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 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:


  1. Danno says:

    Pat Hickey is one ugly chick


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

  2. 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?

  3. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting PhotoShoot with Daniel Winnik of the Colorado Avalanche. As one scrolls through the pictures….

    • 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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… you are telling me there is a chance?

  8. HardHabits says:

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

    Caution: Extreme hockey.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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

  12. Tis Himself says:

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

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