Habs lose depth as Ottawa signs Benoit

The Canadiens find themselves short on defenceman for their minor-league team in Hamilton after free agent Andre Benoit signed a two-way deal with the Ottawa Senators.

Benoit was part of the Bulldogs’ Calder Cup-winning team in 2007 and then played one season in Finland and one in Sweden before returning to Hamilton last season. A puck-moving defenceman, the 26-year-old had six goals andf 30 assists last season. The loss of Benoit leaves the Canadiens with only five defencemen on the farm although they do have eight – including recent addition Alexandre Picard – on the NHL roster.  

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  1. madcap_habsfan says:

    and who’s been saying all along he’s a fan of price’s

  2. madcap_habsfan says:

    i gotta tell you, your name baffles me. habs 4 eternity..and yet everytime i read your posts your saying something negative about the team or the organization…i’m just scratching my head

  3. adam76 says:

    you should have put “69” in your username – then giggled about it.

  4. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I hope your viewpoints  on  how a person looks aren’t passed on to your children,schmuck! ON THE OTHER HAND,that good looking child acts smarter than you,lol

  5. habs4eternity says:

    ok so after the FLUKE year of finishing first, next year we backed into 8th place, and conference finals were another FLUKE.


    please look up in the dictionary, the meaning of the word FLUKE, and you’ll probably see the habs right next to it.

  6. habs4eternity says:

    can you say  FLUKE?

  7. habs4eternity says:

    exactly how are the habs a prestigious organization?


    maybe 30 years ago, but not since then. nobody wants to come here either.

  8. habs4eternity says:

    explain to me how the leafs beat the habs every single time last year.

    guess that’s why the habs are so wondeful.

  9. The Teacher says:

    I emailed you again, Ian.

  10. habs4eternity says:

    Gomez is the type of player we need?

    12 goals, 7.5 mil/year. definitely need more like him. lol

  11. observer says:

    I wouldn’t say that but Gainey sure should have done a better job here.

  12. observer says:

    You tell everyone, just what did Gauthier do in his long hockey management career that justifies him being made GM of the most prestigious team in hockey!

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    No payment yet.?????

  14. likehoy says:

    LOL how young is price? he’s a sponge.

    you say that as if he’s still in kindergarten! but i get what you mean.

  15. The Teacher says:

    yeah yeah

  16. Storm Man says:

    I think it would be better to ask Price what he thinks of you

  17. Storm Man says:

    Are you blind? what is the deal with that mole on the side of your head?

  18. shaver18habs says:

    Joey, that was said perfectly my friend.  Excellet post.  One of the best I have read. 

  19. adam76 says:

    Better get use to it, Tom.

  20. adam76 says:

    Ask Markov what he thinks of Price off the record.  

  21. adam76 says:

    will be back to more grade school insults, right after this break.

  22. adam76 says:

    Whats the deal with the bikini pics?

  23. JIMVINNY says:

    EVERYBODY knows that isn’t going to happen, so why bring it up? 


    You know, it’s ironic that you spend so much time here trolling, and based on that picture, you look like a troll as well!

  24. Max_a_million says:

    Price is so young at this point, he is a sponge.  He will definitely pick up on the demeanor of the Gomez’s, Cammi’s, Gionta, etc. 

    Remember Lafleur’s start, thank goodness there was no internet then.  Yikes!

  25. Mattyleg says:


    That’s great. Some people just don’t get it.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. HardHabits says:

    Good one!

  27. Propwash says:

    Who screens these calls? LOL


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  28. rwparent says:

    OK – you made me look..hahaha.

  29. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Oops. Double post.


  30. ooder says:

    and the lot just seem to be drowned out”

    right.. drowned out lol


    88 is the new 23

  31. likehoy says:

    i think you forgot to include “posts calling out HIO to be more civil” 

    i think we get about 10 of those per day.


    I’m not worried, wait till the season starts and we’ll have actual hockey topics to discuss daily…

  32. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Just in …..Price  has agreed to a 10 year $50 million  deal……… lol,that would piss me off!

  33. notbigbird says:

    Loved it. Thanks for that.

  34. avatar_58 says:

    PK, Cammy and Gomez are the type of players we need here – they LOVE attention and pressure. I hope they teach Price what it means to look at the bad fans and just give them the finger. Don’t let them get to you, just do what you do – and do it for the REAL fans who cheer.

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Trolls will only go away based on team success.

    What we have right now is a personality conflict with the trolls, mainly we have them and they don’t.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  36. Max_a_million says:

    I have been to Tampa for a game, I would guess the ‘Hockey Bay’ promotion has netted them about $3.50 after taxes.  It’s sadly all habs fans when they are in town.  Much like when the Red Sox or Braves would play in Montreal against our dying beloved baseball team.


    ”Last season we couldn’t win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure was that I couldn’t think of any place else to play.” – Harry Neale

  37. ooder says:

    oh man this site has become a massive crap show over the summer.

    stupid comments followed by stupider answers

    full of doom and gloom and conspiracy theories.

    crying about every 4th line player, AHL plug we didn’t sign

    blaming PG and Gainey for everything from the oil spill to someone’s ass falling asleep.

    this site used to be awesome.. wtf happened.

    there are some prettys solid posters still around.. however guys like SF, showey, Berkshire, Bugsy, Ian, 24 cups (sorry if i missed any of the other guys) and the lot just seem to be drowned out by the sheer stupidity of some other ones 

    maybe when the season starts the trolls will go away.

    please give us back Timo and get rid of the other ones



    i’m not trying to be some self rightchous d-bag.. i don’t care if someone has a different point of view then i do and i have no problem debating on this site if i disagree with someone… that’s what makes it fun.

    i do have a problem with personal attacks, pointless bashing posts and basic troll behaviour


    88 is the new 23

  38. likehoy says:

    I think HIO is missing the collective sound of:


  39. Mark C says:

    Oh yes, I forget, at the season end, we were all wondering why did we sign Gomez and Gionta for so much?

    Really? First Montreal didn’t sign Gomez, and who was wondering why Montreal signed Gionta after the season? Gionta had 9 goals and 15 points in 19 playoff games. I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty good production.

     pint sized forwards and even smaller defensemen coming up the pipeline.

    Montreal’s top prospects look something like this: Subban, Eller, Max-Pac, Kristo, Leblanc, Tinordi, Avtsin, Weber, Maxwell, Desharnais, White, Bennett and Palushaj.

    All but Kristo, Weber, and Palushaj who are (5’11”) and Desharnais who is (5’6″) are 6 feet tall or above.


  40. likehoy says:

    louis leblanc better be able to handle the pressure.

    lucky enough we have PK subban to diffuse situations with his large personality!

  41. TomNickle says:

    Louis Leblanc is tearing up the World Junior Camp and the same old debate rages on.

  42. habsnyc says:

    i have no idea how my OP, which was clearly a joke, ended up provoking this exchange.  in the context of my OP, my ideology was based on the mispeception that “setting back a team” can create progress by setting them so far back in time (a physical impossibility) that the team is set back to a prior period when they were one of the best teams in history. my original post attempted to convey this in a concise set of words, that for many people might produce a mild chuckle.  

    ironically, my real ideology is based on the concept that if you have to explain the joke, it isn’t really funny in the first place. 

  43. likehoy says:

    I will have NONE OF IT. 

  44. likehoy says:

    HIO has become a summer sh1t show.

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    What’s the saying, you can lead a troll to the truth, but you can’t make him pull his head out of his ***.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  46. notbigbird says:

    I applaud you for wishing to educate the masses, but I don’t think it’s working. 🙂


  47. likehoy says:

    nice play on words, but that’s really not true in terms of sports! unless the surface is last place.

  48. ZepFan2 says:

    Hey nutter, who was the leading goal scorer in the playoffs last year.

    Clue: He’s a smurf.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  49. joeybarrie says:

    Reading is obviously not your strong point…. See in a bar it could get you a punch in the face is not a threat, especially when its followed up by actually SAYING that I would never do that… No use for your address, because in case you didn’t understand…. I WOULD NEVER DO THAT… I dont know how to dumb it down any further for you

    Still haven’t seen anything based on the correct usage of the word. You know in order to actually have some sort of credibility you must actually show your point, and not simply point it out uselessly… In fact I am correct and now you do not know how to get around your error. But it’s ok because I am done with it.

    What I said was give the correct meaning of the word, and the reason I used it. This is fact proves my correct usage.  Just saying you did not use it correctly does nothing. Therefore your point has NOT been made and rendered quite useless. George Orwell was right, difference is he was smart enough to be able to prove his points and not simply say it is so… Very CNN-like. By the way George Orwell also said “the quickest way to end a war is to lose it”… Even George would tell you well done…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  50. rwparent says:

    Reading some of these comments makes me hope I see the same intensity on the ice when the puck drops.

    Some people need to lighten up – holy smokes, it is the middle of summer and people are getting nasty…

    It is a common goal – support it together!


  51. Bob Dobbs says:

    If you’re constructively criticizing someone for an error of vocabulary they made and have replied three times so far to that person on that subject, then I’d have hoped somewhere in that exchange you’d have taken the simple measure of offering up the proper definition of the word in question. Otherwise I might think you were playing mind games…

  52. nunacanadien says:

    Oh yes, I forget, at the season end, we were all wondering why did we sign Gomez and Gionta for so much?  Of course we applaud the loss of some who were paid way too much for one year of basically sitting on the bench, or years.  I guess we forget Samsonov, which PG had a role to play in as well if I remember.  Don’t forget with Pierre Gauthier you also have joined at his hip, the advisor Gainey…..so the boss Molson wants big hockey players, so Gainey signs Gill and leaves it at that.  Well its not gonna cut the cheese for too long.  At some point the Molsons if they are not chasing a tax break from the Habs, are gonna wanna win a cup, and you can’t do that with pint sized forwards and even smaller defensemen coming up the pipeline.  Heck, we might as well just put the Bulldogs logo and remove the Habs logo, cause hey, with Gainey and Gauthier, that is all they can give us, small hockey players that are only good playing in the bulldogs.

  53. joeybarrie says:

    So Im done after this for a while. Clearly there is no positivity, common sense, or intelligence in here rightnow.

    PG signing Pleks, Auld and Lapierre for the team and Boyd, LeBlanc, DesJardins, Russell, Picard for the Dogs…and trading for Eller, and Schultz….  These are things similar to the Maple Leafs???

    Explain why they were last in the East last season, and we ended up in the Conf Finals????

    Explain why they have 28 million dedicated to Defence and only 21 for Forwards??? Who couldnt score last season…….

    Considering under Gainey and PG we were only 7 wins away from the Cup, i would have to say your post is pretty inaccurate and off base…. I would also say its pretty dumb.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  54. Storm Man says:

    Hmmmmmm number 14 was a UFA signing.

  55. nunacanadien says:

    Gill is the only thing that saved us including Halak against both Washington and the Penguins.  It wasn’t our small forwards and skinny defense and skinny forwards, we are a long way away from being the Capitals, as everyone seems to think small is the way to go.  The Caps had a few dirty forwards and defense to make up for size, we don’t have any of that.  Similarly the Penguins while small like the Habs at least have some talent, what do we have?  A rush by the shrimp line hoping the puck will go in, otherwise we have to wait for either being short handed, or on a power play to score these days.  What does that say when we can’t score while at full strength? 

  56. Clay4bc says:

    Jesus man – you’re threatening me now? Ooohhhhhhh, I’m so scared. But feel free to try to make good on that, at your peril.

    Just give it a rest. Must be terrible going through life with that chip on your shoulder.

    Listen…you used the word incorrectly. Nothing you can say (or have said) can change that fact. If you think it’s worth fighting over, I will gladly send you my address. If you don’t think it’s worth fighting over, then kindly leave it be.

    What an a** you are.


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  57. thebigguy says:

    Which signings are these exactly? Correct me if I’m wrong, but Dustin Boyd is our only NHL free agent signing of the offseason. How, in anyway, does this resemble the overinflated contracts given to players like Komiserak, Armstrong, et al? I just don’t see it.

  58. The Teacher says:

    yeah yeah

  59. nunacanadien says:

    Turns out Pierre Gauthier was a closet Laffs fan, he is the one Quebecois kid who loved the blue Eatons catalogue Laffs jersey, and Gauthier is trying hard to replicate the laff’s losing ways…..like The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, Gauthier with his Harold Ballard envy, is hoping to replicate some of the worst signings ever by the laffs…including trying to eclipse the 100 years of no lord stanley’s cup in TO….

  60. punkster says:

    kvetch  (kvch) Slang

    intr.v. kvetched, kvetch·ing, kvetch·es
    To complain persistently and whiningly.
    1. A chronic, whining complainer.
    2. A nagging complaint: “a rambling kvetch against the system” (Leonard Ross).

    [Yiddish kvetshn, to squeeze, complain, from Middle High German quetzen, quetschen, to squeeze.]


  61. joeybarrie says:

    So your trying to tell me that when i comment that I do not understand where people’s ideology comes from, commenting on their viewpoint of hockey in this town, that I am using ideology incorrectly?

    So the fact that an ideology is a comprehensive vision as a way of looking at things. My comment of not understanding the comon sense aspect of some and well as their expectations, that I am using it incorrectly????

    So exactly what would the correct usage be?  And what words would you use to describe Montrealer’s Viewpoints and expectations towards our team???

    Also, I dont know if pointing out the incorrect usage of a single line in my post, and not actually having anything to say would be considered FRIENDLY…  In a bar that might get you a punch in the face… Not that i would ever do that…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

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