Habs hold optional practice and blood drive

Following Tuesday’s 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens held an optional practice Wednesday morning in Brossard with Douglas Murray, Michael Bournival, George Parros, Ryan White, Travis Moen and goalies Carey Price and Peter Budaj the only players to take part.

The Canadiens are also holding their annual blood-donor clinic Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Bell Centre.

Max Pacioretty, who had a hat-trick in the win over the Wild, celebrated his 25th birthday on Wednesday.

The Canadiens are back in action Friday night when they visit the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin and then return home to face Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Both games are 7 p.m. starts.

(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

After hours at optional practice, Canadiens.com

Pacioretty leads Habs over Wild, by Pat Hickey

Therrien’s line juggling pays off, by Pat Hickey

Habs get trigger happy against Wild, Canadiens.com

Wild goalie Harding an inspiration while battling MS, by Dave Stubbs

Wild’s Mikko Koivu at home at Bell Centre, montrealgazette.com

Wild humbled on the road, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wild’s Suter plays way into Norris Trophy lead, NHL.com

Habs vs. Wild photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

A Montreal homecoming for Wild’s Mitchell, Stu on Sports blog

Wild’s Scandella nephew of former Hab Momesso, Stu on Sports blog

Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry on the upswing, montrealgazette.com

Goalie stocks fluctuating wildly, montrealgazette.com

 

 

192 Comments

  1. CHicoHab says:

    Mobile works

  2. Bill says:

    Nope, mobile site is broken

  3. Rudy says:

    Why is the site not updating comments?

  4. HabFab says:

    Sabres try to send Grigorenko down to AHL but blocked by the NHL;
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=437059

  5. krob1000 says:

    What is amazing about that voting list is that by seasons end I fully expect Pleks and Pacioretty to figure significantly into that figure. I also would not be surprised to see Prust with some votes by seasons end and maybe even Emelin…my point being if the HAbs have 9 MVP candidates and one is not their catpain…that should be enough to be a playoff team…easily.

    • Chris says:

      Not necessarily. It could equally mean that nobody is standing out from the crowd in a big way.

      Price is the only consistently excellent player on the team through the first quarter. Subban was woeful for a 5-10 games in the defensive end, forcing many of use to muse about whether he was injured, or annoyed, or whatever. The kids have been streaky, Plekanec (normally a hot starter) has been only mediocre, and the rest of the team has been up and down.

      Emelin and Prust add some rambunctiousness back to the lineup, so perhaps things will start to trend upwards again and the players can play with a little more joy. The team has seemed very dour this year, especially when compared to last year’s fun atmosphere (until the Ottawa beat-down, at least).

      • krob1000 says:

        If you look back at simlar polls last year I think you would likely see Emelin, Prust, Pleks, and Patches leading the way…the fact the HAbs are in a playoff position this far into an injury riddled and seemingly goal cursed season on the backs of Price and the kids (most of whom were big question marks for this season as to whether they would fall to sophomore slumps or to lesser numbers) is pretty impressive.

        I am sure if Pleks were given the lions share of PP time he would be leading team or close to in scoring….and if Patches were healthy I don’t doubt he would be right there as well…..this all bodes well in my eyes moving forward. On HIO everything is one day at a time but the season is long and really if you started out in the summer telling me Patches would have 2 goals by Mid November, Pleks only 13 points, Gionta non existent thus far, Briere not producing, Dd with 3 assists, Emelin injured, Prust missing most of the season, All of the teams newly acquired toughness wwatching from the pressbox,etc…and that the team would be in a playoff spot still…I would have said that is nearly impossible.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Agree Chris. You can’t discount Vibe and Mojo. Can’t quantify it but it is as real as anything. Prust, Emelin and Murray bring that element. Cheers amigo.

      • Bill says:

        Subban has actually been awesome. I think his mini-struggle clearly coincided with the team’s injuries … he was trying to do it all himself, but in this case it’s ok, because there was no one else to do it.

        He’s a defenceman who is our leading scorer with 19 points in 22 games, and has the 2nd best +/- on the team at +7.

        He’s truly having a terrific season. Team Canada can do what it wants, but if I were drafting a team and could have any defenceman I wanted, it would be Subban.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Just a slight disagreement: Subban was never woeful. I concede there might have been a few games where he was merely good.

  6. Hobie Hansen says:

    I think that face smash to the stanchion was exactly what Pacioretty needed. He was angry for once and went on to score a hat trick.

    What I’m wondering is if there was a call to the Montreal police after?

    • frontenac1 says:

      You could be on to something there amigo. Last night Patches got drilled into the boards early on. You could tell he was pissed off. Then the Mojo took over.

      • shiram says:

        Maybe we should get Subban to drill him each game during the warmups?

      • krob1000 says:

        He was so pissed he decided to take it out on Gally (man I keep looking at that goal and wondering how it was not Gallaghers but who cares I guess). Also surprised to see no review on the shot he “directed” as I have seen others called back for less….funny how the Hockey Gods and Referees (are they one and the same?) do things. I couldn’t help wonder though that if Montreal were palying Toronto, Boston or someone like that if they would have reviewed it. I think he was just generally pissed that he couldn’t buy a goal despite playing pretty well on many nights…

        • jols101 says:

          They ended up giving Gallagher an assist on that goal. So I guess Gallagher did tip it and then Patches tipped it as well.

        • mark-ID says:

          I’m not surprised the directed goal by Patch wasn’t reviewed. IMO that was a perfect example of what is allowed. There have been many more questionable goals this year and last that have been allowed.
          Ones that come to mind are the Zibenajad goal in the playoffs last year.

          The second goal for the Islanders(Brock Nelson) this year in our 4-2 win I believe.

          Also there was one that Chucky scored that was more questionable and was still allowed.

          “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

      • rjcp says:

        or……, maybe the game turned around because Prust delivered some humble pie to #28. No scoring until after that fight. Seemed to me we started showing a little jump in our legs and speed down the midlle after that fight.

  7. shiram says:

    If a player scores on a penalty shot, is it considered a power play goal?

    • B says:

      I think it would only be considered a PP goal if they are on the PP when the infraction causing the penalty shot occurred.

      If the team is not on the PP, I believe the penalty shot goal counts towards the shooters +/- (but not for his team mates who were on the ice at the time of the infraction causing the penalty shot).

      Note that I am not 100% certain of this.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  8. Chris says:

    Since its the silly season of first quarter ratings, I’ll issue my usual plea for people to “grade” on a reasonable scale.

    I remember seeing a ranking of the Montreal Canadiens in 2011-12 where every regular on the team was issued at least a 5/10. If you will recall, that was the team that endured a catastrophically bad season, finishing 3rd worst in the NHL.

    5/10 should be an average player. If somebody is below average, they get lower than that.

    On a letter grade system, C is an an average player. If somebody is playing below average, than they deserve a lower letter grade.

    (This also pertains to all you university students out there that get so angry when you get a C (or 65) in a course and think you are doing poorly. If the instructor is doing their job, that is where the average is supposed to be set, as laid out by the university guidelines!)

    • krob1000 says:

      are you grading our grading and failing us at that?!

      • Chris says:

        It just always amazes me when I look at a middle of the pack team and see nothing but B’s and A’s. It makes me wonder how good the players on the other teams must be! :)

        • krob1000 says:

          In fairness Chris those B’s and A’s if youa re referring to the link someone posted went mostly to goalies and dmen…who have done great thus far…it has been the back end and a few forwards that have done the heavy lifting.

      • frontenac1 says:

        I would go on a 2 day bender whenever I got a C. Come to think of it, I would go on benders for any grade. Go Concordia!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          The Kennedy brothers tell me that you showing up for class was cause for a bender! :)

          I recently was told the story of the deal you guys had with O’Keefe for the beer of choice on Campus and the permanently filled fridge in your Student Body Presidents office which I believe you had access too!

          • frontenac1 says:

            Oh yeah, I almost forgot about that. Jeeze, that’s not even half of it amigo.Wow, I’ve got stories for you next year.

  9. HabFab says:

    HabsWorld gives out their Q1 grades for goal & D;
    http://www.habsworld.net/article.php?id=3257

  10. SmartDog says:

    That photo looks like the Montreal Village People.

    The Movember Habs need porn names.
    - “The Italian Stallion” Pacioretti
    - “Gogo” Gallagher

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  11. Danno says:

    Alex Galchenyuk (1%, 6 Votes)

    Man, that Chucky sure sucks! :mrgreen:

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  12. shiram says:

    There’s been an accident at the construction site next to the Bell Center.
    I can count 5 fire trucks, 2 ambulances and a bunch of cop cars.

    edit : they used the crane to lift the stretcher up to street level and are putting it in the ambulance now.
    I think someone fell in the construction pit.

    • donmarco says:

      See any Gaz Met trucks? Gas leaks are common with big construction sites like that. Not being reported yet on any Montreal news sites. Hope it’s nothing serious.

      • shiram says:

        Nah no gas truck, it’s a thought I had as well.

        It’s weird, there’s a bunch of people gathered at one end of the work area, and there’s people still working at the other end.

  13. Bill says:

    Current Habs who have a chance of going down in Habs lore as special players:

    Markov: one of the top-five all-time Habs highest scoring defencemen.

    Price: You can see him already, at age 26, closing in on the team’s goaltending records. All he needs is a Cup.

    Subban: Could be one of the all time greats. If he plays like this for another ten years, he’ll be in the conversation about “who was the best Habs Dman ever?”

    Honourable Mentions:

    Pacioretty: at a career average of .3 goals per game, he could hit 300 career goals if he played 1000 games (another nine seasons). That would put him ninth behind Henri Richard.

  14. Sportfan says:

    Remember Prices ad for the All-Star game in Ottawa
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxUCttsZQTM

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  15. slyCH says:

    I finally took my trigger finger off the PK choice and voted Price, I succumbed to peer pressure, like two strapping my back-pack. It just feels right.

  16. Danno says:

    DennisKane.com Habs hockey blog celebrates its sixth anniversary

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  17. Danno says:

    Zenon Konopka was an early blood donor last night – with a little help by Brandon Prust.

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  18. Bill says:

    Price has played so nice I voted for him thrice.

  19. Maksimir says:

    Going to throw this out there:

    Michael Grabner for Rene Bourque straight up…

    Grabner is a 20 goal man, lower cap hit and shorter contract.

    He’s a hair smaller at 6′ but its not like Bourque is throwing his size around.

    • Maksimir says:

      Oh yeah – Grabner is 26, RB 31.

    • bwoar says:

      Grabner is also very sleight, and we still have a small, small team.

      BUT, I have liked him since he played for the MB Moose, and would welcome him anytime. Skates super fast, nice shot, better puck skills than Bourque.

      “thoroughbred”

      • Maksimir says:

        Actually same contract length as RB…

        But yeah – I love his speed…

        If MB doesn’t resign Gionta and brings in a bigger replacement, it would be easier to absorb Grabner’s lack of physicality. I think he is also more consistent than Bourque.

  20. bwoar says:

    @Cal

    I think way, way too much is made of the trade deadline as “the” time to trade assets and maximize return. There’s opportunity during the season and good reasons to do things sooner – for one, you move the team forward while there’s still lots of time to gell and make adjustments; secondly, in the context of turning over the leadership I’d rather not have that happen right before playoff time; thirdly, other teams are ALSO waiting until that time and the deal you may have had in December is beaten by some other horse trader later in the year. Fourth: moving veteran contracts now gives us a chance to negotiate extensions with our young players that much sooner, which I maintain is for the best.

    As for hockey minds – every team has got ‘em, but not every team is well-managed. I’m not saying the average fan can do better or knows better, but I’m not gonna say we can’t or don’t, since every year those bright minds make dozens of mistakes across the league too.

    I wonder what peoples’ opinions are in terms of the youth movement. Is right now too soon? Is it next year? Two years?

    “thoroughbred”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I don’t think it is too soon to start it this year, having said that, I think if you moved Gionta, Plex and Diaz this year there would be too big a void to fill for any type of playoff success, and may even prevent the playoffs from being made.

      I can see moving Gionta in particular this season, seems a forgone conclusion he won’t be re-signed, so we may as well get something for him. Plex is the tricky one in my opinion, and would also be the one who brings the most in return. I am not sure Galchenyuk is ready for full time center minutes this year, nor am I sure Eller is ready to take that kind of primary role. I think this transition to youth movement is well served over this season and next season.

      • bwoar says:

        Between Eller, DD and Briere I’m really not worried about centre so much. Galchenyuk would be my fourth option there at this point to be honest; I think he’s doing just fine on the wing for now.

        Speaking of void, the player I’m most hesitant to move in that context is Markov. I’m on the record as wanting to resign him, but not knowing what he wants, I wouldn’t play chicken with him either. He’s the one vet that could leave hole we really, really can’t fill at the moment in my eyes.

        “thoroughbred”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          To me he is virtually untouchable, I can’t imagine our defence without him. If we think Diaz/Bouillon get too much icetime now, just imagine a defence without Andre. He has to stay.

    • Cal says:

      Lack of cap space is the reason for the dearth of trades around the league. The rollback to $64 mil is great for the floor spending teams, but not to real hockey markets like ours. Habs could be spending nearly $100mil on salaries without a problem, but then the team wouldn’t have enough to subsidize the weaker markets in the US.
      If the Habs are out of it by December 1st, by all means a housecleaning is in order.

  21. Say Ash says:

    “*** will Never Ever lead this team to the promise land.. It’s comical to me that so many of the fans seem to be delusional and don’t realize this team is At Least 3 forwards 2 Defensman and a goalie away from really making a serious run.. Soft as a baby’s dupa, and they can’t win consistently on the road.. Lotta heartache coming in April folks.. Sorry..”

    This was on the Wild’s fan site after losing to the mighty Habs.

  22. mark-ID says:

    NHL.com article on Suter being top Norris candidate to date.

    Vlasic and Ekman-Larsson the runner ups.

    BTW PK averages alomost 4 more minutes a game then Vlasic, and has 8 more points then him thus far.

    Ryan Suter is a -1 while Pk is a +7.

    When will number 76 get some respek?

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=692189&navid=DL|NHL|home

    “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:

      Re: Vlasic’s TOI: Larry Robinson doesn’t like playing his defenseman big minutes.

      Re: Suter. Haven’t watched him much, but he wasn’t impressive (he wasn’t too bad either) last night.

      Re: Norris: I’ve got Pietrangelo as my #1.

      Re: PK’s respect. He gets plenty. Just because there isn’t a parade everytime he completes a pass doesn’t mean there is no respect.

      Also, why would someone make a point about respect while at the same time mocking someone’s accent (in his second language, no less)?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I’m finding the non-stop complaining here about PK and his supposed lack of respect getting to the point of complete nonsense. Perhaps all Montreal fans need to have placards which say Respect, every time he touches the puck.

        • habcertain says:

          I don’t think any the past Norris Trophy winner has had to put up with so much garbage as PK has, when your own coach can’t endorse, without hesitation, you being on the Ole team, it is pretty sad.

      • mark-ID says:

        haha, good one. Relax man.

        Also, I just find it interesting that PK being the reigning Norris winner, still putting up some of the best numbers in the league(in every catagory) isn’t being talked about as one of the best outside of MTL. Remember this is also the player who isn’t a shoe in to make the Olympic team?
        Yea I’d say he still doesn’t get the respect he deserves. I’m certainly not the only one.

        “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

        • Chris says:

          Subban’s defensive play has been much weaker than it was last season. I don’t know if it was an injury or what the deal was, but he was not at all good in his own zone for a couple of weeks. I’m glad to see him coming out of that. It’s a long season, and I suspect the early season struggles will be long-forgotten by the end of the season.

    • Sportfan says:

      Maybe they have the same dealer as Rob Ford

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    • Chris says:

      Vlasic is arguably the best defensive defenceman in the NHL. That is why he gets some buzz. I wouldn’t sweat it, because the Norris voters rarely consider dominant defensive players for the Norris, and Vlasic has the added negatives of being somewhat limited offensively and lacks media exposure playing in San Jose.

  23. Timo says:

    You Might Also Like thinks that Sharks will be a good test for Canadiens.

    (Man, it’s a slow day)

  24. JM says:

    So where does bourque fit in the next game. I would try him on the wing with Bournival and Moen give Briere another crack at left wing on the 3rd line and go from there.
    you may say why remove white. Bourque is a scorer so is Bournival and even Moen can chip in the odd one so that makes for a good 4th scoring line. Hey! What ever works.
    The first three lines if kept together look like they can score some goals and with a 4th scoring line and their over-all skill and speed. Stay healthy and this team could be dangerous …

    • Timo says:

      I think Bourque will sit on Friday and (if healthy) may be inserted back in the lineup on Sat should Habs lose to Washington on Friday.

      Now that wee Davey has 3 assists instead of 1 in 20 games, there is no chance in hell he’ll be going back to the press box.

  25. Stevie.Ray says:

    Looking at the team stats and the top three names are Subban, Galchenyuk and Gallgher. This is nice to see, but I am happy the media has for the most part ignored this fact. They don’t need the microscope on them.

  26. Blondie says:

    Looks like Wild fans aren’t much different from Habs fans when their team loses.

    http://comments.startribune.com/comments.php?d=content_comments&asset_id=232600711&sort=E&section=/sports/wild&page_nbr=1&ipp=10

    You’d almost think some HIOers were closet StarTribuners. (or the other way around)

    lol

  27. bwoar says:

    So we had the start of a discussion when the new thread came…..

    Subban’s captaincy seems like a good first step in turning the corner on the Gainey era, in my opinion.

    As for Plekanec and Gionta, both are good players, and useful. But we’ve watched successive GMs hang on to assets too long with the thought that “we won’t be able to compete without them”, which has been a failed strategy each time. There’s a time and place for the youth movement to move forward, and I think that time is now. Plekanec? Eller will do the job, thanks. He’s old enough and experienced enough, frankly. Gionta? Again, it’s time to move on. Either put Bourque in his spot, or call up Leblanc, or replace him with a younger guy we may potentially get in trade, but it’s high time to get busy on the turnover of assets. Gallagher has already replaced him, to be honest.

    This turnover is a project that needs to happen before the deadline, not late in the season.

    “thoroughbred”

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      Replacing them with a someone younger is a novel idea… if we have guys that can fill the role. I still think Gionta will score more goals than any of the wingers in our system not named Gallagher and Pacioretty. Bournival and Galchenyuk are close, but I still give the edge to Gio.

      • bwoar says:

        Yeah, and that’s the thing right there – I don’t disagree with you on the goalscoring. There’s an element of gambling in trading these established players who have good value and are among your trusted vets.

        On the right side without Gionta, we’d have Gallagher, Bourque, potentially Briere (hopefully he’s at centre or left-side), and ???

        I’m personally fine with the first two of those guys in a top six, and consider Leblanc a decent option at a depth winger.

        On the left side, we have Pacioretty & Galchenyuk (top 6 for this year surely), Bournival who can move up if need be, and your Prust, Moen, etc.

        Centre is full with Eller, DD, Briere, potentially Prust, White, and Galchenyuk obviously an option.

        My main thought is to add a younger player to this mix and move out a couple vets so that youth is served. It may be that trade is simply not out there now. But now is the time to start looking for it.

        “thoroughbred”

        • Cal says:

          Trade deadline time is more like the time, but we’re never too early to speculate here at HIO. It’s part of the fun.
          We really have to start thinking that all those hockey minds helping MB and MT know a thing or two. either that, or they all know SFA.

        • A. Berke says:

          Fully agree.
          No sense in postponing the inevitable for fear of losing some scoring potential now – we’re not a contender this year, but we will not be a contender in the coming years if we hang on to all the players we now have.
          Cheers,

          Ali B.

          • frontenac1 says:

            No offense amigo, but what the hell is all this talk about not being a “contender”. Habs are and will be a contender.Keep the faith! Saludos!

    • Sportfan says:

      Down the road maybe Gallagher should be given a look. He helped DD and Patches last night, if he can light fires under most of our guys in the future I think he would deserve a serious look too.

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  28. montreal ace says:

    The smile on MT”s face after Chucky scored was, was one of the biggest I have seen on him, I found it amusing. Gally has some serious skills and I wish journalists and tv commentators, would take more notice of them. It is a joy to read the posts this morning after the win, with so many of them being positive. I hope Josh is not charging Gally too much to live in his house, he is after all not making the big bucks yet. I am glad Prust is playing with Chuck and Eller, they will learn a few things from him.

  29. adamkennelly says:

    what were the lines posed to be before Bourque got pulled?

    funny thing – MT getting praise for his shake-up but things did not play out as the coach planned…we’ll give him credit for his adjustments tho.

  30. rhino514 says:

    A bit shocked at the poll results for habs MVP of the first quarter.
    Sure, Price has played very well, but the team has also been leading the league in blocked shots, letting him see most shots.
    Subban leads all Dmen in assists and is pretty much the best Dman in the league right now; almost a point per game guy which is remarkable in today´s hockey, and he is a rock defensively as well.
    He is the Norris trophy winner, point finale, while Price, until he puts together two consecutive good seasons, which he hasn´t done up to now, isn´t even a consensus top 6 or 7 goalie.
    Perhaps the lack of respect for PK extends beyond just his peers and staff?

  31. Timo says:

    Does anyone know why Michael Therrien was laughing at the bench after Galchenyuk’s goal? Something seemed to crack him up big time.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      We can’t be letting you know what makes members of the CH that happy Timo, it would darken your day.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Somebody on the Habs bench suggested that MT is a candidate for coach of the year honours.

    • veryhabby says:

      Timo, everyone’s reaction after Chucky’s goal was a tad out of character (ok weird). Even chucky you could tell he was sooo happy yet he was TOTALLY refraining from celebrating. I have a funny feeling there is an inside joke that team has going after Chucky’s last celebration where he kissed his jersey’s crest. Everyone in the huddle seemed like there were waiting for something to happen.

      anyways, Chucky has gone over the top in celebrating his first 3 goals, I liked it. But I am thinking there’s a joke going around about what he would do next to top off the last one. And he did nothing. Tried to wipe a smile off his face and didn’t even raise his hands or pump first or anything. I think that’s what Therrien was smiling about.

    • savethepuck says:

      I think it was because Chucky stayed last one on the ice after practice to work on picking corners, and that one was a beauty.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • monmick says:

      He kissed the opposing player’s crest…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  32. Luke says:

    Oh my: Yes yes yes more yes:
    “Whether it’s NHL Hockey or CFL football, Canadian tax dollars have been used to help construct stadiums and arenas that house professional sports franchises,” said Thibeault. “It’s only fair that these professional sports leagues offer some reciprocity and allow fans to watch these games on television without the threat of regional broadcast blackouts.”

    • Cal says:

      Owners want their cake and to eat it, too.

    • Mustang says:

      Don’t forget that many of the seats, especially the high price seats and the luxury boxes, are paid for by companies who are allowed to deduct the charge as a cost of doing business. This falls under customer entertainment. Therefore the taxpayers are already footing a good chunk of the bill for most pro sporting events.

      • Just a Habs Fan says:

        Add to that scenario that many companies such as Nike and the like offer enormous contracts to sports big stars and guess who pays that as a consumer when you purchase their products. One company I worked for had 18 tickets to the Seattle Seahawks that most times just sat in their safe at the office……they almost never got used…wonder who picked that cost up…this was a major Seafood producer in the Seattle area that had 12-13 plants up in the Alaska/Aleutian Islands. My point is even if you despise hockey and sports in general everyone pays a piece of that $ pie.

  33. savethepuck says:

    There seems to have been a lot of mention of MaxP’s comments after Monday’s practice about how he was calling out the coach etc…I think that’s far from the truth, if you listened to his interview after last night’s game, a reporter asked him about the comment, and he seemed shocked. He said that he was only repeating what the coaching staff was saying that day at practice. But I guess the controversy story makes it much more interesting.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  34. Say Ash says:

    Is Chucky too old for the junior tourney?

    • savethepuck says:

      No, he doesn’t turn 20 until February, but there isn’t a snowballs chance in he’ll that he’ll be there.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  35. Bill says:

    Looks like DD is getting extra friendly with Max in that pic :)

  36. Sportfan says:

    And A-Rod proves why he is a D-bag he walked out of the arbitration hearing, the same hearing he has go to so he can lift his suspension. He’s a really smart person….

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    • donmarco says:

      In all fairness you need to report more than this (while I fully agree with you that he is a first class dou@hebag). He walked out because the arbitrator refused to order Selig to testify as to his reasoning for issuing a 211 game suspension. Shouldn’t he have the right to face his accuser?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I can’t stand A-Rod, but I am almost hoping A-Rod wins this case as Selig has done a terrible job handling the entire Steroid era. Seems to me all he is doing is a personal favour for the Yankees in trying to eliminate a really bad contract. This reeks of Selig paying back the Steinbrenner family a favour.

      • Cal says:

        It’s an arbitration hearing and not a court of law.
        If it were a court of law, he’d have been remanded into custody and not be allowed to throw a tantrum like a 5 year old.

      • Sportfan says:

        Oh yeah I realized that after I posted that, I looked into it a bit more and you’re right and frankly he is a dbag but Selig not showing up is bad.

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      • Stuck_in_To. says:

        Sorry, but isn’t Selig the judge who handed out the suspension and the league is the accuser? In which case, the league can send any rep it sees fit and A-Rod does not have a right to confront the original judge … at least as it reads.

        This is not a vote of support for Selig but an “ask” of clarification on “due process” … because if I am right, then A-Rod is even a bigger douche bag regardless of whether the process is effed-up or not because A-Rod needs to “play the game according to the rules”.

        Changing rules, whole other ball game as it turns out …

    • Cal says:

      Mr. HGH can turn his back now on MLB. He’s done.
      Perhaps, the steroid era is coming to a close. For me, all the cheating took away anything that was remotely interesting in bore, um, baseball.
      It’s like Bicycle racing and the Olympics. Cheaters prosper. Why do we bother to watch this stuff?

  37. Sportfan says:

    Sigh I had just posted my new article before haha ah well check the link below if you’d like :D

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  38. shiram says:

    first.
    edit : or not

  39. Mattyleg says:

    Last?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  40. D Mex says:

    Al McInnis’ shot was legendary, and he had success with it.
    So I think Subban will be OK …

    ALWAYS Habs -
    D Mex


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