Carolina last stop for Habs before Olympic break

The Canadiens will be in Carolina Saturday night to play the Hurricanes in their final game before the Olympic break (6 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Following their 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night at the Bell Centre, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien cancelled a practice that had been slated for Friday morning in Brossard. Instead the team went straight to the airport for the flight to Carolina.

Michael Bournival, who suffered a facial cut during Thursday’s game, did not make the trip to Carolina. Travis Moen (lower-body injury) and Alex Galchenyuk (broken hand) also didn’t make the trip.

Carey Price won the battle of Team Canada Olympic goalies Thursday night, stopping 42 of 44 shots, while the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo allowed four goals on 28 shots. The last goal by Max Pacioretty, completing his hat trick, was into an empty net.

Team Canada plays its first game at the Sochi Olympics at noon ET Wednesday against Norway.

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Pacioretty gets hat trick in win over Canucks, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Pacioretty 0-for-2 on penalty shots, by Pat Hickey

Tortorella thrilled St. Louis going to Sochi, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

More is more for Habs, Canadiens.com

Habs vs. Canucks photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

‘Little buckaroo’ gets prize from his hero Price, by Dave Stubbs

Carey Price: Big game hunter, Sportsnet.ca

Canadiens hand Canucks sixth straight loss, Vancouver Sun

Road trip from hell gets even worse for Canucks, Vancouver Province

Complete Olympic hockey coverage, Postmedia News

 

708 Comments

  1. HabsFanInTampa says:

    A Ukrainian hijacker onboard a Turkey bound flight WEARING A #11 CANADIEN’S JERSEY was overpowered by passengers and taken into custody when his attempt to divert the plane to Russia failed miserably.

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow, the Markov talk is really getting to a frantic level. This is the 2nd trade deadline MB will steer the Habs through, and really the first time in which he has some significant players approaching their UFA status at the conclusion of the season.

    I would think after trade deadline has passed we will have a much more clear view of how MB sees this team in the future.

    • Phil C says:

      The is a HIO controversy, not a real one. An intellectual exercise if you will, not a real world scenario. The Habs would have to be way out of the playoffs for the Habs to consider moving Markov as a rental, which doesn’t seem likely unless the injury bug bites.

      An Sather is just rattling his sabre, no way he trades Callahan or Girardi while they are 2nd in their division. Sather just doesn’t like to lose a negotiation.

  3. rhino514 says:

    After the olympic break: Detroit, then road games vs. Pittsburgh (the night after), Toronto, Los angeles, anaheim, Phoenix, San Jose….Yikes!
    Clearly the toughest part of the schedule.
    The habs may well regret leaving some points on the board recently they should have nailed down (Winnipeg especially comes to mind). Only good news is the club should be essentially healthy after the break.
    Tonight´s game is not gimme as Carolina is desperately in the playoff hunt and playing at home. If the guys lose this one it could be very tough sailing.

  4. Sportfan says:

    What time is Freestyle Skiing, I’d like to see our four Canadians compete

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  5. Eddie says:

    If Murray was worth 2 second rounders when he was delt to the Pens, what is Markov worth? I think that is the big picture piece of information we are all missing, and only the GM and his group can know for sure.

    For example, on other sites they are suggesting Markov could yield 3 pieces in return, an AHL prospect, a 1st round pick and possibly a junior aged player.

    You can speculate forever, but it was only 2 months ago that Boone was certain Markov coud not even yield a 1st round pick. I remember because I offered up comparable dmen being traded at the deadline for more than that.

    So as much as I believe Bergevin wants to make the playoffs, I believe it’s actually in his job description to try and make the playoffs if he s in within striking distance, and of course we are,

    we need to know the market value of a Markov at the deadline and we do not have this important piece of information.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      If the predictions are true that Markov is going to get four years at $5 million per season, that’s crazy. He can barely pivot and skate backwards now! There’s a very good chance whatever team signs him to that deal will seriously be regretting it in years three and four.

      Trading him and getting something good back would be preferable. If the Habs don’t trade him and keep him for the playoffs they better not resign him for four years this summer, just let him walk.

      • Eddie says:

        It starts with the “primary objective” which is very unclear in Montreal.

        Is the “primary objective” to make the playoffs every year?

        Or

        Is the “primary objective” to do whatever it takes to build a Stanley Cup contender, which means you may have to miss the playoffs in order to do so.

      • rhino514 says:

        “He can barely pivot and skate backwards now “. Now this what we call HabFan Paranoia.
        He gets close to 25 minutes a game every night, is going to the Olympics, would this really be the case if he had trouble skating backwards?
        Markov is staying put.

    • CJ says:

      There are head scratchers every year. Desperate GM’s fighting to keep their job worry more about the product on the ice then a pick or prospect who might not be ready during their tenure.

      The Capitals strike me as a team who best fits the desperate description. They also have the Russian element in Ovie, who just happens to be best buddies with Marky. Coincidently, they are both together for the next couple weeks….

      Ok, now I’m stretching, but they would be a great trading partner. I think they’d be willing to throw Orlov into any deal just to get rid of him. He has publicly requested a trade. Throw in a first rounder, which could be a top ten pick, and Tom Wilson. Now I’m dreaming.

    • Sportfan says:

      Markov would be worth a first and a really good prospect

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    • Maritime Ronn says:

      hi eddie

      We can speculate all we want, but it will be the market that decides and for one, here’s believing the market would be HUGE for Markov if the Habs ever decided to move him.
      Of course Cap Space could be an issue also.

      So many teams would be in the bidding would push the price.
      At least Colorado-Tampa-Columbus-LA-Anaheim-Washington, and while it would be unwise, you just know Pittsburgh-Boston-Toronto would be in play.

      Just 3 years ago, when Kaberle could hardly play 5X5, Toronto secured Boston’s 1st round pick, a big center prospect and 1st round pick Joe Colborne, and a conditional 2nd round pick that the Leafs cashed in on.

  6. Sportfan says:

    Congrats to Canada’s Mark McMorris on winning a Bronze.

    On other news why is figure skating so darn corrupt.

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  7. piper says:

    If St.Louis is considering moving Chris Stewart then MB should offer Eller and Markov and see if they bite.
    It would be tough giving up a big centre like Eller but it looks like the Habs see him as no better than a third liner.
    Markov in my opinion is just not very good anymore, especially as the season wears on. St.Louis could use him in a limited role (PP) for a run at the cup.
    Chris Stewart would give the Habs that power forward to play on the top lines.

  8. Mavid says:

    Gotta give it to the Swiss Goalie..62 SOG still standing tall…she could play this game by herself…actually she pretty much is..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  9. DipsyDoodler says:

    Another way to look at Marky, what would you rather do:

    1. Sign Markov and trade Emelin for whatever you can get (even a 5th round pick).
    2. Let Markov go and keep Emelin.

    Of course we can keep both, but if we’re worried about spending too much on D, #1 seems a better option.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I would definitely go with option 2. Emelin is younger and harder for the Habs to replace from within (given their current crop of young defencemen). He also hasn’t blown out his knee twice and will be much more cap friendly. Finally, Markov will fetch much more at the trade deadline. The Habs are building for a couple years from now, by then Markov will be too old to be an integral part of the mix, but Emelin will not.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Trade Markov ASAP for a 1st rounder or good young prospect, maybe both. The Habs might take a step back to eventually take a couple steps forward.

      Sign a UFA defenceman this summer who’s as good or better defensively than Markov and 5-7 years younger. Move Beaulieu on the top PP unit with Subban.

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    In Olympic news, it appears figure skating continues to have corruption at the highest level. Evidently U.S. and Russia working together to prevent Canada from a Gold Medal.

    http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/alleged-olympic-vote-swapping-deal-would-keep-canada-from-gold.html?cid=rss

  11. Bigdawg says:

    If Bounival doesn’t play (and it looks like he won’t)

    Do you play Parros on the 4th line?
    Or call up a young one?
    After Sven’s 4 point night this week, I’d like to see him slot on Eller’s wing for a game.

    A nice reward for Sven, a chance for a good look and hopefully some of his scoring touch rubs off on the team.

  12. Maritime Ronn says:

    To Trade or Keep Markov (Revisited)

    There have been some great points put forward on both sides of the debate, yet unless GMMB can find a 4-5 NHL Dman to replace the Markov minutes (highly unlikely at trade deadline), the odds of a trade happening are small at best.

    The Situation:
    ( Caught between a rock and a hard place)
    The optimist will say, “Why trade Markov as the Habs are currently 3rd in the Division and 4th in the Conference?”
    The pessimist will respond with, ” That’s great, yet the Habs are also a tiny 7 points from 13th in the Conference with a brutal post-Olympic schedule and they have no chance at winning a Cup”

    The Market and Business:
    Montreal is NOT some Sunbelt team that is paid little attention to because it ranks behind NFL-NBA-MLB-NASCAR.
    The Habs are the only game in town, and any semblance of throwing in the towel would be unacceptable to owner$hip-sponsors-media-many fans.

    The Dilemma:
    If the Habs had a 5-6 Dman that could slot into the Top 4, there may have been a deal to do. The reality is they do not.
    After the Group of Subban-Gorges-Emelin – which could be considered average as a ‘Group of 3′, the gap becomes huge after that.

    Youth Mismanagement:
    While Bouillon may have been just OK last year, the minutes he played this year were poor, unproductive, and cost the Habs youth ( Beaulieu-Tinordi-Pateryn) precious development minutes.

    Bouillon was on the ice this year for 808 shifts totalling 635 minutes of wasted time.
    While perhaps nothing would have changed, had Beaulieu-Tinordi-Pateryn been given those minutes, the Habs may have had a much clearer picture if a Markov trade would have caused little damage or not.

    The Spin:
    To date, GMMB has been ‘trade trigger shy’ and has only done fringe or depth deals.
    The spin most likely will be that Markov should be looked at as a kind of ‘reverse rental’ that cost nothing – that once the dust settles after the playoffs, that negotiations will begin and if unsigned, those +$5M monies will go towards a trade or UFA signing.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Marky is a lifetime hab……can’t and don’t see MB even coming to marky and asking him about a change of scenery…..and cannot see a deal not getting done. Marky is a lidstromesque type d-man and it’s only a matter of time when the deal will get done in my opinion.

      shaker out!

    • Habfan17 says:

      Nice post MR, however I would say realist not pessimist. The other side of that coin, is the law of diminished returns. Gone are the times NHL teams can afford to repay loyalty. They have cap restrictions and owe it to the team and the fans to ice the best team possible.

      Markov, with less ice time and in a specialist role is still one of the best. Age and his injuries make It hard to know what to expect over the next two seasons. I still believe, optimistically, that if the right value were given, trading Markov makes the most sense.

      The other spin is he could go as a rental, bring in less value and still resign in Montreal as a UFA!

      Habfan17

    • Marc10 says:

      If you go by the Red Wings philosophy of building talent… You keep the kids in the minors honing their craft until they are ready. Throwing them in the deep end before they can handle it could be just as bad for their development would be the counter argument.

      There are exceptions. Chucky comes to mind. But for every Chucky, there’s a Datsyuk. So I don’t know that wanting the kids up here quick to replace Cube would have been any better or that it’s somehow mismanagement.

      I hope we return to the day when we’ve got a stacked AHL roster that amps the compete level. The 86 Cup team had a few call ups that year that were hungry, talented and ready… Depth isn’t built in a day, but I see encouraging signs in kids like Beaulieu slotting and looking like NHLers.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Shaker-17-marc

      All good points to consider, and that’s what makes the situation so difficult to deal with.

      • Marc10 says:

        Bergie is no dummy. He sees exactly what we’re seeing. He’s not going to come out and tell the world and his boys that they aren’t a contender… Even though the players must know it too (you’re a very long shot to win the cup with so many holes in your lineup…)

        If I can’t sign Andrei to a three year deal, he goes; the impact on this season be damned. He’s too big an asset not to move him at the deadline. If you’re serious about depth, you do it. But I’d make Andrei a fair offer first.

        That’s just me putting myself in MB’s shoes. I would trade any impending UFA if I don’t see a deep run in my team. Letting Marky walk in the off season would be disappointing, especially if we don’t do well in the post season… But I get that too. With Letang out of the Pittsburgh lineup and Seidenberg out of Boston’s… Every other team with a shot at the playoffs has to smell blood. The Rangers are in the same boat with Callahan.

        It’s a pickle, but if MB is going to be bold and hold true to his convictions… This is where we’ll see it.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          hey marc

          Hard to disagree with anything you mention, yet a question for you.

          If Berg does the deal, who takes on Markov’s 16:28 of even strength time against the opposition’s Top 6 along with his specialty team minutes?

          Trading Markov to a contender would not bring back a Top 4-5 Dman as those teams will not want to disrupt the existing roster.
          Any thoughts?

          • NCRhabsfan says:

            I think the real point is it doesn’t matter in the short term. The hope has to be that eventually it is Nathan Beaulieu, with a committee of the guys they have now filing the gap in the meantime. If you can get a high draft pick or a decent prospect for a guy that is signed for about another 20 games, you have to do that or you end up being, well, the Habs of the last 20 years. There is no way I would sign Markov to another three years unless he is taking a huge hometown discount. He’s been a great player but he will want millions more than his future value.

        • CJ says:

          Good post.

          IMO, barring injuries we have a capable third and fourth line, based on their play this week (very small sample, but giving them the benefit);

          Weise White Bounival
          Prust Eller Bourque

          We have four players who are legitimate top two line players;

          PAC, Galley, Chucky, Pleks

          Therefore, IMO we are two top line players short

          Our defence is decent and has depth, while our goaltending is elite.

          We have enough to make the playoffs, however a lot needs to go right for us to win more then one round. This is the underlying reason why I support making a move.

          I just wish the deadline would have followed our west coast trip. Not that any game this time of season is easy, but we have ten very tough opponents following the Olympic break. Back to back bad and an extended road trip to. My heart says we can win all ten, while my head says a 5-4-1 record would be overachieving.

          • jimmy shaker says:

            Feel the same way…..tending is great…..d – is more than capable and have tinordi in case of injury…..3rd and 4th lines very complete. the only thin spot would be a top 6 even a top 3 forward. 2 would be better than 1. Something like a kane and buff or moulson or gaborik or okposo could really make this team click.

            shaker out!

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Unless Markov’s demands are unrealistic (more than 3 years), there’s no reason not to resign him. The cap is going up so that’s not a problem. A late round draft pick is half a player 5 years from now. That’s all that’s worth.

    • CJ says:

      Good morning Ronn.

      It’s been a great debate, extremely respectful with great points made for and against movement. I’d like to think that similar dialogue has taken place at the executive level, albeit with more information at the leadership team’s disposal.

      What we don’t know are the salary/contract implications. If I knew what Markov was asking for in terms of dollar value and duration of contract I would feel much more comfortable solidifying my position. As it stands, everything becomes hypothetical.

      Markov for 1-2 more years at $6 million per season seems reasonable. I’d rather pay what I consider to be a premium, to avoid the third year. Something that would also need to be heavily weighed would be the movement clause. From management’s pespective you would want the flexibility to move Markov at a later date and not be restricted by a NTC binding Markov to the franchise.

      That said, if Markov is to be moved, the time is now. The stars have aligned so to speak. In 2-3 years time I can’t imagine there being much value left, as the lemon will have been squeezed (sorry, had to throw that in).

      At the very least, I’d be listening to offers now. If you could grab Tom Wilson and a pair of picks, or Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson you simply need to make the deal. Never discount another team’s desperation. There is not a deadline that passes in which there isn’t a major head scratcher. On the flip side, I would not be prepared to give him away for what amounts to a scratch ticket’s chance of success (two picks). The trade would need to contain at least one roster player. This does not forego risk, but it improves the likelihood that the player will be a serviceable pro.

      To those suggesting the loss of Markov represents a major service gap, I partially agree. Markov has become a specialist, most effective on the PP and PK where his positional play is predominately stationary or limited to a zone. Where Markov is currently struggling is in open space. Any puck race or play that forces him to move laterally places the general at a significant disadvantage. This I believe we can replace from within.

      Our PK has the personnel already on the roster to absorb Markov’s loss. On the PP I’d work PK and Beaulieu as the first wave, followed by Pateryn and a forward (something that Pateryn has experience with as this is the process in Hamilton). We need a new look anyway, so why not?

      I submit the above, respectfully, for the community’s review.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi CJ

        All good points raised.
        The PP and PK time can be replaced to a degree, yet those 18:42 of ave. Even Strength time played against the opposition’s Top 6, cannot be replaced at this moment – especially during the playoffs, and what’s looking like a brutal post-Olympic schedule.

        Subban-Gorges-Emelin are already minutes maxed out.
        Murray is what he is, and cannot play that role.
        Beaulieu would be lost in the D zone playing against a Top 6 in even strength minutes. He is not ready for that.

        • CJ says:

          Ideally, you move Markov to someone like the Av’s and take back Erik J and a prospect and/or pick. Makes sense for the habs as it helps to replace The General, but I can’t see that working for the Av’s as it’s essentially a lateral move. Same thing if you try and swing Slava Voynov from the Kings. Teams that would covet Marky would not likely have any interest in moving a roster player.

          Maybe target an RFA who the current team feels has high salary demands, that could fit into Montreal’s cap;

          Shultz, Kulikov, Gudbranson, Gardiner (gulp).

          In the case of the oilers and Panthers they may not want to pay these guys top dollars. In the case of Toronto, they may not be able to fit Gardiner under the cap.

          Food for thought. Lots of options.

    • adamkennelly says:

      lets not forget- if we sign Markov – it’ll be a 35+ contract – which means that team is fakked cap hit wise for the length of it if anything goes wrong. more risk involved. if we forget about being sentimental – the decision is easy – trade him.

  13. DipsyDoodler says:

    I hope Boone is watching the footie.

    4-0 Liverpool over Arsenal after 25 minutes!

  14. DipsyDoodler says:

    How about the Rangers as a contender?

    They seem to have a very balanced team. No dominant players (top scorer Mats Zuccarello is on pace for 22 goals), but a very solid lineup (that includes our old buddy Benoit Pouliot). Very solid D and an outstanding keeper.

    After a horrible start, they are the best team in the East since Dec 1 (tied with Pitts).

    And trading coaches with Vancouver – wasn’t that an upgrade?

    Also they have $8.7M in deadline cap space. They can make a deadline deal while most other teams can’t.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Unbelievable about the cap-space.

      “Bends but won’t break”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Morning Guy! Rangers have about 1.7 million in actual capspace, but the projected space at the deadline becomes the equivalent of an 8.7million per year contract.
        http://www.capgeek.com/
        Just saw your post from a little bit ago regarding Dunboyne. Would indeed be neat if we managed to get to see him in our neck of the woods.

        Have a great day my friend.

        • CJ says:

          The panthers have enough room to buy a franchise and fit them under the cap.

          I still don’t like the revenue sharing policy. The panthers have a current promotion in which you can gain admission to any Tuesday or Thursday night game by simply presenting a non winning $10 Florida lottery scratch ticket.

          We continue to send revenue sharing cheques south as the cost of going to a game in Montreal continues to rise. Between Ottawa, Montreal and road trips I used to hit 25 NHL games a season. At one point I had six seats in Ottawa and 2 in Montreal. Now, I go to maybe 5-10 games a year. With a family of four in which we need to purchase three seats (our little guy is under two), it’s at least a $500 night.

          • frontenac1 says:

            As Dick Irvin said.”Too many Teams. Too many bad Teams” I wonder how the Cdn teams will be impacted with the New TV deal. If you can watch all the games at home or at your favorite Saloon next season, how many fans are going to shell out that kinda dough to go see a clunker game? I’m sure you are not alone CJ in cutting back your trips to the rink.Saludos amigo!

          • CJ says:

            Good morning Front. Great post. I feel the same way. You can now buy a HD compatible television for the price of going to one game as a family. The picture is perfect. Why fight the traffic, pay $30 to park and drink $15 beers? I like going a handful of times so I can get a look at who’s working and who’s floating. I like taking our boys as a treat. I also like spending time with my wife and sharing the majesty of a professional sporting event.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Pouliot having what seems to be his best year yet in the NHL.

  15. GL says:

    I think tonights game Habs & Carolina will be a Goalies game. Best Goalie wins!!!

  16. Loop_Garoo says:

    Just read a bunch of great comments on concussions down below, and how many parents are now making the decision to keep their kids out of hockey due to injury risk. I was just thinking about a related topic. My girlfriend and I are taking her son, three and a half, to his first OHL game tonight in Barrie. I woke up today hoping there would be no fights; how do you tell a young child that two teenagers beating each other is ok? ( obvious answer-you don’t, cause its not). I’ve never like fighting in minor hockey, but woke up with a much stronger opinion this morning. It should be really simple for these kids. Get in a fight, see you next season. And for those who follow the Don Cherry idea of more stick work and dirty play if fighting goes, we all know that is a simply not true. No other area of like works like that, hockey shouldn’t be different.

    Greg

    • SmartDog says:

      The game needs some rethinking. And it WILL happen. But not under Bettman and sadly – not until some dramatic injuries. They continue to treat concussions like it’s an issue to be ‘thought about’. Like it’s something you can deal with, learn about, treat properly… and heal from. That’s all bullcrap. A concussions is something you cannot fully recover from and must AVOID at all costs. That’s the bottom line. Everything else is negligence and financial politics.

      I kept my son out of both football and hockey because of the concussions in those two sports. He plays soccer but doesn’t head the ball. You only get one brain, and unfortunately that brain doesn’t recover from injury well. End of story.

      ————————————-
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    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Exactly.

      The notion that you need enforcers to keep the peace is ludicrous. No other sport works that way including violent ones like rugby and football.

      Imagine if soccer players started trying to break each others’ legs so that they had to invent a position for someone who can’t dribble a ball but can fight. And otherwise sane people justified those soccer enforcers’ lack of skill by saying, playing skillful football is not his job.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        When watching you certainly get the impression multiple players appear to have their legs broken every game yet manage to play on due to the super healing powers which only Soccer players contain.

  17. JohnBellyful says:

    Good morning, gang members.
    Here’s what I’ll be doing for the next few days — I get asked this all the time — while waiting for Olympic men’s hockey to start.

  18. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    After watching some of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, every time the quite majestic Russian National Anthem was played/sang, for some reason it brought back fond memories of Roger Doucet singing the National Anthems of different countries during International competitions at the old Forum.

    Perhaps several already know the story, yet there was some surprise from here as to how Mr. Doucet had DIRECT involvement in resurrecting the words of the Russian National Anthem.

    The Story:
    Roger Doucet, the legendary Montreal anthem singer in the 1970s.

    In the summer of 1976 Doucet was asked to sing the national anthems at the new Canada Cup tournament.
    He was familiar with the American and of course Canadian anthems, but needed to learn the songs of the four European countries.

    He contacted the Department of External Affairs and they easily got him the lyrics for Sweden, Finland and Czechoslovakia, but there was a problem with the Soviet Union anthem – there were no words!

    It seems the original words in The Hymn Of The Soviet Union were quietly dropped after 1956 because of all the references to dictator Josef Stalin.
    Doucet was advised to “hum the anthem very loudly.”

    That didn’t sit too well with the proud singer.
    Somehow he unearthed a copy of the Stalinist lyrics.
    Since he could not speak or read Russian, he handed it to the Russian department at the University of Montreal, and asked them to “fix them up.”

    Before the Soviet Union-Czechslovakia game at the Canada Cup, Doucet showed Soviet team officials the rewritten lyrics.
    They had no objections, and Doucet sang the all new Hymn of the Soviet Union. With the game being broadcasted back home, the Russian fans must have been shocked to hear the new anthem.

    In 1977 the Soviet Parliament adopted the new lyrics.

    http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2010/04/how-roger-doucet-wrote-soviet-national.html

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Ronn. I had never heard that before. What an amazing story. I have vivid memories of Roger Doucet singing the anthem as do most Hab fans my age. What a legend, eh?

      Hum the anthem. That’s too funny. Its funny some of the youngsters don’t realize what kind of a world we lived in back then. I like to think that hockey contributed to moving the world a little closer together. I guess Roger in his own way gave HIS gift to the Russian people as well.

      Cool stuff.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi Jim Buddie
        Yea, back then things were much less complex…I’ll take growing up in the late 1960s-1970s vs. the pressures and craziness of today. And the music! Guys actually wrote their own songs and played real instruments :-)

        • SmartDog says:

          Wow. Nothing like that could ever happen today.
          Humming the anthem sounds like a Monty Python skit. Or something Rossane Barr would do because she didn’t take the time to learn the words.

          ————————————-
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  19. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning friends. Someone posted yesterday that the whacko who attempted to hijack a plane to Sochi yesterday was wearing a Hab jersey. Here’s a story.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2014-02-07/olympic-hijacker-canadiens-jersey-sochi-games-2014-airple-budapest

  20. HabFab says:

    Canada picks up first medal. A bronze in snowboarding.

  21. HabsFix says:

    How many goals do you folks think Pacioretty will score in the Olympics?

  22. Timo says:

    From Vancouver Sun “Despite carrying more of the play in the opening 20 minutes, the Canucks gave up an unlucky goal at 14:59 when P.K. Subban’s point shot ticked in off Pacioretty after Canadien Tomas Plekanec’s dived to draw a penalty.”

    Really… “dived”?

  23. The Jackal says:

    Lost track of time
    Mission accomplished – hope front is proud.

  24. The Jackal says:

    Will keep you posted then. Half way there.

  25. The Jackal says:

    Still around Timo.
    Just made last call after work.
    Can I do 3 pints in 20 mins?

  26. Timo says:

    You people all sleeping? Canadian snowboarders are bombing it.

  27. Timo says:

    Does anyone know if Bell has those additional olympics channels like they did last time? I hate calling them.

  28. Say Ash says:

    Just an FYI to everyone in the Vancouver area, Brendan Gallagher will be inducted to the Giants Ring of Honour on Feb 15:

    http://www.vancouvergiants.com/article/brendan-gallagher-to-be-inducted-into-giants-ring-of-honour

  29. krob1000 says:

    So I go to the Frontenacs game tonight because my kid is in the timbit game (he potted one! and did his Gallagher celebration, he now tucks his jersey like Gallagher, has a Gallagher sticker on his helmet and begs me daily to drive 3 hours to MOntreal just for a Gallagher burger from MCd’s)…anyway…wht a game. Fronts blow 4-1 lead then win 7-6 in shootout…Sam Bennett is impressive but this big power forward for Peterborough…Nick Ritchie…gets 5 goals! and a beauty first assist on the other one….unbelievable show. He is a big kid and has soft hands..and when I got home I googled him to see if he was tough….he already has over 100 pims…looks pretty darn good. Bennett is a fireball out there but this kid looked like a man among boys….he is huge! He may actually be too big and maybe that is the concern but man…5 goals and an assist is a pretty solid nights work. Will have to watch more of this kid…pretty sure he may sneak into the top 5 by seasons end.

    • CJ says:

      He is a consensus top ten in many pre draft rankings. I’ve seen him as high as number 5. Thank you for sharing the review. Sounds like your little guy had a great night. K Rock centre is sweet. I like to hit the Lone Star across the street for fajitas.

    • Mark C says:

      Nick Ritchie…be still my heart. If Markov is moved and a 1st is part of the package, I hope the brain trust thinks long and hard about moving up for him.

  30. B says:

    Hudon with an assist and a goal in the shoot out to help Baie-Comeau come back and defeat Chicoutimi 2-1 in the shoot out. The last place team making it tough for the first place team in their last 2 games.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  31. Sportfan says:

    UR Ma Gurd Gagne, Vanek, Miller didn’t get traded what a surprise lol

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  32. Sportfan says:

    I’ll actually get to watch the game tomorrow yay!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  33. B says:

    Bozon with his 24th, Kootenay up 5-1 over Lethbridge after 1.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  34. B says:

    Nevins with a scrap to go with his goal tonight. Less than 5 minutes for him to pick up an assist for the Gordie Howe.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  35. John Q Public says:

    .dennab nosnhoJ

  36. B says:

    Reway with his 17th, 3-0 Gatineau about half way through the 3rd.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  37. thebonscott says:

    Find it funny that a country famous for ballet, opera, and classical music is so against homosexuality. Shouldn’t they have seen it coming. ;-)

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

  38. Mattyleg says:

    Alright!
    Go Rangers!

    …always happy when Bettman’s Babes have a bad time.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  39. CranbrookEd says:

    “The NHL Department of Player Safety has fined Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin $5,000 for butt-ending Vancouver Canucks forward Pascal Pelletier.”

    CranbrookEd
    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . .

  40. CJ says:

    I asked last week and will throw it out again tonight;

    Anyone have a report on Marcus Power? Three assists so far tonight. I wonder if the Canadiens will sign him as a 20 year old free agent? From what a gather on twitter he has good speed, is physical and has size. I have never seen him play and would appreciate any first hand report regarding his skills and abilities.

    Just curious to see if the Canadiens might offer an AHL contract, or if it’s better to look elsewhere.

  41. Habitant in Surrey says:

    ‘Tales of a First-Round Nothing: My Life as an NHL Footnote’: by Terry Ryan

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Former+Ryan+writes+about+life+footnote/9455276/story.html ; Pat Hickey

  42. Phil C says:

    About soccer vs hockey and concussions.

    The biggest difference is that soccer concussions are accidental. While many hockey concussions are also accidental (see Bournival, Michael), the biggest problem with hockey is that the rules, as they are currently enforced, make it perfectly legal to concuss your opponent on purpose without being penalized. These type of hits are not only tolerated, but encouraged and expected in competitive hockey. Until this changes, hockey will never be a safe sport to play.

    • adadi says:

      I know that Bettman’s NHL is riding high and he subscribes to Cherry’s neanderthal tendencies, but I cannot help but feel that the league is today what Formula 1 was six or seven years ago. At its peak. Formula 1 today is regressing quickly. Revenues are not what they used to be and Bernie has to keep making deals with less than honourable leaders to keep his revenues up.

      Not sure if this means the NHL will be in Dubai anytime soon but I feel that the latest Rogers deal will be the best one the league will see for a while. All this because Bettman is not long-term thinking when it comes to this league. He’s is looking at revenue streams 24 months out. As I said before, this whole concussion thing is driving a stake through the sports future as parents will make decisions to protect their kids.

      • Phil C says:

        “As I said before, this whole concussion thing is driving a stake through the sports future as parents will make decisions to protect their kids.”

        Exactly, I am obviously a huge fan of the sport, but I would never let my children play contact hockey as the rules are now. It’s simply not worth it.

        You are also right about the NHL being too worried about maximizing revenues instead of being good custodians of the sport and taking care of the grass roots. They will pay for it eventually.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Moms are very concerned about their kids possibly getting concussed playing minor hockey, whereas that stigma hasn’t reached soccer yet. My friend’s wife won’t let her burly son play hockey, she wants him to play soccer. She’s North African, and she’ll probably be overruled, but she looked at me cross-eyed when I bought the kid a hockey net and sticks for his birthday.

      • Phil C says:

        At least non-competitive hockey is non-contact now, at least in Ontario. It makes the game a lot safer.

        • Bash says:

          There is no contact in Peewee in NL. But two years ago there was. Here’s a glitch…next season first year Bantams in their first year of body contact will play against second year Bantams who have been hitting for three years! Throw in the size differential in that age range and look out!

          “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  43. Hstands4Hockey says:

    The guy who tried to Hijack a plane in Turkey today and go to Sochi was wearing a Habs jersey.

    ——————————————————————–
    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
    @Hstands4Hockey

  44. adadi says:

    HEEHEE. Not sure if this is old news but just heard that the pilots on Bieber’s chartered jet to the superbowl had to put on oxygen masks because the Bieb and his buddies were smoking so much pot the pilots were worried about getting stoned.

    Man, either this guy has the greatest publicist on the planet or he’s the biggest tool on the planet.

  45. CJ says:

    I just watched Martin Reway and the Gatineau Olympics first period on TVA.

    Reway was working the point on the PP and has some of the sweetest hands I’ve seen. I honestly don’t think it would be an exaggeration to suggest his hands, skating and hockey IQ are already at an NHL level.

    He is small, but fearless. Unlike Galley he does not seek contact, but does not shy away from puck battles either. Looking forward to seeing his skill on display going forward.

  46. B says:

    Nevins scores his 16th, Rouyn-Noranda up 2-0 over Chicoutimi after the first.

    Reway is back and playing for Gatineau tonight, no points for him yet but his team is up 2-0 over Cape Breton after 1.

    Baie-Comeau and Shawinigan are scoreless after 1. First place Baie-Comeau should be motivated in this rematch after losing to last place Shawinigan last game.

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • frontenac1 says:

      Thanks for the update on Nevins amigo! CJ and I have been keeping an eye on this lad. Hope he continues with his progress. Saludos!

      • CJ says:

        Agreed. Thanks B!

        Nevins is tough as nails. I think we will see more contracts in the coming weeks. Fournier and Nevins were good signings this year. I had hope for Brady Shaw and Liam Coughlin, but those ships have not yet sailed.

        Looking forward to watching the Bulldogs next season. The team is going to be better and much tougher. We might need to take a road trip Front!

        • B says:

          FYI, you can see the Bulldogs Sunday at 3:00 PM on Sportsnet360. Might not be as fun as next season’s team but there are still some prospects worth keeping an eye on there.

          –Go Habs Go!–

          • CJ says:

            I wanted to take the boys to their skate at the bell Sensplex this afternoon, but my men were tired. We are going to try and catch them tomorrow. I’m keeping an eye out to see where they are having their pre game skate.

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …the Bulldogs were pitiful in Their games in Abbotsford B

            …except for Tinordi and Pateryn

        • frontenac1 says:

          Road trip to Steeltown? That’s the other end of the Big Lake amigo. Yeah, that might work. We will let Burly arrange the details.

        • Mark C says:

          What is Liam up to these days? The whole tire pumping by Trevor and non-drafting, including trading out of the 7th round last year was odd.

          • CJ says:

            Playing in the BCHL for the Vernon Vipers. Kyle Turris played there if I recall correctly. He has committed to playing division 1 hockey next season. I thought he was going to be our seventh round pick.

  47. Eddie says:

    Hey UCE, check this out buddy! It will help you with the gremlins.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qoYsfbq3vMc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqoYsfbq3vMc

  48. Ron says:

    According to Renne Lavoie, Yemmy got fined $5000 for his stick hit on Pellitier in last nights game

  49. adadi says:

    Funny how many people have mixed feelings about Patches, including myself. A lot of the media was saying “great that he got the hat trick but…”. Really curious to see how he does on the big ice and with better line mates than in MTL. Jury seems to be split on whether he will continue to progress or whether he will regress.

    Personally I feel that there are too many parts of his game missing for him to become a great player. I don’t really like him as a player but there is no doubt that he scores a lot of goals. I’d like to hear him give a shout out to Gally once in a while. Everyone keeps saying how important DD is to his game. Personally I think Cole and now Gally have been much more important to his game than DD.

    • A. Berke says:

      +1
      After Cole was traded, both Patches and DD were struggling big time and that lasted until MT broke up the EGG line to put Gallagher with (to prop) them; now they’re producing again yet Gally is hardly getting hardly any mention/kudos from anyone. IMO without Gallagher doing most, if not all of the dirty work, DD and Patches production will start suffering again.

      Cheers,

      Ali B.

  50. Un Canadien errant says:

    The Gremlins ate another one of my posts, I hope they’re sated because it was a big one.

    This time I came prepared though, I backed it up, you can read it by clicking on the link below if you’re interested.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2014/02/nhl-pre-olympic-break-thoughts.html

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    … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.–Bill Simmons

    • Phil C says:

      “Boston clears the puck around the boards and Murray! Bulldoses the puck back into Boston’s zone. The Boston player looks a little shaken up…” I like it.

      BTW, the offending word in your post is J-o-h-n-s-o-n. Don’t ask me why, but I figured it out one day trying to talk about the trade for Jeff Carter.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …it’s far more of a loss when the little critters gorge on Your thoughtful literate ruminations Normand, but I almost ate My PC after two or three of My longer posts went to the cloud refuse in the ether

      …I almost called My lawyer to sue Boone, but thought better of it

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        It’s so frustrating when it happens. I still forget to save a copy before I hit ‘Submit’, after all these instances. I read Jane’s post recently where she said the same thing was happening to her, and that she felt it was a disincentive to continue posting.

  51. jols101 says:

    Should have gotten Yakupov when everyone was shitting on him for not being a super star right away. He is starting to adjust and has been putting up points. He will be awesome by next year, kudos to the Oilers for not giving up on him.

  52. HabFab says:

    Spector’s Hockey – 8 Viral Sochi Olympics Photos That Are Total Lies http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/8-viral-sochi-olympics-photos-that-are-total-lies-1517429839

  53. athanor says:

    Now there’s good news — Tim F. Peel is to be a ref at the Olympics.

    I just don’t understand.

  54. HabFab says:

    So the boys had fun with the attire today. PK definitely appears to have a good chance for the Grapes Best Award;
    http://instagram.com/p/kIAjhiMzUW/#

  55. Plekasuares says:

    Go Canadian Olympians! Go Ukrainian Olympians! (I’m dual). Obviously I expect the Habs Olympians to wing there game tommorow :(, unfortunately it’s just human nature.

  56. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The guys who are against trading Markov are the same guys that jumped up and down when the Habs drafted de la Rose and Fucale. How do you think the Habs got those picks? Sorry but for an organization to be continually successful it has to replenish itself with good prospects. The Habs didn’t trade Koivu, Kovalev, Tanguay just to squeek into the playoffs. What good did that do (except $$$ for Gillette)? Sometimes you have to think of the long-term over the short term.

    BTW Markov might be the number 2 D-man on this team but he is not a number 2 D-man anymore. He still has had good games this year but he has been having more and more poor ones as well. His defensive game is deteriorating and will only get worse as he ages. He didn’t finish well last season and we have no idea how he will finish this season. Plus, he’s never played well in the playoffs anyway. Also the Habs made the playoffs without him. The reason the Habs are in the playoff hunt is not the D; it is the goalie having his best year. There will never be a better opportunity to move him than this season. It’s time to pass the torch to PK and move on.

    • adadi says:

      I think it is okay to trade Markov (and Pleks) if there is a good return. But if the Habs can come to terms with him do not underestimate how important of a role model he will be. This is going to be a very young team very soon, you need some older guys to keep things together. The two veterans I like for this type of role are Pleks and Markov. Need to be careful not to repeat what has happened in Edmonton where they have a super talented group of young forwards that don’t seem to play anywhere near their potential.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I agree that Markov should be traded rather than lose him for nothing. And I don’t think a 3-year deal is in the best interest of the Habs either. Having said that what do you suppose the Pens would offer for an experienced PP d-man today?

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      Sorry that’s just flawed logic. Just because someone favoured trading Hall Gill does not mean they must favour trading Markov. And there might be 3 or 4 teams were Markov doesn’t slot in as a number 2 or 3 defenseman, but there are not many.

      Greg

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Markov is a veteran who is in a decline like Hall Gill even though he is obviously a better player. When Craig Rivet was traded, he had more years left in him but the Habs made the right move and ended with Max and Gorges. The future is with PK, Price, Gally, Chucky, Beaulieu etc. Time to move on.

        • Loop_Garoo says:

          I agree Markov is in decline, and its time to move forward with more youth. Cube and Murrey both gone next year, Gionta gone ( may be able to trade him), etc. Markov will be there, with a three year deal, helping provide leadership. He wont waive his no trade, does not want to play anywhere else, and we cant replace him for anything less than he’s going to get from us.

          Greg

    • Phil C says:

      You don’t sell when you are in a playoff position unless you have a replacement. As such, Markov is going no where.

  57. Eddie says:

    It’s pretty easy to defend Murray today. In his last 16 games dating back to Jan 1 he has played +/- even, which is very respectable.

    But in Nov and Dec Murray was -11 in 19 games!! That is outrageously bad even if you believe that +/- is far from a perfect stat, and I would agree.

    So yes Murray is playing significantly better. Good for him and good for the team.

    But if goes back to his old ways of Nov and Dec I will jump all over him again, no matter how big he is.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Maybe it’s due to some good coaching he’s getting (lighting a fuse here). But to be serious momentarily, he has been far more impactful here than in the playoffs with Pitt.

      “Bends but won’t break”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Fair enough Ed. He makes this team much better when he”s playing well. The size he adds us important to a team who sometimes is lacking in that area.

      The guy who us troubling me more then anyone now is Markov. He’s just slowed down so much. I’m wondering if there isn’t an injury.

    • adadi says:

      He’s a big guy on a small team who plays a hard game. Of course he’s going to look good

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ed, don’t deny Murray was worse earlier, but I must ask, can you be just as hard now on PK given his play has dropped off, or is it only okay to criticize the players making much less whom are also expected to deliver less as a result?

      Lets be fair in our criticism and not just pick and choose who is easy to jump all over.

      • Eddie says:

        Burly, yesterday I described Subban’s recent play as being “terrible”.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Fair enough bud, I just have gotten very very tired of the constant bemoaning of Murray. Perhaps you got the brunt of it with my post.

          Murray of course is on the wrong side of his career, is never going to carry a team to anything. BUt he will contribute in whatever way possible and if a team needs a small push from a large body he will provide.

          Sick and tired of a group of people who act like Murray is a useless pylon not worthy of wearing the CH. In my opinion he wears the CH with more pride than many others whose statistics may look better but whose heart should be chucked in the St. Lawrence.

          CHeers

          And no I am not aiming that vitriol at PK.

  58. adadi says:

    I have a soft spot for the Nucks as i spent the better part of two years living there. A couple of years ago they were probably the best puck possession team in the league. Sitting in the Rogers Centre and watching the Nucks passing was really a treat. However, much like Montreal they were more a skill team and did not possess any team toughness as demonstrated in the final with the Bruins a couple of years ago. Of course had the games been officiated as games are during the regular season, the Nucks would have the Cup banner and not the Bruins.

    Also much like their Canadians their skill players have gotten older and slower and they too are caught in the no man’s land of wanting to be a skill team but wanting to get tougher.

    I would say that the biggest problem the Nucks have today is Gillis. This guy is up there with Millbury in terms of ability. he was single handedly responsible for the Luongo/Schneider fiasco and has consistently made decisions based on saving his skin instead of helping the team. I think the straw that breaks his back will probably be the hiring of Torts. Much as the players may say they like him because he has their back, he is not the coach for that team. Frankly Vignault was pretty much the perfect coach for the team but he had been there a season too long. Actually, I did not understand why Gillis would not have hired Maurice instead of Torts. Maurice would have probably been the perfect fit after Vignault. Anyway, I wish the Nucks much suffering fans better days ahead, but I fear that their road may be just as long as the Habs’ road is promising to be.

  59. Ron says:

    Louis Jean of TVA Sports twetted that Bourny does have a concussion. Poor kid. Hope when he is well he does not get gun shy. He is a fantastic up and coming Hab.

    • adadi says:

      I wonder if we will start to see players bailing on hockey after getting concussed. The science is getting pretty compelling on how just one concussion can spell disaster. Anyway, one thing for sure, parents are paying attention and I suspect the youth programs will begin to lose substantial steam as parents look for other ways to keep their kids engaged and active. Soccer for instance is the fastest growing sport by far in Canada. The number of clubs, schools and academies seems to be growing exponentially and I suspect soccer will surpass hockey even in Canada as the biggest revenue producing sport in the next ten years. Having taken in several Impact games this summer, I expect Joey S will be building a second deck on his stadium in the near future.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Great post.

        If the contemptible NHL could provide leadership on this, rather than window-dressing, the future of the game of hockey would look a lot brighter. The only future the league is interested in is that of its revenues.

      • Eddie says:

        Dude, there are tons of concussions in soccer as well. Girls high school soccer has concussion victims.

        • Eddie says:

          Not to take away from the problem if concussions in hockey, because I agree it is a terrible problem. My son and daughter have both had multiple concussions.

        • adadi says:

          You’re right about soccer as well. A lot of parents insist on their kids not heading the ball. The difference with soccer is that these kinds of injuries are not considered part of the culture and they are much more open to finding solutions.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Too bad for Bournival and the Habs. I don’t think Parros will have the same effect on the Bad Company line! 1 game only a suppose then AG is back and playing with Larry, Prust can play on that line which I think would make a great 4th

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  60. kempie says:

    BrianWilde ‏@BWildeCTV 1m
    TVA @LouisJean_TVA reporting concussion for Bournival.

  61. Un Canadien errant says:

    My comments on last night’s win against Vancouver were rescued from the ether by HIO admin, faceless as they are. Thanks for that. I will re-post them here.

    ****************

    I was watching a game with a Vancouver fan, and had to subject myself to watching the Vancouver broadcast instead of RDS. Play-by-play caller John Shorthouse does a creditable job, but his sidekick John Garrett is just awful. He went on a rant one minute in about how an icing call (against the Canucks, natch) shouldn’t have been an icing call, and golly if it was up to him…

    It was interesting to hear them heap encomiums on Max Pacioretty. Obviously the broadcast team didn’t do its research on the Canadiens by reading HIO, they were raving about what a big strong skater he was, and what a lethal sniper he is.

    I hope that some of our members got to witness how poor the Vancouver forwards are, with a diminished Alex Burrows and an injured Henrik Sedin, they really are struggling talent and depth-wise. That should be some indication of how dispensable Dale Weise is, if they felt they could part with him.

    Having said that, he is really effective with Ryan White and Michaël Bournival, those guys seem to be meshing, and form a usable fourth line. Which is good, it’s a pleasant change from previous seasons with Aaron Palushajes and Andreas Engqvists and Yannick Webers making up our fourth trio.

    Roberto Luongo pitched forward while doing the splits again, he often ends up on his stomach while opponents flip the puck above him. We sat up and took notice, it’s worrisome if he ends up in nets for Team Canada. Roberto has been good with gusts to great, but he also has lulls where he looks like he has no confidence. Meanwhile Carey looked cool, calm and collected. The Vancouver broadcast team took note.

    I’ll come back to this topic in greater length, but Douglas Murray proved his worth again tonight when Tom Sestito, who is a tough customer able to give Brian McGrattan a run for his money, started throwing his weight around in front of the Canadiens net. I think it was Ryan White or Brandon Prust who wrapped him up, but right with him in the scrum was the big Swede. Mr. Sestito kept barking, but allowed himself to be steered away from the crease, and skated away without any facewashing or cross-checking. Douglas Murray’s physical presence defuses certain situations before they explode, and in the NHL as it’s currently mismanaged, this contribution is crucial, even if it doesn’t appear on the scoresheet, and in the Corsi or Fenwick or other calculations. If the Senators have Jared Cowan and Eric Gryba, and the Leafs have Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren, we have to have players like George Parros and Douglas Murray.

    To really get a sense of how he’s doing, we should be comparing his stats and advanced stats against other players of his ilk, #6 defencemen who are not there for their powerplay skills, but for their rough-and-tough attributes. So we should measure him against the Mark Frasers, the Deryk Engellands, not against Raphaël Diaz or Francis Bouillon, who are on the team for other skillsets.

    ———————————————————————–
    … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.–Bill Simmons

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  62. habsgod says:

    DURING last night’s game they showed price’s gaa and sv% for each month of the season so far and i think february is his best so far…did anyone else see that? any help on this would be sweet1

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Yes I recall seeing that. Unfortunely I cant remember the data which was part of that graph. TSN’s point was how Price’s sv% had steadily declined since October. I think they just pooh poohed February’s numbers as being a small sample.

    • Timo says:

      This they cross-referenced it with the increased number of shots he’s been facing and an increasing team suckitude since October?

  63. jols101 says:

    When do the actual Olympic games start? Does Canada have any medal hopefuls on the 1st day?

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Bunch of snow-boarders have either made it to the finals, got eliminated, or are in the semi-finals (like rowing s repechage). There is a team figure skating round and Patrick Chan opened with a third place finish.

      “Bends but won’t break”

  64. habstrinifan says:

    Can’t wait for the Olympics!

    And oh yeah.. GO TONGA GO! John Candy would be proud of you!

  65. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Willie O’Ree noted that “racist remarks were much worse in the U.S. cities than in Toronto and Montreal,” the two Canadian cities hosting NHL teams at the time, and that “Fans would yell, ‘Go back to the South’ and ‘How come you’re not picking cotton?’ Things like that. It didn’t bother me. I just wanted to be a hockey player, and if they couldn’t accept that fact, that was their problem, not mine.”

    From Wikipedia: …After O’Ree’s stint in the NHL, there were no other black player in the NHL until another Canadian player, Mike Marson, was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1974.

    There were 17 black players in the NHL as of the mid-2000s, the most prominent being Canadian (and current Bruins forward) Jarome Iginla. Art Dorrington was the first black player to sign an NHL contract, in 1950 with the New York Rangers organization, but never played beyond the minor league level.

    NHL players are now required to enroll in a diversity training seminar before each season, and racially based verbal abuse is punished through suspensions and fines.

    While O’Ree was the first black player in the NHL, Larry Kwong, a Canadian of Chinese descent, was first to break racial barriers when he played one game for the New York Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens on March 13, 1948.

    Manny Malhotra is the second East Indian player in the NHL, playing for the Vancouver Canucks, playing in a total of 864 NHL games. Robin Bawa is the first person of East Indian descent to play in the NHL, where he achieved six goals and one assist in 61 games, while collecting 60 penalty minutes.

  66. Propwash says:

    244 kilos of cocaine seized at the port of Montreal? Man, Rob Ford is gonna be pissed…

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  67. B says:

    No CHL game on Sportsnet tonight, but I did notice the Bulldogs vs Marlies game is on Sportsnet360 Sunday at 3:00 PM.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  68. SPATS says:

    Just read the sportsnet feature on Price (here’s a link)

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/big-game-hunter-carey-price-has-his-sights-set-first-gold-then-the-cup/

    All I can say is

    KEEP CALM AND CAREY ON

  69. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …if any in British Columbia are interested to meet Willie O’Ree, he will be in Langley and Surrey for autographs at Pastime Sports, February 12th and 13th

    https://www.facebook.com/events/400922663376873/?ref=5

    • melski says:

      remember seeing him play for New Haven Nighthawks

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I was quite young when seeing his first game with the Bruins I believe

        …I didn’t appreciate the significance of the moment then …but I do now :)

        … January 18, 1958

        …do You know he was 95% blind in one eye as a result of an AHL injury 2 years earlier ? …he kept it a secret at the time

  70. Dunboyne Mike says:

    @Mods.
    Looks like it was decided to pull the plug on Funky. But it also looked like he was pulling back somewhat in his last post. Steep learning curve? Just my 2c.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …crabs are notoriously slow in coming around, …yet almost always do come around in the … ?

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Mods can be like NHL refs. As another poster pointed out, why wasn’t Bishop given a penalty for leaving the crease like Pricey was?

      “Bends but won’t break”

    • Ron says:

      There has been far more left unmoded on this blog than Funky’s bit today. If posters were honest they would say so. He may have used the ah**e expression towards another but was in the end he did repent on it. It wasn’t like he wasn’t pushed along after with some special phrases which weren’t taken into consideration.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        which weren’t taken into consideration or which aren’t in Canadian dictionaries (if you’re referring to special phrases in a post of mine).

        The odium he attracted was due not to using the ah**e expression but to attacking a poster rather than a poster’s opinion (which was what in turn precipitated posters to attack him and not his opinion).

        It looked like a community self-regulating. And it DID seem to me like he was coming around, which is why I expressed surprise at his modding.

        • Ron says:

          My post has nothing to do any phraes you may have made today Mike. What I am saying is worse attackes have taken place on this site than the a**le comment on most any given day and those remain. He was described in a round about way as an idiot and pathetic. I’m not sure if you noticed those but I venture to believe you didn’t miss them. When this site was started of which I have been here that long, mods were put in place too keep an eye on the postings etc and removed them as need be. Today that option was taken. Others were not. This idea you have of a community self regulating is not suppossed to be that way. Jumping on as a pack by afew posters in any manner they choice is not right. I am not just making this statement in regard to todays flare up but in alot of threads that are posted here. They don’t have that right. Sorry if you don’t agree but that is your right as a poster.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            No need to apologise to me, Ron, especially since I remain relatively new to this kind of virtual community and my experience is confined more or less exclusively to HIO. So I am still very much working out what I think of how things operate. Observations like yours above are very instructive in that process. If you’re saying that it’s better for mods to stay on the ball and police the site — as opposed to posters ganging up on individuals vigilante style — I completely agree. I guess I thought that today’s episode featured someone bringing a lot of trash on himself, whereupon he might have either departed, fought back even more (his initial attitude suggested he couldn’t care less what anyone else thought of his manner), or actually wondered if maybe the community (or bits of it?) was making a valid point. Since it looked as though he was veering towards the latter, I thought it was a pity he got nuked, all the more so since the argument in which he was involved — Olympics vs NHL — is a really deep and interesting one.

            So in short, I don’t need to exercise my right — as you say — to disagree with you, since I don’t yet know what I think! Cheers.

          • Ron says:

            Mike, just keep your thoughts along the lines that we are speaking as you will see the actions of which I spoke, sooner or later.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Will do. Please check in with me on that again.

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