Habs’ Emelin signs four-year contract extension

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that defenceman Alexei Emelin has been signed to a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2017-18 season. The deal is reported to be worth $16.4 million, an average of $4.1 million per season.

Emelin hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury on April 6 against the Boston Bruins. He skated with his teammates for the first time since suffering the injury during Thursday’s practice in Brossard while wearing a no-contact jersey. The defenceman underwent reconstructive knee surgery on May 21 to repair both the aneterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.

“We are very happy to have secured a long term agreement with Alexei,” Bergevin said in a statement. “He is an important part of our group of core players. He shows a very good work ethic and has a good attitude. He can play big minutes against the opponents’ best players, and hard-hitting defencemen of his type are hard to find. We are very confident that he will fully recover from his knee injury and be able to compete at a high level for many years to come.”

Said Emelin, who thinks he might return to the lineup by mid-November: “I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the coming years. I love Montreal and I am confident that I will soon return to the ice fully recovered from my injury and contribute to the success of our team.”

In 38 games last season with the Canadiens, Emelin posted 3-9-12 totals and and led the team with 110 hits.

After practice Thursday, coach Michel Therrien confirmed that George Parros, sidelined since suffering a concussion in the season opener on Oct. 1, will play Friday night in Minnesota (8 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690) and that Carey Price will start in goal.

Max Pacioretty, who has been sidelined since Oct. 15 with a lower-body injury but practised Thursday, is expected to play this weekend. The Canadiens will be in Colorado Saturday to face rookie coach Patrick Roy and the Avalanche (10 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

The two-game road trip will be a father/son event for the Habs. A number of the Habs fathers attended practice Thursday before heading out on the road with their sons. The only injured players who won’t make the road trip are Emelin, Travis Moen and Davis Drewiski.

Parros shaved off his trademark moustache on Thursday for the start of “Movember”. He then sent out this tweet, along with a photo of his clean-shaven face: “Day 1 is always a sad day… Donate in memory of my former facial hair”

Brandon Prust also shaved off his beard and moustache for “Movember”. His girlfriend, Maripier Morin sent out this tweet afterwards: “bye bye beard..hello movember @brandonprust8 !! #willmissyou #stache”

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at Thursday’s practice:

Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Bournival – Plekanec – Gionta
Bourque – Desharnais – Leblanc
Blunden – White – Pacioretty
Parros

Markov – Subban
Gorges – Diaz
Murray – Bouillon
Emelin – Pateryn

(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)

Michael Farber special guest on this week’s HIO Show

Parros, Pacioretty set to return to Habs’ lineup, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Canadiens smart to get Emelin signed now, NHL.com

Father knows best, Canadiens.com

How Gauthier helped the Habs as GM, Sportsnet.ca

Sabres’ Scott suspended for seven games, NHL.com

Avs goalie Varlamov could be charged with assaulting girlfriend, montrealgazette.com

Avalanche trades Downie to Flyers for Talbot, NHL.com

Avalanche to retire Foote’s jersey Saturday, coloradoavalanche.com

Babcock’s leadership key to Canada’s repeat hopes at Olympics, NHL.com

Scary Goalie Masks (photo gallery), SI.com

Hockey Fright Night (photo gallery), SI.com

Spurgeon steps into leadership role with Wild, minnesotawild.com

894 Comments

  1. Fransaskois says:

    Throughout his entire junior career, all of his home games and practices were played on Olympic sized ice in Belleville. Combined with his elite physical attributes and his outstanding play so far on the international stage, how can he NOT be on the team?

    I’m disappointed with how PK has been treated by the media, management, and fans.

    To the media: Give him a break, stop spreading BS and slandering his character.

    To the fans: Embrace his eccentricity and quit buying into the media BS.

    To the management: Quit ****ing around and support him already. Realize what you have and build around him.

    Rant is done, I hope he makes the Olympic team.

    • Buzz Lightbeer says:

      Babcock says a requirement is “skating, skating, skating,skating”.
      Then the pudits poo poo his chances of making the team. Just ridiculous.

      • Fransaskois says:

        That’s what I don’t get! There is no player on Team Canada’s potential squad who’s game would translate as well as PK’s to international ice. I saw PK play in Belleville and it was outstanding! He could do pretty well anything he wanted as there was so much space for him to maneuver and he was so adept at finding that space. If it’s about skating, I would take:

        Keith-Weber
        Letang-Subban
        Pietrangelo-Doughty
        (Vlasic-Seabrook)

        • Buzz Lightbeer says:

          All the he’s too “risky” talk. It’s not risky if nobody can catch you.
          And for the questions about his defensive play,when games are important and on the big stage,P.K can bring as well as anybody.

          • Chris says:

            Against the rosters that most of the other nations will be fielding, I think it is a bit generous to think that P.K. Subban wouldn’t be caught.

            Subban is an outstanding skater, and he’s very good at protecting the puck. My only fear is that he is still guilty of chasing his mark. He was terrible for that in the OHL, drifting way out of position in Belleville. Fortunately, he was much faster than most of his competitors. In the NHL, that half-step speed advantage is more like a quarter-step. Against the best players in the world, it is probably half that or less.

            I think Subban should be on Team Canada, but his play this season has been off. I haven’t watched enough of the other guys to see if there are others that aren’t playing at their best, but Subban hasn’t looked as defensively sound as he did last season.

  2. frontenac1 says:

    Port! Port is for Idiots who think they are smart. Thank God I’m an idiot who knows I am one.

  3. Old Bald Bird says:

    PK sure knows how to avoid controversy. Good for him.

  4. frontenac1 says:

    @Lafleurguy. No! For God”s sakes No! No Port! That’s for Idiots! Please don’t do that! Anything but Port!

  5. JM says:

    Therrien or anyone else in the Montreal Organization can treat PK what ever way they want it won’t bother PK. There’s 29 other teams out there that would love to have him.
    Like PK said. He gets paid to play the best hockey that he can and that’s exactly what he does. Good answers by PK and he is one of the best in the League at what he does!!

  6. frontenac1 says:

    PK has the best numbers in the league this year. He won the Norris last year. He has experience on international Ice in Junior and WJC. If he is not on Team Canada then something Stinks in Hockey Canada. Any other excuse is Pure BS and they should be ashamed of themselves.

  7. Lafleurguy says:

    In the two seasons before the shortened one, P.K. had 124 and 119 penalty minutes. Larry Robinson never had more than 100 minutes in any one season! Given that P.K. doesn’t fight (except small guys like Marchand, and Kyle Turris), he draws a lot of minor penalties.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  8. Stevie.Ray says:

    That video is the perfect example of how selfish and cocky Subban really is

  9. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    P.K is so polite and articulate. I can see why he is so hated around the league. (eye roll)

  10. frontenac1 says:

    @Lafleurguy. Good question amigo.You will never,Ever go wrong with a fine Single Malt. Naturally, that is just my opinion.

  11. HabFab says:

    ALL notice the second video added above… it is the media asking PK the questions today that are being debated here tonight. Not sure if we are getting anything more then a neutral answer.

  12. Lafleurguy says:

    Hey Front and other Laphroaig connoisseurs, what chasers go with Halloween candy? Lots of leftovers on a rainy Hallowed Eve.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  13. frontenac1 says:

    Politics? Charlie MacKenzie, Rhino Party! Scew the rest of them,! Saludos!

  14. HabFab says:

    Wanna be starting something or what…………….

    Minnesota Wild – @CanadiensMTL Hotel pillowcases make excellent candy collectors. Utilize your bilingual skills – stop by twice and they’ll never realize!

  15. ArmyFan says:

    Was just on the Hockey News website – George Parros leads the Habs with 20 penalty minutes. Less than one game played. Too funny.

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  17. jols101 says:

    The ‘Father knows best’ story linked above is awesome. Great idea for the organization. It sounds like PK’s and Chucky’s fathers are super pumped to get the road trip started.

    • Eddie says:

      If we’re on politics.,…here it goes.
      When Obama was elected I was happy for him and happy for America.
      5 years later I am left shaking my head.
      Very disappointed.

      • HabFab says:

        His approval rating dropped below 50% for the first time (47%) in this weeks poll.
        Democrats were 37%.
        Republicans were 22%.

        Most Americans seem disillusioned with their Political parties and leaders.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Unfortunately Ed, I fear Politics in North America has become such a monster that regardless of leader, the lack of Bipartisanship is ruling the way. I have simply learned to have no use for any politician of any party. (Except Bripro), the rest can go screw themselves.

        THe concept of all these politicians who have never held a real job where they are accountable on a daily basis is ridiculous. It takes 4 years to fire these clowns, you and I can be fired in 5minutes.

        I would like to see limited terms on all these clowns.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Trust me — it’s no better on this side of the Atlantic. And they wonder why voter turnout is so low….

          (actually, they don’t wonder; they depend on it).

        • Garbo says:

          It is necessary to provide such protections to politicians if you want to attract successful candidates from society. No business man or lawyer is going to leave their established successful practices to enter the fray of politics (an absolutely thankless job) without some incentives such as guranteed pensions, terms, job security, etc.

          Unless you only want mediocre people running the country, these things are necessary.

          I am not a politician or even interested in politics, and am generally as dismayed by politics as most, but we have to be realistic. Its not easy, and if we want good people, it has to be attractive.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            So then why are there so many life long politicians who have never worked in the private sector? Harper, Obama, Trudeau, none have ever worked in the private sector. Seems to me like all we are doing is breeding folks whose skillset is knocking on doors, kissing babies and lying like sidewalks.

      • aroma says:

        The greatest president in the history of the USA would have looked no
        better having inherited the mess that Dubya left behind.

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Agree with you but get ready to be jumped on this world wide web.

          “May you live in interesting times.”
          P.S. Yay Costambar!

        • Eddie says:

          I’m talking about all the “not knowing” b.s that this President has been spewing all over our TV’s these last 5 years.

          He “didn’t know” this and he “couldn’t know” that!!

          Are you kidding me?

          I’m not getting pulled any further into this because I know we will disagree.

          Very disappointed that this President is equally full of crap as all the others have been; not one bit more honest.

  18. frontenac1 says:

    @sweetmad. You are more wise than you give yourself credit for. You remind me of mother. Keep us crazy lads focused. Saludos!

  19. HabFab says:

    Scott gets 7 game suspension.

    What did Dubinsky get again?

  20. Habcouver says:

    I’m hoping Parros eases into the game tomorrow with perhaps one scrap in the 3rd period, after his goal and assist.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  21. sweetmad says:

    As I have said before, I am not that knowledgable about hockey,I don’t understand why, it is so imperitive, that PK plays on the pk.He gets plenty of time 5/5 and pp,why does he have to play pk as well,I thought our pk was doing well,aren’t we in the top 10.

    I think it is more important for PK to have some time between shifts,so that he is ready for the pp and 5/5,surely if PK is not on the pk,it gives a chance for other players to play special teams,it shares the TIO,and helps to give other players confidence,and shows the team that the coach has confidence in them,which to me is just as important,as PK knowing the coach has confidence in him,he doesn’t need proof,he knows it,PK may be humble but he is not stupid,he knows how important he is to this team.
    GO HABS GO

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Just an example: On monday we had a one goal lead at NY and with 6 or 7 minutes to play the Rangers got a PP. On at least three (maybe four) consecutive shifts we didn´t use Subban who played under 22 minutes that night, 4 minutes less than 34-year old Andrei Markov. That just doesn´t make any sense.

    • Eddie says:

      I think it’s obvious there’s a tension between Subban and Therrien.

      People here seem to think that every player gets along with his coach and every coach loves his players. That’s not true in Pee Wee hockey and it is certainly not true in the NHL.

      Therrien has his “favorites” who he relies on in the room and on the ice. That’s what every coach does.

      Subban, even though he is a Norris trophy winner, and clearly the most talented player on this team, and the most talented player we have seen in quite a few years, is NOT one of Therrien’s “favorites”.

      That is why there is some concern.

      Everyone has an opinion, and that’s mine.

      • HabFab says:

        Sounds highly probable.

      • Da Hema says:

        If this is true, then I would hope that Bergevin will intervene and sort out any problems. Michel Therrien is, to be charitable, a second-tier NHL coach who has never won anything of significance in the NHL. PK Subban is a Norris-Trophy winning defenceman, who may well end up with many more in the future. Should the Habs give away another superstar defenceman because of an idiot coach or administrator, I know I will disavow this team once and for all (…which admittedly means nothing to the team or anyone here).

        • Eddie says:

          There’s nothing Bergevin should do at this time.
          He has a coach doing his job quite well. He has a player playing very well at this time.
          Just because there is reason to be “concerned” that Subban is not one of Therrien’s favorites, I can’t see how or why a GM would get involved.

          I would add that Bergevin knew very well Therrien’s position regarding Subban before he was hired, because Therrien was a public figure for a long time, and he often stated on the air how he felt about Subban.

        • piper says:

          If there is tension between PK and Therrien it could cost the Habs quite a bit more to keep PK around.

      • Tyhudg says:

        Subban needs to be less flamboyant on the ice is the problem. He tries to do too much himself too often…. granted he is the best player on the habs, he needs to make the simple play more often. When he does it leads to breakaways and odd man rushes. When he tries to do it himself it leads to him laying on the ice trying to draw a penalty(which he doesn’t get), it leads to a big giveaway, or it leads to him standing behind the oppositions goal line with DD standing where Subban should be trying to play defenseman vs a rush. It has absolutely nothing to do with favorites, it has to do with Subban trying to do too much himself, something that leads to GA on the PK. I mean really, the habs are 7th in team PK, and are tied for second in shorties…. this is seriously a non issue. Subban is good guys, really good…. but you need to open your eyes because he is a long, long ways from perfect.

        • piper says:

          I’ve noticed that (trying to do too much himself) too this year, especially the last 4 or 5 games.
          Also his embelishment trying to draw calls has really turned the refs against him. He has to get back to playing a more simple game and stop the BS diving.

      • punkster says:

        And my opinion, based on exactly the same exposure to the PK/Therrien relationship that you and everyone else on here has access to, is that this is a media created, fan fueled chimera.

        There are no facts, only speculation.

        Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
        but…
        ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

        • Eddie says:

          Do you think that Subban is one of Therrien’s “favorites”?

          Because I am simply pointing out that it’s obvious to everyone that he is NOT one of Therrien’s favorites.

          That’s what my post suggested quite clearly.

          And there is a tension there between them.

          • punkster says:

            Nothing to do with favs or no…everything to do with chicken littles running around blowing things out of proportion because you’ve had smoke blown up your behinds by the media…again.

            Everyone got all hot and bothered over the PK signing crapola last season because the media led you down the garden path and generated miles of speculative garbage opinion masking as “reporting”.

            No difference here.

            Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
            but…
            ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

          • Eddie says:

            Punkster, with all due respect, Subban refused to sign for several weeks. There was a legitimate story there. Subban knew he was about to become one of the league’s great players, and the Habs refused to sign him out of principle because of a league rule limiting Subban’s power to negotiate.

          • punkster says:

            Tom, I’m responding to your original opinion with my opinion and it hasn’t changed appreciatively since the media fueled silliness of January.

            The “facts” just do not matter because we had, and have in this present tempest in a teapot, little or no facts to go on.

            We have a difference of opinion only…leave it at that.

            Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
            but…
            ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

      • PrimeTime says:

        Equally as obvious is North America arrested Varlomov to impede him from playing for Russia in the Olympics!! I guess when you’re bias it’s easy to make accusations based on reckless reasoning. Believe what you choose

      • aroma says:

        And I agree with you. If in fact it’s true, Therrien should be fired yesterday. Those of you old enough to have been sickened by the Chris Chelios for a totally over the hill Denis Savard trade… we are surely hoping it won’t happen again…

  22. Timo says:

    Great. A ceremony night on Saturday. For the folks out east it means the game will probably start close to 11. Habs suck on ceremony nights, although I don’t know the stat for Habs ceremony’s vs opposition ceremonies.

  23. chrskwn says:

    does that mean budaj will face his former team saturday?

    • savethepuck says:

      I read something yesterday that said he would start in Colorado Saturday but I don’t remember the source.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        stp, I think it was just in the Gazette story, pointing out that PB played 6 seasons in Denver. That what you read?

        • savethepuck says:

          I thought I actually read that Price starts in Minnie and Budaj starts against the Avs, who he played for for 6 years, 3 as a starter.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

  24. CH Marshall says:

    Interesting article re The Ghost. What the heck does a director of player personnel do anyway? Thing about PG I’d like to know most was how much involvement he had in the Gomez trade. Oh well, that’s all history now. Go DD!

  25. habsfan0 says:

    While it may not mean anything, it’s interesting that Bergevin chose to extend Emelin before Subban. Although, I believe a Subban extension is imminent.
    Having said that, what a change in philosophy between the Bergevin regime and the Gainey years,when the latter absolutely refused to extend anybody during the course of the season.

  26. Lafleurguy says:

    Good thing you guys aren’t “mean drunks” like Varlamov. He and Michael Neuvirth were out-played by Halak. He needs Chris Brown’s lawyers.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  27. Psycho29 says:

    Mitch Melnick ‏ @HunterZThompson
    Habs played final 15 games of last season without Alexei Emelin. They were 5-10 with a goal differential of -17.

  28. johnnylarue says:

    Thanks for “re-tweeting” that Yemmy highlight reel, Dunboyne.

    See, now THAT is exactly the type of physicality that adds excitement to hockey game.

    Legal, solid, purposeful, punishing body checks. They hurt, they can suck the energy out of an opposing player, but they seldom injure. Proof that it’s possible to play hard, physical hockey within the bounds of the rules and respect for fellow players.

    Honorable mention to Murray, too. We’ve got a surprisingly balanced D-corps with those two Shermans in the lineup…

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Dare I say this is hockey the way it is meant to be played?

      And yet — it’s not hard enough for Bettman, who has no faith in mere physicality but sees dollar signs in dirtiness, injury, scandal, and notoriety. MMA bucks dancing like sugar plums in his misguided little head.

  29. Dunboyne Mike says:

    @cautiousoptimist.

    Ha! Just saw your Phaneuf reply on the previous page when I was scrolling around for Buzz Lightyear’s Emelin video.

    Thanks for the portrait — I’ll try to take notice of those qualities next time I see him.

    Cheers

  30. Timo says:

    Funny how Parros sits next to DD in the dressing room. Maybe some of his mojo will rub off DD? Nah… that’s just silly.

  31. Ozmodiar says:

    My favorite Emelin hit was the one on Gryba.

    Probably because it was Gryba.

  32. shandrew says:

    Leaf fans on TSN boards crapping all over the Emelin signing – if he played in Toronto they’d being calling him Bobby Orr. I gotta stop reading this stuff…anyway, great news for the Canadiens. Now it’s time to take care of PK

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …I only read a few, and those Weeds’ fans that commented seemed to be patting Us on the back for a good move, or were jealous they didn’t have an Emelin :)

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      With all due respect, we don’t have to take lectures from Leaf fans, unless the topic of the lecture is “Irony: Most inept hockey organization AND most valuable team”

  33. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey Buzz Lightbeer — excellent Emelin hits video. Here it is for any who missed it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU95er84Eo4

    Most of them are clean, most of them involve emphatically separating the opposing player from the puck.

    Who is the Oiler getting demolished?

    Yikes!

  34. Steeltown Hab says:

    Saturday Lineup vs Colorado

    Bournival – Plekanec – Gionta
    Pacioretty – Eller – Leblanc
    Bourque – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
    Blunden – White – Parros

    Let’s DO THISSS

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  35. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Bergevin will have to really earn His paycheck from here on …so many UFA contracts coming at the end of this season …so many current Players playing very well …so many Young Guns pressing for a place on the Team

    …salary cap, even if increasing, PK’s contract means several Guys We like on Our Team won’t be back next season

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Philosophy is great – but I’d like MB to start showing me something because so far his moves haven’t produced a spectacular track record.

      ———————————

      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22

      • johnnylarue says:

        Hang on, Steeltown–while I agree that some of his signings have been questionable, it’s not exactly fair to overlook the fact that, in his only season as Habs GM, his team finished 2nd in the conference.

        Not that fairness counts for much these days, I’ll grant you that…

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I tend to see it along the lines of Johnny, Jake …since Bergevin, the success and karma going for Our Team since He took over buys Him a lot of goodwill

        …or, at least, it should

        …unless You’re Timo :)

      • AceTen says:

        So the team going from 15th to 2nd in one year and now sitting tied for third in the conference isn’t a spectacular track record? Really? Not to mention all of the injuries we’ve had…

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Several guys is an exaggeration. Murray and Bouillon shouldn´t be signed anyway. Gionta might be gone too but there´s enough money for all the other key player.

    • JUST ME says:

      It was to be expected that if you want results one day or another you have to take tough decisions.
      Although i feel like you and am afraid to see good players go, i tell myself that as much as i enjoy seeing those guys, i still have not seen them drink in the big bowl so…
      Furthermore i think that moneywise we have to manage things but should not be that bad since we already took the youngster`s avenue…

  36. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …who made the trade ? …Patrick or Joe ?

    …I think Patrick

  37. ABHabsfan says:

    Re:the Avs and Varlamov. It says on TSN.ca that he(allegedly) kicked his girlfriend in the chest and dragged her by the hair. Nice fella. How can you let a guy like that back in the room until it’s resolved? How do other guys sit there across from him and trust a guy that does that? (allegedly) If I’m Roy I keep him out until it’s worked out. Constant elephant in the room for the rest of the year.
    Glad to see Emelin signed and for reasonable $. Timing is funny though; you would think MB would wait until he has played a few games to see if he is the same feared player he was last year.

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

  38. Habs_101 says:

    Really hope MT gives this a go when we are healthy;

    Galch – Eller – Gallagh
    Patch – Desh – Bourq
    Bourn – Pleks – Gionta
    Prust – White – Parros
    Moen

    Markov – Subban
    Emelin – Gorges
    Cube/Diaz/Murray/Tinordi/Beaulieu/Pateryn (2 of these on any given night, and 1 in press box)

    This will be the FINAL attempt for DD to prove he has any value outside the face-off circle… if he fails to generate with two big, shooting wingers, send him to Hamilton or trade him for anything and let LL have a shot at this role OR move LL to wing and let galchenyuk center these two… my two cents.

    GO HABS GO!

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I had this same set-up in mind the other night and then remembered that Briere is still a part of this team. Presumably he will be healthy at some point. Though I’m with you and rather just erase him. (figuratively, erase him from the squad!)

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

    • JM says:

      I’d like to see MT give this a go when we are healthy:

      Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
      Bournival – Pleks – Gionta
      Bourque – Eller – Prust
      Moen – DD/White – Parros

      All the centers in their rightful place

      • aroma says:

        If Bourque keeps producing at his usual rate, it’s another waste of Eller’s ability. By next year Galchenyuk will be a more complete player
        And readier to assume centership. And by then we’ll sure know whether there is any reason at all to keep DD in the lineup. I’m thinking not and then we’ll see the centers that we ought to see. Not to mention a new winger or two.

      • Alvin says:

        I agree with Aroma.
        You are wasting Eller with by playing him with Prust and Bourque.
        I also think you are spoiling the GGs by playing Patches with them
        You know what would be great? Prust centering Patches and Bourque.

  39. Garbo says:

    RE: Downie/Talbot

    I think the deal was in the term. Downie will be UFA, Talbot signed for 2 years (I think). Colorado likely knew Downie would not sign back with them. Still weird though, given they’re playing so well. The timing may also be to deflect attention from their goalie the kidnapper.

    Hopefully this will start a downward spiral spiral for Colorado starting with a whooping at the hands of Les Habitants on Saturday.

  40. Phil C says:

    @ Bill

    In the 10 games before the Emelin injury, the Habs gave up 21 goals. In the 10 games after the Emelin injury, they gave up 35. That’s more than a GPG increase. Their 10 game record before the injury was 6-3-1, after the injury, 4-6-0.

    The wheels may have been wobbling in March, but they came flying off after the Emelin injury. Gorges even said as much at the golf tournament this year. Now that doesn’t mean that Emelin is the greatest ever, it just means that he was effective in his role and that the Habs did not have the depth to replace him.

  41. Habfan10912 says:

    @johnnylarue – You’ve come up with the perfect explanation in regards to PK’s lack of PK ice time. Tremendous!

  42. Eddie says:

    Bergevin would never acquire Downie; the guy is not coachable.

  43. HabFab says:

    The Hockeywriters have 10 questions about the Habs;
    http://thehockeywriters.com/montreal-canadiens-ten-questions/

  44. HabFab says:

    Reway showing FLASH down in the Q;
    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/montreal-canadiens-pick-martin-reway-adds-spin-move-150016430.html

    The player he outraces and then dekes the jockstrap off, in the first video, is none other then Jonathan Drouin. Who is known to have a few shifty moves of his own.

  45. --Habs-- says:

    Not sure what happened but something smells like a fish in this story!

    Go HABS Go

  46. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Pacioretty, once again shows his super-human cell regeneration skills. 3 weeks of recovery for anybody else is 2 for Patches. I’m stoked about the back-to-back!

    • johnnylarue says:

      It’s a give and take with Patches. Injures often; heals quickly.

      I think he might be misguidedly applying the “practice makes perfect” motto to the injury/recovery process.

      • SlovakHab says:

        Pacioretty doesn’t get injured that often. It’s a myth.
        He missed 3 games in 2011-2012 and 3 games in 2013 season. However, the 3 games he missed in 2013 was because of surgery, not injury.
        Since the Chara stanchion slam (which could have killed someone, and definitely doesn’t portrait Pacioretty as injury-prone), he only missed a handful games because of injuries.

  47. zephyr says:

    both ll & blunden are sitting once max, parros & prust are in. hope max plays with dd & bourque. leave bournival where he is. that line has some spark now.
    emelin will be a big addition. prob bouillon sits. hope georges & diaz get broken up. our d might be very good at that point. still too many figure skaters for my liking tho. way too many shots allowed. i’d like to see pateryn play soon.
    will mb resign markov? hope so. i’d rather see georges go & one of the 3 prospects play in a bottom pairing. preferably tinordi or pateryn because beaulieu is still underweight. that kills in the playoffs when frontier justice reigns.
    murray has played well & has cracked few heads already. much needed.
    resign gionta? maybe not. one less smurf. still have briere for a year. rather have gionta than briere but one has got to go. gallagher & dd are both younger & better. interesting to see what mb does.
    this team is already good & will be getting better very soon.

  48. Marc10 says:

    Given the taxes in QC for players and what’s being shelled out on the market for comparable D, this is a good deal.

    Now for Eller and Subbidoo. Should be good fun.

  49. --Habs-- says:

    So lets see! Downie gets traded to the Flyers for Max Talbot! WHY? Avs are 10 and 1 and the Flyers 1 and 10. What players do they have that you want? Do you think it has anything to do with Varlamov’s girl friend? These things happen in life! The trade was out of left field!

    Go HABS Go

    • JUST ME says:

      I usually do not give any attention to those theories but this time you may have a point or they might be two totally different things…But the trade is weird,the timing of the trade is weird…

  50. HardHabits says:

    I answered “NO”

    The people who answered “YES” are into drama and soap operas.

  51. Marcusman says:

    I think we all knew they would resign him. Glad to see the GM getting this done now….now The tank can simply worry about getting back on the ice.

    Our D gets much tougher in about 2.5 weeks!!!

  52. Luke says:

    @Habilis – amongst the older comments you mentioned:
    “…I can’t think of one single Norris trophy winner who doesn’t play on the PK and who doesn’t lead his team in ice time. Erik Karlsson even plays on the PK for Pete’s sake

    Karlsson averages 1:09 Shorthanded Minutes/game.
    PK averages 1:01 Shorthanded Minutes/game.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Karlsson even getting 1 second more than PK of ave Penalty Kill time is ridiculous sad.

      ———————————

      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22

      • Luke says:

        Well, Montreal’s Penalty kill is better than the Sens…

        so yah, Maybe they should tone back Karlsson’s PK time/game by about 8 seconds.

        Good call SH… less time on ice for EK, not more for PK.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Hey, those extra 8 seconds don’t lie, my friend…

      • Luke says:

        It’s in the 7th & 8th second where MT’s personal fued with PK really comes through.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Over the course of a year, that ends up becoming almost 11 minutes, that is plenty of time for Therrien to show his hatred for PK.

          • johnnylarue says:

            Has it ever dawned on anyone that maybe, just maybe, Therrien likes to keep PK on the bench sometimes just because he likes having him around? I mean, if he really hated PK, a better way to show it would be by putting him in the way of as many Chara slapshots as possible, wouldn’t it?

          • HabinBurlington says:

            @Johnnylarue, you are genius my friend, you have just proven that indeed they are actually BFF’s!

    • Habilis says:

      That basically proves my point. Karlsson is probably the most offensive minded D-man to win the Norris since Paul Coffey, and he’s playing the same amount on the penalty kill as P.K.

      IMO, P.K. is a better defensive hockey player than Karlsson is. Karlsson doesn’t even hit.

      Also, and it’s negligible but I’ll mention it anyhow, the Habs are averaging 4 minutes more of penalties per game than the Sens are. So, Karlsson has less opportunities than P.K does and is still tied with him. Karlsson also averages 3 minutes more ice time per game, so he’s playing more than P.K. in all other situations too.

      • Luke says:

        So is McLean a bad coach for playing EK too much?

        Would they be a more successful team if EK’s ice time was being managed more strictly?
        Would they Ottawa bet better served to take 1 minute or so of EK’s ice time and give it to Cowan?

        PK, for all the hardship he endures under “Therrien’s reign of Terror” (r) , does average 25 shifts a game. I know that’s an insult since it only TIES him for the team lead amongst defensmen.

        • Habilis says:

          When did I ever say anything about MacLean being good or bad?

          You’re missing my point. I simply think that P.K. is being under-utilized. There are 19 players in the NHL who play more minutes per game than P.K., and I think it should be less than that. I think that P.K. should be among the top 5 in the NHL because he is our best skater and because he’s in his athletic prime. I would rather see P.K. playing 28 and Cube playing 12 than P.K. at 25 and Cube at 15.

          Maybe it’s just me, but that’s how I feel.

  53. A. Berke says:

    Signing of Emelin at 4.1m per is great news.
    (sorry like the “carabinieri” I’m a bit late to the news again!)
    Looking forward to seeing him back in play.
    Cheers,

    Ali B.

  54. DomKing says:

    I believe that this signing will now trigger a trade. Diaz, Tinordi, Pateryn and Jorges are in play. Same goes for Dietz, Ellis and Thrower. One or two will be packaged with DD or Leblanc for a young forward. Yakupov? Ryan O’Reilly?

  55. rhino514 says:

    Wow! no news for weeks and all of a sudden Pac Man is playing this weekend. Hail to the wolverine! And Emelin on the fourth pairing!
    So if Max Pac drwas in for Leblanc Saturday, does that mean friday is LL´s last game, or would they stick him on the fourth line for a couple of games and have Blunden sit?

    • johnnylarue says:

      Holy smokes–first I heard of it. Max should take his time–those hamstrings can be trouble.

      But then again, I suppose coming back a “mere” one week ahead of schedule probably qualifies as taking his time by his standards…

  56. Luke says:

    Oh No,

    Emelin’s return means PK is going to be even LESS likely to see time on the penalty kill.

    Emelin, Murray, Gorges, Markov… Diaz… Boullion, Timo… Then PK.

  57. johnnylarue says:

    “I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the coming years. I love Montreal and I am confident that I will soon return to the ice fully recovered from my injury and contribute to the success of our team.”

    Damn, the kid even TALKS like a tank!!

  58. Phil C says:

    A surprising stat from last year for me was that Emelin was tied with Subban for the team lead among defensemen with 12 even strength points. And that was in 4 less games. I’m sure playing with Markov helped, but Markov only had 7 ES points last year in 10 more games than Emelin, so it can’t all be attributed to “the Markov effect”.

    As a comparison, Phaneuf also had 12 ES points, but in 10 more games.

    I think Emelin has some offensive upside left to his game, especially if he gets some PP time.

    • johnnylarue says:

      He was a regular contributor to the PP on his KHL team. I think his offensive potential has been largely overlooked thus far in the NHL, but he’s definitely a notch above Gorges, Bouillon or Murray in terms of fitting in on the 2nd PP unit if you axe me.

  59. jon514 says:

    Am I the only one thinking something happened between Downie and Varlamov’s GF?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I don’t think it is related. You can file this under 2nd hand information, but very good friends of mine are extremely close with Steve Downies family (my buddy is his godfather), and when he left Philly the first time, Holmgren and Clarke told him that not to worry he would one day be a Flyer again as they believed he was a Flyer player (style/type) and that one day they would re-acquire him.

      I am surprised it took this long.

  60. habs-hampton says:

    Is it just me, or does this feel like Free-Agent Frenzy day? All these new guys (BIG guys) joining the team. Max and George back this weekend, and Emelin in 2 weeks.

    Now we have the Refrigerator, Tank and PK ready to strike. What a difference!

  61. Bill says:

    @Just Me: I thought the same thing, but someone here – can’t remember who – posted the stats and records that show that the Habs slide last year started well in advance of the Emelin injury.

  62. Bill says:

    Steeltown: Diaz has been in a completely differently league than Beaulieu and Tinordi this year, never mind Pateryn. All three may well become good NHL players, but they are nowhere near as effective as Diaz at this point in time, and have definitely not “shown they are ready”. If they were or had, they’d be playing in Montreal right now.

  63. Sportfan says:

    I need to know how people think about the contract, thoughts?

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  64. troteris says:

    Guys how to watch habs online rds or something?

  65. Mondou6 says:

    Minor complaint, but could HIO please have something on the front page that shows “Next Game Is…”?

    Or a rolling schedule, showing the upcoming week? It would be more useful than showing the result of the game two days ago.

    I always have to navigate to a schedule page to figure out if there is a game tonight.

    • mfDx says:

      Go to canadiens.com
      Click on “english”
      Click on “schedule”
      Click on “downloadable calendars”
      Now you can download the entire schedule to your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. You can set your device to tweet or vibrate when the game starts, or even two days before the game starts.

      Sent from my CHphone

    • Strummer says:

      I agree- schedule should be on the homepage- you shouldn’t have to eff around clicking multiple screens

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  66. Sportfan says:

    Downie for Talbot is really random, I mean wasn’t Downie on the first line in Colorado?

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  67. habsguru says:

    Crosby doesn’t play on the pk either…
    however, last shift of a one goal game? best players are on the ice

    • habcertain says:

      you would think, considering that Diaz is taking PK’s spot makes it all the more perplexing, this is something more than a hockey decision, personalities are at play.

      • Luke says:

        Maybe you/we are looking to hard to find some sort of strife in what is quite really a simple situation:

        The coach feels more comfortable with Diaz on the ice protecting a one goal lead than he does with PK. And Diaz has done nothing to change his mind. Diaz is by no means “Taking PK’s spot” as you suggest.

        (See: Occam’s Razor).
        It doesn’t have to be a conspiracy, or some great drama. It’s simple. Threrrien feels Diaz is safer at that moment in the game.

        Question: How many goals have we allowed when Diaz was on the ice with a minute left to play and the other team scored to tie it?

        • habcertain says:

          no conspiracy or drama, it is blatantly clear. I could ask you the same question about PK but it is irrelevant, if Therrien thinks Diaz is better then I question his hockey sense. I like that last year all the Diaz lovers were exalting his offensive abilities, and now that he can’t hit the broadside of a barn, it his defensive prowess. he can’t steal a puck nor can he hold on to one because he is a cream puff lightweight. I would be willing to swallow a MAB type d-man to bolster the PP, but sorry, not buying the defensive stalwart. more importantly, if Therrien was trying to boost his support for the best d-man, he would be on the ice, he would be logging the most minutes but he isn’t that smart. keep alienating your best players, good career move.

          • Luke says:

            He (pk) plays, on average, the most shifts (25) in a game.

            Let’s put it this way:
            You work with a guy who’s great at his job. He’s better than you… but you aren’t bad at your job, you’re good. Get’s the primo assignments, but you have a niche on the team. You do well in it. One day your boss decidesto replace you with him on a project that you’ve been working. Your good at this, you’ve had success. In fact, you are amongst the industry leaders in this area. Yet, you get replaced because this guy is also good.

            Are you happy, or are you, and perhaps others on the project going to feel alienated?

    • B says:

      There is a difference between being up by a goal and being down by a goal. If the Habs are down by a goal, Subban would have been on the ice:

      Down by 2 to Edmonton, Subban played the last 1:11 of the game (Gionta scored with 3 seconds left).

      Down by 1 to Nashville, Subban played the last 1:12.

      Down by 1 to Calgary, Subban was on the ice near the end of the game but took a cross checking penalty with 1:49 left to play.

      Down by 1 to Toronto, Subban played the last 1:02.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  68. Lafleurguy says:

    Are those Hab-haters at TSN still touting Mark Stahl for the Canadian team?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  69. CH Marshall says:

    interesting that Bob Mckenzie on tSN called this signing just a day or so ago. Good signing. Looking to seeing what Beaulieu has down the line. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of critics.

  70. Max says:

    I’d rather keep Diaz over Gorges.Diaz has more offensive upside and blocks quite a few shots as well.Both players are non physical.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Diaz like DD is in his prime, i’m not sure what more offense he’s going to show past what he already has.

      I’m not a fan of Gorges salary that’s forsure, I’m in favor of moving Gorges because I know GMs around the league would pay a decent price for him. Diaz I see no point in keeping with Beaulieu showing he’s ready, add-in Tinordi and Pateryn I’d rather see as well.

      ———————————

      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin – @J_Perez22


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