Habs’ Plekanec earns praise from coach Therrien

The Canadiens practised Monday morning in Brossard as they prepare to face the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Not surprisingly, coming off Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks, coach Michel Therrien made no changes to his line combinations at practice. The coach also announced that Carey Price will start in goal against the Devils.

Therrien also had words of praise for Canadiens centreman Tomas Plekanec, who has 14-14-28 totals in 46 games this season and is plus-9.

“According to me, Tomas Plekanec is a serious candidate for the Frank Selke Trophy,” Therrien told reporters in Brossard about the award that is presented to the NHL’s top defensive forward.

Against the Blackhawks, Plekanec had a team-leading 11 shots on goal in 19:36 of ice time while he and linemates Brian Gionta and Travis Moen limited Chicago’s top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp to one goal by Hossa in the third period.

No Canadiens player has won the Selke Trophy since Guy Carbonneau in 1992. The Blackhawks’ Toews won it last year. For a complete list of Selke Trophy winners, click here.

Ryan White, who is still listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, skated alone before the Habs practised on Monday.

Martin Brodeur will start in goal for the Devils.

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

Moen-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Briere-Eller-Bourque
Bournival-Prust-Parros

Gorges-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Murray-Diaz
Bouillon

(Photo by Phil Carpenter/The Gazette)

Habs hope win over Hawks start of something special, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Markov says he’s like to stay a Hab, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Habs’ Moen a two-way guy, Canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews, Canadiens.com

Hysteria is the norm with Habs fans, by Jack Todd

Devils’ Brodeur not approaching Tuesday as his last game in Montreal, NorthJersey.com

Devils drop shootout to Leafs, newjerseydevils.com

Pierre McGuire gives his take on Devils’ shootout woes, The Star-Ledger

Former Hab Colby Armstrong adjusting to life in Sweden, Canada.com

Interview with former Habs coach Jacques Demers, Websports Media Network

Kingston’s Bennett No. 1 in Central Scouting rankings, NHL.com

A Gordie Howe Hat Trick for Bulldogs’ Beaulieu, Hamiltonbulldogs.com

515 Comments

  1. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I don’t think Friedman is that bad. If I have one knock about him is that he states the obvious. He would not trade Evander Kane unless the return was massive…no kidding. As for the PK/MT comment; he was just pointing out the lousy timing of the latest “incident” the day after the Olympic selection. That’s why he used only one sentence. Friedman has better things to do than sit around trying to stir things up in Mtl. People need to relax…

    • CH Marshall says:

      I rather like Friedeman myself, and enjoy the 30 thoughts. He seems to be doing well with his increased duties over at Sportsnet etc. Always have enjoyed Boone’s liveblog and ALNs.

  2. PrimeTime says:

    @ awesome. Unfortunately “gossip” is the modern media.

  3. PrimeTime says:

    Boone is wrong and Hickey is right. The difference is Boone relies on his cult to supplement his pension while Hickey is still employed.

  4. PrimeTime says:

    If any fans who focus on “heroes”, individual players, had ever played or coached a team sport at an elite level would understand the feeling of being competitive in any given game. Players don’t win championships….teams do!! Ovechkin is one of the best hockey players in the world. Crosby arguably is….combined number of rings vs years played? HOF’s who don’t have their name engraved on the cup?? Fans like to build up their fav players but love to tear em down when not satisfied.

  5. PrimeTime says:

    @ Scot….study the game. It’s not about individuals. Perhaps get Centre Ice and watch other games than just looking for heroes.

  6. Habcouver says:

    No love lists with U.S. Olympians: Kesler and Brown off for fighting.
    Waiting patiently for #25

  7. PrimeTime says:

    @ Front. Boone is a former beat writer who is a Habs fan who is the cult leader of the fatalist. Some people title them as pessimist but should be categorized as “the told you so” fatalist. There’s a difference! But he is does his job by attracting the self entitled who have a very ignorant perspective of a league that has parity. Cup winners win in the modern era when the TEAM is hitting on all cylinders at the right time.

    • The Jackal says:

      Boone’s outlook is highly variable but he is a great guy and he knows Habs hockey as good as anyone else. He’s the first to admit if he was wrong and he loves the Habs and just wants them to do well. If anything, the average fan easily identifies with Boone’s style because it speaks directly to the every day emotions of fandom.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Amigo, I’m a product of the 60″s. My favourite sports journalist was Hunter S.Thompson. So, I admit I am somewhat crazy. I respect and enjoy journalists who write what they feel, not what is proper or even correct. “With the exception of Box Scores and Stock Quotes, Objective Journalism is a Pompous Contradiction of Terms”. Hunter S.Thompson.

  8. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Just watched the video…is Pat Hickey homeless?

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Great interview with Markov; another true pro, just like Plecky.
    The kinds of guys you build a team on – never looking for the limelight, happy to play their game and stay loyal to their team.

    Had to laugh at the last line of the article: “It’s pretty simple, really,” because my buddies and I, whenever Markov does something amazing (which is often), say, in a thick Russian accent, à la Ivan Drago, “Hockey is easy game.”

    Hope he retires in La Sainte Flannelle.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. fastfreddy says:

    Agree 100% with you PrimeTime on the Eller / Pleks mater.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  11. PrimeTime says:

    @ The Truth….Eller plays his role extremely well on this team. Individual stats don’t tell the whole story. He will be a more skillful and bigger Pleks. A great trade by our former GM for a backup goalie.

  12. PrimeTime says:

    Edit: “former beat writer”

  13. PrimeTime says:

    @CJ…I think when Friedman investigates a little more about MT and PK before Sat’s tilt with the Leafs you’ll hear a different perspective. I agree there is way to much hope in the media that their is a tiff. Friedman usually straightens these out to the dismay of other media outlets…..including a city beat writer here.

    • CJ says:

      Good point. I agree. It does however beg the question, why print something that might not be accurate in the interim? The conspiracy theorist in me believes this is done as a diversion to remove focus from the Leafs. I hate to be this cynical, but it seems like anything that can be done to upend Montreal is fair game.

  14. PrimeTime says:

    FYI – never take Timo up on a bet….unless you want him to disappear for most of the day. An award in itself!!

  15. PrimeTime says:

    Jets are killing it!!

    • CJ says:

      Friedman, just like the other CBC cronies would love nothing more then to drive a wedge between Therien and PK. The easiest way to do that is leveraging the benching and subsequently trying extend an issue that should have died four days ago. I can’t stand shoddy journalism. I really, really, don’t like the fact that he makes a point of identifying a perceived rift.

      The more things change, the more they stay the same. Shame on you Elliot. I’m disappointed because I’ve held you in the highest regard.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Never did understand all the love for Friedman. He is a poseur . An Elitist who sells himself as the calm, rational one,but he is just another Corporate bum boy.
        The last sports journalist with any semblance of integrity, aside from Boone was Bruce Dowbiggin. He was exiled to the Gulags of the west.

    • Marc10 says:

      I like the comment from the disgruntled Leaf Fan taking Freidman to task for not being a complete Leaf Blower. Love it.

      Yes the bit on MT and PK was pretty easy… Meh.

  16. PrimeTime says:

    So what’s today’s Habs news cycle? Is everyone still positive because of their last win or peeved because high paid players had a day off and created no new news.

    • scotland says:

      actually the pee wee coach goes from benching his best player and not pulling the goalie (gave up on his team at 3-1 in philly) to “thats why i’m s proud of my team” after the ot 2-1 win at home over the hawks. mt is also talking selke trophy for pleks. (guess he thinks it goes to the best def-forward on his own team)

      markov says that was the habs best game of the season. and i would not argue. thats not a good thing. teams best game of the year and they manage a 2-1 squeaker ot win at home. good thing the hawks did not bring their A game to the bell center sayurday night. “best game of the year” and the twelve forwards combined for zero goals. (hate to have seen all the other games that this one bested) oh yea, we have.

      therrien will get out coached when it counts….like he always has.

      famous quote by lengend coach “no matter how good you are you will still lose a third of your games. and no matter how bad you are will still WIN a third of your games.

      the usher could coach this team and get the results therrien gets

      whats up this week ….he quits on THE team or he’s proud of HIS team……….. or both?

      • The Jackal says:

        The Habs played a great game and it was not measured by the goals scored.
        They outplayed the best team in hockey and Quenneville was out-coached by Therrien.

        I’m not sure were you get the idea that Therrien is a bad coach. He has way more wins than losses with this mediocre roster and he has helped changed the culture in the room. Only willful ignorance or a strong bias against MT will obscure those facts.

        ______________________
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  17. FormalWare says:

    Kari Ramo shuts out the ‘Canes. (For a decade, only goalies nicknamed Kipper could shut out opponents of the Flames.)


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    Jets up 3-1 late in 3rd. Would like to see them compete for a playoff spot.

  19. FormalWare says:

    Love that Monahan kid! Just put the Flames up 2-0 over ‘Canes.


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  20. Sportfan says:

    Why have a bunch of people gotten so negative lately are they expecting a loss tomorrow, or what?

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  21. govenah says:

    The coach questionaire
    1. Who will be the next benching by coach Therrien?
    2.I don’t think it could happen until we know they are missing the playoffs but who will replace Carlyle if the Leafs come up short? Or does Nonis get the hook?
    3. Who is next on the chopping block, Eakins, Capuano, Muller, Trotts or other?
    4. How long til Boucher gets a chance somewhere.
    5. Is coaches corner over this year or will they drag it on for one more year?

    • JF says:

      Perhaps Laviolette for Carlyle.

    • scotland says:

      “no one is bigger dan de team”

      mt on benching pk for dumb penalty.

      against nasville markov retaliated against a pred. was penalized and threw a fit swing and smashing his stick and was given an additional ten minutes.

      there was no benching.

      against dallas habs killed a penalty and were given another one. someone from the bench directed their comments towards referee and were given an unsportsman like conduct. (i heard it was therrien himself but dont quote me)

      there was no benching.

      is there a riff between habs irreplaceable dman and the easily replaceable mediocre coach? dont know …… what we do know is subban is singled out by the coach for bad plays way more than every other player on the canadiens.

  22. T-roy West says:

    I see a lot of praise on here for the play of Prust, Bourque, Price, Parros and Pleks in the Chicago game but I gotta take my hat off for the play of Mr. Eller, not only for that game, but for the whole year. He is a forechecking machine and is defensively responsible. He doesn’t shy away from the physical part of the game and is one of the best stick handlers on the team. He is my favorite player on the team because he gives a shit and it shows. I want more players like him on the team and we can start by getting Ryan O’Reilly.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The physical element to his game has become crazy big. I don’t know what his offensive upside really is, but he is indeed an imperative part of our team.

    • The_Truth says:

      Not to nit pick, but Eller is a -4 on the season, one of the worst on the team for forwards.

      He has some skills, but IMO really hasn’t put it together yet and is overrated as a real impact player. A Nice 3rd line center, but not more like some people had thought prior to this season.

      He is not an adequate Pleks replacement, let’s put it that way.

  23. HabFab says:

    Remember how Pleks was supposed to hate PK so much… plus Aly is easy to look at;
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=232741986898407&saved

  24. frontenac1 says:

    I’m not a baseball fan but what’s up with A-Rod suing MLB? Those guys make obscene moola and don’t get hurt like NHL,NFL,NLL,CFL. Little Gunsel! Srew Him!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agree in principle Front, but this whole escapade with A-Rod stinks all the way to the top (Bud Selig’s office). The guy never did fail a test, MLB is paying the scumbag who sold ARod all the Roids (through various avenues, covering legal bills, providing security etc etc) and Bosch (the dealer) is now on version 3.0 of what his involvement with A-Rod was.

      Unfortunately, this story seems more like Bud Selig returning a favour to the Yankees by getting them some relief on a bad contract and perhaps Selig thinking that this ruling will give him a legacy of standing up to Steroids when he was endorsing the use of them for years during the McGwire/Sosa era by doing nothing about it.

      I don’t like either side in this latest drama.

      • CJ says:

        I do agree in so much as saying that the MLB integrity might be compromised. That said, I don’t know how one can defend the bbm text messages and money transfers. There is no doubt in my mind that he took PED’s. To your point, MLB does come across as having narrowed their scope and focussing on A Rod exclusively, but I can’t see anyone saying he didn’t cheat.

        Lastly, having watched the 60 minutes episode last night, A Rod’s lawyer personifies many of the notions regarding lawyers. He is an absolute jerk. He hurt A Rod last night more then helping him.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          By that context shouldn’t MLB be doing everything possible to prove McGwire and Sosa and Bonds did Roids as well, or perhaps Clemens? This is a witch hunt, my position on this case has nothing to do with ARods innocence or guilt, but they have created a whole new set up rules, new suspension criteria all to fit their current agenda.

          I still maintain this is MLB trying to help the Yankees. I have no pity or empathy for ARod, but baseball is far from clean in how they are handling this.

          • CJ says:

            The statute of limitations has closed with respect to those you have named. Clemons faced federal indictment as it could have been proved that he lied under oath. That has nothing to do with MLB. A Rod is being scrutinized because he is still active.

            Lastly, the drug policy has changed significantly. To your point, and I believe it holds weight, MLB does appear to be lacking a degree of integrity. That said, he deserves to be suspended. The only question is length. Was 211 games, 162 games or something else fair? That’s the only thing to be debated IMO.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            So then why Ryan Braun so much less? Sorry, I understand your opinion but disagree.

          • DipsyDoodler says:

            I don’t follow baseball but do you think they are also trying to prevent him from breaking the home run record?

            It sure sounds like a vendetta. A bit like Pete Rose.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Exactly Dipsy, interesting though that Bud Selig didn’t mind McGwire breaking the single season home run record. Vendetta is how this looks and feels.

          • CJ says:

            Braun comprised. He was facing a much longer suspension. He met with MLB, publicly admitted he lied and cheated and assisted in the investigation. A Rod has lied, tampered with the integrity of the investigation, and fought MLB tooth and nail along the way.

            I think there could be truth to the home run record, or even helping New York out. That said, there is a clear distinction between the Braun suspension and A Rod.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I suppose the big difference with Braun and Arod is one failed MLB test and one didn’t.

          • Strummer says:

            What got Selig so determined to bury A-Rod -according to Selig -was more A-Rod’s attempts to obstruct the investigations as opposed to actual PED violations.

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

        • CJ says:

          Bonds never failed a drug test either.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Thanks Burly. Now it makes sense to a guy from Rural Quebec.That’s the way it Rolls. Why do they pretend it’s different elsewhere? Strange eh?

    • ClutchNGrab says:

      Here’s what you need to know:

      Alex Rodriguez’s record 211-game suspension has been reduced to 162 games, Major League Baseball has announced. He also will not be allowed to compete in the postseason should the Yankees qualify. It is the largest performance-enhancing drug related suspension in MLB history.

      Here is the league’s statement:

      “For more than five decades, the arbitration process under the Basic Agreement has been a fair and effective mechanism for resolving disputes and protecting player rights. While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the Panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game.”

      Here is the statement A-Rod released through spokesman Ron Berkowitz:

      “The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable. This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review.

      I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension. No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players’ contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining, and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently being used to unjustly punish me.

      I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship. I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal.”

      The players’ union issued a statement that both denounced the suspension but acknowledged the process was fair:

      The MLBPA strongly disagrees with the award issued today in the grievance of Alex Rodriguez, even despite the Arbitration Panel’s decision to reduce the duration of Mr. Rodriguez’s unprecedented 211-game suspension. We recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached, however, and we respect the collectively-bargained arbitration process which led to the decision. In accordance with the confidentiality provisions of the JDA, the Association will make no further comment regarding the decision.

      The Yankees issued the following statement:

      “The New York Yankees respect Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the arbitration process, as well as the decision released today by the arbitration panel.”

      http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24405698/arod-suspended-162-games-plans-to-continue-battle-in-federal-court

      • Cal says:

        “This is one man’s decision,” says A-Rod. Yes, it was. And A-Rod decided to be a cheating scumbag. I hope the lawyer he has hired fleeces him but good.
        The one thing the steroid (and now the HGH) era of baseball taught me is that cheaters prosper. It’s yet another reason not to watch.

  25. awesomerino says:

    Cool, so Therrien doesn’t think it’s his place to say who should be named for Team Canada, but goes out of his way to hail Pleks as a serious contender for the Selke?

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Pleks and hope he wins the Selke, but f**k Therrien.

  26. Reflektor says:

    The best thing about Tomas Plekanec is he loves being a Hab and his dedicated work is exemplary. Love this down-to-earth player and even moreso his down and dirty/clean game. Maybe he can smooth-talk Jagr to consider the CH should trade deadline things pan out.

  27. HABSnEXPOS says:

    I can’t deny that Pleks is playing well,but however he isn’t my favourite.he has a hard time staying consistent winning faceoffs has a mediocre shot and has one deke. The move where he cuts to the middle and try’s to hop the puck to his forehand and immediately shoot it once it lands while using the defending player as a screen for like 5 feet inside the blue line. Every year after a we are eliminated out playoffs it seems like his locker is cleaned out while the rest of the team is still shaking hands , anything to get him on the plane quicker to rep the Czech Republic in the Spangler. He’s never to sore or injured to go to this weak international tournaments. Last year prust pacioretty eller price Armstrong white gionta all had to stay in montreal till they were healed. Every year lots of players are hurt and banged up to play in these tournaments. Except him. My point is he really doesn’t check anybody and yes he’s been a consistent top scorers on our team. I read so many times on here from all the smart and insightful followers on here that we are a low scoring team. So congratulations you are one of our top point getters on our low scoring team. I think it’s not time to think of this guy as a possible captain but as possible trade bait while we can because I think in three years he will be on his way down. I’m betting on that this is the maximum potential from pleks. I think we could get a lot for him now. Lots of teams would love to have him. Trade him now. The Montreal canadiens aren’t winning anything significant for at least 3 years. Pile up some picks

    Same with Markov who is one of my favourite players on the team. And yes a great game offensively against the defending Stanley cup champs. But I heard on tsn690 that this Markov will get resigned to 6mill per year. We’re crazy if we resign him to that kind of money . Last year in the marathon season looked great till the last 20 games and playoffs he looked gassed. Analysts were saying Markova makes subban. I disagree. I know emelin has played poorly,however since placing emelin Markov has been beat on a lot of plays. He’s looking tired lately even after the break. We still have to see him play in Sochi and the rest of the season and playoffs. I would love to resign him but not at 6 million. If Douglas Murray got two 2nd round draft picks from Pittsburg last year what would Markov get us. We all know what’s waiting in Hamilton. This my opinion obviously and I know I will get a lot of negative feedback but for a year now I’ve been reading everyone else opinion and weather I agree or disagree it’s always a great read always interesting . thanks ALL! Go Habs Go

    • Le Jadester says:

      Nothing wrong with having a different perspective at all.

      You make great points and you got me scratching my head and thinking more about the current circumstances with their future implications for the team?
      Nice post.

      Habs, OLE !

    • frontenac1 says:

      Plexs deserves the Selke! He can shut down the best in the League amigo! Yeah, he gets tossed from the face-offs but that’s because he says Bad Words before the puck drops. No big deal, sort of like here,with the Hall monitors.

    • Cal says:

      Experience means a lot more than “potential” in Hamilton. So, yes I re-sign Markov and take a look at Pleks in 2016 when his current contract expires.
      It is difference of opinion that make a horse race. And we all have opinions, that’s for sure.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Heya, nice to read your post, but it might be a good idea to break up your writing a little bit with more paragraph gaps; it’s kinda hard to read!

      Interesting points about Plekanec, but I have a couple of comments for you:

      1) You say that he’s never sore or injured to play in the Spengler Cup, and he’s out of here at the end of the season to play in that tournament.
      — You do know that the Spengler Cup is played during the Christmas holidays, right?
      — You do know that Plekanec has only missed 10 games in his last 8 years for the Habs, played one 82-game season and 3 81-game seasons (and the full 47 games last year)?

      Your suggestion that he’s more fit for European tournaments rings kind of hollow when you consider those things…

      b) If he is one of the top point-getters on a low-scoring team, do you not think that his totals would be significantly higher if he was on a team that scored more goals? He would have a lot more assists, to start with…

      iii) Why would you trade someone who is doing very well, who has come through the system, and who is a very loyal player? Sounds like bad management to me!

      Good post, and keep ‘em coming! Good to have discussions; hope my points aren’t too negative!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Steven says:

      I stopped reading at “mediocre shot.”

      The guy has a fantastic shot, especially for a playmaker. I don’t think he scored a goal this year that didn’t go off the bars before going in…

    • piper says:

      i agree with you on both counts and have for a few years.

  28. Le Jadester says:

    Plex was almost superhuman on that shift that brought Markie’s goal !
    It was almost surreal as I was watching it unfold.
    I have to say he’s been the best Hab for the last couple years…..even more than AK 27 IMO. He’s just a great all around player . Even in the 2010 Olympics he was amazing for the Czech Rep. I would bet the same will happen for him this time ’round.

    Speaking of that…….. I don’t understand how Bourque doesn’t get ripped for his play around here ? AK 46 was twice the player, wasn’t as lazy (lol), cheaper, rarely played on the PP and put up pretty much the same numbers but got torn a new A all the time ? Either way, I’m not saying I want him back, I was just thinking about the 46-14-27 line and how frustrating it is to watch RB 27.
    Habs, OLE !

    • Cal says:

      AK46 appeared to like his vodka and party time more than he wanted to be a star. AK46 rarely played to his potential, dogging it often.
      Bourque appears to have a consistency problem as well, but he’s been bounced from linemate to linemate trying to find some chemistry. He does get ripped here all the time. You just gotta go through the comments.

  29. Plekasuares says:

    Oilers still could get the #1 pick wow. All those prospects and still in 2nd last in the league

  30. HabFab says:

    Central Scouting releases it’s mid season rankings and the Front’s very own Sam Bennett is numero uno;
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=699869&navid=nhl:topheads

  31. HabFab says:

    We are still hanging in the top 10 of TSN’s Power Rankings. Not too shabby for a crappy team like our’s;
    http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/rankings/nhl/

  32. CJ says:

    I’m sorry if this has already been posted, but Pat Hickey looks awful in the attached video…..

    • habcertain says:

      no attachment

      • CJ says:

        Based on what I watched on 60 minutes last night, I don’t know how A Rod could possibly contest the suspension. Over 1,000 text messages describing the manner in which to layer the PED’s, the time, money transfers, etc.

        I’m a huge Yankees fan and I hope A Rod never dons the pinstripes again.

    • CJ says:

      Sorry, I’m all over the map. The video I’m referencing is attached by the Gazette in the article above.

      • habcertain says:

        BTW…I agree with you on the A-Roid thing….lost in interest in baseball after it became apparent that being clean was the exception!

        • CJ says:

          It’s true. The strike in 94, then the steroids were certainly two bitter pills to swallow. I still love going to games though. Certainly the most affordable sporting event for a family of four. I took everyone to the Diamondbacks home opener in Phoenix this spring. I paid $30 for four tickets mid way up the 300 level.

          On the higher end we went to see the Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway in August. I traded a pair of UFC box seats for tickets 10 rows up behind home plate. 81 homes games a year, you can always find a deal.

  33. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Dupuis is about an 20 goal scorer, right handed shot, plays right wing and has speed.

    Gio is the exact same, has a Cup….seems to me (if the Pens are looking to replace Dupuis, which apparently they are) it’d be a great fit.

    And I’d be happy to take Despres back in return. Ease him into the 5-6 pairing and see if he regains the potential that was hyped about him.

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      And with Gio’s NTC, I’m guessing going to the Pens would be an easier sell than most teams…

      • CJ says:

        I would make that trade in a heartbeat. Unfortunately I’m not sure Ray Shero would share my opinion.

        • Ghosts of the Forum says:

          Yeah, guessing we’d need to add something. But I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility at all. And I don’t think it’d take an elite prospect or a first round pick

          • CJ says:

            I agree. The captain does have value and under the right circumstance could be a great fit for a team, as he can be used in a number of different roles.

          • habcertain says:

            can’t see the Pens jumping on that, they are also not in need of leadership type guys.

          • frontenac1 says:

            A Captain is a Leader. If the Lads and Marc want Gio back, I have no problem with that. He is not HIO Captain, he is the Team”s Captain.

          • Ghosts of the Forum says:

            It’s not about leadership as much as getting a guy to replace Dupuis. I think he and Gionta are quite comparable.

            Gio has relatively similar numbers, without playing on a line with Sid. Dupuis is a speedy guy, that’s his biggest asset on that line. Gio is a speedster as well.

            The leadership aspect would be a bonus. And given the way the last two playoffs have gone for the Pens, another calming veteran presence in the room probably wouldn’t be the worst thing for them. And Gio is really reliable defensively.

          • frontenac1 says:

            We on this site can speculate till the Cows come home. I always will defer Who is Captain to the guys in the Room and the GM,who signs the paycheck. Unless, of Course you are the Laffs,who haven’t got a frikkin clue.

    • twilighthours says:

      Are we talking pascal dupuis? He shoots left.

    • Eddie says:

      Dupuis is a left handed shot

    • CJ says:

      Based on what I watched on 60 minutes last night, I don’t know how A Rod could possibly contest the suspension. Over 1,000 text messages describing the manner in which to layer the PED’s, the time, money transfers, etc.

      I’m a huge Yankees fan and I hope A Rod never done the pinstripes again.

  34. HabFab says:

    Local paper writes that MacMillian finally is healthy and starting to produce for North Dakota;
    http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/282118/

  35. T-roy West says:

    I wouldn’t mind plucking Ryan O’Reilly from the Avalanche. We need offense and they need defence. What will it take?

  36. HabFab says:

    Dan Kramers write up on the Dog’s victory… includes audio interviews with Beaulieu and Lefebrve;
    http://allhabs.net/beaulieus-gordie-howe-hat-trick-powers-bulldogs-with-post-game-audio/

  37. J.J. of Turku says:

    Jiiiiiiihaaaaaaaa!

    Finally! Winter has arrived! -19 and snow. Gotta love it.

    Off topic, sorry…

    http://static.iltalehti.fi/jaakiekko/uusetu_perkele050114PK_503_jk.jpg

  38. John Q Public says:

    Did JM have a better PP unit than MT ?

  39. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Apparently Ollie Matta is available in Pittsburgh for someone to replace Dupuis.

    Gio plays a similar game to Dupuis and on Sid’s wing, everyone’s numbers are inflated.

    No way they go straight up on it, obviously. We’d have to sweeten the pot. But Matta is a pretty solid prospect with NHL experience already. As a piece, Gio would be a good fit in Pittsburgh…veteran, they need better defensive forwards and can score in the playoffs.

    I know, I know….never will happen

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      Or wait, it’s Despres that’s available, isn’t it? He’s huge as far as I remember.

      • Timo says:

        He is moar bigger? Get him!

      • ClutchNGrab says:

        Despres makes more sense.

      • Chris says:

        Despres, not Maatta. The Penguins are VERY high on Maatta, while Despres has fallen out of favour as he struggled a bit in the defensive zone. Despres is huge, but he is not a particularly physical player, which is part of the reason the Penguins are souring on him.

        He’s not quite as offensively gifted as people hoped he was coming out of the Saint John Sea Dogs, but his size (6’4″, 229 pounds) and mobility will make him attractive to somebody. I wouldn’t mind seeing Montreal roll the dice on him, but he reminds me of a bigger Patrice Brisebois: good enough that he makes people overvalue him, but not good enough to be a top-2 defenceman for a good team.

        • Eddie says:

          I see Despres as a 3/4 guy who can play 2nd line power play for sure. I think he would be a good fit for us. I like him.

          • Ron says:

            I watched him play here in SJ for Gallant. They have some history together along with Beaulieu on the same team. Good guy.

          • Eddie says:

            He was a terrific power play guy in major junior. He is mobile. Good hands. There’s a lot to like about him.

    • ClutchNGrab says:

      One day I was looking at Jarred Tinordi’s numbers when he was in London. After convincing myself that defencemen take longer to develop, I noticed a 17 year old d-man that was dominating on that team, it was Maatta.

      From what I heard this guy is a stud, trying to trade him to replace Dupuis doesn’t make much sense. I don’t even know if they need to replace Dupuis.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      We don’t need D prospects.

  40. Sportfan says:

    What’s an added motivation to want to go to class?

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  41. Sportfan says:

    For the past couple of seasons I’ve felt that Plek should be considered for the Selke and I stand by it he should win it!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  42. The Teacher says:

    Ah makes sense, missed that “respective” the first time around. Thanks and in that case, I agree. Face off percentage is not always JUST the centerman.

  43. montreal ace says:

    I am surprised the benching of PK for some shifts is still a story. I see it as just a coach letting a player cool off. There have been many instances in life, never mind sports, where I had to take a step away check my emotions. Watching PK during the game against the Hawks, if I was sitting beside him during the game, I would have asked him if he got excited much.

  44. Plekasuares says:

    Plekanec Is sortive like Beliveau. Class. Next captain if Gionta heads out (which I do not think he will)

  45. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Please! No more bringing back ex-players or ex-coaches. They’ve had their CHance.
    This team showed the other night they can win against anyone if they put their collective minds and might together. I firmly believe that the Therrorist is not the man to get these guys to play that way on a regular basis. Let’s face it, at this level, that’s the coaching staffs’ role. Get professional players, who all know their roles (could that be part of the problem?) to perform at their best as often as humanly possible.

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

    • habcertain says:

      I don’t think we should fool ourselves into believing we can win against anyone, the Hawks made the mistake of playing a wide open, no-physical type of game that plays to our strengths.

      Therrien theory that we are a grinding team doesn’t play well when we are up against the like of the Bruins et al.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        For a team to play physical, they have to catch the other team. If the Habs play to their speed and grind when necessary, they really can beat any team.

        We’ve played ok against the Bruins, and we will going forward as well.

        Go Habs Go!!

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

        • montreal ace says:

          When MB said were a grinding team concerning wins, to me it just meant he wants the team to work for 60 minutes, cause if they don’t they won’t win.

        • habcertain says:

          I guess we got caught last year in the playoffs, if you clog the lanes and finish checks, catching anyone isn’t a problem, the smaller players become a lot less effective, I think we have been talking about this for the past 2 years.

  46. The Teacher says:

    Steve-O

    Two one thirds does not equal a whole. Where is the 3rd one third?

    • Phil C says:

      I assume he means each centre wins a third cleanly, the other third resulting in a scramble.

    • SteverenO says:

      one third for each centerman equals two thirds and the other third are “scrambles” wher e the centerman tie each other up, the puck is loose and the wqingers fight for possession. .

      Thanks, Phil!

      regards,

      Steve O.

    • chfan4life says:

      Good point habcertain. The Hawks game was wide open with good chances at both ends. These are the teams that the Habs have success with. The game could have gone either way. One lucky bounce for the Hawks and the posters here will be posting something rather negative. In a 7 game series, the Hawks will win in 5 or 6. The Hawks have so many weapons that they do not have to play a physical style or grinding style of game. The Habs on the other hand still relies on goaltending and special teams. If both departments have a bad night, the chances are the Habs will lose.

  47. TMan1969 says:

    I keep reading rumors of Evander Kane to Mtl…if its true what would Winnipeg get?

    Do not scorn a weak cub. He may become the brutal tiger.

    Mongolian Proverb

  48. Hobie Hansen says:

    Howard Berger ‏@Berger_BYTES 50m

    Good Western Conference source tells me #Leafs are looking to trade for a “big body” up front. And soon. More in a blog later today.

  49. Omit says:

    What do Crosby, Toews, Thornton, Getzlaf and other top Centers who have played the Habs this year have in common?

    They have all been Plecanecized!

    “Time wounds all heels”. – J.L.

  50. habsgod says:

    was on htr (hockey trade rumors) those leafs fans on there sure are dillisional they are talking on their how kadri,gunnarson,or kadri gardiner will get them kane and byfuglein or how those guys could get them tavares1 man they’re dumb! that’s why i always come back here with my fellow habs fans true fans that are realistic
    thank-god for hio and habs fans !

  51. bwoar says:

    @Mattyleg

    re floaters in the top 6: yes, lots of other teams have them. Bripro was saying that if he ran a team those guys would be out, I wondered what he would do with our floaters? Honestly wondering.

    It does seem to me that it’s easy to toss a player out in our minds, but less so when you are paid to *coach* them, and *win*. It could very well be that getting rid of the guys who don’t come to work, no matter their talent, is the right thing to do. But could you imagine what kind of team we’d have? (I’m guessing that’s what you meant, as in, every team must keep them regardless or risk losing hockey games. Coz yeah, everybody does have a player or 2 who aren’t exactly workhorses.)

    Of course let me know if I misinterpreted.

    “thoroughbred”

    • Mattyleg says:

      No, that’s more or less it.
      Every team has floaters, especially considering how many teams there are in the league, and you just hope that they stop floating for long enough to grab points from time-to-time.

      Unlike a certain Mr. Bourque, who I’m becoming less and less enamoured of every game. Seems like every now and then he turns on the jets, hits a post, and then goes into a “man, I’m never gonna score” funk for the rest of the game.

      And often floaters do more than we think, and are better than young players, who many people think would be better replacements for them.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • bwoar says:

        Can a team really win unless its top 6 is committed? This is an interesting topic generally, since as you point out, every team’s got ‘em. Can you seriously just bench problem guys? We’ve discussed the meritocracy (so-called) in Montreal, but at what point do you lose the room by not being consistent in your discipline?

        One example: I’m pretty sure that the next guy to take a bad penalty for punching a guy in a scrum essentially must be benched, for good or ill – PK himself said it would happen, right? If Therrien doesn’t follow through, he’s look like a jerk & biased against his best player; at the same time if he benches Josh Gorges for 10 minutes in the 3rd period while we have the lead, he’ll look pretty brainless.

        How far is too far? I’m just putting it out there for debate, I think it’s a modern NHL coaching conundrum.

        EDIT: Can you really bench Bourque? He won’t score from there, either. This is another example of what I mean. Where do you say, “no mas!”

        “thoroughbred”

  52. HabinBurlington says:

    Couple days old, but a good read from Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown).

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/10267676/nhl-second-half-questions

  53. CH Marshall says:

    Reading up on Paul Maurice. Weekes describes him as the best coach that he’s ever played for. Must be the Leafs media thing, but I guess he just didn’t have good teams to work with during his tenure in TO. Seems like a bright and funny guy though..

    • Kooch7800 says:

      He is quite knowledgeable and I don’t think he is a bad coach. They do need a vet coach in the Peg but I think they need a shake up.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Paul Maurice has a knack for only getting jobs coaching really bad teams, except perhaps a couple seasons.

        Go Habs Go!!

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

        • Strummer says:

          He coached the Canes in Stanley Cup Final in ’02.

          In his second go round with Canes he lost the conference final in ’09
          So he has been with 1 decent team twice

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

        • Kooch7800 says:

          He was a good coach in Carolina (Agree with Strummer) and really didn’t do bad with the leafs with the roster they had. I think they have actually been worse since he left.

          He has coached twice in Carolina ….on 2001-02 he lost in the cup final and 2008-09 he lost in the conf finals

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Mattyleg says:

      Really?
      I always thought he looked like a reanimated corpse.
      But I guess that’s what working for the Leafs will do for you…

      I loved Noel. Seems to have a great, dry sense of humour, and his Jeff Goldblum doppelgangerism always won me over.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      I’ve quite enjoyed Paul Maurice on TSN the last year or so. Glad he’s been given another opportunity.

    • ClutchNGrab says:

      Remember he was fired from the Hurricanes after the Leafs. Granted Muller did not do miracles after his departure, but it’s not just Toronto.

  54. Mattyleg says:

    I love Pleks, and the professional, quiet way he goes about his job.

    I especially love how he said that Max would probably talk a lot at the Olympics, but that it’s on the ice that your actions speak much louder than any yapping.

    Pleks seems like the quiet type, but on-ice he speaks louder than anyone else.

    I’d peg him as next captain.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  55. Phil C says:

    If Pleks was better on face-offs, he would be a Selke finalists for sure. There was a discussion a few threads ago disagreeing about how Plekanec was almost as good as Bergeron. As a former Selke winner, he is a good bench mark.

    Career: GP G A Pts
    Plekanec: 644 170 254 424
    Bergeron: 624 163 295 458

    This season: GP G A Pts
    Plekanec: 46 14 14 28
    Bergeron: 45 10 15 25

    Best Season :
    Pleks: 70 points
    Bergeron: 73 points

    Faceoffs this season: FOW FOL Tot FO%
    Plekanec: 459 491 950 48.3%
    Bergeron: 595 382 977 60.9%

    Both are excellent two-way players, capable of playing a shutdown role. Both have done it in the playoffs against the league’s best. They are about the same weight, Plekanec is quicker, Bergeron is taller. The score about the same amount. To me, the biggest difference between these two players is the proficiency in the faceoff circle. Bergeron is elite, Plekanec is average. Otherwise, they are very comparable players.

    • CJ says:

      Great post. Very thorough. I love the direct comparison with a player who many regard as one of the best in the business.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Nice little analysis Phil.

    • shiram says:

      I’m thinking the faceoffs will likely keep him off Selke discussions, as annoying as that is, it’s how I see it.

    • CH Marshall says:

      Just thinking back to the Leafs collapse in Game 7 vs Bruins. Bergeron quietly took over that game, and if my memory is correct, won his draws. Hope Pleks can improve on his faceoffs

    • habcertain says:

      I think you are right Phil, to wine the Selke, you need to be a superior face off man.

    • habsfan0 says:

      It’s no great mystery as to why Bergeron is so adept in the faceoff circle seeing that Doug Jarvis,who was a magician at winning draws,is his mentor. I still regret that the Habs let him go.

    • Cal says:

      The Selke has been shanghaied from a player like Gainey to players like Gilmour. Gilmour was a 2nd tier scoring star, just like Federov and Ron Francis at the time. Geez, Yzerman won it in 2000. There have been a few what I term to be legitimate winners and the NHL seemed to right this wrong for the years 97 to 99.
      Legitimate to me is that the player’s main job is to check the top lines in hockey, not be 2nd to Crosby in scoring. (Great if a player could do both!)
      I love Datsyuk, but for him to win while putting up 97, 97 and then 70 points (all while playing 1st line minutes) takes away the meaning of the trophy.
      All that bitching aside, there’s no way that Pleks wins it unless he gets his points totals up.

    • SteverenO says:

      I think that faceoff percentages have as much to do with the wingers as it does with the centreman that is taking the draw.

      What I mean is that roughly one third of faceoffs are clearly won by the respective centreman, and the remaining third result in “scrambles” for the puck.The centerman on the team with the stronger wingers that “win” the majority of scrambles will “look” better than the centerman on the weaker team.

      regards,

      Steve O.

  56. JUST ME says:

    Although i agree with MT`s assesment of what Plek deserves, i do not see why today and not last season or the season before . He has been the most talented and consistent Habs players for years in every zone on the ice.

    Saturday`s game was a great one for Plek but i remember a few others when the puck seemed to be attracted like a magnet to his stick every time he was on the ice.

  57. HabinBurlington says:

    Winter Classic in Michigan a HUGE financial success for NHL.

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2014/01/13/Events-and-Attractions/Winter-Classic.aspx

    $20Million profit.

    • CJ says:

      It will be interesting to see the impact these outdoor games have on the salary cap going forward. As the cap continues to rise, and the American dollar continues to appreciate in value will small market Ottawa be in trouble again? Winnipeg should be ok given their owners have deep pockets. Ditto Calgary. Will this negate a team either relocating or expanding into Quebec City? Many more questions then answers.

  58. zephyr says:

    if pleks is our checking ctr, then he’s an elite player. that means eller is #2 & that line should be producing more.

    • Walmyr says:

      hello zephyr…

      Pleks line is one of our top 2 lines.

      Pleks leads all habs forwards in points and +/-…playing against the other teams top lines.
      If you look to Gionta’s numbers you will see that Pleks-Gionta-Moen/Briere/Bournival are the number one line or at least the most important line for most part of our games during this season.

      But I agree, Eller’s line could and should be producing more….lol

      CHeers

  59. 24 Cups says:

    Bryan Murray re-signs for two more years in Ottawa. You have to guess that his cousin knew this was coming down the pipe. He was smart to get a gig with Buffalo, a team that will soon be on the rise.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      If they get the Kings Ransom many think they will get for Miller, the Sabres could be really good in 2-3 years. So many good draft picks in the hopper.

    • CJ says:

      Tim Murray has inherited a gold mind in Buffalo, with respect to prospects and draft picks. Trading Miller, Moulson and Ott will only further the process. If managed correctly this will be a team to be reckoned with in 3-5 years.

    • CJ says:

      Bryan Murray has done a great job in Ottawa. Melnyk has put so many restrictions in place, yet he continues to find talent. Runblad for Turris!?! Has there been a more one sided trade in the last few years? Then to get Turris signed long term for next to nothing. He has erred along the way (conacher for bishop), but he is a solid talent evaluator who works with a very small budget.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Conacher is much like our own Gallagher, and Maclean really seems to not like him. While Tampa definitely got the better of the trade, I believe Conacher to be much better than what has been shown. I put that on the Walrus.

        • CJ says:

          I think Conacher fooled a lot of people. He had been playing in Syracuse, so when the NHL season started he was in mid season form. He was placed on a line with St. Louis and Stamkos and got PP time. If you look at his point total last season, 75% of his points were amassed in the first 25 games. He really stalled after that. He is also much older then Gallagher (3 years).

          I do agree that a lot should fall on MacLean’s shoulders. In Ottawa, he is held in the highest regard. If not for exceptional goaltending, this team is the Leafs 2.0.

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        How has Murray done a great job as GM?

        He was appointed in 2007. The Sens had just been to the Stanley Cup finals.

        Since then they have won exactly one playoff series in 6 years (that freakshow versus our beloved Habs).

        Other than turning a cup finalist into a mediocre team with no future prospects, that is 50/50 to even make the playoffs every year, what exactly has he done?

        If the Habs had the Sens’ record over the last 6 years we’d all be (rightly) calling for our GM to be fired.

        • CJ says:

          Look at the internal budget he must work with. With help from Luke Richardson they have built a great AHL farm team and developed a number of prospects promoting them to the NHL. Take a look at capgeek. Look at the money they spend. They didn’t need to exercise a compliance buyout. They overcame a number of significant injuries last year due to their depth.

          They have a great young core and will be an advisory for years to come. Their best players, like Montreal, are all 26 and younger.

          Lastly, again the Senators don’t spend the money that Montreal does. They never will under Melnyk. When I was at the game in ottawa against Montreal in November, I went up to one of my companies boxes in the 400 level. Montreal had no fewer then 10 boxes that night. We, as fans, can’t appreciate the difference in money. I’d share more personal stories, but not online.

  60. DipsyDoodler says:

    When I saw the headline of this thread, and 20 comments, I made a little bet with myself: I bet you (I said to myself) at least one of the monomaniacs interprets Therrien’s praise as a slight on PK.

    At least no one will accuse the commentariat of being “streaky”.

  61. Chad says:

    Pleky was certainly a steal! One of the diamonds in the rough found in the 2001 entry draft, drafted 3rd round 71st overall

  62. Propwash says:

    Pleky is a seriously underrated player.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  63. Habcouver says:

    MT is praising a lot of players these days. Good on him to focus on the positives which are actually abundant this season.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  64. frontenac1 says:

    So Mike is pumping Plex for Selke? Good! He deserves it.
    Can’t remember him doing it for PK and the Norris last year.I Could be wrong on that though.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I am sure someone will set you straight with some deep psychological twist as to his ‘double standards’, garnishing it with one of two weird reasons a) it IS BETTER for P.K in the long run to be treated such or b)0P.K is the type of player who DOESNT need praise.

      Very few people dare to come right out and say Therrien does not think much of P.K. Subban. Despite all the evidence.

      Therrien has a right to think what he thinks mind you. He is the coach. But it is nauseating to see people try to explain the very obvious disparities with convoluted reasoning.

  65. Habfan17 says:

    Maybe this is why Bergevin has or will not trade for Kane!

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/jets-coach-maurice-in-tough-with-kane-byfuglien/

    Habfan17

    • Bripro says:

      Good thing for them that I’m not their coach.
      I don’t care how talented they are, or how big their contract might be.
      You show up, you play. You don’t, you don’t.
      So considering what poor shape Byfuglien showed up in at training camp, he’d be in far worse shape by year’s end, by sitting the season in the rafters.

    • arcosenate says:

      Eye-opener. Hate to see guys with talent taking the team down, must be a pretty crappy room in Winnipeg right now.

      Unpaid bar tabs? After this pic:

      http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/evander-kane-uses-stacks-100-bills-phone-call-151329118–nhl.html

      Sounds like Kane has some serious issues.

      • bwoar says:

        He’s only 22. Sure, not the best example of a kid in full control of himself. But I take the example of another skilled guy named Kane and kinda realize that a lot can happen with good mentorship. The guy is bursting with talent and can drop the gloves with success. Trading that away is not the solution to the Jets’ room IMO.

        “thoroughbred”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Agree, and look at Seguin in Boston and how he is now playing in Dallas (albeit there wasn’t room in Boston with Kreicji and Bergeron).

          Sometimes a trade helps a guy mature, and other times it may just take some years of maturing like Kane in Chicago.

        • arcosenate says:

          Throwing your coach under the bus is not an immature thing, it’s an attitude problem.

          • bwoar says:

            Kane or no Kane I’d have thrown Noel out long ago. He never should’ve been hired.

            “thoroughbred”

      • CJ says:

        I thought the unpaid bar tab issue was either the Oilers or Flames at a steak house in the other team’s city. I recall seeing a copy of the bill on Facebook. I might have it mixed up though. Did Kane and/or the Jets get into the same mess?

    • bwoar says:

      The GM will be next in Winnipeg if this move doesn’t work. Noel should’ve been fired long ago. The way Burmistrov was handled should have been a wakeup call. I agree with the author that both Kane and Buff tend to think more of themselves than their team. That’s the way it seems from outside, absolutely so. But these guys need a well-respected, veteran NHL coach who’s WON something at some point in their careers. Every NHL has its share of big egos, and these days it takes a savvy boss to handle them correctly without losing the team. I think Noel wasn’t that guy and Kane eventually won that argument. But he’s not the first young player to take umbrage with Claude Noel and the GM, I think, has been forced into a corner.

      It’s much harder for me to cheer this Atlanta Jets club than it is for younger folks here. We picked up ex-Leafs, ex-Flames, basically UFAs from teams I can’t stand and to me it’s still the Atlanta Jets, no identity to speak of. That will come with time as younger players join the ranks, and hopefully with the help of a new coach. But it’s 5-7 more years of patience over here. So it’s good to be a Habs fan where that timetable is not so long. Right?

      “thoroughbred”

      • habstrinifan says:

        “But these guys need a well-respected, veteran NHL coach who’s WON something at some point in their careers”.

        Absolutely disagree. All a player, any player on any team, needs is a well prepared, consistent, and fair coach.

        • bwoar says:

          I can’t honestly disagree with that, but pedigree wouldn’t hurt, is my point.

          I also don’t think Noel was well prepared, so there’s that. I just wonder at how well a kid with the world at his feet (and a new contract) would listen to a coach who isn’t himself displaying any bona fides? Some are fine, others, not. As for Big Buff, I don’t think many, if any, coaches will be able to deal with him that well. He’s past the point of being able to benefit from a Therrien Treatment and he seems like the kind of person who’s gonna go his own way regardless.

          Eager to see how the dynamic shifts (or doesn’t) here at home. I am predicting the local beat guys will give Maurice a pass until March, at which point they will say Noel was no worse and maybe it’s the GM’s fault (mostly it is.)

          “thoroughbred”

    • CH Marshall says:

      This place would have a field day if MT benched both Kane and PK together

  66. Timo says:

    Do Devils have any goons?

  67. Bripro says:

    What am I here four…..?

  68. CJ says:

    I like this lineup better, then John Lu’s original report which had Boullion in and Diaz out.

  69. CJ says:

    Least appreciated Canadien in the last five years. Terrific all around player.

  70. Cal says:

    Pleks Habs #1 center.

  71. wjc says:

    You are bitter, you do not like my replies. I am sorry I don’t agree and fawn all over you. Call em as I see em.

    Do not be so disappointed, I may not fit your idea of a knowledgeable poster, but I do my best. Does that count for anything.

    You must consider yourself quite knowledgeable and the people that might agree with you abviously knowledgeable.

    But, why are you so bitter.

    wjc

  72. wjc says:

    My ‘hockey acumen’ thrills you. Can you hold on a minute while I digest that high praise. Acumen is such a nice sounding word, very impressive.

    wjc


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.