Chelios becomes 45th Habs player enshrined in Hall of Fame


Canadiens defenceman Chris Chelios leans on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ron Hextall in 1987 Montreal Forum action.
Denis Brodeur, NHLI via Getty Images

Superstar defenceman Chris Chelios on Tuesday joined fellow rearguard Scott Niedermayer and forward Brendan Shanahan in the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.

Chelios began his career in Montreal in 1983-84 at the age of 24 and was a member of the 1986 Stanley Cup champions. He would win two more Cups, with Detroit, and finally retire as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers at the age of 48 in 2009-10, having played 1,651 regular-season games.

The native of Chicago also joined late Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero, a builder, and women’s pioneer Geraldine Heaney in this year’s group of inductees, who will be enshrined in November.

Chelios is the 45th Canadiens player to be inducted into the Hall, the first since Patrick Roy and Dick Duff were called in 2006. The Habs also have 10 builders in hockey’s temple.

Here’s a feature I wrote on then-Red Wing Chelios in 2008.

Below, courtesy of the Canadiens 2012-13 media guide, is a look at the Canadiens who have received hockey’s highest honour:



  1. habs11s, 10 July, 2013

    Sens @ Canucks for the ‘Heritage Classic’ at BC Place on March 2nd, 2014- CONFIRMED…

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  2. HabinBurlington, 10 July, 2013

    The NHL is going to quickly kill this cash cow of outdoor/stadium hockey with the amount of games they are scheduling.

  3. HardHabits, 10 July, 2013

    I can’t wait until they start to schedule indoor games like the good old days.

  4. Cal, 10 July, 2013

    Isn’t BC Place inside? Stupid cash grab and, if the fans are stupid enough, it looks like these “heritage games” will continue.

    The only one I’d like to see would be on the top of Mount Royal at night. It’ll never happen unless the Big Owe gets destroyed.

  5. Un Canadien errant, 10 July, 2013

    Retractable roof, although at that time of year chances are it will be closed.

  6. Cal, 10 July, 2013

    Isn’t it really warm in Vancouver in March?

  7. Un Canadien errant, 10 July, 2013

    I love how the confirmed kid now acts as if he’s in on the joke.

  8. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    (any chance he was all along?)
    (and why am I whispering?)

  9. jimmy shaker, 10 July, 2013

    This team will make the playoffs and have a really good regular season, they will be top 5 again in goals for have a top 7 pp but once again the pk will struggle because the D can’t clear the crease……and if Price doesn’t get his head out of his arce and start living up to this potential most people speak of on here, they will have another early exit in the springtime dance.


  10. H.Upmann, 10 July, 2013

    I feel like I’ve been reliving this for the past seven or ten years….

  11. Hobie Hansen, 10 July, 2013

    So what’s the story with Mason Raymond? Is he hurt? Does he have off ice issues? Are he and his agent asking for a boatload of money?

    He seemed to get his health back on track last year after being injured off and on the two previous. He looks like a guy who can score 20 goals, he had 25 in 2010/11. He’s not big and tough but at least he’s 6 feet tall.

    Barring any unknown issues with this guy, I’d have rather signed him for 2 or 3 years over Briere.

  12. ProHabs, 10 July, 2013

    Simple. He is not French.

  13. HabFanSince72, 10 July, 2013

    Simple is right.

  14. Un Canadien errant, 10 July, 2013

    Quite right. According to Hockey Reference, Stephane Da Costa is the only French player active right now in the NHL.

  15. B, 10 July, 2013

    Antoine Roussel in Dallas?

    –Go Habs Go!–

  16. Un Canadien errant, 10 July, 2013

    Now you’re just being lazy. You want to know the story on Mason Raymond, just watch a few games he played in the last couple of seasons, courtesy of the HNIC video on

    Or, visit any Vancouver Canucks fans boards and see what they think of Mr. Raymond.

    Or, understand that Mike Gillis said he wanted the team to be younger and tougher, which is roughly what Marc Bergevin wants, but let Mason Raymond go to UFA.

    I know he’s got name recognition, but Mason Raymond is not a cure for what ails us. As I’ve said before, think of him as a marginally more talented Aaron Palushaj.

  17. Hobie Hansen, 10 July, 2013

    Yes I was being lazy ;-). However, I wasn’t talking like he was some star player who I wanted badly. he’s Just a 2nd or 3rd line winger who’s a heck of a lot younger than Briere and probably just as good as Briere at this point.

  18. Un Canadien errant, 10 July, 2013

    Still no. I enjoy watching the Canucks, love some of their players, but Mason brings nothing to the table.

  19. Hobie Hansen, 10 July, 2013

    That’s why I asked the question to get an opinion like yours :-). The reason being, I never watch the Canucks, intentionally.

    Something about the team, the fans that just makes me want to see them lose.

  20. The Chicoutimi Cucumber, 10 July, 2013

    Living in Van, I see Raymond play a fair bit. He has wheels and little else. Small, soft and only marginally productive for a top-6 player – what do we need that for?

    Briere is breaking down and may be totally over the hill, BUT if he has something left in the tank then he is a much better acquisition than Raymond would be.

  21. Mattyleg, 10 July, 2013


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  22. H.Upmann, 10 July, 2013

    I’m at Pearson airport waiting for my flight to Timo land… Wonder if I should pick some duty free eau De toilette for him at the gift shop..

  23. johnnylarue, 10 July, 2013

    Just a guess, but I imagine the last thing a Calgarian wants to see right now is “eau” of anything! 😉

  24. H.Upmann, 10 July, 2013

    Same here. Actually have to hand it to Toronto civil planning and engineers, the storm on Monday didn’t kill anyone

  25. BJ, 10 July, 2013

    Brylcreem or Wild Root Cream Oil should do it.

  26. boing007, 10 July, 2013

    A little dab will do ya.

    Richard R

  27. ratboy1968, 10 July, 2013

    The story cites Chelios as the 45th member of the Canadiens to be inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. What about Doug Gilmour? HHOF class of 2011 and last time I checked, a member of the Habs for 2 years. Besides, I see Denis Savard listed here. If he is listed, Gilmour deserves to be listed as well.

  28. commandant, 10 July, 2013

    As McCarron is set to make his decision between the London Knights and NCAA… a look at what each path means for players in his situation.

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  29. habs1992, 10 July, 2013

    I can CONFIRM he has chosen the London Knights.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  30. HammerHab, 10 July, 2013

    so could TSN 4 hours before you posted.


    It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

  31. T-roy West, 10 July, 2013

    He has already made his decision… 100% London!!

  32. B, 10 July, 2013

    A good article, thanks!

    Why does the NCAA make anyone who plays a single CHL game ineligible? Is there a sensible reason or are they just being dicks to try and force more players into their system (and punish those who don’t or may not opt for the NCAA)?

    Why shouldn’t a hot shot young kid play a season or two in the CHL before being old enough to have finished high school and then attend an NCAA school if he wants to go that route? What harm would that do the the NCAA?

    –Go Habs Go!–

  33. Un Canadien errant, 10 July, 2013

    It does have a bit of a competitive component for them, but the main reason is that it was established when the antiquated notions of the amateur athlete were prevalent. Junior players get paid a stipend, so that disqualifies them from NCAA competition.

    Note that CHL players who want to go to US Colleges with NCAA programs are allowed to, but they can’t participate in competitive athletics.

    What is weird though, is you can have been a pro baseball player, for example, and return to play NCAA football, since they are different sports, and you’re not tainted by the pro angle. Ridiculous, but that’s how they run it.

  34. Spartan117, 10 July, 2013

    Morrow is interested in the Habs…

  35. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    That’s a fun avatar.

  36. rhino514, 10 July, 2013

    The failure to get a real good UFA gives some food for thought on speculation montreal may not be first choice for most players. I don´t think we are at the bottom of the list but we aren´t at the top of the list either. Briere may have one more decent season left and it´s cool that he´s from here, but there were, and still are a few guys out there who would help us out more.
    To me, it makes MB´s acquisition of Prust last year even more impressive; a real tough guy who can also do some things offensively. Kudos for that move.
    I think we do have a chance to land the odd good player via trade, though, we have a nice crop of prospects coming up and some guys on the team with trade value who are replaceable.

  37. Strummer, 10 July, 2013

    Prust was another example of the Habs overpaying to attract free agents.
    Similar situation in 2009 during Smurf-a-palooza.
    I think Prust’s girlfriend being a Montrealer was the clincher

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  38. The_Truth, 10 July, 2013

    True on Prusts’ GF. I really wonder if he would have come here otherwise.

  39. Luke, 10 July, 2013

    I don’t think there were any real good UFAs this year.

    Briere is right at the top of this year’s bunch.
    Clarkson’s the marquee name, and he’s a 29-yr old that has scored more than 20 goals ONCE in his career, and he got 7 years at 5.2mil. He’s a solid player, but that’s a lot to pay him I think. Unfortunatelty, It won’t cripple the Leafs cap.

    I don’t recall who said it, but Clarkson is a third line talent with top line effort.

  40. mrhabby, 10 July, 2013

    maybe if the habs were a team that competes hard and goes deep into the playoffs every year it might make a difference in adding top notch UFA’S..Winning Teams draw great players.

  41. Strummer, 10 July, 2013

    What did Brendan Morrow do with the Pens down the stretch and in the playoffs that makes him desirable here?

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  42. Ozmodiar, 10 July, 2013

    15 GP, 14 Pts down the stretch with Pitt. Pretty good.

  43. HabinBurlington, 10 July, 2013

    And plus 5, I was going to put that down as well, but assumed Strummer didn’t want to hear it.

  44. Strummer, 10 July, 2013

    Lets see- pretty good down the stretch, invisible in playoffs-
    sounds like he’d fit right in on the Habs. Sign him!

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  45. HabinBurlington, 10 July, 2013

    So then why not just say you have no interest in him, why ask?

  46. Strummer, 10 July, 2013


    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  47. Strummer, 10 July, 2013

    Invisible in playoffs 4 pts. in 14 games.

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  48. Ozmodiar, 10 July, 2013

    Fractured knee cap, no?

    In any event, it doesn’t take away from what he did in the regular season. He really stepped up his game with Crosby out. That might interest a team.

  49. Strummer, 10 July, 2013

    depending on the cap hit and who needs to move to make room for him he could be useful
    Sounds like he would have been a better pick-up than Briere.

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  50. Ozmodiar, 10 July, 2013

    DD? 🙂

    I don’t like the idea of Briere or DD playing on the wing.

  51. boing007, 10 July, 2013

    Just about every player on the Penguins was invisible against the Bruins. The Invisible Penguins.

    Richard R

  52. HabinBurlington, 10 July, 2013

    Off ice or on ice?

  53. The_Truth, 10 July, 2013

    He isn’t an impact player like he once was, but is a good depth signing for the 3rd line, if Gionta isn’t ready. He brings a lot more to the table than Moen or White.

    You need these depth signings in a long season and there is nobody on the farm to come up, in case of injury, and do what he can do. It’s better than Blunden.

    If Gionta isn’t ready



  54. fastfreddy, 10 July, 2013

    Did I read correctly yesterday on this site that the Habs traded Louis Leblanc, or was that just some source talk?

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  55. von, 10 July, 2013

    That would be a rumour and nothing more at this point.


    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  56. fastfreddy, 10 July, 2013

    Thanks Von

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  57. Luke, 10 July, 2013

    I’m guessing it was the “You might also Like” breaking the story that LeBlanc was dealt a couple of year’s ago while playing Junior .

  58. secretdragonfly, 10 July, 2013

    On the subject of former Habs, he’ll never get to the Hall of Fame but good luck to Dags anyway. Sounds like a good opportunity for him.

  59. FishOutOfWater, 10 July, 2013

    now how does pitts get a steal like that, depth signing but he doesnt come back here. id love to see him back. young enough. bonafide nhler. i dont get it

  60. Walmyr, 10 July, 2013

    A good opportunity for him…and a big steal for the Penguins…a third line who scored 20 goals once…as you said: good look to him!


  61. Habilis, 10 July, 2013

    Leafs development camp is on right now, Kevin McGran (Leaf writer) is tweeting about it:

    “Kevin McGran ‏@kevin_mcgran
    Distinct lack of creativity here. Nerves? (Josh Leivo the exception)”

    “Kevin McGran ‏@kevin_mcgran
    A lot of hits, though. A ton of, dare I say it, truculence.”

    Ha! Good old Laffs. All brawn and not a hockey player among them. 😉

  62. The_Truth, 10 July, 2013

    Maybe in their camp right now, but their big club is plenty skilled.


    Not too shabby and a great mix of brawn and skill

  63. bel33, 10 July, 2013

    Hate to admit it… but their 3rd and 4th lines are going to be hell to play against. ‘Cause you know that both McLaren and Orr will be dressed against the habs, and Bolland and Kulemin are both super pesty.

  64. BJ, 10 July, 2013

    Anyone for Douglas Murray at the right price? I’m surprised he’s still out there. We could certainly use him as a 5-6 D. Also anyone else on this list that could make us better?

  65. HabFanSince72, 10 July, 2013


  66. BJ, 10 July, 2013

    But he can clear the crease which cost us last year.

  67. HabFanSince72, 10 July, 2013

    I believe this is a myth. What cost us the most defensively in the playoffs (during the regular season we finished 2nd overall so presumably we did OK), other than our keeper letting in long range shots, was an inability to move the puck out of our zone. Go back and look at the key goals scored by the Sens. They are all on youtube.

  68. BJ, 10 July, 2013

    Perhaps you are right. I still paid attention to him during the playoffs watching the Pens games, I liked what I saw. He positions himself well, wins board battles, clears the crease area and gets the puck out of the zone. He makes up for lack of speed with those assets. He would be an upgrade on Bouillon, Drewiske and Gorges.

  69. Bob_Sacamano, 10 July, 2013

    Thank you! The defensive zone coverage also sucked in the second part of the season at times. Often due to mistakes our forwards made. I certainly would welcome another player like Emelin but a lot of guys always talk like 80% of the goals we conceded were rebounds because we just couldn´t clear the crease. That´s just wrong.

    When it comes to Murray: No thanks. Yes, he can hit but when it comes to puck moving skills and stuff like that, he´s just not good. Not at all.

  70. mrhabby, 10 July, 2013

    slow as mollasesssssss.

  71. Ghosts of the Forum, 10 July, 2013

    Brad Boyes has had a bit of a quiet resurgence…big body too.

  72. The Good Hab-bit, 10 July, 2013

    Dougie for sure but otherwise John Scott!

  73. Ghosts of the Forum, 10 July, 2013

    Totally not opposed to the idea of Morrow signing with the Habs, but of course…term and price, term and price.

    Two years at the absolute max and no more than 3 million — brings a bit of grit and leadership, give the kids some more time to develop. That I’m fine with.

    Seems like that was MB’s rationale with the Briere signing — short term while the younger guys further develop.

    As for his nosedive in the playoffs….think that hat can be hung on a lot of Penguins, so I’m not too worried about it.

  74. veryhabby, 10 July, 2013

    Ghost…we only have $4M cap space and still need to sign White, and have some cap space going into the season. Any UFA signing will be at $1M, so forget Morrow.

  75. BJ, 10 July, 2013

    Who would you like to see traded that is taking too much cap space for the return?

  76. Ghosts of the Forum, 10 July, 2013

    Ryan White will be about 1 million….leaves 3 for Morrow.

    Only reason I’m commented on it is because according to Carbonneau (reported by the fourth period and sportsnet) the two are talking. If it was out of the question, I doubt they’d have gotten this far.

  77. BJ, 10 July, 2013

    For Timo if he’s out there:

  78. habstrinifan, 10 July, 2013

    For those who missed it.. new contract for Dumont.. two way I think.

  79. BJ, 10 July, 2013

    Artturi Lehkonen #62 – 2012-2013 Season:

  80. HabinBurlington, 10 July, 2013

    Everytime I see his name I think of Artyukhin, whom could play the role of Vlad the Impaler for the Habs.

  81. BJ, 10 July, 2013

    Would love to have him on our fourth line. He also comes with A+ toughness and good wheels. One outweighs the other by about 60 pounds.

  82. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    How about signing Damien Brunner, he is swiss and 5’11”, which seems to be a prerequisite to signing in Montreal…lol His first season he had 26 points in 44 games and he is 27. Just joking…the Habs have enough players like him in the system.


  83. The_Truth, 10 July, 2013

    In a different situation I would have loved Brunner over Briere for 2 seasons or even over Gionta. I really liked what I saw from him last season. As you said, we have a guy like Colberg coming soon, so no need for Brunner at 3 million.

    We have enough centers as well (of his mold), and I don’t know if he plays the wing.

  84. T-roy West, 10 July, 2013

    For all those who are speculating, McCarron has decided to start his journey with the London Knights.

  85. Habitant in Surrey, 10 July, 2013

    …good news

    …My gut says McCarron will be playing with Us latest by 2014-2015 season

  86. T-roy West, 10 July, 2013

    I was hoping he would go to Western Michigan for one year just to put on weight and add some muscle without any pressure then head to London but we’ll have to see how that plays out.

  87. Lazarus_taxa, 10 July, 2013

    You feel that 6’5 234lbs is not enough weight?!

  88. The_Truth, 10 July, 2013

    Doubtful. Only one year in Junior and then the jump to the NHL?

    Even top ranked players with all the skills have problems doing that. McCarron is very raw and needs a lot of work before playing in the NHL. He could end up being a Lucic, but also a Turner Stevenson.

  89. The Good Hab-bit, 10 July, 2013

    And which of Luchicken and Stevenson is the good one ?

  90. boing007, 10 July, 2013

    McCarron should change his role model to Eric Lindros. Dream on.

    Richard R

  91. piper, 10 July, 2013

    I’d be happy with a Tim Kerr.

  92. Habitant in Surrey, 10 July, 2013

    …as this will be a long summer before hockey begins again, I thought a little game can be played among Ourselves to see which One of Us can identify the most communists within the HIO community

    …first prize will be an escorted tour of the ‘red zones’ in Calgary provided by Our own commissar Timo

    …to help You identify what a ‘communist’ is I provide a helpful video reference of what signs to look for among HIO’s commentariat

    …the game begins now !

  93. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    That’s a peach, HiS. I’m in.

    My first score is Frontenac — his avatar is clearly a video-capture of the guy at the beginning of the ad. Therefore Frontenac must be a communist.

    (Yet. Whenever I laugh at evidence of the stupid things we did in the past, I sober up pretty quick when I start projecting the stupid things we’re doing now that future generations will laugh at. They who ignore history are condemned to repeat it, etc.)

    But Front’s a Commie!

  94. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    His avatar is the symbol of Canadian capitalism — a clever ruse to disguise his TRUE allegiance.

  95. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013


    Obviously. Read his post below again: notice the negative attitude towards McCarthyism betrayed by the word “smacks”. If he’s negative about Joe, who saved us all, he’s definitely a commie.

    What score do I have HiS?

  96. Habitant in Surrey, 10 July, 2013

    …You’re ahead by a point Mike …but, it seems the game is just heating up

  97. habsfan0, 10 July, 2013

    This smacks of McCarthyism.
    However,count me in.
    I nominate myself.

  98. Rugger, 10 July, 2013

    I think I recognized myself, does Canada have the equivalent of the Fifth amendment about no self incrimination? (yes, that is a SIBERIAN huskie)

  99. Rugger, 10 July, 2013

    Ozmodiar has a Stalinist Stash! And I am concerned about all of the HI/O posters with Dog Logo’s – Dogs run in packs and share the wealth of any “kill” – very concerned.

  100. Habitant in Surrey, 10 July, 2013


  101. Habitant in Surrey, 10 July, 2013

    …put Me down for a point, and a pint …Gerald ! (HIB) the argumentative bar-fly

  102. Habitant in Surrey, 10 July, 2013

    …Dave (HH) …the radicalized Tank Commander ?

  103. HardHabits, 10 July, 2013

    I am an unabashed capitalist.

  104. Habitant in Surrey, 10 July, 2013

    …good cover

  105. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    Congrats to Chelios. What a player. sigh.

    If Shanahan moves to coaching, any chance there’s a role for Chelios in Player Safety??!!

    Can you imagine?

  106. lach60, 10 July, 2013

    Just a follow up on the Dumont signing…

  107. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    Not sure if Dumont is that good or Colborne is just that bad… can see why they are hiding this guy on the Marlies… out of embarrassment!

  108. JF, 10 July, 2013

    RDS is announcing that St. Louis have traded David Perron to Edmonton. I’d hoped we could somehow land him.

  109. durocher, 10 July, 2013

    Good for EDM, looks like they are heading in the right direction. Maybe we can still land Oshie.

  110. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    Talk about a heart breaker. I wanted him so bad!

  111. habsfan0, 10 July, 2013

    Time heals all wounds. You’ll find another sooner or later.
    A missed hockey signing is like a bus,if you miss one,sooner or later another one comes along.

  112. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    Unless it’s threat level midnight and the bus service is closed for the rest of the night.

    Let’s hope this starts a string of trades?

  113. Ozmodiar, 10 July, 2013

    MPS + 2nd

    can someone CONFIRM???

  114. habs12, 10 July, 2013

    for paajarvi and 2nd round pick

  115. cautiousoptimist, 10 July, 2013

    Gotta think the equivalent price for us would have been something like Tinordi and a 2nd. Steep for a guy who’s never scored more than 21 goals or 50 points.

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

  116. jedimyrmidon, 10 July, 2013

    Tinordi? He’s the Habs’ 2nd best prospect. Paarjavi is a guy who has potential, but hasn’t really shown much at the NHL level yet despite playing a number of games. Tinordi is definitely worth more than him.

  117. habs12, 10 July, 2013

    I agree. the prospect would have likely been closer to a Leblanc than Tinordi.

  118. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    I would have loved to get him and Paajarvi who went the other way as well as a 2nd round pick.


  119. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    Like I said above to Fransaskois comments, Perron has not been the same since his concussion and living hear in St. Louis fans have been anticipating his departure. Maybe he can return to form but his $3.8 mil contract is too much risk for him at this point IMO.

  120. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    Thank you for that “inside” information. I don’t get to see him play that much.


  121. cautiousoptimist, 10 July, 2013

    Matt D’Agostini is now a Penguin. 1 year, $550k. Could be a real steal if he can regain his 21-goal form from 2010-11. Always liked that kid.

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

  122. krob1000, 10 July, 2013

    Throw him on a line with Crosby and he’ll score 25 without taking his stick off the ice.

  123. Luke, 10 July, 2013

    Oh this is not going to go over well…

  124. Ozmodiar, 10 July, 2013

    That sucks!

    I was really hoping MB was going to find a way to get that 2nd rd pick from Edmonton.

    Oh well….

  125. commandant, 10 July, 2013

    Blues trade Perron for Paajarvi and a pick.

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  126. cautiousoptimist, 10 July, 2013

    Oops, scratch that, works now. Sorry.

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

  127. Mavid, 10 July, 2013

    Pre season schedule is out..Sept 15th that means only 66 days till hockey starts..we can do this

  128. JohninTruro, 10 July, 2013

    Sooner yet is training camp, and before that even rookie camp. Both of those are pretty entertaining too.

  129. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    Desperately wanted both Paajarvi and Perron. My heart’s broken. Oddest/most disappointing offseason since last year 😉

  130. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    Being in St. Louis and watching Perron regularly he has never been the same after getting a concussion from big Joe… Sort of like D’Ago a few years back playing timid.

  131. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    I watched several of STL’s games this year and didn’t totally get that vibe from him but I see where you’re coming from. Maybe it’s for the best, concussions are a risky business.

  132. Hali_Hab, 10 July, 2013

    I feel your pain. I have been a habs fan for 34 years. After this offseason I am seriously considering packing it in. I been through to many ” 5 year rebuilds” and all this talk of character and getting bigger. Which appears to just be BS. Same oll same oll in hab ville.

  133. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    We’ll stay strong together, we can get through it. I just really don’t like seeing us either half-a**ing making a contending team or half-a**ing a rebuild. I’d like us to commit one way or another instead of getting stagnant and waiting for something to happen. I’m not usually so down, must be all of this beautiful Scottish weather I’ve been seeing.

  134. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    Fran it’s been like Florida here in Ireland for about a week. Very weird, very nice.

  135. mrhabby, 10 July, 2013

    what beer are you drinking as you enjoy the nice sunsets over there..

  136. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    I haven’t seen the sun in months and now I get ~30 degree weather thrown on me!? I’m not sure what’s causing it but, I swear my skin is getting darker the more time I spend out in the….sun? That’s the word, yes?

  137. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    Believe it or not, Molson Canadian — which just went on sale here this year — and Moosehead, suddenly reappeared after years, and an old favourite.

    However, was out for a couple with a colleague last night — outdoors! normally unthinkable! — and was drinking pints of Smithwicks.

  138. habs1992, 10 July, 2013

    As many speculated St Louis Blues pull of a trade.

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  139. The_Truth, 10 July, 2013

    It would have been nice to get him in Montreal, but i was covetting Stewart instead. Apparently, so were the Blues.

    His injury problems were a concern and would have taken Eller and a 3rd probably.

    I am still heartbroken at losing out on Bobby Ryan. Out of anyone who was realistically being shopped,. I have wanted that guy above anyone else for the past few years. I don’t think people realise Ryan is an elite goalscorer and how rare a player he is.

  140. JohninTruro, 10 July, 2013

    Pretty sure you called this

  141. Habitant in Surrey, 10 July, 2013

    …solid additions to the Oilers since McTavish took over …he may prove a better GM than a coach

  142. mrhabby, 10 July, 2013

    cannot stand that mac t guy and i don’t even know him..

  143. The Slacker, 10 July, 2013

    Wait a minute… all this talk about Morrow and cap hits is confusing. How much of a cap hit would he be and how many more hits can his knee caps take? Is his cap hit directly proportional to the cap hits which may hinder his performance? Wasn’t he the Captain of the stars? Was he a gritty, physical player who wasn’t afraid to bash into the opposing team? Did they call him Cap Hit?
    What does it all mean to Morrow??
    What does it all mean today!?

  144. jacquesthemonkey, 10 July, 2013

    Trade him to the Caps.

  145. mrhabby, 10 July, 2013

    i guess that shoots down the Pleks talk to St. Louis for

  146. habs1992, 10 July, 2013

    Don’t say that so soon my friend

    I support Carey Price
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  147. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    We would have lost big time if we traded Pleks for Perron, maybe insert DD instead….
    bright side there’s always Stewart… Polak… Petragiolo

  148. neumann103, 10 July, 2013

    I heard about the trade on the radio and my first thought was “good, that kills the asinine Plekanec for Perron” trade hopes but really now it just moves on to a different “guy who is not as good as Plekanec but is somehow overvalued by some fans” candidate.

    I really like Perron but I would worry about the concussions.

    “Et le but!”

  149. Sportfan, 10 July, 2013

    WOW Edmonton got Perron…

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  150. Sportfan, 10 July, 2013

    I feel like the Oilers may have ripped off the Blues lol Paajarvi isn’t that fantastic yet.

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  151. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    He’s pretty well a bigger Leblanc at this point in his career. He’s still got a lot of upside but he’s yet to realize it. His hockey IQ will be what holds him back.

  152. The_Truth, 10 July, 2013

    Leblanc isn’t a good comparable to Paajarvi. Not the same class.

  153. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    Strong defensive play, strong along the boards, haven’t realized offensive potential. Pajaarvi is physical-ability driven and Leblanc is IQ-driven. Paajarvi has higher upside if that’s what you’re referring to. Not a good comparable value-wise in a trade but a comparable in terms of current ability IMO.

  154. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    Don’t have the same feelings… not that wow’d by Perron

  155. habs1992, 10 July, 2013

    I didn’t find out till today the Mac T killed a person, sad.

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  156. Habcouver, 10 July, 2013

    Served jail time but can’t pay for the life taken due to drinking & driving. He’s fortunate to be given a second chance.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  157. johnnylarue, 10 July, 2013

    Perron to Edmonton!?

    Just what the Oilers needed: another one-dimensional offensive forward.

  158. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    Perron is VERY much a 2-way player and will be exactly what Edmonton needs. If he can put his injuries behind him he’ll be a star in this league.

    They still need help on D and in goal, big-time, but Perron will help them do more than just score.

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  159. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    I wouldn’t go with VERY much a two-way player… he won’t be a difference maker IMO… especially with their D situation.

  160. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    Edmonton’s porous defense and goaltending isn’t the fault of any forward though. No one forward on his own can make a substantial difference in that regard.

    Perron did get quite a bit of time on the PK if I’m not mistaken so that makes him a 2-way forward in my books.

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  161. donmarco, 10 July, 2013

    Great trade for Edmonton. Perron is the kind of leader they need and Paajarvi did pretty much nothing despite playing with some great talent.

  162. C-Sword, 10 July, 2013

    Can the Habs afford Mason Raymond? The guy can skate his ass off and he’s not small.

  163. Sportfan, 10 July, 2013

    Wouldn’t be a bad fit if we gave him a one year and see how he plays

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  164. Roy_s_WINK, 10 July, 2013

    I live in Vancouver currently. Hate Canuck fans.

    Mason Raymond is sooooooooooooft.

    We are talking feathers upon feathers soft.


    C-Sword…you should seriously be given a reprimand for even suggesting this ridiculous notion.

  165. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    I think that was a good move by Edmonton to acquire Perron for only Paajarvi and a 2nd. I see some on here saying the equivalent from us would have been Leblanc and a 2nd but I think Paajarvi would be ranked higher than LL.

    Too bad…I was REALLY hoping the Habs would land Perron.

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  166. cautiousoptimist, 10 July, 2013

    Yeah, I’d guess closer to Tinordi and a 2nd.

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

  167. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    I would actually rank Tinordi ahead of Paajarvi. MPS has more games played etc., but big Dmen like Tinordi take longer and people realize the value of a guy that size who actually has good hockey skills.

    STL is fine on D so I think they wanted someone they could fit into their top 3 lines with some upside. If Leblanc hadn’t suffered his recent injuries/setbacks, then maybe. If he would have played in the NHL last year and put up similar points to MPS then I bet we could have made that move. Alas…

    – Honestly yours
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  168. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    Especially for what this team is lacking. I would even consider straight up!

  169. Hobie Hansen, 10 July, 2013

    Paajarvi has had stretches of play where he’s looked like he’s going to be a good NHL player but has had longer stretches of being invisible.

    Not sure why Perron wasn’t settled in St. Louis as there’s been talk of him moving out of there for around a year now? Anyway, I’m sure St. Louis is thinking they can get Paajarvi going. He’s a bigger body than Perron, was drafted higher and has loads of offensive talent.

  170. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    I wonder if STL had concerns with his injuries and concussions and wanted to get value for him in case/before his stock dropped.

    MPS was drafted higher but I’m not sure that’s as relevant as how they’ve developed since being drafted. Not to mention the 2007 draft was stronger than 2009.

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  171. Harditya, 10 July, 2013

    Renaud Lavoie ‏@RenLavoieRDS 1m
    Ryan White elected to go on arbitration. #RDS

  172. Sportfan, 10 July, 2013

    LOL WOW how much extra is he going to get like 5 000 more?

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  173. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    I was JUST about to post that as well.

    WTF could he possibly be thinking?!?!?! I’m sure the Habs offered the minimum 7.5% raise given his RFA status but why would he think he deserves more than that??? Am I missing something here?

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  174. Mr. Biter, 10 July, 2013

    Just wondering if he’s tired of being MT whipping boy . If Habs refuse to go to arbitration what happens?

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  175. Sportfan, 10 July, 2013

    We might lose one of the few crazy guys who likes to fight haha.

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  176. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    They can’t refuse, but they can agree not to accept the arbiration ruling and he becomes a FA…

  177. Harditya, 10 July, 2013

    I thought he would re-sign for the same amount, but perhaps he sees his role diminishing with the addition of Prust last year and Parros this year. The Habs also drafted a big boy in McCarron, so perhaps he doesn’t see a big opportunity in Montreal for years to come, knowing he’s already in MT’s doghouse. Just an assumption though.

  178. Timo, 10 July, 2013

    I say it’s more Therrien thing. THerrien is a jerk.

  179. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    If I’m not mistaken, the Habs have to give him a 7.5% raise if they want to re-sign him. While I could understand White’s concern about his place on our team with the concerns you mention, I’m sure he knows that he’s a fringe player. Usually guys like that don’t want to piss off the team they currently play for or get a reputation for wanting more $$ around the league for fear they won;t get to stay in the NHL.

    I really don’t understand White’s motivation here.

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  180. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    good bye White, grew tired of your WT antics anyhow. Stupid penalties doesn’t outweigh the 4th line energy your getting in return… you lost your element of surprise.

    What happens if the arbitrator gives he the league minimum contract as as award? The

  181. Harditya, 10 July, 2013

    Then he would be the loser in this case.. could have signed for more money without going to arbitration. But highly doubt he gets league minimum.

  182. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    Cap goes down, minimum’s down, can’t say his contribution was better this year over the previous… it’s about a dumb as him opting for arbitration, But it actualality it was more of what I think he should be awarded as opposed to what he will get.

  183. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    Time to trade him!


  184. bellcentre hotdog, 10 July, 2013

    Chris Chelios for Denis Savard … (wipes tear from eye) …

    Other than the Roy trade I cannot think of a worse trade made by a Habs GM … although Gomez for Mcdonagh and Higgins still stings.

    Chris Chelios was an awesome Hab.

  185. The Dude, 10 July, 2013

    Mike Riberio for Janne Niniimaa
    Mickey Redmond for the Big M

  186. bellcentre hotdog, 10 July, 2013

    Forgot about John Leclair and Eric Desjardins for Mark Recchi and Mark Lamb … (wiping another tear from other eye) …

  187. piper, 10 July, 2013

    Lemieux for Sylvain Turgeon.

  188. bellcentre hotdog, 10 July, 2013

    Claude Lemieux was a truly awesome Hab.

    Sorry this is the only one I could find … the French version is pure magic.

  189. piper, 10 July, 2013

    Carbo for I think Montgomery

  190. Ghosts of the Forum, 10 July, 2013

    McDonaugh for Gomez?

  191. piper, 10 July, 2013

    And the trade that may have hurt the Habs the most. Donald Brashear for Jassen Cullimore. A big powerfull skater that could beat the crap out of just about anyone in the league. Something we have lacked since.

  192. donmarco, 10 July, 2013

    I’m not sold on Paajarvi at all. Good trade for Edmonton. St Louis now has 13 million, but with 3 RFA’s to sign now, not just Stewart and FP. Paajarvi is an RFA too.

  193. coutNY, 10 July, 2013

    Not sold on Perron… St. Louis has money constraints that won’t allow them to spend to the cap ceiling, so getting a player like Paajarvi removed from a team full of one demential players could raise his production similar to Perrons at half the cost. It more importantly, affords them some extra cash to sign a Stewrat and Petrangilio.

  194. frontenac1, 10 July, 2013

    Huh? I’m a commie? No way amigo! Those commie doctors scare the piss out of me. They do weird shit with humans and animals out there in Siberia.

  195. Timo, 10 July, 2013


  196. Rugger, 10 July, 2013

    Did you just read “Lost Goddess” by Tom Knox? Siberian Dr’s mixing humans and apes?

  197. boing007, 10 July, 2013

    H. G. Wells wrote a book about that over a hundred years ago. Made into a film with Charles Laughton, Island of Lost Souls. House of Pain.

    Richard R

  198. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    But Front! You have to watch Hab-in-Surrey’s helpful video, “How to Spot a Communist”. If you want to see your avatar moving and drinking, watch the vid.

    (Of course, you will then have to own up to being a Communist).

  199. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    WOW – Rask signs in Boston for 8 years, 56mil. 7mil cap hit.

    – Honestly yours
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    The CH stands for CHaracter…(apparently)

  200. Sportfan, 10 July, 2013

    LOL that’ll screw them up cap wise down the road.

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  201. Harditya, 10 July, 2013

    According to TSN it’s a SEVEN year deal, so 8 M cap hit..
    People think Price is overpaid, I sure am glad I am not a Boston fan. Good goalie no doubt, but no goaltender is worth that much.

  202. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    I got the info right from

    TSN is usually reliable though so someone has it wrong, but I would guess a typo on TSN’s part.

    Considering Rask’s play I’m not entirely surprised he got 7mil. I’d bet Carey’s contract was used as a comparable in the negotiations too.

    – Honestly yours
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  203. Harditya, 10 July, 2013

    7 M sounds more reasonable, and you’re right, probably mentioned Carey’s and Pekka’s contracts to get the most value for a young goalie like Rask.

  204. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    According to team 1200 and Sportsnet it is 8 years


  205. habs1992, 10 July, 2013

    St Louis makes a trade, now which team is next? (I think I might know)

    I support Carey Price
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  206. Fransaskois, 10 July, 2013

    Permission granted to rumour-monger if it’s halfway credible. You will be stoned alive if you’re just spreading BS. Or you’ll be forced to try your hand at Battle of the Blades.

  207. Roy_s_WINK, 10 July, 2013

    Re: Perron Trade

    Roll out the “Shoulda/Coulda/Woulda” Committee 2013

    Chaired by: Timo
    Vice President: Habitant In Surrey
    Secretary: Smart Dog

  208. HabFanSince72, 10 July, 2013

    It seems the Blues wanted a younger cheaper forward to replace Perron. Who do we have that fits the bill?

    Gallagher (would not trade him)
    Galchenyuk (would not trade him)
    Eller (would not trade him)
    Leblanc (unproven in NHL)
    White (yeah… right)

  209. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    Impossible to speculate with any accuracy, but I wonder if Leblanc+Thomas+2nd would have been enough to get Perron.

    – Honestly yours
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    The CH stands for CHaracter…(apparently)

  210. johnnylarue, 10 July, 2013


    I thought Perron had a reputation–at least earlier in his career–for being an inconsistent Kovalev-type. I guess he’s improved his stock since then, at least based on what I’ve been reading here.

    (Admittedly, I haven’t seen him play much in recent seasons.)

  211. Ghosts of the Forum, 10 July, 2013

    Shoulda, woulda, coulda for Perron or Paajarvi?

    I think the Blues win that deal hands down. Paajarvi is 6’3 and over 200lbs with tons of skill and played behind the Oilers other ‘big 3’. Still a lot of upside to him. I was hoping MB would make a play for him earlier this year when it seemed he was in play.

  212. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    Paajarvi is already 22 though. Not old by any means and I agree he’s still developing, but it seems to be taking longer than it should’ve, especially considering the talent he was surrounded by in Edmonton.

    – Honestly yours
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  213. Ghosts of the Forum, 10 July, 2013

    (not saying he should’ve, just saying I thought Paajarvi was the more desirable player in the deal)

  214. frontenac1, 10 July, 2013

    Whitey goes to arb? So what? Plex did too. No big deal.

  215. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    Except Pleks has talent and didn’t pull bonehead plays during the season. I say trade him!


  216. zorro, 10 July, 2013

    White has to go, bring in Asham.

  217. The Dude, 10 July, 2013


  218. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    I agree too!


  219. Just A Guy, 10 July, 2013

    exactly, this is probably more of a case of White’s agent trying to squeeze a few more K’s out of his percentage. I guess that answers the question to why he hadn’t signed his offer yet.

  220. habzfan2003, 10 July, 2013

    Don’t know how valid this is.. But Eklund claims that MTL is out on Jagr negotiations.

  221. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    Not valid at all……at least not on purpose. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    – Honestly yours
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  222. habzfan2003, 10 July, 2013

    Yea I’m taking that information with a grain of salt.. Think we can both agree on “Drop the puck already!” tho.

  223. Ghosts of the Forum, 10 July, 2013

    Further to the Bs now being in the red on their cap….they also have 10 (ten!) players with some variation of a NTC

  224. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    They’re in the red but not really. That number includes Savard’s contract and they will get relief from that since he’s on LTIR.

    They actually have about 2.7mil in cap space and only need to sign one depth forward which will cost them 1mil max.

    – Honestly yours
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    The CH stands for CHaracter…(apparently)

  225. NightRyder, 10 July, 2013

    Where did my last two posts go? Boone, did you get icing on your keyboard again?

  226. NightRyder, 10 July, 2013

    I’l ask again and see if the gremlins don’t eat it.
    If we signed 569-year-old Jagr next year, because he’s over 35, his contract could be structured to roll bonuses onto the following year’s cap.
    Iginla, for example, could make $6M if the Bruins win the cup next year, but his base salary is only $1.8M. If they exceed this year’s cap, they can roll that extra money onto the cap when it goes up the following year.
    Thus, if Jagr had a one-year, $4M deal and $3M was bonuses, any of that over this year’s cap could be rolled over to next year?
    Sounds confusing, but it’s pretty simple.
    Question was: if we could get Jagr and it only counted $1M or so against this year’s cap, is it worth it?

  227. Haborama, 10 July, 2013


  228. savethepuck, 10 July, 2013

    No it is not worth carrying money over to next year’s CAP because although it will most definitely go up, we will need a lot of room for PK’s new contract along with (assuming he continues to develop like last year ) Eller. I don’t want this team to get in a position that they are not able to give our RFA’s the raises they are entitled to. CAP management has to be concentrated on more than just the present.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  229. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    or hinder their chances at signing a UFA if there is a better crop next season


  230. 24 Cups, 10 July, 2013

    We just might need more cap space next year although the cap will surely go up. Why give Jagr a huge 4M deal? The guy is 41 and on his last legs. I’d low ball him. 2M, take it or leave it.

  231. Haborama, 10 July, 2013

    I agree, he’s worth taking a shot at, but surely not worth more than that.

  232. Haborama, 10 July, 2013

    I can’t think of a GM in history who sat on his ass and did nothing for his team more than MB.

    Other GM’s are making signings and pulling off trades, and all we get is extremely vague talk of “character” and “building through the draft.” I for one am sick and tired of all this do-nothing, hands-off methodology. Unless MB does something tangible, something REAL for this team, I think it would be time to look for a new GM.

  233. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    You are joking…right?


  234. piper, 10 July, 2013

    MB knows that Tinordi will play like Craig Ludwig, and Beaulieu like Eric Desjardins this year. And Diaz is the next Mark Streit so no need to make a move. Right?

  235. 24 Cups, 10 July, 2013

    Karl Alzner must have the worst agent in the NHL. He just signed his 2nd shitty contract in a row. Compare his new deal to that of Dmen like Gorges and Harmonic.

    Then there’s Tuuka Rask. This guy better be the real deal or the Bruins are screwed.

  236. Rugger, 10 July, 2013

    Nah, they will just send him to the Islanders.

  237. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    TSN says the Rask deal is 7 years, it was reported on the team 1200 and on Sportsnet, it is 8 years, can’t these guys confirm their information before posting? 8 years makes more sense if you are the Bruins


  238. habs1992, 10 July, 2013

    Im hearing 8 years, have to wait for confirmation
    Edit: CONFIRMED 8 years
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  239. Timo, 10 July, 2013

    Quick, MB. Give Carey 8 mil per for 9 years or he’ll get away.

  240. Dunboyne Mike, 10 July, 2013

    You have to love “You Might Also Like”.

    Haven’t noticed this one before:

    “Blueline swap brings Kaberle in deal for Spacek.”

    Kind of challenges our traditional understanding of the term “NEWS” media.

  241. Un Canadien errant, 10 July, 2013

    Kind of challenges our traditional understanding of the term “LIKE”.

  242. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    So STL now has just under 13mil to sign Chris Stewart, Alex Pietrangelo, and Magnus Paarjavi.

    Stewart will likely get around 5mil leaving them roughly 8mil to sign the other two. Depending on whether they give AP a Subban-like bridge contract they might still up against the cap.

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  243. Habfan17, 10 July, 2013

    I have read that AP wants Suter money, around$7 million/season


  244. Haborama, 10 July, 2013

    AP is more than a little awesome, and STL LOVES him, so one would think that he would take priority.

    They just traded for Paarjavi.

    We might have a shot at Stewart.

  245. Mike D, 10 July, 2013

    *NEW THREAD * —–>

    – Honestly yours
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    The CH stands for CHaracter…(apparently)

  246. twilighthours, 10 July, 2013

    New tread.

  247. parkex, 10 July, 2013

    My favorite Hab ever. Giasou Christo!

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