Habs Future

Brendan Gallagher

And Brendan Gallagher, who tops the list againk, was just chosen Player of the Week in the WHL.

The Three Stars of the Week

1. RW Brendan Gallagher is not one to slow down on his quest to score a goal in every game he plays and for a second straight week claims top honours with Habs Future. Gallagher spent the week literally multiplying his efforts on a game by game basis as he scored three goals and four assists over three games. Gallagher resumed a new goal scoring streak with a single marker in a 6-3 loss to the Kelowna Rockets on Thursday night and quickly continued the pace adding another goal and assist in an 8-1 victory over the Victoria Royals. Gallagher seemed to reserve his best for last in an act of scoring retribution against Kelowna for the loss on Thursday night as he scored a goal and three assists in a 5-2 victory over Kelowna and his goal was the eventual game-winner.  Gallagher’s 10 goals and 7 assists on his season raise him to 9th overall in scoring in the Western Hockey League and has him tied at 3rd overall in goals, all players ahead of him have played at least three more games as well. Gallagher was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 5th round, 147th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft.

2. RW Danny Kristo has been looked upon to lead the offence for North Dakota this year and he continues to live up to the task. Kristo added two goals and two assists to his scoring totals over a pair of to extend his points streak to six straight games, having at least one point in each game he’s played this season. Kristo had assists for two goals on Friday night to try and help his team to a comeback against the University of Wisconsin, but the team’s bid fell short in a 5-3 loss. Kristo worked hard on Saturday night to create a tie game, scoring two goals to temporarily make it even at 3-3 however Wisconsin ended up edging North Dakota 5-4. Kristo currently leads all members of his team in goals with 4, in points with 11 and is currently ranked 5th nationally in the NCAA in scoring. Kristo was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round, 56th overall in the 2008 Entry Draft.

3. D Magnus Nygren rounds out Habs Future this week as he continues to be the leading scorer on his team Farjestads BK in the Elitserien or Swedish Elite League. Nygren scored a goal and assist on his week, continuing to be the leading scorer on his team. Nygren’s first point came as he scored his fifth goal of the season on the game-tying goal in an eventual 2-1 victory over Timrå IK on Thursday. Nygren also broke his previous-season mark of four goals in 22 games this was notably his fifth goal in twelve games on the year. Nygren later added an assist in a 4-1 victory for his team against Växjö Lakers HC. Nygren is currently 2nd overall in scoring by a defencemen in the Elitserien, with five goals and three assists on his year and is 2nd in goals for a defencemen. Nygren was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 4th round, 113th overall in the 2011 Entry Draft.

Worthy Mentions: D Nathan Beaulieu added two goals to his scoring totals, including a shorthanded goal, his first career shorthanded marker in the QMJHL. Bubble prospect D Josiah Didier recorded his first career AHL point, an assist. C Mark MacMillan scored his first NCAA goal on Friday. D Magnus Nygren scored his fifth goal of the season in his twelfth Elitserien game, surpassing his four goals in 22GP last season. LW Steve Quailer scored his first goal of the season in his 3rd game, which is important as he only had 3 goals in 38GP last season as he recovered from ACL surgery. RW Maxim Trunev has snapped an 8-game scoring drought with his 3rd goal of the season.

Question Marks: C Michael Bournival is out with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss at least three more weeks. C Louis Leblanc is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. D Brendon Nash is recovering from shoulder surgery in early October. D Jarred Tinordi is out week to week with an eye injury, there has been no damage to his vision from all reports.

Complete Statistics for the week of October 17th, 2011
Legend
Skaters:
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 12 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be thought to have consideration for an NHL position. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 3-2-0-0 and are 3rd in their Division, 8th in their Conference, 18th overall in the AHL.

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

Season Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM

LW Alain Berger: 20 years old, 6’4”, 211 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 4 PIM

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

Season Stats: 3GP, 2G, 0A, -2, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 3G, 0A, -3, 2 PIM

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

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

Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM

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

Season Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, -1, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 1G, 0A, -3, 4 PIM

D Mark Mitera: 23 years old, 6’3”, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM

C Joonas Nättinen: 20 years old, 6’2”, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, -2, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 4GP, 1G, 0A, -2, 0 PIM

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

Season Stats: 1GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 0 PIM

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

Called up to Montreal:

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

Season Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 0G, 3A, +1, 0 PIM

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

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

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

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

Weekly Stats: 0 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00GAA, 1.00 Save %| Complete Stats: 0 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00GAA, 1.00 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.
QMJHL:

LW Olivier Archambeault: 18 years old, 5’11”, 184 pounds. LH shot.

Junior Club: Drummondville Voltigeurs

(6W, 9L, 1 OTL, 0 SOL – 15th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 8GP, 5G, 3A, -6, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, -4, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 6G, 3A, -10, 4 PIM

D Nathan Beaulieu: 18 years old, 6’3”, 191 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Saint John Sea Dogs – Alternate Captain

(12W, 5L, 0 OTL, 0 SOL- 1st of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 10GP, 2G, 5A, +3, 32 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 2G, 0A, +4, 5 PIM | Complete Stats: 13GP, 4G, 5A, +7, 37 PIM

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

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain

(10W, 5L, 1 OTL, 1 SOL – 5th of 17th overall in the QMJHL.)

Season Stats: 7GP, 10G, 3A, +6, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 7GP, 10G, 3A, +6, 2 PIM

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

(7W, 10L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 13th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 9GP, 3G, 6A, 0, 8 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 13GP, 3G, 7A, -3, 8 PIM

OHL:

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

(11W, 2L, 0 OTL, 0 SOL – 1st of 20th overall in the OHL)

Season Stats: 6GP, 0G, 2A, +7, 22 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 0G, 2A, +7, 22 PIM

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

(7W, 4L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 9th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 9GP, 2G, 4A, +6, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 3A, -4, 5 PIM | Complete Stats: 12GP, 2G, 7A, +2, 11 PIM

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

(6W, 6L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 13th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 6GP, 7G, 3A, +5, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 3G, 3A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 10G, 4A, +7, 8 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

(4W, 1L, 1T)

Season Stats: 4GP, 0G, 4A, +8, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 0G, 5A, +7, 2 PIM
RW Danny Kristo: 21 years old, 5’11”, 188 pounds, RH shot.
NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(2W, 2L, 1T)

Season Stats: 4GP, 2G, 5A, +4, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 2G, 2A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 4G, 7A, +6, 2 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(2W, 2L, 1T)

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

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

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(4W, 1L, 1T)

Season Stats: 4GP, 2G, 2A, 7, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 2G, 2A, 7, 2 PIM

LW Steve Quailer: 21 years old, 6’4”, 200 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: Northeastern University Huskies

(1W, 3L, 1T)

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

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

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green

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

(8W, 2L, 4 OTL – 4th of 14th overall in the League)

Season Stats: 7GP, 1G, 0A, -2, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 1G, 0A, -2, 2 PIM

Czech First League Team: HC Berountsi Medovi

(9W, 5L, 1 OTL – 6rd of 14th overall in the League)

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

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

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

Elitserien Team: Farjestads BK

(5W, 4L, 5 OTL – 11th of 12 overall in the League)

Season Stats: 12GP, 4G, 2A, -6, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 14GP, 5G, 3A, -4, 0 PIM

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Report: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, Due to a lack of a comprehensive transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to attract their drafted Russian prospects.

RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot.
KHL Club: Severstal Cherepovets

(7W, 5L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 17th of 23rd overall in the League)

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

237 Comments

  1. The_Franchise31 says:

    I bet you the Habs don’t get a top ten draft pick. Either the players/coach get going and we end up in the middle of the pack or we trade away that pick for some help on the blue line and still be in the middle of the pack. This city will never except a loosing team even tho it might be our best chance being a cup contender one day again.

  2. lakechamplain says:

    Hey Habs fans, let’s look for the silver lining in this ever-darker cloud; June isn’t that far away(Boonie, can you start posting how many days etc.?) and of course that means the NHL DRAFT. Try to think of it as refreshing that we can look forward to drafting a top-10 prospect. And for the latest on that front, check out Ryan Kennedy’s latest ‘Hot List’ at the Hockey News:
    http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/42540-The-Hot-List-Gaunce-acts-up.html
    Imagine the thrill of having a chance to draft a prospect who might be able to skate, stickhandle, and most of all might have the ability to put the biscuit in the basket on a regular basis.
    Seeing Florida on Monday seemed to highlight lots of problem areas, but we seemed a step slower all over the ice. Lots of posts here have noted multiple other weaknesses but I’d like to note how sweet it would be to have some centremen who can stickhandle well enough to play keep away in the opponent’s zone. And is there a pond hockey league that the Habs can play in, without boards? Because whenever the puck is there the other team always ends up controlling the puck.
    So let’s put aside this tiresome over-analysis about the present; let’s get analyzing the top 10 draft choices available. Say, how does the lottery system work anyway?

  3. The_Franchise31 says:

    Someone just told me that the coaches contract is also put against the cap, is this true?

  4. Trisomy 21 says:

    Thanks for the update Rob.
    I want to keep this in perspective for everyone though. Although Gallagher is doing well for himself in the WHL, let’s not forget… it’s the WHL. He’s older than most of the guys and he’s still 5’8″.
    DD had two seasons of over 100 pts and one of 97 in 60 odd games in the juniors. I think DD fits on the third line and he’s 25, I can’t see him getting good enough to be on the 2nd line.
    It’s ok to be hopeful that he could become that 1 in 1 million that turn out like Martin St. Louis, but realistically he’s got an uphill battle. I wish him the best, really, but he’s no Brayden Schenn that we can build a team around. And for that matter, none of our current prospects lead me to believe we have top 3 forwards in the pipeline.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I agree that Gallagher’s size works against him, but I favour him more than David Desharnais for a few reasons to have more success as an NHL player.

      First, the WHL is a better league. They’ve produced far more quality talents in the past 10 years and it’s a better pipeline for NHL player development. It’s a tougher league in terms of quality of competition and physical play, yet Gallagher keeps terrorizing every goalie he goes up against.

      Size counts as well and David Desharnais is two inches, maybe two and a half shorter than Gallagher. Desharnais was listed as 5’6″ for years before he was on a 1-way with Montreal (suggestions were also 5’6″ was generous) and suddenly the media guide made him an inch taller. It doesn’t seem like much but it’s a difference, DD is the most manhandled small player I’ve ever seen and he’s already in his physical prime. Gallagher handles the WHL as 17, 18 year old and he’s a smoother skater than Desharnais as well and his skating has made a serious leap over last season when it was named a concern of his play.

      Goal scoring is another factor as well, Gallagher is pacing for at least a 3rd straight 40G season, potentially a 50 goal season. Desharnais never went over 40 in the Q and as I’ve mentioned, WHL is a better league, 5 of the last 7 CHL Goaltenders of the Year were WHL goalies. Desharnais is a more gifted playmaker, but that’s a harder gig for a small man, carrying the puck more, checked more heavily because they are carrying that puck and as I’ve mentioned, the guy is smaller than Gallagher (and I’m pretty sure Gallagher will be a physically stronger NHL player).

      I know the odds are against him, but he has never failed to rise to a challenge. Desharnais, you have to respect his talent and his commitment but Gallagher projects better to me. Tougher league, better goal scorer, bigger player and a better skater.

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

      • showey47 says:

        Your 2nd last paragraph which talks about how the center is targeted because he carries the puck more often is pretty much my reasoning about why IMHO DD has a better chance at long term success in the nhl as a winger instead of center. For both offensive and defensive reasons.

  5. slychard says:

    Just testing my new avatar and signature. I know she’s been around but…not with this signature. J’me pette les brettelles. How U like me now? Uhhhhhh. Very buzzed.

    Kiss my Habs!!!!!

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    WHL named Brendan Gallagher their player of the week btw folks, second time he’s collected the honour.

    Gordie Howe Hat Trick tonight as well, 1st of his WHL career.

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

  7. pmaraw says:

    in a way, the canadiens are being ran like the usa. the masses are distraught, upset, angry. meanwhile in the billionaire pressbox… #OccupyBellCenter #OccupyBellCentre

  8. HABSGUARDIANANGEL says:

    Holy shooting plastic pucks!! do the habs ever suck this year!!! wow I knew the other teams all improoved but I didnt think we’d be this bad, I know we have a decent team, but playoff this season…. it would take a huge change!

  9. Clay says:

    Interesting how other coaches yank their goalie after, say, 3 goals on 14 shots, yet the Habs always just ‘stay the course’. Too much George Bush-like reasoning there for me…
    Not the case last game, but there have been too many examples of this over JM’s tenure here.

    __________________________
    Anyway, I’ve never been captain in 16 years in the NHL. But that didn’t stop me being a leader in my own way.
    Guy Lafleur

  10. habstrinifan says:

    Someone posted two links to articles by Engels. I gave a cursory reading to one and was doing same for the second when I gave up. Same-o same-0 except a gem of stupidity. He’s now offering as a reason for the habs sorry performance that it takes time for the chemistry to develop behind the bench. Good Grief!

    Why dont we just have a TEAM WHISPERER come in and talk to the whole lot… from the guy who tears your ticket to the towel boys to the Zambini driver.

    Habs are BAD because the two principals who have been together for a long time and have been together, HERE, for over 2 years are BAD AT THEIR JOBS. Habs are bad because they are managed and coached badly. Period!

  11. pmaraw says:

    i cant believe no heads were chopped off today.

  12. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …hmmm …nix that Price for Luongo speculation :)

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  13. immortalhab says:

    Does anyone have a clue as to when Markov is supposed to be back? Can he really be the same when he does? Isn’t he high risk for another injury? Wouldn’t it have been smarter to keep Wiz?

  14. C-Sword says:

    It would be hard to rebuild the team when they’re still stuck with Gio, Cammy and Gomez. Getting rid of them isn’t an easy task, it might take a few seasons to get this team rebuilt, because trading players like AK doesn’t suffice, your highest paid players need to be the team’s top performing ones, if they’re not, you have to let them go first, but who would want them? Out of the three midgets, Cammy is probably the only one who might interest the other teams. The organization might as well start things off by replacing the GM and Coach, give the team a new identity, stop drafting/signing small players, I don’t mind the team having a few small players, but don’t expect to win the war with a team full of midgets. Aren’t you tired of seeing them getting pushed around by the Bruins, Leafs and Flyers?

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Brendan Gallagher, 1G, 1A and 17 PIMs after 40 minutes tonight. Took the Instigator and 10-minute misconduct plus the usual fighting major. It’s been an extremely chippy game between the Giants and the Prince George Cougars.

    11G in 10GP, 50 in 50 pace is ongoing. 8th overall in league scoring.

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

  16. durocher says:

    Theo Peckham, a complete beast, has been a scratch for the Oilers for a few games. We need help on D and to get stronger on the backend

    Weber for Peckham?

    • deggy24 says:

      In a second, makes Diaz relevant, instead of redundant. Bring up Henry to protect the plate. Play 4 D, PK, Emelin, Spacek, and Peckham. Sub Diaz for Spacek and Gorges for Peckham. Gjll is the pk guy, put him in front of the net on the power play.
      We miss the big, excellent playing man, Hamrlik. We need some bigger guys on the back end. Be a while before we get a guy like Hamr..

      • ABHabsfan says:

        I like getting Peckham, always thought he was a tough, capable d-man though I think weber may be too much. Hard to say. If Peckham is not playing then trade a guy who is also not playing, like Enqvist or Palushaj. I still think Weber has upside due to his laser-shot but cannot take care of his own end. Make him a full-time forward and let him be a trigger-man. I have no interest in Henry, slower ( if possible) less intelligent version of Gill; who is getting exposed this year for his lack of foot-speed. Yeah, gimme Peckham, but not for Weber. we have other mediocre prospects to let go

  17. nickster13 says:

    Rumor has it that Calgary would trade Bourque (i dont know why but i digress). Would you trade AK and a 3rd to do it? I would

  18. habstrinifan says:

    Can anyone recall for me how long Markov actually played UNDER JM.

  19. showey47 says:

    Gallagher with another goal and assist so far tonight after 2 periods.

  20. HardHabits says:

    Here are some moves I hope the Habs would make if the they are sure to miss the play-offs:

    Trade at the deadline Moen and Gill.
    Then try to trade Spacek as well if possible.
    If there are takers for AK go for it too.

    IMO it is time to rebuild. Again.

    • showey47 says:

      What about darche,campoli and gorges?

      • HardHabits says:

        Gill and Moen are proven Cup winners. I think a team going for a run would benefit from either of the two. Less so for Spacek and AK.

        I doubt Darche, Campoli or Gorges would fetch much.

        I still think the Habs ace in the hole is their 1st round pick. The should be able to get Tanguay from Calgary for it at the very least.

        • showey47 says:

          Hey,i’m just saying if we are going to miss the post season we should dump everybody with a ufa status regardless if we can get a first rounder or a 7th right? If anything so i don’t have to hear all summer how we didn’t capitalize on an oppurtunity to pick up draft picks and let players walk away for nothing :).

        • 306Hab says:

          Why the hell would you give away another pick for a guy that didn’t work out the first time around???

          If were gonna miss the playoffs then theres no way you give up that potential 1st overall pick.

    • CanadienBoy says:

      The Wiz first game back play 27 min.. 2 hit 4 block shot that is why we made the playoff last year .I hope Gauthier get lock up over night in the meat room a La Queducheval

    • CanadienBoy says:

      So six team have made offers for Turris Flame being the latest ,hello GM 22 year old center

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Trade Cammy. Trade Gionta. Stockpile draft picks. We have some great young prospects already. We could be contenders in 3 or 4 yrs.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

      • HardHabits says:

        I wish the Habs would do that. I’d love to see them walk out of the draft with something really nice for a change.

        Good news is neither PK or Price will be the subject of hostile offer sheets.

        I just don’t see the Habs accepting that kind of reality yet though. I am convinced they still think they can build a team via free agency. Which nobody in the history of the NHL has ever done with success.

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I’d keep Gio. I’d trade Cammalleri even if we were in 1st place.

        “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
        - Sean Bonjovi

    • JayBee says:

      I do not want Gauthier and company in charge of this rebuild. New blood please.

  21. JayBee says:

    The thing is….getting rid of JM is NOT enough. The entire management team needs to go and the philosophy from top to bottom must be changed. Getting rid of just Martin is putting yet another bandaid on the issue. The drafting is decent, but the development is not. We suck at developing talent and that needs to change…doesn’t matter who you have behind the bench.

    Please please please lets get some fresh young blood in here with new ideas. Habs organization is too damn smug and arrogant for its own good.

  22. C_exacte says:

    we aren’t even playing tonight and TSN has Pricer as their intro, how they love to kick us while we’re down!!

  23. Everlasting1 says:

    Wisniewski makes his debut after the lengthy suspension to help Columbus earn their first win by thumping Detroit.

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    When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

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

    • deuce6 says:

      I miss The Wiz.. *sniffle* :(

      ——————

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

    • 24 Cups says:

      Everlasting – Just a quick thought that hopefully won’t offend. Have you ever thought of deleting your six line signature to help save space on the page and tighten up the post listings? Or at least just make it two lines.

      • saskhabfan says:

        Or how about something relevent to hockey instead of some 6 line signature which makes him look like somebody who is trying to compensate for a massive inferiority complex.

        • Everlasting1 says:

          Not relevent? The Habs are like the Hebrews. Approaching 40 yrs in limbo and missing a Nephilim or two.

          ——————————————————————-
          When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

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

      • Everlasting1 says:

        Sacrilege. You’ve offended the Almighty Gods and all their offspring.
        Ftr, I have every right to express my religious beliefs and impose it on others. But I’ll see what I can do to replace the long verse. The bible is a little wordy.

        ——————————————————————-
        When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

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

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          “I have every right to express my religious views and impose it on others.”

          Yeah, that kind of thinking has never caused suffering… Good one there.

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

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Seriously? That was a joke.

            ——————————————————————-
            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

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

      • Malreg says:

        Signatures should be disabled all together. They have their uses on a real message board, but on a discussion board like this they are pretty useless.

  24. Montreal1993 says:

    Ok, so lets say we fire gm, fire pg, bring in a whole new crew, then what? Everybody look at our roster being completely healthy, do we believe we have a chance of winning a stanley cup this year?

  25. JohnBellyful says:

    Players take to a coach who isn’t stiff and likes a laugh as much they do. JM can save his job – and start the team winning – if he would just loosen up a bit and …

    Inhale helium before giving a pre-game pep talk
    Slip a whoopee cushion underneath a player as he’s about to sit on the bench
    Attach a bubble gum bubble to a player’s helmet just before his shift
    Give the players a hotfoot
    Tell Cole he’s sitting out a game and then slap him on the back and say with a hearty laugh, “Just kiddin’!”
    Call a timeout 45 seconds into the game just to tell the boys you like the way the four lines are playing.
    Halfway through the match cover a player’s eyes with your hands and say, “Guess who?”
    Loudly protest a penalty against the Canadiens by banging the stick against the boards, throwing a towel on the ice and tossing Desharnais over the boards
    Pick Gill, Gorges and Spacek for the shootout [Edit: On second thought, Gill might get called for delay of game.]
    Hand out Danishes to the players during a commercial break, saying Eller made them
    Replace drills with dodge ball during practices
    Show up behind the bench wearing oversized sunglasses and a bright red sports jacket with a huge Canadiens’ emblem on the back and ‘Jocko’ across the top
    Hand out fried octopus to the players during a commercial break, saying Cammalleri cooked them
    When the fans start singing Ole, Ole, turn around and lead them as if you were their maestro
    Tell reporters you will only answer their questions by playing charades or singing rap
    Replace the notebook with a smartphone and start tweeting your fans
    Pull Price with the team down a goal late in the game and as soon as he gets close to the bench, send out Budaj – to show you can think outside the box
    Call a ref over to explain a penalty call and stick a Slewfoot Me sign on his back

  26. LL says:

    So the Canes beat Boston but lose to Ottawa. Staal, slow start, missing Cole. etc, etc…

    It’s the same old with every other team.

    Habs’ll win the next game, if not the next. They are too talented to stay dead last in the standings.

    Instead of a new coach, how about an exorcism. ;)

  27. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Imagine…

    Moen is your leading goal scorer. Has 4 in 8 games, had 6 in 79 last year and 8 in 81 the year before. Crazy things are happening with the Habs.

    Expect the Unexpected…that should be the motto this season.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      is he in a contract year?

      Mr. Biter

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        Yes, but his career high was 11 in 82.

        Oh and he is also +3 this year. Just weird, gets paid peanuts compared to some other guys, and is ALWAYS playing with someone different.

        Boy I wish he had some Kovalev hands, cause he is working his ass off this season and it is paying off.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        He must be. Working for that big payday, cos wearing the CH and playing for the pride and glory of MTL is not motivation enough lol

        ——————————————————————-
        When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

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

  28. Mattyleg says:

    Anyone else who hates PG notice that Guidoune is out again with another hernia/groin issue?

    Just to keep track of all his stupid trades, you know.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. Mikey_39 says:

    Along with the persistent feeling of nausea that I have now that we are the new Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL, I am now extremely scared.

    I really don’t know what PG will do, but I fear a ridiculously desperate move is on the horizon. I have ZERO faith in any of the management in the habs organization.

    And I really don’t get why people are throwing AKs name as trade bait. He’s big, strong, and has been playing great. He’s been consistent over his time here in montreal and has superstar abilities. Right, so let’s trade him away so he can flourish elsewhere…Grabovski, S.Kostitsyn, Ribeiro….

    • Captain aHab says:

      A desperate move is what I’m afraid of as well. Habs are never sellers.

      • Mikey_39 says:

        I have this really bad feeling that he’s going to make a really really stupid move. That’s why I would want Molson to step in right away and hand the reigns over to someone else before any major damage is done to the team

        • JF says:

          Likewise. The longer the situation continues, the more likely it is that Gauthier will do something incredibly stupid. I’d rather they did absolutely nothing than something as brain-dead as trading AK46. In fact, other than firing JM and appointing Cunneyworth interim head coach, there’s nothing constructive they can do. There are no confidence-inspiring candidates for coach out there, and I doubt there are any French-speaking GMs kicking around either. As far as the team goes, I think the situation is too bad for any trade to really help. With all the injuries and the mystery surrounding Markov’s condition, it’s a stretch to say we’re icing an NHL lineup at the moment. Our forwards can’t score, our defence makes mistakes, our special teams are among the worst in the NHL, and our starting goaltender has about the worst numbers.

  30. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Getting rid of JM alone will not cut it I guess since PG & JM go together like peanut butter & jam. I’m tired of rooting for a team just to sneak into the playoffs only to have them exit early. I want the team of the 70′s and even 1993. Only way is to ditch the bosom buddies, blow this team up & start all over again.
    Thank you Bob Gainey.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

    • Timo says:

      Bobo did this team a lot of good, that’s no doubt. Lots to be thankful for.

      • Bill J says:

        BG did make mistakes, but he still managed to improve this team from the depths of darkness. It was not pretty before BG.


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        • Timo says:

          No, it’s great now. Very not dark.

          • Bill J says:

            It’s a nightmare, but not unfixable.

            JM is garbage, PG I was willing to forgive. But allowing our two best coaching candidates to walk (BG hires, btw) ? Blows my mind! He’s gotta go too.

            It’s fixable, but something has to change. Or bring on Yakupov.


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  31. HabFanSince72 says:

    Sean Couturier has 4 points and will remain with Philly for the year. The dud(e) Winnipeg surprisingly picked ahead of him can barely keep up and will be sent back to junior.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      In fairness, players do develop at different rates. Duncan Keith was beaten to the NHL by Joni Pitkanen, who’s better? Logan Couture went 9th in 2007, missed the WJC but he’s way better than Sam Gagner or Jacub Voracek and is on the level of 2nd overall Van Riemsdyk.

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

      • 24 Cups says:

        Beat me to it, Robert. Mark Scheifele (aka the dud) had a very strong camp and stayed with the Jets for 7 games. They wisely sent him back to Barrie so he can dominate the OHL instead of getting 8 minutes a game in Winnipeg. The team also gains another year of RFA and UFA.

        Scheifele was a bit of a surprise going 7th, but that’s because he made the greatest strides in his draft year. Dale Hawerchuk just loves this kid. Couturier is going to have a good year but he also was one of the players coming out of junior who was most NHL ready.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Exactly, Scheifele just broke out as a top-end prospect but he needs more time to bulk up and refine, the whole reason Couturier was the #1 favourite at the start of the season was that his game was NHL-ready, much like COL’s Landeskog. Doesn’t mean they’ll rule their draft class. Nugent-Hopkins, who I suspected was too skinny is EDM’s leading scorer right now. (still think he might hit the 2nd-half slump that 18-year old prospects often do)

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

  32. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Good read by Eric Engels

    ..and another one

  33. otter649 says:

    Once again – Nice job Robert……..

  34. Neutral says:

    when they get rid of AK–it’ll be another mistake like a lot of other good players they’ve helped other teams with….all of those teams are ahead of the Habs righ now with the help of ex hab players….

    • EricInStL says:

      Remember a good GM from good team, makes his team better by cherry picking the good players from bad teams.

      Getting AK for nothing but a 4th rate D man is a great move for any team.

  35. HardHabits says:

    I wanna hear about the Habs hottest prospect. The 2012 1st round draft pick. That’s if the Habs haven’t traded it by then.

    You gotta admit though. That is one valuable trade item right about now. Probably the most valuable arsenal in the Habs bank at the moment.

    Trading away their 1st pick would be a great way to spite the tankers at HIO. Look HH. We traded our 1st pick and finished last anyways. Hahaha. Joke’s on you sucker.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Yep, I love it.
      “Lose To Win.”
      That’s a fantastic attitude.
      It’s like what the credit card companies try to sell you:
      “Spend To Save!”
      It’s such a joke.
      They must make millions off the same people who think ‘tanking’ is genius.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Montreal1993 says:

        so whats your solution to make this team better then what it is?

        dont take this the wrong way, but the way everything is looking right now, even if they fire jacques, and gauthier? what moves can be done to make the habs into a cup contender? It would require a total face lift to turn things around. trading away our assets, subban, price, patches, pleks wouldnt be the wise moves, unless the names stamkos, crosby, ovechkin are mentioned i am not interested, the way i see it finishing bottom 5 is a lot more positive then grinding it out into the 8th seed again only to be knocked out in the first round. The better teams in the nhl have had a few bad seasons, or many years of mediocrity. This post may come off as being completely negative but i am a huge habs fan, have been my whole life and always will be, but this season so far i find it hard to be excited for game night. The habs are built as soft as they come, no finish. Last nights game was well played in my opinion, but zero finish, just shooting at the goalie and not at the net, im sure there are a few others who may feel the same way, but markov wont be the savior of this season, last time i checked hockey is a team sport, and i just find it impossible to find anything optimistic about this terrible start to the season. We cannot compete with the better teams in the east, let alone the west. Best possible solution as of right now are two things fire management and see where that goes, or fire management and cross your fingers, for the first overall pick in the upcoming draft. Let the bashing begin…

        • Mattyleg says:

          There are a number of things that can be done, including changing management, mixing players up, etc.

          I don’t particularly care what they do, but this ‘tanking’ talk is insane. It goes against everything sport stands for. End justifies the means. And what happens when we tank for three years and never win a cup? What then?

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Montreal1993 says:

            well lets be honest, with our current crop of prospects in the q, whl, ohl, ahl, europe, the future does look a little bright. im far from being a pro scout, but i dont see any names that pop out at me as being complete game changers. If i was a gm i would have done things a little bit more differently, this comes off as being completely negative but i look at the facts and they dont lie. I think guys like Brendan Gallagher, Danny Kristo, Nathan Beaulieu etc, and think they are going to be great hockey players but, realistically it will be many years from now until they can make a significant impact. We are far from being a cup contender in my eyes.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Gotta agree with you. Tank after 8 games. Insane. Does anyone realize what this site would be like for 2 or 3 years of losing. They’d be wanting to fire the announcer cause it was his fault we’re losing.

            Mr. Biter

          • HardHabits says:

            What you can’t understand is that it is painful to see the Habs lose for all Habs fans. But for a few and that number is growing, at least there is some solace in knowing that a lost season can still bear fruit in a high draft pick. Is that so misguided?

            I think misguided is continually doing everything to make it to the 6th-8th spot year after year. Yes if there is progress and that team looks like it could challenge for the Division I see making moves to improve as possibly fruitful but generally unless a team is poised to go all the way most moves end up accomplishing the opposite and make teams worse. And I don’t see that this team is poised to make a Cup run at the moment and am not confident that a few tweaks here and there will make them a contender.

            The brain trust has got it wrong. Gomez was wrong. Trading McDonagh was wrong. Trading O’Byrne too when you think about it. Thinking that a small fast team could compete in the NHL was wrong. The Habs are skating a team to play on European ice surfaces and not built for the NA game. They treat their most talented young players like little children and scold them for not listening to daddy.

            Trying to make the play-offs every year with no real goal for a championship is like being a junk food junkie wanting a quick fix all the time without caring what negative effects it will have on future health.

            Tanking is only a small part of the pain needed to turn this debacle around. People are so simple. People assume that I believe all it will take is 1 lottery draft pick to save the day.

            The Habs need to build a team. A team capable of rising to the top 5 in the league. Not hover around 15th forever.

      • HardHabits says:

        Aren’t you the one who has been exclaiming that the Habs should do whatever it takes to make 8th spot because the Oilers and Flyers went almost all the way? Doesn’t that sound more like what you’re trying to describe. Spend now and forget the future.

        I talking about saving now. Stocking up. I have always touted trading players for picks. The Habs by extension do the opposite and take a stock they bought low (a pick) and trade it for an over priced stock that is in decline (a rental) then watch as the low value option they dumped matures and makes somebody else richer.

        But keep trying to simplify my arguments. You might eventually understand them if you can visualize them in the crayon drawings that act as imagery in your mind.

        Have you watched the past two years? Have you watched any games this season? Or do you just hope?

        It’s too soon to be sellers obviously and the Habs have to try to win. However if they trade that 1st pick of theirs they better get back Rick (not Steve) Nash or something comparable. Because whoever gets that pick is still getting a selection in the lottery.

  36. otter649 says:

    Columbus wins & The Habs are in _________ overall…….

  37. OneTimer says:

    Silver lining time: we may be leading the league in Too Many Men penalties again, but anyone notice we haven’t taken a single Delay of Game (puck over the glass) penalty yet? Now that’s improvement! I wonder if Washington has experienced a sudden increase in those, by the way.

  38. deuce6 says:

    Just putting the Kostitsyn and a pick to TOR for Franson rumor that someone posted earlier, to rest..

    It was reported by Eklund that the Habs were talking with the Leafs for a depth d-man..Says no names..

    When will people learn not to believe his garbage? lol

    *BTW, I go to Spector for all my rumors…

    http://spectorshockey.net/wordpress/

    ——————

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

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Spector is good, but most of the Habs rumors he gets are from this website. Always accurate, but never exciting. He is the anti-Eklund.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  39. habsrpast says:

    habs just recalled Palushaj.
    the cup is ours!

    3 games until anti Martin, and the start of Marc Crawford.

  40. EricInStL says:

    Columbus is winning against Detroit (for now) this gets better and better every day….

  41. habs001 says:

    Eller does many things well and he gets a lot of praise from posters and media..that is fine…but one thing he has not shown is that when he is the scoring areas of the ice he is able to generate much scoring either by goals or assists…i just dont see right now that he has the ability to produce consistent scoring… again i go back to the fact that he has never put up any impressive stats…i know posters will say europe stats are different and he scored 18 goals in the ahl but i am not sold on him beyond a 30 point player..

  42. nickster13 says:

    Sell sell sell! May sound bad but we should trade cammy to someone for a solid guy young playmaker, im thinking Jake Voracek of philly, he’s exactly the type of player we need. We should start shipping some smaller veterans if we can, and just make it through the season with the young guys, and get Yakupov or something next year, that would put us in the best position for long term success, our older guys are only gonna get worse with time.
    I pick cammalleri not because i dont like him, i love his charisma, but hes a bit of dead weight since he cant produce anything by himself and has a high price tag. Sounds crazy maybe, but his trade value will never be higher again in his life, along with the rest of our veterans

  43. habbernack says:

    ESPN reporting that PG is talking to the leafs for Franson for possibly AK and a pick

    ability is what you’re capable of doing.
    attitude determines how you do it

    • Habitall says:

      Kidding, right?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Burke got Franson and Lombardi for Brett Lebda whom Nashville immediately bought out and got rid of.

      Th optics alone of us giving up a former first and more for a guy PG should have talked to Nashville about in the first place is disgusting.

      • Habitall says:

        Agreed. But it’s not only optics. If what we’re lacking is a big, strong, responsible, stay-at-home defenseman, why not just call Paul Mara. Enough with dumping our picks and our talented players. AK would be a star on any number of teams. I haven’t seen all the games this year, but what I have seen, I’m impressed with what he brings to the table. Meanwhile, is Franson even playing for the Leafs regularly?

        Now, if it were Jake Gardiner …

        • habbernack says:

          We had a big stay-at-home D-man in OB but JM didn’t like him so PG kept Picard instead. I’ve watched all the games on RDS and AK has been one of our better forwards.

          ability is what you’re capable of doing.
          attitude determines how you do it

          • otter649 says:

            Craig Rivet is still playing hockey albeit in The ECHL this season – He has to be better than what Mara & Soppel gave to The Habs last season as a fill in player…….

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Abosolutely not. Last team I want to deal with is a arch rival.

      “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

    • deuce6 says:

      ESPN is stupid…That trade would actually make us worse…

      ——————

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

    • 24 Cups says:

      That deal would be a joke. Franson can barely crack the Leafs’ top six.

  44. ProHabs says:

    How come Nail Yakupov is not on the list of Habs top prospects.

    What am I saying, if the Habs finish last they will probably pick highly rated prospect Teuvo Teravianen as he is all of 5-10, 161-pounds.

  45. Trisomy 21 says:

    So sounds like Cammy will be on the point for the PP.
    I don’t get it. He obviously has a sweet spot on the wing playing the PP. I would rather see Cammy stay put and have Moen on the point. I know the current PP blows, but asking someone to play the point after one day of practice ain’t gonna make him a journeyman at point. And we already know he can score from the right circle.
    And as for DD centering Cammy and Cole – Holy hell. I can’t wait until JM’s crush for him is through

  46. Hobie Hansen says:

    The only silver lining in all of this mess is that if Gauthier gets fired, there are zero other possible GMs in the world that would willingly dress six forwards, between 5’7″ and 5’11″ and stand by and watch their team get beat up and pushed around all year long.

  47. Hobie Hansen says:

    Trade Gionta, Cammalleri, Gomez, Desharnais, Diaz, Weber and Spacek to St. Louis for David Backes.

    Cap aside, I don’t think St. Louis would make that trade?

  48. C_exacte says:

    ah yes….the list of players that should’ve been signed by Gauthier before the season started, but he didn’t want to repeat the 1 and 6 record in the preseason….

  49. topher5468 says:

    Damn Buffalo is all over tampa, they’re a good team.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  50. HabsFansince49 says:

    Language is interesting. It often covers reality. For example, the new HIO poll refers to a “slow start”. How’s that for a cover up? 2 wins in pre-season and 1 win against the lowly Jets in regular season can hardly be adequately or honestly referred to as a “slow start”. Worse, much worse, there is no real (empirical) evidence that matters will improve significantly.
    BTW, I’m not whining; I won’t miss a RDS TV game this season; and I’ll still cheer, but I have little hope, honestly.

  51. habsrpast says:

    how come all our prospects are injured?
    they must be brittle boned smurfs just like the present club.
    besides, all the prospects are mediocre 3rd or 4th liners.
    nothing to get excited about.
    funny how people got so excited about Eller. so overrated. the kid couldn’t score last year, and can’t score now. bust just like Desharnais and Cole.

  52. Neutral says:

    what’s so hard to figure out why we’re losing– it’s the inexperience defence. if they ever get it together we’re gonna have a good team. up front we’re good for couple of goals per game. that’s good enough to win if you have a good “D” right now we don’t. so cross your fingers and hope they improve with in the next couple of weeks and everyone will be on here saying what a change and we’ll all be happy till it happens again….

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      I hope you’re right, but I wouldn’t call Gill, Gorges, or Spacek inexperienced. And I think Weber is playing fairly well (highest +/-). Diaz has some faults for sure.

      But my beef is that the forwards aren’t putting the puck in the net and back checking well enough. You look at when the habs are in the offensive zone, there is constant battling for puck possession, but when it’s in Montreal’s zone, it’s constant cycling by the other team… So I guess I’m not sure if that’s a team problem or just weak back checking.

      • TINMAN17 says:

        Gill, fellow Masshole that he is, under the scrutiny of the naked eye looks old and slower than before. Spacek, well, he’s Spacek. Gorges, I believe gets a pass because of the surgery, but all in all the cumulative suckitude of those three is bordering off the charts, so far. No stats to back me up, just the naked eye.

        Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  53. Toe Blake says:

    At least on the retreat from Moscow the French army had some horses to eat and could crap in their pants for warmth!

  54. Everlasting1 says:

    D’Agostini leads the Blues with 4G, and team leading +7. That is all.

    ——————————————————————-
    When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

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

  55. j2w4habs25 says:

    THIS ARTICLE HAS TO BE THE BEST IN TWO WEEKS…. OMG!

    Carey Price #31

  56. hansolo says:

    Robert,

    You’ll have to excuse my ignorance in these matters. Is Etienne Brodeur a Habs prospect? I see he has 13 points in 14 GP. Thanks.

  57. HabinBurlington says:

    Thanks again Robert, as Hab in Surrey points out, nice to read about our future rather than the current woes.

  58. Habitall says:

    Robert, am I reading correctly that Daniel Pribyl is playing on 2 teams? His stats on one were unimpressive, but on the other were okay — what’s that all about?

    Also, how realistic is it that we’d see him in North America next year? He’s pretty intriguing — good size, supposedly great hands. I figured him to be a serious producer, the way people were talking about him being the sleeper pick of the draft.

  59. Timo says:

    This is how I see Habs future if JM is not fired. Next 2 years:
    - 2012 – miss playoffs but JM is full of optimism and everything is blamed on injuries, AK and a female reporter who unlike HIO crew dared to ask a pointed question
    - 2013 – Finish 8th, get killed by Bruins or philly in the first round. AK is not long there to blame. The female reporter’s pass has not been renewed and everything is now blamed on PK and Price for having flamboyant celebrations after every one of team’s very few wins. Molson is happy cause dollars are keep rolling and extends JM and PG’s contract for another 4 year et tout recommence.

  60. Habfan4lfe says:

    Whats the point of salivating over players in AHL or wherever. With Martin and Gauthier they could be gone any day for some second rate player. I rather read and know about them in the off season.

  61. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Louis Leblanc seems to be taking ‘forever’ to recuperate from a shoulder injury …Avtsin seems to be continuing in ‘enigma’ mode …Berger, whom I thought could be a power-forward diamond in the rough, seems to be playing only ‘rough’ …Trunev not lighting any fires on His team …silence yet on Pribyl
    …but, it seems Tinordi is rounding His game (I had serious doubts He would rate a first-round choice), but Captain of the OHL’s first-place team tells Me there must be character as well as skill in that big lug
    …love the passion in Gallagher’s game …Bournival will be a solid pro in the NHL (and I hope an exceptional one) …Beaulieu continuing where He left off …di Simone Who I believe in time will be a-step-up on Palushay seems to be beginning to produce already in the AHL …and, finally, hope very much Gauthier increases His urgency to sign Kristo before letting Him walk-away

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    • 24 Cups says:

      Christopher – You mentioned Kristo before. I’m pretty sure a team can’t sign a kid when he’s in college. That should happen this spring so that Kristo can play for Hamilton in the playoffs before joining them full time next season.

      • cuzzie says:

        He has one more year of school.

        Stay Thirsty My Friends!

      • HabFab says:

        Steve, there is some loop hole in which a drafted NCAA player can become an UFA by refusing to sign before school is finished. Went looking but couldn’t find a link to the story. Believe it has been closed but still applies to those like Kristo drafted prior.
        Same as Blake Wheeler did to Phoenix.

  62. Bugs says:

    When’s Gallagher gettin his butt back up here?
    That’s what I wanna know…

    Back from the Brink’s boasts L. B. Potter, esq.

  63. Rad says:

    Trunev has been a disappointment. I was expecting bigger things from the speedy Russian.

    On the positive side, I think Darren Dietz is going to be an NHL player. He is next year’s version of Brendan Gallagher.

  64. Hobie Hansen says:

    Listening to Pierre LeBrun saying that he admires Gauthier for trying to win with finesse and speed but it is time to face reality and toughen this team up drastically.

    Uh Hello! We’ve needed to to that for a decade!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Finesse and speed? Who would that be referring to? Gionta? Cole? Gomez? Hal Gill? Peter Nokalainen? Josh Gorges? Moen?

      Who have we signed in the last two years that fits the finesse bill? Only Cammy.

      We are not a fast skillful team.

  65. Hobie Hansen says:

    Hopefully by the time Gallagher is set to go the Canadiens have found a way to alter the dimension of their team so that their top six doesn’t have four guys 5’11″ and under. Not including Gallagher.

  66. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …ah, good ! …My ‘Habs Future’ fix for this week
    …all the hope for the future, in stark contrast to the pessimism of the present :)

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  67. Mikey_39 says:

    He has the ability to dominate a game on his own. He’s so skilled, it would be a total waste to get rid of him. I wish we had a coach who knew how to get the best out of his players.

  68. Mr. Biter says:

    Last year I would have agreed with you , but this year he is one of our better players. Darche or Halpren who wolud have been better to keep? Also just as a side note how did Wiz do tonight?

    Mr. Biter

  69. Bill J says:

    Engvist is in AHL… Pittsburgh is doing fine… No ?


    If you want to add an avatar here, read this and follow the steps

    Go Habs Go!

  70. CanadienBoy says:

    As much as i hate JM the true is Gauthier lack of foresight in letting Hammer go before markov clear bill of recovery and waisthing draft pick on Moore ,Helpen and not keeping them on the teams which could have been done by signing them for less during the season (Gainey s touch)and the Wiz as well and of course the no goon guy policy .How many time teams trade for a guy with talent Wiz type and resign them within week but no not the Habs. The GM is the one to go first

  71. HardHabits says:

    I am all for that.

    But trading contracts means not trying to win the Cup this year. The Habs don’t do that and they wont do that. That would be an admission that the last 2 years+ was in error. I guarantee you that the Habs are going to trade their 1st round draft pick at some point this season in a futile attempt in saving PG and JM’s ass.

    In Habland not doing everything in ones power, including trading as many picks as possible, to make the play-offs is equal tanking.

  72. Montreal1993 says:

    ok, what assets do we have, aside from pk, patches, pleks, cammi, price, that your willing to trade away for immediate success?

  73. Mr. Biter says:

    Best post of the night. Someone who agrees we need toughness. To bad they can’t play right now. Wait a minute except for White whose injured, bring em up. Since there are so many “tankers” here at least they’ll get used to the NHL and in 2 years…..

    Mr. Biter

  74. HabFanSince72 says:

    You think WHite will be sent back to Hamilton?

    (cause the other two aren’t ever moving to the NHL.)

  75. CanadienBoy says:

    I trade Plek for Staal one on one, oka +a draft pick Staal with Cole again

  76. CanadienBoy says:

    IF Plek can not be a #1 center we should trade him for one why, Eller will be #2 and bigger and Plek with is all around game and contract is ours best trading asset for a bigger #1 center with a 1 rd if you have to

  77. Mr. Biter says:

    Preaching to the Choir.

    Mr. Biter

  78. Mr. Biter says:

    NO! Injuried just don’t know when White will be available, then right to the 4th line ASAP.

    Mr. Biter


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