Geoffrion happy to be home; Bulldogs sign Commodore


The Canadiens sent out a press release on Thursday with a statement from Blake Geoffrion, who suffered a serious head injury while playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs in an AHL game against the Syracuse Crunch on Nov. 9 at the Bell Centre. Geoffrion was rushed to hospital and had surgery that night for a depressed skull fracture.

“I want to sincerely thank all fans, friends, family members and everyone from the hockey world for the incredible support I have received,” Geoffrion said. “I was cleared by the neurosurgeon and the club’s medical staff to return home for a three- week period of complete rest. I am very happy to be home for (U.S.) Thanksgiving.

“I would like to thank Dr. Mulder and the club’s medical staff, as well as the entire medical personnel at the Montreal General Hospital for their extraordinary care. I am very grateful to Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin for the unrelenting support they have shown myself and the members of my family. I also wish to thank all members of the media for respecting this healing period.”

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs announced on Thursday that they have signed veteran defenceman Mike Commodore to a professional tryout contract. As per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Commodore, 33, has spent parts of 11 seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning. In 484 regular-season games, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenceman has registered 106 points (23 goals, 83 assists) and 683 penalty minutes.

In 2004, Commodore was part of the Flames team that advanced to the Stanley Cup final before losing in seven games to the Lightning. In 2006, the Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., native won the Cup with the Hurricanes when they beat the Edmonton Oilers in seven games.

Commodore could provide some veteran leadership and toughness to a young Bulldogs defence corps. The Bulldogs’ next game is Sunday at 4 p.m. against the Lake Erie Monsters at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum.

The Bulldogs (6-7-2) are coming off a 2-1 win over the St. John’s IceCaps Wednesday night in St. John’s, N.L. Goalie Cedrick Desjardins made 29 saves for the victory. The Bulldogs managed only two shots on goal in the first period, and didn’t get their third shot until midway through the second. Michael Blunden and Steve Quailer scored for Hamilton.

In Toronto this week, a Maple Leafs fan payed $5,300 for an old toilet from the team’s locker room at Maple Leaf Gardens. This should give hockey fans who dislike Toronto more ammunition for Maple Leafs jokes. Read more by clicking here.

(Photo by Peter McCabe/The Gazette) 



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  3. frontenac1 says:

    I like Cole , I like Josh and I like Hammer. I hate Bettman . Three Lockouts ,one strike and a failed sunbelt adventure. Those $100-$200 tickets at the Bell Centre and $10 beers are going to subsidize those $20 tickets,free food and parking at those half filled arenas in those hockey hotbed centres in the sunbelt. That is what its all about not Cole and Hammer exchanging pleasantries..

    • DorvalTony says:

      No it’s about fat cat players forgetting who pays for their lavish lifestyle. Hint: it’s not the owners or Bettman. Let me know when you figure it out.

      Fat cats like Eric Cole don’t get it.

      • NCRhabsfan says:

        Seriously, dude? It”s not the owners or that little pr*ck Bettman? I hope you’re kidding. Bettman should never, ever feel safe in an NHL building again for as long as he lives.

  4. mark-ID says:

    I hope Stubbs let’s Cole know how the fans feel about his thoughts……it seems as though every article written on this story….has the same reaction from most fans. Just so he’s aware that most people don’t buy his BS, and that every player is entitled to voice their opinion. Not that he will care.

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

    • Timo says:

      I would not mortgage my house on that. Whether it’s asking tough questions from coach or GM, or calling players our on their BS, HIO (and pretty much most journalists and reports) crew is rather timid.

      I look forward to another feel good story on Gomez though.

  5. mark-ID says:

    Let’s be honest here…..the young guys who Cole is supposedly fighting for, the ones who are still not in the league, they will just be thrilled to be playing hockey for large amounts of money. They won’t know any better. Not only that, at 50%/50%……the player salary average will still be well over 1.5 million/per.

    The NHL is a long way away from being as successful as the other 3 major NA sports. Yea they grossed over 3 Billion, but as we are being told…..not many of the clubs actually made money.
    The players can’t realistic want to stay on par with the other sports salaries. At least not yet. Too many uncertain franchises.

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

    • New says:

      They might be more successful if they put out a product for people to view. Alternately they might attempt to enforce a set of rules equitably amongst the various owners. You know, attempt to kill a player by driving his head into a stanchion – the type of thing that gets you six years in a bar – is punished just as severely for a team not in the cup running as that of a team planned…err favored to win the cup.

      But yeah. The players are wrong. They can build widgets for the NHL factory, or they can have their own factory and charge whatever they want. Regardless of the rules any player knows that the owners will somehow pay the best players whatever it takes to keep them and the average player isn’t affected by 12 % less overall or whatever.

      So the whole thing is BS. Which the NHL is anyway.

  6. Habilis says:

    It’s pretty easy for Cole to sit at home and criticize others when he’s already been paid 2 million dollars for this non-existant season. The dude planned for this, just look at how his contract is structured.

    Now that’s fine for him but as a player rep, he should at least be open to hearing different opinions, shouldn’t he? His attack on Hamrlik makes him seem about as open minded as a mule. Then again that’s pretty much par for the course with the PA. Any player or former player who doesn’t drink the kool-aid just “doesn’t get it”.

    Unfortunately for all of us, I think Hamrlik is one of the few who actually does get it.

  7. frontenac1 says:

    One Crazy Game in the Motor City eh Amigos

  8. SlovakHab says:

    Good for Hamrlik to voice his opinion in a classy manner.
    Unlike Cole, he really won me here. Erik lost a lot of sympathy I had for him.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Hamr has one year left.

      It stands to reason that he favors any deal, even if it is undesirable for the younger players.

      He’s entitled to his opinion of course but let’s not forget his motivation.

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

      • Kooch7800 says:

        very true but this is his 3rd lockout….so he has sacrificed in the past as well and he does have a point about signing bonuses….

        they all have their own motivation for sure…same as the owners. You know damn well there is a lot of owners really unhappy with the current situation.

        Simple solution that hurts both sides…retraction…solve the problem

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • SlovakHab says:

        I am pretty sure that none of the current players cares about young players.
        In any case, NHL salaries have been growing and players from 10 years ago wish they signed they contract now. C’mon, 3M is now a pretty small salary, but 10 years ago it was only for top players. Which means that Cole has nothing to worry about and every single player that signs at least 1 NHL contract will retire as a millionaire.

        To me, Hamrlik’s opinion and the way he voiced it sounds thousand times better than what Cole said. He pretends to be “unselfish” but I am not eating that.


  9. bwoar says:

    Michal Neuvirth:

    «Je suis d’accord à 100% avec “Hammer” (Hamrlik), a indiqué Neuvirth. Ce lock-out ne concerne pas la majorité des joueurs, je pense. Ça concerne quelques super-vedettes avec des gros contrats.»

    “I agree 100% with ‘Hammer’. This lockout has nothing to do with most players, I think. It’s about a few superstars with big contracts.”

    Nice to see a teammate and countryman backing him up.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Tell that to George Perros, Darche, Hainsey and Campolli… the guys who attend the most meetings.

      Not a lot of thought was put into that twit- I mean tweet

  10. Rad says:

    Commodore is a big, veteran journeyman defenseman with NHL experience. He is an upgrade to Alex Henry, and will provide that physical dimension that was lost when Henry was not re-signed. I continue to be impressed by Bergevin and the new management team. All small moves so far, but they seem to know what they’re doing, unlike Messrs. Gainey and Gauthier.

  11. punkster says:

    Attention: I’ve been told that I’m too quick to label trolls here…mea culpa.

    In that case I can only do the honourable thing and issue his public and deeply felt statement:


    (As you were…)

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  12. Timo says:

    Hammer responds – good for him.

    And seriously, meeting in Barcelona? Tell me there is a town in northern ontario named Barcelona.

    • shiram says:

      Hamr sounds alot more reasonable and poised than Cole… I like Cole the player, but lately he has not been endearing himself to me.

      • mark-ID says:

        I completely agree on Cole Shiram. Even from the start of training camp when negotiations weren’t going well…..Cole was acting like a baby. He was a huge downer from the get go…

        Cole is awsome as a player…and I am so glad we signed him, but I wish these NHL players would sometimes acknowledge the fact that they as players and owners are hardly the only ones affected by their negotiation failures. Tons of bars/ restaurants, memorabilia shops etc etc are losing a lot of money also.

        Cole comes across as wanting to be all high and mighty for the cause, and yet this is the third lockout in under 20 years…….back in the day, at least they wouldn’t deny the passionate fans of hockey every 6 or 7 years all so they can make more and more money.

        Hamr definately took the high road on this one. Good on him. Hamrlik, unlike 90% of today’s NHL”rs know what it is like to go through these lockouts…having been through 3 already…he absolutely should be allowed to speak his mind.

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

        • shiram says:

          It’s tough to take Cole and his message/mission seriously when he resorts to childish things like the cap he wore, he’s also already made about 27 millions in the NHL and at the very least will get 10 out of the 12 millions from the deal with the Habs going his way.
          The personal attack on Hamr, and the veiled threats of physical violence were just very immature.

        • Trisomy 21 says:

          This isn’t Cole’s first rodeo either. So Hammer went through one more, big deal. I genuinely believe Cole, if it were about the money wouldn’t he be thinking the same thoughts as Hamrlik?

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Hammer has the point…some players got signing bonuses and others have lost 3 times in their career. Cole shouldn’t have beaked off yesterday.

    • bwoar says:

      Good answer by Hamrlik.

      More memories: Remember when Erik Cole was a Habs killer and we all hated his guts? I recall this quite clearly. Seems like just yesterday in fact.

  13. Timo says:

    God what a boring day.

  14. wjc says:

    What would you rather be greedy or a fool

    If you do not get your fair share you are a fool

    If you get your fair share you are greedy


  15. B says:

    I was just checking out the KHL stats and noticed that S.Kostitsyn has more PPG than Ovechkin (and a better +/-)

  16. twilighthours says:

    Commodore. He better wear #64.

    The hair is a bit much, but he’s an honest player. Nice signing.

  17. axxerd says:

    I drove 4 hrs to see the Bulldogs take on the St. John’s IceCaps on Tuesday. Sadly they lost 3-1..and sadly I missed Leblanc! However, the Dogs outshot the Caps 46-19. Eddie Pasquale stood on his head for St. John’s with 45 saves.

    Some quick observations from the game:

    – Gallagher is going to be good. He has great vision, and works his butt off. His size didn’t seem to affect him.

    – Tinordi: Didn’t see much of him to be honest.

    – Palushaj and Bournival looked good.

    – Beaulieu made some bad decisions. They really stood out to me for some reason. A few times he opted to take a shot from a bad angle when another guy was wide open, as well as a couple poor defensive decisions. He does however seem to have a great shot.

    – Hagel fought Machacek about 6 feet in front of me. Hagel instigated the fight, got the take down, but for about 30 seconds his head was similar to a speed bag. It was nuts.

    – Mayer was pretty weak, allowing 3 goals on 19 shots.
    Newfoundland’s biggest Habs fan. Hands down.

    • twilighthours says:

      It’s funny, because for all I’ve seen of Tinordi and Bealieu (admittedly, not much), Tinordi looks more polished and NHL-ready than Beaulieu. Nathan looks like a real project sometimes.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        Beaulieu is struggling a bit with the change but give him time. This kid is a good hockey player. Tinordi is still making some mistakes as well but they are both logging big minutes and it is a decent jump from Junior. They will both be NHL’ers in my opinion with Tinordi making the jump first.

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  18. Mike D says:

    Just a heads up about the Commodore signing…..

    This would be an AHL contract only. Since the NHL is locked out, no players can be signed. Even if the season started he would not be available for a call-up.

    That, and the fact it’s a tryout contract anyway.

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  19. frontenac1 says:

    I know this is our friends day down south to give thanks but boy am I feeling thankful.Blake getting better, smart no risk signing of Como ,cold beer with the Lads and Football! Hola and Cheers Amigos!

  20. bwoar says:

    Remember when Markov was injured, and we lined up


    as our top 2 D pairs? Hall Gill?

    I just did remember it. Shudder.

    Like I said in the last thread, Commodore’s a good guy but a #7 at this point. I’d rather see him as a mentor in Hamilton than a spare part in Montreal.

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Happy for Blake G., when he says home for Thanksgiving, does he still live in Nashville?

  22. Cal says:

    Commodore is a good signing. There’s a chance he helps the Habs this season (if there is one) as well.

    Now with Party Hats!

  23. shiram says:

    And a win yesterday for the Bulldogs, Leblanc returned to the ice also.l

  24. commandant says:

    I really like the Commodore signing. I said for a while that with 5 rookie defencemen (plus a guy playing his second season in Nash) the Bulldogs needed another vet back there to teach the kids. St. Denis alone wasn’t enough.

    I wanted Stafford or Henry signed in the summer but that didn’t happen.

    Glad to see Bergevin bring in Commodore who is a smart veteran and can serve the role of mentor that Gill served for the big club the last two years.

    Go Habs Go!
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