Habs’ Gallagher won’t be cheering for Bruins in Cup final

Who is the Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher cheering for in the Stanley Cup final?

“I don’t want to see Boston win,” Gallagher told Elliott Pap of Postmedia News.

Gallagher, who works out with the Bruins’ Milan Lucic during the offseason, added that the reason he’d rather see the Chicago Blackhawks win the Cup has to do with the bitter Boston-Montreal rivalry.

“I mean, I’m happy for Lootch and I’m glad he’s doing well,” Gallagher said. “But I just don’t want to see Boston win.”

Gallagher said he wishes Lucic all the best in everything except winning another Cup.

Gallagher must have been happy after Game 1 of the Cup final, which ended early Thursday morning with the Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw scoring on a double deflection at 12:08 of the third overtime period for a 4-3 win over the Bruins.

Game 2 of the Cup final is Saturday night in Chicago (8 p.m., CBC, RDS).

(Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Bitter Montreal-Boston rivalry leaves Gallagher cheering for Blackhawks, Postmedia News

Blackhawks beat Bruins in triple OT, NHL.com

Blackhawks down Bruins in Game 1, montrealgazette.com

Game 1 photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Melanson expresses interest in Habs job while calling out Price, by Vancouver Province

Lucic provides power for surging Bruins, montrealgazette.com

A Cup of cracked mirror images, by Bruce Arthur of Postmedia News

Bruins, Blackhawks in first Original Six Cup final since 1979, montrealgazette.com

Five major storylines to watch in Cup final, montrealgazette.com

Rask gives Bruins edge over Blackhawks in Cup final, montrealgazette.com

Esposito brothers split on how much Boston-Chicago final means, torontosun.com

Iconic Blackhawks photo gallery, si.com

Iconic Bruins photo gallery, si.com

 

851 Comments

  1. Strummer says:

    Ray Shero is surely kicking himself now-
    “I could’ve had 14 Drewiskes for that price”

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  3. mksness says:

    man malkin cashed in…. yikes

  4. savethepuck says:

    Things got busy on here since the Drewiske signing was announced. This is not a signing that should have people creating D pairings for next season, it’s a depth signing. This reminds me of last year when Nokie was signed, how many minutes did he play last year.

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  5. Maritime Ron says:

    When you look how Drewiske was utilized, it gets even more confusing.

    The guy shows up at the trade deadline in a new funky D system – he plays 8 games and is used anywhere from a low of 15:18 to a high of 23:50 in a win against Boston.

    In Game 9, he plays 9:16…and that’s it!
    He is scratched for the last 4 games of the season and doesn’t dress for the playoffs.
    In those 9 games, he has 1G 2A and is EVEN.
    What was that all about?

    Anyone believing that we are moving Gorges in the short term…well, you might want to look what we have as a starting D as of this specific moment (Emelin out until at least December)

    Top 3:
    PK – wonky knee Markov-Gorges
    Bottom 3 any combo of:
    Bouillon-Diaz-Tinordi-Drewiske-Beaulieu.

    Now take Gorges out of the equation and throw an expected injury or 2 in there.
    Not very pretty…..and then if we don’t sign Drewiske as a #7 guy, then what?
    He is only 28 years old.

  6. krob1000 says:

    I think we see at least one multi player trade at the draft…..MB is clearly not looking short term or he would have moved a pick or two at the deadline to strengthen ( personally thought he should have)…now glad he didn’t though seeing how the physical game won out this year.
    HE has likely been given a 3-5 year window to make his mark given his approach thus far. I think it fair to say he is assessing every level of the organization and some prospects may be on the move as well…becuase they may not fit his vision depsite them being good prospects. I trust what he is up to because it appears he has a mid to longer term plan. I still expect a playoff team but I think he makes his mark in the next few weeks and by JUly 8th or 9th we shoulod have good idea of his vision. We know the team has several smallish skilled guys who can be NHLers…we have a Norris Trophy dman, 2 young and big centermen, some solid vets, goaletending is above average,etc. How is he going to land that toughness that is needed as every team wants it? Gonna be intersting…the TInordi deal looks better now moving up to grab him because long term I think he addresses part of that.
    Can’t wait to see what he does

  7. sirs81 says:

    I get a feeling Gorges is heading to Vancouver….

  8. Steven says:

    So, as it’s already been said, Drewiske re-upped for almost the league minimum.

    Despite what everyone’s said, Drewiske was good in his own right this year with us. Because he’s big, people want him to be a beast in front of the net and stuff. Can’t change the fact that that’s not his game.

    What is his game though, is eerily similar to Josh Gorges. The only difference is he’s bigger, and appeared more effective when I saw them both this year. As HH suggested, it would be a major help if Gorges were dealt. You end up saving about 4 mill on an arguably better player.

    • Cal says:

      If that’s not his game what is? Being another feeble “puck mover”? Habs have too many of those already. Adding another is a mistake.

      • Steven says:

        As I said, I see him more like Gorges. By no stretch of the imagination is Gorges a physical, mean d-man. He’s the kind that’s usually positionally sound and that makes good defensive plays by blocking shots or using the stick. Drewiske is much the same, could even be better if he figures out the system a little better.

        Of course, I see him as a bottom pair d-man just like the rest of us on here :P

  9. Timo says:

    Is this not a possibility that Bergevin is just not good at what he is supposed to do?

  10. MR.PERFECT says:

    Defense + Goaltending wins Stanley cups.

  11. commandant says:

    $637,500 cap hit (625K and 650K salaries) on the Drewiskie contract.

    Basically paying just over NHL minimum, for our depth D.

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  12. HardHabits says:

    Drewiske signed. Could Gorges be traded soon?

    Price and Gorges for Dallas’ 1st round pick.

    I’d rather they buy out Gorges and keep Kaberle for one year.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      So we’re bringing back the Tank are we?

    • knob says:

      you have to be kidding? why would they sign that guy.

      • Luke says:

        Kabs is already under contract for next season. They wouldn’t need to sign him. (Assuming that is who you refer to as ‘that guy’).

        • Fransaskois says:

          A buy out is a last available option if a player can’t be traded (Kaberle, Gomez), we shouldn’t be buying out players that have trade value. Gorges would fetch a fairly hefty return IMO, he’s a very solid player.

          • Cal says:

            Gorges has solid quotes when answering reporters questions. This past season, he was below average, making tons of errors. Hopefully, the union crap is behind him and he can focus on playing hockey again. Otherwise, trade him for whatever. No hefty return there.

        • knob says:

          i was referring to Drewiske. I would rather see Bouillon as the 7th dman

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Makes no sense signing Drewiski,
        but more sense that Price and Georges for Dallas’s #1 pick. That trade only thought of by a Price hater. Oh no tHAT’s right , bring back Halak the 3rd stringer from the Blues to play goal. Instant upgrade, NOT.

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    • JUST ME says:

      Trying to make sense with Drewiske`s signature and there must be something else planned cause the habs do not have many contracts left available to be signed to stay within the limit of 50 that they are allowed to have for the big team and for the Dogs…

      But again answer this question. Who will take Price`s place ? Easy to get rid of him but nobody dares to suggest someone that realisticly could replace him and match his level of play cause whatever you can say he still is a young and good goaler that lead his team to 2nd place in the conference. Price is staying ,it`s obvious, they even will hire a new coach to work with him. So deal with it.

      Your theory about Gorges is not impossible though..

  13. frontenac1 says:

    @timo. Maybe not Seabrooke. He drops”em but usually loses eh? At least he gives it a go.

  14. Mattyleg says:

    We’re not in the room or close to the players, so I imagine there is a good reason behind this signing.

    With Kaberle and maybe Weber leaving… plus Krob makes a good point about Gorges below.

    The posters who are blaming Bergevin for this are the same group that brought us such classic insights as “Cut PK Loose: The Clever Salary-Negotiator’s Guide To Being A Successful GM,” and “If This Team Doesn’t Sign Zenon Konopka, I’m Getting A Reduced NHL Centre-Ice Package In Protest.”

    Some excellent writing in both of those.

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  15. Luke says:

    I wonder if the people upset about the Drewiskie signing are the same as the one’s lamenting F St. Denis being placed on waivers at the start of the season? We were, after all, sure to lose him…

    He’s a depth defensman. Injuries happen. Drew can play in the NHL.

    Not everyone is an allstar.

    It’s OK. As long as he isn’t asked to run the Powerplay, he’s fine.

    • Phil C says:

      I think he has to improve a little bit. The fact that they had to go with Tinordi in the playoffs suggests that he may be a marginal NHLer. He has some nice qualities; size, good character guy that fits with MB’s philosophy, he is composed with the puck. With a two year contract and a regular shift, maybe he can take his game to the next level.

    • von says:

      I watched Drewiskie with a very open mind… I, like many here I think, wasn’t overly impressed. If he’s supposed to be a replacement for Emelin until he’s back, the early beginning to the season could be very ugly.

      MB needs to retool the D-core badly… I’ll be very interested to see how he handles it this summer.

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  16. commandant says:

    A few things on Drewiskie, and yes he was meh, after coming from LA.

    1) He’s a press box defenceman.
    2) He played all of 9 games after getting traded at the deadline and adapting to a new system.

    I think we should have learned with Bourque (who sucked for 40 games after being traded at midseason) that we should maybe have a little patience before judging a guy on a new team and system.

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  17. MR.PERFECT says:

    MB must see something in Drewiske we don’t. If he played steady for a full season who knows. He just may surprise a few people. Looks like MB is gonna do just that.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Its a depth move especially with Emelin out at least till November. Two years is puzzling though, no?

    • Luke says:

      “MB must see something in Drewiske we don’t”

      Yes. That he is a capable NHL depth defenseman. the type of interchangeable faces that fill out the bottom end of every team’s roster.

      At worst, he’s in the press box and contributing during practices, probably he fills in on the bottom pair and at best he has a heck of season (“Bickell-ian” :) ) and bumps up to #4. But I doubt that…

    • kalevine says:

      I didn’t think he was so bad when he played
      he might not have been as physical as he should be for his size but at least his size made him harder to push off the puck

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    So, will the signing of Drewiskie warrant a new thread? We will soon find out how important this signing was.

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=673677

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I wonder what it may mean for Tinordi?

      • Luke says:

        That he can practice with Drewiskie and if he struggles during actual games, he’ll be swapped out for him. (IMO).

      • Phil C says:

        Based on an interview with Dudley I heard last year, one of his philosophies is that it is better to fill your roster with veterans, but if a young guy plays his way onto the team in training camp, you then deal with that problem. It is much better to be forced into trading, waiving, or demoting a veteran than to find out at the end of September that one of your young guys has regressed and is not ready and you have a big hole in the line up.

        I am paraphrasing of course. Dudley gave the example of how Burmistrov played his way onto the Atlanta roster, so they had to make room for him.

    • Phil C says:

      Let’s hope Breezer is running him through a skating camp this summer. He could be a useful player if he improved his skating a bit.

  19. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Yeah, let´s freak out over Drewiske. Kaberle and probably Weber are leaving, so this is a pure depth move. As long as MB brings in one big, physical dman I don´t care much about this.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Apparantly all Kings fans were up in arms the year they won the cup and had Drewiskie as their 7 dman.

    • krob1000 says:

      Subban
      Markov
      Gorges
      Emelin
      Tinordi
      Diaz
      Bouillon
      Beaulieu
      That already looks deep to me and without Weber or Kaberle in play. I have to believe he is moving one of the guys above. BOth Tinordiu and Beaulieu looked capable of playing if need be.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        When Tinordi fills out he’ll be a force but till Emelin comes back we need a big mean D-man to clear the crease and Drewski is not it.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        2013 was a short season in which we still dressed 12 different dman. Emelin misses the start of the season and Tinordi + Beaulieu are still young. So for just over the league minimum this signing makes sense. I also think a trade involving Diaz or Gorges is not completely unlikely.

  20. krob1000 says:

    Drewiskie signing makes me wonder even more about Josh Gorges role in MB plans….Drewiskie is a lesser version of Gorges but with Emelin and Tinordi as tw o stay at home guys, PK and Diaz offensively along with Markov…..interesting. I think it very possible we could see a deal involving Gorges very soon…MB has to be up to something because depth is already there unless he believes Drewiskie can play the Gorges role much more affordably…or worse he believes Emelin will not be around next season or may not recover?

    *** Can anyone say for certain whether or not you can trade a guy to another team with the intention of that other team using their compliance buyout on that player? ***

    • HabinBurlington says:

      You may be on to something there krob, you reasoning makes sense. As for the compliance buyouts, I can’t say for certain, but thought I had heard some of the talking heads a while ago mentioning trades for that same reason. I think it is perfectly fine to do so, but not 100% sure.

    • mrhabby says:

      i thought depth was an issue. it seemed to me after Emelin went down the d was very weak.

      • krob1000 says:

        But Drewiskie was around and it didn’t help…. Tinordi will be stronger every year physically. I think he may go after another physically imposing guy and let Gorges go personally.

    • HardHabits says:

      I thought the same thing. I’d rather they buy out Gorges and keep Kaberle for one year. If they can traded JG even better. Maybe Dallas?

  21. von says:

    Canadiens sign defenseman Davis Drewiske to a two-year contract extension

    MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the signing of defenseman Davis Drewiske to a two-year contract extension (2013-14 and 2014-15). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

    “We are happy to have come to an agreement with Davis on a two-year contract. He brings experience and most importantly depth to our group of defensemen,” said Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

    In 29 games with the Los Angeles Kings and Canadiens in 2012-13, Drewiske raked up seven points (2 goals, 5 assists). One of his goals was tallied on the powerplay. He served 14 penalty minutes and maintained a +3 plus/minus differential. Drewiske played an average of 15:11 per game.

    The 6’02’’ and 220 lbs rearguard has recorded 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) in 135 NHL career regular season games. Drewiske, 28, has served 67 penalty minutes.

    A native of Hudson, Wisconsin, Drewiske was acquired from the Kings on April 2, 2013 in return for a fifth round pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

    wtf???

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  22. Timo says:

    The day is still young but Lars Eller hasn’t signed another 2 year deal yet today.

  23. issie74 says:

    Andrew Shaw 139th pick in 2011 draft.

    NorthTOHab

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    Poll of the day. Which do you prefer?

    #1: An atom says to another atom “I’ve lost an electron”. His friend says “Are you sure?” He replies “Yes, I’m positive.”

    #2: Price would be just as good as Rask playing behind the B’s defence.

  25. GrosBill says:

    First big news for the Habs in the offseason. You will all be happy to hear we resigned Drewiske.

  26. ooder says:

    so habs sign Drewiske to a 2 year extension. Kind of weird

  27. commandant says:

    People are panicked about Pittsburgh’s cap.

    One thing we should have learned in 8 years of the cap… almost no team ever gets screwed as predicted by all the amateur capologists. There has only been one team that had to be broken up due to the cap and that was the 2010 Blackhawks. Even then, look where they are today. And the only reason they got messed up was that 6 million in bonuses for Toews and Kane combined were triggered by a cup win. And this was on top of Dale Tallon’s RFA screw up which really did damage. If it takes a bad fax machine and a cup win to blow up a team… oh well, you got that cup win.

    The Flyers are supposedly always about to be screwed by the cap but never are. The Rangers too… Boston… etc.

    I haven’t seen any of these teams unable to get their big name FAs due to the cap.

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    • Habfan10912 says:

      Ben, didn’t the Devils lose a player or two. I remember for awhile they had to dress 19 players for a few games.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Ain’t that the truth…. It’s refreshing to see a comment around here that’s backed up by fax.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      they have covered their big stars and will again with Letang just some of the fringe guys won’t be resigned.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Chris says:

        The point is that those big stars have demonstrated that they can’t get it done on their own. Upgrading their defence and goaltending will not be cheap. Do they have the money to do it now? Time will tell.

    • Chris says:

      But those 2010 Chicago Blackhawks are PRECISELY why one should raise an eyebrow at the size of the Malkin contract. There are a ton of similarities between the two teams in terms of cap space and players that are due substantial raises. I just don’t see them being able to hold on to everybody.

      The Crosby-Malkin led Penguins have failed to make the Finals now for four straight seasons since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009. Their defence and goaltending are in shambles, and they almost certain to lose at least one of their key role players (Dupuis) due to cap issues this year. But next summer will be the real test for Shero.

      • Ozmodiar says:

        >But those 2010 Chicago Blackhawks are PRECISELY why one should raise an eyebrow at the size of the Malkin contract.

        Exactly! Just look at where it got those Blackhawks!!

        Oh, wait. Back in the finals.

        Perhaps keeping the core group of players isn’t such a bad thing.

        • Chris says:

          Kane, Hossa + Toews = $17.8 M

          Crosby + Malkin = $19.6 M

          Which team has better value? I’ll take the Blackhawks trio over the Penguins duo any day. That balance is why the Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup finals now.

          The Blackhawks had to rebuild their depth after losing players like Ladd, Byfuglien, and Campbell.

          The Penguins are going to lose guys like Dupuis because they can’t afford the raise that those guys will be due. Unlike the Blackhawks, the Penguins haven’t seemingly found a great stable of youngsters to come up and fill the gap of the guys that they lose, forcing them to use trades to secure those players.

          The Blackhawks are set on defence, where they have invested heavy money. The Penguins defence was a mess, and they are going to be in tough to find the money they need to buy the players that are required to fix that mess.

  28. habswarrior says:

    Been awhile since I commented on the site. I agree the Murray is what is needed on the D. I think it would be nice if MB could trade Diaz to NYI for Niederreiter. It would give Snow another offensive Swiss D and Nino would look real good with Patch’s & DD.

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    So the vaunted 2 goal lead reared its head again last night.

  30. MR.PERFECT says:

    No loosers on this site. This is a fun site.

    Carey Price – Can be both Good and Bad. We never know from game to game.

  31. Kooch7800 says:

    looks like the pens will need to make some space on their Roster. The habs should look at Murray as a UFA. He would be a nice addition.

    I still can’t believe they extended their coach after they only scored 2 goals in 4 games against boston. They didn’t adapt their playing style at all and that is coaching

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  32. MR.PERFECT says:

    Great Game

  33. Timo says:

    @Front – Seabrooke?

  34. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Carey Price always says that he does not watch NHL playoff hockey.

    When he leaves montreal for the summer he does not watch or think about hockey.

    You think maybe he should watch & see how the goalies step up thier game a few notches.

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  35. krob1000 says:

    MAn I wish the HAbs had landed Hossa….that guy is a beast out there….he may be the best defensive WINGER in the league and should get Selke consideration. Every time I see the Hawks play he reminds me how good he is…..for a guy who is known as a scorer he is very underrrated. Only centers ever get any praise for being defensive forwards anymore but he is fantastic…..his work ethic is off the charts as are his smarts and his willingness to dedicate that much effort on the backcheck as a winger requiring plenty of stops and starts and extra battles,etc is really something special.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Second biggest gaff by the Senators, trading Hossa, second to letting Chara walk for nothing.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        The trading of Hossa days after signing him to an extension is what made Chara walk for nothing. The new contract was signed in good faith and no trade talks had occurred at all involving Hossa or his agent. He believed he was staying in Ottawa, he and Chara were extremely close friends on that team. Upon the trade, Chara told Ottawa mgmt he was pissed and would not be re-signing with team. They then made up the BS story that they had to choose between Redden and Chara.

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Great background info Burly.

          “May you live in interesting times.”

        • krob1000 says:

          DId not know that..interesting and good on Chara. Those were bizarre times…they were so good and how they decided Hossa would be the guy to go is still a mystery

          • HabinBurlington says:

            John Muckler was the brainchild in Ottawa at the time. As I recall the media and fans in Ottawa had convinced themselves that Hossa was a playoff choker. So Muckler righted that by getting rid of the European for a good Canadian boy in Heatley. Muckler was a complete idiot, and to me this is just more ammunition for how little he had to do with the Oilers success.

      • krob1000 says:

        Two guys who always seem to be on great teams…I wonder why that is? Guys like those two are true leaders with their play and it is a shame for Sens fans they chose a different direction because any team that could Hossa and Chara is a contender by default…their two way play is that good. You could put those tow on the Edmonton Oilers and you have an instant top 3 team…this year. They are glue guys if ever there was such a thing.

    • Phil C says:

      The reality is that the Habs had ZERO chance of landing a UFA like Hossa because they were not considered a contender. In a few years when the Habs have filled in the holes in their roster, they might have a chance with player of that calibre.

  36. Maritime Ron says:

    Malkin’s new contract
    8 years/$76M.
    $9.5M per year

  37. commandant says:

    Part 2 of the Mock Draft (16-30)

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/06/13/2013-mock-nhl-draft-part-2-top-shelf-prospects/

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  38. The Dude says:

    Well after watching the game last night and breaking in the Kegerator I have to agree with Don Cherry that ‘bennies’ do help! And now I’m gonna run from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland…………

    • Chris says:

      Trades are coming from that team. There is no way that they can continue on with two cap hits of that magnitude in addition to all their other big cap hits (Neal, Fleury, Letang).

      For 2014-15, the Penguins now have just 6 players signed (Crosby, Malkin, Martin, Bennett, Neal and Fleury) to a combined $38 M. That leaves $26 M to sign the remaining 16 players on the roster.

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        I agree Chris, say buh-bye to Letang. I just can’t see how they can make that work.

        Even this year, Cooke, Kennedy, Dupuis, Adams, Murray, Eaton have no contracts.

        I suspect there will be a number of trades coming out of PIT in the future.

        • ed says:

          Letang will be kept by the Pens.

          • Ozmodiar says:

            Yup, Letang stays. Martin’s more likely to go, with Orpik will taking on his salary, more or less.

            As it stands now, they’ll have 30-35M to spend in ’14, depending on how much the cap appreciates.

            Forwards: Dupuis/Kennedy/Sutter will total, say 9M. They’ll fill out the remaining 6 will cap hits averaging 1.5M. Total: 18M

            Defense: Orpik takes over Martin’s salary. As for the new money, Letang will get 6M, the other 5 D can average 2M. Total: 16M

            Back-up goalie: 1M

            Total: 35M

            If the cap doesn’t move very much, they’ll have to deal Dupuis or Kennedy.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        I think the cap is going up. They might have $33M to sign 16 which is very doable.

        • Chris says:

          I would be surprised to see the cap go up appreciably. It is going to depend on a huge spike in revenues, and I’m not sure the NHL has any more tricks up its sleeve (like outdoor games) to help that spike. We’ll see, but they have a lot of younger guys that are coming off entry level deals or who are due for big raises. Fitting all that into the remaining cap space is going to be a nightmare.

          • commandant says:

            They’ve got 6 outdoor games next year.

            Constantly rising ticket prices in major markets.

            A new TV deal being negotiated in Russia which is supposed to be in the Triple Digit Millions of dollars.

            We played 58% of the schedule this year, and will likely do 70-75% of the revenues of 2011-12… the league just keeps surging forward at this point.

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      • New says:

        I think you have to listen to Shero. I never read or heard anyone say the man was anything but up front. If he says he has faith in his coach and extends him, if he extends Malkin, if he says he has faith in Fleury, then what didn’t he say? He said the team will change, that they have to sit down and sort it out, that FA, UFA, the draft are all parts of it and that Letang (and Malkin at that time)is under contract for another year “they’re not going anywhere”.

        I think what he didn’t say is almost as important as what he did say.

    • krob1000 says:

      wow..a lot of coin but the deal works IMO…he is top 3 in the league and it takes him to 34 yrs old…good deal for everyone

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        Having two of the best players in the world locked up is never a bad thing, but it does not leave much to round out the roster

      • Chris says:

        I think they are screwed. How are they going to pay Letang (he’s probably looking at $5-6 M on his next contract)? Chris Kunitz and Brandon Sutter are also looking at big raises next summer.

        I would love to see Bergevin kick the tires on a Tyler Kennedy trade. Kennedy was very frustrated with his diminished role this season, and he’s a good top-9 forward. Pittsburgh is going to have to load up on cheap players, so they might be willing to take younger prospects for Kennedy.

        • krob1000 says:

          Cap will go up by the difference between Malkins old deal and enw one…LFuery can go if need be, they could get a high pick, contributing guy or two for Neal. They have the compliance buyouts if need be. They will do what they always do…build around those two and LEtang will be added to the mix instead of Staal. They will be a powerhouse for a long time.

          • Chris says:

            Fleury could very well be a buyout target, but then they have to pay a #1 goalie to replace him.

            Neal could bring in a nice return, but are they willing to deal a winger after spending a few years trying to find a guy who could score on the wing for either Malkin or Crosby?

        • ed says:

          Kunitz should not be given big money by the Pens. He reminds me of Kevin Stevens playing along side Mario back in the day.

          So that’s an easy trade to make.

          Sutter is a solid 3rd line center for them. But he has not earned a big payday yet.

          Sutter is at 2.06 cap hit next year, and I can’t see him getting much more than 3.5 on his next deal.

          If he’s expecting more than that the Pens should look to deal him.

          • Chris says:

            But I think that is the point Ed. Everybody points to the increasing cap, but that also means that salaries are going to increase for anybody that is a regular.

            Sutter at $2.06 M this season was a good deal for them. But he’s a checking line centre that can chip in 20 goals. David Bolland milked that skill for a $3.375 M contract 5 years ago. Sutter is worth the equivalent of Bolland, in my eyes, and the ensuing 5 years since the contract was signed would make $3.5-4 M reasonable.

            The problem for the Penguins is that they can’t deal all their veteran role players. Dupuis is 95% gone this year, following in Talbot’s shoes. Like you say, Kunitz would be overpaid at $5 M, but they haven’t found a ton of cheaper wingers that can play with Crosby or Malkin.

            Their farm system isn’t exactly teeming with good offensive prospects. So letting veteran players that overprice themselves go and hoping to fill those spots with cheaper players might not necessarily work.

  39. SmartDog says:

    What I really love is listening to Julien whine after his team loses. Sweet!

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  40. Maritime Ron says:

    Great organizations usually draft well, yet sometimes the last key ingredients are via a UFA signing (Hossa) or a trade that ends up being a theft.

    Here’s hoping our gang can pull one of these off.
    It was a ‘youth for youth’ trade.

    Back in December 2005, then Flyers GM Bobbie Clarke traded Patrick Sharp and Eric Meloche to the Hawks for Matt Ellison and a 3rd Round pick.

    Sharp turned out to be one of the best Left Wings in the game, yet here is what Clarke had to say at that time and reason for the trade:
    “….He can play center and wing. We always felt that Patrick was a better center. We have lots of centers.”

    Even then Coach Hitchcock chimed in:
    ” “Patrick is a natural center, not a wing, and we have too many centers,” Hitchcock said. “That’s all this is about. We had too many centers.”

    “This kid can play,” Hitchcock said of Ellison.
    Ellison ended up playing only 7 NHL games after that trade.

    That 3rd Round pick acquired by the Flyers in 2006 ended up in our Habs hands as we traded our 3rd and 4th Round picks to Philly and moved up and selected… Ryan White.
    Philly ended up with 2 duds.

  41. MC4Ever says:

    Chicago or Boston in 7 – If I was picking these teams on a 100% ratio regarding over all play. Boston would be about .5% below Chicago that’s how close those teams are. Gonna be a great series …

  42. frontenac1 says:

    Hawks have some pretty good scrapers. Seabrook,Bolland,Bickel,Shaw. I even saw Toews drop his mitts this season.

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    With the NHL now mentioning the possibility of moving the Phoenix franchise one of 2 things have happened. Either the NHL has quietly behind the scenes settled with Moyes, or his lawyers are getting ready for a nice juicy lawsuit against the League which told him the franchise was not allowed to be moved, thus making Moyes lose hundreds of millions of dollars. Wouldn’t be surprised if Wayne attaches his name to that lawsuit given he lost his payout from his contract as a result.

    FYI this article from a year ago I believe sets the groundwork for his impending lawsuit, should the league move the team.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/moyes-assails-nhl-over-coyotes-operations/article4104990/

  44. Phil C says:

    One thing I noticed the Blackhawks doing that neither the Habs nor the Penguins did in the playoffs: they timed their shots better to coordinate with players going to the net for rebounds and tip ins. The overtime goal was a classic playoff-type goal. This is a function of great coaching and great execution by the players. This is an area the Habs need to address in the off-season, as I thought the Habs did not do enough to generate offense both 5-on-5 and on the powerplay. Therrien was a defenseman, so this may be a blindspot for him, it may have to come from the assistants.

    The loss of Horton could be huge. That line was playing at a completely different level than everyone else. Boston shows its depth again by moving Seguin up, resulting in a still fairly potent line, but it won’t be clicking as well. They are not getting much scoring from anywhere else, so they need to make adjustments or they are in trouble.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      After tripping Seidenberg, Shaw skated hard to get to the front of the net and had to make a hard stop to get into a strategic position. Haven’t seen that much effort before to get to a spot where a shot could nail your eye or teeth or jaw. Impressive.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • SmartDog says:

      That – and their passing is outstanding. The way they quickly tap it around to get it out of their zones caught the Bruins flatfooted many times. Awesome.

      And this is something the Habs DID do well against the Bruins.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • Phil C says:

        You are right, the Hawks had the Bruins’ D running round like the Habs normally do. A good example of why you need quick, offensive-type, puck handlers on a team.

  45. frontenac1 says:

    Can’t believe I made it to the end last night. Usually ,I’m passed out by then,but my booze consumption has dropped a bit since the Habs were snuffed. I will be ramping it up soon for Bass season however.

  46. frontenac1 says:

    Agree 100% Hobie! Hawks have a great balance on their roster. Marc was part of the build in Chicago and I think that’s what we will see in Mtl in a few years. Saludos!

  47. Ian Cobb says:

    Chicago in 5.
    Please!!

  48. Lafleurguy says:

    Rollie the Goalie has a point or two. Last night’s game could have been one-sided either way if either goalie had any lapses of concentration, and they each kept it up for 5 1/2 periods. The younger Crawford is looking in the rear-view mirror in the competition to be an Olympian.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Luke says:

      Last Night’s game could also have been different if the D kept letting players go to the net unopposed and stand there, too.

      Rollie doesn’t have a point. I think he has an axe to grind…

      (Not saying the goalies last night were lucky or anything, or that Price hasn’t had struggles, just saying that there are so many components to success and failure and that trying to pin it on one single thing, as often happens, isn’t fair).

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Come on Luke, its too late, time for pitchforks and torches. It is clear already that if we have any other goalie in the league but Price that our team wins fights, scores more, forechecks harder, stops playing a swarm defence, has less injuries and most importantly suddenly have the best coaching in the league leading to Cup after Cup after Cup.

        Join the gang! I found a good deal on the torches let me know if you need some.

  49. Hobie Hansen says:

    I don’t get to see the Hawks, especially this year, that often. Would I ever love to have Seabrook or Bickell in a Habs jersey! That team is the perfect balance of of speed, size and grit. Very impressive.

    Shaw played like I hope Prust plays when healthy next season.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Hawks are the new Detroit! The most impressive aspect of Hawk’s play that I have seen in this playoffs is that they hit all over the ice. It’s like watching the game between Gainey and Mikita .. they probably had a hit on every inch of the ice that night. And lots of shoulder to shoulder.. beautiful hockey hits. And very rarely does the hit take them out of the flow of the play.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Bah, Hawks have more Canadian boys and are a lot tougher than Detroit.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Opening goal from Boston was a result of going for the big hit on Kreijci behind the net and missing. Resulted in second Hawk going behind net to play the puck leaving Lucic open in front.

        But yes by in large they are not taking themselves out of the play.

    • Maritime Ron says:

      Prust could be a very good hockey player if he had support in the fight department.
      He had the 7th most fights in the NHL last year with 10 as he always sticks up for his mates.
      At 6’2″ 195 he is far from a heavyweight and will end up with shoulder/arm/hand and possible concussion issues if we don’t get him some help.
      If the Habs do nothing, they are doing a disservice to both Prust and the team.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Would like to see Prust not have to fight as much too. Agree with your last sentence.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Good point. I’ve found two sources listing Prust at 6’2″ and two at 6’0″. I don’t think he’s as tall as Moen or Emelin who are 6’2″. Prust isn’t a heavyweight, he just fights them. As a poster noted yesterday, he didn’t land a single clean shot on Lucic, he just prevented a Komisarek-beatdown.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

  50. HabinBurlington says:

    I see Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson Julien managed to find a way to accuse the Blackhawks Shaw of being an embellisher. WTF?

  51. adamkennelly says:

    where are all the posters talking about Habs being as good (or better) than these two teams..you know cause we finished ahead of the Bruins and cause the Hawks needed 3 OTs to beat them….

  52. HabinBurlington says:

    Actually thought the Phoenix Coyotes situation was going to be settled before that game ended this morning. Made it until the puck drop in 3OT and fell asleep. Was very relieved to find out Hawks won. Unfortunately the Yotes appear to be alive still, temporarily…..

    • Maritime Ron says:

      GMorning

      “Temporary” may be the right word.

      ” Within two weeks, the NHL requires a financial answer from the near bankrupt City of Glendale.

      Yes, it’s certainly means it’s possible the team won’t play there next year,” said Daly. “Look, we’re in the short strokes with Phoenix now.”

      “It’s possible the team won’t play there next year,” said Gary Bettman”

      By next year he meant this coming season 2013-14!
      “…. the NHL is delaying its schedule for next year, for this and other reasons, before determining what happens next.”

      If a move to Seattle…
      ” The team would have to play at Key Arena, which would only seat roughly 11,000 for hockey. Daly has indicated in the past that it would be a suitable short term home for a franchise.”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Haven’t heard much scuttle from Seattle in recent weeks, but perhaps that is indeed where they end up. Given the imbalance of West/East teams in realignment it makes no sense to have the Yotes move East to Quebec City.

        I seem to recall the Flames first season in a tiny barn, the Senators of course played in what looked like a gymnasium for their first season as well I think.

        Morning Ron

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Biggest salary in those days were Wayne and Mario at around 1.5 mill. So the Calgary Corral and Ottawa Civic Centre were not deathbeds with their meager capacities. The Corral was a venerable venue for Stampede Wrestling. Bare your teeth and the big gap Mad Dog Vachon!

          “May you live in interesting times.”

  53. Maritime Ron says:

    Some other crazy stats from last night:
    – 117 total Shots on Goal – Hossa had 10
    – 120 total Hits
    – 63 total Blocked Shots
    – 6 total minor penalties – 3 were for ‘too many men on the ice’
    – 52 total shifts for Jonathan Toews playing 36:24.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      As they said on rds, the only penalties called are too many men and shooting the puck over the glass.

      • Maritime Ron says:

        The refs call the game the way it used to be played pre 2005 and is completely different vs. the season.
        The wars going on in front of the net would not even come close to being tolerated during the season.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Bob McKenzie of TSN said the 2 refs should be part of the 3 stars for calling an exceptional game. I fail to understand the need for 2 refs if the only calls that should be made are two you mentioned. That could be done by the two goal judges.

  54. HabFanSince72 says:

    Rask played a perfect game (two double-deflections, two perfect goals) and the B’s still lost. That has to hurt.

    And how about Andrew Shaw? 5th round pick in 2011. 5’10″. What a player!

  55. Mavid says:

    Excellent 3 more to go

  56. Maritime Ron says:

    Duncan Keith played an incredible 48:40 last night leading all skaters.

    Put in perspective, big ‘Time on Ice’ for a Dman during the regular season is an average of +26 minutes/game. Only 4 NHL Dmen played over that mark this season.


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