Captain out indefinitely

Gionta
Late Wednesday the Canadiens announced Brian Gionta has undergone surgery for a torn biceps in his right arm and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.
Gionta was hurt during the third period of a 3-0 loss to St. Louis Tuesday night.
He returned to play one shift before leaving the game.

Gionta had returned to the lineup Saturday against Tampa Bay after an 11-game absence.

The Canadiens captain, who will be 33 on Jan. 18, has eight goals and seven assists in 30 games this season.

A model of durability through most of his career, Gionta played all 82 regular season and seven playoff games last season.

He joins Andrei Markov and Ryan White – neither of whom has played a game this season – on the Canadiens’ Injured Reserve list.

Arpon Basu on Mike Cammalleri

175 Comments

  1. steve17 says:

    I am as frustrated as the next Hab fan. I agree, some players have been allowed to walk for nothing and it makes me scratch my head. I also understand that it is a business and as such, you need to weigh the return on your investment. Sure, in hindsight, Souray is doing well in Dallas, but he did not do so well in Edmonton. Was he worth resigning, maybe, but his injuries and asking price were risks that management deemed too high and thought the money was better spent elsewhere. With Komisarek, they made the right decision. He wanted too much money and look what he has done for Toronto, nothing. In his case, maybe they thought he would sign for less given the way they treated him, but maybe they should have traded him. If they had, the fans and media would have been all over them for trading a future captain.

    In hockey, you win some, you lose some. I would like the Habs to win more often with the trades and signings. Cole was a great signing so far, but it didn’t start out that way. He wasn’t being used properly by Martin, but he didn’t cry to the media! Now he is doing great!

    Personally, I think Cammy should be traded. His performance in the last two playoffs should get Montreal a good return at the deadline from a team that is a contender looking for scoring, especially if they have injuries. I also think Gionta, Gomez, Kaberle, and Weber should be traded. No one will take Gionta now with the injury, and unless a team really needs to reach the cap floor, Gomez will more than Likely need to go to Hamilton. Mind you, with his actual salary going down and only being for 2 more seasons, a team may take him.

    I do believe that Gauthier and Gainey need to go and now, so a new, progressive GM can prepare for the trade deadline, draft, and free agency. That person needs to be able to watch and appraise what they have and get a plan in place.

    Habfan17

  2. durocher says:

    A couple quick points:
    * if Gionta is out indefinitely, why not bring up LL, who played well during his time with the big club? Instead, we have Blunden skating with Pleks and Cammy?
    * some are saying we can get no more than a 2nd round pick for Cammy. We’d be so lucky. If we can get his cap hit off the books, that’s $6m we can use for some other players.

  3. francbiss says:

    You want more ice time Mike. Start scoring goals!!! Get you playoff mode where you’ve been really good in the least two playoffs. That’s why you’re getting paid $6m/ y. Every one can forgive you your poor defensive play if you score goals. You used to be my favorite Habs but I don’t have any patience for non committed and selfish player. If you work as has as Lars Elller you’ll geet more ice time and more goals. BTW you’re one of the player that play with a loosing attidue

  4. PureGuava says:

    Put the C on Cammy.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”
    – Robert Anton Wilson

  5. DickandDanny says:

    Is there any other professional sports franchise that beats their players down until there is virtually nothing left of their value and subsequently gets less for them than their worth in a trade, than the Montreal Canadiens? I would suggest not. Here we go again. Cammy will be the next ‘star’ player run out of town by the fans and media alike, and in return we will get a 2nd round pick for him which will amount to nothing more than a hill of beans. Look at our pathetic, and I stress pathetic, trading record over the past ten years. While watching the Blues game my wife was surprised Halak was now playing for St Louis (ok, she’s a play-off gal who doesn’t follow much hockey otherwise and cheers for the Oilers, and yes, we do sleep in the same bed) and then she wondered, who we got in return for him in a trade, thinking it must have been something really good. I told her Lars Eller. She said “who?” Ok, so Lars is a good young player with some upside, but he is not an elite player. Halak is an elite goalie. He should have commanded a much higher price in return. That is where our management is continually failing us. What other GM would let a star goalie go for such a measly return? None. Would you like me to add some further examples in the same vein, um, ok lets mention Mikael Grabovski, Sergei Kostitsyn, Benoit Pouliott, Sheldon Souray, the latter two who walked without any compensation at all. Pouliott we could have signed, but he was so broken in the end there was no hope in keeping him. But, lets talk about his upside, size, skill, potential, and a bit of a nastiness he possesses. Now be truthful, those are all the things we want right now in a player for our team don’t we? We had it and we didn’t tap into it and now he is gone and playing quite well in Boston. That alone makes me sick. And, well then there is the story of Souray. We all know how that one played out. Souray strung us along, and the GM strung us along, and the fans sat and hoped while our team missed the play-offs and we got zilch when Souray, understandably, walked away in the off season. So, the pattern continues. Cammy could be next, maybe Pleks, or AK, or who knows, but we will be sure to have run their trade potential into the ground before it happens. Where is Scotty Bowman when you need him. Is he too old now to be a full time GM? Can we please clone Sam Pollock before it is too late. I’m running out of ideas. The team chemistry is what is lacking on this team, and is what is costing them valuable points, not the language which is spoken by the coach, or what comments are sucked from the players by parasitic media types and turned into headlines. And, what is behind the lack of chemistry, the cause of a losing attitude, and poor player personnel decisions, and even poorer trades? If you’ve been paying attention you already know the answer. Hint, his initials are PG.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

    • Sweeeny says:

      Great points D&D. Habs dressing room atmosphere is like being in a factory where they’ve just announced major redundancies or salary cuts for all. In Montreal the team aura is always a roller coaster – we’re going to win the cup, oops my mistake, looks like last place! As much as anything, I think his is why so many players would rather not play in Montreal

    • habsolutely416 says:

      halak is not an elite goalie. you were doing pretty good up untill that statement.

      ill be in the slot ;)

    • steve17 says:

      Let’s call a spade a spade, the media and fans did not do this to Cammallerri! He did it himself. A true mature professional does not spout off to the media! If you read local papers in all markets, I’ll bet you’ll find when a plater who should be one of the top guys is not playing well, it is in the paper and their fans also voice their displeasure.

      You are so off base with Pouliot! He is not having a great year! If anything, he is still underperforming. Is he doing a bit better than he did in Montreal, I think not. He started with a bit of a bang and then fizzled. He has not lived up to his potetntial and skill.

      Yes the Habs have lost a few players and made mistakes letting guys go for nothing or next to nothing, but all teams have had that happen. Gauthier and Gainey need to go, but Cammallerri did this to himself. I he was trying to light a fire under his team mates butts, he did it the wrong way. If he wants more time, show it on the ice!!

      Habfan17

    • awkif says:

      While I agree with the bad trading history, I’m sick of hearing about how we ‘didn’t get enough for Halak’. He was traded 5 days before he was a free agent. We had no barganing power, since teams knew we had choosen Carey Price and couldn’t afford them both. What were we supposed to do? Make him an offer to keep him as an RFA, and wait for a team to sign him to a big offer sheet? At the 5 million he’s earning, I believe we would get a 2nd rounder (maybe a 1st, not 100% sure)… so decide now: 2nd round pick, or Lars Eller? There were very few teams interested in a flash-in-the-pan goalie (ie: Brian Boucher, Micheal Leighton, Roman Czechmanek, Cristobal Huet…) who was insulated all season long in a defensive system. We saw last year how he plays in a more offensive system. And we’re seeing now how well he’s doing with Hitchcock’s defensive system! No doubt he had a good season in MTL, but what had he really done BEFORE that season? He wasn’t even considered 2nd on the depth chart at the start of that season (Sanford was). I hope it works out for him in St-Louis, they are a good, young, exciting team, but I’m still not sure what people expected to get for a free agent goalie 5 days before his contract expired.

  6. deuce6 says:

    Arpon Basu @ArponBasu 10m

    No attributtion of 1st quote as translation of La Presse. Stay classy, QMI RT @SlamSports: Cammalleri: Habs ‘losers’
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    Cammy’s words were twisted by the media and got distorted in translation…He didn’t say that the room was full of losers…Get a grip…

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    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  7. fastfreddy says:

    The team needs to be “shaken up” for next season. The team is too small and weak in too many areas,and where is the speed everyone is talking about? The team is slow in general. Some vets have to be moved, not all, but some, (GIONTA, GOMEZ, CAMMALLERI, PLEKANEKS, DESHARNAIS, KOSTITSYN, MOEN ,DARCHE, GILL…………fill in others) Not all will go, but nearly half should go.

  8. mb says:

    Off topic (about this Cammalleri talk, anyway)…

    Carey Price at the All-Star Game. Can’t he just get some rest, already? I mean, tanking or not, I think the guy deserves a break.

    And I’m really wondering if the players even care about that game?

  9. Rainrocket16 says:

    Don’t get mad at Cammy, He is one of the few guys on our team that show any emotion. He also has a winning attitude, no wonder he is upset with this team JUST like we all are. It would be in the best interest I think to keep Cammy around. Cammy must be a keeper for us despite this pitiful season from almost everyone.

    • Man Dingga says:

      Sorry we have every right to be mad at Cammy. We’ve been all over Gomez for not contributing, why not Cammy? He is underachieving and playing like sh*t. Sorry when you voice your frustration to the media the way he did, you deserve to be called out. You don’t hear Gill, Gio, Cole, Gorges or Pricey calling out the team and there losing attitude. Which is a joke, they don’t have a losing attitude, the team lacks size and three solid D-men. Furthermore they probably feel management has thrown them to the wolves. You thought we had a hard time signing UFA before, it’ll be even worse come summer.

  10. punkster says:

    Relax folks. It’s media hype.
    Take a hit of Keith Jarrett and go to bed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqKNcksw1u8&feature=related

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  11. BKAK72 says:

    I was at the game yesterday.

    CAMMI was jeered/booed a couple times in the third period, quite honestly he only touched the puck that many instances so we didn’t have another opportunity.

    That was fun.

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

    • citizenSanto says:

      BirdKAK for brains,
      the Leafs last won the cup in 67 not 72.

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      Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
      – Augustine of Hippo

    • neumann103 says:

      You insert short form for Richard !

      Completely unnecessary. If there are players who want out, this is the reason why.

      “Et le but!”

  12. HassanM says:

    The guys on anti chambre have refused to attack the coaches or gm and simply focus on Subban, Cams Gionta Plecks..and anybody who is paid as much as them. they praise the moves that move up the blunden’s darches and so forth…however as much heart as these guys have they can’t score…and they mention the fact that Markov is missing but guess what he has been for the last two seasons the problem here starts at the top with Gauthier if you notice his track record once he leaves a team they succeed. Fire him and bring in Serge Savard or even Gainey back at least we had heart when he was around. keep in mind that when Bob was GM he got all his player info from his staff that was led by Gauthier so he actually recomended all these players to Bob.

    I would like to know why everybody is bashing Cams…yes he hasn’t played up to par recently but as you mentioned he has played well recently apart from last night but so did everybody else. If you actually notice Both he and pleks played well when they were seperated. Cams with DD was good as was DD and pleks with the two Giants in Cole and Patches was decent as well. The biggest problem that this team has is actually its defence. We have a 4.5 mil trade in Kabs that plays bad d and has actually done jack and poo on the PP it actually got worse. Gill has always been slow and is now older and slower…Campoli is a joke. So you essentially have four D who play decent… Pk when he plays too much makes mistakes but when limited in time plays decent still leads our D in points. gorges on a rebuilt Knee is great but will burn out soon…Diaz and Emelin are learning fast. The only knock on the latter two is that one is way to small to handle the big forwards and the second is afraid that one mistake gets him in the press box. the Losing attitude that Cams is talking about starts from the GM’s office. he has been afraid to lose his job since day one his moves are crap and this permeates the team. The coach altough handcuffed still has no emotion…here is a coach that has the opportunity to scream bloody murder and do what he wants and basically audition for a Job next year somewhere else but spends his time talking like his old boss…show some goddamn emotion and coach. Practicing would also help. The big missing piece has always been Muller and no one wants to say it.

  13. aj says:

    Here’s the full report from TSN: http://www.tsn.ca/montreal/story/?id=384816

    The problem with media reports like these from TSN, RDS, NHL.com, La Presse or any media out there covering the Habs is really boiling down to this: Perception is Reality!

    Like I said in the past as the same thing w/ the Max Pacioretty rant regarding to his fatigue on the ice: You can’t vent your frustration in front of the Media and to the public because this can be misinterpreted in a wrong way!

    If Micheal Cammalleri is not really happy or if that is the exact meaning of what he is trying to say as to what Francois Gagnon has said, then he should know better that the tone of his response can basically affect him and the whole team. If he really is not satisfied w/ the Habs “Losing Attitude”, then he should talk to the management himself and ask PG to waive his no trade clause and be traded. Its simple as that.

    He doesn’t have to rant about his displeasure not even try to defend himself in front of the media. If he want’s to vent, I think he should do it only through the coaching staff and to the Habs administration: Internally Speaking.

    To us fans, we don’t know what it feels like when we’re at his shoes. Cut Cammy some slack. I know its dissapointing to see a guy paid $6M to play professional Hockey and not score goals and cut his Ice time. But hey, who doesn’t go through that kind of crap (in life speaking)?

  14. Bill says:

    Cammalleri is not the guy some people are making him out to be. He’s a proud player, and his comments – at least the ones about how teams can get into a losing mentality and need to shake it – are spot on.

    He’s a character guy: he demands the best from himself and others. Cunneyworth is a character guy too, and he’s the kind of coach who will probably give Cammalleri a chance to put his money where his mouth is: look for a good game from him against Boston and plenty of ice time.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  15. SlovakHab says:

    I am actually pretty excited about our dire situation. OK, our beloved Habs do not play a meaningful game for the next almost 10 months which does hurt, but..

    I kinda learned to identify a disguised opportunity in a crisis.. It happened many times in my life and NHL is a perfect breeding ground for this kind of situation.

    I am excited about the trade deadline and 2012 and 2013 draft.. If this crisis came sooner, we could have been a good team already. However, we just prolonged being average in an extremely competitive league, kept drafting average talent, signing average FAs, trading for average players… Now is our chance, let’s embrace it, hire a top management regardless of language and we’ll be a good team in a couple of seasons!

    Who’s with me?

    • G-Man says:

      Habs will be a good team sooner if the vets break out of it and start producing.

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      11 more losses to 9th place…or worse

      • SlovakHab says:

        Mate, our vets are average.. Not that bad, but not good.
        Where’s our Charas, Iginlas, Malkins, Shea Webers, Getzlafs, Seguins, Girouxes…?

        If our vets start producing and we start winning, we’ll make playoffs out of 6-8 spot and will be bounced in the 1st or 2nd round.

      • powdered toastmann says:

        ( if blah blah blah and blah blah blah they would break out of it)…You could say that about a number of cellar dwellers.

    • The Dude says:

      I’m with you! And I can’t believe some of the fans here “and their fenwick and corsi excuses,lol” The team STINKS and you can’t win with A SMALL SOFT TEAM,proof is in the pudding end of story! And tall people are JUST AS FAST IF NOT FASTER THAN SHORT PEOPLE :Usain Bolt! N.H.L.is a big mans sport and it is played ROUGH so if you a lil fan your gonna have to accept it,lol. Blow this lil fu@ker up and start by FIRING Gauthier and Gainey!

  16. 100HABS says:

    Cammy’s not in a slump, he’s got 3 goals in last 6 games. He had a bad game last night and the fact that he hasn’t gotten the ice time may be a factor. Another is that Pleks seems to be in a real slump.

    I don’t have a problem with what he said. I have a problem with L’Antichambre making so much of it and saying he must now be traded.

    • Bill says:

      Those guys on l’Antichambre can sucer le big one je pense.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • munch17 says:

      Wow – they are so smug – let’s chase another guy out of town. They want players to speak and then they crucify them. I love the Habs but the more I watch those clowns ( journalists) who basically have their own agenda – the more I wonder why anyone would want to play here.
      Cammy was a breath of fresh air -he really wanted to come to Montreal – now they will chase him out. Pathetic!!

      • mb says:

        “the more I wonder why anyone would want to play here”

        Sadly, I wonder the same thing. And this used to be a classy organization, can you believe that. Now, all we can get is probably players who either can’t find anywhere else to play, or are looking for some team to end their career.
        I guess we can thank Gorges for signing a long term contract before the off-season.

      • Mad Habber says:

        I didn’t watch the game last night. Did the fans really boo him? If so it’s hard to just sit back and blame the press. They will only harp on something if they think it will sell their papers or get views. Wish the fans would give the guy a little support now that the media is out to get him, but I know they will be all to quick to jump on the hate bandwagon. It let the inmates know they where no longer running the asylum

        For as much as Bob Gainey is hated around here, he did one thing right when he called out the fans. For the past five or so years I noticed a different type of crowd than the ones that I grew up hearing (90’s hate-fest). I believe that was a key to getting free agents here again.

        Seriously people hate that Cammy isn’t producing like we all know he should, but do you really want to go down the dark path of having players once again playing against the crowd as well as the opposing team. We are well on our way. Hey and guess what everyone the good news is once Cammalleri starts playing well again we’ll all get to hear how he was booed at the Bell Centre. (Well at least this time it isn’t in the pre-season)

        Gainey’s gone and guess whose back running things.

    • mb says:

      Seriously, if François Gagnon still has access to the locker room after his non-sense BS, I hope he doesn’t expect to get much from the players anymore. What a way to sensationalize, these guys (on l’Antichambre) would do anything for their ratings to go up.

      • citizenSanto says:

        François Gagnon can shake a players hand and stab him in the back at the same time.

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        Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
        — Augustine of Hippo

    • HassanM says:

      I would like to know why everybody is bashing Cams…yes he hasn’t played up to par recently but as you mentioned he has played well recently apart from last night but so did everybody else. If you actually notice Both he and pleks played well when they were seperated. Cams with DD was good as was DD and pleks with the two Giants in Cole and Patches was decent as well. The biggest problem that this team has is actually its defence. We have a 4.5 mil trade in Kabs that plays bad d and has actually done jack and poo on the PP it actually got worse. Gill has always been slow and is now older and slower…Campoli is a joke. So you essentially have four D who play decent… Pk when he plays too much makes mistakes but when limited in time plays decent still leads our D in points. gorges on a rebuilt Knee is great but will burn out soon…Diaz and Emelin are learning fast. The only knock on the latter two is that one is way to small to handle the big forwards and the second is afraid that one mistake gets him in the press box. the Losing attitude that Cams is talking about starts from the GM’s office. he has been afraid to lose his job since day one his moves are crap and this permeates the team. The coach altough handcuffed still has no emotion…here is a coach that has the opportunity to scream bloody murder and do what he wants and basically audition for a Job next year somewhere else but spends his time talking like his old boss…show some goddamn emotion and coach. Practicing would also help. The big missing piece has always been Muller and no one wants to say it.

  17. G-Man says:

    Dylan Thomas had it right.

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Even he knew tanking is loser talk.

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    11 more losses to 9th place…or worse

  18. Bill says:

    Of all the complaints about Pierre Gauthier, how come his vegetarianism is brought up as some kind of mocking criticism? I don’t understand: are we supposed to be amused by it? Vegetarianism is not exactly a crazy fringe cult thing these days.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  19. SmartDog says:

    5 TRUE OR FALSE QUESTIONS:

    1. Better we are CLEARLY out of a playoff spot by trade deadline so we can build for next year than 5 or 6 points out of a spot and “hopeful”.
    2. CAMI has left the building. Metaphorically. And should be traded if it’s possible.
    3. GIONTA is an awesome dude. But not the leader we need.
    4. MOVES COULD REASONABLY BE MADE that would give us a much stronger team next year, if the will is there. (Remove Gomez, trade 2 or 3 of the smaller or softer veterans to free up cap space)
    5. THOSE MOVES WON’T BE MADE.

    SD

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  20. G-Man says:

    Gagnon is spreading his bs on TSN now. IF I’m Habs management, he’d have a tough time getting access from here on in. What a liar.

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    11 more losses to 9th place…or worse

  21. JayBee says:

    It took the Blues game for the collective to realize this team was soft, small and nowhere near as skilled as the homers made them out to be?

    • powdered toastmann says:

      No. Many posting on this site had identified this issue close to a year ago or more. At the time they were in the minority. The numbers acknowledging this fact have grown exponentially since. (although it’s hard to believe … there are still a few delusional pollyannas out there who still believe that everything is fine and there is no need to make any managerial/and few personnel changes)

  22. PureGuava says:

    Yikes. Looks like Cammy isn’t part of the solution…

    • citizenSanto says:

      hey PureGuava,
      your comment is PureGuano

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      Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
      — Augustine of Hippo

  23. phillyhab says:

    Give Gorges or Cole the ‘C’ for the time being please

  24. gerrybell says:

    i think we should be starting Budja 1 out of every 3 games to legitimize this slide to a lottery pick.

    g
    b

  25. HabFab says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUpBSvN1a50&feature=related

    In line with my theme tonight,
    music does sooth the soul!

  26. Jim Edson says:

    Just age catching up with a small body that has taken its share of pounding in the past ten seasons!

    Gionta was never shy about sticking his nose into a physical confrontation despite his size.

    ———————————————————————-
    What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

    In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

    They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

    ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

    • powdered toastmann says:

      With all the negative things said about Gionta…no-one can accuse him of lacking toughness/heart.

      Small guys like him and (I hate to say it but…) Briere, along with S. Martin, etc are feisty and can be very effective as many have pointed out…as long as they’re supported by a number of larger (gritty/character) guys who are known to stand up for team mates.

      This scenario usually results in a longer career for the small guys. Briere being an example of this.

      The Sabres didn’t want to pay him 5 mil. several years ago. At the same time Drury left as well. Sabre Fans/Mgmnt lamented the departure of Drury more than Briere at the time. Now they know better. Drury ( a bit larger than Briere and considered more durable) is done. Briere is still fiesty/effective as ever. Since they got rid of Brier, he has scored 29 playoff goals (and played a big part in eliminating the Sabres last year in their playoff). the Sabres themselves have scored a grand total of 33 playoff goals since getting rid of Briere

  27. JohnBellyful says:

    GM: Okay, give it to me straight. How bad is it?
    PG: We have 39 points with 40 games to go.
    GM: Gotcha. And …
    PG: Seventeen of those games are against teams that are not in a playoff position – the kind of teams we can beat.
    GM: Good, good. And …
    PG: The other 23 are against teams in the top eight of their conference – the kind of teams we’re not likely to beat.
    GM: Hmmmm. Go back to the teams we can beat. Let’s say we win them all.
    PG: Well, that seems
    GM: For the sake of argument, okay? Let’s say we win them all. Two times 17 …. that gives us 34 points!
    PG. Uh, yeaaaa-aaaaaah … And when you add that to the 39
    GM: That gives us 73! The last time we won the Cup! It’s an omen!
    PG: ‘93 is the last time we won the Cup, not ‘73.
    GM: But we won it in ‘73, right?
    PG: Yeah, but it’s not really relevant, omen or not; 73 points aren’t going to get us into the playoffs.
    GM: But if we also win half of the games against the good teams, say 12, that will give us another 24 points, you add that to the 73, that will give us 97! We’ll be a cinch to make the playoffs!
    Pierre?
    Pierre?
    [cradles face in hand, shakes head] It’s not gonna happen, is it?
    PG: No
    GM [lifts head, enveloped in sadness]: Plan B?
    PG: Plan B.
    GM: Put Gomez back on the top line – we do have a top line, don’t we? – and have him kill penalties as well as play the power play?
    PG: Yes
    GM: Pleks on the point? Gill on the other side? Budaj play every other game?
    PG: Yes. Yes. And yes.
    GM: Send Eller, PK and Desharnais down to Hamilton? Play Campoli and Kaberle 27 minutes a game. Put Cammy on Lost Interest reserve?
    PG: Yes. Yes. And oh, God, yes.
    GM. Okay, let’s do it. Plan B it is. Are you sure this will get us the first pick in the June draft?
    PG: Guaranteed.
    GM: Anyone in mind?
    PG: Some guy with the Drummondville Voltigeurs
    GM: Sounds like a plan.

  28. Propwash says:

    DOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

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  29. Bozo McBozo says:

    Hard as it may be to get our heads around it, it is possible to “suck” and yet be entertaining. Many of us who still play pickup each week fall into this category. The problem with the Habs is that they “suck” in very uninteresting ways. Watching them is like gaping at a freakin low-grade screen saver. There is no humor in being a fan of this team whatsoever. And, to make matters even worse, there is little to no hope that things will get better over the next decade. These guys stink in a very stinky way. Try as the management might, you simply cannot polish a turd!

  30. Kimberly2u says:

    Oh my gawd John that was hilarious about Ms White…I was killing myself laughing so hard

  31. Captain aHab says:

    Have we ever known what White’s injury is?

  32. HardHabits says:

    I am beginning to think that Geoff Molson purchased the Canadiens with the sole intent purpose of selling more beer and that he was hoping that the Habs would become a visible diamond in his investment portfolio. He’s managing to turn it into a lump of coal.

    • slamtherimtim says:

      you couldnt be more right if you were me , neglect to dump gomer in hamilton was just the begining , PG still having a job is just compounding things , getting the less than average fan is harder to keep than lose, and geoff is well on his way to a train wreck

      • DearyLeary says:

        What has Gauthier done that you don’t like?

        • bender69 says:

          Stupid comments about French -how do you think Cunnyworth feels or the rest of the “team”

        • powdered toastmann says:

          Aye Carumba – hope you were kidding…(I’m sounding like a broken LP…remember those). Anyway, where do we start. Well, let’s look @ the Hab’s record this year. Hmmm. I’ve always been one to believe that where a team’s position is in the standings is often a reflection of the effectiveness of the management team. (in particular the GM).

          Let’s see, the Goat is spending to the cap limit and the Habs are what?…26th out 30 teams (and three of the teams below them have games in hand)

          What’s not to like about that? Please don’t say most of this is Gainey’s fault…
          although there is truth to the statement, the Goat was working right alongside Gainey as an assistant prior to assuming the GM position. Don’t use the excuse re “too many injuries…lotsa teams have lotsa injuries…and…possibly the number/types of injuries are the result of the type of team assembled (soft/small).

          Go back to Feb/March 2011…two humiliating losses to the Bruins (after the Chara/Max Pac incident). Both highlighting glaring Hab deficiencies. Lack of size/toughness on the 4th line (and everywhere else)…lack of dependable, steady, tough, large d man/men on the back end. During the summer (with lots of cap room and lots of choice/relatively inexpensive options to address the issues (that most couch potato halfwit hockey fans knew were there) what does the Goat do? Throw ridiculous money/ 3yr contract @ an over 30, fragile, still injured ‘d’ who hasn’t played in a game for literally years. Sign some soft 5’9″ 170 Ib d’men and try to plug the 4th line with a soft A. Enquist from down on the farm along with a couple of minor league leftovers.
          Oh, yeah…then there’s Kaberle for 3 years @ 4.25 M.

          I could go on

          • G-Man says:

            Yah, that Emelin is as soft as butter. But do go on.

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          • powdered toastmann says:

            Ya…Emelin alone really did solve all are problems on the backend…Clearly evident today.

            (and I think Emelin is great for the Habs)

            To the Rocket – me thinks you’re right

        • Jim Edson says:

          How far do you want to go back?

          Near history:

          Counted cookie consumption in the pressbox rather than cap dollars and then acquired Kaberle.

          Waiver pickup of Blair Betts who was injured.

          Signed Peter Budaj as UFA for two years.

          Let Dominique Moore and Jeff Halpern walk out the door and upgraded with Nokelainen.

          Overpaid for Markov by one year but only gave a one year deal to Gorges recovering from the same injury subsequently overpaying for Gorges.

          Let Hamrlick walk when he could have been had for short term on a home town discount. ( think how useful he would be under Cunnyworth managed minutes)

          Did not even return/ignored a call from Larry Robinson when he approached over a assistant coach job.

          As Director of Pro Scouting:

          Greenlighted trade for Janne Niinima ( who played how many games?)

          Greenlighted signing of Samsinov who was subsequently waived.

          Greenlighted acuisition of Gomez, Gionta and Cammelleri.

          Greenlighted signing of Spacek way past his prime.

          Greenlighted the acquisition of Mathieu Dandenault.

          Greenlighted acquisition of David Aebisher.

          Let Beauchemin walk by waiver then try to reacquire him for years after including 2011.

          Sort of a general look.

          ———————————————————————-
          What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

          In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

          They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

          ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

          • powdered toastmann says:

            I feel so inadequate…well done, Jim

          • Jim Edson says:

            Tip of the iceberg!

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            What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

            In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

            They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

            ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

    • Captain aHab says:

      If they let Veggie Man make ridiculous trades before the deadline, then I’ll lose faith in Molson.

    • bender69 says:

      Molson Leaf Hockey-does that ring a bell-he is destroying the Habs to ensure the Leafs success – get rid of him and things will start to change for the better-we need a leader in the dressing room-players should elect a new captain ASAP

  33. Something to think about???

    Brian Gionta has 8 goals, 7 assists in 31 games for the habs this season. This is his 10th NHL season. The last time Gionta had a worse season than this season was his first NHL season with NJ when he scored 4 goals and 7 assists in 2001-2002 season.

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  34. JohnBellyful says:

    Not to worry, folks …

    MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens stunned the hockey world today by announcing that Ryan White would be back in the lineup tomorrow night.
    Make that Ryanna White.
    The fourth-line forward, who has been mysteriously absent from the team since last summer, is now a woman, the club revealed. He had been sidelined as result of a “lower body injury,” which many speculated was a groin pull.
    “Well, they pulled his groin – and then some,” quipped a Canadiens spokesman, who was immediately sent from the room by GM Pierre Gauthier who was disgusted by the tasteless remark, delivered only in English.
    White underwent a sex change operation early in September and then went into seclusion to learn how to complete the change to “womanhood,” Gauthier said.
    “Wearing high heels proved to be toughest hurdle, tougher than trying to goad Marchand into a fight,” said White, who made a brief appearance at the press conference wearing burgundy capri pants with an eye-catching pink, scoop-necked silk top beneath a gorgeous rouge bolero jacket, set off by a spectacular diamond-crusted CH pin.
    “Omigawd,” said the lone female reporter at the press conference while her colleagues whistled.
    White showed s/he is still making the transition to femininity by clearing his/her throat and horking into a potted palm.
    White’s return Thursday could revolutionize the game. It will mark the first time a female player competes in a non-exhibition game for an NHL team, Tomas Plekanec’s claim to the contrary.
    Gauthier said White will continue to be treated like “one of the guys,” and insisted the player’s new status won’t be a distraction for the team, although s/he’ll be asked to dress at home and to sit on the bench during intermissions.
    The six-foot, 193-lb centre (36-24-32; no, those aren’t goals and assists) said s/he’s looking forward to resuming his/her career as Ryanna White and s/he isn’t worried about the reception s/he’ll be given at the Boston Gardens.
    “Louts are louts and me being a woman isn’t about to make them gentlemen,” White said. “They’ve always hit from behind, thrown elbows, and rammed heads. And it’s no different when they’re on the ice.”
    Asked if he’ll be as boisterous as ever, White replied: “Not boysterous, girlsterous,” adding: “I can’t wait to give the Bruins a spin on the Wheel of Misfortune.”
    Gauthier refused to answer questions about the team’s top defenceman, Andrei Markov, who’s been out of action longer than White, reportedly because of knee problems.
    “Andrea, I mean, Andrei is doing just fine,” he said.

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

  35. Mondou6 says:

    Torn biceps are one of the most common steroid-related injuries.

    Not saying that’s the case here, but just sayin’…

  36. Mattyleg says:

    Evenin’ folks,
    Just thought I’d poke my head in and see how we’re doing.
    Turns out it’s people I don’t recognize saying things I don’t agree with.

    Amusement.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. Phil C says:

    Having seen the part of the clip on TSN, Cammy was not whining about a lack of icetime, he was just stating a fact that he has to work harder in practice now because of less icetime. I would expect him not to be happy about it. The lack of a winning mentality is a good observation by him and it’s good that he is providing some leadership and calling it like it is. Now he just needs to start showing it on the ice and lead by example. I love the fact that RC is making his players earn their icetime, regardless of salary. It’s a great message for the young guys to know that they can get ahead if they play well.

  38. FishOutOfWater says:

    on rds they showed him throwing his stick down the hallway after leaving in the 3rd, u could see how upset he was when he was holding his shoulder. poor guy, nobody wants to sit out. hope he heals well

    any word on a clip where the injury occurred?

  39. Old Bald Bird says:

    Why am I drawn to this dysfunctional site like a moth to a candle?

    I swear it didn’t used to be this bad.

    • LL says:

      I know what you mean. The sun rose today, and off to work I went. All the Habs’ fans were p1ssed at our team for not scoring and felt sorry for Price. Nobody mentioned Halak.

      My Bruins’ fan friend told me if our team didn’t have so many injuries, they’d be doing very well. I tell him Bruins look like they will repeat winning the Cup. He says, I don’t think so. Just pleasant conversation.

      Thank G-d for the “real” world. ;)

  40. Forget fire Gauthier… fire the damn trainers.

    http://www.puckbandits.com

  41. Bozo McBozo says:

    Missed lat night’s game. I guess “suck” came back to town?

  42. AnimalMother says:

    This is the saddest team I’ve ever watched in sports.

    If PG isn’t on the phones announcing that Cammy, Gill, kabs, Campoli, AK and whoever else are on this pathetic team are open for business, he needs to be replaced ASAP.

    Weeks ago I argued that “tanking” is unprofessional and irrelevant. I’ll swallow those words righ now. GUULLP!!!!

  43. Ian Cobb says:

    Gomez will have a great game against the Bruins tomorrow night, playing with Cammy and Pleks.
    Gionta gone for the season.

  44. theflower says:

    I gotta say in all my years of Habs watching, when Grundman took over and tried to destroy the team. The years since Roy left, which I feel cursed us. We have hit bottom, I mean does it get any worse? No leaders, no stars and most of all, nights and nights of no desire. When does it end! With all that has happened this year and the horrible deals that look worse by the minute from Gainey and now Goat, it is just frightening to consider any of this continues after this year. Cammy coming out today and calling the team losers, I mean really is that unacceptable for what he said or the fact that it is true? I don’t know what is worse, but like an alcoholic, the good news is we have almost hit bottom, so as long as Goat is gone and house is cleaned out on top by the end of the year or sooner, there is hope! So, I can only hope that from this drunken stupor we wake up, alive and refreshed and better for it!

    Go Habs Go!

    • deuce6 says:

      The French media distorted what Cammy actually said…

      The actual statement:

      Cammalleri talked about the differences between a team that has a “winning mentality” and a “losing mentality” and how the former doesn’t care about its opponent because it has the confidence to beat any team. He says that’s what the Canadiens had when they eliminated the top-seeded Washington Capitals and the defending Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010, and also when they took the eventual Cup-champion Boston Bruins to overtime of a seventh game last spring.
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      I don’t see anywhere in there when he calls the team a bunch of losers…

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  45. TomNickle says:

    If Cammalleri wants out, grant him his wish. And anyone else who doesn’t want to play here.

    Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.

  46. HabFab says:

    Never too early, get your favorite picks in. The mid season Central Scouting rankings;
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=76670

  47. Bummer. The news just gets worse. Hopefully Gionta gets back soon enough for the Habs to try and make the playoffs this season.

    If RC gets this team into the playoffs this year, give him a contract for next season, with or without him speaking french.

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  48. jon514 says:

    Stick a fork in these habs, they are just completely done. I watched them last night and I honestly believed that they were competing, but just didn’t have what it takes.

    Dick Irvin said:

    “I’m here to win, not finish close second, not put on a good show. I don’t even care about team spirit. I need players who hate to lose!”

    It’s sad to say that that sounds so much more like the bruins than the habs. They do whatever it takes. When the going gets touch, they play a dirty, pugnacious game. I love this franchise, but I’m disgusted with this organization.

  49. Habfan10912 says:

    Yes RGM. My feelings exactly. If we hear in the next week or so of another Markov setback I will believe that a higher power is forcing us to perform poorly to capture a high draft pick.

  50. DorvalTony says:

    Cammalleri and Weber to Anaheim for…? A big body who can score 20-30 g’s? Bring up Leblanc and…?

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  51. RGM says:

    A lousy day just gets worse.

    Will they give the C to someone else for the balance of the season? Whenever Koivu got hurt in later years they’d slap it on Kovalev to pass the time.

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  52. You can’t predict injuries. Injuries can make a power house of any team fall from first to last so fast.

    Don’t blame Gainey for this whole mess, other factors are involved

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  53. Bobcat Bob says:

    Bobcat Bob
    That comment is hardly fair to both Gionta (a very unlucky player this year ) or Gainey who has done a lot of good over the years. But, of course, it is a easy cheapshot to say ( like so many other ” fans” this year.

  54. mb says:

    Haha… Are you doing the About Next Night segment?

  55. Rad says:

    Absolutely correct.

  56. Kooch7800 says:

    really….what is happening in pitsburgh

  57. Rad says:

    They are not a particularly big team.

  58. matt jordan says:

    Johnny Boychuk?

  59. Must be a trick question?
    Only way to get rid of a owner is that he would want to leave on his own. This won’t happen.
    Also, the Leafs aren’t exactly burninh up the league these days, a few loses here and there with a few W’s by the Habs and look out.

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  60. citizenSanto says:

    Exit stage Leaf >>>>

  61. Mad Habber says:

    So your idea of a smart move is to hirer Pierre McGuire?

  62. citizenSanto says:

    Leaf Cammi alone

  63. citizenSanto says:

    I beLeaf you’re speaking from your heart.
    sounds like someone’s got a ❤man-crush❤ on a certain swarthy Italian.
    multiple sarcasms

  64. mb says:

    He is.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=611147&cmpid=nhl-rxl-twt

    EDIT: The “official” announcement will be made tomorrow. But it seems clear to me that Carey is the one representing the Habs this year.

    “GOALIES: Henrik Lundqvist, Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick were unanimous selections to join Thomas, which left only two remaining spots. Carey Price earned a place and was neighboring Montreal’s lone representative. The discussion for the final spot in net came down to five guys. Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne were eliminated quickly, and Brian Elliott beat out Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom and Mike Smith of Phoenix. Elliott hasn’t played in as many games, but his numbers are spectacular. He carried the Blues before coach Ken Hitchcock got there and, let’s face it, it would be a fantastically juicy storyline should the ex-Senators goaltender return to Ottawa as an All-Star.”

  65. Clay says:

    So what? It’s just childish to bring that up.
    He won. He got a shutout. He plays for a much better team. All are true.

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  66. HardHabits says:

    Those Habologists at Eye On The Pie-chart trying their best to diminish Halak’s good game. A shut-out is a shut-out 19 shots or 45. Nobody called Brodeur crappy when he was shutting out teams facing less than 20 shots back in the day.

  67. PureGuava says:

    The world weighs on my shoulders,
    but what am I to do
    You sometimes drive me crazy,
    but I worry about you.

  68. Man Dingga says:

    Carey has been our best player hands down. I love Cole but Carey deserves the nod over Cole.


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