Eight more sleeps

Jean Béliveau at his first Habs camp in 1950 with coach Dick Irvin. Jean didn’t make the team because his dad wouldn’t let him. Note different colour skate laces. More in Stubbs story linked below.
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Two more exhibition games – with rosters resembling what we’ll see on opening night.

Then the Canadiens begin their pre-season retreat in the Charlevoix region near Quebec City.

And then …

Tale of two camps – Dave Stubbs

Final shots for bubble players

Randy Cunneyworth takes over Bulldogs

The challenge facing Price

Avtsin has to learn to be a pro

• Former GM Craig Button breaks down the Eastern Conference

• Mathias Brunet rates the broadcasters


  1. Rugger says:

    Agreed, Brickley is ok, I’ve even heard him correct Jack on some of the more blatent Homerisms such as disputing obvious calls against the B’s.

  2. Brassmonkey says:

    The great Billy Smith will be on hand at the game vs. the Islanders in Quebec city…look for him in the stands.

  3. Habs fan in SF says:

    oh yeah, i forgot to mention that brian wilde calling an impact goal is a little over the top too

  4. Habs fan in SF says:

    nice post. i actually wrote about jack edwards on here a couple of years ago. he is the worst! the only saving grace on bruins telecasts is his partner andy brickley – who seems, for the most part, to keep things a little more unbiased than edwards. it was hilarious to hear jack calling the fight when lucic kicked komisarek’s toosh in the playoffs.

    … and i always think rick jeanneret is gonna drop dead of cardiac arrest whenever he calls a sabres goal. chill out, buddy!

  5. Clay4bc says:

    One of my all time faves is the guy who does the Islanders games – though his name eludes me at the moment. Great voice, great hockey knowledge, and very impartial. The complete package.


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  6. quentin_stuckley says:

    agree on the edwards completely.  edwards, get off the players jocks already.  

    as for jenneret and his squealy “SHIIOT” call, i can chuckle at him, but he can be annoying if the sabres are playing well.  what was the documentary called?


    didn’t denis potvin to the color commentary for the panthers at one time?  does he still do it?  been a while since i’ve had nhl center ice.

  7. quentin_stuckley says:

    amongst other things.  but yeah, we makea the big bucks.

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    They are hiding in the weeds now.! Danno

  9. quentin_stuckley says:

    congratulations to brian gionta.  well deserved, and a good choice.  could it be?  a decision by management that everyone here agrees with?!?  the apocalypse is upon us.  kidding.  it’s good for all to be on the same page.



    or did i type too soon?

  10. St.Leo Habs Fan says:

    Wow, thanks for the link g-man, you can also youtube greg valentino, he was a bodybuilder from nyc, he blew out his biceps, they literally exploded.

  11. Danno says:

    Who said Gainey and Gauthier did not know what they were doing the past 5 years.

    Geez, I’m trying hard, but I don’t recall anyone ever saying that! :)


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

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Montreal’s the envy of most of the NHL for their ability to stay in the black on their accounting sheets each season.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    I am sure glad that I am not the one to make the last cuts. We have a tremendous group of young talent that Randy Cunneyworth will inherit in Hamilton.

    This will gives our Habs great depth on the farm and keep the pressure on players like Kostitson and Pouliot to pick up their game and be productive. If not, a trade could be made for them knowing there are hungry players on the farm just waiting for a shot.

    Who said Gainey and Gauthier did not know what they were doing the past 5 years. A lot of teams around the league would die to be in our shoes. Solid in both Hamilton and Montreal at present and for the long term.

  14. mike g says:

    Talking about worst broadcasters….

    Someone below mentionned the worst one: Jack Edwards.

    He’s the biggest homer out there. I still remember once when Lapierre hit Chara, and Chara fell, but Edwards still said, “And Chara smashes Lapierre!!!”. He was able to get away with it because the camera had moved away from the incident, and tv viewers couldn’t actually see that Chara was on his a*s. But, Boston fans must love him. The rest of the league, not so much.

    Also, Rick Jenneret, the Buffalo guy, well I can’t stand him. I  find he tries too hard now. I actually saw a documentary on him, and his career path is something else. I just can’t stand hearing him anymore. But just like the Boston people love Jack, the Sabres fans love Rick.

    But my favorite broadcasters have to be the most non-biased people. If any of you have ever watched a game on the Blackhawks network (Comcast Chicago) or the Kings’ (FSN), those guys are world class.

    I like to rate a broadcaster by the way he calls a game when his team is involved in it. And the Hawks and Kings annoucers are second to none. They show no bias, and call a game properly. Gord Miller is also very good, but he’s not employed by a team, so it’s har to tell if there’s any bias.

    And btw, it probably won’t happen, but never watch a game on the Panthers FSN feed. Those 2 guys are horrible. The play-by-play guy often asks why an offside was called. They have no clue what’s going on during the game….


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

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

  15. Clay4bc says:

    Excellent! (*In his best Mr. burns voice…*)


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  16. derfab says:

    The ‘experts’ (based on Martin’s comments about Eller’s versatility, I guess) have Eller centring the 3rd. They also think Darche is staying (talk about something to boo!). I like Pyatt on the left side with Boyd and Lapierre. White seems more ready than either Eller or Pouliot but, to Pouliot’s credit, he has been skating hard on the shifts I’ve seen, even while collecting some snow on his butt and has a good stick. Eller has a knack for finding the puck but…?

  17. JD_ says:

    Great news. Was just listenin’ to Gomer on the CJAD broadcast endorsin’ Gionta as a leader and exemplary professional. Can’t argue with the A picks either. Gives the Habs the flexibility to transfer one of the As if Gill is not around next season.

    Gio is bustin’ today.

    I Born A Giant.

  18. matraque says:


    You can check canadiens.com as well.


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  19. Kappy says:

    Yeah Pedro also said that he missed being at home with his Momma and crawling into bed with her at night.  Kinda weird??

    Do you know when the 2nd part is airing?  Is it tonight??

  20. Rudy says:

    Announced where????????????

  21. matraque says:

    Yay!  Gratz to Gionta


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  22. Mark C says:

    With Markov and Gill getting the A’s. Hard to find any fault in these selections.

  23. puck face says:

    Gionta named captain.

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Breaking!!! The 28th Captain of the Montreal Canadiens has just been announced and earlier rumours were correct, it shall be Captain Brian Gionta to start the 2010-11 season.

    Veteran defencemen Andrei Markov and Hal Gill will be wearing the “A”.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  25. habs03 says:

    I hate Gomez cap hit, but i’ve always liked his old school style of play, I read that he was on CJAD during the last game, so I looked on the site and found a few sound clips :)


  26. samTHEman says:

    Cammalleri – Plekanec – Kostitsyn

    Pouliot – Gomez – Gionta

    Lapierre– Boyd – Eller

    Moen – Halpern – Pyatt

    out: White

    Send down: Darche


    As much as I would love to see White start the season with us, JM will probably go with Darche and send White down…but atleast he earned lots of points and will probably be the 1st to be called up.


    And I would actually rather see Eller play top 2 line minutes and Benoit bumped to the 3rd with Boyd and Lapierre. There’s something awfully wrong with Pouliot he just can’t keep the puck along the boards…never wins those battles and he’s off balance all the time.

  27. G-Man says:

    Go to this link. http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/Alzado_Lyle.html

    Have a gander a what using medicine meant for horses does to human beings. Then, I think you will reconsider.

  28. arcosenate says:

    The Ken Burns doc? I watched it. And I loved Pedro Martinez saying how he got so caught up in the home run race between Sosa and MacGuire, he felt like just your average fan. He also said, “Innocence is a wonderful thing.” As in, what a bunch of cheaters!

  29. Kappy says:

    I really feel like if White keeps up his great play that the coaching staff has to start him in the first game vs the leafs.  I really love his energy and grit, and he has been showing a great scoring touch of late.  He would be a great addition to the fourth line. 

    Speaking of fourth lines, remember last years with MAB and Big George? That was scary.  I definetly see a huge improvement this year on the fourth line and I think they will play more then 4min a game.

    On a side note did anyone watch that baseball documentry last night?  I think it was called the 10th inning.  I thought it was great.  It dealt with more up to date stuff and not so much history.  I gotta say that I was always dissappointed in the players that used steriods, but this show shed some intresting views on the whole thing.  I didn’t realize that it was not even a banned substance.  One analysis had a great line something like “if you could take a pill that would make you be 50x better at your job and make you more money, you would take it”.  I agree. I probably would.



  30. puck face says:

    because of my speed addiction i’ve only got like three or four more sleeps !!

  31. coachdoug says:

    Nice article on Jean Beliveau at camp…amazing that his father had made a promise and they stuck to it…delivering beer after daily camps…My how times have changed…Some of these guys could own small breweries now…

    So was Jean “hotdogging” with the different colored laces?  Probably broke one and had to take it of his street shoes…no equipment managers running around coddling millionaires back then…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  32. sholi2000.com says:

    I just read your bio Doug.  Great story.  How on earth did a rink open up on Bragg?  Which unit were you with?  I did some ops with 10SF in the mid 90’s, and some of the sniper comps we did had a lot of SF, SAS, and NS.  I retire next summer however I am semi retired now (head injuries).  Anyway, good luck with the kids, I help coach my little fellas hockey team.  The love the fact that an Infantry Sgt works with them.  :)

    They Call Me Shane

  33. adam76 says:

    Any word on when Markov is slated to return?

  34. CERF says:

    end october is what is being said

  35. Jordio-oh says:

    soon, i hope. I just drafted him in my hockey pool last night.

  36. derfab says:

    One old lace, one new one. I wonder if Irvin had a sense of what kind of talent Beliveau would be. Love those brilliant coaches who tell you how to hold your stick!

    Is the Pacs injury for real? He looked GREAT with Boyd and White on Sunday. Could they be using a bruise as an excuse to keep him around longer?

    With the camp he has had and the energy he has created, cutting White would be a mistake. He’s got to play in game one. You cannot seriously keep Darche around with this kid outplaying top-sixers on both sides.

    A trade?

  37. CERF says:

    a trade to who for what?

  38. G-Man says:

    Like many have said before: Woah! It’s pre-season and White is going against many AHLers and juniors. He has had a good to great camp, but the NHL is a higher plateau than he has yet achieved. Trading Darche is not a viable option- he earned his coach’s respect with his play last season. If his level drops to a point where he cannot continue, that is another story. For now, White is just making it difficult and that is quite the achievement considering the lack of roster spots. If he doesn’t make it right away, he will be back in Montreal very soon.

  39. derfab says:

    Though it might be a difficult one to imagine, I would not be shocked if Kostitsyn was moved. Of course, based on what has been invested in him, it might be difficult to get an acceptable return. 

  40. derfab says:

    Good God, another moronic piece on what Price needs to do! Like he hasn’t known since he was 13. Tremblay, Todd, Gagnon….Slap ’em i says! 

  41. derfab says:

    What happened with Carle? Has he been waived? Cleared?

  42. Mark C says:

    If he was in fact placed on waivers yesterday, we will know around noon today if he was claimed or not.

  43. slamtherimtim says:

    poor patches , cant buy a break

  44. habs03 says:

    A full year in the AHL would be best for him imo.

  45. derfab says:

    Not a viable option. You mean he’s a hardworking guy with a coaching future and nobody wants him? I get it, but shouldn’t the combo of talent, grit, offensive potential and enthusiastic play trump these qualities? White looked very good as a call-up last year too.

  46. G-Man says:

    White played well, but did not look as effective as he does at this moment. Hence, the “woah!” When he is in against Nhlers, let’s see what he can do. I like him, too. Let’s not think that every vet isn’t as good as a young up-and-comer just yet because the games do not count. I still think he will make it, maybe just not immediately.

  47. TOEmastro says:

    No doubt La Presse would name Bouchard the top analyst, and for the most part, I can agree. But they all come second place to Scott Gomez

  48. derfab says:

    Gomez is great comic relief. Players that actually work without a script make all of it more fun.

  49. habs-is-it says:

    Can anyone help with the Atsvin article in French? Would really like to learn what has been said about him and why he is not playing. 

  50. SeriousFan09 says:

    Same article, Google Translated, not perfect but useful.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  51. derfab says:

    Too Green. They like his physical strength, mood (the fact that the kid smiles alot for a Russian) and skating, but think he needs to work on general awareness as related to where everyone else is on the ice at all times. They also (Martin, Cunneyworth) seem to think that he is vulnerable to being outsmarted because he underestimates the craftiness of pro players.

  52. arcosenate says:

    The worst announcer bar none is NESN’s Jack Edwards (?), absolute unprofessional moron:


  53. Rugger says:

    Never thought I would say it, but I miss Derek Sanderson in the B’s broadcast booth.

  54. adam76 says:

    My vote still, and will always go to BOB Cole.  Oh baby!

  55. Mark C says:

    It’s not even close, Edwards is a total tool, homer, and beyond bias announcer. Which is too bad, outside of his use of many self made clichés and homerism, he is easily one of the best play-by-play guys in hockey.

  56. derfab says:

    Maybe, but I’m not so sure Eller is all that ready, and all this stuff about keeping him up to save face on the Halak deal is, hopefully, tripe.

  57. habs03 says:

    No, I think Eller is ready to be a 3rd line C, its between him or Boyd being the 3rd C and the other being the winger on the same line imo. Butt I don’t think Eller is ready to produce top 6 numbers tho, he is pretty much a lock to make this team, but I don’t think it to save face, its clear that the team doesn’t care much about what fans think or want (a good thing imo). The issue with Max Pac I find is he doesn’t know how to use his body, he is a bit reckless, he always is just missed from being layed out by a hit.

  58. avatar_58 says:

    The worst? Cole may be getting old but I love it when he’s doing the play by play. Always interesting

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    He was pretty good before he got so old he can’t keep up with the play, now it’s just embarassing at times. Still, won’t forget “whooooa baby! What is goin’ on in Pennsylvania?”


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  60. Clay4bc says:

    I just watched that game again tonight…that line gave me goosebumps even now!

    Bob Cole is now old and 5 minutes behind the play (if he is even that close), but in his prime there was none better – ever.


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear


    — George Orwell —

  61. notbigbird says:

    Maybe in your day. In mine: Danny Gallivan by a mile.

  62. coachdoug says:

    Shane…Just got back from running some errands and saw your post. Bragg is the of three bases with a rink.  Rumor has it a General in the early sixties lied about the construction project and got the money approved. It is an awesome rink and we have a “Special Ops” lunch league that plays Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I have been with several units, 75th Rangers, 160th SOAR, 101st, 2dACR and I finished my career with Special Operations Command.  We may have tread some of the same ground as I have been all over.  I did a Winter Hawk exercise in the mid 90s in Calgary and the Canadian Army folks treated us great.  Congratulations on the retirement!  I miss my comrades…but like not having to be gone all the time!

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  63. sholi2000.com says:

    That’s a great story.

    I already miss the troops.  Old soldiers never die,……………

    They Call Me Shane

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