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A new name tops the weekly Three Star list that Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) compiles for Hockey Inside/Out.
Louis Leblanc is off to a good start with the Bulldogs.

The Three Stars of the Week

1. C Louis Leblanc returns from the injured reserve list and makes his mark at the same time as he gains top honours for the week. Leblanc’s recovery from shoulder surgery had left him unable to attend the Montreal Canadiens training camp or participation in the NHL or the AHL pre-season but he did not let that interrupt his intention to compete as he’s begun his season with an above point per game pace. Six a half months after Leblanc’s last game, he started on Thursday night with the Hamilton Bulldogs against the Rochester Americans and stole the show. In his first professional hockey game, he assisted on both regulation goals by the Bulldogs and finished his night in dramatic fashion when he scored the winning goal in overtime. Leblanc was held off the scoresheet on Saturday in a loss to the Albany Devils, but added an assist to his scoring totals on Sunday as the Bulldogs fell to the Abbotsford Heat. Leblanc was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1st round, 18th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft.

2. C Andreas Engqvist seems set on putting a disappointing cup of coffee with the Montreal Canadiens behind him by proving his worth in Hamilton. Engqvist had a goal and two assists in his first game back, mirroring the production of his teammate Leblanc as their combined scoring efforts paced the Bulldogs to their only victory on the week. Engqvist was held off the scoresheet on Saturday night as the team fell to the Albany Devils, but scored his second goal of the season on Sunday as the Bulldogs dropped their second straight game to the Abbotsford Heat. Engqvist was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Canadiens summer development camp in July of 2009.

3. D Mac Bennett is continuing to showcase his talents as a sophomore with the University of Michigan Wolverines this season as he maintains a near point per game production on the blue line. Bennett added one assist in each of back to back games over the week to become the scoring leader amongst defencemen on his team and tie for the team lead in assists. Bennett’s current total of 7 assists in 8 games is notable as he is easily set to break his mark of 10 assists over 32 games in his rookie season. Bennett was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round, 79th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Worthy Mentions: G Peter Delmas won his first start of the season in the ECHL. RW Brendan Gallagher had a goal and assist to continue to lead his team in points. D Magnus Nygren scored an assist to keep pace as 3rd for defensive scoring in the Elitserien. C Dustin Walsh scored two assists in his first game of the season.

Question Marks: C Michael Bournival is out with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss at least three more weeks. D Brendon Nash is recovering from shoulder surgery in early October. C Joonas Nattinen was a healthy scratch for two consecutive games with Hamilton. 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 24th, 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 4-4-0-0 and are 4th in their Division, 10th in their Conference, 22nd overall in the AHL.

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

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

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

Season Stats: 5GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 7GP, 0G, 1A, -4, 4 PIM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Called up to Montreal:

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

Season Stats: 5GP, 0G, 3A, +1, 0 PIM

Injured:

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.

AHL

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

ECHL:

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

Weekly Stats: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.87GAA,  .913 Save % | Complete Stats: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.87GAA,  .913 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

(8W, 10L, 1 OTL, 0 SOL – 14th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 10GP, 6G, 3A, -10, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 13GP, 6G, 5A, -11, 4 PIM

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

Junior Club: Saint John Sea Dogs – Alternate Captain

(14W, 5L, 0 OTL, 0 SOL- 2nd of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 13GP, 4G, 5A, +7, 37 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +5, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 4G, 6A, +12, 39 PIM

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

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain

(12W, 5L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL – 4th 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

(8W, 11L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 15th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 13GP, 3G, 7A, -3, 8 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 4G, 7A, -2, 8 PIM

OHL:

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

(13W, 2L, 0 OTL, 1 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

(9W, 4L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 6th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 12GP, 2G, 7A, +2, 11 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, +5, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 14GP, 2G, 7A, +7, 17 PIM

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

(8W, 7L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 13th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 9GP, 10G, 7A, +7, 8 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 1A, -2, 9 PIM | Complete Stats: 12GP, 11G, 8A, +5, 17 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

(6W, 1L, 1T)

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

(3W, 4L, 1T)

Season Stats: 6GP, 4G, 7A, +6, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 4G, 8A, +5, 4 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(2W, 4L, 1T)

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

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

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(5W, 1L, 1T)

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

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

NCAA Team: Northeastern University Huskies

(1W, 4L, 1T)

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

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

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green

(1W, 1L, 0T)

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

(10W, 3L, 4 OTL – 3rd of 14th overall in the League)

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

Czech First League Team: HC Berountsi Medovi

(11W, 6L, 1 OTL – 6rd of 14th overall in the League)

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

(7W, 4L, 5 OTL – 8th of 12 overall in the League)

Season Stats: 14GP, 5G, 3A, -4, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 17GP, 5G, 4A, -6, 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

(9W, 5L, 1 OTL, 1 SOL – 9th of 23rd overall in the League)

Season Stats: 13GP, 3G, 1A, -2, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 16GP, 3G, 2A, -1, 0 PIM

147 Comments

  1. Garcia129 says:

    Robert,
    Always look forward to this feature. Just a bit of constructive criticism: have you considered putting these stats in table/excel format? Would make them significantly easier to digest. You could leave a some space for notes as well so nothing would be lost.

    *Edit:
    If you need a hand drafting an excel template to accommodate this info, I’d be happy to help.

    Just a thought.

    In Price we Trust

  2. Mike D says:

    As others have said, Bournival’s numbers really are impressive!!! Hope he gets back soon. Also didn’t realize Beaulieu was so big either – Awesome!

    On the flip side, what’s up with Avtsin? His numbers look brutal. I really hope he reaches the potential of skilled scoring winger that some have said he has – and soon at that. He has really good size too.

    - Honestly yours

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …to those hyperventilating in indignation of Raffi Torres’ blackface Halloween get-up …My Son asks WHAT ? are Yooz Guyz so upset about ?, this is a ‘different generation’ ! …he mentioning Duane Ward dressed-up as Justin Timberlake this year !!! :)

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

    • Natrous says:

      I agree that people are overreacting in this particular case – it’s not as though the costume highlighted blackface the way that it was used in Montreal during frosh this year, or when two assclowns dressed up in blackface with ‘Subbanator’ shirts a few seasons ago. The skin tone in combination with the outfit and demeanor of a Rap mogul was not meant to inflict hurt towards a race of people, but to emulate a hero of his. Nothing wrong with that IMO.

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=379366
    …another interesting breakdown and opinion by Kerry Fraser on the Kenopka ‘boarding’ call on Anisimov, as well the Wolski hit to the head on Daniel Alfredsson

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

  5. Clay says:

    From the TSN power rankings:
    “[The Habs are] 3-1-1 since Scott Gomez was injured, which won’t help him shed the “much-maligned” tag he’s been carrying for the last few years.”

    Lol :D

    __________________________
    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

  6. punkster says:

    Just because it’s there. A bunch of young guys, lead by an older experienced vet, who play like a well oiled machine. It takes practice. Lots and lots of practice.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPJGRkvpg0U

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  7. Shane1313 says:

    Hey this is out of the blue. But I am doing final project on Montreal’s passion for the Habs..There is a part of it dedicated to how we show support(or lack of) for our players..I was wondering if any of you have any children, friends or even yourselves who wrote a letter to Max Pac after the incident. Through the team site. I was hoping to use a quote from a fan who showed how much support he gave to Max.
    That’d be appreciated!

  8. habsgod says:

    here’s a true story about halloween,i took my 10 year old son out for trick or treating tonight here in regina sask, and we go up to this house and a guy in a leafs shirt answers the door when my son yells trick or treat! and my son says’ dad look he cheers for the leafs! and guy says hi buddy do you and your dad cheer for the leafs too? ! my son says to the guy no my dad and i don’t cheer for losers! hahahahaha hahahahaha that was funny and the look on his face when he got told by a 10 yr old! and the guy, says what team do you and your dad cheer for,my son says god’s team the montreal canadiens! they’re the only team that matters! i was/ have never been prouder to be a habs fan or to have my son as a habs fan! he’s a 4th generation habs fan!

  9. Marc10 says:

    Ah the Halak trade… Thanks for posting the link.

    That was a good day on HIO. The only thing we might care to dispute is how much we got in return for Jaro. Could we have gotten more had we made the move at another point around the trade deadline? Did PG call every body out there before sending him to St Louis?

    As for the return, I think Eller will turn out just fine and we’ll win that deal long term. I feel bad for Jaro. He was money in the playoffs and carried us into the Show when the team and Pricey faltered. Sadly he’s not able to hold that standard. Price can and will for longer. You couldn’t keep both so management made the right call in keeping Carey.

    Still another moment when panic got the better of many fans. In light of the last week, it’s worth keeping in mind that the world doesn’t necessarily end on the back of a couple of games. But there’s always next week!

  10. Shane1313 says:

    How bout this guy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYkWDo-88sU&feature=related

    I love you Saku, such a great man. I know we have a very different team and our entire philosophy has changed, but what do you guys think would you take him back to end his career here? He did so much.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I would for Gomez in a heartbeat… unless his conflicts with players like Ribiero etc was due to jealousy. But if not .. yes, especially if he replaces Gomez.

      • Shane1313 says:

        That I would do. I would just love to see him raise a cup with us.

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        Who’s more likely to be the guy to start an altercation with a teamate? The one who survives cancer, leads by example, donates money to and visits sick children? or the guy who rolls on the ice feigning an injury and laughs it off on the bench once a penalty is called in his favour, or slashes a goalie in the chest after the final buzzer ends the game?
        Little offended you think Saku is so stuck up that he becomes jealous of a teammate.
        Ribeiro is a perfect example of a classless individual who would taint the image of the Canadiens, but some I guess are more concerned about point production.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Gomer for Koivu..another blunder.

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      “And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain.” – Deuteronomy 2:33

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

      • Propwash says:

        It’s a matter of perspective.
        Alot of people thought Saku was washed up before he went to Anaheim.

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        Dooooooooooooooomed!™

        • Shane1313 says:

          I couldn’t say that about Saku Koivu. Maybe not what he was before. Washed up – just doesnt seem like him. But I guess so, Ill always love him tho. He got an awful lot of slack tho, too bad

          • Propwash says:

            As a person, heart of gold, and heart as a lion, same as being a Hab. The thing is, I’d bet money that if he was still here, people would be throwing him under the bus the same way as Gomez.
            Such is life being a Canadien…

            _____________________
            Dooooooooooooooomed!™

    • Habfan4lfe says:

      can u post any older material? I think the rest of the world has moved on.

  11. habstrinifan says:

    Thanks MamAcat for the following post which I paste here with your permission.
    ……………
    quoted from gazette:

    Martin said the 22-year-old Eller is making progress, but the coach wasn’t happy when Nathan Horton knocked the puck off the Dane’s stick and it turned into a goal for Lucic.

    “He needs to learn that you can’t make those mistakes against good teams,” Martin said. “He made another one in the third period that didn’t cost us the game, but could have. It’s like anything else. You talk to them, you can take some ice time away, put somebody else in their position.”
    …………………………….

    Everytime I start to think that this coach gets it.. he does soemthing like this. People who kindly read any of my posts will know that my comment immediately after the game I begged JM not to scribble in his notepad about Eller’s error…. not to dwell on it. And what does he do. He uses it to essentially demean the kid and threaten him with a show of authority. When this kid probably has been the one skater most responsible for ‘saving ‘ JM’S job.

    Reading the above just spoils the good feelig and excitement from the last 3 wins. I cannot UNDERSTAND how some in HIO still get upset when JM’s coaching methods are brought into question. Here is a shining, or is it-unshining, example of it. It is a sickeninglygratuitous, demoralising comment publicly putting down a .
    Boone did write in his post game posts that JM was gloomy. Maybe JM’s feelings ar ehurt… he has had to bend to some changes. And how does he respond. By taking it out on a young player.
    The poster who tried to call JMs attention to the errors of others, like Gill, Gomez… is right on.

    This was incredibly MEAN of JM.

    • G-Man says:

      Awwww, da big bad coach was mean to Eller FOR MAKING A COSTLY MISTAKE. It was not mean for him to point out that mistakes like that can cost the game.
      It is about winning, yes?

      _____________________________________________________

      When in doubt, blame PP.

    • tbovs says:

      my friend hockey and you don’t mix….coaches arent there to be nice to players they are there to make sure they perform at highest level. Eller looked horrible on the giveaway and penalty…i was suprised he wasn’t stapled to the bench after but JM still played him. Its how you hammer home …. don’t eff up i.e. people are paying hundreds of dollars to watch you andteams are counting on making the playoffs…so don’t screw up…I swear your posts are getting worse….

  12. caladin says:

    Florida attendance always looks bad at this time of year because a lot of their core fanbase hasn’t gone south yet.

    • Habso says:

      another thing people need to take into consideration when discussing attendance in the US is the horrid state of the economy. People are losing their homes and their jobs, that doesn’t leave much to spend on sports entertainment.

      • tbovs says:

        the economy has some effect but you look at attendence figures forthe last 7 years and you see…its the same teams continually in the bottom … the economy argument can only hold so much water before it spills into the lake that is the US can’t support half of the teams in it.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    I have started a team at ca.movember.com, for those of you participating in Movember, I invite you to join McPhee’s Irregulars.

    If this link doesn’t work
    https://www.movember.com/ca/register/details/team_id/289760

    Search “McPhee’s Irregulars” in the search box on the site. Donate your face for a good cause, or even just your money.

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

  14. Say Ash says:

    So I’m watching the Jets/Panthers game and it looks about 40% full. I mean, their only pro-sports competition in Miami is the Dolphins. And they’re playing pretty good hockey, too. It’s utterly hopeless.

    • Habso says:

      only pro-sports competition is the Dolphins? how about the U? the Heat? the Marlins?

      • Say Ash says:

        NBA on strike and baseball’s done.

        • Habso says:

          So? they still have to compete with all those hugely popular teams for the sports dollar… Check the attendance numbers for the NHL, Panthers are actually doing well, same as Tampa.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            The NBA is on strike, baseball is over and the Panthers play by Saw Grass Mall which is actually in Fort Lauderdale not Miami. I go down there for 3 weeks in Nov to Dec (yes down for “Black Friday”) and sadly that is not when the Habs make their Florida trip.

            Mr. Biter

          • Habso says:

            Panthers play in Sunrise, which is not Ft. Lauderdale. I know because I live here.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Is Sunrise an actual city or a subarb of Fort Lauderdale? To me ( and obviously since you live there would know better) you leave A1A and drive to the Mall/ Arena area and never seem to leave the city. Sorry for the error.

            Mr. Biter

  15. HardHabits says:

    Correct me if I am wrong but Gomez’ best games in the last two seasons were where he played between 15-17 minutes n’est-ce pas? It is when he is given the big minutes that he gets into trouble.

    I’ll go even further. Gomez, Gionta, Plex and Cammy under the old regime used to play 22+ minutes a game. This was especially true in the play-offs.

    Thankfully Gomez got injured, which opened up space for every other player, because it appears that the Gomez deal and cap hit had to be justified to save face. Now the Habs are spreading around ice time and delegating more responsibility to the non veterans. Which is so not JM.

    Add to that McDonaugh scored his 3rd goal of the season tonight. Higgins has 5 goals so far. So let’s just admit it, get over it and move on. We’re losing the Gomez trade.

    Hopefully Gomez can find a place other than the press box like maybe on the wing or centering the 5th line, who knows, maybe he’ll fit into this new fangled non-JM system which focuses on aggressive fore-checking as opposed to passive back-checking. Possibly Gomez will find his speed and mobility useful in the current environment.

    That is provided that Martin continues being the Press Secretary Notepad Coach and the Randy’s handle the one ice adjustments.

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Well, time to take My Daughter trick or treatin’ (…she’ a Bumble-bee :) )
    …My Son is grumpily accompanying Me as We ride shotgun
    …I guess We are the Bee Keepers

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

  17. HardHabits says:

    We all know what’s going to happen. The Habs are going to ride a win streak and pull to one game over 500 and then it’s back to dump and change and protecting that 1 game above 500 lead for the rest of the season.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      The only thing you can say in defense of that statement is that when Martin has them playing super tight, they’ve always had the ability to score big goals at the right time.

      The Habs have scored some huge goals at key moments over the past couple playoffs while playing stellar defensive hockey. And you can’t argue that without injuries they’d have done even better.

      Martin is a solid coach. And he’ll probably keep the forecheck cranked up with Kostitsyn, Eller, Darche, Cole, Pacioretty, Nokelanen, Blunden and Moen at his disposal.

      • HardHabits says:

        I was being sarcastic. I also hope they continue because I prefer this fore-checking game.

        But there is more to it than that. The speedy forwards and defense seem to be more capable of intercepting passes or recovering the puck due to turn overs. So here is my suggestion. The fore-checking is defensive in nature and allows the Habs to defend better by pressing the opponent to cough up the puck or force the play.

      • WindsorHab-10 says:

        JM’s system wears out our skilled players. He has them thinking & playing defence first. That’s why he has a winning regular season record & a losing playoff one. By the time his team makes it to playoffs, they are gassed out.
        We’ve won 3 straight. I still believe we have the wrong guy behind the bench.

        “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …to Gerald (Hab In Burlington) (couldn’t reply directly because of reply-limit below)
    …Langley separated by Cloverdale where I’m at …I don’t know Trinity U. well, but heard of it
    …yes, many have their negative preconceptions of Surrey, but Surrey is larger than the City of Vancouver in land-area
    …there are demographic areas that are problematic, but many very pleasant areas, especially for kids
    …I would have never moved to the suburbs except for My Kids …I lived many years on Beach Avenue next to Stanley Park (near the tennis courts) …cycling every day around the Seawall, the forest, Lost Lagoon with My kids …sunsets and nights sitting on the English Bay Beach picniking was absolutely a sensual wonder …but :(, as they started growing We needed more room than a West-end condo provided
    …yet, where We are in Surrey, it has been an excellent environment for My Children

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

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    In other news TSN continues to forget there is a team East of the ONtario border.

    This link is the article attached to the latest TSN Power Rankings. There is no mention of Montreal in the writeup, but at the bottom it says other Canadien Teams making moves and again no mention of Montreal who had a great week and moved up dramatically…..

    http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/scott_cullen/?id=379344

  20. Hate to whine about it, but that Gomez trade looks awful, and I mean awful, right now.

    The only positive thing about acquiring Gomez was that it attracted UFA’s like Cammalleri and Gionta. And that is only a theory, we don’t know that for sure.

    Ryan McDonagh is a very good d-man. We could have used him. Or at least traded him for a much better asset. I didn’t mind the trade at the time it was made because I knew Gomez would put up 50+ points no matter what.

    But that hasn’t been the case. Nowhere close. And now that deal looks horrendous.

    Please Gomez, either prove us all wrong and start producing this year or you are most welcome to leave.

  21. newbrunswick troy says:

    when the heck is Markov coming back, someone must have a rough estimate…. its been so long since he,s played any hockey , iwonder if he even remembers how?
    Either way he will still be more efficient than Gomez

  22. Psycho29 says:

    If you get to see highlights of the Winnipeg at Florida game, have a look at the empty seats…..
    Good thing they are practically giving away tickets….

  23. habitual says:

    Robert, what is with Avtsin? I thought he would be off to a better start than he is.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Not sure, he is a project player because of his raw skill and it may take longer than anyone wants him to develop his skills for consistent play at the pro level.

      See where he is by the half-season mark I guess. One issue is his unofficial language coach Brendon Nash (who helped him a lot with his English last year) is away from the team on injury.

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

  24. Funniest thread on HIO all time. http://www.hockeyinsideout.com/news/audio-update-halak-to-blues-for-2-prospects

    A Whole lot of people had no idea what was going on, then there was myself, Ian, Chuck and a few others who did not freak out.

    Shane Oliver
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

    • Bill J says:

      lol, thanks for the reminder.

      It’s funny to see all the posts that are replies, to posts that got deleted.

      adam76 seemed to be the one who was being replied to quite a bit.

      I seem to remember him taking it quite personally. He being one of the few who chose to label anyone who saw the writing on the wall that Jaro punched his ticket out of Montreal during the miracle playoff run defended Price from ludicrous slander as a Pricebot, or price Bunny.

      Fast forward to today, and boy am I glad with the end results.


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

      Go Habs Go!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Hopefully the current trend on that trade continues. I really like Eller, just hope he keeps developing offensively.

        • Chrisadiens says:

          I can’t help but feel bad for Jaro. He was a class act when he was a Hab, his agent was a real douche. If he had stayed in MTL would things have turned out different? I doubt it, but in hindsight, PG made the ballsy correct move. Eller is really impressing me.

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

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I don’t think he could have stayed, don’t feel too bad for him, he got a nice contract and he seems to choose to keep that agent around as well.

          • Chrisadiens says:

            Good point.

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

    • HardHabits says:

      You missed a few feathers Mr. Peacock.

    • Psycho29 says:

      Here are a few classics on Halakkkk trade day:

      adam76 says:
      June 17, 2010 7:33 pm I hate this deal – UNREAL. I keep thinking this is some late aprils fools deal. Our formally proud franchise is the joke of the league.

      adam76 says:
      June 17, 2010 7:39 pm I am looking forward to my third rye to kick in, so that the tears will taste less bitter.

      Ian Cobb says:
      June 17, 2010 7:42 pm Come on Adam! be a man! You sound like frutti tutti!

    • Propwash says:

      Good times….good times.

      _____________________
      Dooooooooooooooomed!™

    • Bill says:

      Can’t believe I didn’t comment on that!

      If I had, I would have predicted that Halak would struggle a bit in St. Louis, and that Eller would begin to emerge this season as a legit top-six forward. Honestly :)

      Trade is still a draw, to me. It has yet to be won or lost. Eller could still fail to reach his potential, and he could become a 60-pt centre. Halak could fizzle, or regain his playoff form and take the Blues deep into the playoffs.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Chuck says:

      What I find funny is all of the comments referring to Price as ‘unproven’. The kid had excelled and won at every level of his career, including getting off to one of the quickest career starts ever for a goalie.

      By the trade it was already proven that he could win in the NHL. The only thing left was handling adversity, which he got in spades after his ankle injury.

  25. OK since you asked.

    I Halak it, I Halak it A Lot

    Jimmy has an opinion.

    Jimmy is goin down.

    Jimmy is wrong.

    Who am I?

    Why Jimmy you silly sally.

    Shane Oliver
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

  26. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Hey !!!
    …can someOne here pleeeeze start a CONTROVERSY ???
    …I keep checkin’-in …and it’s the same-old same-old …blahhh !

    PS: …since Boonez has become knighted as a full-fleged ‘sport’s columnist’ …he suddenly has become quite the ‘minimalist’, hasn’t He ? :)

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

  27. HabinBurlington says:

    Barry Melrose ranks his Top 10 scariest goalie masks, some pretty neat ones in the Top 10, the older masks were so much better for looking at, but hard to believe they offered any protection aside from cuts.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7173376

    And Avery appears to be on his way back up to the Rangers.
    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nhl/story/_/id/7173889/new-york-rangers-likely-bring-back-sean-avery-all

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Mr. Burlington – re HIP REPLACEMENT – my buddy at work’s wife just had one, and after they found out she received an obsolete model (and we have pretty fancy insurance). So do your homework and see what the longevity of the appliance is projected to be and get multiple opinions.

      As for 72′s question from previous thread about Mexican farm workers getting MRI’s for injuries, they go to the front of the line, but only if they’ve never paid taxes.

      As for me, my insurance paid for it. I waited 24 hours for the MRI and 24 hours for the news. If I had paid privately I think about $800. The news was not good. Stress fracture in my foot, I’ll be in a cast, no hockey 4-6 weeks. I’ve been playing on it for a month, so I guess that didn’t help, but I have to keep up the myth that Canadians are tough. :-)

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Thanks for the update LA, yah fortunately we know lots of people who have recently had the replacement done,but you can never know too much right.

        Good luck with your stress fracture.

        Once I find out from specialist that my wife needs another MRI (She had one last year took 3-4months) will then decide if we go the private route. I suspect we will, as the pain my wife is in can be pretty intense. Having an MRI slow down the process by that much is just 3-4 more months of major pain.

        Once again good luck.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Burl, so sorry to hear that your wife is in discomfort. Please know that I will include her in my prayers and I hope you folks get a resolution for her quickly. Gods speed my friend.

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …had similar experiences with My Son’s knee (3 months) Burly …the longer the prognosis is delayed, the more complications result
          …yet, when I went into emergency for kidney-stones (wow, surprisingly painful !) a few months ago, I received a CAT-scan within a few hours, with no discernible line-ups at the lab …hard to fathom such delays for urgent medical needs like Your wife’s
          …hope she is well soon

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

          • HabinBurlington says:

            My brother had same experience, helped that his neighbour a doctor at the hospital took him into emerg. and had cat scan within the hour.

            You know we have lots of capable doctors and nurses, just frustrating when the system appears to be unable to prioritize. I lease alot of equipment to hospitals across the country and am amazed at how logistically challenged these organizations are.

            Are you close to langley? I attended Trinity Western University in Langley, have fond memories of that Lower Mainland area.

        • habstrinifan says:

          Gods speed to your wife.. hope everyting works out.

  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    So I decided to splurge a bit and purchase NHL Game Center for the PS3/Laptop. Thankfully for only a monthly term because I’ll probably be canceling it!

    Living in Ottawa, I get all Habs games on RDS or CBC. I have Rogers so I don’t have the 30 English games like Bell subscribers do. Not sure if Bell subscribers get those 30 games in Ottawa anyways?

    I don’t mind RDS. I speak/understand French well enough to catch 80% of what the commentators say. But my girlfriend is from Calgary and speaks zero French. So I bought NHL Game Center so we could watch different feeds in English.

    However, the games are blocked in Ottawa when on CBC for sure and I believe RDS as well? They don’t play until Friday so i can’t tell for sure but RDS was listed with CBC as the reason the Saturday Habs game was blocked.

    The Vault of games is pretty cool. I watched game 2 of the 1991 playoff series between Boston and Montreal, now that was a sick Habs team.

    But yeah, will cancel NHL Game Center if I don’t feel like fooling around with using/finding a US proxy server or changing my IP address somehow?

  29. ProHabs says:

    Anybody know if Leblanc has grown any or added any weight to his frame since he got drafted.

  30. Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

    So who should I be watching from this years draft class as a likely Canadiens prospect?

    ____________________________________________________
    They lost me 2 quarts of rum, better make it up next year with a cup!

  31. mamacat says:

    quoted from gazette:

    Martin said the 22-year-old Eller is making progress, but the coach wasn’t happy when Nathan Horton knocked the puck off the Dane’s stick and it turned into a goal for Lucic.

    “He needs to learn that you can’t make those mistakes against good teams,” Martin said. “He made another one in the third period that didn’t cost us the game, but could have. It’s like anything else. You talk to them, you can take some ice time away, put somebody else in their position.”

    • stevieboy says:

      Take some of JM’s ice time away. Hes made stupider mistakes.

      Stevie

    • southbound says:

      Please Martin!!!! Gomez makes mistakes like that game in and game out , never seen his ice time get reduced or be called out like this in public!!!

      I hope he’s not pointing out Ellers mistakes to open a door and convince the media and fans that Gomer is more reliable and less mistake ridden centering that line….

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Well maybe coach Martin should teach him what to do, rather than just punish him. All that’s going to do is make him think too much and hesitate, which in hockey is a disaster.

      Count Chocula. When is someone going to pour milk on him until he floats away?

    • HardHabits says:

      Yeah well thankfully Gomez is injured so Martin (I mean Cunneyworth) doesn’t have much of a choice but to play Eller. Since Eller knows this he wont be holding his stick so tight.

      At any rate, Martin is not the coach anymore, the two Randy’s are. Martin just does the press conferences.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Kind of funny how true that statement may be.

      • southbound says:

        Has Gomez seen to many Scott Stevens Highlights?

        He could be so effective and useful to this team with his speedy rushes.. I would love to see him at least attempt to split the D once in a while.. Or simply catch the D flat footed, chip the puck past them and chase it.. Giving our forwards enough time to enter the zone and head towards the net before passing.. This curling to the right crap and waiting for a forward to enter the zone always fails and leads to an easy save for the goalie , or a turn over..

        Does anyone ever recall him ever getting rocked at the blue line in the past?

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Young players need to play.

  32. Mike D says:

    Thanks as always for the excellent work, Robert.

    I went to see the London Knights play the Sarnia Sting yesterday. Unfortunately with Tinordi’s injury, didn’t get to see him play, BUT, I did have a chance to get a great look at the player favoured to go 1st overall at this years entry draft, Nail Yakupov.

    To be honest, he didn’t do anything impressive. Mind you, he was being shadowed quite well by Tyler Ferry of the Knights, but other than going to the front of the net when Sarnia was on the attack (and staying there), and the 2 times he displayed some speed going for a loose puck, nothing impressive at all. Even his shootout attempt was weak and failed. What made me scratch my head was the number of times he only had one hand on the stick when his teammates were trying to set the play up. Once or twice he wasn’t even ready when the puck came to him. He also never attempted carrying the puck into the zone which I thought was strange.

    He did end up with an assist on the forst Sarnia goal I believe, but he didn’t really “do” anything to earn it – he was just one the last peaople to touch the puck as Sarnia was trying to cram it in from the goal mouth.

    This isn’t to say he’s not a good player or anything, just that he didn’t do anything impressive and looked uninterested. Sometimes players just have bad games, are defended really well (which was true in this case), are sick or injured, etc., but just thought I’d share.

    - Honestly yours

  33. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …for anyOne interested in something more meaningful, …an emotionally loving and crafted eulogy by Mona Simpson, sister of Steve Jobs in the NT Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/mona-simpsons-eulogy-for-steve-jobs.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all?src=tp

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

    • Say Ash says:

      Please save the Steve Jobs postings for the fanboy sites. They have no place here.

      • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

        Dido. Had ZERO impact on my existence so far, I still rock a cassette player in the car, and a walkman for walking around/doing dishes.

        ____________________________________________________
        They lost me 2 quarts of rum, better make it up next year with a cup!

        • sane hockey fan says:

          LOL…ur joking right?

          • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

            Nope. Scared I’m going to run out of tapes. I don’t think Memorex made blank tapes to last 15-20 years.

            ____________________________________________________
            They lost me 2 quarts of rum, better make it up next year with a cup!

        • LA Loyalist says:

          Dude, you have at least back up your custom-mix cassettes onto CDs, I really regret not doing that. You can rebuild them in i-tunes, but it takes time.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I own a Blackberry and a PC …the only Apple product in My home is My Daughters Ipod Touch …Apple FanBoy I ain’t, except an admirer of Steve’s sense for the esthetic in industrial design and His influence in modern technology
        …beyond THAT His genius and life-story is compelling
        …as far as the ‘right time & place’ for anything is in the eye of the beholder …so, if Your eye ain’t beholdin’ what Mine may be beholdin’, then move-on
        …as I premised, ‘for anyOne interested…”

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

        • Trisomy 21 says:

          Yeah I got a kick out of his life story too. I liked the part where they said he never donated one penny to charity despite being so wealthy, and the fact he was a complete asshole and belittled and humiliated his employees. Smart guy, sure, he really took off with apple. But he’s a prick and doesn’t deserve all the positive things I hear about him

          • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

            Didn’t see the need to get his cars licensed either, according to a good friend of his who they interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Current. Apparently everyone in town knew who he was so he didn’t need to…..
            ____________________________________________________
            They lost me 2 quarts of rum, better make it up next year with a cup!

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …tough to say what a person does or doesn’t do as far as charity is concerned …some do it stealthily …others want hospital/library wings re-named for themselves …so hard to be too sure about Jobs
            …one thing I will agree, He wasn’t perfect
            …Kevin O’ Leary, the capitalist mendicant on the Dragon’s Den show on CBC, provided a posthumous story on CBC News shortly after Jobs’ death …he was trying to sell Jobs a proposal for O’ Leary’s educational software for, I suppose Apple’s IStore …O’ Leary thought he had a product that Jobs could not say no to and therefore Apple should buy at an appropriate high valuation, …but Jobs thought otherwise, that his IStore medium multiplied O’ Leary’s projected software value
            …anyhow to make it short, O’ Leary, an obnoxious oblivious force met Jobs, a stubborn certain in his vision guy (made cynical of O’Leary-types by his previous ouster from Apple) chased O’ Leary from his Apple office, followed him across the parking lot, all the way to O’ Leary’s car cussing every unmentionable word in the English lexicon
            …I mean, any one who will do that to a Kevin O’ Leary is a hero in My book any day of the week :) …warts and all

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

      • sane hockey fan says:

        chillll bro…people post non-hockey stuff here all the time…just ask bugs!

      • stevieboy says:

        Steve Jobs? Never heard of him. Steve Penny, Steve Shutt, sure, but no Jobs, sorry

        Stevie

  34. The Dude says:

    Just seen DJ King hi-lite’s…..sign him Mr Gauthier and I’ll try and CUT YOU slack,lol Just in time for Neil and Konopka.Someone to protect the young guns!

  35. 19 days until the Summit Game and Charity Auction.

    Get your donations now, and lets make some money for the children.


    The 2011 Summit

    This will be one to remember.
    And don’t forget the Children’s Foundation Auction.
    Raffle tickets are 20.00 ea or 3 for 40.00
    Everyone should bring one item to raffle off.

    Shane Oliver
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

  36. Crazy stat for the day: Matt D’Agostini leads the league in +/- with a +9. He’s also got 4 goals in 11 games.

    I like almost every move PG has made, but Dags for Palushaj may be the only trade he’s lost as Habs GM. Can’t win ‘em all I guess.

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

    • I was a big fan of D’ags, however he played like he didn’t want to be here. So maybe it’s best for him that he moved on.

      Shane Oliver
      http://www.Sholi2000.com
      Brandon, MB,Canada
      R7B 2R7
      hockey@sholi2000.com
      Ph- 204 724 8418

    • clubdehockey says:

      People complain that we let our players walk for nothing.
      D’ags was a UFA after his Canadiens contract was up, and evidently the intention was to not re-sign him (ie. the Habs did not want to offer him the amount of money that they figured another team would — which ended up being $1.65 M per year for 2 years).
      Trading him for Palushaj was a way of getting SOMETHING instead of nothing at all.
      It wasn’t a belief that, at the current stage in each player’s development, Palushaj is the better player. Rather, it was a projection that Palushaj could develop into a more useful player for the Habs in the long-run.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      You win some and you lose some. I haven’t forgotten though that he was not very effective when he left us. Also it might even be possible that Palushaj could produce numbers like that playing D’ag’s minutes.
      Maybe not though

    • Malreg says:

      I remember how he had such a great start…

      Didn’t he go something like 25 games without scoring a goal at one point?

  37. I’d love for Gallagher to spend a year in Hamilton — with all that promise, we don’t want to rush this kid, and we aren’t exactly short on diminutive top-six players. If can sustain the production he’s putting up now in the AHL for a year, we can maybe deal a scoring winger and make a spot for him in the top two lines — no sense giving him Palushaj’s spot on the fourth…

    Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”

  38. Sharks9 says:

    I think Leblanc will even get a shot at some point this year when someone gets injured and Gallagher will probably on the team 2 years from now, give him a year to play in the AHL.

    25 before 14


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