Emelin nearing return to Habs’ lineup

After having a day off on Friday, the Canadiens returned to the practice rink in Brossard Saturday as they prepare to face the New York Islanders in a rare Sunday game at the Bell Centre (6 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Alexei Emelin, who has been sidelined since last season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery, took part in the full practice. He is slated to see the doctor on Monday and could return to the lineup within the next week. After Sunday’s game, the Canadiens play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday at the Bell Centre, are in Columbus to play the Blue Jackets Friday and then face the New York Rangers Saturday at the Bell Centre.

Emelin said he is 100 per cent healthy, but is waiting for his doctor to give him the green light. Coach Michel Therrien said the defenceman could play as early as Tuesday.

“I feel good; I’m hope I’m ready this week,” Emelin said.

Daniel Briere, who has been sidelined with a concussion, also took part in Saturday’s practice wearing a full-contact jersey.

The Canadiens announced on Saturday evening that they have recalled forward Gabriel Dumont and defenceman Greg Pateryn from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Dumont has played in 12 games with Hamilton this season, recording four assists and 20 penalty minutes. Pateryn has played in seven games with Hamilton, posting 3-4-7 totals and eight penalty minutes.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice Saturday:

Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gionta
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Bournival-Desharnais-Bourque
Moen-White-Parros
Briere

Markov-Subban
Diaz-Gorges
Murray-Bouillon
Emelin

(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)

Upcoming divisional games critical for Habs, by Pat Hickey

Practice report, Canadiens.com

Canadiens recall Dumont, Pateryn, hamiltonbulldogs.com

Subban following in Chelios’s early NHL footsteps, by Stu Cowan

Putting some perspective into Subban controversy, by Pat Hickey

None played better for longer than Chelios, NHL.com

Hall of Famer Chelios won’t be offering advice to Subban, Stu on Sports blog

Why all the fuss about P.K. on the PK?, Stu on Sports blog

Vladislav Tretiak will be at Bell Centre Sunday, by Pat Hickey

 

521 Comments

  1. habstrinifan says:

    Good Morning! Looking for some Happy Habs Fans.

  2. HabFab says:

    Big performance from the prospects last night was Reway with 2 goals and 2 assists. All scored from the 13th minute on of the 3rd period, with his team losing 3-0. Scored 2 goals and an assist within 5 minutes to tie the game and then set up the O/T winner with 8 seconds left on the clock.

  3. on2ndthought says:

    News Flash!: you don’t win the cup with draft picks, you win with NHLers. Some are stars, some are ‘solid two way players’, some are ‘hard to play against’, some are ‘proven playoff performers’, some are ‘one shot wonders’.

    Trading away your team for draft position will get you a new team you can trade away for draft position. Teams need ‘tweaking’ and ‘gelling’; let’s tweak and gel.

    “a cannonading drive”

  4. WhatUp says:

    C-Sword: you’re absolutely right. watching the likes of the Kings, Sharks, Blues, Hawks (although less big) makes you realize how far behind the Habs are..not even the same league…somewhat depressing really..maybe MB realizes that and figures out whilst waiting to build up some prospects we get a few local boys to please the folks (sign DD and Briere)..don’t know but we are sure light years away..shame we did well last year as that would have been a great year to tank and trade for picks

    • Timo says:

      As On2 pointed above, draft picks are that… draft picks and prospects. what’s the likelihood or guarantee that they will develop into players that Bruins, Kings, Hawks and Blues have? That’s a gamble.

  5. Timo says:

    Canucks are imploding. Good to see.

    • Frank2468 says:

      The Canucks are becoming the Buffalo Bills of the NHL. Always a brides maid never a bride LOL

    • Frank2468 says:

      I can’t wait to hear the next rant from Torts. Actually having MT and Torts blow up at the same time would make for very very good T.V. Maybe have Torts make a cameo appearance on 24CH “You know what I mean Brookszie” LOL

    • The Jackal says:

      Imploding? 6-1-1 before tonight is imploding?

      Jeez… no wonder the Habs losing just 1 game means 20 years of failure!

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • VancouverHab says:

      “Canucks are imploding.”

      In other news, the grass is green, the sky is blue, and Jack Todd is sneeringly malevolent to people who have social and political opinions which do not agree with his own.

      Be sure to inform us when it wet after a rainfall.

      (Rim-shot.)

  6. Timo says:

    Can anyone explain the point of bringing up ANYONE from the Dogs right now? I am not even debating merits of one player vs another… just wondering, what is the purpose of the call up right now?

  7. Timo says:

    I don’t know his stats but that Nolan kid on Kings looks pretty good.

  8. C-Sword says:

    Who would you rather have Mike Richards or Thomas Plekanec?
    Dustin Brown or Max Pacioretty?

  9. Timo says:

    Don’t know about anyone else, but for a change I enjoy a Saturday night without Habs losing.

  10. Habilis says:

    Vanek out for tomorrow night. Not that I wish ill upon any player, but I sure won’t miss the guy. Habs killer with Buffalo.

  11. zorro says:

    Great game tonight between Boston and Toronto. Two teams battling for the top of their divisions. lots of crashing and banging, (Leafs played last night), great skating, puck movement, fights, goal tending, and all around effort.
    Mr. Bergavin has his work cut out. I dont see the Habs with this compete effort.
    Get to work Marc, get to work.

    • third generation haber says:

      Exactly! Despite our hatred of these teams, we couldn’t handle either of them in a playoff series. Prior to 2013, our drafting suggests that we had no interest in addressing our size issue.

      j.p. murray

      • AliHaba says:

        Thing is that in playoffs a hot goaltender can carry a team a long way. We have a goaltender that is quite capable of doing just that. We know that Rask is capable as well….. but Bernier/Reimer? Not so sure about them.

        • Lil Snapper says:

          I am not anti Price or anything but…Capable? Price has done nothing in the playoffs ever in his career. When we get there he always plays like Sh*#, I wish for a different outcome if we can find a way to get there this season but Price knows he needs to finally create a impact in playoff performances.

          • 123456 says:

            nothing ever? go look up a few of the playoff series where he stole games. when he has been weak the team has been weak.

        • third generation haber says:

          Being carried by a goaltender creates a false sense of where your team is at. Halak made many of us think that small and shifty could make u a contender. Here we are in 2013 with a team that in no way resembles L.A., Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, or Boston.

          Last year, Price carried us to first in the division; our reward was a first round exit and the 25th pick in a deep draft. Cup winners win because they are complete teams with skill, speed, and toughness.

          j.p. murray

          • Clay says:

            I’m not sure how you think Price carried us anywhere. He had average stats and imploded at the end of the year. We took the division despite average goaltending because the boys were scoring a lot of goals. I think that were in the top 5 in goals for.

            __________________________
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  12. jols101 says:

    Gabriel Dumont – AHL 12 GP 0 goals 4 assists.

    You know your AHL affiliate is barren of any quality talent when numbers like these earn you a call-up to the big club.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Man, stretching pretty hard to troll, aren’t we?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • jols101 says:

        Ooopps, sorry I’m not whining about CBC, Don Cherry or fighting. I guess it must be trolling.

      • third generation haber says:

        trolling???? I guess jols101 might want us to become a competitive team someday. Dumont will never be a bottom 6 forward in the NHL because he’s too small, and will never be a top 6 forward because he lacks talent. Why the Ph&%# would we bother developing this dead-end player??? He will be playing in the swiss league or a career AHLer at best. I like the kid, but he is useless to our team. Did u see any Dumont equivalents playing for the Leafs or Bruins tonight? or any other team that is built for the playoffs??? On those teams Dumont is known as the water-boy.

        j.p. murray

      • Max says:

        Don’t understand where the trolling remark comes from? He was making a good observation.

    • AliHaba says:

      Given that Dumont has played a few games with the Habs the last couple of years without hurting them (more than they were already hurting) he may have some trade value. A bit of showcasing maybe. He did get 3 points (same as Danny Briere) in 10 games last year and appeared in 3 of 5 playoff games.

  13. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I propose…
    New poll question: Who do you hate more?
    A) Bruins
    B) Leafs
    C) both equally

  14. Feraco says:

    PK is a star. Sign him at 8 yrs at 7$ or whatever Karlsson is being paid.

    Also, sign the next FA defenseman like Suter. Not sure who’s available but would be a nice addition!

    Oh and a FA 30g scorer like bobby Ryan style.

    Now we’re talking.

  15. Mark C says:

    WTF was neon Dion doing?

  16. Mattyleg says:

    Holy Moses.
    Watched the Habs game on CBC the other night.
    Was at a friend’s place, and he doesn’t have RDS.

    What a mistake.

    Just brutal.

    The entire broadcast’s Ottawa-love was pretty sickening, and Hughson and whatever muppet he was with seem to have come from the Bob and Harry show, where watching replays that prove they were wrong with their original call doesn’t change thier instistence that they were right.

    Hughson kept banging on about Price not controling the rebound and kicking it back out to whatsisname, even after three (3) replays clearly showed Markov flinging it out front.

    Hughson even paused during the second replay, as he realised that he was wrong, but didn’t seem to have the testicular fortitude to admit it, so he just kept blaming Price.

    The entire broadcast is rinky-dink, and it won’t be too soon to see CBC stripped of NHL coverage so that they can invest that money into making actual television programs.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Matty, I’m pretty sure it was Galley who kept insisting Price gave up the rebound directly to the Ottawa player when it was Markov who was guilty of putting the puck on his stick.
      (Hughson might have made the same gaffe as well but it was that twit Galley who stood out for me with his wilful blindness.)
      CBC’s NHL broadcasts have gone so downhill with the decline of the network’s on-air ‘talent’ that it needs to carry out a massive shake-up in its sports department or it will lose the institution it built, and is now slowly tearing apart.

      • punkster says:

        Just out of interest would those be Greek or Roman talents because that 14 lb difference could tip the scales either way.

        Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
        but…
        ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

        • JohnBellyful says:

          Greek, Roman, doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that CBC’s longest-serving talents are ancient.
          The newer blood, on the other hand, might best be described as ‘talons’ — designed to rip apart prey, and directed by a bird brain.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      CBC Radio 2 has also devolved into a national embarrassment. At least for anyone who likes music.

      It used to be so good too.

      It also no longer serves a purpose now that almost everyone has Internet access.

      • punkster says:

        Unless of course you like the daily repetitive play of the same damned tunes over and over and over again.

        Whoa…sort of like this place.

        Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
        but…
        ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

        • twilighthours says:

          I’ll concede that the playlist is short, but man is it good.

          Come on, punk. I thought we were kindred spirits.

          • punkster says:

            Ya, a bit harsh I suppose.

            All went to hell in a hand basket when Katie Malloch left Tonic and Tim Tamashiro took over…I rank that up there with retaining Grapes as the so called expert on HNIC.

            Love Vinyl Tap and Randy continues to surprise…Julie Nesrallah’s on air orgasmic reaction to her own play lists are wonderful in the morning…Sunday morning Choral Concert is strangely haunting and the perfect coffee mate.

            It’s the Power/Terfry/Allen play lists that irk me with their repetitiveness.

            Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
            but…
            ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

      • twilighthours says:

        HFS72, I take great umbrage. I guess you’re just an old man who wants to listen to symphonic music all day.

        Cbc2 is great in every way.

        And every day, I hear Leslie feist. Feist! Enough said.

        Smarten up

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          Feist. That’s real cutting edge.

          Ever listen to John Zorn or Ornette Coleman?

          (Or Beethoven for that matter? )

          The CBC used to have intelligent hosts playing all kinds of great music. Now it’s just adult oriented pop for Toronto yuppies.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I’ve become pretty good at taking the TSN690 feed and using my cables DVR (your PVR) syncing it with the TV broadcast.
      With NHL Center Ice I get stuck with the other teams broadcast .

      Trust your little ones are well. CHeers bud.

    • AliHaba says:

      I refuse to watch HNIC unless it’s my only option. The only person on their broadcast that I look forward to seeing is Andi Petrillo.

    • boing007 says:

      Turn off the sound and listen to John Bartlett instead. The picture quality of the CBC is vastly superior to TSN and RSE.

      Richard R

    • boing007 says:

      If only the Habs fourth line was as good as the Bruins fourth line.
      Swap?

      Richard R

  17. Mark C says:

    Chara is third among Boston D in ice time. Fire the coach!

  18. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Watching two of our chief rivals, Boston and Leafs, and have to watch a feed from NESN. Weird — Jack Edwards sounds very different, not really the unsuppressed cheerleader he always is when Boston plays the Habs. Giving credit to Toronto (who spent about half an hour in the Bruins’ zone in the second period) and just kind of enjoying the crash and bash of an Original 6 match-up. Almost didn’t recognise him. So did a Quebecois kid steal his crayons when he was in kindergarten or something?

  19. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Murray may be slow but he looks good in a shootout…what a move.

    http://video.canadiens.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=66&id=478184&lang=en

  20. durocher says:

    The Dumont call-up doesn’t make much sense, as we have a full forward line-up and Briere may be a suitable #13 forward.

    Could a trade be in the works??

  21. Kooch7800 says:

    I really don’t like the leafs but picking up Mason Raymond was a smart idea. I really like this guys game

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  22. JohninTruro says:

    Hudon with 2 goals tonight, Fucale looking soft with 5 goals on not a lot of shots, and Reway quietly being consistent and has 2 goals and an assist tonight (now has only 6 goals).

  23. third generation haber says:

    I hope Subban introduces Briere to some “full contact” at practice. His return will only hurt our line-up. He is no longer an offensive threat and when he isn’t scoring, he offers nothing!

    Briere+ DD+ ice-time= lottery pick

    j.p. murray

  24. Wintercount says:

    Part of MT’s problem is there isn’t anyone capable of giving him a good swift boot in the Arse. This guy only played it his way on l’antichambre and never listened to other comments or opinions, droning on about himself show after show. I believe he suckered a rookie GM into giving him the job he’d been planning for – months in advance. OK good for him, but still the control freak he then proceeds to hire a trio of “yes men” in Daigneault, Gallant and Jodoin. If you watch “24CH” it appears they are all walking on eggshells and in no way will they rock the boat. And people ask, “Why can’t the team adjust during the game?
    There’s a reason why Babcock brought Lemaire with him to Van and will do the same with “Hitch” et al in Sochi.
    So much shite goin’ it’s hard to tell the players from the program, but this team would play with a lot more intensity, drive and enjoyment if they had a teaching staff in sync.
    Nobody will convince me 27 is having fun out there.

  25. HabFab says:

    To me, the surprise of the season so far has been Tampa… did not see that one. Maybe the Oilers need to take notes there.

  26. Timo says:

    Most disappointing part of the laffs bruins game is that no-one’s left the game on a stretcher yet.

  27. Strummer says:

    Chara causing havoc in front of the Leaf net scores a PP goal.

    As opposed to Deharnais havoc on Habs PP

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

  28. Timo says:

    Chara is just posted in front of Reimer. Why can’t Therrien have Parros do the same?

  29. Strummer says:

    According to the CBC analyst Bruins open up “East-West” then go for the long pass (North-South?)

    Do you think Therrien may be more of North-East -Southwest type of coach?
    or maybe he just needs a compass?

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

  30. Hockey Bob says:

    Pateryn recalled again so he can sit in the press box before being sent down again, who is calling the shots here Maggie the Macaque?

  31. The Capitalist Pig says:

    I think as a gesture of good will the NHL should trade the Florida Panthers to the KHL for Dynamo Minsk. What do you think?

  32. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Thinking about the new NHL wildcard PO process. How can a professional sports league let inferior teams make the playoffs? I know the NFL’s divisions allow it also, but it’s BS.

    • wjc says:

      Well, Mr Pig it is all about making as much money as possible.

      You being a ‘capitalist pig’ should have realized that. Money makes the world go round and round and round.

      Sports leagues can get away with it so they do, they would let everybody in to the playoffs and some day they just might.

      Profit is king, without profit, there is no NHL.

      wjc

      • The Capitalist Pig says:

        Nah, it’s not about money. It’s all about Bettman’s failed Sunbelt strategy.

        • wjc says:

          Sunbelt strategy is not just Bettman, the owners want it as well. Phoenix is still a work in progress and could very well be a huge success.

          You may not be aware, but in the 70′s Los Angles Kings and Pittsburgh had to be propt up as well. You can see how successful that made the league.

          So the strategy is for the future and giving the game a chance to catch on in other markets.

          wjc

          • The Capitalist Pig says:

            NHL Center Ice actually killed the Sunbelt strategy. If I can watch my team from anywhere, why will I pay to watch BS teams live?

    • Mr. Biter says:

      And the CFL is the worst example of letting under .500 teams into the playoffs.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

  33. Bansaw says:

    Chelios truly was the ultimate competitor. It hurt the Habs so badly that players like Chelios, Lemieux , carbonneau and eventually Roy were all traded for terrible returns. All were strong personalities, and probably heads butted behind doors, but the Habs of the 90′s were a potential powerhouse with these leaders in the room and on the ice. Crazy to think what could have been….

    Also, watching Robinson and Lemaire win multiple cups with the Devils and mentor so many champions stings.

    Hopefully bergevin can start to re-build the culture. Gainey started the job, but I feel the loss of his daughter and some talented players short on character lead to the demise of his vision.

    I agree PK is in the Mold of Chelios. I always remember the game in Boston when cammalleri got traded. Habs down 2-0 w 10 mins left… Garden is alive looking for blood… It would be easy to die easy and skate another day. Instead PK runs lucic twice. Habs score and almost pull one out before losing. That is the type of player you want on your side… The same player we traded all those years ago.

  34. Kooch7800 says:

    Canadiens recall Dumont, Pateryn….Pateryn will get to spend another night in the press box I guess. Why Dumont is up is another question mark

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  35. Strummer says:

    Please note #63 of the Bruins insists his surname is pronounced “Mar- shand” not Mar-shond”

    Edit : and Jim Hughson is totally down with that

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

  36. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Can´t wait to see Emelin again. Hopefully on the left where his hitting as well as his underrated passing game is much better.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWZcCC2n-WE

  37. The Capitalist Pig says:

    If Rene Rancourt had a tri-corn hat on, he could be Sam Adams!

  38. Strummer says:

    Lot of empty seats in “Hockeytown”

    is it because of the lineups at the metal detectors?

    or infrastructure of the bankrupt city has left the streets looking like an alien invasion disaster movie?

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

  39. jols101 says:

    Definitely a downer not having a Habs game tonight.

    Laffs vs Bruins – only thing I can cheer for is mutual destruction.

    A couple of season ending injuries to key players on both teams would be nice as well.

  40. wjc says:

    Thank goodness, NO GAME tonight. People can find something else to do and maybe cheer up. Hockey brings some no joy, only heartache.

    Bitch, moan, cry, accuse, attack…..this will give people a chance to mellow out. What else is there to do in this great big world? Now is a chance to find out, become more rounded, quit depending on rich athletes to define happiness for you.

    When they win, it is up up up, and when they lose it is down, down, down. You should not be controlled by something that you have no control over. Decisions will be made right or wrong, regardless your feelings. Someday a new group will take over and the process will be repeated.

    For the last 20 years or so, the Habs have frustrated a lot of people. I say, ‘enjoy it for what it is’ entertainment. Life is too, too short to get bent out of shape by sports teams……amen.

    wjc

  41. HabFab says:

    Funny moment was JJ yelling instructions to Diaz and him having to ask Gorges to translate what does he mean.

  42. jols101 says:

    I love 24CH, I hope they do it forever. Diaz – what does he mean by stubborn on the blue? lol. I don’t blame him for being confused.

  43. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Oo, oo, new episode of Habs CH!!! Wow, another opportunity to see MT use the F-word as various parts of speech! Truth be told, he is about as illuminating as a fart! God, you watch an average NCAA D-1 coach talk to his players and you see the freakin’ chasm that exists between guys with a degree and that boob!

    • HabFab says:

      No swearing so far tonight… maybe having the Dads around or your memo had effect.

      Oh oh… in Minny but can’t blame him. And another to the 4th line before the start of the Colorado game.

    • Mark C says:

      And yet MT has coached over 500 NHL games, including getting within two wins of a Cup and average NCAA D-1 coaches are in the NCAA…

      • The Capitalist Pig says:

        NCAA D-1 guys routinely turn down chances to coach in the NHL. Do you have any idea how many times Jackie Parker was approached to coach the Bruins? Gerry York, Red Berenson and Shawn Walsh will be be talked about long after MT’s current stint with the Habs. BTW, Emile Francis won a crapload of games in the NHL too, yet few remember him even in the NYC area.

        • Mark C says:

          Grow up in the same neighborhood as Shawn Walsh lived in when he was at UMaine. Outstanding human being.

          • The Capitalist Pig says:

            Not too shabby for a guy from White Plains, NY.

            You watch some of the clips of him on Youtube, that’s a coach.

            @ Mark C below: He left Ron Mason and Michigan State and pretty much built the Black Bears program from scratch. There was a guy you wanted to play for.

          • Mark C says:

            He was a great coach, even though I seem to remember him having a laugh at my slapshot at one of his camps.

    • wjc says:

      Yea, the ‘f’ word is never used anywhere else. Players would be offended by swearing, plug their ears, this is terrible, he said a bad, bad word.

      Hey, this is sports, profanity is as common as taping a stick.

      wjc

  44. L Elle says:

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I like what Murray brings to the team. The last game vs Sens, they came out crashing and banging. When Murray came on the ice and laid some big hits on Conacher and others, they seemed to calm down. Coincidence?

    I like Parros but the our-goon-fighting-their-goon bores me. I would love it if he didn’t fight, but instead laid out some big (clean) hits.

    We can’t have 6 PKs or 6 Markovs, Murray is Emelin-lite. Opponents need to end up on their a$$es in front of our goalie, and they need to think twice before charging into our zone.

    He makes mistakes, so what, so does Markov, PK, Karlsson, Khara, Weber, and even members of the Big Three were known to screw up every now and then.

    • Eddie says:

      Elle, you are right about what Murray brings, but here’s my problem.

      29 other teams have their version of a Murray in different shapes and sizes.

      Our Murray can’t skate. Period.

      He is literally the slowest and worst skater in the leagues that I have seen, and that leaves his defence partner very exposed. Bouillon has to do double the work because Murray can not be expected to chase the puck on almost any part of the ice, except in front of the net.

      So a resounding YES to all the qualities Murray brings with his physical game,but we should have landed someone who was at leat somewhat more mobile.

      • L Elle says:

        Good points Eddie, maybe with a younger and stronger partner, Murray would look much better. MB didn’t want to spend the big bucks, I guess, until Emelin gets back in the lineup.

        But, this is exactly the kind of D our team has been sorely missing. So, even Murray looks good to me. ;)

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Again though, we knew this going in, he was signed to a one-year contract to allow Jarred Tinordi to prepare in Hamilton. It would be nice if Douglas Murray were fleeter of foot, or a better d-man, but at the price we paid and for the job he was hired, we can’t ask for more. He’s kind of like the sparkplug wrench in your toolbox: it doesn’t get a lot of use, it’s not as varied in its application as a crescent wrench or a pair of pliers, but it does do its one job really well. Money well spent, even though you only ever need once in while.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          He’ll be the 5/6 D-man when Emelin comes back and should fit that role for this year till Tinordi is ready next year.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          Or like that thing in your toolbox that you can’t remember what the hell it is. Is it a spare part from an old Ikea piece of furniture? Or something you bought to do a specific project that you never got around to? Does it open oysters?

        • Eddie says:

          I liked the signing when it was first announced. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw him skate, however.

          Emelin comes back. Bouillon will play and Murray will be the 7 th dman.

          I wish I had a list of every dman who was available this summer.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            It is kind of shocking how ponderous he is, especially from a standing start. It’s not like he’s loafing too, he looks like he’s chugging and churning and working real hard, but it doesn’t translate into anything really.

            I wanted Jeff Schultz as the #6 defenceman who’s big and clears the crease, with the bonus that he’s a rightie. He signed for $700 000 with the Kings, so we could have afforded him, but he couldn’t crack their roster and he’s playing in the AHL right now, so what do I know.

          • Eddie says:

            Schultz is better than Murray

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Sgt. Schultz?

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

      • wjc says:

        Somebody has to be the slowest. What if? What if the mobile skater you covet was not available. Not interested in Montreal. Wants a warmer climate, wants to re-sign. What if? There really is no Santy Clause. What if the tooth fairey does not give ya cash for your spare teeth. Lets not get into the Easter bunny…you can only take so much reality.

        What if, Emelin was not coming back from injury, what if the Canadiens did not have some fine, fine prospects chomping at the bit to play. Do you think Canadiens were addressing a short coming…..like toughness, that they can draw on at the RIGHT time.

        Do you think the Canadiens think he was going to be considered for the all star team and they over paid for him and gave him a 5 year contract.

        wjc

    • AliHaba says:

      Emelin can skate.

    • Sportfan says:

      I really like Murray a lot, he does bring stuff to the table and I’d rather him over the cub!

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    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      He´s crap. The Pens got it and most people here as well. Others need a little bit more time.

    • wjc says:

      Murray brings exactly what was advertised, clear the front of the net, use fists if necessary, hopefully kill penalties, in other words get puck down the ice. Keep players from crashing the net. He is back from being off for six months and will look better then he has.

      Price probably appreciates him and the team has to have players that play roles. To much anx about P.K. he will be fine. Some players need a little tough love.

      wjc

  45. HabFab says:

    New 24CH on channel D in 8 minutes for those inclined.

  46. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I rather people focus on the coach’s multiple errors instead of a supposed rift with PK. Nobody can possibly know this. At best we can speculate this only if there are indicators. For example, if PK refuses to sign a long term deal then we can speculate MT being a reason. Anyway, I can’t se PK being that bothered by MT unless events occur that affect PK directly. For example, if PK does not make Team Canada, does he blame MT for “making him look bad”? Who knows…but people should relax. If there is a rift, there is no way MT wins, no matter how many of his RDS buddies back him up. You can replace coaches but you can’t replace superstar players. Hopefully they have learned from the Chelios and Roy trades.

    • Eddie says:

      I completely agree. I posted earlier that Subban is a real pro, and as such, he knows he has to accept Therrien with all the faults.

      Subban is a generational talent.

      Molson knows this and he will offer Subban 8 years and 60-64 million.

      I predict that Subban will get a letter on his jersey in 2015/2016, but it will not be Therrien at the helm.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I liked Cowan’s article about Scotty. When your winning no one cares about what the coach says. PK’s gotta suck it up for the team (and his $6-8M contract to come).
        Lombardi worked his players like dogs (and treated them all stars and subs the same) and was the best coach in the NFL for years. I realize it was a different era but when the players run the team it never works out.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  47. Eddie says:

    Subban has not taken a penalty in the last 9 games. Not one.
    The team is 3 wins 6 losses

  48. gmoan says:

    Haberman for gm…. Do you speak french?

  49. haberman says:

    whoever thinks players like Briere and Bournival will be on the 4th line, know nothing about hockey and are plain stupid.
    on the 4th line you put physical and energy guys.
    unfortunately, aaside from Prust, we have none.
    that’s why, come April, habs will be 10 games or more out of a playoff spot.
    they don’t have the horses and are not built for the playoffs. too bad MB doesn’t get it.
    why couldn’t habs have hired an experienced GM?
    when you say you’re going to get bigger, and then you sign DD to an extension, and then sign Briere, YOU DON’T GET IT!
    in my lifetime, I will never see the habs win a cup again, and trust me when I say: “THIS TEAM WILL NEVER EVER EVER BE A BIG PHYSICAL TEAM”!!!!! NOT IN THEIR CULTURE.
    they will always be a mediocre small soft team, and win nothing.
    when you’re forced to hire only french coaches and GMS, you deprive yourself of intelligent and experienced minds, and you get the scraps nobody else wants.

    It should be about hiring the best, no matter what language they speak.
    hey Mr. Molson: EVER HEARD OF A TRANSLATOR????

    • twilighthours says:

      So let me be straight on this: I’m the plain stupid one?

    • zedder81 says:

      Just to be clear about French coaches in your opinion. Claude Julean won a cup and lost in cup final. Alanine Vigneault lost in cup final. Bob Hartley didn’t get Canadiens job, Calgary hires him. Roy doesn’t get Canadiens job, Colorado hires him. Seems to me there are more Fench coaches in the league for population size. You could argue we hired wrong French coach but I don’t see what great Anglo coach we missed out on.
      Oh yeah, what “big” guy did MB pass over to sign small guy. He went after Doan, Vinny, etc.
      We are what we are, only the draft and time can allow you to get team u want.

      In my life the Habs have won 8 Stanley Cups and the Leafs 0. How can you put a value on that?

    • AliHaba says:

      @haberman. We try to have a little decorum here.

    • wjc says:

      Language is important, to a french community. Communication in only english would not work. If the coach spoke only Russian, how would that work. The press conference would be a total failure. The newspapers (english etc) would get no quotes.

      There would be no sound bits for television or radio, some of the players would be lost. The entire coaching staff would be a mess, without communication.

      Now if you really think it is that hopeless, would you think it is time to move on. Never is a long time. If I felt that way, I would move on to something else, less frustating….why torture yourself?

      A translator would not work, too many misunderstandings would occur. You need bi lingual….period.

      wjc

      • Mr. Biter says:

        The best coach’s in the NHL today are supposed to be Babcock and Quenville. If one of them by chance ever were fired, they would not be hired by the Habs because French is not their 1st language or they’re fluently bilingual? Just saying is winning more important or the language you speak.
        Have to do slight edit. Winning is more important IMO.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

      • haberman says:

        tell that to Scotty Bowman

  50. twilighthours says:

    Oldtimerguy,

    Are you related to desharnais? You never pass up an opportunity to pump his tires.

  51. HabFab says:

    Canadiens Montréal – Canadiens recalled Gabriel Dumont and Greg Pateryn from Hamilton.

  52. strangestsensation says:

    Can’t wait for Emelin, he is going to add a lot of strength back there. Hopefully Therrien plays him.

    @HIO. I love how you ban people, allow them to read your articles but don’t give them the ability to post their opinions with the rest. No emails, no warnings, no second chances. Nope. Brutal! Wish the habs played the same way.

  53. Eddie says:

    Earlier I mentioned that I thought we should pick up a nasty forward like Steve Ott.

    But nasty players take dumb penalties and sometimes they have difficulty with their coaches.

    Is Bergevin willing to go nasty?

    Will Therrien be able to coach that type of player? It is not easy.

  54. AliHaba says:

    I see lots of pessimism here and a lot of it is justified but being a glass half full kind of guy I have to be optimistic. When Prust and Emelin are back healthy Therrien can ice a lineup of solid NHLers and save Parros and Murray for games when their dubious talents are needed.

  55. gmoan says:

    Put bournival back with pleks… Stop breaking up lines that work! Put PACs with his little buddy ddh…
    And for crying out loud bench parros for anybody else… Horrible signing along with briere…. How could he have made the team better by making the team smaller… Wow

  56. mksness says:

    okay seriously this love for the goalie coach has to stop. i keep hearing that price’s game has changed and developed more into an elite level. where does this talk go when he lets in 3 goals on the first 13 shots?

    where is the credit to the habs blocking shots and playing solid defensive hockey? Instead it’s all about subban and his bloody ice time. this team should be worried about the offence which can’t seem to get more than 2 a game.

  57. PrimeTime says:

    Pat Hickey nails it!! Finally some common sense from someone in the media.

    º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º

  58. Cal says:

    Emelin’s return bodes well for the Habs D. Let’s not crap on him while he shakes off the rust, shall we?

  59. Mark C says:

    Huge day for Habs prospects at the 4 nations tourney. Collberg 3 assists, Lehkonen with a goal, and de la Rose with one helper.

  60. HabFab says:

    The Olympic Torch arriving at the ISS, it has now gone for a “walk in space” which hopefully we see tonight or tomorrow;
    http://rt.com/in-motion/iss-crew-olympic-torch-377/

  61. mrhab says:

    looking for a good site to download/watch english version of 24ch.

    mostly can only find French versions on you tube? any ideas?

    cheers from Australia

  62. Un Canadien errant says:

    Watching the New Zealand All Blacks play France in what was a close game during the first half, which ended in a 12-12 tie, but now the All Blacks have scored two tries and are starting to pull away. Not a great game, but the French are threatening and trying to close the gap. And now they did punch one in, its 26-19 with 15 minutes to go.

    Later, it’s Ireland vs. Australia, great to have some international rugby on a day when the Canadiens aren’t playing.

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  63. on2ndthought says:

    Think Shanny got the Winchester suspension right. I’m glad (sorta) Kelly wasn’t too badly hurt, looked like most contact was to the neck ear area, but close to the button which could have been bad.

    “a cannonading drive”

  64. Maritime Ronn says:

    Looking at the practise lines, Briere is left out…

    Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gionta
    Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
    Bournival-Desharnais-Bourque
    Moen-White-Parros
    Briere
    ————–

    The 2 -year/$4M per year Cap Hit Briere will not be left out…so where does he fit?

    3rd line Center to replace (gasp…) the player that NO other team in the NHL wants that also has a $3.5M Cap Hit?

    Then if so, what to do with ‘that player’ that the Coaching staff so Desperately tries to…make a square piece fit in a round hole to the detriment of the rest of the team?

    Desharnais: $3.5M Cap Hit
    Briere:……….$4M Cap Hit
    Total: $7.5M Cap Hit for this year and next year….

    Precious Cap Dollars well spent?
    For what?
    Why?

  65. habstrinifan says:

    OK! That’s it! I gotta stop eating the HIO turnip hors d’oeuvre. I swear I saw a burgeoning explanation for the HABS recent woes.

    Hold on folks. It’s a coming! The Corsi and the Fenwick and the other stats to support this new theory.

    HABS are 3 and 8 … since Briere’s injury. YEP! Poor old HABS! Another major absence due to injury defiling our season.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that our Prodigal Son recovers soon. As someone said in a masterpiece of hockey bromide… it would make our 4th line better.

    And the beat goes on!

    At least my “you might like” features tell me that HABS will ice a strong line up against the Devils on Monday Night. I am pumped.

  66. on2ndthought says:

    The song is terrible, but the footage is great, some vintage CCCP stuff thrown in. I got a feeling the old gaurd will be shocked by the passion the Russian fans are going to show in Sochi. And you know who they want to beat more than anyone!! Hope to see some classic PK vs Ovie this February:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEUZI-QDZ9g

    “a cannonading drive”

  67. Stevie.Ray says:

    I watched the Devils/Leafs game last night and I was fairly impressed with Andy Greene. Not really a household name but he was all over the ice last night making solid defensive plays.

  68. sreuel says:

    Can get Chris Nilian to come into dressing room after periods to wake them up

  69. sreuel says:

    In a couple hours habs out of playoffs. They only have them selfs to blame not playing as team and only showing up when ever

  70. Maritime Ronn says:

    Once upon a time, the channeled spirits from my Crystal Ball prophesied the following:

    Maritime Ronn says: June 5, 2013 at 7:03 am.

    My $2 bet for next goalie coach is Sherbrooke Quebec born Stephane Waite currently the goalie coach with the Chicago Black Hawks.
    Waite has been in Chicago since 2004, and Bergevin knows him well from his 2005-2012 time there.

    Word out is that Waite did a good job with Niemi, and had a lot to do with a great rebound season by Corey Crawford.”
    ——
    The Hawks went on to win the Stanley Cup on June 24th and Crawford was outstanding and many believe he should have been the Conn Smythe winner.

    Waite was then hired by the Habs on July 4th – 30 days after the Crystal Ball prediction.

    Habs Result?
    Carey Price is now having a career year posting an NHL 6th best SP of .930 and Top Tier 2.22 GAA. ( Goalies that have played at least 60% of their team’s games)
    Has Price ever looked better?
    ——–
    The Crystal Ball channelled spirits have spoken again!

    They predict a Habs coaching change sometime in 2014.
    Leaves in full bloom, therefore Spring/Summer may be the time.

    The name advanced was not Patrick Roy or Guy Boucher or Claude Julien-Vigneault…but Andre Touringy.

    Not being totally familiar with that name, some research showed that he is now Patrick Roy’s right hand man in Colorado and a recognized D system and PK guru.

    Tourigny was also a coach during 3 years for Team Canada WJC and was a head coach in the “Q” for 10 years.

    • CH Marshall says:

      Oooo fresh blood…. I look forward to having a new coach around for HIO target practice :)

      • Mark C says:

        No kidding. Took MT less than 80 games, mostly wins for HIO to turn on him. It’s what this site does best.

        • twilighthours says:

          You happy with him, Mark?

          • Mark C says:

            Not a huge fan of his, but overall I’m fine with the jobs he’s done. He’s won a lot of games with a roster that is not ready yet for the next step.

            The deal is not matter who the coach is, various people will have varying issues with the coach. Right now, I see little reason that MT should be canned. The team needs consistency and patience if they are ever to be built into a contender.

          • twilighthours says:

            I’d say this: if therrien is responsible for us ultimately losing subban, then he needs to go now. There’s no reason to be alarmist over the issue, but there is enough evidence to suspect a less-than stellar relationship

  71. jackbutt says:

    Good news! I would like Briere over Desharnais, Emelin over Diaz.

  72. jols101 says:

    Couldn’t be more excited about Emelin’s return and couldn’t care any less about Briere’s return.

    • spos080808 says:

      You should absolutely care about Briere’s return. The reason being very simple: it gets better players on the 4th line. Right now the 4th line is getting dominated and on the ice for goals against every single game. If a player like Briere comes back and then Prust it will allow players like Bournival, Moen, Prust. DD, Briere, etc to be on said 4th line. Do you think a mix of those guys will get dominated on the ice? I do not think so. In fact not only will they not be dominated, but they will in fact bring some offense to the mix. So, yes, you should care about Briere coming back.

  73. naweed235 says:

    FIRST!!!! NOW I CAN DIE IN PEACE!

  74. on2ndthought says:

    I want #25

    “a cannonading drive”

  75. piper says:

    I’d rather they don’t make the playoffs than get embarrassed like last year.
    They really dont have a team that can compete with the top dogs this year and are handcuffed with a couple of contracts for the next 2 to 4 years.
    I’m all for dealing the veterans that have value like Moen, Gio, Murray, and Markov if he stays healthy long enough.
    Load up on picks and prospects or younger players already in the league.

  76. B says:

    I’d prefer they end up with the 30th pick.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  77. HabinBurlington says:

    Just as an fyi, getting the 30th pick means you have won the Stanley Cup. Kind of the best case scenario….but if you would rather a good draft choice than the Cup, well that’s okay too.

  78. Whatever says:

    Mark is right to sigh. Pick number 30 goes to the Stanley Cup winner. Thanks for coming out.

  79. piper says:

    IMO Desharnais was a worse signing than Briere and I hated the Briere signing. DD is just not an NHL calibre skater and he’s tiny. Not a good combination in the big league.

  80. piper says:

    I should have included Plek he has as much value as Markov. Briere would be tough to move with that extra year on his contract I think.

  81. piper says:

    If they get the 30th pick I take it all back and I’ll go sit in the corner with that pointy hat.

  82. haberman says:

    I totally agree.
    DD has never been an will never be an NHL calibre player.
    he’s a career minor leaguer and a tiny 1 to boot.

  83. NDG BOY says:

    He got 60 points

    We are not as far as u think

  84. Maritime Ronn says:

    Yes, that so successful Edmonton model.

  85. Eddie says:

    Do you watch the games and root against us?

  86. Mattyleg says:

    What a great fan.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  87. Strummer says:

    Why? Do you want him to leave?

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  88. Maritime Ronn says:

    I am trying to post a very polite answer yet it is not going through. There are no bad words or attacks, just how the colorado team was built to date.
    I’ll try again

  89. GGtheHab says:

    What if they tank and come up with a Daigle or Wickenheiser?

  90. wjc says:

    After 15 games Colorado is not a model. Lets wait until next year to see how things play out. They can’t take a bow just yet.

    wjc

  91. Maritime Ronn says:

    Still won’t let me post.
    Try this.
    Their goalie was acquired by giving up a 1st round pick + a 2nd.
    Their Top 5 D were not drafted by Colorado and were either signed as UFAs or traded for.
    It’s not only about McKinon-Duchene-Landeskog, but about all the other signing and great trades….coach helps also

  92. mksness says:

    because the montreal rebuild option is better ofcourse. teams that have had successful rebuilds through the draft:
    - pens
    - hawks
    - kings
    - blues
    - avs
    - bolts
    - flyers (even thought the screwed it up with tradin some away but they still made the finals with all of their drafting one year)

    oilers are an example of believing in a goalie who isn’t very good, just very big. Dubnyk might be one of the slowest moving goalies in the league. the oilers apart from the first overall picks have stunk in the later rounds finding good balanced players.Teams need to find some homeruns in the 2nd and third round once in a while too.

  93. savethepuck says:

    What has Colorado done? They have only played 15 games ffs. That is less than 20% of the season. Use Colorado as a successful example of the Tank if and when they actually achieve something.

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

  94. Mattyleg says:

    Keep trollin’, champ.

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  95. Ronn buds! Don’t feed the trolls.

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  96. Phil C says:

    Apparently, the word J-o-h-n-s-o-n triggers the autospam function. It makes it difficult to talk about trades between LA and Columbus (as I frustratingly discovered in the past), or to talk about Colorado’s defense.

  97. wjc says:

    What does ‘tanking’ mean….losing on purpose? I await your wise reply.

    wjc

  98. GGtheHab says:

    No Crosbys or Malkins on the horizon this year, maybe McDavid next year..maybe u have never played competitive sports oldtimer but it goes against an athletes philosophy to lose on purpose..now if MB were to have a fire sale and jettison anybody he doesnt want going forward i.e. Gionta, Borque, Moen and a few others for picks perhaps that could be considered a tank, and could be an option..but an unlikely one until March

  99. HabinBurlington says:

    Great post!

  100. Maritime Ronn says:

    tks Phil
    I would have never thought that would be the case for John son yet it is…

  101. jackbutt says:

    You should be a Laffs fan!

  102. Ton says:

    free agent players at the top of their games do not want to play here.

  103. commandant says:

    Have not drafted well in the first round aside from Galchenyuk??

    Um… Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Ryan McDonagh….

    Go Habs Go!
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  104. mksness says:

    well it’s safe to say they are trending in the right direction. i still think they need to upgrade their defence

  105. jackbutt says:

    Wow! That’s pretty deep! And all you do is trash talk the Habs! Your the fake Habs fan! There I said it! Go hang your self, your the goof. You have no idea what’s going on with PK. they are presently working on a contract extension for PK and Diaz.

  106. mksness says:

    well maybe we should have drafted kopitar instead of price; a big scoring forward? besides with our goalie coach we could turn any junk goalie into a star:-p

  107. commandant says:

    You don’t have to go back and re-do it. We already have Galchenyuk, and Gallagher, and other young players who need playoff experience.

    You can get all the high draft picks in the world, you have to develop those players too and let them learn how to win.

    Besides all that, how do you tank it? You can’t just walk into the dressing room and ask players to lose on purpose, will never happen… guys have too much pride and are playing for contracts.

    What are you gonna do? Who are you gonna trade away to ensure tanking?

    You aren’t touching Patch, Subban, Price, Eller, Galchenyuk, Gallagher,

    You aren’t finding teams with the cap space for Plekanec, Markov or Gionta before the trade deadline by which time they will have won some games

    and even with just those guys you’ll win more games than being in the bottom 5 of the NHL with the number of terrible teams like Buffalo , Florida, Calgary, Edmonton, Jersey, Philly, etc…

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  108. Bill says:

    Edmonton.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  109. piper says:

    Price was a lottery pick no?

  110. commandant says:

    We won the 5th overall pick in a lottery…. it was the lockout.

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  111. Maritime Ronn says:

    Like Luke Schenn in 2008?
    Or Thomas Hickey in 2007?
    Or Benoit Pouliot in 2005?

  112. The Jackal says:

    Lol I seriously doubt that you’re actually sitting there, following the game, and then cheer when we get scored on and lose.
    And your tanking theory is full of poop. Edmonton is the prime example, but also teams like Florida and the Laffs, who’ve been in the crapper for years and those picks have done nothing much.

    Sure, it’s nice to get a top pick, but that doesn’t guarantee any kind of future success. Good teams that keep finishing high in the standings can remain competitive via good drafting and management, and so can any team. We don’t need a lottery pick, we need to continue drafting well and developing our team. Losing is counterproductive to the latter end and a losing mentality is something that really holds teams back. Plus, if you trade valuable veterans you’re only hindering the development on young players by taking away their mentors. Markov will be a #4 D, hell maybe he’ll hang around long enough to be #6 behind PK, Tiny, Beaulieu, etc. But trading him also means his knowledge and experience is gone too.

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