Canadiens make two minor moves


File photo of Michael Blunden.

The Canadiens made a pair of minor moves on Thursday, signing forward Brian Willsie to a one-year, two-way deal, and acquiring minor-league forward Michael Blunden from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for forward Ryan Russell.

Blunden is a big boy: 6’4″, 210 pounds. And, in limited NHL action, he’s been a willing warrior.

But a glance at some of his fights on YouTube suggests Blunden has a legitimate shot at dethroning Tom Kostopoulos as the worst fighter in team history.

Here are the team releases:

MONTREAL (July 7, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of forward Brian Willsie to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2011-12 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 2010-11, Willsie finished second in scoring with the Hershey Bears and 11th overall in the AHL with 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists) in 76 games. He maintained a +27 plus/minus differential, the team’s second best and served 68 penalty minutes. He was the team leader, ranking fourth overall in the AHL with 14 powerplay goals. Willsie also appeared in one NHL game with the Capitals, collecting one assist.
Willsie, 33, played 381 career regular season games in the NHL with Colorado, Washington and Los Angeles. He has registered 109 points (52 goals, 57 assists) and 217 penalty minutes. He also suited up for 10 playoff contests with the Avalanche between 2001 and 2003.
Since his professional debut in 1998-99, the 6’01’’, 202 lbs forward appeared in 473 career regular season games in the AHL, registering 365 points (173 goals, 192 assists) and 308 penalty minutes.
A native of Belmont, Ontario, Willsie was drafted in the seventh round, 146th overall by the Colorado Avalanche at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Capitals as a free agent on July 14, 2010.

MONTREAL (July 7, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced today the acquisition of forward Michael Blunden from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for forward Ryan Russell.
The 24-year old Blunden played 37 games with the AHL Springfield Falcons in 2010-11, recording 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists) and serving 41 penalty minutes. Blunden also appeared in one NHL game with the Blue Jackets.
Blunden suited up in a total of 51 career regular season games in the NHL with Chicago and Columbus, including a 40-game season with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10, registering four points (2-2-4) and 59 penalty minutes. Since the 2005-06 season, the 6’04’’, 211 lbs right winger played a total of 240 career games in the AHL.
He has collected 120 points (52 goals, 68 assists) and served 294 penalty minutes.
A native of Toronto, Blunden was drafted in the second round, 43rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Blue Jackets on January 10, 2008 in return for forward Adam Pineault.
Ryan Russell played 65 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11, recording 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists). Acquired from the New York Rangers on May 31, 2007 in return for a seventh-round draft pick in 2007, he registered 100 points (51 goals, 49 assists) in 100 career games with the Bulldogs between 2007 and 2011.


  1. Bugs says:

    Yesterday, we reminisced about beautiful artistry.
    Today, we recall the heart-stopping save on Geno that still awakens your favorite esquire screaming in the night. Gaaa-aah-aaah!

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  2. bwoar says:

    A note on Mike Blunden.

    When Mathieu Darche was 24, he too played for Columbus and in the AHL with the Crunch. His offensive stats in the AHL at the time are very similar to Blunden’s have been recently. It’s a stretch to say that Blunden may become a useful 4th liner by the end of January. But in 10 years the kid may well earn a 1-way contract.

    It wasn’t until 2007-8 that the Lightning gave him (edit: Darche) a regular NHL job for the first time, 7 years after his NHL debut. Only the Caandiens have embraced Darche, and last year he put up his best ever NHL totals in only 59 games. Sure, 12 goals and 14 assists may not seem huge, but Darche is a quality depth player.

    So when I see a guy like Blunden come in, I give pause for a brief ‘what if’. I’m seeing the human-punching-bag thing a lot here, but give me another Darche or 10-goal scoring Tom Kostopoulos any day for my 4th line over a 1-goal fighter who can’t be trusted for 5 minutes a game.

  3. topher5468 says:

    is today the day, i guess not

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

  4. topher5468 says:

    is today the day

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

  5. SyntaxLove says:

    Just took a look-see at the Caps current roster. They have to eliminate about $2mil before the season starts. My money’s on Tom Poti being shown the door.

    I would say that the Caps look like early cup contenders, but I always say that. Then I remember that the 3 top players are stereotypically lazy, inconsistent Europeans. They will not win a cup with that much weight on Ovi, Semin & Backstrom.

    The WORST team post frenzy? Phoenix. They did not get as much as they gave, in all positions. A Smith/McElhinney tandem? I’d rather play Labarbera.

    The BEST team post frenzy? Florida. Acquired so many high profile UFAs, the water is looking quite deep now.

    Stillman was very impressive after the deadline last year.
    Miettinen is a consistent 35-45 pt scorer.
    Zherdev’s highly skilled & looking for good chemistry.

    I understand wanting to give Eller/DD deserved development time but any of those 3 would be an upgrade on Darche, Moen, White & whomever we call up from Hamilton.

  6. zoobydooby says:

    Montreal, will be battling for that all important 8th spot. That’s just how our GM like to work. Another season, same story.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Good morning HIO
      85 % of the Starting Roster this year, will have been acquired by Mr. Bob Gainey. One of the very best GM’s that this franchise has ever had.

      He did all the hard lifting, while others criticized and we are now reaping the rewards of his great work in turning this franchise around from top to bottom.



    ANDREI MARKOV (100% HAB) (Rejean HOule)
    ANDREI MARKOV needs 9 PP GOals to have 50 in his career good for 13th ALl time.
    ANDREI MARKOV needs 15 assists to have 300 in his career good for 25th ALl time.
    ANDREI MARKOV needs 34 points to have 400 in his career for 34th ALl Time.
    ANDREI MARKOV needs 77 GP to have 700 GP in his career to have 24th postion ALL time.

    TOMAS PLEKANEC ( 100% HAB ) (Andrei Savard)
    TOMAS PLEKANEC needs 1 SH GOAL to have 10 in his career.Good for a tie in 5th place.
    TOMAS PLEKANEC needs 3 GW GOALS to have 20 in his career.Good for 21st place.
    TOMAS PLKANEC needs 4 Goals to tie Frank Mahovlich for 43rd ALL time.TOMAS PLEKANEC needs 14 assists to have 200 in his career.Good for 40th place.
    TOMAS PLAKANEC needs 30 GP to have 500 GP in his career. Tying John Ferguson for 58th All time.

    Andrei Kostitsyn (100% HAB ) (BOB GAINEY)
    Andrei Kostitsyn needs 1 assist for 100 career assists. which would be good for 85th.
    Andrei Kostitsyn needs 1 PP GOAL for 30 career PP goals.( to tie for 30th all time)
    Andrei Kostitsyn needs 13 goals for 100 career goals ( good for 57th all time with SerGE Savard).
    Andrei Kostitsyn needs 74 games for 400 career GP. (currently 94th)

    Carey Price (100% HAB) (Bob Gainey)
    CAREY PRICE needs 1 more GP to move into sole possession of 11th place
    for GP played by a golie in montreal.
    CAREY PRICE needs 1 SO to tie him in 13th with Rogoatien Vachon for 13th all time.
    CAREY PRICE needs 2 wins to have 100 wins in his career. (currently 12)
    Carey Price needs 6 SO to enter the top ten SO in montreal as a Goalie.
    Carey Price needs to play 26 games to enter the top ten for games playeed by a golie in montreal
    Carey Price needs 18 wins to enter the top 10 all time in win as a memeber of the candiens.
    CAREY PRICE needs 334 saves to for 6000 saves in montreal. (3rd All time)

    ***MAX Pacioretty (100 % HAB) (BG)
    MAx pacioretty need 1 pt for 50 pts good for 204 all time.
    MAx pacioretty need 1 assist for 30 assists as a hab.
    Max Pschioretty needs 22 PP Goals for 10 Goals as a canadien

    ***PK SUBBAN (100% HAB) (BG)
    PK SUBBAN needs 1 PP GOAL for 10 in his career.
    PK SUBBAN needs 4 assists for 20 as a memeber of the canadiens.
    PK SUBBAN needs 6 goals for 20 in his career.
    PK SUBBAN needs 10 points for 50 in his career.
    PK SUBBAN needs 21 games for 100 GP in the NHL.

    ***DaVID DEHARNAIS ( 100% HAB) (BG)
    David Deharnais needs 1 GP for 50 NHLgames
    David Deharnais needs 2 Goals for 10 Goals
    DAvid Deharnais needs 5 assists for 20 assists.
    David Deharnais needs 7 points for 30 NHL points.

    Josh Georges (BG)
    Josh Georges needs 1 point for 50 points as a hab.
    JOsh Georges need 2 goals for 10 goals as a hab.
    JOsh Georges needs 9 assists for 50 assists a a canadien.
    JOsh Georges needs 32 GP for 300 as a memeber of the candiens.
    Josh Georges needs 36 GP to have 400 in his NHL career.

    SCott Gomez (BG)
    Scott Gomez needs 1 Goal for 20 as a Canadien.
    Scott Gomez needs 2 PP goals for 10 as a montreal Canadien.
    Scott Gomez needs 3 points for 100 points as a Canadien.
    Scott Gomez need 4 PP GOals for 50 in his career.
    Scott Gomez needs 22 Assists for 100 assists as a canadien.
    Scott GOmez needs 25 points for 700 career assists.
    Scott Gomez needs 36 games for 900 NHL games.
    Scott Gomez needs 42 GP goals for 200 as a montreal Canadien.

    Brian Gionta (captain) (Bob Gainey)
    Brian GIonata needs 1 GW goal for 40 in his career.
    Brian Gionata needs 5 Assists for 200 assists in his career
    Brian Gionta needs 8 points for 100 points as a Canadien.
    Brian Gionata needs 15 Assists for 50 assists as a canadien.
    Brian Gionta needs 57 Gp for 200 as a montreal Candien.

    MIke Cammalleri (BG)
    Mike Cammalleri needs 3 points for 100 points as a Canadien.
    Mike Cammalleri needs 4 NHL games for 500 GP in his career
    Mike Cammalleri need 4 GW for 30 GW goals in his nhl career.
    Mike Cammalleri needs 5 Goals for 50 as a montreal Candien.
    Mike Cammalleri need 16 points for 400 NHL points.
    Mike Cammalleri needs 23 Goals for 200 in his NHL career.
    Mike Cammalleri needs 25 PP goals for 100 in his career.
    Mike Cammalleri needs 68 Gp for 200 as a montreal Candien.

    Hal Gill, (Bob Gainey)
    Hall GIll needs 5 goals for 40 in his career.
    Hall Gill needs 6 GP for 1000 Games PLayed in his NHL CAREER.
    HAll Gill needs 7 gp for 150 as a hab.
    Hall Gill needs 9 PIM for 1000 in his NHL career.
    Hal Gill needs 14 assists for 150 in his career.
    Hall Gill needs 29 points for 200 in his career.

    Travis MOen (BOB)
    Travis moen needs 2 asssits for 50 in his career.
    Travis moen need 3 SH goals for 10 in his career
    Travisd MOen needs 6 Goals for 20 as a candien
    Travis MOen needs 7 goals for 50 in his career.
    Travis moen needs 9 points for 100 in his career.
    Travis moen needs 15 points for 50 points as a hab.
    Travis moen needs 40 GP for 200 GP AS A hab
    Travis moen needs 60 PIM for 700PIM in his career
    Travus moen needs 78 GP for 600 in his career.

    JAroslav Spacek, well basically you suck so go ump off a building already.
    4 million for this piece of crap..

    MAthieu Darche ( BOb Gainey)
    MAthieu darche needs 1 assist for 20 assists as a hab
    mathieu darche needs 3 goals for 20 goals as a hab
    Mathieu Darche needs 5 gols for 30 in the NHL
    Mthieu Darche needs 5 assists for 40 assists int he NHL
    Mathieu Darche needs 11 GP for 200 NHL games played.
    mathieu darch eneeds 12 GP for his 100 as a canadien
    Mathieu darche needs 15 points for 50 points as a candien.

    ***LARS ELLER (Pierre Gauthier)
    Lars ELler needs 3 pts for 20 points as a canadien.
    Lars Eller needs goals for 10 career goals as a hab.
    LARS ELLER NEEDs 16 GP for 100 games played in the NHL
    LARS ELLER needs 23 GP for 100 games played as a hab.

    ERIK COLE ( Pierre Gauthier)
    Erik Cole needs 1 G for his first goal as a member of the montreal canadien.
    Erik Cole needs 2 SH GOals for 10 in his career.
    EriK COle needs 7 pp for 50 in his NHL career.
    Eric Cole needs 5 GW goals for 40 in his career.
    Erik Cole needs 10 points for 400 in his career.
    Erik cole needs 16 goals for 200 NHL goals.
    Erik Cole needs 80 GP for 700 in his career.

    *** denotes last season was a rookie year

  8. Marc10 says:

    Post Free Agency Frenzy – Who’s better, Who’s not?

    This should be a better thread than looking at minor league swaps…

    Looking at the East and who has noticeably improved (on paper anyway), you’d have to say:

    1) Washington
    2) NYR
    3) Buffalo
    4) Da Habs

    … are stronger. On paper anyway…

    Philly is different (way different)
    Boston is about the same
    NJ is the same
    TB is almost the same
    NYI are the same
    Pitt – meh… No Crosby, no chance – otherwise they should be fine.

    And the rest suck.

    Thoughts? Maybe I missed something.

    “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
    Andy Warhol

    Go PK Go!

    • Steven says:

      You gotta say that Florida’s definitely a better team. Buuuut that isn’t saying much…

    • SyntaxLove says:

      FLA – Has my vote for most intriguing team leading into next season. I was surprised by how many high profile UFAs they managed to accumulate. If the whole is equal to the sum of its parts Florida could quickly become a destination team.

      TOR – We can expect more offense from the blueline with Liles and Franson & if (a big one) both Connolly and Lombardi can remain healthy & consistent the Leafs should score more goals this year. I’m still concerned about them defensively, but an improvement nonetheless.

      PIT: Rupp & Talbot were key role players who weren’t replaced. Sullivan’s 37 & I’m not sure how much more gas is in the tank. I think they’re marginally worse.

      TB: I cannot foresee any future signings or prospects replacing Bergenheim and Gagne. Of course I’m not familiar with their prospects and maybe they’re looking to trade from the D (maybe even MAB!) but right now they’re definitely worse.

      I agree with you on the rest.

      • Marc10 says:

        Interesting point about Florida. They are better. They spent ridiculous amounts and seem just short of all over the place, but who knows maybe the chemistry works better.

        Yeah Pitts will miss its grinders. And if Crosby is not around… Well, no chance.

        TB still has a healthy happy core (assuming they sign Stamkos). Gotta like that.

        But man, on paper Wash did good. Big, fast, nasty and with a goalie. But yes, that’s Ovie’s crew every year…

        “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
        Andy Warhol

        Go PK Go!

  9. AnimalMother says:

    1st scenario:
    Moen, Spacek
    Ron Hainsey (then sign Winchester)

    2nd scenario:
    Moen, weber +
    Hjalmarssen, Bickell

    3rd scenario: (my dream)
    Moen (yes back to SJ), weber + 2nd
    Douglas Murray (then sign Winchester)

    Dreaming, but who knows

  10. AnimalMother says:

    Willsie and Blunden are stopgaps for Moen.

    Moen and Weber are going to be packaged with a pick or prospect for someone+++.

    PG knows he has to fill a gap before he opens one. I can only pray that it is Spacek instead of Weber, unlikely. Maybe if it’s a 1st with it.

  11. SnowManHabs85 says:

    I finally arrived in Montreal, man that was a long drive. Anyways, I wanted to say a few words about the minor trade, I heard it on XM radio.

    I thought it was a great trade, Blunden seems like he hasn’t worked out with Chicago and Columbus even at AHL level. His +/- isn’t something great to look at but he does have the size the Bulldogs need and so on the big club.

    Maybe it’s PG plan to not qualify Pyatt for depth as he had in mind Blunden to be depth for the big club. 4th line would look like;

    Moen – White – Blunden

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  12. ProHabs says:





  13. Un Canadien errant says:

    Quick question: in the past, NHL players would often sign contracts with an option, such as a three year contract plus a one-year option. Sometimes it was a ‘player option’, sometimes a ‘team option’, based on who had the right to exercise or opt out of the option.

    Can anyone explain why these don’t exist anymore? Was this a Collective Bargaining Agreement issue? When did they stop being used?

    If I remember correctly, they weren’t just an NHL practice, but also in MLB, CFL and NFL.

    Just curious as we emerge from FAF. Thanks for the help.

    Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

  14. Good Habit says:

    I think that Gauthier should really try to deal with Chicago for an RFA and get rid of Moen. He’s useless as far as I’m concerned. I really like Frolik. Have since his junior days. I think Trotter will start the year on the big club. He’s better than Engqvist.

    • Watsatheo says:

      You need a mix of player types to be a successful team. Sure Frolik and Trotter have offensive skill but you need someone like Moen in your lineup too with size, that’ll hit, crash the net, block shots, leadership etc. If you look at the cup winning teams, they all have a mix of everything.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      To say that Travis Moen is useless is relatively harsh, and inaccurate. If he was released outright, at least half the teams in the NHL would try to snap him up.

      He isn’t suited to 1st line duty as he was used last year, but that’s a reflection on our lack of organizational depth as opposed to a reflection on him. He’s a dedicated player with character and will play an important role on the team this season.

      If he was packaged in a trade for Mr. Frolik, a player who is turning your crank, it would be an indication of the value the Blackhawks place on his services.

      Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      You don’t know hockey as far as I’m concerned. Sure his stats are not impressive, but this guy was one of the most consistent during our big slump last season. He helped propel AK and Eller at times, and for about a week was part of our most productive line. And producing points is not even his job! He’s a bottom 6 guy and he’s got playoff experience, which is one thing we need with all these young guys we’re dressing.
      BTW we’re not getting Frolik for Moen.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I love these compilations. After watching this one, I’m all fired up, thinking he may make me forget Mike McPhee, and challenge Erik Cole for the right wing on our top line.

      Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

  15. Icey Matt says:

    Wilsie most likely will serve a good mentoring role for the young guys, as well take some pressure of the likes of Avtsin and Dumont.

    Now let’s work on getting so grit on the NHL roster PG?!/IceyMCMatt

  16. Good Habit says:

    I personally think that Brock Trotter is going to center the fourth line to start the season. If PG doesn’t make any more moves (something tells me that Moen will be gone), this is my guess for opening day roster:

    Cammalleri – Plekanec – Cole
    Gionta – Gomez – Pacioretty
    Darche – Desharnais – Kostitsyn
    Moen – Trotter – White

    Markov – Subban
    Gill – Gorges
    Yemelin – Weber

    I really hope he does make a move or two. If he could get Frolik for Moen +, I would do it in a heart beat. I’ve never liked Moen in a Habs uni.

    • Icey Matt says:

      I still think Eller will be ready to fill the role of Third or Fourth line center between Moen and AK46 .

      I’m not a fan of Moen either, his play has noticeably declined since being a good powerforward in Anaheim, if we can trade him, all the better. But in my mind that is a huge IF. Also dont think we can get Frolik for him, unfortunatley.!/IceyMCMatt

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      The fact Eller is scratched further proves you don’t know hockey and you just look at pt production and go from there. Eller looked very promising in the end of the seaons + playoffs. Very promising.

    • Chorske says:

      No Eller? Subban matched with Markov? No seventh dman? Weber on D? It’s like you slept through last season. 😉

    • SnowManHabs85 says:

      Moen is a grinder at best, he doesn’t have the soft hands to be a power forward, he’s a great top 9 forward. His defensive game is his best attribute.

      I’d rather have Moen in the roster until his contract is up but Frolik is still, in my mind, inconsistent, unlike Moen, who gives his all every game even with any successful point production.

      Moen blocks key shots and protects our players when they needed to be. People around here have been suggesting PG to get some size and grit, well Moen is exactly that. I wouldn’t trade Moen in a heart beat but that’s just my opinion.

      “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  17. C_exacte says:

    about the welcome page… our new 1st line or the infamous leadership group? minus the battleship & señor gomez bien sur

    le St. Hub signing bonus

  18. Hobie Hansen says:

    Is that little girl TommyNickle around?

  19. Hobie Hansen says:

    Jamaica 2004 YEAH!


    Taking a look at Hamilton…
    How does this look?…


    Aaron Palushaj- Brock Trotter – Brian Willsie
    Micael Blondin -Andread Enquivst- Alexander Avstin
    Gabriel Dumont- Hunter Bishop- Danny Masse
    Ian Schultz – Andrew Conboy – Olivier Fortier
    Joonas Nattinen?
    P. Lebevre?
    Alain Berger?
    Remaining Prospects(forward):
    Louis Leblanc, Olvier Archambault, Danny Kristo, Brendan Gallagher, Michael Cichy,Patrick Johnson,Mark Mcillan,Daniel Pribyl, Steve Quallier,Maxim Trunev,Dustin Walsh,

    James Wyman?
    Alex Henry(c) – Bendon Nash
    Raphael Diaz – Joe Stejskal
    Karl Kluertanz(rfa) – Mthieu Carle(rfa)
    F. St – Denis(rfa)
    Remaining Prospects(defence):
    Jarred Tinordi, NAthn Beaulieu, Josiah Sodoer, Darren Dietz, MOrgan ellis? Scott Kishel, Konstantin Korneez, MAgnus Nygren, Greg Pateryn, Collin Sullivan,

    MAc Bennet?
    Robert Mayer
    Peter Delmas
    Nathan Lawson
    Remaining Propspects(Goal):
    Karri Ramo
    Drew Macintyre?


    I’m not sure about the depth chart, any one can help me out?
    the forwards at hamilton are tough to figure out,
    reply with an edit of a more accurate updated verision if you know alot about the dogs, thanks
    let me know if any prospects have a chance to make the team, and what order the prospects should be in order of chances to make the team, thanks.

  21. habs001 says:

    the goal is to make the playoffs…once there anything can happen…the difference between the 8 teams in the east that will make the playoffs this season will be so little that it will be impossible to predict each series…many posters and people who saw the habs of 1976-1979 adv they were one of the greatest teams ever yet they had a series with boston where they won in 7 games in o/t…so as long as the habs make the playoffs it should not be a shock if they get beaten in the first round or go to the finals…

    • Bugs says:

      When we say “anything can happen”, we mean the Oilers of 2006. A miracle run by ONE team every playoffs that gets to the Final or its respective CF, but really, doesn’t actually WIN, does it?
      Most recent Cup excluded of course; that was just pure stupid luck that a talentless bunch of chokers got saved by 3 ot wins and the grace of god in the first rd, being totally outplayed by a team missing their two playoff d-workhorses and hottest sniper, coming up against an open net and no Pronger in the next round, meeting ONE Lightning line and nothing else next and finally, coming up against their MIRROR-OPPOSITES in the West (that is, wilting club when the crap hits the fan), but with Luongo not up to Thomas’ razor-sharp play (hey, credit where it’s due…even though he didn’t SAVE the Gionta shot as much as Gionta SHANKED it back into his pads…anyway)
      So yeah, THIS Cup IS an example of “anything can happen” above all else… wait, what was my point again? (loser Bruins made me lose my train of…) oh, yeah!
      Point is: other than crrrrazy “anything can happen” scenarios like the Oilers and the Bruins, it’s just normal SPORT, with all the ebb and flows that the concept is naturally built around, and wherein USUALLY, the better teams win, and more often than than not, it’s the best one who does.
      So the goal is to “make the playoffs” only when your team sucks.
      When your team DOESN’T suck, the goal is to finish top 4.
      Preferably top 1.
      I want that spot. I think (snort) the Bruins are actually our toughest opposition. And I think we can crush them. In play and in mind.
      Ergo: I want the 1st spot in the Conference.
      See “what happens” in the playoffs then, knowumsayin?

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  22. JohnBellyful says:

    PG, what’s goin’ on, you lose my phone number?
    I bust my gut giving you all sorts of suggestions to help the team and what response do I get? Zip. Squat. Zilch.
    What irks me is, here you are making these minor league deals, to deflect attention from your inability to land a fourth-line gendarme, when I’ve been giving you good advice left, right and centre to make the Habs feared around the league
    To recap, I suggested you:
    1.) Develop an in-house ‘dirty tricks’ program that teaches every player in the system how to clutch, elbow, slash, and butt end in a highly effective but unobtrusive manner.
    2.) Resort to flatulence: Change players’ diets so opponents will think twice about getting physical with Habs, knowing they could get gassed upon contact. Make the CH stand for something distinktive, I said, like CHili.
    3.) Turn backup goalie into psycho goon who, while doing spot duty, takes out other team’s best players if opponents don’t play nice.

    Let’s be frank, PG, do you really think you can land a player or two who will instill fear in the Habs’ most hated foes. I don’t. And I’m not alone (the voices in my head make sure of that).
    Invest your money wisely: R & D. Don’t spend to the cap looking for a human resources solution to a problem that screams technological fix: implants. No, not those faux super-hero abs, biceps and forceps. Pain sensors in each and every player, inter-connected (no, no, not with a cable – wireless). So that when a Habs player gets crunched, all his teammates experience the same sensation. I feel your pain becomes a truism, not a hollow expression.
    And when all the Habs feel the pain, they’re not going to stand idly by and do nothing, like they did … never mind, let’s just focus on the future. No, they’re going to react as one and seek retribution. All for one sorta stuff.
    Their message to the league: Feel OUR pain.
    What do ya think, PG?
    (And don’t make me come over there!)

    — “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.” —

  23. topher5468 says:

    is it working

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

  24. warriorhockey says:

    ok i have a few questions,
    1) how long is lars out for ?
    2) do you think the habs will let white walk ?
    3) is yemlin going to be in the habs lineup nex season ?
    4) what are peoples problems with AK46 ?

    • naweed235 says:

      1) i’d say mid october
      2) I sure hope not… he is exactly the type of player we need more of right now… he was a +5 , plays his heart out and can fight… If PG lets him walk he is officially kookoo!
      3) Absolutely
      4)He was drafted too high? 😛

    • Bugs says:

      1) no curfew during summertime
      2) not while everyone else is skating
      3) if Gorgey doesn’t speed things up, he dang well might be
      4) he’s all for the “want a good time” part but he never seems to be arround when the “pay the dime” part comes if you see what me and Mr.Clapton are sayin to you

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      1.) It’s after summer, when all the tourists go home, so sometime during the shoulder season.
      2.) Just how tough are the team rules? Did he break curfew or somethin’?
      3.) Yes. (But if you’re planning on going to a game on a particular date to see him play, I can’t help you there.) Any particular reason you wanna know? I got contacts.
      4.) He’s uppity. But more often downnitty. (No, wait, it was his brother who was uppity). I’m sorry, I’m really not much help, am I?
      5.) 1993 was the last time the Habs won the Stanley Cup (THAT one I knew).

  25. habs_r_us says:

    with regards to blunden and people saying he cant fight, he is not a fighter hes a player that scored 46 goals in 60 games in 2006 with erie otters of the OHL. he hasn’t found his scoring touch in the pro’s yet but he still has the potentiol and is only 24 years old. not gonna say hes the next john leclair but he could easily be another matheu darche we now officially have another big winger with potentiol in the farm team im curious to see what being on a new team with a new coach will do for him.

  26. cuzzie says:

    This site is evolving. Great sports talk and now food. Do I see dating. Hello girls.

  27. HardHabits says:

    measurements are approximate:

    1/3 cup a mix of market fresh Quebec picked strawberries and raspberries
    1/2 a banana
    1/3 cup of artic gardens frozen berries
    1/3 cup orange juice
    1/3 cup unsweetened soya milk
    a decent sized piece of fresh ginger

    fire that up in the magic bullet

    And if you want a real burger like a real real good burger, no pork people, this isn’t meatballs

    Nope. Ground bison. 120 calories, 1 gram of fat and 21 grams of protein per 100 grams of meat.

    Tastes better than any combination of beef and whatever. Just straight up ground bison. You wont be sorry.

  28. HabsFanMTL says:

    meanwhile…while PG is making these “useless” signings…….forwards out of the AHL……6’4 fowards who can’t fight thier way out of a paper bag…… is he waiting for to get our tough fourth liner????

    • V says:

      Lots of people anxiously waiting for their goon to be signed. I think you’re in for a long summer. And winter.

    • habs_r_us says:

      we have 2 tough fourth liners in white and moen the goal is to play between whistles not after the whistle. we are not the bruins we need to stick with our gameplan and what improve on what works for us. improve on our team identity which is focused on 5man defence infront of a franchise goalie, great transistion play from our defence outwards, creating speed through the neutral zone, with strong special teams. we are a team that is more comparable to a team like detroit or san jose then a team like boston. we can’t change our identity just to win a few more useless fights

    • top-cat says:

      good or bad they are depth moves.
      Cole signing was a good one, Hamerlik was worth what Washington paid, we should have.
      Biggest questions for me was why didn’t we get Corvu? A fourth rounder? How could we have let Vokoun sign with Washington. 1.5 million? Both these signings will hurt us in the East.

    • gp52 says:

      how can he sign anybody, he doesn’t even talk to any of the other GM’s. He’s too afraid. Soon he’ll be signing bantam and peewee players.

  29. The Dude says:

    None are worse in fisticuffs than Tom the Bomb….NONE! And this new kid is worse ….for f@(k sake’s Goat man, QUIT!

  30. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Tim Sassone’s tweet about a CHI RFA and Moen has had me intrigued since last weekend. Now I’m starting to see articles and tweets about how talks between Chicago and Frolik have stalled (Campoli and Stalberg have filed for arbitration)…

    Here’s hoping that Frolik is in our near future – Kostitsyn-Eller-Frolik would be a fantastic 3rd line!

  31. Chorske says:

    Isn’t the Blunden thing more about reuniting the Russell twins in Columbus (a la Sedin Bros)? That’s how I see it. It’s not like Blunden adds any real value. Unless you’re a typical HIO sizeist blind to all other player attributes, of course.

  32. Bugs says:

    Well…crackling completely ruined. Disgusting. Scored too deep one cut, my porc split, dried out. Salt ran down the crease…into the damn veggies.
    A total disaster. Dumped it.
    Calling Joe Patate.

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Rugger says:

      No main dishes today, but i did make strawberry lemonaide sorbet that came out great. Next is Molasses Ice Cream.

      • Clay says:

        2 words: Peach Cobbler

        Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

        Winston Churchill

    • solomio says:

      Buggsy…. seek help…quickly

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

    • LA Loyalist says:

      get one of those Japanese knives, you have to send them to the factory to get sharpened, but unbelievably precise and balanced. I have some pretty serious knives, including a pre-war Sabatier, but I find myself using the Japanese one constantly.

      Sorry about your dinner. At least you didn’t spill the wine.

    • Jim Edson says:

      and after all those 15 years in the kitchen!
      Go figure!

      …..My empire is crumbling, my international sponsors are deserting me, my authority is questioned, I am held in contempt wherever I go.

      Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

      • Bugs says:

        I’m PROUD to say I muff up a dish every now and again.
        PROVES I’m human; gets the freaks off my back.
        Good news is I saved the veggies by double blanching, even got a delicious veggie stock outta first process.
        And the sirloin I had in reserve filled in quite nicely.
        Without those years experience…I prolly woulda ATE that inedible sh*te!

        Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  33. habstrinifan says:

    OK PG you seem reluctant to sign Shane O’Brien, so I have a new name for you.

    D Jeff Woywitka, Dallas Stars .. check out his career/size/ salary.

    Not bad I dont think PG.

    Get Gainey to call he knows the Dallas folks.

  34. HardHabits says:

    Is it just me or are the New York Rangers the NHL’s black hole team.

    Can you see the chemistry between Richards and Gaborik? I can’t. I suspect Brad Richard’s numbers are going to immediately plummet.

    Sather has got to be the biggest no plan idiot in hockey. Well. He has one plan. Buy whatever the best UFA on the market is when the opportunity arises. It’s a wonder he wasn’t in on the Kovalchuck sweepstakes last summer.

    I would love to see the Habs pilfer Dubinsky, Callahan or even Brian Boyle should the Rangers have trouble staying under the cap.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      I can see Richards scoring a point-a-game just like he did in Dallas and still missing the playoffs just like he did in Dallas.
      Sometimes I think Sather is just trying to see how far he needs to go to get fired. It’s hard to understand how the same guy could have the good sense to trade Gomez and walk away from Nikolai Zherdev’s abitration award, BUT still make all these other moves.

    • Bill J says:

      The only problem with the black hole analogy, is that black holes form stars on the way out…

      Someone forgot to tell Gomez.

      • Chorske says:

        No no no! Black holes suck up all light. I think that actually explains a lot.

        The Rangers seem to have one strategy which can be loosely explained as “take a ton of dough, throw it at the wall and see if it sticks”. It’s a big market strategy that requires big pockets and not too much scrutiny on the part of the team’s fandom. Because HH is right, what is the Rangers identity? I mean, besides “the team with a lot of over-paid guys and no discernible chemistry”? Of all the Original Six, NYR are the only team that leaves me saying MEH.

        • Bill J says:

          Oh I agree talent dies in NYR land… But black holes form stars on the other end, IE on the way out.

          Gomez should have become Gretzky 2 after his time in New York.


          • HardHabits says:

            What other end are you talking about? Black holes do not consume matter and poo them out as stars through some type of intestinal worm hole.

            It’s the other way around. Blacks holes are spent stars that have collapsed. All their energy spent except for their condensed matter being the source of intense gravity with which they suck in everything in their path.

            Sounds like the Rangers.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            That’s a baseless theory. There is no ‘in/out’ in the multidimensional realm.

            Edit: HH’s ‘breakfast of champions’ concoction is not recommended without first consulting your physician and/or proctologist. Side effects vary, inc. bouts of tanking and verbal diarrhea.

            ” There were giants on the earth in those days; and also after that (The Deluge), when the Sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • HardHabits says:

            Drink a little synthmesc or drenchrome and you’ll see the good old in-out-in-out in a multidimensional realm no problem my little droogie.

          • Bill J says:

            Droogie ?, you talkin’ to me or are you speaking to E1 ?

            It’s a theory, I was playing. Some of you need to breath & relax a bit.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        Negative. Stars are born/created from nebulaes. Black holes are created by Super Giants (stars, such as a Red Giant) going supernova.
        Black holes suck hard..much like Gomez and his contract.

        ” There were giants on the earth in those days; and also after that (The Deluge), when the Sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Black holes do not form stars, but actually swallow them up whole, never to be seen again. Literally.


        “As the star dies, the nuclear fusion reactions stop because the fuel for these reactions gets burned up. At the same time, the star’s gravity pulls material inward and compresses the core. As the core compresses, it heats up and eventually creates a supernova explosion in which the material and radiation blasts out into space. What remains is the highly compressed, and extremely massive,
        core. The core’s gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape.”


        “However, if an object crosses the event horizon, it will be sucked into the black hole and never escape. What happens inside the black hole is unknown; even our current theories of physics do not apply in the vicinity of a singularity.”

        Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

        • Everlasting1 says:

          In addition, some supernovas resulting in the creation of a red dwarf/white dwarf star, thousands of times smaller than the original star, so densely compressed that one tablespoon of its material can weigh as much as 100 tons.

          ” There were giants on the earth in those days; and also after that (The Deluge), when the Sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • punkster says:

      Good conversation starter. So how much cap space do we have and will that get us a big forward or D from these stiffs?

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      In a recent article on Mr. Sather, the contrast was drawn between his days in Edmonton, when he decried excessive free agent spending, and how rich franchises used to pick the small-market teams clean, and the current Glen Sather where he is the worst offender with big-ticket signings of Mr. Holik, Drury, Gomez, Redden.

      His explanation in the article was that he doesn’t like or want to offer these big contracts, but that there is a lot of pressure from the fans, media and his ownership (the mercurial and attention-starved James Dolan) to do so, and that a patient, build-through-the-draft approach wouldn’t cut it in New York.

      Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    Simple question.

    Gomez for Lecavalier straight up.

    1. If you are the Goat do you do it?

    2. If you are Stevie Y do you do it?

    • matraque says:

      Of course.

      Tampa needs money to lock Stamkos for several years.

      Canadien en 5!
      Never go Full Retard

    • neumann103 says:

      1. In a heartbeat
      2. Not in a million years

      This deal becomes more palatable for TB in 2012 but that is not the present issue

      “Et le but!”

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      That’s too easy. Hows about:

      Vinny for
      Gorges + Eller


    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      double post

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      He’s signed for 9 more years (until age 40), the first 5 at $10M per, the next at 8.5M, and then it goes down.

      If I’m Stevie Y I realize that Tampa can’t really afford this contract AND Stamkos. I can’t even improve my team now (Roloson in goal – good luck with that he’s 43), let alone pay for this longterm.

      If I’m the Goat I make my team better right now (much better) and hope Vinny retires at the age of 36 or 37. Don’t forget Lecavalier was joint leading scorer in the playoffs until the final series.

      • ed lopaz says:

        we would have to give more than Gomez, but yes I would do it in a second.

        Gomez and a prospect would get it done.

        But last summer I spent several posts trying to convince people here that Vinny was not done.

        He has had some injuries – which of course have effected him.

        He is only 31 years old.

        I am a little biased because he is from around here and all.

        Ya, In a second, Im a big Vinny fan – and I think playing for the Habs would give his game another boost.

        Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

        • Nina76 says:

          I cannot figure out how some people on this site still keep thinking that VINNY will come here. He has said that he will never come to play for the Habs………… can you ever forget the insults he has thrown our way…… I DO NOT WANT TO SEE HIM IN A HABS UNIFORM EVER…………….CLASSLESS

          • issie74 says:

            He means it too.He has moved his Parents,his sister and her three children to Tampa.

            HNIC Greg Millen told the story Vinny told him … that he was upset prior to the all-star break … by all the rumors that had him going to the Habs … a long tete a tete with Stevie Y,assured him he would be a part of TBL for a long time

            It seems clear to me that Vinny is happy where he is.


    • solomio says:

      To hell with Vinny

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

    • TorontoHabsFan says:

      CBA expires at season’s end. I’m pretty certain that there will be a penalty-free buyout period like they had last time.

      Gomez will be bought out (if he isn’t traded beforehand).

      Here’s an interesting question – would you then re-sign Gomez at half his salary? (‘Cause like last time, I’m guessing that teams can re-sign players whose contracts they just bought out)

    • habstrinifan says:

      Yes and as I posted previously I think it may be possible for reasons stated by matraque

  36. SmartDog says:

    These seem like sensible moves. Both guys have real size and seem tough. Gritty depth for the team.. yah, all good, nothing wrong with that.

    But is PG FREAKIN’ DONE with the big club??? I mean REALLY DONE??? Holy-crap-on-a-stick DONE? With no-one to win face-offs and not one ONE SUMBATCH in the line-up? YELLO PIERRE!! Yer team keeps gettin bounced by teams that play tougher and are ready to crash and bang until a few of our guys have to sit out for awhile. You really don’t want to address that? Or our mediocre face off record? Puck possession and all that? Pip pip?

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Life is cruel when the Habs FO doesn’t do exactly what we want it to do, when we want them to do it isn’t it?

      Summer is far from over, just because PG took some time to rebalance HAM so the farm system continues to be a good place for the prospects to develop doesn’t mean he’s done shaping the 11-12 Habs.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • mbplekfan says:

        PG is getting into cap jail if he signs anymore free agents to a term longer than one year.

        He has to re-sign Price and Subban next year and is going to need an extra 7-8 million to do it. He also has Eller and Yemelin to resign. Spacek is the only contract of size coming off our cap next year and if the salary cap doesnt go up substantially big changes will be needed.

        I think that Endqvist is the 4th line centre at this point in time and depth will come from the farm. Otherwise PG would’ve kept Halpern around.

      • issie74 says:

        All the experts say a lock-out is imminent come July 2012,might as well stock the farm.Nobody else is sure of playing.


  37. topher5468 says:

    maybe today

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

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    According to @All_Habs, Mac Bennett, 3rd-round pick in the 2009 Draft by Montreal, #79th overall has been the best skater at the new development camp.

    This is the third year I’ve kept an eye on any talk about Bennett since I read favourable reports on him soon after he was drafted. For three straight years, he’s been a favourite at camps now, another year or two at Michigan and we could add another great skating defencemen to the team.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • LA Loyalist says:

      How big is he? Not that it’s everything, but if he can really skate, that will help too.

      • SmartDog says:

        He’s not big – 5′ 11″. Apparently his talent base is good, but could use a little more in the work ethic dept. Especially being a bit below ave. in height for a defensemen hopefully the drive to make the NHL will pick up.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          I haven’t heard any work ethic criticisms from him, I’ve read he’s made steady progress since he was selected for pretty much each camp he attends. Issue I believe for him is just growing aspects of his game like defensive coverage.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • SmartDog says:

            I think I’m thinking about the right guy. I read a report a coupla years back… anyway, at 5’11” or more if he’s got the goods it would be great to have another fast Dman. Maybe he’ll be inspired by our new 1st rounder and by watching PK tear it up.

          • solomio says:

            Yup…defensive coverage is pretty important for a D man

            “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

        • ed lopaz says:

          Smart Dog, I know you “know your poop”. 🙂

          But please do NOT reference someones work ethic or hockey sense around me!!

          I have spent many years in arenas watching thousands of young men and women play this game.

          I learned a long time ago that if anyone says one word about WORK ETHIC or HOCKEY IQ, they better support it very quickly with some hard facts.

          This kid Bennett has worked his freakin tail off to get to Michigan, and he deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to work ethic.

          Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        6′ from reports and that may be the Org ‘bump’ that players get in their listings. Not really big, but his progress at the very least will give MTL a valuable commodity in the future with their growing crop of defensive prospects.

        – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

      • cuzzie says:

        Brian Orser could really skate. I heard he’s a great Back Checker.

    • ed lopaz says:

      pretty cool – google searched MaX Bennet instead of our guy, Mac Bennet.

      max bennett had a very good ahl career and played 1 GAME in the NHL for……you guessed it……1935,36 Montreal Canadiens.

      Hockey DB is awesome, because it gives you a live link to everyone who played on that 35,36 Habs team, and all of their lifetime stats.

      Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

    • Mark C says:

      Good to hear, he put up a great (32-2-10 +12) line as a true Frosh at Michigan.

    • issie74 says:

      He played at the Frozen Four last winter.


    • issie74 says:

      double post


  39. FishOutOfWater says:

    when does camp start? roster building, not development round 3

  40. ProHabs says:

    Anyone else still suffering from depression over Boston winning the cup.

    Anyone else still deeply depressed the Goathier has done absolutely nothing to ensure the Habs don’t get beat up physically by the Bruins again this year.

    I’m depressed.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Sigh. Of course I’m still depressed, especially as I still have gloating Boston fans at work…

      (Bizarre memory trauma removed)

      On better days, the trick I play in my spare mind is to pretend we never had Markov, and we just suddenly now got he and (Y) Emelin. Wouldn’t we be excited if that had happened? Well effectively it has!

      Cole has to be an upgrade on Pou (whom I was reluctant to give up on, but…)

      And Pax will be back! That is great news, it could have been FAR worse.

      So let’s be optimistic, at least until October! And it’s only July 7th… so far.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      I’m too old to get depressed with every reminder that darkness often triumphs in this world.

      Of course one wishes it weren’t so, but life goes on.

    • J_P says:

      Boston won the cup cause Jeremy Jacobs kept crying and told Gary that if he didnt give them every advantage to win the cup that he wouldn’t lobby to have his contract extended. It doesn’t really depress me, because I dont consider it a legitimate win. One of the biggest conflicts of interest I have ever seen. Boston’s cup win is an asterisk win in my books.

      • habs178 says:


        “How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?”
        ~Jacques Plante

        • Mr. Biter says:

          Yes, I am still also depressed so i looked into one of my collection of Habs books and definatly found out one of the worst trades ever made (even sweeter as it was made by the Bruins) which eventually cost Cherry his job as head Coach with the Bruins and no doubt his eternal hatred of the Habs. Bruins Drafted Ken Dryden, then later that same day traded him and some hack for 2 hacks from the Habs (none of the others played in the NHL). Thoughts of Cherry standing on the bench bowing to the crowd thinking “who the F@#k traded this guy” make the summer a bit more bearable.

          Mr. Biter

    • habstrinifan says:

      I am not depressed. Was p’d off but over that now. Time to look at what WE MUST DO to win the cup. That should be our focus. I hope you know I mean PG’s of course.

      He has made three good moves in that area.
      a) improve his defense… Yemelin addition.. departur eof aging veterans.
      b)discard useful but ultimately spare parts type players… thus presumably opening up room for a real training camp with possibilitie sof new blood.
      c) SO far wisely managed his cap leeway.
      d) Signed Cole

      He needs to make the one move that will mean a complete team. Can you say kick-arse in your face temperament that only a mother can love big bad take-no-gufff reasonably proficient player or two.
      If PG does that it will have a two fold effect…
      a) make the team harder and tougher to intimidate..
      b) make the current group of skilled players we have more courageous.

    • issie74 says:

      Yes, Big Time.


  41. Kooch7800 says:

    Interesting article on guys to fill out the 4th line in Montreal.

    Brad Winchester in my opinion would be a good fit. 6 foot 5 228 pounds and he had 10 goals last year so he can play. As is says in the article that is more goals than Gomez got.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Not many NHLers had fewer goals than Gomez last year.

    • cheezboie says:

      I didn’t realize Winchester was available. A second round pick 6’5 228lbs. 10-6-18 numbers not bad for a checker. He could work on the fourth line except someone might have to play off wing (Moen, Desharnais & Winchester are all lefties)

      My armchair GM 11/12 Habs –
      rough salary guess-timates in brackets = cap hit of 61.694 mill
      leaving 2.606 million for adding sandpaper (cap ceiling 64.3 million)

      Camm 6 – Pleks 5 – Cole 4.5
      MaxPac 1.625 – Gomez 7.357– Gio 5
      Darche 0.7 – Desharnais 0.850 – AK46 (off-wing) 3.25
      Moen 1.5 – Engqvist 0.900 – White (0.9)
      Eller 1.27 (Plug into 3rd line center duty when healthy – then White centers Darche & Moen on 4th line & Desharnais moves to LW on 3rd line)

      First call up – Palushaj

      Markov (lefty) 5.75 – Gorges (lefty) (3)
      Gill (lefty) 2.25 – Subban (righty) 0.875
      Yemelin (lefty) 0.984 – Spacek (lefty) 3.833
      Weber (righty) 0.850 (can also use as RW/PP specialist a la Streit)
      Diaz (righty) 0.9

      first call up – Nash (lefty)

      Price 2.75
      Budaj 1.15

      -0.5 Laraque buyout

      How many more years of Gauthier/Martin combo? The wife team’s management & coaching minus Muller is having me look to a mistress team – Meet you at the hotel L.A. Kings.

    • TheKarl says:

      that spot is Engqvist’s to lose, JM loves the type of game he plays and he had a pretty damm good playoffs with the Dogs. Why waste a mill on a FA?

      Now if you make the case that the team needs a bruiser then that’s a different angle that is arguable. But I would counter that the Bandwagon Bruins didn’t win against the Habs in the PLAYOFFS by beating us up, they won because the team didn’t have someone who could stand and take shots in front of the net (that and a puck off a skate…) . Cole mitigates that problem, so does a healthy Pac, last I checked a 300 PIM guy like Konopka won’t…… Sure the 6-8 loss in Feb. sucked to watch, but it had nothing to do with the B’s winning in April (and I’m pretty sure Chara would have done what he did even if Bougaard had been with the Habs)…, why waste a mill on a FA when the team can just bring up a smart, 6’4 player like Engqvist and train him to toss his weight around a bit more…. just my 2 cents anyway. I am very happy with what PG has done so far this offseason and see no reason to throw a mill towards an one trick pony enforcer with 200+ PIMs.

  42. LA Loyalist says:

    So the guy walks into the Goalie Bar “The 5 Hole” and sits at the bar.

    The waiter, a Puck, says “Whatcha drinkin’?”

    The guys says he wants a Molson’s beer.

    Puck says, “sorry, we only serve shots”.

  43. Timo says:

    It looks like PG is really stocking up to win the Calder cup. Good on him.

  44. doug19 says:

    Great news minor deal, oh and I went for a walk and cut the grass today.

  45. rhino514 says:

    Why do I keep hearing numerous posts every day that Eller is gone for an extended period of time? The report was 4-6 months recovery and the surgery was done in mid may. If you take the average of that, he would be back in Mid October. that means maybe 7 games or so missed. Add to that the fact he is very young, at an age when players generally heal faster, and you figure 5 months should be more than enough.
    Why is everyone assuming he is out till mid november??

    p.s. I did some googling and saw that Eller has had this injury before on the same shoulder with St. Louis. Hope this doesn´t mean he will have recurring shoulder injuries

  46. Cardiac says:

    “As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.”

    Yet… we can and will find out through other means (i.e. TSN). Why do they bother doing this?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      “As per club policy, reasons for not disclosing financial terms cannot be disclosed.”

    • cboden says:

      The club, as a public entertainment organization, needs to inform the media, fans, etc. of a change to the roster/club. It would seem pretty unprofessional/classless if part of the notification was of how much the professional is making. When you get hired does an email go out through the company informing all the employees of your salary? Do you post how much you make on Facebook?

      The Canadiens, as an entity of the NHL are subject to its rules and thus have to submit the contract (including salary breakdown) which in turn becomes public.

      In Ontario (maybe it’s Canada) when a public servant (teacher, police officer, etc) makes over $100k/yr it is to be published (once per year). This law is a requirement and is very different from the employer making a press statement saying “John Doe, teacher just joined this school for $100k. That is all”.

  47. veryhabby says:

    Well people are wondering if Enqvist is the “planned” 4th line centre this year. Well I am afraid it might be even worst then that. We are one frwd short already (#13) and with Eller out to start, we need 2 more frwds to start the year. Something tells me that this team plans to go ahead again with Plks, Gom, Eller, DD as our 4 centres. So when all healthy we are talking DD on our 4th line. I HATE that thought. I get it that last year after trade deadline there was no choice. DD playing well and you couldn’t make trades or anything, so he got 4th line duty. But if that’s the plan for this year, to have DD as our 4th line centre then so much for having a gritty, tough 4th line to play versus.

    I can see at start of season with DD at 3 centre, and Enqvist at 4 centre till Eller comes back. But I am hoping for a vet 4th line centre. Someone like Adam Mair who can rotate in and out and be a leader on that line.

    • JayBee says:

      Grit on the 4th line? Did you really think it would happen?

    • I can’t see DD centering our 4th line — barring a trade or signing, my guess is he’ll take Eller’s spot until he’s ready to play, then play wing on the 3rd line.

      Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

    • LA Loyalist says:

      It’s a double negative, as will we not only be deprived of a specific 4th line center, but it may hinder DD’s development as an offensive weapon (though let’s be reasonable, 10 or 20 games won’t set him back, but 30 or 40 might).

      I’d play Gomez on the 4th line and let him earn his spot back, but that’s just me (angry, vindictive, self-medicated)

  48. JD_ says:

    * The Canadiens made a pair of minor moves on Thursday, signing forward Brian Willsie to a one-year, two-way deal, and acquiring minor-league forward Michael Blunden from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for forward Ryan Russell.

    * And in other news I…heeeeeyyyyyyyyyy…

    * Did make some ridiculously phenomenal burgers last night. Proportions – all eyeballed – are 1lb ground pork, three strips of thick-cut bacon diced into 1/4″ pieces, 1/3 cup chopped red onion, 1/3 cup shredded (not grated) parmesan, pepper & just a bit o’ salt. Mix together by hand and gently form into patties; no squishin’. BBQ to your likin’. Serve it with a homemade spicy mayo on grilled kaisers.

    The bacon renders just perfectly and the parmesan gives it a nice edge.

    Toss in a fresh green salad.

    Jeebus wept.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      JD- Sounds great, I will be right over.
      Tonight I am doing a rack and leg of lamb on the Bar B Q. Wrapped in fresh mint.!

      • joeybarrie says:

        Sounds great, ILL BE RIGHT OVER… Potato’s and maybe a summer squash???

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

    • huge_polar_bear says:

      Won’t the bacon remain chewy, unless you cook the Jeebus out of the burgers and render them dry?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        It is my understanding that Boone is bringing Chef Ramsay on next week as a Guest Blogger, he will be judging all of the online recipes submitted on HIO recently.

        Also a rumour he may be giving our 3rd and 4th lines some tips on chirping at the opposition.

      • JD_ says:

        The key is the bacon is diced to 1/4″ pieces. When the pork is done, the bacon is perfectly rendered.

        Flavour country, baby.

      • joeybarrie says:

        The fat from the pork and the bacon (yes also pork I know) will get the flames to come up and crisp them up a bit. If you don’t squish them together and simply form them there will be enough space for the heat to cook the bacon and not leave it chewy.
        My way would be to leave them on the bottom rack for a bit on each side, with HIGH direct heat them move to the top rack to cook the center a bit.

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

    • Bugs says:

      Speakin of ham fat…
      In the process of preparing a smashing pork crackling at the moment.
      I call it “My Decadent Crackle.”
      I lay the piece upside-down on its fatty side upon a bed of salt overnight in the fridge. Dries the fat like a mutha.
      Take out next day, wipe salt away. Massage with oil. Score. Re-salt.
      Lie directly on oven rack; set tray a-neath it with a bit of water (or stock, if you wanna get fancy) filled with veggies and collect juices.
      Depending on size, lower heat halfway and observe.
      Once the fat becomes brown, it’s a fraggin CRACKLE.
      Collect juices, add butter and/or add to reduced wine for gravy.

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

      • GrimJim says:

        I was thinking of making “Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic” tonight. Take six heads of garlic, smash them apart but leave the paper on. Stir fry in a wok until soft. Add bite-sized pieces of chicken breast, fry until just cooked. Pour in a half-bottle of red wine. Cook on low until wine reduces. Serve with saffron rice and grilled veggies. The garlic comes out mellow because the cloves are whole and tastes like wine.

        • Bugs says:

          Instead of wasting 40 papered cloves to infuse your dish, why not just use 3-4, cut’em up and put’em in?
          Unless you’re makin it for 12 people, you don’t need that much. Bet you’ll get your desired-to-taste result with just one bulb.
          Give it a go and tell me what happens.
          You could also try just a cup of wine, reduce that, then add chicken stock, reduce that, then add milk. You’ll get Creamy Garlic Stir-Fried Chicken, to be seasoned with green herbs of your choosing (but impossible to go wrong with parsley in this instance).
          Cuz just wine, it’ll be too harsh. You’ll be tongue-smacking the top of your pallet whole way through.
          Other than that, sounds wonderful, Especially the saffron rice and grilled veggies part, my friggin favorites!

          Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic is a famous Provençal dish. (Although its different than what was just described.)

            The whole point of it is that the garlic roasts inside its skin. You eat the garlic, which gets all gooey and sweet.

          • Bugs says:

            Ok, but a quick look tells me it’s for 8 chicken breasts. I didn’t know that.
            So, for 4 chicken breasts, it’s 3 bulbs.
            For 2, 1 and a half.
            Now, it’s makin more proportional sense to me, you know?

            Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

          • GrimJim says:

            Bugs, you’re right about the proper proportions, but the wife and I just love the taste of the garlic so we overload on eating it… of course no one dares stand beside me the next day 😉

        • Ian Cobb says:

          Jim- If you weren’t in Calgary, I would love to drop by!

      • GrimJim says:

        dup post – sorry

  49. I don’t get all the cynicism and sarcasm — GMs do this sort of thing all the time, and it’s good that they do it. Seems like every day that PG doesn’t sign a top-line star is a wasted day, in some people’s minds.

    Besides, a Willsie-like signing not so long ago gave us Mathieu Darche, and he gave us 26 points in 59 games in a limited role last year. You gotta gamble on these guys every so often.

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  50. HabFanSince72 says:

    Came on here expecting a patented JD post of the sort:

    * The Canadiens made a pair of minor moves on Thursday, signing forward Brian Willsie to a one-year, two-way deal, and acquiring minor-league forward Michael Blunden from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for forward Ryan Russell.

    * And in other news I made myself a cup of tea today and I thought hey why not put some ice in it to make ice tea and actually it was pretty good.

    * And in still other news Brian Burke sux.

    • HardHabits says:

      The iced tea I am drinking right now is earl grey with a twist of lemon and maple syrup.

      • t1tan5 says:

        Wow that sounds like it tastes amazing. Earl Grey is definitely the best black tea.

      • nick says:

        I made myself a little iced goji pop tea. Goji berries, rosehip, lemon, apple, melon, marigold and a little hibiscus. MMMMmmm.

        • huge_polar_bear says:

          It’s funny how time changes people, a few years back I would have made fun of your post (and I’m not sure if you where serious about the combination) but now I’m thinking… hmm where can I get some of that?

          • nick says:

            Haha, I don’t kid around with tea!
            People still make fun of me… That is until they try it.
            You can pick it up at Davids Tea. If you don’t make your way to the city (their in most Canadian cities), you can order it online. They’ve got something like 150 different flavors of tea.

      • joeybarrie says:

        Dunkin Donuts Strawberry shortcake coffee. In a large french press for 10 minutes and fairly strong. Mix with ice. Milk or sugar to taste…
        Not so great hot. Kinda weird.
        There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      The best tea in the world, bar none, is called Iron Goddess of Mercy (in Chinese: ” Tieguanyin”, named after the Buddhist goddess of mercy, ‘Guanyin’).

      It comes from Fujian province in China, which is where I was fortunate enough to get my stash ( a good friend comes from there), although you can certainly get it in most Chinatowns in North America. In our fair city you can get a very good version at Camellia Sinensis in Jean Talon market.

  51. Ian Cobb says:

    Two more players under contract for the Hamilton Bulldogs. Now that we have a full roster on the Habs, Gauthier now has to build a roster for Hamilton.

    Players that could fill in for a game or two with the Habs in case of injuries. Hope not.

    • HabFab says:

      Ian, 16 forwards but only 5 defensemen for the Bulldogs. Need a few more D there. Another veteran and a kid or two should finish it off.

      • And only 12 forwards with the big club (including just three serviceable centres to start the season). I wonder if that means Engqvist gets another look? I sure hope he gets a shot — a primarily defensive prospect who’s 6’4″ and pots 11 points in 20 playoff games may not be a bad guy to take a gamble on.

        Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

      • krob1000 says:

        Spacek and who??

  52. HardHabits says:

    Finally some Habs news.

    I like both moves. It shows there’s a master plan.

  53. Neutral says:

    Blunden a castoff from Chicago and columbus good job PG

  54. Un Canadien errant says:

    Two guys who gives us complementary skills and attributes.

    Well done Mr. Gauthier, keep picking up pieces.

    Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

  55. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hamilton reinforcing the depth of experienced AHL players, a good move to relieve pressure of Leblanc, Nattinen to perform as rookies and to create a little breathing space for sophomores Avtsin and Dumont.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Interesting point. I tend to assume that the prized recruits get lots of ice time to hasten their development, but it makes sense to allow them a learning curve, some progression. Some veterans at the AHL with a few NHL games under their belt would provide some experience and leadership for guys barely out of their teens.

      Thanks for the insight.

      Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      SeriousFan, on another matter, was it you who gave me the update on Ian Schultz and his poor physical fitness? I had a conversation on another thread on this subject, another poster mentioned that Mr. Cunneyworth would probably not tolerate this from him, which makes sense from him or any coach really.

      Any info would be appreciated.

      Let’s do something like this again: 1) Mike Cammalleri 2) Brian Gionta 3) Hall Gill

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        From what I understand, Schultz was in poor shape at the first camp he attended with the Canadiens last year and when he attended the team development camp last month, the issue seemed to remain from the reports I could find.

        Until he addresses it, he will find it very difficult to have a role beyond filling in for Jimmy Bonneau when he’s not playing.

        – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

      • mdp2011 says:

        don’t take this the wrong way as I generally like your posts, but can you refrain with the “Mr.So and So” talk please? It is really annoying to hear PG talk about Mr. Muller, Mr. Gomez, Mr. Gionta, Mr. Martin, Mr. Price and so on.

        • BJ says:

          I agree Mr. Gauthier sounds like an imbecile. Pierre hey Pierre you can call them by their name and surname drop the Mr., Pierre.

        • LA Loyalist says:

          “Mr.” is a term of respect. Perhaps it caught you by surprise.

          Given the occasional vitriol and exercise of poetic license on HIO (which I’ve been on both sides of, I will admit) it doesn’t hurt to balance that with some civility, which posters such as Messrs SFO9, Ian, Timo and ManParts bring.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Canadiens reinforcing the depth of combative NHL players, a good move to relieve pressure off Gionta, Cammillieri , Plekanec to perform as skilled players and to create a little breathing space for sophomores Subban, Eller and Max Pac. Sounds good I think.

  56. huge_polar_bear says:

    I know this is a move to shore up Hamilton, but PG did trade away a 5’10” player and got 2 players over 6′ tall. There may be hope yet for this GM.

    And yes please don’t lecture me about small players with heart. I am sure I would love to have St. Louis (or pick any other small player with heart and skill) over Willsie but this is a depth move and I’m liking the addition of size and some NHL experience down in Hamilton.

  57. pmaraw says:

    at least hes a big kid

  58. HalifaxHabs says:

    Insert cheesey “plan the parade” post here.

  59. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Hmm, this tells me the habs mgmt probably feel 1 bulldog is ready to make the jump.

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      with only 12 forwards on the roster, and Eller looking like he won’t start the season, 2 Bulldog forwards will start the season with the big team barring any more FA’s being signed.

      at this point both Enqvist & Palushaj have a shot.

      • huge_polar_bear says:

        I am wondering if Enqvist is PG’s plan for centering the 4th line this year. Big guy (6′ 4″) played good defensive hockey in Hamilton, just don’t expect many goals out of him….

        • HalifaxHabs says:

          if he doesn’t grab another centre before camp, I’d say Enqvist has the inside track on at least starting the seaon with the Habs.

          With only Pleks, Gomez, DD down the middle, he’ll be needed.

      • Oops, sorry — hadn’t seen your post and said almost exactly the same thing.

        Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

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