Canadiens sign free agent Hunter Bishop

Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of free agent forward Hunter Bishop to a two-year contract (2010-11 and 2011-12). He will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs early next week.

More from the team’s release:

Bishop, 22, is a 6’, 196 lbs forward who hails from Fairbanks, AK. In
2009-10, he ranked fourth in scoring in his second season with the NCAA
Ohio State Buckeyes. He registered 27 points in 33 games (15 goals, 12
assists). He ranked third in goals with the Buckeyes and had 22 penalty
minutes. In his sophomore season with Ohio State in 2008-09, Bishop ranked third in scoring with 31 points in 42 games (14 goals, 17 assists).
From 2005 to 2008, Bishop registered a total of 177 points (93 goals,
84 assists) in 140 regular season games with the Vernon Vipers of the
BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League), including a 97-point season
(57-40-97) in 60 games back in 2007-08.
Bishop participated in the Canadiens’ development camp in 2009.

279 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    Habs haven’t had a ton of luck with American university prospects.

  2. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    dub…

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Alex Avtsin I believe is likely to come over to NA next year, his junior rights belong to the Montreal Juniors, although with his likely attending the summer development camp, an evaluation about his potential to be a Bulldog could come up as well. Subban is the best prospect of course, but Kristo, Leblanc, Dumont and Avtsin all provide interesting future prospects for offensive forwards.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  4. Ayan_SB says:

    And it’s looking like PK Subban’s on his way to winning the AHL Rookie of the Year. And don’t forget Alexander Avtsin playing as a rookie in the KHL, very intriguing prospect there.

    The future’s looking bright for the Habs.

  5. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Montreal and home here in Niagara Falls, NY are the two cities I spend the most time. I read both cities’ newspapers daily. On the topic of shootings, I read today that there have been a total of 50 shootings in NF since January 1st. Even with an event like the one you posted above, my first thought, sadly is “big deal” not because the loss of life is unimportant, but because I am so accustomed to similar events at home. Its disturbing. We have under 50,000 people here, Montreal with 1.6 mil in the city proper and I feel safer when I am wandering about there than I do in my shit village. Part of why I want to move, that and the women. How many shootings in Montreal this year, anyone know?

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Very cool, Leblanc and Kristo both look like good future members of the Canadiens.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  7. pmaraw says:

    quoting seriousfan09 “Canadiens 2009 5th-round pick Gabriel Dumont is up for a pair of awards in the QMJHL this year, League MVP and Best Defensive Forward award. For those of you who don’t know, the best D-Forward Trophy in the Q is called the Guy Carbonneau Trophy.

    Gabriel Dumont in 62 games this season, had 51 goals to lead the league, 42 assists, with 127 PiMs and a +43 rating. He was 3 points short of the league scoring title and missed six games compared to the league scoring leader.”

    future looks bright

  8. pmaraw says:

    why you waskely wabbit

  9. pmaraw says:

    double post

  10. Ayan_SB says:

    - Habs prospect Danny Kristo named WCHA rookie of the year

    http://www.fightingsioux.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=13500&ATCLID=204911133

    - Habs prospect Louis Leblanc was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was a finalist for ECAC Rookie of the year

    http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/mice/2009-10/releases/20100304_all-ivy

  11. pmaraw says:

    its deserved, a lot of people below felt it should be more, perhaps you should introduce them to ringette

  12. deuce6 says:

    Why? We have the best jerseys as it is, in the NHL..Why mess with perfection?

     

  13. crabvader says:

    Lol, 8 games for Wisnewski… The NHL suspension rollercoaster continues.

  14. pmaraw says:

    the habs are canada’s team!  :D

  15. pmaraw says:

    and crabvader told me i should watch ringette cause i thought it was dirty

  16. Max_Hab_Fan says:

    Love the jersey. I’d buy one, even with the blue.

  17. Les Habitants says:

    My favourite retro is the one from the 1950’s

    Just stumbled across this on the web and figured I’d throw it out there for everyone to see. Never seen it before and thought it looked pretty good for a new look.

     

     The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  18. Say Ash says:

    I thought about that as I was writing, but, naw, screw it, I like those, too.

    I wore the Habs green leaf jersey walking around Vancouver during the Olympics and everyone was asking where I got my awesome Team Canada shirt.

  19. CHsam says:

    so you sold him a box full of em!

  20. pic1983 says:

    we’re talking about someone under 20 years old.  We’ll have openings by the times he’s 23-24 after a few years in the AHL.  Even if there isnt room, if he keeps up this type of play, he’ll be a valuable trade chip.

  21. mike g says:

    And notice how a 25 game suspension really changed Downie…He still goes around trying to roundhouse Sidney Crosby, coming inches away from breaking the NHL’s best players’ leg…

    A retard will always be a retard….

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  22. showey47 says:

    met rod pelley last summer,his girlfriend was a customer of mine,He is about as bright as a 2 watt lightbulb.

  23. pic1983 says:

    At least 15 IMO!

    It should have been 25 seeing as downie got 25 for the exact same hit on Dean Mcammond.  Only at least downie was an up and comer who wanted to assert himself, and made the check on the forecheck after mcammond passed the puck. Downie wasnt trying to exact revenge or anything. Wizniekski skated deep into the offensive zone from the blueline specifically to INJURE (notice i didnt say “hit”) seabrook.

    That is self-policing, and the league should have came down much harder on wizniewski to send a message. 

    Once again Campbell gets it wrong, and now its just starting to get even more dangerous out there on the ice. 

  24. Mike T says:

    His numbers have been an amazing thing to watch blossom…(Dumont that is)…the most exciting thing is that he’s being considered for League MVP and Defensive Forward as well. I’ve been told by guys that played against him that he’s an agitator…something of an Avery…with more offensive upside

  25. mike g says:

    Thanks for the image, but no thanks……

    Too much blue, reminds me of a really shitty team that wears alot of blue……

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Excepting Barber Pole Jerseys, right?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  27. Say Ash says:

    nope – pick a retro, any retro

  28. Ayan_SB says:

    So where’s Rod Pelley’s suspension for his hit on Goglioski?

  29. Mike T says:

    i’m willing to give you every asset in my life if this guy becomes a Patrick Roy

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    Meh, I’d rather they use the 15-16 Retro Jersey instead if they go to a permanent 3rd jersey. Granted, that’s also because I own one.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  31. Les Habitants says:

    Possible Habs 3rd jersey? What do you think?

    The bulldogs used similar jerseys a few years back and I thought they looked great

     

     

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  32. oshawahabsfan says:

    And to be honest, they’re doing nothing to show they deserve any say, since they seem to have no problem trying to kill each other on the ice.

  33. mike g says:

    Yup, so they’ll continue recycling scrap goaltenders…..

    Nittimakki- scrap

    Biron- scrap

    Leighton- scrap

    Emery- scrap

    Boucher- scrap

    Anyone they’ve dressed for the past 15 years besides Ron Hextall- scrap

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  34. oshawahabsfan says:

    I’m in favour of a lockout, if it means some real rule changes. The players need to take on stance, this shat has gotten so out of hand. Yes the league is as much at fault with their shotty refereeing and discipline measures, but the players are equally at fault for not doing more off the ice, as well as on it of course.

  35. homerbowen says:

    Has he grown 6″ since he was drafted? NO!!!! Well we don’t need any more tiny tots, but thanks anyway.

  36. oshawahabsfan says:

    His opinion was bang on, or are you an idiot like the Ducks coach, who saw it as a clean check?

  37. homerbowen says:

    Actually, I find Bob to be one of the few at TSN who doesn’t have a Laff tatoo on his tongue.

  38. Bouleau noir says:

    This is the rink where he spended countless hours as a kid…… his father had builded it and came complete wih boards, floodlights and…. speakers !

    This guy could be a good catch by Gauthier on the FA front……. with Guy Boucher as tutor in Hamilton goog things are always possible.

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    He gave a very accurate description of ugly the hit was, it was charging, interference and boarding all rolled up into one, plus intent to injure makes this probably one of the most ugly intentional blows of the year. It had a multitude of illegal intentions in the blow and Brent Seabrook’s season could be finished after a hit like that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  40. spos080808 says:

    Bob MacKenzie gave his opinion on the hit…Good God, we should all take that as gospel. What is the NHL doing not listening to Bob. They should have thrown the book at him since Bob says it was the “Grand Slam of Dirty Hits”…Bob is God!

  41. jbroderi says:

    shoulda been 15.  punish him this year and next!! 

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  42. likehoy says:

    martin traded price for halak and got his number 1 goalie.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  43. likehoy says:

    i agree, considering desharnais and trotter are undersized players too dominating the AHL. It might give us a bit of space to move veterans who aren’t producing for picks and cap space in the future though knowing we have decent prospects that will be able to step in eventually.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  44. Say Ash says:

    Bet you’re glad he didn’t

  45. likehoy says:

    with rules like that, the NHLPA will stick up that finger between the index and the ring, and there will be another lockout so that the players get their rights! maybe even the WHA rumours will restart!

    the NHL can just do so much without the NHLPA blowing up on them.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  46. SeriousFan09 says:

    True enough, but while we have our Top 6 configured the way it is with 4 forwards under 6′, it will be hard for a Top-6 type to make that roster at his size. Dumont looks to be a good prospect with the right tools for the game, but as it is, it’s hard to find a space for him in the lineup.

    Course, it depends how long it takes for him to make the NHL as he’ll likely have AHL time for a year or two minimum, who knows what roster alterations will occur by then, but I think Cammy, Gionta and Gomez are going to serve out their contracts here.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  47. oshawahabsfan says:

    Ooooooh 8 games, that’s really going to stop him from doing it again. It’s pretty simple to everyone but those making the decisions. Repeat offenders should have to kiss their season, and their pay goodbye. Keep it up and they should have to find another career. Nowhere but the NHL could a person get away with such callous, cowardly attempts to maim another human being.

  48. JIMVINNY says:

    Betcha that GM wishes he took Gainey up on the offer for Halak earlier in the year…

  49. likehoy says:

    senor mike cammalleri is 5’9!

    there’s always hope for a player like Dumont. scoring 50 goals with over 300 shots is still a shooting percentage of around 15%, which is fairly good for most snipers. There’s no problem with having volume shooters cause they’re able to find spaces to shoot, and that creates rebounds, catching the goalie asleep, and more coverage which opens up other players. I doubt dumont will be able to shoot over 300 pucks on goal in the NHL, but that’s what we will want him to do.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  50. pmaraw says:

    whos whining and going on about it?  how many posts have you made regarding the hit/suspension?

  51. likehoy says:

    you mean their journey man back up goalie is injured, and the career back up as a back up will start most of the games with their AHL starter backing up the back up of the back up.

    ergo, they have probably the worst goaltending situation in the league.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    Unfortunately, Mr. Dumont was 5’9″ when he was drafted. A nice speedy forward who’s a volume shooter (over 300 SOG for the season) it would seem, so it will be tough for him to make the Canadiens lineup for another small forward in the next several years. Hopefully he’s not finished growing yet.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  53. likehoy says:

    damn, that really sucks…it seems like there are more and more delinquents out there…i wonder what the specific details are.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  54. Mattyleg says:

    Be careful who you laugh at… look at Patrick Roy’s numbers before he came tp Montreal late in the season.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  55. JF says:

    The NHL site is reporting that Michael Leighton will be out 8-10 weeks with a severe high ankle sprain.  That means the Flyers have Brian Boucher and an AHL backup.

  56. Bryan says:

    Well that’s certainly encouraging.  Hopefully that translates to the AHL/NHL.  The Q is usually a really high scoring league… so…

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bob Mackenzie called it the Grand Slam of dirty hits considering all the elements involved and he gets 8 games? How about the rest of the season and the first 10 of next one? What a joke.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  58. Harani says:

    James Wisniewski gets 8 games for his hit last night. If that wasn’t called intent to injure, I don’t know what is!

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    Canadiens 2009 5th-round pick Gabriel Dumont is up for a pair of awards in the QMJHL this year, League MVP and Best Defensive Forward award. For those of you who don’t know, the best D-Forward Trophy in the Q is called the Guy Carbonneau Trophy.

    Gabriel Dumont in 62 games this season, had 51 goals to lead the league, 42 assists, with 127 PiMs and a +43 rating. He was 3 points short of the league scoring title and missed six games compared to the league scoring leader.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  60. SmartDog says:

    Seems kinda funny, but I hear there’s a lot of ice there.

     

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  61. Chuck says:

    The Cup is ours!  ;)

    Well, at weast we’re not Flyer fans.

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  62. Shublips says:

    On this quiet Habs news day, Habs Addict has a few random musings about Bergeron, Cammalleri and the Brent Seabrook hit.

    Read more:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/03/random-thoughts-marc-andre-bergeron.html

  63. Jordio-oh says:

    Not to nitpick, but those were his ECHL numbers last year.

    this year he has a 3.20 with a .904.

    Better but still bad.

    He’s got a shutout in one of his two AHL games this year too. But hopefully Holmgren isn’t making a decision on that.

  64. Ayan_SB says:

    Completely off-topic but this just happened less than 3 hours ago.

    Masked gunmen in deadly Old Montreal Shooting

    One person is dead and three others wounded in a brazen shooting in a clothing store in Old Montreal on Thursday afternoon.

    Witnesses described two masked men fleeing the scene at Flawnego
    Fashion at 240 Saint-Jacques St. W., near Saint-François-Xavier Street
    around 1:45 p.m., said Montreal police Const. Olivier Lapointe.

    The incident created a stir in the city’s financial district, an
    area also popular with tourists and not far from the city courthouse.

    A shooting in Old Port on a Thursday afternoon just seems so strange.
  65. Drive_For_25 says:

    Kinda lame but couple nice dangles in the middle of the vid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzUekKoSC6Y

    Little forshadowing with that soundtrack in the last half too?  haha

     

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    I wonder if they’d be willing to trade JVR or Carter for Halak now…

    Not that we should give them a real goalie of course, the thought of the Flyers getting their brand of **** hockey validated with a Cup win is not something we should ever want to happen.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  67. Say Ash says:

    Man. Just cross the centre line and fire!

  68. lavie says:

    They can pray.

  69. Mike T says:

    The backup they just called up came straight from the ECHL and his numbers are TERRIBLE…like a 4.80 GAA and a 840 save percentage..

     

    haha BONEHEADS in Philly will never figure out their goaltending. It was foolish to ride Leighton into the playoffs to begin with.

  70. lavie says:

    Enemies (Bruins and Flyers)’ enemies (Penguins and Stars) are friends. So, Go Antarctic birds! Go Etoiles! P.S. only for tonight.

  71. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=314538

    Michael Leighton, Philadelphia Flyer’s goalie is out for….8-10 weeks.

    Ray Emery is already out for the season.

    According to TSN, The Flyers will need to win a couple of playoff series to give Leighton a chance to return to the lineup.

    Flyers’ hopes are now with Brian Boucher, whose record is 4-12-2. Can we say buh-bye Flyers?

  72. MRSDHab says:

    As someone who still considers Alaska home, it’s great to see another player from the state joining the Habs organization!

     

  73. silent_witness says:

    http://www.cyberpresse.ca/opinions/chroniqueurs/rejean-tremblay/201003/17/01-4261720-un-capitaine-avant-la-coupe.php

    I know Rejean Tremblay has some crazy theories, and alot of people dont agree with him… But you gotta give the guy credit for his enthusiasm towards the habs.

     

     

    -Win with the Habs, Die with Habs… GO HABS GO for Life

  74. showey47 says:

    Julien was on xm radio and plain out said kessel didn’t want to exercise and didn’t get along with most of his team mates. He also said kessel didn’t want to buy into the julien defensive system,he felt he was above the team. This is right from claude julien.

  75. CHsam says:

    I hope he does like last time and tells his agent to accept the first Habs offer to remain a Hab.

  76. habs001 says:

    after tonight sabres still have 2 games in hand and some easy games ..we will not catch buffalo

  77. crabvader says:

    I bet Buffalo is gonna get creamed in the first round, though.

  78. habs001 says:

    if we play them it could be the type of series that is close in games but can be won in 4-5 as all games will be close and timely goaltending and timely goals will decide..still rather play them first round than caps

  79. crabvader says:

    Yup. I wouldn’t really mind the Caps but maybe in the second round after they sweep a team and get complacent or go 7 games and have to face us fresh. :P

  80. habs001 says:

    second round would be good as in the first round i believe the caps will be flying and hitting everthing in site…and injuries can happen….

  81. crabvader says:

    Exactly. Let em get confused, lol.

  82. krob1000 says:

    we do however play them twice…..we win those and the points are even and it is only the agmes in hand that matter…..I don’t expect to catch them either …..I would really like to play them in the first round given the alternatives

  83. crabvader says:

    Ahahaha the FSN announcer said “Nice backcheck by Crosberry.”

  84. Les-Habitants says:

    Good signing, a hard nosed player to complement the high skill level we already have within our prospect group.  From what I’ve managed to find on the web, he plays a strong power forward game and has a willingness to go to the net. 

    I wonder if they’ll sign David Fisher tho…he hasn’t had the greatest college career, so it’ll be interesting to see whether they still have faith in the guy.

  85. crabvader says:

    Cool, St-Louis takes over the lead against NYR.

    Also, Go Stars!

  86. Rugger says:

    Lowest scoring team down 2-0 going into the third, do we have the goon squad coming out for Claude to start the next period or will he wait till the 10 minute mark?

  87. crabvader says:

    Nope, Boston looks like a heartless bunch.

    The only guy who really has any character on that team is Chara and nobody is responding.

     

  88. ManApart says:

    Regarding Fisher, Sigh, another 1st rounder that looks like a bust for the Gainey, Timmins regime.

  89. punkster says:

    Waaaaay off topic here but I’d like quick feedback on March Madness. I haven’t followed much this season so I’m picking underdogs (as usual). Save me the Duke, Kansas, etc. favorite comments. Anybody like the following?: Gonzaga, Ohio State, Villanova and Kentuky (OK, they’re a favorite but can they beat Duke in a semi?).

  90. saskhabfan says:

    Seriously,Is there anything you don’t cry about?

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

  91. Harani says:

    Ducks have jerks running them. Randy Carlyle is a douche and the GM Bob Murray comes out and says this today: “I strongly suggest Joel worries about his goaltending and stops trying
    to run the NHL.” in response to Quenneville’s remark that the Wisniewski hit was illegal. The Ducks think it was clean. What a joke!

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  92. habs4now says:

    I now realize what a mickey mouse league the NHL is.

    I was watching the Ottawa/Atlanta game. we all know what cheapshot douchbag Ruutu is. And you would think the league knows as well. Yet Ruutu is allowed to run into the goalie, knock him over to score a goal, and the refs allow it. unbelievable!

     

  93. hab_skill says:

    I like Villanova, Syaracuse and… Louisville! It’s a bit unlikely but I think Louisville can beat the best teams when they are on their game.

  94. hab_skill says:

    I might be going to see a concert at Cepsum in May. I have never been there before. Can anybody tell me what the Cepsum is like? Would it be good to see a concert at?

     

    Thanks

  95. habsfaninboston says:

    Pens. up 3-0 on B’s.

  96. showey47 says:

    bruins down 3-0? I think that might be game over. Curious to see if it turns into a gong show.

  97. Rugger says:

    ATL just took the lead on sens in the 3rd

  98. Bryan says:

    Philly and Ottawa losing.  Bryan likes this.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  99. JIMVINNY says:

    2-1 Dallas over Philly.

  100. slapshot777 says:

    Atlanta 2 quick goals to retake the lead 5-3. I have to laugh at the morons that the Sens call announcers. No matter what Ottawa does, it’s not deserved.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  101. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lamoriello in NJ is the same, says the league shouldn’t rush to penalize brutal headshots, unbelieveable. Rather than bring in a rule to protect players, he doesn’t mind open season on targeting the head, but what do you expect from a guy who made Scott Stevens a cornerstone of the franchise?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  102. Rugger says:

    If the 2nd half of the 3rd period is the same as the first half, I gotta believe the B’s season ends tonight.

  103. punkster says:

    Cool. Too bad Louisville has to meet Duke so early, assuming they win tomorrow. I like the Syracuse pick too, great coaching. Thanks.

  104. showey47 says:

    rangers losing also,might be a very good night for us.

  105. showey47 says:

    did you hear the mock cheer their own fans gave them when they finally got their first shot on goal half way through the period? hilarious.

  106. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wade Redden scored though, so buy your lottery tickets, the impossible is happening.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  107. Habscore says:

    Not having a game on a Thursday makes my day extremely boring. Think I’m hitting the Bell complex tomorrow :)
    I need HABS!!

  108. Mr.Hazard says:

    Classless!!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  109. JIMVINNY says:

    Not if the teams chasing them don’t win either…

  110. hab_skill says:

    No problem. Syracuse is a great team. By the way, Ohio State isn’t a sleeper team. You’d better pick them.

  111. Harani says:

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

    Atlanta leads Ottawa 6-3 with 10 minutes to go in the 3rd. 

    St-Louis leads the Ranger 4-3 with 11 minutes to go in the 3rd.

    Dallas leads Philly 2-1 at the end of the 1st.

    Pens lead Booins 3-0 with 10 minutes left in the 3rd.

    Bottom line in all these games: iffy goaltending. Inability to make the key saves and let in so-called softies have been common place since the Olympic break. Weird but true~


  112. Harani says:

    I’m going as well. Three days without seeing them has been too long!

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  113. SeriousFan09 says:

    This year’s playoffs are wide, wide open as all the competing teams stand right now, in both Conferences.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  114. Mattyleg says:

    Cripes in a sidecar, Otty are getting destroyed!

    AND Dallas are beating the Flyers. For now.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  115. Bryan says:

    Too bad Buffalo couldn’t have lost tonight too.  I was getting optimistic we could catch them.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  116. punkster says:

    Buckeyes are my football team. Gotta go with them for a Midwest regional finalist for sure. Facing Kansas though, the undisputed number 1 in the country. Should be quite a tilt. Gonzaga won’t beat Syracuse. My Gonzaga pick is traditional only. Always pick them just because I love the name. Sounds like a tangy cheese. :)

  117. Harani says:

    Booins lose! 1 minute to go in Blues-Rags. Rags trail 4-3.

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  118. sholi2000.com says:

    Oh what a Night!

    Bruins Sucks

    Sens Sucks

    Rangers Suck

    Flyers may still Suck!

    They call me Shane

  119. lavie says:

    Habs are blessed.

  120. Harani says:

    Rags lose too! And the Sens keep their losing streak alive.

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  121. dpthehabsfan says:

    Here’s a headline you may never see again: Japan beats Canada in ice hockey!

    http://www.ctvolympics.ca/paralympics/sports/hockey/newsid=55564.html?cid=rsstsn

  122. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Good night for the Habs so far.

    Rangers. Check!

    Bruins. Check!

    Ottawa. Check!

    Flyers..in process of..checking?

    and wow Wisniewski suspended for 8 games. League actually had guts to make a good move. Too bad they don’t do anything to the stars.

  123. Habscore says:

    I know! hehe.. So I might bump into you tomorrow :)

  124. Fire_Laraque says:

    Anybody knows a live stream for the Boston Pittsburgh game?

  125. ProHabs says:

    Ah, thanks

  126. habsfaninboston says:

    I wouldn’t say he punched him out.  Look closely and you’ll see a lot of his punches missed the mark.

  127. ooder says:

    man if buffalo would have lost that would have been way to greedy…

    overall good night for the habs :)

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  128. JIMVINNY says:

    Can I sing him too?

  129. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leafs can’t get more than a goal past Yann Denis, LOL.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  130. VancouverHab says:

    Uhm.. what key do they sing it in?

  131. Axeman says:

    Considering he’s goning to be playing in Hamilton ….

    I’d say they sing in the key of c(H) minor!

  132. Harani says:

    Philly ties it at 2! GO STARS!

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  133. habs001 says:

    atlanta now tied with the rangers and one game in hand,,,7 points behind habs..they play back to back vs flyers on the weekend

  134. sidhu says:

    Boston – what wusses, only one fight against Cooke and they lost the game.  Come on.

  135. mike g says:

    Well, no need to sign Pleckanec to 6 million$ now!!!!!

    Way to save money boys, lol…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  136. timkbryant says:

    I think he was signed. I have no idea how you sing a free agent.

  137. sidhu says:

    Gauthier now sings his decisions, he doesn’t issue a simple press release or read a prepare statement.

  138. G-Man says:

    It’s done in the key of C. Many C-notes. :)

  139. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    3 minutes left in the game and Leafs will be short handed. Really bad timing. Interesting.

  140. Harani says:

    Now the Devils are shorthanded!

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  141. ed lopaz says:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=80970

    bishop’s stats.

    also – if you select any of his teams, you can check out who was on his teams – great hockey stats site!

  142. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Yes, that’s not bad at all! It shows truculence!

  143. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Crazy stuff! New Jersey is stacked and yet they can’t finish! 

  144. Rugger says:

    Julian or Torts, who goes first?

  145. rocket09 says:

    I’ll say Torts

  146. SeriousFan09 says:

    Torts, Julien is 1 year removed from his Jack Adams Trophy and has more staying power I suspect.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  147. EricInStL says:

    Julien then Torts…..

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  148. Malreg says:

    Never hurts to acquire another free prospect!

  149. rocket09 says:

    Torts is not going to be happy tonight! Rangers fading fast.

  150. Harani says:

    Go Carbo’s son-in-law!

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  151. coachdoug says:

    We might sing to our top prospects but the Rangers and Islanders are going 3D…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/sports/hockey/18sportsbriefs-RANGERSISLAN_BRF.html?ref=hockey

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  152. Mike T says:

    Only in New York..

  153. Say Ash says:

    Averytar?

  154. Harani says:

    In a way, I would want NJ to lose so they stay 4th and if the Habs finish 5th, we won’t have to play the Pens. And if we finish 8th, it’ll be Buffalo.

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  155. sillywalk says:

    H is the German nomenclature for B natural. Doesn’t really fit. ;)

  156. VancouverHab says:

    Ha ha!

  157. EricInStL says:

    When I saw the headline, I thought we signed Hunter Herst Helmsley, since his name is Levesque he must know how to skate.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  158. Bill says:

    For those who think fighting means anything in terms of momentum or strategy in hockey, please see the Boston-Pittsburgh game tonight. In the rematch after the game in which Boston’s franchise player is annihilated by a cheap shot from a Pittsburgh fringe player, Boston tough-guy Thornton goes out and immediately drops them with Cooke, the cheap shot artist in question. He does a pretty good job of pummelling him too. According to Cherry and those who think like him, this should fire up his team. Instead, they put on a listless performance and lose.

    The fact that cheap shots are so prevalent in the NHL shows you that fighting is not a deterrent. The Bruins’ performance tonight shows you that it also is not a motivator. It is one thing and one thing only: an entertaining sideshow for people who get bored by actual hockey playing.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  159. Mr.Hazard says:

    I noticed… Just terrible.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  160. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    My God, Danis was horrible in the shootout!

  161. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leafs will do fine for wins if they can take it to shootouts and face AHL goalies.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  162. Rugger says:

    Well said Bill.

  163. EricInStL says:

    Boston gave up after the olympic break. Thomas is the new Huet. And the Savard incident just put the last nail in the coffin.

    Pittsburgh probably offered Cooke as an offering to the Hockey Gods in order to show that there is “honor”. Thornton did what he did for Savard and the team. But this team packed it in.

    If anyone ever thought that players don’t mail it in, Boston is a prime example.

    2 picks in the top 10 is their new motto.

    Smells like 93 to me……

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  164. Harani says:

    Heading to practice tomorrow morning. Will try to post after-action bus report if it’s not too cold to stick around outside.

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  165. Harani says:

    On a side note, any else notice the steady improvement in Ryan O’Byrne lately. Much more smarter plays, confidence. I was going to class sometime this week and there was an interview on Team 990 with O’B where he said the reason behind his confidence is Perry Pearn who really know how to deal with mistakes that you may make and sits down with you to go through video and that has helped him a lot. Playing with Markov definitely helps as well but you need to do your part and O’B been doing just in the past few games. Hope eh continues to develop strong and become a very reliable D for a long time.

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  166. habsfaninboston says:

    Campbell’s interview with Mike Milbury is further proof that his rulings are arbitrary and the league needs to come up with a better system of assessing suspensions.

    Colin Campbell Stands By His Decision Not to Suspend Matt Cooke

  167. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOW! Coyotes win their 7th straight to improve their record to 44-22-5. 3 points away from leading the Western Conference. And I thought that the whole summer dilemma would be a distraction to this team. I expected them to tank this year and get Taylor Hall. Wow, NHL is really something.

    On the side note… Sharks and Senators…really choking right now. The playoffs didn’t even start yet!

  168. Bugs says:

    Well, you tell me, was your prediction “bold” or wasn’t it? Finishing 7th sounded “reasonably regular” to me whether we played the Devils or the Chinese faction of the Red Army.

    Thing about Brodeur is, it doesn’t matter who we field (or ice, or whatever), doesn’t matter what team we have, what mojo we’re ridin; it’s always ever have to do with Brodeur himself. Brodeur decides.

    I think we can beat’em too. And it sure would be nice. But if Brodeur decides that’s not gonna happen…

    It’s the only reason I fear ANY team in the East. It’s if they have Brodeur.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  169. Ayan_SB says:

    The Forum ghosts are haunting the Eastern teams below us.

  170. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    NO! Hartnell! Man I HAT…detest that guy so much!

  171. Bugs says:

    I think the fact the Bruins being a 9th place team without their star forward going up against the Stanley Cup champs may have had something to do with it as well…

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  172. SeriousFan09 says:

    I have a feeling their lack of playoff experience is going to hurt them, much like the Kings are going to likely suffer trouble in that area. It’s going to be Wild Card playoffs across the board generally though, every team’s got a glaring weakness going in.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  173. Iceberg84 says:

    I’m going to make a bold prediction here and say that Montreal will finish in 7th in the Eastern Conference and face New Jersey in the first round for the post season matchup that Habs fans have feared/secretely desired for the last 18 years to break Martin Brodeur’s evil spell over this team once and for all.

  174. andrewberkshire says:

    Ottawa has lost 7/8 games since the olympics, their only win coming against the Oilers. They aren’t even going to make the playoffs.

  175. Bugs says:

    Hey! Just like Laraque’s first fight in Mtl against Thornton.

    Shoe’s on the other foot now, Beanerville!

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  176. oshawahabsfan says:

    I will further add to that, there is no such thing as momentum. It’s some word likely started by a hockey commentator to add some kind of science to one team playing better than the other a some point of a hockey game. It’s ridiculous the amount of times this is cited during a hockey broadcast. One team outplays the other at all points of the match, there’s no mystical spirit behind it derived from a bodycheck, a fight, or a save.

  177. Bugs says:

    What kinda bold prediction is that? That ain’t bold; it’s meek as hell.

    You want bold? Here’s bold: The Boys will finish THIRD in the Conference.

    How do you like THAT for bold?

    …bold, he says…7th place…pff.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  178. Malreg says:

    I don’t know if you’ve ever played the game, but there is definitely such a thing as momentum.

  179. Aybara says:

    DoubPst my bad

  180. Aybara says:

    That’s simply incorrect.. There is definitely momentum… Play any sport competitively and you can feel it for yourself.

  181. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …’fighting’ is an important outlet and an essential part of North American hockey …that is a distinction from no-purpose/goon fighting, which I term ‘gorilla hockey’ …and 2 players genuinely settling accounts overlooked by the referees

    …it’s the Gorilla Hockey We have to eliminate, including it’s type of players …not rugged but fair North American hockey

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  182. badbalance says:

    I predict finishing in front of Ottawa and a super tight race between Montreal and Buffalo for the division title.

  183. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …absolutely wrong …group or collective emotions (high & low) are proven fact

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  184. camel_larry says:

    Buffaler is going DOWN!

     

    Go Habs Go!

  185. Mike T says:

    i see everyone was taken back by this mystical post : D

    Whitby habs fans know this haha

  186. HABWARRIOR says:

    I predict a birth in the Finals vs Vancouver.Thats what my crystal ball tells me.

  187. HABWARRIOR says:

    Just think guys…..we are playing really good hockey at the right time of the year and plus we get to add a top tier player in a short period of time in the form of Camalerri.

     

    It does scare me however to tinker with a winning formula and say adding MA Bergeron into the lineup when he gets healthy…..I’d be hesitant to insert him into the lineup….Cammy is a given …..But boyyyy i like this team.We will go deep into the playoffs.I feel it.

  188. pmaraw says:

    and above, washington lost to carolina for example

  189. pmaraw says:

    i hope so too, hes a good guy, maybe hes done some silly things in the past, but you cant help but route for him.

  190. HABWARRIOR says:

    OK whos got an issue with Laps getting 4 games for virtually the same dirty push into the boards as Ovi’s dirty little push?He gets 2?OMG…..unreal….Campbell:Get it right!!!!!No star player preferential treatment should be used.

  191. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I can do better: Habs in six against the Kings.

  192. HABWARRIOR says:

    Wisznewski’s hit on Seabrook…..i just saw it for the 1st time…..my opinion…..SICKENING.Absolutely SICKENING.Luckily Seabrook seemed to be ok but …..good god…..SICKENING.

  193. HABWARRIOR says:

    Montreal Canadiens = the standard all other teams strive to achieve.

    Excellence. Sportsmanship. Perseverance. True Grit. Winning Cups. Every year is our year.

    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2010/03/18/sp-wharnsby-metropolit.html#ixzz0iap19be0

  194. Komihater says:

    No momentum?? youve obviously never played the game.

  195. ProHabs says:

    Funny reading the comment section of the Bruins fans after the game tonight. THey sound very very frustrated with the group of players on their team.  

     http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2010/03/18/bruins_retaliate_against_cooke_lose_to_penguins/?comments=all#readerComm

  196. ProHabs says:

    Exactly, I mean honestly who amoungst us hasn’t ran out of a bar before with a lady’s purse. O’Byrne Baby O’Byrne.

  197. Habsrule1 says:

    Nice to see RetroMikey finally on the bandwagon. I actua;;y don’t believe he was as down on the team as he let on. It’s more fun to be pleasantly surprised than to be dissapointed.

    I was wrong about a lot of things, but I liked what Gainey did last summer. It took balls….and nobody has bigger ones than BG. When he saw we needed more, he went out and got Pouliot & Moore (don’t think Moore was Gauthier’s idea).

    There are a handful of us who have believed in this team all along, and for that…I salute you. We still haven’t won anything, and we may not just yet. Add a couple kids from the farm and maybe a tweak or 2, and our future looks real good.

    Then this “you can’t win by free-agency & trades” thing can be put to rest. The key pieces remain Gionta, Cammalleri and Gomez. 

    Go Habs Go!!

    “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  198. badbalance says:

    Its great no more Price Halak wars. We are rolling and going with the hot hand. No more switching, let Halak get his shot this year and see how it plays out in the offseason. Love this team lately, showing heart and confidence, something last year’s team didn’t have

  199. oshawahabsfan says:

    All you feel is physical or mental fatigue which leads to mistakes, which leads to the other team having the puck and controlling the play. There’s no mystical momentum about it. I’ve played for quite a long time at many different levels, but thanks for coming out guys :)

  200. Bugs says:

    Absolute madness. But unarguably bold. I love it.

    Dans mes bras, Bobby!

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  201. oshawahabsfan says:

    People who go to games to see a fight don’t have a clue what the game is about. Fighting is so useless, now more than ever. Think we’ll ever see a useless goon in the hall of fame? Don’t think so. The best hockey which takes place every four years with the Olympics, and every year with the World Juniors doesn’t feature fighting. What does that tell you….

  202. Bugs says:

    Buf’ler’s probably havin its butt fitted for a size-Canadien shoe as we speak.

    They gonna be hurtin fer certain when we done with’em; tell ya that fer nuthin.

    ‘Bout to be taught a lesson in what REAL bold is, mofoze.

    Word.

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  203. Bugs says:

    You see? Big debate I’m havin with a few folks at once.

    The picture for Bally’s avatar ONLY works if it’s a leaf in net. When it’s not a leaf; it’s not funny. Now it’s funny. It’s funny cuz it’s true. That’s what makes it funny. Why settle for LESS funny with ANY other shlub THAN a leaf? There’s “leaf-funny” and then, there’s “not-as-funny-as-‘leaf-funny’ funny”. So why take another funny than funny? You can’t, cuz then it’s not as funny as it’s SUPPOSED to be. And that’s: leaf funny. So THIS is funny.

    Dontcha think?

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  204. VancouverHab says:

    Yep: us brave and insightful few are feeling pretty special right now….

  205. bigjames says:

    check out this interview with torts (it is not a spoof, i promise). can you imagine JM talking like that??

    By Steve Zipay

    Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

         Mar. 19–Last offseason, one of the primary needs identified by Rangers management was a No. 1 center, especially after Scott Gomez was traded to the Canadiens and right wing Marian Gaborik was signed. The void hasn’t been filled, even with the acquisition of Olli Jokinen from Calgary on Feb. 2.

         “We’re struggling up the middle,” coach John Tortorella said Thursday. “I don’t think Jokinen’s played well . . . I don’t think he’s played hard enough, either.”

         Vinny Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky played on the wing last night, and Chris Drury, primarily a center, was on right wing.

    The top two centers were Erik Christensen and rookie Artem Anisimov.

         Jokinen, who has two goals in 14 games, centered the third line.

         Dubinsky was paired with Gaborik and Christensen. “I’m not putting him [Dubinsky] back in the middle,” Tortorella said.

    “At this point in time, I think he’s a better wing for our team. Erik Christensen sees the ice better.”

         Tortorella also separated Prospal and Gaborik, although they have been the team’s most productive pairing. Said Tortorella, “They stink right now together. Vinny, his effort is always there, but he couldn’t make a 10-foot pass the last game. That’s the way he gets sometimes.”

     

    To see more of Newsday, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.newsday.com

         Copyright (c) 2010, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

     

  206. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Boy, are they missing Gomez!

  207. nightmare_49 says:

    Thornton, Cooke took gloves off early ……………  Bruin’s Blog …………… 

  208. BJ says:

    The “real” O’Byrne/purse story never came out. O’Byrne actually covered for a couple of players that had created the trouble. I believe the purse may have contained a cell phone with compromising photos. My information source is from a journalist on the beat. So O’Byrne absorbed a lot of ridicule for covering for teammates.

  209. Iceberg84 says:

    So really what you’re saying is I should have used a different adjective. NOTED! I’m gonna go have a cry and eat some chocolate in the meantime.

    Seriously though, I don’t think a NJ – MTL is set in stone, there are a lot of different ways this could play out including Montreal tanking through the last 11 and missing they playoffs. It may not be bold as in absurd bold, but it’s still something for which there are no guarantees. It was more my way of saying, hey wouldn’t it be awesome to play against New Jersey and kick the ass of the goaltender who’s been giving us grief for nearly two decades?

  210. nick says:

    What did they sing to him?

  211. Ayan_SB says:

    Hated rivals Darren McCarthy and Claude Lemieux will be on Off The Record today. Should be interesting. 

  212. coachdoug says:

    Nice one…Jackass in 3D

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  213. Say Ash says:

    Tell that to Ted Nolan

  214. Mike T says:

    and Jacques Demers…and Carbo’s consideration for the Jack Adams

  215. jbroderi says:

    that would have been ideal, but I was relieved when it didn’t read Bishop, 5’8″ 169lbs  hahaha

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  216. punkster says:

    LOL…just logged in and searched for his stats. Not exactly a behemouth.

  217. Ayan_SB says:

    ATL scores to make it 2-0 over Ottawa. Is it me or is that team playing slightly better since the Kovulchuk trade?

  218. crabvader says:

    Does Ottawa want to lose or something? Hahaha

  219. Ian Cobb says:

    Pen’s 1, Boston no score after 1

     

  220. mrhabby says:

     never heard  of him….then again.

  221. Ian Cobb says:

    Hi Dave, watching any game tonight?

  222. Ian Cobb says:

    Two years in Hamilton with good coaching and he just might make a player. Young kid yet.

  223. Ayan_SB says:

    In Guru Boucher we trust.

  224. punkster says:

    Flipping between the Leafs game and the Sens game. Snooze fests both.

  225. ProHabs says:

    I see in the boxscore Matt Cooke had to fight Shawn Thornton. Anyone know how that fight went.

  226. crabvader says:

    Buffalo helping Tampa further their path into obscurity. 3-0

  227. SeriousFan09 says:

    Damn, would’ve been nice if they lost so we could edge closer to a division title. We do have a pair of games left with Buffalo to make up room though, taking them twice in a row could get us the title.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  228. crabvader says:

    I love watching TSN hockey standings and seeing Montreal Canadiens: Won 6 in a row.


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