Habs return home after rookie dinner in Florida

After picking up eight of a possible 10 points on their five-game road trip, which wrapped up with Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Panthers, the Canadiens held their rookie dinner Sunday night in Florida before flying back home on Monday.

Rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher will no doubt be a little lighter in their wallets after picking up the tab. The Canadiens will have the day off Monday to recover before hitting the ice Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Brossard as they prepare to face the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

As Arpon Basu of NHL.com noted on Twitter, the Canadiens now have 17 wins in 26 games. Last season it took them 45 games to get their 17th win.

(Photo by Joel Auerbach, Getty Images)

Ryder salts away win over Panthers, by Dave Stubbs

In the room: White takes it on the chin, by Dave Stubbs

How far can Habs go? by Jack Todd

Prust lost for 10 days, by Dave Stubbs

Photo gallery: Canadiens vs. Panthers

Bouillon will make blooper videos with own goal, by Stu Cowan

Watch the Habs play some football, 24CH

Hamilton Bulldogs pounded, by The Canadian Press

1,125 Comments

  1. Hobie Hansen says:

    Could this UFA be an upgrade over anyone in the Canadiens top 9 or be a replacement at the deadline to fill the role of an injured player? Thoughts on this guy?

    Brad Boyes #24 – RW/C
    Age: 30
    DOB: 1982/04/17
    POB: Mississauga, Ont, Canada
    Height: 6-0 Weight: 204lbs
    PTS: 21

    • Sportfan says:

      I would take him, but frankly I wouldn’t want to give much for him.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Is he physical? I don’t think MB is looking for a top 9 forward…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Well even if the majority of people claim the Habs need more size and grit, there are some that believe that the more offensive weapons you add, regardless of grit, the better. Seems to be a hot topic on this site 24/7. ;-).

      • Phil C says:

        Hockey news scouting report:

        Assets: Has good hockey sense and a sniper’s mentality. Also owns playmaking qualities and a deft touch around the net. His offensive instincts are first-rate, across the board.

        Flaws: Defensively, his transition to wing hasn’t gone as smoothly as his level of production. He’s also a little soft and can get pushed off the puck. Isn’t always brave in the corners.

        Career Potential: Inconsistent scorer.

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      I like boyes, but two things:

      1) Points should read “21, playing with Tavares”

      2) Stocked as it is on RW

    • Phil C says:

      Habs are deep on the right side. Gionta, Gallagher, Ryder, even Bourque can play the right. Pass.

  2. mark_ID says:

    a question for those who follow our prospects closely, is Dietz looking to be a more legitimate prospect then Beaulieu for us now?

    “I think I may have found a way to get us Bonds and Griffey, and we really wouldn’t give up that much” – Costanza

    • BJ says:

      I haven’t seen Dietz play but I have seen Beaulieu in about 20 games and he can’t miss. I would say he’s a Paul Coffey “light” type player. If Dietz is this good we’ll have a hell of a D in a couple of years.

  3. Hobie Hansen says:

    Is this UFA, on a team falling out of playoff contention an upgrade over White, Armstrong or Moen? Is he a guy who could help in the playoffs? I’ll post a few of these types of scenarios and they won’t all be about 4th liners ;-).

    Crombeen, B.J.
    Age: 27
    DOB: 1985/07/10
    POB: Denver, CO
    Height: 6-2 Weight: 210lbs
    Average Ice Time: 10:10

  4. commandant says:

    A look at the no-name Senators and how they just keep getting points

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/03/12/no-name-senators-staying-strong-in-east/

    As for people complaining about Daugvins…. he has scored with that move in the AHL, and it took a hell of a save from Rask to keep the puck out. I don’t have an issue with it. If he thought it had a better chance of working than the standard snap shot from the hasmarks and backhand deke, so be it.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Sportfan says:

      I thought it was a cool attempt and he did almost score, but had he lost the puck or completely missed the net he’d have been in so much trouble, I don’t see why its the worst play of the day on tsn it was a decent attempt

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • Marc10 says:

      If they make the playoffs considering all the setbacks they’ve had, it will be nothing short of miraculous.

      And then we’ll smash them of course. :)

    • Cal says:

      Daugvins’ move just typifies how logic-defying stupid the SO is. NHL should eliminate 3 point games, period. There’s nothing wrong with a tie. Relying on a gimmick to determine the outcome of games in a team sport that helped propel the Flyers to the finals a couple seasons ago is a very STUPID idea. It’s long past time to get rid of this stupidity.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Problem with the execution not the move. He should have come in on an angle like Eller did last year. You have to get the goalie to commit to one side. Daugvins came in straight and all Rask had to do was the splits.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Listening to Darren Dreger this morning, he was saying that Clowe would cost a 1st round pick plus to acquire. If that is indeed the case, that is just to high a price. Especially with no guarantees he re-signs.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      No goals in 22 games and a -4.

      Something’s obviously wrong with the guy.

      Wait – don’t tell me – is his centreman the guy nicknamed “the black hole” because goals disappear when he is nearby?

    • Sportfan says:

      He’s really not worth that at all, I see a very queit tradedeadline coming up

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      ZERO goals…I mean ZERO goals. Unbelievable. I hope he doesn’t score and gets traded for a first rounder. I want to see the GM who is stupid enough to do that.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Some guys have a reputation, No goals… No thanks!

      • LizardKing12 says:

        Clowe has not had a good season but he has had a pretty consistent career. Over the last 4 seasons he’s averaged 20.5 goals and 54 points. he’s been playing on a line with Gomez and we know what that can do to a winger! I think a change of scenery will do Clowe a lot of good and he will likely be a positive addition to any team that picks him up. Seeing as Gaustad commanded a first rounder last season I’m not surprised that SJ would be asking for one. That being said I’d rather bergevin not give up our 1st at the deadline for a rental.

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Did have to laugh when I heard the interview with Shaun Thornton of Bruins when they asked him about Daugavins shootout move. Said that he had a lot of sack to try that move.

    • Mustang says:

      Burl, I absolutely hate the shootout, then to see this type of stupidity was just too much. Don’t even get me started on the question of a game being worth either 2 points or is it worth 3 points. More importantly, hockey is a team game, so how can the outcome be determined by a shootout pitting two individuals against each other? Having said that, to see this “ringette” move just proved how utterly stupid this whole thing has become. It is time for the NHL to get rid of the shootout.

      One final point, if the shootout is such a great idea, why isn’t it used in the playoffs? Answer, because hockey is a team sport and the outcome of the games must be decided by team play.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I grew up watching the NHL when a tie was a completely acceptable game outcome. That Bettman and company decided to try and make the Shootout a ratings booster I don’t like either.

        The fact that 1 game between two teams can offer more points in the standings than another game between two teams is completely illogical.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Bettman wasn’t hired to serve the game.

          He was hired by owners who don’t particularly like hockey to boost profits.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Okay then I hope he takes out both blue lines as well since hockey decisions are not in his job description.

        • Mustang says:

          If the NHL really doesn’t want to have any games end in a tie, they could easily play 4 on 4 for 5 minutes then go to 3 on 3. I don’t think overtime would last very long with so much open ice. They would still have to deal with the 2 versus 3 point issue but that’s a different story.

      • aroma says:

        I totally agree – the shootout and three point game represents a total sellout by Bettman’s NHL. The whole point of it is to boost the popularity of the game (while clearly cheapening it). I think that if the regular season OT was increased to ten minutes, remained five on five barring infractions, and a tie issued in the event of, well, a tie and no points for the loser in the event of an OT goal, then the game would retain its integrity and the fans would get the bonus of extra time. That would be the classy way to handle it… but the shootout? What he said…

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Asking Shawn Thorton for an opinion on a skill play is like asking Bettman’s opinion on franchise location…who cares. Actually Thorton was talking smack at the Ottawa players after the shootout. Isn’t it funny how it is always the most useless players that do the most trash talking?

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  7. HardHabits says:

    Looks like that 2nd pick coming from Calgary is going to be pretty close to Montreal’s 1st pick.

    And for the last time Bill. NO!!!

    Anybody else notice that 4 teams from the NE are in the top 10. And Buffalo is tanking.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Noticed that this morning also, just need Nashville to co-operate now.

      • HardHabits says:

        I much prefer staying the course. Would not like to see any kind of pilfering of the prospect pool for an ill advised look at a rental. (Yeah I’m talking to you Bill) Mind you the Habs are stacking up nicely and can do something. Only if the move is shrewd.

        I can’t remember the last time the Habs had the cupboards so well stocked.

    • Cal says:

      Habs are in 1st place in the toughest division in the league. And, no, I am not hallucinating.

      http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

      • Marc10 says:

        I’d hate to agree with Pierre McGuire (but he’s been remarkably pro Habs since Bergie beat him to the post…), but the Northeast is doing so well because the rest of the Conference with the exception of the Pens and NYR is really crap (in contrast to the West).

        PM did add that come the final, whoever comes out of the East might be a lot fresher and less banged up than whoever survives the West.

        I don’t care. .. just as long as we win!

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    Ottawa could not hold the lead against the Teddy Bears, helping us out! Now will they knuckle down against us on Wed.?

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Always a tough game against the sens…and I’ll be watching with 2 sens fans here in Ottawa.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

  9. Habfan10912 says:

    Anybody catch Zdeno “Mankind” Chara’s slew foot last night? He is by far the dirtiest player on that team and you hear not a peep from anyone about it.

  10. DrA says:

    USA Today mid-year MVPs March 12, 2013

    Coach: Qunneville, Therrien, Boudreau, Maclean, Muller

    Defenseman: Letang, Beauchemin, Ekman-Larsson, Chara, Weber

    MVP: Crosby, E. Staal, Kane, Getzlaf, Price

    Goalie: Anderson, Crawford, Rask, Price, Niemi

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I’d add PK to the Defensemen list. Other than that, pretty good I think.
      Emery has probably been as good as Crawford, but in fewer games.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Agree. How a list of 5 defenceman that does not include PK is just plain wrong.

        • Chris says:

          I’ve seen a number of these polls come out, and only on a couple has Subban even received one vote from the panels.

          The problem with Subban was that he spent much of the first half of the season playing “third-line” minutes. That is not going to win you a Norris Trophy.

          His minutes are much, much higher now, so he will get a lot more exposure in the second half.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            I agree. If he continues PK will gradually become part of the Norris discussion.

            Price as MVP is lunacy.

            It suggests someone who doesn’t watch the games and thinks the Habs are a weak team carried by a terrific goaltender.

          • Habfan10912 says:

            Good point Chris.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      TSN has Gallagher as the front runner for rookie of the year and Therrien as runner up for coach of the year at the halfway point. Isn’t TSN supposed to despise Montreal and only give them negative press?

      Subban is also runner up for the Norris on their site at this point as well.

    • Marc10 says:

      If PK keeps trucking along at this pace, he’ll out point Letang. If we finish ahead of the Pens, he’ll get some votes.

      Chara will take it though. The Bruins are just awesome this regular season (and it will set them up for their inevitable collapse against our boys…)

  11. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all. Woke up this morning and checked the NHL schedule and was shocked to see the Bruins play back to back games. I had assumed that Jerry Jacobs had put that into the CBA that the Bruins play no back to back games. I guess I was mistaken.

    • Marc10 says:

      As they catch up on the rest of the Conference they’ll play quite a few. They’ve been spared up to now, but yeah… they get less than every other team. Funny that… :)

  12. rhino514 says:

    If the bruins have to go to a shootout and get penalty help to beat a team depleted with injuries, it sure says that they are not an invincible team.
    Why all of this awe for the bruins suddenly? Chicago, I would say forget it in the playoffs, but everybody else is beatable. Incredible parity in today´s game, too much IMHO.
    And why do some posters insist on getting bigger and trying to out-tough the bruins? You cannot play the bruins game. You beat them by playing good hockey and staying incredibly disciplined and immune to their goading. That´s how we have beaten them 80% of the time.

  13. Habfan17 says:

    Going through theUFA list on capgeek, I would look at Stalberg as a 2nd line left wing, he is 6’3″ 209 lbs and fast. Maroon as a possible replacement for Moen, he is 6’4″ and 230 lbs, and Smid. He would have to replace Gorges as he is a 4/5 dman. He would be an upgrade at 6’3″ 225lbs. He is a lefty and sound defensively and would make a good pairing with Subban.
    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=9225
    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=12063
    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=4202

    These signings would come at more cap friendly numbers, would address the need for some size, while also adding talent. Add in Pateryn on the back end and the hopefully Tinordi next season and the team looks completely different.

    Habfan17

  14. HabFanSince72 says:

    Let’s start with a goalie controversy.

    Goalies drafted in 2005:

    Price, Carey
    Rask, Tukka
    Pavelec, Ondrej
    Bishop, Ben
    Quick, Jonathan

    How would you rank Carey Price on that list?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      It depends on whether Bishop realizes his promise.

      Price is safely behind Quick and Rask, but clearly ahead of Pavelec.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Clearly behind Rask, he has been a proven starter for years now, good point. ;-)

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          I was referring to right now. Rask is better this season.

          • J Haul says:

            By those standards, Price is “safely” ahead of Quick then. ;)

            There isn’t one area that Quick has been better than Price this season. Wins, Shutouts, GAA and SV% all favour Price.

      • mksness says:

        i have them all being about the same actually with the exception of bishop because i think his size will slow him down.

        Take a look at quick this year, not playing so well. granted he’s coming back from back surgery but he has not been the shut down guy he was in the playoffs either.

        Pavelec plays on a horrible team, Rask plays on a great team.

        Then we have price. he’s doing what he is supposed to be doing but the whole living up to a number 5 overall pick is tough especially with the goaltending history here. can’t complain about his play over the last few years though.

      • Gerry H says:

        I can’t agree. Bishop is considered number three in Ottawa. Quick, while he was lights-out in the playoffs last year, has not been as consistent as Price over his career and is struggling this year. Rask’s numbers are better, but he’s had awesome defense in front of him throughout his career as Burly points out below, tongue-in-cheek.

        I’d put Price in the top two.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Quick I’ll give the nod to over Price. I’d say Rask and Price are close.

    • RetroMikey says:

      Here’s another question for all you who screamed and profaned on this site when we hired Therrien as a coach.

      The overrated Guy Boucher or old skool Guy Therrien as coach of the team?

      As for Price, yes a top 3 at number 3 but I don’t know if he can really win the big game if needed…still not sure of him.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • mksness says:

        Stevie Y hasn’t done anything to help out the goaltending… which has been horrible there. getting a back up as your number1 doesn’t count.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Hard to say.
      Bishop and Pavelec don’t make the top 3.

      How about Quick and Rask – would they not fold under pressure of Montreal? Nobody knows.

      For me, Quick and Price are tied for the best, with Rask closely behind.

  15. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I can’t stand the idea of the Bruins ever winning anything, but if you look at that team objectively, it is beautifully constructed. That is a balanced and dangerous team. They are very very good.
    They are the best team in the east, as much as I love the habs, and barring injuries, they are going to be hard to handle. With their games in hand, it’s like watching a muscle car in the rear view mirror.
    They can be beaten – talent is thin in the NHL today and a few key injuries can send a team off to bed early (look at the Sens, another quality team tripped up). The diving crap shows their worries about the Habs – you don’t try for a psychological edge like that without feeling the need to build one – but while I loathe their organization, you’ve got to respect what they have done. Give Bergevin a couple of years and let the Bruins age, and we’ll be watching our own version of that team, but man, they are unfortunately good.
    The habs could still take them in seven though.

    • RetroMikey says:

      Excellent post Charlie Hodge,
      I agree, in order for Montreal to have a chance with winning the Cup, you have to go through Boston which is a very good team for several more years.
      Bring some big bodies to Montreal and yes we may win in 7 if Bergevin thinks this team is a contender.
      If not, say bye bye again for another great regular season but a disappointing playoffs as in the past years.
      We just have to develop for 2 to 3 years as Boston has and hope a 25th Cup will come.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • JF says:

      Agree that the Bruins are the best team in the East. If the Habs are to go far in the playoffs, we’ll almost certainly have to get through them at some point. Not sure we could do it this year (unless they meet the Leafs in the first round and the two teams beat the crap out of each other), although we’d put up a good fight. But in a couple of years, when Galchenyuk has become the dominant centre he is projected to be and Chara is 38, we could be better than they are.

      This is one of the reasons I doubt Bergevin will give away anything really important for a run this year. We’re still growing our team, and with patience and the proper moves, we’re on the cusp of being serious contenders year in year out.

  16. Stevie.Ray says:

    I was looking through the upcoming UFAs, and came up with a list of players the Habs might show general interest in. This is just the wingers in no particular order.

    Semin RW 6’2 209 SNP
    Iginla RW 6’1” 210 PWF/VET
    Perry RW 6’3” 210 SCR/AGI
    Horton RW 6’2” 229 PWF
    Ryder RW 6’0” 198 SCR/SNP
    Clarkson RW 6’1” 200 SCR/AGI
    Crombeen RW 6’2” 209 AGI/DFF/GDR
    A. Stewart RW 6’3” 230 PWF/B6
    Fehr RW 6’4” 212 B6/SCR
    Morrow LW 6’0” 205 VET/DFF/GDR
    Clowe LW 6’2” 225 PWF/AGI/T6
    Cleary LW 6’0” 208 VET/DFF/B6
    Cooke LW 5’11” 205 AGI/DFF
    Stalberg LW 6’3” 209 SPD/2WF/2SCR
    Miller LW 6’2” 178 DFF/B6
    Hendricks LW 6’0” 211 GDR/B6
    Mashinter LW 6’4” 230 BIG
    Bickell LW 6’4” 233 DFF/B6/PWF

  17. Timo says:

    I effing knew it… Ott-Bos is a 3 point came. FFS!

  18. The Jackal says:

    Does anyone think Washington regrets firing Boudreau?

    And TSN halfway mark awards… Letang with the Norris? Get the frig out of here! That guy can’t play D! It’s as much of a joke as when Green was seriously considered.

  19. ProHabs says:

    Anyone have a link to the players that are due to become free agents at the end of this year.

  20. Mattyleg says:

    Jamie McLellan just put Halak at #14 in goalies in the West.

    Euhhhhhhh…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      I was looking today. He’s been as good at home (.931), as he’s been awful on the road (.841).

      • mksness says:

        st louis has been struggling. lots of defensive zone breakdowns. it’s not the amount of shots you give up but the scoring chances. it has plagued this team this year and i think they have had teh injury bug a bit too.

        One thing i don’t like in st louis is that if you’re committed to halak as your number one you have to play him even after the team loses a game. the win and you’re in theory doesn’t work. halak is a streaky guy, he has to be better but you have to play him rather than trying to get jake allen experience or trying to get elliot going.

  21. LeHabfan13 says:

    Shootouts suck. Just helps weaker teams make it in the playoffs.
    if the tie is not broken in overtime. Each team get a point. Game over.

  22. Andy and the habs says:

    Boston playing Pittsburg tomorrow. After easy games against Panthers and Capitals they play again Pittsburg and its back to back too like tomorrow.

  23. Danno says:

    No Habs tonight.

    No Habs tomorrow night.

    Must Have Habs!!!!!!!

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    • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

      These two night breaks feel like an all-star break with this compressed shedule. By Wednesday I’ll be in withdrawal.

      Side note, I will miss most of that game because of a meeting. I am the chairman of our democratic committee, and purposely make sure I schedule my meetings for non-Habs nights. I was railroaded into having this on Wednesday despite this at the last minute. I have politics (which disgust me) and hockey on weekdays, and frankly Habs take precedent.

      If I have to go from Sunday night to Saturday night with no Habs because of ego- and megalomaniacs, I might lose my sh!t.

    • Sportfan says:

      at least we won the last game so its a few day of habs with less doom and gloom

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • Rad says:

      You really are hilarious Danno.

  24. jedimyrmidon says:

    The last time Ottawa played Boston… the EXACT same thing happened: Ottawa gets 1 pt, Boston gets 2.

    Maybe they have an agreement in place…

  25. PrimeTime says:

    I guess a lil fun ribbin is not allowed here??? Jk

  26. Boomer says:

    Just tweeted Jack edwards a link to our favorite video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6IxtxfsNWg (its the embellishment video of Marchand and the bruins). And I told him in a not so polite way to keep quiet next time he feels the need to accuse other teams of embellishments. Then proceeded to call him a useless piece of excrement.

    I fully understand it’s immature on my part but i don’t care. Someone needs to say something to that idiot.

  27. mdp2011 says:

    Wow, some people just can’t hold their liquor.

    http://deadsp.in/1UlwNPj

  28. Andy and the habs says:

    Ottawa sucks! Trade Alfie for a bag of chips. Lehner can’t even steal one game, what a bum.

  29. jols101 says:

    That was hilarious. Therrien would lose his mind….lol

  30. Habilis says:

    WHAT was that??

    Edit: talking about the Daugavins shootout attempt… wonky.

  31. Danno says:

    I detest the loser point gimmick

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  32. Danno says:

    Wow. Chara is almost 36 years old.
    It’s OK. When he retires he can go back to playing the harpsichord.

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  33. AlexTheNextOne says:

    Great. The Gimmick.

  34. PrimeTime says:

    Any hockey player who gets intimidated does not play in the NHL

  35. habs001 says:

    Price is having a good season but not a great season…He is first in wins but only 14th in gaa and 22nd in save percentage while the Habs have given up the 10th fewest shots on goal…Now he has had a few games where he gave up many goals…Is he the Habs mvp?…not sure because i dont think if we had any of the top 10 goalies in the line up the stats would be any worse….

  36. donmarco says:

    Darn. Go Ottawa, now. I guess.

  37. Andy and the habs says:

    Zack Smith never wins faceoffs

  38. Puck Bard says:

    This is sooo timid: SOMEONE SCORE!

  39. The Dude says:

    Geebus,the leaf’s size average 6’3″- 209 lbs

  40. HabsFanInSaintJohn says:

    God I hate Jack edwards….”Once a Canadien, always a Canadien…” Go F*%& yourself you douchebag…

  41. PrimeTime says:

    There’s a good reason why Bruin fans hate the Habs the most…anyone think it’s has anything to do with team toughnest, past or present?

  42. jedimyrmidon says:

    Great. Another 3 pt game in the NE division.

  43. Maffu says:

    Habs are in front of Pittsburgh because Habs have been able to take more games to overtime and not lose them straight up.

  44. Puck Bard says:

    Down here in Carolina: Talked to two guys today with the City… GIS guy is a Canes fan, Fire Chief is a Flyers fan: both hate Subban. Both admitted he must be doing something right if they both have heard of him.

    And from the Fire Chief: The Public Information Officer for Durham City Police has Habs memorabilia all over her office: time for a visit.

  45. showey47 says:

    Sergei Bobrovsky named first star of the week.You know what team could use that kind of goaltending? The flyers,lol.

  46. Puck Bard says:

    “Trading the 1st round pick and/or one of the organization’s best prospects is highly reminiscent of moves under Gainey.”:

    That’s it, jedi. And I don’t wanna go back. Patience. So what’s wrong with the mix we have? They say they can’t last a long drive? How do we know? They weren’t supposed to be in first place at this point. I trust this management: I would like to see what this group can do, even if they don’t go long, then take the summer to re-tool. Rather that than risk bringing in someone who will poison the well.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Indeed, the Habs weren’t supposed to be in this position. Which means that risking it all might result in another 3-4 years of middling performances in a FULL season, with a high chance of little gain.

      Also, they are in this position because of the players who are on the team as of this moment. Trading quality picks and prospects means that a major contributor on the team will be shuffled around and/or moved. That’s not the right approach in my opinion, and will most likely just upset the balance.

    • Bill says:

      See how you guys feel after the first round elimination.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  47. twilighthours says:

    Just saw Neil/Kelly hit. Not cheap at all. Neil led with his shoulder, his knee didn’t come out. Just an unfortunate play.

  48. Mavid says:

    i hate Lucy almost as much as Neil..but I think he could take care of Neil without too much trouble..lets hope they dance so we can see

  49. PrimeTime says:

    GSP On Sportsnet Ontario right now for those who dont want to watch s decent hockey game

  50. Adidess says:

    Hate those divisional 3pt games when Habs aren’t involved. Impossible to distance ourselves from anyone despite our crazy winning streaks.

    • aversglay says:

      Habs are ahead of Pittsburgh because of loser points.

    • aversglay says:

      I mean, we have as any other team in our division and almost as many as any team in the league. I don’t see how they are counting against us now.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        If there is a battle for division lead, it’s a problem as both teams are in the same division as the Habs, a division that is racking up the points.

        But yes, assuming the Bruins take the division lead, then it doesn’t really matter who gets the extra point, be it a team within the division or out of it.

  51. PrimeTime says:

    In the past 10 year, only twice had the team with the “toughest” players won the cup……and in both years it was not the deciding factor.

    • twilighthours says:

      I assume you’re talking Anaheim and Boston. I think team toughness was very much a deciding factor in both those series.

      Also don’t agree with only two teams. Unless I don’t know what you mean.

  52. habsfan0 says:

    Come playoff time, the Bruins will miss Tim Thomas.

  53. HabinBurlington says:

    Hard not to think a Neil vs. Lucic showdown is inevidible here tonight.

  54. Propwash says:

    Well fiddlesticks…

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    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  55. HabinBurlington says:

    Ottawa is impressive, starting to think Murray should be in GM of year award for the depth he has created for this franchise.

  56. HabinBurlington says:

    Yikes Neil just took Kelly’s knee out. Not sure I liked that play, but am kind of pot committed based on my comments earlier….

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I’d prefer if he’d drop the gloves with McQuaid rather than knee someone. However, I can’t blame the guy after getting sent into the boards face first.

  57. Bill says:

    Neil isn’t dirty, eh? Lol.

  58. frontenac1 says:

    Neil takes out Kelly. Game on!

  59. Bill says:

    This is my post of the day advocating that the Habs trade some serious picks and prospects for an impact Rental player to make a drive for the Cup.

    As Vincent Damphousse, the top centre on our last Cup winning team, said: the door doesn’t open very often, and when it does, you have to charge through.

    A mean scoring left-winger or a nasty crease clearing right side D man. It’s worth a 1st and one of our best prospects. We’ve been building for the future for years and we can start again next year too. Time to win now.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I find it hard to believe that this would be our only or best door for the near future. Are we expecting this team to get worse? Not make the playoffs? I am just skeptical about this POV.

    • JUST ME says:

      And if results are not there and the cup is not ours then our draft picks and prospects are gone , Would rather build someting solid for a stronger future than go all in and end up with no cup and no future.
      We are number one, have been for almost a month ,have lost one game in the last 15 in regular time . I do not see how we could get much better and if so , do not think we need to overspend …

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Trading the 1st round pick and/or one of the organization’s best prospects is highly reminiscent of moves under Gainey.

      Habs haven’t been building for the future for years. Their real start was at the beginning of the last season. Now is not the time to go all in. Small tweaks, sure.

      Think Nashville: things looked pretty good, but they went all in, and now their future has been crippled.

      • JF says:

        Nashville is a good example. They gave up a first and two seconds for Paul Gaustad, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Hal Gill. This produced only a second round exit last playoffs, and Kostitsyn is gone. Then they lost Ryan Suter over the summer and had to break the bank for Shea Weber. This year they’re struggling.

        The Habs should hang onto their first round pick and their key prospects, but I wouldn’t be averse to Bergevin using one of our three seconds for some help.

        But I doubt this is the year to win it all. The team is only going to get better as our prospects mature. The goal is to be a contender year in year out rather than to mortgage the future for what would probably be quite a long shot.

      • Bill says:

        People … one pick and one prospect is not going to derail the team for years to come. Nut up.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

    • HardHabits says:

      Do you have anybody in mind or are you hiding a mean scoring left-winger and a nasty crease clearing right side D man in your pocket? I’d like to know because apparently these type of things are real easy to pull off in NHL13.

      The bottom line is this. The team already is in the top 5. That is the sweet spot. If it aint broke…

      The only team I can think of that won a Cup by making a good trade late in recent memory was Pittsburgh with Guerin who they got for a 3rd.

      No way should the Habs be trading a 1st and a prospect under any circumstances for a rental.

      NO! WAY!

      Now if it’s a 1st and a prospect for Sidney Crosby I’m all ears otherwise fuggedaboutit.

  60. HabinBurlington says:

    Just watched the RDS feed profiling what I assume was players Habs should pick up (Do not speak French so i am assuming). Have to admit, Clowe looked tough in the highlight package.

  61. Mr. Biter says:

    If I’d written off $46,000.00 to revenue canada I’d be smiling a lot more than the guy in the ad. Whoever picks the pictures for these ad’s is definatly in the wrong business.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  62. Mavid says:

    maybe I had the wrong year..i will keep looking but in the meantime here is one

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/39251-THNcom-Top-10-Most-hated-NHL-players.html

  63. twilighthours says:

    More on Neil:

    someone suggested that the players voted him as one of the dirtiest. After 20 minutes of searching (I can’t do anything longer than 20 mins), the only thing I found was an ESPN poll from the 2010 season where it asked the players “who is the dirtiest?”

    Here are the results. No Neil:

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/insider/news/story?id=5025282

  64. Hobie Hansen says:

    Another useless 4th line tough guy just scored a big goal…What is the world coming to?

    • topher5468 says:

      That one’s gonna hurt,

      “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hey bud just got home from the Bar, just saw all the blood from the previous page, wish I had hung around a little longer to play moderator.

      CHeers Hobie.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I won’t talk about the guy when he’s not here, not the Canadian way, but you have to put your foot down on occasion.

        He’s a good guy and I’m sure we’ll make up and then go at sometime down the road again.

        ;-).

        • HabinBurlington says:

          At the risk of sounding like Cherry, “Atta Boy Hobie!”

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            Regarding Cherry. Did I grow up watching the guy as a kid, absolutely! Do I still respect the guy, 100000% I do.

            I don’t agree with Cherry, especially now, when he categorizes players by their origin and makes prejudice comments. Currently, I love Emelin and I would be ecstatic if the Habs landed Smid. Last time I checked they’re not from Canada.

            But when I happen to catch Cherry, which isn’t often because I watch RDS, when he’s talking about hockey or situations that have happened in a game, he is usually close to bang on every time.

            And if if I recall he butted heads with Brian Burke for sending down Colton Orr last year and mistreating Nazim kadri. Now Burke is fired, Kadri is their best player and Orr is back in the lineup.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I think you know this, but I did mean it as a compliment Hobie.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            That I did my good man! As you’d say, CHeers!

  65. PrimeTime says:

    Why isnt Anderson playing?

  66. Stevie.Ray says:

    Chris Stewart or Ryan Clowe: Who’de you rather?

  67. punkster says:

    I disagreed with Twi on the previous page about Neil. I hate the guy…but for the next 2 hours he’s my fav player in the world.

    Destroy a Bruin and I may just change my mind.

    ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

  68. Boomer says:

    What channel is the ottawa-Boston game on?

  69. Hobie Hansen says:

    Neil is probably playing with a broken arm. What a guy! I’d imagine McQuaid is counting how many teeth he has in his mouth for the moment. Go get him Chris!

  70. jols101 says:

    Neil back on the bench. May not like him but he is one tough SOB.

  71. frontenac1 says:

    Neil is Back! This could get good amigos. Ha!

  72. Propwash says:

    Niel layed out.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!


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