Don’t buy your QC season tickets just yet

• Nordiques renascent? Red Fisher is not on the bandwagon

• And in La Presse, Yves Boisvert has his doubts. Boisvert cites a New York Times story on the sad saga of Meadowlands Stadium

• Here we go again: PQ MNA links the Canadiens to dastardly federalism

• Has Pierre Gauthier heard about this? Vancouver GM Mike Gillis plans to use Twitter 

• But Dan Ellis is off Twitter because of this debacle. Last night Elis Tweeted: “I am shutting down my twitter because in no way shape or form do I want to disrupt my team.” 

• Our old friend J.T. has great analysis of the Jeff Halpern signing

• And Mathieu Darche is happy his former TB teammate is with the Canadiens

Josh Gorges skated in Brossard and talked to Marc Antoine Godin

Jaro meets and greets in St. Louis. Think it will draw 5,000 fans?

Sidney Crosby goes yard to the tune of 360 feet. Can Ovechkin do that?

Pierre LeBrun is back from vacay, says Lightning will make the playoffs


  1. The Capitalist Pig says:

    How do you even know he’s alive? You got feelers out telling you about his whereabouts? And, you may be right about the British Empire. We eclipsed them long ago. Hell, truth be told, after the American Civil War we had a more formidable navy. And, you’d all be goose stepping, at least those of you who would pass muster under the Axis powers, if we didn’t get involved in WWII.

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s always been an alliance of French and English that won the Cups, but don’t tell that to the folks at La Presse or on L’Antichambre.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  3. HardHabits says:

    Hello Pierre Curzi. It’s the Montreal Canadiens not the Montreal Separatists.

    Ths Habs have always been the team of Federalists in Quebec. Always will be.

  4. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Who the hell cares where he lives?  It’s a free world Tony, he’s allowed to live wherever he likes.  Are you so disturbed that you think there is some law that dictates the GM of a team has to reside in that city? 

  5. Omit says:


    C P

    Some of you Americans are incredibly ignorant about what’s going on.

    Bill Clinton called off a mission before 9/11 happened because there were innocent people around. I am talking about Tora Bora.  How can we have a discussion when you don’t have a clue?

    And, please, don’t even compare yourselves to the British Empire.  It’s not even close.

  6. The Capitalist Pig says:

    ‘Cause they would have been lynched here for no fault of their own. Hell, after Hitler, you can’t use the name Adolph in this country unless your name is Coors.

  7. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Either that or they will be so pissed they rebuild their Pacific fleet!

  8. HabFab says:

    “Their GM”


    Shouldn’t that be our GM lives in Vermont.


    Busted you tronnie troll!!!!!!!!!


  9. The Capitalist Pig says:

    No fair! I had a full mouth of ale when you posted that!

  10. LA Loyalist says:

    Guys! Guys! Here’s the solution: we give the Japanese free tickets to a Leafs game. They will never bother us again.



    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  11. LA Loyalist says:

    you’ve nearly convinced me, but I can’t get my head around Dick Cheney being healthy enough to have personally planted the bombs in the two towers.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  12. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Oil is a strategic resource. Oil is important. Oil is good. Strap it on and just get over it! BTW, the guy who called off the mission to nail that bastard was one of the gods of the liberals: Bill Clinton. Why do we have all those bases? Because we are the modern-day equivalent of the British Empire and we WILL have order.

  13. LA Loyalist says:

    they did? did I miss something? Damn, all this time on HIO and I’m missing what’s really going on.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  14. Danno says:

    Osama Bin Laden is Saudi Arabian. After 9-11 you will recall all aircraft travel was grounded in the U.S. With one exception. The Bin Laden family, escorted by the FBI, was allowed to fly home to Saudi Arabia.


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

  15. Omit says:


    Neville Chamberlain was a CONSERVATIVE, not a leftist.

  16. Omit says:

    C P

    Canada is there due to US pressure. The US is in that whole region for oil and pipelines, as usual.  Now you tell me why US had a shot at capturing Bin Laden, cancelled the mission, and then pulled out a lot of troops to invade Iraq shortly thereafter.  And why do you have bases in over 125 countries?

  17. observer says:

    why should they? japan attacked the usa first. thats why ww2 ended after 6 years. because the left did not have power to tie the military’s hands with such rubbish as “collateral damage” and disproportionate force.”  actually leftist chamberlain was in power so ww2 started after he had said “peace in our time” as he waved a worthless piece of paper.

  18. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Good on you! It’s an honorable profession. Most of these yahoos don’t realized that Canada and many other countries ended up in Afghanistan because of obligations under the NATO treaties. They fail to understand that if terrorists blew up Club Super Sex in Montreal and Canada went to war as a result, we would be obliged to seen men and materiel.

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    North Korea is basically a protectorate of China, they’re not going to start any wars without a permission slip. Does China no interest to have any wars that involve the US, screws up the trade relationship they have that allows China to keep buying US debt while flooding their market with cheap goods.

    Canada buying JSF fighters we don’t have a use for except enlarging bomb craters in Afghanistan is pointless. The Conservatives bent over backwards for a defence contractor and didn’t have an open-bidding process for a new fighter jet, it’s corrupt and it’s typical crap from a self-righteous government and egotistical PM.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  20. Danno says:

    In a word, oil.

    That is the geopolitical justification. There is no moral one.


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

  21. saskhabfan says:

    Not really, what we saved in newspaper we lost in toilet paper to wipe up the crap you spew.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  22. observer says:

    bin laden was based in afghanistan.

  23. The Capitalist Pig says:

    He’s been abducted by Radio Free Timo?

  24. Storm Man says:

    Nope Quebec get’s 8.5 billion.


    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  25. ZepFan2 says:

    The horrorthe horror


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  26. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Oh really? Then explain to me why the US forces and yours under the NATO treaty arrangement are engaged there? It sure as hell can’t be because it’s an appealing place to hang out with good restaurants!

  27. saskhabfan says:

    The leafs g.m. resides in boston. Where they are probably going to make him mayor when he hands the bruins another lottery pick next summer.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  28. observer says:

    Gauthier is one sly fox.

  29. observer says:

    Remember when Deion Sanders wore a Nordiques sweater doing a SNL skit on NBC about 15-18 or so years ago?

  30. BJT says:

    If someone randomly punched you in the face and tried to kill you, would you hit them back as hard as you could?

    And if you’re telling me that the Japanes wouldn’t have dropped a bomb on the US then you’re crazy. Something like that was bound to happen, and the States made sure it was them that won the war by doing that. And I’m pretty sure the amount of soldiers that would’ve been killed on both side or taken captive and tortured to death by the japanese afterwords would, even if not balance the scale, make the death toll stat not that bad.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  31. Omit says:

    Frankly, that is one dumb remark about agreeing with Rumsfeld.  Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11.  Oh, and by the way, neither did Iraq.

    The Bush Presidency was truly a dark era.

  32. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Did I miss something? We were at war with the Empire of Japan. Per your first paragraph, the American soldiers lives worth more, end of story. You are looking for an apology? You can’t be serious? For consistency, I hope you hold the same view on the Allied attack on Dresden.

  33. observer says:

    Re: “Small and medium size businesses are more important”  — Exactly how Gainey and Gauthier think concerning forwards.

  34. BJT says:

    If you’re in Al Queda, sure.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  35. observer says:

    Plus the profit on Halak sweaters.

  36. BJT says:

    Yes, I would. I am considering the military as a career option.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  37. observer says:

    usa used to be an isolationist country. staying out of world war one till late and out of ww 2 only 2 years late after pearl harbor was attacked. do you think englend, canada, usa in 1941 were wrong going to fight hitler? you think it was none of their business?

  38. Danno says:

    More than one hundred thousand Japanese civilians were killed in the
    initial bombing and hundreds of thousands of others affected for decades
    to come. But hey, it was worth it because those innocent civilians lives were worth much less than American soldiers’ lives.

    To date, more than 65 years after the bombings the U.S. government has refused to apologize to the Japanese people for this act.


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

  39. observer says:

    Sure changed the newspaper business. Good for conservation of trees though.

  40. observer says:

    No cap? Same cap for each province?

  41. observer says:

    Worse! Their GM lives in Vermont.

  42. The Capitalist Pig says:

    I take it that you are of the opinion that we should have launched a conventional naval-based attack on the Japanese mainland? As one of Truman’s advisers told him, if you do that and we lose hundreds of thousands of men in the operation, the American people will lynch you after the war if they find out about the bomb. Frankly, I agree with Donald Rumsfeld that we should have dropped a few haymakers on the Afghans after 9/11. OK, so we would have gotten stick in the UN for a month. It still would have saved a lot of grief on both sides of our border.

  43. Mr_MacDougall says:

    So you would market to tourist coming to Vegas to go see an NHL game as opposed to all the other lavish Entertainment being offered? The competition for tourist dollars in Vegas is more intense than any other market imaginable. Saying “market it correctly” could be used to make any idea seem succesful.. creating a marketing strategy seems impossible to me….. especially when you have 840,000 tickets to sell to tourists!

  44. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Interesting.. Me and my girlfiend travel to Mtl at least once per season to see 2 games at a time.. given the division a Hali team was in I would bet my house that (assuming in a canadian division) all 3 hoome Habs, Leafs, Sens games would sell out. Add in Pens and Caps.. they are sell outs. Also the three west teams would be sellouts. so that is 15 of 41 home games as “garanteed” sell outs. PEI has the highest millionaire per capita in Canada.

    As for corporate sponsorship, most arena naming rights are sold to national companies and has nothing to do with local. The Majority of local corporate dollars is spent on luxury boxes as opposed to sponsorship. In rink advertisement is normally national companies that are paying for it (at a premium) during nationally broadcast games. The local advertising dollars are minimal.

  45. Danno says:

    The U.S. is a much bigger threat to world security than North Korea.

    And they dropped the atomic bomb twice already.


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

  46. JD_ says:

    Must be losin’ my knack for subtlety.

  47. JD_ says:

    For all this talk about Harper & Co., not much heed is bein’ given to Pierre-Karl Peladeau. Love him or hate him, I’d just never underestimate him.

    You’ll recall PKP and his gang were neck-in-neck with the Molson consortium in tryin’ to buy the Habs from Gillett, somethin’ I have no doubt for which the latter is eternally grateful. Who doesn’t love a tacit auction? It’s always good for bidness.

    PKP is a lot like his dad was, minus the bowl of Corn Flakes®. Driven and tenacious come to mind. Although it sometimes leads to bad business decisions, it is a trait that makes a person go after things tooth and claw. The fact that the province has committed to a new arena, and that the feds are potentially mullin’ the same, says to me the guy is dead serious about this.

    PKP has a fiduciary responsibility to those who might look to partner with him in the purchase of a team. It requires that he shake every tree before plowin’ ahead. Why not take taxpayers’ money if it is made available to you? Like Kovy II, he’d be crazy to not take the cash. PKP doesn’t want to own the building – absent an NHL team it is less than worthless – he wants to put his capital in the more liquid asset, namely the NHL team.

    It doesn’t make it right. It’s just the realpolitik of the pro sports arena business. Few teams in the NHL can realistically afford to pull off what the Molsons did the last time their brewin’ conglomerate owned the Habs.

    It gets worse. Pierre-Karl has all sorts of self-interested plans for those who might otherwise want to purchase the Nordiques product. Bell Centre tickets and beer prices might be high, but at least you can watch the games on the flat screen for a relatively modest price. Caveat emptor, however, for you ‘Diquers.

    I said this a few days ago: This is an igloo-chested juggernaut. Not some pie-in-the-sky fantasy.

    Knowin’ this, it’s goin’ to be very difficult for Harper to ignore PKP. And, frankly, the calculus suggests Stephen has little to worry about disgruntled voters in the Prairies runnin’ into the arms of Michael or Jack – yeah, sure – in particular after he showers more dollars over everythin’ from the oilsands to the fields and fields of wheat.

    Oh, and a bettin’ man says that, should the feds step up to the plate, it will be structured like a loan – the kinda loan your rich uncle might give you –  but a loan nevertheless. Look for the word loan to be sprinkled about the press release like rice at a weddin’.

  48. Bash says:

    Quebec currently receives 60% of all transfer payments paid out to the entire country. 


    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  49. StevieRay says:

    Sports Illustrated…although not a lot of hockey

    i used to get The Sporting wasn’t a bad rag to read ..good indepth hockey section

  50. Psycho29 says:

    We could drop an arena on them!

  51. Kristopher7 says:

    Le député du Parti québécois, Pierre Curzi, estime que le Canadien de Montréal n’est plus un symbole identitaire fort pour les Québécois et qu’il est même devenu fédéraliste.”



  52. Psycho29 says:

    I remember falling down those stairs at Les Deesses!!!!

  53. SLONCOLD says:

    quebec has tons of civil servants because of the following:

    – revenue canada isn’t good enough we need revenue quebec

    – immigration canada isn’t good enough, we need quebec immigration

    – gotta measure signs to make sure the english is smaller than the french

    amoung many more things….



    Small and medium size businesses are more important because they are the ones actually paying all these taxes you talk about and are teh backboone of our economy… Big corporations have lots of little ins and outs that help them avoid paying the big taxes via creative accounting and lawyers….

    Anyways i’m saying i’m not in favor of any provincial tax dollars or federal dollars going into the project. If teh municiple government wants to tax their own pople in QC and they agree to it fine with them… It’s bad enough montrealers had to pay over 1 billion for that olympic stadium… just don’t feel like paying for another city’s hockey team…

  54. habsfan321 says:

    Shameless self promotion aside, I’m giving away 3 digital copies of The Hockey News to one of my followers… ( NHL 11 preorder bonus) only 14 people are entered so far, so your chances of winning are farily high! Follow and retweet:

  55. Everlasting1 says:

    Exactly. Why get involved? The U.S. have invested interest and have accepted the role of foreign ‘policing’ the world. Would YOU ‘stand up for them’ and ‘serve’? Would your sons/daughters?

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  56. BJT says:

    Yeah ’cause I mean if North Korea goes on a nuke spree on South Korea, we wouldn’t wanna, you know, stand up for them or anything. We’d watch hockey in our shiny new arena.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  57. Danno says:

    That is the voice of Harper’s base talking. Harper could conceivably lose his base as well as the votes he is so desperately trying to buy in Quebec because many will feel offended by his attempts to pander to hockey fans with federal money.


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

  58. Everlasting1 says:

    Call Cammy’s or Halpern’s accountants. I hear they are good.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  59. observer says:

    TSN –

    CALGARY – Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has made short work of any suggestion that his province will be forking over some cash to help build new hockey arenas in Edmonton and Calgary.

    Stelmach was commenting on suggestions that Ottawa might be ready to spend 180-million dollars to help build a new arena in the hope of bringing N-H-L back to Quebec City.

  60. Everlasting1 says:

    Is that some cheap ploy to get one to divulge? If you must know I’m a skilled tradesman. Does that satisfy your curiosity? ”Living off the tax-payers” is an oxymoron as we ARE tax payers for a reason. Who needs sheep herders when the sheep herd themselves?

    This ‘demigod’ you keep referring to must also have concluded your ‘special’ status on this site.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  61. Storm Man says:

    Call this guy 514-954-8789 I call him Mr Loophole he knows his stuff ask for Will.


    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  62. says:

    Before the internet I was a 15 year subscriber.  Now reading paper is almost obsolete in our family. 

    They Call Me Shane

  63. Chuck says:

    Ahhh… the old “roofie-colada” trick!

  64. WarHero says:

    Nothing at all, infact, I’ll kick it out of the way for us 🙂


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  65. RGM says:

    I’m on a 4-issue trial thanks to the cereal box promotion. The crossword was fun at least.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  66. petrov14 says:

    Ouch! Start over, demand a trade? Sink the TML ship from within??

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  67. mike g says:

    I’ve been getting their scrap for 3 years now…

    The only reason why I keep signing up is for the crossword puzzle on the last page. Also, the fantasy pool guide is kinda worth it too.

    But if you’re looking for them to praise anything related to the Habs, cancel right now. Never happens, and they only like to focus on PIT, WSH, TOR, PHI, and CHI.

    I think in the 75+ magazines I’ve recieved, there were roughly 5-7 articles about the Habs or featuring one of our players.

    Pathetic if you ask me. Each issue should cover one divison, and rotate. This way they’d publish about 4-5 articles per year per team.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  68. SeriousFan09 says:

    My father’s best joke: Everyone’s a liberal until they actually pay out on their tax returns.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  69. JD_ says:

    Well, my guy obviously sucks.

  70. Chorske says:

    I can expect a hard day’s work from everyone on the Habs.

    The bigger question is whether that expectation will be met.

  71. SmartDog says:

    What’s one letter bewteen friends?

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  72. SmartDog says:

    That wasn’t supposed to be in the article and was misquoted. When Burke said “scoring punch” he meant slipping some tequila into the punch bowl at his family reunion.  

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  73. SmartDog says:

    Just got my trial copy of The Hockey News.  Cover story on Jethro Phaneuf, and inside a story on how brilliant, charismatic and hard working Boucher is.  Pretty much a downer front to back.   Guess I won’t be renewing.



    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

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