Engqvist back to Hamilton, Halpern to return

The Canadiens returned Andreas Engqvist to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, which likely means that Jeff Halpern will return to action on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Engqvist played two games with the Canadiens, making his NHL debut on Friday in Ottawa.

Halpern missed the last two games after being injured against the Buffalo Sabres last Tuesday.


  1. Hamayoune says:

    Apparently someone had posted a porn link recently. I think the maintenance team has disabled links or posts including links. I’m not too sure; Ian was explaining this to another poster in the previous thread

  2. Da Hema says:

    The NHL isn’t singles tennis. Win as a team, lose as a team. Bettman is such a despicable panderer.

  3. LA Loyalist says:

    A sub-genre of the full breezer tanking post? The post with the most? Hang on, I feel a draft…

  4. LA Loyalist says:

    Martin’s job is to get pissed off if we leave our own zone.

  5. LA Loyalist says:

    Give me 20x D’Arche, Metros, Bouillons and I will give you a Stanley Cup. 


  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Could have been someone made an inappropriate reply to it, in that case the whole thread of discussion can get eliminated.

  7. Ayan_SB says:

    I love this website, but it’s such a clusterf*** most of the time.

  8. HardHabits says:

    Why was my post showing the top 10 PP and PK teams and the best of the PP and PK combinations deleted? I spent a lot of time on that post. I am seriously upset. The Mod standard at HIO is starting to take after NHL refereeing.

  9. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah I saw that LOL, Eklund’s such a knob! Why would Dallas trade Richards AND Benn to anybody???

  10. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t understand ANYONE who suggests a team’s best players being traded for spare parts on a garbage team. Guess what? Successful teams KEEP their good players.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Prospect RW Brendan Gallagher now at 31 goals on his season, 10 away from matching his previous-season output and he’s got 24 games left on his season to do it.

  12. gatorhabs says:

    I am sure most people got their money’s worth Friday night. Well, at least the ones that were cheering. 

  13. Cool Ice Price says:

    The Habs have played the Flyers twice in 3 yrs in the playoffs & didn’t beat them. So I say NO!



    Habs Passion unites us all

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    For now, I’ll settle for two points and PK Subban disrespecting PHI with the GWG.

  15. habs001 says:

    the question is not  whether we can beat the flyers on tuesday the questions is can we beat them 4 out of 7 games in the playoffs especially if we have to play them in the third round after two tough series…

  16. Bill says:

    “Scoring-depraved”, love that expression!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  17. habsfansince91 says:

    Not very hard when one of the best defences in the league is playing against a very subpar QB.

  18. The Teacher says:

    Of course I’d sign him. I’d also give him a 100,000-200,000 raise for being such a great teammate and example. Just for standing in front of the net like he does is worth that raise.

  19. fbkj says:

    did they play twice that month? with raycroft getting pulled? because i recall not seeing this game http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/boxscore?gid=2007022610 (my brother was texting me about how raycroft got the yank, i was in new york city, cuz i went to see THIS game http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap/_/id/270227013/montreal-canadiens-vs-ny-rangers-rangers which ughh… yeah… that sucked

  20. JasonM says:

    “in the days prior to the weekend games”


    Is that why they no-showed for 2 games? If that’s true, they should give back the money to their fans who bought tickets since this was done. I’m pretty sure people who bought tickets at the start of the season didn’t want to pay money to attend a game their team had no intension to show up for.

  21. andrewberkshire says:

    Yes sir. The dreaded Aebischer was in net.

  22. Habsrule1 says:

    The Habs have a very good team. It’s the veterans that have the team never giving up. Who here thinks we would not have won last night had there been no shootout? This team is built for the playoffs and with a tinker here and there, we’ll go further than last year.

    All this with our best player and Gorges out long term! I’m lovin’ it!

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  23. andrewberkshire says:

    If we don’t sign him, Yzerman will.

  24. 24 Cups says:

    Mike Boone’s Steelers lay down the hammer and take a 24-0 lead.

  25. fbkj says:

    was that a february game… like 07?

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    He’s one of the few Habs who goes to the front of the net. And remember how we all thought he was signed as a 13th  forward – a guy who won’t complain if he doesn’t start? Now he’s a clear starter.


    But he isn’t getting any younger.

  27. fbkj says:

    hes earned another contract with a salary bump

  28. avatar_58 says:

    I love the guy but that era has passed. I really hope Gauthier sees this

  29. kempie says:

    Obviously, 29 teams were deterred by his complete lack of respect.

  30. Malreg says:

    Muller runs the powerplay and the offense, so it’s normal.  The assistant coach almost always sets up the plays during end of game time-outs.

  31. F Bomb says:

    Under 2 minutes left, Canadians call a time out and are about to go on the powerplay.  Team gathers at the bench and go to Kirk Muller and discuss possible outcomes, plays and strategies.  The team was listening to every word from him.  They were talking, asking questions and looking to him for advice.  I also noticed that Martin was standing beside Muller overlooking the play.  There has been alot of talk of late as to the future of Muller.  With the departure of Boucher and his staff we continue to pump out solid coaches.  Will the organization risk losing a long time Hab in Muller?  I think not.  JM may be grooming Muller for prime time in the years to come.  We may all be discussing who is or should be the head coach but it is possible that Muller takes over running practices, making plays, and who the players look to?  This allows JM to overlook the team while Muller works with them.  Not a bad strategy as the seemed to respond to him after the timeout.  Another example is the youth on the team.  Yes injuries have taken roster players out but perhaps Muller’s position on the team is giving more of an opportunity to the youth. 


  32. Hobie Hansen says:

    Many people, including myself, have been upset with the size and grit of the Canadiens over the last several years. Looking at the team today, all of a sudden they’ve taken a few steps to correct that problem.

    Pacioretty has given a new dimension to the Gionta and Gomez line and the Darce-Deharnais-Pouliot line has some size and grit to it, on the wings of course. If Martin is smart he would throw a scrappy 4th line consisting of Moen-Halpern-White together as well.

    The only thing missing is a power forward to play with Plekanec and Cammalleri. I do think Kostitsyn does have it in him to play well on that line but if Gauthier can make a deal for a rugged scoring forward to play in Kostitsyn’s place I’d be all over it.

    All in all you have to be pretty happy with how the Habs look right now. I think at this point, even with Gorges and Markov out for the season, Gauthier should take a stab at improving the team for a playoff run by making a deal at the deadline. Montreal might not be as good as Philadelphia or Pittsburgh but they’re not far off. If they acquire a big player at the deadline I think they could be dangerous in the playoffs.    

  33. habstrinifan says:

    Nice post! I like your comprehensive look at things. I am in Ottawa Smartdog… want me to pass your name onto Eugene. Notice the first name basis eh. On that topic I do not like Bryan Murray behind any new GM the Sens get. The man is not gonna let the new guy have his independence.


  34. mrhabby says:

    interesting developments over in senator land. Looks like a complete rebuild will happen with a new coach in place over the spring/summer and murray being moved upstairs to some consulting post. I like Fisher/Alfie but our cap is tight so we can forget that one….sens want pics for there assets.

    ps..gonchar signing was stupid.

  35. The Teacher says:

    This site is having issues. Can’t edit a post, says access denied and then signs you in and out randomly.

  36. The Teacher says:

    Yuck, why try for a player who has an established reputation as not having the best commitment to be the best he can be.

  37. ZepFan2 says:

    Don’t you mean NYET to Kovalev?

  38. punkster says:

    Jeez Rob, don’t go all Habs-Professor/ N.A.G. on us here man 😉

    The youth movement is great. Any time you bring in a new member to a team, any type of team in any work environment, you look for that influence of new blood. Bringing in so many new kids over a short period is bound to create some excitement. Yes the vets need to work with them but not “or else”. The kids also need to work with the vets as well because their raw talent needs some channeling. Together they form a team. At odds with eachother they’ll be nothing more than the Sens, Flames, Oilers, Leafs…whoever. I think it’s way too early in the careers of these kids to ever imagine they’ll take over or take control but soon, over the next couple of years, we’re going to see these kids become our stars and transformed into vets.


  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just say NO to Kovalev.

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