Audio: Price in nets vs Wild, Habs cancel practice on eve of game

brent-dog

Just because: former Canadiens defenceman Brent Sopel’s dog guards the Stanley Cup, which his master in  2011.
Courtesy Brent Sopel

• AUDIO: Randy Cunneyworth | Blake Geoffrion | Brad Staubitz

The Canadiens took their second of two official team photos today, traditionally shooting (figuratively speaking) the club that’s headed to the playoffs (hypothetically speaking) following the trade deadline.

A scheduled practice for early afternoon was cancelled. The media had the opportunity to speak with a few players who wandered into the dressing room.

Carey Price gets the start in goal vs. the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. For those fans who enjoy heading to Brossard for the traditional weekday game-morning skate, don’t bother. The Habs and Wild will skate at the Bell Centre downtown. There’s a possibility the Toronto Maple Leafs, visitors to the Bell Centre on Saturday, will skate in Montreal on Thursday, flying in after their Wednesday night game in Chicago. Almost certainly they’ll practice in Montreal on Friday, location to be determined.

(Thanks to Jess Rusnak of TSN 990 Radio for the Cunneyworth audio; rechargeable AA batteries aren’t all they’re cracked up to be…)

706 Comments

  1. H.Upmann says:

    If Halak and STL make the finals (or WCF), we’re never going to hear the end of that one on HIO.

    • HardHabits says:

      I hope Halak wins the Cup.

    • j2w4habs25 says:

      i know i was thinking the same thing when i wass just watching the late night higlights… I had to come and ask my last question lol

      Carey Price #31

    • naweed235 says:

      I really want Halak to win the cup this year! At this point here are my wishes:
      1) The Bruins plane crashes somewhere. (I am kidding I wish death on noone, but I’d like them to get eliminated in 4 games against the Jets or something)
      2) St-Louis to win the cup (At this point with all the ex-habs even Nashville would do)

  2. j2w4habs25 says:

    omg I was just thinking what if Halak takes his team to the stanley cup finals.. then do we all chase Carey out of town and start all over….

    Carey Price #31

  3. H.Upmann says:

    @Habs17: stay where you are and make sure you don’t hit 18!! No fun after that. Your chequing account is in for a ride past 18…… Then again, you can apply to the Scott Gomez Foundation for a generous grant from G-Love himself…..

  4. matt jordan says:

    Players I think the Canadiens should take healthy runs at in free agency this offseason:
    Parise
    David Jones
    Brandon Prust
    Matt Carle
    Barret Jackman
    Bryan Allen

    and to a lesser extent:
    Colaicovo
    Souray
    Grossman
    McClement
    Mcleod

    Basically N.A.G….. But there’s still players who can help the Canadiens re-tool. I don’t think Geoff Molson (or the fanbase) has the patience for a total rebuild. It also depends on how the future GM of the Canadiens can rid the Habs of dumb contracts.

    • HardHabits says:

      I have more patience for a rebuild than another 20 years of just making the play-offs.

      To be a champion a team needs to play like champions. That means finishing in the top 5 or at worst top 10 in the league. The Habs did that once since they last won a Cup.

      If they spend to the cap next season and hamper themselves with more ludicrous over-priced and past their best before date veterans the Habs will suck for another 20 years at least.

      One of my biggest concerns is that they give some kind of crazy contract to Carey Price that he doesn’t deserve and hasn’t earned.

      • matt jordan says:

        Oh, I like the idea of a total rebuild. Three years of top three picks, than spend to the cap and build around three STAR players, plus Price, Subaan, MacPac.

        But i think Molson would rather spend to the cap and make the playoffs every year, rather than watch his ticket prices fall while the team languishes in the basement.

        • HardHabits says:

          I tend to agree that we are looking at another two years tanking after this one. 2014-15 things should get better. Once Kaberle and Gomez are off the books. Add to that the question mark Markov and Gionta and the team is a world of hurt for the next two years.

          The real damage though is the clique running this team. My guess is Molson will do everything in his power to ensure the Habs have another middle of the pack team just capable of eking into the play-offs. That way they can continue with the once you make the play-offs anything can happen mantra.

  5. H.Upmann says:

    @habs17 you should record yourself saying that and then replay it to yourself in 20 years. What the Habs of the 70s achieved cannot be taken away. It’s part of history. Yeah the game has changed- so what? It’s about the competition and desire to win. And sadly, those qualities are lacking in your idol, G-Love

    • Lizardking89 says:

      BIG time. Gomez couldn’t hold Lafleur or any of the big 3′s jocks. That team had heart, skill and goaltending. All 3 aspects the 2012 Habs lack big time with the exception of Price. 4 cups in a row against some fierce completion back then. You can’t never take that legacy away from them. I don’t know what the hell your smoking Habs17 but pass it this way.

  6. habs17 says:

    so im watching game 7 of the 1979 series againts the bruins, with the famous penatly and don cherry saluting the crowd. and i must say as a young person (16) this has got to be the worst hockey ive ever watched. I mean i know it was a different era, but i think anyteam now a day’s could beat the habs back just like they are right now. As great as they were in that era, they simply could not skate or shoot with the guys now a days. Today its Bigger faster and stronger habs 1979 team vs habs 2012. habs 2012 would probley win lol

    http://www.scottygomezfoundation.com/
    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

    • Les Canayens says:

      I’m sure a modern era player like Scott Gomez can single-handedly beat the 70s’ Canadiens dynasties.

      ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭ ◌ ▭
      Scouting is subjective.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Good point Habs17. I think in most team in fact all sports (not trying to deminish the abilities of past greats in all sports) the athlete’s are bigger, stronger train harder and better equiptment then the players in previous era’s did.
        I have some old Habs hockey DVD’s and shudder how small some of the players look vs. the players today. Larry Robinson who looked huge in old vidio’s but compared to most of today’s d-men looks small. But again it’s all speculation however i wonder how many points and if he would have escaped injury if Gretsky played now even with Semenko riding shotgun.
        Different era, different game.
        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

        • habs17 says:

          it just bugs me that i always hear ppl say back then they were twice as good or its nothing like the good old days. coming from an unbiased opinion hockey today is so much faster and more entertaining. i just think that as humans we like to look back and think about how good it was, and as you get older your always thinking about your youth. its happening to me as i get older the other day i was thinking about how i wanted to go back to grade 8 cuz grade 11 sucks, but really when i was in grade 8 it sucked too

          http://www.scottygomezfoundation.com/
          President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

          (I support Scott Gomez)

          • canadiens26 says:

            How can you be unbiased? Do you even know what that means? Of course your opinion is biased, you have only seen “modern” day hockey played. Being born in 1995 means you have only been consciously watching hockey for about 10 to maybe 12 years. You haven’t even seen the habs win a cup. Stay in school kid.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      LOL you expect us to believe a 16 year old has NHL sources? Now I understand the Gomez fan club

  7. FormalWare says:

    Iz funn!

    http://qkme.me/36e0e8

    If Eller were pronounced “Ell-ay”, Larry would be #2 with a bullet!

  8. FuzE_gus says:

    It’s not out of the realm of possibility that this outcome was in the plans for the Habs. Once the team proved it was not playoff worthy the next best thing is to retool with a legitimate blue chip prospect. I’ve loved this team for far too long to allow me to believe they’ve lost all ability to run a hockey team. And losing is bad for business. Lame duck coach, lame duck GM… Perhaps this was the way to get Hab fans to swallow the pill in an attempt to get a real star. Something to think about.

    With Regards from FuzE_gus

  9. sag says:

    ok. I dont get it. Just reading some scouting reports by Bob M. Not many argue that he doesn’t know his manure.

    So…the 6’2″181lb. Forsberg will be diffucult to handle due to his size, but the 6′ 183lb. Dumba is too small? Bob. At least play one game of cosom hockey before commenting on the strength of hockey players. Competitiveness, pride, strength…so many things more important than size. Some of you think this is a porno!

    Also, who do you pick?

    Yakupov – concensus #1, competitive
    Grigorienko – big impact forward
    Forsberg – all around
    Galchenyuk – injured so could be diamond in rough

    Here is the funniest report ( about Dumba)
    “Draws many comparisons to PK Subban in skating, shot and risk taking, but may have more overall sense”.

    • Stev.R says:

      Grigorenko or Galchenyuk. Those 2 and Yakupov are probably the biggest gamebreakers in the draft.

      Mckenzie, although he knows a lot, isn’t really an expert. He gets most, if not all his info from polling scouts.

  10. SlovakHab says:

    Apart from a probable top-5 pick, we have another high pick, unless we trade it: A high 2nd rounder.

    Who do you like to take 31-35th?

    http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=58418

  11. HardHabits says:

    I think the Gainey experiment is over.

  12. ProHabs says:

    My Habs are a pathetic bunch these days so I don’t really want to talk about them. On a different note, do any of you knowledgeable people own a Blackberry Playbook. If you do, would you recommend buying one. I thought they were on for $149 but I went to Future Shop today and they are still $199.

  13. showey47 says:

    Apparently brian burke wasn’t with the team tonight but instead speaking at a charity event in boston. Hasn’t he been charitable enough to boston already?

  14. HabsFan82 says:

    all we have to look forward to is training camp and hope we can put a better team together for 2012 – 2013 wouldn’t hold my breath though. MPO have a feeling we’re gonna be hoping for a lot of years to come. starting in goal, not so sure anymore.

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    Check this out.

    At the 2008 draft Ottawa was picking 18th and Nashville 15th.

    Ottawa offered to trade spots in exchange for their 3rd rounder.

    In 18th Nashville chose Chet Pickard – who is now in the ECHL.

    Who did Ottawa steal from under Nashville’s noses?

    Erik Karlsson.

    Not bad.


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

  16. H.Upmann says:

    My only remaining ambition for this season is for the Leafs to finish 9th

  17. disgustedhabsfan says:

    As long as the Leafs lose, I’m good.

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    And the Hawks seal the deal on a Phaneuf blunder …


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

  19. Mr. Biter says:

    5-3 Hawks.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  20. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Tony M is a knowledgable hockey many who has many reliable sources within the Canadiens organization

    • Bill says:

      Prince Ogonko is Nigerian royalty with an excellent credit history with international banks. Please help him.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • GrimJim says:

      I listen to Calgary sports radio when I drive to and from work. For about three years up until last summer, the station had the same morning and afternoon hosts. The afternoon guy was from northern Alberta and he would cover the Habs whenever they did something news-worthy, a trade, if they had a hot streak or if something went wrong. No matter whether the news was good or bad the afternoon guy would have Murray Wilson or a newspaper beat reporter on and did a balanced report.
      The morning was from Toronto and hated the Habs. He never did any reports on them unless it was negative (Gainey-Kovy walk, the 2009 collapse, Halak-Price). The thing was the morning guy would only ever have one guy on to give all the gloom and doom about how horrible the HAbs were. That guy?
      Tony Marinaro

  21. zorro says:

    Habs have scored 5 goals in the last 5 games, and we thought Jack Martin coached defensive hockey.

  22. Dulljerk says:

    Just in case you didn’t realize just how bad this team is.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/habs-close-to-plumbing-all-time-low/article2354753/

    “Is the little dog going to yap, or is he going to bite?”

  23. H.Upmann says:

    I like what I’m hearing bout Faksa on here. Big strong centre. Someday this Smurf experiment will end…. I want TRUCULENCE!!!!

  24. Bill says:

    Toronto getting amazingly favourable calls (mainly non-calls) in the Chicago/TO game … at least those southern Ontario refs are consistent!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I have watched the whole game and think the refs have done a good job of letting both teams play. Both teams have had some trips non called, but overall like the job the refs have done.

  25. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Trade idea: Just wondering if any Habs fans would consider trading with the Leafs for Joe Colborne and what it would take to get him. His is a center and big, 6’5″ i believe and fairly good. Just a thought.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Colborne and Gardner are the two top prospects in Toronto’s system. Burke won’t be trading either of those fellows. Colborne has played very well for Marlies, doesn’t play overly physical, but effective.

    • Bill says:

      Toronto would be stupid as hell to trade him. So it just might happen!

      Seriously, I think he’s pretty untouchable. I’m sure they’d take our first-rounder, but I wouldn’t trade that.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  26. HabinBurlington says:

    The more we all talk about the different draft permutations, and the possibility of trading down etc… Wow, it is imperative that Geoff Molson has a new GM for the summer. I think PG has his handful of buddies in the league, but lacks any rapport with many other GM’s.

  27. Kfourn says:

    Anyone have any links to scouting reports on the top ten draft
    prospects?

  28. j2w4habs25 says:

    Bam bam Geofrrion lol cool one

    Carey Price #31

  29. SmartDog says:

    I only recently started listening to Tony Marinaro. Nice guy, and sometimes pretty funny.

    But I get this weird feeling that Marinaro doesn’t watch games and really has no idea how hockey is played.

    It’s not one thing in particular, but some of the things he says sound sorta like this: “I’m telling you now, there will be FIVE skaters on the Habs through most of the game. Not FOUR. Not SIX skaters. Well, unless you count the goalie – but you SHOULDN’T count the goalie. There will be FIVE. I could be wrong – hey, maybe I’m wrong – but I’m not. There will be FIVE. And THREE OF THEM… will be forwards. Unfortunately, at different times in the game, one of those forwards may be Gomez.”

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

  30. Bill says:

    Actually, I’m starting to think Radek Faksa is looking better and better. Slightly bigger than Grigorenko, more physical. Has scored six fewer goals, but plays in the OHL, not the Q, so that might not mean much. Apparently much more of a two-way player as well. 6’3, 205lbs at 18 years old – wow – and plays centre. Might have a winner there.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  31. Bill says:

    I know this is so yesterday, but there’ve been some nice additions to the Dumbass Randy Cunneyworth meme:

    http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/36dx1a/

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  32. chilli says:

    Leafs take 3 points out of a possible 22 down the stretch (yet somehow still in the running) – but boy, that is even worse than the Habs. At least we have sucked all year….

    Tre

    • Bill says:

      Yeah, they haven’t fallen much at all … goes to show you how little the standings change in the 3-point game NHL. That’s why we knew in November the Habs were out of the running …

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  33. Max says:

    Burke is an overrated blowhard. He is also quite rude in the way he talks to people.Doesn’t seem like a very nice person.

    • Bill says:

      Well, he’s a really great GM, though, so you can excuse his personality deficiencies …. Bahahahaha!

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Great GM? Great? By what measure?

        • Bill says:

          I was being sarcastic, hence the “bahahaha”, Burke sucks :)

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            Ok, I thought I was going to have to break out the old “he won a cup with Brian Murray’s team in ANH” argument. hahah

          • powdered toastmann says:

            I guess it numbs the pain (slightly) if we can laugh @ Burkee…but then I come cashing back to earth/reality thinking about what the Habs have.

          • Bill says:

            MacDougall – thank God he won the Cup with Murray’s team, or Toronto would never have hired him to ruin theirs! Also, he helped me win a hockey pool with Anaheim that year, so I kinda like him for that.

            Powdered Toastman – cheer up, dude, at least we’ll never be as bad as the Leafs. Okay, except for this year, but I mean on a consistent basis, haha. ALso, they have Kessel and Phaneuf, two of the biggest douchebags in the NHL. Things could be worse.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

          • powdered toastmann says:

            I s’pose…but shieza…they’re still ahead of us in the standings.

  34. deuce6 says:

    Watching the Leafs/Hawks game..Loving this..

    http://youtu.be/UmjqLX_C4Ng

    ——————

    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    Leafs were up 3-1.

    Now 4-3 Chicago.

    But Burke is a genius.


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

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Well you have to give him credit for figuring out a quick way for putting a tie on.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Brian Burke, MAJOR A**HOLE
      __________________________________
      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Looking at that team he built, they, in the words of the great Robert DeNiro, ve’got nothing. Kessel and Lupul. Lousy D. No keeper. No prospects.

      Someone calculated that in 7 years of non-playoff hockey they have sold half a billion dollars worth of tickets at the ACC.


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

  36. HabinBurlington says:

    4-3 Hawks, Momentum all firmly on Chicago’s side now.

  37. Bill says:

    I really hope the Leafs can hang on to this win. If they lose tonight, their fans will lose all hope, and it’s so much more fun when they hope, isn’t it? Also, I prefer them not to finish too low … I think they actually have their first rounder this year, don’t they?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  38. TorontoHabsFan says:

    So, what do we think – is Gallagher going to Hamilton in October or does he make the big team out of camp?

    • Bill says:

      Hamilton. Habs have rushed too many players. Leave him in the AHL for a couple of years, then when he’s good and ready, he comes up. It’s better all around.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • ABHabsfan says:

        I agree he should be in Hamilton buit what do you do if he is lighting it up by the All star break? 25-30 goals let’s say

        • Bill says:

          That would be extreme circumstances. If he’s on pace for a 50-60 goal season at the all-star break, then yeah, bring him up.

          It’s most unlikely, however. Last year, the highest-scoring guy in the AHL had 41 goals. It was Nigel Dawes, btw, so ….

          Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Has to be Hamilton, other problem is, we can’t revert back to having every line with 1 or possibly 2 very undersized forwards on them. Essentially Gallagher is going to replace Gionta, there will be some overlap. He will need a season in the AHL getting used to the physical change in game from Junior to Pro.

      Or I am completely wrong and he shows he’s ready….

    • solomio says:

      What are you guys freaking nuts? You want a team full of smurfs? Seriously dudes get with the program. You’re heading in the wrong direction. Get bigger, get faster, get tougher. Sheesh haven’t you learned by now, especially after this year?

      “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    Uh oh, Leafs finally getting some goaltending from Gustavsson and now he is dinged up.
    Edit, The Monster appears to be okay.

  40. zorro says:

    I really miss Cammalleri, he was going through a slump, made a comment about the teams performance, which by no means was inaccurate. I’m sure Habs management could have dealt with it ( without having to trade him), Habs gave up on a natural goal scorer. Did they forget about his playoff performance? Why would they give up on a guy who can post those numbers? How do you replace a natural goalscorer? Who will score for them now? Certainly not Bourque. One scoreing line isn’t enough, the PP hasn’t been productive.
    Who will do the scoreing for this team? How did they let Cammalleri walk?

  41. nickster13 says:

    So Grigorenko’s stock has fallen a bit. Read this from tsn.
    “”
    Fallers

    Mikhail Grigorenko: There had been whispers over the past month that all may not be wonderful when it comes to the scouting world’s perception of Grigorenko’s competitiveness, but the whispers have grown into full-blown skepticism in some circles. “He could fall right off the map,” said one scout who asserted that his club won’t be considering him in the first round.

    “He doesn’t want to compete. If he’s there at 25 and we are picking, we go by him.”

    His concerns were echoed by another eastern conference scout who insisted his team will not select the talented Russian no matter where they end up in the standings. “He’s a dog. Take a look at what games Grigorenko gets his points. He gets a handful the other night against PEI. none at Moncton, and one assist (in the nationally televised game) in Saint John. A couple of weeks ago in Rimouski he’s minus 6. He scares the (crap) out of me.” While there’s no denying his skill level, and his 73 points in 39 games as a QMJHL rookie are a testament to his offensive abilities, there will be a lot of teams watching him closely in the playoffs to see whether he has the competitive streak scouts like to see in their top five prospects. As of right now a number of teams have several players ranked ahead of him, and that trend will continue if he does not learn to compete at a higher level.”"

    Doesnt sound good…

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  42. Chris says:

    Well, time to go see if Anton Corbijn is anywhere near as good a director as he is a photographer…rented “The American”. Have a fun night!

  43. Chris says:

    So if we’re going to be hot to trot for Brendan Gallagher and/or Patrick Holland, who do you think is going to sign undrafted Brendan Shinnimin, Holland’s linemate.

    How’s this strike you…

    5’10″, 175 lbs.
    60 GP, 52 G, 117 PTS, 74 PIM, 19 PPG, 7 SHG, + 41

    Last week, he scored 19 points in 4 games including 3 hat tricks.

    He tried out with the Phoenix Coyotes last year but didn’t stick. But with scoring like that, somebody is going to sign him. Like Corey Locke a few years ago, his size and lack of NHL speed might be an impediment. But he could be a valuable contributor to somebody’s AHL team, and once there, you never know what’s going to happen.

    And for those of you who liken it to toughness, he can also be a pretty dirty little bugger on the ice.

  44. HabFab says:

    Stubbs via twitter;
    Away from scrum, #Habs Markov told me he REALLY wants to play this season. He’s not pulling chute if he’s ready. He’ll play if he’s 100%

  45. Mr. Biter says:

    Just watched the Staubitz fight from last night on you tube and after the lighting player smoked the Habs d-man into the boards Staubitz came right over and went after him no questions asked.I think I’m really gonna like him and so will many of his teamates. I also think some players will think twice now about taking liberties with our skill players.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

    • The Dude says:

      The Habs need WAY MORE THAN JUST STAUBITZ before thinking twice. Listen fans, we a dead beat last place team ,demand more for christsake’s.The only thing I can compare whats going on here is : a PERSON IN LOVE WITH HIS BLOW-UP DOLL CUS IT’S BEEN SOOO LONG SINCE HE HAD THE REAL THANG….WAKE UP FANS!!!!!!!!!

    • Bill says:

      Having a goon has never stopped other teams from “taking liberties” with skill players. We all think the Bruins are so tough: well, it didn’t stop Savard and Bergeron from getting knocked into tomorrow a couple of times, did it?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Hey Bill, in their case you live by the sword ,you die by the sword. Ferguson was brought up by SP specifically to protect the Habs skill players from the likes of the Broons at the time. 9 seconds into his first game he destroyed Ted Green (then the toughest in the NHL) and took over his crown and we won How many cups until he retired?

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

        • powdered toastmann says:

          Agree totally, Mr. Choppers. Staubitz is probably just a stop gap, but he appears to be an effective one. He’s not very big, but he really does handle himself quite well for his size. That said, ya kind of feel some empathy for him. He apparently fights a lot and it’s got to be an awfully tough way to make a living. (as well as taking a toll on your health)…he needs more help (preferably someone with some skill…Neil type)

          The Habs have literally been a totally defenseless team since BG went pacifist. White and sometimes Moen certainly aren’t enough on their own.

          For too long they have been at the mercy of the nut cases, cheap shotters, little weasley players that are no doubt emboldened by a plethora of tough teammates.

          Thanks to atotally delusional, out of touch and inept mgmnt team… the result?…continuously coming in second whenever there is an altercation…Timidity, tentativeness, an unwillingness to engage, lack of confidence in finesse/scorers/checkers. Enough of this BS and give the team some of the tools to embolden them and to give them more room.

          Now that they’re @ the bottom of the standings, there is no need for them to be at the bottom of the food chain (as they’ve been there so long now).

        • Bill says:

          Well, I was just saying that having a goon doesn’t mean other teams won’t run your guys. Because that doesn’t work.

          Fergie was great by all accounts, but that was a different time … also, I wouldn’t credit all those Stanley Cups to him exactly … Habs had a pretty decent team there!

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • powdered toastmann says:

            No doubt, you can’t compare the teams…but look @ the ingredients of those successful Hab teams of the 70′s as well as /86 and /93. You can’t dispute the element of (effective) toughness present in those lineups.

            This team is pitiful but you have to start somewhere I guess.

  46. Habfan10912 says:

    Am I the only one who thinks the Blackhawks kind of remind you of the Habs, only bigger and faster and tougher and more grit and, oh yeah. Forget it.

    • Bozo McBozo says:

      They also have classic uniforms!

      • Chris says:

        So after the Original 6, who really did get it right (the Rangers probably have my least favourite uniform and even it is a solid one)…

        Which non-Original 6 team got it most right?

        My vote would probably be either the Devils or the Blues (don’t know why, but I’ve always liked the Blues uniform).

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Blues are pretty neat but I’d rank the Sabres and Flames a notch above.

          • Bozo McBozo says:

            I’d go with the Blues too, especially the original white jersey. Use to have one with #7 Gary Unger on it. He still has one of the all-time best quotes. When asked on the CBS game of the week what it means when you say you respect another player, he said without skipping a beat, “it means you are scared shitless of him!”

          • Chris says:

            That’s a great line! Think he was talking about John Ferguson at the time? ;)

        • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

          Oilers’ sweater for me is a classic. But I’m a child of the 80′s.

          ______________________________________________________
          Lost a bottle of Kraken during this debacle of a season. Better gettem next year.

        • Bill says:

          I think the Devils unis have always been brutal! The original 80s ones especially.

          I think the Flyers have have the best expansion uniforms. They’ve never changed much and it’s a classic at this point.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I think I will agree with Bill on this one. While I am no fan of the Flyers, the colours the logo, just seem to work perfect for them.

          • Chris says:

            I didn’t like the red and green Devils uniform, but I quite like the red and black.

            Maybe it is just my deep dislike of the Flyers, but their uniform has always been my least favourite in the league. And that is despite the fact that orange is far and away my favourite colour! ;)

        • TorontoHabsFan says:

          Every single alternate jersey that Minnesota has had have been fantastic. Their latest green one with “Minnesota” in script across the chest in particular.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I love their uniforms but the Habs are better. At least we have that.

    • Chris says:

      And stinking out the joint just as bad…4-11-1 in their last 16 games. Yech.

  47. doug19 says:

    Come on Leafs! as a long time Habs fan I am pulling for the leafs to make the playoffs.They have tried hard and deserve it. They stuck by their coach and players.We blew several tires some by driving over nails and razor wire but think about a cheer or two for the Leafs.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Let me tell you what I think: Leafs suck, they have a terrible coach, sieve goaltending, bigmouth GM, overrated offence and a truly terrible defence, led by M. Homisarek. Their fans are cocky, arrogant and hate the Habs. All I wish the lovely Leafs is another 100 years outside the playoffs.

      • Bozo McBozo says:

        And what do the Habs have? Nothing, nada, zilch, zero, zip, and my personal favorite, dick!

        • SlovakHab says:

          If you are Leafs fan, you should rather watch the game you are about to lose.
          As for the Habs, they have a bad season, a high-looking 1st round draft pick to add to Price, Subban, Pacioretty and Eller, and Trevor Timmins, who doesn’t draft Tyler Biggs in the 1st round.
          They also have the worst coach in the NHL, injured Markov and Gionta, terrible PP and some low shooting percentages.
          They will come around, and I am proud of being their fan.

          And I don’t expect a Stanley cup too often in a 30-team league.

          • Bozo McBozo says:

            I don’t expect to win the Cup every year, but I expect more than the odd run over a 19-year period.

            As far as watchability, the Habs are outright painful. I’d rather sooth my Hemmoroids with rubbing alcohol.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Leafs win stanley cup every 50 years or whenever a leap year has a Feb30th in it.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

      • alestar says:

        I’ll second that…well put!

        XXIV…and counting

    • Bozo McBozo says:

      I don’t hate the Leafs. Hell, the only team I truly hate is the Flyers. I am still pissed that Kerry Fraser screwed them in ’93. I bet a Habs/Leafs final would have gone longer than five games.

    • gmur says:

      Destiny will step in… as the Leafs did to the Habs in 2006, so shall the Habs do to the Leafs this year… on the last game of the season, the Habs will beat the Leafs, preventing them from making the playoffs. I predicted it in January, and I predict it again on the eve of the month of March. (insert diabolical laugh)

      To you, the Habs with flailing hands, we throw the torch.

    • Timo says:

      Leafs have been irrelevant outside of GTA for about 6 years now. I don’t have the same hate on them anymore. They are just another team in a 30 team shit show called NHL. Bruins, on the other hand.

    • JF says:

      I actually like the Leafs. They’re a fun team to watch. They always give it everything they’ve got and they’re often pretty spectacular – either spectacularly good or spectacularly bad. I want them to make the playoffs, and I’ve been feeling sorry for their fans lately. At least we knew from the beginning of the season that our team was crap; they’re only finding out now that their team is nowhere near as good as they thought it was.

  48. Bill says:

    Somehow, playing on this awful, last-place team, with dismal defence and zero team-play, Carey Price still has decent stats: 2.40 GAA and .915 sv% … how is that possible??

    Damn, if not for him we’d be getting Yakupov for sure!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  49. punkster says:

    Letang just got tagged by a Dallas player. Shoulder to the chin.

    Off to the quiet room. Wanna bet he comes back…again.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  50. Bozo McBozo says:

    I have to admit that while I post I don’t watch them at all any more. I like the unpredictability of Pawn Stars on the History Channel.

  51. Bripro says:

    One thing the Habs have to practice is either outright refusing the power play, or insisting on one of theirs sitting in the box as well when the opponent is in the box.
    I believe we have a better record 4 on 4.

  52. kholdstare says:

    All the Leafs talk on here has made me think of the most annoying thing leaf fans cling to. The high stick on Doug Gilmour by Gretzky. Yes sure that was bad call but that doesnt mean they would have won the cup, they had to beat Roy at his zenith.

    No way it even mattered. Leafs in final Kings no difference. It was ours at that point.

  53. RC-51 says:

    Good news if you can say that:
    Gomez’s contract 2012-13 $5.5M, 2013-14 $4.5M
    down from the $7.5M he is making this year

    Bad news and you CAN say this:
    We are STUCK with him for 2 more years!

    Can someone help me with posting a picture/avatar?, thanks

  54. Mark C says:

    Grant McCagg, who writes the draft profiles for TSN has posted Trevor Timmins’ top-25 Montreal prospects on the interwebs:

    Beaulieu
    Leblanc
    Tinordi
    Gallagher
    Kristo
    Holland
    Bournival
    Archambault
    Bennett
    Ellis
    MacMillan
    Geoffrion
    Dietz
    Palushaj
    Didier
    Nattinen
    Avtsin
    Pateryn
    Engqvist
    Quailer
    Nash
    Pribyl
    Nygren
    Schultz
    Conboy

  55. Bozo McBozo says:

    Should give Price a rest and let Budaj earn some of his comp. And, of course, double shift the Gomer on D.

  56. HabFanSince72 says:

    Brian Burke signed Tom Connolly to a $4.75/2yr deal last summer.
    Connolly is now 3rd line ctr with 10 goals in 51 games. He earns essentially the same salary as Brian Gionta.

    Three years ago Burke signed undrafted free agents Christian Hanson, Tyler Bozak and Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson. Afterwards he claimed he didn’t need draft picks (hello Phil Kessel). He could find players that were as good as any in the draft.

    Bozak has 13 goals this season. Hanson is in Hershey. The Monster – well let’s not talk about the Monster.


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

    • Bill says:

      The BEST part was the mid-season extension to Wilson. He obviously snuck it in as soon as the Leafs were doing well as a favour to his pal. Now Wilson is more hated by his fans than any Habs coach I can ever remember being.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Psycho29 says:

        What happened to the next “Big-Three” according to Pierre McGuire?

        Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin and Luke Schenn???? (were those the 3?)

        • Bill says:

          I think that was the case. HAHAHAHA.

          And people want McGuire as Habs GM … yikes.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • db says:

            Pierre chooses his words carefully… he was just feeding the Laff machine and their fans. It worked, they believed. I honestly think he cannot hurt the Habs too much. As long as he has a vision of what he wants I think he can do it..

            Who else is there?

          • HabFab says:

            Lots of people, I want to see new and young blood!

          • powdered toastmann says:

            “I honestly think that he cannot hurt the Habs too much.” I really can’t offer a valid opinion on Maguire, but have our expectations for a GM sunk this low… (as if this is acceptable)…then again after BG/PG…I understand.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      A couple of my favourite Burke moves were Singing Colby Armstrong for $9 million/ 3 years, and using the #22 pick in the 2011 draft to take another player like Colby Armstrong: )

  57. j2w4habs25 says:

    I cant wait to see baby boom’s first habs goal tomorrow night.. the place will explode!!!

    Carey Price #31

    • HNS says:

      I cant wait to see the end of this season.

      • slychard says:

        It’s a long slow painful death, isn’t it? Like bleeding a pig.

        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        Kiss my hAbSS!!!

        • Bripro says:

          Sylvain, I just wanted to respond to your comment on my “Maudit Anglais”.
          I’m also a Quebecer, pure laine. It wasn’t meant as being offensive, but tongue in cheek.
          I apologize if it came across the wrong way.

    • db says:

      I’ll be there tomorrow, last row.. my favourite since I can stand up (props to AS)..

      I really want to see 4 lines rolled, everyone playing their natural positions… Gomer and Kabs in the press box. I’d like to see Bam Bam score tomorrow and The Staubs take his frustration out on a former teammate :p

      Meh, I’ll be drunk and I’ll boo someone… hey, when in Rome…

  58. Les-Habitants says:

    I won’t be happy with this season, but I’ll be able to deal with all the bad press, poor luck, injuries, missed opportunities, and ill-timed firings if just one positive can come from this lost year.

    I’d like to see the Markov of old back, because that in itself will all habs fans something to cheer about for next season.

  59. HabinBurlington says:

    Leafs vs. Hawks at 8pm EST, so I am thinking 2-0 Hawks by 8:05pm EST.

  60. SmartDog says:

    Why practice?
    Heck, why not make showing up for games optional?

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

  61. gerrybell says:

    can we stop starting carey price every game already? ya he is a great goalie but there is no better way to get a shot at Yakapov or Griegorenko than to start Budja. additionally, i see no reason to start price for 75 games this year. he is young but miles like this will add up at some point down the road.

    g
    b

    • SmartDog says:

      I admire your determination, but I’ve given up on reasonable suggestions. It seems no matter how obvious something seems, it won’t happen… or at very least will take a looonnngg time.

      Gauthier coming out with the Cami trade saying we need to get bigger… was such a joke. And NOW he gets a tough guy… after three years of getting pushed around, and when our season is already over. This guy’s always chasing the bus.

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

    • olematelot says:

      Price is young, he can handle the work load

  62. rated_R says:

    Why can’t they have Budaj play more?!!

  63. Sean Bonjovi says:

    IF: the new CBA includes the opportunity for “free” buy-outs (i.e. the does not count against the cap) should the Tampa Bay Lightning buy-out Vincent Lecavalier?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      12 consecutive 20+ goal seasons.

      On pace for 30 goals this year.

      So yes. I hope they buy him out so we can sign him.


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

      • Mark C says:

        That’s all well and good. But, he’s still a second line centre, with a almost $8M cap hit, which doesn’t end until 2020.

        • Bill says:

          He won’t play out the last years of his contract. Look at the salary structure.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • Mark C says:

            Still Tampa will have to carry that cap hit until he decides to retire. It’s a really ugly contract.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Absolutely – but if they buy him out they still have to pay him a huge chunk of that cash.


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

          • Bill says:

            If they wait to buy him out in the last three years, the cash isn’t bad. And I’ll bet that if he retires before the last two years, he’ll still be contributing. Also, as a relative thing – i.e., as a percentage of the team cap total – his hit will be much less in five years. Like a five million contract now.

            If he’s still kicking in 25 goals and 60 points, which for a major talent like him shouldn’t be a problem, it’s just not that bad. You also have to factor in intangibles, like he’s the face of that franchise: this is a team captain whose number will be retired. Some teams still respect that.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Second line centre only because of who their first line centre is.

          He has identical numbers to Rick Nash this season.

          He is overpaid of course, but he can still play hockey.


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

          • Mark C says:

            Sure, but he hasn’t put up great/elite numbers since years before Stamkos got there. Look, he’s a really good player, but he hasn’t been worth his cap hit in years, he’s not worth it now at 31. Odds are he’s only getting less productive.

      • Boomer says:

        he would never sign here anyways

    • Bill says:

      No, he’s still got productive years left. He’s not Gomez – only thing similar is the cap hit. His numbers aren’t gaudy because he’s playing behind Stamkos now … but you have to like that one-two punch.

      By the time Lecavalier starts to fade, his salary will have dropped to the point that a buyout is much easier: plus, I imagine Vinny will retire prior to the last two “minimum wage” years of his contract.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • db says:

      That clause would still be known as either the Sather clause, or the Gomez one.

      I can’t see the NHLPA saying no to that clause, since they won’t want to see one of their own in the AHL. And the player still gets paid, but no against the cap. It’s a win-win. Teams should only be allowed to use it once every 2-3 years though.

      Yzerman isn’t dumb, he would buy out Vinny and probably resign him. Unless there’s a clause that doesn’t allow that… essentially no contract re-negotiation.

  64. Not only is he the only player worth the price of admission, he also raises the most money.

    http://auction.nhl.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=177191208&prmenbr=12717464&aunbr=177537918

    Well done Winning bidder.

    They Call Me Shane
    “They never asked to be Canadiens, they were Chosen.”
    Shane Oliver
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    http://www.Sholi2000.com
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  65. HabFab says:

    Was speaking to some people today connected with Molson’s. Seems sales are down and cut backs are ordered. Whats with that any how?

  66. stevieray says:

    So now we have 2 guys who like to hit hard…but… won’t drop the gloves ..PK & Emelin .. what’s that all about ..never heard anything so silly for a pro

    • ZepFan2 says:

      You mean like This guy

      ———————————————————————-
      Turn on the tank, the party’s over…

    • Canus says:

      Would you want to fight if you have metal plates in your face and re-constructive facial surgery? Whether you’re a professional or not?

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Wait, so because these two are among the best in the NHL at delivering hard and clean checks, they should have to answer for that by dropping the gloves?

      I think you misunderstand the idea of answering the bell when you do something dirty like boarding another player or deliberately elbowing someone in the head.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      You shouldn’t need to drop the gloves after delivering a clean, solid hit. What’s discouraging is the collective mindset — at least among the mindless players — is that you’re less of a man if you don’t seek immediate retribution after a hard hit, rules be damned. I’ve said it before, and will now say again, why don’t players take offence at being scored upon — which will do far more harm to a team’s chances of winning than a body check — and attack the goalscorer. Shouldn’t let the insult of a goal go unpunished.

    • stevieray says:

      I guess i just figure if you want to be known as a hard hitting physical defenseman ….you need all he tools !
      Don’t get me wrong I like Emelin alot but he will be challenged more as his career moves forward .. so well just have to see how it all plays out .
      Dandy tilit last nite with Staubitz…haven’t seen that in quite a while from this club

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I suspect for the remainder of the season during pregame warmups, Staubitz will be explaining to the opposition that a punch to his face is the same as a punch to Emelins face, ie. Please punch here.

        • stevieray says:

          I’m to old school partner ….what ever happened to standing up for yourself ….occasionally

          • HabFab says:

            He did, Malone hit him and he hit Malone back…he just can’t take punches to the face!

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Yah, i hear you Stevie, unfortunately it seems Emelin really can’t fight due to that plate in his cheekbone. I think overall the league has too many fights for just having been cleanly hit, but once in a while a player who hits like Emelin is expected to drop em. It is a unique situation, I don’t recall seeing this before, from a big rugged dman having a health condition preclude him from fighting.

        • stevieray says:

          I agree Burlie …way to many fights for clean hits ….it is to bad about his cheebone ..our luck eh !!
          But he can HIT ..that’s for sure ..so I’m happy with that ..

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Missed the fight. Was it a good one. if malone was not ejected he would have felt the wrath of Staubitz. Finally someone to stand up for our skill players and this is not a knock on White who’s a good middleweight and has done the best he could. Did not know until today about Emelin’s facial reconstruction and also PK’s reluctance to fight (he’s just real bad at it) just shows why we need someone like Staubitz to add some protection. He can’t be on the ice all the time but if Malone was not ejected , him and Mr. Staubitz would have had a meeting last night and that would have been a really good tilt.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

        • slychard says:

          Did you see PK Marchand bout this season? It was hilarious and embarrassing. Some players are not made to fight.

          +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
          Kiss my hAbSS!!!

        • Bill says:

          Subban’s had six fights at least already. That’s plenty for a “skill player”. This idea that he won’t fight is, well mainly it is just wrong, but I’m used to that. Now, it’s completely accurate to say he’s bad at it.

          But some players are too valuable to have them playing the meat-head role. You want Subban breaking his hand on someone’s helmet? I don’t. Last time I checked, body-checking was still legal. If the other guy wants to cry about it, let him take 2, 5, and a game every time.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

    • ABHabsfan says:

      So if you dish-out legal, hard checks you have to fight after? That’s ridiculous. If you cheap-shot somebody then get ready to drop ‘em, but legal hitting is just that. Probably the dumbest thing going on in hockey today, if you hit you have to fight.

  67. smiler2729 says:

    The stale NHL game… How would YOU change it?

    Standings:
    This “three point game” crap promotes boredom as in once you’re out of the race by December, you may as well quit trying.

    I’ve said it before:
    2 pts. for a Win in regulation
    1 pt. if the Win comes in overtime (F the shootout, play 4-on-4 until there’s a winner)

    Bigger ice surfaces

    Move Phoenix to Seattle, move Florida to Quebec.

    Play a balanced schedule

    Ban all 3rd jerseys. Bring back the original looks back (like Philly, Edmonton, Washington, NYI).

    No more high vanity numbers

    Add a third referee upstairs on video patrol to call down on ALL missed calls.

    I’m ramblin’…

    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Move Phoenix to Seattle, move Florida to Quebec.

      Brilliant. Phoenix’s irrigation problems are solved, and fewer flights to Florida means fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Win win.


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

    • eric says:

      pUT THE REDLINE BACK IN AND ELMINATE THE TRAP.THEY TOOK THE REDLINE OUT TO OPEN UP THE GAME BUT IN CAME THE TRAP. tHERE WAS MORE SCORING BEFORE ALL THESE STUPID CHANGES. THE GREAT ONE WOULD HAVE SCORED 300 PTS WITH ALL THE PP’S THE OILERS WOULD HAVE GOTTEN.

  68. JohnBellyful says:

    I know there’s a lot of hand-wringing on this site over the Habs not making the playoffs but I can’t figure out why. What’s to miss — it’s always the post-season at HIO.

  69. HabinBurlington says:

    Have to say this poor play has reduced the number of line combinations posted along with the required tweaking.

  70. HabFanSince72 says:

    No North American forwards in the top 20 for the 2012 draft?

    That’s what USA Today says (“without Europe, there would not be a single skilled forward to watch in this entire draft class.”):

    http://www.rgj.com/usatoday/article/53234152

    While according to TSN the best N American forward is Gemel Smith at number 18.

    http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=49649


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

  71. Timo says:

    Jessica saves the day again. Can Habs hire her as a GM?

  72. kholdstare says:

    They cancelled practice. Says it all right there doesnt it.

  73. smiler2729 says:

    Are we facing another lockout with Donald Fehr heading the NHLPA?
    Will there be any significant changes to the game like last time?
    Will anyone care anymore if there is a lockout??

    I know I’m getting tired of the way the NHL is…
    __________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

    • Cal says:

      Yes. No. Yes, in Canada, No everywhere else, excepting Cup contenders.

      • Timo says:

        To tell you the truth, I don’t think I’d care much either. The game is not exciting anymore. NHL is a money making business and there is nothing there left for the peeps.

        NHL needs to tank and start from anew.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      If indeed the NHL had a season long strike/lockout, would we not have a good chance at back to back high draftchoices? Perhaps the true Tank we cheer for now is for the league to tank for a year.

  74. 24 Cups says:

    MLB to increase the number of playoff teams.

    http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=389157

    Just think, if the NHL went to a 30 team playoff format we would be playing the Red Wings. I like our chances!

  75. 44har48 says:

    I’ll ask again…am I dreaming or will this CBA be over at year’s end and teams will be offered an opportunity for the one time buyouts again so the cap can fall and correct?

    Hehehehe…that menas good bye Gomez and Kaberle without sending them to teh minors, which to some is morally wrong.

    • 24 Cups says:

      44 – I would imagine that it would only be for one player in which case we would go with Gomez. Sadly, we will have to keep Kaberle around for a while longer as insurance for Markov.

      One step at a time.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIE5QtkxzvM

      • Timo says:

        Some insurance.

        • 24 Cups says:

          Timo – You’re the man! Having Kaberle as insurance is somewhat like a pilot having an umbrella instead of a parachute.

          If you’re ever in Slowville, please look me up. Dinner and drinks are on me.

          BTW, I believe you live in Calgary. During the Centennial, my wife and I took our daughter on a road trip from Calgary to Victoria. We stayed in Bed & Breakfasts and had the trip of a lifetime.

          Canadians need to travel more around our great country and get out and meet people.

          • Timo says:

            Thanks, Steve, absolutely will do… and like wise, you need to let me know if you are ever in the Cowtown again.

            I am not sure Habs should do this meeting with people thing though… there are a lot of angry people out there. Storm Man and Gomez meeting? I’d pay to see that :)


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