Curtains for Canadiens?

Hick Sings New
They say it isn’t over until the hockey beat writer who could lose a few pounds sings.
Pat Hickey – who, in an earlier incarnation, sang the role of Brunhilde in a Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle – thinks your Montreal Canadiens have had the biscuit, playoffs-wise.
“Anyone who has watched the Canadiens play over the past week and a half,” Hickey writes, “knows there is no chance of this team advancing beyond the final game of the regular season on April 7.”

Here’s Pat’s Gazette story.

• Topic for late-Wednesday discussion: Does Tuomo Ruutu’s contract extension in Carolina boost the trade value of Andrei Kostitsyn?

• Must-read: Pierre LeBrun’s excellent feature on P.K. Subban

“I’d freakin’ take him in a heartbeat,” an NHL GM, who requested anonymity, told ESPN.com this week. “No question about it. He’s a great young talent. He can do things few young defensemen can do. I don’t care about the other stuff. He’ll mature as a person and as a player. I can live with that. The Canadiens would be crazy to ever deal him.”

And 32 years ago today:

367 Comments

  1. vanejorg says:

    “I’d freakin’ take him in a heartbeat,” an NHL GM, who requested anonymity, told ESPN.com this week. “No question about it. He’s a great young talent. He can do things few young defensemen can do. I don’t care about the other stuff. He’ll mature as a person and as a player. I can live with that. The Canadiens would be crazy to ever deal him.”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

    If this is the Nashville GM speaking, then it’s time to fleece him.
    We’ll take Shea Weber(a pal of Josh Gorges from the Kelowna Rockets days, and just happens to be a big Canadiens fan), and you can have him. The problem is that it’s, without a doubt, the GM of some lame-ass team, with nothing to give in return. Wait…that probably constitutes at least 25 of the other 29 teams.
    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…..great young talent…HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…in a heart beat…HA HA HA HA HA!. Trade bait…..channel Sam Pollock….fleece….while the other teams still believe this nonsense.

  2. Danno says:

    Pat Hickey is one ugly chick

    ________________________________________

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

  3. vanejorg says:

    Your only speaking from an emotional point of view. From a logical, and sensible view, the team is NOT out!! If the LAFFS, and Jets lose tonight(both reasonable possibilities, and in the LAFFS case highly likely), and Les Canadiens win tomorrow(highly likely since Caps are in a state of disarray), then they are back within 5 points of the last playoff spot. All of you people who are using percentages to calculate the chances of Montreal making it to the playoffs are fools. Montreal was recently on a 5 game winning streak. The LAFFS(who hold that 8th spot)have lost 6 out of their last 7 games. There is no hard evidence that any of you have that puts any team in the East out of the playoffs. You are typing out your ridiculous, human emotions. Now if you would like to talk about the West where Columbus, or Edmonton, are 23 points, and 14 points out respectively, then you may have a good, logical case for them being unofficially out. On the East side, all eight bottom teams still have between 40 to 46 possible points to potentially acquire. There is no logic yet, to your statements. Come back in the middle of March when there are about 12 games left to go, and then you might be able to use solid evidence to justify, which teams are not going to make it. Until then….SHUT UP!….and let’s watch them play.

    Remember that the team will be getting Andrei Markov back soon. I’m sure most of you would agree(I won’t be with you until I see him play 5 or 6 solid games) that this will be an immediate upgrade to the defensive unit. Like making a trade for a defenseman, without losing anything. He should be good for creating a goal, or two a game, providing he returns to his same old form. Right now, from a logical point of view, there is no reason to believe that he won’t. He sure had enough goddamn time off, and should be well rested(insert laugh here),
    and ready to go.

  4. HabsFansince49 says:

    Now that trade talk dominates the air waves, it is rather humbling to think about our stock of players. We don’t have much talent and all the talk about our young guys is just that…talk. They have proven themselves yet. I watched the Caps-Sens game last night. Ottawa has more skilled players than the Habs. We have Max-Pac who is a top 6 line player and perhaps Cole (I know he works hard). We have PK and Eller who seem to have potential. And Price on most nights. That’s it. The main question is Who is responsible for assembling the team?

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting PhotoShoot with Daniel Winnik of the Colorado Avalanche. As one scrolls through the pictures….
    http://www.thefourthperiod.com/photos/winnik/index.html

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Cool. Thanks for sharing. What a day in HIO land yesterday, huh? Am worried about HH and Shane. Hope it all works out before the summit next year. And who the heck fired up Frank? I told Chris he was missing one of the more interesting and entertaining days in HIO history. Enjoy your day my friend.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah, I think the stress of the season has taken its toll on everyone. I think Frank may have misunderstood one of the posts, and reacted. Did you find a car yet Jim? Assuming you looked at something in the mid 70′s era with a Habs paint scheme, to help us back to our glory days!

  6. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    For the geezers who remember Habs teams that were never out of it in February, just remember the baseball teams of the era. Find your inner Expo. Baseball remained a beautiful sport with interesting player development and storylines even when our team was playing out the season.
    So we chill, see what the deadline brings, and see what the off season brings. We can get excited about off season moves in the front office or behind the bench, expect the best free agents because we are as important as Toronto (and not get them because the deities don’t like us), and then get crushed in the Fall by seeing how the new team actually plays!
    There’s a lot of positive, even for a team that won’t make the play-offs in a league where almost everyone makes the playoffs. The young players are coming, Gomez is going (we hope), Kerry Fraser is no longer a ref and the team is just a notch below mediocrity.
    We can watch the show, scout out our scapegoats for when Gomez goes and see what happens.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Charlie. Solid post. For me I had to come to grips with my high expectations for this team and the emotions that went along with that. Hopefully I can now enjoy watching the development of DD, Emelin, PK and Eller. At the same time I can enjoy ridiculing the play of Gomez, Campoli, and Kabrele. Best of both worlds. Enjoy your day!

  7. K-hab25 says:

    What do you guys think about trading Pleks for Carter? I know the Vinny style contract sucks, but hey we’ve been paying Markov more than Carter makes to not play for 2 years. We’ve been paying Gomez 2 million more to absolutely suck for 3 years and are on the hook, for 2 more. Carter in his last 4 seasons in PHI scored 29, 46, 33 and 36 goals, even this year with awful CLB, he’s got 15 in 39 games, on a pace for 30 goals. He’s 6’3, right handed and a center. I get the hate about the length of the contract, but big #1 centers who average over 30 goals a season, don’t become available all that often. I say if we can get him for Pleks, a B level prospect and a 2nd, we have to pull the trigger.

    • The Cat says:

      Id do it in a heartbeat, but his attitude is starting to get a bad rep.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • francbiss says:

      The same idea crossed my mind but here I think where the glitch is. All of our wingers are scorers and so is Carter. I agree that Plekanec is becoming the odd man out. Eller might not have all the offensive production but has more size and grit then Pleks and he’s just as good defensively. He will be a 3rd line center with upside. Can’t trade Desharnais without creating an other anti quebecois debate and White is our 4th line center. I’m just not sure what good move we can make.

    • Bill says:

      2022. That’s when the contract ends. Just because the Habs have a bad contract in Gomez doen’t mean it’s ok to have another, if that’s what you’re saying.

      Plekanec is having a tough year offensively, but he’s still the team’s best two-way forward. The Habs excellent PK owes a lot to him. None of these things could be said about Carter, who – in addition to being overrated – is a malcontent, party-boy, a-hole dressing-room cancer.

      If you could trade Plekanec for Getzlaf, somehow, that I’d be all for.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  8. ds says:

    We should find a way to get Radulov’s rights from Nashville, he is a bonafide superstar in the KHL and the best player not in the NHL. He’s entering the prime of his career. Get Emelin & Markov to bring him over from Russia. French won’t be an issue he played juniors in Qc. He’s a guy who can make an impact on this team next year. Mad skills like Kovalev, a great sniper & decent passer, got ok size and tons of speed.

  9. EastCoastHab says:

    I don’t know what all this BS talk about tanking is. We still have a 3.9% chance of making the playoffs.
    Thinking back to dumb and dumber movie….1 in a million…..so you are telling me there is a chance?

  10. HardHabits says:

    In case anybody missed it. The Red Band trailer for Goon.

    Caution: Extreme hockey.

  11. montreal ace says:

    I would like it, if the Habs would identify players they consider to be part of the future, and not wait to the last second to sign them. Max as a player is only going to get better, sign the man to some term, and maybe get a discount.

  12. Sheldon says:

    Can’t let Washington get in our way tomorrow night if we want to land the top draft pick. Double shift Gomez for the first two periods and let him play D in the third!

  13. Scott Gomez could help Columbus pass us, if used properly, and get us the top draft pick we so badly need.

  14. Tis Himself says:

    It’s time to give Scott Gomez the top-line minutes he deserves!


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