Cold enough to freeze…

… insert your description here.

Three and a half hours before the Canadiens are to practice at McMahon Stadium, it’s minus-24 degrees Celsius in Calgary, minus-32 with the windchill from an 11 km/h breeze. Is this a good time to remind that the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales meet in just one place: at minus-40? (The good news: minus-32 is 241.15 on the Kelvin scale!)

Canadiens equipment manager Pierre Gervais seemed the calmest guy in the world over breakfast at the team’s hotel today, having packed an extra 750 pounds of stuff for this three-game road trip. He and assistants Pat Langlois and Pierre (Steamer) Ouellette might be the Habs’ MVPs before this weekend is over.

We’ll check in from McMahon later, assuming our cameras and recorders survive.


  1. RGM says:

    Which happened to coincide with being his last game in the NHL because he broke his wrist.

    Go Habs Go!

  2. Chris says:

    The problem with Kovalev is that he is 38 in a week and he’s playing on a pretty crummy knee.  I’m just not sure that there is anything left in his tank.  He has definitely not shown much over the past two seasons that suggests he has enogh left for any kind of consistent period of excellence.

  3. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    TheFourthPeriod just tweeted, “A toutes les questions, en français, j’obtiens sur le Canadiens… Les Habs continue à chercher un attaquant offensif et un défenseur établi.”

    Seriously, though – how can we pursue a forward AND a dman with just 2.8 M cap space. Only person I see being moved from our current roster is Andrei Kostitsyn.

  4. novahab says:

    So here is a question . Where the hell are the Bruins and Flyers getting cap room to add these player? .All I hear is the Habs have no room and yet how many high prices players has this team lost this year. Whats goiing on christ the Bruins are paying Ryder alone 4 mil a year. The Flyers are stack before they pick up Kris Versteeg and his 2 mil a year. Maybe the Habs should be scouting salary caps not the teams. If these two teams can pick up Salary then the Canadiens must have room for Crosby by just giving up draft picks. Is Bettman closing his eyes to the the American teams to keep the cup in the States for those wonderful TV ratings. PG better have one hell of a trade coming it ‘s frustrating as a fan to see this team on the side lines complaining there is no cap room. Mean while the teams we hate the most seem to have no problems.

  5. Hockey Socks says:

    I don’t like that he still has a year on his contract – but we’d be adding a body on the blueline without giving anything up.

  6. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I’d grab him on re-entr waivers if I could.  I’d love to see the goons on Boston take a run at our little guy’s with Souray on the ice. 

  7. observer says:

    momesso is cjad commentator on habs games

  8. Hali_Hab says:

     Big thumbs up to that my friend..



    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  9. RGM says:

    Hopefully the media guys will have a story about Carey’s special even mask for the game. 🙂

    Go Habs Go!

  10. Hobie Hansen says:

    There’s some pretty solid old school Habs in the alumni Game today. Sergio Momesso, Mike Keane, Craig Ludwig, Brian Skrudland, Ryan Walter, Kirk Muller…those are the exact types of players the Canadiens could use on their team now. They all played physical and very affective games within the rules, most of the time, and all had tremendous heart. The Habs could use a couple more guys on their checking or shutdown lines like them.

  11. Danno says:

    Jean Béliveau is amazing. He’s walking around the world for peace and children…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  12. Matt_in_TO says:

    psst, that’s the wrong one……


    – In Price We Trust

  13. Matt_in_TO says:

    Souray is on re-entry waivers…..


    – In Price We Trust

  14. JasonM says:

    Gomez is -18. Discuss. 🙂

  15. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hmm…his cap hit will be 2.7 M…Habs cap space is 2.8 M…


  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Fragile, poor defensively and overpaid even on half-salary. PASS.


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

  17. observer says:


  18. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Eric Staal is -12. Discuss 😉

  19. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I was confused for a sec too. I know Mr. Beliveau is a class act, but at his age it’s not possible for him to walk around the entire world.

    Still, this “other” Jean Beliveau is doing a terrific job. Best of luck to him.

  20. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Habs have no room because of the huge contracts Gomez and Hammer have.  I don’t think a lot of people here realize that.

  21. RGM says:

    Pics of Carey’s special Heritage Classic Mask here:

    Check out the cool contests too! 🙂

    Go Habs Go!

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Carey Price’s Heritage Classic Mask, a tribute to Jacques Plante and his first mask, complete with Crazy Eyes That Follow You and Consume Your Soul.

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

  23. RGM says:

    One fight and his wrist is gone again. Bruins then have the rest of the game to be the Bruins.

    Go Habs Go!

  24. Displaced says:

    Like any market, winners buy low AND sell high. PG is a good buy-low GM.  Getting Wiz for a second rounder was good bargain hunting.

    He needs to make an impact the other way by taking advantage of a frenzied and overbought market.  This is your wake call Bud Fox.  It’s time to sell non-core assets to desperate teams looking to impress fans with a short playoff run. 

    LA is looking for scoring.  AK could fit the bill for a 1st or a 2nd/prospect, and they have depth (even outside Schenn).  Vancouver needs D for their run.  They could give us a third for Spacek.  What’s Halpern worth to a young playoff team lacking veterans.  Or, Moen.  Those seconds, thirds, fourth and prospects are useful assets come the offseason and clearing cap space gives us more flexibility to add the quality forward(s) and defense most people acknowledge we lack to join the league’s elite.

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  25. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I don’t know, he’s had a lot of time to rehab that wrist not playing hockey.  =)

  26. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    thats pretty cool.

  27. RGM says:

    Not in the NHL but he’s been with the Hershey Bears this year.

    Go Habs Go!

  28. Chuck says:

    That’s kind of freaky.

  29. novahab says:

    Flyers have Richards contract and Pronger and Brier and the Bruins are paying Ryder what we pay Hammer and a little contarct money goes to a guy name Chara . What about the Bruins first rounder do you think he signed for the mininum I don’t think so things just are not adding up.

  30. RGM says:

    Just added the back photo as well. Pass on the good word!

    Go Habs Go!

  31. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I still think it would be worth it to watch him pound the snot out of Lucic or Thornton for attacking Carey.  I also wouldn’t be surprised if Sheldon has the nuts to go with Chara after Chara takes one of his cheap shots at Patches or PK.  That alone would well be worth signing him on re-entry.  Heck I’d even pitch in to help pay his salary just to see that.  Not to mention his cannon from the point would definately help the PP. 

  32. novahab says:

    Yea well I think Bud Fox is working for the Flyers and Bruins it is time for the SEC to step in and investigate.

  33. Danno says:

    Looks a lot like this mask!

    Jar Jar Price?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  34. RGM says:

    Egads. George Lucas’s greatest mistake makes an appearance.

    Go Habs Go!

  35. RGM says:



    The Flyers are actually under the cap. The Bruins, if things continue as they are, do appear to be over the limit and indeed if that is the case the penalty will carry over to next season, a la Chicago’s penalty making their de facto cap limit for this season in the $55M range.

    Go Habs Go!

  36. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    For Philly it helps when you have guys like Giroux and VanReimsdyk making less than a million.

  37. joshua94k says:

    Playing in the Heritage Classic is prestige. There is a reason why the NHL selected the Pittsburgh Penguins twice to play in the outdoor games. They have the leagues best player in Sidney Crosby. The reason why the Montreal Canadiens were selected is because they are the face of the NHL like the New York Yankees in baseball and Dallas Cowboys in football. With a rich heritage with many championships and hall of famers the Canadiens have more fans than any other team. Also they have been one of the top Canadian teams consistently. When the game was announced last summer, so many fans wished their fans could be part of this special event.

    With Cammalleri, Gill and Wisniewski looking to play tommorow, the Canadiens chances are looking better.

     Go Habs Go!!

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  38. HabsFanInTampa says:

    No thanx. Souivante, next!

  39. HabsFanInTampa says:

    You are mistaking the Souray of 5 years ago as the Souray of today. 2 very different players.

  40. Storm Man says:

    Sounds like John-Michael Liles is in play. I don’t know if he is what we need on the backend with what we have in PK. I will hand it off to others and see what you think.

  41. wild flower says:

    “Habs have no room because of the huge contracts Gomez and Hammer have.”

    Their contracts only take up 12.857 million of the cap space so I don’t think you are correct. There must be other contracts that are also using up some of the potential space. 


  42. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    ? is that what I’m doing?  because here he is in 2010 going toe to toe with a very tough dude by the name of iginla.

  43. wotever says:

    I looked a bit into him:

    Offensive defenseman, 30 yrs old, 5’10, 185#, cap hit $4 550 000, recurring shoulder problems

    Some credited him for anchoring O’Byrne when he landed with the Avs

    It’s just a game.

  44. Danno says:

    Price’s Winter Classic mask is pretty freaky looking. But if it spooks the other teams and he does well with it, maybe he’ll keep using it. It seems to have some voodoo quality to it.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  45. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Only take up 12.857 million huh? hmmmm.  ok. Well it’s great that those two take up so little then.

  46. wild flower says:

    Lecavalier -9

    Gagne -22

    Sharp -9

    Jokinen -10

    Peverly -16

  47. B says:

    Teams who trade players for picks are sellers who have given up on the post season. While the Habs are not cup contenders, they are a playoff team and I don’t expect them to throw in the towel and become a seller.

  48. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Dave Stubbs just tweeted that James Wisniewski, is in fact, skating.

  49. sg81 says:


    Overview: When the trade deadline comes, any smart GM must determine whether or not sacrificing assets to make moves would turn the current team into a cup contender. Anything short of that, and you’re wasting assets. Therefore, to people who are on here criticizing Gauthier for not making any moves, consider this: Are the Habs 1 or 2 pieces away from winning the cup? I personally don’t think so, and therefore, I wouldn’t trade a 1st rounder and a player such as Pacioretty or PK for a rental player like Kaberle. Not only that, but with TB, Boston, Philly all dramatically improved, the odds of 1-2 moves giving us a drastically better chance are now even lower. If this team is to go far in the playoffs, it will be due to JM’s great defensive coaching system (I scoff at anyone who thinks he’s not a good coach, they know very little about hockey), Price’s goaltending, and opportunistic scoring. That being said, the Habs  have a clear need for a power forward, and either a powerplay quarterback defenseman or a bruising D-man to face Boston and Philly in the playoffs.

    Defense: Wisniewski, PK, Gill, Hamrlik, Gill, Spacek, Weber, Picard, Mara. What’s missing here? A PP quaterback and a LOT of grit. When Hamrlik is your grittiest defenseman, you’re in big trouble. I love Gill, but his use of his size is embarrassing. Wisniewski was a great pickup for a 2nd rounder. PK is going to be a star and is getting better by the game. Spacek is nothing special, but he plays well in the playoffs and provides a steady presence. Mara is an atrocious player, and although I completely think a 5th rounder was a waste to rent Mara, I guess he may have some sort of presence in the locker room. Brewer would’ve fit in very nicely here and only cost a 3rd rounder and a lower level prospect. Neil would be a nice addition as well.


    MaxPac – Plek – Gionta
    Kovalev – Gomez – Cammy
    Pouliot – DD – AK46
    Darche – Moen – Halpern

    If we can get Kovalev for a 3rd rounder or better, we should jump on that. Anyone who doesn’t think Kovy is worth a 3rd is out of their mind. The guy loves Montreal and Montreal loves him back. The thing about Kovalevy is that he plays BIG when it matters. I don’t care how he plays in Ottawa on a last place team. All that means is that I can acquire him for cheaper. Kovalev screwed himself over in his career as he could’ve made a lot more money if he had better regular seasons. The beauty about Kovalev is that you pay 4-5M for him but come playoff time he performs like a 7M player. I would take a chance on him in a second as he would completely anchor our second line. The only other player I’d take a shot on would be Arnott, but NJ is playing amazing lately and that trade would only get done on Feb 28 once NJ is sure they won’t make the playoffs. Penner may have size but he’s not that good a player and would probably not succeed in Montreal. He is certainly not worth a 1st rounder and a prospect, including picking up his high salary.

  50. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Knowing Carey he’ll probably raffle it off for charity.  He’s a good kid.

  51. sg81 says:

    Kovalev hasn’t been doing anything for the last couple years. He didn’t want to leave MTL but Ottawa offered him a lot more money so he had to take it. The thing is, even though he hasn’t been doing anything, he still has more goals than almost all the forwards on our team. Also, I think he has something like 6 goals in the last 8 games… See where this is going? The guy tries when he wants to, nobody can dispute that. He wants to get traded, all of a sudden he starts scoring. I guarantee Kovalev would love to come to MTL for a playoff run and would give it his all. He’s a UFA at the end of the season and we don’t have to re-sign him, but for a 3rd rounder, whoe else could we get? I would love to get him back.

  52. t1tan5 says:

    2.8 Million dollars is a lot now because if you pro-rate that over one full season, we can assume about $10 million in salary for the remaining 20 or so games left in the season.

  53. DearyLeary says:

    I haven’t read through the comments, but can someone explain the Eric Johnson for Chris Stewart deal?  That came out of left field.

  54. J_P says:

    He had 26 points in his first 29 games, followed by 10 in his last 29.  He has precisely 1 point over colorado’s current 9 game losing streak.  He’s 5’10, 185 lbs and 30 years old.  In other words, he’s another small, non-physical, inconsistent, offensive-minded blueliner. 

    Doesnt seem like the type of player the habs should be targetting IMHO.  

  55. J_P says:

    “Only” 12.8M? 12.8 million is 21.5% of a 59.4 million dollar cap…on two players.  21.5% of your cap is a boatload to have committed to two players, especially when their names are Gomez and Hamrlik.

  56. HabsFanInTampa says:

    You lost me when you mentioned acquiring Kovalev.

  57. Displaced says:

    I’m not a Kovy fan.  Maybe he can go to Anaheim and play with Koivu…

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  58. J_P says:

    I guess the blues feel that Pietrangelo has the goods to be their franchise defensemen, and felt that they were better suited with a power forward like Chris Stewart, where the avalanche wanted a young, franchise defensemen in Erik Johnson.  Don’t forget that the blues also got back Kevin Shattenkirk, who was colorado’s 14 overall pick from 2007.  He looks like he has the potential to be a real solid offensive D-man as well, which is why st louis is giving colorado their 1st round pick for a second round pick. 

  59. smiler2729 says:

    The Scott Gomez “Sweepstakes”…

    The Hockey News’ latest edition’s Trade Deadline Primer has each team’s cap space and here’s the Gomez friendly teams:

    Atlanta ($18.2)

    NY Islanders (18)

    Colorado (16.5)

    St.Louis (13.3)

    Edmonton (13.2)

    Tampa Bay (10.3)

    Carolina (9.5)

    Phoenix (9.1)

    Florida (8.7)

    Nashville (8.4)

    Kinda gives you some hope eh? Now if only some team would want AK46…

  60. Displaced says:

    I have a hunch LA will take AK.

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  61. sg81 says:

    I have an idea… I would actually PAY another team to take Scott Gomez. I would offer Gomez and a 3rd for NOTHING, 0 in return. Think about it, with that cleared space, we could sign Richards in the offseason…

  62. Displaced says:

    Trading non-core players doesn’t mean throwing in the towel. PG moved D’ags at the deadline last year and filled his spot with Moore.  AK isn’t top 6 here.  Move him to a team that will play him in that role and pay an appropriate price.  Fill the gritty third line winger spot with a gritty third line winger.

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  63. JohnBellyful says:

    See more recent thread

  64. HardHabits says:

    I would’ve discussed it if I wasn’t so disgusted.

  65. HardHabits says:

    Kovalev for a 4th and I’m onboard. However:

    Cammy –  Gomez – Gionta
    Kovalev – Plek – AK46
    Pouliot – DD – MaxPac
    Darche/White – Halpern – Moen/White

    that’s if Kovalev – Plek – AK46 can rekindle their magic of 2 years ago.

  66. Pieboy says:

    Souray was shaky defensively even when he had his legs.

  67. Hellfire_Habsfan says:

    Nash send to Hamilton per twitter

  68. B says:

    The players you suggested for selling off were Kostitsyn, Spacek, Halpern and Moen, all of whom ARE players on this Montreal team.
    D’Agostini had played poorly for Montreal all last season and his ice time was severely limited until he was eventually sat for over two weeks prior to his being traded. He had played his way out of the picture for the Habs last season.
    That is not the case yet for any of the “It’s time to sell” players you suggested.

  69. wild flower says:

    I still maintain that you must be wrong, There are others taking up cap space,

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