Gallant, Jodoin join coaching staff; Development camp video

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The Canadiens have confirmed Thursday’s hottest rumour.
Gerard Gallant is joining Michel Therrien’s staff as an assistant coach, working with the team’s forwards..
Clément Jodoin, who coached the Hamilton Bulldogs last season, also is joining Michel Therrien’s staff as an eye in the sky, watching games from the pressbox and relaying info to the bench.

Pierre Groulx will be retained as the Canadiens goaltender coach. Therrien said he was pleased by Carey Price’s development and rapport with Groulx.

Therrien has one vacancy remaining on his staff: A coach who will work with the Canadiens defencemen.

The names of Larry Robinson and J.J. Daigneault have been bruited about.

Gallant, who has NHL experience as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, has guided the Saint John Sea Dogs to consecutive Memorial Cup appearances, winning the junior championship in 2011.
He has coached top Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu for three years.
Name notwithstanding, the native of Summerside, P.E.I. does not speak French.

AUDIO: Gerard Gallant | Michel Therrien | Clement Jodoin

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Nathan Beaulieu

Jarred Tinordi

Steven Quailer

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Gallant began his telephone press conference by saying “Bonjour tout monde … that’s the extent of my French. It should get better over the next couple years.”

The Canadiens contacted Gallant eight days ago. He had been talking to two other NHL teams, but the Canadiens’ contract offer, which they made on Tuesday, sealed the deal.

Gallant said ghis coaching style and personality are similar to those of head coach Michel Therrien. They have not discussed Gallant’s specific coaching responsibilities.

Noting a high number of injuries as a possible reason for the Canadiens’ last-place finish, Gallant said “I think we’ll have a strong team and do some good things.”

After coaching 16- to 20-year-old players for three seasons in the Q, Gallant has gained an understanding of the psyches of young players.

“The game isn’t about yelling at them or skating them to death,” he said. Instead, the emphasis is on game preparation and optimizing players’ performance.

Aaron Portzline on Twitter: fans: Assistant coach Gerard Gallant has two known nicknames — Spuds and Turkey. He much prefers the former, by the way.

The team announcement on Gerard Gallant:

Montreal Canadiens Executive vice president and general manager, Marc Bergevin, announced today the appointment of Gerard Gallant as assistant coach.

A native of Summerside, P.E.I, Gerard Gallant was selected in the 6th round, 107th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He would go on to play 11 seasons in the NHL, nine as a Red Wing from 1984 to 1993 and two more with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1993 to 1995. Born on September 2, 1963, Gallant played 615 NHL games, scoring 211 goals and 480 points, and served 1,674 penalty minutes. He also took part in 58 playoff games recording 18 goals and 21 helpers along with 178 penalty minutes. Gallant enjoyed 70-point seasons on four occasions, including his most successful year in 1988-89 when he tallied 39 goals and 54 assists for a career high 93 points and 230 penalty minutes. In 1994-95, he also had short stints in the International Hockey League (IHL) with the Atlanta Knights and the Detroit Vipers.

Now 48, Gerard Gallant began his coaching career in 1995-96 with the Summerside Capitals of the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MJrHL) leading the team to the Royal Bank Cup in 1997. He would step down in 1998 to become an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Komets in the IHL and on to the AHL Louisville Panthers in 1999-00. On July 18, 2000 he was hired as assistant coach with the new Columbus Blue Jackets franchise. He would be named head coach of the Jackets on June 2004 and lead the team until November 13, 2006. The following season, Gallant joined the New York Islanders organization as an assistant to Ted Nolan in 2007-08 and to Scott Gordon in 2008-09.

On April 24, 2009, Gallant was introduced as the new head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL. In his first season behind the Sea Dogs’ bench, he led his team to a franchise record 53 wins and 309 goals scored and earning the regular season title. He was named the QMJHL as well as the CHL Coach of the Year while taking the Sea Dogs to the President’s Cup final. Gallant’s second season, in 2010-11, was even more successful as his team tied a QMJHL record with 58 wins and repeated as the QMJHL and CHL Coach of the Year. The Sea Dogs won a second straight regular season championship and a President’s Cup before capturing the Memorial Cup becoming the first Atlantic Canadian team to win the trophy. In 2011-12, Gallant and his Sea Dogs earned yet another QMJHL title with a league-leading 50 wins, 15 losses and 3 shootout wins and a second consecutive trip to the Memorial Cup. Over three seasons at the helm of the Saint John Sea Dogs, Gallant’s record sits at an amazing 161 wins, 34 losses and 9 overtime/shootout losses. Furthermore, the Sea Dogs set a QMHJL record as they became the first team ever to have three consecutive 100-point seasons.

Gerard Gallant and his wife Pam, are the parents of two children.

1,270 Comments

  1. commandant says:

    Round 2, Part 1 (picks 31-48) of my mock draft is now up.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/06/17/nhl-mock-draft-round-2-picks-31-48/

    You’ll notice i did slightly more than half the round…. there is a reason for that, and you’ll see it tomorrow.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • JayK-47 says:

      Sweet. For once I’m not curious if the Habs are going to get a 1st round steal or bust (it’s all good at #3) but I’m really itching to see what gems (or coals) they’ll take at 32-63.

    • Marc10 says:

      Hmm… Given our lack of depth at goalie beyond Price, wouldn’t it make sense to get the big euro goalie if he’s still available in round 2?

      Assuming he’s everything the scouts are saying…

      • commandant says:

        I’m betting that goalie depth will be addressed with either a later pick, or with the signing of Aaron Dell soon.

        • Marc10 says:

          Yes, maybe there’s another Halak lurking somewhere in the later rounds…

          I just heard very good things about Vasilevski… Big and mobile.

          • commandant says:

            Tough to get a Russian goalie to leave the KHL when you are only offering an AHL job or a back up job though. He’ll make more money over there.

            If you have a legit job opening for a number 1, you can convince them, but if its to develop in the AHL, and then become backup to Price…. the offer isn’t enticing.

            Which is one of the reasons we had to trade Ramo. We could never match the 3 million dollars his KHL club is offering him to start.

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    • db says:

      Thanks, I like your rankings.. it’ll be fun to see which ones you nailed and the ones that come out of nowhere. I just hope that Subban doesn’t become a Flyer.

      I’d also be really happy with Jankowski.

  2. commandant says:

    Tiger’s not out of this tournament yet. He just needs a good night on the town this evening. Someone fly in the porn stars from LA.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Captain aHab says:

      His iron play was just awful yesterday….how many times was he one club long or short?

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      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  3. JayK-47 says:

    CANNOT. WAIT. FOR. THE DRAFT.

    Dammit.

    • Carta-Hab says:

      I am in the exact same boat. I have been glued to all draft related stories and rumours for the longest while now. I plan on watching TSN’s draft special this Monday. The draft itself is going to be great. Besides the team having the third overall pick, everything seems so wide open that there could be a lot of surprises happen with where players are picked. Can’t wait!

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

    • Marc10 says:

      Yeah. Me too.

      I wonder if we’ll be trading #3? Unless it’s for a deal with Jordan Staal or Evander Kane, I’d just assume pass.

      Truth be told, I just want Kane so he can drop the gloves against Lucic, pummel his face in, and teach PK how to do the same with Marchand’s. That’s worth a number 3 pick, ain’t?

    • db says:

      I guarantee that if it’s 40 degrees out and I could be on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with bikini clad women laying about, I would still watch the draft this weekend. I can do the rest of that stuff anytime.. ;)

      If anyone’s near Tulum Mexico, let me know.. I could use the hockey talk.

  4. jols101 says:

    The magic is gone for Tiger. He just can’t get back to what he was before the huge scandal. 5 over today and 5 off the lead. Was looking forward to a full day of golf tomorrow, now I got to go out and be productive. Sucks…

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Well he still has it to some degree, in that he causes you to watch or not watch golf.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Captain aHab says:

        The reason I’ll be watching today is the 17 year old kid….did you see his interview post-round? I think he’s well grounded and could actually pull it off. What a story that would be…..instant movie script.

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        Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  5. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Galchenyuk will be picked before Habs selection unless they trade up.

  6. Mattyleg says:

    Wow! Congrats to the Montreal Impact for their dominating victory against Seattle in their new home!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. frontenac1 says:

    Way to go Beau! Even on the day +3 !

  8. frontenac1 says:

    Hossler hangin in 3 back. Go Beau!

  9. Sean Bonjovi says:

    http://tinyurl.com/6nye9z7

    “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
    - Sean Bonjovi

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      The headline doesn’t make sense.

      First of all, the expression is ‘wouldn’t lift a finger’, not ‘wouldn’t raise a finger’.

      Further, the expression that someone “wouldn’t lift a finger” means they wouldn’t be inclined to help in the slightest. As in: “If I saw my ex stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire, I wouldn’t lift a finger.”

      So what the hell does it mean when the scout says that? Does it mean what I think it means? Is he saying he wouldn’t give them the finger, another meaning altogether?

      Very poor writeup and editing from the Edmonton Journal, it completely hinders the point they’re trying to report on. I’m reduced to guessing that the scout wouldn’t recommend drafting Mr. Grigorenko, but why do I have to decypher and interpret their headline, instead of reading it? Failure, as I am led to believe the youngster say in their tweeters.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        The misuse of common figures of speech is par for the field at this point in age. I’m blind to it now.

        “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
        - Sean Bonjovi

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        I think he’s referring to the raised index finger gesture that means “wait a sec” or “hang on”. In other words, he wouldn’t stop them.

        His draft rankings are interesting. he has Ryan Murray 8th, and 3rd amongst defencemen.


        Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          I thought he meant to say “raise an eyebrow”, but to be honest I didn’t even think about it until UNE mentioned it. I probably read the article in the first place because the headline confused me and after I skimmed the story I likely just forgot about the offending phrase. I read this a while back. I might not even have linked it the day I read it, but this week I’m goin’ “Full Grigorenko” as they say.

          “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
          - Sean Bonjovi

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Sometimes I semi-jokingly obsess over grammar on this site, and I swear I let a lot of stuff slide by, mostly because it’s clear what the poster wrote even with the extraneous apostrophe or mangled expression (bonified instead of bona fide, for all intensive purposes,…)

            In this case, I get that this is a scout who may be an excellent hockey professional but who may not be an English major. Fair enough. What is unforgivable is that a major newspaper just turns around and parrots his botched phrasing without correction. As Sean mentions, the headline is so nonsensical that it caused him to stop and read the article to figure out what was meant.

            Hmmm, maybe the EJ’s editors aren’t just illiterate or asleep at the switch, they may be strategic and shrewd after all.

            Oh, and Mr. Timmins, one of either Alex Galchenyuk or Mikhail Grigorenko please… And a Matteau or Matheson for dessert, thank you very much.

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            In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • kempie says:

            I worked at a newspaper for years with a sports reporter who every few months would pull simply epic typo boners that will never be duplicated. Some of the things I saw get through:

            He called somebody a pre-Madonna.
            He spelled his mother’s name wrong.

            This guy is a monster Habs fan. The whole family is from the great grandfathers on down. While reporting from the Memorial Cup in Regina, he boasted that he was lucky enough to enjoy a lovely dinner with the great Pocket Rocket, Yvan Cournoyer.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Great stuff, thanks for the laughs.

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            In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

            http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

          • commandant says:

            Whenever someone writes Pre-Madonna, I always ask if they are talking about Donna Summers, Bette Middler, or Cher.

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        • Un Canadien errant says:

          HFS72, I didn’t think of the meaning you got out of it, or the ‘raise an eyebrow’ possibility, that certainly makes more sense in the context of what he wrote. I thought he’d botched the expression I went with, but he probably botched the ones you and Sean thought of. Reading the article I did get the sense Sean got, that he wouldn’t object or think it’s crazy to draft Mikhail Grigorenko ahead of Nail Yakupov.

          It only proves the general point that to be precise with language isn’t a luxury. People will often harrumph when asked to clarify: “You know what I mean!”. Problem is, often, and as shown in this case, we don’t.

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          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

      • BobDobbs says:

        Come on everyone, “raising a finger” to something is a valid expression, the phrasing is perfectly correct.

  10. habs_54321 says:

    poll: would you trade the 3rd overall pick straight up for evander kane?

  11. j2w4habs25 says:

    Rick Nash for 3rd pick and a conditional pick in 2014!

    Carey Price #31

  12. kempie says:

    So I just finished a nice dinner, popped a pint, sat in front of the tv and, as I grabbed the remote, it finally hit me. It’s really over.

    Draft on Friday.

    Yakupov
    Galchenyuk
    Grigorenko

    Anything less would be uncivilized.

    • EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

      I agree that if we can’t get Galchenyuk, then we have to either trade the pick, or take our chances with Grigorenko.

      Anything would be better then another f-cking d-man or that miserably overrated swede

      • joshbenn says:

        Agreed we don’t need another Kostityn (Grigorenko) even though the situations are somewhat different. It’s either Galchenyuk,trade down to get someone like Teravainen or package the pick to get Evander Kane.

    • That's-Hockey says:

      can’t give up your good draft picks if we’re building for the future
      2-years with the Bulldogs Galchenyuk if we get him or Grigorenko are gonna be great. Nash is not worth it because we’re not gonna win a cup for awhile. should we put a team together that’s good enough to win a cup in the next couple of years one of these guys will be a bonus.

  13. HabFab says:

    Observations from someone at the Development Camp today;

    http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=50988661&postcount=261

  14. frontenac1 says:

    Hossler still 4 back! C”mon Beau!!

  15. Un Canadien errant says:

    We should all send emails to RDS to beg them to show Hamilton Bulldogs games next season, even if they’re not shown live. I’d really be keen to watch the young guns next season in Hamilton, see them play and develop. This is especially true if the NHL is locked out, which I think is more likely than not for the first half of the season.

    I posted this

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2012/06/rds-des-matches-des-bulldogs-en-2012-13.html

    on HIO already, and then sent the text in an email to them at

    info@rds.ca .

    Feel free to copy and paste in your email, or compose your own, but make sure you let the RDS crew that if they show Bulldogs games, we’ll be watching.

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • db says:

      I agree, I think it would be a sound investment. They don’t have to get primetime, just a 1am Bulldogs repeat that can be PVRed. Is there an RDS2?

  16. frontenac1 says:

    Yeah,suckering opponents, pulling sleepy by in front of opposing bench,cheap shots.etc. Glad we got rid of him.

  17. frontenac1 says:

    Agreed commandant. The few times I saw Schultz up with the big club ,he looked lost. Geffrion and Leblanc could also use more time with the Dogs. Palushja ditto. Enqvist experiment is done. Cut bait with him and Darche. Bury Gomez and try to trade Kaberle,Diaz and Weber. St.Denis could be kept in Hamilton and used as a call up. Why in the world would people say trade Gio? The guy is a leader,gives everything every shift and has great speed. He will produce!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Are we confused here? Ian Schultz hasn’t played any games with the Canadiens yet, except for training camp. I agree that he’s apparently not ready for the NHL, but Clément Jodoin tagged him and Joonas Nattinen as the players who improved most last season in Hamilton, and he finally seems to take his conditioning seriously, so there’s a little bit of hope.

      Andreas Engqvist is still young, can still improve and has a lot of tools in his favour: size, skill, good skater, right-handed centre good on faceoffs. While he flopped in Montréal, he was a good dependable player in Hamilton, so it’s too early to cut him loose.

      Frédéric St-Denis is no longer waiver exempt this season, so we have a good chance of losing him if we sneak him down to Hamilton and try to call him up. We probably have to make a decision on him this summer, whether to try to trade him, or keep him with the Grand Club.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • That's-Hockey says:

      anyone who’d wanna get rid of gio don’t know a good player when they see one. his record speaks for it’s self. the best right winger we have and comes to play every game. a little man with a big heart.

  18. frontenac1 says:

    Me too. Staubitz is is a stand up guy ,well liked in the room.Asham,not so much.

  19. aj says:

    Any news regarding to Mr. Larry Robinson? I’m just reading today’s article at the Gazette concerning Carey Price: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Habs+Price+better+Therrien+says/6793710/story.html

    I don’t understand what was said here, “…When Therrien was asked whether Hall of Famer and former Canadiens defenceman Larry Robinson was on his radar, he replied that as far as he knew, the local fan favourite was still under contract to the New Jersey Devils.” It didn’t said ‘is’ but from my understanding, it looks like he’s available now for discussions for a Habs coaching job. Is that correct or not?

    Like I said, what are the Habs waiting for? Get this guy on board! It would be sweet to see Gallant and Robinson (if hired) backing Therrien in the bench.

  20. frontenac1 says:

    Keep Staubitz. He’s fast and tough. Moen has speed also.Like White”s moxie but since that Hernia surgery he looked like he lost some speed.if he gets it back ,great,if not ,he would be the one to cut.

  21. HabFab says:

    Pierre Gauthier, the gift that keeps on giving as reported by this poster on another blog;

    UPDATE: The mystery has been solved. Per NHL.com, as a part of the Islanders trade, “if that pick (Canadiens’ own 5th rounder) is unavailable the Islanders will get a fourth-round pick in 2013.” Therefore, for some reason Pierre Gauthier decided to trade his own 5th rounder to Calgary in the Cammalleri trade rather than the Columbus 5th rounder, thus turning the compensation to the Islanders into a 2013 4th rounder. As such, the Canadiens WILL select 122nd, in addition to picking at 3, 33, 51, 64, 94, 154.

    FROM EARLIER: The NHL, today, announced the official order of selection for the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh next Friday and Saturday. The Canadiens are scheduled to select at 3, 33, 51, 64, 94, 122, and 154. Wait, 122? That’s a fifth-round selection, and it had generally been thought that Montreal doesn’t have a fifth-round pick this year. So let’s track the selections and see who is wrong, Habs fans, or (yikes!) the NHL.

  22. ooder says:

    how on earth do you spend that much time in Greece`s zone and not score??!?!?!
    these russian soccer players need to be put in front of a soccer net and taught how to shoot… jesus christ!!!! arg
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  23. Un Canadien errant says:

    Great articles on Vladimir Guerrero, one from Grantland and another from Dan LeBatard. I have to say I’m really sorry I missed his career in Montréal, having by then pretty much sworn off baseball and moved away. I had a sense that he was a once-in-a-lifetime talent, but after seeing all the great Expos leave I didn’t allow myself to care anymore.

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/29590/vlad-guerrero-a-legend-in-winter

    http://espn.go.com/magazine/vol5no14guerrero.html

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    In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • ed lopaz says:

      The first time I heard Vladdy mentioned was when he was playing AA ball in Indianapolis (I believe), and Dave and Duke were calling the game because MLB was not in action – lockout or strike.

      Vladdy hit a ball about 450 feet, and Dave and Duke started to laugh with a child like enthusiasm; embarrassed at the riches the Expos (and they) were about to cash in.

      Years later I bumped into Vladdy walking on Sherbrooke street west near Mcgill.

      It was the day of the game and he was walking to the Big O.

      That’s got to be a 90 minute walk I would think.

      He towered over me and I’m 6’0.

      Vladdy was the most talented player to ever play for the Expos.

      Hands down, the best athlete.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Technical point Ed, but the Indianapolis Indians were a AAA affiliate of the Expos. The highest minor league level Vladimir Guerrero ever played was AA in Harrisburgh. I completely imagine the glee of the announcers while watching him play though.

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        In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  24. frontenac1 says:

    Need Staubitz! The guy has got wheels ,can hit,and although not quite a heavy weight,he will drop the mitts with anyone.He will also come cheap.

  25. Mikey_39 says:

    Would you do a straight-up swap of Evander Kane for PK Subban? Keep in mind you can draft Ryan Murray with the 3rd pick after. I don’t think I would do it, but I’m a biased Habs fan.

  26. frontenac1 says:

    Yessss! Moen,Staubitz and White! There’s your 4th Line Add some muscle in the form of John Erskine and Bryan Allen,another forward or two and Rock and Roll! Muy Gusto Amigos! Muy Gusto! Hola!

  27. ed lopaz says:

    rds reporting that Habs are trying hard to keep Moen.

    that’s good news.

    http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/342072.html

  28. HardHabits says:

    I think the Habs should use Gomez as a defenseman like Bowman did with Federov. He could be the next Neidermeyer.

    Obviously I am in another zone mentally. Y’all know the reason why.

    Carry on.

  29. Dr.Rex says:

    I read an article today from the Associated Press that stated that Therrien said he is still looking for another Assistant to coach the defence………IS this true and if so does that mean Jodoin will be watching from above? IS Big Bird then the man?

    • Mark C says:

      Yes. Yes. Maybe.

      • commandant says:

        We need to forget the Big Bird dream IMO. He’s been pretty clear he doesn’t want to leave Jersey now. And why would he? A stanley cup finalist to bottom of the eastern conference? Can you blame him?

        The other name floating out there right now is JJ Daigneault who is an AHL assistant with the Rangers

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        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I agree that the dream is more remote with Michel Therrien as head coach, but it’s not dead. Larry’s latest statement was in response to premature rumours while he was still under contract and involved in a Cup run. He spoke forcefully to put out a fire, but now that his contract is coming due and the Devils ownership is in turmoil, we may get a truer sense of his intentions.

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          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

        • Lizardking89 says:

          I agree it would be awesome to get Big Bird but I don’t see it happening. To think we could have got him 2 years ago if only Gauthier wasn’t such a piss poor GM.

          • habstrinifan says:

            All signs point that it is going to happen. If it wasnt Robinson, then why delay on naming an assistant any longer.

          • Lizardking89 says:

            I hope you’re right I’d love to see Robinson in place especially with the great d prospects coming up and he’ll help develop Subban as well.

    • harpman says:

      yes apparently Jodoin is the eye in the sky and rumours persist that Big Bird may be coming to the Habs.

      My Face Never Met A Fist It Did Not Like.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It is a fact that the Canadiens will add another coach to deal primarily with the defencemen. When asked directly about Larry Robinson, Michel Therrien chuckled and stated that Larry is a New Jersey Devil, which is the proper response if he wants to steer clear of tampering charges. An interesting point though is that he expressed clearly that he wouldn’t necessarily hire someone before the draft, that there was a lot of time for this decision.

      Larry Robinson’s contract is in force until July 1, so maybe they are being patient and waiting until then, although if they really wanted they could ask the team for permission to talk to him.

      Another candidate who’s being batted around is Jean-Jacques Daigneault, who is coaching in Hartford for the Rangers’ farm team.

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      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • cuzzie says:

      J.J. Daignault.

      Stay Thirsty My Friends!

  30. frontenac1 says:

    Hey, would it be great if the U.S. Open was won by a 17yr old high school student! Go Beaui!!!

  31. commandant says:

    Justin Schultz would be a great signing and it would be nice to have him, but lets remember 29 other teams are thinking the same thing.

    Also Schultz is looking for the quickest route to the NHL possible, and with all our defense prospects, it won’t be here. IMO, He’ll be looking for a team desperate for young defencemen who can get him to the NHL faster.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • naweed235 says:

      Oilers come to mind…

    • cuzzie says:

      Canucks.

      Stay Thirsty My Friends!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Definitely, he will be in a great position to negotiate a contract, certainly a one-way deal. Aside from that, he’s rumoured to want to be on the West Coast, near his hometown of Kelowna, so that Alberta teams and the Canucks would seem to be in a good position to negotiate.

      Maybe he signs with the Coyotes and he waits there for Gary Bettman to come to his senses, realize that the Glendale rink will never work, throw up his hands in despair, abandon ship, and transfer the team to its natural landing spot of Seattle, since it is such a thriving hockey market and guaranteed to generate sellouts and TV ratings.

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    • Malreg says:

      All of our defense prospects wouldn’t be a problem for him, because they are 1-2 years away from the NHL. He’s ready for the NHL now.

      I’d love to have him, but obviously the chances of him choosing to come to Montreal are probably slim to none…

      • vegas says:

        Justin Schultz is exactly what we would need to complete the puzzle on D. We have to many LH dmen and no RH dmen other than Subban

        Gorges is left
        Markov Left
        Emelin Left
        Beaulieu Left
        Tinordi Left

        I’m not counting Diaz, Webber and Kaberle

        could you imagine in a couple of years
        Tinordi Subban
        Beaulieu Schultz
        Emelin Ellis
        Groges

        everybody playing on their proper sides

  32. frontenac1 says:

    I noticed that Rory put on some meat too.I agree that getting jacked changes the swing.Remember a few years back when Tiger bulked up?Presto,knee problems! I also agree keeping the extra”cash” around the waist is a good thing.At least that’s my excuse! Hola!

  33. homerbowen says:

    TO ALL MY HAB BROTHERS WHETHER FRENCH OR ENGLISH AND NO MATTER WHETHER YOU LIVE IN QUEBEC OR ANYWHERE ELSE…….
    First and foremost we are HABS fans….please leave out political or language hatred because that’s not what we are about. In this free country every few years we can vote for a govenment and the majority wins, just accept it and if your party didn’t win there’s always another election. We are all united as HABS fans and our ultimate goal is the Stanley Cup. Let’s all get along on this and leave all the other BS for the losers. Thank you.

  34. ed lopaz says:

    Clay,

    you ranted against the FEDERAL CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT (as usual) when discussing the Quebec student issue, and all I did was point out your total ignorance to the facts:

    Education is a PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT jurisdiction.

    For someone who always has a political opinion, you really should read a little more and get your facts straight.

    Making some B.S post below that I probably had a “C” average, is not really changing the arguments is it Clay?

    And today, you ridiculed a poster for stating that Quebec was a nation, and in fact, the Canadian Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a motion that declared Quebec was indeed a nation.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2006/11/27/nation-vote.html

    That’s 2 for 2 Clay.

    • commandant says:

      People just love hating on Harper, some of it is deserved obviously, but sometimes people don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

      Like any hated politician, he becomes a scapegoat for every problem, whether its under his purview or not.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • thebigguy says:

        Which thing is he getting unfairly scapegoated for?

        Is it imposing and subsequently not debating a mammouth sized budget bill that rather than dealing with the budget, guts environmental regulations and makes it harder for the elderly to collect OAS?

        Or is it destroying the gun registry and then not letting provinces like Quebec keep the data if they so desire?

        Or was it attempting to get a bill through that would allow the government to spy on you?

        • 1010 says:

          Well, I think the guy two posts above you stated one of the things he has been unfairly scapegoated for. And if you don’t believe that every politician who has ever held office for any period of time has been scapegoated, usually by people ignorant of the facts, then obviously you are…ignorant of the facts

          GO HABS…

      • ZepFan2 says:

        Bill C-38.

        ’nuff said!

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    • New says:

      Don’t sweat it. The nice part about HIO is that it is about hockey. Don’t you find that contributors with other agendas or just looking to quarrel move on after a bit? Your opinions are widely read while others are given the weight they deserve.

    • Clay says:

      I realize that it is provincial, but the tone is set by transfer payments by the feds. However, the link i posted was beyond your understanding, I take it? Here it is again, for your perusal. http://www.policynote.ca/seven-reasons-why-you-should-support-a-move-to-low-tuition-fees-for-higher-education/ . Please read it, and try to comment intelligently.
      And for the record, you missed the point why I ridiculed “The Dude”. Not surprised you did though. Please try not to talk politics with me, until you have nothing intelligent to add.

      __________________________
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      • ZepFan2 says:

        For a mere 0.50¢ a day they get an education that’s the cheapest in NA. It’s no longer about the tuition fees, they (the students) just want anarchy. They toss around the word “democracy” like a rag doll. The only time they agree with democracy is when it works for them. It’s ironic that they are using the courts to try and quash bill 178 (which btw ends in July 2013), yet ignore the same courts when it comes to students winning an injunction allowing them to continue their education. Too bad the students on strike chose to ignore the courts and forced those that wanted to continue their studies out of their classes.

        These “educated” protesters should actually be protesting bill C-38. They’d get more people on their sides.

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    • EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

      Quebec is as much a nation as PEI, and that will never change, no matter what Pauline Marois says!

  35. That's-Hockey says:

    if we could afford it how would this look for a team

    Parise Pleks Semin
    Cole DD Pacioretty
    Bourque Hudler Gionta
    Moen Gaustad Eller /Leblanc

    Definitely playoffs written all over it maybe a cup – maybe just a fathers day dream – by the way Happy Fathers Day….

    Maybe these lines would be better three big guys on the 4th line that can put up points four scoring lines looks great.

    • chanchilla says:

      why put leblanc and eller on the fourth line…

      • That's-Hockey says:

        well I figured Gaustad for experience and toughness you could put him on the 4th line but i think he can put up more points than Eller and they wouldn’t push Gionta around like they would with Eller on his line. Leblanc is no Gionta and he’s not as good as Hudler in time yes. i think he should still be down with the bulldogs at least till he beefs up and see what happens. he could become another Pacioretty…. just MO

    • db says:

      I’d say it looks a little soft… I don’t think we have a chance with Semin or Parise so I’ll go with this:

      Doan-Pleks-Gionta
      Max-DD-Cole
      Parenteau-Eller-Bourque
      Moen-Gaustad-Prust
      Extra: White

      Of course, MB would have to be quite the sweet talker to score 4 forward UFAs. Too bad it’s not like EA, where the right offer will be accepted.. without that silly human emotion factor :p

    • vegas says:

      dont`want Hudler
      Gaustad will cost 3+, way to much for a 3rd liner

      we have the makings of 3 great lines now we need to add 2 wingers to PLeks. Parise will probably want a crazy salary. so that leaves us taking a chance with Semin on a 2 year contract

      1. ??? / Plekanek / Semin
      2. Max Pac / DD / Cole
      3. Bourque / Eller / Gionta ( i like this combo)
      4. Moen / Leblanc / White / Staubitz

      would you take a chance on Latendresse?

  36. That's-Hockey says:

    ufa’s – not much out there for centers. Paul Gaustad would be a good 3rd line center. Adam Burish would be a good 4th line center for left wing a 1st liner would be Zach Parise. For right wing 1st liner would be Alexander Semin other than that not much to choose from.
    also depends on money available. we have a couple of players to sign that’s very important to this team. Price and PK.

  37. frontenac1 says:

    Hey Clay, don’t forget the graft and corruption.Lotsa dough gone “missing”

  38. frontenac1 says:

    So Rory doesn’t make the cut ,Ames is still in and Tiger is tied for first. Guess Tiger is back to layin pipe with barmaids again. And how about that 17yr old Beau Hossler sitting in 12th, 4back of the lead. Go Beau!!

    • Captain aHab says:

      Maybe Wozniacki has transmitted the choking disease to Rory. Heck my golf game might be going south too if I was shacked up with her.

      —————-
      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        My theory is Rory is working out too much, he has added too much muscle. Golf is mental and swing memory, change up the muscles to much and you end up changing your swing. Jack in the early/mid 70′s dropped a bunch a weight and said he couldn’t swing the club. Put his belly back on and back to winning majors. Of course this is why I refuse to work out and keep my belly!

        Gotta run, the golf course beckons.

        Cheers!

    • Malreg says:

      Go Tiger! Golf just isn’t the same when Tiger’s not on his game.

      All those “experts” who said Tiger would never win another tournament are eating crow now.

      I remember Randy Tieman on TSN990 saying Tiger would never win another Major. Even if he doesn’t win the US Open this weekend, it’s pretty fair to say that he WILL win another Major, and soon,

  39. HabFab says:

    A snap shot of the Habs re Salary Cap and Roster;

    http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=2

    Breakdown; 30 under contract + 19 RFA’s + 8 UFA’s
    Should have 48 under contract to start season

  40. Captain aHab says:

    I keep reading how Burke doesn’t have the assets to move up…..he has to be getting desperate and he could throw this year’s first and next year’s first to move up. It would be stupid but I don’t understand this point about not having assets. He is an attention whore so I would not put it past him to do something stupid just to be seen.

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    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Burke’s gonna give the Kings something crazy for Dustin Brown, and the Kings will be happy to see him go.

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      - Sean Bonjovi

  41. HabFab says:

    Hockey Futures Preview of the Habs Draft;
    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/73153/montreal-canadiens-2012-draft-preview/#more-73153

    An interesting note, remember last year we all thought that Trevor would be concentrating on acquiring forwards but ended up only drafting 3F to 5D.

    • Captain aHab says:

      I understand the draft the best player available strategy but at some point they have to take some chances on forwards because trading overabundant d prospects for established forwards puts more stress on your salary cap.

      It’ll be interesting to see if MB will be a big FA player. If he isn’t, then we’ll get an inkling that his leash may be long.

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  42. steve17 says:

    I find it entertaining reading posts here. Everyone wants the Habs to get better next season, but most do not want to trade anyone, at least anyone of consequence. Others condemn trades that would improve the team becuase they involve players they like, they aren’t looking at it as a business and with objectivity.

    There are certain facts, Cole and Gionta are the top 2 right wings, as long as they are with Montreal, that will not change. Pulashaj was given every ooportunity last season to prove he belongs. With a dearth of right wingers in the system including Gallagher, Quailer, Holland, Kristo and possibly Leblanc, Pulashaj will probably be moved. Unless the Habs trade Gionta, only one player will make the team this season on the right side, unless they decide that non are ready and sign a UFA like Parenteau.

    The left side is the achilles heel right now. After Pacman, there is no true 2nd line left wing. Bourque should probably be on the 3rd line and Moen on the 4th if we really want the team upgraded. As it stands, that leaves Geoffrion, Staubitz, Darche, and if what we are hearing is true, possibly Bournival. If Bournival is indeed ready, then he would be better suited for at least one season on the 3rd line. If the Habs pick Galyenchuk, he could play left wing, although he may not be as effective there.

    At centre, DD. Pleks, Eller, White, Leblanc, if he isn’t moved to right wing, Bournival, Engqvist, and Nattinen are there. If The Habs want to keep Gionta and want to obtain a 2nd line left wing, they need to trade a player of value. Eller and DD have not reached their potential and are younger and more cap friendly, so that leaves Pleks. Montreal can survive without him. I woud love to keep him, but it is a business and the team needs to improve. Pleks in a package would fetch a 2nd line left wing. Maybe Gionta goes too if 2 of the right wings prove they are ready.

    That leaves defence. I would not trade any of the prospects that are in camp right now. That leaves Nash, Weber, Diaz and possibly Markov that could be moved. If Bergevin wants to go after Suter, then I would say Markov may have to go. I think a better option is to try to sign Justin Shultz, which would add to the young core and make up for giving away McDonough.

    It is a numbers game and if the Habs bury Gomez or are able to buy him out with an amnesty clause so the buyout does not count against the cap, they will have some money for the RFA’s they need to sign. Subban, Price, Eller, Emeilin, Diaz, White, Geoffrion, Staubitz, and Moen if they choose to sign them.

    Tough choices need to be made objectively!

    Habfan17

    • Those aren’t tough choices. The players you mentioned as trade fodder beyond Pleks and Gionta are not core to the team. Diaz is nothing special along with everyone including markov if his knees hand in there. Yes, the D prospects look good, but as in any negotiation, other teams are looking at Subban, Max and Price as real value. Now those would be a blockbuster deal, but my point below is why sacrifice a total rebuild when we can add a few pieces like you said on the LW and in D, with one more center for production and keep the team together and see what happens with the #3 pick? No, we likely won’t win the cup this year, we may not even get into the playoffs, but we will be devloping our prospects and growing our drafts too and that to me is a better idea just as they have done with management. That is a big new crew and they need to learn to work together too and that filters on down to the coaching staff. How many new hires so far from Molson on down? Eight and a couple more to come? This was a cleaning of the house and that is something nobody has talked about. Whether coaching and management take that route is with the players is unlikely as they know we have half a team to build on. Molson has spent a small fortune on the staff changes (he is still carrying Martin and a couple of other like the Randy’s not to mention Gomez and Kaberle). I’m sure he’ll eventually close the wallet as it is a business and ROI will shrink despite his $40 plus million in revenue a year. That isn’t net income after-all!

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      • steve17 says:

        The only potential core players I belive could be traded are Pleks and Gionta, Markov, if healthy and only if the Habs were going after Suter. I wouldn’t trade any young core players like Subban, Price, or Pacman. I would also hang onto the prospects we have on defence, maybe move a right wing prosepct if and only if it meant landing a power left winger. Maybe Kristo and Weber to Chicago for Brandon Saad

        Habfan17

    • New says:

      Players higher in the draft show an increased chance of becoming NHL players sooner. The Habs after 2007 decided to patch holes by trading draft picks. What you see now is the result. They have six fewer high chance players to develop. What remains may play in the NHL but will take longer to develop.

      Someone in the organization was wrong, seriously wrong, and that is why when someone gets hurt the team has only one real line and several people close to being good players.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Why Justin Shultz?

      • Mark C says:

        Because he’s a high level prospect that only costs money and a roster spot to obtain?

        • habstrinifan says:

          You are right on both counts but dont we already have lots of ‘prospects’ for defense.

          I think we need to add a solid big D with preferably approx 3 yrs proven NHL experience and who will come in at under 2 mill. There are others out there but I definitely would feel good if we get Sheldon Brookbank UFA from Anaheim.

          • Mark C says:

            If the idea is the win a Cup then Montreal needs as much talent as possible, regardless if it is proven NHL tanlet or prospects. Shultz has major long-term upside, much unlike the fringe NHL, bottom-pairing players you note.

            I would agree that Montreal needs to improve their bottom pair, but not at the expense of passing on the likes of Shultz for the Brooknank’s and Syvret’s (you were joking about Danny, right?) of the world.

      • steve17 says:

        Because all the scouts and teams say he is very good and could play in the league now. He is older and apparently most teams are going to try to get him to sign. He is bigger and better than Weber, Diaz and St, Denis and will be a top 4 player.

        Habfan17

  43. Hobie, I doubt Montreal would be destroyed by LA. Isn’t it amazing that the Habs always seem to perform well against good teams, often beating them and then falling like leaves in the wind to teams like Carolina, Buffalo, Toronto? You name it. The problems we had last year were numerous and not all were player related. The Ghost cast a pall over the players, never knowing what was about to happen. Martin’s focus on defense and collapsing on one goal leads was a contributor to our horrendous third periods where we rarely scored and often lost games, need I mention being out of gas for 16 OTL? We have to play 60 minutes. You see the intensity level in the playoffs and few if any teams can maintain that level of emotion and impact during the regular season, but we couldn’t protect our net at all, we rarely forechecked and caused the other team to cough it up in the offensive zone, only Cole and a couple of late comers went into the dirty areas (like in front of the net) to screen, deflect irritate the opposing goalie and not to mention the complete ineffectiveness of our power-play. We had scorers who cave up (Cammy, Gomez, Gionta-injured I won’t throw him under the bus) and assets that were not managed properly or over-managed like Pleks and Subban. Any team can start to fire on all cylinders and take over if the potential shone together just like LA. Remember, they barely made the playoffs and we’ll see what Sutter does with them during an entire season. I can bet they won’t dominate and certainly this BS about Montreal being a small team doesn’t cut it anymore. I’m not an optimist as I was in pain watching with one eye open for most of the season, but having the solid, committed and excited management team on board makes me believe that with the assets we have: Cole, Pleks, Max, Markov, Price, Gorges, Subban, DD, Gionta (hey love his brothers feistiness too), Eller and God willing Bourque will show up, that’s at least half a team. Moen, Stuabitz and White maybe catch fire, but that still leaves us with one full line open. Emelin hopefully can keep checking and handle the puck more intelligently, but the rest is fodder. LL and St. Denis I don’t see making much of an impact, except for being from Quebec, but hey, maybe we can build a feisty Frenchman group that irritates the rest of the league enough to keep them off balance. You gotta know there has and always will be that bit of prejudice against French players who have that heritage behind them. I moved to the US and they always remark “Oh, you must be good at hockey or skiing” and they haven’t a clue that they have great players of skiiers that come from Maine, Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota and other cold weather states too. That is part of the rebuild beyond talent, skill and productivity, it also needs to include a certain mystique that Montreal has lost with all of the BS over the last decade or so. I will remain positive and hope we are all for the most part wrong about Therrien. I think Gallant has moderated our complete concern.

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    • habstrinifan says:

      I agree with the assessment of Bournival. If you base an evaluation on drills/practice he will lose out. He really doesnt do anything extraordinarily brilliant.. say like Beulieu at skating. But put him in a game and watch his competitve focus and drive take over.. and consistently so. He will surpirse many once the season starts.

  44. Rossy says:

    Pleased to see the Habs promote Clem Jodoin whom I first saw as coach of the Halifax Mooseheads. Fabulous coach with a promising future in the NHL. I hope the Habs don’t lose him the way they did Boucher and Muller.

    • Strummer says:

      Muller only left because he was unilingual Anglophone and realized he coukld never be HC in Montreal.

      Obviously that can’t happen with Jodoin.

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  45. habs001 says:

    The habs have struggled to score for the last 3 years and right now looking at the roster there is no reason to say that this trend will not continue…very unlikely we get a free agent scorer or thru a trade…maybe a prospect or roster player has a breakout year but all indications seem that again the habs will be a low scoring team…habs best change to win may be to come out with a tight d team that wins games 2-1, 3-2…while 28th finish was not a true indicator of the team we cant forget that the previous 2 years the team was not better than around 15th and not sure this years lineup is as good as those teams,,,

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Maybe Markov is a 100% and the PP catches fire? Maybe Price has a year like he did two seasons ago? Maybe Subban explodes and shakes the sophomore slump? Maybe Gionta back in the lineup makes a big difference?

      Teams are so close now with the cap. The fact that Montreal has Price and some other key players, they’re not as far out of it as you think.

      A move or two, some philosophy changes and way less injuries could have the Canadiens in the thick of things faster than one may think.

      Look at NJ just making the finals. They were a good team but nothing spectacular. I wouldn’t be surprised if Montreal beat NJ in a 7 game series with their current rosters.

      • habs001 says:

        hopefully, but if we have success it is probably due to goaltending,team d , pp and getting the key goals …scoring wise it still looks to me the habs will struggle…

      • 44har48 says:

        You do make a really good point, but no way does this installment of the Habs beat NJ…not even close. And we are not even in the same league as LA yet.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          LA would destroy Montreal for sure, especially with our defense.

          NJ was very well coached but their roster isn’t much better than ours.

          • 44har48 says:

            We would not handle NJ forecheck at all and they can score….and that my friend is why they beat us 3 out of 4 this year and our only win came in October before they started getting it together. We are not comparable to NJ yet, stop dreaming.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            You mention the forecheck, that my friend is what I call coaching and that’s what I’m talking about.

            This roster isn’t all that different from the one that played a very close checking game and had a superb PP and went to the conference finals a few seasons ago.

            Brodeur was steady but not lights out, Price is capable of playing as well as Brodeur at this point for sure.

            Salvador and Zidlicky were NJs two best defenders. I believe Subban and Gorges are every bit as good as those two.

            Cole and Pacioretty almost scored 70 goals together and that’s as good as NJ’s first line with Parise and Kovalchuk.

            NJ isn’t head over heals better than Montreal, they were just very well coached.

          • DorvalTony says:

            Comparing Price to Brodeur is hallucinogenic.

            “Hi, this is P.J. Stock for Depends.”

        • boing007 says:

          Comparing Price to Brodeur is delusional.

          Richard R
          Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  46. 24 Cups says:

    No need to rush our young defensemen who are coming out of junior. All of them should go to Hamilton regardless of what they do in training camp.

    http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2012/06/15/your-favourite-team-should-draft-forwards-not-defencemen/

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I agree. It was pretty cool to see Beaulieu and Tinordi play well last year in the pre-season. Looking forward to seeing them again this September.

      If anyone has a chance to stick this year out of all our prospects I think it is Tinordi because he’s so big and can handle himself. The team won’t have to worry about injury as much and he’s never going to be relied on to produce points either. Just slide in as the 6th D, play 14mins a game.

      But I have zero problem with all of them spending as much time in Hamilton as it take. I’m not too concerned where the Habs are in the standings next season while we wait.

      • 24 Cups says:

        This is just an observation with no real back-up but it appears to me that the larger the Dman the greater the struggle as most need more time to adjust to the NHL game.

        As for your last point, I could care less if we make the playoffs next season. No more patchwork efforts or band-aids. Let’s really start building a team for a true Cup run sometime down the road.

        • JF says:

          Yes. No expensive free-agent signings, no taking on more bad contracts. Let our young players develop in Hamilton, grab as many draft picks as we can, and be patient. The management and player development teams are looking good; and, whatever Michel Therrien’s shortcomings, I think we’ll see his team play a hard-nosed, intense game and not be pushed around.

      • 44har48 says:

        I am frustrated that other teams can play there young guys and we never can early. I know there are many other teams just like us in the league, but….

        Having said that, Tinordi is just not ready yet. His game is ready, his size is ready, but he cant skate yet. It’s actually bad for NHL standards at this point. He will straighten that out, but he’ll have to do it in Hamilton. Nathan Beaulieu nees to add weight and learn some defence for teh NHL game. I don;t know much about Ellis, and I do know Patyrn came on but did he just have a good year?

        I am more than ready for these guys to play at the NHL level, unfortunely they will all be in Hamilton next year, and for good reason.

  47. HabFab says:

    Doesn’t appear to be a single buy out so far across the league, that is strange.

    • RGM says:

      Explain. There’s no CBA and GM’s are waiting to see if they’ll get a “Get Out of Cap Hell Free” card.

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    • 24 Cups says:

      Frank – I’ll go ballistic if the Habs buy out Gomez. That would just be compounding the original mistake that Gainey made when he traded for him.

      • HabFab says:

        Steve, was not expecting to see any of the Habs bought out. But was curious as to how the other teams were going to play this out. Perhaps September 16th is the new “buy-out date”, no CBA so no rules. This perhaps will give us some idea of the NHL mind set going into negotiations.

    • 44har48 says:

      When the cap rolls back, you’ll see some amnesty buyouts that are freebies… that’s coming.

    • Rugger says:

      Just for comparison, what has a typical post lock out year had for buy-outs? Seems like a very costly long term decision. The Habs are still paying BGL aren’t they?

  48. JohnBellyful says:

    Looking ahead to 2012-13

    Where the team is now

    How does that make Hab fans feel

    What needs to be done

    How to put together topnotch lineup
    Through this plus this plus this

    Who to look for in the draft
    This guy

    Why you should have a Plan B
    Because of stuff like this

    Plan B
    It worked for the Bruins

    What to expect when everything works to perfection
    Woohoo!

  49. habstrinifan says:

    OK so things are too peaceful. Let’s do some sh** t disturbing.

    Do you see potential head-butting between alpha personalities 1) Therrien and 2) Gallant. Or is it 1)Gallant and 2) Therrien.

    Hmmmmm!

  50. habstrinifan says:

    Question… When these teams hold their ‘combines’ as the HABS are now doing who is responsible insurance wise if a player gets hurt.

    Undrafted players like Grigorenk may have to go to more than one of these. Seems kinda dicey I think. I dont recall these ‘private combines’ in the past.

    • Captain aHab says:

      What I see personally is MB having plans B and C already in place if Therrien flames out…..bright guy. PG could learn a thing or two from him.
      Posted in the wrong spot….
      —————-
      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

    • RGM says:

      Well, it’s something mostly done by the lottery teams to get a first-hand appraisal of their potential #1 pick. So that’s why we haven’t seen them before. They’ve always done the development camp for guys already drafted, of course.

      ———————–
      GO HABS GO! Maybe 2012-13 will be our year!
      “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

      Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  51. habstrinifan says:

    Beautiful victory by England over Sweden. I wouldnt mind them winning this thing. English soccer takes a beating from fans all over but I think the English League is across the board the strongest and produces the most abundant quality players. Unfortunately their international fortunes suck partly due to coaching and partly.. well just plain old english bad luck.

    Habs fans here who are English soccer fans would be able to understand why one has to be careful touting ‘future stars’.

    I rememebr Owen bursing onto the world stage. He looked like the second coming of Best. Meanwhile Rooney seemed like an old English bulldog type player, rough and tough and artless.

    It is Rooney who has gone on to World fame and has developed all his skills so that he is now quite a ‘gifted’ player while Owen has disappeared albeit mostly due to the toll of several injuries.

    • habs1966 says:

      I would rate the Spanish league ahead of the English but it’s just my opinion. As far as the English National team,it’s hard to develop top rated players when a lot of your players in the top teams are foreign. Wouldn’t surprise me if it’s a Spain vs Germany final.

    • The Cat says:

      The touting comes from the media behind the teams. Every 4 years at the World Cup the odds on England are so bad simply because the media has worked up the anglos into thinking that England has a shot at winning. The same happens in Montreal when the habs string a few victories together. Unrealistic expectations.

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

  52. The Cat says:

    I remember Gallant’s playing days with the Castors de Sherbrooke…Im getting old.

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

  53. Marc10 says:

    Interesting notes from the Dev Camp.

    MA Godin of LaPresse notes that Steve Quailler dominated his peers in conditioning.

    M McGuire from 98.5 described Danny Kristo as appearing to lack dedication and focus at this year’s camp… Like the guy was on a camp holiday… in contrast to many of the guys like Bournival who were going hard on every shift and every drill.

    And yep, all the journos love Patrick Holland.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I see so many posters waxing optimistically re all our prospects. Unfortunately, as the current batch (Enquist, Atsvin etc) from Hamilton has shown us not every kid has it in him to make the NHL. Some wont despite their talent.

      My hopes are on Gallagher, Tinordi,Bournival, Eller among those I follow. One of the prospects I see as very very far away is Danny Kristo. I really havent kept up with Holland to be able to have an opinion

      A player like Beaulieu needs very very careful management, especially with all that would ‘surround’ him because so many see in him the ‘next great’ French Canadien superstar. I hope the club nurtures him slowly. He to me is the most enigmatic.

  54. The Dude says:

    You anglo guy’s are funny….The Habs just sighed a total francaise coaching staff and management and you think they’re gonna trade the few remaining great and reasonably priced French players on the team like DD? Bwahahahaha… I can see the Gainey and Gauthier chaps on this site are gonna have a rough transition,too funny.

    • commandant says:

      Gerard Gallant, Scott Mellanby, Rick Dudley, Bobby Kinsella, all don’t speak french.

      Go Habs Go!
      Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

    • habstrinifan says:

      I dont know about others but I am beginning to dislike how so many of your observations rest on an anti-english premise.

      • Lizardking89 says:

        Ignorance is bliss I suppose. Most of the time he has no idea what he’s talking about. The language issue has been an anchor around this organization’s neck for years now. I think we’ve turned the corner by hiring the best men for the job rather than have an all French staff because we all know they had so much success catering to separatist bigots.

      • The Dude says:

        Then you must not live in Quebec.Look-it,I’m an X-becer living in B.C. and have read some of the most politically incorrect and raciest comments over the years on this site as concerning my birth province and it’s ethnicity.That and the crap spewed from some of the people here in western Canada about the welfare French from Quebec and so I must say to you, too bad so sad.Quebec is the second biggest french nation in the world and Canada’s lucky to have it as a partner which make us one of the Greatest Country’s of the world…Quebec gives as much as it takes,period! And for the rest of the people that live from Ontario onward to the West that have a history ‘generational” in Canada, stfu about the french and Quebec because the changing of this Northern area of the world to a EUROPEAN COUNTRY, DESTROYING IT’S FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES along the way started from the East 400 years ago.Again this is a site about the only NHL team in the french nation of Quebec and they need hometown heroes too ,more so than anywhere else in N.A. SO BACK OFF! Oh by the way ,is it ok with all you that the Chinese speak Mandarin ?lol

        • Clay says:

          Quebec in not a nation – so sorry to have to point that out. It is a province in the country of Canada. Ever heard of it?

          (And as an aside, the Chinese speak hundreds of different dialects, not just the more well known 普通话 – which is actually called Pǔtōnghuà BTW, not Mandarin. A good number people who speak 普通话 speak English as well.)

          __________________________
          ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

          • ed lopaz says:

            http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2006/11/27/nation-vote.html

            The Canadian House of Commons did indeed pass a motion that recognized Quebec as a “Nation”.

          • Clay says:

            Paying lip service to them. They are a province. They are part of Canada. They are indeed large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory, which is what constitutes a ‘nation’, so yes, in the literal sense they are. But they are not a sovereign nation – they are still part of Canada..

            __________________________
            ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

          • Clay says:

            BTW Ed Lopaz,
            To continue a discussion we were having several days ago, where you are coming down with the wrath of god on the Quebec students, and saying how you have a political science degree. I bet you were barely a ‘C’ student, no?

            Regardless, I think you might want to read this well thought our defence of these students. It just might change your mind. Unless you voted for Harper – in which case you would be too mired in ideology to listen to reason.
            http://www.policynote.ca/seven-reasons-why-you-should-support-a-move-to-low-tuition-fees-for-higher-education/

            __________________________
            ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

          • punkster says:

            Clay…This is not to agree or disagree with you or that article you linked. Have a look again at the chart depicting University Operating Revenue by Source. The “Other” sources of revenue are where we will ultimately find the means to keep tuition prices low or even free.

            To date the entire discussion has been to raise tuition or raise taxes or both to cover the costs. Then put more emphasis on bursaries, loans and “get a part time job, ya bum”. This model is outmoded and not sustainable in the long term as evidenced in the US.

            Entice businesses, institutions and professional associations to get heavily involved in raising funds for the “Other” category. They too benefit from employing all those educated, trained, and skilled assets.

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • Clay says:

            Sorry Dave, but there is lots of money for tuition. We (by which I mean our government) would just rather spend it on fighter jets, oil company subsidies, and corporate tax-cuts instead of the future of our country. Priorities are out of whack.

            __________________________
            ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

          • punkster says:

            Clay, that’s all well and fine but governments will continue to spend money on defence and tax breaks. You know and I know that no matter who we vote for these will continue to some degree (hopefully in a far more intelligent and fiscally responsible fashion than today). In the mean time the businesses that benefit from those political decisions can be brought in to the “Other” category as contributors to the cost of education.

            I don’t know, make it a prerequisite to their receiving tax breaks, obtaining government contracts or subsidies, that they contribute monetarily in some way. Maybe hire grads and deduct past education expenses from their salaries somehow.

            The existing methods of funding will lead us down the path of US university tuition prices. Can we afford that?

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • boing007 says:

            I’m not so sure that Quebec is the second biggest French nation in the world. There are several African countries whose first language is French that have larger populations than Quebec. Yes? No?

            Richard R
            Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

        • EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

          Quebec is as much a nation as Prince Edward Island, and that will never change, regardless of what Pauline Marois says!

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      I can tell you that as an Anglo living out in the boonies of northern Quebec that any whining about how persecuted the Anglos of Montreal are, is a bit disingenuous.

    • New says:

      You guys are all funny. This is a sports team working with 29 other primary teams and lord only knows how many development teams, all in an Anglo workplace, and trying to make a buck. Sure a local boy should get a chance all things being equal. That applies world round.

      I heard a fellow lecture once that if you folded Texas to the East it would reach all the way to Washington and that is how big and important Texas is to the US! I remember thinking that it they folded Ontario to the East the remainder of Canada would be a damn site happier.

      Anyway the team certainly did it’s best to compromise with fans and the press. They chose MT as the coach and he can’t really speak either language. (Sorry Mike)

  55. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Eller was great playing with Pleks. Move Lars to the wing with Gionta centered by Tomas that is a decent scoring line.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STQNnI4LDo4

    How many times this year alone did Pleks get a breakaway? No way you have a player that is SO sound on D and O at the same time adn trade him over a DD player.. Tomas is a lite-weight Datsyuk (one of my fav players to watch play hockey, all time), a kick ass, homegrown, Canadien.

    Pleks
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN743Gpbxpc&feature=relmfu
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lHQjuP7bk0&feature=relmfu
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6zre6qPWIs&feature=relmfu
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL1yjfT25Vc&feature=relmfu

    And ‘Larry’ is going to be a great player under Therrien, you’ll see. So will Leblanc. That is a talented squad MB has put together TCoB.

  56. Marc10 says:

    How bout this…

    We sign Jagr and Kovy as powerplay specialists and for the odd shift with Pleks.

    With Markov on the point… that’s a decent powerplay.

    :-)

  57. That's-Hockey says:

    management will decide what we need through out the summer and at the end of training camp. it won’t matter what we suggest on here. so don’t put each other down over suggestions because they don’t count that’s why they the management get paid big bucks..

  58. habsmandes says:

    Aww c’mon man stop with the changing of players from successful lines. That’s what killed Kostitsyn. Geez leave the lines that work alone. Let’s get another line working. Leblanc didn’t look bad with Pleks last year and Bourke. Let’s see what a full season there can do for these guys. I think Eller’s gotta play centre though that’s where he’s the best. Let’s build around him.
    Hopefully Moen will be back and can go with Eller , they seem to work good together.

    • Marc10 says:

      Travis Moen was great last year. He’ll get a nice offer from the Leafs me thinks. I think he’s a goner.

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I’ll like Moen, but he ain’t worth Colby Armstrong money.

        “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
        - Sean Bonjovi

        • commandant says:

          Remember that year that Kostitsyn – Pleks and Kovalev were a successful line, and then came back and werent.

          Or numerous others that i listed further down the page.

          There is nothing wrong with having a Plan B, incase the 2 and a Half men line just doesn’t have chemistry next year.

          Go Habs Go!
          Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

          • Marc10 says:

            Sure. Things happen and it’s good to have a plan B. The difference between that line and Cole’s line is that Max, DD and Cole are consummate pros who don’t take a night off. Kovy and AK don’t exactly fit that mold.

            That’s probably why most of us were shocked when Kovy’s line suddenly turned into one of the best lines in the league in 08.

            I remember looking at our lineup before the 08 season started and predicting we would finish 13th. And then Kovy turned into Guy Lafleur (minus about 25 goals but still…) and what a sight it was to behold!

            I don’t see Cole, Max or DD taking a shift off next year. In fact, I expect Max and DD to add about 10 points to their totals barring injury. They are still in their career upswing.

          • commandant says:

            Its not just that line though.

            Ryan – Getzlaf – Perry couldn’t replicate their success.

            Higgins – Koivu – Ryder couldn’t put it together the next season.

            Briere and Hartnell didn’t work this year, but suddenly Hartnell and Giroux did.

            Plenty of lines with consummate professionals have had this happen.

            Go Habs Go!
            Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

        • Marc10 says:

          Yep, I agree. If you’re making a cup run and he’s having a solid season, he’s the kind of guy you’ll want to add to your lineup down the stretch.

          That’s not us… sadly. Yet another guy with size and grit to replace. Yikes!

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      1st: That one “successful” line lead us to a 15th place finish
      2nd: How did you make the word “stop” show up in bold letters?

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      - Sean Bonjovi

  59. jedimyrmidon says:

    So is this year a good year for teams to have multiple picks in the 1st round like Buffalo, Wsh and Tampa do? Man, they’re all in the Eastern conference.

    • Marc10 says:

      Apparently it’s not a great draft – more of a crapshoot with no real standouts except Yak.

      Next year is more promising.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        It could be that less elite talent is available, but it could also mean that many of the players will actually turn out to be pretty good – it might just mean it’s difficult to actually rank them.

        What about the 2003 draft? Did people predict that it would produce so many impact NHL players?

        • Marc10 says:

          I think the prognostic for 03 was that it was one of the strongest draft classes ever… and as it turns out, it was!

          There are a lot of interesting players in this draft and who really knows how they’ll turn out. With NHL teams pushing youth and speed and size, there will invariably be the odd gem in the bunch.

          I’m curious to see what happens with Matteau and guys like that. They’re not the full package, but they seem to have some tools to make them successful NHLers in specific roles.

          And Malcom Subban. Will he turn out to be a standout in an age where goalies are turning into sumo wrestlers. How does a smaller guy project?

          It’s going to be interesting. TB and Was are both in similar spots. They need to restock as they transition out of their current current generation of players.

  60. habstrinifan says:

    So we sign a free agent who has his best goal scoring year playing on a line with a centre who was ‘discounted’ as a serious #1 or #2 centre until he earned and kept it. And the other winger on that line says “this is the best CENTRE I have ever played with”.

    And we want to fool with that because we feel that that centre wasnt really good enough and doesnt even really deserve his stats. And oh yeah, lets take a player who, while very useful and versatile, has repeatedly shown (maybe because of that versatility) an inability to sustain for any entire year, either a personal production consistency or contributing to such for any linemates he has had.

    Simply because our most offensive centre doesnt look the part.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Art Linkletter used to have a show called, People Are Funny.

    • Marc10 says:

      Eric Cole just had the best season of his career playing with DD. Same with Max. I know he’s small, not all that fast and (gulp) a Frenchie (threw that in for the francophobes on this site), but surely DD had something to do with the success of his linemates.

      The problem is Pleks and DD need the same kind of linemates – big and strong who go to the net and can finish. And every team needs that… Splitting the twin towers would create nice duos, but it’s still patch work.

      We need two power forwards/dynamic scorers. Who’s left out there?

      - Parise
      - Semin
      - Radulov
      - AK46
      - Hudler
      - Dustin Penner

      Parise would eat all your cap and it’s unlikely he’d come here. LA or Detroit look set to sign him – what with him training in LA… I’d say the Kings are frontrunners if he doesn’t stay in Jersey.

      Semin is going to be expensive too…

      Radu and AK are inconsistent floaters.

      Hudler isn’t all that dynamic but he’s steady guy coming off a nice season from a great organization…

      Dustin Penner – Did jack s*** since he won the cup with the Ducks until this year’s cup run. Both times he’s won the cup he’s been great, but otherwise he’s got Rene Bourque written all over him.

      —-

      The alternative is we stick with the status quo and tank another year or make a deal to acquire a first line center with size (Jordan Staal).

      • 24 Cups says:

        I’m not interested in any of those players you just mentioned.

      • mineral says:

        And Cole didn’t even start playing with DD and Max until what, 10-15 games into the season? He pocketed a career high in goals lined up with this guy in only 65-70 games. Imagine a full season.

        Personally, i have faith that DD hasn’t blossomed fully just yet. He improves dramatically with each year and i honestly think the next will be no different. Watch him shatter Pleks’ point record if they keep those three together again.

  61. boonie says:

    A quick question for those who follow these things closely, when we signed Steven Qualier this week, the press release included the old language, “As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.”

    Within moments, capgeek had the financial terms. Numerous public sources typically detail the amount and terms of contracts.

    Why don’t we dispense the faux secrecy and disclose the details?

  62. third generation haber says:

    With regards to DD and our one line offense, I believe that the answer is switching DD with Pleks.

    Pleks centering Cole and Pacs sounds good to me. I’m pretty sure they’d still score if Staubitz were centering them, since they both bust to the net off the wing regardless of who they’re playing with.

    DD can dish the puck better than Pleks and could therefore get Bourque scoring again. Bourque is not a good hockey player, but he possesses an amazing shot. He had back to back 27 goal campaigns with Calgary. That is not a fluke, he is a finisher, just put the puck on his stick!.

    Pleks would also provide better back checking coverage for Cole and Pacs when they are caught up ice.

    j.p. murray

    • Carta-Hab says:

      I don’t know. It certainly might help but as of now we don’t really have a real complete second line period with AK gone (someone capable of scoring 20 + goals). I am of the belief though that Bourque will put up better numbers than he did last year. Hell, he doesn’t have to do much to surpass those numbers!

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

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Max Pac/Pleks/Cole probably wouldn’t get scored on as much as Max Pac/DD/Cole and I’d bet they’d score just as many goals. Now build a second line that includes DD and Brian Gionta. It’s tricky.

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      - Sean Bonjovi

  63. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    Ahhhhhh, Gerard Gallant comes to MTL, I can breathe easier now.

    He was one HELL of a player in the 80′s and 90′s, until injuries sadly did him in.

    He will be a good assistant coach.

    We could also use a player like him, seriously, 40 goals, 90 points, 230 PIM’s, and 22 fights in a season, what didn’t he do?

  64. Hamayoune says:

    Don’t want to be negative but in his interview published by RDS, Gallant seems full of himself. Saying that he was not surprised to get the contract and that he was aiming for a head coaching job in NHL, he seems arrogant and not very grateful. Hope it is the English-French translation that made it seem this way.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Unless It’s some joke that I don’t get, I don’t see how it’s cool to use a campaign poster as your avatar ; )

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      - Sean Bonjovi

  65. JohnBellyful says:

    I think it’s great that Bergevin is overseeing a much-needed makeover in the Habs’ team structure, because what PG had put in place wasn’t working.
    The thing is, I hope he doesn’t get carried away with all these hirings and move away from his original concept and end up with something like this.

  66. neumann103 says:

    I couldn’t reply to it below because of the “you can’t reply after 5 replies or whatever” setup of this board but on the subject of trading a Center, moving someone to the wing and all that…

    POST OF THE DAY:

    commandant
    June 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I think DD is the eventual winger.

    His intelligence and hockey sense are his biggest assets, so he should be able to make the adjustment and continue to produce.

    His biggest deficiency? Defensive coverage down low in his own zone and getting overpowered by bigger opponents… less of an issue at wing.

    DD – Galchenyuk – Pacioretty eventually.

    Go Habs Go!

    This is what I have been saying.

    Pleks is gold. Players like that don’t grow on trees. The only reason you trade him is as the key part in a trade for a superstar.

    Eller is a natural center who plays both ways. He seems to lose his way when shifted to the wing.

    Desharnais could still do his puck distribution thing on the wing. He has the hockey sense to adjust. His size would not be as big an issue. And, most importantly his weak defensive zone coverage – largely obscured by easier matchups and our unwillingness to rain on one of the bright spots of a terrible season – would be less exposed.

    That being said, the Habs don’t actually have that much of a logjam at center…yet.

    “Et le but!”

    • Habfan4lfe says:

      If you want DD dead sure, put him on the wing. DD would become a new advertisement spread on the boards. Wingers have to battle in corners and along the boards. DD sorry to say, is the size of an ant. DD will get killed so I doubt anything of him being an eventual winger.

      • commandant says:

        Small Players who play wing…. Gionta, St. Louis.

        Small Players who came up as centres, and ended up wingers…. Cammalleri, Fleury, Gerbe, Ennis,

        Didn’t seem to be a problem for those guys.

        Go Habs Go!
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      • Carta-Hab says:

        I love DD, but I have to agree with Habfan4lfe. DD is also not known for his speed, so it is not likely he is going to be able to simply outrun the opposing team’s players. He is great as a center because as others have mentioned he has great hockey sense and is a terrific play maker. He can distribute the puck better than most players I have seen play on the team in awhile. I think his effectiveness would be severely muted if he were moved to the wing.

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

        • commandant says:

          Hemsky and Tanguay both are really good distributors of the puck from the wing, and neither are speedsters either.

          I remember a few games that DD played on the wing in the 2011 playoff series against Boston and was extremely dangerous there.

          Its probably not a move that takes place even this year, maybe not til 2013, but its something I really do see working.

          Go Habs Go!
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    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      DD is definitely a winger.
      Eller must play centre because he can’t play the wing. DD’s a smart hockey player who could play any position.

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      - Sean Bonjovi

  67. That's-Hockey says:

    To start with we need a good center for the 1st line and if I got rid of Gionta I would want a 1st line right winger for him.
    Bourque, Pleks , Max-pac would make a good 2nd line
    DD would be a good 3rd line center with two good wingers
    Moen is a good start for the 4th line the center and right winger for that line are ?????? marks. just MO. someone else take a crack at it…..

    • Carta-Hab says:

      I honestly think his talents would be wasted on the third line. Define “good” wingers. As you can probably tell, the team that way it is currently constructed does not have a wealth of “good” wingers to put on the third line. Although I suppose with the creativity DD possesses, he could give someone like Blake Geoffrion/Ryan White/Mike Blunden work. And what about Eller? Where would he end up? Certainly not the fourth line I hope.

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

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      As soon as I read “I got rid of Gionta” I stopped reading.

      I’ll go along with posters who bat around trades where they give up good players to get the same in return. Not with this.

      ———————————
      In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

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  68. frontenac1 says:

    The Great Blondin amigos! The guy carried a gas stove on his back and halfway across the wire over Niagara Falls he stopped and cooked omelettes which he lowered down to boats below. No safety straps . There’s only one Blondin and only one Rocket! Hola!

  69. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @ Ian Cobb

    …Dear Ian, here is something You may have a more than passing interest in …I found it on TSN, in a Domenic Moore interview with Michael Landsberg
    …Domenic Moore has organized an NHL star-studded event in, I believe Toronto, called the Charity Ping Pong Challenge: July 12 2012
    …includes players from his Lightening team like Stamkos, Lecavalier and others
    …money raised going to concussion research
    … more information at: smashfest.ca
    …You may already be aware Ian, but just in case :)

  70. frontenac1 says:

    The Wallenda schtick is a scam.The guys wearing a safety harness. Nothing more than an elaborate Bungee Jump!Now the Great Blundin, Now that’s Real!

    • Strummer says:

      ABC Television Network who is broadcasting this event and probably underwriting it to large degree, would only do so if Nick wears a harness.

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …go read, if for no other reason than Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie :)
      …re the free agents;
      …with the American core We seem to be building, why wouldn’t We be competitively appealing to interest such as Parise or Suter


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