Habs ‘a dream come true’ for Halpern

Canadiens newcomer Jeff Halpern took a long, interesting road to the NHL. Now he’s arrived in Montreal, saying the Habs are a dream come true. Read more in this NHLPA profile.


  1. yves_on_habs says:

    You never know… the guy you shall not name might prove you wrong about not being able to handle the pressure or being booed.

    Time will tell.

    – Yves –

    Blog – http://yvesonhabs.com

    Twitter – http://twitter.com/yves_on_habs

  2. RetroMikey says:

    If I were booed, so be it, I am a professional athlete and would cope with it. 

    Now If I screwed up, I would know that I would have to perform better.

    I never mentioned Price, but as a whole it is so tough being a Montreal Canadiens player with all the booing as well.

    But that is the price you pay earning the big bucks as a pro athlete and knowing we, as fans are paying the big bucks to pay for their salaries.



    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  3. matraque says:

    Price – AK, x and y to equal 10mill for Luongo.

    Price is fed up… let’s move on.


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  4. avatar_58 says:

    No matter how proud you are if you are booed what can you do? Say “haha THOSE fans…shucks” and pretend it doesn’t bother you?

    Why does everyone assume Price doesn’t want to play here? Would you if you were booed every time you screwed up?

  5. RetroMikey says:

    “It’s a dream come true (playing in Montreal). To play in a city where
    everyone always talks hockey, it’s tremendous. To put on that jersey was
    an amazing feeling.” – Montreal Canadiens centre, Jeff Halpern

    As I have stated all along, if you can’t handle the pressure to play in Montreal or be booed by our passionate fans for some players on our roster, which I shall not name, then……………..walk outta here!

    There are many, many players who would be proud to play in this great city and be proud wearing the CH jersey.





    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    How long do the Habs wait before putting in a call to Theo’s agent?

  7. showey47 says:

    Am i the only one that see’s the irony of you wanting to run someone out of town and the jersey in your avatar?  You want to trade him for luongo who is scheduled to make 10 million this year and had a 0.001 better save percentage last year despite having a much better team in front of him? Yeah,that 12 year contract looks great. Price was second overall on the team in star voting for the season. That means on most nights he was better then the team in front of him. The canucks were second to the caps in goals per game scored,there’s you difference. Put down the bong and go to bed.


  8. CBrady12 says:

    Oh I agree, Montreal fans are by no means the most knowledgable…most passionate, yes…but not most knowledgable

  9. Yeats says:

    You are spot on! It’s pretty clear that more than half the people posting here have never, ever suited up at a level beyond bantam. And, that might be stretching it! Montreal fans may at one time have been the most knowledgeable, but I’d probably cast my vote for those in Minnesota. I’m in NYC so you can’t accuse me of bias.

  10. CBrady12 says:

    I agree, you can SO tell by the posts those who have actually played the game and those who havnt 

  11. Bozo McBozo says:

    Guy, last night was the equivalent of high-paid pickup hockey. Don’t go mental over it. I’ve been involved in 90 minute skates where five-goal leads change hands several times. It’s not where you begin in the house league that is the new NHL, but where you finish. I wonder these days how many people actually play hockey in Quebec anymore. Why? Because the alleged knowledge of the game has gone to hell since I was a kid!

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Slovak, we know you were only here because of Halak, go find a St. Louis blues fansite to hang around on.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    year and a half, unless you think his record up to the All-Star was bad.

    Luongo’s not proven he can win in the playoffs either, never gone beyond 2nd round and looked pretty ugly in his last 2nd round exits, plus his contract is a cap nightmare. Price isn’t culturally lost in MTL either, that’s just odd speculation, how many Western Canadian farmboys go to places like Anaheim or San Jose and get along just fine? Brodeur got outdueled by Martin Biron tonight. Goalies have bad games, it’s a law of nature.

    Price’s numbers weren’t indicative of many losses where the team simply failed to score. At the rate the Habs scored in front of Price last season, they would have finished with less than 190 GF last season, which would have meant 30th overall in the NHL and the 1st overall pick.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  14. LA Loyalist says:

    well done. a medium like that is rare.

  15. LA Loyalist says:

    that was funny, thanks for cheering me up a little.

  16. LA Loyalist says:

    He’s been terrible for TWO YEARS. Do the friggin math. How long do we wait?

    Trade him for Luongo and a bag of pucks if he’s so great. Luongo might at least want to play here. 

    The guy who posted that he’s culturally lost in Mtl might be right. Maybe in Calgary or Nashville he’d be fantastic I don’t know. 

    All I know is that here as a Hab he sucks wind. That’s fact! How can you argue with the numbers, they’re terrible.

    I can’t believe the arguments you guys come up with, oh it’s pre-season, oh he’s young, oh the defence sucks… 

    What is this? Grade 6? I’m sorry to rant, but if Prices messes the crease like that in the reg we are SCREWED because our genius leaders have no back up plan.







  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    MPS dropped his name to Paajarvi for the NHL.

    Ekman-Larsson isn’t that bad, Langenbrunner in NJ is the same length.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  18. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Haha, imagine if Magnus had his entire name on the jersey! It would go around the entire jersey to the front and back. HAHAH!


    *Just a silly joke, had no intention of disrespecting or offending Magnus or anyone else here!

  19. LA Loyalist says:

    “Hey Lucy! You got some ‘splainin’ to do!” Nice one.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  20. LA Loyalist says:

    players should be restricted to names that fit on a jersey. I mean really.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  21. showey47 says:

    The guy sounds like a real winner. I think louis should come back with the rest of the 50 guys who are still at camp and spend an evening (like from supper till closing time) booing this guy and telling him how bad he sucks at his job.

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Surprised Brett Connolly is still at TB camp, with his basically missing his last season of junior, he should be back with his junior club trying to make up lost time and get himself on the 2011 WJ squad.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  23. Bozo McBozo says:

    Having watched the Leafs last two games, I would not take them lightly in the season opener. My bet is that they are good enough to make the playoffs. The Habs need to pay special attention to that cheap-shotter Colby Armstrong. They need to know where that opportunistic little pr!ck is every shift he takes.

  24. showey47 says:

    I think gaborik was involved in the highest percentage of his team goals then any player in the league last year.

  25. oshawahabsfan says:

    Annnnnnnnd Ray Ferraro comments on the booing fans, just couldn’t resist could ya Ray!?

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Paajarvi just whipped Dan Ellis in pre-season, let’s not go overboard yet but I think he just vaulted himself in the Calder Trophy race a bit.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  27. habs4ever2894 says:

    Me too, now who would you rather have Gaborik or Pajaarvi Svenson?

  28. oshawahabsfan says:

    As Benoit would say aye yaye! My manager gave me quite the look when I handed him a void cheque for payroll that had a big CH in the middle of it. I really want the boys to whip the Leafs on opening night so can have some bragging rights at work

  29. Bryan says:

    Oliver Ekman Larsson is on Phoenix.

    But yeah, he’s going to be special.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    Komi got beat up again at the end of the Ottawa game. Took three punches to the head and hugged his opponent for dear life.

  31. oshawahabsfan says:

    Taylor Hall just charged the net and went through the goalie

  32. montreal1 says:

    and he also called tony on the team 990 this morning tearing into carey price by the name of Joe from the west island, boy oh boy was it tough day at work today

  33. oshawahabsfan says:

    Wow that guy really ruined it for you eh. My roomate last year in Toronto was a huge Habs fan as well, and met Luke Schenn at a bar one night, but he didn’t ask him any dumb questions like that. He simply shot the shat with him about hockey and women haha.

  34. Harani says:

    Magnus Paajarvi Svensson kid is darn good! Same thing with Oliver Oscar Emmanuel Ekman-Larsson (Florida)…Smooth skaters and amazing talent and gotta give em’ marks for those names…beyond cool!! 

    “It must be love!”

  35. montreal1 says:

    Being that close to the arena is always helpful! One of the waiters i work with is pretty much one of the biggest habs haters, so anyways louis was all finshed his meal and he come up towards the bar/cash area to pay his bill, and my buddy was taking care of the cash and he says to louis, “Can i ask you something? and louis looks up politely and he asks straight faced, The boys in the locker room couldnt have been really happy tradeing away their playoff MVP this off season” and he continues his rant about how Price stunk it up last night and yada yada yada, i was never so embarrassed in my life, what is this poor kid supposed to say? so he replys politely “well carey is a great tender, it was just one game and it was in the preseason” and he just smiled and left with his ladie friend, and i am standing at the cash with him and i just turned to my buddy with the biggest look of disapointment. He’ll never be back there, and its not the first hockey player to come in, but might be the last, what a moron

  36. oshawahabsfan says:

    Haha you know it! Could cause him to jump and take out a display however so I’ll have to pick my spot

  37. oshawahabsfan says:

    Agreed, offensively they’re pretty much a draw, but Gaborik knows what to do more on both sides of the red line

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    If Komisarek comes in, make sure to yell out “Hey, it’s Milan Lucic!” and point behind him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  39. oshawahabsfan says:

    That’s cool. I just got a job today in one of the new stores next to the Air Canada Centre, so I’ll likely see the enemy if I get any run-ins with NHL players, however here’s hoping I can spot one of the boys when they’re in Toronto

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d take Gaborik, he has ridiculous speed and plays better defensively than Kovalchuk.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  41. Bob Dobbs says:

    “Price was terrible last game, that is the way it is, only morons go bla bla bla about it, let’s wait and see…”

    So, clearly then Mr. Slovak you’re saying that because Price was terrible last game then therefore he’ll also be terrible for every other game to come. Unfortunately that doesn’t make much sense.

  42. habs4ever2894 says:

    Who would you rather have Marian Gaborik (no injuries ) or Ilya Kovalchuk?

  43. montreal1 says:

    a little off topic but louis leblanc was at my work tonight grabbing dinner with a ladie friend, super nice kid, with a funny encounter

  44. oshawahabsfan says:

    I’d say, he’s had a damn impressive debut. Hall’s looked good as well, hit the post earlier, being used on PK duty as well

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    EDM did well snapping him up at 10th overall.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  46. oshawahabsfan says:

    Paajarvi scores again, kid’s on fire tonight

  47. oshawahabsfan says:

    Oh, Gord Miller interviewing Stevie Y, everyone take out your GM notepads!

  48. oshawahabsfan says:

    No kidding! Look at the uproar over the Cedric trade

  49. HardHabits says:

    Good analysis. It’s worth looking into.

  50. Habscore says:



  51. HardHabits says:

    The #2 in Montreal has more attention paid to him then the #1 in any other hockey market. The AHL minders even!!!

  52. oshawahabsfan says:

    Could be something to that theory. I agree it’s something that they need to work on as a team, Carey has great puck handling skills, likely the best of any young goalie. If it’s honed properly he’ll be in the same league as the two Marty’s. The team should be prepared for break out passes from him, especially in the attempt to catch the other team on line changes, I can remember Roy doing that quite a few times

  53. 100HABS says:

    I have a theory. It was formed last year and yesterday’s “game” brought it back to mind.

    It’s about the idea that the team played better in front of Halak than Price. Yesterday, they played better in front of Sanford than Price. Clearly. WHY?

    My theory: Price is an excellent puck-handler, but he tries to do too much. He does things no one on his own team expects and throws them off-balance. No one is ever really sure what he’s going to do, they’re all just looking at him and around and when he sends it to some guy who’s half-covered and not expecting it, it turns over.

    Halak was not as good a puck-handler, but he always made the simple, standard, easy play. The guys knew what to expect and were ready to go on the attack.

    My solution: Management has to reel Price in. Tell him to stick with 4 or 5 standard plays that they practice and all know. In a few months, Carey will be making tape-to-tape passes and everybody will be on the same page. No more getting a surprise puck with the whole team off-balance.

    If you’re not convinced, check out the players’ reactions whenever Carey’s handling the puck in his next game.


  54. oshawahabsfan says:

    Nice pass from Paajarvi to the point on the powerplay, now he’s got an assist to go along with the goal. Hall’s come close twice I think he’ll get one this game

  55. oshawahabsfan says:

    Wow, Magnus Paajarvi just dangled the Lightning, he totally fanned on the wrist shot, which worked out and slid under the goalie’s pad. Nice effort from the rookie

  56. Bozo McBozo says:

    He needs a pair of Al Arbour glasses!

  57. JSP1990 says:

    Should you be on the Blues boards? Or watching Jaro best of’s? He wasn’t good either bud, but I’ll bet you pulled any excuse for him outta your ass for him eh? Lemme guess. He was tired from “carrying the team on his back’? Yeah that’s it! Whatever dude.

  58. Bozo McBozo says:

    He’ll fit right in with the ‘pack. He’s a howler!!!

  59. Bozo McBozo says:

    Nobody is discussing Price on this thread or didn’t you notice? Take your chum to another thread and see if anyone bites!

  60. oshawahabsfan says:

    And Hall rings one off the post

  61. Slovak says:

    What to hell is wrong with you people, is there any strange poison air in Montreal? Price was terrible last game, that is the way it is, only morons go bla bla bla about it, let’s wait and see… that is all. Price should examine his head for sure, otherwise he is done in Montreal, you can go and say he will be fine, no he will not be fine if he does not find a way how to focus on the game itself, yes it is hard, but he should be prepared on this. Last time he showed nothing and nothing is what he showed. Call it whatever you want. Result is still the same.

    Halak will play better. we all saw this before, what you saw about Price? I tell you what – nothing – just words and words and words that is all. 

    But on the other hand the kid deserves to have some time. Give Price a full season. Suicide? I don’t know, do you?

  62. oshawahabsfan says:

    Taylor Hall playing with Gagne and Hemsky, should be an interesting combo to watch this evening

  63. JSP1990 says:

    Michael Del Zotto is one of my favorite players.

  64. Yeats says:

    I would not be surprised to see him sent down to the Wolfpack.

  65. Yeats says:

    This kid Hanson ain’t half bad. If only he had two brothers.

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    With Wade Redden making more than all of them, LOL.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  67. Yeats says:

    A friend of mine who consulted a medium told me that she said the Leafs would not win another Cup until they go back to being the Toronto St. Pats.

  68. Yeats says:

    Rags are going to have a decent young defense worth watching this year.

  69. Yeats says:

    The rumor is that if the Leafs win in London tonight they will apply to join the OHL.

  70. showey47 says:

    Mcdonaugh looking decent out there.

  71. Ian Cobb says:

    Is Toronto trying to run the flyers through the boards like they tried to do against Ottawa last night.??

  72. JSP1990 says:

    Oops is right. Maybe even an understatement…

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    Martin Brodeur being outdueled by Martin Biron right now in NYR-NJD, oops.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  74. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s great to have a lot of character guys like Halpern in the room as the team adds rookies.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  75. Yeats says:

    Just got in and NHL Net is picking up the Leafs TV feed against the Flyers. Two periods of truculence surely lie ahead. Woo, woo!!!

  76. showey47 says:

    watching rags/devils on center ice and have team suckulence online

  77. Habstilidie says:

    It’s always a pleasure when a player realizes just where he is!  It’s an honor to play for Les Boys!

  78. Ian Cobb says:

    nice read about Halpern, looks like the kind of guy we need around here. And I can spell his name.!

  79. Keith says:

    You’re right Ian,

    He sounds like a real character guy like the one we let go in Metro, plus he wears the same number.

  80. Ian Cobb says:

    Looks like we get the Edmonton Tampa game on TSN at 9pm.

  81. Yeats says:

    They’re not picking up Team Truculence where you live?

  82. Habstilidie says:

    At this point, any hockey will do!

  83. Puck Bard says:

    Watching Leafs / Philly down here Ian.

  84. JSP1990 says:

    Lucky you Ian! I get Philly-Taranna. Damn living in Virginia……

  85. otter649 says:

    “Chill Out” (as per Price) will become a Habs Marketing Slogan via Tee Shirts and or Towels in the near future………..lol

  86. Dave Stubbs says:

    Good thing, then, that Carey didn’t tell fans, “Go eff yourselves”

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  87. LA Loyalist says:

    I was kind of expecting an apology. I guess I shouldn’t hold my breath.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  88. Yeats says:

    Team Truculence is on the board!

  89. Puck Bard says:

    Amazing optimism from the Leaf commentators: Every puck possession is a scoring opportunity. 

  90. Yeats says:

    Every day brings them that much closer to the golden anniversary celebration of the ’67 Cup in 2017!

  91. JSP1990 says:

    Lord the Leafs commentators are terrible!

  92. Ian Cobb says:

    O ya that’s right, he was wearing 15. I liked Metro and he is lighting things up in Switzerland big time.

  93. Ian Cobb says:

    Have not seen you here in a little while Keith. Hows Fredericton treating you.? did you get any residue from Igor.

  94. Yeats says:

    Shenn is the only guy who could have an opposing player’s jersey completely over his head and lose a fight.

  95. JSP1990 says:

    Really? Comcast only has the MLB channels on and no center ice yet.

  96. showey47 says:

    Tom Kostopulous would be a candidate was well. He was a guy i felt sorry for. Getting his ass handed to him night after night standing up for his team mates doing the one job BGL was brought in to do. I have no clue how bgl can even look at himself in the mirror. Especially this summer how he all of a sudden decided to retire after being bought out.

  97. showey47 says:

    I got bell expressvu,don’t know if that makes a difference.

  98. Yeats says:

    If Nilan was on the same team as BGL, he would have gone at him every day at practice and exposed him for the fraud he was.

  99. JSP1990 says:

    Ahhhh. I see. Living in the US blows. :/

  100. Exit716 says:

    Laraque is a media whore.

  101. Bozo McBozo says:

    Fifty US says that if you tell that moron that fruit and veggies feel pain when picked and he will swear off them as well. Let’s see that knucklehead live on nothing bu bread and water!

  102. Danno says:

    Why does this still exist?


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

  103. Bozo McBozo says:

    Isn’t there a concept in science known as the conservation of crap, i.e. crap can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be altered.

  104. Yeats says:

    Bell Center fans should be given the green light to slug anyone in the arena who boos the Habs during a preseason game. Even if they get charged with assault, I can’t see and jury of competent people in Montreal convicting them.

  105. Da Hema says:

    I think “Bite Me” would make a fine slogan.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  106. HardHabits says:

    Where would you get that idea?

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