‘Funnest’ game ever for Habs’ Gallagher

Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher wasn’t sure if he played his best game ever in Wednesday’s thrilling 6-5 shootout win over the Bruins in Boston, but he did call it the “funnest.”

Gallagher scored once in regulation time and added the winner in the shootout.

“He shows a lot of character by going to the dirty places and competing,” Josh Gorges, who has Gallagher living at his home, told reporters after the game. “He gets hacked and he gets whacked and cross-checked and he’s still going to the front of the net.”

Gorges added that Gallagher should be the favourite to win the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

“I don’t know if there are many rookies who have the impact he has on our team,” Gorges said.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien gave his players a well-deserved day off Thursday. They will practice at 11 a.m. Friday in Brossard as they prepare to face the New York Rangers Saturday at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

After reports were swirling during the Canadiens-Bruins game that the Calgary Flames were going to trade Jarome Iginla to Boston, he ended up going to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a pair of forwards, Yale’s Kenneth Agostino and St. Cloud State’s Ben Hanowski, and a first-round draft pick.

(Photo by Michael Dwyer/The Associated Press)

Canadiens beat Bruins in shootout, by Pat Hickey

Habs show a lot of character, by Pat Hickey

Flames deal Iginla to Penguins, by Postmedia News

Penguins acquire Iginla from Calgary, by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Canadiens vs. Bruins photo gallery

Bruins fall to Canadiens in ugly fashion, by Boston Globe

Kick to the face, followed by kick to the gut for Bruins, by Boston.com

Bruins’ Chara carries a big stick, by Stu Cowan

Habs prospects on display at NCAA tourney, by Pat Hickey

Captain Gionta praises Habs coach Therrien, by Stu Cowan

Leafs win 45 consecutive Cups, by Pat Hickey

Pilote was heart of the ‘Hawks, by Dave Stubbs

It’s hard to stay healthy in today’s NHL, by Stu Cowan

Lightning rookie Conacher has something in common with Habs’ Gallagher, by Stu Cowan

1,374 Comments

  1. jols101 says:

    What’s the deal with Dunkin Donuts and the Boston Bruins anyway?

    Dunkin Donuts gets free advertising during Bruin pressers and Claude Julien gets to eat as many free donuts as he wants? Is that the deal?

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay last nights win, and gritty effort certainly is pushing me towards the “Let’s tweak the lineup before the trade deadline” side of the equation. The fact this team has made so many comeback wins this year is just amazing!

  3. Dr.Rex says:

    One “rumor” being discussed on HF is:

    Louis Leblanc + 2nd (Nashville) For Ryan Clowe

    Any thoughts?

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    Gallagher is laughing and Hab fan’s are happy! But here is a report from Boston!….

    Let’s recap Wednesday night in the life of Boston Bruins fans:

    Boston scores four times in the second period to take a 4-2 lead over the Montreal Canadiens.

    YAY!

    They blow that lead in the third period allowing the Canadiens to score three times, forcing overtime and then a shootout.

    BOO!

    Brendan Gallagher scores in the sixth round of the shootout giving the Canadiens a 6-5 win and a 1-point lead over the Bruins in the Northeast Division standings.

    BOOOOOOOO!

    “Jarome Iginla has been traded to the Boston Bruins.”

    HOLYYYYYY [EXPLETIVE]!!!!!!

    “Jarome Iginla has actually been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.”

    WHAT THE $%@#!

    So, you can forgive Bruins fans this morning if they’re a little grumpy.

    How does Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli respond to Pittsburgh’s stock-piling of arms?

  5. habs001 says:

    Markov is having an exceptional year on the pp…He is on pace for 15 goals on the pp if this was a normal season…without him the Habs 9th ranked pp would be way lower…His offensive contribution 5/5 is basically non existent right now but hopefully some of his previous level will come back..
    The pp right now has to score in the first minute as the team has been using Gorges and the Cube in the second portion of the pp even when trailing..i can see them being used late in a game when the team is leading…I am not sure if there are 2 weaker offensive pointman in the league on the pp…Martin also used Gorges on the pp and it resulted in microscopic scoring…

    • johnnylarue says:

      Emelin was a PP guy in the KHL and hasn’t really got a fair shake at it with the Habs yet. This comment is badly timed considering the many abysmal choices he made last night, but nonetheless, I firmly believe he’s much better suited to the 2nd wave of the PP than Gorges.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        I agree, and believe that if we don’t get too caught up in trying to catch the Pens for first, we should work him on the PP a lot pre-playoffs, accelerate the learning curve now, not then.

        And if anyone wants to slam THAT idea, how about this one? For now I like Cube on the 2nd PP pairing (just not with Josh). Good passer, good judgement on pinching, pretty safe on the blueline.

      • Ian Cobb says:

        Agree! Gorges is a bust this year and I am a little disappointed with Emilin’s play as well. Is the answer Dias? Or do we have to go out and get a top 4 D man.??

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Emelin is a 5 or 6 D man in my opinion not a top 4. Gorges has been struggling as well. We need help on D

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • johnnylarue says:

            Mostly agree. Emelin has been pretty solid most nights. I’d be comfortable with him as a 3-4. But no question: I don’t like our chances in the playoffs with him and Marky being overclocked on a nightly basis.

    • krob1000 says:

      HAving no DIaz really meses things up…..we have a 6th dman playing limited minutes and the top guys from each of the top parings on the first wave…he is worried about the shift after the pp…

  6. pete says:

    well iggy to the pens well this reminds me of the rangers in late 90s when they tried to buy the cup and failed.remember bure,jager gretzkeyand Mess. Imo i think the samething will happen with them.

  7. mdp2011 says:

    @RogMillions: Jay Bouwmeester admits he and team talked about possibility of trade. As many as 6 teams interested.

    Are the Habs one of the 6 teams interested? Not sure I would be too keen on acquiring a guy who’s only participated in the playoffs once since 1998. That was in the AHL 2004. That is a really unbelievable stat, never made the playoffs in junior or the NHL. But, on the other hand, he could be exactly what the Habs are missing.

    • Loonie says:

      Can you blame Bouwmeester though? Panthers and Flames.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      God I hope not. His contract is massive compared to his play. He only has next year left on it but with the cap dropping and his cap hit being 6.68 that is pretty hefty and could hurt the habs next year

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • mdp2011 says:

        Yeah his contract for next year is an obstacle for sure.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        According to Kiprusoff, his favourite dman to play behind on the Flames right now is Bouwmeester. This according to Noodles on TSN

        • Kooch7800 says:

          They don’t really have anyone else on D. That team is a mess. Bouwmeester is still decent but not 6.68 mill decent. Plus the flames would be even worse without him. They don’t have anyone ready to replace him.

          That organization is just a mess right now

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • Loonie says:

            Giordano and Wideman are pretty damn good.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Widemen is a strong d man with nice offense. I agree there Giordano is also a top 4 but take Jay out of the Calgary line up and their D doesn’t look so hot

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        It’s only 2 years, him and Subban would be a beast pairing we could ride for 35 a night easily n the playoffs.

        ———————————

        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

        • Kooch7800 says:

          It is the next year cap down that would be the problem. That would be like putting scott gomez back on the books and we would only be getting the 4.25 mill cap relief from Kabrele. That doesn’t leave a lot cap space.

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Look at his numbers. He has played 82 games, averaging 25 min/game for SEVEN straight seasons…pretty reliable, no? He is still 29 years old. I think he and PK would make a good 1st pair.

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

    • Ozmodiar says:

      PK will be the highest paid defenseman on the Habs when he signs his next contract. I’m guessing that MB would prefer to have the negotiating start @ 5.75 rather than 6.7M.

      • Luke says:

        With the way PK is playing, the negotiating can start at 5.75 but it won’t finish until its past 7.

        I wonder if Perry and Getzlaf set PK’s number in the 8s.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Wondering the same, guy is absolutely on fire!

        • Ozmodiar says:

          Well, he’s still an RFA, and doesn’t quite have the track record of those duckies…

          I’m going to guess 6.5M for PK. Eberle/Hall contract + taxation premium.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          That rush last night I was blown away. MT has been the perfect coach for him in my opinion. PK has never been as effective as he has been this year and you can tell as his confidence is up (hard to believe). Not sure if JM was here that it would be the same situation.

          I was not a fan of the MT hiring but I was 100% wrong. He is great with the youth

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Loonie says:

        Great point.

  8. Timo says:

    Iginla must have watched John Stewart’s Bruins montage I’ve emailed him.

  9. jols101 says:

    Pens still have more cap space then the Habs even after picking up 3 players for their playoff run. Weird.

    • Chuck says:

      NHL math.

      ___________________________________________________
      Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  10. Loonie says:

    So back to that Mark Spector comment about the Flames not being able to trade JayBo.

    Per Friedman the Flames and the player have discussed a trade and there are at least six teams interested.

    Whoops.

  11. JF says:

    We badly need help on defence. That second period was an absolute mess, with breakdowns all over the place. Emelin had a terrible game, and it’s clear that Markov is playing far too many minutes. Bergevin needs to find out as far as possible how likely it is that Diaz will be coming back and then, based on that, make a move.

    Even if we do get help, I think Markov needs a rest before the playoffs. Once we’ve sewn up a spot, he could be given a couple of games off, otherwise he’ll have nothing left come May.

    Meanwhile, I don’t understand why Kaberle is not being played at all. He’s a decent offensive defenceman and could perhaps be used on the point on the powerplay. Paired with someone like Bouillon, his defensive shortcomings might not matter too much; at any rate, he could hardly be worse than the mess we saw last night. I get that they don’t want him injured if they’re planning to buy him out this summer, but injuries could happen in practice. And if he’s playing, we might find a taker for him. Same goes for Weber, who I believe has recovered from his injury. If these guys are not part of the future, we need to get something for them.

    • Loonie says:

      I see many “I’m going to defer to Bergevin’s judgement”.

      I’m half in that camp. I’ll have faith that he’s acquired a player who’s going to be a good fit if he acquires one.

      If he doesn’t and I see good deals going down between now and the deadline I won’t be chalking our failure to add necessary pieces to “well I trust his judgement”.

      So I’ll trust he’s made the right decision if he acquires a couple of players to fill holes, but if he doesn’t address the needs I won’t trust that it was the right decision.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Maybe Kabrele is practicing with a no contact jersey (joke) and YES he could and most likely would be worse. See film of last season.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Jane – All I here about is Ryane (no goals) Clowe. (I’m really going to have to eat crow if this guy excels in the playoffs:-)

      Diaz could be gone for the rest of the year. Kaberle is gone for the rest of the year. And Yannick Weber hasn’t been able to make the Habs top six in six years. Markov is going to be worn out. Bouillon and Tinordi don’t make sense as a pairing and Tinordi is just six months out of junior.

      Six days to go.

      • Loonie says:

        This was my thing with Hossa. I really don’t care if he scores goals. The threat of him on the ice offensively and the other attributes he brings to the game make him worth the addition in my opinion(within reason of course).

        And then there’s the mentality in the locker room immediately after a rental acquisition. “These guys believe we can win the whole thing”. In some cases the message is just as important as the player being added.

    • gK_HabsFan says:

      Kaberle is getting bought-out with the 1 compliance buy-out we have left. A team cannot buyout a player if he is injured. I think the Habs don’t want to risk any form of injury. This is crucial considering the cap going down next season, and with a few holes still left to fill

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        But if he is injured bad enough to not be bought out he can be replaced by a player of an equivalent cap hit.

        • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

          That’s my thought too … I really beleive they want to see what they have in the AHL before making a final decision on trading for a depth defenceman.

          “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • johnnylarue says:

      To put it as simply as possible, Bergevin, at the bare minimum, needs to ensure that MT has three defense pairings he can trust at any given time.

      Therrien’s obviously not big on Tiny yet (pun intended), and with Diaz showing no signs of returning anytime soon, I think it’s safe to assume MB is actively looking for help.

    • sobe says:

      Why not use Tinordi on PP instead of Georges. He couldnt possibly do any worse then Geoges on PP and it will built his confidence.

      I dont understand why he played so less, when clearly all of our Defenece was tired and MT could have used him more effectively.

      He played 7 min and was Plus 1, compare to Emelin who was -3 and he clearly left Marchand in front of the net for 2nd goal, Brutal coverage.

      Am I the only one who see the pair of Emelin and Markov get exposed so often??

  12. Dr.Rex says:

    CLearly Iginla does not EMBELLISH enough to play for the Bruins. He just wouldn’t fit in with Marchand, Seguin and Thornton.

    And that fact that he is a straight shooter would make him a weirdo in the Bruins locker room.

  13. Timo says:

    So MT is not managing players time as well anymore, is that what I am reading?

  14. HabFanSince72 says:

    HA HA:

    “”We made a firm offer two days ago and were told at Noon yesterday (Wednesday) that we’d won the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes so to speak,” Chiarelli told reporters. “We believed that we had a deal.”

    “As the time went on, doubt started to grow,” he explained. “You make efforts to call, but when nothing gets returned, you know something’s going on.”

  15. lavie says:

    The Bruins GM said he then received a call from the Flames at about 11:45pm et on Wednesday night saying that it was the “player’s choice” and that Iginla was going to be dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    :D :D :D

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Maybe if the Bruins and their core fan-base were not such douche-bags, Iginla would have gone there…

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

  16. Habfan10912 says:

    For your information, NHL Network is replaying the Hab/Bruin game at 3:00. A suggestion for you folks hell bent on blaming Price for a poor performance. Watch the game this time. Reality may begin to sink in.

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    So noticed something weird, the defenceman to play the most minutes for the Habs, (who presently are 2nd in the Eastern Conference) is apparantly awful?

    He is older, he is slower, but he is still a freaking good player who is presently being overplayed because of our lack of depth at Defence. He has groomed Emelin all season, has quarterbacked the powerplay all season, has run the Penalty kill all season and oh yah pretty much carried the team on his back the first two weeks of season.

    Yes PK is probably now a physically better player, more dynamic and far more important long term. But to dismiss Markov as “Awful” is just plain ludicrous.

    Most minutes played on 2nd best team in Conference = Awful, not sure that computes with me.

    • mdp2011 says:

      People who can’t see what Markov brings to the Habs don’t know anything about hockey. The Habs record speaks for itself the last 5 years with Markov in the lineup compared to when Markov is not in the lineup.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      There is a certain amount of the population here that sees things the way they want to see things which has very little semblance to reality. This team’s reversal of fortune from last year is in part due to Markov’s return. For some fans to totally disregard that based on one period of hockey in a game they WON is just incredible.
      Some just like to be miserable I guess.

    • B says:

      Leads the league in PP points!

      –Go Habs Go!–

    • TheLogician says:

      i think the “awful” label was being applied to his performance last night…not to this season or his entire career.

      and it’s hard not to admit that he had some pretty awful moments last night.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        No doubt he made some bad plays yesterday, just as he made a great play to score game tying goal. Awful is a term I will rather save for a player who brings no value to a team. Mistakes are one thing, to be an awful player (since the 2nd week of season) is another.

        I am just asking people use some levity in their remarks. No reason to dump a guy in the toilet for some bad plays, when he has been a huge factor in making the team much better than they were without him.

    • Cal says:

      Shhh, let the silly ones have their say. Remember, only rookies can help the club.

  18. Propwash says:

    I wonder if Chiarelli’s story is being embellished a little…

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  19. aemarchand11 says:

    Pretty sickening that Rene Bourque is out with a concussion because of a sucker punch by a fourth line goon in Colton Orr.

    • christophor says:

      Orr shouldn’t have a job in pro hockey. It’s ridiculous that guys like him are around solely to harm the careers of legitimate players.

    • Buzz Lightbeer says:

      Ya makes my blood boil that a useless slug like that has a career. And i don’t see how if hits to the head with intent to injure are reviewable for suspension that a sucker punch doesn’t count.

  20. HabinBurlington says:

    @Loonie, regarding NTC and NMC on L.A. Kings. I am near certain both Richards and Carter have full NTC clause. Holmgren had to trade these two before the new contracts kicked in with NTC. I realize Capgeek doesn’t show them, but I am near 100% certain they indeed do. I specifically remember at time of trade, how pissed both were, since they were given handshakes from Holmgren they wouldn’t be traded before new contracts started which had NTC.

    http://www.puckupdate.com/2011/06/24/purge-of-flyers-helps-team-shed-salary-and-talent/

    • Loonie says:

      Yes you’re right.

      My apologies.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Didn’t mean for you to apologize Tom, but I saw your statement and immediately went to Capgeek and couldn’t find the NTC. Had to do some searching.

        CHeers!

        • Loonie says:

          I should have made the distinction that rampant NTCs are death.

          Calgary was just built so terribly. All those no trade clauses, nobody noteworthy with an expiring contract at the same time as Iginla, no prospect depth.

          I really think it’s safe to say that Darryl Sutter didn’t have a plan or if he did it was god awful.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Why is it when a player is rewarded with the max. term and max. money that he feels he also deserves NTC and NMC? Seems to me baseball doesn’t hand out these clauses like hockey GM’s.

          • Loonie says:

            I don’t know if it’s a feeling of entitlement. These guys don’t have much of a home life so getting the stability of a NTC/NMC affords them and their families peace of mind.

  21. Loonie says:

    If Bergevin is going to bring in a player or players now or at the eleventh hour are the times to do it.

    Get ahead of the frenzy deadline day or use it to your advantage when teams are desperate to unload pending ufa’s and will take less.

  22. kerrgte says:

    I’m confident MB will make any required changes to the club, and I defer entirely to his judgment. He’s done a great job so far …

    I do think this year belongs to the Pens unfortunately. And Crosby’s talent and hunger is unmatched. Boston is past its’ prime, and Jersey is fading. I’m convinced that Montreal is only goinig to be better next year.

    It’s not like the old days. With such parity, today’s teams load up for the playoffs knowing that the chance for a cup run comes only once every few years. This year, I think Pitts is planning on going the distance.

    But I’m hoping, as I’ve been doing since ’93 …

    • Loonie says:

      Moen contract.
      Desharnais contract at what could best be described as an awkward time.
      Price is overpaid.

      He hasn’t made any huge mistakes, but he’s made some small errors.

      • kerrgte says:

        What happened to Moen? He’s not the player he was last year.

        I like DD – he’s a pretty 2nd line ctr. He’s paid on a level to his peers elsewhere in the league.

        I think there’s a few players that aren’t matching our expectations. But we don’t know who is playing injured, do we?
        And the farm looks a little talent bare.

        A move or two is warranted before the dealdline I think.

      • johnnylarue says:

        I give him the benefit of the doubt on the DD contract–just because it’s not a gross overpayment and is definitely movable if things don’t pan out.

        Price is overpaid, but you could argue that Rinne and the other established goalies his salary was based on are overpaid too. (I tend to think $6.5 million is too much for ANY goalie in today’s NHL, but that’s just me.)

        Of those three contracts, Moen’s is the one I immediately found a bit objectionable–especially with regards to term–given his age, style of play, and the season-ending concussion he suffered. He’s being paid as a deluxe grinder, but he’s looking pretty replaceable this season. And I don’t think he’s ever lived up to the expectations created by his awesome performance in the Ducks’ cup run.

  23. Garbo says:

    Does anyone else enjoy Eric Engels’ post-mortem reviews?

    He’s being writing about every game this season, and I think its better than most of what the Gazette puts out. Except for Boone’s About Last Night of course, which I always look forward to.

    Just thought I give him some props.

    • Loonie says:

      I like his eye for the pulse of the team Garbo. Probably because when he analyzes the group without citing stats and other anecdotes we’re usually in agreement.

      He also doesn’t deal in absolutes which I like. Not like that Mike Richards blowhard on TSN this morning saying “NO WAY the Hurricanes catch the Jets”. Like it’s some sort of foregone conclusion that those beasts from Manitoba can’t be caught.

      Engels is pretty level headed and astute.

    • Body_of_Price_Repels_You says:

      I read Engels’ stuff via Hockeybuzz, he’s a great read. Him and Travis Yost are bright spots for shady uncle Eklund

  24. Lafrich says:

    Anyone else notice how AWFUL Markov is?
    Edit (as per the comments below): how AWFUL Markov PLAYED last night, and every other game this season after the first week.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Nope. We all watched the game with our eyes closed and the sound off. ;)

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      MT played the guy 27 minutes…cut him some slack.

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

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        In the second game of a back-to-back.

      • vancouverite says:

        ^Good point. Also, although his skating and speed may have taken a hit, he still has all the hockey intelligence in the world, a wicked shot, as well as those tape to tape passes from one blue line to the other which will bear fruit as the season unfolds.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Perhaps there’s an important distinction to be drawn between “is” and “played”?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Nope. Did notice he was overplayed and made mistakes last night. Have noticed some awful posts though lately….

      • Lafrich says:

        Thanks for your opinion, but do you think there was a need to put down my post? I am pretty sure this is a site where Habs fans come to post their opinions about players on the team.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Oh Lafrich! It was nearly “What a save!” with your edit!

          But every game “since first week”?!

          You’re right. You’re a fan, you have an opinion, and this is the site. But come on! You KNOW an extreme opinion will attract extreme response!

          But you’re not alone in having extreme opinions, so I hope you stick around and post more. The only thing I don’t think anyone’s allowed do is get all hissy if their opinion attracts a strong response!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          What Mike says, I read your initial post when I typed my reply. After I hit submit I noticed your edit, seemed to me you still were emphatic about Awful, thus me keeping my post up and putting the new one up at the top of the page. Markov does not need to be labelled Awful.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      He made a nice play to get the puck to the next with 8 sec remaining.

  25. Phil C says:

    Another bonus last night: Gallagher scoring in the middle of one of those stupid Bruins’ goal announcements.

  26. Chrisadiens says:

    An alien pointed out to us earlier that goalies have won more Conn Smyth trophies than any other position. He didn’t exactly go out on a limb here I know, but I was shocked at how close it really is. 15 for goalies, 14 for centers. I was sure goalies would be way ahead.

    http://sportslistoftheday.com/2012/05/19/nhl-stanley-cup-playoff-mvps-conn-smythe-trophy-winners/

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  27. habfan53 says:

    Loved Ray Ferraro’s comments last night on Gallagher. When he told Gally that most people thought that Markov’s goal was his Brendon replied ” that it was not good karma to take credit for someone elses work” Then Gallagher scores in the shoot-out, Ferraro says “I guess he has GOOD KARMA”

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I know many don’t like Ray Ferraro but I actually don’t mind him. He is usually pretty decent as a commentator. Much better than Pierre McQuire.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • habfan53 says:

        Hands down

        Like the DODGERS “Wait till next year”

      • Ozmodiar says:

        I find Ferraro describes things in agonizing detail.

        “Price pushes off with the left skate to move across the net to make the save with the top right part of his white goalie pad.” Things like that.

        Then there’s the frequent superfluous comments like “Josh Gorges is now playing with a stick that has the wrong curve.” Geez, man! It doesn’t matter what curve Gorges has on his stick!

        And, “Halpern will be playing against his former team on Saturday.” Halpern’s always playing against a former team!! Holy smokes!

      • oldandslo says:

        Pistol Pierre is a name-dropping glutton for self-attribution. Can’t stand the guy.

  28. habfan53 says:

    STUBBS tweets:”Wonderful sounds of spring: robins, red-wing blackbirds & the silence of summer tires compared to snows on bare asphalt ”

    Can’t be spring yet Dave, Maple Leafs are not playing golf

  29. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    For all us amateur GMs, a reality check: If Jokkinen’s 3 million dollars owed next year scared off GMs, the hard fact is any competent player earning a low salary that you covet is worth far more in a trade than say, Lecavalier.

    if you go to HFBOARDS or other team fan sites, you will hear each team’s bloggers proposing the same players – i.e. if several teams are interested the price goes up – Bruin boards are agog over getting Clowe since they keep losing out … someone will overpay for Clowe, but if it us thank goodness Uncle Jay and Shero set the bar pretty low for a player with a full NTC.

    On that last point, I haven’t heard who he might accept a trade to, maybe Mike Ryder can play the down ‘ome card and get him to come :-)

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  30. commandant says:

    On Clowe.

    I love the idea of a player like Ryan Clowe. Who does all the things Ryan Clowe does on his best days.

    I’m just not sure how much that shoulder is bothering him. Nearly 30 games and 0 goals? Thats a big red flag to me. Is Ryan Clowe (the current player) capable of living up to what we want, and thats Ryan Clowe at his best?

    I’m not sure about that. And as a rental player. A guy who will only be on your team a few months, you best be sure you are getting the guy at 100%

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    • Kooch7800 says:

      I would only go hard at him if they thought they could resign him.

      Not just looking at him as a rental. If we just have him for this season I think I would only give up so much as you are correct being injured we would probably be better without him

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Garbo says:

        a second, and a conditional second?

        • Kooch7800 says:

          exactly.

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • Loonie says:

            Don’t think you can get Clowe for a second and conditional second(extension or playoff success) but the return that they ultimately get for him is wide open and I could be wrong.

            Certainly a good offer for a hurt rental.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            @loonie,

            I don’t think I would offer much more just for a rental that is a risk. I would like to see Clowe here for a couple seasons

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • 24 Cups says:

          Two 2nds for a guy who hasn’t scored in a year? Yikes.

          As for re-signing him, you have to figure that he’ll want four years at 4-4.5M.

          There’s always the option to just pass on a guy. Overpaying is what the trade deadline and July 1st are all about. Maybe it’s best to work around that fact.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Clowe can be a really useful piece even though he really isn’t showing it this year. I would think he is worth around 3.5 per season. If if he goes to July one he could get just over 4 but that would be a gamble.

            If he is healthy he has a lot of assets, size, decent hands and physical. he plays an in your face style something we lack, and a lot of teams lack.

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Yeah, I’m a bit skeptical too.

      If MB bites, I hope it’s for a package that he can afford to lose if Clowe’s not re-signed.

      As for next year, the last month + playoffs can serve as the evaluation of how good he is, shoulder and all. On the other hand, maybe he’s been scouted enough so they already have their answer….

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Boston will probably overpay…they need to do something.

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

    • Habitforming says:

      The standout for me on Clowe is obviously 0 goals, but for a guy that is so physical and a power forward he has 64 hits in his 26 games. That tells me he is involved in the game as per usual, but he cant put the rest of his game together.

  31. mr92243 says:

    A bit off topic but I was wondering if anyone could help with something. When I try to watch the gave highlight videos on the Canadiens’ official site, Firefox crashes immediately upon entering the site. If I visit in Explorer, I get an alert to close a script before I’m able to continue. Is this anything that I can correct on my end or is the problem that the Canadiens’ site needs repair (and has for weeks…. ongoing issue but I digress). Any advice (that isn’t from a troll) would be appreciated. Thanks and GO Habs GO! :)

    “Furthermore, it is my opinion that Carthage must be destroyed.”

  32. 24 Cups says:

    There’s something about Iginla getting to cherry-pick his own personal playoff team that bothers me. Just a bit too much considering all the players who have been traded over the years without having any say in the matter.

    Not only does he get to hedge his bet and take a trade to one of the top two teams in the NHL, but in the process he indirectly screws over the Flames by backing them into a corner. A corner that produces one of the worst asset returns in NHL trade deadline history.

    I know he’s a star, a captain and a local hero but this just doesn’t sit well with me. I wonder what Marcel Dionne thinks about it.

    • Phil C says:

      I know what you are saying, but he negotiated and was given that right fairly. Part of the cost for signing a player like Iginla. At least they got something for him, better than what Toronto got for Sundin.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Toronto could have received a boatload for Sundin, he really set the Leafs back by not waving his NTC. Worst part about that was his complete hypocrisy in saying he didn’t want to be a rental, as he then joined the Canucks the following year late, like a rental.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I think he was pissed about the organization talking about a trade before they talked to him about waiving his no trade clause. He was a great player for the leafs for many many years and they treated him like crap at the end. Making him the scape goat for them dumping all their picks on old guys.

          I obviously don’t like the leafs but I actually thought Sundin had the right to stick it to the leafs for how they treated him

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I have the same feeling Steve. While I am ecstatic he didn’t go to Boston, I feel his list of 4 teams was completely disingenuous. He is not an UFA currently, yet dictated the exact same terms and conditions. I understand he had a NTC and NMC in his contract, but feel the 4 teams was horsecrap.

    • The Jackal says:

      Doesn’t seem wrong to me.
      Flames let their hero pick where he wants to go, pretty classy move.
      The return was not what I expected from that trade, but it’s nice to see lifers being treated as more than assets.

  33. Mike Boone says:

    Today’s news: Rene Bourque is in Atlanta seeing the concussion specialist who worked with Crosby.

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  34. Lafleurguy says:

    Max Pacioretty is a gamer but he is out of synch. He’s young. He’s tough. He looks less experienced than Brendan G. Fighting for puck possession has never been his strength but fighting for the prime spots to get off a shot or deflection has. He looked like he could snipe like Michael Ryder, but not in the last 3 to 4 weeks. Gallagher and Gionta are safer bets in recent games to get to the dirty areas. We need a more determined game from Max.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  35. habfan53 says:

    Liked Therrien’s decision to pull Carey for the third but not because what most would think.
    Lets look at the 4 goals, On Hamilton’s Montreal could not clear the zone started running around but Price should have made the save .
    On Marchands goal WHERE was everybody four players in the corner and Gionta up at the blue line, Marchand left all alone then banks the shot off the back of Prices leg.

    On Bergerons PP goal, Halpern had no stick, Gorges had the wrong stick and the puck takes a weird bounce to Bergeron who had an open net .

    Finally on Horton’s goal Markov is pinching then shoots/passes/dumps the puck right to Kreci who gets past Markov leaving Emelin to cover the 2 on 1 instead of blocking the passing lane he takes Kreci (leave the puck carrier to the goalie) leaving Horton with an open net.

    So of the 4 I can only blame Price for 1 the other 3 either because of bad luck (Bergerons) or bad coverage (Marchand’s and Horton’s) I don’t put the blame solely on him.

    Yes I know he is paid to keep the puck out but I would like to know who would have ?

    For Saturday against the Rangers despite Budaj having played an excellent releif role the star should go to Price.

  36. habs-fan-84 says:

    For some reason I get this weird Boston is going to attempt to pick up Cammalleri for the playoffs…it’s an albatross of a contract though…

  37. Loonie says:

    For those who don’t think Ryane Clowe is worth the ask…..

    First game back from injury with a bad shoulder last night.

    1 assist, fought and convincingly beat on Bryan Allen, two shots, three blocked shots, three checks in fourteen minutes of ice-time.

  38. Strummer says:

    Apparently Renaud Lavoie broke the news to Aaron Ward and the other TSN knuckleheads that Iggy wasn’t going to Boston

    “ @ RenLavoieRDS Don’t kill the messenger here. Bruins are telling me no deal in place for Jarome Iginla and no deal will be done tonight.”

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Kudos to McKenzie for apologizing for TSN messing up…

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

  39. gK_HabsFan says:

    Wow, what a game last night. One of the things that stood out last night was the play of Markov, and I’m surprised he isn’t getting any heat here for his play.

    You can check my profile, and you could see that he’s my favourite Hab, but man was he brutal last night. Bad pinches, horrible coverage, and just plain out soft. I’ve never seen him play sooo bad in my life.

    The knee injuries are definitely catching up to him, but the fact that the coach continues to play him 22-25 mins a game is also concerning. This is a result of a poor (inexperienced) 3rd pairing, which (hopefully) will improve when/if Diaz gets back into the rotation.

    I like the subtle adjustment MT made in the OT period, pairing PK with Markov and Gorges with Emelin (although he took a penalty).

    I hope this was an anomaly. But this leads me to my point. PK makes one mistake (against the sabres) and is put under the microscope by fans and media, but Markov plays a brutal game (from start to finish), where he was a complete liability on the ice and is barely held accountable. I wonder why……

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Markov is getting the benefit of the doubt because MT is playing him too much…27 minutes again. Nobody expects him to play perefect defense with minutes like that. If MT doesn’t trust Tinordi to play more than 7 minutes in big games, MB needs to go get someone.

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

    • johnnylarue says:

      Markov looked tired last night, maybe more so mentally than physically. He’s a player who can overcome his physical limitations using his smarts on most nights, but yeah, his head wasn’t in it against Boston.

      Props for scoring the tying goal, though, and the fact that his off night coincided with Emelin’s worst game in ages didn’t help matters.

      • gK_HabsFan says:

        while I agree, his game just fell apart after Krejci got under his skin. He was yapping back and forth… I’ve never seen him play that brand of hockey

    • Shackles says:

      I’m left with the impression that he approaches the game like it’s a “job”? He comes across like an old, crotchety, by-the-book businessman – comes to the office, works his shift then goes home. “This is a place of business, be serious people. “

      • gK_HabsFan says:

        So shouldn’t he be dealt with “internally”? I get the experience and his business-like approach…
        But imagine if PK had that sort of game… The media would have been all over him and so would the fans!
        Maybe the fact that we won the game has something to do with it…

        • Shackles says:

          I agree gK…I see how my post may sound like I’m defending him. Does MT cut his ice time and rest him up to see how it plays out or does MB use him as trade bait?

    • kerrgte says:

      Markov is getting older and his knees are hurting. I’m sure he goes thru a tonne of ice with each game. Also, give him a little slack, the Pitts game was high speed all night long.

      His stats are those of a star D’man.

      Back-to-back games are harder on older guys than the younger players because recovery time is longer – that’s a fact of life.

      • gK_HabsFan says:

        Yes for sure! The back to back definitely had something to do with it. But I think the D needs to be addressed. He cant play those minutes night in and night out, especially if we meet a physical team in the PO. MB needs to address the D. I’m not saying go out and get a start d-man… but someone that is capable of playing 18 mins a game. It has a roll-over effect on the top guys, and the difficult minutes they play

        • kerrgte says:

          I think part of Markov’s value is his cleverness and his role as a teacher to the younger d’men. I think he can last this season. Next season, he will have an even harder time if he can manage at all. But Diaz is in the wings and maybe Beaulieu too.

          I think MB will surprise us with a few right additions.

    • Habitforming says:

      I agree with all of it. Its a shame MT didn’t call out Markov for his horrid play, or schedule a “talking to” for Emelin about his OT penalty in the media like he does for the guy that leads all dmen in scoring

  40. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Quick answer. If Tinordi doesn’t return to Ham, how much ice time should he get?

    Post: More; Less; Goldilocks (status quo is JUST right).

    • Timo says:

      Given Markov’s and Emelin performance last night (especially in the second period) I’d say maybe try giving him a bit more than now. 2-3 minutes more? Try him against some better players for a couple of shifts? Couldn’t hurt.

      • kerrgte says:

        It’s a given that Tinordi is a part of the team’s future. So, he should get every opportunity to learn – and learning comes with watching as well as playing. It’s also a given that Markov, unfortunately, isn’t as young or as tough as he used to be – and his minutes have to be filled.

        His minutes will go up commensurate with his learning curve. With his size, he should be learning reach advantage techniques from Chara; the smothering techniques of Gill; and maybe develop a howitzer from the blue line.

        cheers

        george k

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      He should and will get another 4 minutes a game – they are entering a stretch of games against the Atlantic Division teams and the also rans (Philly/Buffalo) that the Habs should be able to feel comfortable rolling the defence.

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • johnnylarue says:

      I’m an avid Tiny supporter, and personally think the kid could handle 15 minutes a game without embarrassing himself. MT has done a good job of protecting him from the opposing team’s better players (Crosby goal excluded), but he’s been positionally sound, takes good decisions with the puck, and has shown better offensive instincts than I expected, especially in terms of pinching in to maintain O-zone pressure.

      With the playoffs looming, the timing might not be ideal and I still think MB should try to beef up our D corps, but based on the few games he’s played so far I already have way more faith in Tiny than I ever did in O’Byrne. It wouldn’t be ideal, but I wouldn’t be afraid to play him in Round 1 at this point.

  41. kerrgte says:

    Watching Galagher play the game with such enthusiasm and guts is inspirational for everyone. A 5th round pick who is showing up all the rookies – yeah, kudos for the underdog. IN everything – from sports to academics – the so-called experts aren’t always right.

    If you’ve got the drive, you can do it.
    cheers to all
    cheers to all

    george k

    • johnnylarue says:

      Gally was a prolific scorer for the Vancouver Giants, playing exactly the same style. It’s really amazing that he’s transitioned to the NHL game so quickly. And considering his age, the best is yet to come.

      Another feather in the cap for one Mr. Timmins.

  42. Strummer says:

    Here’s a sample from the NESN Bruin’s page

    G.w. Mercure · Top Commenter
    Iginla’s in Pittsburgh. Season’s over. Nice job, Chiarelli. I guess the Bruins have no particular interest in a championship this year. But hey, at least we have Malcolm Subban!
    Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · 7 hours ago

    Hockey Man · Follow · Top Commenter · Boston College Law School
    The Bruins are History! Good job PC your a douche
    Reply · 1 · Like · 6 hours ago

    Christopher Gaffron
    wasn’t chiarelli’s fault. Iginla chose Pittsburg over Boston according to NHL.com
    Reply · Like · 5 hours ago

    G.w. Mercure · Top Commenter
    Yay! We have Kaspars Daugavins! Pittsburgh only has Brendan Morrow, Douglas Murray, and Jarome Iginla. Way to go Chiarelli, you retard.
    Reply · Like · 4 hours ago

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  43. durocher says:

    MB — get Ryan Clowe ASAP! Perhaps Nashville’s 2013 second round pick, Patrick Holland, and a conditional pick (a 2014 3rd round pick if we get to the semi-finals this year).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUmJyEQwR9o

  44. Loonie says:

    So Mark Spector who seems to think Martin St. Louis is a centreman believes the Flames can’t trade Bouwmeester because they need somebody to play his minutes next year.

    Wideman, Giordano, Butler, Brodie and Sarich. The last time I went to school that made five.

    They’re gonna have to do more. They only have seven forwards under contract for next year.

    Thus the Bouwmeester speculation.

    Marc Spector belongs with Sportsnet. Fits right in.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Does Bouwmeester have an NTC?

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

      • Loonie says:

        Yep.

        Controls his own destiny.

        You seeing the writing on the wall too? Boston will be the only team he’ll waive for so they’ll trade Lane MacDermaid and a 4th round pick to Calgary for him.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          Exactly…can’t make the best deal when the player controls where he is going…Flames will be bad for a while.

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

        • kempie says:

          Until it’s announced that he’s actually been traded to Pittsburgh for a different sack of crap.

    • christophor says:

      I’ve stopped going to sportsnet at all. I’d like to think it’s because of a righteous cause: I don’t want them to get hits. But it’s really just because they no longer come to mind when I think of where to browse for hockey stuff. They’re really just Leafs’ TV but a bigger operation.

  45. Skeptical says:

    Iginla just put the icing on the cake for pittsburgh having the best chance of winning the cup unless the top teams make their roster better …..

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      If LA is healthy…still like them to repeat.

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

  46. aemarchand11 says:

    This is pretty funny…

    http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1387315&page=10

    Bruins fans at the moment of the realization that Iggy is a Penguin. LOL

  47. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Poor coach Claude lamenting in the Globe how tough it was stopping Montreal 6 on 4.

    However, no comment on blowing a gift-wrapped 4 on3 in OT.

    Guys, we may not beat them every game, but I think we’re about to return to having their number.

    • wd40 says:

      I agree… the tide is turning.. we are in their heads again big time.

      • Rob D says:

        No question about it. This game might be a huge turning point in the rivalry. WE are the younger team and I don’t believe the Habs will play as bad a defensive game again for quite some time. The excuse making of Julien is being parodied a lot around the net etc. I think he’s going to have to stop with the “we got jobbed” campaign soon if he expects to win against Mtl. Hope he doesn’t since it’s working out very welll for us. LOL

  48. durocher says:

    I agree fully with the comment below that we should be looking for a veteran defenseman because 1) Tinordi isn’t getting many minutes, and, as a result, 2) Markov is playing perhaps more than he should.

    One option is Ryan Whitney, who played well for Therrien in Pittsburgh. He also could be used on the second wave of the PP, which has struggled mightily of late. He’s big, but admittedly not physical. He is a UFA at the end of the year. Therrien has gotten good contributions from his former players (e.g., Army, Cube) and perhaps Whitney could help us too.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Sure looks tempting, especially since, as you say, MT has been getting good play out of old friends. At the same time, it has been pointed out that Whitney’s been having a poor year. Milion-dollar question is, would new coach, team-mates and environment turn the year around for him?

  49. Caesar says:

    Love the effort by Gallgher all year this year. Too bad he’s the only one crashing the net. Yes I’m pointing at you Moen.
    If Dumont, Eller, Chucky, are reading this please note Do as Gallagher does !!!

    If you are defensive prospect do not try to emulate Subban he has a God given natural talent that should see him in the hall of fame one day. Just play the game that got you here. Pointing at you Emelin

  50. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Chara blows his lid the first game…deflects the winner in the next game…Habs jinx starting to form with him? Hope so…

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

    • Ton says:

      there were signs of the big moose slowing down when the Habs went down in 7 against them…….habs kept shooting the in on his side and made him work………big body takes big energy…..now he’s getting old………remember the coke bottle at the bench…….he was drained!

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Bruins Cup window decreasing as Chara gets older…surprised they did not go harder after Iginla (even though it might not have mattered).

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

        • kerrgte says:

          absolutely right – every man has his day.

          Despite the Paccioretty hit, Chara is a good man, and a fabulous athlete who works hard for his team and Bruins’ fans the world over.

          But he is getting old – like everyone else.

          george k

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            There’s a big question there, George.
            Maybe Chara is a good man.
            But a good man who, increasingly, seems unable to control his temper. This led to him breaking a man’s neck. It’s no exaggeration to say that he could have killed him.
            Even if he is a good man, where does society (never mind the NHL! Pfffft!) draw the line?
            “Sorry I killed him — I guess I lost my temper” doesn’t usually stand up in court.

      • Caesar says:

        he missed a playof game against due to exhaustion if I remember correctly that series

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          I genuinely believe the “exhaustion” was BS and that in fact he freaked out realising how close he came to killing someone. I’ve no evidence, obviously, but I firmly believe that. Almost all hockey players, it seems especially goon-types, are just ordinary guys off-ice. We usually have fun here portraying Chara as a kind of cold-blooded t-rex-humanoid, but in fact he’s just a guy who plays hockey for a living. I say it rocked him to see how he nearly killed someone. That’s something that even rocks people who are paid and trained to kill people (soldiers, police).
          Not saying I sympathise with Chara. He should have considered quitting, maybe he did, and failing that should have promised himself he’d quit if anything similar ever happened again.

      • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

        Near the end of the 4 on 3 he looked like he was going to collapse – even with his fantastic conditioning, he is 260 and it takes a lot out of you.

        “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  51. Strummer says:

    I would like to thank Zdeno Chara for his contributions to the last 2 Hab victories over his team.

    Last night’s tip-in on the winning goal was lovely as well as tangling with Emelin in the previous game and sitting in the penalty box for 17 minutes.

    Take a bow you sweet pituitary case!

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  52. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I blast Moen a lot but at least he stepped up and fought last night. Habs needed that…

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

  53. Phil C says:

    Something that really impressed me about Budaj last night was his grace under pressure, especially in the shootout. With each opportunity to win squandered by Montreal shooters, I thought the pressure on Budaj was immense and growing. Instead of crumbling, he just got better. He was so calm, yet focused. That is a nice trait in a hockey player.

    Rask on the other hand…

    • Loonie says:

      Budaj was in their heads.

      • krob1000 says:

        I don’t know about that…. he just outwaited every single shooter and didn’t flinch. Only guy that got him to really move was Marchand but he missed his shot (he had the corner but he hit Budaj who was slding across with him). Budaj made a few big saves but he gave up a goal too….not srue there was anything there to intimidate shooters…he is Peter Budaj not Hasek.

    • HardHabits says:

      That was the first game this season that my heart was stressing and beating like crazy. Intense. So very entertaining. Great game.

    • Ton says:

      now if you needed two points guaranteed on the last game of the season to get in the playoffs> whom would you start…………..lets the politics aside there are none………your the GM and a 5 year renewal contract is on the table for you providing you win……you lose your fired ANSWER PLEASE?

      • Phil C says:

        I still go with Price, but it is nice to have an insurance policy in Budaj. I prefer big, quick, technically sound goalies like Price over goalies like Budaj who can run hot and cold.

        • Ton says:

          lol you may lose out on that contract…………Budaj hasn’t been cold this year! Maybe in the dead of montreals winter but not in the nets this year!

    • Strummer says:

      Bujaj was so relaxed- like a rug on Valium.

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      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        He was contemptuous!
        He laughed at them, believing in their little hearts that any puck was ever getting past him.
        He calmly disabused them of that silly notion!

        • Clay says:

          Haha! Yeah! That’s exactly what he did – disabused them! Great word – I haven’t heard it in a while :D

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    • secretdragonfly says:

      Have to agree about Budaj. I wasn’t happy when he was signed but I’m more than willing to admit I was wrong. He has shown nothing but enthusiasm and effort and because of his hard work he deserves to be part of this team. Sign him to an extension, MB, before someone else grabs him!

  54. Ian Cobb says:

    We will beat Pittsburgh!
    He changes nothing for us, they are a good team with him or without him in the lineup. If we play our best hockey, we can win!

  55. Loonie says:

    I’m starting to think that Josh Gorges is a lifer. He has some serious pull with the front office.

    Gallagher trains with him in the summer-time, makes the team.
    Played junior with Moen, re-signed by Bergevin against all logic.
    His buddy Price gets a contract paying him about $1.5 million more annually than he should have gotten.

    I think the braintrust pulled Gorges into an office or conference room when they were assembled and basically asked him for a state of the team address(oh by the way Darche was Gorges’ teammate in San Jose).

    So let’s look at some players Gorges has history with who would realistically be available(ie: Not Shea Weber or Duncan Keith).

    Chuck Kobasew
    Ryane Clowe
    Marcel Goc
    Matt Carkner
    Blake Comeau
    Vernon Fiddler
    Nolan Yonkman

    Guarantee one of these guys is a Hab before this time next year.

  56. commandant says:

    Yesterday I looked at the playoff bubble teams, and their decisions to buy or sell come deadline day.

    Today I look at the Eastern Conference teams who are currently in pretty solid (though not 100% secure) playoff position, and what their needs are if they decide to shop. Including Montreal of course.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/03/28/trade-deadline-shopping-lists-eastern-conference/

    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports
    http://lastwordonsports.com/

  57. Ton says:

    Quite surprized there is no noise about which goalie on this site……absolutely Carey deserves the start on saturday………we all feel comfortable with it………..for if Carey was in net in the third period he would have matched Peter’s performance or in fact even bettered it> we know this……..and vise versa Peter would have allowed the same amount of goals or more in the first two periods. Give the guy more starts for f*** sakes………if I was going into the last game of the year and needed two point to get into the playoffs………based on this years performance whom would I pick……..Peter all the way…….just ask the antichambre panel!

  58. frontenac1 says:

    Glad Moener answered the Bell last night,even if it was a Ring Around the Rosie with Campbell. Man ,3 years ago ,he would have punched his lights out.

  59. mark-ID says:

    After last nights game….I think we could benefit the most by adding a Dman to the team. Hopefully Prust is back within the next week…and ideally Bourque continues to get better….I like our team offence going into the playoffs.

    Unfortunately I think we desparately could use some help on defence. It doesn’t appear that MT trusts Tinordi(he’s still a kid).
    Markov looked tired and sloppy last night, his minutes needs to be cut down a bit.

    I’ve said it before but I’d love for Montreal to make a run at Robyn Regher. He’s big and tough and can be paired with Subban. While Gorges drops back with Bouillon. I can’t imagine he would cost very much as he is a UFA after this season.

    What does everyone think>??

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Tinordi played very little (6.5 minutes)…if MT does not have the confidence to play him in big games then they should go get someone.

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

  60. frontenac1 says:

    Just saw the Iggy Farewell presser.How come he didn’t cry like Gretzky did?

  61. SuperHabFan says:

    I think I figured out Pittsburgh

    http://i.imgur.com/8TW7Fwe.gif

  62. Lix says:

    If I’m MB I’m calling Calgary to ask about Bouwmeester today. They just got fleeced for Iggy and need something to keep the fans from mutiny quick. Offer them one of our depth D-men in Hamilton (Pateryn maybe) and one of our second rounders this draft. If Habs eat his contract they may just go for it.

  63. D Mex says:

    Just watched Marchand yapping to TSN about ” embellishment “. As this is the new word in Boston, Jacobs should find someone over at Harvard to help Julien and his gang of morons understand what the word means and how to spell it

    (Hint : ” embellishment ” is NOT something that goes on a hot dog)

    Listened to the game on XM last night : some GM dealer in Boston is actually paying for Peewee Herman 2.0 to help flog his Cadillacs. Rent-A-Wreck would seem to be a better fit. >> Am I the only guy who wonders if this moron really graduated from high school, and what he would be doing if hockey hadn’t worked out for him ??

    ALWAYS Habs -
    D Mex

    • Lix says:

      Undoubtedly one of the lowest IQ’s in the NHL. Unfortunately his “hockey IQ” is pretty high. A rat for sure but one I’d welcome to our third line.

    • dsturge10 says:

      His family have a successful home building business in Halifax, where he is from. My home is actually one of their products. So to answer your question, that goof would still be doing pretty good without hockey.

      • D Mex says:

        I had heard he was from NS – and also something about him refusing to sign an autograph for a youngster who happened to be wearing (or carrying) a ” non-approved ” NHL jersey.

        Everything about him seems to scream ” I am a Moron ! ” lol :-)

        ALWAYS Habs -
        D Mex

  64. christophor says:

    Here’s another topic:

    It’s getting really annoying that we throw away 30-60 seconds of every powerplay b/c the two point men on the second PP wave are two of the most offensively-handicapped defencemen in the game.

    Solutions?

    • shiram says:

      - Gorges
      +Emelin

      Can’t hurt to try it.

    • Loonie says:

      Healthy Diaz and Emelin but for whatever reason they don’t trust Emelin with anyone other than Markov.

      I think Bergevin will add a cheap defenseman who can be nasty and be effective on the powerplay.

    • D Mex says:

      Not overly creative, but one option is to share the wealth : try PK and Markov on separate waves (with filler) and see what happens.

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

    • twilighthours says:

      Subban plays the entire 2 mins, Markov only 1 minute of it.

      Run Plekanec as the 2nd defenseman. Or 4 forwards and 1 D, however you choose to look at it.

      I know that Plex at the point wasn’t good last year, but I think it’d be better than any of the other pea-shooters back there.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Like the idea of a fwd playing point on PP, but if it’s Pleks, does that not bring us back to the days of Pleks being on the ice for all situations?

        Is there any other fwd who might contribute from the point, be safe on the blueline, and has the speed to cover back when needed?

      • monmick says:

        Anyone remember JF Sauvé on the point with the Noridques? I wonder whether we could try DD?

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • Lix says:

      Keep PK out for 2 minutes and Markov as long as he can…when Diaz gets back he can take some time from Markov.

      EDIT: Smart man up there ^^

  65. Say Ash says:

    We prepare well for the game, have good first period, no reason to change a thing for second. Other team makes good adjustments after bad first period. High jinks ensue. Is that the gist?

  66. Ian Cobb says:

    Did Jullian notice that
    Rask embellished after the game, hurting his shoulder!

  67. Say Ash says:

    Is Jarome playing today against the Jets?

  68. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Ok, what do the amateur (or indeed any professional) psychologists have to say about our 2nd periods?

    (Can Loonie repost the alarming goal stats?)

    Sure would be a nice thing to fix soon.

  69. Ian Cobb says:

    Markov cannot play that kind of min. He is our second best D but he is not a kid. Emilin makes it even harder on him to play well and that much. They were on the ice for 4 goals against us I believe.

  70. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’m sure you guys were talking about it earlier but I hope the Habs play the tape of last night’s game the next time the Bruins accuse the Habs of driving. The Bruins were flopping allover the place last night. Big dive by Thornton to draw a penalty.

  71. lavie says:

    Man, it seems Habs have click with goalies from Slovak, Halak, Budaj. :D

  72. krob1000 says:

    Carey Price will start Saturday ..as he should…
    Congrats to Budaj though for an outstanding effort (especially in that shootout) but give it a rest everyone

    • habsfan4ever61 says:

      could not agree more!!! PD is a great backup…. did his job very well…. CP was hung out to dry in the 2nd… He will bounce back Saturday….. GHG!!!!!

  73. FANHABULOUS says:

    Great win last night. You know what I think about as I watch our team play this year? WE CAN PLAY! We are able to dictate the pace and style of play for long periods, and can outplay most teams in the league.

    We seem to raise our game against the good teams (Pens, Goons etc) and we’re beating teams we should beat. All good signs of a coherent team. And of course, we all think that MB should add a couple of pieces to put us in an even stronger position in the playoffs.

    Speaking of playoffs, we should start thinking about match-ups. I think the Habs should forget about winning the conference (I think the Pens will win it anyways) and focus on winning our division (which I think we can totally do). This would leave us in 2nd place in the East, Pens 1st, and importantly it makes the Goons be in 4th (most likely). If that happens, it means that we avoid the Pens until the conference final… and, if the top 4 teams win in the first round, Pens play Boston before seeing us in the conference final.

    I like our chances that way.

    ____________________________________
    “You will not regret picking me” – PK Subban.


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