Fourth work stoppage for Devils’ Brodeur


New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur could write a book about NHL labour problems since he’d have no shortage of material.

This is the fourth work stoppage in the future Hall of Famer’s career — a 1992 players’ strike and three lockouts.

“Whenever people talk about the possibility of a lockout, trust me, there’s a lockout happening,” Brodeur told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs on Friday. “I’ve heard ‘lockout’ three times in my career and three times we’ve been locked out.

“It was obvious to me that a lockout was going to happen,” the 40-year-old added. “But I didn’t feel the differences between both parties were so great as to jeopardize the whole season like the owners are trying to do right now. …

“I still really believe there’s hope to salvage something from our season and I hope everybody will come to their senses and try to figure something out. We’ve come a long way since 2004 to get this game to a better state as far as competitive balance and everything else. I didn’t think we’d still be talking about this lockout in December. That’s the thing that bothers me the most.”

You can read Stubbs’s entire column by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Tony Gallagher of Postmedia News wonders if former Hab Roman Hamrlik might be a target when the NHL finally resumes following his recent negative comments about the NHLPA. You can read Gallagher’s column by clicking here.

(Photo by Mel Evans/The Associated Press)


  1. Carta-Hab says:

    Galchenyuk with a hat trick and an assist so far tonight. He now sits 3rd overall in OHL scoring with 2 less games played than the player above him. He is a dominant player at this level right now.

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

  2. Habitant in Surrey says: : Ex-pat Canadians now raising blue-chip, hockey-playing offspring in the United States

    …tough to see 🙁

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

    Bring Back Boone, and send Hickey to Hamilton !!!

    …and, last, but not least: FREE PUSSY RIOT !!!

  3. Chris says:

    Good game tonight between two of the hottest teams in the OHL tonight: London is on a 13 game winning streak, while Guelph hasn’t lost in regulation in their last 7 games (5-0-0-2).

    1-1 about half way through the third period, with both goalies playing well (shots are 28-23 for London at the moment).

    • Chris says:

      This game is awesome!

      • Chris says:

        Doh. London just went up 2-1.

        • Chris says:

          3-1 London win. Domi had two more goals, pushing his total on the season now to 18 goals and 42 points in 30 games.

          Looks like Guelph finally get Hunter Garlent back on Tuesday, which will really help them. Tough break for Garlent…had just broken out and was the OHL player of the week and then fractured his ankle, missing six weeks in his draft year. That’ll knock him down into the second or third round of the draft.

          • English is not a Crime says:

            Kitchener and Owen Sound both won tonight (big shock to see this division continue to dominate the rest of the league huh?)
            Rangers and Guelph play in the original Teddy Bear game on Tuesday as well, should be a wild one with the extra 1000 seats in the Aud this year (I’m going to catch that one in person, if anyone hasn’t been to a CHL teddy bear toss game, it’s definitely a must!)

            Rangers hoping to get Pumps and Reider back on Tuesday as well.
            Just about the kickoff to the WJHC season where all teams lose significant portions of their lineups too… Should be a fun game.

          • Chris says:

            Teddy Bear Toss games are a ton of fun. The kids are so revved up for the event, the hockey games are almost a sideshow. 🙂

  4. commandant says:

    2 goals 1 assist for Galchenyuk.

    3 points (or more) per night is becoming a norm for him.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Chris says:

      10 points in 3 games…can’t complain about that!

      Don’t think he’s getting traded this season like many of had hoped, because Plymouth has disappointed and allowed Sarnia to hang around for the division lead.

  5. Haborama says:

    let’s not rush Gally, if he needs another OHL year, that’s fine. I don’t care when he makes the jump, just as long as we don’t screw up his development.

    • Chris says:

      You can’t screw that kid up…he’s exceptional.

      This season in the OHL is **exactly** what he needed, because you can see he’s developing his confidence and is fully up to speed now after missing a season.

      Watching Galchenyuk is a joy right now…the kid is willing to try just about anything out there. When was the last time the Montreal Canadiens had a forward with both the confidence and the talent to dominate offensively? Without risk, there is no genius.

  6. Chris says:

    On a related note pleading fan patience with player development, remember all the people claiming that Michael Bournival was going to win a spot in the NHL directly out of junior?

    His rookie AHL campaign, thus far:

    17 GP, 1 G, 6 PTS, -2

    He’ll get better, but patience is required. I sometimes get frustrated with how dismissive people are of the jump from junior to the AHL, let alone the NHL.

    Bournival is at least a year away from being NHL ready, and I think 2-3 years is a more realistic estimate.

    Tomas Plekanec was 24 when he made the jump, although he probably would have come up at 23 if it weren’t for the previous lockout.

    David Desharnais was 24 when he earned his full-time spot in the NHL.

    Chris Kelly, a guy who many scouts think Bournival (and now Brady Vail) might eventually rival, didn’t make the league until 25 years old. Jay McClement, another stalwart checking line player in recent years, broke in at age 24.

    Ryan Callahan was 22 when he made it as a regular player, as were Patrick Sharp, Joe Pavelski and Pascal Dupuis. It is not at all uncommon for the guys who become dominant defensive forwards to break in a little older after honing their craft and learning to dominate in the AHL first. People have to be patient…its a marathon for all but the elite players, not a sprint.

    Occasionally you will see younger guys that make the jump early: Ryan O’Reilly came directly to the NHL, but this type of thing typically only happens for crappy teams in markets without a lot of fan pressure. Throwing a kid in front of the Molson Centre crowd to make his mistakes is a recipe for disaster.

    • Haborama says:

      Guy Carbonneau was 22 or 23 as I recall, I think Bournival will need two years until NHL ready, patience is required, but I have confidence in him. Imagine being a 20 year old 5,11 guy expected to be a top shutdown center against guys a lot older and bigger.

    • Bripro says:

      I totally agree with you on player development at the junior levels. It’s necessary for them to grow physically as well as mentally. I’m not saying anything new, but you can’t misconstrue comments about being impressed about a player with wanting to rush him along.
      You might be mis-interpreting what’s being said, Chris.

  7. HardHabits says:

    Here is my proposed new NHL re-alignment:

    Canadian Conference:

    American Conference:
    Red Wings

    4 teams from each Conference make the play-offs. Seed teams 1-8 based on final standings with conference leaders going 1-2.

    The NHL, in my view, has been tainted and sullied by the Bettman era. His reign of error must end. The disasterous changes that have been implemented during his manure, er… tenure must be reversed. Bring back the red line. Eliminate the instigator rule. Make all head shots major penalties and game misconducts, including fighting. The NHL must be de-Americanized and re-Canadianized.

    • Chris says:

      You want to eliminate the instigator rule but make all head shots, including fighting, major penalties and game misconducts?

      This seems counter-productive. If anything, you need the instigator rule even more with that other rule (of which I definitely approve) to avoid getting idiots trying to goad stars into fighting by jumping them during games. I don’t want to see a guy stand there defenceless out there while somebody is pummelling him so that he can avoid getting a major penalty and game misconduct. The instigator penalty should be even stiffer: automatic suspension.

      • English is not a Crime says:

        That still suggests we’d rather see another Chara incident than a fight. The solution is somewhere in between.

        • Chris says:

          Nah. Athletes in every other professional sport know that they can’t throw a punch, so they almost never do.

          The only reason there is so much of that crap in hockey is that it is tacitly approved.

    • Bripro says:

      You forgot the Laffs.

    • HabFab says:

      I feel like you are missing something but can’t quite get my finger on it.

  8. Chris says:

    Regarding Charles Hudon, can we PLEASE wait for him to actually make the NHL someday before we proclaim him the steal of the draft?

    I’m a little surprised at the HI/O hype lately surrounding a guy currently tied for 20th in the QMJHL in goals and 34th in points. Last year, many of the same people praising Hudon were ripping on Grigorenko because his stats were “inflated” by playing in the QMJHL. Grigorenko has as much potential as anybody to be the steal of the draft…he was a top 2 or top 3 player picked #12 overall. Buffalo fans could easily be gleeful for a long time over the stupidity of 5-10 NHL general managers.

    Hudon’s having a surprisingly good year offensively, especially with respect to his scoring prowess. But he’s got a long way to go before he demonstrates that he is a steal in the 6th round. He’s got to show he can still perform with more muscle on his frame. Not every player can do so.

    Remember a few years ago when Gabriel Dumont was one of the steals of the draft? Montreal snagged him 139th overall and were rewarded with a breakout 51 goals and 93 points in 62 games by Dumont, who also earned the Guy Carbonneau Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward.

    Dumont is still struggling to demonstrate that he can make it at the AHL level, and his NHL prospects look fairly dim at this point.

    I’m not trying to be a stick in the mud and say Hudon won’t make it. But he’s got a long way to go. Lower the expectations on him to a reasonable level and we’ll all be happy to not hear how he was a “bust”.

    • HardHabits says:

      What he said ^^^

    • Bripro says:

      I didn’t know much about the kid until Bob Mackenzie profiled him as “a shoe in” for top-6 for Team Canada.
      I’ve tried to follow him over the last month, and I find that for a 5th rounder, he’s having one hell of a year. Which is why I mentioned that he might be the sleeper of the Habs selections, so far…

      • Chris says:

        The funny thing about that Mackenzie profile was that my immediate thought was that Canada must be pretty thin at left wing if Hudon is a lock for a top-6 position. Not a knock against Hudon, but I was just surpised that a guy who is having by most accounts a good but not exceptional season is considered a lock as one of the top-two left wings amongst Canadians under the age of 20.

        • commandant says:

          Hudon has always been outstanding in International competition, whether it was the 2011 Ivan Hlinka, the 2012 Canada/Russia Summer Challenge, or the Subway Super Series. He keeps stepping up to the plate at every international competition, and that is moving him ahead of guys who might score as much (or slightly more) in junior.

          Doesn’t mean he’s a better prospect than others, just that Team Canada brass trust him a lot.

          Go Habs Go!
          Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

  9. Mark C says:

    Sounds like Dolan wants in on the player/owner talks if they take place. This would be great, as he wants a season, and was a big player in ending last years NBA lockout.

  10. Harditya says:

    Gally at it again. A goal in the first period as he increases his point totals to 45 in just 27 games.
    Clearly he’s too good for the OHL. But a question folks. He will be 19 next season, so does that mean he can only play with the Habs or can he join the Bulldogs next season?

    • Chris says:

      He can only play with the Habs (or in the KHL), not the AHL. But I suspect that was the plan all along anyways.

      I don’t think he’s “too good” for the OHL. He is just one of many players tearing up the league, as happens every season. There are still lots of things for him to work on, including his defensive zone coverage.

      • Harditya says:

        Thanks Chris. Having all four Eller, Galchenyuk, Plekanec and Desharnais in the middle. Certainly a good problem to have.
        Yeah, I was exaggerating a bit there, but I think he might have a lot less flaws than compared to Kostitsyn or even MaxPac when they first joined the Habs.

    • jols101 says:

      Next year it is either NHL or OHL.

      There are always a handful of Junior players who are elite enough to go straight from Junior to the NHL. He is one of them. I would be shocked if he ever saw the inside of the Bulldogs dressing room.

  11. KLear says:

    Lot of respect for Marty but what did he think was going to happen when Fehr refused to meet with the NHL Owners until July, after 8 months of the NHL asking to start negotiations ?

    • Mark C says:

      If both parties can’t get a deal done while losing games (money), what makes you think anything productive would have been accomplished during last season?

    • Phil C says:

      I am not convinced more time would have made any difference. This is not a complicated negotiation, even the mediators had nothing left to talk about after only two days. They simply can’t agree on a few key issues.

  12. commandant says:

    This Georgia/Bama game is pretty good.

    Go Dawgs! Nick Saban has a face you just want to punch

    Go Habs Go!
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  13. HabFab says:

    JSportsnet – Can confirm earlier reports, that the NHLPA will advance each member of the Association a $ 10,000 cheque.

  14. HabFab says:

    JSportsnet – As of this hour, 6 pm et, still no decision with a “Players-Owners Only” meeting. The sides have talked…but only on rules of engagement.

  15. Haborama says:

    RE Thrower: does anyone know when the next episode of the Saskatoon Blades Documentary is on????

    and for those of you who have seen episodes, what kind of guy does Thrower come off as?

  16. Bripro says:

    I have to say, our 2012 draft is looking better and better.
    For me, Chicoutimi’s Charles Hudon is not only the sleeper of the draft, being taken in the 5th round, but it’s looking more and more like he’ll be a top-6 for Team Canada.
    If he’s not, they way he’s been playing, I will consider it an injustice.
    Keep it up Trevor!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hudon’s coach would agree with you. He’s called Hudon the steal of the draft. I look forward to seeing him in action.
      Off yo Army for a Saturday night hockey game. It’s not the NHL or AHL or even major US college but its hockey none the less. CHeers.


    • Dust says:

      Except for Thrower. Big question mark on him now based on this season so far

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I look forward to watching more of the Sportsnet production documenting the Saskatoon Blades this season on their way to the Memorial Cup (which they host) before I throw in the towel on him. There was nothing prior to this season to indicate red flags with Thrower, and it appears that whole team has had some problems.

  17. KLear says:

    No answer from the PA yet on the meeting ? Not surprised. If the PA thought they had a ‘WMD’ with de-certifiication, then this is the the Owner’s version. This move sends a very strong, clear message to Fehr and the PA: ALL the Owners are with Bettman otherwise he would never let them into the room without him or Daly.

    This isn’t checkmate, but its a loud ‘check’ from the Owners. If Fehr says no he’s deemed a controlling autocrat. If he says yes, he has 600+ players asking to go to the meeting, eventually dividing the ranks within based on the choices (Hamrlik, anyone ?). That creaking sound you hear is Fehr’s position and strength within the PA weakening.

    • commandant says:

      The flaw in your argument is that you believe it is Fehr who will be making the Yes/No decision. Its not, its those 600 players who will be telling Fehr what road they want to go down.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • KLear says:

        That is exactly the point. Fehr will have 600+ people wanting multiple, different directions….how does the PA make the decision ? A Vote ? I doubt the executive of the PA would set the precedent of an open vote on anything….it would pave the road for an open vote on any Owner’s offer. So again, how does the PA handle it (if not Fehr, as you suggest) ?

        • commandant says:

          There is a reason why there are team reps… its a hierarchy… the team reps will tell Fehr what the 20-25 guys on their team would like to do.

          Fehr has his finger on the pulse of what the majority of his membership wants. Sure there are some dissenters but don’t kid yourself, this is a guy who has been doing this a long time, and there were almost never complaints that he was out of touch with what MLB players wanted.

          This is Fehr’s greatest strength as a PA head, and the reason he was hired, his ability to listen to and know what his constituents want. Anything else you have heard is Gary Bettman’s propaganda machine.

          Go Habs Go!
          Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

          • KLear says:

            Agree that while he was at MLB he was one of the best, but that was a much easier system: No Cap.

            I think Fehr is very good at what he does, but he has over estimated the revenue capability of the NHL. The MLB is a bottomless pit of money, the NHL is not. And that drives Owners much differently.

            As for the propaganda machine, have you noticed Fehr is always the first out of the blocks with a comment on negotiations ?I know Daly sounds off a lot, but Fehr has been on message since this started….”We don’t have a willing negotiating partner”….how does he say that when he never engaged in negotiations until last minute and then tabled same offer 5 times in a row ?

  18. hansolo says:

    Anyone know what happened to The site seems inactive. I don’t remember any farewell messages. They were in my top 4 habs blogs, including this one, EOTP and JT’s site. Too bad if they decided not to carry on with it.

    • HabFab says:

      Both writers occasionally posted here but it has been summer since I have seen either. I can remember a while back one had moved West with a new job, perhaps it was the beginning of the end. The Detroit Lions blog is named the same when you goggle so maybe some domain issues.

  19. Mark C says:

    Video of Collberg’s goal at the about 1:20 mark. Kids got a nice pair of mitts!

  20. jols101 says:

    Wow, a little surprised by the Poll question results. Looks like an overwhelming amount of people have lost hope in having a NHL season this year.

    I was always under the impression that the last 2 and a half months were nothing but posturing anyways. Both sides are holding on to their best offer until you get to the point of having to cancel the season. That is usually how negotiating works. I think both sides still have something to give; they just won’t give it till the last possible moment.

    We drop the puck on Jan. 1st…(maybe I’m delusional) lol.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I said Jan 1st from day one of the lockout. However, I’m leaning towards there not being a season at this point.

      You could be correct though. Time is your best ally when it comes to negotiations and both side could be waiting for the final hour for the other side to crack. It’s one big game of chicken.

  21. Psycho29 says:

    Awful news….KC chiefs player Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend, drives to team practice facility and commits suicide in front of his coach and GM

    • Ian Cobb says:

      After concussion, severe depression and it kills.!

      What is a concussion?, as comprehended and explained by myself.
      I have been involved as a lay person with research pertaining to neurology at a major medical university. I have picked up a lot of information working first with veterinarian pathologists when I was doing research on my fox and mink ranch with calcium.
      I have been involved lately with the neurology research dept. from a major medical university. Only as the handler of the research birds involved in the study and offering some of my former findings from my own autopsy’s, so I do not profess to be an expert on the subject pertaining to concussion, but I will try to explain, the best that I can, what happens to the brain cells that have been concussed inside the skull. And why one must stay completely resting after a concussion.

      The very soft brain cells, when violently thrown against the skull, are damaged and the neuron releases a potassium chemical out of the brain cell. Leaving a void. Calcium that is already present around the outside of the cells, seeps into the cells replacing the potassium. This calcium is what gives the chemical imbalance and suicide tendency’s to the brain and it is what causes the damage.

      Until all of this calcium leaves the brain cells completely, and it can take a long time, depending on how much calcium was taken on each cell. The patient is left extremely vulnerable to instant death upon a second bump, or at least permanent brain damage as the calcium solidifies upon second impact. Even a hard coughing spell or light exercise can cause severe pain and damage. Complete rest is needed.
      These damaged cells have to be cleared completely of this calcium before one can resume activity to avoid more serious consequences including death.
      This is very acute in young people under the age of 24 as the brain is still growing and developing. Please, coaches and parents know this, every severe contact to the head can cause some cells to expel potassium and take on calcium. A second, even slight bump, with the cells still containing calcium, can be even more deadly.
      Ian Cobb

  22. kempie says:

    Really looking forward to watching Galchenyuk play live tonight. Full report to follow.

  23. Mark C says:

    Collberg with a penalty shot goal today. Cannot wait until he’s penciled in to Montreal’s top-3 in shootouts.

  24. HabFab says:

    See Anthony Duclair is back playing and was one of the 3 players of the week last week.

    • ed lopaz says:

      2 big pluses about duclair:

      1) fantastic speed which is the key to moving to the next level

      2) plays 3 zones with equal passion

      How about my man Will Carrier? He is a powerful player who makes taking the puck to the net hard look easy.

  25. HabFab says:

    SK74 takes a big hit and then Pavel Valentenko (remember him) tries to avenge;

  26. Haborama says:

    open question: If there was no lockout this year, would the Hamilton Bulldogs be doing better then how they are doing now???

  27. Ian Cobb says:

    I will be handing out Mtl. Canadians signed posters at the Belleville Bulls game tonight with PK. before the game. On behalf of . He will be in the rink signing stuff, starting around 4pm, today.

    Why we need change: Brain injury kills more children than all other causes combined; Approximately 50,000 brain injuries are reported each year in Canada; Brain injury is the greatest cause of disability under the age of 44;10% of all athletes in contact sports suffer a concussion; 19% of these are unreported. stopconcussions raises funds to support the following educational and awareness platforms: Education, Prevention, Management and Research

  28. barry says:

    This blog post might help give a bit of perspective on what is really at stake, especially for the owners.

    Don’t forget who has been driving this lockout gauntlet, not Bettman: Jeremy Jacobs. The sad thing is it doesn’t even make sense to boo the poor stiffs who have to work for him (i.e. the bruins) he obviously cares as little about them as we might.

    KHL Hockey’s not that bad…

  29. B says:

    Ian Schultz now playing for the Utah Grizzly. Perhaps he was the player to be named later in the recent deal that brought Chris Higgins (not that Chris Higgins) to Wheeling? He got an assist (and a fight, go figure) in his first game for Utah last night. I hope he turns it around because he seemed to be going backwards this season.

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Interesting read Frank, if indeed some players could talk with owners minus Jacobs and Leipold there could be promise. Problem is then Jacobs gets back involved and squashes everything.

    • sevenman says:

      Why does the PA even have to thing about it ( saying yes to this meeting )? Should’ve been a yes right away.

      • commandant says:

        The PA has a lot to think about.

        For the most part (with some exceptions) the members of the PA are not even close to as educated as the owners.

        In nearly 100% of cases the owners have far more boardroom negotiation experience than players.

        Why do you think Players hire agents to make sure they get the best deal possible on their personal contracts and don’t just negotiate themselves.

        Now the league wants a meeting between owners and players, and that the players won’t have access to the union lawyers? Of course they are going to have to think about it.

        If the league wants to do this and wants to get rid of Bettman and Fehr, why not allow the other agents in the room?

        Go Habs Go!
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        • HabFab says:

          Lets make it interesting;
          – 16 players, half nominated by NHL and half by PA
          – 8 owners, again half and half
          – 4 agents, again half and half
          – 4 GM’s, again half and half
          – each side can veto 2 of the others proposed reps

        • frontenac1 says:

          Was thinking the same thing commandant. Sounds like the wolves are inviting the lambs in for a “snack”. Habfabs idea makes a lot more sense which means it won’t happen.

  30. HabFab says:

    Ugly news breaking out of the KC Chiefs.

  31. Cal says:

    I am unsure if this has been posted earlier, but this is Bellyful at his best. 😀

  32. Mark C says:

    Some posters need some perspective on the situation with the Bulldogs and AHL. Unlike most other teams, the Bulldogs did not gain any established NHLers due to the lockout. Had the lockout occurred last year, Subban and Eller would be on the team, go back two years and you can add Max to the list. The Bulldogs are full of 19-20 year old rookies without a lot of veteran help – relative to most AHL teams. Results this season – especially early in the season – need to be taken with a huge grain of salt. It’s about development, getting better one game at a time, and not about wins and losses for the Bulldogs this season.

  33. Mavid says:

    I almost don’t care anymore…almost…I have been watching the walking dead…it is soooo good, I watched 2 1/2 seasons in 3 days…its on tomorrow night and then they take a break until Feb..I mean WTF..someone is out to get me..

  34. Haborama says:

    judging by our AHL prospects performance this year, I am actually dreading the day thy play for the Canadiens……..

    Sooooooo, on that note, let’s look forward to the 2013 draaafft!!!!!

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if MB were to somehow trade for an additional 1st rounder, Imagine that!

    So many good prospects, it’s like Christmas in June!!!!!!!!

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Pretty naive comment.

      Playing in the AHL this season is ultra competitive due to the lockout. The majority of the Bulldogs players, our best prospects, have been thrown right into the fire and are playing against teams with 3-5 players that should be playing in the NHL.

      The Bulldogs have maybe one player that would crack the NHL at the moment.

      Beaulieau, Tinordi and Gallagher, plus a few others aren’t projected to be star NHL players but they’ll be good players. They’ll have improved greatly by the year’s end.

  35. Cal says:

    It’s been so long now that the game is only a Memory.

  36. habstrinifan says:

    I had this God awful dream last night. It was the morning after December 21st. The doomsday predictions of the Mayan Calendar had come to pass. The end of the world had happened. How? As best I could gather the Middle East had exploded. Iran had fired a 99% perfected nuclear missile towards Israel. Israel radar immediately picked it up and fired a 100% perfected but disguised nuclear missile to intercept. Unfortunately it blew a big hole in the Iron Dome… one thing led to another and … well let’s just say you and I were dead.

    Death and Destruction were everywhere. Bloodied hockey cards were strewn all over the scorched ground. A trio of Paula Gretzky look-alike ladies were laying in an unglorious position; their tantalizing parts barely covered by destroyed clothing. Upon closer inspection (yes I stopped to look…even on Armageddon I could be tantalized) I realized their clothes were made that way. I muttered a “bless you my child” as I lamented over each body.

    Gangs of Leafs hooligans were roaming the street singing “Wait till next year”. Leafs fans would never be able to face reality. I saw Don Cherry and Mike Richards running around shouting anti-Subban epithets.

    Way off in the heavens I heard the angry voice of the Almighty bellow angrily. “Who did this?”. Acute little voiced answered “Fehr Bettman!”.

    And so a new F-WORD phrase was born. More damning than the first. I wandered this world of the damned unable to stop saying, “Fehr Battman! Fehr Bettman!”

    So today as you spill your coffee or get cut-off from that parking spot at the mall, feel free to yell out “Fehr Bettman!”

  37. HabFab says:

    Did You Know?

    All five of Montreal’s CHL-based forward prospects sit among the top three in their respective teams’ scoring. One of the two CHL defencemen, Darren Dietz, sits fourth on his teams’ scoring list.

  38. habs001 says:

    While the Bulldogs are a young team so far they are repeating the Habs performance of last year….28th out of 30 teams…30th in goal scoring and about 20th in goals given up….

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Offensively challenged, huh? Did LL help at all last night?


    • Haborama says:

      something is VERY wrong with that team, and I can’t put my finger on it, at first I thought it was typical for a team loaded with rookies, but the issues that they are having goes above and beyond what is normal for a young team. It really speaks volumes about the quality of our prospect pool, or lack thereof.

      • Rad says:

        Yup. Not much talent down at the farm, except a couple of boys on D. The only good forward prospects we have are in the CHL, and they’re a couple of years away. As I have said all along, we’re going to be in the lottery again this year, and likely another 2 years.

        • Dust says:

          I don’t think your two comments have anything to do with each other. If we don’t have much talent in the farm that has nothing to do with us getting a lottery pick or not. Its not the hamilton bulldogs that determine where we pick but what place the Habs finish does….or the lottery balls

      • commandant says:

        This doesn’t go “above and beyond” what is normal for a young team.

        Not in the AHL this season, with so many NHLers there.


        Not for a team that has shitty goaltending with Desjardins still hurt.

        Go Habs Go!
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  39. 24 Cups says:

    “Gary Bettman proposed Thursday night that the leadership from both sides step aside for the next bargaining session, leaving a group of owners and players to try and break the stalemate.

    The players are expected to make a decision and let the NHL know one way or another no later than Saturday.”

    You gotta hand it to Bettman, he’s one slick operator.

    The chess game continues. Paging Bobby Fischer!

  40. 24 Cups says:

    This is just a point of information.

    Martin Brodeur has made $73M during his NHL career. And that was after drinking the ‘In Lou We Trust’ Kool-Aid for the past ten years.

    • ProHabs says:

      I wonder how much his exwife took him for. I am sure her and her brother weren’t impressed when Marty ended up with the sister in law.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Thanks to Brodeur, goalie pads have grown to sizes that make them now look like sumo wrestlers. When the flop down on the ice, like Thomas, it leaves virtually nothing for the shooter to shoot at. Of course the NHL PR machine tells us how great these goalies are. Take this test please. Have Thomas and Saint Martin put on the pads Ken Dryden wore in the 70’s and see how they do. No one would ever score off Dryden if he were allowed to wear those pads back then. No one! They can do whatever they want with the red line and such but if they want to add goal scoring in this league, shrinking the goalie pads would go a long way in improving that. I think it’s ridiculous to see Thomas laying on the ice and announcers yelling, “Oh My!!! What a save.” Really?

      Edit: I’ll refrain from mentioning the character flaw a man must have to steal his brothers (correction: brother-in-law) wife. Can’t imagine.

      • Chris says:

        I don’t think you can blame ballooning goalie equipment size on Martin Brodeur so much as Patrick Roy.

        Check out Patrick Roy’s equipment in this video from the 1986 playoffs:

        By the mid 1990’s, Roy had tinkered with most of his equipment: he was using very oversized blockers and gloves, his jerseys were very baggy, his pads were much larger and had been modified for his butterfly style.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          May be true Chris but if memory serves me, Marty was on the competition committee for years and argued strenuously to not legislate smaller pads. IMO he yeilded way too much influence and is somewhat to blame for the difficulty in scoring that exsist today.
          I guess you can blame whomever you want. The pads have allowed journeyman like Thomas to become so called stars in this game.


        • HabFab says:

          If my memory serves me correctly, one of the first thing out of Patrick’s mouth after retiring, was that goalie equipment had got too big. Also believe that Martin’s comment after that towards Patrick was some what negative.

          • Habfan10912 says:

            I think Marty even said a few times he’d retire if they tried to shrink the equipment.


      • HabFab says:

        Brother in law…Jim.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Thx. I’ll correct it. Still a flawed character. Marty that is not you or I. Well maybe me a bit…….


          • HabFab says:

            Don’t know diddly about it but maybe they both married into the wrong family.

            EDIT; I’m a reformed flawed character…

      • Dust says:

        put Dryden in net against todays players who are better/ harder shooters (thanks to better sticks) and he would let in more goals. Can’t compare different generations. too many changes in the game

  41. scuba says:

    Was at the Sags game tonight in Halifax. Very excited to see Hudon. Played great for the first two periods and really controlled the play. He ran the point on the power play and looked good. A little surprising as he doesn’t have the hardest shot but he made a lot of plays. Picked up an assist on the only Sags goal.

    His injury happend right in front of us. He got tangled up with MacKinnon in front of the net and when went to the bench he wouldn’t put any weight on his left leg. Just before going off he felt arouond in his pants like he was checking for something. Consensus in our section was that he had been cut but I’m not sure.

    He came back in the third but didn’t play anything like the first two periods and was very tentative.

    Mooseheads top line had another big game especially Frk with 4 points and MacKinnon with a 2 goals and an assist. The second was one of the nicest i’ve seen. An incredible backhand roof shoot on a partial break. A thing of beauty.

  42. JohnBellyful says:

    HIO said this was spam but I think you’ll agree it really is klik

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I love your new format JB. What next? “Like” JB on facebook? Follow JB on twitter? Sign up for the JB newsletter? The sky is the limit. CHeers!


      • JohnBellyful says:

        Thanks, Jim.
        Facebook? Twitter? Newsletter? My brain can barely handle putting stuff on here. I get so anxious about what to write that my therapist tells me I’m suffer from post trauma.
        Well, it’s off to work I go.

  43. Haborama says:

    except for those who are second……

  44. ProHabs says:

    If your not first, your last folks.

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