‘It’s a pretty cool feeling,’ Olympic champ Price says (with video)

Olympic champions Carey Price and P.K. Subban arrived back in Montreal Monday morning about an hour before their teammates hit the ice for practice in Brossard at 11 a.m. Max Pacioretty, who was part of Team USA, joined Price and Subban on a flight from Newark, N.J., on a private jet arranged for by Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer.

Goalie Peter Budaj, who was part of the Slovakian team in Sochi, was in goal for practice with Francis Desrosiers of the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix in the other net. The other Canadiens who took part in the Sochi Games – Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov and Tomas Plekanec – were all on the ice for practice.

Price met with reporters for about 15 minutes after his arrival in Brossard.

“It’s a pretty cool feeling,” the goaltender said about being an Olympic gold medallist. “Obviously, it was a really, really cool life experience and I was really, really honoured and grateful for the opportunity to take part in that.

“It was a complete effort from everybody, no matter what position guys were put in,” he added. “Everybody contributed in some way and I think that was probably the most special feeling. Because everybody out on that ice when our anthem was played had a part in it in some way.”

Brandon Prust, who has an upper-body injury, skated before practice, while Michael Bournival, who is suffering from concussion-like symptoms, didn’t skate. Both are listed as day-to-day.

Defenceman Jarred Tinordi, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, practised Monday and will be in the lineup Wednesday night when Team Canada coach Mike Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings visit the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Tinordi, a left-hand shot, spent part of practice on the right side with veteran Douglas Murray as his partner.

“It’s always a bit of surprise to get called up; you never really expect it,” Tinordi told reporters after practice. “But I had a stretch of about two or three weeks where I was playing well and feeling good, so it’s good to be recognized for that with a call-up.”  

On Thursday, the Habs will be in Pittsburgh to take on Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby and the Penguins (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690), before returning home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

An exhausted Price told reporters in Brossard Monday that he’s not sure when he will return to the Habs’ net, adding Babcock encouraged him to have a few more beers Sunday night following Canada’s gold-medal victory. Price also said he wasn’t in touch with Habs goalie coach Stephane Waite or his Habs teammates during the Games, instead staying in his own bubble.

Price, who said he was looking forward to going home to spend time with his wife and dog while getting some sleep, will get the day off Tuesday when the Habs practise in Brossard at 11 a.m.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice on Monday:

Briere-Plekanec-Gionta
Weise-Desharnais-Gallagher
Galchenyuk-Eller-Bourque
Moen-White-Parros

Markov-Emelin
Tinordi-Gorges
Murray-Bouillon

(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)

Price will take time to unwind after gold-medal win, by Dave Stubbs

Gold medal takes Price to another level, by Dave Stubbs

Tinordi gets call while Beaulieu stays in Hamilton, by Pat Hickey

Price meets Montreal media (video), Canadiens.com

Price savours his golden moment, by Ed Willes of Postmedia News

Habs fans need to let Subban Sochi snub go, by Mike Boone

A great win for Team Canada, but not a great game, by Jack Todd

Early projection for 2018 Team Canada, Postmedia News

Price answers fans questions (video), Canadiens.com

NHL season resumes Tuesday in Buffalo, NHL.com

NHL players set to refocus on playoff races, montrealgazette.com

Countdown on to March 5 trade deadline, TSN.ca

Leafs fan wonders if Sochi_Goalpost would move to Toronto, Stu on Sports blog

988 Comments

  1. thehabsfan29 says:

    Greene & Toffoli for Markov + ?

    Thoughts?

    • thehabsfan29 says:

      Since I still cant edit my posts -.-

      Not sure if we would have to add a pick or a prospect in the deal

      Toffoli is a very solid prospect and is NHL Ready & Greene could take Markov’s spot and he’s still a solid defensive defenseman

  2. Luke says:

    Duncan Keith’s $5.5 Cap Hit:

    2010-11 $8,000,000 + $3,000,000 Bonus = $5,538,462
    2011-12 $8,000,000 + $2,000,000 = $5,538,462
    2012-13 $8,000,000 + $1,500,000 = $5,538,462
    2013-14 $7,650,000 + $1,000,000 = $5,538,462
    2014-15 $7,600,000 = $5,538,462
    2015-16 $7,500,000 = $5,538,462
    2016-17 $6,000,000 = $5,538,462
    2017-18 $5,000,000 = $5,538,462
    2018-19 $4,500,000 = $5,538,462
    2019-20 $3,500,000 = $5,538,462
    2020-21 $2,650,000 = $5,538,462
    2021-22 $2,100,000 = $5,538,462
    2022-23 $1,500,000 = $5,538,462

  3. Habfan17 says:

    Here is a good post by Eric Engels regarding Bergevin and Markov!
    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?blogger_id=82

    Habfan17

  4. Any man who boos tomorrow night on such a special night, is no man at all!

    DO NOT BOO IN MONTREAL

    STANDING O FOR BOBCOCK, PRICE, AND SUBBAN

    Shane Oliver
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    Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

  5. UKRAINIANhab says:

    A 2nd line winger would be nice.

  6. krob1000 says:

    I seriously hope nobody in Montreal boos Babcock…pleAse if you are considering doing it do it down the road….he deserves a big round of applause for bringing home the gold medal.He played PRice despite many experts expecting him to go Luongo.

  7. jols says:

    I find it interesting, if the reports are true, that PK and his agent are asking for 8-9 million per season.

    Karlsson makes 6.5(Norris winner)
    Doughty makes 7.0 million
    Keith makes 5.5 (Norris winner)
    Petriangelo(sp) makes 6.5 million

    Now, none of these guys were forced to take a bridge contract at a serious underpayment like PK had to but does that justify a 8-9 million ask? Because of the bridge contract I think it would be fair for PK to get more than these guys this time around but 7.5 would be fair. I don’t know, what do you guys think?

  8. scrotchland says:

    timo how is our petition coming to get montreal fans to throw every piece of garbage at Babcock tomorrow night? I cannot wait to hear the booing and the look on that idiots face

  9. scarboro_habitant says:

    martin and letang out for a month or so. could be a good chance for MB to cash in sending markov the other way.

  10. habsfan0 says:

    I’m assuming PK will play tomorrow despite the fact he was on the same Olympic team as Price and had to endure the same jet lag.

  11. HabinBurlington says:

    Not sure if this was posted earlier, but here is an article discussing the dropoff for players who played in Olympics based on past experience.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/sports/hockey/study-says-top-nhl-teams-may-decline-after-sochi.html?_r=0

  12. HabinBurlington says:

    Could be an interesting story developing in Detroit with Datsyuk. He is still bothered by what appears to be a sore knee. He did play in 4 games for Russia during Olympics.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140225/SPORTS0103/302250088/0/sports0103/Red-Wings-Pavel-Datsyuk-not-feeling-any-healthier-post-Olympics?

  13. Habfan17 says:

    Bergevin must be making trades, Eklund does not have any Habs rumours today!

    Habfan17

  14. Habfan17 says:

    At the end of the day, I think Tinordi was brought up to see if he is ready to stay. They know Beaulieu is. Bergevin is positioning himself to be able to take advantage of any deals that may present themselves.

    To Storm Man, I hope you saw that I apologized for misreading your comment a little earlier. I agree, the deadline and the need for defencemen will drive up the return, even for rentals. Not to mention, Bergevin could give permission to a GM to speak with Markov and get a deal in place to sign him before finalizing a trade.

    It will be fun to see who, if anyone is traded!

    Habfan17

  15. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! I need some NHL hockey bad. Anyone know if the Canes vs Sabres game tonight is televised?

  16. Timo says:

    Did Babcock announce yet whether PK will play tomorrow?

  17. durocher says:

    For the deadline, I’d suggest: Briere + Eller + Leblanc to Buffalo for Moulson + Porter

    Max-DD-Gally
    Moulson-Pleks-Gio
    Bourque-Chucky-Prust
    Moen-White-Weise
    Extra: BournID

    Gorgy-Subban
    Markov-Emelin
    Murray-Beaulieu/Tinman

    After the season, MB can trade Markov for a legit RW to replace Gio

  18. Mattyleg says:

    I say we trade everyone over 29!
    After that, they start slowing down, you know…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. durocher says:

    MB knows that Beaulieu can play in the NHL, and now MB is assessing whether Tinordi is ready for full-time work with the Habs. That is, I think MB is evaluating his flexibility on D before the deadline, which is very smart.

    I suspect that Markov won’t be traded during the season because that would be too drastic for MB. He is making incremental moves/improvements.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I agree with you 100% and said so in a post earlier today. Markov for one season at $6 million is a good idea, no more. Lizardking12 posted earlier how Markov’s play and stats go way down the second half of each season, starting last year. If you are not a contender, do you pay $6 million for what amounts to a power play specialist?
      The answer is no.

      I disagree. I think MB is looking at the long term and if he knows that he and Markov will not agree to a contract, and he thinks the team will still make the playoffs with Beaulieu and Tinordi, I think he would move him.

      There are two sides, MB is stating that his goal is long term success, so if he doesn’t move Markov and get pieces that will help long term, then Markov walks in the summer, the team sees he did not deliver on an opportunity to make them better long term. Mb also said he wants the young guys to force his hand to make room for them and make moves.

      This is Bergevin’s chance to put is money where is mouth is!
      Habfan17

  20. HankHardball says:

    Markov’s value to the Habs as a rental trade is less than if they if they trade him next year as a signed player, or keep him on the roster.

    That’s why I’m saying there’ll be no Markov trade before the Mar.5 deadline. It’s a dumb move.

    You don’t make a trade if it doesn’t make your team better.

    • habcertain says:

      they need to sign him to keep him on the roster, if the asking price is too high you get what you can.

      • Saintpatrick33 says:

        Even rental players can fetch a decent price. If MB plays it right he could start a bidding war. Not to mention he would be able to deal Markov to an eastern conference team without worrying about Markov coming back to bite us on the butt. I get the feeling that if he doesn’t get his 3 year deal he’ll go UFA, I’d rather get something for him than let a valuable asset walk for nothing.

    • Habfan17 says:

      You are forgetting, Bergevin could give a team permission to speak to him before finalizing a trade to make sure he will sign with them.

      Habfan17

  21. Sportfan says:

    Would Moen who has a NTC for this season, Bouillon, Murray and dare I say Briere, or DD be available for this trade deadline, or some of our guys in the minors that have fallen down the depth chart?

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  22. Hobie Hansen says:

    Does NOT trading a potential UFA when he plays for a mediocre team just because the team is currently in a playoff spot make any sense?

    Lets not trade Markov, get bounced in the first round and get nothing back for him. Then we can watch him sign a 3-year deal elsewhere for $18 million.

  23. Strummer says:

    Markov has made it known he wants to finish his career as a Canadien.
    Trading him when you are fighting for a playoff spot makes no sense- Habs aren’t sellers this year.
    They have been negotiating and it may not get done by the deadline but all these things point to Markov staying with the Habs.

    Seems to be a question of 2 year vs. 3 year deal.

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

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      They will most probably keep him – let the playoff dust and emotions settle, then try and negotiate between then (end April-May) and July 1.

    • Sportfan says:

      As I said below it would be a great situation if you could add team or player options like in MLB, or make the player earn the money and only a certain amount can be earned if injured. Going into this for MB you want to be careful cause he’s older and you don’t want another bad injury. As for Markov he likes being a Hab and in this city so longer term deal makes more sense. What would be good for both sides would probably be a two year deal with a limited NTC in the first season and maybe the second.

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  24. Do something says:

    First, if I were in negotiations with my employer and information about said negotiations was leaked out I would be very upset.
    Second, these rumors regarding Markov are probably untrue.
    Why you may ask. How the f*** do you give 2 years to Briere and try to give Markov only 1.
    Doesn’t make sense.
    Fortune favors the bold.
    Do something BIG.

    • Strummer says:

      Apples and oranges.

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

      • D Mex says:

        How so ?
        Markov is faced with the Brière contract every time he goes to work, and is not an unintelligent guy. Sounds like an interesting point.

        ALWAYS Habs -
        D Mex

        • Strummer says:

          If anything Bergevin would have learned form the Briere fiasco.
          I don’t believe a 1- year deal will be the final offer to Markov.
          Besides, DB’s two year $8 million deal is a big leap to a 3 year $18 million contract for Marky.

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

          • D Mex says:

            OK, but the focus of Do something’s post is term – not money.
            His point is interesting because Markov has been with the Habs since day 1, which he may well attach some value to, whereas MTL (probably) represented the final kick for Brière who, BTW, took a well-publicized pass on signing here.
            I agree that 1 year is probably just an opening bid – 2 seems reasonable and would / should allow him to end the career where it began. 3 years is, I hope, a mistake that MB will not make.

            ALWAYS Habs -
            D Mex

    • Timo says:

      Simple. Markov didn’t get the torch. Briere did.

  25. HabinBurlington says:

    Complete unrelated to hockey, but this shadow puppet from the Israeli Prime Minister on German Chancellor Merkel is pretty interesting.

    http://hypervocal.com/politics/2014/merkel-netanyahu-stache/

  26. habsfan0 says:

    Budaj is the confirmed starter vs Detroit Wednesday.
    I’m not sure if he’s ever started back to back games for the Habs,but I would play him the following night against Pittsburgh as well, and let Price rest until Saturday vs the Leafs.

  27. scrotchland says:

    makes me laugh to read the crap those eggheads at EOTP write about hockey., type all kinds of statistical crap into a computer and out comes your stanley cup champions.
    they need to come out from mommys basement once in a while to see what sunlight looks like.

  28. Walmyr says:

    Hello everybody…

    We have Gorges, Emelin, Drewiske, Tinordi and Beaulieu signed for the 2014-2015 season.
    Subban and Pateryn as RFA.
    Markov, Murray and Bouillon as UFA.

    Let’s say the RFA will be signed (at least we all hope so!). Without the UFA players we will have this D:

    Subban
    Emelin
    Gorges
    Tinordi
    Beaulieu
    Pateryn
    Drewiske

    This D lacks experience. Gorges and Drewiske are the oldest players (<30 years old). Are we okay with this D?
    Or Montreal would go to free agency?
    To bring who?
    A Trade?…Moen, Bourque and/or Briere?…What the return (type of player) for these forwards?

    Some of you guys brought up very interest questions and alternatives regarding Markov. I think he knows how important he is for this team next season. I wouldn't like to be Mr. Bergevin right now.

    I just hope he (and his staff) take the best decisions regarding the player contracts and the market.

    BTW, nice to have you guys "talking" about the Canadiens…CHeers

  29. HankHardball says:

    I heard Mitch ask Pierre to estimate Markov’s free agent value. Pierre said 3yrs 18 million.

    I agree with Pierre. Another team is very likely going to give him 3yrs at 6 mil per year.

    So the choices are:
    -give it to him,
    -or trade him as an unsigned rental in the middle of your playoff chase and get much below value in return.

    If they sign him, in the 3rd year he’d likely be 3rd or 4th on the depth chart on a salary cap that’s projected to be in the 90 million range.

    Plus, once he’s signed, they can still trade him after a year or 2 if they want and get much better value.

    One thing’s for sure, they’re not going to get a first round pick for a rental.

  30. johnnylarue says:

    So Markov fired his agent last year and just represents himself now, right?

    Can’t shake the image of The General, poker-faced, sitting opposite Bergevin, scribbling a figure down on a scrap of paper and sliding it face-down across the table, like Cliff Huxtable negotiating with a used car salesman…

  31. zephyr says:

    my preference would be no trades unless it involves gio or briere. I doubt anyone wants them tho. we’ve had way too many bad trades where we lost guys like leclair, McDonough or chelios or else they’ve been useless trades. there’s no way I’d trade any of our young guys.
    markov, idk, u gotta replace him with somebody. i’ll defer to mb on that.
    everybody says we can’t score goals. team Canada scored 17 goals all tourney? 6 goals in 3 playoff games with all that firepower. when u play a conservative, defensive system then that’s what u get. we have the goalie. we just need to improve our team size somewhat & we could be close to a cup. that means gio & briere up front & georges on d (bouillon is depth right now). easier said than done tho & we have no big fwds in Hamilton that can provide what we need. that means we wait patiently. we’re not going to get a big scorer for our spare parts. outside of eller, our best guys are guys we drafted. most teams don’t trade big, productive guys ever.

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  34. Habcouver says:

    Has that “pretty cool feeling” sunk in yet for Pricey?
    I bet not.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    Does anyone here know how to find podcasts or interviews done on TSN radio? Today on TSN 1050 Toronto, at approx. 11:40 an interview was done with Darren Pang. He made some excellent points regarding Price and then at the end of the interview made some very intriguing points regarding the Martin St. Louis scenario in Tampa and the apparent request to be traded to New York Rangers.

    When i try to get to TSN 1050 all I can find is a “Listen Now” button.

  36. Habfan10912 says:

    Hi folks. Just checking in. Re Markov I can’t help but think of the model often used by the New England Patriots. That said I think Bergevin’s rumored offer is a great way for him to measure what it will take to resign him. More information to solidify what his decision will be. They can’t let him walk for nothing after this season. You either must sign him or must move him. Letting him walk at seasons end would be a mistake IMO.

    Back to the slot machines as they have not yet taken ALL of my money. Close but not quite. CHeers.

  37. rhino514 says:

    It doesn´t make any sense to me that the team would only offer a one year contract to the guy who is pretty much neck and neck for most icetime for Dmen on the team. Unless the team is quite abit worse defensively than we believe it is.
    Is that just a rumour?

    • B says:

      Markov leads the Habs in TOI. That clearly makes him a core player right now. How long he can remain a core player is subject to debate. One more season in the core is not a problem. Two more seasons doesn’t seem a big stretch. Three more is where my crystal ball gets fuzzy.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  38. veryhabby says:

    Renaud Lavoie…who I trust his reporting as I would Bob Mackenzie, says MTL will not look to trade Markov even if not signed before the deadline. They are offering him 2 yrs, he wants same 3 yr deal has he just is finishing.

    It’s just negotiations. He will be resigned, and as a fan I have no issue with similar 3 yr deal he has now. There is no one in the next 2 yrs who can bring to MTL D corp what he does. So no issue with him being around for 3, in case Beaulieu doesn’t turn into pts guy like Markov. Instead of trading him and having to sign “depth UFA dmen” who aren’t good at all anymore to one year deals as the youth prospect develops….keep Markov around.

    I was tempted at getting an NHL ready, or rookie type NHL player who is a top 6 winger with size for Markov. (cause I don’t know where else we are going to get one of those). But unless that’s on the table by another team, I am not even thinking of trading him. I’d rather have him stay on this team, then a low 1st round pick in a trade.

    • New says:

      Montreal wins more games when Markov is healthy than when he is out. Markov has been a Canadien his whole career. He could have bailed several times for a contender. He stuck with the team Montreal Canadiens and they should stick with him.

      • CJ says:

        Montreal had 96 points in 2010-2011 despite Markov playing a total of seven games. They lost in the first round to the Bruins (I still cringe) in game seven, OT.

        The question is, is Markov 100%. When I watch him pivot, I don’t have the confidence I once did.

  39. Kooch7800 says:

    According to the fourth period the Rumors to Markov are false and they are working on a deal. Habs offering two hears and markov looking for three. They are saying a deal will be done very shortly

    http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/mtl140225.html

    “Lets Go Canada”

  40. Maritime Ronn says:

    Re Andrei Markov.

    The big question:
    If Markov was traded without an established 4-5 Dman coming back, who would be able to pick up his strategic minutes?

    Markov minutes per game:
    25:04 – Number 1 for all Habs Dmen.

    Even Strength:
    18:40 – Number 2 for all Habs Dmen, yet more important, he plays against the opposition’s Top 6.
    Who could step in and fill that role of crucial tough minutes from the bottom 3-4?

    Penalty Kill:
    2:25 – Number 3 for all Habs Dmen.
    Could Tinordi slide in there?
    He played that role when up with the Habs.

    Power Play:
    3:58 – Top 2 PP Unit.
    Beaulieu? Maybe…just maybe, at this point in time.

    Subban-Gorges-Emelin are basically maxed out in their ability to add more minutes, therefore the rest would all have to move up into positions they may not be ready for (Beaulieu-Tinordi), or do not have the capabilities to play.( Murray-Bouillon-the rather unknown Drewiske)

    The other school of thought is that there is no way the Habs are serious Cup contenders, therefore it would be best to move Markov now.

    If so, the last questions to consider:
    If Markov were to be moved, that would seriously hamper the Habs in terms of making the playoffs, yet that is not a given.

    How crucial is it for the Habs to make the playoffs this year?
    Regression is never a good thing for several reasons.

    There would be great surprise if Markov was moved without a capable Dman coming back.

    It can be done with astute management and scouting.
    Chicago outfoxed Winnipeg when they acquired Johnny Oduya for a 2nd and 3rd round pick in Feb. 2012.
    Bergevin was Assistant GM for the Hawks at that time.

    Oduya was playing… #5 Dman minutes for Winnipeg, yet is now Top 4 for Chicago, and was also Top 4 in last year’s playoffs and Hawks Cup win.

  41. twilighthours says:

    I’m on record as having no officially recorded position on the Markov issue.

    But someone (not sure who) noted: the Habs did Marky a solid when they gave him that contract before he had shown the proper rehab on the knee. Maybe Markov should return the favour and take a discount.

    I know, just dreaming.

  42. Alex says:

    TSN reporting Markov was offered one year at over 6 million, but wants three years. I think at this point it is best to ship him off and get a nice return.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Meet halfway at 2 x 6.25 and everybody wins!

      • Timo says:

        6.25 for both years I hope, not per. It’s crazy to pay him anything over 5, imho.

        • Alex says:

          I agree, he is great on the power play and has great vision but his age has caught up with him. His skating is slow and he gets beat easy in his own end. Useful player, but not for that salary.

          • Timo says:

            Since him and Ovie are big buddies, maybe Markov can go to Was for… Ribeiro? HAhah… man, I kill myself.

        • arya13 says:

          I think one thing people forget though is that 6 mil today is not the same as 6 mil three years ago. You have to factor in the Cap Space Inflation.

          Cap in 2011 when contract signed: 59.4 Mil
          Cap in 2014 when next contract would kick in: 70.1 Mil

          6 Mil was 10.10% of the salary cap in 2011
          6 Mil would be 8.56% of the salary cap in 2014

          Even if he got a modest bump to 6.25, he’s effectively taking a salary hit whether it seems like it or not. Many contracts are going to be hard to compare this summer to those in the past because the cap is jumping 9.6% this summer. If we can sign Markov or Subban anywhere close to last Markov contract or Doughty contract respectively, then we’re actually getting a great deal.

        • B says:

          Is he only marginally better than Emelin at $4.1M?

          –Go Habs Go!–

      • mrhabby says:

        wait for the season to end see how team plays in playoffs.

    • CH Marshall says:

      In three years I’ll be faster than him walking on the sidewalk. Should only sign him to one year contracts from this point on

    • Habcouver says:

      My vote is a one year deal with a bonus clause for going deep(er) in the playoffs.

      The General would be a great influence to the development of Tiny, NB, Pateryn et al. but there is too much risk to over-commit for three years, given his age/knees.

      I love this guy and would lie to see him retire a Hab but that scenario is not in the best interest of moving our team to the next level.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  43. sweetmad says:

    Been reading all about Markov on tsn,Markov will not be traded,if he doesn’t get what he wants,he will play for no other NHL team,he has stated many times he doesn’t want to play for any other nhl team,if we don’t sign him he will go to the khl or retire from hockey.This is what he has said before and I don’t think he will change his mind on that.

    Also I think Pleks would do the same,he doesn’t want to play anywhere else in NA.For all the people who say Pleks is going over the hill,you need to look at the age of some of the other players in the Olympics,and how well they played,Pleks is the kind of person who will play till he drops,he bleeds HABS,he has no interest in going anywhere else in NA,personally I think he has more than a lot to give,when people say he gets tired,I think it’s because his role changes,that he seems to disappear,I don’t think that we could pick up anyone else who could take his place and be an improvement,he does too much,there might be a couple,but they will not be coming to the HABS or going to anyone else.

    We all have an idea of who we would like too see on the HABS,but we would never agree on who that would be,so lets see who MB lets go or brings if anybody,we can call him names then.
    GO HABS GO

  44. CalgaryHab says:

    It’s not possible but if the Canadiens were to play the Canadians I would cheer for the Canadiens without question. When it comes to hockey, I bleed Canadien blood before I bleed Canadian.
    However, the Canadien roster now, seems even more thin as compared to the Canadian roster we had the pleasure of witnessing their total domination.

    At least we had a couple of Canadian Canadiens able to make the team.

  45. GL says:

    All I want to hear after trade deadline. MB did something to improve the team long term if not don’t give away something for nothing or change a face for the sake of a new one. That would be good enough for me!!

  46. habsguru says:

    did it annoy anybody else, listening to Healey all olympics, calling Simpson “Simmer”? it took me 3 days to figure out what the hell he was talking about.

    if you are playing hockey, nicknames are cool, or if you are 8 years old.

    when “professionally” broadcasting for a major network, you sound like a dink.

    fine then, forget the rant…. I just think Glen Healey is a dink.

    there, i said it.

  47. habs001 says:

    Based on the season so far the Habs lack scoring and have been dominated in many games in their zone…This roster can only go on a playoff run by being very lucky and getting a ton of breaks…this lineup has not shown in the majority of games this year that they are better than their opposition…reality is they have been outplayed in way more games than they have outplayed the oppostion…

    • Habcouver says:

      I agree. It’s possible our Habs get hot, and make a serious run for #25. I am not overly optimistic with this scenario but hey! who would have thought the Kings would have hoisted the cup after squeaking into the final playoff spot a few years back?

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

      • ont fan says:

        The King’s couldn’t score in regular season. Made a couple of big dollar trades and won. Today again they can’t score. We also can’t score but we don’t have any scorers really to step up.

        • Habcouver says:

          One long shot hope: Briere.
          Isn’t he supposed to be the player to step up in the playoffs?
          I guess we’ll see.

          We Are (Not) All Canucks.
          Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  48. CharlieH24 says:

    I am infinitely jealous of all the cool team-gear players get from suppliers. Does anyone have any idea where to find Carey’s sweet UA hoodie in the picture above? I’ve searched and searched and I can’t find anything!

    • scarboro_habitant says:

      i always liked those dark blue hoodies the count used to wear. if jacques martin can pull it off, they must be nice.

    • Max says:

      When you’re an All World Olympic gold medal goalie and an NHL star,you have access to cool things that normal lugs like you and I don’t.

    • habsguru says:

      @CharlieH24 @StoreMan

      you can get most of the player’s clothes from the Habs “fan zone”. easiest to google “Canadiens player gear”, and you will get a link to their site. simply enter your email, and they will email you a PDF of the catelogue. catelogue is issued at the beginning of every season, and the players do get new stuff mid season. it does sometimes show up at the bell centre fanzone, or the Brassard fanzone. they also carry some other indipendant lines like “violent gentlemen” (Parros’s line) and “sauce” Bissonnette and Datsyuk.


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