Markov activated

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Andrei Markov is finally off Injured Reserve.
The defenceman will be available for the Saturday night game in Vancouver.

His participation will be a game-time decision after Markov  warms up with his teammates.

Randy Cunneyworth said he would dress seven defencemen if Markov is able to play. Markov’s minutes will be managed, dependent on how the Dman is feeling and the situations in the game.

Markov has not played since Nov. 13, 2010, when his surgically repaired right knee was re-injured in a collison with Eric Staal.

Markov was not available to the media after the Canadiens’ morning skate.

We were told he would talk after the game … if he plays.

A few Canucks were on the ice at 10:30 Vancouver time.
The Canadiens’ morning skate started 45 minutes later.
Fans were staking out the players entrance early.

Also, video from the Canucks room.

Only six players, including goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Schneider, skated.

“I’m not a big believer in Morning skates and never have been,” said Alain Vigneault. The Vancouver coach had most of his squad look at some video and talk about their game plan.

“With teams we don’t see a lot, we concentrate on our game and on what we have to do to be successful,” Vigneault said.

Henrik Sedin had his son in the room.


  1. superkev420 says:

    Im on ipod touch.

  2. Adidess says:

    Don’t mind continuing to be Boone as long as the few of us here keep chipping in…

  3. superkev420 says:

    Plus its so long to write on my ipod

  4. Adidess says:

    Is everybody able to access right now on IPhone or there are some on other smart phones. Trying to see if it’s the IPhone or the app that makes it possible for us to post?

  5. Kimberly2u says:

    I’ll try but it takes so long to post

  6. superkev420 says:

    Ive tried just tellin my buddy what was happening once. He told me i sucked. But i can do my best

  7. Adidess says:

    Ah, thanks. Want to take over for the second? We’re in this together, you know

  8. Kimberly2u says:

    Good job being Boone

  9. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Eller has so much potential. I hope he keeps improving.

  10. superkev420 says:

    Your doing a good job, keep it up

  11. Adidess says:

    I expect a check from somebody at HIO for the first period blogging.

  12. Adidess says:

    End of the 1st, no goal. Canucks will be on the power play at the beginning of the second period

  13. Adidess says:

    Bad penalty from Subban. A bit too aggressive against Kesler after a big hit on the Canuck player

  14. Adidess says:

    1:42 Eller comes close. Draws a power play for Mtl

  15. Adidess says:

    Markov keeping it simple so far. Still smooth with the puck. Haven’t been to the corners

  16. Kimberly2u says:

    1 shot on goal? That’s awful

  17. Adidess says:

    Incapable of getting the puck out of the defensive zone. But the contingent of Habs faithful in the stands are trying to keep their spirits high

  18. Adidess says:

    Shots 12-1 Vancouver! These guys appear to be standing pass their bed time

  19. shootdapuck says:

    No live blog on iPhone here too!

  20. Adidess says:

    Price with a nice glove save

  21. Adidess says:

    Edit: Cole

  22. Adidess says:

    Coke coming close

  23. Adidess says:

    Price facing a barrage of shots so far…

  24. Adidess says:

    Ok, was trying to confirm whether that’s the reason we have access. Boone isn’t on either, should she share the role of the blogger-in-chief? Let’s pretend we are Boone with less of a crush on Lars Eller 🙂

  25. Kimberly2u says:

    Yeah I am…don’t know why it does this every once in awhile

  26. Adidess says:

    Kimberly, looks like it’s you and me. Are you on IPhone like me?

  27. Adidess says:

    What’s wrong with this site? Where’s everybody?

  28. Adidess says:

    Pricey just poke checked the puck, ah! Would like to see the active stick more often

  29. Kimberly2u says:

    I laughed at that too…can’t wait to see Markov and if we get one power play goal from him it will be worth it

  30. Adidess says:

    Oake musing that Markov went through the warm-up unharmed …

    So nice to see. At one point, I doubted Markov was still alive

  31. Kimberly2u says:

    This site is gone stupid again

  32. HabFab says:

    There was some talk about Hamilton in the play-offs lately. Have been boycotting checking Standings this season for “some reason” but just did. They are Tanking for HH also and set dead last in their conference just like the “big club”.

    • HardHabits says:

      Nice to see the depth of the Habs organization at work here. No problem with an immediate turn around. Hopefully this summer the Habs will make a big splash in free agency and build a contender over night.

    • kbhab4ever says:

      The bulldogs could be the best team in AHL next year with all our picks turning pro together! Not since Chellios and and the gang do the Habs have so much talent all at once. AND the CUP followed!!

  33. HabFab says:

    Herb Carnegie died today at 92. If you are not aware, he was probably the best Black Canadian player to be excluded from playing in the NHL.

  34. novahab says:

    Canadiens clear the board of the final games. Squeek into the playoffs by point point and win the cup. Dam there goes our top draft pick. Go Habs Go.

  35. savethepuck says:

    Is there anyone else wondering what the situation would of been like if they had scoped his knee after the first setback late summer instead of waiting for the 2nd setback and scoping his knee in early December. He would of been in the lineup in December instead of March. Maybe a different season for the Habs with a lot less minutes for Campoli and Weber, and nost likely no Kaberle. Maybe we would not be selling at the deadline. Yeah I know, and if my aunt had balls.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • Duracell3 says:

      If only we sold more than one guy. Just of the UFA’s WTF are Moen, Campoli, and Darche doing here? Trade them for 8th rounds picks in 2017, there is no point to their being here.

      • db says:

        There need to be buyers and there were none for Campoli. Moen and Darche were injured (and therefore not tradeable) otherwise they are perfect guys for a bottom 6 playoff run.

    • Naslund110 says:

      we would still be treading water. we might be in a better spot to be making the playoffs but changes need to be made and its only going to happen if we fail.

      we need a fresh gm a fresh coach and having a chance to get a top 5 draft pick hasnt happened since Price.

    • kbhab4ever says:

      Anyone know if PG.orBG. tried to move our dead weigth for draft picks. Everyone except the duo captains on this sinking ship know who is on the dead meat list. It is hard to believe the HABS could not have got some late round picks for our sad D.I HAVE A BBB-BAD FELLING THAT THEIR WERE NOT OFFERED. WHICH WAS A CRIME.If so The FANS should be chanting FIRE PG&BG !!!!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The 2nd surgery was a much different surgery in that it was a reconstruction of the ACL using the Patella tendon, as opposed to the first procedure which was essentially just suturing the ACL back together at the tear. While it it would have been nice to have cleaned the debris prior to the 2nd procedure, at that point I suspect the priority was getting the ACL repaired the best and strongest way possible.

      I have said before, I have no idea why the Habs did not have his firstprocedure done by Dr. Andrews who is widely considered to be the best.

      I am very confident his ACL will be fine, the mental part and the rust will be the bigger issue.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        HiB, I think you mentioned that your significant other is an OR nurse before, so I don’t doubt your knowledge, but the 1st reconstruction I believe was done with the ‘traditional’ muscle graft, where a piece of muscle is taken from somewhere (usually a hamstring), or from a tendon taken from a cadaver. The technique you described as being used for the 1st procedure on Mr. Markov isn’t possible. When an ACL ruptures, the ends are too frayed, and the joint under too much tension to be just sutured together.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

        • HabinBurlington says:

          You are correct my mistake, the problem with the first one was it is considered the quickest to rehab and doesn’t provide the strength of the patella tendon. Yes I described the first procedure wrong, I was oversimplifying the difference in the two procedures. My significant other is not a nurse, but 2 of my brothers had ACL surgery and a very good friend of mine had the patella reconstruction like Markov. I have been wearing them all out with questions.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Yeah, living in Whistler is like being in the Center of the ACL Reconstruction Universe, to borrow a phrase. Friends blowing out their ACL’s is almost inevitable, like divorces or automobile collisions. I’ve been to a few pity parties where the patient is surrounded with friends, everyone brings food for their convalescence, magazines, books, videos.

            I’ve been lucky so far, I only ever had a Grade 2 MCL strain, from falling on a rail while trying to do an easy 50-50. Because it was an easy trick, I didn’t focus, and wound up doing rehab for a couple of months, but was back on the snow that season. Credit goes to my football and rugby coaches who would harangue us to do squats instead of arm curls in the gym (“But coach, we have to do curls for the girls!…”), my quads are pretty strong and helped stabilize and rehab the joint pretty quickly.

            Also common here are the ACL reconstructions that ‘don’t take’ and need to be redone, or those that go so well that the patient gets overconfident, goes up the hill for a few easy runs, against the doctor’s strict orders, and pops it and has to go through the whole process again. So I didn’t panic when Andrei’s rehab wasn’t as smooth as we’d like. In the same breath, I am very impressed that Josh Gorges seems as good as new, with heavy use and no further symptoms or pain from what we know.

            I think what we’ll find out when all is said and done is that Andrei overtrained, over-exerted himself and tried to work through pain instead of easing off, in his haste to get back in action, which I’ve seen before and which we can forgive.

            If anyone is still reading this, please bear in mind also that these techniques have nothing in common with what poor Bobby Orr went through, that guy was butchered and had his career ended not by the injuries but by surgeons who didn’t know better and scraped off all his knee cartilage.

            How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


          • habsfan0 says:

            I believe this procedure was explained quite thoroughly and succinctly on an episode of “Marcus Welby,MD”.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Back in Marcus Welby’s day, they would have amputated.

            How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


      • Un Canadien errant says:

        from Wikipedia:

        Autograft vs. allograft

        An autograft involves the medical grafting of bone or tissue from the patient’s body.

        An allograft is the use of bone or tissue from a donor’s (typically a cadaver’s) body.

        The patellar tendon, anterior tibialis tendon, or Achilles tendon may be recovered from a cadaver and used as an allograft in reconstruction. The Achilles tendon, due to its large size, must be shaved to fit within the joint cavity. There is a slight chance of rejection, which would lead to more surgery to remove the graft and replace it.

        Sterilization processes exist today that make allografts a safe choice for patients. However, with allografts that are irradiated to remove infectious agents, there is a risk of weakening the selected tendon, although for ACL surgery the weakened tendon is generally as strong as the replaced ligament.[1] Even with the extensive and redundant screening process for irradiated donor grafts, a risk of infection remains and it would be cause to remove the graft. Therefore, the option to use an irradiated allograft runs the largest health risk.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Patellar tendon

        The patellar tendon connects the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shin). The graft is taken from the injured knee, but in some circumstances, such as a second operation, the other knee may be used. The middle third of the tendon is used, with bone fragments removed on each end. The graft is then threaded through holes drilled in the tibia and femur, and finally screwed into place.

        The graft is slightly larger than a hamstring graft, however graft size is not a determinant of outcome. The most important factor in determining the outcome is correct graft placement.
        The disadvantages include: 1. Increased wound pain. 2. Increased scar formation as compared to a hamstring tendon operation. 3. Risk of fracturing the patella during harvesting of the graft. 4. Increased risk of tendinitis. 5. Increased levels of pain with activities that require kneeling years after post op.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Hamstring tendon

        Hamstring autografts are made with the semitendinosus tendon either alone, or accompanied by the gracilis tendon for a stronger graft. The semitendinosus is an accessory hamstring (the primary hamstrings are left intact), and the gracilis is actually not a hamstring, but an accessory adductor (the primary adductors are left intact as well). The two tendons are commonly combined and referred to as a four strand hamstring graft, made by a long piece (about 25 cm) which is removed from each tendon. The tendon segments are folded and braided together to form a quadruple thickness strand for the replacement graft. The braided segment is threaded through the heads of tibia and femur and its ends fixated with screws on the opposite sides of the two bones.

        Unlike the patellar tendon, the hamstring tendon’s fixation to the bone can be affected by motion in the post-operative phase. Therefore, following surgery, a brace is often used to immobilize the knee for one to two weeks while the most critical healing takes place. Evidence suggests that the hamstring tendon graft does just as well, or nearly as well, as the patellar tendon graft in the long-term[citation needed].
        Many patients struggle with recovery after a hamstring graft procedure. Problems include strengthening of the quadriceps, T-band and calf. Proper healing procedures and medical care (physical therapy) are essential to regain strength.

        The main surgical wound is over the upper proximal tibia, avoiding the typical pain sensation when one kneels down. The wound is typically smaller than the patellar tendon graft and hence less pain after the operation. A new technique for minimal-invasive harvesting from the back of the knee has been developed in the last years. This technique is faster, easier and produces a significantly smaller wound.[2] This procedure is typically an outpatient procedure.

        There seems to be some controversy as to how well a hamstring tendon regenerates after the harvesting. Most studies suggest that the tendon can be regenerated at least partially, while still being inferior in strength to the original tendon.[3][4]

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  36. DorvalTony says:

    Canadiens website said hours ago Markov would play tonight. Delightful surprise, let’s see what he’s got left.

  37. Propwash says:

    If they put him in, I figure it would be for the powerplay and see how he holds up.

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    Sure hope Markov understands that we are not out to win anything but a 1st over all draft pick!

    • Bozo McBozo says:

      Their screwing with our tank Ian!

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Why do you think we’re playing him? They went and won a 4-pointer on Thursday so put the 1-legged guy in! If they win tonight, expect the Habs to recall Red-light Racicot!

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • kbhab4ever says:

      Habs will draftfrom anywhere inbetween2 and 5.EDM,will trade down from 2 to 3 to take a D,Habs get hot@#$% drop to 5 or worse.We are in the running for one of top forwards excert Nail,he will jion “Nash with the cash” . we should take the best forward WHAT ONE? doesn’t matter because they are all slated to be stars not superstars.{maybe Nail playing with Nash}.Thats why we should trade some off our strong D pool and maybe one of our young forwards coming up for Nathan MacKinnon the 5’11” next SUPERSTAR CENTER”.We have the talent esp. with this years top 5 pick and our super d youth.

  39. HardHabits says:

    I’ve just heard word from a reliable source that Markov is out for another 6 weeks after visiting the Habs medical specialist for a routine before game examination.

    It appears he sustained an injury during the knee jerk reflex test.

  40. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Welcome back Andrei.
    Hope you can play tonight & stay healthy. Also hoping your return means no more Webber.

  41. Un Canadien errant says:

    Good column by Bruce Dowbiggin on the groundswell of opposition to the direction HNIC has taken. Issues raised are the Toronto-centric bent of the show, and the meandering focus of Coaches Corner.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      My problem with HNIC is the friggin crew. What’s the attraction with Mike”anger management”Millburry, PJ Stock & so on. They need to have a mix other than Leafs/Bruins and their panel should not show any bias IMO.

  42. Bill says:

    The headline on this post makes me laugh: “Markov Activated”. It sounds like they’re talking about a sinister weapon.

    SCENE: a futuristic laboratory, perhaps buried deep within a mountain, with lots of glowing electronic screens. Pierre Gauthier and Larry Carriere are there. Carriere reads a report as Gauthier stares cryptically into the distance.

    CARRIERE: … and so, sir, the Canadiens are now 3rd last in the league, and could finish as low as 29th. Drafting Grigorenko is a lock. Operation Tank is a complete success!

    GAUTHIER: (Pause) Activate … the Markov.

    CARRIERE: (Taken aback) But … sir. That will ruin everything! Our fans have suffered so much and a high draft pick is all they’re clinging on to! Think of those poor losers on Hockey Inside Out, they’re desperate.

    GAUTHIER: (snaps) Activate the Markov!!

    CARRIERE: … I had no idea how truly evil you are, your Vegan-ness.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  43. aj says:

    Enfin! After a year and almost 4 months. Let’s just hope his left knee will hold on.

    Welcome back Andrei Markov!

  44. Bozo McBozo says:

    This team needs Markov in the lineup right now like a hole in the head! My God, for once, can’t this jackass organization do the right thing so we get a decent draft pick! We need more Gomer and Campoli and the B-man in net. Give up the ghost! Spring at the Belle Center is going to be just one big extended Celine Dion run.

    And keep Beauregard Boris Levishefsky under your hat. I hear the Red Wings European scout has been on him like stink on a skunk!

  45. HabinBurlington says:

    Good article detailing the board of governors meeting with CBC in which Burke spoke of his buddy Cherry.

    • slamtherimtim says:

      funny that even the leafs are complaining , but like it says its an managment problem which people dont seem to want to talk about , must be something to it

      • HabinBurlington says:

        There was a comment made by someone, Leafs complain about all the negative attention they receive, other teams complain of the lack of attention they receive from CBC. Kind of funny.

    • Duracell3 says:

      I hope the Jets make it, but how humorously awkward would it be for HNIC if the only Canadian teams were Vancouver and Ottawa haha?

  46. Cal says:

    Will the Prodigal Son return tonight and begin spoiling the Year of the Tank? Only 5 1/2 hours to wait to find out…

  47. JayK-47 says:

    Markov’s last return had him score 2 goals. I know, it was versus the Isles but still, was a fun game.

  48. 24 Cups says:

    Bill – Everything I have ever read states that Forsberg is a right-handed shot who plays LW. That doesn’t mean he can’t switch over but left wing is still the weakest position on the team (and in the system).

    • Bill says:

      … that’s a pretty good point, actually. Like everyone else, I’m all wrapped up in dreaming about that mythical Big Centre With Skill.

      Either way, I’m liking Forsberg more and more. He’s almost a year younger than a lot of the other guys in the top of the draft, and playing pro already. Big power forward … looks like gold.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • HardHabits says:

        Looking back at the Habs of lore the centres were not that big. Just shifty.

        I like the two power forward wingers with the smallish centre approach. That leaves either little room or stiff competition for the Giontas and Gallaghers of the world.

        Nevertheless, a power forward first line centre would be gravy.

  49. kninja says:

    Although I’m not sure Markov will help this team much this year, I’m glad to hear he’s back. If he (and everyone else) is back and healthy next year, even without any major changes, I think we have a decent team. In the last 4 years, the team’s record with Markov is 70-43-17… or a pace of 99 points for 82 games. With Markov out, the team’s record is 80-82-22, or a pace of 81 points per 82 games.

    Although we don’t know if he’ll be the elite player he was (I believe he will be), I also think the Habs have improved play without him… as demonstrated by the 40-27-8 record without him last year… This year, I just think we had some bad luck and some bad injuries. Next year will be much better… and a high draft pick this spring will be a nice bonus!

  50. bear says:

    Les Boyz,
    I’m really stoked about Markov comming back. I have a good feeling about him for tonight. I see him scoring a PP goal, down low on a cross ice feed from DD. I’ve had that dream twice this week…uncanny really…but true. I had great plans to go to the game but am stuck here with unexpected family visit so it’ll have to be TV.
    Go Habs! Go!


  51. smiler2729 says:

    D’ya know what Gomez’s main problem is?

    He shaved that long hair off after leaving New Jersey… hasn’t been the same since.

    Yeah, that’s it…

    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  52. HabinBurlington says:

    So Bob Mckenzies tweets and I quote “@dorvalTony now you’re just being stupid and I grow weary of you. BTW your hat is missing it’s string and whistle. Au revoir”. Hmmm could it be the same Tony we know?

  53. habscout says:

    I have to wonder if the Habs were not able to get insurance on Markov’s knee injury for his latest stint on the IR, because this was an “pre-existing condition”. I thought NHL teams could only insure players against injuries they didn’t already have, or had in the past. If I’m correct, then Molson’s had to pay Markov’s salary directly out of their own pockets. Does anyone know exactly how this works ?

    • Mr. Biter says:

      If AM plays in the World Championships can the Habs get insurance if he get injured there?
      Hopefully we/he can see at what level he will be able play for the rest of the season so there is some reason for good or bad exptations for next year. Also Heaven forbid he gets injured again but we have to know how the knee will hold up.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

  54. HabinBurlington says:

    Markov back, Gomez with a gait in his stride, do I smell playoffs? 🙂

  55. The Dude says:

    Did someone just say they should wait for the Sens game to play Markov”omg”….Zenon ,Neil and Canc are drooling

  56. Bill says:

    Filip Forsberg listed as a centre on the draft rankings, but listed as a winger by TSN: anyone have any idea what position he currently plays?

    If he can play centre … might be the Habs’ guy!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HardHabits says:

      Plekanec is a winger that converted to centre.

      • Bill says:

        Haha, it shows in his faceoff stats!

        I think Forsberg at centre is the best pick the Habs could make at #3. That, obviously, is based on scouting reports, so …

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Mike D says:

          Boomer posted this on the previous thread, but it looks like Grigorenko is still ranked #2 overall and the highest ranked center…..not that that necessarily means he’ll develop to be the best down the road.

          – Honestly yours
          Twitter: @de_benny

          • Bill says:

            I see the Habs picking 3rd or 4th and I doubt Grigorenko will be available there. I would take him. There’s a random TSN article slamming him and it’s getting a lot of buzz, but there are too many good scouting reports on him to dismiss the talent.

            I’m sure the Habs are heavily scouting him, and Timmins et al will have a good read on Grigorenko’s drive and work-ethic.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Perhaps it is my affinity to gambling but I want Galchenyuk, highest upside in my opinion. Plus I hear Dr. Andrews is moving his practice from Alabama up to Montreal. He and Markov have become very close.

          • Bill says:

            Ugh, nooooo …. I’m not worried about his injury, so much, but he’s been out all year and it’s now impossible to compare him with the other high-end players. You need to show something in your draft year to go top five, IMO.

            Now, I’m sure Galchenyuk is as good as everyone says, and he’s going to be a gift for someone at around pick #7 or #8, but I’d rather see the Habs grab a sure thing.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • HabinBurlington says:

            That’s where we are going to be drafting Bill, Gomez got his groove back, didn’t ya hear?

          • Bill says:

            I’m sure Gomez has gone back to sleep by now. And Markov will be eased in. Don’t harsh my mellow!

            Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Sean Malone says:

      Hockeys Future has him Listed at LW –

      Personally, I think he’s the best option for the draft even if the habs draft 1st overall.

      ~I never said it. Honest.~

  57. jon514 says:

    It’s weird how TSN has Grigorenko and Forsberg listed as Centers. Both of these players are paying wing this year and are draft eligible based on their points put up as wingers. Doesn’t that basically mean they will play wing in the NHL?

    Grigorenko is a RW not a center. Filip Forsberg is a LW, not a center…. Doesn’t make them any worse as draft picks, but they are not going to be “the big center we’ve needed in Montreal for 15 years”… Best shot at that is Radek Faksa…. or possibly Glychenyuk… though I don’t know how I feel about gambling on him. It sounds like if you want to draft a Center and you’re picking third, you could always trade down 4 or 5 positions and draft Faksa there.

    “Let’s be clear on the facts…”

  58. RGM says:

    Carey’s new mask!,name,109484,auction_id,auction_details

    GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
    “Scott Gomez is an elite NHL player” – VancouverHab

    Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  59. HardHabits says:

    And the road to the 10th over-all pick begins.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Exactly. I’m going to be totally pissed if the Habs don’t finish in the bottom five after all the crap their fans have had to go through this year.

      My biggest fear is that we’re going to pass Toronto.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        The Leafs were hanging by a thread before, and now with the injuries they’ve sustained, it’s entirely possible they will fall to last place, but I hope not.

        I was hoping that beating the Habs last week under their new coach would spark them to staying at 9th or 10th.

        • 24 Cups says:

          No Lupul and no goaltending means that Carlyle has already started training camp even though there are still 16 games left.

          Burke would be wise to grab a blue chipper at centre, just like we would. It appears that four years into his gig his Toronto makeover has stalled. He should have gone for a total rebuild but tried to have it both ways.

          Lots of lessons to be learned by all.

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          The Leafs’ collapses are quite interesting. It’s so easy to vent about losing games by 1 goal or blowing many leads, but the Leafs in the past few years have applied that concept to their entire season.

          Did Burke really talk about building from the net out? If so, I just can’t believe it. The most glaring weaknesses are on defense and in goal. I mean, is the D just having a bad end of season or are they just bad? I seem to remember the Leafs winning many times because they could outscore their opponents despite letting in a fair amount of goals.

    • Cal says:

      Do you really think that Markov can help this stinker of a one line team? Get real. Have many drinks. Get tanked.

    • TorontoHabsFan says:

      Making up 10 points in the standings with 14 games remaining is pretty unlikely.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      The future is bright. Back end is essentially done, patience is all that is required from fans. If Eller, Pacioretty, and Desharnais continue to develop at the rate they have been, we’ll have a very respectable team in about 2 – 3 years. Stay the course PG.

  60. Dennis says:

    Just checked in to the hotel by Rogers Arena. Can’t wait for game time.

  61. Adidess says:

    If I’m Habs management, I wait until the Wednesday game at home vs Ottawa to play Markov. The Bell Centre crowd has put up with a lot this year. They deserve a little ‘bonbon’. We’re not under pressure to win any of those games anyway. If Crosby is not playing until Thursday, why start Markov on the road right away?

    I like HabinBurlington’s joke about wanting to be there for that first Markov shift people have said will end his career 🙂 Have a feeling the knee will be fine.

    Contrary to some, I want to see him play a few games this season just so everybody knows whether he can be counted on next year.

  62. joeybarrie says:

    @dorvaltony. Re- Gionta being lame and a bust.
    So I guess you don’t care about a player who has scored more goals for us in both previous seasons than Erik Cole has for us this season.
    Gionta has 37 and 31 goals for us including playoffs in the last 2 season.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Yeah, I don’t get why Gionta takes so much flak. 1) He has great work ethic. 2) He scores goals, which is sorely needed on this team. 3) He’s not soft, goes to the front of the net and battles hard. 4) He’s decent in the shootout, which is a lot better than 7/8 of the team.

      Sure, the Gionta-Pleks-Cammy line wasn’t working out, but I don’t think it was because of Gionta. Maybe it’s his height? I’m actually genuinely puzzled by this.

  63. habsfan0 says:

    How come the 3 videos from the Canucks’ dressing room are all out of focus,whereas the other 3 aren’t? Did Boone shoot all of them?

  64. HabinBurlington says:

    If Markov is playing, Ian you made need to cancel dancing with the stars and watch the game!

  65. Mike D says:

    So is The General actually playing tonight, or has he just been moved to the active roster?

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  66. VJ says:

    Tweeted from Bob Mckenzie

    “Andrei Markov was placed on the active roster list this morning. He will be available for tonight’s game.”

  67. Adidess says:

    Markov available for tonight’s game, as per RDS. Wow!

  68. cuzzie says:

    Future Mr. GM of Les Canadiens. Please do not draft Grigorenko. Lazy! Lazy! Lazy! A pick you will regret!

    Mr. Bad Example!

    • Naslund110 says:

      i read a coach of his says he is a very hard worker on ths ice, he has a style that makes him appear as a floater.. so did Lemiuex. this kid has insane talent and with a draft that softer then the past years we dont really have too many options. we are looking at top 5 most likely 3rd pick.
      i think the first 3 are looking like
      columbus yakopuv
      oilers Dumba
      habs Gringorenko

      • Boomer says:

        it’s possible we might pick forsberg or galchenyuk(who will most likely hit top 5 rankings when he returns from his injury). I’m just praying we don’t pick a D man. I guess its up to edmonton, they need young D in their system and might go for one. Or they may take another forward.

  69. third generation haber says:

    I was watching Pittsburgh highlights and couldn’t help but notice how much high end depth they have. Is there anyone here who wouldn’t want us to be this good????

    It was of course made possible by a bankruptcy scare that caused them to dump their players and start from scratch.

    Through the draft they acquired: Crosby, Letang, Fleury, Malkin, Stall, etc. A sick amount of elite talent!

    If we did move/ buy-out/ demote our vets: Gionta, Gomez, Kaberle, Campolli, Darche, Moen, Markov, Cole (hurts to include him) and only replace them with our own draft picks, we would probably tank for 2 more years.

    We would watch young and promising talent lose for 2 more years, but for the 2014-2015 season, Price, Subban, Desharnais, Pacioretty, Eller, Leblanc, White, Emellin, Weber would be still in or entering their prime.

    Add to that lottery picks for 2012, 2013, and 2014, plus six 2nd round picks, and a number of promising players currently in our system (Beaulieu, Gallagher, Ellis, Kristo, Tinordi, Bournival, Holland) and I (IMHO) believe we would have the best habs team we’ve seen since the 70’s. I’m not talking about acquiring good players, I’m talking about drafting superstars. Think about it, how did we get Price???? (drafted #5 overall)

    Yes, draft picks don’t always pan-out, but I have faith in Timmins and our scouts. We can definitely draft players (developing them is another story).

    No one wants to see our team lose, but since we have already tanked, I’d be willing to stay the course in order to avoid going back where we were, a mid-standing team with no realistic hope of drafting superstars or of winning the cup.

    Attempting to fix this the quick way, through trades and free agency could see us lose valuable draft picks and end-up in the same position we are 4 years earlier (See Brian Burke!)

    There’s a reason nearly none of the elite players in hockey play in Canada. G.M.’s here are under too much pressure to win immediately and therefore they make desperation moves (mortgage the future) in an attempt to squeeze into playoff spots. Sure there are exceptions (Sedins, Karlson, Price), but why do so few Canadian teams make the playoffs every year? Money is not the issue, management is.

    There is only one way we will win the cup in the near future, and this moment is pivotal.
    Sorry for unleashing a novel on u^^

    j.p. murray

    • The Jackal says:

      Sounds like the Oilers…
      I think the draft is a great way to build up a team, but you can’t forget Pitt got a lot of their good depth players through trades and FA signings. Building up primarily through signings often backfires, but “tanking” and building through the draft does not work all the time. Pitt got lucky because they drafted Malkin and Crosby, what other team can say they got the two best players on their team?
      The best model for building through the draft is probably Detroit, who acquired great players in later rounds and added some depth through other means.
      I think what his means for the Habs is that we should continue to draft for the purpose of improving the team, while combining that with wise acquisitions.

    • Cal says:

      Do you really want the Habs to suck for years and years a la Edmonton, Columbus, Islanders? Screw that! The Habs will be back next season. The Viggo called it!

  70. HabinBurlington says:

    Have never been a fan of the Canucks, but always enjoyed watching King Richard Brodeur when he took that team to the Cup Final

    • habsfan0 says:

      I miss the unis the Canucks had at the time.

      Kind of blinding.

    • Bripro says:

      The one Canuck who truly impressed me was the Russian Rocket.
      I watched Pavel Bure play at the Montreal Forum in the early 90s.
      What struck me was, as he came off the bench, he would coast into an area, waiting for the puck so he could blitz down the ice.
      He could coast for an entire shift, without his skates leaving the ice surface….not once! I mean just shifting his body weight from side to side, so he could coast, with no push-off effort whatsoever.
      I’ve never seen an NHL player do that before or since. His skating ability was the best I’ve ever seen.

  71. kerrgte says:

    So, next September we’ll have Gionta (the smartest player in the east), Markov, and Moen, That’s 3 first liners.

    plus Darche

    + 1 ufa – i hope as good an acquisition as the fab Mr. Cole. Maybe a bone crushing d’man or a big point offense guy, whatever, a $5 million player.

    + a talented first rounder will be a nice addition in a couple of years.

    So, next season, that’s the same as 4 new first line players to today’s baseline position. Whatever else mgt does to improve on the situation will make it better.

    So, boys and girls, i think next season will be much better.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Are we putting Markov up front on the top line this year Kerrgte??

    • DorvalTony says:

      Gionta might be *the* lamest captain we’ve ever had. Another Gainey bust. They should have named Cammalleri captain, may have elevated – or *kept* Cammy’s game elevated.

      Moen is an excellent fourth liner.

      Markov hasn’t played in 2 years.

      We do miss Darchie though.

      “A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It’s a proof. A proof is
      a proof. And when you have a good proof, it’s because it’s proven.” – Jean Crooktien

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Well I agree with 2 of your points, and thanks for the update on Markov, I had no idea he had missed any time? What is his injury?

      • kerrgte says:

        I don’t agree. I think Moen has some upside. I think Gionta has another couple of good seasons before he loses a step. All fingers are crossed for Markov’s successful return.

        I think Darche is a thinking big-body, 4th liner.

        In this league of parity, with the return of just the 3 skilled guys of the team, that’s a lot of upside to today’s crummy line-up. Then add a new ufa, and the team will start to look good.

        Success next season, I believe, is based on PG being either replaced, or provided a superior back-up advisory team

      • otter649 says:

        Gill should have been named captain in his first season – He was given The A the day he signed with Montreal but since Gionta was signed long term (5 years) it made more sense I guess…….

      • Mark C says:

        Speaking of lame. The argument that a played needed to be captain to make/keep him playing well is one of the lamest things ever. What kind of leadership do you expect to receive from a player who bases their effort on if they are captain or what?

        Can you make up any more stats up Gionta?

    • sublime19 says:

      how is gionta the smartest player in the east? who is the smartest in the west? I don’t understand your reasoning here. Gionta is marginally a first liner and Moen is no where close to being a first liner….

      UFA pool is also very weak this year….

  72. Ian Cobb says:

    Here is the NHL draft rankings for 2012.
    QHL has only 2 players in the top 50.

    2012 Draft Prospects – North American Skaters – – NHL …

    • DorvalTony says:

      All the more reason to cash in on Wonderbread bias against the Q. Like they’re reserved for us. Time to prove the McKenzies, Scouting Bureau TorStar, Globe et al wrong. J’ai le gout!

      “A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It’s a proof. A proof is
      a proof. And when you have a good proof, it’s because it’s proven.” – Jean Crooktien

  73. habstrinifan says:

    Tragic Canadian skier’s, Nik Zoricic , death after crash.

  74. habsfan0 says:

    Any chance of Markov returning Monday vs the Sabres?

    • Mike D says:

      There’s a chance, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think I would jump in the truck and drive down for that game if he was. I am told by many he will only play one more shift then his career will be over. I would be honored to see this final shift in a great Habs career.

        • habsfan0 says:

          Well,if you do go to the game,don’t expect too much from the Habs. They’ll have an enormous case of jet lag, given that there is a 3 hour difference in time zones,and there’s the adjustment to daylight savings time as well. That’s a 4 hour time difference.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Nothing a trip to the Anchor bar in Buffalo can’t cure.

          • habsfan0 says:

            Hadn’t thought about that.

          • Mike D says:

            Gerald, you clearly have great taste. Anchor Bar wings are beyond phenominal! Can’t tell you how many times I enjoyed them during the three years I lived in Buffalo!

            – Honestly yours
            Twitter: @de_benny

          • HabinBurlington says:

            @Mike, yup they are awesome. Try to go there every time I am in Buffalo.

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