Four weeks less a day till training camp…

Some of us (the writer of this post included) remember when you’d send in a proof of purchase from Bee Hive Corn Syrup or these other St. Lawrence Starch Co. products to get a cherished 5×7 black and white photo of your favourite hockey stars. This ad is off the back of the writer’s 1960s Bee Hive scribbler.

• An NHLPA feature on Canadiens’ Maxim Lapierre, and how he’s excited about the season to come.

• What I did on one day of my summer vacation, by Travis Moen.

• Former Canadien Alex Kovalev made a swing through Montreal in recent days, accompanying 69 heart-ill children to a summer camp courtesy of his foundation. RDS spoke with Kovy about that, the Senators and the idea that Andrei Markov might be named Habs captain.

• PuckDaddy on the NHL’s tiebreaker change.

Don Cherry weighs in on a whole lot of things.

• Windsor Star’s Bob Duff’s typically fine read on Montreal-born trailblazing NHL goalie Bob Sneddon.

• The same week they name his hometown Île Bizard, Que., arena after him, it’s announced that Vinny Lecavalier is headed for knee surgery.


  1. G-Man says:

    Amazing how you diss a guy who just won the Cup. He’s better than you think.

  2. pic1983 says:

    Just ignore eklund.  If its not being reported on the major sports news outlets, its almost certainly not true.  Eklund is running a business, and needs hits on his site.  He knows habs fans are some of the most active in the off-season with regards to scouring sites for any information whatsoever to satisfy their hockey starvation (look how many comments eric engels blog postings get vs every other blogger on that site).  Hes never successfully predicted a habs trade or signing, so dont fret.

    And anti niemi is a good, serviceable goaltender who may win the game for you one night, but he may lose one for you the next night.  Chicago had the luxury of being able to score at will to help smoothen out niemis inconsistencies.

  3. scrowe21 says:


    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    For one series of four, what’s the NHL award for doing a good job in 1 of 4 playoff series?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  5. G-Man says:

    Tell that to the Sharks, where Niemi stood on his head.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cat’s had it in for Markov since his name sounds like Malakhov apparently, every time he complains about Markov it always ends up going back to when MTL had Vlad Malakhov on the roster.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  7. The Teacher says:

    Who the heck is their captain?


    lol, they suck so much I haven’t the foggiest. Always assumed Kaberle…who else???????????????


    omg it’s phaneuf lmao

  8. sidhu says:

    I am watching the replay of game 7 against the Penguins this playoffs… watching it is getting me very pumped, I can’t wait for the season to start!

    As for the Captain question, I believe Gorges or Gionta will be awarded the “C” and that Markov will remain an “A”.  As Kovy notes, Marky will be a de facto captain anyway because he’s such an important player for us.  But Marky hates dealing with the media and that, regrettably, is part of a captain’s duties.  Gio and JG are great with the media and, like Marky, work their tails off.  Frankly, I am happy we have quite a few viable candidates, including Gio, JG, and Cammy, which shows we have a good amount of character and leadership in the room.  Not to mention Gill, Gomer, and Moen.

  9. JD_ says:

    I’m goin’ to take a huge leap here and presume we’re still talkin’ the NHL.

    If this is, in fact, the case, then I suppose we’ve wittled down the prospective number of teams to which you are makin’ reference to a crisp 30.

    Let’s peel this onion a little further. We have 30 NHL teams that have played together, made more trades and signings, and will be fightin’ for a playoff spot this season. You have posited that they will therefore be much better.

    Let me think about this. Were the league to create a new ranking system, say 1st place-plus, followed by 1st place, 2nd place…through to 29th place, then there might be at least a theoretical basis for your argument. I am, however, cautiously certain the league won’t do this. Besides, the league’s teams would have to finish in exactly the same position as they did last season in order for the new ranking system to work its magic and ensure your prediction comes to fruition. Given this all seems so wholly untenable, I find myself unable to concur with your thoughtful response.


  10. Duracell3 says:

    The Leafs will be better this year, you can’t do worse than last.


    I’m surprised though that the only really skilled D-man the Leafs have, they always want to trade away. Apparently they like Komi trying to feed the Marlie’s offense.

  11. observer says:

    they are much better this year after playing together, more trades and signings – they will fight for a playoff spot this season.

  12. observer says:

    they were wrong and the leafs going into last year were far worse than the one going into this year. you all are going to be very upset this year if habs falter because of this insane obsession you have with the leafs a team that hasnt won iun 43 years and hasnt fought the habs for a cup or close to a cup in about that long.

  13. observer says:

    osgood is. but goalies dont win the cup unless they stood on their heads for a team that really wasnt the best in front of them. both these goalies and most of them merely played on teams that won a cup. roy was an exception.

  14. habs-hampton says:

    Don’t forget the Cherry and Kypreos and others are hired and paid to promote the Leafs. They can’t very well start the season predicting that they will miss the playoffs.

  15. JD_ says:

    At the start of last season, there were also a lot of hockey fans who figured the Loafs were destined to be an unmitigated disaster. A lot of these same people also didn’t care one wit how the Habs-Loafs season series would go cause it is borderline meaningless except as it pertains to sockin’ away points.

    I was among them. Felt the same way the prior year.

    Feel pretty much the same way for the upcomin’ season and have not seen one compellin’ argument – oh, there have been arguments put forward, it’s just that none of them is in the least bit convincin’, let alone persuasive – that the Loafs are headed anywhere meaningful this season. On paper there is really very little to suggest they should be competitive. In fact, pretty much the only thing I can confidently surmise from lookin’ at said paper is that the Loafs will have a full squad on the ice, night in and night out.

    The very strong likelihood the Habs will finish higher than the Loafs this season means little to many Hab fans cause their measure of the Habs’ success has little or nothin’ to do with how the Loafs fare. Nada. Zip.

    Unfortunately for long-sufferin’ Loaf fans, the exact opposite is true. Absent any legitimate hope of gettin’ anythin’ meaningful done, and in seeminly perpetual denial of their dark fate, they must resort to leanin’ on some pyrrhic benchmark for victory that, put together with $10, buys you a seat at the movies.

  16. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Exactly.  Not sure what the cat is talking about, but it’s rubbish.

  17. habs-hampton says:


  18. showey47 says:

    The offence doesn’t hurt either. Just ask huet. Has there ever been a goalie who had such a good win/loss record but his save percentage ranked him 3rd last in the league?

  19. GrimJim says:

    I think you may be overestimating them. Look at their lines (from the hockey





    And what do you mean “after playing together”? Versteg Armstrong and Brown are new to TO while Caputi and Sjostrom played 19 games with the Loafs last year. Even their captain has only played 26 games in blue and white.

  20. JD_ says:

    Double to left field.

  21. habs-hampton says:

    Niemi is the WORST goalie in recent history to win the cup. I’m not saying he’s an awful goalie, but there haven’t been many cup winners where the goalie wasn’t at least considered for the Conn Smythe trophy.

  22. showey47 says:

    Well,his save percentage was the same as carey’s. But carey played 2 more games and faced over 300 more shots.

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    As it was mentioned below, Eklund saying negotiations are troublesome are more likely to indicate we’re going to see a Price signing pretty soon.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    His language skills are poor? He’s been giving very good interviews for the past year and not a leader? The defence belongs to Andrei Markov, he leads it each season, at the very least by example.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  25. habstrinifan says:

    Thanks! Hope it’s just Eklund being Eklund!


  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    You’re not underestimating Niemi at all. Keith, Seabrook, Campbell and Hjalmarsson can put on quite a show in front of a goaltender.

    Don’t worry about Eklund, there are broken clocks more accurate than he is.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  27. habstrinifan says:

    Good arguments against Markov. But please not Gomez.

  28. showey47 says:

    I can’t see it happening either.If it was to happen it would have to be 4 within your conference and split the remaining 26 somehow among the west. Or add 4 more games so you can play each team in the west twice.

  29. madcap_habsfan says:

    who doesn’t remeber that load of crap ? god that made me so mad

    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  30. JD_ says:

    Cloud nine, Punky Davester, but you already knew that.

  31. JD_ says:

    Jesus Christ in a wetsuit, bitchin’ stay on topic, Bugs.

    As far as titles go, Fist Of Legend has nothin’ on Enter The Dragon.

    Setting aside the fact both sound like over-the-top porn flicks.

  32. habstrinifan says:

    This is NOT a post about Price. It is more a post to express my alarm and hopefully get responses from HIO community re one of Eklund’s recent rumour thread. He keeps suggesting that Habs may see Antti Niemi  as a solution should things go bad with Price’s contract.

    I have no faith that Antti Niemi is a great NHL goaltender, despite his Stanley Cup win. If the unthinkable should happen, I hope Eklnd is wrong re PG considering bringing in Niemi. Not to mention the salary he may be seeking.

    Am I underrating Niemi?

  33. Rob says:

    don’t be fooled bunny…when downloading torrents just make sure they are DVDrip’s and your’e golden.  Excellent picture quality.  Tough to find brand new movies though, except around oscar time when they start sending out all the dvds for reviewing.  

  34. stjrandy says:

    At the start of last season Cherry was not alone in thinking the Leafs would make the playoffs and were a better team than Montreal. I recall Kypreos on the FAN590 in Toronto predicting Toronto would beat Montreal in the opener and would be playoff team as well. What happened last year is why they play the games. On paper Toronto should be competitive and always play Montreal tough so I don’t crow about Montreal being better as they clearly match up very well. I am hoping for better results this year but realize that coaches have now seen what the Habs are all about and will have a strategy to make the playoffs a life and death struggle again this seaon.

    Back from the Abyss

  35. stjrandy says:

    double post.

  36. GrimJim says:

    Wow. I read the entire thread and nobody came up with Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens or Faster Pussycat Kill Kill? Are there no Russ Meyer fans out there at all?

  37. MTLForever says:

    what a joke

  38. adam76 says:

    My god, Cherry is out of touch with reality.

  39. pmaraw says:

    well… 5×14=70 leaving 12 games left for inter conference play…  I can’t see it happening but hey… thats all i got.

  40. Bill J says:

    Nice one 🙂

  41. The Cat says:

    Thanks man, I love that Newfoudland dog avatar!


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

  42. pmaraw says:

    remember when cooke accused subban of slicing ankles? LOL

  43. The Cat says:

    Theres many reasons: for one he isn’t exactly a leader/unifier, his language skills are poor and lastly hes not a good choice cause he has not proven he can step up when it counts. Gionta, Gomez. Cammalleri, Gill and Gorges are all better choices.

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

  44. The Cat says:

    I use to mix it with peanut butter. Culinary arts werent The Cat’s destiny 🙂


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

  45. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Why exactly isn’t Markov captain material?

  46. scrowe21 says:

    There is an option to slow it down..if this is what you meant, i think the X button adjusts the speed while editing the clip.

    I slowed this clip down to half speed..Check out my Cammy Spinorama in the shootout.

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

  47. scrowe21 says:

    On paper, they actually do have a good defence line up.

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

  48. scrowe21 says:

    Nope. lol

    ——–If you play nhl10 for xbox360 add me – scrowe21

  49. derfab says:

    I would eat that sticky stuff with toast or on ice cream as a kid, but always felt like I was being cheated out of maple syrup.

    character is derfab destiny.

  50. derfab says:

    Good to hear that Lappy is enthusiastic and has a boxing coach, though I hope it’s not so he can learn to jump rope.


    character is derfab destiny.

  51. derfab says:

    As usual, and to the aggravation of everyone more educated and less admired, Don Cherry makes sense.

    character is derfab destiny.

  52. naweed235 says:

    that would be great 🙂 depending on who the top 6 is… may i dream bobby ryan?

  53. Clay4bc says:

    Not so…Leafs fans deserve to be on that list, and near the top. They put up with 40 years of a terrible product, yet can still talk trash about other teams and sell out every game. Now that’s passion…


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  54. Clay4bc says:

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes…


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  55. avatar_58 says:

    Game 7 on NHL network channel – wonder if the habs win? 😉

  56. petrov14 says:

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    Cool/interesting title and awesome movie.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  57. Bill J says:

    Thanks Eklund, because of your success ratio.

    You have all but secured Price to be signed by the Habs now.

    WOOHOO!!! Sigh of relief!

    😉 lol

  58. ABHabsfan says:

    Hey, all those 5×7 pics in the ad are Leaf players! they sure weren’t my favourites growing up!

  59. punkster says:

    Ekland. What a guy. This from a couple of hours ago:

    UPDATE: I was just told we are entering a critical week in Carey Price
    negotiations with the Habs. “The first few days of this week will
    determine if Price has a future in Montreal or if he will be shipped for
    a quality forward and replaced with Antti Niemi.”


  60. DavidKB says:

    Alien, for the title and the movie. I didn’t move for 2 hours.

  61. punkster says:

    OK then, did a bit of Googling and while I’ve never seen or heard of it this one intrigues me: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies


  62. DavidKB says:

    Sorta like what happened last season. Sweet!

  63. showey47 says:

    I agree,for years the excuse was the location of the arena for poor fan attendence. But they have no problem filling their nfl football stadium with i understand is pretty much in the same parking lot.

  64. showey47 says:

    well.florida and the islanders are statistically better,lol. Don’t think ticket sales are or ever will be an issue in montreal either. But i get your point.

  65. Bugs says:

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.


    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    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:

  66. Bugs says:

    Dr Strangelove, meh, but the other two are nice. I’m talkin titles that force you to turn the box over and wonder “what the hell is THIS?”.

    Maniac Cop, Night of the Creeps, Two Mules for Sister Sara. Crap movies; great titles.

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    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:

  67. likehoy says:

    I like it the way it is, it creates divisional rivalry which sells more tickets… what would you rather watch? 2 more games habs v.s. leafs, or 2 more games of habs v.s. florida or NYI

    – Carey Price for Number 1 Goalie!

  68. likehoy says:

    i’ve seen some funny things from NHL10, but this is pretty good.

    it almost looks as if markov put the puck between his legs and roofed it cause it happened so quickly.

    – Carey Price for Number 1 Goalie!

  69. punkster says:

    Gripping movie!


  70. punkster says:

    Oops…Double tapped.


  71. shootdapuck says:

    “You see Bangkok in ALL its midnight glory;”

    Have you ever seen Bangkok in all its midnight glory? By that statement alone very doubtful!

    …….Tourists all the same! Learn how to say “love you long time” in Thai and they’re locals in their own minds.


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detro!it Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  72. W35T5ID3 says:

      I believe its called a glitch.

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