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Habs goalie Jaro Halak foils Buffalo’s Raffi Torres with Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov helping out.
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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Dominic Moore | Ryan O’Byrne | Jaro Halak | Tom Pyatt 

Boone: About last night …

PAT HICKEY The Gazette

The Canadiens received some outstanding goaltending from an expected source. And they received some scoring from some unexpected sources.

The result was a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to move the Canadiens one step closer to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jaroslav Halak provided the goaltending as he made 29 saves for his second consecutive shutout. Halak, who extended his shutout streak to 144 minutes and one second, made 35 saves Friday night as the Canadiens beat the Flyers 1-0 in Philadelphia.

The Canadiens’ goals were supplied by Ryan O’Bryne, Tom Pyatt and Sergei
Kostitsyn.

The win gave the sixth-place Canadiens 86 points and
they remained two points up on Boston, which has a game in hand. They
moved four points ahead of Philadelphia and  the New York Rangers, who
are currently tied for the final playoff spot.

O’Byrne, who nearly
scored early in the  game, was pointed in the right direction when he
opened the scoring at 12:03 of the first period with a shot from the
point which fooled Ryan Miller. It was not only O’Byrne’s first goal
this season; it was first goal since March 3, 2008.

Pyatt notched
his second goal of the season when he converted a rebound of a shot by
Maxim Lapierre at 2:41 of the second period.

Kostitsyn wrapped up
the scoring with a goal at 6:37 of the third period. He missed the
Philadelphia game Friday with a lower-body injury but looked healthy
last night as he collected a goal and an assist. 

318 Comments

  1. blu3chip says:

    Seems like a lot of Habs fans here are ready to ditch Price…

    Please…  give it a 2nd thought…  think Andrew Raycroft… or Steve Mason

    I’m not saying Halak will be a bust, but he may not stay this hot down the road…

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, team’s best option for next season is to keep both on. FA market is so weak across the board that even signing an ‘okay’ backup will put the team in cap trouble because of bidding wars. Halak is #1, plays 50+ for next season, Price is the backup and plays the rest. This point, might as well test the goalie experiment for another year, Desjardins isn’t ready to be a backup and it would cost too much to sign any decent backup.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  3. Clay4bc says:

    Were you still proud of Yaps when he did his turtle impression? Personally, I was embarrased for him…if you want to talk sh*t, you need to be willing to back it up.

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  4. naweed235 says:

    very true that… atleast on paper… but as far as reality goes these two young golies are not meant to be back ups… so yes it would be nice to be able to keep them both in a perfect world but i think one of them has to go and as much as i love price i just wont be able to forgive the gm if Halak is let go…

  5. habs11s says:

    MTL would be foolish not to sign both Price AND Halak for the best 1-2 punch in the league…

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    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  6. Ian Cobb says:

    It was about time that Martin played line 3 and 4. I even think he should play the 3rd line on the power play. Our top guns are not doing the job latly. 

    Metro was potting them in on the power play. Martin is so chicken s…, but he let them play a little more tonight.

    There is something about winning back to back shut out hockey!!

  7. habzfan2003 says:

    So Dominic Moore clearly has amnesia…. he thinks he’s a superstar… I’ve been very very impressed with his play!! Not just tonight…. And proud of Yaps tonight… doin what he needs to for the team playing physical and working hard. Great job guys!!!

  8. MICP says:

    A note for the night to Mr Stubbs.  During the blog, Boone had made mention of Pyatt being unable to score and what do you know but he scores.  My theory is that whoever tweeted that you were a chimp was just trying to light a fire under you just like Boone had done to Pyatt.

    I expect your best article yet come tomorrow. 

  9. deuce6 says:

    Just working out the kinks of the length, so they were saying..Nice to hear the cap may be going up another 900K..We can ride out Hammer’s contract and re-sign Plex and both goalies, if that is the case..

  10. Danno says:

    Keep it up and there will be a bronze statue of Jaro in front of the Bell Centre one day.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  11. Bill J says:

    Yeah media reports had Halak for a 2nd rounder from Philly.

    Now – that all being said – it really was never clear on whether Holmgren was offering Gainey a 2nd round pick for Halak – or if Gainey was asking for one in return for Halak.

    Add this to Holmgren saying recently “Don’t trade Halak” a week after Chicago employee Scotty Bowman said “Don’t trade Price”

    Well there you have it.  Both our goalies are on many other teams wish lists.

  12. aemarchand11 says:

    I missed the CBC Hotstove, dad mentioned something about Montreal agreeing as per the Monetary portion of Pleks Contract, dicussing the term now?

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  13. aemarchand11 says:

    Darek Roy is brutal, dives at every occation. He appearently loves the women of Halifax though. 

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  14. The Cat says:

    Everybody in the freaking universe knows that Halak is the number 1 goalie except the Montreal Canadiens organization.

  15. jimmy shaker says:

    Man I hate Lindy Ruff alot…..and Derek Roy, the perennial leader of the diving institute in the NHL.  So this win was extra nice.  Jaro was Jaro, what more can I say….4th line was solid, as well as the third.  Moen played his best game in a long time.  Seems like Cammy, Pleks and AK46 are getting stuck in our zone an awful lot lately…need to remedy that on Tues.  3 more games to go and Jaro has to get tues and thurs for sure, and if Saturday’s game doesn’t matter as far as us getting into the dance or positioning then Carey has to get the start.  Not slagging on Price at all here, just stating the facts like BOB Cole, Guy and Millen said…….that Jaro has to run the table, the team seems to just play better in front of him…. THose were there words my friends!

    Shaker

  16. SLONCOLD says:

    OB was almost a goat last night lol

  17. Jbird says:

    The # of starts and wins means that he will not be a nominee for Vezina.  

  18. Storm Man says:

    Well said

  19. daveho29 says:

    No, your way off base, nice job on twisting my words. I’d love to see Halak get a shutout every game the rest of the season.

    I was actually trying to say that of all goalies to hold that record it’s Brian Boucher and not, lets say Martin Brodeur or Patrick Roy or Domenic Hasak. I mean the man got run out of Phillly once before and his streak happened with the Coyotes and not the Coyotes that are playing well this year.

     

    I don’t hate Halak at all and never said I did, and I don’t think it’s a lucky streak, although you have to be lucky to be good and good to be lucky.

     

    And I am not going to get drawn in to a worn out debate.

  20. ooder says:

    make Smokin Aces and force him to memorize this post

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  21. HabsFansince49 says:

    He actually offered him to Philadelphia (according to the media) but it didn’t work. Whatever the case, Gainey was determined to make Halak at best the backup goalie. I state that on the basis of his actions – I’m not inside his head. Worse, I believe Gainey brought Price in too early and annointed him #1. I think Price will be a fine goalie someday, perhapswith Montreal, perhaps not.

    I don’t claim to be a pro scout, I’m only making my points based on 50 years of listening to/watching the Habs.

  22. slapshot777 says:

    Since your a Halak lover then your doing the same thing by trying to twist words around to suit your own whim. Read it the way it was intended rather than trying to twist everything around. Dave is making a valid point whether you like it or not. Halak has done nothing special or out of the ordinary than the goalies mentioned.

    That doesn’t mean though that he is any less of a goalie either. I can’t figure why this goalie debate has to go on every EFFING night. We have two capable good goalies, both with strengths and weaknesses. This year it’s just that Price can’t get the bounce and he loses his games, but that doesn’t mean his game is suffering any less. his save % is up there with the rest, it’s just that the offense hasn’t produced for him on days when he has been the starter.

    I know early on Price gave up a soft goal per game, but in the last 7-8 starts that soft goal has dissapeared from his play. Halak has had games not many mind you, but when he gets tired he loses all control of his rebounds and starts to slump in his crease and that’s when we see the goals going i high on him.

    As for this shutout streak, yes in order to have a streak like this going a goalie has to have LUCK with him. Halak has to have the players blocking shots for him, clearing away those second and third chances. The puck has to bounce for him.

    Remember in Philadelphia the other night when the pick went up in the air came down behind hi and bounced wide of the net, when it could have easily bounced into the net, then the same thing with that goal that went in on him. It was ruled a high stick and it was, but either way you look at it it’s a break and some luck. All goalies get it and in order to have a streak like Halak is having he got to have it as well, for you or anybody else to say Halak is making his own luck then you bias towards him.

    Let’s just say that this is a fairytale season for Halak, and next season he returns to average goaltending or God forbid he has a eason like Price then what? Do you throw him under the bus like we are doing ith Price. Again remember, now goalies like Boucher, yes that same Boucher who owns that modern day shutout streak, would you want him on your team now. Would you want Huet back now playing goal for you. What about Hackettt after he was traded away from the Habs he seemed to lose his competitive play.

    Over the years there have been lots of goalies who have had one outstanding season only to be followed by average or not so average following seasons and careers. John Casey is another example of this type of goaltending. What about Jim Craig anyone remember him had an outstanding olympics much better than Halak and beat a much superior Russian hockey team to capture a goal medal. Many players on that team went on to have great careers in the NHL, but Jim Craig never even played close to that level of play again. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the 4th round (72nd overall) and played a total of 30 games in the NHL 4 with Atlanta, 23 with Boston and 3 with Minnesota. overall stats in the NHL were a 11-10-7 with a 3.78 GAA and a .839%.

    I know Halak is having an outstanding season, but just remember guys one season does not make a career. Let’s just relax enjoy what is happening and let the future take are of itself.

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

  23. habsguy says:

    what makes you think he would have traded Halak,  did I miss something???

  24. pmaraw says:

    hehe on doubt, altho halaks numbers arent far off, i believe his win% is better, but you’re right, miller is going to be given it based on regular season and olympic merits.  all im asking for is a nomination.

  25. pmaraw says:

    not only did halak get back to back shutouts in back to back nights, but they werent easy shutouts by any means, breakaways, cross crease saves, un-freakin-believable!!!!  Halak for vezina nomination please.

  26. pmaraw says:

    in case your best goal scorer gets clotheslined by a bruins defencemen in the playoffs

  27. Bill J says:

    Agreed – but methinks everyone & I mean everyone in the NHL would be shocked if anyone BUT Ryan Miller wins that.

    Considering the position the Sabres find themselves in solely on the back of Miller.

  28. pmaraw says:

    Hackett was unbelievable in goal for the habs, he won us a lot of games on a terrible team.

  29. pmaraw says:

    he should be a nominee for vezina no doubt

  30. Bill J says:

    Nah dude – while I AM a Price supporter.  I have a brain and realize this debate is pointless – Halak is playing LOADS better then Price – everyone can see it.

    HOWEVER – Rudest ? – no…. YOU and a few others have that down pat.  

    You are either too young to know what rude behavior is – or a grumpy old fart who thinks your entitled to be rude.

    Halak fans like YOU are what make this an issue.  the Majority of Price supporters (minus a few exceptions who are just tired of seeing BS posted here by fools who think they know best) tend to keep their mouths shut, because again we KNOW Halak is having a much better year.  However we do not agree with all the BS you spew, therefore why Price supporters tend to defend him.

    Bottom line is….

    WAY TO GO HALAK – (this should have been the base of your post)

  31. smiler2729 says:

    Halak ROCKS! O’Byrne ROCKS!

    A combination of Buffalo playing really badly and Montreal playing a stifling team defence was the perfect elixir for a team on the edge.

  32. jimmy shaker says:

    Happy Easter to everyone here…….I hope we all remember this day and the significance it has for our lives!  And that we see that hockey and HIO is really meaningless in the grand sceme of things. 

    See you after church, and when we meet again may the wings be pounding the flyers and Laviolette!

    Shaker

  33. petrov14 says:

    When 2 teams are tied for the last playoff spot, Id like to see a one game playoff! (a-la baseball).

    ______________________________________ Lets name a Captain…..or does it even matter anymore?

  34. jimmy shaker says:

    So Halak on Tuesday which is a given, but now with Spacek coming back, will JM play with 7D and 11 Forwards like I’ve been pleading on here for him to do or what?  He probably won’t, so that means MAB back on the fourth line and for me I would sit Lapierre! I mean Laps would be my odd man out anyway if JM used 7 D or 6 D and 11 forwards or 12 forwards once Spacek is back.

    Shaker 

     

  35. HabsFansince49 says:

    Think about it! If Gainey had succeeded, the Habs would have failed. For example, if he had traded Halak we would be contending with the Leafs for last place. Thank God, Halak is here and Gainey is gone.

  36. MontrealAtheist says:

    What’s wrong with the current system?

  37. habfan53 says:

    Halak is now 3rd in NHL 3 star selection behind Ovetchkin and Crosby

  38. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well ya know Stephen Jesus IS still a Jew …NEVER converted as far as I know …dont’ch ya agree Tevye ?

    …I missed tonights Sabres’ game huntin’ for last minute Easter Eggs for My little Babe …gonna have to get up at 5 or 6 AM, put on My bunny-suit and spread ‘em around the house

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …that must be the wicked pussy speakin’ Stephen

    …at least it’s in the ear …not His eye …lol

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  40. bostonantifan says:

    Too bad he never scored that much when he played with Montreal.

  41. light_n_tasty says:

    I didn’t realize he was a hater until I looked below, but he still does have a point in that Halak hasn’t proven anything over and above Price in his career…however, that may change shortly…

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Submitted by SeriousFan09 on Sun, 04/04/2010 – 02:14.

    Halak had fought his way through the Q, ECHL, AHL and through the NHL
    to get where he is now and was the 2nd best goalie at the Olympics.

    I mentioned his Olympics appearance actually, see the time and date code there?

    Avalanche and Detroit overcame big obstacles this season, much like the Habs did and they did it in the tougher Conference as well, their goaltenders had to be big, just like Halak had to be and they all had great success. The goaltending was a huge question for all 3 teams and someone had to deliver, Howard, Anderson and Halak did and they earned their accolades deservedly. However, all 3 have yet to win in playoffs or any trophies in International Tournaments so they will be under scrutiny until they go further than they are now. I want Halak to succeed in the Playoffs as his success is the team’s success but I also don’t think he’s going to push us to any new Miracle runs either or be our 15-year solution based on this year.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  43. Xtrahabsfan says:

    A smaller team vs Broad street bullies is like jewish Easter,lol

  44. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude you realize you just compared  this years Habs to Detroit and the Avs …APPLES AND ORANGES,lol… As well as you failed to mention Halaks efforts in the Olympics….Clearly you will go on and on  and clearly Halak will prove you wrong and wrong …So lets mark this day, this hour ,this minute and your post and bring it up in the years to come when ever you  try and make a point about this or dat so I can slam you down and then lick my finger and stick it in yer ear,lol

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just in case for Montreal…

    The Doomsday Scenario Binders that fill the Front Office in Montreal are legendary.

    - In Case of Your MVP Defencemen going down to injury just before the playoffs

    - In Case of your MVP Defencemen going down in the first game of the season

    - In Case of half of your team is hospitalized during the season and the other half all miss a bunch of games for various reasons (08-09 and 09-10 Editions)

    - In Case of a Carolina Hurricanes player tries to put out your Captain’s eye in the Playoffs

    - In Case of your next Big Goalie not panning out

    - In Case of your Head Coach drives away a Legendary NHL goalie (Strange, inside is a bottle of Rum and a revolver)

    - In Case of your Head Coach not working out (Telephone list for all French-speaking coaches, just keep going down the list)

    Those are just recent editions as well.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  46. Clay4bc says:

    Lol at your Easter comments…

    Maybe it’s a good thing you missed the Philly game…although Jaro was spectacular, it was disappointing to see our team dominated like that.

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  47. Clay4bc says:

    I think you missed the point of his post…Dave here hates Halak, and loves Price. What he is doing is trying to show that Halak is not really talented, and is having a lucky streak like Boucher did. Isn’t that correct, Dave?

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  48. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Yeppers ,you can say that again no power all yesterday and night and missed the Philly GAME TOO BOOT,dang! This weather will change soon Christoper and spring will win again…On the plus side my old bone’s have been healing and getting ready for another full season of Roofing(A 51 year old Jew should be the lead actor  in the making of Fiddler on the Roof IV,LOL).Happy egg hunt too all, my kids are going to go nuts .Ya that’s right ,Jew’s have Easter too(In our tradition we stashed while running for our lives,lol)in order to save our ,um…bacon…….

  49. SeriousFan09 says:

    Saying it’s his 3rd year is rather generous considering his 06-07, 07-08 appearances amounted to 24 games total including playoff games.

    In 05-06, Huet led the league for Save % and was 4th in GAA, he was a Top 5 goalie then arguably. Let’s not throw a parade just yet because he’s a Top 5 goalie for one season, plenty of goalies make it there but don’t stay Top 5 goalies. We need to see how far this goes, see what he does in playoffs before we annoint him anything and even then, too many teams have gotten drunk on their goalie being fantastic for one season and forgotten about the next one.

    Detroit Red Wings had a shake-up, they lost players that amounted to over 70 goals in the off-season and were wracked by injury all year. Jimmy Howard stepped up and put on a huge season after never being an NHL goalie before. Avalanche were torn apart and rebuilt, Craig Anderson spent years as a career backup before this year, he helped an underdog Avs team fight their way through the season and posted 7 shutouts over 68 games, which is fewer games than he played in his last 3 seasons, he’s got 35 in those 68 as well. There have been some major goalie success stories this year across the NHL. Those guys came out of nowhere and did a ton.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  50. Aybara says:

    Yea, maybe we should step back and think a little bit before making any hasty decisions regarding the future of our team… Just in case, ya know.

  51. Habitant in Surrey says:

    … heard You had a serious wind-storm out Your way Stephen

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  52. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude …this is Halaks third year in the league and third year on the Habs AND all the while was put to the back of the bus by then G.M. Gainey,so your point is somewhat weak!And as for your statment about Halaks  rating among  all others …The only time is now AND RIGHT NOW HALAKS TOP 5 ,LOL …AND THAT’S WHILE HE’S ON A TEAM THAT JUST HAD A MAJOR SHAKE -UP,THIS IS UNHEARD OF…deal with it…..

  53. Clay4bc says:

    I do think of Andrew Raycroft… or Steve Mason…or Jim Carey…everytime I think of Price.

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  54. light_n_tasty says:

    All these parallels being drawn with Halak tonight–Boucher, Huet, Hackett–are really not all that flattering.  I guess Halak hasn’t proven anything more than these guys…

    I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the playoffs.

  55. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    It’s tough Ian.  If he did that, he might catch trouble from some who would say that 3rd liners don’t belong on the power play. I think they’ve been playing well, especially Sergei.  Give them a chance?  

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    There have been Halak fans on here all season long who have enjoyed posting about Price losing, they’ve dedicated a ton of time to it and spent all season saying he’s a doomed AHL-quality goalie if that and is never going to do anything. They’ve made up anything they can to discredit him, because they preferred Halak over Price because he let them down at some point in time and never let it go or for whatever reason they had. The goalie debate is a two-way street and it’s ignorant to say the other side hasn’t embellished their arguments.

    Halak is having a great year, but let’s not pretend one year makes him one of the best in the world. We’ve spent 15 years in Montreal putting our hopes on “The Next One” in Montreal, rolling through Thibault, Hackett, Theodore, Huet, Price and Halak. Thibault at one time looked like the answer, Hackett had some okay times, Theodore won Hart/Vezina, Huet got us through some tough times, Price had crazy junior accomplishments and the Calder Cup MVP, Halak had fought his way through the Q, ECHL, AHL and through the NHL to get where he is now and was the 2nd best goalie at the Olympics.

    I’ll admit I am a Price backer, but I also won’t ignore what Halak has done this year. Right now, Halak is the #1, keep them both and have Price back him up for 20-25 games next season. Price obviously wasn’t ready for the NHL and needed the AHL time, he’ll have to develop by being a backup for now.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  57. daveho29 says:

    2 shutouts in a row.

     

    Can Halak beat Boucher’s modern day record. Yes,The same Boucher that has to carry the Flyers

    longest modern day shutout streak belongs to
    Brian
    Boucher. When he played for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2003 he recorded a
    shutout
    streak that started on December 27, 2003, lasting 332 minutes and 1
    second,
    spanning 5 games and ending in 2004.

     

     

  58. daveho29 says:

    double post

  59. HabsFan90 says:

    Oh these reporters are a$sholes to O’Byrne! LOL

    “You almost got 2 goals tonight?”

  60. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I love this …It seems like  all the Hab fans want to throw Price under the bus bull-s**t.The rudest fans in all of sport have been the Price fanatics who will feed willingly on they’re own to press their non points why Carey’s the best,lol …All season long they come up with things like :Halak’s only good vs weak teams ,or he has rebound issues or his styles not as good or the team plays better for him …and ALL SEASON LONG JARO HALAK HAS MADE THESE DENIERS LOOK LIKE THE CHUMPS THEY ARE! Ya and they are quiet now but still have snide lil comeback shots like ;Why do you put down Carey or He’s only 22 give him 2 more years or JM doesn’t play him enough……LISTEN UP, THE HALAK SUPPORTERS ARE HAB FANS FIRST AND FOREMOST AND LOVE PRICE TOO BUT LOVE WINNING MORE,unlike you Price wannabe spin doctors! It’s all about the Habs…you know the team…that plays HOCKEY…Get it our team ,hello…So even though Price may or may not become great is not the issue,the issue is in HALAK WE HAVE ONE OF THE VERY BEST GOALIES IN THE WORLD AND YOU ALL SHOULD JUST BE HAPPY BOUT THAT CAUSE IT IS NOW WRITTEN IN STONE AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK BABY’S!Oh ,and for you people who think next years going to be different and Halak’s going to be traded, go cheer for another team or get a reality check cause I personally don’t want your bad MoJo spilling over the Greatest Team in Pro Sport….just keep that sickness too yourselves!

  61. arrow says:

    Great Win! Happy for O’Byrnes 1st goal, although he was close to scoring on his own goal again! Ha!Ha! Very impressed with Dominic Moore, Moen and Sergei. Oh ya, love Halak and Price the same, hate then both equally when we lose!! Best of luck in the playoffs, I have faith and know we can do well. Not impressed with JM, but Asst Coach is cute! Go Habs Go!!

  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    Saku Koivu will be re-signed by the Ducks if their FO has any brains. 19 goals this season, 6 of them game-winning and he tied the game for the Ducks in their last 2 games to push them into extra time and tonight against the Kings, he scored the lone goal in the SO to win it for them.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  63. Joe_Habs says:

    Great to see the team put in a solid 60 min and get the W.

    http://www.habshangover.weebly.com <—My Blog, new post on playoff Match-ups

  64. avatar_58 says:

    I disagree. I’ve seen the highlights – much of his goals are just DEAD accurate from quite a ways away from the net. He doesn’t need any help at all to do that sort of thing.

  65. showey47 says:

    If you are right,the sharks will win the cup!!!!!!Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Whats their playoff track record?

  66. crabvader says:

    That’s like taking out Halak and putting Janne Niniimaa is nets.

  67. SmartDog says:

    Does anyone know there the best place might be to sell hockey paraphanalia? 

    A friend asked me – he has something from the early 60’s with Tim Horton on the cover.  I told him to look in Leafland or to contact the TH head office… but he asked me to see if there was a mega-site for NHL history stuff. 

    Anyone know?

     

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  68. savethepuck says:

    kinda early to be talking about trading a goalie.  I think we need both of them.  Everyone is worried about cap issues, if we can sign both of them for 7 Mil or less and get rid of 1 or 2 of our Dmen cuz we got lots of talent on the farm we have room for that and Plex.  No one knows what the cap is gonna be next year anyway.

  69. TomNickle says:

    Beckett might take it depending on what it is.

  70. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    LA doesn’t need goaltenders – Quick, Ersberg and Bernier…they have never been this deep in goal. Jonathan Quick, a young goalie, is their current starter – who’s playing fairly well and is 2nd in the league for most wins I believe. They have a good back-up goalie in Erik Ersberg.

    And they already have their goaltender of the future in Jonathan Bernier. He recently had a short, 3 game stint with the LA Kings and posted ridiculous numbers (1.30 GAA and 95.7 save percentage against Dallas, Nashville and Vancouver). He looks very promising for the LA Kings.

  71. lefty says:

    I know PG would not like to trade Goalie to the Eastern Conference but I think the best return for our goalie would be from Philly. If we can get James Van Riemsdyk and Jeff carter for either one of our goalie then PG should make the trade. Both these players would address our need which is size and scoring.

  72. MontrealAtheist says:

    Who cares if Osgood and the Wings help us? We’ve got our fate in our own hands regardless of how the B’s, Phily or Rangers play and that’s really all that matters. If we need to rely on other teams’ results to help us secure a play-off spot we have lost already and might as well start preparing for an early golf season after round 1.

  73. TomNickle says:

    This is a question that I have for people who want or think that a goalie will be traded this summer.  What kind of player do you want or do you think will be acquired?  The reason I ask this is that we have a solidified Top 6 at forward and what will be a solidified top 3 on defense.

    Gomez, Gionta, Cammalleri, Pouliot, Plekanec, A.Kostitsyn, Markov, Spacek and Subban.  On top of that, take into account that Sergei Kostitsyn is a top 6 forward skill wise and it will be either him or Benoit Pouliot on our 3rd line next season.

    I can see a very good argument for a Top 2 defenseman and a high draft pick but that’s all.  But we have to send salary out in a deal that involves either of our goaltenders.

    I don’t believe either goalie will be traded this offseason unless the trading partner is willing to take Roman Hamrlik with the goalie and send back an excellent roster player or a number of high draft picks.

    Kessel fetched 2 first rounders and a second round pick.  

    Basically, if you can get a package like that or a cap friendly all-star defenseman, go ahead.

  74. SmartDog says:


    He says it’s:

    a maple
    leaf gardens official program and sports magazine from Dec. 16, 1961 with tim
    Horton on the cover – mint condition

    I know it’s Leaf-related, but a) it’s my friend and hockey history and b) it’s Tim Horton… who’s (company/name) has done a lot for kids sport in Canada (though not for wastelines).

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  75. TomNickle says:

    It’s worth looking into with Beckett sports memorabilia.  They are the premier guide for price ranges on that stuff and they buy and sell too I believe.

  76. topher5468 says:

    That sounds all well and good, but I dont care how we get to the dance, as long as we get there. Sure its better if we don’t back in but you definitley can’t win if your not in. 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  77. SmartDog says:

    Our depth on D is strong, even if we trade away someone like Hamrlik or Spacek.

    What we need is hard to find – a net-crashing big-bodied 25-goal scorer.  Someone to throw the other team off their game in those contests where we’re either falling behind or skating circles and not scoring.  In my view, that is our greatest need by far.  Related… we do have two almost-first-line centers.  Swap the $7 million-dollar man and a goalie and bring back a BIG stud center and a strong prospect (forward or D) and we’d be a much stronger team.

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  78. SmartDog says:

    thanks

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  79. homerbowen says:

    I think we should only trade one of our goalies to a desparate team. This way the return will make it worth it, otherwie keep them both and wait for next years deadline. Should Chicago make an early exit from this years playoffs because of goltending they may be ripe for a good trade.

    Teams on the outside,i.e., Edmonton and St Louis have good assets but need to be played off against each other to get maximum return.

    I stand by what I’ve said all year we need to move some of our tiny tots ad perhaps we package any one of the 3 mousekateers with a goalie. I would also gladly package Hammer with another tiny tot if the payoff was there.

    The final 2 teams standing will not have many (if any) tiny tot players……just watch and see.

  80. TomNickle says:

    I think the Kostitsyns are the only touchable forwards that we have in the trade market to be honest.

    I don’t see any of the big names that were brought in getting shipped out.  I don’t want to see the Kostitsyns leave but if they’re packaged with a goalie and it means we’re getting back an all world player to fill out the top 6.  I’d be very happy.

    I like our depth on Defense too.  I would like to see a young prime-aged two way defenseman brought in to stabilize things.  A physical guy who can play in every situation at the back.

  81. Chuck says:

    Try an auction house that specializes in sports (especially hockey) memorabilia, like Classic Auctions, Gamewornauctions.net, or Leland’s.

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  82. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    If the NY Rangers lose 2 games AND the Habs win one more game – Les Habs would clinch a playoff spot.

    Rangers have played 78 games and the Habs have played 79 – and both teams have 86 and 82 points, respectively. If NY lose twice and Habs win, the Rangers would have 82 points in 80 games and the Canadiens would have 88 points in 80 games. In this situation, the maximum number of points Rangers can get is 88 – a tie with the Canadiens. This is where the tie-breaking procedure takes place. The season series between both of these teams are 3-1 in favour of the Habs. And this means – The Habs would clinch a playoff spot!

  83. Fansincebirth says:

    Right now I’m hoping for at least one more Detroit goal and a victory for the Wings….

     

    Fudge…no such luck

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  84. showey47 says:

    top 3 left handed shooting young and preferably cap friendly defenceman to pair on the second unit with subban. This way we can dump both hamr and spacek,and their contracts. Being able to dump bgl’s contract without a buyout would be a bonus,but i’m not banking on it.

  85. TomNickle says:

    Here is my version of next year’s starting lineup(injuries notwithstanding)

    Gomez, Gionta, Pouliot

    Plekanec, Cammalleri, Kostitsyn

    Moore, Pyatt, Kostitsyn

    White, Lapierre, Moen

    Markov, O’Byrne

    Spacek, Subban

    Gill, Gorges

    Halak, Price

    Hamrlik goes for a 2nd round pick at the draft.

  86. TomNickle says:

    That won’t happen becasue you can’t move Spacek less than a year removed from signing him.  No free agent would sign here if they saw that.

     

  87. SmartDog says:

    You’re always (well not always, but often) a level above me Showey.

    Good plan.  But if we’re dumping both Spacek and Hamr we should be able to do what you say AND do what I suggest both.  Strong veteran D-men each with just a year left so good short term investment to shore up the D and add veteran leadership for a team with some good younger D.

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  88. punkster says:

    Maybe I’m just grumpy-dopey from too much food at brunch or maybe I’m just being overly sensitive. Your use of the terms “tiny tots” and “mousekateers” in reference to our top players is both derogatory and so very, very tiring. Your opening comment/opinion may have value and may be the right thing to consider but by using disparaging remarks when referencing our best quite simply blows your credibility, for me anyways. I may be the only one who feels this way just as you may be the only one still unreasonably slagging these guys. Whatever. It’s tiring and it brings nothing to the discussion in my view.

  89. SmartDog says:

    Mathbaby:

    Would that work with the Flyers too?  Arent’ they in the same spot as the blueshirts?

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  90. TomNickle says:

    We need to be more physical but that doesn’t mean we have to trade any of Gomez, Cammy or Gionta.  We just have to add skilled and physical players to the lineup.  If Andrei Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot play like they can, our size isn’t an issue.

  91. TomNickle says:

    Flyers would have more wins which would push them ahead of us in a tiebreaker.

  92. TomNickle says:

    This same person believes that Brian Gionta is no match for physical teams.  Clearly doesn’t watch the Habs play and I believe the person is a closet leaf fan.  Just my opinion based on what I’ve seen.

  93. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Tom Nickle is right, it wouldn’t work with Philly.

    The good news is that Rangers face Sabres, Leafs and Flyers twice in their remaining 4 games.

  94. daveho29 says:

    I remember buying a Cro bar at the big “owe” after paying $2 for a bleacher seat.

  95. daveho29 says:

    The man could throw a strike to 3rd from deep right. Too bad he didn’t play longer.

  96. light_n_tasty says:

    Thank you Chris Effin Osgood for being the worst effin goalie in the entire effin league.  Even worse than Boucher.  Eff you, Osgood!

  97. light_n_tasty says:

    Switch Spacek and Hamrlik.

  98. avatar_58 says:

    All that really matters is the distance between the habs and 9th.

  99. TomNickle says:

    I would be blown away if Spacek is traded.  I’ll say again.  

    A team cannot trade a player that they’ve just signed.  Future UFAs and their agents look at how teams treat their newly acquired players.  If the Habs were to trade Spacek less than a year after signing him, future free agents have a decision to make.

    Agent:  I’ve got offers on the table from the Sabres, Bruins and Habs.

    Player:  Which one provides the most security and stability for me and my family?

    Agent:  Well, Montreal trades players right after they sign them, the Bruins trade them in their contract year and the Sabres let their players play out the duration of their contracts.

    Player:  Well, let’s narrow it down to Boston and Buffalo then because I don’t want to have to move in the middle of the season and I don’t want to have to take my wife and kids away from their friends.

    See the logic?

  100. light_n_tasty says:

    You’re right.  I was going more by what I would want to happen.  At the rate he’s going, Spacek’s going to be using a walker before his contract is up.

  101. punkster says:

    I still think I ate too much at brunch.

  102. TomNickle says:

    I’d rather have Chelios than Hamrlik right now.

  103. habs001 says:

    the 3 keys for that line up to work is pouliot for real and is sk74 and ak46 more than 30-50 point players..otherwise we end up with what we have today 24th in goal scoring…

  104. joeybarrie says:

    I think we are pretty much set for the Playoffs. 1 win makes it cetain, I think. Plus Boston has to play Washington twice and Philly has to play the Rangers twice. Atlanta can’t catch us. The only way we are looking iffy is if The Rangers win both those games. If we win 2 out of 3 I think we will be 6th no matter what. I would like to end 6th. We can beat Buffalo. We gotta play well in the last 3 games and show what we can do.

    I think its a done deal.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  105. showey47 says:

    you right,its a tough enough market to entice ufa’s to come without them having to worry about being moved one year into a multi year deal. Something more realistic would be more like moving hamr this summer and possibly spacek the next summer.

  106. smiler2729 says:

    Never count on other teams…

  107. smiler2729 says:

    Here’s my starting lineup….

    Warren Cromartie lf

    Rodney Scott 2b

    Andre Dawson cf

    Tony Perez 1b

    Gary Carter c

    Ellis Valentine rf

    Larry Parrish 3b

    Chris Speier ss

    Steve Rogers p

  108. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    also are last three games are against the three worst teams in the conference and if we play like we did last night we will be clinched b4 the games against the leafs. When we get in the likes of gill, gomez, spacek, hamirlik, gionta, moen will kick it up a notch.

  109. lefty says:

    Those were the days that I really look forward to spring!!!!Ever since the expos left town I have completely lost interest in the game…

  110. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    theres nothing wrong with spacek as a number 4 playing with pk he can sit back and be more of a dman I like that team you have there hope we sign pleks though

  111. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    that brings back memories of the expo’s

  112. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    price or halak has to go though we can’t keep both with the cap also we don’t need both bring up cedric or sanford as the backup.  Package price and hammer for a big forward i.e carter 

  113. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, I was really mad at baseball after the Expos got screwed by the Strike of ’94 but the game of baseball is just so summer that I found my way back by about 1999 and have been a Red Sox fan ever since the ‘Spos left town (it was easy, I always rooted for the Bosox since ’75 since I went to Maine every summer and besides they were in a different league).

    Part of me will never forgive baseball for letting the Expos die.

  114. dr.drej says:

    Hey members of HIO,
    Long time reader, first time poster.

    Just have a question for the Habs community, does anyone know where i would be able to get my hands on this sweatshirt: http://www.footballfanatics.com/NHL_Montreal_Canadiens/Mitchell_And_Ness_Montreal_Canadiens_Red_Slap_Shot_Hoody_Sweatshirt

    I’ve seen similar sweatshirts to it ( displaying other team logos), but never been able to find a Habs one.
    If anyone has any info on where to get one, either online or at a store, help me out.

    Thanks in advance,
    drej

  115. smiler2729 says:

    I played my last game of the season today… feeling kinda blue, going thru my equipment bag and hanging my pads for the summer.

    Just for sh*ts & giggles and it being Easter, I thought I’d pop in a Christmas present from my wife: Memorable Games In Canadiens History, 10 DVDs of classic Habs. I’m watching April 20, 1984, Good Friday Quebec at Montreal… lotsa hate, lotsa fights, poor Jean Hamel… Chris Chelios is a rookie.

    I miss hating the No-dicks

  116. Willy the bum says:

    Ha ha, Carbo started that massacre that night…. ahh Carbo, he was being just innocent afterwards.

  117. nightmare_49 says:

    … Jim Mathespn’s Hockey World (tidbits) ……… http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Hockey+World/2761862/story.html

  118. Willy the bum says:

    No Metropolit? I feel sad.

  119. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Michael Russo’s Sunday Insider: So, you wanna be a GM?  ……….. All About Lats ……….  http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/89806897.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUBP7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr  ………………….. 

    Now, that’s not to say it will be a simple negotiation:

    • The dilemma: Is the real Guillaume Latendresse the guy who has become the fifth 25-goal scorer in Wild history and on pace for 39 goals over an 82-game season? Or is the real Guillaume Latendresse the one who scored 48 goals in three-plus seasons in Montreal?

    “It’s like two worlds,” Latendresse said. “When I was in Montreal, hockey was not even fun. It was a business. I was just playing because I had to.

    “Here it’s different. I’ve found why I love this sport and remember now why I wanted to be in the NHL one day.”

    • The question: Do you sign him long-term or to a one-year deal?

  120. nightmare_49 says:

    … Rangers had done deal for Stamkos … by Larry Brools ….. http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/rangers/shaken_not_stirred_T6N63otVVq92kFkpEFVBMI …………… How close did we come?” Sather asked rhetorically, repeating the question we posed to him as the Rangers practiced in Tampa on Thursday. “We shook hands on it, that’s how close.

  121. Bugs says:

    Answer: Nobody cares what Minny does.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  122. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oh boy..Calgary is screwed.

  123. SeriousFan09 says:

    David Desharnais has now set a new record for points in a season for Bulldogs players with 27 goals, 51 assists for 78 points to surpass the old record of Jason Chimera’s 77 points in a season, while the Dogs are currently crushing the Manitoba Moose in a 5-1 game after two periods. Brock Trotter is 2 points behind Desharnais so they could end up sharing a new record by the end of the season. Trotter is 3 goals short of tying the club record for goals in a season with his current count of 36 and would need 4 to be the first 40-goal man in team history while setting the club record. Desharnais is 2 assists short of a new record for assists in a season. Cedrick Desjardins is on track to best Jaroslav Halak’s mark for GAA in a season of 2.06 and is within reach of besting his Save % record at .929.

    More impressively for Desharnais in this season’s points race, he’s played in 15 fewer games than Trotter and hit the record in 19 fewer games than it took Chimera.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  124. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    The Dogs are having a great year – big props to Guy Boucher!

    Gainey might have made several questionable moves but the farm team is excelling because of him and, of course, Boucher.

  125. SeriousFan09 says:

    I just hope it doesn’t fizzle out in the Playoffs for them or next season, their success this year is unprecedented really, setting all-new club records across the board, it will be hard to improve on that. Boucher’s done incredible work behind the bench in his first season coaching pro hockey, one of Gainey’s best moves was setting up the future bench boss for Montreal in that guy.

    Update: Trotter assists on a Weber goal to hit 77 points himself, 36G, 41A.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  126. HabFab says:

    Missed these, good to see you back!

  127. Chuck says:

    Ahhh… Ellis and that cannon from right field!

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  128. Psycho29 says:

    I was at the Forum in the whites for that game…it was surreal, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, especially after the teams came back on the ice….It was the longest game, the biggest brawl I’ve ever seen in person…

    I don’t think Carbo “started it”, it was more that rat Dale Hunter who was all over Carbonneau at the siren….

  129. Habhopeful says:

    Great Read Elliotte Friedman 30 Thoughts (From Russia!)

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/elliottefriedman/2010/04/postcard-from-russia-great-people-crazy-country.html

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  130. JIMVINNY says:

    Subban is now +46 and in a tie for the league lead in that category.

  131. avatar_58 says:

    I like the Buffalo matchup too. They are a tough team, but very beatable. Moreso than the Devils+Broduer or Washington and Ovy

  132. avatar_58 says:

    We have a guy who COULD be that guy – Lapierre. He’s not ‘huge’ but he is able to crash and bang bodies. He also has a nice top shelf shot. Unfortunately he hasn’t been using either of those abilities much this year. I do admit I like his play the last 2 though – keep it up Laps.

  133. HabFab says:

    Thanks, very informative and interesting!

  134. homerbowen says:

    Geez just what we need some more tiny tots. Too bad it wasn’t Stewrt, Nielsen and Conboy putting up the points.

  135. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    It was a business. I was just playing because I had to.

    Everything is starting to make sense now…..

  136. Ian Cobb says:

    We get Buffalo in the first round!!

    This is not the first time in our History that a young goal tender has suddenly stepped up to lead us deep into the play offs.

    Confidence in your goal tender gives the whole team a sense of “YES WE CAN” throughout the dressing room.

    If only Martin uses his whole bench we will be alright.

    If the 1st two lines cannot get the job done on the power play, then he
    has to remember that there are others that will. Metro got his share of
    goals on the power play and there are others that will excel given the
    opportunity.

    Two more months of nail bitting hockey left for us this year folks!!

  137. homerbowen says:

    If you are right and I am wrong we will do well in the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  138. homerbowen says:

    OK how about I go back to smurfs?

  139. likehoy says:

    how bad are the tampa bay lightning? how do you have 2 players that will have over 90 points (st-louis and stamkos), another 70 points from lecav (67pts right now), and five 20 goal scorers (including downie and malone) and NOT make the playoffs. In fact, as of tonight, they’re the 3rd worst team in the league. Nittymaki can’t be blamed, he’s got good stats as a starter. Plus one of the best PPs in the league (kudos to the st-louis to stamkos play). their depth suck, but with such front-end talent, how the hell do they fail so badly?? now they’ll have another shot at a top-end player like taylor hall, or seguin if they manage to beat out the laffs for worst in the east.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are
    similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  140. crabvader says:

    Their goaltending is bad. Mike Smith has been pretty terrible this year, Nitty has been average at best and their defence is pretty much non-existent. Couple that with having one of the worst coaches (in my opinion) in the league and you get this year’s TB team.

  141. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tampa’s a laugher sometimes isn’t it? It amazes me, they looked like they had rebuilt quite well in the off-season and seemed set to contend for a post-season spot. Talk is Tocchet and Lawson are both out of the door this offseason I understand and who can blame the ownership for cleaning house?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  142. Le Jadester says:

    How about a goalie with Gomez ?

     

    Habs, OLE !

  143. SeriousFan09 says:

    They expected #2 pick Hedman to have an explosive season more than anything, Ohlund wasn’t a bad signing but after him, well it’s hardly impressive.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  144. crabvader says:

    Price did it for us two years ago aswell. Our team broke down in the second round though. I hope this year’s bunch will be there for Halak if he needs them. He deserves it because he’s been there all year for them.

    It would be nice for our go-to guys to wake up a little. Gio has been pretty consistent but AK, Pouliot, Cammalleri and sometimes Gomez (he’s been a solid point-getter), need to wake up because we can’t depend on our 3rd and 4th lines to do all the goal scoring all of the time. If that keeps up, we might aswell call the 3rd and 4th the 1st and 2nd lines, lol.

  145. linp says:

    The NHL game and the AHL game are quite different. You have much more room to skate up and down in the AHL. You can be successful with speed and puck handling. Dags looks very impressive in the AHL but couldn’t find room to play his game in the NHL. Since the NHL game is much tighter, size did help a lot if you want to be a top six player. It is less critical if you are playing in the bottom 6.

  146. crabvader says:

    What a jerk. He’d be perfect in a Nordiques sweater.

  147. crabvader says:

    I like Kurtis Foster as a VERY cheap signing considering his offensive production. He’s also a big body but yeah, they definitely put too much hope in Hedman for the first year.

    When are GM’s/coaches going to realize that it isn’t REALLY that hard to be an offensive or goaltending dynamo in the SEL?

    You need to develop those players.

    Meszaros is a bust. Pure and simple.

  148. crabvader says:

    I think the first REAL step Tampa as an organization took was getting rid of those ridiculous clowns, Barrie and Koules. What a couple of airheads.

  149. homerbowen says:

    If, we have to trade a goalie perhaps St Louis, Edmonton and possbly LA could be potentials trade partners as they all have a good stable of players and they are out west.

  150. crabvader says:

    I hope Gabriel Dumont doesn’t turn into another overhyped player from the Q…

    He’s doing great with Drummondville this year and is EXTREMELY consistent in his relentless play, scoring almost every game and he’s been doing great in the playoffs so far. I don’t think he’s gone pointless so far during that time.

    [Edit] Just checked.

    Gabriel Dumont playoff numbers: 8g 5a in 6gp, that’s 13pts in 6 playoff games… Heh. Points in all 6 games.

  151. cautiousoptimist says:

    Crazy stat of the day:

    Tampa’s Steve Downie has the best +/- on the Lightning by a country mile.  According to the team site, he’s a +13, and the next best players are tied with 0.  Can that be right?

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  152. likehoy says:

    yea they were in contention up until 2 weeks ago. In fact former lightning GM jay feaster was saying how we would finish 9th and the tampa bay lightning would finish 8th on ESPN. Many other pundits were either putting NYR or TB ahead of us, but to think TB is the 3rd worst team in the league?

    gotta say stevie Y knew what he was doing when he didn’t pick st-louis/stamkos/lecav for the olympics.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  153. crabvader says:

    That’s a bit of a stretch now, isn’t it? Stamkos is one goal behind Sidney Crosby, who leads the league. He’s tied with Ovechkin.

    I would’ve taken him over Bergeron in a heartbeat.

    The only thing Bergeron did during the Olympics was occasionally win faceoffs. Aside from that, he was a defensive liability, he brought nothing to the offence and was flat out slow on the ice. I believe he was still injured.

     

  154. likehoy says:

    also he won the defensive forward award (carbo award, who woulda thunk it?) and led the league in goals scored with 51…how does that make sense? well it’s the Q but it’s also interesting…he sounds like a sergie kostitsyn but a shooter. if he’s the shooter and sergei’s the passer and they both backcheck…it could be interesting.

    my only doubt is that the kid’s 5’9 and would be pushed around like a kid in a nerd circle.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwXvNlXbbcQ).

    or he could be the next mike cammalleri/martin st-louis

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  155. crabvader says:

    I think he’ll be fine if he keeps his confidence and continues to work hard. Size is always an issue but you can find ways to work with it.

    Desharnais, in my opinion, has the potential to be a St-Louis type player. He knows how to shoot and pass and also has great speed. It would be nice to see what he can really do at the NHL level though. Haven’t seen enough of him up here, obviously.

    P.S. What’s up with the video? Haha

  156. likehoy says:

    stamkos is a 30-35 goal scorer without st-louis. his 22 power play goals were probably all assisted by martin st-louis (who’s accustomed to feeding lecavalier on the other side). if stamkos has 47 goals, and 22 of them were made by st-louis, then you need both of them to be successful, and stevie Y knew he didn’t have space for both guys when he already made room for marleau with heaters and thornton, and perry and getzlaf.

    bergeron was supposed to be a defensive center/player on the team…stamkos wouldn’t have been the ideal replacement, but either way we won gold :D

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  157. crabvader says:

    Price, Hamr and a pick for Versteeg, Hjalmarsson and Byfuglien straight up :P

    Ugh, I wish.

    Depending on how desperate Chicago is for a goaltener, this could be possible. Hamr being the only question mark for them in this trade. For us, it’s for salary cap reasons.

    With the emergence of Troy Brouwer, Byfuglien could be expendable at 3mil per for Chicago. Hjalmarsson is basically another Gorges and I might go as far to say with a little more potential.

    Versteeg being the kicker for Price in our case. Again, this would all depend on their desperation for a goaltender and their salary cap hit. The pick is for insurance :P So you could even make it a conditional one.

    Again… I wish…

    PS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCOrhwgoepc

    That’s why he’s a little more than Gorges cause he lays out big hits at times…I also feel he has better offensive zone presence.

  158. likehoy says:

    nerd circles :P.it’s when you surround an unsuspecting individual and start pushing them around like a pinball, much like they do to gionta in the slot!

    i want to see trotter, he looked really good when he came up (although the guy has no shot).

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  159. crabvader says:

    Weeeelll, the shot ain’t that bad. I’ve seen him rip a couple of nice ones. His skills really are in his hands and his speed, though, that’s for sure.

    I’m still dubbing him the next Pleky :P

  160. crabvader says:

    Lol, not hockey but Eagles trade Donovan McChok… I mean McNabb to the Redskins.

  161. likehoy says:

    p.s. don’t you find cammalleri a little soft? i find he gets pushed around behind the goal line and wins 0 puck battles, as well as being easy to get pushed off the puck. what bothers me about the cammy – pleks – ak line is that none of them are good at grinding for the puck so they need the puck

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  162. habs4_25th says:

    3 to go and let’s hope we can make the best of them and not get too comfortable after winning 2 in a row.  I hope we make the dance and show up every game when we get there, instead of the way we’ve played this year.  Such a roller coaster of events.  No matter how much goalie controversy there is or will be I still think we should keep them both of them at seasons end ( but then again I’m not the GM) and Look at the team in front of them and improve that before we trade off our awesome duo of goaltenders.  If we can play consistant during the playoffs anything can happen, if we are up and down again, then we will be out early again.  Besides everyone here is a Habs fan and we cheer for the front of the Jersey, not nessarily the name on the back.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  163. habs4_25th says:

    sorry double post

  164. SeriousFan09 says:

    If you readjusted that +/- so that all the goals that happen when he’s in the box count against it, he’d probably come dead last on that stat.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  165. crabvader says:

    Yeah, Cammy would benefit from playing with a guy like Pouliot cause I find Gio can fend for himself a little better.

     

  166. topher5468 says:

    Osgood is terrible today, Hes not helping us at all

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  167. Say Ash says:

    There’s names on the back? Man, I gotta get a high-def TV.

    Hopefully, the top-two lines turn it around this week. Relying on O’Byrne’s goal production only gets you so far. By the way, OB’s goal got me wondering, what’s the longest drought between goals a player has ever had? Also, what’s the longest any player has gone before scoring their first goal? Anybody got those stats handy?

  168. SeriousFan09 says:

    Derek Boogard in Minnesota, the biggest example of a useless cementhead on the ice hasn’t scored a goal since his first NHL season in 05-06, at least 186 games ago since he never gets to play full seasons.  I think one report had it definitely over 200 games, while his PiMs are in the 500s over that time.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  169. ooder says:

    God damn it Osgood, stop a freakin shot

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  170. Say Ash says:

    Yeah, of course. I was trying to think of a name amongst non-mutants.

  171. showey47 says:

    don’t 2 out of those 3 tiny tots have stanley cups rings? Where is that much larger team team we are playing next saturday in the standings? Are they a cup contender? How about those largest team in the league sharks? Cups every where,right? Oh nevermind,first round and out every year. Detroit,the smallest team in the league,in the cup final in the last 2 years and who has had a more succesful franchise in the last decade?

  172. homerbowen says:

    Last night our three little tiny tots were just flying around with their little legs pumping away. Almost 15 shots on goal between them (no points though!!). Just great to have all three on the same team…………… too bad it’s ours. All three are very talented, however, we will never challenge for the cup with them all on our team.

    Yes, I know we won the game last night but the big game is next Sat night aginst a very young, fast and much larger team, I hope we win but I am not very confident.

    Off season moves must be made to get bigger, faster and tougher.

  173. Ian Cobb says:

    By Sat. night we will only need to play our back ups so that the crazies from Toronto don’t put some of our guys in the hospital.

  174. Habsrule1 says:

    I’d be confident going into the playoffs against Buffalo or Washington. I think we have a decent chance beating either of those 2 teams. I’m very surprised at how much trouble we’ve had against Ottawa, and well, NJ is always tough on us, and Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh.

    Who do all of you want the Habs to face and not to face?

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  175. avatar_58 says:

    You know what? I don’t really care. I’m happy that a team that was supposed to be WAY out of it is now almost clinching a spot. I’d be happy if we knocked off a few “guarunteed” cup contenders just to complete the feel good story of 2010.

     

    Imagine facing Washington and ending their hopes, then ending Pitts hopes in round 2. For a team that due to the markov injury was ‘doomed’.

  176. Danno says:

    Looks like 90 is the magic number now. Only two more wins needed to reach it. Beat the Isles. Crush the Canes. Squish Toronto like little bugs just for bonus fun.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  177. light_n_tasty says:

    89 pts is the number.  If we get 89 points, we are guaranteed at least 8th.  We need 3 pts. to clinch.

  178. Mikey_39 says:

    The team was ”doomed” even before Markov went down.  Everyone was predicting them way out of a playoff spot.  This team has a lot of flaws…especially inconsistency. But they have overcome soo much adversity this year.  Almost everyone was injured.  But here we are a couple of points away from the playoffs.  And anything can happen once playoffs start.

     

    Go habs go!

  179. TomNickle says:

    For the love of God Jacques Martin will you put Sergei Kostitsyn up with Gomez and Gionta, just try it, please just try it.  Throw Pouliot down with Moore and Moen and make the kid score his way back up, you might just find that Sergei’s got a scoring touch up on that top line too.  Please do it.

  180. Mikey_39 says:

    I would rather see him play Sergei with his bro for a couple of games.  I think they would both appreciate it.  Play Cammy on the top line with Gionta and Gomez.  What really bothers me is that he never plays sergei on the powerplay

  181. likehoy says:

    let’s be honest, rangers/philly are getting knocked out due to their 2 games left v.s. each other.

    atlanta can only finish with a max 87 points, so it’ll be a stretch to see them pass our 86…

    i’m positive we can lose 3 in a row and still make it.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  182. showey47 says:

    What if the rangers/flyers split with both being 3 point games?

  183. light_n_tasty says:

    You may be right.  But if we get 89 pts, it’s a mathematical certainty that we’ll make it. There is no possible way for both NYR and PHI to better that and beat us on tiebreaks.

  184. likehoy says:

    i agree.

    maybe play pouliot with pleks, see how that goes.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  185. TomNickle says:

    I think getting Cammalleri going should be priority number one for the Coaching Staff.  Playing him with those two could help.  I don’t like the prospect of Pouliot with Plek and Andrei though.  Sergei with them would be much better, you’re on to something there maybe.

  186. linp says:

    I like your idea. Sergei is more a top 6 player than Pouliot recently. But I still like Sergei playing on the 3rd line. This gives us one of the best 3rd line in the league. Cammalleri and Pouliot have improved in the last game. I am sure that Cammalleri will continue to rediscover his form. This gives us 4 balanced lines.

    I am more confused with MAB. Our PP sucks with or without him. I like our 4th line last game. MAB did have a point shot. It is a trade off. I think more important is our PP system. The point shot has to be low and aiming at the stick or skate of our player. Our player has to line up between the point shot and the goalie. An example is O’Byrne’s goal.

  187. daveho29 says:

    STFU idiot!!

  188. Clay4bc says:

    Why, truth hurts? And who are you to tell others what they can say?

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  189. JoeC says:

    Im going to take your sig as advice, since it would be arguing with you, an idiot

  190. daveho29 says:

    No just a stupid comment on a moot point.

  191. Watsatheo says:

    David Desharnais compilation for those interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h6rzLS3Dx4

  192. TomNickle says:

    If the Team brings up Ryan White for next year and trades Roman Hamrlik, they’ll have around $14 million in cap room to re-sign Halak, Price and Plekanec.

    Not too much cap trouble there.

  193. SLONCOLD says:

    trading hammer might be easier at next years trade deadline. i always struggle with signing two good goalies. i know teh arguement is made well, if one gets hurt or if one falters go with the other. however from a cap perspective it sucks to have a 3 million dollar player sitting half of the games kinda thing. then there is teh whole issue about making that scenario work between price and halak for another year… could be harder to work around than the money aspect.

    would you let MAB walk?

  194. Rugger says:

    Dave, you posted on twitter the NHL record is over 461 minutes of shut out tending, any idea What the Habs record is and who has it?  Sorry if it came up below, just got home and haven’t read all the comments.

  195. Psycho29 says:

    When Brian Boucher of Phoenix broke the record in 2004 it was Bill Durnan of the Habs who had it.

    309:21 of shutout hockey back in Feb/Mar 1949

  196. Sambaguio says:

    I remember making a comment once that we won’t make it to the playoffs if we keep playing Price. Another member laughed at me that I don’t know anything about hockey. Who got the last laugh now?!! I wonder what would have happened if Price-lover Gainey played Halak during last year’s playoffs, we would have made it far. Halak has proven during the Olympic games by beating the Russians and finished 4th even with louse offense/defense in front of him. What does Halak need to do to prove his worth?!

    Price is a fluke! Last year’s playoff and this year season proved that. He will never be great. He will never be the future goalie of the Canadiens. Wake up already. Halak is the real thing!


    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  197. SLONCOLD says:

    “Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!” calm down buddy. lol halak aint roy yet and price is way better than theo lol ( with the exception of that magical year he had)

  198. SeriousFan09 says:

    I wonder what would have happened if Price-lover Gainey played Halak
    during last year’s playoffs, we would have made it far.

    Yes, that’s what was wrong with us in the 2009 playoffs, the only reason we lost was because Halak wasn’t playing nets. Do we really need this garbage right now? This is a pretty delusional post even by H I/O standards.

    Halak is the next Roy? Please.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  199. Mikey_39 says:

    I don’t know if we would have gotten far with Halak or not, but he definitely should have been given a chance to win us a game in the playoffs.

    I’m a big Halak fan.  I think he definitely deserves the chance to be a number one goalie and has more that earned the opportunity.  I love his work ethics and the fact that he’s a quiet guy and a team player.

     But, i do think you’re being a little hard on Price.  He’s young and has shown that he has the talent.  I wouldn’t call him a bust just yet.  WE have two awesome goalies going forward, let’s stop complaining and be thankful that we’re not Philly that has none.

  200. habsguy says:

    you remember making a comment and you’ve been a member for 40 minutes……good memory dude!!!

  201. light_n_tasty says:

    Looks like we have a new village idiot.  Fast-twitch muscle-fibre Gerry hasn’t posted in awhile, but it looks like you will be more than able to fill the void.

  202. christophor says:

    not to worry, ladies and gents, he’s been a member for a few hours. joined just to disturb.

  203. sholi2000.com says:

    Man this is so easy.  You are that guy that keeps coming on here and trolling the death out of the members.  What is your problem?  Why do you keep coming back?

    You speak four languages?

    You’re a police officer?

    You’re an Architect?

    You make more money they we do?

    You’re a better parent that we are?

    You are guru, blue, blanc, et rouge, posting in habsentia, hab lifer, habsynthe, and now sambaguio.  And those are just the ones I kept track off. 

    You’re pattern is always the same.  You’re opinions are always the same, and the way you treat people is always the same.

    Move on kid, lay off the bottle, and just accept that no one wants you here.  NO ONE!

    They call me Shane

  204. Bob Barker says:

    Inflammatory remark! Ridiculous generalization.

    Bragging.

    Self-indulgent tripe. Self-congratulatory commentary.

    Ignorant bashing. Insincere apology.

    Continued bragging.

    Trolling query?

  205. Bob Barker says:

    Inflammatory remark! Ridiculous generalization.

    Bragging.

    Self-indulgent tripe. Self-congratulatory commentary.

    Ignorant bashing. Insincere apology.

    Continued bragging.

    Trolling query?

  206. light_n_tasty says:

    So, apparently you can’t use acquired picks to make an offer sheet.  Thanks SF09!

  207. Bill J says:

    Sorry I didn’t reply to your question – was not near a computer.  But yeah – the Flyers would have to pickup the picks they got from Anaheim first. 

  208. Bill J says:

    IF Price or Halak is offered a contract that did NOT deserve first round picks (ie less then 3 Mill per year) you can bet the Habs will match those offers.

     

  209. crabvader says:

    Don’t the picks depend on salary?

  210. light_n_tasty says:

    Can’t Philly just trade for some picks and then make an offer sheet?

  211. SeriousFan09 says:

    Avs beat the Sharks in OT to further dim the playoff hopes of the Calgary Flames, they have a game in hand on the Flames and are 2 points ahead now.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  212. WestHab says:

    looks like the only jerseys that will be seen downtown Calgary this spring will be canuks and Habs the odd sens.  During a Flames playoff run you usually see a Flames jersey on every 2nd man women and child.  The Hitmen of the WHL will be the new flavor for work attire.

  213. SmartDog says:

    Gill is like a giant bird ou there.  Huge wingspan which is good, but he’s still a featherweight. :) 

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  214. crabvader says:

    As long as he’s blocking shots and helping the PK tremendously, he’s doing a good job.

    Besides, he actually does win quite a lot of battles by jarring the puck loose behind our net and often against two guys. Why do you think Gorges always pops out with the puck in time to clear? :P

  215. WestHab says:

    thanks again I’ll be looking for that. I’d rather feel positive about any of our players anyway. 

  216. crabvader says:

    Same here, lol.

  217. linp says:

    I would let MAB walk. A one-trick pony can be shut down easily. Subban will be ready to replace him.

  218. TomNickle says:

    First, trading either goalie doesn’t solve our financial problem.  Other than that, which goalie do you trade?  Do you trade the goalie that gets you the best return or the the “backup”?  I think the market would be a lot higher for Halak than it would be for Price right now and thus, better return.  I don’t even want to start a discussion in which Halak becomes the subject of a potential trade, I don’t really feel like getting booed when I park my car and go to lunch.

  219. TomNickle says:

    I would thank Bergeron for his services and push him out the door.

  220. SLONCOLD says:

    gezz which goalie to trade… flip a coin… although i’m pretty high on halak right now, i mean price hasn’t played badly this year. i think if halak can repeat multiple season of 920% and 2.5gaa it won’t really matter if price has a slighty better numbers or vice versa.

    looks like the big question is can halak continue to play like this next year and for years to come. if he does, price better have similar numbers in mtl otherwise our gm will never hear the end of it; and you and i will never see the end of it on hio

     

  221. TomNickle says:

    I’d like to keep both for next season for two reasons.  The first one is that Halak hasn’t had a heavy workload in his professional career and we don’t know how he’s going to play once he hits 60-70 games, if he does at all, and we don’t know how Price will play for that matter.  Second, professionalism.  I have a really hard time buying that Halak is more mature than Price.  Price has been on the bench for quite a while.  I haven’t seen him or his agent publicly request a trade yet or publicly bad mouth the other goalie, Halak’s agent did that and Halak did nothing to deflect or downplay his request for a trade when doing an interview for the CBC following a game against the Oilers earlier in the year.  I want to see how Halak reacts when he isn’t getting the majority of the starts.  If they’re both under contract next year, one will rise to the occasion.  There was no question as to who the #1 goalie would be going into the season and teams all over the league prepared for Price, with more film review for Halak going into the playoffs and next season.  We will truly see who the #1 guy is because he will emerge once they have a true competition for the job and not a starter by default decision.  People will say that Halak took the job away from Price this season but that really isn’t the case.  Price lost it a lot more than Halak won it.  Price thought he was untouchable and was arrogant.  Now that he has to earn the job back.  I’ve seen nothing but hard work, professionalism and good play.  I want to see how Halak reacts to losing the job or having to compete for the job prior to judging which one to keep.

  222. SLONCOLD says:

    i agree with a lot of your points except the agent thing. gainey went public with the trade not halak or his agent and his agnet put halak in a tough spot with the media as well. i’m sure things in the room were dealt with after walshy boy ran his mouth.

    as for maturity, meh one’s 22 and one is 24. i’m not in the room so hard for me to comment on one being more mature. gestures on the ice maybe lead some people to say this or that but it’s a really subjective area for even the experts to comment on.

    i think halak made if very difficult on management to keep going with price though.

  223. Sambaguio says:

    I will have the last laugh when we win Stanley Cup number 25! I truly believe Halak is the next best thing that ever happen to the Canadiens. He’s currently 3rd in Save Percentage and 8th in GAA, plus 5 shutouts and only playing 41 games. If we have played Halak more, we wouldn’t be in the tight playoff race predicament now. And oh, I’m entitled to my opinion. Thank you very much!

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  224. TomNickle says:

    Price-Lover Gainey.

    You do know that Bob Gainey tried to trade Price to Tampa Bay right?  Nevermind.

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion but claiming that you foresaw the Habs only making the playoffs with Halak in net and passing it off as fact is a joke.  You have no idea if this team would’ve made or missed the playoffs with Robert Mayer in net let alone Carey Price.  What do you have to say about the majority of the important injuries this team suffered coming when Carey Price was getting the majority of the starts and at a time when the players hardly knew each other?  Probably that Halak being in net would’ve gotten us 3 six game winning streaks right?  Get real.  Your opinion is one thing, claiming that you’re a fortune teller is another.  Where’s the difference in the run Halak has had in the second half of this season and the run that Price had in the first half of last season?

    I guess I could’ve said at last year’s all-star break that Price was the next Roy.  A lot of people probably did feel that way and that’s more than likely why they have such a hate on for the kid now.

  225. WestHab says:

    I like Price but he still has not had the type of success that Theo had in Montreal.  Price may be better and I hope so but at this point it’s just a whish.

  226. SLONCOLD says:

    dude i love jaro too:-) but comparing a 24 year old to a hall of famer might be a stretch. if he wins us a cup this year i will gladdly let you rub this in my face. hell, i’ll buy you all the beer you can drink one night and celebrate with ya.

  227. Sambaguio says:

    Bob Gainey tried to trade Price to Tampa Bay?!! Give me a break! Price-lover Gainey didn’t let Halak play a single minute during last year’s playoffs even when 99% of the fans booed Price. Carbo lost the job because he kept playing Halak, and winning games too. If Gainey was still GM today, I don’t think he would allow any coach to play Halak back to back again and again. It would be too much for his pride especially how he considered Price a thoroughbred. Again, give me a break! *shaking head*

    ————————————————–

    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  228. TomNickle says:

    The team went on a 10 game losing streak prior to Carbo getting fired.  

    Gainey tried to trade Price, Plekanec and Gorges to Tampa Bay for Lecavalier and the deal was rejected by Oren Koules and Len Barrie couldn’t agree on doing it.  Barrie didn’t want it, Koules ok’d it.

    Martin has been the coach all year, not Gainey.  And Halak played back to back games while Gainey was GM.

    He called Price a thoroughbred because he won the WJHC, won the Calder Cup, won Calder Cup MVP and then came to the Habs and took them to 1st in the East in one calender year.  I would call that a thoroughbred too.

     

  229. habsguy says:

    the year theo won both awards is some of the best goaltending I’ve seen…….ever!!

  230. Sambaguio says:

    Prior to Carbo getting fired, the Habs lost 8 in the last 10 games. In almost all those lost games Price was on net. The two games we won, Halak was playing.

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  231. christophor says:

    why is it that people who say, “i’m entitled to my opinion”, are the biggest douchebags about listening to others?

  232. TomNickle says:

    The team scored 5 goals in 4 games.  Can’t you see that’s the result of Carey Price being in net?

    Somebody called him an idiot for a reason.

  233. Sambaguio says:

    The key to good goaltending is not letting in the first goal because if you do, you lose the momentum. During Roy’s years with the Habs, we didn’t have the best offense but Roy always found a way to win! Price let in so many soft goals that he dragged all his teammates with him. You see it in his game this season every game. Price has ONLY 13 wins out of 41 games; whereas Halak has 22 wins. I’m still scratching my head why there are so many Price lovers out there?! He must be really good looking.

    ———————————————

    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  234. TomNickle says:

    What do you mean must be good looking?  You don’t know what he looks like?

    Anyway.  Your first point is only mildly accurate.  If your team can’t erase a one goal deficit in a game, they don’t deserve to win anyway.  Second, every game?  You don’t watch.  Price has played very well since the Olympics and wasn’t dreadful prior to it.  The TEAM only has 13 wins when Price starts.  If you believe that the team lives and dies by their goaltending then explain to me what the Florida Panthers are doing mathematically eliminated from the playoffs when their goalie(Tomas Vokoun, just in case) has been a top 5 goalie this season and what the Washington Capitals are doing in 1st place?  

    Price is liked by Habs fans because of the talent he’s displayed at every level he’s played at.  CHL goalie of the year, Calder Cup MVP, WJHC gold medal(best shootout for any goalie during that tourney too), Calder Cup Champion, NHL all-star, should have won the Calder but got robbed in favour of Blake Wheeler I believe.  And took this team to 1st place in the Eastern Conference and continues to mature before our eyes.  Compare that list to what Halak’s done in his career and you will have your answer as to why there are so many  “Price lovers” out there.  It doesn’t mean that people who like Price hate Halak, it means they like Price, is that ok with you?

    Don’t keep scratching your head, that’s how I lost all of my hair!

  235. SLONCOLD says:

    did price win the calder cup the same year halaka had the best gaa or save percentage in the same year? not sure… i’ll have to look that up.

  236. Bill J says:

    Wow your memory is SO good then eh ?

    Because yeah – Price rarely allows that “so called” first goal of late…

    Talk about selective memory, I hope you get by in life with that kinda crap short term memory.

  237. TheIndian says:

    what bullshit is this????  IT IS TIME TO ENJOY HOCKEY AND NOT BRING UP
    THIS BULLSHIT TOPIC ABOUT GOALTENDING AGAIN..people have no sense
    whatsoever…Price has been playing great lately..in fact both goalies
    have been doing awesome ..it is price’s bad luck that he is unable to
    get anything in that W column where it matters most but he has surely
    improved in his game play and his attitude on and off ice…and I am
    glad Halak is getting more ice time as he deserves it …we need two
    more wins and we need those before the games against TO.  Go Habs Go!!

    And by the way I have seen Roy play almost his entire career and I have seen him give some bad goals too…he got scored on from blue line with noone in front many times…he was very susceptible on shots from far away…if u dotn believe that I am sure it will be easy to find on youtube somewhere.  The year after the last cup we won,  we found ways to lose, Roy was there…wasnt he???  IT IS a TEAM SPORT.  You need every player to contribute but you also need heroes every game and more often it all falls on goaltender’s shoulders.

  238. Sambaguio says:

    Please don’t compare the Calder Cup MVP to NHL. That’s a totally different field. I have to admit Price played well in AHL and that’s where he belongs. How many games have he played in Hamilton Bulldogs before winning the Calder Cup? 10? He had the best offense in front of him, any goalie would have a chance of winning that Cup.

    Halak hasn’t proven anything? This is the only year  he was given a chance to play more than 40 games (50% of the games). He came fourth at the Olympics and Canada almost survived a 3-2 win against Slovakia.

    Tomas Vokoun is a good goalie?? YOu must be kidding me. Washington is winning because they have the best offense/defense. But if you don’t have the best offense/defense, an outstanding goalie matters — Roy, Hasek, Brodeur, just to name a few.

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore

  239. TomNickle says:

    You thinking Price belongs in the AHL confirms the village idiot comment made above.  You aren’t worth my time.  Have fun in NeverNeverland.  Tell Tinkerbell I said hello.

  240. SeriousFan09 says:

    Price was praised for having a dominant Calder Cup run and that is why he got the MVP, he didn’t get it by accident. The best offence in the AHL that season belonged to the powerhouse Hershey Bears (306 Goals) and Chicago Wolves (331 goals!) compared to the 243 goals the Dogs scored in the regular season. Price’s goaltending was praised as a major part of the Dog’s Calder Cup victory, hence why he was termed MVP. He won out against the top two offensive teams in the league in that Playoff series.

    Vokoun has generally kept a pathetic Panthers team alive for years in Florida after Luongo left town as well. Washington’s D is not very good at all and they win because they have overwhelming scoring to compensate for their D and troublesome goaltending.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  241. Sambaguio says:

    Hasek’s Buffalo team was pathetic during his time, as well as Roy’s. So don’t compare Vokoun to them. But I have no shame comparing Halak to these amazing goaltenders. Halak is the real thing. 2 shutouts in a row and another one this Tuesday. I believe! Go Habs!

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  242. SeriousFan09 says:

    Halak is equivalent to Roy or Hasek? Allan Walsh, is that you?

    There isn’t a single sportswriter or scout who would mke that comparison right now. You may have no shame but it reveals you lack objectivity.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  243. Sambaguio says:

    I will! Now your Price is the backup (finally, Jacques Martin agrees with me). Go drink another beer, smarty!

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  244. Sambaguio says:

    There wasn’t a single sportswriter or scout who predicted Roy would be a great one during his first years. There wasn’t even a sportswriter or scout who predicted Halak would be number 1 and Pricey a backup.

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  245. SeriousFan09 says:

    Once upon a time, Thibault, Theo and Huet were our saviours. Times change and all the comparisons made about those guys proved to be a bust.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  246. Sambaguio says:

    I wasn’t talking about this site. I made a comment on Habs facebook channel, not this site.

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  247. Bill J says:

    Then you clearly ARE an idiot then.

     

    As someone else said – you wanna gloat ? GO GLOAT where you made the bold prediction.

    Gloating on a site that could care less about your so-called predictions on some other site we could care less about = IDIOCY!

    Allow me to be extra clear (seeing as your an idiot) – I AM NOT CALLING YOU AN IDIOT FOR SAYING HALAK IS THE BOMB!

  248. Propwash says:

    Blaming the goalies is the easy way out. look at the broader picture.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  249. MontrealAtheist says:

    Halak played one good year, but so did Price last year

    Did you watch any of last year’s games? It was Halak who got us into the play-offs last year but then Bob Gainey’s obsession with Carey Price got the better of him when he put Price in nets during the pay-offs. Thanks to Price’s cr*ppy performance we got swept away by the B’s in an embarrassing manner.

    Price currently makes for a decent backup goalie, but he is not yet ready for prime-time. A few more years in the minors or as a backup goalie might do him good and give him a chance to realize his potential some time in the future.

  250. TomNickle says:

    I think the real question is.  Did you watch any of last year’s games?  The team wouldn’t have made the playoffs if it weren’t for the tear that Price went on up until the all-star break.  Halak played well in spot duty down the stretch but if it weren’t for Price’s vezina numbers in the first half of the year, the team wouldn’t have been in position to make the playoffs with the second-half performance they put in.

  251. Bill J says:

    like Tom said – Price went on the tear. (remember something about Price being voted into the all-star game ?

    IF indeed it was Halak – one would think we would have voted Halak as the starter right ;)

  252. habs4_25th says:

    If I’m not mistaken it wasn’t just Prices play but missing atleast 4-5 players due to injuries a week before the playoffs I’m sure had everything to do with Prices play and the lack of help he had, I’m quite sure Halak wouldn’t have been the difference last year.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  253. habs_1993 says:

    All i can say is that we’ll see what happens this summer. Gauthier is the big man who calls the shots, so we’ll see. After all, we’re jsut 21 000+ fans who think we’re GM’s

    I would prefer that we keep both, playoffs wil probably determine that

    Maybe….jsut maybe….if Halak faulter bigtime (10 goals in first 2 games….) then i wold go with Price to start…..then if he faulters big and we somehow are still in the playoffs…go back to halak… has there been a time whhere 2 goalies carried a team to the cup??? hahaha

  254. SLONCOLD says:

    well i hope we don’t play the Caps. those guys score in bunchs and have so many weapons and i’m not very confident in our D being able to shut them down for 4 wins out of 7.

  255. The Cat says:

    Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog I think.

  256. MontrealAtheist says:

    has there been a time whhere 2 goalies carried a team to the cup??

    Gotta love Montreal fans … lol. How about we secure a play-off spot first before we go on planning the Stanley Cup parade?

  257. avatar_58 says:

    Halak, Price, blah blah

     

    You know it could be worse – we could be Calgary fans. Every game they either get their hopes up or stomped on – until they are finally eliminated. So really – perspective here…

  258. MontrealAtheist says:

     look at Price he had one great year 

    I assume you are talking about 2007 (?) when Price won the Calder Cup for Hamilton? In the NHL, Price has never been more than average and it’s pretty evident that he is not yet ready for prime-time. Just remember his lousy performance during last year’s play-offs after Halak got us there in the first place.

    Price was never nearly as good as Halak is right now and the sooner we can dispose of him, the sooner we can focus on the real issues at hand.

  259. habs4_25th says:

    So getting rid of Price will solve our issues….Yeah Right.  I’m sure you’ll be the type to be asking for Halak to be disposed of the year after Price is moved and is on a team that goes on to finnish better than us year after year.  Halak has had a tonne more time to develope and introduce him into the NHL, Price needs that same kinda of time  It’ too bad he was brought up too early, he needed another year in Hamilton.  But that is Manangements mistake and they shouldn’t be so quick to get rid of such a talented goalie.  What is the Problem of Keeping Price as backup???  He is a far better back up then most in the league.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  260. habs4_25th says:

    So getting rid of Price will solve our issues….Yeah Right.  I’m sure you’ll be the type to be asking for Halak to be disposed of the year after Price is moved and is on a team that goes on to finnish better than us year after year.  Halak has had a tonne more time to develope and introduce him into the NHL, Price needs that same kinda of time  It’ too bad he was brought up too early, he needed another year in Hamilton.  But that is Manangements mistake and they shouldn’t be so quick to get rid of such a talented goalie.  What is the Problem of Keeping Price as backup???  He is a far better back up then most in the league.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  261. kempie says:

    I just moved to Calgary and I seldom wear the colours in public but I did the past two days and it worked. Actually, I had a losing record wearing it too but I think I’m above .500 now.

  262. avatar_58 says:

    I wear habs shit everywhere, win or lose. Not ashamed to admit being a fan.

  263. SeriousFan09 says:

    Same here, wear my jersey here in Brantford every game day since I moved, I fly my Habs flag on my car and regardless of win/loss, I back my team.

    That and it’s beyond easy to mock the Loafs fans around here. Never gets old asking them how their Truculence worked out.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  264. kempie says:

    Never ashamed in the least. Just a smidge superstitious. I was reluctant to wear my jersey when I was home too mostly cuz they never win when I do. Actually, in Calgary, I see a lot of Flames stuff, mostly in stores, but I haven’t seen many people wearing jerseys. Weak.

  265. dicktracy says:

    So, very hypotheticly wishing, if your habitant has already locked up the playoff position they desire before the final game against the leafs  we can rest half our team and if we lose we may help push the bruins draft pick down a couple spots while doing so. Or not…

  266. drewmacphee says:

    I did the math and since philly and the rangers play each other twice we
    actually only need one more win to clinch. That’s one win though not just 2 points.

  267. kempie says:

    Caps are my second choice after Buffalo. I think it’s possible we could beat them. I don’t like the thought of Pitt or NJ one bit.

  268. HABZ24 says:

    halak is just plain on fire.no doubt. we are playing better, scoring three goals is an improvement. but not firing on all cylinders yet. need power play to improve right away and need big gunns to step it up. the plummers are working hard, seems as though the return of cammy  thru a wrench in the chemistry, like ok we can relax offensivly the big gunn cammys back, he ll carry us now. but hasnt.  hope we play caps a one line team, shut them down and we have a chance of beating them with their sub par goaltending. buff or nj would be tuff with brodeur or miller to score on.

  269. habs001 says:

    only 6 teams have scored fewer goals than the habs……….has any team with this low goals for ranking done anything major in the playoffs…..unless the pp comes back there is little chance beating the top teams 5-5 four out of seven times…we need some of our top forwards to get hot and production from our none scorers…

  270. Former Jets Fan says:

    And only 8 teams have allowed fewer.

    I’d be more corncerned if I was an Sens fan – their differential is -12, the worst of any playoff team.

  271. Psycho29 says:

    I had answered someone’s question below about what the Habs record for shutout hockey is….Jaro still has a way to go, he’s at 144:01 presently….

     

    When Brian Boucher of Phoenix broke the league record in 2004 it was Bill Durnan of the Habs who had it.

    Durnan had 309:21 of shutout hockey back in Feb/Mar 1949

  272. Sambaguio says:

    Am I an idiot because of my poor grammar? At least I can write and speak 4 languages. If you’re well versed in English, that does not make you smart.

    Halak going for 3 shutouts in a row! Whoohoo!

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  273. light_n_tasty says:

    Ooohhhhhhh!  I didn’t realize that English was not your native tongue!  Let me try to explain in a language that you can comprehend:

    You idot. You come here, say “told you so”. But no tell us so. You tell facebook site so. We no facebook. If need brag, brag at facebook, where you tell em so.

  274. Sambaguio says:

    I wish you don’t get banned, smarty. So let me get this right. I am an idiot for stating my opinion? Look at yourself in the mirror first, bully.

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    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  275. light_n_tasty says:

     

    Nope. You’re not an idiot for stating your opinion.  Nothin’ wrong with your opinion. The thing that’s idiotic is joining this site to brag about how you got the “last laugh” on some idiots on another site. 

     

  276. Storm Man says:

    Great game one of the best played by the boys this year. 3 games left the only one that worries me is the one vs the Laffs. I would sit Markov, Cammy, Plexs, Halak. I would call up Henry, White and Conboy and play Price. The Laffs are going to headhunt why have any of the guys play that they would target, So want to see Price lose it and tee off on someone

  277. novahab says:

    If the Canadiens make the playoffs and I am hoping they will I rather them meet the Pens in the frist round. Pittsburgh will be a tired team after winning the cup and the Olympics I think Crosby and Malkin could mail it in if the Habs jump on them fast. i am not saying these two would give up by the human body can only take so much.

  278. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I really like how Halak is playing witht he playoffs just around the corner, i think it would take a miracle mfor the Rangers to catch us now. I am getting pretty excited for playoff hockey.

    I am going to beat a dead horse here for a minute… Halak and Price.. how about this statement: “Halak and Price are the best young one-two goaltending punch in the NHL. It is apparent that only one can be hot at a given time, however; if one faulters the other always seems to be there to pick up the slack and keep the team from going into a devestating slide. The Habs would be well advised to keep both goaltenders for the immediate future. Making a decision on signing only one of these two promising goaltenders could make a GM look very bad, and is extremely risky. Hopefully the fans can unite and support both of these promising young goaltenders.”

    Just a note on Price bashers: I blame Bob Gainey for all the Price bashing, had he not annointed Carey as the Jesus Christ of goaltending, cost Carbo the the respect of his players and his job, and if he would have let Carbo play Halak, the fans would be supporting Price as we speak. Nobody likes a spoiled brat, and because of Bob Gainey, that is exactly how a number of Habs fans view Carey. I really like both our young goalies!

    I LOVE PLAYOFF HOCKEY!!!!!!!!

  279. habitual says:

    Finally, a balanced and wise comment about about Price. 

    Would you consider running for public office?

  280. C-Dawg says:

    I agree with a lot of what you said, and have said it myself many times on other threads here…but one thing to add is….Price never asked to be annointed “a saviour” or “The next Roy” as he was called when he first came up….and don’t believe he’s done anything to warrant being called a spoiled brat. He’s a kid from a small town, thrust into the spotlight in the biggest hockey city in the world, and now has all the cash he’s ever wanted.He has made mistakes like most kids have made, and BG should have handled him better by bringing him up slowly, giving him more time in the AHL, and then had him live with a veteran when he first came up to learn the ropes of being a Pro player in MTL.

    I agree we have the best pair of goalies in the league, and it’s a “problem” we should be able to live with for another season, til it’s more evident which goalie to sign long term. Personally, I still see Price having more upside….too many hockey experts like Scotty Bowman saying it for me to disregard…..BUT, the fans at the Bell Center need to stop booing Price, or it won’t matter, as he’ll walk as soon as he’s a Free Agent.

  281. SmartDog says:

    Here are FIVE fairly realistic scenarios (money is ballpark I think):

    IF YOU’RE THE GM, AND HAVE THESE OPTIONS, WHICH DO YOU TAKE:

    1. Keep BOTH. Sign Halak for 2 years at $3.25 and Price for 1 year at $2 million (as backup) – bargain contracts, Halak is THE man, but you can sort the mess out next year when you have more time (but it will probably cost you). 

    2. Keep BOTH. Sign Halak for 2 years at $3.25 and Price for 3 years at $2.75 million so Price is your goalie in waiting. 

    3. Keep ONE. Sign Price for 2 years at $2.5 and trade Halak/his rights for a 25-goal scorer and a good prospect. 

    4. Keep ONE. Sign Halak long-term – for 4 years at $4 million and trade Price/his rights for a big center or net crasher and a good prospect.

    5. Keep ONE. Sign Price long-term – 4 years at $3.5 million and trade Halak/his rights for a big center or et crasher and a good prospect.

    SD

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  282. SLONCOLD says:

    idieally sign both halak and price to 2 year deals at 2.5 a year. but i believe halak will be dealt at the draft. the only way price is traded is if he demanded a trade.

  283. slapshot777 says:

    1.  Sign both to 2 year contracts, I believe they Carey will still be a RFA after that and by that time the goalie situation will have resolved itself by then. Sign Halak to 2 years 3 million per and sign Carey to 2 years at 2.25 million.

    also sign Pleks to a long term deal and by the sounds of it from the Hotstove last night everything sounds as if a deal should not be too far off.

    Deal Hamrlik, even though he has been a good defenseman for us, but seems slow this year. Bring up PK and let Carle,Weber,Fischer, and even this new guy Nash fight for the last spot or two on the defense.

    Well one good ting about the Cap, again after listening to Hotstove it looks as if PG will have approx 1 million more to play with as opposed to having less which by all accounts looked like that was going to be the case.

     

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

  284. zak says:

    what’s realistic is cap apace BG didn’t leave much room to move.

  285. habs4_25th says:

    Option #2, we can’t put all of our faith in a goalie with one great year, look at Price he had one great year and we traded off Huet.  Now look we are doing the same thing over again with Price, by saying Halak is the man and thinking about sending price off.  I say we keep both for what other teams pay for just one goalie.  That way if one faulters then we have another one to depend on.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  286. linp says:

    They are both RFA only and not UFA. I expect that both goalies will receive offer sheets from other teams. We’ll then decide which one to keep and what compensation do we get from the other. We may even decide to keep both. There are a lot of variables here.

  287. punkster says:

    Door Number 2. Like you I don’t know what numbers are realistic but the fact is few can boast two good, young tenders like we can. No way we get rid of either yet.

  288. Xtrahabsfan says:

    This is so obvious where you are going pooch so I’ll even it out for you  Number 6:  Sign and trade Carey Price and one or two of our high priced players with long term contracts who are getting old to free up cap space and acquire some needed size !

  289. Xtrahabsfan says:

    This is so obvious where you are going pooch so I’ll even it out for you  Number 6:  Sign and trade Carey Price and one or two of our high priced players with long term contracts who are getting old to free up cap space and acquire some needed size !

  290. Brooklyn Johnny says:

    Don’t post often, just a daily reader…. Great game last night. Nice to know we can count on our new 3rd and 4th lines and see some life out of MaxLaps. Nice to see Halak can stone a top 3 team so close to the playoffs. I’ll be at the Collesium on Long Island for tuesday’s game and hope some of you H I/O peeps can make it. Happy Easter and Tricolore Jusq’ au` bout!

     

    “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research” -Albert Einstein

    GO HABS GO!!!

  291. Ian Cobb says:

    Johnny. Also nice to see Martin use the other lines a little more. Get ready for some fun in the play offs this year.

  292. nastyHABit says:

    WELL DONE BOYS!…….CONGRATS TO JARO…..SMMMMMOOOOOKKKKKIIIIN!

  293. adam76 says:

    back to back shut outs – congrats!

  294. HardHabits says:

    I say just skate the whole Bulldogs team.

  295. Storm Man says:

    How many can we call up from the farm?

  296. HardHabits says:

    Shutout!!!!

  297. Ian Cobb says:

    This is not the first time in our History that a young goal tender has suddenly stepped up to lead us deep into the play offs.

    Confidence in your goal tender gives the whole team a sense of “YES WE CAN” throughout the dressing room.

    If only Martin uses his whole bench we will be alright.

    If the 1st two lines cannot get the job done on the power play, then he has to remember that there are others that will. Metro got his share of goals on the power play and there are others that will excel given the opportunity.

    Two more months of nail bitting hockey left for us this year folks!!

     

  298. Mikey_39 says:

    Aside from the first powerplay where it looked like nobody gave a crap, the habs played a PERFECT game.  And congrats to JM who finally learned not to go into defensive mode when they were up 2-0.  They kept on forechecking! 

     

  299. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I Really like Carey, and agree with what you said about him having a huge “upside” (a term I don’t like to use to avoid sounding like Bob MacKenzie HAHA) Halak is really good too, I really hope we have enough money to keep both for two more seasons minimum. My father told me that Moog used to start playoff games for the Oil back in the 80s and there was no uproar over moving one of them, I know this is a cap era and eventually one of them will have to move because they are so close together in age, and their contracts will grow together.. I just hope it is later than sooner… we move one of these studs and who do we bring in? and for how much money? and for what role? Thos eare the questions that scare me.

    Finally,I place NO blame on Price, unfortunately he has not been given the same chance to develop that Fleury was given in Pitts.

  300. habbyone says:

    Great all around game. Halak is something else. Thank god we didn’t trade him.

  301. Xtrahabsfan says:

    If B.Gainey traded  Halak THE HABS WOULD BE IN LAST PLACE RIGHT NOW!

  302. HaloHabsFan says:

    Price would have had an even bigger shut out tonight.  He woulda shut out the entire Habs end of the rink, no pucks past the blue line the whole game is what woulda happened.

    So there! Just sayin.

  303. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Haha …good one

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  304. Off-side says:

    Please stop your ‘just sayin'”.  I hate the bandwagon chant of ‘just wait a few years when Price sports another team’s jersey and takes it to the Cup.  The present is all that matters.  Price is not doing it.  He may some day and he may go on sucking.  We don’t know and shouldn’t care.  The choice is obvious for now till the end of this season.  It’s Halak ALL THE WAY BABY.  If JM even plays Price one game I’ll be disappointed. 

  305. Brooklyn Johnny says:

    It will be interesting to see who steps up and fill the grinder role of Metropolit

     

    “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research” -Albert Einstein

    GO HABS GO!!!

  306. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Jaroslav Halak’s .927 save percentage is the 3rd best in the league!

    We have to…wait…we MUST re-sign this guy!

  307. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again…. Halak is one of the top FIVE goalies in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  308. Off-side says:

    Bringing the defense forward with a strong presence tonight made all the difference.  On a side note, Buff’s coach didn’t seem terribly upset tonight…

  309. linp says:

    Philly doesn’t have a #1 goalie signed for next year. Their fans are after Price. I expect that they will come up with an offer sheet for one of our goalies.

  310. Ton says:

    what would they get in return if habs don’t match? Iknow its draft picks and will it equate to the value of either goalie as of today?

  311. Tharsis says:

    The only way Philly could get one of our goalies is through a trade.  They don’t have the draft picks to put in an offer sheet.

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    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  312. habs4_25th says:

    I think sign Price and Halak before the offer sheets come out ( A bargain for 2 goalies compaired to what other teams pay for just one besides Halak played one good year, but so did Price last year…so just give it some time with 2 young goalies), that way we don’t have another year of chemistry problems( by bringing in another top 3 forward).  Keep the team together, only fill the holes with some players from Hamilton.  This team was all about finding some chemistry now that we have it we should keep it together.  Too often do teams constantly change that is creates turmoil amongst the players and coach.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  313. Bill J says:

    I thought the same – however Philly Can NOT use the offer sheet system with our goalies. Due to the fact they traded the next two first round picks they owned to Anaheim in the Pronger deal.

    Chicago on the other hand (depends on what the playoffs hold for them I guess) CAN do this.

     

  314. HaloHabsFan says:

    Note from Captain Obvious: it was sarcasm. 

    JUST SAYIN.

  315. crabvader says:

    I’m still waiting for the game where all 4 lines roll in unison. That will be quite the site to behold.

    We already play VERY well when only two lines decide to push the pace… Imagine when all 4 decide it’s time to pressure the enemy!

    I LOVE the Moen-Moore-SKost line.

    I wish Metro could come back quickly, even though everyone seems to be stepping it up in his absence.

    I would nominate him for the Beauchamps award this year. He leads the team in PPG and never gives an inch on any shift.

    Other candidates would be Gorges, Moen and believe it or not, Hal Gill.

    I’m excluding Darche simply because he hasn’t played the whole season with the Habs or else I’d nominate him too.

    Gorges, you can’t say anything negative about the guy. He is solid in our zone and a complete heart and soul player who never gives up on his team.

    Moen, almost the same scenario as Gorges but I’d still give the upper hand to Gorges simply because on some occasions, Moen hasn’t been himself. Still, he got HUGE points for that skate cut and coming back after missing only one game. What a beast. There’s a guy who bleeds for his team, literally.

    Hal Gill is one of the true pillars on defence for us this year. He’s a master PKer and to say otherwise is simply foolish. He blocks shots, removes passing lanes and has truly saved his goaltenders’ bacon on more occasions than none this season. He is a HUGE reason our goaltenders can feel comfortable in their net. He does make mistakes, don’t get me wrong. He makes ill-advised pinches, he makes some pretty errant passes at times but he’s brought a dynamic to this team that we haven’t seen in quite some time in how he covers the net almost as well as Jaro, lol. To tell you the truth, I was just another guy cringing at the prospect of having him on our team but I can vouch for him that these are his best hockey years. It really started in Pittsburgh and he did not let up when he joined us. That’s a hockey player.

    Still, Metro is my number one choice because of his incredible work ethic and drive. He loves this team and he loves Montreal. The 10 PPG for a 3rd-4th liner is an incredible feet aswell.

  316. WestHab says:

    Thanks for pointing out the positives of Gill cause basically I cringe alot of the time he’s out there.  I see him not winning any one on one battles for the puck.  He never wins any races to lose pucks.  But I guess he is effective in 11th hour defence situations like defending against a 5 on 3. 


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