Communication is focus of workout

Communication was the keyword as the Canadiens practiced this morning at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The 70-minute workout was designed to make sure the players are on the same page heading into Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers. Coach Jacques Martin made it clear that he wasn’t happy with the overall play Tuesday night in Atlanta. Martin said special teams and goaltending prevailed over a sloppy defensive effort in the 3-1 win over the Thrashers.

Read Hickey’s full report here.

There was lots of work on the power play and the penalty-kill.

In no particular order of importance, Scott Gomez took a therapy day; Tomas Plekanec continued to work on the point on the power play and Carey Price will start in net despite Alex Auld’s 2-0 record against the Panthers this season.  

Standing Pat: What’s the point of keeping Thrashers in Atlanta?

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Tomas Plekanec | Travis Moen (starts with tape-peeling and gobbing)


  1. punkster says:

    And if all these new market teams are looking for names there’s no better place than this site:

    (The Peoria Potato Bugs has a ring to it, don’t ya think?)


  2. OneTimer says:

    “Kay so basically this is what i have come to announce the habs will win the cup this year.” Haha, love it. :) I am generally a Habs optimist my friend, but I don’t know about winning 16 postseason games!

  3. likehoy says:

    selanne never ceases to impress me…if only we got teemu, instead of them getting saku.

    Yandle is doing well, but he leads his team in scoring…a dman leading a team in scoring is just another way of saying our team can’t score.

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  4. Storm Man says:

    It can add 3000 more seats if it had too.

  5. Danno says:

    It can be done! It must be done! Put me down as a yes!


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

  6. Storm Man says:

    The Winnipeg area is very nice aka MTS Center.

  7. OneTimer says:

    Stamkos…counts for $875,000…against the cap?……… /gasp …../dead

  8. Storm Man says:

    Why do you think a team in Winnipeg would lose money?

  9. _Habsoloutly_ says:


  10. Displaced says:

    Well, for what’s it worth, I posted this on a different thead earlier today:

    I lived in Winnipeg.  Great fans who endure awful hardships to live there some winters.  But, fans are one of three parts for a successful franchise (economically).  TV market dollars and endemic corporate support are the other two.  Winnipeg doesn’t have the latter two in the abundance required to thrive.  With excellent ownership (like the Thompson’s) they can survive.


    Altanta is a large US TV market, with no interest in hockey.  They have huge potential corporate support.  They need fans, and I (IMveryHO) am not confident that fans will come in the next decade.


    The NHL needs to do more than survive.  Atlanta, Phoenix, Columbus, Nashville, Buffalo, Ottawa and perhaps have at best 1 of 3 items teams need to thrive.  Winnipeg doens’t have it either. Quebec City has the corporate support and rabid fan base.  Hamilton has the fans, TV market and corporate support (spillover from Toronto) to make it HUGE.  Ballsillie is no idiot, he knows (as does the NHL) Hamilton is the best market without an NHL franchise.


    Other than about 10 teams, most NHL teams don’t make money and below that line, franchises don’t increase in value – much if at all.  The only way the NHL system works is the Ponzi scheme of selling new franchises and divvying up the spoils.


    The real answer is not moving Altanta and Phoenix and … it’s finding a way to contract these teams while allowing the NHL to re-sell franchises to rich dullards who believe that teams in their home towns of KC, LV, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee and Poughkeepsie can make it.  Sadly for the NHL, even Bettman’s magic has its limits.  And, with Donald Fehr running the NHLPA, the players won’t accept contraction that reduces his membership by ~20 players per disenfranchised city.


    Fehr provided HNIC with his long-range vision. International expansion.  One team in Sweden.  One in Finland. A couple in Russia, etc.  An non-NA division.  Tons of corporate support.  Tons of high paying fans.  Tons of money from local/national TV rights.  The starting point will the “International Classic” akin to the Winter and Heritage classics to test markets.  I estimate the first one in 2015.  In the mean time, Gary needs to find ways to keep his walking wounded franchises around long enough to shift eastward.  The next 7-8 years might look a lot like the WHA.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

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