Fore! Updates from Habs golf tourney

Carey, if the ball breaks from three inches, you’ve got a problem.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

AUDIO: Geoff Molson & Pierre Boivin | Pierre Gauthier | Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | Carey Price | Scott Gomez | Michael Cammalleri 1 and 2| Josh Gorges

The Canadiens and many deep-pocketed captains of industry who have ponied up to support the team’s Children’s Foundation assembled at Laval-sur-le-Lac golf club north of Montreal this morning for the team’s annual golf tournament.

As usual, management and players wandered into the media firing squad with a Dixieland tuba-banjo-saxophone trio playing in the background, speaking about the season to come. A few highlights below, all the audio as spoken into my mp3 recorder above:

• Brian Gionta said he awoke to reports he’d be the next captain. Knows nothing about it, he claims. Team owner Geoff Molson and GM Pierre Gauthier say the process is ongoing.

• Molson and outgoing president Pierre Boivin spent much of their Q&A session addressing the francophone content on the team and some lamebrained politicians’ attempts to politicize the Canadiens. Oh. When asked, Molson talked about the challenges facing his team on the ice!

• Carey Price embraces his role as the undisputed No. 1 netminder on the team. During parts of the past two seasons, he candidly admits that playing goal in Montreal was not fun, but when he went home and considered the alternatives, he realized that he has “the greatest job on Earth.”

• Scott Gomez on how he’d feel if his friend Gionta is named captain: “He’s not an ass—” Typical Gomez – hilarious, though his critics will still call him arrogant.

• Josh Gorges and Michael Cammalleri speak profoundly about the team, its leadership and expectations after having gone three rounds deep into last season’s playoffs.

• Broad, interesting stuff from head coach Jacques Martin and GM Gauthier.


  1. VancouverHab says:

    24: “….that Harper and the rest of his Reform adults are in charge.”

    You say that like it’s a bad thing ;–)

    “this is a political/hockey story because Harper made into one.”

    Fair point. Just so long as it’s understood that equal time and respect is granted here in the comments for snarky conservatives to push back against snarky leftism !

  2. Big Bird says:

    My few cents from the peanut gallery:

    Let’s not forget the $1Billion spent on ‘security’ for the G20 or un-tendered contracts for fighter jets in the Billions.  

    Or how about the removal of an RCMP complaints commissioner, a military police complaints commissioner, a Canadian nuclear safety commissioner and a veteran’s ombudsman.  If anyone dares to challenge the Tories they are history.  

    It’s disingenuous for Tories to say ‘support the troops’ but when they come back home physically and mentally challenged from the battle field and we treat them like garbage.  My mother is a physician and she treats men and women in the Armed Forces and she’s disgusted with the support (or lack thereof) that they receive.

    PM Harper campaigned on a platform of ‘transparency’ and ‘fiscally responsible governance’.  He is now doing the exact opposite.  

    Sorry for the political vent as I’ll try to refrain myself more so in future.  I used to to be a Tory supporter but I can’t stand the hypocrisy of Harper and his Reform ilk anymore.  

    Lastly, I think calling him a ‘gravy sucking political leech’ is offensive 24 Cups.  Offensive to ‘gravy sucking political leeches’ that is.



  3. 24 Cups says:

    VH – I don’t feel lucky in any way that Harper and the rest of his Reform adults are in charge.  This is a political/hockey story because Harper made into one.  He is a gravy sucking political leech who will do anything to grab even one seat in Quebec.  That includes throwing away $200M in a flawed effort to suck up to the Bloc voting public in Quebec City. 

    Any future attempt to grant more Canadian NHL franchises will be a combination of hockey and political story lines, whether it be in Quebec City, Hamilton or Winnipeg.

  4. newbrunswick troy says:

    ya it seems most of the team are taking one from  Detroit,s playbook…..don,t waist your money on the goalie….invest in a forward instead!!!

    The way i see it…the best goalies are streaky for a year..then so,so,….look at Luongo..not in my opinion the best…Brodeur ..old…   Now we see young guys like Mason steal the show for a while  Huet did, just long enough to get the big contract,then ride pine>>>>>I think signing a goalie to long term might not be a good play!!!!

  5. thorandresson says:

    I know but he’s listed as a LW, and shoots from the left, so that’s his natural position (I think)

  6. VancouverHab says:

    VancouverHab says that we’re lucky that Stephen Harper & the rest of the adults are in charge in these difficult times. VancouverHab also says that he really hates snide offhand political remarks on the Habs site where he goes to escape from other people’s (and his own, for that matter) political opinions.

    He nonetheless respects, appreciates & looks forward to reading 24Cups’ hockey insights….

  7. Mr Dobby says:

    That sounds delicious!

  8. saskhabfan says:

    According to his agents twitter halak doesn’t have 6 inches.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  9. ZepFan2 says:

    Aye. Feck the English bastards!!

    Now, where’s me Irish Canadien?!

    Go Habs Go! Erin go bragh!!



    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  10. nick says:

    I agree… With that said, I’d take Harper any day over Pauline Marois…

  11. Yeats says:

    It’s time to break out The Wolfe Tones live!

  12. soflohabsfan says:

    Its seems my troll Fishing technique is flawed.

  13. fbkj says:

    oh yeah cuz you NEVER project eh bugs

  14. K-hab25 says:

    So are 25 other teams!!!

  15. K-hab25 says:

    Well AK plays right wing, opposite of Cammy on Pleks line. So I’d say he was referring to Pouliot, who plays left wing, opposite of Gionta on Gomez’s line.

  16. Bugs says:

    I can’t project on how people I don’t know will react in a hypothetical future.

    But I bet you can, Mikey.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  17. ZepFan2 says:

    Pog mo hoin. 😉

    That being said. I want, nae, demand more Irish on the team!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  18. HabsFanInTampa says:

    So are we.

  19. 24 Cups says:

    Hey Bill – I hear you on the Pronger trade.  In fairness, the Habs haven’t done that well when it comes to building through the draft during the G&G era.  Only six regulars are Hab draft picks (Pleks, Markov, AK, Laps, Subban and Price) and the first two were selected before Gainey arrived.  Most of our  primary players had to be bought on the open market (Gionta, Cammy, Gomez, Hamrlik, Spacek, Moen and Gill) while a few came over via trades (Eller, Gomez, Pouliot and Gorges).  Hopefully, Leblanc, Tinordi and a few secondary picks will help turn the tide in the next few years.

    Note:  We traded for Gomez but in reality we bought his UFA contract from NY so I have him on both lists.

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pronger’s toughness generally involves a cross-check to your back or an elbow to your head while winking to an official.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  21. avatar_58 says:

    Like skating slower than Gill and dirty hits

  22. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    They sure do.

    Interesting little side note. The other day, I was playing NHL 11 and with less than 5 seconds to play in the 3rd, trailing by 1 against Philly, I scored on Leighton from the opposite corner that Kane did for the cup winner. LEIIIIIGH-TON! LEIIIIIIGH-TON!

  23. HabFanSince72 says:

    You’re assuming that Pronger’s size and toughness are what helped get those teams to the finals. Maybe he has other skills.

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    Habfansince72 says Harper should also leave the country  too.

  25. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Agreed regarding the Tinordi and Pronger comparison. Again, I was in NO way trying to say Tinordi will be a Pronger (or even close). I am just saying that those types of defensemen (re: big, good skaters, decent passers, mean streak, and a little offense) do not grow on trees. If Tinordi had Pronger’s offensive upside, he wouldn’t have been available at 22. He would have been the first overall pick or top 3 at the worst. However, Tinordi plays a similar STYLE to Pronger’s and who knows what his ceiling is offensively really? I will be curious to see how he develops that part of his game playing for the Hunters, who have mentioned they will play him in an offensive role.

  26. Propwash says:

    We beat them on their opening of the arena and on the closing.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  27. fbkj says:

    well considering the scotts and irish hate the english more than anyone id say no 😀

  28. ZepFan2 says:

    Created for French Canadians by two men. One Scottish and the other Irish.

    I think Anglos still have some say. Don’t you?


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  29. Danno says:

    LOL! Harper opened that can and now he’s desperately trying to put the worms back in.


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

  30. 24 Cups says:

    MONTREAL – The Prime Minister’s Office has weighed in on a controversy involving the Montreal Canadiens.

    A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Quebec sovereigntists should leave the hockey team alone.

    24 Cups says that Harper should leave hockey alone and concentrate on trying to run our country.

  31. 24 Cups says:

    Puck Daddy previews the Habs.

  32. CanadienBoy says:

    Flyers still missing a top end goalie !!

  33. Rob says:

    This is just my opinion, but i think that the number one problem is that the desire to ice a strong team made up of predominently Quebec born players is not a possibility anymore……at least in part due to that very desire.  In many (if not most) cases, the top Quebec born players do not want to play for the Canadiens; or at least are not their first choice. There have been several cases where we have seen or heard players make these remarks.  The reasoning could be several fold, but I would GUESS that one of the number one reasons is that many players do not want the pressure of being held up to being more than what they are….just hockey players. 

    It’s unfortunate, as I too, would love it if the top Quebec players longed to adorn the CH, but it just isn’t happening.  Perhaps the people calling for management to sign all these Quebec born players need to ask themselves why exactly it is that they are not doing so.  Surely the large majority don’t actually believe that there is an intentional effort to blacklist players would would be a marketers and money making dream come true!

  34. mike g says:

    I was about to talk about where you are as an org..

    That’s the biggest selling point. If you have a bunch of prospects, or a couple of 1st rund picks in upcoming years, then it doesn’t hurt as much to make the trade. Also, if you see the window of opportunity to win in slim, then go for it. Chicago did just that this year and won, now they had to blow up some of their winning roster. Philly tried, and fell 2 games short. Great efforts by both teams.

    Regarding Tinordi, I hope he pans out, but comparing him to Pronger is a little much. Pronger wasn’t and isn’t only a monster defensively, but the guy puts up seasons of 50pts eyes closed. I think Tinordi would be a 20-25 point defenseman, and hopefully develop his defensive game into half of Pronger’s.

    If that happens, we got ourselves one heck of a d-man.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    Bill, one problem is in putting so many eggs in one basket puts you at tremendous risk in this day of the cap. Just one 6 mo. injury to a player that plays 30 or more min.s a game will surely put a team in jeopardy of possible missing the play offs. He is to expensive giving us less money to keep our developing youngsters.

  36. riazp says:

    Habs just released the list of players present at camp…tons for french-canadian-québecquois…at least a dozen of the 58…

    Oh and I hope the habs give leblanc at least one pre-season game just to let me soak in the atmosphere…and I pray to god they dont make the same mistake with him that they made with latendresse…give him year of junior…a full year of ahl…it worked great for subban! They have a great talent in leblanc…I just hope the french media dont over hype him and he crumbles under the pressure

  37. soflohabsfan says:

    why is Gomez wearing a Chargers cap and not a Als cap how dare he.



    “The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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