ soccer balls into nets with their hands or just actually go in, maybe it can rise a level but Lord Stanley’s Cup is the ultimate.

    Hockey players play soccer to loosen up, no one plays hockey to get loose.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  4. Keith says:

    Maritimer’s are full of common sense and practicality Ian my friend. I wish the rest of the country would listen to us once in a while.

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’ll be a great GM, provided he owns a time machine.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  6. joeybarrie says:

    So what is the worlds most prestigious trophy?

    There is not a more difficult championship to win. There are more people watching the world cup live all together than there were people watching the Stanley Cup Finals on TV. There are more people in the world more interested in the World Cup than anything else in the world behind GOD himself. (or whatever your beliefs may be)

    In fact the reason why it is the world most prestigious trophy is the fact that it is called THE WORLD CUP, and everyone knows its soccer…. Despite the fact there are the World Cup of pretty much every sport I can think of…

    Honestly, when more than half the planet is Soccer crazy, how could ANYONE deny it is the most prestigious Trophy???? It sits in a secured room with 2 security guards 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

    It is also not the original Trophy as it was stolen previously and never recovered. It is a copy of the original…

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

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    Brule stands 5’10”, he’s no more a big center than David Desharnais is.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  8. Danno says:

    Pierre McGuire pants on fire.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cowan’s referencing Mcguire? Good god… for those of you who like to catch Mcguire in his BS…

    “The Habs are
    stacked in goal with Theodore, Huet & Danis for years to come.” – Mcguire in 2005

    He never mentioned who they thought they should take and today and has reinstituted his revisionist history by saying ““The Habs need
    (at the time) was Marc Staal or Anze Kopitar, and I said that at the
    time.” He borrowed these recommendations from Bob Mackenzie, who did have a real opinion on draft day.

    Credit to HabsWatch on Twitter for digging up the quotes.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  10. CanadienBoy says:

    Look like the life of #1 goalies keep getting shorter and shorter in the new NHL that why Brodeur could be the last one or was and Lugano got bigs ?? and Halak will not last.

  11. Bill J says:

    There you go again “With Blinders on”

    NO the best goalie in the world, was CLEARLY RYAN MILLER.

    Come ON!!!!!

    Do you even watch Hockey games ?

    And frankly speaking, your ill fated attempts to insult me by trying to label me a Leafs fan are pathetic.

  12. kempie says:

    That is pretty crazy.

  13. saskhabfan says:

    Typical manapart idiocy,when the team won it was only because of halak and when they lost it’s the teams fault. Perhaps it was the flyers who exposed halak’s weakness which was heavy traffic. Something he didn’t face in the first 2 series other then game 2 and 3 against washington and gave up like 9 or 10 goals in the process. I mean if halak was that good why couldn’t he post 3 shutouts in a series like leighton did? Oh yeah,it was the teams fault that halak gave 4 goals and was pulled halfway through game 1 then decided to go strolling in game 5 which resulted in a shorthanded goal after the team scored early. Do you do anything else in life other then come here every day and bitch and whine about the same thing over and over again?

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  14. ManApart says:

    Obviously there is more to a hockey team than one player, but Halak was the best goalie in the world from Jan 1st. on. A fan who doesn’t support a talent like that, is one that doesn’t support what’s best for the team. You 100% don’t support what’s best for this team. A Leaf fan doesn’t support what’s best for this team.  To me, if a Leaf fan and Habs fan support the same moves,  that said fan is not a real Habs fan.

  15. Keith says:

    Who would even want a trophy you can’t drink out of? The World Cup trophy, and I call it a trophy because it isn’t a bowl or cup, looks like a big-headed dildo!

  16. Danno says:

    I can’t believe Mr. Bettman got out-weaselled by some 18-year old California kid.

    I can’t believe he won’t pay his reasonable asking price for the domain name either…

    What’s $2,000 about 0.0003 seconds worth of NHL  profit?

    Mr. Bettman you are being silly again.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  17. terrygain says:

    Ian, you are much too old to be talking like a Pricebot. Halak is a proven commodity. Just you wait. 


    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  18. B says:

    No, my point was that people who get NHL GM jobs do so because of a certain level of inherent hockey knowledge (whether they were deserving of the job or not).

  19. ManApart says:

    Get real, did you see how many 40+ shot nights the man had? His record was absurd in those games, singlehandedly stealing many points all year, to drag the team’s sorry asses into the playoffs. Did you see how he outplayed Price by a huge margin behind that same team. If the team is so good defensively, why did Price (supposedly a thoroughbred) have almost the worst record in the league? Maybe the team wasn’t so good, and it was Halak’s excellence.

  20. derfab says:

    Stu stirs the stew. Dead on. Price will be fine though picking a goalie in the first round will probably never happen again anywhere. The days of the prima donna goalie are near done. Thank God. I was so sick of reading about Brodeur, et. al.

  21. Bill J says:

    Now your sounding like Tony.

    Except with Tony it is about Management.

    And with you it is about us “Non-Real Habs Fans” you know, the ones who are not Halak fans at all costs.

    Halak will miss Gill & Gorges this year in St.Louis.

    Just as Fleury missed Gill this past off-season.

    Because Jaro was NOT the sole reason for stopping the goals.

  22. ManApart says:

    Halak was team MVP on the season as a whole, no doubt. Him and Pleky MVP during regular season. Halak MVP in first round, Cammy in second with Halak a close second. Even in your distorted view, Halak is 2nd or 3rd best player last season. Which team’s fans are happy about dumping their 2nd or 3rd best player for very little? Embarrassing to associate myself with some of you (I know it is a small minority and most are great fans).

  23. Ian Cobb says:

    Our kids will take some time to adjust to this level of play, and that includes Price. PK is good for a point a game, but he also has some maturing to do . We have a better team than last year. And goal production will increase as the season goes along.——-More Fan Summit Information

  24. Bill J says:

    lol sometimes I do ask myself that question.

  25. Chorske says:

    He said that? Crikey.

  26. Clay4bc says:

    Eller is a huge question mark even to make the team, and will be lucky to score 10-15 goals if he does. Not an improvement over Metro, in the short term. And goaltending, man!

    BTW – love the sig!


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  27. ManApart says:

    It is definately easier to draft in hindsight, but this management group has consistently drafted horribly (especially 1st rounders) and that is the basis of this team’s problems. This management team has consistently bungled up everything they put their hands on and need to be fired as quickly as possible. Boivin was first and I know the Molson’s will do what is necessary soon.

  28. B says:

    uhm Halak did not have good stats that year

    Halak lead the AHL in GAA and was 2nd in save% that season. His strong play got him called up to the Canadiens (where he had 2 shutouts in 16 games played for the Habs) ahead of Yan Danis (who started the season as the Dog’s #1 goalie and actually led the Dogs goalies by far in games played that season with 44). Price played 2 games at the end of that AHL regular season (after his WHL team Tri-City was knocked out in the first round). Price did play very well in those 2 regular season AHL games and then had an incredible playoff run for the Dogs while Halak was sent away to play for the Slovaks in the World’s (the Habs did not make the playoffs that season).

  29. Clay4bc says:

    Thanks for the response, Ian…

    Actually, my point was virtually the same – we do not need the 20 games to “gel”, so we should know what we have sooner rather than later.

    but we still have a major injury to start the year – Markov will in all likelihood be gone until December. We do have PK to offset that though, so it’s not as bad as last season.

    I’m glad you are so optimistic, and I would prefer that you were correct, but I see the same scoring problems as last season, and now without MAB’s goals from the point (won’t miss him on D though!), as well as Metro, who – in case you missed it – was our leading PPG scorer. Again…I hope PK can replace some or all of MAB’s goals, but he is still young.

    And goaltending is a huge question now.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  30. Ian Cobb says:

    Bill! were you and I the only people watching last year??Just kidding, most on here know the real score!

  31. ManApart says:

    This team finished 18th in the league during the regular season and fluked 2 series. Halak stole the first one and played a huge part in the second. The Flyers exposed Montreal’s weaknesses by destroying them in 5 games. Outmuscling them like children and shutting them out 3 times! Not only has PG not addressed any of the team’s weaknesses in the least, but he greatly reduced our position of strength in goal. With Scarey Price and Alex Auld being one of the worst goalie tandems in the NHL. The team made some decent strides last year, but have taken a huge step back this summer.

  32. nightmare_49 says:

        The Decline of Marty Turco’s NHL Career / by Adam Gretz


  33. Bill J says:

    Best player ?  We didn’t trade Cammalleri…. HE was our best player.

    More goals in the playoffs then ANY other player in the playoffs on ANY other team.

    Without Cammalleri, there is NO 3rd round of the playoffs.

  34. New says:

    I think Mr Cowan was just back from vacation and wanted to wade in.

    I don’t remember the 2005 draft that way. I remember a lot of folks talking up Brule, and some talking about Kopitar. I recall a lot of people though thinking B. Pouliot would go at 5, or hoping that Ryan might slip. Staal? The Habs had a promising Komo then, but I remember a bit being said about Bourdon. Maybe it is just that there are different points of view, impressions, and McGuire is giving his five years later, likely over a summertime pop.

    I think there can only be one number one goalie. Paying two goalies about 4 million a year each means 8 million. That doesn’t work to the best advantage. So unless the Habs could sign their two RFA goalies before offer sheet city they stood a good chance of losing either, both,  or having to match. The Habs don’t seem to put a great value on draft picks, and given that the draft is really a crap shoot since it moved to age 18, who can blame them. I think with the Halak deal they made the best of a bad situation, bit the bullet, and chose the best return they could get. The deal should be good for St Louis, good for Halak, and good for the Habs. Auld is ok (like Leighton:-), Desjardins is young, and Sanford capable.  

    With Halak you have a goalie who has come into his own. With Price the potential is there to be dominant. Maybe that won’t happen, most times it doesn’t. Still Halak’s move falls into a pattern. The Habs have been underachievers for a long time now. Last year Lats went to the motel to nap, Laraque ran off at the yap, SK went to sulk city, and Halak’s agent acted really kindergarten. They are all gone. Read into that what you will but I think it is refreshingly positive. You want to wear the CH colors then you get with the team. One room.

    Liked your post, thanks.

  35. Keith says:

    Ha,ha! Very good one Joey! You had me going there…

  36. Ian Cobb says:

    Terry! best player! nonsense.

    The team blocked more shots than both tenders did. Just wait until Halak faces the same teams he did here playing with the Blues, and you will see the difference in the win and loss column. Then I would like to read your post.!

  37. Bill J says:

    Just so you know, in hindsight yes I agree – Management should not have put so much pressure on Price.

    They also should have kept Huet around for a few more seasons to properly mentor Price.

    But Huet wanted Big $$$ and got it, now look at him…

    I only took exception to “Halak has outplayed Price since they both got here”


  38. Chris B. says:

    “Refreshingly McLean-free CBC’ – Couldn’t agree more.

    “World’s most pretigious trophy” – I think not.

  39. Bill J says:

    High 5 Ian.  Great post :)

  40. Max_a_million says:

    Ummm … we added PK Subban who is I would say BETTER than any free agent defenceman signing to a team that has a year together that Ian speaks of.  We also have an NHL ready big scoring center in Eller who hopefully can step up to the plate.  Two BIG reasons this team is BETTER than last years.


    ”Last season we couldn’t win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure was that I couldn’t think of any place else to play.” – Harry Neale

  41. Caper says:

    You are right however…Price won the World Jr amd AHL Championship and perhaps management did jump the gun when Huet was traded.A full season as back-up that year or right back in Hamilton for a full year could have been the best thing.  This is where they dropped the ball. I’m hoping Price’s experience since February as Halak’s back-up woke him up. Other than that meltdown against Washington in the playoffs he at least seemed to accept his role and was supportive of his team mates and in particular, Halak. I’ll be interested to see if anything comes out of Halak about his relationship with Price now that he is gone. Or maybe even one of the other players who isn’t coming back.

  42. terrygain says:

    Nonsense. This was sheer stupidity at work. How stupid is it to trade your best player because you don’t like his agent? As stupid as trading Halak without  shopping him and before signing Price. 


    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  43. Ian Cobb says:

    (Ian…with all due respect, this is essentially the same team as last season)

    One large difference CLAY, we do not have to go through the chemistry process and the blending of a new coaching style.

    We will be much sharper out of the gate this year. We had major injuries as soon as the season started last year. Mainly because players were doing to much and covering for others on the ice as we started putting this train wrecked team together.

    We have rid ourselves of some more cancer and dead wood and they will be replaced with our maturing and hungry kids.

    We are a much better team than last year out of the gate for sure. And by the way, we were the 4th best team in the league last year.

  44. ooder says:

    game 2 against washington was a barn burner for sure.

    the whole team jsut stopped skating and washington was allowed to get away with murder.

    can’t really blame halak when the ref refuses to blow the wshitle and ovechkin just throws halak into the net with the puck.


    88 is the new 23

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Dutch have had some great teams with some truly great players in the past. Cruyff in the 70’s. Van Basten, Gullit, Rijkaard in the late 80’s early 90’s, Bergkamp, Davids, Kluivert in 1998 (possibly the best team ever not to make a world cup final, along with Brazil 1982).

    But they never won the world cup.

    Now a team completely lacking in talent, style or finesse might redeem  Dutch football. These guys are the Flyers of football. They dive, they foul, they complain to the ref, they try to injure the opposition.

    Que viva España!


  46. Caper says:

    Well said. I will state that I am a Price guy however I came around to Halak before the playoffs. I was surprised as anyone when we traded Halak. Halak was superior to Price as you state however I still believe Price will succeed if he wants to.

  47. Max_a_million says:

    You make too much good sense my friend.  The hindsight people, including Mcguire, are idiots.  You are right we probably would have went after Creme brule and got brule for it. 

    If we could all only draft in hindsight.  You should always take the best player available period.

    ”Last season we couldn’t win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure was that I couldn’t think of any place else to play.” – Harry Neale

  48. ooder says:

    wow dude hamilton was amazing that year.

    i am not taking anything away from carey… that’s what i want the posters to understand.

    once again Price dethorned huet but why?

    Because he was better or because this was a political decision to save some jobs.

    And you can’t play half a season and be considered a great goalie.

    my point is that Halak should have been the first one on the scene due to his age and skill.

    at 19 you can’t expect a goalie to play an entire season and it was a mistake by the habs managment


    88 is the new 23

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Scott Gomez, Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill and Mike Cammalleri.

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