Habs’ Diaz impresses coach in Switzerland

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Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz has impressed coach Doug Shedden while playing with Switzerland’s EV Zug during the NHL lockout.

In 15 games, Diaz has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) and is plus-11. Diaz spent eights seasons in Zug before joining the Canadiens a year ago.

“He’s just a great kid to be around, he works hard and I can’t say enough about the guy,” Shedden told The Canadian Press. “He’s a classy kid and in my eyes, he’s a great player. I hope he goes to Montreal and continues to succeed.”

You can read more by clicking here.

Another Canadiens defenceman, P.K. Subban, has been looking for work during the lockout and was hired by CTV Montreal to do the weather report with Lori Graham on the 6 p.m. newscast on Tuesday. Read more by clicking here.

Three members of the Canadiens family are celebrating birthdays on Halloween: Tomas Plekanec turns 30; former Hab Mats Naslund turns 53 and Phil Goyette, another former Hab, turns 79.

The Gazette’s weekly Hockey Inside/Out section will be published in Thursday’s paper (and on HIO). Stories you can look for include:

Brenda Branswell on what’s going to happen to the bricks Canadiens fans bought (paying between $175 and $799 plus tax) at Centennial Plaza outside the Bell Centre, which are now being taken out to make room for a new condo tower. Branswell will also have a story on Carey Price and a new video game he is involved with for charity.

Pat Hickey will have features on top Habs prospects Alex Galchenyuk, who is playing for the Sarnia Sting, and Nathan Beaulieu, who is with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Hickey caught up with both of them recently.

Dave Stubbs will have a feature on Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent, who was in Montreal last weekend, and his love of the Three Stooges. Stubbs will also have a story on the woman who won the HIO auction for a dinner at Moishes with a number of Canadiens players, paying $3,300 that will go to The Gazette Christmas Fund.

(Photo courtesy of EV Zug)

 

96 Comments

  1. DorvalTony says:

    Tallest man in a town full of midgets.

  2. Muckbringer says:

    A new avitar to comemerate the nhl/pa/fan/charity/small buisness relationship.

    Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
    Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
    Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
    Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
    Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKQ55wUPAF4&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGDWVC7OkoU

  3. Rad says:

    Remember Trevor Timmins’ 7th Round pick in 2011, Colin Sullivan? He is a freshman team mate of Michael Matheson at Boston College, and seems to be developing as a physical shut-down type of defenseman.

    http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2012/10/31_bc_freshmen_making_quick_impression.php

  4. Rad says:

    Keep Diaz, trade Kaberle.

  5. Boomer says:

    I like Diaz as a 6th defenseman

    • commandant says:

      Agreed Boomer.

      I think Phil C nailed it. Diaz is a good player. The issue is that we have too many of that type of player and not enough big crease clearers.

      Its a balance, you can’t have too many of one type or too many of the other. A team with all Tinordis wont be good offensively. And a team with all Beaulieus will struggle defensively. Its yin and yang.

      Diaz has a place as a 6th D. We need to move Weber out though. Too redundant.

      Go Habs Go!
      Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports
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  6. Mondou6 says:

    This is a really good article that I think sums up the lockout from the players’ perspective:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/20055/odonnell-puts-nhlpa-ahead-of-career

    Bettman and the owners are just out of control after duping the PA in the last lockout. The PA isn’t just playing for money today, they are fighting for a long term framework. If the PA rolls over again, then Bettman will continue this lockout cycle indefinitely.

    The only way to deal with a bully is to punch him in the mouth. That’s basically what’s going on this time. The PA doesn’t seem too eager to get rolled by Bettman again.

  7. HardHabits says:

    Since when is a pun considered worthy of moderation?

  8. Phil C says:

    I see many comments that Diaz is too small. The reigning Norris Trophy winner is 180lbs. What is this obsession with size? (insert your own Freudian joke)

    Here are some defensemen who are listed as smaller than Diaz:
    Karlsson, Timonen, Streit, White, Boyle, Campbell, Goligoski. All smart, puck-moving defensemen, just like Diaz. They are as hard to find as the big crease clearers, maybe even harder to find.

    The real problem is the defensemen are small as a group. They could use one complimentary big defensemen in matchups with some of the bigger forwards in the league and to bring some grit. But they are hard to find and I’m glad Bergevin did not part with any assets to get one at this point. Hopefully one of Nash, Pateryn, or Tinordi will develop into an NHL calibre top-four defenseman.

    In the meantime, I see Gorges, Subban, Emelin, and Bouillon in a shutdown role, which is not bad. They are certainly tough enough, but they lack the ability to intimidate through dropping the gloves if required.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      No rational posting allowed!

    • Cal says:

      Can’t compare Diaz to present Norris trophy winner Karlsson. Diaz is too timid to play in the NHL and fears going into the corners. I saw this over and over again last year. He may be able to move the puck, but if he’s too afraid to get to it first, what’s the point?

      • Phil C says:

        Diaz is not near those guys yet, but he was also a rookie and I think he has to the potential to be a good puck moving defensemen given another year or two of seasoning and experience.

        Only the superstar defensemen are good at both ends of the ice, most other defensemen are a compromise of some sort. Diaz was forced into top three minutes early last year due to all of the injuries, including killing penalties so it is not surprising there were some bad matchups which you correctly observed. Even so, he was only -7 which is not bad for a rookie on a last place team. Everyone loves Emelin, but he was -18.

        With the right line-up and his match-ups managed, I think Diaz can be a valuable component of a winning line-up.

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Steve Shutt: ” Everybody talks about Subban’s cockiness, but you know what, if you want to be a winner in Montreal, you’d better have a little bit of cockiness to you. ”
    _________________________________________________________
    What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
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    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

    Bring Back Boone, and send Hickey to Hamilton !!!

    …and, last, but not least: FREE PUSSY RIOT !!!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      So I am a big fan of PK and find myself sometimes defending him be it here on HI/O or at the bar with buddies etc…

      However, do we really think a former Hab great would ever say anything negative about a current player? I don’t disagree with Shutt, but I also don’t feel any of the past Hab greats could say anything but positive, if they did the Sh*tstorm that would follow would be unprecedented.

      Not trying to argue with you HiS, I just think when a guy like Shutt is asked about a current player the opinion must be taken with a grain of salt.

    • habsfan0 says:

      I appreciate former Habs greats being candid about current players.

      I wonder if Patrick Roy has ever voiced an opinion about Carey Price?

  10. Lafrich says:

    Moderators: Please remove the above post.

    Edit:Ha. It was removed before I could click “post”.

  11. HardHabits says:

    When Lori Graham asked PK Subban to do the news with her he jumped at the Caucasian.

  12. tippytoes says:

    Since coming to montreal he (PK Subban) has been nothing but a pain to his teammates with his egotistical attitude. This has all been documented in the media. The list of current and former teammates is endless…i think it’s no coincidence that Bergevein has left him unsigned

    • ABHabsfan says:

      pain to his teammates, egotistical and plays 25-30 min a night against the other team’s best. PP and PK, 1st shift of the period and last. 22 yrs old. You’re right, kick ‘em to the curb. Apparently Gomez is a great teammate, wish we had more guys like him

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

    • HabinBurlington says:

      At least you didn’t tippytoe around your feelings towards PK.

      What is it about him people don’t like? Is he cocky, yah, is he talented yah, is he tough on the ice yah.

      I mean, why is it PK gets labelled a pain to teammates, but other young talented players don’t get labelled?

      We are all entitled to opinions, and I am not saying your wrong, but I do choose to disagree with you.

      As for the documented in the media, I think I will take quotes from teammates over no quotes from the said media on PK’s character.

      It isn’t PK’s fault that from his rookie year on he has been asked to be the teams Number 1 defenceman. Does he have some growing up to do? Probably yah, but don’t blame him for the fact the team had so little depth at Defence that he very quickly figured out he was the teams best dman.

      Also does this mean Dallas no longer wants Jamie Benn, he is unsigned, there are a few other unsigned RFA dmen in the league, do their GM’s also not want them?

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …this comment is not dumb …it’s STUPID

    • HabinNorth says:

      Hey tippy toes, I guess you are either prejudice or blind.
      This kids bleeds red white blue. Sure he is cocky and has a loud mouth, but would you prefer a personality like Weber.

      He play big minutes at a plus against the best from the opposition.

      Either give him a break or shut up

    • commandant says:

      PK has had as many on ice, in practice fights with teammates as TOmas Plekanec.

      Go Habs Go!
      Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports
      http://lastwordonsports.com/

    • ZepFan2 says:

      Zzzzzz

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      Ka is a wheel.

      Fans Theme: “You’re Breaking my heart, You’re tearin’ it apart” – Harry Nilsson

      You’re breaking my heart

  13. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Sporting News NHL: Jesse Spector; http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2012-10-29/nhl-lockout-news-2012-whl-stats-maple-leafs-worth-usa-hockey-canada-shea-weber

    ” Instead of dreaming of a league that starts from scratch, even though it would be fun to see all the new hockey teams—Boston Blades! Montreal Olympiques! British Columbia Explorers!—why not move forward with a new league of existing teams?

    There are 30 teams in the NHL, some successful, some not. Eight years ago, all of them went out of business for a full season, then came back confident that the league’s problems were solved. Now, here we are again, with a very real possibility of another lost season, and no guarantee that once the current dispute is settled, the same thing won’t happen again.

    It’s an oversimplification to say that the common denominator of the three NHL lockouts, in 1994, 2004, and now, is Gary Bettman. The problem is not the commissioner himself; it’s the very nature of his job, trying to represent the common interests of his 30 bosses. Those common interests—paying current players as little as they possibly can; staging a draft to “ensure competitive balance” and pay new players less than they’d make on an open market; making as much money as possible from national television and sponsorship deals—all feature the same word: money.

    This should come as no surprise. It’s always about the money. What the owners have to ask themselves is this: Is the existence of the NHL good or bad for the ultimate goal of maximizing profits?

    As good as things are financially for the Maple Leafs, they could be much better. The club had to pay $20 million in revenue sharing last season to prop up weaker franchises, and now can’t even get on the ice. Since the fall of 2004, the NHL has canceled 14 percent of the Leafs’ games (and everyone else’s). If this season never gets off the ground, that figure will be 22 percent. For a veritable mint of a hockey team in Toronto, the prospect of losing nearly a quarter of its opportunities to open the arena doors—and the PR damage control that accompanies labor strife—should be unacceptable.

    Now, let’s say you’re the Nashville Predators. You’ve had some success on the ice, and you’ve worked hard to build a devoted fan base in a non-traditional market, but you have a tough time making ends meet. During the six-year span in which the Maple Leafs made more than $400 million, you lost $30.5 million. While the Predators have worked hard to make their business a winner, and revenue-sharing payments help somewhat, it kind of defeats the purpose when the Philadelphia Flyers come along and sign your franchise player to an offer sheet that’s loaded up front with signing bonus money that still has to be paid during a lockout engineered by the owner of the Philadelphia Flyers. ”

    …” What’s good for the Maple Leafs is generally not good for the Predators, and vice versa. What they have in common from a business standpoint is being put in a worse financial position because of the lockout. By shutting down, the NHL is actively blocking clubs at opposite ends of the economic spectrum from achieving their chief (and just about only) shared objective.

    If the problem with the NHL is the NHL, why not get rid of the NHL? Team owners did not get the money to become team owners by having their business practices dictated to them by their competitors, and it does not have to be that way in the hockey industry. In the rest of the world, in fact, it isn’t that way. “

    • HabFab says:

      The owners do a good job of making 57% for the players or is it the players do a good job of making 43% for the owners?
      There are no angels here… only villains and heroes!

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …” The biggest structural difference between the way (European) leagues are run compared to the NHL is that the clubs—especially the big and wealthy ones—are the ones with the power,” Szymon Szemberg of the International Ice Hockey Federation told Sporting News. “The ‘league’ more or less is the office which is administrating things like refs, central sponsorships, schedule, etc. The league has no ideological say, this ‘power’ is with the clubs. In the NHL it seems to be the other way around, the clubs are franchises of the league and the league, and its commissioner, are very powerful and they speak on behalf of the clubs and the league.”

        While small-market teams of the NHL would be unhappy about ceding power to the “big and wealthy” clubs, the truth is that the league already is run by a select few teams. Because it takes a three-quarters vote of owners to ratify a CBA, a group of eight hardliners is capable of shutting down the league to further their own interests. Because the monolithic NHL does not allow its employees to make public comments about the labor situation, we do not know and cannot know how many of the 30 owners beyond the necessary eight are in favor of continuing the lockout.

        But you can also bet that if 22 teams decided to basically secede from the NHL and operate as independent businesses, and poached a couple of folks from NHL headquarters to handle officiating, scheduling, national sponsorships, and the like, the remaining eight would not want to be left watching as their players and fans defected. ” Jesse Spector

        • HabFab says:

          I hope you have typer’s cramps! I read the article, but I believe her article like one that I linked may only be plants from the PA. In this battle, there are no good guys… other then us ;)
          Paint me cynical!

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …” Modifying the existing NHL is a much easier proposition than blowing it up and starting from scratch, or forming entirely new teams for a new league, but if you want to see a “rebel league” shake up the hockey world, the best way to do it would be for the rebels to come from within. ” – Jesse Spector

            …and, I couldn’t have said it better Myself ! :)

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …We share the same cynicism Frank, but this is a time to get ANGRY …not cynical

    • wjc says:

      It is a business, and if it is a business, it will always be about maximizing profits.

      The NFL, NBA, Baseball are all set up the same way. All the teams represent One business.

      Toronto probably get their money back plus some, when they divide up the profits at the end of the season. Pay-per-view, finals, television rights, sales of merchandise (through the NHL).

      New York Yankees make more money then the Cleavland Indians or Toronto Blue Jays….all teams are together as one, and share in the profits.

      The NHL is not going to get rid of it’s self. It is a 3.3 billion dollar industry. All teams need all teams to prosper. If you want to regionalize the teams then it will not be as successful.

      They are not paying current players as little as they possibly can. Have you seen the salaries these guys are making. Most are independently wealthy.

      If the Canadian dollar were to slip down to 69 cents again, what then, get rid of the Canadian teams

      wjc

    • HammerHab says:

      “why not move forward with a new league of existing teams?”

      I believe the NHL owns the rights to the team names. The only thing the NHL does not own is the Stanley Cup so you could create a new league with new teams and compete for the Stanley Cup as they did before 1917 or so.

      ———————————–

      It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

  14. Haborama says:

    I’m gonna have to agree with the legendary Frontenac1 on this: Diaz is a pathetic excuse for a player and a brain-dead pickup, apart from Gomez of course no player in my opinion better symbolizes the Gauthier era then Diaz: small, soft, unskilled.

  15. AceMagnum says:

    Poor guy just wanted to wear number 16

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    THE KINGS ARE KINGS!! 2012

  16. Hobie Hansen says:

    I know it’s hard to do but let’s pretend the Habs are icing a team tomorrow night. And let’s make things simple and pretend they’re dressing six defenseman. Where does Diaz fit in?

    You’d have to figure Markov, Subban, Gorges, Emelin and Kaberle are in the lineup. So who’s number six out of Diaz, Bouillon and Weber?

    • Cal says:

      The bench and/or trade bait. Too small and soft. Bad pickup for the Habs.

    • Bigdawg says:

      If the team was playing tommorow, Markov would be iffy has he is recovering from a rib injury. If he were playing it would likely be in limited minutes and so I’d pair him with Cube as the 5/6 D

      I love Markov but he has not proven he can play for any long stretch as of yet. If he is not in the lineup, I’d go with Diaz and Cube initially and let Weber fight to earn his right to play (or wait for another injury).

      Hopefully the swiss D will progress and start to challenge Kaberle’s spot by the end of the year. If he or the swiss D are still on the team that is. If there is any hockey this year that is.

  17. otisfxu says:

    Poor PK,,,,,show some pizzazz, a little character, some spunk, some attitude and he gets crapped on,,,,,some Hab traditions never change. Jeez guys , we need some attitude on this team and have for years.

    Phoenix Coyotes lay off their workers, and since owned by the league, that should tell us we might not see hockey this year.
    All this stuff we are hearing, the back and forth sounds so much like 2004.

    and,,,,,I don’t care anymore

  18. HabsBeen says:

    Let’s just hope PK doesn’t get injured. That’s a pretty dangerous job if sent out in the field. What if he covers a storm like Sandy? Gulp!

    :-)

  19. tippytoes says:

    To me PK Subban is over the top with his tv appearances. (Srombo show & ctv)…a total hot dog…i can see how he can rub teamates the wrong way.

    • L Elle says:

      Maybe, but without that personality, he would be just another “soft” player. I think his teammates will love him, because he will help them win. And that’s all that matters.

    • habstrinifan says:

      If people called you up to be on TV and do your schtick would you refuse. P.K is on TV because it brings eyes to the set and if you followe dthe entire clip the ultimate goal of his appearance was the charitable program which help kids with their hockey expenses. Relax!

    • Cal says:

      That’s ridiculous. Those media affiliates invited him, not the other way around.

    • B says:

      I see nothing wrong with PK’s off ice activities. He is an exuberant kid and most folks seem to enjoy his outgoing personality and positivism. I don’t think it will diminish his performance on the ice. Remember when Lafleur released a disco song?

  20. habstrinifan says:

    Not to rain od Diaz’s parade but allow me to post some clips about Hamilton Bulldogs ‘player of the week’ as selected by Ives at Eye on the Prize. Why do I do this. A) Because I am gonna be patting myself on the back after touting this guy.. especially after the Memorial Cup. B)This guy is gonna be a BIG BIG part of Habs future and I think wil surpass players like LeBlanc etc. Another one of my candidates for HABS stardom, Gallagher, is doing great too.

    Here are the clips. Read an be Merry!!!!!

    “HAVING ONLY been on the ice for 2 of the Bulldogs 18 goals against.”… important folks… this will be his forte area in the NHL.

    “while other rookies are having a difficult time trying to adjust. …, Bournival has become a rock on the ice, rarely making mistakes and keeping his play simple.” He showed this so well in the Memorial Cup.

    “With all the new faces on the Bulldogs this season, Bournival’s experience as a leader and captain may be the start of the Bulldogs team finding an identity.” One of those players as I said many times before who reads when his team is losing momentum and responds to gain it back.

    “Michaël Bournival has been a bright spot night in and night out for the Bulldogs,”…. And he will be a bright spot for the big team in the not to distant future.

    All passages in quotes are from the following source.

    ” Hamilton Bulldogs Player Of The Week: Michaël Bournival

    By Ives on Oct 29, 3:24p”

    at the following link http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/hamilton-bulldogs/2012/10/29/3571438/hamilton-bulldogs-player-of-the-week-michael-bournival

    Minor question? Last I heard re summit tickets is that they would be made good for a game when and if hockey starts? Is that still the plan?

    Thanks for reading and been dropping in following you guys as much as I can.

  21. HabFab says:

    JFChaumont #Habs: « I don’t think we gonna be playing this year. » – Erik Cole
    – “I don’t think that Geoff Molson has a powerful voice with the owners group, but it’s not his fault” – Erik Cole.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I think JFChaumont may be right.

      This stoppage is gonna really destroy the status of hockey generally… even here in Canada. I know I for one have learnt my lesson. I will love the HABS and love the game and watch when they resume. But I wont live and die with hockey anymore. It’s impact on my daily mood has already diminished a whole lot in just a month. Someday I may see hockey as I do baseball now. Just a game from which I can switch channels.

  22. punkster says:

    One last time because the cause is important and the lock out affects their donations:

    As some of you know, former HI/O regular JD partners every year with the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation during the month of October to raise funds for underprivileged youth.

    Since its inception in August 2000, the Foundation has donated upwards of $13.5 million to 450 charitable endeavours from across the province of Quebec. This winter, the Foundation expects to unveil its fifth hockey rink in Montreal, a facility where underprivileged children will be able to borrow equipment and skate out onto the ice to enjoy this amazing sport.

    The fundraising effort is built around JD’s Halloween home haunt located in Kirkland, QC. Although cash donations are accepted on Oct. 31st, a $5 donation can also be made at any time by texting “Habs” to 45678.

    This is a slideshow of this year’s display.

    http://s127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/JaD__/Halloween%202012/?albumview=slideshow

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  23. 24 Cups says:

    It may be a small point but Diaz has two years left on his contract while Weber only has one. If the full season goes down the tubes, it could mean that Weber might just lose out to Diaz in terms of the depth chart.

    BTW, I thought I would be the odd man out on the poll question but it appears that “none” is a solid second.

  24. Kooch7800 says:

    HAMILTON BULLDOGS ON TVA Sports – NOVEMBER 2012 SCHEDULE
    Broadcast schedule subject to change. *Game at Bell Centre
    1. Saturday, November 3, 2012
    Rochester Americans at Hamilton Bulldogs
    7:00 p.m.
    2. Wednesday, November 7, 2012
    Syracuse Crunch at Hamilton Bulldogs
    7:30 p.m.
    3. Friday, November 9, 2012
    Syracuse Crunch at Hamilton Bulldogs
    7:30 p.m.*
    4. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
    Rochester Americans at Hamilton Bulldogs
    10:00 a.m.
    5. Friday, November 16, 2012
    Toronto Marlies at Hamilton Bulldogs
    7:30 p.m.
    6. Saturday, November 17, 2012
    7. Sunday, November 25, 2012
    Hamilton Bulldogs at Toronto Marlies
    Lake Erie Monsters at Hamilton Bulldogs
    3:00 p.m.
    5:00 p.m.

  25. Phil C says:

    He was a rookie, so mistakes should be expected. Instead of focusing on what a player is bad at, sometimes you need to focus on what he is good at to appreciate a player. Based on his play last year, I saw a player who played made great first passes out of his own end (a rare skill), played very sound positionally in his own end and had a very active stick when defending. He also showed some good offensive instincts when attacking.

    My comparison to Karlsson was in his size and playing style, not in his playing ability (obviously). My point being in my original post that if you want to criticize Diaz, saying he is too small doesn’t cut it for me.


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