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. montreal ace says:

    MB has not had a full season of games to evaluate the team as yet. I like the way he is using call ups, while the team has had injuries. I always look forward to see if a players game has improved, and how it translates
    into the NHL level. I noticed some people have wondered why Pateryn has been called up again, I feel that even if he is not playing at the moment, the coaching staff are working hard with him.

  2. HabFab says:

    Dave Stubbs – Criticism is fine but henceforth anyone spewing poison at any player, any team, w/ my handle attached will be blocked. I don’t need the hate

  3. Phil C says:

    I don’t think anyone is seriously suggesting that the Habs lose on purpose (right?), at least I hope not. But what Buffalo is doing could be described as “tanking” where they trade as many veterans as possible for draft picks and prospects and start a full rebuild. However I really don’t think this is an option for the Habs because they already have too many good, young players:

    Price
    Subban, Emelin
    Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Pacioretty
    Eller, Bournival

    That is a really solid foundation to build around. They also have a few players in the system who could soon make a huge contribution, like Tinordi and Beaulieu. Not to mention a huge restocking of prospects from the last two drafts. The Habs essentially tanked two years ago, now they are moving on to the next stage of the rebuild.

    They already have some key veterans in place like Plekanec, Prust, and Markov. As long as they manage their assets well and hold on to as many draft picks as possible, this team could be good for a while.

  4. punkster says:

    pfft

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

  5. HabFab says:

    Robert Rice takes a look at this years acquisitions plus next year Salary Cap situation;
    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2013/11/10/5073742/this-year-matters-for-the-montreal-canadiens

  6. Eddie says:

    To me it looks like Galchenyuk, Eller, Gallagher, Pacioretty, need more support.

    We play against some nasty teams like Boston, Toronto, and Ottawa.

    Our talented young players need to be supported by some tough, yet skilled players, so they will produce to their maximum.

    The acquisition of Prust was outstanding!

    Now we need to find one or two other players who can play that game as well.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I know you were focusing on the forwards Ed but PK and Emelin could use a little protection as well.

    • The Dude says:

      Love lil Gallagher but all that crosschecking is going to end his career early ….backs don’t do that well for long under that constant pounding.

    • The Jackal says:

      Agreed. I believe MB is addressing this and that we will be tough, gritty, big, fast, AND skilled sooner rather than later.

      But one thing that we need to do is get a sniper – a 40 goal natural goal scorer, like James Neal. I think that is one of our biggest needs. That and another top 4 D – a mobile but “big” and physical guy who is reliable defensively and can move the puck. Not easy fixes but that will help us out a lot.

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      • piper says:

        With more protection I think Galchenyuk could be the sniper 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.

      • Eddie says:

        The only way we get either the sniper or the top 4 dman is if we trade something interesting in return.

        The only player who I would give would be Plekanec.

        But that triggers a whole bunch of moves and I don’t think Bergevin is ready to take that leap of faith.

        So baby steps first I guess.

  7. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Too many bullies on this site! They think that only their posts are correct & all others are trolling.

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  8. RAM_TOUGH says:

    mksness was correct in is statement about PK & Eller.

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  9. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  10. zephyr says:

    this season is not a loss yet. it’s way too early. we need to shore up the intensity of play in our own end at even strength. too many habs are giving the other guys time to make plays. we need more pressure & intensity. we seem to be working hard for our goals & then giving up easy ones.
    I like murray so far. there’s no big scrums with face washes when he’s out there. kind of like a younger, tougher gill because he makes guys keep their heads up. that has an effect on teams. they just can’t play in our zone with abandon. when emelin gets back, i’d expect cube to sit. diaz & georges should never play together. i’d like to see pateryn play too. he has the tools to be a good one. diaz is an ufa next yr.. I don’t expect he’ll be around by the end of the season. meanwhile, we need depth while the younger guys develop.

  11. HabFab says:

    So Dumont in for Parros today.
    Diaz plays his 100th NHL game.
    The 24CH flash has some players giving praise to their dads… cool stuff!
    http://video.canadiens.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=66&id=480765&lang=en

  12. commandant says:

    The Colorado model works great when your goalies are throwing up a .945 save percentage, while your opponents have a cumulative 890 save percentage in games against you.

    In other words, thats a whole lot of luck that won’t continue.

    Mark my words that team will come crashing down to earth at some point this season.

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    • mksness says:

      luck… can the habs keep up a 930 sv% or is that luck too?

      • commandant says:

        930 isn’t 945…. and there are plenty of teams who do 925+ every year.

        There aren’t plenty of teams who do 945+ every year.

        There also aren’t plenty of teams who have an 11% or higher team shooting percentage at the end of the year.

        To be doing both at the same time…. the super high sv% and super high shooting percentage… its the function of luck and a small (less than 20 games sample size).

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      • Mark C says:

        Absolutely. .930% is historically doable, .945% is not.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ben, the stats you are quoting are impressive and perhaps indeed they will change. I do think Colorado have done a nice job building their team. I initially thought that the trade for Varlomov was crazy, but he has shown himself to be an excellent goalie.

      No doubt that team will face some adversity eventually, be it worse goaltending, perhaps the loss of Varlomov due to legal issues, or injuries. It will be of interest to watch how Roy and the team deal with it.

      But the Colorado roster has some excellent talent.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Ben, previous seasons have all given us teams who start great and end up free falling. It’s very possible that this seasons Colitodo and may I add Tampa to that potential free fall list as well.

      In reverse, there are often teams who start the season poorly but come on strong at the end. The Kings are a really good recent example of that. I’d watch the Rangers as a team capable of a turn around in positive way.

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      CHeers.

      • Eddie says:

        I don’t see Colorado free falling. They are well coached.

        • The Jackal says:

          I don’t see them free falling but they will hit a snag and we’ll see how Roy reacts. Good team and coach, IMO, but he is not the saviour – look at their roster and tell me it is surprising that they have been doing well thus far.

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    • piper says:

      But if Colorado plays .500 from here on they will make the playoffs.

  13. commandant says:

    Are we really talking about tanking with a team that has lost 4 in a row and is STILL IN A PLAYOFF SPOT despite that. … and we’re 17 games in.

    Guys… even if we tried tanking, we aren’t out-tanking Buffalo and Florida and Edmonton and Calgary and Philly and the rest of the bottom feeders.

    Why not make the playoffs.

    Playoff experience is something that is invaluable to players like Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Pacioretty, and others who have 1 series under their belts right now.

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    • mksness says:

      besides isn’t next year the real year to tank?

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      The Habs are not currently in a playoff spot with the new 3 team per Division playoff format
      They are now in 9th position for a playoff spot in the Conference and 6th in the Division

    • slapshot777 says:

      +1 Excellent post. Tanking is for losers. Just look at Edmonton. They pretty much have tanked for the past five season and this years looks like they are going for number six. They have great gotten good players but they have done nothing to improve the team only insert these drafted players.

      If nothing else you think you would have seen improvement in that team by now. The Habs on the other hand have been improving not as much as some on here would like, but they are improving none the less. If building a contender for years instead of flashes in the pan was so easy everybody would have done it by now.

      The Habs will make the playoffs and I have a feeling will do good.

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

  14. Maritime Ronn says:

    @ Oldtimer guy

    One other example is Boston that recently won the Cup and always appears to be super competitive as shown in another Cup final appearance last year.

    When they actually won the Cup, only 3 players were original draft choices of the Bruins.
    Bergeron-Lucic and Marchand. (some may include Seguin yet he did not play in several of the Cup run games)
    All of the goalie Thomas and all the Dmen were either signed as UFAs or acquired via trade.

    Several will point to LA and Chicago, yet does LA win the Cup without Richards/Carter to name a few? UFA Hossa and traded for Patrick Sharp in Chicago?

    It takes great drafting along with the cojones to make high profile trades and somehow acquire great UFAs..something Habs management has yet to do.

    • mksness says:

      ya but those trades happened due to having drafted good players. Bottom line is they used their bad seasons to accumulate good talent.

    • piper says:

      It’s the type of players that Boston has drafted, traded for and signed as FAs that won them the cup. Players like Lucic, Chara, Thornton, McQuaid and Marchand win Championships. Hopefully MB can see how that was done but you have to wonder with some of his moves.

  15. Phil C says:

    Boston are 10-5-1, yet are still not in a divisional playoff spot. The Habs are in a tough division.

  16. Maritime Ronn says:

    @ oldtimerguy

    Not exactly sure why you are calling for the Habs to lose and tank.
    Below, you point out the Colorado example, yet Colorado has won nothing yet.

    Perhaps you may wish to look at how Colorado was built, or is in the process of being built.
    High draft picks have helped, yet trades and strategic solid UFA signings are also a big part of the makeup of that team.

    Yes, MacKinnon was drafted 1, and Landeskog was a 2nd overall, and Matt D was a 3rd overall, yet that is only part of the story.

    Several others not directly drafted or drafted later on – signed as a UFA or traded for, make the whole story

    Goalie Varlamov was acquired via a trade where Colorado actually gave up a 1st round pick and a 2nd.
    Ryan O’Reilly was chosen 33rd overall in the 2009 Draft
    Paul Stastny was chosen 44th overall in the 2005 draft
    PA Parenteau was signed as a UFA

    Their 4 Top minute Dmen?

    Top minute man Hedja was a 4th round pick by Buffalo and was signed as a UFA.
    Eric John son was acquired by a trade with St. Louis.
    Andre Benoit was once in the Habs organization, then was signed as a UFA by Colorado.
    Number 5 Dman Guenin was a 127th NYR pick then signed as a UFA.

    Now playing #4 Dman minutes, Corey Sarich along with Tanguay were acquired by trade from Calgary.

    Lots of stuff besides high drafts make a good team and some coaching also helps…

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    For those interested, Rex Murphy with a neat read on the whole Ford situation in T.O.

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/11/09/rex-murphy-an-early-bitter-christmas-for-the-ford-haters/

    • JM says:

      sholi – Have heard somewhere Target refused Legion Vets from entering their stores to sell POPPIES what do you think of that. If it’s true it’s disrespect and they are scum bags and well never sell me anything again!!

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  19. Cal says:

    Grumble grumble
    Stumble stumble
    Mumble mumble
    Rumble rumble
    Fumble fumble
    Tumble tumble
    Crumble crumble

    The life of a 21st century Habs fan.

  20. Ozmodiar says:

    Did EK get benched for 10 mins last night??

    Fire The Walrus!!!!

  21. Mattyleg says:

    This is pretty funny:

    Here are some selections of what ‘oldtimerguy’ has posted recently:

    “PK should sign a 2yr deal and then hit the FA market and bolt.”

    “if im soobie, I leave this town as fast as I can….the racism in quebec versus blacks is documented…pk don’t need this crap….go to Toronto, go to NY, LA, go and prosper and lead any of those teams to lord Stanley…it wont happen here…this team stinks.”

    “if the result is a loss, then I am happy afterwards.”

    “Hope we lose tonight”

    “he’s a buyout…pleks must be included…same for markov. let em go…gio too and then of course all the riff raff…

    “will eller ever get 60 pts in a season? I doubt it…he cant even shoot..”

    “let me know when eller gets 60 pts, ok? the guy doesn’t even have an AHL level shot…”

    Thought we could all use a smile today! :D

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      People constantly replying to clowns like him are a problem, too.

    • Awesome stuff right there. It makes me happy to read this style of comments if anything to just remind me I am not them :lol:

      Poor guys, I feel sorry for them.

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    • mksness says:

      well in fairness out of eller’s 5 goals?
      - 2 were the end boards and he had an empty net to shoot at
      - 1 he wasn’t on the ice for.

      and if i were PK. why would i want to stay in this market?
      - GM forced a bridge deal on me when 80% of the other teams in the league would have locked me up
      - Coach shits on me and benches me in favour of borderline yet safe nhlers
      - media is just outrageous and analyzes my ice time on a per microsecond basis

      all great reasons to stay

    • The Jackal says:

      These are almost as funny as Nuna’s signature quotes, such as the one about rookies not having NHL experience when making it to the NHL, or whatever he said about salt peter in Molson beers and stuff.

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  22. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Yes ! Marc Antoine Godin just tweeted that Dumont is going to play tonight. So probably finally no Parros. On tuesday Emelin might come in and with Murray another useless player should be going to the press box then. There´s hope.

  23. GGtheHab says:

    Good morning…I am a faithful reader, sporadic poster but here are my two cents for today:
    P.K. signed off on releasing the 24CH clip of MT critiquing him..let it go, if he isnt bothered by it why are we?
    Murray- yes brutally slow, but he will be pushed down one spot once Emmy plays, and gone next year..let it go.
    DD- horribly small and largely ineffective..Gionta is a little better but wont be here next year.
    Gally/Chucky-LOVE them..told the wife about Gally duing WJCs and saw him practice with the dogs here in Trenton..keepers!
    Captains are NOT always the best player on the team, Guy would not have made a good Captain.
    Price..he is not the problem..
    Borque: no hockey sense..example: during a delayed penalty the other night he threw it at the net from the half boards instead of sliding it to the point and trying to take advantage of the extra attacker extending the man advantage time..
    Parros, was glad we got him but he shouldnt dress everygame and likely wont when prust is ready
    Bournival is going to be a good one
    We are too small, no shocker there..
    I love the passion we all have..line combo suggestions are fine, but folks please leave the trade suggestions alone? We do not have all the facts, info and insight to know what our team and others can do in this area, there are so many variables we are not privvy to.
    We havent sucked enough to build through the draft and are still trying to dig out from some mistakes.

    Enjoy the football and I am saying 4-1 Habs tonight.
    Go Habs Go!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good read, thanks for posting.

      Oh yah, Steelers 24 Bills 21 today also. ;-)

      • GGtheHab says:

        That game was one I waffled on, so backed it up with another ticket.. hard to cheer for the Steelers..the wife is from Baltimore..grounds for divorce there..

    • GGtheHab says:

      Didn’t mention Markov.. he is golden..I am hoping we are in the hunt come March..but if not I like the suggestion somebody else posted here a couple days ago, dangle him to a contender with a gentlemans agreement he will be back in the summer for a 2 year deal.
      It will give him a shot a cup, he will be retired by the time our kids are ready..and be very attractive to a team serious about the cup..how many better PP QBs are out there?

    • JM says:

      GG – Very Good post. I would say everything you said is right on and I enjoyed reading it …. Not so sure about the score though.

  24. Sportfan says:

    Saw a small portion of the intermission for the Canucks game. Elliot Freeman needs to leave for TSN where he’ll be appreciated. Ron asked if the Canucks could come back, Freeman said he didn’t think so and gave a great reason why not.
    Then after he’s done Glen Healy disagrees with everything that is said and gives a reason why the canucks would win, but was wrong about everything he said, he’s kind of a jerk.

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    • GGtheHab says:

      Met somebody who had Carnal knowledge of Healy..I think know why he is so bitter..small man syndrome..hired to cheer for the Leafs nothing more..Elliot has no place on CBC, way too intelligent!

    • Strummer says:

      No Elliot can’t leave.
      They need him to provide balance to the PJ Stock/Healey ramblings.
      Too many ex-jocks so you need a journalist/broadcaster type of analyst in the mix.

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    • wjc says:

      Yin and Yang…important for television. Everybody agreeing would cause the channel to be changed. Someone has to be wrong, to play the devils advocate, to be the fool. Nothing new here.

      Have to entertain first and be right second. Next time maybe Healy will be right. As long as they spell his name right and get the right number of zero’s on his pay cheque is what is important.

      wjc

  25. adamkennelly says:

    any idea why those 2 players were called up?

  26. Sportfan says:

    With all the Ritchie Incognito stuff with the Dolphins, I wonder if you could make an argument that what MT is doing with PK is a form of bullying? I’m not talking to the extent of whats going on in Miami the stuff that is coming out is just horrible, but maybe MT shouldn’t be so harsh to just one player.

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  27. petefleet says:

    My family and I took in the Habs practice at Brossard yesterday. What a great experience. Both my kids were impressed by how hard they all worked and how focussed they looked. A good lesson learned without a word spoken me dad or mom.
    Emelin looked ready to me…even if I’m not a Dr. Briere did not. Murray was one of the last guys standing inthe shootout drill at the end, which of course superstar PK won. Murray made some beautiful moves and shots…wasn’t expecting that and he got a round of high fives from all his mates. Price looked like he was trash talking him as well.
    Lots of fun watching them work through their PP drills and neutral zone breakout. Great stuff. We are glad we went. Next up the game today against the NYI. The kids are excited…first game at the Bell Centre.

    “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
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    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Why not PK on the Shoot Out?
      Would love to see him take the puck – slowly skate in on the goalie – then with about 15-20 feet left, just wind up and blast one

      Just like Marian Hossa
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG9bsm1M0Y0

      • petefleet says:

        Agree. He couldn’t do worse than some of the forwards. Man he’s got MOJO to go with those moves.

        “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
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    • HabFab says:

      Enjoy and hope you get a win.

      • petefleet says:

        We are going to explore the Bell Centre this afternoon to ramp up the excitement. Almost every time I’m here I run into someone in hockey. The last two times it was Gauthier and Tortorella…not together. May not happen today, it’s raining in MTL.

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    • rljmartin says:

      I think Murray has been totally underrated by many here in HIO. He has not made many mistakes. Slow but has he been beaten to the outside? Finally, how is Habs PK record since he has been on?

      • petefleet says:

        The reason PK is not on the PK is because their like 5th in the league. Arguement is that they don’t need him on it. I’m good with that if he’s getting 25mins on PP and 5 on 5. And yeah, Murray has some skill. He’s a little more reserved in games than practice. Maybe he should be, just once.

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    • wjc says:

      That was a great post, very up lifting.

      wjc

    • JM says:

      Pete – That’s their problem. They look impressive in practice not so good in real games. 8 and 8 that’s a win or lose team ….

    • Mattyleg says:

      Awesome Pete!
      I’ll see you there.
      I’m in Sect. 329, Greys.

      Enjoy the game!!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  28. habstrinifan says:

    I cheered for the Bruins yesterday. But I was in a drunken stupor.

  29. Eddie says:

    Here’s something to shake you guys up on a Sunday.

    Subban has not taken a penalty for 9 straight games but the team has not won more games, we have lost 6 and won only 3.

    This is the first time I can remember Subban staying out of the box for so long, and I think it’s by design.

    That’s partly what Therrien could not stand about Subban’s game, even though many of the calls against him were very borderline if you recall.

    So now that Subban can stay out of the box, what more can he do to help the team win?

    His offensive game seems limited to his power play these days; that was not the case in previous years.

    It seems that since Subban was paired with Markov his game has changed. He is more responsible, less of a risk taker, less penalties for sure.

    But he’s also our best offensive catalyst, and we aren’t scoring 5 on 5 when Subban and Markov are on together or otherwise.

    Should Subban and Markov be split up?

    • habstrinifan says:

      Problem solved soon. Emelin’s back.. bench Subban.

      • Eddie says:

        Trini, here’s my advice to you, me, and all Subban fans:

        Subban is a pro’s pro. He will give 100% for Therrien no matter how he is used, he will never complain, he will never speak out of turn publicly.

        So as fans, why don’t we do the same?

        Lets allow Subban to take care of Subban, instead of us trying to protect him.

        It’s working for me. My frustration with Therrien has diminished.

      • 416erHabsFan says:

        You know I wouldn’t be surprised if benching Subban actually happened!

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      With the imminent return of Emelin next week, that just may happen. Emelin’s partner last year was Markov.
      There was way too much crap floating around about a few not so great PK penalties.
      With the Habs PK ranked 4th in the NHL, that was never a cause for a loss.
      Because of all that junk talk, here’s wondering if PK is losing his edge – an edge that won a lot of hockey games for the Habs

    • wjc says:

      Therien deserves credit for fall in penalties.

      Once Subban gets the defensive side of things figured out and can rely on instincts (it becomes natural) and does the right thing without any hesitation or thought, it is at this point he can really turn it on and show offensive side of game. The offensive part of the game comes naturally to him, but, it cannot come at the expense of the defensive side of the game.

      wjc

    • JM says:

      Eddie – It takes away from PK’s game. He can’t play as tough for fear of penalties and landing in MT”s Dog House. Another thing I’m thinking. Maybe MT don’t want PK to win two Consecutive Norris Trophy’s.

  30. Strummer says:

    morning!

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  31. homerbowen says:

    Interesting game last night between Bruins and Laffs. Clearly size matters in this game. We might win one or two games against either of those teams but we are clearly not competitive with them. While we now have a few “taller” players they tend to be of the “string bean” nature, softies or even “cream puffs”. C’mon MB make some moves for big, strong, hungry players. I think we’ll have a tough time making the playoffs and if so we’ll be getting bounced, and I mean bounced, early. MT appears to be outcoached in most games this year and that’s a very bad sign. I don’t want to wait another 20 years for a real HABS team…get moving now!

  32. JD says:

    If you want to read any Gazette linked articles on HIO it appears that a digital subscription is required. Or is that just for those outside of Quebec?

  33. jeffhabfan says:

    Lets go boys you better win tonight also win one for Matty.

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    • habstrinifan says:

      “And everyone’s suggestions on how we grow and improve as a family social group are welcomed”…

      Ban all foreigners from posting here…. oh wait! At least ban anyone between Bowmanville and Ft Erie… oh wait.

      I’ll have to get back to you!

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    A sluggish morning on HI/O….

  36. theox_8 says:

    Prust would make a decent captain .

  37. Maritime Ronn says:

    Last night on anti chambe, there was a very interesting conversation about what it takes to be a good Captain, then who could potentially succeed Gionta in the event he is either traded or decides to sign somewhere else for better money.

    While one may agree or disagree with either Guy Carbonneau or Vinnie Damphousse, Carbonneau was a CH Captain that won a Stanley Cup, and Damphousse was also a Habs Captain that performed and had respect.

    Their thoughts were interesting. The ideal Captain did not have to be the best player, yet should be one with a great work ethic, respected off the ice and by ALL in the dressing room, and would be a player’s Captain and not a phoney Coach’s Captain.

    Now don’t shoot the messenger
    While they stated there doesn’t appear to be an ideal Captain at the moment, their (default) choices would be either Plekanec or Gorges for the short term.

    They also felt that eventually, both Gallagher and Galchenyuk would be ideal candidates yet we’re not ready for that role in a media crazy market such as Montreal while they are finding their Pro games.

    Where it became very interesting was when the name of Subban was put forward.
    The 3 panelists began to actually laugh mentioning that Subban was all over the place….

    • HabFab says:

      The most talented player rarely makes the best Captain.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        You may have some argument from Crosby, Zetterberg, Tavares, Shea Weber, Getzlaf, Toews, Landeskog, Benn, Backes, Sedin, Thornton…a lot of recent Stanley Cups there.

        • voicemajor2000 says:

          Great list of players. The only point that can be made is that Crosby and Toews were the only ‘Captains’ to win a cup. Lidstrom was captain when Zetterberg last won, and the rest of the list have not won a cup at all, so it is a tough argument to make. Look at team a team like Tampa or Carolina, they won with Andreychuk and Brind’amour as captains, not Lecavalier and Staal. I sometimes wonder if making the best statistical player the captain puts too much pressure on them?

          • Maritime Ronn says:

            The market may also dictate the pressure ratio.
            The Captain’s first job is inside the room and on the ice, yet in Canadian markets it’s so much more than that with all the outside demands, responsibilities, and intense scrutiny.

            Even in a Major US market, hockey always ranks below NFL/MLB and more often than not, the NBA.
            As for the sunbelt cities, with few exceptions hockey is way down the list and even passed by NCAA football.


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