Canadiens romp

An oddity: Three goals, two unassistewd, off turnovers.

But Scott Gomez got hurt.


  1. kempie says:

    Pretty big Mike Richards poster hanging behind them. Gross. Cool vid though.

  2. Timo says:

    FREE TIMO was your ultimate, Dave. You can’t top that… your efforts will be futile.

  3. Just A Guy says:

    As much as I think the habs need a solid #1 D-man to take some of the ice time away from Spatch and Hammer, the habs simply can’t afford to take on more contracts that won’t expire next year. The list of D-men that can fill that role is extremely short, I think McCabe, Bieksa and someone else kinda maybe sorta fits those conditions, but given what the habs have right now, it might be better just to hold out.

    Markov goes under the knife soon I think. Once the news is out that he will either make a fully recovery or not, you can expect the discussion to start.

    Oh right, I also have this feeling that the habs don’t really want to make a trade right now. If the opporunity came to unload Gomez’s contract somehow reared its mythical head, the habs would probably jump on that, but.. yeah.

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    The thing is, Chorra wanted Subban to sit down, shut up because Subban was a Hab. He used Mike Richards, a league-renowned cheap shot player to back him up, because when Richards talks about showing respect, we need to listen. We should ask David Booth if we need to take a lecture from Richards about respect. Or anyone Richards elbows have met in the last few years.

    Subban never made a throat slash gesture at the WJC. He never was suspended in the AHL for making an obscene gesture to an official. Nazem “Magic Hands” Kadri did these things. Subban entered training camp saying “I’m here to play for my spot.” and did so. Kadri went in, played like he had earned a spot and didn’t have to try, his only good performance when he had over 7 minutes of PP time. He didn’t start playing hard until he was exiled to the AHL, which according to Dan Chorra, was an injustice against God and Man.

    We’re tired of him playing favourites. He mentions the Loafs making the playoffs after their little 4-game win streak, now that they’re in the dumps he’s not mentioning how badly he hyped the team.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  5. PeterD says:

    R. Whitney brings offense and could quarterback our PP.  With 21 pts on the 6th worst team in the league he would be second in scoring behind Pleks…not a bad bit of offense to add to a team that has neither a PP quarterback or much offensive scoring at the best of times.


  6. DearyLeary says:

    Innuendo and hearsay.  I have yet to see any evidence of this ‘cocky’ attitude that PK supposedly has.

  7. VancouverHab says:

    For SD and others who are claiming that no-one is saying (pace Don Cherry) that the Habs themselves want P.K. to modify his attitude, here is a (poor) translation of the Yvon Pedneault article linked to above by Mr. Boone:

    “It is clear that Martin hasn’t liked the attitude of Subban for several weeks. It is clear also that he hasn’t appreciated the comportment [the mot juste] of his young defenseman toward veterans. The youngster gives flippant (cocky?) answers and is therefore not always [behaving] in the team’s best interests.”

  8. DearyLeary says:

    What gives you the impression we need more defencemen?

    We need another top six forward.

  9. habsruleworld says:

    You are probably right Rugger

    But I also believe he still deserves to be voted an all star in the AHL,

    because that is why he was called up to the big team.

  10. Harani says:

    4 million cap hit for another two seasons is a bit much to swallow. With Gorges coming up and Markov and Hammr and Gill expiring, I don’t think I would want to tie my hands around him. But a player like him would work. 

    And we might have to give up something significant to get him. So, I don’t know. Maybe we can look at some other options. 

    “It must be love!”

  11. habs365 says:

    can’t go by that..he could go 6 games without a point..and than again..he could make more points than that

  12. PeterD says:

    What do people here think of a trade for Ryan Whitney (Oilers)…21 pts, +6, plays >22:00 min per game…$4M for next 3 years..

    I think he would be a nice offensice addition from a non-conferrence rival…

    What do you think and if we were to trade for him, what would it cost us in return?

  13. ShangaDoo says:

    Thanks! 🙂

    I hope it doesn’t lag

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  14. Rugger says:

    Weber will never play another AHL game.

  15. Harani says:

    Physcal Chemistry and Ecology…yuck! Cramming…I should have gone to the classes. Now, I ahve to watch them for the first time AND memorize shit. Long night ahead. Like yesterday, over with Molecular Biology which was a horrible exam. Suffice to say I’ll be studying all day. wish there were more hours in a day or that humans didn’t need any sleep! 

    “It must be love!”

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    I have it on good authority on January 6th, 2011 Sid will have some issues when Tommy Jagr, Hal Gill and Josh Gorges unite to make him miserable once more as they aren’t very nice to him by forcing him off of the puck and *gasp* occasionally making physical contact with him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  17. punkster says:

    Study, girl…study.

    Reverse psychology worked for Price…Trade PK now while his value is high. DO IT PG!!

  18. Harani says:

    On another note, I think the attention Croaby is getting cannot be shoved aside but I think the Wings are not getting any credit for the amazing season they are having. 17-5-3 is an amazing record and if you watch them play, they’re just such a force. It’ll be fun to watch the Habs match-up to them. And Nik Lidstrom, no words to describe the defenseman he still is. 

    Sad that all people talk about is Crosby and his numbers. He’s good, we got the message, now get over it. 


    “It must be love!”

  19. punkster says:

    I only take on lost causes, widows and orphans Frank. No pushback 😉

    Reverse psychology worked for Price…Trade PK now while his value is high. DO IT PG!!

  20. Harani says:

    Here’s a clip of Gorges, Price and Lappy at the Sports Rousseau signing last Sunday for all my girls (and guys) out there. Enjoy!

    Btw, I think it’s a guaranteed win tonight. Whenever, I don’t watch the games this season coz of exams, Habs are 7-0. No countering that right? We’ll see!

    “It must be love!”

  21. avatar_58 says:

    Exactly. I don’t want another casual shutdown D man, I want PK “GTFO of my way” Subban. But that’s just me I guess….

  22. habsruleworld says:

    Come On All!   Go and vote for Max Pac and Webber for the AHL All Star fan balloting that opened today!


    I just voted the boys in there! they both deserve it!

  23. C3P1 says:

    another kind of random question – now that were almost 2 months from the classic, when does canadiens gear go on sale? I want a price heritage classic tee


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  24. HabFab says:

    OK, all I hope is that PG gets someone good in return for PK!!


    And after your FREE TIMO success, HTF you know what you are doing!!

  25. howtathor says:

    PK’s ego is what makes him special. When was the last time you saw any Hab talking smack to opposing players. I think he was singularly responsible for driving Crysby crazy during the playoffs. JM should turn the kid loose!

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Finnish National Team is calling on the services of C Joonas Nattinen at their WJC Evaluation Camp, Nattinen is a 2-time member of their WJC Squad and has also played twice for their Under-18 team. The 19-year old center coming off of an achilles tendon injury from the start of his season had 1G, 3A as a 17-year old and 4A as an 18-year old in the Under-20s. Hopefully, this tournament is an opportunity for him to break out as the Habs need to sign him this summer to retain his rights.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  27. punkster says:

    Who’s this Under Armour guy they traded Seguin and Nash for? Must be quite a player.


    Reverse psychology worked for Price…Trade PK now while his value is high. DO IT PG!!

  28. LNev says:

    Weber:  4gp, 2pts = 41 over 82 games.

    PK: 25pg 9pts = 29.5 over 82 games.

    Obviously JM is playing the true offensive talent!

    (just kidding – mind you, as much as i want PK in, i really can’t make an argument against anyone who is playing instead… nice problem to have).


    Front page isn’t working for me either.  Cuts off at the bottom of the “Game 27” tile.  the last thing that loads is the full picture and:

    AUDIO: To come



    Nothing in the right hand column loads.



  29. Cape Breton says:

    The reason PK is sitting is because he was making too many mistakes of late and Weber is playing dynamite in his place. Simple as that. 

  30. C3P1 says:

    price looks like Pauly D from jersey shore in his picture…he needs a new one


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  31. punkster says:

    OK, so I’m not much on tag lines but the off-season FREE TIMO campaign was such a resounding success I’ve decided to go for something even better.

    My new tag:

    Reverse psychology worked for Price…Trade PK now while his value is high. DO IT PG!!

  32. habsruleworld says:

    but after you view that video, Make sure you come right back here to  HIO!

  33. habsruleworld says:

    I highly recommend you all go to TSN and listen/view the Habs/Senators Ice Chips video!!

    To Hear Spacek talking about Hamerlick is priceless!!

    Yahh, I saw Hammer flying up the ice like that, and told Hammer to stay away from the Red Bull, that stuff  not good for you,,   lol,,,

    Spacek/Hammer are one of the best defence pairing in the NHL right now!

  34. mbplekfan says:

    PK’s ego was running in high gear and his play was becoming more and more selfish. His attitude needed a serious adjustment.

    3 games in the press box is not uncommon for any rookie and greatly aides their development. PK will be even better once he gets back in.

    It’s hard to mature and grow while you are in the midst of everything. A week off is going to do him a world of good.

  35. helluva habs fan says:

    I’m one of the few that likes him. He annoyed me at first, but his ridiculous enthusiasm won me over. Like Larry David, at fist you think, “how could anybody really be like this?” Then after a while, he just becomes funny.

  36. netninja says:

    lol to your third point, if that were the case, then wouldn’t Gomez be doing amazing right now? 😉

  37. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Offense sells tickets – defense wins championships.

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    From the Olympics, most epic name I ever heard for an athlete.

    And a killer one-up line when you’re trying to edge out other guys with the ladies “Tore Vikingstad, Olympian”.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  39. HabsFanNorway says:

    Sorry, to late DearyLeary. We (Leif Eriksson, the viking) did that around the year 1000. Sorry bout that…..

  40. bigbaehr says:

    You just made my Christmas!

  41. HabsFanNorway says:

    Wow…remembering Vikingstad form the Olympics? Or are you really into norwegian hockey? 🙂

  42. howtathor says:

    Mike Richards and Don Cherry must be pissing themselves. They win!

  43. DearyLeary says:

    Please don’t invade our shores to rape and pillage.  We meant no offense… kinda like the Canadiens, no offense.

  44. badbalance says:

    Yeah I’m still rubbing the Price thing into my friend’s faces because they said last year Price isn’t an NHL goalie and some people even said he sucks and will never make it in Montreal. Halak was our saviour last year, but guess what, Price is the goalie to put us up to the top of the standings.

  45. DearyLeary says:

    Yeah the immediate reaction from around the league that we need to grab a defenceman right away is ridiculous.  We’re 7 deep right now, with a couple of projects in the A.  Nothing to worry about right now. 

    But just like last year everyone equates great goaltending with the goalie being great.  While Price has been pretty spectacular, I think the defensive effort of the team is still going unnoticed.  Even without Markov this team is responsible in its own end.

    In the end our weakness is still putting the puck in the net.  If we can grab another top 6 forward (preferably top 3, and a Right handed shot on the wing) I think it can turn us into the team to beat from the East.

  46. badbalance says:

    Best streaming website ever. everyone should check it out. I usually stream everything from UFC to Hockey there.

  47. GrimJim says:

    Punkster, you have to tell us these things (re: snow tires). How else can we plan our weekends at Mt Tremblant?

    What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    Are you knocking the birthplace of Tore Vikingstad? Five-minute major for you.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  49. HabsFanNorway says:

    Of course not. Getting a weak signal through an old AM radio we got from the polar bear express which is our only form for transportation to the outside world. If the vikings don’t come knocking I will sit by the fire listening to the game  😉

  50. punkster says:

    Just a few pre-game musings from punkster’s easy chair:

    • I knew we were going to get a big dump of snow December 6 at least 3
      weeks ago. And I knew we would get even more December 7. How? I booked
      to have the winter tires installed December 8. Happens every time. So
      all you folks out there who think my predictions are wrong, well
      just….naaa naaa na naaaa naaaaaa.
    • The PK soap opera continues on HI/O. Man, if it’s not one thing it’s
      another. First he’s benched because he makes a couple of mistakes. Then
      he’s benched because JM is a “moron”.
      Then he’s benched because of excessive cockiness. And now we hear it has
      something to do with his attitude in the room. So here I sit looking
      for someone to blame for all this because that’s what we do best here;
      lay blame. How am I supposed to know who to blame if there are so many
      reasons? Who’s right? Arrrgghhhh, I’m so confused!
    • Personally I think the Price bashers had it right last season. The more
      you dump on the player the better he’ll be in the long run. With that in
      mind I think it’s time to shift the spotlight directly on to PK. This
      is entirely his fault. He’s immature, rude, obnoxious and has a weak
      glove hand…er…lateral move…I mean…backhand. Yes, backhand. He
      must be traded now while his value is at its peak. DO IT PG!!!
    • I love this place. I really do. Nowhere else on this magical interwebby
      thingy is so much psychosis displayed by so many over so trivial a
  51. PeterD says:

    JM indicated something very important in his pre-game interview on the main page of HIO…sitting PK and playing Weber shows the depth of the teams D…I think this is important when we consider we just lost Markov, our best world class D-man for the season.

    I think a lot of people and GM’s around the league have been think that the Habs and PG will panic and go out and make a panic deal for another defenceman to try and fill the void left by Markov.  Obviously the more perceived “panic” involved in any deal at this time will cost us a lot in talent and picks in return…I think the very best situation now is that we continue to play Weber at this time and sit PK (who everyone knows is a strong up and coming talent) and keep winning as a team.  The longer we go with winning now in our post-Markov era using relatively the unknown talent of these two rookies, the more leverage we have if we want to make a move for another player later on.

    If we trade from a position of perceived strength and depth on the blueline and not from a panic position we are more likely to pick some other teams pockets than have them fleece us of our future.

    And who knows, if all goes well on the next road trip and through December, we will set ourselves up for a possible trade for a scoring power forward or point man that will help take us into the cup final this year without losing next years crop of talented players.

  52. badbalance says:

    There’s Internet and computers in Norway?

  53. HabsFanNorway says:

    Think I’ll stay up for this one. Puck drops 01:10ish AM!

  54. Mr.Hazard says:


    I’ll be at the game tonight, workin’. Should be a good one (because I think we’re gonna win).

  55. drivefor25 says:

    Your post is Waaayyy too sensible for a lot of folks on this site. Thanks for putting things in perspective. Only Hab fans would squabble over the problem of having 7 reliable defensemen!

    Fan since ’71

  56. Harani says:

    Dany Dube is one of the good ones!

    “It must be love!”

  57. Rad says:

    As much as I like Subban, I think the decision to scratch him for tonight’s game is the right one. Sitting out will only improve his game in the long run, as he comes to realize what is expected of him in Martin’s team-first approach to the game. Plus, I think Weber deserves a good look. He may be the point man on the power play that the Habs have been missing. The Habs with Weber are a better team than without Weber. I still would like to see Gorges, Spacek, and Hamrlik get some time off to rest and recover during the long season. There are some back to back games coming this week, that would be an excellent time to let some of the veterans get a breather.

    If Weber proves he is ready to play full time, there is no need to trade for Kevin Bieksa, as has been widely rumored. Bieksa will be an UFA after the season, and if really wants to play in Montreal, the Habs will be able to sign him this Summer without giving up any assets.

    One more thing, when Subban comes back, I think Subban and Weber together at the points on the power play would be a good fit. This would cut down Hamrlik’s minutes a tad, which would keep him fresh to play against the opposition’s top lines.


  58. matraque says:

    I was about to point out the Dubé clip, but i’m pretty sure people would have complained that it was in french and that it was not credible since it was coming from the “french media”..


    Thanks Boone!


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  59. Mats Naslund says:

    People are way to worked up about Subban. I guarantee in 10 games this will be a non-story either way. As long as the peanut gallery has its way the sky will always be falling. Subban has sat 2, he’ll sit another. At some point he’ll get another shot and he’ll be back to making the crowds “oooohh” and “aaawww”. The kid is fantastic.. and he’s still a kid. If there is anyone in that room that I want him to eat a dinner with – it’s Josh Gorges. This situation is entirely media and fan driven. There is no reason for overly simplistic, and completely unproductive arguments about how the situation is being handled. This is a Kilimanjaro being made of a mole-hill.  What a terrible problem we have – 7 reliable defensemen. 

  60. wlmi says:

    even though i do not understand French very well, I laways watch the Habs on RDS over TSN or CBC. TSN and CBC consistently put down Montreal and talk up the Leafs. What a joke. Maguire is annoying to hell….i have never met anyone who likes his commentary, and I do not understand how he maintains his employment.

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