Enjoy Night 1 of Second Season?


Flyers’ Daniel Brière wheels past Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury after his clearly offside goal put Philly on the board to begin their remarkable comeback.
Justin K. Aller, Getty Images

Just a bit of a platform for you to discuss with calm and civility (c’mon, you laughed at that…) the results of last night’s Conference quarterfinal openers – the Flyers roaring back to beat the Penguins in OT; the Predators holding off the Red Wings; and the Canucks falling to the Kings.

Talking points:

• Brière’s offside goal and the late icing waved off in Pittsburgh;
• Shea Weber’s incredible double face-plant into the glass of Henrik Zetterberg at the buzzer in Nashville… suspendable?
• The Canucks’ Olympic-year diving (common thread on the Internet) vs. Los Angeles in Vancouver.

Or, continue on about how the Canadiens are praying at the grave of Frank Selke Sr. for their next GM. Your choice.


  1. EricInStL says:

    It should be 5-2 for the Blues, they are dominating.

  2. smiler2729 says:

    Niemi’s getting ALL the action, no wonder these Blues goalies have great stats, they see no shots.

    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
    Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

  3. mrhabby says:

    Doug murray from Sweden…weird.

  4. nolts says:

    Pretty hard to hang a loss on a goalie when your team can’t scrape up one goal

  5. habsfan0 says:

    Hmmm…Braeden Holtby in OT vs the Bruins looked awfully like Carey Price in OT vs the Bruins last year.

  6. saskhabfan says:

    the bruins goal kind of reminded me of when rivet tipped in the canes series winning goal on huet.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Sorry I don’t watch Boston Bruins hockey… or Washington Crapitals.

      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
      Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

      • saskhabfan says:

        Why are you apologizing to me? I really don’t care if you watch them or not.I was talking to the much larger group of people that did watch the game.

  7. Adidess says:

    Anyone else watching the playoffs and thinking it’s not a bad thing the Habs didn’t make it? It’s clear we weren’t good enough to make it, but also feel we didn’t have that extra gear good teams are playing at right now.

    A big Centreman, please. Thank you!

  8. mrhabby says:

    Love the blues transition…always on the puck.no screwing around.

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Best thing about overtime: No Commercials!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. EricInStL says:

    Halak is cold, any quick shot might beat him

  11. C-Sword says:

    Damn, the Caps lost

    • Chuck says:

      They were playing their third-string goalie tonight. Boston only managed one on him, but it was a weak goal, unscreend slap shot.

      Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  12. smiler2729 says:

    There must be an all out war between the Halakians and the ETs (Elliott Trolls) at Blues Inside/Out.

    Betcha Shiloh and all the other Jaroslaves are there…

    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
    Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

  13. Chuck says:

    Some pretty boring hockey tonight. Hope it picks up a bit.

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  14. nolts says:

    I get that all the time….

  15. nolts says:

    Lol damn touchscreen…where’s the bberry. Malkin

  16. Stormin says:

    Man has Finland ever become A goalie factory, Kari Lehtonen, Miikka Kiprusoff, Pekka Rinne, Antti Niemi, Niklas Backstrom, tuukka rask

    “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
    Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

  17. nolts says:

    Lol poor jaro. Think most of us realise goaltending isn’t our prob…I hope. It’s like wishing you had Mallon instead of Crosby. Not the main issue

    • smiler2729 says:


      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
      Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

  18. L Elle says:

    Welcome to HalakInsideOut.

    The Rules
    Halak Inside/Out encourages lively debate, but there is a zero-tolerance policy regarding Carey Price, including his choice of attire.

    We will, without warning, ban those who do not idolize the departed goalie, so as to minimize the enjoyment of readers and participants of both Blues’ and Habs’ fans.

  19. jols101 says:

    Are these pro Halak posts a joke or are people serious. Been watching the other games so just wondering. 2 goals on 20 shots doesnt seem all that great to me…

    • smiler2729 says:

      Hard to tell… some are serious, I’m having fun with it though…

      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
      Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

    • mrhabby says:

      We’re just playing..

      On a serious note..I hope Halak does well.

      • smiler2729 says:

        Well, I gotta say I’m surprised that Halak let a goal in all season…

        Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
        Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

  20. Kimberly2u says:

    Oh oh the wall broke down and Halak let in a goal

  21. nolts says:

    Holy sharks score on Jesus…lol

  22. Max says:

    Wow,Halak! What a goalie. He’d look pretty good in Montreal right about now rather than that cowboy guy. Pity

  23. mrhabby says:

    Halak the wall at it again.

  24. jols101 says:

    I miss the old run and gun Caps. 11 shots after 50 minutes is just terrible.

    • boing007 says:

      Remember when everybody thought that the explosive offenses of the Pens and Caps were going to blow Montreal out of the water in 2010? Caps haven’t been the same since then.

      Richard R

  25. Kimberly2u says:

    Halak is robbing everyone of a goal

    • Mattyleg says:

      He’s been pretty solid.
      Don’t think he’s been spectacular (only watching out of the corner of my eye, tho!) but the fur is definitely flying out there…
      Be amazed if both teams make it out with no injuries if this keeps up!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. Mattyleg says:

    Wow, StL/SJ is gonna be a hummmmdinga!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. smiler2729 says:

    Did Halak score yet?

    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
    Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

  28. Kimberly2u says:

    SJ and Blues now tied 1-1

  29. punkster says:

    I wonder, is PJ part of the CBC’s upcoming cuts? Gotta pay the rent baby.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Stormin says:

      Maybe CBC does not let its broadcasting staff have bathroom breaks, or he just loves hockey and does not want to miss a minute of any game

      PJ stock memo to self- oops i crapped my pants and i need money, call Depends

      “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
      Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

  30. nolts says:

    Same reason we’ve give up some young talented guys

  31. nolts says:

    Too many whiners on here to put up with a crappy non playoff team for two or three years. It’s the right way to build but no patience

  32. aemarchand11 says:


  33. jols101 says:

    Karlson has a ton of offence but is being exposed as a giveaway machine with a definite resemblence to an orange pylon…

    • Stormin says:

      I take Subban over Karlson, Subban more complete and not as intimidated with the tough playoff hitting.

      “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
      Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

      • jols101 says:

        Agreed 100%

        Find it funny how CBC and TSN pump up Karlson and when he has a terrible giveaway or gets pyloned they ignore it and never show the replay. When Subban does it they show the replay 100 times and talk about it all night…I wonder why that is(sarcasm)

        • Stormin says:

          I guess he does not play the white way oops right way

          “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
          Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

  34. shootdapuck says:

    Ottawa looks more like the team which was essentially “handled” this season by the Habs.

    The defense is running around and Anderson looks ordinary.

  35. HardHabits says:

    Niemi’s cap hit is the about same as Halak’s.

    Price should get 4 years, 16 million. That sounds reasonable to me.

    • EricInStL says:

      I concur, add incentive bonuses (all-star, vezina etc…)

    • Stev.R says:

      Few days ago some one brought up that Price’s agent won’t want to waste too many of Price’s UFA years getting paid an RFA contract. I say 4 years 20m, to keep him happy. It may be a bit much for an RFA, but once he’s a UFA he’ll want more than even 5m.

      • Stormin says:

        he may not want to sign anything too long term if he is not offered huge money, as u said he will not want to burn up the UFA years ditto PK

        “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
        Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

    • L Elle says:

      If you would trade Price straight up for Grabovski, skip to the next post.

      If you wouldn’t, Grabs gets 5.5 million.

      Pleks gets 5, and Price > Pleks.

      He’ll be getting Ward/Rinne money, or just a touch less as he is RFA, but only for another year.

  36. Stormin says:

    Brad Richards & Ryan Callahan solid hockey players and leaders you can follow, I dont think Ottawa has to much hope in this series, will they ever score on King Henry

    “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
    Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

  37. Stev.R says:

    The best way to build a championship team in the salary cap era is to have players who play better than what they are getting paid. Players are almost always overpaid when they are free agents, so the easiest way to get underpaid players is to draft them. Having young players make an impact on the roster is useful because they are still on entry level contracts.

    It should also be a goal to try and get a lot of good drafted players to enter the league at around the same time, so that you can maximize the talent on your team with the minimum cap hit. If you only have 1 or 2 new players join the team every year, then by the time you build up a good group of guys, the older players will demand higher contracts and you will lose some of them.

    Obviously the best way to get more than 1 or 2 impact prospects to make the team at one time, is to have as many draft picks as possible in a single year, as well as have someone who is good at drafting (Timmins). Next year MTL has 9 picks, 4 of them being in the first two rounds. Next years draft will definitely have a major influence on the direction MTL goes in the future.

    But why not give ourselves a better future by acquiring more picks for next years draft. The only way to do this is through trades. But our team is made up of guys nobody wants, and guys we don’t want to lose. We don’t really have a lot of guys that are valuable and expendable. That’s why I think this summer is when we should go out and get 2 or 3 guys that will take short term contracts and are able to fill important roles for playoff teams. Not because we want to keep these guys for our own playoff run, but so we can trade them at the deadline and possibly get another couple picks in the top 60. We sign them, so we can trade them. Signing, trading and drafting are the only ways to add assets, and drafting is the cheapest.

    It usually takes approximately three years for a drafted player to develop so realistically, this years draft (4 picks in first 3 rounds), next years draft, and the year after, are important in building a good wave of valuable players who will either be a core part of our team, or future assets to trade (cyclical).

    This is what my brain was thinking about as I watch the playoffs. Anyone agree? Any FA’s this summer that will take short term contracts and who we can get a good return for at trade deadline day?

    • Stev.R says:

      I could see us possibly trading one or two guys like Bourque, Kaberle, Gionta, Moen, One of our centers, one of our bottom six guys we have log jammed on our roster, or maybe a couple of our prospects who we don’t think are developing good enough. We could use a couple more solid guys to trade though. Can never have too many.

      • Stev.R says:

        Paul Gaustad go BUF a first round pick this year! He’s a FA this summer. I think he might try to break the bank this summer in both salary and term, but if we could somehow get him (or a guy like him; I know he isn’t like by our roster) for cheap and only a couple seasons, we could easily deal him next spring for at least a second round pick (perhaps more if he has another year inb his contract).

        This is something I think GM’s are afraid to do but trading new players is looked down upon, but the best asset to have is a draft pick, and the only way to get them is by trading, and the easiest way to get guys to trade is by signing them.

      • mrhabby says:

        Burke will offer moen a contract

    • Stormin says:

      That really is not a bad idea, especially since 2013 draft years is supposedly one of the best in a while.

      Seth Jones, Nathan Mckinnon and Local boy Anthony Duclair to name a few, front runners for top 5 next year. By the way Seth Jones is the son of former NBA Player Popeye Jones, Seth was born in Texas, that would be a first in the draft.

      “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
      Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

      • Stormin says:


        “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
        Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & the gum

    • HardHabits says:

      This isn’t very different than much at what I have been saying for a few years now. I like the strategy you suggest and agree.

      I have also bemoaned in that time that the Habs have done the opposite of what you are suggesting for far too long.

      My hope is that the new regime will change this tendency and start thinking long term.

      • Stev.R says:

        Too many guys let go with little or no return. To be fair, a lot of those guys weren’t worth much when they were let go though. However, the goal should be to never let a player walk away for free, or retire (with few exceptions), because that is essentially the extinguishing of an asset.

        Watching teams like PIT and CHI, who were able to take advantage of 2 or 3 seasons of good drafting, which makes them competitive for 10 years.

  38. L Elle says:

    Niemi 20 saves.

    Hlock (as prounounced on NBC feed) 13 shots, 12 saves.

    Yes, I am stirring the sh1t. 😉

    • smiler2729 says:

      Ya wanna stir some? Check out my trailer below, the signature after the Edwards/Bruins pukes one… yeah, that stirs it real good.

      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
      Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

    • The Jackal says:

      They don’t call him Havlak anymore?

    • Stormin says:


      “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
      Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & the gum

  39. nolts says:

    Caps can’t get anything to net. Would LOVE to see them win but can’t see it

  40. Kimberly2u says:

    Luv my IPhone

  41. EricInStL says:

    St-Louis is trowing everything but the kitchen sink

  42. nolts says:

    Yup you’re the only one…

  43. nolts says:

    How do the bruins end up on the pp there?

  44. EricInStL says:

    Does that chick in the Blackberry commercials know she’s a dying breed ?

  45. boing007 says:

    Showing some Bruins Caps on CBC. Don’t know if they gave up on Rangers Sens game.

    Will probably show more afterwards.

    Richard R

  46. Psycho29 says:

    Wow….PJ Stock doing ads for Depends underpants….I’m speechless!!!

    • Stormin says:

      Holy crap what was he thinking, ,,,,, I guess oops i crapped my pants, and i need money

      “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
      Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

    • mrhabby says:

      Surprised no else saw that…to funny.

      • Stormin says:

        I cant believe he did that commercial , oops i crapped my pants and i need money that sounds funny just typing it

        “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
        Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

  47. Kimberly2u says:

    I don’t expect Ottawa to get past the Rangers

  48. Aybara says:

    Wow, Rangers fans chanting “USA”.. Classy

    • Toe Blake says:

      Considering the booing of the the US anthem in Mtl, I’d keep my mouth shut! The minute the Habs left to Forum class wnet out the door. The most pathetic display: the bimbos they employ at the Bell Center to stoke the crowd in the cheap seats.

      • christophor says:

        pretty sure they were booing the war.

        nyr fans aren’t cheering for the war tonight, so i don’t think they’re directly related.

      • HardHabits says:

        If only Americans had enough balls to boo also for Bush’s invading Iraq. You know. The illegal war. The weapons of mass deception. The strategic disaster. The elimination of the only secular regime, albeit a dictatorship, in the region.

        Gimme an effin’ break. Class.

        • Toe Blake says:

          The big mistake, in my opinion, was not taking Rumsfeld’s advice and just nuking those useless bastards after 9/11. Three weeks later, who would have given a shit that those people existed. I was there that morning in lower Manhatten – the first one flew over my head on the West Side Drive as I headed to work – and lost several friends in the Towers. What the F would be worth hitting in your burgh? Super Sex???

          And let’s be honest spanking it over Vimy Ridge kinda pales in comparison to Antietam.

          • Adidess says:

            Extreme views like yours are meant to end the conversation while this is a forum for discussion. The lack of response on the subject doesn’t mean you win the argument, it’s just hard not to leave it at that after you have said what you have said.

            A big Centreman, please. Thank you!

  49. Kimberly2u says:

    Bet Halak didn’t see that puck whiz past him

  50. habstrinifan says:

    WOW! Somebody on NBC(I am watching TSN) is saying the StL SJS is a dull game.

    What do I know… I thought was up and down.

  51. twilighthours says:

    Ott taking it to nyr, can’t get one to go in.

  52. Mattyleg says:

    Wow, NBC has all the star reporters!
    Darryl Reaugh (pronounced, seriously, ‘Ray’)!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  53. habstrinifan says:

    The St Louis San Jose game s fast playoff hockey. Great game so far.

  54. EricInStL says:

    The Devils seem to me like the sleeper pick of the year. Last hourrah for Brodeur…

  55. The Dude says:

    Halak Attack….Halak Attack…. Halak Attack…Halak Attack

  56. Ferg says:

    Weber makes 7.5 million. He was fined $2,500. That’s a hit to him of 0.033%.

    To relate it to the average guy, that is the equivalent of fining one of us who makes $100,000 the exorbitant amount of $33.33 (that’s a parking ticket). If you make $50,000, it’s the equivalent of $16.66 (that’s a movie ticket and a coffee).

    You know right now Tortorella is saying ” What the f#$@??”
    Torts curses and gets his jeans lightened by $20,000.
    Weber goes bug on a windshield with Zetterburg’s head and it costs him dick.

    Love that NHL discipline.

  57. EricInStL says:

    Classic playoff game happening in St-Louis, all St-Louis watch SJ get the back breaking goal to stop any momentum St-Louis had.

  58. Kimberly2u says:

    You’re right it is NBC on TSN. Thats why I don’t know who they are

  59. boing007 says:

    Rooting for St Lou, Chuck Berry’s birthplace. Go Johnny Go.

    Richard R

  60. Kimberly2u says:

    Blues and SJ…,I think I might have to mute it. Lol

  61. Mattyleg says:

    Byron Bitts gets a suspension.
    Because his name isn’t Weber, and he’s a grinder, not a team captain.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • boing007 says:

      Weber $2500. Peanuts. Shanahan strikes out again.

      Richard R

      • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

        I think it’s about time to throw how the league disciplines into the “Who Gives a ____” column.

        Lost a bottle of Kraken during this debacle of a season. Better gettem next year.

  62. Kimberly2u says:

    OMG the commentators on TSN are driving me insane

  63. The Dude says:

    Once again the hockey world sides with me…Gosh Gorges not invited to team Canada. Like I said before $4 million per season for 6 seasons way to much for Gorges,$2.5 per more than enough.Why will you ask”ha” well he’s not the biggest,strongest ,scoring-est,fastest ,play-making Dman for that kind of dough and he has an average point shot. He’s a good D man that will try and pump up his team whilst saying anything to the media”true or not”to try and keep the calm”good luck” !The man does block the puck real good ….

    • Mattyleg says:

      He’s an extremely good defenseman, Dude.
      Defensemen don’t need to score a lot to be a good.
      That’s what forwards are for.
      Forwards aren’t generally paid a lot for their defense.
      $4m is a great price to pay for a guy who is going to be a leader on the team, and give his heart and soul for the CH.

      You want to save money?
      You get what you pay for.
      We’d end up with a blue-line full of Campolis.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Toe Blake says:

      That tournament is total BS. It’s like the professional hockey’s equivalent of the NIT.

    • Mark C says:

      So this is why they make all those anti-drug ads.

  64. Toe Blake says:

    Just talked to the Lord. He is on board with me returning to the Land of the Living to take charge of the team and turn this thing around once and for all. The rub: whose body should I reside in? We talked for over an hour and agreed that it would have to be Patrice Brisebois. Get ready folks. The Habs are going “Full Breezer” into eternity!

  65. twilighthours says:

    Boyle punches Karlsson 5 times in the head. Karlsson does nothing. Both get 2 mins.

    I see it’s going to be those kind of playoffs again.

  66. Mattyleg says:

    Man, Callaghan’s on fire!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  67. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey Bripro!
    Profuse apologies! I was entirely kidding (hours ago now)! When you’ve a second, please go back and find my apology/explanation.

  68. Stormin says:

    Habs have asked Seinfeld for permission to interview Bob Sacamano for GM post……… He declined not interested

    “Hockey Night in Canada, The Forum, New Years Eve
    Wax pack of O pee chee Hockey Cards & stick of gum”

  69. habstrinifan says:

    Nothing really new but here’s some gm musings reading.


  70. Ian Cobb says:

    After a lengthy consultation with my family, we have graciously removed my name from the interview list of GM candidates for the Mtl. Canadiens Hockey Club.

    The best of luck to the winner that will be announced at the end of this play off season.

  71. habstrinifan says:

    I am sure you have all heard the reports that Canadiens had asked Detroit for permission to speak to Jim Nill(when the playoffs were over).

    Has anyone heard that Pierre LeBrun who originally broke the story is reporting that Jim Nill has DECLINED. (not interested).

  72. habstrinifan says:

    Totally unrelated to hockey. But this shows how stupid extremism can be.

    Remember this is a class project of two friends.


  73. frankcasting says:

    Habs have to draft best offensive talent available. Not some gritty two way Swede. Not some defenseman. Offense. Talent. Only.

    Here’s a piece of trivia:
    Who was the last Hab in the top 10 in scoring and when?
    A: Mats Naslund 1986
    That’s 26 years ago. Top 10. Not even no.1 – just top 10.

    Habs have to think offense offense offense going forward.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

    • smiler2729 says:

      I was 22.

      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
      Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

    • The Cat says:

      Habs got to go with a defenseman. The offensive talent might right itself a bit with a proper blueline, plus when offensive players leave and become offensive talent elsewhere, it just shows that getting a good offensive forward isnt necessarily the fix. Oilers and Isles have plenty of offensive talent….

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

      • rogus says:

        JM is that you??? Hopefully we draft an offensive talent, as the last experiment in overpaying veteran “talents” went horribly wrong. D cupboard is overflowing in Hamilton, got to get that gamebreaker that has been glaringly absent for way too long!!!

    • boing007 says:

      A couple of RoadRunners would be great.

      Richard R

  74. joshbenn says:

    I know many would disagree but I’m okay with anyone except the bruins,nashville,st. louis win the cup. Boston because of the rivalry,Nashville because they mortgaged alot of early draft picks to get acquisitions like Gill,Kostityn and Gaustad so I would love to see them have nothing to show for it with suter and weber maybe leaving at the end of the playoffs. The blues because halak is with them lol

    • Bouleau noir says:

      Looking from afar Nashville seems like an intelligent Organisation who’s done quite well considering their financial disadvantages over the more affluent teams out there and they have had more than their fair share of UFA leaving them in returns for draft picks over the years a the trade dealine….. now that its their turn to challenge for the Cup they just didn’t sit on it but ACTED on it by aquiring 3 players and accepting back Rudolov to the rostor…. all good for the fans, all good for the team….. I wish them well event if it mean that they will need to disqualify my second favorite NHL team/organisation in the process in order to get there.

    • nova scotia vees says:

      Such gratitude…what an ingrate you are. Go Halak.

  75. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I haven´t read anything about it, so forgive me if it has been discussed before. Did Gorges get no invitation from Team Canada? I mean they can´t really invite Marc Methot and ignore Gorges, can they? And that about DD?

    • smiler2729 says:

      Gorges got invited as a goalie.

      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are gutless weasel pukes.
      Jaroslav Halak is Brian FREAKIN’ Elliott’s backup in St. Louis.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I dont think Gorges was invited. One reason wa sthe larger ice-surface wont be ideal for his game.

    • Dave Stubbs says:

      When I spoke with him in Brossard on Monday, Josh said he’d not received a call from Team Canada “and if they were going to call, they’d have called by now.”

      That said, he said that after 18 months of dealing with a weakening knee, the tearing of its meniscus, eventual complete lockup and the surgery that then required massive, exhaustive rehab, “I need a physical and mental break.” He’d not have gone to Worlds had that call come. Smart move.

      Dave Stubbs

      Hockey Inside/Out
      Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
      • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1
      • Email: dstubbs@montrealgazette.com

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