Habs enjoy six-day Christmas break in schedule; Pacioretty becomes a dad

The Canadiens gave themselves an early Christmas gift with their 4-3 win over the Predators Saturday night in Nashville with David Desharnais scoring the winning goal in overtime after they had blown a 3-0 first-period lead.

The Canadiens returned home after the game and will enjoy a six-day break in the schedule before visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Dec. 28. The Canadiens won’t even practise again until Friday afternoon after arriving in Florida.

After the game in Tampa, the Canadiens will visit the Florida Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, travel to Carolina to play the Hurricanes on New Year’s Eve, then visit the Dallas Stars on Thursday, Jan. 2, before returning home to face the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Jan. 4.

The Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty got an early Christmas gift as his wife, Katia, gave birth to a baby boy early Monday morning. Lorenzo Pacioretty weighed in a 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Tweeted The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs: “#Habs Max replies to my text that his 4-hour-old son Lorenzo is already nearly as big as Davey: “Hopefully he has the same hands too”.

Meanwhile, here’s what Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported on the weekend concerning the Canadiens and Pacioretty:

“It seems inexplicable, but Slap Shots has heard continued chatter about the Canadiens’ willingness to trade Max Pacioretty, the 25-year-old winger who apparently isn’t Michel Therrien’s ideal,” Brooks wrote.

“Of course the Rangers are interested, but unless the Blueshirts are willing to re-gift Montreal with Ryan McDonagh (and they’re not dealing McDonagh, one of the most untradeable players in the league), there is little reason to believe the clubs have a match, and no, the Habs don’t seem to be a potential landing spot for Michael Del Zotto.”

Brooks added: “We’re told the Islanders and Flyers are taking serious runs at Pacioretty, who has a club-friendly contract worth $4.5 million per that runs through 2018-19, but Montreal GM Marc Bergevin isn’t prone to dealing him in the East — if he’s willing to deal him at all after the roster freeze melts after Friday night’s games.”

From everyone at HIO, our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

(Photo by Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press)

Digging into Santa’s sports sack, by Jack Todd

Christmas comes early for Habs in Nashville, by Pat Hickey

Signs of progress for Canadiens in 2013, by Pat Hickey

Markov the man of year for Habs, by Dave Stubbs

Gorges vs. Gallagher in gift-wrapping challenge (video), Canadiens.com

Team Canada favourites to win world junior tourney, Stu on Sports blog

A remarkable hockey career ends for David-Alexandre Beauregard, Stu on Sports blog

Documentary focuses on hockey school that brings Jews, Arabs together, by Stu Cowan

New line of ‘game-changing’ equipment, Stu on Sports blog


  1. somtawyer says:

    Late to the happenings here, want to add my words to the already eloquent but also heartfelt recognition of the xmas spirit
    Paying it forward is always good

  2. Adidess says:

    @belle moustache

    Happy holidays to you. My rule of thumb is, if I know for sure somebody is of a different religion or of no belief at all, I say ‘joyeux temps des fêtes’. My holiday wish is towards them and for them, no point making it more about me. If I don’t know, I tend to go with the traditional ‘Merry Christmas’.

    That said, I find it a bit ironic that you feel expressing your own non belief is ok, but others expressing their belief is somehow too much (makes you uncomfortable).

    To me, by expressing your non-belief, you’re doing the exact same thing the believer crowd is doing, so it should be a wash. Everybody is allowed to express their own beliefs, so the result is equity and tolerance.

    Would it be better to ban such topics from a Sports site? I don’t think so. Even when I don’t always partake in the off-topic discussions that often happen on this site, I always find them ‘interesting’ in more ways than one.

    • belle_moustache says:


      True that, you’re right that I’m sort of doing the same in expressing my lack of belief.

      BUT, to my defence, I only felt compelled to do that after reading countless religion-based mentions of God on a hockey web site. So it’s kind of different.

      Joyeuses Fêtes!

  3. SmartDog says:

    “McDonagh, one of the most untradeable players in the league”

    A reminder of probably the dumbest trade of all time.
    In my mind it was dumber than the Roy trade because Roy forced them to trade him. In the Gomez case, Gainey-Gauthier walked into the trade willingly and threw McDonagh in when they surely didn’t even have to. Added to that, EVERYONE but those two knuckleheads knew at the time the trade was stupid. A more obvious lop-sided trade on face value is hard to imagine and it still haunts this team.

    Imagine if we had McDonagh now. Not only would we have arguably the best D corp in the league, but it would have a ripple effect through the line-up. Gorges would be a third-pairing guy where he probably belongs, so would Diaz and one of those two plus Murray would be a solid 3rd D pair.

    Oh yah, Merry Christmas to everyone…. EXCEPT Gainey and Gauthier. I hope you guys had a CRAPPY Christmas and are screwing up just as much in your new locations as you did here. Of course where you are now they are smart enough not to put you in charge.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

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