Habs GM Bergevin “100 per cent” behind Carey Price

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin gave goaltender Carey Price a vote of confidence on Monday during his end-of-season press conference.

The 25-year-old goaltender struggled during the team’s late-season slump.

“Can Carey be better? He’ll be the first one to admit he can be better and he said he will be better,” Bergevin told reporters in Brossard.

“I have faith in him that he will be better. He had some good stretches and he had some so-so stretches. And that’s part of being a young goaltender and we’re going to move forward with him and I’m 100 per cent behind him.”

When players cleared out their lockers at the team’s training facility in Brossard on Saturday, Price said one thing he missed was being anonymous – something that’s tough to do in Montreal – adding that he doesn’t even go to the grocery store anymore, likening himself to a “hobbit in a hole.”

Bergevin said he wasn’t worried, but a bit surprised.

“They’re things we’ll talk about it,” the GM said. “And I’m here to help him – come up with solutions to help him.”

If it’s really a problem – and it’s a discussion he’ll have with Price – Bergevin said they’ll do everything to support him and help him get past it.

“Maybe I can do his groceries for him so he doesn’t need to go,” Bergevin joked.

Bergevin said Price talked to the media after the team lost, after he got hurt and after “he didn’t feel he performed up to his potential.”

The GM added: “The first step is that he faced the music, which to me that showed character.”

Bergevin also noted that goalies mature later than other players. If a forward plays a bad game, it often goes unnoticed unless you really pay attention.

When players go through rough patches, you can still win. But if a goalie has a tough period of time, usually the results aren’t very good.

“So that’s why the pressure is higher and that’s why they mature older,” Bergevin said. “And Carey is still in the process of maturing as a young goaltender. But I have 150 per cent faith in Carey Price.”

Bergevin gave credit to the Ottawa Senators, who beat the Canadiens 4-1 in their first-round playoff series. They played well, he said, and deserved to win the series.

Inevitably, Bergevin was asked whether he wants to beef up the Canadiens.

“I believe in balance,” he said.

“We do have a small team, but we’re a fast team, we’re a young team.

“You don’t change the make-up of a team overnight. And it takes a long time to change the make-up of a team. So, obviously, there’s 29 other teams that want to be big, fast and strong. But that’s easier said than done. But balance is very important. You can’t win with all big guys and you can’t win with all small guys.”

Character comes into play, Bergevin added.

“I don’t care how big you are, if you have no character you’re not going to succeed,” he said.

“You look at a guy like Brendan Gallagher – one of the smallest guys in the league but character off the charts. So we’ll need a balance. And that’s my job moving forward to bring balance to our club.”

Asked what he believes is the Canadiens’ greatest need moving forward, Bergevin said there was more than one.

Depth is the most important thing to him. It’s what gets you through the playoffs and you don’t add it at the trade deadline, he said.

“You got to bring depth through your draft, through your young prospects coming through,” Bergevin added.

“So the mindset, the game plan stays the same. I’m standing Pat. I made it clear from Day 1: I want to make this team good for years to come, not just for one year.”

Bergevin did say the team, which has six picks in the first three rounds at this June’s NHL draft, would look at more size.

“But again, it’s easier said than done. But we’ll be looking at that for sure.”

Louis Leblanc, the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick in 2009, took a step back this season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, Bergevin acknowledged.

“He knows that and he knows he has to be better, ” Bergevin said.

“Louis knows it’s a big summer for him” added Bergevin, who said Leblanc is still part of the Canadiens’ plan.

“And it’s going to be up to him. But he’s a good young player that we hope one day we’ll play here.”

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

1,241 Comments

  1. icky pop says:

    I don’t understand the DD Gomez comparison. DD gets 3.5 a year, an puts up 10 goals and 18 assists in 48 games. Or is the comparison due to the fact that now that Gomez is making .8 mil a year? We have a good center, when given space on the ice, has proven he can make things happen. This didn’t work out so well this year. When cole stopped playing, things changed. Pacioretty has said that DD is the best hockey player he’s ever played with. I saw it one tv, and can’t supply a link for proof. Anyways, for 3.5 mil, we have a center with positive offensive talents. Seems like a good depth signing to me. But the future is bright. We have plekanec, DD, Eller, and Gally A. Throw in white, and we have are locked up the middle. You want two big centers? Look no further than Eller and Gally A in a couple years. I was so impressed with ellers game this year. Totally different player, and has turned out to be the Ghosts best move while gm. Physical, decent face offs, offensively sound, and deserving of PP time which wasn’t given to him. And we all know what Gally A is going to be. Worst case scenario, he puts up the same scoring pace as he did this year, and DD will be good for 50 points a season, and a good trade piece when Gally A is ready for the task of center. He isn’t going to go Gomez. He is an undrafted gem. Martin St. Louis was also undrafted and he wasn’t a star immediately. He played from the 98-99 season to the 03-04 season before he reached a point per game. 5 years. DD is adjusting, and if he keeps at the rate he’s going, we will have our own player like St. Louis. Two actually with Gally B.

  2. krob1000 says:

    is there an official release of nygren signing or any confirmation anywhere

  3. ZepFan2 says:

    New thread.

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  4. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    One last thing…

    All of the folks here who were up in arms over Bergevin’s lack of trade deadline success have to realise this one thing: it takes two GMs to make a deal, and not all GMs are willing to give up a quality player — even a pending UFA — for a bag of pucks and a gift certificate for a dozen St-Viateur bagels. (Even if Bergevin threw in lox and cream cheese.) It’s ridicuous to assume that Bergevin wasn’t on the phone trying to extract Jagr or Bouwmeester or whomever, but he didn’t like the offers, so made a minor move, bringing Drewiske in for a 5th round pick.

    Similarly, Bergevin can’t be expected to sign every amazing pending UFA to 3-year $1-million per deals. If players don’t want to take pay cuts to play in a fishbowl and live as grocery-less Hobbits*, how can Bergevin compel them? Getting Prust last summer was genuinely huge, and adding Armstrong and Bouillon were smart short-term signings.

    So, folks, stop expecting the sun and the moon, and be happy that Bergevin is able to raise a 15th-place Habs to 2nd “overnight”. Habs have got some great young players coming through the system, and have a fantastic core for years to come. Seeing the TEAM buy into Therrien’s team concept this year was a pleasure, and I look forward to seeing the Habs continue to improve over the coming years.

    *Could this explain Price’s decrease in performance: malnourishment?

    • B says:

      Some of the players moved in dead line deals had to waive no trade clauses to accept the deals. Perhaps they were not all keen on moving to Montreal?

      –Go Habs Go!–

      • aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

        Yes, exactly. Just ask Iginla where he wanted to play. And don’t ask Feaster; he obviously was ignoring Iginla’s text messages…

        BTW, has anyone mentioned impending UFA Pascal Dupuis? He’s not a spring chicken, but he’s 6’1″, 205 pounds, is a veteran who can play either wing, and is very good at staying out of the box. Had 38 points in the regular season, and was +31. And… He’s a native of Laval. He’s getting paid $1.5 million by the Pens. How would he like $2 million to play for the Habs?

        I’m sure you all won;t be shy to tell me why he sucks and this is dumb.

  5. Timo says:

    I am wondering where Tinordi going to train this summer. Chris Chelios giving any lessons?

  6. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Now that the B’s did their job i hope the get swept in 4.
    It’s hard to watch the playoffs when you hate every team. I would back the Hawks but i have an obnoxious friend who eats,sleeps and breaths everything Chicago,so go Wings,i guess.

  7. H.Upmann says:

    lol… over at TSN, not much noise being made about the Leafs collapse and exit. I’m glad I won’t have to hear from Leafs fans about how they got past first round and we didn’t… plus to see Kadri shellshocked was a bonus.

  8. myron.selby says:

    I wonder if the Habs can get a buyout option for some of their fans. How much would it cost? How much would we be willing to chip in? Who would top your list?

  9. HABZ24 says:

    Price has had years to show his stuff. Times up. All he has showed is he is inconsistant shakey soft with the odd brillant game cant win a cup with that. Buy out desharnais with the last mercy buyout

    • Loonie says:

      Oh I know, ages and ages to show his potential as a 25 year old goalie.

      Why would the organization stick with a 25 year old 5th overall pick?

      Cutting bait with a player before his prime years has never hurt this organization.

    • aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

      Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic!

      Have you ever in your life had a spell where things just weren’t going as great as you hoped? In your personal or professional life? And have you ever worked with a bunch of people who were underachieving, which made you look worse?

      Price did great for 36 games, then had a bad spell. His teammates were a part of that, and an offensive-minded D often left him high-and-dry. In the last two weeks of the regular season I watched several times as the D drifted aimlessly in front of Price while the opposing team put shots on net, jumped on rebounds, and got pucks past Price. His D weren’t taking out the opposition, limiting their puck movement, or clearing rebounds. He was hung out to dry.

      Desharnais… He’ll be fine. Another big forward who is not afraid to go to the net would make his line with Pacioretty a lot more effective.

  10. Loonie says:

    Timo,

    Before you get all upset about Magnus Nygren signing you should have a look at his hair.

    I mean, WOW.

    • Timo says:

      Eh, I disagree. Nothing that great about his hair. Too greasy. Maybe Carey Price can take him to the hair salon if he can manage to overcome his fear of leaving the house.

  11. 123456 says:

    So I cut the grass last night (early evening) and then had a late hockey meeting for my son’s team.

  12. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Nygren signing = good news. Thank you for posting that!

    24 cups and counting….

    • Timo says:

      6’1″ 190 lbs… another gorges? Hopefully not.

      • myron.selby says:

        Hey Timo – he won best defenseman in the Swedish Elite League as a 22 year old this year. How about letting him at least put a Habs jersey on him before dumping on him? Just a thought.

        And btw – he’s 1 inch taller and 17 pounds heavier than Erik Karlsson (you know that kid playing for Ottawa) who I think actually won some kind of award last year. So I guess it is possible to play in this league without being Zdeno Chara.

        I know it will probably hurt like hell, but how about seeing if you can find something positive to say? Even if it’s only once a month for a change of pace.

  13. Timo says:

    I can’t believe that Desharnais gets paid more than Subban. And after that people still say Bergevin is a good GM.

    • Luke says:

      Hey, the fact he can pay PK LESS than DD shows just how good a GM he is.

      (Give it a year. He won’t be. Then you can complain PK get’s paid too much).

    • NightRyder says:

      Four more years. Four more years. Four more years.
      You’re being a little harsh. He’ll give you 10 goals, 30 assists, about a -2 and his only give up 50 pounds a night to his opponents. That’s worth $3.5M

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        1-season, 1-shot at a cup next year, who do you want on your team Davey Desharnais or Mike Ribeiro?

        That tells you something.

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        • Phil C says:

          Not really a fair comparison. Ribeiro will earn at least $5M. So you can have a DD +Eller, or Ribeiro. Or DD + good 4th line centre or just Ribeiro. Or DD + depth shutdown big defenseman (one of those woulda been handy this year) or just Ribeiro.

        • jphk says:

          the same Ribeiro who had a -4 rating in his last game??? Sign him now…

      • B says:

        Desharnais’ career average * 82 games:
        15.58 goals 35.26 assists 50.84 pts

        Edit: The above comment has been blocked for a long time with an “awaiting moderation”. I tried posting the exact same thing again and it appeared right away with no problems.

        –Go Habs Go!–

      • B says:

        Desharnais’ career average * 82 games:
        15.58 goals 35.26 assists 50.84 pts

        –Go Habs Go!–

    • commandant says:

      He doesn’t

      Desharnais made $850,000 this season (pro-rated to 48 games) and makes $3.5 million next season.

      Subban made $2,000,000 this season (pro rated) and will make $3.75 million next season.

      Don’t confuse cap hit for what a player makes.

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    • The Dude says:

      Don’t worry Timo ,the lack of well rounded heavyweight players who can fight will probably leed to the demise of either Deharnaise ,Gionta or Gallagher al la Patches et Eller.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      DESHARNAIS IS A 60 POINT CENTER

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    • twilighthours says:

      Hey Timo, did you really think that “keep calm and Bergeron” was a play on “keep calm and chive on”?

      If so, that is the awesomest thing ever.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I’m glad your negativity is sorta funny sometimes because you seem pretty clueless besides that.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • wjc says:

      Don’t turn Desharnais into another Gomez (Boone). Desharnais could have a bounce back season like Bourque did. Bergevin is a good G.M. and if a mistake was made, doubtful, mistakes do happen and can be rectified.

      I know that negative stuff creates posts, but come on, broken records get thrown away, people should not fall for this crap.

      wjc

    • B says:

      I can’t believe that some folks make sh*t up to try and bash Desharnais with. Isn’t there is enough factual stuff to point at?

      –Go Habs Go!–

  14. habsfan0 says:

    When the score was 4-1 Toronto in the 3rd period, NESN play by play man Jack Edwards appeared to have bailed on his team. He said “It appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs will eliminate the Boston Bruins unless Toronto suffers some form of MONUMENTAL COLLAPSE.”

    “With the point of the dagger at their throats, they rip it out of Toronto’s hands and kill the beast!!!”

    Way to call it, Jack.

  15. HankHardball says:

    Habs finished 2nd in the Conference because they averaged 3.1 goals per game. In the playoffs they averaged 1.8

    No matter how good your goalie plays, if you’re scoring less than 2 goals per game, you ain’t gonna win squat.

  16. Fansincebirth says:

    So, last night I posted this on Facebook about 2 seconds before the Brooooons made it 4 – 2…

    “Buh bye Brooooons!
    Ole…ole ole ole…ole…ole”

    The rest is history…

    It’s something to do with the freakin song!

  17. youngwun says:

    I always say whoever hates on price is crazy. He’s 25!! Not even in prime years. When he’s 27 years old I guarantee price will dominate

    • Cal says:

      You’re going to pay for everyone’s tickets?
      There are no guarantees, youngwun. (Price may be run over by one of those calves he ropes during the summer.)

      • habsfan0 says:

        Isn’t Price supposed to rest for the next 6 weeks to heal his injury? i.e. no rodeos.

        • Cal says:

          Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! Price will give up what he loves doing during the summer? Don’t think so.

          • habsfan0 says:

            If Price takes part in a rodeo,contrary to doctor’s orders, and reinjures his knee, won’t he be in danger of invalidating his contract under those circumstances?

          • Cal says:

            @habsfan0- He sure would, but I expect he’ll be roping baby cows in 6 weeks and wondering why the hell he is playing in Montreal when he should be in Wyoming being a rancher. ;)

          • ZepFan2 says:

            C’mon Cal, he’ll have all of July to do whatever he does in the off season. I’m pretty sure he’s allowed to enjoy himself in the off season, no?

            Robinson played Polo in the off season if I’m not mistaken.

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        • Trisomy 21 says:

          Rodeos go all summer. Calgary Stampede is in July. He has plenty of time to rest up that knee.

  18. ClutchNGrab says:

    Whose idea was it to put snarky comments on the IIHF power ranking?

    http://www.iihf.com/sk/competition/352/home/power-ranking.html

  19. commandant says:

    Habs sign Nygren before the deadline. Excellent news.

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  20. Luke says:

    So, for some bizarre reason I decided to have some Coors Light yesterday instead of my normal Creemore. (Both Molson-Coors products). First time I';ve had a Coors Light in ages.
    Now, I don’t know if its becasue they take the Salt-Peter out of the Coors Light, but man it is lacking something. Something important… flavour. And it’s so thin and watery.

    I’m surprised this is so popular. I really am…

    It was cold. That was good.
    Bartender was cute too.

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Does Washington GM McPhee have any reason to worry? They have made trades, changed coaches but seem to have the same results. I wonder if perhaps they eventually need to change GM’s?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/alex-ovechkin-and-capitals-left-with-another-early-exit-fron-stanley-cup-playoffs/2013/05/13/6edec6ee-bc39-11e2-89c9-3be8095fe767_story.html

    • Loonie says:

      First year with a new coach. I think Leonsis will allow McPhee to make some personnel moves before axing him.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think you are correct, and I think Oates started to get that team playing well towards end of season. But I can’t see McPhee getting more than 1 more season without some playoff success.

    • Cal says:

      McPhee is going to be thrown out with the dishwater.
      I don’t see Leonsis as continuing to have patience with his management team.

      • Strummer says:

        The elephant in the room is Ovie and he’s Loensis’ boy.
        Can’t blame McPhee

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        • The Jackal says:

          Ovi is the issue?
          How about getting more scoring other than Ovi to take the pressure off him somewhat?

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          • Strummer says:

            Ovi is the issue. Team is “Ovi-centric” and goes well only when Ovie is firing on all cylinders. This season is a prime example.
            Biggest contract in NHL history needs to show up every shift of every games.
            Leonsis and Ovie are BFF’s.

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    • twilighthours says:

      It seems that something’s gotta give in Washington sooner or later.

  22. Bill says:

    True to my word, I have said nothing about last night’s game to my sunken-eyed Leaf fan co-workers today. They look like they have died inside. Say this for the Leafs, they really know how to hurt their fans. Couldn’t have written it better.

    Go Rangers.

  23. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Is there anyway the Habs can get Tlusty from CAR? Jiri and Tomas seem to play very well together. Plekanec has 3A today, feeding a goal to Tlusty.

    They also played together during the lockout…seems like someone who can cash in on the changes that Tomas generates, something that some of our current Habs could never do.

    Thoughts?

  24. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Danny Kristo with the lone goal for the US in Todays WC game. A. Galchenyuk was a minus 1 though.

    24 cups and counting….

  25. HankHardball says:

    Tony MalDinero has joined the Price Bashing Brigade. All it took was for Bergevin to disagree with his question. With MalDinero, it’s all about blowing his own horn.

  26. frontenac1 says:

    So Price feels like a Hobbit? He should talk to one of my spiritual advisers,Gary Busey.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkYt0unokRM

  27. twilighthours says:

    Did Marchand throw a bottle at Reimer after the winning goal last night?

  28. Timo says:

    So… Go Penguins?

  29. Sportfan says:

    Wow what a rip it really should have been Markov in the final 3

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  30. Mattyleg says:

    Lafleurguy was talking about ‘overachieving’ on the previous page, and I have to say that I really dislike that term.

    ‘Overachieving’ has less to do with the actual team, and more to do with the predictions of so-called ‘experts’. If a team does better than said ‘experts’ predict, then they have ‘overachieved’, suggesting that they have somehow played beyond their actual potential.

    … but coudn’t that also indicate that the ‘experts’ might just be full of sh!t?

    I side with the latter theory. An ‘expert’ says that a team (like the Habs) won’t make the playoffs; the Habs make the playoffs. The ‘expert’ has two options:
    1) “I was waaaay off, I got that prediction 100% wrong. I should give up punditry and go into trying to sell motivational bed-linens.

    2) “That team performed far beyond their true potential, somehow tapping into mystical sources of energy and skill that were completely hidden from human perception. Their performance has more to do with that than my own bad evaluation of their actual skill.”

    Overachieving only means that the ‘experts’ got it wrong.
    Has nothing to do with the team.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • twilighthours says:

      Indeed.

    • mark-ID says:

      also, I guess the Habs “overachieved” in all of the 5 or 6 years they have made the playoffs in the last 6 or 7 years.

      Montreal has never been given credit ever since the last cup. I think this year was more accurate to this team, and last year was the oddity. Maybe we aren’t cup contenders just yet, but we are still a playoff team IMO.

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  31. @ HabinBurlington May 14, 2013 at 9:44 am Are you going to PEI again this summer Shane?

    Super Trip 2013 has been planned for some time now. As soon as the kids are out of school and I ship my last customer’s figure out we are heading to BC, then to Washington. From there we work our way across the mid-west, kick the wife out in Brandon, and head to Mn and work our way to the East coast through the Northern states (cheap gas, fast highways).

    I am not staying long in PEI, I am working on a No Contact House League program for Brandon so I want to be back to run a two week pilot league for my presentation to a number of hockey departments in Canada.

    By then Ian should have the dates to the Summit, and Carey Price will be wearing the Captain on his mask haha.

    Summer will fly pretty fast for the Oliver Clan.

    On that note I need a nap. Lights out in 5-4-3-

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    • HabinBurlington says:

      Sounds busy, enjoy yourself and drive safe bud.

    • halifaxhab says:

      Good News here Sholi. after some serious lobbying….and an assist to Hockey Alberta we finally lost contact in pee-wee here in Nova Scotia. Finally letting the kids focus on skills and fun while they physically mature and lessen the gap between many of the kids.

      Good luck getting it going in PEI and MB!

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  32. Saintpatrick33 says:

    The Leafs epic choke job makes the Habs’ early exit a little more bearable. What about those so called fans in Boston? I know they were down 4-1 but jeese how about supporting your team. I bet they’re kicking themselves this morning for leaving the game early. They weren’t there for what was possibly the greatest comeback in their team’s history.

  33. Timo says:

    So I was watching TSN Sportscenter last night and Bergevin clearly said that he is 150% behing Carey Price, not 100%. WTF is HIO trying to stir here? Diminishing percentage like that is what starts riots. Carey Price doesn’t need that BS.

  34. ebk says:

    So how many games does Chris Kelly get for elbow that broke JVR’s nose. Judging from past suspensions, I’d say three to four. But with the NHL, it also depends on which version of the rules they are choosing to enforce.

    • Timo says:

      It was a hockey play and for once I agree.

      • ebk says:

        nope, it was a blatant attempt to injure!

        • Timo says:

          So like I said… it was a hockey play ;)

        • Mattyleg says:

          It wouldn’t have happened if JVR had been called for lying on top of him and pinning him to the ground.
          No suspension there.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Mattyleg says:

          It wouldn’t have happened if JVR had been called for lying on top of him and pinning him to the ground.
          There won’t be a suspension.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • shootdapuck says:

          If it was “a blatant attempt to injure” the aim was mighty poor!

          Hard to think of one NHL player who hasn’t broken his nose!

          How long was he unavailable? 2 minutes!

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          • ebk says:

            hit him right where he aimed, the head, so I don’t get your point. Easily could have had a concussion. That he didn’t isn’t the point either.

          • shootdapuck says:

            But did he have a concussion, did he miss significant playing time!

            Nope!

            Shouda , coulda woulda!

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  35. NB Hab says:

    How about Hanzal and Pho #1 for Plek, Mtl #1 and Cal #2. So 2013/14 we would have Desharnais,Eller and Hanzal down the middle. Then after next season trade Desharnais( hopefully he has a better season and increases his value). So for 2014/15 it would be Galchenyuk, Eller and Hanzal down the middle. Use Pho. #1 to draft a big winger and slot him in Galchenyuk old spot on the wing. I know we give up alot but we move up in this years draft and get bigger and younger and we will be better in the faceoff circle.

    • shootdapuck says:

      Won’t be able to do that!

      DD can’t play unless he has the two biggest wingers on the team!

      Reckon Plek has some sort of no movement clause too!

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      • NB Hab says:

        dont forget Mtl signs Clarkson so Desharnais plays with Pac. and Clarkson. See problem solved lol.

        • shootdapuck says:

          Clarkson isn’t coming to MTL! Bergevin said yesterday that he won’t build through FA’s.

          Translated I won’t overpay for big name FA’s. I have DD already!

          Lamorillo convinces the guys he wants to keep to resign as long as its in the budget!

          BTW for the money he’ll be offered why would he want to leave 30% on the table and come to Montreal!

          Clarkson’s disappearing act at the end of the season won’t be appealing to MB!
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          “Le game est tous de hard work”
          ” I have a pet peeve”

          • Kooch7800 says:

            I would bet he will still look at Free agents as well as some trades.
            With Cole/ryder gone there is a big goal scoring hole that needs to be filled.

            i agree though that I don’t see Clarkson in the mix as he will get huge dollars cause every team would love to have him. I bet he will be looking at some though

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Timo says:

      I wonder how would Desharnais fair if he was put between two big galoots that just crash and bang and create space? 4th line center with 50 points while also enabling 2 goons to put some points on a scoreboard? I can dream but why not give it a try. First – get the goons who can skate and pass.

  36. Loonie says:

    I hope HIO doesn’t get slow over the summer.

    I think I’m going to start a blog about cricket, tennis, football, football and basketball and hope that the free advertising pays off and high traffic is generated.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hmmmmm, I wonder whom this is aimed at? Now now, play nice in the sandbox Tom.

    • Ron says:

      Make sure you make reference to it here and you might get lots of traffic. At least lots of exposure. :D And its free.

    • Luke says:

      I cannot believe how much support Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath gets!! He’s terrible.
      He’s not elite. He’s never been elite and he’ll never steal a match!!
      You Herath-Mudiyanselage-Rangana-Keerthi-Bandara-Herath-bots are brutal. how much longer do we have to watch him fail until you see how bad he is? We should have traded him for PP Ojha.

      The saltpeter Kingfisher-Goa puts in your beer makes you blind!

    • Cal says:

      Just stir things up by stating that Eller’s broken nose trumps DD’s short body and watch the replies! ;)

  37. Kooch7800 says:

    We are in a glass house people and we shouldn’t throw stones. Yes, the leafs had a major collapse last night but they also didn’t get smoked 6-0 in their last game. We might have even lost to the leafs if we played them

    It pains me to say it but the leafs are going to be a tough team for the coming future as they have a good young core who have speed, skill but they also have some size.

    I

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Kooch and hope all is well with you and yours.
      As a Met fan I’ve been a witness to epic collapses and their impact on the team in subsequent years. Although this was just one period I’m wondering if this will have a more chilling impact then we might think. I know the Met’s never recovered in fact they followed up an epic collapse with another epic collapse. That is possible.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        Hey Jim,

        All is well here. Just wish it was a little warmer!

        I am hoping the collapse does hurt the leafs long term but i just have that feeling they will be stronger next year.

        Fingers crossed!

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Luke says:

      Hey, around here (meaning Southern Ontario) I’m just throwing the stones back!

      Hahaha

    • shootdapuck says:

      Wasn’t it 6-1?

      The Laffs collapsed with their entire roster, not half an AHL team!

      Perspective!

      =================================================
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      “On peut play cette game tres simplement”
      “Le game est tous de hard work”
      ” I have a pet peeve”

      • Kooch7800 says:

        two games previous though when we lost 6-1 it wasn’t with an AHL roster.

        We did not have an impressive playoff run. It was also a collapse

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • shootdapuck says:

          Wasn’t it though?

          Minus Eller, Pacioretty, Gionta, Emelin

          =================================================
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          “On peut play cette game tres simplement”
          “Le game est tous de hard work”
          ” I have a pet peeve”

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Things like massive injuries, and having the last game blatantly robbed from you to tie the series don’t count, don’t cha’ know?

        The Habs should have overcome anything in their path, never mind the reality of the situation.

        Look at the Leafs, they were able to overcome a 3-1 deficit with a fully healthy roster (minus Bozak) and had a 4-1 lead in Game 7 – which they lost.

        If the Habs lost that way, it would be The End. Nothing to praise. Trade the goaltender. Fire the coaches. Send everyone else to the minors.

        • kalevine says:

          I hate to say it but as good as the Leafs run was, I would hate to have my team blow a 4-1 lead in game 7 even more than what happened to the Habs. Sports is funny that way. If you are going to put yourself in such a position to win the series and then blow it, it’s worse.

          Ultimately it’s about how the team reacts going forward. The Habs need to realize that, injuries and a charmed Ottawa roster aside, they are nowhere near a winning roster. The performance in the series was all the proof they needed. Make changes accordingly. It’s gonna take years, and even then…

  38. Loonie says:

    Sidney Crosby, Josh Harding and Adam McQuaid nominated for the Masterston trophy.

    Crosby’s nomination is hilarious.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Crosby is odd considering he was out again…..he did play amazing when he was first back though after a considerable amount of time off

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Loonie says:

        Crosby went through something that a great number of other players go through. His talent got him this nomination in my opinion, and that’s ridiculous.

        Harding and McQuaid are great nominees and I really hope that Harding wins it. He deserves it.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Harding’s story is a special one, I am also in support of him winning.

        • New says:

          I thought it was about all the misdiagnoses, the lingering symptoms that caused him to miss the better parts of two consecutive seasons, the refusal to take no for an answer, the determination to overcome the neck injuries caused by intentional fouls, and the return to dominate the game. Easy to get the wrong impression I guess.

          • Loonie says:

            Crosby had concussions. Him and about fifty other NHL players over the last two seasons.

            Harding has MS. McQuaid has a disorder that caused blood clots.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Harding does deserve it. He battled hard in the playoffs as well but the Wild just don’t have the horses to compete with the Hawks.

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • shootdapuck says:

      Mcquaid now there’s a chuckle!

      =================================================
      The cranial flatulence of PJ Stock:

      “On peut play cette game tres simplement”
      “Le game est tous de hard work”
      ” I have a pet peeve”

  39. 1010 says:

    Seen Clod jumping up and down on the Bruins bench after the overtime goal and I puked inside my mouth a little. Sickening. But as someone posted earlier it made the rest of the year less complicated. Can focus on hating the Bruins and Sens without having to gag on the TO media comments.

    GO HABS…

  40. The Machine says:

    I think the media and a lot of fans really need to chill out.

    Seriously, how can it be Price’s play that cost the series when the team only scored 9 goals…….. that’s NINE goals in five games. Is Price supposed to score too? Might as well get rid of the other 5 guys on the ice and give him a raise.

    And the Hobbit comment, come on!! He was laughing when he said that… it was a JOKE.

    The main reason this organisation has been struggling for the past 20 years is because the media and fans have unreasonable expectations and always drive good players out of town.

    Price wasn’t perfect that’s for sure but apart from Tinordi, Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Bourque and Prust the rest sucked pretty bad too.

    Markov ($5.75M) – 5 games, 1 assist, -1
    Plekanec, “best forward” ($5M) – 5 games, 4 assists, -5
    Ryder ($3.5M) – 5 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 0
    Desharnais ($850K) – 5 games, 1 assist, +1
    Diaz – 5 games, 0 pts, -4
    Gorges ($3.9M) – 5 games, 0 pts, -4
    Bouillon ($1.5M) – 5 games, 0 pts, -3
    *Pacioretty – 4 games, 0 pts, 0
    Moen ($1.8M) – 5 games, 0 pts, -2
    Armstrong ($1M) – 4 games, 0 pts, -1

    Just to name a few.

    This team went from 15th place last season to comfortably making the playoffs this season. This alone is a pretty good achievement.

    One last thing, those same media and fans who are crapping on this team are the same ones who didn’t even put them in the playoffs before the season started. Take it easy.

    25th cup, coming up!

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      Didn’t Roy & Dryden score like over 60 goals each?

      Dat’s wha me tinks

      • New says:

        Roy himself often refused to take credit for single handedly winning all those games but instead took partial responsibility for some of the losses. Dryden purposely wore pads and gear that were half the size of todays and you can only suspect it was to give the other guys a decent chance on long shots.

    • CalgaryHab says:

      Good post. I agree with what you said. Those who blame Price don’t realize that hockey is a team sport. Could he be better? Yes. But he is at the bottom of the list on where the Habs need to improve.

    • Lafrich says:

      Certainly the rest of the team could have done better, but I think the point here is that Price is a very highly touted, expensive, supposedly “elite” goalie, who has had 5-6 seasons already under his belt, and he didn’t play well, while letting in some softies that may have taken the air out of the team. A team plays very differently with a lead or a tie, as opposed to when they are behind. A team also changes its style when they think that their own goalie is unreliable. If the Habs stick with him, I hope that, on a consistent basis, he will finally live up to this potential that everyone has talked about for so long.

  41. Sportfan says:

    Lol the interviews with all the Leafs players is hilariously depressing :P ALso Toronto is scared of Lucic HAHA

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  42. Lafleurguy says:

    Love reading posts when shrimp and beer are both mentioned! By the way is a “big shrimp” an oxymoron or not?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  43. Sportfan says:

    Some of the best baseball players to wear number 27 including our boy Vlady!
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  44. mark-ID says:

    Morning all.

    Here’s a question for you all, who would you like to see follow Gallagher’s footsteps this year and surprise at next years traning camp and landing a spot on the team?

    a: Charles Hudon
    b: Danny Kristo
    c: Tim Bozon
    d: Sebastien Colberg
    e: Darren Dietz

    Personally my hope is A. He isn’t the biggest at 5’10, but I’m hoping he can become a hometown favourite. Extremely creative player.

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

    • Luke says:

      E.

      The Habs greatest need is defense.

    • Loonie says:

      I think Kristo and Hudon are certainly the front runners to make the big club.

      Hudon was excellent in Hamilton and Kristo(his brutal turnover late this morning notwithstanding) shows NHL skill regularly.

      A note about Hudon, he was probably the best two way player our WJHC team had prior to his injury at Christmas time.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Isn’t Hudon expected to back in the Q next season? Was my thought that he would have to be like Galchenyuk this season, and would have at best a 9 game trial, but would more than likely be sent back to Junior. I don’t think physically he will be ready for NHL.

      I think Kristo is realistically the most likely to make the Habs next season with any impact.

      • Loonie says:

        Hudon got his entry level deal right after the season.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          So he is able to play in Hamilton next season then? I seem to recall during the Worlds that there was talk he could come back next season and play in the World Jr. Championships?

          Edit: I know he signed a deal, but thought it included just a short term stint with Hamilton given his CHL season was over. I am not as up to speed as others, with regards to how the entry level contracts kick in.

      • habstrinifan says:

        HabinBurlington, I am confident that if Hudon doe sthe P.K bit, (you know real gym rat training..and I am not saying only P.K does it) then I think he would add the necessary bulk to earn a spot in Mtl. He is just that good and that smart and that determined. But he’s gotta change his physique. It is good to see Tinordi declare that he’s gonna do that. It is also quite revealing to hear Bergevin talk about LeBlanc and also hear Pat Hickey’s inside info re LeBlance. The Habs organization are disappointed with LL because a) he has not put in the ‘gym’ work to build his strength etc b) the have asked him to aim to become a 3rd line forward/checker. They have advised him that he really doesnt show the skillset of a top scorer. They have even reinforced on him that 3rd line players are making good money and good careers in the NHL. Apparently LeBlanc is resisting this advice and sees himself as a bonafide scorer. He better listen.

    • Phil C says:

      B. Only because he is at an age where he can be effective in the NHL. The others could use some time in Hamilton.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Don’t think any of them will be “20-minute” defencemen or “15-minute” forwards, so each will still be in development-mode like Galchenyuk, and not gain the core-status that Gallagher amazingly achieved (overachieved?).

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      B) Kristo has the speed and motor to play in the NHL now. I think if he can show the team he is dependable in the defensive zone he will stick.

    • JUST ME says:

      Not sure if any will make it with the big team. Maybe Tinordi but then again. I hope they will give them as much time as possible with Hamilton and not burn them with an early graduation with the big team.

      Those guys need to learn how play with men ,grow and put on a few pounds.

    • rhino514 says:

      It´s an intriguing list.
      If the habs don´t add a winger, Kristo will essentially be given the top nine position if he gets off to a good start (unless LL has a great comeback year). So i´m curious to see what happens. If the habs, however, feel they need size and get s.one via trade or free agency, then it will set these kids back big-time.
      I´d personally try and unload DD, move Chucky to centre, get a bigger winger, and this way they still have a spot open for one of the prospects. But I don´t think that will happen.

      For the longer term, I´m pulling for Dietz.

    • Timo says:

      David Desharnais!

    • Rad says:

      Hudon and Bozon are going back to Junior, Collberg to Sweden, and Dietz to Hamilton. All one can hope for from Hudon, Bozon, and Collberg is a good showing in Training Camp to show that down the line they will become viable options. It’s called developing your draft picks, something that the evasive Mr. Bergevin alluded to yesterday.

      Dietz will be an interesting one to watch over the next few months. And LeFebvre mentioned that Dalton Thrower may be in Hamilton next year as well. I will be interested to see how Thrower handles the AHL.

  45. habstrinifan says:

    As a hockey fan( and a Canadian) I am giving the Leafs TEAM and players a lot of respect. I realize last night that if it wasnt for TSN and Cherry and HNIC and the whole darn media just getting on your nerves re the ‘eafs (Canada’s team) I coulda cheered for them.

    Anyhow it’s all good. I can HATE the Bruins without any compunctions now.

    Leafs showed their stuff though. And all the comments I saw after the game, the Leaf players stood up and said we lost it. Fans here may not like it but Leafs played great and also handled their exit batter than our team did theirs.

    • myron.selby says:

      Just out of curiosity – what was your issue with the way the Habs players handled the end of their season?

      • habstrinifan says:

        Too many weak mea-culpas in general terms and a whole lot of making sure that media was well aware of the numerous injuries that players suffered.

        Two players in particular made sure the details of their serious injuries were fully revealed. I say that their play was weak and uninspired long before the series and the fact that they were in the lineup for game 3 after the HABS had played a workmanlike and resilient game in game 2 hurt the team.

        I know by the tone of your question that you would disagree but franky it doesnt matter. This is my opinion. And you can call me a troll… I dont really care.

        And worse of all was MT. “The captain cried in my arms!.” Well I would like MT to convince me that a Gionta who knew he was extremely hurt (Weekes had the info re surgery after game 1) and therefore playing at maybe les sthan 50% was more beneficial in the lineup than the replacements which suited up for game two and won that game.

        • ZepFan2 says:

          “making sure that media was well aware of the numerous injuries that players suffered.”

          So when asked what injury they suffered by the press your suggestion is to tell the media it’s none of their business what ails them?

          So when other teams reveal AFTER the playoffs are over the many injuries they have will they be called out by you? Doubt it!

          You should change your name to, Habsconspiracyfan.

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          Our only goal will be the Stanley Cup!” – Danno

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          • habstrinifan says:

            I am going to hold off on suggesting a name change for you right now.

            Edit: who cares? Moderate away!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Loonie says:

            Funny that every player who was hurt said that their play still wasn’t good enough but some fans think it’s excuse making.

          • ZepFan2 says:

            Exactly! Even when they said they played crap and could have played better. I didn’t hear or read one player use an injury as an excuse. Trini did though.

            The funny thing is, every year after a team is eliminated the various injuries are finally revealed to the media. Trini (like always) seems to read between the lines of everything that comes out of a Montreal Canadiens players mouth.

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        • HabinBurlington says:

          I do disagree with you completely this time my friend. I didn’t find it as excuses but rather just telling you what they were ailed with. This team had a great regular season and was simply not good enough to compete with a very solid Ottawa team, not yet at least.

          Gionta hoped his intangibles could help while playing injured, it was the coaches issue if he should or shouldn’t have. I rather saw that as leadership that he would play through the pain, I don’t view that as a weakness.

          And I won’t ever call you a troll, you are just honest with your opinions.

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          I must say, you sure are good at reading very deeply into things!

          • habstrinifan says:

            Or I dont place the same weight on ineffectual commitment whether in hindsight or not.

        • myron.selby says:

          This is one of the problems with on line forums – there is no tone. My question was simply that – a question. No tone, no disagreement, just a question. Seems to me you’re a tad defensive for no good reason.

          And if you’re talking about Maxpac, I’m in complete agreement. He sucked for most of the season. If he was healthy this season, then MB should be looking to trade him. He avoided all contact, refused to drive to the net and essentially turned himself into a perimeter player. Everyone got on Desharnais but I thought he was at least trying. Whereas Max seemed pretty much uninterested most of the time.

    • Cal says:

      I am glad they fell flat on their faces, trini. Thanks to TSN and the CBC, I am always happy when the laffs are raked.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I am glad I dont have to turn off every darn station in the country to escape LEAFS brown nosing. I couldnt stand it. I dont think the SENS love would be as nauseating.. and besides I somehow dont get as mad re Sens coverage. I live in Ottawa and believe me it seems less present than Leafs coverage.
        I do however on a pure hockey basi admire the Leafs effort. I especially admire the trend that Carlyle set during the season. You produce… you play. You dont produce… you get demoted. I think it helped them. I could make comparisons here but….

        • shootdapuck says:

          TSN and CBC have become Canada’s equivalent of NESN!

          Don’t think for one minute that the CBC will let their beloved Laffs fade away quietly we’ll be tortured all the way to cup presentation with Laff : highlights, fishing trips, golf outings and chugging contests!

          Cherry will not pay attention to who is playing but will show endless clips of Kadri and Kessel egged on by MacLean!

          One more season of this BS, one more season and CYA CBC!
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          “Le game est tous de hard work”
          ” I have a pet peeve”

  46. joeybarrie says:

    I think the biggest problem with players like Price, Leblanc, Bourque, Eller, Kaberle, Moen, DD, Gorges, and Markov are expectations from fans.
    Markov is the biggest example. Common sense goes out the window, and because we paid him a certain amount of money we expect him to no longer be human.
    Anyone who doesn’t attribute a large part of our success this regular season to Markov is lost.
    But being injured for 2 seasons and then playing a 48 game sprint at 24 minutes a game. He is human. You can’t just rest him one game and all of a sudden he is back to his best. It doesn’t work like that.
    another big part of our success is players like Prust, Emelin and Gorges. Playing like mad dogs with pure adrenaline. That takes its toll as well.
    And when your successful season starts to unravel, because it depends on a lot of moving parts, there is nothing you can do.
    The only way to get thru that is to have your Goalie play like Halak, Roy, Dryden, etc, etc.
    Keeping in mind all these goalies had their ups and downs.
    We just have selective memories when it come to common sense.
    The other side of the coin is simply this. Carey Price, is in fact, CAREY PRICE. He is not Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden, or anyone else that we desperately want him to be.
    He is a 25 year old incredible goalie who has gone thru a few rough patches where he didn’t save the team when everyone wanted him to save the team. There are no exceptions to this. Roy, Dryden and every other goalie ever have done the same.
    The only difference is, when Roy and Dryden did it…. The rest of team followed suit and made it happen.
    We haven’t had a true superstar player in quite awhile. We EXPECT our players to turn into top 5 scorers because we are the Montreal Canadiens.
    Doesn’t work that way.
    All teams hit a slump. We hit ours at the end, and mostly cause guys had already given everything they had.

    I think we had a great season. The worst part is that it is over until September… But we are looking bright. We just have to realise that we, as fans, cannot beat the dawn.

    Always remember:
    “I don’t own the Sun. I don’t own the Moon. They only come out when they want to… They don’t care whether I promised you.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Very rational post Joey, thanks. If I could add to that, this is why MB needs to continue to tweak this roster and make it more balanced. The points you make are excellent, but also show why a little more size and strength is required for this roster. Right now I think we rely on a few players to do all of our heavy lifting. This needs to be spread out somewhat.

      • nunacanadien says:

        It was not only Markov and he was quick to give credit to the addition of Emelin and Gallagher.

      • joeybarrie says:

        Absolutely. We need to keep in mind. Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, Stamkos, etc, etc…. Are not ever going to be traded. Its near impossible to get one of the heaviest lifters… Without giving up everything.
        Then you only have one heavy lifter.
        You are right and so is MB about balance…. And its isn’t easy to achieve. Just cause we think we can trade Kaberle, Ryder,and DD for the next Stamkos, doesn’t make it realistic.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          True, our version of a Crosby or a Stamkos will have to be Galchenyuk. Essentially I believe our window greatest success will be alongside his career development. In the meantime, the heavy lifters I would like to see added are in the physical department. Another rugged Defenceman, another 1 or 2 rugged Forwards.

          Perhaps we also start to make trades, I could see one of Gorges, Gionta, Moen, Diaz getting traded.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Good post. I mostly agree and can’t quibble.

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      First off – good post. I generaly agre with you.

      However …

      Although I realize it’s almost impossible to discuss this without getting flamed, how is Carey Price an “incredible goalie”? By what measure?

      You say we want him to be Roy or Dryden but this is not true. We’d settle for Rask or Quick. Right now he is the 3rd best goalie drafted in 2005, and he’s a long way back.

      • Phil C says:

        It depends how you measure Price. If you measure him by how he played in the last two months of this season, he is not even NHL calibre. If you measure him by his best season, he is among the best in the league.

        If you compare him to where other great goalies were at this age, he is well ahead of the development curve.

        If you compare him on his skills, there are few better. He is big and quick, most goalies are one or the other. His technical skills make goalie analysts swoon over him. He is a good puck handler and a good teammate. He is everything you would want in a goalie when he is at his best.

        But he has not figured out how to be consistently good. MB thinks it is a maturity issue, which is possible, and fits with the normal development curve for goalies vs age.

        I still believe Price will be great, he has all the tools required, so the Habs should be patient. I really think they would regret it if they traded him.

      • joeybarrie says:

        I don’t need to get flamed. Price is an incredible goalie. I don’t need to measure. The most respected pros in the NHL have said it. He starts for the 2nd place team in the Eastern Conference. And when he is on his game nobody question how great he is.
        NOT EVEN JACK TODD if you read his articles. Cause even he admitted he was wrong about Price.
        He isn’t a god. He is one player on a team.
        And if you don’t think he is incredible, then I don’t know what to tell you.
        I watch. I’ve seen. And again, he has more games (340) than most his age…. That alone proves it. 4 different coaches. 3 GMs. All agreed.
        Again. We expect him to be a .950 goalie every game, every season.

        What he needs to learn is how to deal with the heavy lifting. When the team needs him to stop everything. He needs to step up. There have been times he has done just that. But we only remember the last 5 games ever…. And every bad instance ever….
        we are not a positive people when we don’t win.

        • New says:

          I sort of disagree, not about Price as he is everything you said, but about what will make him better. A backup like Tim Thomas will make him better for instance. Someone who can come in and has creds. A larger D will make him more effective. The Habs D is fine when you’re moving the puck up ice but it is too small to keep the puck in the O zone and too small to religiously clear the D. These guys get hurt playing against bigger players.

          Your comment was the best I have read in awhile. People nattering on about this or that goalie as if they were the only part of the game. Just diverts from why the puck gets shot at the Montreal net from where. (They can’t prevent the other team from owning the slot at either end.) The bigger you are the more coverage you have at the point which saves two steps, a second or two, and is the difference between a good shot and a blocked shot. In the D it means you can lean people out, not end up turned and looking at your goalie.

          People don’t realize the task in front of management and the reason for that has been the steadiness of Price behind a very undersized D.

  47. myron.selby says:

    Well that has to be my favourite HIO moment for quite a while – nunacanadien replying to wjc. Troll meet troll.

    I really love wjc. This is the guy who assured us all that Gomez was going to lead the Habs in scoring this year. Since MB kicked Gomer to the curb, wjc has switched from talking about hockey to simply annoying everyone in sight. His idea of commentary is to tell everyone what they should do (turn off the audio on your tv) and come up with random insults to pretty much anything anyone says. I keep thinking he needs a big hug and a smiley face button to cheer him up.

    nunacanadien, on the other hand, is just completely random. Too weird to be taken seriously as a troll, his rants about Coors, Molson and the Toronto conspiracy are actually pretty entertaining.

    nuna and wjc – the 2 most incompetent trolls on HIO, together at last. Kind of like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in Bizarro World.

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      I see it as Dumb & Dumber …

      Dat’s wha me tinks

      • nunacanadien says:

        Your the idiot here, I actually did the homework of who pulls Molson’s strings and he would be the first to admit that as a corporate businessman who entered into agreements with Coors America to purchase the Habs from Gilette that those agreements are still in place by the way. Stupid is as Stupid does, and with a name like Myron and Small town boy, geeze since when did redneck hillbillies of the gatineau hills get computer and internet access? LOL.

        • Thomas Le Fan says:

          You apparently don’t know the difference between your and you’re. One should be careful when calling someone else an idiot using such poor spelling and grammar.

          There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I had a chuckle myself when I saw that Myron. Was a nice little humorous moment. :) CHeers bud!

    • frontenac1 says:

      I love nuna”s posts. “While we await L”Artiste of the Nets to emerge from his butterfly cocoon” Classic amigo!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        So who is Front supporting for the rest of the playoffs? I think my biggest cheers will go to the Chicago Blackhawks, primarily because of how much I like Toews. My pipedream has him as our captain.

        • frontenac1 says:

          That”s a good question amigo. One of my Saloon buddies is a Hawks fan,another is a Rangers fan. I think I will cheer for whoever is playing against them,just to piss them off. Saludos!

      • kalevine says:

        that is VERY funny. Trolls who can write well can be very entertaining, and should be welcomed here

  48. Irishhabsfan says:

    I wrote this 23 years ago,who would have thought 23 more years have been added.
    Sing along to Queen’s Another one bites the dust if you like.
    Irishhabsfan

    THE MAPLE LEAF FAN’S LAMENT

    IT’S THE MAPLE LEAF FAN’S LAMENT
    ANOTHER BLOODY YEAR IS SPENT
    MAYBE NEXT YEAR, MAYBE NEXT YEAR
    IT’S THE MAPLE LEAF FAN’S LAMENT

    ANOTHER YEAR BITES THE DUST
    ANOTHER YEAR BITES THE DUST
    ANOTHER ONE’S GONE ANOTHER ONE’S GONE
    FORTY SIX LONG YEARS WITHOUT LORD STANLEY’S CUP

    IT’S THE MAPLE LEAF FAN’S LAMENT
    ANOTHER BLOODY YEAR IS SPENT
    MAYBE NEXT YEAR, MAYBE NEXT YEAR
    IT’S THE MAPLE LEAF FAN’S LAMENT

  49. Strummer says:

    Rangers advance and NBC can’t believe their good fortune.

    30 Rock will be rockin’ today.

    Their love for Rangers and homeboy Ryan Callahan rivaled only by the CBC crush on the Leafs

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  50. kalevine says:

    Everyone is free to cheer for whomever they please, and I get the bitterness towards HNIC’s Leaf bias, but I still think it’s a sad day whenever a Habs fan cheers on the Bruins. Now the Bruins may well use this to propel themselves to another Cup, and it seems lots of you are ok with that too. Just as long as the Leafs and their long suffering fans have nothing to cheer about.

    • arcosenate says:

      I don’t cheer for any team but Montreal, I hope for a matter – anti-matter effect when teams like the Bruins play the Leafs. I am not cheering for Pitt, but I hope they destroy the Sens, because the Sens need some destroyin’.

      • kalevine says:

        no argument there, and I hope the Rags estroy the B’s, but I really think the bear has awakened and they’ll be doing the destroying until the playoffs end. How can they not have supreme confidence at this point. Winning after being down 4-1, against, let’s face it, a Leafs team that played far better than the Habs these playoffs

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I understand your sentiment Kale. I can not ever “cheer” for the Bruins, and I still feel they play the game in a style which pushes the boundaries of rough and tough hockey. I don’t like to see good fortune come their way.

    • mrhabby says:

      its a little more complicated. I live in GTA and work with some leaf lovers. there not a humble bunch and given that there in the playoffs they think they are going to win the cup..you try to talk with them bit they don’t want to talk about anything else..they hate logic.

    • Cal says:

      Gooins aren’t winning the Cup this season, kale. And, yes, the laffs deserve every moment of agony they bring upon themselves.

      • kalevine says:

        people said they weren’t winning in 2011 either, as opponent after opponent toppled. I sure hope you’re right, and you are free to call me out if they do get eliminated. I will gladly take a bow.

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      Broons will not win the cup. Vancouver is out!

      Dat’s wha me tinks

  51. commandant says:

    The Leafs loss is still funny… Only team to ever lose a game 7 when winning by 3 goals in the 3rd period.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Ron says:

      Great history lesson for sure. Hope there are many more coming their way.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      The Bruins were up to their dirty tactics as usual, and I applaud the Leaf players for countering it better than the Canucks did two years ago.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • The Dude says:

      With all due respect too you commandant I find that what Hab and Leaf ans have been going through for a combined Cup drought of like 67 years is SICKENING!
      That team of Giants ‘Rangers’ is looking good,eh! And now the Sens are Canada’s team jeez.

      • athanor says:

        Sorry, but that’s a ridiculous statistic. Sure it sounds insane — 67 years without a cup — but that’s just lying with statistical implications.


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