Habs ‘in back of the bus,’ but could still find a driver at draft

The Canadiens hold the No. 25 pick heading into Sunday’s NHL draft in New Jersey (3 p.m., TSN, RDS) and GM Marc Bergevin says they are “sitting in the back of the bus.”

But The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports that doesn’t mean they can’t find a player or two with the potential to drive the bus. The Canadiens have nine picks in the draft, including Nos. 34, 36 and 55 in the second round, and two more picks in the third round.

“You think you’re getting a player who can help you, but after the top picks you never know,” Bergevin said.

“Look at (Chicago defenceman) Duncan Keith, he was a second-round draft pick, and P.K. Subban went in the second round,” Bergevin added, referring to two recent Norris Trophy winners. “And you have Brendan Gallagher, who we picked in the fifth round. Did we know he was going to play in the NHL? No. But our scouts saw something there.

“I was drafted in the third round and I played 20 years,” Bergevin said. “Maybe I should have been a first-rounder.”

Bergevin said all 30 NHL teams will say they’re happy Sunday night, but the important thing is what they do after the draft.

“You can’t draft a player and say: ‘We’ll see you in three years,’ ” Bergevin said. “You have to work with these players. That’s why we hired Marty Lapointe and Patrice Brisebois to work with our younger players.”

The Canadiens made it official on Friday, announcing they have used their second compliance buyout on Tomas Kaberle’s contract. The first one was used on Scott Gomez before the start of the season.

The Canadiens also announced they have signed Michael Blunden to a one-year, two-way contract. Blunden was recalled from the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs on March 16 and played five games with the Canadiens, failing to register a point. The 26-year-old has played 95 NHL games and has four goals and four assists.

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

Canadiens ‘in back of the bus’ heading into draft, by Pat Hickey

NHL’s inaugural draft basically ignored in 1963, by Dave Stubbs

Bergevin faces extra heat in his second draft, by The Canadian Press

The Canadiens are proud to select …., by Stu Cowan

Latest news and notes from NHL draft, montrealgazette.com/nhldraft

Canadiens’ draft history, hockeydb.com

Lecavalier not a good fit for Habs, by Pat Hickey

Lecavalier leaves big hole in Tampa, by Brenda Branswell

Lecavalier was more than just a hockey player in Tampa, by Stu Cowan

 Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup parade draws 2 million fans, NHL.com

Devils’ Brodeur earns EA NHL 14 cover, NHL.com


  1. HabFab says:

    NHL GP / # Top 10 / # Drafted
    1- Montréal 5035 3 top 10 74
    2- San Jose 4696 3 top 10 75
    3- Chicago 4688 4 top 10 99
    4- Columbus 4486 8 top 10 82
    5- Boston 4438 4 top 10 68
    6- Pittsburgh 4362 5 top 10 74
    7- Buffalo 4356 1 top 10 78
    8- Anaheim 4126 3 top 10 76
    9- Los Angeles 4116 3 top 10 82
    10- Nashville 4062 2 top 10 84
    11- Edmonton 3927 5 top 10 80
    12- Washington 3908 3 top 10 80
    13- St.Louis 3899 2 top 10 85
    14- NY Islanders 3889 6 top 10 85
    15- Colorado 3778 2 top 10 74
    16- Philadelphie 3659 2 top 10 75
    17- NY Rangers 3599 2 top 10 75
    18- Floride 3389 6 top 10 82
    19- Phoenix 3192 5 top 10 73
    20- Dallas 3140 1 top 10 71
    21- Minnesota 3116 5 top 10 71
    22- Ottawa 3073 3 top 10 77
    23- Caroline 3049 4 top 10 71
    24- Toronto 2671 3 top 10 69
    25- Vancouver 2574 2 top 10 64
    26- Atlanta/Winnipeg 2543 7 top 10 76
    27- New Jersey 2464 1 top 10 69
    28- Detroit 2319 0 top 10 72
    29- Calgary 1997 1 top 10 71
    30- Tampa Bay 1949 4 top 10 78

  2. EL_PRESEDENTE says:

    New post

    “Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the former.”- Albert Einstien

  3. parkex says:

    Course u take fucale @ 25. As if.

  4. thebonscott says:

    would love to have gauthier, morin ,and desrociers (sP?) from oceanic


  5. naweed235 says:

    Say the Habs stay put and pick 25th, and the Halfiax goalie Fucale is still available (Very unlikely)… How would you feel about that pick?

  6. Psycho29 says:

    I don’t care for his choice in Caps but Prust seems like such a great guy….


    Oh, and you’re welcome boys…

  7. Da Hema says:

    Dammit. Dreger is reporting I will be sent to Edmonton for future considerations. 🙁

  8. HabFab says:

    I hope those are his good luck pants or something…


  9. Mattyleg says:

    This is like Christmas, Ramadan, Chinese New Year’s and Sukkot all rolled into one for MagaTraders like Habfan17 and his ilk.

    Trade Plekanec, DD, St.Denis, Moen and a 2nd round pick to Detroit for Zetterburg, Cleary, and Abdelkader, trade Abdelkader to Vancouver plus a 2nd round pick for Burrows, Zetturburg to NYR for McDonagh and a 3rd rounder and keep Cleary.

    Then trade Ryan White for the rights to Alexei Yashin.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. HabFab says:

    Pierre LeBrun – Blue Jackets very close on a new deal with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky…

    Wonder who blinked??

  11. HardHabits says:

    I would like to apologize for my invective levied towards PT yesterday. Not to PT, but to anybody whose image of me has been sullied. I realize that I have always been a vanguard of good taste and balanced dialogue here, so I wouldn’t want to disappoint those who hold me in high esteem. All three of you. 😀

  12. Chrisadiens says:

    My fiance just asked what we’re doing today. I said, “Its draft day!”. She responded, “So who do we want the Giants to draft?!”

    Lol, good thing she’s cute. At least she knows I’m a Giants fan too.

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

  13. habsfan0 says:

    Pittsburgh is giving Letang $58m over 8 years.
    The Penguins won’t have any money left because of cap issues.

    Any word on who their 2 buyouts might be?
    Crosby & Malkin?

  14. habs11s says:

    Crazy prediction of the day: Blue Jackets trade Bobrovsky, sign Bryzgalov and Bryz win the Vezina trophy next year..


    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  15. habsfan0 says:

    Prediction for Marc Bergevin at the podium today: “The Montreal Canadiens would like to thank the city of Newark and the New Jersey Devils organization for their hospitality this week. We would also like to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks organization on their winning the Stanley Cup! Le Club de hockey Canadien est fier de sélectionner, du Mooseheads de Halifax, Zachary Fucale!”

  16. Da Hema says:

    TSN is reporting Timo straight up for MAB.

  17. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    I’m all for grabbing a higher pick in this draft. Just use a roster player to do it if possible like a George or a Moen.

    Thank you.

    24 cups and counting….

  18. Scotty90 says:

    According to Darren Dreger a few minutes ago…”Marc Bergevin predicts he will be busy. He still sees an opportunity to move up in Draft. Habs have 1 player in mind they want to draft.”

  19. HabFab says:

    Darren Dreger – Marc Bergevin predicts he will be busy. He still sees an opportunity to move up in Draft. Habs have 1 player in mind they want to draft

  20. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    If the Habs want to move up it seems a good spot would be the Islanders pick at 15. NYI does not have a 2nd rounder. They also have many young prospects so maybe they are looking to add a more established player instead of a another prospect.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  21. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Schneider for Oilers 7th overall pick + prospect seems a little too much IMO in deep draft. I would be happy if I got Oilers 7th and maybe 3rd line forward in return for a still unproven goaltender (still hasn’t played #1 for a full season)

  22. Dave Jones says:

    I want Bryan Bickell. It’s too bad, really, how well he did in the playoffs. You gotta figure Bergevin had the inside track on a guy like that. But now everyone wants him. Whoever gets him will have ended up overpaying. I still want Bryan Bickell.

    • jols101 says:

      TSN reported earlier today that talks between Bickell and Hawks are underway and going well. No agreement has been reached yet but it looks promising.

      Looks like he will be staying in Chicago. Too bad. I was hoping he would be a Hab.

  23. Bill says:

    @UCE Congrats on making the cut for HF17’s trade. Are you sure Diaz wasn’t in there too though?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      He’s loathe to part with such a valuable piece. If Diaz was added to the trade, he wanted two more first-rounders from the Pens. He was ready to add Antoine Corbin, Pittsburgh balked, so they’ve set that extra defenceman aside.

      If I was him, I would have asked for Brooks Orpik too. With my brand of no-nonsense physical defence play, he’s just become redundant for the Penguins, could have been had as a throw-in.

      EDIT: AND I nailed the 1000th comment. Much more harderer than getting the first post.

  24. Fake says:

    All you guys making those unreal trades, there is a quote of MB’s from yesterdays presser in NJ. “Would you be wanting to move into the top 5?” He replied: “No, not top 5.”

  25. munch17 says:

    Nathan Horton wants 6 million a year.
    He’s a 20-25 goal a year guy.
    That’s a lot of money.
    If teams want to spend that kind of money on a decent player – but no star – I don’t know how they can manage their caps.
    There will be a lot of third , fourth line players and veterans looking for a decent contract.
    Enjoy the ride today everyone Should be fun.

    • Fake says:

      He’s also a lemon and is an ex-bruin. That’s like taking the Bruins trash and overpaying. ( not that he’s not a good player… but he’s always injured, it wouldn’t be good.)

    • Rugger says:

      In an ideal world, GM’s would pass on Horton this week at that price and his demands would drop, however there is always an idiot GM out there to keep that from happening.

  26. 24 Cups says:

    Rumour has it that I’m on the trading block. I have a LNT clause that states I can’t go to Winnipeg, New Jersey, Dallas or Edmonton.

  27. JUST ME says:

    Although i still think nothing much will happen and Bergevin will make the most of his draft choices to help the farm team, there are too many signs that things could happen with the UFA`S ,the buyouts, the ones that will be sacrificed to make room for the buyouts,the rumors…

    I know , every year it`s the same thing but this season with the financial limits there may be surprising moves so the teams could change things around … Take for example Seguin in Boston. It does not make sense at all and it looks more like a fishing trip than anything else but what if Boston wants changes and has plans to sign players that would make them bust their allowed budget ?

  28. Dave Jones says:

    If Seguin is actually available, what would it take to get him? And I don’t mean exclusively from the Habs angle. What’s his value in a trade?

  29. Sportfan says:

    Happy Draft day everyone! What should the habs look for this year in the draft?

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  30. Andy and the habs says:

    RDS reporting Letang is to stay in Pittsburg

  31. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Now why would Jackets offer around Bobrovsky? Didn’t he just won the vezina trophy? 😛 Talk about taking a step back.

    • HabFab says:

      He wants more then they want to pay. Most clubs cannot afford to pay the full Cap.

      • SnowManHabs85 says:

        He’s RFA! and they have tons of cap space. What are they saving the cap space for? To extend Gabby for 9m? Blah!

        The fans of Blue Jackets deserve some players who are recognized as one of the best players in the league and Vezina trophy would draw some fans back in their building..

        Blah! 😛

        • HabFab says:

          They can’t afford the Cap Space, they have the second or third lowest revenue in the league.

          • SnowManHabs85 says:

            No duh! 😛 Gabby 7.5m contract ends after this season. Wonder who will be the face of the franchise after this season. Bobrovsky would certainly fill that bill and giving away who almost became the face of EA Sports NHL14 will cost them some seats to refill. Just saying..

    • savethepuck says:

      Because he wants 6 Million. A successful 48 game season is not enough to warrant that much money IMO.

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

  32. HabFab says:

    So this is Timmons 11th draft for the Habs, wonder who is top dog in the last 10 NHL Drafts? RDS did the research and the numbers say;

    For those that can’t read French there are pictures 🙂 or at least a chart.

    Games played – Top 10 Picks – Draft picks

  33. Thurston says:

    Don’t know if this has been posted somewhere, but the Phoenix/Seattle/Quebec Coyodiques have resigned Mike Smith to a six-year, $34 million contract.

    nhlfreeagents.com ‏@NHLFREEAGENTS 3m
    Phoenix Coyotes re-signed (G) Mike Smith to a six year $34 million contract #NHL

  34. commandant says:

    Draft day… prospects 76-90


    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  35. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    Boys, it’s draft day finally! I’m hoping for a big scoring winger (a la Zykov), a big mean defenceman (Like Morin and / or Diaby), a G man Desrosiers or maybe Hogberg, and a nice young left winger from the Q to slip down to us in the third/fourth round so we can steal him (Poirier). This scenario (or better) would make my day although it’s asking alot. Then sign a tough scoring winger and a “militant” type for our D from the UFA pool and trade one of our small, soft undercheivers for something anything and I’ll be happy. Enjoy the draft!

    Go Habs Go!

    24 cups and counting….

  36. habsfan0 says:

    The Blackhawks drew 2 million fans to their Stanley Cup parade the other day.
    I wonder how many people would show up for a Chicago Cubs World Series Championship parade.

    10 million?

  37. HabFab says:

    Darren Dreger – Bobrovsky being offered to teams by the Blue Jackets. Told he wants $6 mil per. Columbus in market for a goalie.

    Well, that opens things up.

  38. twilighthours says:

    As much as you arse holes annoy me (yeah I’m talking at you, hard habits), this is still by far the best, most informative, most entertaining hockey website going.

  39. BrianSkrudland says:

    Disappointed in the HIO commentariat today. Significant lack of focus on the big picture on this day of days. Which draftee has the hottest girlfriend/sister/mother is typically a main discussion point when the cameras zoom in on the kids that get drafted.

    With that in mind, I find it inexcusable that we don’t have a scouting report available to help us gear up for the lovely ladies that will grace our respective television screens.

    Get your acts together, fellas!
    Daily recommendations for June 30
    Song of the Day: I’ll Stick Around (Foo Fighters)
    Movie of the Day: Bullitt

  40. Psycho29 says:

    To “fun police” :

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie

    TSN’s NHL draft coverage starts at 2:30 pm ET today with a half-hour pre-draft show. Actual draft goes at 3 pm ET, simulcast on @NBCSN.

  41. deuce6 says:

    Darren Dreger reports that the Leafs/Canes are talking deal so the Leafs will move up into the 5 spot…He speculates that Morgan Rielly has been mentioned..If you are Nonis, why would you think about dealing Rielly? I understand that they may be really high on one of the forwards (Barkov/Lindblom/Monahan), but still..Trade a great future asset for another AND maybe give up the 21st pick in the process? Why not stand pat and draft another good prospect and still have Rielly?

    No wonder that team hasn’t won squat in almost 50 years..

    If Bergevin deals any of our more recent draft picks (Beaulieu/Tinordi/etc.) just to move up, I will be pissed..A roster player and some picks, yes, but not current drafted blue chippers..

    Brandon Prust doesn’t have hair on his testicles, because hair does not grow on steel….

  42. usaref says:

    NHL draft is on nbcsn at 3pm in the US

  43. habsfan0 says:

    Nathan Horton has officially told the Bruins he won’t be back in Boston,regardless of the contract offer they may make to him.

    I wonder what number Horton will wear with the Habs,seeing that #18 is retired?

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