Fans fill Bell Centre for Red vs. White scrimmage (Video)

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A sell-out crowd of 21,273 filled the Bell Centre Saturday for a scrimmmage that helped raised money for rebuilding efforts in Lac-Mégantic.

Fans were delighted to find a welcoming committee of Canadiens’ players when they walked into the Bell Centre. People snapped pictures, shook hands and high-fived the players as they moved along the receiving line.

“The important thing is we get to say hello to our fans and thank them for being here and supporting the initiative,” said Geoff Molson, the Canadiens’ principal owner who was at the main entrance.

Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon received a warm ovation in the third period when he thanked fans for attending the event.

“I think Lac-Mégantic is something that touched us all this summer. And it’s nice to see people support a cause like this,” Bouillon said after the scrimmage.

The White team won 2-1, led by a pretty back-hand goal by Martin Reway and a long shot by Stefan Fournier that slipped through Peter Budaj’s pads. Tomas Plekanec scored for the Red team.

Proceeds from the scrimmage will go to the Fonds Avenir Lac-Mégantic. Tickets cost $5 each and fans received a free hot dog, bag of chips and soft drink.

Dustin Tokarski replaced Carey Price in net in the second period and Zachary Fucale, picked 36th overall by the Canadiens’ in last June’s entry draft, took over for Budaj.  

It was a banner day for Fucale. He made his Bell Centre debut and the team announced they’ve signed him to a three-year, entry level deal.

Max Pacioretty knocked into Fucale twice, the first time receiving a goaltender interference penalty. Fucale took it in stride and Pacioretty’s aggressive play won praise from coach Michel Therrien.

“I thought Patch did a really good job going hard to the net,” coach Michel Therrien said after the scrimmage.

“He’s so powerful with his speed,” Therrien said.

“We want to make sure he’s concentrating on those things because he’s one of the best skaters in the NHL,” Therrien said. “And he’s tough to contain when he’s using that speed and going hard to the net.”

Forward Sebastian Collberg, who has been out with a knee injury, took part in the scrimmage.  Collberg was a bit nervous at the start but said he felt pretty good with Charles Hudon and Martin Reway in the scrimmage.

“I didn’t expect that today,” Collberg said of the huge crowd.

“It was awesome to be out there.”

The Canadiens’ made their first cuts at training camp on Saturday. They announced that Tim Bozon, Connor Crisp and Jérémy Grégoire will return to their respective junior teams.

You can hear more of what Fucale had to say about his Bell Centre debut and new contract here:

(Video by Brenda Branswell)

And you can watch a video by Gazette photographer Peter McCabe of Canadiens’ players greeting fans at the Bell Centre with Danny Brière talking about the experience here:

 

593 Comments

  1. habsfan0 says:

    @Un Canadien errant: Hey, Normand! Both the Chargers & the Bills won today. When was the last time that happened?

  2. So glad to see hockey on TV, even if it’s pre-season. Way too much time watching whatever the wife and kids had on TV over the summer.

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  3. habsfor25 says:

    Surprised there’s no post for tonight’s game? Or it’s not up yet

    • HabinBurlington says:

      No live blog tonight, Mr. Boone graces us with his presence tomorrow night. However, I fully expect him to interject some Steeler updates tomorrow night as our team has a very big game tomorrow night.

  4. SlovakHab says:

    So Reway apparently centering Prust and Collberg?
    Well perhaps there is some merit to what he wrote on FB, saying that he was told they want him to play center.

    Or maybe just for the preseason…
    We will see.

  5. lakechamplain says:

    Does anyone have the link to the team-by-team prospects ranking that was on here I think Thurs. and Fri.? I checked out the 30-21 post and the 20-11 posts and obviously would like to see where the site put the Canadians in the top 10. The post/blog made a lot of good points; the one on the Red Wings was especially perceptive.
    Thanks in advance.

  6. Bill says:

    PuckBard, my reading skills are deteriorating clearly, oops.

  7. GuyDoon says:

    Someone below mentioned that Holland suggested new overtime to be 4on4 for four minutes, then 3on3 for four more. I’m wondering what happens when a penalty is called on 3on3? Would they play 3on2? That just sounds silly.

    • HabFab says:

      Good question.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      3-on-3 hockey is Awful to watch. It goes icing, icing, faceoff, repeat.

      • twilighthours says:

        Are you serious? Our local high school league goes right to 3-on-3 overtime and it’s the most exciting hockey I’ve ever watched. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an icing in an overtime game in 7 years of watching.

      • neumann103 says:

        In the main beer league I play in there is a 5 minute overtime, 3 on 3, must change on the fly. Running clock until the last minute when it becomes stop time. Icings are generally avoided because it keeps you on the ice and gives up a defensive zone faceoff, which with that much room can often result in a good shooting opportunity.

        A penalty results in 4 on 3 play.

        Most games end with a goal.

        No goal means a tie. No shootout except in a deciding playoff game.

        It does force you to play you best players. I always step back and run the bench and changes when we get to OT. I think I have only played one shift in overtime when we only had 6 guys and it was just a 30 seconds to buy someone some recovery time.

        Generally makes for exciting hockey.

        That being said I don’t have anything against ties and would be perfectly happy to go back to having ties in regular season.

        “Et le but!”

  8. HabFab says:

    Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs

    New, shallow #NHL net (left) and its deeper (by 4 inches) predecessor at Bell Centre.
    https://twitter.com/Dave_Stubbs/status/379327315718594560/photo/1

    • Ron says:

      Wow. Going to be allot more replays on goals scored. Pucks are going to go in and out much quicker. The boys in the war room will be able to give the laffs more leeway now.. :D

  9. Psycho29 says:

    Dave Stubbs tweeted the starting lineups for tonight:

    https://twitter.com/Dave_Stubbs/status/379284550636953600/photo/1

  10. Drive4twenty5 says:

    Anyone know if RDS is streaming the game tonight?

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  11. DipsyDoodler says:

    I want to reiterate.

    No Breaking Bad spoilers on the game thread please.

    I will find you if you do.

    I will sprinkle ricin on your cornflakes and then I will redecorate your house with wall to wall Bruins paraphernalia to shame your family.

  12. JF says:

    Anyone know the numbers some of the kids will be wearing? I know Reway is 89, but the others?

  13. Carta-Hab says:

    Completely off topic, but does anyone know any sites where tonight’s Breaking Bad episode will be streamed? REALLY want to find one. Help a fella out!

    Mike Milbury, Don Cherry, and PJ Stock….The three stooges of HNIC.

  14. Ron says:

    As per Stu Cowan in a post below the great Mikey will not be live blogging tonights game but will return to action tomorrow night against the broons. Welcome back Mike..

  15. JO says:

    Hope Reway gets a goal tonight. I think that kid is gonna be good where ever he ends up!!

  16. Mr. Biter says:

    Tabbernac, they just cut away from the Packers game to a “more completive game”. Go Pack Go.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  17. sirs81 says:

    anyone know if http://www.hockeystreams.com is a good website? Is the quality any good there? how is the speed of the streams?

  18. habs11s says:

    There’s a report that Mason Raymond has signed for 925,000 with the Leafs

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/13/report-leafs-raymond-have-one-year-925000-deal-in-place/

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  19. Stevie.Ray says:

    I thought there was a pre-season rule that you had to play at least 8 veterans (100 NHL games). So far we have 4 or 5 in the lineup?

    • B says:

      Not sure about the 100 games thing, but Budaj, Prust, Gallagher, Tinordi, Galchenyuk, Drewiske, Diaz, Pateryn, and Eller are in tonight’s lineup.

      –Go Habs Go!–

      • B says:

        I found the following:

        “A Club shall be permitted to dress a minimum of eight (8) veterans for any Exhibition Game. For purposes of this Section, a veteran shall constitute either: (1) a forward or defenseman who played in thirty (30) NHL Games during the previous season, (2) a goaltender who either dressed in fifty (50) or more NHL Games or played in thirty (30) or more NHL Games in the previous season, (3) a first round draft choice from the most recent year’s Entry Draft or (4) any Player who has played one-hundred (100) or more career NHL Games.”

        By this, Tinordi and Pateryn from my list above don’t qualify (not enough games last season), but McCarron does (1st rounder in the last draft). That means they will have 8 “veterans” dressed tonight.

        –Go Habs Go!–

    • SmartDog says:

      As per below, McCarron qualifies at one of the 8 “veterans” because he is this years first round pick.

      They should modify the wording… but whatever.

      ALSO… they’ve said they will make a major cut by Tuesday. So expect these next two games to be the thinnest roster we’ll see by far.
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  20. DipsyDoodler says:

    For the record I think Pauline Marois is an ignorant bigot, and her values charter with “intolerance” as its prime value shames us all.

    But we should probably reserve “Nazi” for (1) the Nazis or (2) Philadelphia Flyers fans.

    Just kidding about (2).

    • DAVE. N says:

      Political apartheid form policy, and wanting to pick a fight with the rest of Canada …that’s all you need to know about any PQ charter or bill..any party that professes to have a majority of its population on its side concerning how people are dressed for work, when they have a billion dollar deficit and streets falling in through their largest city is selling bullsh..

    • Habsolutely says:

      I agree. Nobody likes the Quebec separatists or their isolationism, but comparing them to the Nazi’s who murdered thousands is ignorant.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I would normally jump to agree with you. And even as I write this I view the “Nazi” term as dangerous hyperbole. But I am on pg. 906 of Michener’s the source.. and my god the inhumanity of man which starts of in rather small and thus unprotested ways.

        Hope you would understand that in the context of being deeply engrossed in this book, my gut reaction was to be a one line rejoinder “until the killing starts”.

        Of course I am being outrageous… of course…yes?

        Edit: I am also dismayed by the following from this link… :

        http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/09/14/quebec_charter_protest_in_montreal.html

        A Jewish group said it decided not to participate in the rally because it was planned for the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.

        Quebec’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said it’s against the charter of values but doesn’t want to be associated with some of the organizers, which included the Quebec Collective Against Islamophobia.

        In a statement, the group said the Jewish community “will not accept to be co-opted or manipulated by the dubious objectives of some of the organizers of the demonstration, who include religious radical fundamentalists with whom the Jewish community will never make common cause.”
        ==========================
        Some causes are as common as our ability to shed blood.

        • Habsolutely says:

          Well, the moment any political party commits atrocities at the level the Nazi’s did I’m sure it will be ok to compare. But calling someone a Nazi because you disagree with them politically is ignorant.

          • habstrinifan says:

            Anyone who calls a ‘political opponent’ a NAZI is stupid and unworthy of engaging in any form of discussion in my viewpoint. Those in society who raise alarm bells at injustice and forewarn through comparison, even outlandish comparisons, I am tempted to stop what I am doing and give a listen. Comparisons to odious history are not necessarily odious…even if they prove wrong.

            However, in the interest of peace I will accept your premise and wait until “the moment” of the “atrocity” to level any such comparison. Hopefully it wont be too late.

  21. Chuck says:

    Wait… Breaking Bad will be starting about the same time as the 3rd period. If the game is close, what shall I do?

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  22. Chuck says:

    Go Habs Go!

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  23. Puck Bard says:

    Is there a stream for tonight’s game? I’m not in QC so no RDS.

    thx

  24. HabFab says:

    Re Ian’s comment on if Boone is live blogging. Have not seen any announcements from our Hosts in that regard. Wonder if negotiations have broken down after his “entry level contract”? Boone must be holding out for a long term (or more booze) while Stu is pushing a “bridge contract” (free pretzels).

    Why in blazes did I just get a deja vu?

    • Stu Cowan says:

      Boone won’t be live-blogging tonight’s game, but will be tomorrow night when the Big, Bad Bruins are at the Bell Centre. Brenda Branswell will have report on tonight’s game with video on HIO from the Habs room after game. Pat Hickey and Dave Stubbs will also be writing from the Bell Centre.

  25. Komihater says:

    Is the great MB doing liveblog this year??

  26. Habs_Norway says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
    Finally, the time has come!
    Excited to see the boys again.

    ICE ICE BABY
    Enjoy the game!

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    Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

  27. BJ says:

    @AndyF. Regarding your question of a paying stream. Best one out there is http://www.hockeystreams.com

  28. Eddie says:

    Zemgus Girgensons was a terrific player in the USHL, and then Buffalo grabbed him 14th overall in 2012. Last year he played pro in the AHL as an 18 year old (turned 19 in January), so he was not really given great minutes there. He managed to score 3 goals in 3 playoff games which could be a foreshadowing of things to come.

    For those who watch players other than the Habs, he is worth watching tonight.

  29. habsfan0 says:

    Life is fragile.
    The world’s oldest living man died at 112 on Friday in a suburb of Buffalo, New York.

    I’m afraid the prospect of another non playoff season by the Bills is what finally did him in.

  30. Bill says:

    @thebonscott: Diaz can be traded when we have a better option as a right-shooting, puck-moving Dman who can handle power-play duties. Until then, losing him is a serious downgrade.

    • HabFab says:

      This is what comes to mind when I read the haters… and not just Diaz’s.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85V1Xewv20k

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      We’ll see what happens. I can’t claim to know exactly how comfortable the Habs players are playing the opposite side on defence or just how important that right handed shot of Diaz’s is?

      Does Diaz’s offensive upside outweigh him being small and sometimes over matched in his end, we’ll have to see.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Diaz will probably be dealt at the deadline if the prospects play well in Hamilton and Emelin comes back as good as before.

      BTW Diaz is not held in high regard around the league as he is here. Pierre McGuire called him a depth defenseman. In this case, you will not get as much for him now as you would at the deadline.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  31. HabFab says:

    Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs

    Watching #Habs Murray skate reminds me of an 18-wheel semi: glacial getting up to speed but you then don’t want to be in its way

  32. HabFab says:

    A video from Stubbs showing skating tests this AM at Brossard. Markov ain’t PK but he shows better mobility here then last season;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9WP_b1bQz0&feature=youtu.be

    But then was Markov ever the skater PK is.

  33. Bash says:

    A Sabres roster was posted.

    Is the first 18 players their lineup for sure?

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  34. thebonscott says:

    i am not a diaz hater, i just think this year is a great time to trade him, next year he needs a new contract, probably expect 2.5 to 3 mill per year, and i would rather see habs give a younger guy a chance. Diaz is not a star, he ain’t much of an upgrade.

    Are you ready for the bee-sting, Subbang!!!!

  35. Timo says:

    What is the word of the season this year? What will replace “meritocracy”? (cause lets face it, that went out the window fast last season)

    • HabFab says:

      Go Habs Go would be my preference.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Therriens new word is “vision”. I give you the quote from the last thread, ” I have this vision and I hope it’s going to work. I might try other things, but what you saw is the vision and we hope it’s going to work.” Is he already prepping excuses?

      Even if Therrien comes across as a slightly less convincing visionary than Tony Dungy, it is always a good thing to have a vision.

      “The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it. VISION will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve excellence. Only VISION allows us to transform dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement through human action. VISION has no boundaries and knows no limits. Our VISION is what we become in life. ”
      ― Tony Dungy

  36. slapshot777 says:

    Hockey is back can’t wait I know it is only preseason but it is a Habs game.

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

  37. Timo says:

    Hey, did you guys know that Habs are playing their first pre-season game tonight? Bet you didn’t. Also wondering if anyone will be showing it.

  38. rhino514 says:

    Anyone know what Randy Cunneyworth is doing these days?

  39. HabFab says:

    Sabres dressing Ott, Gillies and Kaleta… ugly!

  40. HabFab says:

    Line combos at morning skate;

    Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher,
    Collberg-Reway-Prust,
    McCarron-St-Pierre-Bournival,
    Andrighetto-Holland-Nystrom

    Tinordi-Pateryn;
    Drewiske-Diaz;
    Lashoff-Nygren

  41. AndyF says:

    Hey, I’m looking for a pay internet feed for the Habs games. Anyone have any suggestions?

  42. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The guy to watch tonight has to be Pateryn. The Habs are desperate for a right-handed D-man with size. If he can’t make it this year , it will not get easier with his age and Dietz/Nygren in Hamilton. He needs to do what Tinordi did the second time he came up: play physically without fear of making a mistake. MT seems to be the type of coach that is willing to let some things slide if you go to war every night (like Prust).

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  43. HabFab says:

    Roster for tonights game via Stubbs;
    https://twitter.com/Dave_Stubbs/status/379244438624534528/photo/1

    Heavy on the kids…

  44. habs1992 says:

    7:30 GAME ON RDS

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  45. The Rocket called it quits on this day in 1960.

    http://www.letiretlebut.com/2013/09/today-in-habs-history-september-15th.html

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  46. Mavid says:

    zero…the day has finally arrive..no internet or cable here in lovely Pugwash so I will have to check in on my I Pad..try to keep busy today it will go by faster.. :-)

    Weed Wacker Gramda Smurf

  47. Mavid says:

    The Habs selling out for a scrimmage game made the national news last night..who says were not the best fans ever..bulls….

    Weed Wacker Gramda Smurf

  48. Ian Cobb says:

    I wonder if Mike is live blogging tonight,? Or do I have to again.?

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Your reporter states:

      “One player to keep a close eye on is Jared Tinordi; he is strong and fast and ready for his time in the spotlight.”

      Is he actually fast? That would be a real plus but my understanding was that he wasn’t an above average skater.

      In any case whether he goes to Hamilton or stays in Montreal is probably the one roster question right now.

  49. HabFab says:

    Louis Jean @LouisJean_TVA

    McCarron, @CanadiensMTL 1st pick will play tonight vs @BuffaloSabres. Fucale, Reway, Tinordi, Prust, Gallagher, Eller, Galchenyuk also in.

  50. HabFab says:

    Gagne rips Holmgren for stringing him along;
    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20130915_Snider_upbeat_about_new-look_Flyers.html

    And to believe there are fools in Habsville that want to sign him.

  51. DipsyDoodler says:

    Is it evidence of collusion that no one has put in an offer sheet for Cody Franson? The Leafs don’t have the cap space to sign him to more than $2M without trading someone else. (Stupid Nonis.)

    Last season he was 8th in points among d-men and gradually worked his way up from bottom to top pairing defenceman on the Leafs. He had 6 points (3 goals) in 7 playoff games.

    Or do those numbers not really tell the whole story and he’s just an OK defenceman who happened to have a good year last year?

    • Sportfan says:

      He was good in Nashville too, Nonis is just a block head who doesn’t know how to sign people properly.

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    • on2ndthought says:

      I think if you offer $3M, it’s a 2nd round draft pick, more than that it’s a 1st and 3rd. So yeah, assuming he’d ink for $3M per, you could get a good player for a low cost; but I wouldn’t go over that. I guess it depends on what Franson thinks he’s worth.

      “a cannonading drive”

    • Bill says:

      Who are you.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Eddie says:

      It’s my understanding that we, the public, would not necessarily find out about an offer sheet being delivered to an agent of a player and the league.

      The offer sheet only becomes public if the player agrees to the offer sheet and the file is then transferred to the player’s team for consideration.

      It is possible that many teams have called the Leafs and they have been told that any reasonable offer will be matched. It is also possible that Franson has received offers from teams for which he has no interest to play.

      But there is a 3rd element here and it is definitely collusion. Teams do not want to face offer sheets against their own players so there is a common understanding that offer sheets should not be encouraged.

  52. thebonscott says:

    i believe either tinordi or nygren or pateryn should start in mtl, and that diaz is expendable, what does everybody think we could get for diaz, prospect or draftchoice wise?

    Are you ready for the bee-sting, Subbang!!!!

  53. thebonscott says:

    Eklund the idiot is reporting habs canucks plekanec for edler trade in the works. Meanwhile they both have no trade clauses, and mtl is FULL of defensemen, what a moron

    Are you ready for the bee-sting, Subbang!!!!

  54. HabFab says:

    CHANGES

    – new goalie pads are noticeably smaller and will have to see if it increases scoring.
    – new nets looked good, definitely more room and will increase wrap around attempts. Really noticed the difference when Patches ended up in the net after crashing it.
    – visors are now mandatory for all new guys entering the league.
    – will have to wait and see on the hybrid icing. My first thoughts aren’t positive. Apparently it will be reviewed by the PA after training camps.
    – the NHL has decided not to experiment with the automatic review of high sticking calls by NHL Central. Apparently the actors guild complained.

    On another note, Holland’s proposed overtime changes seem to be popular with those that have seen it. Starts with 4 on 4 for 4 minutes and then goes to 3 on 3 for 4 minutes. Then if no goal scored, you have a shootout.

  55. Maritime Ronn says:

    September 15-2013: 5:54 AM CDT
    Green Bay Wisconsin (2 miles from Lambeau Field)

    Good Morning morning crew

    After a rather long day of airplanes and airports, the Home Opener of the Packers vs. RG III/Washington has finally arrived.
    Nothing better in life than sharing a precious sports moment with your son… void of distracting noise (wife/daughters :-) )

    The only regret from yesterday was not being able to respond to Mavid Grandma Weed Wacker’s “1”, yet thankfully someone graciously picked up the ball…err, I mean puck.

    I always knew Habs fans were hockey’s best, yet I have never experienced/seen what goes on here – and the game is still 6 hours away.
    Went to the Lambeau Field merchandise store yesterday, and there were 11 check out cashes that just barely kept up with the crowds.

    As for Habs hockey tonight, we’ll be able to catch the game on a free site.
    If you don’t have RDS, this works quite well.

    http://firstrowus1.eu/sport/ice-hockey.html

    DO NOT download anything when prompted.
    There will be several popups to start.
    Just patiently delete.

    Here’s wishing you all a great day of football and hockey this evening!

  56. jols101 says:

    I hope they play McCarron tonight and sit him for tomorrow night’s game against the Bruins. I like the kid and hope he develops into a big, mean, talented power forward. I find he says things before thinking though. He expressed his desire to test Lucic when we play the Bruins. I think that would be a terrible idea and may end with him leaving the game on a stretcher. In a few years after he has earned his stripes in the O and the A, then by all means, have at him. Tomorrow would be 2 or 3 years too soon. I hope they avoid putting him in that position.

  57. ClutchNGrab says:

    Good Morning,

    Each year for my fantasy hockey pool, I prepare by purchasing the McKeen magazine.

    Now this year, the magazine won’t have a print copy. What other hockey pool magazine would be worth spending some money on?

  58. Un Canadien errant says:

    The gremlins won’t let me post my thoughts on the scrimmage. You can follow the link below to read my recap. No crow is eaten, but I can see how it might make its way on the menu.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2013/09/pre-season-scrimmage-equipe-blanc-2.html

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …have not read ‘your stuff’ yet Normand, but I LIKED that Reway goal …PK has been impressed with Him too

      …very, very excited about the depth of talent to choose from and in the process of development

      …hope,because of numbers,we won’t lose any We will regret later

      …and should be interesting if Carey doesn’t live up to expectations again, whether the crowd start Fucale chants in game …Fucale looked good, yet not ready, but that won’t stop the vultures

      …anyhow, here I go, I’m diving into your blog page …specifically a Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults in the Tuck Position :)

      …night

  59. DipsyDoodler says:

    Predictions:

    1. PK will be even better.
    2. Markov will be Markov again. Hence our powerplay will really rock.
    3. Murray will be Hal Gill 2.0. sure he’s slow but he will surprise everyone and make our penalty kill good.
    4. Parros will be a joke, but a harmless joke like what has 4 legs and flies or knock knock who’s there orange orange who … .
    5. Diaz will be awesome in his end and on the powerplay.
    6. Galchenyuk will be our leading goal scorer.
    7. Pacioretty will be on the all-star team.
    8. Briere will have his best season in three years.
    9. Three scoring lines. One energetic 4th line.
    10. The Leafs, Bruins and Senators will suck.

  60. This Guy says:

    With all the hype about diamond prospects in the rough from this year’s draft, I’m excited to see De La Rose and McCarron perform for their clubs. Timmins and MB seem to have a good thing going.

  61. Say Ash says:

    OK. Who’s going down on Breaking Bad tomorrow? Vegas currently has Jesse favoured.

  62. Something I put together on Ken Dryden’s first “retirement” from the Habs.

    http://www.letiretlebut.com/2013/09/today-in-habs-history-september-14th.html

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  63. 416erHabsFan says:

    Is it just me or is the link for the scrimmage not working/broken?

  64. JO says:

    The scrimmage was alright. It’ll be more exciting tomorrow night against Buffalo.

  65. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I’m just happy that the Habs won their first game of the pre-season, even if it was against the Habs.

  66. AH says:

    Just watched some of the scrimmage…man it’s weirding me out seeing Briere in a Habs uni….and as someone else stated, that Reway looks like he has some wheels.

  67. Timo says:

    What did I miss?

  68. JO says:

    I’m impressed with the Reway Kid. He has good skills.

  69. Chuck says:

    What happened with YouTube today? Did someone fall asleep at the wheel?

  70. Sportfan says:

    Any good hockey news out there? Was at work all day -_-

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  71. Well there is hockey on tonight. Pre-season from Kraft Hockeyville (Jets/Caps) but it’s something.

    Hopefully CBS keeps PJ Stock off the air. Far too early to start dealing with him

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    • Habs4LifeInTO says:

      That friggin CBC crew with the dreaded Ron Mclean and then PJ too. I had mostly forgotten those lamesters! Yeesh! Thank goodness for Kevin Weekes at least.

      24 cups and counting….

  72. habs11s says:

    First… day of the NHL Preseason !
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  73. Timo says:

    Interesting how Beaulieu completely fell off the grid… granted he is injured but from what I read he didn’t come to the camp in the best possible shape (they feed too well at the joint?) and was laboring during whatever ice time he managed to get before he went down.

    I think Michael Therrien’s PDP needs him.

  74. ABHabsfan says:

    he was right at his fighting weight

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  75. HabFab says:

    News flash – Beaulieu spent the summer in Brossard working out under the personal supervision of the Habs trainers. Surprised a cynical dude like yourself can’t spot the crap coming from others ;)

  76. on2ndthought says:

    Diaz IS one of the kids, an undrafted gem, who has one full season of NHL play. Watch him this year, I suspect he will still be on our blueline even when(if) Tinordi, Beaulieu, Pateryn, Nygren are regulars. I suspect in 3 years PK, Emelin, Tinordi, Beaulieu, Diaz and Gorges are the 6.

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  77. Phil C says:

    Colton Gillies, 6’4″ 207lbs, picked 16th overall in 2007 by Minnesota, projected to be a power forward, but has been a bust so far. The perils of picking size over talent.

  78. Ron says:

    I don’t consider him one of the kids. He’ll be 28 this January coming.

  79. HabFab says:

    But the genes :)

  80. HabFab says:

    Just like yours is that they can.
    Me! I’ll wait for MT and MB to decide.

  81. HabFab says:

    Been on vacation?

  82. Ron says:

    No, just getting things here put away before the fall. Closed up the cottage as well. Really looking forward to the start of season. Had myself all pumped up for yesterdays workout and couldn’t believe they scratched it on you tube. Watched it later from your site you posted though. Loved it although the dead silence was crap haha.

  83. habstrinifan says:

    Seems impractical. Following is a scouting report on Briere as it relates to power play.

    Assets: Is extremely creative and capable of seeing the play develop in slow motion. Makes excellent decisions when passing and shooting. Excels on power plays (and behind the opposing net). Has outstanding hands.
    Flaws: Can get pushed off the puck at times, and lacks strength when in front of the opposing net against big defenders. Has been known to go into scoring slumps. Isn’t a great defender (and never will be).

    Seems very capable of floating working around the free space ‘within’ the forward positions of the power play but his drawbacks indicate potential difficulty at the ‘point’.

  84. HabinBurlington says:

    I have never been a big Bears fan (but loved Sweetness, Payton) and as a Bomber fan wasn’t a big Als fan, but I find myself cheering for Trestman. I think he is going to do well there.

  85. Strummer says:

    How about time with his father?
    Show him the clip of dad Mark thumping Chris Nilan

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  86. Luke says:

    Or Mark Tinordi.

  87. jols101 says:

    He is a better skater then I thought he would be for a guy his size and age. Still room for lots of improvement, he falls a lot cause he lunges at guys to make a hit. It is great that he wants to be physical but he needs to be patient and the hits will come.

  88. Harditya says:

    No need to fight a Neanderthal in the pre-season.

  89. twilighthours says:

    Silly comment

  90. SlovakHab says:

    Not sure if serious…..

  91. HabFab says:

    Vodka speaking :)

  92. Adidess says:

    Is that really what you’d like to see Glachenyuk do and you’re just saying it for effect?

  93. Trisomy 21 says:

    The ps3 thing is a perk so I don’t have to have the pc and the tv being used at once. THanks guys

  94. habstrinifan says:

    Valid question for anyone out there tonight really so kinda unfair.

  95. Adidess says:

    It would be way more honorable for him to get into a fight than to do such a cowardly and horrible thing, so I still don’t understand what you’re saying. Why is that better than getting into a fight?

  96. pmaraw says:

    did Chucky have his head up?

  97. punkster says:

    Huh?

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

  98. DipsyDoodler says:

    Actually Chucky laid a hit on a tough clean hit on a Sabre and Kaleta dropped the gloves and tried to fight Chucky. Hit him once on the helmet.

  99. twilighthours says:

    Ignore.

  100. neumann103 says:

    He’s been on it all night. Compiling a list of Habs players who should do more cross checking. So far:
    Galchenyuk
    Tinordi

    “Et le but!”

  101. punkster says:

    Oops…ya, just looked back…never mind.

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

  102. Adidess says:

    I engaged him initially. Didn’t realize.

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  104. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Honestly, the big promoters of fights were the young players like Tinordi and McCarron. In fact, the small guys like Prust, Colberg, and others are shoving BUF player’s faces in the glass.

  105. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Hmmm, I didn’t see that though. What I did see is that Kaleta is really getting pissed off with most of the Habs players. He can do the yapping he likes but now that we have big players, he should rather zip it and play.

  106. chanchilla says:

    doesn’t tarnasky just have an AHL contract, i dont believe the canadiens can call him up.

  107. DipsyDoodler says:

    You need to relax man.

  108. Timo says:

    I would like nothing more for Tarnasky to end Chara’s career tomorrow. Get it over with it, done and out.

  109. chanchilla says:

    because galchenyuk is like 30 lbs less than kaleta, not a fighter, and he drew a penalty, he did it because he’s intelligent.

  110. pmaraw says:

    i wonder what shanaban would say about this scenario. i meant the last thing we need is for Chucky to become a repeat offender…. during the pre-season….

  111. showey47 says:

    I think tarnasky is playing tomorrow. Tinordi is the only player who played today who will be playing tomorrow also.

  112. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Why the hell do they have overtime in pre-season? And then a shoot-out on top of that? Ridiculous.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  113. Timo says:

    Said the same thing below.

  114. Bill says:

    No, you said Chuck should learn how to tie a guy like Kaleta up, which makes sense. He said Chuck should have sticked him in the face and knocked out his teeth. Those are quite different statements.

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  115. Timo says:

    I referred to his statement about “protecting himself”. Both are forms of protections… I do indeed prefer Epic’s means of protecting oneself, however, in Galchenyuk’s case I realize it won’t be happening.


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