Canada Day fireworks?

Not likely.

Tomas Plekanec and Patrick Marleau have re-upped.

The champs continue to shed salary: Kris Versteeg to the Leafs, Andrew Ladd probably is next.

Can TSN2 turn Ilya Kovalchuk into a five-hour television show?

We’ll see … and we’ll be watching, using the CoverItLive window for HIO input and your comments:


  1. Max_a_million says:

    We need some action

  2. adamkennelly says:

    wish list

    sign Ellis, Armstrong, John Scott then trade Hammer, AK and whatever prospect or picks you need to Ducks for Ryan.


  3. Max_a_million says:

    I just love how the nay sayers always say “plan the parade”, whenever a necessary depth player is traded for or signed.  

  4. Mr-T says:

    K-hab25……Please do not use numbers to try to make comparisons it is not a good analogy. Ellis is 30 years old and has only played in the NHL for the last three years. How many times have you seen him play to quantify a statement and I quote he can be every bit as good as Halak. To respond to the last line there was no reference or intent anywhere in the post for you to imply such accusations.

  5. Rugger says:

    I am working too, but out of my home office so not too bad.

  6. New says:

    That is why UFA day is 1 July not 4 July.  Just be sad for Puck Bard who has to work and will miss all the excitement of….well just be sad Puck Bard has to work.

  7. Puck Bard says:

    Ya, stinkin’ Monday.

  8. Puck Bard says:

    God I LOVE those arguments!

  9. Max_a_million says:

    It’s not fun to argue pointlessly about the merits of third string unrestricted free agents?

  10. Mr-T says:

    TomNickle……In response to your comment about having some facts. What was stated regarding the draft picks was from a report out of Nashville and as you can guess verifying something like this would be rather difficult to do. What ever negotiations that are in progress at this time with Price taking into account the small window of opportunity for both sides one may think that talks are not going that well or you would think because of the nature of the situation that they would have reached/compromised on a deal acceptable to both sides by now unless Price wants to explore other possible offers. There are a number of goalies available however how many fit into both the Habs financial numbers and requirements. It is not about the fact that Halak was traded what is difficult to try to comprehend is the value Montreal received in return. Blue chip prospect, minor league, good return or promising prospects call it want you want but at the end of the day all you got is a roll of the dice—-craps. Its like trading a Cadillac for a Kia Rio. The S.K. trade is a low risk-high return deal for Nashville more so then for Montreal and the point being is because they had no intention of resigning Ellis or Boyd and both could test the free agent market today which likely is going to happen and if  both sign with another team than the Canadians get nothing in return for S.K. unless he signs with Nashville[5th or 7th round pick] If the purpose was to just to dispose of him regardless of any compensation then it is a mute point is it not. I do not understand the logic of the last statement as to the relevance in a trade to what round the players were drafted and to say that Halak will not perform to the same level again is nothing more then conjecture.

  11. Rugger says:

    Unfortunately, those of us down here get Monday off, not today.

  12. Puck Bard says:

    Hopefully they’re either sleeping in or off doing fun things.

    Cheers Ian,

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    I guess they all have office computers and the kids are on the one at home.

  14. Puck Bard says:

    Ah, now I get it, no one’s here because you all have the day off!  

    Merde, je dois aller travailler.

    “Je n’ai jamais pensé que je pourrais être aussi fier d’être Québécois.”

  15. somerslovesthehabs says:

    Leafs got Versteeg but gave up doubt Versteeg is the better player but I do feel that the Leafs gave up one of their better forwards in this deal…not that that is saying much…hahahahaaah…Stalberg will probably light it up in Chicago with some decent linemates

  16. HabFanSince72 says:

    You would need to send three draft picks the other way.

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    If Price walks what will he do for a living?


  18. Chorske says:

    Yes, Stewie is awesome. But that is not the kind of person we need Price to be.

    We need him to be more like Brian. Except for the whole licking himself part.

  19. G-Man says:

    Laps for sure. The others’ agents are going to try to squeeze every dime out of PG, so we could be in for a long day.

  20. Rugger says:

    Price, Laps, Ellis

  21. Mark C says:

    I like Price, but he has not proven to be “WAY AHEAD” of all those names. My point is this:

    1) History has shown real NHL GM’s do not like using offer sheets. Since 2006 there have been an average of 1.25 offer sheets a year.

    2) Large UFA goalie market, not many teams needing#1.

    3) There is a much higher cost associated with going the way of an offer sheet compared to signing UFA. E.g. a team could sign Ellis for appox. 2 mill or sign Price to an offer sheet at a little over 3 million AND give up a 1st and 3rd round draft choices. Is Price’s comparative worth that much more than someone like Ellis at a lower cost and without giving up a 1st and 3rd?


  22. ed lopaz says:

    I understand the word entitlement – thanks – I’ve had 18 years of education and 5 years university. :-))

    Its not what’s going on here.

    Its business.

    I have never used the word “meritocracy” – but I can presume it means you have to “earn” your place in the


    I think Stewie from Family Guy is amazing!!



  23. Chorske says:

    Ed: you aren’t paying attention.

    6 years, 20 million.

    That’s a freaking steal for a 22 year old

    Nope, sorry, don’t buy it. Not when the cup final featured two fill-ins. Not when the era of the superstar goalie is over, and the market is stuffed to the gills with quality mature goalies, plus a decent number of youngish guys who can put up good numbers.

    Also- at that money on an offer sheet, teams give up a 1st and 3rd rounder minimum. WHy do that when perfectly serviceable guys await in the bargain bin? It’s nonsense. You overestimate Prices’ value to everyone- including the Habs.

  24. HabFab says:

    Doesn’t appear to be as much as “keeping it in your pants”!

  25. Chorske says:

    Business has nothing to do with what you’re going on about, Ed. What you’re going on about is vindictiveness. One hopes that Price recognizes that he needs to step up and play better because, frankly, I like the kid but the enduring memory in my mind is of those two misconducts during a playoff game.

    In other words, one hopes that you are 100% off base about where Price’s head is at.

  26. Chorske says:

    Look up the word “entitlement”, ok? Because a) it is generally a bad thing and b) it exactly describes the attitude you seem to think Price should adopt, i.e., someone did better than me, how dare they! Pay me more money!

    Seriously, that’s Stewie from Family Guy, not a pro athlete.

    You may also need to look up the word “meritocracy”, which is what the Habs should be.

  27. Caper says:

    Halak was not a long-time employee with a celebrated career. I suspect that Halak’s A-hole agent  didn’t help matters as well. Do you think all players call their GM’s just prior to signing with another team after becoming a UFA? It’s a business Terry. Halak will soon be a multi millionaire and if anything he should be thankful to the Montreal Canadiens as they gave him the opportunity to become the player he is. I don’t think he will care to much once that 5 year $20mm contract is signed. Good for him.

  28. Rugger says:

    Because there are a glut of UFA’s that can be had for the same or less money and years with no picks going the other way.

  29. ed lopaz says:

    Price should be considered WAY AHEAD of any of those goalies you listed.


    The kid is 22 years old, he’s alredy an experienced NHL goalie, who has won an AHL championship and a WJunior championship.

    If you give up a few draft picks, a fist, a second and third, or what ever it to pay 3 million per????

    I would do it – if i was the GM of Philly – I would do it.

    6 years, 20 million.

    That’s a freaking steal for a 22 year old goalie.

    And, the Habs will HAVE TO MATCH IT – or will they go with Dan Ellis??

    The other guys on your list are either way too old, way too expensive, or simply crap!!

  30. G-Man says:

    Too funny, Steve. :)

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