Habs’ Price, Diaz ready for All-Star weekend

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Canadiens goalie Carey Price meets the media in Ottawa.
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With thanks to Montreal journalist Heather Engel, who’s in Ottawa for the 59th NHL All-Star Game in Kanata and environs, here are two audio interviews with Canadiens representatives Carey Price, who’s in Sunday’s game (20 minutes of goaltending hell) and Raphael Diaz, who’ll take part in Saturday evening’s YoungStars skills competition.

If you’re on Twitter, Heather’s worth a follow at @engelheather

Carey Price
Raphael Diaz

Below: Diaz takes a photo of teammate Price during Saturday skills contest.
Dave Sandford, NHLI via Getty Images

173 Comments

  1. JayK-47 says:

    New Jersey is in money trouble?!

    Add another team to the Scott Gomez destination map!

  2. aj says:

    watched the whole skills competition. Price and Diaz are amazing. I don’t know what other critics are here but they did seem to do pretty well.

    What Price should be doing right now is practicing more blocking shootout shots. Stamkos won the shootout challenge due to Price not being able to stop the puck and most of the shots done by #91 was #31 guarding the net.

    • RGM says:

      Right now? At 11:30pm on a Saturday night on All Star Weekend? Come on, man. It’s the All Star Game, the goalies aren’t going all out – it’s like the Washington Generals up against the Harlem Globetrotters this whole weekend.

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    • Sharks9 says:

      Stamkos’ shots were all snipes, not surprising Price didn’t stop them. He scored a beauty on Thomas as well

      25 before 14

  3. Stev.R says:

    Bob Mccowen “reporting” that Crosby suffered a vertebrae problem during his last game this year and that is the reason he has been out.

    I put reporting in quotes because it is all heresay. He received a phone call he won’t reveal the source that Crosby went to a vertebrae doctor. That is all the info he has but he has spun it into a whole story. Sportsnet is such garbage.

    Edit: After sportsnet reports it, Crosby’s agent puts out a statement saying Crosby has had a neck injury but there won’t be anything official until another specialist has a look at him

    • aj says:

      The thing that I noticed about Crosby the most is his tilted head every time he does an interview. I don’t know if the reason why he has that is either due to the concussions he got from Dave Steckel and Victor Hedman or he got that neck injury before the concussion from the Winter Classic back in 2011.

      However, regardless of it, the reports regarding his neck injury really put serious questions about his eligibility to play and how he will progress in his recovery.

      • aj says:

        Maybe Crosby should need a Cole and a Pacioretty to help him in his rehabilitation process. I watched once an interview w/ Max Pac in CTV and he did said that Cole “helped me alot about my neck injury by teaching me some massage exercices for my neck.”

  4. kempie says:

    Didn’t see the whole night but my favourite part was Price’s turn your back on the shooter and watch him in the glass save. Pretty slick.

  5. Sharks9 says:

    Carey was by far the best part of that whole thing.

    25 before 14

  6. habs-hampton says:

    That breakaway shootout thing with the fancy moves and props is the lamest thing since the slam-dunk championship. It’s awkward to watch, bordering on embarrassing…

  7. JF says:

    Where are these rumours about Markov being finished coming from?

  8. Paulin98C says:

    If you look at the speed of the slapshot over the length of the stick, Weber has the hardest shot. But since you can’t, I wouldn’t want to be the goalie stopping Chara’s shot… Or the played willing to block it.

    Wait a minute, of course I would! Given the salary they make…

  9. Propwash says:

    Hate Chara all you want, the guy can chuck a puck!

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  10. AndyF says:

    The skills competition was so boring that I went back through the last 30 years of draft picks to make some meaningless stats. I hope I counted everything up properly… here goes.

    The question I had in mind was this: what other teams in the NHL have had their fans look forward *less* to the NHL Entry Draft than the Habs? Which teams haven’t had much draft action in a long time?

    I have to say, it was hard to find, but the worst team for getting high draft picks over the last 30 years is…
    The Flames
    …who are the team to have had the fewest top-5 draft picks (none). Basically, if you’re a Flames fan, there’s nothing to look forward to in the summer.

    Also sucking at draft picks are the Sabres (1 top-5), and the Rangers (1 top-4), and, of course… our Habs.

    While compiling these stats, I got quite tired of the Penguins, the Islanders, the Senators, the Avalanche/Diques, the Jets/Thrashers, the Hurricanes/Whalers, and the Black Hawks… who all seem to be able to get their regular doses of top-5s.

    http://andyfroncioni.com

    • HabFab says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong…the Habs suck at the draft because we haven’t finished in the bottom 5 over the past 30 years except for the Carey pick where we dropped 5 picks due to the special lottery after the lock out??

      • AndyF says:

        Sort of. Teams have been known to finish higher and still draft better, I think.

        Edit: I just want to clarify this a bit. I don’t have the energy right now, but when I have time I’ll tally up the teams that have finished in the “dead zone” — 17th to 25th. Those are positions you never, ever want to be in.

        http://andyfroncioni.com

      • otter649 says:

        Montreal had a fifth overall pick in 1984 when they took Petr Svobda thanks to a trade with Hartford – It was a good draft year as they got Corson (8) – Richer (29) – Roy (51) & Troy Crosby (240)

  11. otter649 says:

    Kane’s lieing on the ice & passing the puck to himself and shooting the puck one handed with his stick is long time “Broomball” move……

    • Duke_Rauol says:

      lol, i think broomball needs to make a comeback!

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      We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold……

    • Psycho29 says:

      I told my GF that when it happened. I still play the game, seems that not as many guys do it like in the old days…

      • Duke_Rauol says:

        where is it still played? i watched it as a little guy right as it died out in northern ontario, always wanted to play goalie!

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        We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold……

        • Psycho29 says:

          I play it here in Vaudreuil,Qc….There are leagues all over Quebec. It’s big in Ottawa, Minnesota….
          Some guys on my team went to Austria to play in the World Championships a few years ago.
          I have been playing goalie for 34 years now….

          There are some good broomball clips on You Tube, especially from Minnesota…..

        • otter649 says:

          I played Broomball for a quite a few years until recently & Kane’s Broomball move was usually unstopable in BB especially when a taller player did it just like a hockey goalie in a shootout does not have much of a chance when a player does a spin or spinnerrama move…..

    • Propwash says:

      Apparently, it’s a legit move in hockey.

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  12. Paulin98C says:

    Am I the only one to actually enjoy the skills competition? I’m all alone here and Carey is making me laugh!

    I again, enjoy this event each year. I’m not looking forward to it but I find it entertaining.

    • Propwash says:

      I’m enjoying it. Carey was having alot of fun with it. Thats was the skills thing is all about.

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    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Yeah until Carey started goofing off in net, it was pretty stale (I think the players, espcially the rookies, were a bit intimidated). He helped lighten the mood.

  13. Habs fan in SF says:

    i still think lars eller’s shootout move is better than what i’m seeing in this event

  14. jedimyrmidon says:

    Price is awesome in the breakaway.

  15. OneTimer says:

    wow…is it just me, or out of all the events in the skills competition the shootout sucks the most?

  16. Habs fan in SF says:

    is it just me or does it seem like a bad idea to have goaltenders compete in the fastest skater event (with their full gear on). sounds like an injury waiting to happen

  17. Psycho29 says:

    I see a goalie in a St.Louis Blues’ sweater.
    Is that Halak??

  18. Propwash says:

    LOL @ Carey

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  19. HabinBurlington says:

    I could see PK owning this backward skating challenge in the future

  20. kempie says:

    Oh good, Healey.

  21. Mike Bone says:

    How come on the “trade Subban” poll there’s no “Are you freakin’ insane?!” option?

    • Da Hema says:

      You got that right. On what rational grounds would the Canadiens trade this young man? Whatever Subban is — spirited, mouthy at times, sometimes lacking courage — he isn’t Sergie F. Kostistyn (he of the “Da, da, yeah, yeah, whatever” response to coaches). Habs fans should all be calling out TSN for its bullsh*t about PK “spitting” at someone and reporting it as “fact.” Boone, Stubbs and Hickey should take TSN’s “reporters” to task for bringing their profession into further disrepute.

    • HabFab says:

      Trade him to the Rangers to get McDonough back…that will shut up two groups of whiners!

    • ihabto says:

      would no doubt be the worst trade since jack and the beanstalk

  22. Corson27 says:

    The Toronto Sun has it that Burke looking for some truculence has Travis Moen on his list. Could be true Burke had commented he likes Travis from his days in Anaheim when they won the cup.

  23. Habs fan in SF says:

    i’m pulling for Shea Weber! effff Chara!

  24. kempie says:

    Watching the ceremonial booing of the players on CBC.

    Edit: Lupul seems to be winning.

  25. Bripro says:

    I don’t know if it was previously posted, but they’re saying that Crosby is not only suffering from a concussion, but may also have fractured vertebrae.
    He’s been skating, and his agent Pat Brisson is saying that there in no major concern, yet.

  26. Habitoba says:

    I was just at the Manitoba Museum where I saw a winnipeg Jets jersey with the #9 and the name Gomez on display. My jaw dropped, thinking “oh crap, my favorite team just traded Gomez to my second favorite team so recently, I haven’t even heard about it yet… just my lousy luck” but turns out it was a Selina Gomez jersey and displayed right next to it was Justin Bieber’s Jersey so I just continued on my way, not caring about either one of them. Sure scared me at first though

  27. Sean Bonjovi says:

    The Canadiens have two 2008 draft picks in the NCAA (Danny Kristo, and Steve Quailer) I’m pretty sure that the Habs lose the rights to these players if they don’t sign by this summer, but I can’t confirm it.

    How do I get this information? I couldn’t find specific information in the CBA about the exclusive rights to drafted players. Anyone have an idea what I should be looking for, or where to find it?

    “Max Pacioretty could be our Phil Kessel”
    - Sean Bonjovi

  28. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I noticed below someOne mentioning ‘Markov is finished’ …is that a fact, or part of the hyperbole HIO is reknowned for ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  29. petrov14 says:

    How hard is Al Iafrate’s shot with a new comp. stick? 106? 108?

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  30. kempie says:

    I honestly think I’d rather sit through a Nickleback concert than the ASG.

  31. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …on Carey & Diaz …I don’t know if They rate as THE most ‘talented’ at the moment, BUT They sure do rate as THE most GQ good-lookin’ players in the NHL …so much so My daughter Venus is FINALLY wantin’ to watch a Habs’ game with My Son Quent and I :)

    …on the the current poll-question; ‘Do you think the Canadiens should trade P.K. Subban?’: …I notice the ‘yes’ are at around 10 % …with human beings, there will always be the ’10 % factor’ …towards sexual orientation, extremism, racism, nutbars and on and on …I willl leave any other comment at the mercy of your vivid imaginations and common sense

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  32. Nova Scotia Voyageurs says:

    During the Habs centennial celebration I happen to catch an interview with Serge Savard and he mentioned that one regret he had after his GM tenure with Montreal was the trade of Ghris Chelios to Chicago. One of the major reason that he pulled the trigger was the assessment from the doctors about his knees and that they did not think he would last in the NHL…well we all know how that turned out. So I have no problem with the method that Montreal’s brass are dealing with the Markov issue……I would rather have him as a Hab player than anywhere else in the NHL…….playing or not (hopefully playing)…..just saying.

    • PEC Hab says:

      Chris Chelios was traded only because of Ronald Corey’s assessment of Chris’ taste for Crescent street. Nothing to do with his knees, Corey ordered Savard to trade him, and didn’t care about the return for him. Corey was a completely self centred person with a hugely inflated view of himself.

      • Pucknut says:

        We musn’t forget what he did for us (& for his ego) with St Paddy & Mike Keane as well.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        It’s a well known fact that Corey’s trophy wife had a taste for hockey players too. Rumour has it that this was behind more than one trade out of Montreal.


        Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

        • HabFab says:

          Same story that I heard.

        • Da Hema says:

          Perhaps. What I question about the received view that Ronald Corey was the cause of the Canadiens’ decline is its plausibility. Surely Serge Savard, at the time one of the most influential administrators in the NHL — and businessmen in Quebec to boot — could have easily put Corey in his organizational place. The causes of the Canadiens’ decline involve more than the actions of one person. Yet Serge Savard has received a free pass on criticism because so many people are convinced Ronald Corey was the one responsible for the decline of the Canadiens. If I had been Savard in 1990, and Ronald Corey tried to compel me to trade Chris Chelios, I would have told Corey to go f*ck himself — AND thrown an ashtray at his head like Burns did to Kordic!

          • Lizardking89 says:

            The decline started with Grundman and if it wasn’t for St. Patrick we would have had a 30+ year cup drought. The team was competitive because of Savard’s shrewd deals (With the exception of the Chelios deal) and lucking out in the draft.

            The nail in the coffin was hiring Houle and Tremblay a direct result of Corey’s massive ego.

          • Da Hema says:

            Lizardking89: I think it would be better to describe the period of the early 1980s as an “interregnum” rather than inevitable decline. The Canadiens still had the organizational, administrative, scouting, and coaching talent to sustain long-term continuity and success. In short, I don’t agree it was “luck” that led to strong drafts in the mid-1980s. Those players drafted still had to be developed. The bleeding of organizational talent was most visible with the departures of Larry Robinson, then Chris Chelios, then Jacques Lemaire. In the end, the entity ultimately responsible for the decline of the Montreal Canadiens is Molsons. Molsons should have stopped in its tracks the organizational entrenchment of individual ego over the needs of the team. Sadly, its too late now.

            One additional thought: people are too hard on Grundman. While the Wickenheiser draft turned out badly, the team drafted future studs like Mats Naslund and Chris Chelios. Grundman was almost Pollock-ish compared to Rejean Houle….

    • Da Hema says:

      I appreciate Savard’s recognition of the monumental error of giving away one of the best defencemen of that era, but I question his honesty and integrity — and thus his claims about the decision. At the time, the Canadiens stated Chelios was traded because (a) he was a “disruptive” influence, (b) that he no longer wanted to play in Montreal, and (c) that he wished to go to Chicago. We know now all of these reasons provided by the team and its “sources” were bullsh*t. In retrospect, it was almost certainly a contractual issue — but I doubt it had anything to do with Chelios’s knees.

      People should recall it was Savard’s ego and domination of the organization that also led to the alienation of Larry Robinson — who subsequently, and sadly and shamefully, ended his career in a Los Angeles uniform. Perhaps it is too strong to claim Serge Savard is a liar, but minimally he has a very selective memory of events that initiated the decline of this once-great organization.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Savard when I hear him speak reminds me of a politician.

        • Da Hema says:

          He is a politician. I also wish Red Fisher and other journalists would probe into the role Savard played in the decision by Jacques Lemaire and Jacques Laperriere to leave Montreal and subsequently turn the New Jersey Devils into a 15-year powerhouse.

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …that’s somethin’ I would like Red Fisher to do as well Hip …Red has a lot of dirt on the inside doins of Our Habs that He’s either waitin’ for Them to die-off or be published after when He Himself croaks
            …and I CAN’T wait that long ! :)

            Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
            http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

          • PEC Hab says:

            Are you guys kidding? Who do you think constantly pumps Savards tires? Red Fisher! That is a laugh to have Red “investigate” Serge. Serge always does get a pass, and maybe rightly so due to Stanley Cups, but he has two trades on his resume (Chelios and Leclair/Desjardins) that if done now he would be endlessly criticized. His role in running Robinson out of town is well documented in Larry’s book, and more that anything should be held against Serge. Trades can just go bad, running a legend out of town, that is unforgivable. You know who Savard leaked information to in the media about Robinson’s contract talks? Yup, Red Fisher. He was the one that reported that Larry negotiated to have a promise to retire his number, which was pure baloney. Red Fisher has a very selective attitude about who to criticize and who to give a pass.

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          Habitant in Surrey

          January 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm
          …but Gerald, do You remember the ‘young Savard’ …the Kid that could skate with the flair of Bobby Orr, until 2 serious knee injuries reduced Serge to an Ordinary Superstar level ?
          …the memory of early Serge Savard was one of the most memorable of My Habs’ memories

          Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
          http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I do indeed, I did not mean to disparage Mr. savard the player or the GM, was talking since then. I was living in wpg when he did a favor for John Ferguson and played mentor on the Jets. And I recall having great seats one game when late in a close game he did his patented savardian spinorama at the blue line the defender slid by and he powered a snapshot past the goalie to win the game, was special to watch.

  33. Mark C says:

    I see we have a few Goebbels and Baghdad Bob wannabes in the house tonight, spreading misinformation about Markov.

  34. HardHabits says:

    The NHL all-star game. Is there any other event in the calendar year which has as least significance as this display of individual skills and flag football hockey. Watch closely people. This is where hockey is heading. One cheap gimmick after another in the hopes of broadening the fan base.

    • Da Hema says:

      At least someone in the NHL marketing department hasn’t proposed a midget-sliding contest at centre ice to “enhance” the all-star experience…although you never know with marketers.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Not so much in Montreal HH, but I always get the feeling in other arenas I am watching a minor league baseball game. You know, sack races, gift giveaways, loud music. Its an attempt to sell the game to a casual fan with money. Phoenix is hurting, New Jersey broke, hell Boston was in trouble until Daddy, oh nevermind. Not good news for many pure hockey fan. I am midsing hockey bad. Some good college games on TV down here have helped.

  35. Brazhabs says:

    ***Repost

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150511657688861&set=at.423400868860.196214.508568860.120813212&type=1&theater

    That might work better. Basically getting back to all of you who think Carey is not “relaxing” here he is last night up here in Ottawa spinning with my friend at a well known bar where most NHLers partied last night. I talked a bit with him and he seemed to be enjoying the weekend.

    This is not to start anything by saying that he is reverting to old ways, just he is having a good time! So people lay off!

  36. habs_54321 says:

    Anyone know a site that will be streaming the skills competition today?

  37. Da Hema says:

    Boone’s article on Subban was timely. The last thing this organization should do is sacrifice yet another young defenceman. Of all the positions, defence has been the team’s central weakness for almost 20 years. The Canadiens have essentially resorted to dubious trades and free agency rather than drafting and developing a core of NHL-calibre defencemen. While obviously we would love to see the restoration of the kinds of coaches and administrators who could turn raw groundchuck into tenderloin (e.g., Lyle Odelein, Craig Ludwig), this is not likely to happen. But I do know this: the Canadiens cannot afford to sacrifice any more defencemen for the sake of some other alleged team need. If Gauthier is even thinking about moving Subban, he should be dismissed immediately.

  38. habs17 says:

    looks like i was right when i said markov is done and every1 laughed hahahaha told u’ haters

  39. Ian Cobb says:

    Looking forward to seeing what Dias can do here.

    I do enjoy the Skills competition, but the game tomorrow is a farce and a waste of time, for me! I never watch it.

    • JUST ME says:

      The game tomorrow is a bit like a car show. It`s great, it goes fast but don`t touch it !

      More and more the skills competition is what it`s all about.We`ll see more amazing acomplishment tonight than tomorrow.
      But let`s not forget about the kids . As we were a few years ago, they are still amazed by that display of the best of the best getting together and fraternizing.

  40. Propwash says:

    At least Price will finally get some shootout practice.

    ;)

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  41. manu07 says:

    I agree. Markov had to have known prior to signing he still didn’t feel right. You know your own body best. I think he has made a home in Montreal and doesn’t want to leave so he pretended he wasn’t that bad and they signed him. PG really should have just signed him to a one year and see how the progress went. But he is a giant idiot!

    • SmartDog says:

      Not sure I agree with that, but it pisses me off that Markov and his agent didn’t give a discount to Montreal based on the 2 years he didn’t really play that they had just paid him for AND the possibility of this (the knee still having problems) happening. Markov and his agent played hardball with Montreal and won. This looks REALLY bad on PG, but it looks even worse on Markov AND ON his agent.

      My feelings about Markov are not what they were and won’t be. The agent should be equally criticized around the GMs of the league.
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    • christophor says:

      ook, doc.

      he must have known that he’d have a setback and need a scope…. because we all generally know in advance how long it will take us to recover from injuries.

      if you’re not studying medicine, you should do so. in fact, you should teach. doctors are missing these insights of yours.

      bang on.

      edit: this comment has nothing to do with the contract agreed upon. i think it should have been 1 or 2 years.

  42. jonnyp says:

    Trade gill ASAP

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    Down goes Brown with some unheard quotes from All Star Draft. #3 is a pretty good shot at Montreal.
    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/01/28/what-you-didnt-hear-at-the-all-star-game-fantasy-draft/

  44. price365 says:

    I’ll believe Markov is ready after he’s played 20 games until I wouldn’t depend on this guy. In all honesty. I think him and his Russian Docter pulled a fast one on PG.

  45. HabinBurlington says:

    With all the soccer talk on the previous thread, shout out to our National Women’s Soccer team who secured their spot at the Olympics last night beating Cuba. We have our own Pele playing on the womens team, Ms. Sinclair is now amongst the top 3 scorers in Womens International Soccer history.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/canada-punches-ticket-to-london/article2318354/

  46. neumann103 says:

    In these dog days of interregnum many are reflecting back on l’affaire Gomez, the fallout, the implications for the competence of mgmt etc.

    I have to confess that at the time of the Gomez deal i was not a regular here and I line in Toronto so am not surrounded by those who live and breathe things Habs, but I hardly encountered anyone who was positive on the Gomez deal. I found it jaw-dropping. The only way a Gomez deal would have made sense is if Montreal was shedding a similar bad contract (of which they had none at the time) or if they were giving up nothing and getting some picks prospects or roster players. You would need to be giving up close to nothing and getting a ton of sweetener to make a deal for Gomez.

    To MTL: Scott Gomez, Marc Staal, 2nd round draft pick
    To NYR: Gregory Stewart, Mathieu Dandenault
    or something like that. The Canadiens really didn’t even have enought dead weight signed beyond the end of the year to even make something like this likely.

    The whole “Habs needed Gomez to sign free agents” meme always seemed stupid and made up. On that subject I was lukewarm on the Gionta signing, and thought that the Cammy signing was okay. But then I always assumed that Gainey had a list of FA forwards he was going after and that Cammy was probably about #5 on that list after Hossa, Gaborik, Havlat, etc and that as those guys signed, cammy moved up. Anyone know what really went on? Did Gainey actually target Cammy ahead of Hossa or Gaborik? Were those guys just in the “I don’t want to play in MTL” crowd (Gaborik) or the “I want to win a cup” mode to even take offers?

    I said at the time that while the team needed a reset I would much rather have Koivu and AK27 for the same Gomez money.

    “Et le but!”

    • matt jordan says:

      Cammalleri and Gionta both signed because the Canadiens offered more money and term. It was always about the money.

      • neumann103 says:

        Right. This makes sense. I figure that the Habs were probably $0.5-$1M higher and a year or two longer than any other offers likely on the table.

        I guess the broader question is “Were players like Hossa and Gaborik just not interested in MTL, or did Gainey not pursue them instead of Gionta and Cammy?”

        I can excuse overpaying guys the team needs by a bit for a bit too long if that is what it takes. I said that about Cole 7 months ago. I said the sAme thing about Hamrlik 5 years ago. The reality is you will sometimes have to do that.

        What I can’t forgive is if they explicitly went after Gomez, Gionta and Cammy in that 24 hour period instead of taking a run at other UFA and trade options.

        “Et le but!”

    • DorvalTony says:

      Compare Sakless Koivette’s stats to John Ferguson and get back to us. Mike Keane was a better captain.

  47. HabinBurlington says:

    Recently acquired Patrick Holland has been on a tear lately for TriCity. Last night, Tri City lost game 3-2, he was -1 with no points, but was named 2nd star of game. The night before he scored in a win, his goal was apparantly a complete end to end rush with him scoring.

    Sure would be sweet if this guy turns out being something for us. 6 footer with skill who needs to add some weight.

  48. BobDobbs says:

    LMFAO, TSN is now reporting fourth-hand rumours:

    “The Vancouver Province reports that Enrico Ciccone, on the TV show “Le Match,” said former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche defenceman Patrice Brisebois claims that the Vancouver Canucks could be ready to ship a package of players including backup goaltender Cory Schneider to the Anaheim Ducks for Corey Perry.”

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=386312

  49. Bripro says:

    So the Devils are almost bankrupt.
    They’ve defaulted on their $100MM payment due ( I believe ) yesterday.
    I see them signing Parise to a long-terms contract, so that they can make him more attractive to whichever team (the Habs) acquires him prior to the trade deadline.
    There’s no question, he won’t finish the season in Jersey.
    And I’m sure he’d do well here.
    And the french media will love him just because of his name.
    Look at Bourque! Who cares if he doesn’t speak french!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I listened to some of the little trolls Presser today (Buttman), he explainse the Devils situation as simply a scenario where two partners aren’t getting along, and that he and the NHL will help with that situation. But that the organization itself is fine.

      Unbelievable, then the topic of fighting and concussions was asked, and he has the gaul to compare the number of concussions due to fighting as the same as those hit by puck, and he says you don’t hear people asking us to change to foam pucks.

      He is such a moron, did this league learn nothing from the Boogard death this past summer, and perhaps the potential link with Rypien and Belak.

      • Bripro says:

        You pay the hundred million!
        No, you pay the hundred million!
        No you! No you!
        Gentleman, gentleman….it’s OK. I, the holy guru of window dressing have convinced the northern igloo people above the 49th parallel that it’s all just a misunderstanding.
        It’s OK..I won’t send Rug Head (oops)..he he, I mean Donald Trump, the bruiser and employment relocation specialist to collect, so the two of you can stop bickering.
        Listen to this. I’ve worked out a deal with those sucker GMs and Presidents of the money-making Canadian clubs to increase their ticket and beer prices to off set the losses.
        I know, I know….yes. I’ve done it before, but Phoenix isn’t complaining.
        Don’t worry, you’re not going anywhere. I’m God! I can do anything!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          The mayor of Glendale is apparantly still wanting to pay another 25million this next year to keep the Yotes there, even though many Councillors are adamant against it. Moody has lowered their rating on the city as a result of the Hockey related payments. That whole situation is such a complete joke.

          I hope they end moving them to Markham, some rich guy from Bauer Hockey is going to build a new arena there. I worry if this team moves to Quebec City, the Habs lose alot of fans/corp. support that keep us a wealthy team.

          • Bripro says:

            You can be sure, if Peladeau gets his way, the team will end up in Qc. city quickly.
            I believe he’s already spreading rumours just to get the fans riled up against the Habs so that when the new Nordiques arrive, they’ll already have a large fan base.

  50. habsfan0 says:

    Given the enormous workload that CP has had to endure this season, I think he and the Habs would have been better served if he wasn’t in Ottawa and just took the All Star break off to rest and relax.


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