Gomez returns, Cammy game-time, AK46 out, Budaj in goal

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Peter Budaj gets the call to play against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
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AUDIO: Predators coach Barry Trotz | Predators’ Sergei Kostitsyn | Predators’ Francis Bouillon

The headline tells you all you need to know about the Canadiens as they prepare for the Nashville Predators Saturday in Music City.

Gomez, who’s missed nine games with an upper-body injury, is expected to start as a fourth-line winger, though how long he remains there is uncertain.

Michael Cammalleri, nursing a bum leg as the result of an Edmonton Oiler’s knee in the first period of Tuesday’s game, will be a game-time decision, having sat out Thursday’s victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix.

Andrei Kostitsyn remains out with an unspecified lower-body injury. Yannick Weber will return to action on defence, sending Alexei Emelin back to the press box, and Peter Budaj will make his second start in goal to wrap up a three-game Habs week.

Lines for the Habs in Phoenix before the team chartered to Nashville: Moen-Plekanec-Gionta; Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty; Darche-Eller-Palushaj; Gomez-Nokelainen-Blunden.

144 Comments

  1. The HonestFan says:

    They need muscle everywhere

  2. dhenry1234 says:

    Gomez on the 4th line wing.
    I’m going to lmao if people start saying he should be moved up to a top line.
    I’m also going to lmao when people get upset because JM moves him to a top line at somepoint during the game.

  3. Aaron13 says:

    Great, Weber back in the lineup instead of a solid Emelin. I guess Weber will be on the PP with Plecs. Martin will never get it. Why isn’t Price playing?

  4. ProHabs says:

    Wow, former Expo Charlie Lea passed away. Always thought he was a good pitcher.

  5. slychard says:

    Normally I keep an even keel on things. MARK C is the lamest poster i’ve resd on this site EVER!

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  6. habsfancali says:

    Get me Shea Weber, please.

  7. --Habs-- says:

    Said this 2 years ago! Habs should have picked up Kevin Dineen as a coach. He played with an edge, energy and his AHL teams were successful. Now Florida with with a bunch of luggage coached by Dineen is in the middle of doing the unexpected.

    • smiler2729 says:

      And he’s bilingual

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  8. well, i don’t know if i want to spend the dough to venture into Vancouver to a favorite bar to view saturday’s game with all these “changes” being heard from the coach’s corner. It really smells fishy…Budaj in goal is scary…he ain’t confident in there. Gomez returning…JM will have him on the PP and the 2nd and 3rrd line and 17 mins of playing time before the game is done you just wait. We don’t need him in my estimation. Gomer’s work ethic isn’t there and he seems to run on reputation – his rushes are ineffective, as he holds on the puck far too long. With Emelin in the press box, the coach choosing to put a mobile but passive defense on the Nashville ice – only hurts the team. Makes them look weak and on their heels in their own end. No, I was looking forward to putting on my ‘pocket rocket’ jersey and brave it in downtown Canuck land…dump some dough and watch the Canadiens add to their recent winning ways…Alas, Me think now to be better off viewing the game from my rustic abode, my head under a pillow, as we could make such a much better starting lineup with what we have available. When will old veterans rather earn their way back to the starting rotation….it shouldn’t be just a given. My heart wants another win, my head tells me that it will be a close defeat.

  9. Marc10 says:

    I wonder how Emelin would do as a winger. Keep Weber back and put Yemmy on the 4th line with Gomer and Blunden. And if he’s needed, you slot him back.

    • HabCez says:

      Emelin would actually be a better choice as 4th liner then Weber.. since Weber doesn’t really hit and I don’t see Weber as an ‘energy’ guy..
      and i like to see Emelin playing even if it means less playing time..

      not a fan of Gomez on the 4th line giving/dropping back passes to wingers that probably expecting simpler plays..
      rather have Noke there or DD playing the wing..

      i think Gomez will be a better fit between Cole and Pac
      perhaps rotate DD and Gomez..

  10. durocher says:

    Emelin has 22 hits, Weber has 7, Diaz 8. But hey, who needs defensemen to hit in the NHL?

    • Mark C says:

      Only if the NHL scored games based on hits and not goals you might have a point. But, hey, who needs goals when you can have hits?

      • slychard says:

        So lame you are Mark. SO F’N lame! So out of touch. HITS you A man…HITS! When I played my coaches, of all creed and level, taught me to play rough. HIT you inbred, HIT! That’s all I did. Was pretty good at it if I say so myself. Had I been taller who knows. Point is, you have no clue about playing hockey. Hit like Emelin, especially in the D position. I love the guy. Don’t sit him. Martin you jerk

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        • Forum Dog says:

          Yep. True. Habs D right now is:

          Gorges – Subban
          Gill – Weber
          Diaz – Spacek

          Other than Gill, all 6′ or under. All hover around 200 lbs or less. Subban is aggressive, and Gorges and Spacek are generally dependable, but there is absolutely no need for both Weber and Diaz to be in the lineup. If Martin is dead-set on giving Subban’s powerplay time to Weber, than Diaz should come out and Emelin should go in. Habs need more muscle in their own zone, especially along the boards and IN FRONT OF THE NET. Price is getting run way too much. Plus its pretty obvious Emelin has the mobility, size, strength and puck skills to be an NHL d-man. All he needs is experience, so give him 3rd pairing minutes and let him learn.

      • CHimbote says:

        Weber and Diaz : not many hits, not many goals, Wowww we need them so much.

        Go Habs Go

        • Mark C says:

          Weber has 2 goals and 5 points and Diaz has 1 goal and 3 points. Way more meaningful than a few hits here and there. I have no problem with playing Emelin over Diaz, but basing that rational on hits is asinine.

          • slychard says:

            Far from the point Mark. Emelin is a special type of rookie. He played pro for many years in the KHL, Last season there he SCORED goals. Now. Habs drafted him years ago and tried to lure him here. Only chance is a one way contract. NHL or bust. Can you blame him? No. I don’t. He is far from being a player that should be benched. No. He is a future star. Get over it Martin.

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          • Bob_Sacamano says:

            That´s bs. We have the softest D in the league and teams can skate into Price and do whatever they want without fearing anyone, Subban aside. We desperately need a player like Emelin and we also need another physical dman. Btw: Had Emelin played on the PP like Weber and Diaz and gotten some serious icetime he would also have a couple of points by now..

    • Tony McLean says:

      Why else would they have traded O’Byrne and Bouillon?

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    • Habs rule says:

      Exactly whats missing! Think Darius Kasparaitis type impact.

  11. durocher says:

    Diaz was outmuscled twice on the Torres goal, lost body position against him, and yet Emelin is sent to the press box?!? This is proof that the small D can compromise our situation and lead to goals against. Diaz is -3 overall (at least golden child Weber is +1).

    Emelin is much more valuable to the small D-corps than Diaz. Since the love affair with Weber is beyond dispute, it seems that the choice is between Emelin and Diaz. I’d play Emelin.

    • Mark C says:

      Emelin is -2, so what’s your point?

    • Habs rule says:

      Emelin 2010-11 Kazan Ak-Bars KHL 52 11 15 26 117 16
      Diaz 2010-11 Zug Swiss-A 45 12 27 39 26 14

      The KHL is a much stonger league then the Swiss A League. Give Emelin the ice time to get used to the NHL , especially once Markov gets back and this guy will be a big asset!

      Problem is coaching , let Subban wheel and Emelin bang. We signed these guys for what they can do , then turn around and change their game.

      Once all D are back> Move Webber , Rotate Emelin , Campoli and Specek, Give Diaz the rest of the year in Hamilton.

      Come playoffs , the good Lord permitting,
      Markov
      Subban
      Georges
      Gill
      Spacek
      Campoli
      Emelin

      Thats a pretty good D corp

      Just my 2 cents

  12. Jacques Martin says:

    We should get Rick Nash.The Jackets need a shake-up as do the habs.Let’s face it,when you really think about the club,you really see the glaring lack for a top tier bonafide superstar.Like a Rick Nash.

    But goats is too brainless to have this type of foresight or creativity to even contemplate such a deal.Why?Cuz he’s not the person to be running this franchise as g.m.Too bloody cautious and conservative.Just like our playing style.Mediocrity oozes out of this team.And this bothers me.I want an exciting team.Not this plain boring so-so team.I think that the gm and the coach eventuallly soon will be outta there.It is inevitable.Might as well bring in new fresh faces ,ideas,and philosophies now.This ship is slowly sinking with this management/coaching personnel.

    Honestly my habwarrior gut instinct tells me that we are gonna miss the playoffs this year.Hate saying it…but i bet deep down alotta ya feel the same way..that we are gonna miss the playoffs.
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    Dasharnais needs power skating lessons ….he falls alot …..when he loses puck he stops moving his feet and starts hooking whacking swinging his stick and he looks like he’s skating in mud.Seriously.WTF is up with that.He must fall once a shift.Soft on the puck he is alot too.

  13. Mick says:

    The Whirling Dervish Gambit. Do you think that could confuse JM?
    He might get a rumbly in his tumbly and drop his note pad.
    Perfect! Again.

  14. Everlasting1 says:

    Black Sabbath to reunite after 33 yrs and release a full studio album followed by a world tour.

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    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • Chuck says:

      That’s old news, and the worst-kept secret of the last 2 months.

      • smiler2729 says:

        yeah whatever, BUT it’s good news, so sorry it’s too late for your coolness

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      • Everlasting1 says:

        Made official today. You prob fell for that VH/David Lee Roth reunion.

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        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  15. JohnBellyful says:

    The Trap. The System. Kitty-Bar-The-Door.
    Numbing strategy may win games but boring hockey loses fans.
    It’s doubtful we’ll ever see firewagon hockey again in our lifetimes.
    But we could see the birth of something every bit as exciting … the Whirling Dervish Gambit.
    The concept is as simple as its execution: When the opposing team begins to move forward from deep in its end, four dervishes (three forwards and a defenceman) start circling at centre ice, gathering speed with each revolution, and widening the area they cover.
    At some point, the attacking forces will come into contact with the dervishes, not unlike entering a turbine, and be stripped of the puck. At least one trailing dervish will be at full speed as he collects the loose biscuit and be well on his way to the opponent’s net before the other side can react.
    Yes, in the end, this is a Trap, but a fast one and way more entertaining.
    It would also facilitate line changes. Like cars entering and exiting a roundabout, players would join or leave play on the fly, and it would do away with the guesswork, hunches, injuries and statistics that make line combinations so complicated.
    As for defence, well, there is that one guy stationed inside the defending team’s blueline. If it’s Gill, he could pivot on the spot 10 feet in front of his goalie, and with luck, bat away a pass or shot.
    Otherwise, the Whirling Dervishes will retreat to their own zone and split into two pairs, with one pair skating clockwise and the other counter-clockwise, in very tight circles, one inside the other, with the one true defenceman at its centre, to block shots and scoop up rebounds.
    Visually, this would be delightful to watch – like adding Ice Capades and doubling the entertainment value of a ticket. Don Cherry would approve.
    Defensively, it would be … certain to confuse the opposition.
    This is a gambit still in development but Mr. Molson sounded intrigued when I presented him a copy during his morning constitutional.

  16. sag says:

    I believe some here are talking about Emelin the myth, not Emelin the out of position rookie. No denying that will become a bigger, better, dirtier Frankie the Bull. Posters write of the nasty, crease clearing Dman that has been forever advertised. Problem is that when he has played, he lays out a few good hits that we all cheer, but he chases unlike a pro and is getting burned. JM isn’t an idiot despite the rumour. Emelin’s positioning is not that of an NHL defenseman without a Markov type partner to hide the warts. He needed to go to Hamilton until Markov was back to pull a Komisarek.
    Our extensive wounded are trickling back – except White unfortunately. Time to make a deal or keep the depth?

    • Mick says:

      Emelin has potential and it is true he is a little raw like Subban is. I think most on this blog would agree that we are just tired of this odd coaching style that just continues to eat at you until you just can’t stand it anymore and you get up from your chair and just shut the TV off and go to bed because if you don’t your screaming will wake the kids and your better half up.
      I won’t defend JM the big ………… anymore. He just sucks.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      I agree – the only problem is how to ensure he gets better.

  17. The Dude says:

    And that’s what makes Barry Trotz the best coach in hockey….you can give him any player and he’ll make it work.The players TRUST this man and will overachieve for him again and again and with pride and pleasure. Just listen to this man talk and then listen to Chocula,it’s DAY vs NIGHT and that’s the kind of coach the Habs need! You can take a Barry Trotz “who’s played in the NHL” and give him a sh!t scouting dept,a headcase G.M. and a broke-ass owner and he’ll not only promote the game and plant it’s roots in a place where it’s never been played but he’ll turn it into a winner and a legit NHL Thoroughbred! OH WHAT HE COULD DO IN MONTREAL!!!! Oh yeah,one more thing you heard it right when you heard that players DON’T TRUST MARTIN and if you don’t trust a man the relationship is kaput!

  18. JohnBellyful says:

    I wonder if Moen is getting a bit carried away with his scoring prowess this season. Or maybe his agent’s getting a bit greedy and hoping to score more dollars for his client. Anyways, he’s signing his name now this way: Travis Moen™

  19. vince8_31 says:

    Budaj to start?
    Oh, I forgot the habs are 15-0 and can afford to lose a game.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Because Carey can play 80 games this year no problem right? His 73 starts did him and the team real well last year. And let me make it real clear……..He’s not the reason the team is where they are in the standings right now. But for the sake of change, to get something going/rolling, give Budaj a shot! He does have number 1 tender experience in his resume!

      Shaker

      • vince8_31 says:

        Let ME make it real clear Jimmy. This is Carey Price’s team. Carey Price is the back bone of this team, and if he doesn’t play in these high pressure situations the habs don’t win. The preds are no push overs and the habs can’t afford to keep falling behind.
        Also, its not about giving budaj a shot because of his ”number one tender experience.” What is this AAA minor hockey? Everyone has to play? Is budajs mom going to yell at martin cause he’s not play? He knew when he signed this contract he was a back up to Carey. He knows his role.
        Don’t get me wrong, i want to see them win tomorrow, but if they don’t; they keep falling further behind.
        i don’t know about you, but i wanna see some habs playoff hockey in april. it aint about fair, its about doing whats right for the team right now.
        that is all,
        goodnight.

        • jimmy shaker says:

          Yes, we all know this is carey’s team and will be for sometime……but the fact of the matter is that carey cannot play all the time. Budaj was brought in as an upgrade to Auld, so JM and the team could feel more comfortable with Budaj giving Price a breather more often than Auld did. And like it or not Price at the end of the day is not getting the W’s as often as the team needs. And again, I’m not blaming him for any of the losse’s or the funk the team has seemed to be stuck in for a month now. Sometimes the coach just needs to change it up a bit to see if the team can change their momentum. Yes, BUDaj was brought in as a backup and I’m sure he understood the situation, but for a back up tender to have projected 6 or fewer starts in the year is a little bit ridiculous to me. And lastly. I too would love to see the habs in the playoffs, but if it means carey having to play 70+ games again to get the team into the dance only to be knocked out very quickly, I’d rather they don’t even make the dance, finish low, suck it up, draft high and start again next year. Playoffs is fine and cute maybe for you, but I want a cup, period!

          SHAker

          • Tony McLean says:

            It’s Price’s team. In the regular season.

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          • vince8_31 says:

            Yes, all valid points. The boys can’t go through the year going with who’s playing hot and sit who’s not. There needs to be confidence in the players and with that comes consistency. I don’t want another halak/price saga again this year. And of course I want them to win a cup but, with the team/coaching/management they have, it’ll never ever happen. Now the francophone fans might get upset with me here but, theres gonna have to come a time where the organization needs to sit down and say whats more important, winning? or language?
            I can think of many other GMs and head coaches suitable for the job but can’t qualify because they don’t speak french. Thats with interperaters are for. There needs to be a big change up in the canadiens organization and those changes include the GM/head coach position.
            Bring someone in thats perfect for the job, french or not.
            If not, the french media/fans and who ever else thinks they need to speak french to qualify is more serious than winning can go down with pride and be the soul reason with the canadiens never amount to anything again.
            Price is the man. The Canadiens need a huge overhaul from GM to coaching to the players. French or not, bring the best for the job.

  20. NCRhabsfan says:

    Sitting Yemelin is just flat-out stupid. Stupid coach, stupid decisions, stupid system.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Not a fan of consistency?

    • vince8_31 says:

      All valid points. The boys can’t go through the year going with who’s playing hot and sit who’s not. There needs to be confidence in the players and with that comes consistency. I don’t want another halak/price saga again this year. And of course I want them to win a cup but, with the team/coaching/management they have, it’ll never ever happen. Now the francophone fans might get upset with me here but, theres gonna have to come a time where the organization needs to sit down and say whats more important, winning? or language?
      I can think of many other GMs and head coaches suitable for the job but can’t qualify because they don’t speak french. Thats with interperaters are for. There needs to be a big change up in the canadiens organization and those changes include the GM/head coach position.
      Bring someone in thats perfect for the job, french or not.
      If not, the french media/fans and who ever else thinks they need to speak french to qualify is more serious than winning can go down with pride and be the soul reason with the canadiens never amount to anything again.
      Price is the man. The Canadiens need a huge overhaul from GM to coaching to the players. French or not, bring the best for the job.

  21. Neutral says:

    I’m not a Martin fan – but what choices does he have when he only has 6 forwards to really depend on – tomorrow night he may have to play without 2 of those guys. I wouldn’t want his job – 2 players go down and no one to replace them – there’s players in Hamilton that can be put in the lineup – but they don’t produce – sad situation in Habs-Land.

  22. HardHabits says:

    I’d rather see the Habs play four lines, not just three, whatever the combos. And I am less a fan of the System this season than I have ever been as I think this team is better suited for a forward skating fore-checking game. They turned the puck over and created more quality scoring chances when they played that system.

    • likehoy says:

      we had a few games where we forechecked hard and it was a lot of fun to watch creating those turnovers v.s. Philly and Boston.

      Injuries and penalty trouble has slowed us down
      hopefully we can get back to that.

      – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

      • HardHabits says:

        The injuries started coming after JM benched Blunden in favour of 3 lines. The penalty trouble was compounded IMO by JM’s lethargic response to the Blunden Incident™.

      • Tony McLean says:

        Maybe there is some indiscipline but the refereeing is sometimes bizarre and tilts the ice. Not saying conspiracy, it isn’t. Just incompetent and baffling at times. That doesn’t excuse the CH power play. Why not have Pleky up front and go with PK Weber and two of Gorges, Diaz and Spacek on the D?
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  23. JohnBellyful says:

    JB Insider exclusive! – You won’t spot JM writing in his notebook tomorrow night! He’s ditching it for one game so he can spend more time communicating with his players. Yep. That’s what they tell me. But expect to see a lot of him tapping a special badge on his blazer. It’s a universal communicator that’s been loaned to the Canadiens by the good folks at Star Trek Enterprises.
    The device will expand on JM’s terse comments so that there’s no confusion over the meaning of his instructions. Here’s how it works:

    JM: “Change ‘em up!”
    Device: “Blunden, chase their defenceman behind his net and then return to the bench. If you’re not back in five seconds, say hello to Price in the corner and keep him company.”

    JM: “Move the puck!”
    Device: “Pierre Karl, carry the puck from our end to their blueline and then dump it in. Transition is the key, don’t forget it: How quickly we can hand over possession of the puck, and how quickly we can then move into a defensive posture.”

    JM: “Tighten up!”
    Device: “Yemmi, your body checks are throwing off The System’s rhythm. You deviate once more and you’re riding pine into next Tuesday.”

    JM: “Well done!”
    Device: “Diz – no, not you, Dez – I really like what you’re doin’ in front of our net: perturbin’ the other team’s forwards. Sooner or later the ref is goin’ to call a penalty on one of your knockdowns. You don’t have a problem with being knocked down, do you?”

    JM: “Sweet!”
    Device: “Darchie, heads-up play! Loved the effort! Above and beyond! Not every player would have chipped the puck into the corner on a two-on-one when I yelled for a line change so Cammy, not Eller, could take the pass. Way to listen up!”

    P.S. Ian, do ya think JM would be willing to donate a few of his notebooks for the raffle next week. I’d bet they’d fetch a bundle – put an end to the mystery of what it is exactly that he writes in them.

    • HardHabits says:

      It’s important that JM communicates better since captain Kirk is gone and Scotty is beaming into the line-up.

    • slychard says:

      Swing and a miss John

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    • Danno says:

      I’m Captain Kirk

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

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      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Geez, he coulda handled the news a bit better after being told JM was DEFINITELY coming back for a third year.

        • slychard says:

          By the way Johnny, it’s nice to see your post (even though you did not hit the mark that time in my view) The last thread made me sad. You always make me laugh. God bless the soldiers of our country. God bless the good hearts of this site. THX dude.

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          • JohnBellyful says:

            Thanks, Sly. I know where you’re coming from. The other thread made for emotional reading, which is good in a sense, because it reminds us in the most heartfelt way how the sacrifices of many years ago continue to have meaning to this day.

          • slychard says:

            Yes, indeed, my distant uncle’s almost fingerless handshake and sight of his missing limbs when I was young was, to say the least, a slap in my face. A slap that made me dig into our past. Dieppe was a travesty to our Canadian countrymen. I know the written details, I know not the horror these men had to endure. But I felt it in my uncle’s handshake. Love the fact I was born and raised a Canuck. I miss my poutine here in the states. Anyhoo, keep up the good work Johnny, but don’t feel to post without a proper editor. LOL

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  24. Le Jadester says:

    Don’t know what paper it was in (La Press mabey) ?

    But the headline read:
    George Papandreou, Silvio Berlusconi……..Jacques Martin ??????

    I love It !
    Please fire his a$$

    Habs, OLE !

  25. LL says:

    The whole notion of “punishing” players is highly annoying to watch.

    All the other things – the notepad, the lack of emotion, etc. doesn’t make JM a bad or useless coach. I don’t know, I’ve played a lot of sports but never saw anyone benched unless they were playing horribly.

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see how the treatment Emelin or others before him got, can possibly improve a player’s performance.

    I believe PK, Price and others who received the “treatment” and survived, were already ruinproof because of their self confidence and immense talent. Hope Emelin survives the bench/pressbox.

  26. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I hate Jacques Martin like a sickness.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

    • slychard says:

      which is it? Martin or the bruins? I hope Emelin has a strong character and agent so he can ride this storm out.

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  27. Mick says:

    PG is to blame for letting Jm continue on this destructive path. Jm has no vision and is only concerned with keeping his job. The only reason this team has had some success is because of good goaltending and players on this team who may not be the Crosby”s of the league but have enough character, pride, and the will to win when it matters.
    The real test of this Gm is not with the player’s he has assembled but what to do with this lame out of touch coach.
    I really am fed up with watching his coaching style and hope this painful chapter ends soon.

    • swannyboy says:

      I Agree Mick

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      JM is concerned with padding his regular season win/loss record and sucking butt in the playoffs.

      “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I’m not a big JM fan , however 2 years ago losing in East Final, last year a first round loss yes, but 1 overtime goal from probably the Stanley Cup final. We seem to just get in (usually missing a good part of our team , due to injuries) the playoffs then play inspired hockey in the playoffs so he can’t be that bad. It’s to bad we’ve never had the tean at full strengh anytime in the last 2 years, then we can argue over JM’s coaching ability.

        Mr. Biter

        • Mick says:

          I guess I hate his coaching style and everything about his method with teaching players the game and his ………. and his …………………….. and ………….

          • Mr. Biter says:

            I agree it’s a boring style and why he does not want a Heavyweight around to protect the smaller skill players is beyond me as well as not realizing Cole does know how to play on the PP. Habs fans allways have crosses to bear.

            Mr. Biter

    • Timo says:

      Umm… what kind of success are we talking about here?

  28. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Have no fear Gomer is back.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  29. ProHabs says:

    Does anyone else find it odd that Jack Martin doesn’t mind dressing a player like Blunden and playing him for only 1 minute a game (like he has the last 2 or 3 games) yet he finds it is a waste of a roster spot to dress a crazy goon and play him only 4-5 minutes a game and at least have someone in the line up that can go on the ice and kick some a$$ if he has to. I don’t understand that.

  30. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I still say JM is showing extreme bias against Emelin. What the hell is the guy supposed to do? I feel much better with Emelin on defence than Martin’s puppet Diaz.
    Can’t wait for the axe to fall on JM’s head. Soon I pray.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

    • SmartDog says:

      I agree. Emelin has added something… sure he’s making some mistakes but he’s got to get used to the game here.

      Martin is giving him the Sergei Kostitsyn treatment. When Emelin grumbles he’ll be blamed Martin will still have his job, and we’ll be one more good prospect less.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  31. jimmy shaker says:

    When all the D is healthy there will be 3 guys sitting…..if I could read JM’s fuzzy little mind I think he goes with……

    PK/Gorges
    GIll/Spacek
    Campoli/Markov

    Leaving Emelin, Diaz and weber all in the presser.

    What’s your all’s take?

    Shaker

  32. HardHabits says:

    I predict tomorrow night we’re gonna see a whole lotta line jugglin’.

  33. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Diaz and Weber but no Emelin as expected. Meanwhile Eller has to play with Darche and Palushaj again. It´s just sad. A little bit more information about Kostitsyn´s injury would be nice.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Those lines will change about 5 or 6 times before the game is done, so don’t worry too much.

      Shaker

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        That´s true but Emelin still won´t play and Eller won´t necessarily get better wingers. Desharnais gets Pacioretty and Cole but Eller Darche and Palushaj? Seriously, that´s a joke.

        • habsrpast says:

          maybe if he ever scored, he would get better wingers.
          he needs to prove himself first.

          • Bob_Sacamano says:

            Desharnais has only one goal and three assistsmore. Desharnais has also played more games, he has more ice-time, he plays regularly on the PP and he has better wingers. Do you really think Eller wouldn´t also produce more in Desharnais´ spot?

          • olematelot says:

            Desharnais has 2 goals and 6 assists

        • jimmy shaker says:

          Hopefully JM can ice a full roster in the very near future….this is how I would stack it up

          Cammy/Pleks/Cole
          Patch/Eller/Gio
          AK46/Gomer/DD
          Darche/Noki/Moen

          SHAKER

          • Bob_Sacamano says:

            People splitting Eller and Kostitsyn really give me a headache, especially when they have him on a line with Gomez. That was a disaster last season. Switch Gionta and Kostitsyn and you have two decent top lines and a small but relatively talented third line. You also forgot White who should be in instead of Darche.

          • adamhabsalex says:

            Cammy/Pleks/Cole
            AK46/Eller/DD
            Patch/Gomer/Gio
            Darche/Noki/Moen

            that would give you three good lines without one being made up completely of small players and a good ‘energy” fourth line … importantly, roll all four lines!

            this is how I would stack it up … and yes, White in place of Darche

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    • habfanacrossthed says:

      I can see it now.
      Gomez starts on the 4th moves up to third line. Moving Eller to wing, Gomez center. He skates well, passes late. Doesn’t forecheck, and forgets about his guy in the defensive zone. JM is so happy he bumps little DD out of the center on the 2 line. DD plays on a 3rd line with Eller at center, and Pally. Darche is back on the 4th.
      Meanwhile back to Gomez, he is passing so late he somehow results into 2 goals for Cole, and a hat trick by Patches. Scott Gomez has 5, that’s right 5 assists. All is forgotten about trading him away, habs nation loves him.
      Wow what did I just write, damn game summary from NHL 12.

      GHOD – Go Habs Or Die

  34. showey47 says:

    I’d be sitting diaz and playing emelin. Not that i have anything against diaz but emelin brings something 2/3rds of our defence doesn’t. Someone who will throw a hard hit on the opposition in either the corners of when crossing the blueline with the puck.

    • JoeC says:

      2/3? PK maybe hits once a game, no one else does at all unless its an accident, even the monster Gill plays like a pansy and never hits.

    • HardHabits says:

      Playing Emelin was JM’s excuse to go back to 3 lines by necessity and hence needing to play the System and not the aggressive fore-check. Blunden is another convenient scapegoat and excuse. He drew that 5 on 3 that cost the Habs the game and he is going to get punished for it because nothing motivates a player more than sitting on the bench all game.

      Tomorrow night the excuse will be Gomez’ return. Watch as JM slowly moves Gomez up and bounces DD or Eller down. See how Blunden gets no more than 2 minutes ice time. Watch closely as Nokelainen gets spot duty as a winger with Eller. Should be fun.

      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        So … Go Habs, eh?

        • HardHabits says:

          I’d rather see the team play four lines, not just three, whatever the combos. And I am less a fan of the System this season than I have ever been and think this team is better suited for a forward skating fore-checking game. They turned the puck over and created more quality scoring chances when they played that system.

      • showey47 says:

        Blunden played between 6 and 10 minutes a game for his first 5 games. Throws a big hit,the habs get screwed on a bad call by not calling the instigator and has played about a grand total of 3 minutes over 3 games since.

  35. habs12 says:

    would have been a great goalie matchup if price was playing, but budaj needs to play..

  36. jimmy shaker says:

    Who’s this Peter Budaj guy, and when did the habs pick him up?

    Shaker


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