Eller back in line up for Sunday’s game against Devils


After being a healthy scratch for the past two games, forward Lars Eller will be back in the Canadiens line up on Sunday when they play the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre.

Coach Michel Therrien said he made the decision on Friday before he found out that Max Pacioretty has flu-like symptoms.

Pacioretty missed Saturday’s practice and Eller practised in his place on the line with Erik Cole and David Desharnais. Therrien said Pacioretty has a slight fever and would be re-evaluated on Sunday.

While they want internal competition on the team, Therrien said he doesn’t want it to become unhealthy.

“It’s got to be a healthy competition,” Therrien said. “I believe in team spirit. (Eller’s) part of the team. He’s a young man that we care (about) and want him to be better….It’s our job to make sure that he’s going to get better.”

Defenceman Tomas Kaberle left practice early on Saturday after being hit in the face with a puck. “We’ll see tomorrow,” was all Therrien said when asked about him by one reporter.

Sunday’s game will also feature two Giontas–Canadiens captain Brian Gionta and his younger brother Stephen who plays for the Devils.

Gionta said he watched the Devils’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Capitals on Friday. His brother scored in the first period.

“As long as he doesn’t score tomorrow night we’re all right,” he said.

They had one chance to play against each other a few years ago and it was “extremely fun,” Gionta said. “Tomorrow night will be his first game here so I’m sure he’ll have quite the experience.”

Their parents are in Montreal, Gionta said.  “They don’t care what happens tomorrow night, I guess,” he laughed.


  1. Patches being sidelined is a great opportunity for Lars Eller ( who just needs ice time to become one of the best forwards on the team.)
    Hopefully Theiren doesn’t keep him on the bench. The team is much better this year ( tougher and more skilled, faster as well). I would have preferred any coach other than Theiren though — he is just not Canadiens material. What does everyone think????

  2. Hockey Bob says:

    Sorry about that I am on the IPhone that LMAO was for that montrealtilldeath character.

  3. Hamayoune says:

    So is GallyA is destined to spend the season with the big club now that Pacioretty is out for 3-4 weeks?

  4. Adidess says:

    Now, that’s just painful. I don’t like having too much of anything, no matter how good.

  5. Ncognito says:

    Del Zotto is making Subban look like he’s worth about 2.5 per year.

    • ClutchNGrab says:

      I hope you’re being sarcastic here. You do realize, MacDonagh and Girardi were the ones playing the big tough minutes right? DelZotto is a fourth defenseman on the Rangers line up, and therefore plays against weaker opponents then PK’s last year.

    • habs-hampton says:

      …and then he sees Komi making $4.5.

      • Ncognito says:

        Komi only making 3.5 this year – though 4.5 cap hit

      • NCRhabsfan says:

        You really need to stop comparing Subban’s potential salary to that of any individual that got his after he became a UFA. RFA’s have no leverage; it is not about who is better or worth more, if that was the case Gomez would have made minimum wage last year. Subban will either play for what MB offers him, pitch a longer team deal that gets him a bit more up front but sells a year or two of his post-RFA career at a potential savings for MB, sit out the year or sign a tender and see what happens. It has literally nothing to do with whether Del Zotto is better or not. Del Zotto is just an example of what a good Dman that is also an RFA was able to wrangle out of a different club with different cap issues. Subban is likely to get something in that ballpark, maybe a tiny bit more or a tiny bit less. PK’s big payday comes when he hits UFA status. MB knows it and so does PK, he just is loathe to admit it.

    • montrealtilldeath says:

      At risk of repeating myself I will say again I am tired of the anti Subban BS BS. PLekanic, Del Zotto even Pacioretty. Put them all up on the block and the other teams would choose Subban over them hands down. This trade Subban nonsense is sheer idiocy. I blame Bergevin for letting this charade go on too long. Therrian has never liked Subban and you must also realize that our favourite coach Jacques Martin has never really left but remains as a sniper in the shadows. That is why Eller who was a dominant player against the Bruins is never going to fit in as Martin and Therrian are Buddies. Jacques has never left and he never liked Eller. Bergevin at close inspection is not man enough to stand up against consensus and be his own man. The change in the GM position was only a cosmetic one. We need Subban for the long term as right now Markov who is playing great has a glass knee. What is the back up plan if he goes down. Don’t start the Stanley cup parade after 2 wins like the leafs as we just watched that balloon burst. The Bruins and Rangers and the Sens are going to go right at Markov.

  6. Adidess says:

    I’ve got a feeling ooh ooh!

  7. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Haha 3-2 Rangers!

  8. jedimyrmidon says:

    NYRs are a 1 line team, it seems. Leafs need to win more otherwise they’re going in for the tank.

  9. Habilis says:

    Conspiracy theory for today:

    MB is smart, oh so smart. He knows that it’s a shorened, condensed season. So he holds firm with PK because he knows PK can’t do anything but sit out. Thus keeping his best young defenceman healthy and ready to go. Around mid-season, MB caves to PK’s demands just in time for the playoff push.


  10. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Laffs blow another 2 goal lead. I’d hate them like I do the Bruins if they weren’t just so pitiful.

  11. Adidess says:

    Nice, now if the Leafs would just allow one more in regulation, that would be a great night (without the Habs playing)

  12. Propwash says:

    Good…good… Rags tie it up.


  13. Steeltown Hab says:

    Pacioretty is out, tough luck for the guy.

    Bourque likely goes to the LW


    Curious to see if Desharnais can perform without Pacioretty. I think this is Ellers moment.


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  14. Mike Bone says:

    The Subban contract thing is all P.R. He and Bergevin have a deal worked out, but it requires Subban descending from the Bell Centre rafters as the team plays the high-pressure game that will decide if they can make the playoffs or not. He rides down, bathed in the flames of a burning torch and skates to his position, still glowing. He then proceeds to score on his first shift and ignite the populace of the arena. Habs marketing team then shakes hands and nods as the crowd goes wild and throws money at the ticket office and sweater store.

  15. Stormin says:

    Damn Max is tough apparently he performed an auto-appendectomy

  16. sushamiboy says:

    I’m gonna be hated for this but c’est la vie a Montreal. Time to trade the ungrateful Subban who is not willing to pay his dues like Price and Patches did for a true winger for the Plecks line. To Edmonton or something like that. I’m not saying Subban is not a great player, but we have plenty of D coming up and plenty of players who don’t favor him. Pull the trigger and send him to the west.

  17. Timo says:

    Hey folks,

    Just wanted to say Hola from somewhere in the middle of Caribbean. At the rate of $1/minute I can’t afford browsing much.

    Hope Habs win tomorrow while I am soaking up some Caribbean sun on the Lido deck. If they don’t, it is so hard to care. 🙂

    I miss you all (but not really)

  18. Tis Himself says:

    You gotta hand it to Gomer! That freakin’ dude knows how to get himself paid for doing dick. Habs have to pay him prorated in full this year; he signed for an extra $700K with the Sharks; Habs have to pay him what 2/3 of what’s due him next years. Screw Warren Buffet! Scott Gomez is the man!!!

    • Clay says:

      Buffet likely takes about a minute to make 7 million though – I’ll still take the Buffet hoard over Gomez’s 😉

      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

  19. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Patches out 3 to 4 weeks emergency appendectomy 🙁

  20. Adidess says:

    Another rumour: HNIC panel mentioned that several GMs have expressed interest in trading for PK, but MB has responded he’s not interested in trade talks.

    • Mike D says:

      Both Healy and Weekes confirmed that. While I think Healy is a total asshat, I don’t think this is a rumour only because it would be “juicier” to say the Habs are exploring trade options for PK.

      I highly doubt MB would consider a trade for Subban unless he was getting more than fair value.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

    • Habilis says:

      Yeah I saw that. What Healy was saying actually makes sense, about how this is the only real chance the Habs will have to negotiate while holding all the leverage. MB being unwilling to even talk about a trade fits with that thinking. It’s not like Subban has many options if MB won’t move him. It’s take what you can get from Montreal or don’t play. Or sign an offer sheet, but no GM is going to tender one against the Habs.

      I’m still of the mind that signing PK long term now saves you money later, but I get the point from a strict negotiation standpoint.

  21. Boomer says:

    I hope Bourque gets a shot at 1st line if maxpac is out

  22. Propwash says:

    @jols101 Thanks!

    I guess another workaround capwise could be to deal one Kaberle if/when PK signs and gain a couple of mil in the cap, but that’s wishful thinking on my part.


  23. SmartDog says:

    Wow. Patches out for 3 weeks after appendix surgery.

    An opportunity for someone! And for Therrein to play with his lines now that last year’s “number one” line is gone.
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  24. B says:

    There are rumours about Bergevin’s last offer. I wonder what Meehan’s last offer was? I heard suggestions the 2 sides are still several million apart on annual salary. For all we know, Bergevin may indeed be sitting at 2 years 5 point something million while Meehan may still sitting at 6 million or more per. If that’s the situation then perhaps they may eventually (hopefully sooner than later) find a way to split the difference? It could be that neither side wants to blink first towards meeting in the middle. Despite the latest rumours (educated guesses, fabricated BS or strategic leaks?) we really don’t know the actual figures being offered by the two sides.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  25. pmaraw says:

    sure max pac is out, I don’t think this is nearly as bad as his last injury that left the team limping into the playoffs!

  26. jedimyrmidon says:

    Fate: Nothing serious has happened to the Habs team yet? Well, we’ll see about that, now won’t we?

  27. dhenry1234 says:

    It says he’ll be out 3 to 4 weeks. But guaranteed he’ll be back in less than 2. Remember his concussion recovery? He’ll be fine. He’s a real trooper.

  28. youngwun says:

    We can’t even play a half season without a star forward getting injured! Amazing!

  29. Propwash says:

    So if they keep Chucky in the squad, does that affect cap space and the Subban negotiations?


    • jols101 says:

      Had a discussion on that earlier. I don’t think so, with Galchenyuk’s bonuses included there is still 4 million in cap space. If you take away his bonuses it is close to 6.4 million.

      Plus that includes 15 forwards and when Subban signs it will be 8 dmen. So we can get extra space when we trim the roster to 13 forwards and 7 D.

      Either way, we are fine for this year but next year it gets really tight even with a Kaberle amnesty buyout.

    • Mike Bone says:

      Nah. He stays, but the coaches set him up for failure so he doesn’t hit his bonuses. It’s simple. Martin would have perceived the situation and responded accordingly without needing an explanation.

  30. axxerd says:

    I have always thought that the magic to that line was the chemistry that DD and Max have. Removing Max from it due to illness will be interesting to observe for sure. I’m assuming it will eventually wind up with Galchy up on that line while Eller is at 3rd, but wouldn’t be surprised if most lines are re-tooled to figure this one out.

    Newfoundland’s biggest Habs fan. Hands down.

    • Mike D says:

      The Bourque-Plecks-Gio line is clicking right now so I imagine that will stay intact as long as they remain effective.

      To this point Eller has not shown he can be as effective as a winger and if that stays the same, imagine Galchy will move to the DD line in place of Max and Eller will go back to centering the 3rd line.

      I’d like to see a line with Eller centering DD on the left and Cole on the right though. Just to give that a try.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  31. Tis Himself says:

    I am so happy that we are finally done with the Gomer, I will definitely have a fifth Rochefort Trappistes 10. I know that I will pay for it tomorrow morning, but I am soooooooooooooooo happy!

  32. Vinny Red says:

    I guess that means Chucky is going to be staying

    I would give eller at shot w/ cole and move DD to the wing to protect him and try to get his game going. Then keep the rest the same to give them a chance to keep building chemistry. They’ve been playing well, and if it ain’t broke….

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Hmm, Eller has never really been good at wing before.

      You could have Gally with DD and Cole and Eller on as 3rd line center. Maybe that’s not a good idea.

      • Vinny Red says:

        No, I guess i didn’t make it clear


        They talk about wanting people to step up, well let’s give Eller a real shot at least for a game and see what he can do. If it doesn’t go well, then you can flip chucky and Eller and see how that goes

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          That would be interesting. I misread your post. Too bad they’re never going to move DD, not with all the politics. Though now would be the time to do it since the premise of him being an effective center is being with Pacs and Cole (with Pacs being the more important guy).

  33. Habitoba says:

    We just lost Max Pac for 3-4 weeks due to emergency appendicectomy (…and it starts). Eller will have some time to prove his worth to the team with DD and Cole and hopefully he can deliver.

  34. Cal says:

    Habs snake-bitten again! I hope Max Pac recovers well.


  35. Strummer says:

    Brad Richards’ last 3 contracts are worth $111,351,000.00


    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  36. disgustedhabsfan says:

    Pax emergency appendectomy. Out 3-4 weeks

  37. Stormin says:

    Nice juicy rebound by Reimer, even Darche could have banged that one home

    • jols101 says:

      Speaking of Darche, last I heard he had a tryout with the Devils, what happened with that? Is he playing somewhere?

      If not, he should take an AHL contract with the Bulldogs. He would be a great mentor for the kids and it could lead to a coaching position down the road…

      • Stormin says:

        I know the Devils brought him to camp, as far as i know they did not offer him a contract, from what i hear he is like on hold with the Devils, or i guess any team which runs into some depth or injury problems. I agree though would be a great mentor for young players, he has a great work ethic and is very intelligent..

  38. Mike D says:

    Right from the Habs official Twitter:

    `Canadiens Montréal ‏@CanadiensMTL

    Max Pacioretty underwent an emergency appendicectomy tonight in Montreal – Out 3 to 4 weeks.`


    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  39. Propwash says:

    The choke commences…


  40. Andy and the habs says:

    Yes, there is hockey gods. Rangers goal!!

  41. Steven says:

    Pacioretty out after an apendectomy, as per the Official Habs Twitter. Out 3-4 weeks. Eller’s gonna be in for a while.

  42. jols101 says:

    Boy is it ever quiet in MSG. Sounds like the game is being played in Toronto.

  43. Adidess says:

    Anyone caught Don Cherry in one breath glorifying non-fighters who step in & fight for their teammates … and ripping Nail Yakupov for embarrassing opponents by celebrating too much?

    One gets praised for doing something stupid where he might break his hand or get a concussion… And the other gets shredded for showing joy and emotions after scoring a late goal to send a game into overtime.

    Some people seem to love sports for the wrong reasons. But hey to each their own.

  44. Mike D says:

    All the stuff going on in the NHL this week and Don Cherry spends most of his segment talking about the Orr-Engelland fight.

    Thanks, Don. (eyeroll)

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

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