Dumont will be in Habs’ lineup against Islanders

Forward Gabriel Dumont, who was called up from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday evening, will be in the lineup when the Canadiens face the New York Islanders Sunday night at the Bell Centre (6 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Dumont, 23, is expected to take George Parros’s spot in the lineup. In 12 games with the Bulldogs this season, Dumont has four assists and is minus-4 with 20 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 184-pounder has played in 13 career games with the Canadiens, including 10 last season, posting 1-2-3 totals.

The Canadiens held an optional skate Sunday morning in Brossard and Dumont was one of 16 players who took to the ice. Defenceman Greg Pateryn, who was also called up from Hamilton on Saturday, took part in the skate but won’t be in the lineup against the Islanders. Other players who took part in the morning skate were Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, Parros, Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller, Daniel Briere, Travis Moen, Rene Bourque, Michael Bournival, David Desharnais, Josh Gorges, Raphael Diaz, P.K. Subban and Alexei Emelin.

Briere (concussion) and Emelin (knee) are close to returning to the lineup but won’t play Sunday night.

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Canadiens vs. Islanders Preview, NHL.com

Game Day Report, Canadiens.com

Locker-room videos, Canadiens.com

Division games critical for Canadiens, by Pat Hickey

Islanders coming off loss to Columbus, NHL.com

Tapped In: with Islanders’ Matt Martin, newyorkislanders.com


  1. A. Berke says:


    Ali B.

  2. hockeyscout101 says:

    Islanders win this one 4-1. Sorry Habs fans. Montreal gets outhit, outscored, outfought for pucks…Poulin puts on a show for family. Boulton, Carkner and Matt Martin are all in. They will bounce back from the game last night against Columbus.

  3. habs001 says:

    Habs have a good pp ranking but means nothing if it cannot score when needed or the playoffs…Something like the Als d..good overall season stats but they fold up in the clutch situations all year..

  4. slyCH says:

    This CFL OT format is craaaaaaazy dumb. I can understand using the format during regular season, but for the playoff? El stupido! I say merge the CFL with the NFL and bring on the real football.

  5. Hoegaarden says:

    Als playing like the Habs.

  6. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’m glad Dumont is in the lineup over Parros.

  7. BJ says:

    Hate losing to anything yellow and black

  8. BJ says:

    Hamilton TD game over

  9. BJ says:

    Als 13 Hamilton 13 OT looms…..

  10. Dr.Bob says:

    The doctor is in. Tonight’s game is going to be a tough one. Islanders always play us hard at the Bell. If Habs underestimate the Isles they are in for a heap of trouble. Hoping this is not the case. Go Habs go!!

  11. slyCH says:

    What crappy tackling by the Als…

    • smiler2729 says:

      Bring in Don Sweet

      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  12. smiler2729 says:

    I’m getting tired of this team floundering, enough with the old coach and his old ways relieve Therrien (Boucher come home), deal away the older vets (Markov, Bouillon, Gio, Pleks, Moen and the like) and play the damn youth all the time (yeah, Subban, Pacioretty, Eller, etc… but let’s get Tinordi, Beaulieu and Leblanc in there to see what we’ve got there)…

    Geez, we’re losing anyway

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  13. BJ says:

    Hamilton ahead with 1 minute left

  14. SmartDog says:

    Help me out here.
    Dumont – 5’10” and 4 assists is being called up… why?
    And Pateryn was called up on Saturday? Wasn’t he just sent down?

    I sure would love to be a fly on the wall for some of Therrien – Bergevin’s meetings.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Habilis says:

      Dumont is in for Parros, who has been a train wreck when he isn’t fighting. Pateryn is up to give them one extra D along with one extra forward (Parros now) in case someone wakes up sick today or gets dinged in warm-ups.

      Pretty standard procedure when your farm team is as far as Hamilton is.

    • Phil C says:

      I am guessing Pateryn being sent down was a paper exercise to save cap space during days with no games.

      Dumont? That’s a head-scratcher for me as well. Maybe he has been playing better lately. Or maybe they want to get a first-hand look at all the bubble guys?

      • SmartDog says:

        Makes sense… I guess Dumont is a bit of a shut-down guy? I don’t know him. But 5’10”. Oy vey. Another one.

        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

        • Phil C says:

          I don’t mind Dumont for the 4th line, he is speedy and fiesty. He was good defensively last year when he played. The timing seems odd when others were called up before him previously, that’s the part I don’t follow.

        • adamhabsalex says:

          You don’t know him? He played 10 games with the big club last year in a shortened season.

          Hmmm … strange for someone with a tag line like yours.

    • Mark C says:

      Reason for the all the send down, call ups is the cap.

      Regarding Dumont, I would guess basing on recent play he was considered the best option for the role he is to play tonight.

      • JohninTruro says:

        Needs to clear waivers to go back down doesn’t he? That would make it strange indeed…

        • Phil C says:

          I don’t think so, he already cleared waivers once this year so he only goes back on waivers under certain conditions, something like 30 days or 10 games with the big club. Maybe that’s why they are spreading around the call ups.

      • B says:

        Pateryn was sent down during a break in the Habs schedule so he could get a game in with Hamilton. He is back up because they want 7 Dmen available on game day in case someone gets sick or injured.

        –Go Habs Go!–

    • Whatever says:

      Assessment for possible movement?

  15. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Two middle of the pack teams about to engage in an epic battle for the race to be not so .500ish. Blood,sweat and mediocrity tonight on TSN Montreal and RDS!

  16. Psycho29 says:

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie
    ANA puts David Steckel on waivers. Assuming that means he’s going from AHL to NHL contract with the Ducks.

  17. slyCH says:

    Nice Tdown pass.

  18. Propwash says:



  19. Habilis says:

    No offense to any CFL fans out there, but 2-0 at half of a playoff game?

    Come on man!

    Go Als, I guess. So long as they don’t play during a Habs game, of course. Or any hockey game for that matter.

  20. Fransaskois says:

    I think I’d appreciate fighting more if our “fighters” went after the players responsible for causing an injury or a physical play. Sending two goons out to punch each other holds no value for either team and leaves our “punishable” offences “unpunished” physically and “unpunished” by the referees. Side-show fights should have no place in hockey.

    As an example:

    If Lapierre makes a dangerous play and seriously injures a well respected player (Dan Boyle) who plays an important role on your team, it would make sense that this would be a time you would see a fight. You would expect, if there was any truth to fighting preventing injury, that there would be a message sent by the Sharks that this sort of thing can’t happen. You would expect Lapierre to be “taught a lesson” by physically injuring him. This doesn’t happen. If there’s a place for fighting and self-officiating, this is it.

    If we are going to have self-officiating as part of our league, we might as well make it worth something. If we aren’t, we need to make suspensions and penalties tough enough to deter players from making these plays and if we’re making these suspensions and penalties, they need to be consistent. Goons aren’t working right now.

    I don’t mean to beat a dead horse (as we never do that on HIO) but, it’s something I was thinking about earlier this morning.

    • petefleet says:

      +1 +1 +1

      Well said!

      “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
      Abraham Lincoln

      ***Go Habs Go***

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      It’s a good post, but only if you or I or similar were commissioner. As things stand, the NHL has a commissioner and stake-holders who approve of the profits which they imagine to be growing in direct proportion to the current culture regarding fights, dirty play, injuries etc. It really is that bad. I’m still unable to comprehend what happened with Emery and Holtby (Cherry’s explanation notwithstanding).

    • wjc says:

      Goons or inforcers work better then you might think. You will never no how much of a deterent they are. You cannot count the things that do not happen when the realize there may be a price to pay.

      It is up to the league to decide if something was deliberate or an accident or and over zealous play. Things are going to happen in a fast game like hockey that are beyond your control and retribution is not necessary.


  21. Thomas Le Fan says:

    So far, 585 people think Therrien is doing a “good” job? 8-8 can only be described as a fair job at best, non?

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  22. habs001 says:

    Reality is that when the Habs win or lose they dont play that much different in the majority of the games…comes down to a couple of plays…

    • showey47 says:

      In other words, capitalizing on a couple of scoring chances and making a couple less errors in their own end. Welcome to every team in the league, not just the habs.

  23. Eddie says:

    Norman, you are a brilliant writer, and knowing that French is actually your mother tongue kind of freaks me out, I admit.

    But those who support the PQ in this Province have never hidden their angst for the non pure laine, and those who support the policy of banning religious symbols in Quebec, according to the polls, are the majority.

    Does this relate to the way Subban is treated by his coach?

    No one can say.

    Are there racist tendencies and racially motivated policies in Quebec?


    • jrshabs1 says:

      Your rationale comment may be taken as irrational by some of the HIO members. Something out of the ordinary is happening between player and coach. Would any other coach treat a Norris Trophy winner this way?

      Go Habs Go!!

      • The Jackal says:

        Yeah, Karlsson was benched for 10 minutes the other game. He doesn’t get much PK time. Where’s the beef there?
        Really, PK-gate is so unfounded and sensationalized – there’s nothing there but some people want there to be. Just drop it.

        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • savethepuck says:

          After Alfredson leaving the Sens this summer, the organization has a racial bias towards Swedes. They don’t trust them at all now. 😉

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

    • The Jackal says:

      I think you’re generalizing way too much from some supporters of one political party. PQ support is not due to people wanting a Quebecois only society, it is due to people wanting to protect their culture and traditions from an outside majority that sometimes tramples over them. There is nothing racist or discriminatory about that. And while I don’t support the proposed charter or the effects of it, banning religious symbols outright is not something that is essentially discriminatory nor is it exclusive to Quebec or to narrow-minded people. French and Quebec culture has been more secular ever since the Quiet Revolution, and that society has continued on that road. It also happens to be one of the more liberal and inclusive societies, I don’t see a problem with them valuing secularism and the bill being put to a democratic vote.

      Either way, that is beside the point and I went on a tangent, but it’s very far fetched to say that the policy in the proposed bill may relate to how MT treats Subban… no one can say? No, we can say for sure it does not. I mean, that’s a huge jump and it is a very unwarranted conclusion that itself is full of prejudice and assumtpions.

      Are there racist tendencies and racially motivated policies in Quebec? What a loaded question. It is an unfortunate fact that there are racists everywhere, but to single out Quebec and say there are racially motivated policies there, as if to prove a point on something, is just ridiculous – it’s baseless.

      Not to turn this into a PQ/Quebec culture debate, but Quebec stands as a society that heavily favours equality, secularism, and inclusion, with the caveat being that they wish the French language to remain strong – what the hell is wrong with that? Language forms the base of cultural interactions and to lose that or have it taken away by an outside majority is horrible, we have international conventions and treatises condemning that very possibility. I think it’s a shame that Quebec issues are misunderstood and labeled as racist or maliciously motivated. Quebec has every right to promote its culture, and it does not do so at the expense of others. People should try to understand what is like to be an isolated minority in a continent of Anglophones, every day your culture gets battered (in a figure of speech) by the forces of globalization it really feels as if English and other extraneous values are being forced upon that culture – and that is a very antagonizing situation to be in. There’s nothing wrong with trying to counteract that.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Eddie says:

        I have lived for the past 50 years in this Province, you?

        • Gerry H says:

          Born and raised there, in Quebec City no less. Though I haven’t lived there in over thirty years, I have spent the last twenty on its doorstep, in Ottawa. Does that give me the right to an opinion?

          The Charter is a loathsome thing and a cynical political ploy, but has no more to do with racism than the assumption that a coach disciplining a talented but flawed young athlete must be about the latter’s skin colour and the former’s mother tongue.

          • Eddie says:

            If you haven’t lived here for the past 30 years, I would say you’ve missed almost the entire Parti Quebecois era.

            So with all due respect, Ottawa is not Quebec.

            The Charter, to me, is more than a ploy, sadly.

            It’s a way to institutionalize racism and intolerance.

      • habcertain says:

        please, to insinuate that the french culture is currently under attack is a gross overstatement, and the bill is biased, just playing to their base. lived in montreal my whole life.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Not saying that Québec is an idyllic paradise with no need for improvement when it comes to race relations. I’m just offering a strong rebuttal, with actual facts and’documents to the cretin who offered that P.K. should go to L.A. or NYC or Toronto, which he stated would be more tolerant than Montréal.

    • monmick says:

      Speaking of the PQ, there is a rumour going around that they will soon introduce a bill aimed at “francissizing” the names of the Habs players. The new law, if it goes that far, will be enforced by the Office de la langue française.

      I have seen an early draft of the bill, and here is what is being recommended for the current roster :


      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Really like these. I think Ryan White would be 4% less tough if named Rémi Blanchette. I have an ‘Oncle Trefflé’, and he’s a cool guy, so big ups on that name. Joachim St-Georges is classic. And Nathaniel still sounds pretty anglo, let’s go with Napoléon.

    • jackbutt says:

      Screw you!! I’m French Canadian and my best freind is black! Stop with the French hating cuz in my book that makes you the RACIST. there is nothing wrong about the way PK is treated in Montreal. Keep listening to Krapios and dregger who hate the Habs talking crap without any form of truth in what they say. Michel Terrien said that there is no conflict between him and his best player. I believe that before anyone.

    • wjc says:

      Doughty says his coach kicks his ass all the time. Just part of the game. Not a game for whinny sissies.

      Suban got a Norris with Therien as coach, you cannot ignore this. To win it is one thing to maintain that standard is another thing. Big heads have to be deflated perhaps……no one knows.


  24. BJ says:

    Halftime Als 2- Hamilton 0. Lucky for Als blocked punt on the last play but the clock runs out…..

    • slyCH says:

      I would like to see the game but couldn’t find it on justintv. Wish I had a link.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Bookmark this site, every sport on TV can usually be found here.


        There are three links provided for the Als game, but I haven’t tried them to see what the quality is.

        • slyCH says:

          Thanks but that site makes me nervous. I got a threat blocked already and it tells me I have to download media player. That always scares the hell out of my limited tech mind.

          Nice to read you again by the way. Don’t let them drag you down.


          this emoticon brought to you by the lazy writers of America.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            I go there all the time, using Chrome and AdBlock, haven’t had any problems. Don’t download anything, or their media players, just stream the game from the page that appears when you click on the link.

          • slyCH says:

            I use chrome as well and always wait for adds to run it’s course, just as I do when using blogspot site.

            Let me try again.

          • slyCH says:

            Got it, 3-2 Hamilton.


  25. Maritime Ronn says:

    Kevin Poulin in nets for the Islanders tonight instead of Nabokov.
    Not quite sure that’s good news.

    While Poulin is 1-3 this year, his SP is at .918 and GAA is 2.27 far superior to Nabokov.

    In Poulin’s last 2 games, he beat Boston giving up 1 goal and posting a .963 SP, then lost 1-0 to Carolina posting a .958 SP.

  26. BJ says:

    Here’s a weird play. White kicks a field goal, gets it through. Hamilton gets penalized on the play, Als have to re-field goal White misses for 5 straight fails. Als 2-0 in the second quarter.

  27. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Go Als go!
    It’s a crazy, tough, windy game.
    3-0 for the Als.
    3 singles!

  28. slapshot777 says:

    Sean Whyte couldn’t kick a FG to save his life.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  29. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Haven’t read through the posts yet.
    Do the habs still stink?
    Has Oliver Stone finished his script about the PK MT situation?

  30. HabFab says:

    Collberg and Lehkonen both with an assist in today’s 4 Nations U20 action.

  31. Un Canadien errant says:

    Not crazy about the tone of HIO the last couple of weeks. I made my point in a long post about how some new posters come on here with a new account and proceed to trash the place, they instigate and insult and spew nothing but negativity. The common response is that we should just not reply to these posters, they’ll shrivel up and blow away without the attention, but to make further use of my party analogy, it’s hard to ignore the boor at the party if he grabs hold of the microphone or uses a bullhorn.

    Anyway, one of my points in my previous post about the tenor of the conversation is that when you ignore these guys, some of their idiocy goes unchallenged, and may be considered factual by some casual readers. I worry about that, some things get accepted as gospel on here when they get repeated a few times.

    So let me denounce the statement that racism in Montréal is ‘well-documented’, and that it should be reason enough for P.K. Subban to want to leave here and go somewhere more tolerant like Toronto or NYC or Toronto. Well that just hooey.

    No less a historical figure than Jackie Robinson had a magical year in Montréal playing for the Royals, the AAA club for the Dodgers, getting the star treatment and adulation from fans in his short stay here. It has been well-documented, indeed, that it was thought to be a good strategic choice to ‘ease’ a player from the Negro league into the Majors by way of Montréal because of the greater racial tolerance that exists as opposed to other cities in the U.S., at least at that time.

    But don’t take my word for it, it is well-documented, as a quick trip on Google will show. Here are three links that will illustrate my point, if you choose to read them and educate yourself, instead of spouting unfounded garbage to support your ill-considered views.


    Excerpt: “I experienced no racism here. That was a huge relief for my wife and I. The French-Canadian people welcomed us with open arms,” he said warmly, recalling the racial taunting he’d experienced at the Royals’ Florida training camp earlier in 1946.

    “Our French-Canadian landlady greeted us with a smile and a cup of tea. We were pleasantly surprised.”


    Excerpt“Had it not been for the fact that we broke in in Montreal, I doubt seriously we could have made the grade so rapidly,” Robinson said in a 1964 CBC interview. “The fans there were just fantastic and my wife and I have nothing but the greatest memories.”

    Robinson lived in Montreal with his wife, Rachel.

    In a 1987 editorial for the New York Times on the 40th annivesary of his milestone, Rachel Robinson reflected on their time on DeGaspe Street in Montreal after a difficult experience enduring discrimination in spring training in Florida.

    “We left the South bruised, stimulated, and more contemplative than we arrived. A more resilient pair.

    “Our totally opposite experience in Montreal later that year provided us with an excellent springboard into the majors … Montreal and then Brooklyn became special havens where we gradually regained our sense of ourselves and our dignity.”


    ”To appreciate how special the experience was in Canada, you have to think about the experience we had in the South going to spring training,” Rachel Robinson said.

    The couple initially felt some trepidation heading north to postwar Montreal, with its housing shortages. It had never occurred to the Robinsons to look for a black neighborhood in Montreal. The Royals had provided a list of homes – all in predominantly white areas at a time when the black community made up about 2 percent of Montreal’s population.

    Robinson said they were more focused on the professional task than on neighborhood demographics.

    ”We didn’t consider it or think about it — in an experimental situation like that, you have to stay focused on what’s before you,” Robinson told the CP. ”We were not looking for black people. We had found an apartment, which was the most important thing, in a supportive, friendly neighborhood.”

    … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.–Bill Simmons

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      While that may be true, perhaps as Pierre Vallières wrote in his book – and I will only use the acronym WNoA, there may have been some indirect shared sentiment and feelings of oppression back then.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Nice post as usual Norman. The new posters aren’t the only ones who have been difficult as of late either.

      Look, I’m a diehard fan and am guilty of taking the teams success and failure much too seriously but I’ve always tried to be respectful of others opinions even when I think there crazy.

      I think its sad that a since friendly place where Habs fans can go and vent has now become a sourse if aggrevation for me and I’m sure others.

      Anyway, I wanted to stick up a bit for some of our newer pisters . Many if them, walymr and sweetnad are two examples if newbies I enjoy. Anybody can be rude.
      I’ve experienced it here just in the last few days.

      Not that anyone should care but when a place begins to cause aggrevation its time to go. I’m on the edge which saddens me as I’ve come to know many here and am fortunate to call them friends..


      • The Jackal says:

        Don’t go! HIO is still one of the best Habs sites/communities. People just get riled up. There should be features to choose to ignore posts you don’t want to read and to improve the discussion. But even without it, it’s still a good place. I think there are some divisive issues being discussed but that won’t always be the case.

        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          I hear you Jackal. I have a list of people I ignore but its getting bigger everyday it seems. CHeers.

          • Habs1962 says:

            I am 40 year Habs Fan, been reading here for a few years, posting recently.
            Alot to like about the Habs right now. Some big wins against decent teams, tied Blues.
            The young guys look great Egg line, Bournival, the kids on D when they play show promise..
            Gonna get the win today and move on !
            GO HABS! ignore leaf and sens fans if they here..Sens no success since 2007 and leafs no success since about 1993 (and we woulda beat them then if Kings hadn’t) Ha ! )))

    • The Jackal says:

      You just need to post more often UCE, so that those that reply to the idiotic troll comments have some reinforcements. And also to have more smart posts.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • savethepuck says:

      The first thing that came to mind when I read the racism comment re Quebec was also how many things I have read or seen reported about how Robinson was treated in Montreal. I didn’t bother to reply to the original comment for some of the reasons you brought up in this post.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • slyCH says:

      I find when I beget the same frustrating feelings reading some of the posts I simply refrain to post. If that makes sense. Sometimes I stay away altogether for a few days. To re-charge, so to speak.

    • Trollhunter says:

      I can`t speak for every poster but most of us can spot the trolls/idiots and not take what they say as fact. Don`t let the banality of some keep you from posting. You`re many peoples favorite 🙂

    • Phil C says:

      I have no time for the posters whose obvious sole intent is to spread ill will and stir up negativity for their depraved enjoyment. These types of posters should be ignored, although I admit I feel the need to ridicule them at times.

      However there are some posters whose posts are negative but sincere, or simply share a different view than most, yet they are sometimes treated as trolls. There needs to be a certain level of tolerance for different views. You don’t like MT? Fine, but don’t get upset just because someone else does. Not all fighting supporters are bloodlusting neanderthals and not all fighting haters are lily-livered pacifists. We should be able to disagree with name calling or taking it personally, especially on the polarizing issues.

      I like your approach above (wrt to racism in Montreal) to challenge a bad idea rather than simply shouting down the poster or ignoring them. An added bonus is that a post like that can be enjoyed with it being a response to someone else.

    • habcertain says:

      you kind of step on your own point by citing “new posters”, which in itself is a form of bias, while not a severe as a racist accusation. see a lot of that here.

  32. adamkennelly says:

    MT continues to prove he is not a very smart coach…sitting Parros for some call up against a team that has Carkner, Boulton and Martin…should be a fun night for White…

    • Mark C says:

      Not so sure. Parros’ staged fights have yet to provide any value what so ever.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Having Parros in the line up won’t stop the overall hits
        Carkner and Boulton would gladly go with Parros.
        Then what?

        • Mark C says:

          Exactly. Might as well try to take advantage of Martin, Carkner, and Boulton the way other teams have done so to the Habs.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Ronn, I thought Parros was signed for the exact reason to meet other teams goons head on. I’m going to go out on the ledge again here and question why MT sees fit to play him against the Blues yet sits against a gooned up Islander roster. Head scratcher for me.
          Apologies to the MT family of supporters.

          • Maritime Ronn says:

            hi Jim

            I liked the signing of Parros, yet have been terribly disappointed in the timing of his fights and the needless stage fight for no reason at all.

            He did well in game 1, yet since coming back he hs not picked his spots very well.
            If memory serves me well, he actually dropped the gloves when the Habs (Subban?) were in position for a great scoring chance.

            I was hoping his job was to be retaliating and setting guys straight when some of our skilled players were cheap shotted – NOT the stupid stage fight that accomplishes nothing.

            VERY disappointed so far.

          • habcertain says:

            MT’s history of bad decision-making is well documented.

          • Mark C says:

            Right now Parros hasn’t been good against teams with and without goons. Maybe MT is trying a different approach. Sounds like coaching to me.

        • adamkennelly says:

          how bout “just in case” there are plenty of guys who play every game who add extremely little value – at least if Parros is playing and things start getting out of hand – he can settle things down..for example – say Matt Martin creams Galley with a clean hit – White goes to talk to him and gets pounded – then what – with no Parros – its open season on les Habitants…some people just don’t get it….

          • Habs1962 says:

            idiot Chris Neil got Gally hard in the first couple of minutes against sens… I think MT shoulda sent Parros out to deal with neil… I know Neil woulda got outa there and that would give him good warning to end that… btw.. I think that hit was interference however didn’t get a second look at ?

    • petefleet says:

      Not smart? Both of the games Parros has fought in lately have resulted in losses. One fight broke up a PK rush all alone on net and the other caused a goal by DD I think to be called back. Who’s the smart one? Leave the -5 guy out until he figures out where and when to apply his trade.

      “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
      Abraham Lincoln

      ***Go Habs Go***

  33. adamhabsalex says:

    I wonder if MT will put Dumont out on the PP like he did with St. Pierre when the Habs played the Blues. I know it’s been five days and I should get over it but I still can’t.

    I keep wondering what could possibly be the rationale for putting an almost career minor leaguer who gets called up (and subsequently back down after one game) out on the power play. I’m not one of those guys who will even begin to talk like I know what’s going on in the dressing room but if I’m a top 9 forward and I am sitting on the bench on the PP while this guy who just got called up plays, I start to lose a bit of respect for the coach.

  34. monmick says:

    Does anyone know which year there was the most number of current year draftees that earned a regular spot on their respective teams? You have to think that this year is up there, at least in recent times, with Jones, Wilson, MacKinnon, Barkov, Monahan, Nichushkin, Lindholm, Ristolainen, etc.

    Edit: Wilson is a 2012 draft…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      didn’t do the checking but 2005 may be close

      • monmick says:

        Just looking at that list, I had forgotten that Bobby Ryan was selected right after Sidney. Also, I sure hope Gilbert Brulé can pull it back together — pretty strange story…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • Habilis says:

      I don’t know the exact numbers, but I remember there being a glut of rookies in the 05-06 season, the one right after the full lockout. However, that was obviously a function of a full calendar year with no NHL hockey.

      You’re right, this year seems to be full of exceptional “true” rookies. Any other year, our boy Bournival might have a shot at the Calder. Probably not this year though as he would have to seriously outdistance all those kids to take it.

  35. habstrinifan says:

    Many see the grass greener on the other side. They want us to trade so and so and get so and so. Sure our players may not all be top 3 in the league… but you name me one non hab-player in the past 10 yrs to win the Molson Cup.

    The torch is in good hands! Short hands but good hands.

  36. slapshot777 says:

    Go ALS Go !!!!!!!!

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  37. Bogie Man says:

    I am disappointed as I am sure most of us are so far in our Habs. Every year we hear that we are rebuilding via draft this has been going on since 1995. What is the biggest issue we have in Montreal today that we cannot attract big name players? Is it the combination of the salary cap? Is it the taxes in Montreal? Is it the coaching and management? Or the combination of all three? If it is a combination of the above then I suggest we look at changing the things we have control such as coaching. Step one for me would be to remove MT immediately and replace with somone who has a bit more passion for the game.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      You can add a few other factors.

      – Besides the Habs, there are usually 20+ other teams interested in the so called high profile stars.

      – Some players see living in a new different culture as a wonderful learning experience. Several others that have wife/family do not see it that way.

      – A real and legitimate chance to win the Cup in the short term and playing with high quality talented players. You can debate that.

      – Anonymity. Some guys just want to play the game and not be bothered outside the rink. Others embrace that.

      – Overall safety. Hockey is a dangerous game, yet driving on Montreal roads and crossing bridges may be more of a health hazard than anything else.

      • Bogie Man says:

        Those are very good points and yes I have driven through Montreal and agree with your last bullet entirely. I have been a hab fan for a long time, since the late 60’s. Since then things have changed, back in the 70’s and even 80’s there was not one player who would give their left arm to play in Montreal because of it glamour an historic significance. You would come to Mtl and take a pay cut. Now you have huge salaries, NHL glamour and overall quality of life as a hockey player (presure of the media and not having the coaching staff or the players to make a run short term) you get today. The respect for the CH although is still historically significant it has been significantly reduced. It makes it difficult as a fan to stay loyal when you see other teams build and attract great players such as the Sharks, Boston, and yes I hate to even say it the Leafs. I wish things were different in Mtl but it starts in Management/ Coaching and I think in order to rebuild effectively you need to start there. MB gets it, MT I was never a fan and do not support him today. I just wish he would go away, but the question is who is that passionate head coach who has a french connection? Guy Boucher.. is he ready?

  38. slapshot777 says:

    So the media is opposed to fighting in Montreal, so when someone pounds one of our players I guess the media is waiting for the NHL to step in and do something. Is the media in Montreal that stupid.

    If you are going to be a tough team you are going to need tough players and these tough players will have to know how to fight as well as play hockey. If you don’t have these players on the team the team will never go anywhere. The media will pound their chest proudly for not having tough guys with fight mentalities on the team.

    I wonder how these guys talk to their counterparts when they go into buildings like Boston, Toronto, Philly. I guess the media of these teams just laugh at the Hickeys of the world when they go in and say gonna get a beat down tonight.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

    • Eddie says:

      Watched the intro to CBC broadcast last night for the first time.

      Highlights of hockey action with music in the background.

      Fights and vicious hits dominated the highlights.

      That is today’s NHL, especially in the East, I would say.

  39. hockeyscout101 says:

    Eric Boulton and Matt Carkner are both in for Islanders tonight. So good luck to Dumont tonight, dealing with Carkner as a D and boulton as a winger. Good luck to White because Moen can’t fight anymore. There is talk that Long Island wants to come out with lots of heart, grit and hits cause they got embarrassed by Columbus last night.

  40. The Jackal says:

    Has anyone been following the Lightning? Are they as good as their record or what is going on? Their D and goaltending finally pick up or something? I read Cooper is a good coach, one of those new school guys with a fresh system and approach – sounds good. That’s what they said about Boucher and I think he was fired prematurely, but good for Cooper to get this chance.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Ben Bishop in nets .927SP
      Got rid of Vinnie’s anchor contract and signed Filppula UFA from Detroit – saved $2.7M in Cap space
      Stamkos and St. Louis are lights out
      Youngster Alex Killorn playing very well.
      Pretty much injury free

      • Eddie says:

        Kilhorn is a West Island Montreal product, Lac St Louis Lions, good for him!!

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          shows he was born in Halifax and was a Harvard guy
          Did the Habs pick the right Harvard guy?

          • Eddie says:

            Hahaha! Well, it’s quite simple. Kilhorn was no bigger than Leblanc years ago, but he has been able to build himself up, with great physical training. He has added great power to his game, upper and lower body.

            NHL is a north-south game, not east-west, like midget hockey.

            Leblanc is still working on this.

  41. Phil C says:

    The solution to the Habs’ shootout problems:


  42. rogus says:

    Why do they keep bringing Pateryn up and sitting him? Does he get NHL money for sitting? Why Dumont as the call up? Do we need more practice on the PK? Maybe this way we will see PK on the PK, which would be OK.

    • hockeyscout101 says:

      Who would Pateryn play for? On any other team Pateryn won’t even make top 8. Look at Boston, Pitts, Chicago, L.A. Only in Montreal he will make top 6.

    • savethepuck says:

      You need a 7th DMan available in case someone comes down with the flu or is injured in pregame warmup. As of now, Emelin has not been given medical clearance to play a game. It is as simple as that.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  43. piper says:

    With more protection I think Galchenyuk could be the sniper we are looking for and Gallagher a could capitalize on more rebounds. I’d like to see a player like Tom Wilson from Washington playing and growing with those two. We would have to give up something good though.

    • hockeyscout101 says:

      In Montreal there won’t be any protection..good luck with that. With all this anti fight movement with the media and I speak of Pat Hickey, Boone and so forth there won’t be any fighters on this team, just skill. If you want to watch a real team win watch the Boston Bruins, they have skill, tenacity and toughness. Nobody says anything in BeanTown when they kick the Habs butts.

    • Eddie says:

      Imagine if McCarron had made the NHL would we be dealing him? Come on! The Caps are not trading Wilson.

    • The Jackal says:

      If by protection you mean get him a guy like Looch, then yeah that would be a great line. But I think Chuck is more of a playmaker than a sniper. Hopefully he starts shooting more because he has a great shot.

      IMO, Gally would be best on a line where the other 2 guys can make space AND direct a lot of shots to the net. If Chucky starts shooting more and they put a power forward on that line, it would be sick.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  44. hockeyscout101 says:

    Another smurf with some grit. There is this anti fight movement going on in Montreal these days where they want no fighters and all skill. I don’t agree with that. I agree Parros has not been the greatest but what do you expect? Therrien has not used him properly and Parros has done his job. Fought Orr 2x, Reeves, Bordeleau.

    After this season, you WILL NEVER SEE another HW in a Habs uniform for another century or so.

    So today who will fight Matt Carkner or Eric Boulton if they start running around out there? Oh maybe Dumount. Oh wait he is a smurf?

  45. dre1744 says:

    I think we snap out of or funk tonight and win 5 – 2.

    Galchenyuk with 2 goals and 1 assist

    Gallagher with a goal

    Patches with a goal

    and PK with a goal and 2 assists

  46. 416erHabsFan says:

    What a head scratch-er move this one is, I understand sitting Parros but calling up another smurf?

  47. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Go FOURTH, young Gabriel, and pot a few for the Habs!

  48. Timo says:

    Woohoo! Dumont! The Cup is ours.

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