Game 55: Habs lose, Ottawa three points up

Canadiens defenceman Patrice Brisebois throws a hair-raising check on Toronto’s Darcy Tucker.
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You knew the Toronto Maple Leafs weren’t going to stink out the joint as they did two night ago at home, 8-0 losers to the Florida Panthers.

And you knew the Canadiens knew they were in for a fight, as they always are when their perennial rival comes to visit.

So Montreal now heads to Ottawa for a Saturday date against the Senators, having dropped a 4-2 Bell Centre decision tonight to the not-dead-yet Maple Leafs.

With a victory and a Senators loss at home to Florida, the Canadiens would have taken over top spot in the Eastern Conference. But the Senators won 5-4, and coupled with the Habs loss pull three points ahead of Montreal.

The loss tonight evened the season series at three wins apiece. It was Canadiens goaltender Carey Price’s first defeat against the Maple Leafs, having beaten them the past three meetings this season.

Montreal outshot Toronto 36-28 but ran into Vesa Toskala, a hot goalie who was named first star on the night.

Tomas Plekanec, centring the Canadiens premier line, got the Canadiens on the scoreboard at 11:09, scoring his 20th of the season to equal his output of last season in just his 55th game this year.

Plekanec had a yawning Leafs net to shovel the puck home, fed by Alex Kovalev who deflected an Andrei Markov pass from the blue line, then took a second stab at it through a Toronto defender’s skates to set up his centreman parked at the edge of Toskala’s crease.

Toronto’s Chris Newberry tied it with a one-timed blast past Price at 17:24, fed by teammate Dominic Moore who outmuscled Canadiens defenceman Mark Streit along the boards.

Darcy Tucker, Public Enemy No. 1 on most visiting rinks he plays, was left unattended by Canadiens defenceman Patrice Brisebois at 1:24 of the second period, sneaking in front of Price to take a passout from Matt Stajan to bang in the goal that put the visitors up 2-1.

Kyle Wellwood then stretched the lead to 3-1 at 19:36, banging a rebound past Price on the power play with Sergei Kostitsyn serving a hooking penalty, the Canadiens’ first penalty of the remarkably tame game.

Kovalev brought the Canadiens to within one with a shorthanded goal, on a fine head-man pass from Plekanec at 6:20 of the third after a goal-saving effort by defenceman Josh Gorges, who continues to play well on the Montreal blue line. Plekanec sent the Russian on a breakaway, Kovalev scoring on a nifty backhand deke for his 25th goal of the season.

That gave Kovalev, the night’s second star, three goals and five assists in his last four games.

Tucker then hit the vacated Canadiens net with 29 seconds remaining to round out the scoring.


  1. coutNY says:

    Streit was already back on D…. and Breezer was filling for Hamrlik. That would mean we call-up or try Dandy back?

  2. showey47 says:

    streit is already playing defence with hamrlik out with the flu, i wonder if dandy may play his first game on defence,or rush obyrne back or bring up valentenko

  3. G-Man says:

    The Habs have a hallowed past. Koivu has led the Habs to nowhere. ‘Nuff said.


  4. The Teacher says:

    Yawn, stupid is as stupid does.

    Komi isn’t stupid. That answer your question?

  5. coutNY says:

    Can I get a witness… Amen brother.

  6. G-Man says:

    The old “anonymous source” rumor mill- Ryder is not playing because he and O’Byrne have been traded to Calgary for Tanguay. One of the conditions is that Ryder does not play until the deal is done (when O’Byrne is ready to go).

    Onto tonight. Time for the Habs to lay a beating on the laffs, but it’s always a relatively close game. Should be rough and tumble and a lot of fun to watch. Looking for Higgins to snap out of it.


  7. krob1000 says:

    Will Belak play 3 or 4 minutes tonight???? Will Belak instead eat 3 or 4 steamies at the Bell Center????These are more pertinent questions you should be asking Factface.

  8. habfan53 says:

    Let’s get off this Komi/Belak

    How about Washington last night with 1 win they go from 12th to 3rd.

  9. Ed says:

    Just in from Fan/Team 990, Bouillon will be a game time decision because of an injury to his foot. If he can’t play, Ryder will. I assume Streit will be back on defense. Ryder will only play if Carbonneau has no other options. He is definitely the last option as far as Carbonneau is concerned.

  10. coutNY says:

    …more of antention seeking laff fan!

  11. krob1000 says:

    I never have really piped in on all this Koivu crap before because it is crap but I feel now it has to be done. There is a huge difference between a lack of production due to minimal effort and a lack of production. Koivu brings it every single night (aside from when we found out he had the flu there…only time I thought he looke lethargic). He is gettting tons of chances and setting others up for even more. He has taken some very lazy penalties and others that were penalties that can be attributed to hard work and trying to recover the puck… be it. He needs to be smarter but this in no way changes the fact that this is HIS team.

    It is awesome that Kovalev has stepped up and led on the ice and learned to be a mentor to the Kostitsyn’s,etc. It is great Kovy seems rejuvenated and it is great that they have become our no. 1 line. I am certain,however, that if you asked Kovy who the elader of this team is he would say it is without a doubt Koivu. He may say Koivu needs a smack up side of his head for the hooking penalties but he is still our leader. Has it ocurred to anyone that it is under Koivu’s tenure as captain that Kovalev has finally decide to bring it every night. Maybe a couple seasons of watching a warrior like Koivu (who never takes a night off) battle guys fourty or fifty pounds heavier (and win) even when our team wasn’t playing well has rubbed off. That would be my guess along with the fact that our entire management team embodied the same work ethic as players and do now as coaches.

    There is a new (return of the old) culture back in Montreal and the pride has been restored. Koivu has to be credited for that as well. One can argue he was here for years and nothing happened but he has hadf very few full seasons and NEVER had a supportive management team. The guys we draft and acquire have to be “coachable” and likeable…..we have no headaches (bye Samsonov). Koivu is the liitle engine that could and now he finally did… happy. He is not 27 years old anymore and many of his best years were unfortunately lost to injury but through it all he remained a model of class and the epitomy of an NHL warrior. Koivu is as deserving a captain as we have ever had in Montreal and you guys should never forget that. Especially if it is becasue of a little scoring slump.

  12. Ian G Cobb says:

    Trouble maker!

  13. jew4jah says:

    anyone know what’s up with this week’s puckcast?

  14. coutNY says:

    Yeah that makes sense Belak a 4th line enforcer and Habs 1st pairing Defenseman… maybe if the laffs turnout another 8-0 showing Komi could tune him up, still not worth the risk of breaking his hand on his face.

  15. showey47 says:

    belak? LMAO the guy gets less ice time than the guy who drills the holes for the net after a zamboni flood. Your facts are about as relevent as the food menu at hooters.

  16. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Why would he fight BELAK?

    BELAK is a trained LETHAL fighter, and although KOMI can match him with strength and probably wrestle him to the ground, you DO NOT WANT TO FIGHT BELAK.

    I’ve seen BELAK go against the toughest in the league and he can go.

    you need a LAROQ or a BRASHER to go BELAK…not KOMI.

    remember were talking about fighting, in all other categories KOMI is SUPERIOR.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  17. habfan53 says:

    I’ll bite and I suppose you think this would be an even trade to

  18. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I agree with your KOIVU point, and maybe taking time off LATER (when 1st place is secure! or should we be saying a playoff berth!)…The Man is an inpiration and we will not forget that. If I was GM and his wish was to stay a HAB then retire, I’d sign him for life…we are the GREAT CANADIENS and it is our role in the league to set examples….who else will? phoenix?

    we don’t kick our people to the curb like those bloody laffs, and what they did to RICK VIAVE…they CUT HIM during tryouts!… joke of an organization, and they do not retire numbers!..some new punk comes along and wears a great #, thats not how you build history….FOOLS.

    You see most fans don’t know whats coming down the pipe like the list you just spelled out…Gainey can see the big picture, he is no FOOL.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  19. habfan53 says:

    He is waiting for doctor’s OK to play tonight. He’s ready but it will take a couple of games to get his legs back.

  20. Sulemaan says:

    Ok, I think I follow you now HP. You just want players to stick to their game and not try to replicate others (i.e. Kovalev). Fair point.

    I think Koivu is just tired. He’s carried this team on his back for a long time. Also as fans we forget that this guy is a cancer-survivor and nearly lost his eye. If nothing else, I would even give him the odd game off to recharge once we know we will make the playoffs.

    With regards to trades and other stuff, why bother? People are talking about trading for Hossa and I’d rather go with youth and win the cup in 2009 and beyond.

    I’d deal away Ryder, Brisebois, Dandenault and call up the youngsters.

    Prospects such as Fisher, McDonough, Yemelin, Valentenko, Carle, Subban, White, Maxwell, Chipchura, D’Agostini, Halak should stay with the team. We build from within and add on UFA’s and trade when the time is right.

  21. habfan53 says:

    Even with the Cap going up 3 million we will be hard pressed to keep the same team.

    Assuming we trade or don’t sign Ryder that will give Gainey 6 million.

    WE have to sign O’Byrne, Streit, Halak or Huet and Komisarek next year.
    that 6 mill is gone because there are probably a half dozen I have not mentioned.

  22. coutNY says:

    They also have McCabe out… Thats a good thing.

  23. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    when that happened against BOSTON, he was in that ” I HAVE TO MAKE THE TEAM” mode….and boy did he make it.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  24. habsgod says:

    hey my fellow saskatchewanian and hab bro !where in saskatchewan are you located?

  25. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I’m not saying there is open dissension at all…in fact I really see a BROTHERHOOD and thats what has most impressed me this year.

    but at the inner levels of a players thinking, they have to step on the ice and perform….and the KOVY line is a tough act to follow.

    Maybe thats why KOIVU isn’t on his game, or at times looking disinterested.

    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  26. habfan53 says:

    In regards to Koivu:

    Though I’ve never thought of him as a 1st line center I have great respect and admiration for him.
    It’s true that he is taking a lot of inopertune(?) penalties actually I looked it up he has cut 3 Power Plays short the rest of the team 2.

    I think he may feel a little left behind because of the success of the KPK line and the ineffectiveness of his.

    I would hope that Gainey and Carbonneau would sit down with him and just tell him what he means to the team what they expect from him.
    It worked with Kovalev this summer.

  27. coutNY says:

    Agreed, but Kosti Jr. making it a mission to prove his worthiness sometimes with his open ice hits. Granted I love that he’s making a difference, but sometimes I think his anger might get the better of him… Little Man sindrome. We need him healthy and scoring not throwing fists with the opposing teams meat head… But honestly I would not want to see his play or attitude differ and lose any of the fire which he has brought to Montreal.

  28. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    you know what you do with dangerous wounded animals…..

    I wouldn’t worry about a laff comeback, they don’t have the tools in the tool kit for that, we just need to jump in front…and stay clear of the BOX.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  29. Sulemaan says:

    With all due respect, I don’t buy that theory Habs-Prof. All of the comments from the media and other observers are that Montreal has a tight dressing room this year.

    I think the other players are genuinely happy about the Kovalev line. You don’t climb to the top of the Eastern conference otherwise and credit is due to the coaching staff as well.

  30. krob1000 says:

    This shows him out until Sat. and the Score is geared to gamblers so I’d beleive this one.

  31. The Teacher says:

    Then I can’t help you 🙂

    I must refer you to Hab-Prof’s delusional conspiracy theory.

    P.S. Did he appeal the ruling?

  32. Sulemaan says:

    Going to be a good game tonight. But we better be ready to play because the Leafs are right now a wounded animal that has been backed into a corner. They are still stinging from the 8-0 loss to Florida.

    If we do happen to get a 3 goal lead, I only hope the Habs don’t go into a defensive shell and keep laying it on.

    I would have thought that Ryder would get the nod tonight as he has had success against the Leafs in the past. I guess Carbo disagrees. Just like Samsonov, if it wasn’t finished before, Ryder’s career as a Hab is over now.

  33. coutNY says:

    The Carolina game was the Jan 31st when the incident occured. They’ve played 2 games against the Senators and Flaorida since the Feb 1st suspention, so I was including all the games even if he was out with injury or awaiting the ruling???

  34. krob1000 says:

    I was more impressed with the cap rising 3 million. This should leave no doubt as to whether or not we go after one of the big names out there.

  35. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Has it ever crossed your mind that when you have a line thats producing 90% of the points (i know this is foreign to us since the 80’s!) and doing it with class and style, that it actually has an adverse effect on the other players.

    They fell intimidated and insecure in their own play? and start exploring new styles, dekeing when they should be shooting etc…heck even KOSTOP and BEGIN have forgotten to HIT first…notice how they are too good for physical play lately and the want to score a pretty goal!

    the remedy to this is COACHING.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  36. habfan53 says:

    No they did not play. Plus it was an automatic 3 game no ruling

  37. Will Longlade says:

    Yes, but it makes good copy.

  38. The Teacher says:

    It’s all part of life in the NHL, no? The other teams are testing them now.

  39. habfan53 says:

    It’s not likely to happen McCabe in on record SEVERAL times as saying it was a fluke injury. He holds no ill will to Kots. It was just part of the game.

  40. coutNY says:

    Not at the expense of another Kosti Assault. These guys have been lucky they haven’t gotten seriously injuried.

  41. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    well your neck turning theory can only hold true if McCabe can disentangle himself from the back of the net meshing first!
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  42. The Teacher says:

    He could have sat out a game awaiting the ruling, or with an injury, which would have counted as a game served.

  43. habfan53 says:

    With the looking ahead to Saturdays game the Habs will probably be watching the out of town scoreboard as well tonight as the Sens are playing the Panthers in Ottawa.
    If they win and the Canadiens lose to Toronto then Saturday nights game won’t nearly have the impact it will only become a 4 point game.

    Ideally Montreal beats Toronto, Florida beats Ottawa however it’s not likely as the Panthers are riding a season high 3 game win streak.

    Montreal HAS to win tonight for Saturdays game to mean 1st place.

  44. Bill H says:

    Let’s hope the Captain plays great with Latendresse and K2. Some posters claim that Koivu is in a slump. In his last 7 games, he has 6 points. We should have more players in a slump, if that is the case.

    No question Koivu is not playing up to expectations. He currently has 39 pts in 53 games and his +/- is -5. Last year, he had a career high 74 PIM and this year to date he has 73. He has rightly been accused of taking bad penalties at inopportune times.

    Koivu, if anything, has been inconsistent this year. Prior to the last 7 games, he went 5 games without scoring a point in mid January. But before that, he went 11 points in 10 games.

    This team plays much better when Koivu is playing well. Finding him the right linemates is part of the key. Let’s hope he finds some chemistry with Latendresse and K2. The team needs 2 scoring lines with additional scoring support from the role players. When we have that, we are a very difficult team to beat. If we beat the Leafs tonight, and Ottawa on Saturday, we will be 1st in the East. Wow, how long has it been?

  45. coutNY says:

    01-Feb-08: Suspended by the NHL for three games from Game misconduct for Verbal abuse of the Refs. I would assume since Feb. 1 they’ve only played 2 games, he will not be in tonight.

    Myth #1 debunked: Antropov out
    Myth #2 Hickey into the molson ex a bit much Plausable

  46. The Teacher says:

    I’ll take the 2, 5 or game 🙂 And watch Kubina’s neck wear out instead 🙂

  47. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    What about when he or Belak attacks KOSTYsr?
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  48. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I don’t have a doubt that we’ll out skate them, actually thats the key to drawing penalties, the team that isn’t skating will be penalized.

    in regards to the conspiracy…ok, I’m “slightly” exaggerating BUT you cannot DENY THAT ‘MONEY’ controls the boardroom…

    when playing the laffs, its always been the REFS that I fear…nothing else, EVER.

    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  49. Ian G Cobb says:

    I think so habsguy and he will continue move people around and in and out of the line up according to the type of opposition that we face on any given night. The philosophy of slow and steady progress makes him a champ. Even the doubters are starting to see his wisdom. Carbo will get us to the cup, not this year but we will be there for years to come. Bob Gainey and this coaching staff is the best management that we have had in montreal in 40 years.

    I don’t have to coach them anymore, i’m just sitting back in retirement and enjoying the show.!!

  50. The Teacher says:

    Is anyone worried that McCabe is back in the line-up? I’m not for one.

    In fact, I think it’ll be quite funny watching him wear out his neck playing against the Pleky line.

  51. habfan53 says:

    That’s what I thought too but according to TSN he is due back tonight.
    He received the suspension after their game against Carolina on the 31st.
    They’ve played 2 games that should leave tonight and he’d be back against Detroit on Saturday.

  52. HAB-PROFESSOR says:


    “It’s been a while,” Carbonneau said when asked when the last time the Canadiens had such an exciting forward unit. “I didn’t get a chance to play with Guy [Lafleur], Steve Shutt and Jacques [Lemaire], but I played with guys who played with them, and that’s the line that comes to my mind.”

    Kovalev, who has 24 goals and 52 points, said he wanted to return this season and have fun after a disappointing year in 2006-07. But the playful Russian refused to get too excited about the recent run.

    “I don’t want to say anything about it because then people might think we’re overconfident,” he said. “I’d like to keep it the way it was at the beginning of the season when not many people were thinking about us. I’d like to keep it that way.”


    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  53. Sask Habs Fan says:

    If he’s distracted maybe we could pry away Brind’Amour. Then maybe we’d win some key face offs….

    Chuck Norris’ calendar goes straight from March 31st to April 2nd; no one fools Chuck Norris.

  54. Lee_D says:

    I’ll be at the game that has the potential for our Habs to take #1 in the eastern conference for the first time since when?

    Can’t. F*cking. Wait.


  55. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    If we stay out of the BOX we will destroy Toronto…SIMPLE.

    OTTawa lost to those laffs because they had 8 penalties and T.O. had ZERO.

    so the leafs played 16 minutes with the man advantage!..thats a bit under their NHL-REF-Toronto-Syndicate average of about 22mins/game.

    yes the laffs usually play about 22mins/game on the powerplay…because of the CORPORATE MONEY CONSPIRACY from BAYst…..just listen to the interview from BETTMAN today, talking about the leafs ownership and their commitment to win at all costs!, including paying off the REFS…

    we need to STAY away from the BOX and the B.Centre fans must let the REFS KNOW when they aren’t calling the game right…THE FANS MUST BE THE 7th PLAYER TONIGHT!


    …this game is more important than the Ottawa game.
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev… his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  56. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Most people seem to think that this will be an easy win for the Habs. The Leafs were embarrassed Tuesday night and are looking to rebound tonight. Let’s not forget that they always bring their A-game when they play us. I hope the Habs aren’t looking ahead to Ottawa’s game on Saturday and that they come out firing for 60 minutes. Otherwise it could be a painful evening. GO HABS GO!!!!!!

  57. showey47 says:

    antropov still has one game to serve in his suspension

  58. krob1000 says:

    I don’t actually know. I just know he always scares the hell out of me.

  59. bigjames says:

    according to pat hickey column, leafs have 2 guys back who have been out a while: McCabe and Antropov. that may give them some spark. am not taking this one lightly at all.
    kung hei fat choi, happy year of the rat.
    go habs go

  60. showey47 says:

    has he scored on price yet?

  61. nightmare_49 says:

    Trade Deadline : Carolina has been going south slowly all season and their base is quiet old as compared to other teams in the New NHL. Now that Washington has caught them and playing consistant hockey the Canes may be sellers at deadline time as they try to re-tool for the future. Two UFA’s with playoff experience may be available. Cory Stillman (lw/rw) has played well in the playoffs adding a few important goals at the right time though not a defensive stalwart but a gamer. Mike Commodore (d/r) is a big awkward physical “D” man who is not scared to drop the gloves to back up his teammates and is aggressive in front of his own net and has little offensive ability but is a competitor with playoff experiense. Cane’s GM Rutherford has his eye on the laffs gm job , god bless , and may be distracted. Stillman could be here for the short term with the possible chance of signing him to a one year contract and Commodore could be looked at for a year or two till we fill that void that exists while our future “D” men develope and he can replace Breezer next year and add some muscle and knuckles while O’Bryne and Gorges develope with the Habs. “In Bob we Trust”.

  62. habsguy says:

    Thanks Ian…It seems like they’ve bought into Carbo’s game plan and it’s paying off…

  63. krob1000 says:

    I’m more worried about Kaberle…….were the only team he shoots against and he almost always scores.

  64. habsguy says:

    agreed teacher, we wouldn’t to go through the flu like lastyear

  65. showey47 says:

    their size up front should not be much of an issue tonight with the laffs missing antropov,ponikarovski,kilger,bell. But who knows what laff team will show up after the drubbing they took against florida. Keep out of the box and shut down mats and it should be 2 points for us.

  66. southp says:

    My first game at the Bell Centre in years… well, since it’s been called the Bell Centre at least! Can’t wait to watch the Habs take on the Leafs tonight, but I’m a little nervous that the Leafs are coming off such a bad loss. You never know how a team will bounce back.

    The Habs can’t take them too lightly!

  67. TC says:

    I must admit to being a little apprehensive about tonight’s game. To me, it has all the makings of one of those looking ahead games. With the big Saturday night clash in Ottawa for first place in the conference on Saturday it would be easy for the Habs to overlook the sad sack Leafs.

    However, I figure that the Leafs are going to come out pretty strong to start the game, at least. The Leafs always seem to play their best against Montreal and after Tuesday night’s debacle they should respond with some semblance of pride.

    Hopefully, this will be a good bounceback game for Koivu, and maybe give him some confidence for the Saturday night game.


  68. WindsorHab-10 says:

    It’s all about the team. If he feels left behind then the “C” should be taken away from him because as a captain you’re supposed to lead and put the team first.

  69. krob1000 says:

    Smolinski will be gone as well, one of Dandy or Bouillon will be gone and one of Kosto or Begin will be gone as well. We also currently have cap space. BRisebois will also not be resigned. WE have the room….that is why we tried last year and we will continue to try. We also don’t know what will happen next year with Huet. There is no doubt wee are looking but I agree with everyone who doesn’t want to overpay. I think I just disagree with many at what exactly is overpaying for a Hossa or Jokinen,etc. O’ Byrne will make peanuts. Streit will get a raise. Komisarek is signed through next year.

  70. Rugger says:

    There are others that will not be back one way or another. (Dandy, Breezer etc.) How much cap relief will depend I guess on how they go.

  71. coutNY says:

    I just took a peek at the Laffs Official site and their reporting “Bryan McCabe will be a game time decision after practicing the last two days.” more laffs here…

    We already know what Hickey said..

    And RDS Reporting “Defenceman Bryan McCabe should be there.” See last sentence….

  72. bigjames says:

    tks showey47. was just reading hickey’s piece which says

    “Toronto will have defenceman Bryan McCabe for the first time since he suffered a broken hand here Dec. 15, while Nik Antropov returns from a three-game suspension.”

    maybe pat’s been into the molson ex a bit much…

  73. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Seeing how Paul Maurice cried foul the last time we played them and McCabe broke his hand (wrist), I’m just wondering if they plan on going after Andrei Kostitsyn? Anyone with a brain saw the incident as an accident except for Maurice. I’m anxious to see what happens, if anything. GO HABS GO!!!!

  74. Bill H says:

    You make a good point about staying out of the box. I’ll add to that: outskate the Leafs.

    Your corporate money conspiracey theory is a little bit delusional, don’t you think?

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