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The Three Stars of the Week

1. RW Brendan Gallagher continues to be the highest-flying offensive prospect this season for the Montreal organization and one of the most dominant players in the Western Hockey League. Gallagher would begin his week in the midst of a ‘slump’ going by his standards as he had gone 4 straight games without a goal.  In his first game of the week, Gallagher collected two assists on Tuesday night in an eventual 4-3 shootout win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. The following night, Gallagher proved once more to be one of the most dominant scorers in the WHL as he completed a hat trick in the course of 6 minutes and 18 seconds. The hat trick was not enough however as the Giants lose by an eventual score of 5-4 to the Brandon Wheat Kings. This was only the second time all year that a multi-point game by Gallagher had not resulted in a Giants victory. Gallagher would tally an assist and later an empty-net goal to help seal a 4-1 win victory on Friday over the Regina Pats. Gallagher went without a point in his final game of the week on Saturday, a 3-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. Gallagher’s hat trick carries a rather special significance as well. In the first three years and 190 games of Brendan Gallagher’s WHL career with the Vancouver Giants, he had three games where he scored at least three goals. Since he has begun what is almost certainly his final season in the WHL, he has completed the hat trick three times in a period of 22 games and 51 total days. Gallagher is currently 6th overall in league scoring in the WHL and 5th in goals with 23 goals, 21 assists in 27 games. Gallagher was drafted in the 5th round, 147th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft.

2. LW Steve Quailer continues to be the comeback story in the Canadiens farm system this year, after his potential seemed to be only fading away for close to two years at Northeastern University. With time ticking on Quailer’s professional hockey prospects, the young winger has embarked on a remarkable pace of late. Quailer matched his career high of 3 points in a game from last week with a similar effort on Friday, adding three assists in a clear rout of Notre Dame in a stunning 9-2 victory for Northeastern. Quailer would score his 5th goal of the season, the game-winner in a much closer rematch with Notre Dame the following night in 2-1 victory. Quailer is currently riding a 6-game points streak of 4 goals, 7 assists over six games, which is the longest any Canadiens prospect has held a point streak this season. Quailer currently leads his team in scoring with 5 goals, 11 assists. Quailer was drafted in the 3rd round, 86th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2008 Entry Draft.

3. D Nathan Beaulieu spent his week as he has his last few with the Saint John Sea Dogs working his way up the defensive scoring ranks in the Quebec Major Junior league. Beaulieu started his first game of the week without a point as he was held off the score sheet in a 2-1 victory for Saint John over Moncton on Tuesday. Beaulieu rather dramatically added to his scoring totals on Saturday night as he scored the overtime winning goal for Saint John over Shawinigan, his 8th of the season in a 3-2 victory. In a rather tough loss that snapped a 15-game winning streak at home for Saint John, Beaulieu added two assists to his scoring totals in an eventual 8-3 loss and remarkably, finished the game a +1, the only player on Saint John to do so. Beaulieu is currently pacing for a career high in goals with more than half his season remaining, he is only 4 goals away from tying his career best of 12 in a season. Beaulieu is currently 5th overall in defensive scoring in the Quebec league with 8 goals, 18 assists over 29 games. Beaulieu was drafted in the 1st round, 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 Entry Draft.

On The Radar: C Michaël Bournival scored a goal and two assists in two games. D Morgan Ellis tallied three assists to reach his 3rd consecutive 20-point season in the QMJHL. RW Danny Kristo scored a goal and assist over the weekend, with 8 goals in 16 games he has tied his goal output from last season over 34 games. C Daniel Pribyl scored a goal as he returned to action in the Czech First League and has been named to the preliminary roster for the Czech World Junior Championship team.

Question Marks: LW Olivier Archambeault has not scored a point in 6 of his last 9 games. C Andreas Engqvist has a knee injury and is recovering with Montreal D Brendon Nash is out indefinitely after having shoulder surgery in October. C Dustin Walsh is out with a leg injury. RW Maxim Trunev has been demoted to the bubble due to lack of production.

Complete Statistics for the week of November 28th, 2011
Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

The AHL Report
: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 9 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be thought to have future consideration for an NHL position. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 7-12-1-1 and are 5th in their Division, 15th in their Conference, 30th overall in the AHL.

RW Alexander Avtsin: 20 years old, 6’2″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 19GP, 2G, 5A, -9, 12 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 21GP, 2G, 5A, -10, 12 PIM

RW Mike Blunden: 24 years old, 6’4”, 218 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 10GP, 1G, 4A, 0, 8 PIM

Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 12GP, 2G, 4A, 0, 8 PIM

C Philip DeSimone 24 years old, 6’1”, 188 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 19GP, 5G, 5A, -10, 18 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 21GP, 5G, 6A, -10, 18 PIM

C Gabriel Dumont: 20 years old, 5’10”, 189 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 10GP, 1G, 0A, -3, 8 PIM

Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 12GP, 1G, 1A, -6, 8 PIM

Called up to Montreal:

C Andreas Engqvist: 23 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 2A, +2, 0 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 20 years old, 6’, 180 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 14GP, 4G, 6A, -5, 4 PIM

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 6GP, 1G, 6A, -3, 0 PIM


D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM

Assigned to the ECHL Wheeling Nailers:

G Peter Delmas: 21 years old, 6’2”, 188 pound, Catches Left.


Season Stats: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00GAA, 1.00 Save %


Season Stats:  8 GP, 5-2-0, 2.06GAA,  .913 Save %

Weekly Stats: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 4.10GAA, .789Save % | Complete Stats: 9 GP, 5-3-0, 2.32GAA,  .900 Save %

The Juniors Report: The Canadiens currentlyfeature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.
LW Olivier Archambeault: 18 years old, 5’11”, 184 pounds. LH shot.

Junior Club: Drummondville Voltigeurs

(12W, 16L, 2 OTL, 2 SOL – 14th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 23GP, 9G, 10A, -10, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 26GP, 9G, 11A, -12, 12 PIM

D Nathan Beaulieu: 19 years old, 6’3”, 191 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Saint John Sea Dogs – Alternate Captain

(25W, 8L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL- 1st of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 26GP, 7G, 16A, +18, 49 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, +2, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 8G, 18A, +20, 55 PIM

C Michaël Bournival: 19 years old, 6’, 187 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain

(20W, 8L, 2 OTL, 2 SOL – 4th of 17th overall in the QMJHL.)

Season Stats: 12GP, 12G, 6A, +4, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 2A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 14GP, 13G, 8A, +3, 4 PIM

D Morgan Ellis: 19 years old, 6’2″, 204 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain

(13W, 18L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 15th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 24GP, 7G, 11A, -6, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 3A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 27GP, 7G, 14A, -4, 10 PIM


D Jarred Tinordi: 19 years old, 6’7″, 215 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: London Knights – Team Captain

(22W, 5L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 1st of 20th overall in the OHL)

Season Stats: 16GP, 0G, 6A, +14, 38 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +3, 11 PIM | Complete Stats: 18GP, 0G, 7A, +17, 49 PIM


D Darren Dietz: 18 years old, 6’1”, 195 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

(18W, 9L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 8th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 27GP, 5G, 10A, +17, 47 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 30GP, 5G, 11A, +14, 47 PIM

RW Brendan Gallagher: 19 years old, 5’8″, 175 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Vancouver Giants – Alternate Captain

(19W, 10L, 1 OTL, 1 SOL – 5th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 23GP, 19G, 18A, +9, 33 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 4G, 3A, +1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 27GP, 23G, 21A, +10, 37 PIM

US College Hockey (NCAA) Report: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

D Mac Bennett: 20 years old,  6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(8W, 8L, 2T)

Season Stats: 16GP, 3G, 10A, +9, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 18GP, 3G, 10A, +8, 6 PIM
D Scott Kishel: 22 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

(11W, 3L, 2T)

Season Stats: 14GP, 1G, 11A, +10, 10 PIM

Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 16GP, 1G, 11A, +10, 10 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 21 years old, 5’11”, 188 pounds, RH shot.
NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(8W, 7L, 1T)

Season Stats: 14GP, 7G, 10A, +5, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 16GP, 8G, 11A, +5, 12 PIM

C Mark MacMillan: 19 years old, 6’, 170 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(8W, 7L, 1T)

Season Stats: 14GP, 2G, 3A, -9, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 16GP, 2G, 4A, -8, 8 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 21 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds, RH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(8W, 8L, 2T)

Season Stats: 16GP, 2G, 8A, +8, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 18GP, 2G, A, +7, 10 PIM

LW Steve Quailer: 22 years old, 6’4”, 200 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: Northeastern University Huskies

(6W, 7L, 2T)

Season Stats: 11GP, 4G, 7A, +3, 12 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 3A, +4, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 13GP, 5G, 10A, +7, 12 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 20 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green

(4W, 5L, 1T)

Season Stats: 5GP, 2G, 5A, +3, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 2G, 5A, +3, 2 PIM

Czech Extraliga Report: The Extraliga is the top professional league in the Czech Reppublic. The First League is the league that plays under it.

C Daniel Pribyl: 18 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, RH shot.

Extraliga Team: HC Sparta Praha

(17W, 4L, 6 OTL – 1st of 14th overall in the League)

Season Stats: 15GP, 2G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 2G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM

Czech First League Team: HC Berountsi Medovi

(13W, 15L, 1 OTL – 9th of 14th overall in the League)

Season Stats: 6GP, 2G, 3A, +1, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 7GP, 3G, 3A, 0, 2 PIM

Elitserien Report: The Swedish Elite League is the top professional league of Sweden.

D Magnus Nygren: 21 years old, 6’1”, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Elitserien Team: Farjestads BK

(13W, 8L, 7 OTL – 6th of 12 overall in the League)

Season Stats: 25GP, 5G, 7A, -7, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 28GP, 5G, 7A, -7, 2 PIM


  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    A good article by Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail on the Jordin Tootoo charge on Ryan Miller, and how it stems from the devolved mentality championed by Don Cherry, Brian Burke, Mike Milbury, and PJ Stock, among others, that players should police themselves, instead of the league having a responsibility to provide a safe working environment, and to foster a game that is exciting to watch instead of thuggery and defensive systems that regress the stars to the mean.


    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


  2. Un Canadien errant says:

    It’s confirmed that Derek Boogaard had CTE.


    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


  3. showey47 says:

    Is it just me or does it seem the west gets the shaft with having the extra 2 teams? With the west having 16 teams but having to fight for the same amount of playoff spots as the east who have 14 teams.

    • Habsolutely says:

      If it means I get to see the habs play an extra game each season, I’m ok with it. 😆

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      As I said to HH and 24C, it likely just means PHX will be moved to the east. Though the problem still subsists of unbalanced conferences. Sets them up for expansion of two teams, though I can’t imagine that’s on there agenda in the immediate future considering the struggles they currently have in PHX, NYI, NJ, FLA, and Dallas. Though I think Dallas and NYI (with the new arena) will work themselves out.

      • jmsheehy19 says:

        EDIT: Also remember that there will no longer be an east or west conference.

        • Habsolutely says:

          FLA has better attendance numbers than Winnipeg. Tampa has better attendance numbers than Edmonton and Winnipeg. The term struggling is very subjective. Struggling compared to what? Montreal and Toronto? Well yes then, I guess every team in the NHL is struggling. Take a look at the attendance numbers, both Florida teams are doing way better than a lot of teams. and last time I checked New Jersey and Long Island aren’t “southern” teams. what’s their excuse??

          • 24 Cups says:

            The only question is how many of those sunbelt tickets are bought for the face value. Not to mention that games in Canadian markets (including Winnipeg) are as expensive as hell.

          • matt jordan says:

            better attendance in terms of actual tickets being distributed. Winnepeg and Edmonton have sellouts every night.

            And there’s a difference in price between a ticket in FLA and Canada.
            In Florida, you can find tickets for the upcoming Devils game for FIVE bucks. And they have epic promotional deals, like buy two buckets of KFC and get a five game punch pass to panthers games.

            Or In Edmonton, the nosebleeds cost $30…

          • jmsheehy19 says:

            Didn’t mean any disrespect Habsolutely, and I don’t believe I included Tampa while I did bring up NJ and NYI. But as 24 and Matt stated, it goes deeper than just number of ticket sales. I was merely referencing the fact that a number of teams have revenue issues and until that is figured out it’s unlikely the league will be looking to expand.

            And as a native Georgian, I certainly wasn’t taking a swipe at the South.

          • Habsolutely says:

            no worries dude. I wasn’t getting pissy with you, I just see a lot of jealousy that stems from the brutal Canadian winters directed at the Florida franchises. I love Georgia, just a beautiful state. The wife and I stayed in Pooler, Georgia on our way down to Florida and I don’t think I’ve ever met more friendly people.

          • jmsheehy19 says:

            I lived n Savannah for 20 years, and I had definitely acclimated to the weather. I’m back in Montreal for the first full year since I was 5, and this weather is hard man. Not looking forward to when winter ACTUALLY gets here. As if the the southern accent wasn’t enough for me to stick out like a sore thumb, my dressing in 5 layers more than anybody else certainly doesn’t help.

    • HardHabits says:

      Hilarious. I said the exact same thing AT 10:43 PM

  4. Mark C says:

    26th in the league! It shouldn’t be much longer until Guy the Great returns!

    • Everlasting1 says:

      It goes to show you that experience trumps a degree in psychology.

      “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  5. 24 Cups says:

    The new alignment is great news for the Habs. Now instead of having to beat out seven other teams for a playoff spot they’ll only have to get past three.

    On a more serious note, the new arrangement makes a lot of sense. The only real sticking point is that Phoenix is in the western conference which doesn’t make for an easy transfer to any of the viable alternatives. That tells me Bettman is convinced he can still get a buyer for the Coyotes, even if it means the price has to be discounted.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      When I envisioned realignment I had hopes to renew a classic rivalry with the Red Wings. Not the Panthers and RDS’s favourite team.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • 24 Cups says:

        Robert – Things are a lot more complicated these days. I realize that Detroit and Columbus would fit in the East but then that starts a domino situation. The 7-8 conference splits aren’t great but….

        I’ve followed the NHL since the late 50’s and I can assure you there really hasn’t been a classic rivalry between Detroit and Montreal for many years now. That died out with expansion and the subsequent love affair with the sunbelt teams that followed years later. Not to mention that the NHL needs Detroit in the West because they are such a solid draw on the road.

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      Both west conferences have 8, so it probably mean Phoenix is expected to move to the east. They apparently have contingency plans for wherever they move. Toronto or QC, and our division has 8 and problem solved. If they move to KC, it will take slight tweaking, but nothing too difficult to make it fit. Something like DET moving to our division.

  6. Habs to join NHL’s Cash Grab Conference


    Eyes on The Prize! and on Twitter

    • Habsolutely says:

      montreal and florida are in the same time zone. not a big deal if they are in the same division. and your statement about failing south teams is inaccurate considering the current attendance numbers. Tampa has better attendance numbers than Edmonton and Winnipeg. and the Florida Panthers have better attendance numbers than Winnipeg. Stop hating on teams just because you are jealous of the weather outside of their arenas, it’s petty and reeks of jealosy.

  7. montreal ace says:

    I liked the skill set that Benoit Pouliot showed once in awhile last year when he was with the Habs. I have noticed his name on the Bruins score sheet lately, I hope he is not another good player we let walk for nothing, because we could not work with him

  8. Trisomy 21 says:

    Wow Lefebve didn’t even last half a season in the AHL on the habs future? too bad he had pretty god stats in the Q

  9. HardHabits says:

    Suffice it to say the league is thinking expansion. Either that or contraction.

    So, what’s it going to be then eh! Will it be Quebec and Kansas City in or is it Phoenix and Columbus out?

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      NHLPA will never allow the membership to be cut via contraction. They’ll allow expansion and have the talent pool further diluted and more young prospects sent out to halfwit expansion organizations that bungle player development.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

    • Hockey says:

      so, the league will either expand or contract. more super insights.

      f***ing duh.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Don’t be so quick to deride. What my boy HardHabits is stating is that long-term staying with 30 teams would be an untenable situation, and that the league will go one way or another, to 28 or 32 teams. It’s not as obvious a statement as you make it out to be.

        Not saying I agree with HH, but don’t just dismiss the point made, argue its merits based on logic and your knowledge and opinion of the situation. You know, like SeriousFan did.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


  10. montreal ace says:

    Has anybody seen this kid called Matthew Bissonnette play who is from the Q. I heard some good things about him, from the subway series where he played well. I also heard he he was not drafted, have the Habs looked at this kid

  11. Stev.R says:

    NHL divisions for next year:
    west – ANA, LAK, SJS, PHX, COL, VAN, CGY, EDM
    central – DAL, STL, CHI, MIN, WIN, NSH, DET, CBJ
    northeast (plus Florida?) – MTL, BOS, OTT, BUF, TOR, FLA, TB
    atlantic – PIT, PHI, WSH, NJ, NYR, NYI, CAR
    … …
    Top four teams from each division makes playoffs.

    First round: 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 for each division.
    Second round: winners of first round
    third round: reseeding. 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3
    Finals: whomever is left vs whomever is left

    third round not totally decided on yet. NHLPA has to approve.

    I’m split on the idea of FLA and TB in the northeast division. For one, that is a lot more travel than I bet they would like. On the other hand, at least they’ll get teams like MTL, TOR, BOS visiting which will help sell out games.

    • Habsolutely says:

      Montreal traditionally plays 2 games here a year in south Fla. If this means they play more games here, I’m gonna be so stoked.

      • jmsheehy19 says:

        If I understand it, they’ll be in Florida 6 times.

        • Habsolutely says:

          OMFG!!!! REALLY?? oh man, you just made my freaking day dude. do you mean play here in Florida 6 times, or play the Panthers 6 times including the games against them in Montreal..?

          • Stev.R says:

            I would have to be 6 total games. 3 home 3 away.
            6 games vs division = 36 games
            against other divisions = 46
            total = 82

            Not sure how it will work for 8 team divisions
            5 games vs division = 35
            2 games out of conference= 44
            total 79
            plus 3 games vs Bettman’s rec team.

          • Habsolutely says:

            that sounds about right. so if it all works out I’ll get to see one more habs vs cats game every season. woo hoo!

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            lucky you 😀
            I’m a bit jealous about not having to deal with a sellout, you have deals on hotdogs + beer and no problem getting parking.

          • jmsheehy19 says:

            3 games at Tampa and 3 games at FLA. Don’t stab me if I’m wrong though but pretty sure this is how it would work.

          • Habsolutely says:

            I don’t live in Tampa, I’m a true snowbird, roughing it down here in Miami. I’m about 15 minutes away from the Bank Atlantic Center where the cats play, and I have season tickets. 😆

          • habsfansince91 says:

            amazing what $100 dollars can get you in florida… 🙂

          • Habsolutely says:

            Season tickets cost a lot more than that. and Montreal isn’t the only arena that overcharges for booze and food. But it’s still cheaper than if I was in Montreal. and if I was still living in Montreal chances are I wouldn’t be able to get season tickets.

          • habsfansince91 says:

            lol I was just being sarcastic

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Wow top 4 teams in each division? stupid. Calgary’s got a steep climb uphill. They’ll never see the post season.

  12. JF says:

    Anyone watch Ottawa and Tampa? That young Ottawa team is very exciting to watch – fast, aggressive, energetic. They’ve been bouncing in and out of a playoff spot all season and IMO are more likely than the Habs to grab the last spot. They can do two things we’re not good at – come back late in a game they’re trailing by a goal, and pad a 1-goal lead. They can also win shootouts.

    We absolutely need to get our powerplay working. Now that we know Markov won’t be back at least until mid-January, the coaching staff have to figure something out. As is so often the case, the powerplay is likely to be the difference between playoffs and no playoffs.

    • Mark C says:

      You really think the team that gives up the most goals per games is more likely to make the playoffs than Montreal?

      Let’s see how they do when they face some injuries, and players like Smith and Foilgno don’t have shooting % of 19% and 16.7%.

      • JF says:

        It’s true that they’ve given up a lot of goals, but their goaltenders have also been very good at times. I think they’re more opportunistic than we are, particularly in the third period. When we’re down a goal halfway through the third, you can be pretty sure we’re not going to get it; with the Senators, the opposite is true. I expected us to jump over them long before this, but they keep hanging in there.

  13. Say Ash says:

    We’re not last in our new division! Awesome!

  14. matt jordan says:

    Some nice prospects for this team. All the first round picks seem to be working out, as well as some later round picks (Gallagher, Ellis, Dietz).

    The Canadiens sure have traded a lot of high draft picks and prospects the past few years though.
    2008, no first round pick, traded for Tanguay
    2009, no second round pick, again traded for Tanguay, and McDonagh was traded for the superstar Gomez
    2010, again, no second round pick, traded to move up in the draft to take Tinordi
    2011, no second or third rounders. Second rounder traded for James Wisniewski

    The problem with this team is keeping the players that they draft or trade high picks for. So many players have left this organizition only to blossom with other teams. Brutal trades along with failure to resign good players.

    Gauthier’s trade record speaks for itself. He had to have been a part of the Gomez deal, but I lay most of the blame for the disaster at Gainey’s feet. PG traded Halak, whose value could not have been higher, for Eller, who is still making his mark. He traded two picks for the Wiz, then let him walk. He traded Sergei Kostitsyn for nothing. He traded O’Byrne for Bournival, which might be his best move.

    The list of players leaving via free agency is just as painful… but not as painful as the Gomez trade.

    If it wasn’t for Timmins continually providing this franchise with up and coming prospects this team would have started a full blown rebuild years ago.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Technical point: last year’s third round pick was traded for two fourth-rounders during the same draft. I think that’s a good trade in our situation, where we need to restock our farm teams.

      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


    • montreal ace says:

      Nice post and there is a lot to agree with concerning asset management. I do feel however that management was under pressure to make the playoffs, so in late season trades, they were not in a position of strength

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      We got a 7th for Wisniewski on or around the trade deadline, he didn’t walk. The market for goalies sucked when Halak was traded. Hell the market is never good excluding the bonehead move by Col to obtain the backup for Washington. Think of what we got for Huet, and he was in his prime at that time.
      SK had 0 value and his potential didn’t seem that great anymore. People were questioning if the points he got in juniors were because of his linemates. It’s pretty short sighted to blame a GM for making a trade where the player had no value and suddenly got better. Not to mention he’s never going to play like he did last year again.
      I can’t even begin to explain how stupid it is to blame PG for having a hand in a trade made by Gainey. Might as well fire all the other guys who were on Montreal’s payroll for letting Bob get away with that

      And I think acquiring the high pick to grab Tinordi will prove to be his best move. People complain that we don’t get the high picks but Tinordi and Beulieu are 2 guys that could have been rafted higher, and PG did what he could to get one of them.

      • HardHabits says:

        If I am not mistaken it’s a 5th because Wiz signed.

      • matt jordan says:

        On the Gomez trade…. are you kidding me? Pierre Gauthier was the Director of Professional Scouting and the Assistant General Manager. I can’t even begin to explain how stupid it is to believe that PG didn’t have a hand in the Gomez trade.

        Oh, ok, you’re righ on the Wiz trade. Trading the Wiz for a 7th round pick is pure brilliance. Should the Canadiens have resigned the Wiz at the price he got? No. But if they are going to let players like him and Streit walk for nothing, at least be aggresive and try to sign them to contracts during the season. As it is the Habs are letting NHL quality defenseman leave the team, for nothing…

        I didn’t like the Sergei’s attitude either and I was glad to see him walk, but still, the Predators won that trade. Hands down.

        And finally, here’s what Timmins said on trading away McDonagh:
        “I don’t have much to say there — it’s a decision that’s made above me,” Trevor Timmins said

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        June 29, 2011 – James Wisniewski rights traded to Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5th round pick (TBD) in 2012 as a result of him signing with Columbus

        Note: this was a conditional 6th, upgraded to a 5th upon James’ signature with Columbus.


        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


  15. zozotheclown says:

    NHL accepts new 4 conference setup, seems stupid and unfair to me, having 4 teams from each conference make the playoffs when two conferences have 8 teams and two have 7. I think it was Berkshire or someone who linked it, but I’ve seen a better re-alignment posted imo. This helps travel plenty, but just doesn’t seem right.

  16. BoomBoom says:

    Thanks Serious (Robert). Great job as usually. Look forward to this segment every week. Steve Qualier was featured in LaPresse this week by Mathius Brunet (for those of you who read french, probably the best hockey writer around, shout out to Hickey and MA Godin). His coach at Northeastern (who was a pro scout for the Pens and Isles) for 18 years thinks Qualier will be in the NHL one day. I know it’s his coach and probably wants to boast the kid’s confidence but he did say that he is great in all three zones and is very aware defensively something you don’t see often in the NCAA. Let’s hope he continues to develop.
    Brunet also highlighted Mac Bennet who in his 2nd yr is already on the 1st pair d-men with Pateryn. Apparently Bennet is doing very well but needs to work on his positioning…who knows a future pair of d-men for the Habs…
    Serious (Robert) have you heard of Simon Boisvert aka Snake1970…He turned his posts on Brunet’s blog into a part time amateur scout gig with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Not sure if that is something you’d want to do but if it is the best of luck…I think you just might have the eye.

    C’est le but!

  17. Everlasting1 says:

    The Leafs put the screws to the Rangers, and the B’s continue their steamrolling..

    “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  18. Is that true about JM getting 2 Million extra if he’s fired?


    • Everlasting1 says:

      The reason he hasn’t been fired yet?

      “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the Gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.” Exodus 12:12

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  19. ABHabsfan says:

    Open question but kinda aimed at SF09: is Tinordi in the fold for the US Jr Team? Have the Habs ever had 3 prospects all make Team Canada before?

  20. Un Canadien errant says:

    Ima adopt Steve Quailer. He’s my boy. Looking at the roster we have now, and then looking longingly at what we have in the pipeline, he and Alain Berger have caught my eye. Their size and potential to finish plays around the net would mix in well with our skating team and mobile defencemen, as we’ve seen when we folded in Max last season and Erik this year.

    I thought Quailer was a draft flyer who might be a bust last season, a big body guy you pick and hope grows into his frame but doesn’t, but this season is showing that he’s not done yet. His recovery from ACL reconstruction took a full two seasons, the actual knee joint recovery which took one year, and then another to put it all together, get his game shape and reflexes and coordination and confidence back.

    This is instructive when we apply it to the Andrei Markov situation. I’ve been posting since this summer that he will need to be slowly inserted into the lineup and we will need to patient. I explained how lots of athletes like skiers and football players coming back from major knee surgery experience a ‘lost season’, during which their knee is healthy and as ready as it will be structurally, but the nerves in the joint haven’t quite recovered, there is a loss of proprioception, and while it comes back they can’t perform athletically as they used to.

    Josh Gorges has come back and shown no let down, he was performing pretty much immediately upon his return, but Andrei may be a candidate for this lost season. When he comes back, we need to limit his minutes, and ease him back into the lineup. As his minutes increase, we need to understand that he may not be the Andrei Markov we remember for a while. At that point, the Sane Faction here on HIO needs to temper the howls of the Fire Everyone Horde, and preach patience.

    Also, we would do well to work with our four young defencemen and keep coaching them, as our success this year will depend on them, namely on the powerplay. Yannick Weber, especially, needs to be allowed to succeed on defence, instead of being shuttled to forward every time he has a rough game. We can’t sit on our hands and wait for Andrei to deliver us from evil.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


    • Bill says:

      There’s a “Sane Faction”?

      While every injury is unique and so is every athlete and recovery, I can’t think of too many hockey players who needed two full seasons to recover from knee surgery.

      I can recall players who came back and were better than ever, and I can remember others who were never the same. We’ll have to see which one Markov is.

      My perception of Markov’s style – and it’s only a perception – is that he relies more on smarts, “hockey sense”, reflexes, and fine motor skills than he does on power or speed. So I’m expecting the old Markov for Christmas this year.
      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • JF says:

      What a good post. I completely agree with your thoughts about Markov and about our young defencemen. We’ve been waiting all season for Markov’s return to spark the powerplay and start a winning streak. We now know it’s going to be another six weeks, so the team has to find some solutions now – we need to get the powerplay on track and figure out a way to protect a 1-goal lead. We can’t expect Markov to be the saviour. He won’t be back in time and, when he does come back, he won’t be ready for that role, certainly not at first anyway.

      The Markov situation makes it imperative that we continue to work with our young defencemen and give them every opportunity to succeed. Weber, who was good early in the season, has been struggling lately, and I don’t think it’s helping his development to be used on the fourth line. He needs to concentrate on defence rather than getting confused and losing his confidence through being forced to play a position that isn’t natural to him.

      But I think our young guys are learning a lot. Emelin improves from game to game, and Raphael Diaz had a couple of very good games in California. If there’s a positive in Markov’s protracted absence, I guess this is it.

      • Muckbringer says:

        agreed and to add my thought, the starting trend is to let your superstars heal so they can come back and “hit the ground running”. to make an impact right away and not have to worry so much about getting hurt again. remember when he came back and went into the boards? that punch on the boards just about says it all about coming back too soon.


        its like yeah we felt our hearts drop but, no one more than him (and then the team)

  21. Muckbringer says:

    i miss simple jack…

  22. Ian Cobb says:

    Robert Rice–Great job as usual Robert. Thanks

  23. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Great job by Gallagher, cant wate to see him next year!
    Great story (Quailer).
    Godda give some credit to drafting, I mean picking Gallagher in the fifth round when every other team passed on him.
    At least we know Hamilton wont be so bad next year.

    Thanks Serious, love reading this every wweek, you do a good job.

    Go Habs Go

  24. otter649 says:

    ESPN has terminated Matthew Barnaby’s contract effective immediately due to a DWI while driving a Porsche Cayenne that only had three wheels at just after 3AM Monday.Buffalo News reports after today’s arrest MB could also be deported back to his native Canada – Right out of Slapshot……

  25. Danno says:

    4 to 6 weeks before Markov returns and 4 to 6 weeks before Martin leaves?


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

  26. punkster says:

    Crap. E1 was right all along. It’s out there and it’s bigger.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  27. HabFab says:

    Don’t know if it was posted earlier today but Tinordi invited to the US Junior camp and Pribyl invited to the Czech team.

  28. HabinBurlington says:

    Is Quailer a Sr. now? Can we assume he will be in Hamilton next year, and he probably still needs to sign a contract, is that correct Serious?

    And thanks again for putting this together, always a good read.

    • HabFab says:

      Drafted the same year as Kristo and the Northeastern site calls him a Junior.

    • V says:

      Serious. Love the updates on the youth. Thanks for doing this. Much appreciated.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      He got what is called a “Redshirt” for his Sophomore season since he missed it with the ACL tear so he is still eligible to play a 4th season there. Not sure how his schooling was affected with the injury and rehab so he may still have classes to complete as well.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • HabFab says:

        He would be on a full scholarship and the University would like to get their money worth (4 years). The University site calls him a Junior.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Okay thanks Serious and Habfab for that. Can’t blame him for staying another year then. Like to see him get his degree and then give the Bulldogs a kick at the can.

        Hey Serious not sure what cable package you have, but I am with Cogeco here in Burlington and I get some decent college sports stations now. There was quite a bit of college hockey on tv this past weekend, unfortunately didn’t catch any games that included our boys listed in your report. CBS Sports was providing the tv and coverage.

    • CanadienBoy says:

      HEY u forgot Higgin 3 pts.. last night with the farm teamm He He

  29. LL-not the hockey player ;) says:

    With impending realignment, it would be great to have the Original 6 in one division.

    Doesn’t look likely to happen though, as it might kill the other teams.

  30. Would love to see Kristo, Gallagher, Tinordi, Beaulieu and Bournival make the jump to the AHL in a season or 2. Man, Hamilton is going to be deep soon.

  31. zozotheclown says:

    Markov to miss 4-6 weeks, not 3, says report



  32. REB says:

    and people say that Timmins should be fired…silly people!

  33. Sharks9 says:

    Is Kristo too old for the US junior team?

    25 before 14

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