Habs recall Halak to replace ill Price

The Canadiens have recalled goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Hamilton Bulldogs for tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He will serve as Cristobal Huet’s backup as Carey Price recuperates from a virus.

Patrice Brisebois returns to the lineup tonight, meaning Mark Streit will move to one of the forward lines. Still no word on which forward will be left in the press box.


  1. idle says:

    Cautiousoptimist, I try not to be too sensitive to the negative posts on here and TRY not to be too argumentative, but you just summed up why it is so difficult at times. Of course there are going to be people here who dislike a player or coach and want to tell us all about it, but when it gets to the point of humiliating them or wishing bad luck or ill on them it just gets silly.

  2. Moey says:


    I wasn’t offended by any of your posts, as a matter of fact you are one of the most sensible posters on here. I just thought that Ian may not have been using his reply button to specific posts that he found irritating, that’s why I responded to yours.

    We did know by Gainey’s comments that Price would be doing some time in Hamilton, it was not a question of if but when.

    I don’t mind speculation, even indulge in it myself from time to time, but some stuff is way over the top and there tends to be a lot of nit picking that does go on every time there is the slightest change made to the team. That I find really tiredsome.

    I have no doubt that Bob Gainey & Carbo have the best interest of the team as their number one priority. Especially in Carbo’s case, his success depends solely on their success.

    Here’s hoping for a win tonight.

    Cheers mate.

  3. idle says:


    I heard that Gainey and Brisebois were spotted hanging out together at a downtown pool hall. They ordered wings and a couple beers then left and went to 7 11 to share a big gulp.

  4. idle says:

    It’s quite easy actually. They are both Habs and he probably likes and supports both of them. Some people on here think that because your favorite goalie is one of them you have to dislike the other one.

  5. Chuck says:

    Ahhhh… the hole in his argument that you could drive a truck through!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  6. RGM says:

    “Ill,” eh?

  7. Corio says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not Brisebois! /cry

  8. Smart Dog says:

    That’s a very tempting one. I doubt Washington would go for it – and I suspect Montreal would. But if it was me, I wouldn’t.

    The reason: I think either Plekanic or Komiserik could be an all-star… they’re two of my 4-5 players on the team… and even though Halak is expendable, he’s worth something in another trade.

    Good one though – I think most people would go for it. Ovechkin certainly is worth a ton.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  9. cautiousoptimist says:

    Not to be too preachy or anything, but we could all do with a bit more optimism, faith in our boys, and for God’s sake, empathy with people who’ve lost their grandmothers…. Especially Dandenault of all people, who probably grew up next door to some of us in Ville St-Pierre. Not very classy, guys.

    If I were a superstar with no emotional attachment to this team, Montreal would be pretty near the bottom of my list in the desirability department, and we’re the reason why. We wonder why the Shanahans and Brières of the world don’t come here to roost. We blame it on taxes, or Gainey, or a rookie coach, or a rebuilding phase, or we just call them greedy jerks, never realizing that they’re just a lot happier elsewhere with fans who’ll support them simply because of the effort they put out and the colour of the jersey they wear, and who recognize that they don’t stop being human beings the moment they lace up the skates. We boo Crosby and Lecavalier, and we seriously expect Ovechkin to want to play here because Markov’s a buddy and he likes our girls? All this nonsense about hoping this guy’s sick or that guy’s injured or at a funeral churns my stomach – it’s probably fair to assume that it churns theirs too.

  10. TommyB says:

    You argued for 2 days or more that “Huet…Huet….Huet” should be the number one goaltender, and played as the number one goaltender. Now you are hoping Halak gets some work?

  11. 24 Cups says:

    It’s true. New thread just posted.

    THe Original 24 Cups

  12. RetroMikey says:

    Just in! Carey Price and Kyle Chipchura being sent down to Hamilton and Corey Locke brought up to Montreal….from my sources working in the Bulldogs’ organization.

    Hopefully Carey will improve his technique and get more playing time and Kyle will be back as well, he needs to play more and more as well!

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  13. Ed says:

    Team 990 just said that Price and Chipchura are going to Hamilton. They have not elaborated on it yet. I trust they are wrong about Chipchura.

  14. Chris1138 says:

    Canadiens.com is also reporting that along with Price, Chipchura is on his way to Hamilton with Locke being recalled.

    What is going on?



  15. morley7 says:

    Just been mentioned on Team990 too. Price and Chipchura sent to Hamilton, Locke (and his equipment) re-called to Canadiens.

  16. MikeL says:

    This is pretty confusing but I’m gonna try to answer this. If Boston puts a $5M on waivers and hes picks up, Chicago is responsible for the entire salary. What I think you meant to say is if he was not claimed originally, then Chicago claimed him on re-entry for half the salary, $2.5M. If Chicago puts him on waivers after this and Carolina picks him up, they are responsible for the same Carolina was responsible for, $2.5. If he went through re-entry waivers, they would be responsible for 1.25M.

    To sum up this very unlikely scenerio, Boston pays 2.5M, Chicago pays 1.25M and Carolina pays 1.25M.

    The only way the salary gets cut in half is if the player is claimed on re-entry waivers.

  17. krob1000 says:

    Dave or someone from the staff please verify this ASAP as I have never heard of CKAC before in my life.

  18. cautiousoptimist says:

    Excellent point – and if they don’t end up in Tampa or Atlanta (or Washington or Columbus), they may start pulling a Niedermayer and only playing half the season….

  19. cautiousoptimist says:

    Sadly I think Washington can get more. They’ve only got the one star – arguably one of the top three in the league – and to deal him away, they’ve got to be getting something pretty spectacular in return. Maybe better to wait until his contract’s up, and then send a little delegation to D.C….

    Then again, if there’s a way that doesn’t require selling the farm and mortgaging the zamboni, Gainey will find it. Don’t forget – he’s the guy who got us Gorges and a 1st round pick for a grossly overpaid, hugely overrated Craig Rivet – the 1st-rounder alone would have been a deal. The guy who got us a serviceable Aebischer for an unserviceable Theodore – the six-million-dollar man. A guy who made the right move re-signing Markov over Souray even when Souray was nearing second-coming status, and whose heart is big enough to know that some guys (i.e. Koivu) you don’t trade because brother, it just ain’t right. Gainey is an elite GM on a team that has no elite players for him to work with, and if he had an Ottawa or Anaheim roster to manage, the naysayers would all become yeasayers pretty quickly. But while he has no A+ superstars, he does have a roster full of A or A- guys on a good night, and man, he’s done a good job with it.

    Blind faith in anyone is a little silly, and scrutinizing decisions is never unhealthy, but this is a man who has earned our trust. He’s done a far better job of rebuilding and mopping up Houle’s mess than anyone else could have. The depth of our youth movement is the biggest testament to that. He doesn’t get a free pass, but he does get my confidence and respect. Give the man some breathing room and watch him impress.

  20. 24 Cups says:

    Hi MJames – I’m not sure if your comment is directed at me or at the original poster, Habs_008.

    If’ it’s not directed at me then I should stop typing! If it is me, then all I can say is that we signed Samsonov during the second wave of free agent signings and gave him good money for two years. All he had to do was score 20 to 25 goals. If he had played even a few good games we probably would have made the playoffs. Instead, he totally tanked (hehe)and was a negative influence on the team. This sure didn’t help Carbo in his first year of coaching and may have also had an indirect impact on Kovalev. I’m bitter about it but hey, he’s not the first free agent to be a bust. Vindictive? No, most of my posts tend to be pretty neutral.

    The Original 24 Cups

  21. nightmare_49 says:

    Ian G.- Your right on and direct to the point and a breath of fresh air. No fence for you to stand on or an agenda for that matter.

  22. Shiloh says:

    Trade for Ovechkin? Almost anything – a player like him only comes around every quarter century or so. I hope that a post here was correct and that Dandenault has to be absent to attend to family matters, otherwise we’ll see somebody worthy sit while Latendresse ankles around the ice missing passes.

  23. krob1000 says:

    But where is his equipment lol ??? What is ckac???

  24. krob1000 says:

    That makes more sense but I couldn’t tell what he was saying. I do think however it is a very real possibility that Price ends up in Hamilton as Gainey essentially foreshadowed. I don’t doubt that Price is sick but the idea of him going to play more in Hamilton given our schedule for the rest of the month and the all star break seems too good to not do. I don’t see how it can possibly be a bad move for anyone involved.

    I know Moey you and Ian are always well intentioned on here and I apologize Ian if I offended you but I really had no clue as to what the topic was. I figured in a thread where nearly a third of the posts were probably mine at the time it had to be directed at me. I don’t think it is favouritism either but it is probably a function of veteran vs youth.

    The conspiracy thing is most often trash but we do need to only look as far as Smolinski and his declaration that he was ready to play and Carbo saying no he wasn’t to realize that things are not always as they appear. They don’t have to justify anything to us but I definitely think Price will see some time in Hamilton this month (I don’t think him being sick is part of it). I also think Gainey may (as he already has done at his press conference) get Price his playing time and at the same time want to be careful not to rattle his confidence as that is the smart move and he is a smart man.

  25. DYCSoccer17 says:

    I think Komisarek could be replaced pretty easily by O’Byrne, Yemelin, McDonagh, or Valentenko

  26. DYCSoccer17 says:

    I would be willing to part with Komisarek, Price, and Plekanec for Ovechkin. I would also have no problem giving him a 10 year $100 million contract.

    While you bring up Tampa Bay’s situation, it would be a bit different than this situation. Tampa Bay has 3 Super Stars whose contracts all expired at the same time. I think it is much different having 1 superstar surrounded by young, home-grown talent.

    I am confident enough with our prospects and our ability to draft that we can offset the cap space of an Ovechkin with cheap, highly-skilled young players that we drafted.

  27. Habs_008 says:

    I dont think it would be THAT bad if he were in Hamilton, I have tickets to see the Bulldogs vs Marlies in T.O in Feburary, I would’nt mind seeing him play again. (went to leafs vs habs earlier in the year)

  28. von says:

    To Washington:
    -1st Round Pick

    To Montreal:
    -3rd Round Pick

    Would never happen. Komisarek alone, is irreplaceable on the Habs blue line.

  29. Habs64 says:


    per CKAC. Still waiting for another source to confirm…

  30. ebk says:

    lol, not a problem

  31. krob1000 says:

    DUH!! Because I am wrong. I was looking at the stats and everyone around Brisebois had played 40 or so games. I was looking at Markov’s stats and he is over a turnover a game and I simply doubled Gorges turnovers and didn’t look at the games played by Brisebois. You are right HUGE difference and I am quite willing to admit I was a bonehead on that one.

  32. Sulemaan says:

    If I was the Habs GM I’d consider that trade but I’d also have to figure out what Ovechkin would do to my salary cap as I’d want him to sign a long term deal and not lose him as a UFA in a couple of years.

    If I was the Washington GM, I would only make that trade if you changed Halak for Price. Kolzig is getting older and has a close relationship with Price.

    But then if I was Bob Gainey, I would never make that trade.

  33. Sulemaan says:

    I also think that the issues of language, media and taxes are pretty tough issues to overcome. Long term, having a $10M player per season on the roster could have a serious impact on growth and balance. Look at the mess in Tampa Bay right now.

    I think there will come a time where star players will have to agree for contracts for less (so $5M versus $10M per season) so they can play on competitive teams that can win the Stanley Cup. Otherwise they will end up like Tampa or Atlanta.

  34. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Are you going to be holding the interviews for “your” club 🙂

    Eveyone is entitled to an opinion, and I think that is why this is site is so popular. I like having conversations with fellow Hab (and hockey) fans. It’s a great way to pass some time

  35. cautiousoptimist says:

    Just a curiosity/point of order here:

    Let’s say a team – say Boston – puts a player, making $5M/year, on waivers, and Chicago picks him up, taking on half his salary. So now Chicago gets him for $2.5M, and Boston’s on the hook for the rest. What if Chicago puts him on waivers again, and let’s say Carolina picks him up. Does that mean that Carolina is only responsible for half of Chicago’s half, i.e. $1.25M?

  36. JF says:

    I would be very surprised if Price does not find himself back in Hamilton soon, and I think it would be a good thing. Right now the pressure seems to be too much for him, and his confidence is at a low ebb. I watched him being interviewed on RDS last night, and my reaction to his tone of voice was, “Poor kid”. I think he needs a break and a chance to feel comfortable again, win some games and get his confidence back. His time will come, but it is not yet.

    As for Brisebois being in the lineup, it needn’t be a big deal if he doesn’t play too many minutes. He’s less likely to make one of his horrible giveaways if he’s not tired. In a limited role he can be useful.

    I just hope this flu virus does not make its way round the whole room. I heard the other night that some of the Senators were down with flu and felt glad we weren’t playing them any time soon.

  37. DYCSoccer17 says:

    I’m just having a little fun with all the Ovechkin rumors going around. If you were Habs GM, would you make the following trade:

    To Washington:
    -1st Round Pick

    To Montreal:
    -3rd Round Pick

  38. ebk says:

    with all due respect, how can you say
    28 giveaways in 26 games is almost identical to 12 in 21 games

    It is actually a pretty significant statistical difference and also is quite noticeable when watching the games

    Brisebois has had his day but it has passed.

  39. likehoy says:

    dandeneault grandmother died…maybe he went to go attend his family…which explains streit playing forward…cause we gotta match the quota of having 1 dman on forward…

    boys we gotta take it one game at a time…brisebois could play the worst game of his career and be nailed down to the bench for the remainder of the season…or he could play a solid game and we win tonight. Look at it as a possible win-win situation 😛

  40. mjames says:

    Why the vindictiveness? Sammy is long gone. I am curious why you would wish ill on a person. Is that normal behaviour?


  41. Moey says:


    He’s talking about the posts about Halak being called up because Price is sick. It’s all the speculation about why, it’s only because he is SICK. Also, the comments about Gainey showing favoritism by playing Breezer, which is ridculous, it is a business, not a boy scout troop. The speculation doesn’t stop, conspiracies where there are none, all the usual stuff. Personally I’ve given up arguing, why beat a dead horse?

  42. krob1000 says:

    Agreed on the sk74 on the pp. Neither is physical and Brisebois is the better outlet passer whether people choose to believe it or not. His body just isn’t what it used to be. Brisebois has made 28 turnovers in 26 games and Gorges 12 turnovers in 21 games …pretty well identical (http://www.nhl.com/nhlstats/app?fetchKey=20082MONSASAll&page=Stats&service=page&sort=giveaways&viewName=rtssPlayerStats). Brisebois offers leadership and a veteran mentality. Gorges is still growing. Gorges is slightly more physical but by no means a physical defensman.

    I wouldn’t have made the change tonight either but I am sure that the veterans on the club need to know that they at least have an opportunity to reclaimt heir jobs after injury. That is why I am afraid for the forwards return and who will have to go from the lineup.

  43. Ian G Cobb says:

    Got to go and drive school bus now, talk at you later.


  44. Ian G Cobb says:

    It is called being a profesional,

  45. Leclerc1965 says:

    Ian…..no, please stop.

    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Ben Franklin

  46. krob1000 says:

    Ian …I normally agree with you about a lot of stuff but your posts today are so vague that I don’t think anyone knows what you are talking about. Specifically, if anything what are you referring to in your last posts. You are being as vague as Gainey was so please bud let us know what you are referring to. Are you referring to Brisebois? Price maybe going to Hamilton as hinted by Gainey? I respect your opinions when I know what they are but today I really don’t know because you won’t tell us.

    Gainey and Carbo have, are making and will make many more mistakes…they are human. Noone on here pretends to know more than them or even a hundredth of what they know. I always look for the positives and if I lived in Montreal I would drop my application at the Bell Center for any and every position they possibly had available with a view of the games. I wouldn’t be qualified for any but I sure as hell would apply and I’d proudly hang my rejection letter (if I got that far)on my basement wall and say I tried.

    If we didn’t fabricate some stuff than we’d have a lot more time on our hands and we might have to (gasping while saying) WORK. I am with you on negative posters but the speculating is fun and what sites like this are for. Anything vicious I immediately respond to as do you but I almost get the feeling today you are hinting in my direction. I could be wrong but I don’t know beacuse of your posts that aren’t directed at anyone ot any specific topic. Normally you are pretty direct but the last couple of days I don’t know what you are talking about.

  47. Ian G Cobb says:

    Yea ! I just get tired of dumping on others for something to say !

  48. Will Longlade says:

    IMO there is a difference between Gorges and Brisebois in the defensive zone. Brisebois is prone to frequent giveaways while Gorges is guilty of an occasional miscue. They both are capable of making excellent stick to stick passes to clear the zone, but Gorges makes quicker decisions and moves the puck out of harms way much faster than Brisebois. This may partially explain the difference in giveaways. Based on the games I’ve watched (I may have missed five or six periods this season), Brisebois doesn’t add anything to the Hab’s powerplay either, even though this is where he was expected to make much of his contribution to the team’s success. I’d much rather see SK74 on the point on the PP.

  49. 24 Cups says:

    Sometimes life isn’t fair. Samsonov hasn’t done a thing in a year and a half and now he gets to play with Brind’Amour or Staal. He’ll probably be on the powerplay too. To add insult to injury he may even score a few goals. AND he gets $7 mil for his troubles (over the two years). I better stop.

    The Original 24 Cups

  50. Dan23 says:

    The most ominous thing about this news is that Huet was under the weather over the weekend (even though he backed up Price), Saku Koivu the week before that, and now Price has a virus.

    I really hope the isolation protocol is working, because we can “ill” afford to have the team fighting flu bugs through the second half of the season.

  51. Ian G Cobb says:

    Bacon & egges

  52. drecha says:

    Good post Ian!! I would think that Carbo and Gainey know more about this club and hockey than this collective group of posters will ever know combined.


  53. Doctor Device says:

    Sure, but knowing what you know about Samsonov, do you think it’s likely that he will rexamine himself and challenge himself to find a new role, or is it more likely that he’ll sulk and blame the team and put in less and less effort?

    I could be wrong of course, but I know which seems like a more probable outcome to me.


  54. Ian G Cobb says:

    Do you realy think Carbo just takes orders from Gainey, and moves people in and out of the line up because he likes the way he combs his hair or something. These Guys are winners many times over. For crying out loud, try to trust there judgement a little. Do you seriously think this management, coaches included, don’t know every player inside and out. They know exactly where each player is mentaly and physicly on a daily basis, and what each player can and will bring to each game.

    If some of you wish to be criticle all the time and pretend you know best on how to Manage and coach my club, just go over to the Bell Center and ask for an application.

    If you look for the positives instead of some of the fabricated nonsence, we will have a lot more fun on here.

  55. krob1000 says:

    Remember Sami Kapanen….that is who Samsonov reminds me of and Kapanen clearly lost a step and a bit of the edge that he had as a scoring forward. He took it as a challenge and learned to paly defensively and now is known more of a defensive forward and role player than anything. He may not garner the same attention but he did not have to cross an ocean again to prolong his career. If Samsonov cannot produce on an offensive team like Carolina then he needs to reexamine his game and be a Kapanen or even Alexandre Daigle and hang on as long as he can.

  56. Will Longlade says:

    The Canes do have a good team and they spanked the Habs the last time they met, but I wouldn’t call them a great club. They play in the weakest division in the Eastern conference. Some of their success can probably be attributed to this.

  57. krob1000 says:

    Right now there is not much difference between Gorges and Brisebois. Over time one of those guys will have a future on the ice the other off of it. You are right….they do need to throw him a bone and if he plays well enough to stay there he will for a couple games or longer until he has an off game. Like it or not right now Brisebois is higher on the depth chart when healthy then Gorges. That can change but for now it is a fact that everyone is going to have to face. Unfortunately some of the same logic may end up being applied with the forwards where I think it can have a bigger impact as there is a clear difference in styles between some of our callups and our veterans…..that worries me more than this one.

  58. Moey says:

    C’mon Ian,

    You’ve been around here long enough now, what’s there to speculate about? Price had fruit loops instead of corn flakes this morning, what do you think that means?

  59. Smart Dog says:

    Dandenault’s the invisible man. He really has been a non-factor for awhile. I wish they’d let the kids play and bench the old men.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  60. Smart Dog says:

    I like your attitude. I hope Breezer shuts down the other team and scores 1 or 2 for us. And I hope that there’s a new car in my driveway in the morning too! …Of course I’d bet heavily against either (any takers…?) but I hope!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  61. Doctor Device says:

    Well, he had a chance to excel here on a line with Alex Kovalev, and couldn’t be bothered. I honestly expected him to be fired up to prove his worth once he got to Chicago on lines with Kane and Toews and so on. Again, couldn’t be bothered. At this point, I think Samsonov is finished, at least in the NHL.


  62. krob1000 says:

    Tell that to the Leafs (Clemmensen), the Penguins (Conklin skipped Sabourin). I know you are right in theory but given Gainey’s statements regarding the “schedule is in our favour” and now this virus Price could find himself in Hamilton to get a few games in by months end. Gainey himself is what prompted the talk of Price going there and he made it clear it is not a punishment thing at all. Either way Huet is going to see the bulk of the action with no back to back games until early February. The idea of everyone moving back is right in 99% of cases but Price is in that 1% that will be handled differently if need be.

  63. J.T. says:

    I hate seeing Brisebois back in the lineup just because he’s available. BUT, that being said, I do understand the need to throw him a bone once in a while to keep him feeling like he’s part of the team and shake the rust off should he be needed for longer than a game. On paper, Chicago is a good opponent against which to ice some spare parts for a workout. However, if he’s back in there as the de facto number four defenceman, I will be very disappointed as I think Streit with Hammer is a MUCH more effective pair. I may just have to go back to that witchdoctor…Oh, what, did I say that out loud?

    Anyway, if Streit is going to be a forward, I’d say Dandenault is the odd man out. He’s not been noticable at all in the last handful of games, and Streit has potential to actually put up some points while playing decently in his own end.

  64. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Hope, but I can see him doing well there, they have a great club

  65. RiverviewCanadien says:

    What is the speculation. Maybe they would like to showcase the talent of Mr.Halak to trade and get something good in return, who knows. Just hope Price feels better, but it sounds like a mystery flu to me. I think Price will be in Hamilton for a stint.

  66. Habs_008 says:

    Off topic, but Carolina picked up Samsanov from waivers. I hope he sucks even more for them.

  67. Ian G Cobb says:

    When your #2 goes down (sick) you bring in your backup. And he remains the backup until our #2 gets well again. It is a very simple process.

    And in hamilton, same thing, you bring 1 up from our 3rd farm team to backup there. Every one goes back 1 spot when Price is well ! I realy don,t know what there is to speculate about ?

  68. Habs_008 says:

    I think Breezer is in because Gainey really likes him, Carbo is just following orders, I dont see why we would put him in now. I hope we all eat our words and Breezer has a Norris trophey night, hahahaha, not likely!

  69. Doctor Device says:

    Can’t understand sitting someone to get Brisebois back in. Streit, I think, is better on defense than at forward this year, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves to come out of the lineup to accommodate Brisebois. Dandenault and Kostopolous may not be exactly setting the league on fire, but they both bring a little bit of grit that the team needs and will certainly not come from Brisebois. Chipchura doesn’t deserve to be scratched, although I imagine it will be him who makes room.

    I hope Halak gets a game or two. Last year he looked very much like an NHL-level talent, and although I think his future is probably with another organisation, his trade value can only be enhanced by some wins with the big club! Price going to Hamilton for a bit to get some games in (once he recovers, I suppose) and fluff up his confidence a little would also not be a bad thing.


  70. ebk says:

    I’ll have to respectfully disagree with you on this one, my friend

  71. krob1000 says:

    They should have a site where you we can track a call ups equipment travelling from Hamilton to Montreal. I’ll believe Halak is dressing when I see him at the rink with his equipment.

  72. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Just hope we get to see some action from Halak to see if he can still be a back up in the NHL, or be able to count on this guy in case of injuries

  73. Ian G Cobb says:

    Great to see one of the best 5th defencemen in the league, back in the lineup again to-night. I know he will be a force as we earn another 2 points against an improved Chicogo club.

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