Habs’ Prust out for rest of regular season; Galchenyuk moves to centre

The Canadiens practised Friday morning in Brossard before heading to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

And there was some bad news as the team announced that forward Brandon Prust will miss the remainder of the regular season with an upper-body injury. The regular season ends for the Canadiens on April 12.

In 52 games this season, Prust has 6-7-13 totals with 121 penalty minutes and was minus-1.

Coach Michel Therrien told reporters after practice that the club’s medical team decided it would be best if Prust didn’t play for the rest of the regular season, giving him a chance to heal and be 100 per cent for the playoffs.

Alex Galchenyuk was moved to centre during the practice with Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque, who has missed five games as a healthy scratch. Lars Eller was dropped to the fourth line with Travis Moen and Dale Weise.

Therrien said he wanted to see a lot of intensity from Bourque when he gets back in the lineup.

“Will it be tomorrow? Will it be the next game? I don’t know yet,” Therrien said.

Galchenyuk is looking forward to getting a shot at centre.

“I want to establish myself as a great centreman in this league,” the 20-year-old said. “I’m still really young, but I’ve still got a long way to go. I want to make a step in the right direction. And I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”

Therrien cautioned against banking on all the adjustments he made to the lines at Friday’s practice.

As for Saturday’s game in Toronto, Therrien said: “It’s a big game every time we play the Leafs. Those are emotional games. And we’re getting to that crunch. Both teams are fighting to make the playoffs. There are a lot of teams in our situation and so tomorrow won’t be any different.  I’m expecting a tight- checking game, a demanding game to play. They’re fun games to be part of.”

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



(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Habs vs. Leafs preview, NHL.com

Prust could return for playoffs, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Vanek deal looking good for Habs, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Eller slips to fourth line, Hickey on Hockey Notebook

Alex in the middle, Canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Hard-working Blue Jackets hang loss on Canadiens, by Pat Hickey

Tinordi’s slip was the difference, by Pat Hickey

RDS’s Marc Denis played 266 games with Blue Jackets, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Habs vs. Blue Jackets photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Get to know Thomas Vanek (video), Canadiens.com

Bernier, Bolland participate in full Leafs practice, Toronto Star

Leafs need to forget Reimer-gate, Toronto Sun

Leafs trying to regroup, montrealgazette.com

A preview of ‘Strombo’ on Hockey Night in Canada? Stu on Sports blog

Ovechkin could finish season with NHL’s worst plus/minus, Stu on Sports blog

(Videos by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell)


  1. Strom Man says:

    How can you say that? If they hope to sign him they would have to do the opposite. Otherwise it’s complete mayhem.
    On what reasoning do you base your opinion. You’ve obviously never run your own business.

  2. 24 Cups says:

    I can’t say that I’m happy with these moves. Right now, I’d take White over Bourque. Not to mention that there’s no evidence Galchenyuk is ready to handle centre ice at the present moment. Especially seeing that the team is trying to make the playoffs.

    Prust (injury prone) and Bourque (total slacker) don’t appear to be worth a collective 6M at this point in time. Too bad, seeing the team could use their size and physicality.

  3. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    It is too bad Tinordi made that mistake as I like the pairing of him and Weaver (good compliments). Murray is a veteran so if a rookie playing in his place makes a mistake, it is only normal that he will go back in the lineup. Do I like it? No, but I understand why. If Murray plays instead of Tinordi in the playoffs, I will be upset because there is no point giving that time to a washed-up vet instead of a promising rookie.

    As for who plays with PK, you are basically picking the “least worst” not the best (like voting in elections). PK’s partner has to be mobile to play and cover for him. That eliminates quicksand-Murray. Tinordi is not ready for a top 4 role so that leaves Boullion…hence the “least worst” option. Just hold your nose until Gorges comes back.

  4. ClutchNGrab says:

    “My bracket is dead”, “My bracket is history”, “Wow didn’t expect that”, “How come Duke lost against that team?”

    Can’t way to come back to Montreal, those Americans are driving me crazy.

  5. UKRAINIANhab says:

    This is awesome news Galchenyuk is playing center!!!!

    ……with Bork and Gionta…buzzkill!

    Anyways, If im in charge I send JT down and call up Nate! Nate did not turn the puck over and did not cost us any goals.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I like Nate, but ALL NHL defensemen make mistakes. That’s how they learn.

      Hell, it’s not only the ones that need to learn who make mistakes either!

      Go Habs Go!!

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

      • UKRAINIANhab says:

        I like him. But he clearly is not learning anything when he continually turns it over. BUT this time he will get it!!! He will be ok! He played solid until that.

  6. L Elle says:

    The only derogatory remark I didn’t come across on HIO today is Weenie.

    Somebody needs to use this today, or my day won’t be complete. 🙂

  7. Caesar says:

    I think JT and Murray should be in the line up. Also coaches should know what gets the most out of their players if sitting JT one big game against the Laffs will motivate him then why not. I’m sure like Matty writes below the decision is not all MTs. JJ has to have some input. I also think they are in contact with Hamilton to see what has worked with JT in the past.

    Jt and Beaulieu are good NHL beginners and are great prospects and it looks like they will become good to great players in the future. I for one am enjoting watching their progress like I did with PK and Komisarek at the samepoint in their careers.

    No Parros and Murray in against the Leafs.

  8. frontenac1 says:

    Ok, seeing Cube is in JJ should keep telling him that Kadri is Tuckers love child.

  9. Strom Man says:

    I agree with Timo…someone should throw something at MT and HURT HIM!!!!


  10. The Jackal says:

    Next post that criticizes MT without an actual argument is getting an email from me with Game of Thrones season 4 spoilers.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  11. Sportfan says:

    If MT had a real sack he’d put white and Parros in with Weise, but no his favorites must go in! I mean we’ll lose without moen or bouillon

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  12. Strom Man says:

    GRRRRR! I’m so doggone ANGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Sportfan says:

    Parros has to be playing against the Leafs or Bruins right? I mean MT that scared of having him play a bit

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  14. Sportfan says:

    That;s great Prust is a spark plug who keeps getting unraveled

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  15. CH Marshall says:

    if we’re playing the Leafs, Tiny should be dressed

  16. 365fan says:

    Watch the veteran Weaver on the gwg. He leaves Tinordi out to dry by calling for a pass when he should have seen that Tinordi was not in a position to make it, then skates backwards out of the play when he gets in trouble rather than supporting him. It is like it is ok if you make a mistake if you are 35 but if you are 22 you better be perfect. Weaver and Murray were absolutely horrible against Ottawa last week, mistakes all over the place. If MB wants to get them for depth, leave them up in the pressbox until they are absolutely needed rather than putting them in ahead of better players.

  17. Mattyleg says:

    Don’t forget that there is a defence coach too.
    Perhaps Tiny wasn’t doing what JJ wanted him to.

    Each decision isn’t all on Therrien. He makes the final call, but I’m sure a lot of those kinds of decisions are made with his other coaches. If JJ says that he isn’t happy with how Tiny is coming along, he’ll tell Therrien. And likewise, MT will ask JJ if he thinks that scratching him would work.

    Management is a team thing too.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • The Jackal says:

      Matty your post is too well reasoned and too against the mob mentality of MT haters that it goes above their head.

      Ya know, if they had a real sack, those guys would go down to the Bell Centre and demand MT fight them in one on one combat – a trial by combat if you will. The gods will help the winner and after the fight this will be solved. But since they are not asking for a trial by combat, then they must not believe MT is truly guilty of being a sucky coach – they have resigned to tow their party line and to hate MT, for no particular reason.

      If they had a sack, those sandlot mommas boy kids would see MT for what he is…. wait… what?

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • kalevine says:

      too much consensus! what we need is an arrogant SOB…with a brain

    • bwoar says:

      EDIT This reply belongs to a different post.

    • boing007 says:

      Get rid of JJ.

      Richard R

  18. Strom Man says:

    I am totally lost on the concept here. Do I just send countless posts at random, or should I click on “reply” first. Bahhh I will just send a bunch of random posts.

  19. Strom Man says:

    This is a useless team of midgets! if you can’t see that your a mommy’s boy in your sisters prom dress!!!

  20. Forum Dog says:

    Prust out for the rest of the regular season makes sense. His contributions can be filled (to a certain extent) by others. Let him try and get his health back, and be in full battle-mode for the playoffs.

    I think Eller on the 4th line also makes some sense right now. He can do more, but simplifying things and letting him just crash and bang with Weise and Moen might help his confidence. I hope. In theory it’s a good 4th line. Guys each in their natural position. A centre that can win draws. All three are big and can skate. He won’t scrap, but in most other areas Eller > White.

    Be interesting to see Galchenyuk play the middle. Given that he is a natural centre, and given the responsibilities that come with the position, we might see more from him. Especially in terms of puck-handling and playmaking. Gio’s a good responsible winger for him, and maybe Bourque will come back with enthusiasm.

    Here’s hoping they have a better showing against the Leafs, especially in terms of discipline. The Toronto PP won’t be as kind as Columbus…..

  21. Habsrule1 says:

    It’s funny how reactionary a lot of people on here are. OMG we lost a game, OMG Galchenyuk is playing wing, OMG Galchenyuk is playing centre, OMG Tinordi might not play, OMG Bouillon is in the lineup.

    It’s like children. It’s honestly pathetic. This is the place I would point to if I was a leafs fan to show people are truly stupid Habs fans are.

    Just look at the results, not the every day things you may not agree with. None of you who are complaining about Therrien ever expected the team to be doing as well as they are.

    No offense if any of you see yourselves in my comment.

    Go Habs Go!!

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

  22. frontenac1 says:

    Tiny and Crankshaft should be in. Cube should sit. Eller should sit this game and Tarnasky should be called up.

  23. Ozmodiar says:

    I got a bad feeling about Bouillon on the top pairing.

    Drive for 25!!!!

  24. frontenac1 says:

    Prust out for the season,Parros with a wonky coconut,Moener practicing Zen. I guess it’s up to Crankshaft to keep the peace. Do we have any decent Enforcers in the system?

  25. Maritime Ronn says:

    Re Rene Bourque:

    A very real question mark/head scratcher when it comes to WHY he doesn’t use more of his god given physical tools and talents to play the game any more.

    So many NHLers could only dream of being 6’2″-217 and having his wheels….so what’s up?
    Why does he appear to have quit?

    Is it the team, or just that he has had enough with severe NHL injury stuff, and now trying to ‘protect himself’?

    In Bourque’s career, he has experienced some brutal – almost life threatening injuries, and others which may cause some long term health issues.

    1) 2006- A throat cut from a skate – could have died:
    ” …Adam Burish is familiar with the 2006 injury to then-teammate Rene Bourque, who missed 30 games after undergoing surgery to repair a deep laceration to his neck when the blade of a skate caught him during a pileup in the Blackhawks’ crease.”

    2) 2010 – missed games because of a ‘Head Injury’

    3) 2013 with the Habs: Missed 21 games because of Concussion and had set backs.

    At the end of the day, these athletes are no less vulnerable to fear or concern of long term health than any other human being.

    Bourque appears to now be in that mind set – with another guaranteed $5M USD in the next 2 years, to add on to his already gross earnings of $20M to date, has he just quit/given up?

    • johnnylarue says:

      I think that’s a fair analysis. And credit to Bourque: it’s probably instinctual as much as it is a conscious decision to play safe/not risk another concussion, etc.

      At this level, all it takes it the slightest amount of hesitation in your game and your overall effectiveness/point totals will plummet.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      It’s a head problem alright, whatever way you look at it.

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

  26. Mattyleg says:

    Trolls getting you down?

    At least you didn’t look like this the other night:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. Ozmodiar says:

    So, Chucky gets Bourque and Gio.

    Well…. if he can’t produce on Saturday, I don’t see how he’ll ever produce @ center. 😉

    Hey MT!! Swap Bourque and Vanek and give the kid a real chance. Has Max scored since Vanek’s been on his line? Davey only looks to pass to Max most times anyway.

  28. Habfan29 says:

    I am a big habs fan but with this lineup we are going to lose tomorrow. There is no way that Tiny should sit and cube should play, sit cube and Eller and insert White. You just know that Orr and his goon buddies are going to be playing and who do we have to answer the bell?????

    • Mattyleg says:

      We don’t have to fight them.
      We just skate away from them and they won’t be able to catch us.

      Did you also think we’d be dismantled by Colorado?
      (honestly, now…)

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Habfan29 says:

        no I did no think that we would lose to Colorado. The leafs just seem to get up for games against the Habs and there does not seem to be any push back. I hope that I am wrong. I still think that Frankie Boo needs to sit and Tiny play despite the gaff last night.

        • Mattyleg says:

          I guess the thinking is that Frankie, as a vet, has the experience in this late stage in the season, and won’t feel the pressure so much.

          I don’t think Tiny was scratched for his gaffe.
          That would be pretty stupid.
          If it was for a number of errors, then I can see it.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Luke says:

      Orr is injuered. McClaren in the minors.

      Who are the goons?

  29. mrhabby says:

    murray over tiny. I guess he wants more experience over youth. easy to understand but I would like to see tiny in to get more experience.

  30. scavanau says:

    How many points for Phil “Porky Pig” Kessel Saturday? What crimes will Princess Fanooof get away with?

  31. Mattyleg says:

    Where was the ‘Anti-Therrien’ camper parked during our 3-game winning streak, when he out-coached The Walrus (who some say out-coached him last playoffs. Don’t know how a coach can influence injuries on an opposing team, but facts shouldn’t get in the way of hate, right?), Ted (best coach ever when he beats us) Nolan, and Patrick (he should be coaching here…what? Therrien beat up on him?) Roy.

    I think I may have spotted it parked under the rail-bridge down the road from me, with crack-smoke coming out the vents.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      Are you trying to summon trolls?
      Cause that’s how you summon trolls! :p

      • Mattyleg says:

        They’re already here.
        School finishes up around 2:30, and I guess that a lot of them had last period off.
        I’m trying to open a dialogue with them that ends with me poking them in the eye with a sharpened stick.

        (but you’re right, I should probably just leave them alone.)

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • The Jackal says:

      The dummy circus is back in town after one loss and a lineup change due to injuries. Oh no… they sat Tinordi – what on earth has the world come to? It’s only hockey, and the team did well without him anyway. Jeez, some “fans” are never happy, they can’t support their team, they need to have someone to blame for everything and project their petty insecurities on. Therrien is their object of hate, but for what exactly? The coach that scratched them when they made a mistake or that cut them from the team because a smaller yet more athletic kid made it?

      Who knows. More importantly, who cares?
      The facts stand in the way of their petulant whining – 2nd in the division, great record ever since returning to the NHL, out-coaching Patrick Roy, actually being able to adjust and make changes (as seen most recently against the Avs), not throwing players under the bus (most recently seen when he defended Tinner’s mistake), etc.

      But hey, don’t let reality get in the way of your absurdities 😉

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  32. Timo says:

    Therrien’s way of developing young talent – you make a SINGLE mistake, you sit. There is a vote of confidence from the coach for ya.

    • Mattyleg says:

      C’mon Timo, you’re not trying very hard today.
      This is all pretty tepid stuff.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Butterface says:

      To be completely fair Tinordi should not be up. It should be Beaulieu.

      We had enough of Tinordi a bunch of games ago. If I saw it, why didn’t management. He is not ready. He doesn’t hit enough. He doesn’t add offensive upside. He doesn’t make smart plays. YET !

      Why isn’t he the guy we get excited about clearing out guys (like PK) against the boards. he is huge and goes to the Hal Gill school of passive.

      Bring in Beaulieu. At least we get puck carrying skill and offensive upside. We may not get the size, but we will get a PLUS player who is far less adept at give aways.

      Bring Tinordi back for the Flyers and the Bruins… otherwise he sits.

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  33. jols says:

    The buffoon strikes again. Great time to experiment. Going into the biggest game of the season, lets throw the young kid at center with two bricks on his wings. This is going to turn out great.

    Bouillon in over Tinordi? Therrien’s love for the Hobbits knows no bounds.

    What a maroon…

    • shiram says:

      He might not play center long, Therrien changes lines often.
      That said if he does well, that’s a nice bonus.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Actually Murray comes in for Tinordi which is even worse.

      Galchenyuk at centre? Why not but then give him Desharnais´s spot and don´t play him with Bourque and Gionta.

      • jols says:

        Chucky should definitely be a center man but not in the 72’nd game of the season that is a huge 4 point game against a hated division rival with massive playoff consequences.

        Chucky should have been at center all through training camp and exhibition when games don’t matter. You don’t make that switch now.

    • mrhabby says:

      he will not play the whole game at centre. lines are changed all the time by head coachs.

    • The Jackal says:

      Yes, Murray and Cube are going to drag the team down, that’s so what is wrong, right? LOL no.
      We’ve won with those two in the lineup, and FYI Murray’s on ice sv% is about 97%, that means that when he is on the ice the team’s sv% is 97%, not too shabby eh?

      And how is Gio a brick, you turkey? He works his ass off and has speed. He’ll help Chucky out a lot. Bourque has a chance to redeem himself and Chucky has a shot to show what he can do at centre. Good riddance, you cry about why he isn’t at centre and now this is some kind of travesty.
      Get a life you dingus!

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • jols says:

        Layoff the crack and put your sisters cheer leading uniform away. You know it causes friction in the family and for heavens sake move out of your mom’s basement.

        • The Jackal says:

          Haha, well that’s one way to respond to a better argument, with nonsense.

          Let me know when you learn how to make a reasoned argument with actual premises and a conclusion.

          PS – I’m a wolf, not a Lannister lion… 😉

          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  34. BrownHabFan says:

    Seriously????? Tinoridi sitting against the leafs? Wow Therrien…I really wonder what M.Bergevin thinks about this or is he dumb as Therrien?????

    “I couldn’t really hear the words that Jeremy was saying because I got my 2 stanley cup rings plug in my ear”
    Patrick Roy

  35. Psycho29 says:

    Wow the Timo sky is falling routine is in fine form today stirring up the trolls!
    It’s like an episode of The Walking Dead!


  36. DipsyDoodler says:

    The PQ are up in arms about Amir “Too Racist for the PQ” Khadir comparing Pauline Marois to Ayatollah Khomeini.

    Infighting amongst the separatists. It’s so funny.

    Moving. Forward.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Funny (sad) thing is that I’ll probably end up voting QS.
      Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a PQ bastion, and the only thing that will shift whatserface would be Quebec Solidaire, with all the ‘Casserolistes’ living down here.

      That being said, most of them probably aren’t registered/will be too lazy/are too ‘anarchist’ to vote.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Galchenyuk at centre? What an idea! That Mike Therrien’s a genius, I tell ya! Do you think that after seeing how well MacKinnon and Johanson play with more ice time, a light went on somewhere?

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

  38. Timo says:

    No Parros, no Prust, no White, no Tinordi. Leafs are going to have a field day in the Habs crease tomorrow and will be pounding on guys like Subban, Gallagher, Plekanec, Galchenyuk and Vanek with impunity. Therrien at his best…

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I would have sat Eller for White. I doubt there will be a lot of fights the game is to big in regards to standings. The leafs will want to stay out of the box as the habs have trouble scoring 5 on 5

    • Mattyleg says:

      We’ll have fun cruising past their lumbering defencemen as they try to start fights with us.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Timo says:

        Habs haven’t cruised past anyone in the recent while. Every time I see a race to the puck Habs player always loses. It is the case with supposedly fast skaters like Subban, Pleks, Briere, DD… nevermind stiffs like Bourque, Eller and Moen. Habs only hope is that Laffs D is even worse than Habs’ D and that Bernier is not starting tomorrow.

  39. DipsyDoodler says:

    I hate to say it but I don’t think we’re going to do very well in the playoffs.

    Moving. Forward.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      This team isn’t built for clutch and grab hockey and that is the playoffs.

    • The Jackal says:

      Soooo after we beat the Avs we were gonna do alright, and now after a loss we are not? Sounds about right.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        I should’ve posted it after the Avs win I guess. It has nothing to do with last night’s game which I missed, being at a concert.

        That being said, one team we could meet in round one and perhaps beat is Pittsburgh.

        Moving. Forward.

        • The Jackal says:

          Whaaaa? I’d stay away.
          TB is the team we can beat most easily, followed by the Leafs.
          I don’t think we are gonna do badly but it’s no secret that this team has many shortcomings.

          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  40. Seda Moss says:

    Chucky at centre is great. But Chucky at centre with two guys who can’t hit the side of a barn with a beach ball? Not so great.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I’ll admit it’s a pretty high-stakes/critical time of the season to be experimenting with Chucky at centre, especially considering he’s yet to win a face-off in the NHL…

  41. Timo says:

    I absolutely cannot stand the fact that Bouillon is back as a regular in the lineup. Un-effing-real. Tinordi may have made a mistake, but overall he played pretty well, especially on the penalty kill. Therrien is an idiot.

  42. chilli says:

    We can try every combination imaginable but this team will only go so far as long as Bourque, Gionta and Briere are in the lineup. Once we get rid of them, we will be in good shape to fill a real competitive roster.

    Please keep Vanek.

    And don’t give up on Eller. Remember when we gave up on LeClair WAYYYY too early. Two years later he was a 50+ goals, 97 pts player.

    Players take time…. Guy Lafleur anyone? Took 4 years…..his goal totals went down for the first 3 seasons, ending at 21. His 4th season, 53 and what started six 50 goal seasons in a row.


  43. Kooch7800 says:

    Bad news about Prust but I can’t say I am shocked. I hope he does shut it down for the season and get stronger for next year. He is a good player when healthy but he is wearing down from all the fights and physical play.

    Get well Prusty

  44. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    Brutal news

  45. tyshow89 says:

    Maybe eller should try wing with chucky, cut bourque for bournaval or white at

  46. SC-24 says:

    I said it before and I’m gonna say it again. A GM don’t get rid of players that’s good unless it’s a money thing or a team problem thing Eller is neither. No one believed me when he came to the Habs and there’s people that still don’t believe me. He’s overrated and a underachiever and he’ll never pay dividends for the Habs someone to get rid of in the off season but for the time being I would put him on the LW with Galchenyuk and Gionta. as bad as he is, I’m sure he’s as good as Bourque….

  47. Luke says:

    This Friday is seriously testing my limits.
    BUT it is Friday. And that’s good.
    I need one… just one… e-mail to come back in the affirmative and it’ll all fall into place. If not… well, I’ll be a sad (or furiously double stressed) camper.

    I’m hopeful Bourque can contribute on that third line. I must admit to surprise to see Eller (elar?) on the fourth. I have been a pretty big critic of Eller this season, but I think I’ve been fair.
    I was going to suggest playing him on Galchenyuk’s left. Basically, just flipping them, but I think that it may be better to let Alex be the clear centre on that role. Old habits die hard and if they simply swapped positions with each other, the instincts may cause confusion.

    I’d rather see Tinordi playing. I’ve been pleased with his play and effort. I’d rather see either Murray, Boullion or Weaver sitting.

    Boullion and PK seem to play well enough together, so that’s probably the issue. Weaver brings more to the table than Murray, but what Murray brings is missing. He also brings a few things that some would prefer he leaves off the table entirely.

    If Boo stays with PK, I might be inclined to try JT with Markov and either Weaver or Murray play with Emelin.

    I don’t now for sure. I’m just spitballin’ here and hoping I get the right response to salvage my Friday… and Monday.
    (le sigh).

    • twilighthours says:

      The response you’re looking for is:

      Time to grab a beer.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Dear Luke,

      Sorry for the late reply, but my management team has spent the last couple of hours high-fiving each other over the last email you sent us.

      Our simple answer to you:


      A resounding ‘yes’ from me, my management team, our CEO, and our shareholders. We are unanimous in our affirmation.

      You’re our Number One Guy, and we are happy as all get-out to be working with you.

      Looking forward to liasing with you,

      S. Pokesman,


      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  48. rhino514 says:

    I don´t get it when they say “out for the regular season”. Why don´t they give a timetable with weeks out? How can they make a statement that effectively means he will be out for the regular season but not the playoffs?

    • Luke says:

      Because they are saying he won’t play in the regular season, regardless of when he gets healthy. They are shutting him down.
      They also expect that he’ll be ready for the playoffs, whenever they actually start (which is mildly flexible at this stage).

  49. HabsPooch says:

    Absolutely annoyed Beaulieu is not up with the Habs. Just mind boggling. …

  50. Maritime Ronn says:

    A BIG Salute to Brandon Prust!
    Get well soon, Brother.

    After the 2010/11 season (Remember that Martin-Cunneyworth disaster?) the Habs were not only awful, yet were also completely Gutless and Soft from top to bottom.

    Opposing teams coming to the Bell Centre had no respect for the team, and played the way they wanted with no fear of repercussions or being held accountable for cheap shots.

    That year (2010-11), the Habs Home Record was 16-15-10.
    NO team in the NHL had less wins on Home Ice than the Habs that year!

    Depending on the story one wishes to believe, the newly hired Coach MT showed up at Prust’s home with a Habs jersey and his name on the back of it… early on Day 1 of UFA free agency.

    At that time, the Habs signed Prust for 4 years at $ 2.5M per year.
    Overpayment some (natural complainers) complained about.

    What this man has brought to the Habs is worth so much more than that.

    There has been some minor, irrlevent complaining about his fighting recently on HIO, yet Prust’s sacrifices for the team – allowing smaller guys to play bigger, is hard to quantify in dollar or performance terms.
    Hit a small guy? You need to answer to the Prust Bell.
    Mess with a skilled player? Same.

    Prust has been a guy that turned this Habs franchise around from a sorry and pathetic pussycat team, to one that will not be pushed around when he is present.

  51. D Mex says:

    First to vote >>>
    Edit : it was 100% ‘ good guys ‘ until …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  52. New says:

    Pat Hickey wrote a nice article. One of the things he wrote was “Both teams needed points and it appeared that the Blue Jackets were hungrier.”

    The next 11 games will show what the Habs are made of as most of the teams they face will be turning it up for positioning. In an ideal world the Canadiens take the points they need and coast into the playoffs, winning and losing for placement and opponent. In a less than ideal world some teams that have been loafing divide three points per game between them…leaving the Habs to scramble and hope.

    Last night the team wasn’t on it’s game. But you know when Eller romped over the blue line he drew four, count em, four opponents. That allowed Briere and Gionta to be uncovered. One less bump on the ice, a little bit of frozen spit less, and we might be talking today about the 2-1 Eller set up that won the game. Instead Tinordi says he didn’t see the guy as he scrambled back for the puck. I’ll buy that and add that no one told him either.

    They didn’t play well. Columbus didn’t either. But Columbus played better. They wanted the points and took them.

  53. Bugs says:

    Probably for the best.
    Now, my boy Ryan White is gonna kick some butt.
    And pop in a few killers.

    Left turn-missin’ L. B. Potter.

  54. habs_54321 says:

    wow was it the shoulder again? i thought it was bruised ribs or something

  55. Habcouver says:

    Hoping the Habs are just resting Prusty for a long playoff run.
    We need a positive out of this news.

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

  56. Phil C says:

    I guess we are stuck with the Subbouillon pairing until Gorges is back. Ay-yi-yi. With Weaver and Murray as the thrid pairing, I guess Markov and Emelin become the “reliable” pairing. I might have to consider Front’s approach to watching hockey and just numb the pain with alcohol.

  57. arcosenate says:

    you know, Bourque will probably reach down deep and put this team on his back, carry them through the end of the season and a deep playoff run.

    Hey! Monkeys just started flying out of my butt.

  58. RetroMikey says:

    Yup, now we will say we won’t go far in the playoffs with Prust out…lmao!!!
    Yup, Eller, the most overrated player in the NHL. What a huge disappointment!
    I knew this soft Dane is not NHL calibre when we got shafted in the Halak deal! When will fans wake up and see we need big changers in this club?
    DD is way better than Eller on the C position .
    Lars is the one playing like a midget!
    Remember, we gave him ample time and patience with his development in the NHL.
    Next year, he will not be playing in the NHL!

    • sudburyhabfan says:

      Agreed. MB better not sign him again. see who he can trade for and spend the money on a what is available this summer

    • New says:

      Pittsburg, Boston, San Jose, St Louis, Columbus, Detroit and NJ would probably made a decent deal for Eller. Good for Eller, good for the Bulldogs, good for the gaining team.

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      Thankfully “we” didn’t have any input into Ellers past or future….

    • The Jackal says:

      Isn’t there a Leafs board you should be on, ya dingus?

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • chilli says:

      Eller is not overrated in the NHL, he’s not even rated. Not a factor so I don’t know anyone that overrates him outside of our own rabid fans expectations.
      And of course DD is better. DD is our #1 center.
      But you are wrong in his assessment. He has shown flashes of what he can be and I’d like to see him play with players he meshes with…like the kid line that was our best line early on. By FAR.
      I’m sure you were one that felt John LeClair had maxed out at 20+ goals and 50 points when we gave up on him WAYYYY too early. Two years later he had 50+ goals and 97 its.


  59. Mavid says:

    bummer…gut check time…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  60. Habcouver says:

    Two non-Hab comments from yesterday:

    1) Oilers Luke Gadzig is a beast. Habs need an enforcer.
    2) While in the penalty box, Cory Conacher wearing John Scott’s helmet was a good laugh.

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

  61. Paz says:

    Someone please explain how Galchenyuk will work well with Bourque (virtually off the team for lack of effort), and Gionta (virtually off the team because he can no longer contribute offensively).

    I’m no hockey guru, but I think if I had a year to try I could not come up with a worse combination of piss poor forwards for a talented young centerman.

    Looking forward to reading any logical explanations.

    • Les-Habitants says:

      Moving Gally to center I think is combo of Eller’s struggles and seeing how Gally can handle the assignment in ‘playoff-like’ hockey. Gio is a good player for that line, his production is akin to a strong 3rd line player (which would be a fair assessment), plus he is smart with the puck and great defensively. With Prust out, and if you want to keep Eller at C, you have to either put Rene back in or move Weise/Moen up, forcing White to play wing

      My take is that they are trying to see how this works out, and hoping they can get Rene going (who was, what feels like eons ago, a beast with CGY). I imagine that when Bournival is healthy again, Rene will be back in the pressbox unless he actually starts playing

      • Paz says:

        It won’t last more than 10 minutes.

        • Les-Habitants says:

          No argument here. But can’t blame MT for trying (or I guess you can haha). Rene can be a hell of a player, plus MT doesn’t want to break up his 4th line too much as they’ve been awesome for us. But if Rene sucks and Bournival is still working out the kinks in the AHL, then my bet is Weise/Eller go to the third, and White draws back in.

        • The Jackal says:

          Alright and what are the 6/49 numbers?

          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  62. sudburyhabfan says:

    That definitely is bad news.

    This team has to start stepping it up and keep it up for their playoff run. Way too hard to try and just do that at the start of the playoffs.

    I really hope that Montreal can sign Vanek this year. Minnesota has a pretty hefty payroll which may make it difficult for them to go for Vanek.

  63. sCOTT1243 says:

    Wow that sucks. Even our tough guys are soft…lol

    Tired of the endless injuries from this team close to playoff season. Prust took on the role of enforcer when others could have also stepped up. YES I am calling you out Moen. Guys cry about having a guy like Parros in the line up, but this is exactly why you want a guy like this so that your, 3rd and fourth line tough guys/decent hockey players do not get hurt…..fawwwwwwkkk.

  64. kalevine says:

    horrible, only the most optimistic could think that this team could have any sort of a playoff run without Prust in peak form

    Edit: Great! They are saving him for the playoffs!

  65. jimmy shaker says:

    Well that’s just dandy……gorges and prust are big losses. Will need those guys going forward. And to Pricer……can u please come up with a donut against these pukes. Man I hate taranna. Would love to see PK demolish JVR as well!

    Shaker out!

  66. Gerry H says:

    So Galchenyuk finally gets his shot at centre. Looking forward to that.

  67. Hobie Hansen says:


  68. scrotchland says:

    this prust injury is all that buffoon therians fault. playing him too much and putting him in the position where he has to fight too often.,
    hopefully jeff molson will fire mt and mb in the off season.

  69. Maksimir says:

    Double crap… Bernier & Bolland might in for Saturday.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      don’t you know, everyone always makes there return to the ice against the habs. It’s in the rule book. Not worried too much about bolland. Bernier is the one to look for. He either is rusty or stands on his head. Usually when he’s on, he makes upwards of 40+ saves a night. So, the game plan for the boys, has to be for bernier to be rusty and only have about 33 shots on him. That should result in a big W.

      Shaker out!

  70. Strummer says:

    proverbial upper body injury

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

  71. ooder says:

    bournival not bourque please

  72. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Saw this coming.

  73. Maksimir says:

    please not Bourque… would rather have Bournival.

  74. arcosenate says:

    Awesome, hello Rene Bourque.

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