Fifth place!

And your Montreal Canadiens didn’t even have to play a game to reach that lofty position.

Washington’s loss to Phoenix dropped the struggling Caps to sixth.

AUDIO from Monday’s practice: Jacques Martin | Scott Gomez | Brian Gionta | Mike Cammalleri | Max Pacioretty | Mathieu Darche | P.K. Subban

Cammalleri may be back in Calgary

Pat Hickey on fighting

Toronto Sports Network on P.K.

Reactions to Mario Lemieux’s statement

Roy MacGregor on Lemieux

Leafs deal Versteeg, look to July 1

Damien Cox on Versteeg deal

120 Comments

  1. Mattyleg says:

    He wasn’t let go. He left. He’d had enough of the type of negativity in certain areas of the media in Montreal, and the kind of Playstation GMing that we get on sites like this.

    People are still trying to villify him for having built a team that missed the playoffs once in the past six years, from a team that missed it more than they were in it. Not to mention finishing first in the East, and going to the Conference finals.

    People like to complain. Makes them feel like they’ve said something insightful.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. habitual says:

    Yup, Bob G and Gauthier do deserve credit. There are a lot of rookies on this team and we are still in the thick of the playoffs.

  3. SensFanSpezza says:

    Wasn’t he on waivers last week?  I guess there’s no point in the Leaves getting something for free when they can pay a good pick for it.

  4. geo_habsgo says:

    Yeah I thought about that as well. I guess thats the good thing about it is that we have been forced to give extended looks at the kids in hamilton. I’m liking the future of this team I just thought that with the right amount of luck and performance we could have been huge this season. Who knows maybe the team will surprise me come playoff time. :p

  5. habs03 says:

    No Miller tonight, Enroth is in nets tonight.

  6. Julie H says:

    Get this “Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, said he agreed with Lemieux in that the violence last Friday’s game was unacceptable.” Since when does he NOT support violence?

  7. Chester says:

    I got two words for Mario …. Matt Cooke.

    I have to rinse my mouth now.

  8. Mark C says:

    Philly will be in a right tight spot next year cap wise. $57.5M committed to 17 players (1 goalie, 6 D, 10 F) Leino is the only big name UFA this year. After next year the team has $44M tied up on 11 players, Van Riemsdyk, Versteeg, Carle and Coburn will all need contracts. Going for it now is the right move, Philly has to be operating on a 2 year window, this year and next, after that all bets are off.  

  9. Off-side says:

    Can we talk about Subban for a change?  I mean, c’mon, the poor guy never gets center stage!

    No, really folks.  Here’s my thing with Subban and all the negative criticism shovelled his way.  If the media (even this media right here) would please stop giving a soap box to any team, player or coach anytime Subban even breaths, all the talk would die.  You may not be the instigator, Mr. Media, but you do a hell of a job of transforming a camp fire to a forest fire.

    Can we please let this young man play his sport before these attacks break him?  He is a mere 21 year old. 

    For God’s sake, leave him alone.

  10. avatar_58 says:

    You and I both know Mr Subban is a bit of a showman. Do you really think he isn’t enjoying the attention?

  11. 24 Cups says:

    No that there was much chance of it ever happening, but I think we can put to rest any rumours of a possible Jarome Iginla trade.

    Calgary beat Colorado 9-1 last night to move into 8th place in the ultra competitive Western Conference playoff race.  Iginla scored twice to run his season totals to 25/31/56/6/4 which is good for 9th place in the NHL scoring race.  Alex Tanguay also returned to the line-up and tallied a marker.

  12. habstrinifan says:

    Be 21 again. Be in a ‘spotlight’ position for social and hockey reason. Be unsure if your next faux pas puts you in the coach’s doghouse or gets you some disdainful look from your teammates… and tell me if you would enjoy it.
    I usually agree with your take on things but I believe that you are totally overlooking the human fragility of PK in all this. And forget the assumption by many that P.K is tough mentally etc and can handle alll this… look at how long it took him to regain confidence after his sudden benching where he wasnt even counsulled (not consoled) by his coach.

  13. 24 Cups says:

    Mark – I think that Philly is taking a page out of CHicago’s book from last year.  You get as close as possible to a legit Cup run and then indirectly go way over the cap (in terms of the following year) to enhance your chances. 

    If you win (like Chicago did), it’s well worth it even though you have to sell off assets two months later.  If you stumble you still have a decent core to try it again in a few years (like Chicago probably will).

    Given the choice between being good for ten years with no Cup or being average overall but with a Cup……

    I’ll take the Cup, no question.. 

  14. sholi2000.com says:

    OK so after the Bruins loss, I was a tad upset with the boys. 

    Looking at the standings today makes me happy.

    We are missing a ton of talent, and in 5th place. (moving on up)

    Noice!

     

    They Call Me Shane

  15. Off-side says:

    Amen.  He’s only human and a 21 year old human. 

  16. adamkennelly says:

    Mr. Hickey – the real reason there is no fighting in the playoffs is because all the stupidity which normally leads up to it goes away- hooking, roughing, slashing, boarding, unsportsmanlike conduct- because players cannot afford to take the minor penalties associated with those infractions.  That and the fact most teams don’t dress their “fighters” unless of course you are fighter who can play – which is exactly the type of player the Habs need two of.  If we happen to get a blow out playoff game – say 4 or 5 goal lead in the third – watch out for some fights as the losing team tries to stir things up. 

     

     

     

  17. Off-side says:

    There’s negative attention and positive attention.  When you are booed at sporting arenas (other than your own) and veterans call on you for what you say and do and put a mark on your forehead, that is not pleasant attention.  This is the negative stuff I don’t like to see the media by into. 

  18. Mark C says:

    Absolutely, what you describe might be the new model for some teams now; get as close as you can and then add as much as you can and worry about it later. Philly has been building toward this for some time now, the Pronger trade and signing, now this trade. Philly easily has one of the weakest farm systems in the league, and it will likely only get worse. It is all about winning this year or next, then hoping to make a few smart moves and get back into the race again in a few years.  

    I hope Montreal is like this in 2 or 3 years.

  19. geo_habsgo says:

    I’m completely frustrated with how unlucky the Habs seem to be. Judging by our teams strong play this year and our placement in the top 10 in the league despite all of our key injuries , it has me lamenting over the post-season that we could have had. We had the potential to go all the way this year if we were able to keep this team intact but it just wasn’t in the cards. This team is still quite capable and we have shown ourselves to be giant killers on more than one occasion but with the lack of depth we have due to all the injuries its hard to consider this season anything but a lost cause. 

    I know that sounds bleak but we have been slowly watching a strong team get built over the last few years and I know that at least for me, making the playoffs isn’t good enough anymore. We are better than that now. 

  20. joshua94k says:

    To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high…

    The Canadiens are 5th in their conference and a point behind the Bruins for the division title. Most people would have written the season off in January with injuries to Markov, Gorges, Cammalleri and a disappointing December record. Now add Hall Gill to the list and the team is in more trouble.

    However this team has been resilient. The management of Gainey and Gauthier deserve a lot of credit. They have built a strong farm team through drafts, trades and player development. By signing Picard and Halpern and trading for Wisniewski, they have added depth to the team. When the team was struggling, their farm team provided Pacioretty, Desharnais, White, and Webber which has helped this team tremendously.

    There are others like Boyd, Engqvist, Palushaj, Henry etc waiting for their chance. Some teams have to trade away their future to salvage a season or rebuild. Gainey and Gauthier have built a strong support structure that has enabled the team to withstand losing their top two defencemen for the season and their best scorer for about a month. Credit the coaching staff also for getting the players to play within their system.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  21. jennifer1984 says:

    what up double post

  22. jennifer1984 says:

    tonight i expect a win.
    i’m sitting here patiently awaiting the arrival of my new niece or nephew and since they live in Toronto, their father is a Leafs fan….and I need this baby to learn properly, from the day it’s born.

     

    this is nerve wracking!!! COME ON BABY!!!

    and let’s get a win!!!!

  23. HardHabits says:

    It wasn’t the loss to the Bruins it was that the Habs were on the receiving end of dirty play and intimidation tactics and they fell for it.

    The game against Toronto showed that they can win against a team that plays that type of game by playing smart.

    That is why I feel better.

  24. Chris says:

    If Montreal is going to be like this in 2 or 3 years, they will have to become a lot more focused on that goal.  We had a glorious chance to generate some assets for the future two seasons ago, with 11 UFA’s, but made very few moves at the deadline in a misguided attempt to make the playoffs.

    This summer, we’ve got a number of UFA’s (Hamrlik, Gill, Markov, Wisniewski, Halpern and Darche), RFA’s (Kostitsyn, Gorges, Pouliot, Pacioretty, White, Desharnais, Pyatt, Weber and Picard, most of whom will be looking for raises) and a couple of veterans that could be attractive to a Stanley Cup contender (Moen, Spacek).

    So much of the focus here in Montreal is always on who we can add, but I’m more interested on who the Habs can exchange for some draft picks or prospects in an attempt to build for that run in 2 or 3 years.  My vote is Travis Moen, who I feel is one of the most invisible players on the roster but whose name could generate some interest from a team like Boston or Vancouver or Detroit as they look to gear up for a Stanley Cup run.  I doubt you could get a 1st round pick for him, but a 2nd round pick might not be out of the question depending on the market.

    Philadelphia has been masterful at using their draft picks and veterans to secure new assets.  I think Montreal’s management needs to be a little more aggressive in the same way.  A late first round pick this season is a crap-shoot due to the weakness of the draft beyond the top-10.  If you could pry another team’s RFA headache off of them with that pick, it might be worth the gamble.

  25. Max_a_million says:

    Now that Colorado’s goose is cooked, can we trade for Ryan O’Byrne back?  Just undo the previous trade. 

    We could use a young physical presence on our bleu line!

     

    “I need player who hate to lose” D. Irvin

  26. HardHabits says:

    I noticed you mentioned a while back that the West was in a tight race but this is ridiculous. 3rd place (69 pts.) to 10th (65 pts.) has 8 teams separated by 4 points

  27. 123456 says:

    congrats and you need to give them a little baby haby habs outfit. . . .

    i got my son a habs pacifier, bib, sippie cup, etc. . . . .   but he’s a sabres fan . . .  so you gotta try harder than i.

  28. Max_a_million says:

    I understand, but I don’t think you can look at it that way.

    As it turned out our young kids are getting a baptism by fire and coming up Aces.  This is good for the development of the team.

  29. forskis says:

    Considering that many on here were claiming that the Habs were done after the Boston game and claiming that they were a defeated bunch…it is kinda odd to hear that many are happy and impressed that the team is upbeat and confident.

    In the end, it really was just ONE game…amazing what a shutout win over the Leafs can do to morale.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  30. avatar_58 says:

    Unless you are Komisarek

  31. Max_a_million says:

    I think the players quite enjoy being booed in opposing arenas.  That one is a positive I would say.  They wouldn’t be booing you if you sucked. 

  32. SmartDog says:

    Great audio today folks.  Give it a listen.   A really upbeat bunch of guys right now – they sound solid. 

    Especially good interview – MaxPac.  Man, I love this kid.  The Gomez interview is a good one too.  Seriously!

  33. fbkj says:

    Pants Buzzed

    Leafs aquire aaron voros from anaheim for a conditional pic

  34. punkster says:

    My God man, with the deadline approaching you’re gonna have to stay home. All this pants buzzing has to be embarrassing in public.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  35. fbkj says:

    not sure… looks like a 7th and hes goin to the marlies…

  36. HardHabits says:

    I was very upset after the Bruins game but I think that you are missing the point.

    It wasn’t the loss. It was the type of game that it descended to that moved me and others here to anger and concern.

    Courage isn’t not having fear it is over-coming it.

    It wasn’t the shut-out either. It was that the Habs played a disciplined game against the Leafs and used their speed and skill to render the Leafs’ truculence and testosterone-laden style of play impotent.

    That Bruins game exposed a weakness in the Habs game. At first glance it looks like the Habs need more size and grit. I can’t disagree with that. After the Leafs game it appears that the Habs can also win if they don’t let themselves get suckered into playing outside their style and into the hands of teams who employ intimidation tactics. It doesn’t hurt to score and have PP that can do damage either.

  37. Rudy says:

    Those pants are going to be active for the next 10 days, enjoy it 🙂

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  38. fbkj says:

    pfffff you speak like im not shameless, public pant buzzin ftw!

  39. fbkj says:

    damn straight, its gonna be a partay!

  40. Mark C says:

    What you describe as always been a point of contention with me, it has been disappointing to see Montreal lose players for no return. I give management a bit of a pass on this, after all how many playoff teams sell off assets at the deadline? That said, I doubt management changes course this trade deadline, I only hope assets aren’t wasted on the most marginal upgrades, e.g. Philips, Neil, Penner etc. Any trade made should have some long-term value to the team. I would be all for players like Moen or Spacek traded for a future asset. 

  41. Max_a_million says:

    touché

    Although for Big Mike his paycheck, and being booed in Montreal are the only memories he has of the time when he was a good player.  Probably nostalgic, and heartfelt for him. 

  42. habitual says:

    And, HH, Detroit exposed a weakness in the Bruins’ game, beating them back to back with skating and great puck movement.

    The Habs have 3 – 1 series lead on the (supposedly) Big, Bad Bruins.  Not so bad, wouldn’t you say?

  43. habinypsi says:

    My heat went out last night, and its 47F in my apartment,  I think PK might be at fault here.

  44. TheDagger says:

    TSN is going show what some of the Habs are like in their everyday lives starting in March! Could be good..

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=36387

  45. krob1000 says:

    24 …in response to your post below…I agree the Flyers are a focre…the force to be reckoned with in the East…on paper they have everything but a legit goalie and I would bet money they acquire a vet there too by the deadline.  However, I would not write Pittsburgh off yet, despite losing Malkin, they played all the time with Malkin without staal, the get Crosby back, make a deal for a winger or two who can capitalize or at least let Cros bank pucks of fhem and they are legit.  The BRuins are very complete too, and as tough as Philly….if those two meet whoever plays teh winner will likely be playing a very battered team ( i Guess the number 2 seed needs to make it though for that to happen).  Tampa is decent too and any team t=with St Louis and Stamkos as their front end players and calls Vinny, Gagne, Malone and Downie their second tire is looking good….their concerns will be on D, is HEdman ready for primetime and the playoffs?

    Montreal is a defensive team, a workhorse team, a trapping team taht frustrates teams to no end….we can however be bullied a bit as evidenced by our three years running being eliminated by PHilly/Boston/Philly….but in a 7 game stretch anything is possible.  Are we a top tier team wiht no Markov/Gorges? nope…but I would nopt write us off either.  And I think there are plenty of teams in the East that could knock Philly off too….sometimes there are too many chiefs…..Philly fits that bill IMO.  Pronger goes down and so does phily, or if you get udner PRiogners skin he reaacts…as is the case with HArtnell and many of those guys….if a team has the balls and lack of brains to agitate them very bad things could happen…but it could led to a ton of pp time.

    I think we have a decnt team this eyar and anything is possible….I don;t know about going all in on a rental or anything but if we acquire a higher end player who still has time on his contract and would be around for next eyar too…tahn I am all for it.  We are at the beginning of what I see as a great three year run….this would have been a better year had Markov and Gorges not gone down long term…but…next year will be a big year so if we were to get an Iginla type I would not deem it a poor decision. I think we have plenty in the dept of youth and I think it is always worht taking a run at things…but obviously that means not ridiculously overpaying for an aging guy like Iginla(I am using this an example knowing he is pretty well untouchable right now).  I fully expect  however for us to add at tough winger and a stay at home dman or both for the deadline.  I can easily digest non first round picks for rentals and we ahve plenty of prospects too.  IF a real hcoeky trade presents itself that sacrfices the long term future for a player who will help us for the next 2 playoffs or more…I would be all over it. It would also give us options heading intot he summer as their are definitely some uncertainties with Markov and Gorges…so an asset now may seem like it is hurting the future but may actually be filpped later or make someone else expendable to address other needs later on. 

    I always drag things out but I guess I am saying I wouldn’t write off a deal yet…I expect us to act…probably depth moves ..but in Eklund style I am going to say that there is a good possibility that a larger deal comes along and we jump at it.  It hink the Fisher and Versteeg deal are pretty intriguing……Late foirst round picks and 3rd rounders for guys with plenty of contract and use ahead…..I think the one thing the Kovalchuk and Hossa deals  did is lower the values in futures trades and deadline deals.  I wuold have though Versteega t thsi point in  his career would be worth a higher first round pick and a prospect further along, Fisher I thought would have warranted slightly more as he is signed at a reasonable rate. I think Regehr is now off the table but Phillips would not cost much now..certainly not Pacioretty…heck I think ultimately he’ll go for a late 2nd or 3rd, Neil….proably a middle tier prospect or mid round pick as he is signed at 2 million which is about right but with that much term temas trading for him as he gets older likely have the leverage as Neil is not a guy who possesses a skill set that will age well.

    So much hignes on the teams intentions with markov/Gorges/Gill and Hammer…..and that is the frustrating thing…wondering what in the world management thinks of our backend for the remainder of this eyar …but more importantly what they envision going forward…do they know something we don’t about Emelin? who knows….the deadline will be interesting but I would be shocked if we don’t make a couple of moves.

  46. HardHabits says:

    I totally agree.

    Smaller Habs teams have beaten bigger, badder Bruins in the past.

    Plus ca change….

  47. arcosenate says:

    Blame Subban, Blame Subban!

    That’s what TSN chooses to do

    And that Jerk Don Cherry too

    Blame Subban, Blame Subban!

  48. dhenry1234 says:

    Habs call up Brendon Nash

    Tuesday, 15.02.2011 / 10:28 AM / moves
    Montreal Canadiens

    PRESS RELEASE

    MONTREAL –The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that defenseman Brendon Nash has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Nash will join the Canadiens in Montreal, for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, at the Bell Centre.

    The 23 year old, 6’03’’, 210 lbs defenseman has recorded 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 50 games with the Bulldogs this season. His three goals have all been scored on the power play. He registered 53 shots on goal and served 41 penalty minutes. Nash is tied for second on the Bulldogs with a +12 differential.

    In his last season at Cornell University in 2009-10, Nash led all team defensemen in scoring with 19 points in 33 games (2 goals, 17 assists) and served 48 penalty minutes. He recorded a total of 67 points (8 goals, 59 assists) and 173 penalty minutes in four full seasons with Cornell. From 2004 to 2006, Nash registered 60 points (9 goals, 51 assists) in 112 regular season games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League).

    A native of Kamloops, BC, Nash signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on March 30, 2010. He participated in the Canadiens’ development camp, as well as the rookie camp and the team official training camp in 2010, from which he was released on September 27, after posting a 1-1-2 record in two games.

  49. Hockey Socks says:

    Habs recall D Brendon Nash from Hamilton.

  50. Rudy says:

    I wonder if they will put it online so we can see it here in the States

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  51. observer says:

    Why is the Sabres/Habs game tonight the only one with no betting line?

  52. Rudy says:

    Should we be worried about Gill?

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  53. fbkj says:

    Pants Buz…

    bah nvmnd its been said

  54. Habfan29 says:

    Brendan Nash recalled from Hamilton, big body with a mean streak…..

  55. observer says:

    Burke went out and acquired the same type of players that the hypocrite Lemieux did with his.

  56. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Because everbody knows the Habs are gonna win.

  57. Admiral_Adama says:

    Which means nothing, really.  Backup goalies have had the Habs numbers for years, now.  No matter if it’s fifth stringers or flat out rookies.  They gotta stay frosty and follow the game plan.

  58. Mark C says:

    Yes, at least for the short-term. Sounds like he won’t be ready during the road trip.

  59. observer says:

    Seriously. Are there some big names that were not known before on either team not to play?

  60. Habfan29 says:

    Yes this guy is going to be great. He has the size and the skill, could be the next Robinson….

  61. merlin_24cups says:

    Who’s left in Hamilton??

  62. observer says:

    220 pounds. this is the next/first meeting of these teams since sabres pounded the habs all game long causing all those injuries a couple of weeks back.

  63. Admiral_Adama says:

    No point for MTL fans to boo him anymore.  He’s actually a good presence on the ice when playing the Habs.  the fans should cheer, albeit mockingly.

  64. Mattyleg says:

    Don’t understand Farenheit.

    Nor why the US continues to be the only country left in the world using it.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  65. Julie H says:

    Gotta love the Gazette for things like this: http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons/index.html

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  66. redgorf says:

    when i look back at all the injuries the hab have had, and all the back up tyey have in hamilton, i say, I wonder why MR GAINEY was let go. Every move  he’s made seem to be paying off,even some who have gone.

  67. Mattyleg says:

    I can’t believe it!!

    Brian Burke is going to try to make a BIG SPLASH DEAL in the summer??

    That’s incredible.

    Well, I have to say that it’ll go along nicely with all the other BIG SPLASH DEALs he’s done in the past. Lookit them!

    – Jason Blake!!

    – Phil Kessel!!

    -Mike Komisarek!!

    – Dion Phaneuf!!

    When your BIG SPLASH DEALs go this well, there’s no reason to stop doing them!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  68. fbkj says:

    not so fast, bermuda uses it as well

  69. ZepFan2 says:

    Come trade deadline, you’ll have no juice left. 😉

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  70. Displaced says:

    Outstanding analysis and post.  We lost virtually the entire team prior to the latest rebuild.  Koivu, Kovalev, Komi, each could have fetched a valuable prospect or high pick.  Some of the lesser players could have been useful. 

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  71. Oddball says:

    Let me get this straight, Lupul wanted a time-out so he could adjust his bunched panties before PK kicked the snot out of him. It must be hard to fight with a maple leaf embossed thong riding up the crack, no wonder he lost. Maybe Burke should look into changing the rules at the next GM meeting.

    Crosby, Richards and Ovie, all think that PK doesn’t show them enough respect.

    Sounds like PK’s doing his job to me. Keep up the good work.

    ..always with the negative waves, Moriarty, always with the negative waves..

  72. fbkj says:

    can we get some sensitivity training here???

  73. ZepFan2 says:

    I think there’s an app for that, no?

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  1. HardHabits says:

    You still trolling me? Speak sense and the truth please because you’re speaking neither right now.

  2. HardHabits says:

    They’re the team that played in the last two Cup finals winning one of them. The Habs are the team that would make all the king’s horses and even all the king’s men blush.

  3. jbroderi says:

    thanks, hopefully he’ll be over here sometime!!

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Our own version of Anton Volchenkov? Send him a ticket, I’ll take him.

     

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

  5. Lee_D says:

    The 23-year-old Yemelin is still a legitimate prospect, at least in the sense that he possesses the capability to one day play in the NHL. Yemelin he re-signed with the KHL’s Kazan AK Bars this offseason, however, in lieu of venturing to North America and so can be expected to stay in Russia through the 2011 season. Yemelin is not a flashy offensive talent, with a goal and six assists on the year in 46 games. Rather, he is a reliable, gritty, stingy defender who willingly engages the opposition with tough physical play. Yemelin has expressed on record that he intends to one day play in the NHL, and he would fit in well.

     

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/11967/canadiens_top20_prospects_spring2010/

  6. Ayan_SB says:

    Fk yo couch!

  7. ZepFan2 says:

    lmao

    “That’s game, bitches.”

    “This cat can ball!”

     

    I miss Charlie Murphy.

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

  8. Ayan_SB says:

    Game. Blouses.

  9. B says:

    or against Florida.

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    Good point, what if Komisarek found out he was cheating on him?

     

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

  11. jbroderi says:

    Not sure if Pierre is the commitment type.  He might just want to take him out for a stiff “cocktail”  haha

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  12. ZepFan2 says:

    I believe Prince only plays pick up b-ball.

    Prince plays BALL

    😉

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

  13. Robert L says:

    And as fast as!

  14. king ddd says:

    and i wanted him to be our Gm.. Oh silly me!

     

    .::moen & georges for co-captains::.

  15. EricInStL says:

    You are right he is this years #1.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  16. jbroderi says:

    I mentioned this before the last game.  I would like to see Prince start a game after Halak wins, like hopefully against Buffalo.  We shouldn’t start Price after a Halak loss, as it sends the wrong message to Halak. (win your in, lose, we will shake it up)  I think when price plays, no matter how he plays, you gotta go back to halak, he is this years number 1!!

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    His daughter must date him or something

    Replace that with He wants to date him and you’re on to something.

     

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

  18. jbroderi says:

    I find pierre can pick up on different systems, styles of play of players, that kind of thing quite well, but when he analyses teams and there chances of success, he is a very “state the obvious” type guy.  Never really has much useful to say, especially when it comes to picking who will win or that kind of thing.  he will just pick a monster on the winning team, which is clutterbuck if minnesota is playing.  His daughter must date him or something

     

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  19. EricInStL says:

    The thing that bugs me is the fact he seems to want to be a DJ soooo bad. But is doing sports in the hope of getting a job at CHOM (which wouldn’t be a bad thing actually).

    Your points are correct, but wish he would stay with sports instead of deviating. It’s ok for 2 minutes but not for 10 minutes at a time….

    Anyway……

    Tonight we will lose in a shootout I think.

    I would’ve started Price in To and go with Halak back to back against teams we might meet in the playoffs. We would not have met Toronto….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  20. keepthefaith says:

    You mean WE as in the REAL fans?  Or WE as in  “THE ONLY WHEN WE ARE WINNING FANS”? ( which by the way we know which side you are on.)  I see you calling me out on a old thread. Haven ‘t heard a word of your whining all week and as soon as the habs lose you come out.  At least your consistent with one thing. Being a bandwagoner must get tiring.

  21. jbroderi says:

    a little off topic, but what are the possibilities of yemelin coming over next year? how old is he now?

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    I generally like him, he tends to have the best guests on his show. I wish he would ask more pointed questions about Pierre’s analysis sometimes, he’s really gone out of his way to slag Montreal at times and appear as the expert, than jumped right on the bandwagon as we went on the winning streak, Pierre that is, not Melynk.

     

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

  23. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Besides the fact that they’re the Red Wings, I don’t understand why Detroit is ranking so high on all of the power rankings (TSN as well). Yes they’re a good team, but they are only in 8th spot in the West and just barely. We’ve been on a bigger tear than they have and we’re ranked so much lower… I don’t quite get it.

  24. Mike Boone says:

    It’s like Ben Johnson becoming a “Jamaican sprinter”

  25. EricInStL says:

    What do you think of Melnick ???

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  26. Ayan_SB says:

    Isn’t there a poster here with a Captain Picard facepalm avatar?

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not making this up: Team 990 with Pierre Mcguire on the Bruins offence
    “It doesn’t take a math scientist to figure this out” My Exact Reaction.

     

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

  28. Harani says:

    As if they weren’t already doomed!

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  29. Harani says:

    I know, hope my cousin dumps her. But eventually she will dump him coz he’s a hockey freak and she doesn’t even know how many guys play at a time. And his constant talking about hockey will annoy the shit out of her. 

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  30. MICP says:

    This is all a part of the conspiracy.  We know that the NHL & the officials are out to get the Habs.  We also know that we will lose tonight, since Ottawa is struggling then they will only win by a 13-1 score.  When we cry about Halak they then will start Price and bring back Cammalleri and MAB.  

    People on HIO will be back to saying jesus Price and in Bob we trust.  This is all a part of the master plan and the master conspiracy.

  31. Ayan_SB says:

    Uh oh, Philadelphia Flyers’ Jeff Carter is out for 3-4 weeks with a fractured foot.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=315054

  32. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    This is the most incredible piece of information that’s ever been posted to HI/O  – and maybe even the Internet.

  33. punkster says:

    LOL…I like the Timo pose.

  34. Danno says:

    Reasons to be cheerful. Part three:

    We’re movin’ on up in the power rankings and are now rated to be among the better clubs.

     

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

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s going to be a kick in the rear for whoever goes up against them. Babcock behind the bench, what must be a thousand games combined of playoff experience and a series of clutch performers on the roster.

     

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

  36. GrimJim says:

    Is that the “waitress, bring more Heineken!” sign or the “pose like Timo” version?

  37. Ayan_SB says:

    Does any team actually want to win the Western conference this year? Since the reward would most likely be playing against the Detroit Red Wings.

  38. Mr.Hazard says:

    I haaatee that. Watching a game because of an attraction to a player. Soooo annoying.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  39. Robert L says:

    Not sure what got Jack Todd’s “we” rant going, but I was musing a bit on that last “we” thing last week…

    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2010/3/17/1376999/crucial-win-over-rangers-cements

    I find it nothing but funny, the shift from “they” to “we”. It gauges how a team’s doing, I say.

  40. B says:

    This is coming from a guy who used to refer to himself as “we” in his MMQB column.

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    “Hey RDS: Will work for less than Benoit Brunet!”

     

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

  42. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t need signs, the team infers my position by my facial expressions.

  43. JD_ says:

    I think Andrew still has his. You can probably pop by before heading to the Bell Centre.

  44. The Teacher says:

    Washington and Philly are the two teams I would want to face (given that Ottawa is not going to IMO), although I am hopeful if we face Pittsburgh that we can take them down (yeah, right) given that they have made it to the final 2 years in a row, and statistically speaking, the odds are not good for them. Then I figure we have a 33% chance of beating them, since they have to lose in the first 3 rounds for my theory to be correct 🙂

  45. punkster says:

    (4) “If you guys don’t win tonight I’m gonna punch someone in the mouth”

  46. jbroderi says:

    tell her to go buy a cosmo magazine, I’m sure there is a lovely article on him and carrie underwearwood

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  47. The Teacher says:

    Not really, as the person initially wrote a bush war, meaning the type of vegetation growing in the area the war was being fought in.

     

    It is relevant because you are arguing against an unwritten point.

     

    The person after you tried to tell you that, but you obviously were a bit agitated at the time.

  48. JD_ says:

    Awesome, Punkster Dave!

    If I may, a few suggestions for your poster board (you are bringing one, right?):

    (1) “Salut Pierre et Yvon!”

    (2) “I’m not wearing any pants!”

    (3) “Chantal. Hurley’s 10pm. Ask for Dave.”

  49. joeybarrie says:

    “Yes of course there are many ways to serve your country other than
    enlisting … running away isn’t one of them though.”

    I feel the need to express how MANY of our grandfathers and such came to this country. Leaving the one they did for a better life. In my mind almost the same thing as leaving because of a war… Which was the case of many European immigrants, who are now living in Canada and The USA. In fact i believe many Canadiens moved from Quebec into the USA because there was no work and are now American citizens who are staying in the USA. Not running away, but none the less still not contributing to the Canada (for the most part). Moving for work, desire is normal. Look at all Canadian Snow Birds. Look at Petr Svboda, left his family to come to Canada and play hockey. Brought his family later. In the Czech Rep at the time he was considered to be running away, and would be shot if he was to return.

    “I have paid my hard earned money to this team for my whole life, I have
    given them my time, my interest, my adoration, my emotions …  I have
    definitely earned the right to say “we”.  For goodness sake I pay their
    salaries as do we all.”

    Now this one. I could not have said it better myself. EXACTLY.

     

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

  50. B says:

    Todd is just a curmudgeon. Anyone remember over 2 years ago when he wrote the following in his continuing MMQB column?


    &&&& this is it, grumbles and bogs. The absolute last,
    final, been-there-and-done-that edition of the Monday Morning Quarterback.

    No curtain calls this time, no comebacks for one last fight, no more, period. As of Jan. 11, I am leaving The Gazette to concentrate on writing fiction. (And yes, we’ve heard all the cracks about rats leaving a sinking ship, and how we’ve been writing fiction all along, blah, blah, blah, so don’t bother.) At some point in the spring, I will return with a very different and more serious Monday sports column, but the MMQB is not pining for the fjords – he’s as dead as that Monty Python parrot.

    To all those faithful Monday readers through the years, happy trails and all the best to you. To the rest, those who chose to fill my Monday email with illiterate and obscene rants, well, I suspect that you’ll miss me more than I will miss you, but I don’t really care one way or another. Some of you might have to go out and buy a dictionary rather than labouring away at your laptops all day to bring forth “Todd!!! You suck!!!”

    (And to think that at one time I thought sports talk-radio was the absolute bottom of the barrel when it came to sports “journalism.” That was before the Internet.)

  51. Chuck says:

    Don’t do it! Besides, he’s taken.  🙂

    _____________________________________

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

  52. Anonymous says:

    Both games I’ve been to this year have been Halak shutouts.

  53. Harani says:

    My attendance to the game tonight is a big fat question mark. Because my cousin’s gf wants to go to a game for the first time and she really wants to go because she is in love with Mike Fisher and wants to see him live 🙁 

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  54. HABWARRIOR says:

    Cammy out and Bergy out…damn that sucks the big fat one.Ooh Welllll better have them fully recovered than rush em early into the lineup and risk more injury.After all we are gonna need em for our cup drive!


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